May 14, 2004
random thoughts on trailer frames

First thing we see is John Constantine.

Yay, at least he's smoking

Oh wait, he doesn't have blonde hair and a tan trenchcoat. I think this is the point where they lost all the Hellblazer fans.

I'm not sure what the deal with this girl is..

someone's a little cranky

Damn, she's creepy. She's either posessed or out of Red Bull.

The atmosphere in the film looks really well done.

very cool details

I'm really optimistic about how director Francis Lawrence did with it.
The visuals in the trailer are striking.

intensely hot

I like it when he grits his teeth.

Rachel looks gorgeous...I think she was well cast.

I'm so jealous of her brows

OK, another one where I have no idea what's going on. Who's room is this? Is it time for Judge Judy?

I think this might be the vermin man

And you've really got to hate the light to put that much tinfoil on your windows.

Double threat in this frame.

in his defense, this was mid-turn, he's a dork but not that much

Ass and pigeon-toes.

"Well, you should..."

I love the swagger in his voice as well

I love the curl of his lips when he makes a "sh" sound. Which means he could pretty much tell me to shut up, shitbird and I'd be happy.

I love the tattoos.

more intensity

I love the signifiance to the character and the magick and I love that they call attention to his forearms.

Ah.... a look at the much-maligned Holy Shotgun.

Lock and Load, JC

Another thing I don't have a problem with. I mean there was a voodoo television in a recent issue of the comic.

The thing I like quite a bit about the Constantine character is the intensity. Neo was intense but it was controlled. John has a touch more wildness to him.

Do me, Occult Boy!

It's all in those eyes.

I think that this was a great first teaser. It's a bit flashy but I'm pretty sure that's the point. A trailer's purpose is to make you want to see a movie and this definitely does that.

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at May 14, 2004 01:10 PM .

Cool trailer. Had to view it a few times to catch the little idiosyncracies, but had I known you would have done it for me, I think I would have waited. (Nah, not really.) The clenched jaw pic reminds me of Johnny Nmemonic, and the shirt and tie is reminiscent of the ill-fitting Conor suit...wait, maybe it's all one big filmography? My favourite has to be the swagger he has when he's holding the shotgun...definite don't f- with me attitude going on. Looks good so far.

Posted by: irene on May 14, 2004 02:00 PM

Krix you have made my otherwise crappy afternoon a brighter place.

Posted by: Chianti on May 14, 2004 02:02 PM

Krix you crack me up as usual with you analysis! I had not even noticed the pigeon toes because my eyes had not yet focused that far down! :-D

Posted by: Lisa on May 14, 2004 02:34 PM

I've been trying to get into that forum for must be a-buzz!!

I read the piece on the Holy Shotgun...I think it's fun that it's " victorian style...made of arcane religious icons." I also think "Judge Judy's" office looks right out of the comic...nice work there.

...I think you are right Krix, not blonde and no tan trench coat...well, and he's not British (I think is big factor - but not for me)...but Keanu's got the character, and Rachel is GREAT!

...oh, and Lori/Nudel...stop worrying so much...will be good...can't change it now anyway, and won't matter in the end yeah?

Posted by: shelz on May 14, 2004 02:38 PM

all the Hellblazer fans?I say:"Keanu is John Constantine,he is the best"

Posted by: mhz on May 14, 2004 02:51 PM

i was wondering where my Holy Shotgun went!!!!

Posted by: wanda on May 14, 2004 02:52 PM

It looked fine to me :-)

Although I have to say, that without sound, it's just not the same. I mean, was there a dark and threathening score? Lots of *boom's*? The standard movie-voice over? A disco poppy tune? ;-)
I shall never know *sniffle*
I'm trying to get over the lack of hearing that supposedly super-sexy 'sh' sound as well ;-D
And now I'm off to giggle madly at the pigeon-toes, LOL! I didn't notice that one, too! *eagle-eye Krix* :-D

Posted by: Julie! on May 14, 2004 03:09 PM

Thanks, krix, love your comments! heh..glad I'm not the only one to grab that to speak.

Julie!, ask and you shall receive. Give me a couple of hours, and I'll transcribe the trailer for ya.

Gotta have some dinner first, though.

Posted by: Nudel on May 14, 2004 03:16 PM

Well, it only took a couple of minutes. I emailed Julie! but if anybody else is interested ...?

Posted by: Nudel on May 14, 2004 03:31 PM

mhz, your last two comments (which I've deleted) just earned you a time out. Grow up.

