Five for the Fifth: 5 Random Questions for the 5th of May

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I was originally going to post this early this morning to coincide w/ the Fifth of May celebrations but got taken over by my Marvel post. But hey, technically here in the Twin Cities and Mexico City, the day’s not over yet for at least another hour 😀

Anyway, I did the first Five for the Fifth post back in January and I’ve been meaning to make it a monthly thing but the fifth day of the month kept eluding me for some reason. The idea for this post is simple, I’ll just share five random things and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic (you can do all five or just pick a topic). You with me? All right then.

  • Well, since it’s Cinco de Mayo, I think it’d be appropriate to highlight an actor of Hispanic, specifically Mexican descent. There are quite a few to choose from obviously, there are Gael Garcial Bernal, Diego Luna, Salma Hayek, etc. but the name I kept going back to is Edward James Olmos, who’s so tremendous in the Battlestar Galactica series. His performance as Admiral William Adama is one of the major reasons I adore the series and Olmos’ gravitas and magnetic personality is one of the best things about ’em. Of course, long before BSG, he’s already wowed me in the original Miami Vice in the mid 80s, which was one of my favorite series growing up. He’s got such an undeniable screen presence, I keep waiting he’d get his own show, preferably not on cable though so I can watch it 🙂

    Are you a fan of Mr. Olmos? And if you watched the contemporary BSG series, who’s your favorite character?
  • I just learned today (thanks Prairiegirl for the tip!) that Arnie’s new comeback movie is a drama… well, sort of. According to Reuters, the movie is called Cry Macho in which Arnold Schwarzenegger will play ‘… a down-on-his-luck horse trainer who is hired to kidnap a 9-year-old boy’ and the two will end up developing a father-son bond in the journey. Apparently “…some action elements have been added to accommodate the star” so I guess it’s more of an action-oriented drama but not exactly as bombastic as Terminator, which he’s also been offered by studios. Well, didn’t he warn us he’ll be back?

    Now, what other long-absent actor/actress would you like to see get a comeback?
  • Ok, I may have just made a list of favorite Marvel movie scenes. But I’m actually more of a DC gal as my two all-time superheroes are Superman and Batman (in that order). I’ve always LOVED Supes ever since I was a wee girl, but for Batman, I’ve just started become a big fan essentially after Batman Begins came out. Well the other day I found this spectacular fan-made trailer for a called Batman Complex. He’s combining elements from Chris Nolan’s Batman flicks, Bale’s The Machinist, Inception and Leo’s Shutter Island. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out below:

    The creator (who goes by themanbatman11 on Twitter) explained his rationale of of the trailer which you can read on the YouTube page. He said the gist of the idea revolves around the whole “what is real?” train of thought and Inception‘s theme that an idea is a truly resilient parasite. Imaginative stuff! What do you think of the trailer? Any other fan-made trailers that have really impressed you so far?

  • Over the weekend when I saw Source Code, I saw a poster of TOP GUN at the ticket tear-off entrance. Apparently this year marks the movie’s 25th Anniversary since its release in 1986 and AMC theaters are featuring it on the big screen with a couple of showings this weekend. Wow, it’s been THAT long? But yet Tom Cruise doesn’t age that much since then it’s just uncanny!
    The Cruister then and now…

    It got me thinking what other 80s classics I’d love to see on the big screen… I think it’d be cool to see Raiders of the Lost Ark with Harrison Ford still in his prime or something like Out of Africa which I actually have never seen. What about you? Any old 80s favorite you wish would get a re-release?

  • Lastly, since I haven’t had a chance to review Source Code, I thought I’d highlight the excellent soundtrack by Chris Bacon. I like this one that plays in the beginning, with the aerial views of Chicago and the long, wide shots of the river as the train is revealed. In the comments on YouTube, someone mentions the eerie and mysterious quality of it that fits the story perfectly. It also has kind of a vintage quality to it, it could’ve been something out of a Hitchcock movie.

    What movie soundtrack of a recently-released movie impressed you lately?

Well, that’s it for May’s Five for the Fifth. Now please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all!