Matt Murdock/Daredevil/the Beast: played by Aaron Eckhart, Daredevil is currently in control of the Hand, a ninja force, and the power's going to his head. It doesn't help matters that he's being possessed by a demonic spirit known as the Beast.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
And here is a relic from my Redwall loving past. I wish I had some of the awesome drawings I did as a wee nerd, but this "Redwall: Friend and Foe" map will have to suffice.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Suzy Black: played by Lina Leandersson, Suzy is another human-plant hybrid and effectively Flora and Susan's "sister".
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
1~ My new tattoo: Yep, here it is, in all its literary-snob glory! For those who aren't lifelong fans of T.H. White, the text says "rex quondam rexque futurus" which is the epitaph on Arthur's tomb and says "the once and future king". I luffs it so. And yes, what you have heard is true--tattoos are addictive in the extreme! I am already planning more. :)
2~ Rereading favorite books. Relatedly, introducing them to other people: In this case, American Gods is the book. I am reading it for about the 8th time with my boyfriend, who has never read ANY Gaiman. I know, I know, why do I keep him around? See the next point for the answer.
3~ My man: Partner, boyfriend, lover, whatever you want to call him. I am actually getting a bit sick of "boyfriend" seeing as we've been together for five years and have no plans to split. Anyway, he's awesome. Evidence: he brought me Boston Market when I was working late last week. Ah, young love.
(mm mm MM DAVID TENNANT IN NERD GLASSES)
5~ Halloween movies: I love Halloween, period, but man are horror movies one of the best aspects of this holiday. I like straight-up thrillers, such as The Shining, Let the Right One In, and all of Hitchcock's ouvre; I like over-the-top gore like The Descent and Hellraiser; and I like films that swerve between scary and fun, particularly The Craft and Practical Magic.
6~ Autumn: As stated before (...somewhere), I love autumn. Though it's probably more accurate to say that I love "Florida winter", because let's face it, FL doesn't have autumn and its winter is closer to other states' autumn than Real Ultimate Winter. In any case, whatever you want to call that bite in the air and the way everything smells clean and ancient, even in smog-choked Tampa...that's my season.
7~ My job: Guess what I'm doing today at work? Creating genre spine labels! OMG so much fun; there's a unicorn for fantasy, and a speech bubble for graphic novels, and a Trojan helmet for classics. I also just ordered a ton of new materials and can't wait to catalogue them! Haters please note: I am not being sarcastic. I really love my job.
8~ Naptime: Someday when I rule the world, naptime will be mandatory. You won't necessarily have to SLEEP, but there will be an hour around lunchtime during which quiet will be enforced. Read, measure out a Tarot deck, snooze, have a margarita, whatever--just do it quietly so us nappers can get some Zzzzzs.
9~ My furry bastards: Yes they are furry and yes they are bastardly, but I love them. Life is not complete without cats.
10~ Blow 'em up movies: ORLY DIANA? you say. We would never have guessed! But really. I saw RED last night and laughed my head off. Sometimes the only cure for urban malaise is a lot of gratuitous gunfights and car chases.
(What has two thumbs and can't resist Dame Mirren and John Crazyface Malkovich?)
Friday, October 15, 2010
So, without further blather, I present the first Film Fantasy Friday: the cast of Lioness Rampant. Based on the last book of the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce, Lioness Rampant will feature a broad ensemble cast. The major players are listed below.
Alanna "the Lioness" of Trebond and Olau: played by Bryce Dallas Howard, Alanna is the King's Champion, the first lady knight in a hundred years, and an all-around badass.
Prince Jonathan of Conte: played by Milo Ventimiglia, Jonathan was formerly Alanna's lover. He is next in line for Tortall's throne, but does not yet have the support of his people, and is being undermined by his crazy risen-from-the-dead cousin. Alanna intends to help by finding the fabled Dominion Jewel and gifting it to Jonathan at his coronation.
Lady Delia of Eldorne: played by Emma Stone, Delia is one bad bitch. Jonathan's former and Roger's current mistress, she is ultimately imprisoned for treason.
Duke Roger of Conte: played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Roger was killed by Alanna but raised from the dead by her twin brother, Thom. This is bad news for everyone involved, since Roger was deadly before but is now also nuts and hell-bent on destroying the kingdom of Tortall!
Lord Thom of Trebond: played by Paul Bettany, Thom is Alanna's twin brother and a powerful sorcerer--powerful enough to perform necromancy. As you may imagine, things don't end well for him.
George Cooper, the Rogue: played by Eric Bana, George is Alanna's beloved (ultimately; she has a few, as we will see), as well as being the king of the thieves of Tortall's capital. His title is the Rogue. He is, in a word, awesome.
Princess Josiane Rittevon of the Copper Isles: played by Evan Rachel Wood, Josiane is in league with Delia and Roger. She is also a foreign princess from a notably batshit family (of whom we may see more in future films).
Liam Ironarm, the Shang Dragon: played by Zack Ward, Liam is arguably the most dangerous fighter in the Eastern and Southern Lands, barehanded or with weapons. He travels with Alanna on her quest to find the Dominion Jewel and they briefly become lovers. He embodies the adage about living by the sword.
Thayet jian Wilima: played by
Catherine Zeta-Jones Salma Hayek, Thayet is the daughter of a hated warlord and is halfblood, her mother being a native (K'miri) princess of her land. She is so beautiful that eventually her nickname will be "The Peerless". She and her bodyguard and best friend (see below) escape with Alanna into Tortall, where Thayet is introduced to Jonathan.
Burirarm Tourakom: played by Zuleikha Robinson, Buri is Thayet's bodyguard and oldest friend. She is a full-blooded K'miri warrior and a ferocious fighter.
And that's how Diana casts it! All images pulled from Google and Wikipedia.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Unrelatedly, tomorrow I am introducing a new weekly thingamajigger on this here blog. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
(why am I crossing myself to a sandwich? Because I don't know fuck-all about the various sects of Christianity, perhaps?)
If this is the case and Falchuck meant to make fun of people like Quinn's parents (who seem to embody the very worst of ANY stripe of Christianity), I still don't think it was done very well. But at least now I can have a giggle . Laughing is good for blood pressure.
Friday, October 08, 2010
(you can trust me. I read Beowulf in the Old English!)
So when did the word "moot" stop meaning "a point to be discussed" and start meaning "a point not worth discussion"? You are welcome to chase after its etymology. Per usual, I am content to just blame a poofy 80s pop singer.
In the event that this wasn't QUITE fun enough for you, check out DR SHE BLOGGO's awesome and very scientific infographic and have an excellent weekend.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Late author's note: as DR SHE BLOGGO has informed me, Brad Falchuck, not Ryan Murphy, wrote this episode. You're taking leaves from the wrong book, Brad.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
(In what universe is this for children?)
Say it with me, folks: comic books are not always for children. In fact, comic books are not USUALLY for children. This erroneous association needs to stop. Comics aren't cartoons. Graphic novels aren't always comics. Superheroes are not typically good role models, and superheroines wear tight clothing. Blankets is about sex--what did the title make you think it was about? The Watchmen film was rated R, people. Didn't that tip anyone off? But, as ever, it's the library's fault. Librarians are supposed to be babysitters and keep every brat in the building from seeing things Mommy doesn't want them to see. Librarians are supposed to be eagle-eyed policepeople who look at every book as it's checked out to make sure it's suitable for the person checking it out. Guess what, clearly-not-reading-public? Many, soon to be most, public libraries no longer HAVE people checking the books out for you. Self-check-out with machines is the way of the future. Guess you're going to have to police your kid's books your own self now. This parenting thing is hard, isn't it?