I sat through the Lone Ranger

I honestly had no intention of watching this film. But I got drafted into going by my family.

Simply put, the film made little impression on me.

I don’t even think saying the visuals are good is a saving grace since now there’s very few films with bad visuals. This was supposed to be a ‘birth of a hero’ film but it just flopped for me. I can sort of make it work as ‘crazy western buddy film’ but even so.

I mean right near the end it feels like how ‘The Lone Ranger’ is supposed to be but the rest of the film is just no.

There was some funny moments. mostly slapstick. I have to admit a lot of the humour was quite forced to me but the only thing I found genuinely funny was Silver the horse.

Now to be warned, I touch upon a few senstive topics, abelism, sexism and rape jokes so most of this will be under a cut. And there’s some spoilers ahead.

Short version: This may have turned out well, but it didn’t and has plenty of ‘Why? Why did you do this?’

To me The Lone Ranger was one of those nolstagic pieces that probably should just stay nolstaglic for a reason. And really isn’t something that can be made into a modern adaptation. Or if you do you need to be very, very careful in doing so.

Now of course, the main issue was the racism surrounding the casting of Johnny Depp as a Native American. I admit this is somewhere I personally can not feel I can speak much as I am not Native American. So I will leave this aspect to others to deal with. But yes I really was not on board with the ‘let’s not cast someone who is actually Native American’ in the film.

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My Childhood is Sham! (Sort of)

Okay, this is going on about books. Not a usual topic for me but bare with me.

As a animal obsessed child (who turned into an animal obsessed adult) most of my reading material was animal themed as you could guess. Now one of my main staples was the Animal Ark series. The series set in Yorkshire of the adopted Mandy Hope, her best friend James Hunter and all the animal they meet.

Which I would tell you is a series of books written by Lucy Daniels.

This is not the case, to put it simply. There is no Lucy Daniels, at first I thought it was ghost written by an author called Ben. M. Baglio,  pseudonyms are not unusual in writing but this would be the first example I know of a male author using a female pseudonym.

But that’s not even right.

Turns out the whole thing was just one big publisher construct. Even the name was chosen for marketing purposes, as it would appear next to the popular Collin Dann (author of Farthing Wood) to encourage more people to buy the books. They made it convincing, if you look on the publisher’s site it will tell you a fictional biography about Lucy,  I even found a supposed interview with her although reading through it, it doesn’t quite seem genuine.

And the thing is, this doesn’t shock me.

I mean, I knew about the apparent pseudonym which didn’t surprise me, but then finding out that wasn’t the truth?

I’m not sure, I guess it’s not soul crushing as it’s not me finding this as a child, it’s me finding it as an adult. My first thought was honestly ‘Wait this is the plot of a Simpson’s episode…’

Part of me is wondering if I should be a little more outraged about this, but I am not.

 

Not So Super Best Friends Forever

Why hello everyone, it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this blog.

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And well, this caught my attention, when it cropped up on my Tumblr a few days ago. What is this? Let me explain

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You see, there is/was a series of shorts developed by Lauren Faust who as most of us know is behind Friendship is Magic. She made these shorts under the series name of ‘Super Best Friends Forever’. Super Best Friends Forever featured Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl.

Notice, how all three characters are unique? They have unique faces, bodytypes and although you won’t know this from the image Wonder Girl has a distinctly Greek accent.

This had all the makings of a good take on a ‘Superheroes for Girls’ cartoon and with Lauren Faust behind it would have hopefully turned out like Friendship is Magic.

But then, this happened.

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This is not directly the work of Warner Brothers/DC, it is the work of a company named Rubies who acquired the license to make costumes based around the concept.

And well, I feel they had a lot of potential with this idea but it fell short.

On the one hand the artwork is cute and the costumes are something that I wouldn’t mind a child of mine running around in but then they are just rather generic. And don’t really capture the character they represent.

Especially Supergirl, as her costume is meant to be similar to Superman’s instead here they just went for the ‘Pink’ look, and the fact all the costumes feature skirts even though in the case of Batgirl a skirt isn’t really practical wear.

And Wondergirls’ costume? To be fair without the headband and belt I would find it hard to match that up with the Wonderwoman look.

SBBF had uniqueness, which in many cartoons aimed at girls is something that’s lacking as even though they say change up the hairstyle and the clothes a lot of the characters come out looking the same. This is one reason I praise Monster High as if you look each character they are unique, this does extend to the dolls although certain things are not as noticable.

