Magdalene Vick

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Impaired watching: or are the Avengers really Spinning in my bedroom?

On Thursday morning as I am doing my naked yoga on the floor I get this weird rolling sensation in my head, and it freaks me the f*#k out.  I try to calm down, though the medicine I’m taking for anxiety also is actually making it worse right now. I call the doctors to set up an appointment as soon as possible. They have an opening in a few hours…So I have to wait….I don’t know about you but having a weird rolling sensation in my head, thinking that I’m going to die, is not conducive to sitting still…I hang up the phone and try to breathe, staring off into the distance, deep inside my head where I think obsessively. But then it occurred to me….I should re-watch The Avengers. I looked at my phone to check the time, and sure enough I had about two and a half hours before my appointment. A distraction, and indeed a perfect distraction it turned out to be. The second time through this movie I noticed there were a number of interestingly homoerotic fight scenes that I didn’t catch before. And these scenes are fairly lengthy: very attractive men fighting each other for a long time….No objections. I can see the appeal. Action packed explosions, and car chases, created an extremely visually stimulating experience. I found it easy to get lost in the spectacle (as my Theatre History teacher would say) and care less about the plot. Before I knew it weird Robot Aliens were descending from the sky in New York, and RDJr was intercepting a nuclear missle, sacrificing himself as he flies out of the Atmosphere with it to presumably blow up the (‘bad people”?) Regardless, he falls back into the atmosphere in  perfect synchronicity with the closing of the wormhole. He lives!

It is fun all seeing these characters come together like this. I’m definitely feeling like an insider now..Oh, and Mark Ruffalo was really terrific! His austere and simple demeanor enhanced the dichotomy between Dr. Bruce Banner vs. The Other Guy, as he’s commonly referred. But he does make some references that because I failed to watch The Incredible Hulk, went over my head….So I guess I need to go back and watch it…..

My doctor’s appointments always make me nervous… and whatever drug I’m on for anxiety isn’t really helping yet. Turns out I have what’s called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Which basically means crystals have broken off in my ear and lie to my brain about my current relationship to gravity. In order to help me not feel motion sickness and this weird creepy electrical sensation I have to bang my head against the bed back and forth 10 times with 30 seconds between each movement. FUUUUUUN. But at least I know what it is. I woke up Friday morning banged my head appropriately, a typical normal morning ritual, and began making breakfast. Today was the day I was going to watch The Incredible Hulk….Yep…I’m still doing this project.  I feel like I gathered more in the Title sequence than the whole movie. It was actually quite impressive.  By the time the movie started I was a little thrown off with the demure behavior of our lead character Bruce Banner aka Ed Norton. On the contrary, Liv Tyler seems very committed to her role and sometimes it almost feels like she is in another whole other movie altogether. A great performance none the less. The common theme of man with superpowers vs. man with manufactured similar super powers comes up again. It definitely stands out in the Marvel Universe in that the whole energy seems less positive and kitschy and more somber and bizarrely tragic. New York never fails to take the biggest beating either in this movie, which I’m understanding to be a prerequisite for this universe. I am having a hard time watching this because of my aforementioned relationship with someone in the cast or crew. Also, I want to be honest but find it hard in this day of social media….so with all due respect, please overlook my lie when I say this movie was really good. 

“What the hell is that weird head doing on that tiny body?”

Was my first impression of Captain America: The First Avenger….But I did watch it after celebrating my friend’s birthday with bottomless mimosas at a Drag Show in Weho…So my head wasn’t exactly straight either. But it just seemed a bit strange….and made me anticipate the fact that lil Chris Evans was about to Sexify into a Sexy beast of an American Mascot with some questionable blue injections. Proof for the FDA that plastic surgery and botox really can make dreams come true. I found the movie ok, the structure seemed to replicate Iron Man’s: Man discovers power= first ½ of the movie followed by: Man defeats other Man copying his Super Power= 2 ½ of the movie. Good Man wins, obvi. I did love that Agent Carter was such a badass, but again she is so pretty. I keep wondering “WHERE ARE THE UGLY GIRLS?!” But Also, where is Tony Stark? I miss him…Chris Evan’s character is blah. I’m thirsty. Okay, got some water and now I can be more objective. So, Captain’s saving characteristic is his humanity, I mean his humility….Humanity would literally be the antithsis of all Marvel Superheros. That’s why Pepper Potts is not a superhero (and she doesn’t wear tight clothes….and have an AK) But we are talking about Captain America, Ultimately, Steven saves the New York from being attacked by crashing into the ocean and cryogenically freezing his body for 70 years. Surprise! He’s still alive and Sam L Jackson has something to say to him… Dot Dot Dot Credits….

