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Harry goes absolutely stark raving mad over the script to THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!!!

Rollicking!

That’s what THE WORLD OF TOMORROW aspires to be, a rollicking adventure that you dream of after a day of watching Buster Crabbe or Kirby Grant or Edmund Lowe or Kane Richmond or Tristram Coffin in their thrilling spine-tingling action-adventures of long ago. That’s right, I’m talking about those Serial yarns. Those improbable, impossible flickers with feats of derring-do! THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is ripped straight out of that universe.

Whoever this Kerry Conran is, he’s a geek. A big whopping glorious master of the geek arts. He knows his serials, he knows his Max Fleischer SUPERMAN cartoons, he knows Alex Raymond and he’s very aware of the 1939 World’s Fair. 10 to 1 you could sit and talk with Kerry Conran about Chesley Bonestell and Frank R Paul for quite some time. Chatting about WEIRD TALES or ASTOUNDING or AMAZING STORIES would be a pleasure, or rapping bout the days of E.C. Sci-Fi and the dreams of Feldstein, Wood, Frazetta, Williamson and Orlando would just wreak havoc on the vocal chords as you both began out geeking one another.

When Moriarty linked to that L.A. Times story about THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, I’m not sure if he understood the Mania that would be caused in me. 30’s Deco Sci-Fi is the domain of my dreams. It’s part of the reason I love KING KONG at such a primal level… Those Deco titles, that 30’s New York… It all just screams at me, like the place and time that I love most. That era just had a style that permeated everything from the double breasted suits to the polo pants of its heroes, to those magnificent shoulders on the dresses at the time or the ‘sculpted’ hair of its heroines. Nothing was plain, it all had style, and the dreams of what tomorrow would be… Glorious.

So much of the vision of Science Fiction from the era came out of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS and enhanced upon for William Cameron Menzies’ THINGS TO COME. Which were being torn from the pages of the pulps and their magnificent covers of the era. For sci-fi geeks that care to remember before there was STAR WARS or 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, this is a fetish era… a special place that those that know it, know has never been captured on screen the way our imaginations have captured it for years. That might all change with THE WORLD OF TOMORROW.

As the film fades in, we find ourselves staring at a Chapter Card that reads:

CHAPTER ONE

“MECHANICAL MONSTERS”

Which, btw, is the title of the second of the Fleischer SUPERMAN cartoons. Then with a circle wipe we are looking at the New York City skyline amidst a snowstorm at dusk… a gigantic hulking grey shape pushing through the flurries and fog that we recognize as a massive Dirigible – called HINDENBURG III. As the ship descends into the 30’s New York skyline, spotlights crisscross on the horizon.

Ok, pretty cool. The Zeppelin docks atop the Empire State Building. There’s of course a mysterious figure we’re following aboard, that is coming to our precious thirties New York. He has a satchel loaded with strange fantastical mechanical designs and grotesque autopsy photos. Indeed, strange things are afoot!

We next meet POLLY PERKINS – who will be being played by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is… essentially the Max Fleischer LOIS LANE from those SUPERMAN cartoons. She’s a hard-hitting reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper that dares all for her story. She has been writing stories about the mysterious disappearances of some of the world’s most noted Scientists when she gets a package that seems to indicate that the ‘sender’ knows who will be next and where to meet the informant for further information. Soon we’re whisked to 1930’s era RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – the front is decorated with elaborate displays for “SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS” She soon meets the “mysterious man” who reveals that he was part of a group of seven scientists that were chosen to serve in a secret facility outside Berlin before the start of World War 1 known as Ehnheit Elf… UNIT ELEVEN.

Suddenly the background sound of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is interrupted by an eruption of Air Raid Sirens and the mysterious scientist goes white with terror… “TOTENKOPF! IT’S TOTENKOPF!” he runs out of the theater in a panic, dropping papers in his wake … strange schematic drawings for machines beyond comprehension. Polly rushes out onto the streets… There’s a montage of military and police battalions preparing for an enemy invasion… In my imagination, I see the Fleischer montage in preparation for the BULLETEERS… but that’s me. The sound of the city has died to only the wailing of the sirens… Searchlights piercing the sky--- Strange flying Machines in the sky, flying between Skyscrapers in formation like planes…

Polly has rushed to a telephone to phone into her editor the knowledge she has thus far, and to request research on the name… TOTENKOPF… Her editor is frantic to get the details, when suddenly her call is interrupted by gunfire and a dropped receiver. Polly has fled the booth, rounding the corner to see what the noise is about. Military vehicles speed down 5th Avenue fleeing whatever it is like scared mice before a vicious mouse hungry cat! As she peers around the corner we see them.

“HULKING MECHANICAL GIANTS WALKING SIDE BY SIDE DOWN THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY LIKE METAL ARMY MEN, CRUSHING EVERYTHING THAT LIES IN THEIR PATH!”

A frantic Police Officer reaches a call box – “They’ve broken through the perimeter… send reinforcements… send us everything you’ve got!”

We’re suddenly whisked to Radio Dispatch Control – where the Radio Operator is on the horn calling: “Emergency protocol 90206… calling Sky Captain… come in Sky Captain… repeat calling Sky Captain… come in Sky Captain…”

We dissolve to see visible radio waves emanating from a transmitting tower like the old RKO LOGO – we follow the waves through dissolves showing them traveling the entirety of the globe… Relay towers re-broadcasting the call till there are concentric radio bands throughout the sky…. All calling for the mysterious SKY CAPTAIN to come in, to help New York City!

