schizoauthoress: (Zombies--Personal Space)
GO SEE IT.

It was hilarious and clever and fun. There were scary bits and heartwarming bits and funny bits (and of course, zombie bits...all over the place). It was kind a like "Fight Club" and "Shawn of the Dead" mixed up. With a little bit of "Wild Zero" type camp.

Dani loves it!
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GO SEE IT.

It was hilarious and clever and fun. There were scary bits and heartwarming bits and funny bits (and of course, zombie bits...all over the place). It was kind a like "Fight Club" and "Shawn of the Dead" mixed up. With a little bit of "Wild Zero" type camp.

Dani loves it!

Dude!

May. 31st, 2009 05:06
schizoauthoress: (Tim Gunn--There's Evil Afoot!)
Dude...

I can't be the only one who reads the movie title Lesbian Vampire Killers and expects (at least) a pair of badass lesbian lovers who travel around the world killing vampires...right? I am rather disappointed that this movie is apparently about two guys who kill a group of lesbian vampires to 'save' the women of a cursed town and return them to a heterosexual lifestyle.

Goddammit, I want Lesbian Vampire-Killers. Not Lesbian-Vampire Killers. (See what I did there, with the hyphen, movie makers? Look at how that humble typographical mark clarifies and changes your concept based on placement! Amazing!!)

Dude!

May. 31st, 2009 05:06
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Dude...

I can't be the only one who reads the movie title Lesbian Vampire Killers and expects (at least) a pair of badass lesbian lovers who travel around the world killing vampires...right? I am rather disappointed that this movie is apparently about two guys who kill a group of lesbian vampires to 'save' the women of a cursed town and return them to a heterosexual lifestyle.

Goddammit, I want Lesbian Vampire-Killers. Not Lesbian-Vampire Killers. (See what I did there, with the hyphen, movie makers? Look at how that humble typographical mark clarifies and changes your concept based on placement! Amazing!!)
schizoauthoress: (T2-John-UncleBob-Sarah)
...was at least a salvation from the shitty casting of T3. Christian Bale's portrayal of John Connor probably comes the closest to what I've been building John up in my head as since T2. He felt more like a reasonable 'stop' between Edward Furlong and Michael Edwards (as seen in T2) than Mister Blondy McBlond Blond, Nick Stahl. (Yes, I'm still bitter.)

Bryce Dallas Howard did very well taking over the Kate Brewster character as well. Whereas in T3, Claire Danes' Kate was almost always terrified and shrill, Howard's Kate is competent and focused. It shows a lot of growth. I was never too fond of Kate in T3, but I think that they allowed us to see enough of a kickass Kate in T4 that I might grow to really like her.

I don't think this was an awesome film, but it was a good one. Miles better than the inferior sequel that is T3. I had some issues with the Resistance setup, and at least one of John's speeches, and there were some editing problems. (Including one horribly ADR'd line near the beginning, completely unnecessary.) I just tried to keep in mind that this film was set 11 years before the TDE was developed and deployed (when Kyle claims, in the first film, that "we'd won"), and there is the possibility of other films to fill the gap.
A cut so I may speak freely. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS! You know the drill. )
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...was at least a salvation from the shitty casting of T3. Christian Bale's portrayal of John Connor probably comes the closest to what I've been building John up in my head as since T2. He felt more like a reasonable 'stop' between Edward Furlong and Michael Edwards (as seen in T2) than Mister Blondy McBlond Blond, Nick Stahl. (Yes, I'm still bitter.)

Bryce Dallas Howard did very well taking over the Kate Brewster character as well. Whereas in T3, Claire Danes' Kate was almost always terrified and shrill, Howard's Kate is competent and focused. It shows a lot of growth. I was never too fond of Kate in T3, but I think that they allowed us to see enough of a kickass Kate in T4 that I might grow to really like her.

I don't think this was an awesome film, but it was a good one. Miles better than the inferior sequel that is T3. I had some issues with the Resistance setup, and at least one of John's speeches, and there were some editing problems. (Including one horribly ADR'd line near the beginning, completely unnecessary.) I just tried to keep in mind that this film was set 11 years before the TDE was developed and deployed (when Kyle claims, in the first film, that "we'd won"), and there is the possibility of other films to fill the gap.
A cut so I may speak freely. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS! You know the drill. )
schizoauthoress: (McCoy's Bullshit Detector)
...and she falls somewhere in between loving and hating it.

It's a cool movie, no doubt. There are some parts where it hits the mark and delivers something funny, awesome, or referential to the old series. And there are some parts where I mentally went, "Bzuh?! Is that supposed to be 'Trek'?"

Original series, my favorite characters were McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, and Spock. In new!Trek, I liked what we saw of McCoy (but there was not enough, sadly) and I adored Sulu. Spock was...very, very un-Spock-like to me. I enjoyed some of his 'moments', but new!Spock is so different from TOS!Spock that I can't really compare them.

