Posts Tagged ‘movies’

farewell, Commander Koenig…

Mon ,17/07/2017

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

We too, argued constantly as kids whether Space:1999 was better than Star Trek too – and never came to a consistent conclusion. RIP.

Space 1999 @ IMDB

episodes on YT

hard to believe we were watching that in 1975(!)

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Wonder Woman.

Sat ,17/06/2017

Saw the new Wonder Woman movie today with kerewin. Definitely one of the better superhero movies out there, albeit the first DC-related one i’ve seen (haven’t seen the Superman reboot, and Superman vs. Batman looked very, very dumb). Hoping to see some of The Flash tv show at some point and the Justice League trailer we saw today looks good – but I digress.

So compared to the 70s tv series with Lynda Carter, naturally this is higher budget and far better special effects. But despite her origin on an island full of kick-ass women in semi-revealing outfits (worn while full-on fighting on foot, horseback and flying through the air at intervals), this movie avoids the usual ‘movie hot woman’ factor in most cases and simply tries to tell a compelling story instead.

The island part could have been a bit shorter, and as per usual, the Germans are the always-convenient bad guys, even though these are WWI Germans, not Nazis. But Diana keeps on kicking ass throughout the movie, both in attitude and action, which just builds until the end (definitely a good thing).

*****SPOILERS******
Now for the other minor complaints – If Diana is a god, why do they need other superheroes at all (given that the story is told in flashback format when it begins with her getting a package from Bruce Wayne while working at the Louvre in Paris)? Much like Thor in the Avengers/Marvel movies – again, if gods are on Earth, why bother with the rest of even mutants or superheroes, period?

I liked the turnaround with ‘Lupin’ (David Thewlis) playing Ares, the god of war, though, and didn’t see it coming, so that was cool.

While we missed any cameos from Lynda Carter (apparently scheduling problems prevented it) it was very cool to see Lucy Davis, whom we knew was familiar but didn’t recognize until we looked her up afterward.

And Chris Pine plays it pretty straight as Steve Trevor, which was a relief – while it’s likely given the time period of the movie being in around 1917 that he’d be definitely trying to keep Diana in check at all times, he doesn’t try to do it in a bad way unlike other male characters might have and he does fairly quickly realize his limitations in comparison with her – he’s not deluded.

All in all, an entertaining movie – I wonder if Gina Carano will show up as a Diana nemesis in a future one?

Other Reviews:
Rotten Tomatoes
The Guardian
IGN

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A truly cool person…

Wed ,07/06/2017

and very funny!

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Good BYE, Mr Bond!

Thu ,25/05/2017

RIP – you were a class act, and oh, so very drolllll….! :)

Sir Roger Moore dies aged 89

alltime fave Bond car…and villain!

starts slow but good finish…

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this would have been cool…

Wed ,22/03/2017

even though in my usual way, I found out about it 4 years AFTER(!) it happened…but still cool…

On the scene: ‘School of Rock’ cast reunites for 10th anniversary screening

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Scarecrow Video still rules….

Sun ,12/03/2017

Articles like this, with props to the late, amazing Alan Rickman, are a big part of why….! Their movie rental selection, and the fact they are now a nonprofit – doesn’t hurt either. :)

DIE HARD: Hans Gruber & the Fine Art of Villain Leadership

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Mike B stirs up trouble… :)

Sat ,04/03/2017

–PROFANITY and SPOILER ALERT–

So we saw a Mike Birbiglia show last night (on TV) from a gig he did in Brooklyn (Thank God for Jokes) – very funny. In it, he references his stint as the emcee for The Gotham Awards and how he ended up reading VERBATIM this rant from David O’Russell’s recorded ‘attack’ on Lily Tomlin while filming I Heart Huckabees.  David O’Russell was directing that film at the time of the rant several years ago, and was now getting a lifetime achievement award at these same awards where Mike B was the emcee – boom!

Here’s a couple articles about MB’s emcee event:

David O. Russell’s Lily Tomlin Rant Came Back to Haunt Him at the Gotham Awards

Oh, Russell Roasted!

Definitely a funny comedy show, have always like Mike B (you’ll have to watch his show to see the bit), here’s the original video rant MB’s referring to:

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Hudson…..RIP.

Sun ,26/02/2017

Bill Paxton passed away yesterday as a result of surgery complications – very sad. Always engaging, always playing quirky or interesting characters – will definitely miss him. RIP.

Family representative says actor Bill Paxton has died

game over – :(

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Ha!

Thu ,22/12/2016

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Welcome to my world!?

Tue ,06/12/2016

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