Loki Doesn't Need To Be Redeemed.Neither does he need anyone's pity.Loki Doesn't Need To Be Redeemed.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My fangirlism might just be rebuked by Loki's colossal Midgard fan-based army after this but whatever. I am merely just one.
I've seen too many comments on hoping for Loki's redemption. That is really sweet. So... so sweet but so, so... unrealistic. Whether anyone reads this entry or not... It really doesn't matter. This is my Journal. My rant. My love. My lust. My thoughts and just... mine alone.
So I start by saying... I love my villains. Just as dearly as I love my isolation and desserts. Them sweeties make my toes curl and my sweet-tooth tingle.
Loki... was created to be one of Thor's arch-enemies and I hope that he will never be redeemed. He might have been intentionally played out to take on the role of an anti-villain in his first movie 'Thor' and an anarchistic anti-villain in his second movie 'The Avengers' but this time... And I'm only saying this based on my assumptions from the new trailer of 'Thor: The Dark World' as revealed at th
The Enemy of my EnemyGood versus Evil.The Enemy of my Enemy2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The idea is as old as humanity itself and still the most popular theme (at least in theory) in universal storytelling. Initially the moral concept was the ideals of justice and mercy in contention with the vices of selfishness and cruelty. In our earliest legends these two perspectives are usually defined by metaphorical constructs: the ravening dragon as a symbol of evil and the stalwart warrior rescuing the princess representing good. It's a simplistic approach to a fundamental concern, but introduces the conflict between good and bad influences early in life and at least at first encouraged one and rebuked the other.
Nowadays good and evil are not so much ideals as they are disparate factions. The evil East India Trading Company is fighting the good Pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Why is the trading company evil despite them keeping order and the pirates good despite the fact they murder and pillage?
Because the films have designated one side good a
Top Ten Favorite Video Game VillainsJust for fun these are my favorite game villains from games I've played, and I'm interested to hear your own lists too!Top Ten Favorite Video Game Villains2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some SPOILERS may be present...
10: Bowser from Mario
No he doesn't have much motivation or character, but due to the lost art of expressive character models one look at Bowser tells us all we need to know: he's dangerous. Bowser is huge, dragon-like, and also has the characteristics of a bull so you realize at once he'll probably breath fire and charge you. In later days Bowser has made a fine transition to three dimensions, maintaining the menace in design and size but also the cartoonish whimsy of his coloration and perpetually irritable expression.
A classic, memorable foe you couldn't wait to face.
9: Ulysses S. Pitt from Dead Head Fred
Normally the villainous, mindlessly cruel and greedy businessman stereotype annoys me, but Pitt is an exception to this rule by virtue of being extremely funny. Pitt dumps toxic waste into pristine environments, assassinates his p
How To Keep SuspenseI don't know how many out there aren't sick of me discussing filmic ideas and criticism. If your one of those who isn't interested in what I have to say or doesn't want to read potentially judgmental musings then by all means read another journal.How To Keep Suspense3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll think none the less of you for it.
For everyone who stuck around, I hope at least my words are food for thought.
There will be spoilers for various shows...sort of. Actually given that this discussion will be about how predictability creates a lack of suspense, you probably could have guessed these 'spoilers' yourself without any help from me.
Why is it that a lot of modern shows seemingly go out of their way to ruin what I consider one of the most important aspects of storytelling, especially for film and television?
Suspense comes with uncertainty. It can be a breath held before or a joke or a thrill or a scare. It's atmosphere building to an unknown conclusion or something the audience knows that the characters do not leadin
Grey Doesn't Mean No Black or WhiteBruce Wayne: Criminals aren't complicated, Alfred. I Just have to figure out what he's after.Grey Doesn't Mean No Black or White2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alfred: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that you don't fully understand, either...Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
-The Dark Knight
In my recent appeal for an attempt to return to more uplifting cinema there was a bit of confusion about whether I meant to say that all productions with darker elements/morally questionable characters were inferior to productions that made a conscious effort to be edifying and upbeat. Another thing that happened was a lot of people agreed with my position, but felt that I was suggesting that stories with cruel characters and harrowing moments should be dismissed.
