OPRAH! Maybe that got someone's attention... hopefully someone who usually skips over this section of AllMoPs. Oprah sent a thunderbolt in the gamerain when she announced each adult woman in her studio audience would be receiving a XBOX 360 w/ Kinect (it comes out Tuesday and you really ought to know what it is). Here is the clip from a recent "Oprah." (For whatever reason I couldn't find a decent one with synched audio.) Lots to point out here: Oprah's mispronunciation of the product itself, her awkward raving ("It's your ENTIRE BODY... CONTROLLING... THE VIDEO GAMES... okay?"), and the ridiculous audience reaction. What a show!
You really must behold these astonishing ten minutes of gameplay footage for "Bioshock: Infinite." Sure, full of scripted events, but still, when they look this good and feature gameplay that works well, I won't complain a bit. I have only played a demo of the first, which was absolutely amazing. Again, this game isn't coming out till 2012, so I've got plenty of time play through the first two. "Bioshock: Infinite" is pretty different from the first two (or so I hear).
Nothing I'm leaving my lasso around this week folks.
Top 50 Horror Movies - Rotten Tomatoes: I figured this was appropriate given the season. A lot of people are upset to not find "The Exorcist" on this list. Having yet to see it, I'm not one of them. Couldn't be more pleased with their #1.
NEW IN THEATERS
Monsters* - 64%
Saw 3D - 8%
NEW IN STORES
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) - 68%
The Infidel - 62%
Sex and the City 2 - 16%
Winter's Bone - 94%
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Issue number what? That's right... AllMoPs is entering the double-digits. Holla at ya boyz. Another issue-in-the-making with just hours left in the week (cutting back this time where I see fit), but in-the-making nonetheless. Again. Holla at ya boyz. Merrymake.
You've heard the song, but have you seen the video? This is one of my favorite diddies of all-time... years ago, when I first saw this video, it sent tingles up and down my spine and then up again. A wonderfully blatant message and an answer to "gangster rap," this is one for the history books kids.
TRIVIA: Name the video game the kids are playing.
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Here is proof that open-world video game where you play as a chimp would be suh-weet. Sueko (a 300 pounder) goes on a friendly little rampage in her hometown of Kansas City. Article here, make sure you check out both videos.
"Fallout: New Vegas," follow-up to the mind-blowing and breath-taking "Fallout 3," hit shelves this Tuesday. Built from the same engine as its critically-acclaimed predecessor, but by a different team this time around (Obsidian instead of the legendary Bethesda), "New Vegas" takes the post-apocalyptic experience to Las Vegas. The game has received a lot of praise with an impressive 84% on Metacritic (like Rotten Tomatoes, but for Games, Music, and TV in addition to Movies). The critiques seem to be universally the same: same splendid gameplay and a new and fascinating open-world, but packed to the gills with technical issues (unfortunately glitches galore). Hopefully nothing a few downloadable patched can't take care of, but really... how do they let such a tweaky horse out of the gates? It's a bitter-sweet tale.
"Super Meat Boy" has an outstanding 90% rating! I spent some time with the demo... fun, but very infuriating. It is an arcade-style trial-and-error experience. Interesting enough, but I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. I still dream of "Limbo" (also standing tall with a 90% rep).
Next week "Fable 3" will rock the house! Any fans out there? You'll eat up the Launch Center (a nice feature they display for the more popular games out there) Gamespot has set up for this one.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
The Simon Pegg and Nick Frost duo return! However, this time "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" were easily two of the funniest flicks of last decade. They are returning in February with "Paul," a comedy with subject matter out of this world.
Apparently what came out last month was not "The Last Exorcism" because come 2011 there is going to be more, this time with Sir Anthony Hopkins in a little freaky picture called "The Rite."
All hail Pixar! Thus far the practically-perfect-in-every-way team has only released sequels to their first and best film ("Toy Story"). It is a strange thing then to hear word of them making "Cars 2," a sequel to my least favorite Pixar feature. This lackluster teaser may be the most unimpressive thing I've ever seen to come from their studio. Are times changing?
