On Jul 9, 2016, at 11:50 PM, Hugh Paxton <paxton.bkk> wrote:
Hugh Paxton’s Blog has just relocated to New York. I’ll tell you all about the move from Bangkok and Asia to the Eastern seaboard and the Americas. Interesting stuff but not tonight. A bit tired! House hunting is a fun but involves a lot of walking.
Anilbalan has, with with his usual mysterious timing offered up his latest Ghost Cities blog covering one of the most famous visitors to the Big Apple. I mean to check the Empire State building this week. I’m a big fan of Peter Jackson but his take on King Kong was rather too exciting to be properly exciting…if you know what I mean. I would have rationed the moments of mayhem and ever increasingly special effects. Too much of a good thing. Although the T-Rex sequences crashing through webs into a deadly gorge and still fighting and trying to eat everything was an unforgettable ride! I always feel criticizing somebody who can organize The Lord of the Rings into what he managed is a bit lame. I wouldn’t have been able to make a movie on this scale at all. A Blair Woods..that’s my sort of league. Only with a few more jokes and perhaps more of the witch.
Here comes Kong!
Cheers from (it feels odd to say it!) Hugh from New York
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King Kong is a fictional giant movie monster, resembling a colossal gorilla, that first appeared in the 1933 film of the same name. The character has since appeared in various media, having inspired countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a stage play. In the publicity materials for his first appearance, Kong was described as, ‘a prehistoric type of ape’ and, while gorilla-like in appearance, he had a vaguely humanoid look and at times walked upright in an anthropomorphic manner. A much more recent screen incarnation of Kong – Peter Jackson’s 2005 film – while far less successful and iconic than the 1933 original, presented an altogether more interesting take on the character. Jackson opted to make Kong a gigantic silverback gorilla without any anthropomorphic features. Kong looked and behaved more like a real gorilla: he had a large herbivore’s belly, walked on his knuckles without any upright posture, and even beat his chest with his palms as opposed to clenched fists. In order to ground his Kong in realism, Jackson and the Weta Digital crew gave a name to his fictitious species, Megaprimatus kong, which was said to have evolved from the Gigantopithecus – a species of prehistoric giant ape, which actually once existed. Is there, however, any real-life precedent for Kong himself?
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