the crow

Many dark dreams for the Crow reboot

Round and round goes the planned Crow reboot film.  New names added, Old names fall away.  I could go on and on like others about the no name director and the actor I have never heard of, but that combination is what made the first one great, so I will hold my tongue.

Normally, when a great movie is getting a reboot, I am the first one to sigh, roll my eyes, and ask why the movie needed to be made.  This is different.

While the original is a gothic masterpiece that I still watch every year, there is so much in source material that was left out of it.  I would love to see some of that brought into a new movie.

The comics are a stunning meditation on love, death, hatred, justice, and revenge.  It paints a sweet yet violent picture of a man who lost his love and his life in a random act of violence.  In return, he returns to the land of the living to destroy those who killed them.

The Crow is a visionary masterpiece (I know I have already used that word before, bur it is the only one that fits).  A hypnagogic nightmare of love, loss, and agony, the books paint visions of inner pain and turmoil that I have not see the like of since Blade Runner.

I can only hope that whoever makes this movie, they will make the wise choice and include some of this scenes.  From the valentine with hollow eyes to the stampede into barbed wire.  If the director can create the same hallucinogenic terror from the book, the new film will be different and spectacular.

The biggest danger is that they will simplify the story down to an action film or a horror film.  It needs to be both, or it will not work.

Norrington greenlit for 'Crow' Remake

The Crow Graphic Novel The Crow Graphic Novel Stephen Norrington who directed Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and who wrote such forgettable films as Death Machine and The Last Minute just got signed to make a remake The Crow...

“Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington told Daily Variety.

Something broke inside me when I read the news.  My only hope is that Norrington goes back to the orignial comic for inpiration.

I don't know how upset I can be until I hear more about the project.  I have watched The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and The Crow Wicked Prayer.  If I didn't get on my high horse about those movies and the TV show, I cannot until I know more.

Well... this is the guy who made The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which sucked) and Blade (which rocked).  I have such mixed feelings right now.

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Review of The Crow

get your copy of The Crow on DVD here and help support the projectReview of:  The Crow Overall Rating: 10

The Crows fast-paced action and visual styles were stunning and only out done by the soundtrack which aided the mood brilliantly without detracting from the movie.  It is an amazing film and example of the gothic aesthetic, I recommend it as an owner.  It has even gained the stature of tradition in my own house, every Halloween we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown every October 30th devils night we watch The Crow!

get your copy of The Crow Graphic Novel here and help support the project The Crow is a tale about a couple who is murdered on October 30th devils night.  One year latter The Crow brings Eric Draven back from the grave to seek vengeance on the gang that murdered them.  Based on the comics series By J. O’Barr.  It addresses issues like coping with the death of a loved one which J. O’Barr was personally wrestling with when he wrote the original comic series after he lost his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver.  The crow was also the last movie for Brandon Lee who with eight days left in filming was shot, during recording, with a long range blank which was loaded accidently for a short range scene.  The studio did the honorable thing by burning the reel of film.  They then used cutting edge CG technology to edit the movie putting Brandon Lee into the remaining scenes he had yet to film allowing Brandon to end his career at it’s highest note.

crow_soundtrack The soundtrack for the Crow features songs from great bands like The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes, and The Hennery Rollins Band.  The Cure, & Joy Devision were actually inspirational bands that James O’Barr listened to while writing the original comic series.  He was deeply touched that they were able to put “Dead Souls” into the movie.

The Crow is also well known for some of it’s most brilliant and poignant lines.  My top favorite lines are

My top favorite lines are

  1. Victims; aren’t we all… –Eric Draven
  2. Is that gasoline I smell? –Eric Draven
  3. "Suddenly, I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." –Eric  What the fuck are you talking about? –Gideon  You heard me rapping, right? –Eric
  4. Take your shot, Fun Boy, you got me, dead bang. –Eric Draven
  5. If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn. People die. But real love is forever. –Sarah
  6. Jesus Christ! Stop me if you've heard this one. Jesus Christ walks into a hotel… –Eric [Funboy shoots him] Ow. He hands the innkeeper three nails and he asks… –Eric [Funboy shoots him again] Don’t you ever fucking die? –Funboy “Can you put me up for the night?” –Eric
  7. I thought the police always said "Freeze." –Eric  Well I am the police and I say "don't move" Snow White; you move, you're dead. -Albrecht  And I say I'm dead; and I move... –Eric
  8. Abashed the Devil stood; and felt how awful Goodness is. –T-Bird
  9. Oh great! Great! Guy shows up looking like a mime from hell and you lose him, right out in the open. Well, at least he didn't do that 'walking against the wind' shit. I hate that. –Albrecht
  10. What the Crap! -Cop

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Happy Devil’s Night

The Crow symbolAnother year, Another Devil’s Night.  I hope you took the time to watch The Crow.  I have watched it ever October 30th since the film came out.  The move is brilliant, dark, violent, and moving.  How often can you say that. The movie follows Eric Draven.  After he and his fiancée are murdered the night before their wedding, Eric is brought back to life to avenge their deaths.

