Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: Most Iconic Swimsuit Moments

Barris_Marilyn_MonroeThe entertainment industry is an ever changing field. Movies and television shows are constantly attempting to produce better and better content. Sometimes this content climbs to the precipice and we are left with an iconic scene that you will have no qualms about keeping in the annals of your mind forever. I, of course, am referring to the most infamous and iconic swimsuit moments in movie and television history.

So I (with help from my wife) racked my brain to present to you Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: Most Iconic Swim Suit Moments. 


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To start us off, I’ll hit you with my Honorable Mention: Eddie Murphy in Norbit – Eddie Murphy and his brother Charlie (RIP) wrote a movie in an attempt to coast on the success of Eddie’s 1996 hit rasputiaThe Nutty Professor and its sequel The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. But alas the romantic comedy was negatively received by critics and viewers alike. I got about ten minutes into the movie and there were no redeeming qualities that would make me not regret the rental. Well there was one redeeming, regretfully disgusting part of the movie. Eddie, as we said earlier, tried to coast on the popularity of The Nutty Professor, dressed up as mild-mannered Norbit and his glutinous wife Rasputia. The only memorable thing from the movie is Eddie (as the extremely rotund Rasputia) in a skimpy bikini on a water slide. Now I have to think about something else to get that image out of my mind. Eek.


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10. Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity – The events in the world in the 1950s led many in the United States to create a politically and socially conservative time. The Cold War and social mores regarding sex were creating taboos and most of the nation’s people were conforming to almost becoming prudish. The decade was riddled with conservatism and conformity but there were people fighting back. Artists like Jackson Pollock and  Writers like J.D. Salinger, William S. Burroughs, or Ray Bradbury (one of my favorite authors) were pushing the envelope on the literary front. The launch of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine was pushing limits but received extreme backlash. The Academy award winning 1953 romantic drama may be demure by today’s standards but the 64 year old movie pushed the bounds of sexual tension with a now infamous scene between a swimsuit clad Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rocking a ‘small for that time period’ bathing suit. The famous ‘kiss scene’ paired with their controversial attire launched this to become of the most famous ‘sex scenes’ in film history.


 

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9. Sasha Baron Cohen as Borat from Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (more commonly known as Borat) – The man of many faces, Sasha Baron Cohen, created Borat during his tenure on his show: Da Ali G Show. Borat’s title character, Sagdiyev (played by Cohen), from the “Greatest Country in the World is coincidentally in love with the number 4 selection in our countdown. The mockumentary was full of over-the-top, distasteful moments; but none were quite as memorable as Borat’s swimsuit. It truly is an image that you want to get out of your head as quick as possible.


8. Bo Derek in “10” – Besides playing the swindling new ‘hot’ step-mom of Chris Farley in 1995’s classic comedy Tommy Boy; Bo Derek is known for the ‘run on the beach scene’ from her 1979 Movie “10” starring comedy legend Dudley Moore. You may not have seen the borderline creepy, romantic comedy…you’d more than likely remember her braided hair and swimsuit running down the Mexican beach.


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7. Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii – You can call him The King, The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis the Pelvis, but now-a-days ‘controversial’ is the last thing that you would call Elvis. Just put yourself in the conservative landscape of the 1950s and 1960s, then you will realize just how controversial that Elvis and the sex symbol’s thrusting pelvis would have been. In that conservative landscape having someone who was already a sex symbol don nothing but a swimsuit in a romantic comedy set in Hawaii was asking for women ‘all shook up’ in the theaters; hoping to catch a glimpse of Elvis’s side burns, his bare chest and his abs.


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6. Annette Funicello in Beach Party – Britney Spears wasn’t the first Mouseketeer to steer away from the pearly smiles of their former Disney days. Annette Funicello, out of respect, covered her belly because of demands from Walt Disney. Though her naval saw the light of day during two of the what seemed like endless sequels to Beach Party (Muscle Beach Party and Bikini Beach); the controversy surrounding Disney’s beloved Mouseketeer’s swimsuits are definitely part of history.


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5. Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn – Imagine a movie that combined Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, vampires, and a bikini clad Salma Hayek. That’s what we received in 1996. The movie centered around a two brothers on the run after a bank robbery; and the brothers kidnap a preacher and his kids and force them to take them to Mexico. Well they chose the wrong place to hole up in because they decided to go to a topless bar which just so happened to house a brood of vampires. The head vampire, Hayek, seduces the crowd in a tiny bikini and a large snake draped around her neck.


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4. Pamela Anderson from Baywatch – “Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to step into the light. Some people need to help somebody, when the edge of surrenders in sight.” Yes I know the theme song by heart. Yes it may be sad, but just like every heterosexual male in the 90s…I was in love with Pamela Anderson. It would seem that Pamela Anderson and that red one-piece swimsuit are mostly one synonymous image.


3. Halle Berry, Ursala Andress, and Daniel Craig from the James Bond franchise – There is nothing more dramatic and sensual in movies than seeing a completely drenched, gorgeous actor coming out of the water, through the waves, and onto the beach. This scene has become somewhat of a running theme in James Bond movies; most notably: Dr. No, Die Another Day and Casino Royale. Dr. No (the first James Bond movie) not only set the tone for all future James Bond movies, but Ursala Andress’s white bikini set a beauty precedent for all future ‘Bond girls’, like Die Another Day‘s Halle Berry. James Bond himself had a moment but it came as an accident. While filming Casino Royale, Daniel Craig was planned to swim up to the shore but as he was swimming up he came upon a sandbar and was forced to stand. The end result was a PR blessing and the images of the new, muscular James Bond in his tiny swimming trunks became THE image to use in advertising the movie.


