Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Here is another

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Black Friday Trailer 2015

Early Christmas Present!!!

So there are two movies from my early childhood that sent me down the dark path of popcorn movie geek dome. Superman The Movie and the original Star Wars. I was about 5 when both came out. Now anytime I hear John Williams scores all bad thoughts go away and I am left full of hope. Hope I now share for the new generation of movies from this iconic franchise.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LMAO Funny Vine Compilation

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Falstaff (Chimes At Midnight) Full movie via You Tube

OK, not the typical fair for this website, HOWEVER, this is as Popcorn as Shakespeare gets w/o loosing the flavor of Shakespeare... Just watched and fell in love with this...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Zorro + Dark Ages Supernatual Demon = Solomon Kane Review and Preview

Just watched a movie I have not heard of before on Netflix.


Starring James Purofoy - Joe Carroll on Fox's The Following - as the title character, Solomon Kane is based on created in  1928 by Robert E. Howard...

I was expecting a typical Scyfy channel second rate action/horror epic. Instead this $40 million budget is great. Only released in Europe, the movie is as good as any epic in US theaters in past 10 years, including Lord of The Rings etc.

Solomon starts as a greedy pirate that tries to rob the wrong castle. The Devil himself  and his demons break down the band and Solomon barely gets away.

A year later he is sent away form the monastery where he seeks sacred refuge.

Fate drags him out of his dedication to peace. A family that saves him is attacked by ghouls lead by a masked rider in service of Malicai (More on him later). Soloman Kane vows to honor the fathers dying wish to save the daughter taken into slavery.

Witches, Zombies, Demons, soldiers and thieves turned into Satan's army, and Lost souls looking for leadership... Solomon Kane is the anti hero of anti heroes that constantly has to fight the greatest villain of all - ourself...


Solomon Kane is a 2009 epic action film written and directed by Michael J. Bassett based on the pulp magazine character Solomon Kane created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. James Purefoy stars in the title role.[2] Despite optioning the rights in 1997, filming did not begin until January 2008. The film is an origin story for the Kane character and intended to be the first of a trilogy. The plot follows a redemption story for Kane, from the end of his life as a privateer, through the salvation of his soul by rescuing a Puritan girl and the beginning of his life as the Puritan avenger of the source material. It was produced by a consortium of French, Czech, and British companies and mostly filmed in the Czech Republic. The film was first shown at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on general release in France, Spain, and the UK over the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. Reception was generally favourable, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 65% following the UK/US release; the film's atmosphere and Purefoy's acting attracted the most acclaim.


James Purefoy as Solomon Kane
Max von Sydow as Josiah Kane
Rachel Hurd-Wood as Meredith Crowthorn
Mackenzie Crook as Father Michael  (Almost Human, Game of Thrones)
Pete Postlethwaite as William Crowthorn
Ian Whyte as The Devil's Reaper
Alice Krige as Katherine Crowthorn
Ben Steel as Fletcher
Anthony Wilks as Edward Crowthorn
Jason Flemyng as Malachi
Samuel Roukin as Marcus Kane
Philip Winchester as Telford Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A late 16th/early 17th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back. Howard described him as a sombre and gloomy man of pale face and cold eyes, all of it shadowed by a slouch hat. He is dressed entirely in black and his weaponry usually consists of a rapier, a dirk, and a brace of flintlock pistols. During one of his latter adventures his friend N'Longa, an African shaman, gave him a juju staff that served as a protection against evil, but could easily be wielded as an effective weapon. It is revealed in another story, "The Footfalls Within", that this is the mythical Staff of Solomon, a talisman older than the Earth and unimaginably powerful, much more so than even N'Longa knew. In the same adventure with N'Longa, Kane is seen using a musket as well.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A haunted House. terribly Funny fiasco worthy of a group watch.

This movie is the reason I created this blog. This voice is terrible. Terribly funny in a complete sophomoric way. Marlon perfectly tore Paranormal activity and similar movies a new comedic hole. This movie will never deserve awards. I would never want to pay for this movie. 

Marlon Wayans is giving up the single bachelor pad life when his girl friend moves in. She brings with her a hoard of paranormal activity. Add to that friends that want to swing. Camera Guys with issues. Aggressively gay Psychic. The jokes are dumb and poorly written but perfectly performed without rergard for any decency.

Do not watch with Gma. You will not get anymore Xmas cards with cash. BUT when the friends are over and you need a fun distraction, break out the popcorn, and prepare to dish. Every other moment is hilarious OR just plain dumb and ripe for ridicule for the perfect group watch!!!

Marlon Wayans as Malcolm Johnson
Essence Atkins as Kisha Davis
Cedric the Entertainer as Father Doug Williams
Nick Swardson as Chip the Psychic, a gay psychic who lusts after Malcolm
David Koechner as Dan "the Man" Kearney
Dave Sheridan as Bob Kearney, Dan's illiterate brother/associate
Marlene Forte as Rosa, Malcolm's Hispanic housekeeper
Andrew Daly as Steve, Malcolm's exchanger friend
Alanna Ubach as Jenny, Steve's wife
Affion Crockett as Ray-Ray, Malcolm's gangster cousin
Robin Thede and J.B. Smoove as Kisha's mother and stepfather

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

G.I. Joe: Retaliatiation Worst Action Movie Ever

OK. So the whole point of this blog is to celebrate great movies over looked by snooty awards givers. This movie should have been king of the popcorn movies. GI JOE has a rich history of characters and high action.

The cast is top notch as action movies go. The Rock, Tatum, Byung-hun Lee (CATO) Ray Park (Darth Maul, Toad) Ray Stevenson Palicki... Johnathan Price!!! Bruce Willis!!!

The action scenes are not half bad. But I expected better from a movie of this caliber.

The writing and direction are atrocious. The scenes between action sequences are just stupid, slow paced, poorly written and directed even worse.

Which sucks because the over all premise is great.

Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock / Marvin F. Hinton
Ray Park as Snake Eyes
Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye / Jaye Burnett
D.J. Cotrona as Flint / Dashiell R. Faireborn
Elodie Yung as Jinx / Kim Arashikage
Channing Tatum as Duke / Conrad S. Hauser
Bruce Willis as General Joseph Colton
Joseph Mazzello as Mouse
Ryan Hansen as Grunt
Jim Palmer as Clutch

Luke Bracey as Cobra Commander / Rexford "Rex" Lewis
Robert Baker as the voice of Cobra Commander
Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow / Thomas "Tommy" Arashikage
Ray Stevenson as Firefly
Arnold Vosloo as Zartan
Matt Gerald as Zandar/Havoc

Other characters
Jonathan Pryce as the President of the United States
Walton Goggins as Warden Nigel James
RZA as Blind Master
Joe Chrest as the Chief of Staff
James Carville as himself
DeRay Davis as Stoop

"Batman: Strange Days" - Bruce Timm's Batman 75th Anniversary Short (Off...

This is cool!!! WTG Bruce Timm. Anything you touch is gold. With very few exceptions. If only all DC animated and feature film producers got it like you did.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Avengers Confidential Black Widow Punisher 2014 FULL MOVIE

JLA Trapped in Time review and more

Just watched this online. Great story. The animation and voices were a bit of a throw back to the 1970s/80s Super Friends.

In case you did not get this the animators had Wendy & Marvin walking Super Dog - or at least their clones as extras. And the entire Time trapper character seems like one of the old Super Friends villain of the week. DC has never been a great story teller when it came to Fantasy - at least not on TV or Film.

The lighter story telling clearly designed for younger audience is focused around some young super heroes in training - Karate Kid and Dawn Star (on the cover art to the right - that is not Hawk Girl). No Mr. Miyagi present...

In the prologue, Lex Luthor and the Gang - all looking more cartoonish than the past 20 years of animated DC TV and video - are trying to Dry up the world's oceans by creating massive glaciers in the North Pole via five satellites in orbit with giant freeze rays Ala Captain Cold. As the JLA defeats the Legion of Doom, Lex Luthor is trapped in ice.

