‘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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‘Super 8’ Review

For most, youth carries with it a time when everything is safe, fun and interesting. There is always something new, something to look forward to; life has only just begun. I guess that’s why I see a movie like “Super 8” with both sadness and admiration. Sadness for not being able to relive those days and admiration for giving me the next best thing.

Director J.J. Abrams and his mentor producer Steven Spielberg have created a film that feels like it belongs during a different age of movies, before overrated special effects and the amount of explosions sold tickets. Films were based on characters, the special effects were secondary. Sometimes they looked good, sometimes they did not, but you accepted them because the story was strong.

And that’s where “Super 8” soars, in its characters.

Set in 1979, a group of friends witnesses a horrible train crash while trying to make a zombie flick on 8mm film. They all survive, but will the rest of the small Ohio town? The accident leads to an invasion of troops from the Air Force, bizarre disappearances and missing microwaves.

Actor Joel Courtney takes the lead as Joe Lamb. This newcomer gives audiences the perfect blend of awe and determination to make the unlikely events taking place around him believable. He reminded me a lot of the kid who played Bastian in “The Neverending Story.”

And he’s not the only star of this cast, Ryan Lee annoys you just enough as the brace-face, pyromaniac Cary; Riley Griffiths is the bossy, fat-kid directing the zombie movie-in-a-movie; Gabriel Basso was memorable as a seemingly muscular boy who is a giant wuss and Zach Mills uses his minimal screen time well, making you crack up with goofy expressions and offbeat one-liners.

The other standout, is Elle Fanning. She moves far beyond the typical damsel in distress and gives a real emotional performance as a girl coping with her father’s drinking problem and a budding romance with one of the aforementioned gents.

This teenage crew was so likeable and reminded me so much of how life was like at that age. As a viewer, you kind of wished that the whole movie was about them and their adventures, but it’s not.

As much as I enjoyed the main storyline, about these kids, the “Super 8” secret kind of got in the way. Whenever it got to a scene involving “the secret”, I just found myself yearning for more witty dialogue and funny interaction. But as with any good teen movie of the 80’s, I guess there has to be something for these kids to react to, whether it be “Monster Squad”, “Goonies” or “Gremlins.”

I obviously don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say the device used as the MacGuffin or the “Super 8 Secret” as it’s been dubbed on Twitter, is something that is growing very tired in modern cinema. And the way it’s presented to viewers makes it hard for the eventual outcome to sit well with audiences.

“Super 8” did not disappoint. It gave me what I needed. A nostalgic voyage to a simpler time, when days felt like years, a bike ride to a friend’s house was a journey you’d never forget and a first-kiss could make your head spin. I just wish it didn’t involve…(insert secret here.)

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‘Here’s To Swimming With Bow-Legged Women…’

A great quote from Quint in the movie “Jaws.”

If you have never seen one of your favorite movies on the big screen, I suggest you try it. I’ve done it twice now in the past month and the experience is far too good to pass up. Half the audience knows the film so well, they anticipate every line, and yet still enjoy it like an old friend. While the other half hasn’t seen the movie in years and feels like they’re viewing the film for the first time.

“Jaws” is my old friend. I saw the movie for the first time when I was about nine or ten on a neighbor’s borrowed VHS copy. They had HBO, we had four channels. Which is fine because I grew up on Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street instead of the mindless Nick Jr.

Since then, I’ve watched it on every format. A lousy pan-and-scan on dvd, streaming on Netflix and what may be the worst way to see this movie, with commercials on TNT. I’ve wanted to see “Jaws” in a movie theater for years and when the opportunity came up at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, I did just that. And let me say, I was NOT alone.

Sold out. A movie that is 35 years old was sold out! How can this happen? Apparently, I am not the only person out there that appreciates such cinema treasures. And it wasn’t even in 3D, amazing!

It was also great to see the four letters J-A-W-S on a marquee in old-school black letters. The sign at the Coolidge gave me just a hint of what it was like to be alive during this film’s incredible box office run back in 1975. Check it out below, it’s not the best picture though, I snapped it with my cellphone.

It’s hard to define what makes this movie so great, but for me, I think it’s the mixture of humor, horror, fantastic dialogue and suspense. It’s difficult enough for a movie maker to ace one of those, let alone all four. However, Spielberg, along with a wonderful cast and an unforgettable score from genius composer John Williams made it happen.

The atmosphere surrounding these classic viewings is electric. I saw numerous people wearing “Jaws” t-shirts, everyone screamed bloody murder when Ben Gardner’s head came floating out of the hull of his boat, cheers went up when the great white was blown to smithereens and there was a giant ovation when the final credits rolled. This is truly how movies were meant to be seen.

The only hiccup for the night. The audience did get to see one part of the movie twice. Just before the fake shark scare that sends everyone fleeing out of the water midway through the film, the movie jumped to Quint trying to reel in the great white on the boat. How did this happen? Well, the Coolidge must use a two reel projector system. All films come in several reels, typically they are all spliced together and fed into a one reel projector. But under the two reel system, after one reel is nearly finished a “cigarette burn” on the right hand side of the screen comes up and the projectionist must manually thread the other reel in before the first one ends. Obviously the projectionist put in the wrong one. There was a lot of rumbling and about a five minute delay before the issue was fixed, but really, it just added to the old-school feel of the evening.

“So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.”

You can check out the nostalgic trailer below and until next time, support local cinema! Keep old theaters like Coolidge Corner alive.

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The 2011 Buzz Movie ‘Super 8’

I’ll say this about JJ Abrams, he may not always deliver on the mysteries he starts (one needs only to point to his often intriguing, but confusing Alias series as evidence), but he does know how to create a heck of a viral marketing campaign. His latest project “Super 8” is being produced by Steven Spielberg and judging from this trailer premiering today before “Iron Man 2” in theaters, it revolves around Area 51 and aliens. Certainly not a new topic, but could be good. Check out the bootleg trailer below.

In addition, there are two websites related to the movie up and running, but neither seem to reveal much. One is just a grainy shot of an old super 8 camera, here, and the other brings up an old 80’s computer interface which allows you to type in a series of commands, but at this point doesn’t do anything. Check that out here.

A lot of people are speculating that this is somehow related to Abrams other viral hit “Cloverfield” which was also about an alien. However, that monster was much bigger than anything that could be kept on a train and Abrams has already stated that “Super 8” is not a sequel to “Cloverfield.” If you’ve never seen that trailer, check it out below. Obviously, the verdict’s still out on “Super 8”, but both trailers go to show that 90 seconds of video can often be way more exciting than 90 minutes.

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