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Superheroes at Home

Iron Man 3 is out right now, and Man of Steel and the Wolverine later this year. Sequels to Thor and Captain America are coming up, too — and I’m looking forward to see them all. I am far from being a die-hard comic book fan, but I do love those superhero movies!

My very first superhero crush was Superman. That a man could be so strong amazed me. He could lift huge and heavy objects with ease. And bullets? Not a problem. And best of all, he could fly! Christopher Reeve, to my little girl self, was the perfect male specimen. He was ridiculously handsome and charming, muscular too, but not in that scary, bulky, I-spend-too-much-time-in-the-gym way. And I totally fell for that bumbling shy guy Clark Kent alter-ego. All in all, he was dreamy.

Via The Justice Bulletin

Later on, there was a whole slew of superhero movies to feast on, starting with Michael Keaton as Batman, Tobey Maguire as Spiderman, and (swoon!) Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and the list goes on. M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable remains one of my favorite films of all time, which gave incredible insights into superhero and villain archetypes and their psyches.

Superheroes are larger-than-life characters that embody the best (and in certain moments, the worst) of very human qualities. They serve as some sort or role models for us normal mortals. Some of them, like the X-men mutants, invite us to discover and embrace our uniqueness. Others, like Spiderman, inspire us to move our focus beyond ourselves and use our gifts for the good of others. And still some, like Batman, give us hope that we can survive our traumas and tragedies, and be all the stronger for them. We see our dilemmas in theirs, and our journeys in their stories.

So, although I don’t think I’ll be collecting any action figures, or buying any life-size models, I get how profoundly some people identify themselves with a particular hero or other, and how much they want these characters represented in their homes. If it comes to that, there are ways that it could actually work, as these images show.

Via Pianeta Mamma

Via Muralsdirect

I think one insight into making it work is to resist the urge to cram the superheroes into every single nook and cranny. Restraint is the word. Confining the characters to murals, for example, is a wonderful way to bring in the the big guys and gals and still have a lot of decorating leeway for the rest of the room. Appropriating the color palette of the mural helps pull in the rest of the room so everything is a cohesive whole.

Hanging some comic book art or wall decals works too. I especially like the simplified graphics in this bedroom below.

Via La Maisonette

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Via Inthralld

But if you must go all out, then go for it. But keep the actual logos and figures to a minimum, and go for atmospheric elements that enhance the theme — play with textures and other elements that are related to the hero’s universe. Check out that awesome chest in the image above.

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The Batcave above will be a wonderful hideout for wannabe Bruce Waynes out there. And the brick walls below are just the kind that Peter Parkers would love to climb.

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I am far from being a die-hard comic book fan, but I do love those superhero movies!

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Ono sushi

Image from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, courtesy Magnolia Pictures

I can’t quite put my finger on when – it was more than a decade ago now – but, Toronto became obsessed with sushi.  There are three places within 10 minutes walk from my home and that’s light compared to the sushi to population density ratio downtown.

Sushi from Omi on Carlton Ave in Toronto

Image via Omi Sushi

There are lots of budget sushi takeaways (great in their own rite) but these are balanced by a few really wonderful spots, Nami and Omi to name a couple.  Places that treat sushi like an art.

Sushi on a board by Omi Sushi, 234 Carlton Ave in Toronto

Image via Omi Sushi

But if it’s the best sushi in the world that you seek, it’s not surprising that you’ll need to travel east to Japan.  Once there however, you might be shocked to learn the world’s best sushi is served up in a humble ten seat place located in a Tokyo subway station.

Jiro Ono, world's best sushi chefImage from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Sukiyabashi Jiro, is the first sushi-only restaurant to ever receive 3 Michelin stars,  it’s chef and proprietor, Jiro Ono, is considered the world’s best.

Chef Jiro Ono at work with his sonImage from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, courtesy Magnolia Pictures

At 85 Jiro loathes holidays, or any reason that would keep him from his sushi bar.  And Jiro, who has been practising his art for most of his life, isn’t done evolving.  He runs his little restaurant from sun-up to well into the night, with his eldest son, Yoshikazu, by his side.  His son will one day be responsible for continuing Jiro’s legacy.    Indeed it’s this relationship between father and son, along with a mediation on the quest to perfect an art, that has formed the basis of a new documentary film called Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

The film also asks if it’s true that doing what you love means never working a day, or whether you just work that much harder, with tolls on other facets of life.  The film is, as Anthony Bourdain reviews, “Thrilling and beautiful”, perfect for foodies and anyone else for that matter.

The film is currently playing here in Toronto at TIFF Lightbox and then makes the circuit through our city’s rep cinemas.  If you’re in the US, here’s the film’s list of local showtimes.

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