In the year 3100ish Lex Luthor is on display in a Museum of Heroes and Villians. Karate Kid and Dawn Star are making the rounds. An overly eager Karate Kid - wanting desperately to join Lightning Lad and Legion of Super Heroes - frees Luthor. Lex grabs Captain Cold's freeze gun, stops the two young heroes and Releases the Time Trapper.

With the Time trapper, Lex seeks out to stop the creation of the JLA by stopping Superman's early arrival to earth. He succeeds, but as in typical time travel stories, one paradox deserves another.

The entire JLA disappear as Time Trapper erases the paradox. But the two heroes from the future are no discovered. They seek out the frozen Luthor. Freeing Lex allows the Time Trapper to banish the time traveling Luthor and frees himself.

Time Trapper no seeks to turn the world into darkness. Apparently the power of time control makes everything float up into a vortex. Only the Light of Dawn Star saves the day to separate Time Trapper - a being of pure dark matter - from his magical hour glass.


Peter Jessop as Superman
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Laura Bailey as Dawnstar
Dante Basco as Karate Kid
Corey Burton as Time Trapper, Captain Cold
Grey DeLisle-Griffin as Wonder Woman, Superbaby
Jack DeSena as Robin
Michael David Donovan as Bizarro
Tom Gibis as Toyman, Jonathan Kent
Erica Luttrell as Cheetah, Martha Kent
Liam O'Brien as Aquaman, Batwing Computer
Kevin Michael Richardson as Black Manta, Solomon Grundy
Jason Spisak as The Flash, Taxi Driver
Fred Tatasciore as Lex Luthor
Avery Kidd Waddell as Cyborg
Travis Willingham as Gorilla Grodd

Monday, April 7, 2014

GOONIES ARE BACK: OMG The Truffle Shuffle Sketch Video on the way.... Richard Donner announces sequel...

Richard Donner has confirmed that a Goonies Sequel is in the works. Is this because of the new TV show The Goldbergs? Have not seen the new show much but every preview commercial seems to be a parody of some 80s movie. I hear the Goonies episode was a hit....


I think Mamma is dead but ready to see Joey Pants back as a bad guy. I never realized to reading the press release on this that Joshj Brolin was the older brother.


Sean Astin was awesome.

Sean Astin and Corey Feldman still look like they did 30 years ago. And the same height too. Corey would have made a great hobbit...

I have seen the original movie maybe 100 times. The search for hidden treasure on the coastal town was the perfect backdrop for adventure. With bumbling idiot yet sinister baddies recently out of jail (Momma gave me nightmares) and even more sinister real estate father of town bully the movie was perfect for a band of misfit heroes.

What ever happened to Short Round? I mean Data? Wow that kid had the coolest character names.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Red Riding Trilogy with Spiderman, The Govenor and Full Monty's Mark Addy

Again i am on a tangent form my usual fair. As an actor I usually prefer to act in this sort of work than watch. But the three film series, made for BBC 4, was mesmerizing. If you liked HBO's True Detective you will love this.

Four Books by David Peace -  made into 3 TV Movies - are fiction based on true events with added political corruption and organized crime.

WARNING -No gruesome details below BUT if you have issues with torture and grotesque crime scenes - not to much live slaughter moments - this show will give you the creeps. Maybe Nightmares....

MUSICAL NOTES - The 3 movies are a cool musical time machine Dr Who would be proud of... Music/Sound Director deserves credit for perfectly capturing the time. Same true with costumes etc. Filmed on 16mm the films feel they were made 20-30 years ago - in a good way.

Red Riding 1974 We meet the West Yorkshire Police A highly corrupt sort, that make a serial killer and organized crime seem petty. Andrew Garfield plays young reporter on the case of the Yorkshire Ripper (Based on true story). But he pushes some wrong buttons, falls for the wrong girl (Rebecca Hall) and the police clean it all up (including David Morrissey - The Governor from Walking Dead). Spiderman does not have a happy ending in this one... OH And a young boy toy nick named BJ (no idea why) seems to know more than he lets on before scooting away between buildings no normal person could. (OK I know why)

Red Riding 1977 - Not made into movie

Red Riding 1980 - Less movie star driven of the three... Clean Cop Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine - BBC fans will recognize for sure) is sent in to investigate West Yorkshire. This episode feels more like a TV show. BJ Pops up again. Very elusive this BJ. Peter learns that one of the Ripper murders was not by the ripper, but a cover up for police corruption and organized crime... We meet the Reverend laws who appears to be a comfort to the ladies. I suspect more of him. Maybe in the third movie... But you know hunter is getting close. They burn down his house and he is in the lime light. They put a bullet in him and I think either frame him for the murder of another corrupt cop OR frame the dead corrupt cop for Hunter's Murder. Foreign Films are hard to follow. The whole thing is in British...

Red Riding 1983 -  but so far the Governor - David Morrissey as Det Morris suspects maybe with all their corruption that maybe they got the wrong guy for the actual Ripper murders. With the end of the 2nd and beginning of this film we learn that a pact was made by Sean Bean and the Cops years before. When Spiderman killed them all in revenge, cops came in and killed all the witnesses. But a new girls is dead. And there are obvious similarities - OK it is obviously the same guy. A medium (speaker with spirits not average size lady) seems to know too much. This alarms the Governor and another cop. I do not like her chances in this story. Oh this whole time Mark Addy is back to his Full Monty Character but now a solicitor (LAWYER in American) looking into the original killer's appeal.

1/2 way thru MORE TO COME

SADD PSA + Adultery PSA + 1% Sucks + But you gotta have hope = The Great Gatsby The Movie

Forget my overly simplified summary, as i actually enjoyed this movie. however I fear most will miss the true message of hope. Hope that made Gatsby become a criminal to get close to the one true love.

I have a love hate with Baz Lerman. He is the Zefferilli of our time. A man who invented - at least for modern times - the over production craze on stage and film. But too often I feel story is lost amid lavish sets and costumes.  Zefferilli's one saving grace? He himself said "I would give my right arm to be a tenor" - So being a sing - a tenor - I have to give him some props.

Who am I kidding? I love the work of both these two. Just at times they do take things too far.

HOWEVER, all that being said... Baz Lerman made a Great Gatsby that just might get young Americans excited about a true America Classic. A book that is more a lavish painting with words than story anyway.

And the cheese factor associated with a Baz Lerman production is best suited to the Roaring 20s.

And I love the gate way of Queens - a hellish coal mine the rich and powerful have to pass through to get to "Town". A foreshadow of the Great Depression, perhaps. Not too different form how some still must think of Queens today, except now they have high speed boats and helicopters, so they no longer have to slum it on the roads and trains with the rest of us.

I watched this when I had nothing to do, ill with a stomach virus and wanted to hate this movie. but alas, Old Sport, I did not!

I suppose when done well, hyperbole is not horrible...

Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan
Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan
Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker
Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson
Jason Clarke as George Wilson
Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfshiem
Jack Thompson as Dr. Walter Perkins
Adelaide Clemens as Catherine
Richard Carter as Herzog
Max Cullen as Owl Eyes
Heather Mitchell as Daisy's mother
Gus Murray as Teddy Barton
Steve Bisley as Dan Cody
Vince Colosimo as Michaelis
Felix Williamson as Henri
Kate Mulvany as Mrs. Mckee
Eden Falk as Mr. Mckee
iOTA as Trimalchio

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Clip 1

Finally saw this. I had scene the previous episode of SHIELD so i could follow the (loose) tie ins to the movie. And watched the following SHIELD episode the day after watching movie. All ties in neatly. HAIL HYDRA!!!


I would almost call this Captain American & SHIELD. As this movie is almost as much a Nick Fury and Black Widow showcase.

The introduction of Falcon was a bit odd to me. Maybe they just had too much going on to do it properly. It was sincere and what they did was well done. But will all the elements it was almost more of a Avengers episode than a CA movie. No complaints I loved it...

The movie stops action just long enough to deliver a little story. Very touching scene with the failing Peggy Carter.   Learning about Robert Redford's true intentions... Captain America visiting his own memorial at teh National Air & Space Museum. Guess FLY closed at the big theater finally.

