<p>Sure, it doesn't look like much, but imagine John Cusack trying to outrun it in a limosene, and you've got yourself a blockbuster</p>

Sure, it doesn't look like much, but imagine John Cusack trying to outrun it in a limosene, and you've got yourself a blockbuster

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Roland Emmerich directing 'Asteroids'? Someone just won movies forever

A ridiculous idea and a ridiculous filmmaker could be the best match ever

One of the benefits, if you can call them that, of the PlayStation Network getting hacked and being down for a few weeks is that they are fairly desperate to make it up to customers now that they're starting to restore the service.  One of the things they're doing is offering customers two free games from a fairly short list, and I picked "Super Stardust HD" as one of my games.

If you've never seen it, it's basically "Asteroids" cranked up to the point of madness, and it's a perfect "I have fifteen minutes and just want to play one quick game of something" title.  If you've got a 3D TV, you can even play the game in 3D, and it is totally lunatic when you do so.  Playing the game, I've been impressed by the way it is basically just one of the first arcade games of all time, with graphics that are updated but gameplay that is pure throwback.  I didn't even realize how much I loved "Asteroids" until I started playing this.

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<p>A little artificial sunlight, a little snow, and a whole lot of magic in a moment from the mockumentary 'Trollhunter'</p>

A little artificial sunlight, a little snow, and a whole lot of magic in a moment from the mockumentary 'Trollhunter'

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Review: 'Trollhunter' offers surprisingly sincere look at giant monsters

Norwegian fake documentary is more than just an easy joke

At this point, the fake documentary/found footage subgenere has become almost omnipresent.  TV shows have taken on the form with shows like "The Office" and "Modern Family," and since '99, when "The Blair Witch Project" became a box-office sensation, almost every genre's had their found footage movie, and filmmakers continue to wring fresh life out of the basic form.

The latest example of someone getting it right opens this Friday in limited release, and it's worth the effort for you to track it down.  Andre Ovredal wrote and directed the film, and it is a smart and funny use of mythology that works as both wicked comedy and sad commentary.  At the start of the film, a group of students are working on a documentary about what they believe are poachers, killing bears all over the country.  They find the guy they think is responsible and start to follow him, gradually realizing that he's something far stranger than just a poacher.

It's not a spoiler, since it's the title of the movie, to reveal that the stranger turns out to be a Trollhunter, working for the government to not only keep the existence of trolls a secret, but to also keep the trolls on government land, safe and sound.  He's been doing it for so long that he's burnt out, and he decides to let the students film what he does, dragging the secret out into the light finally.

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<p>Daredevil will face off against the Kingpin when David Slade adapts the 'Born Again' storyline to reboot the film franchise</p>

Daredevil will face off against the Kingpin when David Slade adapts the 'Born Again' storyline to reboot the film franchise

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'Daredevil' reboot gets a screenwriter, settles on 'Born Again' storyline

David Slade may direct the best-known storyline from the comic

Has 20th Century Fox finally turned a corner in terms of the way they're handling their various superhero properties?

Anyone who sat through "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "X-Men: First Class" would have to ask that question, because they are such radically different ways of handling the same basic material that it doesn't seem possible that the same people are behind both films.

David Slade, one of the directors who came close to directing "The Wolverine" before Darren Aronofsky got the job, obviously made a strong impression on the upper brass at Fox, because they ended up hiring him for "Daredevil" instead.  While some might view that project as tainted goods, Slade seemed genuinely excited by the opportunity, and he's been playing his cards pretty close to his vest over the last couple of months.

Tonight, thanks to the news breaking about the hiring of Brad Caleb Kane to write the film, we also have our first look at what it is that Slade has in mind for the reboot, and it looks like he's going straight for the best-known story from the run of the best writer who's ever worked on the character.

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<p>Craig Roberts turns the focus on his father's depression in Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine'</p>

Craig Roberts turns the focus on his father's depression in Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine'

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Review: 'Submarine' offers up shimmering, lovely coming-of-age story

Great supporting work grounds a wonderful look back

There are few genres that reveal quite as much about the filmmaker as the coming of age story.  "Submarine" may be based on a novel by Joe Dunthorne, but there is such a personal quality to the film that a few days after I saw it at Sundance, I happened to spot director Richard Ayoade in the lobby of the Yarrow Hotel, and the urge to walk over and give him a hug ran through me.  I resisted, but that's the way "Submarine" affected me.  It is a wonderful film, smart and funny and beautifully performed, and it speaks well of what Ayoade is capable of behind the camera.

