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April 2018

The Great Chris Debate! Part 3: Chris Hemsworth

Guest Post by Kalie Zamierowski of Just Dread-full

I will be the first to admit: there are a lot of great Chrises in Hollywood right now – a lot of talented, attractive, funny men who warrant our attention. If you’ve been following the series so far, you’ve read two arguments: one explaining why Chris Pratt is the best Chris in the business, and one explaining why Chris Evans is. Well, I have no particular vendetta against Chris Pratt or Chris Evans or (the yet-to-come) Chris Pine – all of whom are brilliant, funny, incredibly good-looking men. Indeed, I might even assert that Chris Pratt or Evans or Pine were the best Chris in Hollywood, if….if….if Chris Hemsworth didn’t exist! But let’s face it, Chris Hemsworth does exist. Oh, he exists, and his wit, charm, and brazen sex appeal make him, undoubtedly, the best Chris. Let’s delve into, with a little more specificity, why Chris Hemsworth is the best Chris there is. Continue reading “The Great Chris Debate! Part 3: Chris Hemsworth”

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The Great Chris Debate! Part 2: Chris Evans

This week, Michael of My Comic Relief, Kalie of Just Dread-full, Nancy, and I are going head to head – trying to decide which cinematic superhero Chris is best!!! Yesterday, Michael posted a pretty good case for Chris Pratt. However, read on to see my case for the obvious choice, Chris Evans ;D

Wow. Just wow. I hardly have the words to start this post! I guess I just have to start out and say that they certainly cast well for Captain America.

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He just has that 1940’s look, doesn’t he? The classic blond-haired, green-eyed, chiseled cheekbones, strong chin, all-American look. Anyone could fall in love with him on looks alone. Personally, his lips and jawline are my weakness. I think very bad thoughts when I see his perfect jawline and those big, pouty lips! And as you can see from the picture above, they had to choose an actor who looks great in a uniform! Do you see any other of the Chrises looking as good in a uniform as they do in their superhero gear? Or any of the other Chrises STILL looking THIS good when they wake up from being asleep in the Arctic for 70 years???

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Didn’t think so! (He even looks adorable when he’s confused!)

As Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Evans is spot-on. He hates bullies and stands up for what he believes in. He’s persistent: he was recruited into the Super Soldier program after being rejected from the Armed Forces, but he kept going until he was in a place where he could make a difference! Of course, he’s also chivalrous. When he does wake up in the scene pictured above, his first worry is that he missed his date with Peggy Carter. If that’s not enough to break your heart!!!

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Adding to the ice cream sobfest (thanks, Emma Stone!) is, of course, Steve’s best friend Bucky disappearing and reappearing as the Winter Soldier. Steve is incredibly loyal to his friends – I mean, the Civil War started in part because Steve still saw the good in Bucky and wanted to protect him from the other superheroes who were hunting the Winter Soldier to bring him to justice. Steve knew the man behind the Winter Soldier was still there, too scared to come out. That’s powerful stuff.

Outside of acting, Chris Evans… well, he’s just adorable. Who hasn’t seen a picture of him laughing and started laughing in turn???

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I mean, who can resist that??? The way he crosses his hands over his chest and leans back really far – it’s too much! I’m cracking up as I write this X,D And if that wasn’t enough, here is video footage of him laughing too hard to continue an interview:

As you can see, Chris Hemsworth is also in this interview, but don’t pay attention to him. You can’t anyway. Go ahead and try! All your focus is on our boy Chris Evans totally losing it. He’s like a big ol’ golden retriever puppy whose happiness and joy is totally contagious. Your day is brightened in spite of yourself. Now, did you notice Chris Hemsworth at all during this video???

Don’t worry, I’ll wait =P

None of the other Chrises have this combination of seriousness and playfulness. Chris Pratt? He’s all fun and games! Pine? Dude! TOO serious!!! Hemsworth? I guess he would come the closest, but there really is no contest, as the video above shows. Chris Evans is your classic all-American man with the acting chops, great looks, and heart of gold. You can’t get much better than that! Who else is feeling the Chris Evans love???

