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I just finished watching Penelope from Netflix. Aww, that was such a sweet, cute movie. (Plus, it gave me the opportunity to play my favorite game, British actor spotting: Withnail! Octavian from Rome, Owen from Torchwood. Hey, was that Nick Frost? Yes, it was. ) I really loved it. It's definitely going into the dvd collection.

James McAvoy's performance was funny and charming. I don't think I've seen any of his movies that I've disliked so far. (Although Starter for 10 did make me cringe a bit.) My favorite photo of him, let me show you it...
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In other news, I did finish reading Breaking Dawn and it was bad. No, it did not get any better. It was so long and never-ending, that I almost lost the will to persevere through it and/or life, but I did manage to finish it. You should read [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's recaps of the series; she does a much better and funnier job of pointing out the WTFery than I could and you can still lol without going through the bother of actually reading the damn things yourself.

I also finished reading Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man. When I was little, I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I grew up; now I kinda think I want to be Nick Charles. Solve crime, make smart alec-y remarks, have cocktails. I was kind of surprised at how little Nora had to do in the book. (Perhaps she has a larger role in the movies?) She was awesome, but more like awesome in the background and every now and then she would make a snappy comment, but more often, it seemed like she was fixing Nick a drink (a lot of drinks) than actively doing anything. I still enjoyed the book though.
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A coworker asked me to trade shifts with her and I asked her to pick up today for me so I could have off specifically to see Batman.

Met [livejournal.com profile] brennye at the Warren theater. First time to sit up in the balcony and despite it being twice as expensive as regular tickets, it was totally worth it. Big, comfy seats, and you can push a button to have a waiter come over and bring you cocktails and quesadillas and what not. YAY. (I had a White Wonka, which was appropriately disgustingly sweet and a little bitter and sour.) There is even a switch to heat up your big ass comfy chair when it gets too cold. I seriously didn't want to leave. If only I could afford balcony seats all the time.

Anyway, as to the movie. . .

OMFG!


This movie fucking ruled. I think... no, I definitely need to see it again (and again and again) before I can wrap my brain around it. It was just amazing. I loved Batman Begins anyway and this was just an incredible follow up, even better than its predecessor. I was on the edge of my big ass comfy chair the whole time. I don't even have fucking words, man.
...in which I release my inner 12 year old. Spoilers ahoy. )

WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN NAO.

eta: I will try to make a grown-up girl post later :D
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meme stolen from everyone...

From Entertainment Weekly's top 100 movies of the last 25 years. Go through their list, BOLD the ones you have seen, and underline the ones you own on video or DVD; put an asterisk next to the one you love. Italicize the ones you want to see. Strike through the ones you hate/don't want to ever see.
clearly in possession of too much time and not enough shelf space )
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The crazy sleep schedule continues on unabated. I've come up with a new diet where I sleep through breakfast and lunch and then get up and just have a massive dinner. Strangely enough, I don't seem to be losing any weight with my sleep-through-all-but-one-meal plan.

[goggles]
Tv on the internet is much more interesting than what's currently on regular tv. Tonight I stayed up and watched the "Midnight", "Turn Left" and "Stolen Earth" episodes of Doctor Who. OMG. The last few minutes of Stolen Earth were spent literally making this face :o and :O and then
:O
some more.
[/goggles]

I watched a couple of movies this week. The Other Boleyn Girl, for which I'm now very glad I didn't pay to see in the theater. It was terrible, although Natalie Portman was very good as Anne Boleyn (which is kind of odd because she didn't really rise above when in other previous crappy movies.) Scarlett Johannsen is pretty, but still boring as all hell. Whenever she was on screen, it felt like "Oh yeah right, you're in this, aren't you?" which is not something you should be thinking about the main character. Jim Sturgess (hot) was totally wasted as George Boleyn. He should have been so much wittier and gayer than what the movie gave us.

Out of curiousity (and because I was too lazy to walk over and take the dvd out of the player), I watched some of the extras. Also, I wanted to see if Philippa Gregory is as on crack in person as she is in her writing, but I detected no overt signs of Anne Rice-ian wackjobness. I did feel bad for Eric Bana (hotness also mostly wasted) because he mentions in an interview how he wanted to do the movie because he liked the book. And the movie is nothing like the book. (Nor is it like history either, for that matter.) In fact, they immediately show the screenwriter saying how the book doesn't work cinematically, so he pretty much threw out the book and tried to keep to its spirit instead. I'm sorry, that just sounds like a shitty excuse for poor writing. It's your job to make it work, screenwriter guy. Turns out that the he wrote a previous Henry VIII biopic that I saw on Masterpiece Theater a few years back that was also crap. I don't know what he has against the Tudor period, but I hope he stays out of it in the future.

