Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Kindred Spirits

Two movies come out in the next week or two that I'm pretty pumped about. The first is Jane Eyre.

Another remake, sure, but it's a good story that I'm happy to watch again and again. As I've said before, the Brontes are my kind of period dramas, because they have good things like ghosts coming through windows and mad women in attics. These are the important ingredients that are sorely missing in your Jane Austens.

This interpretation of Jane Eyre looks really good, and got a positive review in the Herald on the weekend. Mia Kawa...sowk..swki..something or other looks to be good in the role too. So, as I say, pumped. I'm a bit sad that I'm still only about half way through the book. It's sitting on my dresser tut-tutting me. Remember I got all in to it and drew all those characters? I gotta get back on to that. Anyway, here's a trailer.

And then secondly is a remake of Conan The Barbarian! Oh yeah. I'm not sure if you know, but I have a deep love for Conan. Mainly from comics, but I like the old movies too. This remake could very well be a pile of bog, and I'm prepared for that. But so long as there is a long haired guy swinging a sword, and some sort of evil guy doing sorcery, I'll be happy enough. Here's the trailer.

You know, really Jane Eyre and Conan aren't so different, though you may nod earnestly at the former and roll your eyes at the second. Just two lil' orphans trying to find their way and eek out an existence in this big bad world. One chose to teach a little French girl her lessons, and the other chose to deal out some other kinds of lessons. In pain! They're kindred spirits in many ways.

In fact, I'd be surprised if they'd ever been seen in the same room together, come to think of it..


Joanna said...

Have you read Northanger Abbey? It's Jane Austen being very funny about novels that include ghosts and mad women in the attic.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Hey Jo- hope things are going well with the little one!

Haven't read Northanger Abbey, but I did watch it. I wrote a review ages ago-

I remember it being about as gothic as Sesame Street. Actually Sesame St at least has a Count, making it more gothic than Northanger Abz.

Speaking of Abbeys, I found it hilarious that channel 10 are now going to play Northanger Abbey in the wake of Downton Abbey. The ads are almost as ridiculous as 'if you like Abbeys, here's another one!'.


Gary Ware said...

Off to see Captain America (again, with different folk) this afternoon.
2D this time.
Conan should be okay.

Ben McLaughlin said...

How was Capt. America, Gary? The previews looked alright.

Gary Ware said...

Good fun.
You don't have to overthink the whole thing.
And since you know where it's going to end up you've just got to enjoy the journey getting there.
(and stay till after the credits)

Pedro said...

How poo does Conan Look????
Mate. No Arnie. Conan must have abnormal muscles. No james earl jones. What sort of voice could even come close to that? No gerry lopez and no Mako.


Don't even bother. Wait for the DVD. waste of a million dollar to go and see it.
(Thats how much it costs at the movies now, right?)

Christine said...

hey Ben, when is Northanger Abbey coming on?

Ben McLaughlin said...

Pedro- on the up side it does have Ron Pearlman as a barbarian dude..

Christine- I'm not sure.. just saw a 'coming soon' ad the other night. Hopefully it'll be on Sunday nights, my period drama timeslot of choice.

Joanna said...

Hilarious about the advertising for Northanger Abbey!!
Our little Abel is absolutely gorgeous but sadly not interested in sleep without much convincing. Apparently it's a sign of intelligence. So we are besotted but so, so tired!