Archive for June, 2012

Wrath of the Titans: An offense to Greek Mtyh

Posted in Movies with tags , on June 27, 2012 by otakujade

I hated the new version of the Clash of the Titans…we watched that movie thinking that it was remake of the 80s hit movie. BUT it was not to be…. It was awful!

I mean, if you can’t be true to the myth then why not just say so on the title? Like how the fairy tales are being retold these days..that would have been quite a welcome courtesy.

But nooooo…they made us believe that it was related to the first movie and so loving that movie those of us gullible enough to believe Hollywood watched it and wasted money on a crappy movie.

And now comes  Wrath of the Titans which is another movie supposedly based on Greek myths…but was not. I mean, if Clash of the Titans violated the myth; Wrath of the Titans completely murdered it.

First off, Perseus didn’t marry Io. He married the maiden Andromeda, daughter of Queen Cassiopeia, who boasted herself equal in beauty to the Nereids,  and drew down the vengeance of Poseidon, who sent an inundation on the land and a sea serpent, Cetus.

Io , a priestess of Hera in Argos  a nymph who was seduced by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer to escape detection. Suspicious as ever, and as well she should be , Hera obliged Zeus to give her the heifer as a gift and proceeded to imprison Io putting Argos with 100 eyes to watch over her. But feeling guilty about the fate that befell poor Io, Zeus commanded his son, Hermes, god of thieves and commerce to free the maiden. Heifer Io was then set loose but unable to defy the wishes of Zeus..Hera sent a maddening gadly to sting and torment Io all the way to Egypt.

 

Secondly, Helius was not Perseus’ son! He was not even one of this 9 children…. Perseus and Andromeda had seven sons: Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Mestor, Sthenelus, Electryon, and Cynurus, and two daughters, Gorgophone, and Autochthe. I don’t see Helius’ name in there.

 

Helius , was the sun god of Greek mythology. He was the son of the Titans, Hyperion and Theia, so technically he is a titan.

 

Thirdly..and certainly not the last! It was Hercules and NOT Perseus who helped the Olympians defeat the Titans. Pretty boy Perseus who wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what he did without help from the gods and goddesses of Olympus wouldn’t know what to do in a fight! He defeated the sea serpent Cetus, using Medusa’s head…he defeated Proetus by turning him into stone…again using Medusa’s head.

Though it true that the two greek heroes were descended from the same line…Perseus according to the Athenian orator, Isocrates, was four generations ahead of Hercules.

Also observed on the film was the lack of solid motivation for the characters to change alliance from one to the other. One minute Hades was helping Kronos to rise to power and the next he is filled with brotherly love (and I say that with the utmost sarcasm) that he turned coat and helped Zeus defeat the titan, Kronos.

And surprise, surprise the real turn-coat of the lot, Area, god of war, did not change sides. He remained with Kronos when if we based this on the myth Area would easily change sides faster than anyone else once he sees that the other side is winning.

But as one movie review writer said this movie is “a mess of mythical proportions!” And she’s quite right…Homer must be turning in his grave…poor guy his life work ruined.

 

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A Lesson on Anime from a Parent who loves Anime…

Posted in Anime, Introspection, Random, Uncategorized on June 18, 2012 by otakujade

I’ve been an anime otaku (enthusiast/addict) for most of my life.  My first encounter with anime, and I was not aware it was called that back then, was when I was about 5 or 6 years old.  Voltes V, Mazinger Z and Daimos were my first animes as with most people my age. We are called the Martial Law babies because we were born during the time when Martial Law was in effect in our country…but enough about that.

Children today have no idea what anime went through in this country. Today, anime is as common to them as their computers or video games or even their cellular phones. But anime suffered a big set back in this country in the late 70s when it was banned.  Yes, banned! It started with Voltes V but the others soon followed… this was under Martial Law, and the next decade all we had were cartoons from the US.

Then in 1989 anime made a come back in our country. Slowly but surely, anime began to take hold of the young people’s attention. It wasn’t until 1998 however that anime exploded and gained incredible grounds. This was all due to one kick ass anime – Yuyu Hakusho.

Being an avid otaku, I am thrilled with the proliferation of anime in this country. I encourage it, not only on my own children (my husband is an otaku such as myself) but also on other young people who just entered into the fold. But being a parent and having slowly matured and transitioned with anime over the years I guess I became so much more aware of it and all its eccentricities.

