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 In other news, I totally saw The Expendables this past weekend.  First, we went camping, which was fun and one of my favorite trips.  Then we came home, dropped our stuff, showered, played some Lego Harry Potter, and took off for the late movie even though we were really tired.  

It was awesome, in an 80's action flick kinda way.  Totally unbelievable, but that's kinda the point, right?  Spoilers...I would have win! )
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 After eight and a half straight hours of sewing today, I am now sitting down to some fantastic sushi and a vodka tonic.  The sushi place just down the hill from us finally opened, and since the grocery store is in the same little shopping complex, I was able to get some tonic water and limes.  And I picked the husband up a small pepperoni from the "gourmet" pizza place we've never tried right next to the new sushi place.  Turns out, they also have regular pizza the husband will eat, and damn if that pepperoni doesn't look amazing.  

Of course, I'm sticking to my fantastic sushi.  The lady behind the counter talked me into trying their blackened tuna roll - eight pieces for $5, and wow, it is yummy.  I also got my "usual" tempura shrimp roll and unagi nigiri (fresh water eel - mmmmmm.)  

I am in a nice place of bliss, at the moment.

Oh, before I sign off, we saw How to Train Your Dragon yesterday evening.  What a fantastically adorable movie.  I actually want to see it in the theater again, I liked it so much.  Usually I only say that about Pixar CGI animated movies.  
rhienelleth: (wherever you are)
I've been in a Fall mood, lately. Last night, I cooked pork chops with mashed potatoes and white gravy. In August. I bought a roast for crock pot cooking this week, and we're supposed to get up into the 90's. I've been thinking a lot about what I want to get various people for Christmas, and when we saw The Time Traveler's Wife yesterday, I was all "Look! Snow! I wonder if we will have snow this year?"

Clearly, I've decided I'm done with summer, and mentally I'm already moving on to Fall/Winter.

The Time Traveler's Wife was really good, btw. I have no idea how it measures up to the book, as I haven't read it. But it was a really good movie. Very Somewhere in Time-esque, if you've ever seen that old love story with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour.

Well, the Fall movie trailers sure are getting interesting!

Some favorites I've seen lately:

The Lovely Bones - Mark Walberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon. Again, I haven't read the book, but the trailer looks like a really good film.

Where the Wild Things Are - beloved by many of us in our childhood, brought to amazing life on the big screen.

The Blind Side - Just watching the trailer made me cry. Also, I see "Academy Award" in Sandra Bullock's future.

Law Abiding Citizen - Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx. Psychological thriller, looks good.

Sherlock Holmes - Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law - What's not to like??

For Fall TV, FX has a new show staring Timothy Olyphant (Yay!) called Lawman, which puts him playing a role we know he does well - a badass lawman.
rhienelleth: (australia seduce)
So, I saw Twilight this weekend. I know, I know - hey, it was free! A friend bought and we watched it together. I have to say...I think the movie was actually better than the book! Not so freaking slow. Bella still has no personality, but hey. You can only do so much with the material you have, right? Non-spoilery thoughts:

~ Ease up on the make up. Yes, I know vampires should be necessarily pale, but we are going under the assumption here that THESE vampires actually go out during the day....a lot. Pasty = very not hot. Everytime Edward was on screen, I found myself thinking ew. I should not think that about the male romantic lead. About halfway through, they seemed to ease up a little on the uber-paleness, so that was somewhat better.

Also, do you all remember growing up and watching Magnum PI with your mother? And how Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, and so on were like our Mom's generation of uber-hot men? And how our generation was not so enamored with hairy chests and mustaches? We are of the clean shaven, or five o'clock shadow, ruggedly chiseled features generation. No hairy chests, or minimally hairy, anyway. Brad Pitt. Hugh Jackman. Viggo Mortenson (as Aragorn, specifically). Well, this new generation must like feminine boys. Either that, or the industry is starting to cater to gay men. Because I've noticed it in fashion magazines, and God forbid, the yearly Chippendales calendar - they are actually airbrushing men to have softer faces! More feminine faces - how is this attractive, exactly??? The Chippendales calendar was the worst offender - on the cover, everyone looked very manly and hot. On the inside, it took me looking at all twelve months with disappointment before I realized the masculinity of the faces had actually been deliberately toned down! Softened! Ugh!!

