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The Ultimate Vampire Book

vintage classics draculaBram Stoker’s Dracula was the book that started it all. They made so many movies out if it and of course, so many different shows and stories/novels based on the idea that the dead can come back to life, with a hankering for human blood.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time. It was while I was reading The Historian that I decided to get a copy of Dracula for myself. I wanted to know what was so interesting with this story that there’s been so many different remakes/re-writes about it?

I’ve seen the movie. It was sweet and lovely. A rather good love story, I might add. So how different could it be, right?


The book was nothing like the movie at all. Sure, the book and the movie started out the same way, with Jonathan Harker going to Transylvania to meet the Count to get him to sign the papers for his new property and the ordeal that the poor man had to go through just to come back to England. While I read the book, I had scenes from the movie play in my head. However, the relationship between Mina Harker and Dracula are totally not what it’s like in the movie at all.

I have problems reading some parts of it, especially the dialogue and the portions written from Abraham Van Helsing’s point of view. The sentences are convoluted and may not be what see as grammatically correct, but seeing that I’m not an expert in the English language, it could be correct and I’m just an ignorant fool. Anyway, I’m attributing the strange sentence phrasing to the fact that Van Helsing, being Dutch, may not be a native English speaker.

Overall, I did enjoy the book very much. I would have loved it more if the book was more violent and bloody but I don’t think that that was the writing style back then in the 1800s. I definitely have to re-read the book again to pick up on the little things that I might have missed when I read through it the first time; just like what I did when I read Tolkein’s Lord of The Rings.

Sucker Punch-ed

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As the movie opens here today, I was lucky enough to catch the preview of it on Tuesday, thanks to Dude getting tickets from The New Paper.

The trailers for the movie did a good job of grabbing my attention and with the fantasy, steampunk feel to it, how can I not watch it.

Usually, Dude and I would whisper back and forth about a movie that we’re watching but Sucker Punch held my attention so much that I barely whispered/discussed the movie with Dude.

I liked the action packed sequences. The fight scenes were cool and flashy. There are bits that looked a lot like other movies but that’s to be expected.

What I like most is how cosplayable this movie is. Baby Doll’s whole get up is very easy; a Japanese school girl uniform, sexified, 2 guns with whoulder holsters, a samurai sword on her back. a black headband and a blond wig.

What I would like to see is someone doing the rest of the girls; Sweet Pea, Rockeet, Amber and Blondie. That’s a lot of leather, fishnet, black cloth and corsets. I especially love the corsets.

The ending of the movie made me go, “Hmmmm” but overall, it’s got a very motivational message.

Do catch the movie if you like steampunk, action, hot girls in corsets and fishnets and of course, dragons.

Solomon Kane

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When I went to watch Solomon Kane last night, I went into the theatre not knowing what to expect. I’d never heard of the movie or the comics and the pulp-fiction that it was based on, so I just settled back and watched.

According to IMDB, the movie is about a man, whose soul is coveted by the Devil for all that he’d done, and tries to redeem himself. A lot like Constantine/Hell Blazer but different.

I didn’t even know who James Purefoy, the actor who plays the main character, was until I did a quick search and realised that he was in Rome and Resident Evil.

Anyway, the opening scene was riveting, with the gratuitous violence, blood, gore and magic. The movie was almost entirely done in muted earth colours, black brown and all shades of mud. It rained through most parts of the movie and it didn’t help that the theatre was cold too. I was shivering a little even with a jacket on.

The movie was actually rather good. The fight scenes were brutal, bloody and not overtly choreographed like in Troy. It was believable that someone could actually fight like that in real life. Some bits of it were predictable but I think that’s because a lot of other stories have the same story formula. The only slight problem that I have with the movie was the ending fight scene but overall, still a good movie.

If you like gratuitous violence, blood, gore, magic and sorcery, watch this movie.

A Day Of Watching Superheroes

Instead of spending my day totally concentrating on doing my draft for my essay, I’d spent half of the time watching movies while at the same time, going through my points to write up for that essay (which is due this Thursday and I’ve not written it out yet). That’s actually how I do my school work; with the tv on, my computer logged onto the web and my papers every where.

