I saw the trailer for “50 Shades of Grey”. I don’t know much about the story, except that it started as Edward/Bella Twilight fan fiction and involve into a chick-lit novel of graphic sexual bondage and S&M.

I didn’t learn a whole lot more from the trailer: a mousy young woman meets (interviews?) a rich young man. Not sure why he’s attracted to her, except maybe he senses her submissive nature. He hints he is into non traditional sex and she wants to learn more - cut to a couple of shots of blind folds, whips and riding crops - and the woman trussed up like. Thanksgiving turkey.

It’s being released on Valentine’s Day. So instead of buying your love one flowers of chocolates, a spanking is in order.

I suppose on one hand you can say that the women’s rights movement has progresses to a stage that woman can buy sexually explicate novels at mainstream stories without being embarrassed.

But 50-Shades seems the antithesis of women’s freedom. Here, and in the Twilight novels, young women give themselves up to dominating men. And the bondage & discipline aspect of this story is a disturbing analogy to the serious problem of abusive relationships.

It’s a shame that modern women have forgotten what women’s rights are really about. Maybe that’s why so few seem concerned that old white men pass laws about what they can do with their bodies, and that their employers can made health care decisions for them.

This is one movie I will not be seeing.

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While Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules” wasn’t high on my summer viewing list, it’s been very hot here in the Bay Area. I was near a theater just as it was about to start, to I decide to go in and enjoy the air conditioning. 

First I can say that it is far better than the version released earlier this year with pretty boy Kellen Lutz ( you might say, “who is he?”). 

The Rock’s version focuses on the idea of a legend, versus a hero, versus a man. And while there are special effects and mythical creatures the movie largely want to live in the “real world” not myth. 

An English-accent has become Hollywood’s universal clue that someone is from a foreign country. In Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie” all the German characters spoke with English accents except Cruise who spoke with an American accent. I’d like to give props to Johnson who attempted a slight English accent during the film. 

Another plus side, they’ve surrounded Dwayne with some pretty good actor: John Hurt, Ian McShane (who has some pretty good bits regard’s his character’s death) and Rufus Sewell. I’ve liked Sewell since I first saw him in “Dark City”. It looks like he’s corrected the condition where both his eyes don’t seem to focus on the same thing. 

I also particularly liked Ingrid Bolsø Berdal who played an Amazon warrior and member of Herc’s team. They could have every easily made her just eye-candy but she’s a credible member of the team of mercenaries. 

The weaknesses for me were overly long action sequences early and in the middle of the film. There are just so many bodies that are stabbed, whacked, gored, decapitated, burned, mutilated, etc. it got boring. 

Some of the CGI is dodgy. While the “monsters” are okay (not quite “real” but serviceable) some of the wife angel shots of the CGI army men look pretty fake. 

3.5 out of 5 on the Frank-o-meter.

While Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules” wasn’t high on my summer viewing list, it’s been very hot here in the Bay Area. I was near a theater just as it was about to start, to I decide to go in and enjoy the air conditioning.

First I can say that it is far better than the version released earlier this year with pretty boy Kellen Lutz ( you might say, “who is he?”).

The Rock’s version focuses on the idea of a legend, versus a hero, versus a man. And while there are special effects and mythical creatures the movie largely want to live in the “real world” not myth.

An English-accent has become Hollywood’s universal clue that someone is from a foreign country. In Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie” all the German characters spoke with English accents except Cruise who spoke with an American accent. I’d like to give props to Johnson who attempted a slight English accent during the film.

Another plus side, they’ve surrounded Dwayne with some pretty good actor: John Hurt, Ian McShane (who has some pretty good bits regard’s his character’s death) and Rufus Sewell. I’ve liked Sewell since I first saw him in “Dark City”. It looks like he’s corrected the condition where both his eyes don’t seem to focus on the same thing.

I also particularly liked Ingrid Bolsø Berdal who played an Amazon warrior and member of Herc’s team. They could have every easily made her just eye-candy but she’s a credible member of the team of mercenaries.

The weaknesses for me were overly long action sequences early and in the middle of the film. There are just so many bodies that are stabbed, whacked, gored, decapitated, burned, mutilated, etc. it got boring.

Some of the CGI is dodgy. While the “monsters” are okay (not quite “real” but serviceable) some of the wife angel shots of the CGI army men look pretty fake.

3.5 out of 5 on the Frank-o-meter.

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Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen any of the “Jaws” movies. I was in college when the first one came out and rarely went to the movies then. Later I never had any interest. 

But I might have made an attempt if Batman and his shark repellent was in the picture!

Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen any of the “Jaws” movies. I was in college when the first one came out and rarely went to the movies then. Later I never had any interest.

But I might have made an attempt if Batman and his shark repellent was in the picture!

fox-ridge7:

ivoryconsigliere:

As I had predicted, the casting choice ruins the woman of wonder. I am really disappointed overall, but the costume is a bit better than expected (aside from the Baggins sword)

I’m sorry have you seen Gadot play wonder woman? Oh right you haven’t so you really can’t say anything about her. She’s wielded a sword plenty of times and it looks nothing like a hobbit sword we’re seeing it at an angle.

