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Being Human comes to the US as Becoming a Douche

Being Human - San Diego Comic Con - July 26, 2009 Image by starbright31 via Flickr

** Disclaimer:  I am a huge fan of the original British series, Being Human.  Watch it.  Buy it.  Love it! **

Ok, I am not usually the person who writes posts like this.  I try to keep a cool head, and many of you know, I don't always succeed.  I've watched the first two episodes of the Syfy travesty, Being Human, and I am ready for it to go the way of the Dodo.

The show is beyond horrible.  The writing is bad.  The direction is bad which makes the acting bad.  The camera work is annoying.

There are only two nice things I can say about the show:

  1. The FX are better than the original.
  2. The scene of Sally floating down the stairs in episode 2 is breathtaking.

That's it.

From Goth to Emo

My main beef with the remake is that the Syfy series trades in the Gothic Horror of the original for a self-pitying emo cry fest filled with weak-willed, shallow people who do not deserve my time or attention.

That might sound harsh, but I don't know how else to say it.  Syfy robbed the characters any dignity they originally had.

Josh is a werewolf.  He is an asshole who apparently thinks that the character that Shia LaBouf always plays in every movie he has ever been in, is a role model for how to live and act.  WRONG!  Two episodes and they have not given me a single reason to care about him.  He is a jerk to his family, a bastard to his friends, and terrible to Sally.  I agree with his self-hatred.  He should hate himself.  I hate to break it to him, but he was a monster before be became a werewolf.

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Aiden is a weak-willed Vampire who just needs a stake through the heart.  He had no backbone, no charisma, and no conscience.  He is a character from the golden age of Soviet Cinema who has given up on life, embraced the grayness of his life, and doesn't have the courage to look himself in the mirror.  The actor was cast because he is occasionally cute and has a hot body.  I feel like he is just in the show to appear naked from time to time to distract us from the wreck of the story around him.

Sally, portrayed by Meaghan Rath (the only main actor whose name deserves to be repeated), is one of the only hopes the show has.  Rath magically brings empathy and warmth to a poorly written character.  As much as I want to savage Sally like I did Josh and Aiden, Rath's performance has earned a reprieve for the character.

Where is the tension?

I knew when I first heart this remake was coming, there would be some changes.  I never imagined the main thing they would change would be to take the tension out of the show.  From episode 1 of the original series, I was on the edge of my seat afraid, concerned, and hopeful about various things, and desperate to find out what was going to happen next.

The Syfy show feels like going to a movie with a friend who has already seen the film, and tells you what it going to happen before it does.  They spoiled their own show too often.  Even when they went off script from the original and did something new.  That let me down more than anything.

Will I continue to watch?

Well...  Yes.  I have a 5 episode rule.  Shows I want to be interested in, I always give them 5 episodes to hook me, and there are a few reasons to hope for improvement:

  • Meaghan Rath's Sally is vaguely interesting.
  • Rebecca is played well and makes me want to know what they are going to do with her.
  • Emily is a good addition to the show.  I think she is going to be the new Nina, and maybe she will accidentally kill her brother (I can only wish).

Now, I am voting for cancellation, but the rating have been good (sigh).

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Felicia Day the Werewolf Hunter

Felicia Day, actress and web content producer. Image via Wikipedia

Felicia Day will star in Red a Syfy original movie as a werewolf-hunting descendant of Little Red Riding Hood.

Story:

“Red brings her fiancé home, where he meets the family and learns about their business - hunting werewolves. Red' fiancé is skeptical until he is bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries saving him."

The story line sounds horrible and it is a Syfy original which does not bode well for the project.  I’m also confused why Red isn’t the descendent of the woodsman.

Making her the descendent of little red riding hood sends mythological mixed messages about the film.  Will she be naive and unprepared not heading the wisdom of her elders.  Are we to expect after a scarring experience with her fiancé she will be saved by some axe wielding woodsman. I would be upset if they put Felicia into such a weak role especially if they want us to believe she is a successful werewolf hunter.

Felicia Day is in it so I will have to watch.  Red is scheduled to premiere in 2011.

