Cinema for Steampunks: The Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) Review

Thanks to Josh Stanton and Andrew Knighton both for recommending this movie! This is my third French movie in the Steampunk oeuvre. Before I started my quest to watch and review any movie that anyone has called Steampunk, I wouldn’t have guessed there was going to be a lot to find in French. I absolutely loved all three, including Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidoqc (dark, gritty, adult), City of Lost Children (clever, strange and entertaining). And now The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Adele is a comic book hero who was created in the 1970s by Jacque Tardi. She started out as a foil for a different female … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: The Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) Review

The Steampunk Surreality of The Chronicles of Vidoqc Will Leave you BOTH Shaken and Stirred…

Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq is the English title of a French film called simply Vidocq. Gerard Depardieu plays the title role of Eugene Francois Vidocq who is an occult detective on the grimy streets of Paris in 1830. In real life, he was the father of French criminology, and his misunderstood methods gave him a supernatural reputation. In the film, Vidoqc is on the trail of a masked serial killer, the Alchemist. The writers explore an interesting twist on story-telling, and he falls to his supernatural enemy within the first minutes of the film. Amidst the tumult of the outbreak of the Second French Revolution … Continue reading The Steampunk Surreality of The Chronicles of Vidoqc Will Leave you BOTH Shaken and Stirred…

Cinema for Steampunks: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014)

  Falling in Love can be Deadly… This twisted tale is set in the 19th century and starts in Edinburgh. Jack’s mother struggles through a storm on the coldest night of the year to get to the midwife. Unfortunately, the frigid night has frozen Jack’s heart solid, and it is only through the ingenuity of the midwife that he survives. His mother abandons the infant and his clockwork heart in the night, and the midwife finally has the child she’s longed for. But, his mechanical heart makes him vulnerable to the strains of the outside world, and his adoptive mother fears for his safety in the … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014)