I wrote this draft of a review for A Spell for Chameleon over four years ago initially, and it’s been sitting in my draft box, forgotten, ever since. I don’t have much more to say other than that, yea, I still think this book was stupid. I’m not going to edit it, I’m just going to throw it on up on the blog and call it done.
It’s been a long time since I posted on this site – four years in fact. During that time I, as have you, have gone through many changes. One that that has not changed is that I still love to watch movies. I’ve seen many more in those four years, but I have written about few of them. That should change.
I have written a handful of reviews since I’ve been away from wordpress. I started an account on Letterboxd not too long ago which you can find here. You can find there a few film reviews I wrote recently, which I will also get around to posting here, as well as my ramshackle collection of lists of films. I’ll be taking the time to write my reviews here, as well as writing about other things I’ve been spending my time doing, such as TV series, video games, books, anime, and my overall thoughts on some related topics.
Several other things will change as well. I’m not going to change any of the reviews that I have already written on here, but I’m doing away with my five star rating system, and the tone of my reviews will be different. For that matter, my overall approach to watching movies has changed quite a bit.
Roger Ebert died yesterday at the age of 70 after a long, epic battle with cancer. He was a workhorse, and his enthusiasm for movies was infectious in everything he did and wrote.
In fact, his last published piece of writing was Tuesday, saying he would be out for just a couple of days. His last written words were “I’ll see you at the movies.”
He wrote movie reviews for the Chicago Sun for bloody ever. You can read their obituary for him here.
If you’ve never read an Ebert review or his blog, see what you’ve been missing.
I’ve been pretty busy lately with school, but in between bouts of bashing my head against my keyboard, I’ve been watching Space Adventure Cobra. I found it cruising search engines with such search strings as “awesome anime,” “weird anime,” and “wtf did I just watch.” This show, and its movie, fall firmly within all three of those searches.
Before I saw my first movie from Hammer Film, they are what I thought of when I envisioned a vampire and it surroundings as a teenager. Lugosi and Shrek made their considerable impressions on the tradition of vampire flicks, but it was Hammer films that made them “gothy” and sumptuous. The Horror of Dracula was the first of these, and you can immediately see the effect of the settings on the film itself. That said, I was surprised to find out their first iteration of Dracula was a TOTAL MORON!
The two things this movie delivers are blood and boobs. Right off the bat we see two women making out, who are then promptly shot. “Roll opening credits and give me some jazz drums while I viciously bludgeon this piano with my raging hard on,” said the director knowingly*.
What… what the hell did I just watch?