Growing up a child of the 80s, Roger Moore was forever my favorite Bond. As I got older, I came to appreciate the earlier films and Sean Connery. But Roger was still a bad ass, as made abundantly clear above. For no real discernible reason, he also always reminded me of Dad. Maybe because my Dad dressed up in a pretty slick suit everyday.
For as long as I can remember, Planet of the Apes was a part of the Wells household. Seeing apes talk and act so human-like was super intriguing as a young kid, as I am sure it was to anyone that saw it. It was one part cool and one part scary as hell. But even as a kid, I can remember understanding some of the underlying messages of the film. They were universal and easy to grasp, even at a young age.
A few years back, I remember seeing an extensive documentary about the films that included some behind the scenes photos from the set – in particular, the crazy juxtaposition of these upright gorillas, chimps and orangutans chilling out in director’s chairs, smoking cigarettes and playing cards. It was amazing. I was recently reminded of that, and decided to go dig up some stills. I love these.
I was always completely fascinated with Tupac Shakur. I liked his music, and obviously some of it was undeniable, but I was never a huge fan of his music. But as a person, he was so compelling and inspirational. When he died, I remember thinking how disappointing it would be to not get to see him grow old.
I never really identified with Biggie the same way. Having moved to Brooklyn and felt his influence, and to the extent that a white kid can Texas can understand his influence, I am blown away. I finally watched Notorious and I loved it. Gravy killed it as Biggie. Seeing the portrayal of Puffy in the early years was a little freaky considering the mogul he has evolved to. The whole thing got me thinking about what the Tupac biopic would look like.
Since I cannot even begin to think who could and/or deserves to play him, I had a thought:
We never had a camcorder to document things when we were young, but thanks to this movie, we don’t need one 🙂
My Dad’s favorite part of the movie:
Every few months, I will waste a solid hour watching trailers on the Apple site. Here are a few that I will watch on Pay-per-View about a year from now when they come out.
Rudo Y Cursi
I will watch these guys together in movies til the day I die. Gael Garcia Bernal has been pegged at (or near) the top of my list of favorite actors for quite awhile now. Clearly I am not alone… check this promo video the studio must have released. 1.4 million views.
Bret Easton Ellis, typical 80s flavor. I am all about it.
Anvil – The Story of Anvil
Away We Go
Check Maya Rudolph. Damn! She is for real.
Valentino – The Last Emperor
If you are under the age of 30 or so, you are probably asking yourself… WTF?