Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crazy Theory #9/Head Canon: Nick Fury and Jules Winnfield

Amid the moderate twists and turns of Captain America: The Winter Soldier are the typical "easter eggs" that people far more fannish than I am take a part bit by bit, even when Marvel films present as trailers months beforehand. But this reference to the famous speech and theatrics Samuel L. Jackson made as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction 20 years ago stands out. Although the reference funny, I have now decided that Jules Winnfield was a period where either Nick Fury was undercover, had amnesia, or was looking for a moment of "clarity", to connect it to a speech Jules makes towards the end of the film. Given that action movies love the concept of ex-soldiers whose only skill is killing, Pulp Fiction was just the heavily layered dramatic/dark comedy version of one of those films. Or maybe after surviving Pulp Fiction, Jules went to Amsterdam and took up with S.H.I.E.L.D. there. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ends with Nick Fury and Black Widow claiming that they will be leaving the country for awhile to lay low after exposing Hydra and their own identities and pasts as spies and secret agents. Cap and Sam Wilson will apparently be handling whatever is left of the falling out. The fallout of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be addressed in Captain America 3 in a few years, with the announcement yesterday that the third movie will be taking up the Civil War storyline in the comics.

Yeah, I know, the filmmakers just stuck that line on his tombstone as a joke or for lack of coming up with a better way to sum up Nick Fury's existence. Although I think it is funny that in most screenshots of Nick Fury's tombstone, his birth year and the year of even his fake death are blocked by flowers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The 10 Most 90s Things in Sliver

The more films from the early 1990s that I watch, the more I become convinced that it was just a really weird time period where everything was a little off somehow and it just feels mildly embarrassing 20 years later. Sliver is both a part of the erotic thriller era and the yuppie thriller period (although I guess in general, erotic thrillers are generally a subsect of yuppie thrillers, which are just slasher films with legit actors playing people with legit jobs). The film is a big confused mess about a woman and women in one apartment building that  are basically terrorized by two men who are prototype versions of the both extremes of Dennis Reynolds - one is a voyeur, the other is a murderer. My friend dug up the Entertainment Weekly cover story about the tumultuous making of the film. Multiple endings were shot because no one could agree who should be the worse creepy guy, and producer Robert Evans was hospitalized twice with chest pain. But on with the "true 90s kid"-ness!

The 10 Most 90s Things In Sliver

1. Soundtrack by Enigma. I forgot about this band's existence until watching this movie. "Carly's Song" is primarily based around "ploop" dripping water noises. Both versions of the "official" music video feature Sharon Stone cosplaying as 1) a goth girl, 2) Nicole Kidman, and 3) Madonna in the "Deeper and Deeper" video on the Red Room set from Twin Peaks. She seems to be having fun at least.

2. Hair parted in the middle, black choker, paisley collar/shirt.

3. Denim jumper dress over a turtleneck with a crucifix necklace and a Blossom Russo hat on display.

4. Blazer, shirt buttoned all the way up, no tie. Hair slicked back, but not at total Patrick Bateman level. 

5. Nintendo Power Glove. I think Sliver was an early attempt to portray all guys who work with computers and are into video games as being disturbed, even ones who are played by William Baldwin.

6. T-shirts slightly rolled up above the natural hem.

7. Although arguably one of the better outfits in the film, high-waisted pants with a men's necktie as the belt.

8. Primitive digital sex messaging, but with a digital flower sent afterwards. If this were made in 2014, it would be a dick pic with a flower emoji sent afterwards.

9. Gigantic remotes to zoom in with.

10. Enigma, seriously?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Film Still Friday: The Sacrament || Dir. Ti West || 2013 || USA

I'm not really a Ti West fan, but The Sacrament is pretty good for a 99 minute long advertisement for Vice Magazine. It far exceeded my expectations of Eli Roth's new phase of trying to bring back early 1980s Ruggero Deodato movies. The Sacrament is way better than Deodato's Cut and Run.