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Captain America Movie News

Posted by: Matthew Turner 24/11/2008 @ 15:42
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 451
Films seen this week: Role Models, Belle Toujours, Madagascar: Return 2 Africa, My Best Friend's Girl, Moscow, Belgium, Twilight

Yet More Superhero-related Movie News
Okay, I'll admit it. The only movie news I'm really interested in is Superhero-related movie news. Fortunately, this week, there actually was some. First up was the Captain America movie news that the film now has a couple of writers to go with director Joe Johnston. Unfortunately, the writers (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFreely) are best known for the Chronicles of Narnia movies, which doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Also, still no word on casting, although Channing Tatum (of Step Up fame) has apparently thrown his hat into the ring.

The second piece of Superhero movie news is altogether more exciting: uber-geek Josh Schwartz (creator of The O.C., Chuck and Gossip Girl) is writing X-Men: First Class for Fox, while they still have the rights to the characters. This could either be a reboot, a prequel or a mixture of both, but the title suggests it'll focus on Professor Xavier's first students, which, if they stick to the classic comics, means Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel and Jean Grey. That said, I imagine they'll want to throw in Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat, in order to capitalise on Ellen Page's post-Juno popularity and probably Colossus too. One thing's for sure though: Josh Schwartz knows his comics, so he's an excellent choice for scripting duties.

Trailerwatch: Star Trek
I confess, I was always much more of a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series than of The Next Generation, so I've been tentatively looking forward to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. The trailer was released last week and... well... it could really go either way – basically, it's a tantalising mixture of the good, the bad and the downright awful. On the plus side: Zachary “Sylar” Quinto looking utterly perfect as Spock; the fact that they've stuck to the original uniforms; the familiar-sounding “woop woop” siren noise; the cool-looking transportation effect and the fact that they seem to have found a decent compromise between the original 1960s-style “bridge” set and updating it to make it all shiny and new.

On the bad side: Simon Pegg's already awful performance as Scotty (“I like this ship – it's exciting!”); the fact that the plot looks... well... a bit rubbish; a dodgy-looking Karl Urban as Bones (“Space is disease and danger, wrapped in darkness and silence”) and the fact that they've thrown in a gratuitous Uhura-strips-down-to-bra-and-pants scene (the trailer, unfortunately, makes it look as if Kirk is hiding under her bed and watching her). And the downright awful: that opening, with Kirk as a “rebellious” kid (shades of Anakin Skywalker), as well as the promise of Baby Spock. My one hope is that Chris Pine opts for a full-on William Shatner impression, because Shatner IS Kirk. If he... doesn't... DO... the trademark... SHATNER... DELIVERY… with its... PAUSES... and... SHOUTING, then I for one will be bitterly disappointed. (Back in the development stage, there was a rumour that Matt Damon was going to play Kirk. Man, that would have been AWESOME.) Still, friends have seen around 30 minutes of this so far and have been duly impressed, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
It's all change this week with no less than five new entries into the top ten, including Waltz With Bashir, Blindness, Choke, 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris and Special People. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies clings onto the top spot for another week, even though it's probably down to its final week. Or is it receiving a boost and being kept on because of people reading this recommendation and going to see it? I'd like to think that's the case. 'Tis Autumn and Special People aren't likely to be around for long either, so catch them if you can.

1. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
2. Waltz With Bashir
3. I've Loved You So Long
4. Hunger
5. Quantum of Solace
6. The Baader Meinhof Complex
7. Blindness
8. Choke
9. 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris
10. Special People

DVD of the Week: Mamma Mia! (out now, RRP £21.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is the all-singing, all-dancing smash hit Mamma Mia!, which, unusually, is out on DVD while still showing at cinemas. Based on the successful Broadway show, the film stars Amanda Seyfried as a young bride who invites her three possible fathers (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard) to her Greek island wedding, unbeknownst to her mother (Meryl Streep) and her fiance (Dominic Cooper). With gorgeous location work, terrific songs and superb performances from a fabulous cast, this is a hugely enjoyable musical that actually deserves the accolade “the feel-good movie of the year”. The DVD isn't bad either – the extras include: a sing-along version (with the words displayed on screen during the songs); a commentary by director Phyllida Lloyd; a handful of deleted scenes (nothing exciting); some disappointing outtakes; four featurettes (including a Making Of); a music video for Gimme Gimme Gimme (with Seyfried) and an unfairly deleted musical number with Seyfried singing The Name of the Game to Skarsgard. Recommended.

Comments

by  Anonymous  09/12/2008 @ 11:14
OK, I hate Star Trek (although Captain Kirk DOES rock), but I'm going to have to watch the movie just to see Simon Pegg, who I love!
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