While we wait for 1-18-08, perhaps Dragon Wars will suffice

A couple of months ago, a teaser trailer for a movie called D-War was released. The movie, now titled Dragon Wars, is directed by Shim Hyung-rae, from Korea. Based on that teaser trailer, it looked like the movie was going to be a Korean film, and would have to be subtitled for American audiences. But after watching the new trailer that is out now, it’s clear that the movie was filmed in English and is ready to roll for a 9/14/07 release date. It looks like the movie could be full of cheese and cliche, but it does look like it could be fun for those of us who love monster movies. You can also check out the trailer at the official Dragon Wars website.

Dragon Wars Poster

Thanks to firstshowing.net for the poster image.

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Still no title for 1-18-08/Cloverfield

Well, JJ Abrams made his schedulded appearance at Comic Con today about 1-18-08.  He gave us very little info, but here’s a quote from the man himself:

“I want a monster movie, I’ve wanted one for so long. I was in Japan with my son and all he wanted to do is go to toy stores. And we saw all these Godzilla toys, and I thought, we need our own monster, and not King Kong, King Kong’s adorable. I wanted something that was just insane and intense. It’s almost done shooting and I watch dailies and I’m more excited for them than the trailer, which has had an overwhelming response. We have 6 months before this comes out. We’re going to have a whole bunch of things, a whole bunch more.” He said a full trailer, more clips, full posters, and much more will be coming out over the next 6 monts, including the name, which he will NOT reveal today.

“You think we’d call it Monstrous? No…”

A couple of days ago, this image of a movie poster was leaked:

Monstrous Poster

Well, today this official poster was released:

 1-18-08 official poster

Its the exact same thing, minus the word “Monstrous”.  Looks like JJ Abrams was a little upset that his poster got leaked, so he’s just denying that “Monstrous” is the title and will now change it.  Or, maybe “Monstrous” is just meant as a tag line for the movie.  Or, maybe the word “Monstrous” was just photoshopped onto the original movie poster.

Regardless, the fact remains that we learned very little about the upcoming movie today.  I guess we’ll just have to continue to wait for now.  Thanks to the guys over at firstshowing.net and their coverage of Comic Con 2007.

The Best and Worst Movies of 2007 so far

Rotten Tomatoes has released a list of the best and worst movies for the first half of 2007. They basically compile all of the reviews for each movie, and the ones with the highest percentage of positive reviews get on the “best” list, and vice versa. Their formula is a little more complicated than that, but you get the idea.

The top 10 look like this:

1. “Ratatouille”
2. “Away From Her”
3. “Once”
4. “Knocked Up”
5. “Hot Fuzz”
6. “Sicko”
7. “The Host”
8. “Zodiac”
9. “Waitress”
10. “The Lookout”

The bottom 10 look like this:

1. “Because I Said So”
2. “The Number 23″
3. “Premonition”
4. “The Reaping”
5. “Norbit”
6. “Perfect Stranger”
7. “Happily N’Ever After”
8. “Are We Done Yet? ”
9. “Code Name: The Cleaner”
10. “Hannibal Rising”

The only movies out of their top 10 that I’ve seen are Knocked Up and Zodiac, and I think both are appropriately ranked. Knocked Up was definitely one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while, better than 40-Year Old Virgin in my opinion. Zodiac was a very long movie, but never really seemed to drag. I would recommend seeing Zodiac just because of they way they capture the “feel” of the 60’s and 70’s. It almost seemed like they traveled back in time to film the movie. Everything just seemed so realistic. Live Free or Die Hard is the only other movie from their top 25 list that I’ve seen and I would agree with the critics that it’s one of the best movies of the year.

I personally would put 300 at the top of my list for 2007, with Transformers right behind it. I think Knocked Up and Live Free or Die Hard are probably “better” movies than Transformers, but other than 300, Transformers is the movie that I’ve enjoyed the most this year.

Thankfully, I’ve only seen one of the worst reviewed movies of the year: Hannibal Rising. I’ll say it wasn’t completely awful, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that I like.

Ethan Haas websites not related to the Cloverfield project

Alas, we have all been duped.  Over the last several days, it has become clear that the Ethan Haas websites are not related to the upcoming JJ Abrams movie.  JJ Abrams flat out said they were not related to his movie, and we have since learned that they are part of a promotional campaign for an upcoming RPG game called Alpha Omega.  If you really want to dig into all the proof that the two are not related, I suggest taking a look at this blog that is dedicated to the Ethan Haas angle.

JJ Abrams comments on 1-18-08/Cloverfield websites

A couple of days ago, JJ Abrams commented ever so briefly on the websites surrounding his upcoming movie being release on 1/18/08.  Here’s what he said:

“For what it’s worth, the only site of ours that people have even FOUND is the 1-18-08.com site. The others (like the Ethan Haas sites) have nothing to do with us.”

For his full quote you can click here.  I’m not completely convinced that the Ethan Haas websites are unrelated, but it is interesting that Abrams definitely implies that there are other websites out there.  The biggest indication that the Ethan Haas websites are related to Cloverfield or 1-18-08 or whatever his movie is going to be called, is that Paramount has been telling YouTube to remove the video clips found on ethanhaaswasright.com, just like they were removing all of the pirated copies of the 1-18-08 trailer.  Perhaps it’s some other Paramount-related movie or video game.

Speaking of related websites, there seems to be one that is almost definitely related to the film – http://slusho.jp/.  You’re not necessarily going to learn much about the movie on the Slusho site, but it is apparently one of the “hidden” websites.  About 52 seconds into the trailer, you can see one of the characters is wearing a Slusho shirt.  More info on this development here and here.

JJ Abrams is slated to appear at the Comic-Con Conference (redundancy?) in San Diego in a couple of weeks.  He’s appearing with others from Paramount to preview upcoming movies, so maybe he’ll get cornered and give some answers about the movie then.  We shall see…

1-18-08 Trailer Now Online

The trailer for JJ Abrams’ upcoming monster movie, codenamed Cloverfield, is now available on the Apple Trailers website. No longer do you have to watch some pirated version of the preview. It’s now available in HD quality exclusively on the Apple Trailer page. It’s also interesting that the movie is titled “1-18-08” right now. I wonder if that is the actual name of the movie?

More “Ethan Haas Was Right” Cloverfield Puzzle Help

If you are still trying to solve the puzzles on ethanhaaswasright.com, and need some help, you may want to check out this blog post. The 4th puzzle was driving me crazy, but thanks to this walkthough, I was finally able to get through the 4th and 5th puzzle. Good luck!