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[Blade Runner] When Roy Batty says, "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate," he is talking about aliens.
2020.06.26 10:29 aqua_zesty_man[Blade Runner] When Roy Batty says, "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate," he is talking about aliens.
The premise here is he's having traveled beyond where humans have ever been up to that time, possibly on a Tyrell ship, or maybe as a prisoner of an alien species who then escaped or was let free to return to Earth. This is somewhat of an update to a fan-theory I have previously posted: https://www.reddit.com/FanTheories/comments/5pbs09/what_fan_theories_made_bad_or_mediocre_movies/dcqu9lg/, but now includes the Blade Runner movies via the above quote and because of other factors which we will outline shortly. In a nutshell, I posit a Shared 'Grunge Tech' universe in which all of these franchise films or video games are part: Blade Runner 1 & 2; Alien 1 through 4, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, and associated video games; Predator 1 through 4 and associated video games; AVP 1 & 2 and associated video games; RoboCop 1 through 3 (but not the 2014 remake); and the movies Total Recall (1990), Outland (1981), and Leviathan (1989). By Grunge Tech, I mean the aesthetic that makes it appear that Apple, Inc dominated the field of computing aesthetics and ergonomics and then got complacent and sloppy, turning everything into a dull, dreary monochrome color scheme, including maintaining 1970s-style computer readouts for the next couple hundred years. Blade Runner was set in 2019, with a real-world release date of 1982. In that reality, there's flying cars, programmable people, and interplanetary travel. But it seems rather incredible humans gained not only easy interplanetary travel but picked up FTL early enough to be able to have wars being fought for or against an interstellar empire in just thirty-seven years. When Roy Batty says "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe," he's not just addressing Deckard or Gaff, but all humans. I think he has had contact with aliens who own those attack ships or know who does. He's been beyond the human sphere. This makes more sense if we look at the easter egg mentioned in the article "25 Movie Details That Even Die Hard Fans Confessed To Miss" (www.thepopple.com/famous-movie-details-you-probably-missed-69119): "A lot of you might have noticed that computer interface used in *Alien (1979), the same interface is used in Blade Runner (1982). Because of this many fans believe that both the stories take place in the same universe. // When director Ridley Scott created Alien Covenant in 2017, he kept the trend alive."* Then there's videos like this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hqaqQ4Mb38) which detail various similarities in Ridley Scott's filmmaking with the Blade Runner and Alien franchises. If they belong in the same universe, that's well and good, but Xenomorphs don't have a spacefaring civilization. They more or less get spread the universe by other species to be studied (humans), used as weapons (humans), or used as prey (Predators). Which brings us to the Aliens vs. Predator spinoffs. If the Aliens movies are part of this universe, then so are the AVP movies and the video games that assume the shared universe, the Aliens: Colonial Marines video game, and the four Predator movies. Those movies allow for lots of things that need to be accounted for:
Weyland-Yutani's interest in the Xenomorphs (Alien 1 and AVP 1): In AVP 1, existence of the Xenomorphs was revealed to Weyland and his company, and he wanted everything he could get his hands on concerning the Xenomorphs. This agenda was maintained for the entirety of Weyland Industries' existence, then Weyland-Yutani's. Originally it is implied that when the Nostromo computer uploaded its sensor readings to the network and back to corporate, they thought so much of those sensor readings that they immediately wrote off the human crewmembers as expendable and fed secret orders to Ash who then went haywire. It seems incredibly callous and cold-hearted of them unless you allow for them having had prior knowledge of the Xenomorphs and the Engineers. If Weyland-Yutani threw their freighter crews under the proverbial bus every time they ran across a strange signal of intelligent origin, they'd never get anything done. But if the signal's origin was recognized as Engineer (certainly an older and more advanced race), then sacrificing a crew and delaying a huge shipment of ore to get some Engineer artifacts makes sense, from a strictly cost-benefit perspective anyway.
The existence of Predators as a race, their technology and the CIA's pursuit of it, and their having visited Earth since at least the 18th century in this shared universe can serve as a reasonable explanation of how humans can have strange crime scene-scanning devices in the second Predator movie. In the first movie, which in-universe takes place in 1987, a pocket nuke (essentially fusion-powered satchel charge) might have blown the Predator hunter to bits, but Dutch Schaefer survived the blast despite being barely a stone's throw from the blast. Ten years later (according to the second film), when Detective Harrigan briefly catches up to the 'City Hunter' and is detained by Agent Keyes, Keyes tells him about the events of the first movie including the potential recovery of alien artifacts: specifically the plasma caster, face mask, and any other hardware the Predator discarded prior to his final deathmatch with Schaefer. These objects wouldn't have been consumed in the hunter's suicide unless by sheer luck the battle had ended in the same spot of the jungle where it began. So we can already assume the CIA recovered those devices and have been on the search for more Predators and their technology ever since. Then, in the second movie, more Predator artifacts are acquired: the urban hunter's damaged plasma caster, mask, medical kit, collapsing spear, frogleg darts, and the wrist computer that Harrigan disabled with the flying disc weapon.
Going by Oleg Taktarov's character's statement that he was fighting in Chechnya before being abducted, we can pinpoint the third Predator movie anywhere from 1994 to 1996 (making it a prequel to the second movie), or between 1999 and 2009, meaning that the Predators are still coming to Earth after Harrigan's encounter with them in 1997.
If we also bring in the Predators through the first and second AVP movies, we have the entire Predator civilization as interested parties in the Xenomorphs and it makes sense that Predators want to keep Earth 'clean' of Xeno infestation so that future warriors can come to Earth for hunting without having to fight only Xenomorphs all the time. The Predators love Earth and all of its variety. They come here a lot. They like the challenge of hunting humans as smart prey. Xenos are smart, but they're not organized as a civilization the way humans are. They simply consume the local inhabitants, build nests, and build up their numbers to insane amounts. But Predators like to come to earth while trying to minimize their exposure to non-prey humans in an urban or rural setting. That's all part of the challenge.
If these Predator artifacts led to even greater breakthroughs, it's possible that by 2019 we get Blade Runner's flying cars and off-world colonies where Replicants are required to live and work.
Putting Predators into the shared universe gives us at least one possibility for who or what Roy Batty ran into 'out there' off the shoulder of Orion, which could mean either the Betelgeuse or Bellatrix star systems. If we wanted to pin this down further using science developed after the fact, Betelgeuse is 700 LY away and is approaching or has already entered into its supernova stage, while Bellatrix is only 200 LY away and a nearer destination. (However, from a writer's perspective, it's more dramatic for Roy Batty to have traveled to Betelgeuse where one or more civilizations are fighting over everything not nailed down before Betelgeuse finally explodes and wipes everything out.)
Now Replicants are programmed meta-humans, basically an engineered subspecies of human as a permanent underclass held in perpetual corporate bondage. Human programming seems like an even stranger development to have occurred in as few as three decades. But if you'll allow the indulgence, if we add the RoboCop movies and Total Recall to the shared universe:
We can have deep-brain manipulation much earlier than this world's version of 2019.
We have some pretty great cybernetics which leads into technology for making both Replicants and Synthetics.
We can infer that the big corporations, from OCP and Tyrell to Weyland-Yutani and United Systems Military have been working toward creating the perfect workforce. In the RoboCop movies they started out with technology that allowed for legally dead people to be programmed and 'owned' via the proprietary technology that kept them alive but subservient to company interests.
After RoboCop 2 and the chaos that Cain created, the cyborg path was presumably cut short by legal-political fallout, so the mega-corporations developed the Replicants. These were organics engineered with a short lifespan built in as a fail-safe against the kind of revolution Alex Murphy would have led if more half-dead people like him were constructed and enslaved. Murphy showed that corporate directives alone could not keep a cyborg population in line. So in comes the Replicants who are designed to die and be replaced before they live long enough to develop 'ideas' about not cooperating with company policy.
When the Replicant workforce really gets going, there is legal-political fallout of a different sort, presumably by natural-born humans who don't want their jobs taken by 'pod-people' or by feeling unsafe when or if these Replicants ever stage a revolt. The Replicants get banished from Earth and the 'blade runners' are hired to make sure it stays that way.
Total Recall puts humans on Mars in 2084, and shows us how far brain manipulation can go in that time, with scripted memories of vacations downloaded in a single sitting (just like how Tyrell programmed Rachael with false memories from his dead niece)--though to be fair, the entire film from the time Quaid gets strapped into the chair until the end of the show could be considered part of the vacation script (unless the conversation the techs at Rekall are having about there being a memory cap and not having implanted the vacation memories, are not part of the vacation memories!). We can still surmise the colonies on Mars are real, but anyone who appears in the film after his visit to Rekall may simply be part of the vacation download... We see more elements of sociopathic mega-corporation behavior when Cohaagen is allowed to control air flow to forestall rebellion. And in this movie, another AI goes berserk when the JohnnyCab malfunctions; it's a common theme in this universe.
Ultimately the mega-corporations settle for building true Synthetics: Ash, Bishop, Call, and David.
All these movies present a 'grunge tech' look (albeit limited by 1970s and 1980s-era set dressing) which, combined with routine mega-corporate malfeasance and the treatment of employees and underlings more as slaves and disposable assets rather than real people with rights, presents a fairly coherent dystopia where the strong control the weak (whether that's Predators vs. Xenomorphs, or humans vs. Replicants and Synthetics, or corporations vs. colonists). There are several other links we could make between the source materials of this shared universe: BLADE RUNNER + ALIEN: "In developing his character [David for Prometheus], Fassbender avoided watching the android characters of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), and instead studied the replicants in Scott's 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner, with a focus on Sean Young's character Rachael, whose "vacancy" and longing for a soul interested him." (Wikipedia: Sciretta, Peter (June 8, 2012). "Interview: Michael Fassbender Talks 'Prometheus'". /Film. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012.) --from one of the wikis. ALIEN + PREDATOR:
Jerry Lambert (Predator 2) is an ancestor of Pvt. Hudson (Alien 2), both played by Bill Paxton; comic relief runs in the family. It is possible that Joan Lambert (Veronica Cartwright, Alien 1) is also a descendant of Jerry Lambert, making her a distant cousin perhaps of Private Hudson.
Al Dillon (Carl Weathers, Predator 1) shares the same last name with Leonard Dillion (Charles S. Dutton, Alien 3). Distant relatives?
There’s just something about Leona Cantrell (Maria Conchita Alonzo, Predator 2) that makes me want to think of her as a great-great-grandmother of Vasquez (Janette Goldstein, Alien 2). Personalities are similar, facial features are vaguely similar, and they are both hard-as-nails women. The actresses could be confused with each other at first glance.
Stef (RoboCop 2) is an ancestor of PFC Drake (Alien 2), both played by Mark Rolston.
Shane Black appears in two movies of this Shared Universe: Rick Hawkins, a member of Dutch Schaefer’s commando team (Predator 1) and Detroit PD officer Donnelly (Robocop 3). Donnelly could easily be a nephew or cousin of Hawkins, where Hawkins was his mother’s maiden name.
Cohaagen’s enforcer Richter (Michael Ironside, Total Recall) is named the same as Jonas Richter, a similarly unscrupulous starship captain from AVP 2 the video game. Those Richters were always on the wrong side of the law...
Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen, RoboCop 1-3), Alex Murphy’s former partner, has the same last name as Taffey Lewis, owner of “The Snake Pit” (Hy Pike, Blade Runner 1). According to the Blade Runner wiki, he is “used to policemen and having little time for them”. Possibly a wayward brother, nephew, or distant relative of Lewis who decided that following in the family’s footsteps was not for him (especially after Anne was killed).
There are two Millers and two Wallaces, one each in AVP 1 and RoboCop 1: Dr. Graeme Miller (Ewen Bremner) and Ron Miller (Mark Carlton); Joe Wallace (James Chutter, AVP 2) and Niander Wallace (Jared Leto, Blader Runner 2). These are fairly common surnames, so these links are not very solid by themselves.
Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, RoboCop 1) shares a last name with Thomas Murphy (Christopher Fairbank, Alien 3). Perhaps Alex Murphy’s son Jimmy was so traumatized by what happened to his father, and what his mother went through trying to cope with Alex / RoboCop inserting himself into his former life, that it threw Jimmy and his descendants into a generational cycle of maladaptive antisocial behavior which finally got Thomas Murphy sentenced to exile on the Fiorina 161 prison planet.
Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer (Predator 1) is an ancestor of Douglas Quaid (Total Recall), both played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Dick Jones (RoboCop 1) is an ancestor of Vilos Cohaagen (Total Recall), both played by Ronny Cox.
I don't have anything to back it up with, but in my headcanon Clarence Boddiker (Kurtwood Smith, RoboCop 1) is related to Richter (Michael Ironside, Total Recall). The two actors have been so easy for me to confuse, they look similar, they talk similar. In this universe, they're both evil sociopaths. So it wouldn't be surprising if they weren't related somehow.
As for the sci-fi movie Outland (1981), with Sean Connery (Marshal William T. O'Niel) and Frances Sternhagen (Dr. Marian Lazarus), its connections to this shared universe are tenuous but I hope you'll be obliging:
Outland also features an overworked underclass, a mega-corporation that owns everything, drug use out of control as in RoboCop 2, and all the technology and film sets have the same 'grunge tech' look as the Aliens movies do.
Marie Lazarus (Jill Hennessey, RoboCop 3) could be an ancestor of Dr. Marian Lazarus (Frances Sternhagen, Outland). Their last name is uncommon, their first names quite similar, and they are both in the medical profession.
There are three Mortons: One of Marshal O’Niel’s female deputies was named Morton (Anni Domingo, Outland), and there's Bob Morton (Miguel Ferrer, RoboCop 1) who once took the Mayor of Detroit and others hostage before being arrested by RoboCop. So “Anni” Morton might be Bob Morton’s great-great granddaughter somehow. There's also Sapper Morton, who is a Replicant (Nexus-8) in Blade Runner 2. Maybe Sapper derived his surname from that family?
In both the Aliens + AVP continuity and Leviathan, the main monster assimilates the DNA of its victims.
As with many other films in this Shared Universe, Leviathan includes a soulless, cold-hearted megacorporation (Tri-Oceanic).
In Leviathan, Peter Weller appeared as Steven Beck as a contemporary member of the Murphy clan from the RoboCop films.
Tom Woodruff, Jr. played the monster in both Alien 3 and Leviathan. I wouldn't go so far as to say that the Leviathan is in any way related to the Xenomorph species without having to invoke Predator genetic manipulation. We have never seen the Predator race go "on safari" underwater, but that doesn't mean they never do or never have. But who knows? Maybe some Xenomorph DNA from an ancient Predator hunt on Antarctica found its way into the ocean and took over a cephalopod creature which eventually became the Leviathan monster of the 1989 film, but this is just a theory to explain why no one had ever encountered such a creature before.
Eugene Lipinski appears in both Outland (as an employee of Con-Am who commits suicide while suffering from psychosis due to drug abuse) and in Leviathan (as a Russian captain), which is good enough for me to suggest these two characters are also related somehow.
MISCELLANEOUS: This one isn't really a crossover item, but I wanted to include it anyway: Royce (Adrien Brody, Predator 3) and Ramirez (Richard Chaves, Predator 1) have such an uncanny resemblance to each other that I had to make sure they were not the same actor. These two characters might be related too. Suppose the Predators had collected Ramirez’s genetic signature, happened to locate another military member of his family that was a partial match on their prey database, and that’s why they picked Royce? Lastly, the way the human body reacts to negligible atmospheric pressure in this universe is slightly off from real life. When the human body is exposed to low air pressure or hard vacuum, it bloats like crazy and eventually explodes. This happens in both Total Recall and Outland. This is really the fault of bad understanding on the writers' part of how the human body behaves in a hard vacuum, but since the same notable mistake happens twice, I'm including it here. REFERENCES:
EDITED TO ADD: I did some reorganization of the many, many links between the different films and video games that make up this shared universe, to bring a little order to what began as a rather disorderly exposition.