And in Twilight, every guy except the bad guys had this softer look. I realize we're talking a movie where all the characters are teenagers, here, but the Covenant did not have this problem. I tell you, if this is what the new generation of young girls finds attractive, I am indeed getting old. but if this is the industry starting to lean toward gay men - hey! I'm all for equality, but don't forget about us straight gals!

~ Alice rocked! - but then, I liked her in the book(s), too.

~ Vampire baseball = awesomesauce! It's almost worth owning the movie, just for that.

~ And finally, the sparkly. Okay, this is obviously one of the most cracktastic things about the books, but it's also made a pretty big deal of. When the scene came up in the movie, I was all (to my friend who had not read the book) "Okay, here is where he will sparkle." And then it happened, and the following conversation took place:

Her: "....um. Is he sparkling yet?"

Me: "...I think so."

Her: "Where? Oh, wait. I think I see a couple of sparkles--"

Me: "Yeah! There! He is sparkling. Kind of. Wow. In the book, he's supposed to glitter like a diamond in the sun, all blinding and brilliant."

Her: "Wow. That's not brilliant. Or blinding."

Me: "No. Man, if I were a fan, I'd be pissed. I'm not a fan, and I'm baffled. That's it?? All the CGI we have available, and they, what, photoshopped the brightness/contrast to create a half-assed effect?"

Her: "Maybe the director thought a sparkling vampire was as stupid as we do."

Me: lol!



But seriously, you should watch it for the vampire baseball. Plus, as much as it hurts to admit it, as vampire movies go, it's not half bad. And the acting isn't as terrible as I thought it would be.
rhienelleth: (blue sword)
Via [livejournal.com profile] the_grynne: it seems the same guy who directed The Rundown, The Kingdom, and the recently, extremely flawed Hancock is directing the next big screen adaptation of Frank Herbet's Dune.

Excuse me, I'll just be over here in the corner, crying over what could have been. Is it Dune's lot in life to never receive a worthy adaptation?

As an example of this guy's take on the book:

"The hype around it is understandable but it's a little excessive. The fanatics are worried I'm going to destroy it - I'm like calm down, I read the book when I was a kid too! If you re-read it - it's just a great adventure story.

I can't decide whether I'm crushed, or pissed, or fearful at this cavalier attitude. I think of The Rundown and cringe - please, God, keep The Rock far, far away from the epic SF love of my life. The words "...adventure story" bring to mind Indiana Jones and James Bond - fine things in and of themselves; movies that I, in fact, love. But Dune is many, many things. An adventure story, IMO, is not one of them.
rhienelleth: (bond b&w - theladyrose)
Um, those of who've been on my f-list for awhile know my history with Bond, and my weakness for the new Bond, and how fabulous I think Daniel Craig is in the role. Imagine my shock when the husband and I saw Hancock yesterday, and the teaser for Quantum of Solace appeared. (There may have been actual squeeing.)

My husband just laughed at me. He does not get the whole fandom/fangirl squeeage thing, sadly. So here is the new trailer! I know some of you will be just as excited as I am. :D


rhienelleth: (ardeth)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Why Stephen Sommers, why?? Yeah, I might pay matinee price, or rent it. Because of Brendan Fraser, and um, can't remember his name...the guy who plays Jonathan.

Not a trailer, but I've been following the news on the G.I. Joe sporadically. I loved this show so, so much as a kid. Lady Jaye was my favorite female character, and I've been a bit annoyed that neither she nor Flint appear to be included in the movie. However, the news that Ray Park was cast as Snake Eyes (my all time favorite Joe) helped make up for this unfortunate oversight. That said, promotional pics and other news tidbits have lowered my expectations on this one to *cringing* inside. I am very, very concerned. However:



Channing Tatum as Duke. I am so, so, SO shallow. I don't even like Duke, particularly.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 - Awww. Yes, I will likely see this one.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - holy crap this looks amazing. I cannot WAIT.

