The original Star Wars film has topped a new online poll to find the best science fiction movie of all time.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
In the Terminator Salvation Twitter game, members of the human resistance communicate with each other through Twitter and turn to the community for help in decoding intercepted Skynet transmissions.
Players earn points through timely assistance in decoding these messages and, with these points, rise in rank within the Resistance Army. Players must constantly be on guard against the machines, which periodically and randomly choose a number of players and penalise them a percentage of their points.
A companion blog augments the information within Twitter and hosts a leader board for the game.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Star Trek beams cash into its its vaults, Wolverine still roars, Angels and Demons squeaks in with a so so opening weekend
SHOOT: Terminator Salvation is next, should be good.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore are in talks to bring legendary movie alien E.T. back to Earth in a big budget Hollywood sequel.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Star Trek: Symbolism and a platform for the regret that the grown-up children of the 1960s feel for letting down the youth of today, just as they might have felt they were let down by their leaders.
“Star Trek” was meant to expand the notions of what a unified world could achieve — a mission that was deeply complicated by the turmoil of the era. And the newest incarnation of “Star Trek” arrives at a moment when the country again finds itself teetering between limitless potential and peril, yearning to boldly go in all directions but potentially stuck in neutral.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Leonard 'Bones' McCoy: Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.
Star Trek will be the best flick of 2009. I can't see how Terminator will top this, or anything else quite frankly. Star Trek is vivid and powerful, and whops Wolverine's butt 6-0 in virtually every category.
I read a few reviews of Star Trek, some that I wished I hadn't, before going into the cinema with baited breath. I come out punch drunk after an amazing thrill ride. Star Trek is everything a sci-fi flick should be - big budget, fantastical, left-field, inspiring, an adventure and most of all, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thrill ride. In a word Star Trek is imaginative. J.J. Abrams delivers in the true spirit of Star Trek.
Christopher Pike: [to Kirk] You've always had a hard time finding your place in this world, haven't you?
While we know the Star Trek story as a brave search for alien civilisations, all along we knew it was also a search, in terms of the crew, to find their (and by extension 'our') place in the universe. This is especially true in Star Trek, where Kirk has to find out who he is and what stuff he is made of. We see him - more than any other crew member - pushed to the limits, both physically and otherwise.
Nero: James T. Kirk was a great man... but that was another life.
I have a bone to pick with reviewers who re-tell the plot and give away elements of the story, effectively stealing from the punch the flick aims to deliver firsthand. It is something of an art then to convey the ethos of the film without giving too much besides away. One reviewer said the following (if you haven't seen the movie probably best if you skip the remainder of this paragraph) - that there is a major plot twist halfway through the movie and if you can swallow this, well then the movie works.
I don't really agree. Star Trek is all about the plausible and less plausible, and it tests and re-tests our assumptions of logic. That is part and parcel of the Star Trek mythos.
For my part I religiously watched each episode of the original Star Trek series as a young boy with my dad, so I am a trekkie, and I am one of those people J.J. Abrams needed to bear in mind when making this permutation.
Scotty: I like this ship! It's exciting!
I thought the story was quite masterful, and the introduction of the cast was done with a great deal of wit. Most of all, J.J Abrams brings a combination of respect to the franchise and injects it with a powerful dose of youth filled vigor.
Undoubtedly we will see many more voyages of the starship, Enterprise.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I never really met people, my films got noticed and I hope they got noticed because I made them as well as I could.
SHOOT: Star Trek's mythos is based on balance. Vision tempered by logic, passion tempered by reason, ration and reason set free into the magic and mystery of space. A masterful premise. I always hoped humanity would become civilised in the future, adopting the broad consensus we see in Star Fleet, with the broad goal being a cashless society bent on improving itself. The Star Trek protagonists are, interestingly, all altrusists. Something rare in entertainment and rea life history.
Despite these visions, the flashing lasers and latex aliens, “Star Trek” is fundamentally about two men engaged in a continuing conversation about civilizations and their discontents. Hot and cold, impulsive and tightly controlled, Kirk and Spock need each other to work, a dynamic Mr. Abrams captures with his two well-balanced leads.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
SHOOT: Wired gives Star Trek 9/10. This might be the kickass movie of the year. Wolverine was good - Trek may wop the Wolf.
As Kirk, 28-year-old actor Chris Pine bursts with coltish energy, drinking deeply from the Han Solo well to inform his portrait of the captain as a young roustabout.
SHOOT: Have you seen it yet?
There's no redemption where I am going...
What I enjoyed about this flick was its sheer masculinity. The proponents of this film are all intensely masculine, and charming, themselves. Schreiber, Jackman and even Gavin Hood himself, a man I interviewed a few days ago. The Wolverine mythos delves into all those things that young boys and men fixate upon - a man on his own finding his own way, wars, blood, physical work, fighting, strength, sweating in nature, rivalry and loyalty, love and betrayal.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
SHOOT: My neighbor gushed over this flick over the weekend. Looks different.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
SHOOT: Haven't seen Orndorf gush much; good to see him supporting this flick. If Orndorf likes this it might - as he concendes - be the best flick of the year.
Teen vampire film Twilight has taken the lead with seven nominations at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
SHOOT Star Trek opens in South African cinemas on 8 May.