Angelina Jolie kicks ass in Salt

I absolutely loved Kick Ass and Salt because of the kick ass women characters. I’m tired of watching men have all the fun and fantasy. It’s been a long while since Ripley and Aliens. We need more. I’m all for it. Notice that all the above films portray kick butt women in a none-sexualized manner. Pardon my French, but there are no tits and ass when these girls and women throw the punches -that’s a male fantasy.

Angelina Jolie is action woman in Salt but what about Sigourney?

Has everyone at the LA Times forgotten that Sigourney Weaver ever existed? She has been interviewed many times before about her roles and how many of them were initially intended for men. Well I know how the PR on this film works and I guess they are going with “Angelina Jollie -the first ever female action hero.”

Which we all know isn’t true. Sigourney Weaver was at Comic-Con last year, she was voted the greatest female action hero of all time for her role as Ripley in the Alien franchise. But we all know this. Ah well, let the PR role.

Of course, what the LA Times is really getting at is the star power of Angelina Jollie in an action role. The trades say it better. Jollie is selling tickets as a bona fide action hero to rival the guys and she is the only woman to do this, hence her $20 million price tag.

Oscars 2009: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt joke with Jennifer Aniston

Read my article in The Examiner

 

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Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black presented both the Animation Feature Film and Animated Short Film awards at the Oscars, where Jack shared his very own money making strategies with Jennifer and the audience. “Each year I do one DreamWorksproject and then I take all the money to the Oscars and bet it on Pixar.” Jennifer hugged Jack and apologized to Mr. Katzenburger. Cut to Angelina Jolie laughing along with Brad Pitt in what must be an Oscar worthy performance. Both Jack and Angelina provide voice over to “Kung Fu Panda.”

Here’s the clip:

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Angelina and Brad both lost out on the Oscars this year for their performances in “Changling” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Quantum of Solace Bond Girl Not a Match for James Bond

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Checking off the essential ingredients that make a James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace didn’t disappoint in the hard, fast action department. From the moment the cinema lights go down, the audience is thrust in to an exciting car chase in Siena, Italy, with our hero destroying yet another gorgeous automobile. This time round it’s the stunning, and expensive, Aston Martin DBS. Check one, our hero is in a bit of bother; check two, he’s driving a fancy sports car; and check three, he is not in Kansas. Number four on my list is Bond’s sense of humor, which is sadly lacking in Daniel Craig’s follow up to the superior Casino Royal. Fifth and sixth on my list are two of the most essential Bond movie elements of its 23rd outing: the Bond girl and the villain. I realize that this contemporary Bond movie is trying its best to be a real life story of a spy and Quantum of Solace certainly had me holding my armrests throughout the stunning violence that Bond inflicts and endures. But Bond’s villain, Dominic Greene (Matthew Amalric), the chairman of an ecological organization called Greene Planet, is about as sinister a foe as green salad. We know he’s no match for Daniel Craig’s Bond, who is an impressive killing machine. Disappointing still, is the lead lady and lover of Greene, Camille (Olga Kurylenko). She’s a delicate, skinny victim of a Bond girl who doesn’t even land on her back for the good of Her Majesty’s secret service. Where Vespa Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale was tough, sexy, and intelligent, Camille fails to deliver much of any emotion.

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But beside the nit picking, Daniel Craig is the most exciting Bond ever and demands our constant attention. The violence is obvious and has consequences; people are in pain, people scream, and people die. And more importantly, the effects, in most part, are real and more awe inspiring than much of the computer generated garbage we see today. I just wanted more: more humor, more evil bad guys, and an incredible knock-out of a female lead. Imagine Angelina Jolie as a Bond girl and then you know where I’m coming from.

Ginger Liu