Brideshead Revisited - I love period dramas like this, but knowing the ending, I don't like that sort of ending, so...maybe I'll see it, and maybe I won't. The trailer looks amazing, however.
rhienelleth: (deathsparkly - nosprinkles)
First trailer for new X-files: I Want to Believe movie, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] the_grynne.

Awww. This is going to be such fun to see.

Ironman

May. 5th, 2008 09:47 am
rhienelleth: (ironman look up)
Almost everyone's already seen it, from the looks of my f-list this morning. I saw a showing last night, and let me just say - WOW. I am not a RDJ fan, but let me tell you - this movie made me like him - more, it made me love a character of his, and holy moly his arms! WTH is the world coming to, when RDJ can give me heart palpitations?

Anyway, it was a very good superhero movie, IMO, and more, just a good action movie. I highly recommend going to see it. Tony Stark is the most unlikely of heroic characters, and this ends up making him a very unusual superhero. He's not dark quite like Bruce/Batman, but he's sort of an anti-hero all the same. And I'm sort of in love with him. More behind the cut with some spoilers )

Weekend

Mar. 2nd, 2008 08:36 pm
rhienelleth: (lucyandtumbus - sawyer)
I spent an excellent weekend in the company of good friends - [personal profile] kistha and [profile] dthon visited, and there was much talk of writing, movies, tv shows, books, etc, etc.  Drinking of various beverages and good food capped everything perfectly - I wish the work week would've held off for another day or two, so we could have visited longer.  Good times! :)

Mark spent the weekend skiing, and came home happy, tired, and wind burned (his eyes are outlined where he wore his goggles, and his nose if very red). 

I also saw Penelope with my mother-in-law this evening, and may I just say what a beautifully charming little movie that was.  It's a sort of re-imagined fairy tale, where the cursed princess, trapped in a tower mansion by her evil step sort of well meaning mother, in the end saves both her prince and herself.   It was delightful, and I think I'll drag Mark to see it a second time.  Christina Ricci was lovely, and James McAvoy, as always, fabulous.  I mean no slight against Ms. Ricci, when I say I believe McAvoy would have smokin' hot chemistry with a rock, if he costarred with one.  The fact that his costar was charming, pretty, and an excellent actress just makes it all that much better. 

Also, the end of this movie boasts two of the best on screen kisses I have ever seen. Really.  That first kiss was hotter than most love scenes turn out to be.

And now I'm off for some writing before bed, I think.  Or possibly to find a good Penelope icon.  Yes, I enjoyed it that much.
rhienelleth: (gambit_rogue_tempted)
Holy crap, y'all Taylor Kitsch is Gambit.

OMG, I am SO EXCITED IT REQUIRES ALL CAPS! EXCUSE ME WHILE I HAVE HEART PALPITATIONS!

Though he is so young it almost makes me feel like a dirty old woman, I have admired Taylor Kitsch's general charisma and hotness since...well since before The Covenant, a movie I own just for his presence, and Steven Strait's (of the upcoming 10,000 BC.)

Holy. Crap. Is Rogue going to be in this movie? In any of them? PleasepleasepleasepleaseGod let them have Rogue make an appearance.

I don't think they could have possibly made a better choice to thrill my inner fangirl.
rhienelleth: (Default)
OMGOMGSQEE!!! Thank-you [livejournal.com profile] ageofaquarius!!!!

The fedora!! *squees again in geeky fangirl excitement* The whip!!!

How soon do tickets go on sale, I wonder? Because this is one movie we will not miss opening night.

Teaser trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:



(Nice use of Children of Dune by the way, though I was a little thrown right at first not to immediately hear Indy music.)
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Neil Gaiman posted the link to Beowulf's trailer this morning - it looks amazing!  The animation looks awesome, and the story looks, while a slight departure from the classic text I had to read at least three times in college, quite intriguing.  (What else would one expect from Neil??)  Go and see for yourself. :)

I finished the first chapter of Nemesis yesterday, doing about 2500 words.  Today my goal is Chapter 2.  It would be nice to get back on that Nano high of 3-4k words/day, so I can justify using a wordcount meter. 

