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This simply amazing homage to both Charlie Chaplin and The Matrix is a brilliant piece of work by a Russian actor’s group called “Bolshaya Raznitsa” (The Big Difference). Best part? Multiple Agent Smiths!

[Link: The Matrix as a Charlie Chaplin short, via Boing Boing]

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Spot the likeness….this is a pic of me at my brother’s fancy dress up birthday party back in 2007. I don’t have a better pic lying around, unfortunately. For comparison, below, is the poster of the new Prince of Persia movie. Whaddayathink? Did I predict the new movie?

Anyhow…I’m looking forward to seeing this movie when it hits next year! And unlike good ol Jake, I at least have a little bit of Persian blood in me!

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I’m not sure which message board this came out of, but it’s pretty dang funny. I lol’d. A lot.

If you can’t read it, it says:

No, Moslems don’t believe that Jesus was the Messiah.

Think of it like a movie. The Torah is the first one, and the New Testament is the sequel. The nthe Qu’ran comes out, and it retcons the last one like it never happened. There’s still Jesus, but he’s not the main character anymore, and the messiah hasn’t shown up yet.

Jews like the first movie, but ignored the sequels, Christians think you need to watch the first two, but the third one doesn’t count, Moslems think the third one was the best, and Mormons liked the second one so much they started writing fanfiction that doesn’t fit with ANY of the series canon.

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I’m betting you won’t even see the end of this trailer coming… District 9 is a movie by Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp coming out “Summer 2009″. Have movie studios not figured out that the concept of “Summer” is just a teensy weensy tiny winy itsy bitsy sqeemy weemy tiny little bit subjective depending on which hemisphere you just happen to be occupying at any point in time? Anyhow, rant over. This movie looks interesting at the very least, and may even turn out to be good, for all that it’s set in Johannesburg. And I’m not going to spoil it any further. Just watch this trailer!

[Link: District 9]

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I have two things to say about the new pics of Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince. One: seems that, true to the game, the Prince seems to have a tendancy to lose clothing, and Two: Is that a codpiece?? I suppose this is a more a question for the ladies than the guys: yea or nea?

[Link: Kotaku - That Prince of Persia is One Sexy Beast]

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Joystiq game blog has an update on the Prince of Persia movie that we’re all dreading looking forward to. Specifically, the update is a picture of Ben Kingsley, whose last memorable role was as Gandhi (in fact, Ben, born Krishna Bhanji, has Indian blood in him, so it’s surprise that he’s not hit Bollywood yet). As is evident by the Ming-the-merciless look, Ben plays the antagonist (“bad guy” for you plebs) in the movie. Ol’ Ben’s been in a number of really terrible movies lately (at least one of which was a Uwe Boll movie, which should say a lot about the terribleness), so here’s to hoping that Ben’s presence in the Prince movie isn’t a curse.

So what’s UP with that belt?

[Link: Joystiq - See Ben Kingsley in Prince of Persia movie]

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Videodrome

Movie for Saturday night: Videodrome128154

This is, supposedly, the first movie (1983) to use the idea of television waves as a means to control peeps – voodoo via VHS – and in the process, man becomes machine. I think the most recent movie of a similar nature is Ringu/The Ring. I like how the movie was put together – it certainly makes for cool conversation afterwards. Oh, and I really like how geeks were perceived in the early 1980′s (and without them, we wouldn’t be where we are!)

The tagline: First it controlled her mind, then it destroyed her body… Long live the new flesh!

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I love the movie cover … his abs, his nose, the way he’s part of reality, his gaping hole …

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Cracked.com has an interesting post about the real fears that movie monsters embody, and it’s a fascinating look into an idea that what scares us isn’t what’s on the screen. I disagree with some of it, of course, because the nature of fear in movies is that we identify with the characters on the screen, and don’t symbolically tie the fear to some real world phenomenon. But it’s still a funky idea. Best quote from the article?

Spooky vaginas!

[Link: Cracked.com - Real world fears behind 8 popular movie monsters]

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So apparently there are plans in the mill to get another He-Man movie going, and if you spent as much childhood time as I did watching it, it initially sounds like a good thing. The problem is, we’ve been disappointed before, and not just with a bad He-Man movie, but other such conversions from treasured childhood memory to horrific uglydom.
So why should we hold out any hope for this new treatment? MTV chatted to the screenwriter, Justin Marks, to discover what’s good about it all:

Marks calls the movie a re-invention, explaining it as similar to (as
Latino Review’s El Mayimbe compared it to in his script review) a “Batman Begins-ification” where a character/franchise is completely done over in a much more realistic, much less cheesy way.

So while chatting about this possibility to Faranaaz last night, she commented: “I don’t know how they’re going to get past the cheesiness of the fuzzy loincloth…”

Good point there.

[Link: Geeks of Doom - New He-Man is a 'Batman Begins-ification']

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It’s the classic “want it to succeed but afraid of being so disappointed” feeling again. I was excited when they announced a movie based on the Prince of Persia game franchise (my favorite is still Sands of Time–it’s so much better than what came after). I was disappointed at hearing that Jake Gyllenhaal was cast as the Prince, but there’s nada I can do about that. Well, the first pics of Gyllenhaal as the Prince has surfaced, and I can’t say I’m too happy, but…eh, it’s not my decision. I just hope the movie doesn’t suck, like so many other game-to-movie adapatations.

[Link: Kotaku - First pics of Gyllenhaal as Prince of Persia]

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