With the Avengers tearing it up at the box office I am prompted to pay homage to the genius behind the action blockbuster of the summer.
Joss Whedon has long been a cult favorite, from his creation of a certain cheerleader who moonlights as a vampire slayer, to his amazing futuristic weird western, he has always flown a bit below the radar. Now with the Avengers kickin' butt and takin' names at the box office perhaps this under-appreciated auteur will finally make the A-list!
Long time fans of Whedon have always appreciated his witty and oddball brand of humor. Smart, fast paced, filled with in-jokes that are said with a certain wry flair are some of his trademarks.
Wicked, the amazing Broadway hit came to Denver April-May, I have seen the show, I have read the books and I LOVE Wicked, and now Snow White and the Huntsman is tearing it up at the box office but what about other lesser known retold stories?
I have a fascination with stories told from the outsider's perspective, or stories told with an unexpected slant. It has always been a dream of mine to get a degree that studies fairytales just so I could spend years and years and years reading and rereading the same stories told different ways, but I digress.
For years I have tried and failed to make it all the way through a Terry Pratchett novel, but his movies, now that's another story...
I don't know why, I try and try yet Pratchett's novels are just beyond me. I love witty books, I love quirky British novels, I like footnotes and random asides in fiction but I just cannot read Terry Pratchett, but his movies, now those I can get behind.
Spring is the time of year when people start to hit those trails again, and the holds lists for hiking guides just sky rocket. But don't just stop at the trail guide learn more about your hike with some of these excellent materials.
Add some depth to your trek by bringing along a field guide or two:
With such a mild winter the Miller Moths have arrived with a vengeance, and just before them those little tiny moths (Clothes Moths) arrived en masse to my house. You know, the ones that will eat all your favorite sweaters and you won't know until the fall...
So with moths on the mind I thought I would throw together a little list of all things moth-y!
Mothman Prophecies This movie is a strange and lurid account of the strange occurrences that took place in the 1960s in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. With appearances lasting for only a year, the mothman has had a place in the canon of American urban legends ever since.
There is a lot of great fantasy being written in the land of Oz these days.
For some reason Australian authors have been popping up all over my radar lately. From one of my favorite illustrated series Monster Blood Tattoo, to the Black Magician Trilogy, Australian authors seem to have their thumbs on my fantasy pulse.
If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.
Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.
From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.
Every once in a while I happen upon something that just blows my brain right out of my head, my first encounter with the art of Andy Goldsworthy was just such a moment.
Andy Goldsworthy is a British environmental artist. He uses nature as his canvas, his tools, his inspiration and his medium. Watching a Goldsworthy creation happen can be awe inspiring or cringe worthy depending on how nature is feeling about Andy that day. His books show the final beauty but you have to watch the DVD, Rivers and Tides Working With Time, to understand the real dedication that this man has for his craft.
Fresh City Life at Central is presenting The Bad Seed as a part of their film series this month and it made me think about other movies that I did not realize were based on books. Here are some others that I hadn't realized were inspired by novels: