Friday, November 30, 2012

It's such a gas when you bring up the past

Paranorman!  I love this movie.  The character designs in particular were just incredible.  Read on for some fan art.  One of these is kind of a spoiler, FYI.

^My favorite joke in the entire film.  Hahahaha, it kills me every time!  Along with every single one of Neil's lines and Alvin's horrible face and dance moves and Courtney's pouty-faces.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Every hour has come to this

(Other reviews: Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, Magic Mike, Brave, Prometheus)

I watched Twilight: Breaking Dawn, part 2 last night! Read on for reaction comics. As always, SPOILERS!

So...I actually really, really liked what they did with that battle.  All of  the action and drama of a full-on fight, because you believe it's really happening, and then a conclusion where A) the "villain" or hate sink doesn't need to die*, B) the conflict is resolved through discourse, and C) everyone finds a way to coexist albeit a compromise.  THAT NEVER HAPPENS IN BLOCKBUSTERS YOU GUYS.
*I mean, I guess that Irina did play the hate sink and die....but I'm counting Aro as the main one and the rest of the Volturi as next in line.

Monday, November 19, 2012

You may have my number you can take my name but you'll never have my heart

I saw the new Bond film Skyfall last night! Here are some reaction comics I made before bed.  As always, SPOILERS!


*Whoops, that's "Silva"...ha ha....British accents, you know...!
^My mom and I made this joke almost simultaneously.

So okay, it's fun to poke holes in movies, but in all seriousness I really enjoyed Skyfall and will be recommending it to my friends.  It's a good Bond film.  It's a good action film.  The glass door scene?  The opening shot?  The rat monologue?  The rooftop dirt biking?  The new Q?  The use of the backhoe loader?  The word association game?  Every single establishing shot in the film? *whistle*
I was a little underwhelmed by the plot and the not-so-deep reveals about James Bond's past because my friends had built it up a bit too much, but ah well.  He's an orphan.  He hid in a cellar once.  I would have loved more character development than that, but I should have reminded myself that I was going into a James Bond film and they need to save all the time they can for the shoot-outs and explosions.  That final act...don't even get me started.  The ice scene was cool, but I was falling asleep during the rest of the fire BOOM fire shouting BOOM stuff.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I can feel my feet on the ground

I'm back from Oahu and it was GREAT!  I had this image in my head that Oahu was one giant city, and why would you travel all the way to Hawai'i to just be in another city?, but it was actually the best island experience I've had yet.  There are parks and hikes and tons of nature within walking distance from Honolulu, and some parts of the island look completely untouched.

Here are my travel sketches.  I would clean them up if I had more free time, but I've got to hit the ground running today on actual work-work.  Even if some of these are less-than-legible, I hope you enjoy!

I looooove the way that the island looks from the water.  The clouds passing over the mountains cast shadows that seem black in contrast to the bright light shining everywhere else.  It made this great layering effect on the mountains, depending on whether the shadows were on the peaks closest to you or further away.

Autobio travel comics:
In hindsight, these sound a little...boastful?  That's not my intention; I just want to remember what we did.  It was an extraordinary trip and it looks like an embarrassment of riches when it's all listed off in one place.