I just got reminded of this song from Dot and the Kangaroo a film made in the late seventies in Australia, it had animated characters overlaid over actual video of the Australian outback and was really cool. The song is about the Bunyip and used to scare me shitless as a child.
I was in TSUTAYA in Shibuya last week, and while browsing the Blue Ray/DVD section I saw this little sticker and thought: No it can’t be!
Surely enough there is a little cartoon prawn, presumably by the staff, to draw your attention to the film. I enjoyed District 9 but for weeks after I kept on saying “I hate those Fucking Prawns” in a really bad South African accent.
This amused me no end and will hopefully amuse you. If it doesn’t amuse you then you are probably a fucking prawn!
I don’t remember a time before I knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father, in fact even though I watched Empire when I was pretty young I’m fairly sure someone spoiled it for me before I saw the film.
There are so many films I’d love to watch again without knowing what I now know about them.
Interestingly for some reason Luke’s paternal revelation affected me when I was a kid, for some reason I thought that the villain in every children’s TV show was the father of the hero. Megatron was Optimus Primes Father, Skeletor was He-Man’s father etc… That was weird…
Via Topless Robot.
Alcon Entertainment the people behind The Book of Eli, P.S. I Love You and The Wicker Man have picked up the rights to do Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels… note the plural, I don’t know if the plural was intentional but it could be…
Blade Runner is one of the tightest Science fiction movies ever released, it still packs a punch now almost 30 years after it was released, it doesn’t need to be remade, or to have sequels/prequels made. It works stand alone as it is.
But a little devil in the back of my mind keeps saying “What if?” What if they get it right, what if they capture Blade Runners visual style, it’s atmosphere it’s magic, that could be awesome! But no! I must maintain my cynical edge! Look what they did to Transformers! Look what they did to G.I. Joe, TMNT… Every Series from the 80’s that gets rehashed, remade etc just gets raped for intellectual property because it will sell purely on nostalgia… “There was Battlestar Galactica that was pretty awesome” pipes up the demon in the back of my mind… I’ll give him that, but in the grand scale of things Battlestar is the exception rather than the rule.
I really want this to be awesome, but to be honest I doubt it will be.
Via Boing Boing.
Also Via Off-World News
I’ve had The Good, the Bad, the Weird (?? ?, ?? ?, ??? ?, Joheun nom nabbeun nom isanghan nom) sitting recorded on my Sky+ for a few months now and I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to watch it. It’s a Korean western set in 1940’s Manchuria (China) which is at the time was under Japanese control.
As with any good western the film starts with a train heist, the bad (an assassin/bandit) is sent to steal a map from some rich Japanese person who’s on the train, the good (A sharp shooter bounty hunter) is on his trail looking for a reward as for the weird, well he’s a small time thief who happens to have the bad luck to be on the train robbing it’s passengers when all hell breaks loose.
The rest of the film consists mainly of the weird (Who runs off with the map) being chased by everyone in china, including both the good the bad, a group of Chinese Bandits, and the Japanese military.
The film apparently draws inspiration from Sergio Leone‘s The Good the Bad and the Ugly which I’ve (shamefully) not seen, so I don’t know how close the story is. The film is fairly well shot, it’s coherent the characters are for the most part likeable and/or dislikeable. and there are some amazing action shots.
It manages really well to meld elements of the wild west and more oriental themes, in fact I’d go as far as to say that this is a really fun movie to watch, it includes some elements of cool gun play not very much in the way of martial arts but a lot of style.
If you like wild west movies and you like oddball oriental movies then this is the perfect blend. In fact even if you aren’t that big a fan of westerns and just like oddball oriental movies then the film should satisfy, but at it’s heart it is an oddball Korean film, so if you aren’t into Asian cinema or don’t like subtitled films then stay away.
Personally I liked this, you may not but you are entitled to your opinion. If I had an establish star rating on which I rated films out of say 5 stars I’d give it somewhere between 3 and a half to 4 stars, but since I don’t I can’t really do that.