If Americans know Ayoade, it's probably from his work on "The IT Crowd," a sitcom from the UK where he plays Moss, an uber-nerd who would make the guys on "The Big Bang Theory" look like Shaft by comparison.  His co-star on the show, Chris O'Dowd, made his big American breakthrough in films last month as Kristen Wiig's romantic interest in "Bridesmaids," and I'm curious to see what happens with him as a result.  It is important, though, for Ayoade's film to make some sort of a splash, because I want more work from him in the future.  No… I'll go one step further.  Based on how good "Submarine" is, I need more movies from him.  Absolutely.

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<p>This little boy is the main character in Pixar's new short film 'La Luna'</p>

This little boy is the main character in Pixar's new short film 'La Luna'

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First Look: Pixar's new short 'La Luna' offers unconventional family story

Some new art gives us a peek at what to expect from Pixar's latest experiment

One of the most important things Pixar does is maintain their short film program, allowing younger talents or artists who work in departments where directing may not seem like the most logical next step to make the jump and express new voices.  It's paid off in any number of ways over the years, and their short films are one of the highlights of each year's new release.

When we first got the "WALL-E" Blu-ray, I think we watched "Presto," the short film that was attached to that film, about 150 times.  It's a masterpiece of timing and performance, and one of the things I love about these short films is how they can emphasize a single idea or a technical innovation, and they help push forward the technical side of the feature division.  I also dug it when they gave Gary Rydstrom a shot at directing with "Lifted," which is a great piece of comedy staging, or when they had Bud Luckey, a legend in the industry, finally bring his long-time dream "Boundin'" to life.

Now, Enrico Casarosa is going to be taking his shot with "La Luna," and we've got a look at the film's style as well as a synopsis for you.

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<p>And honestly?&nbsp;&nbsp;This is one of the least weird things you'll see in the original 'Big Man Japan'</p>

And honestly?  This is one of the least weird things you'll see in the original 'Big Man Japan'

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Sony makes oddball call to remake 'Big Man Japan'

Will this be the 'Men In Black' of giant monster movies?

If you'd like to get a look at the original "Big Man Japan," it's available on Netflix Instant right, and it's worth your time.  Of course, I offer up that information with a caveat:  the movie is incredibly, almost mind-bogglingly weird.

It's also one of those things where the more familiar you are with the film conventions that it intentionally, gleefully subverts, the more you're going to end up enjoying the film, and it really only works as a response to the tradition of kaiju movies and TV shows that are such a fundamental part of Japan's pop culture history.

So when the news broke via press release this morning to announce that Columbia purchased the remake and sequel rights to "Big Man Japan," I had a hard time imagining what sort of plans Neal Moritz has for the material.  Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi are already onboard to write the new film, and it sounds like something they are moving forward on fairly quickly.

As usual, there are no isolated incidents in Hollywood, and right now, kaiju is starting to become a hot property in general.  Legendary Pictures seems determined to make the genre viable on the bigscreen between their development of "Godzilla" and Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim," and both of those sound like serious approaches to the notion of giant monsters.

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<p>So when exactly will Kirk and Spock find themselves on the bridge of the <em>Enterprise</em> again?</p>

So when exactly will Kirk and Spock find themselves on the bridge of the Enterprise again?

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JJ Abrams comments on rumors of 'Trek' leaving summer 2012

If the film was never officially set for that date, how can it be moving?

One of the stories breaking this morning is about Dwayne Johnson joining the "G.I. Joe" sequel for Paramount, and while our own Dave Lewis wrote the story up for the site, I popped in to talk about how Johnson seems to be building a game plan that involves making sequels to films he didn't originally appear in.

Speaking of sequels, though, the Deadline story that everyone's linking to for the Johnson news also contained the following throw-away line:  "The picture has become an important one for Paramount, which will have to scratch the 'Star Trek' sequel from its summer 2012 schedule and will likely put this film in its place."

Oh, really?

During all of the press JJ Abrams has been doing for "Super 8," he has been setting the fanbase up to wait for a while longer while he and Damon Lindelof and Kurtman and Orci all work to make sure that the sequel to the film, offering up variations on ideas like "we're not making a release date, we're making a movie," and "we're going to work on it until it's right."  I know people have been assuming that the summer of 2012 was the release date, but I hadn't actually seen that confirmed anywhere.  So how is it that "Star Trek" is suddenly moving "off" a date it wasn't really on in the first place?

