Filmstalker's Week 17th to 23rd December
Here's the regular Filmstalker weekly review, as done by me. However if you'd like to do it, and add your own commentary into the roundup, feel free and drop me an email so we can sort something out.
There are tons of trailers this week, I know I'm a bit late but it's been Xmas don't you know. There's a new feature, a couple of film related book reviews, and some interesting news for The Hobbit, Dune, X-Files 2 and Arnie coming back to film.
We're looking at the worst Xmas films you've seen over the holidays, or even the worst ones you've been given as presents.
The official Dark Knight trailer arrived, and it's looking fantastic in Quicktime.
The teaser trailer for the next film in the Resident Evil series, the CGI Resident Evil: Degeneration, is online and looks just like a game trailer.
I've received the trailer for Be Kind Rewind with Jack Black and Mos Def, in multiple formats and sizes.
Same thing for Mamma Mia!, the big cast adaptation of the musical stage show coming to the musical big screen. I have it in multiple formats and sizes.
Peter Berg's film with Will Smith as a down and out superhero trying to turn his life around has a high definition trailer online. You can see Hancock in HD right here.
A second WALL-E teaser trailer is online, and the animation in this looks stunning, as does the humanisation of the character.
A Japanese trailer has arrived for Alien Vs. Predator 2: Requiem, and the more I see about this film the more excited I'm getting about it.
Talking of Japanese trailers, here's one for the serial killer film The Poughkeepsie Tapes. This looks less Blair Witch and more seriously scary and creepy.
A trailer for Nim's Island, starring Gerard Butler and Jodie Foster, is online, and it looks like the most contrived plot I've ever seen in my life. This one has to be for kids.
Cloverfield gets a television commercial which might not sell it to the non-Internet film reader very well.
With the review of the novel online, I also found the trailer for The Ruins. Believe me this is going to be a strong horror and thriller if it keeps close to the novel.
The trailer for Hellboy II: The Golden Army arrived followed closely by the high definition version, all of which can be seen here.
Look is a film that is shot from the prespective of surveillance cameras of which there are many watching you each day. It looks really interesting.
The Signal gets a trailer and looks pretty frightening and effective.
I've just reviewed the novel of The Ruins, the upcoming film adaptation, and it's a bit of a cracker.
Reviewing another book, this time Pulp Kitchen, a cookbook of recipes from famous films, with a nice little review of each. It's a cool film related book with an unusual idea behind it.
Eight minutes of Charlie Wilson's War has appeared online.
There's a new high definition version of the Forbidden Kingdom trailer online, and this version looks much better, although still not enough Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
The AFI released their top ten films of 2007, and like the American Critics Associations awards, there aren't any surprises film wise, but where is Battlestar Galactica on their television list? The Dallas, Phoenix, Toronto, Austin, Southeastern, African-American critics all announce their winners too, while the Screen Actors Guild announce their nominees.
Morgan Freeman has been talking about his desire to get the Arthur C. Clarke story Rendezvous With Rama made for film, and now he's confident it will start next year.
Gemma Arterton is confirmed as being a Bond girl, possibly not the Bond girl though.
John Travolta has left the film of Dallas, after all he's been through with the production can you believe it? Is it finally dead?
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have apparently asked for some pretty big script changes to X-Files 2, they want a romantic sub plot between them removed.
A second biographical film on the great Einstein is in the works, and this one also is set to look at the man's private life rather than his accomplishments.
A script review for the A-Team hasn't given us much hope. It sounds bad.
A few scenes from The Ruins have been seen and it sounds like they are really trying to stick close to the novel and keep the tension and horror high.
That's it, finally the news is out that Peter Jackson and New Line are friends once again. That means that Jackson is producing The Hobbit I and II, yes there are going to be two films, but no word of a Director as yet.
Despite that news, Sam Raimi's next film is not The Hobbit.
The plot of Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins is online and lo and behold I was right all along, John Connor is hardly in it, he's not a main character. We're still waiting for casting news on the real hero, Marcus, but his story is now revealed.
Peter Berg looks set to direct Tom Cruise and replace Michael Mann in the CIA thriller Edwin A. Salt which sounds like a nice twist on No Way Out.
Tekken has a Director.
Arnold Schwarzeneggar could be returning to films soon if his political secretary is right. Could we see him in Terminator then?
Did you know there was an alternative ending for The Kingdom? This one is really pretty bleak and I think would have destroyed the story.
Peter Berg is set to direct a new adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Thankfully Sting may not be in this one!