trinityvixen: (insane)
Forgot to mention in my post about Once Upon a Time: Still not a Fables TV Show, but this show is like playing the "Hey, I know you from somewhere..." game every week. And, maddeningly for me, I cannot figure out where I know people from. Because they're even so obscure, I haven't seen them in much. One of the guys bugging me the most turns out to have played the boyfriend/ex of the lead on Covert Affairs, itself a show that I cannot figure out how come I've seen as much of it as I have. (Oh, wait, I remember now: the blind guy was hot.) That's on top of the LOST cast reunions and the random Bucky Barnes cameos.

Perhaps the one that blind-sided me the most, however, is the straight-laced nice-guy playing Jiminy Cricket is HOLY FUCKING GOD KAIDEN ALENKO!?!?! I knew I recognized that oddly gruff voice, but it weirds me right the fuck out to see him acting. At least he's more handsome than Kaiden?
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
I'm lumping together the two "actually good" categories of movies I saw in the theater because, really, after posting about the so-bad-they're-brilliant movies, I've just lost a lot of the oomph to keep going. So here we are, two weeks into 2012, finishing off my remembrances of 2011.

2011's Actually Good Movies

Lots of discursion, needs a cut. )

So those were the movies I deemed good, subjectively or objectively, and you're free to disagree with me as you please. I don't have real dogs in any of those fights, though I suspect I won't have to defend myself overmuch. This next list, though, are movies that I foresee going into heavy rotation in future--go-to new classics and favorites. Be gentle with me on these?

2011's New Favorites:

Love it or leave it! )
trinityvixen: (win!)
At last! I come to the list of movies that were so bad they were AWESOME. Included in this list is one that was slightly less shitmazing (TM [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine) but that was no less a fun outing with awesome people who took the mickey out of it SO HARD to make up for it. That's what you get when you try to rewrite Greek history around a bunch of people who were force-fed that shit in their freshman year!


Brilliant movies don't have to be GOOD. )

HEEE.

Oct. 25th, 2011 01:18 pm
trinityvixen: (pornography?)
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighing with happiness right now because my Captain America Blu-Ray just arrived. Yes, I pre-ordered something that arrived as a present to me even though it's actually my sister's birthday. (She isn't complaining--got a Kindle from me and my other sister and freaked the fuck out about it. Amazon is a many-tentacled gifting octopus.) Yes, this is enough to make me blissful right now. I have the "I am a consumer whore (and how!)" LJ tag for a reason.

And now my pre-Avengers collection of movies in which various Avengers star is complete. I just need to, like, buy a Blu-Ray player to play half of them on so I can get me some special features. I also need to schedule my pre-Avengers Avengers-in-their-own-movies marathon. Which is not a marathon but will be spread out over several weekends because everyone is not me and won't just sit through several hours of movies to see a couple of hot guys with their shirts off for a collective length of a minute. (Everyone should be me, though. I'm fun!)

I'm starting to eye the calendar for next year. The Avengers is the May Movie, which means that I have to get through five movies before the first weekend in May. Since I'm also turning a significantly old age this year, and trying to go to PAX East, and a number of other things will probably come up relating to school, I should probably plan to do these sooner rather than later.

What weekends are people free in January?
trinityvixen: (vampire smile)
The number of Resident Evil movies is edging up on the total number of Resident Evil games. Your move, Capcom.

It saddens me to think that Milla Jovavich has not signed on for this but Possible spoiler for RE: Afterlife, like you care. ) has. Not that I object to that character's return (or even possible debut as a baddie!), just that I'll cry if Milla isn't in the fifth Resident Evil movie. Hell, I am not ashamed to admit I was a little upset by the fact that the army of Millas was dealt with in the first twenty minutes of Resident Evil: Afterlife. A flock of Millas kicking ass, taking no names would have sustained this franchise forever. I admit to being more skeptical of a post-Milla army, potentially post-Milla franchise.

However, if that guy from Prison Break is in this, I will be somewhat mollified. Not happy, per se, but accepting. Throw in the black guy from the last movie, too, and I'm setting aside the $20 for the 3D ticket now.

O..kay.

