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The Dark Knight vs. The Man of Steel

Batman vs SupermanI went to see Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice this week.  Although I’d heard lots of condemnation for the movie, I couldn’t resist the pull of the world’s two most famous superheroes on the big screen together.  Even if you have never read a comic book or seen a superhero movie, there’s a slightly better than average chance  you’ve at least heard of these two heavy-weights (one day I will have my sarcasm font!).  Is The Bat vs. Supes an Oscar award kind of venture?  No!  Who expects it to be?  That doesn’t mean it isn’t an entertaining trip to the theater.  Let’s set some reasonable expectations here.

This is not a happy go lucky film.  The title should give something of that away.  You have two good guys, superheroes no less, battling it out.  Did you think they were fighting over a broken GI Joe? (Wow, did I just date myself there.)  This movie throws what you conventionally think about the black and white world of the heroes in to nothing but shades of grey.  What happens if you look at the actions of each of these guys from the outside without the special privilege of inside information given to readers, movie-goers and television watchers through the decades?  Innocent die and mass destruction follows them like the stray animal your parents warned you about feeding because it wouldn’t go away.  As insiders into their stories and their worlds we know that while they are the front-man, the memorable face (or silhouette) of these tragedies, they don’t start them.  They’re there trying to prevent a bigger tragedy from befalling their city or the world.  The average citizen isn’t always privy to that information, and therefore neither is the opposition in this film.

At least that’s what I have to assume, because one of the big failings of this film, in my eyes, is the lack of effective set up for the conflict.  Half the movie is spent on backstory and build up with very little substance for the conflict or its resolution actually being conveyed to the audience.  They threw some tarnish on the uniforms of the two most recognizable superheroes in the world, tossed in a little backstory and asked us to believe that is enough to justify the conflict.  Did anyone out there NOT know that Bruce Wayne watched his parents get murdered when he was a kid? Could we not have replaced that little piece of the pie, nicely done though it was, with something that was a little more relevant to this story? (Unless you’re asking me to believe that the whole resolution of this conflict hinges on that two second scene.  When you watch it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

They tried to cram in an entire movie’s worth of setup for this conflict into the first half of Batman vs. Superman, and frankly, it came across as a little weak.  It isn’t like there isn’t enough story material to have added something else for each of these characters in between their last franchise film and this one to start feeding audiences hints of what’s to come.  It felt like they’d ditched all their previous efforts to build a successful franchise and started from scratch here, and there are some pretty big holes.

The second half of the film I really liked a lot.  The introduction of Wonder Woman into this cinematic universe was pretty much perfect, and although I’ve heard a lot of complaint about shoving too many characters down our throats too quickly as a set up for the announced Justice League movies.  It is as well done as I could have asked for, and it was believable in the context in which it was presented.

Could it have been better if they’d spread it out over several movies and formats the way Marvel has done?  Maybe, but DC isn’t Marvel.  This has actually come up in discussion quite a bit since I’ve seen the movie (which is impressive because that was on FRIDAY).  Is DC trying to create for itself a universe that spans television, movies, comic books, etc. the way Marvel has?  Well, who wouldn’t want their organization to be a wildly successful money-making machine of epic proportions?

They’re taking their own path to get there. Are choices such as not retaining a continuity of actors from the small screen to the large going to help them? (I’m looking at Barry Allen here)  Who knows?  It is hard not to compare the two houses who’ve given the world our favorite fictional heroes.  I’m trying to take each project on its own merits and see where the rest falls out.

‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S. Everybody has an opinion about this one.  Tell me what you think?

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Here’s My Weekend…

I know.  I know.  It is a bit repetitive, but I can’t stop singing this song!  It’s like a Pavlovian response now.  I realize it’s Friday, and the song starts playing in my head.  What can you do but pass it on?  (I also think of the movie Friday.  “You ain’t got no job…” Every. Time.)

This weekend it is all about taste testing some cupcakes for a Bridal Shower/Bachelorette party I’m throwing (Mad Hatter Tea Party anyone?).  Have I mentioned I like theme parties?  (There is a Sherlock Party post coming soon. Promise)  So far, I love, love, love this Mad Hatter Tea Party theme.  There are so many possibilities!!

Tonight, a local used book store is having a Ladies Night, and it is buy one get one free (I think).  Of course, I’m going to a book store after two people have told me it would be easier to stop buying books than buy more bookshelves.  Silly people… Not to mention, this is where I end up getting most of my comic books. (Thank you for the recommendations! Keep them coming!)

I’m finally going to watch Catching Fire and possibly Divergent.  Apparently, it is also YA movie adaptation weekend.  Here’s to hoping they do a better job than they did with Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Also, I may go to the zoo.  Yep, maybe the zoo.  “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!” Maybe finally finishing the furniture I started re-finishing like a month ago.  We’ll see how motivated I’m feeling.  Honestly, I’m not holding out much hope for that furniture, but there is still a tiny sliver of possibility there. (There are also books to be read…which will win?  Work?  Books? Zoo? All of the above?)

