Ah. There is it!

This is a bit of a follow-up to this post, something that I wrote back in the middle of 2016, expressing my disappointment that Rambo V appeared to have been stomped on and no longer in production.

I can happily say that this isn’t the case any longer and Rambo V has not only been confirmed, but filming has begun – the source for this. Stallones personal instagram account!

I am somewhat confused about the whole Cowboy aesthetic that Rambo has chosen to go for, but still excited about what the next instalment will involve for the Vietnam War-Vet.

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Not sure I’d recognise him in a line up.

The name ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ suggest that this is going to be Rambos last bad-ass outing; pitching him up against a Mexican Sex Trafficking Cartel.

I am a big fan of the older films (And more-so the book that First Blood was based on) and that flavour of Rambo is the one that I like, so I am really hesitant to say that I am excited to see Rambo V; but the Cowboy look does make a lot of sense, seeing as where Rambo IV finished the story – with him returning home. I am intrigued by the storyline and to see the character development (And possibly deconstruction)

I said in my previous post that I enjoyed how Rambo IV left the series and that’s still the case. Rambo V does feel a bit like picking at a healing scab; I’m not sure it’s a good idea. Unless Rambo V can give such a good conclusion as its previous instalment did. Maybe it is time for the films to conclude in a similar way that the novel did? Although, that wouldn’t be a very fulfilling viewing.

Which, leaves me to think a little more about the plot – I don’t think it’ll be anything ground breaking. Rambo rescues a girl. I think this is the tried and tested plot for Rambo since Rambo: First Blood Part II. Find and extract someone in trouble; vietname war-vets, old friends (Trautman) and Aid workers. It’s just a new dose of trouble for Rambo to get himself involved with.

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Why does it always rain on me?

And how does John get himself involved in this trouble?

A woman that is an old family friend – described as someone who it ‘like a sister’ to Rambo; I do find this a little mind-boggling. How could Rambo have found some to fill such a vital role in his life while he was off capturing snakes for a living in Thailand? That’s something I am looking forward to seeing too.

My thoughts on it all are very mixed; I am both excited and hesitant.

But, I think mostly excited!

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Words of Wisdom

“If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.”

The above is a quote from the film, Jacobs Ladder. And while, I actually had to look at the synopsis on IMDB to actually see what the film was about again – as its been a while since I saw it – I can always, always remember this quote from it.

And not because it’s been resampled in any industrial songs (That I know of) it’s because of the meaning behind it. It offers some sort of relative comfort that we shouldn’t actually be afraid of what will come to us once we die. We should relax and just let the angels take us, rather than be torn away from our mortal existences.

I find comfort in the quote. A comfort that I don’t find in many places. At times, I don’t even fear death.

And then I remember that I have someone to live for and the thought of not seeing him growing up fills me with utter dread! I am more scared of dying now than I ever have been in my life – despite feeling that fearing it will be worse in the long run. It’s a complicated run of emotions and something for the much more philosophical amongst us can debate until the cows come home.

For the sake of the writing challenge topic though, I wanted to share this quote with you. And honestly, I would love to know how it makes you feel too.

Wait a second – Iron Man?

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I am a little bit confused about this particular update from Marvel. When the announcement about updating the character Thor and turning her into a woman I was somewhat skeptical, but let it go because if that is who Mjolnir found worthy and all that.

Yet. Iron Man. Being a black girl?

I think for me the biggest hint of the fundamental aspects for the character are in the name. Iron MAN.

It made me think about how often something can be redone/remade before it becomes stale. I understand that Marvel would like to diversify their core set of characters somewhat – the traditional look of a Superhero has certainly moved on from the look of Superman – but I don’t know as if they need to go so far as to turn one of their biggest iconic masculine characters into a fifteen year old genius.

The appeal of Iron Man, love like or loathe him, is the fact that he’s a bit of a broken character; he has his own flaws that add to his personality and make Tony Stark work for the plot-lines he is involved in.

I don’t know much about how she will appear as the new Iron Man, I believe I read after the story-line Civil War 2, and you know something, I don’t rightly care!

To me, it feels like Marvel is trying to hard to be politically correct and diverse with this option. Doing the deed for the sake of it, rather than actually thinking about their choices. And if course, no one can really deny or speak out against the newly revealed character for fear of being called racist or any such other derogatory term.

If Marvel were so desperate to add another black female character to their line up of characters, why not create an entirely new idea? It would be great to have a new read from Marvel about a main character, black female, superheroine who did all sorts of awesome stuff. But why sacrifice Tony Stark to do it.

And frankly, calling a woman ‘Iron Man’ is just ridiculous! Iron Maiden sounds so much better!

Movie Review – Creed

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I’ve been meaning to watch Creed since it came out at the cinema, but for some reason I never got round to it. Maybe because it’s not the sort of film my partner would enjoy – having never seen the rest of the series – and to be completely honest I wasn’t so sure the 7th film in the series would actually be any good.

