Yoko Tsuno: Aventures Allemandes

YokoTsuno-Integrales2-AventuresAllemandes-cov“Tranquillement,  le Rhin et la Moselle déambulent entre plateaux et coteaux. Mais, pas loin de leurs rives, des hommes jouent avec le feu et provoquent la mort. Un orgue dont le souffle diabolique rend fou. Un vampire qui vient, la nuit, vider d’une partie de son sang la jolie Ingrid. Une machine capable de transformer la foudre en arme de destruction… Décidément, l’Allemagne, derrière les charmes de ses paysages, recèle bien des mystères et des dangers! Comprend: “L’orgue du Diable”, “La Frontière de la Vie”, “Le Feu de Wotan.” Ce second volume est complété d’un copieux dossier de documents inédits.”

Yoko Tsuno c’est de l’histoire ancienne, non? Ces aventures ont d’abord été publiées dans le magazine Spirou, puis compilées, respectivement en 1972-73, 1976-77 et 1984! Mais si la technologie qu’utilise Yoko et ses amis est plutôt démodée (sauf les éléments de science-fiction, bien sûr), le récit des aventures de la jolie nippone demeure toujours actuel et captivant. Ce qui rend intéressante cette compilation thématique, c’est d’abord le dossier de 24 pages qui explique et illustre la génèse des albums. Ce qui la rend irrésistible, c’est son incroyable prix de $24.95! Pour trois albums! Cette série me rappelle bien des souvenirs d’enfance… C’est une lecture agréable, assemblée en un superbe volume.

Intégrale Yoko Tsuno T.02: Aventures Allemandes, par Roger Leloup. Ed. Dupuis, 2006. Couleur, 20 x 22 cm, 176 pgs. $24.95 Can. Tous Publics. ISBN-10: 2800138416; ISBN-13: 978-2800138411. Site officiel. stars-4-0

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Capsules

Eternal

After the disappearance of his wife, document.write(“”); a Montreal vice detective makes his own investigation and the clues bring him to the rich mansion of a beautiful and reclusive woman. His own bad behavior will put him in trouble as someone frame him from the murder of his friend’s wife. He follows the mysterious woman to Venice and discovers her terrifying secret: she’s a “vampire” that keep her eternal beauty by seducing young women before drinking and bathing in their blood!
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It is based on the real-life of Erszebet Bathory, a 16th Century Hungarian Countess that allegedly tortured and killed 650 young women to bathe in their blood in the hope to gain eternal life. The movie was not treated nicely by most of the critics, who seem to have thought that it had not enough sex to be soft porn (but lots of lesbian action!) and not enough violence to be horror (well, we do see some blood). It is more of an erotic thriller with a nice & sexy vampire story. The police work of the main character is not very credible, but the characters are all fascinating and the photography, the sets are beautiful. It was shot mostly in Montreal and offer a very nice use of the locations. A few scenes were also shot in Venice and in Umbria. The movie has an opened ending: we suspect what will happen next, and we can let our imagination go wild, but we don’t know for sure. Personally, I wanted to see this movie because a friend of mine had a small role in it. But I only recognized him because I knew which role he was playing—we don’t even see his face. I was surprised by the good quality of the production and, even if the story is not very original, I was well entertained.

Eternal. Canada, 2004, 107 min.; Dir./Scr.: Wilhelm Liebenberg & Federico Sanchez; Phot.: Jamie Thompson; Ed.: Isabelle Levesque; Cast: Conrad Pla, Caroline Néron, Victoria Sanchez, Sarah Manninen, Ilona Elkin, Liane Balaban. Rated R (Strong sexual content, violence & language). Official web page.

Eternal ©2004 4128257 Canada, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Packaging © 2005 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Tired

I feel like those old rechargeable batteries that, document.write(“”); at some point, just can’t recharge anymore… I just want to lie down here and sleep for a couple of centuries. Or watch a movie and lose myself in someone else’s life. But I can’t rest. There’s too many things to do. And if I do rest, I end up being consumed by guilt… It is sickening.

Another year is ending. Please stop pushing the fast-forward button! I want to enjoy life, not see it flashes past my eyes!