Aug. 4th, 2011 02:46 pm
trinityvixen: (ivy what?)
Zach Snyder's Superman reboot has finally produced a promo image. (There are also set photos of Henry Cavil as Clark. With the curl. Go figure.) It really bothers me that they're adding all this texture to superhero outfits. The Spider-Man reboot is doing the same thing. It just looks dumb and not at all shiny like I kind of imagine and love Superman for being. It's in awful contrast with his cape, which is as voluminously large and lush as any comic has ever drawn it. I just hate the texture on the suit. I hate it. I hated it in Superman Returns (though that suit had so much else going wrong with it besides that it wasn't the worst part). I hate the color scheme, but I get it, I suppose. You can't make a man run around in a bright blue suit any more. (Not even Captain America's USO costume was bright blue.) I still don't like it. I also don't like that, in close up, Supes looks like Martin Sheen. That's weirding me out. A lot.

I also know that Zach Snyder is typically great at making stunning images and trailers for mediocre-to-awful movies, and to be fair to him, it is a dramatic shot. But if this much is already going wrong in the visuals before you get to the movie of questionable quality....ouch. Sorry DC. Better luck next time. Maybe you can hope that the questionable costume changes to Thor and the Cap (as caught in these screencaps from the post-Captain America bump for The Avengers) will soon dwarf your own concerns? Naaaah. Whom am I kidding? Thor's costume features ARMS. It automatically wins at life. (Dear Chris Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth's smoking-hot wife: please tell me you are polyamorous. It's not fair to keep all that hotness to yourselves.)

Another fun feature I found on the internet: Empire magazine explains (with spoiler warnings, bless 'em) who the F are all the dwarfs in The Hobbit. Thank you, Jebus. I got confused as to who they were when I was reading The Hobbit, so I couldn't tell you Ori from Dori now. Things this magazine, alas, cannot explain? How come Aidan Turner's character looks like an elf. I mean, the rest of the character look like goddamned dwarfs. I get that Aidan Turner is fucking hot, and it's damn shame to cover that up with layers of dwarf makeup, but come on. The man signed up to play a dwarf. Either you make him a freakin' dwarf and put the same squat nose and lumpy features on him as everyone else or you hire someone who doesn't look like a model. I mean, Richard Armitage is just as gorgeous, and they...well, okay, they made him into a Klingon, but still! He's not fabulously attractive! It's a start!

I did find out that James Nesbitt, who is absolutely fabulous in Jekyll, which WATCH WATCH WATCH if you've not seen, is in this, which, is a reason to watch. Too bad he's not a villain. (His Jekyll was chilling. And all that without any crazy monster makeup. It's almost all just him.) I'm not the hugest fan of The Hobbit, but I'm in. Hell, I'd be in for Andy Serkis as Gollum again. I saw a clip of him doing motion-capture for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and whatever the merits of that remake, Andy Serkis, ridiculous in costume, is a resplendent physical actor. You don't need the CGI monkey face to see the monkey. He's amazing.
trinityvixen: (hit it)
I'm at work, but my brain is on vacation and has been for hours. So to kill time, after I realized that my movie resolution is in peril of failing after August because I haven't added any movies to it, I went to the IMDB to see updated release dates for movies (and to check if some movies I've been looking for have gotten release dates yet).

At the bottom of whatever IMDB page you're on, which I kept reaching because I had to scroll through entire months, there's a set of pictures of things you've recently looked at. At work, that includes the pages for both Thor and Chris Hemsworth. I'll be like, "Huh, I wonder if War Horse will be any good....oooooooh, prettty!"

Brain. Firmly stuck on vacation mode. Fortunately, time has now caught up to it, and I'm out the door. Peace!
trinityvixen: (win!)
Thor was better, by far, than I could have imagined. I was completely taken aback at how it managed to balance being so funny with being so completely serious, and captivatingly so. I hope Kenneth Branaugh is proud of himself. He did actually manage to meld an almost assuredly mindless action film with something possessing more gravitas in order to generate a popcorn flick that still made you feel ways about stuff.

A lot of credit must be given to the leads, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. "What is my motivation?" may be a cliche, but cliches are cliches for a reason, and it seems like both men took the time to really probe at the corners of their characters. This may have been especially hard to do for Thor, who starts off as something akin to a high school football hero making the most of his big fish, small pond status (right before being slapped with the reality of the real world that doesn't give a shit that he can throw a ball however many feet). There's almost no "there" there, and while that's sort of the point--Thor has a lot of growing up to do--Hemsworth still managed to find shades of uncertainty, even self-doubt in his character. In particular, minor spoiler ) One criticism I've heard is that Thor's maturity comes too fast. Indeed, it may--especially as regards the obligatory romantic subplot--but there's very little unnatural to it because you can pick up the threads that were woven, quite deftly and subtly, earlier in the movie. You have to be paying attention. For all that I admit to drooling over the man's body (oh how I drooled), I found myself most excited by his eyes. Hemsworth does a lot of emoting through significant gazes, and they are often just as sexy as the rest of him. (Oh so sexy. Holy God.)

Tom Hiddleston has a much richer part as Loki, and, as the antagonist, he should, really. Loki is a difficult character because, unlike some trickster archetypes, he doesn't really stand a chance of being misunderstood in a brainless bit of fiction. Loki is always the one you're going to suspect, and you'd be right to because he's probably doing something very naughty. Which is funny because most of what would have been Loki's mischievous ways starts off being only the hearsay of other characters. He's accused of having a "silver tongue" even though the worst you could say of him for most of the movie is that he has a politician's gift for extraditing himself--and others--from situations that might reflect poorly on him. For the most part, too, Hiddleston plays Loki as a straight-shooter with a sense of playfulness. An occasionally dangerous sense of playfulness, but not an unsympathetic one. He may even have been right to pull the prank he does at the beginning, minor spoiler )

Loki is incredibly savvy, very observant, and very atypical in his antagonism. He is not malicious, not needlessly so, but he knows where to stick which pokers to stir the pot the best effect. All of the credit can be given to Hiddleston for that, as far as I'm concerned. Looking at trivia about the film on the IMDB, I read that Hiddleston put himself on a very strict diet so that he would physically have a very hungry, sharpish aspect. And, now I think of it, he absolutely did. So you have this aura of starving, ravenous ambition at the edges of a performance where Hiddleston is otherwise very open--his face seems completely honest (the better to fool you with, my dear). You can believe his every emotion to be sincere even as his actions scream of duplicity. It's really a nuanced bit of character writing enhanced by a phenomenally minimalist performance.

That there is even this much to say about performances is a testament to the effort to make something more of Thor than just about anyone could have expected. There's more X-Men 2 to this than there is, say, Iron Man, despite my liking both. Iron Man is a tad skimpy on the thoughtfulness at times in favor of action and humor. I think Thor manages to combine that with the consideration of causes and effects, especially as regards statecraft, and it comes out the better for it. In the end, will I want to rewatch Iron Man more often? Oh, probably, but that doesn't take away the fact that Thor achieved something here. Captain America, the bar has been raised.

(Also: ZOMG CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT. I cannot overstate how entirely distracting that man is. All weekend, if I would let my mind drift it drifted to this. And I really like what's going on around them hips in this shot. Goddamn, boy. I maintain that if you are female and claim to be heterosexual and you don't think he's hot, you are lying. All the ladies were aflutter after the MAY MOVIE, and with good reason. Personally, much as I want to lick that rise of muscle just over his pants in that one shot, I was as much in love with the bee-ee-ee-youuu-tiful eyes he has. Because they are very pretty. Very, very, verily.)
trinityvixen: (pornography?)
Well, it would be nice if our MAY MOVIE were good. It's been...a while. Iron Man was the last one of any real quality. But it's certainly not necessary, not given the track record. Plus, there's this. I haven't got any hopes about this movie, which means it can only surprise me with being mediocre-to-good. And if there were, like, just a liiiiiiitte bit more of this than I've already been led to believe there will be, I'll be fine with whatever. Also, here's a side-by-side picture of Thor and the Cap shirtless. BECAUSE.

What's actually important, folks, is that this year's MAY MOVIE marks the start of a second decade of MAY MOVIEs, and I'm kind of choked up about that. I was trying to run down the list the other week. THE MAY MOVIE has not always been illustrious, but it has been memorable. The first year, I took a slightly tipsy [livejournal.com profile] viridian out with her friend, [livejournal.com profile] feiran , [livejournal.com profile] cagexxx (I think) and one or two other people to see The Mummy Returns. It was just serendipity that Spider-Man came out the same weekend the next year. Do something twice, and it's a meme, and year three brought X-Men 2. Alas, I closed out my college MAY MOVIE with the ridiculously terrible Van Helsing, and next year's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is more notable for what it lacked rather than what had. (Stephen Fry was the voice of the Book! Sam Rockwell was Zaphod! How could you make it so dull?) Mission Impossible III was entirely forgettable the year after. Alas, the same cannot be said for Spider-Man 3 which still haunts my nightmares some times. Iron Man remains the only MAY MOVIE I ever missed, and that's a real pity because it was awesome. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was so boring and predictable I couldn't even remember I'd seen it, much less as a MAY MOVIE. And then Iron Man 2 was all right, but not terrific. Wow, ten years! Here's to ten more!

