Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stuttgarter Comicbörse - too late, too little time

As predicted in my last post a few days have passed and my post about Jamie Lee Curtis has been longer on the blog than the one about D - GRUPPE I wrote before that. It are always the posts I want to keep on the blog as long as possible that spend the least amount of time on it.

But nothing in life goes as planned. Like my visit to the Stuttgarter Comicbörse this month which was way shorter and much later than planned. To which we will get in a moment.

First I wanted to mention that there were two more things - aside from what I already expected like exhaustion from the Comicbörse throughout the weekend - that delayed a new post. Number 1 was that my internet explorer seems to have problems with blogger, meaning it crashes when I try to upload pictures or publish a post. At first I thought that was because I didn´t have enough free space on the computer but even after I trashed a lot of garbage the problem still remains. Which means right now I´m writing this post with Mozilla Firefox and I have to do the finetuning in Explorer later so I know everything is at it´s proper place.

The other thing is that I now finally have a job. It´s only three days a week but for the moment that is enough. Yesterday was my first day at work and Today I woke up sore all over. Maybe that is just because I´m not used to work anymore or maybe the days are over where I could do hard physical labour. Who knows ?

The good thing is that instead of the job at the health spa I´m working outside now which means instead of having to work late at night and having to worry about catching the last bus ride home I finish work in the afternoon. The bad thing is instead of working at the health spa that is really warm I have to work outside where it´s really cold which isn´t good for my cold. But how do they say : you have to die one kind of death.

So, waking up Today the first thing I had to do was go to the pharmacy to get some cough drops because I was too wasted Yesterday. The only things I did buy were a pack with 50 CDRoms to clean out the computer and two bottles of SCHWIP SCHWAP light because I forgot to bring something to drink to work and was thirstier than a dozen russians afterwards. I drank half a bottle before catching the bus home and the other half of the first bottle after getting there.

The second bottle was originally planned for Tomorrow, when I have to work again but it seems I´m not the only one who likes the drink so I also had to buy something to drink Today. Like I said I was really knocked out after work so instead of buying some medicine for my cold I went straight home. Which in turn meant getting up Today to go to the pharmacy. On the way back I bought more to drink but the bottle didn´t even last till dinner so I had to go a second time in the afternoon and buy more to drink. I hope there is one bottle left of the two I bought when I get up Tomorrow.

So, Today every muscle in my body was aching, especially my back is killing me and the first thing I did was going for a forced march. I tried to take a nap but there was always something else coming up and now it´s almost time for DR. HOUSE so I can forget about it. Maybe Tomorrow after work. Today I was just constantly interrupted by a short visit from my aunt and the usual hijinks with my Mum. You know, Mothers are strange and it´s always the same. First they want to order clothes online even if you don´t think that is such a good idea. When you say that you can´t try it on before ordering they say they will just send it back if they don´t fit. But when the clothes arrive and don´t fit they want to change it instead of sending them back. Why ? I already have clothes that don´t fit me. Why do I need more of them ? Or they say that maybe in two months you will loose a few pounds and they WILL fit.

Then why can´t it wait until in a few months ? Why do I have to order it now ? It´s not like there´s a war going on and they are going to ration clothes and we have to stock up on them. When I have lost a few pounds in the next few months - THEN we can get new clothes. Although then I can probably finally fit into the stuff I already have and don´t need new stuff. I don´t know. Women have this strange habit of buying new clothes that don´t fit like it automatically forces them to loose weight.

The problem is that doesn´t work with men. If a guy has some part of his wardrobe that is too tight he´s either going to give it away or use it to clean the cylinder head cover.

Sorry, for that little rant. But things like that drive me crazy. Especially if it´s just a waste of time - which I said from the beginning - and prevents me from getting my much needed rest. Now besides not getting any ( rest I mean, snap out of it ) I finally managed to watch the NICK FURY, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv movie starring none other then the Hoff himself as old One Eye.