We are often told that as parents we must monitor what our children watches or does on the computer…sadly very few people  heed that plea. But WE REALLY SHOULD. When we see our kids watching anime…remember that these are not just plain cartoons as we were used to watching way back in the 80s. Unlike most animation videos, anime has different genres that we as parents must be aware of but must also keep an open-mind.

What I found out from associating with other parents who were anime fans like we were is that we are a lot more broad-minded with what our children can watch but also a lot more careful at letting them watch certain animes.

Like movies, animes are multi-themed and are directed at certain type of audiences. However, they are more free-spirited and therefore contain certain materials that we will not see on ordinary cartoons. Yes, anime has deeper plots and has so much more value but there are also animes that in my opinion on those with matured minds should watch and I am not talking here only of hentais (x-rated animes).

At a certain point, teenagers will be curious about hentai and that is only natural especially if they’re anime fans. It’s inevitable..they will come across the genre during the course of their fascination with anime. And as parents we must learn to cope with that and deal with it, by being open to them and letting them know that we understand and explain to them the reason why we would rather not have them watching those type of animes before they are 16 or older. I do believe that if you have a good relationship with your child it’ll work to talk things out with them. It’s not gonna be easy but it’s better than flat out telling them they can’t watch it or pretending you didn’t see. Hubby and I actually went so far as to toss a coin to decide who would talk to the boys about it…incidentally, I lost.

But as I said I was not referring to hentai when I said that there are animes that are better left to mature individuals especially those who have matured into anime already. Here applies the Japanese principle of Omote (outer) and Ura (inner) thoughts. It’s the front and back; what you let people see and know and that part of you that is kept hidden…orif you want to take it one step further it can be your Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

As there are plenty of well made and extremely good anime which are children and teenager safe (hahaha!) there are also animes that are…well, Mr. Hyde. Good thing though that they are only a few of them. These animes, for which I will not give any titles, should be kept from your children because there just too much violence and sex in them. And this statement is coming from someone who you grew up and grew old with anime. My tolerance for sex and violence is I guess quite broad but even I could balked at letting my teenagers watch these anime. Maybe when they get older….hopefully, around 40 (*smiles*) they can get to watch things like these but not while they are young and impressionable.

So, my plea to parents please get to know your children and get to know what they like, what they watch on TV and what they do in the computer. It pays to be informed and it’s not invading their privacy…it’s protecting their future.

Weekend Movies…

Posted in Introspection, Movies, Random on June 11, 2012 by otakujade

Weekends are movies days in our family (well, that is when we have help around) and lately, hubby and the boys had been revisiting several classics and some movies, I really didn’t have any interest to watch…before.

So being forced to watch what the boys want, I can to realized that my own prejudices actually drove me not to watch these movies but in reality they were quite good. And these are…

Full Metal Jacket – this was an 80s movie that I didn’t have the interest to watch way back then because it was a boy-flick and back in HS I’m not really into war movies and things like those. But watching it with the boys and with hubby’s commentaries about the movie, it was actually a good movie.

 

Star Wars series – honestly, I loved Episodes 1-3! I think they’re awesome and the story was really, really thrilling. My father was not a big fan of foreign movies so I didn’t get to watch Episodes 4-6 when it first came out. Naturally, I grew up not having any idea what it was all about and though I know that the series created an entire new pop culture I was not a part of it. Then I met hubby, and he was just nuts about the series!  And from him the boys contracted the bug.

Last Saturday was actually the first time I will ever see Star Wars the series. And I don’t know if I was lucky to have been able to watch it from Episode 1 to 6, because having seen the first 3 installments of the series which was made just recently it was hard not to compare the effects, as well as the acting of the actors.  It was amazing to watch and compare the first 3 episodes with the last 3 episodes because you can’t help but be amazed with what they were able to accomplish in terms of effects way back in the 70s. Although, I am disappointed that Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker would have such a clumsy son like Luke.  It seems like Princess Leah got all the spunk of their parents. However, putting that aside I think it was really a very good series and I am now a fan.

 

Resident Evil – again another series of film. And yet again something that I didn’t bother to watch because well, I just got so sick of vampires, zombies and werewolves. It seemed to me that Hollywood just can’t get of them..sheesh!

But as Sunday came I was again seated with the entire family, eating crackers and watching with the movies. It is hard being the only female in the family. However, I did like playing the game on Playstation so I figured it can’t be all that back..the movie I mean. And true enough it wasn’t. I rather enjoyed it, especially on those parts when something would come up and surprise the heck out of the boys! LOL, that was fun!

So, I guess I enjoyed my weekend, it was actually a learning experience for me and I rather liked that. I wonder what hubby has planned for next weekend…..