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The Movie Maestro’s Reviews: The Dark Tower (2017) dir. Nikolaj Arcel

Quick, how many movies can you get out of an epic, 8-book literary series? Most viewers would guess 8, maybe 7. An ambitious screenwriter could probably narrow it down to 3. For whatever reason, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, and director Nikolaj Arcel decided that not only could they do it in one, but they could make that film just over 90 minutes. This seems to be heart of the backlash against The Dark Tower; why, oh why, would anybody think to take a chainsaw to one of the most beloved book series of recent memory?

However, Despite all the bitching I do over the truncated epic storyline, I actually enjoyed watching it. The film evokes a dark fantasy quest from the decade of my birth, reminiscent of films like The Gate and The Dark Crystal, and the introduction of more technological elements into the richly magical world provided an interesting visual and thematic dichotomy. Arcel is adept at blocking action scenes, with Roland’s final showdown in the Dixie being a highlight. And finally, Matthew McConaughey. Playing the role of Walter, the Man in Black, a role he seems tailor-made to take on, McConaughey gives us a charming and vicious sorceror, a dark figure who has artificially made himself into a god for the ultimate purpose of destroying reality. Hopefully whoever ends up making the remake of The Stand or Eyes of the Dragon decides to bring him back.

Read the full review at themoviemaestroblog.wordpress.com

IDIRS ELBA: Nicolas Cage once spent the night in Dracula’s Castle. Article from People.com. 


Idris Elba’s Reddit AMA provided a few key facts about Elba’s career. He would totally play James Bond, and he loves Mary Poppins, but perhaps most importantly, it added a crucial detail to the ever-expanding web that is The Nicolas Cage Mythos. Elba talked about an odd incident that occurred while the two were shooting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance together in Romania in 2010. 

In Elba’s own words: 

“… Nic Cage came back one day on set … and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit – kind of like he’d been up all night. So I was like, ‘Hey Nic, man, how you doing, man?’ and he said 'I’m alright,’ and I said, 'You seem a little spooked out,’ and he said, 'Yeah man, I went up to Dracula’s castle … the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night,’ and I said 'What?! Why?’ and he said, 'I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.’" 

"We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do. And then he walked away. True story." 

So is Nicolas Cage really a vampire?