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2. Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High – In the late 1970s and well into the 1980s; sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll seemed to be as American as baseball and apple pie. Many movie writers and movie producers popularized on this ‘party mentality’ with movies like Animal House, Back to School, and of course Fast Times at Ridgemont High. As for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the movie has become synonymous with two things: Sean Penn’s burnout surfer “Jeff Spicoli” and the image of Phoebe Cates rising up from a pool in a skimpy bikini. The memorable scene is listed by many as one of the sexiest moments in movie history and is most definitely deserving of such a title.


  1. Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – The late Carrie Fisher was far from a sex symbol, but her metal and leather bikini (more commonly known as the ‘Slave Leia’ outfit) has become a thing of legend. Despite feminists having a field day over George Lucas’s over sexualization of the scene; many women argue that the disgust of Princess Leia in her position and her quite literally killing her captor with the chains that bound her. Many pop culture outlets, cosplayers and fanboys alike have kept the controversial outfit relevant while fueling its cultural and sensual impact.

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*Note that my list was formulated to showcase the cultural impact of these images and not to express the ‘sexualization’ of a movie/TV character. If you agree with my list, give us a like. If you disagree with my list, who did I miss or whom would you have chosen?


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Featured Image: Marilyn Monroe image by and attributed to George Barris, http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/inspiremehappy2/10017am6.jpg, public Domain.
Eddie Murphy as Rasputia in Norbit accredited to Paramount Pictures, fair use. 
Burt Lancaster “From Here to Eternity” beach image accredited to Columbia Pictures, fair use.
Borat image accredited to Sacha Baron Cohen and 20th Century Fox, fair use.
Bo Derek in “10” accredited to Orion Pictures, fair use.
Elvis Presley surfing in Blue Hawaii image accredited to Paramount Pictures, fair use.
Annette Funicello from Beach Party image accredited to American International Pictures, fair use.
Salma Hayek with snake in From Dusk till Dawn image accredited to Miramax Films, fair use.
Pamela Anderson in Baywatch image accredited to NBC studios, fair use.
James Bond beach images accredited to Ian Fleming and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, fair use.
Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High image accredited to Universal Pictures, fair use.
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Slave Leia images accredited to Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, and/or Disney; fair use.
Christy Marie as Slave Leia image by and accredited to Jason Scragz from Portland, Oregon, USAderivative work: Fanfwah (talk) – Christy_Marie_as_Slave_Leia_at_San_Diego_Comic-Con_2006.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7167437
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Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: Most Memorable Movie/TV Tattoos

A big part of most of our lives are the characters that we invest our time into on the small and large screens. TV and movie characters become part of our worlds when we invest as much time into them as we do. So it’s likely that we notice the nuances and subtle things that make a character’s ensemble complete. Whether it’s Jane’s beanie hat from Firefly, Marty McFly’s self lacing shoes from Back to the Future 2, or the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker)’s 12 foot colorful scarf; we notice and love the extra details. Tattoos are an important way of adding something extremely noticeable and memorable to a TV/Movie character and today I’m going to give my Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: Most Memorable TV/Movie Tattoos.


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10. Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard in American History X: There is nothing more shocking than that first image of a shirtless Edward Norton proudly bowing his chest to display the swastika tattoo on his chest. The Academy Award nominated performance by Edward Norton is just as impactful as the swastika on his chest is offensive.

2002_red_dragon_0109. Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon: I remember watching Silence of the Lambs as a teenager and the movie’s intense storyline fueled a passion to become a detective. I of course didn’t do that because I didn’t particularly want to get shot at or see dead bodies; but that didn’t change the fact that I was enthralled with a good detective/slasher/thriller movie. Red Dragon came along in 2002 but was a prequel to the 1991 Silence of the Lambs. Ralph Fiennes character Dolarhyde is obsessed with William Blake’s famous paintings and tattoos a melding of Blake’s work. The psychologically thrilling movie is as intense as Dolarhyde’s massive back tattoo.

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8. George Clooney as Seth Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn: George Clooney’s character Seth Gecko in 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn came about at the perfect time because tribal was literally all the rage. I remember my friends in high school rushing out to get tribal tattoos. I remember we were drawing and designing them in our high school art class. It was huge…just as huge as Gecko’s from ear to neck tribal tattoo. The movie’s main characters, Gecko and his out-of-control brother, Richard, are on the run bank robbers who hide out in a former minister’s RV as they venture into Mexico; but the topless bar that they hole up in turns out to be the home for a group of vampires. Sounds as crazy as a giant tribal tattoo on George Clooney; but the mesh up of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino and the giant tribal tattoo are pretty impressive.

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7. Guy Pearce as Leonard in Memento: I was in college when I first saw the psychological thriller, Memento, that was written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie centers around a man who suffers from short-term memory loss (due to an accident) and must tattoo himself with memorable words and phrases to help track down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The movie’s amazing story line and beautifully arched story telling process are intensified by the character’s tattoos.

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6. Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield in Prison Break. The TV prison drama follows Michael Scofield; who attempts to break his brother out of prison. His completely tattooed torso are riddled with hidden escape routes and information that he and his brother will use to break out of the Fox River prison.

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5. Ray Parks as Darth Maul in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace: Not since Boba Fett has a character with such a short amount of on screen time had such a large amount of cultural influence. Ray Park’s portrayal of the Sith apprentice Darth Maul was cut short by his on screen death but no one can deny that it was memorable. Part of what made Darth Maul so empowering was his head full of sharp, short horns, red face and black tribal tattoos. The double-light saber wielding Sith Lord’s painfully received his second set of tattoos from his Sith master Darth Sidious to prove his devotion to the Dark Side (after he was stripped of the black portions of his red and black Nightbrother tattoo markings that he received from his mother in a Dathomirian ritual). This Sith Lord’s scowling face will forever be entrenched in the minds of Star Wars fans…partially thanks to those unforgettable tribal tattoos.

