Friday, July 25, 2008

More On Superheroes


I've been mentioning left and right that The Dark Knight (once again, I say, if you haven't seen it, you must, for great justice) was a harbinger, the proverbial catalyst for the evolution of superhero film adaptations. And the fun thing is, a lot of critics from Rotten Tomatoes seem to be in agreement: the genre is going to be so shaken up after this that we literally don't know what to expect next.

This article, though, sheds light on a different angle: The Dark Knight could be the meteor that killed off all the superhero movie dinosaurs. Well-written and highly intelligent, this piece pokes around in nearly a decade that saw films festooned with tight-wearing crusaders with a taste for vigilante justice. And while I'd like to be optimistic about how things look for the geek culture ever since Iron Man and The Dark Knight aired, I can't help but grudgingly agree to A. Scott's article: the strains of repeated platitudes and ideals, a lacking sense of finality, and plots loosely based on a formula of sorts, are showing on the genre.

I mean, I couldn't help but cry out for bloody murder when SPOILER Gordon was killed at the end of The Dark Knight's first act END SPOILER. That alone, the fact that change is almost always a bad thing for a comic book franchise, can become a pretty big problem when it comes to developing the characters for a film adaptation.

And the most alarming thing of all is that most of the big film production companies have announced big-name films in the making, enough films to last the industry for the next few years. Right off the bat, I could name a few:

  • Iron Man 2
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • The Green Hornet
  • Thor
  • Watchmen
  • Tintin (I consider this a comic book superhero)
  • G.I. Joe (this, too)
  • Hercules (uh huh)
  • The Avengers
  • Justice League
  • The Last Airbender (an adaptation of a good cartoon)

the list goes on. It can be pretty mind-boggling. Most of these films have already gone into production, so if the superhero bubble bursts before even half of the films are out, it could turn out to be a very gristly turn of events for filmmakers and consumers alike.

Of course, we've been living with superhero films for a long time (let's not forget the Adam West Batman: the Movie, or classic underrated films like The Phantom or The Shadow). So who's to say when the public has had enough?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Meme And Other Things


I was tagged by Lauren. Please don't kill me.

The rules are simple. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.


1. What was I doing 10 years ago? (July 1998)
I was in 2nd year high school. My professor was Indri Sybunsuan, I think. This was also the year I weakened my knee. And the year the high school gang of ten were finally formed.

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?
No to-do list, really, but today I've:
a. Gone to mass.
b. Seen the Avatar finale.
c. Discussed The Dark Knight with Inigo and Cholo.
d. Spoken with Lauren.
e. Emailed several people regarding my lost mobile phone.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Cagayan de Oro cheese bread, pan-de-sal, turon, HK Style Noodles, peanut butter sandwiches.

4. Places where I lived: Mania, Cagayan De Oro.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:
a. write and travel a lot
b. make sure my parents are comfortable and have nothing to worry about.
c. be drunk a lot
d. absorb all available art in various forms.
e. engage in extreme sports (especially once I lose all my weight)
f. Sky-dive
g. Fund the research and development of alternative energy sources.
h. Build a time machine.

6. People I want to know more of are Abbey, Obbie, Trina, Anna, Denise, John and Mike!


In other news, today was the day everybody who cared one quid about Avatar: the Last Airbender had all of their greatest dreams and worst nightmares come true. The two-hour finale of AtlA was, in very, very simple terms, quite epic. It wasn't as epic as The Dark Knight was, but it was easily almost of the same calibre, if you ask me. I can't really give a detailed analysis of the finale (or the series) right now, since once again, I am still reeling from the shock, but expect something from me within the week.

So now the question is: now that Avatar's done and TDK's over, what else do we have to look forward to?

Well, for one thing, I'm currently swamped with plenty of books. So many books, in fact, that I'll probably be busy for days to come catching up. I've begun reading The Dresden Files thanks to the timely intervention of a friend, and I have to admit that the hard-boiled treatment of magic and wizardry is really pretty new (well, maybe not that new, but new enough). I also like the narration: Dresden's first-person storytelling gives it an even more authentic detective story feel that I have a hard time telling it apart from one of those classy detective stories of yore.

Only problem is - and if you've weathered through the Harry Potter series, this probably isn't too big a problem - that the storytelling comes off as a little bit more than a glorified light novel. But I'm usually not one to judge a book by it's cover story.

Lost Mobile


Yep, ladies and gents, I have once again lost my mobile phone. This only happens in Manila. Seriously. Just email me your mobile numbers and such other details at kilawinguwak@gmail.com. Thanks!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I Am Speechless


This review cleverly summarizes everything there is to look forward to when you watch The Dark Knight. So go, read it. Because I've seen the movie twice, and I don't think I can even illustrate, however remotely, just how AWESOME this film is. If you haven't seen it, go watch it. If you have, watch it again - I know I would.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Odd Things You Notice


I tend to notice when I build up ear wax. My ears, the insides, start to itch something awful, like they were begging me to scratch them or something. And I do. I start scratching around the circumference of the earhole, and when that doesn't cut it, why I drive a finger in and give it a good wriggling. Yes, I do this in private. Most of the time, anyway.

I've done this countless times throughout my life. So many times, in fact, that it has somewhat become an involuntary reaction. I notice that I especially feel the itch whenever I'm wearing a pair of headphones.

One thing that never fails to surprise me, however, is that whenever I start plunging my appendages (not those appendages, you perv) into my ear, I end up with bits of cerumen at the tip of the fingers. It's usually a dab when my nails are short, but when the nails are long, some of the ear wax is scooped up by the extra cuticles.

Yes, I know this is normal. And yes, I expect this to happen all the time. What I never expected to happen was the fact that I enjoy finding large amounts of ear wax built up inside my ears from time to time.

Why?

Because I don't use cotton buds. Instead, I use an ear scooper. This clever little spoon goes into your ear, and with a smoothly executed grab-and-tug motion of the wrist, you can scrape off gratuitous amounts of ear wax from one corner of your inner ear. You'll see it sitting on the rounded edge, like primed royal jelly waiting to be cured for human consumption. If it weren't so gross to consider, I'd probably sit and watch a scoop my my ear wax for minutes, just because I sometimes act like a retarded baboon.

The other odd thing I've noticed is that my right ear tends to build up more earwax than my left ear. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that my right ear is what I'd call my dominant ear - that is, this is the ear that I use to figure out fine-tuned melodies or speedy bass riffs. So technically, it's the ear that does around 60% of the listening.

And yes, I know talking about ear wax is a really smart way of breaking the ice from a blog hiatus. Sue me. I like my ear wax.