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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Bubble (2005)

Bubble (2005)

Dale and I both wanted to watch a movie last night so we had to find a compromise film. We watched Bubble. It’s by Steven Soderbergh. We thought it would be a horror film but it wasn’t. It’s about the relationship between three people who work at a doll factory somewhere in the midwest. It’s […]

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Hideyuki Kikuchi Wants You to Watch These Movies

Hideyuki Kikuchi Wants You to Watch These Movies

The English translations of Vampire Hunter D mostly end with a postscript by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Some, I assume, are translations of postscripts that were written for the original Japanese novels but some are written especially for the English translations. I find these postscripts almost as fascinating as the novels themselves because they always have to […]

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Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams

Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams

I’m alternating grading blue books with reading. I’m up to volume 5 in the Vampire Hunter D series. The English translations all have postscripts by Kikuchi, some written especially for the translation. And what strikes me again and again is that D seems to be a Western character through and through. And by Western, I […]

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2046

2046

My husband and I watched 2046 the other night. It was visually stunning but boy was it long. A whole week past while we were watching it! We actually didn’t even watch it to the end because we simply lost stamina. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t stick out until the end with […]

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Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D

Now that I’d read all of the issues of Hellsing that are out, I find myself shifted to a new obsession — Vampire Hunter D, of course. Those take longer to read because they are novels, at least. The other day I read 3 of the series, Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase, and then yesterday […]

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

I finished all the grading for ONE of my classes so as a reward, I watched Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. This is the one I saw with my good friend Jim way back in grad school. Wow. What a terrific film. I take back what I said about the anime version of D being a […]

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Vampire Hunter D and Apple

Vampire Hunter D and Apple

You can now buy chapters of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D, the manga, from iTunes. You use an app called Uclick to deliver sections of the manga to your iPhone or iPod touch. There are 6 downloads for volume 1 and each download is $0.99. You can read the press release from DMP here. Yet […]

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Equal Time

Equal Time

In the interest of equal time, I found a list of the top 25 surfing movies of all time. So now I suppose we will alternate movies nights or something? The crossed off titles are the ones that Dale has seen. I may or may not have seen them as well. Surfing Magazine’s Top 25 […]

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Waiting for Hellsing

Waiting for Hellsing

I can tell that I ought to be grading papers because I find myself reading at breakneck speed. I got Hellsing 6 and 7 at Schuler’s the other day but they didn’t have vol 8. I charged through Hellsing 6 and 7 — when is Alucard going to show back up! — and now I’m […]

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Zombies Done Right

Zombies Done Right

Now here’s a book that looks intriguing. Here is a sample: Biting into heads is much harder than it looks. The skull is feisty or Brains, BRAINS, BRains, brains, BRAINS. BRaiNS, brains, Brains, BRAINS, BRains, brains, BRAINS. BRAINS, BRains, brains, BRAINS, brains. Of course, the only thing better than Zombie Haiku is Vampire Haiku. Too […]

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Done with the Zombies

Done with the Zombies

At long last, I finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It took great strength of will and self-discipline to finish, so I suppose that zombie killer, “bride of death” Elizabeth Bennett would be proud. Honestly, I can’t understand what all the fuss is about. And it’s not because I’m an “Austen Purist,” a being evidently […]

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The Vampire Effect (2003)

The Vampire Effect (2003)

Dale and I just watched The Vampire Effect, AKA The Twins Effect. #35 on the Top 70 Vampire Films of All Time list. Wow. It has got to be the oddest vampire movie I have ever seen. Let me put it this way. Jackie Chan is in it. And the two heroines have matching corduroy […]

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Whoops, I Did it Again

Whoops, I Did it Again

I had every intention of reading Astro City as CAE had suggested. But then the next three volumes of Hellsing arrived from Amazon! What was I to do?! And now I’ve gone and read all three in a day and a half. So that means waiting for the next three. Maybe I’ll read Astro City […]

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Top 70 Vampire Films of All Time

Top 70 Vampire Films of All Time

I stumbled upon this last night. I now have a goal for the summer. The Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time I thought I had seen a lot of vampire movies but clearly not. 70. Bordello of Blood (1996); Bon Jovi Corollary: John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos 69. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) 68. Dracula […]

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Waiting for Hellsing

Waiting for Hellsing

I found this in my box this morning with a note from CAE: CAE writes “J- Trust me: you want to read this one.” Since I DO trust CAE implicitly, and since I have to wait until Tuesday for Hellsing Vol 4, 5, and 6 to show up, read it I shall.

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Hellsing by Kohta Hirano

Hellsing by Kohta Hirano

I am smitten. I have a new favorite vampire. The Hellsing manga series is fabulous. My first manga, by the way. It has actually been harder than I thought to re-train my eyes to read right to left. I read the panels right to left ok but I keep wanting to read the dialogue from […]

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Martin (1977)

Martin (1977)

I watched Martin last night. Weird. I’m not sure what I think but it IS number 5 on the Top 70 Vampire Movies list. Here’s the description: George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies – an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be […]

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A Zombie Interlude from E216 Spring 2009

Thanks to Sam from the B class for drawing my attention to this: Amazon was actually sold out! Inspired, I watched this mockumentary last night: It’s pretty good. I’m watching this one next — it’s by the people who did Shiver: So, are zombies the new vampires? I sure hope not….

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A Movie Gave Me Nightmares….

A Movie Gave Me Nightmares….

Shiver (2008) http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3681484825/ I haven’t had bad dreams about a movie since Jurassic Park came out in 1993!

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For Those Who Are Curious

I stumbled upon this last night. I now have a goal for the summer. The Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time I thought I had seen a lot of vampire movies but clearly not.   But I have seen: 1. Nosferatu (1922) 5. Martin (1977) 8. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002) 9. […]

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