We begin to hear a low rumble in the distance that bursts from a thick cloud base to reveal a P-40 WARHAWK piloted by the SKY CAPTAIN – actually Captain Joe Sullivan to be brought to life by that insanely handsome Jude Law, “the taciturn leader of THE FLYING LEGION!” He answers the call and is off to New York to battle the Mechanical Menaces…

Soon the screen will explode with the action of Polly on the street attempting to get the photo that will grace the cover of THE CHRONICLE, the newspaper for which she is their Star Reporter. SOON – Sky Captain will be fighting the giant robots while piloting his plane through the canyons of New York City! Can the Sky Captain’s P-40 WARHAWK succeed where the city’s defenses failed? Will Polly survive her suicidal insanity to get her precious story? All these questions and more will be answered in the thrilling first 15 minutes of….

T H E......W O R L D......O F......T O M O R R O W ! ! ! !








Yup, and if you tune in to the rest of the film, you’ll possibly visit Shangri-La, undersea adventures with gigantic robotic aquatic machines, lit TNT death traps, gargantuan flying fortresses beyond your S.H.I.E.L.D –laced dreams, amazing rayguns, genetic aberrations, two-headed brontosaurai and things that even I would never spoil. Who is TOTENKOPF? That’s the mystery behind it all… What evil genius is robbing the earth of it’s resources? Stealing the gigantic power generators beneath the very streets of this teeming metropolis we know as New York! The perils that await the Sky Captain and Polly are thrilling and chilling to be sure, but what about their smoldering past teeming with infidelities and betrayals? Oh, that too will thrill you.








I’m so there for this film. The L.A. Times described that the vast majority of this film is shot against blue screen, green screen and what not on a bare minimum of sets… The reason? Well, the film is GIGANTIC. Every location is huge, every enemy enormous. If you know your old serials, you know how miniatures were constantly used to enhance the scale of the thrills and chills, here they plan to digitally bring it all to life.

Depending on how it is all realized graphically – it could be fall on its face funky – or… if this Kerry Conran fella is the visionary that I’m hoping he is… hoping based upon how wonderful this script is… how literate it is with the time period and styles from then… Like that SNOW WHITE opening – the reason that’s the opening, I’m sure, is I’ve seen a photo of what Radio City Music Hall looked like when it was showing SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS – he’s using that as his references for the “reality” he’s creating for the film. Not only is Kerry Conran the writer and the director, but he’s also doing the Production Design. It seems to have some of the old Dream Quest / The Secret Lab guys on board to realize that CG, and they ruled back in the heydays of those companies.

Every 15 pages or so, the film has a cliffhanger, then picks up with a title card and shows you how they survived… or didn’t. I’m giddy about this flick. With Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie (as the one-eyed Captain Francesca Cook – essentially a female Han Solo type), Casey Affleck (as Dex the Sky Captain's all purpose scientific mastermind & buddy, that gets his ideas out of comics and pulps!) and the absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous Ling Bai as “the mysterious woman”… well, it’s got a great little cast – with many other parts still unknown. The great thing about it all is how effortlessly lived in the script feels. I mean, all these characters seem to have histories that we just pick up in the middle of, much like… oh, say Indy and Sallah’s relationship in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The film is alive with potential. Literally if nailed, it has the ambition to be a geek favorite for all time. As a failure, it’d be a glorious and tragic mistake that… “coulda been a contender…”

Whatever the case… We here at AICN have been woken up to the project and I’m thrilled. I had no idea that something this cool had gotten this far along. I wish all involved the absolute best luck, cuz the geek in me is screaming for this project to be perfect. I love that all involved are keeping the studios out of it, till they are finished. GREAT IDEA! This is the sort of particular vision that must be completed before many at the studios would get it. Personally, as a geek, I’d love to see this sucker picked up by New Line – cuz frankly I would just love to see them get this project. Of course, if it gets nailed, I can’t imagine DREAMWORKS passing on it, or UNIVERSAL or any other studio for that matter. This has the ability of completely and thoroughly recreating and re-imagining that “thrilling days of yesteryear” vibe into something retro, but something we’ve never seen done to perfection. This film takes RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK as a jumping pad and dreams so much bigger than any of Indiana Jones’ adventures ever dared to dream.

And I don’t know about you… But I’d love to see Gigolo Joe as the Hero of the new Millennia! Hehehehe…

A source sent me this photo of the extras uniforms from either the flying fortress sequence of the Sky Captain's HQ.








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  • May 23, 2003, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Sounds pretty lame to me

    by freethinker

    Rule of thumb; unless it's LOTR or x-men, if Harry loves it, it's gotta suck ass. Meesa loves him!

  • May 23, 2003, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry, Morarity -- this film sounds fantastic!!

    by viola123

    Thank you for covering this movie -- it sounds so wonderful. The cast is awesome. When it started to come together, Casey Afflect replacing Giovanni Ribisi, it just sounded so promising. Oscar winners and nominees, and the blue screen used for more than space and creatures. Sigh. Then we got the article from the "L.A. Times" (and seeing that gorgeous picture of Jude and Gwenyth!), and now, now Harry's got the script and is raving -- that makes me so happy. A little, ambitious film that could. I want it to be a hit and it sounds like they totally know what they're doing. A smallish budget with the people, totally invested and believing in it. Its chances of turning out gold are all that better, and what a franchise this could be. Revolutionary too. I'm so rooting for this one, big time, and am so jazzed that AINC will be covering it. *sighs and wishes, wants more scoops about "The World of Tomorrow", any and all*

  • May 23, 2003, 4:25 p.m. CST

    This sounds extraordinary....

    by Manaqua

    my interest is definitely piqued. Crossing my geek fingers.....!

