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Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!

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May 2nd, 2009

And summer movie season begins!!!!

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omg, I love summer. Screw sunny days and the lack of needing a coat; it's finally worth going to the movies again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love a good winter Oscar Bait film, but especially now that I can't see a movie in the theatres for less than $11, I'm back to using the rules for going to see movies that I had in high school: seeing it on the big screen has to really add something to the viewing experience (I also have a college-age addendum: if Johnny Depp is in it, it's worth the price of admission, even if shit isn't blowing up).

So that means I'm mostly seeing "popcorn" flicks now - because seeing Wolverine take out a helicopter (it's in the trailer, so it's not a spoiler) just wouldn't be the same in my living room. And since those don't tend to be released after Labor Day, I've been starving for some quality films. With the release of the explosion-tastic X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it's time to start watching movies again :-)

Spoilers ahoy )

Also? Hugh Jackman is fucking hot. My list of men who I am attracted to may have just increased to three. Apparently I like brunette men who often look at least slightly disheveled.

April 17th, 2009

My mind works in mysterious ways: an illustration

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So I'm standing at the sink washing dishes and my mind wanders to movies, as it often does. For some reason I started thinking about 'Independence Day,' specifically when Vivica A. Fox's character tells the first lady that she "voted for the other guy."

And in that moment I realized for the very first time why President Roslin has always looked familiar to me.

She played the first lady in Independence Day.

March 27th, 2009

This may be the hottest picture ever..

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Something about Reese Witherspoon (whom I omg!love) giving the Vulcan salute...and apparently Star Trek is one of the big summer films she's looking forward to...I'm in love.

Hopefully going to see her new movie (Monsters vs. Aliens) tomorrow. I've heard some mixed reviews on it, but there's also the major plus that (apparently) she plays a kick ass woman who can take care of herself and isn't the love interest/damsel in distress. Also there's supposed to be plenty of homages to old school horror films. And Stephen Colbert is president. Really really want to see it, but it may end up being a rental.

March 10th, 2009

A Note to Bloggers

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You cannot say that movie reviewers are incorrect in their interpretation of Watchmen the film if you haven't seen the film yourself.

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together can tell that the film leaves out lots of things from the book. However, for those of us who haven't read the book, we can't tell exactly what is missing, and thus must raise our frustrations with how the film presents itself on its own merits. I don't give a shit if the graphic novel provides an in-depth backstory for Silk Spectre that explains why she wouldn't beat the shit out of an attempted rapist - the movie gives us no backstory on her, little on Silk Spectre II, and thus, in my book, fails as an attempt at building characters.

This is not a commentary on the graphic novel. It is a commentary on the film. They are two separate mediums - please keep that in mind when you are responding to a review.

March 9th, 2009

Movie trailers

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Something I forgot to mention in my bitching about Watchmen: the trailers alone were almost worth the price of a ticket.

First up: Angels and Demons. This is the story that introduced the lead of The DaVinci Code and, according to my mother, is a superior story. I have to say, the trailer certainly makes it look awesome. Billy and I might have to check it out.

Second: Star Trek. Damn you, fancy trailers, constantly weakening my resolve against seeing this film. I'm still not expecting it to be an awesome Star Trek film, but my curiosity has definitely been piqued. I want to see how they work out this time travel thing (and if Kirk taking command of the Enterprise is really as ridiculous as it appears to be in this latest trailer)

Third: Wolverine. I'm such an X-Men fangirl, lol. I forgot this one was coming up when I posted about the Public Enemies trailer a few days ago, calling that the one film of the summer I was looking forward to. I'm also definitely looking forward to Wolverine.

Fourth: The aforementioned Public Enemies. It seemed a little out of place coming after the previous three action-packed trailers. Public Enemies is definitely going to have some bad ass action in it, but it's definitely of a different tenor than Star Trek, or even Angels and Demons.

Fifth: Observe and Report. This one was a lot out of place. What the hell is up with movies about mall cops this year? I can only imagine this one was placed with Watchmen because the target audience of Watchmen is young men, which perfectly coincides with Seth Rogen's fan base.

March 8th, 2009

My thoughts on Watchmen - let me show you them!

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Saw Watchmen on Friday. I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into - I haven't read the graphic novel, and damn the previews don't tell you a damn thing (other than Zach Snyder is allegedly a visionary director. Dude, I love Dawn of the Dead, and 300 is pretty darn nifty, but "visionary" seems like a stretch - don't you generally need to be able to produce your own ideas in order to be said to have "vision"?). I knew there were non-super superheroes, the Comedian was Not A Nice Guy (that the actor thinks we shouldn't hate at the end), there was a rape scene and...yeah. That about sums up what I knew going in.

