The Avengers: Age Of Ultron?????

I watched this film & have no idea what it was about. 

It opens with some war some place in Eastern Europe & it  rages  on from one mindless fight scene (with fake looking special effects) after another.  Its nothing but a bunch of expensive special effects all slogged together & called a film.  I fell asleep multiple times.

Some of the actors were highly decorative.  It must be a matter of ‘take the money & run.’  The only art worth noting was the wonderful totem pole influenced Standee, beautifully constructed, that is now in the dumpster.  The studios do not respect the artists who do this work. Her Imperial Highness,  Princess Melita Bonaparte, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World,  has observed, “The worse the film, the better the Standee.”  Her wit & wisdom deserve her a place in the Restoration of the Greek Monarchy & for all Monarchies in the world!
Those artists who designed this piece for this shameful motion picture are the true heroes, in my opinion!   Would love to curate a Standee Museum.
Budget: $250,000,000
The budget for this film could have gone into the Restoration of Tatoi Palace in Greece,   and returning it to the Greek Royal Family upon their restoration.  That would have been money well spent.

Noir & Day–Julie-1956/Presented @ NOIR CITY 2015!

When Doris Day crossed over to the Dark Side (to paraphrase the programme notes from Noir City’s 13th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival)…she really did it. Her portrayal of a victimized wife of a psychotic husband (played by the gloriously handsome, Louis Jourdan) was successful & really had the audience rooting for her survival. By not trying to become another persona, such as imitating Barbara Stanwyck, and being a ‘hard woman.’ Doris Day retained elements of her familiar persona, but dug deeper into the elements of fear to create a character who was not living ‘happily ever after’ in marriage. Instead, she puts two & two together, and the only solution is to get away from her husband.

The plot line does, indeed, stretch the elements of suspension of disbelief nearly to the breaking point. What keeps it all in line, are superb performances by the supporting cast, and Doris Day’s impeccable interpretation of the role. Doris Day proved in JULIE that she was more than adequate to the task of creating a character who was not all sugar & spice. This film was a splendid choice for Noir City, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see another side of Doris Day in a thrilling motion picture that deals dramatically with the forces of good & evil.

Bravo, Doris Day, Louis Jourdan! And thank you to Eddie Muller & all who made this 2015 Noir City screening possible!

YOU TUBE TRAILER OF JULIE (“Run, Julie! Run For Your Life!”)

Spider-Man Does An “About Face” To Stalking Princess Melita Bonaparte

Her Imperial Highness fell in love with Spider-Man this summer, despite being married to the Burger King. Priests & psychiatrists & paranormal experts have all tried to warn her to avoid a web of her undoing, pleading with her that Spider-Man is a #Marvel comic character that has been turned into a film franchise, but the stubborn Bonaparte Princess will not listen to reason. The Princess told us, “If I wear just the right mask, Spider-Man will fall in love with me, he will want no other. He will think I am a Spider, just like he is.”

The whole problem started when she saw THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 @ #AMC—This peek will show you how it all started…#shareAMC

YOU TUBE OF OFFICIAL TRAILER: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, is convinced that she is worthless, unless she can be turned into a Spider.   "I will become a Spider through Force of Will, " the Princess has proclaimed. We tried to tell her that it takes an egg to become a Spider, not a mask.  We fear that the people of Serbia will not take her seriously as their Queen Regnant, if she does not stop this troublesome charade.

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, is convinced that she is worthless, unless she can be turned into a Spider. “I will become a Spider through Force of Will, ” the Princess has proclaimed. We tried to tell her that it takes an egg to become a Spider, not a mask. We fear that the people of Serbia will not take her seriously as their Queen Regnant, if she does not stop this troublesome charade.

It seems that Princess Melita Bonaparte has mixed reality with fiction.  She is prepared for a career in politics, but not for marriage.  Her thinking is that she will fool the Amazing Spiderman into thinking she is of the same species & that they may make lots of spiders together.  We fear that she has been bitten by the love bug & will end as a black widow if she does not come to her senses.

