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I'm watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - we saw it in the theater last year, but it's worth seeing again. As I write this, Gary Oldman is doing that long speech about Karla - almost a monologue, although Mr. Cumberbatch does throw in a line or two - that's probably the best thing in the movie, and it's a good movie. I remember thinking later that that speech was probably the Oscar nomination right there. IMDb's trivia page (here) has some interesting stuff about how they assembled that amazing cast - half of it by accident when other people weren't available, it sounds like.

Also, I watched a "making of" thing beforehand, and it was generally pretty interesting, but the thing that struck me about it was that Mark Strong was bald - which suggested to my mind that it was probably made while they were filming John Carter - although it took me a minute to remember where I had seen Mark Strong with no hair. Actually I think at John Carter, I spent half of the movie wondering who that bald guy was and what else I'd seen him in lately. Apparently Mark Strong interests me. (I liked John Carter. It's another movie I would like to see again.)

The Hobbit made $85m or so over the weekend, which is apparently thought to be disappointing. Like I said yesterday, the showing we went to wasn't full, for what that's worth. I didn't expect to hear that it had made Avengers-type money, anyway. But on the other hand, $85 million is nothing to sneeze at, either.

The other movie I watched this weekend was the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice, another movie I hadn't seen since I saw it at the theater at the time. Something reminded me of it, and I rented it on iTunes (which I have started doing for movies I want to see on a whim like that - it's certainly cheaper than OnDemand, most of the time, and the selection is much better). I had forgotten a lot of things - for one, that Judi Dench was in it at all. I'm kind of a P&P snob, but it's not a bad adaptation, really - except for that scene at the end, which is so anti-Austen that it makes me roll my eyes. That part I hadn't forgotten.


(It's nearly 4 in the morning. I have no business being up, although I feel like crap and I suspect I'm not going to make it to Galveston tomorrow, anyway. I'll end up working at home again.)
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I have been using the #hobbitses tag ever since I got home. I am easily amused. (It is not exactly highly original, there are a ton of people using it.)

So really the plan was to do normal Saturday things today, and go to see The Hobbit tomorrow, because going to movies is more of our Sunday thing. But there's also a football game tomorrow that I want to watch, and I started thinking that a three-hour football game followed by a (almost) three-hour movie would be a bit much. So I suggested to Rob that maybe we could go to the movie tonight instead, always assuming we could get in. (The funny thing is that Rob was apparently not listening to me too closely and thought I was just saying that we should go buy the tickets for tomorrrow while we were out tonight. Luckily we cleared this up before actually buying the tickets, and he seemed to go along with the change in program pretty happily once we got it straight.)

Now our normal Saturday routine (now confined to Saturdays-when-I'm-not working) goes something like this: Rob goes to the gym, I play video games, we do laundry, we go out to eat rather early to beat the crowds, we go to the grocery store after that and usually get home in time to watch Dr Who when there is one. So mostly what changed is the latter part of that. I started on a new zone in GW2 (Timberline Falls, if you want to know) and went on my usual exploring binge and forgot about the time. But around four I came to enough to start thinking about the whole 48fps thing and 3D vs 2D and all that, even though we still theoretically weren't going until tomorrow, and I got as far as looking it up at the huge Cinemark which is the closest theater to us. That was when I started reflecting on the timetable for tomorrow and that moviegoing might well fit in as well or better tonight, if I could get Rob to agree.

Before we could leave for all of this, we had to run the gauntlet of neighbors downstairs having a cookie party. We really should have gone downstairs and made an appearance earlier when it was in full swing, but the aforesaid fever of game exploration hit, and I kind of didn't get around to it. And Rob didn't push it either. But we did stop and talk to everybody for a few minutes (without actually taking any cookies, I want you to know) and then we went off to the Cinemark to buy the tickets and then went to Texas Roadhouse to eat - not really where I would've picked, but Rob likes it, so eh - and then the movie. We had plenty of time and in fact got seated in time for all the pre-movie stuff that we normally avoid by running in at the last minute. We saw a thing about that Vegas series on CBS and some Canon/Ron Howard thing that sort of mystified me, and... I forget what else. And then eventually a ton of previews, mostly for post-apocalyptic science-fictiony things that I will probably go see all of unless they seem to totally suck - let's see, one was AfterEarth with Will Smith, and then there was one with Tom Cruise that I forget the name of (Oblivion, maybe?) and then Pacific Rim. Stuck in there were a couple of non-SF things that completely failed to register. And of course there were the numerous pleas to TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE and by the time the movie started, I was like, "Oh, really, this is the movie finally? Oh look, there's the New Line logo, I guess it really is."

Oh, also, there was a GW2 promo in there (along with several other video games) and something about it made a little wave of laughter go through the crowd. I totally did not get why, though. I'm not sure if it was a GW2-is-already-over laugh - because this is The Hobbit, after all, it's bound to be a geekier-than-average crowd - or what that was about. (If GW2 is already over, then they should have laughed even harder at the Mists of Pandaria one, you'd think!)

Anyway. The movie. I went in with fairly low expectations, and I'm sure that helped, but I enjoyed it a lot. It was certainly all over the place tonally, with the whipsawing back and forth between low comedy and I'm-Thorin-and-I'm-hot dramatic slo-mo and bits of The Silmarillion, for god's sake, but mostly I didn't even mind. Rob liked it too. (We sat through a good hunk of credits before we got up, and then went to the restroom and got out to the car, and Rob said, "I bet the credits are still running." And this being a Peter Jackson movie, he might well have been right.)

Oh, also I should note for the record that we went to see plain-vanilla Digital 2D, although I had to explain the whole framerate thing to Rob before we could buy the tickets. I think there were at least 4 different format choices, and the showing we went to was not even sold out, although it was one of the larger theaters and it was hardly empty. I did not even notice where the 3D was supposed to be like I usually do, for what that's worth.
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I'm "of a certain age," as they say - which is to say, middle-aged. I'm a little over 50, and what that means for this purpose is that I remember the Bond movies of the 60s, but not clearly. By the time I was old enough to have more than a vague idea of what the Bond movies were all about, Bond was into the Roger Moore era, and he just never really appealed to me. Plus I thought those over-the-top plots of that era were stupid. So to sum up, I've just never been a huge Bond fan, and Rob - who is a little younger than me, just under 50 - doesn't like the Bond movies at all, for reasons that are not entirely clear to me. (I don't know if the age thing makes any difference whatsoever - but it might, a bit. The two-and-a-half year age difference between us is nothing when you're 50, but back when we were kids, it was a lot. I don't remember the Sean Connery movies well, from back then, but I imagine I remember them better than he does! Although actually I doubt that either one of us were allowed to see them in the theater, if it came right down to it.) But anyway, I was intrigued enough by the reactions I was seeing on Twitter that I basically dragged him in with me to see Skyfall, and the fact is, we both enjoyed it. It's well-made, and it's really not a "traditional" Bond movie at all in a lot of ways, which for us is more of an advantage than not.

I didn't really read the reviews before we went, because I figure it's better in most cases if you can manage not to be spoiled. I read reviews of movies I'm not sure if I want to see, not the ones that I do. Skyfall would normally have been one of "unsure" ones, except for the aforementioned Twitter mini-reviews, which mostly were entirely non-spoilery things like "AWESOME!!" It was the sheer volume of those that caught my eye - nearly everybody on my Twitter list had things like that to say about it. So I decided I wanted to go, and I told Rob that if he would go with me to Skyfall on Thanksgiving Day that I would go with him to Lincoln on Sunday. (Which was not exactly a compromise, quite honestly, since I wanted to see that too. But it was enough to get him to cooperate, anyway!) I didn't read reviews of Lincoln, either, and I didn't actually realize what it's about - I think I expected more of a general Lincoln biopic than it actually was. But I like politics, and that's really what it was about, so I enjoyed it.

Now I am a little bit of a Civil War buff. Back in the early 90s when the Ken Burns thing came out, and then the Gettysburg movie, I got interested enough to wade through all three of the Shelby Foote books - which I highly recommend, if you're interested, but you need to be really interested. (A far lesser bar, if you're interested but not interested enough to put yourself in for a couple of thousand pages, is Foote's Shiloh novel. Or even better, the Michael Shaara novel that Gettysburg was based on, The Killer Angels. They are both extremely readable, without requiring any particular knowledge of the subject.) Then after Foote, I read an awful lot of other Civil War books as well - I actually considered going back to school to study this stuff, at one point. The only real tangible evidence of all my acquired knowledge is this little mini-summary of the first part of the war, which I still think is pretty good for something I wrote off the top of my head one night. (The reason there's no part 2 was largely because the war in 1863 gets a lot more complicated and got beyond the scope of what I could write without doing research.) So all this is by way of saying that I know a lot about Lincoln, in general. But I honestly didn't know much about the fight to pass the 13th amendment, and I enjoyed it. (I know, I keep saying that. But I did.) I don't know how much you'll enjoy this movie if this is not a subject that interests you, but it's another well-made movie, and the packed house we saw it with seemed to really enjoy it, too. And they surely can't all be Civil War buffs.
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Yes. This.

