Monday, February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
If you have read Gnostalgia for any length of time, you know that I love Hammer Films. I am thrilled to see the veteran company making new horror movies and I plan to review some of the Hammer books and products. In the mean time, take a look at “The Quite Ones” movie trailer.
The story is one of a professor using his students to trigger a paranormal event. Of course, what could possibly go wrong — lol. While the story is not original, I’m looking forward to it.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
I guess if a case could be made for the book being better than a movie one need only point at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Don’t get me wrong, I was entertained by the movie, but I love the original Tolkien stories.
The movie is visually impressive. The barrel ride was packed with both action and humor. I thought that Bilbo’s view above the trees of Mirkwood was stunningly beautiful though it reminded me of Disney’s Tarzan when Tarzan took Jane to the jungle’s canopy to see birds. The spiders of Mirkwood reminded me of Harry Potter, although Bilbo’s ability to understand their speech while wearing the ring was interesting.
All to often, I was left scratching my head with the introduction of new characters and odd love triangles. I was also put off with changes to characters like Beorn who I imagined to be a huge, muscular Viking-like being but became a demi-wookie, while in human-form, in the movie. Clearly, Jackson and I pictured Beorn very differently.
It also seems to me that Jackson is trying to hard to link The Hobbit with Lord of the Rings. I actually laughed out loud when I saw the Eye of Sauron.
Still, the second Hobbit film is entertaining. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the fantasy fans.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Like many red-blooded American boys, I enjoyed watching Lynda Carter (Yes, I am that old) bounce across the screen as Wonder Woman. While the TV show bounced from network to network in search of an audience, Carter's version of Wonder Woman was much better than Cathy Lee Crosby's version in the pilot movie. I believe that Wonder Woman was at her best as a 1940's period program. Sadly, as is so often the case, money moved Wonder Woman from ABC to CBS and from the 1940's to the 1970's.
Two years ago, NBC decided to take a crack at a series featuring the Amazon princess. The pilot was filmed and starred Adrianne Palick. Sadly the the pilot was so bad that one critic called it, "embarrassing." As you might imagine, the series didn't see the light of day.
Gal Gadot has been picked as the next Wonder Woman in the Superman sequel. While she may be a fine actress, I don't see her as the Wonder Woman type. Can Hollywood ever get her right?
If you want to see some vintage Wonder Woman, MeTv (http://metvnetwork.com/share/wonder-woman-coming-to-me-tv) will rerun the Lynda Carter series.