30 Day Film Challenge: Day 21

Your Favorite Fantasy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

I mentioned earlier today that I am watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition that it is currently being shown in the theaters. What I have immediately noticed about the films is that 10 years later the special effects hold up wonderfully. During the Battle of Helms Deep I was grinning from ear to ear, realizing what I had missed out on in 2002. The Lord of the Rings is an exceptionally well-done trilogy that I hope never gets old.

Mideweek Break with Peter Jackson and The Hobbit

If you have not seen this behind the scenes video from the set of The Hobbit yet, do yourself a favor and watch it asap. Director Peter Jackson takes us through some of the pre-production that has led up to filming. There are appearances by key cast members including Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis. It is ten minutes of pure bliss and this gem:

Check out the video below. It is apparently the first of many blogs from the set of The Hobbit.

The Hobbit, Part 1 releases in 2012. Who’s excited?

Trailer Fix: The Lovely Bones

This post is for my friend Chrissy, who scoffed at the news that her favorite book, The Lovely Bones, has been adapted into a movie. After seeing the recently released trailer this afternoon, I disagree.

For starters the cast is pretty phenomenal. Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) plays Susie Salmon, a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family. Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz play her parents while Susan Sarandon portrays her grandmother. And Stanley Tucci gets his creepy neighbor on, playing George Harvey.

The Lovely Bones is no doubt a difficult film to adapt but I have faith that director Peter Jackson will do the book justice. I mean he can’t mess it up worse than the schmuck who decided to change the end of My Sister’s Keeper.

Thoughts? The Lovely Bones will be released on December 11.

So Chrissy, do you approve?

Fall Movie Preview: King Kong

King Kong
Opening December 18
Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Jamie Bell

How does Peter Jackson plan on following up the Lord of the Rings trilogy? With a remake of the 1933 classic King Kong, of course. And with a director like Jackson behind this project, you should expect a quality picture.

For those of you who are fans of the original King Kong, don’t be alarmed. The remake is more of an updating so today’s generation of movie viewers who always anticipate CGI effects and huge budget productions can experience the legend of King Kong.

The premise of the film remains the same. It is still set during the Depression-era as a film producer (played by Jack Black) and his crew set out to make a hit movie and to find the essential blonde beauty (Naomi Watts in the role originated by the late Fay Wray). Their journey leads them to Skull Island and it prehistoric inhabitants. The eager producer, then, captures the giant ape called Kong and brings him to Manhattan, which only causes mayhem and destruction.

My one piece of advice is to see the original King Kong first, so you can appreciate how far film and technology have come since 1933 and therefore you can truly appreciate what Peter Jackson is adding to this update of King Kong.