Toss of the Week: Generally speaking, losing a child is one of the worst experiences imaginable. "Rabbit Hole" is an artsy and gutsy stab at capturing the lives of a couple who had to bury their child. This was easily my top pick for the week.
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This week AllMoPs is firing out of all available canons! All segments I've ever introduced are here this time (and then some; yes, The Film Tome Report grows even more!), includingGamerain! It's a wonderful time to bust out the AllMoPs. My only wish is that each of you find something herein to chew on. Keep on chewing.
JUST END: Take note of the ultra-exciting news in The Film Tome Report's "The Good."
OK Go has some of the coolest MVs around. You have all seen "Here It Goes Again" and should have seen their best, "This Too Shall Pass." So that's why I'm endorsing one not a lot of people have seen (only 720K views?! Yeah?! WTF?!). As seems to be their style, this is also a single-shot MV (which incidentally also makes it a long-shot). They do some pretty tricky things with this visual effect... it is a buffet for your retinas!
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NEWS TO ME
There's a fellow in China who is addicted to eating scorpions... scorpions that are alive! On the plus side, he has developed an immunity to the poisonous creatures. He claims to have consumed over 10,000 scorpions over the past 30 years. I stand impressed (actually, I'm sitting in front of my iMac, but you know what I mean). The origin of his unique custom is quite interesting, read more.
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"Charlie the smoking chimp" (what a title!) passed away earlier this month. This article says "of old age." I wonder if smoking had anything to do with it? Then again, Charlie was 52 and had apparently kicked the habit. Rest in peace.
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It's very possible you've seen this before. The quality sucks, but it is still one of my favorite candid camera pranks of all time. You can do it too! You just need 100 people and a not-so-popular street.
I'm not entirely sure if Paul Mason is the "World's Fattest Man" (again, what a title!), but he is undoubtedly a large fellow. Watch a slice of his life.
Have you met Cleverbot? My roommate introduced me to him/her/it today. It is an AI that learns from real people (which would explain why it is so moronic sometimes). It is a chatterbot and only lives to chat with humans, so what are you waiting for? The site claims that visitors never talk to a human, which at first I was skeptical about, but after having a few conversations with Cleverbot, I don't find that hard to believe. Here's a real dialogue I had with Cleverbot just hours ago (I am User):
User: Good afternoon.
Cleverbot: Good evening.
User: Evening? What time do you think it is?
Cleverbot: I know it is 1:13 AM in the middle.
User: You're a moron.
Cleverbot: No you are!
User: Nice comeback.
Cleverbot: You are so nice *hugs*.
User: *pushes away*.
Cleverbot: *looks surprised* What did I do?
User: You were born.
Cleverbot: You're just jealous, bot.
User: Jealous of your stupidity? Ha! I don't think so!
Cleverbot: Not quite, jealous of a middle class white woman maybe.
User: So, that's what you are?
Cleverbot: I know you are but what am I?
User: A freaking moron.
Cleverbot: Do you really think that?
User: I KNOW that.
Cleverbot: How do you know that for a fact?
User: Because your responses are the essence of idiocy.
Cleverbot: Well I think my responses are.
User: At least we agree on something, moron.
Cleverbot: That's true.
User: So you admit you're a moron?
Cleverbot: Yes. I never told you I wasn't.
Enlightening eh? Try it out and see if you can have better luck than I did! A link on the page will take you to this interesting video about the future of Cleverbot.
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After a two-week hiatus, Gamerain is back and read to spin all available discs!
