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Month: July, 2012

“We have come to see the powerful and great wizard of Oz”.

The wizard of Oz, who hasn’t heard of him? If you have not, well keep on reading and ( finally ) you will. There are many adaptions of the telling of the story of Oz ever since to book come out in 1900 ( by Frank L Baum). The story of Dorothy and her quest to get back to Kansas, great childrens story.

It has been ade into a movie about 4 time before dating back to 1910. The muppets even visited it as dis Micheal Jackson in the hit musical. There are cartoons spin offs and prequels. And now we have Oz: the Great and Powerful a film by Sam Rami ( yes the guy who brought us Spider-Man and Evil Dead).

The movie is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz an is about how Oscar Diggs, a magician for a cricus, (James Franco) arrives in Oz. the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler. He gets challenged by 3 witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the “great wizard”. Oscar has to find out who is good and who is evil before it is to late. Putting his magical arts to the test through illusion and ingenuity.

James Franco as Oz and Michelle Williams as Glinda

James Franco on Oz: The great and Powerful ” I think the really cool thing about this movie is that, there is a tendency in big, huge movies to make the action bigger to make explosions bigger and make the violence more intense, and in this world you don’t have to to that. It’s a movie that is for eveyone and still kinda cool, and I like being a part of that”. (quote from interview).

Oz: The Great and Powerful will is scheduled for release in March 2013.

“The nominees should really be thankful that Helen Mirren isn’t nominated this year. (Claire Danes 2011)”

Nominations Emmy's The Emmy nominations are in so it is time to let the speculating begin. If I look at the list of ( mini) series nominated I can say one thing. Modern Family will win at least 1 award. But seriuosly, it is funny. When I first saw it I was like… this is one weird combination of people only to find out there family. Ed O’Neil as head of the family and Ty Burrel as Phil Dunphy, the guy is hilarious. Trying to keep up with all the modern technology, buzzwords and is clueless:

“Phil Dunphy: If you show enough houses, you learn all the tricks. Every realtor is just a ninja with a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere, but not me. I’m completely clueless.”

Besides Phil, Gloria (Sofía Vergara who is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) is great. Her accent is ever so funny. But you have to see that for yourself, I can explain it. From all the nominees in this catagory I think she is the one that will be going home with the award.

Outstanding Comedy Series Nominees: To be honest. I have only seen The Big Bang and Modern Family so I have no idea what the other show are like but if I have to choose between these 2.. Big Bang is my personal favorite. Strong cast, great writing, and well see for yourself.

Outstanding Drama Series Nominees:
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

This is going to be a though catagory. All the series in here are great which makes it hard for the jury I think. From all these only Breaking Bad is starting to falter, which is a shame cause it started out good. But if I have to pick a winner I would choose between Game of Thrones and Downton Abby. Bot aired for 2 seasons and in both the sorylines and lead characters evolved. Downton Abby is a series which sets  just before and during WW1. The characters are protrayed in such a way, that you  as viewer,  wish you could intervene. To me tis is what make a show great. That you start to get empahy for the characters.

This is also the feeling I get when watching Game of Thrones ( I wish I could wring Joffery’s neck myself).  Game of Thrones is a whole different serries. You either like it or not. It can be described in just one single word: Epic!  The two differ so much that they should not be in the same catagory, but this goes for all the shows in this catagory. Mad Men, too, is great! But there can only be one winner. My guess: Downton Abby and Peter Dinkelage will hopefully win the award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”. He won last year, but he should win it again. Why? His character, funny, strong, protraits power and humility ( when its suits him ).

I could work down the whole list of nominees bot than the item would be very very long:).. For futher info on the Emmy’s check out IMDB

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” The horror… the horror… “

Horror movies, what is with peoples facination with the genere? Horror stories, ghost stories they are as old as mankind I think. From fairy tales to to literature, horror has always been a part of it. Fairy tales, in their original versions are very gruesome and scare little kids, which of course was their purpose. Take Red Riding Hood for instance in the early versions the wolf usually leaves the grandmother’s blood and meat for the girl to eat, who then unwittingly cannibalizes her own grandmother.  “Charles Perrault explained the ‘moral’ at the end so that no doubt is left to his intended meaning: From this story one learns that children, especially young lasses, pretty, courteous and well-bred, do very wrong to listen to strangers” (source Wikipedia). This is just one example of the many fairy tales we all know, their origins are scary as… Well you get the gist.

Horror in movies has evolved too, and it evolved al lot. The days when Nosferatu, Frankenstein,  Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde and The Invisible Man were scary are long gone.  When American Werewolf in London came out in 1981 I remember being so curious about it that I sneaked back to the staircase ( I was supposted to be in bed ) to watch a movie show which aired the trailer. When the lead character changed into the wolf it freaked me out so bad that 15 years later it still could not watch it, come to think of I ‘ve  never seen the film in it’s whole.

I remember getting over my fear over horror. Me, my sister and two friends (I think we were between the ages of 10- 12) rented The Omen (1976), which was considered one on the scariest movie at that time (I saw it some 10 years later) and watched it early in the morning so we could get over it during the day. After wachting  it I got over my fear really fast. Nightmare on Emlstreet was next. The scene where a young Jonny Depp gets pulled through his matress by Freddy and the whole fountain of blood appears. Well that was new to say the least. The idea of someone coming into your dream and kill you, that still is food for thought.

