Rango

Mar. 5th, 2011 05:20 pm
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
I just saw Rango. That CGI one where Johnny Depp is a chameleon in the desert. GOOD MOVIE. Like really freaking good. My two friends who saw it with me liked it but they didn't seem as impressed as I was. Anyway, I recommend it.

[livejournal.com profile] jubilantia, I will definitely go with you to see it some time.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Star Trek! Wait...

I haven't seen Inception yet. My mum got me the DVD for Christmas. I haven't watched it yet. I will eventually and that will probably be the best movie of 2010.

She also got me Despicable Me. I'd heard it was bad but it was OK. It was pretty saccharine but there were some funny moments and the Minions were cute. I like the Minions! I want one!

In other news: I AM WORKING IN THE LAB TOMORROW AT 9:00, WHY AM I STILL AWAKE?
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (dedwig)
Well, bear in mind I haven't seen Avatar.

TRON: Legacy spoilers )

In conclusion, this movie would have been a lot more enjoyable if I'd been drunk and watching it at home where we could all yell at the screen.
gmonkey42: Spock looking like "WTF?" (douchebaggery)
All six Star Wars movies are going to be re-released again, this time in 3D

Aw, man, good thing I'm a Star Trek fan or else I'd have to go sit on George Lucas' lawn and set myself on fire.

Here's what PZ Myers said about it.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
I actually went to the cinema today! I saw Dinner For Schmucks. There was one part that went a little too far with the secondhand embarrassment (in the restaurant) but overall it was very funny. The artist guy was awesome.

Those mouse dioramas? Actually ridiculously well-done!

I was also pleased to see Captain Pike as the boss.
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I got Stranger Than Fiction on Netflix. I'm enjoying it except for the fact that Maggie Gyllenhaal's character Ana is a giant Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She dropped out of Harvard Law School to run a bakery! She tweaks uptight IRS agent Will Ferrell! She didn't pay her taxes on the grounds that they fund wars and stuff! She gives cupcakes to homeless guys!

Seriously, it's difficult to resist the urge to fast-forward through all the scenes she's in.

Dustin Hoffman is hilarious and Queen Latifah is awesome as the foil to Emma Thompson's also very funny author character (who I suspect is actually not a very good writer, if she came up with a character like Ana). But this Ana is making an otherwise great movie barely tolerable.

And the MPDG-ness is contagious: Will Ferrell just brought her flours. Not a typo. A box containing bags of different types of flour. Because she's a baker! How quirky! You know she already buys that stuff in bulk, right? And it's probably a health code violation to sell baked goods made from flour out of unmarked bags from who-knows-where. Anyway. I stopped the DVD at that point. I'll watch the rest later.

I hope he does die at the end.

ETA: SPOILERS )
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
I've been reading this article from a link posted by [livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack in bits and pieces while I eat my lovely orange slices and wait for my queries to run.

It's about the racism and colonialism in Avatar, but with some new insights into this type of film that I hadn't seen before.

I especially liked the bit about Titanic. I had sort of an Ah-ha moment reading it: that's why Titanic is so enormously popular with girls (and women)! Jack is a male Manic Pixie Dream Girl! All the more reason not to shoehorn Kirk and Spock into those roles
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I finally saw Hot Fuzz. It was even better than I expected. possible spoilers )
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But lately she's just been in one crappy, sexist rom-com after another.

This never would have happened if they hadn't killed off Elle on Heroes.

ETA: You know what bugs me about the Shakesville comments, though? When Zach Quinto was in a short film (Hostage: a Love Story) in which the central joke was about domestic violence, everyone piled on like the sexism was entirely and solely his fault, like nobody else was involved in making the film. And some people blamed his presumed orientation for his alleged misogyny, which is not-cool on so many levels.

Conversely, when there's more than one famous person (some of them women) involved in this film where the central joke is about domestic violence and there are a bunch of other sexist stereotypes on top of that, the reaction is not to act as if it was all their idea and they wrote the script themselves, it's to say "why Kristen Bell, why?" the latter being a much more appropriate response.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (spocksmack)
I made this icon in honor of Spock, who is cool, plus seeing Kirk get the crap smacked out of him is always a good thing.

I don't have a lot to say about it. Which is the usual result after I watch a movie. I enjoyed it. It felt very much like the pilot episode of a TV series (and I kind of wish it were one). They spent two hours setting up the new timeline and getting the crew together so they could start having new adventures... and then the movie ended.

But Spock is cool.

ETA: for those of you who didn't like Spock, here's a video of Zach Quinto getting beaten up by some cats and then Alyssa Milano explodes him. So there's that.

