Thursday, October 26, 2006

Marilyn Manson's Nightmare Before Chirstmas?

Actually, I find this quite fitting...

At the link below, you can hear Marilyn Manson singing "This Is Halloween." I think he finally found his way into mainstream pop. They say that every 30 years one generation's rebellious music becomes their children or grand children's nursery rhymes. What this means is that if you put "The Wiggles" into a time machine and set it back to 1950, Graceland would suddenly be Australia's biggest tourist attraction and "In The Ghetto" would be sung in four part harmony. Also "Jail House Rock" would probably have references to a Pirate, an Octopus and a Dog.

Over HERE you will find everything you need to know about the release (or re-release) of The Nightmare Before Christmas In 3D including the Manson cover!

Disney says:

Tim Burton's holiday classic, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, makes a return to the big screen just in time to celebrate the film's 13th Anniversary this Halloween in stunning Disney Digital 3D(TM). The dazzling new make-over of the musical-fantasy was led by the film's original filmmaking team of Academy Award(R) nominated writer/producer Tim Burton ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride") and director Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach") as well as the talented technical wizards at Industrial Light + Magic. Audiences will get closer than ever to Halloweentown's beloved Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon), as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally (voice of Catherine O'Hara), a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters -- Lock, Shock, and Barrel -- to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Jack eventually realizes his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can make things right and restore the Christmas holiday.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas 2-Disc Special Edition Soundtrack"

Disc One of the soundtrack includes the original score and ten songs by Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated composer-songwriter Danny Elfman.

Disc Two contains nine songs: five new versions of original soundtrack songs specially re-recorded by alternative rock superstars Marilyn Manson, Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Fiona Apple and She Wants Revenge, plus four never-before-released demo tracks performed by Danny Elfman.

A pulsing, electric-guitar-driven "This Is Halloween" shows off the dark side of Halloween and the many voices of Marilyn Manson.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fiona Apple's moody voice echoes Sally's longing and despair in "Sally's Song."

Fall Out Boy contributes a jubilant, propulsive version of "What's This?"

That contrasts with the electronic, post-punk aesthetic She Wants Revenge brings to "Kidnap the Sandy Claws."

Panic! At the Disco delivers their own unique, sweeping and lushly orchestrated twist on "This Is Halloween."

Rounding out the disc are four previously unreleased demo tracks -
"Making Christmas,"
"Oogie Boogie's Song,"
"Kidnap the Sandy Claws"
"This is Halloween" - from the singing voice of Jack Skellington himself, Danny Elfman.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Popeye VS Anime, a Study of Contrasts

I spotted this on YouTube, and I have no idea if you've seen this or not, but you should.

Who doesn't love Popeye? That lovable muttering-under-his-breath sailor has had it hard lately with the whole "people talking about me spinach" thing, so it's great to see him out and about again, especially for his latest cause "Protecting Children From Anime."

You see, geeks are a fun but trusting group, who greet all manor of genre media with enthusiasm and open arms. Whether it's something of quality like the new "Battlestar Galactica" DVD or something toxicly "B -rated" like the 21st season of "Stargate SG1: Pretend We Are Farscape (Because we hired the whole damn cast)," the geek market opens it's wallet wide, supporting anything that even tries to mention space, aliens, superheros, time travel, monsters or cloned bikini clad women with blue hair (not that I'm complaining...Wait...I am complaining...Sorry I forgot).

Anyway, geek culture needs someone kicking their ass and making distinctions of quality. The past six years has been good to us comic book film geeks or as we call ourselves "Sequential Art to Film Aficionados" (yes....we really don't call ourselves that).

If we want more "Spider-man 2," "Ghost World," "X2," "V For Vendetta," "Justice League Unlimited," "Batman Animated," "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex," "Samurai Champloo," "Lost," and "Battlestar Galactica," we need to point our disdain at "DareDevil," "Fantastic Four," "X3," "Pokemon," "Yu-Gi-Oh," "Stargate," "The 4400," "The Deadzone," "Inuyasha," and "Who Wants to Be a Superhero." (we all hate that last one right?)

Oh yeah, Popeye!
Popeye is performing an important role, by allowing us to visualize the stark contrasts between traditional western animation and its direct, non-referential "character gets hit in the head and says Ow!" style of story telling and the negative aspects of "Bad Anime," whose, repetitive, bureaucratic rule based hierarchal tournament plots churn out obsessive, gambling children who act like pint-sized heroin addicts in their never ending, lust quenching for the new monster, card or tournament. Check it Out!

I am not an Anime hater, by any means. But I will admit that pre "Cowboy BeBop" I had no use for anything other than "Akira," the work of Hayao Miyazaki and "Gatchaman/Battle Of The Planets," which as a child of the late seventies is my birthright! (Battle Of The Planets Rules!!)

Right off the top of my head I can tell you what I'm liking in the Anime world:

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Cowboy BeBop
Samurai Champloo
Wolf's Rain
Paranoia Agent
Fullmetal Alchemist

Each one of these shows is deeply character based, strongly written and unabashedly strange.
(yes I watch Adult Swim) Let me know, if you have any recommendations.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Green Surfer..

Not much to say.. except that if you thought that Tim Story was joking about bringing the Silver Surfer and Galactus into his sequel to the tepid "Fantastic Four," here's proof that he was serious.

Flickr has unearthed the first two pictures of a green screened Norrin Radd or in this case Doug Jones (he was the actor who played Abe Sapien in "Hellboy" although the voice was rerecorded by Frazier's brother Niles). HERE

I can't comment on the pictures since its obviously green screened (not "motion capture" like others have mentioned). Since that means they will probably layer computer generated effect on top of him, we will have to wait and see. I just hope that Tim Story understands why fans feel he did a lousy job and actually tries to make a better film.

As I stare at what should be Marvels' most inspiring and philosophical character, I fear him slipping away from us like Elecktra and Kingpin and Frank Castle. Maybe he will make a better film. I liked "Barber Shop" a lot. He did "Taxi" too... Bye Bye Norrin!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Why 300 is the Next Sin City!

Solace In Cinema has a great comic to film
comparison of "300" that should help people understand why "Sin City" will now have it's aire.

Shot in a green screened environment, Director Zack Snyder painstakingly recreates image after image of comic genius. Check it out HERE!!

Comics aesthetic influence on Movies!
The revolution has begun!!

Another Ghost Rider Trailer.. Still Looks Fun..?

Over HERE is a new trailer for "Ghost Rider," the movie brought to you by Mark Steven Johnson, who made DareDevil fly like Peter Pan.

The thing is, while I still have no doubt that this movie will not be good, I still feel like I want to see it. Now that the effects look complete and they added that Spider-man "Curse is his Gift" line, I think the actual "Ghost Rider" looks pretty damn cool. His bike is cool, the transformation is cool (especially since we get to see that horrid wig Cage is wearing burn off) Sam Elliott is cool, Peter Fonda desperately wants to be cool again and Wes Bently, who I haven't seen since "American Beauty" demonstrates what happens to the actors that don't get picked to be Spider-man. Too bad, he is a good actor, for that matter, what happened to Thora Birch? Since her "Ghost World" co-star Ms. Scarlett Johansson became "THE" actress in Indywood she has faded into the wall, and that is not easy for a girl like Thora, nossir.

Damn, I think I just got infected by the "Entertainment Tonight" virus. I better go before I start talking about famous people who haven't been in good films. Even though I liked this trailer, I think we can be pretty safe that "Ghost Rider" isn't going to get Eva Mendes out of that group. Although, technically..... is she famous?