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I do sympathize strongly with Olivia's wish for her life to a John Hughes movie. Mostly in that I wish this movie had been directed by John Hughes.

Not to yearn for the good old days or anything. )
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Con men and pre-revolutionary France are my two narrative weaknesses, and Dangerous Liaisons comes very close to providing everything I've ever wanted.

An actual con set in 1750s France would probably just kill me from joy. )
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Under the Red Hood is such a good movie I almost don't feel guilty for consuming DC media that doesn't have any female characters. At least it's pre-DCnU?

I'm still going to responsible comic reader Hell. )
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I'm going to be bluntly honest here -- I was hugely disappointed by Velvet Goldmine.

I should have just watched a documentary on David Bowie. )
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Connie Willis has given me an irrational fondness for British Home Front volunteers in WWII, and The Night Watch is no exception.

If only they were time travellers. )
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is a thoroughly ridiculous movie made infinitely more enjoyable by how much it recognizes that.

I hope there's a sequel. )
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In retrospect, a title as cheesy as I Can't Think Straight should have been my first warning.

I'm too trusting. )
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This is the best movie about gay conmen since Ocean's Eleven.

Badum-tish. )
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D.E.B.S.: the heartwarming story of a love separated by the law and several secret agencies. Now with lesbians!

I kind of love that trope. )
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The Celluloid Closet is just so fucking enjoyable that I'm seriously considering spending thirty bucks on a used paperback edition of the book.

That good. )
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Brothers of the Head is a "documentary" about fictional conjoined twins effectively sold into contract as a pop rock band in the 70s. It is exactly as demoralizing as it sounds.

Still pretty good, though )
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I'm doing a challenge this year where I watch (and theoretically review) one new movie every day. We'll see how it goes, but the first one is up now.
 
      As much as the movie contrives to throw roadblocks in their relationship, I'm kind of how thrilled by how close Oona and Steph are, even when they're fighting. They laugh it off when Oona's (pretty odious) mother declares that they were "destined to be sisters", but it's so inherently true, and the movie is clearly aware of that. Despite anything else I questioned in the movie, I completely believed the pair of them as the kind of friends that sisters are; a little tense, a little hypocritical, but behind each other to the very end.

Full review posted @ Dreamwidth!
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I'm doing a challenge this year where I watch (and theoretically review) one new movie every day. We'll see how it goes, but today I watched TiMER, a romantic comedy set in an alternate universe where people can get a digital clock implanted on their wrist that counts down to the second they meet "the one".

A little bit spoilery, sorry )
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I've posted some poems I wrote for an assignment over at my shiny new writing LJ. Watch me update even less than I update here.
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YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST!:
I want to know 28 things about you. I don't care if we've never talked, never really clicked, or if we already know everything about each other. I really don't. You are obviously on my flist, so let me know with whom I'm friends!

01. Your middle name, or explain your chosen name:
02. Mental age:
03. Single or taken:
04. Favorite book:
05. Favorite song or album:
06. What do you believe is your calling in life? Your greatest passion?
07. What's your worst recurring nightmare/biggest fear?
08. Faith, has you any? And if so, what, and if not, why not?:
09. Do we know each other outside of LJ? Do we want to?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you tell me something painful if it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favorite memory of us?
14. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes what are they?
17. What is your favorite food?
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favorite subject at school?
22. Describe your accent:
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Gender identity?
26. Affectionate/sexual orientation?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together? (If you have no idea, just say something crazy, it'll entertain me!)
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
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So I saw Agora today.

This contains a whole lot of Sam being angry. Also, spoilers. )

In short, Agora is a great movie about the religious insanity that dominated the fall of the western half of the Roman Empire. However, it is a piss-poor narrative on the life of an incredible woman who deserves better.

In entirely other news: [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist , I'm so sorry I haven't replied to your email yet. Moving in to our house has just been insane, and I've also been fairly busy stomping around and being angry at people. My reply is forthcoming, I promise. ♥

1. I'm afraid I can't be bothered to discuss the religious themes in this movie here, especially because they're not half as problematic as its depiction of Hypatia, but feel free to bring it up.
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I can't stop watching this video. YES, I AM APPROPRIATELY ASHAMED. It's just. Benedict Cumberbatch ffnklnkldf. (I should point out that if you type Benedict Cumberbatch into Google, both "Benedict Cumberbatch girlfriend" and "Benedict Cumberbatch married" come up. Searching the first one brings up articles about his real-life girlfriend; the other includes several articles about Sherlock.)

In entirely unrelated news (OR IS IT? No, it is), happy ninetieth anniversary of the nineteenth amendment! Of course, just about everyone is using this as an excuse to start shit, from Sarah Palin to critics of Meg Whitman, Republican gubernatorial candidate. Personally, I'm content to bask in my new-found knowledge that apparently the amendment only passed after the elderly mother of a legislator from Tennessee told him to stop being a little bitch. (My words, although I wouldn't be surprised if hers were similar.)

My sister's watching television next to me, and this commercial started playing, making me give a small squeal of joy. I love that even in a Pepsi Max commercial, Richard Speight Jr. plays a hilarious douche. ANYWAY.

BORED.

Aug. 16th, 2010 11:28 pm
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Today, in a fit of rage about the state of the young adult section at the bookstore near our hotel, I bought War and Peace and Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories. (Yes, I buy books when I'm angry. Shut up.) I then went to a Caribou Coffee, because I also buy coffee when I'm angry. Not only did the cute barista ask me if I'd bought any good books and complement me on my taste, after I told him I'd bought them because I was angry about the young adult section, he looked at me very solemnly and said, "As we all should be." AMAZING. He then recommended me a book I'd like if I enjoyed Dune and War and Peace, but I have completely forgotten the name. Of course.

The actual point of this post, however, is to comment on the introduction of the Sherlock Holmes collection. Written by Loren Estleman in 1986, it's...interesting. He has an incredible mancrush on Watson, and he goes for the "Holmes and Watson were real, not invented by some dude named Doyle, wouldn't that be silly, hohoho" shtick, which is mildly annoying. However, this passage caught my eye:

...and those who suggest homosexuality, as they have of every other famous male team from Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Batman and Robin, either are ignorant of the largely masculine character of late nineteenth-century English society or stubbornly refuse to accept Holmes' much-discussed misogyny at face value.

When I first read it, I basically thought, "Whatever, old man who publishes Holmes fanfic1." But then, with no apparent irony, he writes this:

In A Study In Scarlet, [the first-time reader] will discover Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the flush of youth, shyly and curiously learning each other's secrets like a honeymooning couple as they embark upon a lifetime of intrigue and danger."

This is on the facing page to previous paragraph. The passages are right next to each other. I SHIT THEE NOT. I've recorded my initial thoughts for posterity next to the second one, which are something along the lines of, "Hahahaha, wtf, do you even read what you're writing." So far, the stories themselves have been far superior to the introduction.

Also, you may or may not expect some chapter reviews of War and Peace in coming days. Partly for your edification, and partly because I dread Russian authors so fucking much that I need some kind of motivation to keep me reading.

1. No, seriously.
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So I just linked [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist to this, but I think everyone needs to see this, because honestly, Creative people are just high functioning sociopaths. I don't know whether or not I want to laugh, but it's still awesome. "Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box," says Dr Ullen about his new findings. AMAZING.

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