(D)iversity (C)omics

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 by queershock
G’day Queer Geeks of Oz. My name is Andy Hawken and this is my new blog – (D)iversity (C)omics.
(The reason behind the brackets will become more apparent in future blogs).
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The aim of this blog is to bring to your attention the (in this case) LGBTIQ Diversity represented on the pages of comic books, within titles published by the Big Two and other independent publishers.
My first article will introduce you to the characters featured in ‘A Voice in the Dark’. This is a black and white “dark urban fantasy” as described by writer and illustrator Larime Taylor. It’s published by Image Comics‘ imprint Top Cow Productions and Minotaur Press.
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I have chosen this title as the subject of my first in a series of articles focusing on the development of the characters because of the way in which these LGBTIQ characters are represented. Their portrayals are honest, they’re not shy about how they identify and interact with each other. Something which, in the Big Two (DC and Marvel), can be hard to find unless you know where to look.
Yes, there have been token LGBTIQ characters who come and go, usually within team up books, the portrayals of whom appear to the reader to be there to play the ‘diversity card’ for the sake of satisfying our community. Within the pages of independent, creator owned and controlled comics such as ‘A Voice in the Dark however, the restrictions and inhibitions appear to be absent. For the better!
The focus of this article is to introduce you to the LGBTIQ characters who inhabit these black and white, blood spattered pages. Yes, in the background, behind the panels – in black and white – as if to understate their presence, are the unmistakeable images of blood spatter.
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 Zoey, the protagonist and narrator – via dear diary entries – has killed before and has fantasies about killing again (daydreams). All perfectly justified in her own mind of course. Said mind does have two sides of course – the one she presents to everyone around her as the straight A student who is socially inept and the one who comes out when she is in a dark room hosting a radio show about the listener’s dark fantasies. Zoey’s sexuality – at this point – isn’t really explored as she is socially awkward and appears to have no interest as she is focussed on studying.
Zoey’s adopted sister Seven was (before adoption by Zoey’s parents), Zoey’s best lesbian friend in school.
Seven was outed at high school and attempted to end her own life following the shame it brought on her and her family. Thankfully Zoey saved Seven – she did kill the girl that outed Seven – and her parents adopted her. Seven is now an out and proud confident lesbian who hit on one of Zoey’s new college roommates on Zoey’s first day moving in to her dormitory room.
The name of the fearless punk/goth lesbian Seven hit on is Ash. She is originally from N’awlins but has worked hard on getting rid of her accent. Seven thinks accents are hot and tells Ash this, by which point Ash asks ‘are you hitting on me?’ Other than a ‘welcome to our dorm’ this is all we hear from Ash in this issue.
Zoey has a gay uncle. His name is Ezekiel – Zeke for short – and (this really surprised me when I read it) is a homicide detective in the town where Zoey is now going to College! We find out Zeke is gay when he asks Zoey whether she’s seeing a guy and she responds by telling him ‘no, but are there any handsome men I should know about?’. We find out that Zoey and Zeke are both members of a very open and accepting family when Zoey says in relation to the Seven situation “I guess it’s why I didn’t get why Seven was so scared when she came out to me. I grew up having a gay uncle, so it didn’t seem strange. But her family…” To which Zeke replies “Yes, well, we’re her family, now.” This is the last we see of Zeke for this issue.
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So, now you have met the protagonist and the three LGBTIQ characters within the first book (Subtitled Blood Makes Noise Part 1).
Join me again soon as I explore these characters further, along with any new characters and their portrayals in Blood Makes Noise Part 2. – Here at (D)iversity (C)omics!

Mother…is that you?

Friday, November 13th, 2015 by aussietjgrady

-Storyline-

After the events of the first episode Kelly has run off to her parent’s place to find out why her mother is home…this is after six months of her being dead may I add. Both Ash and Pablo decide to go after Kelly because she has the Book of the Dead. The question is this…is Kelly’s mother a Deadite (the flesh-possessing demonic spirits mentioned in the first blog) like Ash suspects she is or is she really back?
During the last episode we are introduced to Amanda Fisher (played by Jill Marie Jones). She is a local investigative cop who encountered a Deadite when she responded to a call about a woman screaming at a property in town.

