Remaking an Epic: Clash of the Titans

I’m an old-school retrosexual kind of guy, so I like epic movies like Gladiator, 10,000 BC, The Patriot, Apocalypto, Master and Commander – you get the idea; the more high-test testosterone, the better. Well, the original Clash of the Titans came out in 1981, and it was a pretty good action epic for the time – I actually have a Swedish friend named Anders who had a bit part in it – but after movies like 300, which have redefined the entire look and feel of action epics, I’ve begun to wonder what those kind of production values and CGI effects could bring to a remake of Clash.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard that, not only is a remake on the horizon, but it’s finished filming and is already in post production! This flew completely under my radar. Here’s the trailer in formats up to and including 1080p HD (Which looks awesome on my Apple 23″ Cinema HD Display). HA! It sounds as if Bingbing did the film score: very heavy, which I like for this sort of thing (300 had a brilliant score).

It looks like they’ve done it right, with a big budget, no-holds-barred CGI effects, and a killer cast that includes Sam Worthington as Persius, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Liam Neeson as Zeus (!), Alexa Davalos as Andromeda, and my favorite babe-actress of the moment, Gemma Arterton, as Io.

I could so love her. LOL!

I don’t go to theaters to see films in first release much anymore, but this one I will. Of course, I’ll have to have the DVD too. In fact, this movie might finally spur me on to finally buy a Blu-Ray player if I like it enough.

I’m more psyched about Clash of the Titans than I am about Avatar.

2012 Trailer: OTT Much?

It seems that many people are saying this film is a disaster in and of itself because of the “OTT” effects revealed in the trailer.

“In a new two-minute trailer of 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich – the man behind Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, mankind is seen to fight for survival after a prophecy about about an apocalypse.

But as with all apocalyptic movies, there are a lucky few who survive the terror… after Americans appear to be save the day (yet again) [Fuck Yeah! – Beef].

It looks, however, as if the CGI experts have been given a completely free hand designing this apocalypse – with the net result that the trailer borders on laughable.

Critics in the U.S. are already beginning to describe the movie as a disaster in itself.”

Well, judge for yourself.

As for me, I only know one thing: I can’t fucking wait to see it.

Bill killed

Like no one doesn’t know already. Kung Fu was a bit before my time but he’s simply awesome in Kill Bill 2.

Still, what is it with this rope-neck-sack thing? First Hutchence, then CNN’s Richard Quest, and now Carradine. What ever happened to regular coitus?

A message to the movie industry

I think region codes are causing more piracy, not less.

Rant here.

Actor, Democrat turned Conservative Ron Silver has Died

Ron Silver in The Shadow

Ron Silver in The Shadow Zone

Actor and post-9/11 conservative activist Ron Silver has died of cancer. He was only 62 years old.

“Actor and longtime political activist Ron Silver died this morning, succumbing to a long battle with cancer, friends of the liberal Democrat-turned-GOP stalwart told The Post.

“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning,” said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped create.”

Godspeed Ron, I enjoyed your work immensely.

Slumdog Millionaire

Watch it.

It’s beautifully scripted, with brilliant acting, awesome scene shots plus it offers great insight into the past 30 years or so of changes that India has gone through.

It’s Bollywood meets Hollywood… on Hollywood’s terms, at least this time round.

The plot centres  on a Muslim Indian man, who grew up in the slums, who appears on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn how the contestant knows the answers to all of the questions.

Of course, there’s the typical Leftist Hollywood bullshit factor but surely we’ve all learned to deal with that… and thus, it is a really really good movie.

PS Apparently the thing is up for an Academy Award. And so it should be.


Slumdog Millionaire has won seven BAFTA awards, including Best Film.

McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin

While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…


and has a super-solid family life.


Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? 😉

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

Macho Sauce has a Parting Shot for the Electorate

It seems The Jawa Report have subscribed to the Macho Sauce YouTube channel. I don’t have a YouTube account yet, so I can’t do that. Anyway, here he is again. It’s kinda long, but he brings up some of my favorite points, including that class envy is covetousness, and so is sinful. I love this guy.

The closing credits include links to other black conservatives, and the music is his metal band, Twenty Pound Sledge. Enjoy.

