Movie Meme

Aug. 6th, 2009 10:42 am
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Got this one from [livejournal.com profile] phinnia. Ten of my favorite movie moments, in no particular order:

Behind the Cut )
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When I still worked in the video industry, people were just beginning to use Knoll Light Factory (produced by a little ILM spin-off that my employer then bought) and similar software to generate lens flares on computer generated imagery to give it a more realistic look. Saw the new Star Trek film this evening, and someone at ILM shat all over it with KLF or its equivalent. Responsibility lies with J.J. Abrams as director, but it makes me wonder whose idea it was.

Otherwise, about the film: I loved it.

- Great solid story for a Star Trek. Didn't shit all over continuity IMHO. I thought that it related well given revelations made within the film.
- Excellent performances all around, especially from Karl Urban (who was McCoy IMHO), Simon Pegg, and Zach Quinto.
- Good musical score.
- Good visual design and effects other than my above complaint.
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Go see it. Now. In 3-D if at all possible.

There are some changes to the book (none a big deal, IMHO, and if Neil Gaiman was okay with them, so am I), but the stop motion animation, the look/style, the voice casting were all outstanding. Superb!!
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(Last seen by [livejournal.com profile] karenthecroccy.) When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

I couldn't decide, so here's three of mine:

Miracle Max: "Have fun stormin' the castle!"

-or-

Vizzini: "You fell for one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well-known is this: never go up against a Sicilian, when death is on the line! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha- *klunk*"

-or-

Inigo Montoya: "That Vizzini, he can fuss."
Fezzik: "Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at us."
Inigo: "Probably he means no harm."
Fezzik: "He's really very short on charm."
Inigo: "You have a great gift for rhyme."
Fezzik: "Yes, yes, some of the time."
Vizzini: "Enough of that!"
Inigo: "Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?"
Fezzik: "If there are, we'll all be dead."
Vizzini: "No more rhyming now, I mean it!"
Fezzik: "Anybody want a peanut?"
Vizzini: "YAAAHHHH!"
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Toni and I are watching Casablanca on DVD.

It just got to the scene where Sam's playing As Time Goes By for Ilsa, and Rick comes out to stop him.

Toni started making an LOLcat based on Ilsa's reaction shot: "O Hai..."

I tried to finish it: "...I'm in Ur Cafe', Bogartin'... Oh, wait." (I meant to conclude with "...Bogartin' Ur Piano Player.")

We then both proceeded to ROTFLOAO. Classic. :-)
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ZOMG. Went to see it this afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] datagoddess and [livejournal.com profile] karenthecroccy.

Funniest movie evar!!

No, the producers weren't getting things out of their system they haven't been able to put in the TV show for years, were they? ;-)

Thumbs Up

Mar. 25th, 2007 04:30 pm
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Watched the newest James Bond flick, Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, this afternoon.

While my favorite Bonds are still Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, I like this reboot of the franchise very much. Still some cartoon physics (particularly in some of the jumping around in the early chase scene around the construction site), but that's to be expected in any Bond film, and it's definitely a grittier Bond (both character and film). Craig's portrayal was appropriate for an early James Bond, IMHO, and I can see how he develops some of his well-known traits early on as a double-o.
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Toni and I finally saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest this afternoon. First impressions:
  • Liked it, but it wasn't as funny as the first one. I think the absence of Geoffrey Rush was part of it.
  • The entire cannibal sequence could have been left on the cutting room floor, IMHO. It made the movie start too slowly and didn't seem important to the plot. Just a way to get Will and Jack back together.
  • It seemed almost a horror film, and there were a few moments of gratuitous squick that could have been left out.
  • Bill Nighy was fabulous as Cthulu Davy Jones - his delivery was terrific as were the facial effects. Loved his organ playing via the tentacles.
  • Jack Davenport looked very different as Norrington. It was cool to see him more scruffy (as "cleaned-up" Norrington I kept seeing Steve from Coupling).
  • Overall, a likable film, but it didn't outdo the first one. Of course, I'm not sure that would have been easy for anyone to pull off.
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I may not know art, but I know what I hate... and I don't hate this.
-- C. Montgomery Burns, The Simpsons

