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Van Helsing (2004, Stephen Sommers)

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Setting: Paris, the Vatican and mostly Transylvania – 1887 and 1888.

Faithful to the novel? It’s a totally new story using some of the people from the book, though in the eponymous character’s case the similarities end with his surname. 259 more words


Dracula Untold (2014, Gary Shore)

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Setting: Transylvania, 1462.

Faithful to the novel? No. It’s a prequel/origin story, based on the notion that Dracula actually *is* the historical figure Vlad the Impaler, rather than – as Bram Stoker intended – just inspired by him. 302 more words


Run All Night

If I told you that this was an action film with Liam Neeson, what would you guess about it? Violence, yes, heavy drinking Irishman, yes, car chase, of course, a man almost impervious to the effects of being shot, yes, some predictable finish with some unbelievable coincidences and action, yes. 224 more words


McFarland, USA

Another sports film from Kevin Costner which is heavy on sentimentality. Surprised? Probably not. He’s had his fair share. This one starts with him getting fired from a teaching role as a football coach and having to take a position in a poor town in the south called McFarland. 95 more words


Directing Herbert White - James Franco

This slim little volume fell into my lap and I thought, why not – I need a boost for my GoodReads total ;)

I’m not really a poetry person, and this, alas, did little to convince me. 80 more words


Land of the Headless - Adam Roberts

On Tuesday a genetic materials test confirmed my guilt (but of course this confirmation was only a formality) and on Wednesday I was beheaded.”

What a brilliant hook – such intrigue!

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Carry On Columbus (1992)

In 1492, a Turkish ruler learns of an explorative voyage to the Indies, which might rob him of income from trading taxes. So he sends an agent to infiltrate Christopher Columbus’s crew… 770 more words

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