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Top 70 Time Again

Top 70 Time Again

A new school year is starting. Time to really nail this list down. No pun intended. Only 25 left. The Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time 70. Bordello of Blood (1996) *Bon Jovi Corollary: John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos 69. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) 68. Dracula 2000 (2000) 67. Queen of the Damned (2002) […]

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Moon Child (2003)

Moon Child (2003)

Yi-Che, Kei, Sho, Son, and Toshi during happier times. Moon Child is the oddest movie. One part social commentary on racial tensions between Japanese and Taiwanese citizens living in the fictional city of Mallepa in the year 2014. One part martial arts action film staring Japanese rock stars Gackt and HYDE. One part low budget—my […]

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Priest (2011)

Priest (2011)

Director: Scott Charles Stewart Writers: Cory Goodman, Min-Woo Hyung Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q I was delighted when I first heard the manga series Priest, by Min-Woo Hyung, was being made into a movie. And with Paul Bettany as the Priest? Awesome. But then I head that they had added vampires and […]

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Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Busy night for me, I guess. Still under the thrall of Sunshine (see my earlier post from this evening), I watched Malice in Wonderland with Dale. It’s a really nicely done British adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Lots of familiar faces in the cast too. Danny Dryer is Whitey (the White Rabbit), Nathaniel Parker is […]

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Top 70 Vampire Films Redux

Top 70 Vampire Films Redux

It’s been awhile since I started working through this list. I’m off track but maybe I can dust it off before my Interim class this winter. The Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time 70. Bordello of Blood (1996); Bon Jovi Corollary: John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos 69. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) 68. Dracula 2000 […]

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Ink (2009)

Ink (2009)

This movie is amazing. Truly amazing. I just finished watching it about 5 minutes ago and I’m still weeping. Ink is about pride, sin, guilt, shame, pain, grief, forgiveness, love and redemption. The story centers around a man named John. He is a big deal stock broker, a wheeler and dealer. He’s also deeply unhappy […]

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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Dale and I saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland this afternoon. Amazing. I was prepared to be very disappointed with the movie – the pictures of Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter and Helena Boehm Carter’s Red Queen were too gruesome for me and the trailers made it seem as if Burton was simply remaking the original […]

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District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)

Fabulous. This movie is so great that as soon as it finished, I wanted to play it from the beginning again. The story is about what happens when aliens finally do make contact with earth. However, instead of coming with peace, new technology, or even conquest, the one million aliens on the ship are emaciated […]

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Them (2006)

Them (2006)

No, not a vampire movie but pretty scary. GAH!!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever been so frightened of teenagers in hoodies. The film depicts the story of Clem and Lucas, two average people living in a remote house in Romania. One night they are awaken to scary noises and then they suddenly find themselves in […]

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Blade (1999) and Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (1999) and Blade: Trinity (2004)

I watched a classic the other night with my friend J.: Blade. We watched Blade: Trinity (2004) first, and as it turned out, it didn’t much matter that we watched them out of order. The episodes in the narratives have a certain interchangeable quality to them. Blade: Trinity with a voice over by a guy […]

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Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009)

I finally saw Thirst, the Korean vampire movie by director Chan-wook Park. I first heard about it the past summer when I read that it won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. I had been waiting for it to be released with English subtitles ever since. Kang-ho Song plays a devote priest, Father Sang-hyeon, […]

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Daybreakers (2010)

Daybreakers (2010)

It seems appropriate to return to my neglected blog with a review of Daybreakers, the new Ethan Hawke vampire movie. Daybreakers is set in 2019. Because of some “outbreak” 10 years ago, almost all humans have been turned into vampires and life now runs from sundown to sunrise, as opposed to the other way around. […]

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Near Dark (1987)

Near Dark (1987)

Summer vacation is winding down. Despite my intent to complete the Top 70 Vampire Films of All Times list, I only made it through about 2/3. I’ve also been on some what of a manga kick this summer, but more on that later. Last night I watched Near Dark, a 1987 vampire flick directed by […]

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Thirst

Thirst

Hey – check this out. A vampire film one the Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival this year.  

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More Thoughts on Dracula 2000

More Thoughts on Dracula 2000

I complained in my previous entry about Dracula 2000 that it didn’t live up to its potential and that a lot of it was pretty campy. But it did cause me to think a little bit more about the ways in which religion, the Catholic church in particular, gets leveraged in vampire movies and literature. […]

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Dracula 2000 (2000)

Dracula 2000 (2000)

I just finished watching Dracula 2000, #68 on the Top 70 list, and it was one of those movie watching experiences I hate. And that is, I hate it when you feel like a movie could have been WAY better and actually sort of cool but then something must have gone very, very wrong in […]

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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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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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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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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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