– Kathleen

The Chris fun continues!  Check out the other compelling arguments in this series:

Michael’s post:  Chris Pratt

Kalie’s post: Chris Hemsworth

Nancy’s post: Chris Pine

The Great Chris Debate! Part 1: Chris Pratt

This week, Michael of My Comic Relief, Kalie of Just Dread-full, Nancy, and I are going head to head – trying to decide which cinematic superhero Chris is best!!! Read on to see Michael’s case for Chris Pratt of Guardians of the Galaxy:

Guest Writer: Michael J. Miller of My Comic Relief

As superhero movies have become a larger and larger part of our popular culture, a question has vexed fans and scholars alike.  Which of the cinematic superhero Chrises is the greatest Chris of all??  Now, three incredible blogs and four intrepid bloggers have banded together to try and definitively answer this daunting question.  Nancy and Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2, Kalie of Just Dread-full, and yours truly are going to get to the bottom of this.  So fasten your seatbelts as we spend the next few days exploring all things Chris…although, sadly for my collaborators, I don’t know if we’ll need more than one post.  Because I’ve solved it.  It’s Chris Pratt for the win – easy.  No contest.  Game.  Set.  Match.  Now here’s why. Continue reading “The Great Chris Debate! Part 1: Chris Pratt”

Wonder Woman (Rebirth, Vol. 4): Godwatch

Veronica Cale, leader of Godwatch, is definitely not a Wonder Woman fan. She’s watched Diana on the news, read about her in the papers, and thinks she is a sham. It doesn’t help that two of her gods, Phobos and Deimos, sons of Ares, have stolen her daughter’s soul. They’re holding it ransom until Veronica can lead them to Themyscira. Veronica sacrifices much in the journey, in developing the technology to get there. But to save her daughter – Veronica will do just about anything.

Rebirth WW does a lot of skipping around in the story. I can see why they utilize that method – revealing hidden truths and all that – but it’s not ideal for light reading. I really had to pay attention! That said, I loved that they went in a slightly different direction in this volume and made Veronica Cale the focus. You see her make the descent from a woman who just wants to save her daughter to a villain, and neither you nor her realizes until it’s too late. Cale is an excellent foil for Diana. I’m kind of a sucker for villain stories like this, and I enjoyed it very much.

Bilquis Evely’s art is lovely in it’s subtlety. The focus is more on expression as opposed to great detail. The color palette gets more muted and darker the more you read, echoing Cale’s descent into villainy. My favorite part had to be Jenny Frison’s covers at the back, though… I can’t get enough of them!!!

– Kathleen

Rucka, Greg, Bilquis Evely, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. Wonder Woman (Rebirth, Vol. 4): Godwatch. 2017.

Uncanny X-Men: Revolution

The X-Men regroup after the devastating Phoenix event in Avengers vs X-Men, with Cyclops taking the lead of his outlaw band of mutants and establishes the New Charles Xavier School. He, Emma Frost, Magik and Magneto collect new students from around the world, as new cases of teens gaining abilities out of nowhere are popping up all over.

The Avengers hear of Cyclops’ mission and try to stop him. Being partial to the X-Men, I feel that the Avengers came off as pricks with a holier than thou vibe. They got shown up when one of the new mutants used her powers to trap them, and the X-Men made their escape. The team head to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning where they meet up with Kitty Pride, Wolverine and Havok who are leading a second school for mutants. Their differences are established, and it is sad to see such divisions among the former teammates, but a few students there switch over to Cyclops’ new school.

In the midst of this, we learn of a mole in the Uncanny team, and later are unsure if this team member is being truthful, or if there will be further double or triple crosses. Cyclops is torn about what he did to Professor X, and his culpability level as his, Emma’s and Magneto’s powers were compromised by the Phoenix. They need the new mutants as much as the new students need their guidance. The last chapter concentrates on Magik and her connection to Darkchild and the demon world. A cliff hanger is set up and this new team have their work cut out for them.

Right off, I was at a disadvantage as surprisingly I have not read A vs X (it is now on reserve for me at my library), so I struggled with my background knowledge. Most comics, including this one, try to fill the reader in on past events through dialogue between characters but I had to search some Marvel Wiki pages for info to fill in my knowledge gaps. What I probably should have done, is set this book aside until I read the other book, but I was on a time crunch and soldiered on.

Artist Chris Bachalo illustrates chapters one through four, while Frazer Irving takes over for chapter five. As the style changes dramatically in the last chapter, and not for the better, I was not happy. I liked Frazer’s backgrounds better with his swirling colors, but Bachalo’s illustrations of the heroes was far superior. If I am to read further into the series, first I must read A vs X, and then see if the art holds up in future volumes.

-Nancy

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Bendis, Brian Michael, Chris Bacalo & Frazer Irving. Uncanny X-Men: Revolution. 2014.

Ready Player One Movie

I adored the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, so I have been eagerly looking forward to the adaptation of the movie. But books are always better than the movies and this continued to be the case, although the movie was solid. There were some significant changes between the movie and book and usually I would be in an uproar about this, but the author co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, and thus he himself tweaked some scenes to better fit an action movie. These changes worked, and gave it a better narrative flow.

**In tribute to the premise of the book and movie, I will be sending you on Easter Egg hunts. Follow my links to find other awesome bloggers out there who have a connection to the Ready Player One movie and the word I hyperlink it to. Enjoy their blogs!**

We first meet Wade Watts aka Parzival in 2044 living in a trailer park wasteland.   Much of society is in shambles, but people can escape from their mundane lives by entering the Oasis, an online massive multiplayer simulation game.  The founder James Holloway has died, and he has created a hunt for control of the game and it’s profits, and players need to embark on a journey to find three keys, each that would unlock puzzles or a riddle with a clue to the location of the next key.  Wade is an expert on 80’s nostalgia, as Holloway based the quests off the games of his youth.

The first key was obtained by participating in a huge car race. Right away this is a major change, but much better suited to film than the original fun (but long and drawn out) scene from the book. We begin to truly see pop culture references here, with vehicles and characters  you will recognize from other franchises. Director Steven Spielberg refrains from referencing too many of his own previous film’s but we still see a DeLorean car, King Kong and a T-Rex. We also eventually spot Batman, the robot Gundam, the Iron Giant, and Chucky in future scenes.  Unfortunately, licensing prevents some classics such as Star Wars or the Avengers heroes from being used.

For the second key, Parzival had to reenact word by word the movie WarGames, but this this movie switches up the film he needs to immerse himself in. This new film was actually a nice surprise. If it was going to go off-script from the book, why not give the viewers a chance to experience an iconic horror movie and some key scenes that will give you the chills.

As an evil corporation honcho tries to win at all costs and has endless money and workers at his disposal to win the game. Parzival is helped greatly by a fellow online avatar Art3mis, who is established as a love interest early on, and his best friend Aech.  Yet another change is that the movie shuffles some timelines with Art3mis and other online friends, before they arrive at the final gate. An epic showdown occurs, and (come on, this is no surprise) Parzival wins the game and the girl!

All in all, this was a fun movie and I look forward to watching it again on DVD so I truly can catch all the shout-outs from movies, music and tv that was embedded in scenes. However….this was no blockbuster and it really didn’t do the book justice. If I were watching it with no preconceived notions, I would have enjoyed it even more. Yet on the other hand, the movie was strong enough and made some interesting cinematic choices that let me enjoy it even as it diverged greatly from it’s source material. My advice is to read the book if you truly want the grand adventure!

-Nancy

A Bride’s Story (Vol. 1)

I mentioned in a previous post that I’m not really a fan of manga – mostly because I can’t finish a manga to save my life! But I think I may have finally found one here 😉

Amir is a young woman who has been sent to marry her betrothed and live with his family. She’s in for a surprise – Karluk, the young man, is eight years younger than she is! Amir cheerfully takes it in stride. Life in nineteenth century Asia isn’t easy, but the family gets by. They have strong bonds with one another, and Amir is quickly accepted and loved by the Eihon family as if she was one of their own. For twelve-year-old Karluk, it’s a little strange to be married to a woman who’s twenty, but Amir is optimistic, kind, and knows how to hunt and ride horseback. Their bond is something like brother and sister, but could it go deeper? However, Amir’s family wants to take her back… they say that Amir wasn’t the one they meant to send! How can the Eihon family possibly give up one of their own?

Atmosphere is the name of the game with this manga. The art is simply stunning. The amount of detail in the clothing, rugs, and landscapes is overwhelming – in the best way! I found myself stopping and lingering over one page for minutes at a time, multiple times. You’re transported to central Asia in the nineteenth century with ease. Just look at this panel of Amir and Karluk sitting together!

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Isn’t it beautiful? ❤

There are a few family members who make appearances, but there is thankfully a family tree in the back in case you get confused. All the characters, Amir most of all, are charming and absolutely lovable. I’d keep coming back for the art alone, but the characters sealed the deal for me. I can’t remember the last time I said this for a manga, but I am so looking forward to the next volume!!!

– Kathleen

Mori, Kaoru. A Bride’s Story (Vol. 1). 2009.

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