‘I have allergies’ – Snotgirl Volume 1

Hope you enjoyed our guest blog last week! The Man on the Silver Mountain loved giving his review of the new Mummy movie, and I hope you’ll be hearing more from him in the future.

Onto this weeks review – Snotgirl! Lottie Person – a girl after my own heart; A blogger (like me), a girl with allergies (like me) and dyes her hair cool colours (like me… ish). Bryan Lee O’Malley, who you may know from film and graphic novel character Scott Pilgrim. I loved Scott Pilgrim, though I must admit I watched the film first (and own but haven’t read the books – I know… naughty me!), and couldn’t wait to see what characters O’Malley had created next.

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Lottie Person, aka Snotgirl. A world renowned fashion blogger – Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017

Snotgirl is someone I felt like I could really relate to – I too am a snotty and itchy wreck when my allergies (pollen and dust mites). I too am chugging pills to get rid of my stuffy, itchy nose and watery eyes. I really felt her pain – Lottie wants for no more than for someone to recognise her as she wants to be, not who she really is. I think she’s a character that everyone can relate to. As you can see she wishes to be ‘effortlessly chic’, but deep down she’s just a persona – this isn’t the real Lottie. In real life she’s a snotty 20-something year old, who’s ex-boyfriend is dating her old intern .

 

 

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Lottie showing you how much effort goes into making her persona – Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017

I do have a couple of issues with the story line, however. It seems to be (minor spoiler alert) that Lottie thinks she’s a murder, she’s killed the only friend that she feels like she can rely on. But at the end this new friend turns back up, and then disappears again. Lottie’s crazy behaviour seems to be a side effect from her new allergy medication; the bottle advises not to operate heavy machinery or ‘make important life decisions’. It seems like these drugs are giving her hallucinations. However, her descent to madness is too fast and sudden, it’s jarring.

 

But, other than that one small hiccup, I would suggest reading it. It’s funny and lighthearted, but there’s still a sense of danger.

Have you read Snotgirl? Are you like Lottie – a snotty person just trying to be amazing? Did you think it was too jarring at the end? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017)

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‘Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters’ – The Mummy (2017)

Hi, I’m the Man on the Silver Mountain. Your Librarian’s out this week so as I was down finding something in the library to keep me entertained whilst I wait for more people to visit me on the peak so as The Mummy has just come out in cinemas and as I’m more of a fan of the old Universal monster movies than the Librarian is she asked me if I’d tell you guys a little about it. So far it’s gotten some bad press as well which I don’t think it deserves.
To do this justice I feel like we have to go back to the beginning, not just of the movie itself but where this movie has come from. Right back to 1932 where Boris Karloff took on the role of our undead title character.

There is a few spoilers within this review (but most of them are just from the trailer). 

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Boris Karloff looking severe as Imhotep in The Mummy in 1932 – The Mummy, Universal Studios, 1932

That movie had adventurous archaeologist Sir. Joseph Whemple and his associate Dr. Muller find the mummified remains of the priest Imhotep (the same character found in the Brendan Fraser Mummy movie from 1999). Imhotep had been mummified alive as he had committed acts of sacrilege by attempting to resurrect his dead lover who happened to be a princess by using an artefact called the Scroll of Thoth. Thanks to one of Sir. Whemple’s assistants reading the Scroll aloud the Imhotep is revived and flees with the Scroll and disappears. Time passes until Imhotep, now passing as a modern Egyptian helps other archaeologists (one of which is Sir. Whemple’s son) to find the Princess’ tomb, around which time he also encounters Helen Grosvenor, a woman that seems to him to be the reincarnation of his long lost love. He decides to kill her, mummify her and resurrect her so that she can be his bride and the two can be together forever. During his attempt at this, Helen remembers her past life as the Princess and cries out to the goddess Isis for help, the goddess hearing her and incinerating the Scroll of Thoth – in turn destroying the source of Imhotep’s power and causing him to crumble into dust whilst Helen returns to the world with the assistance of Sir. Whemple and Dr. Muller.

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Sofia Boutella raising hell as Princess Ahmanet in The Mummy 2017 – The Mummy, Perfect World Pictures, 2017

The new movie starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella has many of the same elements but have been reworked not just for a modern audience but also as the start of Universal Studio’s Dark Universe Cinematic Universe (DUCU). In this film we find Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his friend Chris Vail in the middle of Iraq and searching for trouble. Finding themselves in over their heads they uncover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess, Ahmanet (Sophia Boutella), that had been removed from history and mummified alive due to her attempts to use an artefact called the Dagger of Set to draw Set, god of chaos into a physical body to be her immortal lover and ruler. As a result of removing Ahmanet’s sarcophagus from its tomb she wakes up and chooses the one who released her as a worthy host for Set to inhabit. Nick dies in a plane crash as Ahmanet sets herself free, sacrificing himself to save Jenny Halsey, the archaeologist that he found out about the tomb from. Nick wakes up in a mortuary without a scratch on him, revived by the curse Ahmanet has placed on his to keep him alive until she is able to use the dagger to draw Set into his body. Ahmanet hunts Nick down, plaguing his thoughts with waking nightmares and continuing to draw him towards her. Just as it looks like Ahmanet has got her way Prodigium turns up, a shadowy organisation directed by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who capture Ahmanet and bring her back with them to their base where they look to permanently end her, and find a way to help Nick with his curse problem.
Now, as I was asked to avoid spoilers, I’ll round this up quickly; Ahmanet breaks loose, Mr. Edward Hyde shows up, bad stuff happens and Nick ends up having to come to terms with being cursed to fight back against Ahmanet… and save Jenny.

