June 16, 1999, 1:41 a.m. CST
by JJ McClure
Brother Termite? What sort of half-cocked dumb-ass title is that? Your might as well call it "Mr Norringtons Shitheap"
June 16, 1999, 3:19 a.m. CST
Underground creatures come up and take powerful positions with humans, it's exactly the same but if Sayles is involved then I know it won't be like Blade thankfully. That is a dumb title though, it sounds like an animation Bug movie. I guess I'd think The Silence of the Lambs was a dumb title too if I didn't read the book or know what it's about, Anthony Hopkins thought it was a little kids movie when he first got the script. I hope Norrington doesn't use the "A-D-D" method of filmmakng again, combine Blade with Armageddon and it's like being spun around constantly for four hours which would cause me to throw up on my new DVD player resulting in a very pissed off AICN talkbacker!
June 16, 1999, 6:26 a.m. CST
If you've read the book, you'd realize that this is very much a character driven movie, not an FX driven movie. It has a lot of relevant social commentary even though it is set in ~2050. I think the main reason John Sayles was brought in was because of his deft touch with both scripts dealing with social class overtones and wonderful genre pieces (Brother from Another Planet is a gem)
June 16, 1999, 8:01 a.m. CST
James Cameron should make these three Schwarzenegger films be his next EVENTS. After all, they are the two GREATEST action people alive, so they should work together. Especially after taking a long break since TRUE LIES came out in 1994.
June 16, 1999, 8:26 a.m. CST
Don't dump on things you haven't a clue about. The title's dumb, but there's a reason for it. This isn't _Starship Troopers_. Listen, Brother Termite is NOTHING like Blade at all. It's more of a subtle, tongue-in-cheek satire. Aliens are in the White House, and have been since before Kennedy's time. They're all incredibly friendly, nice, polite to humans, and the thing is, it's not an act like umpteen alien invasion movies have shown. They're really very nice and proper. They're also exterminating the human race, and they kind of feel guilty about it. Look, I *know* it sounds stupid. I thought the premise was dumb myself before I read the book. Any lengthy discussion of the plot would sound like a lame X-Files ripoff, but it's not, and this book predates Mulder and Scully. It's very complex and nuanced, and I have no earthly idea how Sayles could hope to adapt it, but it's an ambitious undertaking. Personally, I think Patricia Anthony's _God's Fires_ would make a better movie. But go out and read her current novel, _Flanders_ now. It'll leave you shaken, I guarantee!
June 16, 1999, 9:25 a.m. CST
either They Live or Bucaroo Banzai II....too cool.....oh well this is a long way off.... :OP
June 16, 1999, 10:54 a.m. CST
by EVIL THE CAT
Actually, "Starship Troopers" wasn't "Starship Troopers" either. The movie was an excuse to get teen males excited with breasts, special effects and the lamest acting/dialogue this side of "Air America." The book was more of Heinlen's unusual and radical philosophy, not strictly a punch 'em up with alien bugs.
June 16, 1999, 11 a.m. CST
by Uncle Cracky
Belive me, I was excited about breasts long before I saw "Starship Troopers." Still am, in fact. Mmmmmmm... so soft...
Of course, we all know I meant to write "Believe."
June 16, 1999, 11:09 a.m. CST
by JJ McClure
What can I say? I base my opinions of the title on the...er, title? Sounds rational to me. Just cause the book's good don't mean shit. Hell, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is a godawful title, no harm in changing that to Bladerunner, eh? My point exactly, sir!
June 16, 1999, 11:46 a.m. CST
Anthony's books are brilliant, Sayles is a god, and Cameron get take a big ole bite of my ass cause despite his presence, this movie will be great!
June 16, 1999, 1:03 p.m. CST
The title of the book is Brother Termite. But the author, Patricia Anthony, said on a few occasions that producers had told her they would be changing the title. At one point, wasn't it known as "Judgment Falls"? Personally, I hate that title, and having read the book, love BT, but i seriously doubt that they'll keep the title, especially since it sounds so campy and the book absolutely wasn't. On another note, I was happy to hear that in Sayles adaptation, he kept the book's ending. Let's hope it stays that way.
June 16, 1999, 5:42 p.m. CST
I just wanted to add that Rosie is a fat cow bitch... Thank you
June 16, 1999, 9:47 p.m. CST
Oh wow! If only John Sayles stays loyal to the book, incl the stunning ending........ Okay, change the title if you must, but just remember that "Flowers for Algernon" was a hell of alot better title than "Charlie" ever was. What's the timing on this?
Aug. 3, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST