sff_corgi_lj: (Holidays - Litha)
Happy Yule to the Antipodeans, despite the lack of icon.

I saw an interesting reply to why, despite this being the astronomical centre of summer (Midsummer's Day, etc.), it's regarded as the beginning of summer. It's because of the oceans, really; they hold over the temperature for about six weeks, so the actual heat of summer peaks around Lammas (variable according to location, of course).

(There's a note from NASA included in this article about Google's version of a solstice celebration; National Geographic's is here.)

I thought that as a commemoration of summer, I'd mention one of the great modern traditions - blockbuster action movies. Yes, I have actually seen movies, in a cinema and everything, lately!

First, Debbie treated me to X-Men: First Class which had very strong character writing, beautiful periodicity and an amazing cast. It's also like a 2-hour+ resumé for Michael Fassbender, and might do for him what the first X-Movie did for Hugh Jackman off Broadway - now that the teeming masses have seen him, they'll likely want more. Kevin Bacon makes for a magnificent psychopathic villain (and his German and Russian sounded quite polished to my ear). I was amused to see Georgia standing in for Miami, but at least they had mangroves nearby. For all that it plays fast and loose with Mystique's background, and adds a canon-recent mutation to the White Queen all the way back in '62, the story and relationships are the stars here, not the SFX and the superpowers.

Speaking of the SFX, there's some surprising in-camera flying going on - it's usually all composite and digital now - and a familiar bit of BAMF. I looked it up and yes, that's his father. Howard Tayler has it currently at his personal #3 position. I like Howard's standards.

I went to see Thor alone as Debbie had already seen it. I really hope will be nominated for an Academy Award for Art Direction and/or Costuming. It was Jack Kirby as reinterpreted through Streamline Moderne all in a golden palette. It managed to be grand without ever being gaudy. The Kirby elements were not as prominent as I might have hoped, but Loki's horned helmet was Perfectly Kirby.

For all that I'm not a Marvelite, I realise that they changed some basic relationships and such for the sake of the story - never mind the whole 'Donald Blake' part - but especially for stories which will extend past the one movie, there's some cosmic aspects that won't play easily when you've got to be quick on your symbolic feet. Debbie agreed with me that the writers did a fairly brilliant re-synthesis of mythology and science, making one fit with the other like two sides of a well-designed coin.

It's not a generally funny movie, but does have a few laugh-out-loud moments (wait for the SHIELD MiBs on the roof), a very nice character arc where the hero actually learns quickly and does not get passed the Idiot Ball, and an entirely complex villain who isn't really a bad guy for the most part.

This is Howard's #9, partly because he had sub-optimal viewing conditions. I'm avoiding 3D myself, since I can; I hate wearing glasses over glasses, and it makes things too dark for too little return.

Most recently, I got to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which is Howard's #1 movie so far. (See, you don't have to read just my opinion here.) Yes, it's loosely based on Tim Power's novel of the same (sub)title but don't try to compare the two. It was more of a structural borrowing than anything like an adaptation, from what I've read.

I had fun - familiar characters, less emphasis on the whole romance subplot (while it remains a gracenote), far subtler SFX than the massive spectacle of At the World's End. Mind you, the SFX there were appropriate for the story, just as the less obvious work here is appropriate for this one. The mermaids are beautiful without being fanboy bait, and have a nicely creepy touch added; good revamp. Angelica is brave and bold, and has her own sidekick. Could we be lucky enough for a female pirate movie? And... c'mon, Ian McShane. He needs no modifiers.

I didn't get to see Green Lantern yet. Ryan Reynolds really did well at ComiCon with the oath, and my friends (and Howard) have said generally good things about it. I'm jazzed over Tomar Re being RENDERED ABSOLUTELY CORRECTLY SQUEEE, as well as other faces like Kilowog showing up completely recognisably. Hopefully Saturday!

(Oh, incidentally - look at this. It has nothing to do with either the solstice or movies. It's just really pretty.)

Have a blessed holy-day, however you might celebrate it.
sff_corgi_lj: (Holidays - Yule)
I didn't realise until I came out of the cinema how appropriate it was that Avatar be released as a solstice movie. Not that there's anything specific in themes, just... it feels right. My Solstice present to myself, taking myself to the movie.

Howard Tayler mentioned he didn't expect any surprises in the storytelling. He shouldn't, and neither should anyone else, really. Cameron tells old-fashioned SF stories. What makes him special is HOW he tells them, not WHAT he tells.