I got some soup, had no plans for the rest of my Sunday, and sat down for round TWO: THOR! I got about 15 minutes through and I had to take a nap. To be fair, It was probably those mimosas catching up to me and not the quality of the movie. But once the clock hit 8:30…It seemed my head was on a 15 minute timer. I kept pausing, napping for 10 minutes, un pausing and watching…and then getting sleepy again. No matter how captivating Tom Hiddleston was or How charmingly dumb Chris Hemsworth came across, there was clearly nothing that was more important than sleep. LET THAT BE A LESSON TO US ALL! So I paused the movie and went to bed. The next day after my therapy session that ultimately led to my decision to take anxiety meds, I sat down to finish Thor. Only, I’m not sure if that was the best decision considering anxiety medicine amplifies your symptoms in the first few days….

Meaning suddenly the stakes in the movie just got a whole lot more intense.

Now Loki wants to wipe out a whole population of frost people and I’m not sure I am okay with that. Nor am I okay with him trying to kill his father or Thor!!!…Thor may be dumb, but he’s hot as hell and hopefully he and Jane will hook up and have magical lil Asgaardian/New Mexican babies!! With the help of his Hammer, cuz we all need a tool in our lives, Thor saves the day and promises to come back for Jane. Some may have really enjoyed the fight scenes, I got more out of the love story. Thanks duel plot ;) As the credits role: HOLY F*#k! is that Idris Elba?! No way!!!! No exaggeration I freaked out that hard core…Immediately I imdb the whole movie: Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins! Natalie Portman just won an Oscar for Black Swan right before Thor released! Seeing it all together like this really puts things into perspective…To be considered for a Marvel movie one must have A) Won an Oscar or B) Been Nominated for an Oscar but have won a Golden Globe or SAG Award. Looks like this process is going to be longer than I thought...

IRON MAN is Starch to my Blouse

It started when I was browsing movies on ROKU and Avengers came up....It caught me in my tracks..I hated to think it looked cool……..

But it looked cool……

And it is super popular.......Should I give in to peer pressure?  That's easy, I did. And I enjoyed it far more than I thought. That's what got me thinking about this 'Marvel Experiment" ;) 

When I told my friends what I was doing over a glass of wine, they kind of laughed at me "Maggie you know just because they are popular, doesn’t mean you need to study them any differently; like there's a specific version of 'Marvel Acting' you need to know"  "I know" I try to brush it off. But deep down, I really just wanted to understand why the f#*k people were so into them and why they were so successful. So I began, re-began, my journey into this world (cough) Universe.

Monday afternoon right after a nice, inspiring walk around the reservoir, I began my workday. Sitting on my baby blue couch at the foot of my bed, I turned on Iron Man (2008).  Right off the bat I was impressed not only by Marvel's attempt to stay current with Stark being kidnapped in a remote location in Afghanistan, but also with how good Robert Downey Jr. is with ONE LINERS! Sh*t!

He SLAYS them every time!

It was very clear the archetype Marvel was after with Tony Stark. The writing made it apparent. After each encounter with a person of the opposite sex, a female, it took Tony Stark a mere 20 seconds to make some sort of suggestive, possibly offensive comment.  Although It made me roll my eyes and want to turn it off, I persevered because he's charming, funny and..

I shouldn't make excuses....nvm....

The movie concludes with Tony defeating his boss who had tried to recreate and dominate Iron Man.  To no surprise, Tony Stark saves the day…I have to admit, I kind of loved this movie. Downey's neurotic, and entertaining character was like reeses pieces to my brain cells. 

Alright, so I feel like I'm getting it a little. (Really it’s all because of RDJr for me at this point). I watched Iron Man 2 about two days later. Made a night out of it, set up a lil snack plate with some red vines, Tootsie Pops and La Croix. I think I was a little more excited about the snackage package than the movie this early in the game. But here’s what I gathered: Man, obviously from Russia, creates Electric Stringy Man to fight Iron Man and loses. Also, Scarlett Johannson is a Russian spy/agent person working now for Tony Stark…And she is super hot. So is Gweneth Paltrow, Tony’s assistant and now CEO. He apparently only associates with pretty people….and Jarvis, his AI inside of Iron man who speaks British.... So he’s obviously pretty as well. See? I was paying attention. Although, I do feel a little worse about myself and my chances of making it into this world (cough) Universe.

Honestly, my enthusiasm waned after watching Iron Man 2, but like any other Superhero in training I finish what I start….Most of the time.. Next on my list is Captain America!!…..Yes, some of you dedicated comic fans are looking down your noses at me right now thinking I skipped The Incredible Hulk……and you are right. I did. But it’s not for the fact that I don’t think it counts as a Marvel movie, or that I think Ed Norton shouldn’t have the honor of playing the Hulk, but more for the fact that I may have dated someone involved and wanted to pretend it didn’t exist….OK on to Captain America!!!