Friday, April 29, 2011

My Review: The Sleeping Beauty

Last night I went to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Film Festival and the film that I chose to see was Catherine Breillat's The Sleeping Beauty. It was not at all like I thought it would be. This film is very loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty story. It is about a princess named Anastasia who has a curse put on her by a witch. The curse is that she will die at the age of 16 when she pricks her finger. Luckily for her, these three good witches decide to change the spell. Instead they have her prick her finger at the age of 6 and sleep for 100 years, after which she will wake up a 16 year old. This film could have been two separate films. The first half is about young Anastasia who wanders around her dream world. There she encounters a family with an older boy named Peter. After he runs off with the Snow Queen, Anastasia goes off looking for him, encountering an albino prince and princess, a band of gypsys that includes a knife-wielding little girl, and a woman in a teepee on the way. Instead of finding him, though, she wakes up after eating some poisonous berries. Then the last part of the movie is her at age 16 living in modern times. It is here that she meets Johann, who is Peter's great great grandson, and also an older version of the gypsy girl from her dream. She and Johann fall in love, but Anastasia thinks that they are too young to have sex. One of my favorite parts from the film was when they played a little game where each day he got to undo a few more buttons from the back of her dress (seven one day, fifteen the next...). There was something pretty sexy about the whole thing. Then, Anastasia is seduced by the gypsy girl, which makes her decide that she is ready to sleep with Johann. You can't have a Catherine Breillat film without some sex. This film is actually quite tame in regards to sex in comparison to other films of hers that I have seen.
One complaint that I have about this film is that you can tell it is pretty low budget. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I just wish there were more fantastical elements to the dream world, especially with the parts involving the Snow Queen. I also wish that we could have seen more of the witches from the beginning. You only see them until she enters her dream world, and then never again. I'm kind have mixed feelings about this movie. While there were parts that I liked, I just thought that the ending didn't really mix with the beginning at all. They were just too separate for me. My rating: 6/10

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

R.I.P. Poly Styrene

Some sad news. X-Ray Spex lead singer Poly Styrene died at the age of 53. She was one of the great punk music frontwoman and the song Oh Bondage Up Yours! is one of my favorite punk songs. It is sad to see her go...

Character of the Week: Heathcliff

This week's character of the week is from my favorite love story, Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff was brought to the Earnshaw household when he was a young boy by the father of the house. While he didn't get along with Hindley, the son, he got along marvelously with Cathy the daughter. Eventually he and Cathy fall madly in love. Unfortunately for Heathcliff, Cathy meets Edgar, a rich man who instantly falls for her and asks her to marry him. Although she loves Heathcliff, she agrees because she wishes to have wealth. This makes Heathcliff very jealous and angry and seeks revenge on Cathy and Edgar by going away and making his fortune, and then marrying Edgar's sister. He gets further revenge on Edgar by forcing Edgar and Cathy's daughter to marry his son. He is not your typical romantic hero. His only soft moments are with Cathy, but as soon as she starts to see Edgar, his true nature really starts to show. For the majority of the book you see only hate and vengeance and spite. But still...you can't help but love him. My favorite portrayal of Heathcliff was by Laurence Olivier in the 1939 film version.




The first time I saw this film I started crying during the part where Heathcliff overhears Cathy talking to Ellen about Edgar and how it would degrade her to marry him. It is just so heartbreaking! I believe that the scene starts at around 2:12 in the video below. Merle Oberon is also my favorite actress to ever play Cathy because she really shows how much of a bitch Cathy really was.



Tom Hardy also does a great job playing Heathcliff in the 2009 Masterpiece Theater version. Hardy really does a great job of showing how much of a grumpy bastard Heathcliff was. This is the only film version that I actually own. I desperately want the 1939 version, but there aren't any Region 1 DVDs!!! The only ones I can find are imported from Korea, but even though it says that it will play in Region 1 DVD players, I don't trust foreign DVDs...

