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What Do they Avenge?

<singing> Ironman, Ironman!  Does whatever an iron can…..

Something like that.  But hey, Mort is signing up for the Avenger’s movie.

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Nolan On Wrestling Pigs In Mud

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Something Sweet

Maria van Trapp returns home for a visit.  At least it didn’t become an Ultimart.

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Going To The Bird

Wow, Hitchcock Barbie, golly.  And they are going to re-make The Birds?  Oh please.  Like Robert Osborn said (paraphrased), “There are so many poor movies that could be great if they were re-made.  Why re-make something that is already great?”

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The Wedding Of Big Business And Government

The conservative message in WALL-E is the dangers of monopolies and the blurring of the line between government and corporations. Into the breach of government failure to monitor the bottom line, and corporate ability to provide real solutions to problems, comes Buy N Large. From the BnL World News in the Politics category:

The controversy started 36 months ago when BnL moved to incorporate local government into its municipal portfolio. Anti-consumer groups reacted strongly, but were appeased temporarily with the gift of 35 brand-new sports cars.

Mr. Fu awaits the premiere of the Wayland-Yutani and Blue Sun corporate web sites. Additional ideas from BnL:

Buy n Large plans to focus its efforts on thsi hard-to-reach niche market later this year, with aggressive ad campagins and even a new line of clothing-all of which has been designed to please anarchist sensibiliities.

“We are thinking uniform, drab grays and blacks for the clothing lines. We hope to inspire feelings of comradeship, sharing, and unity, all at a reduced price,” said McRogain.


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Why Boxing Is High Culture

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handey

It reminds Mr. Fu of REPSLEH MIJ’s story of his artsy-fartsy girlfriend back in the day making him go see the latest Martin Scorsese film.  She was gushing about how great a director Scorsese was and the art of it all.  So REPSLEH, being a man’s man for all his being a freak in those days, was looking forward to this like root canal without the benefit of anesthesia or liquor.  They get into the theater, girlfriend still gushing, and the film starts rolling.  Taxi Driver. REPSLEH is in hog heaven, “It was like a Sam Peckinpah movie!”

Girlfriend squirms, cannot believe her beloved Scorsese has done such a thing and she wants to leave.  REPSLEH is having none of it, he is staying until the credits have rolled.  The relationship did not last long after that….

Taxi Driver, where ballet meets boxing.

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Topic Of The Day: Crystal Skulls

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McCain’s Reply Should Be

To Hillary saying:

We may need to change the way people behave.

McCain should reply in the style of Captain Malcolm Reynolds:

Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

That would be bein’ a maverick.

But Hillary is almost right, but what she should have said was, “We need to change the way politicians behave.”

Let’s try doing that at the polls, and the mail box.

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Rejected Star Wars Ideas

Somehow I was thinking about Breathed’s RV Catching Net of Dollar Bills. A Taun Taun Suit? Oh, that has some sick possibilities! “Get out! I’m sleeping in here!” “Kid found frozen to death inside oftoy suit. Film at eleven.”

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Tokyo Rose

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Now That Is Political Analysis!

This is how political analysis should be done, using movie and television history (and sometimes future history).  I for one would be happy to serve under President Lindberg, join forces with Korben Dallas, and aid in the defeat of any future Zorg‘s that happen to pop up.

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Enough Already

Had enough of politics and those outside the Fu-sphere.  Let us take a trip through the movies.  Over to IMDB and a random quote:

All I know is, on the day your plane was to leave, if I had the power, I would turn the winds around, I would roll in the fog, I would bring in storms, I would change the polarity of the earth so compasses couldn’t work, so your plane couldn’t take off.

L.A. Story, pretty good movie.  Mr. Fu likes Steve Martin, almost always a good movie there, and good for some laughs.  Scan through the credits, we find Frances Fisher, one time squeeze of Clint Eastwood.  Clint directed the tremendous film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, starring John Cusack, and featuring a great performance by Kevin SpaceySpacey‘s characterization of Jim Williams has become iconic for Mr. Fu for the accent and attitude of a Southern gentlemen, much like Rhett Butler.  That style would have done well for a version of Doc Holliday, if Val Kilmer had not already nailed the role in Tombstone And why the hell did Costner do Wyatt Earp? Guess it was a timing thing as it came out only a year after Tombstone. But Wyatt Earp did have Adam Baldwin, our man Jayne.

Anyway, John Cusack also starred in one of the funniest movies about assassins ever,  Grosse Pointe Blank. This movie answers the burning philosophical question, “What happens when an assassin goes back home for his ten year high school reunion?”  And we will leave our whirlwind tour of the movies with a quote from Grosse Pointe Blank:

Marty: I was sitting there alone on prom night, in a goddamn rented tuxedo, and my whole life flashed before my eyes. And I realized finally, and for the first time, that I wanted to kill somebody. So I figured since I loved you so much, it’d be a good idea if I didn’t see you anymore.

Watch it, you will thank Mr. Fu….

