It's October 10th here in the UK so here is my tribute. To whomever gets to portray the man of steel in the next Superman movie, I hope they have the eloquence and intelligence of this guy. Still my hero :)
So... its official Zack Snyder is to direct the next Superman movie.
I'm feeling rather indifferent about it right now. So little is known about the plot details, or the casting. Thinking about it today I can't make up my mind how I feel. I'm not jumping for joy like I was with the announcement of Bryan Singer but that is probably because I'm less familiar with Snyder. I enjoyed Watchmen, never watched 300 - saw enough to know it probably isn't my cup of tea... so...
What's everyone else thinking/feeling?
For the record I'm thrilled that Nolan is producing.
So today is my good friend Rachel's birthday - Happy Birthday! Went up to Glasgow last weekend to see her. The weather was cold but beautifully sunny and so I got some nice photos of the city skyline from The Lighthouse and Queen's Park.
So missy_manic geeked out when she managed to get tickets for us both to visit Aldwych underground station. This station is closed to the public but is kept for training staff and for requests for filming locations that resemble the London Underground. As with many other stations it was used for shelter during the 1940s London Blitz. It was opened for tours for a week only as part of many activities in London celebrating the anniversary of the Blitz. As a result actors played the parts of different characters who would be down there during its use in WW2. It sounds cheesy, but it was really excellent and bought home the importance of remembering history and as best as it could what it was like for people who used the station as shelter.
On a geeky note, I am pretty sure the station was used as a filming location for Superman IV (standing in for the Metropolis metro).
Finally something fairly interesting to post! A few weeks back it was Open House weekend (where usually shut buildings/spaces are open to the public for tours/viewing). Did not manage to get tickets to go to the BT Tower (poo!) but did go to a North London event. Gaumont Palace, now the Dominion Church in Wood Green. And wow! it is big! Beautiful art deco that has been restored by the now church owners.
I think my love for art deco comes from seeing it at the Empire State Building and the Daily News building in NYC, the latter of which can be seen in Superman: The Movie as the Daily Planet lobby. Great to find more closer to home :)
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Hot Fuzz New York Style? Well, kind of. So this is a cop comedy. It's about two hot shot cops who can't be stopped, and it is about the other guys (hence the movie title) who do all the paperwork. And its got Steve Coogan in it. Sound kind of familiar? It really is quite different to Hot Fuzz but it does share the common goal of taking the piss and equally celebrating its own genre of movie. I enjoyed watching the partnership of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. The movie itself is a bit clunky in places but most of the time it is very funny. I laughed. Also this movie earns bonus points just for casting Michael Keaton - love this guy - in comedy especially. :)
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So this is a late review. I've actually now seen this twice. I enjoyed it more second time around because I spent the first time too excited and a bit nervous about my own expectations of the film (this is the negative side to being a hardcore fan of something or someone - director Edgar Wright and actor Brandon Routh in this case) to notice everything. And this movie is a visual (and musical) treat to say the least. And the fight scenes are impressive. I'd read volume 1 of the comics and this movie really is the comic book come to life. I enjoyed it a lot. Edgar wanted this movie to be fun and boy is it! There is nothing realistic about the scenarios in this film, it is not supposed to be. Neither do the characters feel completely cardboard cut out - that is a great feat when you consider just how little screen time some of them have - all the cast do a great job. Some may find that the characters lack depth but to be fair - I don't think this is the fault of the film - its source material is the comics and here too the characters are no more fleshed out (feel free anyone who disagrees..?) The film has a great ensemble cast. There's also some great dialogue - I don't know if this is down to Canadian comic book source of humour or Edgar's script - probably both. I think this movie will have its hardcore fans who will defend it like their life depends on it. Much in the same way I feel about Edgar's Spaced. Especially those who like computer games like I like movies etc. I am not a massive gamer but I loved the parallel of Scott's personal growth and level ups, new powers etc... It's a simple but effect tool that for some reason seemed to give the movie more heart. :) Go see it, make up your own mind. But go see it in the cinema - if only for the visuals and the music. Made for the big screen.
So to skip to the end...I GOT A PHOTO WITH SIMON PEGG! AND AN AUTOGRAPH FROM EDGAR WRIGHT. Ahem...
