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I could seriously not be more excited for Batman if I tried.
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I'm feeling really depressed right now. I don't really know why -- just, almost as soon as I got home from work today, there was just this sadness. I wish I knew why.

On Tuesday, I went to work and nobody was there. The store was dark, the doors were locked, and nobody was there. So I had to cancel all my lessons. Somebody finally showed up around 4:00, so I was able to get about three lessons in, out of eleven scheduled. So I might be feeling stressed from trying to get everybody re-scheduled. Except that I haven't really been thinking about it much.

Or it might be the ticket I got the other night for running a red light (stupid). I hate wasting money.

Or it might be because two of my siblings owe me about $200 each, and don't look like they'll be able to pay me back for awhile.

Or it could be that I didn't get enough sleep last night. Or the house is a mess and I don't want to be the one to clean it up again.

Or it might be that this movie I watched the other night just left me in a funk and I need to get over it. (Less Than Zero, with Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader. They're not the leads, but they should have been, because the two kids playing the leads were just pathetic. And the movie was very disturbing, distressing, and depressing.)

Or it could be because my mom is talking about giving us girls the house when she moves to Michigan. I mean, it would be nice to have a house --- but I really don't want to have to take care of my sisters for the rest of my life. It would be one thing if I thought they were capable of taking care of themselves, but they have a history of taking advantage of me and taking me for granted. So this discussion makes me very nervous.

It's probably some combination of all those things. I've been really busy lately, and haven't had time to process. That's probably it. Yeah......
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Well, I really liked Sweeney Todd.

Comments and spoilers herein )
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I'm bored. I'm in the mood to expand. Expand my interests, my tastes, my circle of friends, my horizons, my waistline, anything.

Well, maybe not the waistline.

Finished watching The Forsyte Saga today. I'd heard good things about it, but I found it very tedious. Can't think why I spent so much time on it. I kind of wish I'd stopped after Series 1, actually. It ended on kind of a hopeful note.

My uncle is coming to visit next week. Should be interesting.
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Pirates! Yay!

Overall, I pretty much agree with everything [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda said in her (first) post on the subject. But I do have some thoughts of my own.

Very confusing plot. Can't deny that. I didn't mind the first time seeing it, because I've come to expect that in a PotC movie, but I've now seen it three times (*shame*), and I still don't understand it all the way. It's down to a couple lines that don't make sense to me, but still.

Anyway, many spoilers, huge and specific, and including after the credits )
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Christmas was good. I got Legos. :D

Everybody else got DVDs --- the last two nights, my sisters and I have stayed up late watching season 1 of Prison Break, which was my gift to Nicole. That show is like crack. I know it's stupid, but I can't stop watching it. Renae and Christi have been keeping tallies of 1) body count, 2) Veronica-being-stupid count, and 3) Lincoln-being-obvious count. They also get a kick out of Pope's softness.

My dad got season 2 of 3rd Rock from the Sun, and my mom got volume 2 of Animaniacs. So, what with those 3 shows, we've been laughing a lot the past couple days.

My family and I went to see The Nativity Story last night. I thought it would be boring, but I actually liked it. I thought Keisha Castle-Hughes was lackluster, but the guy playing Joseph was really good. And I didn't recognize Ciaran Hinds as Herod until the credits rolled. Why can I never recognize that man from role to role? I didn't recognize him in Phantom of the Opera, either.

My sisters and I were going to go see A Night at the Museum tonight, but Nicole and Christi stayed too late at work to catch the late showing. So I guess we'll have to catch it tomorrow, when nobody works late.

I've been considering the possibility of dumping Kmart for a new office job. It's doable, and I'd love to do it, but I'm not sure if I should when I only have one semester before I start interning.
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Going tomorrow to see The Prestige. I hope I like it as much as I think I will.
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Heath Ledger: Good actor, no? Depends who you talk to; I like him just fine. (No, I haven't seen Brokeback.)

The Joker. Best Batman villain ever. (Not a question. Seriously, people wondering why this new franchise is doing the Joker again, you can't have Batman without the Joker. Just can't.)