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Theater or Renter: February 2010

Theater or Renter: February 2010 includes four SF movies The Wolfman,Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Crazies, Cop Out.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

The Wolfman:

Release Date:  February 12

Listed as: SF, Remake, Classic Horror

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Joe Johnston

Produced by:  Scott Stuber, Rick Yorn, Sean Daniel, Benicio del Toro

Written by:  Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self

Music by:     Danny Elfman

Stars:  Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Geraldine Chaplin

The Plot / Story: This remake keeps the plot line of the original.  Lawrence Talbot returns to his ancestral homeland to find his missing brother.  Villagers are being killed by a nightmarish beast and the search reunites him with his estranged father .  Talbot's lager concern is the discovery of a side to himself which he never could have imagined existed  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Release Date:  February 12

Listed as: SF, Fantasy Adventure

Studio:  Fox 2000 Pictures

Director:  Chris Columbus

Produced by:  Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Karen Rosenfelt

Written by:  Craig Titley, Joe Stillman

Stars:  Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean

The Plot / Story: An adaptation of The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).  A teenager named Percy Jackson discovers that he's the demigod son of the Greek god, Poseidon. He embarks on a journey across modern-day America with his friends Annabeth Chase, the demigod daughter of Athena, and Grover Underwood, a satyr.  They are on a quest to save his mother, return Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Crazies:

Release Date:  February 26

Listed as:  SF, Horror, Zombie Style

Studio:  Overture Films

Director:  Breck Eisner

Produced by:  Michael Aguilar, Rob Cowan, Dean Georgaris

Written by:  Scott Kosar, Ray Wright

Stars:  Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker

The Plot / Story: Remake of the 1973 film of the same name.  The inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. One man, his wife, a nurse, and the sheriff try to survive this plague, but when the military are killing everyone on sight, they're going to have to fight their way out, or die by either the plague or the military.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Cop Out:

Release Date:  February 26

Listed as:  Buddy Comedy

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Kevin Smith

Produced by:  Marc E. Platt, Polly Johnsen, Michael Tadross

Written by:  Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen

Stars:  Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, Seann William Scott

The Plot / Story: Two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card who find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)  This used to be named A Couple Of Dicks but was renamed to Cop Out.  The slogan is "rock out with your glock out


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The Howling Reborn But Why a Remake

Looks like we will get a remake of The Howling.  I would love another good werewolf movie but why a remake.  The tale of the werewolf in the woods could just as well be made in it’s own right.

This is Joe Nimziki’s first film.  The movie will be called The Howling: Reborn.  Part of me is holding out hope that it might just be another Howling movie for the franchise instead of an attempt to reboot the whole thing.

The production is planed to begin in February with a Halloween release date.

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Sanctuary Season 2 Cast

Season two of Sanctuary brings a return of many of the cast and crew we know and have fallen in love with plus some new faces and guest appearances.

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Played by Amanda Tapping.  Head of the Sanctuary in Old City Helen is 157 years old doctor.  She and John Druitt have a relationship which produces Ashley Magnus though her embryo is frozen in stasis for many years before being born.  I love hos Amanda portrays her character Helen.  She comes across as genuinely caring, inquisitive, and open minded about the weird world she lives in.  She is the third from the left in the picture.

Will Zimmerman

Played by Robin Dunne.  He works for the Sanctuary now after serving as a police forensic psychiatrist.  Will possesses a creative and open mind looking beyond the surface of a situation.  He also has natural empathic abilities.  His talents serves him well in the world of the Abnormals where nothing is.  In season two we will get to look into the darkness that is in Will's past.  Will is a fun character.  If comparing Sanctuary to Stargate he kind of fills the role of Daniel Jackson when looking at the model but he is different enough to not be a carbon copy.  What they share in common are an endearing quality, a curiosity, and a boldness to fight for what is right regardless of weather that might buck the chain of command.  Will though has adapted to his new environment much faster then Daniel by the end of season one he is fully adjusted to the Sanctuary.  I expect to see more of Will in his own right in season 2.  He is second from the left in the picture above.

