Ridley Scott has been talking to the press recently to promote Prometheus and has spoke about making cuts for the BBFC/MPAA ratings and the possibility of a directors cut. First his thoughts about the cuts he made…
“It has to be be about the movie, so I’ve made concessions. There’s a moment where you don’t want to harm the movie, it could be the difference of $80m or more.”
Nothing too interesting in that quote as pretty much any film-maker is under a lot of pressure to deliver good box-office records, particularly in the large budget blockbusters. The cuts also didn’t have too much effect on the violence/gore. However having watched the film myself, I was under the impression that there’s got to be something missing in terms of story as there more questions than answers, so I thought there may have been a directors cut. Not likely to happen it seems…
“No, I think this is a good length. But that said, I think that now the fashion of actually putting out a couple of discs is here to stay, which will comfort you on all other kinds of conversation about how the movie was made. All you’ll really do is see extended scenes in the menu. Other than that I think this is a pretty good length, the dynamics of this are about right.”
Now I take that quote with a pinch of salt as it’s Ridley Scott, he’s pretty much the master of the directors cut! I also think there is a lot missing as a lot of the film doesn’t make much sense (won’t go into too any details). which just made for a disappointing watch overall. I do hope he goes back on what he has said as this is a film that could really benefit with a directors cut.
So with May coming to an end it seems that Avengers aside, this years blockbuster season has so far come up a little short. As we move into June however we get one of the most hyped films of the year plus one or two other interesting prospects, so here are the films that have caught my attention most…
Snow White & the Huntsman
Ok so this is pretty much a fantasy adventure featuring Snow White played by Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron as the Wicked Witch/Queen and Thor (aka Chris Hemsworth) as the titular huntsman. You know what, I can get behind this. Yeah the whole premise is daft and there are some bad lines of dialogue in the trailer but there are some really nice looking effects in it and overall it looks like it could make for some cheesy fairy tale based fun. Snow White is set to be released May 30th.
If you’ve been reading this blog long I shouln’t really need to type anything here. This much anticipated film sees director Ridley Scott return to the Alien series to answer all the burning questions that fans have had for over 30 years now. It also features very high calibre talent in the acting pool featuring the likes of Noomi Rapace, Micheal Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. Nothing else to say really other than that Prometheus will hit theaters June 1st in the Uk and June 8th in the US.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Simon Pegg’s latest film sees him play a reluctant children’s book author who has to confront his fear of just about everything. If the trailer is anything to go by, this film is going to be pretty bizarre and feature a serious candidate for the strangest laundrette sequence ever! I really look forward to seeing this film which could certainly be one of the most memorable films of the year. Fantastic Fear of Everything is set for a June 8th release.
Other releases for this month include probably the cheapest looking version of Top Cat ever that will be released June 1st, on June 15th we also have potential guilty pleasure Rock of Ages, a dose of David Cronenberg insanity with Cosmopolis and Olympic cash-in Fast Girls. There are also various films that have had US releases making their way to the UK including Red Tails, Casa De Mi Padre, Think Like a Man, The Five-Year Engagement and Chernobyl Diaries released throughout the month. Happy watching!
Fans of the Alien franchise are really getting spoiled this year, first of all we have the the new movie Prometheus on July 8th which is looking like it will tell the story of the birth of the Xenomorphs. Secondly we have GearBox Software and Time Gate Studios take on the franchise with the release of Aliens Colonial Marines, which will follow the story of what happened after Aliens. You can take a look at the new trailer below.
The game looks like it is shaping up pretty well and it is particularly good to see a trailer that was shot using only in game footage. It looks like the game dev’s have gone to great lengths when creating the game environments with tonnes of cool little details including the famous power loaders, the familiar pinging of the motion tracker oh and of course Bishops legs. Other environments that players will get to explore include the colony on LV-426 as well as the original derelict ship from Alien, I can’t wait to see what they have done with those!
A new international trailer for Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was released yesterday evening and it is stuffed full of new shots, dialogue and definitely a few spoilers. For those wishing to go in to the film without any prior knowledge, click away now. For the rest of us the new trailer is below, as with most of the Prometheus trailers I recommend bumping up the sound (for added scary) and don’t blink as there are tonnes of flashing images that just beg for closer inspection.
This film is looking more and more like Alien with each trailer i.e. things look to be going well but pretty soon lots of people terrified out of their minds and caught in the midst of hugely destructive forces, oh and Weyland Industries have a hidden agenda, Surprise! My initial thoughts were that this film was going to somehow tackle the origin of the Xenomorph species and humanity’s role in their creation. After watching this particular trailer I feel certain of this though I hope the trailer hasn’t spoiled too much of this aspect of the story.
As always the film looks amazing and terrifying and there is plenty in the trailer to get excited about, my picks though have to be the weird snake thing, screams of ‘cut it off’ whatever ‘it’ is oh and melty glass face. Prometheus is set to release on June 1st, until then I will be re-watching all of these trailers as well as Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 (it was good I don’t care) in the dark.