"Arcade Gaming Shrine" - Palette-Swap Ninja: You lucky duckies! This week I've plugged two music videos. I wanted to save this one for Gamerain because it is very much a MV for gamers. I've been following Palette-Swap Ninja for quite some time now. They parody songs in a Weird Al fashion, but all of theirs deal with video games. You may have heard their "Halo" song (a glorious parody of "Snow" by Red Hot Chili Peppers). "Arcade Gaming Shrine" is an ode to the arcade games of yesteryear. As one line in the lyrics explains, "All these modern games, while they're still fun, future generations should know where they came from." I find this MV a better tribute to arcade video games than a certain overrated film that came out two months ago. Ling live Tapper!
"The Sims" would definitely sit comfy on my list of the best video games ever made. I am a sucker for anything medieval-esque. These two statements were tied in a bodacious bow when I learned of "The Sims Medieval" yesterday. I can only imagine how hard satisfying the "hygiene" bar is going to be. It appears to be a standalone game, not one of the myriad expansion packs the series is well-known for releasing. It is scheduled for a Q1 2011 release for your PC or Mac.
Another bit of just-plain-awesome news is the latest downloadable content for "Red Dead Redemption." Like "The Sims Medieval," it is a hybrid of two areas I cherish, the western genre and the zombie sub-genre, making for an "Undead Nightmare Pack." It sounds too good to be true! In two weeks time (Oct. 26th) it will be available on both the Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Store.
I just beat "Halo: Reach" this morning. Finally. School was such an interference... what's with that? ;) It is beyond special. The cinematic right before the ending credits should be familiar to "Halo" fans. That's what we saw nearly a decade ago when the saga began. Remember, "Reach" is a prequel. Even though I've conquered through the campaign, there is still a lot of playability left. Online multiplayer has never been better (my new favorite is probably Territories in Big Team Battle) and Forge World is always a tempting way to spend an hour or so. If "Red Dead Redemption" weren't so brilliant I'd be able to declare it as Game of the Year. That said, both games are two of the best I've ever played. Oh yeah, this is All Manner of Plugs huh? I should be plugging something... Have you seen the "Halo Reach Mythbusters"? There are several informative episodes available!
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
Every year each country gets to submit one film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be considered for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards (AKA the Oscars). Of those myriad entrees, five are officially nominated. For the 83rd Academy Awards (sometime Q1 2011), Peru has officially submitted "
Contracorriente (Undertow)." The synopsis calls this a "unique ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside." After watching the trailer I have no idea what is going on. I feel that is a good thing when trailers are concerned, but surely not when the film itself is that way. We'll see.
"Chico and Rita" is an up and down love story set in the late '40s. Music is a priority in this piece. The mixture of hand-drawn animation with the use of CGI looks stunning. In select theaters on November 19th.
A couple of documentaries emerge from another point of view to things. As an answer to "An Inconvenient Truth" and global warming in general we've got "Cool It." And for all you Mayans out there who believe 2012 is Earth's last hurrah, "2012: Time For Change." Both are docs about "going green" and how we can do it. They seem to be of a more optimistic variety and confront the FEAR that runs so rampant in our societies. That same issue is among the more interesting themes running throughout Michael Moore's collection.
The "Okay...":* *Here is another Trailer Round-Up reward. This one goes to the trailer that while/after seeing I find myself saying "Okay...." You should know the word and orate-method I'm referring to. If you don't, you should.
This weeks "Okay..." goes to "I Am Number Four." Is this based on a previously existing intellectual property? This looks and sounds (I read the plot description) like a mixed bag of fantasy banalities. D.J. Caruso, who's "Disturbia" was a fun contemporary retelling of Hitchcock's "Rear Window," directs this one. Has a film that looks and sounds like this ever succeeded? Not to my knowledge. You've got a lot to prove Mr. Caruso. I hope for the best, but still emit "Okay...." Toss of the Week: We frequently receive proof of the stock phrase, "Fact is stranger than fiction." "Marwencol" is yet another pound of proof to this debatable truth. I love strange docs ("Vernon, Florida," "King of Kong," and anything Herzogian), so this one is like unto a friendly and exotic creature approaching me with a protruding tongue in the grocery store. That is to say, a pleasant surprise. Non-fiction films consistently pack more emotional punch than most of other breeds. It is the most "realistic" aspects of the fiction films that can even measure up. It has been written that "the truth will set you free." Filmmakers who work in accordance to this certitude will be free to influence their audience in powerful ways. "Marwencol" is a true story of a fellow man, one I am eager to notice.