Oh, and I watched Grant Gee's documentary about Joy Division too. I really only like maybe about four or five Joy Division songs, but the documentary is very beautifully filmed and interesting. And hella depressing. I love Grant Gee's other documentary about Radiohead, Meeting People is Easy, and I'll say this: Grant Gee does a really good job at conveying the spirit and awesomeness of a particular rock band's music, but he makes being a rock star seem like it's the most soul crushing experience ever. Or maybe it's just the subjects he's chosen, I don't know, but his movies make me want to both go out and see concerts and take anti-depressants.

Hey, it's light out, so that means I can get some sleep now. Later, internets.
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I've decided that I really like the new Indiana Jones trailer. I have a weird ambivalence about the new movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark was my favorite movie as a kid, but I can barely bring myself to read up on it in case it ended up being too disappointing. But the clips of the action scenes look reminiscent of the chase in Raiders and there's some fairly amusing lines. I'm kind of meh on Shia LeBoeuf, but Cate Blanchett looks like she's having fun playing the evil nazi Commie. So yay for that, I think I can uncover my eyes now.

Anyway, here are the books I've read so far this year:

Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser. Excellent biography on a fascinating time period. Very well researched.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Gothic tale about feral twins. Enjoyed.

After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I enjoy reading Murakami, but I'll admit, I always feel like there's stuff going way over my head, especially with some of his more fantastical or sci-fi bits. I liked the realistic parts about the night owls hanging out at Denny's, but the part about Eri getting sucked into the tv? No clue, wtfkaythnx, also felt those scenes caused the book to drag. Still, I ordered a copy of Norwegian Wood because I am nothing if not tenacious. And also, because of the Beatles reference.


And Only to Deceive
and A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander. Two excellent mysteries set during the latter part of the Victorian era. Emily marries solely for wealth and when her husband dies soon after, realizes only too late his worth and depth of character. Then she goes around studying classics and solving crime. ^_^ The first book is mostly about stolen and forged antiquities and the second deals with someone pretending to be a descendant of the lost Dauphin of France. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Friendship and betrayal in 19th century China. Reread this and was horribly depressed all over again.

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. A fantasy of manners in which Alec, the Mad Duke of Tremontaine decides that he will have his long estranged niece trained to learn the sword. It was rather slow moving at the beginning, but it picked up after awhile and I was sorry it ended so soon. Alec is much less annoying here than he was in Swordspoint.

Yikes, much later than I thought. Time for sleep. I'll post the others later.
fiercebunny: (Marie Antoinette gish)
Eh, stole another meme.

THE RULES:
[1] Pick 12 of your favourite movies.
[2] Then pick one of your favourite quotes from each movie.
[3] Post the quotes in your journal.
[4] Have those on your friends list guess what the movie is.
[5] Extra points for knowing the actor and character's name.
[6] Strike out the quote once it has been correctly identified.

1. "Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please." - The Big Lebowski guessed by [livejournal.com profile] the_impassive

2. "Humans are cowards in the face of happiness. It takes courage to hold on to happiness."

3. "If any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now's the fucking time!" - Kill Bill guessed by [livejournal.com profile] squishysquidgy

4. "You know there's nothing to steal from my mom and Craig!"

5. "We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood."

6. "It's better to help people than garden gnomes." - Amelie guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sassachusets

7. "I have no way of knowing how things are now at KNOW. I knew how things were at KNOW before NOW." Down with Love guessed by Sarah.

8. "Did Doogie Howser just steal my fucking car?" -Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle guessed by [livejournal.com profile] the_impassive

9. "Do you... enjoy... knives?"

