04 août 2013

John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood

There are two blogs referenced at the time on mine. One of them is the excellent “thejohncarterfiles” of Michael D. Sellers, who in addition to being an independent filmmaker in Hollywood, is also an absolute fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and of the Mars series in particular. He created his blog as a place where all the stages of the John Carter movie’s creation would be indexed. He was thus in the best position to see it ultimately falter, which began way before the release date. From this experience he wrote a book: “John... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2013

John Carter and the Schadenfreude

When I wanted to buy John Carter in home video, I made a point of buying the most expensive version available, namely the DVD-Blu Ray-Blu Ray 3D combo (and I don't even have a blu-ray player). I wanted to show, with my limited resources, that this film deserved better than the fate it knew at the box-office (even if in France it was one of the few to reach a million attendees!). The cash clerk at the FNAC store, whe I was about to pay, told me: “Do you know that it’s a waste of money?” “Not at all”, I replied him,... [Lire la suite]
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29 juillet 2013

What’s so special about this Tarzan?

Since Tarzan has become a myth, it was one of these characters I’ve always known all my life. As a child, I watched the cartoons and movies, but he never impassioned me as other characters could. Admittedly Burne Hogart’s drawings were impressive, the films with Johnny Weissmuller entertaining, but Tarzan himself appeared terribly insipid to me. Even Superman, which also had a boy-scout reputation, seemed more interesting with his hidden identity and his adventures worthy of the most outrageous science fiction. But the adventures in... [Lire la suite]
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17 juillet 2013

John Carter, from hate to love!

As a previous entry in the blog revealed it, I am a huge fan of the Martian adventures series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who began with “A Princess of Mars” in 1912. As you surely know, this novel has been adapted in 2012 for the big screen under the “John Carter” title. The film is regarded as a failure at the box-office, and was even christened “the biggest failure of all times”! That’s wrong by the way, as seen on this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_box_office_bombs I had an odd relation with this... [Lire la suite]
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13 juillet 2013

Journeys to Mars!

As my pseudonym will reveal to the connoisseurs, my favorite author is Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). I was seventeen when I discovered this writer. Of course I already knew Tarzan, his most famous creation, but he wasn’t among the characters I preferred. He seemed very shallow compared to others. As a roleplaying fan I had bought the Stormbringer box, based upon the novels of Michael Moorcock which featured Elric the Necromancer. The « Epées et Dragons » collection published in paperback another Moorcock’s novel trilogy, the... [Lire la suite]
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