Sick Day Movies

October 30, 2008

My twins are sick today so we are hosting our own mini Scooby Doo marathon.  Scooby Doo has the most movies they can agree on. 

If it was just my daughter, we’d be watching princess movies all day.  My son would rather spend the day watch movies like Cars and Speed Racer.

But that’s okay, because sick days are meant to snuggle under a blanket, curl up on the couch and watch that one or two movies that really seem to connect to you.

My husband loves to watch the Matrix trilogy when he’s sick.  It’s the only time he really gets to watch them uninterrupted.

My sick day movies are little less cohesive:  Eddie and the Cruisers, The Lost Boys and A Knight’s Tale.

I know that Eddie is a little off beat, probably why I like it.  But I love the music in the show.  The Lost Boys has been a favorite of my since I was a teen.  And I don’t even know why I like A Knight’s Tale, except maybe for the eye candy Heath Ledger.

Yeah, I know it’s a weird collection, but that’s what sick days are for – to bring out those movies that you don’t necessarily watch with family and friends.

What is your favorite sick day movie(s)?


A Look at the new Speed Racer Trailers

March 10, 2008

I grew up around cars.  My father used to lull me to sleep as a child with a trip around the block in his dragster.  I spent many weekends during my youth at the racetrack.  So it’s no surprise I like television shows with great cars and, as a kid, liked a cartoon about a boy and his car – Speed Racer.

Mach 5But in reality, I haven’t watched a Speed Racer cartoon in ages.  In fact, I’d forgotten all about the Mach 5 and Speed, Trixie and the gang until I heard that the Wachowski brothers, the duo behind the Matrix trilogy, were bringing the ‘60s Japanese anime to the big screen in a live action feature in May.

At the time, I was intrigued by the resurrection of a childhood favorite.  After seeing the two new international trailers just released, I am a lot more that intrigued.  I am eagerly anticipating the May 9 release date.

At let me tell you, from what I saw in the trailer, this movie isn’t the cartoon of my youth.  Wow!  If the trailers are any indication this movie is going to be action packed with a Mach 5 that will blow your mind.

And the characters are not stuck in the ‘60s either.  In fact, the Racer universe seems a bit futuristic and very colorful.

I’ve followed the casting news for the movie, but wasn’t sure how the actors where going to fill the shoes of the cartoon images.  Let’s just say, hats off to the casting and wardrobe because I was blown away the resemblances.

Speed RacerEmile Hirsh is perfect for the role of Speed, right down to the spit curl on his forehead.  Although Speed is a little older than I remember in the cartoon.  And Christina Ricci looked great as Speed’s loyal girlfriend, Trixie.

The Speed family is rounded out with John Goodman as Pops, Susan Sarandon as Ma and Paulie Litt as little brother Spittle.  Although we didn’t get to see him in the trailer Scott Porter will play Speed’s older brother, Rex and Kick Gurry will fill the shoes of the quirky mechanic, Sparky.

But we did get a look at Speed’s one-time nemesis, Matthew Fox as Racer X.  (Loyal fans of the series might have a question here.  But I don’t want to spoil the movie for newcomers, so let’s just say you’ve got to watch the movie to understand).

In the movie, Speed is going to team with Racer X to win the Crucible, a dangerous cross-country race that took the life of Rex.  But Speed has to do more than avenge his brother; he must defeat the rich and powerful Royalton (Roger Allam) who is behind the fixing of races and the plan to stop Speed at all costs.

This summer is going to be a very popular summer at the theater.

Are you looking forward to the Speed Racer movie?

‘Speed Racer’ movie launches website

June 11, 2007

For those of you anxiously awaiting the new live action version of the Speed Racer movie, you will happy to know that the website for the movie has been launched.

Speed RacerThe website is  The site not only contains a synopsis of the movie, cast bios and photos; it also includes video, podcast and transcripts from the recent press conference in Berlin.

Speed Racer stars Emile Hirsh as Speed Racer, Christine Ricci as Trixie, Mathew Fox as Racer X, Kick Gurry as Sparky, Susan Sarandon as Ma Racer and John Goodman as Pops Racer.  The film is scheduled for release next June.

Check out ‘Speed Racer’s’ Mach 5

June 4, 2007

A fan of the Speed Racer cartoon, I’m excited about the prospect of the new live action Speed Racer movie coming out.  Here’s a sneak preview of what the Mach 5 from the movie will look like.

Mach 5
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Speed Racer stars Emile Hirsh as Speed Racer, Christine Ricci as Trixie, Mathew Fox as Racer X, Kick Gurry as Sparky, Susan Sarandon as Ma Racer and John Goodman as Pop Racer.  The film is scheduled for release next June.

Matthew Fox to be Racer X in ‘Speed Racer’

April 20, 2007

As a follow up to my earlier post about Speed Racer, I have additional news about the cast.  According to Hollywood Report, Matthew Fox (Lost, Party of Five) is finalizing negotiations to join the project.

In this live-action version of the cult-favorite cartoon, Fox will be the mysterious Racer X, Speed’s arch Nemesis.  In addition, the role of Sparky, Speed’s quirky mechanic is being filled by Kick Gurry, an Australian actor.

Fox and Gurry will join an already stellar cast to include Susan Sarandon (Ma Racer), John Goodman (Pop Racer), Christina Ricci (Trixie, Speed’s girlfriend),  and Emile Hirsh (Speed).

Directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski (Matrix franchise), Speed Racer is set to begin filming in Berlin in June.  The film is scheduled for release in June 2008.

‘Speed Racer’ to get the big screen with Ricci as Trixie

April 13, 2007

Christina Ricci will join the cast of the live action version of Speed Racer scheduled to hit the big screen in May 2008.

Trixie and SpeedAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, Ricci will play Trixie Fontaine, the dedicated girlfriend of Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch), the world-class Grand Prix race car driver.

A story about a boy and his car, the movie is based on the Japanese anime series created in the ’60s by Tatsuo Yoshida that later became a cult favorite in the U.S.  In the cartoon, teen Speed traveled the world racing his Mach 5, the car built by his father Pop, to be portrayed by John Goodman in the movie.  Whenever he went, the independent Trixie was by his side to help with whatever crisis he faced. 

Susan Sarandon has been tapped to play Mom Racer, the quintessential mother figure and the glue that holds the Mach 5 racing team together.  Speed’s mysterious nemesis, Racer X, has not been cast yet, but will be featured in the live action movie with his car the Shooting Star.

No word if Speed’s younger brother Spritle and his pet monkey Chim Chim will make an appearance in the film.  Sparky, the Mach 5 team mechanic, also has not been cast yet.

I watched this cartoon as a kid and I am looking forward to sharing with my kids another adventure of Speed Racer as he revs up his Mach 5.  Go Speed Racer, Go!

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