It seems that Princess Melita Bonaparte has mixed reality with fiction. She is prepared for a career in politics, but not for marriage. Her thinking is that she will fool the Amazing Spider-Man into thinking she is of the same species & that they may make lots of spiders together. We fear that she has been bitten by the love bug & will end as a black widow if she does not come to her senses.

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Princess Melita Bonaparte was enchanted by spiders as a small child, an obsession that she never quite outgrew.

Princess Melita Bonaparte was enchanted by spiders as a small child, an obsession that she never quite outgrew.

The Princess has become so keen on Spider-Man, that she carries symbols of him everywhere she happens to be.

"I cannot bear to let him out of my sight. I have eyes only for Spider-Man."--Princess Melita Bonaparte

“I cannot bear to let him out of my sight. I have eyes only for Spider-Man.”–Princess Melita Bonaparte

Her Imperial Highness remains utterly convinced that the #AMC amazing give-away card was, in reality, Spider-Man using a Sign Language Short Cut that meant that she must wait for him to appear in her life @ just the right moment.

The photograph that caused an Empire to fall out of the reach of the most qualified Monarch in the world.  Princess Melita Bonaparte became utterly devoted to Spider-Man.

The photograph that almost caused an Empire to fall out of the reach of the most qualified Monarch in the world. Princess Melita Bonaparte became utterly devoted to Spider-Man. “I hope some day, The Princess will understand that what I did, by unmasking her, was for for her own good.”–Spider-Man

Even when rational thinking seems to be returning to the Imperial Princess, Spider-Man will appear “When I least expect him, when I have even ceased to think about him, I keep seeing him! I don’t know what to do!” wailed the Princess.

"At first I thought it was possible that this was all in my mind," the Princess admitted, in a rare interview.  "But I step outside the Palace walls, and what do I see?  It is making me crazy!"

“At first I thought it was possible that this was all in my mind,” the Princess admitted, in a rare interview. “But I step outside the Palace walls, and what do I see? It is making me crazy!”

In the final analysis, Spider-Man, non-too-gently literally saw through the machinations of the Imperial Princess, and yanked her mask off, putting an end to her frustrating efforts of constantly trying to claim the climbing web designer, as her very own true love. “I live like a hermit, and am willing to serve in any capacity that Her Imperial Highness needs, but not on a personal level. I place her on a pedistal, and there, she must remain. She can only make a marriage of State with a Royal of equal rank,” tearfully added Spider-Man, “I wish things could be different, but she is not a Spider, no matter how many times she comes to #AMC.”

Sadly, but with no ambiguity, Spider-Man put a stop to Princess Melita Bonaparte's obsession with wanting to become a Spider.  "She must become the Empress of the 21st Century, and I will do all I can to help her in attaining that goal.  But she must find a descendant from Charlemagne & Empress Eudoxia for marriage," explained Spider-Man.

Sadly, but with no ambiguity, Spider-Man put a stop to Princess Melita Bonaparte’s obsession with wanting to become a Spider. “She must become the Empress of the 21st Century, and I will do all I can to help her in attaining that goal. But she must find a descendant of #Charlemagne & Empress #Eudoxia for marriage,” explained Spider-Man.

Princess Melita Bonaparte Sees A Film & Learns How To Work For A Living!

2014 has been the year for wonderfully done, high-end production action films, Maleficent, Captain America, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy, are just a few that come to mind. We have been challenged by magnum opi of future dystopian
calamities: #SnowPiercer, ThePurge, and #Divurgent headed the list.

With THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, we have a film that deals with high end cooking, that has not an echo of Julia Child, but more of a call for humanity coming together & dropping the increasingly archaic notion that tribal association is more important than being humane. Helen Mirran, who has ruled in films as Queen Elizabeth II, operates an an Absolute Monarch, unyielding to a point of being a food terrorist. Then, something happens as she reflects upon the harm that her actions have had upon others, and she rediscovers the most important concept of any government by entitlement: noblesse oblige. Her recovery of that nearly lost concept brings about her Redemption & the rest all falls into place. Their could be no Queen without a court, and that court was superbly played by Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlette Le Bon. Two striking different cultures find that they may, indeed, break bread together–and it’s not #WonderBread, but bread of wonder that makes them all see their place in the world a bit differently.

