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Journal of No. 118

August 5th, 2007

bee wolves @ 07:53 am

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Progress: Before the US invasion, these hoses were used in Hussein's prisons to beat Iraqis. Now they carry freedom water to this apartment complex.

In other news, Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother. That whole project fills me with WTF and equal parts anticipation and dread. Thanks, Neil, for having Grendel's MILF attempt to seduce Beowulf.
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Date:August 5th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
According to the page, she's technically just the "voice" of Grendel's mom. But dang - that's a pretty heavy-hitting cast!

And I remember spending a night in what had been East Berlin in '93 in an abandoned building that didn't exist on any maps with a literally underground bar in the basement with water supplies just like these hoses....
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Date:August 5th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
There's a trailer on the website. Grendel's mother, the swamp hag, is portrayed as... naked Angelina Jolie.


I gave it the benefit of the doubt and went back to the text to see if there was really any room for this interpretation, since some other folktales make troll women out to be seductive, but nope, she's pretty much a hideous demon-beast with talons and stuff.
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Date:August 5th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Well, that's an ... *interesting* interpretation of the story.


I have no idea.
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Date:August 6th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Why does everyone look very very CGI except Anthony Hopkins in the trailer?
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Date:August 6th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Mebbe it's in his contract.

The whole thing is some sort of live-action/CG mishmash. I think it's funny that there are credits for Beowulf, Beowulf's physique and Animated Image/Beowulf.

And Ubisoft is developing the game, which may well look more like the film than most games, since they could conceivably share the character art.
Date:August 9th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
I just watched the trailer. It's by Bob Zemeckis, who's really fascinated wtih this MoCap animation process (he used it for Polar Express).

On the one hand, it's good he uses like 16 cameras for each scene, because that means the DP of my Lovecraft movies, David Howard, gets work (he operated on Beowulf, Polar Express, and I think some other Zemeck film).

On the other hand, I think this animation style digs too deep in the uncanny valley.

Finally, that trailer does NOT make me want to see the movie, no matter how much I want to see naked and wet Angelina Jolie (although her N&W avatar doesn't do it for me).

Journal of No. 118