New Trailer for The Mist Is Up

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809834165/video/3906309/

New trailer for The Mist is up

Looking good.

Mr. Hands

Finished Mr. Hands by Gary Braunbeck. Uniquely structured and filled with some incredibly emotionally powerful sequences.

Up next – Brian Keene’s – The Dead Sea.

Disturbia

Watched Disturbia on the weekend with the current hot kid on the block, Shia LeBoeuf.  He’s pretty good but the standout for me was David Morse as the bad guy.  The story is basically a reworking of Hitchcock’s Rear Window slanted to the all important teen movie going audience.
 
The movie captured the generation gap between the Morse and LeBeouf characters in a moment where Morse orders LeBoeuf to take a pencil and start writing a note.  You know at that moment, Morse has made a mistake.  The LeBeouf character would never write a note on paper. Text message?  Maybe.  Video record?  Most likely.  Write on a piece of paper?  Never.  That simple moment shows the gap between the two and leads to the inevitable climax.  Probably unintentional by the filmmakers but I found it most illuminating. Cool  And it made me feel old too. Sad

Quinto As Spock

Looks pretty good.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Finally got around to watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Great flick with many layers demanding multiple viewings.  Jim Carrey shines but it is Kate Winslett who is the real life force of this film.  Truly an awesome, luminous performance.

Heads Up – Toronto – Ad Astra 2008 – PreReg Available

Ad Astra 2008 runs in Toronto on March 28 – 30 next year. Its a writer focused con covering SF/Fantasy and horror.

A great little con that attracts ~ 2500 people. This will be my third year attending. Here’s hoping some of the
you fellow journalists plan to attend it.

Pre-Reg is $35 until the end of September.

Here is the link to –  http://www.ad-astra.org/pdf/AdAstra2008PreRegForm.pdf – the form and here is the link to – http://www.ad-astra.org – the con.

Heroes – Season One

Through the magic of the internet I decided to watch the first episode of Heroes – last year’s hit TV show – and was hooked right off the bat.  Within three days all 22 episodes had been devoured by yours truly.  A great show with lots of genre references, nifty special effects, engaging characters, intriguing storylines, and surprisingly gory at times.  The body count was high too, so you never knew which of the heroes would survive from show to show.

The main strength of the show is each season, or book as the series refers to itself, sets up and resolves a conflict.  This season’s dealt with preventing the obliteration of half of New York city through a bomb.  Employing a season long only arc is a good idea as most viewers start to chafe when storylines are dragged out too long – thinking of Lost backlash here.

Heroes employs an internationally flavoured cast and no doubt Hiro is the fan favourite character.  His character is so naively earnest in pursuit of his quest that you can’t help but like the character.

It will be very interesting to see what the series has up its sleeves for Season Two.