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Ernie's House of Whoopass! October 05, 2010
October 05, 2010

Bold Talk From A One Eyed Fat Man.

Unlike the book, the original True Grit doesn’t introduce Mattie as an old woman telling a story of her childhood, but instead begins and ends in 1880, when Mattie is 14 years old. Also, in the book, Mattie remains the central character throughout; in the movie, Mattie starts out as the main character, but Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) gets an equal share of the limelight once his character is introduced. The film also downplays the novel's Biblical tone and adds a hint of romance between Mattie and La Boeuf. La Boeuf also does not die in the novel, but survives his head injury. Another significant difference from author Charles Portis' original tale is that Mattie does have her arm amputated as a result of the rattlesnake attack, in contrast to the final scene in the film where Kim Darby is seen with only a sling on her arm—indicating that she is recovering from the snake bites and intact physically. The novel's conclusion makes the reader aware that the story has been recounted by Mattie as an elderly, one-armed woman who never married. In the last scene of this 1969 adaption, Mattie gives Rooster her father's gun. She comments that he got a tall horse, as she expected he would. He notes that his new horse can jump a four rail fence. Then she admonishes him "You're too old and fat to be jumping horses." Rooster responds with a smile "Well, come see a fat old man sometime" and jumps his new horse over a fence. Despite popular belief, Wayne did not jump over the fence himself. In fact, according to biographer Garry Wills in his book on Wayne, Wayne was not healthy enough to do such stunts. Wayne had an entire lung removed four years prior to making the film and actually had trouble walking more than 30 feet without breathing heavily. John Wayne would go on to win a Oscar Award for Best Actor for his performance in True Grit.

One thing I do like about the pending remake starring Jeff bridges is they're using Johnny's Cash's recording of a traditional folk song, God's Gonna Cut You Down. He recorded this in 2003 with an arrangement quite different from most known gospel versions of the song. A music video was made in late 2006. It featured a number of celebrities, including Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, The Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg , Rick Rubin, and Owen Wilson The song is presented with a rhythmic stomp-clap downbeat, grim and pessimistic in its portrayal of a vengeful and uncompromising God, serving as a warning to sinners.

I only point all that out because a movie's continuity is very important to me. I hate when the motion skip around or when previous plot lines get paved over when the writers decide to go into a new direction. Example: in the original 30 days of Night, Stella is played by Melissa George, yet in the upcoming sequel 30 Days of Night:Dark Days, she is played by Kiele Sanchez. See that? I fucking loathe when they change actors mid story. It spoils everything for me. I'll spend the entire two hours saying, "that's not the original actress," instead of paying attention to the plot which is described as, "After surviving the incidents in Barrow, Alaska, Stella Olemaun relocates to Los Angeles, where she intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben." So based upon that, my guess is this is going to be like Blade Trinity without Blade. But I suppose on the plus side, the other female lead is played by Diora Biard. But as beautiful as these women are, I think only Sanchez would qualify for the Most Beautiful Latina search that is going on at The Palms in Las Vegas this coming weekend.

Hey Ernie, In keeping with todays bear post, here are some pics I got in a e-mail yesterday. The story that came with the email was wrong, so I tracked down the real story. "FORT FRASER, British Columbia – It was a fight for survival that lasted only a few minutes, but one that Wayne Ray won’t soon forget. On the afternoon of August 27, Ray watched in amazement as a young bear tried to snatch a calf from his herd of cattle on the family ranch in north-central British Columbia. What happened next was like a scene out of Wild Kingdom. “(The bear) made a beeline for a calf,” recalled Ray. But the large mother of the calf charged at the bear and knocked it flying. “Immediately, two other cows joined in and the three of them took turns stomping it with their front feet, kicking it with their back feet, and crushing it to the ground with their chests and their heads,” said Ray. “I thought he would leave, but that bear was awfully stupid – he went back three more times.” "The noise was incredible with the thundering of hoofs and the vocalizing of the cows and calves and the squealing of the bear," Ray recalled." Robert

Wow, I guess there's nothing a mother cheeseburger can't do when she puts her mind to it, eh? And crafting a kazoo out of her cleavage and a straw? Why there's nothing this girl can't do with her ta-tas, either. You're welcome.

And I damn near forgot to post the scores for Izzi. The first person to send in a completed game was indeed Kenneth, but if you'll notice he missed one of the gold trophies. And thus he was trumped by Adam, the first person to send in a perfect score. Another challenge later this week.

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