Bond 23 = Skyfall?

For awhile the rumor mill said that the title of the upcoming James Bond film would be called Carte Blanche, which I still think is a bit staid and a lot hoity toity, especially for the Daniel Craig incarnation of James Bond.

It appears that perhaps someone else had the same thoughts, because the now it’s believed that the title for the 23rd Bond film will be “Skyfall.”

That being said, I wouldn’t exactly rule out “Red Skies” yet because the current choice is based upon the resistered screennames like JamesBond-Skyfall.com and Skyfallthefilm.com, which isn’t exactly definitive.

George R.R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’ Is Coming To The Big Screen!

Edited 10/29/11

While it’s great to see George R.R. Martin, and his superlative writing, finally getting some attention with HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” though when I thought about which of his books that I would like to see as a movie, that particular series wasn’t my first choice.

That would have been “Wild Cards” (and possibly “Fevre Dream,” which is a take on vampires that is as anti-Twilight as you can get).  The series revolves around ordinary people that get superpowers from an alien virus.  What made the series most interesting was that it took the history of the time–like the Kennedy assassination, for example–and works in super beings.

The series was an anthology, so while Martin did write some of the stories, he served primarily as editor.

Syfy and Universal are developing a movie based upon the books, and while I am jazzed that it is coming to the big screen, I am worried that Syfy is involved because they are not exactly known for quality productions.

By the way, I forgot to mention that “Wild Cards” was serialized in comic form by Epic Comics (an imprint of Marvel) sometime in the ’80’s, if recollection serves.

Walter Hill Interview

“Streets of Fire,” “48 Hrs.,” “Another 48 Hrs.,” “Last Man Standing,” “Supernova” (which he disowned because of creative differences between him and the studio that released the film) are among the films directed by the uber-talented Walter Hill.  If that were the only role he played in Hollywood, there would be enough material for a distinguished career.

Though there are the films that he’s produced, like the Alien saga, and many others The Village Voice has an interview with Hill, and it’s worth reading if only to hear of the fate of the proposed remake of his masterpiece, “The Warriors.”

 

‘Tyrannosaur’ Trailer

Here’s the trailer for “Tyrannosaur,” which looks to be a really cool movie, though in the name of honesty I have to admit that when I heard the name of the film I was a tad disappointed that there were no tyrannosaurs running about.

In Tyrannosaur’s defense (the movie, not the extinct dinosaur), Peter Mullan on occasion looks more threatening than any overgrown lizard (or perhaps I should say bird).

John Carpenter’s ‘The Ward’ Is Streaming!

Edited 10/26/11

For a while Netflix really bothered me.  First there was the price increase, which I understand the necessity of, though it was handled really, really badly.  Then there was the whole Quikster debacle, and recently not only has the company lost somewhere around 800,000 viewers in the United States, but the stock price has taken a dive.

But I can forgive the first two–and care less for the third because I don’t own any Netflix stock–because today I learned that John Carpenter’s “The Ward” is streaming.

For those of you unaware, Carpenter directed classic genre films like “Halloween,” “The Fog,” Escape From New York,” “Prince Of Darkness,” “Big Trouble In Little China,” as well as “The Thing (not the film which is in theaters now, which considering how mediocre it is, isn’t a bad thing),” “Vampires,” and the list goes on.

Which is not to say that he hasn’t had a few–shall we say less than good films–but when you have done work as great as he has, he’s entitled to the occasional misfire.

“The Ward” has been the recipient of relatively lukewarm reviews, but it’s John Carpenter, and his worst is often on par with some other directors best.

By the way, speaking of “Halloween,” the original came out today in 1978.

The Walking Dead, Episode One, Season Two

Nothing in the way of spoilers, so read with confidence

I have been watching the second season of “The Walking Dead,” and beside certain odd beats (Why was the smell of the dead on the highway a non-issue, while a rotting corpse in a tent makes everyone gag?  These are some of the same people who covered themselves–literally–in the entrails of the dead in the episode, “Guts,” so you’d think that they would be somewhat accustomed to the way corpses smell by now.  Then there’s the convenience of finding an assortment of bladed weapons just when it’s the most efficient way to kill a zombie come to mind.  I understand that television is full of “coincidences” like that which I just mentioned, but the best television makes those coincidences seem natural.  I am by no means saying that “The Walking Dead” isn’t good television, though if it wants to touch greatness, it needs to watch the deux ex mahina.) I like what I see.

That being said, I noticed that there’s an executive producer credit for Frank Darabont during the opening, when it’s common knowledge that he was fired as showrunner.

I understand that he and his title are (probably) contractually obligated to be there, but it still smarts.

I also saw that Ernest Dickerson worked on the season opener with Gwyneth Horter-Payton (I assume to clean up whatever problems existed, which gave AMC a reason–which I suspect that they were looking for all along–to release Darabont) as well as directing “Bloodletting,” the second episode in its entirety.

Which Came First? The Blog Or The News?

If anyone doesn’t remember my Seattle’s Real-Life Superheroes post from earlier this month, it revolved around self-styled superheroes, like Phoenix Jones and Red Dragon, doing what they could to keep their city safe.

Once I write a piece, I tend to move on to the next thing of interest.

That is, till I happened to pass the Washington Post Express kiosk next to my building, and noticed the image below.

Looks familiar, doesn’t it?

No, Simon Baker Would NOT Make A Good Doctor Strange

According to Collider, some say that Simon Baker, of “The Mentalist” would make a good Doctor Strange.  While I am sure that he could handle the role–after all, he’s a decent actor–there’s no way that he is a good fit for the character.

Mainly because he looks nothing like him.

In the past, I have suggested Ioan Gruffudd, because he has experience working with Marvel (he played Mr. Fantastic in “The Fantastic Four” films and we have seen that Marvel is not above using actors from one of their films in another, witness Chris Evans) and most importantly, he actually looks like the good Doctor.

You Can’t Keep A Good Punisher Down

Frank Castle, when his family is gunned down by mobsters, declares an all-out war on crime as The Punisher.  As a comic character, his popularity at times has approached that of DC Comics’ Batman, though he never successfully made the leap to feature films.

First Dolph Lundgren tackled the character, and while physically his portrayal was an accurate one, it felt a bit off.

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‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Trailer

At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be the type of film that I tend to be interested in.  On second glance, there appears to be elements of a mystery, disturbing behavior and a very sinister, Jim Jones-vibe from John Hawkes.

Still not quite my cup of tea, but if a friend were interested in seeing it I would probably complain a bit, despite secretly being somewhat curious as to what it’s all about (I tend to not read ahead about upcoming films in any sort of detail because I want to be surprised).