2020.05.24 23:09 finnagainsUnexpected Movie Masterpieces to Watch in Quarantine - by David Sims (The Atlantic) 10 April 2020
Some were blasted by critics, some flopped at the box office, and all are ripe to attain cult-classic status. With new cinema releases grinding to a halt in response to the spread of the coronavirus, I’ve used these weeks of self-quarantine to cast an eye backward over the cinematic canon, to rewatch old favorites, and to fill in viewing gaps. Now I’ve begun evaluating films that, for whatever reason, didn’t get a fair shake when they were released. Some were blasted by critics, and others simply made no impression at the box office; all of them are available to watch online, just waiting to become cult classics. The 30 films I’ve chosen as the most underrated are all from the past 25 years, and many belong to genres (rom-com, sci-fi, thriller) that are overlooked in serious critical circles. Some of my selections might seem obvious and others ludicrous, but all were made in the spirit of enjoyable debate and discovery. the Box-Office Flops Kino Lorber Archipelago (2010, directed by Joanna Hogg) Joanna Hogg broke out in American art houses last year with her wonderful autobiographical work The Souvenir, but she’s been making terrific indie films for years. Archipelago might be her best. A quiet drama, it sees Edward (played by Tom Hiddleston, a year before Thor catapulted him to fame) gathering with his family on the remote British island of Tresco after quitting his job to travel the world. Many long-simmering tensions boil to the surface; Hiddleston (who is in most of Hogg’s movies) gives one of his best screen performances, and Hogg depicts subtle, polite infighting with humor and insight. No filmmaker has a better handle on the ridiculous foibles of the English upper-middle class. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Babe: Pig in the City (1998, directed by George Miller) George Miller is the master of sequels. Each of his installments in the Mad Max series is innovative; his Happy Feet Two is quietly underrated. But he’s never made a follow-up as strange and beguiling as Babe: Pig in the City. Miller wrote and produced the first Babe, a charming, Oscar-winning success. In the director’s chair for part two, though, he turned the sweet fable of a pig who wanted to herd sheep into a grim fairy tale about life in the big city. The movie was a commercial disaster, but it’s a rewarding, beautifully designed work set in a fantasy city that mashes up landmarks from every modern metropolis. The plot, such as it is, follows Babe as he goes on a trip and mixes it up with more streetwise animal brethren (the director Noah Baumbach once said that the film’s closest thematic companion is Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut). Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood) A gorgeous romantic drama about the pain and pleasure of pop stardom, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s remarkable Beyond the Lights made little impression at the box office on release, despite a star-making turn from Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The actor plays a Rihanna-esque figure named Noni Jean who falls for a police officer (Nate Parker) and tries to escape the limelight. Prince-Bythewood, who also wrote and directed the incredible Love & Basketball, is one of only a few people in Hollywood still trying to film genuine love stories, and she deserves many more chances to do so on the big screen. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Cadillac Records (2008, directed by Darnell Martin) The smartest music biopic from a decade full of them (including 2004’s Ray and 2005’s Walk the Line, to name a couple), Darnell Martin’s portrayal of the rise and fall of Chess Records was woefully underseen in 2008. The film digs into the exploitative dynamics at work in so many early rock-and-roll labels, examining the troubled relationships between Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) and his biggest stars: Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), and Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker). The film has a harder edge than its contemporaries, and the musical performances are particularly sensational. Watch it on: Crackle Cloud Atlas (2012, directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer) This is the most dizzyingly ambitious project in the Wachowski sisters’ expansive filmography. Adapting David Mitchell’s novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas encompasses six distinct stories, beginning with an 1849 naval adventure and zipping through the 1930s, the ’70s, and the present day before blasting to the clone-filled future of 2144 and ending in a postapocalyptic 2321. Members of the ensemble, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Doona Bae, play different characters in each story line, and the film jumps backward and forward through time to reveal surprising thematic links. As with many a Wachowski project, you have to make a few logical leaps to get on board, but if you can, there’s no movie experience like it. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Down With Love (2003, directed by Peyton Reed) This knowing throwback to the “no-sex sex comedies” of the late ’50s and ’60s (like the Doris Day–starring Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back) was too clever for its own good on release. But it’s a fabulous, entertaining, and singular creation, both celebrating and subverting the innuendo-filled rom-coms of yesteryear. An impeccably styled Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor star as lifestyle writers who form a friendly rivalry in 1960s New York. Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce round out the cast, and Peyton Reed (who had just directed Bring It On in 2000) plays off the visual language of his source material in stylish, innovative, and cheeky ways. When you watch, be sure to stick around for the fantastic musical number over the closing credits. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Dredd (2012, directed by Pete Travis) Perhaps the best comic-book movie of the past decade was Dredd, a gritty adaptation of the Judge Dredd series that was a financial flop on release. Set in a dictatorial future in which armored policemen are empowered to dispense lethal justice for almost any crime, the film takes place entirely within a colossal tower block, following Dredd (Karl Urban) and a new trainee as they do battle with a sadistic mob boss (Lena Headey). It’s a gruesome but smart movie, at once lionizing and satirizing the ruthless efficiency of its hero. The film was written and produced by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation), who has since become one of the most exciting sci-fi directors working today. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Killing Them Softly (2012, directed by Andrew Dominik) Killing Them Softly is Andrew Dominik’s brutal follow-up to his painterly revisionist Western, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Also starring Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly takes George V. Higgins’s hard-boiled ’70s crime novel Cogan’s Trade and updates it to the present day, following a mob robbery that goes wrong and the assassin (Pitt) hired to clean everything up. Dominik turns the web of competing criminal interests into a broad metaphor for the quagmire of the Iraq War. Killing Them Softly may have been too weird and slow for general audiences (it’s one of the few movies ever to earn an F on CinemaScore). But it’s bleakly funny and impressively acted by a cast that includes James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Ben Mendelsohn. Watch it on: Netflix Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, directed by Shane Black) The film that put Robert Downey Jr. back on the map was critically praised but ignored at the box office in 2005. An extremely metatextual crime comedy, it follows a thief (Downey Jr.) pretending to be an actor who gets mixed up in a murder and goes on the lam with his acting coach, a private investigator (Val Kilmer). The story line is as complicated as it sounds, but the thrill of Shane Black’s film lies in his hilariously punchy dialogue and his skill at making the most convoluted plotting flow with ease. The movie reintroduced Downey Jr. as a leading man after he’d spent years struggling with addiction: He was hired to play Iron Man mostly on the strength of this performance. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Premium Rush (2012, directed by David Koepp) David Koepp’s bike-messenger thriller is far more robust than that description might suggest. Set on New York’s crowded streets, it follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a deliveryman who picks up a package that’s tied to a criminal conspiracy; soon enough, he’s being chased around town by a crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), who’s intent on taking him down. The story is told with unrelenting silliness, and Koepp translates Wilee’s brash confidence about weaving in and out of traffic into a visual roller-coaster ride. The highlight, though, is Shannon’s performance—he turns Monday into a living Looney Toon, gnashing his teeth and bulging out his eyes in fury with abandon. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Solaris (2002, directed by Steven Soderbergh) Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi opus was decried on release for daring to re-adapt a novel (by Stanisław Lem) that had already been turned into a film masterpiece (Andrei Tarkovsky’s sprawling 1972 work of the same name). But Soderbergh’s movie is a very different beast from Tarkovsky’s, stripping the story down to 99 minutes and focusing on the haunting romance at the center of the book. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a psychologist haunted by the suicide of his wife, Rheya (Natascha McElhone). After hearing the mysterious distress signals sent out by a distant space station, he travels there—and finds Rheya, somehow re-created by the planet that the station is orbiting. The film includes stellar supporting performances by Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies, a beautifully understated score from Cliff Martinez, and some of the most compelling world-building in Soderbergh’s career. Watch it on: Hulu Sunshine (2007, directed by Danny Boyle) This stunning space-mission drama from Danny Boyle and the screenwriter Alex Garland might be the Oscar-winning director’s best film. A wildly intense thriller about a last-gasp effort to restart the dying sun, Sunshine pits an outstanding cast (Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and more) against a monolithic enemy: the star at the center of our solar system, which Boyle depicts as an immovable, godlike force. As the voyagers’ ship gets closer to the sun, everything on board goes more and more haywire, and Boyle—who can depict the onset of madness better than almost anyone working—dials up the chaos. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Talk to Me (2007, directed By Kasi Lemmons) Kasi Lemmons, whose most recent work is 2019’s Harriet, has long been one of Hollywood’s most criminally unheralded directors, and Talk to Me never got the wide audience it deserved in 2007. It’s a biopic of the controversial Washington, D.C., radio host Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) that’s unafraid to be messy, reflecting its subject’s surprising rise to fame as someone who fearlessly speaks his mind on the social and political issues of the 1970s. The film is grounded by excellent performances from Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Greene’s put-upon manager, Dewey Hughes. Watch it on: Hulu, Sling What If (2013, directed by Michael Dowse) Also known as The F Word (its title was changed in America for obvious reasons), this extremely charming slow-burn rom-com was unfairly overlooked on release. It follows two people (Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan) who become friends but spend the entire time wondering if they’d be better off as lovers. Many relationship hijinks ensue, but the movie works because of the performances at its center, along with energetic supporting turns from Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis, who were both on their way to bigger, franchise fame. Watch it on: Prime The Yards (2000, directed by James Gray) Back in 2000, James Gray’s operatic crime thriller was dumped unceremoniously into theaters by Harvey Weinstein and ignored by audiences. Like all the director’s films, though, it’s well worth viewing, combining hard-boiled storytelling with graceful visuals. Mark Wahlberg gives one of his best performances as Leo, an ex-con who returns to the fold of his shady New York family and gets tangled up in city corruption surrounding the subway system. A shifty Joaquin Phoenix plays Leo’s ne’er-do-well friend who is embroiled in a dramatic relationship with a young woman (Charlize Theron), while James Caan is suitably menacing as Leo’s morally dubious benefactor. The Yards also showed the first signs of Gray’s considerable talent; he’d go on to make We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z, and Ad Astra. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime the critical bombs Warner Bros. Addicted to Love (1997, directed by Griffin DUnne) All of Griffin Dunne’s films (including the delightfully bizarre Practical Magic) deserve more appreciation, but Addicted to Love is a personal favorite of mine, a largely forgotten romantic comedy that satirizes gooey Hollywood storytelling tropes. It casts Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, two stalwarts of the rom-com genre, as a bitter pair united by a hatred of their respective exes, who are now dating each other. Ryan and Broderick spy on their former partners and, of course, eventually fall for each other, but the film never sacrifices its acidic tone, even as their relationship turns tender. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Armageddon (1998, directed by Michael Bay) If nothing else, Armageddon is a crucial cultural artifact: a portent of American culture’s jingoism in the 2000s, when blockbuster action sequences had the tone and tenor of Budweiser commercials. Where Michael Bay’s prior film, The Rock (which is much better regarded), had tapped into the U.S. military’s dysfunction and despondency post-Vietnam, Armageddon sees the country uniting to obliterate an evil asteroid by turning to … the oil industry. (It also spends a good chunk of time mocking post-Soviet Russia.) Despite the ridiculous plotting and Bay’s frenetic editing of every set piece, Armageddon is the clearest distillation of his macho brand of propaganda, designed to have audiences cheering by the end (against their better judgment). Listen to Ben Affleck’s gleeful commentary to triple the entertainment factor. Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Blackhat (2015, directed by Michael Mann) Five years ago, one of the great contemporary directors still working made a globe-trotting cyber thriller starring Thor himself and was completely ignored. Booed by critics and dumped by its studio into the doldrums of January, Blackhat made only a shocking $8 million at the domestic box office. Yet it’s a terrific entry in Michael Mann’s esteemed body of work (which includes other movies, such as Heat, Miami Vice, and Manhunter, that were underrated in their day). Chris Hemsworth plays a hard-bodied hacker who’s released from prison to battle a shadowy online terrorist; like many of Mann’s later films, Blackhat is a story of the analog world’s struggle to confront its digital future, wrapped up in a very masculine action saga. If you can, try to catch the director’s cut, which cleans up some of the film’s dense plotting and airs regularly on FX. Watch it on: FX The Box (2009, directed by Richard Kelly) This is the third film directed by Richard Kelly, a onetime wunderkind who burst onto the scene with the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. The Box is also his best, though few have recognized it as such. It was a bomb on release, getting poor reviews and the rare dishonor of an F from CinemaScore. But its wild ambition is second to none, spinning Richard Matheson’s mordant short story “Button, Button” into a paranoid 1970s epic—part domestic drama, part psychological horror, part sci-fi fantasy revolving around a NASA expedition to Mars and magic portals. This movie has short, simple scares that I’ve never forgotten, and a plot convoluted enough to obsess over forever. I live in hope of a fourth film from Kelly. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Constantine (2005, directed by Francis Lawrence) Fifteen years after its release, this remains one of the best and cleverest comic-book adaptations ever made, and probably the most underrated entry in Keanu Reeves’s cinematic career. This is a horror thriller that dives into biblical fantasy, casting a varied ensemble (Tilda Swinton, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Shia LaBeouf) as various angels and demons doing battle in modern-day Los Angeles. Based on Alan Moore’s Vertigo comic Hellblazer, Constantine junks a lot of the established hallmarks of the character John Constantine (he’s supposed to be a witty Brit who looks like Sting), but that doesn’t matter. Reeves’s laconic style is a perfect fit for the cynical antihero, and Rachel Weisz thrives in twin roles as sisters on either side of an infernal crime that Constantine is called to investigate. Watch it on: DC Universe The Counselor (2013, directed by Ridley Scott) Of the seven films made by Ridley Scott in the past decade, none is more critically reviled than The Counselor, a knotty crime drama written by Cormac McCarthy and featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. Summarizing its noir-ish plot, which revolves around the Juárez, Mexico, drug trade, is impossible, but the film is worth watching simply because there’s nothing like it. McCarthy’s florid dialogue and Scott’s hazy visuals are bewitching, and every actor gives an energetic performance pushed to ridiculous heights (one scene in particular, involving Diaz and a Ferrari, is hypnotically baffling). The Counselor is a dark acquired taste, but a deeply satisfying one. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006, directed by Justin Lin) After the success of the first Fast and the Furious movie, in 2001, Vin Diesel’s car-racing franchise struggled to stand out until 2009, when its original cast returned under Justin Lin’s direction for the surprise smash Fast & Furious. But the groundwork for that revitalization had been laid three years earlier with Tokyo Drift, Lin’s debut film in the series. Though Tokyo Drift introduces Sung Kang as the fan-favorite character Han, none of the series’s other beloved characters appears. Yet Lin’s skill with crisp action and quick-paced banter—built up in his fantastic breakthrough, Better Luck Tomorrow, which also starred Kang—makes this one of the best in the franchise. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Hulk (2003, directed by Ang Lee) Coming off the resounding success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee could’ve made any film he wanted. He picked an adaptation of Marvel Comics’ most tortured star, the Hulk (Eric Bana). At the time, the movie was seen as odd, mocked for its wobbly CGI, and suffered one of the largest box-office drops in history for a blockbuster after its opening weekend. Viewed now, given the cookie-cutter format of contemporary superhero movies, it’s a startling experience. Lee turns his film into a living comic book, zooming in and out of boxy frames and inventing a visual language that could’ve become an exciting norm for the medium. The story, which sees the Hulk doing Freudian battle with his demonic father (Nick Nolte) and unearthing dark family secrets, is bizarre, and thrillingly so. Watch it on: Starz In the Cut (2003, directed by Jane Campion) Every film Jane Campion has directed since her Oscar-winning The Piano (1993) is underrated and underseen, but In the Cut was perhaps her biggest flop on release. That was partly because it subverted Meg Ryan’s usual bubbly onscreen persona, casting her as Frannie Avery, an introverted English teacher who starts dating the detective (Mark Ruffalo) investigating a murder case in her apartment building. It’s a sweaty, grisly, and sexually charged thriller that swerves from strange comedy to gory horror from scene to scene. But that tonal whiplash is one of Campion’s smartest storytelling tools, properly rattling viewers and plunging them into Frannie’s mixed-up headspace. Watch it on: Crackle Jennifer’s Body (2009, directed by Karyn Kusama) This is the movie that landed Karyn Kusama in “movie jail” for almost a decade: a gleefully bloody teen-horror comedy that was undone by the high expectations for its script. The writer, Diablo Cody, had won an Oscar the previous year for her Juno screenplay, and though this follow-up had that film’s humor, its intense gore and flippant humor were too much for critics at the time. Fortunately, Jennifer’s Body is already being reevaluated as a trashy classic, a nastier update of movies like Heathers that turns the social competition of high school into a literal bloodbath. Kusama has also reemerged as a filmmaker, with the excellent indie horror The Invitation. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures Josie and the Pussycats (2001, directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan) This knowing revival of the Archie Comics series was a failure on release, but has deservedly attracted a cult following in the years since. It’s a pitch-perfect parody of the manufactured pop pipeline in the early 2000s, watching as the chipper rock band comprising Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) is run through the major-label mill. Parker Posey and Alan Cumming play perfect corporate villains, and almost every scene is suffused with ostentatious subliminal advertising, with au courant brand names crowding the frame. It’s a bitingly clever work, with a great power-pop soundtrack that includes contributions from the late Adam Schlesinger. Watch it on: Hulu with Cinemax, Xfinity Jupiter Ascending (2015, directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski) In the 2010s, blockbuster studio filmmaking made a hard pivot to existing intellectual property for its biggest movies: Star Wars, comic books, anything audiences might have nostalgia for. The Wachowskis, as they often do, went their own route. After giving cinema one of its greatest franchises in 1999 with The Matrix, the duo took a different direction in 2015 with a loopily operatic sci-fi epic rooted in nothing but their own imaginations. They were pilloried by critics. Jupiter Ascending is a wonderfully absurd space fairy tale starring Channing Tatum as a dog-man, Eddie Redmayne as an immortal arch-capitalist villain, and Mila Kunis as a secret princess who unwittingly owns the property deeds to our solar system. If you can get on this movie’s wavelength, you’ll find much to enjoy in its many flights of fancy. Watch it on: Netflix Non-Stop (2014, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra) Since the surprise success of Taken in 2008, Liam Neeson has played a broken-down man forced to take the law into his own hands in countless mid-budget action dramas: Unknown, Cold Pursuit, The Commuter, Run All Night, and many more. Non-Stop is easily the best of them, partly thanks to Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish director who is one of the finest purveyors of modern pulp cinema (along with many Neeson movies, his other credits include The Shallows and Orphan). Set entirely on an airplane flying from New York to London, Non-Stop follows an alcoholic air marshal who gets caught in a deadly battle when a terrorist starts texting him. Perfectly befitting its setting, this thriller has the plot of the best kind of airplane paperback, with just the right number of twists and turns. Watch it on: Sling Ocean’s Twelve (2004, directed by Steven Soderbergh) Despite coasting to box-office success, Ocean’s Twelve was disliked on release for swerving in the opposite direction from the über-cool Ocean’s Eleven. Critics dismissed it as overindulgent, pretentious, and ultimately pointless: The heist plot is nigh-impossible to understand, most of the crucial exposition is entirely absent, and there’s a subplot in which the character played by Julia Roberts pretends to be the real Julia Roberts. In hindsight, though, the film is a perfect deconstruction of sequel logic, showing the difficulty of finding new directions for a beloved cast of characters. Where Ocean’s Eleven was all smooth style, Ocean’s Twelve is a knowing subversion that lays bare the ridiculous fallacy of movie-star charm. It also happens to be very, very funny. Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Pain & Gain (2013, directed by Michael Bay) Practically every Bay film has been dismissed by reviewers on release, and often for good reason. His high-octane storytelling style makes the simplest scenes of dialogue utterly hyperactive, and most of his recent efforts are about talking robot toys. But Pain & Gain was a sly departure for this director, a low-budget (by his standards) crime comedy that feels like a Coen Brothers movie on growth hormones. Based on a true story, Pain & Gain is about three bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) who embark on a harebrained kidnapping scheme for easy money; naturally, things quickly go awry. Bay doesn’t abandon his trademark energy, but instead deploys it as satire—these characters might think they’re in a flashy action movie, but their circumstances are far more mundane and depressing. 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2020.02.18 01:12 jonisantuchoOscars 2021: An inside look (like, really inside) to 50 possible contenders in the next awards race
Another Oscar ceremony happened, and we got our fair share of joy and disappointment. After Parasite surprised the world and took Best Picture, it seems like the game has changed for the awards race, now that non-English speaking films can actually fight and be recognized as well as classics as… Green Book. The Oscar race is still full of pain and glory, and even though the year has barely started, we have a bunch of movies that are fighting for air. And here’s 50 of them. Yes, I had some free time in my hands and this is a cool hobby, so I took the liberty to introduce most of the movies that will have Film Twitter entertained for the following 12 months. I say most, because there are always contenders who come out of nowhere later in the year, so this is the starter set. Here we go. -Annette: Since Parasite’s road to the Oscars started at Cannes, it seems fair to talk about a movie that is circling a premiere in the world stage that is set in France. After delivering weird, indie classics like Mauvais Sang and Holy Motors (yes, the kind of movies that make you seem like a snob when you recommend them to people), Leos Carax is making his first movie spoken in the English language… and it has a musical screenplay written by the cult rock duo of Sparks. Recently robbed Adam Driver and previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard sing in this tale of a stand-up comedian and a famous soprano singer who rise and fall in Los Angeles while their daughter is born with a special gift. It seems like a wild bet, but we already know that Carax is a master with musical moments, so this is one of the most intriguing question marks of the year. -Ammonite: It’s time to talk narratives. On the one hand, we have Kate Winslet, a known name who hasn’t been very successful in the Oscar race since her Oscar win for The Reader over a decade ago (with the exception being her supporting performance in Steve Jobs, where she had a weird accent). On the other, we have Saoirse Ronan, a star on the rise who keeps collecting Oscar nominations, with 4 nods at the age of 25, including her fresh Best Actress loss for Little Women. What happens if we put them together in a drama set in the coasts of England during the 19th century where both of them fall for each other? That’s gonna be a winning formula if writedirector Francis Lee (who tackled queer romance in his acclaimed debut God’s Own Country) nails the Mary Anning story, and Neon (the distribution company founded three years ago that took Parasite to victory) is betting on it. -Benedetta: We know the Paul Verhoeven story. After isolating himself from Hollywood for over a decade, he took Isabelle Huppert to an Oscar nominated performance with the controversial, sexy, dark and funny thriller Elle. Now, he’s back with another story that perks up the ears, because now he’s covering the life of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century lesbian nun who had religious and erotic visions. If you know Paul, you already can tell that this fits into his brand of horniness, and a possible Cannes premiere could tell us if this has something to carry itself to Oscar night. -Blonde: With a short but impactful directorial credits list that takes us from Chopper, to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik is back with a film about Marilyn Monroe, a woman who has transcended the ideas of fame and stardom, in ways that are glamorous and nightmarish at the same time. After failing to launch with Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain,the rising Ana de Armas takes the lead in the retelling of Monroe’s troubled life based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, which is said to be covered in the screenplay as somewhat of a horror movie. We don’t know what that means yet, but Netflix is gonna push hard for this one, especially considering how the Academy loves throwing awards to stars playing previous stars, and that also can possibly include co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody. -Breaking News in Yuba County: While he hasn’t gone back to the heights of his success achieved by the box office and award success of The Help (a movie that did not age well), Tate Taylor is still enjoying himself economically due to recent thrillers like The Girl on the Train and Ma. For his next movie, he’s made a dramedy that once again reunites him with Oscar winner Allison Janney, where she plays a woman who has to keep appearances and a hidden body when she catches her husband cheating on her, and then he dies of a heart attack. With a cast that also includes Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Samira Wiley, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson and Ellen Barkin, this could be a buzzy title later this year. -C’mon C’mon: You may love or hate whatever Joaquin Phoenix did in Joker, but you can’t deny the benefit of playing the Crown Prince of Crime in an Oscar-winning performance. The blank check that you share with indie directors afterwards. Now that Joaquin’s cultural cachet is on the rise, Mike Mills gets to benefit with this drama that stars Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann, with him playing an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. We only have to wonder if A24 will do better with this movie’s Oscar chances compared to 20th Century Women. -Cherry: After killing half the universe and bringing them back with the highest grossing movie of all time, where do you go? For Joe and Anthony Russo, the answer is “away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. The Russo brothers are trying to distance themselves and prove that they have a voice without Kevin Feige behind them, with a crime drama that’s also different than their days when they directed You, Me and Dupree or episodes of Arrested Development and Community. To help them in the journey, they took Tom Holland (who also needs to distance himself from Spider-Man, lest he ends up stuck to the character in the audience’s eyes) to star in a crime drama based on former Army medic Nico Walker’s memoir about his days after Iraq, where the PTSD and an opioid addiction led him to start robbing banks. -Da 5 Bloods: After bouncing back from a slump with the critical and commercial success of BlackKklansman, Spike Lee is cashing a Netflix check to tell the tale of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure. With a cast that includes Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Paul Walter Hauser and Chadwick Boseman, this sounds like an interesting combo, although we still should remember the last time that Spike tried his hand at a war movie, with the dull Miracle at St. Anna. -Dune: If you are on Reddit, you probably know about the new film by movies’ new Messiah, Denis Villeneuve. While the epic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert is getting a new chance in the multiplexes after that David Lynch movie that was forgotten by many, some are hoping that this will be the beginning of a new franchise (as seen by the release date of December 18, taking the spot of the usual Star Wars opening), and a return to the whole “remember when stuff like Return of the King or Fury Road were nominated for Best Picture?” question. Timothee Chalamet will be riding a lot of hope, and sandworm. -Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: As you start to see, there are several musicals that are gonna be fighting for attention over the next year, and Annette was the first one. Now, we also have this adaptation of the hit West End production, that centers around a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar Brits (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), the creative team of the stage musical will jump to the big screen with the help of Fox Searchlight (sorry, just Searchlight), who has clear Oscar hopes with a release date right in the middle of awards heat, on October 23. -Hillbilly Elegy: Even though the Parasite victory gave many people hope for a new Academy that stops recognizing stuff like previous winner Green Book… let’s be honest, the Academy will still look for movies like Green Book. This year, many people are turning their eyes towards Ron Howard’ adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio, filled with drugs, violence and verbal abuse. If this sounds like white trash porn, it doesn’t help to know that Glenn Close, who has become the biggest living Oscar bridesmaid with seven nominations, will play a character called Mamaw. And if that sounds trashy, then you have to know that Amy Adams, who follows Glenn with six nominations, is playing her drug-addicted, careless daughter. I don’t want to call this “Oscar bait”, but it sure is tempting. -I’m Thinking of Ending Things: After his stopmotion existential dramedy Anomalisa got him a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars but at the same time bombed at the box office, Charlie Kaufman is getting the Netflix check. This time, he’s adapting the dark novel by Iain Reid, about a woman (Jessie Buckley, who is on the rise and took over the role after Brie Larson had to pass) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), in a trip that takes a turn for the worse. If Kaufman can deliver with this one, it will be a big contender. -In the Heights: Yes, more musicals! This time, it’s time to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-winning musical, that was overshadowed because of his other small play about some treasury secretary. Now, his Broadway ensemble tale about life in a neighborhood in Washington Heights is jumping to the movie screen with Jon Chu at the helm, following the success of Crazy Rich Asians. This Latino tale mixes up-and-comers like Anthony Ramos (who comes straight from Hamilton and playing Lady Gaga’s friend in A Star is Born), names like Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smits (who is pro bits), and Olga Merediz, who starred in the Broadway show as Abuela Claudia and who could be the early frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, if Chu allows her to shine like she did onstage. -Jesus Was My Homeboy: When looking at up-and-coming Black actors right now in Hollywood, two of the top names are Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, who already appeared in the same movie in Get Out, which earned Kaluuya a Best Actor nomination. This time, they share the screen in Shaka King’s retelling of the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader… as well as the story of William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the party and arrest him. With the backing of Warner Bros, this will attempt to make an impact with a clash of actors that will have to fight with an August release date, not the ideal time to release an awards movie. -King Richard: Starting with Suicide Squad, Will Smith has been trying to prove that he’s back and better than ever. Some attempts to get back to the top of the A-list (Aladdin, Bad Boys For Life) have worked, while others (Gemini Man, Spies in Disguise)... have not. But Will is still going, and now he’s going for his next prestige play as he plays Richard Williams, the coach and father of the tennis legends Venus and Serena, who pushed them to their full potential. While it’s weird that the father of the Williams sisters is getting a movie before them, it does sound like a meaty role for Smith, who has experience with Oscar notices with sports biopics because of what he did with Michael Mann in Ali. Let’s hope director Reinaldo Marcus Green can take him there too. -Last Night in Soho: Every year, one or two directors who have a cool reputation end up in the Dolby Theatre, and 2020 could be the year of Edgar Wright. After delivering his first big box office hit with Baby Driver, the Brit is going back to London to tell a story in the realm of psychological horror, which has been supposedly inspired by classics like Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. With a premise that supposedly involves time travel and a cast that includes Anya-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and Diana Rigg, Wright (who also co-wrote this with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay for her work in 1917) is making a big swing. -Let Them All Talk: Every year there’s more new streaming services, and that also means that there’s new players in the Oscar game. To secure subscribers to the new service, HBO Max has secured the rights to the next Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges, again) in a journey to find fun and come to terms with the past. The last time that Soderbergh and Streep worked together, the end result was the very disappointing The Laundromat. Let’s hope that this time everything works out. -Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Now that Netflix got the deal to adapt August Wilson’s acclaimed plays with Denzel Washington’s production company, the next jump from the stage to the screen is a meaty one. Viola Davis is playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, with a cast that also includes Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. The Tony nominated play talked about race, art and the intersection of the two, and it’s gonna be explosive to see that unfold on screen, even if director George C. Wolfe’s previous filmography isn’t very encouraging. -Macbeth: In a shocking development, the Coen brothers are no more. Well, just this time. For the first time in his career, Joel Coen is making a movie without Ethan, and it’s a Shakespeare adaptation. Denzel Washington is playing the man who wants to be king of Scotland, and Frances McDormand is playing his Lady Macbeth. While this just started filming and it will be a race to finish it in time for competition in the awards race, the potential is there, and this project has everybody’s attention. -Mank: After scoring 24 Oscar nominations and only winning 2 awards last Sunday, Netflix has to wonder what else must they do to get in the club that awards them. They tried with Cuarón, they tried with Scorsese, they tried with Baumbach, they tried with two Popes, and they still feel a barrier. Now, the big gamble for awards by the streamer in 2020 comes to us in the hands of David Fincher, who is basically their friend after the rest of Hollywood denied him (Disney dropped his 20,000 Leagues adaptation, HBO denied the US remake of Utopia, and Paramount drove World War Z 2 away from him). In his first movie since 2014’s Gone Girl, David will go black and white to tackle a script by his late father about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Will the Academy fall for the ultimate “power of da moviesshhh” story? -Minari: Sundance can be hit or miss with the breakout films that try to make it to the Oscars. However, you can’t deny the waves made by A24 when they premiered Lee Isaac Chung’s new drama there, ending up winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition. If Parasite endeared Academy voters to Korean families, Steven Yeun hopes that the same thing happens with this story, where he plays a father in the ‘80s who suddenly decides to move his family to Arkansas to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, we must also remember that last year, A24 had in their hands The Farewell, another Sundance hit about an Asian family that ended up with no Oscar nominations. Let’s hope that this time, the Plan B influence (remember, that’s Brad Pitt’s production company, of Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave fame) makes a difference. -Next Goal Wins: It’s a good time to be Taika Waititi. Why? Taika Waititi can do what he wants. He can direct a Thor movie, he can win an Oscar for writing a comedy set in WW2 