The first time Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would be back, he became the governor of California. The second time, he became a motivational speaker. But as the french say, “jamais deux sans trois”, so Schwarzie is back again…on tv…in 2D!
Since we know that Stan Lee is the producer of the series, the end result could be quite simillar to Stripperella (Pamela Anderson), an edgy cartoon which makes fun of the public image of the celebrity.
We already know that Arnold will fight a criminal organization called the G.I.R.L.I.E Men and have a 13 year old nerd as a sidekick.
"To be or not to be? NOT TO BE!"
Personally, I hope that Governator will make fun of the action movie clichés (like Brock Sampson in the Venture Bros) and deliver plenty of cheesy one-liners, just like Last Action Hero. It could even end with a stupidly cheesy PSA like GI Joe and give dumb advices.
In the last decade, we feared bird flu, mad cows and h1n1 as if they could wipe out the human race. Unlike terrorism, viruses are an invisible threat which can be far more destructive than (almost) any bombs. Remember the black plague? In fact, if we started paying attention to every source of germs we encounter, we would probably lose our minds like Howard Hughes in The Aviator!
It’s no coincidence if the two main eras of Zombie movies were the late 70’s and the 00’s. Essentially, the zombie trend is based on the fear of the others and the environment because everything and everyone becomes a source of danger. In 28 Days Later, a single drop of blood can infect you and turn you into a zombie in seconds. Can you imagine? Technically, to survive, you would need to live with insane preventive measures…and that’s only going to protect you from infection, not invasion.
These movies usually show humanity at last resort. In Children of Men, we become hopeless after everyone turn infertile and society falls into near anarchy or totalitarianism. When pushed to extreme situations, humans go to extreme political systems. But there’s always a bit of hope. In the same movie, a woman becomes pregnant. In I am Legend, Will Smith is the sole survivor of a pandemic who just turns out to be a scientist. He spends most of his time looking for a cure to transform the vampire/zombies back to their human selves.
I guess the main message sent here is that we can’t trust the people around us.
To me, and probably a large bunch of 20-something, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were my life. I had the toys, t-shirts, books, video games…I was basically devoting my entire time and pocket money to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand.
That’s what I call great marketing!
As in many sequels, everything had to be bigger, larger and more extravagant. It’s not shredder, it’s SUPER SHREDDER. They don’t live in the sewers, they live in an abandoned subway station! They don’t simply fight the bad guys, they also rap with Vanilla Ice!
If the first movie had somewhat dark moments, the sequel was all about silly action scenes and trying to please the kids. The story made much less sense and some characters were bastardly renamed or recasted to try to fit the cartoons without paying the rights.
But even if it’s a deeply flawed movie trying to cash in on a craze, for kids in 1991, TMNT 2 was pretty awesome. We all left the movie theater with a huge smile and dreams of a better life with our friends down the sewers.
‘Red Dawn’ isn’t for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions – ‘Red Dawn’ ain’t for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys – Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television – ‘Red Dawn’ ain’t for you. If you’re a vegetarian – ‘Red Dawn’ probably ain’t for you.
But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cares that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the fuck up by American’s kicking some Commie ass – the we have something special coming your way.
“James Bond, a feature film of advertisement: 130 commercials of one minute. On tv you suffer them, but at least it’s free. Making you pay 3.50$ [at the time] to see a commercial marathon is a brilliant idea. The businessmen really get the hand of it. They even try to sell us the cd, the t-shirts, the socks and the underwears of James Bond.”—
Pierre Falardeau (director/intellectual)
in the book La liberté n’est pas une marque de yogourt
In reference to your last question, I think that part of it has to do with television's increased relevance on the film scene. We might not have many great theme songs for films right now (aside from the work of people like Hans Zimmer - for instance, Inception's "foghorn" theme is pretty distinctive and has gotten a whole lot of recognition both critically and culturally), however I'm willing to bet that most people recognize the theme song for The Office or Mad Men. Whether or not the quality of television is up to Hollywood's standards doesn't mean that the audiences aren't there.
It could also have something to do with the film industry's recent tendency to use licensed songs or original-but-still-commercial songs in lieu of theme songs written by composers. I'm thinking of the song from the film Once, or many of Tarantino's films.
Just a thought :)
I think the theme to the Harry Potter films is fantastic. It really has the otherworldly feel to it, adventure,magic, and mystery. Though the first movie came out in 2001, so it's definitely been some time. I thought the music for Tron: Legacy was great though, I really thought it added to the film.
The Son of Flynn sounds a little bit like Clockwork Orange mixed with some Jean Michel Jarre.
I liked the soundtrack and the visuals (art direction and photography). Still a boring movie though…
There was a time when movie themes were half of a movie. They used to evoke a sense of adventure, romanticism or even horror. Think of Star Wars or Psycho, what would these movies be without them? They’re a part of the popular culture. You don’t even need to have seen Jaws to get the reference.
But what about now? Can you honestly say that you remember the theme of any academy award winning movie of the last 7 years? Everybody knows the theme of Lord of the Rings, but what about Up or Babel?
I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t what the director asked him to do.
3- Crispin Glover works with the best (sometimes).
Very few actors can say that they worked for Lynch, Zemeckis, Burton, Jarmusch and Oliver Stone. But very few actors should work with McG or Friedberg/Seltzer (Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Date Movie).
2-The Letterman Interviews
What an awesome moment in television history. You have to see the interviews he did with Letterman, it’s quite unbelievable and it doesn’t feel as staged as Joaquin Pheonix. Sure, Glover is looking for attention, but you can sense how much Letterman hates the guy.
1- Clowny Clown Clown
Weird. Very, very weird.
Even by David Lynch standards, it would be conscidered strange.
i follow two movie blogs on here, so im not sure if it was you (think it was) that, some time ago, lauded Lars and the Real Girl. i dont watch TV, so i hear about movies by word of mouth in random contexts. anyway, recently checked out the movie and really enjoy gosling's performance. nice blog you've got going!
I never blogged about Lars and the Real Girls, but I agree, it’s a great performance by Ryan Gosling.
Thank you, without readers my blog would be pointless. :)
Flickchart Duel: Die Hard With a Vengeance vs Sweeney Todd
I used to be a big fan of Tim Burton in the past, but he kind of lost me after Sleepy Hollow. It also must be said that I hate musicals. I can’t stand them, most of the time. Sweeney Todd was a nice surprise. The story was touching, disgusting (in a good way) and it had me by surprise at the end (something which rarely occurs). I’m also madly in love with England, so seing the old trashy London was simply amazing.
But Sweeney Todd remains a minor Tim Burton movie.
Die Hard 3 is part of a genre for which I have a huge soft spot: buddy cop movies. Yes, they’re cliché, but that’s also part of the fun. It’s like a good slasher, you know the rules. It’s a great action movie and the dynamic between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson works perfectly.
Any movie that starts with Summer in the City has my vote.
Green Mile is a great Frank Darabont movie, with amazing performances and such powerful scenes, but I must admit prefering Groundhog Day. Even if it appears as a light comedy on the surface, the meaning of the story is so much deeper. It’s the spiritual journey of a selfish man.
It also has to be in my top 3 favorite Bill Murray movies (with Ghostbusters and Rushmore).