April 5th, 2010


Update on Jason Momoa's CONAN movie

Jason Momoa is mentioned in USA Today today.


 On article on myth-based tales

Conan (Summer 2011)

Robert E. Howard's barbarian lives again in a new R-rated adventure that will be transferred into 3-D. The 6-foot-5 Hawaiian-born Jason Momoa (TV's Baywatch) follows in Arnold Schwarzenegger's muscular footsteps as the stoic Cimmerian who delivers payback for the murder of his father (Ron Perlman) and destruction of his village. "It's a simple story of revenge and love," says producer Avi Lerner, whose company also is doing a Red Sonja update and is eyeing a new Hercules. "Jason and Arnold are similar in that they are both very likable. The character is not always a nice person, yet the audience can forgive him for what he does."

exterminate, dalek

How could you NOT want to watch his movie??

I just read the VARIETY review of BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117942491.html?categoryid=31&cs=1

Some quotes....

"Birdemic: Shock and Terror" fails to deliver the terror, but more than compensates with shock -- i.e., the sounds of jaws falling to the floor in stunned disbelief, likely to be heard during pic's frequent acoustical dropouts. Howlingly bad films are a dime a dozen, but the evident Ed Wood-like sincerity with which writer-director James Nguyen lovingly crafted this compendium of cinematic don'ts gives it a goofy, almost surrealist charm. Attracting major media attention nationwide, delighting auds who clap along with the canned music and gasp aloud at the stunningly awful f/x, "Birdemic" has carved out a place in the pantheon of midnight movies.

......The film's first 40 minutes are strictly reserved for Romance and Normalcy. Rod, an ecologically minded software salesman (Alan Bagh, in a perf of truly awesome ineptitude) meets cheery, unassuming model Nathalie (Whitney Moore -- game, but no match for her cliche-riddled part). Their relationship quickly pays off, as Rod improbably closes a million-dollar deal from his dinky office cubicle while Nathalie, barely able to strike a pose, lands a gig as cover model for Victoria's Secret.

When the birds finally attack, amid much avian shrieking, leaving slashed or toxic-turd-covered corpses in their wake, our intrepid, environment-loving protagonists fight them off with bursts of rifle fire.

"Birdemic" displays all the revered hallmarks of hilariously bad filmmaking: inane dialogue (compounded by Vietnamese-born Nguyen's imperfect grasp of the language), miscued music, godawful sound (alternating between lines barely heard above the ambient noise and total silence), and special effects that simply must be seen to be believed: birds dive-bombing and exploding in red-and-yellow poofs of smoke, and clip-art eagles, crudely pasted on the screen, with only their wing tips mechanically flapping.

and upon doing some Googling, apparently the reviews pretty much agree...

"Why we should rejoice for Birdemic, AKA, the worst movie ever made' - http://www.theawl.com/2010/04/horror-chick-why-we-should-rejoice-for-birdemic-aka-%E2%80%98the-worst-horror-movie-ever-made%E2%80%99

Is Birdemic the new worst film of all time? - http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/unfiltered-lens/is-birdemic-the-new-worst-film-of-all-time.php

Birdemic: Shock and Terror, one more for the trash-terpiece heap - http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-03-30/film/birdemic-shock-and-terror-one-more-for-the-trash-terpiece-heap/

A cheesy horror turkey becomes a high-flying cult hit - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/movies/25birdemic.html

Anyway, does this NOT sound like a movie so suited for Saturday night on the SyFy channel? I think so. However, will see if it catch the tackiness/cheese quota of the B&W classic, "The Giant Claw"!

OMG, a hideously bad trailer! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnNvBucoNSY go to 1.30 mark or so for very very bad effects. Makes SyFy look Oscar-worthy!