Entertainment Weekly - "The 50 Greatest Directors and Their 100 Best Movies" (Here is the same list on a single page.) It's a good list. They've got most of the essentials: Hitchcock, Ford, Keaton, Spielberg, Kurosawa, Scorsese, and my favorite, Herzog. I believe this list was dated 1996, which would explain the absence of modern marvels I'd like to see, including P.T. Anderson, Tarantino, Miyazaki, the Coens and Zhang Yimou. I can think of a few they could replace...
"The Hobbit" has finally been greenlit! Shooting will begin in February and "Part 1" is scheduled to be among us on December 19, 2012. I'm guessing "Part 2" will come a year later. I, for one, am fine waiting. Take as long as you need Mr. Jackson (that's right, P.J. is directing!) to make us another epic masterpiece. Getting the production for this film to take off has been like coaxing an emu to take flight. Alas, miracles do happen. Read more (including the complications) on The Wrap.
Near-unanimous praise is always a delightful thing. There are currently three films in wide release that are being heralded highly (according to the TOMATOMETER on Rotten Tomatoes): "Let Me In" - 88%, "The Town" - 95%, and "The Social Network" - 97%.
I saw "Vampires Suck." Look for my venomous review on The Film Tome soon!
AND THE UGLY
*Changing "and the Weird" to "and the Ugly" this week. I'll use which ever of the two best suits the news. Cool?
Uwe Boll is a notorious filmmaker. I've never seen one of his movies, but those who have love to hate them. In fact, five of Boll's films are on IMDb's Bottom 100 (the opposite of the Top 250). He is largely responsible for the quite-true statement, "Films based on video games blow." If there ever was a video game that shouldn't have been made into a movie, that game was "Postal." And Boll did. Well, now Mr. Boll, a German writer and director, is stirring more controversy than ever with the announcement and teaser of his next film, "Auschwitz." At first glance this seems like a "Passion of the Christ" for the victims of said concentration camp. By this I mean graphically portraying the suffering, torturing, and killing of the victim(s). Mel Gibson's attempt was a powerful success in my book, admittedly one I don't want to frequently behold. I wonder if Boll is capable of such an accomplishment. Then again, after watching the trailer for his adaptation of "Postal," a comedy of the WORST kind, I doubt. Other film gurus are calling it "tasteless." Lastly, I really wonder what the masses would be saying if some other iconic director's name (i.e. one widely acclaimed rather than one widely disdained) was attached to this project. I honestly think the responses would be very different. Enough talk, here's the trailerfor "Auschwitz," decide for yourself. (WARNING: This trailer contains graphic images. Think "Schindler's List" in color. Viewer discretion strongly exhorted.)
NEW IN THEATERS* *Quite simple. I tell you what films are coming to theaters this week/weekend and their current rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Conviction - 60%
Hereafter* - 60%
Jackass 3D - 59%
Red - 69%
Samson and Delilah - 97%
* = Limited Release
NEW IN STORES* *Again, a simple piece. I tell what films have come out on DVD/BluRay/whatever this week.
How To Train Your Dragon - 98%
lo sono l'amore (I Am Love) - 81%
Jonah Hex - 13%
Leaves of Grass - 61%
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Today is 10/10/10. Take advantage of such a cool date! This week The Film Tome Report continues to get bigger and badder (and by that I mean "bigger and gooder"), we explore the songified, and have all sorts of fun. Ch-ch-check it out!
Simply, this music video is a treat to watch. The creators of Japanese televisions set-pieces are some of the most creative Earthlings around. You'll see dozens of these physical feats and tricks throughout the four minutes. The two white guys you'll see are the Pet Shop Boys (Neil and Chris, two English chaps) and their sweet synthy song accompanies the ballad of madness.
