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Subject:Hollywood Remakes and Halloween
Time:10:36 am
Current Mood:annoyedannoyed
Every year Halloween seems to be getting more and more like a subverted Christmas. The hype is almost as bad and the ads promoting costumes and accoutrements get more elaborate. I don't have a serious problem with that but I am heartily tired of the fact that we don't get to see the old classic horror flicks on television anymore. This week they've been showing the remakes of "Thirteen Ghosts" and "House on Haunted Hill", among others. I've seen the Frank Langella version of "Dracula" listed, as well as the more recent version of "The Haunting".

The original "Thirteen Ghosts" was a bit cheesy but it was entertaining and a little spooky. I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes of the remake. I love Tony Shaloub but I detest the modern approach to horror films. It seems that directors try to outdo each other with gory special effects and bloody gimmicks instead of really well-told, spine-tingling stories.

One of the creepiest scenes I've ever watched was in Val Lewton's "The Body Snatcher" with Boris Karloff. This isn't even a horror film but it always sends chills up my spine. Boris Karloff, as cabman Gray, has just "burked" Bela Lugosi's character, Joseph. While still on the floor, Karloff's cat walks past and, with one hand still on the corpse, Karloff pets the cat with the other. The scene is one of those that defines the mood of the film and the character of the killer. It's atmospheric, minimally lit and definitely subtle.

I guess that's what I miss most about modern horror films, there's no subtlety. Look at the classics - Karloff's "The Mummy" for example. One of the creepiest scenes in that film is when the camera pans up the mummy and you see just a glint of light in one half-opened eye. Subtle and frightening at the same time.

I guess that will conclude this rant for the time being. I haven't posted on LJ for a long time and it looks like NOBODY has posted on "La Ville Oubliee" even longer. This seemed like a good time to bump this up!

Happy Halloween!
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Current Music:Voodoo
Current Location:On the Shore of Morpheus
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Time:09:56 pm
Current Mood:indescribable
Heh, heh! Maybe there's still a place for the forgotten, misbegotten and downtrodden!

I think this video is appropriate:


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Time:07:25 am
Since it is true this place isn't getting much love...i'll go pump my gallery XD;;;

Posted about 15 more raptor pictures onto deviant art. you can see them here: Raptors!

or see the pretty barn owl there!

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Current Music:Oh, anything by the Monkees right now
Current Location:Sailing on the Sea of Dreams
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Subject:For the Forgotten
Time:11:22 pm
Current Mood:crankycranky
Apparently, La Ville Oubliee is so forgotten we've forgotten to post to it! So many things to do online, so little time! Let's see if this adds any life to the old community.


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Subject:I Have a Badge!
Time:11:12 pm
Current Mood:creative
Flickr has a way of making badges to put on your website so I decided to try it out. Here is my first effort:




www.flickr.com


This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from wanderingnome. Make your own badge here.






Unfortunately, it didn't look the way it's supposed to. Ah well, the link works just fine so I suppose I should be happy with that!
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Current Music:"Seed" by Afro-Celts
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Subject:Flickr Photos
Time:02:05 pm
Current Mood:goodgood
After some hesitation, I decided to follow my daughter's advice and upload some of my photographs. You can see them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderingnome/ if you like. Please feel free to offer comments or suggestions. Since this is still a learning process for me, I would appreciate constructive criticism.
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Current Music:Dazed and Confused
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Subject:Forgotten
Time:02:43 pm
Current Mood:confusedconfused
I forget why I'm here but perhaps, if I wander around long enough, it will come to me...
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Current Music:Boston Legal
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Subject:First Post
Time:10:08 pm
Current Mood:artistic
Welcome to La Ville Oubliee, my artblog that I am sharing with my mom and a couple of close friends, so there will be a collection of stuff. Enjoy. ^^

I will post finished work here, but so I don't clutter my LJ I will post a lot of sketches here as well.

Comment as you like, but reframe from flaming, being rude, mean or nasty. Constructive criticism only. ^^

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