Avatar is, indeed, FernGully, and Dances With Wolves and goodness, nobody's mentioned it's Lawrence of Arabia. It's also several hundred years of Roman, English and American history (versus the Celts, Irish and Native Americans) - as a sample. No, it's a retelling of some very old story elements, both in and out of the genre. No contempt with this familiarity, though, not from me.

Which is why this virulent, spittle-foaming, pseudo-Christian review puzzles me so much. In which Corgi can't help but to comment on several of the more irrationally-stated points in the 'review', and hopes Google might get the comments back to the virulent so-called writer. SPOILER WARNING HERE. )

Back to less stomach-churning considerations, now that I've got that out of my system. You gotta love a movie where the hero is Not Stupid. No, he's not perfect or anything, but he's well-trained, strategically clever and learns from his mistakes. He knows how and where to ask for help when it's needed - which is Ever So Much More Not-Stupid. He's also got a will like a Green Lantern. We have more of Cameron's typical female characters, which means they are A: not typical B: stronger than steel C: doing ordinary jobs and sometimes extraordinary jobs, just like the men.

The cast are all wonderful. Of course that's CCH Pounder! It almost could NOT not be her in that role. Sigourney Weaver looks even more wonderful as a Na'vi, and Stephen Lang is disturbingly charismatic, despite his character's other... 'qualities'. This cast were worked over worked just as hard as Cameron's previous casts; there's a story about how Sam Worthington wasn't able to react physically to an explosion with quite the desired energy, so Cameron whapped him with a big rubber stick at the vital point for the motion-capture to get the right kind of flying-body.

The depiction of the Na'vi themselves is absolutely amazing. Perfect suspension of disbelief, perfectly natural motions - and it's easy to forget how big they are, proportioned like basketball players the way they are. Only seeing them next to normal-tall Terrans does their hugeness become apparent. The translation of the Terran features into a Na'vi face is flawlessly done; everybody still looks exactly like themselves, only... blue and kitty-nosed and pointy-eared. Look carefully - there's a point I didn't quite pick up on while watching the movie that the Pandorapedia shares. The Terran-Na'vi hybrids have, due to their genetic splicing, five fingers and toes at the end of each limb. The native Na'vi have only four of each. (Considering that the predominant animal life, both terrestrial and aerial, are hexapodal - I'm starting to wonder how native the natives actually are. Could they be a seeded race? And are they mammals?)

I confess I went all verklempt when there was applause when the credits started rolling. When was the last time you heard anybody applaud a feature film without it being a special screening?

Good news from the wikipedia article, by the way. Apparently if this does well enough, and I think it will, the Cameron has two sequels in mind. Gods! Where could he go from here? I'd love another visit, though.

And I can't wait to see Green Barsoomians now.
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - The Batman)
...and despite all the negative chatter quoted in the Wiki article, I had fun. I think Macht did a great job with his character (aside from looking pretty - did they airbrush him, though?), and for a Frank Miller production, the women did amazingly well. Of course, the real star of the movie was The Look. All that saturation and contrast... and that weird little clone-foot bit. Samuel Jackson's totally outed as a fanboy-with-work-ethic, with the jobs he's been taking over the past several years. Can't really complain about that, can we?

I didn't expect an epic work from it, and being generally unfamiliar with the original material, I didn't miss some of the notes that others complained about. I think the reviews were overly harsh. Maybe it's just my taste for a heavy sprinkle of Weird.
sff_corgi_lj: (Caribbean)
I remember when they built this Blockbuster (for those not familiar, it's a video-rental chain which became huge due to ownership by the (former) owner of all the local sports teams, H. Wayne Huizenga). I think it used to be a Big Daddy's license shop and lounge, back when Coral Gables lay really, really flat. I even applied for an assistant manager position at this location, a loooong time ago (they never called me back).

Since whomever it was in the city sold out to the developers, and the local skyline changed to 20-storey average, low-lying buildings like the old Rex Art building and now this Blockbuster on the edge of Miracle Mile are more of an exception, and will probably disappear fast enough so somebody can build something out of scale in their places. As it's easier to sell off the store contents than move it, especially with the volatility of the home-video rental market, all the DVDs are priced down to about $5 for the prewatched copies. I couldn't pass this up.

One of the finds I took home (along with some Susan Komen Foundation pink M&Ms) was a copy of The City of Ember; Debbie and I had seen the trailer for this once, and we both went Oooo. It's based on a juvenile novel, apparently the first of four, by Jeanne DuPrau. Tom Hanks's Play*Tone optioned it, filmed it in Ireland and released The City of Ember last year - underpromoted, and with limp reviews. Poor little movie.

It's got a great cast - the young female lead's already been nominated for an Oscar for other work, and the adults include Martin Landau, Tim Robbins, Bill Murray (doing a great job of laughable-but-sinister), Mary Kay Place and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (from Without a Trace most familiarly, and reminding me a little of CCH Pounder). It's a little predictable, but the set of the city is to drool over with its amazing detail, and there is an entirely refreshing lack of Terminal Stupid from any of the characters.

One might call it post-apocalyptic steampunk - an underground city built as a war haven is aging badly. People have been improvising local power sources and recycling their technology for far too long; the grown food is diminishing in quality, stored foods are scarce and the blackouts are getting longer each time. We follow two teenagers, who have just come of age to join the workforce, as both their curiosity and their drive to help their city of Ember prompt them to unravel a mystery 40 or so years overdue in being solved.
sff_corgi_lj: (Clan MacMillan)
Debbie treated me to GI Joe today (probably the only non-parent adults in the auditorium, or at least the only female ones) - and yeah, it's pretty strictly for the eye candy. The CGI is impressive and nearly seamless; the editing suffers from a touch of closeupitis in action scenes instead of letting us appreciate the choreography before it hurries off to another angle, but on the whole - it's pretty. This includes a very shiny cast - Christopher Eccleston, all Scottishy; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, formerly of Third Rock From the Sun in his callow youth; Jonathan Pryce as the President of the United States (woohoo, the Welsh take over again!) and OMG RAY PARK.

I repeat: OMG RAY PARK, WHO IS PLAYING SNAKE EYES.

Natually, they don't let him talk, because I dunno, two Scots accents in one American movie Not Braveheart or Rob Roy is too many, or his voice will cause glass to shatter like in a Russell Mulcahy movie or something. But OMG IT'S RAY PARK. And I... [hangs head] was not watching with sufficient devotion. (They also have two boys in flashbacks, actual martial artist kids, who are not half awesome with the action.)

Oh, and that WAS Brendan Fraser! My goodness, I thought I was seeing things. (It's nearly a Mummy reunion - Kevin J. O'Connor is in a flashback and Arnold Vosloo is a secondary blackhat.)

Two Scots, a Cymro, Brendan Fraser and a Gaelic codeword - muahahahaha.

(Thank you, Debbie!)
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wonder Woman)
Gwynne was wonderful enough to treat me to Iron Man and Diet Pepsi, except the guy I bagged for at the Winn-Dixie (Guillermo) beat her to the Diet Pepsi part. Yes, a complete stranger paid for my soda/caffeine addiction just because I bagged his groceries.

Anyway, that was after the complete rush I got from the movie. This is just as good as my Flist have been saying, WTCKH! This is also some of the most glorious movie tech I have ever, ever seen as I honestly would only be guessing 99% of the time which parts are greenscreen, which are pure CGI, which are stunt doubled.

The relationships are beautifully enacted here, such a light hand on all of them.

It's interesting and so fitting that the credits point out this was filmed entirely in the U.S... especially since I recently found out to my great surprise and certain amazement from some real photos of Afghanistan field ops that the country looks shockingly like the area right around Edwards AFB. They're perfect doubles for each other, right down to light levels, I think.

I am quite in love with Tony's workroom. The interactive hologram projector, the colloquial-response waldo-robots... I feel bad for the cars, though. (I wanna see a Junkyard War between Tony Stark and Ted Kord, now that we have Ted back. GLEE!)

Two words: Jeff. Bridges. 'To smile, and smile, and be a villain.'

Two things I found distractingly unlikeable: Tony's bad fake moustache in some scenes, although I don't know why it would have taken Downey that long to grow the real thing; and Pepper's gawdawfully crippling stilleto strappy things for her to break her ankles with during the whole climax. C'mon, she ain't that short, is she?

Although that looks a lot like Zeljko Ivanek in one of his usual roles, that's actually Jennifer Gray's husband Clark Gregg playing S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. And IMDb says that Downey's an Iron Man fanboy to start with - gawd, it's like Clooney getting to wear the cape and cowl. I love it when Our Kind get to make it where we all want to be... because then we get to ride with them.

