Monday, March 28, 2011

The Strain - Review

I finished winter quarter at my college recently, and I relaxed over the weekend, during which I read a vampire book I picked up: The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I fraking love Pan's Labyrinth, and I had high-expectations for this book. While I did enjoy it for the most part, I found it a bit of a let-down. This is primarily due to the vampires not really seeming like vampires, the characters not being very well developed, and the action taking place in discrete segments more than there just being a fluid novel. I got the distinct impression that the book was created for the intention of there being a movie made about it.

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's Alive! (Frankenstein)

(I wrote this for an English class.)

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” This is a famous quote, spoken by Henry Frankenstein in the 1931 film Frankenstein as he witnesses his creation’s first voluntary movements. But is it truly alive or merely undead? This is an interesting question, as it is rather difficult to answer.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eli's Gender (LTROI)

For the past few weeks, I've been surfing the "We, the Infected" forums for Let the Right One In, and no topic seems to be as persistent as Eli's gender or possible lack thereof. While only briefly touched on in the Swedish film and blatantly ignored in the American remake Let Me In, the novel Let the Right One In plainly reveals the apparent vampire girl as an androgynous boy. People don't know what to make of this. The following is a summary of the information and points raised by users. Because Eli's gender identity is hard to ascertain, I will be using gender-neutral pronouns ze and hir.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Magic Voyage - Review

When I was a kid, I loved this strange animated film called The Magic Voyage, about a woodworm named Pico going on some great adventure across the ocean with his friend Christopher Columbus to rescue a fairy princess from a Satanic hive mind insect swarm. I thought it was such an epic story with great characters and humor, and I couldn't understand why my parents didn't like it. Now, as a young adult, I finally got to see it again... It's awful. I mean, it is so bad! The historical errors alone are bad, but it just makes no sense, is racially insensitive, badly dubbed, and just makes me laugh uncontrollably because it's unintentionally hilarious.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pause... and Back on Course

There's this thing I've noticed for movies and shows, where they sometimes will end with a "Pause... and back on course" kind of end. It's a weird little break in the expected rhythm. You think that a show will end in a way continuing the pattern of the middle of it, but this stops for some reason. The pattern looks like it can't continue, and it looks like the show will end very differently... but this turns out to be only a setback and we're soon back on course. I've encountered this recently with Let the Right One In, but there's also Birdy and Doctor Who that have this kind of rhythm.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pokemon - A Plot to Do... Something Bad

I ran across Dogasu’s Backpack, an old Pokémon website I haven’t been to in years. It has a collection of anti-Pokémon material. “Anti-Pokémon” in this case referring to claims that Pokémon is immoral. Now, some of the stuff there has a good point, like the valid claim that Jynx is/was racist, but others are just silly and ignorant. There are, of course, religious nuts who think Pokémon is of the devil. The most absolutely ludicrous one, though, is a rant from a guy, David W. Hodges, who sees the Pokémon anime as an evil tool of Japan to subliminally corrupt American children with sexual imagery. Dogasu’s Backpack’s webmaster says that the article is so ridiculous they didn’t see the need to insert MST3K-style remarks, but I found myself doing that anyway as I read it, so I might as well make that another Going Rampant screed.