You couldn’t make it up! Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare rocks (and 5 other unexpected movies)

Much Ado About Nothing Whedon poster

Well, OK, then! Joss Whedon (of all people) has adapted Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – and contrary to most reasonable expectations, the critics say it’s pretty good.

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New Oz: The Great And Powerful Trailer looks suitably epic

It’s going to be very strange watching Oz: The Great and Powerful after reading Wicked. You may recall that, in Gregory Maguire’s novel set in L Frank Baum’s universe, The Wizard was the bad guy who tricked Dorothy into offing his political rival, “The Witch of the West”. He’s still pretty dubious in this one, but less overtly, um, wicked. Sam Raimi directs, so we should be in for a visual treat, and the trailer certainly hints at the expected rip-roaring rollercoastery stuff. It’s a Disney film, which will rein in Raimi’s habit of grossing out the the audience, though I’m sure he’ll have plenty of opportunities to “punish” his cast. Continue reading

If Chins Could Kill … Confessions of a B-Movie Actor

I’ll take a few moments to highlight a fun, easy read I breezed through a couple of years back: If Chins Could Kill … Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, which is essentially Bruce Campbell’s autobiography. If you have no idea who Bruce Campbell is, you probably have no business reading it, but he’s the star of the Evil Dead trilogy and go-to cult actor for everything from The X-Files to American Gothic via Xena: Warrior PrincessContinue reading

American Gothic

I’m re-watching American Gothic, having recently bought the complete box set on DVD.

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Yes, Sam Raimi’s supernatural drama looks creaky and very of-its-time (contemporary to The X-Files and only just after Twin Peaks), but it’s still pleasingly engaging with a great sense of atmosphere.

Created by Nancy Drew star Shaun Cassidy, the series charts the adventures of young Caleb Temple (Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black) whose father and sister are murdered by the evil Sheriff Buck (Gary Cole), who may or may not be the devil himself. As Buck attempts to lure Caleb to be his Antichrist, the spectral form of Caleb’s sister tries to put him on the road to good. This central conflict forms a weekly tug-of-war, as we see which of these otherworldly forces will triumph.

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