The trailer is out for Where The Wild Things Are watch it above. The movie is an adaptation of the classic children's book by the same name. The movie is scheduled for release October 16th, 2009.
Max, a disobedient little boy sent to his room without his supper. He then creates his own fantasy world. A forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures. He then befriends a large monster called Carol, who helps him understand the meaning of love.
Where the Wild Things Are is a picture book and was a favorite of mine growing up. I was an unruly child who felt a lot like Max because I was often getting punished. This book is a must have for any parent with children as it will help the unruly child relate to Max and to understand that even though they are being punished their parents still love and miss their child.
Get your copy of Where the Wild Things Are here though Amazon
H P Lovecraft Goes Where The Wild Things Are
As a young child I grew up reading Where The Wild Things Are, it was one of my favorite books. Latter on I found the glories of H. P. Lovecraft’s gelatinous writings as it oozed into my brain. Now there is no need to wait thanks to the glorious warped mind of Kenneth Hite. Where the Deep Ones Are is a parody mashup of Where The Wild Things are and The Shadow Over Innsmouth! It’s a 32 page full-color illustration.
After greedily yelling for more fish, young Bobby is sent to his bedroom without any supper at all. But Bobby escapes when the Manuxet River runs right through his room, carrying an old boat that takes him to a magical town full of fish and slimier things ... the town of Innsmouth. Will Bobby join the wild rumpus under the sea, and be crowned the most Deep One of all?
To add to that delightful weird fun they also put out a free PDF coloring book. Now when I'm scribbling, jabbering mad on a piece of paper my friends and family will understand what it’s about since there were lines to begin with. Get the Free Deep Ones Coloring Book here!
Thanks very much to Heidi for turning my attention to this monstrously fun book.
Theater or Renter: May 2010
Theater or Renter: May 2010 includes five SF movies Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Shrek Forever After, Prince of Persia, Survival of the Dead. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Iron Man 2:
Release Date: May 7th
Listed as: Action, Superhero Film
Studio: Marvel Studios
Director: Jon Favreau
Produced by: Kevin Feige, Avi Arad, Susan Downey
Written by: Justin Theroux
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson
The Plot / Story: Sequel to Iron Man it's six months latter. The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts and James "Rhodey" Rohdes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces, Whiplash and Justin Hammer.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Theater: I will have to watch this in the theater because the first Iron Man was so good. I have great concerns about this movie based on the Terrence Howard scandal and advertising. I'm very unhappy with switching Rohdey from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle. This looks like a repeat of the first movie but with two Iron mans in it and multiple iron mongers as villains. They even went to the point of making a rival weapons merchant who wants to do Tony Stark in through the business world, hrmmm sounds familiar. Here is hoping that I am wrong.
Release Date: May 14th
Listed as: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe
Written by: Screenplay: Brian Helgeland Story: Brian Helgeland, Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
Stars: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Kevin Durand, Mark Addy, William Hurt, Danny Huston, Max von Sydow
The Plot / Story: It is late 12th century England and Sir Robin Longstride, Earl of Huntington, has returned to his northern English village after fighting in the Third Crusade. Upon arrival, the nobleman and his servant discover the oppression caused by the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Sir Robin uses his intelligence and military skills to free his home village from tyranny and corruption in England, by taking back what is rightfully his, and by taking back what rightfully is theirs, to restore justice and happiness to England. Robin must also win the affection of the recently widowed Lady Marian while leading his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest to victory and fairness. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Renter: This looks like they are just trying desperately to capitalize off of gladiator and I'm not a big fan Russell Crow or his movies. On the plus side: Cate Blanchett, William Hurt and a movie with sword play in it. This is probably a renter though if I have time or the early reviews turn out to be good I may switch to Theater.
Shrek Forever After:
Release Date: May 21
Listed as: Fantasy, Comedy
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Director: Mike Mitchell
Produced by: Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng, Andrew Adamson, Aron Warner, John H. Williams
Written by: Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke, Ryan Harris
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake
The Plot / Story: After all of his adventures, Shrek has become a domesticated family ogre. Instead of scaring villagers away as he used to, Shrek agrees to autograph pitchforks. Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre", Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker, Rumpelstiltskin. After signing the contract, Shrek discovers he has been tricked, and the day Rumpelstiltskin took out of Shrek's life was the day that he was born-meaning that he never existed. Now, stuck in a twisted alternate version of Far Far Away where he has to gather the gang and fix everything. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Theater: I have loved all of the Shrek movies and expect to really enjoy this as well.