about a Third Reich boy who has an Imaginary Hitler friend, or he can pop up in The Mandalorian as a droid. Taika keeps winning, and he wants more. Between his press tour for Jojo Rabbit and his return to the MCU, he quickly shot an adaptation of a great documentary about the disgraced national team of American Samoa, one of the worst football teams known to man, as they try to make the cut for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Everybody loves a good sports comedy, and Searchlight bets that we’ll enjoy this story led by Michael Fassbender as the new (and Dutch-American) coach in town who tries to shape the team for victory. -News of the World: Seven years after their solid collaboration in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks reunite for more awards love in what seems to be Universal’s main attraction for the Oscars. This time, Hanks stars in a Western drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel where he plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. With a Christmas release date, Universal is betting big in getting the same nomination boost that 1917 is enjoying right now, and the formula is promising. -Nightmare Alley: Following his Best Picture and Best Director wins for The Shape of Water, everybody in Hollywood wondered what would Guillermo del Toro do next. Well, as Del Toro often does, a little bit of everything and nothing. Some projects moved (as his produced Pinocchio movie on Netflix, or his Death Stranding likeness cameo), others stalled and die (like his proposed Fantastic Voyage remake). But now he’s rolling on his next project, a new adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel that already was a Tyrone Power film in 1947. This noir tale tells the story of a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to trick people and win money, and how things get out of control. With a cast that also includes Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara and more, this could play well if it hits the right tone. -Nomadland: There’s breakout years, and then there’s the amazing potential of Chloe Zhao’s 2020. On the one hand, after making Hollywood notice her skill with the gripping story of The Rider, she got the keys to the MCU kingdom to direct the next potential franchise of Kevin Feige, The Eternals. And just in case, she also has in her sleeve this indie drama that she wrote and directed beforehand, with two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand playing a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. If Chloe nails these two films, it could be the one-two punch of the decade. -One Night in Miami: Regina King is living her best life. Following her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk and the success that came with her lead role in the Watchmen show on HBO, the actress is jumping to a new challenge: directing movies. For her big screen debut, she’s adapting Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. -Over the Moon: After earning praise and Oscar nominations with I Lost My Body and Klaus, Netflix will keep its bet on animated movies with a film directed by the legendary Glen Keane. Who? A classic Disney animator responsible for the design of characters like Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRkx2PNVr8), and who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, which he co-directed with the late Kobe Bryant. Now, he brings us a musical adventure centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess. -Passing: It’s always interesting when an actor jumps behind the camera, and Rebecca Hall’s case is no exception. For her directorial debut, Hall chose to adapt Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novel set in Harlem in the 1920s, about two mixed race childhood friends (Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson) who reunite in adulthood and become obsessed with one another's lives. With a premise that explores tough questions about race and sexuality, it looks like a tricky challenge for a first timer, but it would be more impressive if Hall manages to rise over the challenge. -Prisoner 760: An interesting part of following the awards circuit is looking at when it's appropriate to talk about touchy subjects in recent history. I’m saying that because this next movie tells the real life tale of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who, despite not being charged or having a set trial, is held in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and turns towards a pair of lawyers (Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley) to aid him. Based on the famous journal that the man wrote while he was being detained, the movie (that also counts with Benedict Cumberbatch) is directed by Kevin Macdonald who, a long time ago, helped Forest Whitaker win Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland. Could he get back in the race after almost 15 years of movies like State of Play? -Raya and the Last Dragon: This year, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ bet for the Oscars is a fantasy tale set in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world. And that dragon has the voice of Awkwafina. Even though they missed out last Oscars when Frozen II got the cold shoulder by the Academy in Best Animated Feature, this premise looks interesting enough to merit a chance. One more thing: between last year’s Abominable, Over the Moon and this movie, there’s a clear connection of animated movies trying to appeal to Chinese sensibilities (and that sweet box office). -Rebecca: It’s wild to think that the only time that Alfred Hitchcock made a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture was with 1940’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel, more muted and conventional than his more known classics. Now, Ben Wheatley and Netflix are giving the Gothic story a new spin, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca. The story is a classic, and we have to see how much weird Wheatley stuff is in the mix. -Red, White and Water: Between 2011 and 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was everywhere and people loved it. She was America’s sweetheart, the Oscar winner, Katniss Everdeen. But then, everything kinda fell. Those X-Men movies got worse and she looked tired of being in them, her anecdotes got less charming and more pandering to some, she took respectable risks that didn’t pay off with Red Sparrow and Mother!, and some people didn’t like that she said that it wasn’t nice to share private photos of her online. Now, she looks to get back to the Oscar race with a small project funded by A24 and directed by Lila Neugebauer in her film debut, about a soldier who comes back to the US after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. Also, Brian Tyree Henry is in this, and it would be amazing if he got nominated for something. -Respect: You know what’s a surefire way to get Academy voters’ attention? Play a real singer! Rami Malek took a win last year for playing Freddie Mercury, Renee Zellweger just won the gold after portraying Judy Garland, and now Jennifer Hudson wants more Oscar love. Almost 15 years after taking Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, Hudson will try to get more by playing soul legend Aretha Franklin, in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy that practically screams “give me the gold”. How am I so sure? Well, see the teaser that they released in December (for a movie that opens in October), and tell me. It will work out better for Hudson than Cats, that’s for sure. -Soul: Unless they really disappoint (I’m looking at you, The Good Dinosaur, Cars 2 and Cars 3), you can’t have the Oscars without inviting Pixar to the party. This year, they have two projects in the hopes of success. While in a few weeks we’ll see what happens with the fantasy family road trip of Onward, the studio’s biggest bet of the year clearly is the next existential animation written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (voice of Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a promising first trailer, and it also promises a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as new songs by Jon Batiste. The only downside so far for the marketing was the fact that the trailer reveal led people to notice a suspicious trend involving black characters when they lead an animated movie. -Tenet: When Leonardo DiCaprio finally touched his Academy Award, an alarm went off in the mind of a portion of Internet users, who have made their next crusade to give themselves to the cause of getting Christopher Nolan some Oscar love. And his next blank check, an action thriller involving espionage and time travel, could pull off the same intersection of popcorn and prestige that made Inception both a box office hit and a critically acclaimed Oscar nominee. It helps to have a cast of impressive names like John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson, as well as a crew that includes Ludwig Goransson and Hoyte van Hoytema. In other words, if this becomes a hit, this could go for a huge number of nominations. -The Devil All the Time: As you may have noticed by now, Netflix is leading the charge in possible Oscar projects. Another buzzy movie that comes from them is the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos, a filmmaker known for delivering small and intimate but yet intense and terrifying dramas like Simon Killer and Christine. Using the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, Campos will follow non-linearly a cast of characters in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, with the help of an interesting cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough. -The Eyes of Tammy Faye: After being known as a sketch comedy goofball because of The State, Wet Hot American Summer and Stella, Michael Showalter reinvented himself as a director of small and human dramedies like Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Sick. For his next project, he’s gonna mix a little bit of both worlds, because he has before him the story of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain, who has been really trying to recapture her early ‘10 awards run to no avail) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield, who was previously nominated for Hacksaw Ridge, instead of Silence, because why). With a real life tale that involves Christian theme parks, fraud and conspiracies, this is the kind of loud small movie that Searchlight loves to parade around, especially as an actors showcase (Jojo Rabbit being the most recent example). The first image looks terrifying, by the way. -The Father: It’s weird to be in the middle of February and say that there’s already a frontrunner for the Best Actor race at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance a couple of weeks ago, every prognosticator pointed in the direction of Anthony Hopkins (recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Two Popes), who delivers a harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). With reviews calling it a British answer to Amour (in other words: it’s a hard watch), Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play not only benefits from having Hopkins and Colman together as a selling point, because it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, a distributor with experience in getting Academy voters to watch adult movies with heavy themes. If you don’t believe me, watch how they got Julianne Moore a win for Still Alice, as well as recent nominations for Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Glenn Close for The Wife, and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory. They know the game, and they are going to hit hard for Hopkins and Colman. -The French Dispatch:If you saw the trailer, we don’t need to dwell too much on the reasons. On the one hand, we have the style of Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who has become a name in both the critics circle and the casual viewer, with his last two movies (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs) earning several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture for the one with Gustave H. Then, we have a long cast that goes from the director’s regulars like Bill Murray to new stars like Timothee Chalamet, and also includes people like Benicio del Toro. The only thing that could endanger the Oscar chances for this is that the story, an anthology set around a period comedy with an European riff on The New Yorker, will alienate the average Academy member. -The Humans: There’s the prestige of a play, and then there’s the prestige of a Tony-winning play. Playwright Stephen Karam now gets to jump to the director’s chair to take his acclaimed 2016 one-act story to the big screen, and A24 is cutting the check. Telling the story of a family that gets together on Thanksgiving to commiserate about life, this adaptation will be led by original performer Jayne Houdyshell (who also won a Tony for her stage performance), who’ll be surrounded by Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. If it avoids getting too claustrophobic or stagey for the cinema, it will be a good contender. -The Last Duel: Always speedy, Ridley Scott is working on his next possible trip to the Oscars. This time, it’s the telling of a true story in 14th-century France, where a knight (Matt Damon) accuses his former friend (Adam Driver) of raping his wife (Jodie Comer), with the verdict being determined by the titular duel. It’s a juicy story, but there was some concern when it seemed that the script was only being written by Damon and Ben Affleck (who’ll also appear in the film). A rape story written by them after the Weinstein revelations… not the best look. But then, it was revealed that they were writing the screenplay with indie figure Nicole Holofcener, who last year was nominated for an Oscar for her script for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Let’s hope that the story is told in a gripping but not exploitative way, and that it doesn’t reduce the role of Comer (who deserves more than some of the movie roles that she’s getting after Killing Eve) to a Hollywood stereotype. -The Power of the Dog: We have to talk about the queen of the indie world, we have to talk about Jane Campion. More than a decade after her last movie, Bright Star, the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner for The Piano returns with a non-TV project (see Top of the Lake, people) thanks to Netflix, with a period drama centered around a family dispute between a pair of wealthy brothers in Montana, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons), after the latter one marries a local widow (Kirsten Dunst). According to the synopsis, “a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn”. Can’t wait to see what that means. -The Prom: Remember the Ryan Murphy blank check deal with Netflix that I mentioned earlier? Well, another of the projects in the first batch of announcements for the deal is a musical that he’ll direct, adapting the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (now played by the one and only Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and, uh, James Corden, for some reason) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. The show has been considered a fun and heartwarming tale of acceptance, so the movie could be an easy pick for an average Academy voter who doesn’t look too hard (and you know that the Golden Globes will nominate the shirt out of this). It’s funny how this comes out the same year than Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and then it’s not funny realizing that Film Twitter will pit the two movies against each other. -The Trial of the Chicago 7: After getting a taste of the director’s taste with Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin wants more. For his second movie, he’s tackling one of his specialties: a courtroom drama. And this one is a period movie centered around the trial on countercultural activists in the late ‘60s, which immediately attracts a campaign of how “important” this movie is today’s culture. To add the final blow, we have a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance. If Sorkin can contain himself from going over the top (and with that cast, it would be so easy to surrender to bouts of screaming and winding speeches), this could be one of the top contenders. -Those Who Wish Me Dead: Having made a good splash in the directorial waters with Wind River, Taylor Sheridan (also known for writing the Sicario movies, the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water or that Yellowstone show that your uncle raves about on Facebook) returns with yet another modern Western. For this thriller based on the Michael Koryta novel, Angelina Jolie stars as a survival expert in the Montana wilderness who is tasked with protecting a teenager who witnessed a murder, while assassins are pursuing him and a wildfire grows closer. -Untitled David O. Russell Project: Following the mop epic Joy, that came and went in theaters but still netted a Best Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence, the angriest director in Hollywood took a bit of a break (it didn’t help that he tried to do a really expensive show with Amazon starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore that fell apart when the Weinstein exposes sank everything). Now, he’s quickly putting together his return to the days of Oscar love that came with stuff like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, with a new movie that is set to star Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan. Even though we don’t know many details (some people are saying the movie is called Amsterdam) except for the fact the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, David is a quick guy, so he’ll get it ready for the fall festival circuit. If there’s one thing that David O. Russell knows (apart from avoid getting cancelled for abusing people like Lily Tomlin, Amy Adams and his niece), it’s to make loud actor showcases. -Untitled Nora Fingscheidt Project: When Bird Box became one of the biggest hits on Netflix history, the streamer decided to keep itself in the Sandra Bullock business. Sandy’s next project for Ted Sarandos is a drama where she plays a woman who is released from prison after serving time for a violent crime, and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. To get redemption, she searches her younger sister she was forced to leave behind. With the direction of Fingscheidt, who comes from an acclaimed directorial debut with Systemsprenger (Germany’s submission to the last Academy Awards), and a cast that also includes Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal, this will also hopefully try its luck later this year. -Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project: We don’t know if this movie will be ready for the end of the year (although last time, he managed to sneak Phantom Thread under the buzzer and earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture), but PTA is apparently gonna start to shoot it soon, with the backing of Focus Features. After several movies with prestige locations and intricate production design, Film Twitter’s Holy Spirit will go back to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, to tell the story of a high school student who is also a successful child actor. -Stillwater: Tom McCarthy’s recent career is certainly puzzling. After delivering the weird lows of The Cobbler, he bounced back with the Best Picture winner that was Spotlight. And following that, he… helped produce the 13 Reasons Why series. And following that… he made Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a Disney+ original movie. Now, he’s back to the award race with a drama starring Matt Damon, who plays a father who rushes from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison after being suspected for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. -West Side Story: To close things, we have to see one of the possible big contenders of the season, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the iconic musical that translates Romeo and Juliet to the context of a street gang war in 1950s New York. While the decision to adapt again something that has been a classic both in Broadway and in movie theaters almost 60 years ago is a challenge, the idea of Spielberg doing a musical closer to the stage version with Tony Kushner as the writer is too tempting for the average Academy voter, who is already saving a spot in major categories in case Steven nails it in December. However, there’s two question marks. First, how well will Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler stand out in the roles of Tony and Maria? And second, will In the Heights steal some of the thunder of this movie by being, you know, more modern?