I think I will award the storyline a C because there was only a little progression within the storyline.

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-Character Development-

As you might have worked out already, Kelly finds out that her mother is in fact dead and a Deadite. This prompts her to join Ash and Pablo on their journey to try and stop the Evil Dead from successfully rising and destroying all humanity…just the usual thing that anyone would do when both her parents are dead because of the Evil Dead.

I wanna give character development a solid B because of Kelly’s determination to eliminate the fuckers that killed her parents.

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-Themes Explored-

There aren’t many themes explored within this episode, the only thing that I would comment on is that there is a strong drive for good to triumph over evil.

I’m going to give a C this time because the theme of good triumphing over evil is very evident within this episode.

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-The Scare Factor and Blood/Gore-

Four words describe the use of blood and gore in this episode…’over the fucking top’ and I love it. We all know that to kill a Deadite, you have to lop of the head and when ya using a chainsaw there will be blood and lots of it. I have noticed, thus far, that when someone gets killed someone will be wearing a shit load of blood.
There was a little use of scares, within the episode, but it wasn’t a huge thing. I don’t think that matters though.

I will be awarding the scare factor and blood and gore an A because I love that blood.

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-Comedy effect-

There was some comedy within this episode but I felt that it wasn’t nearly as good as the first episode. Now I realise that this is something that pick up as the series goes on but comedy is a pivotal part of Evil Dead as a whole so it felt a little weird.

I am going to give comedy effect a C because let’s face it, there wasn’t that much comedy within this one.

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Overall I will be awarding this episode with a B. Until next time. Tim.

Here comes Ash and the Evil Dead

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by aussietjgrady

Australia was the first country to be able to access the very first episode of this much anticipated series on (Halloween) and boy did it not disappoint. It has been only in the past year that I have actually sat down and watched the series of movies and I am glad that I took the time to do it because it is freaking hilarious.

We will explore five different points. These are:
• Storyline
• Character Development
• Themes explored
• The Scare Factor and Blood/Gore
• Comedy effect
To each point I will award a grade, A through to F.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.

-Storyline-

Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) has pretty much spent the last 30 years avoiding the repercussions of the events that led to him finding a book (The book of the Dead) and recordings that summoned flesh-possessing demonic spirits…. flesh-possessing demonic spirits that were hell bent on bringing the apocalypse.
It was midway through doggy-styling a woman he picked up in the local bar (typical Ash may I add), the woman turns into one of these flesh-possessing demonic spirits and pretty much warns him of the impending doom that is to come. It is at that point that he runs home to find remnants of pot within the Book of the Dead and a memory is triggered where he and a young adult woman got high and the both of them read from the cursed book.

I will be awarding the storyline a B because it really is just a continuation of the storyline that Evil Dead and the remake (Evil Dead 2) set up all those years ago.

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-Character Development-

As I mentioned before, Ash hasn’t really changed that much. He is still very immature and vain but I believe that is the appeal of the character. We are introduced to his two work mates, Pablo (played by Ray Santiago) and Kelly (played by Dana DeLorenzo) and both of them assist Ash, in some way, with the Deadite plague. Meanwhile Amanda (played by Jill Marie Jones) is responding to a call that the police received about a woman screaming at a property in town…little does she know what danger awaits her.

I will be awarding character development a C because there wasn’t much there at all.

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-Themes explored-

There aren’t many themes explored within this episode, I guess that overall theme might be that you can’t escape your past.

In saying this, I think I will award themes explored a D as there isn’t much substance there.

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-The Scare Factor and Blood/Gore-

There are plenty of moments, throughout this episode, where there were some pretty crazy shit happening. They weren’t really shy with showing the devastation that a gun and a chainsaw can do on a person.

I will be awarding the scare factor and blood and gore an A because damn was it violent.

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-Comedy effect-

This episode is rife with comedy and comedic action, especially within the horror scenes. Ash is as sassy as ever and the comedy is used with great effect.

I will be awarding the comedy effect an A because this episode was funny as fuck. 

