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WONDER WOMAN Trailer
. . . (goosebumps!)
"What I do is not up to you." It doesn't get any more feminist than that—BOOMshakalaka! The trailer for Wonder Woman gave me goose bumps at the image of these Amazon warriors riding into battle:
And at the sight of the golden Lasso of Truth!
I am SO GLAD that Gal Gadot pulls off this warrior Amazon bad ass look! She may be thinner than I hoped but she/her stunt oubles makes it look believable. Love the slow motion action. They are definitely selling Wonder Woman's ability to fight. The fluidity of movement, the choreography—in all Wonder Woman's scenes, but also the fantastic over-the-rock-two-arrow attack of General Antiope.
The 2nd Unit Director is Damon Caro: Stuntman/Actor/Fight Choreographer, who was the Fight Choreographer/ Stunt Coordinator on Sucker Punch, Never Back Down, 300, and was the Fight Choreographer/Utility Stunts on Mr. & Mrs. Smith, plus he worked on the Bourne movies, Live Free or Die Hard, an too many more to name, including stunts on Battleship.
The movie is directed by a woman (as it should be): Patty Jenkins.
I can't wait. I take back what I said here about the cast being too thin. It occurs to me that while a bigger, stronger version will be kick ass to see on screen, a thinner version can give hope to more women. Just to see someone of Gal Gadot's proportions go through the motions so convincingly is inspiring. I still want to see 'big girls' kick ass onscreen but in this case, considering how iconic and important Wonder Woman is, having her be that strong might make fighting back seem unattainable. In other words, if a skinny girl can kick ass, any girl can FIGHT BACK!
Making Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot look so fierce are a host of stuntwomen. Only fitting since Wonder Woman is skilled at so many things.
WONDER WOMAN TRAILER
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
"Skills and Attitude."
Vin Diesel can definitely make this work! So much
violence (#goodthing) with a playful attitude. Xander's
Excellent Adventure. Yeah, I'll pay to see this. I
hope more than once. Under Siege came to mind. #adifferentkindofsoldier
Only took them 15 years to get to a sequel. We waited patiently
but I'm glad it's finally here. Vin is a force all his own and I
don't think many actors outside of Wrestling could pull this off
(that's a compliment—I love Wrestling). With
Donnie Yen and
Tony Jaa on board, it can't fail for Action Movie
Freaks! And he wears fur again . . . LOL Love a man in fur! Will
he growl in this movie? Yeah, I'm objectifying him (with love).
Payback's a bitch.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
"Skills and Attitude." Vin Diesel can definitely make this work! So much violence (#goodthing) with a playful attitude. Xander's Excellent Adventure. Yeah, I'll pay to see this. I hope more than once. Under Siege came to mind. #adifferentkindofsoldier Only took them 15 years to get to a sequel. We waited patiently but I'm glad it's finally here. Vin is a force all his own and I don't think many actors outside of Wrestling could pull this off (that's a compliment—I love Wrestling). With Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa on board, it can't fail for Action Movie Freaks! And he wears fur again . . . LOL Love a man in fur! Will he growl in this movie? Yeah, I'm objectifying him (with love). Payback's a bitch.
XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE TRAILER
I ain't afraid of no girls . . .
It's great fun. You have to see it. Kudos to Writer/Director Paul Feig (shown above with the four girls). After all the fuss about it being an all-girl version, I was really hoping it could shut the naysayers up . . . and it can! From the very start with the scary music, it gives you that great, fun, Ghostbusters feeling. The four main characters are each funny in their own way, although "Holtzman" was my favorite. You know a movie's good when you want to dress up like them for Halloween.
All through the movie, they bring back original cast members: Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, (Ivan Reitman produced) but, sadly, not Harold Ramis (who passed away in 2014). Steve Higgins looks a lot like him though. There were some celebrities as well. I'd like to see it again to see if I can spot Kevin James.
The scriptwriting credits go to Katie Dippold who also wrote The Heat (all by herself—also directed by Paul Feig), which I loved. There were a lot of funny one-liners, like . . .
"It's 2040—our President's a plant."
. . . but my favorite was
"You just got Holtzman'd, baby!"
The audience was loving it when the original cast members delivered lines from the first movie.
The ghosts and all the ghost-fighting apparatus were very cool. I hope they win awards. There's so much detail. I just loved the sets. I would live there!
A sure sign an audience enjoyed the movie is if they don't want to leave. The movie kept going mixed with the end credits and even those were fun. The outtakes are gonna be hilarious! Gotta see it again. It's so empowering for girls. Yes, we can bust ghosts, and anything else we want to do. I would love to see more all-girl versions of movies. I'd love to see Scarface with a gender reversal. Call me crazy. I know a good thing when I see it and an all-girl Ghostbusters is a good thing! Go have some fun with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and the 'handsomeness in glasses', Chris Hemsworth.
