If you couldn’t tell i am very happy
If you couldn’t tell i am very happy
While i always try to stay as open minded about re-inventing old ideas and try not to criticise anything before i actually see it, i can’t help but feel doubt for this project. I realise it’s heavily trying to cater towards the audience that enjoys Victorian London based shows like Downton Abbey and The Tudors but neither of those looked particularly to my taste but then again i’ve barely watched a trailer for either. The project is definitely a re-imagining rather a re-telling which is good but i feel it could have benefited from a bolder approach such as setting the story of Dracula in the modern day, it’s a story i’d be interested in and has worked in the past with Sherlock. To me this feels cliche more than anything and the trailer doesn’t even show much story, and the taglines throughout are quotations seen a million times revenge is in his blood which sounds like something you would see out a Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse spoof. The casting also seems off as Grayson (Dracula) does not seem intimidating, charming or anything resembiling Dracula and Renfield is depicted as a calm collected butler rather than the crazed lunatic he is meant to be.
We can only wait and see how this project will pan out and while i’ll try to keep an open mind, i will not be going in with the best of expectations
And thus today is a good day
What a goddamn genius
If you are unfamilliar with Harryhausen allow me to fill you in.
Harryhausen was well known for his incredible stop motion animation work and the chances that you have seen his work are pretty likely judging by the amount of films he has worked on and if the name sounds familiar, in Monster Inc the restaurant that Mike and his girlfriend go to where Boo is seen by all the monsters was name after Harryhausen.
So here are my personal favourite works of his (a.k.a his most famous)
Jason & The Argonauts (1963)
This is probably one of the greatest adventure films of all time and the incredible fight between the skeletons and the beautifully flowing movements of the hydra are some of the greatest fight sequences in fantasy history
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
…still scared of that cyclops
You really owe it to yourselves to go back and watch at least a few of his films, especially Jason and the Argonauts which even 50 years later is the pinnacle of stop motion animation and still one of the greatest fantasy adventure films of all time and i’m sure that 50 years after Harryhausen’s death he will continue to inspire anyone who is willing to watch his films
and mostly laughing at all my own jokes i made three years ago…also everyone was a lot nicer back then
Here are some classics:
My first ever post on the 15th of December 2009 “French toast is amazing”
An equally incredible post two days later “snow is cold”
Me with straightened hair
Me posting extensively about how much i love Scott Pilgrim, Pixar and my dumb fanboyish hatred for the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes films
Many posts about how a great a night people had with me tagged in them and also the old classic of posting a like and dislike, for “likes” some include “you give awesome hugs XD”, “aww god. i like how funny you are and how class your are in geogrpahy”, “your a geek it’s really funny just how much of a geek you are.” ” i have known you since 3rd year you are brillant in drama, you play video games like me and we talk about anything that is nerdy”
Also posts that remind of the time i had my first shot of alcohol thanks to Space Time Hobo and then stayed up all night watching horror films with a girl who i thought was “cool” and thus made me gain the title “The one who commands Tim Curry” after we watched IT
Of course there’s the jokes i posted “Remember kids, don’t take sweets from strangers, because that would be stealing” which i must have stolen because that is way too funny for a 14 year old me to be saying
Also a parody my friend made called “Breddie Murphy stars in…. Dr. Doughlittle”
And then the odd status that spawns over 500 comments somehow
And who could forget the onslaught of “Happy Birthday”
Course there’s the odd status that i’m pretty proud of:
“A conversation with my dad after arriving home at about 12 o’clock at night
Dad: Hey if you’re ever going to be late and can’t contact you let us know in future
Me: Well my phone was on low battery so i texted mum with a number that she could contact me if she wanted
Dad: Well her phone’s out of order at the moment
Me: Right, let me know in future if i can’t contact you
SWAGGER ON OUT”
And the day that Wikipedia was down due to SOPA or whatever they were and i posted this gem:
“Since Wikipedia is down here is everything you need to know in the World
Morgan Freeman created the world in 2 days
Harry Potter is based on true events
Rebecca Black is the disowned daughter of Sirius Black
Belibers are not born, they are created in the fires of Mount Doom
WWII was ended with a Beyblade battle between Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill
If a yorkie bar is consumed by a female she will literally implode
The story of Scott Pilgrim is based on Fearghas Urquhart’s (me) Tuesday nights
The World will end in 2012, if not 2013, if not 2014 etc
World peace can only be achieved when the Death Star has been destroyed
Yes New York has all those superheroes
Take the blue pill when offered
I hope you feel educated” god damn i was proper nerd back then…a year ago
Then my friends discussing the first trailer for Baz Lurman’s The Great Gatsby in depth and saying how perfect a choice Lurman is even though none of us had read the book
Of course getting into more recent times of October last year when people were posting at how much a “pimp” i was when i drunkenly pulled (made out, for you Americans) two girls in one night and for a while was known as “The Pulling Machine”
My, my, how Facebook, the way people react to one another, my own personality and how times as a whole has dramatically changed within the space of a few years. Seriously look through your old Facebook posts…you will either cringe or smile, for me it was both.
Since I, Frankenstein was announced a while ago and of course wherever there is a Dracula film there will always be a Frankenstein film to accompany it and vise versa and so for an early August of 2014 release date that fits into the “action and horror” genre there will be a new Dracula film. With a first time director and writers and actor Luke Evans attached who i’m guessing will play Jonathan Harker if they follow the novel. Apparently it aims to combine vampire mythology with the story of Prince Vlad “The Impaler” to tell the origin of Dracula.
So this film will either be a return to how vampires should be: dark, gothic, bloody and the first time film makers will be dedicated into making it the best film they can.
Alternatively Hollywood wants another reason to use vampires after Twilight is now over and has simply given the project to less experienced film makers to keep the budget down.
Of course at this time we won’t be able to tell much of what the final product will be but none the less i have hope for this film