November 2, 2003


Posted by Arcane Gazebo at November 2, 2003 12:15 AM Last night I did indeed see Alien followed by Night of the Living Dead, and it occurred to me this morning that together this is the basis for the two major parodies in Sluggy Freelance, book 1. I was pleased that in the new cut of Alien the flamethrowers had not been replaced by walkie-talkies, and there were no Greedo-shooting-first sort of rearrangements.

Since there's nothing to bitch about between the two features, I'm going to take the opportunity to bitch about the trailers I suffered through instead. The good news: no Love Actually trailer, and no god damned Fandango ad. I was beginning to think those things were required by law.

The Haunted Mansion: It doesn't look terrible, but is clearly a kid's movie. Who advertises a kid's movie like this at Alien? Doesn't seem like there'd be a lot of demographic crossover. I guess Eddie Murphy has consigned himself to Kiddie Purgatory these days.

Paycheck: After Minority Report I suppose Hollywood decided to loot the works of Philip K. Dick. The trailer was too incoherent to figure out what exactly it was about. On the one hand, it's got Uma Thurman; on the other hand, it's also got Ben Affleck. Hmm.

The Butterfly Effect: In Paycheck Ben Affleck is trying to change the future; in The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher is trying to change the past. Perhaps he should be trying to change the fact that The Simpsons already did it. And they were parodying a Ray Bradbury short story entitled "A Sound of Thunder". I read this short story in elementary school, part of my introduction to the twisted sci-fi short story genre and rather mind-warping at that age. I still recall several of the stories vividly; I think the collection is R is for Rocket. The movie appears to bear no relation to the story except for the main idea, and the title - it was a butterfly, in the story, that caused all the trouble.

Stuck on You: Oh, hell no.

Along Came Polly: Ben Stiller derp de derp. Derp de derpity derpy derp.

Alien vs. Predator: I say, go for it. It could be cool, but in the more likely event of it sucking, it's not like the Alien series could go downhill any more than it already has.

I probably saw more trailers than this, but they were obviously even less memorable than the ones I wrote about. In researching this post, I went to the IMDB Top Trailers page. The number one viewed trailer? Matrix? Lord of the Rings? You get a prize if you guessed Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Watch it and you'll see why - but as a warning, I wish I'd seen it in the theaters first so I could be caught off-guard. Still, it's clever. The man responsible for this movie is Paul W. S. Anderson, who handled the first Resident Evil film along with another upcoming project:

Alien vs. Predator. Tags:

res. evil trailer

*Dies from the cleverness*


Posted by: Anonymous | November 2, 2003 10:29 AM

Re: res. evil trailer

[pokes dead raell]

You're not gonna... turn into a zombie... are you?

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | November 2, 2003 7:22 PM

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Holy crap I saw that trailer in the theater awhile back and I loved first I was looking around the theater asking "What the hell is this freaky commercial?"...then, well, you know. Goood trailer, goood trailer...

I have tickets to the 8am IMAX showing of Matrix Revolutions on Wednesday....CAN'T WAIT

Posted by: Tracy Manford | November 3, 2003 1:28 PM
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