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4. Dave Bautista as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy: The already heavily tattooed former professional wrestler took on the roll of the brutal yet emotional Drax The Destroyer; Drax’s 3D-esque tattoos leapt off the screen. The makeup took hours to do during every shoot but the visual effect was well worth it. The tattoos (which Drax explained are a showcase of the good and bad experiences of his life) make a statement that adds to the already bad-ass appearance of Bautista.

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3. Charlie Hunnam as Jackson Nathaniel Teller aka Jax Teller in the TV series Sons of Anarchy: The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club’s Redwood Original mother chapter based in Charming, California rumbled their way into our homes in 2008. The heavily tattooed protagonist, Jax Teller, ends up as the MC’s President but that comes at a pricey cost. The death of many of his loved ones is just as visible on his face as his tattoos are on his skin. The giant grim reaper emblem and many others are proudly worn on his skin.

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2. Popeye the Sailor: The cartoon character seems to have been around forever but the one-eyed, corncob pipe smoking sailor was inked into existence in a comic strip back in 1929. The spinach eating is among the greatest cartoon characters of all time and has and will always be one of my favorites. One unmistakeable feature of our favorite character is Popeye’s huge muscular forearms that are accented by his matching anchor tattoos.

  1. Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery as Murphy and Conner McManus in The Boondock Saints: In 2002, (I was looking through the DVDs as I am a movie buff) I came across a movie entitled “The Boondock Saints”. I bought it on a whim because the premise sounded interesting and I immediately fell in love with the movie. The gritty crime movie showcased two fraternal twins who think that they are called by God to cleanse Boston of evil with vigilante justice. The “Saints” become heroes to some and enemies to others. The brother’s expression of their faith does not stop at their yearning to cleanse the streets of filth but to the rosary that they wear around their neck and the religiously themed tattoos that adorn their bodies. The movie is as impressive and memorable as the inked art that they wear upon their bodies.

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Honorable mentions: Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean, Matthew McConaughey as Van Zan in Reign of Fire, “Dude/Sweet” tattoos from Dude, Where’s My Car?, Robert De Niro as Max Cady in Cape Fear, Death Eater tattoo from Harry Potter


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American History X theatrical release poster by and attributed to Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4793280

Red Dragon tattoo image by and attributed to Universal, Fair Use.

From Dusk Till Dawn Image by and attributed to Source, Fair Use.

Leonard from Memento Image by and attributed to Source, Fair Use.

Michael Scofield from Prison Break Image by and attributed to Source, Fair Use.

Darth Maul Cosplayer image by and attributed to Christopher Brown from Houston, United States – Comic Con 2013 – Darth Maul cosplayer, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42563049

Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy image by and attributed to Source, Fair Use.

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Popeye comic (Cover of Bud Sagendorf’s Popeye #50) by and attributed to Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3035220

Boondock Saints images by and attributed to Source, Fair Use.

I knew it was only a matter of “Time”

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600px-SDCC_2014_-_Masters_of_the_Universe_(7752978172)Sometimes the only thing it takes is just time for all of the things that you dreamed of getting as a child, to be available to you when you are older. Unless you dreamed of owning a dragon or wanted to become a super hero, then you can pretty much fulfill your childhood dreams. GI Joe fans can join the Marines. Masters of the Universe fanatics can purchase He-Man’s power sword or Star Trek’s Trekkies can learn Klyngon while wielding the infamous Bat’leth. We can cosplay as Deadpool all day long while visiting our favorite Con. If we have the money can rock a mustache and black cowboy hat while driving 100 MPH in a black 1977 Smokey and the Bandit style Pontiac Firebird or sit back playing an Atari in a 1986 KITT Pontiac Trans Am. Carpentry ready fans can build a TARDIS in their backyard. Or those of us with a big imagination can travel back in time after they hit 88 MPH in their own Delorean. Is it exactly the same as we dreamed? Definitely not. But things usually are different than they seemed when we were little. Reality usually sits in but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun a little!

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For those of us born in the 80s, the realization of fulfilling our dreams is a little bit closer thanks to O’Reilly Auto Parts. Well….kind of. Anyways, go to the O’Reilly Auto Part’s website and search for Part #121G. Trust me!!! You won’t be upset that you did.

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Featured Image: He-Man is a TimeLord image by Chris Favero from USA – He-Man is a TimeLord?, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34364586
Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am image by and accredited to Pat Loika – LBCC-1, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42451758
He-Man, She-Ra and Teela cosplay image by and accredited to Ryan Quick from Greenbelt, MD, USA – Masters of the Universe, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42384853
Knight Rider KITT car image by and accredited to Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19551841
Delorean image by and accredited to Spanish Coches – DMC Delorean, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38114628

Top Cat’s Top 10: Best of 2016 and Most Anticipated of 2017

As I looked glanced to the bottom of my MacBook screen the other day at work, it occurred to me that we are almost through the first month of 2017. SO much has already happened within the first 24 days of 2017 but this doesn’t take away from the memory of the most memorable events of 2016. From North Korea conducting missile/nuclear tests to the Donald quite controversially being elected our 45th President to the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series after a 108 year drought. (Glad the curse of Murphy the Goat was finally lifted.) We had a lot of ups and quite equal amount of downs, so I think its important to now look back at the Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Pop Culture that happened in 2016. These lists are completely based on my opinion….so, here we go. 🙂

Top Cat’s Top 10 Most Memorable Moments of 2016: Pop Culture edition

10. Carpool Karaoke – It doesn’t seem like that long ago that James Corden was the reluctant flat mate of Matt Smith’s Doctor in the fifth series Doctor Who episode “The Lodger”. As we not only have a new Doctor Who, it seems that James Corden has done very well for himself since his short stint on one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Doctor Who. Corden succeeded Craig Ferguson as host of the Late Late Show. Corden’s Late Late Show’s popular segment Carpool Karaoke tipped the scales of popularity in 2016 when the sketch with pop singer Adele became the biggest YouTube viral video of 2016. The segment which aired in January of 2016 was viewed over a staggering 135 million times! I say that the reluctant companion of Doctor Who has done well for himself and doesn’t look like he shows any signs of stopping.