I think they completely fucked up with the writing of Uhura. It seems to me like today's script writers don't know how to write the kind of person that Uhura is -- a beautiful, confident, intelligent, mature woman who is unapologetically female and feminine. Instead, new!Uhura came across as a beautiful, confident, intelligent, bitchy tough-girl. I am incredibly saddened by this. I'm not sure if the deficiency is in me or in the new portrayal of the character, but as someone who both looked up to Nichelle Nichols and admired the character that she helped create, I just...feel a loss. I will try to explain more if I can.

DON'T CLICK THIS CUT unless you've seen the movie! SPOILERS!! )

Overall, I'm not sure if I like the film, or the new universe it sets up. I am intrigued, but I'm being pulled in two directions by my reactions.
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...and she falls somewhere in between loving and hating it.

It's a cool movie, no doubt. There are some parts where it hits the mark and delivers something funny, awesome, or referential to the old series. And there are some parts where I mentally went, "Bzuh?! Is that supposed to be 'Trek'?"

Original series, my favorite characters were McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, and Spock. In new!Trek, I liked what we saw of McCoy (but there was not enough, sadly) and I adored Sulu. Spock was...very, very un-Spock-like to me. I enjoyed some of his 'moments', but new!Spock is so different from TOS!Spock that I can't really compare them.

I think they completely fucked up with the writing of Uhura. It seems to me like today's script writers don't know how to write the kind of person that Uhura is -- a beautiful, confident, intelligent, mature woman who is unapologetically female and feminine. Instead, new!Uhura came across as a beautiful, confident, intelligent, bitchy tough-girl. I am incredibly saddened by this. I'm not sure if the deficiency is in me or in the new portrayal of the character, but as someone who both looked up to Nichelle Nichols and admired the character that she helped create, I just...feel a loss. I will try to explain more if I can.

DON'T CLICK THIS CUT unless you've seen the movie! SPOILERS!! )

Overall, I'm not sure if I like the film, or the new universe it sets up. I am intrigued, but I'm being pulled in two directions by my reactions.
schizoauthoress: (Phasers Set to Fabulous)
...dress up in costume to go see "Star Trek" tomorrow. I don't know if I could find red or blue stretch velour and a pattern in time, though. (I definitely wouldn't be able to find that avocado/gold color of fabric.) So I am hand-stitching an Enterprise patch on some scrap interfacing. I don't know if I want the science insignia or the Nurse Chapel insignia (which is basically the science with a red cross stitched on it). I know I don't want the command (as seen on Kirk and Sulu) and I can't decipher the engineering one.

I'd probably fuck up the stitching on the cross. The black border stitching looks good, and I don't want to completely ruin what is starting out as a good thing. In any case, I have to get some gold metallic (or at least yellow) thread at JoAnn, and perhaps I can price the fabric and a sewing machine. (I've been dreaming about getting one for a while now.) I will probably just pin the insignia to my shirt for now -- it's rather small and unobtrusive anyway. Just a practice run, really. I will be sure to show it off when I am done.
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...dress up in costume to go see "Star Trek" tomorrow. I don't know if I could find red or blue stretch velour and a pattern in time, though. (I definitely wouldn't be able to find that avocado/gold color of fabric.) So I am hand-stitching an Enterprise patch on some scrap interfacing. I don't know if I want the science insignia or the Nurse Chapel insignia (which is basically the science with a red cross stitched on it). I know I don't want the command (as seen on Kirk and Sulu) and I can't decipher the engineering one.

I'd probably fuck up the stitching on the cross. The black border stitching looks good, and I don't want to completely ruin what is starting out as a good thing. In any case, I have to get some gold metallic (or at least yellow) thread at JoAnn, and perhaps I can price the fabric and a sewing machine. (I've been dreaming about getting one for a while now.) I will probably just pin the insignia to my shirt for now -- it's rather small and unobtrusive anyway. Just a practice run, really. I will be sure to show it off when I am done.
schizoauthoress: (I'll Mace You Good!)
Why, why, why, why, why do recent remakes of scary movies always have to include violence toward dogs??

Disturbing Spoilers Under the Cut )

Ugh. I mean, come on! I love horror movies. I love to be scared, to get my pulse racing -- but I do not like to fucking cry over animal suffering. True, aside from the first movie I mentioned under the cut, the scenes were brief and none of them were terribly graphic, but I still...just...do not want.

However, I was satisfied by watching the lead character in Quarantine have a complete meltdown, as I predicted, because it was fun to imagine that she was Deb Morgan from "Dexter"... (I'm cruel.) But aside from my own weird jollies, she was pretty awesome -- a really good, convincing actress.
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Why, why, why, why, why do recent remakes of scary movies always have to include violence toward dogs??

Disturbing Spoilers Under the Cut )

Ugh. I mean, come on! I love horror movies. I love to be scared, to get my pulse racing -- but I do not like to fucking cry over animal suffering. True, aside from the first movie I mentioned under the cut, the scenes were brief and none of them were terribly graphic, but I still...just...do not want.