I had seen some pictures and clips online but I thought how bad can it really be ? Well, the worst wasn´t the really unimaginative script, the bad acting by all involved or the typical 80s catchphrases. That was all really painful but the worst was the helicarrier or like I like to call it " s - word on a stick ". Now this is how the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier should look :

And this is the abomination the tv movie unleashed upon the world :

Now I don´t know who designed....no, whose sick and demented psyche this atrocity escaped but I´m betting he was blood - related to the producer and there was probably some incest involved. I mean they turned the whole idea of the helicarrier upside down. Instead of a giant aircraft carrier with some flying thingies on the sides you got four giant thingies with an itty bitty aircraft carrier on top of it. In fact if you don´t know there´s supposed to be an aircraft carrier on top of it you will miss it.

I know this sounds like nitpicking - especially since the movie is sooo bad and predictable on so many levels - but the thing is once you notice it it sticks in your mind. And it gets worse each time they show it and they show it over and over and over again in the movie. Even at the end when you finally think that you have overcome the worse they have to rub it in and show it one final time.

Man, this movie is so bad you have to see it to believe it which is why I will give a copy of this to my sister as a Christmas present. No, really. She loves stuff like that. She once made us all watch a really horrible movie because it was soo bad. She will be floored when she watches this for Christmas.

And speaking about Christmas, this was one of the main reasons why I was so keen on going to the Comicbörse in Stuttgart and why I was so disappointed when I got there late. And when I say late I don´t mean a few hours but almost too late. The night before I really had trouble falling asleep and when I finally must have managed to fall asleep....just a few minutes before I thought it would be a good idea to go and see what time it is since I haven´t set my alarm clock. But I must have dozed off while I was thinking about that.

And when my Mum woke me it was already ten o´clock. The Comicbörse in Stuttgart always starts at nine so I try to be on my way around half past nine at the latest. But last Saturday I left the house at half past ten which meant arriving in Ludwigsburg at a quarter past eleven ( of course I missed the first bus to Ludwigsburg ) and arriving in Stuttgart shortly after noon. Which didn´t really leave me much time to scour for Christmas presents since despite being oficially open till four o´clock some of the dealers start packing their stuff at one o´clock.

When you arrive after noon it´s a bit difficult to say if business or the number of customers has picked up since the last time because very often most of the visitors leave around noon. So I can´t say anything in that regards. As most of the good bargain priced comics were probably already sold I went for the most important things first. It has been a long time since I found more than one american comic at the comicbörse so I usually try to find some german comics. Which can be frustrating some times because the best stuff doesn´t necessarily get translated into german. And when it does it´s usually more expensive than the original version. There were no copies of the german edition of WEDNESDAY COMICS there - at least none that were still around when I arrived - but what was out was the german edition of the ULTIMATE X - ORIGINS trade collecting the five issue miniseries by Jeph Loeb and Arthur Adams.

Now you can ONLY buy this with a clear conscience at a comicfair or convention where the dealer will give you a discount because the regular price for it is 14.95 EUROS while you can get the premiere hardcover for 13.95 EUROS via amazon.de. That´s one buck less for the hardcover via the trade. And that´s without thinking about the translation. I think I already mentioned it once or twice but despite having all the single issues ( some of them twice because I read them so many times ) I knew I was going to get the collected edition. Jeph Loeb has gotten a lot of flack for some of his writing and I particularly found his stereo commentary on SUPERMAN / BATMAN irritating at times but here he´s bringing his a - game. And can Arthur Adams really do less than impressive ? Even if the german translation is up to the usual standard ( or lack thereof ) this comic is worth it for the art alone.

But there are also some comics you HAVE to buy in the german language...well, because they haven´t been translated yet. And maybe they can´t be translated into another language. Like DIE ABENTEUER VOM HARTMUT.

I have mentioned the comic at every chance I get and I will keep pimping it until it is world famous. It´s one of the best german comics out there, the concept is brilliant and every time you think that everything about this little universe is said Haggi comes out with a new volume. It´s one of the few comics my brother in law reads and he always cracks up every time he gets a new issue. This time I even could get two new issues for him, DER HARTMUT KOMMT, SIET UND SIGT ! ( Hartmut comes, sees and conquers ! ) and DER HARTMUT HILFT DEHM WEINACHTZMANN ( Hartmut helps Santa Claus ).

I even got two Hartmut minicomics which I included in the present.

