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“Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

If you guys know your Norse mythology Thor was the hammer-wielding god of thunder.

In 1962, Stan Lee, god of Marvel comics,

decided to include him into his little comic book universe.

“How do you make someone stronger than the strongest person? It finally came to me: Don’t make him human…make him a god.” 

 

It was genius!

So what’s the next step for a popular comic book hero? Movie, duh! Hop skip and a jump to the present day where Marvel Studios gives us the movie, Thor.

The story takes place in Asgard, where Odin (Anthony Hopkins), King of Asgard, is about to pass the throne onto his oldest son the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth). But before that could happen The Frost Giants of Jotunheimr tries to break into weapons vault. You see years ago Odin waged a war against the Frost Giants and their leader Laufey (Colm Feore), in order to stop them from conquering the Nine Realms. They finally managed to defeat the Frost Giants and take the Casket of Ancient Winters, the source of their power so they won’t try it again.

Though Odin has tried to teach Thor along his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) that a “a wise king does not seek out war but must be ready for it”, Thor has grown up to be somewhat arrogant and thinks bashing people s skulls is the only way to gain respect.

Against his father’s wishes Thor along with Loki and his friends The Warriors Three; Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) and his childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander), they travel to Jotunheimr to confront Laufey. I loved the fight scene especially when Thor used Mjolnir, his hammer made from a dying star and the source of his power, to fight the giants.

When Odin found what happened he wasn’t very happy. Thor pretty much restarted a war between the two kingdoms, the very thing that Odin has worked so hard to prevent. As punishment he strips him of his powers and exiles him to Earth. Once on earth Thor is discovered by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and her associates Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).  From there Thor begins his journey of what it means to be a real hero.

I love this movie! I love the actors, the storyline, the action, everything. Except for the 3D, it didn’t work that much and the movie was awesome without it. My friends and I only watched it in 3D because the early showings that were in the normal screening were sold out.  Seriously if you’re going to promise something please deliver it. I was expecting bad guys to be flying over my head or at least Chris Hemsworth in my face.

Ladies, are you with me?

Before coming to Earth, Thor believed fighting was all there is to being a hero. That’s not a hero or a king, that’s a bully. Heroes, kings, leaders have one thing in common: they stand for something.  Any boob can pick up a hammer and beat up some random guys. But what are you fighting for? Honor? Justice? If you’re fighting just for the cheap thrill of fighting than you’re nothing more than a neanderthal with a hammer that speaks English well.

I think one of the best scenes in the film was when Thor thought his father was dead. You can see his pain. Guilt. Regret. I mean, the last thing he said to Odin was that he was an old man and a fool. I got teary eyed when he started crying. God, he looked so vulnerable and heartbroken. It made me want to give him a hug.

Though Thor was my favorite by far, there were other characters that deserve our attention. Like Loki, the God of Mischief.

For as long as Loki could remember he has always lived in the shadow of his brother Thor. While Thor’s strengths were purely physical, Loki’s talents lay in sorcery, hence the title God of Mischief. So it’s no surprise that he’s the antagonist of the film. However, he wasn’t like most of the bad guys I’m used to. Though Loki wanted power, he mainly did all this to prove to his father that he was just as worthy as Thor at being king. Even when he found that he was actually Odin’s adopted son (Laufey being his real father), he still wanted Odin’s approval. I actually felt sorry for the guy.

Odin was truly a wise king. Even though Thor was a bit self centered his intentions were always good. He just went about it the wrong way. I mean, his friends and even Heimdall (Idris Elba), gatekeeper of the Bifrost (the thing to use to travel between worlds) saw the good in Thor despite his flaws. Odin wanted to help him be a better man but at the same time he  wanted his son to learn that lesson on his own. That’s why he did what he did.

Thor became the hero he was meant to be. While Loki, unfortunately, became the villain.

Aside from Odin, there was another person that had a hand in Thor’s attitude adjustment.

Jane was the first person he encountered. It was almost like he was shot with Cupid’s arrow but instead of an arrow he was tasered  and hit by a car, twice. Jane was the determined and career driven scientist who was very dedicated to her research on wormholes, but that changes when Thor comes into the picture. At first she needed him for her research but she came to really care for him in the short amount of time they spent together. When he was around she turned into this giggling school girl.

 

I mean, look at him! How can you not?

Now that we crossed Thor off the list of Marvel comic superheroes to be turned into a movie, next up Captain America.

Then next year we will have the ultimate superhero movie: The Avengers.

