Yeah, by this point it should be obvious, this week’s pages are themed. This is another test given to our team of thieves by the gods and the vault.
So, I’m working on a vampire project, and I’ve been reading Dracula as a means of preparation. I’ve started reading Dracula on numerous occasions in the past, but I’ve never finished it for one reason or another. I’m about two-thirds of the way through the novel, and #Squirrel and I decided to watch the 1992 movie starring Gary Oldman tonight.
Holy [REDACTED], that’s a corny movie. A big part of it is the hiring of “it” actors of the time, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, neither of whom was at the peak of their powers yet. (I love Keanu now, and Winona was a pretty big and pretty good part of Stranger Things.) It’s also Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins giving in to their natural impulses to chew the scenery. There are some interesting moments and elements. (I know #Squirrel thought it was corny, but I loved the crazy stuff that Francis Ford Coppola did with shadows in this film. Sadie Frost is a revelation as Lucy Westernra, and I can appreciate any movie that gives me any version of Monica Bellucci, especially a nekkid one.)
On the other hand, we saw this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, and…WOW. I’m not gonna spoil, but I will say that it set a new high water mark for a particular trope in fantasy filmmaking.