One of the things I always mention is that every time you find the dealer with the best bargains at the end and you always make a mental note to start at that table the next time. And every time you look for it first and you can´t find it until the end. And this time was no exception. In fact I don´t think I found the table with the trades at half price this time around. Maybe he had already packed up by the time I came. After buying the Hartmut issues I met german comic pontifex Geier who returned my first trade of AGE OF BRONZE - A THOUSAND SHIPS by Eric Shanower to me. Apparently I sent him the trade together with issue 3 of RANTIFUSO as research material for his planned comic about the Nibelingen. Yes, now that I think about it it doesn´t make any sense but at that time I must have thought it was a really good idea.

After putting the comics into my bag I continued to do the rounds and I made my next purchase at another table. This time I was getting something for my sister ( you don´t think the Nick Fury movie is all I´m giving her for Christmas, do you ? ) DER DUNKLE TURM - VERRAT.

The only thing that keeps nagging at me is that I´m not sure if she already has it or not. No, really. We almost never visit her because she is always busy with something or has something planned for weekends and holidays. And the only time we see her is when she visits us on Christmas or New Year. So I have no idea if I have to exchange it.

In any case I also bought the STAR TREK - MC COY trade by John Byrne, originally from IDW and published in german by CrossCult, the fine folks who do the german versions of HELLBOY, SIN CITY and THE GOON.

I love me some John Byrne. No, really. This may not surprise some of my longtime readers but a few of the newer ones might be shocked to hear it. I really am one of those diehard Byrnefans who keeps buying his stuff.

And not because of nostalgia or based on the masterworks he did earlier in his career. Well not exclusively. I will confess that there is a bit of special connection involved when you have followed the career of an artist for almost most of your comic reading life. Not only because you see him evolve as an artist and learn to think in his own version of graphic shorthand - which is something all comic artists do over the years.

But also because you like the way he tells the stories and more importantly you like the stories he tells. I enjoyed his BLOOD OF THE DEMON and DOOM PATROL books and right now I can´t wait for the next installment of his NEXT MEN continuation.

I have known for quite some time that he was doing some STAR TREK connected miniseries for IDW but there always was something else on my priority list so I never bought one. So this time I grabbed the opportunity and I can really recommend MC COY to any STAR TREK fan or anybody familiar with STAR TREK. And who isn´t ? Of course my sister will get a special kick out of the fact that the artist of the DARK PHOENIX SAGA ( which had such a big influence on the X - Men movie trilogy ) is doing a series about the original Bones.

DeForrest Kelley - Bones 1966. Hits the booze and stubborn patients.

Emily Deschanel - Bones 2006. Hits bad guys and gets hit on by Booth.

But I think even people who don´t know who John Byrne is will enjoy it.

A comic I thought my brother would enjoy was the MARVEL MONSTER EDITION 28 - IRON MAN, DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ( we just keep coming back to it, don´t we ? ) but apparently he doesn´t like Tony Stark very much after everything that happened during CIVIL WAR and after it. And yes, we also keep coming back to CIVIL WAR too.

The collection contains the 4 part THE INITIATIVE storyline and the 8 parter HAUNTED one of my favorite Iron Man stories of the last years. When I wrote about ULTIMATE X - ORIGINS I mentioned the german translation and while I don´t know who did it on that tome in MARVEL MONSTER EDITION 28 it´s once again everybody´s favorite. Not too surprising since he does a lot of Thor and Avengers stuff. I would like to say that it´s just a personal grudge by me but just opening the first page you see that this guy doesn´t know the difference between " haunted " and " hunted ".

Despite the translation´s usual shortcomings the story is really good and what especially hooked me it the crime mystery / haunted by ghosts angle. I´m always up for a good whodunnit and if you throw a guest appearance by the silver centurion armour ( BEST Iron Man armour ever ! ) into the mix it´s a must buy for me. And the art by Butch Guice is some of the best of his career.

I know Tony Stark is a bit whacko since he has this uncontrollable urge to turn everything into a weapon, and he´s a war profiteer. But this is another comic I really can recommend. Being a MARVEL MONSTER EDITION the only reason I hadn´t bought it before was of course the price.

