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Cleolinda has posted Eclipse in 15 Minutes. Trust me on this - go read it.
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
Cleolinda has posted Eclipse in 15 Minutes. Trust me on this - go read it.
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So, Eclipse. I can't decide whether I actually thought it was a decent movie, or if I was just impressed at how huge an improvement over the book it is. [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, as usual, has said pretty much everything that we're all thinking, so go just read that if you want to know what I thought about the movie.

But in all seriousness, guys, it's pretty entertaining. I know I've ranted - extensively - about this series, but I promise, there are actual fight scenes and everything.

Meanwhile, Avatar comes out this weekend...it currently has an 8% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert started his review with the following words:

"The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

He gave it half a star. Combine that with the racefail thing and...maybe I won't be going to see that one after all. (Edit: Here's probably my favorite review of the movie so far. Trust me, read it.)

Tomorrow's Friday - why do four-day weeks always feel more than a day shorter than five-day weeks? Weird. Anyway, off to finish my laundry and then to bed.
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So, Eclipse. I can't decide whether I actually thought it was a decent movie, or if I was just impressed at how huge an improvement over the book it is. [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, as usual, has said pretty much everything that we're all thinking, so go just read that if you want to know what I thought about the movie.

But in all seriousness, guys, it's pretty entertaining. I know I've ranted - extensively - about this series, but I promise, there are actual fight scenes and everything.

Meanwhile, Avatar comes out this weekend...it currently has an 8% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert started his review with the following words:

"The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

He gave it half a star. Combine that with the racefail thing and...maybe I won't be going to see that one after all. (Edit: Here's probably my favorite review of the movie so far. Trust me, read it.)

Tomorrow's Friday - why do four-day weeks always feel more than a day shorter than five-day weeks? Weird. Anyway, off to finish my laundry and then to bed.
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Guys, I need a project.

I usually suffer a period of post-PortConMaine lethargy. I think most staffers do. We get all pumped up for the con, run around like crazy all weekend making things go well, and then it's over and we collectively go "...now what?"

I also found an apartment (yay!). It's an efficiency in Portland, near Westbrook, and I really love it. My own kitchen! But I moved into it the week before PCM and am all settled in now (minus theoretical future furniture, like an actual chair), so I am minus another preoccupation that had been looming large in my life.

And then, for those of you who didn't see on Facebook, Jason and I broke up on Sunday night. Which, even aside from being...very distressing...has left me even more at loose ends. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference in my day-to-day schedule, since we hadn't been seeing much of each other lately, but it does.

So all of a sudden, I have tons of after-work free time. The problem is, I tend to work much better with an external goal or structure; I'm not great at self-direction. I try to think of things to do and promptly decide that they are stupid or too much of a bother; instead, I end up sitting around for hours reading back entries of Hyperbole and a Half and carefully not thinking of anything in particular (so as not to start crying).

So anyway, my point was, um...if anyone needs any help with anything, let me know? You will be doing me a favor, I promise.

Also, Eclipse tomorrow. I'm bringing the glitter. :)
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Guys, I need a project.

I usually suffer a period of post-PortConMaine lethargy. I think most staffers do. We get all pumped up for the con, run around like crazy all weekend making things go well, and then it's over and we collectively go "...now what?"

I also found an apartment (yay!). It's an efficiency in Portland, near Westbrook, and I really love it. My own kitchen! But I moved into it the week before PCM and am all settled in now (minus theoretical future furniture, like an actual chair), so I am minus another preoccupation that had been looming large in my life.

And then, for those of you who didn't see on Facebook, Jason and I broke up on Sunday night. Which, even aside from being...very distressing...has left me even more at loose ends. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference in my day-to-day schedule, since we hadn't been seeing much of each other lately, but it does.

So all of a sudden, I have tons of after-work free time. The problem is, I tend to work much better with an external goal or structure; I'm not great at self-direction. I try to think of things to do and promptly decide that they are stupid or too much of a bother; instead, I end up sitting around for hours reading back entries of Hyperbole and a Half and carefully not thinking of anything in particular (so as not to start crying).

