Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I need more single friends.
There's nothing wrong with being married... probably. But when you're a single guy, and all the people you're used to hanging out with get hitched, you start to feel a little left behind.
I guess I just don't get why people have to go and reproduce. Now, more often than not, when I get together with my married friends, I find myself spending a lot of time with my friend's children because - and here's the scary part - I have more in common with the kids than I do with the people I've known my entire life.
See, my friends all get talk about their families, their spouses and children (and I don't think I have any of those). When we go beyond familial stuff, we tend to focus on the same boring topics of conversation: work, how much mileage my car gets, mortgage payments... It's really kind of a drag. When the kids are around, though, it's always, "Whose your favorite pony? Mine's Rarity!"
And, sadly, I know more about the latter subject than any of the former.
Sometimes, though, when I'm with my friends, we don't say anything at all. I'll admit there's actually something comforting about that - the ability to spend time in near complete silence with people I've known for so long can be almost as cathartic as laughing about that one time in high school when we all went to Homecoming with someone else's girlfriend (Fun Fact: That was a bad idea).
And, sometimes, when my friends are all off having grown-up conversations, I get stuck with the kids, and I find that the conversation there tends to dry up, too. Of course, THEN it's usually because the kids are too busy trying to keep hold of my legs as I desperately try to kick them off.
I think I'd be fine if I never get married. I probably would need to get new friends, though, since I'm pretty much just going to be shunted off to the kid's table from here on out. Of course, the kid's table DOES have macaroni I and cheese...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Kim Possible was never really my show. I mean, I did like it, but it was really something my friends obsessed over more than I did. I caught an episode every now and again during my college days - pretty much whenever I wanted something fun and inoffensive. How does it hold up now?
Yes. Yes it does.
I mean, it's a super-dated experience now. Just listen to that theme song - totally early 2000s pop music. Plus, who the heck wears belly shirts anymore, Kim.
Beyond that, though, there's a real solid premise here. Spider-Man proves that teenage heroes are quite the viable property, and Kim's super-spy aesthetic isn't that far off from the spandex genre. Kim balances all the usual concerns of a teenage girl with the more weighty issues of saving the world week after week.
Admittedly, a lot of those "usual teenage concerns" are a little on the cliche side - cute boys, make-up, skin care, cheerleading practice... It's a very Disney princess sort of thing. Still, Kim kicks a lot more butt than most Disney princesses, so it works out pretty well.
Plus - and this is important - this show is funny. A lot of the comedy comes from the performance of Will Friedle, mostly known for playing the older brother in Boy Meets World. He did a bit of voice acting once that show ended, and he's always got this high-energy delivery that brings a lot to the character.
Beyond that, there are some surprisingly great action pieces. A big highlight is any time Kim Possible faces off with her femme-fatale rival, Shego. They could have easily gone with the petty catfight route, and while the two adversaries usually snark about the other's weight or complexion during their duels, they both swing hard. It's actually some of the best fight choreography I've seen in animation.
Now if only Disney would actually put out an affordable DVD collection. My buddy managed to snag his copy through the Disney Rewards Program, but for me to buy it on my own would set me back $60 a season.
And, yeah, I'm actually a little tempted.
Friday, June 14, 2013
While walking down the street
The other week or day,
I saw a speeding car
Coming the other way.
And in that car, a crooked driver -
Her hair was thin and gray.
Then, from the yellow guiding lines
Her car began to stray!
That other lane was empty -
A relief, I'm sure you'll say,
For any lonely passer-by
That car would surely slay.
But now that relief has left us,
The truth I must convey.
The thought I had - most ghastly! -
With guilt I now relay:
I wished that you had been there
To stand there in her way.
This poem... is a lot darker than I anticipated. So's the picture. I lost interest in the whole thing about halfway through, but I didn't want to completely abandon it. It's done now.
Next project will be better.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Momma told me I could grow up to be whatever I want. I say, "Why wait?"
I'll admit it - this isn't one of my finer drawings. See, I meant to draw a baby with a pacifier in his mouth, but my roommate pointed out that it looks more like a moustache, and now that's all I can see.