Heath Ledger as the Joker? Sounds a little like that Animaniacs sketch featuring the survey about "a movie with George Wendt eating beans," but .... I like it. Provided he can thin down some.....which I guess camera tricks can take care of, to a degree...... But he is somewhat bulky for the role of emaciated clown. The smile, on the other hand, is already pretty near perfect.

(For the record, this is my favorite movie Joker so far.)

(Also, the only funny Brokeback crack so far has been "Have you ever danced with another man in the pale moonlight?")

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Jul. 9th, 2006 11:46 pm
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I have seen Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest. OMG I loved it!

Okay, well, actually, I'm kind of sick of it, because I've somehow managed to see it three times in three days (urgh. don't ask). But honestly, I really loved it! I laughed so hard the first time I saw it, and was still giggling the third time. I thought it was way funnier than the first one---but the first one had more quotable lines. I do think the first one was a better movie, but, you know, duh. :)

I have a lot of questions as far as continuity goes, but I'm hoping the third movie will clear a lot of those up. Or maybe more viewings of this one, like more viewings of CotBP helped me in understanding that one.

more specifics in here. in other words, spoilers )

Went to the mall today, but ended up shopping instead of job-scouting. Go figure. Heh. It felt good to buy something for myself, though, even if it was just a little t-shirt. It's been awhile since I really treated myself.
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so apparently Billie Piper is in talks to play Fanny in the upcoming MP adaptation. Those of you who are familiar with Dr. Who, any thoughts on this?
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There is to be a new adaptation of Jane Eyre. Apparently, Toby Stephens is to play Mr. Rochester.
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Erm. Wow. I watch a lot of movies.

When it says "started it" that could mean either "I started it and never finished" or "I've seen bits and pieces here and there."

movie meme )
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Cleaned my room! Yay! Still have to vacuum, but right now I'm just happy I can see the carpet at all!

My professor for my Women's Lit course showed the first half hour or so of a documentary by Ken Burns about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Was very interesting. I knew, of course, that the causes of women's suffrage and abolition were very closely linked, but I didn't know they were also linked with the temperance movement. I thought that was very interesting.

What was even more interesting, though, and even a little disheartening, was the thought that, for all the focus history books put on abolition and the American Civil War, why is the women's suffrage movement so little mentioned? Not to minimize the abolitionists' cause, but I hardly heard about suffrage at all in school, and what I did hear was terribly unflattering.

Anyway, I put the documentary in my Netflix queue, and I should be receiving it in a couple days. On a completely shallow note, even if I cared nothing for the subject matter, I'd still want to watch it, if only to see the pictures of the suffragettes. The pictures from the early 20th century are especially pretty; I love those fashions.
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Watched the Golden Globes tonight. Was thrilled to see Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix win for Walk the Line. Was also pleased with Sandra Oh's win, even though I don't watch Grey's Anatomy.

I'm always amazed at how many of these people have really bad social anxiety. I know Johnny Depp is really shy (come on, I've seen his Inside the Actors' Studio), but he sucks it up pretty well. Joaquin Phoenix, on the other hand, looked like he was going to throw up when he was accepting his award. (I liked how he pointed out the irony of his winning for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, though. And he thanked Johnny and June, which Reese forgot to do.)

Or maybe he was just drunk. All the desperate housewives certainly were, with the possible exception of Felicity Huffman, who looked decidedly annoyed whenever she was shown with her shrieking, loony co-stars.

I thought it was a good night, overall. Very few bad dresses, proportionally speaking, and plenty of funny speeches. Hugh Laurie's in particular had my mom and me giggling, but Steve Carell's was also enjoyable. I got to hear Jonathan Rhys Meyers' natural accent (though he looks more and more like a heroin addict every time I see him). Geena Davis was gorgeous (I love red). There were also plenty of cute couples in attendance -- Ryan & Reese, Tim & Faith, William and Felicity, Heath and Michelle.... I missed seeing Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson, though. I would mention Johnny and Vanessa, but I was so distracted by Johnny's hair, I didn't have time to notice Vanessa.

I felt so bad for Dakota Johnson, though. Is she always Miss Golden Globe? No, I remember now, I'm confusing her with Clint Eastwood's daughter, I think. Anyway, she looked extremely embarrassed to be there, besides having a sad case of Rory Gilmore posture.
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Somebody on Austenblog asked why anyone who's read the book would defend P&P3. So here goes.

For my part, I'm inclined to defend the movie because I think the level of vitriol leveled at it at certain sites is disproportionate to the "crimes" it has committed.

I've seen all the JA adaptations (I think) except NA and P1, and to my knowledge, this is the only one aside from MP2 that has met with this much anger. MP2 is also the only one I dislike on the grounds of being unfaithful---any others I dislike, it's because they were boring, or ugly, or both. Now, I don't think this movie comes anywhere close to the level of travesty that MP2 attained, so I find the rabidity of its detractors to be somewhat bewildering. I mean, at least the makers of P&P3 actually respect Jane Austen and P&P --- at least, they don't go around openly insulting it in interviews. It seems to me like they really tried to be "faithful," in their own way. There are some unpopular interpretations of characters, but nothing too outrageous. I mean, nobody would actually (I hope) interpret Fanny Price as a spirited, horseback-riding hoyden, but who honestly hasn't heard the argument before that Mrs. Bennet is actually really very sensible in trying to get her girls married? Who hasn't witnessed a Shy War? Even if you don't agree with it, it's out there.

Plenty of other adaptations -- Emmas 2 and 3, P2, and even S&S2, which I love -- make serious changes to the text, but they don't have gaggles of people bashing them. (Though of course every adaptation is disliked by *somebody.*) So I don't understand why this one meets with such frothing-at-the-mouth responses. Though I have my suspicions.

EDIT: Got a reply which was more of the same, insisting on the horrible inaccuracy of the movie, and here's my response to her:

Read more... )
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Saw Walk the Line last night. Was very good. Johnny + June = OTP OMG.

I'm depressed. I now have even less money than I did when I complained about having no money the other day. Also, Tropical Storm Gamma (!!) is now threatening South Florida, and may come just in time to wreck my favorite holiday. And my car is still incapacitated.

The mechanic was supposed to come today to fix it, but nope. Couldn't do it.

On the upside, at least I don't have to write a paper for two weeks, thanks to the holiday.
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I don't know if anybody on my flist could do this, but I'm putting it out there anyway:

I really want an icon featuring the following things:
a picture of George-Michael Bluth and Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development
a picture of Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park (preferably Miller/O'Connor, NOT Farrell/Le Touzel)
and the words "Cousin Lovin'"

Hee! Maybe more cousin couples, but those are the ones I really want.
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[livejournal.com profile] shemmelle has sort of inadvertently reminded me that I haven't posted about this week's Lost yet.

Well, I only caught the last half hour thanks to a glitch in my TiVo that reacts badly to ABC television. But first, I must backtrack.

Cut for possible spoilers, just in case )
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I watched a movie called "Equilibrium" tonight. OMGChristianBaleissohotOMG.

Anyway, the movie was really eh. Very pretty, but gosh. It got worse as it went on, what with all the wacky fight scenes and everything. I don't really go in for the Matrix-y type sequences. And I don't much like Emily Watson, either.
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Saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tonight. Johnny Depp! Squee! Also spoilers, if anyone cares )

My sibs and I have an inside-joke with Christopher Lee. We were all annoyed with him in the LotR commentaries, with how he would always try to make everything about Saruman, blah blah blah. In Return of the King, he comments on how we don't see much of Saruman in that movie, but he "looms" over the film even without being there. Then we watched Gormenghast and in the Making Of featurette, he again talks about how the story is really all about his character, or some such thing. So when he showed up in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Christi and I kept leaning into each other whenever he had a scene and saying "Guess who's looming." Hee! It amuses us. *g*

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