@scottEweinberg: Again, the HFPA is a moronic farce of a critics group. They're asskissers who live to shake hands with Clooneys and such. Remember this plz.

@cleolinda: And also, there's booze and Meryl always gets her drink on and no one gives a shit by the end of the night! And that is why I love them.

@cleolinda: I'm just saying, the Golden Globes are intellectually bankrupt but they also don't make us watch interpretive dance.

From here: http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/2012/01/15/


[livejournal.com profile] columbina and I had a long conversation while playing SWTOR in the middle of the Golden Globes - I wasn't really watching per se but I would glance over and make the occaional random comment like, "ooh brendan gleeson." The gist of it was that he hates award shows and doesn't watch them, whereas I almost always watch and generally enjoy them, although I know and mostly agree with all the points against them. But, y'know, foofy dresses! Drunk Meryl Streep! I am weak. (Like that is news.) And I didn't really watch the GG's as I said, because SWTOR seems to demand more attention, for whatever reason, than a lot of the games we've played did. Which means that today, since I'm at work and bored, I'm looking up coverage of the show so I can goggle at the dresses some more and find out what else happened that I missed. (Not much, by the look of things. Except for a few dresses, and that's what the Fug Girls are for, anyway.)

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I have just come from the end-of-the-world party (that's what they were calling it) at the SWTOR beta. That's Star Wars: The Old Republic, for those of you who don't follow such things. I played right up til about 20 minutes to go, and then I went to the skill trainer. For no good reason except that I wanted to see what the new skills were, really, but I did. Then I went and joined the party, which was on the Senate Plaza in Coruscant, which is, of course, a completely fictional/virtual place. And that's sort of what I wanted to talk about.

More of you probably know things about Star Wars than know much about MMOs (although with a blog audience, it's hard to be sure about that). It's strange, millions of people play MMOs, and Chuck Norris is currently starring in advertisements for one, but they still seem to be an almost underground thing, for the most part. I talk about it some, to people I talk to in real life, but a lot of people don't seem to get it. Usually I don't talk about "MMO's" to real-life people, I say things like, "I've been playing this Star Wars game online." After all, most people do understand computer games nowadays, to one degree or another, even if it's just something like Farmville.

And of course, most people do get Star Wars, to one degree or another. Or if not, they at least know what it is.

I was 17 when the first Star Wars movie came out. I was only vaguely aware of its existence until I went up to Austin for freshman orientation at UT - you know how they do those corny skits for things like orientations? Well, in 1977 at UT, those skits were All Star Wars, All the Time. They even got hold of (or possibly made) a Darth Vader costume somehow. I suspect that most of the incoming freshmen hadn't seen the movie yet, but I'm sure a lot of them were like me and ran right out to see it when they got home. And I loved it, of course. I'm not sure who I went to see it with - maybe my sister or my friend Amy. I remember going to see it a second time when they re-released it in the fall, though, and then a third and fourth and fifth. It was the first movie I ever went to see over and over like that. I'm sure part of that was the timing - I was finally old enough that I had a driver's license and then shortly after, the freedom of college (although no car there). I could do things like that that my parents would think was slightly odd. (I remember my mother being baffled later on by the way my sister and I could both recite all the lines from the first movie, and my sister is no science fiction fan. I don't think either one of my parents ever got Star Wars. Certainly not my mother, anyway.)

I do know when I saw the 2nd movie - that one was with Amy, and it was at the old Alabama Theater in Houston, and we had to stand in line for a couple of hours. And I saw Return of the Jedi in a very crowded theater in Austin - I have this vivid memory of standing in the concession line with my friends, for that one.

Oh, also, I think the fact that I had the album of the soundtrack is fairly important. I remember blasting it on the stereo in my dorm room often that year. I think I also bought the one for The Empire Strikes back when it came out. I never really got to the degree of fandom that involved buying the series of novels, later, though. I don't know why, but I never got interested in those.

