trinityvixen: (got nothing)
I had a dream last night where I was walking on the streets of New York City with my mom, and we passed a candy and ice cream shop. I did a double take as we went by because there was a dude looking in the window, and I realized on my second look that it was Nicholas Cage. I ran back and started to chat him up. Reality-me thinks Nicholas Cage movies are so bad they're fantastic, but Dream-me was a fan. Dream-me kept telling him how it was the greatest disappointment of the last few months to me that I missed getting to see Drive Angry in theaters (but that Dream-me would rectify that ASAP when the DVD came out) and that I had dragged out my entire family to see Season of the Witch, which wasn't that good, but goddamn but The Rock is, like, my favorite action movie ever.

I think I started to realize I had, inadvertently, insulted him about the Season of the Witch thing because he started to look uninterested and eventually said, "Yeah, that's great. Did you want me to sign that?" And he took a white paper bucket that I was carrying--we use them at work to bring mice down from our barrier facility--and signed it and walked two steps away to stare at the ice cream shop window intently. My mother asked me if that was as thrilling as I hoped it would be. I said not really, that he signed this bucket and now I had to keep it. What a useless thing.

Then I woke up and thought about posting to LJ about how I broke my Do Not Engage policy, vis a vis celebrities because I woke up still thinking it was something that had happened. It's only just now that I am more awake that I realize it didn't. I know exactly from whence all this has come, by the by--I was looking over my posts for the 30 Day Movie Meme, and there are not one but three entries with Nicholas Cage featured heavily--and, yes, The Rock is one of my favorite action movies of all time. Crazy brain. Do we secretly love Nicholas Cage? I don't know, but I am so looking forward to Drive Angry on DVD...
trinityvixen: (win!)
I DID IT. Or, more precisely, I'm about to finish a meme! WOoooooOOT.

Day 30 - Your least favorite movie

That's...kind of a bummer end to this meme. )

Finished! Woo hoo! Not finished with talking about movies, o'course, just with this meme. Speaking of movies, it looks like I have to revise my expectations of what is or is not over-hyped, specifically as regards Oscar-nominated movies this year. I went to see True Grit and The King's Speech after hearing nothing but rave reviews. I could see, through the hype, how they might be good; I just wasn't sure until I'd seen them how good they would actually be. Turned out to be very. Turned out they were worthy of the hype.

That left only one movie of three that have been practically canonized this year to watch: The Social Network. I have as much interest in Facebook as you might expect, being the only one I know without one under the age of 40. (Even quite a few of the people I know over 40 have them.) I was utterly uninterested in this movie and completely incredulous as to the adulation it received. I watched it last night with the most skeptical of attitudes, prepared to be both bored and underwhelmed.

The Social Network was...really good. Really, really good. I know. I'm scared, too. )
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
[livejournal.com profile] feiran started this ridiculously fun and challenging meme, and despite the fact that, at first glance, I appeared to be hopeless at it, I've come to love it. So I wanna play from the other side and I'ma stealing her meme!


The way it works is that I pick ten fictional characters, you invent ridiculous scenarios for the characters (e.g. 1 and 3 are trapped in a trash compactor, what happens?). I give the outcome, and you guess who the characters are. Interested?

I'll make a list of guessed characters here:

1)
2)
3)
4)
5) Trinity (The Matrix)
6)
7)
8) Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)
9)
10) The Dark Phoenix (X-Men)

There are no repeats; every character is from a different work/fandom. Let's play!
trinityvixen: (Doom)
So close...sooooo close. Man, I should be studying. I just can't memorize this stuff any harder. It's all there. I know every flash card, by heart at this point. I've re-read my notes and the textbook more times than can possibly be necessary. I need to stop and not psych myself out, but I'm worried that the test will end being much harder than I'm thinking it could be, given the material.

Must meme to distract myself.

Day 29 - A movie that changed your opinion about something

I have carried a grudge against the Coen Brothers since No Country for Old Men won the goddamned Oscar for Best Picture. What a waste of a decent thriller that movie was. Don't mistake me--the first hour, hour-and-a-half of No Country was taut, exciting, and enjoyably bizarre.

