Prometheus trailer answers questions

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The latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was released on Saturday and it is Intense! The footage hints at an intriguing search for the origins of humanity. There is also a UK trailer that’s a little less action packed, but also less choppy.

I have been eagerly anticipating ‘Prometheus’ for the past two years. Wondering, like so many fans, about the connection between this epic new film and the 1979 classic ‘ALIEN’.

Ridley Scott had originally teased fans with his intent to make a prequel, but later recanted; saying that ‘Prometheus’ was an entirely new film. Perhaps that was some clever mis-direction on Mr. Scott’s part because as time passed between each stage in the film making process, he dropped subtle hints about the connection between the films. From early negotiations where it seemed like Ridley might not even direct the project, through pre-production and principal photography; Scott said that the ‘Alien DNA’ would be evident in this new film, but it was not a direct Alien prequel. Most recently in post production and marketing we’ve seen huge links to the ‘Alien’ universe.

Prometheus Trailer Teaser released ahead of full length trailer.

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The first full-length trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus movie is scheduled to debut on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Previously we had seen a short format teaser trailer which had the desired effect piquing our interest in the film while revealing a very few details.

Oddly, a teaser has been released for the upcoming trailer. You read that right; not a teaser trailer but rather a trailer teaser. It would be fair to say that previous is one of the most anticipated films of 2012, but releasing a teaser and then teasing trailer only then to release a teaser for said trailer, seems like cruel and unusual punishment for those eagerly awaiting news of the new film. That being said I have to agree with IWatchStuff, this 20 second teaser looks pretty amazing.

Prometheus boasts a legendary science-fiction pedigree. Not only is the film connected to the original alien movie franchise as a prequel of sorts;  but is also produced and directed Ridley Scott himself. If that weren’t enough incentive to give science-fiction a chance the summer, Prometheus also has an incredible ensemble cast.

EW publishes revealing new Prometheus photos.

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EW magazine has  a revealing look at Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” which may or may not be a prequel to 1979’s “Alien”. I watch stuff and Dark Horizons both have more of the photos posted.

Ridley has said numerous times that the “Alien DNA” will become obvious by the end of the film, thus making a connection to the legendary film which redefined science fiction.

If you kook carefully at the EW stills you can see some very alien-esque set details. The still with the huge idol surrounded by many small totems is eerily similar to and alien brood chamber filled with eggs. And the idol itself is quite ominous. The fact that it appears to be humanoid raises a lot of questions.

Prometheus was already on my 2012 must see list. Ridley had me at “Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron” but  being a huge fan of the alien franchise (except of course Alien resurrection and those god awful AVP films) I would have anticipated this just because its related to Alien and Directed by Ridley Scott.

“The Thing” Surprise! It’s a prequel.

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If you haven’t yet made it to theaters to see “The Thing”  I highly recommend that you do so while the film is still in theatrical release. If, like me, you are a fan of the 1982 version starring Kurt Russell; I promise you will not be disappointed. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is excellent in this film.

There are certain films which lend themselves to re-interpretation. There are also those films which, although dated, simply cannot be improved. John Carpenter’s 1982 “The Thing” definitely falls into the latter category. Yes, that film shows its age at times with displays of outdated technology but as a work of sci-fi horror there is very little room for improvement. This is why I was initially skeptical about a reboot.

The new film gets off to a slow start but then shifts into high gear. Taut and suspenseful with excellent visual effects, this vision of the thing is no-nonsense survival horror at its best.

Throughout the film there are some subtle differences from the 1982 film which I attributed to the re-imagining of the source material. The bloody horror takes place in the Norwegian camp rather than the American camp and of course that bit about Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Dr. Kate Lloyd being the main character rather than Kurt Russell’s RJ Macready.

Then a funny thing happened at the very end of the film. A familiar scene began to unfold as a man fired shots from helicopter while pursuing a dog running from a Norwegian Antarctic research station. As you probably know the vents which follow that chase scene make up the plot of the 1982 film.

A lot of care was taken to ensure that this final sequence would match the introduction to the earlier film all the way down to the markings on the helicopter and the beard of the Norwegian gunner. The only noticeable discrepancy seems to be his rifle.

“The Thing” gets a reboot and Kurt Russel sure is pretty this time.

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As remakes go “The Thing” seems like a pretty safe bet. While its always been one of my favorites, It hasn’t exactly been on the radar lately. That’s a welcome change from the current trend of rebooting hot properties almost immediately after the previous incarnation has left theaters.

There’s already talk of a Batman reboot. What? “The Dark Knight Rises” hasn’t even finished filming and personally I could have waited a few more years for another Superman film. Oddly enough  John Carpenter’s 1982 film was really an update of the 1951 “The Thing From Another World”.  There’s Nothing like rebooting a remake of a classic.

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Avatar to become Disney attraction

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Yes,I’ve heard the news. Avatar is going to become a thematic attraction at Disney parks. I’m not even going to bother with the details. I guess there’s still some money to ring out of the “Avatar Experience”.

Remember that clever observation someone made about Avatar essentially being the same goddam movie as Pocahontas? I like to think about that everytime some jackass starts talking about how wonderful it would be to connect with nature and live like the blue thundercats Na’vi. What’s that a contraction of anyway? What two words do you splice together to get “Na’vi”? Maybe its a how they say “Niave” on Pandora.

That’s usually the point in the conversation at which I remind them that; once upon a time, there were in fact people JUST LIKE THAT living in America. Then the Europeans came and hurded them all into concentration camps euphemistically labled as “reservations”. We turned them into alocholics and gamblers.

Yep. It would be real swell to re-connect with nature and live like the Na’vi. I wonder what part of the Disney park experience will recreate the destruction of the Na’vi “home tree”?

“Super 8″ could have been E.T. for a new generation.

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I got out of the cave for a little while today to check out the new JJ Abrams movie, “Super 8″. I’ve become accustomed to the way that JJ Abrams tells a story so I never walk into one of his films expecting the obvious.

If haven’t caught on yet, let me clue you in. ‘Cloverfield’ wasn’t about a giant Godzilla-esque monster, ‘Star Trek’ wasn’t about warp drive or other futuristic technologies, and ‘LOST’ wasn’t about a mysterious three toed statue or displaced polar bears. What JJ Abrams excels at; is telling stories about people. How we react to unthinkable situations and how we relate to one another during unfounded adversity.

In the case of Super 8 he succeeded in presenting the kind of movie I have not seen since E.T. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Super 8 could well have been this generation’s “E.T.”. Could have been … except for the fact that this generation is utterly incapable of responding to cinema in such a simple and honest way. Today’s audiences seem to be totally vested in effects laden superhero movies or romantic comedies which are little more than formulaic star vehicles. I’m sure you know what I mean. They put the current “it girl” together with the emotionally unavailable hunk or the improbable underdog and apply a generous helping of improbability. By t he end of the movie … it’s true love.

Super 8 allows the audience to connect with very human characters. The character development of Joe (Joel Courtney) and Alice (Elle Fanning) is once again reminiscent of Elliot and Gertie from ET The Extra terrestrial. I won’t spoil this for you. Go see for yourself.

Prometheus will be released when Ridley Scott feels like it.

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This, I am excited to report for several reasons. Fox has locked March 09 2012 as the release date for Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel, “Prometheus”. The Alien franchise (minus Alien resurrection and those horrid AVP films) is one of my favorite science fiction properties.

Early speculation is that the new film(s) will center around the Space Jockey, the mysterious seated figure discovered by the crew of the Nostromo aboard the derelict alien spacecraft in the first ‘Alien’ film. That figure, in addition to the titular creature, was based on the work of H.R. Giger. Although the film will not specifically be centered around the classic “xenomorph” fans should recognize Alien’s DNA in the new project. Continue reading

Battle Los Angeles 2011

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Hey, does Will Smith know people keep making new Independence day films without him?

World Invasion, Battle: Los Angeles 2011 seems to be your standard alien invasion movie. Throughout modern history there have been eyewitness UFO reports of alien spacecraft. Their motives have never been understood… until now. Every major city in the world is under attack  by alien forces. This is the story of a Marine platoon facing off against the invaders in the battle of Los Angeles.

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Reviewing Monsters

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I’ve just had a chance to screen the scifi movie “monsters’ which I mentioned in an earlier post and it was pretty good.

When scientists discovered the possibility of life here in our own solar system, they sent a space prove to collect samples. Six years ago that  probe crash landed in Central America while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Shortly after the crash, new and dangerous forms of life began to appear. The US and Mexican governments co-operate in attempt to contain the creatures; establishing a quarantine around an infected zone between Mexico and the United States. Take that Arizona. We NEED Mexico to contain the real aliens.

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