I was all set to view this as I believe all film adaptations of other media should be viewed: as a stand alone film. And when you dump $120-200 million into a film, you need to attract the attention of more than just the fanboys.

And after watching the whole thing, wanting to like it...I left disappointed.

Full thoughts under here! )

Okay, I'm running out of stamina to keep bitching. Fanboys/girls - feel free to flame me now ;-)

March 4th, 2009

And here we have the first movie of the summer I'm legitimately excited about :-)

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Public Enemies.

The only other movie this summer I'm looking forward to that I can think of off hand is Star Trek - and really I'm not excited about it. I'm nervous. But I also know I will totally be there opening day, because I'm a loser like that.

But Public Enemies is awesome. I like good old fashioned gangster movies. And I really look forward to seeing Marion Cotillard - she totally won me over with her acceptance speech at last year's Oscars (it was so adorable that she was so moved she could hardly speak in english), and a picture of her on the red carpet was included in my wedding binder as an inspiration for my wedding gown.

... But mostly I'm going for Johnny Depp - not gonna lie to you.

February 23rd, 2009

so...tired...

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You are now reading the blog of a married woman :-)

Wedding went extremely well. We came back today and are resuming are regular lives tomorrow. Well, okay, I took an extra day off of work, so I go back to real life on Tuesday.

I intend on using tomorrow to catch up on sleep. And food. I pretty much didn't eat Wednesday-Saturday, and today I've been trying to eat a lot, but I kept getting interrupted by things like packing and plane flights (seriously, we ate breakfast before we left, then got lunch in Cincinnati, and then when we got to New York an hour and a half later I was like "...I'm hungry again...").

Watched the Oscars, of course. Enjoyed most of them; thought the performance award presentations were interesting. Thought the musical tribute was painful - and it's sad when I'm not all gung ho about a musical montage. Will Beyonce please stop singing "At Last"? I'm kind of tired of her now. Also it's a travesty that the camera stayed on the uninspired performance, rather than letting us see the montage of musicals that have won over the years.

...sleep now. With my kitties! I missed them, and if Gopher's constant need to be on my or Billy's lap is any indication, they missed us, too. ~snuggles them~

January 27th, 2009

My Bloody Valentine 3D

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LOL terrible movie.

...

I considered making that the entire post, but even in jest poor grammar with no explanation can make me cringe.

Billy has been dying to see My Bloody Valentine 3D for weeks. Out here in Queens they're only playing the non-3D movie, so we had to find a day when we were both free and, preferably, already in Manhattan. We tried going about three times last week alone, but were constantly foiled for one reason or another.

But last night! We made it!

Thank god we saw it in 3D because that was the only redeeming factor.

Seriously, it wasn't even scary. I jumped a couple of times, mostly because some lethal weapon was being slammed into my face, but that doesn't make a good horror movie. Or have we stopped considering these slasher films to be horror?

Honestly, by the third time the Valentine's day massacre came around, I started closing my eyes when people were getting killed. There are only so many innovative ways that a person's face can be impaled on a pickaxe, so it got quite dull for me. Blood =/= scary in my book.

Also? Everyone in this movie is INCREDIBLY DUMB, even for slasher/horror movie standards. Our theatre was outright laughing at a lot of times that I don't think were supposed to be funny.

The 3D was really good, though. Now can someone use this "Real-D" technology on a film that is worth paying $29 for?

January 21st, 2009

A documentary I would love to see

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Good Hair, premiering at Sundance this week, is a documentary by Chris Rock (whom I love, by the way) about the extremes African -Americans go to for their hair.

While I'm about as white as they come, I am fascinated by the power of hair. Women (presumably of all races, but perhaps I'm wrong on that front) are often told that their hair is their "crowning glory" and we wield some sort of mystical power with it. It sure seemed that way sometimes when I had my looooooooong hair. I would keep it up in a pony tail or a bun for weeks at a time, then I would occasionally let it down and I was treated like some sort of princess. Of course, when I did wear it down I remembered why I kept it bundled up so often - complete strangers didn't see a problem with coming up and petting my hair, commenting on how long it was. Definitely don't get that now!