Posted by: krix on May 14, 2004 03:45 PM

Hee, I'm fast as lightening when it comes down to transcriptions ;-)

You RAWK, my Nudel-doodle-honey-poodle! ;-D
Thank you so much in advance!!!!! :-D

Posted by: Julie! on May 14, 2004 04:27 PM

I REAAALLY really wnna see that movie now.... WOW

you should work for advertising Keanu- lol

I love your comments for each pic.

Posted by: cornflakes on May 14, 2004 05:44 PM

I love his voice....

Deep....way deep...and very rich...

" my world...."


Posted by: Keanuette on May 14, 2004 05:54 PM

I *heart* Rachel.

Is it bad that I watch Mummy Returns over and over for her parts? :D

Posted by: Mikey2 on May 14, 2004 05:57 PM

Thanx, krix, great pix, with my dial-up i can just imagine which one goes with which sound, i thing that i plug my hifi to pc to feel it deeply, oh, every one suits with the last one to me.*blush*
did you mentioned that he never looked strait to camera in SGG?

Posted by: vika on May 14, 2004 06:19 PM

ehm,... straight ... .-(

Posted by: vika on May 14, 2004 06:21 PM

There's god and the devil and everything in between and the fanboys are worried about a holy shotgun. I don't get it. I mean, I expected nothing less than a holy shotgun. Didn't you?

krix, I love you with the funny. :D

Hey Julie! *waves*

Mikey, it's no worse than us watching Chain Reaction more than once. ;)

Posted by: Zen on May 14, 2004 06:49 PM

How amazing would that be if we could all go to the priemere of Constantine in 2005? I can see it now; we would all be thrown out for screaming and ripping Keanu's clothes off

Posted by: Allison on May 14, 2004 06:52 PM

did u c some kutcherīs movie *quick run away*

Posted by: vika on May 14, 2004 06:52 PM

Hey Zenny! *waves back* :-)
I always rewind 'Aunt Julia & the scriptwriter' for various reasons ;-D
And again, NUDEL RAWKS!!!! That made so much more sense then listening to it with Beyonce going 'oh-oh-oh-oh nanana' on the radio in the background ;-)

And the hellblazer-forum boys are just... ehm.. 'blazing hell'. It's what they do, they are obliged to do so in a way :-) Got to keep up their reputation for being tough dudes ;-)
Besides, we would have done the same if Neo had chanced into a blonde alcoholic, and ran off with Niobe instead of Trinity half-way during the Matrix trilogy. *shrug*

Posted by: Julie! on May 14, 2004 08:19 PM

Yeah Mikey...I also loved her in Mummy and Mummy Returns...but,um, for different reasons ;-)

Posted by: shelz on May 14, 2004 11:02 PM

Oh I can't wait for this to come out. I just can't wait. My darling. May this fly. May it be loved. May you be loved. God how I love this man. Okay. Gonna go to bed now.

Posted by: Smit too on May 14, 2004 11:15 PM

...when I first saw the double-threat thingie, I immediately wanted to mail you, Krix,
with my best wishes for a Happy AF. Unfortunately I was distracted, so...
Lovin' the trailer to pieces, glad to have a flat rate!

Um, Julie!,*sniff*

Posted by: Niobe on May 15, 2004 01:16 AM

This Constantine trailer a la krix -- scathingly cool!

Posted by: phoenix IX on May 15, 2004 11:02 AM

Comments and maybe a couple of POSSIBLE SPOILERS.


"I'm not sure what the deal with this girl is.."

In an early draft of the script, Constantine punches her out and summons the demon from her body and into a mirror, which he then tosses out of a window, shattering it on Chaz's cab. It's a cool idea, but I don't know if it made the translation into the shooting script.

"Rachel looks gorgeous...I think she was well cast."

Mmm, lovely pretty lady.

"OK, another one where I have no idea what's going on. Who's room is this? Is it time for Judge Judy?"

Is this the home of the scavenger character who supposedly gets hold of the Spear of Destiny.

"Ass and pigeon-toes."

Does Keanu do this pigeon-toes thing a lot? Is it some kind of foot problem he has? It's a relief to know he's not PERFECT.

"Another thing I don't have a problem with. I mean there was a voodoo television in a recent issue of the comic."

Except that the voodoo TV was a quirky little plot device to let the characters in on the chaos of the growing Apocalypse, whereas the Holy Shotgun is obviously just a shite way to crowbar a shoot-out sequence into a film that really shouldn't have one. And it's obviously a crap combination of the holy shotgun from Dusk Till Dawn and the titular firearm from The Man With the Golden Gun (made up of otherwise unconnected holy relics).

