Hey Readers! My brain is mush as I'm currently on a marathon writing session working toward my manuscript deadline but I'm popping out to take a breather to share some goodies coming up.
What's the story?
An academic researcher leads a group of people in a fight to counteract the apocalyptic events that were predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar.
Standouts: It's Roland Emmerich, nuff said. ;-) While some people thinks he's cheesy and action oriented with no story, I love him because he can bring the entertainment. He fills his movies with action, a good story and enough human drama to make you relate to the characters and cheer for them to get out of their predicament. With 2012 he's up the survival stakes very high this time around and I'm eager to see how it plays out. Plus with a cast like John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and many more, you know it's going to be awesome.
Release Date: November 13, 2009
What's the story?
Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.
Standouts: Story sounds awesome, movie looks great with tension some fine big time actors in a futuristic setting and vampires! Bummer that vampires are seen as a disease that has to be cured. That trope has been long running in paranormal fiction and I like when stories deviate to show them as a separate species living among humans. As Sam Neil says "What's to cure?" But I do like the twist that humans are becoming an endangered species while vampires are taking over. Bonus on that. Very interested to see this movie and what kind of story it'll tell
Release Date: January 8th, 2010
Notable Trailer Music: Runnin' Up That Hill by Placebo
The Book of Eli
What's the Story?
A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
Standouts: Another one with an awesome cast and some gorgeous looking cinematography. If you're like me an love some good futuristic dystopia sci-fi, add this one to your movie list to check out next year.
Release Date: January 15, 2010
If you're in the New Orleans, LA area this autumn, check out the Vampire Film Festival The website is full of goodies including some Vampire Short Films, articles, a section on vampire fiction books (including a fanged Sherrilyn Kenyon giving an interview), and an open call for all you filmmakers with vampire themed short films.
One notable section is the upcoming vampire and werewolf movies. I'll be bookmarking this site for later.
As for on the blogosphere, authors Patricia Altner and Michele Hauf are teaming up for a new vampire themed blog called VampChix. Check them out: http://vampchix.blogspot.com
Til next time!