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The second worst Star Wars film vs. the worst gun-slinging vampire flick I've seen. What bothered me most about BloodRayne II is how it's structured. A couple of major characters are introduced too late in the movie, and so I didn't care what happened to them. They should've been added toward the beginning. Or (dare I say) the movie should've been longer. Return of the Jedi definitely isn't as forgettable as BloodRayne II, because its contrast of crap and good is more stark. There is much awfulness in the film, but some thrilling parts, too. So I will remember it out of frustration. These both suck, though.
I actually think Return is the second best Star Wars movie. I worry sometimes that I may have blindly bought into all the hype, that I'm unable to break free from the shackles of societal conditioning, that Lucas has sprinkled some sort of bastardised pixie dust over me that has blinded me. This is something I consider now: If I were to watch Jedi (or any Star Wars, or any long ago viewed movie) for the first time today, how would I feel about it? Would I hate it for being so light and fluffy? The reverse can be said of BloodRayne (II). I recently reviewed the movie and it jumped from being a 5/100 to a 45/100 movie. I remembered nothing about the movie (other than my dislike for it) so I was essentially watching it for the fist time and, apparently, I hated it less. I even found it quite (intentionally) funny in places. I wonder, in the case of Jedi and other oldies, can nostalgia, or simply historic preferences in general, actually blind one to his current tastes and preferences? Do I, or people at large, instinctively react "hey I liked it back then, so I like it now" even in spite of their changed tastes? I know I'd still love The Godfather if I viewed it today as new. Thankyou For Smoking and A Few Good Men too. But how would I feel about, The Terminator, Mission Impossible or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? These aren't even movies I enjoy explicitly for their nostalgia and yet I question them. Anyway, that's my meandering for the day. Oh yeah, I find this concept of 'caring' about characters to be equally challenging. When you say care do you mean care as in 'like/admire' or do you mean as in 'opposite of indifferent'? Maybe there's no difference, I dunno. Alls I know is that I didn't mind/care whether The Preacher and the other hired muscle lived or died. I was just content to watch it happen. Uwe Boll definitely made the mistake of not having Natassia Malthe get naked but at least he rectified that in Third Reich. Hats off.
You probably have to succumb to the ravages of time more before you can really shake off the nostalgia. I'm still fighting the nostalgia war, even though my jadedness has allowed me emerge victorious in numerous battles. Watching movies like Terminator and Star Wars, I barely remember having nostalgia for them. I just like them for what they are. Because my formative years were in the late 80s and early 90s, I probably am influenced by my cinematic experiences from that period somewhat. I don't know if that counts as nostalgia, though. It's more of a style preference. With BloodRayne II, I liked it more than the first one. Your earlier comment about the new flick got me interested in watching the series again. Anyway, when I say "care" I mean that the character's importance to me should be in equal or greater proportion to how much importance the climax gives the character. If the character plays an important role in the climax, then they should mean something to me beyond their role in the climax. So, liking them vs. feeling the "opposite of indifferent" has a lot to with how I evaluate a movie. That's why Inception left me cold. I was the opposite of indifferent on that one, I guess. I didn't not care, but I didn't like them either. And I never developed nostalgia for Jedi. I officially hated it by my teens. Here's hoping that the Third Reich BloodRayne fulfills my hopes so I can feel nostalgia for it when I'm 70.