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Overall I will be awarding this episode with a B. Until next time. Tim.

THE BUNKER FILES with Andy Hawken

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 by queershock
Welcome back to (D)iversity (C)omics!
It’s Andy Hawken here your guide to comics with Queer characters or story content !
I have decided it’s time to shine the ‘Diversity Spotlight’ on Miguel Jose Barragan AKA Bunker.
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Whether you have been following Bunker since his first appearance in Teen Titans Volume 4 #1 which debuted back in September 2011 as part of THE NEW 52 or you’ve never heard of him until right now, my intention is to bring you up to speed as to how and why he was created and what he is up to now.
Miguel was born and raised in the very small Mexican village of El Chilar. He was loved by his family and village who accepted his superpowers along with his homosexuality. As a result he has grown up with a positive outlook on all aspects of his life. One day he left El Chilar to seek out Red Robin AKA Tim Drake with the intention of using his superpowers for good as a member of the Teen Titans.
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Booth is quoted as saying, when asked about Bunker:
“We wanted to show an interesting character whose homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden. Sure there are Gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are more flamboyant and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics. Did we go over the top, I don’t think so. I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you saw him. Our Teen Titans is partly about  (D)IVERSITY of ANY kind, it’s about all kinds of teens getting together to help each other. It is a very difficult line to walk, will he be as I’ve read in some of the comments “fruity”? Not that I’m aware of. Will he be more effeminate than what we’ve seen before, the ‘typical’ gay male comic character, yes. Does it scare the s**t out of me that I might inadvertently p**s off the group I want to reflect in a positive way, you’re damn straight (pun intended!)”
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What Superpowers does Bunker wield I hear you ask. Miguel has incredible agility, density control, Energy based constructs, Energy enhanced strikes, flight, force fields, Psionic brick armour and Psionic will power based constructs. That last one is very ‘lantern like’ if you ask me – especially in the DCU!
As I have not yet read Bunker’s portrayal in Volume 4 (#s 1-30 + an Annual), I am unable to comment on his introduction to the Teen Titans and subsequent interactions. I have read issue #23 wherein Bunker leaves the Titans to return to his boyfriend who has been in a coma for the duration of the first 23 issues. I was worried at that point he would never return. Thankfully, within #30 Beast Boy AKA Garfield Logan returned to El Chilar with Miguel to meet his boyfriend. They kissed on panel within that issue and thankfully readers accepted it without any backlash.
I fully intend to find the collected editions of Volume 4 and review Bunker’s portrayal within said panels in future editions of this blog. A little out of order I know but let us think of those future blogs as an analysis of Bunker’s character evolution.
Who knows, an alternative BUNKER timeline may provide a more interesting look at his time with the Titans. It wouldn’t be the first time a story has been told in a non linear way.
Just think of it as a (D)iversity Comics Bunker prequel!
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For the purposes of this blog I am going to begin Bunker’s coverage with Volume 5 #1 Cover date September 2014. A new creative team joins the Teen Titans at this time. Writer Will Pfeifer and Artist Kenneth Rocafort.
The story ‘Blinded by the Light – Part 1’ begins with a group of terrorists hijacking a School Bus full of School Children in New York City’s Times Square. Three of said terrorists are suicide bombers. Thankfully Wonder Girl AKA Cassie Sandsmark removes these bombers from the bus before their bombs explode. The only problem is the brakes on the bus have been disabled, the accelerator locked down and it’s headed for a brick wall. Enter BUNKER! He psionically constructs a brick wall of his own made entirely of tiny soft bricks that cushion the collision and prevent any injuries to the bus passengers.
As Beast Boy asks Bunker on panel – “..so how come the bus didn’t slam into YOUR pile of bricks like, you know, a REGULAR pile of bricks?” Bunker responds “The SMALLER I make them, the SOFTER they are. So I made these very, very small.” Following this interaction is another one between two bystanders. One says to another “EXCITING day , eh, mike?” to which Mike replies “Yeah, Yeah. One for the BOOKS, that’s for SURE. Only complaintI’VE got is with ALL the superheroes in New York… it’s just my luck to get rescued by the two who look like a couple of..” Sensing Homophobic hate speech, Bunker slams Mike up against a real brick wall with one of his psionic brick walls and says “If I were YOU, I’d think VERY seriously before FINISHING that sentence”. Beast Boy asks Bunker what he’s doing to which he replies ” I’m explaining the facts of LIFE to this guy. Like how in this world, some people, people like us, we wear MASKS. And how, UNDERNEATH our masks, we might be good or evil, black or white, man or woman — straight or GAY. But the ONE thing you can COUNT on, the one thing you can always be SURE of, is underneath our MASKS — — we are very, VERY dangerous. Having instilled a fearsome respect for (D)iversity into Mike, Beast Boy informs Bunker that the remaining crowd of bystanders have been filming the incident.
A month later in Teen Titans #2, the incident has gone viral on chirper (A DCU social media platform). On Chirper <<RealRainbowRaider>> posted ‘Teen Titan Bunker stands up for LGBTQ rights with attack on bully🙂’ Miguel is obsessively monitoring Chirper and watching videos of the incident posted on the internet when Garfield tells him he needs to lighten up and relax. To which Miguel replies “Get serious Gar. This is real. This is something that matters.” Gar responds with “Look, I get it, Miguel. You slammed the HOMOPHOBIC jerk against the wall. You taught him a lesson. And that’s good. That’s all good. But it’s only one guy. You don’t need to get hung up on it.” Miguel corrects Gar with “No. It’s not one guy. It’s thousands of guys. Millions maybe. But you know what? Things are going to change.” By the end of the issue Bunker saves the day again by inserting a tiny psionic brick into the ear cavity of a killer robot.
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The LGBTIQ subject matter dealt with in the monologue and dialogue across these first two issues of Teen Titans Volume 5 is incredibly powerful, sensitively written and well handled. I almost don’t need to comment. I will say this though. In the 4 years I have been reading comics searching for LGBTIQ content, I cannot recall seeing Homophobia dealt with so strongly, positively and assertively. To have it dealt with by a character who was intentionally created to represent the queer community and dealt with incredibly well my opinion, I say bravo! Pfeifer, Rocafort and DC Comics.
In the next instalment of (D)iversity (C)omics, I will be analysing issue #3 and onwards wherein we will continue to cover DC Comics portrayal of Queer issues.
How will Miguel/Bunker’s fight against Homophobia progress?
Join me again soon to find out!
Take care and KEEP READING COMICS!😀

