amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
And I enjoyed it a lot. But it was also ridiculous. REALLY ridiculous. So I wrote a thing about it.

A few notes:

•I am not Cleolinda, and this is not a Movies in 15 Minutes production, but it is possible that part of this will, um, sound like a faint echo of her work? Because it's a similar format and also I've read her M15M about a hundred times each? So if you notice similarities, I apologize.

•If you have not yet seen it, I would like to point out an amazing image set (put together from the movie trailer, I believe), which basically posits that the real OTP of the movie is Jane/Science. This is...relevant.

•Also, one theater in Shanghai accidentally used a fan-manip Thor/Loki poster to advertise the movie. This...this is also relevant. Trust me on this.

Last Time on Exposition Theater... )
amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
Oh hey, it's my LiveJournal! I haven't used this since January, for the annual year-end meme! But I have a lot of FEELINGS about Les Misérables, specifically the movie musical version that came out recently. So I return to LJ to, as I have so often in the past, vent.

Oh, and I assume that anyone interested in my thoughts on the movie probably has a pretty good idea already of how the story goes, but just in case, warning: yes there will be spoilers.

At the end of the day... )
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
For those of you who were reluctant to see Gantz because you don't enjoy watching violent films, let me remove that obstacle – there's surprisingly little explicit violence in this movie. (Barring a first fight scene – just cover your eyes for the onion people.)

Unfortunately, that still leaves about a dozen reasons to run screaming from this movie. I don't think I'll be able to sleep until I vent, so let's run down the list, shall we?

Gantz: That's Just How The Cookie Crumbles, or, Capslock Ahoy! )

Bottom line: I don't particularly regret going to see it myself – there's a certain pleasure in seeing even a really bad movie with good friends – but I can't recommend it unless you're feeling masochistic.

Uh...

Nov. 12th, 2010 01:36 am
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The only thing that I can imagine is that Hollywood likes to play pranks on geeks. Specifically anime fans. They saw the minor furor over the whole Keanu-Reeves-as-Spike-Spiegel thing, laughed, and said, "Oh, you think that's bad? I'll see your Keanu-as-Spike and raise you a Zach Efron as Kaneda in Akira. Eh? Eh?" And then they sit back and giggle as the otaku run around in angry circles.

But seriously. What. WHAT?
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
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.
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
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 Miss K of Aromaleigh has just released her newest collection for order. And holy crap, guys, I want to order them SO much. The collection is called Victoria's Revenge and it's very Victorian/steampunk/fantastic, with color names like Scratched Scruples and Mania's Focus and Gaslight Tears. Moreover, the colors are gorgeous (click on the picture to zoom in). Consequently, half of me is trying desperately to remind myself that I said 'no spending money on frivolities while apartment-hunting and -furnishing' and the other half is trying desperately to convince myself that $25 for a sample set wouldn't really hurt, would it? Argh, I have no self-control.

The apartment search goes on, but I think I may go with the studio I looked at last week. I liked it best of all the places I've seen and I know I can afford it - it's a studio, but eh. At least I'll have my own kitchen! I'm looking at another place tomorrow, but the hassle of getting in touch with the owner just to schedule a showing has not impressed me, so it would have to be a really nice apartment.

In unrelated news, I finally watched 'Let The Right One In' last night. It was fantastic, subtle and creepy and heartbreaking. And such brilliant casting! It was funny, they had a short behind the scenes featurette, and it ends with the director saying that he thinks the film became so successful because they were able to make it with artistic freedom and integrity. I couldn't help but wonder if this was a veiled jab at the American remake scheduled to be released later this year. (Google says yes.) Why, Hollywood, WHY?

(Though I must admit, I am interested to see if Chloe Moretz is up to the role of Abby/Eli. And I enjoyed Cloverfield. So the American version might not suck. We'll see.)

