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August 03, 2006

That's one trouble with dual identities, Robin. Dual responsibilities.

I had a second look at Alien Vs Predator and it was much better than I had remembered it. The cgi is beautifully rendered and, even though the piece is derivative of an odd pop culture potpourri from Hellraiser to Cube to Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica to the most entertaining of the paperback Alien and Predator novels, it has a popcorn/B-movie appeal. AVP is not so much a prequal as a before to the Alien continuity and as such it does not interfere with any future installment in the faltering franchise no matter what the die-hard fans may think of it. So how to account for the film's poor reception? A second look suggests the mistake was to think of AVP as an Alien film when it is more fun to watch as a Predator movie. Expectations thus lowered it is much easier to enjoy.

My YouTube travels for this post once again lead me to Batman: Dead End fan-trailer, the closest thing to a proper Batman film until Christian Bale stepped into the suit. Outside Grant Morrison and Dave McKean's Arkham Asylum, I have never a fan of the Joker character which I suppose demonstrates how I fail to understand not only Batman but the whole DC universe. That said, I can see why fans have expressed reservations about early casting news from the next Batman production: The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger is reportedly set to play the Joker. Though to me the problem is not the inevitable Brokeback jokes but the hours of my life Ledger owes me for A Knight's Tale and The Order; horrible, horrible work.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 3, 2006 07:47 AM


Did you ever see "Roar"? I kinda liked that one, short-lived though it was.


Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2006 11:11 AM

This is a new one on me. I shall look into it!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2006 07:43 PM