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9. Leonardo DiCaprio gets an Oscar – Dare I ask if there is a more versatile actor in Hollywood than Leonardo DiCaprio. I didn’t think so. Leo has been everything from a booger eating mentally challenged boy in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to the reluctant lover boy in the Titanic to a broken father in the movie that would bring him his Oscar: the Revenant. The movie which gives us a glance inside of the dark window that is our nation’s past. Besides the amazingly written script, the spectacular cast, the breathtaking scenery or even a completely terrifying showcase of what it would be like to be attacked by a bear; the movie allowed us to see just how dedicated to his craft that Leo was and is. Leo deserved his award and his Oscar win most definitely deserves a spot on the top 10 memorable events of 2016.

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8. Ghostbusters – The Cultural icon that is the Ghostbusters brand was rebooted with an almost exclusive Saturday Night Live, all-female lead cast. Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig did their respective nod to the original Ghostbusters movies while cementing their own legacy as the ‘new’ Ghostbusters. I’m still not sure how I feel about the movie it was definitely memorable.

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6. Fantastic Beasts and where to find more Harry PotterHarry Potter fans around the world rejoiced with the release of the first companion (or prequel if you will) book to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them allowed Harry Potter fans to delve deeper into the wizarding world. The movie which showcased a world that took place almost a century before Harry Potter was even born, allowed us to fall in love with new characters and fill the void that has been in fan’s hearts since 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

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5. Stranger Things and the year of the Woman – 2016, could possibly go down as the year of the woman. From Hillary Clinton to both DC and Marvel Comics putting a woman in the forefront of their own show (both Jessica Jones and Supergirl) to the almost all female ghost killing ensemble in Ghostbusters (who are helping to redefine what it means to be a leading lady) has help solidify the influence of women in the world and Pop Culture. We are seeing women discussing Hollywood wage gaps based on sex and seeing more and more parts being written for women. In the case of Millie Bobby Brown’s character Eleven from Netflix‘s Stranger Things, the psychokinetic preteen impressed us more and more with each episode. The 80s sci-fi series truly set itself apart from anything else out at the time. Thankfully for us, Netflix renewed the show for a second season so we can witness the strange story unfold even further.

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4. Civil War – To we ‘geek types’ the term Civil war doesn’t refer to the Boko Haram conflict in northeastern Nigeria or even the American Civil War fought from 1861 to 1865..no no…to we geek types Civil War is Team Captain America or Team Iron Man. A decision that is harder to make than trying to figure out what to put on  your Subway footlong. I, of course, followed blindly to whatever side that Scarlett Johansson would meander but it did cause quite the stir to movie goers and serious fans. The controversial ‘ownership’ of certain characters caused the original Marvel Comics storyline  to be altered but despite the set backs, the movie was a box office success.

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3. “Where have all the cowboys gone?” – After losing the lead singer Lemmy Kilmister ,of one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, it would seem like losing the singer of Motorhead was the hardest thing for us to handle but it was not the end…it was merely just a break until the beginning of 2016. 2016 was not an easier pill to swallow in regards to losing some of our most loved celebrities. I don’t know whether we had a lot of celebrities die, or if we just have a lot people famous for a lot of different things. But most notably we lost some musical icons that have shaped the face of music for decades: Prince, George Michael and David Bowie. In their respective fields, each of these entertainers have been and will continue to be innovators. As the pantheon of celebrities gone too soon would be done due to the end of the year coming soon; we lost Carrie Fisher and her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds.

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2. Suicide Squad – Much like 2014 was the year of the Guardians of the Galaxy for my family, 2016 was definitely the year for Harley Quinn. I mean the year of Batman’s bad guys. I mean Suicide Squad. The now Oscar nominated film (despite any and all negative reviews) dominated the box office, DVD sales, digital downloads and merchandise throughout the pop culture world. This antihero team not only unveiled a new Joker, but this blockbuster hit gave us our first glimpse at the big screen version of everyone’s lovable yet psychotic hottie: Harley Quinn. Suicide Squad was not only one of the highest grossing movies of 2016 but it has made DC comics A LOT of money in merchandise. I’m pretty sure that my family has watched it 6 times since it was released for Digital download and that was after the initial time at the theaters. As a matter of fact, just talking about it makes me want to watch it again this weekend. 🙂

1. Pokemon Go – Okay, so I won’t deny the fact that I am a grown man that has chased digital Pokemon down the street. I’ve ridden in the passenger side seat while my wife drove Daniel and myself to Pokemon gyms or to catch another Dratini. It seemed like everyone in the world became completely engrossed in Pokemon Go. It seemed like everyone you saw walking down the street had their phone in their hand. People who had had nothing to do with Pokemon in their whole entire life suddenly knew Bulbasaur and wanted the illusive Pikachu. Alas it seemed that Pokemon Go faded just as quickly as its popularity skyrocketed. People got tired of not being able to find 25 Squirtles much less a Pikachu. I still pull it up every now and then for nostalgia purposes but its short lived. I’ll see a Weedle or maybe even a Rattata on a good night. I don’t think I can ever delete the app from my phone based on how awesome the memories were and how much time was put into it but 2016 will be remembered as the year of Pokemon Go. Just thank God its 2017.

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Wonder what fad I’ll get into next. From a new President to Amazon delivering food via drone; we’ll have a really entertaining year.

