My mouth literally dropped when I saw the headline, and since then I've been sitting here thinking of something, anything, poignant to say. I guess all I can say is thank you, Wes Craven, for creating a bogeyman that is (literally) the stuff of nightmares. Thank you, for pumping new blood into horror flicks in the '90's. Thank you, for being just an all around awesome guy. If any of you haven't seen the Nightmare on Elm Street documentary, Never Sleep Again, do so as soon as you can.
RIP, Wes Craven.
ETA: I suppose it would be only fitting to name my favorite Wes Craven film, which is Red Eye. I know, given that Craven gave us Freddy Krueger and other horror classics, I pick the one that's arguably more of a thriller. But it was an unique idea and in many ways tested Craven's role as a director because the scares had to be more grounded. Which. . . that always makes things a thousand times more frightening.
I'm not sure where all of us Fannibals are with the show. I've been watching it weekly, but more out of habit (and just to get through the entire thing) than because I WANT to watch it. I'm even less excited about the Red Dragon storyline after 1. the first half of the season and 2. the footage shown at Comic-Con. The footage wasn't bad per se, but the toll of the first half has sunk my enthusiasm.
Anyway, that's been your weekly update on Hannibal.
I'm always in flux when it comes to my interests. TV shows end, new ones come back. I watch a movie and need to see it again and again. I read a book, and the story continues long after I've read that final page. Here a few things clogging up my mind at the moment.
First Point: Theaters should really ban parents from bringing their toddlers to PG-13 movies. Especially movies that border into the scary territory. We had a toddler screaming her head off for 15 minutes before an usher came. Keep your fucking kids at home.
About the movie: I thought it was a good, summer blockbuster. Admittedly, I might have been riding on a nostalgia high because there were a lot of nods and winks to Jurassic Park (and to the book supposedly). I think the series is redeemed after Jurassic Park III. Jurassic World is more action-packed than the first. It tried to juggle a lot of subplots. Some of these subplots worked. Others. . . not so much. Most of the characters are one-dimensional. The only character that goes through any arc is Bryce Dallas Howard's; but it's the atypical, cold businesswoman grows a heart and realizes there's more to life than money. Also, if they plan on remaking/rebooting Indiana Jones, don't be surprised if Chris Pratt gets the part.
--I came out of the movie questioning my own thoughts regarding zoos, and circuses, and anything else that puts animals on display. I know there's been a lot of vocal outcry after the deaths at Sea World and Sea World's overall treatment of their animals. (Some people who've seen the movie feel like one of the Jurassic World deaths was pointedly taking on Sea World; I can't comment to the validity of that, though.)
I think it was obviously the director and writer(s) intention to parallel Jurassic World with our real life fascination of going to the zoo or animal entertainment parks. Even the freaking dino petting zoo made me uncomfortable, as I flashed back to my own experiences of riding a pony that's rigged to one of those walking circles. That pony's existence wasn't solely for my own, personal pleasure. So, yeah. . . I think it's going to be a long time before I go to a zoo again.
--I miss the animatronic dinosaurs. I don't think the CGI was bad per se. IDK. The human-dino interactions felt cold compared to the OG and The Lost World because I knew in my head the actors were acting with empty spaces. Though one scene was very touching and I might've choked up. (I was emotionally compromised before the film because we got the trailer for Max and just nooooooope.)
--Every time they used the "Jurassic Park Theme", I got chills. Every. Time.
--For the first time, I felt bad for the Velociraptors. I've always thought they were cool; but never have I been like "Nooooo, don't hurt them!" I also thought Pratt's "ability" to handle the raptors was on point and made sense and didn't take away from the fact that the raptors were dangerous creatures. *shrugs*
Relatedly: LOL I see you movie trying to explain why the Jurassic Park Velociraptors don't look like the real life Velociraptors.
--I completely forgot I was in public, and during the climatic fight I might've let out an audible "Fuck, yeah." Oops. Seriously, guys, it was so satisfying, both in honor of the OG movie and redeeming JP3.
--Loved the all the OG nods: the boys stumbling on the old compound, complete with the old merchandise, Tim's binoculars, and old Jeeps; the statue of Mr. Hammond in the Visitors' Center; the hologram Dilophosaurus that appeared during the raptor attack; THE SAME T-REX FROM THE OG MOVIE; lol Dr. Malcolm's "cameo" on the back of the book.