Oh, what the heck.  I'll use one anyway.  With Chapter 1 and the later stuff I've already written, I'm at:



8% isn't a bad beginning. 

movies

Jul. 25th, 2007 07:44 am
rhienelleth: (darcy and elizabeth - snowdrifted)
Went and saw Hairspray last night w/Mark's Mom and L (the guys are out of town hiking), and OMG it was wonderful and absolutely hilarious.  John Travolta and Christopher Walken killed me - how many takes did some of those scenes take, I wonder?  Michelle Pfeiffer was also excellent, but I really hope she lost weight for that role, because otherwise, she looking painfully, almost anorexic-thin. 

The boy who played Link was such a cutie!  Those twinkling blue eyes of his are his best feature. 

Also, the trailers gave us a couple of nice gems - I teared up just watching the one for August Rush, Jonathan Rhys Myers newest film.  It also stars Keri Russell and Freddie Highmore (I think) the boy who was in Finding Neverland as Peter.  Basically the story is that these two musicians from differing backgrounds meet one fateful night, and fall in love - at least long enough to be together that night.  He's an Irish guitarist, she's a classical cellist from an extremely conservative background.  It looks like her father forces her away from Myers, and then when she gives birth, takes the baby and sends it away before she can stop him.  The boy, August, grows up in an orphanage, but believes with all his heart that the music he feels in his soul came from his parents, who love him, and that he can use it to find them.  Meanwhile, his parents are also looking for him (well, Russell is, I'm not sure Myers knows he's got a son, so he might be looking for Russell).  The trailer was absolutely wrenching and beautiful, and I want to see this movie so badly!

Also saw the trailer for The Golden Compass again.  Wow. 

In my theater, there was this big cardboard promotional thing for Beowulf, supposedly coming in November.  I couldn't tell who the actor was the way they had him shadowed.  Anyone know anything about this?  I'm always up for seeing what Hollywood does with one of the classics.  ETA: Holy crud, how did I not know about this movie??!  Dude, it's directed by Robert Zemeckis and co-written by Neil Gaiman!!  NEIL GAIMAN, y'all!

It stars:

Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother
Anthony Hopkins (!!) as King Hrothgar
Ray Winstone (Bors from King Arthur) as Beowulf
and also has John Malkovich, Sebastian Roche, and Robin Wright Penn. 

OMG. 

Ooooooh, wait - apparently it's utilizing the same capture technology that gave us The Polar Express.  (Also by Zemeckis) - if this is true, WOW, because that promotional thing I saw looked live action - impressive, if it isn't.  Also, Beowulf looked hawt.  :D  This is definitely exciting!
rhienelleth: (fredgeorgenhermione)
Things I accomplished this past weekend:

~ Finished the corset! Yay! (I don't have pics yet [livejournal.com profile] carmen_sandiego, but I will soon, I promise.) The good: it turned out gorgeous! So exciting! The bad: it is too big for me! *wails* I have no idea how this happened. I made two mock-ups for sizing, damn it. Two! Fortunately (I guess) it fits my friend L to absolute perfection. *is disgusted*. Probably pretty close to 30 hours of work, and it fits her! There's no justice, I tell you. So, I went to the fabric store yesterday and found some gorgeous brocade that's black with red flowers. Except Mark saw it and said "It's ok, but I liked your other fabric better."

Thanks, husband. For the record, you're supposed to say "Wow, that's beautiful! Your next corset will be even better!"

*wallows in self pity* I think I'm making the comforter cover for our bed first, though. I just don't have the energy to devote to starting another corset right this second.

~ Watched the movies The Holiday and The Covenant. What? Ok, so the two are vastly different from one another. The Holiday was so cute, and so a chick flick. I am normally not much of a Cameron Diaz fan, but I liked her in this movie, and OMG Jude Law was so good. spoilery comment ) Also, Jack Black does not get enough credit as a "serious" actor, as so often happens with comedians. He wasn't in the movie much, actually, but he should take more serious roles. He was very good in King Kong.