AND the coda / after thought scene in the credits was very bad ass as well...


PS One of the coolest things about the movie - not to take anything away from this project - the trailer ofr XMEN. It seems like a lot for a 2-3 hour movie but with 200 million I think they may have pulled off a huge feat. Look AMAZING!!! And with article i just read in entertainment weekly I am totally stoked!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

007 The Other Guys

So there have been 4 major Bond actors of note with 3 or more movies to their credit. Here are the other guys - Barry Nelson, David Niven, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton

 CBS Television purchased rights and included in their live broadcast TV anthology style series CLIMAX. Mostly forgotten, this is why Ian Fleming's first Novel was never a movie made by the original production team of the movies. Being an American show, James first screen adaptation was a CIA (Called Combined Intelligence in movie) agent named Jimmy Bond. Felix Leiter of the CIA was named Clarence Leiter from British Intelligence (Makes Sense).

Ducking form assassin fire, Jimmy Bond dodges into Casino Royale, were e meets up with Clarence Leiter. Bond uses his Baccarat genius to defeat Le Chiffre, forcing him to be pushed out of Soviet Spy circles.Bond former girlfrend, Valerie Mathis (Also French Spy of Deuxieme) is on Le Chiffre's arm.

Le Chiffre captures and tortures Bond, looking for the check of his casino winnings. In a final showdown, Mathis frees herself from Le Chiffre using her as a shield long enough for Bond to shoot and kill.

Ian Fleming was approached to write a series based on the character. That  never happened but many lead to books that eventually became movie ideas for the film series.

BOND - Barry Nelson as Jimmy Bond
BOND GIRL -  Valerie Mathis (Linda Christian)
VILLAIN - Le Chiffre (Peter Lorre)
MAIN ALLY -   Clarence Leiter (Michael Pate)
M -  NA
Q - NA

1967 Casino Royale
I love this movie. The perfect spoof, this is Pink Panther meets James Bond - well literally. It is total chaos. Truly not a "great" film except it was performed by some of the greatest comic actors of all time. Producer Charles K Feldman (Who obtained rights through a chain events following TV show) had hoped to produce this as a legit Bond film, similarly to the Thunderball deal with Kevin McClory. Unable to do the deal e decided to go with the Satire.

Sir James Bond (David Niven) is the original. The scene were British, American, French & Soviet  "Inteligence"  begs Bond out of retirement is hilarious. The character list alone sounds like a bad joke waiting to happen. He says NO until his mansion explodes. OK.

To fake out SMERSH (Always love that name - thought it was a spoof of SPECTRE until I saw earlier Bond films LOL) there are six fake James Bonds. Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers), Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress - Also Honey Ryder from Dr No), Miss Moneypenny (Barbara Bochet), Mata Bond (Bond's Daughter from Mata Hari - a real spy killed in WW1), Coop (Terence Cooper) and "The Detainer" (Dalia Lavi).

Like the original book (and other movies/TV) much of the movie involves Bond(s) going after Le Chiffre (Played by Orsen Welles - Who turned down playing Goldfinger a few years before, wanted more money) via the card tables, etc.

Bond finds Jimmy Bond (Woody Allen) disguised as Dr Noah. Jimmy is hell bent on biological warfare to make all women beautiful, kill anyone 4'8" or taller.  Jimmy is forced to swallow and atomic pill. During the final Calvary battle, Jimmy burps into explosion. Every on but Jimmy end up in heaven. Jimmy finds himself in Hell.
BOND - George Lazenby 007
BOND GIRL - Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress)
VILLAIN- Le Chiffre(Orson Welles) James Bond Jr (Woody Allen)
HENCHMAN / MAIN ALLY See above for important castings
MONEY PENNY - Barbara Bouchet
M - John Huston
Q - Geoffrey Bayldon
MUSIC : Burt Bacharat

BOND TOYS - Cigarette Gun, Sleeping Pills, Suped up Suit,

This is one of the best Bond Films. Often discarded as George Lazenby only made one movie, OHMSS has a more realistic tone and amazing villain (Telly Savalas as Blofeld). Lazenby himself was a no name plays the Bond role on the soft side, this allows for greater romantic story line.

Bond falls in love with Tracy (Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo).  Tracy's father, Draco, agrees to help Bond, after Bond turns down large dowry to marry.

Bond finds Blofeld in Switzerland. Looking to retire and become the "Comte Balthazar de Bleuchamp" (Blofeld in French). In order to retire in peace, Blofeld intends to hold the world's agricultural supply ransom, employing his "Angels of Death". These girls are unsuspecting pawns being brainwashed at Swiss Clinic for Allergies to deliver biological agents to various parts of the world.

The ski chase is awesome. With Blofeld leading the henchmen himself - much more hands on as a main villain than in most Bond films. Bond is trapped under Avalanche while Tracy is captured.

While rescuing Tracy and stopping Blofeld, Blofeld escapes in a Bobsled, although severely hurting his neck.

Bond & Tracy get married, but while stopped on the roadside, Blofeld drives by and kills Tracy sitting in his Aston Martin.

I think this is the only movie with a tragic ending or sorts.

When I watched beginning of Diamonds are Forever the first time in order, the opening scene seems more like a neat revenge / clean up form this movie.

BOND - George Lazenby 007
BOND GIRL - Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg)
VILLAIN- Blofeld (Telly Savalas)
HENCHMAN - Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat)
MAIN ALLY - Marc-Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti)
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
MUSIC : John Barry, Love Song "We Have All the Time in the World" has lyrics by Hal David, performed by Louis Armstrong
BOND TOYS - Radioactive Lint (Homing Device), Safe Cracker, Mini Camera,

Timothy Dalton was a great Bond, but only made two movies. Roger Moore was 59. "Remington Steele" forced producers to pass on Pierce Brosnan in the 1980s. Legal disputes delayed third filming and Dalton resigned after two - never all that enthusiastic for the role to begin with. LIVING DAYLIGHTS was the 4th most successful Bond film of all time. Dalton may have been one of my favorites due to the serious and gritty character that seemed more believable. Roger Moore was entertaining but that era got more and more silly...

We meet the new bond in a training mission gone wrong. Someone murders 004. Barely surviving Monkey attack (OK I think it was a Baboon), Bond gives chase, landing on army truck driven by assassin. Falling off cliff, Truck explodes as it hits water below, while Bond floats away and parachutes into yacht with Dalton's first Bond Girl.

Bond helps a KGB Officer defect. General Georgi Koskov (Jeoen Krabbe). Disobeying orders, he does not kill the female cellist / assassin. Bond smuggles Koskov out through Trans-Siberian Pipeline. Meanwhile numerous American and British agents are being killed.

Koskov shares that General Leonid Pushkin - new head of KGB - has revived Smiert Pionam (SMERSH S BACK!!! "Death to Spies") but then gets abducted from Safe House. Bond doubts the claims.

Returning to Chech Republic, Bond reizes Koskov's defection was staged when he finds Kara Milovy - te cellist/assassin that is actually Koskov's girlfriend.  Q has turned Aston Martin into Bat-mobile. And the cello case sled border crossing is very amusing!!!
BOND "We have nothing to declare"
KARE "Just the cello" (cello, lo, lo - echo)

Meanwhile Pushkin cancels deals with American Arms Dealer, Brad Whitaker. Pushkin teams up with bond, faking Pushkin's assassination.  Necros kills Saunders with automatic door after he discovers Koskov and Whitaker have financial history.

Kara drugs Bond. Bond escapes capture with Kara in Afghanistan along with Leader of local Mujaideen. At the Height of the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan, the locals team up with Bond to stop major Opium Shipment.

Bond slips on board cargo plane with bomb. Locals raid Soviet base on horseback. Naked Russians flee as portable outhouse/showers is pulled off its foundation. Bond flys away with plane. Necros slips on board. Bond fights with Necros - while Kara "flies" plane - throws him and Opium out of plane to his death, then throws bomb at Soviets to help locals win battle. The whole thing is very Indiana Jones if you ask me - in a good way.