This is all by way of saying that I am a Star Wars fan, going all the way back to the beginning - but not an utterly fanatical one. I know the basic canon. I don't know the names of every single minor character or every planet that's ever been mentioned, like some people do.

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Well, the people who came up with this MMO were the fanatics, I'm pretty sure. It was all done in association with LucasArts and it's utterly faithful to canon, as far as I can tell. All the familiar species are there, although I still couldn't tell you the names of most of them. I suspect that if you ask me in a couple of months, I will know. Assuming we keep playing this, and that's a pretty sure bet, it's going to be like a total-immersion course in Star Wars lore.

This is why I said the soundtrack was important: because when you FINALLY get to play the game (after the usual hours of downloading and installing and then waiting in a queue to get in and then creating your character) the first thing that happens is that you see a screen, just like in the movies: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

And then the main theme starts up. And I swear, I get chills every time. That's why I've been thinking so much about this, about my history with Star Wars and maybe I have more of a reaction to them because of that. I did actually watch the original three movies last weekend when they were on. (I wondered if the timing was not an accident, that they were showing them the same weekend as the SWTOR beta weekend.)

I have more to say about this, particularly about the game, but it will have to wait until later. It's past my bedtime.


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I was gonna put this over on Google Plus and then it got kind of long - at least by what I think of as Google+ standards - so I'm gonna put it here and link here instead.

SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! - maybe )
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OK, apparently I have stuff to say about movies and awards shows and such. For one thing, there's this link: Is Black Swan the Art-House Version of Showgirls? I haven't seen Black Swan and probably won't since I managed to spoiler myself for it, and I saw Showgirls once and barely remember it, but that piece is still pretty funny.

About True Grit: for one thing, I forgot until the end credits that it was a Coen Brothers movie, something that was certainly not possible in any other movie of theirs that I've seen. It did explain some of the wackier supporting characters, but other than that they seem to have actually made a straight western, which I would think was really strange except that it worked so damn well. (I don't know why I've been saying "damn" so much lately. Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn. Well, there are worse things I could say, for certain. For damn certain.)

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It was still late Sunday night, more or less, when I wrote the above, but now it's Monday, and in the meantime most of the things I wanted to say about the Golden Globes have already been said by the Fug girls. Seriously: for example, about Natalie Portman and Christina Hendricks. And this imaginary conversation between Brad & Angelina is so wonderfully apropos. (Although I also think Brad looks weirdly like Leonardo DiCaprio in that picture.) (Here's the slideshow, if you want the short version.)

And [livejournal.com profile] columbina  has tweeted once too often about the Star Trek movie, and so I am going to watch it now. (And actually sit and watch for once, instead of sit in front of the computer and half-watch, like I usually do.)

2010 movies

Jan. 6th, 2011 10:43 pm
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I did my annual ritual of trolling through last year's LJ entries to see what movies I saw in theaters last year, and I came up with this list (in more or less the order we saw them):

Up in the Air
Zombieland
Alice in Wonderland
How To Train Your Dragon
Iron Man 2
Clash of the Titans
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Prince of Persia
Toy Story 3
Despicable Me
Inception (saw twice)
Machete
Red
The Town
The Social Network
Megamind
Unstoppable
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) (saw twice)
Easy A
The Fighter

Since I wasn't updating all that regularly this year, I might've missed a couple, but this looks like the bulk of them, anyway. I think I'd have to go with Inception as the best of that list, no surprise there. I liked a lot of these quite a lot. Unstoppable was very good and mostly got ignored. Others I especially liked were How To Train Your Dragon and of course the Harry Potter movie. (All of the cartoons on that list were very enjoyable, actually: Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, and Megamind, besides the dragons.)

I was going to suggest True Grit as our Sunday movie this week, but Rob is working on Sunday. I guess we could break tradition and go on Saturday!

Oops - added Red and The Town - I thought the fall movies seemed thin. (I enjoyed both but The Town was better.) Aaand The Social Network, which I liked a lot but not as much as Inception.

And one more that got left out, darnit - Machete. Which actually is up there, quality-wise. Well, not quality, per se, but a very enjoyable movie, in any case. Making 20 movies I saw last year -- almost twice as many as I came up with in 2009.
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We went to see The King's Speech this afternoon - I liked it more than I expected to. I liked it quite a lot, actually, and the rest of the audience seemed to too. The theater was almost full, too. I have been looking up various members of the royal family on Wikipedia ever since I got home.