Hopefully, the new year will bring some good things. I guess I should take time to do a kind of retrospective…

Eight Below

A guide working with a scientific expedition in Antarctica has to leave his beloved sled dogs behind when their base is evacuated due to an unusually strong storm. The eight dogs have to survive the harsh conditions by themselves, document.write(“”); against impossible odds. For six months their master is agonising over the unknown fate of his dogs, trying to gather the funds in order to come back and rescue them.
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Eight Below is the remake of the Japanese movie Antarctica (Nankyoku Monogatari / South Pole Story) (directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara, with a script by Toshiro Ishido, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Tatsuo Nogami and Kan Saji, and starring Ken Takakura and Tsunehiko Watase—with a small role for Susan Napier, author of “Anime: From Akira to Princess Mononoke”!—and music by Vangelis). Based on the true story of a 1958 Japanese Antarctic expedition, it was released in 1983 and became a huge success. The original movie was a real tear-jerker, had a superb photography and focused on the dogs’ hardship (out of fifteen Sakhalin Huskies, only two survived).

The American version is still a sad movie showing the beautiful landscape of Antarctica (in fact it was mostly shot in Canada and Greenland, with some stock footage of Antarctica), but it is certainly not as beautiful as the original. It is the story of an American Antarctic expedition and focuses mostly on the dogs’ master emotions, his rescue efforts and it is a much shorter movie (120 min. vs 143 min). The Leopard Seal that attacks the dogs doesn’t look real and somebody should have told the director that during the Antarctic winter, it is mostly dark. What annoyed me the most is the fact that [SPOILER: highlight to reveal] all dogs but two survived [/SPOILER], the total opposite of the original movie — but, hey!, it’s a Walt Disney movie after all! However, all in all, it is a nice, entertaining movie. The extras include deleted scenes and a “making of.”

Eight Below. USA, 2006, 120 min.; Dir.: Frank Marshall; Scr.: David DiGilio (based on Nankyoku Monogatari); Phot.: Don Burgess; Ed.: Christopher Rouse; Music: Mark Isham; Cast: Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs. Rated PG.


Eight Below © Disney.

The Tailor Of Panama

An English tailor in Panama is weaving lies to make himself interesting. A disgraced English spy on the downside of his career is looking for opportunities to improve his situation, document.write(“”); for conspiracies to report to his superiors and redeem himself. They were made for each other and almost bring doom to Panama.
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It is a nice story, but nothing like the hype displayed on the back of the DVD: “mind-blowing spy chase!” or “seductive spy thriller.” For a movie that bring together the writing of John Le Carré, the direction of John Boorman, the talent of Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis, it is rather disappointing. I was expecting some explosive action like in a Bond movie, a Jack Ryan or movies like Traffic. No big surprises. However, it is an intelligent story, rich in human elements. I was not bored, so it is still a good entertainment. The DVD is multilingual and offers an alternate ending and an interview with Rush and Brosnan.

The Tailor of Panama. USA/Ireland, 2001, 109 min.; Dir.: John Boorman; Scr.: Andrew Davies, John Le Carré, John Boorman; Phot.: Philippe Rousselot; Ed.: Ron Davis; Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis. Rated R.

The Tailor of Panama ©2000 Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. All Rights Reserved. Packaging © Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

The Fog of Life

In the last few months or years, document.write(“”);
I feel I’ve lived in a constant fog.
To my body it feels like mud.
It’s like I can’t move forward easily,
As if every muscle is sleeping.

And my mind is all foggy,
I can’t see and think clearly.
I feel things are slipping away
From the grasp of my will.

I guess I should resolve myself
To exercice a little more
And maybe it will wake
My body from its torpor.

I should also make the effort
To keep my mind active,
Writting about everything.
That’s why I’ve revived this blog
And I’ll try to talk about all—
Could it really be called reviews?—
All the movies, books and news
That I’ve seen, read and digested
Even if they aren’t work-related.

But I fear I won’t have the energy
To completely brake away from the chains
Constraining my wings from spreading
And keeping me from feeling alive!

(ok, next time I’ll try to have it rhyme)

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel!

