darling_lisa: (RDJ Iron Man back)
Ok, so the Avengers trailer was released today ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zatgnqdIefs if you haven't seen it yet/want to watch it again and again and again) and I just can't stop flailing over it.

Things that induced dolphin noises:

- LOKI! All badass and misunderstood! *pets him*

- Thor looking all woobie! HUGE pic below, cut to spare your flist ) Also? Jebus but that man's ARMS.

- Cap and Tony arguing, with bonus Tony snark!

- TONY! My love for Robert Downey Jr/Iron Man is ridiculous but can you blame me when he looks like this??? )

Seriously, I am so emotionally involved in this movie it's prolly not healthy. But man... the cast is just spot on and based on the Iron Man/Cap America/Thor movies, Marvel is just hitting this one out of the ballpark. And then add in Joss as the director? I am wibbling already and praying that he doesn't decide to rip our hearts out and stomp on them. *laugh*

(Caps yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] rawr_caps... thank you so much!)
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Man I love three day weekends! Why can't we have them all the time? Not that I did anything extraordinary or anything, but still.

Matter of fact, I woke up with a migraine this morning and spent a good portion of the day sleeping. It wasn't one of the killer ones, I know it's from being stressed about going back to the phones tomorrow for two weeks, still kind of killed my plans for doing some cleaning today though.

Just 10 days until I fly to Vegas for the Kane show. How is it that this is only my second Kane concert for the year? *shaking my head* Something is wrong in the universe, lol. It'll be another quick in and out trip, the big Vegas vacation won't be until my birthday in November, but it will be good to see people I haven't in awhile.

As for what I did do this weekend... I mostly read and treated myself to the movies. I saw The Help (very good, had me, my mom and my sister all sobbing in the theatre,) and I also caught Don't Be Afraid of the Dark last week. Very Guillermo del Toro. Altho I have to admit I spent a large part of the movie worried about the little girl because Pan's Labyrinth scarred me for life *laugh* (I love Pan's Labyrinth just for the record, but between the creepy monster that ate fairies and the ending... yeah, scarred.)

Bookwise... I reread Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince trilogy this weekend. Man I love that world. And I've finally started reading the latest George R.R. Martin, A Dance of Dragons. I bought it on the day it came out but wasn't quite ready to start in on it until now. (I love A Song of Ice and Fire as a series, but man it can be depressing and it's not a fast and/or uninvolved read.)

And pretty much that is all I have to babble about right now. I think I'm going to end my weekend by checking out the first episode of Lost Girl, lots of people on my flist seem to like it, so we'll see how it goes.
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Ok, so I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, me and 20 degree temps apparently just don't get along all that well. Who knew?

So in between massive naps, I've been watching RocknRolla and now I'm on to Inception. And seriously... how is Tom Hardy real?

Go watch this clip from RocknRolla (not spoilery) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcYxVxI5PRI (I would embed but the poster disabled it :shakes fist: so you have to click)

First... how adorable/sexy is he while he is flirting? Raaaawr :grin: And then, THEN, right at the end, when the camera pulls focus to his face and he asks "Can I come?" :flails and flails: Its such a gorgeous moment, and it is totally thrown away a second later, but his face, the delivery of the line... :is dead all over again:

OH! And! I totally just remembered that he played Romulanclone!Picard in Nemesis!

Ok, done fangirling for the moment. I need to have some more tea and go send some sparkly pictures to certain people. And then I think maybe more movie.. or possibly naps. But seriously, watch RocknRolla. Awesome movie. Awesome cast. Guy Ritchie. Idris Elba. Gerard Butler. So much love.
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Ok, so that whole keeping track of books and movies thing? Yeah... that didn't happen so well. *grin*

But because I started it, I want to try and at least wrap up the year somewhat. And because its too damn cold to leave my blankets (Dear Arizona, you are a desert, pls to be remembering this. 27 is not an appropriate temp, k? Thx) I figured I'd try and catch up.