(D)iversity (C)omics

Friday, May 15th, 2015 by queershock
Andy here again from Behind The Mask ( from the Sci-Fi and Squeam radio show on JOY 949),
for (D)iversity (C)omics !
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Now for something completely different…….
Ever heard of a Gay Mormon SuperHero before now?
No?
That’s because Sam Shepard is the FIRST!!
His SuperHero name is STRIPLING WARRIOR. Mormon enough for you?
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Begun as a Kickstarter Campaign, Stripling Warrior is the latest offering in the Diversity and Representation that is ever more prevalent in today’s comic book superhero experience. Until now Homosexual Mormons have, if I’m wrong let me know, not appeared on a comic book page anywhere. I may be proven wrong in the future, but I do not believe either of the Big Two (DC, Marvel) will ever publish anything like what writer Brian Andersen and Artist James Neish are about to. (Given their Kickstarter kickstarts).
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Inspired by Brian Andersen’s real life journey as a Gay Mormon, the story of Sam Shephard – Stripling Warrior – a.k.a The Hand of God On Earth is inspired and sourced from material found in the Church of Latter Day Saints and The Book Of Mormon.
Well according to Wiki: ‘The two thousand stripling warriors, also known as The Army of Helaman, were an army of young men described in the Book of Mormon, first mentioned in the Book of Alma. They are portrayed as extremely valiant and loyal warriors; reportedly, all were wounded in battle yet survived.’ 
‘The story of the stripling warriors presents a juxtaposition of pacifism and militarism among believers. Four of the sons of Mosiah, including Ammon, were converted miraculously from rebellious youth into believers. Ammon and his brothers embark on a mission to the land of Nephi, and his converts there lay down their lives during attacks by their brethren, which leads to additional conversions. They refuse to take arms due to their conversion. The missionaries and Lamanite converts migrate to Nephite lands, where they are protected by the Nephite military.’
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So….
Let’s get to know Sam a little better. He’s your average Gay Guy, recently married to a man – Jase – now his husband (Obviously). Sam has no issues related to his homosexuality – why should he? He’s goofy, always joking and has a cheeky/cheesy inner monologue to add extra humour for readers. On his and Jase’s honeymoon, Sam is bestowed with great power and responsibility given to him by an Angel from Heaven. These powers include the strength, speed and leaping ability of 2,000 young men from Ancient America – The Stripling Warriors – characters within the scripture of the Book Of Mormon.
Jase, Sam’s Husband, is also Mormon and incredibly supportive of Sam and his inner warrior.
Along with Sam and Jase in Issue #1, a third character – The Angel Abish – is introduced. She doesn’t appear regularly, usually only when a mission is given or something needs doing. Within the scripture of the Book Of Mormon, The Angel Abish is one of very few females. Prior to her Angel Status, she was a slave woman who changed her entire civilization with her voice.
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Issue #2  of Stripling Warrior introduces us to a new, as yet unnamed, female character. She is Sam’s Missionary Companion. Mormons always work in pairs. Brian and James have a reward for readers who think of a name for her. She is Sam’s equal – just as powerful and important.
Now for some Villains!
Sam’s raison d’etre is to seek out and track down evil doers, whatever form that evil may take. Supporting and encouraging these villains is the corporation known as Cain Enterprises. They specialise in teaching, training and supplying tools and ideas to those whose raison d’etre is causing and maintaining the chaos necessary for evil to flourish. The C.E.O of Cain Enterprises is CAIN himself – the first killer in the bible!! No one more qualified for the job, am I right?!
Brian has found Kickstarter to be a terrific testing ground for Stripling Warrior. I can imagine it would be incredibly helpful creatively going forward to be aware of the thoughts and reactions of your potential reading audience. So far there has been a lot of support and positive feedback for the comic, even from some of Brian’s Mormon Friends – the representation of diversity in comic books appears to be growing successfully.
Brian spent his whole life before creating gay comic book superheroes reading comic books featuring straight superheroes. He believes that if he, as a gay man, can enjoy reading straight superheroes, there is no reason why a straight audience can’t enjoy reading gay superheroes like the Stripling Warrior. I strongly agree with Brian! Some of the negative feedback received has been from gay guys who have an issue with the sex in the comic. Interestingly, all of the sex within Stripling Warrior is off panel and hinted at, leaving it up to the reader’s imagination. For one thing Sam and Jase are MARRIED!
How can anyone have an issue with two people expressing love to each other?!
Anyway, each to their own. Within the pages of DC and Marvel comics, straight characters are often seen in bed with their partners. Then there are Apollo and Midnighter and Kate (Batwoman) and Maggie in bed together on panel at DC. I say show me the love!! as it’s often been said that Superheroes can’t have a love life.
Let’s prove those naysayers wrong!
Inspiration and content for future issues of Stripling Warrior will be sourced from the Latter Day Saints Church and the Book of Mormon – with Brian and James’ fabulous gay accents of course. As Brian says, so little is known about Mormons and Stripling Warrior is a great opportunity to break misconceptions like ‘it’s a cult’ or ‘Mormons are all Polygamous’. A major goal of Brian Andersen’s in creating this comic book is to take the story beyond just religion and homosexuality. Brian was a devout, hardcore Mormon Missionary for 2 years. After a lot of struggle, he finally accepted he was gay and couldn’t change even if he wanted to. 15 years after he accepted his true self, he is happier than he ever was as a hardcore devout missionary.
Now that he has reconciled his sexuality and his religion, he can help other Mormons to do the same on panel within Stripling Warrior.
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The Artist on the Stripling Warrior Team, James Neish, is also a Gay Mormon and it was through James’ boyfriend Shaun’s facebook page that Brian came across his art. Brian feels strongly that James’ art fits his Stripling Warrior vision perfectly and elevates the story beyond his dreams.
In Brian’s words, if you want to read a comic book that’s funny, sexy, exciting featuring fresh characters fighting evil in a comic book universe that has not been constantly rebooted, read Stripling Warrior.
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Before I go, Brian Andersen has written a gay superhero comic book prior to Stripling Warrior.
It’s called So Super Duper. I’ll be tracking down a copy, why don’t you too!