I found less to rant about than I thought I would. Broke down and went to see An Inconvenient Truth this afternoon. Bullet-point observations:
  • Al Gore's speech patterns are a bit annoying and his delivery, to me, still sounds a bit pretentious.
  • Some of the personal touches in the film were overblown, IMHO. I think I know what he was trying to do, but he overdid it.
  • I was misinformed about his reference to the Aral Sea - I had seen somewhere he tried to pass it off as solely a result of global warming and not Russian diversion. Wrong. It was right there correctly.
  • On the same token, I want to look into what I've heard about the snowcaps on Kilimanjaro - I've seen studies that blame their melting more on deforestation than global warming. Both are a problem, but the film and Gore make it seem like global warming is to blame.
  • I broke down afterward and spent some allowance on the book because it does have his charts in it - I want to check the references. Some of the items still seemed (shockingly - not - considering the presenter) overly politically-oriented.
  • Specific to the above, I need to look into the hockey-stick CO2 and temperature projections. I've also heard those aren't quite playing out as predicted.
  • For a film claiming also to offer solutions, I felt like he tried to cram a little bit of that info into the last five minutes.
  • I did like his use of the Futurama clip.
  • I can see how someone who either doesn't like Gore or isn't very educated or interested in the topic would be bored to tears by it since it's a live performance of his traveling slide show intercut with a few other things.

So, I'm not so ranty as I expected, but I think the Discovery Channel's Global Warming: What You Need to Know and a number of The Weather Channel's Dr. Heidi Cullen's recent blog entries were both a bit more objective.
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I don't know if this was a meme, but it is now. :-) [livejournal.com profile] joedecker posted several of his favorite movies and why they made his list. So I'm doing likewise. This list isn't exhaustive, nor is it sorted. But here are a handful of films I can almost always watch.

Films I Rank Among the Best )
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Watching his latest film, I had a thought that one of the darker, later Harry Potter films could be fabulous with him at the helm (though they'd probably never get him), perhaps (especially if plot suspicions turn out to be accurate) Ridley Scott
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Just got back from seeing it a few minutes ago, so I haven't sat down and thought about it critically, but then again, this, to me, isn't the kind of movie that needs that. It's a popcorn comic book in which I had fun watching mutants kick butt.

The bottom line: I was entertained. Was it as good as the first two? IMHO, no, but it had tough standards to meet w/o Singer and still managed to fit as the next chapter in the movies' canon (why worry about maintaining the comic book canon when the first two movies departed so far already?).
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Jim Emerson's 102 Movies You Have to Watch To Be Considered Movie-Literate

Back Here )

I could go through and comment on how, with regard to several of these, I'm not exactly bragging that I've seen it, but I have no brain at the moment.

Break Time

Mar. 25th, 2006 04:59 pm
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Finished my C programs. And, yes, [livejournal.com profile] elmegil, you can smack me as you threatened because I did take more than an hour. Primarily because, in finishing the first one I had to finish, I ended up needing to put in a bunch of break points to print all the variables at various stages to see where one of them was getting munged. Turned out I was making an error in precedence and needed parentheses around a pointer variable I was decrementing. Oops. The last one, providing solutions to a quadratic equation, went much more smoothly - cranked it out in about 20 minutes.

Since Toni is leaving around 11:00 or 11:30 or so tomorrow morning, I'm putting off starting studying for my calculus test until after she leaves. I'll have all afternoon tomorrow as well as Monday and Tuesday evenings - I'm done with everything else homework-wise I have to do this week before Wednesday.

Have a mild headache, too - stupid head still acting somewhat like a barometer. Too bad I can't take advantage of that and, based on how I'm feeling at a particular time, be able to say the current pressure is 1002 hPa or something. :-)

Just put The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition in the DVD player as background and am just vegetating while waiting for dinner in a while.

LotR reminds me - the WMO should add the name Sauron to the hurricane name rotation. Then we could see the Eye of Sauron. *ducks* ;-)
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*ahem* Well, at least by the definitions of this meme, anyway. From [livejournal.com profile] firecat et al. "If you've seen over 70, you have no life. Number the ones you've seen. Post your score and feel like a loser."

Those I actually saw in a theater are in bold.

Movies, movies, movies )
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The DVD of March of the Penguins has the cartoon of 8-Ball Bunny on it!!

Bugs Bunny came to Martinique
When he arrive, he was pretty weak
His knees look like they would buckle in
His tribulations caused by a penguin.

Now he's built a boat on which they both can leave
He hope that fickle fate have nothing up her sleeve

If he should accomplish this daring thing
A miracle to Martinique Bugs did bring.


:-)
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This time, watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on DVD, Harry has just conjured his patronus to save his earlier self and Sirius:

Harry: "Expecto Patronum!!"

Me: "Expectorate Patronum. Patronus stuck in your throat? Use Mucinex!"

:-)
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Harry is sneaking around the library under his newly-received invisibility cloak.

Toni: "It'd be funny if he couldn't see through it."

Me: "That would sort of defeat the purpose, I would think."

Toni: "But that'd still be funny."

Me: "Yeah, but then it'd be some sort of Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal cloak, though."

:-)
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"Kent puts his name on his license plates."

"My mother does that with my underwear."

"Your mother puts license plates in your underwear? How do you sit?" -- Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) to Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarret) in Real Genius

Accompanied by many other terrific lines.

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