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Vagabond Reviews skip to main | skip to sidebar Top Menu Home Disclaimer Privacy RSS Feed Twitter Vagabond Reviews The Reviews and Introductions of The Written and Drawn Art Blog Posts Labels: Comics and Movie The Dark Knight Rises Review Dragutin Movrin The first half of the film was great. Especially the opening with the loud, bombastic music and engineered plane hijacking. It's so big and boisterous that I was willing to overlook some lapses in logic. But then the lapses in logic start to add up, and you realize the Batman movies are like James Bond movies: there's this obligation to be epic and blow big things up. It gets to the point where Batman is even doing more damage than he's preventing. Seeing Anne Hathaway in that skin-tight catsuit certainly helped, but somewhere in the middle, it turns into a lot of convoluted talking as you see the writers and director setting you up for the big, epic ending. You become aware that they're explaining so much that they're setting you up for a twist, and that they'll have to unexplain things. And I don't know about you, but when Bruce Wayne was in prison, and the doctor is telling him that lonnnnnnnng-ass story, I suddenly realized, "Uh-oh, he's got pronoun trouble" -- and I suddenly realized what the twist was, and thus the ending. It was big, it was long, and in a lot of places, it was draggy. It also was kind of faux-operatic, with these epic but unbelievable backstories about characters I didn't much care about. Monks living in holes and underground prisons and, somehow, all of Gotham City's police force getting trapped underground. Lots of swooping camera shots of the city and that low, rushing score constantly playing. This Bane character is shown to be some kind of criminal mastermind who leads an army of zealots, but we never see exactly why all these guys follow him with cult-like devotion. I'm sorry, I just didn't dig it. Some cool stuff happened, like the wicked engineered plane crash that opens the movie, and seeing the Wayne Enterprises Tumbler tanks being used by the military. But he still doesn't speak, but rather growls, and there's a whole thing with this one true-believer cop (who was raised in a Wayne-funded orphanage) who will apparently ascend to become a sidekick of sorts that just, again, seemed unnecessary. Overall, it really wasn't my idea of a real good time. The movie was just too much of everything, and it went on too long and took itself way too seriously. It's supposed to be a superhero movie, not some sort of modern mythological opera. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Book and Movie, Books The Review of Dan Brown's: Robert Langdon vs Catholic Church Dragutin Movrin Has anyone read The Da Vinci Code? Of course you did.. I was just wondering. Well, I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but there wasn't the type of resolution one would expect at the end of the novel. At the very begining, Sauniere went through all hell a lot of trouble to leave the secrets behind to someone, that is the whole foundation of all what happened subsequently, but at the end of the book, it emerged that his wife was still alive and very much involved! So what is the point of leaving the secret to his granddaughter anyway? Secondly, the whole book is built on the belief that the secret is not going to be lost for ever, yet at the end of the book nobody ever had a damn plan to review it anyway, so what is the difference of it from being lost forever anyway? All of a sudden you found yourself in a situation you realise that the book is actually pointless, the whole events are entertaining, but should not have happened altogether at all! My objection to the book is mediocre writing, not any better or worse than other beach reads. They always leave me feeling like a stray mutt peed on me as I was sprawled in the sun and stupidly, I wiped the spot on the sand. Did you read Angels and Demons? It was much more compeling to me. It may have been due partially to the fact that at the time the pope was dying in the book, Pope John Paul II was dying at the very same time so the catholic rituals follows his death in the book were being played out during the same period at the Vatican. Although the Catholic Church was upset deeply by Brown's portrayal of the church in the books, I think it really made us have to dust off all our old books from catholicism classes and learn more of the ways of the religion, and since when is that a bad thing? The book kept me immersed from the moment I opened it, while the movie unfortunately did not. There was a somewhat understated sexual appeal to Robert Langdon in the book, so when he was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movies, it was a let down. Tom Hanks is a great actor, but lacks that sexual charisma. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Books The Review of A History of the World in 6 Glasses Dragutin Movrin World History is a long and complex topic. Though many accomplished authors such as Bill Bryson and H. G. Wells have attempted to condense history into a single book, very few have succeeded. There is just too much of it. Attempts to boil down the last 10,000 years have resulted in either superficial books with very little depth, or great textbook like tombs too inaccessible for the casual reader. Happily, A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage succeeds where others have failed. Standage's book does this by sacrificing the breadth of every possible topic for an impressive depth and focus. Instead of trying to sum up the complete history of man, this book spotlights a single topic, in this case beverages, and then takes the reader on a journey through time to see how his topic interweaves the past. Standage is a delightful writer, mixing his light hearted style with exceptional historical savvy not just on the topic of drinks, but throughout. Despite my now positive opinion of this book, I have to confess that when I first picked up A History of the World in 6 Glasses, I did not expect to enjoy it. Not only am I skeptical of any book claiming to sum up the antiquity of man in 300 pages or less, but I myself do not drink any of the 6 beverages this book discusses. As such, learning the history of these drinks did not sound immediately appealing. However, what I quickly learned is that this book is not a history of 6 drinks, but rather just as the title states, a history of the world, told through the story of 6 drinks. As the book points out in the introduction, second only to air, liquid is the most vital substance to man's survival. The availability of water and other drinking sources have "constrained and guided humankind's progress" and "have continued to shape human history". Throughout time, beverages have done more than quenched our thirst; they have been used as currencies, medicines, and in religious rites. They have served as symbols of wealth and power, as well as tools to appease the poor and downtrodden. A History of the World in 6 Glasses is broken down into six sections, one for each drink, the first of which is beer. Man's first civilizations where founded on surplus cereal production, much of which was brewed. Ancient day beers were high in vitamin B, a vitamin previously only obtained through meat. This allowed the population to focus their nutrition efforts more and more on cereals, effectively ushering in the transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. Additionally, because early beers were boiled (to convert more starch into sugars), the beer was significantly safer to drink than water. This significant improvement in lifestyle "freed a small fraction of the population from the need to work in the fields, and made possible the emergence of specialist priest, administrators, scribes, and craftsmen." Not only did beer nourish man's first civilizations, but in many ways, made them entirely possible. Wine, the next beverage in the book, played a major role in the flourishing Greek and Roman cultures. As wine did not originate from the Mediterranean, the Greek's desire for this drink opened up vast seaborne trade, which spread their philosophy, politics, science and literature far and wide, and still underpins modern Western thought. A History of the World in 6 Glasses points out how these advancements originated and grew at formal Greek drinking parties, called symposia. The Romans, who absorbed much of Greek culture, continued the strong use of wine. As the book notes, if you trace the wine drinking areas of the world on a map, you will find you have traced the Roman empire at its height. After a thousand years of hibernation, Western civilization was awakened by the rediscovery of ancient knowledge, long safeguarded in the Arab world. However, in an attempt to circumvent this Arab monopoly, European monarchs launched massive fleets into the sea. This age of exploration was greatly enhanced by the Arab knowledge of distillation, which made a whole new range of drinks possible. A History of the World in 6 Glasses describes how these condensed forms of alcohol (namely Brandy, Whiskey and Rum) were so popular, especially in the new American colonies, that "they played a key role in the establishment of the United States." The fourth beverage presented in this book is coffee. Because of its sharpening effect on the mind, coffee quickly became the drink of intellect and industry. Replacing taverns as the sophisticated meeting place, the coffeehouse "led to the establishment of scientific societies and financial institutions, the founding of newspapers, and provided fertile ground for revolutionary thought, particularly in France." A History of the World in 6 Glasses goes on to recount the intricate effect coffeehouses had on Victorian culture, going so far as to dedicate an entire chapter to what the book calls "The Coffeehouse Internet". Even though the inception of tea date back many thousands of years, it didn't take hold upon western culture until the mid-seventeenth century. Once established as England's national drink, the importing of tea from first China and then India led to trade and industrialization on an unprecedented scale. A History of the World in 6 Glasses describes the immense power of the British East India Company, which "generated more revenue than the British government and ruled over far more people", wielding more power than any other corporation in history. This imbalance of power had an enormous, far-reaching effect on British foreign policy, and ultimately contributed to the independence of the United States. Like most of the drinks discussed in A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Coca-Cola was originally devised as a medical drink. More than any other product, Coca-Cola has stood as the symbol of America's "vibrant consumer capitalism". Rather than shrink at the challenge, Coca-Cola took full advantage of the challenging times it found itself in, gaining ground through the depression, and then traveling alongside our soldiers into WWII, becoming a global phenomenon. According to the book, Coca-Cola still accounts for "around 30 percent of all liquid consumption" today. A History of the World in 6 Glasses makes it clear that the history of mankind is a history of our consumption. Whether we are drinking "liquid bread" in Mesopotamia, pondering revolution in a Coffeehouse in Paris, or throwing tea leafs into the ocean in Boston, these drinks have had a profound impact on who we are. As Standage says in the introduction to his book "They survive in our homes today as living reminders of bygone eras, fluid testaments to the forces that shaped the modern world. Uncover their origins, and you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again." I highly recommend this book to anyone thirsty for knowledge about the world around them... or even if they're just thirsty for a good drink. More reading: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage The World in a Glass: Six Drinks That Changed History A History of the World in 6 Glasses - The New York Times Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Books Marley and Me - Book Review Dragutin Movrin Are you a doglover? Do you want to read a fun book about a dog? Then John Grogan bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is for you. This story of a young family making their way through life with the help of a neurotic dog will have you laughing out loud one moment, and then wiping a tear the next. Maybe your thinking that I don't like dogs... why would I want to read an entire book about one? Let me confide with you: that is exactly what I thought when I picked Marley & Me off the shelf. I have never owned a dog, and don't especially like my neighbor's dog. I have no plans to ever own a pet dog... this book definitely served to solidify my determination never to own man's best friend. However, whether or not you are a dog person, there is still an awful lot to gain and enjoy while reading this book. The memories are so personal and heart-felt, at times you can completely forget Marley has anything to do with the book. But then he comes barreling back in the next paragraph, bringing humorous antics with every step. The book starts with a young couple, John and Jenny, newly weds in Palm Beach, looking for some new challenge in life. They were deeply in love, with a great house, great careers, and not a care in the world. That lasts about 2 pages... that is until they bring Marley home. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again. As a ninety-seven pound Labrador retriever with more energy that an Alaskan oil rig, Marley's entry into John and Jenny's life is a whirlwind of disaster. Crashing through screen doors, destroying carpets, gouging drywall, eating jewelry are all in a day's work for the pup. Yet through it all, the book points out the unconditional love Marley has for his family, and they have for him. Just as his ruinous powers appear endless, his love and loyalty know no bounds. In this book John Grogan takes us along to some of Marley's craziest adventures. The story of Marley being thrown out of obedience school is hilarious, mostly because of the hard nosed dog trainer who eventually has her pride fed to her by Marley in a silver doggy bowl. When Marley is cast in a local film production as the typical family dog, we all cringe at what damage this dog can do. Sure enough, after a full day of filming a 15 second clip, the only thing Marley has accomplished is destroying the set and chewing through his leash. One of the most memorable stories is that of the Grogan family going out on the town for a family dinner. With Marley in toe, they decide the Florida weather justifies eating outside on the patio of a ritzy restaurant. Marley is secured to the cast iron dining table, and drinks are served. However, when Marley spots another dog strutting down the road, he charges after, dragging the metal table with him, and clearing a wake several yards across. Needless to say, the family didn't take Marley out on too many family dinners there after. A big part of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog actually has very little to do with the big animal. The book reads like a well written journal, describing the new couples excitement over their first pregnancy, and heartbreak over the subsequent miscarriage. John overcomes deep-rooted family concerns, while Jenny copes with serious depression. While the book is primarily a comical, laugh-a-minute adventure, it is definitely not without its sober moments. However, these honest and intent pages give Marley & Me the sole it needs to rise above other light-hearted tales. Overall, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is an excellent book that can be enjoyed by all sorts of people (even cat lovers). The stories are funny and meaningful, the drama is heartwarming and sincere, and the dog is a complete mess. In the end, Marley reminds us all that life should be lived to its fullest, that we should love people unconditionally, and that shredded upholstery is a small price to pay for a life-long friend. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Poetry The Wheel of Time Poetry Dragutin Movrin As I wrote before, my favorite fantasy series is without a doubt, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. These are the few lyrics of a song, a dark prophecy and a chant, that are written all through the series. Trust Give me your trust, said the Aes Sedai. On my shoulders I support the sky. Trust me to know and to do what is best, And I will take care of the rest. But trust is the color of a dark seed growing. Trust is the color of a heart’s blood flowing. Trust is the color of a soul’s last breath. Trust is the color of death. Give me your trust, said the queen on her throne, for I must bear the burden all alone. Trust me to lead and to judge and to rule, and no man will think you a fool. But trust is the sound of the grave-dog’s bark. Trust is the sound of betrayal in the dark. Trust is the sound of a soul’s last breath. Trust is the sound of death. Give me your trust, said the king on high, I say who'll live and who will die, Trust me to guide my kingdom true, and each subject shall receive his due. But trust is the smell of hatred teeming, Trust is the smell of turncoats scheming. Trust is the smell of a soul's last breath. Trust is the smell of death. Give me your trust, said the lady and lord, Your service to us is your reward. Trust us to protect you all, You will have no one should we fall. But trust is the touch of sickness and grief Trust is the touch of a sneaking thief. Trust is the touch of a soul's last breath. Trust is the touch of death. Give me your trust said the love of your life, For I will ease your toil and strife, Trust me to love you in return And when you're gone my heart will burn. But trust is the taste of blood and ash, Trust is the taste of the master's lash, Trust is the taste of a soul's last breath. Trust is the taste of death. Prophecy of the Shadow “Daughter of the Night, she walks again. The ancient war, she yet fights. Her new lover she seeks, who shall serve her and die, yet serve still. Who shall stand against her coming? The Shining Walls shall kneel. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.” “The man who channels stands alone. He gives his friends for sacrifice. Two roads before him, one to death beyond dying, one to life eternal. Which will he choose? Which will he choose? What hand shelters? What hand slays? Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.” “Luc came to the Mountains of Dhoom. Isam waited in the high passes. The hunt is now begun. The Shadow's hounds now course, and kill. One did live, and one did die, but both are. The Time of Change has come. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.” “The Watchers wait on Toman's Head. The seed of the Hammer burns the ancient tree. Death shall sow, and summer burn, before the Great Lord comes. Death shall reap, and bodies fail, before the Great Lord comes. Again the seed slays ancient wrong, before the Great Lord comes. Now the Great Lord comes. Now the Great Lord comes. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be. Now the Great Lord comes.” Wash the Spears Wash the spears — while the sun climbs high. Wash the spears — while the sun falls low. Wash the spears — Who fears to die? Wash the spears — No one I know! Wash the spears — while life holds true. Wash the spears — until life ends. Wash the spears — Life is a dream. Wash the spears — All dreams must end. Wash the spears — till shade is gone. Wash the spears — till water turns dry. Wash the spears — How long from home? Wash the spears — Until I die! Wash the spears — till the sun grows cold. Wash the spears — till water runs free. Wash the spears — while I breathe. Wash the spears — my steel is bright. Wash the spears. Till shade is gone, till water is gone, into the shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit into sightblinder's eye on the Last Day. -Aiel Oath Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Book and Movie The Review of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Dragutin Movrin It has taken me almost 20 years to pick up The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, part of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series and read it again. After watching the first movie few days ago, I decided to do a review of both. So, this is the review of the book. It is clear to me now that Lewis used the Narnia series to explain Christ’s love for humankind to children, who are the series’ principal readers. The theme of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” centers around four children, the Pevensie siblings, who get caught up in a land of magic. Entering “Narnia” through a wardrobe (a tall cabinet that holds clothes) — located in a home where they are boarding — the children enter a land where it is always winter, but never Christmas. Under the spell of the White Witch, Narnia is forever in the grip of evil. The land is occupied by talking animals(beavers, for one), spirits, goblins, sprites, but no humans. That is until Lucy Pevensie shows up followed by her brother Edmund and, later, Susan and Peter. Quite obviously the White Witch aka the Queen of Narnia is most interested in humans so she resorts to all sorts of magic and trickery to lure them in. Edmund, the most impressionable of the siblings, is quickly captivated by the White Witch and then sets out to betray the others. Without giving away the storyline, the theme of Narnia clearly reflects the captivity of this present world under Satan, but its past and future deliverance through Jesus Christ. In the form of a lion, Aslan, Lewis brings a savior to Narnia who eventually releases the land from its winter grip and vanquishes the White Witch. For those unfamiliar