How the new Miss Marvel takes up two mantles
Over the years Spider-man has changed. The high school kid living with his grandma and having trouble finding a date to prom is a thing of the past. Peter Parker is still Spiderman, but he’s an adult now.
He has been a reporter and a scientist and has also been married and divorced (via magic and the Devil if memory serves) But most importantly of all, Peter moved out of his aunt’s house. Spiderman has evolved as a character over the years and that is a good thing, an important thing.
But it’s left a hole.
Most young characters in Marvel are kids but may as well be adults. Even Molly Hayes of Runaways is arguably the most childlike of any teen character, has spent most of her life on the lam from the government or super villains. The younger characters in the X-men live at a boarding school that blows up and/or is attacked by psychic ninjas every few months.
It’s safe to say the problems that come with living with parents, siblings, and family is not a big part of the marvel universe, and that’s understandable since there are bigger issues out there. But it leaves a market that up until recently has been vacant.
Enter Kamala Khan. She is a 16 year-old girl from New Jersey. She writes Avengers fan fiction, and is also a huge fan of Captain Marvel. In addition, she was recently gifted with the ability to shape shift.
Kamala still lives with her parents, which is an issue for a young superhero. She has superpowers and a curfew. That makes her relatable in a way that other young hero’s are not.
On the night she gets her powers, Kamala is sneaking out of the house to go to a party that her parents forbid her to go to. On her way in, she is caught sneaking back and gets severely grounded. That will be a factor in the story that we don’t get a lot of these days in superhero comics.
Much like Spiderman, she is figuring out her powers at the same time she is hiding them. She has responsibilities to her family as well as her new status as a hero. Miss Marvel has been a shining example that not every story needs to be the end of the world to be compelling, a trope that a lot of modern comics fall into.
Kamala Khan is set to fill the void Spiderman left when he grew up. She is a young hero with grounded problems at home and fantastic problems behind the mask.
A film from one generation to the other
Age, how do we deal with it? To many, specifically college students, getting older is but a mere concept that is far away. Travis Boone not only delivers his film “So Here We Are” in a skilled artistic manor, but he also brings a generation that’s beyond his years down to a relatable narrative.
The film is an unscripted armature documentary by Boone who was asked to record the lives of the elderly residents of Lake Huron Woods Retirement Home.
“All I did was walk into the place, turn on the big red button that said record,” Boone said, describing his experience making the film, “And that’s it, they did everything else.”
Following the quirky misadventures of the elderly residents of the home, Boone focuses on not the struggles of aging but the graces such as, longevity and a loving family. The constant theme of the film is “No matter what age, you’re as young as you feel.”
The title: “So Here We Are” describes the film to a tee, as Boone explains:
“So Bad things happen, good things happen, just stand where you are. To me the title is: “we’ve been here now let’s just keep on living.”
The house was packed, filled with spectators, friends, and even a few of the stars themselves. One memorable star was Boone’s grandmother. A touching highlight was when Boone’s Grandmother’s tears swelled up with happiness as she told her grandson how proud she was of him.
The only flaw of the film was a shaky camera from time to time, however every lover of the art of film knows that it is the small imperfections that give a piece character.
With Boone’s film there is a level of reality that is refreshing to see, and over all a great early chapter in the promising film career of Travis Boone.
A must watch for any Muppets fan
“The Muppets Most Wanted” had an ironic beginning and an original Muppet’s ending. The movie is equipped with surprise twists and turns that kept the audience’s attention and kept them guessing.
All of the characters are extremely colorful, there are no bland characters. The story line has a medium pace and is easy to follow.
“The Muppets Most Wanted” featured memorable cameos from well-known musicians, actors and popular comedians. Comedian and actress Tina Fey plays Nadya, a female prison guard. ‘Modern Family’ actor Ty Burrell plays Jean Pierre Napoleon and comedian/actor Ricky Gervais plays Dominic Badguy, the sidekick of the main antagonist.
“The Muppets” kept its original characters. Each of the characters brought something to the movie. There were also new characters introduced who helped lead the story in the direction that gave the story meaning. The lovable and memorable personalities of the original characters stayed consistent throughout the film.
