Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Retweet Game...of Thrones NEEE!

I recently riffed on Twitter over 2 days hopefully some funny nuggets.
I had some help.  I thought of an idea....a mash-up.
Of Monty Python & The Holy Grail and Game of Thrones.
So enjoy if you're a fan of both. And maybe use the #hashtag and make your own joke.

A Smoking PUCK Valediction

June 25, 2013

And the winners of the 2013 Stanley Cup are the Chicage Blackhawks.
If you don't mind...I'd like to keep it brief, not bereft.
It was the finest hockey I've ever seen yet something had to give...
and unfortunately for me and We the Gallery Gawds, it was the Bruins that Gave In.
in a very Bruins-like fashion too.  Spectacularly!  Seriously.  There is no vindictive tone in this sentinment at all.  Meathead & I been at the Gahhden on many a night the Black & Gold lose a close one, late.  We're Bruins Fans, we need no tears.  Just beers.
Thank the Bruins and thank the Blackhawks for bringing their best.
I'm proud to have been part of this.
And to have been at Olde Magoun's Saloon with Del, Tim and Dave for most of it too.  What a great time to be a grown man & enjoy your favorite Sport.  Huzzah.
If I see a 'Hawks fan, hopefully they'll shake my hand and say,...

'Namaste...and Good Luck,
See You, Space Cowboy!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Comics Gnome POOTS!

The Comics Gnome Presents...
Rev Sully: Man O'Steel.

So who wants to watch another Superman movie?
Well...I will.
Perhaps you will too.
Lots to say.  But...
There's a Big But to this flick.
A Super Big But.
Yet let's get to it.
It was a Friday Night and me & Los Siblings DeGraff descended upon the Cathedral of Boston Common.  To behold the sight of a man taking flight...in IMAX 3-D.  Whisky, popcorn, 3-D glasses...check.  We were ready and we had fun.  We would have fun watching grass grow but that's just because we're funnier than most people.  ;)  

Story:  What can you say?  Three Acts, 2h 23min running time, enjoyable from start to finish.  Strong narrative, light on the dialog yet heavy on a rush of CGI-Images in frantic fight sequences.  Back story is handled in great flashback, especially the death of Jonathan Kent, one the most salient points in any Superman origin story, was done originally & spectacularly with sensitivity, dignity and heartfelt love.  Kevin Costner does a great, sublime and gracious death scene in Act 2.  Kudos!

Cast:  This film is brimming with talent not seen since the 1979 Player's Ball.
Henry Cavill as Superman?  Great choice.  Good job.  Looks it.  Sounds it.
Amy Adams as Lois Lane.  I must admit I was not looking forward to this yet Ms. Adams not only played the part of Lois Lane to perfection, I must admit I think I fell deep into a crush on her :) sigh....
Kevin Costner & Dianne Lane as Jonathan & Martha Kent, the kind Kansas couple, not blessed with children receive the mother of all boons from the skies...and their American values & farm ethic mold the most powerful being on Earth into the Most Decent Person Deserving its Benefits.
Russell Crowe as Jor-El and the amazing Ayelet Zurer as Lara, Superman's Kryptonian parents are the foundation of the first act.  The Krypton of baby Kal-El was a "marvel" to behold.  Filled with CGI landscapes, busy with flight and falling.  Not saying looking at CGI was remarkable experience but it is how movies are made these days.  This Krypton is really cool.
Michael Shannon as General Zod and also Anjte Traue as Faora were the Kryptonian opposites to Jor-El & Lara, both doing a great job bringing menace into Superman's life.  Zod is a role with big boots to fill.  Shannon played it tight.
The only "problem" I had was the Daily Planet's "Jenny"...listen...if she was supposed to be Jimmy Olson...then just make it clear.  A camera, a press pass lanyard and a pluckier attitude.  I mean, who was that person?  The rest of the Daily Planet staff was great.  These characters are important to the Superman story.  They populate many, many panels worth of background when Superman is not busy fighting a big bad.  They are also Superman's tethers to an Emotional Humanity in Metropolis.  Traditionally, Lombard, the smarmy Sports writer, is a bit of a bully and picks on Clark Kent.  Perry White is Perry White regardless who plays his...Perry isn't a "white man", he's an Idea.  A character.  And Laurence Fishburne did a great job breathing life into that role.

Director:  Zack Snyder.  He did a good job.  What...there ain't more to it.

Music:  Hans Zimmer mixed in with a little Johnny Cash & Chris Cornell.  I'd have to see it again to get the music better so maybe I'll buy the Score instead.  Yet I was never longing for a sweeping John Williams rip off either.  Again, this movie does its own Thing & I respect the hell out of that.

Tone/Theme: If tragedy is the hearth that forges the hero, then is 9/11 all we're ever going to make metaphors to in Modern American Hero Movies?  The scale of destruction was real...as if super-powered beings were throwing the other through the air with ease...including anything or anyone in the way.  Both Smallville and Metropolis get their share of post-9/11 destruction: seeing Americans flee fiery carnage.  It's a visual I'm a little too familiar with.
And the ending.  If Superman is the American Ideal, Then his choice was very American as well...also as an immigrant standing up against his former invading countrymen.  I accept this ending.  It fits.  It fits "Now".  Superman is an ideal, it is alive & it has always reflected the times.  Superman could be the Avatar of the American Zeitgeist but iDigress...

