- In preparation for next Sunday (29th)'s episode of Restoration Radio, I've been reading a few articles about The Hunger Games. One had a rather good turn of phrase concerning the nearly-mandatory warrior woman in action/adventure film and literature these days: "in occult, gender-bending fashion, a young woman performs the pugilistic feats required to defend her family". I think the writer was using the word "occult" incorrectly but I do like the phrase "gender-bending pugilism". I do not like the whole obsession with warrior women. I can handle a Joan of Arc character who's an EXCEPTION. But really, men are meant to fight and it's contrary to a woman's nature. Not to mention, as the Israeli's found out the hard way, it's just a really bad idea due to human nature. It's all the more annoying that it's omnipresent in anything action/adventure but seemingly even more so in fantasy and sci fi. At this point it would be downright edgy to do something where only the men fight.
- Which reminds me of the trailer I saw while at The Hunger Games for this new "Snow White and the Huntsman" (apparently sans dwarves). I was initially impressed with the trailer. Upon second watching not so sure. Per my above comment, OF COURSE, Snow White herself has to don plate mail and take up the sword. Anyway, here's the video:
- Here's another reason why I love Games Workshop's Warhammer -- they're not afraid to put fantastic mustaches on their heroes. Check out this post from their blog: Our top 5 Moustaches of the Warhammer world. For my money, Kurt Helborg wins hands-down. Almost enough to make me want to build an Empire army if I ever finish my 40K Imperial Guard ... but no, I shall stay true to Bretonnia and rebuild the army of Duke Lucien le Juste eventually.
- Star Wars can provide occasions for philosophical discussion and teaching moments. At breakfast today my 5 year-old son and I talked about Captain Needa (the officer who gets his throat crushed by Vader after losing the Millennium Falcon in Empire Strikes back). I explained to him that Captain Needa was an honourable man and a good captain who protected his crew from Darth Vader's wrath. So then my son thought he was a Rebel and I had to explain how even though the Emperor and Vader are clearly evil, that doesn't mean every Imperial Officer and every storm trooper is evil and how they still need to obey lawful orders. A bit of a blow struck against Donatist tendencies there, I think.
I had a good idea for a post today, but, of course, I didn't write it down and now I can't remember it. So please excuse me as I indulge in a bit of "thinking out loud" -- which is what I suppose blogs are usually meant to be. Following the fine example of Sophia's Favourite (see the sidebar) I'll go in point form: