Throwing Out The Baby With The Bathwater?

I haven’t seen Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, and I hold no animus toward the director (though I don’t particularly like what little I know about his politics).

That being said, why anyone would use an artificial baby when it was probably as easy–if not easier–to use a real one is literally beyond comprehension.

As anyone who’s read this blog is aware, I am a HUGE fan of practical effects, though with a caveat:  If there’s an existing thing that you are trying to put in your movie, it seems logical to me that you’d use it, if at all possible.  We don’t have dinosaurs, so though practical and CGI effects we bring them to life, so to speak.

This makes sense, though the last time I checked, there are plenty of babies, so why wouldn’t an actually child be used?

I have no idea, but as you can tell from the video, the result is hilariously bad.  Now, perhaps within context of the movie the baby doppelgänger perhaps better fit, but judging from the Youtube clip I posted above, I am not seeing it.

John Carpenter’s “Halloween” Screening For Free (For A Limited Time Only)!

How limited, you might ask?  I have no idea, though according to The Daily Dead the free period began on the 16th, two days ago, so if you don’t already have in your collection, I’d take advantage of it before someone comes to their senses.

Besides, the last “horror” film I watched was Children Of The Corn: Urban Harvest, which was pretty funny, though the humor was unfortunately of the unintentional variety.

Unlike Halloween, which was one of the most influential horror films ever made.  What’s most interesting is that, despite how iconic the film may seem to viewers now, at the time Carpenter was making it he not only had any idea it would be as innovative as it ended up being, but its success almost defied logic.

Why Is The Upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! Seemingly All CGI?

Thunderbirds Are Go!Maybe it’s just me, but I am just not seeing the logic.  Computer graphics have enabled filmmakers to create the seemingly impossible, and while I think that I will always prefer practical effects, I do understand that the leaps that CGI have reached are pretty impressive and such effects can’t often cannot be done any other way.

That being said, the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! will be all CGI, but with the characters rendered in the fashion of puppets.

Huh!?  Since they’re working with a tool that gives producers literally the ability to create what they want, why not stretch the medium a bit?  In other words, if they aren’t going to use actual puppets–like in the fashion of Gerry Anderson series like the original Thunderbirds, Terrahawks, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, among others, then why not use people, combined with green screen and CGI?

Would it be more expensive to do so?  Probably, because you’re talking about practical sets, enhanced by special effects.  Then again, Anderson’s series were always innovative and unique, while it appears what they are considering doing is nothing of the sort (besides, it has already been done with the New Adventures Of Captain Scarlet).

I know that Weta, the company that is handling special effects, best known for the work they’ve done for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, seemingly doesn’t have much in the way of experience with puppetry, though it’s a skill set worth keeping alive.

 

Marathon Man Is On Netflix!

John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man–arguably one of the best thrillers ever made–has turned up on Netflix!  If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a look.  It has stars like Roy Scheider, Laurence Olivier, William Devane and Dustin Hoffman playing roles that careers are made from, in a story that involves international intrigue, danger (you’ll never look at dentistry the same way again) and diamonds in a manner that flows almost effortlessly from one scene to the next.

It’s a classic, and well-worth your time.

Z Nation: Not Nearly As Bad As It Should Be

When Syfy premiered Z Nation a few months ago, the only thing that I was curious about was what took them so long.  The Walking Dead has been breaking ratings records for AMC for years now, so that it took so long for someone to premiere another series that revolved around the undead was a bit of a surprise (and I don’t mean high-concept pseudo-zombie series like The Returned).

If we forget for a moment the insane idea that Syfy, a network so based on science fiction that it’s actually in the name, was so late to the party and that the series is made by The Asylum (known for schlock like Sharknado, Atlantic Rim and American Battleship), it’s actually not terrible.

Trailers Somehow Possess the Magical Ability To Make Things Less Pathetic

The series revolves around a zombie apocalypse, with a rag-tag group of survivors trying to make their way to California.  The twist is that a member of their party includes a person who is apparently immune to the virus that creates zombies, which means that they have to protect him as best they can as they make their way to the West Coast.

The FX is pretty spotty, character development is just about nil, but for an Asylum feature, it’s actually pretty good.  Now, if it weren’t so lacking in logic–which is saying something considering that we’re talking about a series about the walking dead–and flimsy characterization, it could give critical darling The Walking Dead a run for its money.

What bugs me–beyond that which I already mentioned–is that everyone works way too hard not to use the word “zombie”(as if The Walking Dead has it copyrighted–and they very well may) or something, despite the fact that it’s the first word someone would use under such conditions.

 

Z Nation is currently on Netflix

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Trailer 2

Oh.  My.  God.  Can this movie look any more awesome?  At this point, no movie matters more and it has somehow managed to move from mere celluloid, to an event.

If this movie doesn’t earn at least $500 million its first weekend, it won’t earn a penny.

Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire – Review

Jarhead 2 poster

“Jarhead 2 would be a better movie if it weren’t called “Jarhead.””

Don Michael Paul‘s Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire is a fascinating movie–which shouldn’t be mistaken for good, though it’s by no means terrible–that revolves around a platoon in Afghanistan and a mission circumstance forces them to undertake.

What makes the movie so interesting is that it’s as if the makers had never seen the original film that their movie is (supposedly) based upon.  The original Jarhead starred Jake Gyllenhaal and was based on the story of Anthony Swafford, and the American response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Though most importantly Jarhead was less a war movie than one about the nature of war, which was depicted as long lengths of time either doing nothing or doing things that appeared on the surface to be pointless, punctuated by an occasional bout of violence, till everything was defined by the same monotonous routine.

Field Of Fire takes an opposite tack, as Josh Kelly (Chris Merrimette) and his platoon are forced to fight to defend the life of a mysterious woman who’s being transported by Navy Seal Fox (Cole Hauser).  There’s no pointlessness of violence here, though the movie does try to adapt the somewhat cynical tone of the original film, for the most part unsuccessfully.

This pointlessness extends to the rest of the movie as well, which besides conflict has little in common with the original film.

Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire is currently on Netflix