Roseanne Supernault and Eric Schweig in a scene from “Maïna” (2012) The film also stars Tantoo Cardinal and Graham Greene. From Perspective Canada:
Following a bloody confrontation between her clan and the clan of “Men from the Land of Ice,” Maïna, daughter of Innu Grand Chief Mishtenapuu, finds herself unwillingly drawn into a mission that will change her life.
Ooh ooh ooh!
First contact stories that don’t involve white folks? DOPENESS.
did I reblog this??? so what.
It was filmed in Kuujjuak and the dogs in it are owned by an actual dog sledder, they did their research. The actors are mainly from Nunavut and they had to learn the Nunavik dialect to make their lines more seamless since Inuit have varied words. They also consulted Innu people to be as true to the cultures as they could. They hired first nations women who know how to sew and consulted elders on how to work with animal hide the way it was done before settlers. The amount of effort put into the movie is great and I can’t wait to see it.
So I was talking with Quazar a while back about “bad” monster movies. And how great bad movies are. And how more people should watch them.
So here is a haphazard list of some of my favorite bad science fiction monster movies and also movies that weren’t considered very good or are very popular but I liked anyway. Also some actually good movies. Just monster movies in general at this point.
Bloodsuckers (Vampire Wars: Battle for the Universe) - A dysfunctional band of heroes fight space!vampires with lots of enthusiastic blood spatters and a bit with a sock puppet worm sticking out of some dead guy. One of my absolute favorites. I own it on DVD.
Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness - The only D&D movie I will ever acknowledge. Super cheesy and ridiculous but actually quite good? Has plenty of D&D references and vile and darkness and also there’s a book involved.
Sharktopus - It’s part shark and part octopus WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED. THERE IS NOTHING.
Other SyFy movies I have seen and enjoyed: Ice Spiders, Sabretooth, Sands of Oblivion, Sharknado, Star Runners, Stonehenge Apocalypse, Boa Vs Python, The Snake King, Mega Piranha, and Yeti..
Deep Blue Sea - A cheesy monster movies so aware of being a cheesy monster movies that it gets cheeky about it. Features a bunch of superintelligent sharks chomping on people. Gets clever and breaks a few tropes in the best way possible. One of my faves.
The Relic - A pretty cool monster attacks people at a museum, is it related to the ancient relic an explorer has brought back? Or is it something else? Horrible science that’s what it is.
Peter Benchley’s Creature - Many thanks to Quazar for showing me this. A genetically engineered shark monster kills people. Has science, loves sharks, awesome movie.
Doom - Based off the “space marine versus demons” video game but actually has very little in common with it. Still awesome somehow. Violent, gory and also has a stray boob here and there somehow. And The Rock (but not the Rock’s boobs).
THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN
Birdemic - Like it was not enjoyable and actually physically painful. I get to brag about having seen it. But at what cost.
Other misc monster movies: Predators, Megashark vs Giant Octopus, Megashark vs Crocosaurus, Dragon Crusaders, Anaconda: Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Dog Soldiers (it premiered on Syfy but idk if it counts as an original?), Mimic, The Cave, that 1998 American Godzilla movie, Alien vs. Predator, Grabbers
"Good" monster movies you should watch if you haven’t seen them: Alien, Aliens, Predator, Pumpkinhead, Anaconda, Tremors, Dragonslayer, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day
MONSTER MOVIES I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING / NEED TO WATCH: The Faculty, Aztec Rex, Project: Metalbeast, Hypothermia, Virus, Deep Rising, Jaws, Sharknado 2: The Second One, The Thing, Swamp Shark, The Host, actual Godzilla movies
If you have any links to my “need to watch list” that would be much appreciated.
A GOOD LIST
Veteran suit performer/actor Brian Steele as the Shark-like monster from “Creature”. MonsterSuitMonday
Aww! I remember this!
Okay so let me tell you a story. There was this movie that Quazar saw on SyFy (then SciFi) that she enjoyed so much she had to see again. After managing to catch it a second time, Quazar then never saw it again, by way of losing access to SyFy.
Then, years later, Quazar decided to find it again, online. After trawling through bum torrents for days, she managed to find one that still had a few seeds. In hope, she let µTorrent run for months- MONTHS- slowly accumulating the bytes. Along the way she found out that, somehow, this movie was written by none other than her personal science fiction hero: Rockne S. O’Bannon, creator of both Farscape and SeaQuest DSV.
So Quazar finally obtained that 4 hour tv movie about a shapeshifting shark monster and illegally seeded it on force seed forever until her torrent ratio was 5.5 because fuck you the world needs more Stan Winston shapeshifting shark/dolphin/human monster marine biology horror flicks, that’s why.
nakedsasquatch it’s ya man
Okay but seriously folks - as often as I joke about this movie stirs my loins and as weirdly popular as this text post got a while back, I wanna rap with you all about why the George of the Jungle remake is a pretty important piece of cinema.
