List of articles in chronological order
As the consequences of certain information have an influence on different subjects, the articles sometimes refer to previously explained facts.
To save you the inconvenience of looking for any data in the list of articles that will grow, here is the chronology in which everything was written.
This is, therefore, also the recommended reading order if you have the time and the patience.
Liches are among the most feared undead monsters in the role playing universes. They are ancient and powerful mages who transferred their souls into a receptacle called a phylactery to attain the state of the living dead on their own. Thus, they obtain a form of eternal life accompanied by a significant increase of power, often achieved by the centuries of magic studies that follow their "rebirth". The big particularity with them is that they are one of the few undead (along with the vampires) able to retain their will, which makes them much more dangerous than an army of mindless zombies.
Just before the new live adaptation of Aladdin by Disney, a polemic rose about the choice of Naomi Scott, an English actress of Indian origin for the role of Princess Jasmine. Many regretted this choice which rules out the possibility of putting forward an actress of Arab origin.
The reasons given by the studio are understandable (difficulties finding young actors who know how to play, dance and sing well) and their good faith seems sincere because Disney Studios have almost always employed dubbers from the countries presented in their animated films. In addition, from the Hollywood point of view, highlighting an Indian main actress is as rare as an actress of Arab origin, so they really took an additional risk in making this choice which can frustrate (quite understandably) the Arab population.
But another question arises under these conditions: must the studio absolutely continue to faithfully remake its old animated films?
Part 2 : A story of adaptations
In one of the posts about lich, we briefly talked about Davy Jones, the one who owns everything that falls to the bottom of the ocean.
In the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Davy Jones is a captain aboard the most famous of the ghost ships, the one that will interest us today in this (relatively) short article: the Flying Dutchman.
Here is a new category of articles that I have been craving for some time and which will allow me to publish a little more regularly.
Here, we will talk about some works that have been outstanding at least for some time or whose cultural content is important.
In short, we are going to get out of the heavy files to enter into reviews of works in particular, all media combined.
And to start we will open the ball with a classic of manga history little known outside of Japan: Devilman.
In recent years, the Halloween party has been democratized in the whole world with a young population seeing it as another pretext than carnival or conventions to disguise themselves publicly without complex. Among the criticisms long raised, the argument that such an American holiday had no place in other countries often came up.
Since the second film from the Harry Potter saga, the general public has discovered the basilisk, a monster well known by fans of fantasy games who have given them a lot of cold sweat. Mythology, movies, video games or role-playing games, whatever the context, the reptile is one of the most feared monstrous creatures for its ability to give death with a simple glance.
Return to the nightmare of the adventurers.
The release of the first trailer for the live adaptation of Mulan by Disney studios was frustrating for many reasons, but it would be hypocritical to say it was a surprise. At first sight, we are following the bland adaptations of the Disney classics initiated by The Jungle Book in 2016 (which was the most interesting until now). Not necessarily bad films but so redundant and copied and pasted that they become perfectly useless since they have not given their model time to age enough to justify a modern remake. Not to mention that, in the context of an adaptation that is too "faithful", the directors attempt brief personal touches lost in a work that is not theirs and can then create dissonant moments that are missed or even ridiculous (I think of you Beauty and the Beast with your falsely gay Le Fou, your extremely superficial protagonists, your Frenchmen hostile to culture and your Paris between Renaissance and Middle Ages as historic as a cliché).
On the other hand, their advantage is that they put a legend back on the scene which can encourage the most curious to dig into the original tales to find out which adaptation is closest to it.
And that's good, Mulan being without question one of my favorite Disney movie, let's dive into its history and its heritage.