Just about recovered from stag night. Finally.

Lots of silly fun was had, and everybody seemed to get on well despite the somewhat disparate groups of people involved. A success.

Am now collapsed at home. People are watching Legend around me. Not sure why. Thought at first I hadn't seen it, but on further viewing I think I'd just wiped it from my brain. Deary me.

On a vaguely related note, have suddenly recalled the works of Terry Jones (as an author), which I'd forgotten about. Anybody else remember Nicobobinus? Okay, how about The Saga of Erik the Viking? Great stuff. Must reacquire. For the benefit of hypothetical sproglets, of course...
Saw the new Star Trek film yesterday, which was greatly entertaining. But I have to point out that it's not Star Trek.

It's sometimes trying to be Star Wars; at other times it's channeling Starship Troopers. Most frequently, however, it's pure Galaxy Quest. It's referential, tongue-in-cheek, and serves up in-jokes and clichés with a knowing wink. Its plot stretches credibility, and its science is patchy*.

But despite its rather piecemeal and ironic nature it does pull itself together into a cohesive and watchable film. It's thrilling and action-packed in the right parts, touching and well-acted in the right parts, and genuinely funny throughout. Crucially, the Kirk-Spock relationship is captured perfectly by both the script and the respective actors.

In conclusion, it's not Star Trek, but it is a great blockbuster movie. Probably the most fun film I've seen since Iron Man.

* Although kudos for the 'silent space' effect that it uses in a couple of places
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( Oct. 25th, 2008 10:32 pm)

Just saw The Fountain:

  1. What the fuck?
  2. NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!
  3. What the fuck?
  4. Very shiny, though...
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( Jul. 20th, 2008 02:07 pm)

"One of the stars of a highly controversial film is to look into lifting a long-standing ban on it in the town she presides in as mayor.

Sue Jones-Davies, the mayor of Aberystwyth, West Wales, rose to fame when she played the part of Judith, Brian's girlfriend, in the 1979 Monty Python hit comedy Life of Brian.

Plans to lift ban on Life Of Brian, The Press Association, 20 Jul 2008
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( May. 26th, 2008 03:37 pm)
Now I know I appear older than my years, but quite frankly, this is ridiculous:

(After showing of Logan's Run)

Random girl: So, is this the first time you've seen the film?
Me: No, I saw it when I was at university.
Girl: Oh! Was it a big hit when it first came out?

Excuse me!? You've just doubled my actual age there. Needless to say, I was a bit lost for words.

(Actually, I say "girl", but she then admitted that she was older than I am. I'm not sure if that makes things better, or worse.)   8^]
I seem to

a) Be at a loose end for Saturday night
b) Need somebody to go and see Iron Man with

Anybody want to see it with me?
(Would be a good chance to catch up with anybody I haven't seen in a while...)
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( Feb. 24th, 2008 12:08 pm)
If anybody hasn't seen Juno yet, I can highly recommend it. (Yes, you've probably heard the same thing from everybody else...)

Have, on [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00's request, also acquired the soundtrack. Strange. About half of the songs are annoyingly quirky and upbeat, to the extent I keep expecting them to turn into a mobile phone advert. But the other half are excellent.

Must acquire more Belle & Sebastian...
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( Feb. 4th, 2008 08:29 pm)
Yes, the plotline and characters of Jekyll and City of God can be combined. But that doesn't mean that they should be.

And no, Transformers should not be thrown in "for good measure".

Thank you,
[livejournal.com profile] spudtater
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( Dec. 26th, 2007 01:56 pm)
Spent christmas and boxing days in a flu-ridden stupor. Not ideal.

I can say, though, that Children of Men is the most effective decongestant evarr.

Also, "uuurgh".


Lolcat )

Well... I don't think that "fucked up" adequately describes that film...   8^)

Unrelated... )
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( Nov. 9th, 2007 11:05 pm)
Stardust: Great movie; an excellent piece of fantasy and extremely funny. Rather cheesy ending, but no matter.

Elizabeth: Let down by an oversimplification of the political reality of the age, a corny script and some dubious acting (not, thankfully, by Cate Blanchett herself), but eventually won me over by being just so damn pretty. What's that? A shiny thi...
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( May. 20th, 2007 01:43 am)
Having an entire domain to muck around with is a wonderful thing.

The NHS organ donor site asked me for a contact email address. So I chose favabeans@(my domain)

Also: 28 Weeks Later: that's the first time I've ever walked out of a cinema. Just completely hated it. [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 liked it, though.

