It's Thursday. This week that means going back in time. Way back. The topic our host Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves for Thursday Movie Picks is movies about the "ancient" world. She sets the dates for that as between 3600 BC to 500 AD. Now, I'm not checking the dates on when any of these movies were set, I'm just going to assume they fit.
Jason and the Argonauts
(1963)This is the story of Jason (Todd Armstrong) and his quest for the The Golden Fleece. I must have watched this movie a dozen times. I'd come in the house on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and there it was on the TV. I'd stop and watch the rest of it every single time. Sure, nowadays the stop-motion animation is terribly dated, but I love it just the same.
(1973)As it turns out, right next door to Ancient Greece, there was an Amazonian, all female society. Every four years they have an intense athletic competition to decide who will be the queen in the interim. The deciding event is a topless wrestling match between the final two contestants. So yeah, this isn't exactly as family-friendly as Jason and the Argonauts. Those Ancient Greeks do come into play. Our heroines use them breeding purposes every year. No, I'm serious. Sigh. Just click here for my full review.
300: Rise of an Empire
(2014)A few years earlier, 300, in all it's macho-homoerotic glory was a huge hit, thanks to amazing visuals and lots and lots of slow motion swordplay. The sequel tried to give us more of the same, and amps up that homo-eroticism about a thousand notches. Plus, it has Eva Green ravenously dining on scenery as if her life depends on it. Like War Goddess, this isn't here because it's a good movie. It's here because it's bad, so bad, it's awesome! Click here for my full review.
Before I get out of here, I've got to talk about last week's topic. I was really pumped about it, but just couldn't find the time to create a post for it. However, I didn't want to let it pass. So, here it is...
Remakes/Sequels/Reboots (of a movie that hasn't got one) You Want to See
For the record, I actually like this movie. I found it a solid superhero flick. Michael Jai White was solid in the lead, but it's carried by an amazing performance from John Leguizamo in the bad guy role. However, it was not a film worthy of one of the coolest comic book heroes of all-time. For starters, and I said this long before the success of Deadpool, Spawn is a movie hampered by its PG-13 rating. If you don't think so, go watch the excellent HBO animated series of the same name. A reboot does have some legs, very wobbly ones, but legs nonetheless. Character creator Todd McFarlane wants to do one. The problem appears to be two-fold. First, he insists on directing it himself. Second, it looks like it's going to take a pretty hefty budget. I've got my fingers crossed this actually happens.
Needed: SequelEvelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is an operative for the CIA who suddenly becomes suspected of being a Russian spy. The result is one of my favorite chase movies of all-time. The ending is wide open, going so far as to promise a sequel. The night I went to see it, I left the theater all pumped up to see the sequel. Alas, none has come. Last I heard, a couple years ago, Jolie was not happy with the script she received for the proposed Salt 2. Click here for my full review.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Needed: SequelThis French film from 2013 blew me away when I first saw. It's about a couple in a lesbian relationship known for its graphic, and extended, sex scenes, but that's not what it's really about. This is a film that soars on the universality of the issues they go through. It's an absorbing film that moves swiftly despite a rather lengthy runtime. This might be strange to say about a three hour film in which the characters are explored so thoroughly, but it didn't feel like their story was done. The only news about continuing that story that I've seen is that the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, is "open to a sequel." Apparently, it was a difficult shoot, highlighted by clashes with his stars so I doubt it will happen, but I hope so. Click here for my full review.