You want to know the real story of the black costume? Go here, or better yet, find the Secret Wars Comics which feature the origin. This movie sucks. I have seen all of the Marvel movies, and most of them have sucked.... The Fantastic 4? Sucked.
I am not going to go into a long speech here. I realize most of you probably dont really care about comic books, but I grew up on them, and am a huge fan of Marvel. I could teach a class on Dr. Doom, The Fantastic 4, Xavier's Mutants, The Punisher and yes, Spiderman. And while the movies may be entertaining to some, to a comic purest like me, they violate the trust of long time fans everywhere...
The story of the symbiotic suit is one of the most interesting stories in the Spiderman Saga. While I realize that it is probably impractical and way too costly to do a movie on the Secret Wars, just the number of heroes would break the budget.... Changing the whole origin of the costume and expecting old time Spiderman fans not to care, is insulting.
Since I have only seen the trailer so far, I don't know how the costume will be explained in the movie. But based on Marvel Entertainment Group's history of ignoring comic book cannon... I am sure it wont be satisfactory...
There were no graphic sex scenes, no car chases, no gory special effects, and yet I sat transfixed for the whole movie. I turned to my wife, during one scene between Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, and commented on how sexy the starlets of that time were. She sort of appreciated Mature too. Hehe...
It's no wonder Lamarr was a top pin up girl during WWII. The woman has to have been one of the sexiest, most sensual beings on the planet, during her reign as a top hollywood star.
And the wife is right. Ole' Vic had it goin' on too.
What is so amazing about the old pictures, is how sexy people could be, without taking off their clothes. Granted, both Mature and Lamarr's costumes are pretty "economized," but they left enough to the imagination... What made Lamarr so sexy in the movie was her acting... Her ability to convey the angst of a woman torn between love and hate, and ripped by jealousy.
The movie also played on the theme of how easilly men can be manipulated by a beautiful woman, a story as old as the Bible, from which it was taken.
Hedy Lamarr was from a period of classic beauty in film and art. Where a female always conveyed a sense of class, even when they were portraying a vamp, which arguably she was in some respects.
The woman was sexy, powerful, manipulative and smart, things many men have lost respect for as attractive features in a woman.
One of the biggest surprises in the movie for me, was Angela Lansbury. Can you believe the Grand ole dame of, Murder She Wrote, once looked like this?
She has a relatively small role in the movie, as Samson's first love, and Delilah's sister, but from her first moments on the screen, she makes you forget all about Murder She Wrote. The woman was an absolute fox.
I have always been a fan of the old school actresses. One of my favorites has always been Dorothy Lamour, of the Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Road Movies.... who had to have some black in her. Hehe...
She was another incredibly beautiful woman, who had class along with sex appeal.
Now the challenge...
Name one female star today that has the class or sex appeal of these ladies. Maybe Nicole Kiddman? Oh there are plenty of beauties today, and quite a few of them are very sexy, but there is just something about the Stars of Classic Hollywood...
I would not have believed it, but washed up Actor Sylvester Stalone has figured out a way to milk just a few dollars more out of the Tired Rocky Franchise!
The marketing of "Rocky": The release date for Sylvester Stallone's final installment of the Rocky story -- "Rocky Balboa" comes out Dec. 22 -- is no coincidence. The film is being marketed directly to Christian audiences, and the Christmastime opening is a part of that effort. Church groups have been provided with study guides and special screenings, and Stallone himself has been reaching out to the faith community to peddle his boxer's tale; in a recent teleconference with religious leaders, he admitted his own faith had influenced the Rocky story greatly. "The more I go to church and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to His Word and having Him guide my hand, I feel as though the pressure is off me now," he said. "You need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else. You cannot train yourself. I feel the same way about Christianity and about what the church is: The church is the gym of the soul." (RockyResources, CitizenLink via Drudge)
Why are the contributions of black soldiers so often forgotten?
For some reason, this story does not surprise me.... That Clint Eastwood neglected to portray blacks as participants at Iwo Jima, does... Clint is not known as a racist, and is in fact well respected by Blacks in Hollywood, especially after producing movies like Bird. I am willing to cut him some slack on this one. Fact is, the omission may just help to bring some acknowledgment to Black Veterans of WWII.
Nearly 900 African-Americans fought on the Japanese
island but not one appears in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-
tipped film, writes Dan Glaister
On February 19 1945 Thomas McPhatter found himself on a
landing craft heading toward the beach on Iwo Jima.