Just Finished Reading: Wuthering Heights

Hands down my favorite love story ever. I have seen several film adaptations of this book and loved all of them, so I decided that I needed to read this. I was not disappointed. I just love how bleak it is. There is no moral to it, the characters aren't particularily likeable, and it has a sad ending (or happy...depending on how you think of it...) Regardless of this, you can not stop reading it. What is interesting is that the majority of the novel is from Ellen's point of view, so there are never moments of Heathcliff and Cathy alone. Well, I guess that is what the film adaptations are for. This book could really be two separate books. The first book about Heathcliff/ Cathy/ Edgar and the second would be about Hareton/ Catherine/ Linton. It is a rarety that you have the main female protagonist killed off in the first half of the book, and Heathcliff becomes more of a secondary character in the second half. I really loved reading this book, and I am really sad that it is Emily Bronte's only novel.   

Just Finished Reading: Mister Wonderful

The only thing better than something new by Daniel Clowes is the fact that I actually found it at a bookstore, so I didn't have to get it online. I almost didn't buy this book because read the Mister Wonderful comics from the New York Times about a year or two ago. I have all 18 chapters from NYT on my laptop. Seeing as how it is Daniel Clowes, though, I did need to have it for my book collection. Plus, there is new stuff added, so it isn't the same exact thing. In Clowes's comics, the characters are always very interesting, but somewhat unlikable. They are always the kind of people that it would be interesting to know, but you wouldn't really want to hang out with them. The two main characters in Mister Wonderful are no exception. They both have their elements of crazy, which is why they are so perfect for eachother. I really enjoyed reading this. I was going to just read a little and then start my homework, but I ended up reading the whole thing. I love both Daniel Clowes's writing and his drawing style. He has never made anything that I did not like.   

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spotlight On: Gary Oldman

This week's spotlight is on Gary Oldman, who in my opinion is one of the world's greatest living actors. He is such a chameleon, and it is rediculous how many different roles he has played. It just blows my mind that he has never won an Oscar. While he has played way more characters than I feel like writing about right now, here are some of my favorites of his.

Sid and Nancy
In one of his first major roles, Oldman played the legendary punk rock star, Sid Vicious. While this films isn't perfect, Oldman makes it seem much better than it is by giving such an amazing performance. He IS Sid Vicious in this film.




Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
In this film, Oldman plays Rosencrantz, one of the characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. I just think that this is a really cute movie and Oldman and Tim Roth are great together as the title characters.



Dracula
Now onto my favorite role of his, where he plays the famous vampire Dracula. He is so brilliant in this movie that you almost don't notice how terrible Keanu Reeves is....almost.




True Romance
In True Romance, Oldman really shows off his diversity by playing a wannabe Jamaican white guy. Oldman plays a lot of villains, but this is probably his strangest one.



The Professional
In The Professional, Oldman plays another strange villain. He plays Stansfield, a guy obsessed with Beethoven who murders little Natalie Portman's entire family...



Immortal Beloved
How does he follow up a guy obsessed with Beethoven? By playing Beethoven of course...



The Fifth Element
Nope, I change my mind.  This is my favorite Gary Oldman role. Here he plays Mr. Zorg, a charismatic sci fi villain. Here is my favorite scene of his...



Hannibal
Such strange roles he chooses...In Hannibal, Oldman plays Mason Verger, the only living victim of Hannibal Lector who was, as you can see, severely disfigured from his attack.



Harry Potter
In the Harry Potter series, Oldman plays Sirius Black. He is a man who is at first thought to be a villain, but then we soon find out that he is Harry's godfather...

Batman Begins/ The Dark Knight/ The Dark Knight Rises

Nowadays, Oldman is playing Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman series. I am super excited for The Dark Knight Rises, and it goes to show that Nolan picks some awesome actors for his movies!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Review: Paul