  • May 23, 2003, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Could be cool

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    Sounds kind of tongue in cheek. Actually, I think it could work played straight as hard-core entertainment. Or it could be Wild Wild West - which kinda had a similar idea behind it - and that turned out fabulous, no?

  • May 23, 2003, 4:55 p.m. CST

    mad as toast

    by reni

    Christ I thought this was going to be another Sliptstream.... sounds top.... oh yeah Reloaded was shite...

  • May 23, 2003, 5:03 p.m. CST

    What? Harry ...no werewolves in this one...

    by Lost Skeleton

    ...just kidding. This sounds cool. The old 30's films had a cool fun theme that I loved. I hope the movie does well. Introducing a new generation to films like Raiders.

  • May 23, 2003, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Sounds like it could be fun...

    by Lobanhaki

    But it also sounds like it's going to take some deep pockets and one crackerjack director!

  • May 23, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Harry Here - Re: Fett and others

    by HEADGEEK

    Fett - agreed - if the dialogue and character work was written as badly as you seem to write, it'd be pretty bad... But other than that Radio Call - the Sky Captain is always referred to as Joe, Joseph or other more familiar terms. Polly is never the fawning ditz, and like say Marion - she's got problems with Joe. --- WEEDY - as written it is hard core action adventure with a nod to the era. As for the WEREWOLF thing - had they not mentioned it in that film... then reinforced it with the "silver bullets" bit, I'd never of even thought of WEREWOLVES in the MATRIX - but... they brought it up... and seeing how cool the TWINS were as wraiths or vampires or whatever they were... I was very much intrigued to see what the Wachowski Bros' vision of Matrix Werewolves would look like. Especially since, having just seen Neo fight and survive 100 Agent Smiths - watching him fight 5 or 6 characterless redshirts... well, it just didn't thrill me, and the whole time, all I could think is... Hey - that guy - wasn't he a potential werewolf in that Monica Belluci scene 3 minutes before? Wow, it'd sure be cool if this wasn't just emotionless wire-fu.

  • May 23, 2003, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Whoever directs this...

    by waylayer

    ...better have the precision and delicacy of a diamond cutter, otherwise a project like this can just implode like *that*.

  • May 23, 2003, 5:39 p.m. CST

    this sounds like an absolute dream

    by mansep

    'sky captain'!? that's BRILLIANT!! :)

  • May 23, 2003, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Great, ANOTHER film...

    by Shaithis_77

    ...where Harry's gonna build up a bunch of hype for himself, then cry about it, when it doesn't match his EXACT vision of what HE wanted. The film does sound cool, though...

  • May 23, 2003, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Waiting for Moriarty to comment because...

    by HEADGEEK

    He just loved THE REAL CANCUN... oh, but that's ok - I just 'liked' MATRIX RELOADED, I dared to say it wasn't perfect. That's ok. I understand.

  • May 23, 2003, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Who the hell can respect Harry? (MATRIX SPOILERS WITHIN)

    by timmer33

    I mean, he gives glowing reviews to Armageddon, Flinstones 2, Blair Witch 2 and God-frickin'-Zilla! And then he trashes Matrix Reloaded? WTF? This guy is on some serious shit. Either that or he's taking cash from certain movie studios. It's as obvious as hell. Reloaded was one of the finest sequels ever made --- it totally blew away X2, which Harry compared to The Wrath of Khan! Come on, man! People can see through your shit now! How about giving some honest reviews for a change. And how about NOT trashing a movie because it wasn't about werewolves and vampires! Give me a break. Oh - that reminds me, you liked Down With Love, right? Was that because there were werewolves and ghosts and vampires in it? Face it, dude - your review for Reloaded was a travesty. I can't wait to read your review for Revolutions. The fact of the matter is, Harry, you didn't understand the movie. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER (DON'T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN MATRIX 2) You see, boy, Neo is still in the damn Matrix. Zion is part of the Matrix. And furthermore, Neo isn't a human at all - he's a program, just like that French dude. That's why he is able to see code, change code, manipulate code. The french guy can do it (i.e. the piece of cake) and Neo can do it to. I.e. they're both programs. How could you not see that? You passed over the true genius of the plot because there were no werewolves in the movie! Holy crap man, you are a joke!

  • May 23, 2003, 5:55 p.m. CST

    'Morrow and Matrix Musings

    by Tony Mike Hall

    Harry, the way you describe it makes TOMORROW sound way cool - ignore the idiots regurgitating serial dialogue. If any of that is used, it will be done tongue-in-cheek at this point. Unless Conran is a flaming retard, which he most likely is not (I can't see Jude Law, who wisely declined Supes, attaching himself to this project unless the script, dialogue included, was first rate). With re: to your Matrix review and others like it, found this alternate review, which I thought might interest you (if you haven't read it already). This guy may dig a little TOO DEEP, but it's quite persuasive in its view that the W bros have a grand scheme, the totality of which we cannot yet see. http://www.corporatemofo.com/stories/051803matrix.htm

  • May 23, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Harry.

    by Blasphemy Jones

    The Matrix Reloaded did have werewolves (Merovingian's henchmen), vampires (Persephone) and ghosts (The Twins). Didn't you see Bride of Dracula playing on Persephone's television? Admit it, you just refuse to like this film because it pounds on Star Wars as if the latter were a 95 lb weakling. The Star Wars/LOTR franchises have been knocked on their respective asses, and you're understandabley upset. Hey, I grew up with SW as well. But I adapt when I see something better made. To stay on topic, the film that is the subject matter of this post seems interesting.