Bond finds Whitaker back in Tangiers. In final gun battle, Bond kills Whitaker with exploding key cain activated by wolf whistle. Pushkin arrests Koskov. Kara gives final concert. General Gogol cameos. Bond awaits in dressing room. THE END

BOND Timothy Dalton
BOND GIRL - Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo)
VILLAIN - Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker - Later CIA Jack Wade in Golden Eye - Felix Leiter type), General Georgi Koskov (Jeoen Krabbe)
HENCHMAN - Necros - Yet another East German tall brooding type
MAIN ALLY - General Leonid Pushkin (John Rhys-Davies), Felix Leiter (John Terry), Saunders (Thomas Wheatley)
MONEY PENNY - Caroline Bliss
M - Robert Brown
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
MUSIC - John Barry's last Bond score. A-ha co wrote and performed theme song. "Take on me" does not appear in film but would have worked as far as I am concerned.
BOND TOYS - Pipeline Cab, Keychain (w/ Stun Gas, Explosive Charge, Lock Pick), Glasses with Binocular abilities, Boombox Rocket Launcher, New Aston Martin (w/Lasars, Missile, Rockets, Skis, Tire Spikes, Self Destruct)

Again another stellar Bond film from Timothy Dalton... I love this movie. It is darker and for more packed with stunts and action fitting a modern film. Benicio Del Toro as Dario and Robert Davi as Sanchez are possibly the best 1 - 2 Bond Villians of all time. Ruthless etc

Bond and Felix Leiter - on way to Felix's wedding - are picked up to help arrest drug lord, Franz Sanchez. Felix and James get back to the wedding just in time, dropping in by parachute.

Sanchez escapes, and his henchmen kill Felix's wife and wounding Felix. Bond goes after his own revenge, but is slowed down by M, who revokes his license to kill. Bond escape British watch dogs and goes rogue.

Bond interrupts a major drug deal by Milton Krest aboard the Wavekrest, stealing the money and destroying the drugs. Flying off with money plane as Krest's Men look for Bond in the water.  With Pam Bouvier (who he recently rescued at the bar) they fly to Republic of Isthmus, where Q sneaks in some toys.

Bond poses as a hit man. His cover is helped when Hong Kong drug cops capture bond along with MI6 agent, Fallon (Not Jimmy, no relation). Sanchez's men rescue Bond.

Meanwhile Milton Cross shows up making excuses about the missing money. Sanchex finds the money in the decompression camber - placed there by Bond - and uses chamber to make Krest explode. Bloody!!!

Wayne Newton is hilarious as the womanizing relaxation expert that is the cover for Sancez's operation, where they convert drugs into gas and show buyers how to extract.

Bond sets fire to the factory with plenty of gas around and drags lead henchman Dario into a shredder.
In a major highway shoot out, Bond chases down Sanchez - fleeing in convoy of gas trucks filled with cocaine mixture. Bouvier fly Bond out in a plane.  Bond takes out three of four trucks before final battle, wit Sanchez attacking Bond with Machete. The truck crashes. Oil is spewing. Sanchez is about to cut open Bond with machete. Bond finds the LIGHTER form Felix Leiter that has a very powerful flame thrower quality. Sanchez stumbles back into gas truck on fire. BIG EXPLOSION...

BOND Timothy Dalton
BOND GIRL Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto)
VILLAIN -Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), Colonel Heller (Don Stroud), Milton Krest (Anthony Zerbe)
HENCHMAN - Dario (Benicio Del Toro)
MAIN ALLY Felix Leiter (David Hedison) , Sharkey (Frank McRea)
MONEY PENNY - Caroline Bliss
M - Robert Brown
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
MUSIC - Gladys Night performs "License to Kill" Loosely based on Horn line from Goldfinger theme.
BOND TOYS - Exploding Toothpaste, Sniper Rifle Camera, Lasar Camera (Not a weapon, takes Xray photos), Exploding Alarm Clock, Broom with Radio, Felix LIGHTER (Mini Flame Thrower), Manta Ray camouflage,

MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn

Saturday, March 15, 2014

007 w/ Sean Connery

Here is a short summary of the Sean Connery 007 Movies

1962 Dr. No
Sean Connery first says the famous line "Bond, James Bond" at the Baccarat Table before flying off to Jamaica. This movie introduced and hooked us on a love for exotic places, women and villains. Honey Ryder was the first infamous Bond Girl. Dr. No and his metallic hands, minions and evil plot set the tone for many villains of the 007 future. And we all learned how to put pillows under blankets to let others think we were fast asleep. From experience this rarely works in the real world. But then again giant spiders are not really poisonous and yet this movie is one of many why I am terrified of anything with eight hairy legs.
BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL - Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress)
VILLAIN - Dr No (Joseph Wiseman)
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Peter Burton
MUSICAL THEME - The original :JAMES BOND THEME" written by Monty Norman; Performed by John Barry & Orchestra
BOND TOYS -  .32 Walther PPK (replacing the sissy Beretta 418),  Geiger Counter, Self Destructor Bag, Rolex Submariner,

1963 From Russia With Love
SMERSH (acronym for Spetsyalnye MEtody Razoblacheniya SHpyonov meaning Special Methods of
Spy Detection) always seemed less scary than S.P.E.C.T.R.E. More like the parody version you might find in Austin Powers decades later. Funnier, SMERSH actually existed in Russia in the 1940s. KGB sounds better, no? But put SMERSH against S.P.E.C.T.R.E.... well lets just say you never want to be #2. Ever watch  the History Channel's "Cities of the Underworld?" Well we get a great look at the underbelly of Turkey.

We start to learn of SPECTRE's (can you deal w/o the periods - I can) extensive network of spies and maniacal scientist and megalomaniacs. #1 (Later called Blofeld) puts #3 (Ex SMERSH and one of two inspirations for Frau Farbissina in Austin Powers) in charge. #3 / Klebb sends Tatiano Romanova, followed by Donald "Red"Grant.

SPECTRE is playing SMERSH against MI6. Red Grant kills a Russion Driver. Russia bombs Station T in retaliation... etc etc etc Eventually Bond, w/ Ali Kerim Bey (Turkey Station Chief ) meet up with Romanova and a stolen Lektor (Soviet cryptographic device) and escape the back and forth revenge plots on the Orient Express. Grant attacks, kills Bey, almost kills Bond, but trusty exploding brief case from Q allows Bond to get the upper hand.

Bond & Romanova escape to Venice, where Romanova saves Bond by shooting Klebb dressed as the hotel maid.

BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL -Tatiano Romanova (Daniela Bianchi) Voiced over by Barbara Jefford
MAIN VILLAIN - Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya)
PRIMARY HENCHMAN Donald "Red" Grant (Robert Shaw)
BLOFELD (#1) - Anthony Dawson (Petting Cat) & Eric Pohlman (Voice)
MAIN ALLY - Ali Kerim Bey
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
MUSICAL THEME - "From Russia With Love" by Lional Bart (Bway fans perk up) Sung by Matt Monro. John Barry compsed score based on original Bond Theme - adding that famous THE BOMB IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE music that always proceeds the classic surf guitar licks.
BOND TOYS - Exploding Brief Case of Nerve Gas (Disguised as Talcum powder, AR-7 Survival Rifle, Bug Detector, Camera with hidden audio recorded, pager, radio phone in car,

1964 Goldfinger

This is probably my favorite Bond movie of all time. From the BOND CAR, iconic theme, amazing cast etc etc etc this movie is flawless and it is this movie that guaranteed us a life of Bond that seems endless...
FIRST to truly inspire spoofs and knock offs....
FIRST LAZAR to almost cut Bond in half "I expect you to die Mr Bond!"

007 is on the trail of Auric Goldfinger. After catching Goldfinger cheating at the card table, Bond follows to  Switzerland where we see the first ever BOND CAR. Bond is captured and brought to Kentucky - NO not to be tortured by BlueGrass and Moonshine...

