Monday, March 20, 2006

ERNEST SAVES SPRING

Happy Vernal Equinox, Northern Hemisphere. And a happy Autumnal Equinox to you, Southern Hemishpere.

I'm celebrating the first day of Spring with the realization that I'm now a week behind schedule. Fantastic. Perhaps these ten boxes of Girlscouts will ease the pain and guilt.

Watched Grizzly Man and the last six episodes of Justice League Unlimited. Both were great. I liked the fact that many people treated Grizzly Man like a freak, even though he seemed no different than any pet owner I've ever met. This is what you all look like to me! You are not an animal! The animal isn't people! You should be killing and eating one another! Or something. Herzog does a great job assembling these found images and staging really strange interviews to create this surreal picture. No one would have bought into this film or Treadwell as a fiction, but he reminded me of a lot of people I've known.

JLU is most always enjoyable even though it's a bit of a mess. It never seems sure if it's a kids show or a young adult show, with messages for young kids (the parade episode) and sexual jokes for adults (Flash in Lexhead, Legion of Superheroes, Chickapalooza). I think the problems of licensing and the desire to use every DC character ever also hurt the show a bit. You get to the end and suddenly, "Oh yeah, I forgot about Batman and Superman." It actually seemed strange that the final battle wasn't between Vigilante/Black Canary/Stargirl and Lex/Tala/Grodd. Really, the show should have been called Lex Luthor and Everyone Who Opposes Him. Actually, aside from licensing issues, the only thing that hurts the show at all is the fact that there aren't a thousand more episodes to explore their crazy, enjoyable world. That and I wish just ONCE, the forces of Apokalips were even half as effective as the characters tell you in advance.

Getting pretty nervous about APE. I hope I can finish in time and that it goes well. I'm starting to have serious doubts about either.

4 Comments:

Blogger Marcos Perez said...

#6 still hoppening for APE?

12:09 PM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

I'm sure it will be. There isn't THAT much left to do, I'm just not sure exactly how to do it or whether it will be any good or when I can get it all done.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Marcos Perez said...

just cover and printing?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

Cover, yes. There's the whole spirograph stuff needs getting done. All drawn and scanned, but I'm having trouble getting this to work the way i wanted it too.

3:55 PM  

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