  • May 23, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I dunno, Harry...

    by Stryder

    I admit I'm intrigued by the premise, but does anyone honestly think that modern Hollywood execs would "get" this? I mean, look what they did with "The League Of Extrordinary Gentlemen". The series of books are an absolutely wonderful tribute to the adventure stories at the turn of the 20th century (H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, et al.), complete with mock-up ads in the back. Hollywood took the idea and turned it into a slick summer piece of tripe, most likely to be forgotten. Really, do you think anyone in charge knows how to truly do justice to this script?

  • May 23, 2003, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Vampires and Werewolves in the Matrix?

    by Stryder

    Really, if that's all it would've taken to make the film better, Harry's head is going to explode when he sees Underworld.

  • May 23, 2003, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Re: Timmer33

    by HEADGEEK

    I didn't pass over MATRIX RELOADED. I like it. I've seen it twice. And yes I'm well aware of the "twist" at the end of RELOADED. I love the Oracle stuff, Merovingian and Architect work as well. Love the allegory, metaphors and the rest of the highbrow work put into MATRIX RELOADED. What I hate is that none of the fights have the emotion, desperation, thrill or cinematic verve from the original film. MATRIX RELOADED is essentially a late night stoner conversation about existentialism, causality, dreamverse vs our universe and of course the whole comparative religion symbolisms throughout... Just because I didn't want to write about and spoil the only really worthwhile aspect of MATRIX RELOADED... the part that I've spent the past week discussing with friends and in the chatroom... But hey, I understand... You feel the MATRIX RELOADED is perfect. Good, glad you absolutely loved it and that film can't get any better till REVOLUTIONS gets here... Personally in the first film, I believed that everyone was a human being, accept the agents. This time, nobody acted like a human being, instead they all acted like programs... and pending REVOLUTIONS' revelations, that might entirely be the point... but frankly I prefer to have characters that act emotionally, instead of being sealed off from their emotions. It's a preference of taste and choices... much like what the characters in the film faced.

  • May 23, 2003, 6:11 p.m. CST

    could be another "Shadow"...The 30's have been done to death Har

    by Tarl_Cabot

    yeah And Harry Loves Star Wars 1 and 2 but goes on CNN to trash Matrix Reloaded. He has no taste.

  • May 23, 2003, 6:12 p.m. CST

    World of Tomorrow

    by Wicked Raygun

    I've never been deeply emotionally attched to those old 30's Sci-fi/Fantasy/Adventure serials, but that's probably more from ignorance than anything else. All that stuff was just WAY before my time, sadly. For some reason though, if there's ever any sort of special about them on TV I damn near always make the time to watch them. They're just so fascinating. Here's hoping that the cinema gods bless this puppy from first first shot to final edit because it honest to god sounds like it could be something truly spectacular. As for everyone ganging up on Harry about the Matrix and every other movie the man has ever had to review lately... Calm the f*** down, guys. Seriously, it's getting ridiculous. I loved Reloaded and even I thought that fight in the giant stairway was unspectacular after getting mind-raped by the Neo vs. the Smith 2.0s.

  • May 23, 2003, 6:25 p.m. CST

    why I'll continue to write about film

    by HEADGEEK

    The reason I review isn't to regurgitate the "popular" opinion, I write for myself. Self-indulgent, damn straight, that's why I created this site. To put my thoughts about film down where they can be read. What am I on? Film. I am actually perplexed about the reaction to my thoughts on MATRIX RELOADED, cause essentially, I said I felt the first MATRIX was superior to RELOADED, and apparently 71% of the readers agree with me. I just pointed out what I felt could have been cooler... TO ME. As for going on CNN to trash the MATRIX RELOADED - I said that I prefer the first film, that I liked the action of the first film better, the characters better in the first one, but appreciated the intellectual pursuits of this new one. AS for MATRIX knocking off STAR WARS - if I were going to get upset about that, wouldn't I hate LORD OF THE RINGS and HARRY POTTER much more then? Hmmmm...

  • May 23, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Say . . . while you're here, Harry.

    by Blasphemy Jones

    Any particular reason that a Matrix Reloaded talkback couldn't be created postus relaseus? ;) Many people still want to talk about this film. CHUD has a thread sixteen pages long devoted to Reloaded. If it won't chow down on too much bandwith, would that be feasible? (Mmmmmmm . . . Choooooowwwww.) ;)

  • May 23, 2003, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Harry nice to see you get involved in talkbacks...as for my comm

    by Tarl_Cabot

    I was blown away that you said "you were never dissapointed by SWE1 and 2 becuase they were for kids"...sounds like an admission that you were indeed dissapointed but you're giving G-Lu a huge break...The first film showed Luke's parents incinerated and that is for me still one of the most horriffic images in all of film history. I was 7 when I saw SW in a Theater. IT WASN"T FOR KIDS! As for The Matrix Reloaded,you could cut and paste your critizisims on the review for AOTC."Big effects and action, limp story, uninteresting characters. I think the reason people are irite about your Matrix review is your double standard: Treat Star Wars with a velvet glove and rip the W bros a new one for what I think is a pretty good sequel-not an EMPIRE but how many of those do we get? 1 every 20 years if we're lucky...

