There are a few that make me sad, but the one that makes me really depressed is probably this song by Radiohead. I dunno why, it just makes me think of really horrible times when everything just seems like it’s caving in.
And, after seeing the videoclip, it’s even more depressing! And boring. Enjoy!
09 May 2011 Leave a Comment
There are a few that make me sad, but the one that makes me really depressed is probably this song by Radiohead. I dunno why, it just makes me think of really horrible times when everything just seems like it’s caving in.
05 May 2011 2 Comments
in Love and Rockets, Review Tags: artists, Gilbert Hernandez, Graphic novel, Graphic novels, Jaime Hernandez, Los Bros, Love and Rockets, Love and Rockets sketchbook, Love and rockets sketchbook volume two, Luba, random finds
So, I was looking at my Dad’s bookcase the other day. Dad loves books of all shapes and sizes, he loves looking and buying, but he rarely actually reads them. Some have been sitting there for years, untouched since the day he bought them.
Back to Sunday night – I’m looking at a few spines I haven’t looked at for ages (months and months) when I see this spine -
“No…it can’t be!” I say to myself. I get closer, and sure enough – it is! Man, I wish every bookcase of every L&R fan would just spring up a book by Los Bros – wouldn’t the world be a better place if it did?!
I have to be honest, originally, when I saw this book in a Sydney bookstore many moons ago, I thought - “Ah, nah, I’m not going to buy this, it doesn’t seem worth it.” – The price tag on it was about fifty bucks, and I didn’t think it was worth that amount, when I could get a new volume of L&R for half that price. However, now that I have actually looked inside the book, I’m SO glad that my Dad unknowingly purchased such a great collection of L&R sketches!!
Gilbert’s sketches are the first to be showcased. They highlight how much he really does know about all his characters, and how he takes into account what his readers may feel as well. Gilbert’s sketches actually give an insight into how he feels about his characters, and as a reader, I found myself understanding the characters a bit more, just by looking at his drawings.
Gilbert’s attention to detail reminds me of a story I read about JK Rowling once. Her publisher said that he rang her up to ask a question about a new character in Harry Potter, one that he couldn’t understand the need of. It was only a ‘bit’ character, someone that was only in a few pages. JK Rowling then went to tell the characters entire back story, including the back stories of their family, character in which have never even graced the pages of a Harry Potter book before. – Gilbert makes me feel like he could be like Rowling, flicking through the reading the volume, I can tell that Gilbert goes deeper than just the bare facts about his characters.
Through his drawings and in the text that surrounds, he includes tid bits that only true fans would care about. I’ve learnt so much about his characters in reading this text.
Like the picture to the right – Khamo hated fried Babosas and refused to eat them when Tonatzin made them for him. Not only that,
but Gilbert includes a ‘safety’ lesson about Babosas below, which explains what happens when you eat an off Babosa. “You don’t feel sick. You get a little high then you don’t feel anything, not even a knife cut, a gun shot, fire – then your heart stops dead” Gilbert also shows us a much younger Mike Neznick, the very cool punk rock lover from the story, “Love and Rockets X.” – There is a page dedicated to him and his daughter, Kris, and there’s a great photo of her as a “2-3 yr old” dressed up like a little punk rocker. There is also a great little paragraph, written in Gilbert’s handwriting down the bottom of the page which reads, “Kris when Mike took her with him to see the Sex Pistols last gig in S.F. But Mike got hassled for having long hair and got beat up and kicked out during the opening act ‘The Avengers’ ” Underneath is a picture of Mike, with a band-aid on his cheek and baby Kris sitting opposite. A speech bubble comes out of his mouth that says, “Ahh…they’re just a flash in the pan any way…” – It’s amazing how Gilbert keeps faithful to the character of Mike Neznick, even when he’s a sketch, and how he shows a deeper insight into his past. Even though Mike was only a character that lives in one of Gilbert’s stories, and not several, like Fritz, Gudalupe and Luba, Gilbert obviously still has love and respect for every one of his creations, even the ones that only appear in one story.
As you can see from the picture on the left, Gilbert also takes into account when drawing the attitudes of his readers. I’ve heard many critics exclaim that both the Hernandez brothers are quite in touch with the thoughts of their female readers. This can be seen in a few of his drawings of Luba and Maria. The one to the left details all the things ‘wrong’ with Maria, Luba’s mother, and who Gilbert paints as the ultimate beauty (even more so than Luba) He lists all the things which are ‘wrong’ with her - possibly to the delight of female readers who may think that she is too perfect (hey, I am female – I know how we think, ok?!) The Luba pictures below are actually on the back of the page of the Maria ‘wrongs’, and shows, again, Gilbert’s understanding of his readers, both male and female. These drawings of Luba show her in three different ways – the reality, the dream – in which males would prefer her to look, and the dream – in which females would want her to be drawn. ‘Our Luba’ the real Luba is described as having “Ratty damaged hair, no make up or jewellery EVER, no hips, flat butt, NEVER goes braless unless to bathe, (breasts) blue veined, TOO big, pendulous (double ‘f’) not so firm, billowy, frantic.” All these descriptions really surprised me – as Gilbert really does know a lot about the ‘average’ female body. He knows that if a woman has huge breasts, that they aren’t going to be perky and perfect, like in a porno. He had either had a lot of sex in his life, or read a lot of anatomy books!
The middle Luba, Gilbert writes, is for people who find, “OUR Luba…too idealised, too much of a MALE fantasy [snort] and makes them feel uncomfortable, therefore would prefer a more SAFE looking Luba.” This Luba has, “Rattier hair, leathery homely face, acne scars, B.O, thick flabby waits.” Both have “Cellulite” and “thick bushy pubic hair” The last Luba, is for those who find, “OUR Luba …to UNattractive, too busy etc – these readers would PREFER a more idealized version. She kind of looks like a less cartoony Betty. She is described as having, “full silky hair, lovely LIGHT brown skin, naturally firm big, full perkily nipples breasts [double 'D']…tight, small hour glass waist, perfect bubble butt” From what he has written, it’s pretty much what every woman would want their own body to be like! All these insights show how much Herenandez has thought, not only about Luba as a character, but his readers reaction to his creation. This volume also makes me more aware of how much I do prefer Gilbert over Jaime. It’s not that Jaime isn’t awesome – it’s just that I’m SO in love with Gilbert’s amazing characters – I never really felt that about Maggie and Hopey before. I don’t feel for those girls like I feel for Carmen, or Fritz, or even Luba for that matter.
singing rock n’ roll songs. Though most of Jaime’s are full pages, whilst Gilbert has little sketches and doodles here and there in every corner of the page sometimes. It would be cool to investigate, I guess through reading “The art of Jaime Hernandez” what Jaime’s creative process is really like, as it’s so easy to see Gilbert’s way of working out his characters through the ways in which he sketches and writes dialogue (even with his characters sometimes interacting with him!) yet, Jaime’s work is mainly made up of amazing, fine drawings.
To sum up, “Love and Rockets Sketchbook Volume 2″ is pretty awesome. It not only shows the creative process of the Los Bros, but it also gives a further insight into the amazing characters in which Gilbert has created. If you are a fan, or a fan or amazing artwork, or a fan of Graphic Novels – this is one not to be missed!
I may have to track down a copy of “Love and rockets sketchbook volume 1″…though on EBay for a new copy, it’s up to three hundred bucks! Ugh!
** Oh, and just so I don’t get sued – here’s the credits -
Love and rockets sketchbook volume two, Fantagraphics, Seattle, WA, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, 1992
04 May 2011 Leave a Comment
I love this song, because it reminds me of the time that I fell in love with my husband.
I remember getting into his rusty old Holden Commodore, and seeing a ‘Lisa Mix’ in his CD holder attached to the strap of his sun visor. A few days later, he gave me a CD, a CD that I…hopefully…still have lying around somewhere!