It’s literally the only movie I can think of that is based completely around the unheard of “FEMALE gaze.” Granted, while I’m a huge movie buff I’ve not seen every movie ever made. But even so, even if there’s another example of the “female gaze” in cinema that has escaped me it’s still damn impressive that a kids movie from 1997 based on a Jay Ward cartoon from the 60’s managed to turn gender representation in media on it’s fucking ass!
Let me just say that while Leslie Mann is adorable and a talented actress, she does look a little less conventional and a little more plain compared to the bombshells that Hollywood likes to churn out. Leslie, in comparison, looks much more like a real women you’d meet on the street. She dresses pretty conservatively and plain throughout the film ; Wearing outfits that are more functional than fashionable for trekking through the jungle, pulling her hair back and so forth. Not that if she was dolled up and more scantily clad it would give her character any less integrity, but can we appreciate how RARE that is in the male dominated industry of film? Just think about all the roads a film about a woman in the jungle COULD have taken but didn’t - no scenes with her clothes strategically ripped or anything! You can say this is a kids movie, intended for children and that’s why the sensuality of the female lead is so downplayed but there are PLENTY of kids movies that handle women in a very objectifying and sexualized manner despite the target audience is pre-pubescent. Like, a disgusting amount. So I don’t think “it’s a kids movie” is why the film doesn’t take ANY, let alone EVERY, opportunity to showcase the main female character’s sex appeal…
…especially considering the sex appeal of the film rests squarely on the well defined shoulders of our male lead, George of the Jungle played by Brendan Fraser in the best god damn shape of his life!
*Homer Simpson Drooling Noises*
Whenever members of the reddit community try to compare the sexualization of women in fiction to the design of characters such as Batman and Superman, I always want to just sit them down and show them this movie. Because THIS is what the female sexual fantasy looks like, and Batman and Superman are male power-fantasies. Look at him - his big blue eyes, his soft hair, his lean, chiseled physique built for dexterity rather than power. He’s wild and free, but gentle. It’s like he fell right out of that steamy romance novel your mom tried to hide from you growing up.
Hell, the whole plot seems to be designed around how damn hot he is! First, for the majority of the film, he wears only a small strip of cloth to cover the dick balls and ass. Everything else is FAIR GAME to drool over for 40 minutes. Then, after he meets Ursula she takes him with her to San Francisco just so we can enjoy him in a well-tailored suit (as seen in the gif set), running around in an open and billowy shirt along side horses while Ursula and all of her friends literally crowd around and make sexual comments about him, and my personal favorite, ditch the loincloth entirely and have him walk around naked while covering his man-bits with various objects while one of Ursula’s very lucky friends oogles him and makes a joke along the lines of “So THAT’S why they call him the ‘KING of the Jungle’…”
And yes, it’s also a very cute and funny little movie. Out of all the movies based on Jay Ward cartoons, it was the most faithful to the fast-paced humor and wit of the original source material (yes even the new Peabody and Sherman movie which honestly I thought was too cutesy-poo.) But that’s not why this movie is popular with the gay community or why we all became women in 1997. It’s just really cool that there’s a film out there where the sensuality of the female form takes a back seat for the oiled up, chiseled, physique of Brendan Fraser (in his prime that is)
One thing to add: in the scene mentioned above where the ladies are watching him in the billowy shirt running with the horses, it pans back to about 50 feet away to two guys in suits at this party looking at the women and one of the guys says, “Man, what is it with women and horses?” So not only does this movie highlight the female gaze, but it blatantly points out that western male sensibilities don’t have a clue what actually appeals to women.
Can I just reblog this a thousand times?!
So very agreed. And now I’m going to go buy the movie on DVD, cause I don’t have it.
I know I already made a George of the Jungle post this week, but this one had to get reblogged too, but this movie is SO IMPORTANT and SO GOOD FOR KIDS.
Yes, it’s sweet and warmhearted and funny. Yes, it turns the oversexualization of women out on it’s ass. But can we talk about something else?
Can we talk about how George TREATS Ursula? How he never once tries to intimidate her or feels entitled to her, how he treats her like an equal from the start of the movie to the finish? Can we talk about how much he treats her with respect? How when he meets her he calls her ‘fella’ and then, upon seeing that she has breasts, thinks to himself ‘there’s something funny about this fella’ AND THEN LITERALLY DOESN’T QUESTION ANYTHING ELSE THE REST OF THE MOVIE AND CONTINUES TO TREAT HER AS IF THERE’S NOTHING DIFFERENT ABOUT HER? CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW THIS MOVIE HAS A FERAL MAN LIVING IN THE JUNGLE GIVE ZERO SHITS ABOUT GENDER?