So, anyway, point being: I've long had an interest in the culture surrounding hair, from important haircuts to casual looks into how people of color treat their hair (the "ethnic" haircare aisle fascinates me, even while the name of it is ridiculous). Hopefully the documentary will get a theatrical run, since I don't have HBO.

December 12th, 2008

Award Season musings

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So yesterday the news was that the Screen Actors Guild may strike and affect the Oscars which made me go "Boo!" 'cause I'm counting on the specter of the Oscars to set the mood for the wedding (we're getting married the night before the Oscars - it was totally coincidental that we decided to go with a movie theme!).

And then today they announce that Hugh Jackman will be hosting! Squee! I love Hugh Jackman. Except the people at that particular blog are idiots - they don't think he can handle hosting the Oscars. Apparently they missed how utterly charming he was back when he hosted the Tony's (I forget what year, but it was a totally awesome one. The show came back from commercial to show Hugh Jackman leading the audience in a sing along of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning." And LL Cool J presented an award with Carol Channing, who was clearly not doing to well due to being rather ancient, and LL Cool J kept a steadying hand on her arm and helped her along with the banter. Very very sweet of him). Clearly the comedian track hasn't been working for the Oscars for the last couple of years (though I personally liked Jon Stewart and LOVED Ellen), so I think this is a great change up. Possibly they're thinking that Hugh Jackman will attract a larger audience, to compensate for the fact that, judging by the Golden Globe nominations, the Best Picture contenders will all be lame movies no one has actually seen, which always translates into low ratings for the Oscar broadcast.

Speaking of the Golden Globes: Meryl Streep has achieved a record-breaking 23 Golden Globe nominations. I haven't seen nearly enough Meryl Streep films: I saw Mamma Mia! this summer, and I watched part of The Devil Wears Prada on TV one night. (Just checked her IMDB page: turns out I saw her in A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I really don't remember anything from that movie. And I tried watching The Hours once, and got incredibly bored). When I can afford to have Netflix again, I'm going to go through and obsessively rent her films, like I've done with Johnny Depp.

September 24th, 2008

Because in the face of financial armageddon, I need some good news...

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Johnny Depp signed on for Pirates of the Caribbean 4

I could take or leave a fourth Pirates film. I'm happy with the way the trilogy ended up, and feel like there's definitely plenty of room for more stories but not that they have to be told.

On the other hand, if they tried to tell any stories without Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp, naturally. Who would be crazy enough to try to step into those shoes?) I would have freaked out. Now they just need to get the original script writers on board (they are apparently currently working on The Lone Ranger, which is also starring Johnny Depp) and I will be totally at ease with this fourth movie :-)

September 10th, 2008

Saddest? Really?

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Hollywood's Five Saddest Attempts at Feminism

For the link-phobic, here's the list:
5) Eowyn (Lord of the Rings)
4) Padme Amidala (Star Wars prequels)
3) River Tam (Serenity)
2) Catwoman (Batman Returns)
1) Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean)

I can totally get behind three-fifths of this list. There's one-fifth where I haven't seen the movie. And then there's a final fifth that has me struggling.

'Cause...Elizabeth? Really? The saddest attempt Hollywood has made at giving us a feminist hero?

As much as I looooooooooooooove the Pirate movies (seriously, I don't think there are enough "o"s on earth for me to convey that), I know they certainly aren't a paragon of feminism. But in Elizabeth Swann the screenwriters certainly crafted a complex character throughout the three films. She certainly goes through more growth during the films than either Will or Jack. She does suffer from tokenism and clearly the film doesn't pass the Bechdel test (did Elizabeth and Anamaria ever really speak in the first one? Aside from Anamaria holding a blade to Elizabeth's throat. Then in Dead Man's Chest Tia Dalma gives Elizabeth a mug of something to help with the sadness (over Jack's death) and in At World's End...I recall Elizabeth and Tia Dalma standing on the ship alone for a minute. Did they talk?). But this is certainly not the saddest attempt at feminism in Hollywood.

My brief thoughts on the others on the list:
Eowyn: Definitely see this one, though I think a lot of the problems stem from the source material. Not an excuse, but that's why they did it. Padme Amidala: I only saw Revenge of the Sith (James Earl Jones was back as the voice of Darth Vader! I had to watch! And then feel betrayed afterwards) and WOW was that a piece of crap overall, and Amidala's death especially. Crap, crap, crap. River Tam: IMHO, she deserved to be number one on this list. ~ducks to avoid the wrath of the Joss-fen~ Catwoman: ~hangs head~ I haven't seen Batman Returns. I really should sometime

August 13th, 2008

Holy shit.