When I was single, I’d dream about meeting a boy who would love me to death, be sweet and whisper sweet nuthins’ into my ear. Of course, he would also have to be extremely hot and into amazingly good music. The night we met, we talked about music. He was impressed that I was reading the new Iggy Pop biography (“Open up and bleed”)and I was impressed that he liked Punk and wore Converse sneakers (yes, I’m superficial!) The dream boy in my head, I said to myself, would have to be like John Cusack in “High Fidelity” – he would make me mix tapes filled with crazy punk love songs, dripping with angst and longing, to win me back he would hold a boom box outside an open window and play Peter Gabriel, he would be the reincarnation of the hip, puppy dog 80s movie geek/hopeless romantic. He would get his guitar and serenade me with “I wanna be your boyfriend” by the Ramones – sappy, but still punk rock.
I pretty much got that with Dave. (Though, I had to strike Ducky from “Pretty In Pink” off my ‘must-have-attributes’ list as he thinks Ducky is annoying!…this means he won’t wear pork pie hats…bummer!) – Scary thing is, he actually said – pretty much word for word, “If I was a guy in a movie, I would have to be John Cusack in ‘High Fidelity’”…no shit. Really. He said that. On the mix CD he made me, he included many an impressive song – most of which I hadn’t heard, but all which were filled with teen angst and longing. The one that stood out, however, was “I wanna be your boyfriend” by the Ramones. My dream song. That is why – this song makes me smile. How could it not?
03 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Oh my. There are SO many!
I don’t have ONE song that I hate, but there are quite a few that I don’t like.
Here’s a list -
- Anything by U2 – I find Bono really arrogant and all their music sounds the same – whiney, preachy, boring stuff.
- Anything by Abba – It just sounds tacky, and it hasn’t aged well at all.
- Doobie Brothers – Again, tacky, boring, and the guys voice irritates me!
- Queen – Not a band I hate, but a band I never could get into, and I’ve never known what all the fuss was about.
- Top 40 – Lady GaGa, Rhiannan, Britney, et al – it all sounds like garbage to me.
- The Eagles – ‘Desperado’ is beautiful, the rest is baby boomer crap.
- UB40 – Ugh. ‘Red, red wine’ – enough said!
- Dance/techno – I need lyrics, and lots of them!
There are probably many many more in which I totally hate, and I’m sure I’ll think of them as soon as I publish this post. I’m not going to post any YouTube videos of bands I hate, as I think it’s counter productive, and really, I don’t want to spend my spare time looking up songs that I hate. Therefore, the list above will have to stand as it is.
02 May 2011 2 Comments
in Movies, Personal, Pop Culture, Rock n' roll Tags: 30 day Song challenge, All over the world, Bob Dylan, Do ya, Electric Light Orchestra, ELO, Gene Kelly, Jeff Lynne, Olivia Newton-John, Roy Orbison, Shine a little love, The travelling Wilburys, Tom Petty, Xanadau
My first music post!
Well, I’ve been seeing people post these “30 day music challenge” thingies on Facebook lately, and I thought it would be a good idea for me to use it in order to display my musical taste in this here blog. I may not post every day, depends on how much work I have on.
The first song is ‘Your favourite song’ – wow. Original!
THIS is my favourite song…at the moment…well, for the past six months.
To tell you the truth, I don’t have a favourite song, I have about twenty songs that I just adore, but I don’t play a song overandoverandover again, I prefer to play about fifty overandoverandover again, one after the other, because I get sick of hearing the same song all the time.
So, why have I chosen this song?
Well, firstly, the ELO songs that I love I really love! I’m a sucker for how big, and full on and energetic they all are, to the point where it’s kind of ridiculous.
Do ya’ is also a favourite – just as much so as “Shine a little love.” I love it so much, in fact, that’s it’s my mobile phone ringtone!
I guess I love them both because they are such over the top love songs. When you’re in love, you feel like dancing around like an idiot and singing about it.
The lead dude in ELO is Jeff Lynne, a man who has produced and collaborated with some of my favourite musicians – Tom Petty, George Harrison and Del Shannon. Other famous folks he’s worked with (and who I admire, but who I can’t say are my favs) are Brian Wilson, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. He was also a member of the super group “The Travellling Wilburys” which included Harrison, Petty, Dylan and Orbison.
ELO also were behind the Xanadu soundtrack – yes – “Xanadu” is there song. The movie is worth watching just to see their songs being danced to by Gene Kelly himself.
My favourite is “All over the world”, which you can see crazy Punk/sci-fi characters dancing around Kelly, and Olivia, in the most outrageous and stupid costumes and dance moves!
They may be a bit too over the top for you, but I love how cheesy they are, without going into Abba territory. Their songs just scream happiness to me, and hey, who doesn’t need a little extra of that in their day?
Do you love, or hate ELO? Let me know!
30 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
So, I love this blog. It’s a big part of my life, and it’s a great way for me to get out all my creative ideas.
I love graphic novels – i mean, EVERYONE can see that who reads this blog – however – I am the slowest reader in the world, and therefore, I’ve decided to add different posts into the mix, rather than just graphic novel posts.
This is only because I want to keep this blog as fresh and as updated as possible, and unfortunetly, with my busy work schedule, and having to have a life other than work, it doesn’t leave that much time to read, save the half n’ hour I do when I go to bed (and it’s usually blurry eyed reading, cos’ I’m so sleepy!) AND now that I’m part of a bookclub, I have another book to add to my bed side reading!
Therefore, amongst the graphic novel talk (which there will still be plentiful of ) there will be posts on geek centered things like – Music, Books, Film, TV. ALL will be geeky and or cool, and hopefully be loved and admired by my readers.
So, there you go! This blog will be changing…slightly…but only to keep the posts up to at least three a week – if not more (hopefully!) I will still be posting heaps of GN related stuff, but there will also be stuff about music, books, film and tv shows that inspire and entertain me.
Let me know what you think!
26 Apr 2011 16 Comments
in Comics in the news, Feminism, Geekiness, Marvel, Movies, Personal, Pop Culture, Review Tags: Anthony Hopkins, Asano Tadanobu, Batman, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Frost, Fandral, Frigga, Hogun, Iron Man, Jaimie Alexander, January Jones, Josh Dallas, Kat Dennings, Kenneth Branagh, Loki, Marvel, Natalie Portman, Ray Stevenson, Renee Russo, Shakespeare, Sif, Spiderman, Stan Lee, Stellan Skasgard, Superhero movie, Thor, Thor movie, Thor movie review, Volstagg, X-men first class
Thor is Marvel’s latest offering. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tale, it is based on the Norse Myth Legend, and the comic book character was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber in 1962.
To tell you the truth, I had no idea about the story of Thor. I actually got confused with him and He-Man, (which my husband was repulsed by – “How could you get confused?! He-Man wears shorts and has short hair and Thor is in Armour and has long hair?” To which I replied, “Wel…there both blonde and muscular!”) and I had no idea what he did with that giant Hammer – did he build things out of gold with it? Or did he smash little Smurfs villages with it? – When the news came out that Thor was going to be the newest Marvel Superhero turned into a billion dollar movie, my husband Dave was immediately disgusted, “Agh, why would they bother?!” – I just went along, “Yeah! Why?!”
Dave isn’t the biggest comic geek, he is a games geek (currently he is enjoying “Fall Out New Vegas” for those who are interested in his gaming tendencies) but he is fascinated with the Marvel universe. He doesn’t actually really read the comic books, but he loves knowing about the characters and the philosophy behind them, and that is why last Christmas I bought him the gigantic Marvel Character Universe. He would read it every night in bed like a good little geeky boy, and he would tell me about the characters which he thought to be interesting. Thor was never one of them.
In saying that however, he is a big fan of the Iron Man movies, (I mean, which boy hasn’t seen Tony Starks man room and gone ga-ga over all those toys?!) and he is very much looking forward to the Avengers, so he thought we should go check out Thor just so that we got a handle on the Avengers movie when it comes out next year.
I sat. I watched. I enjoyed. I didn’t just enjoy however – I was enthralled – not just because the acting and the story was so tight, but because the movie wasn’t just your run of the mill “good guy needs to destroy bad guy before he destroys the world”, it was intelligent and complex. It also contained elements in which female audiences will leave feeling pretty happy they shelled out $22 for the privilege. (How ridiculous is the price of movies these days?!)
Why, you may ask, is Thor so attractive to female audiences? Firstly, it’s not just any female audience I’m talking about, I may go as far as saying that Thor is a great movie for feminist females who know their way around literary works. Actually, Thor is the perfect movie to recommend to a gal’ like me, and not just me, but my friends – girls who love a good dramatic story, a bit of romance, some comedy, strong female characters, some meaning and growth in the characters, and more superficially (but not less important!) – some eye candy and some cute clothes wouldn’t go astray as well!
It may be hard to believe, what with me talking about a Superhero movie and all, but Thor actually contains all of what I listed above. Let me go through each of the important elements I’ve listed above, in order for you to fully understand what I’m getting at here.
Good Dramatic Story.
Kenneth Branagh, who is well known for directing and acting in Shakespearean
movies, is one of the main reasons why I believe Thor is not just another blokey fight movie. He believed from the start that the special effects shouldn’t be the best thing about the movie – but that the acting should be the real star. Branagh has said that the movie is like, “Shakespeare in space” - he asked Chris Hemsworth (our local Melbourne boy, oh and the guy who plays Thor!) to read Shakespeare in order for him to truly nail the role of the God with the Hammer. As Joe Quesada, editor-in-chef at Marvel comics said, “He’s definitely about character, which is the quintessential trait you have to have to understand the Marvel characters…It’s not just big hammers and capes and things like that. It’s about what makes the character tick.” Branagh has approached the story as a tragedy, and it is this story element in which makes the movie so much different to all the other Superhero movies out there.
Ok, so I like a bit of romance! Especially when it’s between a couple of good looking people. The romance in Thor is als
o very Shakespearean – it’s between two people from entirely different realms, too people who are so different, but happen to make an emotional connection. Jane (Natalie Portman) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are always looking at each other with a kind of knowing. They know that there is something special going on between them. It reminded me a lot of the way in which Leo and Claire looked at each other through the fish tank in Romeo and Juliet – except Thor and Jane do so with more humor and happiness and less teenage angst – I guess this would come down to being older and wiser.
Though, I have to say one bad thing about this romance – when the kiss occurs
- it doesn’t look like a very good kiss. It’s messy – and I don’t know if this is because they are just going at each other because of all the sexual tension that it building up or it’s generally just a bad kiss and Thor and Jane haven’t really had too much experiences with making out. I dunno, maybe I should post this question on a Marvel forum – what do you think?
Most of the comic relief comes from the character of Darcey, played by my new girl crush, Kat Dennings. She plays Natalie Portman’s assistant and knows nothing about Science.
When Thor is thrown to Earth, he yells out, fumbling around, “Hammer! Hammer!” – obviously because he doesn’t have his prized possession with him. Darcy then says, “Yeah, we can tell your hammered dude – obviously!” Also, when Jane’s belongings are taken away by SHIELD (Tony Stark’s corporation) Darcy feels that it is a tragedy that her Ipod was taken as well, as she has just loaded, “Like, thirty new songs onto it”
Chris Hemingworth is also good with the comedy, and he does it all quite straight faced, as only a true God would. One of the funnier scenes is when he enters a pet store and seriously says to the geeky store attendant, “I need a horse!” to which he receives the reply, “Ah…we only have cats and dogs.” “Well, get me one of those big enough to ride!” Hilarious, and good comic relief in a movie that is so though provoking.
Strong Female Characters.
Most female characters in recent Marvel/DC movies are just there to be a token. They are usually the girl next door (Mary-Jane), or the one who cleans up the messes of the Superhero (Virginia ‘Pepper’ Pott), the crazy girl (Poison Ivy) or they just plain get a strong female character totally wrong! (Hailey Berry’s Catwoman *shudder*) Thor is one of the only recent Superhero movies (save for Black Widow in Iron Man 2 – but she was kind of sexualised by Tony Stark) in which there are not one, but two strong female characters. The great thing about these two characters is they exhibit different strengths – one is extremely intelligent, whilst the other is extremely strong – strong enough to run with the boys.
Jane, who is also the female and romantic lead, is a rare thing in a Superhero movie – she is a very smart female who has dedicated her life to Science. It’s not like she is smart and is a rich man’s secretary who she secretly pines over, like Pepper Pott in Iron Man. Jane generally believes in her work and wants to accomplish what she can for the field of Science. Her home is in the middle of the desert, and she lives here in order to complete her research, and most of her heavy duty scientific equipment is made by her. She is not a smart woman, like Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn before her, who is defeated by her profession. Poison Ivy a was a biologist until – Shock! Horror! there was an accident and she became insane… Harley Quinn was a psychologist at
Arkham Asylum untill Shock! Horror! She fell in love with the Joker and became insane. Jane does not encounter an accident, and she does not go ‘insane’ when love comes her way – she grows from the experience, and Thor’s appearance actually gets her a foot in with SHIELD, an organisation she would not have heard of if she had not been kind to Thor in the first place.
Then there is Sif, who is the Goddess of War. The portrayal of Sif could have gone pear-shaped. It would have been easy for the writers to paint her as a testosterone filled, ready to prove the boys wrong, angry, aggressive female, just like a lot of physically strong female characters before her. However, Sif is most certainly a female – you can tell she is more emotionally sensitive than her male counterparts, and they allow her to dress feminine and elegant (but not sexually so) in non-fighting scenes. Her costumes don’t show off her female form – she wears, like the men do, fighting attire that will protect her in battle, not make her look ‘hot’ whilst fighting. I recently googled “X-men first class” and found a picture of January Jones, who is to play Emma Frost in the movie that is due out in June. Emma Frost is considered by some as the “Sexiest Female Superhero of all time” – and this is mainly because she is usually portrayed wandering around in her underwear, and has, as one website states, “a frosty and
distant demeanour” Awesome. How original. A Superheroine that’s hot but is a bitch, and just happens to be more comfortable jumping and fighting in a bikini. Makes sense, eye’?! Going back to Sif, they also show her interacting with other females in the banquet scene, showing that she has not divided herself from her fellow females, and joined the boys club, like so many other strong women seem to do in popular culture.
Meaning and Growth.
The great thing about Thor, is that his growth is not in his strength or in his physicality – he is already strong and ripped at the movies start. The growth he needs is an emotional and empathetic one. When the audience is first introduced to Thor, he isn’t automatically likeable. Like Batman and Spider-man, he isn’t a misunderstood, Emo Superhero – he is arrogant, has a gigantic ego, and believes his own actions to be truer over his fathers. If my father was Anthony Hopkins, I would not be going around defying him…I mean, did Thor not see “Silence of the lambs”? Obviously not.
Anyways, to me, a great movie is in the characters – if there aint’ not characterisation there, I’m not that interested, and Thor has character development up the wazoo! Thor, believing that he has no hope in going back to Asgard, finds peace within, though it may have something to do with him also finding Natalie Portman…
The villain, which all Superhero movies have to have in order for it to be a good vs evil fight, is not who you expect at first. But even they have multi-layers, and their final evil plan isn’t as straight forward as it looks. I’m not going to give anymore away, just in case you aren’t a comic book geek and don’t know who the villain is yet, but lets just say that they are as complex, torn and arrogant as Thor is.
Well ladies, in this department, we have something for everyone!
For the girls who like em’ doe eyed and ripped, we have Chris Hemsworth – a local Melbourne boy, who I didn’t think was that cute at all (I don’t really go for that Blonde haired blue eyed Surfer boy look), untill I saw him softening in the role of Thor. At the beginning, I just saw him as a big oafish dude, but when he gets in touch with his feelings (oh boy, I sound like a self help book!) – those eyes started doin’ something for me!
