The Superhero Era: Do the Men in Tights Get it Right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPU8OAjjS4k

Superheroes. All of a sudden, they’re the next “big thing”. Marvel has come out with a whole slew of films featuring men with a strong conviction for justice and an endless repertoire for witty remarks. Recently, DC has tried to expand its current movie empire from everyone’s favorite brooding caped crusader, to a new tougher version of Superman, called Man of Steel. Hey, at least this one finally learned to wear his underwear beneath his clothes. Baby steps.

But what really draws people to these films? Is it the euphoria from watching an intense battle scene where you know your favorite masked hotty will make it out without a scratch? Is it the always physically fit men (and the occasional woman) in figure flattering outfits? Or is it the story about the archetypal hero’s journey where one man sets out to find glory and ends up finding himself in the end? We may never know. What we do know is that what these movies gain in special effects, they lose in accuracy of story line. It’s always been tough to make movies as good as the book, unless you want to make multiple three hour long films about men tramping through the woods on adventures yet to be experienced and triumphs yet to be achieved (cough cough The Hobbit), and yet, it’s even harder to do with comics because they can have multiple spin off series about the same character. The individuals can change in different universes, have different identities, hell, many a hero has been known to die and then miraculously come back to life because, and here’s the big shocker, their death didn’t go over well with the fans. But how much does this truly matter to comic book fanatics? Well, it depends on a few things: the magnitude of the inaccuracy and the level of dedication of the fan. 

Exhibit A: In the Toby McGuire Spider-Man movie series (2002-2007), there were many… errr artistic liberties taken. The biggest being that Peter Parker developed the power to shoot webbing directly from his wrists, a concept that hadn’t previously existed in the comic book world. The writers of the Amazing Spider-man comic series tried this idea out in their books after the movies were released, and it fell completely flat. To have the webbing be a substance created in and shot directly out of Spider-man’s body did not paint a pretty picture for fans. This is why many were grateful for Andrew Garfield’s newer rendition of Spidey in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), complete with web shooters and a wittier personality.

Exhibit B: The Avengers. Their philosophy has always been to fight “the foes no single superhero can withstand”, and because of this, there have been multiple different team ups throughout the years. First off, the heroes chosen to be included in the films were not the same original Avengers. Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk (for a small while), and later Captain America, were all a part of the original group, but Hawk Eye and the Black Widow didn’t come into the picture until later. The original Avengers included Ant Man/Giant Man/Goliath etc. (he had a bit of an identity crisis due to an inferiority complex, hence the inconsistent name) and the Wasp, another guy/girl couple. When talking with comic book fans at Jim Hanley’s Universe, a comic store off of Madison Ave in New York City, the general consensus was, that while the heroes chosen to be in the Avenger’s movie were not all part of the original team, their history of working together in a version of the Avengers gave the team-up in the movie validity.

With each movie being a big box office hit, it’s logical for Hollywood to continue diving into its superhero era. While it is realistically impossible to get each detail of all of the heroes correct, it is the hope of comic book fans everywhere that the core identity of each masked protagonist will remain intact. Superheroes have been a symbol of strength and safety for decades. With a bigger transition of heroes into film, it will be interesting to watch to see if the heroes can continue to live up to the Hollywood movie standards, and at the same time remain true to the symbols that they are portraying. So remember all you big shot producers out there, “with great power comes great responsibility”, so tread lightly because these heroes in funny suits mean a lot to a great deal of people. Spidey on.  

New City, New Opportunities

Oops, I have not posted on this blog for well…. let’s just say a long time.

I would like to say it’s because I got busy, but really it’s because I got lazy. My bed at school is bunked, so when a great idea for something to write popped into my head, my body would respond by refusing to move and proclaiming that the effort to climb down outweighed the value in writing. Stupid body, Trix are for kids.

Anyway, I’m in New York now! I have two (yes two!!) internships in the city, one with a non-profit, and one with a film festival company. I also have a job at a law firm that actually pays me, so that’s super snazzy, as I need dough to fuel my Spider-Man addiction.

I think I’m going to start writing and drawing a comic book about General Anxiety Disorder, I feel like it will help me relax. Maybe I’ll scan it and post it on here. I’ve always found it encouraging to know there’s others out there who feel the same way as me, so maybe others will share this sentiment.

Hopefully this week is full of productivity and joy for myself and each and every one of you!

When tragedy strikes

What happened today at the Boston Marathon was a tragic event that will be remembered for years to come. I know I, like I’m sure many others, couldn’t help thinking back to one of the last times an attack occurred on American civilians, 9/11.

