PHiXrS10PhPBmi_1_m-1



A FUN RIDE

Summer movies can be disappointing and 2011’s batch has been a mixed bag. However, Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, passes a very pleasant couple of hours. Director Favreau is a very steady hand when it comes to big screen spectacle and from the start, when we see amnesiac cowboy Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) end up in the middle of nowhere in Arizona, he commands the viewers’ attention. Dispatching a group of mercenaries, the cowboy heads into town where he encounters the antagonistic Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano). So far, it feels like a classic western with Craig on great form as the Man With No Name. Then everything gets turned on its head with the appearance of the aliens of the title. So it then falls to Lonergan with the aid of crusty landowner Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford playing against type as an unpleasant figure), saloon owner Doc (Sam Rockwell) and mysterious woman Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde) with the assistance of a group of Native Americans to fight the aliens, who are intent on plundering the Earth for its gold. Craig makes for a very credible leading man and Ford shows why he has endured for all these decades in Hollywood. It does make you think sometimes whether Favreau would be great helming a traditional Western. As a popcorn movie, Cowboys & Aliens is a very entertaining piece of fluff…

TRIPWIRE ANNUAL LATEST DESIGN MOCKUP
Off to the States tomorrow (to LA and then San Francisco for Wonder Con). I’m doing my Tim Kring (Heroes) interview for TRIPWIRE Annual and Sci-Fi Now when I’m over there and possibly meeting up with Grant Morrison and then interviewing Jon Favreau at Wonder Con. I’ll post while I’m away but in the meantime, here is the latest mockup cover of the TRIPWIRE Annual
By the way, our Heroes oneshot is back on with the end of the writers’ strike, so expect to see that around February next year…