However, I was satisfied by watching the lead character in Quarantine have a complete meltdown, as I predicted, because it was fun to imagine that she was Deb Morgan from "Dexter"... (I'm cruel.) But aside from my own weird jollies, she was pretty awesome -- a really good, convincing actress.
schizoauthoress: (Zombies--Personal Space)
Just got done watching *REC. I had to install VLC player to watch it; Windows Media Player absolutely would not detect that .srt file for the subtitles. The subtitles had a few spelling errors, and a couple instances where the character code for end-quotation marks showed up instead of the mark itself.

Yes, I fixed it. Editor to the bone.

I feel a little sick -- there were several times that Pablo (the cameraman) was running or swinging the camera around, so one hour and fifteen minutes of occasional wild camera movements have made my stomach a little upset. Not surprisingly, I suppose, the gore itself did not bother me.

And the first infected person that got shot and (supposedly) went down? I kept my eyes on them the entire time they were in the background...only to have nothing happen then. ^_^ Perhaps I've been watching too many zombie movies. I still startle when there are sudden loud noises or movements but that's an ingrained response.

I liked this movie a lot. It was more realistic than most zombie movies (particularly in comparison to the insanity that is Wild Zero), and I was quite intrigued to see another foreign, non-American view on zombies. (Wild Zero is Japanese, and camp as hell.)

I also have Quarantine -- which I'll have to wait to watch; can't risk eyestrain or a more upset stomach (we're out of Pepto). I'm quite intrigued with it, though. The same actress who plays "Deb" on the TV show Dexter is the reporter in Quarantine; Deb is my least favorite character on that show, so I'll quite enjoy watching her have a meltdown. ::wicked smile::
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Just got done watching *REC. I had to install VLC player to watch it; Windows Media Player absolutely would not detect that .srt file for the subtitles. The subtitles had a few spelling errors, and a couple instances where the character code for end-quotation marks showed up instead of the mark itself.

Yes, I fixed it. Editor to the bone.

I feel a little sick -- there were several times that Pablo (the cameraman) was running or swinging the camera around, so one hour and fifteen minutes of occasional wild camera movements have made my stomach a little upset. Not surprisingly, I suppose, the gore itself did not bother me.

And the first infected person that got shot and (supposedly) went down? I kept my eyes on them the entire time they were in the background...only to have nothing happen then. ^_^ Perhaps I've been watching too many zombie movies. I still startle when there are sudden loud noises or movements but that's an ingrained response.

I liked this movie a lot. It was more realistic than most zombie movies (particularly in comparison to the insanity that is Wild Zero), and I was quite intrigued to see another foreign, non-American view on zombies. (Wild Zero is Japanese, and camp as hell.)

I also have Quarantine -- which I'll have to wait to watch; can't risk eyestrain or a more upset stomach (we're out of Pepto). I'm quite intrigued with it, though. The same actress who plays "Deb" on the TV show Dexter is the reporter in Quarantine; Deb is my least favorite character on that show, so I'll quite enjoy watching her have a meltdown. ::wicked smile::
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"The Seige" is brilliant.

Tony Shahloub is CRAZY good. Denzel Washington is amazing as always.

Holy shit.
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"The Seige" is brilliant.

Tony Shahloub is CRAZY good. Denzel Washington is amazing as always.

Holy shit.
schizoauthoress: (Light is the Left Hand of Darkness)
Instead of hanging out with Auntie today, I went and watched "Flags of Our Fathers" with my sisters, and a friend of the younger one. I can't find the proper words to describe this film. It seems trite to say that I enjoyed it, or that it was good or great or even awesome. Because...it deals with war and death, and the difference between heroism as we see it and heroism as it is. Because to have 'enjoyed' this movie is to have turned the sacrifices that these people made into entertainment.

It's a powerful film. It's a moving film. (In some cases, literally. Do not bring food or drink if you are going to see this in the theater...between the scenes of graphic violence and the first-person-POV camera movements, you'll get sick.) This movie made me feel. In a way, it was almost like a guided meditation that made me experience a tiny part of what these people must have felt...

Is that strange to say? Does it seem like a stupid idea? I'm not sure. All I know is, this is a film that people should see.
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Instead of hanging out with Auntie today, I went and watched "Flags of Our Fathers" with my sisters, and a friend of the younger one. I can't find the proper words to describe this film. It seems trite to say that I enjoyed it, or that it was good or great or even awesome. Because...it deals with war and death, and the difference between heroism as we see it and heroism as it is. Because to have 'enjoyed' this movie is to have turned the sacrifices that these people made into entertainment.

It's a powerful film. It's a moving film. (In some cases, literally. Do not bring food or drink if you are going to see this in the theater...between the scenes of graphic violence and the first-person-POV camera movements, you'll get sick.) This movie made me feel. In a way, it was almost like a guided meditation that made me experience a tiny part of what these people must have felt...

Is that strange to say? Does it seem like a stupid idea? I'm not sure. All I know is, this is a film that people should see.

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