There are countless similarities, but the one I would like to focus on is the actions of the first responders. Twelve years ago, and today, those who were not hurt by the violence did not merely run away, concerned with their own safety, they ran TOWARDS the disaster.

Many people feel an immense sadness during times like these, and that is completely understandable, but there is no need to completely lose faith in humanity. The actions of the brave men and women who responded to the explosions today, and for the days to come, are proof of that.

Yes, this is a terrible tragedy.

Yes, there were lives lost, lives ruined and injuries.

But no.

We will not have our spirit broken. We are a strong country, full of strong people, and, as we proved that fateful morning in September, we will not be broken.

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There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3: 2-4

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Not only is this our time to mourn, but it is our time to rejoice in the strength of our fellow citizens. We should not just weep out of sadness, but out of joy for the kind hearts that surrond us in a world where evil is desperately trying to win each and every day. There is a strength in each and every one of us.

Sometimes, we just have to wait for our muscles to be tested to see our true potential.

Prayers for all those affected by this tragedy, stay strong and be resilient.

Take charge of my own life: Check

I realize that I haven’t posted on here for awhile. I guess that’s because the reason that I originally made this blog, my eternal dwelling on an unhealthy relationship, is gone.

I mean, I still think about it from time to time. But now, I just give myself a kick and say “Girl, why are you STILL thinking about this? He should have absolutely no power over you, so stop giving him your crown.”

I am now unbelievably joyful, sitting here in my dorm room, relaxing to my country music and letting my mind wander, and not being afraid of where it might end up. I am very proud of myself. Now that I don’t need to tread on egg shells in my own mind, I notice myself smiling as I drift off to sleep, as I think of all the wonderful people I’ve met this year and the strength and confidence I have found in myself.

Not only is my faith stronger than it has ever been, I am doing well in school, have an internship planned for the summer in NYC (!!!), and have become more patient with others.

My life is going exactly in the direction that I want it to be heading, and I am so incredibly grateful.

Change is good?

You know those songs that, if you really listen to the lyrics, will make you cry? Well this is one of them for me. I was on Facebook, yes I know not the most trustworthy of news sites, and I saw that my ex-boyfriend’s sister posted that he got in a car accident. Totally smashed the front of the car and the airbag went off. I started panicking in class, I think my professor knew something was wrong because he stopped directing questions towards me.
Why do I still have so much fear for the safety of someone who has no fear for me?
I went and looked at his Facebook page (we aren’t friends on Facebook) to see if maybe I could view anything generally on his page about the crash, and I saw that he was in a relationship.
Dang it. This should not make me feel bad, yet it does. I just hope that this new person is enough for him and that he won’t try to change them like he tried to change me.

Graduating Members from the Class of We Made It

http://www.upworthy.com/bullies-called-him-pork-chop-he-took-that-pain-with-him-and-then-cooked-it-into?g=2″If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror”

This video deserves to be shared. So many of us go through life feeling alone and helpless.
Afraid and confused.
Broken and forgotten.
We don’t realize how many others around us are going through the same things as us. We all feel sad sometimes. We all feel ugly. No one is without moments of weakness.
BUT THIS CAN’T DEFINE US.
Be strong and proud of yourself this week, because no matter how many times people make you think it or you how many times you feel otherwise, you are beautiful.

Let’s think critically

I’ve decided to stop allowing others to define my happiness. If I keep letting them do it, I will never be happy because it is a human tendency to put ourselves first.
I wonder how to do this? I have to take the power that people have over me away from them. That task is much easier to type out then actually do.

Unfortunately, you won’t be forgotten

In my class I had to watch the pro-Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. The film is revered for it’s revolutionary techniques like the use of multiple cameras, aerial shots, blah, blah, blah. I understand it is a fantastic piece of art but it was for an evil purpose. While watching it, I couldn’t stop think of the thousands and thousands of people who perished in the Holocaust and fighting during WWII. The power of ONE man was strong enough that he was able to convince an entire nation to slaughter a religious population. It makes me fear power.

I also couldn’t stop thinking about my personal connection with the film. Though I am Christian, my mom was raised in a Jewish home. I called her after watching the movie and she directed me to this link. It outlines my family history and I couldn’t stop staring at the words “perished in the Holocaust” entire families were wiped out. It gave me shivers.

http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Miller/langsam.html

I fear power.

But really though…

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5pYA46dyKh4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5pYA46dyKh4
Really? Why did you have to do that? He was one of the few people who I have no negative feelings or memories associated with. You completely ruined it. So, P.S., next time I have a friend fly across the country and hang out with him, hands off.

^ Oops this is a very petty post, oh well. Sometimes you just have to let it all out.