So anyway, my point was, um...if anyone needs any help with anything, let me know? You will be doing me a favor, I promise.

Also, Eclipse tomorrow. I'm bringing the glitter. :)
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FANTASTIC.

Um. I've never seen Dreamgirls or Gods and Monsters, so I guess I can't comment. (Note this is also confirmed by EW.) But, is the two-movies thing official? WHY? I mean, besides getting the maximum amount of cash out of the fangirls, which in all fairness has been a driving motivation of the franchise for a while now. I just...what are they going to DO for two two-hour movies? I honestly do not get it.
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FANTASTIC.

Um. I've never seen Dreamgirls or Gods and Monsters, so I guess I can't comment. (Note this is also confirmed by EW.) But, is the two-movies thing official? WHY? I mean, besides getting the maximum amount of cash out of the fangirls, which in all fairness has been a driving motivation of the franchise for a while now. I just...what are they going to DO for two two-hour movies? I honestly do not get it.
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Hollywood news. Primarily grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda either on LJ or Twitter.

•So, Alice in Wonderland. Reviews are mixed (sixth grade diorama? OUCH) but there seems to be a consensus that certain plot elements, such as a build-up to a climactic battle (in WonderUnderland? For reals?) were poor choices. We're going to see it tomorrow; should be interesting.

•Chris Weitz, director of New Moon, says that he isn't up to directing Breaking Dawn. But he agrees it should be split into two movies. Why? WHY? Considering that his rationale for begging off the movie is that he's got a young kid and it would be too much to shoot a whole two movies at once, maybe he's agreeing with the two-movie thing to give himself a reason for demurring. Because I've read Breaking Dawn, and 'dense' is not the way I'd describe it, except regarding the main characters.

•Speaking of books being made into movies, guess what's reportedly being released on 12/10/2010? Voyage of the Dawn Treader! Woo-hoo!

•I guess I should not be surprised about this; they are planning a movie based on Magic: the Gathering. Although, interestingly, they specifically state that the movies are focused on the Planeswalkers and therefore won't necessarily have a swords-and-sorcery, Tolkeinesque feel to them. Combine that with my long-time impression that MtG was essentially ten million really awesome story hooks that never got to be used in actual stories...I am reasonably resigned to this movie.

•If you read one thing this weekend, read io9's article on sugested alternatives to bad-idea movie remakes. Bonus: can be used as a reading list of some more-or-less obscure sci-fi and fantasy to check out. Hollywood, take note!

In makeup news: Aromaleigh is awesome. Their Rocks! Sonic eyeshadow collection is awesome - so bright and fun. Their lippies are awesome but being discontinued, oh no! Must purchase a few more colors before they sell out.

In work news: I reached a milestone of reading/responding to every email in my inbox (as of 5:24 PM tonight). Considering I had 400+ unread emails a month or two ago, I'm pretty excited out this. Now I just need to maintain a 'clean' inbox...and start working on the backlog of filing...and finish some other outstanding projects...but still!
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Hollywood news. Primarily grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda either on LJ or Twitter.

•So, Alice in Wonderland. Reviews are mixed (sixth grade diorama? OUCH) but there seems to be a consensus that certain plot elements, such as a build-up to a climactic battle (in WonderUnderland? For reals?) were poor choices. We're going to see it tomorrow; should be interesting.

•Chris Weitz, director of New Moon, says that he isn't up to directing Breaking Dawn. But he agrees it should be split into two movies. Why? WHY? Considering that his rationale for begging off the movie is that he's got a young kid and it would be too much to shoot a whole two movies at once, maybe he's agreeing with the two-movie thing to give himself a reason for demurring. Because I've read Breaking Dawn, and 'dense' is not the way I'd describe it, except regarding the main characters.

•Speaking of books being made into movies, guess what's reportedly being released on 12/10/2010? Voyage of the Dawn Treader! Woo-hoo!

