Since its momentous debut back in March 2012, the visionary brainchild of writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples has been hailed by both critics and fans as a game-changer in the field of comics. I am, of course, talking about none other than SAGA. Today, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t consider SAGA as part of their regular pull lists or the hordes of newly converted fans declaring this ongoing series as their gateway drug into comic books and graphic novels. Indeed, the fandom for this incredible title has seen thousands—if not millions—of devotees from all over the world and only recently did Vaughan and Staples gave their blessing towards the opening of an online store where people could buy official merchandise based on their work, such as a large plush toy of fan favorite, Lying Cat.
But despite the overwhelming amount of praise heaped upon SAGA, the creators have gone on record several times that while they are open to the possibility of having their seminal work adapted into film or television, it was never created for such an intention and nor is it a priority of theirs. Understandably, some (if not most) fans were completely heartbroken at having to contend with only a comic format with which to enjoy this beloved modern classic of the space opera genre. From a visual and storytelling perspective, SAGA is a prime candidate for a major blockbuster production that could rival either Game of Thrones or anything pulled from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, with SAGA being released under publisher Image Comics where comic creators hold full copyrights to their work, fans could only wait with bated breath until such time that Vaughan and Staples will ultimately relent and give the green light for Hollywood to make an adaptation that is truly worthy of the source material.
Hypothetically speaking, the idea might sound good on paper though perhaps a huge point of contention should a SAGA movie adaptation come into fruition would be the casting. We are now living in a time where diversity in media is being consistently demanded by discerning audiences despite Hollywood still making glaring missteps in that regard. Racial bias against actors of color and underrepresentation of women and LGBT individuals are hot button topics that almost always become watercooler discussions every time the casting of a big film or TV production is announced. Any SAGA fan worth their salt knows for a fact that the comic series is filled with characters that appear visually diverse in terms of race and gender despite the setting being in a fictional extraterrestrial galaxy. Both Vaughan and Staples were conscious of reflecting the current social climate of the real world so that readers of various demographics could relate to any character featured in their astonishing pages.
So until such time that hardcore fans such as myself will receive confirmation of a future SAGA debut on the big screen or on the boob tube, we shall only remain in blissful “what if” scenarios in our wild imaginations. That being said, I have taken the liberty of acting as an imaginary casting director for a potential SAGA film franchise, where I took great measures to make this both a dream cast filled with great talents while also fulfilling the demand for diversity and representation of minorities. And a little disclaimer (plus a minor spoiler alert): my dream fan casting selections were based on the characters still written as alive and kicking by the end of the sixth story arc. So without further ado, here are my top choices for the current cast of characters still featured within the pages of this great comic book.
With the summer movie season coming up, I’m pretty sure that many of you are quite stoked about seeing a handful of films for this year’s stellar lineup. While most of us are sure to gravitate towards the big blockbuster flicks, there are those small indie productions that are also worth watching. And one of these deliciously juicy gems that I am personally looking forward to seeing is director Sofia Coppola‘s intriguing take on the infamous burglaries of several Hollywood celebrities a few years back.
Words cannot possibly express the unbridled joy I’m currently experiencing due to the wealth of potentially awesome movies that will be released in the coming summer months. Covering many of the crowd-pleasing film genres, I am definitely in for another year of cinematic excellence.
And the marketing teams of many big-name Hollywood studios are certainly flexing their advertising muscles by releasing a plethora of related media such as film stills, trailers, posters, and other creative forms of movie marketing. Two big films expected to wow audiences for this year’s summer movie season are clearly taking a savvy marketing turn by showcasing some impressive and intriguing images that give a more or less definitive insight on how the respective movies will play out. If you haven’t figured it out by now after looking at this post’s banner image and title, I am obviously taking about “Monsters University” and “Snowpiercer“.
With the summer movie season of 2013 about to kick into high gear in the coming weeks, I’m definitely excited about the upcoming features that are ready to blow my mind. Encompassing a wide variety of genres, 2013 is certainly shaping up to be another good year for films. On this note, I would like to highlight one of the movies that have unquestionably held my deep interest since its announcement. That movie happens to be the science fiction drama thriller piece entitled “Snowpiercer”.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a great suspense film that blends horror elements and mystery themes perfectly, and I feel that “Stoker” has provided me with such a thrilling example of that balance.
Okay, I have a passion for fashion, and I’m not even sorry.
So now that’s out of the way, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss two of the biggest style headlines (well, in my opinion, at least) that will surely have fellow fashionistas like myself to be excited in the upcoming fall season.
Given my exposure to the magic of cinema at an early age pretty much cemented my lifelong fascination with the film industry. Years of watching countless movies on TV and in the movie theaters have honed my tastes to the point that I became something of a film snob by the time I was rational enough to know what I like and what I don’t like. Every year that passes by, there are always movies that make a large impression on me. Regardless of whether the film is a major Hollywood blockbuster or a relatively obscure European indie film, my list of favorite films gradually gets bigger and bigger with every new release that I immerse myself into.
But stripping away the plot and visual effects of a standard movie, the essential part of my enduring love affair with cinema are the performances of the actors and actresses immortalized in film. There have been numerous fictional characters that I have come to know and cherish since childhood, and as a twentysomething cinephile, I have the utmost faith that I will not run out of such unique personalities depicted on the silver screen until the day I die.
2012 provided me with a bumper crop of good movies that encompassed many genres I like. The many thespians featured on this list are not by any means definitive, but a personal reflection of how such actors made an impact in the way I see the character being played in a particular film. You may have seen some of these famous faces grace your nearest movie theater (or in some cases, viewed on your computer screen via torrent downloads) in the past year or so. You might not agree with some or most of my choices, but like any notable film critic, all things are subjective to the viewer and it is left to the audience whether they agree on the opinions of another.
So allow me to wax poetic on the most memorable film performances of 2012, presented in chronological order of the release dates of the films the actors and actresses starred in. And if you haven’t seen these characters come to life yet, I highly recommend that you see the films they are featured in and judge for yourself whether they made a strong impression on you as they did with me.