Dark Shadows

If you’ve been reading my posts long enough, you might have guessed by now that I’m not a huge fan of vampire movies, mostly because so many of the recent ones mess with the original vampire “mythology” and seek simply to glamorize them.

Dark Shadows is a vampire movie, but it returns more to the original ideas about vampires (they can’t be in the sunlight, they have no reflection, they are soulless creatures). It is also rather campy, since it is a remake of the TV show from the 60s. This remake of Dark Shadows certainly has the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp quirkiness (especially in the visual effects), but it wasn’t quite as funny as I thought it would be. It was still funny, though, which is a giant step forward from most recent vampire movies.

The story is predictable, but that’s okay. Most Burton movies are, despite their quirks. Dark Shadows, as other Burton movies, also has a tortured love story, a central character who is at least partially misunderstood, and a lot of bizarre characters. However, it does have a hilarious depiction of 70s-era hippies. And the way the risen vampire has to learn to live in “modern” times is funny.

Despite some flaws, Dark Shadows was an enjoyable movie. And it isn’t a typical vampire movie, which is a good thing.

Pirates 4.0

The Pirates of the Caribbean saga continues, but is it the same with a different director?

I don’t know if the change in director, moving from Gore Verbinski to Rob Marshall, made a big difference in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  However, the movie seemed to lack a cohesive plot.  What plot was there was driven by the extravagant use of special effects.

Does this mean I didn’t enjoy the movie?  No!  After all, Captain Barbossa and Captain Sparrow were up to their usual (no good), and brought along a whole crew.  I still think The Curse of the Black Pearl is the best of the POTC movies, but they all have a certain charm.

After all, it is amusing to see Sparrow swinging through palm trees, and to see Barbossa roaring around with a wooden leg.  My favorite line of the movie was said to Barbossa by Sparrow, about his leg: “You don’t have termites, do you?”

I think one thing that tied this new Pirates movie to the previous ones was the soundtrack, done by Hans Zimmer, one of the masters of movie soundtracks.  He wrote new pieces for this movie, but still used the same theme.

On Stranger Tides is an enjoyable (yet certainly not deep) movie.  Let the swash-buckling commence!

Sartorial savvy

Here’s the question: which one of these men has the better fashion sense?  And don’t be influenced by name recognition and fame.

Johnny Depp: www.imdb.com/media/rm1128435456/nm0000136

or

Viggo Mortensen: www.imdb.com/media/rm3516373760/nm0001557

I’ve made my choice!