Speed Racer – What Did You Think?

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Speed Racer

Okay, so Speed Racer hit theaters nationwide today. Most movie critics are slamming The Wachowski Brother’s latest film (35% on Rotten Tomatoes). I actually had a lot of fun, but was left exhausted. I very much appreciated the cinematography and editing which made the movie look and feel like a live action anime, but felt the story was lacking. But enough about me…

I want to know what you thought of the movie. Leave your mini review in the comments below!

Speed Racer

You can now watch the first seven minutes of Speed Racer in High Definition over on Yahoo! Movies.

Speed Racer is sure to polarize audiences. I saw the film with a group of five people, and the resulting opinions were across the board. One of the guys expected to hate it and ended up loving it. And for another one of my friends, it was the complete opposite. Speaking for myself, I was expecting very little going into the screening, and I had a lot more fun than I ever could have expected. The Wachowski Brothers have created a live action anime that is bright, and sometimes visually assaulting. A nudge over two hours, you will leave the theater extremely exhausted from ADD overload. The Wachowski Brothers have created a film unlike anything that has ever been seen before. You have to respect this film from a pure filmmaking perspective. I would even go as far as saying that Speed Racer is a great movie. But at the end of the day, it’s still just a great movie about Speed Racer. And yes, it could have been 25 minutes shorter.

Three Minutes of Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Warner Bros has released three minutes of Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer online. Think you’ve seen the crazy cinematography of the wacked out action sequences in the trailers? Think again. This new clip shows how it’s all cut together with insane non-stop transitions and I’m actually surprised at how much it actually plays like a cartoon. Check out the clip below.

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Street Racer created by The Asylum

Street RacerThe Pitch: The Asylum, a direct-to-dvd production company responsible for producing cheap knock-offs of the latest big budget Hollywood movies (termed “Knockbusters) takes on Speed Racer with a movie that looks more like a film from The Fast and the Furious series. The Asylum’s past titles include: Transmorphers, Snakes on a Train, I Am Omega, Da Vinci Treasure, Temple of the Skulls, HG Wells’ War of the Worlds, AVH: Alien vs. Hunter, Monster (the Cloverfield rip) and Pirates of Treasure Island.

“After serving time for a tragic accident, in which a young boy is crippled, an illegal street racer finds himself dragged back into the world of high speed competition on the side streets and highways of Los Angeles.”

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Could the Twilight Teaser Trailer Save Speed Racer?


Even our box office analysts are predicting a disappointing opening for Speed Racer. But what industry analysts don’t know is that the first teaser trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s big screen adaptation of Twilight will be attached to the Wachowski Brothers film, this according to Collider. Twilight is, of course, the first of a series of best-selling novels about teenage vampires. We first really discovered this film last week when /Film was bombarded with over 1400 comments from fans of the series. The last book knocked Harry Potter out of the top spot on the Best-sellers list, so I’m thinking this could be pretty big. One thing is for sure, there is a huge hardcore fan following on the internet. But could that translate to huge box office? Speed Racer will be the first huge test to see how big Twilight actually is. If that film performs higher than expected, it could be due to “the Twilight effect”. But will Twilight fans be able to save Speed and the Racer family? That has yet to be seen.

Twilight tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together… even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. Their unorthodox romance puts her in physical danger when Edward’s nemesis comes to town and sets his sights on Bella.

Now you might be saying to yourself, how could someone screw up the classic Speed Racer theme song? The answer comes in a 3-minute music video of the newly revamped version of the Go Speed Racer Go theme song as performed by Ali Dee and the Deekompressors. I swear, this new music video makes me want to vomit. The Playlist calls it ” 3-minute of painful ear damage” and Paul Scheer points focus to the song’s “awesome” lyrics such as “I tear up every party I’m at”. Ughhh. Check out the video below.

Page 2 for April 24th 2008

X-Files XzibitHere is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Collider has the first photos of Xzibit from X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Film School Rejects has obtained footage of the Ninja from Ask a Ninja talking about Fanboys.

Shock has a couple borring photos of Megan Fox on the set of Jennifer’s Body.

Actress Lindsay Lohan’s 14-year-old kid sister, Ali, has been cast in a film based on R.L. Stine’s pre-teen book series “Mostly Ghostly.” [THR]

Last week at a Back to the Future screening in Florida, writer/producer Bob Gale announced that Universal was working on a Blu-ray release of the classic 80’s film: “I dont’ know when it’s coming out yet, but I was involved in the mastering of this tape, so I can tell you that it looks absolutely beautiful!” [bttf]

Speed Racer in Times SquareKungFuRodeo has a photo of the Speed Racer advertisement in Times Square.

You can now listen to Fergie’s Sex and the City theme, but why would you want to. [badandugly]

Fox 2000 has hired Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman to write a re-imagining of Brian De Palma’s 1978 supernatural thriller The Fury. [scifi]

Adriana Barraza
(Babel) has been cast in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. [Bloody-disgusting]

Juno generated an estimated $8.4 million in its first week of release on DVD. [THR]

Christina Ricci feels that the marketing campaign for Black Snake Moan exploited woman. No duh! [starpulse]

Yoko Ono has filed suit against the filmmakers of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” for the unauthorized use of John Lennon’s classic 1971 song, “Imagine.” [theplaylist]

Speed Racer: 34 Production Photos

Speed Racer

Warner Bros has released a final batch of Speed Racer production photos. We’ve included all 34 photos below. As always, click on the images to enlarge.
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Page 2 for April 22nd 2008

Indiana Jones 4 Billboard

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull billboards in Los Angeles are out of control. [Rejects]

Louis Leterrier is downplaying The Incredible Hulk dispute with actor/screenwriter Edward Norton and Marvel: “It’s so unsettling, because it’s not true.” [Sci-Fi]

Joe Carnahan will be shooting a big portion of Killing Pablo in Colombia, “which is really the only place you should make that film.”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Empire Magazine has new photos from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Joel Silver says the Wachowski Brothers have ideas for Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin sequels. Let’s wait for the first films to be released and or filmed before we start talking about sequels, please. [Collider]

Enter to win the One Missed Call sweepstakes.

Baghead PosterCinematical has the poster for The Duplass Brother’s Sundance hit Baghead.

LatinoReview has a script review of Chris Bertolini’s Battle: Los Angeles which was recently picked up by Columbia and is set to shoot sometime this year: “Uninspired, predictable, logic-defying ending.”

Virginia Madsen has signed on to co-star in the Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia for Fox Searchlight. Snor. [Variety]

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) has replaced Thomas Kretschmann as the voice of Johann Kraus in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. [CS]

The Pixar Story will be released on DVD in June. [pixarblog]

The Strangers Movie PosterSTYD has the poster for The Strangers, Rogue Pictures’ home invasion film starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.

Marvel Comics announced that it will publish a comic-book series based on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game book series. [scifi]

Michael Moore
has announced his support for Barack Obama, which is expected considering he slammed Clinton in SiCKO?

Production has started in Connecticut this week on an untitled contemporary comedy directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. [CS]

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New Speed Racer Featurette

Speed Racer

And the Speed Racer pre-release marketing won’t stop. Warner Bros has released another 4-minute long featurette that includes a ton of new footage intercut with cast and crew interviews. I’d say more, but I’ve already said enough in the 4-Minute movie trailer post from earlier today. Check it out below.

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Watch the new featurette in High Definition on Apple.com. Speed Racer hits theaters on May 9th.