So once again Drastic throws its hat into the ring of fiction once again. I
wish. I didn't see Harry Potter with Gill on opening day, because, frankly,
I'm far too much of a hypocritical asshole to keep a polite and pleasant
tongue in my head while my friends are around me, dressed up as wizards in
the cruel grasp of puberty. But I did see it the next day. And yes, I went
solely to see the Superman Returns teaser. See what I said about being a
hypocritical asshole?? Don't get me wrong, I'm a Harry Potter fan. I love
the books, although factors both financial and apathetic have prevented me
from reading the latest book. When it came out I couldn't afford it and I've
been too lazy to ask someone for a lend of the book. I mean I'm sure I'll
enjoy it. I've enjoyed all the other ones. I honestly think, they're
fantastically well written books and everyone should read them. Except Order
of the Phoenix. That was sheer balls. Speaking of the films, they're also
balls. Prisoner of Azkaban was alright, purely for the grace of having some
fantastic production design. And this one? Well, it was actually pretty
good. Its still feels like the cliff notes of the book and not an actual
script, but it was a decent enough way to pass the time. The effects and the
set pieces were awesome, I couldn't believe ILM had done some of this, it
was so good. I'll come back to potter later, but I have an urge to wax
lyrical about Superman.
is the Superman Returns teaser trailer I'm talking about by the
way. I think its awesome. It does its job fantastically. It's a teaser
trailer. Its job is to tease. Its only purpose is to prick your interest.
The film is 7 months away. That is loads of time to saturate the media with
advertisements. The vast majority of people will not have known that there
is a new Superman film coming out and this trailer is to make them go "oh".
That's all its there for. It's a place holder. It's a 93 second sign that
says essentially, "coming soon". Its not a proper trailer and its actually
kinda cute that people are treating it like one. God bless the internet. Any
excuse to write off Brandon Routh. But I suppose they have every right, as
he just arrived on set on the first day of shooting at the precise moment
Singer just realized that he completely forgot to cast someone in the key
role. So upon seeing Routh stumble onto a closed set, Singer flung a spare
Superman costume at him and told him to get to makeup. Of course he didn't
have to audition. Oh no, no, no. Don't fool yourself into thinking that he
had to prove himself to all the producers and execs in Warner Bros. God no.
he was thrown head first in the role, untested and wet behind the ears.
Pfft. Yes, pfft. Yes we all know he's an unknown. And yes, studios have cast
ineptly before when using unknown quantities. But, they tend to be a lot
more cautious when its an unknown actor shouldering the weight of major
franchise for a studio who's only significant Box office successes were the
Harry Potter films. I'm just saying, that I'm pretty sure Singer and his
team knows what they are doing.
I'm literally shocked that people think Jim Caviezel would be a good choice
for Superman. In fact, I'm flabbergasted that people think he's suitable for
any role. Because show me the film where delivers a good performance and I
will subsequently show you the blunt object I'll be using to beat the sense
back into you. Because Jim Caviezel is in all honesty, the worst actor I
have ever seen. I've seen props convey emotion better. Bah.
Harry Potter films. Yes they're balls. Mainly because, unlike the Lord
of the Rings films, there's no love there. At all. It's a basically an
excuse to make money. And I know I have sort of carved a nice little "sell
out" cocoon for myself, but seriously, I'm not that bad. I'd never mess with
Drastic just to make some easy money. But I have no problems with a studio
using an artistic endevour to make a boatload of cash. That's their job,
after all. But I do have a problem with them jumping on the back of series
of books just to make an easy pile of money. At least wait until the books
are finished. Or at the very least find a director who loves and cares for
these books much more than his pay cheque. One again, I'm in "hopelessly
na´ve" mode again. It will pass. Hopefully.
See You on Thurdsday.
My weeks of silence have been due to my computer crapping out on me. Hurrah
for knoppix or I would've lost everything. Much thanks to Bruno for doing
some kick ass strips. I really should learn how to write comedy or I might
As for the minute, I'm doing nothing much. Playing lots of Eternal Darkness.
I know I'm several years late to jump on the band wagon, but wow, that game
kicks ass. Unfortunately, being chicken-shit means I can only play it with
the lights on....... in the middle of the day....... with someone else
And I'm still finding myself terrified of the whole thing. Especially since
the game played the most evil trick I had ever seen when it pretended to
delete all my saved games......
In relation to this weeks comic, yes I did go and see Harry Potter on the
opening day, although Adam wasn't with me. I went with people who were in
costume. We had a kick ass time and my main memory from the whole thing was
that i was trying not to pee for 2 hours.........
However there was no Superman trailer.......