|Posted by douggoodman on October 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
I wanted to take a minute away from Dominion PR and post about something else that's been on my mind. I've read a bit on io9 complaints about the PG-13 rating for Deadpool. I understand people's concern. The video test footage that was released earlier this year is actually pretty PG-13 until the last five seconds or so.
I've got a couple of reasons I'm not concerned about the PG-13 rating:
1. Some of the best parts of that clip are very PG-13. Deadpool singing Gwen Stefani drops the s-bomb, but the song is also kind of outdated. I can't help thinking this would be replaced with something by Iggy Azalea or Nicky Minaj, or both. Deadpool explaining his name in Spanish? Gold. Deadpool's Jim Carrey impersonation as his face is shoved into some fine Caddy leather? Dead-on. The clip's tone and direction are all solid comedy, if a little cliche. And THAT would be the problem, not the rating.
2. So just what looks R? It's that f-bomb, and the severed head. F-bombs have appeared in PG-13 movies. God-damns, too. So this movie could probably get by on language. And to me, Deadpool isn't a character that relies on the swearing. His comedy lies elsewhere. You can take out a lot of cursing and still get Deadpool.
3. But he's a violent mo-fo assassin. Yeah, I know. But were you worried about the violence leading up to the beheading? Me neither. He disposes of four bad guys without so much as a drop of blood showing for it.
Look, there's no denying that the Deadpool comics are gory. And the comics love their sight gags. Those things can't be in the movie without a little tapering. But there is still a whole lot of funny left. Take this piece of dialogue between the Merc with a Mouth and "Doug." It's from the recent Deadpool Bi-Annual:
4. Severed heads can appear in PG-13 movies. MIB had one, and that movie's at least ten years old. I'd have to go back and rewatch, but I've read here that Baron Von Munchhausen, The Island, Austin Powers, and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey all had severed heads in one part or another. So again, the movie wouldn't exactly be breaking new ground there.
None of this is to say that the movie will do more than win a Razzie. There are a lot of questions, but they have more to do with comic book heroes not produced by Marvel (though let's not forget that X-Men has been a pretty good franchise and has only gotten better over the last two movies). Will the movie strike the right tone? There is a big difference between five minutes and 90 minutes (or 120 minutes). So there are reasons to be concerned, but there are always reasons to be concerned. Until some more footage comes out, I will remain the optimist and hope for the best.
|Posted by douggoodman on March 29, 2013 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
A few more cakes for my hundredth birthday. (Collected off Pinterest.)
This has to be one of my favorites. Who wouldn't want to eat a piece of this?
|Posted by douggoodman on March 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
According to my Facebook profile, I am coming up on my hundredth birthday. The world has certainly changed a lot since I was born in 1913. It has changed so much, and I am getting so old, that I don't remember anything beyond the last 30-40 years of it...
I wonder how I should celebrate. Maybe I will just be thankful for such a long life. How many people actually make it to 100 years who aren't named Dracula? Maybe I should do something crazy like go skydiving, but I don't wan to break a hip. Should I invite the family over? Have cake and ice cream and be in bed by 8? (Sadly, that is more true than I want to admit.) If you want to use your freedom of capitalism, feel FREE to buy me a Facebook gift. (See what I did there?)
Of course, another way to look at it is that now I'm 100 years old, and I never left the country (except when my parents took me just ove rthe borders as a kid). I never cured any cancers or walked on the moon or did anything like that. Hmmm...now I'm starting to sound pathetic. Better try beating a different drum...
For guidance, I asked my son what he would do on his 100th birthday.
Me: What do you want to do when you are a hundred years old?
Zippy: Go to Granny and Granddad's.
Me: Why do you want to go to Granny and Granddad's on your 100th birthday?
Zippy: To sit around the table and drink coffee.
I submit to you the theory of a child as to what old age entails. Simply drinking coffee and sitting at a table. Can't wait till he's in high school and wanting Starbucks...