current mood: silly
But wait there's more:
What are you talking about Sean Bean?! You've not really seen anything like this? (Hello, Lord of the Rings? Which, ok, different, but still!) Playfulness? Playfulness?! You know there's a lot of words I could use to describe A Song of Ice and Fire. Playful would not be one. Sure there's plenty of humor and those adorable wolf puppies... who are of course ripping out people's intestines before the first book is up. I can only assume he's on something.
Still none the less that whole thing is awesome. Especially the adorable shot of Bran and Arya. Poor kids, they look so sweet and innocent.
Is it 2011 yet?
In other news. I am reading The Hunger Games trilogy. I'm on book 2 and it is amazeballs. Seriously. Also: spoil me and die.
Anyne know a good kosher bakery in NYC where I could order a cake? Doesn't need be Glatt kosher.
Cross posted from my tumblr.
So if you've been paying any attention to the press surrounding
Avatar: The Last Airbender, this week's box office runner-up to Eclipse, you may be aware of the rumblings of racist accusations being made about the casting of this movie. Also, if you know me very well, it's likely you know just how much I love Avatar: The Last Airbender, the animated Nickolodeon show upon which the movie is based. If you don't know me very well, lets just say it's a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Like it's my second favorite television show of all time. (Babylon 5 gets the top spot, now and always.)
You may be curious or confused about why a lot of people, especially fans of the original show, are so upset about the casting situation. There are several good articles out there covering the details and history of the casting (see also the Racebending livejournal for more). The purpose of this blog is to express in the most concise terms why the casting of this movie disgusts fans and right thinking critics everywhere.
Essentially it boils down to this: Avatar the animated show is set in a fantasy world which is not our own but is based on various Asian and Inuit cultures. The show's creators (and my future plural-marriage husbands) Bryan Konietzko and Mike Dimartino, lovingly and carefully drew upon these cultures to create the world of Avatar. They drew inspiration largely from Korea, China, Japan, Tibet and Inuit cultures. They were respectful and extremely accurate in their use of these cultures throughout the show, for which they have often been highly praised. They have explicitly stated that they wanted to create an epic quest in an Asian setting, where there are no white people. The show was a huge success for Nickelodean. It even won a Peabody.
I could go on forever about how good this show is, but let's get to the point: They cast mostly white actors to fill the roles which have so far appeared in the first film. There are some Indian actors, playing the Fire Nation characters, who are mostly villains, or at most anti-heroes, for the first film. (If I'm really gonna nitpick the Fire Nation should be Japanese.) There are laws about casting only Asians for Asian roles. There are also laws about casting only Native Americans for Native American roles (I don't know if this covers Inuits, my Canadian roots may skew my view on this one, but the principle behind it remains the same, I feel). There is a loophole: because this is a fantasy world, clearly not the real world, they can go ahead and cast white actors in roles that are explicitly stated by the creators to be for Asian characters. Because there's magic and dragons and flying six-legged sky bison, we can say it's not real. If this story were specifically set in ancient China? They would never get away with it. My point: They are using the letter of the law to defeat the spirit of the law.
Never mind that there are countless non-white children out there who drew inspiration from seeing their seldom represented races appear as major protagonists in the original show, never mind that the show was massively popular with children (and teens and adults) of all races, including Caucasians. It's not the real world therefore we don't have to cast Asians, we don't have any obligation to the spirit of this story, the cultures it portrays or the intelligence of our audience. Clearly white people will be the best, most relateable actors for this movie.
So that is one of many reasons I will not be seeing The Last Airbender in theaters this weekend. Or ever. And given it's current score of 7% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes neither will many other people. The only shame in this is that it is so poorly representing such a wonderful, funny, intelligent, beautiful and moving show. Go out and buy or rent it. You won't regret it. And I guarantee that even if you are Caucasian you will have no problems loving all the characters, from the Avatar to the Cabbage Merchant.
Anyone interested in seeing Blue October at Webster Hall this Saturday night? mclittlebitch was supposed to come with me but she is stressed out right now and will likely not be attending. I am also going with expatiates so I don't need a concert buddy, so if you know someone else who'd like a ticket pass it along.
