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Mr. Teatime
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 3:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

[Film & TV -> Update] - More info on Film & TV: I Am Legend

I'll admit from the start, I know very little about this film. I haven't seen any of the two film adaptions of the post-apocalyptic novel I Am Legend, and I haven't read the book. Bearing that in mind, I'll lift Aint It Cool's news post on the subject:
I AM LEGEND... Richard Matheson's brilliant work, twice adapted to screen thus far.... Once by Vincent Price (the best version) then most iconically by Charlton Heston. This third adaptation has been a thing of legend in its own right. From the adaptation by Mark Protosevich, which was nearly perfect save for the pandering ending required by Warner Brothers... It has seen different producers and directors as often as... well as Warner's own SUPERMAN. Well it looks like Francis Lawrence, director of CONSTANTINE, has finally tamed the beast. I'm hearing that Will Smith will star... which makes this his first foray into horror. He's fought Aliens and Robots... so why not Vampires. Personally, I can see this... but only if he gives himself over to the tragedy of the role. The melancholy of being the Last Man on Earth. Now, if they're planning on actually shooting this in New York.. that means a pretty huge scale for this. Both previous adaptations were in the more sprawling Los Angeles. Let's see where this goes, I just hope they've kept the books ending... after all, the title isn't I AM A LIVING LEGEND...
Just thought you should be aware - on the "Reel Jobs" section on the Mayor's office website of New York City, they've listed the Richard Matheson adaptation "I Am Legend" in need of a scout staff, aiming for a May 5th start date of actual *shooting*.
First I've heard of this - but hey, I'm looking forward to it.
- SR Hadden
So there you go. Has anyone seen the previous adaptions?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

... Will Smith? No way josè.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

OH SHIT I HEAR THE ICE CREAM TRUCK!!!!!111!1111oneoneè
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:18 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Nicolai wrote:
... Will Smith? No way josè.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Fuck Will Smith. Fuck him in his stupid alien fighting ass.

I saw The Omega Man a few years ago, it was enjoyable, a bit corny, but then again it came out in 1971, and what from the 70's wasn't a little bit corny? The decade that gave us disco cannot always be taken seriously.

Oh yeah, fuck Will Smith.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I Robot was atrocious.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Tale Of Two, ... Cults Of Personalities




Have not read the 'I Am Legend' book, so can not comment.

Some one more literary, could run on and on, long and far, with all the 'compare and contrast' potentials available with "The Last Man On Earth (1964)" and "The Omega Man (1971)".

Simply comparing what was 'hip' in Hollywood, and how 'effects' were budgeted, might shed some light on real and IMAGINARY market forces of 1964 versus 1971.

'The Last Man On Earth' might stand as a real movie, while 'The Omega Man' could be deconstructed into it's entertainment formula 'de jour' : body counts, rounds per minute fired, and of course CAR CRASHES.

I saw the Vincent Price feature on late night broadcast TV, in the '70's. So late at night, the early A.M., that there was no commercial or infomercial time sold, only station identifications.

There are a lot of lesser known movies from the 60's that were well enough made that they can be watched as 'movies' and not curiosities. I recall
'The Last Man On Earth' being one of them.

Saw the Charlton Heston vehicle as a second feature in some dollar movie in the mid '70's. The 'run and gun' crowd would most likely be hooked by the ""ACTION"", the gun play, the BABE.

We are dealing here with a story that delegates messianic virtues to "the chosen one' . Blood of the last man, the omega man , can save the survivors. Not so much the communion of a 'last supper' , but 'the last inoculation'.

If we consider another performance of Chuck, in "Soylent Green", Chucky implied "eat me", and here in " The Omega Man" he visually signaled, "drink me".
If we can suppress the homo erotic snickering, we are left with direct thrusts toward the ritual of sharing the 'body' of Christ.


I don't remember Vincent Price's character being 'deified'.

I do know that Charlton Heston WAS, and still IS. He once played Moses. Here in 'The Omega man', he 'died' in a Christ on The Cross position. Sledge hammer imagery. Some say he has since been laterally promoted to 'God' when he became the "talking head' of the NRA. The NRA is not a polite, subtle, - half measured - audience. We must grant the hammer's impact of that ""cold dead hands"" performance as approaching 'Biblical' iconography in the American political theatre.


Want a stereotypical image overlay of these two movies.

Compare the acting persona of Vincent Price, and all those dark and scary 'creature features', to the Shakespearian significance of Heston's life time of grooming his personality cult.

Quote:
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

S4ur0n27 wrote:
I Robot was atrocious.


Will Smith is a douchebag. His dialogue in that movie was insulting - all the supposedly witty smart-ass one-liners - then again that's his whole career.

The only time I laughed in that movie was when the lead actress turned to him totally stonefaced and asked IIRC "Do you really think you're funny?" or something to that effect - pricelessly unintentional humor.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I liked that part where he says 'sorry im a lergic to bullshit!!' Laughing REALLY FUCKING HARD

New York? Aw Hell Naw! It has to be in the burbs mate. No Will Smith looking at his vintage man gram sport shoes while killing kiefer-sutherlandesque wampires ffs. It has to be harry dean stanton with a beard and watery eyes surveying a scene and getting drunk.

You should read the book because it's pretty good fyi.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Maddox summed up that film the best.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Megatron wrote:
harry dean stanton


good choice, it's supposed to be a haggard, grizzled, older guy.

Nick Knolte out of rehab yet?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Pierce Brosnan lol
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 4:54 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Cimmerian Nights wrote:
Megatron wrote:
harry dean stanton


good choice, it's supposed to be a haggard, grizzled, older guy.

Nick Knolte out of rehab yet?


Gary Busey?
Just kidding.

The guy from Jacob's Ladder?
James Woods? (I'm thinking Salvador)
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