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2012-11-04 08:42 pm

Sweet and spoiler free



So, long and spoiler-free story short : WRECK IT RALPH WAS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD.

The short before it, Paperman, was really fun too. I marvelled at the new technology. I mean... 3D technology that makes stuff look like 2D? Do you guys have any idea how awesome this is? I hope they use it for the upcoming Snow Queen movie. In all honesty, even if Wreck-it-Ralph would have been bad, Paperman was still worth the ticket price. But it was good, so no issues here.

Lots of adorable things, fun plot twists, scary villains and powerful female characters. So, i'm happy. Definitely something video game fans need to see.

Link adored Vaneloppe. I preferred Ralph. THEM CUTIES.

- Isa
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2012-03-14 11:41 am
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Unless someone cares an awful lot...



I'm not gonna lie - one of the reasons I want to learn digital painting is for the ecological aspect. I love drawing on paper, but sometimes I feel like such a threat to trees.

So, yesterday I went to see the Lorax. And here the review. But first! Some context :

As most of you know, the Lorax is something created by Dr. Seuss in his very unique books. I've discovered the books of Dr. Seuss only very recently. See, since he uses mostly ply-on-words and creative rhymes to create an interesting story, his books aren't very easy to translate. I'm pretty sure they got translated, but I doubt they were popular at all in French. So I never grew up with the books, like so many did. The only Seuss character that was around in my childhood was the Grinch - The animated Christmas special had been translated and played every year. And I watched it in English too, even if I didn't understand much of it. I checked out the books recently after a few people told me I should. I really like them. I can see why they are so important for so many. And a lot of people were angered by the new Lorax movie, saying it destroyed their childhood. Is that accurate? Let's see.

For those who don't know, the story of the Lorax goes like so : It's about a man called the Once-ler that travels to a palce filled with cute animals and truffula trees, aka trees made of fluff. With said fluff, the Once-ler knits an all-purpose garment that is really popular. Instead of picking carefully the tree fluff, the Once-ler chops down the trees, even though he has no purpose for the trunk. To make more money, he calls in his family, so they can make the production go faster. They cut more and more trees, gradually destroying the truffula tree ressources, which is not only bad for the environment, but also for the Once-Ler himself, since he looses his ressource in the end, his money and family. All the while this is happening, the protector of the forest, called the Lorax (who is a mystical creature of some kind), follows the Once-ler around to tell him to stop. The Lorax acts as a conscience that is never really heard. This whole tale is told by the now alone and broken Once-Ler, vis flashback. As he is telling it to a boy, and ends up giving the last truffula seed to the boy, so that someone new and full of hope can care for the forest.

Basically, it's all about saving the environment because destroying it is very, very stupid.



The original book (and the 1972 animated movie) came out during a time where companies were very motivated to grow very, very fast and often cutted corners to save time, even if it destroyed the planet. In the original book, the Once-ler is a faceless pair of green arms, representing the faceless corporate america, and the Lorax as a lot of "hippie" characteristics. The Once-ler was very greedy, spoke fast, always stayed egocentric and kinda mean. The original is dark, complex, has strong morals and represents the 70's quite well.

The new version has the same story as the original, but with a lot of parts added in, and the story somewhat "softened". In the 2010 version, the boy who seeks out the Once-Ler (now named Ted), does it, at first, to get a truffula tree seed to impress a girl. He lives in a very clean town, that is only clean because the inhabitants shove all their crap outside of town, and refuse to acknowledge that pollution exists. So, getting out of town to hear the Once-ler's story (which he has to do thrice), is always a challenge. The Once-ler in this version is kinder. We see him as a young man, when he first cuts down the truffula trees, and he's pretty much an adorable hipster. He actually tries to do what the Lorax tells him (harvest the trees rather then cut them), but under the influence of his family, he gets greedy and corrupted and then allt he trees are cut down. The Once-ler in the original was driven. This one is spineless. But it does add something "modern" to the tale. The Once-ler often uses excuses such as "If I don't do it, someone else will", etc, etc. He got carried away, and destroyed. But he's still seeking redemption, which is something that was in the original, but a bit less. Basically, the Once-ler's attitude in the 2010 flick, mixed with the whole "can't see poluution lalalala" attitude of the townsfolk kinda tells kids that it's not just big evil companies that pollute, but also normal, friendly people. It teaches kids that you can't just ignore a problem, you have to care. Which is what Ted does in the end. After hearing the Once-ler's story, he doesn't want the seed just to give it to the girl, he wants to plant it in the middle of town, for all to see.