Anyway, being a comic book fan, it’s not a surprise that I’d watch the cartoon versions of the comic books too.

justice league: crisis on two earthsjustice leage: the new frontier

Justice League: The New Frontier was based on the graphic novel of the same title. All the characters are from the Golden Age era.

Basically, it’s how the different superheroes come together to form a league to work with the governments to protect the earth. Standard superhero stuff.

Here’s the trailer:

Having read Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis, I already knew that there were multiple parallel universes, the different Earths where you might have the same characters and yet, they’re can be totally different from what we’re used to.

This little movie was entertaining but not as good, in my opinion, as Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Though this could just be my own bias since I’m a Batman fan and especially, animated Batman that’s voiced by Kevin Conroy.

So yes, that’s what I did most of yesterday.

So, The Last Airbender Movie…

the last airbender

Despite all the bad reviews and all the things that I’ve heard people say about the movie adaptation of it, I went to watch it last night. Dude wanted to watch it after reading a seemingly good review of the movie in a magazine. I thought, why not.

Since I’ve watched the original series, everyone told me that I will most probably be disappointed with it. They changed too many things and basically destroyed the whole series. So I was forewarned. I went into the theatre with no expectations what so even.

I won’t say that I was pleasantly surprised by the wonder of it because I wasn’t but I must say that it was watch-able and I didn’t fall asleep.

Sure they changed a lot of things, like the races of the nations and dropped all the funny bits that make the series so wonderful but the movie also maintained the core story line of the series. It’s like watching Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince all over again, where they picked all the highlights of the book and made it into a two and a half hours movie. The Last Airbender was basically all the important parts of all 20 episodes of the first season, dropping all side stories and side quests, and condensing it into 103 minutes.

There are, of course, some cheesy dialogue and there’s something about the acting, I just can’t put my finger on it, that feels so unnatural. It’s not really bad acting but everything seems forced. Also, movie-Zuko was a whiny ass bastard. Cartoon-Zuko was whiny, yes, but he was angsty like any exiled 16 year old would be but movie-Zuko was very prone to monologuing and whining. That bit irritated me some.

The part they did get right was Princess Azula’s psychotic nature that was done very well by the actress who portrayed her. All that madness was conveyed in that smile and the mad look in her eyes.

Dude wished that the movie was longer but I think that the length was just right. Any longer and it would have been draggy.

So, should you watch it? I’d say, watch it and make up your own mind. Just try to remember that it’s an adaptation not a translation of the series onto the big screen. Expect things to change. Though, having an Indian man named Zhao is rather odd.

To end the post, here, have a trailer.

Happy July!

Half the year has passed and so begins the next half of the year. What have you achieved in the last six months? Personally, I haven’t achieved all that much. Other than going to school, having exams and discovering that I’m single again, nothing much.

For me, July has traditionally been Harry Potter month. The books and some of the movies were released in the 7th month of the year. July is also the birthday month of both the author and the title character of the series. So many wonderful memories tied to this month.

They recently released the trailer for part 1 of The Deathly Hallows and the tiny Harry Potter fan within, sprung to life and squealed like a teenager. The trailer is after the jump.

I could watch that over and over again.

Or course, I’ll be watching Mints just for the LOLZ but I’ll be wearing this t-shirt.

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Since I don’t really want to get attacked by the TwiFans, I’ll be going with a group of friends; all of them wearing the same t-shirt.

Maybe do we have a deathwish but we’ll go out laughing.

Zombie Movies Night

I love zombie movies. In fact, I love horror movies, as long as there are monsters and ghosts, instead of a human slashing each other for fun. That’s just something about watching the undead chowing down on the living, in glorious, gruesome ways that just appeals to me. Armed with snackage, drinks, a comfortable seat and awesome company, the zombie movie night began.

First up was Zombieland.

A movie about zombie Nazis with a hunger for human flesh and blood. If there was a zombie apocalypse with these kind of zombies, we’re fucked. They can use weapons, run really fast, don’t die easily and climb trees. If you get chased by these zombies, the probability of death is 98%.

The movie was gory, some what gross at parts and laugh out loud too. It’s definitely not for the squeamish but oh, so awesome! Both of us laughed so much watching the movie. There were even parts which gave us a shock. It was fun.

Watching zombie movies always made my day or night. I wish every night could be zombie movie night.