2019.05.21 13:50 d0ri1990[Contest] Trivia Day 5, Tuesday May 21st, 2019
Okay, the reason why you see 80 questions here is because 2 teams was not able to get in their answers before I closed the first Trivia game and posted the answers - so I gave them a makeup Trivia with the same amount of questions. Honorable Mentions - 38 questions right Red Hot Trivia Peppers - 40 questions correct Scoobies - 36 questions correct The Newbies - 39 questions correct. Tequila Mockingbirds - 39 questions correct Alex Trebek Rejects 2.0 - 31 questions correct. I am Smarticus - 35 questions correct. The Five - 37/30 questions correct Get_a_leg_up - 34 questions right The A Team - 38/ 34questions correct BlissFlames Team -39 questions right. "See you in the Cafeteria" were the last words spoken on what classic sitcom, whose series finale aired in 1998? Seinfeld Debuting in 1841, what classic ballet is not about a brazilian supermodel married to Tom Brady, but rather a broken-hearted german peasant girl? Giselle Each year, a special team at the Canadian post office responds to letters to sanda, According to them all but which of these are common questions from kids? Does Rudolph have a girlfriend? How many cookies do you eat? Are the elves driving you crazy? Do I have to pay taxes on this stuff? An expert on the subject, the Dalai Lama is auther of an Encyclopedia Britannica article titled what? Popular Drinking games A Call to Compassion 1980s Punk Rock Banks A Complete Timeline of "The Simpsons" A recording of voice like sounds not audible to the human ear, An EVP -- or electronic voice phenomenon -- is most commonly associated with what spooky activity? Ghost Hunting Duck Hunting Bargain Hunting Corporate Headhunting According to its host Chuck Woolery, the original version of what game show led to 29 couples getting married? Match Game Love Connection LEt's Make a deal Supermarket Sweep Which of these is not a general term for an item whose actual name is unknown or forgetten, but a term used to refer to a type of toy? Doohickey Thingmabob Whirligig Gizmo Referring to the Jewish tradition of resting on Saturdays, what presidential hopeful with a Jewish running mate once quipped "Vote for us, we're going to work 24/6"? John McCain John Kerry Al Gore Mitt Romney Known for it's stilt-like roots, what tree is essential to life in the everglades because it stabilizes the coastline and gives animals shelter from predators? Aspen Chestnut Mangrove Birch What Latin abbreviation is used in footnotes to basically say, "I'm citing the same source I just mentioned but dont want to type the whole thing again"? e.g. i.e. et. al. ibid. While working in a lab in Birmingham, England in 1978 medical photographer Janet PArker became the last known person to die from what infectious disease? Smallpox Polio Malaria Measles Almost ten years to the day after it was released in theaters 1988's "Beetlejuice" became the first movie to be what? Banned in China Made into a theme park ride Shipped by Netflix Turned into a Broadway Musical In Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper" what's the name of the prince who as in real life, succeeds his father King Henry VIII to the British throne at the story's end? Charles Richard Edward James It's common for people to press a button in their car to open which of these things automatically? A checking account A can of soup Their garage door The gates of hell In his 1972 hit song "You Don't mess around with Jim" Jim Croce warns that "you don't" do all but which of these things? Tug on supermans cape Spit into the wind Pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger Text someone after 10 p.m. on a weeknight What natural wonder that erupts on a regular basis is nicknamed "Eternity's Timepiece" Grand Canyon Niagra Falls Old Faithful Great Barrier Reef Which type of apparel typically has a "kangaroo pocket"? Knee sock Hoodie Sunglasses Belt Which of these choices does not refer to a word that is a palindrome? Band that recorded "Dancing Queen" Last name of '90s women's tennis star Monica Bestselling Honda model Company whose name's a synonym for photocopy In March 1978, Vladimir Remek became the first person in space who wasn't an american or a Russian. What now nonexistent country was he from? Romania Albania Czechoslovakia Bulgaria After taking up archery at the age of 41, what Oscar-winning actress became so skilled, she qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials? Geena Davis Julianne Moore Kathy Bates Sigourney Weaver The Precision aviators of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron are better known as "The Blue" what? Angels Eagles Bandits Demons Home to the Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" in what italian city will you find the world famous Uffizi Gallery? Venice Milan Florence Palermo According to the Institute of Physics, if you want to get an optimal center of mass for a bottle-flipping challenge, you should fill the bottle to just under how much? One-sixteenth full One-Third full Three-Quarters full Completely full What would a Catholic priest be most likely to do with an aspergillum? Speak through it during confession Wear it on his head Kneel on it Sprinkle holy water on it AS of June 2018 Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire were the only of three states that didn't have laws requiring motorcycle riders to what what? Eat a well balance diet Have really cool sunglasses Make as much noise as possible Wear a Helmet What blog, dubbed "One Man's Quest to Eat all the Pasta." Reviews a certain italian restaurant chain? Chillease.com Subweigh.com AllofGarden.com WhoTours.com The sound made by waves crashing on the beach is produced mostly by what? Sandcastles imploding Surfboards washing ashore Airbubbles popping Mermaids Screaming With some comparing it to the 2012 Broadway Musical "End of the Rainbow" the upcoming biopic "Judy" starrs Renee Zellweger as what legendary movie star? Judy Blume Judy Garland Judge Judy Judy Collins Though the names of the two cities that make up the word were ultimately reversed, "Pestbuda" was once considered as the name for whose capital? Hungary Czech Republic Turkey Bulgaria The American Farm Bureau Federation once received an 8.5 payment from what tech company for the right to use their domain name? AirBnb Facebook Amazon Ebay Which of these body parts is NOT the title of a Broadway Musical, or the singer Jewel OR the band ZZ Top? Hands Hair Legs Lips Xylomancy is a method of foretelling the future by using which of these items featured prominently in the story of The Three little pigs? Sticks Fire Bricks Teeth A Ventriloquist in her early twenties at the time, Shirley Dinsdale was the first person to ever win what award? Tony OScar Grammy Emmy - Long before George R. R. Martine became known for offing key characters, Shakespeare did the same, with only which of these four men surviving the play they're in? Hamlet IAgo Macbeth Mercutio Unlike it's fellow marine mammals have blubber, what creature relies on it's estimated one million hairs per sq. inch -- the densest fur on earth -- to keep warm? Polar Bear Sea Otter Sea Lion Penguin The World's population hit 6 billion in 1999, 7 billion in 2011 and the U.N. predicts it will be at 8.6 billion in 2030. When did it reach one billion? 1804 1898 1937 1974 According to a famous quote from the movie Star Trk: First Contact, what "is futile" Trying to fit into your jeans from college Trying to fold a fitted sheet Trying to reach a live person in tech support Resistance Fearing it could lead to a significant undercount of its population, California has objected to the White House's plan to add what question to the 2020 census? Does this clipboard clash with my outfit? How much you want for that truck out there? Are you a U.S. Citizen? What are you doing 10 years from this Friday? In addition to lending a dramatic atmosphere to your outdoor party, which of these frozen items can help keep mosquitos away from your guests? Dry ice Toaster waffles Chicken pot pie Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream A nod to the year in which the item made history, the LEGO kit used to construct a model of what histroic object contains 1,969 pieces? Apollo Saturn V Rocket --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Former "Wonder Years" actor Josh Saviano recently confirmed that he's now a lawyer, debunding the popular rumor that he grew up to be what now-49-year-old-shock-rocker? Ozzy Osbourne Alice Cooper Marilyn Manson Gene Simmons Which of these words makes up the first four letters of the most U.S. States? Alas Mass Miss Wash If you're an athlete in the starting blocks for the 110m hurdles, how many hurdles stand between you and the finish line? 10 Before becoming a wildly successful auther, J.K. Rowling worked as a researcher for what nonprofit organization? World Wildlife fund Sam Wiesenthal Center Amnesty international Greenpeace Low in fat and cholesterol, and often prepared in a stew, chevon is a term for the meat from what animal? Goat Only one person has won the academy award for Best Actor before the age of 30. Which of these men was it? Eddie Redmayne Nicolas Cage Adrien Brody Daniel Day-Lewis Which of the following is not represented by any of the initials in the well known acronym NATO? North Atlantic Organization Taco Truck To signal a stand-up comic it's time to exit the stage (without the audience knowing), comdy clubs commonly do what? Turn on a light in the back Due to safety concerns, in 2018 NY lawmakers called for a change to the colorful design of what household products to make them less appealing to children? Tide pods The suffix "-mente" is Spanish equivalent of what english suffix commonly used to form adverbs? -ing -ly -ed -able Shannon Eastin made history in 2012 when she became the first woman to officiate a regular season contest, working as a line judge, in what pro sports league? NFL Which of these is the title of a 2001 Alicia Keys Album and not a famous classical music composition? Ode to Joy The Four Seasons Songs in a Minor The William Tell Overture While his predecessor preferred "conditional clemency." who pardoned all vietnam war draft dodgers on his second day in office? Jimmy Carter During the Hora dance at a jewish wedding, a few brave strong guests traditionally l;ift what above the celebrating crowd? an 18-wheeler The bridge and groom The dessert buffet station A Bengal Tiger According to the famous jump rope rhyme, "Cinderella, dressed in yella, went upstairs to" do what? Kiss her fella Movehubs.com's latest Hipster Index ranks the world's most hipster cities based on 5 data points, including number of coffee shops, tattoo studios, and all but what? Vegan Eateries Vintage Boutiques DMV's Record Stores In 2018, which of these men was the new CEO of the London Stock Exchange? (Hint: He shares his name with the actor who played Ross on "Friends")? David Schwimmer In 2017, Dollar General announced its stores would be bringing back what defunct highly caffeinated carbonated soft drink first introduced in 1985? Jolt Cola Wayke up Jumpi Dr. Jitters All but which of these Taylor Swift songs contain a word (or words) that are repeated at least three times in a row somewhere in the lyrics? We are never ever getting back together I knew you were trouble Blank space Shake if off If you spelled out the numbers 1 through 10 on a chalkboard how many letters would you write only once? Three Four Five Six With a name meaning "earth-pig" in Afrikaans, what one-of-a-kind animals is the only surviving member of it's order, family and genus? Aardvark. Not incliding Mexico and Canada, what foreign nation lies closest to the U.S.? Cuba Russia The Bahamas The Dominican Republic Becaiuse it contains a special amino acid that stimulates the enzymes that break down alcohol, which of these is often touted as a hangover cure? Orange Juice Pork Asparagus Popcorn Before FDR changed it to the single word "infamy," the draft of his famous PEarl Harbor address called December 7, 1941 "a date which will live in" what? World History Though they are eligible for the "Gold Whistle Award" For sports officiating, what league's officians do not use the whistles? NBA NFL MLB NHL In a famous scene in the classic movie " a Christmas story," What does Schwartz "triple dog dare Flick to do? Stick his tongue to a pole Readers digest says you can cut your amusement ride wait time by up to 30% if you use the line reserved specifically for who? People late for the airport Civil war veterans Escaped prisoners Single Riders Emitting a high pitched noise to warn its colony of danger, what animal, celebrated every February is sometimes referred to as a whistle-pig? Groundhog Because wheat is an ingredient, Hasbro warns that children who are allergic to gluten may have reaction when playing with what? a pogo stick Play Doh Nerf balls Hot wheels cars While visiting Bhutan in 2016, Kate Middleton channeled her innter katniss and participated in what national sport? Archery As it's typically sung, the first four lines of "Happy Birthday" contain no what? Pronouns Prepositions Adjectives Verbs If you had 101 Dalamations and they each gave birth to 101 dalmations, how many new Dalmatian puppies would you be dealing with? 10,201 James Garfields victory in 1880 was the first and only time a person in what position has been elected U.S. President? Governor of a U.S. State Vice President U.S. Senator U.S. Reprenstative According to Crayola, which of their crayon colors shares its name with " the shortest wavelength of light that humans can see"? Unmellow Yellow Red Violet Mango Tango If ports of call aren't your thing, you can sail around the world at which of these latitudes and not hit a land mass? 45 degrees north 75 degrees north 15 degrees South 60 degrees South Which of these landmarks are predominantly covered with a crusty substance called verdigris? Washington Monument Statue of Liberty Eiffel Tower Taj Mahal The third to be sent into orbit, which space shuttle flew the most missions of all despire one launch being delayed after it was damaged by woodpeckers? Discovery Atlantis Enterprise Endeavour In a famous book who incorrectly predicted that "later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a 13 year old schoolgirl"? Jane Austen Emily Dickinson Anne Frank Joan of Arc What song Frank and Moon Unit Zappa made popular the phrases "Gag me with a spoon" and like so grody? 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2019.02.18 15:04 Kaliforniah[TOMT]Man comes back to life in a Morgue[MOVIE][2000s]
So I have this movie in mind that I remember was called 'Regressions' or something to that effect and it starred either Kirsten Dunst or Keira Knightley (or probably neither of them) and may be someone looking like Adrien Brodie. What I remember from the story was that is a man who wakes up in the morgue after dying and has the chance to save a girls life. For he to come back he has to be in the morgue. I remember the scenery and everything happened during winter in a very bad town. It follows a bit of the ideas of the Butterfly Effect, and I remember I saw both movies during the weekend (they were rented). Thank you very much! I want to see this movie with a date, but I'm struggling to remember it!
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2018.09.23 14:36 Anonymous_1-2-3-4-5MCU Movies Behind the Scenes Facts *Wanted to do this for fun* Day 12: Ant-Man
So i'm going to go on IMDB and look at each MCU movies behind the scenes facts and POST THE MOST INTERESTING ONES here, I will post each movie a day instead of what I did before where I did 10 posts, I will start with the first Iron Man and each day will be the next MCU movie after it, ending with Guardians 3, I will also do the Netflix Shows, Agents of Shield and Agent Carter
1. At first, the film was meant to focus on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. However, Pym developed several personalities, one of whom abused his girlfriend, and producers decided he was not family friendly. Instead, the focus shifted to Scott Lang, with Pym as a mentor and supporting character. 2. When Paul Rudd told his nine-year-old son he was going to be Ant-Man, his son said, "Wow, I can't wait to see how stupid that'll be." 3. The Falcon's role in the plot came about after Adam McKay and Paul Rudd went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and fell in love with the character. They casually suggested working him into the plot, and Kevin Feige informed them that it would actually make perfect sense since Falcon was now living at the New Avengers compound as of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). 4. For the 1980s flashback scenes, de-aging VFX were used on the 70-year-old Michael Douglas and the 57-year-old Martin Donovan to make them appear younger, and aging VFX were combined with the wig and make-up 33-year old Hayley Atwell wore to make her appear older. 5. Michael Douglas celebrated his 70th birthday on set. As an homage to his on-screen character and to celebrate the milestone, the crew presented him with a birthday cake decorated in icing with ants crawling over a film reel. 6. Michael Douglas joked about his being made younger through CGI, saying he felt like doing a prequel to one of his younger films: "Seeing myself CGI-ed at the beginning of the movie thirty years younger was incredible! I had these little dots all over my face, and I'm looking at it and half way through the scene the picture it just appeared and there I was thirty years ago. Romancing the Stone (1984). I'm thinking I'm all for a prequel!" 7. According to Michael Douglas, the costume for Paul Rudd had to be altered because of his muscles. Rudd had gone on an extensive training and workout regimen in order to build the proper muscle size for a superhero, but Rudd had become so muscular, they had to soften his costume up. 8. While Edgar Wright was working on the film, he requested that Marvel refrain from using Ant-Man or Wasp until he had finished the movie, which is why they were absent from The Avengers (2012). 9. In addition to getting in shape with the help of a trainer and weights, Paul Rudd worked with a gymnast. Rudd said of using a gymnast, "I knew I was going to have to do rolls and flips and things like that. I just wanted to be as convincing as possible." 10. Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company Bruce Banner worked for in The Incredible Hulk (2008), can be seen in the San Francisco scenes. 11. The laser sounds fired from Yellowjacket's suit are the same sound as the main gun on an AT-AT being fired in the Star Wars movies. 12. Michael Douglas explained why he took the role of Hank Pym, saying, "And most importantly, I did it for my children. They're so excited. I've finally got a picture that they are so excited about. Dad is cool. You have to understand, for most of my career, I've done so many R-rated pictures. They can never see any of my movies." *At the time of release of this film his children were 14 and 12\* 13. (at around 46 mins) Scott Lang suggests calling the Avengers to assist. In the comics, Ant-Man was an original Avenger. 14. Scott's brief work at Baskin-Robbins was originally going to be at Chipotle, but the company did not like their negative portrayal. The filmmakers considered Jamba Juice, then settled on Baskin-Robbins after realizing that the bright colors would be a funny contrast to the dark prison opening. 15. Director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as "an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza." He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel and hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. However, in 2014, he dropped out due to "creative differences" with Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios five years prior. 16. (at around 11 mins) Darren Cross jokes that the concept of a shrinking human sounds like a "tale to astonish." Ant-Man made his debut in the comic "Tales to Astonish" #27 (Jan. 1962). Darren Cross shrinks a chair as part of a demonstration; this was taken from the same comic, where the first thing Hank Pym shrank was a chair. 17. (at around 32 mins) Garrett Morris, who portrays a cab driver in the film, appeared as Ant-Man in the Saturday Night Live: Margot KiddeThe Chieftains (1979) sketch, which was the first live-action appearance of the hero. 18. Paul Rudd and stuntmen wore actual Ant-Man suits while Corey Stoll wore a motion-capture suit as Yellowjacket. This decision was made early on when creating and filming with a real Yellowjacket costume was found to be impractical. 