This is the simple story of how we eat makes us who we are--not on a nutritional level, the cultural & ritual that have been bestowed on us by centuries of our own history.  Lasse Hallström has, to extend the metaphor, put the right ingredients into the recipe for this film, making it one of the more delightful departures from a plethora of well-done action films.  See this, and eat well!

This is the simple story of how we eat makes us who we are–not just on a nutritional level, but it also embraces the cultural & ritualistic traditions that have been bestowed on us by centuries of our own agricultural & animal-hunting/food gathering history. Lasse Hallström has, to extend the metaphor, put the right ingredients into the recipe for this film, making it one of the more delightful departures from a plethora of well-done action films for 2014. See this, and eat well!


YOU TUBE TRAILER OF THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY–SO CLOSE, BUT SO FAR AWAY FROM EACH OTHER

Of course, Her Imperial Highness was inspired to become an instant expert in all manner of cuisine upon watching this fine film.

Of course, being a perfectionist in all things, Princess Melita Bonaparte immediately went through a total immersion process (sort of like the Baptists, but more so) in learning about which wine to serve to which whiner.  This is a skill that is a religious experience. She took her cooking classes & will be the first Queen of Serbia to be a sou chef.

Being a perfectionist in all things, Princess Melita Bonaparte immediately went through a total immersion process (sort of like the Baptists, but more so) in learning about which wine to serve to which whiner. This is a skill that is a religious experience, it is more a way of life, like being BORN AGAIN. She took her cooking classes & will be the first Queen of Serbia to be a sou chef.

You must realise that it takes more than just cooking school to make a sou chef! If you don’t understand this, then you must go back & watch the film many, many more times. Buying just the right produce is just as important as how you cook what Mother Earth brings forth.

Growing up in the splendour of palaces was ''just another challenge for me, " according to #PrincessMelitaBonaparte.  As the #MostBeautifulWomanintheWorld, she considered it her duty to learn how to buy just the right food to serve to her people.  "You are what you eat, " The Princess intoned.

Growing up in the splendour of palaces was ”just another challenge for me, ” according to #PrincessMelitaBonaparte. As the #MostBeautifulWomanintheWorld, she considered it her duty to learn how to buy just the right food to serve to her people. “You are what you eat, ” The Princess intoned.

"I refused any special treatment because of my rank," explained the Princess.  "I was not entitled to wear the cap of Sou Chef until I had proven worthy of it.  Now, it has the same value for my as my inherited tiaras from so many of my Loyal Peoples.  I will now be able to serve them well on many levels."

“I refused any special treatment because of my rank,” explained the Princess. “I was not entitled to wear the cap of Sou Chef until I had proven worthy of it. Now, it has the same value for me as my as my inherited tiaras from so many of my Loyal Peoples. I will now be able to serve them well on many levels.”

Trains & Trickle Down Economics & Those Who Challenge Dysfunctional Systems

This is one of the best films in recent years that deals with a dystopian future caused by human beings who destroy the balance of things. There seems to be a lot of films that embrace this theme: DIVERGENT, 28 DAYS LATER, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, EQUILIBRIUM. It’s a lengthy list. It’s almost as if there is a collective fear that this will happen within the near future. The only question seems to be which proposed scenario will be the cause of the collapse of life as we know it?

My cultural/political filters also see bad management & the evil political manipulation that makes ‘Trickle Down Economics’ (the stuff of Ronald & Nancy Reagan and Margaret Thatcher) as critical underpinnings to a full understanding of this endless train ride. The selling of a system that elevates mediocrity at the expense of the basic needs of the vast majority of humanity is the branding that we have settled for. Waves of eye-level, published nostalgia about Ronald Reagan give credence to the brilliant salesmanship of bad government. The same holds true for the selling of Margaret Thatcher as a visionary. These were dreadful people who gave not a tinker’s piss about the Commonweal. As long as they got their votes & had their ducks in order for their supporters, the rest of us could rot.