The movie just should have ended forty minutes earlier than it did when [SPOILER]. If you've seen the movie, you know exactly what I mean. How it continued on after that happened is still something confusing for me. There's no [SPOILER]! How can you have more movie--fully a third or more of a movie!--without [SPOILER]? It just rambled on and on. I think I resented it because the build-up had, until that point, been absolutely first rate. Then [SPOILER] happened, and it went on, rambling and incoherent and plain stupid. It was even harder to take when everyone seemed to think it was genius filmmaking. Hipsters. Save me from hipsters.

So when True Grit started to get all this noise, I half wanted to hate it on principle. Surely, they'd fuck something up with this one, too. At the same time, everyone made it sound amazing, and the idea that this wasn't just going to be a sausage fest (I think there was one female character with lines in No Country) was appealing.

I...loved it. The end was a little abrupt and unnecessary in some ways, but this time the disappointment was limited to about five minutes (instead of forty), so I could ignore that. The performances were first rate, the story well assembled, and the characters all well worth spending time with, the precocious protagonist most of all. It was what I think a great western should be, with pathos, the conflict between the open and the closed west. The best tension to be found in westerns is in the contrast between those who live the life of the open lands, stretching out before them, unfettered with petty things like farmsteads or laws carving them up, and those who wish to bring civilization to that lawless space.

And there is no question but the civilizing force will win, which is why it's so funny to put the strength of that force, of the inevitability of time marching ever onward, into the tiny but determined body of Mattie Ross. It makes sense--the children are the future and all that--but she's an old maid at 14, a crusader beyond her years. Her forthrightness is a perfect counterpoint to the dissolution of age in the form of Rooster Cogburn. It's usually the other way around, with the old complaining about the wayward youth. I loved the juxtaposition. That, and what Matt Damon's character was about. (Humor, I think. He had to have just been there for comic relief.)

So, yeah, this changed my opinion about Coen Brothers movies. They don't all suck.

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Day 01 - A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad
Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band
Day 10 - A song no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you


Aside from the few grandiose statements in this song--about how great Agnetha's voice is--I find that it describes me pretty well, specifically where music is concerned. This being a music meme and all, I thought that was appropriate. I'm infinitely grateful to groups like ABBA who, thanks to my Dad putting them on near-constant rotation when I was young, instilled in me a real love of music. Not one lick of idea how to make music, mind you. (I remain unconvinced by the existence of "meter," much to the continual consternation of my more theory-strong musical friends.) Just a real sense of joy in music. It makes me happy.

Singing, moreover, gives me a lot of joy. Some of my fondest memories are of driving with friends and singing--[livejournal.com profile] feiran  and [livejournal.com profile] viridian especially, seeing as both love to sing and do so better than I. (I'm louder, not better!) Or with my family, like when we drove back from Japanese steakhouse for dinner celebrating my sister's graduation and we ALL busted out with ABBA, complete with the dance moves. (My mom was laughing so hard, she couldn't breathe.) I'm sick right now and can't hardly talk without getting a tickle in my throat, much less sing. And even if I could get through a single line without coughing, it would sound horrible. This is a major bummer.
trinityvixen: (music)
Let's see, how long ago did I leave off with this one? Only, um, five months or so? That's not too bad. Where was I?


Day 01 - A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad
Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band
Day 10 - A song no one would expect you to love

But...it's country. I swear, I can put up with rap a lot better than I can country. Mostly, I think it's the unnecessary twanging of country. This song is a particularly egregious example of that exact thing that drives me up the wall, but I quite adore it. Perhaps it's the grrrrl power of it? I don't know. I think I got this free from iTunes' weekly download, and it came up on one or another of my regular I'm-too-lazy-to-make-a-goddamned-playlist runs through my iPod's contents on shuffle. And I didn't skip it instantly upon that first "AAAAHVE." (It's "I've," for Chrissakes, country music!) So perhaps this song doesn't surprise some of you all, but it sure as hell surprised me.

Also surprising: I like just about every song off the Burlesque soundtrack. That's perhaps not the most surprising thing, since I have been known to like a Christina Aguilera song here or there. The Surprise: I kinda love Xtina's utterly unnecessarily sampling of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" in her song of the same title. It's kicky and a little silly, but I never loved the original so much that I'm averse to her playing with it. Give it a listen. If nothing else, it's just a little jam that you will probably forget one minute after it's over. Maybe you'll actually like it. If you can overlook how every song off of Burlesque's soundtrack mentions "Burlesque," there are actually quite a few equally fun songs on that whole soundtrack.
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So close. I might have to go back and finish that long-abandoned music meme if I actually manage to finish this off by Thursday...

Day 28 - Movie with the best soundtrack

If I hadn't used it for a previous entry, I might have put The Matrix soundtrack up for this entry. However, though I did immediately request a copy of that soundtrack from my sister (who had the edited for content version, bleh-yech), the only soundtrack I've ever bought immediately after walking out of the movie was the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack.

Damn, but that Violent Femmes song was addictive. "Blister in the Sun" plays over the ending credits and it's absolutely fucking irresistible. I walked out of the theater and bought an overpriced CD from Barnes and Noble because I wasn't going to be able to get home without it. My mom came to pick us up (omg, I was une bebe, I needed rides home when this came out!!) and I unwrapped the disc and popped it into what was, at the time, still a novelty to me: the CD player in the car. "Blister in the Sun" kicked off the record, and we were off, never to look back.

Absolutely every song on this album is fun, though I cannot separate them from the scenes in the movie over which they played. Particularly hard to divorce from the scene in which it's featured? "Mirror in the Bathroom" by The English Beat, which features the line "Mirror in the bathroom, recompense/ for all my crimes of self defense" while John Cusack stabs another hitman in the neck with a pen. I mean, that is just never not going to be what I think of when I hear that song

I think is the best of all possible worlds with a movie soundtrack--kicky fun tracks that are well used within the movie. Special kudos to the excellent placement of both "I Can See Clearly Now" and "Live and Let Die," movie! I still love every track off of this, so it's definitely stood the test of time. And, since a lot of these songs were purposefully chosen to be from ten years or more before the setting of the movie (1996), the songs themselves have already done at least that much or more. Full soundtrack listing is here at Amazon, if you're interested. Well worth a purchase. The second volume isn't as good, but it's still extremely listenable.

Other runners-up I considered: The Wedding Singer, Forrest Gump, The Crow. All of those are excellent soundtracks, ranging from golden oldies to early-nineties rock, which is pretty much the last time I stopped thinking music was actually good. (Still like post-1990s music, but good? Eh.)

Previous entries:
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Day 27

Oh boy.

Feb. 14th, 2011 01:50 pm
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
Wish me luck today, everyone. I missed two days and left my culture work in the hands of people who had to call me twice in the same day to ask how to take care of it. The girls who did the work are both good at culture stuff, so I'm sure they did fine. But there were involved plans to do more stuff with the cultures today, only half of which I understood over the phone from the one post-doc I spoke with. (I was sick. I was barely coherent on Thursday.) So I'm writing this up before I even get to work. I'm not sure I'll get another opportunity.

(Of course, even if I have problems with what we're doing tomorrow, I may not be able to voice any complaints. I keep pushing the voice and it keeps going away. I neeeeeeed it back.)

Day 27 - Almost there! )
trinityvixen: (vampire smile)
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In other, sickness-related news, I have lost my voice. Awesome sickness is awesome.
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Yesterday was our official lab christening or whatever. We toasted the rich guy who gave us all the money for the new floor. I had about three sips of wine and champagne and a ton of cheese before I started to feel not so hot. Our lab had happy hour plans, though--to welcome the new members--so I went out with them and sipped a diet soda for a while. By the time I left for the bus, I was shivering, and by the time I got home, it took me twenty minutes under blankets for my teeth to stop chattering. Guess who's home sick today after spiking a 101.6 fever! Me!

