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I was reading an article in Time about the Twilight franchise and the movies, and they had this picture from New Moon of the vampire ruling class or whatever. And all I could think was, "Kaname!" And one of them looked like Kaname, too, seriously. The other two looked like Dracula and a younger Lucius Malfoy with the same hair style, respectively.

Can't wait until New Moon is available on Netflix and I can make fun of it. :P

[During dress rehearsal for choir, these two girls were saying how they had lined up to watch Twilight on opening night so they could heckle. I still can't decide whether they are closet fangirls or were telling the truth.]

If I didn't have so many books to read on a deadline (Ginban Kaleidoscope before the Olympics, Journey to the West before they're due), I would kind of want to read the series.

Twilight.

Jul. 7th, 2009 11:06 pm
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Watched Twilight.

It wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. Probably because my expectations were quite low. But it was actually kind of enjoyable.

Some things that helped:
- sister to snark with when things got too ridiculous
- watching most of it at 1.5x :P
- inherent weakness for Mary Sue

Here, have a spoiler-cut. Not really for plot spoilers, but more for if you want to form your own impressions of the film without my prebiasing you. Read more... )
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Trying to savor the last bits of summer vacation, I've been marathoning a lot of anime and watching a lot of Netflixed DVDs.

I finished watching Cluster Edge, which was decent. Read more... )

And then I watched The Lives of Others. It did with the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, so I guess it's unsurprising that I liked it a lot. Read more... )

The End.

Jul. 29th, 2007 05:00 pm
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Finally done with the book. My brain has way too much information it needs to process at the moment. In the past 36 hours, I have: Interviewed with nine different firms. Watched the Simpsons Movie. Read the latter half of Harry Potter 7.

The first thing will need an entry to itself, but I guess I can squeeze Simpsons comments here, because I don't really have many: basically, it was hilarious and very true to the spirit of the TV show. Some secondary characters that I like didn't get any screentime, but that's kind of inevitable. It did a good job of weaving stories for all of the Simpsons family members, I thought. Other characters were more limited to brief humorous cameos, but hey, that's what the Simpsons is all about, and I enjoyed them a lot. So yeah. If you're a fan, definitely go see, but I'm sure you didn't need me to tell you that.

Now, on to the real subject of this entry. Don't expect this to be in any way comprehensive or in chronological order.

Cut for disjointed commentary. ...oh, and spoilers, I guess, if there's anyone left to be spoiled. )

I'm sure I'll come up with more to say later, but for now I think I'll leave it at that, and start switching my brain back into thinking-about-law-firms mode so I can get those thoughts down, too.

In conclusion, though, I think it's definitely my favorite of the books. Just so many powerful moments. And, I felt, it fit together better than some of the others.

So, let's get cracking, shall we, [livejournal.com profile] nendil? >=D

OotP.

Jul. 22nd, 2007 05:51 pm
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Finally went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As most of you have already seen it, and I am too busy (with book seven as well as the Motion From Hell noticed for this Friday) to write much more, here are some brief disjointed comments again.

[Re: the book, I'm on Chapter 9, but my pace will probably slow down drastically until after next Saturday, so don't expect anything out of me on that front.]

Spoilers, as always. )

Pirates!

Jun. 9th, 2007 12:39 am
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Finally (?) saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Overall, it was good. A bit too complicated, and, like a certain other third installment of a trilogy, rather epic, but good.

Just a few, spoiler-y thoughts. )
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] labeth:

Go to IMDB.com and look up 10 of your favorite Movies.
Post three official IMDB "Plot Keywords" for these 10 picks.
Have your friends guess the show names.


1. Sorcerer, Soul, Immortal - Mortal Kombat ([livejournal.com profile] smamole)
2. Gene Manipulation, Messiah, Dystopic Future - The Fifth Element ([livejournal.com profile] smamole)
3. Parallel World, River God, Bathhouse - Spirited Away ([livejournal.com profile] bariumscully)
4. Misfit, Feminist, Overprotective Parent - 10 Things I Hate About You ([livejournal.com profile] superpan)
5. Alien Civilization, Egyptian Mythology, Nuclear Bomb - Stargate ([livejournal.com profile] nendil)
6. Overprotective Parent, Fish Tank, Turtle - Finding Nemo ([livejournal.com profile] bariumscully)
7. Rum, Island, Undead - Pirates of the Caribbean ([livejournal.com profile] bariumscully)
8. Haunted House, Bus Stop, Tree - My Neighbor Totoro ([livejournal.com profile] omega13)
9. Desert Planet, Undersea City, Racing - Star Wars: Episode I ([livejournal.com profile] nendil)
10. Alien Fugitive, Surfboard, Social Worker - Lilo & Stitch ([livejournal.com profile] superpan)

. . . I think some of these are so random I'm going to forget what they are. D:

P.S. Just going to look at the favorite movies list on my Facebook profile is cheating. XP
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OMG! LJ posting form is different. Give me back my monospace font, dammit. :(

Anyways, the point of this entry was that I finally got around to watching An Inconvenient Truth. For being a Gore fan and something of a global warming nerd (considering my focus at Caltech), it was long overdue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there wasn't really any new information in there. Maybe some statistics I hadn't heard before, but the general phenomena I'd all learned before, many of them (e.g. soil moisture, ocean acidification) thanks to ESE 148c, Biogeochemical Cycles. Thank you, Alex Sessions. :D

Of course, knowing all the phenomena didn't make the movie uninteresting or anything. What can I say, I'm attracted to trainwrecks, so the imagery kept me strung along. Especially the projections of flooding if the Greenland ice melts. A certain Floridian still won't listen to me that Florida is a horrible place to live because it won't be around anymore in another 50 years at this rate. :P Also, I think I might well prefer earthquakes over hurricanes of increasing severity. Then again, foreseeability has its upsides.

