Archive for July, 2011

‘Star Wars’ & ‘Lost’ Deleted Scenes, ‘Jurassic Park 4’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

When Comic-Con rolls around in San Diego each summer, it reaps some of the biggest movie news of the year. Tops on my list so far, this trailer of deleted scenes from the Original Trilogy of Star Wars. I have seen clips of some of it, but a few scenes like Han in the Endor bunker, R2-D2 being chased by a Wampa and parts of the sandstorm are definitely new. Check it out and thanks to for the imbed.


This next clip started a fake fight between “Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse this week on Twitter. The pair went back and forth arguing over its release to hype things up. Then dressed as “Star Wars” characters, the pair answered questions about the show from fans at Comic Con. Finally, they unveiled this scene.

Obviously, it’s a joke. I think it’s the producers way of apologizing for their own work or at least poking fun at their own abstract explanation of all things mystical island. Kind of rings a little hollow for me. If they’ve been standing behind what they did with the show for this long, seems a little wrong to go back on it now. Or maybe I just didn’t think it was that funny.


It seems a fourth “Jurassic Park” movie is just a few years away. Although, I’m not sure I really care that much. The original was so groundbreaking because audiences had never seen anything like it before. Plus, the story was relatively strong with the kids probably being the most annoying part. However, “Lost World” and the third installment were less than stellar. Going for too much bang and too little story development.

Either way, the director of the first two films, Steven Spielberg told audiences at Comic-Con,

We have a story. We have a writer working on the script, and I think we will see a ‘Jurassic IV’ in our foreseeable future, probably in the next two or three years.”


And we got our first look at one of the most anticipated movies of 2012 this week. The teaser for “The Dark Knight Rises” was released. It doesn’t show a whole heck of a lot, but judging from the clip, Batman has gone into hiding and a new villain, Bane, is tearing apart Gotham City. And putting Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) in the hospital. I’ve never been a big fan of the character Bane, but in Christopher Nolan we trust, right? I thought casting Heath Ledger as the Joker was a mistake before seeing the final product. I could not have been more wrong on that one. Anyway, take a look.

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‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Review

I did not grow up reveling in all things “Harry Potter” like the current crop of college grads and twenty-somethings. But as an older (not that old, I hope) fan of the series, it was a big part of my life for the past decade. So, it certainly carries a certain weight when something of this magnitude finishes its final chapter.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have turned into adults before our eyes and the material they are asked to portray on-screen has become equally mature. Death has become a regularity since book four and now we’ve turned to all-out war.

The film begins right where the first installment left off. At the grave of Dobby, the brave house elf, killed in the waning moments of part one. The difficult part about turning “Hallows” into two parts; it made for a dramatic and emotional end to the first movie, but gets us off to a bit of a scuffle for the second installment. Harry hatches his plan for a Gringotts Bank invasion, but he must convince an untrustworthy Goblin to do it. Once he, Ron and Hermione break into the well-sealed walls, things really begin to take off, literally. A wild cart ride through subterranean caverns, a horcrux heist and an escape on a blind dragon shift the film into high-gear.

One big question for me heading into this film was how director David Yates would pull off the over-abundance of exposition from the J.K. Rowling book. He does it off brilliantly, taking several scenes involving Voldemort and lumping them together, creating a new one involving Professor Snape and letting others breathe as they did in the book.

Another significant change, the final duel between Harry and Voldemort. It’s just a few lines in the book, but it’s an explosive showdown in the film. I enjoyed the extra action here, although I’m a little suspicious that much of it was done just to appease the studio and their obsession for 3D. Of course, all the blasts and bruises between the pair make the ultimate moment of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s death a small letdown. But, that’s to be expected.

The finale of the most-profitable film franchise in history shines in many phases and it becomes brightest during scenes of emotion and tenderness. The origin story of Snape, the deaths of prominent characters and the triumph over pure evil all tug at the heartstrings. Did I shed a tear? Only the tweens sitting behind me and cheering every other moment know for sure.

Turning one bestseller into a hit movie is hard enough, let alone making seven into eight. I will hand it to all the directors and especially the acting trio of Radcliffe, Grint and Watson, they haven’t just accomplished something great over the past ten years, but something magical.

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New Music

The new Death Cab For Cutie disc was the only exciting music release in recent months and even that was a minor disappointment. So, to say I am ridiculously excited about finding an intriguing and quite different band in the last 24 hours would be an understatement. I’m not sure if I’m momentarily enamored with “AWOLnation” or it will be a long-lasting relationship, but at this point I can’t get a number of their songs out of my head. The band’s exact style is tough to describe, but it ranges from melodic, to hip-hop, to electro-pop to a type of synth-based metal. Either way, it has my ear at the moment. Take a listen.

Yes, that last song is 12 minutes long and a mashup of about 8 different genres. Their album Megalithic Symphony is nothing if not experimental and daring.

Not quite as strong overall, but still a decent find “The Naked and the Famous.” This New Zealand band has a defined genre and it is snyth, electro-pop. But they do it quite well. A lot of people compare them to Miike Snow. I don’t get that from their sound. Here are a few of my favorite tunes from them. Let the foot-tapping commence.

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