I absolutely love the original Westworld movie so when I heard they were making a new one I was reasonably interested, although deep down was prepared for inevitable disappointment. I have since changed that opinion after learning about the incredible cast (Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, and Ed Harris), budget (lots), people involved, and the fact that it will be on HBO. Also, it will be written by Jonathan Nolan, who is generally pretty reliable. There are also rumours that it will be pretty violent and very explicitly naughty. Go HBO!
Yul Brynner in the original
Then I saw this Westworld trailer (it might be a teaser trailer, I have forgotten how you tell,) and am utterly sold and ludicrously excited. It looks incredible and it doesn’t even have Yul Brynner in it. If you haven’t seen the original Westworld, you really should, it’s a great movie. I just hope they include some of the other worlds in the show as they were pretty cool too. I am not counting the sequel as I can’t remember anything about it, so it is possibly suppressed for a reason.
After years of talk and possible cancellations, the series now has a confirmed release: October. Probably.
Anyway, I will nerdgasm in my own time. Here is the trailer:
It’s unhealthy how much I love zombies and genuinely look forward to the inevitable outbreak. I know it will means huge amounts of death and gore and horror, but on the plus side I won’t have to work or fill out tax forms any more.
The great thing about zombie movies (or triffids or post-apocalypse or whatever) is that they invite thoughts along the lines of ‘What would I do in this situation?’ I suspect a large amount of zombie fans would head for a shopping mall or an island. What is equally fascinating is what happens after the initial survival. What sort of communities would arise and how would they work?
Normally a movie just deals with the first survival bit as there is limited time. What’s cool about a series like The Walking Dead is that there is time to explore the characters and how people survive. And it does this really well.
There’s no real need to talk about the plot as you can guess it. What’s important here is: the script is great and believable, ditto the characters and characterisation. It’s directed by Frank Darabont, the guy who directed The Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile – so no problems there. The cast are all good with the lead being played by the Englishman Andrew Lincoln. If you are English then yes, Egg from This Life. He is surprisingly good as both a tough cop and an American.
Above all The Walking Dead is satisfyingly gory and exciting.
In summary then, this show is fucking brilliant. If it isn’t your thing then I pity you and you aren’t welcome to my post-zombie-apocalypse stronghold. Because we’ll be watching it a lot.
Terra Nova is a new Spielberg produced big budget mega epic series. It starts in the year 2149 and the world is predictably fucked up. From the trailer it looks like overpopulation and bad air quality are the main culprits. Probably global warming too, why not? Scientists discover a rift in time that is consequently turned into a portal linked to an Earth of millions and millions of years ago. As the world is screwed and dying, they wisely (sarcasm) decide to establish a new colony in the past.
Unfortunately, they clearly hadn’t seen or read Jurassic Park because things predictably go tits up and dinosaurs start eating people.
I’m not sure yet how excited I should be about Terra Nova. Will it be a new Lost, Battlestar Galactica, or Game of Thrones? The money is there – apparently each of the 13 episodes has an average budget of $4 million dollars. So the effects will be good. I just worry that with Spielberg’s involvement it may degrade into touchy feelgood hug-fest. I want to see people ripped apart by carnivorous beasts while firing cool futuristic guns, as opposed to a heart rending tale of families trying to survive adversity while crying a lot.
Time will tell. It airs in America on Fox (not HBO sadly because then it would very likely be awesome) on September 26th. Here in Blighty it will be on Sky ‘in the Autumn’.
You know what? Fuck it, I’m going to be excited. Here’s a trailer: