Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) Mockbuster Movie Review

That’s right, there was another Sherlock Holmes movie that came out around the same time as the Robert Downey Jr. movie I reviewed last week. Didn’t hear about it? I am not at all surprised. I am a huge fan of what I call “cruddy-good” movies. These are films that you can’t help but laugh at even though they are not meant to be comedies. The Mister and I spend a lot our time wading through the sea of crappy movies out there giving them the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. That is to say, we crack wise throughout at the terrible special effects, mediocre writing, … Continue reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) Mockbuster Movie Review

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Movie Review

I have seen some criticism about Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of everybody’s favorite detective. Sure, he plays the violin, hangs out with Dr. Watson and solves crimes in Victorian England. Some would argue that he is missing the essence of Sherlock Holmes because he spends some of his time running around and getting blown up. I agree that Conan Doyle’s Holmes was certainly more subtle in his approach than the 2009 movie would make him out to be. But it is precisely this departure from the written word that makes this film Steampunk. More Physicality And in some ways, it is not a departure so much as … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes (2009) Movie Review

The 2012 Movie “Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island” Adds a Time-Traveling Twist to this Steam-era Classic

  What Was Different? In this made-for-SyFy flick, the island is relocated to the Bermuda Triangle. Ships regularly disappear from this spot because of a rift in time that sucks in travelers. This allows them to include pirates and refugees from the American Civil War, but also some ladies from the present. Ever since the 1961 film, the trend with movie adaptations is to add some kind of creepy critter. In both the 1961 the 2005 versions, all of the animals on the island grew to huge proportions. In this one, there’s a giant octopus blocking their escape by sea. Plus, the island is overrun by … Continue reading The 2012 Movie “Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island” Adds a Time-Traveling Twist to this Steam-era Classic

Steampunk Fact Sheet: Jack the Ripper

Steampunk Fact Sheet Jack the Ripper is the world’s most famous serial killer, both because of the brutality of the murders and the fact that the crimes are still unsolved. I have seen many Steampunk works make reference to the Whitechapel … Continue reading Steampunk Fact Sheet: Jack the Ripper