I don't usually get sick this often, so I'm more mad about that that anything. It's the worst time, too. I keep getting sick right when I need to do a procedure. Oh well. Not much else for today but memes. That's about my mental speed. I'll have to cover this weekend, too, since I'm going away. (Yes, I'm sick, but, no, I'm not missing my friend's PhD defense in Boston.)
Hurray, movies. )Day 01
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Day 03 - 06
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Day 22

Wow, this is the longest I've been upright for twelve hours. I'm going back to sleep now.
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
It doesn't fucking matter when I leave, I cannot seem to get to work before 9:30. I left fully half an hour before I usually do, with my usual departure usually getting me to work at 9:40. I got here between 9:25-9:30. I had fully intended to be here early to clean more of the lab before I had to leave for class. But the buses were stuffed and some just plain didn't stop to pick anyone up. Did they suddenly stop running as many buses because of cut backs, or what?

As for lab cleaning, I had wiped down counters and tucked things away all day yesterday only to be told the floors were being mopped/waxed and we had to pull everything out and off the floor. I just went around re-tucking things when I finally sat down to find an e-mail about floors being mopped in an hour. If the e-mail is not literally true--i.e. that its subject "hallways being mopped in one hour" doesn't mean that it's just the hallways being mopped and I have to go through all this bullshit again, I'll kill someone. For real. I am dressed up at work, in a shirt I didn't realize had a stain on it until just now (thank god for my sweater), and I'm tired and cranky and it's only 10 am. Help me, Jeebus, I might kill someone before day's end for looking at me funny. Time to meme before that becomes not just murderous thought but murderous reality.

30 Day Movie Challenge
Day 22 - The most underrated movie

I can't remember if I saw this before I saw The Matrix. I'm pretty sure I did. I know I saw eXistenZ before The Matrix. Those two movies and The Thirteenth Floor all came out around the same time, so it must have been something in the air in the late 1990s. Perhaps fear of the millennium?

It felt like, to me, The Thirteenth Floor got lost when The Matrix hit it big. eXistenZ was a quirky movie by a famously weird dude, so it got its minimal but art-movie approved props. The Thirteenth Floor came and went with almost no fanfare. I happen to love it. It's a wonderfully rendered (har har) techno noir. The pastiches and archetypes of the 1930s noir literally exist in the digital world that the characters have created to resemble that era. This is combined with futuristic technology that is at once both accessible--it's sort of like virtual reality--and mind-blowing--the idea that the avatar you inhabit when you "play" is actually able to think, live, and act independently of you when you're not around.

But, really, it's a noir at heart, right down to the hero who cannot trust anyone, even himself (he may have murdered his mentor but he has no memory of it); the mysterious femme fatale who emerges to claim rights as the victim's daughter (heretofore unheard of by the hero, who knew the victim well); and the grizzled detective dogging the hero, willing to consider any possibility because he believes the truth is never necessarily simple (and he would be right). I'm not the biggest fan of Gretchen Mol, but she's serviceable. Really, the movie hangs on Craig Bierko and Vincent D'onofrio's performances, and both are good as themselves and their avatars--the former's being rather clueless, the latter's...less so.

It's totally worth a rental's worth of your time.

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Day 11-13
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Day 16
Day 17-19
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Day 21

trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
Our lab/floor dedication--a.k.a. a "Thank you for paying for our space, rich doctor man!" party--is tomorrow. I've done zero science today. I've just been tidying and tucking every last goddamned thing I can into cabinets or drawers out of sight. I still think my boss is going to come in tomorrow (she's home today grant writing) and find a million more things for me to hide/throw out. Oh well.

Day 21 - The most overrated movie
I never like mob movies/stories/TV. It doesn't appeal to me at all. I sympathized with Meg Ryan's character in You've Got Mail, and I think she was right: mob stories are such guy movies. They're not for women at all, and I couldn't hardly find a thing to relate to in this movie. I hear the sequel is better. So fucking what? This thing was monstrously long, and nothing about it appealed to me--not the random violence, not the "honor" code among the mafiosos, not Michael Corleone's eventual slide into the family business, nothing.

Worse, I think this is one of those movies that people overhype because it's ZOMG art or something. Whatever. It's long, not much happens, and what does happen is all stupid instead of tragic, and blah blah blah. You cannot care a goddamn about the people in this movie, so you certainly can't care whether they fail or succeed or die or whatever I'm done talking about this POS.

