OK, so the only other person in the blogosphere stoked about Buffy The Vampire Slayer is Ryan. Last night’s episode was a rerun, but I wanted to point out a flaw that is quickly sucking the fun out of the action genre. Not everyone on the planet is a kung fu expert.
Last night’s episode (recapped by Ryan here) introduced a primordial vampire, “the vampire that other vampires fear”. Now without going on a tangent about vampire lore, what pissed me off about the introduction of this monster is that he had more moves than Jackie Chan. Not only did I see various Wushu styles in the fight choreography, but my god the monster used some tricky Capoera moves. I didn’t realize the “Uber-Vamp” got all funky in Brazil on his way to kill the slayer.
[Capoera references at Sambnovo & Dacascos]
I don’t understand why the writers & makeup artists would spend time to develop this new monster only to cheapen its realism with Matrix style fight scenes. Sure I love the Matrix, but Buffy is NOT the Matrix.
I do miss old action pictures. Sure the fight scenes didn’t look as slick, but at least they were somewhat authentic. What the hell was The Musketeer? (Not that anything could have made that a good movie) Blame it on the marketing people and their friggin’ demographics. “We can sell more merchandise if we overuse THIS cool technique”. I am so longing for the next big thing to get me out of this kung fu rut. Oh, and I do REALLY like martial arts, but that’s why I rent MARTIAL ART films.
Don’t even get me started about the crappy fight cinematography Hollywood is using. If you’re actor doesn’t know how to fight and you don’t have a decent stunt double, don’t jerk the camera around with extreme close-ups so I can pretend there’s a brawl happening. You might as well shake your camera every time you want to film an earthquake scene.
The other night (late night/early morning) baby calming, I caught a special on Australian TV about Bruce Lee’s final movie (House of Death?). I was really surprised to see how the fight sequences looked just like the Matrix dojo…. even down to the hand gestures and head bobing that Neo used. Sydney-siders are very proud that the Matrix (es) were shot here. I remember when the city closing sections of downtown to shoot helicopter stunt sequences about 9 months ago. I have a friend who was an extra (appearantly there is a scene where everyone in the Matrix is pastey white/blonde and Neo is the only brunnette)….. There have been numerous Keanu sighting in my nieghborhood.
Also…. in true Aussie form (and related to your post)…. Holly Valance (oh la la) is supposed to be the next Buffy…. according to the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald ( http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/23/1050777301413.html ). Have you see her video (Kiss Kiss)?…. She is practically nah-ked.
So, what you’re saying is that there’s another way to film earthquake scenes?