New Total Recall Trailer

Yep, as the title line says, a new trailer has come out for the upcoming remake of Total Recall. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be that big a deal, except that this one shows how they are including a key part from the old movie: the three-breasted hooker! It seems that she will be featured in this movie as well, which geeks everywhere were sure to be asking. It goes without saying that anyone who saw the original remembers that woman. But for true sci-fi geeks and pubescent boys, she was right up there with Princess Leia in the bikini, inspiring more than her share of nerdgasms!

And since the movie is getting nearer, I am wondering if I am going to bother to see it. Sure, I’m curious and kind of intrigued by the reboot of a movie I appreciated as an adolescent, but is it worth it? Given the price of tickets these days (punitive!), I had to make a list of reasons for and against. First up…

Reasons to see this movie:

  • It looks pretty cool. If nothing else, it would be interesting to see what the updated special effects amount to. The old movie contained many instances of animatronics that didn’t look too realistic. Personally, I’d like to see if the CGI looks better.
  • Clearly, the technology has been updated, and includes flying cars, robot policemen and cooler weapons.
  • The trailers seem to indicate an apparent loyalty to the old storyline, even if it’s not a scene for scene remake. This is good seeing as how the plot was the original movie’s biggest strength, in my opinion.

Okay, not bad, not bad. But if I comb through these points, I notice that curiosity and the allure of eye candy – special effects, not Jessica Biel or Beckinsale! – are pretty much the only reason. I would like to see what they do with the storyline, but it’s not like there are going to be any surprises.

Reasons to wait for the DVD:

  • If the movie IS loyal to the original, then couldn’t it just as easily be argued that it’s not worth the theater price?
  • The original was based on a PKD short story named “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”, which the screen writers altered and expanded upon greatly. So the updated version isn’t really a re-imagining of a classic sci-fi story, but of a popular movie.
  • I get the feeling the only reason they made this movie is because Hollywood producers have gotten incredibly lazy and would rather pull a Lucas (aka. redoing an old movie with updated special effects) than make anything new.

Huh… perfectly good counter-points. If I did see this movie, it wouldn’t out of loyalty to Philip K. Dick, but rather than some dudes who worked for the Hollywood machine. And what the hell have they done for me? Okay, they did give me Blade Runner, 2001, the Star Wars trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Alien, Aliens, Terminator 1 and 2, Serenity, and the Matrix… but what have they done for me LATELY?

Well, that’s my appraisal of it, at any rate. Luckily, I’ve been doing some reading today that says there are a whole slew of movies coming out in 2012 that are not remakes, reboots, or re-imaginings. And some of these are well overdue, as far as fans of classic science fiction are concerned. Of that, more later. In the meantime, check out the updated trailer. Note the absence of actual boobs…

Of Anime

It’s funny, just yesterday I was putting the finishing touches on my review of Akira when I realized something. When addressing the topic of Anime, I could only come up with three titles that I’d ever seen: Akira (naturally!), Ninja Scroll, and Vampire Hunter D. I therefore concluded that I was a bad geek for it. However, in going through a list of the top animated movies of all time, I found myself remembering title after title that were in that list. First there was Princess Mononoke, then Perfect Blue, and more recently, Ghost in the Shell and Metropolis. And while they didn’t make any Top Animated Movie lists, there’s also Fist of the North Star (bleck!) and Legend of the Overfiend (I didn’t know it was a violence-porn movie going in, I swear!) These are certainly prime examples of Anime, though not all are decent movies (especially Overfiend!). And with only one exception they all fall under into the category of sci-fi/fantasy. And I’ve seen em, which, if I’m not mistaken, negates what I said earlier…

Yes, as it turns out, I’m a geek, and a big one at that! I mean, how many people can honestly say they’re not geeks when they’ve sat through this many Animes? It helps if you have geek friends who are also film buffs, the latter being the only other demographic that I could think of that’d spend this much of their spare time watching animated films (or waste, depending on your point of view).

With this in mind, I want to revise my most recent review list to make room for some of these titles. With the possible exception of Perfect Blue (since it was a film adaptation of a novel about celebrity and stardom, good one too!) I will be adding all of these titles to the list. Perhaps I will make it a special segment, sci-fi/fantasy Anime, beginning with:

1. Akira (reviewed on Aug.2nd, and followed by:
2. Ghost in the Shell
3. Ninja Scroll
4. Metropolis
5. Princess Mononoke, finishing up with:
6. Vampire Hunter D.

And… God forgive me, I think I’ll even dedicate a review or two to the cheesy Fist of the North Star and the insanely gratuitous Legend of the Overfiend, if only to warn aspiring geeks and existing ones who haven’t seen them yet what to avoid. Trust me, you’re missing nothing by skipping these!

In the meantime, geeks of the world unite! Anime! Nerdasm! Birkenstocks! (Not particularly geeky, they just make a fine product!)