As you can see from the two plots we’ve got most of the common elements here; a Mummy character entombed alive for some form of sacrilege, the Mummy in the modern age searches for a vessel to either resurrect or possess via use of an artefact with a god’s name attached to it, and our heroes have to confront the new reality the Mummy shows them in order to fight back. The differences between the two mostly being in the gender of the Mummy and the nature of the rebirth they seek.

All-in-all, I felt that this was all handled pretty well turning what was quite a slow plot in the 1930s into a superhero-esque action-horror movie in 2017. The highlights for me were Russell Crowe’s performance as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the fact that this movie was a pretty good mirror to the older film that it had taken as inspiration.

My only negative remark is that there is a lot of exposition, sometimes rehashing the same piece of information two or three times for no reason which did slow things downs at times when it didn’t seem to need to.

Final thoughts – it’s a good start for the DUCU in my opinion; a good movie that was a lot of fun, paid homage to where it had come from and was looking to plant seeds for the rest of this new cinematic universe to grow from but not in a way that took over the whole film.

Catch the trailer here!

Thanks for reading guys and for more from me you can find me on YouTube at Man on the Silver Mountain

What did you think of the NEW Mummy? Should they stopped at the Brendan Fraiser runs, or are you like The Man on the Silver Mountain and loved the new one? Looking forward to the new Dark Universe? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: The Mummy, Perfect World Pictures, 2017)

 

‘Basic Bitch Psychological Warfare’ – Riverdale One-Shot and Single #1 and #2

Riverdale is one of my favourite shows. In a review I did in February, I love it. A lot. Whenever there was a week that Netflix didn’t upload it – let’s just say, I wasn’t happy waiting. Time to see if the comic lives up to the show.
I will attempt to make this review/comparison as spoiler free as possible.

A few weeks ago, I recieved a copy of the Riverdale One Shot and Singles 1 and 2 not so long ago to have a peruse through. All I can say is… I’m disappointed. They’re nothing like the show is. I would have thought that they would have at least made the characters look like the actors, but no; the art is slapdash and chunky. None of the characters look hella attractive, like the TV show, and none of them seem to act the same way.

The comics don’t feel like they have a place in the series. I can’t tell where they take place. They seem to be early on, but I can’t see where their gap is to thrive. Somewhere around Betty becoming a River Vixen, somewhere before Bughead, somewhere where they don’t fit. I think they should have been BEFORE the series, or elaborating more on the series. These stories are seemingly short one shots, which are meant to fit somewhere in the story line… but they don’t. I know I keep repeating it; but take my word for it. They don’t work. At all.
AND don’t get me started on Archie saying he loved Betty in the beginning of the One Shot, when in the series he has no feelings for her. He called her his ‘sweetheart’; look Sweetheart, make up your mind. You can’t feel two things at once. It’s like the writers never spoke to each other.

I will keep collecting the comics, because I love Riverdale. And I love the covers. I am a cover fanatic, and if the art inside was the same as the art outside… maybe I’ll have liked them more.

All in all – I am so upset about how they weren’t anything like the series… I have one thing to say to the writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Try again, and try harder.

I am one sad Librarian.

Take a look at the One Shot covers below!

 

 

Have you read the Riverdale comics? What did you think? Angry that I was disappointed, or do you completely agree with me? Leave a comment below!

(Header Image: Riverdale, Archie Comics, 2017)

‘You are a man?’ – The Wonder Woman film

One day late this week. Perhaps I should set myself an alarm to get these out on time!

Wonder Woman is a female superhero (THE female superhero in my opinion) in the DCEU. She is my main girl, and I have a massive canvas of her in my house. She’s my favourite character from DC Bombshells (check out my review of that for ‘International Women’s Day 2017’). Just a brief spoiler – I LOVED THIS MOVIE. DC has definitely stepped up their game after Batman VS Superman – Dawn of Justice.

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This is one of my favourite movie photos. I love how it actually looks like a WW1 photo! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

Wonder Woman is set in World War 1, and after growing up in a secluded paradise, she is thrown into the midst of battle. She assumes, pretty correctly, that the story of the God of War, Ares has come back for his final battle -and Diana herself is the only one that can stop him from killing everyone.

 

I love Diana’s innocence in this film. As it’s her origin story, she is literally new to the whole world. As she has never seen anything other than Themyscira, the gorgeous land in which the Amazons live, she assumes that the whole of the world is exactly like the world she comes from. How wrong is she? (Spoilers – VERY!)

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Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman / Diana Prince hiding in a bush! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

The team Diana ends up with couldn’t be a more rag-tag bunch. Sameer, Charlie (who you might remember as Spud from Trainspotting and T2) and Chif are all specialists in their own field. Not only is this important, it’s also important to consider that they’re very ethnically diverse. Sameer points out to Diana that he’s struggled to become an actor because he isn’t white, Chief explains that he has nothing because of Steve Trevor’s race. Even though these added important points, I didn’t feel as if the idea of racial segregation was being shoved down my throat; ignoring that the Germans were obviously doing exactly that.

 

In the end, Diana can’t stop Ares alone. Without Steve Trevor – hers (and my) one true love – she wouldn’t have made it out alive. I honestly think they’re the cutest relationship, much better than Lois and Clark. I hope beyond all hopes that they bring back Steve Trevor’s son or grandson (from the Lynda Carter led TV series – this is extremely wishful thinking).

Catch the trailer below!

Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think? Was the acting up to scratch? Are you an avid comic reader and just loved (or hated) the movie! Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017)