Just got back from seeing 300 and for some reason I feel like I have a great deal to say about a supremely pulpy film.
There’s a nice behind-the-scenes article on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales over at CG Society (Society of Digital Artists) with a lot of new photos and a few story spoilers.
AICN have a test image of Rorschach from the ever-mired-in-Development-Hell Watchmen movie. I’m still ambivalent about the movie, but the high-res image is very well-realised and faithful to the comic. Janet says that it just looks like a man in a cloth mask, but that in Watchmen this is probably part of the point.
A version of the image has been snuck into the middle of a new promo for 300 for some reason, a film which has just exceeded box-office predictions on its first day of release. The movie looks visually gorgeous and is getting very positive reviews, although I suspect it may be just a teensy bit OTT and hyper-macho for my sensitive tastes.
EDIT: For those who don’t read Neil Gaiman’s blog: Bob Dylan sings Dr. Seuss.
A few bits of video linkage that caught my eye recently.
Firstly, how cool is this sliding door? It would obviously annoy the crap out of you if you actually had one, but the technolust is too powerful to resist. Janet thinks we should get one.
Those who saw my recent post about the Frank Miller adaptation 300 may have seen the video showcasing several scenes from the film (from a recent comics convention). The official trailer is now available, and it’s every bit as testosterone drenched as the previous video, only in better quality. It’s also rather stylish, and very beautiful. And it features a shouty man with lots of teeth.
In one of my excessivly geeky moments I talked about the remastering of the original 1960s Star Trek show; primarily this is just a high-definition clean-up and rescanning of the original film/negative, although it’s not yet airing in HD. Controversially they’ve also chosen to update the effects using CGI. Less controversially they’re hewing incredibly closely to the look and feel of the original effects, the only complaints so far being that the CGI space shots are allegedly even blander than the original model work. (Well, not the only complaints since Trek fans are a fickle bunch. In fact the faithfulness of the effects is in itself becoming controversial, with some individuals feeling that there’s no point in redoing the effects if they’re not going to try something a little more daring.) Me, I love the original Trek with the completely non-rational portion of my brain1, and I know a lot of the episodes very well indeed, even though it’s years since I actually sat down to watch one of them from start to finish. I’m also generally opposed to special editions, since part of the pleasure in watching something old is in analysing how it looks, whether it’s dated well, what still works, what looks hokey, etc. There’s a part of your brain which stands back from the story and appreciates it as an artefact of its era. But that said, these do look pretty good. Some sample pictures and videos here and here, including this nice new Enterprise flyby.
1 Yes, there are some rational bits.
This trailer is lovely.
It’s for the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s original graphic novel 300, which retells the classic Spartan battle of Thermopylae in which 300 men stood against a vast army.
I’m not Miller’s biggest fan, but the graphic novel is mythic and bold in both images and storytelling, and is as much about the meaning we draw from stories as it is about historical reality. The film is produced against green screens in the same way as Sin City or Mirrormask, and looks just as stylised as a combination of Miller’s strong sense of design and CGI would lead you to suspect. It could make a fine, if entirely testosterone drenched, movie experience.