Tag Archives: Movies

Panem Et Circenses

We are watching The Hunger Games movies as a family because Sam has never watched them, he was too young when they first came out.

Itโ€™s an interesting story if you like dystopian type stuff.

It kind of reminds me a lot of something I canโ€™t quite put my finger on.

But…

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Ferris Buellerโ€™s Day Off

Tonight we continued the childrenโ€™s cinematic education with Ferris Buellerโ€™s Day Off.

The movies of my day (yea, this is very much within the timeline) rated as PG-13 prove one thing, we were not sheltered from language and innuendo like kids are today.

PG-13 from 1986 would probably be a hard R today if you threw in a bare breast.


Personally, I think that the John Hughes movies of the 80s are masterpieces. Gen X can quote them line for line. It might even be a better proof of age for most anything in place of ID.

Cashier: Can I see your ID?

Customer: Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.

They donโ€™t and wonโ€™t make movies like this anymore. Their day has come and gone. Often replicated, never duplicated comes to mind.

At least we have the historical archives.

Which reminds me, grab those hard copies while you can.

The sheriff is near.

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

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They Live

I watched They Live again this morning.

If you donโ€™t know what that is…

They Live (titled onscreen as John Carpenter’s They Live) is a 1988 American science-fictionactionhorror film written and directed by John Carpenter. Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster, the film follows an unnamed drifter[nb 1] who discovers through special sunglasses that the ruling class are aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to consume, breed, and conform to the status quo via subliminal messages in mass media. Wikipedia

I didnโ€™t know there was a short story that it was based on until this morning. The short story is Eight Oโ€™Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson.

I liked the short story [spend] nearly as much as I like the movie.

Both the movie and the story have [consume] certain parallels to what is going on right now. How much of your thought is controlled by the talking heads on TV and what the media pushes through your phone?

Things to think about.

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Favorite Movie Scenes: Junkyard Fight

Christopher Reeve as Superman and Clark Kent facing off in Superman 3, the junkyard fight.

You can tell what a great actor Reeve is when the only difference is the clothes and a pair of glasses. Same guy, two completely different people.

Also, a nod to that fourth wall break Reeve did at the end of the Superman movies. That flight into orbit and that grin at the audience.

He was my favorite Superman.

Bigger budgets may have made โ€œbetterโ€ movies. And no disrespect to the people whoโ€™ve taken the role after him. But, he was Superman.

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The End

I didnโ€™t realize it, but the final two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired back to back and I finished them tonight on Hulu.

Iโ€™m a huge Marvel fan and have been since I was a child (some people might say I still am).

Itโ€™s kind of hard to say goodbye to the show although Iโ€™m sure many of the characters will show up somewhere in the MCU somehow, some way.

Coulsonโ€™s my boy. Probably my favorite fictional hero. The heart and soul of a team of heroes. He keeps coming back and keeps on keeping on.

Even death canโ€™t stop him. And heโ€™s always willing to put everything on the line. Because thatโ€™s what heroโ€™s do.

Hey, Coulson!

And so I say goodbye to one of my favorite, if not absolute favorite shows, and I enjoyed and loved every single minute of it.

Goodbye Coulson, May, Mack, FitzSimmons, and Skye (I still canโ€™t get used to Daisy).

Youโ€™ve made my little bit of time with you fun and inspiring, as heroes should do.

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Bad Movies: Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

Itโ€™s better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool.

I love bad movies! Well, movies others think are bad anyway. I’ve watched Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man several times. I don’t own it but it’s available for streaming here and there (on VUDU free with ads at the moment) and I enjoy the action and back and forth between the two leads.

Mickey Rourke has been a favorite actor of mine since 9 1/2 Weeks, a completely different kind of movie, which was 50 Shades long before that movie came about.

Don Johnson is still a good actor nowadays and I still have a place for Sonny from Miami Vice in my head.

From the wiki:

The film was a critical and financial failure, earning only $7 million at the domestic box office (the budget was estimated at $23 million). It has since become aย cult classicย following its release to video.

Two guys who know each other so well that they don’t see each other for two years and fall right back in step. Men showing up and having each other’s backs because that’s just the way it is. This is part of why I love the movie.

The action and the violence gives it a decidedly 80s tone even though this film was made in 1991.

Reportedly Rourke says he felt like a sellout making this movie and that it started his decline into self loathing. It a quote but something I picked up from IMDB. Who knows?

I was glad to see him show up in The Expendables, another testosterone driven “your my friend, no your my brother” type film.

I’ll keep watching all these movies others deem as unworthy.

I came to be entertained not to experience an emotional change or some other fluff.

I ain’t here for a long time, I’m just here for a good time.

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