13 Assassins

  • Aug. 14th, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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I wanted to like this movie, but damn, 20 minutes into the final battle I had enough. Also I suspect that the translation on the Netflix version is pretty bad, because that dialog was awkward in a way I remember seeing in English movies subtitled into Spanish.

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Apecalypse Now

  • Aug. 13th, 2011 at 4:37 PM
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Just saw "Rise of Planet of the Apes". Two three things:

1.- David Hewlett is never going to play a likable Simon Pegg kind of character, is he? :(

2.- Our future ape overlords are amazing and completely steal the movie. Humans? What humans?

3.- I'm having a hard time saying I enjoyed any other summer movie more.

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Captain America

  • Aug. 1st, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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If I don't think about it too hard, Captain America was a lot of fun. The idealized 40s look is perfect eye candy, and there are funny lines, with Chris Evans looking pretty, a cool heroine played by someone I'd never seen before and Tommy Lee Jones being Tommy Lee Jones.

I'm very interested now in seeing if it's possible to pull all The Avengers characters together into one story without it being a disjointed mess.

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Cowboys & Aliens

  • Jul. 31st, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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That was a good example of going in to a movie with low expectations and coming out thinking it wasn't bad. That's the best I can say about this movie, eventhough for a while last year I was hopeful it would be good or even very good. But nah, it's too long and the dialog is predictable. OTOH, Daniel Craig being a quite believable man-with-no-name bad ass, looking incredibly good in his little cowboy outfit, was fun.

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I'm Still Here

  • Sep. 14th, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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Even listening to the reviews of I'm Still Here is making me squirm. While I can watch the FAIL videos and laugh, seeing people make asses of themselves in reality TV makes me very uncomfortable. I would multiply that discomfort by ten if the supposed documentary of Joaquin Pheonix's breakdown is the real thing. It's the question of how real this thing is and how much that matters that has caught me, when normally a film like this would be instantly repulsive.

I don't think I'll see I'm Still Here unless a trusted someone, who shares my same kind of squicks, recommends itto me. For now I'll just stick to the reviews, boogling at what might be the most public burnout ever.

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Reading & movies

  • Aug. 23rd, 2010 at 8:38 PM
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I've been avoiding the computer, but not as much as I should, obviously. I keep telling myself to read all those books I have piled by my bedside and give my wrist a rest, but oh, how I get antsy and promise myself I'll just be online for 30 minutes. Right.

One of the books I'm making slow, slow progress is The Kindly Ones, a book I would've not be reading if not for a friend lending it to me and asking me earnestly to read it, hoping we could discuss it later. I'm at page 140 and I don't know if I can take much more of this story and it's slimy narrator. It's about Nazis. 'Nuff said.

I managed to almost destroy Super Sad True Love Story minutes after I bought it, by putting it on the roof of my car, forgetting about it as I moved arranged other purchases around in the back seat, and then driving off. It got run over by more than one car before I rescued it from the middle of a wide street in Mission Valley . While this novel is not about Nazis it is about a US that has descended into what sounds like a Tea Party paradise. I'm finding it hard to enjoy the satire, considering my other reading.

Last week I finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Awww, that was so much fluffy, cool fun. Charming and with characters I came to care about, even if it the style (that has been compared to Austen and Dickens) sometimes made it sometimes difficult for me. I'm not a fantasy reader, but have read a few things like Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter books. I have to say that this book was more my speed, with just a bit of magic in what is probably best described as a comedy of manners.

It seems that Scott Pilgrim v. The Worldcompletely bombed, while stuff like The Expendables is making enough money that there is already talk of a sequel. I'm pretty sad that so few people will get to see Scott Pilgrim, but at least it will live on as a favorite of movie and gaming geeks for years. It was directed by the same guy who did Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so yeah, damn funny. I saw it with Mr. Logovo and we both enjoyed it a lot more than we expected, even as we can make no real claims of getting gaming culture, beyond vague memories of Atari and Nintendo game systems.

OK, time for some stretching exercises for my whinny wrist and shoulder.

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Salt

  • Jul. 26th, 2010 at 7:17 AM
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I'm confused but how much I enjoyed this movie. It gets stranger when I think how it was originally meant to have Tom Cruise as the lead. It also reminded me why Angelina Jolie is a movie star, something I specially needed after watchin the godawful Wanted.

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Mission Impossible 3

  • Jul. 8th, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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Rented the Mission Impossible movie that came out a couple of years ago, right about the time Tom Cruise went from funny-weird to scary-obnoxious. The trailers for Knight & Day kind of reminded me that I used to enjoy Tom Cruise movies, but didn't see MI3 before because it got *meh* reviews and at the time I'd overdosed on those teeth and intense weirdness. I'm happy to say that even with all the nutty stuff, and after giving his movies a pass for a while, seeing MI3 on DVD was perfect.