As for The Covenant, it had a cool concept, but even for the teen-supernatural-movie it was, it didn't bring it home. There were so many little character things they could have done to make it excellent, that they simply failed at. But good grief, those young men were built! Caleb (Steven Strait) and Pogue (Taylor Kitsch), damn. If I were a teenage girl, I would've seen this movie three times just for them. I'm just saying. And Steven is, as it turns out, five years younger than Tyler, but you wouldn't have guessed that seeing them side by side. *fans self* What? So I looked up their ages to make sure I wasn't being completely sad and/or disgusting to be, er, admiring them. They're legal. And an eleven year age gap isn't so terrible. Right? And besides, with Tyler it's only a six year gap.

Also, Henry from Blood Ties was in the movie. Heh. :)

~ Did a bunch of yard work yesterday. Ouch. But the ground was nice and soft for planting, so that helped. But I'm still sore. On the other hand, the yard looks much improved. :)

~ Ok, so why didn't Skiffy use last night's ep of The Dresden Files as their pilot?? HELLO, it's only Storm Front, the book that introduces us to Harry and all the other characters, and the world they operate in. As with the book, last night's ep would've done a great job. It introduced Susan, had Harry using more magic than he ever did in the "real" pilot, had him comment on his lack of compatibility w/technology, twice, gave us a glimpse of the Blue Beetle, even if Harry wasn't driving it...it was just so much better. In fact, if last night's ep had been the pilot, I would probably be watching the series regularly now. *is disgusted with Skiffy* <- not that that's in any way unusual by now.

Um, and that's pretty much my weekend in a nuthsell. I did no writing, but I'm back at it this morning. Weekends are harder for me to write on than during my work week. I have a schedule, and so far it works. :)

300

Nov. 28th, 2006 08:43 am
rhienelleth: (Default)
So, I know I'm going against the vast reaches of fandom when I say I wasn't a fan of Sin City, to say the least. I saw it. I thought it was very avant-garde in style and cinematography, but you know, the graphic novels worked because there were a lot of them, separate and different, but kinda connected. It didn't work for me as a movie at all. They tried to make the three separate stories one cohesive whole. They had good actors. They had a good idea. They had Frank Miller's vision. It ended up translating into one of those "let's be as shocking and different as we possibly can and hope that grabs the audience" type movies for me.

But then, I don't like most Quentin Tarantino movies, either. I hated all of Pulp Fiction passionately, except for the one monologue at the end by Sam Jackson's character. In fact, I've almost blotted the entire rest of the movie from my memory. *shudders*

Anyway, this is all to give you an idea of where I'm coming from when I voice my trepidation for 300, the new movie based on Frank Miller's work. I admit, I haven't read this particular comic. All I have to go on is my knowledge of history, one of the greatest, most talked about battles of all time, the Battle of Thermopylae Pass, in which 300 Spartan warriors fought against 2 million - yes, that's million Persians. What actually happened was, the 300 Spartans held off the Persian army at Thermopylae Pass so that the rest of the Greek forces could retreat and regroup. My husband could tell you details. He's a Greek and Roman history buff, especially when it comes to their military history. I know what I know because I've listened to him.

This battle is absolutely one of the most famous in all of history. The Spartans were a well trained, well supplied force who knew how to use the terrain to their advantage, and the Persians had no other choice but to use the pass to invade. Every last one of the Spartans died. The Persians did overrun them, they did eventually make it through the pass. But the Spartans knew they couldn't stop them. They knew they were on a suicide mission to delay the Persians long enough for the rest of their forces to retreat, and they did it anyway, and died to the last man.

If you read David Gemmell, he drew upon this battle for his most famous character, Druss the Legend, when he created the Battle of Skeln Pass. Tom Cruise's character mentions it in The Last Samurai. This is the sort of battle that deserves to be treated with the same respect with which Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan were made.

So, with that in mind, I watch the trailer for 300, and I can't help but cringe. Yes, Gerard Butler and whoever plays his commander are buff and OMG you can see every freaking line of muscle on the Spartan forces, who appear to be almost naked going into battle. Yes, there is some pretty, pretty stuff. Some very artistic scenes and shots. But....it lacks the feel I believe this battle should be treated with. It looks over-the-top in the same way Sin City was, so...I cringe.