Posted by: James on May 15, 2004 12:24 PM

Bah, ugly repetition of "obviously" there.

Those tattoos look like they were drawn on with marker.

Posted by: James on May 15, 2004 12:27 PM

Just to counter the above cynicism - it IS a great-looking and splendidly atmospheric trailer, and I like the fact that (holy shotgun aside) it doesn't seem to focus too much on bishi-bashi fighting.

Posted by: James on May 15, 2004 12:38 PM

Krix, loved your teaser review. You are the best. :)

I liked the teaser, it's clear it was focused in the John/Angela plot line. It would be cool to have the next one focused in the other arc, about John's cancer, before the big and complete trailer... for what I saw on the web, people became very curious about the movie, and with sure it was what the producers wanted.

Oh, and James, yes, Keanu does that pigeon-toes thing a lot, but in him, even that is PERFECT... :P

Posted by: Le on May 15, 2004 02:09 PM

Hi James...Welcome!

I know, I know, it's not in line with the comic...but I can't help it...I'm still likin' that Holy Shotgun!!! I see it as good "movie fodder."

As for Keanu's pigeon-toes...I am relieved he is not perfect either, but I still say awww...they're just so cute!

Posted by: shelz on May 15, 2004 06:03 PM

krix, your movie commentary is hilarious, as always.
LOL @ she's either possessed or out of Red Bull.
I agree with the intensely hot teeth clenching. Reminds me a little of Johnny Mnemonic.

James, shite! ~ tee hee!
crowbar a shoot-out sequence ~ I like the way you talk.

Posted by: sta-cie on May 16, 2004 05:32 AM

definately out of red bull...she probably wants a little scottish highland red bull...(oops! did I say that!) omg... i watched Johnny Mnemonic for an entire weekend once when i was a little under the weather... excellent company... just kept rewinding and playing... rewinding and playing...rewinding and playing...rewinding and playing... as for the constantine trailer... i saw the internet version(sans sound(( ) and i saw the theater version (ok... i had to buy a ticket to see very watchable troy!!)the trailer rocks! the movie rocks! Keanu rocks! Rachel looks gaw... Rachel rocks! hey...the only reason i'm gonna see that one is for that gosh darn holy gun!!! NOT!!!! purists wherever they are may want to take note of the fact that the story and character of constantine are being presented in a "big hollywood collaborative production" to many people who may never have e v e r been exposed to it in any other way...very interesting.

Posted by: wanda on May 16, 2004 11:11 AM

spear of destiny aka spear of longinus...from a review at amazon ( i used to have this book)

The legend of the spear of destiny used by the Roman soldier Longinus to pierce the side of Christ is the centerpiece of the story. How it inspired Hitler, provided psychic glimpses for him into the future and how it ultimately allowed him to carry out his twisted mission of genocide and world conquest (though he failed in the latter). Despite what you may feel about him and his actions, no one can deny that he was an incredibly interesting and ambitious man. Through shear will and determination he rose from abject poverty to undisputed leader of a great world power. Ironically, we learn that when the spear fell into American hands in April 1945 and Berlin was under siege, Hitler and his bride Eva Braun committed suicide on Walpurgis Night--- a satanic holiday.

Posted by: wanda on May 16, 2004 11:28 AM

I am concerned about the comments on the Hellblazer site -- I hope you are all going over there (politely) and voicing strong support --

I wonder why this films opening was pushed so far back?? Anyone know??

Posted by: jude on May 16, 2004 01:28 PM

No one knows why the film was pushed back, there has been a lot of speculation on one of the threads at the hellforum. My theory is that either they don't want to release so close to other comic films (like Catwoman) or the CGI just wasn't going to be ready in September and they didn't want to release in the holiday season so February was the next slot. From the look of the trailer it certainly isn't becuase the film is a "dog".

As far as voicing your support at the forum (which is actually down at the moment), yes the keyword is POLITELY and positively. Make it known what you liked about the trailer and why it makes you want to see the film (because THAT is what WB is interested in), not to argue with those who don't feel the same about this project.
PLEASE remember that it primarily is a forum for fans of the comic, a comic and character which has been around many, MANY years and that many of the comic fans will never ever like the movie as it has been made (hence my comment on the very first frame). As soon as the forum is back up, I am going to direct people to read commentary on these entries (re:the trailer) as well just in case TPTB want our perspective, so feel free to expand your thoughts. I think they pretty much know our asses will be in the seats though.

