October 25, 2013 |
"The Returned" (Sundance Channel, Thursdays) . A French miniseries in eight parts, based on a 2004 film of the same French name ("Les Revenants") but a different English one ("They Came Back"). The word "zombie" is often mentioned in press for the series, in which several characters, deceased, of different ages and dates of death, return to a small French mountain town -- confused but, unlike your average zombie, with their mental faculties intact and physically none the worse for wear.
October 24, 2013 |
"The Good Wife": "Hit the Fan," the episode we've all been waiting for, in which Will (Josh Charles) reacts to Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) decision to leave Lockhart & Gardner to start another firm with colleague Cary (Matt Czuchry) has finally come due. "The Good Wife," now into its fifth season, is unarguably the best drama on a broadcast network and one of the best dramas on television, full stop. Year after year (married) creators Michelle King and Robert King have overseen a miraculous combination of character drama and legal procedural.
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.
October 3, 2013 |
Conventional wisdom holds that Dario Argento, maker of such classics as "Suspiria" and "Deep Red," has been running on fumes for years now. But his latest, "Argento's Dracula 3D," has enough going for it besides its alphabetically VOD-friendly title to prove that the Italian horror and suspense maestro shouldn't be entirely counted out. At his best, Argento has a subversive wit and sinister perveyness somewhat analogous to that of photographer Helmut...
July 25, 2013 |
Every film fan has seen Tod Browning's classic 1931 vampire opera "Dracula," starring Bela Lugosi as the dread count, but not everyone knows that when the English-speaking cast went home for the night, Spanish-speaking actors took over the set and made a version in that language for export to Latin America. It's at least the equal of the Browning version, some say even spookier, and those who check it out on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinefamily (611 N. Fairfax Ave.) will be in for another great treat.
May 13, 2013 |
NBC will be bringing "Dracula" to audiences Friday nights in the fall. Today the network put the official preview of the show online, just in advance of the Upfronts, the multi-network previews for media writers and television critics. "Dracula" has a number of things going for it, including actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a director from "The Tudors" and producers from "Downton Abbey. " There are fancy costumes, dramatic lighting and, if the trailer is any measure, a very gothy atmosphere.