with the gospel message, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe may be hard to follow. However, Lewis wrote the book in 1950 immediately after the horrors of Word War II and with the Nazi air battle for London fresh in the minds of British citizenry. Lewis may have been responding to a strong spiritual hunger of his time when he wrote the series as “Narnia” successfully points seekers to Aslan, much as the Bible points readers to Jesus Christ. But, even thou it is a book with religious message, I like this book. Book becomes a movie This great children's classic by C.S. Lewis, is brought to the screen in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Set in wartime England, its plot has the four Pevensie children sent out of London for their safety. They end up in the country house of the eccentric Prof. Digory Kirke, and like all children removed from their usual source of fun and amusement, they're bored, bored, bored. Then one day, Lucy begins poking into things, and one of them is the very odd wardrobe of the professor's. What she sees inside, is not the professor's clothes, but a world encased in snow. The others of course, don't believe her, since they haven't found anything half so interesting. But eventually they give in to their own curiosity, and all enter the wardrobe to find themselves transported to the world of Narnia, where an evil White Witch has created an eternal winter, that will never see a Christmas. Meeting up with the kind and caring lion Aslan who rules the strange land, the children begin their trek towards defeating the witch. But along the way, one will fall behind and join the very forces of evil they are trying to defeat. Amongst the mysteries of talking animals, mythical creatures and magic spells, the children must free Narnia from the perilous cold, and one of their own, from dangers that could destroy them. This movie was extremely engaging from beginning to end, even at a long 2 hour and 20 minute running time. Perhaps, it's because it was one of my favorite novels growing up, but the young actors were quite engaging and Tilda Swinton was superb as the White Witch. I find that this is good movie adaptation even thou the book is better. Well, book is always the better then movie. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Comics 30 Days of Night, Survival Horror for The Fans of The Genre Dragutin Movrin City of Barrow, Alaska is one of those unfortunate places that is as created for the horror stories. Slightly more than two months of polar night, during which the sun does not come above the horizon and the temperature does not fall below zero, creating the perfect atmosphere for all kinds monsters that live in the dark, and frighten small children. In this case it is about vampires - vampires who do not glitter in the daylight, vampires who are not torn by pain of the world and vampires devoid of any erotic potential. Niles's saga about vampires with mostly animalistic elements, a story about the interaction between homo sapiens and homo nocturnus exposes the mere story of survival. How would not all be reduced to mindless slaughter on the snow-covered streets, Niles added a touch of Whitewolf's Masquerade, political factions among the vampires and conflicts between, let's call them so, progressive and conservative parties. In the first volume of the saga we are introduced to Barrow, its residents (most of whom will end up in the jaws of beasts) and with the protectors of the city. Second volume draws us into the streets of the megalopolis that witnessed intrigue vampire politics, and the third brings us back to Barrow - this time changed and darker (if such a thing is possible). While the first volume was a mere excuse for mutilating the paper, second volume added a little content in the story. And in the third volume, the story returns to the start, by supplying this time and some additional elements. However, major ailments of the whole project and are still there. Vampires are still without character (unless the individual sadistic outbursts can be interpreted as a character), residents of Barrow reduced to a function (survivors, Sheriff's assistant, a local bum), and interaction between characters is reduced to a few basic procedures that define the genre of survival horror. Beyond these guidelines Niles does not go, since they are in themselves enough anyway. And a story about love, longing and revenge, is done in accordance with the laws of the genre - not overly complex or meaningful, and the way too flat. But where are those elements for which is worth reading these comics? The answer lies in the art of Ben Templesmith, who, from quite scant story, manages to draws more with great play of light and shadows, and who is able to handle full set of characters and most importantly, his drawings managed to give Barrow the look of real places - places that don't exist only within a story, but a place that is in full swing, the place in which characters are full of life. Precisely because of this connection between art and text, we can swallow the story, get the feel of the characters and their discomfort, their anxiety and uncertainty in an endless winter nights. Because of Templesmith, all these nameless heroes cease to be characters on paper whose fate we do not really care, and become people with desires and fears, the hopes and failures, faced with the hopelessness. However, even this enthusiasm can not last forever, and the time comes when we