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It's been nothing but hustle and bustle here today. Our lab has literally doubled in size, and all the new people need separate things and need to train on different procedures, and, naturally, we have a fuse blown that delayed stuff and ARGH MEME TIME.

Day 20 - Your favorite actress

This shouldn't be a surprise, really. There's absolutely no one like her, even among her peer group. Annette Benning is good. So is Julianne Moore. So's Susan Sarandon. But nobody is Meryl fucking Streep. Unlike Matt Damon, I do watch movies because Meryl Streep is in them. I wouldn't have ever watched Out of Africa or, God help me, The Devil Wears Prada without her. (Mamma Mia! I would have watched even if the lead had been, like, age-make-up-wearing Lindsey Lohan.) She is transformative in every role. EVERY. ROLE.

And she can do ANY role. You want comedy? She walked off with It's Complicated despite starring against the also hilarious Alec Baldwin. I thought she was a riot in Julie and Julia, where she was not only a different kind of funny, she was an entirely different person. Entirely. Like, I could draw a connection between performances as other actors evolve, but Meryl Streep would be a zig-zag. She does everything and does it always, always different. And it is always, always spectacular. Even when it's meant to be a smaller, more inward performance, she manages to deliver that and still be fabulous.

Know what's sad? I thought of at least three other women Meryl Streep's age who I think  are phenomenal actresses. I can't think of any that are my age that I would say the same about. Meryl Streep is amazing, but she also benefits from having come of age in a time when there were actually roles for women in cinema as opposed to slots--you know, the "girlfriend" slot, or the "evil slut sidekick to the villain" slot or the "victim" slot. Are there women whose work I like who are younger than 60? Yes. I thought and still think that Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer, from Battlestar Galactica, are fantastic actresses. There are several women, especially on BBC shows, that I like. But movie stars? Maybe Natalie Portman. (It depends on the project she chooses, and her taste...wavers.)

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Day 16
Day 17-19
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
I figure that, given my track record, I'm probably not going to post over the weekend again. So I'm getting the next three days done today!


Behold! )"Favorite" actors I will see in anything because of teh LOLZ:Behold! )
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Day 16 - The last movie you saw in theaters
Wow. I was really hoping I was going to get out to the theater again to see something else before this entry came around for this meme. It's not like I wouldn't admit to seeing it. I just didn't want to highlight that I'd chosen to go out and pay money to see what ended up not being as laughably, enjoyably bad as I would have hoped. Certainly, it was not good. But it was just serious enough about itself that it couldn't be laughed as as easily.

My poor sister. She barely goes to the movies, and Season of the Witch ended up being one of those handful of movies she'll see this year. I had a laugh with my mother about it today. I called her to see if she'd still be interested in seeing The King's Speech, seeing as the Oscar Showcase isn't happening for me, and we made plans for the weekend after this coming weekend. We're going to take my baby sister with, we think--she's supposed to treat us to the movies anyway in return for a favor we're doing for her. We laughed about how we take the baby out to the good movie, but by the time I've got a long weekend again, Nicholas Cage's other terrible winter movie, Drive Angry 3D will be out. So my other sister might get "treated" to two Nicholas Cage movies this year! I kid. She'd kill me before she let that happen.

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Day 02
Day 03 - 06
Day 07
Day 08
Day 09
Day 10
Day 11-13
Day 14
Day 15
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Day 15 - The first movie you saw in theaters
Before all of you start commenting on how truly remarkable I look for someone who'd have to be pushing seventy to have seen Cinderella in theaters, I will point out that this was obviously a limited-release revival of a movie in theaters at a point in time where movies had yet to really take off on VHS (much less DVD and formats beyond). I have huge holes in my memory, and even my memory of seeing this in theaters is patchy and vague, I know it's real. I remember going to some older theater in or around the town I grew up (which now has exactly no movie theaters in it). I remember seeing this movie. Not The Little Mermaid, which is certainly the first first-run movie I remember seeing in theaters. Somehow, somewhere, I saw Cinderella in a movie theater when I was only just young enough to retain patchy images of the red chairs in the dark theater, my mother seeing it with me, and Cinderella's updo. (Yes, that's what I remember.)