One last thing... no rumours about Downey screwing his life up from this production, right? Can we dare hope we won't have another premature funeral now? Will Iron Man do for Downey what it did for Stark...?

THANK YOU, GWYNNE!
sff_corgi_lj: (Second Life - Tanarian)
...which means I have to go nag at people now. Meh.

Meanwhile, Debbie took me to see Prince Caspian today. I haven't read the book in so long, I had no mental arguments or doubletakes going on. I thought the Prince himself had a pleasing resemblance to Keanu Reeves and 'Peter' might be set to be the next Cary Elwes, since Cary had abandoned what made him popular in the first place (irrelevant to talent, mind you).

My goodness, haven't the younger ones grown alarmingly! Actors are as bad as puppies. Their action scenes were so nicely done, I wonder if they kept up training between movies, or this is just actorish body memory and three months of hard pre-production.

I was surprised to see Slovakia as a location, but considering how closely the forest resembled that of a bright and sunny British Columbia, I'm fairly sure that's where Slovakia came in. Puzzling, though - they've got perfectly lovely forests in NZ. I measure all this by Xena, I should mention. It was not bad as a travelogue (so to speak) for an adventure show. :) My weird location bug kicks in at times like these. Wish I could find some way for it to make me money....

Anyway, I quite enjoyed the whole thing, book differences aside - some of them were, of course, because you don't pay actors to not be on screen. I loved seeing how the Xena/Hercules centaur technology looks with some serious money and another 5-10 years of technology applied. New Zealand, home of centaurs! Even more than the elves - the elves still have the Celtic parts of Britain to claim, even if they were shot down under.

It's hot here, and I have some mildly Mad Science to apply to a bathtub, and virtual mushrooms to hunt. :)
sff_corgi_lj: (Cine - Wizard of Speed and Time)
The Decade That Could Have Been:
Seven Great One-Season Wonders


By Peter Clines


...and on to the list! )

Peter Clines has had a lifelong love affair with the movies. He grew up in New England, where he studied English literature and education, and now lives and writes somewhere in Southern California. If anyone knows exactly where, he would appreciate a few hints.
sff_corgi_lj: (Nightowl)
(I have such problems with timing usually, unless I go with somebody.)

Saw Spider-Man 3 in the last first-run cinema it's in in my area - ouch. I liked it just fine, but I think I can see where people might have got restless with parts of the story. It's much more the character piece than super-hero action, although the Big Fight's pretty breathtaking in spots. There's some incredibly fast action in this film, which just highlights how much more brilliant the CGI artists have become with their constantly-improving tools.

And Toby can dance pretty wickedly. ^_^

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Also raided a series of Asian markets, including one I found sort of by accident and a new one really near work. *ahem* [lolcat voice] I can has ginger grater! [/lol] It's a blue kitty - I confess, I went for the cute over the strictly-utilitarian. Now... let's see what I might make with this stuff [rubs paws together, looks at stash consideringly].

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No new cute-dog pix this week. There's been fights and poo, neither of which you want to see. Bah.
sff_corgi_lj: (Corgi mask)
(She brought it down to me to try to save her files so she could reload her hard drive, but I think I fixed the main problem instead. Now to get the CD and USBs working....)

A few quick things:
  • [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue is home, yaaaaay!


  • Canadian Robitussin is better.


  • Debbie and I went to go see The Fountain with the South Florida Science Fiction Society (SFSFS). Should you see it? Yes, I think so. On the shallow end, it's full of Hugh Jackman eye candy, and he also acts his tush off. For the... what's the opposite of 'distaff side'? Anyway, for those of appropriate gender, there's quite a bit of Rachel Weisz as well, being luminous.

    On the deeper end, it's very philosophical and moving. The first thing I said after it finished, though, was that the mundanes aren't going to get it — harsh, but likely true. It requires thinking and a willingness to follow a very knotwork-like timeline.

    The visuals are unparalleled, and the tone reminded me a lot of Solaris, only more... hm, upbeat, I guess you might say. The Wiki article on the movie is quite thorough; apparently after the first attempt to make this movie crashed and burned all the way back in 2002, the creator decided to at least make a graphic novel of it... and it unrolls itself very much like a graphic novel indeed. I'm not sure I'll ever 'need' to see it again, but I'm glad I saw it at least the once.





  • Saw a trailer for Will Smith's new movie coming out. Oscar bait, pure and simple.


