X-MEN: Days of Future Past–Visual Trick & Treat

The title seems sort of James Bondish. Never Say Never Again–but it’s the X-MEN. Hugh Jackman is very much back in the saddle, clawing his way into & out of trouble. I need to call on my Inner Jesse Hawthorne Ficks & find a way to come up with a couple of paragraphs about this genre film without telling the story line.

How’s about this? This the first time I ever followed an X-MEN franchise story line. Don’t be late for this film, the Patrick Stewart character very coherently provides the context, and all that follows, is an extension of that. I was able not to nod out for this one. Did I stop losing grey cells, or did the filmmakers get audience feedback that the last couple of efforts were unfathomable? Can’t say, nor is the production company about to tell.

You will love President Nixon & his response to the mutant problem @ a White House Ceremonial Function. Only problem with this scene–by employing certain very precise camera angles & using just as precise lighting, Christ Christie managed to look very much like Richard Milhous Nixon. For some reason this look got lost & the camera lingered on him too long @ angles where this resemblance which was so very uncanny, faded. Once that happened, he looked like Chris Christie trying to look like Richard Nixon. This should have been caught during the rushes & the editors & camera crew should have stopped while they were ahead of the impressions game. They spoiled a good thing here. The backward glances @ “Nixon” needed to look scary & real, just as the front-on views did.

The film is sprinkled throughout by visual hilarity, none of which is overly intrusive, nor mars the plot/action sequences. It’s like having just the right amount of curry, if you know about cooking with curry, you treat it with respect. Seeing a couple of seconds of the original televised Star Trek, without it being milked to death, was one of many very funny cuts, that got well-deserved chuckles from the audience. They got this one right. As P.D.Q. Bach said, “To curry favour, favour curry.”

The Promotional Standees gave the impression that the film was going to strongly feature Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen (the nice one). It didn’t. Maybe they just looked better with an “X” superimposed on their faces than did the others.

The morphing of the mutants continues, high-powered & @ a high speed. But the characters are generally more interesting & we care, once more, what Hugh Jackman does with shirt on or off. He is a fine actor. I only hope he finds another Oklahoma, and is able to continue to show his many-layered versatility as an actor/artist.

This X-MEN was a win for all concerned. And if you like vintage Buick Riveras, someone pimped one just for your pleasure.
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YOU TUBE TRAILER-X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
There will be time travel…

YOU TUBE-The Focus is intense relationships, which helped make this more interesting…
“You Abandoned Me!”

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, remains astonished that she did not receive top billing over the title for X-MEN:  Days of Future Past.  "I day dream all the time," she declares.

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, remains astonished that she did not receive top billing over the title for X-MEN: Days of Future Past. “I day dream all the time,” she declares.

You Tube Buick Rivera Infomercial -1973
“Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?” X-MEN did.

Jerry Vale–Uomo con una bella voce (1930–2014)

18 May 2014: We lost Jerry Vale, a man with a beautiful voice, a singer who did what a singer does, without gimmicks, and did it well. Not many from younger generations appreciated or knew of him. I was lucky enough to learn about people like him through the observations of my mother.

Somehow, I find the genre term ‘crooner’ a bit condescending. People would not call Linda Ronstadt a crooner. Nor was this moniker hurled at Rosemary Clooney. Known but to God, let a man with a good voice make a living by singing beautiful songs, and he gets called a crooner. It seems unfair, the first complete sentence many children utter when acquiring language.

Also unfair, and perhaps for vaguely related reasons, was the enforced name change. Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, his name was changed to Jerry Vale, the only name most of us knew to call him. Hopefully, the culture behind these unfortunate & disrespectful name issues will change. Perhaps some day, a boy named Genaro will have a beautiful voice & be called a singer. In reality, that’s what we lost.

Rest in peace: Jerry Vale/Genaro Louis Vitaliano…

YOU TUBE TRIBUTE TO JERRY VALE

Jerry Vale Mala Femmina, Oh Sole Mio, Come Back to Sorrento LIVE recording

Godzilla Flees San Francisco When He Looks At Apartment Rent Rates!

I met with my (and they keep telling me NOT to make blogging all about me, and I keep doing it anyway!) good friend, Godzilla today. It was utterly impossible to meet & greet & get popcorn @ AMC 1000 Van Ness because he forgot to remind me about Bay To Breakers. When I first got here when Godzilla was in 8th grade, I really & truly thought it was Beta Breakers, a run of drunken college sorority or fraternity people. It took about 10 years for the fog on that issue to lift. Why I am so learning impaired? But Godzilla was fine. He really able to sink his teeth in his latest film role. I just wanted so much to act right along side him, maybe a reptile animal trainer, or a Catholic priest in a straight jacket, trying to give Last Rites to all the dying people.

My poor friend had to contend with these two antecedents of giant, meat-eating, pesky pigeons that had plans on getting first dibs on all the water-front apartments & penthouses with great views. That got all messed up due to their size. They just won’t fit into Million Dollar 700 Square Foot condominiums, the way humans clamour to do around here.