  • May 23, 2003, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I agree about Tank-I miss him in Reloaded

    by Tarl_Cabot

    too bad money issue had to get in the way...

  • May 23, 2003, 6:57 p.m. CST

    abre los ojos

    by haiku tunnel

    when it comes to geek <> concern, world peace is the step <> child to the matrix.

  • May 23, 2003, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Mechanical Monsters was NOT the first Fleischer Superman cartoon

    by RenoNevada2000

    SUPERMAN aka THE MAD SCIENTIST was the first of Fleischers Studios classic shorts of the Man of Steel, being released on 9/26/41. MECHANICAL MONSTERS was second, being released on 11/21/41. Still, MM was the first cartoon to have Supes use his X-Ray vision and change in a phone booth. Didn't mean to be pedantic on ya Harry, it's just that I've been researching the cartoon series for a writing project and that kind of jumped out at me. Needless to say that your script review has me psyched for this film. Pity it's probably a good year and a half to two years before it hits the screen!

  • May 23, 2003, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Fett, et al - You're Idiots

    by Chingachgook

    Harry's right. This is a dream project for those of us who still look to the movies to do something other than sell namesake video games. I hope this movie doesn't fall into the category of good films that died trying - like Boorman's Excalibur, Carpenter's The Thing, Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. or even Final Fantasy.

  • May 23, 2003, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I've been coming to this site for years now, and I don't think I

    by Shabbadoo

    What's up, man? How's life treatin' ya?

  • May 23, 2003, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Hell, forgot to add my two cents regarding this flick

    by Shabbadoo

    "Can...not...fucking...wait!" This movie sounds so unbelievably, fantastically, insanely cool that I can't even think of any other words to truly sum up my excitement over this project.

  • May 23, 2003, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I haven't ever seen Harry actually react to the TBs this much

    by sundown

    Having said that I do agree with Harry. Matrix 2 fell a little flat. BUT unlike any other movie that was a sequel or would spawn a sequel that was already shot (LOTR, Back 2 the Future) the Matrix was shot and realized as one film. That's what they said. A flawed logic maybe but the one they used. So in that respect its near impossible to judge the films quality without seeing the other half. Because it is really part of the film we've seen. That may in fact be a problem with the film but if the Wachowskis take all the little nuances from this film, as they had in the previous, and use them all in ingenious ways they could still make this a phenomenal trilogy. Matrix one and two are better than both Lucas movies already. If the Matrix Reloaded is more like the first half of the original movie then the best is yet to come. I just hope all the little nuances (Monica Belluci putting on lipstick then demanding a kiss) all lead to plot points that come together. World of Tomorrow looks exciting. I hope it isn't gobbled up like Equilibrium.

  • May 23, 2003, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Tell 'em Harry

    by Blustery

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. It's amazing that people can go this nuts over someone else's opinion. I guess it comes down to someone fearing that their opinions aren't in line with those that are deemed more important, like yours. Hmm, fanboys can't handle someone not being totally agreeable with theirs? Man, it defies logic to think that every person could possibly agree on this stuff. Weird effect the internet has on people. That said, I agree with what you have written on Reloaded in this particular thread. Many, many times I disagree with you, however, and I'm cool with that, and others opinions as well. But man, how could one call another an idiot because they saw something they didn't like? Such is the nature of these boards, however. So in getting back on topic, I think this movie that we are supposed to be talking about looks like it could have something to it - there seems to be something memetically going on here. First we had the disastrous Wild Wild West, which introduced a technological feel to older times. While it flopped, and deservedly so, there was something that stuck. Then we have LXG, which has a similar feel. The nostalgia here is quite a conceit, and we could have something wonderful. You've got the goods here, so it sounds like you know the plan.

  • May 23, 2003, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I get it, and it sounds like fun

    by coop

    It's based in a naive world. I see this movie as what kids fantasized about when they saw a movie poster with robots and space men. It isn't to be taken seriously or dramatically realistic. It's just fun old time sci fi if they had the effects of today. I just can't believe they are making it. I will probably love it and it won't make any money, just like a Coen brothers movie.

  • May 23, 2003, 8 p.m. CST

    I've seen the script and agree!

    by fezmariewhatley

    This script really is good. When I first read it, I wondered if anybody would get what the writers were trying to do. I've seen some of the conceptual artwork and if it's half the film that it looks like it's going to be, I'll be at the front of the line on opening day.

  • May 23, 2003, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by GypsyTRobot

    Harry recognized the existence of Fett? My AICN world is coming full circle.

  • May 23, 2003, 8:14 p.m. CST

    So Harry didn't like Reloaded...

    by Dudley Smith

    who gives a shit?!! Why the fuck are so many people taking this as some kind of personal insult? If you enjoyed the movie, then good for you. Overall I'd give it the thumbs up, but I did have a few major issues with it. The biggest problem was that, whereas in the first film you got the sense that the world we are all living in was the Matrix, in Reloaded it felt like some fantasy land peopled solely by rogue programs like the Oracle, Merovingian etc. As a result the use of superpowers in the Matrix lacked any sense of wonder. And the idea that this is one of the most profound and intelligent movies of all time is absurd (if the Wachowskis were really that clever they would have worked the philosophical issues into the story and visual language of the film (watch Kubrick's movies to see how this is done) rather than stopping the story in it's tracks for five minutes while some character spouts off an overly pretentious monologue. My final problem was with the cgi. I'm usually lenient on special effects (I won't have a problem with the Hulk), however in this case we did have the right to expect perfection due to all the hype coming from Joel Silver and John Gaeta, essentially saying that the Matrix sequels would have better fx than any other film that has been or will be made. Well, they were great, but not that great. Anyway it sounds like I'm on a total downer on this movie, which is far from the case, it just didn't quite deliver on what the hype promised................regarding World of Tomorrow, it could be great as long as the director pays attention to the perfomances which is of crucial importance in this type of movie. Look at the SW prequels to see how this can go wrong if the director isn't interested in the actors. You have a cast of bored looking characters that don't 'sell' the backgrounds at all.

