Everyone is always searching for some sort of idol. One who represents our dreams and ambitions in life, and how we would like to end up in our more mature state of living. For me, that person is Guillermo del Toro, the man that has directed countless amounts of beautiful, haunting, electric, and bizarre cinematic adventures–including Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. In short, I’ve never met a del Toro film I didn’t like, though some I love more than others. And with his recent effort, Crimson Peak, Guillermo is returning to the Gothic horror genre, a world he seems most comfortable in and understands better than any other.
Twenty-two years ago, a little movie arrived at the pop culture doorstep, and it was loud, fierce, and would become an icon of cinema. That movie was Jurassic Park, based on the science fiction novel by Michael Crichton, which inspired a film franchise, theme park rides, and more. Now, in 2015, the latest entry into the Jurassic series, Jurassic World, is stomping into theaters. Is it as classic like the original? Or does it sit just as awkwardly on the shelf as The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 does? Let’s open the gates and see how this nostalgic park of dino-fantasy is doing.
So, since the release of my dream casting article, some updates have come about in terms of the casting of a certain Disney project that I am a bit obsessed with. And since this is Theater Thursday, and certain predictions of mine seem to have come true, let’s take an updated look on this new musical movie….. First off:
Live action adaptations of anime series always get me nervous. Sometimes they work, but the majority fail at delivering a visual even close to the style of the series/manga it’s emulating. But once in a while, we get something that seems decently close to the original content and even though it isn’t exactly point for point accurate, it gives the audience the idea of what the prior work might have looked like but with real world appeal. In that vein, the first official photos (or “character visuals”) have been released for a new live action adaptation of Punch Monkey’s classic franchise, Lupin III (Lupin The Third)!
This of course isn’t the first live action version of anime’s favorite thief, but this new Lupin will be a return for the character to the non-animated screen since the 70’s. It will be an original story, that remains closely to the strong layered history of the Lupin universe. And let me tell you, from these pictures, it looks like it’s gonna be one heck of an adaptation!