THOR will be THE MAY MOVIE this year, in case you missed my infrequent posts about it. I'll get back to you all with times next week (looking for a theater with showtimes listed NOT in 3D, FYI), but May 6th, 2011. BE THERE.
trinityvixen: (thinking Mario)
The Captain America trailer has, finally, come out. By which I mean the internet leaked it two days before it would probably be playing in front of Sucker Punch. Which I will see next week and then I can see the trailer on the big screen and, hopefully, have an opinion about it.

Thoughts, some of a sexual nature, but mostly on the level. )

The title of this post might also refer to the wedding I'm headed to in a few hours time. I'm so over going already, and I haven't even left. I should just keep telling myself "Eighty degrees and sunny, eighty degrees and sunny" until it seems more appealing. It's hard going, though, seeing as I have an hour and a half layover in Atlanta, which might rival L.A. for places I like the least. Nothing against the city (though, yes, against the city in L.A.'s case), just the airport is a hellhole. Eighty degrees and sunny, eighty degrees and sunny, eighty degrees...
trinityvixen: (pornography?)
As part of my on-going resolution to see a movie-a-week in the theater, I went to see I Am Number Four at a matinee yesterday morning. I'm glad I went to a matinee as this movie really is only about $6 worth of movie. That's not to say it's terrible, just that it's extremely average and does nothing whatsoever that's really clever or new. The plot is, basically, Roswell: the Movie, with a little bit of Twilight-esque emo and a bit of Michael Bay-esque excess. (Bay had a hand on this movie somehow, so it's not surprising.) As I said on Twitter, it's neither so bad as Twilight nor so good as Harry Potter. Since I'm not the hugest fan of the Harry Potter movies, that puts it somewhere on the sliding scale of okay-to-meh.

What's funny to me, seeing more movies more frequently in the theater, is seeing how the theater or whoever chooses which trailers to run before a given movie. In front of I Am Number Four, I saw a preview for Beastly, a movie starring the male lead of I Am Number Four. Okay, that makes sense--if you're here to see bland 20-something Star of the Month, why won't you be back next month? (Because there'll be another one of him?) Then they had no less than three aliens-among-us movie trailers, with Battle: LA being expected, Cowboys & Aliens being awesome, and Apollo 18 being extremely unexpected. I think I'm forgetting something.

I just felt vaguely insulted to be being sold these movies. (Except Cowboys & Aliens. That remains awesome.) The people around me? Loved 'em. Not Cowboys & Aliens, alas, but the girls (who made up half the rather large audience) all swooned over Beastly. I could tell, too, based on the audience, that they were either fans of the book or fans of the face. The one belonging to the lead, I mean. Me? I'm a fan of the face, but I prefer the one on Timothy Olyphant. (God, has he got sexier with age.) Hilariously, so does the reviewer at The New York Times:

"Alighting in a small Ohio town with his protector,  Henri, (Timothy Olyphant, whose hotness is a sweet distraction from the general twaddle), John swiftly acquires a shutterbug girlfriend (Dianna Agron, bland as butter) and a slew of super-abilities."

It's like I'm writing for the NYT!
trinityvixen: (squee)
ETA: I figured out from the YouTube description where that clip was from. I'm sorry I went looking. Now I will have nightmares about rubbery superhero "dancing."

It's a fan trailer. I want it known, upfront, that I know it's a fan trailer. (New point of interest: where is that footage from what Chris Evans movie that they used that isn't Captain America?) I know that this is a fan creation.

That said, I'm still kinda excited, u guyz:


For balance, so as not to let my fangirl run away with me (TOO LATE), I offer this obvious but necessary recut of the only Captain America trailer we have to date:


I'd like you all to welcome a new LJ tag debuting today. See if you can guess which one it is.
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
CAPTAIN AMERICA TV SPOT! And I don't hate the movie now! Granted, it's 30 seconds and at least 3 of those were focused on Chris Evans with his shirt off, so I was guaranteed to like it, but I really liked it. It's a good teaser. It makes me curious to see a full-length trailer and the movie, so it's doing its job. I was really worried that the trailer would spoil the pornography of the poster they released this weekend. BUT NO.