Who hasn’t seen Jaws, Friday the 13th, Childsplay, Halloween and of course The Shinning. Looking back on them they are still great movies to watch, but are not as scary or gory like horror movies now a days. Maybe The Excorsist still creeps people out seeing as there are still alot of movies that follow up this theme and still scare the heck out of people, The Exorcism of Emily Eose for example, but not as much when The Excorsist originally came out.

Today most horror flicks are about zombies, pandemics etc. They are great to watch but it has become somewhat mainstream. George R Romero still is one the best zombie movie producers, The Resident Evil franchise is fantastic and can’t wait untill sept of this year whem prt 5 hits the big screen, but it is more of the same. Hostel, Saw 1- ?? (actually the 1st Saw I really liked, more of an intense thiller than a horror flick,  Seven on steroids:)) but these not scary, they’re sick. I mean your watching a film on how to butcher a person and learn 101 ways to do it. My understanding for entertainment is somewhat different I guess.

Ghost movies, on the other hand, are and have been great. With ghost films I mean films like House on Haunted Hill (both original from 1959 and remake from 1999) Ghost Ship, The Others, Women in Black (which I still have to see) and Paranormal Activty and this one freaked me out. I wachted it alone at home on a rainy fall evening. I need to mention my house is old, it dates back to 1913 so it has its creeks and cracks when there is a strong wind (actually the wind will be howling near some windows:) ). The whole combination is kinda freaky when wachting one of the best horror movies of recent times.

Thing with ghost stories is, is that ghost are enities we all think could be real, even amongst the sceptics. Shows like Ghost Hunter (International), Most Haunted play in on this. One doesn’t know what to think of it and that is what makes ghost movies the best horror films and Paranomal Activity is proof of that. Even thought it’s fake it still creeps everyone out, simply because we don’t know if ghosts are real of a figment of our imagenation. Which brings me to the up coming movie “The Awakening” a ghost movie set en pre world war 2 England (1921). Setting for the movie, an old English all boys boardingschool. Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is approached by Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate the recent death of a student. After having seen the trailer I think that for fans of Ghost movies this is going to great. The setting, the era, the atmosphere it breaths are all good ingredients for a proper Ghost movie. The Awakening will be in cinemas August 17th 2012

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“Holy Edison! You’re a whiz, Batman!”

The Dark Knight Rises is problably the most talked about film this season. The end of the Dark Knght Trilogy. I remember seeing Batman the tv show from the 1960’s ( re-run of course). Really .. who didn’t like the annimated: Kapow, Sploosh, Zok, Crash, Whamm!! & Zokk! I think this is the most memorable part of the show besides Dick Grayson’s one liners ( “holy (whatever), Batman!”) Since than Bruce Wayne has changed faces a dozen times ( 5 times to exact: Adam West ( original ), Micheal Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale).

The Dark Knight series, I think to be great. At first I thought it was going to be just another Batman movie, which at the end of the reboot in the 1990’s were horrible. Casting became worse, storyline was bad. It started out promising with Micheal Keaton as Batman in the first 2 installments, but the rest of them, wel not my cup tea.

Christopher Nolan set a new standard with Batman Begins. Dark, gloomy, heavy, nothing to be cheery about, just as the Dark Knight series should be ( for those who read the Legend of the Dark Knight comics Nolan followed up on it nicely). What was so great about Nolan’s Batman, easy answer: Bale as Batman is great and so was the cinematography of both installments and lets not forget Heath Ledger’s Joker, which I found truly amazing ( “Why so Serious?” ). I bet it was hard for him to fill the shoes of Jack Nicholson’s Joker ( cause that was already great acting on mr Nicholson’s part).

Funny thing is that with the Dark Knight Rises still to hit the cinemas, there is already talk of a reboot with Ryan Reynolds as the new Batman. Which caused much debate since he also played the part of Deadpool in Wolverine and Green Latern ( which too raised a few questions on the interwebs). But this could also be hoax since the article on it came out on April 1st.

For now let’s enjoy The Dark Knight Rises starring Bale as Batman, I know I will.

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Ever since I was a kid.

Ever since I was  a kid I have a facination for the movies. The first one my mom took me to see was Disney’s “Fox and the Hound“. When it came to dvd I went to the store and bought, this was some 30 years later. Star Wars was an all inspirinring life changer. I saw Return of the Jedi when it came in the cinema’s in 1986. This changed everything. First of all I became a huge fan of the original trilogy, still am. Secondly my love for movies was born.

During the 80’s I collected movie reviews from newspapers, always asking for stills at the cinemas, reading magazines on movies. Now there is social media (Twitter and Facebook) to bring the movie “magic”even closer.  This also gives me the opportunity to pencil down my thoughts on movies and the reason for starting this blog. I am not saying I am an expert, but this blog is just my view on what is going on in the wonderfull world of cinema. I hope that whoever reads this has fun reading it and comes back for more.

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