Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N = Ninth Gate

Ninth Gate
1999
Director: Roman Polanski

Johnny Depp as Dean Corso
Frank Langella as Balkan
Emmanuelle Seigner as the girl

Balkan, a rich and twisted book collector hires Corso to authenticate a rare book. The book: ‘The Nine Gates’ is the key to calling the Devil. Many of the characters are Satanists who find their own grisly end.

As Corso tracks the origins of the book he discovers that he has become fascinated, maybe even obsessed by the book. He doesn’t seem to have a sane response to the fact that everyone associated with the book dies horrible deaths.In the end, he wants to understand the book and find what it can give.

The film did make some money when it was release but was criticized as a remake of the director’s most popular film, Rosemary’s Baby.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M = Merlin

Merlin
1998
Director: Steve Barron

Sam Neil as Merlin
Isabella Rossellini as Nimue
Miranda Richardson as Queen Mab

Not the standard story about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin is the story of the force behind the crown. The mystical man who helped men become kings of many had his reasons to turning his back on his past.

In the beginning, Merlin was much like other children who were raised in the woods. But as he grew, he discovered his magical talent. With the magical talent came whimsical creatures and the powerful Queen Mab.

Merlin finds love with the Lady Nimue but his plans for happily ever after are thwarted by Queen Mab who has other plans for him. Merlin and Mab fight to find who is in control of Merlin’s life.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

L = Labryth

Labryth
1986
Director: Jim Henson

David Bowie as Jareth
Jennifer Connelly as Sarah

Sarah escapes life with her father and step-mother to another place, the Labrynth. She discovers that she truly loves her half-brother and sets out to save him from the goblin king.

The goblin king, played by David Bowie points out the trouble with her argument about life being unfair and how much of what we see and experience is all about our point of view.

With the help of fanciful friends, Sarah saves her brother and returns home.

The final feature film Jim Henson made before his death, it was deemed a failure at the time. Since the film has found its niche audience and is considered a children’s classic film.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

K = Kill Bill

Kill Bill
2003/2004
Director: Quentin Tarantino

Uma Thurman as the Bride
David Carradine as Bill

The original concept of Kill Bill was one film but was cut in half when the finished product was four hours long. The first part tells the tale of the Bride who was a member of an all-girl assassin team tries to leave her murderous life behind. She is attacked at her wedding, the wedding party is killed. The Bride seeks revenge on her former co-killers and ultimate revenge on their leader Bill.

It isn’t until volume two that we come to know an enjoy Bill’s warped sense of reality. In the middle of running a death squad, Bill manages to find his paternal instincts, raising and loving his daughter.

Violence and secrets bring the story together with horrific anticipation of the next bloody mess.

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