Spacey Awards Coverage – Superman Returns Wins Big!

June 11, 2007

Oh, how I wish we could get The Space Network down here in the States. If anyone has some kind of super-secret way to stream it online, I would be eternally grateful to hear about it. For those who haven’t heard of it, its comparable to Sci-Fi Network here, but the programming is considerably better. Every year, they give out The SPACEY AWARDS, Canada’s recognition of Genre entertainment.

The big winner tonight, interestingly enough, is one of my favorite super-hero films ever– SUPERMAN RETURNS. Now this is a film that was met with a pretty lukewarm response here in the U.S., but apparently the global markets enjoyed it very much. I can’t seem to figure out why that is. I thought the movie was pretty brilliant– I felt Brandon Routh captured the melancholy isolation of Kal-El perfectly, that Kevin Spacey was wickedly fun as Lex Luthor, and that the “Superman’s son” angle made perfect sense as a continuation of the original film’s themes of fatherhood and messianic destiny. The big criticism I heard was that there needed to be big, flashy supervillains, which isn’t, at least to me, what Superman (especially on film) is all about. There’s a reason this guy’s biggest enemy is just a human being.

Well, getting off my Superman soapbox, it appears they had a lot of fun up in Toronto tonight. In addition to Superman Returns garnering three awards (Best Heroic Performance, Best Villain, Best Comic Book Movie Adaptation), James Bond won “Favourite Kick-Ass Character” a viewer’s choice award that once agains show much Daniel Craig did to restore that franchise’s glory, and Pan’s Labyrinth won Best Movie.

Full list of nominees and winners after the break… I’ll try to find us some video shortly.

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INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remake– Watch the trailer here!

June 10, 2007

Check out the teaser trailer for THE INVASION, WB’s remake of the classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, starring Nicole Kidman.

Looks interesting… there was some behind the scenes drama here, with Director Oliver Hirschbiegel being supplanted by the Wachowski Brothers when the WB demanded ‘more action’ be thrown into the mix. That sounds like a mistake to me– Body Snatchers works best as a PSYCHOLOGICAL thriller to me. The whole point is that feeling of fear and dread when you see people you know turn COLD and EMOTIONLESS… action scenes bring in the kind of loud intensity you should want very little of in this film. Keep it CREEPY… the audience can figure out there’s danger involved, no need to pander.

Still, I’m keeping on open mind on this due to the talent level of all parties involved.