Archive for July 3rd, 2008

03
Jul
08

July 2008 Movie Releases

 

 

“Hancock” – Will Smith is the title superhero, an alcoholic washout whose career needs back on track. Also stars Justin Bateman and Charlize Theron. Opens July 2, 2008

 

“Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” – Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) plays the title character (based on the American Girl stories) about a girl who wants to be a reporter during the Depression. When a murder is committed, she takes the job of investigating. Maybe she can get some help from Nancy Drew… Also stars Joan Cusack. Opens July 2, 2008

 

“The Wackness” – Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Mary Kate Olsen, Famke Janssen and Method Man in a coming-of-age story, circa 1994. Your guess is as good as mine, but I heard Kingsley gets it on with Janssen and Mary Kate. Opens July 3, 2008.

 

“Diminished Capacity” – Matthew Broderick takes a vacation to see his uncle (Alan Alda) has the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s but most importantly, a genuine mint baseball card. Along with Virginia Madsen they go up to Chicago to try and sell it. Opens July 4, 2008

 

“The Stone Angel” – Ellen Burstyn, Ellen Page, and Christine Horne in a movie based on a book by Margaret Laurence. Romantic stuff. Opens July 7, 2008

 

“Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” – Ron Perlman is back as the Red Avenger called Hellboy. This time around he’s fighting a ruthless leader who is pitting Earth against the invisible realm of creatures. Sounds like fun. Opens July 11, 2008

 

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” – Brendan Fraser heads up this latest incarnation of the Jules Verne tale. In digital 3-D! Opens July 11, 2008

 

“Mamma Mia!” – Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth in a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical about a girl getting married who invites three men, one of whom is supposed to be her father. Next! Opens July 11, 2008

 

“Meet Dave” – Formerly “Starship Dave,” Eddie Murphy is a giant spaceship inhabited by miniature aliens, the commander of which is Eddie Murphy. Uh, yeah. Opening June 11, 2008

 

“Quid Pro Quo” – Nick Stahl is a guy who is paralyzed and is investigating a world where people get their kicks from becoming disabled. He’s led into this world by none other than Vera Farmiga. It could be worse… Opens June 13, 2008.

 

“The Dark Knight” – Heath Ledger as the Joker. Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. Cillian Murphy returns as the Scarecrow. Maggie Gyllenhaal replaces Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes. Everyone else is back as well. Opens July 18, 2008

 

“Space Chimps” – Adam Samberg and Patrick Warburton are two of the voice-over cast for this CG tale of chimps “having the right stuff.” Opens July 18, 2008

 

“Step Brothers” – Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly become step brothers. Let the comedy ensue. Opens July 25, 2008

 

“The X-Files: I Want to Believe” – It’s been a few years, but Mulder and Scully are back on a case. Also stars Xzibit, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connelly. The Truth Is Out There… Opens July 25, 2008

Advertisements
03
Jul
08

Metropolis Rediscovered!

 

 

A complete, uncut version of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” has recently been recovered from Buenos Aires. “Metropolis,” the first epic science fiction film, was shown to U.S. distributors who initially cut 80 minutes from it. Those scenes have long since been considered lost, until now.

 

For those unfamiliar, “Metropolis” is a 1927 silent film directed by Fritz Lang. It’s the story of a city where above ground, people exist in a futuristic society free from any worries. Below the city are the workers who toil endlessly to keep the city going. They want to revolt against the privileged above, but are convinced otherwise by a girl named Maria (Brigitte Helm). Maria goes above ground to plead her case and hopes for “The Mediator” between the two groups. Freder (Gustav Frolich), one from above, becomes infatuated with Maria and decides to help her with her cause. When inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) kidnaps Maria and replaces her with a robot lookalike, the robot encourages the workers below to incite rebellion, which brings the city to a halt.

 

The film varies in length from distributor to distributor. There are cuts of the film at 87 minutes and cuts that run 159 minutes. This version just discovered will restore the film’s original length of 230 minutes (3.5 hours).

 

For more information on the movie, check out the IMDB page at:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/

 

Click here for the original article. Note: it’s in German.

http://www.zeit.de/online/2008/27/metropolis-vorab

 

If you need translation, I recommend putting the URL into BabelFish at: http://babelfish.yahoo.com/