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Green Lantern's Plight

blog_xrayIt's a sad, sad time in the life of a huge DC nerd like myself when I'm more excited about movies based on Marvel characters than the Green Lantern flick which is opening this weekend. But the reason is simple: I really can't stand the casting. Now, Chris Evans as Captain America = me standing in line for a ticket. Michael Fassbender as Magneto = me seriously considering starting an online petition to get MGM to ditch Daniel Craig and cast the dude as the next James Bond. But Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern? Ugh. No thanks.

 

It's not that I'm some huge Green Lantern fanboy and am ready to start picketing outside of theaters or anything. It's just that I've always found the general concept to be pretty compelling and the potential for an epic sci-fi movie series is massive. I love the idea that the universe is split up into thousands of sectors with super powered aliens acting as basically space cops, protecting their respective territories - That's just COOL. But every bit of footage I've caught so far has been a serious let down, with Ryan Reynold's distractingly vacant presence leading the charge. I've nearly fallen asleep during trailers for this movie because of how flat out pedestrian it looks.

*Sigh*

I have no doubt that I'll catch this movie somewhere down the line, be it on DVD or better yet streaming from netflix. The fact that DC's main man Geoff Johns had some creative involvement makes it impossible for me to write it off completely. I just can't bring myself to part with ten bucks for what I'm sure is going to be a major disappointment. I'd rather spend the afternoon re-reading Green Lantern:Rebirth or better yet, go see Super 8 again.

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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