Aug. 5, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST
never read the book but the film looks nicely atmospheric
Aug. 5, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST
by Mr. N
And sounds like a great movie. Maybe one of the few things that'll work in both mediums. Smart people make smart movies.
Aug. 5, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST
talking about lacking any interest or personality in the questions. not to talk shit, but seriously, it seemed mean
Aug. 5, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST
It was a group of journalists lobbing quick questions because we had a limited amount of time with Gil. It was far from "mean". Gil was in very good spirits, and we all liked the footage.
Aug. 5, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST
It reminds me of "Lost Children" and "Mirrormask" a little.
Aug. 6, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST
which isn't a film yet, but dammit it should be!
Aug. 6, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... it will be. Gore Verbinski's developing it for Universal now.
Aug. 6, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST
by Mr Gorilla
Someone who has watched loads of Gilliam and Burton. The two most over-rated directors on this site. (Did you guys actually sit through The Brothers Grimm, Tideland, Planet of the Apes, Willy Wonka?) Unless you include Ridley Scott, a man with a commercials background who is still making commercials. (Hence the lack of any intelligent sensibility behind Hannibal and Black Hawk Down - the latter, particularly, is like a commercial for killing Africans.) Bitch bitch bitch - sorry, it's a horrible morning here.
Aug. 6, 2008, 5:22 a.m. CST
I like the way you rag on those directors by mentioning a very select subset of their bodies of work. If those were the *best* of their films, then yes they would be undeserving of all the praise they get. But if, say, those were their *worst* films, by a significant margin, and yet still being a cut above the average empty, passionless Hollywood fare, then that would be a different story.
Aug. 6, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST
by half vader
Wow, this thread's going to have to be something special to top the stupidity of that post!
Aug. 6, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
...completely unique and captured the inside of a little kid's head like nothing I've seen before. Sort of a Gormenghast On The Prairie.......Brothers Grimm sucked three different kinds of fairy tale ass though.....sigh....
Aug. 6, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST
I'm with raw bean here, Gilliam and Burton over-rated Mr Gorilla? Did YOU sit through Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Brazil, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys? I'm not sure the marketing department is getting City Of Ember right but i think it looks interesting and i loved Monster House, only good 3D movie so far of the new wave.
Aug. 6, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST
Aug. 6, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST
Many similarities between the two stories, but hopefully different enough that they won't keep The Giver on hold after Ember comes out. With some luck they'll finally get off their asses and make that one, but City of Ember will do in the meantime.
Aug. 6, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
I swear I saw a monster tail in the trailer. It could have been someone dressed as one to scare the kids, just to add a bit of suspense to the film, but then it'd just taste like <i>The Village</i> and that's not good. But I just hope it still carries on the main themes of the book and events. Other than that tail, I really enjoyed the trailer.
Aug. 6, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
It was in the footage Kenan showed us. Pretty standard-issue CG monster attack, and by far the least interesting element of the movie.
Aug. 6, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST
DOOM often dreams of trains when DOOM is alone.<p> DOOM rides on them into another zone.<p> DOOM dreams of them constantly,<p> Heading for that fool Richards,<p> Or his accursed wife,<p> Or that idiot Johnny Storm,<p> Or at least the infernal H.E.R.B.I.E.!<p>
Aug. 6, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST
Tropic Thunder co-writer to work on Iron Man 2.
Aug. 6, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST
by Balcony Fool
Nice pull, Beaks.
Aug. 7, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST
by Mr Gorilla
You are completely right - those films are brilliant, brilliant films. But why I sounded off (a bit too agressively, I'll agree) is that Burton and Gilliam are often lauded as visionary geniuses, and, quite simply, they are not. Carl Theodor Dreyer was a visionary. Stanley Kubrick was one. I think Terence Malik too. (And of course many others.) But having a sense for amazing production design- which Burton and Gilliam do - does not make them visionaries. Oh, and rawbean, if Burton's Apes 'reimagining' was a cut ABOVE standard passionless Hollywood fare, I'd hate to ever, EVER, see anything a cut BELOW it. I'll add one more thing: I think Johnny Depp is a wonderful actor, and I hate to see him pissing his talent away playing Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka.
Aug. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST
I believe that's 'Head in the SAND'... spellcheck is not the same as proof-reading :). In any case, I'm looking forward to this one.
Aug. 8, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST
Way to quote one of my fave singer-songwriters, Clarence! I saw him perform the whole of I Often Dream of Trains live a couple of months back, and it's definitely been one of the highlights of the year for me; ain't no one makes with the between song banter as well as Robyn.<p> Sterling stuff as ever, Beaksy. </p>
Aug. 9, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST
Not sure you caught it, but that was a pretty smart way of crediting the article's opening quote to Robyn Hitchcock. Though with The Lady Vanishes, Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest and Crom knows what else, the other 'cock wasn't adverse to trains either.
Aug. 10, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST