Thursday, May 31, 2012

Finally: How The Avengers Should Have Ended

One of my favorite sites on the web is How It Should Have Ended. They create alternate endings for popular movies (and occasionally video games) and often their ending makes more sense than the original movie's did. At the very least HISHE's is funnier than the original. I've been waiting (not so) patiently for them to do The Avengers, and they finally released it yesterday.

Here ya go:

If you're confused by the appearance of Superman & Batman, watching a few of the HISHE videos (you want to anyway, don't you?) will show you that they tend to pop up in these videos, usually to hilarious effect. This is one of my favorites:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Towels, Star Wars...oh, and Avengers

Today is Towel Day (we miss you, Douglas Adams!) and the 35th anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, so I marked the day by seeing The Avengers for the third time with my daughter. (I mean, of course. What else would one do?). I think that's the last time or there might be an intervention.

Conveniently, here's a comparison of Star Wars and Avengers characters I recently found:

sci fi fantasy - Star Wars Vs. Avengers
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I love that last one. :)

Now I just need to figure out where my towel is...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The Avengers-itis continues: 

 Tom Hiddleston possibly takes his role as Loki a little too seriously...
via MTV

And after watching that, I just love this:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Some random thoughts on The Avengers

I'm going to do one long post of some of my random thoughts about The Avengers, and then I'll try not to let this slide into becoming an Avengers blog the way my Tumblr did (but I feel like my Tumblr is just for me, so I don't really care over there.)

This isn't a review - I don't have much to say in that vein that hasn't already been said by a million others. This is more of a gathering of my random thoughts:

  • I want to watch this movie over and over and tear it apart layer by layer, doing GMC, looking at the Hero's Journey or the 8-sequence structure, studying the dialogue, etc. I feel like there's a lot to mine here. Can't wait for the DVD so I can. (Who am I kidding? I'm getting the DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Copy package)
  • I've got a mega-crush forming for Tom Hiddleston - I love him as bad-boy Loki (that grin! that hair! the hug-needing!) but then I find he's doing not one, not two, but THREE Shakespeare plays this year (which will show on BBC and I’m hoping will come to PBS), he studied classics at Cambridge and he knows it's pique, not peek or peak - be still my Shakespeare-fangirl, grammar-nerd heart!
  • OMG the Joss Whedon dialogue! Anyone else would let the villain finish his speeches before the good guys retaliate, but every time Loki is just hitting his crescendo he's cut off mid-sentence in some demoralizing way. Love it.
  • I think I enjoyed the Hulk in this movie more than I did in any other story. I didn't care for either of the recent Hulk movies, but not because they weren't decent movies. I just find the Hulk too much of a tragic figure to enjoy a story hung entirely on his character. He seems completely bereft of joy and hope. I come away from Hulk movies feeling weighed down, not lifted up, and that's not what I want from entertainment. In The Avengers, he seems somewhat less tragic, and I think that has a lot to do with Mark Ruffalo's acting (and Joss Whedon's directing, I'm sure) - the way he carries himself, the way he almost-grins through half of the movie. He's not as worn down as the other Bruce Banners, I think (or maybe he's hit bottom and is on the way back up?).
  • If I bought the soundtrack on cassette (remember those?), it would be worn out already. Thank goodness for digital music. Good thing I have headphones or everyone around me would have hurt me by now.
  • At our second viewing, my daughter pointed out that most of the people on the bridge of the Helicarrier are women. It's awesome that they're there, and awesome to me that she noticed.
  • More on this later, but I found myself rooting for Loki - not to get what he wants but to get what he needs.
  • Speaking of Loki, I do have a question for anyone who didn't see Thor before they saw The Avengers: What did you understand Loki's motivation to be? I'm curious whether seeing Thor gives you a different impression of Loki's character. I want to explore this later, so let me know.

Monday, May 21, 2012

How Avengers characters see common items

This cracks me up:

via Twitter / @Esperacchius

I've conquered the basement, now back to the blog!

I haven't posted here in over a month. What have I been doing instead? Reclaiming my basement!

For years, the basement has been the catch-all for anything not wanted in other parts of the house. I've occasionally tried to clean it up from time to time, with varying degrees of success, but I finally reached the end of my patience with the mess about a month-and-a-half ago and started in earnest to clean it out. After many trips to Goodwill and filling the trash & recycling bins to the brim every week, I've finally got the room to where it's use-able and presentable. It's not done, but what's left is more fine-tooth comb type stuff as opposed to the bulldozing I've been doing (for instance, the boxes to the right of the desk in the pictures now are all items to be sorted and ultimately discarded, probably, with just a few things needing to be scanned, filed away or shredded).

Last year, I apparently already had it in my head that I was going to do this major work, even though at that point I wasn't ready to discard with the vehemence that I mustered up recently, but I was thinking ahead enough to take "before" pictures. I finally got to the point that I could do "after" pictures yesterday. Looking at them on my computer last night, I realized I took the "before" pictures exactly a year before the "after" pictures. The before pictures really are the basement at its worst. It got better, but then bad again, before I finally reached the end of my rope and started in on it last month. These pictures should give you an idea of the extent of the transformation:

The basement is now going to function as my office and craft room, freeing up the spare bedroom to actually be a spare bedroom (imagine!). I've got so much more room to work down here than I had upstairs, with my two folding tables in the middle functioning as one big table. I'm excited to be creative in my "new" space!

Now that this is (mostly) done, I feel like I can bring my brain back around to writing, and that includes this blog. I have to warn you, though: In the time since I last posted, I've seen The Avengers twice (and LilGirl and I have plans to see it a third time this weekend). I'm a leeeetle obsessed. I promise not to be nearly as fangirly here as I have been on my Tumblr. There's just so much I want to explore and dissect about the movie and this is probably the best place to get it out. I hope you'll bear with me and that I'll get over Avengers-itis soon. :)