I mean look what we have to look forward to: Lego Batman: The Movie, Logan, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Taboo (TV Show), Ghost in the Shell, Fast and Furious 8, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Game of Thrones (TV Show) – Season 7, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Legion (TV Show), Wonder Woman, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Upcoming Movies

People Watching a Movie in Movie TheatreIt’s so easy to get caught  in the whirlwind of videos that just get continuously thrown your way on youtube and this is especially true when you find the upcoming movie trailers lineup. I have always loved the movies and the movie going experience; so I watch new movie trailers to see which movies that I should get excited about. The bad part about watching movie trailers to see which ones that you will be excited about is that you have to (to crudely use a biblical reference here) separate the wheat from the chaff. The reason why….well let’s face it, some movies are bad and sometimes even the movie trailers can’t hide how bad that the movie is going to be.

Since I am definitely a trusted authority on the quality of a movie (oh that is just bleeding with sarcasm), I am going to give you my opinion and a short review on the upcoming movies that I think is the wheat or what should be tossed in the garbage:

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff:

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Ever since we found out that they were doing stand alone Star Wars stories, everyone got excited; but when the trailer for Rogue One played when we watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters back in 2015, excited was not the word that you could use to express how excited everyone was. So this stand alone Star Wars story (which would fall chronologically between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode Iv – A New Hope) introduces Jyn Erso, a Rebel soldier and a Han Solo-esque criminal, who is asked to steal the plans for the Death Star. Should be exciting to see old faces (ie Darth Vader, Bail Organa) and finally see the on screen debut of Saw Gerrera and K-2SO (who is played by Alan Tudyk!). And don’t worry if you think that you’ll be confused because you are confused why you don’t see Luke and Leia.

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Office Christmas Party

Besides having a cast made up of a couple of Hollywood’s hottest actresses (Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Munn), this crap storm of a ‘holiday’ film will not be worth the price of your bucket of popcorn. The movie showcases everyone’s second favorite pothead, T.J. Miller (coming in a cold second to weed giggles himself – Seth Rogen) whose uptight sister tries to stop their epic company Christmas party. The party gets out of hand and you get to see wasted people do stupid things. Sorry but I have better things to do…..like stump my toe on a coffee table or….accidently step on a thumb tack…..or you forget to take all of the shell off of your boiled shrimp and it gets stuck in the back of your throat and you almost choke to death. I think those scenarios would work out better than watching that movie.

 

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Transformers 5: The Last Knight

SO……They made another Transformers movie. Some of you are over joyed but most of you are probably like me, wondering why in the world Michael Bay is talking these production companies into sinking millions and millions of dollars into a failing movie franchise. There are so many other dynamic movie ideas (IE other 80s toy lines that could be made into Blockbuster movie franchises (Thundercats, He-Man, or M.A.S.K.). The movie’s storyline is much like the rest of the Transformers movies: Optimus Prime realizes that his home planet of Cybertron is now a dead planet and he feels like he is the one who is responsible for its destruction. Now that he feels that way, he tries to bring his planet back to life but the artifact that he needs is on Earth. And people are trying to kill him. People will work with him to help him find it. Blah blah blah. Honestly the graphics for the movie look great; and the storyline looks pretty dark nor does it look any worse than the other Transformers movies. It definitely won’t be a movie that I’ll be seeing before it comes out for free on Amazon Prime.

 

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Why Him?

Loathe is a extreme word to use in regards to a movie but I almost LOATHE all romantic comedies. I especially loathe romantic comedies that use shock value to gain more viewers. Why Him? stars everyone’s favorite meth making high school chemistry teacher Walter White. Well this time we have a conservative Midwestern Bryan Cranston as a father of a beautiful young daughter who has fallen deeply in love with a sweet yet overwhelmingly vulgar internet billionaire named Laird (played by the almost irrelevant James Franco). The movie looks like your usual ‘dad hates guy that daughter loves…so lets try to get her to see how terrible he is but I end up falling in love with him just like the rest of my family does’ movie. Throw in the extreme vulgarity that Franco’s character spews in the previews and it looks almost unbearable. Of course, if you’re into that sort of thing….feel free to fill your mind with this mind numbing piece waste of film.

 

 

 

Top Cat’s Tuesday Top Ten: Greatest Opening Credits/Scenes

I’ve made no qualms about telling anyone and everyone about my love for movies. I love the theater/movie going experience just as much as I love sitting at home in my recliner, watching a movie with my family. Heck. I even enjoy watching those movies that no one else would want to watch right by myself. Movies are made up of so many things that intrigue me and one thing that is important to me is that first five minutes of film: the opening scene.

As I was re-watching the emotional roller coaster that is Apocalypse Now for probably the 20th time, I realized how completely amazing that the intro to the movie was. I then began to think back to other movies that had you hooked from the first seconds of the movie. The movies that literally make you say: “okay…sit back and prepare for something amazing”. This movie phenomenon can be produced in a comedy, sci-fi thriller or even a Disney cartoon. So I would be able to break these up into genres and do a top ten for each one but I decided to just do an overall list first. You’ll find that I’ve tried to find the video for you to watch, so if you haven’t seen the movie…you’ll want to after viewing these opening scenes.

So I hope that you enjoy Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: Greatest Openings Credits/Scene

10. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End (Pirate Song at the Gallows)

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9. The Lion King (Introduction of the Lion cub Simba – The Circle of Life)

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8. Easy Rider (Born to be Wild)

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7. Contact (Zoom out)

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6. Up (Carl and Ellie’s Montage)

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5. Apocalypse Now (Jungle of the Mind)

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4. The Good, the Bad, The Ugly (No need for words)

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3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Blankness of Space)

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2. Star Wars IV: A New Hope (A Long Time Ago…)

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1. James Bond 007 movies (1962-Current) (Bullets and Blood)

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Honorable mentions: The Matrix (Trinity), Inglourious Basterds (The Harboring Farmer), The Godfather (I believe in America), Pulp Fiction (The Diner Robbery), Patton (Speech to the Third Army), The Dark Knight (Never Trust a Joker), Kill Bill (The Bride’s Side), A Clockwork Orange (Me and My Droogs)

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Wolverine’s Wednesday Whips presents the Top 10 TV/Movie Cars

Since TV/movies are such an important part, its not foreign to believe that the vehicles that the movie stars drive would become just as iconic as the characters themselves. Sometimes the cars themselves more synonymous than the human characters themselves. Wolverine’s Wednesday Whips is combining its collective intelligence with Top Cat’s Tuesday Top Ten and Time Machine Time to bring you:

Wolverine’s Wednesday Whips presents the Top 10 TV/Movie Cars

10. The 80s was full of terrible movies and even though Sylvester Stallone has written and starred in A LOT of memorable movies, Cobra isn’t really remembered for its cinematic wonder or the masterfully written script. I myself remember Cobra because of Detective Marion Cobretti (codenamed ‘Cobra’)’s souped up 1950 Mercury. From the modified grill and hood scoops to the rims and lowered stance, the car was truly one of a kind.

