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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Will I watch Watchmen?

I'm so conflicted about the upcoming release of Watchmen. A lot of movie fans online are reacting like it's the second coming (the first presumably being The Dark Knight) but I'm not so sure. I wasn't eagerly anticipating it as I had never read the graphic novel and I hate the previous films of the Director Zak Snyder (300 and the Dawn Of The Dead remake). I've now read the comic, and it is indeed very good and if you watch the trailer having read the book it's undoubtedly very impressive. However I'm a long way from convinced that Snyder can direct a film with such an intricate plot and so much dialogue. Not only that but if the action is too 300-style with over use of slow-mo and other annoying techniques, then I will be annoyed. Some early word has suggested it's actually too faithful to the book.

Then again that trailer does look deeply cool. So, Mr Snyder I am prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt. Whether I can bring myself to risk seeing it at the cinema remains to be seen.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

State of Play: Game on through the crisis

Despite the current Global Recession (or as the UK media would have it the much less worrying-sounding Credit Crunch) 2008 was still the biggest year ever for the video games industry. Propelled by the ongoing success of Nintendo worldwide the market has continued to expand. Companies may be going bust left and right and people are losing their jobs but it seems to be salad days for gaming markets as people look fore entertainment to escape the gloom. Or more accurately it's good times for some in the gaming industry- for while Xbox 360 had it's best year to date and Wii and DS have sold in ridiculous amounts, sales fell across the board for all PlayStation formats (PS2, PS3 and PSP), and gaming behemoth EA posted massive losses. The UK has now officially overtaken Japan to become the second biggest gaming market in the world and more than 50% of total software sold last year was on a Nintendo format. How the tables have turned.

On a purely personal level the most satisfying statistic among those that have been released about last year is that after all the massive hype about the enormous sales Grand Theft Auto IV racked up (described as 'the biggest entertainment launch ever' by several sources) the biggest selling game of last year was.... er Mario Kart Wii. Sales of GTA were very impressive but Mario won. Not only was Kart my personal fave of the year but I also find something reassuring that more people would rather take to the track with the plucky plumber than nick a car and shoot a prostitute. Or maybe I'm just going soft

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

There are no Crimes behind enemy lines

Fans of Quentin Tarantino, prepare to soil yourselves. For the day has arrived- the teaser trailer for Inglorious Basterds QT's much-talked up WWII movie- is here. And it is aweeeeesome. Most eagerly awaited live-action film of 2009 hands down.


Watch it here

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Please note: Normally I keep the blog and the news section of the site seperate, but I'm making an exception as this might be of interest to both sets of readers- so this appears reproduced from the news page.

Waaaay back in 2005, I produced Trailer Trash IV, a little piece called Sense and Sensibility and Zombies- combining period drama with zombie movie at last. Fast forward to today when I learn (via Slashfilm) that a book called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is to be released in April and that Hollywood producers are allegedly fighting for the rights. It's probably unlikely that the author of the mash up book has ever seen my animation or ever heard of monkey pirate zombie (the Internet is an awful big place) but it does seem like a pretty big coincidence. Even if I did think it was a rip-off there wouldn't really be anything much I could do about it, so I'm justgoing to have to assume it's a big ol' coincidence. And it would make an awesome movie. However I'll be watching out. If this guy's next project is Leprocop, there will be trouble!

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