…or Happy Holidays (whatever the Holiday your are enjoying right now)… to the few people reading this blog (and everybody else around the Globe)!

…ou Joyeuses Fêtes (peut importe les Fêtes que vous célébrez en ce moment)… aux quelques personnes qui lisent ce blog (et à tous les autres sur la planètes)!

Phantom of the Opera

I have just seen Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera on DVD. I have not read Gaston Leroux novel or seen the musical, document.write(“”); so it is difficult for me to compare. However, I have seen another movie version directed by Dwight H. Little and starring Robert Englund (Freddy in A Nightmare on Elm Street). This 1989 version is a more modern interpretation (with science-fiction elements) that tries to be an horror movie (hence the choice of Englund as the Phantom—but the fact that I kept seeing Freddy instead made it a rather funny movie) but it certainly does not have the classy look of Schumacher’ version.
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Usually, I tend to dislike musicals, but the 2004 Phantom is a very powerful movie mainly due to its somptuous sets and, of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music. Webber said that he wanted his musical adapted into a movie to make it more accessible to everyone, but I suspect that they just wanted to make more money out of it. It is a beautiful movie, but unfortunately there are some lengths (I briefly fell asleep when they try to trap the Phantom by playing his opera). The only extra on the DVD is the movie trailer, which is very disappointing. You need to get the
Two-Disc Special Edition to get the cool goodies. It is nevertheless quite a good entertainment.

A few interesting anecdotes (that my wife read in a Kinema Junpo article): the only known actress, Minnie Driver (who’s playing the diva Carlotta), was lip-synching (rather disappointing) and Emmy Rossum (playing Christine) was only sixteen year-old at the time of the shooting!

The Phantom of the Opera. USA/UK, 2004, 141 min.; Dir.: Joel Schumacher; Scr.: Joel Schumacher & Andrew Lloyd Webber (based on the novel by Gaston Leroux); Phot.: John Mathieson; Ed.: Terry Rawlings; Cost.: Alexandra Byrne; Cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera © 2004 The Scion Film Phantom Production Partnership. Packaging ©2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Evangelion

I just read an interesting essay (Reflections on a Legend) about Evangelion.
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When this series came out in 1995, document.write(“”); it was definitely the best anime of those days (we have to look at it in the context of the era). Whether you like it or hate it—the series was already controversial then and remains controversial today because it was so over-hyped—this series is certainly one of the most influencial title of the history of anime. It was to anime what Star Wars was to sci-fi movies. However, I agree with the writer of the essay: the series has numerous flaws (in Eva‘s defense I would like to add that the production team had to deal with censorship and budget cuts—which seriously affected the quality of the series toward the end), but I think its esoteric aspects are part of its qualities.

When I first watched Evangelion, I was literaly floored. My friends and I were watching every episode passionately—raw! Every month we were getting a VHS tape from Japan, where a contact of mine was tapping the show for us. The last show of each tape had just played on Japanese TV less than a week before. Today, in the age of instant downloading it might seem trivial, but in those days it was really something! Of course, since then, there was so many Eva imitations, so many hype, so many re-packaging of the show that we all feel blasé about it.

An amusing anecdote: it’s because of all the controversies surrounding the series and the backlash reaction of the anime fans, that Hideaki Anno, the director, became fed-up with anime fandom, eventually leaving the anime industry to direct weird live-action movies instead.

But why are people suddenly talking about Evangelion, you may ask? It’s simply because there is a new incarnation of the story coming up in 2007. Like many others, I am rather ambivalent toward yet another Eva repackaging. I find the idea annoying, but yet I can’t stop myself from being excited. Like I often say: we’ll see.

Pain

It seems that there is not a day where I don’t feel pain in some part of my body.

Most of the time it’s in my back, document.write(“”); but sometimes in my legs, my neck, my throat or my head. Sometimes it is even all over.

Lately, it has been in my left elbow. I have an elbow bursitis. It seems that I lean too much on my left elbow when I am working at the computer. I’ll put some ice, take some Advil and give some rest to the elbow.

I guess that’s what happen when you get older. More and more little nagging health problems. I am really due for a full check up…