If the Barnes and Noble in The Village down the block from NYU in New York City can’t survive…
My favorite picture of Zara and my Ghostbusters II costumes!
Full post about how I made the glowy Proton Pack with lots of pictures here. Posted it later last night, so I don’t know how many actually saw it…
I’m Sorry, I Had To… Spider-Man Post 9/11
After seeing The Amazing Spider-Man, my quick thoughts are that the reboot was needed and they really nailed the feeling of New York, swinging, and (finally) made Spider-Man a quick witted gadget-savvy genius kid from Queens as he’s supposed to be.
When it comes to understanding New York, I think it is interesting to compare this movie to Sam Raimi’s 2002 version, which was made mostly pre-9/11. So much so, that at the last minute they had to pull a trailer that showed Spider-Man making a web between the Twin Towers. Watching any action movie made before that event is interesting, as we as a culture now know how we react when in pure danger. We either run or take action. Before this, in action movies, people tended to stand around and watch as disasters start to happen around them.
2002’s Spider-Man is no different. A guy in a green suit is throwing pumpkin bombs at a guy in spandex? Let’s point and stare. In the new movie, a giant lizard starts to tear apart the city, people run and hide in terror and they immediately start a city wide evacuation.
On the side of people who take action, the new Spider-Man featured cops that responded appropriately as the city is attacked. They are the real-life heroes, and it has been a nice trend in recent comic book movies that regular human police tend to not be the old bumbling fools who stand around, i.e. Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight. For instance, the scene where the NYPD finally meet The Lizard is almost startling in its reality for the situation. Finally, there are also several, (one very pivotal) moments where New Yorkers act as the New Yorkers we know and take real action.
It had some moments that were all too convenient, but if I had to pick a Spider-Man franchise to see more of, this would be the one and I hope we do.
ps - one final nerdy note. I loved that Spider-Man always had his trusty backpack. Its not Spider-Man without a backpack full of gadgets.
Bedlam in front of @blip (Taken with Instagram at Blip HQ)
As I walked up the steps of the subway exit last night I could tell that the sunset over the Manhattan skyline would be spectacular. Unfortunately, I erred in not grabbing my real camera on the way over to the waterfront. So…here are a few slightly off photos taken with my iPhone. You can still see how dramatic the clouds and colors looked…
nothing wrong with just having your iPhone, still looks spectacular.Aaron Sonnenberg