10. "I can't believe I have a bunch of dead people watching videos in my living room." - Truly, Madly, Deeply guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lesbiassparrow,

11. "I have to return some videotapes." Patrick Bateman in American Psycho guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sassachusets

12. "These Baptists are stupid. Stupid. STUPID."
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Monday afternoon, I went with Sarah to see Barack Obama at a political rally downtown. It was my first time at such an event, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was held at the old Farmer's Market.

pictures, goofing around with friends, Napoleon's hat, etc. )
fiercebunny: (Keaton with book)
Finally got a chance to go out to the movies. Sarah and I went to see Children of Men tonight. Wow, that was such a fantastic movie. And so very, very intense. There are a few points in the film, early on, that kind of lull you into a dreary, dystopian quietness and then suddenly a Holy Shit! moment. And then I just stayed in HS! mode for about the last hour and a half or so. I was so tense watching it that by the time I stumbled out of the theater, I felt like I'd been kicked repeatedly. (That and between the shaky cam and the gruesome violence, I was also really regretting my decision to stuff myself with pizza earlier.)

Now I must go and fill my Netflix queue with Clive Owen dvds.
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I started this cross stitch last Halloween but ended up putting it aside and didn't finish it until a few weeks ago. It was alright until I got to the last part where I had to backstitch the spider legs and (predictably) hated doing it. (The spider part that is, not backstitching in general. I loathe spiders.) But at least I have one Halloween project done in time ^^

Last Friday I hung out with [livejournal.com profile] mythicalgryphon to see The Prestige. Fun times! It was good to see Brenn again ^^ The movie was very good and certainly brought teh Pretty. As much as I enjoy watching Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman (who both are excellent here), their characters can be hard to sympathise with as they're both pretty bastardy. (I mean that in every sense.) It's quite twisty too, which I should have expected since Christopher Nolan directed Momento as well.

Off to watch Heroes now, yay.
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Today, Sarah and I went to see The Science of Sleep. Parts of it were good and visually I enjoyed it, but yeeeeahh, kind of weird. I'm not sure whether I really liked the movie as whole, similar to how I'm not sure at what point the tone of the movie went from being sweet and kind of fey to sad and creepy.

Also, I went to Walmart and exchanged my broken dvd recorder so now I can record all the new shows on tv and never have to worry about having a life again. Thank Jebus.

Some thoughts:

I'm liking Heroes better than I thought it would. It's definitely comic book geeky, but fun. I think they'd probably do better though if they slowed down and did character-centric episodes, à la Lost, instead of cramming everybody into each episode. I like the Japanese guy and Greg Grunberg's characters best so far, although I'm still convinced that no sane, self-respecting office worker would ever make a clock go backwards.

I'm liking Studio 60 less than I thought I would. I like the actors in it, but the writing seems less than believable so far, which is really distracting. They totally need to stop showing the comedy show bits, because they make it sound like Aaron Sorkin has never even watched a sketch comedy before. For the second episode, they dug up Gilbert & Sullivan and this episode, the characters were pissed off that people weren't gettting commedia dell'arte. Not exactly as hip and edgy as it's supposed to be.

Boston Legal, sanctuary for Star Trek refugees, now more than ever. I wish they would cut down on the other characters and just focus on Spader and Shatner. Denny Crane will end up marrying the dwarf girl, I'm calling it now.

Lost tomorrow! Yays!
fiercebunny: (Bpal White Rabbit)
Thanks for the birthday wishes, y'all. I'm having a nice, quiet time so far; thankfully my birthday falls on three days off from work. Yesterday, mom took me out for sushi at Shiki's and then we went to see The Illusionist over at Quail Springs. I've been wanting to see it for a few weeks now; it takes such a long time for smaller movies to get to Oklahoma :P I'm really glad I got to see it though. It's a very lovely period piece, just pretty to look at. There's a flashback in the beginning where the light sort of flickers at the edges of the screen, sort of the way it does in old silent films. I want to read the Steven Millhauser short story that the movie's based on. . . but the collection it's in seems to be out of print. Drat.

(And even though I really liked the movie, occasionally I would think of the line, "It's not a trick, Michael. It's an illusion." And then I'd have to concentrate in order not to get "The Final Countdown" stuck on a loop in my head.)

The previews before the movie were The Prestige (that other Victorian magician movie), The Black Dahlia, and The Science of Sleep, all of which I'm looking forward to. Yay for awesome previews.

Today I went to Borders with my spiffy 30% off coupon. And they have bags of Lindor chocolate balls with white chocolate goopy filling for Halloween. *dies*
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My used dvd of Pennies from Heaven came in the mail today and I was listening to parts of the film critic commentary track.

"What we've essentially seen so far in this movie is the downfall of innocence. This character has just made a pact with...Christopher Walken."

