In case you can’t tell, I’ve been sucking pretty hard at updating again. Derp. I have a ton of perfect valid reasons for my bout of blogging sloth, but I won’t get into that now. (No really! Some are, like, super good reasons.) I want you to know that from now on, I am going to my darndest to be better. All for you, my dear Reader.(…s?)
For the sake of moving on with life and assuaging my guilty conscience, here are some mini-recaps of some of the things that have happened I meant to write about but, y’know… Didn’t.
Oh, also; spoilers for whatever thing is underneath the bolded title of that thing, I guess? Enjoy!
Thor: The Dark World
Rating: Aww yeah!
I’da paid double to see this version. Amirite right, ladies?
Okay, okay. This came out practically forever ago, and in all honesty I don’t remeber enough to break it down in too much detail. All I can say is it was a bajillion times better than the first one! The biggest qualm I had was that the Elves were such poorly developed characters; I felt absolutely no sense of suspense or dread about their plan succeeding. Pretty much the moment they showed up on screen my suspense of disbelief was suspended.
On the flip side: You can practically feel Joss Whedon’s influence saturating the best parts of the script, Tom Hiddleston is the best part of the film once more (his little “ta da!” after zipping through the portal was the BEST LINE), Kat Dennings was super fun and I’m glad she got as much screen time as she did, and Chris Hemsworth is shirtless! For like, 45 seconds, but still! And it’s for literally no reason. Seriously; there is a scene change, and suddenly he’s just hanging out shirtless in his chambers, looking pensively out a window and washing chastely but hunkily in a basin, and then it’s a new scene. Nothing particularly dramatic had even happened before it, to make it look like he really had to mull something over…
It was a great movie!
Ugh, my heart guts!
I had hesitant high hopes for director Francis Lawrence‘s take on the second installment of the Hunger Games tetralogy. The only other film he directed that I had seen was I Am Legend (which I only watched because I heard he was directing Catching Fire) and while I enjoyed it overall it had some serious problems.
I do not feel the same about Catching Fire.
This was so much better than the first movie; both as an adaptation, and as film. I expected to have a more difficult time choking down the forced love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale than I did, and it was a relief. Don’t mistake me; I still think there is absolutely zero chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (though both perform wonderfully), or with Willow Shields’ Primrose OR Lenny Kravitz’s Cinna. Katniss and Peeta’s costumes for the chariot ride are still mega lame, and, worst of all, there was still too much damn shaky camera! You half lied to us, Francis. What the heck, man?
For everything that grated my nerves in Catching Fire, there was something I loved that negated it. I much preferred Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch in this film to the first; he gets the darker edge he needed, though I was very disappointed we didn’t get to see any of his Games. The riot and murder in District 11 was exactly what it needed to be, and Gale’s whipping was appropriately brutal and haunting. Elizabeth Banks made Effie so wonderfully alive and sympathetic, her outbursts against the Quell nearly made me tear up. Jennifer Lawrence was utterly brilliant once again, and her expression at the very end of the film filled me with nearly overwhelming pride and hurt for District 12. Amanda Plummer’s Wiress was as perfect as I expected it be, and Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason was as perfect as I’d hoped it to be. Oh, and Phillip Seymore Hoffman. Need I say more?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Oh, Martin Freeman; enjoy the screen time while you can.
I didn’t have super high hopes for Desolation, as you probably remember from my recap of An UnExpected Journey, and this piece of Orc waste didn’t even come close to those subpar expectations. At some point I will write a full length review of this, so I actually won’t go into it too much hear, but you can rest assured I was deeply disappointed by Beorn’s scene (Freaking, really? Come on, wardrobe/make up, Wtf.), and the terrible and stupid love triangle between Kili, Legolas, and Tauriel (who I actually enjoyed in the few scenes the love triangle wasn’t mentioned, hinted at, or shown). Benedict Cumberbatch was a fantastic Smaug, and Biblo’s Conversation with him was wonderful (and practically the only seen poor Bilbo was in!), but it just wasn’t enough to save this stinking multimillion dollar pile of disappointment.
I hope your happy with yourself, Mr. Jackson. I’m sure not.
PAX East Cosplay Progress
Status: Assembling the Puzzle
Okay, so last time I mentioned doing my cosplay for Pax East, I said I was going to be Zelda from Twilight Princes. Sadly, that will not be happening. I just haven’t dedicated myself to perfecting my sewing as much as I wanted to (again; I have reasons!), and I had a shift in my finances that wouldn’t have let me make the costume as perfect as I want to.
So I have had to change my plans a little, but I am much more stoked for my new project: Fallout 3 Lone Wanderer (Vault 101 jumpsuit). I chose this as my alternative cosplay for many reasons– firstly, of course, because I flipping love Fallout 3. In addition, I will have a much easier time altering and modding an existing jumpsuit instead of sewing a satin floor length gown from scratch. Plus, this will be warmer for walking around Boston in early April, I get to wear boots and make a Pip Boy 3000, and I have a huge selection of other fun props and weapons to practice crafting! The open endedness of Fallout leaves so much room for creating my own character, my own cosplay. Heck, if something breaks, falls off, or spills on my costume, it’ll just make it look more authentic.
Plus, I get pockets.
I’ve already gotten almost all of my materials and pieces: a jumpsuit, belt, gloves, and knee pads to modify; most pieces for the construction of my Pip Boy (a huge shout out to Sew Old School Crafts; I am relying very heavily on these tutorials for my Pip Boy, and bottle caps, and I am hoping to make the mini-nuke purse as well, because its fantastic and adorably bad ass). I also plan to make at least one prop weapon to lug around- probably a sledgehammer, because that just seems fun! It’s one of my favorite weapons in the game; I love melee the stuff!
Just gotta put it all together…
For anyone wondering where I got the jumpsuit I am modifying, I got this one; however, I recommend getting the beltless version. I may or may not have missed that it was an option when I ordered. I would return my belted suit, but receiving the one I got took longer than I have been told, so I don’t want to go through the effort- the belt seems like it will be easy enough to remove.
I have a lot of work to do, but I think I’ll be able to manage with plenty of time for revisions. I’ve never done any kind of prop construction before, so my biggest challenge is the darn Pip Boy. I am hoping to make it so I can use my iPhone as the screen, and I think my plan with work. If anyone knows of a good app for iPhones that would emulate a Pip Boy (except for the weather one that already exists; it’s no good for my purposes), please let me know! I’ll trade you 5 caps for it. 10?
I’ve just started goofing around foam to practice carving. It’s very messy, but fun when I don’t accidentally slice off a chunk of something I needed. I’m glad I have a lot of glue left over from my Flame Princess cosplay construction!
My very own Pip Boy! Oh GEE!
I will be sure to post some more progress pics, and maybe even my own tutorial or two as I go!
So, there you have it. For now. If you’re interested in seeing more regular posts up here, well why dontcha submit some material? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an idea (or an actual draft, oooh!) and I’ll hook you up.
Thanks for reading!