The Avengers, Joss Whedon, and How Hollywood Has Screwed Stuff Up

Can you feel the radtastic?What up, duders? Me, I’m just relaxin’ all cool, shooting some b-ball outside of the school. Okay, actually I’m hunched over a computer, trying to contain my excitement for the new Avengers movie! How cool is it that Joss Whedon (creator of Firefly, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, Dollhouse, writer for Astonishing X-Men, and writer/maker/all around doer of a whole crap load of other stuff) is the guy who wrote AND directed the thing? I doubleplus love pretty much everything that Whedon has touched so I know I’m going to like this thing too. Don’t believe me? Then check out this L.A. Times review of it that gives Whedon pretty much all the credit for how awesome the movie was. Read it and despair, Ye Naysayer!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been super stoked on all the comic book movies they’ve been cranking out these past few years (with the exception of the Spider-man movies which were pretty much l4m3). I don’t know if it’s the amount of money they’re dumping into the movie budgets or the wicked advanced special effects, but either way they’ve come a long way from Adam West and his total fail at being Batman.

“Whoa there, sourpuss,” you say. “Watch your tongue when you’re talking about Adam ‘The Bat’ West. That guy was the original Batman.”

Yeah, yeah. I know he was the O.G. of the thing, but that doesn’t change a thing in my mind. Just think about the way Batman was portrayed in those early displays of caped crusading. Seriously, is some billionaire running around Gotham in a bat costume going to really be the picture of mental health that West played? Negatory, mon ami. He’s going to be off, you know? Like, having-lots-of-issues-that-warrant-psychiatric-evaluation kind of off. If anything, Christian Bale did the most legit job of showing the sketchy thought process of Batman, albeit not to the next level of obsessiveness that Bruce Wayne shows in the comics.

Now that I think about it, there was a similar thing that happened in the first Battlestar Galactica series. They made all the humans in that show have this whole frisky sort of happiness thing going on, which is totally weird because they’re literally trying to avert the demise of humanity. But the reboot–that thing got it right! The characters in that were always pissed about something. You had Starbuck literally taking swings at Saul, the XO of the ship, while Helo–the baby boy biatch who fell in love with a frakking Cylon–was going totally nuts to protect his glowy-spined girlfriend and their hybrid love child. The people on BSG were on edge, man. But why wouldn’t they be? They were being pursued by a bloodthirsty fleet of cyborgs who are dropping a galactic jihad on humanity. Who wouldn’t be a little stressed in a situation like that?

What do you guys think about this? Are there any shows/movies based on a book or a comic that felt totally lamesville?

[image from this little blog right here]

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Theatrical Thursdays: Who Said It?

George Orwell, author of more books than I’ll ever dream of publishing, was the dropper of yesterday’s knowledge. Today’s quote should be easy if you are on the same level of nerdery as me:

“What are we going to do? We’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel and smashed into who knows what.”

Over the Top Fandom: Food of the Hunger Games

What’s the good word, friends? Hopefully you’ve all had an especially hungry weekend (Get it? Hungry, as in the games!).

One of the things I love most about fandoms is how over the top people can get. I remember when Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan came out there were about a million pics circulating around the internets of people going all out with their Leviathan cosplay. In keeping with that same spirit of fandom shenanigans, and all the Hunger Game mania that has taken over the internets, I thought it would be fun to drop some HG inspired dishes for you all from FictionalFood.net. That’s right folks, these foodies are coming straight from the Hunger Games universe to your computer machines.

  1. Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts — Oh, Lord! These look so good. Seriously though, who am I kidding? Cheese and apples always go well together.
  2. District 11 Bread — These are totally something I could see coming out of District 11. Plus, it made my heart hurt when Katniss got these in the book.
  3. Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread — I thought this was a pretty sweet thing as it totally goes with the storie lines of the books and the movie. I know they don’t say what kind of bread it was in the movie, but I think we all know this was it.

There are sooo many more delicious foods out there but I’m going to leave it there for tonight. Before I finish though, I want to say a great big old thank you to the folks who started following my bloggity blog–Laura,  Natashatynan, Jenn, and Sue. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog.

Poll: Did The Hunger Games Do It For You?

First off, I want to say thanks to my new followers Uroboros, and Em. These folks have everything from book reviews to the finer points of dysopian fiction so just go on ahead and give those links le click.

As to the post, I’ve been hearing some mixed reviews from folks on the new movie. For example, a friend of ours who came with us to see it said she felt straight up robbed when it was over. Of course, she did read the books this week so maybe the book’s story line was fresh in her mind? Who knows.

If you read my review of it from yesterday then you already know where I stand on the deal. Now I want to know what YOU think. Was it bomb.com or did it just bomb? Let me know!

Also, I think you should check out this article about a theater in Utah that was putting on some cosplay amazingness for their patrons. This is so awesome!

The Hunger Games Movie: Delicious As All Get-Out

I just got home from The Hunger Games and I’m telling you it was so legit! Overall I think this movie was great, but as it’s late (or early, I guess) I’m going to lay it out real simple style with a few goods and a few bads.

