I expected to like Clash of the Titans. Ha! After they killed off Mads Mikkelsen's character, there was no point paying attention anymore. Then I expected to love Robin Hood. I enjoyed it. I don't feel it doesn't work. But leading your audience to believe that you're giving them one thing and then giving them something else is not going to make people happy. And while I also liked Iron Man 2, except for the Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell scenes, it doesn't have much rewatch potential for me.

On the other hand, I expected to be bored by Prince of Persia. Instead, I enjoyed it immensely. (Note: I have no knowledge of the videogame, so I realize things might be and probably are completely backwards). Sure, it's pure popcorn Hollywood through and through, but something in it works for me. And no, it's not just because the two leads are incredibly hot (not entirely; I blame the hair. I have never found Jake Gyllenhaal attractive, ever). I think it's because the silly is just so darn silly and I wasn't taking it seriously to begin with.

On the third hand, I expected to like Kick-Ass and I did. Love it. Adore it. I need to watch it again now.

In other news, I finished the first draft of my feature screenplay. It stands at a whooping 70 pages. Yes, that is too short for a feature. I am missing s0ome crucial flashbacks, though, but considering that I also need to delete a couple of scenes, I don't know how I'm going to push this up to regulation length.
I watched Clash of the Titans yesterday. And was very underwhelmed. My cousin loved it, so I limited myself to the lukewarm response, "I expected more." The gods didn't appear enough, the story was missing substance, and on top of that the 3D was barely there. I kept taking my glasses on and off to see if they were doing it at all. And my friends were complaining that the 3D in Avatar was too weak (I rather liked it). I can't believe it took me forever to recognize Mads Mikkelsen, though. I knew I had heard his voice somewhere, but that was it until the movie was almost over.

ETA: And I forgot to mention the preview. That would be the new Robin Hood movie, which looks like the period movie I've always dreamed of doing (though in my fantasyland I would have slash on the screen and not just in subtext, pervy me) and better as hell be as wonderful as it should be. Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett? That's almost too much goodness.
guanin: (hiro eye)
( Nov. 25th, 2009 12:58 am)
Or else the weather just hates me and insists on being dark and grey the whole day.

I'm watching Angels and Demons for some reason. My cousin bought it. I don't know why. It has me rolling my eyes more than anything.

I appear to have acquired a new obsession with this Avatar anime. Great. I so do not have time for this or money since now I want to get it.. But it's so much fun. I'm not sure if I'll be watching the movie adaptation that's coming out in summer, though. From the two things I know about it, it already looks like they're changing things unnecessarily, which bugs me. Oh well. The original is good enough for me.
guanin: (ando huh)
( Nov. 18th, 2009 10:02 pm)
Why did my grandfather buy Y tu mamá también? Please don't tell me it was because it's Mexican. This is so not his type of movie. I don't watch movies like this around him, though he told me once years ago that it's fine, just make sure not to do it around my grandmother. All over the cover it says how much this movie is about sex and yet he still buys it. He has the tamest DVD collection ever. I do not understand. I'm afraid to ask although if he doesn't want it later, I'll take it.
I can't get used to this. Sure, in London by four it was already black, but it should not be dark at five. I don't care what spot of the planet I'm on. This never stops feeling weird. I need to get earlier. I get like four hours of sunshine now. So wrong.

After two days of not writing more than 300 words, I finally wrote 2,000 today, although I'm still really distracted. And now my shoulder blades hurt. Ow.

I also went out with my cousin and his son yesterday to watch 2012 (and buy socks) )

I almost forgot about Heroes! Again! I'm not sure I want to watch this episode. *shields Peter's eyes* I am way too attached.
You know how writers go through periods of alternate splendor (or so I hope) and mediocrity? I hate that. It makes no sense. Not that I should wonder, at this stage in my life. It's things making sense that stand out as odd. But from one day to the next. From one hour to the next? Once, I started out writing really sloppy sentences. They just wouldn't come out right, then as I was writing, suddenly something shifted and wonderful stuff started coming out. Then it went away again. Why can't I stay with the wonderfulness all the time?

In other news, I finally saw the third Ice Age movie. Two and a half times. That thing is hilarious. Cute baby dinosaurs. A deranged weasel. Mad laughter. Peril galore. And Sid being Sid: goofy, foolish, not very smart, but the result is great stuff.

ETA: I took a peek at the Doctor Who episode that's on TV right now, but it's that weeping angels one. I am not watching that again. That thing really scared me!
Funny. It doesn't feel like Halloween. I hold the sun responsible. Yesterday was sweeping rain, the sky a uniform shade of bleak grey, the wind howling as if someone were murdering it, smacking against my window so hard that you'd think a tornado were running lose. Perfect Halloween weather. Today? Blue skies, tranquil breeze, nice sun, very relaxing. Too relaxing. Clearly the climate got it's calendar mixed up.

