Posts Tagged ‘Tom Hiddleston’

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First, I’m not obsessed with Tom Hiddleston (Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive), he just makes really good movies. It’s not my fault. Think about it.

Secondly, yes, I do see everything made by  Guillermo del Toro (Hell Boy, Pacific Rim), because he makes really incredible movies.  (Although, I haven’t made it through Pan’s Labyrinth yet. That movie is heart wrenching.)

Crimson Peak is the newest movie by Guillermo del Toro, staring Mia Wasikowska (Only Lovers Left Alive, Alice in Wonderland). It’s a reunion between her and Tom Hiddleston. This movie is a throw back to gothic romance novels. 

Edith Cushing (Wasikowska), is an aspiring author who meets a dark stranger, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston). Edith falls in love with Sir Thomas and weds him only to be swept away to his home in Cumbria. Since Edith’s parents are passed away, her only connection to the outside world is her best friend, Dr. Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam). The house is in the middle of no where and is crumbling. Sir Thomas and his sister, Lady Lucile Sharpe (Jessica Chastain), are trying to hid the secrets of the old house. Who can Edith trust when she can’t escape the ghosts of the past?

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I haven’t been so excited to see a movie since Only Lovers Left Alive or Brahm Stoker’s Dracula! I am a big fan of gothic romance novels. I’ve read all the classics like Moura by Virginia Coffman. I have a huge library of Dorothy Daniels, Virginia Coffman and Victoria Holt books. Maybe some day they will make a Moura movie. EEE! (Insert high pitched noises of excitement.) That would be dreamy. Until then, my Mother and I are planning to go to Crimson Peak together. We’re going to have some Mother/Daughter bonding over dreamy dark haired men. That is the formula you know? Wait you don’t?

Gothic Romances all have similar elements.

  • Dark haired, mysterious man. They can be ambiguously antagonist or protagonist or a switch.(Check)
  • An innocent but seemingly frail female protagonist making it through the world on her own. (Check)
  • Stern, tight lipped female antagonist, that is part of the family/manor/staff . (Check)
  • Supernatural element, either real or imagined or both. (Check)
  • Lonely isolated house. (Check)
  • A dark secret. (Check)
  • Long, nefarious family history. (Check)
  • A friend, attorney or other male love interest to help out, usually ineffectively. (Check)
  • The moment of realization, when the Strong Female Protagonist suddenly emerges after going through a harrowing series of culminating events. (Check)

All of the elements are there. One of the most popular and famous of the gothics is Jane Eyre. I adore that one. If you haven’t seen or read any gothic novels, I suggest Jane Eyre. I am a big fan of the movie version with Orson Wells. He is dreamy as the dark haired, mysterious man. Joan Fontaine plays Jane. She’s also famous for being in another well known gothic, Rebecca written by Daphne du Maurier, movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Joan Fontaine is incredible, strong and resourceful in Jane Erye. The movie/book are about an orphan hired to take care of Edward Rochester’s daughter. Watch it, love it, go by Moura by Virginia Coffman. Same plot except during the Napoleonic era.

Anyway, Crimson Peak is expected to be atmospheric and terrifying. Stephan King saw an early release and was quoted as saying, “Gorgeous and just f–king terrifying.” If that wasn’t an amazing endorsement, I don’t know what would be.

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They suck alright...

They suck alright…

Vampire Academy
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Director:Mark Waters

Every young adult novel that is doing well right now gets a movie adaptation. YOU GET A MOVIE ADAPTATION! YOU GET A MOVIE ADAPTATION! EVERYONE GETS A MOVIE ADAPTATION! It’s like on Oprah when everyone get’s a new car. Vampire Academy is adapted from the books written by Richelle Mead. There are six books people, let’s hope this series is good. 

The plot hinges on two teenagers.  Moroi princess Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir and her gaurdian Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway. They ran away two years earlier and have now been found and brought back to the academy. Rose is set to be taught by the head of the Gaurdians, Dimitri Belikov. The head Gaurdian is 24 years old and falls for Rose while she is training. Her ward Lissa is kidnapped and they have to get her back! 

The crew that made this movie are interesting. The director Mark Waters is know for Mean Girls and Spiderwick. These are decent movies. The Screenplay was adapted by Daniel Waters who is known for Heathers and Batman Returns. Either this movie is going to be darker than the silly advertising or… honestly I don’t have high hopes. The main love interest is between a 16 year old girl and a 24 year old man. It’s like they wanted to go down the Twilight rabbit hole but couldn’t have a 200 year old vampire on hand to take up the reins. The mythology of this movie uses Dhampir’s which are traditionally half vampires. Except in this they seem to have telepathic and mystical powers. Good luck with this movie. I’m not getting my hopes up. They lost me when I found out CHVRCHS is handling the end credit music with a cover of the every classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”

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Jennifer Connelly needs more work.

Jennifer Connelly needs more work.

Winter’s Tale
Release Date: February 14th, 2014
Director: Akiva Goldsman

New York is magical. There is romance, mystery and magic around every corner. Set in this place a burgler and a Lady of means meet and fall in love. Death separates them but teaches the burgler that he’s not alone. He’s still loved even after her death and that he has a special purpose. 

The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. The New York City in his novel is based on historical figures and real places with a religious, spiritual and mythological flare. The main character has a mysterious white horse that keeps appearing. There is a great Bridge Builder that is trying to get back to Heaven. There are many strange occurances including a cloud wall that transports the main character, Peter Lake, through time. 

See the movie. Bring tissues and see this movie. Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Colin Farrell, William Hurt and Russel Crowe are all amongst the stars that appear in this movie. The trailers are nothing but gold. I am sure it will be an under appreciated but amazingly beautiful movie. 

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Dream Come True?!

Dream Come True?!

Only Lovers Left Alive
Release: April 11, 2014
Director: Jim Jarmusch

Did you see Thor: The Dark World? Tom Hiddleston was amazing right? Well check this out. 

Two vampires, Adam and Eve, reunite after Eve senses Adam’s suicidal depression. He wants to end it all and his human friend Ian, obtains a wooden bullet for Adam to end it all. Eve comes all the way from Tangier to Detroit to see her lover. After days of reconnecting, Ava, Eve’s younger and wilder sister, shows up to cause trouble. They start running and wind up back in Tangier. 

This cast is like a dream. Tom Hiddleston plays the dark and brooding Adam. Tilda Swanson, who I have a huge crush on, plays Eve. Mia Wasikowska plays Ava. The always endearing John Hurt plays Marlowe. Anyon Yelchin plays Ian. Jeffrey Wright plays Dr. Watson. Look at that cast! Loki, The Snow Queen, Alice, Professor Bruttenholm, Chekov and Beett walk into a bar… It’s a fantastic cast. The Director is super quirky too. He’s directed, Ghost Dog; Coffee and Cigarrettes and Deadman with Johnny Depp. The movie is slow and has lots of scene that just set the overall tone for the movie, even if they don’t really affect the plot. It reminds me of Blood and Donuts.

The movie has been playing film festivals since 2013 and is finally getting a limited release to mainstream theaters in April. 

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