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Cobra – 1950 Mercury 

9. On the roof of a building in New York City, Dr. Ray Stantz says that “I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.” Even though this movie caused the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man to become an iconic figure from my childhood and iconic figure in the pantheon of pop culture images but the 1959 white Cadillac Miller-Meteor limo-style end-loader with ambulance conversion known as the Ecto-1 is one of those memorable things for me. The sound of the siren, the lights and the classic 1950s lines make the Ecto-1 a beautiful ride.

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1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor limo style end-loader with ambulance conversion

8. After the success of the Fast and Furious movies, Vin Diesel was popping up everywhere. The movie XXX tried to be my generations version of a James Bond style spy film but the odds of an action sports star magically becoming the world’s greatest spy and saving the world from a nuclear attack was just a little far fetched for some of us. I loved the movie and 50% of that was due to the gorgeous modified 1967 Pontiac GTO. As I have stated before, my dad owned a 1967 Pontiac GTO and regrets the day that he sold that car. I regret the day that he sold that car even though it was before I was born. The stylings and power of this car are perfect and if you add that to the fact that XXX’s version of James Bond’s Q outfitted the car with more firepower than a Sherman tank.

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1967 Pontiac GTO

7. B.A. Baracus always said that “I ain’t goin’ on no airplane,” and that must have been why the A-Team decided to drive around in a bad to the bone Modified 1983 black and metallic gray GMC Vandura van. The A-Team ruled the 80s TV scene and turned Mr. T into a household name. The crack commando unit sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit turned themselves into soldiers of fortune. It was Rambo with less killing. The show was great and the blacked out GMC van just added to the awesomeness of this A-Team.

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Modified 1983 GMC Vandura van

6.“Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world of the Knight Rider.” Add part modern day cowboy  to part spy to an advanced artificially intelligent computer inside of a souped up muscle car = all bad ass. In the early 80s, Knight Rider was the bees knees. Heck, people still talk about Knight Rider and the Pontiac Trans Am KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) is a huge part of why this show is remembered as well as it is. Well KITT and the heart-throb (all-be-it less alcoholic) David Hasselhoff.

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1982 Pontiac Trans Am

5. “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” I still remember the anticipation of waiting for Back to the Future 2 to FINALLY come out in theaters. The three Back to the Future films were a huge success and have held a cult following ever since and you would be remiss to think that the Modified DeLorean DMC-12 magnified the movie’s long lasting popularity.

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Modified DeLorean DMC-12

4. In the 1980s, TV was huge. I admit that I spent too much time in front of a TV set but it was the bridge jumping, hood sliding antics of the Duke Boys on the Duke’s of Hazzard that fueled a lot of that seat time. Well…a lot of reason for watching was General Lee, the Duke Boy’s 1969 Dodge Charger. The high flying, 2 wheel side ways driving roll cage equipped race car was enough reason to watch the Duke’s of Hazzard but as an added bonus…I got to gaze my eyes upon the gorgeous cousin of the Duke Boys: Daisy Duke.

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1969 Dodge Charger (the General Lee)

3. The Batmobile has had just as many changes as the caped crusader himself has. From the iconic Batmobile used in the 1960s Batman live action TV show to the low and sleek Tim Burton Batmobile used in the Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) movies to our current Batman in which we saw in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016) but my personal favorite Batmobile is the ‘Tumbler’. Bruce Wayne utilizes a prototype bridging vehicle created for the military by Lucious Fox and Applied Sciences division at Wayne Enterprises. After being painted black (of course), the Tumbler not only had the strength and durability of a Sherman Tank but had the horsepower, maneuverability and sleek appearance of a Lamborghini.

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2. In 2000 I was a senior in High School and was just beginning to tinker with the horsepower and appearance of my 1993 Ford Mustang but after watching Nicholas Cage and the 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (named Eleanor) from the Gone in 60 Seconds, I knew that my car was completely inferior. The car was a modified and stylized version of the 1967 GT500 which was a modified Ford Mustang Fastback. That’s a lot of modifications and the appearance and power of the car proved it.

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1967 Ford Mustang GT500 Fastback

1. “Breaker breaker for the Bandit.” My parents went to the drive-in movie theater 3 times to see Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. The film was the second grossing film of 1977; only losing out to Star Wars. I can only guess that Jackie Gleason’s portrayal of Sheriff Burford T. Justice of Portague County, Texas along with the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am drove the movie into cult like status. Since my parents loved the movie so much, I was raised watching Smokey and the Bandit all the time which fueled not only my love for muscle cars but an unequivocal yearning to be as whitty as the Bandit. I think it worked. 🙂

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1977 Pontiac Trans Am

 

Honorable Mentions: 1955 Ford F100 from The Expendables, 1976 AMC Pacer from Waynes World, 1961 Ferrari GT250 from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1968 390 CID V8 Ford Mustang Fastback from Bullitt, 1958 Plymouth Fury from Christine 

Top Cat’s Top 10: Memorable Movie/TV Show quotes 

In the world of pop culture; you get the opportunity to come across some very memorable things. We fall in love with TV show characters and movies. We become fans. The fandom leaves us with memorable quote from your favorite TV shows or movies. My criteria for a memorable or influential quote:

• Movie/TV show quotation made up of some exchange from a film/TV show.

