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And yes, I'm being a good little minion and sitting here watching the lead-up/Red Carpet-thingy. We'll see how long this lasts as it seems they're running a very minor delay between video and sound, so the mouths don't totally match up. This is organic.

In fairness, I'm also going through JStor for research purposes. So this is more of a background noise for me.

But at any rate, I find myself somewhat blase about it all. I've been bad an not seen most of the films up this year - I rather wanted to see Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler. And Milk. But once again, the deluge of main "contenders" descended within a short period of time.

I like movies, I genuinely do. Usually don't see as many of them during the year as I'd like, but so be it. But more and more I find myself disliking the way Hollywood operates. And what they put out. While we get to see endless variations on drek such as Meet the Spartans parade across screens, potentially wonderful films - Guillermo del Toro's planned At the Mountains of Madness for example, or a film version of The Subtle Knife - get to languish in the realm of will-not-be-made.

So, the Oscars are here. And yes, I am watching the incredibly self-centered show that is the Oscars. Damn it, would it be so hard to release good movies over the course of the entire year? It would certainly be easier to get excited for the Awards Season...

People, when I can count on one hand what I'm looking forward to this year - we may have a problem.

Hrmmm... Hugh Jackman may be good for this year's show. "I am Wolverine" had me giggling...

Two Things

Sep. 16th, 2008 10:13 am
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1) I am firmly convinced that Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, Hirst's 2 day Sotheby's auction, is as much a piece of art as his other stuff. Albeit performance art which he does not usually do. Oddly enough, as in I'm really about to say this, I think some of the pieces going under the hammer are rather nice. For example, The Golden Calf, The Broken Dream, and some of sharks.

Now, if I could only see all the images from yesterday.

2) Secondly, re: Burn After Reading. In an odd way, it reminded me of a cross between The Big Lebowskii and Blood Simple. It was a bit screwy, and enjoyed left-turns. Their best film? No. One of? Possibly not. Fun and suitable to their sensibilities? Yes.

There were some girls behind us whom I heard say "it wasn't as funny as I expected" and a boy in front on the way out who echoed that sentiment, only commenting it wasn't as funny as O, Brother. I admit, I giggled. had they seen no other movies of theirs? It was funny - some genuinely comedic moments, and others that were more... black. However, Pitt was a hoot, Malkovich was suitably deranged, and Clooney was quite fun as well.

Finally, I was kind of surprised that there was a decent presence of young children/toddlers there. They were quiet, though dad heard the one behind him. I don't mind them sometimes in movies - depends on the film. This though? Leave them home.
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So, one of my co-workers (the same whose roommate has promised to lend me the first season of Farscape) has similar movie tastes to mine. This has advantages - eclectic foreign films? Score! (And disadvantages - during a conversation about the Cohen brothers, our boss, came over to remind us not to Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink. We thought he was going to tell us to be quiet, or something like that.)

So, I've got several classics for the weekend: The Maltese Falcon for one. As well as 8 1/2, The Seventh Seal, and a foreign flick (Spanish, I suspect) I've never heard of.

I should not be looking forward to this as much as I am...
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Seems Potter won't be this holiday season, but instead next summer.

Oddly enough, I'm kind of *shrug* about it all. Instead, I'm telling myself I need to pick up Randy's new album (!). And that U2's got new coming out in November. (Rumored to be Achtung Baby like in terms of quality, etc.)

This means touring (hopefully) soon... *squeal*
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Watchmen, where have you been!?

Actually, I know exactly where it's been - and I'm regretting not reading it earlier. (Finally stopped beating around the bush and [livejournal.com profile] domnall picked it up.) I'm currently about half-way through it and thoroughly enjoying. It's well-written, well-done, the usual. Mind you, I love Moore. The small bit I've read of his other stuff is, well, brilliant.

I've joked, on more than one occasion, that I came late to my geekdom. Lots of things I knew about, but for various reasons never really attacked until recently (read: college). This includes a large number of comics/graphic novels, some TV series (most of Whedon's stuff, for a start), and various other bits and pieces. Considering there was never a steady TV in the house until my parents split, was a start.

Mind you, that wasn't the only factor. Far from it. In novel-form, I'd done a large amount of reading elsewhere, particularly in the fantasy/folklore genre. My tastes simply ran a little... different...

Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women anyone? It remains, to this day, one of my all-time favorite books. I adore Ricky Jay. (And, on that note, if anyone ever comes across a copy of Cards As Weapons - please, tell me.)

In equally cheerful (movie-related, this time) news:
Zack and Miri Make A Porno Teaser - Kevin Smith, how I love you...
Also, the independent film Cthulhu.
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Birthday was quite good. In addition to other things, I got Girl Genius: The Works and a paella pan. (woot!)

Had dinner at Feast, which (as can be expected) was mighty tasty. Following that, we hit the Loft to see Mongol.


Alright people of the flist - go see this. Seriously. It's a Russian film about Genghis Khan. Which admittedly may sound *blah* to some, but it's totally worth it. Absolutely gorgeous cinematography, good subtitles*, good story. The timeline was somewhat fluid, which wasn't nearly as distracting as I thought it would be after the first time it happened. After a weekend of large explosions, a blockbuster, and a not-quite-as blockbuster, film... made a lovely change.

Added bonus - jewelry envy and some fabric envy.

* - ever see lost in translation? the scene where the director gives murray directions in this long rant? and the translator just says left? yeah, that's the equivalent of bad subtitles
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Weekend good. Willa happy.

Saw Hellboy - immensely fun. Also saw The Dark Knight which was rather good, if not entirely all I was expecting/hoping. (Ledger was wonderful, though I wasn't as... disturbed... as I thought I'd be. I thought Eckhart stole a few scenes.)

Visuals were good. The chase scene was possibly my favorite. (overturned semi! confused!dent! not-dead!gordon!)

Doctor Parnassus please!
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Saw Hellboy this morning.


Seriously - never tell me that del Toro doesn't do wonderful visuals. It was gorgeous. Mind you, I've never read the source material (it's on my list), so I can't compare it to that. However, I do highly recommend it.

If for no reason other than the Angel of Death. Whom I rapidly came to adore. And Krauss, who was quite amusing.

as an aside - i saw several costumes that, if i were to have a reason, would *love* to recreate
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Rock Band 2's set list was announced.

There is a single Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue.

Nonetheless - Dylan! Dylan! Dylan!

there's also psycho killer by the talking heads. which i remember singing along to when i was little.

As an added bonus - I know there are a few Watchmen fans on my list. The teaser trailer seems to have existed online for all of about a very short time earlier today. (Empire released it a day early.) However, seems it's attached to The Dark Knight.

ETA: Watchmen Trailer on Apple
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Saw Get Smart last night, which was lots of fun. Despite my dislike of Anne Hathaway, I thoroughly enjoyed her. Steve Carrell was, as can be expected, quite good.

Also picked up High Fidelity and Sabrina at Barnes and Noble. Audrey Hepburn! Humphrey Bogart! *squeee*

Downloaded the new Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie albums as well last night. I'm enjoying them both.

Tomorrow, it's back to work. Also need to do some wedding stuff this week. (Eek! It's creeping up!)
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Just got home from dinner and movies. Went to Pei Wei, then hit up the DeAnza to see Wanted and The Incredible Hulk.

Wanted was a surprisingly fun adrenaline rush. Sure - scenes reminded me massively of The Matrix. However, it was fun and amusing, and good.

Hulk was a blast. Plain and simple. I enjoyed it very much.

Granted, this now leaves two movies I really want to see in current circulation - Wall-e, which we'll probably see next week, and The Fall. I'm probably going to have to rent. if by some miracle the last mistress showed up in tucson, i'd be there in a heartbeat. but i doubt it shall be so.

Also - got rings on Friday morning! Woot! They rock! Nice and simple. Also, comfortable.
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Trip to B&N was successful.

Bought books for my dad for father's day - 5th Edition of The World's Most Dangerous Places and a travelogue called Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things.

We also got DVDS. Third Season of Weeds, which shall go on loan to my father tonight, as well as An Evening With Kevin Smith and An Evening With Kevin Smith 2 (the latter includes a brilliant part talking about watching Dora the Explorer while stoned.

Feature-film wise, we ended up with Boiler Room, Mirrormask, and Capote. That last one is further reason to marry the boy - he remembered me talking a long while ago about how much I liked it and wanted a copy. It's a very good film with Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote, dealing with the time surrounding his writing of In Cold Blood. (On my to-read list.) It's glorious, and bleak, and a wonderful piece of work overall. Catherine Keener, who plays Harper Lee, is also quite good.

Finally, the trailer for The Last Mistress looks quite promising. There are several non-blockbusters I'm interested in, including The Fall which is directed by Tarshen and if nothing else, should be exceedingly beautiful.

And there's always Choke. And Gonzo.
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Weekend was, overall, quite fun.

Coronation was very nice, and Champions was good. (We left early as I needed to get home and finish a project - conveniently due Wednesday, not today, as I thought.) It was a nice chance to hang out with friends and just talk. We stayed in Lake Havasu with [livejournal.com profile] domnall's mother, and so got to see her as well.

The highlight however, I think, was after Coronation. Several of us went to dinner at Joe's Crab Shack, which was fun, and then headed back to the Best Western where most people were staying. We got a decent sized group together and went off to see Iron Man. When we got there, we ran into various and sundry more people.

Which meant we took up about two and a half rows of a small theater in a casino and giggled like maniacs throughout.

remember: whispering is talking too

The movie - So. Damned. Good.

Two Things

May. 2nd, 2008 07:49 am
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First off - for those who know about the wolf heads from the Getty, I got an email back with the following information:

Here you go )

Also - we've got the Times review of Iron Man.
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Answers to this post.