The musical numbers were expected as in previous Muppet Movies. But in this case the musical numbers gave the movie a lively and interesting feel.
“The Muppets” has the ability to bring out some witty remarks and its usual light-hearted slapstick comedy. However, the film also brought out a serious side in certain scenes. All the main characters seemed to get the same amount of screen time.
One of the main antagonist’s is Costantine Kermit’s look alike and an all-around evil character. His side-kick is Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who Costantine nicknames “number two.” Mistaken identity is what brings out the main plot of the movie.
Each character has their quirks just as any Muppet movie would. “The Muppets Most Wanted” showed that nearly anything can happen in a Muppet’s movie. If you are a Muppet’s fan, this movie will not disappoint.
The Raven review: classic movie night
The World is changing. With the twenty-first century breaking ground in its second decade, many films from the mid twentieth century, a period that is largely regarded as the Golden Age of film, are being lost within the years of history passing by.
However, the digital age makes these movies more available than ever before, and thanks to local venues like The Raven Cafe, the spirit of these films are carried on for years to come.
“It fits in with the theme of things, we have a younger crowd and it fits in with the atmosphere of the place,” said Kristen DeWitt, a barista at The Raven commenting on their movie nights, “It’s a cool vintage movie theater thing to do on Wednesday nights. And it really keeps these movies alive.”
Wednesday nights at 7:30, The Raven Café is the place to be. The lights go down, the coffee comes out, and classic movie night begins. Playing cult classics such as: “The Breakfast Club,” “A Christmas Story,” and “The Birds.” The café’s movie night is a definite hit with its customers.
This past Wednesday carried the torch of classics with the Cafe’s premiere of Casablanca, the tragic 1942 love story of Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund Lazlo.
Filled with action, passion, and a number of memorable quotes and strong actors like Humphrey Boggart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca is sure to be an American film classic for many years. And with outlets such as The Raven, younger generations will continue to experience these films for many years to come.
For more information on movie nights call The Raven Café at: 810-984-4330.
You have never met anyone like me
Last week saw a new batch of all new number ones from Marvel, including one that I have been looking forward to since its announcement, “Moon Knight.” The book is written by Warren Ellis, along with art by Declan Shalvey and color by Jordie Bellaire.
At first glance you would not be unfair to say that he is Marvel’s thinly veiled Batman, but you would be wrong. Unlike Batman, who uses stealth and shadow to both attack and blend in, Moon Knight wears all white, he wants you to see him coming.
If you haven’t heard of Moon Knight before, you are not alone. Marc Spector was a mercenary that was, depending on who you ask, killed in Egypt and given second chance by a long forgotten Egyptian god, using his second shot at life to become Moon Knight.
Now he is back in New York and is ready to take on the city’s crime.
By the way that whole Egyptian god thing may or may not be true. What makes Moon Knight different from other heroes stalking around in the night is that Marc suffers from dissociative identity disorder (formally known as split personality disorder). So Marc is not the most reliable of sources.
The art by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire is top notch. But what I really want to talk about is how “Moon Knight” is colored. The backgrounds’ go from beautiful and almost realistically colored lit cities to dark sewers.
But what stands out is that Moon Knight himself is pure white. In fact, even when Marc wears a white shirt around the town it is pure uncolored white. It’s a stylistic choice that could really leave the page looking unfinished, but it ends up communicating something about the character.
I really enjoyed Moon Knight and look forward to reading the rest of the series. If you are new to comics and have been looking for something to pick up, definitely give it a shot.
I for one am really looking forward to what the team will do with the book and hope it has a long run with the current creative team.
A psychedelic journey
Melodic, metaphoric, and masterful. How’s that to describe an album?
Because no better words can explain the journey you will be sent on from track one of the upcoming album, “I Know It’s Nothing, But I’m Happy It’s Something” by psychedelic rock band, Trace of Lime.
Right off the bat I knew this was going to be something new and very powerful. From the shouting to the whispering, the bongos to the trumpet and everything else in between, you won’t need drugs to make you feel like you’re on them while listening to this.
