Some Random Comments About Upcoming Films

Four upcoming films I want to comment on. In no particular order:

Coraline

Coraline

Cinema Fusion posted a trailer for Coraline (IMDB page), a movie based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name.

Gaiman has a knack for creating atmosphere, and Coraline the book has a wonderful creepy in-a-good-way vibe and a charming story. If the trailer is anything to go on the movie might, as well. The movie is directed by Henry Selick, who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas. Voice talent includes Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French. Saunders and French as Miss Forcible and Miss Spink, brilliant!

Gaiman has been keeping tabs on the process and writing about it. He likes it, this is a good thing! I'm very much looking forward to the final result.

Coraline isn't set for release until February 2009.

The Last Starfighter Sequel: Starfighter

Last Starfighter PosterVia the Movie Blog, Cinema Blend reports in two web articles: Son Of The Last Starfighter! and More On The Last Starfighter Sequel that a Last Starfighter (IMDB page/Wikipedia page) sequel is in the works.

I loved this movie when it was released back in 1984! Though it isn't high art and is a product of the 80's, it has a certain wide eyed, optimistic charm I enjoy. The video gamer saving the galaxy storyline is cool, too! I'm not sure I'd call it a classic but there's a lot of people who do. I am sure it's nice to watch every now and then.

It's so early in the development process who's to say how the sequel will turn out. Initial involvement of a lot of the original players is a good sign. Let's hope they don't mess it up!

If you're interested, check out the Cinema Blend articles.

Starship Troopers 3

Starship Troopers 3

io9.com reports: Starship Troopers III Actually Based On Heinlein Novel This Time. This got me a bit excited . . . until I actually read the piece. Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is another direct to DVD release, like the second one. I've never seen the second movie, apparently it's barely recognizable as a sequel except for some visual queues. The "based on the novel" line seems to refer to movie number 3 being a carry on from movie number 1 and maybe including power armor.

So number 3 based on the novel? NOT!

The message in Paul Verhoeven's movie version of Starship Troopers is nothing like what Robert A. Heinlein wrote in the novel. It's almost a polar opposite. Strangely, I liked Verhoeven's version of Starship Troopers, even though it didn't respect the novel (I'll probably burn in hell because of this). If only it had a different name. My only regret is we'll probably never see a true movie version of the book, which is a shame. It has themes very topical for our times.

Row Three has some coverage and a trailer: Starship Troopers 3’s Killer Trailer. If you have an opinion weigh-in with a comment.

Iron Man

Coraline

I remember loving Iron Man comics as a teen, though these days I don't remember much about the actual stories.

Iron Man the movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Downey is a great actor, and based on the trailers we're getting another excellent performance. The special effects are looking good, too. The suit sequences where Iron Man drag races some F-22s and takes out a tank look awesome. I'm hoping beyond hope the storyline doesn't disappoint. And that Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't mess up this performance the way she messed up Polly Perkins in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Via Row Three, the second Iron Man trailer is up at myspacetv.com.

Iron Man should be in the theatres come May 2008.

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