Cosplay: The Saga Begins

There are seven people in my family. We all have varied interests and pass times, but something we do have in common is a love for costumes.

Since I was little I’ve had rocking Halloween costumes. I’ve trouped around my neighbourhood as Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, Jessie from Toy Story and many other well-loved characters. As my siblings and I grew older, Halloween began to morph into something different.

While the little ones still go trick-or-treating,  our sights have been set higher. We now attend Central Canadian Comic Con, which happens to always fall around the end of October.

Now, instead of just heading out into our suburban neighbourhood where the chances of my family’s obscure, geeky costumes getting recognized are rare, we take on an entire building full of thousands of people, adults and children alike, who are wearing equally obscure and geeky costumes.

Last year was our first year where we decided to incorporate an overarching theme for all seven of our costumes. Our theme was “steampunk.”

Steam Punk Family

We had a blast making costumes and moving through C4 as a large group costume, something not many people do.

But this year we’re going bigger.

This year we’re pulling out all the stops.

This year, we’re doing Star Wars.

Advertisements

Dredd (2012)

Dredd Promo Photo

So I may be a little late to the party, but I feel like it’s never a bad time to talk about this movie.

Dredd‘s ‘R’ rating should not be taken lightly, this movie is not for the weak of heart or stomach. This post, however, will avoid graphic descriptions of violence as well as spoilers.

I was expecting a gory action flick and Dredd did not disappoint. What I wasn’t expecting, however, was for it to be one of the most beautiful movies I have ever watched. Never have I been in more awe of horrific acts of violence than when they are shot with the careful, slow motion feel of a love scene.

The basic plot of the movie is fairly predictable: a cynical, senior cop mentors a rookie through her first time in the field, but it’s predictably doesn’t take away from the tension or drama.

The characters, while arguably cliche, are engaging and strangely endearing.

The stunning cinematography and well defined artistic direction for the movie had the potential to clash with the excessive on-screen violence, but instead the effect is simultaneously breathtaking and horrific.

I loved the fact that in the case of both main female characters, their gender does not directly affect the plot. They could have been male and the plot would not have been shattered. This is one of the signs of well-written female characters that I’m always on the lookout for.

Dredd is gory and gorgeous, with believable characters, an element of the super natural, and fantastic acting. If you’re not bothered by violence, it is definite a must-see.

Where are the Women in Ant-Man?

Hope Ant-Man Promo

I’m a big Marvel fan. I excitedly await the releases of all of their movies and TV shows. So of course I was extremely excited about Ant-Man. A friend and I made it a girl’s night out and I was ready for what the trailer sold me on: a cheesy, funny movie with a lovable hero.

I wasn’t ready for the total lack of female characters. There are (barely) three named female characters in the entire movie and maybe a couple of female background scientists (maybe?). About 50% of the human race is female, about 50% of the movie theatre patrons were female. I think it’s fair to ask that 50% of the named speaking roles in a movie should be female.

The three named female characters were also extremely trope saturated and disappointing.

  1. Hope: Classic example of the standard “women in positions of power” trope. She is cold, harsh and, at times, downright cruel, but in the end, men still control her life.
  2. Maggie: Provides conflict by not wanting Scott to be near his daughter and rivalry by dating a police officer.
  3. Cassie: Scott and Maggie’s daughter, the pure light in Scott’s life, the reason he strives to be a better man.

While watching the movie I felt like these women didn’t have stories or lives of their own, they existed only in connection to the main character, Scott.

Marvel is such an influential company. They are shaping our world by creating comic books, movies, and TV shows that are being consumed by an enormous variety of people.

Marvel should be using their power to create fictional environments where female characters thrive in their own right, not only to show young girls a variety of  strong female role models, but also to show women in general that they are valued viewers and consumers of all things geeky.

Introduction

Hello!

My name is Hannah Gehman. I’m a Creative Communications student at Red River College.
This blog’s ‘theme’ is all things geeky. I’m planning on posting a variety of different things, including some movie reviews, interesting geek news stories, and maybe even some progress reports as I start on my cosplay for Central Canada Comic Con.

Sometimes a few school assignments might creep in as well.

I’m looking forward to connecting with the world through my blog!