We'll see. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm sure fandom will love it. (What's not to love? Stylized shots surrounded half naked, gorgeous men.) But I am kind of dreading it, and I know Mark will have to see it, and I know he's probably going to be unhappy with it. *sigh*
rhienelleth: (bond  - ponyboy)
I admit to a certain amount of skepticism about Casino Royale. You see, my Mom loves James Bond. Specifically, Sean Connery's Bond, but she owns all of the movies, every last one. Even the one with the actor (who's name escapes me) who only played Bond once, in which Bond actually fell in love and got married, only to have his new wife tragically killed in his arms by the bad guys at the end of the movie, as they were driving off together.

When I was growing up, and we would ask "Mom, can we watch a movie today?" almost inevitably, the answer would be, "Ok, but let's watch a Bond movie." So, from a pre-early teen age, I was indoctrinated in all things Bond pretty heavily. When Pierce Brosnan finally got the role (Mom was very upset when he couldn't take it originally because of his Remmington Steele contract), she declared him the "best Bond since Connery", who has, of course, never been surpassed.

So, when Daniel Craig was cast, I found myself skeptical at best. A blond, blue eyed Bond? Who, while kinda pretty to look at, had yet to impress me with an ability to pull off the suave, debonair, lethal combination required for Bond, James Bond, thank-you-very-much.

I've avoided all previews, dreading the disappointment (though arguably, not much could be worse than Timothy Dalton's turn). Until today, when I finally caved and watched the theatrical trailer.  Oh.  My.  God. 

This is definitely not any Bond I've seen before.  It isn't Connery's Bond, nor Moore's, nor Dalton's (thank God), and lacks the sohpisticated GQ look of Brosnan's.  Instead, Craig brings a kind of...cold electricity to the role.  He reminds me of, believe it or not, a sexier, more lethal Sark.  He's got this kind of hard bodied look, helped along by those brilliant blue eyes I was so skeptical of, which can at turns look stone cold or electrically hot.  And I could never quite picture his voice pulling off  "Bond, James Bond."   Damn.  Was I ever really frelling wrong on this one, girls.  Watch the preview.  Tell me that isn't the hottest damn thing you've seen all year.  I'll have trouble believing you if you do. 

I absolutely need an icon, stat.  OMG, I'm watching the preview again to try and decide which shot would make the bestest icon ever.  Probably one of the many in which he's holding and/or shooting a silenced gun, looking sexy and lethal all at the same time. 

Hmm.  This just occurred to me, but do you think my Mom's fascination with James Bond is to blame for my obsession with sexy spies?  Just maybe? 

*epiphany*
rhienelleth: (masterharper)
Dude!  Peter Jackson has optioned Tremeraire!

Naomi Novik must be beside herself. :)

Weekend Fun

Aug. 7th, 2006 09:44 am
rhienelleth: (coffee)
I finally saw Miami Vice.  Non-spoilery observations: One of the best movies of its genre that I can recall.  The thing that really sets it apart: despite a pretty usual action-cop-drama plot, that plot is really just a set-up for the characters.  The characters do not react to the story, the story reacts to them.  They create everything that happens from the opening scene on, and that's what really makes a good story, whether it be book, movie, TV show, whatever.  Crockett decides to do xyz, the other characters, and thus the story, react accordingly.

Beyond that, the cinematic scope of the film was breathtaking and gritty all at the same time.  I kept finding myself thinking of the phrase "and the sky was a smear of purple above the scattered lights of Miami's night..."

Also, Colin Farrell was damn hot as Crockett.  No, really. 


I also bought a stovetop moka pot and milk frother for taking camping, so I can enjoy my lattes by the campfire in the mornings.  BTW, this is an extremely economical way to make excellent espresso at home, if anyone is interested.  (With the aid of a decent grinder and freshly roasted beans, of course.)  I may be acquiring a hot plate and using this set-up at work if I like it camping enough. :D 

Ok, I need a Crockett icon - movie version, obviously.  ETA: How is it possible that no one has made any icons of this movie??  I've checked the Colin Farrell communities, even the old TV show communities.  Nada.  Am I going to have to resort to making my own? 
rhienelleth: (coffee)
ETA: *looks at three LJ cuts showing on journal instead of one*  I also miss my new client for updating.  Because LJ's interface sucks, and it  obviouslt hates me!

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