Elizabethtown trailer

Just the other day I posted my thoughts on the internet-only “first look” at Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown. Today brings the actual official trailer. Is it as good as the earlier clip montage? No, but that’s just because the trailer looks like it was put together by the studio whereas the clip looked like it was worked out, timed and edited by Crowe himself.

I don’t know what the running time is or is going to be for this movie but I really hope it’s three hours or so like the director’s Almost Famous. The more Crowe storytelling the better. His films are always tight and have very little fat on them.

–Chris

[Thanks to Cinematical for the heads-up.]

2046 poster and official website

2046, the new movie from director Wong Kar-Wai, now has a poster and official web site courtesy of Sony Classics.

The poster is pretty cool visually and definitely conveys the fact that this movie is a bit on the trippy side with its panels of disconnected images. The site is pretty full of content, including a photo gallery, the trailer and more. Considering this is a foreign film I’d guess there won’t be a whole lot more content added between here and the release.

–Chris

Night Watch 2 trailer

I have no idea what is going on this trailer since I haven’t seen the first one and don’t, you know, speak Russian. Despite that this looks pretty cool. It’s got action, it’s got sex, it’s got what looks like a vaguely supernaturally tone. All set against post-communism Eastern Europe backdrops. Pretty cool.

–Chris

[Thanks to FilmRot for the heads-up.]

I’m doing the iPod dance right now…

Actually, no I’m not? Want to know why?

First a brief digression: I just got my iPod (60GB) about 2 1/2 weeks ago and absolutely love it. Almost all my free time at home now includes ripping CSs to iTunes for eventual transfer. I bring it to work and listen to it there. I’m listening to albums I own but haven’t heard in years because moving CDs from home to work to listen to is just too clunky a process.

Last night the first thing I did when I fired up the computer was download and install iTunes 4.9 since I was excited about the support for podcasts. Immediately after installation I subscribed to For Immediate Release and downloaded the show. After ripping a dozen more CDs I plugged in my iPod as I was about to hit the sack to let it sync with iTunes overnight.Imagine my frustration when I woke up this morning, came down to grab the iPod and saw ABSOLUTELY NO MUSIC ON THE THING!!!! I plugged it in again and iTunes quickly told me that my iPod was updated and I could unplug it. There should have been 16GB of music and podcasts on there. But there wasn’t. Want to know why?

I didn’t think that since this was new iTunes software I might have to also download and install a new version of iPod Updater. This didn’t occur to me until I was walking to work, but it also does not appear on the Apple website. Shouldn’t this be included in the software and not a seperate component that people can overlook and forget? I’m not saying it wasn’t dumb of me not to think about this when I was doing it but some sort of note should be on the site at the very least alerting people they should do this immediately after downloading the new iTunes software.

Did this happen to anyone else?

–Chris

[Cross posted at Public Relations Ramblings.]

Movie Journal: Batman Begins

Warner Bros. certainly had their hands full in relaunching the Batman franchise. Overcoming so much ill-will was not going to be easy. And, I’m happy to report, they succeeded.

Batman Begins is not meant to be an extension of the series, first directed by Tim Burton and then by Joel Schumacher, that ran from 1989 to 1997. It ignores all the plot points set up in those films and starts Batman off from scratch to great effect. Jettisoned are nipples (aside from those sticking out from under Katie Holmes’ shirts) and neon facades. In their place are dark brown rusty tones and serious psychological issues. Most reviewers, including Pete Vonder Harr, have made note of fear being the central theme of the movie. I don’t have anything to add to his or other comments on this point so I’ll leave it to you to read them and get the point.

What I thought was the best part of the movie was the performances from all, save Holmes, the lead actors. Not only does Christian Bale acquit himself more than adequately as a wayward spoiled rich kid who eventually finds some measure of tranquility in donning a bat’s mask but everyone else is just as strong. Michael Caine pulls a Harrison Ford and gets more out of the role than might have been on the page. Cilian Murphy is incredibly believable as a doctor gone psycho. Gary Oldman plays a very believable good Chicago cop without allowing in any of the cliches that so often dominate these types of roles. Liam Neeson especially shows what a great job he might have been able to do as Qui-Gon Jinn if it weren’t for an awkward script and almost no direction. It’s an incredible cast and you can see why they were able to get past whatever trepidations they might have had about being in a comic book adaptation.

My main thought after coming out of hte theater: I can’t wait to see it again.