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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 08:40pm on 07/05/2012 under ,
I have to say, I'm not entirely sure how I became so obsessively excited about The Avengers. Sure, I grew up on Marvel comics, but they were pretty much entirely X-Men; I knew of Cap and the other Avengers, but sort of ignored them as boring. (Oops.) Partly, I blame Captain America, because the adorable bastard really sucked me into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his movie, when I had previously seen (and greatly enjoyed) the Iron Man movies without dissolving into a puddle of feels.

In addition to that, though, I think a good chunk of my excitement comes from the fact that this is a superhero team movie, and the superhero team genre is my favorite of the comic book medium. Even though I love the Batman books - and even though I'm going to see The Dark Knight Rises and expect that it will be very fun - it's that core dynamic of the disparate personalities coming together as a supportive (if snarky) family who work together to do hero stuff that I really love best. (Of course, the Bat-family has this dynamic, but the Nolan movies are more about Batman-the-dark-angsty-urban-legend-loner.) The Avengers is more about that than any other superhero movie that's come out recently (including X-Men: First Class, I'd say), and it made me feel like it was 2000 and I was squeeing over the first X-Men film again.

So I saw The Avengers at midnight on Friday, and then again on Sunday (with different people! so it's totally justified! :P) and loved the shit out of it. (And have been largely useless since then.)

Spoilers within (to be safe, assume spoilers for previous MCU movies and speculation about future movies) )

Now that I've gotten all that out of my system, maybe I can finally go back to being functional ... or maybe I'll just go obsessively hunt down news about Iron Man 3/Thor 2/Captain America 2/whatever else they announce next. :P
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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 09:36pm on 31/08/2011 under ,
I've been watching a lot of movies lately, mostly because I'm on vacation this week and [personal profile] ratzeo and I randomly decided to spend it with holed up at home with a stack of dvds from Scarecrow.

Actually, the kick-off to my movie binge was seeing Captain America: The First Avenger )

Since I became solidly enthusiastic about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, next I saw Thor )

To complete our viewing of the Avengers-related movies, we rented The Incredible Hulk )

We also rented The Losers )

This morning, we watched Monsters vs Aliens )

Also in our Scarecrow haul are RocknRolla (also on [personal profile] starbird's recommendation, though I have to admit that it jumped up my priority list after I noticed that Idris Elba was in it ...), Blade Runner (because neither [personal profile] ratzeo nor I have seen it, even though it's a sci-fi classic), and Nine (to scratch my musical itch).

Stay-cations are awesome. :D
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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 09:12am on 07/01/2011 under
Not Green or Blue is a ficathon for characters of color in comics. Exciting!

(The title is in response to Ian Sattler's weasel-assed comment of "I mean, we have green, pink, and blue characters" in response to criticism of DC's lack of racial diversity.)
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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 09:19am on 10/11/2010 under
Please please please don't fuck this up, DC. I love Cass so much and it is almost painful how much I want to see her back, and done well.

Also, please tell me the cover is self-aware and intentionally mocking? (The Lady Gaga reference could be evidence in support of this, or it could just be evidence that DC grabbed a catchy phrase from pop culture parlance.) Because 17-year-old Tim in his Condom Head costume being all "RRRR I clench my fists and pout in the face of a sexy woman trying to sex me up sexily! My manly stoicism is a sign of my virlity!" is just ... no. I love Tim, but I can take this about as seriously as I can take a Manowar album cover.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled lack of journal posts.
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This is, like, 80% snort-your-drink hilarious. I really love the Batfamily, but I also know that they deserve to have the hell mocked out of them. This ... is so very close to perfect.

I should add a WARNING for: derogatory usage of "psycho," "bitch," and "gay" (though for a few seconds each out of the 8-minute video), an un-funny sequence on Stephanie (not hugely offensive, just un-funny mocking, which makes me sad as a fan), and probably not being too funny if you aren't a little familiar with the Batman canon (you should, at least, know that there has been a series of different Robins).

I want to quote so much of this video, but it's funnier if you see it. So I will refrain, except for saying that you need to watch to the end for, "OH FUCK IT'S BATMAN AND HIS NAKED FRIEND."
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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 09:41pm on 17/08/2010 under ,
My dinner for the past couple of nights has been a blackened grilled flank steak salad with a red bell pepper honey vinaigrette, based on these recipes from use real butter. I tried it on a whim, because I had all the ingredients on hand, but ... wow. It's really tasty. And fast - the vinaigrette is just a chop-and-blend, and while you do have to let the spice-rubbed steak sit in the fridge for a few hours, the actual hands-on time is a super quick grill.

My modifications were limited: I had a slightly smaller flank steak (closer to 1 pound), which just meant that a lot of the spice rub ended up sloughing off; and I cut the salt in half. I doubt you even need that much - I'm sure the salt does something, but I certainly don't need the taste of it, so next time I would even try 1/4 teaspoon.

My salad is similar to the one on the blog, and conveniently bought entirely from the farmers market: a butter lettuce-type lettuce (the sign at the stall was some fancy name I don't remember, but it looks like butter lettuce - $3 for a head literally over a foot in diameter), cucumber ($1), cherry/grape tomatoes ($3 for a small basket), and a garnish of diced scallions ($1 for a ridiculously huge bunch). Flank steak often goes on sale for $5/lb, so this whole ensemble, which yields about 4 servings for me, cost $13 plus a few pennies for the spices.

Also, when you put it all together with the dressing, the bell pepper and tomato and green onion and meat smells combine to remind me of pizza. o_o

I round out the meal with some bread. Yum.

... In completely different news, I'm reading the first volume of the new Batgirl. I ... like Steph. I do. And the writing is fun and the art is pretty without being excessively cheesecakey. It's all great, but I miss Cass so damn much, and I hate that we had to lose her for Steph to get her big break. There's only one place at the table, and the woman of color and the working class white woman have to compete for it?

Now, for those brave defenders of rich white men - I'm not saying that DC is being evilly racist and classist. But this just sounds a lot like a song that I've heard way too often. And, in light of this Batman, Inc. business and the possibility of multiple Batmans, as well as the actual existence of multiple Flashes and Green Lanterns - it's pretty galling.
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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 03:09pm on 13/08/2010 under , ,
I want to blather on about various things, including my horrendous chain of fuck-ups in the kitchen over the last two days, and my reactions to reading the (Cass) Batgirl series, but I don't really feel like I'd have much of a point. Not that you need a point to post on your own journal, I guess.

I am interested in doing this meme, though. I can do numbered lists even if I don't have a point.

Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! Fandoms, ice cream flavours, cartoon moments, women in my fandoms, OTPs, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs. And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments). Possibly with pictures.

Or ... I guess I could use one for the other.

My top 5 kitchen fuck-ups in the last two days )

My top 5 things that I like about Cass Cain/Batgirl )
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posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 10:03pm on 10/08/2010 under ,
Since I've been on a Batman kick lately, I made an avatar of Nightwing for my Rock Band band. I named him Dick. Rock Band helpfully informed me that this name is not what people consider "classy," and that his name will not show up on Xbox Live.

Also, I have dressed him in a ... shall we say, homage to his 80s Discowing outfit.

Also also, it is pretty amusing to have Dick sing Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." I'm just saying.
sigelphoenix: (geeky spider-man)

Judith Butler loltheorist!

The 5 Most Half Assed Apologies for Historic Crimes! (Shockingly, the list is made up primarily of white people.)

Snark against DC Comics' blind perpetuation of white privilege! (Note: Spoilers for recent events, specifically in the new Titans: Villains for Hire.)

I love the Internet.
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I'm excited to announce that there's just one week left until the release of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology!

For those who still haven't heard about this book, Secret Identities is a graphic novel collection of new superhero stories by and about Asian Americans. If you want to find out more, there's plenty of material to browse in the PDF preview, or the video trailers.

I highly encourage you to pick up this book, if you're someone who loves comic books and is impatient with how slow the mainstream publishers have been to leave behind the straight-white-male majority in its characters. (In other words ... like, all of my friends? :D) Please spare a few bucks to support it - it's less than $15 at Amazon! I think this project deserves major success, and I'd love to send the message to the comics industry that Asian American superheroes DO have an audience - and deserve a place, front and center - in comic books.

(Those of you who know [ profile] ratzeo, he is happy to have you buy the book through him and take advantage of his sweet discount at the Comics Dungeon. Heck, even if you don't know him, he'd probably do it anyway as long as you're local.)
Mood:: 'excited' excited


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