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Jul 042012
 

Now here’s a sci-fi disaster movie that I remember was a real blockbuster from the summer of 1996. It’s called Independence Day. A race of invading aliens from outer space visit Earth in a monster sized spaceship. Could be friendly, could be dangerous.

Soon the mother ship has other ships spread out in the skies all over the planet. Once they enter the atmosphere, no one knows what to expect. The President (Bull Pullman) suggests that for everyone’s safety they should stay calm and stay indoors. The only person who notices something is not right is scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) when he discovers that the aliens are using the Earth satellite systems against them. So he heads to the White House to warn the President.

Although there are people who want to welcome the aliens, they soon reveal themselves to be hostile. Then it becomes exciting as the people try to get all of their stuff together and escape as the aliens blow up the different cities, including Washington D.C.. The blasts even send cars flying like they were toy cars. It was bad enough to have major panics and traffic jams before the aliens did anything.

The next day, all of the major cities are left in ruins and many civilians have perished. So the Marine Corp, which includes Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), decides to fight back. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go well because the aliens have a force field. And if that weren’t bad enough, more little ships, which also have shields, attack the jets.

The only survivor is Captain Hiller and he manages to bring one of the little ships down. By this point, we finally get to see what one of the aliens look like. Hiller is hilarious when he gripes while dragging the alien around in his parachute.

Meanwhile, Hiller’s fiancée Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) gathers up some survivors around the destroyed city, which includes the First Lady, who is severely injured.

I met Vivica A. Fox at Spooky Empire MAY-HEM 2012.

The President and his group head to a secret underground base called Area 51, where a group of scientists kept a spaceship from many years ago, to find some answers. Hiller brings his captured alien to Area 51, where they experiment on it, and the aliens’ motives become clear. They only seek conquest on every planet they find.

This was a real exciting movie. I must admit that those aliens are unlike any other types of alien monsters I’ve seen in other films, even the dangerous kinds like on Species or Alien.

Jun 042012
 

I must admit that actress Vivica A. Fox had a fabulous Q&A at Spooky Empire’s MAY-HEM 2012, especially since she went over her roles on each of my favorite films and more, starting with Vivica as Vernita Green from Kill Bill Vol.1.

She said that the fight scene with Uma Thurman was one of the most grueling experiences she’d ever had. She had to train for six months in Tae-Kwon-Do, choreography, kicks, stretching, weight training, you name it. Vivica did each stunt herself except for when she crashes into the table. That scene took four days to film and it left her with a lot of bruises, but she still had a good time doing it.

Another classic role Vivica talked about was Jasmine from Independence Day. Originally, she didn’t get to audition because she wasn’t a big name at the time. Six auditions later, Vivica got the part and did an excellent job.

Good thing I know how to shoot a gun, drive a truck, carry a kid, rescue the dog and the First Lady.”

Vivica also played Ms. B. Haven on Batman & Robin and was asked if she would do another superhero movie. Absolutely, she would because she enjoys doing action movies.

More importantly, Vivica enjoys being a working actress, whether it’s drama, comedy, hosting, or even if the roles are big or small. She believes that everything has a turn and it’s okay to share the spotlight while enjoying the fruits of her labor. That’s a positive attitude and I respect that.

I was so thrilled to have met Vivica A. Fox at Spooky Empire’s MAY-HEM and attend her Q&A panel.

May 282012
 

Another excellent year of MAY-HEM here in Orlando Florida. Here are a few of the highlights.

While all of the guests I met this year were incredibly nice, I was most excited to meet the beautiful and talented Holly Marie Combs.

All weekend everyone was discussing the incredibly sweet Linda Hamilton.

The very cool Verne Troyer was also a guest.

An Addams Family Reunion with Lisa Loring, Felix Silla, and John Astin. Amazing!

The fabulous Vivica A. Fox gave a lively Q&A.

Adorable Joey Lauren Adams made her first convention appearance ever.

Wrestling legend Roddy Piper was a blast!

The convention wouldn’t be complete without scream queens.

Monica Keena from Freddy vs. Jason (2003) was cute and charming.

Caroline Williams star of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Halloween II (2009) was one classy lady.

MAY-HEM 2012 was an excellent convention!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store next year.

Jul 212010
 

Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed Kill Bill. This amazing two-volume adventure story was inspired by old martial arts movies. Uma Thurman stars as a former assassin simply named the Bride. Oddly, whenever anyone mentions her real name, it’s bleeped. That makes no sense.

As the story goes in Kill Bill – Volume One, the Bride was about to be married. Then suddenly four other assassins crash it and shoot everyone. The Bride wakes up from a coma four years later and hunts them all down one by one before heading for her former boss and lover, Bill (David Carradine).

This film is featured in chapters, but many of the basic points of the story line are out of order. For instance, at the beginning, the Bride seeks out Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) and defeats her. After that, the Bride marks Vernita off of her “Death List Five” for she was number 2. Then the rest of the movie goes into a flashback.

Number 1 on the list was O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), but the Bride has to wake up first. Little did she know that Elle Driver (Darryl Hannah), who is number 4 on the list, tried to kill the Bride by herself, but Bill stopped her just in time. It was hilarious how Elle reacted angrily. You’ve also got to admit that Elle looks hot in that nurse outfit. Oh, yeah.

It takes awhile, but after a very violent animated sequence (I think it’s Anime), the Bride was able to recover. Now it’s off to Japan to find O-Ren. However, she’s not so easy to get to because she is a top underworld boss in Tokyo, but was the easiest on the list to find because of her reputation as a top underworld boss in Tokyo.

Soon the Bride arrives at O-Ren’s place. It seems peaceful at first because the joint is jumping as an all-girl band called the 5,6,7,8s is performing. Those lovely ladies can rock and their skimpy outfits are hot too.

Then it becomes exciting as the Bride fights her way through O-Ren’s army called the Crazy 88. However, the battle is brutal because the Bride’s new samurai sword, made by Bill’s old sensei Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba), easily chops off many body parts. In a way, I can see this like a video game. After a group of enemies there’s a mini boss, who is O-Ren’s personal bodyguard, Gogo Yaburi (Chiaki Kuriyama). She’s very pretty, but deadly with that spiked ball and chain.

After Gogo is defeated by a board with a nail in it, more enemies come along. As exciting as this was, this battle is turning into a major gorefest. Yuck! Then it all comes down to the final confrontation between the Bride and O-Ren. It was a good sword battle, but I was expecting more of a catfight.

The first volume stops here as the Bride goes to look for number 3 on the “Death List Five”, Bill’s brother Budd (Michael Madsen). And just when this film was getting good, but not to worry. Check my blog for part 2 when I’ll be talking about volume 2.