If you like your boys skinny and lanky, then Loki, Thor’s brother and the God of mischief, is your man. I didn’t find him attractive, I like my boys broad, but hey, I’ve met many a girl who fancies her men the total opposite, and I’m sure lots of girl will dig his look.
For girls who like their men with a bit of facial hair, you will dig Thor’s mates, Fandral (Josh Dallas) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) I was actually surprised to find out that Josh Dallas was actually quite cute underneath all that mo.
For those who have a thing for Asian boys, there is the very cool Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, who, I quote from IMDB, “Described by some as a cross between Johnny Depp and Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samuri), Asano Tadanobu is certainly the hippest, if not the single most important, Japanese film actor working today.”
For the older ladies, there is Sir Anthony Hopkins, who looks all rugged and hardcore with his black eye-path, and Stellan Skasgard as Jane’s friend, the Professor – both have very distinguished accents!
For the bisexual or lesbian ladies there is Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, and Renee Russo looks stunning as Thor’s mother, Frigga.
Ok, so I’m a sucker for comfy clothes – I’m a jeans and t-shirt gal’ all the way. I mean, I love my vintage dresses when I need to go out somewhere fancy, but around the house and when I’m hanging out with my mates – even if we go out for dinner – I’m in jeans, my chucks, a rock T-shirt and a blue hoodie adorned with rock and travel badges. So the fashion in Thor appealed to me – the cute t-shirts with the flannel shirts over the top (total grunge rock look) the very cosy looking beanies, the scarfs, the long warm looking jackets - ahh, it’s so comforting to see girls
in an action movie dressed like normal girls, instead of tailor made sluts who wear next to nothing. Let’s face it – the clothes that Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings wear look so much more comfortable than the clothes that any of the other ‘token’ female/love interests have worn in other action movies.
To summarise, Thor was a pretty damn entertaining movie. I guess I’m so impressed, because generally, when you are a feminist going to see an action movie that’s target market is male, rather than female, you have to leave a lot of your feminist feeling aside. However, I was happily surprised that instead of leaving the movie with thoughts of, “Oh yeah, the boys always the Superhero and the girl is always either dead or a sex object” – I left feeling happy that a big budget Marvel movie has finally been made where women finally kick some butt! Both literally and academically in a Superhero movie…who would have thunked it eye’?!
Oh, and a final heads-up – don’t leave when the movie ends – stay in your seat untill the very end of the credits because that is when Marvel let’s loose a preview of their next movie! If you haven’t already, re-watch Iron Man 1 and 2 and the Incredible Hulk to see more previews!!
21 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
Though I’m literally falling asleep at the keyboard right now, I had to share this amazing drawing that the Hernandez Brothers did in the 80s’. I’m a huge Batman and Robin fan (little secret – my first crush was on the 60s live action version Robin. I still get a little giddy when I see Bruce Ward in re-runs!) – I was such a big fan, that my parents threw me a Batman and Robin themed Birthday party when I was four, with Batman and Robin chocolates, and I loved one of the chocolates so much that I played with it for days after…untill it melted everywhere…and then I remember wishing that I had just eaten it!
Anywho, here is Los Bros Love and Rockets interpretion of Batman and Robin. I dig it because it shows both of the L&R worlds coming together. Enjoy!
21 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
Just to give you guys a heads up to what I’m working on at the moment.
I’m working on a commentary on “Love and Rockets X”, which deals with how much I luuuvvee the story!
Also, I’m going to see Thor today and will give you my review for that very soon. I’m not much for superhero comics, but I do have a soft spot for superhero movies (Iron Man – awe-some!)
The lovely guys at Fantagraphics have once again included a link for my blog. I’m so greatfull for all their support! Especially seeing as they are THE comic book publishers!
Anywhoo all, I’m off on a lovely day with my husband to go eat good food, watch Thor and go see Elvis Costello – all with the Melbourne sun shining bright. Nice.