joiedecombat: (fighty)
Went to the midnight showing of The Avengers. I got maybe four hours of sleep as a result and I feel kind of hung over, but I enjoyed the movie a lot. It was a lot of fun and I think they did a really good job of giving all the principal characters a chance to shine in things that they respectively do best.

I'm a bit disappointed in how much Black Widow's characterization revolved around Hawkeye, but I appreciate that they never made the relationship overtly romantic, and I did like some of the things she got to do during the film. I also thought Mark Ruffalo did surprisingly well as Bruce Banner - who knew?

Very, very quotable movie. Lots of snark from everyone, as can only be expected when Joss Whedon's involved.

Cut for one brief but high-impact spoiler. )
joiedecombat: (horses)
I managed to go out last night and see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with Mom, and enjoyed it pretty well. I'm impressed by how little of the story they actually ended up changing, particularly as compared to Prince Caspian.

Cut for spoilers and a general breakdown of my thoughts. )


Jun. 26th, 2010 08:49 am
joiedecombat: (:D)
Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

I'm pleased by how much I recognize off the top of my head. (Hopefully they're just saving dragon footage for later. That's one of the parts that you really can't leave out.)
joiedecombat: (smug)
Saw Sherlock Holmes the other day. I didn't think Robert Downey, Jr. was really a great fit for Holmes (Jeremy Brett is always the definitive Holmes in my mind) but he did all right, and Jude Law, as I'd hoped, made for a superlative Watson. Yay for hot young Watson! May the silly Nigel Bruce version and his imitators be left in a dark, dusty cabinet somewhere and never brought out again.

I enjoyed the movie, and I think it was a reasonably faithful derivation from the original source material. There are things I didn't care for (many of them, unfortunately, related to the inclusion of Irene Adler), but overall, I liked it.

...I can't help but be a little annoyed by the sheer number of people who are complaining about Holmes actually fighting, as though it's so ridiculous that no one should have ever thought of it. Because it's not like he was an amateur boxer who could have made a living at the sport if he'd wanted to, not to mention being skilled with sword, singlestick, and Japanese wrestling, and who beat the crap out of the villains of several of his stories and sometimes gloated about it afterwards, and - oh wait.

And then there's the other silly stuff that people have said that I won't go into because Someone Is Wrong On The Internet and I promised not to argue with them any more.

"Surely the [original] Holmes wasn't this much of a douche," on the other hand, was just plain amusing, especially since I've only just rewatched the Granada adaptation of "Silver Blaze" and then re-read the story... the one in which, having solved the mystery and located the stolen horse, Holmes turns to Watson and says, in essence, "Right, that's all figured out, but I really don't like our client's attitude so I'm going to jerk him around for a while. Don't say anything to him about the horse."

Anyway, as a fairly deeply-invested fan of the original books and stories, I say it's an enjoyable movie and worth seeing.
joiedecombat: (*sparkle*)
Just got back from seeing Up, and earned my not-a-robot credentials. Adorable movie. Clearly made by people who know dogs. ♥ ♥ ♥

Go see it, but bring tissues.
joiedecombat: (heroine)
I found this article about female roles in film via [ profile] a_white_rain. It is worth a read, but I am particularly struck by some of the comments, in which several people complain about the ending of Disney's Mulan being anti-feminist.

TL;DR ensues. )

Comments, anyone?
joiedecombat: (AWESOME)
Have not figured out embedded YouTube video, so see it here.

I am waiting to actually see the movie before I issue a verdict on most aspects, but OMG OMG WATSON OMG ♥ ♥ ♥
joiedecombat: (ang ang ang)
So now that Avatar is over, I wandered over to the Television Without Pity Avatar forum to see what other people had to say about the finale.

Azula whatnow? )

This is an impressively negative post. To follow that up: I finally went to see The Dark Knight yesterday, after failing to quite be motivated to do so earlier. I wasn't as impressed with it as most of my friends list, I'm afraid. It wasn't by any means a bad movie, but I thought it reveled a bit too much in how scary and crazy the Joker is - and yes, the Joker should be exactly this crazy and scary, but I think the point was belabored at the expense of both the plotline and Batman's role in the story. Batman himself was essentially tertiary character compared to the Joker and Harvey Dent.

Plus, with regards to Harvey, there was practically another half a movie shoehorned in that could and probably should have been reserved for a sequel.

So, yeah.
joiedecombat: (adorkable)
I did say I'd natter more on this subject.

First I should note that I grew up with these books and have loved them for as long as I can remember, so I was predisposed to like the movies. It would take a really awful adaptation to alienate me, and the adaptations of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian are not awful, so I approve of them in general. But I do have a lot of fangirl nitpicks. Some of them are about silly minor details that don't mean anything, but some of them, at least in the case of Prince Caspian, are about broader characterization issues.

I should also mention that of all the protagonists of the various Narnia books, Peter is my favorite, so I'm more inclined to be nitpicky over his characterization than, say, Susan's.

Cut for spoilers )

Overall, I did enjoy it, despite little nitpicks like "would it have killed them to have Peter say 'It is my sword Rhindon. With it I killed the wolf.'?" I'm very much looking forward to seeing what they do with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (especially since they won't be able to insert any big army vs. army battle scenes into it, haha).

On an unrelated note: God help me, I really kind of want to write an epic multi-chapter Avatar: The Last Airbender futurefic focused on Zuko and Sokka, with Zuko as Fire Lord and Sokka as a full-fledged member of the Order of the White Lotus, and a secret plot against Zuko by dissatisfied members of the Fire Nation's old guard and surviving Dai Li agents which Sokka ends up uncovering, and augh.
joiedecombat: (approval)
When you go see Iron Man, stay 'til after the credits. If, you know, you're not one of those people who does that anyhow.


Jan. 21st, 2007 12:20 pm
joiedecombat: (Dear LJ...)
From [ profile] infinitepryde
List 10 movies: five faves, five guilty pleasures.

Five Faves:
1. Return to Snowy River
2. The Maltese Falcon
3. The Princess Bride
4. Voices of a Distant Star
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Five Guilty Pleasures:
1. Quest for Camelot
2. Pocahontas
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4. Grease 2
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Movie Meme

May. 11th, 2006 11:16 pm
joiedecombat: (Default)
Since I totally swept [ profile] ahumblepen's meme - and since I've gone nuts with content lately, or at least writing, which for me counts as content - it is only fair that I give her the chance to retaliate.

So, have a meme.

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Then pick one of your favorite quote/s from each movie.
3. Post the quotes in your journal.
4. Have those on your friends list to guess what the movie is.
5. Either strike out the quote once it has been correctly identified, or place the guesser's user name directly after the quote.

1) "I hope you're not letting yourself be influenced by the guns these pocket edition desperados are waving around, because I've practiced taking guns from these boys before so we'll have no trouble there." - The Maltese Falcon ([ profile] erispope)

2) "Nothing - wha - what do you mean nothing good? We've seen everything good. We've seen the whole city! We went to a museum, we saw priceless works of art! We ate pancreas!" - Ferris Bueller's Day Off ([ profile] spot_mcdog)

3) "That means I'm out of a job. At last I can start suffering and write that symphony."
"You're not out of job, we're putting you in as head of our new music department."
"Oh, thanks, R.F.! At last I can stop suffering and write that symphony."

4) "Oh good! My dog found the chainsaw!" - Lilo And Stitch ([ profile] indigoskynet)

5) "Wonderful girl. Either I'm going to kill her or I'm beginning to like her." - Star Wars: A New Hope ([ profile] ahumblepen)

6) "They look like big, good, strong hands, don't they? I always thought that's what they were..." - The Neverending Story ([ profile] ahumblepen and [ profile] indigoskynet)

7) "Look, I've got a gun out there in my purse. Up until now I've been forgivin' and forgettin' because of the way I was brought up, but I'll tell you one thing. If you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine, and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot! And don't think I can't do it!" - 9 to 5 ([ profile] ahumblepen)

8) "I would rather be a ghost drifting by your side as a condemned soul than enter heaven without you... because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit." - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ([ profile] atrocity)

9) "They said you was hung!" "And they was right!" - Blazing Saddles ([ profile] bentarc)

10) "Male company will be a welcome relief in this hothouse of female emotions."

11) "Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this. I could have gotten one more person..." - Schindler's List ([ profile] infinitepryde)

12) "No, no, listen. Don't listen to me, listen." - The Last Unicorn ([ profile] zippyfish)

13) "And with a flick of my wrist, I could change your religion." - [ profile] erispope

14) "Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought; all we ought to have said, and have not said; all we ought to have done, and have not done; I pray thee God for forgiveness." - The 13th Warrior ([ profile] ahumblepen, after enough guessing! ;) )

15) "It's so stimulating being your hat." - Labyrinth ([ profile] bentarc and [ profile] indigoskynet)
joiedecombat: (Tsuzuki: Squee!)
Finally made it in to see The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe! Happy fangirl squee!

...and now that I've had some time for the buzz to wear off, some thoughts in complete sentences.

Behind the cut just in case! )
joiedecombat: (Default)
Made it home for Thanksgiving dinner with family, and safely back again. Brought two cats back with me.

Bogart is taking the relocation in stride. Sammy seems a bit traumatized. He initially didn't care to leave the carrier; when he finally did venture out, he slunk about low on his belly and almost immediately hid in the corner behind the TV. He is currently still there and showing no inclination to move. I feel kind of guilty, though I'm sure he'll come out when he's feeling less freaked out. He and Bogey are longtime pals, which should help... not that Bogey's demonstrating much concern right now. The bum.

