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Archive for the ‘movies films’ Category

Old MacDonald had a farm

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Risk is part of farmin/run with it weirdness. “I’m going to go for the trash I see on the Horizon and then hopfully I’ll be able to run.”

 

Calling All Egos of the Universe

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Auguring the Divine

 

famous film franchises

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Hollywood – foto by Smith

Movies help form public opinion, so let’s see which films have so resonated with the public mentality that they’ve spawned innumerable sequels, prequels and remakes, thus morphing into Famous Film Franchises.

It’s somewhat scary that there have been 6 Rockys and 4 Rambos, but at least some serious quality triumphs with the five Attacks of the Killer Tomatoes.

(This list is an amalgamation of several online lists and may contain serious errors – after all we all know the internet lies. I did spot checks and frequently got dissimilar answers from different sites.)

Sherlock Holmes – 98 different films
Tarzan – 89
Hopalong Cassidy – 66
The Three Mequiteers – 51
The Bowery Boys – 48
Charlie Chan – 47
Godzilla – 34
Carry On – 31
Blondie – 28
Range Busters – 25
The Lone Wolf – 24
James Bond – 23
Scoobie Doo – 22
Taboo – 22
East Side Kids – 21
Barbie – 20
Debbie Does Dallas – 20

National Lampoon – 18

Andy Hardy – 17

The Falcon – 16
Jungle Jim – 16

Dragonball Z – 15
Little Tough Guys (Dead End Kids) – 15
Mickey Mouse – 15

Keystone Kops – 13
Land Before Time – 13
Mothra – 13
The Muppets – 13

Friday the 13th – 12
Gamera -12
Pokemon – 12
Winnie the Pooh – 12

Asterix – 11
Dr Slump – 11
Henry Aldrich – 11
Pink Panther – 11
Star Trek – 11
The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley – 11
Young and Dangerous – 11

Halloween – 10
Ma and Pa Kettle – 10

Nightmare on Elm Street – 8

Batman – 7
Police Academy – 7
Star Wars – 7
The Howling – 7

Alien – 6
Harry Potter – 6
Hellraiser – 6
Planet of the Apes – 6
Rocky – 6
Saw – 6
Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 6
The Thin Man – 6

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – 5
Benji – 5
Child’s Play – 5
Death Wish – 5
Dirty Harry – 5
Ernest – 5
Hannibal Lecter – 5
Herbie the Love Bug – 5
Night of the Living Dead – 5
Superman – 5
The Exorcist – 5

American Ninja – 4
Amityville – 4
Die Hard – 4
Final Destination – 4
Highlander – 4
Indiana Jones – 4
Jack Ryan – 4
Jaws – 4
Lethal Weapon – 4
Predator – 4
Psycho – 4
Rambo – 4
Scary Movie – 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 4
Terminator – 4
The Bad News Bears – 4
The Fast and the Furious – 4
Flash Gordon – 4 <<< The Karate Kid - 4 The Lord of the Rings - 4 The Mummy - 4 The Omen - 4 Vacation - 4 X-Men - 4 3 Ninjas - 3 American Pie - 3 Austin Powers - 3 Back to the Future - 3 Barbershop - 3 Beverly Hills Cop - 3 Blade - 3 Bourne - 3 Care Bears - 3 Crocodile Dundee - 3 El Mariachi - 3 Evil Dead - 3 Free Willy - 3 Friday - 3 Home Alone - 3 House Party - 3 Ice Age - 3 Iron Eagle - 3 Jurassic Park - 3 Look Who's Talking - 3 Mad Max - 3 Major League - 3 Meatballs - 3 Missing in Action - 3 Mission: Impossible - 3 Ocean's 11 - 3 Oh, God! - 3 Pirates of the Caribbean - 3 Poltergeist - 3 Porky's - 3 Resident Evil - 3 Return of the Living Dead - 3 Robocop - 3 Rugrats - 3 Rush Hour - 3 Scream - 3 Shrek - 3 Smokey and the Bandit - 3 Spider-Man - 3 Spy Kids - 3 The Godfather - 3 The Matrix - 3 The Mighty Ducks - 3 The Naked Gun - 3 The Santa Clause - 3 The Work and the Glory - 3 Transformers - 3 Transporter - 3 Underworld - 3 Witch Mountain - 3


out of odor – foto by Smith

 

casa blanca

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

from opening credits of Seconds, 1966, John Frankenheimer – foto by Smith

Here’s looking at you, kid.