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<p>The US&nbsp;release poster for 'The Human Centipede' alone is enough to make me queasy, so I'm not sure I could handle the sequel</p>

The US release poster for 'The Human Centipede' alone is enough to make me queasy, so I'm not sure I could handle the sequel

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The Morning Read: The UK bans 'Human Centipede II' completely

Plus a great Spielberg interview and the 'Hollywood Liberal' conspiracy

Welcome to The Morning Read.

So did the blog seem a little light on content to you last week?  Well, I apologize.  I got sidelined by some health issues, and while I'm still working through them, I'm well enough to at least get back to work here.  There's nothing quite like a doctor reacting like Sydney Pollack in "Death Becomes Her" to get my attention, and I'm going to be focused on doing some things differently to prevent this sort of thing instead of just reacting when my health does let me down.

In the meantime, I've got a big crazy trip planned for the 21st of this month, and I sort of can't believe where I'm heading.  It's one of those moments where I am fascinated at the way writing about movies can open up the world for me.  I look forward to sharing that one with you, in all its lunatic glory, once I've actually left for the trip.  In the meantime, let's jump back into the Morning Read fray, because there's an amazing line-up of stuff out there today.

First, have you seen the reaction to "Human Centipede II" by the BBFC?  Be warned… if you read their decision, it's loaded with "spoilers" for the sequel, but in order to understand their decision to ban the film completely, you need to read the details.  The film cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK now.  I'm not a fan of the first film, and I think the second one sounds silly, but banning it?  That gives the film an instant power that it would probably not have otherwise, and it also sends the message that the contents of the film are genuinely dangerous.  I'd say that is pure win for Tom Six and whoever releases "Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" around the world.

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<p>Edward Scissorhands (played by Johnny Depp) may be the perfect encapsulation of Tim Burton's art style on film, and plays a big part in the current LACMA exhibit dedicated to the filmmaker</p>

Edward Scissorhands (played by Johnny Depp) may be the perfect encapsulation of Tim Burton's art style on film, and plays a big part in the current LACMA exhibit dedicated to the filmmaker

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Film Nerd 2.0: Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA dazzles and disturbs

Is the artwork by one of Hollywood's biggest names appropriate for younger museum goers?

Toshi still hasn't seen the film "Edward Scissorhands," but after a recent weekend outing, I have a feeling that's going to change sooner rather than later.

I've taken some heat for things I've written about Tim Burton's recent work here and on Ain't It Cool, and I think the idea has settled in that I don't like Burton.  That's not true at all.  I think he's a significant film artist.  I think that even when I don't like his films, his ability to bring his vision to life with such precision onscreen is impressive, and he has more than staked out a place in film history, no matter what I think of individual films he's made along the way.  When I was in Toronto last year for the film festival, I saw dozens of ads for the Tim Burton exhibit at the TIFF Lightbox.  I was sorry to leave town before the exhibit showed up, and I regretted not getting a chance to see it.

As a result, when it was announced that the Burton exhibit would be making its way to LACMA, I knew I'd be attending, but I wasn't sure if I'd take the boys or not.  Then, as the Memorial Day weekend rolled around, I found myself planning a Monday out with the boys so their mom could have the day off.  I called my friend Craig, since his daughter Frannie is one of Toshi's best friends, the two of them having been born a month apart when we were still living in the apartment next to Craig and his wife.  We decided to spend the day at a park and then at the Burton exhibit, and Monday, just before noon, I stopped by his house so we could load both of my boys as well as him and his little girl into my car.

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<p>Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman are all going to do very bad things to very deserving people in 'Horrible Bosses' this summer</p>

Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman are all going to do very bad things to very deserving people in 'Horrible Bosses' this summer

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Saturday Night At The Movies: What SNL Faces Will You See In Movies This Summer?

David Koechner, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis among the ranks this year

Last week's return of "Saturday Night At The Movies" looked at the pressure on every single SNL cast member to somehow become a movie star, something that is statistically unlikely.  Instead, when they make the jump to movies, most SNL cast members do it as supporting players, and in many ways, that's the career to chase, the goal you want to attain.

When Randy Quaid joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1985, he already had a long and impressive resume as one of the most interesting young character actors in his age range.  It was somewhat surprising that he would join the show, based on how long he'd already been working and, yes, because not a lot of Oscar nominees decide that a few seasons on SNL is exactly what they should do to follow up on that sort of momentum. 

Look at this list of films he appeared in before SNL:

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