|Return To Bat House
||[Aug. 17th, 2010|06:14 pm]
Just to say there was once again a bat in my house. Not nearly as much drama this time. I just wanted a 2010 entry in this. I'll fix it later.|
||[Feb. 28th, 2008|02:52 am]
Recently read somewhere:|
"I'm an extremely tolerant person so if you are homophobic or racist please don't bother friending me."
Can one be intolerant of intolerance? Isn't that hypocritical?
|Oscar The Grouch
||[Feb. 25th, 2008|01:47 am]
Hey, The Golden Compass!! How's your Golden Statue?! I freaking love you and your God-killing mythos!! Dear the Dead God of Phillip Pullman, let the studio film The Subtle Knife.|
Also, in reference to the stupidest thing the Academy has done since snubbing Baz Luhrman in 2001, this post by someone not me has said absolutely everything I could think of to say.
(Though he doesn't mention the Cheeseburger Phone, I guess that just bugged me.)
It must be really encouraging to talented screenwriters out there that even a terrible, overworked, nonsensical, unbelievable, self-conscious, and ultimately hollow "screenplay" can be declared the Best of the Year!
|Movies The Rant
||[Feb. 19th, 2008|03:07 am]
I finally caved and watched Juno (online, I ain't paying for that shit.)
So I'm officially allowed to bash it now, as opposed to all of my unfair bashing of it.
The screenplay is drek, shite, and completely overwritten, and no amount of nominations and critics spooging all over it is going to make it any better. Best Original Screenplay?? Hardly. Though I'm sure it will win. Sad.
Michael Cera and Jennifer Garner (of whom I am not a fan) both turned in more admirable performances than Ellen Page. Best Performance by a Leading Actress of the Year? Not even close.
The problem with shit like this is when it gets so fucking out of hand. I didn't laugh out loud once, come to think of it, I didn't even smile. So as a comedy it failed completely, and as a drama it touched not-a-one of my heartstings. It's an inherently bad movie, and like so many mediocre "offbeat sassy with a heart of gold and the correct message for everyone" movies, Juno fails to accomplish anything truly unique or stunning.
Oscar Nominations: 4 (Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Poor Wes Anderson. Rushmore is ten times the film achievement this is, with an incredibly beautiful cinematic concept, a fantastic screenplay (that does not include lines like "You know how I feel about her. She's different." (wow, on so many levels) ). Also Rushmore's soundtrack didn't make me want to kill myself.
Oscar Nominations: 0
Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
I just watched Stranger Than Fiction as well. Excellent movie. Not perfect. Few films are. Will Ferrell pulling a total Jim Carrey and acing a dramatic role. Zach Helm's screenplay is fresh and not at all overstated, and the ending made me weepy, which is actually pretty hard to do. All in all a terrific movie.
Stranger Than Fiction
Oscar nominations: 0
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
OH and where the hell was all this hype and praise for Brick?! Much fucking better than Juno. More creative. Better screenplay. No hype.
Oscar Nominations: 0
Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%
I also recently watched The Devil Wears Prada. Don't judge me. How about this, i liked about 5 times more than Juno. Meryl Streep is a factor. But, oh well. Meryl Streep is always a factor. I think this movie is better than Juno. Honestly.
Ugh. Trendy, hypey, look at me and my pipe on my bike, the movie. Ick. Ick.
Hi, Olivia Thirlby, you were good, you probably don't remember me.
P.S. Dear Diablo Cody, among the many things I would say to you, only one comes to mind as being important.
IF YOU'RE GOIN TO MAKE IT A BIG DEAL TO HAVE SOMEONE BE ON A "HAMBURGER" PHONE (AREN'T YOU JUST CUTE AND FUN AND WITTY?) HAVE THE FUCKING DECENCY NOT TO HAVE THE PROP PEOPLE PUT A SLICE OF CHEESE ON IT. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT ADDING CHEESE TO A HAMBURGER MAKES SAID BURGER A CHEESEBURGER AND NOT A HAMBURGER!!! HER CHEESEEBURGER PHONE, DIABLO CODY!!! IT WAS A FUCKING CHEESEBURGER PHONE!!!
|God, That's Decent!
||[Dec. 22nd, 2007|05:01 am]
Saw the Sweeney Todd movie, and I did like it.|
((((Spoliers like the Dickens))))
As per usually, I have many a gripe. BUT the integrity of the entire piece was not completely dismembered and therefore it was not a BAD movie. It was actually remarkably faithful, if a bit misguided.
The chorus. The show is a show. The movie is a movie. That being said, the piece works a lot better with a chorus. It seems kind of pointless without one. Why are we watching this ghastly violent story? The Ballad tells you why. Attend the tale and all that. The entire movie is a bit lost without it, though I obviously have no idea what it's like to see the movie without knowing the show.
That being said, Johnny Depp really sold the role. He's not the best singer, but he still really delivered. Good job, Johnny Depp. Even though your very presence in the movie brought in droves of annoying girls that I wanted to kick.
Helena Bonham. Ohh Helena Bonham. Looking good, and being spooky. Singing like crap. She really has the tiniest little whisp of a creaky mezzo soprano. It doesn't really work. You can never really hear her. Also she like never got excited. Neither did Revival Patti, I guess. I dunno, basically her singing completely failed. And since this is practically a sung-thrusical, she kind of did too.
