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March 04, 2008

Fan film: Predator vs. X-Men

Predator vs. X-Men Fan Film

I can't do this justice, so I'll let a commenter on POE TV do it:

They totally picked Wolverine based entirely on the fact that he was the only one who could grow facial hair. The ladies in this production need to find bras that fit properly. The Invading Soldiers are clearly packing Airsoft rifles. Nobody is miked properly. The Predator is a dude in tiger-print pajamas. Gambit shows up for thirty seconds, halfway through, gets one line of incomprehensible dialogue, and never returns. At one point the government is trying to kill the X-Men, and later Professor X is talking about his chat with the President. The goddamn bald wig.

Everything about this is pure POE, even before you get to the nerdy "DUDE NO WAY A PREDATOR COULD KILL SABERTOOTH" aspect of it.

March 03, 2008

Malcolm Reynolds as the Trickster-Shaman

Skayage 25: Gelineau

From a series of essays discussing Firefly and Serentiy:

[4] Malcolm Reynolds’ character evolves in terms of the three corresponding archetypal representations that Mal comes to embody. This evolution begins on the barren battlefield of Serenity Valley, with Sgt. Malcolm Reynolds, the unconventional soldier breaking rules to stay alive, but ultimately having victory torn from him as his superiors surrender and the Alliance descends. This moment of betrayal takes the basic natural aspects of Mal the rebel, the Independent, and forges him into something more. In this fire and resentment is the creation of Mal the Trickster.

[5] Captain Reynolds of the transport ship Serenity, the Mal we see throughout the majority of that one brilliant half-season of Firefly, embodies the major criteria ascribed to a traditional Trickster figure. The term Trickster was first used in reference to the Cree Indian mythological figure Wisakketjak, when Father Albert Lacombe translated the name as meaning “the trickster, the deceiver.” Since then, “the term Trickster [has been] embraced as a character type widely applicable in Native American mythology. Although the term seems to denote only the prankster element, it frequently identifies a character with anomalous and contradictory roles” (Gill and Sullivan 308). In the course of the series, Mal demonstrates all the major aspects of traditional Trickster archetypes: the mischievous pranks, the protean nature, the constant breaking of social rules and laws, and the inherent contradictions of a character that is, by his very nature, a creature of opposites. Mal’s marginalized status in the series is a hallmark of the Trickster figure as well, for it is in the liminal state that these figures achieve power and freedom. It is in this role as marginalized Trickster that Mal is most familiar to us as an audience: the shady dealer and thief who follows his own code that we see in “Serenity” (1001),“The Train Job” (1002), “Ariel” (1009), and more.

[6] However it is the events of the film Serenity that push Mal beyond the traditional Trickster archetype and into a specific cultural role often held by the Trickster: the role of the Shaman. The Shaman as defined by Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth is “one who, as a consequence of a personal psychological crisis, has gained a certain power of his own . . . the one who had this psychological experience, this traumatic experience . . . would become the interpreter for others of things not seen” (88). For Campbell, the Shaman can heal because he has been wounded himself. The events of Serenity are in truth a Shamanistic journey and a ritual of healing, and it is Malcolm Reynolds, evolved and transformed, who presides over this ceremony.

March 02, 2008

Furries scare the crap out of me

OH GOD NO.

Warning: This video involves a terrifying Furry posing in a hotel room. It's safe for work, but will devour your dignity.

February 25, 2008

OSCAR CLIP: Jon Stewart Analyzes ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ Name Dilemma

Breitbart.tv � ‘Gaydolf Titler’: Jon Stewart Analyzes ‘Barack Hussein Obama’...

February 24, 2008

MGK Liveblogs the Oscars

Mightygodking.com � Blog Archive � MGK Live-Blogs The Oscars

Good coverage here.