So, is the new movie good? Heh. More or less. It's okay. It's okay with a couple of really good parts.

I liked how they changed the moral a bit to fit the way people think today. But they still felt like they needed a second corporate villain, since they made the Once-ler nicer. And to me, that was useless. Instead, they should have focused more on the Once-ler's elevation into "evil" (it's really, really short in the movie. It's a song) and have given the Once-ler more "grieving" screentime. And it was hinted at that the towns people created the pollution and didn't care. But the main person opposing Ted was the corporate villain guy. Really, it should have just been the townspeople. It's easy to turn an angry mob into scary villains. People are scared of the unknown. I think that without the second villain, the message could have been stronger.



Ted was great, some of the changes to Once-ler's story were great, the Lorax was great. But the focus of the movie was not well done. It really should have been focused on the Town's people's fear and ignorance and on the Once-ler's downfall. There's a good 45 minutes used up for the weird subplot with villain number two that could have been put to better use. Also, the musical numbers (save one) are weak. And the movie feels like it wanted to be a musical but gave up half-way. There's too much "cute animal random stuff" too.

Basically, it's an okay movie, and it's fun to have an ecological movie that is attractive to young audiences. But it could have been better. A lot better. It had the potential to be amazing, because the source material is amazing, and some of the new things added in had a lot potential. So, generally, it's worth a rental, and it will entertain you the first time you watch it, but I think it deserves another remake in 40 years.

  

- Isa
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2012-03-07 10:55 am
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Another beauty, another beast.

 

So this week, I downloaded and watched a movie called "Penelope". I heard both good and bad things about this movie. So I was pretty curious about it. 



(The Japanese poster is adorable).

Generally, the story of Penelope is a modern fairy-tale inspired romantic comedy, heavily inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Du to an inter-generational curse, Penelope was born with the face of a pig. The spell will break if someone of her "own kind" (aka royalty) accepts her. So, with the help of her neurotic mother, she conducts various romantic interviews via a two-way mirror, behind which you can find her whimsical lair full of plans and trinkets. However, whenever she finally shows herself to the suitor, he runs away. Until, of course, she gets to this suitor who doesn't, but still refuses to marry her for a mysterious reason.

Now. I'm not gonna lie. This movie was kinda bad. There's a few bad things that really weight the movie down. For starters, it doesn't seem like the movie decided if it wanted to be mainstream Hollywood or alternative. So it mixes elements that are very classic and predictable with details that are very artsy. As a result, both sides are never pushed fully, giving us a movie that kinda awkwardly rides in-between. Some of the acting is flat. A lot of montage is weird, and the whimsical background look fake more then enchanting. 

But I still watched all the way to the end because this movie had some really good plot twists. I mean, really, really good plot twists that basically do add a lot to the Hollywood fairy-tale twist. Such has to how they solve the spell. Without giving anything away, Penelope ends up saving herself. But the fact that she does unlocks her own tower opens up this huge "I guess my parents never loved me" thing that is never exploited. There's a lot of subplots (about the father, the sister, the butler, Penelope's friends, her boyfriend) that could have been really awesome. They are brought in well, but then never exploited. I think that's the main idea with Penelope - lots of great ideas that go nowhere, making the movie rather dull and skin-deep rather then really intriguing. But it is cute, and Penelope is a fun character. Making it a good movie for the younger kids that won't annoy the living crap out of parents, since it does have good points. It just doesn't know what to do with them. 

My last critique would be about Penelope's "pig face", which is about as horrifying as Gerald Butler's "mild sunburn" in the Phantom of the Opera movie. Again, the beast side isn't pushed enough. She's downright cute. A bit odd-looking, but cute! There's this "evil" (again, not pushed enough) prince that seems to see her worse then she really is (he describes her with fangs and stuff). And you get to see his vision at some point and it does look terrifying. I wonder if the movie was trying to imply that Penelope "looks" worse to someone who has a bad heart? Maybe explaining why all the blue-bloods basically going to the interviews to score her dowry run out screaming. But again, the movie never pushes that, never tells us anything about that, reducing the bad guys as really shallow wimps. 

Penelope - Could stand a good remake. Because it really has a ton of potential. 



- Isa
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2011-05-17 07:59 pm

I am the mighty THOR!

 So, first off, happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] amelia_seyroon ! Have some art featuring the amazing ladies of Slayers. Why? Because, LADIES. And also, because you're part of the people that always make me think of Slayers, and with whom I will always have that fandom in common. So cheers.



On another note, I saw Thor this weekend, with [livejournal.com profile] starmetal_oak . It was an interesting experience. First off, yeah, I pretty much confirmed that I don't like seeing american action movies in theaters anymore. I don't know if it's because I suffer from motion sickness, but halfway through the film, I always feel dizzy and nauseated thanks to the crazy cameras swooshing all over. Gargh. But, I digress. The plot itself was really fun, I liked the characters. Loki was awesome. Thor's little band of warriors could stand to be more awesome though. I mean, aren't you guys the greatest warriors in all the land? Odin's wife kicked almost more ass then you. And she's the goddess of plants. Anywho, the movie is general was fun and about as good as action flicks get. I have to admit, I spent about half the movie guessing what was going to happen in the other half (and I was right). But you don't really watch action movies for originality. You watch them for the action, and the fun characters. And this movie had both these things. And the story itself was very logical in it's own universe. And pretty. Oh god, so much pretty. The men and the special effects were gorgeous. So yay!

I've been talking to [livejournal.com profile] ichiban_victory  a lot lately. Like many others who seem to be giving me feedback on it on deviant art, she has fallen in love with my gender-bent "Beauty and the Beast" idea (this project really needs a title. Too bad I used "Rose" already). We keep brainstorming for ideas, and her being the animal lover she is, she has a lot of ideas on how to make the beast girl move and live. She even made a body chart :



I got my own sketches done too, of course. This is her protecting her "prince", who is actually a hunter in this version. 



In any case, i'm kinda sad I won't get to play with this project for a little while. I want to get some comics done for a couple of anthologies first. Booyah.

Oh, Namesake got another review. Check it out!

- Isa
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2011-04-13 06:10 pm

What just happened?

Hey guys!

First off, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] asatira , [livejournal.com profile] the_flowergirl  and [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon ! Sorry for not having sketches you guys! Things got busy over here and I haven't drawn much. I'm distracted by major amounts or paperwork, teeth pain and people. Next week will be quieter. I shall draw then.

In other news, I really need to make a to-do list. I'm having trouble making heads and tails of what I gotta do. C'mon Isa. You are more organized then this! I think i've been pushing back the making of the list being seeing all my tasks lined up is a little scary.

Among the things on that list, I wish to include the acquiring of new skills. For starters, I want to learn how to use Illustrator. Second, I want to learn to draw with a graphic tablet, in Photoshop. Not just color. Draw. I also want to learning how to use new inking tools, like calligraphic pens. Art is beginning to take up more and more of my time. I think I may wanna look into getting a part-time job next year or something. Need to start saving money :D

Last post, [livejournal.com profile] novabat  drew this.



Here is my reply.



Yep. Take that. :D Have a cuddly griffin!

This morning, on deviant art, I saw a fantastic fanart of Namesake by Hyacinth-Zofia. It's Ben, Emma and Elaine. I love how they all look in this. Especially Ben. Way to be badass.




Yesterday, I went to a conference about using the internet to promote yourself as an illustrator with a friend called Fanie. It was good. It was mostly stuff we knew already, but it was nice to see it all organized in bullet format. There was a lot of older illustrators though, that asked... good questions I guess, but about really basic internet stuff (so it kinda felt like I was back at work at that point. A the joys of working tech support). So we left to eat sushi. Oddly enough, I learned that Fanie as not seen Tangled or Beauty and the Beast. Clearly, I need to inflict these movies upon her.

After that, I got home, crashed on the couch with Link. He had started to watch a movie, so I joined him. The movie was called "The Blindness" and it promptly proceeded to violate my brain. No, really.

Tho take the resume from Tv tropes : "In an unnamed large city, an unexplainable and sudden outbreak of instant blindness is affecting people rapidly. In an attempt to prevent the epidemic from growing out of control, those suffering this are taken away and forced into a derelict mental asylum and held there until further notice. But the military guarding the place becomes increasingly hostile to the inmates, keeping them in at gunpoint. The government refuses to allow in basic medicines, so the hygiene and living conditions degrade horrifically within a short time.The protagonist is the wife of an eye doctor, who was among the first people to go blind. Because she is mysteriously immune to whatever is causing the blindness, she acts as a leader of her ward and tries to keep control over a situation which is rapidly deteriorating. It gets worse. Much, much worse."

This movie is TERRIFYING. Everything is realistic. You know people react this way. And that's scary. The wife, the only one who can still see, goes from a cute housewife to an amazing, badass leader. The movie ends on an uplifting note, which kinda makes me forgive it slightly for scaring the nervous system out of my brain. It's honestly a good movie, but it's not relaxing.

Looks like I got a cold now. I was freezing during the whole movie. I didn't notice the window was open. I guess I got a cold as a consequence. Nooooo! I don't have time to be sick!!

- Isa
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2010-11-27 12:50 pm

Box office battle



 I had a bit of free time this weekend, so I drew this. You know that as soon as Minion puts them down, they are going to Accio a can of woop-ass. I love these three movies to bits, even though I haven't seen "Tangled" yet. I've seen Harry Potter though. I want to draw jokes about it, but i'm gonna wait another week and give everybody the time to see it before pummeling you guys with Potter-humor!

However, I have to say, my favorite part of the movie was the animated sequence where they told the story of the deadly hallows. Death looked great. I also want to draw pictures of the trio. A few people have asked me to, actually. They wonder what the trio would look like by my hands.

Anybody else feels Hermione is too pretty? Wasn't she suppose to be sorta homely? I guess the movies needs sex appeal. The twins grew so tall too!

I wish Voldemort was a bit more human. He looks, moves and talks very un-real and campy-like. I dunno. I would find someone who looks like THAT but talks in a dignified, regal, normal voice and moves like a gentleman to be much, much creepier. I always imagined Voldemort to move in a really regal fashion. More like Snape I guess. 

Happy late thanksgiving to all the Americans on my F-list. I hope you all celebrate with your families. I kinda want this holiday to evolve into "family and being thankful" then "Pilgrims offing some natives with guns and diseases".

- Isa
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2010-09-27 11:26 pm

"I though I heard a double-entendre"

 Tada! Finished coloring my Slayers picture!

I rather like how it turned out :




I tried using the canon colors, but I altered a few. Because honestly, some of these are UUUUUU-GLY. Why is Beige so popular in the slayers world? It's mostly a forest world. It doesn't even camouflage! My favorites in this are Amelia and Naga. I tried to make them look alike.

Video spamming of the week : first off, a video from Batman the Brave and the Bold showing Black Canary, Catwoman and... a third one I never recall (basically, the birds of prey trio) getting caught and escaping the villains using an enchanting musical number full of super-hero negative innuendo ("Flash is sometimes too darn fast!"). Second, another Tangled trailer. This trailer is my favorite. I loved the first one because it was action-paced. The second I disliked because all the princess did was call for help. This one gives us a bit more of the princess' personality. I just want to hug her. She's adorable!

In other news, I saw "Legend of the guardians - Owls of Gahoole" this weekend. Aka, 3d movie of epic owls. Epic Owls wasn't bad. The animation was, well... Epic. And the story was pretty good, though it had a pretty distinct "Star Wars" meets "Lord of the Rings" flavor. I'm still amused by the OWL BLACKSMITH. And the use of pop songs by a group called "Owl City" (good group too. I rather like them). Overall, without spoiling, I would have to say it's a good movie, worth a watch. But it's the less good animated movie to come out this year. Then again, this year had some pretty mind blowing movies. The competition is hard.

I need to buy new glasses. I hate mine so much. Most unconfortable things ever. and I have to wear them ALL THE TIME. GRRR.

- Isa

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2010-08-09 10:57 am
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Okay, guys, a bit more Paprika and a bit less Dark knight please.

Ah, Inception, Inception, Inception.

Good movie.

REVIEW HERE )

Aside from that, new week starting. I've got a busy week ahead of me. And a busy weekend too. I'm feeling stressed again. I have the nasty habit of wanting to give my 100% everywhere. It's like I can't accept situations where I "fail". Like not being able to go see someone because I already have plans. I just start feeling guilty. A lot guilty. Self-inflicted guilt. What is wrong with me?

Namesake pages are advancing well. I even started drawing art for internet ads. You know, to advertise the webcomic. Here are the non-colored, non-cropped version :






I like these because they are mostly designed to be vertical, but can be easily adapted in horizontal banners.

Each banner would have a different character and tagline. I'm hoping people will like them.

I never imagined making webcomics would be this stressful. I keep worrying about not being able to follow a schedule.

Whew. Only 5 weeks until the launch of the Namesake website. 5. Weeks. Eeek. I know it's a dealine I put on myself and that I can totally move, but I still prefer being able to make the original deadline.

- Isa


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2010-07-29 02:18 am
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Busy week

 Whew.

So i've been quiet all week because [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_chan  and [livejournal.com profile] gullwhacker  are currently visiting. And they are replacing the work creatures in the job of making sure I get stuff done. I managed to finish and deliver a big painting and finish the 10 pages of my comic "Psychopomps" that was due in September. I even drew a little namesake. I didn't really draw much else, but still, 10 pages in 4 days is pretty awesome.

So generally, my busy-ness was pretty much brought down a good 5 or so levels. Whew. It's devolving (like a mutating pokemon).

Here's the painting I finished.



It's a fanart painting for a group exhibit honoring the european comic Skydoll. The artists of Skydoll are visiting Montréal in September for the comic-con. This exhibit is to honor the and their work. It's a great series. The art style is really cool too. Some might recognize it as being the art of "Witch" or "Monster Allergy". These artist used to work under the Disney label for these series until they got really angry at Disney and took off. Disney - their stories rock but their treatment of artists seems to be meh. I hear a lto of horror stories about the Italian division of Disney. In any case, this series is great, and it got translated to english too. People who love sci-fi, philosophy and pretty drawings will adore this. It's a bit on the adult (since sex is one of the main themes. The main character is a sex doll).  But nothing more then some breasts and one sex scene that's a panel long. So yeah. Check it out if you feel like it XD

Okay. time for bed now. Shenanigans planned tomorrow. Etc, etc. 

Yes, I shenanigan. No, really.

- Isa
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2010-07-19 10:36 am

Despicable me

So, I went up to Ottawa this weekend for my brother's birthday. It was a really brief, but fun visit. My little brother is now internationally legal (21 years old). To celebrate, we went to see Despicable Me. My brother doesn't really watch a lot of animated movies lately due to his friends not liking them much. So we decided it would be fun to do that.

Art and review under cut for spoilers )

Anyways. I'm going to go take the subway to work now. So tired this morning. And it's raining A LOT. Grrr.

-Isa
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2010-07-07 08:15 pm

Giant "Last Airbender Review"




WHAT THE HELL? 

Click here for review and something like 7 pages of mockery sketches. SPOILERS )

PS. Here is the Deviant art link to these drawings. Just in case a certain someone wants to add this to CAPS_ATLA :  http://secondlina.deviantart.com/#/d2tho33
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2010-06-30 11:50 am
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Sokka saves the day

Oh, yes, it's the time for summer movies again.

This weekend, the dreaded "Last Airbender" movie comes out. The movie is dreaded by many fans for being an silly, over-angst-y , potentially racist re-make of a pretty darn good youth tv series called "Avatar the Last Airbender".

For those of you who don't know, this is basically a movie where 4 nations themed by elements are at war, mainly the nation of "fire" is kicking everyone's collective ass. In every nation, you have "benders", people who can manipulate the elements using martial arts moves. And you have one spirit, always reincarnated, the avatar - the only person that can use all four elements. And his job is to keep things in balance. War is not balance apparently. So basically, this plot mixes adventures, action, martial arts and "magic". The tv series also had a good dose of humor, which I found might be lacking in the movie.

I have been debating whether I wanted to see this movie or not.

On one side, the terrible racist attitude towards the casting, the costumes and the apparent lack of humor make me NOT want to go.

On the other side, the martial arts seem excellent and respected (everyone went to boot camp), I love the idea of an Hindou inspired firenation (Devi version of Azula.... My god. I'm in love), and the special effects look computastic.

So this weekend, will I go see "The Last Airbender?"

Not this weekend. But the next one? Yes.

Why?

I guess you could say my curiosity got the best of me. And I want to see if this movie is truly as awful as the fans make it to be. I can at least agree with everyone that the costume feature horrible mistakes (like being folded the wrong way, indicating that a character is "dead").

The main thing that convinced me to go was this TV spot. Because in this spot you see Sokka being funny, as he should be. Sarcasm and a giant yelling of "WOO-HOO". And i'm thinking, if they kept that instead of turning Sokka in pure angst, I mgiht as well give the movie a chance. Yeah, I have a soft spot for Sokka.

So, fan friends who are less curious then me and stick to your boycotts, i'll be glad to inform you later if this movie is fail or win. Though i'm thinking, it's probably going to be neither. Somewhere smack in the middle. Like so many fantasy movies these days, it's going to be neither good or bad.

Fantasy movies nowadays seem to generalize the "magical country". See Narnia and Tim Burton's Alice. The country doesn't seem to have any specific cultural elements other then "generic fantasic medieval setting à la King Arthur miniseries". And this movie seems to be going the same way (due to several asian elements being "americanized"). Countries on the same WORLD are dramatically different. I don't know why fantasy lands are so darn similar to us. Needs work, people.

- Isa

EDIT : GAAAH The reviews so far are painful.
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2010-05-25 11:15 am
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Green ogre makes you cry more then laugh. But in a good way...

(Spoiler free review)



I love Shrek. I've always loved Shrek. I loved the heartwarming touches, the hilarious humor, the deconstruction of classic and Disney-adapted fairy-tale rules. I loved how they used pop music rather then lyrical prose à la Disney. And I loved that Shrek always kept this whole "True love, and it's kiss, trumps ALL" routine and actually made us believe it.

The first Shrek, the beginning of the franchise, was amazing, obviously. The second had a bit less heart, but remained hilarious and action-packed, introducing new characters that really rocked, like Puss in Boots and Fiona's mother and father (admit it, they are pretty amazing parents). The first two films ad a good story and a good villain. This was not present in the third. In the third, the story was poorly pasted together from Shrek's fear of parenthood and the world's longest and most boring sidequest, topped off with pitiful and kinda weak villains. Charming was designed to be a tool and a mama's boy. He doesn't have it in him to be a villainous leader. And showing that off does not make it funny. Needless to say, after the horror of the third, I was actually scared to see the fourth.

In Shrek Forever After, Shrek, now a domesticated family man, longs for the days when he felt like a "real ogre" and is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love. But he only has a day to so. You give a day to get a day, and as soon as the day is done, the alternate future will become the real one.

This movie was good.

It wasn't the first, or the second, but it was a great ending.

This movie took a darker and more adventurous tone then the first three. There's still jokes, but it's harder to laugh at a pun when the pun is being made in a desolated, horrid alternative universe setting. Despite that, I laughed a few times and became misty eyed a few others.

In the darker parts I liked, there was a greater exploration of Fiona. Mostly, of the time she spent locked up in her tower. See, in the alternate universe, nobody came to save her. And, according to other plot elements, her parents and the fairy godmother, didn't attempt to free her either. Imagine being stuck in a tower, possibly with no more food being delivered, and knowing that no one will come to save you? That segment really amde me feel bad for Fiona. I loved how she seemed to have stopped believing in true love while still holding on to a tiny spark of hope while she fought for her kingdom and had Puss as her confidante. It was interesting.

Fiona seemed more interesting then Shrek in this movie. Shrek, like in the third and second, deals with the regret of not being able to be what he believes he wants to be, and not being able to give his wife what he believes she deserves. The movie had the same type of plot as "It's a wonderful life", but rather then fully focusing on how the world profited from his existence, Shrek also sees how his existence was enriched by the world around him. It's touching.

So yeah, not as good as the first, but a more that satisfying ending. You close the "Shrek" book in the credits knowing that your heroes will be okay. And considering how attached I got over the years to these animated friends of mine, i'm quite delighted to see they will live happily ever after.

- Isa

p.s. I was sad to see that the fairy godmother was fully absent from the plot. Fiona's parents were present and we see why they do not help her. I still would have expected Fairy Godmother to resist Rumpelstiltskin moving on to the kingdom she wanted for herself. Fairy Godmother allying with the orgre resistance? That would have been epic. But it would have distracted from the core plot. I guess we can assume she switched kingdoms when she saw Far Far Away was going to hell. Or maybe she god offed by Rumpelstiltskin's possy of witches. Or something.

p.s. 2  - I wonder if disney's Rapunzel will explore the whole "Being locked in a tower sucks and is depressing" angle. No fairy tales really explore that in the originals (the princess always seems okay with being there). I would love to also see Disney's take on it.

p.s. 3 - Rapunzel's revenge is a graphic novel where they actually explore the tower thing and Rapunzel's character in a stempunk setting. I recommend it.
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2009-06-23 08:57 pm
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What What What?

Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer! Last Airbender first trailer!

...And did I mention:
Last Airbender first trailer!

BOO~YAH!

I know everybody is complaining about the movie production team whitewashing the cast and that Night Shayalaman produces 1 good movie out of three....But you gotta admit this is like Narnia met the animation series and made sweet-sweet epic lovin'.

In any case, here it is. watch it with Glee. http://www.spike.com/video/last-airbender/3193349

P.S> Non-avatar the last airbender fans can also watch this trailer. It pretty much spells it out for you. After all, the movie aims also at non-fans :D

-Isa

Oh and also: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland - coming in 2010. The movie looks like it's a classic "Let's make wonderland dark and emo!" type of plot but good god is Alice ever pretty!



Thus ends my shameless plug of the week.

secondlina: (Sketchy)
2009-05-28 11:00 pm
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I'm going to make you all WANT to see this movie.



I like Will Smith, personally. He's cute, cool and is one of the rare actors of color to actually be the main character of several films. However, it is true that he's got bad points, such as the fact that he seems to be scientologist and that his role are very type casted. Smith is the main character, true, but often he is a very <black> main character (aka badass antihero who speaks on and off in ebonics). Though, i'm not sure if he does those roles because they make him take them, because they bring him money or because he likes them. He rather seems to like badassery. So it will forever remain a mystery.

And for those of you who don't know (and to whom I encourage to crack said books) I am Legend and I, Robot are both great literature works (see links for details) that I really love and that have shattered the world of the written world when they got published. Their movies (though they are still pretty okay to good movies) are much more focused on action then on the book's plots. And in both movies, the ending seems dissociated from the rest of the movie. Apparently, in the case of I Am Legend, that is because the movie had an original ending that was the same as the book. The movie ending got changed because test audiences did not react well to Will Smith and his character being shown as the villain.

In the original movie ending (and book ending) of I Am Legend, the main character realises he is actually a monster to the monsters since he is the last of the human kind in a world of vampires and hunts them. He then sacrifices himself, accepting that this is a necessary step in human evolution. In the current movie ending, immune humans appear out of the blue and the main character suddently finds a cure to the vampirism and sacrifices himself to save said cure. Both endings are okay, but the whole dying as a hero one contradicts several parts of the movie, such as the vampires being shown as intelligent and having a leader, like a society, rather then just being the infected killing machines the immunes need to cure.

Same with I, Robot. Granted, the main plot was always going to be robots taking over shit. But normally, humans would have lost. The supercomputer controlled everything. And yet, when they destroyed her, their world returned to normal, just like that, rather then having everything screw up on them after destroying the computer that, even evil, controlled EVERYTHING. When you destroy the main computer of something, stuff doesn't just go back to normal, usually.

In any case, I think i'm reading too much into action movies. But considering they are action movies based on jewels of literature, I would have expected more.

Oh well. At least Will Smith still has pecks of doom.

To me he will always be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

p.s. Also - in the themes of Pride and Prejudice, did you know that a violent, action based version already exists? It's called Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. I kid you not. It's the same story. Just with Zombies. I plan to read it for the LOL.



- Isa

p.s. 2 God look at my awesome wall! This is a photo taken by [profile] earthstar_chan  of me and a wall in Toronto's Gay district. RAINBOW POWAH! I love rainbows.



secondlina: (Happy)
2009-03-25 09:05 am
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Want to read what I read? Now you can!




One of my favorite comic book artist is Kerascoët. He is an god in human form. I just learned today that one of my favorite books in all time called *miss pas touche* (which translates as *miss don't touch*) is now available in english. Here it is, on amazon.com for really cheap. I garantee the story is excellent, the drawings beautiful and the price really cheap (you guys get the book for 10$ when in french we have to pay 20!) The book won several awards. It's pretty rare for french series of this type to be translated in english.

The story resumes itself like this:

Paris in the thirties. The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She even becomes quite good at certain lascivious practices while still remaining a virgin! But she also doesn’t lose sight of her goal: find the Butcher.

C'mon, history, pretty drawings and mystery? For 10$? Garanteed by your favorite comic artist that it rocks? How can you NOT want to read this XD

This guy just releashed another work called *Jolies Ténèbres* (Translates as *pretty darkness*) that is a story about a little girl who died and her imagination escapes her body and runs wild. It's only in french for now, and i'm really exited to buy it.





All this makes me want to go home and do watercolors. Too bad work calls. *returns to filing*

-Isa
secondlina: (Angry)
2009-03-10 10:13 am
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Hey, wasn't there a bald guy in there? Or something? Guess not.



(photo by Noobsausess)


In the opening for Watchmen, we saw the trailers for the final Terminator movie, Wolverine and Dragonball Evolution. As much has i'd love to share my suffering about the previous two, i'm really going to have to focus on Dragonball. I love Dragonball. It's awesome. It's silly and funny. But i'm not sure i'm gonna like this movie.

Points that bother me -
  • The main hero (Goku) is white. Yes, I know. American cinema means white male american hegemonia. But still, like the film 21, where all the protagonist of the original tale were asian, I was expecting more asians then just the sexy broad and the aging kung-fu master. But I guess that that's like expecting a black superman.
  • Krillin? Where are you? Did you die? They removed Krillin. I guess being bald is unamerican. He's one of the main characters and he totally didn't make the cut. Sucks.
  • Chichi. You're RELEVANT? Okay, as much as I am all for more badass female superheroes and that I was sad to see her be some lame in the original manga, i'm suprised to see her here as a main protagonist. I mean, in the manga, the only person she seemed to fight was Goku (twice) and then she bore children (she was a kick-ass mom though, like Mrs Weasley.)
  • Teen!Drama. Okay...what? Oh Spiderman, when did you learn to Kamehameha? The teen drama is so unecessary. But they added it to transformers, which proves that they can add it to EVERYTHING. Goku is apparently pinning for Chichi. Wasn't that the other way around (In the - he barely remembers her type of sense?)
  • The thrill is gone. Roshi, not a pervert. Because Perverts and kung-fu masters don't mix. It's not zen. And unamerican.
  • Learning the power of hollywood makeup. MWAHAHAHAHAHA
  • Oh, Shucks, Kami's dead too. No god here. Dragonballs were created by mystics. Mystics. Because non-christian beliefs aren't american. Just like baldness.
  • Red Army. I'm half-expecting them to be arabic.
Points that give me hope.
  • Capsule Corps. Still rocks.
  • Bulma. Still hot. But not Asian. The hot token asian role is filled by Chichi.
  • James Marster. His make-up looks crappy but he's by far the geekiest member of the cast and loves piccolo because he knows the original story. Plus he's got villain experience.
  • CGI Shenron. BADASS.
  • Shape-shifting underling. Because even X-men was made cooler by it. And X-men was bad.
Akira Tokiyama said that even though he was initially taken by surprise (in the *huh?* sense people) by the screenplay and actors, he still though it was a cool adaptation. Basically. This is Dragonball for People Who Know Not of Dragonball tm

I guess all we can do is accept that this movie is an independant story to the original, just like the creator is doing. I can manage that. I'm still going to go see it. I might weep and cling to my managa when I get out of the theatre. This is going to most likely be a cool American style kung-fu movie. But it sure as hell won't be Dragonball. Just like V for Vendetta, Howl's moving castle or Stardust are interesting revamps of the originals, this might be too.

Or it might be Spiderman four.

Oh hell, at least we can still produce Nuclear explosions from our hands.

Isa


EDIT: OH well, at least the theme song will be japanese. On December 9, 2008, it was confirmed that the theme song will be "Rule" by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki.  "Rule" will be used as the theme song for every country's release.
[28] Neat. I actually like Ayumi. Well, some of her songs anyways.