thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Dec. 15th, 2013 11:01 am)
I had a very fantabulous dinner + Man of Steel hatewatch last night. I knew the movie was going to be bad, but my anger was mollified by the good company and the delicious food.

I also went back and found my long rambling entries from, um, seven years ago, about Superman (and Batman) after Superman Returns and I was a much less jaded and bitter fangirl back then. I think Superman Returns has plenty of flaws (some of which are repeated in Man of Steel), but I still have some fondness for it, since it feels like a movie made with love. Man of Steel feels cold, for all that we get sad, angsty expressions from Henry Cavill. It doesn't feel calculated and commercial, but it does feel more like an intellectual exercise than an emotional one. I want my Superman movies to be filled with joy. Ripping off Terrence Malick in place of actual emotional depth will only get you so far.

Also, it would be more convincing as an intellectual exercise if anything made sense.

At least they didn't knock up Lois Lane with Superman's kid and then have him run out on her? Small mercies, man. Small mercies.
thedeadparrot: (constantine)
(posted by on Oct. 27th, 2013 08:48 pm)
1. I am writing about autumn feelings, because apparently I haven't done this enough already. I need an actual arc or conflict or something, but I will probably waffle around in cheerful feelings, and it will be gross and twee instead until I get bored with it. I'm feeling like an asshole lately, so I kind of want to write something where everyone ends up miserable and unhappy and alone at the end.

2. I have decided to replay Costume Quest because it felt thematically appropriate to the time of year. It's a little repetitive and simplistic, but I enjoy its charms. I am also making my way through my first playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins. Something about the high fantasy setting bores me to tears, even though I do enjoy the worldbuilding that Bioware has put into it. It is fine for now, but I suspect that I will not make it all the way through.

3. I enjoyed Film Crit Hulk's very thorough analysis of the storytelling failures of Man of Steel. I will one day watch this movie so that I can hate it personally, but I am glad for all the thoughtful, annoyed criticism this movie has produced. (Warning: the essay is long, and it is written in hulk speak.)

4. I am the worst Bostonian, because I didn't even realize the Red Sox were in the World Series until this past Wednesday. Whoops.
thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Jun. 13th, 2013 09:53 pm)
I have so many rage feelings about Man of Steel already and I haven't even seen it.
thedeadparrot: (lois + clark)
(posted by on Jul. 14th, 2006 10:09 pm)
Okay, more thoughts on Superman Returns.

I think it excelled was in the big moments, while Batman Begins was a movie that excelled in the details. Sure, Superman had some awesome small moments, and Batman had some awesome action scenes, but it's not quite the same. Superman Returns' quiet character moments were generally disconnected from a lot of the action and occasionally, from each other, while for Batman Begins, the character details and plot interlock so tightly and neatly that it's like watching a puzzle come together. On the other hand, Batman Begins' action scenes are tight, violent and dirty. They're not bad, but they don't elicit that same joyous wonderous glee of watching the action scenes of Superman Returns.

Anyway, dude how about that The Prestige movie? It is looking quite awesome, and I don't even like the subject matter. But I'm totally willing to watch anything that Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan do together.

P.S. Lois and Clark are awesome (see icon), and Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve are so adorable. OMG. I totally have a "Lois is fucking awesome" post coming along.
thedeadparrot: (deadparrot)
(posted by on Jul. 12th, 2006 10:45 pm)
I saw Superman Returns again in a nearby drive-in with [ profile] dryadinthewood last night, and a few of the things that were bothering me about it bothered me much less. Namely Lex Luthor and Lois Lane. Other things that were bothering me, still bothered me. Namely, the pacing.

But I still love it lots.

(Though not as much as Batman Begins, but that's just me.)

I will probably ramble about them both again some other time.

At the moment, I'm kind of working on this odd Clark gen piece that I don't think anyone will read.

I also managed to get XGL/Compiz working with GNOME. (They're shiny Mac-like window/desktop effects, for the uninformed.) I am digging it muchly. It seems to have a tendency to crash however, so I'm looking for solutions for that. Also, it sometimes likes my right Alt key, sometimes it doesn't.
thedeadparrot: (Default)
(posted by on Jul. 11th, 2006 11:49 am)
A list of Superman Returns fic on LJ

Everything I've read so far is good.

My peronal favorite is Wave If You See Me From Afar which takes place pre-Superman Returns, and has an awesome Lois. I am a sucker for an awesome Lois.
thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Jul. 5th, 2006 08:58 pm)
Title: Love Will Come Through
Fandom: Superman Returns
Pairing: Clark/Lois, Richard/Lois
Word count: 3496
Summary: In which Lois falls in and out of love (but probably not in the ways you'd think).
Notes: For [ profile] zauberer_sirin, for being my partner in Clark/Lois squee. Unbetaed.

