Monthly Archives: May 2014
After watching this I needed some time to gather my thoughts , and now I think I can put them down.
Thoughts on ‘X-men: Days Future Past’:
-They did a great Quicksilver, in spite of how crappy he looked.
-I would really like an X-men movie that doesn’t centre on Wolverine please.
-The action was good, well executed for a change. Finally, we see the X-men working together in combat like a well-oiled machine.
-Storm and hence Halle Berry was redundant.
-I now have a man-crush on Michael Fassbender
-Nice history weave, nice Zapruder moment and they did a good thing with the ‘Magic Bullet’ theory
-Collosus is basically a tin man. Where’s his character?
-Go see it. Entertaining!
Strangely, that’s not why I’m excited. I’m excited because I’m sharing a Table of Contents with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss! Not only that, but they’ve been interviewed by Sofia Samatar (for whom I have lots of respect) about their book ‘Wonderbook’ about which I am absolutely crazy.
So, fanboy moment.
I’m squeezed for time, but I had to get this ink sketch out of the way. Slightly wonky, but I don’t care. Any day when you draw something is a good day.
I should say a few words about Godzilla.
I went to see it with my offspring yesterday. As a primer I made him sit through the classic ‘Godzilla versus the Thing’ which I had seen when I was his age. It’s also known as ‘Godzilla versus Mothra’.
No Matthew Broderick.
Pretty decent monster fighting
Generally looks gorgeous (but with caveats)
Not enough Heisenberg
The humans get in the way of us seeing monster fighting
Ken Watanabe whose every speech is intoned with all the gravitas he can muster and dilated eyes that make him seem like, I don’t know, Nostradamus or something.
Science! Bad, bad science!
Inconsistent scale of Godzilla making it unclear exactly how large he is
Godzilla being male. This was an assumption with no proof whatsoever.
Did I mention bad science?
By Tade Thompson
Make I nak you story.
E get beast wey dey outside my door now now. Dem dey knock. Dem no go enter, but the power wey dem take nak the wood go shake the door all night. I been check am for early mo-mo so I sabi say im no go break. The door dey kampe. Notwithstanding, the noise dey make my heart cut. Im dey like say the beast dey drag claws across the door.
My babi, Tomike, im dey sleep like person wey dem don poison, like Sleeping Beauty. Im face smooth like calabash, like small child face. Im no worry. When I tell am make im dey with me as I dey look door I’m say, “I care not for mongrels looking for a treat.” Im dey talk like oyinbo, but na true. Im dey sleep when the beast dem dey make noise. Katakata no dey worry am.
I been ask our Fada mak im do deliverance for the evil wey don enter our village. Im talk say im go tell bishop, but bishop say we dey too small and im no do nothing. Na so I write letter to Pope, but the foolish postman open am, go give am to bishop. Bishop vex well well, talk say I no suppose write Pope. Im wan excommunicate me, say na me dey do the evil, dey become beast for night, dey kill. My Tomike say the bishop dey tif money, but na so Tomike dey talk any time wey im no like person. Bishop be tif, market woman be tif, my mama be tif. Haba! Na everybody dey steal?
Na so me I dey here with machete, dagger and shakabula, dey wait for sunlight. For early mo-mo dem dey waka yonder, for bush. The knocking go stop. I go clean my weapons, pray, go sleep. When I waka outside I go see my chickens and goats wey don die, but wey dem no chop. Some dem chop remain. I no vex. At least me I dey kampe, my Tomike dey Kampe.
Tomike go wake, im go yawn like say im never sleep belle-ful, im go look me like say im no know me. Im go scrach imsef for neck, go begin bleed. Im don forget. Na so im dey do.
Im claws no dey comot till afternoon.