The bad guy in this movie is a rich WASP who treats Ursula like a fragile little flower, or a commodity, and spends the entire film talking down to and looking down on the black men who are his jungle guides, and making a fool of himself in Swahili. It is continually played for laughs how much he doesn’t actually know anything, how much smarter and wiser the guides are, and how the bad guy is literally a shitbag. And guess what? The guides totally win.
George is a totally good guy who wants to protect everybody, who is kind to animals, who never judges on appearance, who gives everyone second chances. He’s like the jungle version of Steve Rogers.
This movie is fucking awesome for kids, and it’s hilarious (and breaks the fourth wall all the time in the best ways). And it does it all without any serious violence or death, and it has a happy ending.
Seriously, if you missed this gem in your childhood, go watch it.
It really does.
As far as sequels go, this movie is on par with the Return of Jafaar, but this song is a gem.
This is on right now and Cat!Satan is wonderful.
The Clawed Prince of Hell.
Running out of ways to say Cat!Satan.
wait but i hate how no one actually talks about this. the man in that sauna is the only adult there. he was the father to that family. but no, we all knew that the shop owner was the father of that family because he said “yoohoo family”, referencing them as his family. but no one pays attention to this. guys, frozen had a gay couple. with a family. and there were so many amazing things about this movie that no one talks about ho frozen openly promoted gay marriage and gay families. i know that we argue a lot on tumblr, but i think we can all agree that this movie is the best thing that has ever happened to disney.
is that what you think “openly promoting gay families” is
like. i mean. even so, there’s an adult woman in there who could easily be used to diffuse any of that shit.
Okay, let’s hear this from Disney’s actual statement about LGBT representation and how this is totally what was presented on the screen.
But they wouldn’t openly ANNOUNCE that kind of thing right? It’s up to interpretation right? I mean, it’s not like OTHER companies have set out to make sure that everyone knows their stance on LGBT matters-
But HEEEEEEY good for you, Disney, for featuring two seconds of a character that MIGHT be interpreted as gay despite the fact that there is no evidence clearly stating so and that it could easily be disproved by that fact that the female could very well be the man’s wife.
TAKING SOME REAL RISKS HERE.
The general marzipan-faced style of Frozen’s characters actually makes me think that bearded guy is supposed to be older than he looks, and his family in the sauna consists of his son or daughter, their spouse, and his grandkids, but hey I haven’t actually seen the film, so..
It shocks me that more people apparently haven’t watched or even know of the 2011 action film Hanna, which is basically a Jason Bourne/James Bond movie but with a teenage girl as the aformentioned dudes.
The whole thing is made with this dreamy fairytale aspect in mind and has a wonderfully creepy techno soundtrack to it too.
Still can’t figure out if I like this movie or not, haaha
The Stuntmen (and women) of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
HAS EVERYONE SEEN THIS VIDEO. BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS TO. NOT ONLY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FINALLY BRING STUNT MEN OUT OF THE DARK BUT HOLY COW THIS IS SO COOL. All the stunts. Let me watch all of them from a candid perspective. ~swoons over stunts~
Also included are Lynda Carter’s WW stunt double (I love this lady) and Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow stunt double.
I don’t know what’s happening but I need to see this movie.
Someone finally made a film about this omfg yes
WOOA HOLY SHIT!
Seriously I’m dying!
I JUST WATCHED JP AND THIS IS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO SEE
If you don’t like Elizabeth Swann you’re wrong.
Keira Knightley was 17 there
Yup Keira was 16/17 for the filming of the first Pirates movie and here I am at 20, and all I’ve done today is study chemistry, eat cookies and cry a lot.
So recently I rewatched the 2000 Disney movie Dinosaur and I was distracted for about 90% of the movie by the realization that Kron looked like Malcolm McDowell
so much so that every time he showed up on screen I whispered "dinosaur Malcolm McDowell"
I swear to god you guys if you like D&D AT ALL you have to watch The Book of Vile Darkness.
It’s totally ridiculous and kind of awkward and hokey but actually feels like a really great D&D movie with actual D&D references and interesting enough characters and situation to hold any fans interest.
This also goes is you like silly B movies.
I forgot how entertainingly evil the Vermin Lord is. All he does is fuck with people and spit up bugs and cryptically tell people really freaky stories. You can feel the player character behind his essence going “I FILL THE TEDDY BEAR WITH BUGS” and the DM is like “WHAT okay the child is traumatized. Are you happy now?” Evil-aligned party lulz.
Came for the DnD, stayed for the Vermin Lord.