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Oh, The Horror! #20: Blade

Oh, The Horror! #20: Blade

By Greg Anderson-Elysee in Blog on January 9, 2009

One of my all time favorite comic book characters, the bad-ass Blade. If I was given the chance to write any book for Marvel, it'd most likely be Blade. There's just something about him. A bad-ass half-vampire who can dish out some sick martial arts moves to take out those creepy crawlies that stalk in the shadows. His head is focused on one thing: killing the vamps. And on top of that, he has their thirsts. He can easily slip and become one of them, but with enough self-control and a focused hatred against that kind, he instead works to protect the world from them. And the guy's a riot also. "Motherf'ker, are you outta your damn mind?!" Ha! I still crack up every time I hear that line delivered by Wesley Snipes when he's shot at by cops in a hospital.In my last entry, I wrote a review about "The Unborn." The writer/director of that movie is the writer of the Blade movies. And like I mentioned in that previous entry, when other directors seem to have his script, they do a wonderful job in crafting it into the big screen. Directed by Stephen Norrington, we are transferred into a dark world where vampires exist, living in the underworld in their own sacred hierarchy where they have connections everywhere that include nightclubs, politics, and the police. Then enters Blade. A hard-hitting half-man/half vampire who hunts the vampires along with his mentor and closes thing to a father-figure, Whistler, played by Kris Kristofferson. We are also introduced to Karen Jensen, a hematologist who gets bitten by a vampired named Quinn who was burned earlier by Blade. Karen, played bad-assly by sexy N'Bushe Wright, is our every-woman who brings us into this crazy world that is just below the surface if we just open up our minds. Karen gets directly involved in the essential plot as she begins to help Blade with a strong serum to suppress his thirst for blood and she also creates nice batches of serums that explodes suck-heads and even cures herself from vamperism. Sheesh. And she was a tough lil' cookie who was able to stand with Blade in battle and interrogations.So yes, we got the heroes down and a brief mention of Quinn, the main villain's second in command. We are also introduced to Deacon Frost, played by Stephen Dorff, who sees humans as simply cattle, food to vampires. He speaks against the elder vampires who plan out all the rules and who disregard him for what they see as "stupidity" as Frost presents his ideas to bring forth La Magra, an ancient vampire god. With the rise of the vampire god, vampires will be back on top and the humans will all be food. But there's one problem. Blade. Yep, Blade is the Boogeyman! And he's coming to get you! Heh, sorry, got over excited there. But yes, the rivalry between Deacon and Blade is actually a lot of fun to watch. Everyone in this movie is a lot of fun to watch. While you're awed due to the fights and effects, you're laughing and smiling due to how much the characters stand out. It generally is a fun action film to watch and you don't need to be dumb to enjoy it. Snipes is Blade in this movie and I don't think Blade wouldn't have been as much of a success without Snipes there playing him, producing the film, and choreography of the fights. Also, this was the film that got Marvel to notice that they could make more movies like this hence us soon getting X-Men and Spider-Man after wards. This movie also appeals to many. If you like a good solid plot, you can get into this. If you like horror, you can get into it. Heck, martial arts, all out action, bullet time, whatever it is. Just go and pick this movie up and see why I love this character so much. You most likely will not regret it. And c'mon. Who doesn't love that blood bath scene at the beginning?