  • I put out pools for the puppies today (I got a cheap hard-plastic one to augment the inflatable needing patches). They no longer feel like walking vacuum bags.


  • There is no spoon.


  • I'm working from 20:00-04:00 GMT-5 for the whole of December, plus a bit on either end.


  • I have finally seen the NorthAm dub of Bleach and other than a couple of minor kvetches, I have no problems with any voices I've heard so far, least of all Johnny Yong Bosch as Ichigo. Some fora will complain about anything.


  • I am quite relieved I got to read my e-mail and my webcomics.
sff_corgi_lj: (Anime - Busy corgi Ein!)
And 128.1 miles yesterday. That's a lot of driving. The difference was due to meeting Cindy after a wrong turn on I-65, then stopping at [livejournal.com profile] annechen67's after a wrong turn on SR 840, and a left turn onto I-10 because I was sick of I-75 and the Turnpike. I shoulda taken I-16 and clinched that one. Thank you, everyone, who inquired about the quality of my trip. :)

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Following the recommendation of one of my Flisties (was it [livejournal.com profile] agonistes? One of the Registry Wolves? Alas! I cannot remember.), I found an unabridged CD copy of Isabel Allende's Zorro, which was just as delightful as I'd been told. It worked wonderfully to facilitate 'Zen driving' Saturday night/Sunday morning.

The people who manage the Zorro property commissioned Allende to write Zorro's origin story. Sure, everybody knows that he's the son of a Alta-Californian hidalgo who decided to fight injustice, but why? And how did he learn the skills that allowed him to be as successful as he was? Allende starts the story, just like Bujold did with Miles Vorkosigan, by telling how his parents met (modelled closely on a historical account from the same area of California). She expands the story to give credit and interest to both the native peoples and to women in Zorro's life — no so much wandering off track as seeing points of view unexplored by the original and subsequent authors.

Give it to Robert Rodriguez to make a movie out of it, please. :) He'll know how to keep the film as fun as the book. And he casts well (Banderas as Alejandro de la Vega, with age makeup?)

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Yesterday, all the driving was due to Annie (my R.A.D., Randomly Acquired Dog) going in for her spay operation. WARNING: possibly tedious recital of automotive traffic situations ) Anyway, you can see how the miles added up. And it was time (2.5 hrs) I had to make up, too.

Annie's still feeling kind of weird and sore, but she's better today than yesterday of course, and perking up.

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Little Sirius is, of course, adorable — and floppy like a rag corgllie. My vet was rather fascinated by him being a half-collie, and wants to see what a 3/4 corgi would look like (fat chance, Marmesh). I'm wondering what he should dress like for Halloween... any suggestions?

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Pictures to follow eventually. :)
sff_corgi_lj: (Science!)
I found this whilst Googling for something else entirely, and thought it was well worth sharing.


LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

LRB | Vol. 26 No. 1 dated 8 January 2004 | Carl Elliott

Scrivener's Palsy

Carl Elliott

Constructing RSI: Belief and Desire by Yolande Lucire · New South Wales, 216 pp, £24.50

Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect' by Daniel Moerman · Cambridge, 172 pp, £14.95


Is medicine in the mind, or the pill bottle? )
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wonder Woman)
I am very slow out of the gate nowadays with movies, much to my frustration. I didn't get to go see Superman until today, with Debbie.

Right out of the gate, the movie makes a point of saying 'I'm related to the Salkind movies!' The title design (the titles must be worth 25% of the ticket by themselves, honestly) is almost exactly the same, and John William's beautifully chilling Krypton theme starts the film's story right after a Williams-esque medley of the Superman motifs. The whole soundtrack isn't half brilliant, I think - the little touches between the rearranged Williams music are extremely effective and integrated with the story.

Brandon Routh does a spectacular job, a true heir to Chris Reeve in my opinion. They continued the little character jokes from the earlier movies - Lois's spelling, Clark's hunch-shouldered, eyeglass-nudging geek schtick - without ever seeming parodical or a close enough imitation to be both eerie and painful. He's got great body-line as Superman, making his moves graceful and powerful; Singer even set up a couple of shots to reproduce classic Superman imagery, like the first Action Comics cover where Superman's lifting a car over his head, and Rouch sells every single feat.

