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R.I.P. Christopher Lee (1922 -2015) *A Legend Leaves Us*

Saruman, Christopher Lee, The Lord of the Rings

Still on vacation, I just got word of Sir Christopher Lee’s passing during one of my brief connections with the Internet this month.  It pains me that I don’t have time to compose my thoughts on his departure, but that his legacy to generations of movie lovers is secure is beyond a shadow of a doubt.  He had perhaps the greatest career of any actor ever after the age of 80.  Dracula.  Bond Villain. Count Dooku. Saruman the White. Hundreds of other legends brought to life by one himself.  Thank you, sir.  CNN’s obit below.


Christopher Lee, the actor, was often the villain.

He played Dracula, the bad guy in the James Bond thriller “The Man with the Golden Gun,” the deliciously evil wizard Saruman in the “Lord of the Ring” films, and the dude who fought Yoda with a lightsaber in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.”

But Sir Christopher Lee, the man, who died this week at the age of 93? Not an ounce of villain to be found, fans and fellow actors alike said Thursday.

“You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days,” “Lord of the Rings” co-star Elijah Wood tweeted Thursday. “We’ll miss you.”

Lee died Sunday, a spokesman for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said.

He had more than 150 film credits to his name, beginning in 1948 and stretching into this decade.

Lee initially made his name in horror films. His first major horror role was as Frankenstein’s creature and then the infamous vampire Dracula in a series films for Britain’s Hammer Films studios from the 1950s until the 1970s.


He was often quoted as saying he had to be talked into playing in some of the Dracula films. He said he played the character silently in one film — 1965’s “House of Horrors” — because the lines were so bad.

Later, he took on the role of James Bond’s nemesis Francisco Scaramanga in 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun,” and was introduced to a new generation of film-goers in 2001 with “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

In it, he played the evil wizard Saruman, former mentor to Gandalf — the good-guy wizard’s role Lee said he once coveted but had grown too old to play.

The next year, he entered the “Star Wars” universe as the fallen Jedi knight, Count Dooku, in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Both series brought him renewed fame and acclaim, but for Lee, two roles always stood out: His 1973 turn as Lord Summerisle in the cult classic “The Wicker Man,” and his portrayal of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, in the 1998 film, “Jinnah.”

“The most important thing I’ve ever done,” he said in a 2011 forum at the University College Dublin.

Lee was knighted in 2009 — fittingly on the day before Halloween — for his accomplishments in the arts. Two years later, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded Lee its highest honor, the Academy Fellowship.

BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry expressed sorrow Thursday at the passing of Lee, whom she called a “truly talented and versatile actor.”

“His biography, and therefore his legacy, is one that many in the film industry can only dream of,” Berry said.

In 2011, Lee said that he always wanted to bring something unexpected to his roles.

“One thing to me is very important, if you’re playing somebody that the audience regards as, let’s say evil, try to do something they don’t expect, something that surprises the audience,” he said.

In his last few years, he did just that for many fans: he turned to a heavy metal career, releasing the holiday albums “A Heavy Metal Christmas” and “A Heavy Metal Christmas Too” in 2012 and 2013 — endearing himself to yet another group of fans, many of whom reacted to the news of his death with an outpouring of celebration and sadness.

“The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us,” actor Mark Gatiss wrote on Twitter. “A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.”

Movie Review: Dracula Untold (2014) *Some Stories Are Best Left Untold*

Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Dracula, Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold attempts to give a meaningful and tragic back story to a character that’s never required one.  When we join our future bloodsucker, he’s returned from decades of fighting as the Turks most feared warrior: Vlad the Impaler.  Now, however, he’s going to settle down and quietly rule Transylvania and nothing bad can come of that!

Those pesky Turks (lead by an almost unrecognizable Dominic Cooper) show up and demand 1,000 Transylvanian boys to serve in the Sultan’s army.  You’d think you’d walk on eggshells when making demands of a guy whose nickname is “The Impaler”, but the demand is made all the same.  Hugely outnumbered, Vlad out of desperation for his family and his people’s safety, turns to the vampire who lives on the mountain just outside of town (not unlike the Grinch’s mountain in How the Grinch Stole Christmas). Continue reading Movie Review: Dracula Untold (2014) *Some Stories Are Best Left Untold*

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Achievement/Trophy List for Revelations DLC Pack

Castlevania, Castlevania Lord of Shadows 2, Gabriel, E3

Despite shameless begging and pleading on my part for a KT reader to give me some feedback on Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, I remain feedbackless.  I did play the demo and it seemed to be missing something.  Cool, but I could feel it getting repetitive already.  Is that a fair assessment of the game?  TALK TO ME!  The first DLC pack entitled Revelations is coming soon to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and will have 250 points of achievements to keep us cheevo addicts in business…unless of course you’re still waiting for reader feedback (oh no I’m not above guilt).

Continue reading Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Achievement/Trophy List for Revelations DLC Pack

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Achievement/Trophy List

Castlevania, Castlevania Lord of Shadows 2, Gabriel, E3


Castlevania, one of gaming’s great franchises, was successfully moved from 2D to 3D in one of the best games of the last generation of console gaming.  If you haven’t tried it because you weren’t into previous Castlevania games, or because the series had lost its way, you can likely pick up one of the most gorgeous, immersive and deep games out there.  The sequel may be the last blockbuster exclusive for the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 generation when it debuts on February 25th.  Achievements and trophies below! Continue reading Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Achievement/Trophy List

New Screens and a Release Date for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
One of my favorite games and biggest surprises for me of this console generation was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. I’d had no interest whatsoever in the series going back to the NES days, but LoS had such a great story and variety of mythic creatures that I got totally sucked in and played it obsessively until I got to the jaw-dropping conclusion. I’ve been very much looking forward to getting my hands on the conclusion of the story (LoS II will end this particular Castlevania storyline). Another piece of news coming out of Gamescom 2013 was that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will release for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 25, 2014. Also released were some new screens as seen below courtesy of Xbox360 Achievements.
Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2