Caring, compassionate, feminist post-racial Lefty reveals Palin fantasy

Sandra Bernhard (Walker/Getty/Getty Images)

Sandra Bernhard (Walker/Getty/Getty)


Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, would be “gang raped by my big black brothers” if she enters Manhattan, says caring, compassionate Lefty Sandra Bernhard in a several-minutes-long diatribe against “the turncoat bitch” in her new one-woman “comedy” show.

Well done, Sandra.  You’ve just demonstrated that you still believe in the old racist stereotype of black men as violently sexualised gang-raping savages and you’ve just shown your contempt for powerful, capable modern women.  You will have offended a lot of women, who don’t believe that threatening a female politician with whom you don’t agree with being gang-raped (and by blacks, specifically?  Is that supposed to make it worse or something?) is particularly kosher and just about anyone else out here who has even an ounce of decency.  “Riffing” on the fantasy of gang rape (by blacks! oooh-waaah) of our Star Ordinary is going to boomerang on you and your “progressive cause” just as all of the other ham-fisted attempts to bring her down have.

On the other hand, when deranged Lefties and Progressives keep outing themselves as racist, woman-hating, violent unreasoning morons, it can’t but help the Republican cause.  Keep it up, Sandra.  Keep it up, Heather.  Keep showing us what lies behind the myth of the caring, compassionate, tolerant, liberal progressive — for most Ordinary Joes out here who had no idea, it’s like watching a slo-mo car crash, and it’s most edifying.  Or it’s like Sarah Palin really did make their heads explode and now we get to see all the maggots inside.  (caution: picture not breakfast, lunch or dinner safe)

In any case, come what may in November, the behaviour of the Ugly Left  won’t be quickly forgotten – or forgiven.

–via email from Mrs JD, eagerly anticipating the protests by her fellow blacks and feminists…

UPDATE: The rant (“comedy sketch,” if you consider someone standing on a stage haranguing people “comedy” ) also includes some bizarre religious demands:  “Don’t you f**king reference Old Testament, bitch! You stay with your new goyish crappy shiksa funky bullshit! Don’t you touch my Old Testament, you bitch!”  Ho-kaaaaay… Gateway Pundit has still more.  Video below (language warning)

UPDATE 2: S.E. Cupp in the New York Daily News –

I have a message for the self-styled guardians of womanhood who have decided that Sarah Palin is public enemy No. 1 – please stop talking. You’re embarrassing yourselves and women all over the country.

You are making otherwise thoughtful, careful, intelligent, tolerant and modern American women of every political bent look and sound ridiculous. As a woman myself, I’m begging you to stop. Put the pen down, close out the blog, push the E! microphone away. Your trash-talking is disturbing and humiliating. In fact, it’s setting back the true cause of feminism – the advancement of women – far more than your imagined nemesis.

Stop using and abusing Palin to pump up your own overweening egos. You are not the next Sojourner Truth, and Palin is not your next punch line. She’s a mother, a governor, a wife and, yes, a real woman, whether you like it or not.

UPDATE 3: Michelle Malkin on Sandra Bernhard’s latest rant, plus one I missed earlier this month but would count as a must-read:  The Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse.

Madonna Tour Video Likens Sen. John McCain to Hitler, Mugabe

Breitbart TV

If there were ever a good use for the C word, it would be this whore. Notice how she handle the mic’ and drools…just like the 103,782 “Johnson’s” she handled, just this year. That’s just in her mouth.

Only thing this C would do with a Hitler or a Mugabe, if blow and screw. Made a mistake, take both in the ass, at one time, she would…AND beg for more.

CUM to think of it BITCH…if you serviced Mugabe as you promised…He’d probably stop slaughtering Africans. That would be good, don’t you think?

Sorry! You don’t think, you don’t have a brain…Your TWAT could berth the QE II, though.

Say it Ain’ So, Hugh: Hef Pulls Plug on Playboy Parties

LOS ANGELES — It looks like Holly Madison is finally getting what she wants — Hugh Hefner all to herself and the winding down of his wild parties populated by girls wearing next to nothing.