I need to clarify myself here
One of my favorite movies is The Godfather: a production in essence about a good-hearted man who is corrupted an
Seven Deadly Movie SinsA lot of people have taken me to task about my objective positions, reviews, and...well...rants on films. Nowadays it seems improper for a critic to be honestly critical about something, specifically if said thing is in any way popular. After-all its our duty to not hurt other's feelings by saying what they hold dear is in any way flawed.Seven Deadly Movie Sins3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not being sarcastic. This is roughly the argument I keep hearing from many on the subject.
1: Every opinion is equal so why bother trying to promote your own at the expense of others?
2: Every production you criticize is loved by or was created by several human beings so why spit on them?
To answer in order.
1: In terms of filmmaking, NOT every opinion is created equal.
2: You can criticize a production without criticizing people who enjoy it or were involved in its creation.
Without criticism you end up without any guidelines or means to improve. This is the chief reason I see Hollywood as having gone downhill: because people
The Disadvantages of Invincible HeroesNow I do enjoy my hero movies on occasion and its fun to see a supreme bad-ass waltz through a wall of baddies with style and grace...but at a certain point enough is emphatically enough!The Disadvantages of Invincible Heroes3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The 'invincible' tag doesn't just fit with actual super-humans but also just ridiculously skillful people; generally excused by a brief background allusion to them being 'spies' or 'assassins' or 'special forces' or even 'ex-cops'. These people routinely fall from massive heights without injury, get shot and stabbed a lot with no noticeable effect, perform physically impossible feats and fight with impossible speed and dexterity all the while the film tries to pretend they're more then super heroes without the costumes.
As stated above I can dig a lot of action movies with this kind of character and even movies about completely impervious heroes I enjoy. The original Superman I claim is close to a work of art, and Supes is about as impervious as you can get. Likewise The Matrix lobby scene is still di
Beauty and the Beast: The Forgotten Art of StoryThe films that really awakened my interest in filmmaking, storytelling and fantasy in general at a young age were Star Wars, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.Beauty and the Beast: The Forgotten Art of Story3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I got to musing that Beauty especially represents surprisingly the epitome of animated storytelling truly in my opinion. So many modern films, animated and otherwise, could take a few tips from this seminal Disney classic.
Beauty and the Beast had a strong female lead:
And by strong I don't mean physically, I don't mean grouchy and argumentative, and I don't mean always perfect at everything she attempted. Belle was in a lot of ways a female character modern films seem to shun with dreams of perfect romance, is book smart rather then battle hardy, has loyalty to her parents and polite acceptance of less then violent rebuffs. But still Belle stands out as one of the best female characters in existence. She isn't a tool of the plot: she is the plot, her decisions and her actions dictating the way it moves. She thinks for herself,
The Fire RisesThe Fire Rises3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just literally came back from The Dark Knight Rises in Imax and...woof!
I know I'm a fan so I was probably going to love it no matter what, but my love of this movie transcended mere appreciation for the source and director's vision. This was EVERYTHING I wanted to see.
Not just in this movie, but movies in general.
I wanted powerful, developed characters with meaningful arcs.
I got them.
I wanted the fantastic mixed with the real so that one seemed more plausible, the other seen in a new and majestic way.
I got it.
I wanted a final epic confrontation in which I knew the combatants and felt something was at stake in the struggle.
It was here.
I wanted invention and change-ups to tired formulas but honoring of the past instead of heaping scorn on the legacy of the source.
I wanted mystery and suspense and drama as well as a clever but affecting sense of humor.
I wanted mostly practical effects with CGI to enhance the action rather then
Want Better Movies? Kill the Budget!This might seem an odd suggestion seeing as one of the more common complaints about bad movies is they look 'cheap' but I think this idea has proven merit.Want Better Movies? Kill the Budget!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Question: Which Halloween is scarier? The original or Rob Zombie's remake?
