Chat-worthy Flix Updates: Tintin, HP7, London Boulevard

I’m too lazy to write my mini reviews of the stuff I watched this past week, but I kind of have been busy sifting through a bunch of movie updates lately. Thanks to Twitter it surely is a lot easier to keep up with ’em. Well, since today’s the 3rd, here are three things I’m excited about from this week’s movie headlines:

  • If you know me or read this blog long enough you know I LOVE Tintin comics! I read the comics religiously as a kid (in Indonesian translation) and still have a few of them with me now. When I was in London last May, my hubby and I ran into the Tintin Shop in Covent Garden (Tintin isn’t well-known at all here in the US, so it’s such a treat to find such a store!). I was giddy like a school girl looking at all the Tintin paraphernalia. I wish I could buy the entire shop but even the t-shirts were expensive so I settled on just getting a few Tintin figurines and even bought some for my twin brothers who share my love for the Belgian comics.

    So imagine my excitement when I saw this new stills courtesy of EMPIRE. I’ve dedicated a post for this Peter Jackson/Steven Spielberg project back in November when it was reported that they’re bringing the comic to life in a motion-capture animated 3D film. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn will be the first in a proposed trilogy, starring Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and feature the voices of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes. I’m liking what I’m seeing so far, but of course the trailer will be more telling how good this would actually look.

  • Ok, less than 3 weeks to go until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released on Nov. 19. You’ve likely already seen the trailer and the various character posters, now check out the newly-released behind-the-scene featurette:

    I guess that explains what in the muggles earth is going on with the multiple Harrys in funny outfits gathering in the living room 😀 I think this’ll be the last featurette I want to see though, I just don’t want to get HP overload before the movie even comes out! As the case was with Inception, the less clips I see about the movie, the better the experience.
  • I’ve heard about this movie quite a while ago when I saw this still photo in one of those UK movie magazine. My initial reaction upon reading the plot about a repented ex con who falls in love with a movie star immediately conjures up thought of Notting Hill. Well, except it’s much darker and violent of course, that’s why they’ve got Colin Farrell in place of the foppish Hugh Grant. Because of the British gangster theme, people seem to be comparing this to In Bruges, where Farrell won a Golden Globes for.

    Keira Knightley plays the reclusive movie star, and Ray Winstone is once again in a familiar role as the crime boss. For some reason I can’t get get enough watching the trailer, it just looks slick, kind of Guy Ritchie-ish, but perhaps with a stronger script as it’s penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (for The Departed). This is also Monahan’s directorial debut based on a novel by Irish writer Ken Bruen. I’m not a huge fan of Farrell, by that I mean I don’t usually rush to see a movie just because he’s in it. But there’s something about a former-bad-boy-wanting-to-go-straight concept that I find appealing. I like the bad-ass quote at the end: “You don’t want me to be a gangster… nobody wants me to be a gangster. ‘Cause I can’t stop once I started.”
    (Added 11/6:
    Since a bunch of people seem to be wondering, the song used in the trailer is called London Calling by The Clash) .

Well, now that I’ve shared mine. What movie news are you excited for this week?