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ant nothin’ to it

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2018 by phanteana

like the rest of the planet, i followed suit and saw Ant-Man and the Wasp this past weekend. although i’m not well-versed in comic book lore, i have enough real-life sources to rely on in case i have too many questions (which i usually do…don’t even get me started on Infinity War) post-film. i also tend to be a bit behind when it comes to the MCU (i didn’t see the first Ant-Man until earlier this year, if that’s any indication). anyone who reads this blog knows that i’m devoted to the MECU (note the extra letter), or what’s now being referred to as the “Legendarium.” but it’s not that i have no interest in comic book movies; i just don’t get around to them as quickly as others do.

regardless, i have to say that Scott Lang (at least, the big screen version of him) is definitely one of my favorite Marvel heroes. he’s your (sort of) average guy just trying to make a better life for himself and his family, and moving forward from the mistakes he made in the past. we can all relate there.

 

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yes, Ant-Man…we can forgive you for that time you toured with W.A.S.P.

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listen for the whispers

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 13, 2018 by phanteana

it’s safe to say those people who experienced the lunchtime terror of the first footage of the updated Suspiria have recovered from the ordeal…just in time for the trailer that dropped last week!

so what did i think of it? (not a spoiler alert)
well, it’s definitely creepy in terms of tone and appearance. but it looks more like an artsy foreign film as opposed to a horror movie. the costuming screams 1977 (but not tacky 1977). the color scheme used in the original is nowhere to be found, which further confirms that this new version is not a remake but rather a re-imagining. it’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. until the actual film is released on November 2 (which, coincidentally is Day of the Dead…good job, marketing team!), please enjoy the musings of Suspiria‘s Twitter page. whoever runs it is quite imaginative with their postings & retweets!

i heard it through the grave-vine

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 3, 2018 by phanteana

libraries & cemeteries have a lot in common: both hold significant historical records (the former in print/electronic form and the latter in markers/stones) and they provide a quiet environment for reflection and study. now imagine these two places were combined into one. that’s what happened when New York’s iconic Greenwood Cemetery collaborated with the remains (womp womp) of the Brooklyn-based Morbid Anatomy Museum for a unique pop-up experience: a library inside a cemetery where patrons can read all about the dearly departed. the museum opened in 2014, and catered to family-friendly crowds & more mature audiences with its eccentric series of lectures (ranging from Taxidermy 101 to a visual presentation on 80’s Goth), exhibits, and activities. but despite its appeal, insufficient funding and the high cost of property space (it is New York, after all) caused it to fold last year. but thanks to the staff at Greenwood, the Morbid Anatomy library has been resurrected to the delight of locals and tourists alike…and just like libraries, Greenwood is very vast so be sure not to accidentally get locked in after hours (not to worry, the groundskeepers have been known to rescue stranded visitors in case they get stuck inside post-sundown).

the Young Aragorn Chronicles (or, My Life As A Teenage Ranger)

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 23, 2018 by phanteana

the MECU (Middle-Earth Cinematic Universe) is moving forward with that once-rumored Lord Of The Rings series, courtesy of Amazon. for those who feared there wouldn’t be any further return journeys to Middle-Earth, rest assured there will be plenty. while no showrunner or cast have been announced as of yet (still rooting for PJ, obviously), it has been confirmed that the series will focus largely on the rise of young Aragorn from humble beginnings to, well…y’all know the rest. given that the show will take place during an in-between period (which encompasses 60 years from the events of The Hobbit up to the start of Fellowship), there will be some characters missing but there will also be plenty of familiar faces to look out for. one crucial player has expressed some doubts about returning, which could pose an issue for many fans…but another has already stated they would love to come back for more, and that is an encouraging thought.

 

 

 

sounds of the Barrow-downs

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2018 by phanteana

peanut butter & jelly. mac n’ cheese. Tolkien & Metal. two great tastes that go together, especially that last one (though the others are pretty solid, too).

by now, it should come as no surprise that Middle-Earth has inspired and influenced generations of musicians. can the same be said about other authors (living or deceased)? yes, but mostly in specific genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, Gothic romance). there aren’t too many songs written about The Great Gatsby or Heart Of Darkness (that i’m aware of, at least).

if J.R.R. Tolkien were alive today, would he be flattered or offended by the use of his works in Metal music? since i can’t ask him, i’d venture to guess he’d be confused but also pleased that people still cared about him (which they definitely do after all these years).

a budget far greater than gold itself

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2018 by phanteana

spring has sprung (well, in some parts of the country at least). it seems like only yesterday it was fall, and Amazon announced it plans to produce a small screen prequel to the “other” greatest story ever told. now that a return journey to Middle-Earth is in the works, there are still questions that need to be answered: who is directing/starring in/writing/producing the series? these queries have yet to be solved, but one thing’s for certain: it won’t be cheap. with that said, my plan is to move to New Zealand, get a job as a Hobbiton tour guide, and find a way to get cast in the production…or i could see if Weta Workshop is looking for a librarian with coding skills.

me(n)tal health

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , on February 25, 2018 by phanteana

oh, the irony: back in the 80’s, Metal was deemed as a corrupting influence on young people. parents literally viewed it as the devil and claimed kids were doing drugs, having sex, or worse…committing heinous crimes and killing themselves because they believed there were hidden messages in the lyrics. fans of Metal were labeled as outcasts with few friends who did poorly in school, had trouble at home, or were just plain angry and depressed all the time.

today, there are still those parents who try to shield their kids from Metal. but its influence has taken a dramatic turn, and is now revered in some circles. one such is the mental health community, as more musicians and fans are sharing their stories of overcoming anxiety, depression, and mental illness. so the music that was once considered evil is actually a force of good in this world by helping people deal with stress and even saving lives. in other words, never judge an album by its cover.