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Posts tagged “almost

Classic Movies, Serious Illnesses and Almost Funny Pictures

It’s a strange feeling when you realise you don’t have to apologise.  I’ve struggled and pushed myself to write on this blog everyday for over eight months.  There have been bumps, college work has gotten in the way, but it has been a really great experience and I’m hoping to continue on with it.  However, the last two days have no posts.  I know that I will most likely fix this with a trick I’ve picked up, but for now there is a two day gap.  I was sick and actually completely forgot about the outside world, but I’m not apologising.

Recently the blog has been a bit of a mess and I am putting that write, but with two deadlines left to meet and the decision about which college to go to next year, it is hard to get back on track.  Anyway enough of that, let’s get to today’s post.  Last night I saw a movie that I’d never seen before so I thought I’d talk about it today, also it fits into my neglected ‘classics’ tab.  Yeah I remember promising to watch Jaws, but really who has the time these days?

The movie I watched was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I’d wanted to see it for a while actually.  I had to read the book last year and I really wanted to see the differences between the mediums.  Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the novel, I’m still going to have to say it was much better.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, or seen the movie, I’m going to explain the plot.  Writer falls in love with a crazy woman.  The plot has also been used in films like Misery.  Okay maybe it’s not the exact same thing, but Misery was also a book before it became a movie.

Naturally the book goes into more detail, but it was actually details added by the film that I found annoying.  Why make the narrator, who they’ve also named, a prostitute?  Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a little unnecessary, plus they named him Paul.  The writer in Misery is also called Paul, just saying.  I also noticed how racist the portrayal of Mr Yunioshi was, but it’s safe to say that this mistake has been pointed out many times before.  I really did think he was played by an Asian actor though, it was a very racist portrayal, but I thought it was done by an Asian man.  It was not, it was an American actor and it’s one of the biggest falls of the film.

The ending and other plot points were changed to make the film more Hollywood appropriate.  I was really disappointed by the new ending actually.  I liked the whole ‘in a bar years later wondering’ aspect of the book and I would have liked to see that in the movie.  This is the first film I’ve ever seen with actress Audrey Hepburn and I’m just going to point out that Truman Capote, the author of the book, wanted them to cast Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down.  Monroe was probably a lot closer to Golightly in personality, but I think there is something to be said about playing a part that is so different from who you are and playing it well.  So for that reason I’m glad Hepburn got the role.

I think the book is much better and found the movie a bit boring.  Then again I am a horror movie guy at heart.  What did you think?  Did you prefer the book or the film?  Are you glad Hepburn played the lead?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

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The Avengers

Today is a special day; it’s the last of the three part superhero marathon.  To finish up we’re going to discuss the upcoming Avengers movie.  We’ll also be talking about some members of the Avengers that didn’t get their own section, either because they aren’t getting a solo movie or because their solo movie is already released.

Many heroes have joined the Avengers over the years, but the original members were Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, The Wasp and Ant-Man.  However, the timeline was rewritten to make Captain America a founding member in place of Hulk.  The Avengers were formed when Thor’s adopted brother Loki accidentally gets all five heroes in the same place at the same time.

Iron Man is the story of a rich man who decided to become a superhero.  The concept for Iron Man was to create a character that nobody would like and make them like him.  To achieve this, they made him everything that was hated at the time.  The Cold War was happening so they made him a rich weapons manufacturer, in a time where everyone was poor and sick of war.

The recent Iron Man movies have been a complete success and characters from the films will be appearing in the Avengers movie.  Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff and Phil Coulson will all be returning, but War Machine will not.

The Hulk was an incredibly bad movie in 2003, but in 2008 they went back and did it again, with better results.  Rumours of a sequel start spreading around, but they were delayed because of the Avengers movie.  The Hulk will not only be in the Avengers movie, he may also have a few sequels after it.  There is a downside to this uplifting story of a green man, he has been recast.  Edward Norton played Bruce Banner in the 2008 film, but he will not be returning, the following statement was released;

‘Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members,’ said marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige in a statement.  ‘The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H., Chris E., Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented cast.  We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfils these requirements and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.’

They went with Mark Ruffalo.

Hawkeye is also set to be in the Avengers movie.  He will be played by Jeremy Renner.  Renner has announced that the costume will not be the one from the comics, it will be something more ‘reality based’.  Here’s what I think of that.

Hawkeye started out as a villain, but then joined the Avengers as their ass kicking, arrow slinging companion.  Like most of the heroes in the upcoming film, he does not have superpowers.  However, he is a great archer and has several ‘trick arrows’, a lot like DC’s Green Arrow, who was created over 20 years before Hawkeye.

Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, and he won’t be working alone.  Cobie Smulders will be portraying agent Maria Hill.  Cobie was one of the front runners to play Wonder Woman, but unfortunately the movie, which would have been directed by Joss Whedon, never got made.

Whedon will be directing the Avengers movie, which is set to hit cinemas on the 4th of May 2012.  Whedon is a great director, who really cares about the characters in the movie, so it is in good hands.  The Avengers looks like it’s going to be an amazing cinematic event, lucky we don’t need to wait too long to get a taste of the action as Captain America and Thor are both being released this year.

This may be the last part of my superhero marathon, but still check back tomorrow for another post.  Leave a comment and vote below or you’re supporting the destruction of lids on coffee cups.