Will it kill, or be killed, at the
Are you a big fan of Suicide Squad? Did you read any of the comic book series? Are you a betting man? I say it will kill at the box office. And you can, literally, bet on it . . .
The hot topic at work today was whether or not Suicide
do as well as Deadpool in
box office sales. Generally, Action Movie Freaks don't really
care about box office success as a measure for how good a movie
is, nor do we give a
damn if critics pan it (they usually do). We know what we like
and we're man enough to not care what you think, so why should
box office success matter to us?
He listed the ten movies in descending order by how much they thought they would make:
And here is what he said about Suicide Squad:
So I wondered, what did other
websites have to say about Deadpool's
success, and when did they say it?
Collider.com's (and wow! check out their new full-screen-video-intro look) April 25th article used the word "massive": "Tim Miller on ‘Deadpool’s Massive Success: “Nobody Saw This. No One Planned This." and reported it at $760 Million worldwide. They quote Tim Miller as saying "$250 million would have been amazing. I had no idea. This is ridiculous. Who would have?"
Well, now, maybe
me or you . . .
SUICIDE SQUAD TRAILER ONE
Dive into the
Mechanic: Resurrection Trailer
I couldn't help but wonder if Jason Statham did that dive . . . since he used to be a diver. The cinematorgraphy/look of it, the scale is beautiful; the action, vicious; and well, Statham. He is as big and as 'proper' a true, full-blown Action Figure as either Schwarzenegger or Stallone. I loved the whole tailored/professional nature of the characters he plays.
MECHANIC: RESURRECTION TRAILER
Hard-Hitting Action Short:
Watch Over Me Released Online
Writer/Director Simon Pearce (and Editor/Producer: mulit-talented!) shared a short Action Movie he's just released online. Filmed on location in Bristol, "Watch Over Me follows a mysterious drifter who is offered one last chance at redemption when he crosses paths with a local woman haunted by her own dark past."
Released in November of 2014, the film won awards for Best Short Film and Best Action Short, and scored several other nominations for the action sequences and fight choreography. The movie stars Oliver Park in a compelling performance where he takes a beating but gives several as well—The Action is first rate. Kudos to everyone, especially the Stunt Coordinator Joe Golby, and to Adrian Bouchet as the lumbering-but-lethal foe "Dominic." It plays like an episode of the classic TV Series "The Fugitive" as we pick up somewhere and leave somewhere not knowing all the answers, but wanting to follow the Hero to find out more.
WATCH OVER ME TRAILER
Connecting the Dots to Rose McGowan's Redemption . .
Okay, so people can change. After Rose McGowan publicly objected to the image of a MUCH-stronger-looking man choking a woman in this promotional billboard of X-Men: Apocalypse, they decided to take it down. Yay, Rose! Using your celebrity for good for all women!
Hallelujah! Now can she, and we, connect some dots?
Rose McGowan once appeared in public, like this . . . If she realizes that images of violence against women can be harmful, has she also come to realize that reducing herself to a sexual object is equally (if not more) harmful? I don't know her, so I can only hope. [I thought about covering her up and not posting the photo as is, but if she was comfortable enough to walk around like that and be photographed for all eternity, why should I lessen the impact of the severity of the dress?]
All this shit has to end, people. If women were safe in the world, and if men were doing the same thing, it would be different, but NEITHER of those things is the case. Women are not safe. WAKE UP WOMEN! Stop dressing this way. The argument is not that you should be able to dress however you want, it's that how you dress sends a message that has bad consequences other women can ill afford. You stand there defiant and safe, meanwhile, it's sending the message that being sexually desirable is more important to you than clothes or dignity or modesty or self respect, and other less fortunate, defenseless woman pay the price. You create lust but you are not the one satisfying it. Or, as I like to say, if you're not fishing, don't bait your hook.
Now, connect the dots further to the Mystique costume . . .
That X-Men Apocalypse promotional billboard image was, frankly, shocking to me as well, but I had been shocked and outraged long before this (August 31, 2014 on Female Superhero Costumes). After the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past (released 23 May 2014) showing Jennifer Lawrence being dragged down the street basically 'naked', I had had enough, so I decided I didn't want to go to any more X-Men movies. I have since watched a clip of just her fight scene with the character doing a bunch of acrobatic open leg-split/helicoptering-style fighting, and it's, in a word, tacky.