--Zara's death was very, very traumatic. That's all.
--My favorite scene was when Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) went and got the T-Rex. Two boss-ass bitches sharing the same screen.
--THAT FUCKING CLIMATIC FIGHT!!! I don't care how OTT or cheesy it was. The T-Rex and Velicoraptor coming together and kicking ass and then parting as "friends". (The nostalgia, man, it got to me.) Fuck yeah, Teamwork!
I don't know where I'd put World. . . definitely behind Jurassic Park and probably The Lost World (mainly for nostalgia). All I was hoping was that World would be better than Jurassic Park III, and in my opinion, it was. So, good job, folks.
I'm posting this here because it's my sandbox, and rather than go into other people's sandboxes and kick sand in their faces, I'll do it in my own sandbox. Ya'll, that Hannibal premiere? I'm underwhelmed. No, scratch that, I'm pissed.
So, I've found my excitement--and am actually intrigued by the first half of the season with Hannibal and Bedelia than I've ever been--but I remain cautiously optimistic. I'm never going to be entirely thrilled that we're only getting six episodes of Red Dragon AND the fact that Hannibal will still eat up that time in order to appeal to the core fanbase. (I'm guessing; I hope Hannibal will be used sparingly in the back-end of the season.)
Anyway, two more weeks, Fannibals. Two. More. Weeks.
There's too much stuff happening today, so let's see if I can hit them all:
1. "May the 4th Be With You"
Unofficially today is "Star Wars Day" so to all the Star Wars fans, happy May 4th. I have seen a lot of Star Wars resurgence on Tumblr and people coming out of the woodwork for Star Wars since the extended trailer hit. I guess 2015 is the year of Star Wars. (Sorry, Avengers/Marvel. But you're also owned by Disney. . . so maybe 2015 is the year of Disney?)
Anyway, Vanity Fair has the Star Wars gang on its cover. There's also a Behind-the-Scenes video that contains minor spoilers; so be on the look out for that, those that want to stay unspoiled. (I'm including myself in that gang. Speculation is fun and okay, but no ACTUAL! REALLY! TRULY! movie spoilers. Thanks.) Anyone else think Daisy Ridley is a dead-ringer for Natalie Portman? If she is not a Skywalker/Solo kid, I will go out and buy a hat and eat it.
ETA: Of course after I post this, the entire article appears online. There's minor spoilers about secondary characters. (I didn't read the article; so there may be spoilers in there, too.) But there are lots and lots of pictures!
I've been on an Old Hollywood/Turner Classics Movie kick as of late, and while I wouldn't consider myself a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, I do love her. Not solely because of her talent and acting career. (Though, if you've never seen Wait Until Dark, you must!) But she was a damn fine, caring and compassionate person. She's proof that beauty not only lies outside, but matters inside, too.
3. 129th Anniversary of The Haymarket Affair
So, I'm not going to lie: The first thing that comes to my mind whenever someone mentions "May 4th" is The Haymarket Affair. It's been on my mind lately--more so than how it relates to The Book--but because of the events in Baltimore right now. I'm not saying both cases are the same (even the strikers of 1886 didn't bother getting the under-served African American community involved). This is where I add another recommendation--Death in the Haymarket by James Green--and tell you that people with power have always, and will continue, to misuse that power until they are called out on it.
I salute all those in Baltimore who are peacefully protesting, who are bringing attention to the injustices in their city and around the entire country. I hope Freddie Gray and his family get the justice they deserved. And I hope the people that matter--the lawmakers, the civil rights protectors, the gatekeepers who can make the changes that are desperately needed--heed the words that the protestors are saying.
4. Nurses's Week
Some of you may know that my mom is a nurse. (She works in Maternity, FTR.) Nurses are severely under-appreciated and over-worked. They are the busy bees that make a hospital run. So, go out and hug and thank a nurse this week.
5. One month until Hannibal premieres
It knows why it's last on my list of things today.
(Not embedding the actual video because the video image is a spoiler, IMO.)
I think most of you know that I have a very. . . "meh" interest in Star Wars that stems from my brother's obsession with it while we were growing up. That said, I totally felt things once the theme music kicked in and I might be excited. . .? Anyway, between this and Jurassic World coming out this summer, my inner child has been awoken. Because even if I don't consider myself a super-fan of Star Wars the original trilogy is a vital part of my DNA.
Count me as excited and I'll be in the theaters come this December.