As I’m looking at this, and the list of normal stuff that has to get done (grocery shopping, laundry, etc.), I think I may have figured out why I’m tired…ah, oh well, who needs sleep?

So what’s going on with you this weekend?

‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S. Have you ever accidentally ordered a foreign film from Netflix?  I have…twice now.

P.P.S. Sorry for the rambling…I can’t stop…still…

Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

 

I just love the Rolling Stones.  Don’t you?  Every time I hear or even read that line, Mic Jagger’s voice slides through my mind and the Sympathy for the Devil plays in the background of my thoughts for a while.   So, moving right along, my name is Jessica and I have a book…addiction, we’ll say.  Well, it is really more stories than anything else.  My long standing love affair with stories began before I could even walk. (My Dad is a consummate storyteller.  So good, that it is hard to tell story from truth sometimes.) I was raised on fairy tale and myth with a splash of good old fashioned yarn thrown in for good measure.  The seductive power of a well told story is just….well, there’s nothing else quite like it, is there?  A well-constructed story that can convincingly draw me so deeply into fantasy that when I emerge the real world seems a bit dull or unreal by comparison is the ultimate prize. My quest for great stories has led me to find them in all sorts of places: books, history (it’s not JUST facts and dates, kids), letters, movies, television…. This love of discovering the worlds of others’ imaginations (often fantastical worlds at that) labeled me a “geek” long before it was cool, but I never really minded much.

 

So why “Geekology”?  The internet has made the world an amazing and amazingly weird place.  It has also opened up all kinds of doors to show me that there are A LOT of mediums for storytelling and even more stories that I really know absolutely nothing about.  Some of these stories are the ones that others have called “iconic” as a matter of fact.  Seriously, I’ve been missing out.  So, I’m learning here.  The 101 is because I’ve realized that I really am a novice.  There is so much that I know that I don’t know…right that sentence kind of got away from me. I’m at the freshman level here, so to speak.  Hopefully we can learn together.

 

So, what am I going to be doing with this whole blog thing?  That is a really excellent question, ladies and gentlemen, and I’m sure we’ll figure it out together.  To begin, I thought I’d share some of the awesome stuff I’m finding (because it is REALLY awesome!) Some of it’s new, some of it not so much. (I’ve missed out on a lot, I’m telling you!) Please, comment, send me emails you can follow me on twitter @ilovegeekology101, and that way you can see how I’m discovering some of this cool stuff.

 

Now you have to be asking yourself, what has she missed out on that started this? (Another excellent question!) Okay, ready? Neil Gaiman.

 

Taken from Mr. Gaiman's Facebook Page

Taken from Mr. Gaiman’s Facebook Page

 

 

 

I I found him on twitter because he replied to a tweet posted by a favorite author of mine, the amazing, Laurell K Hamilton.  It was funny.  I followed him, never heard of him before though.  Then there was this commencement speech that he did, here.  It has even been made into a book Make Good Art.

 

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Wow, I thought, I really like what he’s saying.  He’s a writer?  What has he written? (Seriously, if you smack your head like that every time I’ve missed out on something obvious, it is going to hurt…and maybe leave a mark.)  So I asked around, looked on the web and found out about The Sandman comic books.  This was my first comic book purchase ever. (I know, and I call myself a geek!) Boom!  Hooked!  Now I’m working my way through…well, pretty much everything else he’s ever written.  I am even going to be able to attend a book signing next month in Dallas for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which will be released June 18, 2013.

 

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(Don’t even try to imagine that I’m NOT jumping up and down with glee here.)  Now I just have to choose ONE item for him to sign for me.  How can I pick?  Neverwhere, Good Omens, Sandman? What about Fragile ThingsI have until June 24th to choose.  (Last I checked there were still some tickets available, you can get them here.) Dear reader, help me choose!!!

 

 

Okay, so I got a bit distracted in my excitement. (it is easy to do Neil Gaiman, for crying out loud!) Since I’m finding all this amazing new/old stuff or rather new to me stuff or sometimes just plain new stuff, I want to share.  Kind of like a review.  Books, movies, shows, even games (Maybe games, I suck at games!) I like games, but I’m not very good at competitive events I know I won’t win…yeah, I know.  I just got a PS3 so I’m trying it out though.  Right now I’m playing Assassin’s Creed III and Call of Duty: Black Ops.  My 12 year old nephew kicks my butt at Black Ops… and laughs…every time.  Does he have to laugh?  He says yes, but he’ll try to laugh more quietly.  Then he asks what level I made it to before the zombies got me…zombies suck.   Any ideas on how to beat the 12 year old…or the zombies are helpful….it’s embarrassing!

 

‘Til next time!
Love,

 

Jessica