Sunday, July 02, 2006

Stop the Presses!

Seriously. I finished the Ribbons blanket. My cousin can now have her baby, because it is finally finished. I still need to make a customized label (using this tutorial, and these cute examples by Kristin), but that will have to wait until the baby is actually born. For now, it sits blocking...
ribbons blanket finished 3
ribbons blanket finished 2

Public Service Announcement
Do not waste your money on Superman Returns. Seriously. The worst movie I've seen in a long time. Poorly conceived - the writing feels like a miserable first draft. The acting (save Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor) was horrible. Even the effects left much to be desired. Poor Brandon Routh (an Iowa boy). It felt like he was doing an impersonation of Christopher Reeve rather than playing Superman. It was utterly boring, and I would have left half-way through if Rykert hadn't been there. Clark Kent was barely even a character, and Lois Lane and Superman had no chemistry. The metaphors were overt and forced. I could go on and on. So, unless you are taking a child to this movie - don't bother. It's rated PG-13, but I don't know why, because it was clearly written for the pre-teen set. But if you do go, you'll have the whole thing figured out in the first 5 minutes (and it doesn't get any better from there). But, hey, then again, go see for yourself - maybe I was just expecting too much. Or google Superman Returns reviews, and see what others have to say (but watch out because there will likely be spoilers). Though I have my suspicion that any positive review was paid for by the studio.

As an aside, any conversation about Superman always makes me think of the end of Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and this quote:
"An essential characteristic of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero, and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When he wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic that Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears, the glasses, the business suit, that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He's weak, he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race..."
A good point from Mr. Tarantino - and why we love Superman (or at least we want to love Superman).

8 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Liz said...

First of all, the blanket turned out absolutely frickin fantabulous! It's my favorite baby blanket ever... what a lucky cousin you have. :)

Secondly, I appreciated your review of Superman Returns. We're probably going to go, but I will keep what you said in mind.... we'll be bringing our 7 year old son... I hope it lives up to his expectations.

Thirdly, I love the quote by Mr. Tarantino, very thought-provoking.

Happy 4th!

Debbie said...

The blanket is gorgeous, Libby! Great job. I couldn't get the link to Kristin's labels to work (it just comes back to your post), but I love the tutorial -- I'm going to have to make some of those!

Knittripps said...

Good job on the blanket! I am so behind on my baby knitting it is not even funny.
I was kindof iffy on paying to see Superman in the first place. I may have to pass on it.

Larjmarj said...

What a great pattern and great colors!!!

Gina said...

The blanket is outrageously fantastic! The colors are great. By the way, I love the childhood toy you featured yesterday.

Stacie said...

What a lovely blanket! Great work. I need to get that pattern.

Celia said...

What a beautiful blanket. I promised my friend a blanket for her baby...sad to say I haven't been a good friend since the baby is about to turn one in a few months. You're a great cousin. Again love the blanket!!

Happy Knitting

Ruth said...

Love your Ribbons Baby Blanket! So sunny!
You might want to drop by the Grumperina's blog to share how you joined your yarn on this project - she is looking for options.

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