Mr. Cellophane

In a location adjacent to a place in a city of some significance, what comes out of my head is plastered on the walls of this blog.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Another ballot that means nothing.

MTV Movie and TV Awards? Give me a break.

(Yes, some categories have five nominees and others six. Kind of a subconscious way to make up for last year's absence. Wouldn't it be cool if the Oscars did this? Sure it would. Winners in bold.)

best on-screen duo:
James Franco and Dave Franco, The Disaster Artist
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, The Hitman's Bodyguard
Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, Logan Lucky
Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad, Marshall
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, The Trip to Spain

best action sequence:
the apartment escape, Atomic Blonde
Singapore car chase, Black Panther
chase on the ice, The Fate of the Furious
the ferry rescue, Spider-Man: Homecoming
No Man's Land, Wonder Woman

best comedic performance:
Hannibal Buress, Spider-Man: Homecoming
Daniel Craig, Logan Lucky
Jeff Goldblum, Thor: Ragnarok
Paul Walter Hauser, I, Tonya
Ezra Miller, Justice League

best villain:
Cate Blanchett, Thor: Ragnarok
Woody Harrelson, War for the Planet of the Apes
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Michael Keaton, Spider-Man: Homecoming
Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water
Bill Skarsgard, It

best breakthrough performance:
Jacob Batalon, Spider-Man: Homecoming
Eiza Gonzalez, Baby Driver
Dafne Keen, Logan
Anna Murphy, The Man Who Invented Christmas
Jessica Rothe, Happy Death Day
Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Proud Mary

best male performance:
Chadwick Boseman, Marshall
Jackie Chan, The Foreigner
Tom Cruise, American Made
Hugh Jackman, Logan
Andy Serkis, War for the Planet of the Apes
Ben Stiller, Brad's Status

best female performance:
Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game
Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Natalie Portman, Annihilation
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Charlize Theron, Atomic Blonde

best fight:
Chadwick Boseman vs. Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Jackie Chan vs. the IRA thugs, The Foreigner
Chris Pratt vs. Kurt Russell, Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2
Taron Egerton and Colin Firth vs. Pedro Pascal, Kingsman: the Golden Circle
Tom Cruise vs. Russell Crowe, The Mummy

best kiss:
Ansel Elgort and Lily James, Baby Driver
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast
Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis, It
Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones, The Shape of Water
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, Wonder Woman

best movie:
Black Panther
Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2
Wonder Woman


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Well, today I saw Can't Hardly Wait again for the first time in who knows how long. Another entry for my 'Class of '98', sort of my own personal Letterboxd scavenger hunt where I watch a (heretofore undetermined) number of movies from twenty years ago. (I'm also doing this for 1988, but that's neither here nor there.) As it happens, I actually graduated from high school not long after this movie hit theatres (in fact, I was just four days off the film's 20th anniversary).

Thinking back, I'm equally relieved and disappointed that my own high school experience was nothing like I saw in the movies and TV. No cliques, no big pranks and no worrying about who to take to prom...but I can't help but wonder how it would've turned out if the four years were more eventful. Hell, I'd still be that quiet guy who never fit in anywhere, only I'd be even more miserable because everyone is having fun except me. Who knows? Maybe, some of my classmates felt that way, too.

BTW, I haven't heard word one about any impending reunions. It is the 20th, after all. I wonder what the theme is. Probably silver.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

The Honest Trailer for A Wrinkle in Time was pretty good, only there was an alarming lack of alternate names in the 'Starring' section. I'm reminded of two other times they dropped the ball: The Wolf of Wall Street - 'Dr. Teeth' for Donny and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 'You're So Cool, Parker!' for Goblin Harry. I can't remember the names they did use for them, which only proves how perfect my substitutions are.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Well, I'm not sure if my account was hacked or there's another user with this screen handle and Disqus thought it'd be easier to merge the accounts, but a handful of posts are credited to 'lonestarr357' having posted at TMZ and, well, I wouldn't be caught dead there.

Definitely want to nip this in the bud before I'm credited for saying something that results in a bannable offense.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space (Shirley Walker)

The peaceful rebels of the planet Pangea are under siege by the vicious Lord Vox (Ron Perlman) and they could use a hero. Unfortunately, the best they can do is an actor (Daniel Riordan) best known to TV audiences as Captain Zoom. Not as well known as the later Galaxy Quest, but just as entertaining, with amusing lines and a game cast.

Shirley Walker provides some exciting action cues as well as quieter moments that, surprisingly, aren't diminished by the budget-dictated inclusion of electronics. Topping it off is an appropriately rousing main theme put through a number of permutations, from the amusingly cheesy organ version for the TV scenes to a particularly lovely rendition in "Stargazing".

The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space
composed & conducted
Shirley Walker

1. Main Titles/Night Raid 3.55
2. Sagan's Speech 0.24
3. Bailey's Invention 0:46
4. Live Broadcast 1.44
5. Dinner with Lord Vox 2.05
6. Tyra's Will is Strong/Chocko-Socko/Secret Message 2.27
7. The Transporter 0.20
8. Rough Greeting/High Priestess Vesper 2.03
9. Vesper's Vision 0.53
10. "...and our faith."/Sea Monster 1.49
11. Captain Zoom Captured 0.24
12. Zoom Meets Vox 0.35
13. Tyra Escapes/More Torture 0.54
14. Vesper's Chambers 0.42
15. The Black Hole Club 0.34
16. Vesper Loses Her Powers/Zoom Escapes 1.24
17. Ship Battle 2.56
18. Shot Down 0.18
19. Sea Monster Returns 0.52
20. Hero's Welcome 0.38
21. Stargazing/A New Face 1.36
22. Sagan Reassures Tyra 2.18
23. Back on Vox's Ship 0.28
24. Fake Vision 1.10
25. Bombing the Rebel Camp 0.27
26. Bad News 0.16
27. Shell Game 0.57
28. Crash Landing 0.43
29. Zoom Strikes Out/Morning 1.10
30. Invisible Attack? 0.43
31. Underground Assault 0.15
32. Fixing the Ship 0.14
33. Part-Time Hero 1.36
34. The Mutants 1.11
35. Caring for Simulus 0.27
36. Zoom vs. Simulus 3.13
37. The Docks 0.36
38. The Prophecy 2.50
39. Rock Slide 0.56
40. Calming Prayer 0.29
41. The Temple 0.57
42. Big Fight/Vesper's Sacrifice 1.53
43. Emperor Vox's Decision 0.55
44. Vox Chooses...Poorly 2.31
45. Tribal Dance/A Way Home 2.13
46. Captain Zoom's Destiny 0.49
47. Chocko-Socko (End Credits) 2.56


Friday, May 25, 2018

It's funny that, on YouTube, one of the recommended videos for Maurice Jarre's Firefox was John Scott's The Final Countdown. I've long felt that Firefox is just how The Final Countdown's theme would've sounded if Jarre scored it.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Just a little something something to bump my post. That middle gif of Homer lunging is scarier than it had any right to be.

I did see Infinity War and, suffice it to say, I am glad it wasn't spoiled.

In the meantime, until I post something more substantive, pretend the previous post applies to Deadpool 2.