Archive for the ‘Previews’ Category

“Come On Watson, The New Movie Is Afoot!”

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

As I write this, the new Sherlock Holmes movie is coming out in less than two weeks. On my birthday, in fact. If I can drag my woman to it, I plan to have a review of it up here the day afterwards. But for now, I must find myself content with offering a preview to anyone who wants to read it.

This movie (from what I can gather of the thrice-viewed trailer) appears to be a rougher, more action prone Holmes for the new generation. Both Holmes and Watson are played by handsome men (Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law respectively) in this Guy Ritchie directed movie. Considering Guy Ritchie directed the excellent gangster movie Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, that’s no bad thing.

As with any adaptation of loved characters or franchises for a modern audience, I’m sure many people will be saying ‘he doesn’t do this in the books’, or to put it another way ‘MUR MUR MUR’. It’s a new story for the new age, so there are naturally bound to be any number of elements that clash with Doyle’s characterisations.

Mercifully, they appear to have concocted a fresh story for this movie, rather than resorting to adapting one of the many stories that have already been covered. The new story involves the same characters, a new villain and some choice names from the original stories (but a surprising lack of Moriaty as the film’s villain, considering he is seen as the main villain of the series), such as Irene Adler and Mary Morstan as Watson’s love interest.

Those of you who know me well (and that’s all of you) will know that I have decided not to trust trailers, so I have decided to watch this film without really knowing a lot about it. To that end, the only research I have done for it is reading the Wikipedia article for the purposes of this preview. I wouldn’t have watched the trailer at all but I didn’t have any choice about it and fortunately I cannot remember much of it anyway.

As a keen Sherlockian myself, I loved the original stories and have tried the Sherlock Scan on many people without success. so I await this film and the results with great interest. To tide me over, I have a big compilation book of Doyle’s stories by my side. Now off to read them…


Walking On The Moon…(shamone) [preview]

Sunday, November 8th, 2009
I’m going to say from the start that I haven’t actually seen Moonwalker, Michael Jackson’s movie. Nor do I intend to. I decided to talk about it based on what I’ve seen in the Nostalgia Critic review (Google it and watch, it’s funny). So I guess it’s more like a preview than a review (hence the title).
See, the thing about this movie is that parts of it don’t really seem to make sense on any sort of level really. And I thought, with the release of his new movie, This Is It, that now would be a good time to cash in on the popularity of the film and write this blog. While ‘This Is It’ appears to be a concert film (I haven’t seen it, probably won’t, and Wikipedia would probably not be accepted as a useful source in this case), this appears to be a mish-mash of things that have already been used to further the Former King Of Pop’s career, things that should’ve been left on the cutting room floor and things that the animation studios are showing off with. Not that they have much to show off about; by today’s standards, the animations are quite bad. I’m not saying I could produce better, I’m saying that claymation may not have been the best medium to use for this film, as (with the possible exception of Wallace & Gromit) claymation generally looks poor. Especially 1980’s claymation.
Before I do any more mocking of this film, I would just like to say that I do respect him. He could sing damn well, he could dance and at this point I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out he was faking his death to raise publicity for his new film. Or he planned to re-enact Thriller. Whichever works for him.
And yes, I know the man died, but that is really no reason to glorify this film, in which MJ transforms into a car, a drug dealer with a huge laser tries to kill children and blow up the world (or something) and Michael escapes from a crowd of claymation fans (because he has no real fans? I’m sort of confused about that) who won’t stop chasing him by turning into some sort of rabbit dancer guy*. Yeah… like that won’t scare children.
Fair play to the man though, he did some good music videos in his time. Smooth Criminal was cool, and I’m sure most of us wish we could dance like that. The weird lean thing that they do in the video is nothing short of damn impressive. I mean, it’d be a pretty useless talent to have in everyday life, but I’m sure it’d help you get ahead in the dancing world. If that’s not computer effects or whatever, I’d love to know how they did it.
I mean, I know watching a review doesn’t count as seeing the whole thing and I’m sure it’s much better viewed properly, etc. But frankly, this movie is about 90 minutes long, and I did not want to pay for the dvd (I do not have £7.99 to fritter away on flights of moonwalkin’ fancy) or potentially waste my time watching it. I mean, I’m not going to discourage you from seeing a movie I haven’t seen myself. But if the aforementioned review is anything to go by, then maybe I should be.
*This reminds me of the giant rabbit from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. It’s a great film, go and watch that instead.