I’m not so sure about anyone else, but I got the impression that a dead horse was being flogged. Still, being the Stallone fan that I am, I knew I would watch it. And seeing as my husband was doing a longer day at work I figured I would enlighten Marcus to the joys of Stallone films (He’s not even 4 months old and wasn’t impressed.) Back to Creed – I was suitably impressed.

As stallonea basic premise for those that havn’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet – The son of Apollo Creed wants to prove himself in the boxing ring in his own right. Asking Rocky Balboa to be his trainer. Of course, Rocky refuses to begin with wanting to leave that life behind, but he comes around to Adonis’ side and takes on the challenge. There is enough padding out in that to allow the story to hold it’s own as a drama also, but I wouldn’t like to spoil anything.

What is actually rather good about the film is it uses Stallone age (70 today, hurrah!) to it’s advantage. It’s not a film about Rocky making hs own come back to the arena – that’s been addressed already – it’s about Creeds son ad his trials, both personal and professional. And it’s great to see Stallone passing on the mantle of the series onto the younger generations in a sympathetic and well written way. It’s not only a fitting end for Rocky, but also a fitting beginning for Adonis Creed. It’s wonderful to see Stallone in a supporting role in one of his more recent films, rather than taking the lead. He’s done some wonderful films lately, I’m mostly on about The Expendables here, which have lent themselves brilliantly to cheesy action movies of the 80’s/90’s.

The first scene of the movie made me think that Creed would follow that same cheesy theme that The Expendables would follow, but I am pleased to say that it didn’t. (It had it’s moments, like scenes with dirt bokes) There were also wonderful gems of Rocky in the movie where you can see his younger, more care free, nature coming out to play which gives credit to Stallones acting.

Yes. Hold the Phone. Stallone can act!

There is one scene in particular that really stands out to me in the film, and it’s not even about boxing where Stallone totally steals the show. Having just been given some bad news (understatement of the century) and how he deals with it. It’s pretty powerful and helps to carry the story to just more than a film about boxing.

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Also, the closing scene with the steps shows the bond that grows between Rocky and Adonis.
“One step at a time.”

It’s a film worth seeing, even if you have no interest in the sport. However, I don’t know how well it would stand up without having seen the rest of the series. Needless to say Rocky (1978) is a little bit out-dated by current movie standards and they all become a little bit predictable as you go along. It would be interesting to hear some others – who havn’t seen the Rocky series – opinions on this.

I’ve seen rumours that there is going to be another in series (Rocky 8/Creed 2) but as with these things, it’s a rumour mill. Something to keep an eye on, but I think I’ll be as hesitant to seeing Creed 2 at the cinema as I was Creed. Mostly because that dead horse isn’t going to be breathing anytime soon.

 

Where is my Rambo V?

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I posted an excited blog way back in 2014 about Stallone doing the fifth and final instalment in the Rambo series; which at the time made me eternally happy. If it’s one thing that I still fangirl over, despite my fangirly habits changing, it’s Rambo.

I don’t know how I feel when I recently went on a bit of a search for new information. I basically seemed to stumble across the information that the idea of Rambo 5 has been knocked on the head. Of course, a lot of me feels sad that I won’t be seeing my beloved Johnny on the big screen in a new venture anytime soon.

Yet another part of me is somewhat relieved that there won’t be another haunt for the guy. Where Rambo 4 finished felt like a decent conclusion to the series – with Rambo going back home; although we don’t know who or what was waiting for him when he got to the front door, admittedly. It felt like a nice rounded ending after the very traumatic blood-bath that was the rest of the film. It was well written in it’s own way and over-all an enjoyable action film. At 69 could Stallone even pull off Rambo again? Doubtful to be honest – not without causing himself some major trauma anyway.

So, why am I not all that disappointed, being the big Rambo fan that I am?

Because I came across this little gem of information.

A Rambo TV series!?

Why have I only just found out about this, seriously?

I have recently found myself enjoying TV series more than movies, mostly due to the fact that you can get more detail into a TV series than you can a movie. More character development, more story, etc. The fact that we’ve not had anything long standing Rambo since the really dodgy animation series in the 90’s.

It’s all generally all a bit up in the air and concrete, solid information about the series is tricky to find.
I’ve seen things saying it’ll be about Rambo himself, other places state it’ll be about his son.
It’s apparently due to go out in October 2016
But other sources say that it won’t be happening at all.

Shame

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I don’t often get to watch films like this, generally because they would bore the socks off my partner and we get little movie watching time together anyway.

So when I have the house to myself I like to take advantage and rent a movie for myself to settle down and enjoy – even if they aren’t the main-stream sort of film that I am known for enjoying.

It’s a rather grim character study of Brandon – a High-Flyer living in New York – and into his life as a sex addict. It seems a great deal of effort goes into keeping himself distant from other people and as far, far away from any real human affection as possible. Whether this is due to abuse as a child or some other unwritten reason the audience never gets to know. His addiction ranges from simple masturbation (At home and at work) hiring prostitutes, casual one night stands in dirty parks to receiving oral sex from other men and a rather large collection of pornographic merchandise.

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It seems that Brandon is all rather okay with his rather estranged life until his sister Sissy (I wonder if any research went into the name Sissy, as it’s often used to refer to men who like to dress as women or who are forced to in the fem-dom fetish, though I guess it could just be an affectionate name for sister? I am leaning towards no though seeing as she uses the name freely.) comes to stay with him. Indefinitely. This put a rather quick halt on the daily routine of – wake up, masturbate in shower, work, use work computer to look at porn, masturbate in the toilet, attend meeting, finish work and go out with friends, cock-block mate/boss, sleep with woman, go home, hire a prostitute/watch porn, sleep. Only to repeat tomorrow. Leaving Brandon rather frustrated. No wonder he gets rather mad at her on more than one occasion. Yet there is more to their relationship that just stopping him from masturbating in his own bathroom. There is a rejected tenderness, Sissy clearly yearns for her big brother and at times Brandon seems just like he is going to open up to her, only to put his mental barriers back up and lash out instead.
He seems like one big confused mess with her.

When watching, I couldn’t help but see Sissy as a female counterpart to himself, although we don’t know what she gets up to while he is at work she does bring his boss home after one night – after not long having split up from her own boyfriend, pleading with him to not leave her and repeating that she loves him over and over.
They are seemingly alike in their promiscuity, yet at the same time Sissy seems to do it for unfulfilled love and attention while Brandon just seems to want to fill a hole of desire over and over again with another person. So detached is he that the only time we see him with someone he may care for in a sexual situation that he cannot perform. So right after being able to perform with her he hires a prostitute instead with much success; showing the levels of his addiction. He is even ignorant to Sissy when she calls him right before attempting suicide – he is rather busy at the time with two other ladies.

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At one point in the film I wondered if the cause of Brandons problems were his sexuality – he seems happiest while receiving oral from another man, and when we see him directly afterwards enjoying a threesome his orgasm seems to be almost pained, but I figured that the whole point of the film couldn’t be that simple. I now think that maybe Brandon was so ashamed by his actions – sex after sex all night before returning home – that it was difficult to bare. Hence his breakdown later after discovering Sissy. Maybe there is guilt? He would have been there for her if he hadn’t been so busy trying to get his own happy end in’

It’s a curious film with typical Steve McQueen long extended shots that can get a little tiresome if it’s not your sort of thing, but overall I found the film rather fascinating.

International what day now!?

According to the wonderfully reliable source that is Twitter, apparently yesterday was ‘International Fangirl Day.’ If I had known sooner then I would certainly have made a bigger celebration of it. The fact that at Thirty I am still able to be a fangirl is such a wonderful thing. No. Really it is!

The fact that I am often away with the fairies creating my own things is just wonderful for me. I love living inside my own head and making war and peace and anything else that I could possibly think of.

And honestly, at the moment it feels great to be here again.
I feel inspired, able to draw and take on the world with my craziness – just because it’s fun. It’s imaginary.

I guess that last part sums it all up for me. It’s make believe. It’s creativity. I know where the line is and I cross it with my thoughts, but I don’t think I am of the mind to go stalking people or anything!

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But seeing as this is meant to be about fangirling and the things that I am reminded of in the past I should get onto a topic I can talk about. Last night I watched ‘Robocop’. The newest installation of the films, I recall being a bit of a fan of the original but rather than approach the new films with any sort of anticipation or horror I was rather excited. Unlike a lot of people out there I don’t have any issues with remakes as long as they bring something new to the table – I believe I made a point of how the remake of Total Recall seemed like a carbon copy.

While the back bone of Robocop is still the same – they take Alex Murphy’s dying corpse and put it in a machine and call him Robocop – the story does greatly differ from the original. The whole feel of the movies are different. The original having a much more grungy feel to it, while the newer has a sleek Sci-Fi feel to it. Which just goes to show the difference in trends when the films were created. Sci-Fi back in the 80’s was a lot dirtier, I mean look at Terminator and then compare it to the new Star Trek movies and you’ll see what I mean. (Or you should) So as a remake or a ‘reboot’ of the franchise it certainly works. As an action film, I am not so certain. It had it’s moments and it’s explosions of course, but I feel it was a little lighter on this ground than it could have been, maybe I am just being to much of an action-whore here? Feel free to disagree. I enjoyed the action that was there, but couldn’t help but feel I wanted more.

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I think it was a simple think that was lacking in the film and it’s something I have mentioned before. That all important ‘Fuck Yeah.’ If I remember correctly, in the original Robocop there was a lot of rather awesome action quotes that just made you root for Robocop – I mean, this metal, walking human was pretty cool to begin with, but when you add that onto such cheesy lines as; “You move, Creep.” and “Dead or alive, you are coming with me.” it was epic.

There seemed to be a reversal in the movies as well. In the original Robocop is plagued with memories of his humanity and who he used to be and tries to get that back, but his family has moved on when he figures it all out. In the newer he retains knowledge of his humanity and his family wants to be a part of his life and it’s embraced, rejected and then comes full circle. All in all they’re both great movies, I personally lean towards the older ones, but that is because I simply love 80s/90s action flicks!