The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 9
By Justin Weiner
Daily Arts Writer
How does one follow up the most ambitious
trilogy in film history? Barrie Osborne, producer
of "The Lord of the Rings" saga, will probably
bust out his calculator and take a few weeks to
count his money. "The Return
of the King," the trilogy's
final film, has grossed $329
million to date, bringing the.
trilogy's total revenue to
around $1 billion.
With the awards season
rapidly approaching, "ROTK"
is poised for non-monetary
success as well. Osborne,
however, said he is not overly
concerned with collecting Osborne
statues. "Winning is some-
what a fluke. It's somewhat dependent upon what
other films you're up against, and it also depends
on what is happening in the world that might
make your film resonant more than another film."
While noting that peer recognition is an honor,
Osborne gives other reasons for taking pride in
his work: "I think that making a film that people
identify with and relate
to is really what we want
to achieve." Of course,
he had plenty of assis- LI .
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edges "Rings" director,
Peter Jackson's help in reaching this aim. "In the
midst of what is an epic production there are
quiet, dramatic (and) compelling dramatic
moments, and that's a real tribute to Peter, who
created these three-dimensional characters."
Given the success of LOTR, it's hard to imag-
ine what Osborne could do to top it. One rumored
possibility is a film adaptation of the trilogy's
prequel, "The Hobbit." Osborne, however, does
not see that as an immediate possibility: "For me
right now, I want to gain some perspective, take a
break from Middle Earth ... regain some insight
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In the meantime, "Rings" followers will have
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of the Rings." "I don't
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So what blockbuster has Osborne lined up to
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Osborne is set to produce a small production
called "Jindabyne" and a film loosely based on
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How can he move from producing one of the
most epic films in history to comparatively small
projects? "I think you look for a story that
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By Andrew M. Gaerig
Daily Arts Writer
Billed as a companion piece to
Songs: Ohia's 2003 breakthrough Mag-
nolia Electric Co., Pyramid Electric Co.
finds Jason Molina - proprietor of the
Capcom releases another 'Mega Man' rehash
By Brian Stephens
Daily Arts Writer
VI DEOGAM E REVI EW *
Calling Capcom's latest release
"Mega Man X7" is a bit misleading
as the main character isn't Mega Man
Songs tag - back
on his own again,
album of slow-
leak hymns in his
Foregoing past "She done me wrong"
themes, Pyramid is empathetic and even
apologetic. For all of the misogyny that
the title "Honey, Watch Your Ass,"
implies, the song is just that - a warn-
ing. Elsewhere, the electric prickle of
the title track and the touching "Divi-
sion Street Girl" are as affecting as any-
thing in Molina's catalog.
Critics will find this album heavy-
handed, but they're only partly right -
the mood is grim, to be sure, but there
are subtle humors buried in Molina's
restlessness. Magnolia was a huge step
in Molina's development, and while
Pyramid isn't of the same magnitude,
it's a fine primer for those whose first
Songs experience was Magnolia. A lat-
eral step, to be sure, but one that was
well worth taking.
at all but rather a
new robot by the
name of Axl. The
game starts with
a beautiful anime
cut scene detail-
ing why Axl is a
proclaiming, "If you want what you
seek, defeat all eight of my minions
and fight through my castle and try to
After so many years fighting, Mega
Man has turned battle-weary and is
tired of violence. He sends Zero and
Axl to fight eventually joining them
halfway through the game. Axl, a
small robot, has the ability to trans-
form or take on the characteristics of
reploids, androids fighting for good.
This can only be done by killing the
creature with a charged shot of a spe-
cial weapon; it sounds simple, but it's a
time-consuming process that, when
implemented, only lasts for a few sec-
onds. Zero uses a saber and has a won-
derful "double jump" as his special
ability. Mega Man is essentially an Axl
fugitive and how he joins forces with
Mega Man and his side-kick Zero.
Unfortunately, the writers gave "X7"
a plot so trite that it basically boils
down to the antagonist of the story
clone without the ability to transform;
however, he is able to make use of cap-
sules left by his creator Dr. Light to
augment his abilities.
Capcom decided to shift from a pri-
marily two-dimensional format to a
more three-dimensional world for
"X7." Because of the fast-paced, side-
scrolling gameplay inherent to the
"Mega Man" series, adjusting the cam-
era angles for 3-D often becomes both-
ersome. The transition to either
soupy bombast, Pyramid is reminiscent
of earlier Songs material: The sparse
instrumentation serves as a backdrop
for Molina's even, arresting tenor and
his urban poetry.
For the first time in his career, Moli-
na sounds at ease with the opposite sex.
perspective was smooth but often awk-
ward and unexpected.
Unfortunately, it appears that the
designers did not put much thought or
effort into "Mega Man X7." Taking
into account that Capcom is pumping
out new games in the acclaimed series
every year, perhaps it is too difficult to
take designing any single one seriously.
While "X7" will satisfy die-hard Mega
Man fans, it'll only serve to frustrate
those not familiar with the blue bomber.
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