The set designer(s) should be nominated. Especially at the 'Daily Planet', the sets are richly designed and detailled. The newsroom looks both cluttered and busy enough to be the real thing while looking like a Deco masterpiece at the same time. The island used in the second half of the film evokes not only the original design that, in story, it's a mockery of, but also of the basalt columns of Giant's Causeway and other formations, which indicates somebody might have actually been thinking about real geology when they designed that set.

James Marsden, going from one comics publisher to another, plays Richard, who is absolutely the Guy Too Good to Be True. His character, starting off with being gorgeous, athletic, rich, talented and employed, goes through emotional strains during the course of this film which not only render him completely sympathetic, but also worthy of respect and admiration for his strength of character. Anything more would be spoilery, and there might be someone else out there who hasn't seen this and wants to.

There's other little touches, like Jimmy's bowtie; Clark's reaction when he drops his eyeglasses while helping Lois pick up her spilled purse; what Clark (Kal) says to Jason at the end of the movie; Parker Posey's performance as henchwoman Kitty, just in general; Noel Neill's cameo at the beginning of the film; the laws of physics as applied to aircraft — the scene-stealing David Fabrizio as 'Brutus'; AND, OMG, Sir Richard Branson as a shuttle astronaut! (I thought there was something unusual about that beard.) Totally engaging.

Superman Returns has all the heart in it that X-Men 3 did not, and it all has to be due to the presence of Bryan Singer. Let's keep him around for a LONG time, please.
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wonder Woman)
Add me to the cheering multitudes. It's spectacularly epic (and I'm a sucker for British Columbia locations). The rework they did on the origin of the Phoenix works for me; introducing the canonical reason would have been too much to cover and justify, I think, in the cinematic story's context. The pace is breathless without being rushed, and the FX of all varieties are brilliant (yay, WETA DIGITAL!!). But everybody'll know all the good points.

I have a few afterthought reservations. Although Brett Ratner did step up and perform admirably, there's a bit of lack of heart to the film as a whole; whether that's from the script or the actual direction, I can't really say.

Some of the composition... well, let me use a sort of allegory. One of the reasons the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive, was panned was the way the otherwise venerable director composed all the shots of the dancers/dancing. He never shot it like a dance movie (considering the physical talent, more boos to him for it) but kept using medium shots, shorter cuts and never letting the audience appreciate the lines of the bodies and the trajectories of the choreography. There's a reasonable bit of X3 that could have used wider shots or at least wider establishing shots to frame the action better (I'm thinking more of the fight in the forest than the big fight at the end). We don't get to see Wolverine, for instance, the way we have previously. Considering Hugh Jackman's physical talents, here's your snorkel for the gutter, he needs to be shown off better.

And speaking of the most excellent Wolverine, when did this series turn into the Wolverine Show? I don't mind for myself, not being a Marvelite, but setting things up so he's the ONLY one who can save the day? Three times in a row? It starts to chafe.

The last thing is more a note to snicker about than anything seriously pro or con about the movie: Has anybody ever liked Storm's hair? This time, it just strikes me as kinda bizarre.

P.S. They STILL shoulda cast Steve Bacic as Hank McCoy/the Beast again, even if Kelsey Grammar might be the only actor in English-speaking creation who could say 'Oh, my stars and garters' and not cause the audience to crack up.
sff_corgi_lj: (Music - Sting)
The other day I saw a man, in suit and tie, noodling around the credit union's car park on a skateboard. He also apparently was talking on his mobile phone at the same time. It was the suit part that really made me grin.

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Meissa seems to be finally getting a clear concept of housebreaking... except, Meissa dear, when you need to go, you're supposed to poo after you get out the door, not before. But thank you for asking for 'out' anyway.

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I really need to wash my hair but the puppies have used up all the towels the right size. Meh. And it's a pain anyway.

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Due to the generosity of [livejournal.com profile] myfanwy, I've finally got around to watching Moulin Rouge!. Although there's various aspects of it that were enjoyable, as a whole it's not turned out to be a film I'm actually crazy about. Considering I love Strictly Ballroom, this was a little disappointing.

The music is anachronistic and intriguingly built. One medley covers about a half-a-dozen pop hit from over the past decade or two, including something from U2. A few minutes later, there's a snippet of filked Bowie. I knew Sting had to show up in that kind of company, and sure enough, one of the most involving scenes has 'Roxanne' remixed as a tango, roared out by a narcoleptic Argentinean character played by a Polish Australian. Now that is a medley.

The cast is excellent; Ewan's and Nicole's voices surprised everybody. Ewan especially has a sound that makes me think he'd be well-suited to Sting's catalog - there's something of that same howl in his voice. I thought both their performances were moving.

