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Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part two

Posted in Random Blogness, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 22, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

ShalillyElizabeth Gracen has led a fascinating life filled with art in many different forms. What has she been up to in recent years? The second part of my interview with her covers the end of the Highlander franchise, her work as a director, and her debut as a fantasy novelist.

You can find the full interview on www.ChBrooks.com!

Click here for part two of the interview!

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Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part one

Posted in Random Blogness with tags , , on November 21, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Amanda and MethosSo how accurate was my take on Highlander: The Raven? Elizabeth Gracen, who starred in that show and played Amanda in Highlander: The Series, already corrected me on one point and was gracious enough to answer some additional questions for me. Ms. Gracen provided her take on Highlander, the behind-the-scenes issues of The Raven, and the projects she’s taken on after stepping away from acting.

The interview comes in two parts on www.ChBrooks.com. Part one is now up and focuses mainly on how she got involved in the world of Highlander and what sort of issues plagued The Raven.

Check out part one of the interview here!

Highlander: The Raven

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on November 5, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Not exactly an image that fills me with a lot of hope...Originally published 1/19/11, updated 11/5/16

Question: What if you set out to make a TV show and every single person involved hated each other with the burning fury of a thousand exploding suns?

Answer: You’d have Highlander: The Raven.

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The Worst Movies that I Happen to Like

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Mario van Peebles makes everything fun.Earlier this week, I did a rant about the best movies that nobody likes. My argument with those movies is that they are honestly good – not so bad they’re good, but in fact well-crafted pieces of cinema. For comparison and contrast purposes, here’s the flip side: a list of movies that I know are just plain bad, but which I enjoy anyway. These are the kind of movies that I watch because they’re so cheesy. In my mind, they define the phrase “so bad it’s good.”

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Mortal Kombat: The Forgotten Highlander Sequel

Posted in Film, Random Blogness with tags , , on February 13, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah, I think this works.A few weeks back, while I was in the depths of despair after ranting about Highlander: Endgame, I set out on a quest with Sarah to watch a good Christopher Lambert movie. Unfortunately, no such thing exists outside of the original Highlander and perhaps Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (not having seen all of the latter, I can’t make a final decision). However, there are a lot of mediocre Christopher Lambert movies out there – the type of movie that in itself is not really good cinema, but which is a tolerable way to enjoy Lambert’s eccentric charm. I happen to like Lambert. He’s not the best actor out there, but he can be pretty entertaining to watch when he’s having fun with his roles. Basically, if he’s got his Connor MacLeod laugh somewhere in the film, it’s fairly satisfying as long as the rest of the movie isn’t too stupid. Highlander III is the top movie in this regard – it’s pretty bad, but it’s made entertaining by Lambert reprising his role as Connor combined with Mario Van Peebles doing the most delightful job of scenery chewing he could.

Then there’s Mortal Kombat, which is also not a good movie but one I cannot call bad, either. I mean, it’s basically fight scene after fight scene, but it’s based on a fighting video game. Considering the source material, I think the only real problem I have with it is that they didn’t go all gory in the violence so they could get an R rating. Christopher Lambert plays Raiden, the Chinese god of thunder, in this film, and Sarah and I quickly realized that Mortal Kombat works better as a Highlander sequel than any other actual sequel.

Basically, Raiden from Mortal Kombat is actually Connor MacLeod, somewhat aged and with immense magical power after claiming the Prize. Using his magic power, most of which is derived from the lightning-like quickening, he realized that he can pose as Raiden and do some good in the world (you didn’t really think that the actual Chinese god of thunder would appear as some old European guy, did you?). Thus he turns his attention to supernatural matters and protecting the world from Shan Tsung. For added benefit, if you can tolerate the existence of Highlander II, you can say that the Outworld is actually Zeist, which is why Raiden/Connor loses his power if he goes there. Heck, you could even argue that Kitana might be the daughter of General Katana. After all, like “MacLeod” and “Ramirez,” “Kitana” is a name that just screams Zeist.

Lambert plays Raiden basically the same way he plays Connor, so I say this works out. Sure, it means that Highlander‘s sequel has no actual immortals and little connection to the first movie, but at least Mortal Kombat is a damned sight more entertaining than any live-action Highlander sequel we ever saw.

For an added bonus, you can connect The Shawshank Redemption to Highlander and Mortal Kombat by saying that Byron Hadley was a human alias used by the Kurgan before the Gathering. The Kurgan’s gravelly voice is actually a psychological remnant of Ramirez cutting him, and thus only becomes pronounced when the Kurgan is interacting with other immortals.

These are the things I think of in my spare time.

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , on February 2, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Proof that there need not be only one when it comes to good Highlander films.There is one more.

Twenty-one years after the original Highlander showed off potential that would never be fully realized, a decade after the TV series had hit the skids, I watched the Russian version of Highlander: The Source and completely gave up on this franchise. Then, in the midst of my throes of agony, someone tipped me off as to the existence of an anime called Highlander: The Search for Vengeance.

This movie has all the elements that make up a bad Highlander film. A post-apocalyptic future. Magic. Ghosts. But you know what? It is awesome.

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Highlander: The Source, part two

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on January 27, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Adrian Paul looks so pissed off to be in this movie.Picking up from where we left off last time

After forcibly kidnapping Duncan, Joe reveals two facts. First, the Watcher organization no longer exists. Wait, what?! Second, Methos and the other remaining immortals are looking for the Source, and Duncan is required to come along because Anna is joining up with them. Wait, what?!

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