The Avengers

The Avengers.

The film begins ominously in a facility of an unknown location where S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), overseeing an experiment dealing with the Tesseract. So, while astrophysicist Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) is fidgeting with his super complex machinery and Nick Fury is talking to Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) about the possibility of the Tesserect being operated through an intergalactic wormhole, Loki (Tom Hiddleson) appears through an open portal and causes general chaos including brainwashing Hawkeye ad Selvig all in the first five minutes. Are you confused? For those of you who didn’t see Captain America or Thor, or for that matter either of the Iron Man films, you have some catching up to do.

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Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows (PG-13)
Rated for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking
Directed by Tim Burton
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloë Grace Moretz , Michelle Pfeiffer
 
Dark Shadows is based on the Gothic Soap Opera that ran from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show ran for 5 years, but based on the it’s five day per week  daytime scheduling the drama created 1,225  episodes, surpassing any other science-fiction/fantasy series, yes even including Doctor Who and every Star Trek television show combined.
The Shadow’s popularity did not take off till they introduced the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). today it is impossible to think of the show sans Barnabas, but the soap had been running nearly a year before it introduced the vampire. Once the creators of the show saw the popularity of  Frid’s caped character, werewolves and witches quickly followed. 
Director Tim Burton was a big fan of the series  and  Johnny Depp is on the record stating that as a child, ‘He was so obsessed with Barnabas Collins that he wanted to be him”. Well thanks to his friend Tim Burton; he has gotten his chance. The first time watching the trailer, it seems hard for me to picture anyone other then Depp playing the part.
 
Clearly Burton faced the challenge of trying to take 1,225 shows and tell a 2 hour story that worked on the big screen in 2012.  Interestingly, he chooses  to set the film back in 1972 (the year after the original series ended) and also chose to make it a film that is a parity  while also paying homage to the spirit of the original. 
 
Here we are told of the Collins family who sailed from England  to the New World i n  1752. Taking up residence in  Collinwood Manor, their son,Barnabas, is a product of privilege and has a reputation for breaking many a young woman’s heart. however when one of those hearts belongs to a witch, Angelique Bouchard, she responds by turning him into a vampire and then buries him alive. Burton begins his story In 1972, when Barnabas is accidentally freed from his coffin. he he turns to his old home only to find his beautiful estate, quite run-down  and populated with a collection of  Barnabas’ descendants, each with obvious character flaws and hidden horrifying secrets.
Dark Shadows

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