Richard Roxburgh, who I'd only 'seen' before in the abomination The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, had wonderful menace. I've heard he really fangs the scenery in Van Helsing, but gawd, who's gonna watch that for anything except mental popcorn? With the makeup he was wearing, he was actually reminding me a lot of Gary 'Wee Brun Man' Oldman somehow.

Surprisingly, I didn't recognise Faramir. *coughCOUGH*

And I really don't know of anything that a little John Leguizamo doesn't improve. No, that was not a pun. Well... not meant to be.

Art direction: only one word -- LUSH.

As to the story... well... kinda same-ol'-same-ol', in a way. It's a very old story, after all. No surprises. All in all, I didn't feel I'd wasted my time (especially when I found out Kylie Minogue was dubbed by Ozzy Osborne), but it's not something I'm interested in buying.

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For some reason, I have Ghost in the Machine on my brain. For that, I proffer you a lyric:

Omegaman )


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Work, being that it's Monday, has decided to suck already.
sff_corgi_lj: (Holidays - Yule)
Yet more happy holydays to you all. :) And happy slightly-early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] bannaoj!

While map-mashing -- did you know the route from Birmingham, Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee, is not anywhere near as cleancut as the mapsites would lead you to believe? -- I found AARoads.com. For U.S. drivers, you have to check this out, because it'll give you better info than any state Department of Transportation will. Nothing like a fandom to dig up obsessive details, right?

Comics rec

Nov. 26th, 2005 06:54 pm
sff_corgi_lj: (HP - Sirius & Medeni)
Go look at this. Pleeeeease go look! It's just [livejournal.com profile] hollycomics.
sff_corgi_lj: (HP - Spider-Harry)
No Grims. No Veela, either. Or leprechauns, house elves, daughters of the House of Black, or many Weasleys. Minimal Snape, even.

But considering they had to start with a doorstop, I think they managed to cover things pretty decently (Doreen: 'It's too fast! It's too fast!').

I met [livejournal.com profile] heidi8, Georgie (if I'm spelling her name correctly) and Marci, from the S. Fla. 'Harry Potter Meetup' to go in together. We were, however, separated when the promoter would only allow Heidi's press pass to seat herself and one other (Marci) in the press area; Georgie and I stayed up nearly in nosebleed territory, but Lo! And Behold! Here comes Doreen-from-work and her daughter Stephani (if I'm spelling her name correctly), looking for seats! What fun!

Before the movie started, there was, for me, a REAL treat. The Superman Returns trailer... set to John William's goose-bump-raising 'Krypton' theme and voiced over by a certain Welshman [cue music: Hen Wlad fy Nhadau] (I'm fairly sure!). Looks hot. *beam!*

Spoilers, such as they may be for a currently published work, begin here. )

So -- on the whole, aside from the EOEs, it's well put together and rather satisfying. Kloves' unhealthy Hermione-obsession seems to've been held in check, and the twins really ARE priceless in this. They are, as they say, worth the price of admission. There's really not a lot I can see to quibble over -- nothing substantial, at least. Tom Riddle gravestone issue aside, it seems to respect the novel and the intent of the novel a bit more than PoA did (hush, Heidi!).

I do wish Olympe Maxim didn't look like she was on stilts the whole time, though.

'Serenity'

Jun. 24th, 2005 01:41 am
sff_corgi_lj: (My Fandom (SF))
OH.
MY.
GODDESS.

Before I get into any commentary, let me make you all an offer.

HELLO, FLIST, I'M TALKING TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.  LET ME HAVE YOUR ATTENTION FOR A MINUTE.

When this movie is released, any one of you who is reluctant to go because of the cost, or because you don't think you'd be interested, or because you don't fancy Joss Whedon much for some reason... whatever.  Whatever your reason might be, I don't care.  You e-mail me with much lead time as possible with the name of the cinema and the showing you're willing to go to, and I will buy your ticket on-line.

If you come out of there thinking it was not worth your money, fine.  At least you gave it a fair chance.  You come out of there breathing hard or sniffling or feeling like you've just had your mind scrambled... you pay me back.  I'll take PayPal, LiveJournal credit for my [livejournal.com profile] medeni_ci_jones account, Barnes&Noble gift certificates... whatever.

Bet I come out even.

Desperately non-spoilery notes on the film )

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me....

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