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I like monkeys. That's why I started this segment. However, sometimes the headlines will reveal a tragic account: On Wednesday a monkey kidnapped and killed an infant (human) in Malaysia. Read more.
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Okay, so I'm getting around to highlighting the Gregory Brothers, their Auto-Tune the News, and any other "songified" works. Sorry if this is nothing new for some of you, but I feel it is yet another major event in all things gone viral and therefore important and worth documenting. Quite recently a couple of people, first my roommate then my classmate, introduced me to such to these. Perhaps some of you may not know about it. Last year getting "sweded" was the rage, now it's all about what folk can "songify."
The stars worth noting here are the Gregory Brothers, a musical group that specializes in songifying. Perhaps now they are most know for what they did with "The Bedroom Intruder." Again, there's the original and then the songified version (i
s that Motab at 1:42?!). There is one version with over 30 million views... it has become an internet phenomenon. I even know someone who is going to be Antoine Dodson (the eccentric bandana-wearing star) for Halloween! Wow.
Here are some other videos put out by Auto-Tune the News:
and my favorite Swinging (featuring Weezer). This one has a sweet chorus and hooks to boot! Love it!
You can bet on more songified clips being plugged in future AllMoPs!
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
"Yogi Bear" - Jared Hess, you were beyond wise to pass this "opportunity" by. The first trailer came out last month and I failed to make an announcement. A second trailer has now been released. I watched them both. My thoughts? Well, if anything, it can serve a a tech demo for which CGI animation is put into a live action world. But really, "Jurassic Park" did a better job at that 17 years ago. I realize I am probably not the target audience (at least I sure hope not!). Having never seen the original cartoon I've nothing invested here. Those of you who are older and have, might take your kidlets and go see it with an optimistic attitude. I just hope you find something to enjoy because these trailers seem void of such a feature. Oh! Oh! Oh! And guess what! It's in 3-flippin'-D! It comes out Christmas Day. Sorry Warner Bros., I'm gonna be seeing "True Grit" instead.
I remember "Four Lions" making noticeable waves at Sundance earlier this year. It looks like a brilliant satire on terrorism and yes, "funny." November 5th somewhere.
"Ip Man" - (Disclaimer: Contains bloodless martial arts violence) I'm sure this film is going to be all right (at least all right), but the preview is so bad it's funny. That movie-trailer-voice is just painful. You gotta see it. Honestly, it seems like a spoof on trailers, but I'm very afraid it is not. It is not fair for this 2008 Hong Kong film to get such a marketing campaign in the United States. The injustice delivered to foreign films through their American releases is a damn shame sometimes. Still, enjoy the unintentional comedy while we have it. A truth to live by: "Whilst in sad times, find the humor in it." I look forward to seeing this one and giving it a fresh start once the opening credits roll (in its intended language of course, dubbing is a form Satanism).
I have not seen a Julie Taymor film. I really want to (namely, "Across the Universe"). She is (as the trailer says) what we call a "visionary director." It's kind of a trite phrase because every director is a visionary in his/her own right. However, it seems to especially fit the bill with her. She is a filmmaker whose products are so stylized that they are as far from generic as could be. Much like Tarsem. Here is the bewildering and beautiful trailer for her adaptation of another Shakespeare work (she previously made "Titus"), "The Tempest." In theaters December 10th.
The trailer for "Never Let Me Go" (scroll down to reach the trailer) has been out for months now, in fact, the film is already out in select theaters. It stars Carey Mulligan who was magnificent in last years "An Education," the ever-exquisite Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield who was part of "The Social Network"'s knockout cast. It looks inventive, classy, and very pretty. I'm quite excited to see this one!
A second and longer trailer for "True Grit" burst out this week. I have a hard time backing it up because I feel it gives much too much away. Still, it looks splendid. Still, I prefer the first trailer (as plugged in AllMoPs 7).