  • May 23, 2003, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' redbull advertd........

    by Gazbert11

    ... Are fuckin' shit and anyone else who says otherwise is a fuckin' bell-end. Redbull sucks the fuckin' sweat off of a dead donkeys balls unless it's drunk in conjunction with a shot ot Tequila and a shot of vodka) (A "TVR" for the criminally fuckin' stupid), and if you don't drnk TVRs you should drink pints of Bass Ale, if you don't drink either of those then fuck off because you're a fuckin' bell-end and I have the papewrwork that says so. So fuck off you fuckin' bell-end.

  • May 23, 2003, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Once again, thank you Harry.

    by Schnorbitz

    Yes, it sounds brilliant, but the blue screen still makes me a little concerned. In Episode II, everyone seemed to be so disconnected from their backgrounds. Two more things: (a) I said 13 words to Gwyneth Paltrow as an extra on Ted and Sylvia last year. (b) UK readers, please watch Treasure Hunt tomorrow, BBC 2, 6pm. My finger will (probably) be in the opening titles again.

  • Looks like this will be another AICN catchphrase in the making!

  • May 23, 2003, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Chroma key reminds me of the work of Krofft Bros. and a little f

    by Declan_Swartz

  • May 23, 2003, 10:20 p.m. CST

    This could either be "Raiders" cool or "the Shadow" bad

    by the G-man

    Based on the plot synopsis.

  • May 23, 2003, 10:23 p.m. CST

    If there was a 30's retro love-story musical about Warewolves an

    by Tall_Boy

    as for being love with the 30's who wouldn't want to wax nostaligic for an era that in the depths of a depression and led to the rise of Hitler?

  • May 23, 2003, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Not Sure What to Think

    by Waspo

    First off I'd like to say that The Matrix Reloaded is the best film of the year so far. Agree or disagree, love or hate, or even if you think it's just an "okay" piece of film-making, you have to agree that this has caused a great deal of uproar in a lot of internet circles. Greatness is always debated and leaves a great many people on both sides of the fence, but if everyone was in total agreement then no movie would be great or special... movies would just be "okay." To stay somewhat on topic, this movie seems to quite interesting. Remember, there were people who thought "West Side Story" was a terrible movie when it first came out, and now it's a classic.

  • May 23, 2003, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Here's hoping it doesn't come off like a Star Wars prequel

    by 007-11

    With wooden performances due to lack of interaction with the scene, and hopefully everything won't look too CG, just so long as I can fool myself into believing it's real(like the Tarantula in Wild x2 West), then I have no problems. THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE 30'S MOVIE OF MY DREAMS. I, like Harry, have an undying love for that era. Everything just looked so damn great. And what's that? Jude "no room for improvement" Law is in it? Could be fantastic. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

  • THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME. I'm pre-ordering my DVD of it right now.

  • Obviously that would show us what's going on in his head. Just think about it......

  • Obviously that would show us what's going on in his head. Just think about it...... hehe, so I forgot a word.

  • May 24, 2003, 12:03 a.m. CST

    PEDANTIC BULLSHIT! Re: Superman cartoons

    by mironmurcury

    Some pedant who can write but not read said, "Didn't mean to be pedantic on ya Harry, it's just that I've been researching the cartoon series for a writing project and that kind of jumped out at me" Oh, BULLSHIT. Of course you mean to be PEDANTIC, but because you did not read what Harry said, (MM is the second Superman cartoon) and raced to display your vocabulary in your snide tone of false accusation, you fail, except at showing you are quick to accuse. The Oxford American Dictionary defines a Pedant as "a person who parades his learning...." As the song almost sings, "You must have got the right facts in the wrong place." Apologize to Harry and make up.

  • May 24, 2003, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Pulp Art show at Brooklyn Museum

    by mironmurcury

    Great show of original Pulp art, covers, line drawings, etc., at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. Here is a link to the pulp art exhibit: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/special_exhibitions/pulp_art/ Enjoy.

  • May 24, 2003, 12:35 a.m. CST

    This would have been a REALLY GREAT movie

    by Darth Brooks

    If it had been called ROCKETEER II and had Billy Campbell and Alan Arkin in it. And Jenny. (pause)... Jenny. [sigh]

  • May 24, 2003, 1:56 a.m. CST

    How about the script for THE UNCHOSEN ONE, Harry?!?!!?

    by Monkey_King

    Hell, you've had the script for over a year now. C'mon. You know Cusack and Keitel would be perfect as Mike and the Wizard.

