I've been a HUGE fan of Paul W.S. Anderson since first seeing Mortal Kombat at the theater. In fact, aside from The Three Musketeers, Pompeii, and his first film, Shopping, I've seen all of his films theatrically. As far as I know anyway. Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Soldier, his Resident Evil directorial outings. I've always thought he's gotten a bad rap as far as being a director, since he's got a lot of style and always aims for making entertaining movies. I'm glad to hear that his latest is another winner, and I hope to see it soon.
I liked Trainspotting well enough, so I'm looking slightly forward to the sequel. I wasn't aching with anticipation for it, but I'll still see it. Sick Boy can go to hell though. He was a neglectful father in the first film that led to tragedy with his infant daughter. I revisited the film on blu-ray when my own daughter was about 5 months old, so that really struck a nerve with me and pissed me off. Even more when they actually show the baby. I've seen plenty of things in horror movies that didn't upset me as much as that moment in Trainspotting.
I'm with you Rene. With the exception of SHOPPING I've seen every Paul W.S. Anderson flick on the big screen. I saw THE FINAL CHAPTER in 3D and Felix is right; it doesn't add anything to the experience. Save your money and go with the standard version.
I recently revisited TRAINSPOTTING in anticipation for the sequel and felt the same way as you did about Sick Boy. My little girl will be turning 4 in May and I couldn't imagine anything horrible like that happening. It pissed me off as well and made me hate his character. That hatred for him carried through to the sequel.
I've been watching this series on Discovery Channel. It's excellent. I'm an even bigger fan of Idris now after watching the grueling workout schedule and lifestyle change that he put himself through in order to compete as a professional kickboxer. Check it out if you get a chance.
I moderately enjoyed T2, mostly due to how well it mined the nostalgia of the first film. Everyone is so good playing their roles, it made up for how thin the whole thing was.
I don't know if you have read Porno, the novel-sequel. That ended up being a pseudo-remake, with the ending the exact same for all 4 characters (Renton wins, Spud gets a consolation prize, Sick Boy is left standing with nothing and Begbie is 'focked'). At the very least, the way things ended, the film sequel was better than the way the book went). The scene with Begbie and son? Nothing of the sort happens in the book.
I don't regret watching and it works as an OK follow-up.
I haven't read the novel Porno yet, but interested in checking it out now after having seen the movie. I did think the ending of T2 was pretty fitting and does sound much better than the novel version.
Finally caught the new Scott Adkins flick ELIMINATORS last night. Great B-action flick and certainly one of the better WWE films on the market. Wade Barrett makes for a great villan and Scott is great as usual. The script is also really good and the Tim Mann choregraphed fight scenes are a blast. This is a really solid action film and I'm hoping that WWE continues their partnership with Voltage.