Friday, August 14, 2009

TGIF: Ponyo and More

Here are five things that excited me this week!
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1. Ponyo in theaters - Hayao Miyazaki's latest film hit US theaters today! Miyazaki is the genius director behind Japanese animated movie masterpieces such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. I feel like he just keeps getting better with each movie (his last before Ponyo was Howl's Moving Castle, which is my favorite). This film is getting stellar reviews and I can't wait to see it this weekend!
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2. The Walking Dead television series - A television series for Robert Kirkman's wonderful post-apocalyptic zombie survival comic has been picked up by AMC, whose recent series Mad Men and Breaking Bad have been getting a lot of love from the critics. The series will be written, directed and executive produced by Frank Darabont, who was also the writer and director behind The Shawshank Redemption.
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3. District 9 in theaters - I really hadn't heard much about this movie at all until just before it was released in theaters this Friday, but this science fiction film is pretty much being dubbed the movie to watch this summer, and Peter Jackson's seal of approval makes me want to see it even more on top of the raving reviews.
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4. Legion theatrical trailer - The premise sounds a little cheesy: a battle for a chosen child between angels and demons that begins in a small town diner, but the trailer looks like it has some pretty spectacular special effects and has a real epic feel. Plus, the demons with their elongated arms and whatnot creep the hell out of me. What the trailer here.
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5. S.W.O.R.D. comic series - Marvel announced that spinning out of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men run will be a new ongoing series featuring the mysterious group S.W.O.R.D., and will star Agent Brand (whom I love), Beast and Kitty Pryde's purple dragon Lockheed. The book will be brought to us by Kieron Gillen and Steven Sanders.

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