Category Archives: Movies
Holy crap, you guys.
I do plan on writing a long blog post about the things Beth and I giggled about the entire time she, her brother, Techno Jesus, and I were at my roommate’s wedding on Sunday, but that will have to wait, because I am at my parents’ house for the next week or so and thoroughly exhausted and I’ve told the Wedding Story about four times since I got here, so I am temporarily Wedding Story’d out.
The bedbugs have returned to my apartment, and I was just inches from running away screaming from the premises. You have no idea. As it is, I may be able to get a fumigation arranged while I’m gone and quivering in the bug-less bed in the room I share with my sisters in my parents’ basement, so let’s cross our fingers.
Last night Techno Jesus and Chris of Binary Expletive and I went to go see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows last night. I wore my fancy corsetry. When Techno Jesus finally sends me the pictures, I will post them here for you to see. Let’s just say my waistline looked very Victorian and very fantastic, and was very confusing to the employees of Steak ‘n Shake at 1am after we saw the film. The film itself was pretty good – there were a few slow bits and a few bits that made me roll my eyes and wish we could just move on (the physical fight Watson and Sherlock have while the latter is in drag is not something I can imagine anyone being amused by due to its monumental stupidity), but they did a fantastic job with Moriarty, if nothing else. While the film did not grab me the way that the first one did, as far as second films go, it was really not all that bad.
On the subject of films, when I saw the trailer for this one, I immediately ran to my father’s room and asked him on a daddy-daughter date to go see it when it comes out in December 2012.
He said yes.
Because I don’t have much to say in this post, here’s a cleverly-worded book review!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Robin McKinley has never failed to enchant me with her work, and this book is no different. From the first time I picked up The Blue Sword in first grade, I have loved this woman and the way that she reinvents the way girls’ stories are told.
This is most definitely a YA book, but from page three I could not turn away or put it down. There is not much in the way of plot, if you consider plot to be “here is the definitive goal” and “here is the definitive conflict” and “here is the definitive villain.” A lot of it comes as a “slice of life” story, the main characters getting to know each other, while hints of a major conflict to come slowly but surely begin to form. You do not hit what I call the major conflict until the very end of the book, but since I’ve known before I picked it up that she was working on a sequel, my only qualm upon turning the last page was that I wanted to read that sequel now.
Pegasus is a lovely story that takes it’s time letting you get to know the history, the structure, and the people of the kingdom that McKinley created. What’s more, you get to know the main characters on such a deep level that you cannot help but know them as real people (or pegasi), and I almost didn’t care that there was no traditional conflict except for what was bubbling beneath the surface. I genuinely cared about the characters and wanted to see them succeed, be happy, interact. After the faith I’ve been losing in YA lit over the past few years, McKinley brought me back with this novel.
So, finals are over. To be honest, all I had to do was write a couple of papers and email those in; my only actual final was at 11am yesterday morning, so I hung out at home all week and crocheted. I made some goofy-looking purple handbag, you should go check it out and maybe buy it from me, because even though school is done for the next few months, I am still a poor college student and not going back to Dairy Queen to slave away again. Actually I’m going to put an effort into finding a legit waitressing job here in Terre Haute. Someone pointed me at Texas Roadhouse or Friday’s, so we’ll see what happens.
Go buy that thing from me.
Anyhow, last night we went to go see Thor.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this movie was not nearly as thrilling as Iron Man, but for me there’s not much that can top the awesomeness that is Robert Downey Jr. You should see my expression every time I watch Sherlock Holmes. RDJ and Mark Strong on screen simultaneously? That’s – that’s paradise.
I really did think that Thor was well-done. They only had two hours to get out character development, plot, and establishment of the setting, and I thought they did that well. They had to spend more time reconciling the mythology/superhero genres crossover, and to do that they had to sacrifice some screentime deeper character and plot development, I think. And you know what? I was okay with that. Chris Hemsworth did a pretty good job (and oh my, is he good-looking without a shirt!), Natalie Portman did a good job looking pretty (I saw her character as more of a plot crutch than anything else, but I do have tremendous respect for her as an actor after seeing V for Vendetta several years ago), and Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings both made me feel very happy on the inside. Also Idris Elba kind of rocked my world.
Also I think I may have accidentally fangirled all over the place during this trailer:
Believe it or not, I had actually not seen this trailer before, so I was more or less squeeing EVERYWHERE. Is it July yet?
Anyhow, there’s several films coming out this summer – or have come out recently – that I’m pretty excited about, and not just from the fangirl angle. Whenever good, well-made, well-written films come out, I get excited. I can maybe count on one hand the number of films I’ve seen in theaters in the last four years that really moved me.
Tomorrow I’ll have a list for you of all the movies I’m excited about seeing, and also I’ll update you on what’s happening with deAngelis. Maybe. If there’s anything to tell.
I live in the Midwest, so this La Nina winter is wreaking havoc on the weather. Not that this is particularly new – Indiana weather is always a pain in the butt. It’s winter from October straight through to May, sometimes longer, and then you better not blink or you’re gonna miss the five seconds of summer we’re allowed before autumn kicks in.
Anyhow, Boyfriend and I were watching Spirited Away and eating ice cream sandwiches last night, and we hear the tornado sirens go off. The people in his building must be some special flavor of idiot, because it’s storming and we’ve all been alerted of a tornado watch for the better part of the day, and people decide that they should go outside. Um, sorry? What? Everyone milled around for a good fifteen minutes before heading down to the basement. Boyfriend grabbed his laptop and my Kindle, and while he futzed about on the interwebs, I curled up and finished Misti Wolanski’s Fistful of Fire.*
After a good, solid hour of sitting on the uncomfortable basement floor and listening to the hodgepodge of cultures (at least four different ethnicities were crammed into that basement) converse, we finally heard the obnoxiousness of the sirens fade away, and Boyfriend and I finished Spirited Away in peace. I’d never seen it – he had – and I found that I really enjoyed the old-school fairytale element to the plot. I also very much like Miyazaki; I’ve seen Princess Mononoke once or twice, and Howl’s Moving Castle – despite the rather sudden “I love you!” at the end – is one of my favorite films and books. So, it’s no surprise that I very much enjoyed this film, too.**
At any rate, I’m now starting some H.P. Lovecraft for the first time†††, and I’m hoping that I won’t regret my choice: At the Mountains of Madness. I’m only about twenty, thirty pages into it, and I can’t decide whether I enjoy it yet or not – so far all they’re talking about is drills, and planes, and ice, and I just cannot make myself care.
In other news, two stories I wrote for the Indiana Statesman got run today. Nothing too terribly exciting – one about a thing we do here called RezFest and, the more enjoyable of the two to write, ISU’s celebration of Earth Day.
‘kay bored now.
ALSO: Happy birthday to my sister, Emily! She’s 19 today!
* As per usual, my review will go at the end of the post, to avoid potential spoilers. Also, I can’t figure out how to a lj-cut style “read more” thing, so until someone figures that out, I have to do this the dumb way.
** I’m actually a big fan of anime, although the list of what I’ve seen is not nearly as extensive as some of my Guildies’. I’m very particular about what I watch.*** Perhaps at some point I’ll make a post about my anime experience.
*** Please don’t tell anyone I’ve watched Chobits.†
† Or Fruits Basket.††
†† Or Absolute Boyfriend.