Fellow girlfriends Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt were nowhere to be seen at last Thursday’s EA Madden NFL ’09 Game Launch party at West Hollywood’s STK. And the Playboy founder clearly only had eyes for Madison as they canoodled in the back VIP booth, with Holly very much in her element and laughing a lot more than usual (for once she didn’t have to share her man).”

Cardinal Hefner

Cardinal Hefner

This is really going to disappoint my religious order. Hefner is our founder.

Paris Hilton for President!

I don’t care what your political views are, if you can’t see how Paris totally bitch-slaps McCain in this response to his “Celebrity” add, you’re comatose. It’s funny, smart, and incredibly well done; and I’m no fan of Paris Hilton.

“See you at the debate, bitches.” LOL!

Via Kathleen Parker over at NRO.

Morgan Freeman seriously injured in car crash

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was hospitalized in serious condition Monday after the car he was driving left a rural road in the Mississippi Delta and flipped several times.

Freeman, 71, was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., about 90 miles north of the accident in rural Tallahatchie County.

The actor “has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage, but is in good spirits,” according to a statement from Donna Lee, Freeman’s publicist. A hospital spokeswoman said Freeman was in serious condition but would not discuss his injuries.


Pamela Anderson’s Explicit New Video….”Kentucky Fried Cruelty”

Of course, the best thing that you can do to help animals is to stop eating them, so please consider trying a vegetarian diet—just like me. And if you don’t think animal cruelty is a strong enough argument for vegetarianism you might want to at least read up on how eating meat causes impotence and slows the flow of blood to all the organs, not just to the heart, if you catch my drift.

OH STOP IT Pamela. You have eaten a ton of meat, including a lot of organs. Video’s have shown that. You know…Cock-A-Doodle-Do.    🙂


PETA and Pamela seem to fit so well. So WELL, that soon one will need to strap a board to his ass, to keep PETA from falling in.

Category: Best Stupid Bastard of The Week..Actor John Cusack Takes On McCain for

Read these lines carefully. Then tell me Cusack isn’t a stupid bastard.

In his latest film, the war satire “War Inc.,” Cusack makes no secret that he believes the Iraq war was created to profit private businesses like Blackwater and Bechtel Corp., which hold war-related contracts.

“I’m not going to pretend this thing in Iraq was some kind of free market utopia to spread the gospel of democracy through the Middle East,” he told the AP from London, where he’s at work on another project.

Cusack says he supports Democrat Barack Obama.


The ongoing feud…Eastwood v. Lee.

Spike Lee on Eastwood Flap: ‘We’re Not on a Plantation’

Spike Lee has responded to Clint Eastwood telling him to “shut his face,” saying the “Dirty Harry” actor “sounds like an angry old man” and “we’re not on a plantation.”

Fox News


Review: Children of Men, or how would you feel about the end of the world?

I’ve just finished watching a movie called Children of Men on HBO (yes, I participate in all the sins of this century, HBO, AOL, Microsoft Office, mea culpa). It stars Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, among others, and is based loosely (very loosely, IMO) on the novel by P.D. James, not her usual since she’s best known as a mystery writer, and this is definitely in the realm of science or “speculative” fiction.

The basic story is this: for some unexplained reason, the women of the world have become infertile, and no children have been born for eighteen years (in the book, it was the men who were infertile). A woman gets pregnant, the usual way of course because we’re not talking supernatural miracles here, only ordinary natural ones, and the protagonist Theo is tapped to get her out of the country (still England in both book and movie, the last “functioning” society, although it doesn’t very well) to a supposed sanctuary called “The Human Project”. Of course Theo has lots of baggage and doesn’t want to do it, but he signs on when he realizes what’s at stake. There’s war and repression, escape and betrayal, noble self-sacrifice (lots of that), complete self-interest, and an ending that is meant to be ambiguous, but isn’t depending on your point of view. Alfonso Cuarón , co-writer of the screenplay, and director, had this to say:

“We wanted the end to be a glimpse of a possibility of hope, for the audience to invest their own sense of hope into that ending. So if you’re a hopeful person you’ll see a lot of hope, and if you’re a bleak person you’ll see a complete hopelessness at the end.”