The first 45 minutes are seriously intense and I was glad I wasn't in a theater - this movie can be exhausting. The script fixed a problem I have with caper movies/tv like Mission Impossible, Leverage, Burn Notice, White Collar, etc. Most times we know the main cast/actors will not be killed off and that things will always work out. I get it's the whole point of these stories, but it can be boring, with no sense of peril as they go about implementing all those intricate cons. Here they made me worry by making sure we knew from the start that things went terribly wrong in the mission, and then jumping back a few days. Of course, if you don't care about Cruise's character it won't work, but the movie made me care, which was kind of surprising.

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Movies

  • Jul. 1st, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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I go weeks without going to the theater and then I manage to see a bunch in only a few days.

Winter's Bone.- This is the best thing I've seen in months. I'm trying to remember the last English language movie I saw that walking out of the theater I knew I would not change a thing. Ugh, this year hasn't been that great for movies, specially this summer. Winter's Bone is definitely not summer fare, but it was a reminder of what seeing a good, thrilling story feels like, along with perfect acting and direction.

Toy Story 3.- After so many glowing reviews I was expecting more, but it's still a pretty nice story. I cried a bit at some parts, laughed once in a while and generally was glad I didn't wait to see it on DVD. Also managed to convince Mr. L to see it, who usually is not into animation, and he also enjoyed it.

Splice.- I was prepared by that ALL CAPS review of F THIS MOVIE IN THE A that was linked by my flist, along with positive reviews from film podcasts that I enjoy. For me that was a good way to experience this movie, because there are scenes that otherwise are so weird/uncomfortable/ugh, that I know it would have been too much and I might have felt bad after watching it. As much as I enjoy Natali's movies, and as much as I love Cronenberg*, this movie is fucked up enough that I needed the spoilers and to be in the right mood. I thought it was good, creepy, interesting and well acted, even as I kept wondering how this got wide distribution in the US.

David Hewlett has a small role, but since the movie has only 6 or 7 speaking parts, after the 2 main scientists he got most of the dialog. It was weird to realize he was doing bits and pieces that felt so much like Rodney, that I now have the need to go back and rewatch Cube, just to see if he does that most of the time.

Also, can I have all of Adrian Brody's t-shirts? It was distracting to be lusting after his character's wardrobe throughout the whole movie.




*I felt actually kind of ill after watching Dead Ringers. Considering what I read in fic, you would think watching an angsty, twincest filled movie would be just lolzy fun. Sadly, it was not. I just felt bad.

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Iron Man 2

  • May. 13th, 2010 at 8:04 AM
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Went by myself to see Iron Man 2, not in the mood to coordinate with other people, and just let the movie be it's own thing to me. I used to do this all the time and I kind of miss it. Although, this time, it had a layer of -um- really being on my own. It's the reading of this fic that did it, Concession. I was in the middle of reading that great story, a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Pepper and Tony, that the lights went down and I started watching the movie. It's fun to be able to enjoy a strong and disturbing story like Concession, have great fun with the movie, and then finish reading a story that really punches at stuff that I dislike in some fic, and does it so well. But yeah, I had this feeling last night of really having enjoyed something on several different levels, while at the same time knowing it would be impossible to share it with anyone.

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I went with some friends last night to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo again. I stood up to very well and I got to better appreciate the acting. Part of me was distracted last time, bracing myself for two scenes. If you've read the novel you know what I'm talking about, but I believe it was presented better than in the movie. In general that sums up my feelings when it comes to comparisons between the book and movie. The movie felt like a better story, taking out scenes that annoyed me, mainly several centered around Mikael Blomkvist. Movie Blomkvist is someone I cared about more than the guy in the book.

The title character is Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), who is the big attraction, according to the reviews I've read. It always takes me a while to get that a certain character I've seen done hundreds of times in fics (female outsider w/ traumatic past but gifted w/super skills, who can rescue herself and others) is so unusual in movies. Um - yeah, I think I've said this before.

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The Losers?

  • Apr. 24th, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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I really wish The Losers didn't look like such a bad movie. I could use some Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  • Apr. 4th, 2010 at 7:02 AM
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We saw "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" last night. I was pleasantly surprised. I ended up liking it a lot more than the book. They changed or took out a lot of details that were awkward (sometimes MaryStu-ish), which ended up making the main character more likable, and kept whole all of the details that I remember about the other main character, Lisbeth Salander.

Both main actors were terrific and the movie looks great. I'm glad I got to see it before it's remade into a US movie by David Fincher, who sorry to say with probably ruin it, no matter how much I liked "Fight Club". "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was his last one and I was not impressed.

If you read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" you know it has some pretty violent stuff and that the book is actually called "Män som hatar kvinnor" which means "Men Who Hate Women". Yeah, the title fits. While they changed the title to something more palatable for the English market, I read they kept the original title in Spain. I do wonder how it was publish in other Spanish speaking countries.

