Logo-polis

Oct. 6th, 2009 08:09 am
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Tomb)
The new Steven Moffat era version of the Doctor Who logo has arrived. They announced it this morning. Yes, they announced a logo. Yesterday they announced the announcement. Sadly the ridiculous over-hype worked on me, and I turned up at 8 am to see it.



I'd put it behind a cut but it'll be all over the internet within... well it's probably already there.

My response? Hmmm. It's... a Doctor Who logo. The actual logo is nicely retro only with a new font, harking back to the first two logos the series ever had (I'm sensing a retro theme from Moffat, what with the Doctor's costume and the rejuvenated look of the Tardis plus St. John's sticker.) The Tardis version of the logo is gimmicky tosh. Let's hope we don't see a lot of that one.

ETA: It's interesting to me that Moffat is changing quite so many aspects of the show to launch his new era. Doctor, companion, Tardis (the interior is rumoured to be having a few changes), logo, plus presumably credits and maybe a remix of the theme? Usually regenerations cause so much nervousness that they like to contrive as much continuity as possible to reassure the viewer. This approach is certainly confident. But, particularly coming off such a popular and iconic Doctor as Tennant, will it alienate people or shed a chunk of viewers who feel that 'their' Doctor Who has finished?

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
The second trailer for Watchmen is out. (There are some new posters too.) I know that movie trailers are filled with Lies, but impossibly it looks like they may actually have succeeded in adapting the graphic novel for the big screen. That's a very nice trailer indeed. Director Zack Snyder's 300 was so slick and hollow that I do worry whether this will turn out to be an exercise in obsessive visual style over substance, but some of the dialogue scenes in the trailer hint otherwise. The source material is far richer and more thematically complex than 300 (which is, when all's said and done, a fairly trite, macho, sexist and homophobic work). What's clearly intact in the Watchmen trailer is the deconstruction of what it means to have superhuman beings or vigilantes in a more flawed, realistic and political world.

I notice that the film is R rated, which is a bold move since that'll severely restrict its potential audience. By comparison, The Dark Knight was a 12A (even though that nasty little pencil scene alone should have pushed it to a 15 for me). The fact that they've gone with such a box-office-denting rating shows at least some artistic integrity is involved. Also the official Watchmen site currently crashes my browser. Yes, that's how hardcore this film is.

Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster will direct the movie version of World War Z from a script by J Michael "Tin Ear" Straczynski. Not 100% sure what to make of this but my wife loved the book and the script has at least one glowing review. jms is also scripting a remake of Forbidden Planet, an idea so wrongheaded that even he thinks he's walking on hallowed ground.

Finally, an image has been released of the new Starship Enterprise from the semi-reboot Star Trek movie. Casual viewers would probably shrug and say this looks exactly like every other picture of the Enterprise they've seen. Devoted fans have unleashed the kind of lack-of-perspective hate-storm not seen since Daniel Craig's hair was deemed to be the wrong colour for Bond. (Although at least that fan implosion focused on the main role, not just a bit of hardware.) I kinda like the new design myself, but I don't love it. It's growing on me. There's also an image of an earlier generation of starship from the movie, as well as heaps of cast images. It'll either be awesome, or an utter disaster.

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
My horrible phlegm-filled lurgy is now finally subsiding, even though my throat is still raw and I keep coughing randomly. At least I no longer sound like a cross between Davros and Barry White, and was able to laugh at last night's Mock the Week without actually killing myself. (Frankie Boyle's Inuit Robot Butler was absolute genius).

Janet is off work today, and is happily ensconced on her PC playing Spore, which (despite annoyingly refusing to let her interact with any of the online content) is generally pleasing her in being a combination of every game style she's ever liked, with the added bonus that she gets to design weird alien life and evolve it.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which turned out to be unexpectedly not-a-big-pile-of-crap, is back for a second season on 8th September. I might never have started watching this if I hadn't been asked to review it, and seen a couple of other people praising it, but I'm really glad I did. It's smarter than it has any right to be, and it neatly picks up on everything I liked about T2 while ditching everything I disliked about T3. Lena Headey is suitably obsessive and bad-ass as Sarah Connor, plus it has Summer Glau as a deeply unnerving 'good' Terminator, as showcased by this here poster (click for a bigger version).