Oh, The Horror! #15: Serpent and the Rainbow

Oh, The Horror! #15: Serpent and the Rainbow

By Greg Anderson-Elysee in Blog on January 3, 2009

Man oh man! Where the heck have I been to have never heard of this movie until last night? For a little while now I've had a bit of an interest in learning some stuff on Haitian folk lore. I feel that there are many types of stories that can be seen as pretty darn scary back in my parent's homeland and I'm always interested to hear a story from the country. So when my god brother told me about this movie, it taking place in Haiti, I was automatically intrigued. My brother, Berto, and I watched the movie and just had an absolute blast. You should have seen the way we were freaking out at a lot of the scenes, mostly because it seems to hit close to home with us. Let me tell you that Haitians are some of the most superstitious folks you'll ever meet and a lot of things about the supernatural is driven into our minds since being very young. Heck, I lived there for a short while too. So a lot of the things in the movie scared some bit of craps out of me watching, not in jump out of my seat thing, but more of a mentally fear thing. And I loved every moment of it.Bill Pullman plays a doctor who goes to Haiti to find the reasons why a once buried man is now walking around again. Of course, he's a man of science but he also gets haunted by these strange and extremely freaky dreams and we are introduced to the villain of the story played by Zakes Mokae And let me say that I do not understand why this guy isn't in a top villains list. This guy played no games whatsoever and was damn terrifying as he led his group of Ton Ton Machutes, a special police force in Haiti who are known for being quite... well...unlikable. As the movie goes on, we are pulled into the world of voodoo and zombies. And the movie just gets freakier and freakier. I can definitely see this movie scary folks from even visiting the country. So much twists and turns, enough to keep you at the edge of your seat and frightened for the main character and his love interest. And that torture scene. Oh man! When they strapped Pullman's character on the torture seat, I said to my brother, "Oh no! Haitians DO NOT PLAY when it comes to torture." And man, was I right. Sheesh. Another thing I loved about this movie was it being shot on location and hearing the Haitian language being spoken throughout. Everything seemed very authentic and helped with the creepiness. Fantastic movie that I fully recommend for horror fans. Below is a trailer.

Oh, The Horror! #16: Let The Right One In

Oh, The Horror! #16: Let The Right One In

By Greg Anderson-Elysee in Blog on January 5, 2009

I first heard about this Swedish vampire movie on a few message boards a few months ago. Every review and opinion I've read essentially praised it so I indeed was interested. Why wouldn't I be? I like vampires. But yeah, a week back my brother told me that he was planning on going to see "Let The Right One In" and I immediately took interest and told him I've been meaning to see it. So for my birthday (2 days ago) I decided we should see it the day after and was hoping to have a guy's night out with some of my best buds although most of them wasn't able to make it so it was just me, Berto, and Lebert "TeardropJones." Overall, the praises the movie was getting I would say is pretty much justified. The movie had a lot of heart to it as it's essential a story about alienation and a boy finding a connection with a girl who moves in next door who is revealed to be a vampire. The boy, Oskar, is constantly picked on at school by a boy and his crew and Eli, the vampire, gives Oskar confidence to finally stand up to him. Also, Eli basically becomes his best friend and his girlfriend. Seeing their relationship grow through each day is very interesting to watch despite Eli's thirst for blood which causes a big set of problems and events in their Sweden town which includes the death of a few townsmen and infecting someone else into becoming a vampire which later leads to a fantastic scene with cats. You'll have to see it for yourself to see why that scene was simply amazing.I wish I could say more on the story but the story is very simple that saying much of anything else would surely spoil something and I wouldn't want to do that. It isn't like other vampire movies, it's really more about two outsiders befriending, accepting, and being there for each other. Although rather slow in the beginning, the story begins to really pick up when Eli's thirst really starts to come into the central plot. There were also some fantastic special effects. A few that took place in a hospital and one amazing one in the end when Oskar has his final confrontation with the bullies. I found it to be a really heart-ful ending and was beautifully shot. I can see a few film lovers buying the DVD just for those final shots of the confrontations with the bullies.So yes, if you can definitely check out this movie. I looked up some stuff online and saw that it was previously a novel and there were a lot of themes that were omitted from the movie. And there's suppose to be an American version coming out which is supposedly suppose to be remade from thebook rather than the Swedish movie. We'll see how that comes out although my brother and I are a bit iffy about that.I'll leave a final quote that Lebert said when we exited the theater that gave me a good chuckle, "Man, movies like this is what makes me think about being a vegetarian."

RIP, Test

RIP, Test

By Greg Anderson-Elysee in Blog on March 14, 2009

I haven't been a big wrestling fan for a little while now but I've always said to my friend if Test returned, I'd be watching regularly again. He was my favorite to watch, always found him entertaining, especially as the asshole heel. This morning I found out he was found dead in his home last night. Details are unknown but I have a faint idea on what happened. Poor guy. You'll be heavily missed, man. No one delivers that killer Big Boot like you. Rest in peace, TJ Thunder.

Rave Ups:  Ken Stringfellow / Magnet Magazine & Website

Rave Ups: Ken Stringfellow / Magnet Magazine & Website

By in Blog on April 1, 2009

I am a huge fan of The Posies, including the solo work of main men Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer.  I received some news by way of the Posies Google Group (join here if you are interested) today that Ken Stringfellow is the guest editor for this week on Magnet Magazines website.  Magnet is a [...]

