Confession Time! I'm a comic-book geek, and I adore Frank Miller! BUT, I adore him as a writer and NOT as a director! "The Spirit" coming out this Christmas is a mess of a movie, and for all the great creative vision known as Miller, the film has no SOUL!
Then I heard Miller is now itching to direct a film version of "Buck Rogers." Huh? And more Huh?
The best part of this news? Miller is going to take "Buck Rogers" into a darker territory full of greed and corruption -- a Miller trademark!
So that's good.
But can you please leave the directing in the hands of a great helmer that understands your vision?
Look, "Sin City" was amazing because Robert Rodriguez understood the cinematic value of Miller's vision. Yes, Miller was credited as co-director of the film, but truth be known, Rodriguez and ghost-director Quentin Tarantino put their creative stamps on the movie.
"The Spirit?" Solely credited to Miller? Was just an imprint version of "Sin City" with lesser, far lesser punch!
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As we reported back in September, "Kung Fu Hustle's" Stephen Chow was attached to direct the revamped film version of the TV classic "The Green Hornet."
Chow was also set to co-star as Kato the sidekick with Seth Rogen as the masked crime fighter. Rogen co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg.
But now, Chow stepped out as a director because of the convenient reason -- "creative differences."
Whenever they used that reason, I always question it. What creative difference transpired? What really went on? Why why why?
I guess we'll find out soon enough, but I heard the script will be polished and a new director will be announced before the year's end, which is like, 2 weeks from now!
Oh yeah, Chow can't direct, but he can still be a sidekick as Kato!
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"Wall *E" is certainly one of the best pictures of 2008, and the Chicago Film Critics Association agreed! The Disney-Pixar collaboration won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Animated Film at their awards ceremony.
Meanwhile, "Slumdog Millionaire" continues to gain Oscar momentum, with Danny Boyle winning for Best Director, Simon Beaufoy for Best Adapted Screenplay and Dev Patel for Most Promising Newcomer.
What about "The Dark Knight?"
Oh it won, TWICE! Click Read More to see its awards. Read More...
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"Himala," a film about a faith healer who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary and then proceeds to heal sick people, has been voted the CNN APSA Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time, pushing Akira Kurosawa's classic "Seven Samurai" into second place.
This is exciting because I remember loving this movie, and I also was smitten by Nora Aunor, known as the "superstar" in Philippine Cinema, who played Elsa, the miraculous girl.
And it's also historical because "Himala" beat Kurosawa, who's one of the best directors in the history of cinema.
Directed by the late, great Ishmael Bernal and written by Ricky Lee, "Himala" is one of the most thought-provoking films I saw as a child.
You know what's funny? I was just recently hoping that "Himala" will be transferred to DVD so I could show it to my mom, and now, with all these accolades, it could soon happen!
Oh by the way, himala means miracle in Tagalog.
And yes, this is truly a miracle! Yay!
Check out the full article here and when it comes out on DVD, try to watch it -- this is one of the BEST FILMS IN PHILIPPINE CINEMA!!!
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