Henry Foss

Played by Ryan Robbins.  He is the Sanctuary's weaponsmith and tech guy.  He started going through a transformation in season one revealing that Henry is an abnormal who can change into a werewolf.  I'm glad that his character has been promoted to main character status for season two.  This means that we will get to see more of Henry and where the show will go with his werewolf condition.  I expect that they will go in a fun creative direction with it giving a twist on the classic monsters.  He is on the right in the picture above.

Clara Griffin

played by Christine Chatelain.  Granddaughter of Nigel Griffin, one of "The Five" who had the power of invisibility which Clara inherited.  She joined up with the Sanctuary late in season one helping them in their struggle with the Cabal.  We expect to see her and will have a growingrelationship this season.

Kate Freelander

Kate FreelanderPlayed by Agam Darshi.  One of the new faces to season two, Kate is a witty and sarcastic swindler with a gift for persuasion.

She finds herself in an uneasy alliance with Dr. Magnus after her business relationship with the Cabal goes sour.

Kate should be a fun character this year.  Her comments in the trailer have been witty and sarcastic.  She should also adds some needed info on the Cabal along with being, I have enjoyed her comments in the trailers.

John Druitt

John-DruittPlayed by Christopher Heyerdahl.  A member of "The Five" during the Victorian era and Helen's former lover.  John has the ability to teleport through time and space but at a cost.  Each time he does so it furthers his brain damage which drives him to homicidal tendencies.  This is what drove him to become Jack the Ripper for a period of time murdering prostitutes in London.

After being tortured by electric shock at the hands of Nikola Tesla John was cured of his murderous urges.  He has now joined up with the Sanctuary helping them in their fight against the Cabal.

Christopher Heyerdahl is brilliant in his role as John Druitt.  I love how this character gives a fun spin to the Jack the Ripper story yet it still takes time to explain why Jack murdered and why he vanished suddenly.  The most memorable and slightly chilling part about John is Christopher's laugh.  He plays his character so well that in the minds of the fans he becomes Jack the Ripper a figure to be feared and John a caring troubled person who just wants to bring his family back together.

At a convention this past summer, in a crowded hall Christopher was deep in conversation and broke out in laughter.  A Sanctuary fan jumped, letting out an instinctual shriek because somewhere in the crowded hallway was Jack the Ripper.  After being openly amused and proud to meet another Sanctuary fan I admitted that my skin also crawled instinctually, just brilliant.

Nikola Tesla

Played by Jonathan Young.  Tesla is half human and half vampire.  A member of "The Five" who despises humanity for killing off the pure-blood vampires centuries ago.  He has an on again off again relationship with Helen, John and the Sanctuary.  He is definitely for himself no matter who's side he is currently fighting for making him a dangerous character.

Ashley Magnus

ashley-magnusPlayed by Emilie Ullerup.  She is the daughter of Helen Magnus and John Druitt after Helen kept the frozen embryo for over a century.  She was working for her mother at the Sanctuary but after her abduction by the Cabal she has become unstable and her loyalties have been brought into question by the end of season one.

There is a part of me that still believes that this is her attempt to gain the confidence of the Cabal to help bring them down from the inside.  Though with her inheriting her fathers ability there is the possibility that she too has suffered brain damage and is currently in a psycocitic killer state.  When John became Jack the Ripper he killed hookers to clean up the streets of a corrupting immoral influence.  Having Ashley become Amber the Abnormal Slayer on a puritanical crusade to purge the their corrupting influence on humanity would poetically parallel her fathers plight.  If that is the case then we can have hope that she will overcome her derangement but we can only hope that she does so before she does things that will leave her with a century of regrets.

Special Appearance From

  • Paul McGillion bringing Wexford back from the original web series but re-imagined.
  • Michael Shanks who will play Jimmy who shares similar backgrounds with Kate.

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Rosario + Vampire by Akihisa Ikeda

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Poor Tsuknune. He’s a C student whose sent off to a monster school in the boondocks by his ignorant parents.

Rosario+Vampire starts out great, with a spooky bus ride complete with freaky bus driver spouting out inside jokes and warnings. Tsukune is let off in a desolate area where the leave-less trees are full of crows. As he follows the bone lined path towards the spooky looking haunted castle, a girl on a bike slams into him. Moka is a vampire girl who happens to feed on him five minutes after they meet. Once Tsukune makes it to school grounds, he learns Moka is not the only vampire.