19. At the beginning of the film, set in 1989, the Triskelion is being constructed. The building was S.H.I.E.L.D's main quarters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). 20. The shrunken-down scenes feature a great deal of dust mites, which was a deliberate move by the VFX artists to emphasize an insect's point of view (they see the world in greater detail than a human does). 21. Whilst filming a scene with Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd attempted to reenact the famous interrogation scene with Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct (1992). Rudd ultimately failed with the attempt, resulting in Michael Douglas saying "What are you? A f****** pervert?" 22. The size-shifting VFX (the outlines left by the body on shrinking/growing) were taken from the original "Ant-Man" comics, and was influenced by stop-motion and multiple exposure shots. 23. The VFX artists decided to incorporate techniques that would make this film different from other "shrinking" films and give an "experimental" look to the film. These techniques include macro photography (digital mattes of enlarged environments) and motion-capture. Trick photography was also employed: close-ups, aerial shots and long shots with wide lenses were the main techniques employed to get a good ambiance for Ant-Man in a giant environment. 24. Edgar Wright wanted the film to be completely stand-alone, with no references to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This plan did not match the studio plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This, among other factors, led to Wright leaving. 25. Although Edgar Wright dropped out of the movie, a large portion of the script he wrote is still in the story. 26. According to Evangeline Lilly, Hope's role was much smaller in Edgar Wright's drafts. It was beefed up significantly during rewrites, with Lilly providing some ideas and input. 27. Paul Rudd worked on rewrites with Adam McKay. Michael Peña and Evangeline Lilly have said in interviews that many of the actors were consulted on their characters during the rewrite, which resulted in expanded roles. 28. (at around 46 mins) When Scott Lang tells Pym that their first move should be calling the Avengers, Pym responds by saying that they're probably busy making a city fall from the sky. This is a direct reference to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). 29. On the day that they filmed the sequence of Cross shrinking a lamb, when they broke for lunch, the caterer just so happened to serve lamb chops. The cast and crew claimed it was an awkward meal. 30. The Yellowjacket armor is based on the G.I. Ant-Man armor from the "Irredeemable Ant-Man" comic. The suit's helmet also incorporates the facial features of Hank Pym's villainous robot Ultron. 31. When the role of Wasp (Hank Pym's lover and wife) was in the script, Rashida Jones and Emma Stone were considered for the part. 32. Paul Rudd and Adam McKay convinced Bobby Cannavale to do the film. Cannavale said, "They both called me and said, 'You've got to do this.' They called me before Marvel called." Cannavale felt that the big budget film's atmosphere felt more like an independent film, as he was able to improvise a lot with his fellow cast members. 33. The preview for the first teaser was ant-sized... Which is to say that it's almost completely impossible to tell what's going on in it. A human-sized trailer went up the next day. 34. According to the filmmakers, the main theme in this film is "passing the torch." 35. Corey Stoll describes his character of Darren Cross as a shadowy version of Hank Pym: "Cross is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym. A brilliant scientist, who is not ethically pure. The great thing about the whole movie is that everybody is in those shades of grey." 36. A sequence was filmed where Pym and Lang discuss the Ant-Man name. Lines from this exchange include "Lame, I know," "Iron Man was taken," and "Is it too late to change the name?" (Interestingly, Pym did adopt other monikers in the comics, including Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and Wasp.) These lines were featured in trailers and TV spots, but not the finished film. 37. The idea of a potential Ant-Man movie had been kicked around before Marvel had its own movie studio. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was founded, there were plans to include him in the Phase One films and be a member of the Avengers. Those plans fell through and he was supposed to have a film in Phase Two instead. The movie was then pushed back to becoming the first part of Phase Three, until it was decided that this movie would actually be the finale of Phase Two, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and that Captain America: Civil War (2016) would lead Phase Three. In short, its release date didn't change so much as its classification. 38. Peyton Reed is a huge Marvel fan and seized the opportunity to direct a film in the MCU even if it meant stepping in at the last minute to take over a project previously helmed by Edgar Wright. 39. In the comics, Hank Pym's daughter Hope Pym (here she takes her mother's maiden name of Van Dyne) was a villainous character who acted out of resentment against her father. While that angle is present in this film, she is much more heroic and reasonable here. 40. Simon Pegg described Edgar Wright's script as 'daring, fun, funny and hugely exciting.' 41. In the comics, Hank Pym created Ultron. This movie is the next Marvel movie released after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). 42. Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman were considered for the role of Hank Pym. 43. (at around 1h 45 mins) In the last scene of the film when Luis is telling Scott about a tip, the girl talking to the Sam Wilson/Falcon says, ''We got a guy who jumps, we got a guy who swings, we got a guy who crawls up the wall''. This is in direct reference to Spider-Man who made his debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War (2016). 44. Scott lives at the Milgrom Hotel. This was named after comic-book artist Al Milgrom. 45. During an interview with the film's star Paul Rudd on The Howard Stern Show (1990), Stern told Rudd he had tried - 15 years prior to the release of Ant-Man - to buy the rights from Marvel in hopes to translate it to the big screen. 46. Luis, played by Michael Peña, was based on a real friend of Peña, Pablo, who is a minor criminal and talks just as rapidly as Luis does. 47. Jessica Chastain turned down the lead female role of Hope van Dyne due to scheduling conflicts. She had previously bowed out of the role of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013) for the same reason. 48. The first production to film in the sound stages at the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios. With the exception of Doctor Strange (2016), all of Marvel Studios' subsequent productions have been filmed entirely or in part at Pinewood. 49. While promoting Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright said he never watched the finished film, saying "It would kind of be like asking me, 'Do you want to watch your ex-girlfriend have sex?'" 50. Edgar Wright was responsible for casting Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, David Dasmalchian and Michael Pena. 51. (at around 1h 14 mins) When Luis is posing as a guard, he whistles "It's a Small World". Not only is Ant-Man small, which makes the song appropriate, but the song is originally from a ride (Small World) at Disneyland, which, like Marvel Studios, is owned by The Walt Disney Company. 52. Paul Rudd is the second Parks and Recreation (2009) cast member to be cast as a main lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). 53. Patrick Wilson was cast as Paxton. But after the movie was delayed, scheduling conflicts forced Wilson to drop out and Bobby Cannavale took the role. Wilson subsequently went onto appear on the DC Extended Universe's superhero films by voicing a role the following year as the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and co-starring in Aquaman. 54. (at around 1h 40 mins) If you watch closely as Scott shrinks towards the Microverse, you'll see a tardigrade on the right lower portion of the screen. 55. Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ewan McGregor were all in the running for the role of Scott Lang. 56. Most of Ant-Man's action scenes were shot normally with VFX around him. The exception was the fight with Falcon: Anthony Mackie had to mime the actions of getting beaten by Ant-Man. 57. Michael Peña was actually stumbling over his words during the "telephone game" sequence. 58. Edgar Wright himself selected Paul Rudd for the role of Scott Lang based on his natural charisma, which would make Scott likable despite being a criminal in-story. 59. Peyton Reed revealed that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari were also writers of the movie and but had to remain uncredited due to the Writers Guild. Dave Callaham also did a rewrite before filming. 60. Edgar Wright's drafts did not include the Wasp, save for a mention from Pym. 61. Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso exclaimed one morning during filming, "You'll never believe it! I found an ant in my bathtub, and I saved it! I was talking to it!" 62. The building that was used for the Pym Technologies exterior set stored records for the city of Atlanta and was also used as the news studio in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), which also starred Paul Rudd. 63. Atoms consist of mostly empty space, as proven by Ernest Rutherford in his gold foil experiment. Therefore it is theoretically possible to shrink or expand material, although the means to do so are far beyond present day technology. 64. The director of this film, Peyton Reed, was considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), another Marvel Studios film, which was later directed by James Gunn. Reed was also attached at one point, to direct Fantastic Four (2005), a film adaptation based on another Marvel property, that was released by 20th Century Fox. 65. After this film was released, Hope Pym was introduced into the Marvel Comics as Nadia Pym ("nadia" is Russian for "hope"), daughter of Hank Pym and a Hungarian scientist. 66. Jordan Peele was originally cast when Edgar Wright was still director. 67. Editor Dan Lebental said that despite Edgar Wright's departure and Peyton Reed joining the project, the studio still held onto the original release date. This meant that the film's post-production team lost 10 weeks of time in the process to complete the film. Lebental said that it certainly accelerated the workload on the editing, sound, visual effects and 3D rendering teams with their team doing the final mixing sound before some of the hundreds of visual effects shots even arrived for them. Lebental said that this is a norm in the business but this was an extreme situation, given Wright's departure and Reed joining. 68. Mary Elizabeth Winstead wanted to play The Wasp. 69. In Edgar Wright's drafts, Darren Cross's alter ego would have been Nano Warrior, instead of Yellowjacket. The drafts also featured a car chase sequence. 70. Peyton Reed originally wanted Rick Moranis who's known for portraying Wayne Szalinski in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids films in the film for a cameo. 71. Edgar Wright has said, that despite working on "Ant-Man" for a decade, and leaving the project on his own terms, he cannot bring himself to watch the finished product. 72. Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Nicholas Stoller, Michael Dowseand David Wain were considered to direct the film. 73. (at around 3 mins) Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari appear briefly in the film, as two prisoners during Scott Lang's escape from the jailhouse. Barrer's father also appears in the film (at around 18 mins), standing at the bar during the Hope/Cross dinner scene. 74. Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Clint Barton are the only superheroes in the MCU to have offspring (as well as Frank Castle in The Punisher). Hank and Scott are also the only heros to lose their wives (Janet Van Dyne apparently died at the Quantum Realm and Maggie divorced Scott). Coincidentally, Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Clint Barton have all used Pym particles in the comics. 75. David Wain was considered to direct after Edgar Wright left the project. 76. Ant-Man is implied to have the ability to manipulate his weight and mass to be light and heavy whenever he wishes. This came from the DC Comics hero the Atom, who serves as Ant-Man's counterpart: both are heroes with shrinking abilities, and both started out as scientists who passed their titles down to others. 77. Patrick Wilson was cast as William Crossnote, but he left the project after Edgar Wright's departure, citing a scheduling conflict. 78. Michael Douglas was later considered for the role of Doc in Baby Driver (2017), Edgar Wright's next film after dropping out of this project. Kevin Spacey was ultimately cast. 79. This is the second super hero movie for actor David Dastmalchian. He previously appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) in a minor role as one of Joker's henchmen. 80. John Slattery and Anthony Mackie have appeared in other Marvel movies but have never shared any screen time. In another film The Adjustment Bureau (2011) they both appear onscreen at the same time. 81. This is the second time that a film from the MCU was released in theaters in July since Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). 82. The plot has similarities to both The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Batman Beyond (1999) - an older hero trains a thief to be his replacement and settle an old score. 83. David Dasmalchian said getting cast in this film couldn't have come at a better time, given that his wife was pregnant with their first child and they only had $400 in the bank. Dasmalchian initially feared that his casting was in jeopardy when Edgar Wright departed the project as Wright had personally emailed the actor. But the fear came to pass as new director Peyton Reed was a fan of the actor after his work in The Dark Knight and Passengers. 84. Edgar Wright's draft had the X-Con security team with approximately 6 or 7 members as opposed to the three in the finished film. Janet Van Dyne was also absent from the story. 85. CAMEO: Stan Lee: (at around 1h 45 mins) the bartender who says a woman looks "crazy stupid fine." 86. According to Peyton Reed when it came to using Thomas the Tank Engine during the battle sequence on Cassie's train set, there were certain stipulations when it came to showing the character. Reed and the team met with the rights holders of Thomas and had to make a presentation. The owners stipulated that Thomas couldn't be depicted as doing anything evil, had to remain neutral and no character could be tied to a train track that Thomas was going to be on, as the owners were very protective. Reed was happy with using Thomas as it helped add to the personality of the film, and that the owners found the use of Thomas funny in the film. 87. Hank Pym wants Scott to use the Ant-Man technology to pull off a heist. In the comics, Lang stole the Ant-Man suit from Pym in hopes of pulling off enough heists to save his sick daughter; when Pym found out, he allowed him to keep the suit as long as he used it for heroic purposes. 88. Cassie Lang is delighted at her father's superhero career, even adopting an ant as a pet. In the comics Scott's daughter Cassie eventually dons the Ant-Man costume herself to become the heroine Giant-Girl (later Stature). 89. Yellowjacket in this film is a combination of Ant-Man villains Yellowjacket (a mentally unstable alter ego of Pym), Darren Cross (a villainous businessman and enemy of Scott Lang) and Eric O'Grady (an amoral and selfish person with Pym tech who also was the fourth Ant-Man). 90. Janet van Dyne (Wasp) ends up shrinking herself into a microscopic dimension and was presumed dead. This was her fate in the Marvel comic "Secret Invasion". 91. (at around 5 mins) Scott's Baskin-Robbins name tag says "Jack" which is understandable considering he was hiding the fact he was just released from prison. He then asks his co-worker "Darby" to take over at the register while he speaks to the manager. Jack and Darby are The names of Paul Rudd's children in real life. 92. The ending was supposed to have a showdown between Ant-Man and Carson, with Ant-Man defeating him and reclaiming the stolen sample of Pym Particles. The ending was changed to Carson escaping and presumably delivering the sample to HYDRA in order to set up Captain America: Civil War (2016). 93. (at around 13 mins) When Cross brings the Hydra agents into the room where the Yellowjacket suit is stored, one of them has part of a tattoo showing above his collar. It is the symbol of the "Ten Rings" terrorist group that kidnapped Tony Stark in the first Iron Man (2008) film. 94. (at around 18 mins) When Cross shrinks a board member and implodes him into a tiny blob, strawberry jam was used for the blob. 95. Another ending was filmed that is closure-related. In it Scott Lang tracks down and confronts Mitchell, who knew that Carson took the Pym Particles sample during the confrontation at the lab. It was filmed as a measure of ambiguity in the event it was needed. The producers eventually decided to leave it out as a future plot point in either of another tie-in or in the sequel. 96. When Scott is shrinking to microscopic size he appears to shrink into a forest. This could allude to the Microverse. In Marvel comics its a whole world on subatomic level. 97. Scott is able to enlarge some items in size during the film, including himself. This is a homage to Giant-Man, in the comics Hank Pym's superhero title due to him relying more on growing to gigantic size rather than shrinking. 98. The original opening that Edgar Wright wrote was to have a mini-adventure (in homage of Goldfinger (1964)) that the young Hank Pym would infiltrate Panama to retrieve a microfilm and confronted a Panamanian general by the name of Castillo. Jordi Mollà had filmed his scenes as Castillo but was cut. Peyton Reed admitted that while the standalone adventure was really cool, although filmed, it was disconnected after it was edited together. Reed eventually settled for the existing prologue which bookmarks the confrontation with Mitchell and Hank later on. 99. All the movie (closing film of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) shares many similarities with Iron Man (2008) (first film of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe):
-A revolutionary and technologically advanced crime-fighting suit is replicated (and modified to be more lethal), by a former friend/partner of the suit's inventor, who has ambitions to sell the technology to people with nefarious purposes, expressly against the wishes of the inventor. -In an effort to protect this from happening, and protect someone he loves, the hero must use the suit beyond its expected capabilities to defeat the villain, resulting in the villain's death as his own suit is destroyed. -The hero is endangered by the technology he uses (Obadiah extracts from Tony Stark's breast the mechanism that prevents the shrapnel inside his blood from arriving at his heart to kill him, and Scott Lang uses the special system of the suit to defeat Cross, reducing his size to enter in the Quantum Realm). -The hero trains to use the suit with comic results (Tony Stark crashes sometimes while he constructs the first armor, and Scott Lang increases his size before the right time, crashing against the ground). -A woman turns into the assistant of the hero (Pepper Potts for Tony Stark, and Hope Pym for Scott Lang). -Love interest between the hero and his assistant (Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Scott Lang and Hope Pym). -Both movies also end with the implication that the heroes' actions have earned them consideration for joining the Avengers. -The main villain of the movie is bald (Obadiah Stane in Iron Man, Darren Cross in Ant-Man). -The villain dies by the suit he creates (Stark collapses Stane's armor, who falls to crash against the Arc Reactor of the laboratory, and Lang collapses Cross's armor, who vanishes in the Quantum Realm). -Presentation of a hero for a sequel (War Machine in Iron Man, The Wasp in Ant-Man).
