Star Trek first aired in 1966; several TV seasons, films and an animated series later, J.J. Abrams is directing the newest Star Trek film intended to ‘revamp’ the franchise – an aim which this film, simply titled Star Trek, fails at miserably. I should point out that I’ve never gotten into Star Trek, having only ever watched one episode. Yet you’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the basics of Star Trek lore; things like that ‘beaming’ means to teleport someone, that Starfleet are the intergalactic peacekeeping forces, that Kirk is Captain of the Starship Enterprise and other such things that will come to be over the course of the film. While some details are hardly explained (Romulan and Vulcans are both mostly human in appearance, but are distinct alien races) but Star Trek is a film that is accessible enough that anyone can watch it, understand it and be disappointed.
Here is an old (March 2007) talk by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek) discussing his love of mystery and its uses in life and film. This talk is just one of many by fantastic speakers including Al Gore, Brian Greene, and Ken Robinson which you can check out at TED. I highly recommend browsing through them and if you find any good ones please post them in the comments below.
Whatever type of gaming you’re in to, Gen Con Australia has got you covered again this year getting prepared early to take over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre come September.
With masses of space for all sorts of tabletop gaming and LAN tournaments the action rides alongside convention exhibitionists and special guests spanning across the huge floor for a 3 day event on September 18th – 20th.
DreamWorks is an interesting studio that seems to often achieve commercial success, but only manages to inconsistently grasp at creative success with their animated films. Once a producer of both 2D and 3D features, they ditched 2D after 2003 – which is a shame as The Road To El Dorado was, as they say, the bees knees. Post Shrek 2 DreamWorks seems to be a studio more about turning celebrities into cartoon animals and making pop culture and real world references than they are about telling good stories with their animation. Only the term “facepalm” can describe my reaction to this scene in Shrek The Third – though I would advice not watching this film if you want to maintain respect for Led Zeppelin. Which is exactly why it was so good to see that DreamWorks’ latest animated feature, Monsters Versus Aliens, has a good story to tell. Read more [+]
I have to honest; Watchmen (the original graphic novel) was an incredible reading experience and try as I might, I cannot perceive this film on its own basis. So this review is primarily aimed at those people who have read Watchmen – though I will try not to isolate though who have not read Watchmen or reveal anything that would spoil the story or the experience. Read more [+]
Zack And Miri Make A Porno is an interesting, if dubious title. It tells you what the film is about as succinctly as Snakes On A Plane, but it also instils a worrying sense of: “uh oh, how well are they going to handle this idea?” You can safely assume that in this film two characters – one called Zack and the other named Miri – are going to create a pornographic movie. It sounds about as classy and subtle as film about a 40 year old man who has never had sex. But back in 2005 there was film like that – it was called 40 Year Old Virgin. That film was so much more than just its initial concept: it was funny, the characters felt real, there so many elements you could identify with and above all it was sincere. Now Zack And Miri Make A Porno is not as brilliant as 40 Year Old Virigin – but it is funny, it is honest and it is more than its premise. Read more [+]
Eddie Murphy before he became a fat suit wearing, elephant noise making, kid film production machine he was known as a loud, filthy and incredibly funny stand up comedian and he is the first one to say that he was inspired to become a comedian by the late great Richard Pryor. Now in some of the coolest film news in a while Eddie Murphy will be playing Pryor in Richard Pryor: Is it something I said? a bio-picture written and directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey). For those of you wondering if Murphy can pull it off check out the video below.