Movie Night: Iron Man 3

Year: 2013

Director: Shane Black

Production Company: Marvel Studios

Leads: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 10.00.33 PMWell, we went to see it. We pretty much had to, of course; after watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2 and Thor (good movie, Thor), Little Satis would’ve probably considered patricide had we not. It was a surprise, then, to find that it was significantly different to the previous two Iron Man films. In fact, different I think to all of the Marvel films to date.

It was dark.

I don’t want to give too much away of course, it being new, but I can safely say that the storyline quickly veers away from “Iron Man” and bears its full focus on Tony Stark. We learn a lot about Tony in this movie. And what we learn isn’t all that pleasant.

The nutshell version is that a new villain, the Mandarin, is claiming to be responsible for a series of terrorist bombings across the United States; bombings that leave no bomb pieces behind. But before the ass kicking can really get into full swing, we suddenly find ourselves with Tony in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter with no suit, no Jarvis, and no help.

This leads us to a journey of self-discovery for Tony, and the center of the film is dominated by this, whilst the world meanwhile cowers before the Mandarin. And it’s this that really turns the movie on its head. Robert Downey Jr. suddenly has a reason to show his acting talent, and stop being so incessantly…Robert-Downey-Jr.-ish. As I’ve discussed the movie with friends and family, I’ve discovered not everyone appreciates this turn of direction. If you are looking for an all-out guns-blazing action movie in the style of Iron Man and Iron Man 2…I won’t say that you’ll be disappointed, but you might be surprised. If you’re looking for a superhero movie with a surprising amount of depth, this is for you.

★ ★ ★ ★ 

Daily Photo: May 30, 2010

I love the effect of a long shutter speed on running water.

I love the effect of a long shutter speed on running water.

This is a small waterfall in Endcliffe Park in Sheffield. It really is a pretty place in the Summer.

Camera: Nikon D90          ISO: 200          Focal Length: 18mm     Exposure Compensation: -3.5ev          Aperture: ƒ/22          Shutter Speed: 1s

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The Redemption of Erâth: New Maps of Erâth!

I’ve completely neglected to review my edits for The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation for the past few days, but it’s okay because I’ve been working on updating two of my maps of Erâth. It’s been a long process and I’m a little nervous because I’m no artist, but I felt that I needed something with a more…handcrafted feel to it. I actually printed out (in black and white) the computer-created maps, and then traced landmarks – rivers, mountains, cities – first in pencil, and then again in ink. I rescanned these into my iMac and brushed them up a little in Photoshop (I’m terrible at keeping the paper clean). They’re intended to look a little two-tone-ish, but I’m not sure how it came off.

Either way, both maps are here for you to enjoy, and I would love your feedback – both positive and negative. Bear in mind, these are ultimately destined for professional publication, and I really need to know if they’re good enough, or if I need to look at getting some outside illustration help for this.

Thank you!

Map of the land of Thaeìn, one of the major continents of Erâth.

Map of the land of Thaeìn, one of the major continents of Erâth.


Map of Consolation, homeland of Brandyé and setting for Book One.

Map of Consolation, homeland of Brandyé and setting for Book One.


Incidentally, the fonts used are Porcelain by Misprinted Type and Freebooter Script by Apostrophic Labs. Both are available with a free license from, but if anyone knows different please let me know. They are gorgeous fonts and I would love to use them.