stillsostrange: (Elbow sex)
Like a message in a bottle tossed into a boundless sea, I will cast my spoilery snark here behind a cut.

The Force Awakens )
stillsostrange: (Baby bats)
I have returned to Operation: Vampire Movies at last. One day I will see them all!

The updated list )

I think I've seen Dracula, Dead and Loving It. How could I not have? But somehow I never saw Rockula until last month, so it's possible. Also not listed is whatever awful C-grade recent movie we recently watched whose name totally escapes me. It was bad.
stillsostrange: (Valkyrie Air)
Yesterday my partner and ran Warrior Dash for our second year (my third). This year it fell after days of heavy rain. The parking lot was a muddy deathtrap--we watched cars being pushed and towed out on our way in, and helped push a car on our way out. The entire 3.5+ mile course was one giant mud obstacle. Muddy trails, muddy climbing frames, muddy climbing ropes... Good times, good times. The most serious obstacle for me was the water feature, which we've never had here before. The swimming and hauling myself up parts were fine, but the water was so cold my lungs seized going in and after treading water waiting for others to clear the path, the strength started bleeding out of me. I wasn't warm again for hours.

Afterward we decided not to go see the Church play, and instead went to see Spring. Sadly, this turned out to be a poor decision. The story is a bilious sack of human-centric crap, about the transformative experience of falling in love with a bland, selfish "nice guy." Fuck everything about it. Or simply stop watching it five minutes before the end and imagine the real ending for yourself.

Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do every day
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do

Day 10 - One person you can trust

Myself. Without that, what is there?
stillsostrange: (fatale)
Skyfall was lovely, as I had heard. (And it had damned well better have been--I've been holding my breath for years waiting for it to come out!) And I appreciate how a million slash writers must have exploded from joy*. But it makes me sad, because it feels like the end of the era that took a franchise I had enjoyed since I was eight and turned it into something I loved passionately. I could be wrong, of course, and perhaps I am, but gadgets and bad jokes are not what I ever loved about Bond, and the return to more traditional trappings makes me a bit nervous.

On the other hand, if they're prepping Eve to become the next M, then everything will be just fine.

As a bonus, it really drove home one of the problems I've been having with Isyllt IV. Sadly, it did not present a neat solution.



* The train, though. That was a little... Phallic. We get it already, people!
stillsostrange: (fatale)
That is such a mess of a film. A perfectly watchable mess, but a mess nonetheless. Luckily, my affection for "Extreme Ways" is very deep, and also Rachel Weisz is very hot.

But I am well and truly inspired. One day I too will say "Fuck climax and resolution! They're on a motherfucking boat!" I don't know when it will happen, but happen it will.
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Friday, July 13

12:00 PM VT Reading. Amanda Downum. Amanda Downum reads the forthcoming novelette "Bone Garden." (Also known as boywhores vs. oracular demons, or the story in which I kill [livejournal.com profile] sovay horribly.)

2:00 PM CL Kaffeeklatsch. Elizabeth Bear, Amanda Downum.

3:00 PM F Anthropology for Writers. James L. Cambias, Christopher M. Cevasco, Amanda Downum, Francesca Forrest, John H. Stevens (leader), Harold Torger Vedeler. In a 2011 blog post, Farah Mendlesohn wrote, "'Worldbuilding' as we understand it, has its roots in traditions that described the world in monolithic ways: folklore studies, anthropology, archeology, all began with an interest in describing discrete groups of people and for that they needed people to be discrete." This panel will discuss the historical and present-day merging and mingling of real-world cultures, and advise writers on building less monolithic and more plausible fictional ones.

(This seemed like a good idea during sign up, but I have no idea what I'm going to talk about and expect to embarrass myself completely.)

