This file is an image of the original theatrical release poster for the 1990 film  I Come in Peace  (also known as  Dark Angel ), which stars actors Dolph Lundgren and Matthias Hues.

This file is an image of the original theatrical release poster for the 1990 film I Come in Peace (also known as Dark Angel), which stars actors Dolph Lundgren and Matthias Hues.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Dark Angel, or,
I Come in Peace.
Try it.
You’ll like it.

A Wikipedia summary:
A 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Craig R. Baxley, and starring Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley and Matthias Hues.
The film was released in the United States on September 28, 1990. The film is about a rule-breaking vice cop who becomes involved in the investigation of mysterious drug-related murders on the streets of Houston, Texas.

The original title is Dark Angel; the film was planned to be released under the same title in the United States (which had the latest release) but was renamed by Triumph Releasing to I Come in Peace because of two other movies entitled The Dark Angel (from 1925 and 1935).

My son and I watched it twice together as I Come in Peace.
Twenty years ago.
We found it hilarious.
And highly entertaining.

The storyline is terrific but the script and the acting are so bad as to be self-satirical.
“Dolph!” my son and I shouted after each particularly absurd line, spoken so seriously that I do believe Dolph missed the humor of his performance.
Despite that, we’ve loved “Dolph” ever since.

Compare our reactions to the critical responses at that time, Wikipedia reporting:

Contemporary reviews were generally negative.
Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "stale through and through, derived from countless cop-buddy formula thrillers, drenched in violence and devoid of so much as a whiff of real life."
Caryn James of The New York Times wrote, "This story turns out to be much more mundane than its outrageously clever premise."
Dave Kehr of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the film's imaginative weapons and humor make it an entertaining crowd-pleaser but criticized its cynical violence and lack of moral consciousness.

But now watch how the critics began to see what my son and I saw so long ago, again, thank you Wiki.
Richard Harrington of The Washington Post compared it to Hardware and said its influences are more subtle, though it suffers from using too much humor.
Chris Hicks of the Deseret News wrote that the film "isn't as bad as it has every right to be" and "provides some fun for fans of the genre".
Lou Cedrone of The Baltimore Sun wrote, "Apart from the gore, I Come in Peace is an amusing mixture of action, science-fiction and comedy."
Gary Thompson of the Philadelphia Daily News said that it is a better than usual rip-off of The Terminator with some original ideas.
Time Out London wrote, "With an upbeat script and a healthy sense of humor, this is an unashamedly ridiculous affair with moderate ambitions and matching success."

Modern reviews have been more enthusiastic.
Patrick Cooper of Bloody Disgusting rated it 4/5 stars and wrote that the film "is ripe for cult rediscovery."
Anthony Arrigo of Dread Central rated it 4/5 stars and called it "one helluva fun time" and "a wildly entertaining, often brutal ride".
Fred Topel of CraveOnline rated it 7/10 and wrote, "I Come In Peace is probably as good as it gets for theatrical leading man Dolph, and I highly recommend it."
David Johnson of DVD Verdict called it "a gonzo slice of B-grade sci-fi tomfoolery".
Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote that "it's about as brainless as an action movie can get but you can't help but have fun with it."

Dark Angel, or,
I Come in Peace.
Try it.
You’ll like it.

Stuffed and Roasted Breast of Veal

Stuffed and Roasted Breast of Veal

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Tagging Today
Saturday, February 23, 2019

My 317th consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.

Time is 12.01am.
On Saturday, Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 41* with a feels-like temperature of 45* with a mix of sun and clouds.

Typical for the shoulder calendar.

Dinner is Roasted Veal Breast. 

Tick Tock    317 posts to date. Today we’re at the 6.34% mark of my commitment, the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time.  The 5,000-posts commitment will take 13.69 years, taking me to a new phase of my life. Will see thirteen “Winter-Spring Shoulder Season Calendar, Feb 14 to April 7.”     The winter-spring shoulder calendar features a panoply of weather conditions, from stormy winter to lovely spring, the latter somewhat rare. Although the next couple of days will be hinting at spring, don’t expect a linear march to better weather. Accept that many unpleasant days are lining up to annoy us. For a while yet we will often be dressing for wintry weather.    Tick Tock. In clock language: Enjoy today.

Tick Tock

317 posts to date.
Today we’re at the 6.34% mark of my commitment,
the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time.