Watchmen

Mar. 11th, 2009 02:06 pm
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
Since I probably won't have time to see it for a while and I can't stand the suspense:

at what point in Watchmen do they use Hallelujah? I heard it's really bad and now I'm desperate to know.

COMMENTS WILL PROBABLY CONTAIN SPOILERS
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] jubilantia, here's the video I was talking about: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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I did one presentation today and it went pretty well. Now I just have one more tomorrow but this one is only 5-10 minutes. Which is good because here's what I've been doing instead of reading papers for it:

1. I saw Walk Hard over the weekend and it is SO FUNNY. I hadn't already seen it because I was disappointed with Talladega Nights but Walk Hard is so much better. Plus a bunch of people from The Office are in it, along with some great cameos. Here's a clip (Tim Meadows says "shit" and talks about pot so you might not want to watch it at work):


2. This one isn't even my fault, my labmate sent it to us:
You Know You're a Lab Rat When... )
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (mountain)
It doesn't appear on videoeta.com. The film's official site doesn't say anything about a DVD or where it might next be shown at a film festival. Dammit, Alan Rickman needs to stop being in these awesome indie films that are never released on video and therefore I don't get to see them. OK, I did see The Search for John Gissing but I had to go to the Westwood Film Festival to do it. And I saw Andy Dick and Mike Binder and Eliza Dushku there. But still.
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They made a movie of Persepolis. It's animated, very much in the style of the graphic novel. I loved the graphic novel - I read the English translation. I don't speak French. Lukily the film is subtitled. It comes out at Christmas.
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Sweeny Todd, with Johnny Depp in the title role, plus Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen! Squeeee!
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (snapesmack)
See it on The Leaky Cauldron.

I wish they'd stop with the quick cuts. You almost can't see Snape. Don't worry, I took a screencap (trailer spoilers!) )

I think this just might be the best movie yet. I liked the book OK but PoA and HBP were better books. I think PoA is still my favorite of the movies.

ETA: I made an icon!

Well, crap

Apr. 4th, 2007 09:35 am
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (villain)
With its impressive ability to spawn internet memes ("I forgot, where do we dine tonight?" and "SPARTAAAAAA!"), I thought I'd enjoy seeing 300 when I eventually got around to it. But then I see what Dan Savage had to say about it:
With nothing but time on my hands this week, I slipped out of the office and went to the movies. Have you seen 300 yet? It's about a handful of lightly armed ancient Greeks—the Spartans—who take on the mighty and massive Persian army. Some feel the film is homophobic; some feel it's a conservative, pro-war piece of agitprop.

Homophobic? It's Ann Coulter on a meth binge.

The Persian army is an armed gay-pride parade, a threat to all things decent and, er, Greek. The king of the Spartans—among the most notorious boy-fuckers in all of ancient history—dismisses Athenian Greeks as weak-willed "philosophers and boy lovers." The Persian emperor? An eight-foot-tall black drag queen—mascara, painted-on eyebrows, pink lip gloss. Emperor RuPaul is positively obsessed with men kneeling in front of him. Why gay up the Persians? So that straight boys in the theater can identify with the Spartan king and his 300 soldiers—all of whom appear to have been recruited from and outfitted by the International Male catalog.

What isn't up for debate is the film's politics. The only times the Persian army doesn't look like a gay-pride parade in hell, it looks like a crowd of madly chanting Islamic militants. And if the Spartan king has to break the Spartan law to defend Spartan freedoms? Well, sometimes a king's gotta do what a king's gotta do. Because, as the queen of Sparta points out, freedom isn't free. And, yes, she uses exactly those words. George Bush is going to blow a load in his pants when he sees this movie.

Damn. I was looking forward to it in part because of the fabulous Persians but I didn't realize they were more the reviled Bad Guys™ than the awesome, sexy Villains™ (see icon). In that case, I think I'll give it a miss. "Freedom isn't free?" Seriously? Not cool.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Half Blood Prince)
I'm more and more struck by how movie!Snape is different from canon!Snape. In the movies, he's been less nasty to Harry (except that one added scene where he smacked Harry and Ron on the head), thrown himself in front of wolf!Lupin to protect the kids and it wasn't clear that it was he who outed Lupin at the end of year 3. And we were deprived of his Hospital Wing tantrum slightly before that (if you pause it when Harry & Hermione are going back in time, you can see Snape was there but he doesn't appear to be throwing a tantrum).

Now we have this review/summary of an early screening of OotP, and a couple of major changes have been made to the Snape's Worst Memory bit.

movie spoilers )

It makes me wonder how different Snape seems to people who've only seen the movies and not read the books. Then again, those people probably don't think about it all that much anyway.

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