*ominous chord*

If that doesn't send you straight to hell, really, I don't know what will.

(And yes, the only reason I bought the dvd is to see Christopher Walken's "Let's Misbehave" dance number/strip tease. It is made of awesome.)
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Just got back from the movie, which was simultaneously awesome and horrendously painful all at the same time.

I bought tickets online for the Harkins theater downtown and by the time Sarah and I got there, about half an hour before midnight, it was already way packed. While Sarah was getting drinks, it took me a good ten minutes going up and down the aisles trying to find two seats together and failing. Finally, I found two empty ones in the bottom left hand side of the theater and asked the guy in the third seat if they were taken, and when he said no, I finally sank into the seat in relief. We made some chitchat about how freaking crowded it was.

Then, before they started the movie, Harkins held a costume contest. There were at least two dozen people in costume. Each person had to give their pirate name and do a little jig. The two finalists ended up being a Captain Jack lookalike and a guy in a puffy shirt named Captain Blueballs. They commenced sword-fighting. Captain Jack cheated by pulling out a pistol. Pirate, naturally. He ended up winning a treasure chest/gift basket filled with candy.

At beginning of the jig-off, the guy nex to me said, "How lame. These people have no lives." Hiding my annoyance, I said that I thought it was pretty cool. Dude, you made the effort to go to a midnight showing of a pirate movie, you're not going to earn cool points anytime soon.

Anyway, by that point Sarah had showed up towards the end of the contest and the movie started. There were three of us in a row of just three seats: me, Sarah, and this guy. Now at the beginning of the movie, we didn't notice anything peculiar. I certainly hadn't when I had first sat down. But after the first hour, Sarah realized that the guy sitting next to her smelled bad. Really bad.

There's a line in the movie where one of the characters describes the kraken as having "breath reeking of the stench of death", at which Sarah turned to me and whispered, "And I'm sitting next to it." Later she described it, "as if he got up this morning and rolled around in dead babies."

By the last forty-five minutes of the movie, even I could smell him. At first, it was just a whiff of something strange, a hint of b.o. or really stale breath. You couldn't tell where it was coming from. But then it grew stronger, the scaly tentacles of funk spreading further, more pervasively. The kraken was undeniably on the move.

Poor Sarah was leaning as far forward into fresh air as she could and when I would glance over, she had this kicked puppy look on her face that said, "Please, please help me."

Most of the drive back to her house was spent apologizing for making her take that middle seat. Most of the conversation went like this...

Sarah: I CAN STILL SMELL IT ON ME. IT BURNS.
Jennifer: I'M DRIVING AS FAST AS I CAN. ZOMG, I AM SORRY.

Such a shame because the movie itself was really great. Lots of swash-buckling fun, something this summer has sorely lacked. At 2 hours and 45 minutes, it is loooong though; do not hesitate to pack a light lunch. Johnny Depp was great again, as always; he totally sashayed away with the picture. I did love the other characters too. Everyone looked like they were having a lot of fun. Can't wait to discuss spoilers :D Oh, and definitely stay past the end credits.

Looking forward to the third installement, especially since Chow Yun Fat is supposed to be in it. FLOVE. After tonight's experience though, I will pass on any more midnight showings.
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I should be packing for my trip, setting up auction items, etc. but no, I'm just wasting my time surfing on the intarwebs.

Today I bought a pretty kanzashi from Gaijin Geisha. Squee!
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I also won a sleeping doll head off a Yahoo! Japan auction that I plan on customizing. I know I said I was going to chill out on spending, but it turns out that I totally lied.

And to complete my procrastination, I'm going to a midnight showing of Pirates of the Caribbean with Sarah. w00t! It's the only movie I was really looking forward to this summer (with the exception of Snakes on a Plane, of course.)
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Oh, I had the most awesome find in the Walmart dvd bin the other day. It was this ancient tv movie from the ‘80's called Mazes and Monsters. I remember seeing it ages ago when I was just a wee thing and had been wanting to see it again so I was overjoyed to find it, for $5 no less. Anyway, it stars Tom Hanks as this college kid named Robbie who plays a Dungeon & Dragons style game. This came out back during D&D's heyday when parents and newscasters were concerned that it would turn kids onto Satanism. Anyway, Tom Hanks transfers to a new college and meets some new friends who pressure him into gaming rather than letting him concentrate on studying. He tries to turn them down, but there's a gamer chick, so he totally gives in, in hopes of getting laid. Then they do lots of gaming; they light hundreds of candles because they totally have to get the atmosphere down. Then they decide to be even more hardcore and rpg in a cave with costumes they bummed off the drama department. So of course, Tom Hanks totally loses his grip on reality and flips out. Even though the gamer chick is now ready to get laid, Tom Hanks thinks he's really his holy man character from the game and has to stay celibate. That's just the first sign of crazy, though. Eventually, he disappears and the cops get involved, but eventually his friends figure out he's booked it out of town an is now in NYC. They track him down at the World Trade Center, which Tom Hanks is about to jump off of because he mistook it for Tolkien's Two Towers.