Yokai academy is a school for monsters, but there’s not a goth in sight. These monsters are all pretty preps with hidden powers and vicious tempers. Tsukune must hide the fact that he is a mortal if he wants to stay alive.230px-Cover_of_Rosario1

There are werewolves, succubus, and different types of vampires in this tale, but the most terrifying monsters at the school are the mermaids. Yes, you heard me right. Normally beautiful buxom blonds and redheads with alluring eyes and undeniable beauty, the mermaids in this manga are devils in disguise. The seemingly innocent girls sprout fins from their ears and their months expand to cover almost their entire face with two rows of shark teeth intent on sucking the life force from whatever they latch onto in the water.

Vampire lore in this manga states that water (even swimming pool water) makes vampires weak because of its purifying quality. To take a bath, vampires must add an herb mix to neutralize the purifying effects. The vampire Moka also wears a “Rosario” necklace which when removed, unlocks her vampire powers and she turns into a mega hot super bitch.

Favorite moments:

  • Tsukune: “Where did you get this (school) flyer?” Mom: “Well, there was this scary looking monk and…” Tsukune: “I don’t want to go to some bizarre monk school!” (But a school with hot vamp girls is alright?)
  • A kid in class pipes up and asks his cat woman teacher a smart alack question. She in turn, scratches his eyes out, giggles, and then continues with her class.

True horror fans will adore this manga for its artistic detail in the haunted house-like school, raven filled trees, and elaborate monsters. There is an awful lot of chibi content. Luckily most of it makes you laugh, not groan. Rosario + Vampire is rated older teen, I suppose because of its panty shots and big chests rather than for violence.

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DVD Releases: May, 12th 2009

Out this week we have five DVDs to feature:  Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7, Pt. 1, Season 7, Pt. 2, Season 7, Pt. 3 and Season 7, Pt. 4.Get your Copy of Underworld: rise of the Lycans here thorugh amazon

  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans:  I really enjoyed this movie and will proudly add it to my underworld collection.  This is a great film for any fan of vampire action films.  Get more about Rise of the Lycans here: Review of: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Exploring: Underworld Rise of the Lycans
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: I loved this show growing up.  The camp, one liners, and karate fighting turtles.  For the 7th season and in honor of their 25 year celebration they split it up into 4 slices of pizza, each slice representing one of the four turtles.  In addition to that they are including an original Ninja turtles toy from Playmates to accompany the DVD.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7, Pt. 1 - The Leonardo Slice:  Join the shellebration as the superhero turtles save the Eiffel Tower, stop a glacier meltdown, ride a wild tidal wave.  Running time: 132 minutes for 6 episodes.  EXTRA: A Shellebration with Points of Articulation: A Look Back at the Most Turtletastic Toys.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7, Pt. 2 - The Michelangelo Slice:   It's radical! Battling monster sheep, sleuthing with Sherlock Holmes, or putting the freeze on a deadly heat ray.  Running time: 154 minutes for 7 episodes.  EXTRA: A Shellebration of the Turtles Creation: New Interviews with TMNT Creators.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7, Pt. 3 - The Donatello Slice:  Cowabunga! Can the Turtles stop a dangerous threat from Dimension X? Will Shredder and Krang activate the dreaded Technodrome? Has Donatello lost his senses - for good?  Running time: 154 minutes for 7 episodes. EXTRA: A Shellebration of the TV Sensation: New Interviews with the Hit Show's Creative Team.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7, Pt. 4 - The Raphael Slice:  Bodacious!  a vengeful fly who wants to change all humans into insects; a Mutant Hunter who's target the Turtles; an army of explosive robots and more.  Running time: 154 minutes for 7 episodes.  EXTRA: A Shellebration of a Fan-Nomenon Sensation: Devoted and Die-Hard TMNT Fans Speak!

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Review: Millennium Snow by Bisco Hatori

The Millennium Snow series is on my list of most enjoyable manga series. ms1Chiyuki is a seventeen-year-old girl who's dying from a heart problem she was born with.  Toya, a vampire who hates the taste of blood, saves her by biting her, which allows them both to live.  Against his will, Toya slowly falls for her happy nature and constant positive attitude.