Sapphic Suckers and Evil Witches !

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 by queershock

The Squeamer stood in front of a small but cheerful crowd at this years MQFF (Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2015) Weds March the 25th at the Kino in Melbourne, Oz :

SAPPHIC SUCKERS AND EVIL WITCHES: QUEER WOMEN IN HORROR FILMS!

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‘So is there more to Lesbian and Bi girls then just dying horrible deaths in the movies? Are gay ladies just there to whet the appetite of the hetero male viewer for girl on girl action? Do Lesbians like horror movies, and why? And what do we think of our Sapphic Sisters on the Silver Screen? Is it important that women make them? Movies will be discussed and much fun will be had as we explore and expose the state of women who love women in the gore, in the cult and thriller films we so adore!’

Presented by:

‘Sonja Hammer has been producing and presenting a live radio show called Sci-Fi and Squeam for 5 years. It is one of the longest running LGBTIQA science fiction, speculative fiction and horror genre shows on air broadcast from JOY 949 in Melbourne. In 2013 Sonja started the first LGBTIQA Geek panels at a mainstream pop-culture expo, calling it

Queer Geeks of Oz discussing and representing queer geek folk in pop culture and making it a safe place for queers to meet’ 

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It was fun, and I think everyone who showed..and stayed after the movie Lyle by Stewart Thorndike…had a good time, or they seemed to show appreciation and laughed in most of the awkward moments!

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Here is the video by Sebastian Mittelman, with assistance by Jimmy Twin and audio FX by Ross Bryant 

Lucy review

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by gotheek

Spoilers be here. Enter at yer own risk mateys!

Director Luc Besson has done a few Science Fiction and Fantasy movies. The most obvious is The Fifth Element (1997), with Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. Less well known is The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec (2010), based on the book of the same name. I saw this one recently and it translated to a movie which seemed less than the sum of its parts.

Lucy on the other hand, despite the inaccurate science, delivers on a number of fronts.

The first is presenting us with a strong female lead, in Scarlett Johansson whose filmography is seemingly now stuffed with strong female characters, including Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, the nameless alien in Under the Skin, and now Lucy.

The movie opens a’la 2001 with apes on the savannah and a montage of imagery bringing us to the present day. The entire movie hinges on a single conceit: that humans only use a small percentage of our brains.

Lucy is a normal young woman who’s fallen in love with a man who turns out to be a drug runner. It is the beginning of her troubles when he emotionally blackmails her into delivering a case into a hotel.

Scarlett plays the very vulnerable, naive young woman with as equal vigour as the woman she becomes. An experimental drug is introduced to her system thanks to a violent encounter with another man. The drug causes an extreme reaction, not just because it was sewn into Lucy’s body as a way to smuggle it into another country. But far from merely killing her, it begins to expand her consciousness and awareness of the world and universe around her. From here on, we get full screen status reports of how much of Lucy’s brain is now being accessed.

The chase movie begins at this point.

Lucy needs to find (a) the other drugs to complete her journey to become a god, and (b) someone who can help her. The first part is easy thanks to the help of law enforcement and Amr Waked, a Paris detective. The second is achieved with the help of Morgan Freeman’s Professor Norman who is the pre-eminent brain scientist on the planet.

But there’s enemies afoot, namely Mr Jang (Min Sik Choi) the head honcho of the drug cartel that Lucy finds herself embroiled with. He’s got money riding on the delivery of the drugs and since Lucy has gone AWOL and massacred his drug runners, then had the audacity to go to the cops and round up the other drug mules, he’s rather hoping to teach her a lesson.