These suckers are way too expensive and I once saw it at the SAMMLERECKE at half price but I waited too long and somebody else bought it. I was really of two minds about buying it or not but since I got it for 15 bucks ( I think that is a 7 EURO discount from the regular price ) I couldn´t resist. Like I said, originally planned as another present it´s now going to end up in my own collection.

Speaking about Tony Stark, it seems german readers were familiar with the name before the first Iron Man comic was translated to german. Now I just don´t know who was first and who copied who.

And since I mentioned my own comic collection a comic I have been after like the devil after a poor soul is ESSENTIAL HOWARD THE DUCK - Volume 1, although I don´t know if there really is enough material for a second volume. Frequent visitors to this blog already know that lately I can´t shut up about Gene Colan and I have been trying to get my hands on this ever since it came out. So far all comicshops had sold out on the collection and every thread on Comicforum or the Paniniforum where somebody sold it closed before I got a chance to buy it. So when I saw somebody selling it for 10 bucks I just said yes. The first issues are by Frank Brunner but from then on it´s all Gene Colan.

The last two comics I bought at the Comicbörse were the first two volumes of AMERICAN VAMPIRE from PANINI COMICS and I was a bit surprised myself that I did, even if I got them for 12 bucks each which means I saved almost 14 EUROS.

If you have read my last post you know I´m really sick and tired of vampires not being vampires and especially of vampires walking around in broad daylight.

I always get the feeling the writer either didn´t really want to tell a vampire story but it is what sells at the moment. So he takes some high school drama story and adds a vampire but for the story to still work he can´t have the whole " sunlight means death " thing so he comes up with a ring, a spell, a magic potion or WHATEVER. The other possibility is that the writer is either too lazy to deal with the whole daylight thing or too stupid to make it work in his story. In any case, vampires walking around in daylight are as bad as fast zombies. So far I haven´t seen a good " fast zombie " movie and if you ask me : if they are fast they are not zombies. Undead, yes. Hard to kill, yes. Eat brains, yes. Infectious, yes. Doesn´t mean they are automatically zombies. Just some zombielike, hard to kill, undead braineating and very fast not - zombies.

So when I first heard about this series from VERTIGO on all the " Best of 2010 " lists last year the whole idea of a vampire who is immune to sunlight didn´t really sound so innovative.

Okay, Scott Snyder came up with a vampire who can walk around in the day. So did everybody else. I mean does the term " daywalker " ring any bells ? The idea was in the first BLADE movie ( yes, the GOOD one )

and it was even mentioned on South Park. Everybody is doing daylight vampires nowadays. So that wasn´t the big selling point for me even if Stephen King was involved in the project and in fact wrote the backup stories in the first collection.

No, the real kicker in the series is the stunning art by former BLUE BEETLE artist Rafael Albuquerque who goes way and beyond.

After Cully Hamner left the BLUE BEETLE book I was really disappointed but after a few issues I really didn´t miss him since Rafael hit the ground running and made the look of the series all his own. VERTIGO books tend to suffer from great writing and mediocre art in most cases but not here. Together with I ZOMBIE this is already my second VERTIGO series I´m collecting and it seems that they have wised up because the art is improving.

The whole idea of a new breed of vampires who can walk around during daylight hours is sold a bit better here since there are still the " old " vampires around who have this weakness which is a clever stratagem. The main character Skinner Sweet is not very likeable - which he shouldn´t be because he´s the villain - but there are hints that the writer tries to turn him into that " lovable rogue / charming anti - hero " crap Today´s kids are so fascinated by.

Now in spite of all the reasons to hate it I´ll reserve a final verdict until I have read more of the series which I cannot avoid because Jordi Bernet is going to do an upcoming storyarc.

At the moment I can neither recommend nor damn the series so here are some links to check them out for yourself. The first one is for a preview on mycomics.de of volume 2 which according to the german commentary is a bit anemic compared to the original. There are also previews for issue 4 , issue 7 , issue 13 , issue 14 , issue 15 , issue 18 , issue 19 and issue 20 of the original series.

So, a pretty decent swag when you keep in mind that some of the dealers were packing their stuff one hour after my arrival but on the other side you might get a better deal if they are packing it in. They don´t want to carry all those heavy books and might get you an " Okay, 15 bucks for you because you always buy at my table . " kind of deal. Which in my case IS true because I always end up at the same tables. So, no hardcovers this time around even if that is one of my goals on going to the comicbörse in Stuttgart but I couldn´t find any interesting ones. I will still go to the next one because maybe I have better luck and even if you don´t find a lot of new reading material it´s one of the few places where you can mingle with the usual suspects and talk comics and why fast zombies suck. Which leads us to our last part.

Because of multiple requests by one reader Today´s video is the first part of the 1991 Fantastic Four movie produced by Roger Corman I already posted before. Enjoy !

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Movie cult siren Jamie Lee Curtis

Originally I didn´t want to do another post so quickly after the last one but going through my old posts I realized I only did a very short post about Jamie Lee Curtis who turns 53 today.

That was back before I started the movie section on the blog and posts were really short. But being a horror fan and a fan of movies like THE FOG, THE FOG or PROM NIGHT as well as a fan of Jamie's more sexy performances ( like her absolutely scorching striptease in TRUE LIES )

I couldn't let this opportunity pass to wish her many happy returns. Especially so short after Halloween. It seems in the last few weeks the horror quota of my pop culture diet has exploded and everything is connected to vampires, zombies, werewolves or ghouls. More movies, more audioplays and especially more comics with horror stuff since I´m probably going to get the new HELLBOY graphic novel by the end of this year or the beginning of 2012. And let´s not forget the sexy vampires like TRUE BLOOD. I´m not sure if sexy vampires are the new zombies or if it´s the other way around.

What really gets on my nerves is that all the popular vampires walk around in broad daylight. Ever since Angel had this ring that let him survive the direct exposure to sunlight everyone seems to have on of those. No matter if it´s this TWILIGHT crap ( and I´m saying this as somebody who suffered the first movie which was only bearable through the TWILIGHT drinking game ) or VAMPIRE DIARIES or whatever. It´´s like there is some guy out there handing out rings and amuletts and spell for vampires against sunlight. And it all started on BUFFY.

But back to Jamie Lee Curtis : at the beginning of her career the daughter of Tony Curtis was known for her impressive set of lungs,

as one of the best known Scream Queens and her appearances in various horror movies like PROM NIGHT or HALLOWEEN.

Another Carpenter thriller, 1980's THE FOG also featured Jamie Lee and to this day it´s one of the classic horror movies of all time. They did a remake of it in 2005 with SMALLVILLE Superman Tom Welling but it´s just painful to watch. To quote John Kenneth Muir from his brilliant expose about the remake :

Rupert Wainright's remake of John Carpenter's The Fog is an utterly craftless horror film, and one so lazy, so poorly constructed that it can't even be bothered to develop the most rudimentary idea, or even present an interesting character and logical storyline. The overriding atmosphere of the film is literally one of " I can't be bothered to scare you. " It is the absolute worst case of PG - 13 / remake - itis I have seen in 2005, and consequently the worst horror film of the year.

You can read the whole painful truth in this post . You should really avoid it at all costs and go for the classic if you haven´t seen it yet.

Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her starring role in Halloween II in 1981 a franchise to which she would return in HALLOWEEN H20 - TWENTY YEARS LATER ( 1998 ) and HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION ( 2002 ) .

Like THE FOG there has also been a remake only recently and it also was a really bad movie. I don´t know what´s wrong with Hollywood ( that´s a lie, we all know what´s wrong with Hollywood : they have no ideas ! ) but lately all they do is remake of 80s movies like FRIGHT NIGHT or FOOTLOOSE. No, really. Footloose. How does that even work ? Was there really somebody out there who saw the original and decided we need another helping of that ?

They are doing all these remakes and in most cases they don´t understand the source material and end up producing crap. There is the occasional hilarious action / comedy flick like THE GREEN HORNET in there but in most cases the ideas the movie people have are something like " Let´s make a movie in which Batman has learned to cope with the death of his parents. " Which completely defeats the purpose of Batman. He owes his sole existence to Bruce´s inability to cope with the death of his parents. You take that away and there is no need for Batman.

And it´s the same with Michael Myers. He´s a force of nature, a soulless engine of destruction, an unkillable abomination.

