I watched Master and Commander with a couple of friends last night.

Why has nobody told me Bryan Dick and David Threlfall are in it?! The way people talk about it, I've always thought Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were the only two people in this film. But far from it! Everybody is in it. Sadly, I couldn't share my joy at recognising the faces with anyone, because I watched it with people who know nothing about British actors. I missed N.; watching films with N. is fabulous and usually goes something like this:

N: "Oh, look, it's that bloke, I always forget his name... the fake Mr. Darcy."
Donna: "Oh, yeah... he's married to that woman I don't like."*

N: "Hold on, didn't that one play a priest once?"
Donna: "Not quite. That's the evil brother from Tom Jones!"**

N: "That's Lydia Bennet's dad from Cranford!"
Donna: "And the Jew whom Georgianna wouldn't marry."***

We would have had a ball with Master and Commander. Especially since N. has watched Shameless recently, and David Threlfall (Killick) was my favourite.

*Matthew Macfadyen
**James D'arcy
***Jim Carter
I watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night.

Where is the good Edmund/Caspian slash?

They even helped each other into their armours ♥
I watched them, at last (part I on Sunday, part II today). I've got questions:

- First and most importantly: Who was the guy with guyliner? The one who led the band of Snatchers and looked like Bill Weasley should have looked, only with different hair colour? I first thought it was supposed to be Fenrir and that they've made him hot, but I was obviously wrong.

- Why does Narcissa wear a dead badger on her head? And on a similar note: I've finally understood the appeal of Lucius Malfoy. He's hot when he's being drunk and desperate.

- Why does dead!Sirius have a porntache, with 70s pornstar hair to match?

- Why is Bellatrix the only woman who's allowed to be flamboyant? Whilst Fleur, of all people, is downright dowdy.

- They didn't even bother to hide the fact that young!Lily had brown eyes, despite stressing that Harry has her eyes in the same scene.

- The dragon was my favourite. I cheered when he escaped. I hope he'll lead a long and happy life from now on.
So, I forgave Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his unfortunate resemblance to my cousin and decided to renew my acquaintance with him by rewatching some of his older films. He had helped me to sit through the 50+ hours of Inception, after all.

Plus, there's that:

Over the years, I had seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt in: Brick, The Lookout and 500 Days of Summer. I have now added Mysterious Skin to the list. I have always vaguely liked him (well, he is dark-haired, dark-eyed and skinny, that's always a plus in my books), and I now realised that I might have liked him, because he is very good at being disturbed, intense, desperate and confused without crying. In all the above films, he plays characters who suffer from some major trauma or other, and he hardly ever conveys emotions by crying. He does it by acting. He's very good at freezing his expression so that you just know when realisation and/or pain hit him. And I really, really appreciate that, because I have been getting sick of all those men crying all the time to show that they hurt. - Yes, I'm looking at you, John Simm. David Tennant, delightful as he is, overuses the crying, too. I realise this is the new millennium and men are allowed and positively encouraged to be emotional, but really. There is nothing wrong with some self-control.

Of course, this is probably me being misandrous and emotionally stunted (which I wouldn't quite rule out), but there you go. As a member of the crying-encouraging society, I feel like Rachel Green must have felt in that Friends episode where she dates Bruce Willis and encourages him to show emotions and share his pain, and then he just won't stop whining and weeping.


Aug. 5th, 2010 11:43 am
[livejournal.com profile] shocolate, you were not the last person to see it; I saw it even later than you!

And I liked it even less than you did.

Out of respect for everyone who liked it (Why?), I will restrain myself from sharing my thoughts on it, with the exception of one: I hate it with a passion of a thousand burning suns when the female character is given the part of the therapist/moral compass/nagging moraliser who goes on and on about how The Man who is Damaged and hence Allowed To Err has to stop lying/being obnoxious/being selfish/being drunk/breaking the rules/having sex without love OMG!/kicking puppies and to Do The Right Thing.

So, after introducing the female character as the most gifted architect of all time etc. etc., all they let her do is provide an opportunity for the hero to expose and explain the concept of the plot and moralise ad nauseam.