What happens next is really for you the viewer to find out. What I will say is that the movie is a well executed adventure with villains who might be regarded as cartoony in nature. However, Lucy is all about the ride, and Luc Besson doesn’t disappoint. We’re propelled through the movie at a rate of knots; as Lucy’s brain power expands, so too does the movie accelerate until, finally we’re delivered an answer, and a cliffhanger preceded by guns and explosions.

To be sure, Lucy is not the most scientifically accurate movie out there. However, I’d argue that of the science fiction movies that are continually churned out by Hollywood, it’s better staged, better scripted and better directed than just about anything else (bar, perhaps, the seminal Gravity). It delivers on its premise with a clever and engaging script and doesn’t drop the ball.

I’m giving this 4/5 with a point drop because we really don’t only use a small part of our brain.

Lucy is available on DVD on the 4th of December 2014.

Some unfortunate news

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by aussietjgrady

Dear Readers,

This is Tim here from Tim’s Grades. I wanted to let you all know that I am taking a break for the next few weeks due to personal issues. I will be coming back though.

Catch ya’.

Tim.

Guess what’s coming…

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by aussietjgrady

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AHS: Freak show Episode 5 Review

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by aussietjgrady

-Storyline-

Stanley is attempting to procure one of the freaks so he can kill them and sell it to the American Morbidity Museum. Although, Maggie has to remind him to be cautious in concealing his sexual identity (which happens to be gay) because if any of the town folk finds out then he could be treated in a worse manner to those in Elsa’s circus. Taking note of her advice, he visits Elsa and tries to convince her to go with him to work in television. Of course this goes pair-shaped and she refuses.
Dandy must also get his fix of murder, so he pays a sex worker to venture with him to Twisty’s old place and he stabs him with a knife…over and over again. He is still alive after getting one arm cut off and being stabbed a good 30 times.

There are a few bits where it had to me like “is that a day dream or are they really dead?” so for this reason I am awarding the storyline a B because it was very good.

-Character development-

Probably the person that stands out, in regards to character development, would be the young Dandy. In the previous episode you see him murder his house keeper and once his mother discovers the body, he begins to cry and scream…but in actuality he doesn’t give a shit about the family of the house keeper as he does not have the least bit remorse from the murder that he has committed.
Another character that has positive progression would be the character of Desiree. She finds out something that changes her whole perspective on her gender identity as well as her life as she knows it. This revelation prompts her to leave Dell, leaving Dell with a sore taste in his mouth. What makes matters worse, for Dell, is that his emotions are high due to his indecision about what he wants in life…more specifically, his sexual identity.

Things are getting juicy and I am liking where things are going when it comes to character development and it is for this reason that I will award this section an A.

-The themes explored-

I noticed a number of themes within this episode.
These being:
• Jealously
• Manipulation
• Mental health/psychiatric issues
There are a number of points within this episode where jealously was an issue. The first time was the conversation that Stanley and Maggie had where they devised that they would murder one the freaks in order to obtain the money that is on offer from the American Morbidity Museum. The way in which they attempt to obtain said freak was through the manipulation of feelings and desires of various different people within the camp.
Dandy’s mother, Gloria, speaks of the issues that come with being a part of a household that has, in the past, married within the family. She says this is the reason as to why Dandy has been experiencing fixations on death and killing and that it is the curse of inbreeding. This sheds light on the issue of mental health. I would say that it is a pretty extreme case…but hey it is a horror story after all.

I am giving this episode a B for the themes explored.

-Blood/Gore-

In this episode there is blood and gore aplenty. The stabbing and eventual dismembering of Andy’s character is very graphic and looks very real. So don’t be eating at the same time as watching this one.

I am going to be giving this episode an A for blood and gore because who doesn’t like seeing a whole arm being thrown into a tub of acid?

-The scare factor-

Dandy is beginning to creep me out. It’s something that hasn’t occurred previous to this point. I am really enjoying how his character is taking over from Twisty. If you’re squeamish about blood or dismembered body parts then I would recommend skipping those scenes within the episode. It will probably give you nightmares.

I will be giving this episode a B grade for scaring me that little bit.

Over all I will award this episode a B grade.

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