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Monday, July 11, 2016


The top box office films of the weekend were:
I don't go to animated films anymore, and avoid remakes as much as possible.  Edgar Rice Burroughs first published Tarzan of the Apes in 1912, leading to in 1918 Elmo Lincoln in the first, Tarzan of the Apes (this is the whole film).    It went so well he made another the same year, The Romance of Tarzan.  The first eight were silent.  There have now been something like 24 Tarzan movies and a plethora of documentaries, TV programs and the like.  This is why I stopped watching them.

The most popular series (12 films), beginning in 1932, starred Johnny Weissmuller, who by then was a five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming.  He created the Tarzan Yell.  The scantily clad Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane was equally popular for the first six of these.  "Me Tarzan, you Jane," never appeared in any film.  In case you did not know, Tarzan and Jane were always married, but kept ambiguous.  Boy, played by Johnny Sheffield, appeared in eight films.  Cheeta, the chimpanzee, first appeared with Weissmuller, but was never in any of Burroughs' books.  When Weissmuller became too old for Tarzan in 1948 he went on as Jungle Jim.

The reviewers did not think much of the two films I saw this weekend, but I liked them.  They were about as opposite as you can get.  I recommend both if you have nothing better to do.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates was mostly well-written, reasonably funny throughout and featured full-frontal nudity from the person you least expected.  Critics generally disagreed with me, but going to the movie transports you for two hours to another dimension, and this one did.  Sure, it was raunchy and insulted your intelligence.  Maybe I liked the effort because everything was filmed in Hawaii, including the early scene in what was supposed to be on the mainland, but, instead, at Lucky Belly, my favorite ramen restaurant.  Mind you, I'm not wild about this flick, so I'll stop here.

There have now been three Purge films, and Election Year was my first:
  • In 2014 the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) established a totalitarian government and police state in the U.S. following economic collapse and social unrest.
  • In 2017 the 28th Amendment established a twelve-hour period when anyone could commit any crime, with limits.
  • While not stated as the reason, slum neighborhoods become the main targets and the scheme served as a population control measure to kill off the poor and criminal.
  • The result?  The economy recovers and unemployment drops to 1%.
  • The NFFA runs an insurance operation to protect you during this period, and the rates are stiff.
  • Each sequel has become better from a production standpoint.
  • The first two were incredibly profitable:  #1 $89 billion on a budget of $3 million and #2 $112 million for $9 million.  #3 will also make money.
Clearly, the hope for Election Year was for the film to play on the 2016 presidential election featuring Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, with Hillary portraying a former U.S. Senators against the purge and Romney for.  What, Romney, a Mormon, for murder?  Turns out the lines are well-drawn.  The anti-purgers are Democrats, heroes, equivalent killers, the good guys.  The purgers are Republicans and organized religion, with the leaders surely looking like Mormons to me.  They also run the insurance business to "protect" citizens.  The NRA must love this film, for everyone has guns.

I got a headache watching this film.  But as an escape movie to get your mind off the real world or your rotten life, great.  Trouble is my life is already great, so I've got to get more selective with my choices in the future.


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