I was originally going to see Insidious today, but I decided to go see Paul instead because it was its last day in the theater I go to. I am really glad that I did because I really enjoyed this movie. I loved Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so figured this one would be good too and I was right. Paul is about two nerds who, after going to Comic Con, decide to take a road trip to all the UFO-related sights in the US. Along the way they meet Paul, and alien who is voiced by Seth Rogan. Paul is on the run from the government because they want to cut out his brain, and he needs Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to help him get back home. This movie has a great cast along with Pegg, Frost, and Rogan that includes Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Blythe Danner. This movie is also hilarious! It has references to several sci fi classics like Star Wars ("boring conversation anyway..."), Aliens ("get away from her you bitch!"), E.T., Predator, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The X-Files. Even if you're not a big sci fi fan, I still think that you will find this movie hilarious. There were only two other people in the theater besides me, and we were all laughing our asses off. While it is a little strange to hear Seth Rogan's deep voice coming out of that little alien, I think that Rogan does a great job with his voice work. Pegg, Frost, and Wiig are always really funny, and Weaver, Bateman, and Hader are also great as the antagonistic government agents.   
One thing that I thought was really cool in this movie was that it has some Daniel Clowes references. As you can see in the poster, Simon Pegg wears an Eightball t-shirt for a good portion of the film. Also, you see this comic book a few times in the film called Encounter Briefs. I've never heard of it before, but I recognized that it was Clowes' style of drawing. I guess it is a fictional series that Clowes made especially for the film to be used as a prop.
My rating: 8/10

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Iconic Horror Scene: Scream (1996)



Seeing as how I was unimpressed by Scream 4, I decided that for this Iconic Horror Scene I would talk about the first Scream film. This is the scene that started it all, and really brought horror back to the mainstream in the mid 90s. It starts with a girl home alone by herself making popcorn, getting ready to watch a movie. She is played by Drew Barrymore, who was the biggest star in the film, which makes you think that she is going to be okay.
Suddenly she starts getting this phone calls from a creepy stranger. At first she shakes it off and doesn't think anything of it, and actually starts talking to him about horror films, and even flirting a little. Suddenly, he says that he wants to know who he is looking at and the whole tone changes. It goes from normal to suspenseful with that one line. Barrymore starts looking around, turning the outside lights on and locking all the doors. She is only talking to this person on the phone and yet she is terrified and we are terrified for her. It only gets worse when we hear the doorbell ring because not we know for sure that it is not just a prank. Things only get worse for poor Ms. Barrymore when she sees that her boyfriend is tied up on the patio. In order to save him, she has to play a horror trivia game. The guy on the phone asks her who the killer is in Friday the 13th, and she says Jason. Unfortunately for her and her boyfriend this is WRONG! You don't even see Jason in the first film until the very end when he jumps out of the water. Any horror fan should know that it is in fact Mrs. Vorhees who is the killer in the first film. After he kills her boyfriend, the killer enters the house. Barrymore decides to get out, which is smart, but then decides to linger, which is not smart. While peeking in the house, she sees Ghostface running around, and then sees her parents driving towards her house. Instead of running towards the car, she decides to look for Ghostface again, and sees him standing right by the window.
Finally she decides to run away, but then makes the bad decision to stop and Ghostface attacks her again, stabbing her twice. She is only a few feet away from her parents, but can't scream because she has been stabbed in the throat. When the parents enter the house immediately know that something is wrong. When trying to call the police, her mother hears her voice coming from the other phone that she has in her hand. She is forced to hear the sound of her daughter dying, and then sees her hanging from a tree when she goes to get help. In a way, it is similar to the shower scene in Psycho. Like I said, Barrymore was the biggest star in the film, so by killing her off right away, it gives a sense that anything can happen. This is similar to killing off Marion Crane, who was the main character in the first half of Psycho.

This scene is what the Scream franchise should be known for. It is scary and suspenseful, and doesn't try to add elements of humor. While there are humorous parts of Scream, they know to keep them separate. Even though Scream might not be considered scary by todays standards, especially since you see the Ghostface mask every Halloween (I totally rocked it one year...), and it has been parodied in films like Scary Movie, but this movie came out when I was 6/7 years old and I remember being terrified!

Like I said before, Scream did a lot to help bring back the horror genre. There weren't a lot of horror films being made in the 90s, but after the success off Scream, you saw a lot more of them. This includes the teen horror film that came out the following year, I Know What You Did Last Summer.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Now that a bunch of mediocre sequels and parodies have been made, people forget how great Scream really is, which is unfortunate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique

Here is a photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in the upcoming film X-Men: First Class. Out of all of the characters, she is the one I was the most curious about. I loved Rebecca Romijn as Mystique, and thought that she looked amazing as the character. Although I like Jennifer Lawrence, and thought that she was great in Winter's Bone, I must admit that I think she looks weird in this photo.
Jennifer Lawrence is really pretty, but she just looks strange as Mystique. I blame it on the hair. The hairline is way far back so it looks like she's balding. Maybe it is just a bad picture, but it just does not seem like a good look for her. From all of the other pictures of Lawrence that I've seen from the film, it seems that you see Mystique in her normal human form a lot more than in the other X-Men films, so hopefully her blue girl look won't be too big of a problem. 

Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises

Some interesting Batman related news...Entertainment Weekly have confirmed that both Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have roles in The Dark Knight Rises.
Cotillard will be playing Miranda Tate, a woman who works for Wayne Industries. Not a very exciting sounding role, especially considering the fact that there were rumors of her playing Talia Al Ghul. Personally, I think that she should switch parts with Anne Hathaway because she would make an amazing Catwoman. I'm sure she'll be great though, regardless of what role she has.

Gordon-Levitt has been cast as John Blake, who is a cop in Gotham City who will work with Commissioner Gordon. There have been rumors that he would be playing The Riddler or Alberto Falcone, so this also doesn't seem very exciting.

Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt are joining the already amazing cast of The Dark Knight Rises. The other new cast members to the series are Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, and Juno Temple has been confirmed to play Holly Robinson.
Holly Robinson is a sidekick for Catwoman. Batman won't have Robin, but Catwoman will have hers.

Character of the Week: Gogo Yubari

This week's character of the week is Gogo Yubari, O-Ren Isii's 17-year old bodyguard from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol 1. "What she lacks in age, she makes up for in madness." She is the only person in the whole movie who really gives The Bride an ass-whooping. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when The Bride and Gogo fight.

My Review: Your Highness

I went to see this yesterday for my birthday (21!!!) and I have mixed feelings about this movie. While I loved the cast and thought they all had good performances, I wasn't impressed by the overall movie. Danny McBride plays a prince named Thadeous, who is jealous of his older brother Fabious, who is played by James Franco, because he gets all of the attention around the kingdom. When Fabious's bride-to-be Belladonna, played by Zooey Deschanel, gets kidnapped by an evil wizard, Thadeous goes on a quest with his brother to get her back. On the way they meet a warrior woman named Isabel, played by Natalie Portman, who is also planning on killing the wizard. I think that this film is definitely marketed towards male audiences with all of its naked girls and dick jokes. While there were moments that I thought were funny, if I went my whole life without seeing this movie, I would have been fine. Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel are pretty much just eye candy in this movie, and aren't really given chances to be funny. Danny McBride gets laughs simply by swearing a lot, and James Franco has his funny moments. The funniest parts of this movie are with Justin Theroux as the evil wizard Leezar. They uglify the normally very good-looking Theroux with gross baby teeth looking dentures and a grey wig, and Leezar definitely has the best lines of the movie. "If your vagina is anything like my hand, there should be no problem." A part that really made me laugh was when he was pretending to be Fabious to trick Belladonna, and then starts laughing and stops because "its too mean." My rating: 4/10

My Review: Scream 4

I went to see this movie on Saturday, and I had no expectations of this movie whatsoever. I went out of sheer curiousity because I wanted to see what Mr. Wes Craven would do with the fourth film in a horror series that got worse and worse with each film. I loved the first Scream movie. It came out when I was in elementary school and I loved the very first scene in the movie when Drew Barrymore gets killed by ghostface. I know that the Scream movies are supposed to be parodies, but Scream 4 seems like a parody of itself. It starts out with the typical Scream opening with young girls getting harrassed on the phone, then attacked by ghostface, but it turns out to be a scene from Stab 6, then it cuts to Anna Paquin and Kristen Ball who were watching it, and that turns out to be Stab 7. Eventually it does get to the part where two teenage girl are actually murdered. I was hoping for at least a few good scares in this movie, but unfortunately there was none. What horror directors need to learn to do is to keep their humor separate from their horror. There was humor in this film in places where I really didn't think they should have it. Like, for instance, there is a part where a man gets stabbed in the forehead. This should kill him instantly, right? Well, instead of dying right away, he starts slowly walking away and as he dies he says, "Fuck Bruce Willis!" Aren't the murders in horror films supposed to terrify us? I didn't laugh during this either because I was just confused by the whole thing. This movie wasn't all bad, though. I did like the little twist ending. I thought that it was interesting and a great way to end the movie. Everything leading up to the ending, though? Not my favorite. My rating: 5/10

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spotlight On: Julie Doucet

This week's spotlight is on one of my favorite comic book artists/ writers, Julie Doucet. She is underground comic artist, and is one of the only comic artists whose comics I actually own, instead of just graphic novels. This comic book store in Seattle called Zanadu sold issues of Dirty Plotte, which made me very happy. Doucet has a really neat cartoony style of drawing, but my favorite thing about her work is the writing. Her stories are really funny and interesting, and I never get sick of reading them. Here are some of her works that I have read.

My New York Diary
This is an autobiographical account of Doucet's life after high school and the time that she lived in New York. She writes about how she lost her virginity, art school, and dealing with an extremely annoying boyfriend. Reading Doucet's work makes me really wish that I knew her in real life. She just seems like a really cool person. My New York Diary is overall just a really good read, and her drawings make it that much better.

My Most Secret Desire
My Most Secret Desire is probably my favorite thing by Julie Doucet. It is sort of a dream journal, where she illustrates a bunch of weird dreams that she had. Some are really disturbing, like the one where she is throwing up all of her teeth, and some are just really strange like the masterbation cookies one.

Long Time Relationship

This book doesn't really have stories, but just really cool themed drawings. My favorites are the ones that are based on personal ads. There are also some cool drawing of people from photos she found, and drawings based of fortune cookies.

Elle Humour

This book isn't a graphic novel, but is instead a collection of drawings and collages. This is the kind of book that I wouldn't have purchased if I knew what it was, but I'm glad that I have it because it is really neat to look at.

365 Days

This is something that I really with that I could do, but unfortunately I have zero artistic talent. It is sort of a diary where she has drawings and entries every day for an entire year. I actually haven't finished reading this yet. I bought it a few years ago and I'm not even half way through. I don't think that it is something you are supposed to read in one sitting, however.

So, those are all of the books that I have of Julie Doucet's. I intend on reading the Madame Paul Affair, and My New New York Diary where she talks about her experiences with Michel Gondry.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Character of the Week: Norman Bates

This week's character of the week is from Psycho, which is one of my favorite films. It is Norman Bates, momma's boy and owner of the Bates Motel. He is an interesting villain because you start out the film liking him. He seems a bit odd, must mostly like a nice guy. Anthony Perkins was magnifiscent in this film and really makes you side with him at parts. He is a murderer so you really should hate him and want him to get caught, but in the scene where he is trying to sink Marion Crane's car, you get nervous for him and want the car to sink. You also side with him in the scene where he is being questioned by the detective and it is somewhat of a relief when the detective dies. Here is the ending scene of Psycho, where he Anthony Perkins says nothing, but delivers such a great performance.

My Review: Jane Eyre

What perfect casting! I thought that every actor in this film was absolutely perfect in their roles. I just read this book around three months ago, and I loved it so I was really excited to see this film. So excited, in fact, that I took a bus up to Uptown to see it at a theatre I've never been to because it wasn't showing at the theatre I normally go to. Unlike Sucker Punch, the other movie that I was super excited to see, Jane Eyre did not disappoint. As I said before, it had perfect casting, especially Mia Wasikowska as the title character and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. What was interesting about this film was that several scenes were filmed as if it were a horror film. The novel was more about surprise than suspense, but I thought that there were parts of the film that were quite suspenseful. The film also does something that a lot of book to film adaptations do, and thats to rearrange the order a little bit. Instead of going chronologically like that book does, it starts out with her running away and entering the Rivers' house, and shows everything else as sort of a flashback.
I must be getting sappy in my old age of 20 (almost 21) because I never used to cry during romance films. The part where Mr. Rochester proposed to Jane turned on the water works for me. Having read the book, I knew what was going to happen, but both Wasikowska and Fassbender were so great in that scene that I just started tearing up. Also, Michael Fassbender is so sexy in this movie! I know that Mr. Rochester is supposed to be unattractive, but I really don't care!  Every time that he was on screen I was just like "wooooooooow!" It makes me really excited to see him as Magneto...
If I had to pick something wrong with this movie it would have to be that I thought the ending was rather sudden, almost like they were trying to end it in a hurry. They don't explain what happened in the fire that much, so if you haven't read the book it will really seem like an abrupt ending. My rating: 9/10