I didn't come straight home, though, I dropped Rob off and went and got a sandwich at Schlotzsky's and then went to Starbucks, where I read about OB/Gyn codes for a couple of hours, in preparation for my interview on Tuesday. (Today I read about procedure codes, and tomorrow I need to do diagnosis codes; then I'll be as prepared as I reasonably can be, I think.)

I've apparently gotten over yesterday's relapse. I'm still sucking on cough drops, but that's not so bad. I always manage to be sick sometime between Christmas and New Year's, that's just inevitable.

I hear that the Texans actually won today - I suppose it taped, so I guess I'll have to watch it this time, instead of erasing it like I've been doing most of the year. Usually I've already heard before I get around to watching that they lost, and then it's too depressing to watch it. I'm just not enough of a masochist for that.

Minor Spoilers for Those Damn Martin Books )
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Rob's parents sent us some money, so with my portion I ordered a sleeve for my Kindle (this one) and the "Ultimate Edition" of Prisoner of Azkaban. (I have the Sorcerer's Stone one so I'd like to have the whole set, theoretically - at least for the movies I don't already have.) I doubt that this was really the best use of my money but oh well. I went to Sam's earlier; I should really stay out of there because it makes me want to buy videos, every time. I looked at that Harry Potter box and didn't buy it, but then when I got home and found the check, I caved. (Rob is a big enabler on video purchases, too, I have to say. Why does he encourage me?)

I also bought some Christmas cards because I can't find the ones I know I already have, and I know I won't get around to making many, if any. But I only bought one box, which won't be enough, anyway, even if I pare down my list. (Also, I just looked at the TUS list and, whoops, I wonder if the one to Ireland can make it in, what, 6 working days? Be interesting to see.)

I am feeling... well, not exactly Grinchy about the holidays, exactly, but I don't seem to be interested in doing much. I have wreaths on the balcony and the front door, and one of my mom's big nutcrackers sitting on the TV, but that's about it. No tree, no lights, none of that junk so far. Rob was making noises about getting a real tree, which I don't think we've done since the first year we were married. I saw some good-sized Norfolk pines in pots ("good-sized" = four feet or so) at the grocery store, I wonder if those are big enough to suit him? I think he just wants something with a tree smell, though, and I don't think Norfolk pines have that kind of smell to them, do they? Not that I can recall, anyway. (I guess I'll have to go and smell them and see.)


Oh, I forgot to say before that we finally went to see Easy A at the dollar movie on Sunday. (We've talked about going every weekend for a month or more.) I liked it more than I expected to, which is fairly high praise because I expected to like it. As usual, I can't really figure out how to describe why. For one thing, I thought it would stick to the whole "Scarlet Letter" theme a lot longer than it really did. Which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned.
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I'm still laughing at fake book titles, because I am easy:
Harry Potter and the Deep and Very Special And Unique Pain That No One Could Ever Possibly Understand
(from the same place that the last one was from)

OK, so we went to see Harry Potter twice, and furthermore, Rob let me talk him into going, too, which rather surprised me. I'm much more likely to want to see movies multiple times than he is, and for both of us to see a movie two times in three days is unheard of, that I can recall. So I don't guess it's necessary for me to say that I liked it. It was dark, but not any moreso than the book, you know? And the main reason I wanted to go again was because there was so much detail packed into it. I am not ruling out seeing it again later, either.


I spent several hours chatting with my best friend from 10th grade on Friday night. Very weird. (We had a falling out over a boy - I didn't care so much about the boy, at the time, as I did about the fact that she was supremely catty about the whole thing - and we weren't really friends after that. But that was, god, 35 years ago, so who cares now?)


How can it be almost Thanksgiving? Seriously. It's just not possible. As usual, I have to bring rolls for Thanksgiving, which ought to be easy, except that I'm stressing out because there's no room in my freezer, so I couldn't just buy them yesterday when we went to the store and stash them away til then. At some point I'm going to have to brave a grocery store again. It was already far busier than normal yesterday and it's only going to get worse.
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I was running errands late this afternoon and I swung by the Cinemark to pick up our Harry Potter tickets, figuring that it's going to be a zoo tomorrow. And it was very quiet, so that was good, but there was a group of kids in Hogwarts robes coming in when I was leaving. (I don't usually hit the Harry Potter release parties, so I've never actually seen anybody wearing Hogwarts robes in the flesh before.) So either they were coming in to pick up their tickets too (and they just decided to get dressed early) or they're having some kind of pre-show thing before the midnight show (way before, because it was like 4:30 when I was there) or - and actually maybe this is the most likely - they had the employees dressing up for the occasion.

I'm glad I finally remembered to add the new Conan to the DV-R list, because it's fairly funny, so far. I never remembered to watch any of his shows regularly before - I used to watch The Tonight Show pretty regularly in the old old (i.e., Johnny) days but I stopped remembering its existence entirely, for the most part, during the Jay years. (Wonder how the whole ratings things is going so far. I haven't heard.)

In other pop culture-ish news, that Dwayne Johnson movie looks bad, and the more ads they run for it, the worse it looks. They really should just give it up. On the other hand, I don't suppose I'm the target market, so maybe it looks different to somebody else, I don't know.

I've just now been watching the first episode of The Walking Dead - well, I watched a bit of it weeks ago, but I just now got around to watching the rest of it. Pretty riveting, really. (So Andrew Lincoln was the guy who had the crush on Keira Knightley in Love Actually, right? I kept thinking he looked familiar but I couldn't place him for the longest time. - Heh, fun fact: according to IMDb he's also Ian Anderson's son-in-law.)

Briefly

Nov. 17th, 2010 03:54 am
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We have our Harry Potter tickets for Friday - actually we've had them since last week. On Sunday we went to see Unstoppable (stupid formatting, I don't know what's wrong there) and the week before that we went to see Megamind. Good films both, in their different ways. Unstoppable is the rare action movie that doesn't make your head hurt if you try to see the logic in it (i.e., there is some).


Hmm, this popped up on my saved drafts, so I guess that means I never posted it:
I fell right out of my shoes when I fell down the stairs the other day. (I know some of you know about this already and some probably don't, but yeah, I fell down the stairs. Wasn't paying attention, missed a step, and boom, I rolled right down to the concrete at the bottom. I'm lucky I didn't break my neck.) I've had this favorite pair of shoes that I've worn constantly for the last couple of years - I don't know what I'm going to do when they finally wear out. Now when I put them on it feels weird. I think I'm sort of afraid of them now, like it's the shoes' fault.
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I've just been watching Julie and Julia (that is the name of the movie, isn't it?), which I did enjoy watching again, even the Julie parts which I admit are not the equal of the Julia parts but still watchable. Anyway, I just checked and the Julie/Julia Project website is still up - the Paypal button (which I seem to remember caused some controversy at the time) is still there, even. The last entry is one she wrote the day that Julia died.

I wasn't intending to do anything much today, because I ran around all day yesterday and I have a full day tomorrow because my class is starting and I have to go buy my books and such, and then Rob got called to go in to work (poor Rob, but yay for overtime!) so all I did was sit around like a lump and watch tv and play DDO. I watched the baseball game (they won!) and then the football game on tape which they also won, and against the hated Colts too, so it's doubly sweet. I was still re-watching football when Rob got home, and then we had to watch the season ender of True Blood, which was also taped. (DV-Rs are wonderful inventions. I didn't even tell the TV to tape football, because I forgot, but I never cancelled the one from last year so it taped it just like it always did.)

I am trying to go to bed a bit earlier. For a long time I was going to bed about the time Rob got up, which was 5:30-ish, and then I moved it up a bit earlier, and I need to continue to move a bit earlier, until I am on something resembling a normal person's schedule. We went to Ikea last week and bought a mattress, which currently lives on the floor in the extra bedroom - the plan is to get a bed to go with it eventually! for Rob to sleep on when I snore too much and drive him out of our bed. He says it's actually quite comfortable.

I would write more but I seem to be quite sleepy so I think I will just take myself to bed.
mellificent: (Buffy quote: humorous conclusion)
So, on successive Sundays this month we have seen:

1. Toy Story 3 - just as good as the rest of the series. Well-worth seeing, for young and old. And yes, I sniffled a bit at the end, but then I always do.

2. Despicable Me - honestly, we liked this just as much as TS3. I saw a review this week that said the first half was weak, and I guess it was weaker but I still enjoyed it. And Rob loved the first half because he loved the Spy-vs-Spy business. It's definitely a little light on plot towards the beginning, but it didn't bother me. And when it gets rolling, it's really very good. And I loved the damn minions, anyway. (I also thought that Russell Brand as the doddering scientist was very funny, in a way that I wouldn't have expected from Brand.) I do think that if you have the kind of children who tend to ask the inconvenient questions, you might need to be prepared to field some afterwards. Because this movie's grip on morality is a bit... slippery. It's a world where it seems like being a supervillain is just another profession and nobody ever seems to question the crazy things these guys do - and Gru isn't clearly seen to be changing professions at the end or anything - he's softened, yes, but reformed? I'm not so sure. Anyway, these things didn't bother me to speak of, but I would certainly want to be aware of it if I was taking kids with me. Definitely recommended for adults, though, and I think kids will certainly enjoy it just fine.

(I knew I was going to like this movie when Gru went to the bank at the beginning and this was the sign:
BANK
OF
EVIL
(formerly Lehman Brothers)
A bit of a cheap joke, maybe, but still funny.)

3. Inception - I'm not going to try to tell you about it. Just go see it. Christopher Nolan at his absolute mind-bending best. (Definitely not for the kiddies, this one. Not for sex or particularly for violence, but rather just general disturbingness. If that's a word.)
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I'm having trouble quashing the impulse to go shot by shot through the Harry Potter trailer and try to figure out what everything is. (I just re-read the book, so that may partly explain it.) (Also, The Leaky Cauldron has hi-res pics up already.) (And hmm, it's not Voldemort who stops the Hogwarts Express.)

Instead I'll talk about the other movies I've seen in the last few months - the ones I can remember, anyway. Yesterday Sunday we went to see Clash of the Titans at the Dollar Cinema and it was surprisingly not too bad. Low expectations helped, certainly, but it was honestly very entertaining and not near as much of a mess as I was expecting. (I had already seen Percy Jackson and the Olympians which is based on the same story, to some degree, so it's interesting to compare. Clash's Medusa is scary but she's no Uma Thurman.)

I need a list of movies to remember what we've seen. We saw How To Train Your Dragon which is easily the best thing I've seen in a while. Go see it if you haven't already. Dreamworks is really coming on as an animation studio. We saw Prince of Persia, I think maybe I mentioned that one at the time, and it was sort of in the category with Clash and Percy Jackson - the surprisingly-not-bad category.

Let's see - oh, we did see Alice in Wonderland which absolutely was a big mess but was oddly entertaining for all that. At least I thought so; I don't think Rob did, so much. (Now I'm looking at Rotten Tomatoes "In Theaters" page to see what else I was forgetting.) I liked Iron Man 2 and so did Rob - once again, maybe low expectations helped. I had heard people say it was a "snoozefest" (I think was the term that more than one person used) and I was not inclined to snooze at all.

That might be it for so far in 2010. There haven't really been all that many movies I wanted to see, although I think 2010 is better than 2009 was on that score. I might add that we have seen at least a couple of the above in 3D and on the whole I think the whole 3D fad is just that - a fad. It's really not all that great. We have gone to see at least a couple of 3D movies in 2D because I just don't think it adds that much.
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Do the Republicans really think that what Harry Reid said is equivalent to what Trent Lott said back in the day, or are they just grabbing at straws? I mean, clearly what Reid said was tactless, but that it's the same as making pro-segregationist remarks? Are they really that stupid, that they don't see the difference? or are they just trying to make trouble? They're so crazy these days that I honestly don't know.


I was going on about Devil Wears Prada and stuff yesterday, and I completely forgot to say that we went to see Zombieland at the Dollar Cinema yesterday. (Which is actually $1.50 nowadays, even for a matinee. I hadn't been there in ages.) Rob had convinced me that I would like it, and I did. Apparently I only like zombie movies when they're comedies. It wasn't as good as Shawn of the Dead, but it was good. Bit gross in places, but not too bad, considering.

And I'm beginning to think that I am going to have to reconsider hating Woody Harrelson. It's very disconcerting, really, suddenly finding somebody you've hated for years turn tolerable.


It's finally getting warmer here. We've had freezing temps at night for days and days, which is very unusual for us. I've had a sheet over my plants all weekend. (It was the Norfolk pine I was mostly worried about.) I think I can go take it off tomorrow, because apparently it's not actually freezing tonight, although it's still pretty chilly.

Good lord, it's 2:00 already. I gotta go get some studying done before bedtime.
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Notes on two movies. Seriously: may contain spoilers (in case you were ignoring the title.)

I mentioned the other day that I had been watching Terminator: Salvation but I watched it again and found I had more things to say. Then I found some things to say about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well, so what the heck - it's a two-for-one entry.

Terminator Salvation
(Apparently the official version of the title has no colon in the middle, but it makes more sense with it, as far as I'm concerned.)

I have a tendency to watch the movies I get on demand over and over, because hey, it's a 24-hour or 48-hour rental or whatever, so why not get my money's worth? (I think I watched Coraline four times right in a row.) My husband called this movie "underrated" and I think that's a very fair assessment of it. At the very least, it's a very competently-made action movie. I don't know why it pissed so many of the fans off so much - just by its very existence, after part 3? Who knows.

More T4... )More T4... )

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Good lord, I said yesterday that I had forgotten this movie, and it was even more true than I knew. For one thing, I knew that Robert Pattinson was in it, and Brendan Gleeson, but I didn't remember (if I ever knew) that David Tennant was in it - I don't suppose I really knew who he was in 2005, actually. He apparently didn't have much pull at the time, either - his name isn't even IN the main credits.

More HPGoF... )

Oh, the casting stuff reminds me - we were watching Sweeney Todd earlier, and I noticed that the cute young guy who plays Johanna's suitor (Jamie Campbell Bower is apparently his name) has been cast as Grindelwald for the two remaining Harry Potter movies. I'm trying to remember - I don't think it's a huge role, but I think he (Grindelwald) pops in and out several times, as I recall, so it's probably fairly substantial. It hasn't been that long since I last read my way through the whole series, but the last book is complex enough that I really need to read it a couple more times before I'll be able to keep a firm grasp on what happens to whom and when.
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I'm watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which I must never have seen since it was first out; I don't remember much of it. (I got it for Christmas.) (Also, every time they show Dumbledore I think "Groovy new Dumbledore!" which is from [livejournal.com profile] m15m  but apparently not from the Goblet parody.)

I read a book this afternoon - a pretty short one - it was Holes, which won a Newbury (or is it Newberry?) award a while back, and I think was made into a movie at some point, also. It was good, although it was considerably different than I was expecting. Somewhere along the line I formed the impression that it was going to have a lot more fantasy-type content than it actually did. I think I thought they were going to fall through the bottom of one of the holes or something; I don't know where I got that idea. But I liked it, just the same.

It's actually the second book this week which I've sat down and read in one sitting - the other one was a Dresden Files book - I think it was called Grave Peril, and it's about the third one. I've had it for some time, and I don't know why I hadn't gotten around to reading it before. They're always very entertaining books.

We went to Half-Price Books the other day when they were having their sale that they have a couple of times a year, mostly to buy something for my dad, but they had three Anne Perry books I hadn't read - and there aren't too many of those left - so I bought all three. Hopefully I won't feel the need to read any of those at one sitting; I think they take somewhat longer.

(I wrote up some stuff about the Terminator movie last night but I'll put that in a separate post, it got rather long.)
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Did I really only go to see nineten movies at the theater last year? That's all I could come up with, anyway.

The Wrestler
Watchmen
State of Play
Star Trek
Up
Terminator: Salvation
The Hurt Locker
District 9
Avatar
Sherlock Holmes

I might have missed one or two (besides Up which I didn't come up with at first), but it's also possible that this is really all, because I know there were a lot of Sunday afternoons that Rob went off to see horror movies without me because there was nothing I was interested in seeing. I've gotten where I'm very picky about what I go see, which is why there isn't one movie on that list I regret seeing - yes, even Terminator: Salvation, which I quite liked at the time I saw it and still liked when we watched it again today, as it happens. (I've never used On Demand as much as I have in the last month or so.)

The best of that list? I would have to go with Hurt Locker, I think. It's apparently expected to get a Best Picture nomination, so you really ought to get hold of it if you haven't already. (I'm not sure if it's on DVD yet or not*, but I guess a Best Picture nom will get it a re-release if it's not, right?)


And we saw Up in the Air today, which should take up another Best Picture slot, EW says. It was very good, and I didn't have the problems with the ending that some people seem to have. I won't be any more specific than that here. If I feel the need to say more about it (which I might!), I'll put it in a separate entry.


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*On DVD January 12th. I found a list in that same issue of EW.

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