Monthly Archives: August 2012

There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.

There are certain core traits that make up Batman, and most of them are all fairly well-known in popular culture. In most iterations of the character, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy who witnessed the shooting of his parents as a child, and so decides to spend his nights fighting crime and corruption in Gotham. It’s no secret that I love Batman; he’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember, and I’m probably not the only one who likes that fact that he’s a human who can stand toe to toe with Superman. But after countless conversations about the character (mostly when Uta and I should have been studying), there are certain truths about him that I can’t deny.

People often jokingly argue that Batman’s superpower is actually money. I’d like to think he’d fight crime even if he wasn’t born in a manor, but the truth is that it’s a lot easier to do when you’ve got a Kevlar suit, fancy analyzing equipment, and a Batmobile. As a rich, white male, Bruce has privilege in ways that many fans of his character do not. Sometimes it feels like this privilege isn’t really discussed in Batman stories, which is why I was interested in the way that it was acknowledged in The Dark Knight Rises.

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Mini Post: Not Bad

I can’t get enough of this picture. I just can’t.

Morike pontificates on her ability to predict stories

It is my week to post. This paragraph is just to announce that I, Morike, am writing this week’s essay. And, as an introduction, it is to introduce you to the nature of the rest of this essay. First, I shall brag about my ability to predict a story citing a few instances. Second, I will tell you the main reason I was annoyed with The Dark Knight Rises. Then, I shall rant my anger for a bit before my concluding remarks. And there is your introduction, all laid out and predictable and stuff.

You see, I have this nasty habit of trying to predict all the plot twists in movies. I have no idea when it started, but it was probably sometime in high school. The majority of these predictions are based on tropes and execution of details. For instance, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, during her first semester of college, the moment Iowa-boy had a pile of books land on his head, I called out “Potential love interest!” My roommate was all surprised, saying “Damn, that was accurate.” Adorable romance ensues (until the season finale. But let us not speak of such things because it is off-topic).

Anyway, I predict stories.

Recently, I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare because I have a paperback copy (because it was only $1 at a book sale last year). I started writing down my predictions for everything because the first fifty pages or so was Really Obvious Foreshadowing. However (spoiler alert), I predicted that Luke was BOTH a Shadowhunter AND a member of the Downworld. BOTH PEOPLE! I TOTALLY CALLED IT! MY PRIDE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES!!!

ahem

Cue, The Dark Knight Rises. In which the plot twist sits directly in front of my face and it still surprised the hell out of me. I mean, seriously! They referenced Raz al’Ghul and everything! The kid looked really feminine for a boy! She’s played by Marion Cotillard! (I associate her with bad guys in Nolan films. Or bad guys in films in general. I recognize this is not the case. But I digress).

The point is, I did not see that plot twist coming. Both the plot twist and the fact that it surprised me bug me. This is not supposed to happen. I am the prediction-ator! I predict things–nothing is supposed to surprise me.

And I wanna say it’s because I really wanted Marion Cotillard to be a good guy. I believed it that strongly. I believe you to be a good person, Marion! (I also like your accent. Parlez francais avec moi, s’il vous plait. You can correct my shoddy grammar and everything).

And so this essay went exactly how I said it would go in my introduction. Which I can honestly say is better than what typically happens at work. But yes.

Final closing anecdote: I have learned (the hard way) that I can also read Basil’s facial expressions. For instance, if ever I ask about any type of spoiler in any type of story in any type of medium, just one second later, I know exactly how that story is going down. No ifs, ands, or buts about it; I stopped telling Basil my predictions for things I’m behind on. It’s a sad truth.

Mini-Post: . . .

Mini-Post: in which Morike reveals her latest read THROUGH SONG!

You honestly thought I would sing?

Maybe later . . .

baby drama is the best kind of drama, amirite?

I Do, I Do Poster

From top to bottom, then left to right: Ji-an, our leading lady; Tae-kang, our leading lad; Eun-sung, our sorta romantic rival for Tae-kang but really more a bizarre source of advice; Na-ri, our sorta romantic rival for Ji-an but really more her business rival.

EVERYONE, TODAY IS A DAY OF CELEBRATION. Why, you ask? BECAUSE I HAVE FINALLY, AFTER SIX MONTHS OF TRYING, FOUND A KOREAN DRAMA I BOTH ENJOYED AND WAS ABLE TO SEE THROUGH TO THE END AND NOW I AM HERE TO SHARE MY JOYOUS FEELINGS WITH YOU.

The drama of which I celebrate is I Do, I Do. For those not in the know, the premise of this drama is that a high-powered executive designer has a drunken one-night stand with a directionless young man ten years her junior. As a result of this drunken one night stand, our leading lady, Hwang Ji-an, ends up pregnant because drama. On top of that, Ji-an’s an executive shoe designer at a high-end shoe company and our leading lad, Park Tae-kang, is a kid from the streets who sells knockoffs of the very shoes she designs. Also, neither of the two even realize that Ji-an is pregnant. Tae-kang has also somehow landed a position working for Ji-an while Ji-an has just started semi-dating-sorta someone else. This may also be Ji-an’s last chance to have a child. Because of early onset menopause (is that even really a thing?).

At this point, we’re also only about three episodes into the total sixteen. So yeah. Things get messy-complicated fast.

where I make a case for why this show won out over all the others I tried

Mini-Post: Batman Maybe

SPOILER WARNING! The Dark Knight Rises

Because THIS SONG!