Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Which is the better prequel?

Had a long weekend and no where to go hence staying in it is, which is fine by me cause I need to start clearing files from my ext HD..saw a number of flicks but the highlight is definitely The Exorcist Prequels..yes plural.

Was aware that there are 2 versions of the Exorcist Prequel but never got the chance to see the 2nd version, the Paul Schrader's version...until now. But before that I decided to watch Renny Harlin's version first which is the official flick Exorcist: The Beginning for comparison's sake,and after watching both versions I found the near resemblance of each flick's still different in a way but the idea is basically the same. Let's compare shall we?

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Schrader's Version:

Based on Rotten Tomatoes it's the better version of the 2, but I disagree. I prefer the the version with the better budget (not this one) Let's start with the


- Gabriel Mann is the better Father Francis, he's more sympathetic
- The possessed one actually got me scared it's different
- it's not overly sensationalized, production value is simple at it's best
- more on the story rather than the shock value
- Stellan Skarsgård is great!


- biggest issue; for me it does not feel like a exorcist could be just any exorcism flick
- I know I said the tone down production value is a breath of fresh air but and some parts the fx was really sucky!
- I don't see the inner conflict Father Merrin is facing..
- the female actress...ugh

Exorcist: The Beginning Renny Harlin's Version :


- now this one felt like a Exorcist flick, I can see how this version continue over to the Exorcist that we all love
- faster pace, easier to understand flick
- there's a twist! no matter if you've guessed it or least there's a twist!
- gory I like
- Father Merrin's conflict is more visible here
- Stellan Skarsgård is great!
- the devil token is visible

- at times it looks like the makers are more interested in the shock value

hey...guess what I have not much beef with this version

in both version Stellan rules

So go figure I like which one better...honestly I don't understand the flack Harlin's version got back then..but I liked it..still it is interesting that they have 2 versions of this flick on the same year. This could make an interesting thesis or topic for movie makers

Friday, February 15, 2013

Schmoes Award

Sup people...been awhile..again!

I dunno it's pretty hard to keep writing down stuff when you have a lot of stuff to do.I seriously wonder how some people can update a full essay for one post. I even contemplating just leaving the blog, but it will a shame to me personally to just leave this blog after so many years.

Anyway just a short (I hope) update from me today.

There's this website that I visit frequently, introduce by my sidekick here Siber (the other write for this blog)..been following this site since my Uni days and love to vote for their yearly Golden Schmoes (their own Oscars,top 5 nominees were submitted by fans) and since I'm pretty lazy to update my top 20 fav movie / top 10 turds of 2012 I guess this will do. It'll give you an idea on what I love and hate from 2012. On a side note, I love this more than Oscars..oscars flick are somewhat pretentious..I have yet to see any of the 2011 nominated movie, not even interested actually..The Artist..really?..anynway..

Fav Movie Nominees :

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained

Have not seen Argo...but this was an easy choice..Dark Knight all the way. Did not think Skyfall was THAT good like most of the world's for Django Unchained and Avengers..both fun flicks..but not my top 10

Worst Flick :

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Piranha 3DD
That's My Boy
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2)

Believe it or not this was pretty hard for me, I would vote any of these 5 movies except Battleship which I think did not deserve the harsh critic...but in the end Ghost Rider had my vote. Would voted for Twilight but I have not seen the movie (trying to be fair...trying)

Director of the Year? Joss Whedon for me..was a fan of him since Buffy..he deserves this credit. As for the other category..just check out the print screen a nutshell I love Cloud Atlas to death..the score is haunting and I love the storyline, I'm now planning to buy the novel + soundtrack and yes, a novel...god help me (I don't really read novels). Other obvious favorite is Cabin by The Lake which was my fav horror flick from last that's it..I end with..this should be the oscar or the Globes at least