Toya has a cute little bat companion named Yami-maru who helps the girl pull his master out of the comfortable isolation he has come accustomed to.  Somehow Yami-maru adds that chibi element that manga's love to have without making things too silly.  Yami-maru couldn't be any cuter if you put him on a Sanrio stationery set.

The fun really begins when a werewolf boy named Satsuki falls in love with Chiyuki.  He professes his undying love to her and thus begins the love triangle.  Toya grumbles and calls Satsuki "Dog", but it seems as though he knows Chiyuki needs the werewolf around.  The ultimate in teen girl fantasy, these two guys fight over Chiyuki at every turn.

ms2 Volume 2 delves deeper into the relationship between all three characters and how the vamp and werewolf put up with each other's presence for Chiyuki's sake.  The cover of this manga has a great shot of Toya with his arm around Chiyuki.  Trusted bat companion, Yami-Maru, is perched on his hand and Satsuki stands behind them.

As always, I look for the extras in manga's as a plus.  In volume one, there is a female to female love story called A Romance Of One Moment though short, it's rather good and shows potential for a manga of it's own.

This was one of the first manga's I ever read and therefore they are a set of books that have held a standard for other manga's to follow.  My only complaint is that there doesn't seem to be any plans for more volumes despite the last one coming out in 2007.

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Millennium Snow, Volume 1

Millennium Snow, Volume 2

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Review: Until The Full Moon by Sanami Matoh

This is not going to be one of those warm fuzzy reviews that has you skipping down to the manga store eager to spend your hard earned cash.  Those of you experiencing a budget crunch can now take that sigh of relief.  utfm Until The Full Moon promised to be an excellent male to male love story with vampires and werewolves in it.  Instead, it was a disappointing read  ruined by chibi jokes and silliness.

Marlo is a half-werewolf half-vampire guy who changes into a woman on the night of the full moon.  David is a full-blood vampire who loves Marlo in both his forms (male and female).  I had high hopes for this formula!

This book is entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons.  It’s corny jokes draw more of a moan from the reader than a laugh.  It’s funny the rating on this book is 16+ because the jokes and situations seem to fit more into the 10-12 year old boy philosophy.  Is it rated 16+ only because it deals with a same sex relationship?  You have to wonder.

Although created in 1998, the  art style is completely 1980’s.  All the clothes and hairstyles look to be pulled from watching the first MTV VJ's.  The guys have long feathered hair.  The chicks have big hairsprayed bitch-do’s.  This 1980’s feel is strengthened by the appearance of Marlo’s ex-girlfriend from America.  The stereotypical Jersey girl tries everything to win Marlo back until she finds out he turns into a girl at full moon.  Then, she’s on the next plane back to Jersey with her blown-out hair and dangly earrings.

It bothered me that when Marlo is in his guy form, he makes fun of David being gay.  Yet, when Marlo is a woman, he loves David passionately.  There is no explanation for this.  It’s not like he has two people in his body.  He remembers everything that happens to him in both forms.  So, wouldn’t you have a bit of lingering feelings, even if you changed form?

There’s also a strange folk tale in the middle of the manga that starts to explain why werewolves can turn into women during full moon, but then you learn this is just a story the mom made up.  This manga left too many questions.

I found the two vampire father’s meeting rather comical.  The mother can throw out a few quips that made me laugh such as:  “Our son becomes a woman at full moon?  How do I buy him clothes?”

The artwork irritated me because the characters had plain Charlie Brown-like mouths sometimes.  The way the artist draws ears is disturbing.  They look like lemon slices on either side of the character’s head.

Overall, I was disappointed in this manga.  It showed so much promise, but did not deliver.