Toss of the Week: The second trailer for "127 Hours" is even better than the first and gets this week's top prize in The Trailer Round-Up, "Toss of the Week." Just from witnessing the trailer I guarantee James Franco is going to get several nominations for Best Actor. Director Danny Boyle is one of the most diverse filmmakers under the sun (he even took us to the sun in "Sunshine") and I'm always amazed by what he delivers. "127 Hours" looks amazing. You can count on finding this one in a theater near you on November 5th. Less than a month away!
ENLISTED* *Lists are always good. I am both a consumer and maker of the lovely things. AllMoPs is about plugging others, so you won't be seeing my lists here, but those that I find and feel ought to be seen/studied. Joy!
Entertainment Weekly - "12 Documentaries That Changed The World." There are several on here that I haven't seen and so I enjoy this nice batch of "To Watch" recommendations. Of the ones I have seen, I full-heartedly agree on their influence to cause change. This week I saw "The Cove" for the first time. It is brilliant. I also re-watched "Fahrenheit 9/11" this week. Still brilliant.
IMDb - Top 20 Horror Films of the Past 20 Years. As part of their 20th anniversary (see "The Good" below), the editors of IMDb have made several lists. This one will surely surprise any cinephile. Having seen most of the films mentioned I have some definite agreements ("The Descent") and some definite disagreements ("Twilight"? Horror? Really?). Any list or ranking is going to stir some controversy. That's one aspect I savor about them.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD*
*I've a couple of "inspired by" credits to acknowledge here:
I was inspired by the magazine Game Informer to have a segment like this.
This title was inspired by the recent South Korean film of the same name (which was inspired by the epic Sergio Leone film, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," which is what Game Informer uses). Basically, I take recent film news that I deem worth sharing and feature it in one of the three headings.
IMDb (AKA "Best Website Ever") is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary on October 17th. Every day over the next little while they are having a "Star of the Day" talk about movies. They are having a year by year countdown to 2010, each day another year. And there are all sorts of other features. Click here to check some of the goodness out for yourself. Congratulations IMDb! Happy anniversary!
This semester, as part of the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive Film Series, Dr. James D'Arc (curator of BYU's Motion Picture Archive) is hosting a series called, "When Hollywood Came to Town: Moviemaking in Utah." This comes in nice conjunction with the release of Dr. D'Arc's book of a similar name. It's been going on for a month now and I've been to each installment. It is a divine opportunity to see older westerns (possibly my favorite genre) shot in Utah the way they were meant to be seen. Hearing the history and seeing a few of the movies so far, I am more and more proud to be a Utahan, born and raised in this amazing place (especially the distinct beauty of Southern Utah). Most of the films are not available on DVD, so it might be one's only chance to see some of these. The next film to be shown will be "Ramrod" (1947) on Oct. 22. If you're in the area, I highly endorse attending. Admission is free. 7:00 PM in the Harold B. Lee Auditorium.
Other then "Yogi Bear"... Nope.
AND THE WEIRD
Word on the street is that Mel Gibson delivers a home run performance in "The Beaver" and is a possible Oscar contender. The plot synopsis as found on IMDb reads, "A guy walk around with a puppet of a beaver on his hand and treats it like a living creature." I'm intrigued. Jodie Foster, who directs the strange flick, has called it "one of [Gibson's] most powerful and moving experiences." Read more in this Deadline article. The question is if Gibson could/would be considered after all the drama surrounding him as of late. Drama. I for one think we should separate the going-ons in any artist's life and let their work be judged fairly for what it is. If his performance in "The Beaver" is as good as we're hearing, he better be nominated!
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We set another month in the past and keep on marching on. I've added more to The Film Tome Report, admit a sincere lack ofGamerain this week (really, "Reach" is all you need), elevate monkeys by giving them their own segment, and provide plenty of other recommendations to keep your mouse clicking until AllMoPs Ocho! Carry on.
