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Un-Fucking-Believable!

This house is a hub of technological dysfunction.
Or maybe there's just something about Mel.

Over the months of anticipation for the Iron Man DVD, I've been watching other movies and series on the home teevee and DVD machine.

Guess.
No really.
Try and guess what happened when I began to watch this oh so anticipated movie.
Yes.
That's right.
The signal between the DVD machine and the fucking teevee was lost.
Lost.
No signal.
No picture.
No Tony Fucking Stark in a Shiny Metal Jacket!

The Universe hates me.
Hates me!!!!!

Aaaaargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The frustration is killing me!
First Frida, then the home network (which is fixed thank you new telephone wire) and now the fucking DVD decides to fucking malfunction - even though it's actually the teevee that decided that Iron Man and the special features within are not for Mel's consumption.

Dude!
What! The! Fuck!

Forget about the Universe hating me.
I hate this bloody Universe!


Please not that this is all in reference to the past half hour. The Universe and the World are filled with Many Good Things unrelated to seeing Robert Downey Junior don an exo-suit and flying around to the sound of heavy metal music.
Which I currently cannot do.
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The Good News.

In my cold, wet hands I now hold the Ultimate 2-Disc Edition of Iron Man.

Oh yes.

Oh so very yes.

Just as my fandom excitement began to dwindle due to the fact that I hadn't watched it in a while, the Universe (and the post office) decided that Yesterday would be the day for me to receive this little bundle of Movie Magic, too bad I couldn't actually get it yesterday due to some bureaucratic cock up.
But today.
They can kiss my shiny metal ass (it's actually peachy fuzz, but eh. Details).

The Bad News.

Who wants to go to Uni this year?

*raises hand*

Who, in fact, is getting screwed over by the Ministry of Finance by dragging their feet and allowing this catastrophic academic mishap.

*raises hand with thousands of other students and the Ministry of Education*

Speaking of the MoE... what an utter disappointment Minister Tamir has been. You really can't compare her to the unmitigated disaster that was Limor Livnat, but she was such a hope. I mean, here's an actual academic, someone who actually worked as a teacher!
And she somehow allowed her Ministry to be fucked over by venture capitalist pigs.
Ugh!

The WTF! News.

Related to the Bad News. The campus treasury sent me a notice asking for more money on top of the advance that I've already paid them.
This is not the tuition money.
This is most likely something to keep the admin office head above water.

This is so fucked up.
I cannot even describe it.

But at least I'll get to watch Iron Man today. So not everything is wrong with the world.
Right?
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I feel as though anecdotes from the week are a wee bit boring for others to read.
Then again, I read other people's lives and can only assume you all don't hang around this little Junk Yard o'Words for the scenery.

So this week was/still is iCon and a pretty fun one it was for me. I'll not be going to the last day tomorrow as it is my Daddy's 64 birthday tomorrow later today and we are going to picnic elsewhere, away from the Suburbia and Urbania of the Centre.
Last year I pretty much skipped and this year it was great to reconnect with all the people I don't get to meet that often IRL *waves to those who didn't miss me this week because they actually saw me*.
And of course make new friends, which is always fun.
Buffy talk is, as always, the Fun.
Not enough Doctor Who and Torchwood; it may be a little too fluffy? Though I'm not sure why... could just be a culture clash, as Americana and Israeli-Centric work is far more common than Britannica.
I'm really obsessing Torchwood.
I can't get enough of Ianto Jones.
He's just... *gibberish* Fictional men rule! *fist*
Some coherent thoughts on Torchwood will probably come along with my queer analysis of "Iron Man", my queer analysis of "Harry Potter"'s Lupin and Tonks' Lavender Marriage and a comparative analysis of the DCU and the Buffyverse, specifically how Angel correlates as Batman, Riely correlates as Superman, Buffy correlates as Wonder Woman and Spike correlates as Catwoman (thank you [livejournal.com profile] nurint for talking to me about it... will email you soon, hope you have time to read LJ!).
And Oi! No stealing my ideas! Well, you know... you can... I mean, this is the interwebs!

I also ate sea-food.
With [livejournal.com profile] tamara_russo.
It was tasty.
That woman is the incarnation of the Snake in the Garden of Eden... giving into culinary temptation never felt so good.
Meat has no appeal and I'm beginning to lose my enjoyment of dairy products... though I don't know if I'll ever be able to give up ice-cream.
There's always soy-milk for coffee.

You want more? Well, I'll just hope you can be happy with this little snippet of life at the 'mo.
Hope to get back into the swing of regular updating over the next few days.
Isn't it strange that a week of not updating seems long?
My LJ is going to be three next week and it's become a constant in my life.
I don't know if that's good or bad.
It's most certainly a fact.
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Well, now that that's established maybe we can go on to Meta?

On today's agenda, you ask.

A wee bit more on The Dark Knight, as I'm eagerly awaiting my Iron Man DVD Ultimate Edition to arrive and will probably watch it over and over for in order to write a more cohesive mini-thesis about Tony Stark's Gender Fluidity in the movie.
And as soon as I have the Nolanverse Batman DVD's I'll be able to write a more comprehensive comparative analysis of Iron Man and Batman.
Hopefully deeper than this Player vs Player strip: under the cut )

My brother however, sent me two interesting articles about the nature of Batman and the Joker as they've been presented in the Nolanverse which, as most comic books readers know, is quite different from the sequential art mythology.
The two articles, written by two of the members of the Vulpes Libris collective, one of whom (the one who wrote the Joker article) admits to being a newcomer to graphic literature, a "noob" in their words. Both have some very interesting insights on the Hero and the Nemesis.

Having read those two reviews I feel compelled to comment, not on the articles themselves (which are worth reading, hence them being linked above), but on the implication of Batman and the Joker being, oppositional forces, forced to do this danse macabre(1) until one of them dies, which is the comic book myth is unlikely.

I think it's very simplistic and reductive to say that Batman is a Hero in the archetype sense of the word. The articles details various incarnations of "Batman" in myths and stories - including Hercules, Odysseus and Harry Potter.
While modern day Super Heroes have certainly replaces the heroes of old mythology in their function of (re)telling the Way of the World, I don't feel it's right to compare them in their characters.
While Bruce and Odysseus certainly have the an ingenuity that gives them an edge on their enemies, they are two quite different personality types.
Also Bruce Wayne and Harry Potter *snort* and I like Harry Potter!
And yes, I know, niggling.
Functionally and archtypically they share characteristics and when it comes to myth that is probably the most important bit.

But then, why is Batman so popular? Ridiculously so.
I mean The Dark Knight went on to be the highest grossing movie of the summer, I mean hype dies down after the first two weeks and there's usually an sink after the first ebb.
But this was just a cinematic phenomena!
I went on to see it five times, which is a hell of a lot for me (and earning crazy looks from my family, films are not cheap, especially if you want to go to a good cinema).
This is not just movie wise, Batman is still DC's best seller in monthly issues and in trades and if I'm not mistaken, it's also the best seller in mainstream comics over-all.

There's something compelling about a man, who pretends to be a monster, in order to avoid becoming one.
In Arkham Asylum: A serious house on a serious earth, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean take this idea and expand it in a horrific (effing fantastic!) way.
The Joker isn't so much a Nemesis, but a guide; The Cheshire Cat to Batman's Alice.
Regardless, Batman is pinned against his greatest fear, becoming The Monster.

This is similarly done in the film, mainly through the Joker's own sense of grandeur. He truly believes that his "games" will free humans of their measly societal constraints.
Too bad he's a psychopath.

Do you like that?
There shall be more.
Alas, my train of thought has been slightly severed.
Worry not loyal readers, I shall write more on this oh so interminable subject.

Notes
(1)a musical piece I always associated with the Joker, and is especially apropos for Nolan's Joker.
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Details!

Details!

Extra, Extra!

Read all about it!

Details of Iron Man 2 all over the Interwebs!

Extra, Extra!

Read all about it!

Via.
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Okay, so it's old News that John Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. had a Live Commentary Screening last week.

Well, a geniu fan was there and posted the commentary on the Interwebs - can be downloaded here - Audio of Iron Man Commentary by JF and RDJ

Another, different, genius fan did one better and transplanted the Audio onto a download of an Iron Man video!
Dude.
It is awesome.
And it too can be downloaded here - Video of Iron Man with Commentary by JF and RDJ.

Not to mention that there are Videos on the Q&A after the commentary here.

Isn't that something.

Basking in the glory of Fandom... *happy sigh*.
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As an Iron Man (the movie) fan, I have to say that I'm glad this little gem was cut from the movie.


Party scene cut from the film, found in the DVD extras coming out in September

Not only does it really jar with the flow of the movie - this scene is supposed to come after Tony hears about Gulmira (the Afghani village) and goes on his first real mission as Iron Man - but it's ummm really icky.
Ach, but that's just personal observation.
But really, eww

In any event, I really like that Tony went all Gong-Ho into the situation, it suits his personality as an impulsive mad scientist. Not to mention that this happens after the scene where Tony and Pepper have an almost-kiss and then he leaves her because his conscience is eating away at his over bloated ego. Thus the whole would-be debauchery in this cut scene may make sense to Pepper who thinks Tony's getting back in the saddle of meaningless sex, but dude... that's gotta burn.
Though I liked the wreckage that Pepper encounters Tony sitting in; it gives a clue to his mood, though it's a little lost since he's playing it stoic.
And *snerk* at the anti-bacterial soap hand-shake.

So it's an icky scene, demeans Pepper and doesn't do credit to Tony Stark's character.
All in all... I'm glad it was cut and so should you be.
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Just watch the video:



Because it is ensuing hilarity.
Especially because just at the end there Iron Man kind of went Joker on Batsy, but whatever :)

Let me tell you, nothing will stop me from going to see The Dark Knight, which is opening this coming Thursday on the 24th... yeah, try and stop me.
Nothing will.
.
.
.
*squeeee* Yes, I've totally bought the hype.
I dun care! Nyah!