I have to work tomorrow. Big shopping day and all. Things are, from all accounts, going to be crazy. Ho boy.

Still want to know if Walk the Line includes anything about how Johnny Cash got arrested in my hometown and wrote a song about it. Just, you know. For curiosity's sake.
joiedecombat: (emu kid)
I have seen Batman Begins, and lo, it was good.

Detailed thoughts, with some spoilers. )

Also, fear me, for I have caught [ profile] annwyd's icon-making bug, and conquered ImageReady in the process.

Too much Rinoa-bashing makes baby ninja testy.
joiedecombat: (Rogue: Instrument of Joy)
I have seen Mr. And Mrs. Smith, and it was good. It was in fact deeply amusing and I recommend it.

I also have X-Men #171, and that is so Mystique and she'd better get punched in the face at some point. Looks pretty cool so far, anyhow.

Furthermore, as of about half an hour ago, I'm twenty-five years old.

Film at eleven.
joiedecombat: (Deranged Fandom)
Swiped from [ profile] ahumblepen.

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video: Not counting TV series and cheapo copies, 56 DVDs, 89 VHS.

2) The last film I bought: Black Beauty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Quest for Camelot for six dollars each at Wal-Mart.

3) The last film I watched:
a) In the theater? Um.... it's been a while. I think it was Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
b) On DVD? Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
c) On VHS? Last thing I watched on VHS was some taped CSI. Last movie I watched on VHS might have been Independence Day.
And though it wasn't asked, the last movie I watched on TV was Man from Snowy River on cable just a little while ago.

4) Ten films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
In no particular order...

Man from Snowy River, one of the two best horse flicks of all time. The other one is its sequel, Return to Snowy River, which is also on this list. Beautiful scenery, horses, period costume, Aussie accents... what more could anyone ask for?
The Princess Bride - one of those movies that gets better every time I watch it.
The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca both classics, and movies I like to bring up when I want to sound like a film snob. They should make more movies with dialogue like these; it just snaps.
Nadia - the story of Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast who scored a perfect ten at the Olympics. Jill, my horseback riding trainer, showed me this movie as a lesson in dedication. I guess it didn't take as well as she'd hoped, but it did leave an impression on me.
The Neverending Story, a classic of my childhood. It's really a tossup between this one and The Last Unicorn and Labyrinth, but there's only room on this list for ten movies.
Singin' In The Rain - the musical.
Raiders of the Lost Ark - because I heart pulp adventure.
Voices of a Distant Star - because it makes me cry.

And I'll follow [ profile] ahumblepen's example and list movies that I'm looking forward to seeing:
Batman Begins looks like it stands a good chance of redeeming the franchise after the pile of shame that was the last two Batman movies.
X-Men 3 I am less sanguine about, but I am curious, especially now that Kelsey Grammer is officially signed on to play Beast.
I am also curious about the live-action Last Unicorn, if it ever actually gets made.
And at some point I'll go see Episode III in the name of closure. But I'm going to wait until the crowds thin out. I'll probably catch the Fantastic Four movie too.

ETA: Oh, yeah, and Mr. And Mrs. Smith looks like fun.

...are there any serious movies I'm planning to see?

No, apparently not.


May. 18th, 2005 12:43 am
joiedecombat: (Dot Dot Dot)
Variety has confirmed that Kelsey Grammer has been cast to play Beast in X3.

They also mention Vinnie Jones cast as Juggernaut and Maggie Grace in negotiations to play Kitty, and casting for Angel. As a man, yes.
joiedecombat: (Default)
In honor of Recommend A Little-Known Movie Day...

...a recommendation.

Two, actually, because they go together.

The Man From Snowy River
Inspired by a poem by Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, this is a very underrated movie set in period Australia. The cinematography is a little dated at points - it was filmed in 1982 - but it's one of my favorite movies and worth watching, especially for fans of Westerns, horses, gorgeous scenery and Australian accents. There's also a careful bit of romance, a fistfight or two, some madcap stunt-riding (by actual Australian stockmen), a wonderful soundtrack by Bruce Rowland, and an appearance by Kirk Douglas having a whole lot of fun playing two separate roles. This movie is also the source of one of my favorite quotes: "Male company will be a pleasant relief in this hothouse of female emotions." Good times.

The Man From Snowy River was followed by a sequel, Return to Snowy River, which is a little glossier and a little more Hollywood in some respects but also one of my very favorite movies, and keeps everything that made its predecessor so good. It continues the story that The Man From Snowy River began and digs it a little deeper. Among other things, it features Brian Dennehy taking over Kirk Douglas' part from the first film, which is not a call I would have made but he's too good at the role he ends up playing for me to begrudge it. Also a sadly underrated movie, and one that never fails to make me tear up at least a little.


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