This summer Hollywood is headed for disaster with all it’s blockbusters doing so poorly. So far the film business is 20% down from this time last year. One reason I think is the high price of tickets now with the special theaters showing 3-D and special I-max super stereo sound so more people are staying home. As my late father used to say, “Don’t patronize them and you’ll see prices come down” and that’s when prices were cheap as compared to today and we thought they were expensive then. Everything’s relative I guess.
Well just when it looked like the summer of doom for a string of failed blockbusters that was languishing, along comes a blockbuster worth seeing and cheering for,The Wolverine. For those of you not familiar with the Wolverine, he is a Marvel comic mutant super hero named Logan who is a loner who has anger management issues as he tries to deal with himself. He’s also immortal and can heal himself when stabbed or scratched which happens quite frequently to him. He’s got steel blades all through his body and can shoot out long sharp knife like blades from his kuckles he uses to fight off evildoers. He is a favorite among super hero fans and several movies have been made about him along with the other X-Men series of movies. Hugh Jackman plays The Wolverine and has said he enjoys playing this role. He said he had to go on a special strict high protein low carbohydrate diet and intense work-outs in order to bulk up for the role.
This episode has Jackman receiving an in person invitation from a lovely young Japanesae girl whose very proficient in the martial arts to visit an old friend dying in Japan whose life he saved during the Atom bomb in Nagasaki. The old man is now a rich industrialist who wants to buy Wolverine’s immortality while his granddaughter who stands to inherit her grandfather’s business goes on the run with kidnappers who want the old man’s fortune. The wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict forcing him to confront his own demons.
There is lots of action and fight sequences for Jackman to use his famous steel claws with and a super fight sequence (though extremely far fetched,but hat’s what makes these scenes exciting) on top of a high-speed Japanese bullet train going 300 mph that is like a syringe full of adrenalin. Adding evil sexiness to the movie and complication to Wolverine’s life is the sexy mutant villainess known as Viper with her own set of powers and a serpant like tongue to put her minons under her power. She readily appeals to most guys as she slinks and slithers her way through this epic in various skin tight vinyl outfits and long flowing blonde locks as she doles out her evil. There is great character development, lots of detail about Japanese culture and tons of action sequences featuring martial arts and saber slashing. So far this is at least one really good movie blockbuster in the summer of doom for blockbusters. Check out the trailer below.
In another topic, the famous picture of threee firemen raising the American flag fron the ashes of 9/11 was nearly excluded fromt he 9/11 museum because it was “too rah-rah American.” Michael Shulan,museum creative director and a few others on the committee considered the photo too “rah -rah and too kitschy.” “I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said. Eventually, chief curator Jan Ramirez proposed a compromise. The Franklin shot was minimized in favor of three different photos via three different angles of the flag-raising scene.
This is political correctness run amok once again and bowing to pressure from outside groups. We have always been a country that people from other countries came to better themselves and assimilate to our culture.That’s not true anymore as we have bent over backwards to appease too many cultures in the name of diversity mostly muslims and mexicans and other third world ccountries coming here that people coming here now are finding we are the same as the country they left. This is insane. Nothing is too rah rah American for me. Millions of our brave men and women fought and died for our America and the 9/11 photo to me represents what America is all about. No matter what happens America will always rise fron the ashes.
Check out country singer Toby Keith with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan doing his “rah-rah American “song “Courtesy of the red,white an blue (the angry American)” which I can”t get enough of 🙂 Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) – YouTube
Also check out the most excellent slide show to Toby’s song illustrating it. Both these videos send chills of patriotism thru you. 😉
The Wolverine (2013) – IMDb (film trailer)