Sunday, March 30, 2008

Giant Monster Haiku

The first half was long
It could have been much worse though
Remember Dino’s?

Look out, Steve McQueen!
It’s like Jello, but deadly
With an odd theme song

Cephalopod rage
Caused by tentacle issues
It had only six

Gorgo’s mom gets pissed
When her son is exploited

London pays, big time

Atomic monster
By what means do they kill it?
More radiation!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

That Was Fast...

It seems that the DVD release of Cloverfield is slated to hit stores near the end of April; a scant four months after its theatrical debut. Is it just me, or is that an exceptionally quick transition to home release? The official movie/DVD site has listed the features which will appear on the disc:

I figure that the “I Saw It! It’s Alive! It’s Huge!” and the “Clover Fun” featurettes are going to amount to mostly fluff, although the “Cloverfield Visual Effects” might be an interesting watch. I can’t imagine what the alternate endings would entail, but I came up with a few:

- The creature becomes friendly and complacent after the lead characters discover a thorn stuck in its foot and pull it out.

- Godzilla comes ashore and blows the Cloverfield monster’s head off.

- Same deal as above, but with Gamera.

- Four teenagers and their talking dog discover that the monster is nothing more than elaborate hoax designed to scare New Yorkers away so as to perpetrate a real estate scam.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monsters vs Aliens: Details Revealed

As my leg has healed to the point where I can actually sit with only minimal discomfort (BTW- thanks to everyone for the kinds words of concern about my recent condition, both on the comments section of this blog and in emails), I figured I’d get off my butt and start posting again. It's just as well, since Dreamworks recently revealed some information about their upcoming animated giant monster movie:

DreamWorks Animation has revealed the voice cast and released a new photo for their 2009 computer animated 3D film Monsters vs. Aliens.

Based on the horror comic Rex Havoc, the film attempts to reinvent the classic 1950’s monster B-movie starring Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy, a California girl who, on her wedding day, has the bad luck to be hit by a meteor, which causes her to grow to be 49 feet, 11½ inches tall. Captured by the military, she’s renamed Ginormica. The rest of the cast includes:

Rainn Wilson - the evil alien Gallaxhar
Hugh Laurie - Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.
Seth Rogen - the jellylike B.O.B.
Will Arnett - the half-ape, half-fish Missing Link
Kiefer Sutherland - General W.R. Monger
Stephen Colbert - The President

I never would have guessed that film’s story would go for a “50-Foot Woman and her (literally) Howling Commandos”-sorta set-up, but it’s actually a pretty decent plot device so as to efficiently get to the point of fighting aliens (and that’s what I’m plunking money down for a ticket to see). While I’ve admittedly had little affection for Dreamworks’ previous animated efforts, hopefully this one will turn that opinion around.