I can't say exactly why Jennifer Lawrence is so much 'worse' in the costume than Rebecca Romaijn. Maybe I'm just fed up. Maybe it's just so much bouncing boobs at different angles, maybe the costume was made to reveal more—like nipples so clear in the shot below, but between all the up shots of boobs, crotch shots while she fights and falls down, and the fact that the comic book does not have her naked like this all the time, as a woman, I just found it all so unnecessary, and just in very poor taste.
Connect these dots, Hollywood: I'm not paying to see this . . .
P.S. And to Rose McGowan, if you read this, please tell me you'll never dress like that again and that you now see what it means: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got discouraged when Wonder Woman (2017) lost its first female director. I had been so excited, I had even started an issue of PAYBACK featuring Michelle MacLaren on the cover.
After she was let go, I thought they would let a man do it after all, but then in April 2015, the project gained
Patty Jenkins as Director—here VARIETY compares the two—and I was relieved. Not only should this most iconic female Superhero action movie be directed by a woman, but it really should also have been written by a woman. Reading writer Jason Fuchs' bio on IMDb reveals nothing that makes him specially qualified to script this most important milestone in women's Action Movies. He's really more all about acting. So, why wasn't the writing opportunity given to a woman? (I want to add: #srsly? and: for fuck's sake!)
There can be NO good reason the job of writing the script didn't go to a woman. Makes me wonder if there weren't already scripts out there. [Yes, I am aware Wonder Woman was created by a man (William Moulton Marston), but it was his wife's idea (Elizabeth Holloway Marston), and she is credited with being the "mother" of Wonder Woman.
Anyhow, when they cast the WAY-too-skinny Gal Gadot, I hoped somehow she would be able to fulfill the role (translation: gain 50 pounds of muscle, other actors have done it). When that didn't happen, I hoped she would be replaced before the feature. I've already spoken out against Gal Gadot in the role in "Wonder Woman is a twig!" And I am even more unhappy after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She looked so weak (really skinny legs), and when she fell down there was a crotch shot. A CROTCH SHOT. REALLY?!?! "Oh come on!" Have a little respect.
JIM CARREY LIAR, LIAR "OH COME ON!"
Gal Gadot is just not believable. Look how the men look and then look at her. She's a Barbie.
Now look at Wonder Woman in these comic versions:
Below is Gal Gadot in a cast teaser photo for the feature. She doesn't even have any thigh muscles. These women look scrawny: all of them! These are not SUPERHEROES—WTH?! From the left, Lisa Loven Kongsli is "Melannippe", Connie Nielsen is "Queen Hippolyta" (WW's mother), and Robin Wright is General Antiope (at least her thighs look slightly bigger), but look at their scrawny arms too.
WHY?!?! . . . On the bright side, it will be easy to tell when the stunt doubles (real life wonder women) take over.
I hate this image so much. HOW MANY YEARS WOMAN'VE WAITED, hoping to FINALLY see Wonder Woman on the big screen,only to get more of this male-fantasy body-image cop out. What message does this send young girls? "I can only PRETEND to do these things. I can't be strong or that will be unattractive." That sucks. When the REAL message should be I CAN DO ANYTHING the men can do #yeswecan. What a wasted chance to send a so-much-better body image message. Think how incredible it could have been—how it will someday be—when a woman seems a physical equal to a man. This Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) just looks like a poser, and it's just a story, so really who cares? Sadly this movie's not going to make great strides for women and their self image, nor for empowerment.
We wanted a SUPERHERO, instead we're getting another "don't be fat" message. It's time for us to move Wonder Woman from the jiggly male fantasy heroine, to a real role model for strength, and one who is appropriately attired for battle, not a nearly-naked one like this . . .
William Marston himself wrote: "Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with ALL THE STRENGTH of Superman . . . (and he went on to say "plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman" but blah-blah-blah as lip service to the era #onestepforwardtwostepsback).
And therein lies the crux of the problem. The allure of a beautiful woman. In my opinion, Hollywood thinks men don't want to see a 'big girl'. What they don't realize is: WOMEN do. Strength is alluring. It really should be BY WOMEN, and FOR WOMEN. I want to see that movie. With Gina Carano or someone equally strong. Arms this big (shotputter) and legs at least this big (don't tell me strong is not sexy):
Let me tell you, if she was even just a little beast-ish, a little Vasquez from Aliens, the audience cheering would be incredible. Nobody NOBODY cheered when Wonder Woman appeared in BvS. It should not be like that. She should have had a Big Dog Entrance, and our first image of her in costume should not have been a black and white photo. She was no big deal. It came off as them letting her be in their movie. Don't even start me on the ridiculous outfits she wore when she was Diana Prince (all 3 open from neck to waist). The 'business' suit was absurd. Maybe we can FINALLY get past the idea that we have to look 'hot' while doing everything. Grrrrrr!
