Cheesy blog title is cheesy. But for real, y’all: Wonder Woman is probably my favorite superhero movie I’ve seen. The first Iron Man is the last superhero flick that got me pumped. I never really cared one way or another about Wonder Woman; she always seemed kind of silly to me. But no longer. I have been converted.
The film manages to have all the iconic trapping of our hero without making it so ridiculous looking. I mean, it’s still clearly comic book-y but it blends better into the world than say the old TV show. I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes and going “waaaat” like I have in more recent comic book flicks.
In a change of pace, the film takes place during WWI instead of WWII like every other origin story. Apparently this a change from the original comics, but I think it was a good one: do something different. Admittedly I do get a little peeved at the lack of WWI media so I am totally biased. On the other hand, seeing Wonder Woman punch Nazis would have been totally cool. Specifically given current times.
On the other other hand, seeing Wonder Woman cross No Man’s Land like a boss was also pretty damn cool. I think that was the point in the movie where I fell in love and was like “we are buying this on Blu Ray”.
I didn’t even hate the minor love plot, probably because it was more subtle than usual. Probably also because it’s female directed and not as concerned with OMFG SEX. What I’m trying to say is, I hate romance in my stories usually, but I didn’t hate it in this film. Of course, Chris Pine is hot, so that helped I’m sure.
Look, it’s a superhero origin movie. But it’s a really kick ass superhero origin movie. There’s Amazons. That right there is worth the price of admission.
Headhunters (Hodejegerne in Norwegian) stars Aksel Hennie as Roger Brown, a successful headhunter who steals art from his clients to support his lavish lifestyle. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau the beautiful stars as Clas Greve, a mark who owns a rare Peter Paul Rubens painting that could ease Brown’s financial woes.
Clas is former special forces, who specialized in tracking people, and his company develops GPS technology. During the heist in Clas’ apartment, Roger’s life takes a turn for the worst, to say the least, although the turning point is rather minor compared to what awaits him.
Roger finds himself on the run with no friends or allies, no one he can trust. He’s an art thief, not your general hardened criminal, and is out of his league with all the violence that is unfolding around him.
The film has pretty darn good cinematography, and Hennie gives a brilliant performance. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot and you can never really be sure how the story is going to end. Unless you read the book, I guess, but let’s just pretend that doesn’t exist for a moment.
It’s not a perfect film, but it is definitely one I would recommend seeing if one gets the chance.
I never wanted to watch The Legend of Korra. During the grand finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender I, for whatever reason, decided Zuko and Katar were meant to be together forever. When she kissed Aang I was so irrationally disappointed I wanted nothing to do with the franchise ever again. I wasn’t even that invested in the show in the first place–I only watched it to pass the time–which is why my reaction was so ridiculous. Even so, it wasn’t until the first two books (seasons) of Korra were put on Amazon Prime in late 2014 that I started watching it. My love of all things free overcame my dislike for Avatar‘s ending.
On Friday morning I went to go see the latest Angelina Jolie movie Maleficent. It turns so did all of Phoenix because the parking lot was packed and all the people in front of me were purchasing tickets for the film. I decided to go to the next showing instead but there was still a crowd and two lines just to get a seat. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ms. Jolie will have a very successful opening weekend.
The start of the movie portraying a child Maleficent was a bit corny but it is Disney, so some cheese is to be expected. However once Jolie makes her appearance lingering doubts about the film fade away and the fun begins.
Maleficent is given a more fleshed background and motivations, and one can sympathize with her anger at King Stefan. Her relationship to Aurora was well done, and Elle Fanning is a believe puppy dog to Jolie’s hissing cat.
The ending is not the Sleeping Beauty you remember which was a nice surprise. It’s not a ten out of ten but is very solid and the Lana Del Ray version of “Once Upon A Dream” is perfection.