• Quote had to have some sort of cultural impact that viewers used in their lives and has circulated through popular culture. This quote becomes part of our lexicon.

• The movie/TV show quote leaves the fans or viewers remembering the movie/TV show when they hear that part.

Honorable Mentions: “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” – Tony Montana, Scarface; “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Dr. Emmet Brown;  Back to the Future; “Make it so.” – Captain Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” – Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs; “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” – The Doctor, Doctor Who; “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump;”I pity the fool!” – Clubber Lang, Rocky III

Here’s the Top 10 Most Influential/ Memorable quotes from Movies/TV shows:

10. “Avada Kedavra” – Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

9. “Nip it!” – Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show

8. “Bazinga!” – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

7. “I’ll be back.” – The Terminator, The Terminator 

6. “Yo, Adrian!” – Rocky Balboa, Rocky

5. “Elizabeth, I’m coming!” – Fred Sanford, Sanford and Sons

4. “May the Force be with you.” – Han Solo, Star Wars


3. “I’m Your Huckleberry.” – Doc Holliday, Tombstone

2. “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.” – The War Doctor, Doctor Who

1. “I have the Power!” – He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

 

TOP CAT’S TUESDAY TOP 10: Greatest Action Movies

This week’s Top Cat’s Top 10 showcases the top 10 greatest action movies of all time. These movies were chosen due to their influence in popular culture and their sheer amazingness.

Honorable Mentions: 300, Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Bourne Ultimatum, Predator, The Avengers, Bloodsport.

Now Top Cat presents to you the Top 10 Greatest Action Movies of all Time:

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10. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Harrison Ford joining forces with George Lucas to star in a movie directed by Steven Spielberg sounds like a picture perfect movie correct? If you have lived underneath a rock since 1981, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark centers around Indiana Jones, an adventurer and world renown archeologist is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Hitler and the Nazis. This first installment in a 4-part movie series (spanning from 1981 to 2008) was included in the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry because it had been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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9.  Alien – Three years before I was born, Ridley Scott would direct a space movie that would quite literally change the movie landscape forever. The movie centers around a merchant vessel traveling through space and the crew of the vessel receive a distress call from a colonized planet. While on the planet, the crew is attacked by a mysterious creature. While traveling back to Earth, they quickly realize that they had bitten off more than they could chew. Alien showed us the negative aspects of traveling ‘into brave new worlds’. But I think that the acidic blood that flows through the Alien creature’s bodies is more than enough to stand the flow of time and will forever be on the top movies of all time.

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8. Batman: The Dark Knight – The sequel to the Batman Dark Knight trilogy, which shows The Dark Knight coming out of exile to save his beloved Gotham City from the anarchy ridden Joker, is immensely important to the movie world because viewers outside of the ‘comic book fandom’ got to witness class act acting. Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker was purely outstanding thusly causing this movie to rise onto my list of the most influential action movies of all time.

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7. Die Hard – The first of five action movies that center around the adventures of Police Detective John McClane (played by the brilliant actor Bruce Willis) who always seems, no matter where he goes, to find himself right in the middle of the worst violence caused by the most villainous of human beings. I was not a huge fan of the series but one cannot argue with the cultural significance of the Die Hard franchise. So, ‘yippee-ki-yay’!

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6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day – The 1991 follow up to the 1984 movie The Terminator which flung Arnold Schwarzenegger even further into the lime light, was an Academy Award winning picture that was and still is Schwarzenegger’s highest grossing film. The film has been listed by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest action films, science fiction films and greatest sequels of all time. The movie broke new ground in the world of CGI which could lead to IMDB still ranking Terminator 2: Judgement Day as a 8.5 out of 10 stars. The film is ranked 39th on the Top 250 movies of all time.

rambo .jpg5. Rambo: First Blood – First Blood centers around John Rambo. Rambo is a Vietnam Vet suffering from PTSD; even though PTSD wasn’t openly discussed at that time. He breaks out of the jail after being humiliated and assaulted by the Podunk officers that had drawn up bogus charges on him in the first place. The former Green Beret must use his combat and survival skills to survive the wilderness and the onslaught of people that are braving the woods to capture him.  First Blood was aptly named because it truly was the first of its kind. The Stallone classic, one of the highest grossing films of its time, was a revolutionary way of making an action film. It influenced countless other movies including but not limited to Predator (another one of my favorites), The Transporter, and The Bourne series. Rambo: First Blood was and still is one of my favorite movies and its cultural influence is still seen everywhere in pop culture.

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4. Enter the Dragon – So…Bruce Lee. I shouldn’t have to explain myself any further but I will anyway. Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong/American martial artist/instructor (founder of his own type of Kung Fu – Jeet Kune Do), action movie star/filmmaker, philosopher and now cultural icon. He is slated by most to be the most influential martial artists of all time and in the 20th century would be considered to be one of the biggest pop culture icons. My purpose for choosing Enter the Dragon was not just because it was and is one of my favorite movies, but the movie cemented the popularity of Martial Arts movies in America. The movie was partially produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Despite the fact that Bruce Lee mysteriously died 6 days before its theatrical release in 1973, the movie went on to become one of the years highest grossing films.

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3. The Matrix – Combine cyberpunk-esque computer hacking, guns, lots more guns, kung fu, amazing graphics with slow-motion bullet shots, amazing CGI with an intriguing story line,  light influences from Lewis Carroll’s Adventure’s in Wonderland and you’ll have The Matrix. The movie centers around Neo, who lives in a dystopian future in which humans live within a simulated virtual reality system called the Matrix created by aliens that use our bodies as fuel. Neo is believed to be the messiah for the rebels who yearn to free the world. The movie was added to the National Film Registry for preservation and is listed as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. The action sequences created by the Wachowski Brothers have been an inspirational to other movie makers since The Matrix’s 1999 debut. The movie was so amazing and influential to me that I alternated between the Matrix, Tombstone, Cowboy Way, and Tommy Boy for about a year (Watching a little bit of them every day).

