23 July 2011

Comic-Con 2011: Friday

We open the day with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. You can't beat that!! Geek heaven!! They're pimping a motion-capture animated pic, The Adventures of Tintin. I normally don't go for stop-motion animation, but it looked good. Again, I guess these guys know what they're doing. It definitely already looked better than The Polar Express, and what we saw was a work-in-progress.

The Relativity panel brought Haywire and The Raven. Haywire is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars a female MMA fighter. We saw some awesome, intense action from this female-Jason-Bourne film. I wonder if it'll get a wide release, but it stars a bunch of guys and has a woman kicking realistic ass, so I want to check it out. John Cusack and James McTeigue were promoting The Raven, a fictional account of Edgar Allan Poe being caught up in a series of copycat murders. It had a Sherlock Holmes feel to it. It looked interesting, but also like it could go either way. Cusack's quirky and looks like 16-year-old John Cusack, but hopefully he can pull this off. It looks spooky and gothic so it should be cool.

Next up was the latest Underworld sequel. It's what you would expect, which is to say I enjoy Kate Beckinsale kicking ass in black latex. Then Attack the Block, from the geniuses behind Shaun of the Dead. Edgar Wright is brilliant. It's essentially The Wire meets an alien invasion, set in inner city London. Looks both funny and scary.

Fright Night was up next. It was cold in Hall H, but you wouldn't know it from the way Colin Ferrell had his shirt unbuttoned. He also showed everyone his ass when he bent over to sign an autograph. He may have been going commando. The clips they showed looked cool and the cast was fun. Colin Ferrell was very cool about the fact that, yes, he has done some crap movies, but he's trying to be more selective. He was really sweet to people who asked questions.

Up next was the big Sony panel, with about 100 films. First was a new Ghost Rider sequel. Now who the hell needs that when the first one sucked? Well, this one looks darker and more adult, plus the directors really sucked me in with their rock-and-roll filmmaking style. They are very hands-on and work the cameras while a) being pulled behind a motorcycle on rollerblades and b) being lifted through the air on wires, just like the actors. So if anything, it might be interesting to see the movie for the style. Shocker: Nicolas Cage is weird.

Next up was 30 Minutes or Less and what we saw of it was hysterical. Way funnier than the trailers have been. Danny McBride wasn't there (sadness) but sent a hilarious video, and we got Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson, so it's all good.

Total Recall was the one I was most excited for, because I wanted to see what it looked like, plus Bryan Cranston (aka The Man) was there. And he got a LOT of love from the audience - lots of questions and mad props. And he was hysterical, of course. Love him. Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and John Cho were also there. It's a great cast - and the footage we saw was awesome. Honestly, I've never seen the original the whole way through, but this looks different. They're still filming, but showed us pretty much the entire beginning action sequence, even with some CGI-storyboard stuff in there. It looked great and I'm excited for Colin Farrell as an action guy! And of course The Man as a villain.

The Amazing Spider-Man
closed out the day. Now just like Thursday, we were very close to the front of Hall H, and seated right near the question queue. A dude in a crappy Spider-Man costume jumps up to the microphone and starts spouting hilarious, awkward stuff about loving Spider-Man as a kid, etc., etc. He rips off his mask and it's Andrew Garfield. He was so adorable I fell in love. He was reading from notes and his hands were shaking. He said he's always loved Spider-Man and he's always wanted to come to Comic-Con and he was just geeky and appreciative and adorable. Then he introduced the cast and crew and ran on stage. Emma Stone was there - major girl crush. They showed the trailer that was leaked online earlier. And then they showed a lot more footage, and again unfinished stuff, which I actually enjoy seeing. It looks good. I'm pretty much sold just based on how cute Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are.

As always, though I have grand plans to attend panels like "The Science of Zombies" or attempt to make a line for screenings, at day's end I'm just hungry and tired and so we have dinner and pass out.

1 comment:

Karen said...

You MUST be beat by the end of the day...that's a lot of stuff!!! I'm glad you are having a good time and seeing some cool people!