This film is a metaphor, first class, second class, third class–each person in his/her PRE-ORDAINED place, never to change, never to experience the true abundance of Mother Earth. Mother Earth is destroyed to provide elephant tusks for paperweights. Such cynical politics contains the seed of discontent, always to be placated by lies, deception, and (in this case) literal cannibalism.

Full of irony & brilliant performances (is there ANYTHING that either Tilda Swinton or Ed Harris can’t do & do splendidly?), this film is a wonder of eye opening surprises & an ending that leaves the audience wondering: Will we make it? Will we survive the self-absorbed, destructive habits of our nature? Will we continue to enslave ourselves to the Donald Trump prototypes of the world & the endless bad photocopies of his corporate whoreish ways?

This train ride is a thought-provoking experience…and watch out for squeaky-clean, elementary school teachers. That’s where the indoctrination starts.

YOU TUBE TRAILER FOR SNOWPIERCER-2013-Released 2014

The Immigrant–AMC Metreon-San Francisco

Take a break from the franchise blockbusters, romantic comedies, and the man-boy genre, that have been entertaining & fun, but not desert island films. THE IMMIGRANT has the makings of a story that will stand the test of time. It is a beautifully told story about two young girls from Poland who are supposed to meet relatives in the New York City area. Things go horribly wrong & it becomes a story of survival.

It’s wrong to give away the story line, even an inexperienced reviewer (such as I am) knows this. So, I won’t. It’s also about Redemption, a theme that when handled properly, needs no special effects. One scene in particular was a surprise. For the last 25 years, the Catholic Church has been under almost relentless attack from issues ranging from priests who abused altar boys, to financial mismanagement & intolerance towards homosexual persons. Much of this lambasting has been long overdue. But, for once, a film depicts the Church in a positive light, and not by using saccharine. The female lead, Ewa (Marion Cotillard) manages to break away from her confinement, to make Confession. What she has to confess is that she has become a woman who sells herself in order to help her sister, who is undergoing medical confinement. The priest who heard her Confession does not judge her. Instead, he urges her to “get away from that man as soon as you can…” If was as if he understood that she was in over her head, and he gave her the best advice he could under the circumstances. He did not condemn her to Hell, as she thought. She followed his instructions, when she could.

This film explores corruption surrounding the immigration policies of the time, 1921, Ellis Island, New York. The labyrinth of deception is overwhelming. Joaquin Phoenix (as Bruno Weisss) was just as trapped in a world of his own making as those he conscripted to perform in this sordid entrapment. It was Jeremy Renner, as Orlando the Magician–a cousin to Bruno, who is most deceptive of all. Jeremy Renner was stellar in this part, seemingly innocent, till light is shed upon his darkness.

The issues surrounding immigration to this place where a young Polish girl dresses as The Statue of Liberty in a libertine review have always been complex, fraught with moral compromise. From the Landing of the earliest Pilgrims, the confusion of religious freedom with liberty to take land from the indigenous, fast forward to our bi-polar relationship with Mexico & many other countries. The Immigrant does not attempt to tap into all these areas of immigration history. But it is another important part of the continuum of literature that addresses the loss & sacrifices that so many had to make in order to call this place home. (Directed by James Gray).

Cast:
Marion Cotillard as Ewa Cybulski
Joaquin Phoenix as Bruno Weiss
Jeremy Renner as Orlando the Magician / Emil
Yelena Solovey as Rosie Hertz
Dagmara Dominczyk as Belva
Maja Wampuszyc as Aunt Edyta
Angela Sarafyan as Magda Cybulski
Ilia Volok as Voytek
Antoni Corone as Thomas MacNally
Dylan Hartigan as Roger
DeeDee Luxe as Bandits Roost Tart
Gabriel Rush as Delivery Boy
Kevin Cannon as Missionary

YOU TUBE TRAILER OF THE IMMIGRANT-Released 2014

This was a gem that might be overlooked in the rush for "BIG" blockbusters.  It was a fine film & deserves an appreciative audience.

This was a gem that might be overlooked in the rush for “BIG” blockbusters. It was a fine film & deserves an appreciative audience.

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.

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