Anti-Smoking Ad Leaves Wolf Out of Breath

There is a reason why I do not smoke cigarettes or any other tobacco or cannabis products. This is one of them and on top of stench and cost.

This TheRealCost.gov advert posted in October 2016 illustrates a bipedal anthropomorphic “big bad” wolf who has smoked since a teen to head out on a fair tale-based mission. As soon as the wolf enters the Straw City populated with pigs, the wolf tries to blow down the town with his breath. The attempt was unsuccessful from having weak lungs caused by smoking, only dislodging a single straw. 

The wolf appearance and the effects are nicely done.

‘Lycan’ Trailer

Lycan, a horror movie directed by Bev Land and starring Dania Ramirez, Parker Croft, Vanessa Angel, and Gail O’Grady is set to release this summer. The plot:

When six college kids in a sleepy Southern town are assigned a group project to rediscover a moment in history, one of them sets in motion a horrific fate when he proposes they head into the Georgia backwoods to tackle the legend of Emily Burt, the Talbot County werewolf. “Talbot County” is a Hitchcockian tale of horror set in 1986 that delves into a hundred year old fable where our students are met with very real consequences that go beyond any classroom lessons.

The trailer offers a gruesome glimpse of the terror in the typical horror-thriller fashion. It also offers a glimpse of the so-called werewolf that appears to look more like a mad dog than anything of a werewolf. Will we see a decent transformation scene in Lycan?  I will find out when the movie comes out in August, 2017.

‘The End’

“The End,” the two simple words in white appeared on a black background on the Grimm series finale tonight. I quietly clicked off the television and the receiver. Tears dripped from my eyes as I uttered from under my breath, “Wow, I’ll miss this series,”

Since the “Pilot” on October 28,2011, to “The End,” I sat through every Grimm episode and enjoyed every single one. I never found myself in boredom. The characters were strong and the stories were amusing.

The pilot episode lured me in right away. Grimm and Portland Police detective Nick Burkhardt meeting Monroe, a Wesen of a wolf-like creature called a blutbad, immediately hooked me into the series. That seems werewolf related, as actor Silas Weir Mitchell who plays Monroe made a guest appearance at HowlCon 2012 in Portland. As a bonus, Dee Wallace from The Howling played Monroe’s mother in a few episodes.

The way the stories were presented in Grimm was fascinating. Each episode story was based on a Brother Grimm fairytale with the series plot streaming seamlessly through each episode. Every episode had a great surprise or twist to the story. That is what makes it difficult to watch Grimm series starting from anywhere but the beginning.

The characters were strong, fitting, and with diverse personalities. Hank, Rosalee, Sergeant Wu, Sean Renard, Adalind, Juliet/Eve, and Trubel were excellent characters. I will never get over Monroe’s way of speaking with precise knowledge (he spoke the same way at HowlCon 2012). Sgt. Wu’s sarcasm and jokes. Hank and Nick working together. Renard’s shadiness and authority.

Grimm will not be forgotten, at least for me where I will have many reminders. The Portland Police, prominently portrayed respectfully in the series, are still around. Several landmarks and locations used for the Grimm set are some that I frequent. At one point, a KGW newsbreak inside the episode once had me mixed up with the real newscast from KGW, the station that aired the show.

I rarely watch television, because many shows on today are not that great. Grimm was one of the few shows I would watch. It was entertaining. It was excellent. I loved Grimm and I will miss it.

Call cease-fire in ‘Underwold: Blood Wars.”

The fifth and latest installment of the Underworld franchise battles Lycans versus Vampires once again. Underworld: Blood Wars returns since the 2012 Underworld: Awakenings with the story about a Vampire hitwoman Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fending off the Lycan pack while also facing the Vampire congregate that betrayed here. With the help of Thomas (Charles Dance) and his son, David (Theo James), she must end the never-ending fight between Lycans and Vampires.

Personally, it is apparent the Underworld franchise is becoming tired. Kate Beckinsale darts around the screen in a black PVC suit, blasting off fully automatic machine guns and throwing punches and kicks at the same time. Meanwhile, the Lycans are shown briefly in a computer-generated image up close, yet leaping in great bounds like frogs. Then there is the dark, blue-filtered. One scene was repeated for a later scene. Enough of making another movie where vampires are the good guys and werewolves are the bad guys.

I like to think Underworld has finally put the stake through the heart and a silver bullet through the head of its series. The ending of Blood Wars may have left the door wide open for another Underworld installment. Hopefully, the next installment is set for a DVD/Blu-ray or online only release, if that happens.

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

‘Grimm’ season finale premieres Friday

The Portland-based fairy tale crime drama television series is coming to wraps in its series finale season.

“Grimm” sixth and final season premiers Friday, January 6, 2017 on NBC at an earlier time, 8:00 p.m/7:00 p.m. Central.

Last August I  posted that NBC is ending ‘Grimm’ with Season 6. NBCUniversal reported back in August the season will wrap up with thirteen episodes.

As I said in August, I will share my full thoughts about Grimm here after the season wraps up.