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Wreck-It Ralph

Really loved this. Love all the gender stuff and how quietly and matter-of-factly the movie codes gaming as a gender-neutral or sometimes leaning-toward-female thing, LOVE Jane Lynch's character, adored the Sarah Silverman character, and was very impressed by how Dreamworks managed to make a pop-culture-inspired movie that feels so much bigger than just a string of pop-culture jokes. Also had thoughts about Ralph kinda sorta representing male gamer privilege when he's so medal focused. CB didn't quite think so, though. What do people think?

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

So weird to not be solving puzzles by myself for the whole movie! Alas, the series continues to have saintly, largely inactive girls and women, though at least this one features Emmy for a bit. There are also a lot of Laputa influences. Mostly it makes me want to play the newest Layton, which I have discovered is now out but only available for the 3DS. ARGH. Want to play but don't want to buy a 3DS just to play a single game!

The Hobbit

I've never been a fan of the book (read it once in sixth grade, never mustered up enough interest to ever finish a reread), so mostly I had fun with the movie. Was happy just to be back in cinematic Middle Earth, especially once the Shire theme started to play. Mostly the movie is notable in that a) now I can at least remember one or two of the dwarves' names (me watching FotR Moria scene: "Who the heck is Balin?"), b) Thranduil's doofy-looking "I am not emotional" expression, c) the hunger-inducing first scenes in Bilbo's house, and d) RABBIT SLED.

Fellowship of the Ring rewatch

Wow, I can't believe it's been ten years. The special effects hold up amazingly well, I'm guessing because they did a lot of things with stunt doubles and forced perspective and miniatures. And though I'm now largely uninterested in mainly-male medieval Europe-ish quest epic fantasies, this one has so much nostalgia attached, both for the books and for the movies, that I don't care and I love it anyway. I was also extremely amused that the very first shot after the Fellowship is formed is a long shot of the Fellowship traversing a mountain range, silhouetted against the sky. Also, the end Boromir + Frodo scene is filmed disturbingly like a rape scene.

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Fri, Oct. 15th, 2004 09:29 pm
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Eowyn and Faramir in the Houses of Healing!!!!!!


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija for the link



Sun, Feb. 29th, 2004 09:16 pm
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Yay! Giant sweep for Return of the King! Hee hee, and I am very glad that it rivals Titanic in awards.

Not much unexpectedness at all... I was kind of rooting for Bill Murray and Triplets of Belleville and American Splendor, but oh well.

Speaking of which, the jazzy musical number for Triplets and the snippets of animation they showed convinces me that I must go watch it very soon.

But yay! I'm just glad that after all the movies and everything people didn't just get sick of the hype and snub LotR. Because that was the movie this year that made me cry buckets.


Wed, Jan. 7th, 2004 12:23 am
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I have now seen Return of the King for the second time.

This is definitely a movie that really needs to be seen on the big screen. *sigh* They're going to make so much money off me.

RotK wibbling )

Even more RotK

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2003 10:12 pm
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Even more thoughts!

RotK spoilers )

RotK again

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2003 08:00 pm
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A slightly more coherent review Read more... )

On another note: trivia night was very fun! I want to do it every week now or something. I also went out for pizza with the boy and other GSB people and socialized. I'm quite proud of myself. Of couse, this all happens on the day in which I just want to go home and take a nap so I won't be completely asleep at work after the movie....
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No real spoilers, just a very brief reaction because I have to collapse from sheer exhaustion now:

Here )

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Mon, Dec. 15th, 2003 11:35 pm
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The boy and I have now rewatched the first half of TTT:EE. Then we got tired and decided it was probably best to stop watching so both of us would be awake tomorrow. The boy is really cute when he snuggles on the couch, because he's six foot some and not very flexible. I think it's really funny watching him try to curl up into a little ball, tee hee.

RotK spec (with spoilers for the end of the book... has anyone here not read the book?):

Not much, but I swear, Peter Jackson is going to turn the ending into something in which Smeagol wrests control from Gollum and bites off Frodo's finger not because he wants the ring, but because it'll be his final stab at redemption, at a chance to right the wrongs he's committed. I think this because 1) it's ten times more gut wrenching to have it be noble sacrifice instead of greedy accident and 2) look at what they're doing with Gollum's character! It would be such a waste to have it culminate in a greedy snatch for the ring.

I think mostly I view PJ's movies as a giant bit of fanfic, with tons of money and gorgeous visuals. He's doing what we do -- taking the sometimes sparsely realized characters of Tolkien's world and trying to work out motivations and emotions in his head, then adding a little here and there to make it make sense. I think he was extremely successful with rewriting/revisioning Faramir's character. I loved Faramir in the books, still do, but this Faramir is interesting to me in and of himself in a way that he never was in the books. This one has issues and trauma and compassion -- I love his little speech about the fallen soldier in TTT, esp. since there is always a little part of my brain slightly disturbed by the black and white good/evil split in Tolkien. Not quite as fond of Eowyn in the extended scenes. She feels a little too girlish to me when I feel she should be brittle, at the breaking point. But then, there are scenes like Theodred's funeral and her sword practice. Mmmm.

Yay!! RotK tomorrow!!

And we are having dinner with some business school people who are still here and apparently going to a bar later where they have weekly trivia games! How cool is that? (I'm a total dork ^_^)

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Sun, Dec. 14th, 2003 10:09 pm
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Watched Fellowship of the Ring again today, in prep for RotK on Tuesday! The boy and I are going to the midnight showing, which means work on Wednesday will be hellish, but worth it ^_^. Some things that strike me:

The Shire grounds everything. It always makes me tear up later, after having seen that beautiful intro to the Shire -- Frodo's vision in Galadriel's mirror, Sam's companionship, Sam's speech in TT, with the faint strain of the Shire music playing, and the exchange between Merry and Pippin: "Don't you get it? There won't be a Shire."

I still miss Gandalf the Grey, who did things like smoke and joke around with the hobbits.

Boromir's fall and Faramir's subsequent temptation are fun parallels. I also heart the extra Boromir scene in the extended ed. DVDs very much, and they make Boromir's words and actions in the council of Elrond make even more sense.

I can't get the image out of my head of Elrond saying, "Welcome to Riveldell, Mr. Anderson."

I also still think that after Elrond has gone through his entire spiel on how they have to destroy the ring and says, "One of you must take it" in that giant silence that follows, everyone has their finger on their nose, except for Frodo, who's never heard of that game.

More icons

Sat, Aug. 30th, 2003 12:57 am
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More Eowyn icons, because I like her a lot.

Icons )
Inspired by hecatehatesthat's really awesome Buffy icon.


Fri, Aug. 29th, 2003 12:39 am
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In celebration of my Two Towers DVD, Eowyn icons below:

icons be here )

As always, feel free!

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Wed, Aug. 27th, 2003 11:30 pm
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Been having a great deal of fun going through the special features of Two Towers and Chicago.. although I wish Chicago had more of everyone practicing backstage. Saw some clips of Catherine Zeta-Jones in rehearsal, and wow! She is amazing!

Still have yet to rewatch Two Towers, but I figure there'll be enough time for that tomorrow. I always get to a greater degree why there's so much LoTRPS out there after watching the actors talk about their experiences filming this giant thing. Wished there were more of Miranda Otto, because she was funny. I loved her reaction to seeing Viggo Mortensen for the first time, when she basically just gushed -- exactly what I would have thought! I do wish there were a bit more about Eowyn, but then I'm greatly biased ;). I wanted stuff on Eowyn's costumes and Eowyn's psychology, etc. etc. And maybe even a gentle nod and hint at the scenes in the Houses of Healing with Faramir. I was really excited to see that the extended version of TT is going to have more Boromir/Faramir/Denethor backstory in a flashback of some sort! I was kind of miffed when Faramir turned out to be almost villainous because he's painted as so noble in the book. It's quite unreasonable, but hey, I read it at a very impressionable age. The preview for RotK looks awesome. Can't wait for December! Sigh. Still four more months till then, huh?

But oh, the set for Minas Tirith looked beautiful! And I so desperately want to see Eowyn kill the Witch king! (and get together with Faramir because I am a hopeless romantic)

Fixed up my site a little more so now some of the fic links are working. I realize that my page is probably a giant page to load. Oh well. It's got the complete opposite design philosophy of TMT. TMT was text based and for low-bandwidths, supposedly compatible with all screen sizes and all OSs and browsers to make the info more accessible. My personal page is basically just going to be eye candy for me. So it looks best on my computer, and I really haven't bothered making it fit anyone else's. It's probably quite selfish, but I figure, it's a self-indulgent site, and really, who's going to wander over there anyway? So I'm making giant Photoshop images and the like. If anyone does want to brave it... it's here.

Still kind of in a depressed mood though =(.


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