Upcoming 2009 Movies

July 13, 2009 at 8:00 am (Marcia Colette) ()

I’m such a movie whore.  🙂  One of my favorite pastimes other than writing is going to the movies.   Although, Drag Me to Hell had pretty much stunted my activites for the moment.  Sorry, Sam Raimi (I love you, man!), but I wish I had waited for this to come out to DVD…or TV.  Smart movie, but dumb characters.  I give that one a C-/D+ at most.

But enough about that.   I want to talk about what the rest of the year has in store for us.   Though I have my eye on some of these, there are those that will have to prove themselves before I care. 

Blood: The Last Vampire.  Now, if you’re a fan of anime, like I am, then you know there’s a good chance you’re going to fork up the money to see this one.  It was released on Friday, but to no fanfare.  If they’re going to take the time to turn a classic anime movie into a theatrical remake, shouldn’t they have put the marketing behind it?  That doesn’t bode well in my book.  After all, the same thing happened with Blood and Chocolate and we wall saw how that turned out–or not. 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  I stopped reading HP after the fifth book.  Not because it didn’t intrigue me, but rather, I had gotten busy with other things and just now started reading it.  However, since I hadn’t gotten that far into it yet, I decided to put it down again and wait to to see the movie.  This time, I want to experience the fun having not read the book ahead of time to see whether or not I still enjoy it. 

Orphan.  Not on your life.  I pretty much know the details of this movie without having to see it, so why bother?  An weird orphan child is adopted and placed in the household of a nice family, only to discover that she’s a evil little bitch who should be locked away in time-out for the rest of her life.   Can we say The Omen?  How about The Bad Seed?  The Good Son?  How is this movie any different? 

Thirst.  I don’t know if this will be opened widely or will it just be thrust into an independent theatre and forgotten about.  That tends to happen a lot with foreign movies (i.e. Blood: The Last Vampire).  However…I LOVE the premise of this.  A priest who becomes a vampire?  Okay, so like we might have seen a priest become a demon (i.e. The Exorcist), but this is a vampire and it’s an entire movie about it.   Not some scenes where he’s sitting in an insane asylum looking a bit crazed in the eye.  Even better, it’s an ASIAN vampire movie, meaning we get to experience another culture’s interpretation of a classic monster with a romantic undertone.  If you don’t believe me, just check out the trailer here.  You can bet I’ll be in the audience and happily reading subtitles that I hate so much.  😉

9:  Yes, that’s the title.  But since Tim Burton is doing this movie, who cares what it’s called?  😀  I like Tim Burton that I’d pay money to see his movies even if they let him direct the last episode of Guiding Light.  Yeah, Mr. Edward Scissorhands, you can count me in for this one. 

The Wolfman:  You think I’m not going to see this?  Benicio Del Toro?  Anthony Hopkins?  Need I say more?  If I could reserve my seat now, I would. 

Twilight Saga: New Moon:  From what I understand, Edward spends some time away from Bella in this second installment.  If that’s the case, then I might go see it.  Don’t ask me to read the book.  I’m sorry, guys, but that’s asking too much.

Sherlock Holmes:  After Robert Downey Jr.’s wonderful performance in Iron Man, how could I possibly miss this?  Granted, it’s not exactly “otherworldly” as we know it, but it’s Robert Downey Jr.  Yeah, I’m in.

So what movies are you looking forward to seeing (or not)  this year?

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The Call – Paranormal Style

November 17, 2008 at 6:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) ()

I love “The Call” stories.  In fact, they’re pretty much an addiction at this point.  Every Friday, I tune into Dear Author’s My First Sale stories because I like to read about the successes.  There is enough doom and gloom on the road to publication, so it’s nice to see that someone has made it.

So, I’ve decided to do my own take on “The Call”, only this is one where everyone can participate, both readers and authors alike.  I want to know when you received your call to the paranormal.  What made you sit up and say, “Wow!  Is there more of this stuff out there?” 

My paranormal “call” came when my mother took me and my brother to see Dracula with Frank Langella.  And before you ask, I was probably too young to see an R-rated movie, although there’s a huge difference between the R-rated ones now and back then.  Besides, Mom couldn’t afford a babysitter and she had her heart set on seeing this movie.  😉

Anyway, I can’t really recall if I loved the movie or not because I think I spent most of the time with my hands covering my eyes.  However, I saw enough to awaken my fascination with the supernatural.  I thought that Frank guy was okay, while my mother and aunt pretty much salivated over his accent and delicious charms.  I thought it was rather cool with how much he loved that fragile woman enough to bring her back from the dead.  Although, she sure could have used a tan because her skin was little too pasty and sickly for me.  😉  Oh, and I had a crush on the courageous and gorgeous Jonathan Harker, played by Trevor Eve.  Now, he was a man who sneaked a blush or giggle out of toddler me.