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Counter-Culture Becomes The Establishment

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It looked like a meeting of the first Star Trek fan club’s original members. Huntsville shines in its ability ti turn out the proto-geeks by the dozen (Mr. Fu included). We gathered and paid money to see a two hour long advertisement for Paramount Pictures latest release in the science fiction genre, the re-mastered Star Trek, The Original Series.

Rob Roddenberry (Gene‘s son with Majel Barrett) presented a nice introduction with some insights into his early views of the series in his father’s den at home. There was some discussion about the re-mastering and re-scoring process. Many statements were made trying to re-assure the fans that the essence and original intent of the show remained untouched. Perhaps the public is a bit wary on this front given George Lucas’s butchery of childhood memories and blatant pandering to toddlers.

It was hoped that they would not be digitally inserting ewoks or Wesley Crusher in with Kirk and Spock. They digitized the original negatives, so it is nice to know this bit of television history can be digitally propagated into the future. Mr. Fu wonders what the future will have to say about the show.

There was a look at some home movies filmed on the set by Billy Blackburn. Billy was a uncredited extra in many episodes, never with a speaking role. Several shots included an arrow pointing to one of the actors, labeling him “Billy.” The actually presented a different behind the scenes view of the series then Mr. Fu had previously experienced, giving some insight into the personalities involved. Though it added an element that somewhat haunted the show was the episode itself started.

The episode “The Menagerie” finally kicked off. The contrast and brightness as presented in the theater was a bit dark. Mr. Fu kept expecting it to get better or his eyes to adjust, neither of which happened. But anticipation kept him from heading out to have a discussion on quality control with the management. Even with the conditions in the theater (including the other patrons, which is one of the reasons Mr. Fu avoids the theaters) the re-mastered images were very crisp. The update effects were obvious, but not jarring. They actually enhances the experience though this was not an effects heavy episode. But there had been enough effects shown in the preview to demonstrate they were treating the subject well and making some really nice, but not substantive, changes.

Perhaps experience (read age) added an appreciation of this episode that Mr. Fu had lacked. Recent politics has only heightened Mr. Fu’s bristling reaction to the idea of even highly attractive gilded cages. Mr. Fu noticed two things about the Talosians: 1) while they appeared evil for imprisoning members of many different species and judging their suitability for a purpose, that purpose was the survival of their race, 2) they were concerned enough for the survival of the human species to refuse Captain Pike’s offer of help, lest humans learn the Talosian’s power and destroy themselves as well.

There was recently an article on awesome sci-fi inventions that would actually suck.  One invention mentioned was the holodeck:

“If aliens showed up to Earth 1,000 years later, they’d find an abandoned planet with ten billion mummified corpses laying on the floor of ten billion dusty holodecks, with huge smiles on their faces.”

Death by fantasy, the fate that the Talosians warned Pike about.  And the reason for General Order Seven.  It is interesting considering the warnings of this episode the that holodeck, and its multitude of problem, would be featured so prominently in the follow-on series.

The was the craft of putting together a television show that made the original series great.  Drama mixed with comedic moments.  A formula lost in the follow-ons, but recaptured brilliantly in Babylon 5 and Firefly, to name two of the other greats.  In “The Menagerie” Vena’s complaint that in matching Christopher Pike with Number One that they “might as well cross him with a computer” lays the irony that Majel Barrett went on to provide the voice of many of the computer systems later in the series and follow-ons.

But, through the whole episode whenever there was a shot with extras about, Mr. Fu kept expecting the test “Billy” to appear and a large arrow to point to one of the chorus.  And the appearance of the backs of the Talosian’s heads always invited the term “butthead” to one’s mind.

This vast commercial had the desired effect, Mr. Fu and THE KAT are both interested in purchasing the re-mastered series.  But we are first going to review the original set of DVDs before venturing into the newly digitized world of Star Trek.

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That’s Weird – 20071029

Back to stalking METAPHOR, he watched The Wicker Man (2006).  Bee worshipping matriarchy indeed.   Mr. Fu was flipping channels, caught part of it, and was intrigued enough to look for it in the library.  Only he thought he saw “The Wicker Men” on the cable guide, and was disappointed he could only find The Wicker Man (1973) with Edward Woodward.  THE KAT insisted that Mr. Fu had it wrong, that it was “The Wicker Man” with Nicolas Cage, that we had a copy in the library, and she proceeded to produce it.

Sat down to watch the 1973 version, very interesting.  Ah, Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings kids)!  Ingrid Pitt (she was in Where Eagles Dare)!  A Hammer-fest!  Interesting ending, not a Hollywood Ending for sure.  Mr. Fu started to watch the making of bit, figuring he would bail early.  Nope, watched the whole thing, the movie they did not want you to see, or so it seemed.  Mr. Fu put it back in the only to discover – The Extended Version (from the vaults of Roger Corman and such).

Now we have to follow up with the 2006 version.  Hmmmm, hopefully it will be better than METAPHOR suggests.  Though Mr. Fu will not hold his breath.

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