It’s interesting how the Haters are reacting. Someone else on Facebook just said:"The costume is complete BS. The skirt shouldn’t be there in the first place, the colour scheme is bad. I would have given Gadot a chance to prove herself as WW, but the costume is just too much, she is more Xena than WW… This is just another of the F-ups they have done with the film…"Is this guy wearing hate-colored glasses? Fanboys as a community can be very ugly.

fox-ridge7:

ivoryconsigliere:

As I had predicted, the casting choice ruins the woman of wonder. I am really disappointed overall, but the costume is a bit better than expected (aside from the Baggins sword)

I’m sorry have you seen Gadot play wonder woman? Oh right you haven’t so you really can’t say anything about her. She’s wielded a sword plenty of times and it looks nothing like a hobbit sword we’re seeing it at an angle.

It’s interesting how the Haters are reacting.

Someone else on Facebook just said:

"The costume is complete BS. The skirt shouldn’t be there in the first place, the colour scheme is bad. I would have given Gadot a chance to prove herself as WW, but the costume is just too much, she is more Xena than WW… This is just another of the F-ups they have done with the film…"

Is this guy wearing hate-colored glasses? Fanboys as a community can be very ugly.

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SUMMER TV SERIES

So I’ve been watching three of the new summer series. I like them to varying degrees. 

"The Last Ship" on TNT starring Eric Dane. A viral outbreak has killed 80% of the world’s population and Dane’s navel ship was out to sea, therefore not affected, and they must find a cure. Many if the MacGuffin’s that drive each episode seem contrived: the traitorous lab assistant, the engine on the fritz, etc. this show seems like something I might continue watching late at night while I might multitask.  

"Extant" on CBS starting Haley Berry. In it Berry returns from a 13 month solo mission in space and discovers she’s pregnant. I haven’t been a particular fan of Berry’s but for some reason I really like her in the show. The "look" of the show is great and I like the near-future tech they’ve depicted. The main plot is just "okay" but it’s moving fast enough that its keeping my interest. 

"The Strain" on FX from horrormeister Guillermo del Toro. I like most of del Toro’s movies and I’m a fan of vampire stories in general, but I have mixed feeling about this show. This version of vampire lore is about as divergent from mainstream as the vampires in "Twilight" - with an emphasis on the grotesque. And there have been a few plot points that just don’t make sense: the main vampire choses the most showy method to arrive in the USA - he might as well have publish an advertisement in USA Today announcing he’s here; the reveal Sean Astin’s traitors ways required he be at the exact place at the exact time which would have been impossible to predict. These "only in Hollywood" events weaken the show. There are some creepy fun moments and David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies) as the aging vampire hunter is terrific. Not sure how regularly I will watch but I’ll probably catch up periodically via On-Demand.

SUMMER TV SERIES

So I’ve been watching three of the new summer series. I like them to varying degrees.

"The Last Ship" on TNT starring Eric Dane. A viral outbreak has killed 80% of the world’s population and Dane’s navel ship was out to sea, therefore not affected, and they must find a cure. Many if the MacGuffin’s that drive each episode seem contrived: the traitorous lab assistant, the engine on the fritz, etc. this show seems like something I might continue watching late at night while I might multitask.

"Extant" on CBS starting Haley Berry. In it Berry returns from a 13 month solo mission in space and discovers she’s pregnant. I haven’t been a particular fan of Berry’s but for some reason I really like her in the show. The "look" of the show is great and I like the near-future tech they’ve depicted. The main plot is just "okay" but it’s moving fast enough that its keeping my interest.

"The Strain" on FX from horrormeister Guillermo del Toro. I like most of del Toro’s movies and I’m a fan of vampire stories in general, but I have mixed feeling about this show. This version of vampire lore is about as divergent from mainstream as the vampires in "Twilight" - with an emphasis on the grotesque. And there have been a few plot points that just don’t make sense: the main vampire choses the most showy method to arrive in the USA - he might as well have publish an advertisement in USA Today announcing he’s here; the reveal Sean Astin’s traitors ways required he be at the exact place at the exact time which would have been impossible to predict. These "only in Hollywood" events weaken the show. There are some creepy fun moments and David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies) as the aging vampire hunter is terrific. Not sure how regularly I will watch but I’ll probably catch up periodically via On-Demand.

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gameraboy:

Time for a quick change

Spin! Clark should learn this trick.

gameraboy:

Time for a quick change

Spin! Clark should learn this trick.

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ronaldcmerchant:

Kirk Alyn-SUPERMAN (1948)

A nice vintage colorized Photo of Kirk Alyn.

ronaldcmerchant:

Kirk Alyn-SUPERMAN (1948)

A nice vintage colorized Photo of Kirk Alyn.

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Gal Gadot at Wonder Woman. 

(I’m sure all the anal-retentive fanboys have begun sharping the knives to rip this to shreds, but I actually think she looks pretty good.)

Gal Gadot at Wonder Woman.

(I’m sure all the anal-retentive fanboys have begun sharping the knives to rip this to shreds, but I actually think she looks pretty good.)