As I have nowhere to go, I'm going to watch Sleepy Hollow, my yearly tradition, which some of you might remember my freaking out about last year since I didn't have the DVD, but now there are two of them in the house. Oh, and through a total coincidence (no, seriously) I'm working on ghost stories. But not the creepy kind.

This icon does not reflect my current mood, but it's the only Halloween one I have.
I just watched XXY. Right afterwards, I wrote 1,000 words. Bam, just like that. I don't think it even took me an hour. God, I love inspiration. And the scene I wrote doesn't have a thing to do with the movie. It's more a style thing.

It's 3:37 in the morning and I'm not in bed yet. I am going to be so sleepy tomorrow.


*eight hours later*

I forgot to post this last night. Now I am so, so tired. Just like I predicted. I woke up at 11. I slept 6 hours. Yeesh. It's been weeks since the last time I slept so little. My head keeps wanting to drop onto the keyboard, but I have this scene in my head that's infested my brain and won't leave me alone! This is going to be so much fun. Oh, and it's het. Bizarre. And it's a sex scene. Except it's kinda odd, so it's not smut. Hell, it's practically sex ed.

I should eat something and lie down. Today's productivity is going to crash to the floor.
I got this from [livejournal.com profile] ecclescult:

All four give performances that will likely be in the running for an Oscar and Golden Globe; particularly Christopher Eccleston. His character of Fred Noonan was the one with the most depth and arch. Eccleston's performance gives you the sense of truly being there in the plane with Earhart, and makes you feel the same chills that Noonan and Earhart must have felt upon realizing their impending doom.

It would be so amazing if CE got a nomination. the dear guy deserves it.

I am so distracted in my writing. Fuera de Carta aka Chef's Special got here yesterday and I keep replaying scenes in my head. I watched it all in one sitting yesterday and I already want to see it again. I just sneaked in fifteen minutes right now, which included this lovely guy )

Which is very helpful right now, because an oil refiniery in PR blew up. LOOK AT THIS! God damn! This is insane! No one was injured in the explosion, apparently, but there are people hospitalized for smoke inhalation. I am so glad I'm not there breathing this. You can see the smoke on radar. I've never seen anything like this.
guanin: (Keira mouth)
( Oct. 16th, 2009 08:59 pm)
I got a slashy dream last night. That hasn't happened for years. The gay movie marathons I've been having lately are definitely responsible for that. Note: By marathon, I mean that I've been watching entire movies in one sitting. I haven't done that since who knows when. A year, maybe. I don't know if anyone here has Netflix, but their Instant movie feature is one of the most awesome things ever. No need to watch for a DVD to come in the mail, no need to rail at the player when the scratched DVD gets stuck and won't function like happened just ten minutes ago. Just instant goodness. I sound like the ad. By the way, His Secret Life *there's a threesome in this one, by the way) and Walk on Water are excellent. The downside to all this is that now I have a new plotbunny running around my head, courtesy of the dream, that I don't know what to do with. Thank you, brain.

For some strange reason, a scale has appeared in the bathroom in a very prominent location that forces me to see if every time I go in, so now I can't do my business without feeling guilty about not exercising. *face palm* We may need to have a conversation about this. This is really not good for anyone's self esteem.

Does anyone know how many words is a 300 page novel, give or take? I keep being asked how many pages I have written of my novel and I notice that I don't count pages. Essay pages are the only pages I've ever counted, which got confusing in London, because over there it's words they count, so no matter what system I use someone is going to stare at me in confusion. It's like Fahrenheit vs. Celsius. I've got at least 106 pages by now. It feels like much less, probably because I'm still just getting started. It's a lot of story! There's a tiny sliver of a novel sitting on the shelf, barely 156 pages and I stare at it wondering how do you write a novel that tiny? If I were to write a short story, that would probably be the size of it.

I'm thinking, if I keep at my pace of 3,000 words a day, give or take, I can get 90,000 more within a month. Why am I suspecting that even if I do that, I will not be done with this novel by then?
guanin: (Claude pigeon w)
( Oct. 15th, 2009 02:19 am)
I feel so lazy today. It's midnight and I've only written 2,000 words. *laughs all over self* Just two weeks ago, I'd be hard pressed to write 1,500 a day (maybe), now I'm complaining over only 2,000. *shakes head*

Okay, I've written another 1,100 now. I feel better. Though it took me forever since I keep being distracted by thinking about Fuera de Carta, which comes out on DVD next week, because I have wanted to own this movie since I saw it in the theatre. It's so funny. *bounces. I want it now! And when that one wasn't bugging me, it was The Bubble , which depressed me immensely at the injustice of it all, but was really good. And I swear one of the main characters looks like a guy I've met. Except for the eyes. He has completely different eyes.

