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Initial impression of Dracula Untold was about 7/10- somewhat more than the general reaction. A problem with the movie was the opening intro (or lack of it). along with monotones in the rhythm and sameness of the sound effects. Doesn't work with formulaic content. The music was good, however. And the sets, camera work & flow of the story. Didn't see anything glaringly wrong with the mythos, a new light on the traditional representations. Nothing wrong with the acting or the CGI. In summation, the movie made a positive contribution to the Dracula brand. Perhaps time will be kinder than the critics.

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*attempts to crawl back to life*

I have been very sick, I have been very tired, my home was literally hit by lightning, BUT:


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On 8/3/2019 at 3:35 PM, Schtearn said:

Initial impression of Dracula Untold was about 7/10- somewhat more than the general reaction. A problem with the movie was the opening intro (or lack of it). along with monotones in the rhythm and sameness of the sound effects. Doesn't work with formulaic content. The music was good, however. And the sets, camera work & flow of the story. Didn't see anything glaringly wrong with the mythos, a new light on the traditional representations. Nothing wrong with the acting or the CGI. In summation, the movie made a positive contribution to the Dracula brand. Perhaps time will be kinder than the critics.

A major problem with a lot of these films, even the ostensibly serious one staring almost no one you've heard of, is that they insist on mixing the story of Vlad Dracul with Stoker's Dracula.

 

this tends to annoy modern Romanians as Vlad Dracul is a Saint.

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I haven’t seen Dracula Untold, but most Dracula movies are talking about Vlad the Impaler, the son of Vald Dracul and not Dracul himself. This would be the first I’ve heard of to confuse the two.

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They mashed & ballzed up a lot of the content for sure,- for a heroic/action movie, it's not for the overly discerning customer. They could have thrown in Frankenstein's monster or the Incredible Hulk or even Rin Tin Tin, as long as they did not disrupt the pace of the movie or upset the development of its internal plot line.

However, thankfully, Hammer and others kept close to Stoker's Dracula and the likes of Le Fanu's Carmilla.

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21 hours ago, AndalayBay said:

I haven’t seen Dracula Untold, but most Dracula movies are talking about Vlad the Impaler, the son of Vald Dracul and not Dracul himself. This would be the first I’ve heard of to confuse the two.

 

sorry, that was me getting confused - I meant Vlad Dracula. He was the saint.

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Another way of putting it:  A hybrid Sword & Sorcery styled "reboot" of the Dracula franchise with the emphasis not so much on fangs & milky white necks but wham bam super undead prowess.

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Well, it came across as not being complete drudgery for the director and crew. Novelty these days, as we well know, wears thin in a sitting- this movie is worth at least a look, a second viewing is for action fans only.

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I like Dracula movies; Bram Stoker's Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola being my favorite that I've seen.  Admittedly, I haven't seen any of the old stuff like Nosferatu.

Wait!  I have Untold on my backup HDD.  Grand!  Which means I've seen it, but don't recall seeing it.

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It was a bit mystifying in Man and Amoeba when untangling the precise reason for Newton Jennings to revise his theory to accommodate for a more sentient life form on Mars. Martin suggests it was all tied in to the Pauli Exclusion Principle. In the grand order and scale of things, we are little more than fermions- and it's possible many of their characteristics commute through the chain of life, as far as that goes, in the knowledge the writers of the show blithely grabbed any old random scientific theory just to keep us on our toes. It's mentioned at he following point:

There's also this interesting article with the following quote:

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But being science fiction, My Favorite Martian took efforts to inject some scientific facts into its scripts. Among many examples include the acronym for LASER being correctly defined as "Light Amplification By Stimulated Emission of Radiation". The size of an electron (only 1/1837 that of a proton) is stated, along with a mention of the "M" and "N" shells of an atom. A theory of combining cobolt (Martin correctly gives its atomic weight as 58.94) with silicon is postulated. Quantum Physics is touched upon with the mention of Pauli’s Exclusion Principle and Einstein’s Simplified Field Theory. ("I simplified it for him," says the Martian.) One Martian moon (Phobos) does indeed rise and set three times a day, as Martin tells Tim, but even if some facts stated about the fourth planet didn’t coincide with what we knew to be true, the Martian does refer to the "red night" on Mars 13 years before Viking photos confirmed it.

 

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Remember had a nicely evolving plot, but it seems to have fallen victim to the 43 minute time limit. We all wanted to know if Jessen had used her new found knowledge to Convince the Enarans to change their history books and the ensuing feedback from the Enarans to the SSE.

Future's End is medium fare- Captain Starling the usual fun pinball machine playing villain:

For a moment there it could have been Gordon Ramsay:

My eyesight isn't so good anymore. :P

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For the first time in the long history of the series, I’m watching Doctor Who. I caught an episode after watching something else and really liked it, so I’ve gone back and started watching from the end of season 10 when the old Doctor moved on, as it were. I’ve tried watching the series in the past and it was just too campy. The new doctor is funny and engaging.

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What do you mean by "campy"?  I've heard of camping in a videogame...

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I tried watching Doctor Who for this first time about a month ago, and abandoned it after around 3 episodes, it was just awful (mainly the campiness factor).

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Yeah it’s still pretty camp. I just find the production better and the new Doctor more engaging. I guess I like her enthusiasm and I like the humour.

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I knew how I meant the term, but you made me curious as to what the “official” definition was. :P

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Might to time to switch to Duck Duck Go, given how Google shadow bans legitimate web sites in their search results.  Google is so polished for everything but alternative media.

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I used DDG for a while, but found the search results lacking. I don’t like being tracked, but just couldn’t find stuff. I will confirm that stuff shows up in DDG that doesn’t show up in Google though.

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