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Killing the Original Vampires

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On February 2, 2012, the CWTV hit show, The Vampire Diaries, took an unexpected turn.  Though the love triangle of Elena Gilbert and the Salvatore brothers (Stefan and Damon) is about to re-arranged that’s not the main point of the series about the season three’s mid-season primary.

All vampires in the series have feared and loathed the “original vampires,” the first six vampires who were created by the original witch.  The original vampires are the Michelson children and their father.  Esther Michaelson, the original witch, turned her children and husband into vampires in order to protect them from the werewolves that were killing members of their Viking clan that had just landed in the New World. Esther could not turn into a vampire as vampires are considered an abomination of nature and witches are considered to be servants of nature.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Review

On December 16, 2011 another Sherlock Holmes movie directed by Guy Ritchie premiered on the big screen. If you’re looking for a drama filled film or obnoxiously risqué humor, then Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is not the movie for you. However, if you’re looking for a great time to kick-back and relax with some action and adventure along with some crude humor, then you’ve found the right one.

Because Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows falls under the genre of Action, Adventure, and Crime, its credibility is not seen with as high regard as the more dramatic, tear-jerking films today. However, despite its lack of drama, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows caught the audience’s attention with its intense, action-packed scenes, witty dialogue, and comedic relief.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Swedish vs. American Versions

In 2009 the Swedish version of the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out and this past year the American version came out.  Both films did well, received high marks, and good critiques.  The movies were quite similar, but had some small, but notable difference.

Both have majority of the same characters and all the lead characters are the same.  In both films Blomkvist is a journalist for the Millenium and has lost a libel suit brought on by an Swedish industrialist, Wennerstrom. A man named Vanger in both films also hires Blomkvist.  However in the Swedish version Vanger is a lawyer and in the Americna version he is a retired CEO of Vanger industries.

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Footloose Review

While I have to be honest and say that I have not seen the original Footloose, I have to say that I enjoyed this remake quite a bit. Though Kenny Wormald is no Kevin Bacon, I commend director Craig Brewer for highlighting an up-and-coming artist such as Bacon. Bacon’s talented and flawless footwork along with fine  acting skills allowed Footloose to transform into the work it is today. While these skills are seen throughout the film, they are definitely featured during Kenny’s superb solo.

 

Originally Zac Efron was casted as Ren McCormack, the protagonist; however, I believe Bacon’s more skilled dance moves proved to be a better match. Efron has been featured in too many films lately, which would have made the film too flashy. Plus, this allowed the chance for Kenny to gain his first fifteen minutes of fame.


While I have to be honest and say that I have not seen the original Footloose, I have to say that I enjoyed this remake quite a bit. Though Kenny Wormald is no Kevin Bacon, I commend director Craig Brewer for highlighting an up-and-coming artist such as Bacon. Bacon’s talented and flawless footwork along with fine  acting skills allowed Footloose to transform into the work it is today. While these skills are seen throughout the film, they are definitely featured during Kenny’s superb solo.

 

Originally Zac Efron was casted as Ren McCormack, the protagonist; however, I believe Bacon’s more skilled dance moves proved to be a better match. Efron has been featured in too many films lately, which would have made the film too flashy. Plus, this allowed the chance for Kenny to gain his first fifteen minutes of fame.

 

While most films can be dwindled down into a key phrase, I would have to say that this film presented the rebellious newcomer teenager within a small town in such a way that is realistic and quite relatable.

 

Since the town’s hero must get the girl in the end, I would have to say that Kenny’s character in conjunction with Julianne Hough’s made a great on-screen match. Although Julianne’s dance moves were not as impressive as Kenny’s, her acting skills compensated for her lack of stunning footwork. Julianne’s damsel-in-distress role paired with the rebellious “independent woman”  was an interesting dynamic to watch, especially when she alluded to her position as the “preacher’s daughter.”

 

In every, if not most, films there is the antagonist or the reason this story is so peculiar. As Dennis Quaid’s character, Revered Shaw Moore, made it difficult for the teenagers in the town of Bomont, Georgia to express themselves through dance and social gatherings, his duties as a father justified his institution of the extreme laws within the town limits.

 

Having lived in Georgia for almost two decades, I have to say that it interesting to have a movie filmed in Bomont, Georgia, a place I have never heard of before. Furthermore, being an Oxfordian, it also intrigues me to know that a courtroom scene was filmed at the Newton County Historic Courthouse in Covington, Georgia.

 

Although I would not consider this movie a “must see” film due to its lack of CGI, Hollywood drama, A-list actors, and flashiness, I would have to say that this is a cute and pleasant film. If you’re looking for a low-key evening with some wicked dance moves featured, then this would be one of my top suggestions.

Movie Review: Colombiana

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Like most action movies, the best way to watch Colombiana is to sit through the first thirty minutes, fast-forward through the rest of the unnecessarily lengthy movie, and watch the last thirty minutes, as these are the only sections of the film that even come close to redeeming it.

 

The movie's plotline is fairly standard for its genre: a beautiful young hitwoman named Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) seeks revenge for her murdered family.

 

If one judges this film purely on the merits of what people look for when they watch action movies, the movie is fairly decent. But when taking into account the general plot as well as the atrocious character development, its merits are sorely lacking.

 

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