(Also-also, are they seriously considering sequels to both Cloverfield and Kick-Ass? No, seriously, WHY?)
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So Miss K of Aromaleigh has just released her newest collection for order. And holy crap, guys, I want to order them SO much. The collection is called Victoria's Revenge and it's very Victorian/steampunk/fantastic, with color names like Scratched Scruples and Mania's Focus and Gaslight Tears. Moreover, the colors are gorgeous (click on the picture to zoom in). Consequently, half of me is trying desperately to remind myself that I said 'no spending money on frivolities while apartment-hunting and -furnishing' and the other half is trying desperately to convince myself that $25 for a sample set wouldn't really hurt, would it? Argh, I have no self-control.

The apartment search goes on, but I think I may go with the studio I looked at last week. I liked it best of all the places I've seen and I know I can afford it - it's a studio, but eh. At least I'll have my own kitchen! I'm looking at another place tomorrow, but the hassle of getting in touch with the owner just to schedule a showing has not impressed me, so it would have to be a really nice apartment.

In unrelated news, I finally watched 'Let The Right One In' last night. It was fantastic, subtle and creepy and heartbreaking. And such brilliant casting! It was funny, they had a short behind the scenes featurette, and it ends with the director saying that he thinks the film became so successful because they were able to make it with artistic freedom and integrity. I couldn't help but wonder if this was a veiled jab at the American remake scheduled to be released later this year. (Google says yes.) Why, Hollywood, WHY?

(Though I must admit, I am interested to see if Chloe Moretz is up to the role of Abby/Eli. And I enjoyed Cloverfield. So the American version might not suck. We'll see.)

(Also-also, are they seriously considering sequels to both Cloverfield and Kick-Ass? No, seriously, WHY?)
amatyultare: (don't ask)
I don't know that I can come up with any coherent thoughts on the new Robin Hood movie right now. The only thing that comes to mind is that this movie felt less like a 'Gladiator' remake (which is how I'd heard it described) and more like a weird LOTR remake, only this time Aragron marries Eowyn? And Sauron=the French? I don't know. For more thoughts, I refer you to the ever-hilarious Cleolinda.

(Also, [livejournal.com profile] tarimanveri, if you watch this movie, can you live-blog it somehow? Because I would love to read your history-geek-rage-fueled comments; also, without a way to vent, your head may explode somewhere between King Richard dying in battle on his way back from the Crusades and the part in which a proper Christian English lord gets a Viking funeral pyre.)

(However, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea was excellent and I'm betting a good third of the soundtrack will be GBS songs. I may buy the soundtrack for that alone.)

(Also, Cate Blanchett is always fierce.)
amatyultare: (don't ask)
I don't know that I can come up with any coherent thoughts on the new Robin Hood movie right now. The only thing that comes to mind is that this movie felt less like a 'Gladiator' remake (which is how I'd heard it described) and more like a weird LOTR remake, only this time Aragron marries Eowyn? And Sauron=the French? I don't know. For more thoughts, I refer you to the ever-hilarious Cleolinda.

(Also, [livejournal.com profile] tarimanveri, if you watch this movie, can you live-blog it somehow? Because I would love to read your history-geek-rage-fueled comments; also, without a way to vent, your head may explode somewhere between King Richard dying in battle on his way back from the Crusades and the part in which a proper Christian English lord gets a Viking funeral pyre.)

(However, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea was excellent and I'm betting a good third of the soundtrack will be GBS songs. I may buy the soundtrack for that alone.)

(Also, Cate Blanchett is always fierce.)
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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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1. Celtx is awesome. Free script-writing software that is incredibly easy to use? Yes please.

2. Once you get into the swing of it (and actually decide on plot points, cough cough), script writing is actually not too difficult. I have just under 4 pages so far. Whee! As a movie, it will be terrible, but as a script-writing exercise, it's kind of fun.

3. So. Alice In Wonderland. Jason was teasing me that my 'review' of it was quickly becoming irrelevant since it's been out for weeks now. So I finally sat down and finished it.

