When “Twin Peaks” aired in 1990 no one thought it would have much of a chance as a TV show and even today one must wonder why or how it did become such a phenomenon. Was it because of the cherry pie and the fine cuppa Jo? Was it because the mystery of Laura Palmer’s murder kept people coming back to “Twin Peaks” each week? Was it Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) messages to Diane on his Dictaphone? And who the hell is Bob?
“Twin Peaks” was and still is full of mysteries, mysteries that will never be answered. Some of them should have better remained unanswered but such is life, you seek the answer until you finally get it and then you move on. And what about Laura Palmer’s murderer? You really needed to know, didn’t you? I won’t spoil it for you here, so read on!
HBO has acquired the rights to produce a television series “A Song of Ice & Fire” (2008) based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling books. The series will be written and produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. [ source ]
If any Cable Network could pull off a Fantasy series based on George R. R. Martin’s books it is HBO. I only hope that the budget is calculated accordingly and that there is no cancelling as there was for Deadwood or Rome. Despite these recent letdowns, I honestly think there is no better choice than HBO for this series. HBO subscribers will have to wait quite some time though to enjoy this gritty and epic fantasy tale of intrigue and murder on screen in 2008.
Guillermo del Toro’s movie “Pan’s Labyrinth” is set in fascist Spain in 1944 where a young girl Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) escapes the brutal and sadistic reality by entering an eerie fantasy world in which she must complete three tasks in order to be freed and be able to return as princess to her underworld kingdom.
Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) to a remote outpost headed by Vidal (Sergi López) her stepfather and evil, sadistic capitán, hellbent to quell all rebellious activities once and for all.
Christopher Nolan’s film “The Prestige” (2006) is an adaptation of Christopher Priest’s novel of the same name about two magician friends who become mortal enemies. Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) stands trial in turn-of-the-century London for the murder of Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and faces the gallows. The story is set up as all tricks in three parts: The Pledge, the Turn and the Prestige. Only at the end will we find out the truth.
We are taken back into the year 1887 when both Alfred and Angier were still friends and assisting a magician on stage. During one of the shows Angier’s wife Julia has a fatal accident and Angier blames Borden for her death.
George R. R. Martin was introduced to me by one of my colleagues last year and I put it on my “to read” list pile. One week ago, I finally started to read “A Game of Thrones” and I knew after the first few chapters that this was going to be a good read indeed and when I came to the chapter “Tyrion” I knew for sure that this is going to be just great.
I just finished “A Game of Thrones” and managed to order the remaining parts just in time so I can continue with “A Clash of Kings” and that is what I am going to do right now. There is no time to write a lengthy review on a fantasy epos that you simply have to experience for yourself. The dragon is awake!
For some obscure reason “Blade” (1998) was the first film I owned on DVD followed by “The Matrix” (1999). I subsequently also saw “Blade II” (2002) and “Blade Trinity” (2004) but was ultimately disappointed by the sequels. Spike TV now airs “Blade – The Series” and hopes to attract its viewers to this too cool to be true “Terminator of Vampires”. They call him Daywalker, neither human nor vampire, a half-breed.
Let us be honest, whenever you think about this character, you see Wesley Snipes, there’s just no getting around the fact that he kicked some major Vampire ass. Now, Kirk ‘Sticky Fingaz’ Jones, besides having a rather silly nick name, tries to live up to that figure as much as he possibly can but it is just not enough.
The acting of the cast aside, this show does not set new standards as far production design or CGI is concerned. Quite the opposite, it rehashes special effects on every possible occasion and uses prostheses whenever feasible, only that they are recognizable as such most of the time which rather kills any suspension of disbelief you might be willing to invest somewhere along the ludicrous story line. Vampire Ash as a designer drug? That is not only ludicrous but also immensely boring.
Nevertheless, it is Blade and people want Blade, they want it so badly that it does not matter if the show sucks or not, well at least for now it doesn’t. Everybody keeps hoping that it will get better eventually. I do not see that happen any time soon.