Ben Folds Five are re-uniting for one night only to play "The Unauthorised Biography of Reinhold Messner" in its entirety. When we saw Ben Folds 'solo' back in June he was playing with two other musicians who were for all practical purposes indistinguishable from the remaining two members of Ben Folds Five (to a philistine like myself -- I'm sure their friends and families see an important difference) so I'm sure this will be a breeze for Ben. This seems to be part of a MySpace "Front to Back" live album initiative.

Folds's new album Way to Normal is out on 30th Sept. He played quite a few songs from it when we saw him live, and generally it sounds quite up-tempo; less acoustic and melancholy than Songs for Silverman. More of an early-BFF sound, in fact.

Ooh

Jul. 18th, 2008 07:18 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Serenity)
Not entirely sure about this poster as a design, but how perfect is Zachary Quinto as Spock?



That's Eric Bana with the tatoos, although it's pretty hard to tell. Plus Chris Pine as Kirk and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. TrekMovie.com has more details.

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In unrelated news, today City Link delivered a parcel, to our door, while we were in. They knocked and rang the bell. I believe this means the apocalypse is nigh.

Randomness

Apr. 29th, 2008 10:41 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Batman)
The X-Files 2 is now titled "The X-Files: I Want to Believe". Because that's not crap at all.

Apparently the Torchwood Season 2 finale was most appreciated by Welsh females aged 16-34. You just can't make it up.

There are some lovely new posters for The Dark Knight here. The Harvey Dent one is sublime.

Those are as nothing compared to this one which is both bold and breathtakingly risky given the 9/11 overtones.

Guillermo 'Pan's Labyrinth' 'Hellboy' Del Toro is officially signed on to direct The Hobbit (yay!) and The Hobbit 2: I Want To Believe. Del Toro says that Andy Serkis is on board, as is Sir Ian McKellen "all bureaucracy pending".

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
A quite nice X Files 2 poster. Apparently they're still haggling with the studio over what the film will be called. I don't mind "The X Files 2" personally. It's been so long since the first one they don't really need a subtitle, and anything is better than "Fight the Future".

The director of the fourth Terminator film, which is having title troubles of its own, seems to imply that they'll be trying to keep its timeline straight with that of the very decent TV show The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Nice idea, although frankly since that series may or may not run for several years who knows where it might end up and how it may end up contradicting things? Despite the continuing absence of James Cameron (which arguably hamstrung T3), Christian Bale is on board for the film and there's talk of making a Batman-style fresh start, which bodes well.

Incidentally the Sarah Connor series has some kind of tangential viral marketing site, EniTech labs, that seems to have little to do with the actual show but ties in strongly with the Teminator franchise as a whole. Frankly I couldn't be bothered to plough through all the dodgily acted videos/webisodes but the last one does feature some cool Killer Robot Action.

Ronald D. Moore reckons they've taken the opportunity afforded by the writer's strike hiatus to retool the second half of Galactica season 4 (spoilers in the link for those who haven't seen the S3 finale). This either means that we'll feel the benefit of forward planning that blessed the first half of Season 2 or, more likely on the evidence of recent storylines, that important threads will fizzle into nothing while major events and character arcs will suddenly erupt out of nowhere.

Battlestar Galactica's Helo is one of the stars of famed misogynist (just kidding) Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Meanwhile Moore and fellow Galactica producer David "Not the one who thinks the Queen is a lizard" Eick have been given the greenlight on their strangely dull-sounding Galactica prequel Caprica. I wish I could summon up any interest in this but I can't.

Eick is also writing the pilot of a TV show based on Children of Men. Sounds like a terrible idea given how good the film was, but from the brief comments he makes it seems it will be based more on the book and the social aspects of having no future for mankind. So it may not suck.

And finally... J Michael Straczynski In Good Script Shock. Specifically his movie script for World War Z, apparently.

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I'll admit to feeling strangely unexcited about the prospect of another Indiana Jones movie, but this poster is just about as perfect as it could be. By which I mean it looks just like every other Indiana Jones poster you've ever seen. Having said that, the artwork does seem to be downplaying Harrison Ford's current level of grizzled-ness, which is slightly odd as the movie looks to be doing the reverse.


Dark Knight

Dec. 7th, 2007 08:45 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Batman)


I like it, though not nearly so much as the poster for the first film, which is probably one of my favourite movie posters of all-time. Interesting that it uses the Heath Ledger make-up with the dark circles around the eyes, rather than a more iconic way of implying The Joker. The film is shaping up nicely, though.

Geekgasm

Jul. 28th, 2007 12:35 am
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
Several coolish movie things:

Hot on the heels of the probably-very-good casting of Zachary 'Sylar' Quinto as the young Spock comes this simple but pleasingly retro poster for the new Trek prequel film.

A slightly naff yet iconic poster for the new Indiana Jones film. But more interesting still is the news that Karen Allen will be reprising her role as Marian Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

A nice new image of the Joker from Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight plus a pretty nifty teaser trailer (more audio than video, but good nonetheless).

A stunningly visual trailer for the Neil Gaiman / Roger Avary penned Beowulf film with CGI that you'd be hard pressed to tell apart from real actors for most of its length. I still want to see the characters do some real face acting before I'm convinced.

Lastly some interesting casting for Watchmen.

Oh, and as a bonus I'm throwing this one in just because I can't tell how crap it'll be: a trailer for The Last Legion a film that seems to mix the end of the Roman Empire and the legend of King Arthur with such certainty you'd think it was actually telling real history. Could be just as bad as the recent King Arthur but you never know.

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Batman)
Old Indiana Jones! What's nice about this photograph is that it looks like an older Indiana Jones and not just like an older Harrison Ford in a hat. I'm not certain quite why this is; probably just that Indy is such an iconic character. I'm cautiously optimistic about the film even though, if I'm honest, I think Raiders of the Lost Ark is ten times better than either of the sequels.

The I Am Legend movie had been below my radar until recently. Now we have advertising which seems to confuse the concept of a tag line and a poster, and a Quicktime trailer which makes it look like someone took Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and forcibly inserted Will Smith into it, then added some 'splosions. On the positive front the trailer doesn't look terrible, and the same approach failed to ruin I, Robot (despite leaving it a much lesser film than it could have been).

Lastly The Dark Knight. I'm sure the film will hew closely to the gritty style of Batman Begins and the Joker image was very promising in this respect. Unfortunately the latest images of the Bat Bike and Bat Suit are sheer geek gadgetry. They may look okay and retain some militaristic flavour but I'd prefer promo images that treated this like a real drama and not a tool for selling action figures.

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"Back with a Bang!" You see what they did there? Still it's a nice promo image.

Doctor Who Season 3 Promo

Can't say I'm enthused about a comedy Doctor Who skit on Comic Relief featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, though. Leaving aside the fact that they already did this for the Christmas Special, weren't they going to great pains not to reduce the new show to a light entertainment parody of itself in the way that happened to the old series? (Or am I missing the point and it's just David Tennant not Doctor Who?)

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Serenity)
Buffy S8 - Xander and Buffy Buffy S8 - Willow

There's a nice little interview with Joss Whedon over at geekmonthly.com focusing mainly on the "8th Season" Buffy comic he's co-writing and 'executive producing': Part One, Two, Three, and Four. Spoilers for the comic, naturally.

In the 'pretty pictures' department there are also some lovely new CGI images from the remastered version of 'The Doomsday Machine', one of Classic Trek's best efforts. Although my affection for Star Trek has waned over the years, I somehow still get a kick from seeing images like these.

As previously mentioned I'm heading to London for my brother's Stag Do this weekend, but sadly far too briefly to even consider meeting fellow denizens of the interwebs. It's pretty much going to be arrive, booze, recover, leave. Hopefully in that order. As a result you'll all have to survive the weekend without my dazzling LJ repartee. Much like every other weekend.

Hot Fuzz

Nov. 21st, 2006 09:30 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Third Man)
The longer I look at this poster the funnier it gets...



...and yet it really shouldn't be funny at all. Context is everything.

New Who

Aug. 10th, 2006 07:23 pm
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In honour of Strange Horizons' Tenth Doctor Week, with which I have no affiliation of any kind, the BBC have put up a few pics of the Doctor and new assistant Martha Jones on their website. Nice, although not as nice as this. I think I prefer the brown suit to the blue, but the red plimsoles are a nice touch, and it's good to know that the Doctor cares deeply about colour-coordinating with his companion's outfit.



Plus a press release. Is it wrong that of all the episodes mentioned, the thing that got me most excited was the episode set in 1930s New York?

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Third Man)
A couple of strong film posters I happened across recently.