Based on the visionary graphic novel by James O’Barr, this film remains one of my favorite movies to this day.

People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.

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Toys for the Inner Goth Child

With All of my self restraint, I am holding back from buying these action figures: david1 michael1

David and Michael from the Lost Boys. These world go great with some candles and red wine, and the 69 Eyes playing in the background.

ericdraven1 Then there is ultimate decoration for your next devil's night party.

Last, but definitely not least, is the dark lord of the shadows, the master of the labyrinth and king of the goblins.

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Man who ruined Batman turns sights on Blade TV

Blade is coming to television courtesy of Spike TV. The network and New Line announced today that the comic and film franchise will be adapted into a two-hour original drama -- the channel's first stab at scripted entertainment.

I really have mixed feelings about this. It will be written by David Goyer, the writer of some of the worse movies ever made: Death Warrant (1990), Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991), Demonic Toys (1992), The Puppet Masters (1994), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998), and Batman Begins (2005)... ugh... In fairness, he also wrote Dark City (1998) and the deteriorating Blade film series, which started strong and has galloped down hill. After the deplorable writing job on Batman Begins and Blade: Trinity (which he also directed) I would have thought they would have sought out fresh blood.

Spike TV itself has poor taste in movies, so I am afraid of what will become of this brilliant character.

O My God! Literally!

  Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart threatened to kill gay men!! {Full Story}  Speaking against same gender marriage, Swaggart endorsed the homophobic rationale behind most hate crimes by saying he would commit one himself.  This is the true face of the antichristian evangelical movement.  As a survivor of their insanity, I have to say, this is a rare glimpse into their way of thinking.  Like when Benny Hinn claimed that God would kill all homosexuals with fire in the mid 1990's.  {Listen}  Did you hear the crowd's response? This is why they fight against civil rights for gays and lesbians.  They are blinded by hate, fear and loathing.  They would like nothing better than to have all people that are different from them to fall off the face of the earth... or as they tell it, they can't wait to be 'raptured' away.

Now add to Swaggart and Hinn, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell blaming the 9/11 attacks on homosexuals among others. {full story} plus James Dobson and Greg Koukl attempting to rationalize anti-homosexual bigotry, and we have to wonder how these people can pretend to be anything but the hateful monsters that they are.  Sugar sweetened poison is still poison!

Stop for a moment to think about something for me.  The Neo-cons in congress did not have time to take up a bill to classify terrorism against homosexuals as hate crimes, but they did have time to vote on the Marriage Restriction Amendment...  most Neo-cons have an allegiance to the evangelical movement... no wonder they don't want to punish terrorism against homosexuals with the same severity as terrorism against Christians.  Interesting, isn't it.

Mazen al-Tumeisi

I can't get the image of the Palestinian journalist Mazen al-Tumeisi being murdered by US armed forces out of my head. [story 1, story 2 both from Democracy Now] He was just standing there reporting on an American Helicopter Gunship shooting into a crowd of unarmed civilians. The crowd is clearly visible on the tape, and so is the murder of Mazen al-Tumeisi.Peaceniks then and now I think I understand now, the difference between the hippies of the sixties and the growing peace movement today. It appears that the peace movement is truly committed non-violence. Now, I didn't live in the 60's, but I was arguing with my father this morning when the newscaster mentioned the protests against the RNC convention. She commented on how these were the largest protests against a political convention in US history. My father's response was: "Not like the protests in 1968. They really knew how to riot then!"

That is when it dawned on me. The conventions of 1968/2004 are a good way to compare the two peace movements. In the 60's, the leaders of the peace movement were dedicated to nonviolence, as were a few of their followers. By 1968, most of those leaders were dead, and so the radicals were free to break out in violence. The current peace movement has no true leaders, and is comprised of people who range from being pacifists to proponents of nonviolence to believers in international law. We are people who have come to our beliefs honestly and without coercions. It is a natural out growth of personal beliefs rather than a group think against the war.

This is also the problem with the current peace movement. Since it is a mass of different groups spiraling around a common cause rather than a common leader, there are few credible spokespeople for the peace movement. The most prominent being Howard Dean. Together, we can change the nation.

As long as we stay true to our convictions, we can and will make a difference. We cannot give up. We cannot surrender. We must march ever forward, toward a brighter future for our nation, and our world.

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A Blessed and Safe Rosh Hashanah to all our Jewish friends.