Yes, Virginia, There Is A Gort

I just snagged this from Andy’s Digg feed (which I’ve been sadly behind on lately). It settles the question of whether or not there is a “Gort” character in the upcoming remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Moderator: What can you tell us about Gort?

Scott: Somewhere along the line there developed rumors that there was no Gort — there is definitely Gort. It wouldn’t be TDTESS with no Gort. We went through various visualizations…at least 100’s of possibilities. We ended up coming back not far from the original in the concept. I began to see the simple brilliance of the human form chosen by this alien. They’re still working on him — WETA is doing it.

WETA IS DOING IT? Ok, so now we know that they will at least get the Gort character right. WETA doesn’t do anything half-assed. The rest of the movie… well, we’ll wait and see…

The full text version of the FOX Studio panel at Comic-Con 2008 (including The Day The Earth Stood Still, Max Payne, and Wolverine “the movie”) can be found HERE. Spoilers abound! You’ve been warned.

Silent Observer

Silent Observer, originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

This little guy watched as we tore out all of the bushes, plans, and weeds along the East side of our house yesterday. When it came time to yank the vine that he was hanging out on, I moved him to a bush further back in the yard for safe keeping. He was oddly luminous, almost see-through though you can’t tell from this photo.

I know, I should have grabbed the 300mm macro, but at that point I just wanted to finish the damn job so that we could get cleaned up, cooled off, and head out see WALL-E for the second time.

Priorities. 🙂

REVIEW: Speed Racer (PG)

SPEED RACER will fail at the box office.

I liked the style, I liked the effects, I liked the actors – with the possible exception of Matthew Fox who is far to innocent looking when the mask is removed to pull of a character as brooding, thoughtful, mysterious and, yes, as hot as Racer X is supposed to be. I liked that they kept the funky schoo, schoo, schoo sound when the Mach 5 flips through the air, I liked that they paid the perfect amount of homage to the original SPEED RACER series – the first successful animé series ever to air on U.S. television (yes, I was a fan girl) – without it being overwhelming, and I liked Trixie.

This movie will not fail because of it’s sometimes overwhelming special effects, or it’s over-the-top comic book character acting, or the few parts that drag mercilessly. This movie will fail because it is stuck in Movie Purgatory – adults will not want to bother because of the PG rating and parents who take kids younger than teenagers will hate it because their kids don’t get half of the plot and end up squirming and fidgeting all through the movie.

I can say this with such conviction because I saw it happen with my own eyes in my local theater just last night. Every child under 13 or 14 in that theater was quickly bored. They liked the scenes with Spritle and Chim Chim because they will be able to identify with the characters, but that leaves about 90% of the movie going over their heads. The racing scenes are cool enough, but are cut so fast and tight that it’s hard to keep up with them, or keep interested, at some points.

All in all, I look forward to getting SPEED RACER – the original 1970’s animé series – on DVD. The movie? Not so much.







REVIEW: Iron Man (PG-13)

I will now give you my un-biased opinion of the movie IRON MAN:


You know how sometimes you’ll go to a movie and it will be good… or even great… but there are always one or two little things that you’d change, or take out, or put in, or enhance? Perhaps you’d change the ending. Or maybe the whole thing is just that slightest bit implausible, even though you know all along that it’s supposed to be happening in an alternate universe, or an alternate ‘now.’ I’ve seen IRON MAN twice in the past week and I can confidently say that I wouldn’t change a single damn thing.

As superhero movies go, IRON MAN easily makes the Top 5 of all time on my list….. What? Oh, alright then, without further adieu I give you:


  1. Superman
  2. Batman Begins
  3. Batman
  4. Iron Man
  5. Spiderman
  6. The X-Men (hon. mention)
  7. The Incredibles (hon. mention)

Yes, I know, you’re looking at me funny for giving the original BATMAN movie (starring Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton) any credence at all. You’re also wondering about my sanity for including an honorable mention for THE INCREDIBLES. Right? Well then, make your own list and leave it in the comments. I’m willing to defend my list in an open and frank discussion… are you? 🙂

Like all of the best superhero movies, IRON MAN contains actual plot, human emotion, humor, a touch of sci-fi, great (but in no way overwhelming) special effects, good guys, bad guys, current issues, and top-notch acting. Give IRON MAN the treatment it deserves and see it on the big screen. You will not be disappointed.