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Tropic Thunder.

Wow. That's some funny shit right there.

"It's a lead farm, motherfucker!"

And dude. Tom Cruise? Tom Cruise. I still hate you, but dude.

It's 2:30 in the morning. I'm tired. Just go see Tropic Thunder today. Someone needs to knock "The Dark Knight" off the top of the box office and that's going to be Tropic Thunder.

Robert Downey Jr may be one of my new favorite actors. I've only seen Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. What else of his should I watch?

August 1st, 2008

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

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Complete collection of Fraggle Rock coming to DVD

I've spent the last four years meticulously buying every Fraggle Rock DVD that's come out, from the original three-episode DVDs to the season sets.

And NOW they're coming out with ALL of the episodes on DVD? With new bonus features? That just doesn't seem fair to all of us who've been diligently collecting the individual box sets, the ones we were urged to buy to prove there was still a market for Fraggle Rock.

Also, this release is coming one week after the fourth season is due to be released on DVD.

Of course, that "one week" is also exactly one day after my next birthday. Do I ask for the fourth season on DVD for my birthday? Or do I ask for the whole shebang? (I am, apparently, missing a disc from my first season box set that needs to be replaced...)

All in all? Very disappointed in you, whoever made this decision. I feel slightly betrayed. And manipulated.

July 24th, 2008

This could be awesome...

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But will probably suck:

Bitch Slap

It's supposed to be a "thinking man's throwback to B/Exploitation films of the 1950s-70s."

And that's where they lose me.

Why, oh why, can't it be a thinking person's throwback? Okay, I know, tiny little nitpick to some people. Maybe this will end up being me blowing things out of proportion. But right now it seems they're setting it up as strictly a guy's movie. No way could a woman enjoy a throwback to (s)exploitation films. Especially since, to me, the "thinking" modifier, as well as the addition later on in the promo text that it's supposed to be a sly trailer, makes me think that it's going to be an ironic film. OMG, movies that make a point! While still being wildly entertaining. Women can have fun wielding big guns in tiny skirts and push up bras - not because there will be men drooling over them, but because, dammit, big guns are fun.

And here's where I admit that I am, most definitely, a little bit sexist: as soon as I saw it was being directed by a guy, my hopes for the film being enjoyable to me sunk a little bit more. Would a woman have been guaranteed to make a feminist-ish film? Of course not.

But it would be a little more likely.

June 8th, 2008

I feel like something major is happening out there....

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and I'm missing all of it.

No, this isn't some emo post about how I wish I'd done more with my life or something. It's because half of my favorite sites haven't updated/are updating infrequently this week with no explanation. Is there a holiday somewhere that I'm unaware of?

Okay, have to go do some novel writing now (need to get my couple through the next sex scene!), then I need to put together some wedding stuff. Maybe I'll even get some cleaning done before the air conditioning wears off (our air conditioner is OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD, thus making it impossible to think, let alone do anything productive while it's on. So we turn it on at night and any time we leave the apartment and it keeps us fairly cool. I think the cats are melting, however).

And then later this afternoon Billy and I are going to see either "The Strangers" or "Kung-Fu Panda." Yeah, we aren't eccentric in our movie tastes at all!

May 21st, 2008

Every morning...

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It gets a little bit harder to get out of bed.

I'm seeing Indiana Jones at 12:10 tonight :-D That should make sitting through work a little more bearable.

7 more days of work and then I'M FREE.

May 13th, 2008

There are NO WORDS for how EXCITED this makes me

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The random caps lock proves it!

WEINSTEIN COMPANY SIGNS ON FOR FRAGGLE ROCK MOVIE

This has just jumped to the front of my "Most Anticipated movies of 2009." Fuck you, Star Trek and your bumped back release date. The only thing that could jump ahead of this would be Pirates 4, simply for the train wreck syndrome ('cause as much as I love me some Pirates, it would have to be a crappy movie if they were to push it out by next year).

May 8th, 2008

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

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Woot woot!

But they confuse the hell out of Billy's and my family's. Both my grandmother and Billy's mom want to know why there is a picture of our feet (my shoes are WORKS OF ART. They should be worshipped thusly more often!). And my mom is convinced the one with the sun glare is "obviously a bad picture." Bah. She doesn't know Art.

More when the full gallery is online. I can't waaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit! Maybe I'll have the energy to put together a coherent entry by then (leaving my job in a few weeks. FINALLY.)

Also? Iron Man pwns.
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