•I guess I should not be surprised about this; they are planning a movie based on Magic: the Gathering. Although, interestingly, they specifically state that the movies are focused on the Planeswalkers and therefore won't necessarily have a swords-and-sorcery, Tolkeinesque feel to them. Combine that with my long-time impression that MtG was essentially ten million really awesome story hooks that never got to be used in actual stories...I am reasonably resigned to this movie.

•If you read one thing this weekend, read io9's article on sugested alternatives to bad-idea movie remakes. Bonus: can be used as a reading list of some more-or-less obscure sci-fi and fantasy to check out. Hollywood, take note!

In makeup news: Aromaleigh is awesome. Their Rocks! Sonic eyeshadow collection is awesome - so bright and fun. Their lippies are awesome but being discontinued, oh no! Must purchase a few more colors before they sell out.

In work news: I reached a milestone of reading/responding to every email in my inbox (as of 5:24 PM tonight). Considering I had 400+ unread emails a month or two ago, I'm pretty excited out this. Now I just need to maintain a 'clean' inbox...and start working on the backlog of filing...and finish some other outstanding projects...but still!
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You know why I like Twitter? Because I find out about things like this: Twilight Stars Continue To Help Haiti: Vampire Baseball Game Organized For March 20.

I - just - wow. It's kind of a brilliant idea and for a great cause, but WOW.

And now...off to Boston. Whee!
amatyultare: (Default)
You know why I like Twitter? Because I find out about things like this: Twilight Stars Continue To Help Haiti: Vampire Baseball Game Organized For March 20.

I - just - wow. It's kind of a brilliant idea and for a great cause, but WOW.

And now...off to Boston. Whee!
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Today has been, not a bad day, but a day of grumpiness for me. And also a singularly unproductive day at work, which I freely admit is totally my fault. I spent a truly reprehensible amount of my work day essentially pouting.

The primary reason for this - and yes, I am ridiculous for getting so worked up/caught up in/influenced by a work of fiction, but there you go - is that I borrowed Eclipse and Breaking Dawn from Julie on Saturday and spent much of the day Sunday reading through Eclipse. Apologies to anyone who enjoyed Eclipse; you may not want to read the rest of this post.

I really do not know why I do this to myself. But kudos to Jason, who very patiently endured/indulged my angry rants via text message.

I guess the reason why I'm so upset about this book is that I hate certain behaviors with a passion. I hate it when someone tries to take away another person's ability to make choices for themselves. I hate manipulation (which is really just another way of trying to force someone's choice, except through emotional means) and passive aggressive behavior, which is essentially a pervasive form of manipulation. These three are some of my biggest 'buttons' - just seeing someone behaving like this, even if it's not to me directly, is likely to get me riled.

So, apropos to this, five distinct points in the book that I remember offhand bugged me. A lot. )

I am almost excited to read Breaking Dawn, because there is no way it can be as bad as Eclipse. (I know, famous last words and all, but I know basically what happens in BD and frankly I think I can handle blood-vomiting, bone-breaking pregnancies easily after this.)

And now, to bed.
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
Today has been, not a bad day, but a day of grumpiness for me. And also a singularly unproductive day at work, which I freely admit is totally my fault. I spent a truly reprehensible amount of my work day essentially pouting.

The primary reason for this - and yes, I am ridiculous for getting so worked up/caught up in/influenced by a work of fiction, but there you go - is that I borrowed Eclipse and Breaking Dawn from Julie on Saturday and spent much of the day Sunday reading through Eclipse. Apologies to anyone who enjoyed Eclipse; you may not want to read the rest of this post.

I really do not know why I do this to myself. But kudos to Jason, who very patiently endured/indulged my angry rants via text message.

I guess the reason why I'm so upset about this book is that I hate certain behaviors with a passion. I hate it when someone tries to take away another person's ability to make choices for themselves. I hate manipulation (which is really just another way of trying to force someone's choice, except through emotional means) and passive aggressive behavior, which is essentially a pervasive form of manipulation. These three are some of my biggest 'buttons' - just seeing someone behaving like this, even if it's not to me directly, is likely to get me riled.

