Monday, 20 November 2017

Talk of a Crow remake

It never fails, just when you think they have given up, you hear more mumblings of The Crow remake. Are they really going to do it this time or will it fall through the cracks again?

I know a lot of people feel that Brandon Lee cannot be replaced. To a certain degree, I can understand the sentiment and to a certain extent, I can agree but I can also see the other side of the fence too.While I am personally not a fan of remakes, in this particular case, I would like to see the actual movie before I comment on it. This is one remake that I am interested in seeing because like many others, I do have a personal, emotional attachment to this movie. It was one of the many gateways into Goth for me. This movie came out when I was a teenager! I know Hollywood should leave original movies alone and actually come up with new content but I do think it would be nice to see this remake for nostalgia sake.

Image source: IMBD

Apparently the actor, Jason Momoa was chosen for the role as Eric Draven. If my memory serves me well,as I am glancing at the location of my graphic novel as I write this, Eric Draven was pretty built in the comics and did not have Brandon Lee's slender frame at all.

image taken from here

Like many others, I have seen Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones, I really do think he would be good for the role. Now there is talk that Nick Cave will be writing the script (apparently this was in the works since 2010 but I only found out recently) and to add another positive point to the remake, the creator, James O'Barr signed on as creative consultant.

 All in all, in my opinion, nothing can beat the first movie but by keeping all these facts in mind, I am excited to see the remake and lets be honest here, I am also looking forward to seeing Jason Momoa on screen playing his guitar without a shirt on! I also really hope that there would be a post punk soundtrack to accompany the movie as well but we shall see.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Monthly Music Spotlight: Trisomie 21

Most of my music tastes derives from the eighties. I really do think I was born in the wrong decade because during the eighties, I was a kid in diapers! As a result, it comes as no surprise that I would like to feature an 80's French coldwave band called Trisomie 21!

Trisomie 21 was formed in 1980 by two brothers called Philippe and Hervé Lomprez. The band name in English is Trisomy 21 (aka Down Syndrome)

Listening to this band brings back some fond memories of my babybat days and I would like to regale you on another story of what it was like back then for me. I think the year was 1997 or 1998 and I was about 17 years old, perhaps 18. Growing up in Montreal was great because we have so much culture and the local goth scene back then was thriving. We were very fortunate to have a radio show called "Les Mouches Noires" (The Black Flies to translate. Trust me, it sounds MUCH cooler in French!) that aired every Tuesday night. I remember staying up to listen to the program. This is right around the time people were only beginning to get the Internet in their homes and a radio program featuring music popular in the goth scene was the way to go! I was poor, didn't own a computer (most households didn't really own one back then) and there was no way in hell my mother would allow me to tie up her phone line (remember dial up?) to go on the Internet. Back in my adolescence, the radio show was a perfect source of information for baby bats like me! The DJ would introduce me to new Goth bands and I got to expand my knowledge on the subculture. This was my only way to discover new music aside from going to clubs and friends talking about it.
People would also be able to call in the show with requests and I remember getting all excited whenever a crush or a friend would dedicate a song to me! I used to own a cassette player (remember those?) and would record the songs off of the radio. I learned excellent timing skills that way because it was a real disappointment if I should ever miss the first few seconds of a song. It was a real treat whenever I managed to tape a special song request that was made out to myself or a friend of mine. I remember waking my parents up by shouting out in excitement and then getting yelled at for "making an ass of myself in the middle of the night" whenever a friend or crush would make a request for me. In fact, I wish I still had my cassette collection because I am pretty sure I recorded my mom giving me shit for waking her up!

I remember being enamoured with Trisomie 21's song "La FĂȘte Triste"  that played on this radio program, which was also my introduction to the band. So tonight, I impart you with this song.  I hope you feel just as enamoured with it as I did those many moons ago and hope you all find some form of nostalgic memories of it from your youth as I just did. Enjoy!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Why I dislike (some, not all) other parents

Unsolicited advice and the expectation to follow through - Yes, this is my first child. Yes, I have no frigging clue what I am doing. I just wing it and hope for the best! The fact that he is alive and happy today means I am doing something right. I am guilty of this too, to a certain extent but I always tell the person that I am offering my two cents - ultimately, the decision is up to the parents. What pisses me off is when someone gives me their advice, insist I take it (although they know nothing about my family) and get angry when I don't. There is a fine line between a well-meaning person to someone trying to interfere with your personal family life! Usually this type of parent goes hand in hand with...

The my kid is better than your kid pissing contest. Ugh! Eye roll!
It started after I had my kid.The sancti-mommies came out from under their rock. I bottle-fed, I was shamed. I didn't co sleep, I was made to feel like I abandoned my kid. No matter what I did or didn't do, there was an annoying sancti-mommy there telling me how I am doing it wrong, how their precious angel hit (insert age appropriate milestone here) early. It was all thanks to their expert parenting and I need to do what they are doing.

That judgmental stare - Perhaps it is me but I know most parents judge. Hell, I have done it before I had a kid and thought I knew everything! Karma came around and bit me in the ass because boy, did I ever learn my lesson! I stopped doing that! There was this other Mom in my kid's school who used to give me dirty looks (I started calling her good old stink eye) and then gossip about me to other parents. 

This is my all time favourite: Breast vs bottle debate. While I admit, I have encountered a lot of fanaticism on the whole pro breastfeeding side, I also encountered a lot of bitterness (most of it my own) over bottle feeding. Perhaps it is because my son is going on eight years old and I no longer need to worry about such issues. This sometimes goes hand in hand with my kid is better than your kid type of parent. Some people bottle feed because low milk supply does happen despite what your breastfeeding bible tells you. Sometimes, fed is better. 

Being openly involved in a subculture and often wearing something that is outside the mainstream, I get stares and rude remarks. One woman wouldn't let her daughter play with my son and actually did the sign of the crucifix. Yes, because my blonde haired kid wearing brightly coloured clothes he chose to wear that morning is the spawn of Satan. Don't let those blue eyes and that cherub like appearance deceive you, he will devour your precious little angel's soul and spit out her bones!

*Insert tongue in cheek*

My unsolicited advice to any parent out there and no don't worry, I will never insist that you take it: do what you think is best for your family and enjoy the moments you have with your children. They do grow very fast and I always knew when my son was a baby that in 5 years, certain things that seemed important at that time wouldn't matter. I enjoyed his babyhood and I am glad I did. I didn't pay attention to what everyone else was doing. I did what I thought was best and consulted my pediatrician for advice. I am so blessed to have such a sweet, wonderful little boy. Very recently, I made a very hard decision to either continue being a working mom or be a stay at home one for a while. I chose to stay at home. I regretted not staying home sooner and blamed myself for some of the difficulties my son is having. I know now that it was never my fault. I did what I thought was best and I always have his best interest at heart. I learned that no matter the choice a parent makes, we make them out of love, out of the best interest for our child and family's well-being.So please do what is right for YOU and YOUR family and fuck what anyone else has to say.


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