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Approximately no one will be happy to know that I've finally "finished" the Mr. Sinister thing.


Jun. 26th, 2008 03:15 pm
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Meaningless little post to mark that I've added some stuff to the ol' etsy shop (mostly prehistoric whatnot, although I intend to include the Kitty Pryde one later on. Maybe also Mirage? I don't know. Weasel Sea.
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I made this this weekend, instead of doing normal things. Original can be seen on the same page as the other one, only scroll down a little.

For Nick

Feb. 27th, 2008 04:48 pm
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(The original looks like this.)
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Do you know what the world needs? The world needs more upside-down Gambit.

I mean, I hope it does. I'd hate to contribute to an upside-down Gambit surplus.
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As noted by uncharacteristically helpful youtub commenters, Sas[c]ha is usually a boy's name in Russia and eastern Europe. It would make my fucking day if Heavy was as gay as a Pokéball.

Ebert is awfully sure about this. (Not games-related, dudes.)

Good heavens, look at all those gay gay paperbacks.

Noah sent me this, which is a list of gay superheroes and their fates. Kind of alarming.

...Attractive Lad? Good golly.
(Huh, Ultrahumanite? Who knew. Also, WHY IS WONDER WOMAN NEVER GAY WHAT THE HELL)
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Doctor Strange (2007), Jay Oliva. August 27, 8pm-ish. View count: One.

This is a straight-to video 2d-animated thing. It had something of a budget, but that wasn't really used to great effect. It's apparently a very condensed version of Dr. Strange's actual origin story, which I was too young/nonexistent for back in the day, and which I never picked up due to not really paying attention. The basics (asshole gets comeuppance, goes to Tibet to be magical) are pretty dull, really. I suspect that some of the fun lay in the details, which were somewhat elided and glossed over by the inexpressive mouth-flappin' characters.

There was some fun in the creatures, and Dormammu looked pretty cute. The elementally-aligned monks and nuns were amusing and fun to watch deploying their stuff, but they felt like their fights were laid out by someone who didn't really understand why superhero fights happen like they do. They never really worked together or planned anything much, they just each threw their individual gimmick at the face of the monster of the moment. Maybe this was intended in some way, and this was why they mostly all ate shit and died, but, really. There are better ways to show incompetence.

I didn't much like the message inherent in Dr. Strange's being chosen for Sorcerous Supremity, either; it seemed that all the well-trained monks were just unable to do much against the random errands of Dormammu, but Strange's RAW ULTIMATE POWER was totally what they wanted in a Sorceror Supreme. Just jam that Dracula Trophy into his hands. Wha? Especially with him having proven that he doesn't really know what to do with power, even if he didn't really outright abuse it. The Dead Sister of Damocles that'd been harrying him for however many years, that we were supposed to believe was the one thing that made him bitter and assy, was dismissed in ten seconds of conversation with the head monk. Would it have killed him to go talk to her in the afterlife or something, and come back with an "Everything's cool, Steve! It was Just My Time to Go and they have as much lipstick as I could ever want here! Also I've been rapping on tables for ten years, pay more attention!" No idea if that ruins some kind of actual occurrence in the timeline, but this version really needed it.

Compression hurts storytelling. I wish people would understand this better. When events feel like they're rushing past at a ludicrous rate, and people have to have their emotions compressed and amplified so that they are clear and obvious to the audience, it's pretty hard to really feel like actions are motivated.

PS: Dracula Trophy.
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Seems that stopping me blathering on LJ has made me be slightly more productive. HMM.
I seem to have a mathematically attractive four-by-four block of my vector superhero stuffs (although Hsien-ko is in there too, so I am sort of cheating). I think I only have Cypher to do, of the New Mutants.
I really favor the left side of compositions, don't I.
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Ghost Rider, (2007), Mark Steven Johnson. May 20, 11pm. View count: One.

So, Ghost Rider. Pretty silly. But better than it had to be, with just enough actually hilarious moments to endear it somewhat to me. Nicolas Cage is a slack-jawed monkeyman, the leading lady was pretty boring, and the antagonist was pretty stupid (he would have saved the movie singlehandedly if he were all Elvissed up), but somehow I've come away from it giggling quietly instead of making Cruella DeVil claw fingers and wanting to spit.
The trivia helps too. "Nicolas Cage wrote sections of the script." Oh, man.
But there were a few cute things, just sufficient. And my hecklin' muscles took me through the rest.
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Dang it, the first review of Spidey 3 I've seen yet, and it's pretty much exactly what I feared: too many villains, with no focus given to anyone. SIGH.
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Apologies to unpleasant for some style-ganking.
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One named Velocipede reminded me that I was going to make a post about the recent spate of Being Batman posts on askmefi.
Tools, training, workout.

The best part of all three threads is this part: Finally, you really do have to factor in the oft-untouched factor that Bruce Wayne is severely insane. Because, you know, you do.
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X-Men (2000), Bryan Singer. Apr. 08, 6pm. View count: Two?

Seeing this again was sort of nice, after the travesty that was III. Halle Berry was mercifully given little screen time (notable exception: the appalling 'toad gets hit by lightning' quip, eeeuurgh); presumably it took whatever popularity she'd managed to garner from this movie and the next to trade up to the 'extra obnoxious' contract that she clearly had in the third movie.
Everyone else did a great job, maybe discounting that wrestler what played Sabretooth, even though, really, I don't know how else Sabretooth is going to act.

Character-wise, Toad was not used particularly well; not that he's terribly exciting to begin with, but presumably the only things he has going for him are jumping ability and prehensile-tongue-aided agility. He didn't much get to use either of those in a particularly cool way. You'd think he'd be all lassoing people's ankles with his tongue and easily evading attacks, if not being particularly awesome on the offensive, which was not really how he was used (he was essentially a somewhat acrobatic normal fighter). Of course, it's also true that breaking a fall by catching a stationary object with your tongue is a pretty good way to snap your own neck, but I guess Toad also has, uh, a super-strong and -flexible spinal cord?

