September 10, 2009 |
For months now people have been anticipating "The Vampire Diaries" as a CW-ized version of "Twilight" with a bunch of sensitive young lovelies yearning and burning for danger, romance and the ultimate penetration. In between bouts of underage drinking, texting, girl-bonding, and the inevitable minor-key whine of a soundtrack, that is. "True Blood Lite" or "Transylvania 90210." And you know what? It is. Almost exactly. But this is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Because "Vampire Diaries" knows precisely what it is -- a Gothic romance -- and doesn't try to be anything else.
April 11, 2013 |
"Upstream Color" is as enigmatic as filmmaking gets - not in a casual way, but determinedly, even willfully. Being completely understood at first glance is not on creator Shane Carruth's agenda, but while this may sound upsetting, it turns out to be quite the opposite. Carruth, whose cult favorite "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004, is unwavering about telling his stories his own particular way, and he's so good at it that he pins us to our seats even when we're not exactly sure what's going on. Maybe because we're not exactly sure what's going on. For to watch the haunting, disturbing "Upstream Color" is to feel like you're inside not one of your own dreams but someone else's, a dream that's both compelling and unnerving in ways you can't put your finger on. Part science fiction scare movie, part offbeat romance, part completely unclassifiable, "Color" is also one-man filmmaking of a remarkable sort.
July 27, 1997
I wish to add a few facts to Michael Quintanilla's superb article on Bram Stoker, Count Dracula and Bela Lugosi ("Drac's Back," July 14). Lugosi, who first appeared as Dracula on stage and is so identified with the role, actually portrayed the famous vampire exactly twice in films: "Dracula" (1931) and a cameo performance, "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948). EDDIE CRESS Los Angeles With regard to the new Dracula stamps, I personally will keep to the new Bugs Bunny self-adhesive stamps.
August 28, 1994 |
Director Agnieszka Holland and adaptor Caroline Thompson have created a lush but faithful 1993 film of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's classic. Imperious 10-year-old Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly, right), orphaned in India, is sent to live at her uncle's Yorkshire estate, so vast and forbidding that Count Dracula would feel right at home.
October 23, 2013 |
This is not your great-great grandfather's Dracula. It's NBC's - and that means in this lush, re-imagined world, the mysterious count made famous in Bram Stoker's 1897 classic now has washboard abs, is posing as an American (vampire) in London, and is a complicated antihero. The new series, which premieres Friday and seems to have shed any lingering gothic inhibitions about sex, blood and gore, stars the brooding Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. "I guess it was inevitable with my looks I would be asked to play a vampire one day," Rhys Meyers says with a laugh on the phone from his North London home.
June 15, 1989 |
San Francisco's imaginative Club Foot Orchestra, which presented "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" last summer with a splendid new score by the orchestra's Richard Marriott, returns to the Nuart today with a Cinematheque Francaise print of "Nosferatu." Also with a fresh Marriott score, as delightful as and perhaps even more ambitious than the one he composed for "Caligari," "Nosferatu" runs through Saturday. As an added treat, there will be a reprise of "Caligari" on Sunday only.
HOME & GARDEN
April 29, 2011 |
A home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, known for his early portrayals of Count Dracula on stage and screen, has come on the market in the Hollywood Hills at $2,367,000. Called Castle La Paloma, the imposing red-brick 1926 Tudor features slate tile foyers, interior arches, vaulted beamed ceilings, copper gutters and a slate roof. Its 5,000 square feet of living space include an oversized living room, a library, a breakfast room, a butler's pantry, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a service wing.
June 14, 1987
After I recently attended UCLA's meager but much appreciated festival of Hammer horror films, I experienced a minor but highly significant epiphany. To wit, a positive argument for the colorizing of movies was profoundly revealed to me. Hammer's horrors were noteworthy in the genre for several qualities; lurid color was a particularly distinct trademark. Yet, as was sadly presented at UCLA's series, the decades have been unkind to the Hammer oeuvre. Count Dracula/Christopher Lee is but a pale shadow of his Technicolor self.
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March 22, 2001
Donald Anthony Reed, 65, founder and president of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Born in New Orleans, Reed grew up in Los Angeles, where he became a film buff. He earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University and a law degree from USC, but devoted most of his time to writing and promoting genre films. He wrote several books, including "The Vampire on the Screen" and "Science Fiction Film Awards."