Tom Cruise In Trailer For “Jack Reacher”.
WARNING! If you’ve ever read one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, or intend on reading one in the future, DO NOT watch the trailer linked to above! In fact, leave this blog right now. You may have already seen too much.
If you are unaware of the character, I’ll explain the problem. Tom Cruise is opposite in every way, from any description of Reacher I’ve read in the three (of seventeen) of Child’s novels. The differences go beyond that, but why base a movie on a well established character, then change everything about them but the name?
The fact that this movie is, no doubt, just another piece of Hollywood crap isn’t what is really bothering me here. It’s the fact that I will no longer be able to read any of the books without seeing Cruises’ elfin likeness every time I read the name. He’s never been believable (to me) in any of the action films I’ve seen him in. He simply doesn’t have ‘the look’.
What is ‘the look’ for Jack Reacher? From wikipedia:
Reacher is a giant, standing at 6′ 5″ tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He has very little body fat, and his muscular physique is completely natural (he reveals in Persuader, he has never been an exercise enthusiast.) He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner. Reacher is strong enough to break a man’s neck with one hand (Bad Luck and Trouble) and kill a villain with a single punch to the head (Running Blind and 61 Hours) or chest (Worth Dying For). In a fight against a 7 foot, 400 lb steroid-using thug (Persuader), Reacher was able to lift his opponent into the air and drop him on his head.
Yeah, Tom Cruise.
A poster, circa 1917, for the “Hero Land” fundraising event – the “greatest spectacle” that time has forgotten about. At least we have the artwork.
On the lookout for flyers.
Instead of the review of Wipers: A Soldiers Tale From the Great War that I wanted to post here today (but haven’t begun yet), I bring you seven German’s staring at the sky. Make that six. The guy on the left seems not to have eyeballs.
Arthur Conan Doyle: Ghost Hunter.
Another trip to About.com’s paranormal section. Good article about some of Doyle’s unexplainable experiences…
Munsters Reboot Gets Cheyenne Jackson And More TV Casting News.
Described as a ‘dramedy’ by its creator, who also uses words like ‘re-imagining’ and ‘re-inventing’ when comparing it to The Munsters, I’m fairly certain my feelings towards remakes will remain unchanged.
Jerry O’ Connell as Herman Munster? No. Dramedy? Give me a break.
Another reason to listen to podcasts. Turn off your radios, or suffer the consequences!
Kaiser Wilhelm II (the last German Emperor) visits some troops in the field during World War I. He appears to be chastising one man for replacing his spiked helmet with a fruit bowl.
The pointed helmet is called a Pickelhaube (plural Pickelhauben; from the old German Pickel = “point” or “pickaxe”, and Haube = “bonnet”, a general word for headgear). They were originally made of boiled leather, but later thin sheet steel was used.
By 1916 the design was proven ineffective for trench warfare and abandoned. It was replaced with the Stahlhelm – the German helmet you think of when you think of Germen helmets.
The helmet with the flat top? I have no idea what that thing is, but it looks upside down.
About.com’s Paranormal Phenomena section can make for some interesting reading, whether you believe in the stuff or not. Yes, most of the contributions there are probably rubbish but even then you still get a ghost story, and everybody likes those.
They did post this collection of The World’s Most Haunted Places that looks pretty interesting. Most of the places I’d recognized from
other sources television shows, but there were a few I’d not heard of before.
It all makes me long for the old In Search Of… Which, according to this note on tvshowsondvd.com may be out by the end of the year on DVD!