Plus, here's a neat definition of what makes a film good with regard to female characters:

- there's more than one female character
- who has a name
- the female characters interact with each other
- talking about something other than a man

In Inception? Not so much.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt helped me through it, though.

ETA: One thing I liked. Spoiler )
I've got a confession to make: I've never been a huge fan of "Pirates of the Caribbean". I did watch the first two movies and liked them in a vague sort of way, but I didn't really get into the swing of things. And now I have found myself in the possession of the third part, started to watch it and have realised that I've got no idea how the characters got to where they are. I can't be bothered to re-watch part two (I'd have to rent the DVD), but I'd really like to know why Geoffrey Rush is back, why Keira is in Shanghai and where Orlando is. (I remember Johnny being eaten by the Giant Squid.) So, even though I'm a bad fangirl: Would anyone like to explain Important Plot Points to me? Please?

On a totally unrelated note:

What is your perfect guy/girl comprised of?

<td align="center">Hotness

- Hotness is most important in a boyfriend/girlfriend. This indicates that you are mostly into having an attractive partner. You prefer to date around, and don't usually get attached.

Perfect BF/GF Piechart - QuizGalaxy.com
Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com</td>

I don't usually post quiz results, but this one is a) embarrassingly true and b) rather misleading at the same time. Because I think there is a difference between "actively choosing" certain character traits in a partner and "taking them for granted". See, a high education level, intelligence, and similar interests are things that I take perfectly for granted - not to mention "kindness" in the broadest possible sense. These are basically the only men I ever interact with - I wouldn't be able to interact socially with anyone with whom I wasn't able to, y'know, talk about stuff and who didn't display intelligence and humour. And within that group of intelligent, witty, sophisticated, artsy people, it will be the hot ones that will attract me and whom I will actively choose (if they let me, the picky bastards).

The reason why I mention this at all is because I find it rather interesting how the "taking things for granted" thing has changed within a few generations. For my granny - may she rest in peace - not being beaten up by a husband was something to be happy about and grateful for and not something that should be a matter of course. She actually once told my Mum after Mum had had a row with my Dad that she had nothing to complain about - after all, Dad wasn't an alcoholic and didn't beat her!* Today, hardly anyone would expect me to specify that I wished to not be beaten up by my partner - we take it for granted. As I do with intelligence and education. Hotness, on the other hand, is a desirable extra.

*Granddad didn't use to beat up Granny, either. But for her, it was still something worth pointing out as the trait of a good husband.
Okay, so I went to see Kingdom of Heaven. It made me realise one thing: Not only are all libraries connected via L-Space, no, all movies are, too. I'm sure the Reader in Invisible Writings could deduct the nature of all movies not yet made, never to be made and almost-made-but-the-budget-ran-out-and-then-the-star-topped-herself by watching the films that already exist.

It also made me think of the Trousers of Time, and how some characters seem to try to replay their fomer parts and iron out mistakes they made in the past. It doesn't always work out, though.

Anyway, to say it with the words of a friend of mine: How the fuck did they play those parts with no trace of self-irony?*

By Jingo! )
I'm looking for movies that feature intelligent robots/machines. Any suggestions? Anyone?
So, I have been out of touch with the fandom for more than one month (for a variety of reasons, one of which is my continuous Internet problem), haven't read or written anything HP (and therefore missed some deadlines), haven't read LJ at all and haven't seen the movie yet. Now it's Saturday night and I haven't got any other plans, so I suppose I could go and watch PoA (in case it's screened in English; I am not going to endure the torture that is Alan Rickman's German voice), but I would have to go on my own. I could, however, be going next week with a friend, who (in spite of being male and not a slasher) has got a very keen slashdar and would be fun to watch HP with. (Come to think of it, all men I've been to see LOTR, X-Men, Troy etc. with do see the omnipresent gayness on screen. It's not only the skewed point of view of a slash-loving female; the gay vibes are actually there.) Decisions, decisions...


Jan. 20th, 2004 01:24 am
It is my unshakable conviction that Jeremy Irons should play Lord Voldemort.

Yes, he is a cliché baddy. But hey, it's Jeremy. He's tall, he's thin, he can put on an evil glare like anything, and-

he would play Alan's and Jason's master.

I'd pay good money to see that.



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