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Blue Mystique

Posted in Art, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2013 by urbannight
Mystique by Mike Mayhew from Wikipedia

Mystique by Mike Mayhew from Wikipedia

There was a tempting 35$ plant at the store that wanted to come home with me. I resisted in the end. It was called a Blue Mystique Orchid. Or a Blue Mystery Orchid. I don’t know if it was Mystique because that was on the sign or if I thought Mystique because the darker blossoms were the color of Mystique’s skin.  Looks like it IS Mystique, in both senses.

Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. So close but it missed the mark.

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by urbannight

This movie sounded interesting.  It was so close to being good but just missed.  I should mention it is based on a comic that I have not read which, from what I researched, the movie makes a rather large departure.

Dylan used to act as an agent who helped keep the peace between the vampires, werewolves, zombies, and various undead people as a sort of ‘special detective’.  After his lady-love is killed by a vampire, he take out most of the vampire leaders and then retires.

Until a potential new case results in the murder of his friend, who wakes up in the morgue as a zombie.  Seems like everyone is after an artifact that will create a monster that looks a lot like the medieval painting of demons.

I thought the special effects were good, the sets were good, the fights weren’t bad.

The story was a good one and most of the script was good.  But some of the lines failed.

The acting was spotty.  Most of the main characters seemed to fluctuate between moment of brilliance and moments of wooden, stiff delivery or overly excessive delivery but most of the time it was just so-so.

The actor playing Dylan, Brandon Routh,  was good with body language and great with the ‘hard boiled PI’ voice over narration.  But for some reason, a lot of his actual conversations fell a little flat.   And, well, he does look amazing in red and black and his eyes look amazing.

Sam Huntington, as Marcus, was pretty great as the human who is having trouble accepting his death and the fact that he is now a zombie.  Most of his acting was great, they just put too much of the freaking out in it.  If they had pulled back on that a bit, I wouldn’t have any complaints about him at all.

Anita Briem played Elizabeth, the client AKA monster hunter.  They cast her for type, for look, and not ability.  She had some of the worst line delivery in the movie.

Vargus was performed by Taye Diggs.  This one is really sad.  You get the impression that he really understood his character and it could have been so much more.  It almost felt like he was over directed and if they had given him a little more room, he could have really made the villain shine.

In fact, while the direction, as far as staging and movement and visual aesthetics go, was good, the direction of the actual actors was not so good.

You watch the movie and can see and feel that it could have been so much better.  You can see what they wanted to do with it and hit just fell a bit short of the mark.

The mysterious comic book with the unknown superhero.

Posted in Books, Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by urbannight

UGH! I know I read a comic book series back in the mid to late 80’s with a black, female, superhero who was a model and lived w/ an aunt and uncle, the uncle being a Cajun chef.

I could have sworn it was She-Hulk or Storm. A stand alone series rather than one with a team.

But upon researching those two, their back stories have stayed pretty much the same and haven’t been mucked about with like some other characters.

So now I have NO clue what this series was.

As Wonder Woman experiences another change . . . .

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by urbannight

Fox is trying to do another Wonder Woman t.v. show. The first version of the costume drew much outrage.

It was shiny, plastic, had 4 inch heels in which no woman can chase down criminals, and looked like some junk one might pull out of a plastic, envelope-like bag at Halloween and throw away a week or two later. No one even touched on the shiny, glossy lipstick that looked as much like plastic as the costume did. Or maybe hey did. Everyone said she looked too soft for the part.

Shots from the set show that FOX actually listened and altered the costume. The pants now are made out of a material that looks like real fabric of some sort.

Something a person could really wear when tracking down evil-doers.

The bodice is a little darker.

The boots now have a very low heal.

The shot of the actress is when she is running. You can see that the costume really keeps in mind the actions Wonder Woman would be performing. And the make up was toned down. It made the actress look more like Wonder Woman.

The super glossy, super sexy make-up from the first photo shoot made the actress look to ‘soft’ to play a superhero. The on-set make up was more real and, as a result, made her more believable in the part.

I think it is a great new costume.

But still people complained.

They said it looked generic.

No, it really didn’t. No where near as generic as the new costume for the comic books. People kept saying, “Don’t mess with the original costume.” It became clear they were all talking about Linda Carter’s costume.

Not the REAL original costume.

That was a full-cut skort. A word the computer does not recognize since it is pretty well out of usage these days. A skort is divided skirt, usually just above or below the knees. Although it did get shorter and shorter, you could find some as short as tennis skirts.

Back in the day, it was very practical for women who, while expected to wear skirts and dresses everywhere, might only have a bike for transportation. Full enough to look like a skirt when at work or the store or doing other day to day business but practical for cycling to and from work, store, or the bank.
It was the obvious evolution from the full length, divided, riding-skirts.

What also caught my attention was the number of people referring to the ‘movie’. Skip this movie. Who cares what a fictional character in a movie is wearing? Some people just don’t read the article before they feel the need to rip it to shreds.

This is a t.v. show. For a t.v. show to actually last longer than a season, people have to buy into its world. If people can’t get behind the costuming of the characters, they can’t get behind the characters. If they can’t get behind the characters, they won’t emotionally invest in said characters. Without that connection, the show fails.

As a result, a bad costume with hurt the show.

Red long-johns with a cheesy symbol sewn on will not pass muster with modern viewers. (Sorry Greatest American Hero)

The same with sexy, but unbelievable, costumes. People were not objecting to the sexiness of the Wonder Woman costume.