  • May 24, 2003, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Harry, do you love KING KONG because of the 30

    by Ted Striker

    It's a question that needs answering... It would explain alot about the logic used behind the man known as Harry Knowles. I'm guessing you love 30

  • May 24, 2003, 3:41 a.m. CST

    yeah werd up

    by Geek Sodomizer

    opinions are like vaginas every bitch got one and also Harry ROTFLMFAO, *cough* eh, just kidding there bud, no need to get your panties in a bunch, I've decided not to violate your roomy poop shoot THIS TIME! But the jury's still out! What's the deal dude? It was quite surprising to see you actually acknowledge these talk-back troglodytes this time around, maybe it's because so far they have actually been half-way polite? At least no one has called you a fat sack of shit yet, so maybe there is still hope for the fan-boy geek club, YEAH RIGHT. What a bunch of tools! God, how can you stand it? Anyways, but you seemed to conveniently leave out one of the accusations in your ALMOST but NOT QUITE thorough rebuttal. The whole issue on weather or not your a boodle whore was conveniently ignored. hmmmmmmmmmmmm, what gives, man? You really expect us to believe that you absolutely adored Godzilla, Armageddon, and countless other mediocre movies, and then try laying this crap on us about there not being any werewolves (although, like someone else pointed out, THERE WERE MONSTERS! AND YOU SAW THIS FILM TWICE?!?!?!) in Reloaded? So it sucked balls? Is that what you said? I don't know, hahah, I didn't bother reading your review, I read part of the talk back and knew that it wasn't worth my time, there are much better reviews out there written by RESPECTABLE journalists. Ask yourself, friend, what is more important to you, free plane trips across the country, dinner with snobby elite hollywood bastards, a secret pre-screening of the soon-to-be craptastic episode 3, or, say, your integrity, respect, reputation, and, soul? I know, it's a tough choice, most people nowadays are sell-outs in this society bud, don't feel bad.

  • May 24, 2003, 4:20 a.m. CST

    World of tommorow...........today!

    by scudworth

    I hope this movie is nailed right, Jude Law whomping mechanical ass has quite the potential, and Gazbert11's right, fuck those stupid red bull ads....

  • May 24, 2003, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Jon Carpenter's The Thing died trying?

    by Grammaton Cleric

    What the fuck?

  • May 24, 2003, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Micronmurcury-

    by RenoNevada2000

    Well, when the post was first up, it stated that MM was the first of the cartoons. Obviously, Harry, in the interest of getting things right changed it before you read the article. Sadly, when Harry never gets any recognition for trying to set the record straight when a fact mistake slips by. (The grammer on the other hand... Just joking big guy!) Also, the irony of your attempt to dress me down by defining the word pedantic with an actual dictionary-quoted definition did not escape me.

  • May 24, 2003, 11:17 a.m. CST

    If you like '30s visions of the future, do a Google search for "

    by Parallax

    My desktop pattern right now is of an amazing bluescale future-scape mural by Radebaugh, with a colossal, disk-shaped building at the center, and a dirigible docking at the tip of the building's spire (looks like the opening scene as described in the WOT script). He was one of the foremost illustrative, painfully optimistic futurists of the time, and I'm sure his work was pored over when conceptual designs were happening for this flick. Neato!

  • May 24, 2003, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Ok, I think we get it...... but lets just ait and see huh? I mea

    by TheGinger Twit

    not to mention it sucked arse.

  • May 24, 2003, 12:28 p.m. CST

    The New NivekJ1, Here is another Photon link: http://www.x-enter

    by Declan_Swartz

  • May 24, 2003, 12:51 p.m. CST

    kitsch for kitsch sake

    by Renata

    It never works. While the film geeks could elevate it to cult status (a la Buckaroo Banzai), this kind of retro filmmaking without any purpose other than nostalgia never works ("Down with Love" anyone?). Only when filmmakers add an extra layer to it will it seep into the public mainstream and be a breakout hit.

  • May 24, 2003, 3:57 p.m. CST

    WHAT IS THE MATRIX(RELOADED)???

    by SIR-SLEDGE450

    A BIG PILE OF SHITE,THATS WHAT.The most disapointing film ive ever seen.An excuse for john gaeta to let his little hulkamaniac to run wild all over the screen.And another thing, if them cheeky girls touch MY bum,'al get the bobbies round and slap a restraing order accross them before they can say "Cheeky,cheeky!".

  • May 24, 2003, 7 p.m. CST

    WTF? If you liked RELOADED, fine... but what's that have to do

    by Commando Cody

    For crying out loud, so Harry didn't like MATRIX RELOADED and perhaps you did. Fine, enjoy. Fine, go see it again. Fine, go buy the DVD when it comes out. But what's all this bullshit in a WORLD OF TOMORROW talkback pouncing all over Harry's ass simply because he didn't like it? What, if Harry doesn't agree with you your whole world is shot? Grow up, whiners, and let it be. You act as if Harry's gonna read one of you short, pithy posts, slap his head and suddenly say, "Oh, what was I thinking? But OF COURSE it was genius!" Not gonna happen, so move on already! As for WORLD OF TOMORROW all I can say is this movie has definitely moved into a top tier of films I'm now dying to see. A retro art deco 30s style Republic cliffhangers movie done up with MODERN digital effects and with THIS cast? Screw you, naysayers! This movie TRULY has a chance to be the most original looking and cool as all f*ck movie to come out in ages. This is one of the BEST ideas for a summer fun movie that I've heard in ages and I can't believe Hollywood is even making it because deep in my heart THIS is the kind of movie I wanted to make one day! Harry, I'm glad you're excited about WORLD based on what you've seen, so turn that enthusiasm into some solid coverage. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say there are plenty of old style retro sci fi/adventure fans who want to see how this one unfolds.

