..061909 Marveling at a very cool bit o' animation.
. . . . . . I have been ogling the opening cinematic for 'The Beatles: Rock Band' (click the image to the left to check it out.) The animation is a rather slick blend of two and three dimensional elements. Of course anything probably looks good when you play 'The Beatles' over it but even without the music, the cinematic is still something to check out. I am so, so, SO jealous of the talent that created this stylish animation. The animation was created by 'Passion Pictures', who have made a bunch of slick videos. You can see much of their work on their official site I still have not played Rock Band but if you do and are interested, the game comes out September 9tth and the official site is at -Nate


..061109 A sort of remake leads to a special edition that I never thought I would see..
. . . . . . Only a mad genius like Abel Ferrara could crank out 'Bad Lieutenant'. I am fan of the film and will defend it and Harvey Keitel's fearsome performance to the end. Keitel is the titled Lieutenant, a man so vile he doesn't even have a name. The film is about his downward spiral and his chance to do something good on the way down. Low-budget and ballsy', Ferrara's 'Bad Lieutenant' is not for the easily offended or squeamish, nor is it for those looking for a lot of action. I have said elsewhere that generally I have no problem with remakes. Like anything else, there are good remakes and there are bad remakes. Having said that, I must admit to being somewhat confused by the upcoming remake of 'Bad Lieutenant'. None other than Werner Herzog, has gone and remade 'Bad Lieutenant' under the title 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'. Stranger still, is the Lieutenant is now being played by Nicolas Cage. Herzog has said that his film is not really a remake as he has never seen the original and used the concept as a starting point. I like Herzog quite a bit but I don't know what to make of 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'. Recently, a trailer has shown up online and even after watching that I still don't know what to think of the film. I'm a sucker for crime dramas and will probably see the film sooner or later but something about the trailer just didn't grab me. Don't get me wrong, I certainly hope the film is great but I don't know.... something about the film just seems off somehow....
Regardless of what 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' turns out to be, one good side effect is that there is going to be a special edition release of Ferrara's 'Bad Lieutenant'. I never expected to see a special edition of the underrated 'Bad Lieutenant' but it looks like it will be happening. Now all I need is a Blu-ray release but beggars can't be choosers so in the meantime I am looking forward to the new DVD (which comes out on July 28th.) You can see the trailer for Herzog's film on Youtube HERE. Thanks to the great for posting about this release. To check out the specs of the new 'Bad Lieutenant' DVD jump on over to their site HERE or preorder it at Amazon above. -Nate


..060509 David Carradine has passed away.
. . . . . .My computer has had some issues again but I wanted to at least make a quick post about the passing of David Carradine. It could not be easy to make a name for yourself when you start in the shadow of an actor like Carradine's father John. The younger Carradine made it look easy and carved out his own unique carrier. In fact his siblings were able to do so as well and they even appeared together onscreen in the 1980 Walter Hill film 'The Long Riders'. David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room in Thailand and the early reports were that it was a suicide. To me, the whole thing read as being more than a little suspicious. As I went to make this post I noticed a few reports that are saying the death may have been accidental and the result of some auto-erotic asphyxiation. Well, what a way to go! The passing is sad to be sure but if you have to go, you might as well be enjoying yourself (no pun intended.) Carradine's passing is a real shame and I hope there is no foul play involved. Rest in peace sir. You can see updates on the story via the BBC HERE.-Nate







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