A lot of money will be spent, and that's great—To give a woman director the reigns of a big budget Action Movie, but I have a feeling the role/story will be too much Drama and not enough being a Bad Ass (sigh). This movie will fail is my prediction. Which is a shame, because then men will use it as an excuse not to make more female superhero movies. (It's TOTAL BULLSHIT we have to wait for a Black Widow movie.) Why can't they see women don't want another supermodel image, they want a real-life superhero (we want/need our "Arnold").
Maybe She Hulk will have to do the job . . . Imagine a whole movie with all super strong women! It will happen.
Captain America Marathon 5/5
Couldn't miss the chance to see all these great movies again. 14 action-packed hours. It was EVERYTHING I hoped it would be :-)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER trailer
THE AVENGERS trailer
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER trailer
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON trailer
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer
Hardcore Henry raises the bar on filmmaking
You'll say "Oh my God, I can't believe they did that!" at least twice . . . and wonder "How did they do that?" even more. Here's a great article (from The NY Times) about the craziness of filming "Hardcore Henry".
So many gnarly kills! The movie's a tour de force, literally, and a little hard to keep up with, everything moves so fast at times. It was definitely amazingly creative. I found myself wishing they had invested us in the character's dilemma, and we had no idea about the villain and/or savior until the end. I wish we could have rooted for Henry's revenge. The almost continuous action was incredible but I found the plot confusing. At the end it seemed like Henry was Jimmy because when he passed out his reflection looked like Sharlto Copley, so Henry = just another version of Jimmy? It's not even mentioned in this voluminous plot description from Wikipedia. Just try to follow this if you didn't watch it:
[ So much boob-age! Some of the nicest boobs since Elena Eleniak in Under Siege. If I was a boy I would probably have loved it, as a girl I really didn't give a damn, and it didn't bother me.) I found this version of Jimmy hilarious! ]
In the end, I found it gimmicky but only because the plot was thin and the Action was so outta hand. I would love to watch it a couple more times in the theater. It's a big-screen Action Movie to be sure!
Last night I watched Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and this morning, half awake, I posted Star Wars: Rogue Nation (embarrassing! LOL). Fixed now, and WOW the trailer looks so cool! Thanks to JoBlo Movie Trailers for posting it so early.
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE TRAILER
I know, right? So excited we can hardly stand it! I am wearing a "Star Wars Trilogy special edition" button I begged off an usher out of sheer joy after seeing this teaser. Can't wait for the trailer, and yes, I'm going to watch. #icanthelpit. We all want to be back in that world so badly. Going to keep checking YouTube when I can and will be so thrilled to post the trailer tonight.
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE TEASER
Captain America Movie Marathon
Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice
It could have been so much shorter! I'm a big DC fan, a Superman over Batman fan, a woman who has been waiting since Linda Carter on TV to see Wonder Woman on the big screen, and a huge childhood fan of Aquaman (comics and the animated TV show), and I was bored. Plus (without mentioning any spoilers) it was a downer. Action Movies should not be a downer, they should pump you up!
Even though I'm a woman, we female Action Movie freaks often relate to the male heroes (not to the weak supporting female characters/victims as Hollywood seems to think we do), but even with two strong characters like Batman and Superman, I couldn't help but notice there was just too much crying, too much emotion. So, at the start, when Lois Lane says "I'm not a lady, I'm a journalist" I thought Hooray! but then she wore really high heels (while trying to run here and there), and they had her naked in the tub (WHY!?). Even worse, the "Superheroes" whined and blubbered. There's no crying in Action Movies, and there shouldn't be any high heels!
And while it's great that Wonder Woman shows up to fight with the 'big boys', she's a woman but she's not a Bad Ass. Gal Gadot is not big enough for the role. We've had the supermodel thin version already. We are ready for, overdue for, wishing for, the truly physically strong female. Her skinny legs are so disappointing. Even Amy Adams' Lois Lane looks stronger.
DARK KNIGHTS AND DARK DAYS
The film has nice message about loving your mommy, and blah blah blah. A few of us die-hard DC fans sat and waited until after all the credits, hoping for a teaser for the next film, and got nothing. As we ambled out amid disappointed mumbling, someone piped up "This isn't Marvel." That sums it up. Dark days ahead.