To quote Beavis and Butt - Head : he feels no pain, he can´t be reasoned with. The minute you start to give him a background and try to explain where he comes from you destroy the character. Michael Myers is a cypher, the bogeyman, the monster under the bed, the darkness in mankinds soul. If you make him human you unmake all the previous movies.

But back to Jamie Lee Curtis. She wanted something more out of life than to star in horror movies ( not that there´s something wrong with that ) and to be considered more than just an actress known for her screaming techniques.

Later on she was known for her impressive set of lungs....but in a different context. To be precisely : 34C - 22 - 34. When she finally did lose her " Scream Queen " title, it was in exchange for the name " The Body " ( which is also Elle MacPherson's nickname ) thanks to her revealing roles in TRADING PLACES and 1985's PERFECT.

After a string of made-for-TV movies in the early '80s, Jamie Lee made heads turn in her role as a prostitute in the Eddie Murphy comedy, 1983's TRADING PLACES ( Soldiers of Fortune in german " DIE GLÜCKSRITTER " - don't ask me why ) , for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.

When she went topless she cemented herself a fan base that would last for years. Not only because she decided to disrobe, but because she had a fantastic body, that she was often referred to as " Freeze Frame " ( a nod to all the VCR users' use of the pause button on certain Jamie Lee Curtis scenes ).

Jamie Lee proved her comedic ability with her starring role in 1988's A FISH CALLED WANDA with John Cleese ( where she proved she still got it ! ) and both worked together again on FIERCE CREATURES in 1997.

She continued on the comedy path co - starring with Richard Lewis in the sitcom ANYTHING BUT LOVE, until 1992 and her role garnered her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Series.

The rest of the '90s were marked by a slew of movie roles, most notably in 1990's BLUE STEEL, 1991's MY GIRL, 1994's TRUE LIES ( which reminded viewers yet again how magnificent her body is when she did a striptease like a professional stripper for Arnold Schwarzenegger,

and garnered her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture and an American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture ) and 1999's VIRUS based on the comic series by DARK HORSE. I have to confess that I haven´t read the comic but it is a pretty decent movie and at least the Germans didn´t cut out 10 minutes from the opening scene like in the other DARK HORSE movie BARB WIRE. Which probably was the reason it flopped here.

In 2001 Jamie starred in THE TAILOR OF PANAMA alongside Pierce Brosnan, who was the lucky guy who got to fondle her and I´m not sure if that was in the original script. Yes, you know which scene I´m talking about.

What is really remarkable about Jamie is that she did her best striptease very late in her career in the Schwarzenegger flick TRUE LIES and you can say what you want about the Governator but his taste in women is unpeccable. Ann Margret, Brigitte Nielsen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Williams, Gina Gershon, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Olivia D´Abo, Kelly Preston, Robin Tunney, Uma Thurman, Tia Carrera, Jamie Lee Curtis - the list of his female co - stars is like a WHO`S WHO of hot actresses.

Now, since I mentioned Jamie´s striptease on TRUE LIES ( yeah, like this whole post isn´t like one big excuse to post pictures of Jamie Lee Curtis shaking her moneymakers ) I have to say it's so popular that it's almost impossible to find pictures of her that are not stills from that scene. I really had some difficulty finding other pics.

She even won a poll for best striptease in 2007 :

Jamie Lee Curtis’ striptease in ‘True Lies’ polled best ever

November 14th, 2007

The ’scream queen’ was followed by Oscar winner Kim Basinger for her ‘tremendous sex appeal’ in ‘91/2 Weeks’.

Spanish star Salma Hayek ( From Dusk Till Dawn ) and Elisha Cuthbert ( The Girl Next Door ) secured third and fourth places respectively, reports Contactmusic. Natalie Portman rounded of the top five, at the fifth spot for role in ‘ Closer ’, in which she played a stripper.

