Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.
Back in the summer of 2007, moviegoers who went to see the blockbuster hit Transformers were baffled by a mysterious trailer attached to the film which featured only a glimpse of some mysterious footage and a release date, which turned out to be the first trailer for the J.J. Abrams-produced film Cloverfield. Three years later, it seems that Abrams is up to his old tricks again and, according to Hitfix, we will see another mysterious trailer for a secret J.J. Abrams film attached to prints of Iron Man 2 this weekend.
We reported last week that Abrams and Steven Spielberg were collaborating on a new film project, but the site believes the trailer will not be for this film. Instead, they are reporting that the film is being called Super 8 and it is "rumored to be a Cloverfield sequel," although it was believed that Abrams would not be directing this film himself.Read More
Worst Sci-Fi Flick: It's really quite a toss up between The Day the Earth Stood Still and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Though Keanu came with some pretty blank and impressive moves as Klaatu in this end of year thriller, it proved to be quite a boring, incoherent mess. The film came on like a directionless hobo, wandering all over the place, yet never really going anywhere. This was as pointless as remakes get, and I really haven't seen one this poorly executed since John Moore jumped behind the lens of 2006's The Omen. It was like watching someone feverishly pump air into a slashed tire only to ride away on a flat, flip smacking the pavement as they don't even make it out of the driveway. After some odd bits of character development, it shifts grinding gears to become a "sort of" disaster movie. It's a jarring jolt of sudden stupidity that, while upholding the thematic elements of the original film, makes you not want to go anywhere near it for quite sometime. Though things start off promisingly with a well-made prologue and an exciting alien arrival scene, I can precisely pinpoint the moment things went completely off the rails and never recovered. And nope, it wasn't the ridiculously computer-painted Gort that presents itself in the first fifteen minutes, either. I am talking about Kathy Bates. Seriously. What the heck was she doing in my Keanu Reeves sci-fi holiday extravaganza? This was the worst kind of miscasting. Its like she wandered off the stages of Tyler Perry's latest family face drubbing and accidentally stepped into Day's studio barn while they were shooting. No one questioned her presence because she's Kathy Bates. No one wanted to speak up and state the obvious. She is like a cancerous growth on this pristine film stock. She arrives in her Sears Gold Collection evening wear (no, really, she wears the same cheap, ugly jacket throughout the entire duration of the day in the title) and pretends to be some sort of authoritative voice. Her presence completely ruins the entire movie. I haven't seen one actor do this much of a disservice to a single film in a very long time. Except for maybe Jabba the Hutt's Uncle Ziro, a drag queen lizard that sounded like Truman Capote doing an impersonation of Richard Simmons. Seriously, folks. This was the moment that proved, without a doubt, that George Lucas has totally lost his mind. Ziro makes Jar Jar Binks look like a welcome dinner guest, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars makes The Star Wars Holiday Special look like a winning masterpiece. Yes, this was a sad year for science fiction. In deed.
And that's it for our Worst of 2008 list. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a shower and wash this past year off my skin. It's making me itch. And my brain is starting to tingle in a massive stroke sort of way.Read More
Cloverfield 2 is set to open sometime in 2009.
Cloverfield was released January 18th, 2008.Read More
In conjunction with the launch of the highly anticipated "CLOVERFIELD" movie release, Hasbro, in a partnership with Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures, has produced a super-articulated and highly detailed limited collector's edition Cloverfield Monster.
The Cloverfield monster is available exclusively through HasbroToyShop.com. Reserve your Cloverfield monster today to have the opportunity to receive it when it ships later this year. Limited quantities are available.Read More
J.J. Abrams will direct the highly anticipated Star Trek franchise, which will star Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Winona Ryder, Bruce Greenwood, Rachel Nichols, Jennifer Morrison, Clifton Collins Jr., Tyler Perry, and Jimmy Bennett.
Star Trek is scheduled to hit theaters December 25th.Read More
It has been confirmed that Paramount Pictures is in talks with Matt Reeves to direct a sequel to Cloverfield. According to Variety, Reeves has already made a deal with GreeneStreet Films to direct The Invisible Woman.
There is a strong possibility that the Cloverfield sequel will be Reeves next film, though he is getting ready for production on The Invisible Woman at this very moment. Matt Reeves wrote the screenplay for The Invisible Woman and J.J. Abrams is signed up to produce the Hitchcock-style thriller as well as the Cloverfield sequel.Read More