I just want to watch movies. Lots and lots of movies.
guanin: (Milo hat)
( Oct. 3rd, 2009 11:11 pm)
I'm just stepping on my toes on my injured foot, but I can walk. Yes! It doesn't even hurt if I lay off the heel.

I watched Milk yesterday. It gave me the urge to get off my lazy ass and do something. I kinda didn't, but maybe one day I'll manage it. I've really got to get out of this house and find out what's going on.

Oh yes, I knew I was forgetting something. I wrote 2,416 words today! I haven't gotten this much written in one day since that novel that dies because it because a madhouse of insanity. The only reason I stopped and didn't write more is because I felt a little overwhelmed. Does that happen to anyone? I saw it mentioned in a writing manual once. I need to accustom myself to higher than this if I want to finish this thing within any reasonable amount of time.
guanin: (Pirate King)
( Sep. 18th, 2009 10:33 pm)
It appears that I have been assigned as the family receptionist today. I've talked to four different people on the phone, one of them twice, and all within the last hour. I'm not sure I like this. Not so much because of the talking, but because they put me on organizing/informing duty, which always ends up in "But you said..." situations and that needs to stop.

They took off GI Joe and District 9 from the regular theatre this week, so they might be up at the cheap theatre next week. Cool.

I finished the first series/season of Black Adder today. It's a little uneven, but when it's funny, it's hilarious. And it's also kinda the original stuff I'm working on now with all the farcical history stuff except for that original slash one.
And now I can't concentrate on my thesis because I keep thinking about that movie. It was good. Really good. I want to see it again. Now. It's exactly what I wish all summer movies would be like. There's plenty of action but accompanied with lots of intelligence. Forget turning your brain off (I hate that phrase, movies that require that make my head hurt). It's reality in so many ways. Replace the aliens with some random, oppressed human group and we have the same thing. No sugarcoating, no whitewashing at all. And the way they developed the main character just drives the point further home.

I want this movie. It's not your typical alien movie (not that I have much experience with those, I admit). I highly recommend it. Really.
guanin: (The Doctor holy crap)
( Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:25 pm)
When did it become August? Seriously. It's way too early for it to be August. This is what happens when you spend an entire month not keeping time except for every rare occasions. It's July for me, man. My birthday can't be in two weeks. And GI Joe comes out this weekend? I was thinking I had another month to avoid admitting to the cashier at the theatre that I'm willing to pay actual money to see this (which I'm actually not, but there's this lovely CE picture next to me that keeps reminding me of the good things). Maybe I can manage to see it with my cousins so I can at least pretend that I'm being dragged to see it rather than going out of my own free will. I really cannot picture myself saying "one for GI Joe". I mean... it's GI Joe. I hate GI Joe. I always have. Every time an advert came on the TV when I was little I rolled my eyes. When I heard there was a movie coming out about it, I scoffed and said, "hell no I'm not watching that dreck." Then what happens? CE is in it. *head desk so hard* Then again, he's also (along with Ian McShane, who I really like) in Dark is Rising or something like that and I'm not watching that. Why did it have to be GI Joe? I wouldn't feel bad about watching Transformers 2. I'm neutral on that. And why does this seem like such a huge problem when I have a dissertation to write? I need to get some perspective. Although in my defense, this is $5 to $8 of my money that's on the line. I could buy a book with that. Or a hat. Or... I don't know. Shampoo. I just don't want to give the studios money for another lame movie.

*grumpy face*

Never mind. I'm off to make Norfolk screencaps. Well, I'm off to finish the sources section of my thesis and then I'm doing Norfolk screencaps. Okay, I should post some pictures of Scotland before that, but Norfolk screencaps will happen at some point. Probably next month. Which for me will be August.
I went to four tours in Scotland with four different guides and they all said the exact said thing about Braveheart. Great movie, really rousing, but what a load of rubbish. A Lowlander with a kilt? And face paint? And no clan politics/rivalries? And don't even get them started on the title, which is referring to Robert the Bruce, a whole different person. Rubbish. But great movie.

Kind of like Elizabeth. Great movie. But what a load of rubbish. I've finally gotten around to doing some reading on the Tudor period and wow. The movie is even more off than I suspected. Norfolk, mister ultra let’s kill all the heretics in the movie? Protestant. He did conspire to marry Mary Stuart and Leicester was in on it, though. But certainly not in league with any papists. I think I can hear him rolling in his grave right now. And that whole deal with the Duke of Anjou, i.e. the guy that Elizabeth apparently really considered marrying, except there was that pesky religion problem in the middle. The Dudley marriages compressed into one I understand (it was when he got remarried in secret that Elizabeth banished him from court), but that plot never engaged me anyway, so eh. No doubt there's more stuff I'm not aware of yet, but I still love the movie. But what a load of rubbish.