Jean Grey had a good setup for II/III with her 'Oh, my little old psychic power is really lame compared to basically everyone else! I could never do anything Truly Awesome.' This was well-borne-out by her actions, too, so ++ on that. Cyclops' powers' implications were pretty nicely laid out, although I still don't really know if his beam is concussive or heat-based here. I guess it is 'energy', which means 'both, or either.' (Funnily, as chmmr observed, he entered Cerebro's room at one point, which we'd only seen before opened with a retinal scan. Hm.)
Rogue was like nine years old, and suitably played an overpowered kid. Her power is pretty easy to get across on film, which is lucky (Magneto's also did a great job; tossing cars around looks really nice in live action, as chmmr said). I don't know about her naming herself, though; who named her, unpleasant? It didn't feel right to me, especially since she didn't visibly have any knowledge of groups of code-named mutants.
Wolverine was fine, although, as in II, a little too in touch with his feelings. He also deferred easily to the leadership of Cyclops toward the end, which didn't seem warranted at all. There was no respect-earning sequence. I suppose that the purpose was to show them coming together as a team under adversity, however poorly, which sort of worked.

I guess the explanation for everyone's incompetence is that both the X-Men and the Brotherhood are really new and ill-prepared for one another. No real explanation for why Mr. Verine seemed disallowed from actually using his claws on anyone; when he managed to stab (never slash) people, it was played as a really terrible thing, even though neither of those stabbings had any lasting effects (the victim is narratively whisked away to recover, good as new). He didn't even get to stab Sabretooth in any serious way that I recall, and if he's gonna stab anyone, that'd be him. OH WELL.

The opening sequence was still the best part of the movie, easily beating out the other major good part ('you're a dick'). It's really a brilliant stroke, being both awesome and character-building, and additionally moral-ambiguity-seeding (which is largely squandered later on, but good effort). This is also bolstered by Ian McKellan being quantifiably more of a badass than Patrick Stewart. The second movie begins similarly, with a big aggrieved-Magneto-does-something-really-satisfying scenario, and again after that, his sympathy-meter is largely ignored. It's a weird series of choices.

Anyhow, it's still an enjoyable thing, with a bunch of good performances. Jubilee's totally in it, too.
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Speaking of superheroes, I've been mucking about with illustrator s'more, since that Jubilee thing.
It's actually really fun. (One of my self-imposed restrictions was that all of 'em had to fit into an essentially square format, by the bye.) Suggestions for more are, naturally, quite welcome.

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Chmmr found this page: The Religious Affiliations of Comic Book Characters. It's pretty entertaining, not least because of the Baby-Cakes-like Superman, and the Lex-Luthor-like J. Jonah Jameson entry: 'Hates Spiderman.' Rock.
Loads of Catholics. Hardly any Hindus. Total cop-out with the Red Skull though.
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I dunno if this is really John Constantine; looks more like David Bowie to me. It is probably a safe assumption that it is not David Bowie, though.
I just got finished reading a few of the Hellblazer TPBs that I never got around to looking at for whatever reason, and this one was pretty great. The nazi plot was a little eh, but the Bruce-Wayne-takeoff character was super fun (and he'd been introduced in an earlier plotline, too, so I got to feel all caught up). Good art, good writing, a bit of the old ultra-violence, some primo crazy eyes, and a small helping of Teh Gay. Although it is Teh Very Cynical and Manipulative Gay, but that is probably exactly what it should be. I will take it.

Semirelevantly, this is so true.

(I figured that Creeper was more appropriate for this entry than Nivlem, even though it's got a lot of Batman, because it's all about looking at stuff.)
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Whenever I see Solomon Grundy (Animated Justice League version), all I can think of is an overgrown, undead Jeremy Irons.
I'd say 'Discuss', but, really. Where's the point.
(I had a link to the filmstills community, but it was protected, I guess. D'oh.)
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Season Five of Justice League (Unlimited) is no Season Four, or Season Two. But it's not bad. There's some fun stuff. The season goes kind of randomly from on to off, and then winds up with a big 'curtain call' (as chmmr observed) at the end. It did have the generally hilarious brain-switch episode though.

A fun idea sort of brought into view was that the Flash's city (Central City = Chicago? Minneapolis?) was shaped positively by Flash's general attitude. It's not clear whether cities are a reflection of their heroes or vice versa (or neither; maybe they change along with one another), but it's amusing to think that maybe Central City is sort of harmless because the Flash is fundamentally a sweetheart who doesn't wish anyone harm. This also lends weight to his contribution to the Justice Lords plot.

Schwa, I am not sure where you got your My sexual preference is: Stop the robots! gag, but it allowed the following exchange:

chmmr: Lex Luthor is so gay for Brainiac.
me: I don't know, I think his sexual preference is 'Kill Superman.'
chmmr: He can be both.
me: Oh, true! That's even better.

I also had this horrible quip about Flash getting off over being naked in front of Batman for a millisecond (while changing into his costume at high speed). I mean, this is a series where I swear that Wonder Woman's mom thought she and Hawkgirl were dating (there is really no reason that Wonder Woman shouldn't be gay), but in which no one can actually get together. Also I'm horrible.

There're some episode summaries and copious screenshots here. Spoilers ahoy, though, obviously.

Oh good golly. And I've just noticed that there are at least three cast members of Firefly in the series (all Unlimited, apparently). Sort of explains why some relatively minimally backstoried characters ended up not sucking.


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