Edit: "I wouldn't say I enjoyed it", she says. She thought it was... interesting.   8^)
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( Mar. 27th, 2007 04:24 pm)

Not sure exactly what a fandom is, but here's a list of ten clues which each relate to a film, series, book, etc. which I like. What's what?

Edit: I shall now reveal the anwsers! Feel free to throw things at me.

  1. Its creator(s) derive much of [his/their] humour from forcing a handful of characters together who just can't stand each other. (Red Dwarf; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] deralte, random-bloke-in-pub and [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven)
  2. According to an old joke, the main character has three ears. (Star Trek; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  3. Apparent references to marijuana use and... erm... sexually ambiguous relationships are actually just the result of cultural shifts since this work was created. (The Lord of the Rings; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] brucec and [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven)
  4. The title character is actually a different person in each installment, but with the same name. (The Legend of Zelda games; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] oddity_uk)
  5. According to this work, it is universally possible to order a gin and tonic. (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of books; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yodathedark, [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  6. Entities which are harmless, obedient, and self-preserving. In that order. (Isaac Asimov's Robot Novels; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  7. One's vocalisations of distress, emitted into a vacuum, will be impossible to detect. (Alien; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] oddity_uk, [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  8. Should one 100,000,000,000-km-tall being wish to wed another, the title object would probably make a good token of his intent.   8^)   (Ringworld; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  9. The main character is named after a Greek princess, but (partially) modelled on a Japanese one. (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; guessed by nobody [oops!])
  10. Origami causes angst! — but only in the Director's Cut. (Blade Runner; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)

I like clue 8. Clue 8 is on crack.

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( Mar. 5th, 2007 01:23 am)
Just finished watching Cold Mountain. Wish I hadn't. For some reason, instead of making me sad, it just made me coldly, infuriatingly angry. It's something that's only happened once before, and that was when I watched Million Dollar Baby. For both films, I think something about the plot — so much effort, so much staked on a long, arduous task... only to have things dashed at the end by some random event. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I know that's what life is really like; I'll even admit that not being able to deal with that may be a sign of emotional immaturity. But still. Jesus. I just don't react well at all to a plot like that.

And please, don't suggest that "you're actually upset with yourself because you don't want to cry". I'm not that ridiculous cliché of the bottled-up, bravado-and-stiff-upper-lip male twat. When I find a film sad, I cry at it. Sometimes I get embarassed about crying, but that's an entirely different kettle of emotions.

Men: do any of you know what I'm talking about? Ever watched a "sad movie" and found yourself shaking not with sobs, but with impotent rage? (I say 'men' because this feels to me like an extremely male emotional response. I'll accept that I may be wrong in this, though!) Please comment, as I'd like to know that I'm not alone! (Or, alternatively, that in fact I am a freak...)

Right. My emotions may have cooled down to a point where I'm able to get to sleep now. 'Night all.

P.S. Zoo pictures coming soon. Tomorrow, hopefully. Yay zoo!
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( Feb. 19th, 2007 11:04 pm)
Just saw Hot Fuzz. Is a lot of fun. Very Little Storping in-the-Swuff.
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( Dec. 31st, 2006 01:37 pm)

We can't stop here. This is potato country.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

Saw Perfume: The Story of a Murderer the other day. Brilliant, but disturbing. Somewhat reminiscent of the vampire myth, I thought.

Went to see Pan's Labyrinth at the Cameo cinema last night. I highly recommend it! Guillermo del Toro is a man who understands what makes a good fairy tale: gore, violence, and thinly-veiled sexual imagery abound, all set against and integrated into the real-life terrors of Franco's Spain. But as with the best fairytales, all this gothic darkness serves to make the innocence and hope of the central character stand out all the more. An excellent film. Go see it.

Also: I have finally got the J2ME development kit installed and working on my computer. I can program my phone! Woo! Here's my first application [JAD].
Am going with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 to see Madagascar at the UGC Fountain Park at 8:00. Anybody who wants to join us would be very welcome. You might need to book a ticket, though.

(Also be prepared to put up with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 obsessing over Harry Potter...)   8^P
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( Apr. 16th, 2005 09:04 pm)
The Core

...is the most craptacular Sci-Fi movie evarrr! A premise so ridiculous to be almost a parody of the genre, clichéd characters and plot, and hours of CG nonsense.

I rather enjoyed it.

([livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 owns it, in case anybody wants to borrow it...)   8^)


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