(CHRIS EVANS WITH HIS SHIRT OFFFFFFFFFFF.)
trinityvixen: (pornography?)
Captain America poster is GO. AND IT IS AWESOME!

I'm such a sucker for Marvel movie posters. The teaser posters, anyway. I fell head-over-heels in love with the one for Iron Man and the Iron Man 2 teaser poster was better than the movie. (It's looking like that will probably be the case for our MAY MOVIE, Thor, as well.) I know Marvel doesn't believe in rewarding talent with common things like, say, money, but whoever is in charge of their art department is due a raise. This is some seriously understated, seriously talented, seriously BONKERS BEAUTIFUL work. I love it.

I may have to start a July Movie or something because until a trailer comes out and spoils my enthusiasm for me, I'm probably not going to shut up about Captain America. Oh, Chris Evans, I would do you so hard, you wouldn't have to come seventy years forward in time to feel it. You can see more pictures of him looking F-I-N-E fine here.

I'll be in my bunk.
trinityvixen: (fangirl)
GOOD NEWS EVERYONE. I NO LONGER HAVE ANY ANGST ABOUT CAPTAIN AMERICA.

IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THAT I COULD BE COMING AROUND ON THIS SPIDER-MAN REMAKE.

Okay, so, in less capslock-y analysis, I like these pictures. A lot. I am sure most people will look at the Captain America one in particular and give me the big o.O face from behind their compu-machines. But I'm digging it. It is kind of outrageous and yet perfect. I think the suit does an impossibly good job at being everything all at once. It's period-appropriate and still future-forward as fashion. As in, I know someone in the 1940s could have made this outfit, but since real life is not a comic book, no one ever did. It manages to conform to Chris Evans' body shape (which, as I may have mentioned before, is pretty much my sole reason for seeing this movie, humminah humminah humminah) without being ridiculously stiff looking, like the X-Men movie uniforms or the Batsuits of the Burton era. It also manages to capture the spirit of the Cap's spandex suit while not being entirely faithful to it.

The Spider-Man photo is impressive in its own right, too. Most significantly, they don't try to buff up Andrew Garfield in it. It remains to be seen if he'll be as impressive without the muscle suit when he's moving around and not strategically posed in the shadows. But I dig a lean Spidey. He's pretty much always been a beanpole, especially compared to the over-muscled among the other Avengers and what not. (Which, because Sony has the rights to Spider-Man for the foreseeable future, I doubt he'll be joining onscreen.) One of my favorite interpretations of Spider-Man is Ultimate Spider-Man, and this feels like that's where they're taking this. I am still not entirely cool with a reboot of a movie that came out eight-nine years ago and whose sequels ended three years ago, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Well played, Spider-Man reboot!

(Hmm, will they call it The Amazing Spider-Man to differentiate it from Raimi's trilogy, do you think? Or Spectacular Spider-Man? Or would they just do a fangirl some service and name it Ultimate Spider-Man?)
trinityvixen: (clock)
I admit to being totally excited about Captain America, definitely more than that dated comic character's movie update deserves. I know it won't be "good," but I've been more excited about other movies before with bigger letdowns than Captain America could ever have. ::Sobs over Tron Legacy some more:: 

Point is, excited as I am, I'm not stupid. I'm also not really going into it thinking "This could be the next Iron Man!" Imma gonna get me sommathis:

Am I shallow? FUCK YES. But I know what I'm in it for. I'm not in it for good. I'm in it for beefcake. (Ooh, and 1940s lady hair. I love me some victory rolls!)

But even with my shallower-than-a-drop-of-water-hitting-a-high-mountain level of interest, I had to pause when I realized that the man directing Captain America directed last year's lamentably bad The Wolfman. Now, I can forgive a lot of what was wrong with that movie because it was clearly a case of studio meddling and delays leading to disaster. Fifteen different people walked out on that thing (and I'm not just talking about audience members)--people who were supposed to do pretty major things, like direct, act in, or score the damn film. Still, a film that manages to waste Hugo Weaving in what may be the only time he and Anthony Hopkins could have had a Ham-Off (TM [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine ), is doing something seriously wrong. That someone has to be the director because the Wachowski brothers couldn't direct the third Matrix movie to save their lives, but Hugo Weaving still managed to rampage the shit out of that funk. The only one stopping Hugo Weaving from EPIC HAM is someone other than Hugo Weaving. (Because Hugo Weaving, dramatic actor, was long banished to indie cinema of Australasia by Hugo Weaving, Actor Capable of Set Demolition Even When Only Present As Voice Actor.)