Rave Ups:  The Recordings of Neil Young 1966 - 1972

Rave Ups: The Recordings of Neil Young 1966 - 1972

By in Blog on March 28, 2009

The first and most fertile period of Young’s musical legacy.  I have outlined the releases from this era below.  Please note what I deem to be the ESSENTIAL releases. 1966 - Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield: Young finally hits the big time…  Unfortunately the band wasn’t so keen on letting Young sing his own songs.  What [...]

WTF?:  Shirley Manson is a T1000

WTF?: Shirley Manson is a T1000

By in Blog on March 1, 2009

Shirley Manson of the late 90s alternative rock group Garbage is now a Terminator.  Shirley plays Catherine Weaver the CEO of a mysterious technology company and secretly a…. T1000, a liquid metal killing machine on Fox show Terminator:  The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  See Shirley in her bizarre killing machine debut in the 2nd season premiere [...]

Rave Ups:  Neil Young Projects

Rave Ups: Neil Young Projects

By in Blog on March 1, 2009

The always prolific Neil Young has few big projects going on right now.  The first has been in the works since the 80s and (cross your fingers, will be coming out soon)…  Neil has been teasing his fans with the prospect of his Archives project for decades - always putting it on hold because the [...]

Rave Ups:  You’re Gonna Miss Me - A Film About Roky Erickson

Rave Ups: You’re Gonna Miss Me - A Film About Roky Erickson

By in Blog on March 2, 2009

You’re Gonna Miss Me - A Film About Roky Erickson Roky Erickson was the lead singer of the late 60’s psychedelic rock band the 13th Floor Elevators.  He has always been a bit of an enigma for Rock N Roll fans as he disappeared from the scene after a few full length records.  As drugs were [...]

Rave Ups:  Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

Rave Ups: Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

By in Blog on March 4, 2009

Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981 -1991 by Michael Azerrad Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s 3rd Rock book chronicles the early histories of 13 original American Indie rock/Hardcore bands.  Including the following: Black Flag The Minutemen Mission of Burma Minor Threat Husker Du The Replacements Sonic Youth Butthole Surfers Big Black Dinosaur Jr. Fugazi Mudhoney & Sub Pop Records Beat Happening Azerrad [...]

Rant Downs:  I Hate American Idol

Rant Downs: I Hate American Idol

By in Blog on March 10, 2009

I HATE American Idol!! There is the obvious stuff… the music sucks, the singers are boring, and they have no talent…  I could go on and on.  The whole point of the show is to find the next big music star - and how well have they done so far?  Really only one person has found [...]

Rave Ups:  The Clash - Westway To The World

Rave Ups: The Clash - Westway To The World

By in Blog on March 11, 2009

The Clash - Westway To The World This documentary was released in 2000 before Joe Strummers death on December 22nd 2002.  The movie is a pretty dry re-telling of the bands history straight from interviews specially filmed for this documentary from each of the bands members. Included in the movie is a treasure trove of live footage [...]

WTF? The Starchild is a painter!

WTF? The Starchild is a painter!

By in Blog on March 16, 2009

Paul Stanley, lead singer/guitarist of the costumed rock band Kiss is a serious painter.  I guess its not such a huge surprise when you consider all the face painting over the years.  What is the most surprising to me is that I didn’t hate all of his paintings.  I’m no art critic, but I know [...]

Album Review:  Lily Allen - It’s Not Me, It’s You

Album Review: Lily Allen - It’s Not Me, It’s You

By in Blog on March 17, 2009

I was a late adopter to Lily’s debut record Alright, Still… but no matter your stance on popular music it has got some charm.  Here is my review of her newest.  See the explanation of my reviews here. (You may have trouble viewing this embedded PDF, if so you can trying updating Adobe Shockwave Player, or [...]

Rave Ups:  Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps (DVD)

Rave Ups: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps (DVD)

By in Blog on March 18, 2009

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps (DVD) The live concert video featuring a performance from the 1978 Rust Never Sleeps Tour.  Originally released in 1979 and reissued by Sanctuary on DVD in 2002.  I’ve never really enjoyed live concert films very much, but I regard this one as a gem with its classic [...]

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