Comic-Con Diary: Day 3

Hall H dominates the day

sdcomicon4Hello everyone! Terence here, reporting live from Comic-Con where my endurance was put to the ultimate test today. With the crazy schedule today and after being alerted of the long line outside Hall H, I was forced to arrive at the hall much earlier than I would have liked to and spent the entire day within the expansive confines. From 10:45 am to 5:50pm, I was sequestered in the big hall to endure both panels good and bad, as well as get treated to some pretty exciting footage and star cameos. Check out my thoughts on the six panels that were held in Hall H today after the jump!

ParaNorman – I actually came away really impressed by the footage we saw from this film, the stop motion animation looked fantastic. The directors proved what they could do with Coraline, but this film pushes the envelope even further as they have several massive crowd scenes and chase sequences. Plus it was also fun to see Kodi Smit-Mcphee dance for the crowd and talked about how his voice started dropping during the filming, so he has no way of proving that he recorded the voice for the character.

The Big Bang Theory – Probably the most raucous panel and Q&A, with the added hilarity of Jim Parsons being beamed in via satellite from New York City. The questions during the Q&A were alternately interesting and foolish, with many of the question askers being children under the age of 15. One really cool thing that happened was that a real life astronaut came and raffled off a free trip to space to one of the lucky people who got to ask a question of the panel.

The Walking Dead – This panel was pretty cool. Loved seeing the preview footage of the next season, which looks great. Many people, myself included, complained about the pace of the show, but this next season looks to be really great. I loved the footage that I saw, especially of them in the Prison fighting off hoards of zombies, which returns to the scares that the first season had.

Game of Thrones – Probably the best Q&A session I’ve attended at the Con so far. The fans were respectful and asked intelligent questions, and the actors gave some pretty high quality answers. It was really great hearing each of their thoughts regarding their character’s motivations, given how the complex moral fabric that show has.

Resident Evil: Retribution – I only sat through this panel because there was no way in hell I’d miss the Sony panel which was directly after it. This panel was crazy, I’m convinced that my friend and I had to have been in an alternate universe, because there was no way it was real life. From the guy who asked Michelle Rodriguez to have sex with him to the fact that none of the panelists really answered any of the questions they were asked, this was the worst thing I’ve had to endure so far. Add to that my distaste for the far that this franchise is on it 5th (!) film and you have the recipe for a disaster. Thankfully I was saved by the…

Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium – Thank goodness for Looper and Elysium being here to raise my spirits after the dreadful Resident Evil panel. While I enjoyed the Total Recall footage from an action perspective, it didn’t really jump out at me, especially when you consider the unique films the followed it. It looks like a standard blockbuster, nothing extra special. Looper on the other hand, really got my attention with its unique take on the future world and time travel, as well as the amount of action and violence Rian Johnson managed to fit in a 7 minute reel. The Elysium presentation was also fascinating. I LOVE District 9 and was very amped to see the footage of Blomkamp’s follow up and he certainly did not disappoint. It was also pretty awesome getting to see Jodie Foster and Matt Damon in person, never thought in a million years I’d be in a room with Clarice Starling and Jason Bourne. Jodie had perhaps my favorite quip of the day, saying that she wishes she could have directed District 9.

When I finally left Hall H, I felt like a vampire, being deprived of fresh San Diegan air for so long but I was glad I was able to cover so many interesting panels. After some Chipotle, my friend and I headed back to our hotel room to just chill for the rest of the night. Tomorrow is a huge day with the several interviews I have lined up as well as what promises to be an epic Warner Bros. panel in Hall H. Good night!

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Written by Terence Johnson

When he's not enduring Shade Samurai training from Victoria Grayson, you can find Terence spends his time being an avid watcher of television, Criterion film collector, Twitter addict, and awards season obsessive. Opinionated but open minded, ratchet but with class, Terence holds down the fort as the producer of the Power Hour podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @LeNoirAuteur.


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John H. Foote

I love the endurance comment — events like these, film festivals as well, do indeed place challenges upon us no one ever thinks about — some folks believe attedning TIFF, or the Montreal Film Festival (never again) or Sundance is all glamor and fun? Nope, it is indeed fun when a film hits us like a ton of bricks, but for the most part it is hard, demanding work — try seeing four films a day for ten days, or eight, or however long beyond a week you can do it? TIFF begins to wind down after seven days, and… Read more »



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