So, apropos to this, five distinct points in the book that I remember offhand bugged me. A lot. )

I am almost excited to read Breaking Dawn, because there is no way it can be as bad as Eclipse. (I know, famous last words and all, but I know basically what happens in BD and frankly I think I can handle blood-vomiting, bone-breaking pregnancies easily after this.)

And now, to bed.
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Cannot quite decide whether this is more hysterical or horrifying. (Look at the close up, I dare you. It's - something special.)
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Cannot quite decide whether this is more hysterical or horrifying. (Look at the close up, I dare you. It's - something special.)
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
I really tried to stop for a while. My friends teased me about talking about it all the time, and I felt like I was clogging their LJ friends lists with Twi-spam.

Then, for my birthday, Mel gave me a 'I <3 Boys Who Sparkle' pin. And Julie gave me a New Moon calendar.

So, you know...I don't feel so bad about posting the occasional Twilight item now.

Anyway, I guess I just have a question for the Twilight marketing/merchandising person. Do you secretly hate the franchise and are trying to sabotage it? Do you have a thing for guys with disabilities? Or do you just really, really suck at Photoshop? Because first we had the poster that made RPattz look like a albino zombie stroke victim, and now Taylor Lautner is kinda looking like a hunchback. Also: way to amp up the stalker-ness of Jacob. He's really not that bad (in New Moon, anyway) but that tee shirt is edging into serious DO NOT WANT territory. (I will never go away? Seriously?)

At this point I'm honestly curious as to how this stuff is being deemed in any way 'a good idea'.

That is all.
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
I really tried to stop for a while. My friends teased me about talking about it all the time, and I felt like I was clogging their LJ friends lists with Twi-spam.

Then, for my birthday, Mel gave me a 'I <3 Boys Who Sparkle' pin. And Julie gave me a New Moon calendar.

So, you know...I don't feel so bad about posting the occasional Twilight item now.

Anyway, I guess I just have a question for the Twilight marketing/merchandising person. Do you secretly hate the franchise and are trying to sabotage it? Do you have a thing for guys with disabilities? Or do you just really, really suck at Photoshop? Because first we had the poster that made RPattz look like a albino zombie stroke victim, and now Taylor Lautner is kinda looking like a hunchback. Also: way to amp up the stalker-ness of Jacob. He's really not that bad (in New Moon, anyway) but that tee shirt is edging into serious DO NOT WANT territory. (I will never go away? Seriously?)

At this point I'm honestly curious as to how this stuff is being deemed in any way 'a good idea'.

That is all.
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Cosplay potluck yesterday was a lot of fun. Thank you, Julie! Next time I will bring more pizza. :-)

Got less done today than I had hoped to do, mostly because I felt very dragged-out all day. I got a decent amount of sleep last night, so I suspect that my immune system is again losing the battle against whatever cold/flu/unspecified sniffly illness is making the rounds. I'm going to try to fight it off by going to bed super-early again.

However. First I had to post this. HAD to. Because really? Wow. New Line needs to hire a better marketing department - or at least teach their people how to use Photoshop. I defy you to look at those posters and not burst into giggles. RPattz's head! Nikki's zig zag part! Jasper's VERY ALARMED face! And that's just the first of the three! (As one insightful commenter, the last picture looks like the cover art for a boy band called All Fur One.)


Anyway, off to (hopefully) sleep away whatever's bothering me.
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Cosplay potluck yesterday was a lot of fun. Thank you, Julie! Next time I will bring more pizza. :-)

Got less done today than I had hoped to do, mostly because I felt very dragged-out all day. I got a decent amount of sleep last night, so I suspect that my immune system is again losing the battle against whatever cold/flu/unspecified sniffly illness is making the rounds. I'm going to try to fight it off by going to bed super-early again.

However. First I had to post this. HAD to. Because really? Wow. New Line needs to hire a better marketing department - or at least teach their people how to use Photoshop. I defy you to look at those posters and not burst into giggles. RPattz's head! Nikki's zig zag part! Jasper's VERY ALARMED face! And that's just the first of the three! (As one insightful commenter, the last picture looks like the cover art for a boy band called All Fur One.)


Anyway, off to (hopefully) sleep away whatever's bothering me.

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