100. The climax, when Scott shrinks to sub-atomic levels and enters the quantum realm, is a tribute to the Disneyland attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. Open from 1967 through 1985, the attraction shrunk guests as they got smaller till they became the size of an atom. Hank warns Scott by saying, "It means that you would enter a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity." This same quote is repeated when Scott is in the quantum realm, though it echoes, similar to the Paul Frees quote from the attraction, "They will be our only source of contact once you have passed beyond the limits of normal Mag-ni-fi-ca-tion"
2018.07.02 18:24 TSLPDustinS02E14 - The Village Official Discussion
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2017.12.19 01:57 PhenenasPhenenas #1: King Kong (2005)
Hello, anyone who hangs around this subreddit! I just discovered this place today, and briefly considered waiting until New Year's to start my 100-movie challenge. But I'm impatient. So it begins today! Best of luck to anyone who's currently taking on the challenge or thinking about starting a new one! 12/18/2017 Date started: 12/18/2017 Just look at the movies lined up to be released next year. Almost all are reboots, remakes, and sequels, with few original ideas standing out in the mainstream. And so the first movie I'm reviewing is a remake. The classic ape-meets-girl flick from 1933 has been recreated time and time again, but Peter Jackson's 2005 version is the only one that people will agree holds up to the original, or even to some, surpasses it. I've watched the original around a week ago, so how does this version compare? Well, since this movie is 3 hours long, almost double the original, it goes into a lot more detail. In fact, it's too much detail. We get a lot more backstory on individual characters, but aside from Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow or Kong himself, nobody is particularly interesting. Adrien Brody as the love interest is especially boring. In addition to the dinosaurs on Skull Island, we get to see giant insects attacking everybody, which was supposed to be in the original but was cut. And while the newer version's effects obviously looks more realistic, I never quite felt like anything was really there. The CGI doesn't really hold up. I much prefer the Peter Jackson team's work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Does the remake do anything better, though? Absolutely. Ann Darrow is a lot more interesting in this version, actually interacting with Kong rather than just screaming. And Kong, with motion capture done by Andy Serkis, acts a lot more human than the old one. But other than that, the original simply tells its story more...simply. There are elements of the remake which work better, and it's a good movie on its own, but it can't beat the original as the definitive King Kong. Well, there's my first review, which half the time I was just comparing to the original. Let me specify that this is a perfectly good movie on its own. It's fitting that after this, we didn't get any more King Kong remakes! Until this year. When Tom Hiddleston strutted onto Skull Island and ruined everything. God damn you, Tom Hiddleston. With your perfect smile that makes me question my heterosexuality. God damn you to Hell. 7/10
2017.11.20 16:51 autotldrPeaky Blinders season 4 will be available on Netflix December 21
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EXCLUSIVE: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders got up and running in the UK last week, and now has a U.S. airdate. Season 4 opens with Tommy estranged from the family and partaking of "Sex, freedom and whiskey sours." But when he realizes they are all in danger of annihilation, he summons them to return to the streets of Birmingham's Small Heath, where a desperate fight for survival begins. Notably, when Season 4 kicks off in the U.S., it will be minus The Weinstein Co's name at the top of the show. Joining the cast in Season 4 are Adrien Brody as mafia scion Luca Changretta; Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden, the trade union activist who made history in the 1920s fighting for equal pay for women; and Game Of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen as Aberama Gold, a larger-than-life gypsy who Knight describes as "The devil you know." Returning cast includes Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Tom Hardy, and Charlotte Riley appearing for the first time since Season 2 as May Carleton. Season 5 has already been ordered by BBC Two with production to begin next year. Although there have been suggestions that Season 5 will be the end of the run for Peaky, Knight recently told me, "The thought has long been to finish after Season 5, but the momentum and love for the thing seems to still be growing exponentially and this is making us pause before deciding finally."
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2017.01.26 16:42 ByzantineBasileusA ByzantineBasileus Movie Review: Dragon Blade, Part Two
Greetings Badhistoriers! This is the second part of my review of the film, Dragon Blade. 20.33: The armies notice a sand-storm on the horizon! 21.16: Jackie Chan gives a very reasonable suggestion to John Cusack: "We can stand here, continue fighting and suffocate, or we can let you in for shelter". 22.02: John Cusack agrees. Also, according to movie law, since two main characters have fought one another, they must now become best friends. 22.34: FANTASY ROMAN ARMOUR! DRINK! 23.04: Acupuncture can cure poison, apparently. 24.04: You can tell that is poison because the liquid is glowing. 24.10: EVIL ADRIAN BRODY! 24.50: PLATONIC MALE BONDING! 25.48: Jackie Chan says Roman soldiers are trained to kill people whilst Chinese soldiers are trained to save people. Okay. The campaigns against Wusun and Louland in 108 BC, the taking of Ferghana in 101 BC, and the war against Turfan in 90 BC by the Han Empire were all motivated by compassion and a desire to protect the innocent. It is pure irony that Jackie Chan is saying this in the Western Protectorate, a region that was conquered by the Chinese in the first place. DRINK! 26.03: John Cusack borrows Jackie Chan's blade, stating he has never seen a Chinese sword. He won't either, as long as he is in this movie. 26.34: BEST FRIENDSHIP ESTABLISHED! THE LAW HAS BEEN FULFILLED! 27.09: So they have 15 days to finish rebuilding a city that would take half a year to do normally, otherwise they are going to be executed. If only there was a large group of people from a civilization with a bonus to construction to help them. 27.34: MORE FANTASY ROMAN ARMOUR! DRINK! 28.18: They use the term "Anxi" to describe the Parthian Empire. This earns the movie the ByzantineBasileus Seal of Approval (tm). 28.48: It is a little-known fact that the Romans refused to remove their armour and wore it all the time. 29.00 In the time of Caesar the standard Roman tool for measuring distances was a crossbow bolt attached to a rope. 29.35: The Roman Scutum was also the primary means of moving heavy blocks of stone. 30.06: I should probably take a drink but I don't know enough about Roman engineering to identify all the errors. 33.20: The Romans are practicing to the pace of drums whilst engaging in synchronized HOLLYWOOD DUAL-WIELDING. According to Vegetius, Roman training consisted of marching and sparring against pells with wooden swords and wicker shields that were twice the weight of regular Roman equipment. DRINK! 33.52: I could die of alcohol poisoning just by list all the individual mistakes here: http://imgur.com/a/eMeMS Let's see, the shields are covered with so much metal they would weigh too much to be used in battle, and the Romans are carrying spears were spears were only used by auxiliaries by this date, not legionnaires. Also, the blades of the spears are as long as gladius themselves, which would make them too slow and forward-heavy to be a viable weapon. DRINK! 34.24: HOLLYWOOD DUAL WIELD! DRINK! 35.16: HOLLYWOOD COMBAT SPIN! DRINK! 37.57: And by working together, the city is complete. I guess friendship is magic after all. 38.27: It was a tradition in the ancient world that, upon a construction project being finished, everbody would divide into two large groups and then run towards one another, cheering and hugging. In slow motion. 43.03: John Cusack served under Consul Marcus Licinius Crassus Dives. This is obviously meant to represent Marcus Crassus, and in the movie he formed an alliance with the Parthian queen. There are several problems with this. First, Crassus tried to conquer Parthia, not make a treaty with them. Second, Parthia was not ruled by a queen, but an emperor. DRINK! 43.11: The Parthian queen is also the sister of the wife of Crassus, despite their not being any records of marriage between the Parthian ruling family and Roman patrician families. DRINK! 43.15: Crassus also has an elder son, Tiberius Crassus (Adrien Brody), whilst the historical Crassus had two sons, Publius and Marcus. DRINK! 43.48: The movie states that the consulship was an inherited position, and that one of the sons of Crassus would have succeeded him. The consuls (of which there were two) were actually elected by an assembly. The consuls also had to be at least 43 years old and held other positions in the Roman government. DRINK! 43.40: It turns out Tiberius Crassus killed his father. Marcus was killed by the Parthians, not his brother. Also, the Romans placed a lot of importance on blood relationships, which was reflected in the Twelve Tables: http://www.constitution.org/sps/sps01_1.htm One law states: "Anyone who kills an ascendant, shall have his head wrapped in a cloth, and after having been sewed up in a sack, shall be thrown into the water" Since the ascendant would be defined as a father or grandfather, Tiberius would have been sentenced to death for murdering his father, the Pater Familias. DRINK! 44.07: The Parthian version of the treaty looks like it was written in Arabic: http://imgur.com/a/v1upT Can anyone confirm it so I can take a drink? 45.56: FANTASY ROMAN SWORD! DRINK! And that is it for now. See you for part three! Sources The Complete Roman Army, by Adrian Goldsworthy The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han, by Mark Edward Lewis Imperial Chinese Armies : 200 BC-589 AD, by CJ Peers The Making of the Roman Army: From Republic to Empire, by Lawrence Keppie The Perilous Frontier: Nomadic Empires and China 221 B.C. to AD 1757, by Thomas Barfield Rome and the Sword: How Warriors and Weapons Shaped Roman History, by Simon James
2015.09.16 02:23 Xemnas81CMV: Hollywood rom-coms, chick flicks and mainstream romance movies all serve to pacify women’s demands of a plugged-in Alpha (in practice, a Better Beta or Beta Bux)
I’ll try and keep this one a bit shorter (!) than my last life story essay…ah shit it’s already on 3000 words. Look I put effort into my posts I’m quite often seeing this trend on PPD: Young TRPer: WE WERE LIED TO! Everyone said Just Be Yourself! Looks Don’t Matter! Confidence is Everything! Good Guy gets the Girl! Don’t Change! Blue Pill: LOL who the fuck told you this? YT: EVERYONE! Our parents, our family, the media, our church, our teachers, hell even our friends from what they’d heard on the Internet and seen in movies… BP: Why the fuck would you believe them? Why are you so literal minded? Are you an idiot? Are you a ‘sperg? You’re a moron I’m done #terpherpderp I haven’t decided how I feel about these, but I can admit that it must be frustrating for both parties. I’m going to admit that I never bought into the whole Looks Don't Count thing. I don’t get that part of TRP’s complaints; it should be quite obvious from niceguys and justneckbeardthings among just about everywhere else that girls do not generally go for fat guys. Especially now that women are talking so, so much about who’s hot or who’s not. My family did try and encourage me that ‘looks don’t matter’ or rather ‘good women don’t care so much about looks.’ This is slightly different, but actually feeds into the Myth of the Quality Woman, something which Rollo debunked here and I’ll expand upon below: http://therationalmale.com/2011/09/14/afc-social-conventions/
I think the term ‘Quality’ woman is a misnomer. Guys tend to apply this term at their leisure not so much to define what they’d like in a woman (which is actually an idealization), but rather to exclude women with whom they’d really had no chance with in the first place, or mistakenly applied too much effort and too much focus only to be rebuffed.** This isn’t to say that there aren’t women who will behave maliciously or indiscriminately, nor am I implying that they ought to be excused out of hand for such. What I am saying is that it’s a very AFC predilection to hold women up to preconceived idealizations and conveniently discount them as being less than “Quality” when you’re unable to predict, much less control their behaviors. The dangers inherent in this convention is that the AFC (or the even the ‘enlightened man’ subscribing to the convention) then limits himself to only what he perceives as a Quality woman, based on a sour-grapes conditioning. Ergo, they’ll end up with a “Quality” woman by default because she’s the only candidate who would accept him for her intimacy. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy by process of elimination.** Taken to its logical conclusion, they shoot the arrow, paint the target around it and call it a bullseye, and after which they feel good for having held to a (misguided) conviction. So why is this a social convention then? Because it is socially unassailable. Since this convention is rooted to a binary premise, no one would likely challenge it. It would be foolish for me to say “Yes Mr. Chump I think you ought to avoid what you think of as Quality women.” Not only this, but we all get a certain satisfaction from the affirmation that comes from other men confirming our assessment of what category a woman should fit into. Thus it becomes socially reinforced. Beware of making your necessity a virtue in making a Quality woman your substitute for a ONEitis idealization.**
My family also basically helped to de-sexualise me. No sex talk in a Christian household, and so I grew up with little interest in it despite per pressure to do so. Hmph. Moving on I had my wake-up call young. Due to being bullied re: Dyspraxia and poor social skills/integration, and my family being overweight, I too started to love to eat, and comfort eat. And I piled on the weight. A hot girl called me a fat spaz when rejecting me when I was 11, still bitter at her but in some ways she helped me, I've since then not once been obese. I have since then flipped all over the physical SMV spectrum from SMV3-SMV8, having had my most major confidence boosts when I started lifting and really getting into the whole athletics department at about 15. I’ve got complacent lately and, after staying quite slim from walking to and from campus every day, am starting to get skinny fat right now ugh...but I've never truly been medically, problematically overweight since then. I knew for a FACT that it’d kill my chances with women. But I definitely did buy into Be Nice as in Be Good Looking and Nice. As in "you should be a handsome, really sweet guy who's head over heels for her; in fact, **being sweet makes you seem MORE handsome". Like Harvey in Sabrina the Teenage Witch (my sister made me watch a lot of Nickelodeon, I also wanted Cartoon network or Fox Kids!) This is also, as I'll demonstrate, a standard Disney Renaissance trope, and I absolutely adored that shit growing up, my secret love (can't think of better phrase for hat fuck). Once you're over 16 that sort of behaviour has you called pussy-whipped by guys, and friend zoned by women. Behaviour becomes a massive part of attraction once a boy becomes a man, and it's the behaviour popular dating advice for men recommends which is such a turn-off. That was a slight digression for context, but it leads onto my main point: The feminine imperative, i.e. the collective social consciousness of our society, has used media (not in a conspiracy fashion, bit in a ‘it’s just the done thing’ fashion) such as Hollywood to remove men’s masculine side and mould them into Beta Buxes. The fashion of which is determined by the audience and media subjects in question. I have a theory that any romance story since the 90s from Disney to rom-coms is fem-centric and used to mould men into Beta Buxes with Oneitis. These fall into 2 types, broadly: • Loser gets the Hot Girl. Example: Every film for geeks and guys ever, Adam Sandler, aw hell see this list by u/whitepoison
Knocked Up, Super bad, American Pie. Hollywood loves stories about betas getting girls. It sells and gives false hope. Growing up with Disney and nick kid shows I saw they loved to give that beta some attention as well. Its not just in movies as well. All the advice I ever got was be as nice as possible and wait for that good girl.
Extending the definition of ‘Loser’ a little to ‘unconventionally attractive, childish goof’ for u/TheKickboxingGuy
Any Kevin James movie. Any Michael Cera movie. Any movie with a goofy, silly, or unconventionally "hot" character who winds up getting the girl like Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Danny Trejo, Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Adrien Brody, Mike Myers, Jack Nicholson, Will Ferrell, etc, etc. Most comedic movies have main characters winding up with incredibly hot women by the end of the program.In fact feminism even recognizes this trend and passes it off as valuing men for their personalities and valuing women for their looks.
