I’ve just finished a book. Its the first non-degree book I’ve finished since, well, I can’t actually remember but its certainly the first non-fiction I’ve read properly since January*. The […]
Red Letter Media is a Wisconsin-based film company with tongues firmly in cheeks. They’ve just released this response to Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s latest Sci-Fi-Alien-Bladerunner-existential-dystopia-origins-faith-blockbuster-cult-B-movie. If you think that sounds ridiculous, it is. It’s also why most films are not directed, produced, edited, funded and designed by the same person. That’s generally called meglomania.
I’ve been trying to formulate a response to Prometheus since seeing it last week. Shocking, yes. Shockingly disappointing. After years of crafting some of the most lovingly rendered visuals in the history of Cinema, Old Ridley has made himself look like a mad old set designer with far too much money. Which, in fairness, is what he is. Its just that he’s SUPPOSED to be one of the best directors of modern epic film, to boot.
In presiding over this mess, Ridders hands over:
the marketing to Rupert Murdoch and FOX, famous for being a beacon of irresponsible capitalist philandering, vote-swinging, and generally ardent Republicanism.
the script to Damien Lindelof, whose only other credits are the equally disappointing Cowboys and Aliens, and the astonishingly incomprehensible plot-hole with unfinished threads attached that is Lost,
And not, it would appear (though correct me if I’m wrong), the genius that is H.R. Giger. The designer of the original Alien, the one Sigourney Weaver said “looks like it could just as easily fuck you as it could kill you”, asking for him to lend his creativity might well have prevented this wince-inducing artistic abyss ruining the Alien franchise once and for all.
Riddle me that one, Ridley. And if you dare to mention the words “Directors-Cut”, think about cutting out the superfluous, humourless comedy support, the tragically wasted Charlize Theron, any reference to that those absurdly non-canonical aliens (YOUR CANON, RIDLEY! THOSE WERE YOUR IDEAS YOU FLAGRANTLY IGNORED!), and please, just let Michael Fassbender get on with his spellbinding rendition of Android life.
I think everyone who ever set themselves up to be entertained by Prometheus has been thoroughly disappointed by now. So please, just bask in the next 4 minutes of idiotic moments that Red Letter Media has managed to divulge from 124 minutes of crushing despair.
Quentin Tarantino is a Tennessee boy, and his latest film, Django Unchained, is going back to his roots. Lifting the concept of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 “Django”, Tarantino is forging a path into the Spaghetti Western and I reckon we can look forward to Tarantino’s iconic characters sharing the screen with some incredible landscapes. Westerns are the ultimate setpiece, after all.
As we’ve come to expect from Tarantino, this is shaping up as a period piece with complete disregard for the rules; Gorgeously shot, kicking off with a James Brown soundtrack and the inimitable Cristoph Waltz in his first mainstream good-guy role. Or so it seems… I have a feeling that Tarantino will have at least one twist up his sleeve and that old Cristoph isn’t quite as heroic as he first appears.
Jamie Foxx is doing what he does best, as the displaced black hero striving for vindication he has carried through since stellar performances in Ray and Collateral. And Tarantino isn’t shying away from the subject of race. Django promises to provide a brutal and troublingly accurate depiction of the racial divide that underpins much of American cultural history. Tarantino is in his element here; “That’s the reason to do it,” he said in an interview, “its to absolutely deal with that. Show how America was back then and how fucked up we were.”
With Samuel L. Jackson practically in the realms of glorious cameo, Franco Nero very definitely in cameo mode reliving his 1966 character, and Leonardo DiCaprio continuing the good work he began with in Blood Diamond turning his typecast on its head, Django is already gathering fans. Will Smith called it “a GENIUS screenplay”, and with over 2.5 million views across youtube, take a look at trailer. Turn up the sound and watch it in HD. Can’t wait ’til Christmas.
So, this is blogging? This is my written record of things wot I has learned recently. I want to make films and plays and it occurred to me that I […]