Dragon Tales by Mary C. Fairbanks is truly and entertaining book, chock full of twenty-four dragon stories. Perfect for youth from the age of five to fifteen, even adults would be charmed by its pages. The images are unique and interesting, with a style that left me with the impression they were created on a computer.
Caregivers are likely to find the morals to each story helpful to deal with youth problems with social interaction, self-image, overcoming self-absorption, understanding others and more. The author tackles many issues through her lovable, yet egotistical dragons or even through sad and lonely dragons. She shows the importance of freedom and dictates communities working together to solve problems peacefully. The confusion between the way that dragons and humans view each other in this book will aid against racism. Her characters learn to not passively accept what everyone else believes and live by another’s prejudices. Instead, Mary has the characters find out for themselves what is the truth. Often, the young characters have to ‘think’ their way out of a situation or learn to ask the right questions – rather than fighting it or running away from problems.
If you were to rate the best and worst comic book movies, what movies would your list contain? You probably admire the adaptation of certain features of characters or the use of certain super weapons that just made that comic worth watching as long as you could. However, let me break it down in a way that we all can agree the best and the worst comic book movies.
The spider-man series is likely one of the best adapted books into a movie that all age genres can watch. The use of almost real graphics to depict the war scenes is a classic. Iron Man is also undoubtedly another of the comic book movies that changes the whole illusion aspect. While most super power movies let us feel just the surface of illusion and we never really get into the depth of the characters, Iron Man and its sequel Iron Man 2 really get you into the reality of illusion. Robert Downey Jr does not disappoint his fans as the man behind the iron contraption.
When it comes to Persepolis, one movie critic defined it as a cinematic poetry in black and white. The movie is a powerful animation of the power of resilience. Coupled with an unflagging sense of humor, Persepolis revolves around the tale of a young woman’s quest in search of freedom in an oppressive regime.
Coming to the other side of the scale, the movie Virus was a disappointing failure. The plot was not well developed despite the great special effects. It proved to be illogical, unrealistic and the general acting was simply wooden. Overall, it can be considered one of the worst comic book movies. Another disappointment, unfunny and boring movie was Son of The Mask. The movie lacks a baseline and the characters acting was simply in character, which is the exact opposite of what you would expect from a person wearing a mask that make them act out of character.
Cat Woman starring Halle Berry is another movie that was out of plot. The acting, the dialog and almost everything in the movie was done sloppily. Other comic book movies that were not depicted the way they should have include Howard the duck, Batman and Robin, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze and Whiteout. While this listing will likely get some criticism from some, it is very close to what most people would agree on.
Ricky Gervais is a funny man, he is also an inspiration to many people as he has managed to single handedly craft himself a career off the back of the successful office series, which has lead him to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and films and award ceremonies.
Ricky’s latest film which has just been released on DVD is the invention of lying in which he plays a film producer who is tasked with making film about 18th century literature. It is something that you find out over the course of the film has held him back and made his life a misery.
While Ricky’s character is stuck producing 18th century literature films, his arch nemesis Rob Lowe is producing films about the 19th century and making all the money and acquiring all the fame, this is until of course Ricky discovers lying. In a world where no-one can lie, he becomes a god, bending the truth to suit his needs and get what he wants apart from the girl of his dreams.
Ricky decides to spice up his 18th century literature by elaborating on the truth a little bit when he claims that the earth was visited by aliens and there was communication between the humans and aliens. As no-one else on the planet can tell a lie, all of this is believed at factual truth. It certainly puts a whole new spin on 18th century literature.
The film then takes a dramatic swing when Ricky Gervais’ character Mark has to rush to the hospital to be with his dying mum. In her final moments she confesses to being scared about the end of life and Mark makes up a lie that will see him get into bit of a pickle. He claims that there is an afterlife where all people meet up again and it is a happy place where there is no pain. Basically he creates what we all refer to as Heaven.
When other people hear about this they want to know more about this new and mystical place. Mark is then forced to make up a whole story about heaven and hell and sets out a set of rules or commandments on disused pizza boxes. It really does provide an insightful insight into the mind of Ricky Gervais and his thoughts on religion, which may be right and may be wrong, that is not something that is up for discussion in this article. This film makes a lot of firsts; it’s bold and brash and makes 18th century literature funny.