Prince of Persia:
Release Date: May 21
Listed as: action, adventure, fantasy
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Mike Newell
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by: Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
The Plot / Story: Based on the game Prince Of Persia. Dastan is a street urchin in 6th century Persia. Adopted by the king as his heir after showing valor in battle in hopes of keeping the king’s two sons from fighting over the throne. Dastan teams up with Princess Tamina to rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that controls time, from the hands of the villainous nobleman, Nizam.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Theater: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time only caught a passing interest from me. Movies based on games tend to be a hit and miss venture. Add to that Disney's involvement and this project had caution written all over it, that is until I watched the trailer above. I’m now excited about Prince of Persia. The effects looks good. I like the use of a broader variety of weaponry especially the more exotic ones. The trailer does a nice job of setting up the back and forth between Dastan and Princess Tamina, even if a bit cliche.
Survival of the Dead:
Release Date: May 21
Listed as: Zombie movie
Studio: Independent Production
Director: George A. Romero
Produced by: Paula Devonshire
Written by: George A. Romero
Stars: Alan van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Athena Karkanis
The Plot / Story: It's a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. Plum Island is a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie apocalypse. Over time the two clans become sharply divided: The O'Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept "alive" until a cure is found. Added unto this situation wander a small group of National Guard soldiers who, after robbing the protagonists of the previous film, have decided to strike out on their own in an effort to survive. Survival of the Dead follows the thieving National Guardsmen characters who briefly appeared in Diary of the Dead. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Renter: working against this movie is that it's a zombie flick which has been done to undead and like the creatures they feature just won't go away and give me a rest. That said it's a George A. Romero movie, this is a huge plus. Romero created the zombie genera and the best zombie movies. This may be enough to move this movie to theater status and at least makes it a renter.
Theater or Renter: Arpil 2010
Theater or Renter: April includes five SF movies Clash of the Titans, Date Night, Kick-Ass, The Losers, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Clash of the Titans:
Release Date: April 1
Listed as: epic fantasy
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Director: Louis Leterrier
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, Kevin De La Noy, Richard D. Zanuck
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Stars: Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelson, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Pete Postelthwaite, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson
The Plot / Story: Based on the 1981 film Clash of the Titans . Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat the Kraken and then get revenge on Hades. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades will be awesome. I loved the original Clash of the Titans and have hopes that this one will be an epic like the first. They even have a budget to make the effects look great but the trailers haven’t supported the hope.
Release Date: APRIL 9th
Listed as: Comedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Produced by: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
Written by: Josh Klausner
Stars: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Ray Liotta, Taraji P. Henson, Leighton Meester
The Plot / Story: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their "date nights" of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they'll never forget. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Between Theater Renter: Date night will be a theater if I have time to catch it in the theater otherwise it is a renter. The idea of Liz Lemon and Michael Scott together makes me laugh so much even if I realize these characters are probably not quite the same. Tina Fey and Steve Carell crack me up so I expect this to be a fun and funny movie. I'm also curious to see if Date Night is more like Adventures in Babysitting then the typical comedies we find in the theaters today.
Release Date: APRIL 16th
Listed as: comic book movie
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar
Stars: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe moretz, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage
The Plot / Story: based on the comic book Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. a typical teenage boy, wonders why no one has ever decided to become a real-life superhero like the heroes in the comic books. Despite the fact that he has zero superpowers, he looks to reincarnate himself as a crime-fighting superhero named Kick-Ass. His decision inspires a subculture of copy cats, put his life in danger, and unite him with a similarly minded father-daughter duo. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: the trailers look really funny. The premise of a regular person stepping up for what is right and inspiring others to take his lead is also a plus.