So it has been a long time since I've waited at a premiere - I am trying to remember what the last one was - Run Fatboy Run? I did show up at Star Trek but that was after it had started and I'm talking about those premiere's where I've wanted to get a good spot at the barrier. It is exhausting to do because it takes all day for something that ultimately lasts about an hour/hour and a half. Couldn't resist Scott Pilgrim because of epic fandom cross over of all things Superman and all things Frost/Pegg/Wright. I knew Brandon Routh was attending and to see him is a rare opportunity. So I got to Leceister Square at lunchtime complete with Superman and Hot Fuzz photos for signing just in case. And waited...
Man the waiting is tedious. I got talking to others who turned up - some who attend every premiere to get the autograph of anyone they can. (I guess I have specific obsessions - can't see the appeal of it). And I have to thank the big Chris Evans fan - a very cool lady who came all the way from York and snapped a rather awesome photo for me...that is coming up. Things I learnt whilst waiting (1) one guy was one of many fans cast as a zombie in Shaun Of The Dead (2) Michael Cera fans at least 3 of the 4 I met were a tad scary. Really they were probably harmless and just a litle over excited but ... ! (3) At least 3 people (one of whom was wearing a Superman t-shirt) near me had no idea that evil ex 3 in the Scott Pilgrim movie was being played by the same actor who played Clark Kent/Superman - this became apparent when someone asked me why I had a Superman photo with me *face palm* I tried my best not to scowl at the ignorance of this question, especially when it was followed by the question - How did I know he played Superman? LOL! Erm, what?! The actors name is a big clue!
So once the premiere got started I snapped away with the camera and shouted a heck of a lot for Brandon Routh. I was opposite the press pen where he spent a lot of time giving interviews. In the meantime lots of awesome UK comedy talent - only a few of them did I spot - not everyone came near the crowd. Once Brandon talked to the press he came back to the crowd but missed the section I was in by inches. This was a shame, but I am lucky - I already have his autograph and I did get a wave and some photos. So the highlight of the premiere was finally getting Edgar Wright's autograph, and thank to the Chris Evans fan mentioned earlier, a photo with Simon Pegg. Epic win. Sadly Chris Evans turned up late and missed much of the crowd for signing :( I felt bad for the fan I was with. She took it in good spirits and seemed to have fun anyway. I hope so :)
Here's the photos (sorry they are very Brandon Routh, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg heavy!)
So the epic of epicness week started on Tuesday with a Q&A at the bfi Southbank with Joe Cornish hosting the questions to Edgar Wright. This was a heck of a lot of fun. Joe Cornish did a fantastic job hosting and is a funny guy himself (wish I'd actually watched The Adam & Joe show now!). I don't know if he too was responsible for putting all the clips together that were shown too but it was just perfect. Best Q&A since Spaced Q&A. Oscar Wright was also in the audience and we learnt that one of the first things he and Edgar shot on camera was throwing their toys out of the window in slow-mo just to play about with the frame settings on the camera. Me and missy_manic cracked up at one of Edgar's 'debut' Rolf Harris Saves The World and the even more brilliant Rolf Harris 2: The Bearded One. Edgar told the audience that he sent a copy to Rolf's Cartoon Club but never got a reply. When he finally did a few years later his feedback was "It was good but some of the shots were out of focus." Another funny story was how a crew member on Shaun Of The Dead, mistaking Edgar for a runner early on in the shoot remarked that he thought the movie would go straight to DVD! Also shown was Wright's feature film debut Fistful Of Fingers. Which I have a poor quality version of (still thankful of the fan who sent me it though) - but the clip shown was much better quality. So many visual gags in it (you can see about 5 secs of it in this TV clip). No Asylum clips were shown (why this is not on DVD I do not know) but we did get to watch Bluetone's After Hours:
All the clips that were chosen were illustrating some of the links in Edgar's projects such as zombie scene in Spaced leading to Shaun Of The Dead, Dead Right to Hot Fuzz etc, and the Mortal Kombat/Tim and Daisy argument in Spaced to Scott Pilgrim. The Q&A ended with us being shown a 10 minute clip. I won't add a spoiler here but what I did see I couldn't stop laughing at the use of the Universal theme. That is all.