Lady in Anna Arnold tee-shirt – foto by Smith

 

s and m (sick and macho)

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

cartoon life – foto by Smith

I am–or was–an avid Quentin Tarantino fan. Liked his script writing, his film directing, his acting. Still think Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction are great cinema.

Bit I started reassessing him after watching Deathproof, in which Kurt Russell drives around abusing and battering women before brutally killing them with his car. The film ends with three females sadistically beating him to death in a round-robin of violence (which to be fair he has earned). The movie seemed more a tasteless teenage boy sexual fantasy exercise in s&m than the output of a mature artist.

Then I saw his latest–Inglorious Basterds–which is little more than comic book sadistic violence and death using real people. He beats Nazis to death with a baseball bat, and scalps all the rest of the Nazis they kill. The ones they don’t kill, they slowly carve swastikas in their foreheads with big knives in extreme close-up. The movie’s big ending scene consists of machine gunning women, civilians, and Nazis to death while they’re trapped in a burning exploding movie house–sort of how I felt watching it all. The movie made me feel unclean, down, depressed; I felt it was porno violence disguised as comedy. Someone said that Taratino’s parodying America’s love of violence, but one doesn’t satirize a crime by committing the crime. You are what you do.

The movie made me flash back to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ where Gibson has Christ sadistically whipped in extreme close-up slow motion for 20-30 minutes. Halfway through this brutality, the whipper switches to a hooked whip and the movie shows chunks of Christ’s flesh being ripped off in up-close slow-motion chunks while blood gracefully arcs and splatters.

Before The Passion of Christ, I was a Mel Gibson fan, but afterward I couldn’t stop thinking what a sick twisted mind he had to have to hide a bloody splatter flick in the folds of his unhealthy conservative right-wing religious movie. His later drunken hate-filled tirade against Jews just cemented my disgust for him.

Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds has me lumping him with the same sickos that includes Gibson. It’s taken me decades, but I’m at the point where I won’t watch anything by either of them anymore. To me they belong to the same Neanderthal hate mongering clan that includes Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Dick Cheney. May they each be hoist on the petard of their own verbal filth.

Although what is even more frightening than the sickos above is how large their audiences are, how rich they’ve become pandering to these hate-filled violent bigots.


cartoon violence – foto by Smith

 

bat christ & the agent of chaos

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

oaxaca political graffiti – foto by smith

saw Batman: the Dark Knight tonight. it is dark. very dark. and bleak. and brutal. and brilliant insistent hostile aggressive with none but the nastiest dark sides of humor and it never lets up. don’t think i like it but i certainly did enjoy it and do respect it. Heath Ledger as The Joker is truly off in his own world, moving speaking thinking in discontinuous fragments. his was a brilliant final performance – as great as Jack Nicholson’s Joker was, this is superior.

Batman sacrifices his happy human future and takes the city’s suffering upon himself–in essence becoming Bat Christ–while The Joker claims to be an Agent of Chaos (thus becoming my under skin brother). good metaphoric ending after a continuous montage of movement violence explosions chases fist-fights gun-fights car-fights helicopter-fights and of course they all crash and break and explode. i like it more now than while watching it because i’m away from its incessant pace and can more appreciate the metaphor. there wasn’t much in-between in the film, no down time or plot set-up time. pretty much razzle dazzle hip hop and gone, with a lot of sick slick slipped in. well acted and a perfect metaphor for our violent murderous times. the darkest “hero” movie i’ve seen. definitely its own creature.


oaxaca street art – foto by smith

 

 
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