Oh my god! I can’t wait. Aside from Thor you have a bunch of superheroes like:

-Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.),

-Captain America (Chris Evans),

-The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo),

-Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson),

-Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner, he was actually in the Thor movie, he was the guy with the bow and arrow),

-Loki (as the bad guy of course)

-Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, I thought it was kind of weird at first because I’ve always seen Nick Fury as white but in the Ultimate Marvel comics the Nick Fury in that was black).

I know Joss Whedon is going to do a great job directing this film.

Bow before the awesome might of Thor!

Victorian or the Future, which time period do you prefer?

Well, the Victorian era was best known for their fashions. I love the long dresses, beautiful corsets and stylist hats.

Not to mention the gorgeous architecture, literature and the absolutely radiant works of art.

And as for the future, don’t get me wrong I love living in a time where we have cars and the internet. When I was a kid I got an idea of what the future might have been like from the Back to the Future movies.

Flying cars, hover boards and flux capacitors. Great scott!

So back to my question, Victorian or the Future?

Why not both?

By combining the two you have a culture where the past, present and future are one and the same. You have Steampunk!

For years I have heard the term Steampunk yet I’ve never got the full grasp of it until this past weekend, where I attended the first annual  Steampunk Convention in San Diego, California. It was held at the Town and Country Hotel. I’ve passed the place a million times and it was my first time going inside. It was very lovely.

From start to finish I saw people with blasters,

handmade items for sale,

performances,

and costumes, lots of and lots of costumes! Each costume had a story.

This guy made his wings out of CDs that he spray painted and took him two months to build. He even had a cord that you could pull and the wings pop out. Wow! That’s impressive.

This man’s helmet is made out of a planter that he got at Lowe’s and took the face out of the clock to put into it. It took him about a month to make. He said he made it for a film he’s doing The Martini Effect. Apparently he’s combing his love of deep sea diving and his 40-year love of Steampunk.

Meet Alejandro Lee. He’s a comic book artist that created the comic The Ballad of Sally Sprocket & Piston Pete. It’s about this cowboy robot that fights off this mad scientist and the robot comes across this dying girl, who he brings her back to life Frankenstein style with a reverse Pinocchio touch to it. After he brings her back to life, she kind of becomes his sidekick and they fight the bad guys together. If you want to learn more check out the site ssnpp.smackjeeves.com

     

Introducing The League of S.T.E.A.M (supernatural and troublesome ectoplasmic apparition management) a group of monster hunters, inventors, scientists, craftsmen, adventurers, and paranormal researchers. I just learned about these guys and I love them! My favorite was Zeddediah, the zombie butler and the punchy fist was pretty cool.

Of all the costumes I saw at the convention, the Clockwork Fairy was by far my favorite. She was beautiful beyond words. The girl told me that the wings were made out of foam cardboard that she craved herself. It took her five days and forty hours to crave them. Amazing!

I talked to a lot of the vendors and they had a lot of cool stuff. Here’s some of their information in case you guys want to contact them:

-Maria Berry Enterprises Presents Flotsum’s and Jetsam’s Emporium

“Re-Fabricated Finery for the Fashionable Adventurer”

3267 Carson Road Placerville, CA 95667 (Email maria_berry_enterprises@yahoo.com)

*Very nice woman. She told me she got into Steampunk when her husband got laid off. They needed to make some money so she started making jewelry and purses and she’s been doing it ever since*

-Bete Noir

Tribal Fusion Bellydance

Avarra LaRoux, Heather Burch and Sarah Edgar

http://www.wix.com/betenoirdanceco/bn

*These girls have serious dance skills. There’s a picture of them on this page. They told me that their costumes were made out of an old couch they took away. Wow!*

-Butterfly Frillies Corsets

Custom Victrian and Contemporary Corsets

Made to Order Custom Overbust Corsets

Owner and Designer Yuly Springer

http://www.butterflyfrillies.com

*These were really beautiful corsets. I would have bought one but I was on a tight budget that weekend.* 

After spending four hours, walking around the convention, taking pictures and meeting Veteran Steampunkers, I asked them to explain what Steampunk means to them.

-“It’s all about creativity taking it to your own level.”

-“You don’t have to money to create something Steampunk. You can take everyday things and make it your own.”

-“Getting into Steampunk is a really good choice. I think everyone can find something to love in the Steampunk culture.”

-“Let your imagination go wild!”

-“It’s like being in another world.”

-“Start small, get stuff at the thrift stores and because it’s an open playground, read the material and have fun in your own universe.”

And what does Steampunk mean to me?

I fell in love the very moment I laid eyes on it. I was surrounded by all these people who were devoted and very passionate about the culture. They were  making things out of lamp parts, old couches, and everyday items and turning them into something amazing. I love how you can get lost into the culture. The more you stand out, the more you fit in.

I hope they have it again next year. Gives me plenty of time to come up with a costume.



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