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Diary: August 2004

‘So, do you have any new releases in?’

Dear oh dear oh dear. According to CNN, Kevin Smith has begun work on a sequel to Clerks (1994), set ten years after the original film (working title: The Passion of the Clerks).

I mean… sorry, Kev, but what? This really doesn't bode well, as far as I'm concerned. Sure, Smith has some brownie points stored up, but screwing with Clerks doesn't seem like the greatest idea to me — particularly given Smith's repeated claims that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) was the last of his ‘Jersey films’. I do not like it, Sam-I-Am. I'm more than happy to be proven wrong though!

Anyway, let's keep our fingers crossed; and in the meantime, read some of Kevin Smith's thoughts on the sequel over at View Askew.

by mino on Tue 31 Aug 2004 at 17:49 PM — permalink / add a comment / view the comment

IMDb's makeover

As you all know, a lot of the info on our beloved site comes from IMDb, which has just undergone a minor but noticable makeover.

Some things I've noticed:

- Films now have a random piece of trivia beneath all the technical stuff on its main page.
- We now have a link to our account on the top right hand corner.
- Star birthdays on the homepage now have headshots.
- The IMDb logo in the top left hand corner is now oversized with the slogan "Earth's biggest movie database" and no more sign of its cute little house logo...

Plus several font changes here and there.

I know this isn't Earth-shattering stuff, but any thoughts?

by em_fiction on Mon 30 Aug 2004 at 19:42 PM — permalink / add a comment / view the 2 comments

The Filmmaker's Exam

All you net nazis who've come across this already, don't give me that "this is so old" crap.

But if you haven't, and you're an aspiring filmmaker (or just a plain old idiot who has no intentions of ever coming into contact with a camera), this filmmaker's exam is essential reading.

Good luck.

by em_fiction on Fri 27 Aug 2004 at 23:31 PM — permalink / add a comment

Some DVDs to look forward to

1994 was a year of many great films, two of them being Clerks (1994) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). What do these films have to do with one another? Well, very little. Nothing, actually. Except for the fact that their DVDs are very shitty.

That is, until now.

It's the tenth anniversary for both, and for every other film from 1994 for that matter (I'm serious, do the math and see!) and to celebrate, special edition DVDs for both these exquisite films are finally being released.

The Clerks DVD is gonna come in an awesome 3-disc digipak set with a wadload of features. Pictures and details are available here on the View Askewniverse. Pre-order your copy from Amazon now, before its 7th of September release date.

The Shawshank Redemption DVD isn't as snazzy, but it still comes in a 2-disc set with some nice cover artwork and the long awaited director's commentary. More features here. Nothing wrong with pre-ordering yours now, but it ain't coming until the 5th October (slight bummer).

by em_fiction on Thu 26 Aug 2004 at 18:11 PM — permalink / add a comment

The Greatest Stories Never Told?

There was an interesting article in The Guardian a few weeks ago called The ones that got away. It talks about potentially great films that never got made — like Stanley Kubrick's once-planned Napoleon biopic.

Some of them certainly would have been interesting…

by mino on Thu 26 Aug 2004 at 14:33 PM — permalink / add a comment / view the comment

Welcome!

Welcome to the new nofreelist.com diary! This is a part of the site where your friendly team of reviewers can come and shoot the breeze about all sorts of stuff. We'll be providing you with more news, links gossip, libel, and totally over-the-top rants on all matters cinematic than you can poke a stick at. We'll tell you what we're excited about, what we're not, and whinge about the things we hate in, or at, the movies.

Welcome aboard; we hope you enjoy the ride.

Let's start with a quick list of what your nofreelist team are looking forward to and dreading that's to hit our shores soon — at least, in as far as your nofreelist team are accurately represented by me.

Looking Forward To

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Tim Burton is one of the nofreelist gang's very favourite directors, so we can't wait for this. The last adaptation of Roald Dahl's story, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), is also one of our very favourite films; how could a Burton reimagining possiblie go wrong?
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Of late, pearly has become something of an addict of the wonderful and wonder-filled films of Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, and this new Miyazaki feature, based on the children's book by Diana Wynne-Jones, looks to be a corker. She's trembling with excitement already!

Not Looking Forward To

Good Omens
Oh no, don't get us wrong… we were looking forward to this Terry Gilliam-helmed adaptation of the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett comic novel. Alas, according to Neil Gaiman's journal, it's getting less and less likely it will go ahead — and Gilliam's most definitely out. Boo to that! If there's one person we love more than Tim Burton here at nofreelist, it's Terry Gilliam.
The Village (2004)
I'm not sure about our other reviewers but in the case of your author and pearly, at least, the M. Night Shyamalan bandwagon has well and truly derailed. Shyamalan's a one-hit wonder (and yours truly isn't even convinced of the hit-ness of The Sixth Sense (1999)) and they've been going downhill ever since. The number of people getting excited about the trailer for The Village (it's not out in Australia yet) has us frankly rather flabbergasted. It really doesn't look very good to some of us, at least…

Anyway, that's enough for now. More to follow, I'm sure!

by mino on Tue 10 Aug 2004 at 16:28 PM — permalink / add a comment / view the comment

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