Slightly Less Crazy Gamer Friends: Don't do it, Robbie!
Tom Hanks:It's okay, guys. I can fly!
Slightly Less Crazy Gamer Friends: No! You don't have enough points!

Bwa-ha-ha! It gets even better at the end when his friends come to visit him and Tom Hanks looks like he's dressed for a game of tennis (white shirt, white shorts), but totally thinks he's still in D&D land. "And that's the day when we gave up all hope and Robbie was lost to us forever."

I admit I wasn't paying that much attention while it was playing (I was painting ma dollieh and there's only so much grainy 80's video one can take), but I think Tom Hanks may have shanked a homeless guy. I'll have to watch it again someday.
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This is turning out to be a lousy summer for movies. I'm still holding out hope for the Pirates sequel, but aside from that, I should just hole up in my tiny room with a stack of dvds.

Anyway, today Sarah and I went to go see The DaVinci Code, for lack of anything better really. This is what the Catholic church was trying to boycott? This is what was on the best seller lists for time out of mind? Geez. I'm kind of shocked because man, is it stupid. I'm so glad that I hadn't the book before and that now I don't have to.
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After work today I went to see X Men 3 with [livejournal.com profile] mythicalgryphon after, which I had some completely random observations...
spoilers within )
If you do go see the movie, be sure to stay after the closing credits. Bonus scene!
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movie memes are fun...

Think of your favorite underrated film, type the name into Google and do an image search. Find the best pic and then post it in your journal, but don't say what the name of the movie is! Once you post the picture, it's up to your friends to figure out what the movie is from the pic you posted!

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Shiny, happy meme

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At work: Please make the calls stop, customers are giving me Teh Dumb :(

ketchup

Jan. 13th, 2006 12:11 am
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Why is it that out of all of the days in the week, the two I have off go by the fastest of them all?

little updates:
On Tuesday night, I went to go see Brokeback Mountain with [livejournal.com profile] mythicalgryphon and Sarah. I'd be looking forward to it for months and it did indeed live up to my expectations. A wonderful movie, yet beautifully understated so that it doesn't beat you over the head with its message. Simply the story of two people who love each other, but can't openly share it because of social convention. (Oldest plotline ever, but it still works!)

Afterwards, we all went to Sarah's house because she had left-over brisket and stuffs from a road trip. Mmm. I will totally have to drive the hour and half down to ????, Oklahoma for that kind of food. (I can't remember the name of the place.) Anyway, it was all very yummy. Thanks for sharing, Sarah =)

Wednesday was spent goofing off and watching Lost. Mr. Ecko's story was sad, Charlie was a prat, and yeah, when they started reciting the 23rd Psalm, I did think it got a little too churchy. Let's cut to Jack already so he can insist that none of this is happening because of OMGFATE.

Today, I got up at a quarter past 8 AM to take my mom to a doctor's checkup. I repeat, 8 in the morning. That nearly killed me. Let's never do that again. I didn't even bother to bring a book for the waiting room because I was so tired that I became temporarily illiterate. That's how tired I was.

Also, my dvd of Kamikaze Girls came in the mail. (Thanks for not ringing the doorbell, UPS person.) This, along with Brokeback, was the other movie from last year that I was really wanting to see. And it rocked hard. I have to admit that I envy Momoko her Lolita wardrobe. And it goes without saying, her mad embroidery skilz too =D

Speaking of Lolita fashion, here is a picture of my new doll from Korea. (I get so excited when I manage to take a picture that is actually in focus that I must share.) I've named her Gish. She's meant to share a body with my vampire doll head (the heads can switch out), but I haven't had the heart to decapitate her just yet.
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A pic of the dress under the cut )

Time for a midnight snack and then I'll check out the BPAL update tonight!

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