Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Neil Sedaka turns 73 today. In his honor, we have two films that feature his music:
Sextette is the last movie Mae West ever appeared in. It came eight years after her role in the legendary 1970 Hollywood fiasco Myra Breckinridge. Before that, she hadn’t been in a film since The Heat’s On back in 1943. By the time West starred in Sextette, which was based on a play that she wrote, the saucy actress was 85 years old. Future Bond Timothy Dalton, who was 34 at the time, co-stars as her new husband. Read the rest of this entry »
My Flickchart Ranking: #380
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jamie Bell • Andy Serkis • Daniel Craig • Simon Pegg • Nick Frost
Genres: Adventure • Adventure Comedy • Animation • Based-on-Comics • Comedy • Family-Oriented Adventure • Family-Oriented Comedy
I’m at a bit of a loss here. The Adventures of Tintin continues a trend that I don’t much like in the industry today: the use of 3D and Motion Capture to tell the story. Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is with the technology and why it’s such a selling point. It’s not like the technology really transcends its status as a gimmick or does much in the way of assisting the storytelling process. But then this film comes along and makes me re-think the whole thing.
For those not in the loop, The Adventures of Tintin is a series of comic books created by Georges Rémi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé. The film is adapted primarily from the 11th title in the series, The Secret of the Unicorn, combining elements from The Crab with the Golden Claws and Red Rackham’s Treasure to flesh out the world. We’re introduced to the title character as he comes into possession of a model of the ship The Unicorn. Soon he’s accosted by Ivanovich Sakharine (Daniel Craig), which sets him on an adventure to find the sunken Unicorn. He’s joined by Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the Thompson brothers (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg).
It’s only a matter of a few days, but some of this year’s holiday movies are juggling their release dates, moving them up in an attempt to better capitalize on holiday theater traffic. Both of this holiday season’s films that are directed by Steven Spielberg will be coming just a little earlier.
The Adventures of Tintin - Spielberg’s collaboration with producer Peter Jackson, based on the beloved comics character – will open two days earlier, on Dec. 21st. This puts it in direct competition with David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the franchise action movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Brad Bird (of The Incredibles and Ratatouille fame). Ghost Protocol is also getting a jump on the competition, however, as it will now also be releasing five days earlier on IMAX screens in about 300 locations.
Meanwhile, Spielberg’s other holiday film, War Horse – about a boy and his horse, separated from each other during World War I – is moving from a Dec. 28 release date to open on Christmas Day. DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan commented, “After seeing the film, it became clear to us that War Horse is something audiences should be able to see when they’re together with their families on Christmas Day. They have the time to see multiple movies during the holidays, and we want to be one of their choices when they are most available.”