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Westerns

Cowboys and Aliens

When I first put up the ‘westerns’ category, I had no idea if I’d ever get to use it again, yet here I am using it for the third time in five months.  Is this a sign that westerns are making a comeback?  I hope so.

Cowboys and Aliens will hit American cinemas on the 29th of July and then waddle its way over to Irish, and UK, cinemas on the 19th of August.  If you’re a comic fan, you might think that the name sounds familiar, and you’d be right about that.  However, the name is one of the only things that the film has in common with the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on.  Producer, Robert Orci, has said that they didn’t want fans of the comics to feel like they’d already seen it.  Clearly this guy doesn’t know fans.  The closer it is to the source material the happier the fans are, hasn’t he ever read a Resident Evil forum.  Not even the characters names were brought over; basically they just thought that a familiar name would bring in fans.

The premise of the film is that a loner named Jake Lonergan (yeah that’s right LONERgan), who is played by Daniel Craig, wakes up with a mysterious device on his arm and no memory of his life.  He soon learns that he’s a wanted criminal and is locked up by Colonel Dolarhyde (yes the names are terrible), played by Harrison Ford.  When aliens attack, the two must put their differences aside if they want to protect the world from the invaders.

The trailer doesn’t look all that appealing and I’m pretty sure I seen a wire at one point pulling a guy off a horse.  I’m not saying that the movie won’t be good, but even the names don’t sound western to me.  To make the film more western they shot it on film rather than use digital so why couldn’t they spend a little more time thinking of names.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but for the time being, I have to say, I don’t see bright things in this films future.  I think it’s going to have to be really really good to avoid being rip apart by fans of the comic.  However, people might go to see it for the cast alone.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde all star in the film and all have a pretty good fan base.  Only time will tell whether this film will sink or swim.

What do you think?  Are western films making a comeback?  Will comic fans tear this film to pieces?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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Rango

Have you ever wished you could just blend with your surroundings?   If so, you may have a lot in common with Johnny Depp’s latest character, Rango, of course, as a chameleon he’s one step ahead of you.

The movie follows Rango as he makes the transition from the comforts of captivity to the dangerous world of freedom.  Rango is forced to step up and stand out.  He must become sheriff and protect the other creatures, granted he only got the job because he accidentally killed a hawk, but hey it’s the circle of life.

As far as kid’s movies go, it doesn’t look bad and it’s gotten some good reviews from critics who’ve seen early screenings.  Basically, if you’re kid’s are going to drag you to a movie, it could be worse.  Plus, if you’re a fan of westerns you may like the film, as it’s set in a sort of animal version of the wild west.

Unsurprisingly, a video game has also been made.  The game doesn’t follow the same plot as the movie; instead it serves as a sequel.  The game has been praised for its graphics and is available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and NDS.  Additional, a series of Flash games, starring Rango, will be put online tomorrow to coincide with the release of the film.

Rango hits cinemas worldwide tomorrow the 4th of March.  Check out the trailer below and don’t forget to vote and leave a comment below.

Movie Trailer

Game Trailer


New Grit

True Grit was originally a book by Charles Portis.  In 1969, a year after the books release, a movie adaptation was made, this movie starred John Wayne as, a character with true grit, Reuben (Rooster) Cogburn.  John Wayne won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance; this was the only time, in his entire career, that Wayne got an Oscar.  Although the book was a standalone story, the movie had two sequels.  The first, of these sequels, also starred John Wayne and followed the same basic story as its predecessor.  The second, on the other hand, starred Warren Oates; this sequel was made-for-TV, which shows the decline in popularity from the first, which did so well, and its sequels.

The 2010 version is not just a simple remake.  It’s the reopening of a genre of movie that hasn’t really been explored in film lately; hopefully it will be more successful than when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought back Grindhouse.  Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, it’ll be interesting to see how modern technology affects the genre.

The movie is about a fourteen year old girl called Mattie, who hires Cogburn, an aging US marshal, to help catch Tom Chaney, the man that killed her father.  Mattie is determined to go along on the search, even though Cogburn tries to stop her.  A Texas Ranger called La Boeuf, is also looking for Chaney and goes along with Mattie and Cogburn, against Mattie’s will.

This version is closer to the book than the first one.  The book is narrated by Mattie, as an old woman who is retelling the events of how she avenged her father’s death.  The new movie is also narrated by an older Mattie, but this was left out of the original movie, possibly to leave it open for sequels.

The new True Grit, and its cast, has already been nominated for many awards, including the Oscar for best actor (Jeff Bridges is nominated).  Winning awards isn’t anything new for the cast, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges play La Boeuf and Cogburn respectively, both of which already have an Oscar.  The movie is already been released in the US, but it doesn’t come out in Ireland until the 11th of February, the day after it opens for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

What do you think of this movie?  Do you think this is the return of westerns?  If so, do you think it’s a good think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.