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14 June 2008 @ 08:05 pm
a quick moment and two thoughts  
As we rode in the car, talking about various things, I said to Ali:

me: What are you saying? I'm not a bad person. It's not like I enjoy the idea of staking the bodies of my enemies on a forest of poles leading up to the house! No, not me, that's just not me at all.

Ali: Of course it isn't.

me: I think I'm just as glad that the girls aren't having any more kids, though. I don't think my suggestion to name a boy "Vlad Tepes" would go over very well.

Ali: No, not really.

me: Besides, with my luck, the kid would end up an asthmatic. Have to call him "Vlad the Inhaler."

It's rare I catch Ali completely by surprise. I must remember these moments, darn it.

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For those waiting for the Iron Man movie to hit DVD or who are fans of comic book animation, I'd like to recommend avoiding animated Marvel Comics films in their entirety. The Invincible Iron Man direct-to-DVD movie sucked about as badly as the Doctor Strange one they released a few months later. Seriously, wait for the live action film. Robert Downey, Jr. is Anthony "Tony" Stark.

Related to this, I want to say this to all artists who tell stories in a visual medium, be they animators, comic artists, illustrators, what have you. If your medium or intended audience does not allow you to show a character in the nude, then do not set a scene where you have stripped that character of clothing. Showing a character in the shower or chained down in a lightless prison cell is one thing, but a well-lit action scene where you have to keep arranging "convenient" naughty part coverage? Just leave clothing scraps or something, dammit. Swirling dust, steam or convenient shadows just make me roll my eyes.
 
 
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 15th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
RDJ simply was Tony Stark. That movie was perfect.

The Hulk is another example of a wielder of magic pants. It is irksome, but less so than the convenient shadow or smoke phenomena. The joke shot series from the Austin Powers films poked fun quite well at the magic prop nonsense. When it is intentional parody, I am okay with it. When done because you want nudity without actually showing nudity, it just grates on my nerves.
Sorciasorcia on June 15th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
What are your thoughts on the new Hulk movie coming out? A lot of my work friends are terrified of it given the horror that was the Hulk movie a few years ago...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 15th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Edward Norton as Bruce Banner could be interesting. The screeners I've seen so far give me some hope. I won't be able to tell you until next weekend, though. That's the earliest we'd be able to see it.