I woke up at 7 today. Yesterday it was 6. Perfectly normal. Why is this perfectly normal? Why have I been awake for three hours before anyone else steps out of bed? And why do I feel a need to go to bed by 11 when I'm not going anywhere the next day? This is wrong. So wrong.

By the way, I'm back in Illinois now. The Tranport for London bookmark is still there. I'm not getting rid of it. No one would happen to have any connections in the BBC, would they?
guanin: (milo grunny2)
( Jun. 20th, 2009 10:34 pm)
I watched Terminator. It was fun. Paper thin story and I had no idea what was going on half the time since I haven't seen any of the Terminators, but fun.

I like driving. But Puerto Rican style driving, not suburban Illinois toe the line kind of driving that very literally was putting me to sleep one time, and that freaked me out. Miles and miles of straight roads is not fun. There's no thrill. I am so not a thrill seeker at all, but while driving is when I let loose. I'm going to miss that.

Why do I keep seeing people saying that Milo doesn't look 32? He definitely looks it to me. It's like Johnny Deep. That's what 40-odd people look like in my family.

The Brazilian government apologized for torturing farmers? Brazil?! The lot that pardoned itself for over a decade of human rights violations? Weeeird. Then again, it's not the same government, but... Oh, no I am not looking at Brazilian politics now. Didn't I not like politics?

Milo buying a snowboard I said it was random) )

And with a hat: )
guanin: (Milo hat)
( May. 22nd, 2009 02:33 pm)
Damn you, tv networks! Fringe's Kirk Acevedo gets fired, My Name is Earl gets canceled (Reaper too, but I saw that coming *sigh), but other stuff that is only so-so or total drivel gets renewed. Argh! And on a side note with no judgments as to present quality because I haven't seen this show in years, but when is Smallville going to end? Because there is such a thing as shows just ending versus getting canceled. I got the impression that it was supposed to be prequel to the Lex vs Superman conflict, not the conflict itself. Not that I know a damn thing about it. It's just weird that this show has been around since I was in high school. High school! That was eight years ago! I don't know why, but it makes me feel really old.

On another note, I have yet to see Star Trek. This is sad, but I keep missing the first showing which is much cheaper. However, I did get to watch another movie about a gay restaurant owner who falls for this extremely cute football coach and has to deal with the kids he never knew in the meantime. I absolutely loved it. I'm really tempted to go see it again even though it's in the expensive theatre. It's a Spanish movie, called Chef's Special in English (Fuera de Carta). If it appears around your neck of the woods, you should definitely check it out. Allow me to entice you with a little picture.picture. )

In yet other news, ohmygod is it hot here. And it's not really that hot. Just mid 80s, but it feels really unbearable. I'm used to wearing shot sleeves in high 60s now. Man, can I not live here anymore. My body is set to London temperature now. And soon it'll be set to Chicago temperature. Brrr! Although hearing the coquies (cute, little frogs we have here) and hearing the rain fall through the foliage is so refreshing.
guanin: (Rose key)
( Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:53 am)
It's 12:45 and I have packed nothing. Not good. Instead I'm here. Huh.

Just got back from watching Valkyrie. Very good movie. Tragic ending as expected since Hitler wasn't assassinated in 1944, but not as shocking as The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, which I saw on Tuesday. That was sad. I saw it coming, but it was sad. Suffice it to say that when the credits started to roll, no one got up. No one even spoke. We were all staring at the screen going, "Oh shit." Very good movie also, but you will need to watch something cheery afterwards.

Oh, the DVDs got here! All of them! Doctor Who shipped with 2 day shipping, Deadwood with regular, they both shipped on Monday and got here on the same day. I don't even care anymore as long as they're both here now before I leave. No way am I going to be bored at the airport in Philadelphia waiting for the second flight.
guanin: (hiro eye)


( Dec. 21st, 2008 09:30 pm)
I've spent three months without going to the movie theatre and now that I'm finally back in a place where I can afford the ticket prices, ready to pump myself full with as many flicks as I can, there's nothing good on. Not only that, but the two movies I do see are 'eh'. Granted, Quantum of Solace is a decent action movie, quite entertaining, but the only reason I watched it was because I liked Casino Royale so much, which this one doesn't even begin to compare to. You can tell it's a sequel. But the one my Dad took me to today was just... well, I hesitate to call it crap, but if you hate half a dozen false endings, cliched deaths and climaxes, and stale, sweeping music that sounds as if it came out a can, do not watch Australia. I wanted to leave so badly. You're definitely doing something wrong if your audience is bored while someone is getting shot.

I finally bought the Dexter novels today. At Borders for full price, which I don't like to do, but there's only eight business days before I leave and Amazon can be so slow shipping stuff here. Unless I order it Express, but there goes the discount.

Got one Christmas present today. Just one left.


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