This week has been an interesting week for me. I saw the Waterworld director's cut on Monday night. what a difference
a missing 35 to 40 minutes can do to add detail to some scenes and clarify things further (and develop some character relationship
moments that have been missing). I like the director's cut better. Now I wonder if Helen is carrying the Mariner's child and
you discover they landed on Mount Everest at the end. Of course, the Mariner gets the name of a Greek fictional character.
That character is the famous hero of the Odyssey, Ulysses. Of course, I am forgetting the Deacon's obsession with golf that
is missing from the film. I did come upon a Waterworld fan site that does tell what scenes are missing from Waterworld (expect
the link to be posted soon) It is on again later in the month and in March on 'encore'. See it and weigh in your own opinion.
Moving onto upcoming movies. I have watched three interesting trailers today. The Minority report trailer makes me want
to see this must-see movie even more. In this Stevn Spielberg film based on a Phillip K. Dick story, Tom Cruise plays a cop
in the future who arrests people who are going to commit murder in the future and his character goes on the run when he is
accused of committing a murder sometime in the near future. The trailer shows some cool visuals in what looks like visual
thrill ride. Minority Report hits theaters in the US on June 21st.
Getting closer to the present, the latest adaptation of the Time Machine finally hits theaters on March 8th. This H.G.
Wells classic is directed this time by his great-grandson, Simon Wells, with a script by John Logan who wrote Gladiator and
the upcoming Star Trek: Nemesis. Guy Pearce plays Alex Hartdegen who is an inventor who builds a time machine to prevent the
death of the woman he loved, but instead he is thrown further and further into the future until he meets a far fyture Earth
divided into two classes of humans, the human Eloi who live outside on the surface and the monstrous Morlocks who live underground.
The Morlocks are divided into several types of Morlocks. the leader of the Morlocks is an intelligent white Morlock played
by Jeremy Irons. Alex falls in love with a beautiful Eloi Mara played by singer Samantha Mumba. Time Machine was originally
delayed from it's Christmas 2001 ending to change the ending in light of the September 11th tragedy in new York City.
Back to the other trailers I watch today, I thrust myself into the future of April 26th which finally (and Hopefully)
sees the release of Jason X, the latest release in the Friday the 13th series which sees Jason thawed out 500 years into the
future as he kills people on a space station in a modified robot body. The movie stars Andromeda actors Lexa Doig and Lisa
Ryder. Lisa Ryder is decked out in black leather like some type of gun-toting dominatrix android and she's a brunette. Expect
this movie to be fun as long as you expect this movie to be a sci-fi slasher film with cliches and aimed at the teen audience
and the Gen X crowd. The only thing that can stop this one from being released after two years of delays is a later release
Finally, I come to a trailer I finally watched today that has been available since November 15th, 2001 with a release
date of May 2002. The film I'm talking about is Star Wars- Episode Two: The Attack of the Clones. The film takes place ten
years later. The Republic is falling apart and rouge Jedis led by the mysterious Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) is leading
a separatist movement. Amidala (Natalie Portman) is all grown up and not no longer a Queen with a new role of Republic Senator.
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) are sent to protect Amidala from an assassination attempt on her life.
Before you know it, Anakin is giving into his emotions (the one thing Jedis shouldn't do) and he falls in love with Amidala
(and he gets angry later and starts blaming Obi-Wan for some things). There is a mysterious clone army being built by someone
powerful in the Republic and Obi-Wan wants to find out who, but he is being followed by a bounty hunter by the name of Jango
Fett. By the trailer, the movie looks better than the misguided mess known as The Phantom Menace. Trailers can be deceiving,
let's hope George Lucas learned from his mistakes he did with Episode One and put out one of the best Star Wars movies. T