Archive for April, 2011

I never mentioned this back when I started this blog, but one of the reasons I made it in the first place was in order to have a place to post movie reviews last summer while I was doing a thing I called the “Summer of Blockbusters”, wherein I saw a new movie pretty much every week over the course of the summer and then reviewed it.  As you can imagine, that plan didn’t exactly pan out.  Most of the movies went unreviewed, and I updated this blog only infrequently.

However!  I have, as you have no doubt noticed, started updating more frequently, and I’ve also managed to review every movie I’ve seen this year (either in brief or at length, the full Hanna review still being extant).  So I’m feeling good about this right now.

The plan is to see a movie each week and write a review on it, if I can manage it.  I’ve gone through the list of movies coming out each month available on Box Office Mojo and written down one choice for each week (though if there’s nothing out I want to see I’m just not going to bother).  The list is a little bit shorter than last year’s, but as far as I’m concerned that’s actually a good thing because I’m going to have limited funds for movie-going this summer.  (I don’t have my usual summer job, and at this point I’ve probably lost out any prospective job in my town to various high schoolers or local twentysomethings.  So that’s delightful.)

At any rate, the list!

Summer of Blockbusters II: Electric Boogaloo
5/6: Thor (opening weekend)
5/20: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($5 Tuesday)
5/27: Kung Fu Panda 2 (opening weekend pending reviews)
6/3: X-Men: First Class ($5 Tuesday)
6/10: Super 8 (opening weekend)
6/17: Green Lantern ($5 Tuesday)
6/24: Cars 2 ($5 Tuesday)
7/15: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II (midnight!)
7/15: Winnie the Pooh ($5 Tuesday)
7/22: Captain America: The First Avenger (opening weekend)
8/5: Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($5 Tuesday)

Three guesses which film I’m the most excited for.


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Over spring break, I had the opportunity to go to a Borders bookstore near my town that was closing due the fact that Borders is mostly bankrupt.  (I am very upset that this particular Borders is closed, because getting to the Barnes and Noble in the same town is a nightmare, at least for a driving-phobic person like me.)  At any rate, everything was, of course, on clearance, so I beelined for the Young Adult section, which was by this point mostly picked over, and just walked along the shelves, picking out books that I’d heard of but never read, or that looked interesting.

Among my spoils that day were two long-titled books: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Book I: The Pox Party (M.T. Anderson), and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E. Lockhart).  I didn’t end up reading the two books until a couple of weeks ago, but the speed with which I read the two volumes should definitely speak to their overall quality. (more…)

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I went to go see Hanna last night.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s an action thriller starring Saoirse Ronan as a sixteen-year-old girl who has been raised by her father to be the perfect assassin.  It’s directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice [2005] and Atonement), and the score was done by the Chemical Brothers, an electronic group.

The film is excellent for a number of reasons, chief among them the stunning performances by Ronan and her co-stars (which include Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett).  The cinematography was also excellent, and I really enjoyed how Wright used various visual sleights of hand to keep the audience as much on their feet as Hanna herself is.  The soundtrack is another high point of the film itself, and it more than earns its place among other recent electronic scores from TRON: Legacy and The Social Network.

I’ll have a full review up soon, I hope, but I thought I would at least leave you with my initial thoughts on the matter.  Hanna is a tightly paced and beautifully shot thriller, with above-par performances across the board.  It’s been out for a few weeks already, but try and see it if you can–it’s well worth the time and money.

Until next time.

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This is probably going to be very short and ranty, but my brain is kind of full of it at the moment and I figured I might as well write this down while I am still channeling righteous fury and all that jazz.

What You Need to Know: A new trailer for the quite frankly awesome-looking film Cowboys & Aliens dropped this evening.  You can watch it on YouTube here or on Apple’s trailer site here.

To be honest, I think it’s a little over-slick, and I’m a little annoyed that this is the second period movie coming out this summer that uses modern music in its trailer.  (The other being the Captain America trailer.  Though mad props for using Glitch Mob, however wildly inappropriate it is for a WWII film.) I think that the first trailer is probably much more indicative of the overall feel of the movie.  Regardless, I will be sitting in a theater seat come July 27, make no doubts about that.

But that’s not the point of this post.