KATIE RATING: 10 of 10







Spray, originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

Thank God It’s Thursday, that is.

I have Thursdays off now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m finding that I like tooling around doing my thing during the day when everyone else is at work. The neighborhood is quiet, the touristy places around town are quiet, the parks are quiet, and the stores are quiet. It’s all good.

After purchasing a new metal-tined rake (and then discovering upon my return home that I already replaced my broken metal rake last season) I headed back over to Aman Park to take an “after” photo of the bush with the bright buds pictured HERE. Then I topped off my day by going to see the sneak-peek of IRON MAN with The Man and three of our geekiest friends. You know who you are.

The movie was wonderful and it instantly became one of my favorite super hero movies.

I was a bit weirded out when I first heard last year that Robert Downey Jr. would be playing the lead role as Tony Stark / Iron Man but I should have known better. He’s an excellent actor working with an excellent script and a good director and the result is well worth the $8.50 to see on the big screen (unlike, say, the last X-MEN movie).

If super hero movies are your thing then definitely make the effort to see this in the theater.



Atonement (R)

How can I write this without blushing? No, not about the sex – anyone who has seen the trailer knows about that – no, I’m blushing about the cinematography this time.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it was better than the sex… and the sex wasn’t bad! I have admired cinematography in movies plenty of times in the past. But rarely I have ever been so impressed that I’ve come straight home to the computer to find out WHO was behind the camera, WHAT he has done before this work, and HOW SOON I can get my hands on projects of his that I haven’t seen before. In this case the answers are: Seamus McGarvey; Enigma, Wit, The Hours, and High Fidelity; oh, and not soon enough!

Hey, Seamus, betcha didn’t know that you’re my new movie hero.

What? Oh, right, the movie… The movie was great in a sort of A River Runs Through It kind of way — wonderful to watch unfold, riveting, captivating, devastating in some ways, beautiful to look at and underpinned by a strong, compelling story.

The director, Joe Wright of Pride & Prejudice fame did some stunning work here. I mentioned above that the movie “unfolds” but that word doesn’t do it justice. He employs some great fresh tricks of time to tell certain parts of the story, and he uses them very effectively. (You know that the director has successfully commanded your attention when you find yourself muttering “Oh my God… OH MY GOD… go! Go! For God sakes GO!!” in the middle of the theater even though you consider talking out loud during a movie the highest level of sacrilege punishable by life-long theatrical exile. I’m just saying.) No one around me seemed to notice. I think they were all muttering too.

I need to and will own this movie, if only to be able to go back and revisit the library scene (no, no for the cinematography!!!) and the amazing continuous shot scene of James McAvoy and two of his comrades walking through the chaos on the beach at Dunkirk early in WWII. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that scene. Ever.

Happy surprises: Brenda Blethyn in a small role as the housekeeper, and later in the film a brief and devastating performance by Vanessa Redgrave.

Do this movie justice and see it in the theater. It deserves a big screen and a decent bag of hot popcorn.



Celebrity Status

Celebrity Status
Originally uploaded by Mac Girl

Men want me, women want to BE me! ~Austin Powers (paraphrased)

I love going to the movies. Love.

On April 20, 2007 as I stood in line for tickets to “Hot Fuzz” I found out about an as-yet unknown “elite” group of Celebration Cinema movie club members. “Celebrities” got even better rewards for their patronage than I did.

I had a new goal.

700+ points later – I only needed 500 but I wanted to make sure, right? – I am now a Celebration Cinema Celebrity with all that the position entails. Pretty freakin’ cool!

I love it when a plan comes together.