Thursday, January 7, 2010

Look At My Briefs -- 1/7/10

It's a new year and, if you're reading this, it means you have also lived long enough to bear witness to this exotic future world. To celebrate, let's all partake of another edition of my brief comments on short subjects called Look At My Briefs.

Some of you may remember how much I loved the Swedish film Let The Right One In, the story of a boy who befriends a girl that turns out to be a vampire. It was an intelligent, serious and violent film that was blessedly free of characters who sparkled or werewolves with six pack abs. An American remake called Let Me In has been given an October release date. Now we start the waiting game to see if Hollywood proudly upholds its tradition of taking intelligent foreign films, crapping on them and adding chase scenes. Good news: the plot synopsis is similar to that of the original. Bad news: it's an American remake of a foreign film which means it is subject to the previously mentioned proud tradition.

Caprica, a show set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica about the creation of the Cylons, is premiering this month on Sceyefae. I saw the DVD of the pilot and it looked okay but I can't get excited about a story that I know eventually ends in a combination of Von Danikenism and Deus Ex Machina 50 years later.

Youth In Revolt and Daybreakers are getting surprisingly good reviews considering they're both coming out the first week in January, a week usually reserved for what turns out to be on of the year's worst movies. Could this be the start of a trend? Oh wait, what's this? Phew, I was getting worried for a minute.

This trailer for Kick-Ass is lousy. This redband clip concentrating on Hit-Girl, however, is at least better than the other trailer. It still doesn't make me overly optimistic about the movie's prospects but I'll admit there's now a glimmer of hope. The action was cool and who doesn't enjoy seeing little girls portrayed as foul-mouthed homicidal vigilante psychopaths? Coincidentally, the kid playing Hit-Girl is also playing the vampire in Let Me In. Circle of life and all that.

I predicted that Big Hollywood's anti-Avatar attitude would change once the film made money and that they would change their tunes and say that the movie was actually a very conservative film. If I ignore the fact that this Leigh Scott article isn't meant to be serious, I can say I my prediction was accurate so that's what I'm going to do. Hurray for me!


Dan Coyle said...

Wait, the Leigh Scott article WASN'T serious? I thought it was, becaus he wrote something similar with regards to V.

Either way, Leigh Scott is a very self-esteemed challenged human being.

Michael Clear said...

He wrote serious articles extolling the conservative virtues of V and Torchwood: Children of Earth but this one looks tongue-in-cheek to me. Sets a new self-awareness standard for Big Hollywood, actually.