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spotlight On: Hugo Weaving

This week's spotlight is on one of my favorite actors, Mr. Hugo Weaving. You often see him playing super serious and sometimes villainous characters. This, I am guessing, is mostly due to his great speaking voice. Along with his live action acting, he has also done some great voice-over work playing characters like a sheepdog in Babe or a giant evil robot in Transformers. He is an actor who when I see his name attached to a project, I know that it is going to be very interesting. Here are some of my favorite films of his.

Proof
In Proof, Weaving plays a blind man who takes photographs of the things around him and has people describe what they are of. I remember being amazed when I first saw this movie because Weaving gives a very convincing performance of a blind man. He recieved a well-deserved Australian Film Institute Award for this film.


The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
If you are familiar with Weaving's more recent work, this film will seem waaaaay different from everything that he has every done. I'm not positive, but I am pretty sure that this is the only movie where he smiles and laughs and isn't completely stonefaced. This is one of my favorite performances of his where he plays a drag queen bussing across the Australian outback with his two friends so that they can go perform a drag show in his wife's business.




The Matrix
It is in The Matrix where Hugo portrays one of his most famous villains. All he has to do is say "Mr. Anderson" and he is creepy as hell. I have only ever seen the first Matrix movie, but from what I hear, that is the only one worth seeing. An interesting little fact: a bunch of people put up these flyers around campus that were talking about FBI raids and they all had that picture of Weaving as Agent Smith. So for a few weeks wherever I went I was seeing Hugo Weaving.



Lord of the Rings
In Lord of the Rings, Hugo Weaving plays Elrond, who is the father of Arwen and the Lord of Rivendell. It is another role where Weaving gets to show off his great voice and his super serious face. Unfornately, I couldn't find any film clips that I could embed, but if you go to Youtube there are tons of videos....

V for Vendetta

This is by far my favorite role of his. He delivers such a great performance and you never even see his face. I honestly don't think anyone else could have made this role as great as it was.



Transformers
I swear, Hugo Weaving has been involved in some of the biggest film franchises (except for Star Wars, of course...) In Transformers he does the voice of Megatron, leader of the Deceptacons. Apparently it was a big controversy that Weaving did the voice instead of the original guy, but seriously, who are you going to get who is better than Hugo Weaving?



The Wolfman
It didn't get the best reviews, but I love this movie!!! Weaving again plays the antagonist, but this time he is playing a good guy antagonist. He plays the man who is trying to track down the Wolfman. I swear, all you have to do is have Weaving say someones name and it sounds amazing. "Mr. Talbot" "Mr. Anderson." "Evey...E...V...of course you are."



Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Weaving voices two different owls in this film. He plays the main character's father as well as an owl that works for the Pure Ones so that one day his family will be set free. Although I think that Weaving has the greatest voice, I really wish that he didn't play both roles because they are both obviously him...



Future projects: Weaving is going to play Elrond again in The Hobbit, play Megatron again in the next Transformers movies, and also play Red Skull in Captain America. That is the one that I am really excited for...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just Finished Reading: The Invisible Man

Many works by H.G. Wells have been turned into films, and The Invisible Man has always been my favorite. The Invisible Man is my fourth favorite film from the classic Universal horror films (following Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man,) so while reading this I kept hearing Claude Rains' voice whenever the Invisible Man would speak. I knew that I would like this book because I really love the story, and I loved it even more because Una O'Connor wasn't in it... Seriously, why did James Whale insist on putting her both Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man? She was the most annoying actress ever!! Anyways, I think that this was a good choice for my first H.G. Wells book. I also intend on reading War of the Worlds and The Island of Dr. Moreau.