Something about this band brings a new breath for music to the table; this is finally something that sounds different from everything you have ever heard.
Sure you can compare it to several bands and songs just like you can with any other band or song. However this band adds some new feel to whatever type of genre you want to call it, and I can’t quite seem to put my finger on it.
There are several times while listening to this album where I guarantee you will be totally lost, in what I want to call something similar to the “Wall of Sound” effect.
The album is full of powerful choruses and spine tingling breaks, in which you can feel pure energy flowing from your eardrums into your entire body. Leaving you with the only thing you can do while listening to Trace of Lime, rock your head and tap your foot to the steady pounding drum beat found in every song and well, dance.
If you like The Beatles, Cage the Elephant, Portugal, The Man, or just want something new and interesting to rock to, keep a look out for Trace of Lime’s debut album “I Know It’s Nothing But I’m Happy It’s Something,” which will be released on March 22.
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A review on “Your First Novel” by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb
For creative writers, it can be difficult to find decent tools to help them progress their art form.
Painters have their pastels and musicians have their instruments, while creative writers have a slice of the reference section in Barnes and Noble. That is why anyone who aspires to write short stories or a novel should pick up the book: “Your First Novel” by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb.
The book differs greatly from other “thirty days or less” scam books. “Your First Novel” is a well thought out manual to draft up and finish the novel or story of your dreams.
The way it differs from other writers books is its format. So many writing books are written in a prose format such as “Writing and the Art of Zen” by Ray Bradbury, “On Writing” by Stephen King, and the “Now Write” series.
While the above are all great books in their field, “Your First Novel” stands apart like a breath of fresh air.
The book is written in an easy to follow text book format. It’s filled with short sections and chapters, diagrams, and bullets. All of this makes navigating the book a breeze and allows one to get right to their desired need.
Instead of a book you have to thoroughly read to gain small tips of insight, this is the ultimate guide and reference a writer can use to quickly find tips and specifics that relate to their struggles in writing.
While the book is very helpful, there are of course some draw backs.
One thing the book fails to do at times is keeping its sections concise. The first chapter especially is decent enough, but feels a little drawn out. However the flaws are at a pleasing minimum and overall the book is a fantastic guide to get into writing.
Hipsters come hither to hear the unique sound of local band
The Tiny Ugly Germs are infecting Port Huron residents and you might be next.
The melodic punk-rock band “The Tiny Ugly Germs” is entirely made up of current SC4 students, but you’re going to have to leave campus if you want to hear them live.
Nate Leritz, 21, and Nick Ranger, 21, formed The Tiny Ugly Germs in 2011. Since then, the guitar playing duo has added Tim Hicks’ drum beats and Hannah Eppley’s bass skills.
The Port Huron natives create a mixture of music that Nate Leritz describes as “melodic punk and post hardcore.”
The main vocalist and song writer, Nate Leritz, good-naturedly calls their music “angst-y stuff.”
You can hear this “angst-y stuff” at The Flint Local 432 or the more local Schwonk Sound Stead. And when your ears beg for more, there’s always the internet to turn to.
Nate has released several EP’s by himself on thetinyuglygerms.bandcamp.com. That can hold you over until their official EP, Not Dead, Just Lying Very Still, is released later this year.
The band’s first song that they learned together, ‘Nimbostratus’, is featured on Nate’s EP, Fun Sucks, and will be included in Not Dead, Just Lying Very Still.
While The Tiny Ugly Germs appreciate the support of their fans, they aren’t looking to go big. “It’s just too mainstream to get popular” Nate Leritz said jokingly.
He added that their style of music isn’t made for the Top 40.
Despite not going out of their way to build a fan base, they’ve garnered enough attention to be nominated for two categories at the Blue Water Music Awards.
All My Fish Are Dead earned them a nomination for album of the year. Furthermore, they’re nominated for best export, which the Blue Water Music Awards voting poll describes as “the best in town band/artist that will be the next big thing.”
To keep up with all of The Tiny Ugly Germs’ news, you can like and follow them on Facebook.