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THE MUMMY is a universal hit

3 Oct

The month of October is upon us and TCM is showing a bunch of horror movie classics. The first one I stumbled upon was the Universal horror classic, The Mummy (1932) starring Boris Karloff as the evil Imhotep. The story is simple and it has been replicated by Hollywood a number of times with the most recent being the box office hit 1999 version. An ancient mummy is discovered during an early 1920s archeological excavation. The mummy is resurrected and escapes, only to return years later in human form as Ardeth Bey to unleash his diabolical plot.

For today’s  audiences, the dialogue is stiff and the action slow moving, but for 1932, Karloff along with an amazing make-up job by the legendary Jack Pierce create one of the creepiest movie monsters of all time. The two men set the standard for the future Mummy franchise for years to come. Personally, I do not think the replicates have matched the spookiness of the original.

Word Count: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B+

Adam’s Grade: B

Casino Royale: BOND IS BACK

9 Aug

Daniel Craig takes the reins in the new and improved Bond series. What the writers and director have accomplished in Casino Royale is astounding. They took a battered and bruised series and made it into an inventive spy serial with a new look. The real ace flying the plane is Mr. Craig who brings us along for the ride. Obviously, the film wasn’t shot in sequence but it seems that way. We see him change from cockiness to stubborn to humble to confident. He also has a supporting cast that is flawless with Eva Green, Jeffrey Wright, Dame Judi Dench and Mads Mikkelsen giving a non-cartoonish role as the film’s villain.

At 145 minutes it’s the longest Bond yet, but thanks to its sharp editing and quick pacing it breezes by. The action sequences are choreographed extremely well and besides the multiple endings, this is easily one of the best Bond and films of 2006.

WORD COUNT 153

Adam’s grade: A-

Chuck’s grade: B