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rating: 3.5 stars

Speed RacerNov 20 2008

1. Speed Racer gets a whole extra star from me because I watched it in HD. This movie was made for 1080p...it's a gorgeous gorgeous film. Too bad the rest of it couldn't keep up.

2. When I first saw the trailer for the film, I remarked that the racing scenes seemed like Mario Kart. After seeing the movie, I'm tempted to say that the Wachowskis ripped off Nintendo wholesale. That scene at the beginning with the ghost car? That's right out of racing video games and the aesthetic is all Kart (with a bit of F-Zero and Tokyo Drift thrown in for good measure).

New trailer for Speed Racer...watch itMar 16 2008

New trailer for Speed Racer...watch it in full HD glory if your internet connection can take it. The courses remind me even more of Mario Kart than in the first trailer.

Now that the trippy stills have whettedDec 07 2007

Now that the trippy stills have whetted your appetite, feast your eyes on the trailer for Speed Racer, in freaking HD no less. The race courses remind me of those in Mario Kart: Double Dash, particularly Rainbow Road, Dry Dry Desert, and especially Wario Colosseum. (thx, askedrelic)

Speedracer PancakesDec 06 2007

These newly released stills from the upcoming 'Speed Racer' movie do a lot to lend credence to star Susan Sarandon's claim back in August that the Wachowskis' entirely unique vision for the film required the development of new, unprecedented technology and visual effects trickery. Her summary of the film's thematic elements: "It's all about cheating and betting and how things are fixed and everything else, but it's also about family values and pancakes are love."

At the time it was just a whimsical sound bite, but these new images make me head-splittingly happy, enough to buy all the way in to the pancake love. (thx joseph)

Update: Greg over at greg.org poses the question: Why does the media refuse to grant Lana (né Larry) Wachowski her right to the feminine pronoun?

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