Idly: I am still bitter about Terrence Howard getting dropped for Don Cheadle as Rhodey.|
Terrence Howard has presence. He is perfect Rhodey and perfect War Machine. In the first movie he looks, speaks, and moves like a hero.
Don Cheadle is a weeble. He manages to look dorky and daggy even in an Air Force uniform, which should not technically be possible.
Terrence Howard will always be Rhodey in my heart.
Why the hell did they recast him, and why, if they had to recast him, couldn't they get anyone better than Terrence Howard? I refuse to believe that the entire list of heroic-looking black actors is "Terrence Howard and Idris Elba".
Before anyone asks why I don't know anyone else to suggest, a) I liked Terrence Howard and would therefore nominate him to be Rhodey again, dammit, and b) I pretty much don't watch movies and I watch very little TV, so I don't know, you know, actors. Unless they're in Avengers-related movies.
Although, having said that, I've been on a West Wing first-couple-of-seasons nostalgia-sort-of kick lately, and Dulé Hill could probably do Rhodey justice. He had a certain gravitas when he was, like, 24/25, I don't doubt he could be War Machine now.
So, the Disney movie Song of the South has never been released on home video.|
I have no idea, therefore, why I have clear, if distant, memories of watching it, since I wasn't born until 1980 and therefore definitely couldn't have seen it in the cinema. (Also I remember that I was sitting on the floor for at least some of it.)
I know, now, that that movie is horribly racist and everything, but as a small child, I had never heard of the American Civil War, or a plantation, or any of the context that explains why it's racist. What I remembered of it was mostly Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, with the bluebird, and Uncle Remus seemins so nice, and Br'er Rabbit stories.
How did this happen?
(Oh, hey, my mother intermittently reads this now. Mum? How did I see Song of the South? We lived in Australia! In the 80s! (I refuse to think that I saw it in South Africa, and my sole memory of pre-emigration life is a Disney movie.))
Last night, velithya and I watched The Losers.|
This movie can be said to have 5 principal characters:
- Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan - aka John Winchester, Supernatural, and apparently he was on Grey's Anatomy or something)
- Aisha (Zoe Saldana - Uhura in the new Star Trek)
- Pooch (Columbus Short)
- Cougar (Óscar Jaenada)
- Roque (Idris Elba)
Now, the thing is? I didn't like Roque. Not from the very beginning did I like Roque. I just didn't like him, at all, to an extent that puzzled me, because I couldn't have told you why I didn't like him, I just didn't. Presumably, I decided, that guy just rubbed me the wrong way.
Until the credits rolled, and I saw that he was played by Idris freaking Elba, the same actor who played Heimdall in Thor. About whom I recall commenting: "All the other Aesir - they come across as superhuman, the kind of people who would overawe historic vikings, but that's all. Heimdall is a god." I fangirled him so hard, so instantly, that had I realised he was in it I would have sought out The Losers just for him.
AND YET. DISLIKE. SO MUCH DISLIKE.
From which we must conclude: Idris Elba is an amazingly good actor, who can span the range of radiating I am a god and you should feel an irresistable urge to genuflect before me or I am a giant tool.
Last night Dean and I saw Captain America.|
It was totally awesome, but there was one scene that made me twitch as follows:
It's 1943, and we see a bunch of American soldiers. Some of them are black. The scene is, in many ways, an extremely moving and awesome scene.
However, for me, it was partly spoiled by the voice in my head querying: "Wait, weren't the US troops still segregated then? I thought desegregation of the Army was Truman..."
It's okay, it's Marvelverse History, not Real World History, so multiracial US Army battalions can totally have existed, including the Japanese-American guy. (Yeah, you may be from California, buddy, but the United States still classed you as an "enemy alien".)
I justify a lot of things to myself that way with these movies.
1) I'd forgotten: Part of why I really liked Blood Ties is/was my long-standing crush on Christina Cox.|
2) Oh yeah, this is what "I'm Not A Fucking Drag Queen" is from.
I don't know what, if anything, it says about this movie that that song is about all I remember of the trans character, given that I remember very little about the rest of the movie, too.
ETA: Oh yeah. Hee. Judy's completely awesome and crazy perceptive about people and Frances the dykey bookstore owner looks at her like a deer in headlights when Judy flirts because Frances totally wants her but Frances is the most repressed person whoever actually managed to work out they were gay.
So, Chas and I were just in a taxi. As we got in, we were talking about the new Karate Kid movie, and how Chas had read some people objecting to the casting of Jackie Chan because Jackie Chan is a kung fu master, not karate.|
Part of the discussion we were having was about the general awesomeness of Jackie Chan.
Our taxi driver was Chinese, and joined in the conversation enthusiastically on the awesomeness of both Jackie Chan and Jet Li. (According to the taxi driver, pretty much every Chinese person knows of Jet Li, because he has learned every kung fu style and was a champion at everything by the age of 18.)
Chas suggests that Jet Li is probably the Chinese equivalent of Don Bradman; I suspect this might be apt. It was certainly remarkable how quickly the driver went from fairly quiet and reserved to enthusiastic engagement with the conversation telling us awesome things about both of them.
In any case, the criticisms are all moot, because the new movie is set in China and the karate part is that the kid has previously done a little karate; Jackie Chan teaches him kung fu.
I find it much less problematic to have the thing where you have some foreign kid who learns to be MOAR AWESOME than the local kids at !thing, because, hey, they're kids, and if Jackie Chan is an awesomely better teacher of kung fu than the local kids' teacher(s), then obviously little Jaden Smith will become awesomely better at kung fu than the local kids. I will confidently assume that just about any kid will be more awesome at kung fu than other kids if taught by Jackie Chan, because Jackie Chan is awesome.
Proper updates to follow at some point.|
Saw The A-Team last night with Dean; it was awesome. Before we went I was concerned as to whether they would have cast someone sufficiently badass to play B.A. Baracus; checked imdb and the actor had "Rampage" in his name, was reassured. Movie was seriously awesome.
In other movie news, I am gleeful that apparently The Last Airbender is a truly terrible movie.
Somehow, between watchings (ETA: of Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe)... I always forget how deeply, profoundly gay for each other Idgie and Ruth are.|
... and that it's also a story about race in the Bad Old South.
I wonder how it feels, as an actor, to put on a Klan hood...
( Spoilers, so. Alongside description of a really quite ugly scene that, well, did I mention Klan? Many of you may not wish to read this. )
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