It took me a few years to realize Dracula was a vampire.  I didn’t know what to called him other than the Caped Man Who Liked to Eat People’s Necks.  Still, that movie opened up a new world for me.  Granted, it was horror, but it was one that fueled my excitement for the paranormal.  It also taught me the lengths people will go through for their loved ones when their lives are in danger.  Even as a kid, I was enraptured by the romance and understood the importance of that in adult lives.

So how about you?  What was the first movie or book that called you to the paranormal and why?

~Marcia Colette

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Gothic

October 30, 2008 at 1:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) (, )

This time of year brings out all of the scary things and creatures of the night.  I especially LOVE old movies around this time of year because that’s when the gothic movies are most likely to come out and play.   

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what made gothic stories so special.  Then, my mother turned me on to the movie Psycho at…well…I was very young at the time.  But even then, I think I subconsciously knew what it was.  It’s all about the house, baby.  Or in some cases, the castle.  Okay, perhaps not all about the house, but it plays an important role.  And you can’t forget the characters either.  After all, they’re the ones who will make or break a story.

I’m sure there’s probably more to it than that, so let’s dissect for a moment.  When you have some big, spooky house in the background that elicit fear from the characters within the story, there’s a good chance that you have a sweet, suspenseful read on your hands.  Most of the time the supernatural is involved and there’s one character who has power over another, tormenting their poor victim with their madness.  The atmosphere is dark and oppressive with some mystery involved. 

The gothic effect gets really good whenever we have a vampire, witch, or demon involved, but the house is a major character, too, and all it does is just sits there.  If it’s haunted or is near a cemetery, even better.  I love to read about the spiders creeping around on the webs, the shadows coming to life, and the deep halls extending like a throat into the stomach of the house.  A lot of the creepiness isn’t just in the characters, but it’s in the details.

Some of my favorite gothic movies/books are novels by H.P. Lovecraft, Beauty and the Beast, Rose Red, Gaslight, Dark Shadows, Frankenstein, The House on Haunted Hill, and Rebecca.  That’s a pretty wide stretch when it comes to what’s gothic, from a cartoon to mystery to horror.  I guess it’s fair to say that not every gothic story has to be blood, guts, and gore, though it’s the paranormal ones that keep me on the edge of my seat. 

I could be wrong, but I think gothic romance is making a comeback.  It doesn’t matter so much if it’s historical or contemporary because it’s all about the thrill and the who-done-it’s.  I, for one, have my fingers crossed, my popcorn ready, and the lights on.  Toss in a vampire or a werewolf and I am so there.

Anything I’m missing?  What does or doesn’t do it for you when it comes to all things gothic (romance, horror, suspense, etc.)?

PS. Happy Halloween!!

~Marcia Colette

www.marciacolette.com

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What’s Your Shapeshifter Romance Movie?

August 22, 2008 at 5:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) ()

I finally got a chance to see Cold Mountain and thought it was a great movie.  And like any contemporary movie I see on TV, I ask myself, “Gee.  I wonder how this would’ve turned out had they turned it into a shapeshifter romance?” 

For starters, if the hero were a shapeshifter, it might have made his journey back to his beloved easier.  He could’ve changed and went after deer or rabbit for his meals.  And if the heroine were a werewolf, too?  Aye-ya!  Their love-making reunion would’ve exploded enough to light up the hills for a month. 

Another good movie that would’ve been a fantastic shapeshifter romance: Moonstruck.  Two brothers who are werewolves messing around with the same woman.  One way or another, a fight would’ve broke out and we would’ve found out who was the real alpha on the block.  Even worse, how would they explain those bumps and bruises to Cher’s “human” character?  There would be no way I could keep a straight face through that explanation.

The King and I would make a good shapeshifter romance, too.  The only problem is being in that part of the world, I’d worry they’d either worship Anna Leonowens or call her a demon.  That’s assuming they found out.  I don’t know enough about Siam during that time to say one way or the other.  But, I bet it would’ve made it easier to teach the kids.  Just give a little growl and they’d sit still through their lessons.  And who knows?  Perhaps King Mongkut might like the “ferocious” side of her.

