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Avatar spoilers

January 5, 2010

This is a comment I left on a review of Avatar on Dark Worlds blog that raises issues with the lousy science in Avatar:

Then there is the subject of evolution on Pandora. All the animals have six limbs. Four up front and two in the back. All of them, including the Pterodactyl like creatures. Four wings and pair of legs. Four eyes as well. One pair above sightly farther out than the inner pair.

Everything except the Terminator Smurfs. Two eyes, and four limbs.

Radically different biology, yet they could mesh their nervous system with the local animals.
Did the Terminator Smurfs braid their hair to protect the nerve bundle or did it grow like that naturally.

Oh, why did the Pterodactyl like creatures naturally develop stirrups for the Terminator Smurfs?

With all the “scientists” they had on that planet, why didn’t any notice that the Terminator Smurfs obviously didn’t evolve there?

Also published at the Urbin Report.

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Friday B-Movie Pick: The Running Man

July 17, 2009

The Running Man

An Arnold Schwarzenegger classic from 1997. California in 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the world’s economy’s total collapse. The hero is wrong accused and tossed in a brutal prison along with Yaphet Kotto’s character, who is there for teaching kids about the Constitution of the United States of America. Ya, I know, it sounds like where America is heading under the reign of our Dear Leader. Besides that, it’s a fun film with added bonuses like Jesse Ventura, Professor Toru Tanaka, Mick Fleetwood, and great performance by Richard Dawson. It was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, From the Starsky and Hutch TV show, and choreography by Paula Abdul.

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Late Edition: Friday B-Movie Pick

April 12, 2009

I posted this last Friday over at the Urbin Report.

Friday B-Movie Pick Pick: Cat People

The 1982 film noir classic, complete with David Bowie doing the title song. A great cast including Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and Annette O’Toole (That’s Superboy’s mom for you Smallville fans). This is a remake of the 1942 original (which I admit to not having seen yet), with plenty of casual nudity by Kinski & O’Toole and more than its fair share of gore. That includes a scene involving Ed Begley Jr.. Don’t worry, it’s one of the gore scenes, not one of the casual nudity scenes.

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Friday B Movie Pick

March 27, 2009

A Force of One

A Chuck Norris classic from 1979. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace also has a big presence in this film. For the star power, Jennifer O’Neill does quite nicely. Eric Laneuville plays Norris’ adopted son, in his second martial arts film (the first was 1974’s Black Belt Jones), and later appeared in “St. Elsewhere.”

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Originally posted at the Urbin Report.

Saturday Edition of the Friday B-Movie Pick

March 21, 2009

Sunset
On this Saturday edition of of the Friday B-Movie Pick, Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp meet in 1929 Hollywood. Bruce Willis and James Garner star in this Blake Edwards film with the score by Henry Mancini. Gardner’s portrail of Wyatt Earp reminds me (favorably) of Kurt Russell’s Wyatt Earp in Tombstone.

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March 6, 2009

So Close

Two sisters used their murdered parents technology to first avenge their deaths and then become high prices assassins. You know, that old chestnut. Through various plot twists, another attractive young asian female, this time a police detective, becomes involved (and I use the term involved on multiple levels) with the sisters and ends up teaming up with one to take down the real bad guys, and yes, once again revenge is involved. The movie has beautiful cinematography and the fight sequences are a joy to watch.

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February 6, 2009

Beer for my Horses.

This CMT production stars Toby Keith and Rodney Carrington as the comic relief sidekick. Surprising good for a bunch of country music stars who wanted to make a movie. Lots of cameos by other country stars such as Mac Davis (a serious 1970s flashback there), Willie Nelson (ok larger than a cameo and appears in cloud of smoke:->), Mel Tillis and David Allan Coe. The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent has a large, but rarely speaking role, that he probably had a ton of fun with. There were a couple of “real” actors rounding out the cast as well, Tom Skerritt, Curtis Armstrong and a short appearance by the still delicious Gina Gershon.

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January 23, 2009

Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

From 1975, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman return from Young Frankenstein in this comedy about the famous detective’s younger brother Siegerson. Comedy, music, dancing, and action in this one. Kahn is wonderfully funny and sexy as she plays the compulsive liar who works as a governess by day and a music hall singer by night.

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December 5, 2008

Predator, the 1987 classic that started the franchise.

My friend Doug Berry pointed out an interesting political link to this action/SciFi flick, there are two future state governors in staring roles.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, current governor of California and former US Navy SEAL (and professional wrestler) Jesse Ventura, a former governor of Minnesota.

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November 28, 2008

Big Trouble in Little China

A first class Action/Martial Arts/Comedy flick. Kurt Russell plays the comic tough guy persevering in a situation way over his head. Plus a young Kim Cattrall as the crusading lawyer Gracie Law.

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