Bond meets and hears the most famous Bond Girl name - Pussy Galore - "OF COURSE YOU ARE!" Still wonder how that made it pass the censors of 1964 LOL

In the US Goldfinger assembles the top Mafia Made Men to break in and rob Fort Knox. Captured, Bond seduces and convinces Ms Galore to get word to the Americans. They break in, the Calvary arrives, kills odd job and saves the day. Trying a last ditch revenge effort, Goldfinger fails to hijack Bond's plane and gets sucked out the window. Decompression really sucks...

BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL - Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)
MAIN VILLAIN - Goldfinger (Gert Frobe)
PRIMARY HENCHMAN Oddjob (Harold Sakata) and his famous deadly hat
MAIN ALLY - FELIX - Cec Linder
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
THEME MUSIC - CLASSIC SCORE/SONG by John Barry sung by Shirley Bassey
BOND TOYS - Astin Martin DB5 - THE ORIGINAL BOND CAR w/hubcap slashers, ejector seat, bulletproof shield, Machine Gun, Smoke & Oil Slicks - Inspiration for Spy Hunter!!! Dry Tuxedo in dry wet suit, homing beacon, Exploding Attache Case (AGAIN!), Signature Rolex,

1965 Thunderball
Movie open with possibly the funniest of all PreSequence scenes as SPECTRE #6 attends his own funeral in drag (as his own widow). Men in dresses make funny action sequences if you ask me... Might be my least fave of the Sean Connery 7. But unlike most I love the underwater sequences...

On forced vacation (by M) at health clinic , Bond stumbles onto SPECTRE operatives having Angelo (SPECTRE henchman) transformed via plastic surgery to become Francois Derval, French Pilot for NATO. Angelo - as Derval - hijacks a plane (Avro Vulcan) equipped with Nukes.

In the Bahamas, Angelo lands plane on water. Emilio Largo (#2), kills Angelo (trying extort more money) and recoups the bombs and hides plane. Most of the rest of the film as Bond with Felix and crew looking for plane & bombs, while trying to avoid SPECTRE henchman, fast driving killer woman, Mardi Gras type parade and sharks.

Climax features famous underwater battles of CIA Calvary and Largo's team. Complete with harpoon guns, knives, underwater submarine tanks and more.

Largo nearly escapes in his hyper speed boat that ejects from larger yacht (I always watch this and expect to see the scene where Bond & Bond Girls are dragged over coral reef - but that is years later with Roger Moore). Bond sneaks on board, Domino kills Largo, and they both jump off just in time before boat explodes into island chain.... Bond and Domino are flown away by tow line this time.

BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL - Domino Derval
MAIN VILLAIN - Emilio Largo AKA #2 (Adolfo Celi) Voice Dubbed by Robert Rietty (This seems to happen a lot in Bond Films WTF?) - OH AND Kevin McClory - producer that made it hard for us at times to get even more Bond. (Just to see who is really reading and paying attention LOL)
PRIMARY HENCHMAN Fiona Volpe  (Luciana Paluzzi)  & Vargas (Philip Locke) who is killed way to easy considering he gives up "alcohol, smoking and sexual intercourse" to focus on being a killer
BLOFELD (#1) - Anthony Dawson (Petting Cat) & Eric Pohlman (Voice)
MAIN ALLY - FELIX - Rick Van Nutter
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
THEME MUSIC -  Music by John Barry; Additional Lyrics Don Black; by sung by Tom Jones - not unusual at all if you ask me
BOND TOYS - Rocket Belt, Astin Martin in Opening Sequence now with Water guns, Underwater Camera / Geiger Counter, Under Water breather, Suped up jet pack Scuba tank w/spear gun etc, sky hook, distress beacon, flare gun... Homing Pill, Book with hidden audio recorder,

1967 You Only Live Twice
Another of my top 007 faves, this movie is full of action - Starting with James Bond faking his own death and buried at sea... And teaming up with my favorite Bond ally - Tiger Tanaka. Of course script by Roald Dahl had no Chocolate, Peaches or Foxes. Many complain but I love all the cool gadgets including Autogyro attack copter...

Cold war tension is at its height when both American and Soviet space craft disappear. Bond travels to Japan to find the infamous Ernst Stavro Blofeld himself. Until now we have only seen his cat petting and maniacal order giving skills.

Teaming up with Tiger Tanaka, the Japanese secret service leader who assures 007 Japan is not behind the hijackings, Bond investigates Osato Chemicals. Mr Osato orders Helga Brandt to kill Bond. Bond escapes. Aki is killed as they discover Osato's roll in securing rocket fuel. After Bond escapes, Blofeld kills Helga in pool of Piranha.

Bond now pairs up with Kissy Suzuki. Disguised as a Japanese Man (Not to convincingly if you ask me) Bond pretends to marry Kissy. They discover a secret rocket base in the Volcano (possibly the most parodied set of Bond history) housing BIRD ONE. While Kissy alerts Tiger, bond attepmts to sneak onto Bird One. Blofeld captures 007.

With US/USSR On the brink of nuclear war, BIRD ONE closes in on another American Space Craft. Tanakas ninjas attack the mountain. Bond is able to get the hatch open. Ninjas battle Blofeld's private army. Blofeld kills Osata before escaping. Bond fights and kills Hans. (Eat German Henchman perform great with most evil deeds but never quite get the job done wen it comes to 007). Bond hits self destruct button on BIRD ONE. Blofeld activates the base's self destruct button but all get out in time.

BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL - Aki (Akiko Wakabayasi), Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama)
MAIN VILLAIN - BLOFELD (#1) - Donald Pleasence (first time we see is face)
PRIMARY HENCHMAN: Hans (Ronald Rich), Mr Osato (Teru Shimada), Helga Brandt (Karin Dor),
MAIN ALLY:Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba)
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
THEME MUSIC -  Music by John Barry; Additional Lyrics Leslie Bricusse; by sung by Nancy Sinatra Oe of my faves for sure!!!)
BOND TOYS - LITTLE NELLIE - AUTOGYRO - Mini Helicopter with lots of ammo. Ninja stuff, Cigarette Gun, Safe Cracker,

1971 Diamonds are Forever
This movie is totally ridiculous. But every time I want to call it my least fave of the SC 7, I realize the ridiculousness as a certain charm.

The opening sequence has Bond fighting and killing Blofeld Clones. Blofeld drowns boiling in hot mud.
Mr Wint & Mr Kidd are sadistically campy.
Willard Whyte is a bit 2 - dimensional as Howard Hughes type reclusive tycoon (Played by Jimmy Dean)
Turns out Blofeld survived and is pretending to be Willard Whyte, using a device to change his voice.
Blofel uses diamonds for a "LASAR" satelite that destroys Nukes in China, USSR and US. Auction is open to highest bidder.
Final Battle on Oil rig used as Blofeld's base.
Not done yet Witt & Kidd fail to kill Bond in the final scene and die trying.

I enjoy this movie bt it feels more like EON's answer to Casino Royale Spoof.

BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL - Tiffany Case (Jill St John)
MAIN VILLAIN - BLOFELD (#1) - Charles Grey
PRIMARY HENCHMAN: Mr Wint (Bruce Glover) & Mr Kidd (Putter Smith),Bert Saxby (Bruce Cabot)
MAIN ALLY - Felix Leiter (Norman Burton)
MONEY PENNY - Lois Maxwell
M - Bernard Lee
Q - Desmond Llewelyn
THEME MUSIC - Music by Jon Barry, Sung by Shirley Bassey
BOND TOYS - Fake Fingertips/prints, Suction cups to scale wall of casino, Grappling Gun, Gambling Ring (Slots Jackpot guaranteed), Grappling Suspenders, Water Sphere,

1983 Never Say Never Again
Remember Thunderball? Pretty Much same movie. I recently caught second half of Thunderball and thought of this movie's first half...

But as I remember I like this movie better. Bond is once again at health clinic, semi retired. This time, Domino's brother (Domino Derval is now Domino Petachi) is coerced into helping SPECTRE rather than replaced by double. He is given a fake eye to resemble US President to gain access to replace practice bombs with real nukes. They steal the nukes and hold ransom for billions.