I was really happy that was that I was able to watch Wonderland with my sister, although Erica and I have very different tastes in movies; I respect her taste immensely even when I disagree with her. I have a higher tolerance for campiness, self-conscious humor, and 'typical Hollywood' (romantic subplots, glitz, etc). Erica, on the other hand, has a much higher tolerance for gratuitous violence, sex, and drug use, low-budget films, and general grittiness. I like to think this means that, if we both like a movie, it's a good sign of that movie's quality. On the other hand, when we turn to each other after a movie and tell each other earnestly, “That was AWFUL”, it's a pretty good bet that movie is bad.

You can see where I'm going with this. People who really liked Burton's Wonderland...may want to stop reading now.

The short version: The latest Alice In Wonderland is Tim Burton with zero respect for his audience and precious little respect for his source material.

TL;DRx1000 )

Okay, bedtime. Later, all!
amatyultare: (Default)
1. Celtx is awesome. Free script-writing software that is incredibly easy to use? Yes please.

2. Once you get into the swing of it (and actually decide on plot points, cough cough), script writing is actually not too difficult. I have just under 4 pages so far. Whee! As a movie, it will be terrible, but as a script-writing exercise, it's kind of fun.

3. So. Alice In Wonderland. Jason was teasing me that my 'review' of it was quickly becoming irrelevant since it's been out for weeks now. So I finally sat down and finished it.

I was really happy that was that I was able to watch Wonderland with my sister, although Erica and I have very different tastes in movies; I respect her taste immensely even when I disagree with her. I have a higher tolerance for campiness, self-conscious humor, and 'typical Hollywood' (romantic subplots, glitz, etc). Erica, on the other hand, has a much higher tolerance for gratuitous violence, sex, and drug use, low-budget films, and general grittiness. I like to think this means that, if we both like a movie, it's a good sign of that movie's quality. On the other hand, when we turn to each other after a movie and tell each other earnestly, “That was AWFUL”, it's a pretty good bet that movie is bad.

You can see where I'm going with this. People who really liked Burton's Wonderland...may want to stop reading now.

The short version: The latest Alice In Wonderland is Tim Burton with zero respect for his audience and precious little respect for his source material.

TL;DRx1000 )

Okay, bedtime. Later, all!
amatyultare: (Default)
I've been considering a post about Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' ever since I watched it a couple of weeks ago, but I've been distracted by other things (like my computer dying, and Pokemon). And then, this pops up on my Twitter feed.

Dear Tim Burton,

We know you can make good original movies. Stop with the remakes already; Hollywood has done more than enough as it is.

Love,
Me

I may still post about Alice in Wonderland later - I've got about half an LJ post saved on my computer - but it needed to be said.
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I've been considering a post about Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' ever since I watched it a couple of weeks ago, but I've been distracted by other things (like my computer dying, and Pokemon). And then, this pops up on my Twitter feed.

Dear Tim Burton,

We know you can make good original movies. Stop with the remakes already; Hollywood has done more than enough as it is.

Love,
Me

I may still post about Alice in Wonderland later - I've got about half an LJ post saved on my computer - but it needed to be said.
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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!
amatyultare: (don't ask)
When my friends who play World of Warcraft, start talking about WoW, I generally have to stay out of the conversation because I don't know much of anything about it. However, I've gradually picked up a few phrases that I can throw out to sound like I maybe know what they're talking about ('Did you know you can WIPE on VAULT?' ;) ).

And now, I guess, I have one more. Specifically, So do you think the movie will be any good? (HecklerSpray has already made up their minds, it seems.)
amatyultare: (don't ask)
When my friends who play World of Warcraft, start talking about WoW, I generally have to stay out of the conversation because I don't know much of anything about it. However, I've gradually picked up a few phrases that I can throw out to sound like I maybe know what they're talking about ('Did you know you can WIPE on VAULT?' ;) ).

And now, I guess, I have one more. Specifically, So do you think the movie will be any good? (HecklerSpray has already made up their minds, it seems.)

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