Sunday, June 26

POP -"Batman Begins" "Be Cool"

Went to see Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan), opening weekend. Had a bad attitude going in...something like ....."Who do they think is going to care considering the craziness of the other batman movies?" Well....walked out...a no joke believer and lover of Batman. This movie was more like an independent Batman with feature money....a beautiful mix. I'm not a big Christian Bale fan...but he put his foot in this role. His sharp face makes him the perfect serial killer and that is the way I would cast him....forever...until I saw Batman Begins. He's perfect. Perfect...Perfect....the dark reluctant hero. Me loves must add....Miss Katie Holmes...Miss soon-to-never-be-Mrs. Cruise. Did not do it for me.
Because of the independent flare to the movie, I wasn't extra offended by her, but a bell of the ball screen gem, she is not.
I like her, don't get me wrong, but she's no Kim Bassinger or Michelle Pfeiffer. These are women who jump off the screen and can carry being the only female in a flick. Katie Holmes was blessed by the independence of the major motion picture "Batman Begins". I guess in life there's always a trade off - You get the shining superwomen, you get weird leading men...Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Micheal Keaton - Val Kilmer being the cheesiest one. Michael Keaton kind of pulled it off. George Clooney as Batman - Eh', And when you get the more average quirky kind of leading get Christian Bale as Batman...did I say how good he was as Batman? I had to add to this blog, Monday, June 27 11:00pm....I also very much so enjoyed Morgan Freeman in this movie. I also love him as Azim in Robin Hood with Kevin Costner. Thank you.

I'd consider turning my screenplay over to Christopher Nolan.:-)

And because I don't like to get petty about things let me add - if the universe has plans for her to be Mrs. Cruise then I wish them the best. Be fruitful and multiply.....but.....personally........I think she'll be cutting her youth short a bit.

I have to go see "Batman Begins" again because I kind of lost my senses and wanted to really sob during the movie (yes sob) but I had to keep my composure cause' I was there with folks. Can't go around sniffin' and snottin' on everybody. Gotta' "BE COOL"

Recently purchased on DVD - BE COOL

Did not make it to the movies though I was intrigued....for the longest time thought Andre (Outkast) was Coolio on the movie poster.
I don't know what subliminal message F.Gary Gray (director) hid in this movie to make me love it so but.....I love this F@%$#@' movie.

Love - Uma Thurman anyhow and anyway - she can do no wrong after Kill Bill. It's the main reason I stepped out on faith and bought the DVD before seeing the movie. Even though I was burned on the movie "Paycheck" . It wasn't Uma's fault, it was Ben Affleck's fault.
John Travolta was one cool Mo'Fo.
The dance scene was magical and a daring feat considering the same dance team blew our minds or my mind, in Pulp Fiction in 1994 with a different director. And I am a big fan of Quentin Tarantino's works, so I twisted my lips when I saw F. Gary Gray about to attempt the same move....well...the only way it could've been better is if I was there to witness it. the song choice - unbelievably smooth and SEXY (title of the song) Black Eyed Peas & Sergio Mendes. It is on heavy ass rotation in my car and home. I think ten years from now, they should dance on the silver screen again. or eleven years, in keeping with the first. And this is me, having only watched it on my lil' laptop. Can't wait til' I get that flat-panel joint.

As well as this amazing..AMAZING song......RODA=WHEEL. It's a Brazilian song written by Gilberto Gil performed by Elis Regina for the soundtrack. I did my research, found the lyrics in portuguese..have a copy of the lyrics in my car and home. And will commence to singing at the top of my lungs in Portuguese with a song whose translation I have yet to find. I tried to do the on-line word for word translation- wasn't happening. But I did find out what the title means and I figure if this song is having this kind of positive and wonderful effect on me then it has to mean something wonderful and if you could see me in my car singing to Portuguese (like I speak it) you would know it is great. I mean great. I mean wonderful.
The soundtrack is more than worth buying ,it's damn near priceless.

BE COOL soundtrack listing
Kool & the Gang - Hollywood Swinging
William DeVaughn - Be Thankful for What You Got
Elis Regina - Roda
Black Eyed Peas - Sexy
Baby Bash - Suga Suga (Remix)
James Brown - The Boss
Christina Milian - Ain't No Reason
Christina Milian - Believer (this song gives me a headache)
777 - Brand New Old Skool
Planet Asia feat. Kurupt - G's & Soldiers
John Powell - Cool Chill
Sonny & Cher - A Cowboy's Work is Never Done
The Rock You Ain't Woman Enough

Vince Vaughn and The Rock are a great (dark) comedy team in the film.
Andre 3000(who doesn't resemble Coolio at all in the movie, thank goodness), even added a nice touch.
Harvey Keitel - You know it's always nice seeing him.
Cedric The Entertainer did what he was supposed to do but something about that guy really annoys me and I can't shake it.
Christina Milian - the verdict is still out on whether or not she possesses acting talent..cause' it is a talent, not a God given right. It doesn't really seem like she can. But I don't know maybe she was supposed to sound awkward and timid, but I don't think extra- awkward and extra-timid was what they wanted. But I'm not knocking the hustle, just my exposure to her hustle. Especially when surrounded by such great talent.

It doesn't seem like this movie was received to well and they don't know why.

I'd like to give my Scoop of Truth by telling them why.
Christina Milian - way to much singing. I mean F. Gary Gray must've had a little crush on her or something because there is no way the audience should've been expected to patiently sit through and enjoy all her showcases. I mean damn, give us a nice set-up let us know she's doing it....we 'd like to hear a few bars even...but he just let her sing and sing and sing. Reminding me of that commercial about antacids (I think) when he says "I can't belive I ate the whole thing. Well......"I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE SANG THE WHOLE THING"

Aside from lil' magic singing her lil' heart out in a non-musical movie I enjoyed the hell out of it. And have watched it more times than I care to admit. I'm actually about to finish up this post and go watch the "SEXY" dance scene.

Loved Steven Tyler's very long Cameo. But I'd love that guy in anything, he could have a stage show where he climbs into a large-capacity washer or dryer and whirls around while flipping the audience the bird and I'd scream for more.
He was definitely in it long enough to be featured on the movie poster. I was concerned about having Steven Tyler dangled in front of me like a carrot and then snatched away too quick. His trippy convo. with John Travolta in the movie gave me another reason to live( Not sure if they'll let me watch Hollywood movies in Heaven.)

I'd turn my screenplay over to F. Gary Gray. And I'd stand up for "BE COOL" in court.