An incredible 11-part series of books, known as the Barsoom, was written during the first half of last century by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Before going any further I want to state that these books are a must read! The books are, without a doubt, brilliantly crafted classics. Last year (2011) an underwhelming movie was created focusing on the protagonist of these stories, John Carter. Disney, the creator of the $200-million flop more than recovered their lost finances with success of The Avengers.
There are many theories bouncing around about why the movie failed including people citing that it was confusing, that several characters looked and sounded alike or that it has all been seen before in other films and was, therefore, predictable. There is a degree of irony, however, to the last argument as this story was conceived and written long before the likes of Star Wars therefore making this more the disinherited grandfather of what we now know as ‘predictable.’ More
Last week I wrote quite a rant on my Tumblr which turned out to be the push to create a more verbal-centric location to my ether-presense, thus creating this website.
It made sense that I return to that post to republish it here, with a few edits and upgrades along the way.
Recently there have been a couple of articles in the news about the line from The Avengers where Thor mentions Loki is adopted. We all know that line – we all heard how the theaters roared with laugher at it. There is, however, a group of people who were deeply offended. In the New York Times (May 16th, 2012) Jessica Crowell decided to raise the objection of the quip not being funny in an online article she penned. Now, she calls herself ”a doctoral student in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University“ but really that doesn’t hold much weight with me.
When I first read that a group of people were demanding an apology from Disney/Marvel regarding the line my wife was already in bed and I was just climbing in. She was really keen to go to sleep – I was keen to rant. I thought I got it out of my system but reading Jessica’s article while eating breakfast… well my half eaten toast clearly says it all.
Let us break down some key points and rebuttle here: More