Monthly Archives: June 2009

pill-free, yoga headache remedy

posted by freebean

Free on compliments of Ravi and Ana who also offer a set of Kundalini DVDs for Yoga Quick Fixes and Yoga House Call…

Wolverine vs. Watchmen: The Evolution of the Comic Book Movie

[posted by alcmaeonid]

What's he looking at?What’s he looking at?

Coming into this movie season, Watchmen seemed like the greatest movie ever, especially based on the trailer that was breathtaking.  Maybe it was the long wait, the R-rating, the unusual film making style, or the giant blue penis, but something about Watchmen prevented it from being the blockbuster hit it could have been.  I personally loved it.  I thought it was smart, complex, I greatly enjoyed the historical scenes, I loved the cinematography which resembled Sin City in looking like a page from a comic book, and I thought the story had a good resolution.  So why did Watchmen fail?

Because it is a great movie!

What I consider a great movie is one which leaves me thinking about it afterwards, possibly for days after.  And this movie had that, and it has great re-watch value because of the details that would probably be missed the first time around (did you know that Ozymandius is gay? There’s a file in his computer labeled “Little Boys”).

My criteria for a great movie seems normal, but I also consider a great movie one which breaks the mold and doesn’t adhere to the norms of Hollywood movies.  The blue penis alone made this movie original, and it is also an example of what turned it off to younger viewers and families.  This is key because young kids and teenagers usually flock to comic movies, but not Watchmen.

Not for kids

Not for kids

The modern comic film may look something like Watchmen, and as a film buff, I love the way comic book movies are made now.  Ever since Batman Begins they have become grittier and darker, and just better.  However, a parallel evolution has occurred.  Technology has become readily available and quite useful in film making, but it has dumbed down the films which utilize such technologies.  The perfect example is X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The first three movies were pretty good, but this new one is all action and makes no effort to have a thoughtful story.  X-Men the Last Stand had a pretty contrived plot, but at least there was some sense to the story.  This one progressed with as much sense as a Family Guy episode, and had about as many celebrity cameos.

Artists? at work? sort of

Artists? at work? sort of

Here you see Will I Am as one of the mutants, and another is Ryan Reynolds, who is the death knell of any movie with potential.  Liev Schreiber is a good actor, but as Sabertooth? But the casting wasn’t the biggest problem with the film.  No, that honor goes to that technology I mentioned before.  This movie seemed more concerned with flashy and confusing action scenes than with making a good film.

This scene was actually really cool

This scene was actually really cool

The opening 15 minutes was pretty good with the different wars and Sabertooth running everywhere like a cat mauling people.  That might have been the highlight of the whole film, which is disappointing.  Despite all its flaws, Wolverine made almost twice as much money in the US as Watchmen, which makes no sense to me.

Watchmen lineup

I guess I just consider a great movie one that is considered weird by most other people.  It might be asking too much for comic book movies to always deliver like Iron Man or Sin City, but I guess there are so many made these days that they can’t all be good.  It just astounds me how successful Wolverine is compared to Watchmen, but what do I know?

NYC Event: Rengade Craft Fair

posted by ebeans

Always too much to spend your money on.

Always too inspiring.

Always worth going to!

Thank jelly they are holding this year’s Renegade Craft Fair in McCarren Park instead of the pool.  Grass, trees, and fly balls…

Renegade Craft Fair
June 6 & 7
Williamsburg, New York City
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Synesthesia: The taste of music

It is said about neonatal synesthesia that babies upto about four months of age experience sensory input in an undifferentiated way, like many other mammals. Research suggests that all neonates are synesthetic in early life, but most of us lose the ability as our brains mature.

Synesthesia seems also to be more common among autistic people, according to Iris Johansson, an autistic Swedish author who describes some episodes of synesthesia in her autobiography “A different Childhood”. Iris has been a family advisor for a long time, and she’s helped many parents with understanding their autistic children. She explains in her book how some autistic kids will seek to provoke certain reactions in others, as they may see bright colours irradiating from peoples bodies i e when someone gets upset.

The pineal gland, which according to yoga science is the master gland of the body and the physical location of the Ajna Chakra, seems to be responsible for the fact that a fetus can perceive light and dark even before they develope eyes.

So is it possible that babies, autistic people and synaesthetes share the capacity to see through their third eye? Would yogic science explain their experience as their Ajna chakra being activated in a way regular people can’t relate to?

Is then the purification through spiritual sadhana taking us back into a state of childhood innocence as the chakras awaken? Is it a natural part of the process, that sensory stimuli merge back into the Oneness (yoga?) where all senses exist together?

Mysore Memorial for Pattabhi Jois

posted by ebean

If you couldn’t jet to Mysore or happened to forget your camera, here is Guruji’s Vaikunta Samaradhane (marking the end of the mourning period) in words and pictures…

Mysore Life Blog

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