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2. Iron Man – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers have swept us up in a mjolnir generated whirlwind. Robert Downey Jr. and his rebirth as Tony Stark/Iron Man threw the world for a loop. In 2008 the Iron Man movie shows Tony Stark, a cocky master engineer whose defense contract business fuels the world’s wars, captured in a cave to build a super weapon for the terrorist group. Stark is wounded by one of his own missiles during the kidnapping and by the creation of a powerful electro-magnet that keeps the shards from reaching his heart and killing him, Stark is able to use the electro-magnet to power a suit of armor that he creates–instead of the missile. He inevitably escapes and builds an even better suit and ‘arc reactor’ thusly becoming the super hero Iron Man. Now despite the fact that I absolutely love this movie (and all of the Avengers related movies), the reason that this movie is important culturally is because it was the true beginning of the Avengers franchise which is a cultural phenomena in itself. This even further popularized comic book movies and Robert Downey Jr.’s rendition of this character is a driving force behind the popularity of the brand.

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1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – In 1977, the world had its first glimpse at what would become a complete and udder cultural phenomena. The action adventure drama, set a long time ago in a galaxy far away, starts with part IV of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars adventures. The movie introduces us to the tyrannical Darth Vader and a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker. Along with new friends (a space pirate, a Jedi, Robots and a big hairy man called a Wookie) try to rescue a beautiful young princess from the evil clutches of the corrupt Empire. The end of this movie may conclude with the destruction of the Death Star but this is just the beginning of a world wide cultural onslaught. The pop culture world has never been the same and over the past 40 years, Star Wars remains on the cusp of everyone’s proverbial glass of pop culture influences. It is without argument that Star Wars has and will remain a main stay in the cultural horizon.

 

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Let’s talk about that.

 

 

Geek Fuel: Monthly Box of Mystery

geek levelsNot too long ago, there were these groups of individuals who were pigeon-holed to fit the term “nerd” or the quintessential term “geek”. These geeks were characterized with their geek definitiontrademark black-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, snorted laugh, undeniably distinct wardrobe and a superfluity of varied nerd interests. Whether you were the super smart, an intellectual computer nerd; a video game player; a Dungeons and Dragons player; or a comic book enthusiast; you were more than likely slid into one of the, sometimes negatively viewed, stereotypes. This type appeared strange and foreign to most people, since most of their time was spent in front of a computer screen or reading a comic book but years go by, the internet is invented, we progress as a society and low and behold, geeks are cool. Geeks are now admired by their peers for their superior intellect or receive God-like status if you are a Steve Jobs or a Stan Lee. Finally, the world is embracing geek culture.

All of a sudden the new term in Hollywood is called ‘geek chic’. Justin Timberlake is rocking geeky clothing and the black rimmed glasses that normally would only be seen on revenge of the nerdsLewis (played by actor Robert Carradine) in the cult classic Revenge of the Nerds. Now-a-days, the cool kids rock Spider Man t-shirts and new X-Box one games are spoken about without the fear of being reprimanded by your peers. Its okay to read a comic book or admit to watching Doctor Who. Being a geek has become such a popular thing to be that companies are selling packages of items that will help you manifest your geekiness in your every day life. I watched the popularity of these boxes rise before I got involved and I must admit that the blind purchasing of a box of items is a scary prospect but my geek meter leaned more towards the purchase section. I researched A LOT; as I always tend to do. I decided to jump on board with the Geek Fuel box. Now if you aren’t familiar with these boxes, let me just explain it really quickly.

In case you are interested, these monthly subscription boxes send you miscellaneous items that are catered towards your specific interests. Some companies offer you the ability to narrow down your box subscription by purchasing all: horror movie related, comic book related, children appropriate items, or a lot of other things that tickle your fancy. I decided upon the Geek Fuel box which sends you a Steam online video game, toys, collectibles, other geeky gear and an exclusive t-shirt every month. So basically, you pay around $20 per month for over $50 worth of items. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well there is no catch. My first month receiving my monthly Geek Fuel subscription box was in the month of April. My family and I waited impatiently for the box to arrive and tore into it as soon as we got home. I’m going to show you the items that I received (and the items that you would have received if you had purchased a subscription to Geek Fuel. 🙂 The packaging is really awesome as well.

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Not your average shoe box. 

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Pretty presentation. Almost like opening a present at Christmas. 

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Ah….Doctor Who. One of my favorite things. This specific cover is a Geek Fuel exclusive. 

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Okay. This is legit. The comic has a certificate of authenticity and to be honest, HOW CUTE IS THAT STICKER!?!

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This is the Steam Game. The code and access information is on the back of this awesome card. Daniel is super excited about playing this. 

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I’m not team Captain but a Captain America sticker is pretty cool to have. 

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A vinyl Star Wars Flame Throwing Storm Trooper Bobble-Head figure is a large title. This will look great sitting on my collectibles shelf. 🙂

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The Exclusive Captain America vs Iron Man (as Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots) t-shirt. 

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The accompanying Geek Fuel Magazine. 

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The accompanying info card which gives you descriptions of all of the items that you received in your box. 

So as you can see, the Geek Fuel box is quite literally packed to the gills with geeky goodness. If you are interested in buying this for yourself of giving a subscription as a gift, use this unique referral link: Geek Fuel referral link.

I hope that you had a Happy Star Wars day yesterday. Happy Cinco de Mayo.

May the Fourth have been with you. 🙂

Love, peace, and chicken-grease,

-Chris