Release Date: APRIL 23rd
Listed as: action based on comic
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Sylvain White
Produced by: Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, Kerry Foster
Written by: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
The Plot / Story: An adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics' comic book series The Losers. Five members of an elite United States Special Forces team are sent into the Bolivian jungle. The team find themselves the target of a betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Believed to be dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Between Theater Renter: I lovingly think of this movie as the B-Team copy of the A-Team m0vie. The story and even characters are similar. That said The Loosers trailer did make me laugh more which hurts a little to say as a fan of the A-Team. I don't have big expectations for the film but from the trailer it looks fun so if I'm not able to catch it in the theater I will put it on the rent list.
A Nightmare on Elm Street:
Release Date: APRIL 30th
Listed as: Slasher, Horror, Reboot
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Samuel Bayer
Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
Written by: Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer
Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz
The Plot / Story: A reboot of the 1980’s movie Nightmare on Elm Street. A group of parents hunt down and murder a local stalker. The children of the suburban parents are being haunted in their dreams by a horribly disfigured killer known as Freddy Krueger. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: I'm a big fan of Nightmare on Elm Street and in it's case a reboot makes more sense because Freddy was finally defeated in six. I am concerned about my reactions to a non Robert Englund Freddy but the trailers look really good.
I Was Max From Were the Wild Things Are
I loved reading Where the Wild Things Are as a child because I was Max.
Going on grand adventures with my vivid imagination, wandering into the wilds of the woods near my parents house. Running through fields, jumping across rivers and having to balance myself while crossing a fallen tree over a gorge, this was a typical day for me.
I wasn’t intentionally a problem child just too creative for my own good and constantly in trouble. One time I decided to make my own dye to color a shirt. Gathering up various berries, crushing them into a dye and coloring my shirt. This would not have been particularly vexing adventure for a parent except that in the process I colored my shirt, the nice bathroom curtains, walls, floor, tub and one child now a beautiful array of purple and red.
As you can guess I was in terrible trouble. Sent to my room with no supper. Angry and confused. Why didn’t my parents love me? I asked myself. Thoughts of running away went through my head but then I noticed the new book that I got for my birthday, Where the Wild Things Are.
Instantly, I identified with Max, his vivid imagination, sense of adventure and parental problems. The book helped me to realize that my parents do love me but they discipline me to help me become better. I didn’t run away. After that day when I got into trouble, including the dueling pit of doom, I understood they love me.
If you have not read this book, get it, read it. It is beneficial to both parents and children alike.
Theater or Renter: October 2009
Theater or Renter: October 2009 includes five SF movies Zombieland, The Invention of Lying, Where the Wild Things Are, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Astro Boy. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Release Date: 2 October 2009
Listed as: Action, Comedy, Horror
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Produced by: Gavin Polone
Written by: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin
The Invention of Lying:
Release Date: 2 October 2009
Listed as: Comedy, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros., Universal Pictures
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Produced by: Ricky Gervais, Dan Lin, Lynda Obst, Oly Obst
Written by: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey
The Plot / Story: Set in an alternate reality we ask what if everyone can only tell the truth except for a lone writer who tells the world's first lie and learns to wield it's power for personal gain. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Where the Wild Things Are:
Release Date: 16 October 2009
Listed as: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Spike Jonze
Produced by: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John B. Carls, Vincent Landay
Written by: Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers Picture book: Maurice Sendak
Stars: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker
The Plot / Story: Based on the Children's picture book by Maurice Sendak. Follow the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max. A rambunctious and sensitive boy, Max feels misunderstood at home. When his mother sends him to his room for misbehaving he runs away. Finding a boat he sails to an island inhabited by monsters called Wild things. There they crown max as their ruler. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant:
Release Date: 23 October 2009
Listed as: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Paul Weitz
Produced by: Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by: Novel: Darren Shan Screenplay: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Michael Ceveris
The Plot / Story: Based on the first three books of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan. A fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Release Date: OCTOBER 23rd
Listed as: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: David Bowers
Produced by: Maryann Garger
Written by: Timothy Harris
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Madeline Carroll, Matt Lucas
The Plot / Story: Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost. The new boy unable to meet the man's expectations, he embarks on a journey in search of acceptance. Becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, and experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)