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Tuesday
Sep282010

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS is too epic for its own good (review)

Rating:  (Mediocre)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole intends to be an epic, like Lord of the Rings for families. On paper, it has enough slow-mo shots, big fights, evil villainny, and travel to be such a story. On film, it falls short. While beautifully animated and intimately detailed, this adventure tries so hard to be epic that it's kind of a bore. And don't even get me started on the science of it all, or lack thereof. 

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Tuesday
Jul272010

Care for some CGI? Here's the first trailer for Sucker Punch

Why do live-action movies keep looking more and more like Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? I wish I had a good answer. Here is the trailer for Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead). From what I understand, it takes place in the 1950s and follows a girl who is about to (or already has been) lobotomized. Most of the crazy stuff you see in the trailer takes place in the girl's imagination, but slowly the lines blur between reality and the dream world. The plot resembles a video game more than a movie. Don't believe me? Check it out below.

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Friday
Mar052010

Are you a fan of mystic owls? The new LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS trailer is for you

It's official: Hollywood studios will make a computer generated movie out of any animal on the planet. Nothing is off limits. Legend of the Guardians is based on the first entry of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole book series by author Kathryn Lasky. It follows a young orphaned owl who embarks on an adventure to find a group of legendary noble owls in a giant tree far, far away. The books must be fairly popular. There are 15 novels in the series and a full owl language you can learn, should you feel like wasting a significant portion of your life learning a language that owls speak in a modestly successful fictional book series.

The more realistic these animated animal movies get, the more they creep me out. It's like watching a live demonstration of the uncanny valley hypothesis. This film comes from the studio behind Happy Feet, which suffered the same problem, and is directed by Zack Snyder, best known for 300 and Watchmen. Legend of the Guardians hits theaters September 24, 2010.