We'll start with movies first... in no particular order we have mini reviews on Harry Potter 7, Burlesque, The Bounty Hunter, Julie & Julia, Easy A, Ondine, Penelope, The Proposal, Red, Kick Ass, Inception, and a whack of other movies that I watched this year )
darling_lisa: (Scream)
Ok, so the horror fest has begun!

So far I've managed to watch:

Session 9 - nice, creepy little movie. Set in an abandoned insane asylum/sanitarium, and most of the action takes place during the day but still manages to be unsettling and creepy as fuck in some spots.

The Descent - DAMN. This movie made me so uncomfortable in spots I had to pause it. I just, I am not claustrophobic at all, but man some of those scenes. And how awesome was it to have a movie full of women kicking ass and taking names? Altho I'm already screaming at Sarah having read a brief description of The Descent part 2 wondering what on earth could convince her to go back in there, so I guess I'd say I got sucked in, yeah? :grin:

Carriers - I expected more of a Zombieland/28 Days Later kind of movie, but this was more of a thinky emotional piece than a true horror movie. Chris Pine and Piper Perabo were both awesome and it was not particularly hard to see where this movie was headed from the start, but it was pretty compelling watching that train run off the tracks none the less.

Three Extremes I and II - the thing about a lot of Asian horror is that it is paced so differently than what we are used to. So things move and happen and before you know it, the horror has grown slowly and surely just outside the range of your vision but then you turn your head just right and you realize you can't unsee it. Ever.

The Haunting in Connecticut - pretty standard fare for a haunted house. I did like the twist on the ghosts and the whole souvenir thing was incredibly creepy. Also? For future refernce, any room that has blacked out windows and door that you can't open? DO NOT SLEEP IN THERE.

Pandorum - frankly the ending of the movie totally made the whole thing for me. I did not see that coming at all and I love that I never in a million years would have thought of that, and bravo for an original idea!

I want to try and catch some of the movies out in the theatres this weekend and Netflix tells me that Drag Me to Hell and May are winging their way to me even as we speak, so there should be more updates soon :)
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Tomorrow is October first, and I have decided to try and watch 31 horror movies in the month of October. Why? Because I have a love of them... have ever since I was a little girl. And I'm not just talking about well made ones (far and few between these days it seems...) no, I love the cheesy B slasher movies, and the odd quirky ones (Zombie Honeymoon, anyone?) just as much as the old fashioned psychological thrillers and everything in between.

But I need your help dear darling flist... 31 horror movies is a lot, so rec me your fave movies, or the ones you think that I should see. Maybe I've seen it, maybe I haven't. But with 31 slots to fill, chances are great that I will give it a go.

I'll try and report back on each movie I watch, but as my posting history is spotty at best... :D
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25 min till my shift ends, and a script is running so I figured I'd go ahead and try and catch up on movies.

I'll be honest, I haven't been watching a lot of movies because I've been all about television shows lately... but with summer just around the corner, I expect that to change. Still, here is what I've watched lately:

The Losers. SO. MUCH. LOVE. Seriously, I've watched this 2x in the theatre now and I can't wait until it comes out on DVD. It doesn't try to be anything other than a fun 90 min or so, and it delivers and then some. You need to see this if you haven't already.

Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I loved the original, still do, and I was pretty sure they would manage to screw this up. But surprise, they did a decent job. I missed the dark humor of the original... I was talking to someone about this and the movie is unrelentingly dark and tension filled and I think a good horror movie has those moments of levity or at least relaxation of suspense to give you time to catch your breath and start anticipating when the next scary moment will be.

Iron Man 2. I liked the beginning, was very MEH on the middle and LOVED the ending... so overall I recommend this one highly. It almost felt like 2 or 3 different scripts mushed together in some spots, but when they let Robert Downey Jr be Tony Stark? Fucking magic.

Pirate Radio. I liked it, it was one of those quirky movies that Working Title productions is so good at. The soundtrack was fantastic and the characters just odd enough that you would believe they would live on a boat anchored just off the British coastline just to play their music. A bit of fluff, yes, but enjoyable and not something you have to feel guilty about liking later. *coughsTransformerscoughs*

And thats about it... rather pitiful actually, but what can you do? LOL
darling_lisa: (Things to do today)
Woke up this morning to the sound of rain. It was absolutely pouring buckets and sounded like hail hitting the roof it was coming down so hard. Perfect day to make a pot of tea and curl up with a good book... sadly I had to come into the office instead.