The Casino Royale one I love because it so perfectly sums up the character of Bond in a single image; I doubt the film will do half so well.

Casino Royale poster

Meanwhile I know nothing about M.Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water - and knowing his films it's probably best I keep it that way - but this is a striking image. The girl's face is halfway between Elijah Wood as Frodo and one of the puppets from Dark Crystal, but the poster has a fairytale quality: crisp yet dreamlike, simple yet tangled. Very effective.

Lady in the Water poster

Apocalypto

Jun. 2nd, 2006 09:33 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Third Man)
Another in my occasional series of gorgeous movie posters: the poster for Mel Gibson's upcoming tale of doomed Mayan folk.


Superman

May. 17th, 2006 11:06 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Batman)
Okay, I must confess that everything I've seen and heard so far about Superman Returns has left me lacking in whelm. I'm not Supes' biggest fan to begin with, but the trailer left the film looking slow, plotless and essentially like a retread of the first two Superman movies with younger actors. However, this is a damned pretty poster; in its own way as iconic an image of the character as the Batman Begins poster which impressed me.



It has style, composition and most of all it captures the sense of wonder that makes Superman work on those rare occasions when I find him interesting. It's also the first time that I've felt Brandon Routh looked like Superman and not like some guy in a silly outfit. I suspect this may be because I can't see his face.

Brains!

May. 9th, 2006 10:15 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Cyberman)
Surely this is way too disturbing an image for the cover of the Radio Times? Rather cool though, and bodes well for the two-parter.



Meanwhile, in related You Know You've Been Watching Too Much Doctor Who When... news, we parked behind a Renault ESPACE today, and at first glance I thought it said "E-Space". This is so nerdy a thing most people wouldn't even know what I was talking about1. Me so geeky.

1 Janet says: "Wasn't that the place that was all white, and they lost a companion there?" Best. Wife. Ever.

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (V for Vendetta)
This is very nice (click for a much larger image).



For every thing I hear about this film which worries me, something else comes along which restores my faith. This poster is the epitome of how a V for Vendetta poster should look, one that evokes both the source material and its influences, and more importantly one that emphatically does not scream "vacuous blockbuster".

It may end up having nothing to do with the quality of the film, but it does reassure me that the people involved have a faint clue.

EDIT: As do these:



All varying degrees of gorgeousness.

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Serenity)
Drooling Firefly fanboy (and grrl) linkage:


A Firefly soundtrack album is available to buy online, but only to download.

There's a decent and lengthy Joss Whedon interview here, but if you haven't seen Serenity yet I'd steer clear as there are some big read-between-the-lines spoilers.

There's a nifty and lengthy conversation with both Joss Wedon (sic) and Neil Gaiman here. Spoiler free banter ensues.

And finally, one Mr Joss Whedon Esq. has posted on the official Serenity message board ahead of the official US release date on Friday, and I'm too lazy to register and read it but luckily someone has quoted it here.

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Serenity)
The official poster for Serenity is out and... I'm just not sure about it.



Beautiful woman with f***-off big gun, cool spaceship, broody hero. Tick, tick, tick. It's just not exciting me in the way that (let's face it) more or less everything about the movie has done to date. There's nothing about it that makes it stand out, and with that grainy shot of Mal it looks worryingly like a straight-to-video DVD cover, albeit a reasonably up-market one.

EDIT: the closer you get to it, the better it looks, but still...

Nice

Jul. 25th, 2005 06:18 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Cyberman)


Nice. It's not at *all* what I was expecting, but I like the look of the costume very much.

V

Jun. 29th, 2005 09:11 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (V for Vendetta)
Despite my ambivalent feelings about the movie, this is a rather fine poster. The nicest since that really lovely Batman Begins one.


iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (Batman)
Now THAT is a good movie poster.


iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (V for Vendetta)
Compare and contrast....

   


The movie poster isn't bad, although it's too dingy to have the iconic impact of the comics version; I even had to brighten it up a bit just to show the detail. Nice logo.

I'm still of very mixed feelings about the concept of a movie. Especially as "From the Creators of The Matrix trilogy" appears to mean "produced by". But, hey! It's directed by the First Assistant Director of The Matrix. Better than being the Second Assistant Director, I suppose...

(The tag-line isn't as bad as Elektra's, though: "From the forces who brought you the X-Men". Sounds like The Naked Gun 2 1/2: "From the brother of the Director of Ghost.")

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