Captain America, the Halloween Costume

Somebody on Usenet (yes, I still occasionally read Usenet) posted a link to this blog with photos of a stunt double for the upcoming Captain America film.

Man…I just don’t know. Why does the costume look as though it’s made out of that cheap vinyl material out of which children’s Halloween costumes are made? You know, that material that rips about three seconds after you put it on?

Okay–meaningless complaint, perhaps. I’m assuming (or at least hoping) that this is merely what they use in the long shots to make it easy for the stunt double to move. But even with that said, I have a sense this costume design probably seemed like a better idea on paper than it does on an actual person. It’s not as terrible as some people are making it out to be, but I’m not in love with it at all.

It’s very similar in design to what Bryan Hitch did with the Ultimates incarnation of Captain America (World War II-era, shown at right), except somehow, it looks so much dumber. I’m a comic book fan, so you know I’m going to have to nitpick this, right?

First of all, I don’t like that they’ve reduced the number of vertical red stripes to two, and that they’ve become suspenders that don’t seem to serve any purpose. Something about this is too Rob Liefeld-esque. Second of all, Hitch’s design is much more reminiscent of army fatigues–it has that sort of bulky quality about it. It’s not as obviously a super-hero costume. The coat buttons over like an actual jacket (which is mercifully free of pointless flourishes like shoulder pads) and the helmet is just a regular old army helmet painted blue and with a big “A” on the front.

The costume on display in the movie images is like a hybrid of a modern Captain America costume and the World War II fatigues, and it simply isn’t doing it for me. It looks goofy. And Captain America should never look goofy. His costume is one of the classics and I still don’t understand why they felt the need to tinker with it so much, but if they were going to do so, they should have gone for the full-on Hitch.

More Auto-tuning

Another lazy post, but oh well.

I’ve been lately browsing the auto-tuned videos on YouTube. There are a lot of people doing these, apparently, though I had no idea until I discovered the brilliant Auto-Tune the News series. I can’t say that the majority of other auto-tuning efforts work especially well, but there are a few jewels out there. So I thought I would post a few that I think might be noteworthy exemplars of the artform, such as it is.

The following videos are all by a single YouTube user (placeboing), and I have to say, there’s a sort of simple musical genius about them. This first one actually sounds like it might have come off of one of Madonna’s techno-heavy albums like Music or Confessions on a Dance Floor.

I think that what’s most interesting is that these videos indirectly reveal how little talent you realistically must have in order to do this sort of music (as a performer, I mean–as a producer, you have to still be pretty good). If you only heard the vocals on the first video (and I recommend that you listen rather than watch–not to add onto the pile of hate this poor girl has received), you’d be like, “Who’s that? Rihanna?” Obviously, I don’t mean to disparage Rihanna here–she has a lot of talent. I only mean to say that thanks to technology, the only true requirement for a killer track is having functional vocal chords.

Enough chatter from me…

There’s Always Time for Lubricant

Filed under “Movies that Make Me Laugh”: Evolution.

An underrated comedy starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, and Seann William Scott. I think it was meant to be a sort of spiritual (no pun intended) successor to Ghost Busters, except with aliens instead of ghosts. I don’t make that statement merely because it’s directed by Ivan Reitman, but also because it has a similar thematic and comedic sensibility or something. Kind of.

Not as good as Ghost Busters, of course, but maybe it’s as good as Ghostbusters II. I dunno.

In any event, Evolution is worth watching if only for this scene (which is not for the faint of heart).

Yeah…kind of juvenile, but so what? You wanna fight about it?

What can I say? It’s a likable film with a likable cast. I enjoyed it.