Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Release The Kraken!



Kraken is a bit Rankoresque. Not a bad thing.

13 comments:

Tom Carroll said...

Oh well. If it DID have a cute mechanical owl named Bubo, it would be eaten in a single bite, swatted from the skies like a robotic baseball, or rendered into atomic grist by any number of gargantuan CG creatures within a matter of minutes. I mourn Harryhausen's and Schneer's earlier vision.

That being said, the scorpions look way cool.

Anonymous said...

Bland video game looking monsters. They may be BIGGER and ok but Nothing like the Harryhausen ones. At least those have a sense of visual style in looking at them and are forever iconic. These will fall on the trash heap with all the other remake monsters. P. Jackson's KONG anybody. WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THAT DAMN IRRITATING MUSIC? God, the death of the film score is surely upon us.

rickart said...

I think it's probably naive to believe that if Harryhausen was born 50 years later that he wouldn't be making films using CG. Also, lets be fair... Clash of the Titans isn't on a par with the Jason and the Argonauts or the Sinbad films to begin with. I think there is some room for improvement.

To my eye, this looks kinda fun. I'm a sucker for Greek mythology, so I'm looking forward to this.

As far as the soundtrack is concerned, it's pretty typical these days for trailers to use what ever is handy. No doubt the music in this trailer is from various sources. I like some of the soundtracks that accompany films these days, especially Thomas Newman's efforts.

All that said, it will probably make mincemeat out of the source material, both Harryhausen and the Greek versions. I can forgive that if its not stupid, too.

Anonymous said...

"I think it's probably naive to believe that if I think it's probably naive to believe that if Harryhausen was born 50 years later that he wouldn't be making films using CG. was born 50 years later that he wouldn't be making films using CG."

Not the point. Harryhausen's CGI would have style as well. 1 man, 1 vision. That's what makes his stuff great. Not monsters designed by committee. As for soundtrack scores, After Basil Poledouris died a few years ago most of the great composers are gone...save Horner and Williams I guess, they both understand the concept of theme. The new guys are just noise hacks. I need to feel the music in movies. I can't, it's just bland background noise to me. Thomas Newman is a good example, I know the name but for the life of me I couldn't name one movie he scored as his music doesn't move me, so I couldn't remember it. Sorry I'm a golden age guy in that area and the boys from the 60's. Their music moves me. Poledouris, Horner, and a bit of Michael Kamen, who's dead now too had the gift of knowing what makes a good score. The guys today.....naw. Not for me.

Tom Carroll said...

They should have gotten a true genius to do the score, like Mark Mothersbaugh, or Iggy Pop, or perhaps the Mael Brothers (of Sparks fame) ... Not that would be entertainment!!

Deane D said...

After seeing that trailer I will probably skip this one. I didn't really care much for the film from the 80s and even though this one looks slicker it just doesn't seem that interesting.

I agree with Jim, that "music" is very irritating.

Anonymous said...

"Mark Mothersbaugh, or Iggy Pop, or perhaps the Mael Brothers (of Sparks fame."

your kidding Tom, right? You gotta be. Kiddie scores. Blah.

I forgot to mention Lalo Schifrin too. Another giant from the 60's. He's still kicking, Fantastic Jazz composer and a lot under his belt too. His CAVEMAN (Ringo Star) theme is classic. But with that all said when giants Jerry Goldsmith, Basil Poledouris and the GREAT Elmer Bernstein passed. The music died for me. Nothing sounds right anymore. At least I got many of their tracks and listen with fondness. I wonder if Horner scored Avatar. Don't want to know...I'll find out when I see it.

Tom Carroll said...

Of course I'm kidding, though Danny Elfman started off by writing the Simpson's theme. And I think he does quite well. His score for Ang Lee's Hulk movie was the only thing worthwile about it.

Anonymous said...

Danny Elfman blew out his soul over the time he did Batman to Edward Scissorhands. Now his stuff is pretty much canned and generic in it's execution. Yawn. Yeah I knew you were be facetious with your comment. Oh I like Alan Silvestri too. as one of the newer composers who came to prominence in the 70's and 80's with stuff like Back to the Future and Predator just to name a few.

Anonymous said...

Alright, I looked. James Horner did Avatar..arrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Bet it will sound FANTASTIC.

MrGoodson2 said...

Early reviews are saying the music made them slightly nauseous.

rickart said...

I find Horner a bit derivative of Goldsmith, but I suppose if you are going to copy someone, copy from the best!

I will defend Newman because I did hear his music in a film and had to find out more about it. His work on Scent of a Woman was really terrific and unique. That score inspired me to look him up, and now I get excited when I discover that he's working on a new film. Like Goldsmith, he adapts himself to the film at hand, but he has a voice that is all his own.

I agree that Danny Elfman's scores are sounding all very similar to each other. Batman and Nightmare Before Christmas were his peak scores, and most of what he's done since then is a repackaging of what he has done before.

Total nerdy bit here: Elfman's score for the Hulk movie used a tidbit of melody from the original series... not the main theme, but a bit of the "rampaging" music that would be used when ever Banner would Hulk-out.

Anonymous said...

Scent of a Woman. Blah...Chick flick.
But Horner as a composer has really grown in the last 20 years. Far cry from the Wrath of Khan/Battle beyond the Stars etc. I still think GLORY is one of his finest to date. And if you want to chick flick Titanic...I'll buy that. It's an exceptional score. Very haunting. But hey it's Cameron.
I like my score BIG and epic. Miklos Rozsa's score to ElCid is IMO the greatest score ever made, better than his Ben Hur. As for the HULK well...you had to stick in the 4 note Lonely Man's theme from the TV show by the late Joe Harnell for nostalgia sake.