While I think we are still a long way away from having autonomous killer robots trudging around the world waiting for Skynet to become self-aware, it has been a somewhat big topic lately. This is mostly due to people, justifiably, freaking out over the thought of remorseless killing machines becoming the go to move for everything from major wars, to crime prevention, to taking care of people who cut in long lines and then act like you are an asshole for pointing it out.
Ok, that last example is, more truthfully, my personal use for an ED-209. I’m a petty dick when it comes to lines.
I had a conversation with a friend a while back about a potential Wonder Woman movie. The conversation evolved into what we would or wouldn’t hope to see in a movie with a strong female lead. We both thought it was about time we got more of those, if for nothing else than diversity making things more interesting. We have had male dominated hero movies for a while and while I have enjoyed them, and still will, we could use to mix it up for many reasons. I am pretty sure by the time “Expendables 3” is done we will have officially found the need to kill off “bad acting guy with big muscles shoots stuff… and stuff gets blowed up”. At least for a while….
Some of this comes from my still lingering malaise about the character of Rogue in the X-Men movies. I didn’t really read comics until a college room-mate pretty much forced me to, but I have read a good chunk of the Marvel X-men focused comics, and I was anxiously awaiting the bad ass character Rogue when the movie came out. There was a little bit of disappointment to find that instead of a super strong, flying, powers stealing woman who had some deep demons (because in comics everyone has deep demons. Dr. Phil would have committed suicide long ago in the Marvel Universe) she was a frightened, confused and kind of weak character who just wanted to touch the boy she liked. I understand it worked for the character in the movie, I mean being a teenager sucks, but being a teenager that had what has to be the worst first kiss in history, is infinitely worse. She never really did fill out in to the character I had remembered from the comics though, and that always bothered me a bit. That is probably the historical start of this list in my head. Of course, I am a
possibly, probably, drunken fat guy saying this, so maybe my opinion will be deemed meaningless. With that Volkswagen sized grain of salt being given out, here are some of the things I would (ok really wouldn’t) want to see in a female led superhero movie:
Note: A lack of posts in the past few weeks has been due to a lot going on, which left me no time to write or post. I will be back next week with something, most likely my opinion on what is happening in Ferguson, MO. I think I may have a fairly nuanced opinion on that, which made me think of this Best Of* gem from 2007. Please note that even in 2007 making an “I Am Sam” reference was not timely, you aren’t missing out on some sort of cutting edge joke, so don’t feel left out. Also, if you are offended at all, then do not worry, that’s normal. If you are not offended even a little bit, then please let me know as I think I may have to go Highlander on you, as there can be only one…
Without further ado, here is my in depth, specific and definitive analysis of a topic that is just as hot button now as it was 7 years ago…
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Due to pending obligations this Independence Day weekend, I am going to run an old bit I had written a long time ago, in 2007. I think the general idea keeps but the references may be a bit dated. In case you have a very short memory, here are the pertinent bits:
George Bush and Dick Cheney were President and Vice President, respectively.
Whoopi Goldberg was not always the Last Stand Survivor of hosting The View she is today. She once also sold Slim-Fast, and did a whole bunch hugely grossing movies and TV shows in the 80’s and 90’s (in case that sort of thing is important to you.)
The Dixie Chix were a fairly popular country/pop band. I could not name a song of theirs now, or when I wrote this, to save my life though.
Ward Churchill was a college professor who made the news rounds by being almost entirely for the 911 attacks on America, which was a less than popular opinion, but the most amazing Pundit FoodTM I had seen until actually reading Supreme Court decisions stopped becoming a thing people do.
That’s about it, so please enjoy the semi coherent ramblings of those bygone days of 2007:
Just because you think something is right, or just, or good, does not mean you should applaud it if it’s done the wrong way. It may feel good to watch people you hate in a horrible compromising position but just remember it could easily have been you. This reminds me, for reasons that are somewhat mysterious and make my family a bit concerned, of that scene from Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis (whose character name I am too lazy to look up) decides to go save Marcellus Wallace from the weird redneck guys in the basement. Sure, he and Wallace were just trying to kill each other, but I think he stops not out of some humane loyalty to all men. He kind of knew that it easily could have been him down there, and he did what he would have hoped someone would do for him even though it meant saving someone that wanted him dead. Ok, so it isn’t a perfect analogy but it’s what I am working with here.