You have a few hours left to show what a Kick Ass Woman you are and support the Artemis Film Festival. They ask that you take a selfie with a sign that says "I Contributed". Every dollar helps, so please give if you can. They are honoring some very inspiring role models, like Stunt Women extraordinaire Zoë Bell and Heidi Moneymaker.
Deadpool ♥ Happy St. Valentine's
Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds. He owns the role so completely, it's hard to imagine anyone else could. From the pre-mutant, wise-cracking, love sick puppy, to the hell-bent-on-revenge, relentless smart ass, the action is as fast as the one liners. The movie is wildly entertaining with so many how-did-they-do-that scenes that I found my self shaking my head in wonder.
The very funny and creative opening credits, part of a really long, surprising, and painful action sequence, are the best thing I've seen in a while. They really set the tone for the whole movie. Critics—who don't get what makes an Action Movie, an action movie—complain about even one "cheesy one liner", this movie proves that we enjoy the HELL out of them, and can't get enough. I laughed all the way through.
Criminal: Old School Actors/Old School Action
Criminal stars Kevin Coster, Tommy Lee Jones, and Gary Oldham, plus Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot—all great dramatic actors who have done some really great roles in memorable Action Movies.
Coster couldn't have been better in 3 Days to Kill, and with this cast, it's a no fail movie. Add Tom Struthers as 2nd Unit Director (what an incredible list of movies to his credit! He's 2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator on the upcoming Warcraft, was Stunt Coordinator on Redemption, The Dark Knight Rises, John Carter, X-Men First Class, Season of the Witch, Inception, Terminator Salvation, The Dark Knight, and more . . . ) and I think it's going to pack a wallop with old-school Action scenes. Frankly, I'm a little tired of Superhero Movies, bring on real tough guys (at any age).
The script is interesting. The writers are: Douglas Cook (aka Douglas S. Cook, he passed away at just 56 in 2015) and David Weisberg (together they wrote the screen play for The Rock with Mark Rosner—say no more), and Synopsis: The memories & skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict. A man who "was "in out of prison more than half his life, [a man who]'s got no impulse or control, [is] unable to calculate the consequence of his actions, [and] has a total lack of empathy for anybody or anything. [A man who] feels nothing." How interesting to awaken such a violent man to morality and empathy. It's such a natural next movie (story wise) after 3 Days to Kill. At the heart of what makes an Action Movie, an Action Movie is a hero who's on the right side—an Action Movie Essential. If you didn't see 3 Days to Kill, I suggest you watch.
Look for it in theaters on April 15, 2016 . . .
3 DAYS TO KILL TRAILER
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi When Grown Men Cry*Michael Bay and Benghazi: What a story, what a movie!
John Krasinski—such screen presence—at some point he eclipses everyone. That's a good thing, after all, he is the lead character, yet every actor's performance is really good. Even with as little as we know of the characters, we get really attached in a very short time. This "true story" is so compelling that even though there were many entertaining moments of Camaraderie and Dominance, and in-your-face love of America, you can't help but feel the movie's condemnation of those in command in the military/government who sat and watched and did practically nothing. (*One of the few time I've not hated it—considering the true story.)
Here are three of the six real-life heroes, and an interview that drives the truth home:
Heroes of Benghazi Open Up About the Film
Shadow Warriors Project—a worthy cause to support.
After such tremendous bravery, what do these heroes get? From their site: Shadow Warriors Project (SWP) is a foundation dedicated to the support of private military security contractors, conducting paramilitary security operations in some of the world's most dangerous areas. It is the only charity of its kind. Although the private security contractor has served in the military he is considered a civilian and does not receive the same support offered to injured active military or veterans. SWP serves the private contractor by offering financial support through heartfelt donations. By easing the load of these injured warriors it allows them to focus on healing, as an individual as well as the family unit.
The individuals receiving support from the SWP are special operatives that were hired either through the CIA or via private security companies. These people are in need of assistance because there is no post-engagement support for them on their return to the U.S. like there is for military veterans. These operatives may have been killed or wounded, and SWP's goal is to serve as a support system to them and/or their family. The individual financial assistance will be for medical bills, PTSD treatment, and other family therapies. We also want to provide education to the public about who these warriors are, and support events that bring the Shadow Warriors and their family members together for events and fundraisers.
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Jeremy Marinasas shows mad skillz on his Stunt Reel
Furious Seven says good bye to Paul Walker
Artemis Motion Pictures holding WOMEN IN ACTION Film Festival April 24-26, 2015
Jupiter Ascendingg soars
Unlucky Stars trailer is up!
ARTEMIS Women in Action FILM FESTIVAL
Artemis Year 2: April 22-24, 2016