7 hours today at the office, then another 5 days before I get back to a weekend. Altho I did only put in 58 hours this week so it's an improvement over last. *snort*

Managed to get about 900 words written on one Help Haiti fic yesterday, hoping to be able to finish it up tonight while doing laundry. (Also, why can't laundry be less horrible? When I am magically rich one day I am SO going to pay someone to take care of it for me. Are there laundry elves?)

In other news, I saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus this week. Still not entirely sure what I think of it, but I tend to have that reaction to most Terry Gilliam films and after I have had time to digest them, I tend to love them to pieces. (I'm looking at you Tideland.) As usual it was visually gorgeous, altho watch Heath Ledger it just reminded me what an amazing actor he was and I mourned his loss all over again. I think I need to watch Knight's Tale tonight to counter it, lol.

Oops, someone needs me to take a supe call, so I guess I'll wrap here. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and that the week treats you kindly. *hugs all around*
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I did say I was going to try and be better about it this year... ::grin::

The movie was Daybreakers and I went into it basically with the attitude of "Sam Neill as an evil vampire=squee!" and just based on that alone, I enjoyed it highly. I also loved the return to the classic vampire mythos of burning in the sun, being unable to see their reflections in mirrors and the whole bat thing. It did have some interesting moral issues, but for the most part it didn't try to be anything more than an entertaining movie, and I really appreciated that. Some spoilery bits about the movie itself )

First book finished was Diana Gabaldon's "An Echo in the Bone," which I've been working my way through for about a month and a half now.

(Ok, so I had been waiting for this book for years, literally. And my first thought? OMG its frickin' HUGE. Clocking in at over 800 pages and weighing 2.7 pounds according to Amazon, this thing is a personal protection device. It was actually a bit hard to read as it was so heavy and unwieldy. ANYWAYS.)

I am absolutely in love with the Outlander series, and the epic love story of Jaime and Claire still holds my attention like nothing else. But I admit, a big part of the reason it took me so long to read was that by halfway through the book, I found myself skimming over sections that didn't seem to be particularly relevant. I understand that there is a large supporting cast, but I don't really want to read about Lord John or the various and sundry crazy villians and other ridge folk and I honestly don't feel like by skipping them that I am missing out on anything. There is PLENTY of story with just Jaime, Claire, Fergus and his family, Ian and Rollo, Brianna and Roger, and the entire Lallybroch clan... please focus on them and give us a tighter story that doesn't leave bruises if you drop it on your foot. (I'm not even kidding about that one btw.) I would get tired of skimming page after page just in case it would be germane to the story later, so I would end up putting the book down for a few days or weeks until I was ready to go back to it.

And on to the spoilers... )

The other book was Laurell K. Hamilton's "Divine Misdemeanors" which is the 7th? 8th? book in her Merry Gentry series.

I first came to LKH via her Anita Blake novels, and I couldn't get enough of them at first. She kind of jumped the rails on that series awhile back though, and I've been watching to see if she will veer off onto the same path with this one. She is kind of riding the line so far, but somehow I still read her when I see a new book out, lol. Nothing particularly spoilery to say about this book specifically, but I will say that I feel her writing is much better when she has a specific focus/foe and isn't allowed to just write massive amounts of thinly veiled Mary Sue orgies and wander around aimlessly. In the Merry Gentry series, the struggles between the two fae courts and Meredith's fight for her life were the strongest of the series in my opinion.
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I've seen a lot of people on my flist talking about how many books they read/movies they watched/etc in 2009 and while I have absolutely no idea about how many movies I saw.. a quick look at my Amazon history tells me that I read at least 18 books, and I can think of another 4 or 5 off the top of my head that I bought at a brick and mortar store here in town.

And so this year I'm going to try and be a bit more conscientious about keeping track of what I read and what I watch, if for nothing more than my own amusement.

Sherlock Holmes (not spoiler-y and my current pile of books at my bedside )

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