An example of the awesomeness of Blue October: Breakfast After Ten
So as you may have noticed U2 is touring. Actually I've now seen them twice this year (though only one actual U2 concert). Pretty up close too.
Anyway, U2 are coming back to
NYNJ at the new Meadowlands stadium July 2010 (the 19th to be specific). I am currently the proud (and wincing) owner of 4 tickets relatively close to the stage. Specifically section 211, row 8. This the second tier of seats, close to the stage on the side. Side Adam to be specific. Hence my icon is extra appropriate. Also they may be the front row of that section, at least that's what the site told mclittlebitch when she bought them for me.
All of that may be Greek to you, but basically I have one extra ticket to see U2 if anyone would like to join myself, mclittlebitch and dotsomething next July. The ticket is $270 (yeah, 4 of those to my bank account ooooouch), but as I pointed out to dotsomething, think of it as $30/month for every month till the concert.
So if anyone here is interested in coming with us, let me know. It should be good times, especially since this time we will have the freedom to sit, go to the bathroom and eat hot dogs to our hearts content.
Whoo hoo! This post has no purpose other than to boast that I am making it from my brand new Blackberry! Btw anyone know if you can view Youtube vids from these things?
Since it's inevitable that I will be asked this: I don't need presents but if you are inclined to give one I certainly enjoy them. Is that humble enough? Can I get on with this now?
Anyway in case you want to get me something but aren't sure what to get here's my Amazon wish list. I recommend checking it out even if you don't plan to get me anything. It's full of snarky, snarky comments. Of course you may also feel free to, IDK, get me a scented candle or something useless like that.
And if you haven't gotten back to me about Tuesday... uh do that.
Also mclittlebitch posted about it, but it bears repeating: 92nd St Y Tribeca is doing another Labyrinth sing-a-long. Two actually, but we are going to the one on Sept 26th. It's around midnight and you get a free beer. I remember a lot of people regretted missing the last one. Get your tickets now before they sell out! (The theater is very small.)
So my birthday is next Tuesday, July 28th. I will be 29. In case anyone is counting. I am going with mclittlebitch to see Green Day the night before, so I'm likely going to be recovering well into the afternoon. I'd had a couple ideas for the evening but given that most people will be coming from work and have work the following day (as I do) it might be best to keep it to dinner. Anyway, I'm hoping to do dinner with anyone wishing to attend at Bon Chon Chicken (the website is a little weird), which is a Korean Fried Chicken place on 32nd and 5th. They actually have a pretty big menu, including salads and sushi. Even Merav was able to eat there. The food was really good last time we went. (Also it's like, sooper-sekrit. It's like up a random stairway over a pizza place.) Then... maybe cupcakes afterwards?
I'm not sure what times everyone gets off work, but it would definitely be after 6pm (as that's when Shira gets out of work).
Please let me know if you will be able to make it, what times work well for you and if you will be bringing anyone with you. I want to try to get a reservation.
The other things I was thinking of for that evening were 1) seeing Pete Yorn at Webster Hall (door is at 7pm so I didn't think I'd be able to do that and dinner within a reasonable time-frame, and I would rather see people) and 2) the Muppet Movie at the BAM which is at 9:30pm (I concluded that we could maybe make that but it might rush things and it's kind of far, especially for Shira. Plus it may run rather late.)
So if you've hung out with me in the past 6 months, you've probably heard me talk about one of my new favorite bands, Ludo (thank you, David Cook). I've also posted about them here several times, check my Ludo tag for more info.
Yes, they are named after the character from Labyrinth. Yes, they are awesome. Yes, when I saw them in February they came on stage doing BIG-ARMS to the theme from The Never Ending Story. Yes, you should come with me to see them again at The Highline Ballroom on Saturday, October 17th! They've said they will be playing music from all three albums (not unusual) and The Broken Bride in it's entirety (unusual). Obviously, I'm really excited for this (even though the sound kinda sucked at the Highline last time). The tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon and are $12 plus whatever Ticketbastard fees. So uh, let me know if you're interested. Michael, you are coming!
I was going to write a summary of the OLP mini-acoustic concert today but I'm kind of too pooped after all that. Maybe tomorrow.