Opinions are, as a common aphorism will tell you, equal parts ubiquitous and odiferous, but they constitute 35% of the traffic on the internet. (The remainder of the internet consists of 40% porn, 22% slander and 8% butterscotch ripple.) One opinion that I run into often is the assessment that practical special effects, i.e. actually throwing a stuntman out of a building like Burt Reynolds did in ‘Sharkey’s Machine’ is better than computer-generating the equivalent, like James Cameron did in ‘Titanic.’
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) demands to know whether you’ve seen this boy, asking: Do you prefer “practical” special effects or full-on CGI madness? (Make sure to show your work!)
I’ve been wanting to feature Adam Warren in the Art Appreciation Moment of the Day for a while now, but just didn’t find something that clicked until now.Â I had a chance to see the new G.I. Joe trailer a few days ago, and it blew my mind.Â Yes, it looks cheesy and over the top with the special effects and slowmotion fight scenes, but I really want to see it.
If you believe it. Sounds like a hoax, especially when he starts to complain that the special effects community doesn’t get a share of profits of the film.Â Almost like someoneÂ someone doesn’t know the difference between an Above the Line and Below the Line position.
For those of you hating the announcement that Brett Ratner was in as the director of the Conan movie can breathe a small sigh of relief today.Â The director says the deal is not done, as there are a few more things that need to be hammered out.Â Still up in the air are the budget, special effects, and shooting location, which places Conan back in development hell instead of an in production feature.
In the meantime, Ratner is committed to making Beverly Hills Cop 4 before taking on Conan.
Let that last line sink in for a moment before you start commenting.Â Beverly Hill Cop… 4.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out on the top of the heap this weekend, bringing in an estimated $35.9 million at the box office.Â I went to check the movie out on Friday, and while it was a very good movie, I still like the first Hellboy flick better.Â The acting was great, the makeup and special effects superb, but for some reason Hellboy II felt a whole lot like the first Men in Black movie.Â I think it had something to do with the background gags and music.
Speaking of Will Smith, Hancock slipped 47% from last week, but was still able to bring in $33 million.
After seeing artist Lorin Wood’s concept for Gort, I really don’t want to see the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. Seriously, with just a few slight adjustments to the original script, and a few updated special effects, the remake should be a slam dunk.Â Instead, Gort looks like a fudged up Cylon Centurion.
The Vertigo comic Exterminators is heading to the small screen.Â Showtime and Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton plans to bring the title to the cable network.Â But don’t expect the series to be a perfect adaptation.
In its Showtime incarnation, “Exterminators” will revolve around the Bug-Be-Gone crew, an extended dysfunctional family of exterminators whose greatest enemies aren’t the insects and rodents they meet and kill on a daily basis but rather their own self doubts, vices and inner demons.
Is Exterminators something that can be easily adaptated, or are the themes and special effects too much for subscriber cable?
It went down to the wire, but the supernatural drama Reaper got its renewal notice yesterday during the CBS upfront presentation.
The more I watch this series, the better it becomes, and I will say Reaper is on its way to becoming the male-centric version of Buffy by the time next season is over. Smart dialog, good acting, great special effects, just the right amount of humor, make this my must watch show of the week.
Reaper will return for 13 episodes during the mid-season next year, more than likely appearing on Thursday night opposite Supernatural.
And since I’ve mentioned Reaper in a Major Spoilers article, it’s time for a Missy Peregrym appreciation moment after the jump.