May 12, 2013
Hollywood has repeatedly used classic myths and legends as movie storylines. The following are some of the best examples of mythical stories transformed into modern movies.
JASON AND THE ARGONAUTSâ€”1963
The characters of this classic film consist of Olympian royalty including Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Triton, Hercules and the hero Jason. Although the special effects appear dated by todayâ€™s standards they were groundbreaking for their time and helped bring the ancient myth of Jason and his quest to life for twentieth century moviegoers.
CLASH OF THE TITANSâ€”1981
With a cast that included Laurence Olivier, Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith and Harry (more…)
March 25, 2013
Comics inspire wonder, imagination, and visibly portray the ongoing battle of good versus evil. While most comic book heroes are male, there are some noteworthy heroines out there. Here is a look at a few of the most interesting:
What Superman is to male comics, Wonder Woman is to female comics. She is easily the most widely known and is the only female member of the original Justice League. Her powers include super strength, the ability to force someone to tell the truth by using her magic lasso, super breath, and telepathy.
June 16, 2012
When the gods and goddesses of old were created their stories were a comfort to the people; it let them know that no matter how good or bad things were, they weren’t alone in the universe. While we’ve figured out a lot about how the world works, and our science has let us do things like split the atom and re-shape the face of the planet, we still feel the need to reach out to (more…)
September 12, 2011
Roman mythology identifies Venus, and her Greek counterpart Aphrodite, as the Goddess of Love. According to these traditions, Venus was born from the sea, following the castration and death of the Caelus (Uranus), one of the earlier progenitor gods of the Greco-Roman pantheon. She has equivalents in many world mythologies, including those of the Scandinavian and Egypt, but in modern times, she best known by the Roman name, Venus.
The modern interpretation of these origins may suggest the popular archetypical child seeking revenge for the death of a beloved father; however, this was not how the Romans and later (more…)
August 30, 2011
Since the beginning of time, people have looked above and around them for strength and protection. Humans are invariably a little on the weak side and feel vulnerable in many situations. It is during these moments of weakness that most people bolster themselves with imagination and fantasy. Long ago, the Greeks had an entire cast and crew of gods and goddesses. These patrons of humankind filled the skies and wandered the earth, representing both the best in us and the worst in us.
As time passed and technology gave (more…)
August 16, 2011
Some years ago, somebody set out to discover who the most recognizable figure in the world was. They expected it would be Jesus Christ. They were wrong.
The individual recognized by the most people on the planet, including barely-contacted tribes: Superman.
Humans have a deep psychological need for gods and heroes. In a world where the three big monotheisms hold much power, fictional figures come to fill that need. The superhero is an archetype not so very different from David or Gilgamesh, and the modern superhero is even more (more…)
May 2, 2011
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October 6, 2010
Many centuries of myth have provided fantastic starting points for characters in American comics. Some of them are heroes, some of them are villains, and some of them can’t be lumped easily in either category. Here’s a look at some you may not be familiar with (and one you most likely are).Antaeus: In Greek mythology, Antaeus was the giant son of Poseidon and Gaia. The best-known comics version is Mark Antaeus, the son of an experimental scientist. Antaeus was injected with growth hormones by his father, and later added cybernetic enhancements to his body.Circe: This goddess imprisoned Odysseus and turned his men into pigs. In DC Comics, she is a villain of Wonder Woman who also turns people into animals and can raise the dead. In Marvel Comics, there is a character called Sersi who is a member of the Eternalsgod-like creatures who evolved from humans. (more…)
October 4, 2010
DreamWorks Animation’s last traditional animated film was Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Part of the reason was the film’s “poor” financial receptiona little over 80 million for a film with a budget of 60 million. Regardless of your thoughts on Hollywood logic, the film is actually a hidden treasure, with expert performances from Brad Pitt as Sinbad, Michelle Pfeiffer as Eris, goddess of chaos, Joseph Fiennes as Proteus, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the love interest who shifts allegiances from the beginning to the end of the film.Sinbad was originally an Arabic story, but the film takes place in Greece. For a more accurate presentation of the material, look for the original tale in Richard Burton’s translation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Still, enjoy the film for what it is, and mourn the fact that we won’t see its like again.
October 2, 2010
The anime series Sailor Moon captured the spirits of ’90s viewers so expertly that it is today at least recognizable to a wide variety of people. Eventually becoming a part of Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” block, the series had a similar appeal to Dragon Ball Z, but featured teenage females as the protagonists instead of burly muscle-men. These women were referred to as the Sailor Scouts, each one named after a planetary body.Elements of different mythologies (typically Western) reveal themselves throughout the series. For example, the powers of each of the Scouts typically originate from the planet they’re named after. Sailor Moon’s powers are based around light and mystery (like the goddess Diana), while Sailor Mars is a warrior archetype who plays with fire (like the Roman god). Sailor Neptune (from the Roman king of the seas) holds power over all of the oceans. (more…)