Saw Black Sheep on DVD last night - missed it in the cinemas earlier in the year.
It's a New Zealand film about the perils of genetic experimentation. Now, that could sound like a serious, thought-provoking film - this isn't. It's a hilarious gore-fest in the style of pre-serious film-making Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Brain Dead), and one thing's for sure: if you see it - and I recommend it - you may never look at a sheep in the same way again!
I will refrain from taking a swing at Kong in this thread
I quite liked it. Would've been much better with an hour lopped out of it, but pretty good nonetheless. I think it's testament to just how good the beginning and - particularly - the end is that even though the middle is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar too long, often very stupid and actually a bit dull in places, the film still feels good by the closing credits. Well, I thought so anyway.
I don't remember the CGI being that dodgy, though there is waaaaay too much of it, of course. But at least in Gollum and Kong Peter Jackson had the sense to have an actor create a complete performance and have that performance animated rather than leaving it to the animators to create the visual performance themselves, 'cause that way lies dodgy CGI Yoda and....Jar-Jar Binks.
Hmm, see I found the homage to the old king kong in the central characters jarred with the more gruesome aspects of the film. Not in a 'oh, that makes these really dark/scary' kinda way, just in a 'that felt like the film changed gears badly' sort of way
And maybe I'm just being cold hearted, but I felt the very end was drawn out too long, and then JB's last line just really clunked for me!
Still, i found it amusing people complained about the 'ice skating' scene, when it was basically no more or less than the earlier first scene in the jungle where Naomi Watts was doing her schtick. The way people talked it down, I thought kong had skates on!
Went to see Max Payne yesterday. Very disapointing. I know that when making a movie based on a book (or, in this case, on a video game), there are a few things that are changed, ignored, added, etc. Well, in this case, what they kept from the game were not the best things, and what they changed didn't help to make the movie better. They added new characters, removed all the mafia connection, and the movie ends with no real conclusion and two big holes in the plot. I'm very disapointed. At least, I got my first glimpse of Olga Kuryulenko, the new Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, due next month.
That's too bad about the MP movie, really it is. I'm especially sad because the original movie was going to be made by an independent company, and while the actors weren't as good as the ones they use in the main movie, the script was really close to the original game. They even had a "Max, you're in a movie" segment ^_^
It all made sense suddenly... I was in a movie. My actions predetermined by nameless faces, an unseen director giving me all the right cues at the wrong time. I wasn't even really who I thought I was, just some nameless two bit wrapped up in something beyond his measuring.
I didn't know why, but it was the most frightening thing I could think of.
Come on folks it's a video game turned into a movie. Lower your expectations a little its exactly what it promises to be 90 minutes of sex and violence.
Why do you play the video games in the first place? To blow off steam and alleviate stress by I don't know imagining your targets as your co-workers? customers? Bosses? So why is it the minute you hear they're making a movie all of a sudden you expect shakespeare in the park.
How about this then every time you feel jaded by a bad movie from your favorite video game go and rent either the super marios bros. or street fighter movies (you remember those i'm sure) and then you can see the great strides they have made in video game adaptations. And count your lucky stars that they don't make them like that anymore...