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“The Hobbit” Trailer Out… It Makes me Wants It Now… The Precious

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As the title of this post suggests, I am excited about the arrival of “The Hobbit” this December 14th. I’m sure that I will find myself at some midnight showing or other wherein I will be drawn into Peter Jackson’s version of  J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth once again. Although this trailer is only two and a half minutes long, there are a couple of portions that give me goosebumps of excitement as I listen and watch them. I hope you will find similar moments too.

From the dwarves’ singing to Gollum asking what a Baggins is, I feel like Jackson is going to do justice with these films much as he did with the LOTR franchise. I anxiously await this movie to see the world of the Hobbits come alive again on the big screen.

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June 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Dracula: My Hypothetical Movie Casting

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Today in the Gothic Literature class I’m in, we started our discussion of Dracula by Bram Stoker. While we did the usual discussion of Jonathan Harker’s uselessness, Mina Murray’s man brain, Dracula’s foreignness, and the many ways in which one can read the text, we additionally talked about the four prominent movie adaptations of the book:  Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Horror of Dracula (1958),and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). However, after listing these movies, we discovered that an adaptation of the novel hasn’t come out in the past 20 years that even tries to be faithful to the original story (there was the ill-fated Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler… but yeah…). So we were tasked with casting a movie if we got the opportunity to pick anyone to be in our version of said hypothetical movie. Therefore, my list that I am posting below was born. I think that each of the actors that I’ve placed in certain roles would be able to bring a certain truthfulness to the movie that would resound well with the novel itself. Moreover, I know that some of my choices are a little odd, but I feel that each of the people that I picked would something to the characters that would make them memorable in some way. I hope you enjoy thinking about this as much as I did. 🙂

Dracula Cast List

Dracula— Michael Fassbender

Jonathan Harker— James McAvoy

Dr. Seward— David Tennant

Lord Arthur Holmwood— Matthew MacFadyen

Quincy Morris— Robert Downey Jr.

Abraham Van Helsing— Ian McKellen

Lucy Westenra— Rachel McAdams

Mina Harker— Gemma Arterton

Renfield— Andy Serkis

Bride #1— Kiera Knightly

Bride #2— Natalie Portman

Bride #3— Claire Danes

I have my reasons for placing certain people in certain roles. Moreover, I know that some of them could occupy many different roles in the grand scheme of things.

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

X-Men Movie Reboot

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I am an X-Men fan through and through. It’s probably fairly obvious from my previous posts about them and how much I mention them in articles that they seem very unrelated to. I love the X-Men because every character is messed up in some way or other. There are no “perfect” X-Men…each brings their own maladies and dysfunction to the group. This is the beauty of the series because everyone can find someone that they can attach themselves to whether it be a popular character like Wolverine or Gambit or less popular characters like Psylocke or Wolfsbane.

Recently, after hearing talks of them rebooting the Spiderman movie series, I heard that they might possibly be thinking about doing the same to the X-Men. Immediately, my heart pitter-pattered in my chest because I would love to see them produced as amazingly as the new Batman series perhaps. I think that the first two of the trilogy that are in existence now are good movies (we won’t speak of the third because although it was passable as a movie, it made fans of the series and comics go “WTF!” in the theaters…some of us just happen to be a little more vocal than others). They actually have a lot going for them to have such an extensive cast. However, there are also some parts that are just awful.

Good:

–Casting for the most part was fairly spot on. Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are amazing as the opposing leaders. Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, James Marsden, Kelsey Grammar, Rebecca Romijin, and a few others were amazing in the parts they played…I have a few scruples about the age difference between Famke and James, but that didn’t bother me as bad as some other things.

–The storylines, although not mainstream X-Men plots, were not bad. The idea of changing world leaders into mutants and killing all mutants are both very logical and followable plots. They create a journey that both movies are able to follow to fruition.

–Effects–They didn’t overdo them which is amazing. With a super hero movie, it is the tendency of most directors and crew to try to be overly flashy with special effects….this was not the case with the first two movies. They relied on very limited effects and let the storyline/acting take the forefront of the movie.

–Directing. Bryan Singer was amazing at capturing the heart of the X-Men’s universe. He seemed to understand the drives and motivations of most of the characters…he seemed to really get the ideas and the heart of the comics.

Bad:

–Haley Berry and Anna Paquin–While both are good actresses in their own right, they were not the right people to play Storm and Rogue (respectably). Berry played Storm too hot-headedly. Storm is practically a goddess of the weather…she gets pissed the weather changes. This is why she is generally seen as a very stoic person in the comics…in the movies, Berry gets angry and shows a variety of emotions that would cause the weather to go all sorts bad. Paquin just doesn’t live up to my standards as a Rogue in my book. One, her accent is not great. Two, I don’t think that Rogue should have been that young (no fault of Paquin’s). Finally, Rogue is one of my favorite X-Men. She is nothing that I envisioned her to be (I’ll admit that I have a personal bias here).

–The third movie….or as I like to call it, Barry yells a stream of obscenities at the movie theater. It was awful from a purely X-Men nerd stand point. Why? Because they (and I place most of the blame with Brett Radner) completely destroyed a treasured storyline (the Phoenix Saga), they went against the internal motivations of characters (Magneto would have died saving Charles from Jean…Charles would have never transplanted himself into another body), they killed multiple main characters and screwed over even more (Cyclops is dead, Jean is dead, Xavier as we know him is dead, Magneto has weakened powers and Rogue has none…honestly, what is this)…This movie managed to make me wonder if it would have been better to stop at the second movie because then they would have at least ended on a good note…instead of on crap…also, I’m not even going to include X-Men Origins: Wolverine because it’s so far from the original comic line that I’m not even going to get started…

All in all, I think that if they did decided to reboot the series, I would not be hurt by it because I think there is room for improvement. I think that if they found someone with the right vision like they have for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight that this series has the potential to be AMAZING …and I’m not just saying that because I love the X-Men….or maybe I am…who knows?