The 5,000-posts commitment will take 13.69 years, taking me to a new phase of my life.
Will see thirteen “Winter-Spring Shoulder Season Calendar, Feb 14 to April 7.”

The winter-spring shoulder calendar features a panoply of weather conditions, from stormy winter to lovely spring, the latter somewhat rare.
Although the next couple of days will be hinting at spring, don’t expect a linear march to better weather.
Accept that many unpleasant days are lining up to annoy us.
For a while yet we will often be dressing for wintry weather.

Tick Tock.
In clock language: Enjoy today.

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Question of the Day
What were the X-Files?

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Elephant jokes to tell at a bar:

What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino? HellifIknow.

What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino?
HellifIknow.

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Gallery of Winter Shots


David Duchovny as Fox Mulder

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder

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Answer to Question: What is The X-Files?
The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter.
The original television series aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox.
The program spanned nine seasons, with 202 episodes.
A short tenth season consisting of six episodes premiered on January 24, 2016, and concluded on February 22, 2016.

Following the ratings success of this revival, Fox announced in April 2017 that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes.
The season premiered on January 3, 2018, concluding on March 21, 2018.
In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released: The 1998 film The X-Files, which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released in 2008, six years after the original television run had ended.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully

Following the ratings success of this revival, Fox announced in April 2017 that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes.
The season premiered on January 3, 2018, concluding on March 21, 2018.
In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released: The 1998 film The X-Files, which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released in 2008, six years after the original television run had ended.

The series revolves around Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.
Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a medical doctor and a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries to debunk his work and thus return him to mainstream cases.

The Colonists are an extraterrestrial species and are also the primary group of antagonists in the science fiction television show, The X-Files, as well as the first X-Files feature film.  The mystery revolving around their identity and purpose is slowly revealed across the course of the series.  In the series' plot, the Colonists are collaborating with a group of United States government officials known as the Syndicate in a plan to colonize the Earth, hence their name.

The Colonists are an extraterrestrial species and are also the primary group of antagonists in the science fiction television show, The X-Files, as well as the first X-Files feature film.
The mystery revolving around their identity and purpose is slowly revealed across the course of the series.
In the series' plot, the Colonists are collaborating with a group of United States government officials known as the Syndicate in a plan to colonize the Earth, hence their name.

Early in the series, both agents become pawns in a larger conflict and come to trust only each other and a few select people. The agents also discover an agenda of the government to keep the existence of extraterrestrial life a secret.
They develop a close relationship which begins as a platonic friendship, but becomes a romance by the end of the series.
In addition to the series-spanning story arc, "monster of the week" episodes form roughly two-thirds of all episodes.

The X-Files was inspired by earlier television series which featured elements of suspense and speculative fiction, including The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Tales from the Darkside, Twin Peaks, and especially Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
When creating the main characters, Carter sought to reverse gender stereotypes by making Mulder a believer and Scully a skeptic.

The first seven seasons featured Duchovny and Anderson equally.
In the last two seasons, Anderson took precedence while Duchovny appeared intermittently. New main characters were introduced: FBI agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). Mulder and Scully's boss, Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), also became a main character.
The first five seasons of The X-Files were filmed and produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, before eventually moving to Los Angeles to accommodate Duchovny.
The series later returned to Vancouver to film The X-Files: I Want to Believe as well as the tenth and eleventh seasons of the series.

The X-Files was a hit for the Fox network and received largely positive reviews, although its long-term story arc was criticized near the conclusion.
Initially considered a cult series, it turned into a pop culture touchstone that tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality.

Both the series itself and lead actors Duchovny and Anderson received multiple awards and nominations, and by its conclusion the show was the longest-running science fiction series in U.S. television history.
The series also spawned a franchise which includes Millennium and The Lone Gunmen spin-offs, two theatrical films and accompanying merchandise. 

I may carry a can of mace here, but I Come in Peace.

I may carry a can of mace here, but I Come in Peace.

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Good Morning on this Saturday, the 23rd day of February.
We had fun talking about Dark Angel and we posted a photo of Roasted Breast of Veal, not a well-known dish, but oh! So good.
Another cute elephant joke and a discussion of the X-Files, with Wikipedia’s help, of course.

And now? Now gotta go.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

Love

Dom