The original of course. Not even most people who enjoy the remake I believe can claim it's scarier.
The remake adds backstory, loads of gore and nudity, but it skimps on atmosphere.
Its too excessive to be frightening, where as the original is so minimalistic it became iconic, primal.
Lets take a look at the budgets...
Halloween (Original): 320,000
Halloween (Remake): 15,000,000
The original Halloween was until recently the highest grossing worldwide independent film ever made, and I think there was a grand total of two drops of blood in the entire production, no CGI, no flashy sets or pyrotechnics or really huge name actors. All it had was a fearful premise, an eye for subtly, and pervasive suspense.
Compare the original Star Wars to the prequels. One is lau
How Not to Make Me Care in StoriesI'm being very specific here: this is ME we're talking about. Perhaps not you, but I can only work by what I know for now. Why a journal so soon on the heels of the last?How Not to Make Me Care in Stories2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Because this sort of thing is bothering me a lot lately. It seems many people, critics and storytellers alike, have all but abandoned the (admittedly) hard work it takes to make me care.
Sure appealing to a massive cinema buff like me is probably not the best business model, but it seems bizarre to me that the requirement is to decrease my expectations, rather then storytellers strive to improve. People get huffy when demands are made on screenwriters/directors to use their millions of dollars of budget, their top shelf actors, their state of the art special effects to try and entertain, make sense, and engage.
After years of watching movies and shows, trying to make movies, writing screenplays, reading books on films and going to film school I've come to the conclusion that I'm not crazy in a lot of my demands. Just
Black Hearts with White HatsI'll tell you a secret: nobodies perfect.Black Hearts with White Hats2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This idiom seems completely cliché and obvious, but not so to many apparently. There's a marked difference between flawed and actually having flaws and a little too often to me the two are confused. The reason this annoys me isn't just in rote characterization, but because in reality people have multiple facets to their lives and their being, some not so very appreciable. It's a hollow statement that by performing heroically you can fix what's wrong inside yourself, as history has shown time and again. Yes I believe in objective moral standards, but trying to make 'good' mean a quality to a person's nature rather then a choice strikes me as simplistic and even dangerous if applied to life outside of fiction.
Take a classic character you may have heard of: King Arthur. This paragon of lordliness and strength is also a deeply flawed person at his core. Even if Arthur means well who he is and what happens to him dictates that he will make terrible
Naturalism is IllogicalNow that I have your attention.Naturalism is Illogical3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The following discussion will contain positions of a controversial nature.
And by controversial I mean real controversy, especially in this day and age.
Now all too often I've run into people who will proudly proclaim themselves beyond those poor pathetic addled morons who cling to their Buy-Bull (yes, that's the way they tend to spell it) and believe in such foolishness as moral absolutes. They are so rational that just mentioning God or the supernatural is an insult to their gloriously advanced minds. I basically wrote this journal entry after the fifth entertainer I watched for respite offhandedly dismissed the entire history of religion and super-naturalism as sub-evolutionary rejects by definition and without further discussion needed. After all, who could be so blind as to believe in something unprovable when materialist, naturalist science has proven everything, shown the way everything works, and fills in all the gaps?