This interview about why The Wolfman isn't The Wolfman's director's fault IS NOT HELPING. Basically, he says that whatever Captain America is or is not, it is not The Wolfman, which is like saying while your movie may not be Citizen Kane, it is still better than those commercials Orson Welles did at the end of his life. "I only did The Wolfman 'cause I was 'po. Now Marvel has showered me with money to make this movie, iz allllll goooooood, baby."

This would be the same Marvel Studios that paid Robert Downey Jr. less than a million dollars (reputedly) for the first Iron Man. That balked at paying Jon Favreau any more money for Iron Man 2 despite the fact that he delivered them a hit that cost them next to nothing. Whose continued refusal to pay talent what it's worth has led to Favreau being ousted as director of Iron Man 3. (And led to the replacement of Terrence Howard by Don Cheadle, but that's fine 'cause I loves me some of the Cheadle.) The studio that almost wouldn't take JOSS WHEDON, HE OF THE INCREDIBLY RABID AND LOYAL FAN BASE, for The Avengers because of his price.

Either this director got $5 to make The Wolfman, or the previously tight-fisted Marvel got an accounting sphincter-loosened. And I'm not going to lie--I could believe that The Wolfman was made for $5. They could have just filmed Anthony Hopkins drunk on his weekend in his dirty old mansion, for all I know. Judging by the state of Benecio del Toro's eye bags, ditto. Hugo Weaving, it is assumed, shows up places in period or fantasy costumes all the time. It's not inconceivable that he raided Hopkins' place dressed like a Victorian dandy.

That means this Joe Johnston person is, like, SUPER PSYCHED about his budget of $15. Must remind myself: beefcake. As long as there is beefcake...

Resolved.

Jan. 5th, 2011 05:35 pm
trinityvixen: (insane)
I may have this 52-movies-in-the-theater-a-year issue licked. LICKED, I TELLS YOU. I've already been to one movie this week, and I'm going to head out tonight to another. Then I looked at this list of movies that io9 put up and I all but peed myself with excitement. ALMOST WET MYSELF WITH JOY, PEOPLE.

If I can make it through January and February, the dumping grounds of the cinematic year, I'm golden. And, as I may have already mentioned, I'll have seen two movies in the theater inside of a week. Which means I can safely save the cinematic masterpiece Season of the Witch (featuring Ye Olde Crazye Nicholas Cage) until nearer the end of the month. I may even be able to skip a whole week if I want at this rate. Which means that I'll only have to wait another month for the Nicholas Cage movie of my so-bad-it's-good dreams, Drive Angry. IN 3-D.

Once we're past February, hole-E-shit. The Adjustment Bureau, Apollo 18, Suing the Devil (MALCOLM MACDOWELL IS THE FUCKING DEVIL HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT), Paul, Sucker Punch...and that's just MARCH. I know March is the new June, or whatever, but SLOW THE FUCK DOWN, Hollywood. I won't have any umph left for May! Ha ha ha, that's not even remotely true. But, my God, Source Code, Thor, Priest, Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (Who would I be kidding if I said I wasn't seeing that? NO ONE), X-Men First Class, The Green Lantern, Harry Potter, Captain America, Cowboys and Aliens, Fright Night, The Thing...

In case you missed the memo: urine. URINE, people.
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)

This weekend, I got an idea of what my next year might be like. For all three of you I haven’t told, I intend to see a movie a week at the movie theater for all of 2011. I saw two movies in one weekend, and I’m beginning to understand that there may be some theater-going overload with this plan. Then again, going to two movies right after the other is a good way to really put my reasons for liking/disliking them in perspective.