( Love Will Come Through )
thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Jul. 4th, 2006 05:09 pm)
I'm totally writing a post-Superman Returns Clark/Lois fic. And I wanted it to be happy and fluffy, but it kind of devolved into angst, because spoiler-ish ) I like to think I succeeded. I might change my mind tomorrow.

I've got a gazillion Superman Returns plotbunnies. There's this Richard/Clark/Lois thing, this Clark gen thing. Uh, maybe a Clark/Lois/Bruce Batman Begins crossover thing. I'm not quite sure. It's crazy, yo. Arguably, I was kind of the same way when Batman Begins came out, so it all makes sense. Kind of.
thedeadparrot: (introspection in weird moments)
(posted by on Jun. 30th, 2006 09:44 pm)
(a.k.a. she's at it again)

- If Clark is Jesus, what does that say about the Christian God in Smallville, what with Jor-El being evil and all? I think that would have been an awesome idea to play with, but then again, the writers on Smallville are generally not up to that sort of depth.

- Lois is apparently Mary Magdalene, which kind of makes sense, and kind of really doesn't.

- That shot in SR where Superman flies up to the sun? I love that moment, and I would say it's one of the most religious in the movie, but I'm not quite sure why. Any thoughts?

- Clark really does have this sort of infinite, consuming love for humanity, for Earth, that I think that's the center of him, that's what makes him him. I think that's one of the things that draws the parallels, that absolute love that he's capable of.

- I can't believe I left it out of my pervious post, but I remember someone saying that BB!Bruce's journey was like Buddha's, the human man who renounces his wealth and power to go out in search of enlightenment, and then returns to share this enlightenment with the people. I like the idea of Batman as Buddha (though that's a really funny thought) and SR!Clark as Jesus. Because Superman is all about the power in godliness, and Batman is all about the power in humanity.

ETA: I think clients should add a feature "Do you want to post this to X journal?" before posting things. Because otherwise, it's just really awkward.
thedeadparrot: (batman begins)
(posted by on Jun. 30th, 2006 02:53 pm)
I officially declare today, [ profile] thedeadparrot Blabs A Lot About Superman Day.

I love the odd bits of Superman/Batman parallelism in terms of, well, everything. Even though people (and by people, I mean comic book writers) only seem to be able to compare their origins, as if that's the only moments of true parallelism.

I love the idea that Superman's personas are both inherently true, as I believe that Clark is as much him as Superman is. I love the idea that neither of Batman's personas are true to him, like, at all. Bruce Wayne is, well, Bruce Wayne, idiotic playboy bazillionaire. Batman is sort of this act that he puts on to scare criminals. Yeah, it's more true than Bruce Wayne is, but I still think it's very much an act, while Superman is both badass superhero and dorky reporter (which is why it's such a big deal for him to need Lois to fall in love with Clark as well as Superman, because they're both him, and he needs her to love all of him, not just a part).

I love the fact that both Metropolis and Gotham are New York City, except that Metropolis is utopia!NYC and Gotham is dystopia!NYC. I have this whole thing about cities, as you may or may not have figured out, and the idea that they come from basically the same exact city, except completely different. I love the idea that their cities have shaped them, in some way, or that they've somehow shaped their cities.

I love that Batman is from this planet, yet alienated enough that he has to create a persona to deal with it. I love that Superman is from another planet, yet loves this one enough to live among the people, creating a persona in order to do good in it.

I love that Batman goes underground, creates a cave for himself to watch the goings on in Gotham. I love that Superman goes above the world, likes to watch it from the outer atmosphere (because, uh, there's no sound in space).

I love that Batman chooses to use fear, and that Superman chooses to use hope. That they chose those things, because they believe it's the right thing to do, and I love that sometimes they're right, and sometimes they're wrong.

I love that Batman is so rooted in one place, despite having been around the world. His town is Gotham, and that's where he works, that's where he does business, that's what he loves. I love that Superman is about the entire world, even though he grew up in a small town. He loves the world, he protects all of it, not just Metropolis.

I love that they're big damn heroes (to borrow a phrase from Joss Whedon), that they both wear silly costumes, that and that they're always there to save the day.

P.S. I'm totally this poster to go along with this one. Because they seriously match. I swear.
thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Jun. 30th, 2006 10:28 am)
General comments:
Overall, I think the first half of the movie is much stronger than the second half. There's a point where it just starts getting weaker and weaker, but the second half has some amazing moments, and I adored the first half. It's not like the movie suddenly goes bad, though, it's just weaker.

And now for the parts with spoilers )

So yeah, I want to see it again on the big screen sometime. Preferably in IMAX.
thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Jun. 30th, 2006 12:39 am)
Dude. It was far from perfect, and I have a few issue with things here and there, but there were so many moments of pure comic book awesomeness squee right there that I can totally reccommend it.

(More on this later.)


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