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Halloween Costumes that I’m not Excited to See

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As Halloween gets closer, I begin to think of Halloween costumes. Mainly, I am focusing on what I want to be…and believe me this is a tall order because I try to go for interesting and odd costumes that have varying purposes but enough about me. I’ve been thinking about it the last few days and realized some of the costumes that we might see from people who are caught up in the fads of the here and now.

1) The Mad Hatter and other Alice in Wonderland characters. Good God, I hope that I don’t see a bevy of these characters this Halloween…even though, I know that I will. Due to the success of the movie and it being one of Johnny Depp’s eccentric characters, I feel that the Mad Hatter will be a staple for both children and adults. Why? I don’t really understand…quite frankly, I thought it was a mediocre performance in a movie that was only okay (I can hear the comments from Johnny Depp fans now…and it’s already grating). I don’t see why people would want to imitate this…and do so poorly. Let’s face it. No matter how good of a makeup artist you are, the local Halloween costumes and makeup from your local Walgreen’s or Wal-Mart cannot make you look like the professional quality Mad Hatter from the film (you also have to take digital effects into account too).

2) Avatar. You are not a blue alien from another planet…why pretend to be one and do it poorly. James Cameron’s movie was pretty amazing visually. The Na’vi are a computer generated race. I don’t know that a professional, movie make-up crew could effectively do it…so, I don’t know that we as normal people who have not experience in turning others into creatures could. Don’t get me wrong…I wish we could transform ourselves, but we can’t.  So, get over it and move on. Also, please don’t try to be a Na’vi who is skinny and be a 300 pound person in a loin cloth…it just doesn’t bode well…

3) Edward and Bella. It doesn’t take much to look like a douchey vampire “teen” and his emotionally dead piece of meat…that’s all I’m saying. They have an unhealthy relationship and just because you think it’s a beautiful love story doesn’t make it okay. If I see people dressed like this and they are sincere about wearing the costumes, I will heckle them…yeah…

So, there you have it. On Halloween when I go to my door or to Halloween Parties, I will be on the look out for such costumes. I will try my best to avoid you, but if you persist in trying to chat with me, I might have to tell you like it is…Sorry.

A Thought of Remakes

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I was watching the Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Ring this morning while I was grading papers (it’s always good to have background noise on for me). It is an epic movie full of special effects, great performances, and many other great qualities (A great movie all the way around for those reading this who might not have watched it). As I teared up at the end as the (*spoiler alert) fellowship broke up and went their separate ways, I thought, ” in 50 years when technology advances will they decide remake these movies?”

It was quite a startling thought for me because who in our day and age would think to remake these masterpieces. However, look at classics like Clash of the Titans, considered to be a special effects marvel of its time, has been remade and so have many others. So, I’m just curious if the LOTR trilogy will have the same fate later down the line.

Now, I’m okay with remakes in theory because they’re supposed to improve upon the original. Yet, how many of them actually do this? The answer from my perspective is not many. Matter of factly, I cannot even think of one right off the top of my head as I write this post that even lives up to the original. The reason being, special effects are everything. Sometimes when this idea gets in the heads of filmmakers, it pollutes the overall story of the film, and it gets lost in a cocoon of technical wonder. I’m not saying that special effects aren’t all well and good because I do enjoy movies like Avatar and others which are marvelous. However, the integrity of a film should not be forfeited because of them.

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April 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm