You may notice that it’s not Monday, AND you may notice (or not) that I didn’t post last week. Keeping a blog is an evolutionary process, and I’ve been reconsidering what I do, why, and how. More on the specifics of that later (when the fallout begins to drift gently down from the heavens), but part of it is reconceptualizing how I do the Top Ten lists: instead of doing them biweekly, I’ve decided to do them when I’ve accumulated ten links that I think are cool enough to share. I’ll be abandoning the predictability of Mondays, which meshes with my larger vision. You’ll see what I mean, soon enough (I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation!). At any rate, here’s Top Ten number ten!
1. The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist ‘Secret History’ Of Wonder Woman. As a kid, I used to go to the library and hunt for big collections of comic books – this was before they had trades, so what I read were giant collections of Captain Marvel, and The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and, yes, Wonder Woman, so I guess I get to say that I’ve been a fan since before the Lynda Carter show. Wonder Woman has a really interesting, oddly subversive history, and for those interested in the Amazon princess, this book looks like a must read. I haven’t got it yet, but I will. As a side comment, I’m working my way through the available trades of the Wonder Woman reboot in DC’s New 52, and so far it’s pretty excellent.
2. Cat Petting Simulator 2014. For cat owners especially, this is just charming. It only takes a few minutes to fiddle with it and get the picture, but it’s well worth it.
3. The Hills Parody on MAD TV. Remember The Hills? I only caught maybe 5-10 minutes of it, it was too terrible for me (kind of like the Kardashian stuff). At any rate, it was during one of SNL’s lulls that we started watching MAD TV instead, which for many seasons was pretty funny (it crashed at the end). There are a lot of skits that I still remember from that show. This one is worth it because, well, it’s funny – I love the theme music – and also to see how young Ike Barenholtz looked.
4. everything personal can’t be political. I recently stumbled on Fredrik deBoer’s blog. I’m mostly interested in the few posts he’s categorized under rhetoric. Usually I don’t comment on this stuff, and I won’t comment now, but I think deBoer has some interesting insights as to the state of discourse that seem pertinent to the online SFF community. I’ll let the article stand for itself.
5. Big Trouble in Little China is the Latest Step in Funko’s Pop Vinyl Dominance of Every Property. I always find it reassuring when merchandise pops up that reminds me that, yes, there are people out there who love the stuff I love – that the things that were special to me 25 years ago are still special to some people. At any rate, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sort of want a Lo Pan, but seriously: I’ve got Frankenstein’s monster, and my wife has the Bride of Frankenstein, and that’s enough. “I’d kind of like” leads to madness! Or, just more stuff than we really need.
6. Ghosts in the Machines: The Devices and Daring Mediums That Spoke for the Dead. Worth a read, or at least a skim. What makes us think that we can speak to the dead? Is it just a refusal to believe that this is it? Regardless, I’ve always been fascinated with spiritualism and magic, even if I don’t believe in it – and look at those cool devices and posters! Speaking of things that I don’t need but want!
7. “She’s Capable of Being A Bad Ass But Is Loyal To Her Friends” – Nancy Collins Talks Red Sonja. I read Gail Simone’s Red Sonja Volume 1: Queen of Plagues and though I didn’t read further (no real reason, I guess – overall, though, I’m more a superhero guy) I liked it. What intrigued me about what Collins is doing is the idea of a heroine in her late 40s/early 50s, which is pretty rare in our culture, where everyone past 40 is supposed to be “done” whatever that means. At any rate, I’ll eventually pick it up. It’s always nice to see people over 40 kicking ass (Iron Man, anyone?).
8. Narcopolis New Trailer Is Pretty Trippy. I find this trailer interesting, in that to me it seems simultaneously original and derivative, low-budget but not too much, and features an older Tom Hiddleston, which implies that somebody is going to go back in time and meet a younger Tom Hiddleston. I don’t know if I’d see it in the theaters… I have this feeling that it won’t actually come to U.S. theaters (???). I imagine myself watching it on Netflix while I walk on the Treadmill (in the same way that so much of my visual media is consumed).
9. SHORT FILM: Murphy – The Helpful WWII Forest Creature Who Isn’t So Helpful. Awww… the cute little guy just wants to help! But he kind of gets ahead of himself, sometimes, that’s all. If the forests of Europe had been stocked with these helpful little guys, the allies would have lost World War II.
10. Imagined Movie Sequel Posters Have Us Dreaming. I don’t know about dreaming, but thoughtful, maybe? As usual, I have an enthusiasm disconnect (I have an enthusiasm disconnect with the world). Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League of course bring a tear to my eye, and who wouldn’t want a sequel to 1984? My favorite, though, is Labyrinth 2. Though I’m not a big fan of the first film, the idea of a grown-up sequel is kind of intriguing, though of course it wouldn’t be half as good as it is in my imagination.