This might not stay on Youtube forever, but here’s the first Hobbit trailer. I like it, but I have one concern–Peter Jackson’s special effects don’t look as good in high def. That was to be expected with the Lord of the Rings, but I hope the Hobbit’s special effects look better.
You would think that George Lucas would just leave well enough alone and be content with making great-looking blu-rays of Star Wars. But no. Instead, he wants to flaunt his bad judgment and make “improvements” including new dialogue. I wish I were joking.
When I saw this headline, I thought that a Boba Fett movie would actually be pretty cool. I mean, what’s cooler than a Bounty Hunter?
But then reality set it. First, there’s George Lucas, whose track record is now really bad. And there’s director Joe Johnston who has been pitching this idea to Lucas. His filmography can be signed up by the first comment on his IMDB page, “Let’s be honest, this guy sucks.” He does. Just look at the movies he has directed. Maybe he can prove us wrong with Captain America, but I’m not holding my breath.
A Boba Fett movie could be great, but there’s no reason to think the actual execution would be great.
PJ O’Rourke’s has a review of Atlas Shrugged in the WSJ. It doesn’t sound like it isn’t a good movie and one of the problem is that the book was published in 1957, but set in the future. But that future doesn’t really make any sense. O’Rourke argues that the movie should have updated the book because the collectivists are still with us, but now they are going after the average Joe:
An update is needed, and not just because train buffs, New Deal economics and the miracle of the Bessemer converter are inexplicable to people under 50, not to mention boring. The anti-individualist enemies that Ayn Rand battled are still the enemy, but they’ve shifted their line of attack. Political collectivists are no longer much interested in taking things away from the wealthy and creative. Even the most left-wing politicians worship wealth creation—as the political-action-committee collection plate is passed. Partners at Goldman Sachs go forth with their billions. Steve Jobs walks on water. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are rich enough to buy God. Progressive Robin Hoods have turned their attention to robbing ordinary individuals. It’s the plain folks, not a Taggart/Rearden elite, whose prospects and opportunities are stolen by corrupt school systems, health-care rationing, public employee union extortions, carbon-emissions payola and deficit-debt burden graft. Today’s collectivists are going after malefactors of moderate means.
Hence the Tea Party, and Ayn Rand is invited. Not for nothing is Kentucky Senator Paul named Rand. The premise of “Atlas Shrugged” applies to every maker in a world of takers. What if,pace Adam Smith, the takers do indeed expect their dinner “from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker”? And what if the Safeway meat-cutter, the beer-truck driver, and the guy who owns the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise say to hell with “their regard to their own interest”? What if they go off with John Galt to a secret hidden unknown valley in the Rocky Mountains? A lot of people will be chewing air and drinking puddle water.
Back before George Lucas lost touch with reality and though he could write dialogue and direct films, he made a nice little film called Empire Strikes Back. Here are some interesting photos of the making of that film:
I read this article in the L.A. Times and thought, “who with an IQ greater than Jar-Jar Binks would actually pay money to see the Phantom Menace in 3-D.” It warmed my soul to read the comments and see that I was not alone. If Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back are done well, they could maybe be interesting in 3-D, but re-releasing the prequel movies in 3-D makes it sound like George Lucas just wants more cash–but it anyone actually pay to see those movies in the theater?
This is for you:
In this video, Francis Ford Coppola explains the introduction to the movie Patton. The best part of the movie is the intro. It is pure genius. And yet he was fired because the studio didn’t like the intro. This only goes to show that the things you’re fired for when young are often the same things you’re given awards for later in life.
The Wall Street meltdown has claimed another victim, Guillermo de Toro has stepped down from directing The Hobbit “in light of ongoing delays in setting of a start date for filming…”
The problem is MGM’s poor financial situation. They currently have $4 billion in debt, making it difficult to finance new pictures and making the company unattractive to prospective buyers.
Hopefully MGM can get its act together and they can make a good movie.
On the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, IGN has a list of 100 factoids about the movie.
I watched part of the movie yesterday and I was impressed again at the special effects. Special effect just meant more when before they could do anything with computers.