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Monday, August 28, 2006

Ages ago I promised on the newspage that I'd fill you in about what the heck this preview was all about. Sorry it's taken so long, my posting's been erratic this month. But as you've been good I'll let you know. (Incedentally this is also a great excuse for why there have been so few updates recently...)Basically I'm working on a regular MPZ video podcast that will be a compilation of various animated sections, some you will know of and many brand new ones all wrapped up in the style of a TV show. At first it will just be online, but in the future who knows? I will also be collaborating with other creative sorts for the first time. This preview shows you the kind of thing to expect. I'm really excited about this project but I can't really tell you how long before the first episode will be online..for a change.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

So I hear HBO is bankrolling a remake of BBC comedy mega-hit Little Britain for the US market. Creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams are collaborating with US writers and bizarrely ex-Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller to make something to appeal to the American audience. So non-British people is this a good thing? Hard to say. It's better its made for HBO as it would never work with the restrictions on US network broadcast standards. A lot of their material pushes the boundaries in terms of good taste. But is LB any good? Series one (and the radio series that preceded it) was very funny indeed, series two was mostly funny and the more recent series three was a big ol' steaming pile of crap. So will it be worth your time? Your guess is as good as mine. The original show may have jumped the shark but Lucas and Walliams remain funny types indeed. So I am choosing to remain hopeful that not only will the HBO version be great, but that future episodes see a return to form for the duo. Even if that is looking incredibly unlikely at this point.....

Saturday, August 26, 2006

So George Lucas has already been warning that Indiana Jones 4 (due 2008) is going to disappoint a lot of people, as it has a lot to live up to. Way to go Georgie, this is exactly the kind of thing you should keep doing to make even the fans that haven't already seen their goodwill stretched to breaking point by three godawful Star wars prequels desert you. The most worrying part of this report? "We're basically going to do the Phantom Menace". In what way? It can't be a prequel, noones going to accept Harrison Ford playing younger than in the originals. So he must mean it in the 'going to disappoint millions' sense then. This is an interesting way to promote your film. Especially when many people thing Indy 4 should have never even been greenlit. Harrison Ford is basically way too old to be Indy again now. That said, I would only be too happy to be proved wrong. I'd love for the 4th film to be great and sit proudly aside the originals. Sadly at this point I can't see that happening. Still, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

trailer talk

So did you check out those trailers yet? Borat looks like it's going to be one of the funniest films of the year, which will be no surprise to us British types. Sacha Baron Cohen's most famous creation maybe Ali G (who ironically became popular with exactly the type of people he was satirising) but Borat is his finest. Some people always miss the point and say he's racist, but as well as being very funny, he exposes a lot of small-town bigotry and disturbing attitudes. In this film the targets happen to be American but such people are disturbingly common the world over. So check out the trailer if you haven't.

The Departed is the English language remake of ace Hong-Kong film Infernal Affairs. It follows an undercover cop in the Mafia (the Triads in the original) and his opposite number- a Mob Moll in the police. This would normally be a bad thing (I love Asian Cinema, and despise remakes) but this looks set to be an exception. Why? It's directed by Martin Scorsese for a start. It's also got an impressive cast. I'm no fan of Di Caprio or Damon, but Jack Nichoslon, Ray Winstone and other quality actors are involved. Can't wait.

Last but not least, how exciting is the Transformers teaser? Like everybody of a certain generation the news learning that Hollywood was making a Transformers movie, I was considerably skeptical. Especially when I heard Michael 'Pearl Harbour' Bay was directing. When then I heard the special effects were being handled by the team-behind the ace Citroen Transformer-style adverts, I got back a little bit of hope. To be honest I've never watched Pearl harbour due to it's reputation and(his last flick) the Island wasn't that bad. When I saw that teaser my cynicism melted away. It looks ace. The trouble is we've got a year to wait and apparently the teaser has nothing to do with the finished plot. So it still may well be awful. Only time will tell.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

So I am alive, as it turns out. Thanks for asking. Sorry I haven't done anything for the site this week, but in my defense I did have what is definitely, medically correctly known as 'the lurgie', and as such my creative juices are not yet flowing. So I shall give you the links to some trailers you should watch to keep you out of mischief and bid you good day. (Consider this homework, I'll test you later!!!)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Quick! Help support me and make Lassie Goes Bad's rating escape from the one-star hell it has been plunged into by some w@nker on YouTube. He/she left a very rude comment too but I got rid of it. (Dopefiend? What right have they got to make such stupid accusations?) Really I don't understand why anyone feels the need to belittle anyone else's hard work in a public way, it just show them up to be frankly a little bit of a tit. The nipple for example. Ha! Anway I don't care on the opinions of what is probably a 14 year old American who spends all day illegally downloading Slipknot.

See. Don't care. Clearly


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Hooray! The weather today is rubbish. This is the way it should be. Hopefully this is the last we shall see of the heatwave, which was frankly getting most un-English. Anyway....

It was a happy day indeed when I noticed that Digital Channel ITV4 was reshowing my fave cheese-fest Martial Law (Mondays 8pm, back after a break for the Tour de France). It was a not entirely successful attempt to launch Hong Kong superstar and Jackie Chan's chum Sammo Hung to the west. Sammo played a Chinese cop on transfer to LA, called in am inspired move not Sammo Hung but Sammo Law. See what they did there? If you think Rush Hour the TV show you're not far off, especially in series two when they teamed him up with a streetwise African-American. It's very silly, and Sammo's attempts as acting in English leads to some mangled delivery, but it's all part of the fun. The thing about Sammo is he is fantastic martial artist, but there's no getting around it he's fat. A bit of a porker in fact. The following sequence appears at least once in every episode:

Sammo: Drop the Gun!
Generic Thug: What you going to do about it Fatty/Piggy/tubby/Chairman Mao?

The Unarmed Sammo then kicks seven shades of shite out of Generic Thug. It's all very Jackie Chan-esque with creative Kung-Fu with household objects and outtakes at the end of each episode. And I kid you not, I've just seen an episode which ended with Sammo jamming with a band of Spinal-Tap style cockney rockers in an improptou rendition of Twist and Shout.In the middle of a Police Station. It's that kind of show. And I can't help but love it...

While I'm here, if readers in UK have access to Film4, make sure you tune into watch Castle of Cagliostro tomorrow at 4.55pm. It's the first film by Spirited Away director and greatest living animator Hayao Miyazaki, as its therefore one of the finest animated movies of all time. They're showing a season of his films, if you haven't seen them, you owe to yourself to watch them all.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Plans are afoot here at MoPiZo towers*, big plans. Basically it's too early to tell you anything but I am working on something I'm very excited about, and it will be the biggest, most ambitious things I have ever done. I've had very exciting conversations and emails that I can't tell you about yet. I warn it may be a little while before this bears fruit, but it is going ahead faster than anticipated so it might be here sooner than you think. So if the main site is a little light on updates for a while, please realize it will be worth in the end. I hope!

* I don't actually live in towers it's just an expression. Despite what you may have heard, not all Englishmen live in Castles.