4. I learned that sometimes one bullet doesn't suffice. - Brotherhood of the Wolf.
5. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. - The Godfather.
7. That man is a head taller than me. That may change. - Aguirre, the Wrath of God. ([livejournal.com profile] domnall pointed out if I'd used "I am the wrath of God." he'd have gotten it... bah! I say!)
10. I don't know, Jim. There's obviously something wrong with him. He's taken off his shoes and one of his socks and... actually, I think he's crying - The Royal Tenenbaums.
11. These are hard times for dreamers. - Amelie.
12. The time to make up your mind about people is never. - Gosford Park.(Though it appears Audrey Hepburn also said it in The Philadelphia Story.)

With The Big Lebowski, there was also a suggestion I used the Pomerian quote (What do you mean brought it bowling, Dude? I didn't rent it shoes. I'm not buying it a fucking beer. He's not taking your fucking turn, Dude.). Alas, too late.

As an aside, i probably should have used the quote
"The Oracle told me that I would fall in love and that that man... the man that I loved would be The One. So you see, you can't be dead. You can't be... because I love you. You hear me? I love you... Now get up! "
which is one of my favorite ones from the first Matrix.

sappy? oh yes... but how i love it...

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] ciara_belle I can't seem to find that quote anywhere in the script I found. What I did with some of the quotes was go to IMDB, look up the movie, and choose a quote I liked. Hrmmm...

meme time!

Feb. 25th, 2008 01:07 pm
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Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] clarimoto

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. When someone guesses correctly, put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search or other search functions.

1. Raining down sulfur takes a huge level of endurance. Mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in, next to soccer. - Dogma. [livejournal.com profile] jldecker
2. I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin? - Trainspotting. [livejournal.com profile] jldecker
3. I'm not a roman mum, I'm a kike, a yid, a heebie, a hook-nose, I'm kosher mum, I'm a Red Sea pedestrian, and proud of it! - Life of Brian. [livejournal.com profile] elinor_dear
4. I learned that sometimes one bullet doesn't suffice.
5. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
6. You are fighting for the biggest nothing in history. - Apocalypse Now. [livejournal.com profile] clarimoto
7. That man is a head taller than me. That may change.
8. Worse than the total agony of being in love? - Love, Actually. [livejournal.com profile] elinor_dear
9. Ah, just in time for a new century. You'll soon find your bearings, young Masbeth. The Bronx is up, the Battery is down, and home is this way. - Sleepy Hollow. [livejournal.com profile] jldecker
10. I don't know, Jim. There's obviously something wrong with him. He's taken off his shoes and one of his socks and... actually, I think he's crying
11. These are hard times for dreamers.
12. The time to make up your mind about people is never.
13. Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules. - The Big Lebowski. [livejournal.com profile] domnall
14. Let's face it. Big junkies come from little junkies. We gotta nip this in the bud, Burke! - Death to Smoochy. [livejournal.com profile] domnall
15. The beast runs amok in my kingdom. He has isolated me, and now he is sharpening his talons for one more fateful push. But salvation lies in the jungles of New Spain. Will you deliver Spain from bondage - The Fountain. [livejournal.com profile] msgolda
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Update round two:

Oscars? Check.
Thin Mints? Check.
Milk? Check.

In the immortal words of Ron Stoppable - Boo yah!

it's intern george!!!!

Updates as I see relevant.
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So, [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I saw The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was cute, and No Country for Old Men today. NCFOM was just... Cohen brothers = love.

Last night, we hit Eric and Julia's for her (much belated) birthday party. It was quite fun. Good people, and a most amusing time. (Quelf however... is *such* a wrong game.)

School-wise, I'm keeping busy. Should be working on some sketches, but instead I'm about to curl up with a book.


On and before I forget -

2. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

3. Beauty, Brains, and Brawn - On The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature.

4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:00 am
swordmage: (Thoughtful)
First off - Golden Compass review later on today. The only thing I've got to say right now is IOREK!!!!

Got my Nats grade if I don't take the final - B. Seeing as I'd have to get over a 100 on it to get an A - I'm not going to bother with the final. Sweet, sweet relief... Also means I don't need to go to class this week.

B+ on my Spanish Medieval paper, which was a pleasant surprise. She'd made mention of how they weren't what she was hoping for, and then I get that. Woot!

Other than that - not much. I recently got into PvP in Wow. It's kind of addicting, and when I get home tonight I'm picking up a new wand. The only green I've now got is a trinket. I'm kind of proud, as I'm also decently on my way to new gear. Tonight's got some arena thrown in - asses will be handed to us on shiny silver platters. But Candarian Demon Moose will prevail!

No - I don't have issues. I also need to remember to fiddle with Vent. The new version doesn't seem too keen on Alia.

The weekend though was spent goofing off mostly. [livejournal.com profile] domnall went into work on Saturday, and then we saw The Golden Compass. Sunday was just hanging around, some WoW, and then a bit of Christmas shopping - mostly done now. Kind of nice to just sit down and calm down.


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