Do we see a pattern here?  If someone were to make a shapeshifer romance movie today, they’d have to start with the romance aspect first.  When they don’t, we get movies that feel like it was thrown in there for good measure (ie. The Incredible Hulk, Blood and Chocolate, etc.).  Even though I haven’t read the book and it’s not a shapeshifter movie, I hope the ceators of Twilight took that into account for Edward and Bella’s big screen debut.  I know I’ll be watching closely to see if my heart strings are tugged enough to want to read the book.

Any other movies you think would make for a good shapeshifter romance movie?

~Marcia Colette

www.marciacolette.com

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The Forgotten Shapeshifter Romances

June 9, 2008 at 8:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) ()

The newest Incredible Hulk movie is coming out this weekend, with the cool Edward Norton heading up the cast. I’m not planning to see it until I get some solid reviews and they had all better be on the positive side before I shovel out $8.50 to see it. Still, you have to recognize it for what it is. There are elements of shapeshifting romance in it. A bit freaky, perhaps, but they’re there.

Dr. David Banner turns into a monster and is on the race to find a cure. In the mean time, his lover, Dr. Betty Something-or-rather will do whatever she can to help him, despite her father wanting to use beloved Dr. Banner as a weapon. I could be wrong, but that has the makings of a romance to me.

But how far can we stretch the shapeshifting world? Would Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde be considered a shapeshifting romance? After all, he had this thing with Mary Reilly and his body (especially his mind) morphed into someone else. I guess the shapeshifting is subtle in his case, but it’s there. If we stretch our imaginations a little bit more, we could almost say that Frankenstein was a shapeshifter, thanks to the marvels of science gone awry. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any romance for him because he was so hell-bent on vengeance. I would say the Bride of Frankenstein might be the answer to that, but I haven’t seen one of the various forms of that movie in so long that I can’t be sure about the plot.

Should we place different criteria on these stories because we forget that they’re not like the average werewolf movie? Perhaps we don’t think about these movies as shapeshifters because we usually associate it with animals, mythological beings, or the like. I’d even go so far as to say that Spiderman has elemenst of shapeshifter romance simply because he is part spider and in love with his Mary Jane.

So what do you think? Are these (and others) the forgotten shapeshifter romances or not? And if they’re forgotten, why do you think that’s so?

~ Marcia

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Sadder-day Night Sci-Fi Channel

May 2, 2008 at 8:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) (, )

I love shapeshifters so much that I’ll leap at the chance of seeing a movie even if there’s only a smigeon of it in the plot. It’s hard to find a good paranormal on TV that leans in that direction. As close as I can get is the Sci-fi Channel.

So here’s the problem. Where in the world does the Sci-fi Channel get their screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors/actresses for their corny movies, especially the ones that put shapeshifters to shame? Talk about your career being over before it started. You try putting a movie like Mansquito on your resume and see how far you get. If they had made The Rock Monster into book form, even a scam publisher wouldn’t touch it.

A few weeks ago I recorded Hybrid so I could watch it when I had time. I thought, “Hmmm? A man with yellow glowing eyes and my favorite kind of werewolves. The four-legged ones. This might actually be good.” I shook my head with disappointment and stopped watching the playback about halfway through because the TV Guide Channel was more interesting. Although I liked the Native American theme threaded through the plot, the rest of the story was as ridiculous as my grandmother trying out for the Olympic gymnastics team.

Although I’m very picky about my vampires, it broke my heart when Blood Ties was canned. I’m thankful they haven’t jerked Moonlight or even the Ghost Whisperer off CBS yet. I just wish they could some up with a shapeshifter series that might stand the test of time like good old Buffy.  What happened to the Dresden Files? Is it still on TV? That was the smartest move Sci-fi Channel made with regards to paranormal/urban fantasy programs.  Can we have another Underworld while we’re at it? And since Hollywood likes remakes,  has anyone thought about doing a remake of Cat People or has that Halle-Berry version of Cat Woman  destroyed all prospects of that? Whatever Hollywood decides to do, I hope they don’t butcher a fantastic book like Blood and Chocolate by stealing the names and not bothering with the plot that made it great in the first place. If so, they might as well save themselves the budget and slid it into a time slot on Sadder-day Night Sci-Fi Channel.

Anyone else see any butchered paranormal movie lately?  Your thoughts?

Marcia Colette

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