A lifelong New Yorker, Antonio is a singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who believes that The Wizard of Oz is the template for all films ever made.
"Cat got your tongue, partner?" Sam Raymond piloted the Manhattan (named after the drink, not the borough) with casual ease through the space debris and erratic traffic that littered the lower atmosphere of the backwater planetoid. He didn't recognize this district, but his investigation led Sam and his partner, Rachael, to this unexotic location.
The Yellow Flick Road: Time Travel While I am fully aware that The Wizard of Oz is “technically” not a movie about time travel, my own delusion has once again influenced my belief system. But spacetime is a thing, and traveling through space is a thing, and space and time are intrinsically linked. All movies travel through through time, so all movies are about time travel. But let’s be reasonable. We will focus on movies that deliberately discuss abnormal temporal activity.
Reeves Incarnate: The making of Superman George Reeves. Christopher Reeve. Keanu Reeves. The beginning, middle and end. All supermen in their own right. All representative of a certain era in American culture. The masculine Dorothy, given reign and rule over all with his peerless ability. Is it mere coincidence that the names of the Supermen would be Reeves?
This is the type of imagery that makes you incapable of sleeping at night. My first introduction to the X-Men as a kid was reading the Brood Saga, but I didn’t read it in order. I started with The Uncanny X-Men #165, at the start of Paul Smith’s run, which was near the end of the Brood storyline. That issue featured Storm, a black, female superhero with a high moral standard, white hair and blue eyes. A mutant with the ability to control the weather, she discovers that she is way more powerful in space, manipulating solar winds and gravity. She was immediately relatable to me, her unique appearance mirroring my own. The story, Storm realizing she is a host for a Brood queen, was both shocking and heartbreaking. The cover was hard to look at, but so very well executed by Paul Smith, it was even harder to look away. It was like Empire Strikes Back being the first Star Wars movie you saw.
SCARECROW Scarecrow is the first of Dorothy's companions, and therefore has a special place in the Baum mythology. Wicked, a Broadway musical, depicts the Scarecrow as The Wicked Witch's love interest, Fiyero. The Witch crafts a spell that transforms him into a man of straw. Fiyero, not a bright bulb to begin with, doesn't notice that his head is filled with straw, until Dorothy begins to ask him questions.
YFR Analysis - The Expendables When discussing this genre ( and let's not get confused... That is what these movies are, a formulaic genre) understand that it will fall into the middle of the Yellow Flick Road. The Expendables and all its ilk are Neo-Golan Globus action adventures.
If I was a conspiracy theorist (and I’m not, because that’s what they want us to believe), I would say that 20-Century Fox has it in for any positive black male role model, and that is why they never survive in an X-Men film. In contrast, The MCU has cultivated several black men as heroes – James Rhodes or Rhodey, Sam Wilson aka Falcon, and T’Challa the Black Panther, and the DCCU has several as well, albeit not as pristine – Victor (Cyborg) Stonex, Deadshot, they even kept Black Manta ALIVE – the XCU goes out of its way to discard the smattering of black men they have loitering about. Korath the Persuer, by the way. Djimon Honsou? Amistad? (I forgot about Heimdall in the video. Sorry Idris Elba).
God pisses on saint and sinner alike. How can I be so pessimistic? It’s a gift. Let me reintroduce myself. I’m dead. Wait, that didn’t sound right. That is also not accurate.