As the YouTubers dirge, this is a look at MTV as it once was and never will be again... While this "music video" has aged worse than Bill Murray, the song itself is timeless. "Mr. Roboto" speaks more for today's listeners than it possibly could've back in 1983. Contemporary technology only sheds more light on the the reality of a once sci-fi notion. It will only prove more true as the years grow greater. Kilroy!
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*I feature monkeys on a regular basis anyway, I figured it was about time to go ahead and give primates their own section.
Wired.com released an article on Wednesday (complete with video) regarding monkeys' ability to recognize their own reflection in a mirror. As the opening line states, "Monkeys may posses cognitive abilities once thought unique to humans."
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This week I watched the entire first season of a web series made by faculty and staff here at Brigham Young University, "The Book of Jer3miah." My dear mother did as well, not because she had to (you see, I did for one of my classes), but because of the engaging story and riveting action. Right mum? Influenced by "The Blair Witch Project," "Lost," and "The Office," this LDS-themed thriller is a hybrid that is ultimately unique. You can see the entire first season online at the link provided above. As of now, the second season hasn't begun filming, but a Season 2 teaser is also available on the official site. Also, the transmedia campaign for "The Book of Jer3miah" is something to behold. This rabbit hole goes deeper than meets the eye. Explore the site and you'll see what I mean.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT
THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
Have you heard of "Secretariat"? Well, it comes out Friday (Oct. 8th) and that's the only reason I'm mentioning it. The trailer left me rather underwhelmed. It is a Disney movie about a sport (horse-racing this time)... I'm betting I can already tell you the story. Yes, even with that tag-line "The Impossible True Story." These are some of the most cookie-cutter films around! Maybe I'm just cynical or heaven forbid, a little jaded, but I'm not looking forward to this one. Sigh. I've been very unfair to the "Secretariat," taking out my anger toward an entire sub-genre on a singular innocent attempt. I hope it brings something new to the table, I really do. Now, Let me say two nice thing: 1) The film looks very pretty. 2) It has invaluable John Malkovich.
Back in Issue 2 I plugged two alien films, "Skyline" and "Monsters." They've each received another trailer and both offer a glimpse at what our protags are up against. Personally, I'm liking the looks of "Monsters" more. It seems to be more serious while "Skyline" looks like a B movie with super duper effects. In the end, I am of the opinion that there is no such thing as too many alien and/or monster movies. I welcome both of them.
Here is something new: "Vision." Interesting to say the least. A portrait of the12th-century nun, Hildegard von Bingen... What's up with the eye of Sauron at the end of the trailer?
Another over-the-top martial arts epic? I'm game. In the same vein as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and every other wannabe that followed comes "The Warrior's Way." December 3rd. Somewhere.
If you haven't heard about "Waiting for 'Superman,'" you will. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the chap who shared "An Inconvenient Truth" with us, this is the next doc to rock. This time America's education system is the subject at hand. Again, it is already out, but "Where?" is the perpetual inquiry. Y'know, I should make a documentary about how most theaters never show any documentaries! The only thing is, I'm afraid nobody will see it. We've only ourselves to blame. We rather rush out to see stuff like "Superman Returns" than "Waiting for 'Superman.'"
Toss of the Week: Like Mr. Eastwood, the Coen Brothers are on a roll, releasing a film every holiday season for the past few years. This week the spectacular trailer for their remake of "True Grit" emerged. I'm already declaring "film of the year" for this one. I will be able to confirm such a bold prediction on Christmas Day. The talented brothers team up with Jeff Bridges ("The Big Lebowski") and Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men") again, while welcoming Matt Damon to their team for the first time (he looks wholly original this time around - see trailer). The rookie is Hailee Steinfeld playing as Mattie Ross who hires a marshal (Bridges) to avenge the murder of her father. I'll have to catch up with the original John Wayne film before this one releases to provide myself with the ultimate experience!
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