Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool first appeared in Marvel Comics The New Mutants #98 in February 1991. Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of accelerated healing. Deadpool, known as the “Merc with a Mouth”, is aware that he is a fictional comic book character and he breaks the fourth wall to humorous effect. He is known as the "Merc with a Mouth" because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to create humorous effect. The character made his cinematic debut in X-MEN ORGINS: WOLVERINE in 2009 coincidently also played by Ryan Reynolds. Now the character is back on the big screen in all his R-Rated glory in a fun but uneven film.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a flawless film. Perfect in its writing, direction, and acting. In fact it is on my short list of the greatest films of all time. How does one go about choosing the best scene from a film full of best scenes? Very carefully. I chose this scene because the writing it’s simply superb. Its psychological warfare delivered by the films personification of evil, Anton Chigurh
“THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.” And so begins FARGO, a tale of kidnapping and murder in the Midwest. This film is probably the most unusual film on my list as it is not heavy in themes or symbolism and it doesn’t have great directorial flair that I am normally attracted to. What it does have is humor and lots of it. Now when I say humor understand that I am not saying that kidnapping and murder is funny. Not at all. The humor in the film comes from the characters. The characters in the film are not funny people and do not act like there are in a comedy. They do not think they are funny and the movie does not treat them as if they are funny. The plot does not ask them to be funny as they are who they are. The film has two of the most unique movie characters to every grace the silver screen. Jerry Lundegaard, played by William H. Macy, and Marge Gunderson, played brilliantly by Frances McDormand.
Previously on the ROCKY saga--- Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a small-time boxer who seems to be going nowhere in life, as he works day-in and day-out as a collector for a loan shark and fights in sleazy clubs for low pay. Because of this Rocky is labeled a bum by the neighborhood, especially by gym trainer Mickey Goldmill. At the same time, Rocky successfully courts Adrian Pennino, a painfully shy woman with an alcoholic brother, Paulie. Rocky’s future changes when heavyweight champion of the world Apollo Creed chooses Rocky at random as his opponent in a title fight. Rocky realizes he now has the chance to prove he is not a bum. Rocky fights for his self-respect but ends up losing the fight in a split decision.
Previously on THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1---Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has been rescued from the Quarter Quell games while unconscious and awakens in the never-before-seen District 13, the underground location where a plot to take over the Capitol is forming. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is being held and forcibly indoctrinated by President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Under pressure from District 13’s leader, President Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss must embrace a role she never really wanted: to be the symbol of the Mockingjay, the symbol of hope. Peeta is eventually rescued from Snow’s grip but is now in a hate-filled trance designed to kill Katniss.
MOCKINGJAY PART 2 picks a few days after the end of previous installment with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) still unable to connect with a brainwashed Peeta. As the Mockingjay, she can see that it is going take more than symbolism to defeat the Capitol. Joining with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), an unpredictable Peeta, Finnick (Sam Claflin), and others, she sets out for the once-thriving Capitol now transformed into a city of mayhem under attack. Her mission is to stage an assassination on Snow. Meanwhile, Snow has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. And a showdown between the two is inevitable.
1999 is the fifth album released by Prince. It was released on October 27, 1982 and was his first top ten album on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album peaked at number 9 and became the fifth best-selling album of 1983. This album is the last of the raw and dirty Prince funk sound. Yes, he was still “dirty” afterwards but never this raw. From the sexually charged LITTLE RED CORVETTE and DELIRIOUS; the F the rules party anthem DMSR, the “activity” that takes place about halfway thru both LADY CAB DRIVER and INTERNATIONAL LOVER his sound was never quite the same after this. It all seems so effortless and not forced. This Prince at his synth pop/funk nasty best. Even the album cover is raunchy. Don’t believe me check out the 1 in the 1999. Although he would reach the apex of stardom 2 years later the nastiness was all mostly but gone. On a side note at age 11 in February 83 to be exact the first time I wore my tour shirt (the album cover) to school I got in trouble. I cannot imagine why!
“Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up? Who?”-X
It’s hard to believe that my number 10 film features one of my least favorite actors of all time Kevin Costner. I won’t bore you with why I don’t like him. Unlike the other films on my all-time best list, this film is not about characters but centers around an event in our nation’s history. Let’s deal with Costner first. He does have to carry the film to a certain extent but the film does not sink or swim based on his performance so in this case he gets a pass.
“I need to know who he is. I need to stand there, I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it's him.” Robert Graysmith
I have long debated about including this movie on my greatest list but after much deliberation I have decided it is so well made and expertly crafted it deserves a place on my list. Along with my #12 film BOUND, this film could possibly me the least seen and/or heard of on my list.
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I am often asked what is the best Prince album of all time. Out of all of his albums without pause or hesitation my reply is SIGN "☮" THE TIMES which was released March 31, 1987. The album yielded three top ten hits, the most from Prince since 1984. Though its sales were modest the album was universally applauded by critics and has been cited as his greatest work. For me the work is a musical kaleidoscope of ideas.