Remember that classic scene where Bond pretends to be masseuse?

How about comic relief form Rowan Atkinson as Nigel Small-Fawcett (A penis joke I think)

Fiona Volpe is replaced by Fatima Blush, as the femme fatal. Kills Jack Petachi, captures Bond, demanding he write her as his #1 in bed in his memoirs, gets killed by pen gun.
Emilio Largo is replaced with Maximilian Largo. 3D World Domination Game is pretty cool and a bit ahead of its time.

Bond chases Largo to Bahamas, Nice, North Africa and finally to the TEARS OF ALLA. Calvary once again engages in shoot them out battle with SPECTRE. This time under Oasis instead of under water. Well until Bond fights with Largo.

Domino once again kills Largo. Bond and Domino return to Bahamas. Bye Bye Sean Connery as James Bond.... SINGLE TEAR...

BOND - Sean Connery
BOND GIRL - Domino (Kim Bassinger)
MAIN VILLAIN - Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer)
PRIMARY HENCHMAN: Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera)
BLOFELD (#1) - Max Von Sydow
MAIN ALLY: Felix Leiter (Bernie Casey)
MONEY PENNY - Pamela Salem
M - Edward Fox
Q - Alec McCowen
THEME MUSIC - Music by Michael Legrand, Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Performed by Lani Hall.
BOND TOYS - Pen Gun, Rolex w/Lasar, Cigarette Case w/motion Sensing Bomb

Sunday, March 9, 2014

True Detective 1x08 Promo (SEASON FINALE)

Son of Batman - Trailer


Batman learns that he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son with Talia al Ghul named Damian Wayne who is secretly being raised by Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins. When Ra's is apparently killed by the skilled assassin Deathstroke who usurps his position, Bruce must take his newly discovered son into his care and prevent him from murdering the man who has killed his grandfather.

Jason O'Mara as Bruce Wayne / Batman
Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne / Robin
Morena Baccarin as Talia al Ghul
Giancarlo Esposito as Ra's al Ghul
David McCallum as Alfred Pennyworth
Xander Berkeley as Kirk Langstrom MANBAT
Thomas Gibson as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
Sean Maher as Dick Grayson / Nightwing
Bruce Thomas as James Gordon

Justice League: War - "Now What?"

Revolution - Exposition Boulevard (Preview) (+playlist)

Marvel's Thor & Thor: Dark World

While I enjoyed these movies, they are not my favorite of the Marvel film series. But they are far from the bottom of my list. I think - maybe - these movies are less superhero movies and more Lord Of The Rings meets Vikings. More historical epic poem along the lines of Class of the Titans or Beowolf. With the attack on Asgard, the second movie almost becomes an episode of Star Wars. I would rank it above Hulk (both recent incarnations) and Fantastic Four films. I generally like all of these films more than recent DC Comics' offerings. 

I will say I find these movies visually stunning. The 2011 movie was one of my favorite in 3D. The intergalactic travel was beautiful. Really felt like you are flying though the cosmos.

I love the way the movie introduces Hawkeye. And Clark Gregg  agent Coulsen probably earned his right to a TV series starting with this movie- solidified by work and death in the Avengers.

This movie seemed a little anti climatic from the epic hero style around these days, HOWEVER, you really felt the quality of movie form the story and actors was tremendous thanks to Kenneth Branagh. Many of the Asgardians did the movie because of Branagh and gave the script a Shakespearean treatment. Perhaps being a small midwest town as a backdrop for the big fight is small compared to New york. 

I do love the Character Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. We have a modern Iago. Someone that will never be happy. Plagued by jealously, he is full of hate. But this type would never be happy with success. I remember Michael Cain form Dark Night "Some people just want to see the world burn". Such is this Loki

Chris Hemsworth makes a great Thor. This is a tough character. He is not human. He is not truly a God. This origin story of Thor as a Earthly Hero is very good. But I feel we have seen it before. Almost like Starman with Jeff Bridges. A brilliant interstellar being that seems off guard by the newness of Earth - Especially the United States South West. Thor is ready to take the thrown - or so he thought. Hubris - so common in epic tales, right - gets the better of his judgement and Odin has to rescue the whole Asrgardian team form the world of the Frost Giants. Stripped of his powers he is a fallen god on Earth - Think Misha Collins with Muscles. But sacrificing himself to save his friends is just the things he needed to prove worthy to reclaim Mjolnir. He destroys the Destroyer (Anyone else think this is a rip off of GORT - name that movie) and then returns to Asgard, destroys the Bi Frost, and fights with Loki. All is almost lost until daddy saves them both once again. 

2011 Thor Trailer

Thor: Dark World

While the writing and acting and directing of the first movie are far superior, this movie is full of action. Apparently a lot of background on the Dark Elves and Malekith were left on the cutting room floor - or computer database these days I suppose. I hope we seem them in the DVD release. While the movie is a roller coaster of action from Svartalfheim to Asgard to Earth. But - while Malekith comes off as epically powerful and older than time itself, we don't get much more. We understand he is motivated by revenge as Asgard detroyed most of his kind 1000s of years ago. But I feel if you are not a reader of the comics you probably missed a bunch there.

Malekith from Comics v Dark World Movie

Dr Jane Foster and crew find a portal between worlds created by planetary alignment. Missing for 5 hours, she is infected by the Aether, a power Asgardians - led by Odin's father Bor (Asgardian for "life of the party") - ripped from Malikith in the prehistoric times. As Jane releases the Aether, Malekith is awakened from eternal sleep.

Odin is not pleased when Thor bring Jane to Asgard for help. The Aether is deadly and foretells an ancient prophesy. Malekith attacks Asgard, sending Algrim (as Kursed) ahead to infiltrate defenses. Protecting Jane, Frigga sacrifices herself. Kurse barely gets Malekith out of Asgard alive - suffering a severe burn on his face - once Odin and Thor catch up to scene.

This is just enough to get Loki to help revenge their mother's death. They trick Malekith to remove the Aether form Jane, but fail to destroy the evil force. Loki is mortally injured in the fight. Thor and Jane find another portal to Earth, just in time as Malekith arrives to use the convergence to spread th Aether throughout the universe.

The ensuing battle is confusing. Although once again visually stunning. Gravity and reality are both bent out of shape due to the convergence. portals between various worlds send the combatantsevery which way - fighting while out of control of various forces. Thor keeps missing Mjolnir as gravity shifts. Basically the movies best showing of string theory to date...

Thor finally sends Malekith back to Svartalfheim where his ship crushes the Accursed.


Chris Hemsworth as Thor: The crown prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. Director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige chose Hemsworth after a back-and-forth process in which the 27-year-old actor was initially dropped from consideration and then given a second chance to read for the part. Hemsworth stated that he gained 20 pounds for the role by eating non-stop and revealed that "It wasn't until Thor that I started lifting weights, it was all pretty new to me." Regarding his take of the character, Hemsworth said, "We just kept trying to humanize it all, and keep it very real. Look into all the research about the comic books that we could, but also bring it back to 'Who is this guy as a person, and what's his relationship with people in the individual scenes?'" About approaching Thor's fighting style, he remarked, "First, we looked at the comic books and the posturing, the way [Thor] moves and fights, and a lot of his power seems to be drawn up through the ground. We talked about boxers, you know, Mike Tyson, very low to the ground and big open chest and big shoulder swings and very sort of brutal but graceful at the same time, and then as we shot stuff things became easier."

Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster: A scientist and Thor's love interest. Marvel Studios stated in an announcement that the character was updated from the comics' initial portrayal for the feature adaptation. When asked why she took the role, Portman replied, "I just thought it sounded like a weird idea because Kenneth Branagh's directing it, so I was just like, 'Kenneth Branagh doing Thor is super-weird, I've gotta do it.'" Portman stated that she really wanted to do a big effects film that emphasized character, and getting to do it with Branagh was a new way of approaching it, relative to Star Wars. Regarding her preparation for the role Portman remarked, "I signed on to do it before there was a script. And Ken, who's amazing, who is so incredible, was like, 'You can really help create this character'. I got to read all of these biographies of female scientists like Rosalind Franklin who actually discovered the DNA double helix but didn't get the credit for it. The struggles they had and the way that they thought – I was like, 'What a great opportunity, in a very big movie that is going to be seen by a lot of people, to have a woman as a scientist'. She's a very serious scientist. Because in the comic she's a nurse and now they made her an astrophysicist. Really, I know it sounds silly, but it is those little things that makes girls think it's possible. It doesn't give them a [role] model of 'Oh, I just have to dress cute in movies'". Hiddleston promoting the film in London in April 2011.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki: Thor's adoptive brother and nemesis based on the deity of the same name. Hiddleston was chosen after previously working with Branagh on Ivanov and Wallander. Initially Hiddleston auditioned to play Thor but Branagh decided his talent would be better harnessed playing Loki. Hiddleston stated that "Loki's like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier." Hiddleston stated that he had to keep a strict diet before the start of filming because "Ken [Branagh] wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar. Physically, he can't be posing as Thor". Hiddleston looked at Peter O'Toole as inspiration for Loki as well explaining, "Interestingly enough, [Kenneth Branagh] said to look at Peter O'Toole in two specific films, The Lion in Winter and Lawrence of Arabia. What's interesting about ... his performance [as King Henry] is you see how damaged he is. There's a rawness [to his performance]; it's almost as if he's living with a layer of skin peeled away. He's grandiose and teary and, in a moment, by turns hilarious and then terrifying. What we wanted was that emotional volatility. It's a different acting style, it's not quite the same thing, but it's fascinating to go back and watch an actor as great as O'Toole head for those great high hills".

Idris Elba as Heimdall: The all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian sentry of the bifröst bridge, based on the mythological deity of the same name. Elba said Branagh's involvement was a major incentive to take the role: "[Branagh] called me up personally and said, 'I know this isn't a big role, but I would really love to see you play it.' It's Kenneth Branagh. I was like, 'Definitely'". About the role Elba remarked, "I did green screen for the first time! I wouldn't like to do a whole movie of green screen, though. You kind of forget the plot a little—like being in a Broadway play and doing it over and over and forgetting your line halfway through". Elba stated he has made a four-picture commitment with Marvel Studios. Elba's casting prompted a proposed boycott by the Council of Conservative Citizens and a debate amongst comic book fans, some insisting it was wrong for a black man to play a Nordic god. In response Elba called the debate "ridiculous".

Anthony Hopkins as Odin: The ruler of Asgard, father of Thor, and adoptive father of Loki, based on the mythological deity of the same name. In an interview Hopkins stated he knew nothing of the comic. About the film he said, "It's a superhero movie, but with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in". Hopkins stated, "I'm very interested in that relationship between fathers and sons", and that, "My father's relationship with me was cold. He was a hot-blood character but to me, cold. When I was young, he expressed his disappointment because I was bad in school and all of that. He didn't mean any harm, but I felt I could never meet up to his expectations." Hopkins expressed that he found a personal resonance in the Odin role, saying, "He's a stern man. He's a man with purpose. I play the god who banishes his son from the kingdom of Asgard because he screwed up. He's a hot-headed, temperamental young man... probably a chip off of the old block but I decide he's not really ready to rule the future kingdom, so I banish him. I'm harsh and my wife complains and I say, 'That is why I'm king.' He's ruthless, take-it-or-leave-it. Women are much more forgiving; men are not so forgiving. I know in my life, my karma is, 'If you don't like it, tough, move on.' And I move on. I'm a little like Odin myself".

Christopher Eccleston as Malekith: The ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. About Malekith's motivation, Eccleston said, "There is a kind of tragic quality to his quest. Because he’s lost his wife, he’s lost his children. He’s lost everything. And he returns for revenge. And the agent for his revenge is the Aether. If he gets hold of that, he is omnipotent." Eccleston continued, "What I thought about a great deal was revenge—there's huge amounts of revenge. One quote is: 'When you seek revenge, be sure to dig two graves.' I did a film called Revengers Tragedy where I played a guy called Vindici—from the word 'vindictive'—and he is the distillation of revenge. So, in a way, that was what I had to think of: how revenge can make you absolutely monomaniacal—though you're still trying to make it recognizably motive-led. It's just the personification of movie evil." However Taylor stated that a lot of scenes involving Malekith's backstory had to be cut from the film to make it more efficient. Eccleston revealed that he speaks an invented language for the film explaining, "The Elvish language is definitely based on European languages. I think there’s probably some Finnish in there. It does have its logic and its rhythms. It also has many syllables and it’s very difficult to do while remaining naturalistic. It’s been a particular challenge for us but hopefully it gives the film some complexity and variety." Eccleston also said the role required six hours of make-up and 45 minutes in wardrobe 

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim / Kurse: A Dark Elf, and Malekith’s trusted and loyal lieutenant, who is transformed into a monstrous creature in order to destroy Thor. Akinnuoye-Agbaje described Kurse as "an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature. He has very animalistic tendencies but with this insatiable and unstoppable power. As an actor, that’s one of the hardest things to embody. You have to realize you are probably the most powerful thing you could imagine. And you have to be that. You can’t pretend, so that when you face Thor, it’s real."[28] Akinnuoye-Agbaje stated the role required three hours of make-up a day and had to put on heavy duty prosthetics explaining, "The outfit weighed about 40 pounds. I’m sure there will be a certain amount of CGI but a good 80% was me in that suit."[28] About the character Akinnuoye-Agbaje said, "I suppose Algrim and Kurse would be the quintessential baddies, but in reality they are what I perceive as the scorn and the victims of the story. They are the elves who have basically lost their planet and their race to another race, the Asgardians. Here is a man/alien who places a noble objective beyond his own life and I think there is something extremely inspiring about that because he looks at the bigger picture and sees himself as a means to that end." Akinnuoye-Agbaje added, "I worked with director Alan Taylor in trying to maintain Algrim’s humanity all the way throughout Kurse’s transformation, so that even when you see Kurse the beast, you can still relate to him as being Algrim inside. And symbolically we did that by keeping the same piercing blue eyes throughout."

Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig: A scientist doing research in New Mexico who encounters Thor. Skarsgård stated that he was not initially familiar with the comic book version of Thor. As to why he took the part, Skarsgård remarked, I "chose Thor because of [director] Kenneth Branagh. The script was nice and we got to rehearse and talk to the writers and do some collaborating in the process to make it fit us. So I had a very happy time on it. What I always try to do is immediately do something I just haven't done so I get variation in my life. I've made about 90 films and if I did the same thing over and over again I would be bored by now. I try to pick different films, I go and do those big ones and having done that I can usually afford to go and do some really small obscure films and experiment a little".

Colm Feore as Laufey: King of the Frost Giants and Loki's biological father, based on the mythological being of the same name, who in myth was actually Loki's mother. Feore stated it took five hours for his makeup to be applied. About his character Feore remarked, "I am the King of Frost Giants. And if you've seen any of the Frost Giants, you know that I am, of course, the Napoleon of Frost Giants. We've got some massive, fabulous guys who dwarf me and come in at around eight-and-a-half feet, nine feet. But, no. Can't you tell by the commanding presence? I am the boss". He said the Shakespearean training he shared with Hopkins and director Branagh helped keep production moving briskly, saying that "during the breaks, Tony, myself and Ken would be talking in Shakespearean shorthand about what the characters were doing, what we thought they may be like, and how we could focus our attention more intelligently. These were discussions that took no more than a few minutes between takes, but they allowed Ken, Tony and [me] to understand each other instantly without Ken taking an hour away to explain to the actors exactly what was going on. So that was enormously helpful."