"There were bodies bobbing up all around, all these
dead men," said the former US marine, now 83 and living
in San Diego. "Then we were crawling on our bellies and
moving up the beach. I jumped in a foxhole and there
was a young white marine holding his family pictures.
He had been hit by shrapnel, he was bleeding from the
ears, nose and mouth. It frightened me. The only thing
I could do was lie there and repeat the Lord's prayer,
over and over and over."
Sadly, Sgt McPhatter's experience is not mirrored in
Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood's big-budget,
Oscar-tipped film of the battle for the Japanese
island. While the battle scene's in the film - which
opens today in the US - show scores of young soldiers
in combat, none of them are African-American. Yet
almost 900 African-American troops took part in the
battle of Iwo Jima, including Sgt McPhatter.
The film tells the story of the raising of the stars
and stripes over Mount Suribachi at the tip of the
island. The moment was captured in a photograph that
became a symbol of the US war effort. Eastwood's film
follows the marines in the picture, including the
Native American Ira Hayes, as they were removed from
combat operations to promote the sale of government war
Mr McPhatter, who went on to serve in Vietnam and rose
to the rank of lieutenant commander in the US navy,
even had a part in the raising of the flag. "The man
who put the first flag up on Iwo Jima got a piece of
pipe from me to put the flag up on," he says. That,
too, is absent from the film.
"Of all the movies that have been made of Iwo Jima, you
never see a black face," said Mr McPhatter. "This is
the last straw. I feel like I've been denied, I've been
insulted, I've been mistreated. But what can you do? We
still have a strong underlying force in my country of
Melton McLaurin, author of the forthcoming The Marines
of Montford Point and an accompanying documentary to be
released in February, says that there were hundreds of
black soldiers on Iwo Jima from the first day of the
35-day battle. Although most of the black marine units
were assigned ammunition and supply roles, the chaos of
the landing soon undermined the battle plan.
"When they first hit the beach the resistance was so
fierce that they weren't shifting ammunition, they were
firing their rifles," said Dr McLaurin.
The failure to transfer the active role played by
African-Americans at Iwo Jima to the big screen does
not surprise him. "One of the marines I interviewed
said that the people who were filming newsreel footage
on Iwo Jima deliberately turned their cameras away when
black folks came by. Blacks are not surprised at all
when they see movies set where black troops were
engaged and never show on the screen. I would like to
say that it was from ignorance but anybody can do
research and come up with books about African-Americans
in world war two. I think it has to do with box office
and what producers of movies think Americans really
want to see."
He added: "I want to see these guys get their due.
They're just so anxious to have their story told and to
have it known."
Roland Durden, another black marine, landed on the
beach on the third day. "When we hit the shore we were
loaded with ammunition and the Japanese hit us with
mortar." Private Durden was soon assigned to burial
detail, "burying the dead day in, day out. It seemed
like endless days. They treated us like workmen rather
Mr Durden, too, is wearied but unsurprised at the
omissions in Eastwood's film. "We're always left out of
the films, from John Wayne on," he said. Mr Durden
ascribes to both the conspiracy as well as the cock-up
theory of history. "They didn't want blacks to be
heroes. This was pre-1945, pre civil rights."
Eastwood and the makers of the film, Warner Bros and
Dreamworks, did not comment for this article. The
omission was first remarked upon in a review by Fox
News columnist Roger Friedman, who noted that the
history of black involvement at Iwo Jima was recorded
in several books, including Christopher Moore's recent
Fighting for America: Black Soldiers - the Unsung
Heroes of World War II. "They weren't in the background
at all," said Moore.
Great piece of entertainment, sucked ass as a historical piece. Why do people, normal people, with not one touch of the heroism of the people involved in these events, feel the right to play with history?
Saw Ice Cube in State of the Union, the other night. They should have stuck with Vin Diesel. He was at least SOMEWHAT believable... Not that I don't love my boy Cube, but damn that was a BAD, ridiculously exaggerated cartoon of a movie.
There was ONE good thing about the movie, and only one...
And last night I saw a movie, that has to be the 21st Century heir to their wacky comedy throne. This was the funniest freakin' movie I have seen in YEARS, and as you can see by this clip, an Anderson... My nephew has a small but kick ass role.
This has got to be one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.
I am not a big video game player. I occassionaly play The SIMS, but that it Angel's Fault. She is the one that got me hooked on that game. I had no idea that Aeon Flux was another one of those video games made into a movie. Hollywood is not very creative. Quick formula to make money? Put a beautiful woman in Spandex or a tight fitting outfit, (In this case, Charlize Theron, give her some Matrix like moves and weapons and turn her lose on an Evil, all powerful interest. It works.