The Goods:

  1. Costumes: Sooooo well done. Effie Trinket was totally on point with her over-the-top style, and Cinna had the crisp look I pictured from the books. And when the kids from District 12 came out on Reaping Day–get out of town! The grittiness of their skin and hair coupled with the total “Sunday Best” vibe of their clothes made it feel so authentic.
  2. Setting: Another A+ for me on this one. The opening scene had a real Appalachian vibe which was exactly how I pictured things in the book. The Capitol was more of the same with its lavish meals, stylish decorating,  and cutting-edge tech. Then the Arena! Could they have done it any better? It totally had a nature vibe to it until the sky turned into a plasma screen TV and fireballs shot out of nowhere.
  3. Sticking to the book: This was mostly good. I totally get how they had to drop away from the first person perspective in the books and I think they did a great job using the varied perspective to give the non-fanboys in the audience some details about the world Hunger Games universe. The little anchorman scenes where Caesar Flickerman drops the knowledge about stuff like tracker jackers are a legit example of what I mean. Also, the opening scene in the cornucopia was SO GOOD! Except for one thing–why was the cornucopia this polished steel monster instead of gold and hear to climb?

The Could-Have-Done-Betters:

  1. Characters: Lord knows I’m not all for people starving themselves, but I when I pictured the kids from the books I saw them as straight up gaunt, know what I mean? I thought that everybody in District 12 looked waaaaaay too well-fed. Then there were the other tributes–“fox face,” who had a much too round face to be even close to foxy, and Thresh, the other tribute from District 11 who was much smaller than anything I pictured. I remember reading the book and thinking he was going to be like a dark-skinned version of Lenny from Of Mice and Men.
  2. Relationships: I thought they could have done a better job letting us know how much Rue meant to Katniss. Maybe they should have mentioned how much Rue reminded her of Prim? I don’t know. Just a thought. Also, I think they could have shown how much of the whole star-crossed lover thing was thanks to Haymich and Cinna. Sure, Peeta did his part in it, but I always felt that Haymich was the source for a lot of that tension building up.
  3. Timeline: I get that they needed to give ample time to the games, but I really felt like they could have given us more time in the Capitol of Katniss and Peeta. I thought they missed so much by leaving out how close they got, you know? Without more time in the Capitol I thought the scene in the arena where Katniss gets all compassionate for Peeta’s super jacked leg was sort of lame. I was like, “Where did that come from?” I know they tried to establish the relationship with the flashbacks to the bakery, but I think they could have done a better job of it.

Seeing as it’s 3:45 AM, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ve got to hit the sack (it’s not going to hit itself, is it?) and I don’t do well without enough sleep. I’m definitely going to be talking about this movie in the weeks to come so more later.

But before I go to bed, I’d like to thank my new followers Karmicangel, Peggy Isaacs, and Novel Obsession. Be sure to give them the old clickeroo!

I Am Hungry For Some Games!

Okay people, don’t get jelly on me, but I am going to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games tonight. That’s right, dude! I’m so super stoked that I could punch President Snow right in the face. Me, the wifey, and two of our friends bought our tickets last week. I guess you could say we didn’t like the odds of trying to get tickets on the night of the premier (AMIRITE?).

There’s one other slice of Hunger Games awesomeness I want to share with you guys. I know that soundtracks can be a little, “Meh” sometimes, but the Hunger Games soundtrack has got a track from Neko Case on it. Some of you probably don’t know who Neko is–being from Tacoma doesn’t do much for putting a body on the map–but trust me when I say she has some serious talent. Here’s a link to her last.fm page where you can peep a few of her songs. I recommend the song Deep Red Bells as a starter.

Now that I’ve worked all the fanboy shenanigans out of my system I want to tap out a few words about writing. For the past few days my writing has been on some next level suckiness, but I finally started pulling out of the funk yesterday after working through a few writing prompts. I’m not usually too pumped on writing prompts as a way to generate actual stories, but they’re definitely useful when it comes to juicing my brain grapes. I used one of the prompts to write a scene starring my book’s protagonist (not something I’m going to include in the draft, but still pretty fun to write) and then kicked down almost 1,000 words of chapter eight. It felt good, dude. Real good.

Lastly, I want to say “THANK YOU!” to Young Adult Book Madness, Ellie Mack at Quotidian Dose, Stef A at StefaWrites, and Thelma C. Cunningham for following my bloggity blog. I am stoked as all get-out that they decided to follow this old e-rag.

Do any of you have a way to get over writer’s block? A nice cup of tea, maybe? How about a large brandy?

 

Will Blade-Running Aliens Be The End of Us?

Evening, folks. Actually, seeing as it’s 12:30 AM I guess morning would be more accurate.

Have you heard of this new movie, Prometheus? It’s the new Ridley Scott flick that started as an Alien prequel but ended up not being the Alien prequel. If that sounds confusing, that’s okay. I think it’s confusing for all of us.

Prequel or not, when I saw the gigantic display for it in the theater I immediately tossed the title into the Google machine and watched the trailer. My immediate reaction: “WHOA!”

So check out the trailer. It looks epic.