Nipple, nipple, tweak, tweak, fly!
Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con teaser
[When I started watching DS9 I had no idea that by the end I would be screaming for Cardassian freedom.]
The battle cry “FOR CARDASSIA!” is a deeply ingrained memory from my childhood.
I feel it’s time to forgive and forget the mistake that Tristar made in 1998. The new Godzilla movie more than made up for it…
Could not agree more. The constant whining over Godzilla '98 is just beyond embarrassing now - it's just sad, and is exactly the kind of thing that fuels the “nerdy” and “weird” reputation of a fandom like this one.
Get over it, people.
August 14th will probably help:
Teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
My son and I continue into OUR LIST of Universal monster movies.
Today’s film is Dracula (1931).
I’ll go first:
Bela Lugosi, the man most people imagine when they hear the word “Dracula,” got the attention of Hollywood thanks to playing the role on stage. His was the first performance of the character that wasn’t overly monstrous and had a creepy seductive quality. It is surprising, then, that he only played the character on film twice.
Dracula is a classic for good reason. It achieves mood through cinematography and often slow camera movements. Bela Lugosi. Coming so soon after the silent era, the film is very quiet. This makes it even more moody and forces you to focus on Dracula that much more.
Interesting side note: we watched it this time with the 1998 audio track. This includes the score composed by Philip Glass and performed by the Kronos Quartet. It works very, very well. My only complaint, however, is that the newer musical track sounds so very crisp and clear. It was distracting at times thanks to how new it sounded. In order to make it more unobtrusive, they should have “dirtied” up the quality a bit.
Not to give Lugosi all the credit … Dwight Frye (Renfeld) deserves quite a bit, too. He is unhinged and in a delightfully disturbing way. Also worthy of note: Edward Van Sloan as Professor Van Helsing, a role that I would have hoped he could reprise often, but, instead, he does so only in Dracula’s Daughter.
Criticisms? Well, the acting style of the era (broad, overly false, etc.) hurts the performance of some of the secondary characters, but that’s so common for the time that you just have to learn to let it go.
The other thing has to do with the Hays Code. There was no rating system back then but all film companies self-regulated and kept “questionable” content out of their movies. This is why we don’t see Dracula actually bite anyone. This is why we don’t see their wounds. This (maybe) is why we don’t see any fangs. This is why the only blood we see is from Renfield’s finger cut. This is why — most importantly — Dracula’s death occurs off screen. The latter is the most detrimental to the film as a whole. To see Dracula die would have been satisfying to the audience but also an interesting thing for Lugosi to perform, especially after a line of his earlier in the film:
Dracula … “I bid you welcome.” 4 out of five creeps.
And here’s my son, James:
Well the second one is here. Dracula, the start of the vampires. story goes as Drac kills first victim, victim goes to jail and Drac causes chaos on a family.
While we where watching we both saw a bug crawl out of a bug coffin and laughed our socks off. What was that about?
So, rating wise, i’ll say 4.2 out of 5 creeps of vampirism!!!
Here’s the (re-release) trailer:
Up next, Dracula (yep, again — sorta).
In the briefing room scene near the end of the first act of “Assignment Earth,” Spock says: "There will be an important assassination today, an equally dangerous government coup in Asia, and, this could be highly critical, the launching of an orbital nuclear warhead platform by the United States, countering a similar launch by other powers."
"Assignment Earth" was first aired on March 29, 1968. Six days later, Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated by James Earl Ray. On that same day (April 4, 1968), NASA launched the unmanned Apollo 6 rocket, which suffered a serious mishap in flight and flew wildly off-course, just like the Saturn V featured in the episode.
To be clear, Apollo 6 achieved orbit but not the one planned for. Its launch was abnormal but not immediately catastrophic as it was in the episode.
Still, pretty crazy coincidence.
Things apparently don’t go well for Cap …
Christening of the Enterprise B, Star Trek: Generations