Monday, September 2, 2013

You All Ready Know

Posted on Instagram by Arnold Schwarzenegger, this photo depicts director of Expendables 3, Patrick Hughes and Harrison Ford, replacing Bruce Willis (who left the film over salary disputed). In this installment, Mel Gibson plays the bad guy who helped to found the Expendables years ago, but since has become a ruthless arms dealer (Antonio Banderas has also been confirmed as a villain for the film). Also starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren and others (Jet Li is supposed to put in an appearance), we see, once again, the idea of someone who should have been trusted turning into someone who can't be trusted (GI Joe Retaliation, Letty's and Riley's characters in Fast and Furious 6, the Admiral in Star Trek Into Darkness, Guy Pearce's character in Iron Man 3, etc.). So, with such a pattern of cultural commentary being established, all we need to ask is, Who are we supposed to be able to trust, but can't? Again, Expendables 3 will be focusing on a "team effort" rather than the extraordinary powers of one person and, it is possible, that we will see an "unlikely alliance" as the film searches for younger, more tech-savvy members. 
When this length of time passes without some post, either Grandma or myself has been ill, and this last week, it has been Grandma; we don't even know really what was wrong, but she was not doing well, however, has appeared to recover so I have a bit of free time to finish The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones and then get Pain and Gain up.
James Spader, currently playing in TV's The Black List, best remembered for his performance in Sex, Lies and Videotape, will play The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron villain, Ultron. Given the rumors of Lex Luthor being resurrected in Man Of Steel and Batman film, Spader--easily offering a urban and intellectualized-sort of villain with a pretentious touch of class, seems to parallel the Luthor-figure. If you don't know about Ultron, who originated in the late 1960s, don't worry: director Joss Whedon has all ready promised his Ultron will have fewer powers (like leaping into the future to bend the present to his advantage) and will probably focus more on his early role with the Avengers and why he left them (from what I have read so far thus). IF this is the path Whedon and others will take with the second Avengers narrative, it would mirror other films we have seen with there being someone you should be able to trust (Ultron) and then not being able to.
As always, I am truly sorry, but I appreciate your never-ending patience and devotion to checking in. Thank you so much! Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner