Monthly Archive – February 2012

Leaping (get it? Leap? as in year?) with anticipation for The Avengers

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Super Fan

Happy Leap Day Everyone!  It’s an extra day, a gift in many ways, so use it wisely.

One suggestion is to bask in the pure awesomeness that is this recently released poster for The Avengers.

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Everyone take a moment to really take it all in.  Aaahhh.  Got it? Okay then…

Let’s take it up a notch with this just-released-today BRAND NEW TRAILER!

 

What do we think?  Post away people, are we not entertained?  Entertainment Weekly’s website has once again posted a play by play for a more indepth analysis.

Now that your minds have been sufficiently blown from all the awesome, enjoy your Leap Day!

It’s Here! BZRK, by Michael Grant

by Alexandra  | Category: It's here!, Reading Lounge

Guess what!  Okay maybe I might be the only psyched person, but the book BZRK is now in the library catalogue!  Woot Hoot!  Seriously, get on the wait list NOW!!  This book looks sick!!  And there is already talk about turning it into a movie and it only hit stores today!

Interested, but not quite sure… check out the book trailer:

Or the website

Sacrifice: The Stupification of Quality

by Vee  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Randomness, What's Going On

spark of vivacity106 Photo Ok. So here’s the deal. I am peeved – no wait – I am beyond peeved. I am frustratingly ticked off. I am royally irratated AND aggrivated. I am so disparingly dissatisfied and discouraged that if I was in a Shakespearean play I’d be BITING MY THUMB (at you, sir!)!!

Ok. Breathe. So the problem is this: for some strange and peculiar reason, the powers that be who control the media feel that the younger generations are stupid.
…at least that – in my humble opinion – must be why they continue to do this thing because I can think of no other explanation that fits.

And what is this “thing” you might be wondering?? It is the stupification – the dumbing down - of ideas/stories/communication/entertainment for children in today’s society.

The Lorax cover imageAnd what got me going on this today is the cummulation of a lot of things, but it particular – I saw a poster on the TTC for the upcoming film production of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

For those of you who aren’t familar with this story I highly recommend you take  gander at it.  It is, put simply, a cautionary tale about taking care of the environment and the animals that live there…of course, obviously written in that charming way that is Dr. Seuss.
I read this book (well, actually had it read to me by my teacher) back when I was in grade 2 and it became one of the BIG and MEANINGFUL books of my childhood…in fact I bought myself my very own copy of this book a few years ago because of how important it was….

And so imagine my surprise when I saw the first poster for the upcoming film!  I was excited – who wouldn’t be – this is an amazing book we’re talking about and we all know that movies can often reach more people than books, and so this would be great way to introduce this phenomenal (and important!) story to a new generation!!!

But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I saw the preview.   They have made the Lorax – a character who is both sad and yet hopeful – into a stupid sounding, silly weird orange fluff ball.   I am not amused.  Why do they consistently do this with the new movies (or the remakes) for kids’ films??  Are the younger generations actually so stupid that they can’t understand meanings without having a goofy, stupid, main character who spouts incessant nonsense??!?

Arg.  Danny DeVito, you’re hilarious and I loved your movies, but you are not the Lorax.  That said, I’m still going to see the movie…I’m such a hypocrite.  Le sigh.

It’s Here!! Graffiti Moon

by Vee  | Category: It's here!, Reading Lounge, What's Going On

spark of vivacity105 Photo Hey guys – just giving you a heads up……it’s finally HERE!!!!

 Remember a little while back I was telling you about this super awesome book I read??? Welllllll guess what???

cover imageThat is correct!  It is finally published and now on order!  Get yourself on hold for Graffiti Moon by Cathy Crowley right now.

The other Twilight saga

by Ali Cat  | Category: Pop Culture, Randomness
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“That’s weird.  It’s like something out of that twilighty show about that zone.”
You know, I almost don’t even need to write this post.  ‘Cause really, what could I possibly say about this that hasn’t been said already?

 But I’ll say it anyway, just because it makes me happy. The Twilight Zone rocks! (And I’m talking about the original 1959-1964 series, not the two revivals that I’d never even heard of until just now when I did a little research.)

Even if you’ve never seen an episode, Rod Serling’s pivotal sci fi masterpiece has been referenced and imitated ceaselessly ever since it first aired about fifty years ago. You’ve very likely seen something from The Simpsons (as in many of their Treehouse of Horror stories), Family Guy, Futurama, Saturday Night Live, etc. that’s been lifted from TZ. Shows like The Outer Limits are direct decedents of Mr. Serling’s new-strange-tale-per-week formula. Books, film, radio, etc. have all entered the Zone. The episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” was the inspiration for Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series.  There’s even an amusement park ride at Disney, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which I got to revisit last month at Disney Land, and it still left me a quivering mess after I got off it).

When this show is good, it is really good. Thanks to DVDs at VPL I’ve been watching so many episodes I haven’t seen yet, many of which have rattled me to the point that I try not to watch the show after dark anymore. I recently read that Mr. Serling wanted to use more social commentary in his work with television, to have his own shows to express his political views, but the censors back then were not keen on the idea. So he ended up disguising those view points as sci fi tall tales; pretty sneaky, but it worked. Many episodes leave you feeling jarred and unsettled, not only initially but also if you really stop and think about them later. While Mr. Serling and company’s stories reflect the issues of the early 1960s like nuclear war, many of their themes can be relevant to today’s concerns, like terrorism, paranoia and global disasters. And not only did the stories of The Twilight Zone usually mean something, but they also used many facets of the sci fi genre to tell them.

 Episodes like “Time enough at last” and “Two” took a look at different scenarios when the worst has happened (in those cases nuclear apocalypse). “Third from the sun” and “The Invaders” used new twists on outer space alien stories. “The Fever” dealt with the subject of addiction. “The Shelter” and “The Monsters are due on Maple Street” illustrated that humankind can destroy itself far better than any outside force ever could. Other episodes covered death, time travel, space travel, the future, robots and a plethora of sci fi subjects. Episodes like “Eye of the Beholder” had awesome twist endings, while episodes like “Nightmare at 20 000 feet”, “To Serve Man” and “It’s a Good Life” just scared the living daylights out of you.

 And let’s not forget the guest stars, actors and actresses who ended up on Twilight before going on to greater fame. Cloris Leachman, William Shatner, Carol Burnett, Robert Redford, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds and many others all had early career performances on Twilight episodes. Other actors had late career performances on the show, like Mickey Rooney and Buster Keaton. That’s a lot of star power.

 Truly, this is TV at it’s very best; entertaining and thought provoking. Emmy winning and critically acclaimed, Twilight Zone still packs a wallop after all these years, and the name has become synonymous with the idea of stepping into an alternate reality, or just having weird things happen to you. It’s opening music and Serling’s beginning and ending narration are instantly recognizable. It’s earned it’s place in pop culture time and again.

 There, for what it’s worth, I have sung it’s praises yet again. Now go watch it and see what I mean. (Oh, and bonus points to whoever guesses where the quote that is the sub-title of this post comes from.)