Thursday, July 28, 2011

Comic Con Aftermath

Sorry I'm a week behind...I'm on the road with my husband for a bike trek across Iowa (I'm his "Sag Hag" or "Gear Gal").

I've caught up on comic con coverage, and here are a few items that got me misty!

From The Daily What....
Spoiler Alert of the Day: This photo is now cannon.

More Star Wars Kiddo Shlock

Surprise Hugs!

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Day Man Sing Along favourite masquerade entry. Futterwacken-ing Hatter!

In other con news, it sound like "Cowboys vs. Aliens" may be tear inducing. We shall see this weekend!

~Geek out

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comic Con, Take 1

No tears yet from SDCC coverage....but here are a couple tidbits that I greatly enjoyed while cruising flickr...

1) From comic con 2010...shots of kids and awesome costumes are always fun.

2) People who are so excited about comic con, they take a picture of the badge lady.

3) Groups with delightfully discrepant costumes!

4) Iron Man dress AND a puppy?!

5) The family that cosplays together stays together.

6) The fact that I recognize a scary number of cosplay former "Who Wants to be a Superhero" hopeful, Purrkayla!

7) Skeptical children.

And finally, via io9, a shirt by Alaska Robotics that started off as something I wanted, and ended up as something my surly husband finds hilarious.

~Geek out

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harley Quinn Makeover Mayhem

Let me sum up:
Sad tears for the new DC reboot Harley Quinn design...

Let me splain:

I know, I know. Things change. My bone is not with change, it’s with silly change. I was actually kinda excited when I heard about the DC Universe reboot. I fell in love with Harley on BTAS. I’ve grabbed some Batman comics over the years, usually for Harley or Joker content, and borrowed other books from my husband. But I’ve never gotten super into comic book geekery because it felt like there was just too much history to ingest. The reboot seemed like a neat potential antidote to this dilemma. That said....I fully appreciate the ire of fans who HAVE dedicated themselves to the comics already in existence.

Whatever my initial feelings about the reboot, like many Harleyites, I am really disappointed with how Harley Quinn looks in the new Suicide Squad comic. A fellow HQ fan requested that I post about the new design because it elicited some rare tears from her. Harley fans ain’t prudes. My favouite San Diego Comic Con experience (and costuming experience) to date involved some rather risqué Harley. Several fabulous pillars of the Harley costuming community have been known to shake their groove-things in burlesque shows. We like sexy! But we like character-consistent sexy. Sexy with a purpose. Harley's nightie getup in "Mad Love" gave us a perfect peek into her relationship with the Joker. Arkham Asylum Harley seemed a little more gratuitous, but I could wrap my head around it because sexy nurse is really just a hilarious bad joke. Harley can make that work. Shorty shorts, a precarious bustier, and a pointless cape...less workable. (Come on…a cape?!)

I have a really sweet memory of my Mom explaining how different takes on the same character come to be. I was trying to reconcile two different King Arthur stories as a kid…probably the musical “Camelot” and Disney’s “Sword in the Stone.” She explained that people pass on stories, and as they do they add on their own ideas. “So if someone really likes Merlin…maybe they add new details about him, or make him funnier, or more powerful.” And that’s art. That’s gorgeous. Over 800 years. But don’t introduce me to a wonderful character and then make her nearly unrecognizable all in my wee little lifetime.

Harley has a special place in the cockles of me old heart. She’s a character that resonated with me in those tricky, identity molding, early adolescent years. My psychology-geekery is tangled up with her. As is my love of villainry and hunting for humanity in big bads like the Joker. I won’t be at SDCC this year, but I hear tell there will be a Harleypalooza addition to other reboot protests. My good wishes and rubber chickens go with them! If previous comic con protests are any indication, it should be a sweet and hilarious good time. And hey, if anyone might listen to a pack of ladies in spandex, it’s DC.

~Geek out

P.S. Remember--we stand for sexy with a porpoise!

Wait, scratch that, I mean sexy with a purpose!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Deathly Spoilers--Part Tears!

Let me sum up:
So geeked out and happy with "Deathly Hallows--Part 2." It's been a fun week, full of anticipatory tears. There were many nifty moments etched in my mind that I was really anticipating would get me crying. A few of these didn't hit me quite the way I expected...sometimes because of departures from the book, but also admittedly because I had very vivid, rigid pictures of how these scenes would play. But I certainly cried a ton...twice as much as the last flick. And I was fully sated by the things I cared most about. Namely...