Nope, it was a bit chaotic. The big birds fouled things up for everyone, but the music that was generated by the reptile rebellion was terrific. You can tear up San Francisco, you can earthquake it, and have over-sized lizards come & act out their nuclear waste binge eating, but you can’t close a film made here without some ambiguity & uplift-and that’s just what happened.

Go see this—and believe it! It will happen. There is a reference, belated, to the reason for Godzilla’s coming to life. That reason is because things are out of balance. Too many cell phones being stared at for too long will bring giant reptiles out of the woodwork, out of the strip mines, and they will probably come out from recycling centers. In the case of Godzilla: 2014–what came from Las Vegas did NOT stay in Los Vegas, or Honolulu, or even Paris. Towards the end, we all became one with Detroit, the Godzilla of Cities.

You Tube Trailer of Godzilla: 2014
“You’re hiding something out there…and it’s going to send us back to the Stone Age…”

“Please stand by.” The cameraman always has the last laugh.

You Tube Trailer of Godzilla: 1998
As things turned out, content mattered more than size. But it was still Godzilla!

You Tube Trailer of Godzilla: 1954/2014 Mashup
Images are from the original with voice-over from 2014 version.

Godzilla thundered on the set, we thought at first this was a film...then, the horror unfolded before our unbelieving eyes.  He had returned & meant business!

Godzilla thundered on the set, we thought at first this was a film…then, the horror unfolded before our unbelieving eyes. He had returned & meant business!


Even baby Peeps were not safe. Were they made from nuclear waste? Were they from Las Vegas? They were so innocent, so cute!

Three little Peep huddle in terror, too little to fly away.  They did not know that Godzilla has a 'thing' about flying creatures.  Poor babies...

Three little Peeps huddle in terror, too little to fly away. They did not know that Godzilla has a ‘thing’ about flying creatures. Poor babies…the 4th one did not make it!

Their baby brother is sadly missed.  You can visit his other family members via Facebook.  They are not big enough to withstand Godzilla!  He just does not take kindly to peeps, human or otherwise.  He rules!

Their baby brother is sadly missed. You can visit his other family members via Facebook. They are not big enough to withstand Godzilla! He just does not take kindly to peeps, human or otherwise. He rules!

You Tube of Death Scene From Godzilla: 1954
The original film has something that the remakes did not quite get: beauty, poetry, sublimity. The original Godzilla leaves the viewer with a sense of pathos & empathy for this wronged creature. The compelling music, and the simple gesture of the woman who removed her hat says it all so perfectly. Her eyes fill with tears…because of loss.
That is the great theme of Godzilla, loss. The first film captures that with a majesty unmatched by the others.

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PRINCESS MELITA BONAPARTE GETS DOWN TO CONSTRUCTING RESTORATION OF GREEK MONARCHY!

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte follows in the path left by her Grandmother, Princess Marie Bonaparte, The Princess Andrew of Greece. The Greek Republic, all the dictatorships that have come & gone their nasty way, have left her totally unfazed. “They were not true Greeks, they cared only about personal glory. I have only dumpsters for them,” she tells us.

“The so-called Republic is terrible. They treated us, their Royal Family, terribly. They let Tatoi Palce go rack & ruin. It is up to me to make it habitable once again, so show to the world that Greek Culture did not end with St Paul, but has evolved like others. We are a modern Constitutional Monarchy that has been bullied by greedy politicians. We are eager to return, live within our means, and want to give our lives in the service of the Greek people. It is only a matter of time that the clouds of lies with be lifted. Once that happens, we will be vindicated, and return to the people who love us, who have missed us–and never leave them again.”

With that, Princess Melita Bonaparte wasted no time demonstrating her construction skills with a bulldozer, in perparation to adding a new wing to Tatoi Palace. “It will be used mostly to house antiquities of the more recent centuries, since about 1000 A.D., explained the Princess. “With a history as ancient as ours is, you cannot just lump all things together. People need to be able to take things in, one Era at a time. We look forward to the time we can focus on these matters instead of dealing with mean crooks who take these items to auction houses, at the expense of our heritage.”

Princess Melita Bonaparte considers the heritage of Greece priceless.  "All Eras must be given equal consideration. All have contributed to Greek culture as we know it today.  It is my job as part of the Royal Family to make sure that heritage is properly curated & stays in Greece."

Princess Melita Bonaparte considers the heritage of Greece priceless. “All Eras must be given equal consideration. All have contributed to Greek culture as we know it today. It is my job as part of the Royal Family to make sure that this heritage is properly curated & stays in Greece.”

Princess Melita Bonaparte demonstrates that she is not afraid to work. " I am married to Greek culture & ideals. I believe that a wedding dress should not be used only for one day, but should be used to renew your vows of fidelity at every opportunity. I eat breakfast in mine."

