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Thoughts on Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

1 Apr

Not long ago, I decided to sit down and finally watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I was ambivalent about watching it because (1) I was never really a hardcore Harry Poter fan (mainly because I just didn’t catch the wave of Potter Pandemonium when it first rippled through America), (2) the previews didn’t get me very excited and, (3) call me a Debbie Downer, but I thought the premise was a bit silly. I mean a foreign wizard irresponsibly loses his magical beasts, adding trouble to an already magically-troubled America? (Great! Let’s give that man a visa!)

Despite these things, I understand that Rowling is a very clever writer, which I both appreciate and admire. That being said, I had to give it a try. So today, I’m sharing some of my thoughts about Fantastic Beasts, though I don’t intend this to be a full-blown review or summarize the plot in any way.

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10 Dieselpunk or Diesel-Era Action/Adventure Movies & TV Shows (Part I)

24 Dec

I’ll try to make this one quick, but in a nutshell…let’s talk movies and TV shows.

…Dieselpunk or diesel-era-inspired ones, that is!

 

Any kind of story that is set in or inspired by the early 1900s almost always catches my interest, so today I thought I’d share some of my favorite action and adventure movies and TV shows that fall under this category.

Hope you enjoy!

Have you seen any of these movies or TV shows before?

If so, what did you think about them?  Which of these is your favorite?  Which is you least favorite?

I’d probably have to say The Mummy (1999) is my favorite on this list. I’ve seriously watched it more times than I can keep track of. (My protagonist Voi from The Elementalist: Rise of Hara was somewhat inspired by Evelyn Carnahan, the loveable-but-klutzy Egyptologist and librarian heroine from this movie, after all.  So there you go.)

I don’t really celebrate holidays much anymore, but for those who do, I hope you have a Happy Holiday(s)!

Hugo

16 Jul

(No, I’m not talking about the awards!)

I love visiting the IMDb; they have such a clean way of advertising the latest upcoming films!  So easy to use.

I happened to be on there tonight, looking for info on the World War Z movie adaptation that’s supposed to come out in 2012 (has anyone read the book, btw?), and I came across a new movie due for November called Hugo.  Here’s how the IMDb describes it:

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

I find it interesting that though it’s set in the 30s it goes the more steampunk route with the automatons and whatnot, which is cool.  (Not really sure if Paris lends itself to the sleeker dieselpunk aesthetic anyway.)  Directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, The Aviator, Shutter Island).

Anyway, it looked interesting so I thought I’d share it, along with the trailer:

What do you all think?

Does this look like an adventure film you would watch?  I know I sure would!