Another Thing You Need to Know:  I follow both Jon Favreau (C&A’s director) and Industrial Light and Magic (the famous effects house doing C&A’s visual effects) on Twitter.  So naturally both of these guys are retweeting tweets about the trailer onto my feed, which I don’t mind in the least.  At least, not until I see this:

@DamonLindelof  Gentlemen, this evening we have ass-kicking, lasers and Harrison Ford in a Stetson. Ladies — SHIRTLESS DANIEL CRAIG! http://bit.ly/hHQwKT

Which immediately raised my hackles a little, because I’ve been thinking about feminism and film (and in particular being a female who loves film and tends to like the films that Hollywood doesn’t expect me to like) a lot lately, and a statement like that just annoys me.  A LOT.  Because the implication is, in short, that guys like ass-kicking and lasers, and that girls are just in it for the hot, shirtless actors.

I will admit that shirtless Daniel Craig is pretty damn easy on the eyes, BUT.  I am far more interested in the ass-kicking and the lasers.  Girls like to see shit blow up as much as guys do, and I really, really wish that people (a.k.a., Hollywood) would wrap their heads around this.  I could go on, but I really don’t want to.  I might save it for another essay, though.

(Also, in Mr. Lindelof’s defense, he did, just minutes after that initial tweet, tweet another statement in quasi-apology, as I found out when I went to his feed:

@DamonLindelof  Unintentionally sexist. Gentlemen are encouraged to love shirtless Daniel Craig and there is nothing better than a lady who digs lasers.

But the fact that he was “unintentionally” sexist speaks volumes.)

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As you may recall from my previous entry, I’m going to be graduating from college soon.

Let us discuss this impending panic. (more…)

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Well, it’s not about nothing, but I haven’t posted in about two weeks, and that has, surprisingly, been bugging me a little.  I’ve been a little overwhelmed with schoolwork, and also partly that I don’t feel like I’ve really had anything to ramble about recently.  That you got a blog post out of one of my nonfic assignments a couple weeks ago was probably more a fluke than anything.

But anyway.  It’s been bugging me that I haven’t posted recently, so I thought I would regale you with a few thrilling odds and ends (for a limited value of thrilling) from my life recently.

1.  School is, for the most part, going well.  I’m pretty sure I’m passing all my classes, though whether I’ll still be passing them in five and a half weeks (is it only that long?) remains to be seen.  I’ve got about five or so papers to write in that time frame, not to mention all the various reading and writing and movie-watching I have to do in that meantime.  So I’m currently trying not to panic about the impending end of the semester.  I’m also trying not to freak out too much about classes for next semester, which will be my penultimate.  The not-freaking-out is happening mostly because I only have to take six more classes – two Creative Writing, two required Film, and two Film electives.  I’ve got one Film-required and Film-elective locked for next semester, and I could take the other Film-elective as well, but I’m really not sure about taking a filmmaking class since… um, yeah.  Don’t think I’d be too hot at that.  And there was a CW elective I was thinking of taking, but it overlaps with the Film-elective, and basically I’m sort of freaking out about what to pad my schedule out with.

In happier news: I got a scholarship from the English Department.  Which is nice, because my two transfer scholarships run out this semester (because most normal people apparently graduate in four years, WHO KNEW).

I also got the Outstanding Film Studies Award from the Film Studies Department.  So.  Fancy that.


2.  I’ve written something every day for the last two and a half months, approximately.  Granted, most of it’s been TRON fanfic, but ask me if I care.  The writing of fiction is happening, and I can always phase in some original fic when I’ve got a bit more time.


3.  I have discovered the sheer mass of unadulterated awesome that is Sym-Bionic Titan.  S-BT being a television show by animation great Genndy Tartakovsky (a.k.a., the guy who brought you previous masses of awesome Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack).  It’s a sci-fi cartoon show about an alien princess hiding out on Earth with her bodyguard and their robot and it has giant robots and monsters and incredibly well-developed character arcs.

It’s also been canceled, because apparently Cartoon Network doesn’t know awesome when they see it nowadays.  (No, actually, it got canceled because it wasn’t selling merchandise, which would be a legitimate-ish reason if S-BT actually had merchandise on the shelves.)

At any rate, the last episode (WHY) is airing on Saturday, and I will probably sit down then and do a full-on nerdy post about it.  But suffice to say, it is awesome and you should totally check it out (*cough*).


4.  Also TRON: Legacy came out on DVD yesterday.  Yes, I already have it.  Yes, I’ve already watched it once.

And yes, I am a nerd.


Until next time!

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