The top six list of best film striptease are as follows:

1. Jamie Lee Curtis ( True Lies )

2. Kim Basinger ( 9 1/2 Weeks )

3. Salma Hayek ( From Dusk Till Dawn )

4. Elisha Cuthbert ( The Girl Next Door )

5. Natalie Portman ( Closer )

6. Demi Moore ( Striptease )

I wanted to add some GIFs of Jamie Lee Curtis´ striptease but for some reason blogger can´t do it. So I´ll have to post links. You can find 20 GIFs and 15 pics here and there are also some single links. Because they will probably be erased very quick I have just numbered them. I tried to put them in the right order but I´m not sure if I succeeded : 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 14 , 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 , 19 , 20 , 21 , 22 .

I would like to put more pictures from Jamie Lee Curtis´s strip from TRUE LIES here but then it would probably obliterate my blog. And this is not a picture blog. So instead you can find all the pictures here .

Now I would like to offer you an indepth analysis of TRUE LIES revealing the multiple layers of sociopolitical / cinematoanthropologic multidimensionality of the movie but as always, John Kenneth Muir has already done that more eloquently than I ever could :

TRUE LIES does feel very contemporary in the sense that it accurately forecasts the 21st century ascent of Middle - Eastern terrorism against the United States. And it certainly predicts a powerful, unaccountable bureaucracy in the U.S. Government as the response to such terrorist attacks. Here, that organization is " Omega Sector ," the " last line of defense. " Leading Omega Sector is none other than Charlton Heston as "Spencer Trilby," and once more, his right - wing reputation carries a brand of symbolic power and weight.

( He basically plays Nick Fury. )

Indeed, TRUE LIES works primarily as a kind of time capsule of 1994's cultural concerns, echoing the conservative tide that swept Newt Gingrich into power as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

You can read the full post right here and I´m going to end this post with a picture from one of my favorite parts of the movie that´s right before the striptease scene. Jamie is in her way to the motel room where she has to plant the microchip and seeing herself in the mirror she decides she has to sex up her outfit. Which she does by ripping off some parts and pouring water from a vase over her head.

Now this works only in movies and if you try to do this in the real world you would totally ruin that dress and I bet if you just pour some water over your head your hair will probably not look like you just came from the hairdresser. But that´s the suspension of disbelieve in movies and we wouldn´t have it any other way.

And before closing the post and letting you re - watch HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, TRUE LIES or any other cult movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis I wanted to mention she´s also a bestselling author of Children´s Books and invented a new kind of diaper. Yes, a woman of many talents.

"My breasts are beautiful, and I gotta tell you, they've gotten a lot of attention for what is relatively short screen time." - Jamie Lee Curtis

Yes, I know, these posts are not so popular as my more comic related posts but they show up more frequent on search engines and somehow I got to bring new readers to the blog. That´s my motto : come for the massitas, stay for the comics. And after such an work intensive post like the last one about D - GRUPPE from Black Tower Comics I need a post where I can just relax and shoot the breeze a bit. I must have caught something because I spent most of last night coughing and Today I had a headache worse than a drunk russian. So I hope my unqualified ramblings about striptease, sexy vampires and psycho serial killers was a bit entertaining for some of my readers.

Man, two posts in two days, I fear that is almost all for this week since I´m going to another AA meeting Tomorrow ( although I will go a bit earlier than last time and cancel the trip to Stuttgart right before the meeting ) and I will have to sleep sometime. Which will probably be on Thursday. On Saturday the Comicbörse Stuttgart will take place and if previous experience is an indicator I will be knocked out for the weekend. But it can´t be helped, Christmas is coming so I hope to find something hardcovery but not too expensive there. In short, what I want to say is don´t be surprised if you don´t hear from me till next week.

As I like to include some goodies for my readers here is a link for Jamie Lee Curtis´ appearance on the Tonight Show from the 14th of September 2010. Usually I add a clip that fits with the topic of the post but since I already posted a link for a late night appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis I think you can find others easily on YouTube. Since I already mentioned it in my last post here is the original 1944 Warner Brothers version of LORD OF THE RINGS starring Humphery Bogart, Peter Lorre and Marlene Dietrich. I got the video from Neil Gaiman´s blog, to be found on the blogroll.

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Go left, right, left, right, move that body from side to side
oh girl, don’t get nervous, shake that sh** like Jamie Lee Curtis
go left, right, left, right, move that body from side to side
oh girl, don’t be nervous
‘cause every single part of you to me is perfect