NO MORE! NO MORE! NO MORE!

Books Movies

I’ve always made it a personal policy to never mock, make fun of, or openly express distaste for something that other people dedicatedly like. I’ve never liked it whenever someone told me I was stupid for liking something, and I always try to maintain the golden rule when doing my reviews. But I feel that there is an epidemic out there that is being fueled by movie studios and serves no pragmatic purpose. That epidemic is Twilight. Before I go any further, I feel I should say that I have not read the books nor seen the film and IN NO WAY is this a review of either. I’m sure the books are popular for a reason. What I am instead pointing out is the mass mania that is being pushed in stores and in theatres.

For example, one day my friends and I went to see “I Love You, Beth Cooper”. I found the trailers to be more entertaining than the film itself. but when the New Moon trailer came onscreen, the theatre literally shook with cries from teenage girls, all of which went “Twilight!” or “Edward” and the like. The other half of the theatre let out a roaring “BOO!”. But one man, I feel embodied the sentiment of the rest of the audience when he got up and yelled “OH, SH– NO!!!” and then walked out of the theatre for the trailer alone. Once again, I feel I should say this isn’t a review. I could honestly care less about the franchise, and why should I care? I don’t fit the demographic that it’s aimed towards. I’m not bashing anyone who does like it. I’m simply sick of seeing it EVERYWHERE I go. I can’t go to the book aisle in my local Walmart (which seems to have stopped carrying Stephen King) without seeing an ENTIRE SECTION devoted to Twilight. I highly doubt that the demand for that book is that big.

And from what I do know about the series, all I really know to say is that it’s really not a story we haven’t heard a few million times before. I think that Twilight has essentially killed vampires as horror oriented figures and has made them into the equivelent of elves or faeries, which is a group that vampires don’t belong in. I think if you’re going to do a GOOD vampire story, then stick to the folklore. From what I’ve heard, the way vampires are depicted hardly even resemble vampires. I’ll put it like this: VAMPIRES DON’T SPARKLE IN THE DAYLIGHT! THEY DIE! Or at least get progressively weakened. It’s like they’re deliberately trying to take the terror out of vampires to turn into romantic symbols when the whole point of a vampiric love story is that the terrifying aspect is what makes the romantic angle exciting to the reader/viewer! If you really want to see good vampire fiction, then watch Underworld or read Anne Rice! Please!

Like I said, that wasn’t a critique of the books themselves. I just wish this whole thing would die down a little bit like the fad that it is.

Here, go watch Underworld
Underworld Trilogy (Underworld / Underworld: Evolution / Underworld: Rise of the Lycans)
or read some Anne Rice. Complete Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the body Thief)

Imogen Heap: Ellipse

Music

Ok, I am a gigantic fan of Imogen Heap. She’s my favorite singer (tied with Peter Gabriel) and I was one of the thousands who stayed up to date with the production of her new album Ellipse on youtube. I thought it was great how she stayed connected with her fans and used youtube as a means to get feedback from them and improve the quality of what was already great music. I waited patiently for the August 25th release date for America, but I was so happy when she announced on Twitter that she had put the full album on her website for free streaming. And I have got to say that the result is magnificent.

This album is definitely her best work. I’m happy because she said on one of her V-Blogs that it would not be more of the same of what we got on Speak For Yourself. Instead this album feels like its own animal, but of the same genus as Imogen’s previous work. I think there are several high points on the album, and there isn’t a single track on here that feels like filler. I think my personal favorite on the album is Tidal. In fact, along with Tidal, there are several parts of the album that have a very classical sounding violin. It’s like if Mozart had decided to play around with some of today’s technology and make pop music.

The tracks Swoon and Bad Body Double have a playfulness to them that makes them good repeat listens.Of course First Train Home and Canvas will be flagship in terms of the marketing of the album. I think the track on here that shows the most amount of change for Imogen is Half Life. I say this because the song is much more simplistic compared to the rest of them. Utilizing a piano, a flute, the ambience of a crowd, and her breathy voice she manages to hit such a range of emotions that you can’t help but keep listening to it. What I love about her music is the fact that her voice, while being the star of the album, doesn’t overdominate the music. She lets the music speak for itself (no pun intended).

So yeah, if you like Imogen Heap already, pop music, or GOOD music in general then I urge you to buy this album. If you’re going to get it, then get it in the special edition which comes with a bonus disk with the instrumental tracks. It’s very well worth it! Ellipse (Bonus Track Version)

Could this end the DC Universe!?!

Comics

Ok, the past week and a half had some very big announcements happened in the comic industry, with one of which being the biggest comic book related news in years as it has the potential to END the current DC Universe and any or all related media.

The first, and most important thing, is that the Siegel family has just won the rights to Superman’s origins. To those not plugged into the comic world, here’s what the hap is. In 1938, not long after Superman debuted, Jerry Siegel (the writer) and Joe Shuster (the artist) sold their joint creation Superman to National Allied Publications (later to be known as DC) for $100 apiece. They were given such a little amount for two reasons: 1. During the depression that was a nice chunkachange. 2. They were screwed over big time. The publisher told them that Superman’s success was only a fad and that they should cash in while the character was worth anything. Since then, the rights of the character has been disputed in court numerous times. Gradually the Siegel family has gained more and more control over the character, and winnning the origin of the character may as well be considered winning the character himself. For those who still aren’t quite clear on what I mean, this is it in a nutshell: DC comics cannot mention Superman’s origin in any form or fashion unless they pay a licensing to the family. Normally not a big deal, right? Well, a few weeks prior, a judge made the decision that DC/Warner Bros. had to begin production on a new Superman film by 2011, otherwise the family would lose money, and would be able to sue, where their lawyer vowed the family would gain full creative control of the character. Once again, DC could simply pay a licensing fee.

But in the back of my mind is a terrible thought. What if the family does gain the full rights to the character? What happens if they do that, and then decide they don’t want DC to publish the character any longer? Superman is the flagship character at DC. There isn’t a comic series they’ve published that he hasn’t starred in or guest starred in. Granted, if that were to happen, they could probably end their current universe and start one without Superman. But that would feel empty. Batman would then be their flagship character, but a DC universe without Superman isn’t a DC universe at all. Now like I said, they’ll probably just pay a licensing fee for the character, because Marvel couldn’t buy the character, because that would mean a major rewrite in their own universe. He doesn’t belong anywhere but DC. I can respect the family’s decision to try to gain all of the rights, because after all, Jerry and Joe got screwed something fierce. But it would ruin the character that I, and many many others well before my time, grew up with if they took the character elsewhere.