March 25th, 2005

bswing

The hills are alive....

I want to make movies like the Sound of Music.

Happy movies, full of life and music. Movies that people would watch over and over again, just because they make them feel good.

Yet my brain, as it so often does, conspires against me.

You see, all I can think of are rather morbid horror flicks. To wit:

Concept: A stop motion animated film about a beloved cat that get's hit by a car, and comes back as a demonic zombie. Only instead of using a puppet cat, use a real road-kill cat that progressively decays over the course of the movie. The free PETA publicity would guarantee a box office hit.

Concept: A debt-collector tries to collect on a Visa bill run up by a serial killer. The serial killer gets so pissed, he hunts down the debt-collector instead.

Concept: A group of soliders are injected with advanced experimental nanobots. The nanobots can rapidly repair gaping unshot wounds. However, they also use a tremendous amount of energy, and unless the soliders eat almost constantly, they get hungry. Very hungry. Did I mention they get stranded in the desert? Plus, if a soldier gets wounded too much, the nanobots start making mistakes...

Concept: It's the midterm future, and humans have evolved into DI's, distributed intelligences. A DI is a loosely cohesive intelligence (a "hive") spread among multiple physical entities (e.g. advanced robots). One of the DI's in the protagonist's hive becomes suicidal, and tries to kill off the rest of the hive. Hijinks ensue.

Sigh. Maybe I should write a musical? A heart-warming zombie musical. Screaming in the Rain? The Embalmer on the Roof?

I bet Julie Andrews would sign up for the "The Sound of Zombies."
bswing

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Via designdiva:



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I love dollar theaters. Or in this case, a "buck-fifty" theater. I went to the grand re-opening of the Carmike Blue Ridge 14 tonight. It's been closed since I moved here, undergoing reconstruction due to a fire. Saw "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events". I enjoyed the movie. The set's were absolutely gorgeous (one of the reasons I wanted to see it in the theater). The actors playing the Baudelaire children were superb, and Jim Carrey was his usual uncannily capable ham. Yet it didn't emotionally connect with me. I think they tried to fit too much into a single movie -- the movie conglomerates three of the books in the series into a single movie. As a result, you barely get to know the side characters before they're killed off. I think that it would've been more successful had they adapted one book at a time, as in the Harry Potter series.