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DVD Releases: February 24th, 2009

Out this week February 24th, 2009 we have 5 DVD releases and 1 Album to feature: Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, Cyclops, Haunting of Molly Hartley, The Lair : Season 2, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, and Earth's Blood

  • get your copy of Futurama into the Wild Green Yonder here and help support the projectFuturama: Into the Wild Green Yonder:  ahhh yea chumps and chumpets the next in the Futurama movie series is out!  I have really enjoyed the others in the series so I’m really looking forward to this one as well.  This is an owner!  While humanity awaits the magnificent new Green Age, ancient forces return to screw up everything, leaving Fry as the best hope for the universe.  Meanwhile, Fry also falls for a married fembot, and Leela goes on the run from Zapp Brannigan.
  • Cyclopsget your copy of cyclops here and help support the project OMG this is here because I can’t resist the temptation to rent it: A cyclops and bad roman references, and look at the cover image, what more do you need!  Read the description and tell me can you resist the temptation to watch this flick.  When a cyclops terrorizes the ancient Roman countryside, treacherous emperor Tiberius sends his best general, Marcus, to capture the creature and bring it back to Rome to appear in the gladiatorial games. But when Tiberius also banishes Marcus to the games, the soldier teams up with the cylcops to overthrow the wretched ruler. It may be bad, It may be good, It could even be craptastic!  I will have to find out.
  • Haunting of Molly Hartley:  This thriller failed to interest me when out in the theaters and did not even make it to my rental list I put out the challenge to debate me on the good qualities of this movie and I received silence.  Last chance: if you have seen this and it is good let me know why I should watch it?
  • The Lair : Season 2:  A spin off of the smash hit Dante’s Cove, the Lair is a secret club for the vampire’s of the cove where they can explore their darkest and most erotic desires.   Season two picks up where one left off with many unanswered questions about the secret club, the future of its members, a mysterious plant and a deadly werewolf terrorizing local residents.  This series is a steamy gay-themed vampire series.
  • The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice:  I’m curious about this series.  I haven’t seen any of the movies yet but this is a renter mainly because it has vampires, what can I say I’m a sucker for vampire flicks.  If you have seen this let me know what you thought.  Librarian Flynn Carsen must rescue a kidnapped scholar and track down the legendary Judas Chalice to save the world from a dangerous vampire, in the third installment of this popular adventure film series. Carsen teams up with a mysterious woman and sets out for New Orleans, hoping to find the powerful chalice before it falls into the hands of a cult that believes it can revive the infamous Vlad Dracul.
  • get your copy of God Forbid: Earth's Blood here and help support the projectEarth's Blood:  A new album from the band God Forbid.  Track Listing:  The Discovery, The Rain, Empire Of The Gun, War Of Attrition, The New Clear, shallow, Walk Alone, Bat The Angels, Earth’s blood, Gaia (The Vultures).

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Review of: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Review of:  Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Overall Rating: 9 Owner for some.

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a great example of The Gothic Aesthetic with it’s gothic wardrobe, gothic architecture, gothic cinematography style, gothic visuals, and gothic storyline.  I loved this move and would watch it repeatedly, it is an owner for me.

Like many of the Underworld movies Rise of the Lycans also received a chilling welcome from many reviewers but I would attribute it to them not getting this movie.  First there are the norms who do not get the gothic culture and are reviled by it’s presence so they would hate this movie because of it’s nature.  Then there are those who are expecting this movie to be more like Underworld an action film first with vampires and werewolves in it.  This is more like Underworld: Evolution a horror film that has some action in it.

A Second-generation lycan shown in Underworld.... Image via Wikipedia

Bill Nighy portrayal of Victor was brilliant.  He is a cold, cruel man of strong beliefs , a mid-evil politician, a ruler, and yet he still has some heart when it came to a few subjects one of them his daughter.  Bill’s performance really conveyed the inner torment over the choices that his duty and beliefs drove him to make.  I was captivated at how he portrayed a nasty, evil character yet still got me to feel sad for his situation and empathetic at times.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans tells the origin story of the centuries-old blood feud between the vampires and their slaves, the Lycans.  Around 1250 a young Lycan named Lucian falls in love with Sonja, the daughter of Viktor leader of the Vampires.  Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them.

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Likes

  1. Stunning Visuals one of especial note is the sad king scene
  2. Has a great love scene in it.
  3. Bill Nighy portrayal of Victor
  4. The story
  5. Action sequences
  6. Look of the werewolves
  7. Escape scene
  8. Gratuitous use of a ballista
  9. Characters have great depth
  10. Ending was brilliant

Dislikes / Concerns

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Review: Underworld

underworld Review of:  Underworld Overall Rating: 10  Owner

Underworld is an amazing vampire tale and a sublime experience of the ideals of the vampire world.  Watching Underworld will: peek your interest, lure you in, seduce you, and infect your mind with it’s deep, rich setting.  It left me wishing the night would never end.

