Post by Audrey Siddons on Oct 28, 2012 15:10:00 GMT -8
Has anyone here seen Nochnoy Dozor or Night Watch? It's the biggest blockbuster to come out of Russia since the Soviet Union fell and it wasn't too scary to me, but it is creepy, gorgeous, and epic. The sequel is equally awesome and the final part of the trilogy should come out in a few years. It's vampires, but not in any of the particularly tired ways. Not excessively romantic and the two characters on either side of the night/day struggle have a gruff archangel feel to them. Konstantin Khabensky is great as the sort of grey morality protagonist (you've probably seen him in bit roles in American films) and the dialogue is occasionally very witty and the story, though epic, is grounded in the reality of urban Russian life. The dialogue and almost casual nature of the supernatural at times recalls Good Omens (you knew that right? You should, oh my goodness.) But the ultraviolence in some moments and insane use of creepy-ass symbolism is a huge amount of fun. It's more of a thriller than a full on horror film, but I think it deserves a nod. Oh, and as a foreign film fan, the way they work the subtitles in is ingenious and actually adds to the experience.
@audrey- I love Nightwatch but as per usual, the books are way way better. The movies only cover one third if the actual book. It's not as vampire based but its pretty gritty stuff and full of awesome. The names are slightly confusing, because they have odd nicknames that only certain characters can use.
ERMAHGERD!!! Good omens is like one of my favourite books ever!!
A suggestion I'd give is the graphic novel of the crow is amazing, the art is so good but it's a lot more depressing.
Post by Audrey Siddons on Oct 28, 2012 16:42:19 GMT -8
I've been trying to get my hands on the books. I did read they sort of simplified the universe in the movies. And on Good Omens, Terry Pratchett's sense of humor is the best. Period. I wish he didn't have to suffer through the Alzheimer's, his documentary on right to die is chilling.
The Abandoned is like a woman finding out about her past. It's the classic be ready to accept whatever you go searching for. I can't really explain it because I saw it a long time ago and the ending stuck with me. It's kind of about dopplegangers versus fate.
"My passion is eternal; it's just the boys that are apparently temporary."
Post by Audrey Siddons on Oct 29, 2012 1:34:33 GMT -8
I just typed a really well thought out response about how awesome casual real-people feeling vampires are and why I think that's why I got into kingfisher to begin with (stayed for the horror stuff, oh my god.) and how two of my peeps are writing an awesome vamplit book with frumpy sweaters, sarcasm, and a dude who covers his classroom windows with trash bags so he can teach 10th grade history, but my ipad ditched it and I don't have the heart to try again. This is the gist.