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Our amigos at First Showing directed us to these new lysergic images from the Wachowski BrothersSpeed Racer. The still above makes me want to sink into an altered state and get a $50 car wash with a $5 Sweet Pear air freshener. That’s a first. These images will appear in an upcoming cover story of EW, complete with fresh explanations of the film’s divisive green screen special effects included below. Every time we scoff at this movie, it pulls Slashfilm back in (and vice versa)!

“If these photos are looking a bit more two-dimensional than usual, that’s by design. The Wachowskis “wanted to incorporate some of the limitations of ’60s cell animation in the movie,” says Leo. Explains fellow effects supervisor Kim Libreri: “The backgrounds are mostly from photographic elements that have been shot from locations around the world [and then] intensely processed to be super-colorful and super-contrasty.”

“Do you remember the 1980s video game Outrun,” asks Libreri, “with the palm trees flying past? A lot of the movie looks like that. But instead of using painted elements that they used the early days [of anime]. there are actually photographic elements flying past the road.”

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More images and “car-fu” effects descriptions after the hop…

Discuss: Not sure about you, but I think Kim Libreri’s Out Run reference is quite ace. Is there another film that did the “candy store aesthetic” better than what you’ve gleamed from Speed Racer?

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Early Review of the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer

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An early review of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski‘s Speed Racer has popped up over at AICN and the anonymous reviewer reports that the film might not be rated G after all. He’s saying PG-13.

“No, as it stands there is cursing in it, which shocked my roommate and I because we heard that they were gunning for the G rating as well. They say “ass” about 3 or 4 times, “shit” at least once, and Spritle flips off another character. Not sure if that’s all going to be edited out, but one or two scenes, it seemed impossible to do so, as it would change a lot. But I’m sure that they will figure out something, maybe alternate takes of the same scenes. I just don’t understand why they would include them if they planned on going for a G eventually anyways.”

The guy goes on to say he’s not a big fan of the directors (latter two Matrixes sucked et al.) and wasn’t expecting much from the lysergic life-as-cartoon style seen in the trailer. He expresses mild shock at how unfinished the film’s special effects are (it’s due in May), but overall, says it should play gangbusters and expects the finished result to be “jawdropping.” And no, he doesn’t sound like a plant to me.

“It’s hoaky, corny, and completely defies reality, sure. But it is done so well that it truly was entertaining. Exactly what a family summer movie should be. The race sequences are some of the most kinetic and intense that I have ever seen (even when it is just shitty cartoon pre-vis renderings flying around on the tracks). The action was so intense and crazy in parts that seriously it made the Matrix movies seem like you’re watching a Gus Van Sant art film.”

One scene that sounds particularly inspired…

“Then immediately we flash back to Speed as a kid trying to take a test in grade school, but he just cant seem to concentrate, all he can think about is racing, so he pretends to race through the test. We literally see his imagination come to life as he races a childishly drawn race car past other crudely drawn race cars.”

Discuss: How well do you think Speed Racer will perform this summer at the box office compared to The Dark Knight and Wall-E?  

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The ambiguity of this news is just so ninja. Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski and their director protege James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) will likely soon begin filming a movie called Ninja Assassin with Korean pop star Rain (né Jung Ji-hoon) in the lead. Rain will be seen in the duo’s hyperactive Speed Racer and he previously starred in Park Chan-wook’s I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK. And a sure signifier that this film will be traditionally epic in scale: the team’s producing partner Joel Silver is latched on as well.

Like a succinct message of death attached to a door with a ninja star, no plot synopsis or details were given. I’m not familiar with Rain’s music, but he’s recording a new take on the song “Kung Fu Fighting” for Dreamworks’ absolutely dreadful looking Kung Fu Panda.

In your opinion, what is the definitive ninja movie? And if Ninjia Gaiden fought Shinobi, who would win?

Source Link: Variety /First Showing