Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why Are People Constantly Asking Who the "Greatest Bond-Girl" is When the Answer is So Obvious?

And that answer? I'll get to that in a minute.

But in all seriousness, it seems like any time there is a James Bond anniversary or new film coming out (Speaking of which: Who is excited for Skyfall? This girl is! Daniel Craig is a brilliant Bond in my opinion), all the entertainment shows and websites seem to have polls about who everyone's favourite "Bond-Girl" is. Or, more frequently, who in their opinion is the "greatest" Bond-Girl out of all the films.

I find this question to be a little silly considering how most of the James Bond films (and novels! can't forget about them) feature multiple conquests of the female variety, and no Bond-Girl really crosses over from one tale to the next. Arguably, Bond did basically fall in love with Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (which was quite effective in the film), but once the implications of this relationship stepped-over into Quantam of Solace, it created more of a jumble than anything else. That is, on top of all the other issues within that film.

Of course, some James Bond novels and films are more "iconic" or memorable than others, and as such, the women from those movies also become more notable. But at the end of it all, how can you decide which is the most memorable, or who had the most "kickassitude" when there are so many who all played such different parts?

Well I have the answer to the "who is the greatest Bond-Girl of all time" question, and that answer is Dame Judi Dench as M.
Now now, stop rolling your eyes at me and think about it. That woman just commands attention and respect onscreen, and her character truly cares for Bond. Not to mention, she is one of the only females who can be seen across multiple Bond stories, and as such, has had a much greater presence than any other woman that was just tossed aside before her.
Okay, yes, I do recognize that M has been portrayed by other actors before, but these were all males up until Dame Judi Dench, and thus, I feel my ultimate decision still stands.

So it would be nice if people would stop asking the question as to who (so far) has been the "best" Bond-Girl. Asking who someone's favourite is is okay, of course, as that is more of a personal thing, but when it comes down to greatness, no one will ever touch Dame Judi Dench.

Except for maybe Ben Whishaw as Q in the upcoming, Skyfall, but I think that might just be me...(Regardless: Look at how cute and clever!)

*** Update: I'm sorry, I'm sorry! Dame Judi Dench is not a Bond-Girl. She is a certifiable Bond-LADY.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Zachary Quinto's Eyebrows - A Poem

I don't write poetry: I have never been good at it and sometimes I don't even understand what is going on in it. You need to pay so much attention to syllables and word choice and frankly, I can't even pick my words properly when I speak.

Regardless, after seeing Tom Hanks doing a poetry slam about Full House, my friend gave me the challenge of writing a Slam Poem (even though I'm not "slamming" it, so basically it's just a "poem") about a topic of her choosing. 
She chose Zachary Quinto's eyebrows
This is what I came up with:

The brows… of Quinto
A peak atop the darkest waves
Do gaze upon my own eyes
And through.
Harsh held, yet soft,
Oft break the hearts of chestnut
By envy.
A frame to which thy look does draw
Most fervent, unwavering.
Attention drawn
Yet lips do burn,
The Garnet Star Of Cepheus
Most akin.
From astral worlds, a face of storms
To place the crest.
A crest, a brow, of Quinto.

It's pretty terrible, no? 
But still ridiculous and fun anyways, just like Tom Hanks' poem? Probably not, seeing as his was actually pretty deep and amazing... 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Songs of a Shipper 1 - Amy and Rory: (Fan-Mixes are a Thing?)

(Hm, it appears I haven't posted in a while. How about something light and irrelevant as per usual?)

For a group project in my current English class on Popular Culture, my compatriots and I have decided to talk about "Fandoms". You know, the diehard fans who engage really intensely (or not) in popular culture? While brainstorming all the different ways in which people could participate in terms of being a fan (sometimes referred to as "participatory culture" in contemporary society), one of my group memebers mentioned "Fan-Mixes". What is that? I'd never heard of it before, and I thought I was pretty up on my Fandom knowledge.
Apparently, some fans like to make mixed-tapes or playlists of songs that remind them/seem representative of a specific character. Often, however, the mixes become made to represent a specific fictional relationship between two characters. Maybe it's due to the fact that many songs out there are on the subject of love? It's hard to say.

Have you heard of "Shipping" before? The (somewhat juvenile) backing of two characters together in a relationSHIP? It's the basis of that whole "Team Edward vs. Team Jacob" nonsense, but despite the ridiculousness of it all, I do often find myself connecting with certain fictional characters a lot, and find myself backing certain relationships more strongly than others. I guess that means I'm a shipper at heart! It's okay to feel something for fictional characters, right? They are just an extension of our realities, meant to represent different aspects of society, right? I like to think so.

Anyways, because of my interest in "Shipping" and fan culture lately, I have found myself listening to certain songs as I walk to the bus in the mornings, and being reminded of certain fictional characters or their relationships. So I thought, why not indulge and share my "Fan-Playlist, Shipping Song of the Day?"

Today's Couple: Amy Pond and Rory Williams
***Warning: Contains spoilers for "The Angels Take Manhattan"!

A couple of weeks after Amy and Rory's understated-yet-totally-effective and heartwrenching sendoff from "Doctor Who", I listened to The Civil Wars' song "C'est la Mort" and all I could think about was them together.
So for your listening pleasure, here is my fandom song of choice for Amy and Rory (see if you can figure out why, before I explain it a little):

Sure, this song could fall into the generic love-song category and thereby represent them in that way, but there are a couple of lines that stuck out to me as being incredibly relevant; some of them could even be considered literal, given the paradox-causing roof-jump in a city full of weeping angels in their last episode.
For example:

- Swan dive down eleven stories high (Hey, didn't they literally do that together?)

- Say your goodbyes but darlin' if you please, don't go without me... ("I just have to blink, right?" Those two would follow each other anywhere, even if it meant saying goodbye to the one friend they didn't want to give up in order to have a normal life.)

- ...Steal away where only angels tread (Angels sending you somewhere back in time... Enough said.)

- Heaven or hell or somewhere in between, cross your heart to take me when you leave (As I said before, no matter where/when the one might end up, the other will follow or wait for them.)

So how about you? Have any songs that always make you think a certain fictional character, couple, or story? Any "Doctor Who" or Pond related ones in general? It's just kind of fun to think about sometimes...