Posts Tagged ‘Twilight’

As the Crank Turns

March 8, 2012

If I haven’t done so, I will do it now. Let me state for the record that I do not like horror films, in particular I don’t like horror films made from 1970 to the present day. I find them to be heavy on gore and chase scenes and light on plot and characterization. Don’t worry, there’s a reason for this disclosure and it has to do with this week’s blog entry.

Exhibit A
There will be a remake of the campy horror film Evil Dead.  Reports state that the remake will be more dark and more gory than the original. Also, the role of Ash, which was played by Bruce Campbell in the original film, will be recast as a female. Well, it worked with Battlestar Galactica, so I guess the director decided to try it in Evil Dead.

Exhibit B
a game and crowd-sourced film, most likely the first of its kind in the world, had its premiere in Cincinnati recently. The film was made via a smartphone scavenger hunt. People were invited to upload images of people, places and things in the Cincinnati area. Three hundred people participated and 2000 images were uploaded. The company that made this film, Ripple FX Films, is an independent production company that wants to “…put the audience at the center of the art.”

The Point of Exhibits A & B
Exhibit A shows how, once again, the powers that be in Hollywood have decided to greenlight a remake. Exhibit B shows how, once again, the independent filmmakers are striving to creative imaginative and original films. Really, it is necessary to redo Evil Dead? For fans of the film, part of its charm was its low budget campiness. Now there will be a version with lots of CGI effects. Like that will make the film better? As for independent filmmakers, they regularly show their dedication to storytelling and they do it with less resources and more imagination then the studios. Go independents!

“You’ve written about this before,” you must be saying now. “So, what else is new? Hollywood is a business, you know.”

Yes, I’ve written about this before, of course if the powers that be would stop with the redos, I would stop writing about this. Yet, the fact remains, Hollywood is a business and the tension between art and commerce has been going on since the days of Charlie Chaplin. Still, it is possible for the studios to create an original film and make money, as well. Burlesque, The Help, Shrek, Twilight are all recent original films that did well at the box office. So, the powers that be can’t blame it on the recession or throw up their hands and say it is just a trend. In fact, Ripple FX Films was brave enough to solicit images from everyday folks and the people at that company created a film out of those images. So, suits how about taking a line from the independents, putting the lid on all the remakes and making something original?  Don’t worry, you’ll make money. After all, Burlesque, The Help, Shrek, Twilight made money, lots of it and they were all original.

Tune it next time to As the Crank Turns, when our resident blogger will rail against a remake of Planet 9 from Outer Space. (That is if the suits actually decide to greenlight Planet 9 from Outer Space.)



Stalkers of the Rich & Famous

July 2, 2010

Recently, Charles Nagle of Philadelphia had charges filed against him regarding stalking Law and Order: Criminal Intent actress Kathryn Erbe. The indictment states that Nagel “intended to harass and cause substantial emotional distress” to Erbe by sending her lengthy emails and a seven page handwritten letter, just to name a few. In November 2009, Chidi Benjamin Uzomah, Jr. was arraigned on felony charges of stalking and attempted disobeying of a court order involving American Idol host Ryan Seecrest.  If those incidents aren’t bad enough, there are now iPhone apps that allow someone to find out when a favorite celebrity is in town and at a restaurant or nightclub. The apps are CelebAround and Papture. CelebAround delays its feed, but Papture provides news of celebrity visits in real time.

These things can makes a person want to forsake technology and become a hermit, so as not to learn about the latest celebrity stalking incident. Still, what sets a devoted fan apart from a celebrity stalker? Does writing at length about the stars of Twilight on a blog make a person a stalker?

Thankfully no. According to experts, stalkers have the following traits:

  • They are loners who consider the celebrity their “friend”.
  • They do many things to get the attention of the celebrity, such as mailing sex toys in the case of one stalker to swimming across Biscayne Bay and attempting to climb up to the deck of a celebrity’s house in another case.
  • They not only attempt to live out their fantasies, but expect the celebrity to play their role and fall in love with them after the stalker has “proven” his or her love.
  • In some instances it escalates into violence, as in the case of Mark David Chapman. He stalked ex-Beatle John Lennon and killed him in 1980.

As horrible, and in some cases comical, the actions of these stalkers are, it is also sad. For most people, they either ignore the celebrity chatter or get their fix and move on with their lives. These stalkers have no real life. They arrange their lives around the comings and goings of a celebrity and they somehow believe that the particular celebrity loves them, as much as they do. Of course, that is not the case and for whatever reason the stalker doesn’t understand that.

Yes, what the stalker is doing is wrong and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Still, I can’t help but feel badly for the stalker. They cannot function in the real world. So, they live in a world of fantasy where they and the celebrity are the stars. When they try to make it real, trouble follows and, unfortunately,  sometimes there’s tragedy, as well.

Note: Any iPhone apps are mentioned in this blog entry are for informational purposes. It is not to be taken as an endorsement. Nor am I endorsing the use of these apps or anything else for the purposes of stalking, harassment or other illegal behavior.