 

The two movies I saw were Tron Legacy and Black Swan. I didn’t particularly care for either, but both had a strange effect on me in that, while watching them, I was rather transported. It was only upon their ending that I felt dissatisfied. This is entirely due to heightened expectations, though I hadn’t really realized how much hope I’d sunk into Tron Legacy in particular until it ended and I almost wanted to cry because I was so depressed about how little I liked it. I admit to having been inordinately in love with the idea of seeing Tron on the big screen, especially after falling in love with it via the original on DVD and by playing alongside Tron in Kingdom Hearts. I seriously <3<3<3<3<3 Bruce Boxleitner, especially as the adorable, innocent –but-kick-ass Tron, and there plain wasn’t enough of him. I am glad, at least, that [livejournal.com profile] mithras03  was with me on finding his silver-fox status THE SEXXAY, even as I spent much of the movie bemoaning the lack of him. While I admit that this is my own bias making me inordinately hard to please, I do not think it too much to ask that the movie feature the goddamned character it from which it took its name. Alas and alack, the siren lure of Oscar-Winner Jeff Bridges combined with the endlessly rapacious studio need to build a franchise on the back of a younger star meant that Tron was given the short-shrift in his own sequel.

 

And? Honestly? Neither Bridges nor Flynn-the-younger had the chops to carry this thing.

Some minor, minor spoilers )

That said, getting to watch lightcycle racing and the disc wars gaming in the movie was supremely satisfying. The updated effects were fun, though as [livejournal.com profile] moonlightalice  pointed out, dreary in their palate. It was a thrill with the early action sequences, though. I happened to love the soundtrack, though others thought it was distracting, especially because it added a drive to the movie that was otherwise lacking, plot-wise. If nothing else, the booming base kept things surging.

 

Black Swan intrigued me, and, although my expectations for it were lowered by reviews, I did go in with an open-to-optimistic mind. I wasn’t thoroughly disappointed as I was with Tron Legacy, I was just indifferent to mildly unimpressed by it.

No spoilers if you've seen the trailers, but just in case... )

 

Another improbable thing that happened--besides my seeing two movies in a weekend and liking neither of them? I won Twilight Scene It. I'd bought it as a Christmas present for [livejournal.com profile] viridian , who, along with [livejournal.com profile] feiran was the only person to have read the books and seen the movies. We had to play it. Predictably, those two ladies dominated most of the game. If I got anywhere, it was out of sheer luck. The best run of said luck was where I followed someone else who revealed, in her question, what the name of Dakota Fanning's character was and what her SOOPER vampire power was, and then the next two questions I got were about those exact things. (So as with other franchise-specific Scene It games, Twilight Scene It suffers from a lack of sufficient material upon which to make questions more varied.) I'd been far behind the leaders for most of the game, then I ended up tied with them at the end. I got lucky on a couple of questions and guessed correctly on the third to win. HIGHLY IMPROBABLE VICTORY. I don't know whether to be ashamed or pleased that I continue to dominate at Scene It given that this dominance was achieved PLAYING TWILIGHT SCENE IT. (I HATE MYSELF AND WANT TO DIE.)

I will take this moment to credit [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine for making a point of saying how awesome Bella's friend Mike is, because I did win a question with his name. Thanks!

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Racists suck. But stupid racists are hilarious. Case in point: there is a conservative hate group that is actually hating on the upcoming Marvel movie Thor (our May Movie, folks!). Not because the trailer made it look like another $200M exercise in mediocrity. (True fact: at least half that budget was spent on replacing sets that Anthony Hopkins had devoured.) They're protesting because Idris Elba in it.

Personally, I'd protest any movie that doesn't have Idris Elba in it. (HOTT.) Give this man allllll the roles in Hollywood, kthanxbai.

Here's a great take-down of the racists' claims.
Look, racism is bad. But with a little more of this kind of racism, we might just kill the whole evil, malingering cancer of racism outright. Bad day to be a racist if these guys are your spokesmen. And I say men, because, let's face it, only a bunch of white dudes would get this far up their own assholes about Idris Elba. (Because they secretly wish it were Idris Elba up there.)
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Damn it feels good to be a female geek in 2011! )

In other, less hormonally-driven news excitement, I got to see the first episode of The Walking Dead. Truly, it is gorgeously done. It remains to be seen if the story really takes off. Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of what they're doing with this series. However, being as well-versed as I am in zombie movie-ology, there's not yet a lot going on that hasn't gone on before in zombie movies. One thing that's actually nice is that this is a very slow story of the apocalypse. As in, the rushing around and panic aren't really the focus. It's slow and steady survives the zombies with this show. So, yeah, there's that. Hopefully, by the time I finish my test, I'll have enough episodes stored up for a good long marathon.

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