Bizarre.

Previous Days in the meme:
Day 01
Day 02
Day 03 - 06
Day 07
Day 08
Day 09
Day 10
Day 11-13
Day 14

trinityvixen: (Default)
Man, I'm not even halfway through this meme!? And I'm still playing catch up.

Day 14 - Your favorite quote from any movie
Oh no. No no no no no no no! You cannot make me choose! I couldn't possibly! Instead, I choose to give a list of my favorite lines from the movies I've listed so far. That, alone, is enough of a challenge given some of the BRILLIANT pictures I've chosen so far. Let's see...
Enjoy! )
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I'm never good at posting to LJ on the weekend. I got swept away with volunteering and classwork and far too much movie watching and video game playing. On the up side, I got a fairly well-argued paper written and I watched The Running Man and Robocop for the first time in far, far too long. I don't know if I've told this story a million times or nothing, BUT my parents used to have HBO in the 1980s. They kind of obsessively taped movies off of it, and that is how we came to have a VHS tape with Predator, Robocop and The Running Man on it. When I was upstate, sleeping in and then pointedly not skiing with the rest of the family, I would watch that tape constantly. I started off too scared and too squeamish, respectively, for Predator and Robocop, but I watched The Running Man a million times. Eventually, I worked my way backwards, realizing that Robocop, though occasionally gory, was awesome and that Predator, while scary for a kid ~10 years old, was a really great action movie. Smart, too. That's what struck me about the rewatch this weekend: both The Running Man and Robocop for all their many, many MANY ridiculous aspects, are smarter times a thousand than any action movie released recently. They have coherent stories driven by sympathetic (and still badasss) protagonists with relatable problems. This stuff shouldn't be so hard to fit into an action movie. (Looking at you, Statham.)

Anyway, the meme got away from me, so I'm playing catch-up.
And I'm still a day behind! )

Basically, as this list proves, I watched the same five movies over and over and over as a kid such that I don't really hate any of them now. I couldn't possibly, even if they're bad. They all mean far too much to me sentimentally.

Day 01
Day 02
Day 03 - 06
Day 07
Day 08
Day 09
Day 10

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One third of the way there!

Day 10 - Your favorite director

Uh...I don't generally notice direction. I mean, I notice it if it's bad, or particularly flashy, but even after all these years of watching movies and even after a few courses in schoool, I'm still really shaky on this "direction" stuff. I know directors whose movies I've generally liked--Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan--and one or two that I haven't (fuck you, Kubrick, and Lucas? You are a dead man). But I honestly don't have a favorite.

Bummer, I don't have an answer for this one.

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Day 07
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Day 09
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
Day 09 - A movie that you know practically the whole script of


Oh, like any of you are surprised. I was listening to my iPod on shuffle this morning, and Rob Dougan's "Clubbed to Death" came on just as I was forced to put my book away because of crowding on the bus. I totally fell into it in a way I hadn't in a while. Excellent soundtrack in general, excellent track to really lose yourself in while trying to ignore other people shoving you around.

Of course, I started in on the whole scene it plays over. "Were you listening to me, Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?"

"I was..."

"Look again." SURPRISE. IT IS HUGO WEAVING. "Freeze it."

"This...this isn't the Matrix?"

"No. It's another training program designed to teach you one thing: if you are not one of us, you are one of them."

"What are they?"

Oh god. I should just stop. The point is, I can quote all the great lines from any of the movies I listed as my favorite comedies until other people get nauseated. But the only movie I ever memorized all of the intervening dialogue from was The Matrix. True story: in high school, I sat down at an abandoned typewriter in a random unused wing of the school, and typed out the script from memory. At that time, I'd only seen the movie maybe six times. (I would go on to see it twelve times in theaters.) I might have missed a comma here or there, but I didn't miss a single line of dialogue. Even my friend E, who'd gone with me to every screening, was a little frightened of me.

The fact that I can still pull half the movie or better out of my head is even more frightening considering that I haven't watched The Matrix in seven years. I couldn't. The sequels were so bad, they ruined the first movie for me. Little by little, I forget them, and then I can watch the first one without wanting to die. I might even enjoy it again.

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