Everybody else was pretty great, Tobias really grew on me. I loved "Not While I'm Around". It worked.
Random: DUDE he FUCKED up the Judge. He FUCKED.UP.The Judge. I literally turned to the Matty next to me and said "uhhh...he's supposed to live for another minute...but I don't see how he possibly could..." Oh well. Neat.
Oh, and the immolation of Lovett was pretty disturbing, probably more so than any of the blood. Of which there is buckets. Tubs. Vats. Blooooood.
Whyyyy did they change Daniel O'Higgins name to Dave Connely or whatever. I found that unnecessary.
WHyyyy isn't the chorus allowed to sing?? (Because that's campy.) I hate to break it to Tim Burton, who clearly thought this movie was some sort of Greek Tragedy, but it's really not. It's Grand Guignol. It's Melodrama. Meaning it can be campy. It May be funny. The whole thing was a little too heavy handed.
"A Little Priest" lost almost all of its humor. Which is amazing because it is so inherently funny.
"God That's Good!" (or whatever you want to call it since the lyrics are never sung) is really disjointed without its chorus.
One of my biggest gripes is actually the removal of "Kiss Me". Not only does that song's second part quartet rock the casbah, but it is a defining moment in the Anthony/Johanna relatsh, and pretty much legitimizes Johanna as a character. So without it, their whole thing was flat, and I didn't really care about them. At all.
So like, as the movie was coming to an end, I was like wait...without the Ballad structure how the hell does this movie end?? The answer: SHITILY. I despised the ending. He recognizes his now dead Lucy (as did the entire audience an hour ago, because they don't disguise her well at all), freaks out, burns up the Lovett, cries and sings, gets slit by Crazy Toby who doesn't get to say his creepy Patticake speeck (which devastated me), and bleeds to death alone all over his dead wife....fade to black...
Too reallll. Too serious, too much. The huge gross melodrama of it all needs a better send off. Like pointing and saying things like "isn't that Sweeney there beside you?".
So that's a lot of my thoughts right now. EVen though they are copious, I did enjoy the movie. And it is really one of the better musical to movie adaptations. So everyone's OK.
Though I think Steve likes it better than I do. And it's his.
And no one else applauded when his name came on the screen.
||[Dec. 16th, 2007|01:54 am]
As excited as I am about the Sweens movie, I can't help but think about..|
Jesus Christ Superstar.
Because it is my favorite musical- turned- movie.
Say what you will about it, Norman Jewison (yes that's his real name) did not cut A NOTE of Webber's score.
And Carl Anderson as Judas is a fucking miracle. He is the most amazingly talented man of my life. (RIP) Dear Lord, he sings and acts the shit out of that role. He Is Judas. In my mind.
And say what you will about Ted Neely. He rocks. As Jesus. He fucking rocks.
Everyone in that movie can sing and act.
And it's complete.
I just go...
Why has that NEVER happened again?
|First of the Sweeney rants
||[Nov. 18th, 2007|12:26 am]
So now that I've heard 3 full songs from the Sweeney Todd movie I can officially say now in advance that I despise Johnny Depp's look-at-me-we're-in-England-so-I-talk-like-this accent. I'm sure someone told him to do it. Helena Bonham does it it too. But it just sounds so retarded. I hate that the two actors playing Sweeney and Lovett which are arguably two of the most vocally demanding roles in the canon of musical theatre are both weak singers. "My Friends", one of the most gorgeous and disturbing and perfect duets of ever, sounds so thin and weak, because neither has the pipes to get it out. I'm sure this will be defended by their acting and their direction, and I have no visuals yet to create a full picture. But still. Weak. Pity.
Oh, and I hope there's a really freaking good reason why Johanna doesn't sing her little lines in the Johanna Act 2 quartet. Because wow that piece is amazing in its original context. And if you can show her in Fogg's asylum onstage, it surely can be accomplished on film. It just seems so unnecessary to remove the lines. They're pretty.
And Epiphany doesn't really fly with me either. Cuz of the thin voice. And see above re: accent.
SO basically what I'm saying is I damn well hope the acting in this movie is redonkulously superb, and that the visuals and storytelling are flawless.
Because the score was.
And now it's not.
|I do not have Puppet Cancer!
||[Aug. 21st, 2007|08:39 pm]
This icon is my favorite thing.|
I miss Angel.
I'm gonna cry in a corner until Joss Whedon makes a new show.
|You Got The Dreamer's Disease
||[Sep. 25th, 2006|11:12 pm]
|[||Maestro, if you please...
|||||New Radicals - You Get What You Give||]|
I just watched the series premiere of HEROES, the new drama on NBC, and let me tell you, sister-friends...
It is fucking AWESOME.
Monday nights = delishy from now on.
Speaking of tv, which is all I ever feel the need to discuss via lj, the new season of Desperate Housewives is choice. I'm pumped. yay.
Sundays - DH
Mondays - Heroes!!
Tuesdays - Veronica Mars!! season premiere next week!!!
I'd promise you I had a life, if it were only true.
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