After willfully ignoring the bootlegged version that leaked and refusing to sit through another epic length Harry Potter flick at the multiplex, my patience was finally rewarded. The teaser for The Dark Knight Rises surfaced online today. Since the film hasn’t actually been shooting for that long, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of “money shots” or iconic images, but I was expecting something to stoke the fires of my anticipation. Well, something is exactly what I got, though I’m not sure it was worth enduring all of the hype that preceded it.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien was a tough act to follow. It combined surreal visuals, murky atmospherics, and subconscious male sexual phobias into a suspenseful concoction. In its own way, it was just as influential as the all-time top grosser Star Wars. No one dared try to follow it up. No one, that is, except for a young Canadian that just helmed a modest sci-fi/action hit starring an Austrian born bodybuilding champion. Preproduction on a modern updating of Spartacus had fallen through when another project caught the attention of James Cameron: a sequel to Ridley Scott’s space faring nightmare. Instead of trying to outdo the maestro at his own game, Cameron chose to offer something else entirely.