Let me splain:
My Snape allegiance is clear in the banner, folks (that's a Snape is Innocent shirt, and before/during shots of my first read through of Deathly Hallows). Seriously, for a "Harry Potter" fan, my investment in the character of Harry Potter is surprisingly tenuous. I joked with my husband yesterday that I wouldn't care if they rewrote the movie so that Voldemort won, as long as I got juicy Severus scenes. With that, let's break down the tears surrounding this flick.

Yeah, this is a thing. I knew I was in trouble when, several times over the past few weeks, just thinking about certain scenes got me misty (this happened around 7 times in line for the movie tonight). In addition to those moments, there were some ridiculous events that got me crying before the curtain went up (don't you miss when curtains actually went up?)
1) A message I received from my Mom as we arrived at the theater, indicating that she'd cried while reading a review.
2) Dead ringer for Comic Book Guy who came in and sat, alone, in an isolated chair in the corner.
3) Little girl at the theater with a blond wig (8pm Friday show, no other costumes). I asked her if she was dressed as Luna, and indeed she was. Glee. Don't worry, I didn't cry in front of her.

Tear Breakdown

1) Headmaster Snape at the window. Rawr.
2) Griphook breakin' it down at Shell Cottage. Okay, this was a ridiculous place to cry. But I dug the "Even goblins know Harry Potter" line. And I have a huge crush on Mr. Warwick Davis (I'm a villain geek, the Lep has a sexy tongue). Getting to see him play a lovely, lengthy, subtle scene tickled me.
3) Gringott's Dragon! Wow, this one did not hit me in the book at all. But those initial shots of the captive critter almost got me crying. And that made the escape extra gorgeous and exhilarating and tear-inducing.
4) Neville explaining the new DODA techniques, and his refusal to participate. Oh, Neville Hotbottom. You're top notch. This sweet moment reminded me a bit of Fred and George comforting young students during Umbridge's reign.
5) Guess who's at Hogwarts ya'll...Harry Potter! This scene was lovely and hilarious. The lightning has struck! I appreciated the face-time given to this wacky rag-tag band of students. Before many of them bit the dust.
6) Harry calling Snape out. Conflicted tears! Oh lil Harry, if you only knew.
7) Minerva saying she is glad to see Harry. Squee.

*** Ron and Hermione kisses should be next. If Ron had been talking about house elves, I would have been paying rapt attention. But in the seconds it took my brain to adjust to the rewrite, I kinda missed the kiss. I'm sure I'll enjoy it the next time I see the movie. I know, I know, they skipped all the SPEW stuff and that would have made the moment random. But Hermione is characteristically compassionate (example...they showed her indignant about the Gringott's dragon in this flick). It wouldn't have been that random. And I like that the book kiss was Hermione's response to Ron's delightful, unexpected thoughtfulness. I'm married to a guy I've known since high school, though we didn't start dating until college. When you know someone for many years, you often get some nifty surprises as you grow and change together. And those changes sometimes let the whole relationship take a new direction. This is makin me misty. Moving on.***

