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Wonder Woman: Bad Choice not Bad Ass
I got discouraged when Wonder Woman (2017) lost its first female director. I was 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 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 opportunity given to a woman?
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 unable to fulfill the role. When that didn't happen, I hoped she would be replaced for the feature. I've already spoken out against her 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:
Now look at Wonder Woman in these comic versions:
And here is Gal Gadot (below) in a teaser photo. 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 I WAITED, hoping to FINALLY see Wonder Woman on the big screen and have her make huge strides for physically strong female body types, only to get more of this male-fantasy cop out. What message does this send young girls? What a wasted chance to send a so much better body image message.
William Marston himself wrote: "Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. 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 plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."
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'. They don't realize WOMEN do. Strength is alluring. Maybe not so much to men, but this is not FOR men. 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. The 'business' suit was absurd.
This movie will fail financially is my prediction. Woman don't want another supermodel image, they want a superhero. 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 there will be too much Drama and not enough being a Bad Ass. (sigh)
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. Starts at 7:00 AM tomorrow: 14 action-packed hours.
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 they Action was so outta hand. I would love to watch it a couple more times in the theater. It's a big-screen 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
Spartacus doesn't 'cock' it up
Jupiter Ascending soars
Unlucky Stars trailer is up!
ARTEMIS Women in Action FILM FESTIVAL
Artemis Year 2: April 22-24, 2016