Princess Melita Bonaparte demonstrates that she is not afraid to work. ” I am married to Greek culture & ideals. I believe that a wedding dress should not be used only for one day, but should be used to renew your vows of fidelity at every opportunity. I eat breakfast in mine.”

No one understands this concept more than Princess Melita Bonaparte.  "I personally think that the money spend on Castro Street was not a good idea.  I needed more jewelry & a better wardrobe in my role as a Member of the Greek Royal Family.  They could have extended the Marshal Plan to help with the Restoration of the Greek Monarchy."

No one understands this concept more than Princess Melita Bonaparte. “I personally think that the money spent on Castro Street was not a good idea. I needed more jewelry & a better wardrobe in my role as a Member of the Greek Royal Family. They could have extended the Marshal Plan to help with the Restoration of the Greek Monarchy.”

Anti-Monarchist hecklers surrounded Princess Melita Bonaparte & threw her into the path of her personal bulldozer.  This sort of civil disruption is why she feels that she needs to return to Greece to restore respect & lawful government. She narrowly escaped with her life, but later granted a pardon to those who were uneducated as to recent events in Greek history.  They walked away in awe & wonder--fully loyal to the Monarchy.

Anti-Monarchist hecklers surrounded Princess Melita Bonaparte & threw her into the path of her personal bulldozer. This sort of civil disruption is why she feels that she needs to return to Greece to restore respect & lawful government. She narrowly escaped with her life, but later granted a pardon to those who were uneducated as to recent events in Greek history. They walked away in awe & wonder–fully loyal to the Monarchy.

Can Tatoi Palace Be Made Fit For A King Once More?

"Look what has happened to the Tatoi Palace of my youth!" --weeps the Princess

“Look what has happened to the Tatoi Palace of my youth!” –weeps the Princess

"Tatoi Palace has become the Grey Gardens of Greece.  It is a terrible shame what the Republic has allowed to happen."

“Tatoi Palace has become the Grey Gardens of Greece. It is a terrible shame what the Republic has allowed to happen.”

"The once beautiful & idyllic guest cottage must be brought back, otherwise, we will have to stay at Holiday Inn in Athens," laments the Princess.

“The once beautiful & idyllic guest cottage must be brought back, otherwise, we will have to stay at Holiday Inn in Athens,” laments the Princess.

“The Restoration of Tatoi Palace Will Lead To The Restoration of the Monarchy.”–Princess Melita Bonaparte

You Tube of Tatoi Palace

Do you know when you are supposed to fasten your seatbelt?

Has anyone ever told you that you can’t sneeze with your eyes open? It’s not true. I felt a sneeze coming on once, and was utterly DETERMINED to sneeze with my eyes opened. I proved this idea about you HAVE to close your eyes when sneezing wrong. It felt weird, but you can do it. It just takes a little concentration. That was a quantum leap. My goodness! I keep waiting to hear from Stockholm. But there is no photographic proof. All I can do is write it down and publish it, and say, this is a true fact. You can sneeze with your eyes open. If only other challenges in life were this simple to resolve.

Now, have you ever tried to fasten your Pan Am seat belt while standing? Well, you get the prize if you were able to do that in recent years. There is no more Pan Am, only Pam Ann. Say that really, really fast, and people will start thinking you’ve had one too many adult beverages.

It’s not a good idea to try to stand when fastening your seat belt on any aircraft, defunct or still in business.

Even the rebel in me thinks it’s a good idea to do this while sitting down. It hurts to be a conformist, but sometimes it just beats the alternative.

CODA: The Biggest Challenge OF ALL—

Try to sneeze with your eyes open whilst standing up & fastening your seat belt in an aircraft that is malfunctioning. Those pesky, drop-down oxygen devices may spoil your concentration.

And do you know why they even have those masks? You know, the drop-down ones. Concentrate. You get the recorded advice to put them on young children & others who need assistance. It’s almost like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for murder. The masks make it harder to hear people scream. Should the flight (with the able assistance of the pilots, or a hijacker who gets a last-minute change of heart) right itself, what do you say about the recently murdered, badly behaved children you just lopped off. You might have some explaining to do once the flight problems are over, and the pilot is being cheered on the tarmac. “I was only trying to help…” might work. You will still need to concentrate and be very convincing in the telling before becoming the basis of a thriller genre film about how you survived an airline crash, knowing all along that you became a serial killer due to this odd set of circumstances beyond your control.

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY & REMEMBER, YOUR SEAT CAN BE USED AS A FLOTATION DEVICE!

It's not a good idea to try to do this while standing.  It could just ruin your whole day.  It's just not worth the effort.  Sit this one out.

It’s not a good idea to try to do this while standing. It could just ruin your whole day. It’s just not worth the effort. Sit this one out.

The BEST WAY TO SIT IT OUT:
You Tube: Peter, Paul, and Mary, Featuring John Denver: Leaving On a Jet Plane

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