The Loser ‘Mans Up’ to become a good responsible self-sacrificing BB, no longer shallow-and then the Quality Woman learns to love him 'for who he is' despite his (actually respectable) looks
The Hot Guy gets over himself to see what a great catch the average girl is, and thus 'dates down' to the protagonist
In both cases Hypergamy is satisfied by fem-centric frame. Let’s actually elaborate on this. 1) Loser Gets the Girl. R-coms and low-brow chick-flicks typically involve a Loser getting the Girl by Just Being Himself and being a genuinely Nice, Great Guy. This is one of former Nice Guy beta’s in TRP’s major compaints; this isn’t how reality works. Girls go for hot, successful, charismatic guys with their shit together (and often wealthy, but never destitute). But what's interesting is that it's a double-edged sword of fem-centrism! You see, there is an explicit way that this man's true self and nice-ness/ future greatness is demonstrated-it's Beta Game by becoming a plugged-in Beta Bux. Let’s assume Loser means precisely that; at the start, he's a loser by mainstream social standards. He's going nowhere with his job/career, he’s often a college drop-out, he’s somewhat out of shape (ranging from decisively fat to ‘beer belly’ or ‘the college fifteen’) he's hooked on beer, pizza and videogames/porn to hide from the realities of being an adult, as such his relationships suck. He’s also usually shallow as fuck-wants hot girls, leading female actress is the love of his life but 'out of his league'. He presents himself as this big lovable goof, who’d be awesome if he was your son-but is just too much to handle for a relationship. The girls hate him for it, he's a man-child to them. By ‘hate’ I don’t mean explicit hatred, that’s not great material for a light-hearted movie, but obviously the guy isn’t successful with women. Even if he gets a date, he can’t hold down a relationship. The female protagonist also often hates that he values her looks so much, or otherwise shows evidence of ‘toxic masculinity’ such as emotional outbursts to sports or hyper-sexuality (see: shallow, obsessed with porn and hot girls out of his league like he’s still in high school) So she rejects him, initially. She also does this to Jocks-there is always a hot, popular, but stupid, sexist jock who comes onto her that this girl, the Quality Woman, rejects. This is really important; yes girls in the film like the Jock or Alpha, because looks are sexy-to Girls. Stupid Shallow Girls. But the Quality Woman, the female actress, does not. This is the basic feminist model applied in the Disney Renaissance, btw. Like, this is literally the message of Beauty and the Beast: Gaston is a narcissistic douche, and despite hordes of other women flocking to him, that makes him ugly to the intelligent Belle, considered the most beautiful girl in town. Quality Women pick men who are not shallow and humble or entitled. The Beast used to be a Gaston, but then he became humble, lost his ego and bitterness, and sacrificed himself for Belle. I ate that shit up when I was a kid, and shall expand upon that shaming mechanism of the feminine imperative in part 2. So even in high school dude-bro movies and sit-coms such as The Simpsons; as the film progresses, our lovable goof 'mans up' and show his 'real depth’, going out of his way to show how much he loves her, overcoming his base sexuality and boyish needs in favour of the responsibilities of man. This was covered in Aristotle’s Poetics ugh wish I could remember the term anyway this is the typical ordeal that the man must face, overcoming his harmartia to be a man-child and becoming a good self-sacrificing Beta Bux for society, as a Real Man does. From this boys and young men struggling with women learn that girls value Beta traits, Oneitis, Masculine HonouResponsibility and commitment over anything else. Even hot girls with options. This leads to absolute hell for average 16 year old guys, who can't understand why girls go for good looking, often moderately narcissistic jocks who are (allegedly) sexist, shallow, sex-obsessed and irresponsible, and often treat them as shit. The trope may be slightly adjusted for unconventionally attractive and childish but otherwise responsible male protagonists proving their value by heavy beta Game and showing that they may be a child at heart, but they do have a serious, responsible side, and a sense of duty to a higher cause. E.g. Jack Black, Robin Williams, Will Ferrell 2) Average Girl gets the Hot Guy: The subject of much chick lit and chick flicks, it’s another exercise in Hypergamy and Solipsism. For a rudimentary example of female Hypergamy with little back-story, you may all be familiar with this joke from Inside Out, where the kid’s wife is getting fed up with Dad sucking as a parent, and her Emotions ‘change the channel’ to a fantasy about a Brazilian helicopter pilot (basically Chad) wooing her on a beach-to their delight, of course. Link: https://38.media.tumblr.com/bd4c9cd84eb109a3b8ede0019c7a6422/tumblr_nrre1eosOk1qbsko9o1_500.gif Even higher value men themselves have, in these movies and outside in some cases, been brainwashed by the feminine imperative. I’m taking the basic plot of Bridget Jones as my example for these. In these films, the man is often already Alpha in the way that the Loser was not. He’s got his shit together; he’s quite rich, or stinking rich, (apparently) handsome, successful, and charismatic-but secretly bumbles, especially around women he’s attracted to. E.g. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth. Basically anything with these chumps in it. The over-riding factor is getting these guys to 'lose their ego'. Feminism has always been obsessed with the notion of the over-blown male ego. It’s not so much that they are repulsed by her-she’s not ugly per se, she’s a plain Jane-but ‘circumstances’ prevent them being together. She’s ‘not my type’. He’s ‘a busy man’ and has more important things to attend to. He’s highly desirable, both socially and he has other women on the grapevine. It’s often sold as a class/status divide (which also fits into the Hypergamy of the target demographic, mid 20something to middle-aged women). Nobody’s going to outright say she’s not in his league, because that would kill the fantasy, break the illusion. And if someone DOES say it? See below. But what invariably happens? He falls for her. (Well actually, in Bridget Jones 2 high value guys fall for her, and fight over her in public, falling into a fountain…yeah I’ve seen it) He starts to question whether he’s truly ‘following his dreams’. He can’t stop thinking about her in his workplace, while he’s about to have the company take off, he’s giving the Downing Street address or whatever. (UK Prime Minister’s residence for the unaware) And at some point, the turning point of the film, the Alpha says/does something particularly arrogant, perhaps sleeps with another woman or makes a taboo by calling her ‘Chunky’ ‘Homely’ etc. (A man instantly becomes a misogynist after calling a woman Fat, after all) Of course this pisses off our protagonist no end; she makes a scathing remark about him, possibly publicly humiliates him, and he’s left kicking himself in the foot with shame. “What was I thinking? I’m such an idiot. Why did I say that?” He then has a reformation of character; stops being a player, or so egotistical or shallow, makes even more ostentatious advances to demonstrate his affection-and she doesn’t actually FALL for him, she merely forgives him. But they kiss and make up and get married so happily ever after for (her) them. Obviously we have 50 Shades of GreyGrey as another example of this, Mr Grey being the impossibly Alpha yet troubled man who seeks solace from his hidden complex in the affections of a plain Jane. It is quite obvious that the likes of Christian Grey would be able to date wealthy, upper-class models (um, if he got rid of his abusive streak). But invariably, men like Grey settle (if we base matters off raw SMV). And this is the porno lesson young women learn, and even some older women have internalized thanks to joking-OK-maybe-not mixing it up with actual feminist rhetoric. That Real Men will get over themselves and their big fat ego, committing to/marrying a Real Woman. There is a reason that the ravishment fantasy is so damn popular; a high value man uncontrollable desiring you and wanting to commit to you. Yo Radical One said to me earlier [sic] “what kind of love is it to settle? Love should be intense and passionate” to which my response was:
Well obviously nobody who wants to make a buck sells it like that, mate. It's always "I realised how beautiful and amazing you really are, and what a fool I was to take you for granted", isn't it? with a big snog. Rarely do we see the post-honeymoon sex or attraction, unless it's a flash-forward to the happily-ever-after-house-kids-and-white-picket-fence. And that's what's rammed into both men's and women's heads. He got over himself and realised what a catch she really was. Solipsism and hypergamy fully satisfied for all the women watching.
Lessons for the high value man here: Ego is obnoxious. Shy girls deserve a date. Frumpy girls deserve a date. ‘Downtown girls’ deserve a date. [Billy Joel playing in my head at the moment and when she knooows what she wants, from her ti-ii-iiime] In any case, Good men date down. Conclusions for the tl;dr lurkers:
High value men were brainwashed to becoming Relatable (read: humble) Men who commit to the realistic, Relatable (read: ordinary, read, average/low SMV) women. The decision is sold as overcoming his toxic masculinity; getting over his big fat problematic ego.
Low value men were brainwashed to 'boosting their SMV' in ways which specifically cater PRIMARILY to women’s post-Wall needs, by 'manning up' and becoming a Beta Bux with oneitis. (Implicit scarcity mentality follows, but is not portrayed in the movies of course) The decision is sold as overcoming his toxic masculinity; getting over his Peter Pan complex, growing up and possibly not being so shallow, by literally chasing and breaking an arm and a leg for an ostensibly Quality Woman.
In both cases, it's a means to cater to a woman's individual Hypergamy; it breeds entitlement and solipsism in women, while manifesting unconscious shame in men who do not fulfill women’s current needs (Alphas, omegas and MGTOWs alike.) It also sets men up to take a ‘shot gun’ approach as opposed to a ‘fish net’ approach, as again described by Rollo; they are likely to develop Oneitis, and have fewer options than the women they court. This consolidates fem-centric frame, i.e. gives women power over the relationship, which is required to maintain male disposability and not have betas and omegas go MGTOW.
Cargo ship travel is easy as long as you have money. You google around from "cargo ship cruises", contact some agents and ask them what's available. I have some agents listed here: Link to www.ndoherty.com But it's not cheap. Most cargo ship trips are going to cost you at least €100 a day. My 26 days across the Pacific cost me $4.5k (including banking and exchange fees).
As for the most difficult leg of my journey: Getting out of India. That's surprisingly hard to do without flying. I spent $1200 booking a cargo ship to take me from Sri Lanka to Malaysia, only to discover that there's no easy way to get from India to Sri Lanka without flying. I couldn't make the crossing in time and lost that $1200.
But it was my best option to get to South America from Asia. All the cruise ships I found only went to North America, but I wanted to start in the south and work my way north before crossing the Atlantic. You could do it way cheaper (maybe even free) by hitching rides on sailboats (use findacrew.net), but it would take at least two months, and I didn't want to spend that long at sea.
Place I'd like to go back to most is Istanbul, mainly because I only had four days there and I felt there was so much to see and experience in that city. I'd also love to go back and do more trekking in Nepal. Place I'd most like to go back and live in though is Amsterdam. I love that city.
I've done very little language learning. I started learning Thai when I was in Chiang Mai, but then realized that it wasn't a country I could see myself spending a lot of time in in future, and it was very easy to get by with just English. I started learning Spanish before my trip (lived in Spain for a few months in 2011), and now I'm working on that again. I'll try learn some Portuguese too while I'm in Brazil. Those two languages I can see myself using a lot in future.
None of my bank cards worked in Iran, and I arrived there with only $100 in case for ten days. That led to many an unexpected adventure!
Also, I was originally supposed to get on a cargo ship in Korea to cross the Pacific Ocean, had everything arranged months in advance, but when I showed up at the port the customs officers told me there was a new law forbidding civilians to leave the country by cargo ship.
I then had to rush to Japan and hop on a different ship a couple of weeks later.
It's not all exciting and fun. I work pretty much full-time from my laptop to fund my travels, so it's definitely not like I'm on one big holiday. I often have to miss out on doing cool stuff other travelers do because of work commitments. That said, most other travelers have to go home after a few weeks or months, while I get to stay on the road indefinitely. I try to travel pretty slow, so I feel like I'm actually living in a place for a while and not just passing through. My ideal is to rent an apartment for a few weeks and find a few local coffee shops and restaurants to call my own.
I would say it's a lot more expensive to travel without flying. Flying across the Pacific would have cost me about 1/4 as much money and taken way less time.
I had some savings before starting out, but I work full-time as I travel, mostly doing freelance web design.
I'm not sure how much I've spent in total on this trip, but you could work it out by going through the monthly finance reports I publish on my website. You'd have to sign up to my mailing list to view those though ;-) Link to www.ndoherty.com
I was offline while on the cargo ship. Internet was a challenge in places like Iran and Laos, and it can be stressful when I need to get work done. I try plan ahead to make sure I'll have good Internet access wherever I'll be staying.
A guy named Gholam in Isfahan in Iran. Probably the most kind-hearted man I've ever had the pleasure to meet. He didn't speak great English but hosted me for a few nights when I was desperately in need of a place to stay (none of my bank cards would work in Iran so I couldn't always afford accommodation there). He also gifted me several meals, introduced me to many of his friends, and brought me on tours of his city. He had a beautiful curiosity and vibrance about him. It's illegal to dance in Iran, but Gholam couldn't stop his shoulders ashakin' and his feet atappin' :-)
You don't need to be rich. Look up a guy named Graham Hughes. He visited every country in the world without flying (only guy ever to do it), and he had a shoestring budget, did a lot of Couchsurfing. I think you could do it pretty comfortably on $15k a year as long as you're not expecting to live the high life.
That's everything I own, yeah. I set out from my parents house in Ireland. I don't have any possessions there, or at least nothing that I can recall. Maybe an old jacket or two, but anything like that has probably been thrown out by now.
I don't really have a typical workday. Right now though I'm working pretty much 9-5 on my laptop here in Peru.
I do sometimes get lonely, but I suspect less than most people would doing this sort of thing. There are definitely times when I wish I had someone special to share certain moments with, but I'm quite happy in my own company and overall I prefer traveling solo.
At a certain point though I think I'll start making relationships a higher priority in my life. Pretty sure I'd be miserable if I was still jumping around so much five years from now.
I doubt I'll ever go back to veganism. I don't have any moral problem with killing animals. I'm just not in favor of the way most meat is produced. Most food animals never get to eat their natural food or live in open space. They're treated horribly and pumped full of chemicals. I don't eat a lot of meat nowadays but I don't go out of my way to avoid it either.
I stay different amounts of time in different places.
I spent 2 months in Budapest, 5 months in Nepal, 3 months in India, 7 months in Bangkok, 2 months in Hong Kong, 1 month in Korea.
But I only spent one day in Austria, a few days in Cambodia, one day in Lima, etc.
I usually have places in mind to settle down and live in for a while, and tend to speed through other places to get there. I'd rather see a lot of a little than a little of a lot. Plus, I have to work, and changing location every week isn't good for my productivity.
As for deciding what to see or do, it usually depends on who I'm with. I don't much enjoy doing touristy things alone, but if I meet some cool people we'll often go off exploring together.
Methinks no. These days you could probably do it in six weeks if you lined everything up right and nothing fell through. Just stick to the northern hemisphere, take the trans-Siberian from Europe to Asia, get a freighter across the North Pacific, and then a cruise liner across the North Atlantic.
My best guess as to why it's so expensive: They don't give a shit. That is, carrying passengers isn't their primary business. They're hauling multi-million dollar cargoes, and I guess they figure that if they're going to take a passenger every now and then, they might as well charge a high price and make it worth their while.
Hard to pick just one. I've had fun in many places. But Amsterdam probably takes the cake. I did a little experiment there where I made myself go out and try flirt with 100+ women in two weeks: Link to www.ndoherty.com
I'm in Peru now and plan to travel through Bolivia later this month, then live in Brazil for three months (World Cup, baby!). After that I'll start working my way up to North America. I want to be in New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras next February, but along the way I'll likely stop off in Colombia for a month or two, and somewhere in Central America, too.
And no, I don't have a bucket list. Although I would like to ride a horse someday. Still haven't done that :-(
It's a friend's business I'm no longer involved in. My buddy cut me in on it last year on condition that I wouldn't spill the beans. Too many cooks would spoil the broth. Sorry I can't tell you any more.
Least favorite? I don't think there's one mode of transport I particularly dislike, but the bus to Kathmandu was a nightmare, squashed into a tiny seat (I'm 6'3), overnight on mountain roads, the driver overtaking on blind hairpin bends.
The bus from Luang Prabang in Laos to Kunming in China wasn't much better.
Haha. I still watch NBA highlights on YouTube most days, but I don't miss being immersed in basketball like I once was. It will be nice to return to New Orleans next year and catch a Pelicans game, but I doubt I'll be able to recognize even three guys on the team!
Just a few specific places. I'll enter the US via Mexico and make NOLA my first big stop. I plan to stay there for 3-4 weeks and catch up with old friends (I lived in New Orleans from 2007-2010). Then I'll make my way up to Vancouver, probably stopping off in Denver and a few places on the west coast.
Once in Canada I plan to spend 2-3 months traveling across the south, then jump back into the states and do 2-3 months on the east coast before catching a cruise ship back to Europe.
I’m not obliged to pay taxes in my home country (Ireland) if I’m not living there for more than six months out of the year. Same deal with the other countries I’m passing through on my travels. I’m never in any one place long enough to be considered a resident, so I’m always off the tax-paying hook.
Yeah, there are definitely differences. In general, you can be a lot more direct with European women than you can with Asian women for instance. Asia is the land of indirect communication, and I found a direct approach was often frowned upon there.
Also, in places like Iran, India and Nepal, the culture is very reserved in terms of sex and dating, so you have your work cut out trying to date a local in those places. In Korea too there seems to be a big taboo against dating a foreigner.
I'm a little obsessed with tracking so I actually keep stats on that. Excluding local transport, so far on this trip I've taken 36 taxis, 45 buses and 77 trains. I haven't done any hitchhiking on this trip. A few months before I started I hitchhiked from Spain to Ireland and didn't enjoy the experience very much. Too much standing around on the side of the road.
Very cool. While in India I randomly met an Argentinian family who had been traveling the world in a vintage car for 13 years or so. They had four kids along the way! I believe they're in Africa now, don't know how they do it. I find it hard enough just to look after myself!
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