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G is for Goddess (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 8, 2017

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I’ve had a lifelong interest in mythology, and Greek mythology in particular. Another abundant theme in Art Nouveau is the female form, presented in profile, the face as centerpiece, a maiden in Nature, and of course, the main Goddesses.

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Antique sterling art nouveau locket — large size with repousse Greek Goddess of the Night Nyx. Depicts owl, moon, stars, torch.

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Nike, Goddess of Victory

Gold and enamel, diamond, ruby, pearl and carved opal.

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Zeus and Hera, in gold and sapphire.

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Diana, goddess of the hunt. Brass plated in antique gold. Fine bronze filigree encases the black and ivory cameo. The pendant is decorated with Swarovski opal stones and a black diamond Czech crystal drop.

The Goddess Ceres. Peachy-pink coral, 14k gold with thistle motif.

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Head of the Gorgon Medusa, late 19th Century, Czechoslovakia. The brooch is made of gold, jasper, and pearl. (I include Medusa here because A) some consider her the Goddess of PMS, and B) this is a singular piece.)

This piece of the “Sacred Fire Odyssey” collection represents Vesta, the Goddess of Fire. For me, this is one of Rene Lalique’s supreme creations. From Lalique:

“The majestic, Fine Jewellery Vesta necklace is a perfect demonstration of the House’s craftsmanship and its emblematic jeweller features: a piece that adapts to four different wearing styles, including necklace, brooch or pendant, and the famous mixed-materials technique introduced by René Lalique, in which the precious and non-precious combinations serve the beauty of the motif – a fusion of gold, sapphire, diamond, fire opal, moonstone, engraved mother-of-pearl, cloisonné enamel and crystal.”

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X for Xena, Warrior Princess


by Lillian Csernica on April 28, 2015

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Yes, this is a TV series, not a movie, but how could I possibly leave Xena off this list?  Xena, Warrior Princess is a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.  Xena got better ratings than Hercules and went on to become far more popular.  Xena continues to enjoy a huge fan base.  I haven’t watched every single episode, but I have watched enough to know the stunts on this show are entertaining, the scripts are good, and the wardrobe staff had a great sense of humor.

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From imdb.com:

Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.

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Renee O’Connor as Gabrielle

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Xena’s weapons: a sword, a whip, and the Fatal Frisbees

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Kevin Tod Smith as Ares, God of War

Hercules has to keep fighting anything and everything the goddess Hera sends against him.  Xena has a love/hate relationship with Ares, God of War.  He makes frequent appearances in the series.

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Bruce Campbell as Autolycus, King of Thieves

If I have a favorite character in the series, it’s the agile and witty Autolycus.  I’ve been a Bruce Campbell fan for a long time now, ever since Army of Darkness.

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Then there’s Callisto.  More than one bad sword & sorcery movie has started off with the hero suffering through the trauma of seeing his family slain and his village burned to the ground.  Callisto is what happens when that suffering and trauma leave you a violent, bloodthirsty headcase.  If she wasn’t when she started out, she would have been by the end of the series, given everything that happens to her character.  Actress Hudson Leick must have had a real workout!

If I have any complaints about Xena, I’d have to say that there are times when the situations run to the corny or melodramatic.  Once in a while the “What lesson have we learned in this episode?” stuff gets to be a little much.  Still, that is a minor complaint.  With plenty of eye candy and action, Xena: Warrior Princess is worth watching.

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C for Clash of the Titans


by Lillian Csernica on April 3, 2015

 

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Admit it, you were expecting Conan, right?  Clash of the Titans is far more deserving of its place on this list.  The original movie is full of bad dialogue, actors chewing on the scenery, boring costumes, and a really annoying clockwork owl, but at least it had the amazing talents of Ray Harryhausen behind its mythical creatures.

The story is simple enough.  The gods of Olympus are busy cheating on each other and taking it out on the mortals involved.  One of Zeus’ affairs results in Perseus, the hero who must capture Pegasus, solve a riddle or die trying, outwit the cursed Calibos, and battle the dreaded Medusa.  These challenges enable him to face the ultimate test, rescuing Princess Andromeda before the Kraken can devour her.

The movie boasts a really impressive cast.  It made a surprising amount of money, and it lingers on in the memories of all of us who are devoted to the sword & sorcery genre.  There are several scenes that make the movie look much more low-budget that it really was.  For a complete list of the consistency errors and other mistakes that made it into the film, see the imdb.com page.

 

The 2010 remake relies on CGI and way too much of it.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, the producers pushed back the release date so they could bring the movie out in 3D format.  This cast includes Liam Neeson (Zeus), Ralph Fiennes (Hades), Mads Mikkelsen (Draco), and Jason Flemyng (Calibos).  Sam Worthington plays Perseus.  Worthington, Neeson, and Fiennes reprised their roles in the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, which was intended to be 3D from the beginning.  This proved to be no help, and the sequel got even worse reviews than the remake.

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Speaking of really terrible sequels, I can’t leave the letter C without mentioning Conan the Destroyer, sequel to Conan the Barbarian.  The sequel turned out to be so cheesy it earned the nickname “Conan the Disappointing.”  The single most telling detail about how bad this movie really is comes near the end when Conan is muscling his way through some rocks that have collapsed and blocked the passageway.  You can see the foam boulders compressing under Conan’s weight as he elbows his way forward commando-style.

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