The book was called a “Christian fable” by James herself, and concerned itself with the end of humanity, and what might happen if a woman got pregnant, thus providing hope that humanity might not end after all. But Cuarón crams all kinds of contemporary PC imagery and references into it. For instance, the mother is an African woman (who wasn’t even in the book); the government has collapsed into a dictatorship bent on deporting all immigrants, and torturing and murdering those who won’t go, and those non-immigrants who dissent; there are pointed scenes illustrating the damage to the environment by pollution; casual drug use and homosexuality are given their usual approving nod (not that I object to homosexuals, but I’m really tired of the entertainment industry hammering it home in movie after movie); the detention scenes are meant to recall the Holocaust; and the war scenes remind of nothing so much as the seige of Sarajevo. There are many other visual and verbal references, some I’ve forgotten, and some I haven’t figured out quite.

Despite all that, it’s a well-written and well-paced movie, and the acting is superb. Taken on its face, I watched spellbound, and would recommend it to anyone who isn’t squeamish and enjoys war/action movies.

Which brings me to the point of all this: If my grandchildren, God forbid, all died, I think my stake in humanity would be over. There would be nothing left to feel or do, which was an underlying theme in the movie. Some might consider that they have more to contribute than just progeny, and that’s certainly true. I’m not one of those who believe that your life is “unfulfilled” if you never have children, and I wouldn’t urge procreation on everyone, because it’s a dirty, sometimes heartbreaking, job that you can, if you aren’t careful, screw up tragically. But my children and grandchildren are the latest in a long, long line of survivors of everything that has tried to wipe out mankind. If they were gone, I feel in my heart my own personal reason for being would have been wasted. I’m not a great artist, or scientist, or teacher. When I go, few outside my family will notice my passing. Beyond any inadvertent inspiration I might have given by word or deed, I’ve already made the most important contribution I can make to the future of mankind. And I’m okay with that.

So, since I saw hope at the end of the movie, I must be one of those hopeful people. That’s kind of comforting.

Who do you like in 08?

This is my first post here at Tizona’s weblog, and I’m grateful for having been asked.  Here’s hoping I don’t embarrass the Sword with my admittedly partisan and subjective blatherings (but, heh, it’s too late now, eh?), especially since I haven’t yet adequately researched all the features WordPress offers.  That’s my usual SOP, though, feet first, so please forgive any newbie mistakes.  I promise to learn. How better to start then, than by vilifying the people who manage to make my news cycle miserable on a regular basis?    Parade magazine has conducted a poll in which readers were asked to rank the most annoying celebrity.  Unsurprisingly, Rosie O’Donnell came in first with 44% of Parade readers’ votes.  AOL conducted a similar poll, and Rosie O won handily at 66% (rather surprising, considering the number of truthers, moonbats, luna-lefties, and assorted other denizens of the Twilight Zone that lurk on AOL), but it doesn’t help that she beat out the likes of Ann Coulter and Paris Hilton (both came in second), and Heather Mills.
She hit back, of course, because nobody disrespects The O’Donnell and gets away with it.  She agreed with the poll that she “might” be most annoying, without acknowledging why people would think so, and then she proceeded to rant against any and all while krill-surfing in her pool.  No doubt in Rosieworld, the readers who voted are probably members of that large segment of America who married their cousins and didn’t get past third grade anyway.
In smaller news, George Clooney won Parade’s “hottest” poll again, with  57% of the vote, with Matthew McConaughey second (27%), and Jake Gyllenhall third (10%).  Jake Gyllenhall?  How can they even tell he’s alive?
Halle Berry is with child.  No mention of a man, but I’m sure there is one.  Small tidbit:  she recently came out as a sufferer of Type I diabetes, the kind that usually strikes in childhood, although she didn’t know until adulthood.  That’s a subject I follow closely, so best wishes to her on that score.
There’s other tabloid news of course, so enjoy.  I generally don’t, because these are people I don’t even want to think about unless they’re appearing in a well-written, engaging movie or TV show that isn’t busy bashing America.  But I promised Tiz a subject, and this is it.
You will have to google the relevant links because I haven’t figured out how to link the ones I want and not link the ones I don’t want.  Sorry.
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