Posts Tagged Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows: The First Movie Of 2012 To Get Me In The Theater

I usually don’t divulge online my whereabouts at any given time. It’s just common sense to me. There are so many predators lurking in the dark recesses of the internet you know. However, let it be known that on May 11, 2012 I will be in a dark corner of a dark theater, watching Dark Shadows. Johnny Depp is one of the best actors on the planet today and probably could play any part imaginable. Maybe a remake of Tootsie?

That being said, I have seen the first images of The Lone Ranger and it makes me cringe. Nonetheless I will still go see it. Back to Dark Shadows. Barnabas Collins is an older than dirt (200 years old) vampire. He was a part of a dark and strange family on an even darker soap opera in the early seventies. There is a large cult following for Dark Shadows even if you have never heard of the show. No where near the following that Star Trek or The Brady Bunch has but still very large.

I’m not a big fan of the movie’s director, Tim Burton but if the trailer indicates how much fun the movie will be — I have got to be there. If you are there too, save me some popcorn.

Dark Shadows

A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.
Based on the 70’s cult TV series Dark Shadows.

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Dan Curtis (characters), Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green

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Best/Worst Small Screen To Big Screen Movies

sixmillionIt seems that Hollywood is never trying to reinvent itself. If it has worked in the past, let’s recycle the idea. Television shows from past decades are being turned into big budget films and some have been a great financial success and some have bombed. Some have been critical success stories and some have bombed with the critics as well as the public.

Quite frankly I am sick of the piss poor remakes of television shows that I have loved or grown to love from watching the reruns. In addition I am tired of waiting for shows that I loved to get the big screen treatment they deserve. It remains doubtful if I will ever get to see these.

The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Casper The Friendly Ghost did very well at the box office yet I didn’t like them. I didn’t like The Brady Bunch, Get Smart, Speed Racer, The Honeymooners, Wild Wild West, and most recently, The Land Of The Lost. Nobody that I know who saw the movie had anything nice to say about it. For me, I only laughed once and it was in the first three minutes of the show. If Matt Lauer had not been in the movie it would have been a complete waste of my time.

Maybe Hollywood would make better movies if they were forced to donate to charity the difference between the amount of money a film makes and how much it costs to make. The script never should have been approved and the person who approved it should have lost their job by now.

startrekSome of the movies that I did enjoy were Serenity (from Firefly), The Fugitive, Mission Impossible, Star Trek I-XI, Police Squad (Naked Gun Series), and Transformers. I’m sitting here writing and wondering what are some of the movies that you liked from TV shows? Which are the ones you hated?

Soon to be seen is the A-Team. Really looking forward to the action and banter in this movie. Also Johnny Depp is set to star in Dark Shadows.

In the upcoming years I would like to see a franchise started for The Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman series. I would love to see, even if it is just straight to DVD, a Monk movie. They are sure to end the series with the case of his wife solved but with so much crime…

I would like to see Speed Racer get the treatment it deserves, so another remake should be in the making. Wonder Woman was a great show for a hormone ravaged teenager so I’d like a movie of that show as well. If this truly is the last year for 24 coming up, of course I want it to go to the big screen. Ultraman and Remington Steele dukeswould also make my list. My list could go on a little while longer but I will spare you.

I am interested in what you have to say. Please leave some suggestions. Maybe a Hollywood exec will read my blog and start the wheels in motion.


*November 1, 2009 this morning at 2:00 am Daylight Savings Time ends and you should turn your clocks back on ehour. Yes, you gain an hour of sleep.


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