Ray Stevenson as Volstagg: A member of the Warriors Three; a group of three Asgardian adventurers who are among Thor's closest comrades, known for both his hearty appetite and wide girth. Stevenson previously worked with Kenneth Branagh in the 1998 film The Theory of Flight, and with Marvel Studios as the titular character in Punisher: War Zone. Stevenson wore a fat suit for the role, stating, "I've tried the suit on, and what they've done is kind of sex him up: he's sort of slimmer but rounder.". Stevenson said, "He's got every bit of that Falstaffian verve and vigor, and a bit of a beer gut to suggest that enormous appetite, but he's not the sort of Weeble-shaped figure he is in the comics. He's Falstaff with muscles. I've got this amazing foam-injected undersuit that flexes with me."

Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis: A political science major who is Jane Foster's intern. Dennings described her character as Foster's "little helper gnome". Dennings stated that her role was expanded during the rehearsal process. Dennings explained, "She's kind of like a cute, clueless, little puppy or maybe a hamster. There wasn't much on the page for the Darcy role to begin with and I didn't even see a script before I took the job so I didn't really know who Darcy was at first. But she really evolved—she's so much fun now even. She's very Scooby-Doo if that makes sense. She's always three steps behind and reacting to what's happening with these great expressions ... She gets things wrong and doesn't care."

Rene Russo as Frigga: The wife of Odin, queen of Asgard, mother of Thor and adoptive mother of Loki, based on the mythological deity of the same name. Russo stated in March 2011 interview that she has signed on for possible sequels, joking that, "Eventually they'll kick me out, so who knows how many I'll do".

Tadanobu Asano as Hogun: A member of the Warriors Three, primarily identified by his grim demeanor and as the only member who is not an Æsir. Ray Stevenson said of Asano's character, "He doesn't speak much but when he does, everybody shuts up. But also in the healing room where everyone licks their wounds, he's the guy who just goes about his business".

Joshua Dallas as Fandral: A member of the Warriors Three, characterized as an irrepressible swashbuckler and romantic. Stuart Townsend was initially cast after Zachary Levi was forced to vacate the role due to a scheduling conflict. However, days before filming began, Townsend was replaced by Dallas citing "creative differences". Dallas said he believed that Fandral "would like to think of himself a philanderer. He would like to think of himself, I was saying, as the R. Kelly of Asgard. He's a lover, not a fighter". Dallas mentioned that Errol Flynn was an inspiration for the character stating, "He was a big inspiration for the character and for me. I watched a lot of his movies and kind of got that into my bones. I tried to bring out that little bit of Flynn-ness in it. Flynn had a lot of that boyish charm that Fandral's got...."

Jaimie Alexander as Sif: A warrior and Thor's childhood friend based on the mythological deity of the same name. Alexander was best known for her portrayal of Jessi XX on the ABC Family series Kyle XY.[47] Alexander said that she was familiar with Marvel Comics before having taken the part, having grown up with four brothers. Alexander said the part required hours a day in the gym, though training is not unfamiliar to her, explaining she was one of few girls on her Colleyville, Texas, high-school wrestling team. Alexander described her character as "one of the guys" and that, "She's a very talented, skilled warrior and can stand on her own against any villain in the film". About her relationship with Thor she stated, "She is very loyal to Thor and cares a lot about protecting him and protecting Asgard"

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Clark Gregg reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson from Iron Man and Iron Man 2.[51] Adriana Barraza plays diner owner Isabella Alvarez and Maximiliano Hernández plays S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jasper Sitwell. Actors Joseph Gatt, Joshua Cox and Douglas Tait portray Frost Giants.[52][53] Stan Lee[54] and J. Michael Straczynski[55] have cameo appearances as pick-up truck drivers. Samuel L. Jackson has an uncredited cameo as Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who as revealed in Iron Man is coordinating the "Avenger Initiative". Jeremy Renner has an uncredited cameo as Clint Barton.[56] Dakota Goyo and Ted Allpress play Thor and Loki, respectively, as children.


Additionally, Clive Russell plays Tyr, based on the deity of the same name. Benicio del Toro, who plays the Collector in Marvel Studios' upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy, appears in a mid-credits scene with Ophelia Lovibond, who plays his aide. Alice Krige portrays Eir, an Asgardian physician. Jonathan Howard plays Ian Boothby, Darcy's intern. Tony Curran plays Bor, Odin's father, based on the deity of the same name. Richard Brake portrays a captain in the Einherjar. Chris O'Dowd was cast as Richard, a suitor of Jane Foster's. Chris Evans makes an uncredited cameo appearance as Loki masquerading as Captain America, while Thor co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance as a patient in a mental ward.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Stan Lee Projects w/o Marvel

Have you seen some of the animated films airing on TV, Netflix and Direct to Video. Stan Lee was one of the first and continues to try and make Super Heroes that reflect all walks of life. Real People with real problems that, when gifted with Super Powers, often have bigger problems to deal.

This new series of character is expanding ethnic and other barriers rarely seen in American heroes. And these are real character. SO MUCH BETTER than the horrible attempts in the 1980s by DC comics to diversify. No Apache Chief with horrible representation of Native Americans etc (Look like Indian from John Wayne movie)

Here are some of the Projects Stan Lee has produced with no relation to Marvel or DC...

Stan Lee's MIGHTY 7 2014
I have heard of this for a while and discovered it finally has been made and released. HUB aired a pilot on Feb 1, 2014. I am on the hunt to see it. Stan Lee plays himself as he discovers a two groups of aliens and turns them into Superheroes. COOL!!! Here is a clip form THE HUB on YOUTUBE...

Stan Lee's Mighty 7 #1

I have yet to see this 65-minute animated movie. Made and released to Cartoon Network India has aired in both English and Hindi. As soon as I finish this post i am going to try and find it an nupdate with review...

PLOT from WIKI The movie features Raju Rai, a young Indian boy living in Mumbai, India. Raju's mentor, the scientist Dr. Singh, develops a technology suit. The suit weaponizes all the Chakras in the body. Raju uses its powers to be a Superhero. Raju vows to use the suit to protect and serve as he battles super-villains.

Verticus - 2012 Video Game inspired by Stand Lee

TIME JUMPER 2009 Mobile Series

The Condor -  Skater Dude becomes a Superhero... I love this. Saw this a few years ago on Netflix.  Tony Valdez (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama - FEZ) is left with out parents or legs after gang retaliation and corporate sabotage. He can no longer turn his back on his father's Robotics firm. Using experimental Nanobots, Tony gains super powers. This is geared towards teens. Edgier than most of Stan Lee's animated features. Only Stan Lee could make such a horrible premise so good!!!
Stan Lee Presents: Condor

"Tony's wobble but they don't fall down" Great line but does anyone under 30 understand this reference LOL

Mosaic - This and Condor came out around same time. Perhaps Same Time. Saw them both years ago a Netflix. Maggie Nelson (Anna Paquin X Men, True Blood) - through exposure to electrical storm and magic rune - gains super chameleon powers. Think Spider Man with shape shifting and other mimc skills (Including Vocal and Invisability), super vision (Infrared). Again on paper a bad Spider man rip off but Stan Lee makes the Bizarre seem acceptable. These powers all stem from a hidden ancient race - The Chameliel. Mosaic is actually Chameliel hero. Maggie becomes his apprentice of sorts. Another Chameliel, Maniken, is seeking relics to become a god and rule the earth. Lots of action and cool original mythology makes this a winner.
NOT SURE WHY but Condor is available for Free on YOUTUBE. Stan Lee Presents: Mosaic is avail on Amazon. Might still be avail on Netflix.


BASICALLY: Stan Lee gives Pamela Anderson's Barbed Wire and Animated life. ADULTS ONLY. Of course parents let kids watch South Park so...
Stripperella - Season One - Uncensored - DVD
Beauty and The Obese Watch Amazon Instant Video

ON SYFY CHANNEL 2006-2007 - So not every Stan Lee Project is a winner with me. I really wanted to love the Reality Show WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPER HERO. The only thing worse was LIGHT SPEED, the made for TV movie based on a Season One Winner.

HISTORY CHANNEL 2010-2012 Stan Lee's Superhumans was pretty cool at times. Kind of like a reboot of THAT's INCREDIBLE (Dating my self here - watch out)