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: (F-Word)
I have quite a few things to say about the "Transformers" movie (I finally caved and decided to watch). And there is a whole truckload of cursing under the cut. However, I'll start by simply stating:

LAME. Lame-ity lame-lame LAME!! )

In the name of Megatron, return with some reinforcements soon, Starscream!
schizoauthoress: (Default)
I have quite a few things to say about the "Transformers" movie (I finally caved and decided to watch). And there is a whole truckload of cursing under the cut. However, I'll start by simply stating:

LAME. Lame-ity lame-lame LAME!! )

In the name of Megatron, return with some reinforcements soon, Starscream!
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.
schizoauthoress: (Default)
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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