juldea: (geek girl)
The internet has furnished a review of one of my favorite (and the least-known of my favorite) movies!

http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2010/01/cast_a_deadly_s.shtml

I call the review spoiler-free except in a couple of quotes which I think are more impressive in the movie if you don't know they're coming. Otherwise, great review.
juldea: (geek girl)
The internet has furnished a review of one of my favorite (and the least-known of my favorite) movies!

http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2010/01/cast_a_deadly_s.shtml

I call the review spoiler-free except in a couple of quotes which I think are more impressive in the movie if you don't know they're coming. Otherwise, great review.
juldea: (geek girl)
Moon. Trailer here. Go see it.

This is the first really science fiction movie I have seen in a while. It's not an action film. There are no big explosions. There are no midichlorians. It's set slightly in the future on a mining base on the Moon and explores what happens to the lone worker completing his three-year stint there with only an AI as really close company.

The movie is beautifully written. The devil is in the details, and this movie is satanic. ;) The pacing is fantastic; the movie is almost Gandalf in its ability to move exactly as fast as it needs to, no faster. It gives you time to sop up the details it's dribbling down to you. The best part? The movie is as smart as you are. Or at least was as smart as I was. I thought about fifteen minutes in that I had now figured out the M.NightShyamalan-type ending and was spending the next 1:45 waiting for it. But no, the movie said, "Well duh, that's what's going on. But after we've established that, what's next?"

As for the acting, I have one thing to say. This was an excellent movie featuring Kevin Spacey, and Kevin Spacey was not the one whose acting made it excellent.

Several of the people I went with claim that it's a movie they don't feel the need to see again until five years down the road when the details are no longer burned into memory. Personally, it's an instant DVD-collection add and quite possibly going up on the list of movies that I tell people they should see if they haven't.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] shogunhb and [livejournal.com profile] shadowravyn and [livejournal.com profile] ddrpolaris and whomever else came with us to see that movie: it was NOT like Sunshine. The trailer for Moon does a pretty good job of setting up the theme and mood for the entire movie, and it stays true to that throughout.

Wow.
juldea: (geek girl)
Moon. Trailer here. Go see it.

This is the first really science fiction movie I have seen in a while. It's not an action film. There are no big explosions. There are no midichlorians. It's set slightly in the future on a mining base on the Moon and explores what happens to the lone worker completing his three-year stint there with only an AI as really close company.

The movie is beautifully written. The devil is in the details, and this movie is satanic. ;) The pacing is fantastic; the movie is almost Gandalf in its ability to move exactly as fast as it needs to, no faster. It gives you time to sop up the details it's dribbling down to you. The best part? The movie is as smart as you are. Or at least was as smart as I was. I thought about fifteen minutes in that I had now figured out the M.NightShyamalan-type ending and was spending the next 1:45 waiting for it. But no, the movie said, "Well duh, that's what's going on. But after we've established that, what's next?"

As for the acting, I have one thing to say. This was an excellent movie featuring Kevin Spacey, and Kevin Spacey was not the one whose acting made it excellent.

Several of the people I went with claim that it's a movie they don't feel the need to see again until five years down the road when the details are no longer burned into memory. Personally, it's an instant DVD-collection add and quite possibly going up on the list of movies that I tell people they should see if they haven't.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] shogunhb and [livejournal.com profile] shadowravyn and [livejournal.com profile] ddrpolaris and whomever else came with us to see that movie: it was NOT like Sunshine. The trailer for Moon does a pretty good job of setting up the theme and mood for the entire movie, and it stays true to that throughout.

Wow.
juldea: (99 Mooninites)
My living room now has a futon. The entertainment center is hooked up. I can actually, gasp, socialize (in terms of enjoying various forms of media) in my house now!

[livejournal.com profile] zapf helped me kick off this new era of the Pie Hole with a night watching my favorite movie in the world, Cast a Deadly Spell. He had never seen it, and I have now fixed this problem for him as I am willing to for quite nearly everyone.

I inch closer to being moved in.
juldea: (99 Mooninites)
My living room now has a futon. The entertainment center is hooked up. I can actually, gasp, socialize (in terms of enjoying various forms of media) in my house now!