Furthermore, there were spots where I felt that Man of Steel was a rip-off of JJ Abrams' Star Trek (2009).  From the opening sequence of a birthing scene, To comparing General Zod directly to Eric Bana's "Nero", the Big Bad of the opening Trek film, from motivation to gratuitously over large & dangerous spaceship you lucked into captaining.

Anytime we take Superman off of the comics page and put him unto the Big Screen, the move changes him chemically, intrinsically and spatially.  It makes him "real".  Superman has to Do the Impossible: he has to exist in the Real World.  From the costume, to the manner of flight, to the way the actors deliver authentic lines & performances.  Snyder's Man of Steel does this.  The movie succeeds & excels.
Its missteps are made up for in the ability to fly.  Not much wrong with it.  The movie never gets Bad or flies off the rails.  Its a tight picture yet the visuals get very "busy".  I got tired of looking at fight scenes but I did have the same problem with the Avengers the 1st time I saw that movie as well also.
All in All, I liked it.  It was the Superman movie of the 21st Century and its not bad.  Sure it's going to be compared, fairly & unfairly to what came before...Christopher Reeve, TV's Smallville and the 75 Years of Comics & Motion stories.
The best thing is that Man of Steel is allowed to contribute to the ever-growing, ever-evolving mythos of the Great American Hero.  The never-ending fight against evil evolves over time as Evil evolves and also Good evolves as well.
Well done.  Not a "great" movie...but it is Super.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Smoking PUCK!

June 11, 2013

So the Bruins have made it to the Stanley Cup.
Once again.
Twice in Three Years.
It's like It's a Theme!
1939 then 1941 both wins.
1970 then 1972 both wins.
1988 then 1990 both losses, both against the Edmonton Oilers as well but iDigress...
2011 now 2013...and an Original Six Cup versus the Chicago Blackhawks!
HUZZAH!  Here's to Patterns!

This is gonna be fun, seriously.  The two Best Teams in Hockey.  Yay.
Once again, I feel rewarded.
Will the fact of the Lockout shortened season somewhat cheapen this?
Stick it up your Asterisk, pal.  Not a chance.  Cockpunch anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.
When they look at you begging "why" with tears streaming down their red face...
Say, "Sully Told Me To".

I'm sorry to say the Pittsburgh Penguins only showed up for about 40 minutes, scoring 2 goals, in 250+ minutes, over 4 games of professional ice hockey.  I hope they regret nothing.
The Pens Simply Got Beat!  And That's Sports!
All the Same..."Good Game" :) 

Kriya Shakti,

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Tao of Sully

On Reincarnation

Do I Believe in Reincarnation?
In my current joking I do say that I would kill myself yet since I truly do believe in Reincarnation...
That Wouldn't Solve a Damned Thing.
Get it?  It's a "Cosmic" Joke.  But iDigress...

Okay.  Sometimes I believe that I'm the Hero.
Such as in the Bhagavad Gita, the despondent Hero Arjuna is counselled by his charioteer, the God Krishna.
So as a 3-act story, we're supposed to empathize with Arjuna.  He plays the role of the "Hero in Crisis" and "Needs to Get Back to Business".
What's in Arjuna's Way?  Himself!  Not the Task at Hand.
And ultimately We (Arjuna) receive Wisdom from the Source (if you follow the Story as Metaphor, Battlefield for Everyday Life & Its Ups & Downs)
And we conquer ourselves with Selflessness and Become Greater.

So I have to conclude that spiritually...when it comes to Reincarnation:
I Cannot Be Arjuna!!!
This individual in that lifetime overcame & learned the Lesson.  Attained Nirvana as the Buddhists speak and that Individual didn't ever have to be reborn...according to Hindu dogma.
I have to be someone else.

So maybe I've been saturated with Story so much, I believe that Opposites are Reversed in Drama & Narrative.
So maybe I believe I was someone else.  Someone with something to Learn.  The Lesson.
Maybe I was Duyrodhana instead...the Big Bad.  The Villain.
his name itself means "King Desire".
His "sin"...attachment.
Attachment to power.  To earthly things.  To material wealth.  To sense experiences.
Everything Arjuna was looking to overcome.
I feel more like Duyrodhana than Arjuna.  On any given day.
I struggle to be the Hero and find it easy to be lazy, attached & ignorant of my true nature.

Somedays I feel like the Bad Guy.

but that's life.  And we need to respect these feelings.  And they're there for a reason.
We feel them and then sometimes it's best to bid them farewell.
If I know me like I know I do...they could be back again anytime...
And if I learn the Lesson, If Arjuna & Krishna can complete their Mission in a way, win the War, yet Change Duyrodhana's Heart...
then I won't have to worry about Reincarnation, in this life or anymore :)

kriya shatki,

A Smoking PUCK Frozen Moment in Space/Time

From last night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 
This is Boston Strong.  Boo-yah.  
I can watch this all day long.  Thanks to Tim Douglas for this Loop!