The visuals were stunning.  The filming technique, setting and style all helped to lend to the immaculate reality that was established from the beginning and carried out through the end of the film.  This was even maintained through the transformation of human into Werewolf which is a difficult feat to pull off in film and they nailed it.

Underneath the city streets, amid the labyrinth of subway tunnels and gothic ruins, the Vampires and the Warewolfs are embroiled in an all-out war that has been going on for centuries.  Selene,  a beautiful vampire who hunts the werewolf’s discover that they are hunting a human Michael but they want him for none of the usual reasons.  Will Selene be able to figure out Michael’s secret in time to stop the events that have been put into motion?

Likes

  1. Lycan transformations looked cool
  2. The anti vampire tech: UV bullets
  3. The anti Lycan tech: silver nitrate bullets
  4. The use of mood, mystery & suspense to meld the thriller aspects and action aspects together.
  5. Visually stunning
  6. Maintain Immaculate
  7. The look and feel of both the werewolf's and vampires
  8. underworld-1-2They really represent the power of both the Werewolf's, vampires and especially the elder vampires
  9. The scene where he pushed the bullets out of himself.
  10. The flashback scenes were done really well with a neat effect that gave them a dream like feel

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. None :) it’s that awesome!

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Dance In The Vampire Bund Vol. #1 by Nozomu Tamaki

A 17-year-old werewolf with strong will is promised as a guardian and servant to a little princess vampire.  In exchange for paying off the entire national debt of Japan, the princess has come to claim a special district for vampires off the coast called the Vampire Bund.  This district is completely sealed off from the mortals and Princess Mina has assured the people of Japan that no mortals will be harmed.   There are several assassination attempts which werewolf boy protects Princess Mina from. I’m not sure if this book is meant to fulfill young boy's fantasies or if it is soft-core kiddy porn.  The princess, who is supposedly a pre-teen girl has several nude scenes.  At the end, a full grown woman shows up nude in the werewolf’s room and kisses him.  Is the mystery make out girl the princess who can change forms or someone else?  I don’t think horny young boy readers care.vampbund

Despite the racy undertones, this manga has a good, well thought out story line. There are several cool vampire scenes.  One being when a blimp flies over the vamp district pouring blood down on the masses reminiscent of the vampire club in Blade. The art is not elaborate goth loli curls and ruffles, but rather a simple style that is more realistic.  The back cover art is in pinup girl style.

An interesting scene is when werewolf boy finds Mina playing with children in the Vampire Bund. They seem innocent and human. Mina explains that they are a particular type of vampire called “fang-less”. They are vampires who have pulled their own fangs and refuse to drink human blood. They regret becoming vamps and try not to lose their human spirit. They use to be persecuted by humans and vamps, but now they can live peacefully in the Vampire Bund. I thought it was interesting to see many different types of vampires living in the same district.

A warning: Although this is rated older teen 16+, there are several graphic vampire scenes and nudity.  Despite the young looking cover, you may want to take a look inside before handing it over to a teens.

Dance In Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 1 (v. 1) is available at Amazon.

Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 2 (v. 2)

Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 3 (v. 3)

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‘Bitches’ A Quirky Fairy Tale?

Thanks american teenage werewolf picture by laughingmonk‘Bitches’ A Quirky Fairy Tale…  Ok, I must admit the humor of naming a television dramedy about werewolves ‘Bitches’ is not lost on me, in fact I’m still chuckling as I write this post like a 4 year old who just figured out how to cuss in public without getting into trouble.  That aside what about the show it’s self? The show is a Fox production… ok some points down for that, although I have to give Fox credit for finding great shows they tend to screw them up.

The premise:

a “quirky fairy tale” about a quartet of female friends in New York City who just happen to also be werewolves.

Sounds stupid and slapped together but this is like looking at the greasy dirty engine of a mustang and saying that mustangs are ugly.  I’m taking a wait and see for this one.

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