Although, truthfully, I think I like it better as a moustache.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Confession time: So you remember that time that I raved about how much I love Superman? Well, I said all that, having never actually seen a Superman movie before. This summer's Man of Steel was my first, and, given my deep love for everything the character means, I went into the film with some pretty high expectations. In thinking about my reaction to the movie, I have to be careful to separate what I wanted the movie to be from what it actually was. And what was it? Well...
- This is the best-looking movie I've seen all year. Zach Snyder's apparently known for his visuals, and it shows here. The action sequences are thrilling, but there's also some really great camerawork in the quieter moments.
- Speaking of appearances, Henry Cavill looks more like Superman than anything I've ever seen outside of an actual comic book. If only he'd had the little red shorts, the look would have been 100% perfect. He acts the role just as well, bringing a real human element and emotional vulnerability to the impervious Man of Steel.
- This movie needs more supporting cast. Amy Adams plays a great Lois Lane, but she doesn't quite get enough to do. And Lawrence Fishburn really needs more to do. He gave me the one moment that actually made me cry in the theater. He's too good to be relegated to what's basically a glorified cameo.
- I'm sure that Michael Shannon (who plays the villain) subsists on a diet of amphetamines and scenery. Which is great. If you're going to be a villain, be over the top. Those are the best kind.
- The Superman fathers really, REALLY make me feel conflicted. My personal idea of what Jor-El should be like is probably the exact opposite of how much we see of him in Man of Steel... and yet Russell Crowe is very, very good. His presence helps imbue Clark Kent with some of the morality that Superman is known for.
- And then we get to Kevin Costner, who plays Superman's earthly dad, Jonathan Kent. I was less than impressed with what hints we got of his character in the trailers, and the movie... well, those flaws are all still there. Jonathan frequently comes off as kind of cowardly, and he teaches Clark a lesson that rings false with who Superman is supposed to be.
- Is there some rule that says that superhero movies this summer are supposed to have ridiculously awesome action sequences with female characters? First there was that creepy Extremis woman in Iron Man 3, and now there's the Kryptonian woman in Man of Steel. It's an odd trend... but a fun one. I fully endorse women kicking butt in movies.
- The Kryptonian fight sequences are just... just beautiful.
- Man of Steel is going to get compared to Batman Begins a lot - David S. Goyer's involvement will guarantee that. Interestingly, I found that my favorite aspect of Batman Begins - the non-linear background story - doesn't work as well with Superman, while the big climactic fight - which fell short of impressing in Batman Begins - really works in Man of Steel
- I have about 80,000 things I could say about the ending of the film. Y'all really need to go see it so I can talk about it. It's gonna be a source of contention, but, ultimately, I think it works, especially when you consider that this is the story of Superman becoming Superman.
- Verdict: Highly recommended, despite some glaring flaws.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Once again, I got a sneak peek at one of the biggest movies of the summer, and this one's a doozy: Man of Steel is a crazy risky movie. There's a lot of just mind-boggling moves the film's creators pulled, and those guarantee that this will be the movie everyone talks about this summer. Keep your well-behaved children at home, because HERE. COME. THE SPOILERS!
- First, the question I know you're already asking: Should I stay after the credits. The answer, of course, is yes: they reveal that the next film is going to have Lex Luthor, and that he will be played by Smallville actor Michael Rosenbaum.
- DC plans on creating a Justice League movie, and they lay the groundwork here by featuring a cameo from Wonder Woman... although I'm not sure that making Wonde Woman and Lois Lane the same character is such a good idea.
- It's a Superman story, so of course there's Kryptonite. The CG effects showing Superman's skin boiling when the Kryptonite gets him are a little intense - so much so that I'm surprised this movie got by with a PG-13 rating.
- I didn't know Stan Lee made cameos in DC movies...
- Fun Fact: I bet most people aren't aware that, in the comics, Superman has a super-powered dog named Krypto. Well, after this movie, everyone will know.