It was the fakeness of it.

The impracticality of it.

It had nothing to do with feminists objecting to the Wonder Woman running around in briefs, short shorts, hot pants, or whatever you want to call it.

I don’t think it has anything to do with feminists.

Modern viewers are going to see a female superhero running around in briefs and a bodice while wearing 4 inch heals and think, you can’t fight villains in that. That’s a broken ankle waiting to happen and one bad step running around a corner is going to remove a whole lot of skin.

We watch enough action films and shows to know that the good guys occasionally hit the ground.

Overall, I like the new costume and I’m more willing to give this new actress a chance. I don’t have cable so hopefully the station will show episodes or allow Hulu to keep the current 5 episodes on their site. Otherwise, I’m a Wonder Woman fan the show won’t reach.

But I encourage others to give it a chance too.

Pre-Halloween Rant

Posted in Advertising, Apartments, Art, Books, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Food, Gaming, Holiday, Life, Movies and Theatre, Politics, Tea, Technology, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by urbannight

I am so far behind. And I forgot to record the first bill I paid for the 2 week cycle, so I can’t buy the last little details for my desk decorations.

I don’t even want to start on how far behind I am at home. I’ll get it finished and be set up for NEXT Halloween.

The more I try to organize my in progress projects and my hobby stuff, the more disorganized my entire home ends up. I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed.

I have to get laundry done and I didn’t get up early enough to go get my car moved to my apartment to load up the laundry. I’ll have to try for tomorrow. Or maybe I’ll luck out after work today and I won’t have to park 3 blocks from home. I hate carrying my laundry bags three blocks though the heavily visited Old Market area.

I went to grab my camera to bring to work. I want to take pictures of my Bayou inspired Halloween ides and I couldn’t find it. I wasted 20 minutes looking for it. So tonight I will jump on the Great Camera Hunt of 2010.

A co-worker is making me very angry. It’s been going on for three days. Now I feel like she is saying I took her pink zipper folder. I really have to get some pictures of me to use here because you will see that a pink zipper folder is not going to tempt me.

I have two nights to get ready for the Halloween Party and the Trip. I have not enough time. I will take a notebook to make some notes. Funny how that works. I decided to jump on the NaNoWriMo band wagon. See how it goes.

I’m cranky with Washington state that is having the bad form to talk about suspending refs who were donating their paycheck to Breast Cancer Research and using pink whistle. The pink whistles were getting them suspended. It flies in the face of what high school athletics is supposed to teach kids. Teaching community spirit by building team spirit. Teaching people to work together for a common cause.

I’m super pissed off about the Texas school who had a star player plea bargain his rape charges down and the school let him stay on the team and punished his cheerleader victim when she wouldn’t chant his name. That teaches the students that boys are more important than girls and rape or any assault is acceptable behavior for athletes.

I’m mildly cranky at the community in New York that tried to get a woman’s tree house for her daughters removed. Instead, the courts finally ruled in favor of the woman and declared it an historical landmark because her house is in an historical district and because of whom her house once belong to. But at least the system finally supported some one who deserved support.

My last cranky item is Superman’s new ‘edgy’ look. They are trying to draw in the Twilight crowd. Some thought Superman’s new look was too emo. What really got me was the glowing red eyes. Not only did they make him look emo, they made him look like an emo demon. I hate superman’s makeover even more than I hate Wonder Woman’s makeover.

I think that is the end of my rant today.

In Lament of Wonder Woman

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by urbannight

The Crunchy Urbanite wrote a blog about planning Wonder Woman’s funeral that was a good blog.  The ultimate point was that we should make sure to make our last requests for our remains and funerals ones that our loved ones can actually reasonably follow.

 It was a good blog but I couldn’t help but focus on Wonder Woman.  Some of you may have come across some of the articles a few months back (or more) that Wonder Woman is getting a makeover and a rewrite.  I won’t say reboot because to me that means a restart of a movie franchise.

 She now gets to wear pants and a jacket.  She is looking very urban and very much part of the nocturnal crowd or the underworld.  Edgy and darker.  With her new outfit, even if a friend of mine says it is too generic, you could put her down in any vampire story and she would look like she fits in.

 If I was taller and thinner, or just thinner, I would totally wear her new outfit.  But that is part of the problem with it. It no longer looks like a superhero’s uniform.  It looks like something anyone (with the figure) could wear most places.

 My biggest gripe is the change in her back story.  The writers have apparently decided that people like angst ridden anti-heroes best and they are taking her in that direction.

 The island she came from has been invaded and everyone killed.  She is the only survivor.  She goes out into the world to fight the evil that destroyed her world.  I’m paraphrasing from my memory of the articles. 

 Admittedly, the big comic book houses have changed back stories before.  But this one just irks me.  I feel like they couldn’t come up with anything so they stole Superman’s back story and gave it to Wonder Woman.

 I feel like the Wonder Woman I grew up with has died.  Admittedly, I haven’t read comics in a long time and haven’t kept up with the story line.  But now I know how my mom felt when they killed off Superman.  40, 50, 60 year olds who hadn’t read comics since they were teenagers and they all went and bought copies of it to keep in sleeves.  That was when I discovered my mom read comic books.  She never seemed the type. 

 Still, I feel like we really should be holding a funeral for the old gal (Wonder Woman, not my mother).  May she rest in peace.