Saturday July 14

2:00 PM G The City and the Strange. Leah Bobet, Amanda Downum, Lila Garrott (leader), Stacy Hill, Ellen Kushner, Howard Waldrop. In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs writes, "By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange." N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance trilogy demonstrates that epic-feeling fantasy can still take place entirely within the confines of a single city. Fictional metropolises such as Jeff Vandermeer's Ambergris, China Miéville's New Crobuzon, and Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest are entire worlds in themselves, and the fantasy cities of Lankmar and Ankh-Morkpork shine as centers of intrigue and adventure. In what other works, and other ways, can cities be stand-ins for the lengthy traveling quest of Tolkienesque fantasy?

3:00 PM NH Group Reading: Ideomancer Speculative Fiction. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Amanda Downum, George Galuschak, Claire Humphrey, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Kenneth Schneyer, Sonya Taaffe. Authors and poets read work from Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, one of the longest-running speculative fiction webzines still publishing.




In other news, Brave was adorable, and I strongly support the message that all family problems can be solved by turning someone into a bear. But I'm very disappointed that Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller weren't in it.
stillsostrange: (Lily)
Snow White and the Huntsman was a very pretty mess, as I was expecting, and so very full of potential that the script just wasn't up to fulfilling. But aside from the movie I would have liked to have seen, my main problem with the movie I did see could have been fixed simply by making Snow older when she was first locked up. Perhaps with a montage that included her riding horses and hiking, so that her amazingly daring escape would have strained my incredulity just a teeny bit less. And maybe being a bit less hamfisted with the king-is-the-land motif, especially with regards to the Legendesque bit in the woods.

But Charlize Theron and the Florence + the Machine song were completely worth the price of admission. And I need to write an Evil Queen story.
stillsostrange: (Xenomorph)
I'm a little torn about Prometheus putting paid to the AVP franchise. On the one hand, some things need to be put a stop to. On the other...awww... Predaliens are so cuuuute. And I'm the kind of geek who enjoys getting a chance to say kainde amedha.

For quite a while now I've been looking for the book that belongs to the title Echidna's Children. Now I know what kind of story it wants to be. Next step: growing the chops to write it.
stillsostrange: (Prometheus)
I have lost the ability to write coherent essays, so I will break up my thoughts with bullets instead.



Spoilers, of course )
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Sorry. I got nothing.

Okay, actually I have one thing. I am Not On Board with the upcoming The Great Gatsby debacle, but if you are going to cast Leo as Gatsby, why not Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nick? They make an awfully cute couple.
stillsostrange: (Elbow sex)
Today was my last day at work for the end of June. I sing the praises of my day job, for lo, though I am but a part time peon, I still qualify for four weeks of family leave. Now I just have to carve out enough time from my time off to get some writing done.

I might have been sad about losing my husband to Diablo III, but now James Hong has joined his party. Now I will dream of an AU version wherein Lo Pan appears to Deckard Cain and says "Shut up, Mr. Cain. You are not brought upon this world to 'get it'."

I'm still holding out for my Egg Shen/Lo Pan and the internet continues to fail me. I've broken Rule 34.
stillsostrange: (Bitch please)
I appear to be even more disappointed in J.J. Abrams than usual. First and foremost we did not need another motherfucking Wrath of Khan! What the hell is wrong with you?!

Secondly, if you are going to inflict this travesty upon audiences, maybe this would have been a good opportunity to find...I dunno...an actual Indian actor to play Khan Noonien Singh. And I say this as someone who thinks Benedict Cumberbatch could play the shark in Jaws.
stillsostrange: (Nextwave)
Someone was wrong on the internet recently. More specifically, someone on Twitter said that Tom Hiddleston stole every scene he was in in The Avengers. While it's true that Tom Hiddleston--and his smile, and his cheekbones*--is a thing of beauty, and a fine addition to any film, I would have to disagree. Actually, Mark Ruffalo stole every scene there was to steal. And that was unexpected. A movie that made the Hulk cool. Who would have thunk it?

And apparently the trick with Whedon is to have one character in any given movie who can reasonably speak Jossisms, and keep them all contained therein.

* Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch combined might come close to the devastating power of Peter Cushing's cheekbones, but only might.
stillsostrange: (Prometheus)
We saw the Prometheus trailer before Cabin in the Woods, and it is a million times more breathtaking on the big screen. It looks beautiful and visceral and awe-full, and I am praying to Giger and all the alien gods that it will not disappoint me. That it will be the xenomorph chaser than we all need after Avatar. Not to mention the wrong-kind-of-horror that has been the AVP films.

It looks foolproof from the trailers. My real concern is that it might not bring something new to the source material, which was the failing of The Thing prequel. Except, of course, that artificial Fassbender is worth the price of admission automatically, and I would watch Noomi Rapace eat sandwiches and recite her grocery list. And at least from the trailer, it seems to balance the claustrophobic horror of Alien with gorgeous alien landscapes designed to remind us how fragile and insignificant humanity really is.

Only five more weeks of holding my breath...
stillsostrange: (Chairleg of Truth)
And also for Tom Lenk, because I emitted several high-pitched squeals when he showed up.

But the truth is that Cabin in the Woods is not some great new horror movie following in the tradition of horror movies, which is what every review led me to believe. No, it is a straight-up Joss Whedon comedy. And it is, in fact hi-fucking-larious*. I probably spent the last third giggling, clapping, and squealing in turns. But it is not a horror movie.

Also, why the heck has everyone been so hell-bent to avoid spoilers? This is not a Sixth Sense scenario. The actual plot was my second guess from reading the careful reviews, and the movie is upfront about it from the beginning. And if the reviews had been straight forward, I would have seen it a week ago.

I am mystified. But also amused, so it's okay. And a little bit alarmed, because Chris Hemsworth is awfully cute, and I feel like he shouldn't be.

The Rocky Horror cast were filing into the theatre as our show let out. Sadly, I chose to be responsible and go to bed, since I work tomorrow.


* If you find Whedon funny, anyway. Which I do, at least 50% of the time.
stillsostrange: (Bowie)
Okay, sorry, I got nothing, but I'm watching Blade Runner. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. C-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. Edward James Olmos and those wonderfully creepy eyes.Rutger Hauer's devastating pout. Le siiiigh... Also a source of so many songs and EBM samples I've enjoyed throughout the years.

But then again, who does?
stillsostrange: (Default)


If Gina Carano won't inspire me to get out of bed in the morning and run, I don't know what will. Or inspire me to do squats until I can choke Michael Fassbender someone out with my thighs.

Also, I could watch her beat up pretty boys all day long.
stillsostrange: (Default)
I don't know enough about the birth of psychoanalysis to judge A Dangerous Method on its accuracy, but I would consider myself a reasonable judge of Michael Fassbender in waistcoats. And that film had a lot of Michael Fassbender in waistcoats. Perfectly nice waistcoats. Containing Michael Fassbender.

...

I'm sorry, what was I saying?

Jesus wept

Jan. 5th, 2012 11:48 pm
stillsostrange: (Blood)
Get Carter (1971) is an excellent film on its own merits, but it becomes even more entertaining if you imagine it to be some alternate Hellblazer story. A different "Newcastle incident." Michael Caine can be my JC any day.

It also gets points for its anti-Bond chase scene, where in two middle-aged men run awkwardly and get winded.
stillsostrange: (Default)
I just endured the Clash of the Titans remake. I knew it was bad, but reader, I did not know how bad. I was at every turn amazed and astounded at the new depths of badness this film reached. Every actor seemed surly and dejected, as if they had only read the script after they'd signed the contracts. As if they imagined every blow struck against a CGI monster to be one struck against their agents. I want to beat every writer involved to death with a copy of Hamilton's Mythology.

In happier news, I managed to revise some more whilst enduring this unfortunate film. Three flabby scenes were excised, and two chapters condensed to one. I hope I find something that needs expanding, or this will be a very slim book.

Dreams of Shreds & Tatters


38551 / 70000 words. 55% done!

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