let the magic of images and face the bare text. Just like Cameron's Avatar. After thirty minutes, awesome, cutting-edge CGI, we are left alone in the cinema hall with a empty stoty, told so many times, that it lost any meaning. I move away from the story and try to seek salvation in Niles's storytelling techniques, and find nothing of substance. Everything is here, all the repertoire of the genre - from fast narrative jumps, information gaps, deus ex machina moments, predictable reversals, demonic characters and their heroic antagonist. It goes without saying that everything is correct, almost overdone, without any desire for variation or play. The ideal reader of "30 Days of Night" in the symbolic and narrative sense is naive like a child, unprepared for innovations that he/she don't understand, eager for another in a series of adventures he knows. And paradoxically, the only thing he/she is able to judge about the comic book genre in the sense is that, if he/she likes a good survival horror or not. All others, for whom this genre is just one of countless instances of comics, will be faced with the gap of significance. Niles's text is exactly what it shows. No hidden code, no ambition, nor irony. Vampires are attacking the city. Again. And that's pretty much it. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Comics The Review of The Killing Joke Dragutin Movrin As a big fan Batman maybe I'm not very objective, but it is certain that this story is one of the best graphic novels of all time and one can say that is in any case the ultimate story about Batman & Joker . "The Killing Joke" is different than anything you could have read about Batman's world. After a hundreds of comics on Bats, it was published the story of his greatest enemy, the Joker! Yet never before has an author succeeded in entering so deeply into the sick mind of a psychopathic clown, to explain how he thinks, as Alan Moore did. Fans however, suspect that this is just a real life story of Joker because, he himself remembers little of his past, but in later episodes this story was often used in the Batman comic book continuity. Moore could not choose for this comic artists better than Brian Bolland, who goes by the fans as the man who like no other before him, managed in such a good way to convey the Joker on the paper. His Joker looks like a man with a tragic destiny, one which life itself forced to become what he is, murderer and psychopath. Joker, who in the stories before this was one of Batman's opponent who never came to be one of the great foes of Batman, primarily because of the stupid jokes and clothing with all possible colors, developed by a bizarre and deranged person, who is a sick philosopher that found his own theory for the crimes he committed, and now is just trying to prove it. Never before were the crimes of deranged criminal so perverse as in "The Killing Joke"! This Joker's version is the basis for the movie "The Dark Knight", in which Heath Ledger stars as the crazy clown. When one reads this comic for the first time, there is no doubt that the Joker attacked "Batgirl" Barbara Gordon, just to prove that she is the one that hides behind a mask. Many readers believe that it's a sex crime, and all on the various forums are discussing whether maybe the Joker raped Batgirl. The attentive reader will notice that on the front page there is no Batman logo over a picture as is usually the case in his comics, but simply in the lower part of the title stands in front of his name. It is no accident! Batman is in a supporting role, so to speak, his presence is not noticed until the very end of the encounter with the Joker. Last scene with the "dark knight" and his bitter enemy, raises more questions than it answers. Why does Batman after all laughs together with the Joker? Does he tries to keep the clown in check until the police comes or we see how thin the thread is between his own choises and the choises that shaped Joker's life? Is it just confirmation that he has chosen the right path and in the right moments made the right decision? Each of these questions can you answer for yourself, as you think it might be right because, Alan Moore did't released manual for this comic book. It seems as if the Joker is trying to show Batman, and Moore to the reader how one bad choice or a tragic event can affect their future lives. So, Gandhi could have become a mass murderer and Hitler superb painter, just that things have proceeded differently. What the supreme joke of fate, that would be! "The Killing Joke" has 48 pages, a deep story with a detailed drawing. The fact is that this comic is real masterpiece, and without exaggeration, one of the greatest classics of the ninth art. This is something that every comic book reader has to recognize, regardless of whether he or she likes the Batman and superhero comics. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Fumetti The Review of The Magic Wind Dragutin Movrin Magico Vento (Magic Wind) is a series set in the prairies of North Dakota in the period after the secession war and before the great Indian wars, that is about 1870. year. Thus in the series, we have a chance to meet Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, General Custer and the whole pleiad famous historical figures, but also a huge number of creatures from the Indian mythology, such as Wendigo, Whopy and other amazing creatures ... Magico Vento, who looks just like Daniel Day Lewis, is a former soldier and the only surviving victim of a political-military conspiracy in which the corrupt officers blew up a train full of weapons and soldiers. His real name is actually Ned Ellis and he was found half-dead by an old Lakota shaman Lame Horse who saw in his vision, send by Great Spirit, that the Magico Vento will become his pupil and much needed the shaman protector of tribe. Magico Vento has lost his memory as a result of metal shrapnel, which was plunged into his head after the explosion of the train, but in return got an unusual gift, the gift of "vision", astonishing ability to predict the future by disturbing dreams, delirium, and premonition. Lakota Nation accepted that their brother Magico Vento has been thru the rebirth, becoming gradually a full member of the tribe, and then, because of his talent and the help and guidance of the old shaman Lame Horse, becomes a powerful shaman. Magico Vento leads a double life, the life of a warrior's & shaman's life, fighting against the people of flesh and blood (driven by the constant need to discover his past and to defeat a dangerous enemy who threatens him and his tribe), but also against various evil spirits, apparitions, beings from Indian mythology and legend. These dangerous enemies against which does not help accuracy and speed of which he handles a gun, but knowledge of ancient customs and traditions, i fought by exploring the dark side of Indian magic and by power deeply entrenched in the human psyche. Magico Vento has a faithful companion who was with him in all adventures. His name is Willy Richards, and they call him Poe for a fascinating resemblance to the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is a journalist who had fled from Chicago because his life was threatent after he wrote courageous articles in which he uncovered numerous political scandals. He deeply despises businessmen and politicians and their vision of progress that serves as an excuse for slow extermination of Indians, stealing their land and endin their way of life. However, as a "city man", he is not fully capable to live on the prairie, and is forced to become a fighter just to save his head, especially against Indian legends and the unearthly supranatural things. Among the other characters on the side of whites are major Eccles, commander of garrison which is located near the tribe of Magico Vento, who knows and appreciates power and gift that Magico Vento has. One his friends is Senator Fulton, sworn enemy of Howard Hogan, who is also the greatest enemy of Magico Vento and Poe, and that makes them important allies against Hogan. Senator Fulton tirelessly collect evidence on Hogan's criminal activities and together with the Magic Vento he tries to stop plans that would threaten peace in their area. On the Indian side there is the inevitable Lame Horse, Ned's spiritual father, who was killed by a Southern officer Louis Beaumont, but he still appears as a ghost when Ned needs his help and advice. Very interesting character is the "Kill-himself-herself", a member of the tribe, and village idiot that says everything the opposite of what he thinks. An important character is the "She who refuses to give up," daughter of the Bull's Tail, chief of the tribe. She is independent, proud and free the girl tied to Ned by never stated, but often practiced love. Ned's biggest enemy is the Howard Hogan, unscrupulous businessman from Chicago, who made his fortune by building towns along the railroad and who is to blame for the conspiracy in which is Ned wounded. Hogan, driven by the desire for power and riches, always trying to provoke war with the Indians. Very rich, with powerful connections in politics and the media, in the public is shown as a benefactor, but he is a man who wantonly destroy all before him, just to achieve his goals. He is surrounded by an army of mercenaries recruited from the criminal milieu, promising them a rich reward for obedience and loyalty. I can highly recommend this great Italian fumetti (comic book) series for every fan of wild west lore and native American legends, fantasy and history. Read more ? Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Book and TV How long will winter keep coming? Dragutin Movrin The first season of HBO's series "Game of Thrones", based upon the novel by George RR Martin, is the first part of the series "A Song of Ice and Fire," and it won the audience over the world by storm. Currently has 13.5 million viewers, HBO announced. Martin has so far published five novels in the series ("Game of Thrones," "Clash of Kings", "Storm of Swords", "Feast of crows" and "Dance of the Dragon"), and between the fourth and fifth continuing past almost six years. According to the announcements, we expect two more sequels. Is HBO planning a screen version of all Martin's novels in the series? "We don't know where the series will end, or whether we will follow the book to end. It would be fantastic to say that the series will continue to run for another 10 years and we film every part of the book. But I can't say whether it will really happened. We'll see, but we make a new season without thinking about how many seasons is yet to be, "said Michael Lombardo, director of HBO. The network has announced the second season of "Game of the throne", although the premiere date has not yet been announced. IMDb page announces that the first episode of the second season is to be aired 15th April 2012. year. Read more ? 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