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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Bordello of Blood (1996)

Bordello of Blood (1996)

Last night JP came over and we set out to watch Bordello of Blood, #70 on the Top 70 list, and John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos. Jon Bon Jovi is the main character in Los Muertos. The movie is a loose sequel to the first John Carpenter vampire flick. And much better, I might add. […]

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On the Use of Religious Tropes

On the Use of Religious Tropes

Father Abel with a steampunk-esque bible. The illustrator of Trinity Blood has a real technology fetish. The more ornate the better. Besides those amazing AX priests and nuns, another reason I get such a kick out of Trinity Blood is its obsession with religious references. It’s pretty much inescapable. Among them are: The vampires are […]

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An Interlude in Honor of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

My friend and colleague Chad and I taught a class called Speaking Pictures for Interim 2009. Here is a little presentation I did on parody and the aesthetification of violence. I hope the links still work….. ******** Die Walküre What’s Opera Doc? (1957) Clips from Mystery Men. Chapter 8: Wisdom of the Spinx Slow Motion […]

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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Ok. So, as I said last night, we watched From Dusk Till Dawn. #19 on the Top 70 list. The screenplay was written by Quentin Tarantino (he acts in it too) and the film was directed by Robert Rodriguez. It opens with a Texas Ranger and a gas station store clerk chatting about the recent […]

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My head hurts…

My head hurts…

I just finished watching From Dusk Till Dawn, #19 on the Top 70 list. For various unimportant reasons, I ended up watching the first half last night and then finished the second half this evening. Man. Watching the movie this way made it seem like two entirely different movies! I had one impression of the […]

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Trinity Blood (2005)

Trinity Blood is one of the novel-manga-anime “worlds” I got caught up in last month. “Angst” is Trinity Blood’s middle name because boy! is this an angst ridden bunch! Trinity Blood is set in a post-apocalyptic (of course) world. There was a great war between humans and vampires 900 years ago and now the humans, […]

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John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

Dale and I watched John Carpenter’s Vampires with JP and JK last night. Wow. What to say, what to say? The movie is #55 on the Top 70 list and any doubt I may have had about whether the list is organized by popularity versus quality have been banished. The movie is completely campy. And […]

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Nadja (1994)

Nadja (1994)

I have to get back on track with the Top 70 list after my long detour through Vampire Hunter D, Hellsing, Blood+, and Trinity Blood. It is so interesting to me how each title has multiple incarnations — manga, TV series, movie, novelization — and that each version has distinct differences in plot. But that’s […]

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Cronos (1993)

Cronos (1993)

I watched Cronos (#10 on the Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time list) with JP the other day. It’s directed by Guillermo del Toro so I had pretty high expectations. It was good but definitely not like the stuff he does now (Hell Boy, Pan’s Labyrinth). But, in true del Toro style, it does […]

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Vampire Hunter D: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea (vol 7 – 8)

Vampire Hunter D: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea (vol 7 – 8)

Here’s a D story that’s pretty different from the previous ones. First of all, it takes place over two volumes so the narrative itself is a lot more expansive. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a virtue or not. There is a certain great economy in the one volume stories. I’m always impressed with how […]

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