trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
I spent much of last week and weekend running around, playing with Mrs. Beans' brother's dog, Odin (he's a Jackaranian, and a total ham) and getting my little sister all graduated from college. I also, bizarrely, went on some cleaning kicks of the apartment, tidying up my room (which is looking more and more bare, which is good) and the apartment as a whole.

So this week is the first that I've really had time to sit and enjoy the apartment all to myself (while the roommates are still on vacation), and I have spent it thus far catching up on shows I meant to watch this year and didn't get to. I'm current on Game of Thrones and Mad Men, despite not really loving either, which seems to be a theme as the one show I just started is also of the not-great, can't turn off variety: Once Upon a Time.

Look, judge me, but I'm having an okay time of it. Season finale was ass-stupid, and I want to murder both of the two female hero leads and the villainess at times, but I'm managing. I have even, after this many hours, forgiven the show for not being what I really wanted out of it, which is Fables: the TV show. There were rumors of a Fables show getting a pilot that never really materialized, and the world got Once Upon a Time (and, I suppose, Grimm) instead. When I saw the promos for Once Upon a Time, I didn't bother watching it right away for two reasons: 1) I was sure it was going to be canceled, and 2) [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine's review of the pilot. Now that it has, I basically mainlined it for three days while working furiously on one of two cross-stitch baby announcements I need done by fall. (By summer, really, since I'll be in school when my future nephew and future almost-positive-it's-a-niece are born.)

Once Upon a Time is still not nearly as good as Fables, alas. I miss super-secret agent Cinderella. I miss Bigby. I miss any recognition that in order for all these people to have issues with being pregnant/having babies/having children who don't love them PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE HAD SEX. No, seriously. It's all "true love!" then "suddenly pregnant somehow!" all the time up in this show. And everyone has issues with both. Without ever mentioning fucking. Ever. Two characters have an affair and the closest they get to sex is hints at the number of place settings in the sink after they've hooked up. No one musses anyone's clothes, that's how far from sex these people are. (Which makes it hilarious to go from Game of Thrones to this.)

Up next on my cross-stitching marathon: the last season of Chuck or this current season of Supernatural. Or maybe I'll give it all amiss and just watch movies. I haven't decided.
trinityvixen: (thinking Mario)
I caught this article on Tor.com about the renaissance of the comic book movie. Despite the $$$ made by The Avengers, I have a suspicion that comic book movies, specifically superhero comic book movies, are actually on the wane. Not necessarily in terms of quality, but I think the fad it going to start petering out.

Anyway, it will surprise no one that I disagree with a lot of points in that article. I have a long post as to why I disagree, but I summarize it up in an image for those not interested in the rant.

Because she never mentions this guy:



I am Iron Man. )
trinityvixen: (thinking Mario)
It's the 20th anniversary of The Rocketeer movie? And some French animation studio made a short to celebrate it that is ding-dong-adorable, you say? D'awwww.

I remember really liking The Rocketeer as a kid. It's one of those movies that, though I don't love it so much now, I can pinpoint it as being part of a general geek awakening. I grew up watching Star Wars and it was so ubiquitous in our house that I just didn't realize that liking Star Wars made you a geek. But movies like The Rocketeer that arrive with almost no fanfare (that I was aware of) and don't seem especially mainstream (whatever its production pedigree) that entirely transported me as a kid? Those are the ones I can look back on and say, "Yep, I was always going to be a geek." Because I really liked The Rocketeer and thought it was just about the awesomest thing ever. Of course, I thought the Billy Zane Phantom movie was about the neatest thing ever, too, proving that a burgeoning geek can survive on bad comic book movies for just as long as it takes Hollywood to make better ones. (Adult me wishes she still liked the bad ones more. Then things like Catwoman would hurt me less.)

One thing I noticed, though, is how similar the helmet from The Rocketeer is to the one on the Iron Monger suit from Iron Man. I immediately began to wonder if the rocket pack was some half-forgotten Stark Industries product. And then I was thinking crossover. And then I wondered about the rights issues. And then I remembered that Disney and Marvel, like, merged, and this is a thing that could have happened. Wow.

WHAT.

Sep. 10th, 2010 02:45 pm
trinityvixen: (horror)
I don't...I can't even...my brain won't...

Just....WHAAAAAAT?
DOOM
My brain is seriously seizing up every time I try work out whether this is AWESOME or just cracktacular. I can't decide! It's so hilariously random, I want to laugh, but something keeps making me just go O.O with awe at the same time. It's available on a shirt, and part of the split in my cranium is probably due to me thinking "That would be hilarious to wear around" and "OMG I WOULD KILL MYSELF WITH MY OWN NERDINESS IF I EVEN BOUGHT THAT SHIRT, MUCH LESS WORE IT."

wwwwwwwwhhhaaaaaaaaaaaat?
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
ETA: Someone found a much better source costume for Thor. Why couldn't they have gone with that? Also, I realize that part of what's been bugging me is that with the facial hair he's got and the long blonde hair, movie-Thor looks a lot like psycho-harpoon-hand-Aquaman. 'S weird!

The concept art is out for film versions of Captain America and Thor. Like the Cap, am suddenly less confident about Thor than I was previously. To be fair, concept art that incorporates the look of a real human being is always going to look a bit weird, and the only reason that the design for the Cap doesn't look as horrible as the art for Thor is because most of his features are covered. (Thor lets it all hang out, baby.)

Still, Thor looks all kinds of ridiculous despite the fact that virtually the same aesthetic dominates these two costumes. This is because of the illogical nature of Thor in the first place, I suspect. Captain America can wear what we're now used to considering comic book-combat chic. Basically, it's fine for him to look like he's got an amalgam of the X-Men uniforms crossed with the Batsuit. He's a soldier, that's what we've decided comic soldiers wear when they're made into live-action people.

But Thor is a goddamned, well, god. If ever there were an excuse for impracticality or theatricality, hey, this is it. Let's get him into some plate mail or quilted outerwear! I know, I know, it doesn't fit into what Marvel has planned for The Avengers movie--but neither does Thor! I mean, you quite literally cannot make him make sense. You can hand-wave away Iron Man as part of Tony Stark's genius, and I think we've proven that the general public is too stupid to know what you can and can't do with DNA, so that covers just about every other Avenger there is (the mutants, the spider-bitten, the Hulk). But not Thor. He's a god, so your attempts to make him real are either irrelevant or stupid. Guess which one I'm leaning towards?

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