[livejournal.com profile] zapf helped me kick off this new era of the Pie Hole with a night watching my favorite movie in the world, Cast a Deadly Spell. He had never seen it, and I have now fixed this problem for him as I am willing to for quite nearly everyone.

I inch closer to being moved in.
juldea: (geek girl)
Friday night, 10pm, Repo Man at the Brattle. Let's do some crimes.

Monday night, 9:45pm, Buckaroo Bonzai at the same. No matter where you go, there you are.

I am highly tempted to indulge in both of these fabulous forms of escapism. Who's with me?
juldea: (geek girl)
Friday night, 10pm, Repo Man at the Brattle. Let's do some crimes.

Monday night, 9:45pm, Buckaroo Bonzai at the same. No matter where you go, there you are.

I am highly tempted to indulge in both of these fabulous forms of escapism. Who's with me?
juldea: (roar!!!)
I am a bad person. The following tale involves references to unfortunate racial practices of the United States of America over its lifetime, and humor derived from such practices.

So, sitting in the theater with [livejournal.com profile] etherial, [livejournal.com profile] rosinavs, and [livejournal.com profile] doc_smiley as the credits for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince scroll by. Etherial brings up the subject of whether the movie passes the Bechdel test, and we eventually conclude it does. Then (approximately) the following occurs:

etherial: Now they just need a person of color!
juldea: ...what about Dean?
rosinavs: Yeah, Dean Thomas is black.
juldea: And the girl that Harry hits on at the beginning of the movie.
doc_smiley: There was that girl, the guy Ginny was dating --
juldea/rosinavs: Dean.
doc_smiley: -- and the Slytherin sitting across from Draco on the train to Hogwarts.
etherial: So, three.
juldea: *snerks* I'm a bad person.
etherial: How so?
juldea: Because that's, like, 9/5! Almost two whole characters!

...

If you don't get it, read up on your Constitutional history. Or be quicker with math. And be a bad person, like me.
juldea: (roar!!!)
I am a bad person. The following tale involves references to unfortunate racial practices of the United States of America over its lifetime, and humor derived from such practices.

So, sitting in the theater with [livejournal.com profile] etherial, [livejournal.com profile] rosinavs, and [livejournal.com profile] doc_smiley as the credits for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince scroll by. Etherial brings up the subject of whether the movie passes the Bechdel test, and we eventually conclude it does. Then (approximately) the following occurs:

etherial: Now they just need a person of color!
juldea: ...what about Dean?
rosinavs: Yeah, Dean Thomas is black.
juldea: And the girl that Harry hits on at the beginning of the movie.
doc_smiley: There was that girl, the guy Ginny was dating --
juldea/rosinavs: Dean.
doc_smiley: -- and the Slytherin sitting across from Draco on the train to Hogwarts.
etherial: So, three.
juldea: *snerks* I'm a bad person.
etherial: How so?
juldea: Because that's, like, 9/5! Almost two whole characters!

...

If you don't get it, read up on your Constitutional history. Or be quicker with math. And be a bad person, like me.
juldea: (piloting!)
Good things:
  • I found a DVD copy of Cast a Deadly Spell for $25 thanks to a probably ten-year-old alert list on Half.com. This makes four copies of the movie I own now, but this one is the most permanent+legal.
  • I woke up early on time this morning and took a long, luxurious shower instead of the rushed ones I normally take, and have time to sit and write this LJ post.
  • In two weeks from today, I will be financially recovered from the move at least as far as various payments causing me to live paycheck-to-paycheck, and will be able to get back on my (now slightly modified) plan to Get Out Of Debt By the end of my 30th year.
  • [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber
  • juldea: (piloting!)
    Good things:
  • I found a DVD copy of Cast a Deadly Spell for $25 thanks to a probably ten-year-old alert list on Half.com. This makes four copies of the movie I own now, but this one is the most permanent+legal.
  • I woke up early on time this morning and took a long, luxurious shower instead of the rushed ones I normally take, and have time to sit and write this LJ post.
  • In two weeks from today, I will be financially recovered from the move at least as far as various payments causing me to live paycheck-to-paycheck, and will be able to get back on my (now slightly modified) plan to Get Out Of Debt By the end of my 30th year.
  • [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber
  • juldea: (geek girl)
    As I said on twitter: that made up for the animated Dragonlance movie.

