Feb 25, 2008

Thank you, Tilda Swinton, for making the Oscars nerdy!

The Oscars have been labeled many things in the past: boring, lengthy, shallow, self-aggrandizing, just to name a few. One thing I have never heard the Oscars referred to is nerdy or geeky.

Well, last night that all changed when fellow redhead Tilda Swinton won Best Actress for her role in Michael Clayton, also starring George Clooney. You probably know her from her roles in Constantine and The Chronicles of Narnia. She seemed thoroughly shocked at winning but pulled out quite the memorable acceptance speech.

Here it is in it's entirety:

If you don't want to bother watching, at about 1:23 she says, "And George Clooney, you know, the seriousness and the dedication to your art, seeing you climb into that rubber bat suit from Batman & Robin, the one with the nipples, every morning under your costume, on the set, off the set, hanging upside-down at lunch, you rock man."

No Tilda Swinton, YOU rock.

Feb 21, 2008

Professor Layton and the Curious F%#&*@~ Village!!!

AAAAND breath.

I started playing Professor Layton and the Curious Village for my Nintendo DS yesterday. Seven hours later I threw my DS on the floor. Thank god for that nerf armor.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is an adventure game developed by Level-5 which uses puzzles to move you through the story. You can play a demo of the game on it's official website (click the title of this entry). In order to reach certain areas of the game you must complete a specific number of puzzles. If you get stuck on a puzzle you can use "hint coins" you find along the way. Each puzzle is worth a certain amount of "picarats," a unit of value that tell you how difficult the puzzle is. If you guess wrong, the number of picarats you'll receive decreases the next time you attempt it (it will stop decreasing after the second wrong answer). Picarats are used to unlock bonus features at the end of the game.

Now, I know I'm partial to the adorable factor, that's the main reason I decided to play it. I mean, look at that picture. Professor Layton and his young assistant Luke are too cute for words, especially when they're thinking REALLY hard about a puzzle. I guess all that made me underestimate the make-me-feel-like-I'm-taking-the-SAT's factor. Seriously. I felt like I was taking the SAT's or an IQ test for seven hours. And I've only solved 48 puzzles so far. I'm an intelligent woman, but trust me when I say this game likes to be sneaky at times.

All in all, it's a good story so far. A nice little murder mystery with a few missing people thrown in for good measure. There's even a few cats! We all know how much I love cats. Would I recommend Professor Layton and the Curious Village? Not if you have high anxiety or anger management issues that's for damn sure. But if you enjoy that sort of thing, go for it. Remember, it IS adorable. And hey, if you wind up loving it, there's already a sequel called Professor Layton and the Devil's Box out in Japan which should be here in no time. Actually they are both part of a trilogy. The third installment is in development.

Well I better go get myself ready for another marathon of torture, uhh I mean, fun! The cover of the box says, "Solve brainteasers to crack the case," or your DS in my case.

Feb 14, 2008

Happy Nerdy Valentine's Day!

I found a box of old X-Men Valentines in my room the other day that I apparently never used. I felt compelled to share.

Other gems include:
Cyclops- "I only have EYES for you!"
Professor Xavier- "THINKING of you on Valentine's Day!"
Rogue & Gambit- "I get a CHARGE out of you!"

Am I the only one who misses the days of these kinds of cards? One sheet and a really flimsy envelope. Which, by the way, they actually state on the box are "non-mailable." I used to love giving them out in school! Valentine's Day shouldn't need to be much more complicated than that. I'm gonna go write some out to my friends. :-)

Feb 6, 2008

I'm 'Super'confused

Kara Zor-El! You go straight to your room and don't you dare come out until your series starts making some sense!

I've tried my best to stick with the latest run of Supergirl. I really have. She's is one of my all-time favorite super-heroes. This is me in Kindergarten.

But when Supergirl starts promising little boys with brain cancer that they aren't going to die, I draw the line.

Like I said, I love Supergirl, but this Kelley Puckett run is really trying my patience. Number 26, which I just read, made marginally more sense than the last three issues. That doesn't mean a lot considering the last three issues made no sense at all. Page upon page of little or no dialogue, traveling to other dimensions and, oddly enough, coming up with ANOTHER origin for Kara. How do you do that? More to the point, how do other people LET you do that? One of the previews actually said, "Confused?" Yes! Yes, I am! And I'm pretty sure everyone who has stuck with this book (all ten of us) is too. So please stop wasting time making us scratch our heads and start getting to the heart of the matter. Soon would be nice.

The only good part of this run so far has been Batman's pitch-perfect cameo in the first issue.

Supergirl: Look, I've been on this planet like, two years, right? The only person I've ever met who's weird enough to come up with something like this...is you?
Batman: I'll take that as a compliment.

Also, I'm not usually very picky about the art in a book, but I'm really beginning to wonder here. The little boy with brain cancer (Thomas) she was saving in Metropolis looked like he was about to cop a feel instead of hug her. I actually thought she might have become a little bit narcoleptic in this issue too.

I'm sticking with it because I'm a sap for Supergirl but for heavens sake start giving us some answers. I'll happily be proved wrong if there really is going to be something important coming from this story line eventually. But from what I've seen so far, there isn't. I'd much rather they scrap this and let her series be intertwined with Countdown for the time being but it's probably too late for that anyway.

If you're good Kara, I'll bring you a cookie later.