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HELLBOY (2004)

Directed and Written by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, David Hyde Pierce, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones

A story: I got hit in the gut, literally, with a norovirus in 2006. While I was on the road to recovery I turned to my only savior: Television. I landed on one of the movie channels and Hellboy was on screen. I vaguely knew he was based on a comic book character and in my weaken state I decided to watch it. It seriously made me feel better as I went along because it was action packed, funny, and was filled with great characters. When I got better I went to my library and saw they carried all of the Hellboy stories that were completed at the time. I gobbled those things up and now I am a full convert in the B.P.R.D. universe Mike Mignola has created.

If people want to see a comic book film that is entertaining, but isn’t part of the Marvel or DC Universe, I always point to this. This is the perfect character for Guillermo Del Toro because Hellboy’s universe is filled with freaky characters and settings. That and he can bring a good level of action and comedy when need be which also fits the mold of Mike Mignola. Ron Perlman as Hellboy is one of the few times casting a comic book character is spot on. His gruff personality is perfect for the character and he can bring the right amount of machismo and banter that the character is known for.

I really hope that people converted to the comic series and its spin-offs like I did. If you are a fan of this movie than Mike Mignola and a bevy of other talent are bringing very fun stories each month to the B.P.R.D. universe. Although I don’t wish anyone getting sick to watch this it is the perfect movie to watch if you are recovering in bed. Just try and avoid the bucket in between viewings.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #394

HELLBOY (2004)

Directed and Written by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, David Hyde Pierce, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones

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ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Written by: Charlie Kaufman

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson

(Favorite Film: #9)

Despite being trippy and out there, Eternal Sunshine is one of my favorite films for nailing this kind of romance. It’s a brutal movie in a lot of ways because we have all experienced the notion of seeing a relationship break apart. While I haven’t had a break up in the aspect of having the love of my life get sucked into my memories, I too know the idea of having someone disappear in my life. Charlie Kaufman somehow can dive into the recesses of despair and write some of the most heartbreaking material Hollywood has ever seen. Yet his films, including this, always have this aura of hope to them and in the end you are wiping away tears of joy because just maybe it can work out in the end.

This film was my introduction to Michel Gondry which is actually a lie.I vaguely knew of his work when he made music videos for The White Stripes but in terms of filmmaking this is where I started to pay attention. This is the kind of script that is perfect for his sensibilities as he can image some very unique cinematography tricks. I love the scene of Carrey going into his mind and meeting up with himself and his doctor. It’s very creepy and gives off an otherworldly vibe with some help in that Carrey can’t depict faces in this landscape.

In general I am a bit sadden Carrey never continued to branch out after this film. He is absolutely amazing in this because he plays the film straight and instantly becomes relatable. Instead of sticking with this though he has now gone back to zany, and truly dreadful, comedies and it’s such a shame because you see his potential as a serious actor in this. When it comes right down to it this film made me truly want to get into the world of filmmaking. Because it made me learn that films can be made to be personal and also be imaginative at the same time. If it wasn’t for men like Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman I probably wouldn’t be so investing into movies as I am now.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #393

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Written by: Charlie Kaufman

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson

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DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Written by: James Gunn

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Matt Frewer

In no way is this a slam on the original version of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, BUT: Isn’t it nice to see what you can do with a budget? There are things that Romero could only dreamed of when it comes to what Zack Snyder and James Gunn come up with in this remake. You got more zombies on screen than what Romero has done in his four (classic) films, different takes of a shopping mall, and a climax involving some badass busses. Then again Romero would use a similar idea with the Dead Reckoning in Land of the Dead so it’s a little bit even.

It’s funny to me that this film has produced two filmmakers who are now big shots in the world of action and superhero genre. (Interestingly both would branch out into the two opposing companies.) You can definitely tell this is a Snyder film as there is more emphasis on visuals than anything else. But he definitely seems to care about delivering some scares and make the zombies compelling despite having the, what is now completely normal, decision to make them fast. I’m no fan of James Gunn now a days because I find his material a bit too edgy for my taste. But he gives us some pretty decent characters to follow and puts an emphasis on making Sarah Volley the lead. On the downside though there are way too many characters and I can see why he wanted to get away from the original story and branch out; it would have been better to get rid of some meat. In the end though this is remake definitely exceeded expectations and gave us a very entertaining zombie film.

On a side note: Remember when Ty Burrell used to play assholes?

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #392

DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Written by: James Gunn

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Matt Frewer

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Namor the Sub-Mariner #24, page 19 by John Byrne. 1992.

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To all of my loyal followers/fans I have to sadly announce I am taking a break for the next week. From 7/12 to 7/18 (and most likely on Saturday 7/19) I am not going to be doing my OH, MOVIES posts because I am off to Paris! It’s going to be a very exciting week for me and I seriously cannot wait to see what is in store for me. But if you are egging for more don’t worry, I shall return on the 20th. Until then enjoy your week!

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Written by: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, & Philippa Boyens

Music by: Howard Shore

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm

Do yourself a favor: Don’t watch all of the Lord of the Rings films in one sitting. I know if you are an uber-fan you’d poo-poo that notion but trust me, it’s not worth it. Especially if you have yourself the Extended Editions DVDs which make the trilogy over eleven and a half hours with Return of the King taking up 4 1/2 hours (or 39%). The finale is epic in scope and is filled with wonderful battle sequences. But because of the film’s length and endless denouements it is no wonder some people mock it for seemingly never ending. It also doesn’t help the fact that Peter Jackson wishes to go back, ala George Lucas with Star Wars, and tweak what was already put in the final cut. So at this rate, especially with The Hobbit trilogy, it looks as those there will never be an end to this series. I’m not complaining mind you (right now anyways) but I do hope you take my warning with heed. After this film ended after a marathon of watching I thought my eyes were going to roll back inside my head.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #391

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Written by: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, & Philippa Boyens

Music by: Howard Shore

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm