Movie posters for the sequels that never were (to date that is)

Monday, 24 November, 2014

Mad Max prequel by Evan Yarbrough

The easiest part of producing a sequel, or prequel, for a film… creating the movie poster. Question, would we want to take the process any further? In some cases, no, I don’t think so…

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Make that movie a little better… imagine everyone is dead

Monday, 24 November, 2014

The revelation, usually late in a movie or TV show, that a certain key character had in fact been dead for sometime, can add some intrigue to the story. Alternatively, the concept could be applied to less than scintillating productions, on the off chance they make proceedings a little more interesting…

Where did the Everyone’s Already Dead theory get its start? Perhaps we can blame it on a generation of kids who grew up reading “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the short story by Ambrose Bierce, or seeing that French short-film adaptation that aired in the U.S. as an episode of The Twilight Zone. Or maybe we all still remember the gotcha! endings of Newhart, Roseanne, Jacob’s Ladder, and St. Elsewhere – so we’re always on the lookout for dream reveals, smash cuts to death beds, and/or magic snow globes.

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The force awakens… I didn’t know it could sleep

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Star Wars 7, the J.J. Abrams directed next installment – just over a year from release now – of the much loved sci-fi saga has a title… The Force Awakens.

Certainly intriguing, but I don’t know… somehow I have a bad feeling about this.

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An “Interstellar” Earth, can it be averted?

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

The world in which Interstellar, US director Christopher Nolan’s latest feature, is set, is not one many of us would wish to live in, on account of an abundance of pestilence and dust storms. In fact, humanity is looking into finding another planet to move to, so bad are conditions on Earth.

But can we avoid such a bleak future in reality? Quite possibly, yes. Would we, however, want to give up on the search for another planet to migrate to, should, for whatever reason, the need arise? No, quite possibly not (warning, “Interstellar” spoilers):

Even with our efforts to keep Earth pumping out enough food to feed the billions of people who live here, there is some chance that the planet will not forever be a safe home for humanity. In that light, we should be looking for other places to live, a backup plan in case of global failure.

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Is it possible to make an odyssey out of “3001: The Final Odyssey”?

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

There’s been talk for years of a movie based on 3001: The Final Odyssey, the final installment of Arthur C. Clarke’s four book series, that in turn was based on the Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey.

At one point it was suggested Tom Hanks would have a prominent role in such a production, but that particular project was eventually shelved.

Now it looks like “3001” may yet be adapted for the screen, with the news last week that US film director Ridley Scott will be acting as executive producer for a proposed television mini series based on the book.

While ok, I didn’t find either “3001”, or the title that preceded it, 2061: Odyssey Three, to be that great, especially when compared with “2001” or even Clarke’s second novel in the series, 2010: Odyssey Two. I’ll refrain from making any comment on the film adaptation of “2010” however.

But let’s see, fingers crossed, and what have you… some adept adaptation writing might see “3001” turned into a decent screen production.

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“2001: A Space Odyssey”, a trailer for 2014

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

I’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey a thousand times, yet feel like I’d be watching it for the first time after seeing this brand new trailer, which is for the United Kingdom only, sadly, re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic.

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Some of the best film adaptations of books

Monday, 27 October, 2014

If you think that the hit rate for films that have been successfully adapted from books is low, then this list of features that are regarded as such, might change your line of thinking, offer some hope, what have you.

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Some fine instances of slow motion in the movies

Monday, 20 October, 2014

Slow motion scenes can make or break a movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, for instance, is an example of the effect being over-worked, but films such as Hurt Locker, Drive, The Shining, Watchmen, and Dredd, are another matter all together.

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How difficult is it to make a film about someone who is still alive?

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

The Theory of Everything (trailer), a romantic biographical film about British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and his first wife Jane, opens in Australian cinemas on 29 January 2015.

Making a biographical film about any historical figure has its challenges, but what of those who are still living? What considerations must film producers make, and to what degree – if at all – should they involve their subject?

New Zealand born filmmaker and novelist, Anthony McCarten, who wrote the screenplay for “The Theory of Everything”, describes the process:

I would liken it to walking down the street and looking into the window of a house that’s illuminated, and seeing two people dancing, but not knowing what music they’re dancing to. The process of scriptwriting, whether it’s about real people or not, it’s imaging what music they’re dancing to.

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How about that opening sequence from “Back to the Future” then?

Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

The opening title sequence of 1985 time travel classic Back to the Future is quite the feat of film production. Not only from a storytelling perspective, it serves as a neat introduction for what is about to follow, but also technically, being a single shot scene, to say nothing of what is happening, unseen of course, behind it all.

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