    HOWEVER. Be warned the movie tight-walks the line between R and NC-17. Some parts are nearly slasher-flick like, and some are nearly porn-like. But they are generally brief, you can tell when they are coming, and you can tell when they are over even if you've shielded your eyes from the screen.

    Otherwise, this film gets a solid "yes" from me.
    juldea: (geek girl)
    As I said on twitter: that made up for the animated Dragonlance movie.

    HOWEVER. Be warned the movie tight-walks the line between R and NC-17. Some parts are nearly slasher-flick like, and some are nearly porn-like. But they are generally brief, you can tell when they are coming, and you can tell when they are over even if you've shielded your eyes from the screen.

    Otherwise, this film gets a solid "yes" from me.
    juldea: (geek girl)
    So I failed at being sufficiently grab-people-by-the-scruff-of-the-neck elsewhere when attempting to get people together to see Watchmen on opening night at midnight at one of the nearby IMAX theaters and they're now all sold out, so now I'm replacing that with my own attempts here at getting people together to see it opening night at midnight at the Somerville in Davis Square.

    If you are interested in being a part of this group, reply here now. I will be sending out an email to interested parties tonight and looking to get tickets in the next couple of days.
    juldea: (geek girl)
    So I failed at being sufficiently grab-people-by-the-scruff-of-the-neck elsewhere when attempting to get people together to see Watchmen on opening night at midnight at one of the nearby IMAX theaters and they're now all sold out, so now I'm replacing that with my own attempts here at getting people together to see it opening night at midnight at the Somerville in Davis Square.

    If you are interested in being a part of this group, reply here now. I will be sending out an email to interested parties tonight and looking to get tickets in the next couple of days.
    juldea: (joco full)
    Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] zigdon for being the first second* person to ever actually buy something for me off of my Amazon wishlist! (My sister was inspired by the wishlist for Christmas, but bought local. I support this wholeheartedly.) Now I have a real live legal and paid-money-for-to-support-production-of copy of the Firefly DVD series. Yay geekdom!

    And thank you to Mystery Man [livejournal.com profile] bkdelong for being the second person, and for going the hardcore route of gifting me the expensive thing on there - the Brazil Criterion Collection 3-disc box set. It contains the rare "happy ending" version!!

    Now to find some free time to actually watch my new media... can I put that on my wishlist somehow?

    * Bad, bad me - [livejournal.com profile] alexx_kay was of course the first to buy for me off the wishlist, with the USB-powered blanket that I was in fact using yesterday to keep warm in my frigid icebox office. :P
    juldea: (joco full)
    Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] zigdon for being the first second* person to ever actually buy something for me off of my Amazon wishlist! (My sister was inspired by the wishlist for Christmas, but bought local. I support this wholeheartedly.) Now I have a real live legal and paid-money-for-to-support-production-of copy of the Firefly DVD series. Yay geekdom!

    And thank you to Mystery Man [livejournal.com profile] bkdelong for being the second person, and for going the hardcore route of gifting me the expensive thing on there - the Brazil Criterion Collection 3-disc box set. It contains the rare "happy ending" version!!

    Now to find some free time to actually watch my new media... can I put that on my wishlist somehow?

    * Bad, bad me - [livejournal.com profile] alexx_kay was of course the first to buy for me off the wishlist, with the USB-powered blanket that I was in fact using yesterday to keep warm in my frigid icebox office. :P
    juldea: (braid)
    Just to keep myself honest...
  • print out Info Desk books
  • print out Second Shift script with necessary notes
  • harrass Info Desk volunteers to commit to shifts
  • make it through the workday
  • have an absolutely fantastic time at Repo
  • don't die of hypothermia in my awesome costume
  • juldea: (braid)
    Just to keep myself honest...
  • print out Info Desk books
  • print out Second Shift script with necessary notes
  • harrass Info Desk volunteers to commit to shifts
  • make it through the workday
  • have an absolutely fantastic time at Repo
  • don't die of hypothermia in my awesome costume
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