Posted by: krix on May 16, 2004 01:52 PM

Okay, I haven't been all that keen on the whole Constantine concept...but after seeing the trailer am now looking forward to it. Just one teensy little I the *only* person who hears the phrase "holy shotgun" and thinks of the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail? And their reading from the Book of Armaments?? That scene always leaves me weeping with laughter...

Posted by: JeezLouise on May 16, 2004 06:23 PM

thanks for stressing that polite approach krix. and hey to James...i hope you know, James, that i use the term "fanboys" with respect, as i totally consider myself a fanboy (fangirl?) of the whole Matrix story. like i said, i understand why fans of the comic are railing against all the changes -- but yes, i think hollywood is capable of bastardizing just about anything. look at what they did to Daredevil, a comic to which i am somewhat sentimentally attached, and which SHOULD have made for one kick-ass movie. absolute and utter failure! still, as krix so eloquently put it, my ass will be in the seat, probably several times, for Constantine...

Posted by: lori on May 16, 2004 06:33 PM

The Straight To Hell messageboard is back online, so if you want to start voicing your love for the film, now's the time.

We actually need more Keanu fans, since as the movie's getting nearer, we're getting more and more depressed about it, there is a psychological demand for someone who'll point out the good things about the whole movie/game/McDonald's Happy Cancer Meal idea, or just someone at whom we'll direct our negative energy, for lack of WB execs and such. ;)

Also - please note Adrian Brown's one page charity comic collection, featuring at least two "Keanu as Constantine" appearances - it's all for charity, folks, and the original panels will be auctioned over e-bay, so Keanuettes (or Keanu-police, as i like to call you girls [guys?!]), if you really have an urge to have Keanu in your hands (though just as a comic) up against your wall (even though it's only as a framed original artwork), check this out :

even though it's chock full of trademark "Hellblazer fanboy bitterness", you can just ignore it and look at the pretty pictures ;)

Posted by: Rogan on May 17, 2004 12:05 AM

Keanuīs voice in the teaser is something... I canīt even describe... My God! Only that could put me in the seat forever...

Posted by: Le on May 17, 2004 05:49 AM

Yeah Le

...will go to forum just as soon as I find a free moment :-)

Posted by: shelz on May 17, 2004 06:20 AM

keanu's like a clear bell with deep resounding tones and warm honey and chocolate hues... my ass will always be in the seat!!!!

Posted by: wanda on May 17, 2004 07:55 AM

Hey Rogan -- thanks for the links -- nothing I like better than a challenge!!!

Way to go big guy (er?? gal??)

Posted by: Jude on May 17, 2004 08:20 AM

Awesome grabs!
Great commentary... as usual.
Next year is way too long to wait!!!

Posted by: virgo on May 17, 2004 10:43 AM

I agree year is too long to wait...sooner would be better!

Posted by: shelz on May 17, 2004 05:09 PM

Jude - I'm a guy all right, though many would disagree... :P

Posted by: Rogan on May 17, 2004 09:44 PM

HEY ALLISON! that would be a great idea, actually I have been thinking about that too and have been sort of making plans myself SO maybe we should start a group and go see our guy!! WHAT do you guys think?

Posted by: neosjourney on May 18, 2004 04:53 AM

Rogan -- nice to hear it and so nice of you to
stay with us -- hope we can amuse and amaze you

Posted by: jude on May 18, 2004 08:11 AM

Let's make plans...I'm there Allison/Neosjourney!

Posted by: shelz on May 18, 2004 08:21 AM

Jude - don't worry, i'm here to stay, for better or for worse. Hopefully, you'll abuse and a-haze (hellblaze?!) me...

and what was so nice to hear? That i'm a male, or that many would disagree with that assesement? ;)

Posted by: Rogan on May 18, 2004 10:51 AM

Rogan -- both Keanu Reeves and John Constantine are somewhat ambiguous -- perverse -- and mysterious -- I find that....enticing ;)

Posted by: Jude on May 18, 2004 12:14 PM

Please don't sign your name at the end of your comments. Putting your name in the space provided in the form automatically puts it in the "posted by" spot.

Thank You.

Posted by: The Management on May 18, 2004 12:28 PM

Jude - Why isn't MY name on that list?! It's an outrage... >:P

Posted by: Rogan on May 18, 2004 11:00 PM

HEY SHELZ/ALLISON what we could do is let the word out and keep a list of people who are interested and as FEB approaches either start making contact or meet before the date THAT would be exciting too (if no one else wants or cant go then three crazed Keanu fans will be good enough too) anyways my email is over there just in case you might want to e-mail me, I'll keep your emails and email you laterz cause I need to go now. talk to you guys later!

Posted by: neosjourney on May 24, 2004 06:04 AM
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