Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Comically Traumatic

Anyone who vaguely follows the comic scene (proper comic scene, you know, the stuff printed on paper that comes out every few weeks) has heard about this controversy over the variant cover of Batgirl #41.

Here we have the Joker with his arm around Batgirl (A.K.A. Barbara Gordon). She is terrified and crying. He's sporting a huge pistol in his hand.

Anyone who is familiar with Batman knows this is a reference to The Killing Joke. In that comic the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, paralyzing her, and takes naked photos over her to send to Commissioner Gordon to torment him. It's pretty f**ked up stuff. But it was the 80s, it was Alan Moore, and there were probably drugs involved.

The outrage over this can be summed up in a few statements.

"This shows a powerful character in a submissive pose because she's a woman! No male superhero would be shown in such a vulnerable pose."

An excellent point. I totally agree. To highlight this point some artists have responded to this by drawing male characters in a similar pose. It doesn't work. Your brain rebels and goes "Superman would never be so vulnerable!"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Movie Review: Godzilla (2014) -- Overall Rating 4.5 / 5

Starring Walter White & Godzilla
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Rated PG-13

Story: 5 / 5
Direction: 4 / 5
Acting: 4 / 5
Visual: 5 / 5
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5
Explanation of rating categories appears at the bottom of each review posting.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Electric Car

I've read a fair few articles recently about the cost of electric cars versus gasoline cars or hybrids, and I decided to finally crunch some numbers myself to figure it all out.

Here's what I did.

I looked at three vehicles. The Honda Civic, the Toyota Prius, and the Nissan LEAF. The first is a very fuel efficient gasoline car, the second is the gold standard of hybrid cars, and the third is one of the more popular pure electric vehicles.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Movie Review: 2013 Review Summaries – Part K of Y

I’ve seen more movies that I’ve taken the time to write a proper review of. So here are some summary reviews of stuff that I’ve seen this year. These are super simple, mostly just boiling down to whether I’d recommend the film or not. I should have written something more detailed at the time, but I’m lazy. What can I say?

Five Reviews in Total: Iron Man 3, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Wolverine, The Hangover Part III, and Pacific Rim.

Movie Review: The World’s End (2013) -- Overall Rating 4.25 / 5

Starring Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
Directed by Edgar Wright
Rated R

Story: 3 / 5
Direction: 5 / 5
Acting: 4 / 5
Visual: 5 / 5
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Explanation of rating categories appears at the bottom of each review posting.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Movie Review: Man of Steel (2013) -- Overall Rating 3 / 5

Starring Henry Cavill as Superman & Richard Pryor as Lois Lane
Directed by Zack Snyder (the genius behind Sucker Punch)
Rated PG-13

Story: 3 / 5
Direction: 2 / 5
Acting: 3 / 5
Visual: 4 / 5
Overall Rating: 3 / 5
Explanation of rating categories appears at the bottom of each review posting.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Movie Review: The Holy Mountain

“Why did that old man’s breasts turn into mountain lion heads?”

This is a question I never thought I would ask.  But then I watched Alejandro Jodorowski’s surrealist extravaganza, “The Holy Mountain” with my friend Frank.

“Spoilers” abound below, but the film is so full of madness I don’t mention that I don’t think it matters.