Linda Darnell really makes Fallen Angel come alive. But unfortunately it is at the expense of Alice Faye’s part.
Alice Faye plays June Mills who is all sunshine and lollipops. She is billed first but the story is her part kept getting shrunk and shooting went on in favor of Linda Darnell who is cynical, mean. and snappy with the comebacks. She plays games, tilts her head, bats her eyes. Basically brings it from Squaresville to Noir City with no stops.
Poor Dana Andrews as Eric Stanton. He keeps waffling between the blonde and the one in the toiben. He looks great in a Fedora which is requisite #1.
Worth a watch to see Linda and Dana’s repartee.
I think, in the future this period of time will be described as the Baudrillardian age. Our movies, all the stories we tell over and over seem to be posing and reposing the idea of a dream or a copy being more real than the original. Reality has been evicted from its former palace of glory. In Inception characters are conned and conned over again as to the nature of the real. Do we as audience members ever learn the real truth? No, the camera cuts away before we know for certain.
Movies are really the perfect medium for discussing these double, triple, let us just say multiple feints. One character says to another, do you remember how you got here? Of course (s)he does not. We just cut to this scene. Why would a film show a character getting to a cafe? what would be the sense in that? We assume that (s)he walked or drove, or rode a bike, or jumped on the back of Aslan the lion, or whatever. Characters are placed in scenes carefully crafted by the set designer, the writers, framed by the director and the camera man, and so on. What was I doing just before this scene? I was getting hair and makeup done and before that I was at the Craft food services table. Why?
I think though a current audience is much more able to accept a discussion of what is real now because their idea of what is real has been whittled away at by the internet for a decade or more. Who are your real friends? The people you hang with in meat space or your friends on Facebook, the ones you tell all your secrets to? I don’t know myself and I think rather quickly people’s ideas of what is just so won’t be just so any longer.
I haven’t spoiled anything. Go see it.
I got to see X-Men Origins yesterday. Actually thought we were going to see Star Trek but it was sold out. Looks like plenty of other folks had the same idea. I had wanted to see Wolverine too so I was happy with a last minute substitute.
Like the other X-Men movie offerings, Wolverine gathers all manner of various and sundry characters in the Marvel Universe and puts them all together hoping that they will all blend and make the movie great. Some of the characters are kids, some are adults. Characters introduced in the 80’s and 90’s appear with older, original characters. The more I watch the Marvel movies the more convinced I am that they occur in a universe separate from any of the comics. Sure it’s completely geeky, but it helps me to overlook inconsistencies with some of the Marvel comics. But really characters are re-written all the time. The movies aren’t any different.
Still, I liked seeing Gambit, a long time favorite character of mine. Though I was a little disappointed that his Cajun accent was so thin.
Really though no matter how bad these X-Men movies get, though this wasn’t terrible at all, I will probably still watch them.
This one has probably pissed all the fan boys off already. There are a lot of characters who will be confusing for the rest of us. I spent a good couple hours just looking them all up. I’m sorry I don’t know every single Marvel character by heart.
A small note about the “bone claws”. I had always thought the claws were installed, not part of Logan’s mutant power. If they were already there and bony as shown in the movie they would have still have been bony looking but with a metal finish. Anyway, minor details really.
The good part is that as unbelievable as Wolverine is as a character, Hugh Jackman is still as believable as ever as Wolverine.
I made a Bond Quiz for my the men in my family. We were afforded some time to see the Quantum of Solace in the movie theater. Beforehand we went to Trader Vics in Emerville. I had some tiki drinks that were pretty good and mostly everyone else had Martinis.
I do know my brother in law had a scorpion bowl for one. I may have to try that soon.
Below the fold I have submitted to you my reader the test in its entirety. Answer in comments if you believe you know any of the answers.
Bond Quiz 2008
Answer each question as best as you can.
1. Bond usually uses a Walter PPK. In real world history where and when was this gun first used?
2. In “Tomorrow Never Dies” Bond uses a different gun then the above. What is it?
3. Maude Adams plays two separate Bond Girls in which two movies?
4. What Bond Girl appears in two Bond movies as the same character?
5. What Actor who played a Bond Villain has a fragrance named after them (the actor not the villain)?
7. Never Say Never Again is a remake of what movie?
8. In what movie is a bald man, who is in a wheelchair and holding a cat, dumped into a smokestack?
9. At the end of many James Bond films something like “James Bond Will Return ...” appears in text on the screen. What film was released contrary to what was promised at the end of the previous film?
10. James Bond has a herald and a motto. What does James Bond’s family motto translate into in English?
11. Which movie took the longest to appear on screen after the previous one?
12. What Bond film boasts the oldest actor playing the role of James Bond?
13. Ian Fleming wanted his cousin to appear as Dr. No in the film of the same name. Who is this cousin and what character did he wind up playing instead?
14. The character of Mini-Me played by Vern Troyer in 2 of the 3 Austin Powers movies is based on what Bond henchman?
15. James Bond is an exceptional skier. Name as many movies as you can where he does so (there are five). No sledding does not count. Yes, boarding does count.
16. Several actors have played parts throughout the Bond movies but none as many times as Desmond Llewellyn. What is his character’s title and name?
17. How many times did the above play this part?
18. In what Bond film movie does Bond watch a Sumo wrestling match?
19. Bond sports long hair and a full beard in what movie?
20. SPECTRE is an acronym for what?
21. What Bond character’s name is a play on Oedipus Rex?
22. What is three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shaken over ice, with a thin slice of lemon peel?
23. Sean Connery appears in both EON and Non-EON 007 films. What actress can claim the same?
24. Jaws appears as a henchman in several movies. Which is JAWS’ final movie?
25. Which Bond Girl was also a Charlie’s Angel?
26. What was the name of the TV show that presented a 1954 version of Casino Royale?
28. What is the name of the Character in Live and Let Die who uses Tarot to divine the future?
29. Many Bond movies are taken from the Ian Flemming novels. Only one was written from a female’s point of view. What is that novel/movie?
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I never really thought I would see something quite like this. Now that I have, I’m not sure what to think.
I saw it.
I liked it.
It was scary.
A little too long, why did it have to have seven endings, just talking for the last 1/2 hour?
No more Heather Ledger. A shame.
Please do not take your kids to this movie. Its not for them. While your at it, take away your kids copy of GTA: San Andreas.
I was told there was none of the Graphic Novel The Dark Knight Returns in this movie. There is definitely some though you have to look for it.
There you are. Did you like my Batman doodle? No? Well too bad. It’s staying.
OK, here is a little puzzle for both of you miceland readers. Just saw a movie and recognized a sample that Big Audio Dynamite had stolen from it. You listen to the sample and tell me if you think you know what movie it is from.
Here is a sample from Big Audio Dynamite’s Union, Jack. I’ll give you clues if you want.
New clue after the fold.