Oh and this is the fourth video of my two favourite "Men"

Graphics!

Jul. 5th, 2008 12:48 pm
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My oh so talented friend [livejournal.com profile] daemonfall made not one, not two, but eleven Ironbat icons!!! And he has allowed me to share with you all!

Nine More! )

Don't forget to credit [livejournal.com profile] daemonfall!
And no hot linking!
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Best.

Photo-shop.

Ever.





Thank you [livejournal.com profile] aesiron for knowing what I like and sharing it with me.
Despite the fact that you hate Bruce *gives you the bat-glare*
*huggles*

Somebody make me an icon out of the "Iron Bat" logo and the words... pretty please?!?!
My monster fangrrl will be eternally grateful and credit thee forever!
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I burst into a laughter that would have made Mistah J proud.

Go on.
Click play.
You know you want to.

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!



More of the Men )
See... wasn't it worth it.

Haha!
Ahahahaha!!
HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Title: Tin Man (10/10)
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13, here be some language and violent imagery
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse) - this happens approx. a month after the events of the movie.
Characters: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.
Previous Chapters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8 and Part 9.

Final Chapter: Part 10 )

Comments and feedback, people, they're what makes fandom worthwhile!

Thanks for reading this and sticking with me, I know it got a bit weird along the way.
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Title: Tin Man (9/10)
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13, here be some language and violent imagery
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse) - this happens approx. a month after the events of the movie.
Characters: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.
Previous Chapters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

Part 9 - Close him up. There's nothing else we can do )

Feedback is love and I reply with great devotion.
Yes, rhyming ain't my forte.
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Title: Tin Man (7-8/10)
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13, here be some language and violent imagery
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse) - this happens approx. a month after the events of the movie.
Characters: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James Rhodes
Previous Chapters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6

Part 7 )

Part 8 )

Feddback is ambrosia and comments are nectar.

To my readers who don't read fanfic, I apologize for my LJ being slightly "off" over the past few days... I just couldn't stop :)
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Title: Tin Man (6/10)
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13, here be some language and violent imagery
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse) - this happens approx. a month after the events of the movie.
Characters: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James Rhodes
Previous Chapters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

Part 6 )

Feedback and comments are my bread and butter... and jam, because it makes everything extra tasty.
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Title: Tin Man (5/?)
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13, here be some language and violent imagery
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse) - this happens approx. a month after the events of the movie.
Characters: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James Rhodes
Previous chapters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

Part 5 )

Feedback is appreciated and always replied with thanks.
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Title: Tin Man (4/?)
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13, here be some language considered dirty, though it seems pretty natural to me.
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse)
Characters: Tony, Jarvis... sorta.
Previous Parts: One, Two and Three.

This dying thing… it seems a bit premature don't you think? )

Feedback would be much appreciated!
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I posted to two previous parts at Fandom specific communities, which are public so you should have no problem reading them via the links, which I reccomend, because this is Part 3 and nothing will make sense if you don't read the first two parts.
No worries each chapter is pretty short :-D

Title: Tin Man
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] eumelia)
Disclaimer: Marvel owns it all, I just like to play with other people's toys and get no money from it.
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Iron Man (Movieverse)
Characters: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan

(Part 1)

(Part 2)


Part 3 )

Would love feedback please!
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Dear readers, old and new, faithful and random,

My fannish feelings towards Iron Man have produced unexpected results and I'm actually writing a fanfic.

Shocking, I know.

I will be posting these small pieces of fic on my LJ, they will be completely cut for your convenience and hopefully won't cause any of you to leave screaming from my livejournal.

I am not changing anything, this is not becoming a Fan journal; the media, political, life things and misc. fangrrl things (which, yes I know, don't make up a huge portion of this LJ) will not be disturbed by the addition of fic to this journal.
I'm not altering the layout, background or structure of my livejournal.
Merely adding to the existing one.

This is primarily for self expression, of which, as you know, I have a lot.

And just to prove to you that I have not abandoned my regular programming... stay tuned to my next entry.
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****This is a review of "Iron Man" Spoilers Ahoy!****


Ever since getting the insight of the analogy between the Tin Man of Oz and Marvel's Iron Man I can't get it out of my head.

A formal disclosure; usually when I go to comic book movies I know the characters. With Iron Man being a Marvel character, I went in to the movie as a blank slate knowing absolutely nothing other than that Tony is an industrialist ala Bruce Wayne, that he has a mechanical heart, that he's a member of the Avengers and that he is good friends with Captain America.
That is all.
It doesn't even brush the surface of who Iron Man a.k.a Tony Stark actually is.

And with this blank slate a whole slew of understandings and insights sailed through my head as I watched the movie. Cut for all the verbosity )

I have lots more to say, but this entry is kind of gigantic so I'll understand if you want to skip it. [smugness]Though it's a really cool review, if I do say so myself [/smugness].
Also it took me a long time to write it, so take that into account, I don't only write for myself ya know!
:-D

*Clali - כללי is "in general" in Hebrew

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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