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The Official Future Films Thread

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I couldn't find a relevant thread with the search function (and believe me, I looked) so I'm posting this here: http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=23521

If an upcoming projects thread already exists this will need moving, but if not then I guess we now have a place to discuss future movies which aren't necessarily anything to do with John Williams, Indiana Jones or Spielberg etc and all in one tidy thread.

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I still don't get the whole Superman obssession. Maybe this project will finally show me the light.

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Well for me at least, as a child seeing Superman I was filled with wonder and he became something of a role model for me. I wanted to be like him and my young mind believed in what he stood for: Good. John Williams helped solidify the heroics of ideal, for me.

Christopher Reeve's Superman was someone I looked up to.

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No super-hero ever had that effect on me, unfortunately. A super-human kind of greatness is one of those concepts I could never connect with.

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I can understand that. But I've always been a daydreamer, I'd fantasise about being him. Or rather me with those powers.

Probably some sort of God complex!

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So who here is seeing Quantum of Solace this weekend? We're going on Sunday afternoon. We haven't booked, but I reckon we should get seats at the local Odeon, hopefully. How is the hype in your region of the world? Has it even begun yet? Here in the UK its HUGE. Bond fever has unofficially taken over, as far as the media is concerned. It wasn't like this for Casino Royale, that's for sure. I've not known a marketing campaign like it in years - the 007 buzz is everywhere. It absolutely dwarfs the comeback of Indiana Jones, in terms of pre-release hype.

Oh and not related directly to future films specifically, but news all the same: http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=23541

I for one like Pheonix a lot. He's been quiet for a while now, but when he was good, he was really really good. I hope he makes a comeback someday.

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The hype here is basically non-existant. I imagine that I'll see it next Saturday night.

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Yes, I've heard that news. I've no knowledge of the novel, but I'm certainly intrigued by Scott's description of the premise.

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Pardon my ignorance, but do movies tend to be hyped in a big way in your part of the world?

Oh, yes. Dark Knight, Indiana Jones, Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E...it was impossible to miss. Animated movies in particular go over huge here. Pixar films have been opening the Jerusalem film festival, and Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith are coming for the local Madagascar 2 premiere.

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Sounds a lot like the western world in comparison. My bad for not being aware of that.

I can only assume that the Bond hype machine will arrive in Israel eventually, when the movie nears release there.

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I'm surprised myself, as the film is coming out in exactly a week.

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I guess this is the perfect place to talk about this, even though I made a similar thread not too long ago.

Danny Boyle has a new independent film coming out called Slumdog Millionaire. Fox Searchlight is having free screenings, and lucky for me, a local theater is showing it. I RSVP-ed and got 2 tickets. It's a first come, first serve, so my friend and I will have to get there pretty early, especially with this theater since it always sells out fast.

I have no idea what this is about or if it looks good, but what the hell, it's free.

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Aren't all your movies free?

No. I never said that. My brother works at the theater I go to, which doesn't guarantee I can see movies for free. Like in no way would I have been able to see The Dark Knight opening day for free. Depends on the movie, depends on how many tickets sell, depends if it's opening weekend, stuff like that. Usually though the managers only care about this stuff. If you can get a supervisor they'll usually just let you in.

Also, my brother does goes to school, so currently he isn't working. Not to mention he's quitting after winter break, I believe. Bastard got other supervisors to give him like a booklet of free passes that he uses while he's not working. He wouldn't give me any :)

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Danny Boyle has a new independent film coming out called Slumdog Millionaire. Fox Searchlight is having free screenings, and lucky for me, a local theater is showing it. I RSVP-ed and got 2 tickets. It's a first come, first serve, so my friend and I will have to get there pretty early, especially with this theater since it always sells out fast.

I have no idea what this is about or if it looks good, but what the hell, it's free.

It's been getting superb word-of-mouth. Cant' wait to see it.

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I, for one, enjoyed Spidey 3 (though some parts were laughably bad), and I look forward to Spidey 4.

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Maybe that writer will do a good job, but Spider-Man 3 was one of the worst films I've ever seen so I don't really have much interest in it.

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Indeed, I have zero interest in it. I never really got into the franchise from the start to be honest. I like the idea of Spiderman (who doesn't?), but I didn't really like the way Raimi handled it. Dawson's Creek with superpowers is what his version is. No thanks.

Anyway moving on, I believe this movie is of some interest to a few here: http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=23552

I still haven't seen the first one.

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I liked a lot of SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN 2, but the relationship between Maguire and Dunst was snoozeville. Maguire's Parker was very good, but Dunst's MJ was terrible, and to have someone so unlikeable, or even average, as the woman you (through Parker) are supposed to fall in love with kind of kills the film in certain terms. SPIDER-MAN 3 was unbelievably bad.

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Absolutely. I need more than a promising screenwriter to make me see that film after "Spider-Man III".

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Boyle needs to make a good movie, since his last one was 28 Days Later.

I agree. I need the magic of the young Danny Boyle. The new Boyle disappoints me. This once again proves that most directors are artistically peaking when they are at the beginning of their careers.

Alex

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I'm waiting for this one.

Alex

As much as I love Ridley's earlier work, he's really lost it with his later films in my opinion. I just hope that he can do something really special once again. Same for Cameron and Avatar. I think he's lost his mind since Titanic, what with the eighty bazillion documentaries about the real Titanic and the tomb of Jesus.

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I for one like Pheonix a lot. He's been quiet for a while now, but when he was good, he was really really good. I hope he makes a comeback someday.

I'm sure he will eventually. Well, unless his music career turns out to be really worthwhile.

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Maybe that writer will do a good job, but Spider-Man 3 was one of the worst films I've ever seen so I don't really have much interest in it.

I couldn't make near that claim (it being one of the worst films I've seen). It definitely has issues, but there's still some enjoyable stuff, and I love, particularly, the shooting of the church scene.

I've enjoyed the films thus far (III being the least of course), and regardless of anyone's opinions, I think it's safe to say that the Spider-Man films have been the most consistent in quality and continuity of the major superhero franchises. As many issues as there are in SMIII, I certainly don't think it's quite the drop-off as, say, Burton to Schumacher.

If nothing else, I want to see Dylan Baker fulfill his Dr. Connors arc as the Lizard before they stop.

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Agreed 100%.

Spidey films set the standard for a superhero blockbuster that focuses as much on real life drama as it does with crime fighting action. In fact, I'd say that if it weren't for the Spidey films, TDK wouldn't exist. Spidey acted like a stepping stone into a more dramatic type of superhero film.

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I think X-MEN did it before that. I wouldn't really call SPIDER-MAN's drama realistic though. Most of the good stuff is culled from the comics, and the MJ storyline is full of cliches, and as such she's nothing like she is in the book. And it got worse with each sequel until it just turned into emo drivel in III. Doc Ock was the real standout, but again, that was a counterpoint to some awful writing on Mary Jane's side.

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I discovered bad news. Gus Van Grant will be directing a "Psycho V" ( I never knew they made a "Psycho II"), with Hayden Christensen in the role of Norman Bates. I have a feeling that this film will be about as good as Gus Van Grant's re-make of the original. However, knowing Danny Elfman's association with Bernard Herrman and Gus Van Grant, I would be very surprised if he will not score the film. That gets me excited.

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