Spoiler Free: Midway

Just did something I haven’t done in years, vegetated and watched a movie, didn’t putter with anything, wasn’t working on anything, just sat there with my tea and Midway. Good movie, even if the critics weren’t fond of it, critics know jack shit. Was happy to see 34th patches among the Doolittle Raider pilots, and Aaron Eckhart’s portrayal of Jimmy Doolittle almost makes me forgive Hollywood for letting Alec Baldwin’s performance in Pearl Harbor ever see the screen.

© 2020, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

Reviews Snippets

Snippet: Birds of Prey

Her: “What do you think is making Birds of Prey tank?”
Me: “I don’t think it’s tanking, it looks as if it’ll make its budget back and show a bit of profit in the end, depending upon Hollywood math, of course. I think it’s just one more case of DC can’t match Marvel when it comes to making movies. Marvel has the blockbuster formula down, they even released an R-rated movie, Deadpool, that made money, then again, so did Joker, a rare hit for DC in movies these days. Normally, R ratings drive down box office, especially when it freezes out the demographic that your character would most appeal to. Hell, sonic the Hedgehog is making good money right now, because it is rated toward its core audience.”
Her: “What did you think of the trailers?”
Me: “Saw 2 of them, neither one made me want to see it, to be honest. Suicide Squad did a much better job with trailers.”
Her: “Did the trailer make it seem like a chick flick?”
Me: “No, and since the majority of BoPs audience is men, I don’t think women think it’s a chick flick either. It was apparently marketed toward women, but their campaign didn’t seem to attract women in the numbers they expected. Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman (1 Marvel, 1 DC) both made money, but neither was r-rated. Captain Marvel even broke a billion after butthurt manchildren tried a smear campaign against it.”

I did watch the movie, it was entertaining but the story was weak, but far better than the criticism (and their own trailers) made it seem.

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Dino-whining about Jurassic World

If Jurassic World had said they were bringing back dinosaurs, then I’d see the points made by the ‘science’ critics. Since the movie says, several times, that they didn’t actually bring back dinosaurs, they fiddled with DNA and created species by mixing and matching more for crowd appeal than any attempt at accuracy. If the science crowd wants to bitch, they should be pointing out just how badly it showed the combination of science and business. People in labcoats and suits were pretty much portrayed as amoral, unethical profit chasers, but that was missed by people that didn’t apparently pay attention in the theater, if they even saw the movie. The science critics should quit walking into the trees and notice the forest!

© 2015 – 2020, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.


J.B. Books: Silver Screen Philosophy from a Golden Age

John Bernard Books was perhaps one of the best characters to ever stride the silver screen, brought to life with an unapologetic honesty by John Wayne it shows a transition from an older time to this that we now call the modern era. It takes place at the end of the Victorian Era, mentioned in passing in a newspaper that Mr. Books is reading occasionally throughout the movie. And also mixed throughout the movie is his credo.
“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

How much simpler would the world be if we could all live according to this simple code? Do no wrong to others, speak no wrong to others, keep your hands off of others. Of course in the words of J.B. Books it is implied that those that do these things are very likely to receive a significant physical chastisement, but as I said this was set at the cusp of the modern age.

If you’ve never seen the movie by the way, I recommend it highly. The Duke plays the part of a man dying from cancer with grace and sober dignity, and with the air of a man that had beaten back cancer a few times and knew that one day it would come for him. He also played the part with an inherent toughness, because lets face facts that’s how we all know the Duke.

John Wayne isn’t a granite figure of a man, his a character carved from good old American Hickory, they didn’t really sand him smooth when they were finished carving, and for that mater they didn’t bother to take the bark off either. The line quoted above was from a script, but it could have very easily come from him. He was once asked about his philosophy for life and said: “I’ve always followed my father’s advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.”

I’ve gotten in trouble here and there for having a similar philosophy.

He’s something that’s hard to classify in this day in age, a glorious anachronism I suppose. He didn’t serve in the armed forces, he was 34 with a family when WWII started and served in movies and not in the armed forces, but he played characters from every branch of the armed forces, and there are very few Marines who haven’t seen him play Sgt Stryker in the Sands of Iwo Jima.

Personally I look past Books and Stryker and even the incredible job he did playing Rooster Cogburn to a gruff old man named Wil Andersen that had a herd of cattle he had to get to market. The west had taken his own sons, he could see their headstones from his porch, and the men of the area were off chasing a gold rush. That left him with a bunch of boys that were all he could hire to step up to a man’s job. He taught them cattle and he taught them the lessons of life along the way. It was one of the movies that the Duke’s character died in, and knowing that he was likely to die he still looked the bad guy in the eye and told him straight up: “I’ve had my back broke once, and my hip twice, and on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you.” I won’t tell you what happens next, if you haven’t seen the movie, check it out.

He lived his life as John Wayne, but he never changed it legally and used his legal name in legal and business matters, and perhaps one of the most profound things ever said by Marion Michael Morrison was this: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

© 2009 – 2020, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.


Movies: I want my 7 bucks back!

I don’t see why people are worried about the writing strike, with all of the remakes out in Hollywood these days this may just push them to the next inevitable step, just use the original script to remake the original flick. In the very short-lived animate series, Clerks, Randal manages to get several famous directors on the stand, grill them for a while and demanded his 7 bucks back, and I’m here to piggyback on that!

  • Bedtime Story, made in 1962, remade in 1988 as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Birds of a Feather, made in 1978, remade in 1996 as the Birdcage
  • Cape Fear, made in 1962, remade in 1991
  • Dracula, made in 1931, remade in 1970, 1979, 1992
  • The Fly, made in 1958, remade in 1986
  • The Fog, made in 1979, remade in 2005
  • The front page, made in 1931, remade in 1940 as His Girl Friday, in 1971 as the Front Page, and in 1988 as Switching Channels
  • Get Carter, made in 1971, remade in 2000
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers, made in 1956, remade in 1978, in 1993 as Body Snatchers and 2007 as Invasion
  • King Kong, made in 1933 and remade in 1976 and 2005
  • The Ladykillers, made in 1955 and remade in 2004
  • The Manchurian Candidate made in 1962, remade in 2004
  • Manhunter, made in 1986, remade as red dragon in 2002
  • Oceans Eleven, made in 1960 and remade in 2001
  • The Pink Panther, made in 1963, remade in 2006
  • Planet of the Apes, made in 1968, remade in 2001
  • The Poseidon Adventure, made in 1972, remade in 2006
  • Psycho, made in 1960, remade in 1998
  • Shaft, made in 1971, remade in 2000
  • War of the Worlds, made in 1953, remade in 2005
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971, remade as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.

This is just a short list, there are many more out there. Between that and making classic TV shows into movies movie pickings are getting lean. Studios are going with the safe bets, if a flick made money before it should again right? There are whole libraries full of books people would like to see as movies, why not try a few more of them? There are countless books and writers both being ignored by Hollywood, I think its about time they started looking around, before we get Oceans 14, or Rush Hour 4, or Gilligan: the Movie.

© 2008 – 2020, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.