  • May 24, 2003, 7:14 p.m. CST

    ZombieHunter, I think the movie you're referring to is...

    by Commando Cody

    ...THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ZOOM which starred Daniel Riordan, Ron Perlman and Liz Vassey (who recently was babelicious as Captain Liberty in THE TICK.) It was made in 1995 and it was supposed to be the pilot for a potential series, but it went nowhere. I hadn't seen it in ages, and then suddenly within the last few months the Sci Fi Channel has been running it every so often. So keep your eyes on their scheduling if you want to catch it...

  • May 24, 2003, 8:33 p.m. CST

    GiantReno...

    by mironmurcury

    GIANTRENO, Glad you could laugh. I am currently standing in front of a mirror laughing at myself. PS, God those (Superman) are great cartoons. Along with Winsor McCay they are high points of early and middle-age animation. I hope you've been able to buy some of the excellent remastered cartoons, rather then the cheap dupes in the supermarket cut out bin. Murcury may be small, but it's hot!

  • May 24, 2003, 8:33 p.m. CST

    THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ZOOM was the precursor to Galaxy Quest

    by Declan_Swartz

  • May 24, 2003, 9:49 p.m. CST

    by jimdin2001

  • May 24, 2003, 9:54 p.m. CST

    thats not how to do it...

    by jimdin2001

    no mocking here or owt, just curious. would it have been on aicn that i read people championning jude law to play tintin? i only ask cos if done well surely them films would fulfil the pre50s 'ride' like movies that everyone seems to feel indiana jones has got cornered.

  • May 24, 2003, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Hey Mironmurcury, how

    by War Eagles

    SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in January 1938, and played for five weeks. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk had its maiden flight in January 1940, two years later. There ain

  • May 25, 2003, 12:10 a.m. CST

    It's BAI LING! Not LING BAI!

    by T-MACK 1.01

    Get it right.

  • May 25, 2003, 2:01 a.m. CST

    What doesn't Harry go stark raving mad over?

    by Shepdog

    Less and less credibility on this site.

  • May 25, 2003, 2:43 a.m. CST

    GiantReno is a source of facts! He's Re-Pendant

    by mironmurcury

    HAHA. The weird thing is, I find most people uninterested in history. So it is a good thing to have a pendant around our necks. I am looking backwards to the release of the film with eagerness. Advances in CGI convince me that the future holds animated comicbooks playing like movies. The "all comic book artists could direct a movie" will come true, I hope.

  • May 25, 2003, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Actually, MironMurcury, in the digital age comic WRITERS could m

    by Big Dumb Ape

    You wrote: "Advances in CGI convince me that the future holds animated comicbooks playing like movies. The 'all comic book artists could direct a movie' will come true, I hope." Well, in the coming digital age -- where more and more sophisticated programs will do the actual modeling and rendering -- inventive and visionary comic WRITERS will be freed up TOO to start bringing their visions to life. In some ways that might be even more interesting because as the person who actually created or WROTE the story, now you'd have a chance to see it straight from their mind what they envisioned. I say that since everyone tends to give so much credit to artists in the comic medium -- which is fine, I'm not saying they DON'T deserve credit since it IS a graphic medium. But at the same time, speaking as an old comic fan myself, let's be honest: quite a few artists these days might be able to draw a pretty picture -- nice splash shots of a guy leaping or scantily clad women shaking their butts -- but in reality their actual STORYTELLING is for shit. So could they "direct" a digital film and make it exciting? Possibly. Would it be WORTH watching or just be style over substance, having no real meat to the bones? That's possible too. So while I understand what you're saying, I say up with WRITERS too.

  • May 25, 2003, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Hmmmmm

    by Jankenstein

    Anyone else besides me think that Mike Kaluta should be doing the concept art for this movie? And are there any web links for more info?

  • May 25, 2003, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I THINK IT LOOKS/SOUNDS GOOD TOO, HARRY!

    by Drath

    Yeah, it sounds like it'll be great, a movie in the vein of the Rocketeer if not Raiders of the Lost Ark, though it will hopefully all hang together well and not feel disjointed like The Phantom Menace. It sounds so stylized, it might get away with it even if the characters ARE cardboard. Or it'll be a cult hit like Starship Troopers. I just think it sounds like a great trip. Not that there's room for innocent enthusiasm for an unexpected movie on these boards anymore. It's like a bunch of children who've just discovered Santa's not real and are SO pissed about it and determined to share that frustration with the world. Seems like we go through this every fucking summer too. Fuck 'em. I'm looking forward to this!

  • May 26, 2003, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Computer comics and candle

    by mironmurcury

    BigApe, that's a good point you have about writers becoming directors via computer magic. They may even be better at it.

  • May 26, 2003, 2:17 a.m. CST

    MWK

    by Jankenstein

    Kaluta did do some of the design for The Shadow movie, and has spent years explaining that even so, he didn't like what Mulcahey did with it ;-)

  • May 26, 2003, 6:35 p.m. CST

    For the love of Christ.

    by Splinter

    Harry, I see you're out here in this talkback defending your opinion of Reloaded. Fair enough - respect that. I couldn't disagree with you more if I went to Disagreement Island for a year-long disagreeable Course in Disagreement. But thats fine. But YET AGAIN, you've been asked WHY THE SHINY FUCK YOU HAVEN'T PUT UP A RELOADED TALKBACK FOR THOSE OF US WHO THINK THE FILM IS A FUCKING MASTERPIECE (and those who don't)- And you disappear. WOULD YOU JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION? PLEASE? WHERE IS IT AND WHY?