I hate to break it to you b
2 Solutions to Story Problems**Which perhaps only I really care about, but whatever it's my journal!2 Solutions to Story Problems*2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1: All The Characters are Irredeemable Jerks
Despite many claiming constantly that they wish there was more moral ambiguity among the cast of stories, there's an equal amount of people getting really tired of having books and films devoid of likable characters entirely. The response to the demand for complexity and drama from a modern audience a little too often seems to mean no one has pure motivations. Even our 'heroes' tend to be belligerent, selfish, and sometimes deceitful and/or murderous. Potentially revealing the inherent darkness and the struggle that comes from this in all people could be an interesting and compelling story idea, but I'd argue the problem commonly stems from traveling leeward too far the other way. Characters who are entirely black and white can be very dull and 'boy scout' heroes lack the kind of shades of gray more commonly encountered in real people. However unless you are a die-h
Making Likable CharactersI think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it's a verb.Making Likable Characters2 months ago in Personal More Like This
-Robert Downey J.R
Myself and I'd think a great deal of people are oft to state that we lament the lack of likable characters. Heroes and villains are often hard to tell apart especially in quote unquote 'modern' productions because of the sludgy moral gray areas created by relativistic thinking. We're a bit burned out about goody-two-shoes heroes standing up against black hat baddies so naturally a little variation on the themes is fine, but a little too often this attempt to make things more complex and intriguing ends up doing the opposite, with every antagonist and protagonist out for themselves to the near complete apathy of anyone else. A hero is defined so frequently as anyone powerful enough to contend with equally powerful baddies, or anyone who tries to be 'authentic' to their own personal codes no matter what that code may be.
As for villains? They're always Nazis or Business Men or So
REPORT FROM DA HQ - dA's reporting system and pornREPORT FROM DA HQ - dA's reporting system and porn4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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The most repeating complaints, suggestions and questions we gathered from the community and that we later presented to the dA's $taff were connected with the dA's content and the reporting system.
From what we've seen people are sick and tired of pornography, "art theft" and with how slow everything is dealt with.
In the first part of this journal I'm going to try and explain some things about art, nudity and pornography and then, in a separate section, answer the questions we asked the $taff about the reporting system. I highly recommend you to read the both parts (even though it might be a bit long) as my reasoning might make you think more about the topic and maybe lead to an interesting discussion afterwards.
If you'd like to skip directly to the questions anyway, scroll down to a strip made of this icon :iconmeowscrollplz: and continue reading.
"Art theft" is going to
Hollywood Heroes: The Lost ArtBlog taken from: http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/rdvonch/2009/03/31/heroic-hollywood-something-we-can-believe-in--again/#more-93474Hollywood Heroes: The Lost Art6 years ago in Personal More Like This
This description of the essential nature of heroism and morality to satisfying stories summed up my long held opinions concerning what is needed to make a lasting film experience. I hope those who read will give their own opinions. This is an issue I've long struggled with.
-Heroic Hollywood by Russ Dvonch-
Im going to take the boss at his word that the modest objective of Big Hollywood is to change the entertainment industry. To make Hollywood something we can believe in again. In order to give millions of Americans hope. And further: Until conservatives, libertarians and Republicans recognize that (pop) culture is the big prize and that politics is secondary, there will be no victory in this important battle.
But what is it, culturally, that Hollywood can do that will make us believe in it again and give
For My Own SafetyAnnouncing The Fan Fiction Article. Fan art and fan fiction, like the offering above, are a blast because artists get to wear their favorite stories; in my case the iconic "Blade Runner." Fan fiction and art are the new fashion.For My Own Safety4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I prefaced a recent article Eye See Therefore Eye Am,
with a quote from Roy Batty, the doomed replicant (android) who was given human emotions to be able to appreciate
all the wonders of life, including the visual, but afforded only four years of
lifespan to enjoy them.
time to die, roy batty by anjinanhut
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost
in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
—Roy Batty, Bladerunner
I thought the quo
Easter Journal: The Meaning of The CrossAnother theologically minded journal in honor of the liturgical seasonEaster Journal: The Meaning of The Cross3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was very grateful by the open and respectful reception of my last Easter themed journal entry.
Again I'll try no to preach at people here, but I will share my honest beliefs and try to support them.
"He died for us."
This is the way our priest John Ferguson began his sermon last night for Good Friday.
John is an ex-marine who served in Vietnam and Korea. An atheist from early on because of a bad childhood experience with rampant fundamentalism, he received a conversion experience in a firefight and returned to begin his seminary.
He takes the Bible, Jesus, and God very very seriously.