I think the part that moved me the most was the photos of the Antarctic ice shelf collapsing in about a month, when they thought the thing would be stable for hundreds of years. That just made my gut clench.

The rest is cut for pointless spewing of stuff I learned in environmental science classes at Tech. )
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Awesome, insightful, and funny review and breakdown of the movie, link stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa. I'd quote neat parts, but I think that'd just spoil it. I'll say that I was very amused by the Aragorn joke, though.

I saw the movie before I left for Europe, so I don't really remember what thoughts I had on it, if any. Mostly, I didn't remember the book enough to mind any changes -- and apparently not much was changed anyway -- and I just went with it, and it was good. Not as deeply moving as Lord of the Rings, but I didn't really expect it to be. So yeah. Good movie. Not an object of obsession, but I'd watch it again, and will probably get the DVD.
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Went to see Star Wars Episode III last night with a large part of campus. I think it was good that I saw it with a group because it probably made some things funny that would otherwise have been terrible. Like, "He's the father, isn't he? ... I'm so sorry." And people made fun of it, from the moment it began, to long after we'd gotten back to campus.

I guess I should cut for spoilers or something. )
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[livejournal.com profile] kalquessa's entry here reminded me how much the Bourne movies piss me off. I still can't figure out how they managed to make a sequel when they practically dismantled the whole conspiracy in the first movie. And they took Ludlum's wonderfully apt titles and put them to movies where they don't make any sense. At least the Bourne Identity actually kind of followed the book. I read a review of the Bourne Supremacy; apparently they turned a book about an imposter assassin in Hong Kong into some crap about an oil tycoon in Russia. I'm pretty sure they're going to make a third movie, even though the Bourne Ultimatum is entirely about the final showdown between Jason Bourne and Carlos the Jackal, whom the movie people scrapped from the start. But oh wait, we don't care about canon, so it's okay.

I first got into Ludlum by reading an abridged version of the Apocalypse Watch in one of those Reader's Digest things. Soon after, I bought the full-length paperback, which I think is where I discovered that they were making a TV miniseries. I scoured the TV guide until I found when it would air, and I eagerly taped both segments. I was severely disappointed. There were more recognizable elements than in the Bourne Supremacy, but you can guess how faithful a movie is if they turned one of the primary good guys into a traitor.

So what I said just now about a Hyperion movie... it's probably best if I give up hope. Certainly it falls more in a category with Dune and Earthsea than it does with Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Apparently it takes a lot of popularity before movie people trust the author's own sense of what's dramatic or of what makes a good story.

So as much as I complain about the LotR movies, I am also amazed and exceedingly thankful that there are extended segments I'm delighted to see on film, and I can mostly live with the changes and omissions -- yes, even Faramir in Two Towers and Scouring of the Shire -- and am actually willing to acknowledge them as adaptations of the book rather than travesties that bear the same names.

Are people who read books really that distinct from people who go to movies or watch TV? Maybe they are...
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[I'm randomly tempted to replace the "1" and "2" in my entry titles with 前編 and 後編, like they use in manga. I know people translate them as "Part 1" and "Part 2", but it's more like "First Part" and "Latter Part". It's one of those "more information in the same amount of words" kinds of thing, you know?]

So I did finish watching the EE tonight, and the easter eggs, and with time to DDR afterwards, too.

More spoilers for extended scenes. )

So I guess this means the adventure is finally over. I still remember hearing that they were making Lord of the Rings movies, back when I was obsessed with Episode I. And now the Extended Editions are all out, and the story is over. What do I have left to live for?

*cough*Disgaea*cough*

Apparently there are rumors for a Hyperion Cantos movie. I wish there was Frodo's chance of reaching Mount Doom of it being as beautiful and faithful to the novels. But then again, I've also learned my lesson that no matter how much care is taken, my private visions will always be better, overall, than what they can do. Text is still the most versatile medium.

Anyways, enough with waxing poetic.

I love New Line for this. I hate it when they release box sets after I've collected something one by one, and I end up out of a slipcase. Aaah, they're so pretty and shiny. *_*
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Delivering my preordered Return of the King Extended Edition on the day it came out is one of the reasons I love Amazon.com. I wasn't allowed to finish watching it last night because it was a temptation for my brother to stay up, but some ranting about what I already saw. I can't remember the sequence in the movie, so I got to where Aragorn gets through the Paths of the Dead and where Faramir charges Osgiliath and Pippin sings his song, whichever comes later.

Spoiler for major extended scenes. )

Probably going to try to finish watching tonight, if Disgaea doesn't eat my soul. Then again, we didn't even get through half the movie last night, I don't think, or didn't get through the first disc, at least, so maybe I won't finish ranting until Friday.
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We saw The Last Samurai yesterday. I've never cried so much during a single movie, but it was so good, if so sad.

Five things:
2. The subtitles for the Japanese dialogues were crap.
3. Tom Cruise's character sure picked up the language quickly, even if his pronunciation was always a bit foreign.
4. Random ninjas -- wtf??
5. Go see it!

And then I'm going to steal this Lord of the Rings survey thing from [livejournal.com profile] adenine.

You know whether you want to read this or not. )

The End.

Dec. 17th, 2003 04:18 am
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We saw Return of the King. Of course there were many things missing that I would have liked to have seen, but it was still amazing, and beautiful, and sad, just like I would wish. It's hard to believe it's over.

Spoilers. )

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