Monday, November 23, 2009

And Now the News: It's guarded by some sort of demon

Prince of Persia trailer

I don't play video games (because I'd never get anything else done, ever, if I did), so I haven't had a lot of reason to be excited about the Prince of Persia movie. Not until I saw the trailer, anyway.

Little did I know, I've been waiting for this movie for a long, long time. Like ever since they rolled the closing credits on Raiders of the Lost Ark and I wanted to see another movie just like it. There's no way this can be as good as I'm hoping, is there?

The Looking Glass Wars movie

I should get caught up on Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars series because I read the first book and really liked it. It's not attempting to mimic the tone of Lewis Carroll's stories; it's a big, epic re-imagining of Wonderland and its inhabitants. As long as you can buy the premise that Carroll's stories were based on his misunderstanding Alice's genuine recollections and that this is the real version of the events, it's a fun, well-written book. The Hatter alone is by far the coolest version of that character ever, Johnny Depp or no Johnny Depp.

Anyway, they're making a movie out of the series and I couldn't be happier.

The American

I'm in the minority amongst my friends, but I love George Clooney. So the news that he's playing an assassin in a Bourne-like spy thriller is welcome indeed. I say Bourne-like because he's a top assassin who wants out of the business and may find love in a picturesque European village if his job doesn't kill him first. But really there are a thousand different ways you can play that and there's no reason to believe that director (and iconic photographer) Anton Corbijn is going to mimic anyone else's.

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