Yesterday was the day commemorating the betrayal and execution of Christ and the readings and songs reflected this, ranging from sorrowful dirges to triumphant hymns of praise. Its an odd collision of two distinct but complimentary realities: Jesus died, but in dying he triumphed over sin evil and death.
Normally death is not attr
Pin-Up: From Objectification to EmpowermentIn researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls” there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops.Pin-Up: From Objectification to Empowerment3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Wed Feb 01, 2011, 11:00 PM
In researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls”
there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs
adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops
Extermination is Good (Or: This is Ticking Me Off)Apologies for another political blog but this kind of ugly, growing problem is not being addressed, and left unchallenged makes me very concerned.Extermination is Good (Or: This is Ticking Me Off)6 years ago in Personal More Like This
I needed to have my say somewhere. If you're not interested, a good day to you and please love your neighbor more then this fellow does
This is a blog by Jeff Wells a movie reviewer entitled Argument Over Beers.
I had an argument last night with Jett over my assertion that conservative righties are essentially defined by selfishness. Because they're basically the party of "me first, taking care of my own family, the less fortunate need to get their act together and work harder, darker-skinned people are entitled to the good life but a lot of them don't seem to really get it like we do, I-don't-know-about-that-global-warming-stuff, I like to play golf and drive my SUV to the hardware store or the country club and do whatever the hell I want within the bounds of reason because that's what rugged American individualists get to do."
Not so 'Dark' Shadows: Why is Scary a Lost Art?http://www.movie-list.com/trailers.php?id=darkshadowsNot so 'Dark' Shadows: Why is Scary a Lost Art?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Newest trailer for Dark Shadows has come to light (sorry) and at least from the beginning of it I had this hopeful blossom of joy in my heart. Tim seemed to be back! We had gothic, we had grungy, we had epic and creepy and sweeping: a vampire curse, a witch's forbidden romance, and an ancestral estate with a secret legacy.
Then the seventies music kicked in and Johnny Depp started yelling at the television calling it 'sorcery' in a fashion I don't think has ever been funny even when the Coneheads did it. None of these jokes work and all they do is ruin the haunting feeling of the beginning of the trailer.
And this is the parts of the movie that are supposed to encourage us to get excited for this film?
Seriously people: why is scary a crime?
Are people afraid that taking themselves too seriously will lead to them being scrutinized too harshly? After all if you create something you treat soberly and you mess up and make it d
Question to Fellow Comic Book FansI'm just wondering, when you guys see Comic Book adaptations (Like Watchmen, 300, Sin City, Kick Ass or any Batman Movie) What do you want out of it? I mean do you really want to see whats on the page verbatim? I mean I doubt it that each film adaptation garners enough new readers to matter to be an exact translation. Personally I can't just do it. Watchmen is one of my favorites because of the massive changes and some people hate it others love it. My favorite Comic Book Movie is Superman, Mainly because it mixed his origins and had became fresh. In the original Origin both his parents die, in the later origins neither, the movie brought it done to a more sacraficial level of having him lose one to learn a lesson and i like that, but thats getting off point. My point is do fans really want to just watch the movie and see no changes? do you guys really just feel the material is just so perfect that changing a plot line or adding something new is just wrong? Isn't it boring to you thatQuestion to Fellow Comic Book Fans3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Megamind: Originally PG-13?This amused me.Megamind: Originally PG-13?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is an actual first draft scene of the script for Megamind by Dreamworks.
As you can see animation actually DOES have guts at least in the first stages.
Later on apparently someone steps in and cleans it up.
The only thing I changed was a few edits to get to the hilarious parts and Metroman's original name was Uberman, but all the dialogue is really what was originally intended.
Makes you wonder what other 'children' movies used to be...
SPOILERS and CONTAINS BAD LANGUAGE.
SON OF A BITCH!!
Master Mind and the minions all cringe in unison.
Master Mind begins to laugh.