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A little gray today

  • Jun. 20th, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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We went out for breakfast and a movie this morning, Food, Inc.. Even if I had already read books like Fast Food Nation or Omnivore's Dilemma, the movie is worth seeing. I wonder how shocking or not the movies might be to anyone who might not know about CAFO's or GMCs, or how the cheap labor coming in across the border is in part a result of subsidized US corn. I would imagine it would freak me out if this was the first time I heard about business practices by companies like Monsanto and Tyson, if this was the first time I saw just how few companies control about 90% of the food supply.

Driving back home we stopped at [personal profile] minotaurs', saw [personal profile] elke_tanzer who has been doing battle with dustbunnies and Stuart's IT stuff. She's been here for 3 days already, helping Stuart's mom, going over over boxes and boxes of stuff. I picked up 4 boxes of VHS tapes that someone might want. At this point we're not sure if anyone would, with a lot of the material already out on DVD. For now I made a quick list of most of the contents to type up later. Lots of Wiseguy, Highlander, Buffy and Seaquest.

Came home and worked on the garden. Took out the last of the beets and cooked up the greens with bacon, onion, pepper flakes & apple cider, baked the beets, grilled some pork chops.



I'm not a big fan of beets, but Mr. Logovo likes them. But after growing them I'm a big fan of the greens, specially done with this recipe.

Sat down to watch the first episode of S5 of The Wire. It's amazing TV, no question. I really care about all the characters, but like almost all really good TV, I feel no fannish impulse when it comes to searching out much info beyond what I see onscreen. There was this one time where I saw an interview with the guy who plays McNulty and was shocked to realize he was English. Oh, I should look and see if I can find an interview with the guy who played Stringer Bell, I think he's also English. That'll be a trip.

"Who are those guys?"

  • Jun. 11th, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an amazing movie! While this observation might be on par with other Sky Still Blue statements, I was surprised how well it has aged, if at all, after what? Forty years. Wait... 40 years? [checks IMDB] Wow, yeah forty. Oh, and by aged I mean NOT AT ALL. I can't imagine this movie being made now, unless you had an independent kind of production and not a guy on the level of a Paul Newman as your leading man.

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On the Dodge

  • Jun. 10th, 2009 at 10:50 AM
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Anyone else start crying at the end of [profile] candle_beck's On the Dodge?

Anyone else feeling a great compulsion to go get a copy of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"? I've seen most of the movie before, long pieces of it here and there, but I don't think I've ever sat through the whole thing.

I can't stop thinking about it or how beautiful Newman and Redford looked, how I could believe these guys were great friends, and how well it's all held up. Like this scene! (YouTube link).

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Moon release date

  • Jun. 1st, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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June 12! Oh, that is sooner than I had expected! YAY!!!

Moon Clip Recruits You To Join Sam Rockwell On The Space Mine.

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Moon

  • May. 29th, 2009 at 10:55 PM
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Oh cool, a movie I want to go see this summer!

Moon

There was Star Trek and Harry Potter is coming up, but this one I had not heard of before and I'm suddenly excited, like Let the Right One In kind of excited.

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State of Play

  • Apr. 18th, 2009 at 10:38 PM
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I think this is vague enough to leave out of a cut. If anyone reads this and thinks differently, and has the inclination to let me know, please do so.

#1 thought about this remake: That wasn't too redundant. In 2007 when first I heard a movies was in the works my main thought was the always naive, why? But hey, it works as the kind of 70s movie my dad liked, with smart characters (or at least supposedly smart), competent professionals, great conspiracies, crisis of conscience and the always insulting need in American movies to add a little UST when there was none in the original material. A little something for the ladies, don't you know.

Russell Crowe presents the main character as a junk food devouring, somewhat lovable slob, who I found convincing as a smart guy. Crowe's Cal is more colorful than John Simm's, has to occupy more space, playing with less interesting coworkers than the BBCs version*. Oh, and they changed the corporate baddies from energy companies to Blackwater type mercenaries.

Ben Affleck was not awful, but it would've been pretty interesting to see the original casting of Edward Norton in the part. Although him playing against Russell Crowe might have been too much for my heart! Talk about intense. Ah well, with the WAG strike it was not to be and we got a cool movie with Crowe and Affleck, instead of the original set of Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

I wonder how well this movie will do. I'm guessing that it will appeal to an older audience, what with all the dialog and not a naked woman or bad ass hero in sight.



*No James McAvoy or Billy Nighy. God, I loved Nighy's role in the BBC series. He truly made me believe his character was smart SMART.

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Saturday

  • Apr. 18th, 2009 at 11:55 AM
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After a chat with the Translation committee I went out for a walk with Mr. Logovo and friends. We decided we're going to go see State of Play later on today, although I have missgivings about how good the adaptation of the miniseries to a 2 hour movie will be. The BBC production was 6 hours long, with extremely good actors playing supporting roles. Most of those characters must to have had been written out or greatly diminished, so yeah. Good thing I like Russell Crowe so much (I have yet to tire of watching him as Jack in Master and Commander), but Ben Affleck -um- not so crazy about having to see him onscreen. Even when he's in good movies he's so bland.

Also reading just a tiny bit on CSS. I'm motivated to learn more now that I've been playing around with layouts.