8) Aberforth...hrm, look who hasn't given up. Dug the shot of him fighting. Incidentally, I didn't really mind that they didn't get into Ariana or Grindelwald or other pieces of Dumbledore's backstory, though I'm sure this will bug some folks. These parts of the book didn't resonate much with me...though I haven't reread since Rowling spoke on Dumbledore's sexuality. That said, I was hoping for some allusion to Aberforth's penchant for the goats. Anyhoo, much love for Ciarán Hinds. Really dug his take on Rochester in "Jane Eyre" a few years back.
9) Snape's last scene with Voldemort. And Nagini. Lots of anticipatory tears. Thought how they shot Nagini's attack was powerful and well done.
10) Snape's last words with Harry. The tweak to "Look at me" was another moment where my brain took a second to adjust. I appreciate that they added "You have your Mother's eyes" to make the line clearer. Part of me wants to be annoyed they spelled this out, but it's a great moment and I get that they want folks to be in on it. But I was just waiting for those 3 little words, delivered with appropriate...Rickman...gravitas. The addition shifted the punch and took me by surprise. Another case where a change threw me but I'll probably bawl the next time I see it.
11) Fred?...George?...Remus...and Tonks. Yeah, I'm an ass. I adore them, but I can never remember which twin bites it. Sorry. Like the book, this moment was wrenching. And quickly gave way to the other heavy business at hand.
12) Lead up to the pensieve. Again, lots of anticipatory tears.
13) Snape, Lily, and other pensive gems. We're talking 8 minutes or so of solid tears.
Embarrassing, unavoidably audible sob at one point. I LOVED what they did with the childhood scenes. Really lovely. Rock on, kiddos. And so much Rickman goodness. And so many Snape tears. I was elated that they gave this moment its due. I'm a dork and had forgotten this is where Harry realizes he's an additional horcrux, so I should have know it would be in there. I was so glad they got the explanation of the doe patronus in too, though. The addition of Harry asking about the doe in King's Cross was a perfect way to bring this point home (this was an addition, yeah?) Honestly, the only detail I really missed in the other movies was the connection between Harry's patronus and his dad's animagus. It seemed like a pretty large (and easily corrected) oversight. So I'm glad things were different this time around. I know bits of the pensieve scene will still confuse my Dad and others who haven't religiously ingested the books, but I was so happy with what they chose to include here. Happy sigh.

***Incidentally, this series of really rough scenes for Snape-lovers is followed by like 10 minutes of near silence. Was I the only one mouth breathing while holding in a loud, uncomfortable sniffle this whole time?***

14) Lily's words to Harry via the resurrection stone. Fresh on the heels of the pensieve, Mom's rock.
15) Neville talking about losses. Aw, Neville.
16) Molly goes mama-bear. Man, I love this line. Again, yay Mom's. Moment didn't pack quite the punch I expected (maybe because the crowd didn't burst into applause like I had hoped), but I loved it. Doesn't hurt that Julie Walters is a dead-ringer for my mom.
17) Decapitation time, Nagini. Again, mad props Matthew Lewis. I'm looking forward to reading adorable interviews with you now that I'm not avoiding Potter coverage. Heh, notice I jump from here to the epilogue. Voldemort, schmodemort.
18) "Albus Severus". Well earned, tearful finale.

~Geek out

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Potter Prep

There's a lot of geeky goodness coming up in the next week, folks. I'll be posting my breakdown of hysterical sobbing from "Deathly Hallows--Part 2" this weekend. I'm planning a reader-requested post on the DC reboot of Harley Quinn next week. Aaaaaand I'll also be posting anytime Comic Con coverage catches my lacrimal glands off guard.

Seriously though. Harry Potter. I've avoided info/reviews as much as possible (though, baby spoiler, I did stumble across evidence that the epilogue made it in). And I gotta say, as a Snape girl, I'm excited. I'm blessed with a crap memory, so I'm rarely bummed about details from the book that don't make it into the movie. With the notable exception of Snapey-content. I've been dissapointed in the past by how little flashback/pensieve footage has made it in. So I was stoked when they announced they were splitting Deathly Hallows into two parts. I was happy to fork over the extra cash and sit through the nail-biting "We're hanging out in the woods!" action of Part I if it meant Snape might get more screen time in Part II. I don't expect them to cover Chapter 33 in detail (thought it would be amazing if they did). Honestly, I'd be happy if they just do a couple shots of Snape and Lily as kids as Snape says his final line. Yeah. That'd be good. I get misty just thinking about it. But for once, I think the movie might exceed my expectations, because you need a big dose of Snape and the pensieve to get to the epilogue. And because Snape deserves it, dang nab it. Greatest Harry Potter character ever.

In the meantime, a little niblet to whet your appetite...Rickman's letter written for the Empire Magazine Potter spread. Which totally made me cry.

~Geek out

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Home in the Sky

Let me sum up:
Shiny video submitted by Smeagol92055...

Let me splain:
Thanks, Smeagol--this video did indeed make me misty. I have Firely on the brain this week, having recently enjoyed Nathan Fillion's important new Nerd PSA (directed by Chuck's Zachary Levi!) And, of course, as I mentally gear up up for Comic Con geekiness. Thank goodness for youtube, when we're too lazy/poor to make the trek to California for SDCC.

Bonus--here's a Firefly rap, if that's more your speed.

~Geek out