Friday, July 23, 2010

Sounds familiar

A show of hands please, how many of us are not thinking Friday the 13th right now?

Thought so.

Btw, also check out the amazing motion poster:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lolita's curse

In her book Hollywood Lolita Marianne Sinclair speaks of a phenomena surrounding the later lolita actresses, while most of the early silent lolita-stars could build out solid careers non of the later incarnation of this specific men’s fantasy did fare well, neither in their career nor in their lives. I've been reminded of that recently when, while idly chatting away in some forum, the question came up: “What ever happened to Jane March?”
Far as I know she made only two movies, both times playing the teenaged seductress to a much older co-star.

And now I do wonder: Did she, too, fall prey to the lolita-curse?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All good things...

…come in threes; but this is not true for Hollywood, here we rather seem to be dealing with an unwritten third time’s not the charm rule.
Blade Trinity is a prime example for that.
What started out as fast paced, entertaining new take on movie vampires proved to probably having been too fast paced for its own good, by reaching the third part it already had ran itself to death*. It’s excruciating to watch decent actors struggle their way to this mess of a script the movie was build on, and to add insult to injury the only visible attempt to salvage this mess at least financially was by cranking up the PPM** rate to a maximum in hopes to at least appeal to a large enough crowd of kids that still find the mention of body parts and bodily functions to be a hoot…

And what again had the man himself, David S. Goyer, to say about sequels:
“…New Line, and Wesley, and a lot of people involved hope that Blade will spawn […] other sequels or, you know, Tv-Show or who knows what. The Big question to me will be, I mean Blade is a very graphic violent, dark movie, and the big question to me will be, if a second film is made will it be more user-friendly, will it go down the Batman road. I mean, I was very disappointed with the Batman films, I thought they got successively worse. You know, if there’s gonna be a Blade Happy Meal in five years from now we are in trouble.”

Blade Trinity's feeble charms could be found summed up in its run of teaser posters.

*Actually I thought that the TV-Series marked a huge step-up again in story, but no less it was too little too late.
** PPM = Profanities per minute.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Who's been first?

As you might have gathered from my last post, I'm a fan of the Blade series (of the first two movies and the TV-Show anyways), but I do happen to find the poster for the second to look ludicrous. Who ever approved that should have been fired. I guess all that saved Blade II from oblivion was the quality of it's predecessor and Del Toro's devote followers.
Which he deserves, the man is brilliant.

One of the few other modern vampire movies I happen to like is 30 days of night, such a lovely teaser poster and the movie didn't disappoint either in my opinion, only the end bugs me somewhat because it looks like a one on one copy from the end for Blade II.

In fairness to 30 days it stands to mention that both the comic this was based on (which by a guess already featured the same ending) and Blade II came out the same year.

On a closing note:
Naturally we can all happily agree on one thing - neither of the above can beat the fiercely sensual and dangerous creatures from Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark.

Jesse Hooker and his posse still are the definitve word on modern vampires.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Picture perfect moment

When watching Blade, one thing is clear from the start: This is a comic book character living in a comic book world, even if the world is no longer the one he originated from in Marvel’s Dracula.
What really brings this movie home to me, is a realistic, urban style that yet reminds a lot of Timothy Bradstreet’s art for Vampire: The Masquerade. Interestingly Tim then actually did work on the sequel, which, as is not unusual, goes for a much different, less realistic & urban style. You couldn’t readily tell that he was involved in the creation of the vampires for Blade II, but I would be willing to bet good money that it was Bradstreet’s illustrations made for Vampire: The Masquerade (and to a degree William Friedkin’s formidable movie French Connection) that influenced the look of the first Blade movie the most.
It’s a marvel actually that White Wolf did try to sue them, given how obvious it becomes that the art department consciously tried to recreate the RPG game's look as close as they could without outright copying it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Art comparison

I stumbled upon the picture on the right over at Deviantart, it's called Fall within II, and interestingly it has been submitted there in the same year/month The Alphabet Killer came out.
According to the artist he didn't see the artwork for Alphabet Killer previous to his own work, which makes for a fun coincidence.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Two artists

I'll take this months issue of "Spoof Posters" tagged posts to highlight two artists who's work I came upon cruising along the internet highway. There's something about it them I like, even if it ain't the kind of style I would put on my wall:

1. Kevin Dart
Kevin's main work is on Yuki 7, for which he does Bond like movie posters, but he also drew the occassional monster movie art (fans of Boris will find the one on the left familiar loking) and other stuff, you can find more of his work here:

2. Tom Whalen
Our second highlighted artist can be found in these places: ;

I said initally that I wouldn't put that art style on my wall, but truth is that his posters for The Shining could sway me, or his take on Fulci's Zombie.