And this isn’t even touching on the issue that Rubies version of Wondergirl has been whitewashed when in the SBBF she had noticably darker skin and a Greek accent. And the fact they all have the same bodytype when SBBF Supergirl has a noticably heavier build, why wouldn’t she, she is a female counterpart to Superman after all.

Hiatus (is hopefully) Over

cross posting as I’ve got some updates to tell ya’ll

Dead Men Tell No Tales

First things first, my laptop is back so that hopefully means I will be able to blog properly again and means I can do art

I finished that workplacement, nope no job, suprise, suprise

Had an interview at the weekend that was quite disappointing, not so much what I did but the shop put me off. Nice going.

And my last biggest piece of news is…

I got into the Applied Animal Science HND, so that means come September I’ll be in education again! I’ll be going back to my old college but going in on a university level course which I admit feels weird as I’m going back to somewhere I’ve been before but things will be different. Also I’m not going with my best friend which also feels weird as I’ve gone through all my other courses with her.

So things seem to be looking up, finally!

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Hello Again

Been neglecting this blog again.
But I’ve got stuff to show from the last two weeks.
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Back in the Saddle

It’s about time I got back into the habit of posting.

Over the bank holiday weekend I went down the local carboot and had a decent haul for the first time in ages

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I said I was a Gamer, I never said I was good at it.

I would consider myself a gamer.

I enjoy games, immensly, I spend a fair chunk of my ‘free time’ gaming, I own several gaming platforms (although several are currently hidden in the attic), I usually end up buying at least one new release a year, and I’m always wanting to keep up to date on what’s coming out and generally games are something I have a very big interest in.

However, I would not say I am ‘good’ at gaming.

I’m ‘okay’ at most of the games I play, give me a bit of time and I can generally work out what I’m doing and can usually play a game to completion. However, I would still not say I am really ‘good’ at playing anything.

I do wonder if it was because to some extent I was a ‘late bloomer’ in my gaming.

I’ve grown up as part of the technology age, and I have been using a computer since I was very young. However, as a child my time on the computer was limited, and the only ‘games’ I played tended to be educational ones, point and click type stuff with no real skill.

Although a child of the 90’s I did not have a gameboy or a playstation. My older brothers games but everything they played wasn’t for me, I was too young.  (I once got my brother in trouble as I played Unreal Tornument, in my defense I was only playing with bots,)

I was not raised on video games like so many others, I’ve never touched a Pokemon cartridge, never played Spyro. I didn’t have a NES or N64 tucked away for me to play with. Well I did have an old Gamegear but then the wire broke and so that was the end of that.

Closest thing I had a brush to proper gaming for most of my childhood was a PC version of Croc and some random Disney racer game I got as a free trial type thing.

I did get a PS2 when I was about 13, however even then I didn’t get to game much as my parents would get annoyed if I plugged it into a TV, same went for getting a Nintendo Wii a few years later.

I played games on the computer, I had the Sims, I played KOTOR, Monkey Island, Oblivion, Need for Speed; Underground, played Thief: Deadly Shadows, had a brief flirtation with WoW, played Fable.

But I was still not a gamer, I played seldom and then when the only gaming suitable (but only just) PC in the house went I couldn’t play anything.

I only got an XBOX a couple of years ago, and it wasn’t until then that I think I became a ‘proper’ gamer, so many games to play so much stuff to catch up on.  The PS2 did get played with a few times but using it was an inconvenience to my parents.

I think I’ve only been a ‘proper’ gamer for a couple of years.

But as it turns out I’m not very good at actually gaming.

I get stuck, I can’t button mash to save my life, I’m usually digging around for walkthroughs and some games I just blunder around, I find out really basic stuff about halfway through the game.

My list goes on.

I enjoy gaming for the most part, even though some games do make me want to throw the controller out of the window (and in a few cases the whole blasted machine).

Some games I do give up on as I feel I won’t get anywhere (Bayonetta I am looking at you)

I can’t play racing games very well, I am really bad at racing games, I can play Burnout but that’s probably because it encourages you to crash the car.

In a way it is annoying as of course I want to play all the stuff I missed out on, but it would seem the classic button mashy type games are beyond my experience.

Although not a button masher I remember trying to play Final Fantasy XIII, I have honestly never played any game in this series. (I do have a copy of X but didn’t get very far) I haven’t touched it as believe it or not, I can’t for the life of me understand the levelling system,

On the one hand I should have learned but then I ended up switching my attention to other games I could play better. (I swear I will get back to it)

Gaming is a unique hobby as although it is the act of playing games there is no set way to do it.

There’s many platforms, many games and no real hard and fast rule on what you can and can’t do like many other hobbies. Similar to reading in a way.

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