FightCast – Round 1: Hitman and The Mist

FightCastThe life of a movie journalist isn’t nearly as exciting as one might expect. I spend most nights traveling to and from screenings, and I often find myself on the phone with my good friend and fellow journalist Alex Billington, who runs FirstShowing. We usually have very different opinions on movies and have always joked about hosting a podcast called FightCast, where we would fight it out over our movie views. After a year of talking, we’ve decided to start recording these conversions and put it online for you to listen. And that is what this is, two friends fighting it out over the latest movie releases. Ready for Round 1?!

If you’re looking for high production value, look elsewhere. This isn’t even a show, it’s a conversation between two film geeks. We’re still working out the kinks on this whole podcast, but we’re excited to launch the very first episode.

In this week’s FightCast, we battle it out over Hitman and The Mist, two big Thanksgiving films that opened just yesterday. Hitman is an R-rated action flick based on a video game that stars Timothy Olyphant and is directed by Xavier Gens. The Mist is a horror, thriller based on the Stephen King novel and is directed by Frank Darabont.

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The Mist

I got the weirdest press release in my email today. It was from the publicity company that handles The Weinstein Co’s releases stating that “Los Angeles was covered in a dense foggy mist last night,” joking that it might be a “publicity stunt” for Stephen King’s The Mist which hits theaters on Thanksgiving. So apparently now The Weinstein Co has found a way to control the weather. They are one step closer to world domination. But if only they could have figured out a way to get people to the theaters to see Grindhouse… Check out the full press release below.
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The Mist Movie Trailer #2

The Mist

Dimension Films has released a second movie trailer for Frank Darabont’s big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. One of our readers saw a test screening of the film last week. Here is what Sean said about the film:

“It was pretty good, not as good as you would think. The story left a lot of loose ends and the plot was predictable. Now , I didn’t see the finished product, but it was damn near done. the director was there and he said was 98% complete. Some of the CGI needs to be finished and the music refined. Overall it was a good movie, but not as good as I had hoped.”

Another one of my friends also just saw the film at ShowEast, and also reiterated that the movie was pretty good. Although, everyone seems to agree that the special effects still need a lot of work. Even the big giant bug things in the trailer look kinda lame. I’m also still not convinced that Darabont’s experiment with Shield-like documentary style cinematography was the best way to shoot this thing (I’m personally a fan of how Darabont shot the other King adaptations).

Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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Stephen King’s The Mist Movie Trailer

The Mist

At Comic-Con 2007, Frank Darabont premiered footage from his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist, and everyone (including myself) was not impressed. Stephen King adaptations are tough. They can either be really good, or really bad (heck, with The Shining, they made one of each).

Darabont definitely knows how to do it right. Find me one person who hated The Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile. Even my old man loved both of those flicks, and he’s a tough audience. But one of the things I’ve loved about all of Darabont’s films thus far was the amazing cinematography. It seems like he’s chosen to forgo the extensive set-ups to shoot most of The Mist with steadicam, utilizing both techniques and the crew of The Shield (if I remember correctly). But is this an experiment or a movie?

The new trailer is pretty impressive/intense (with exception of some of the computer generated effects) and features Clint Mansell’s awesome score from The Fountain soundtrack. Check it out after the jump, and share your thoughts.

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indy4med2.jpgGeorge Lucas says Harrison Ford will play his age in the upcoming Indiana Jones 4:

“He’s not running in any of the movies,” Lucas told USA Today. “He’s either on a horse or driving a car or a motorcycle. And he’ll play his age in this movie with what’s appropriate. The chases are more suspenseful than speedy. Like the rolling ball in the first film – it’s not that he’s running that fast, it’s that there’s a giant ball coming at him. And he will get beat up, which is a tradition for us.”

Lucas plans on having the first trailer in theaters for Thanksgiving. But we wonder what movie the trailer could possibly be attached to? Disney’s modern day princess story Enchanted? The Weinstein Co’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist? Neither sound likely. I bet the trailer will hit theaters one week earlier attached to Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. And isn’t that a Paramount Picture?
The filmmaker hopes to keep the movie’s official title under wraps until then. He also was very tight lipped about the filming locations, but teased that one will include a waterfall.

On the possibility of Indy’s father, Sean Connery, returning for another round, george says, “We’re still trying.”

On the casting of Cate Blanchett:

“That’s who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,” Lucas said. “I approved it because she seemed like a good idea. When I met her at the Academy Awards, I told her, ‘Hey, you work for me now!'”

Indiana Jones 4 Poster by Paul Shipper.