Ah, just got the last installment of the Princess series a couple of days ago. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE.

Okay, getting the LOVE overwith, aside from the chance to revisit with Talia, Sleeping Beauty, Danielle, Cinderella, and Ermillina Curtana, Snow White, I had a great time reading it. Jim Hines knows how to move a plot along, and while the earlier books aren't slouches in the plotting department, this was was even more involving. Because, fellow readers, when one of the main characters is in true mortal danger, and you KNOW (unlike many other series) dead means dead in this Princessverse, it ups the ante.

The only regret I had while reading SQS's is how little I felt I knew Snow White before this book. Of all the characters in the earlier books, she was the most inscrutable with the least well-known background. And, while I learned a ton more about her in this book, it was through another agent. I'm not sure how Hines could have done it any other way, because by the end of the story, Talia had to have her happy ending, too (although in truth, there aren't endings at all, you know?), at least for this series of four books. I did feel a little emotionally removed from Snow during the reading. Which is disappointing for me. Of course, this was my first reading, and rushed so I could find out what happened.

A more extensive review soon on Hathor Legacy, as soon as I can finish it. Haven't been feeling well today, so it might be up for Monday.

In the meantime, don't take MY word that this book and it's three earlier books are worthwhile, fun, summer reading with fun and sobering twists on these well-known Disnified characters. Check them out yourself!
My mother introduced Mermaid to Veronica Mars. Ever since last week, Mermaid has been obsessively watching VM on Netflix. My god, that show seems to go on *forever*. Seriously! Every season is 22 episodes, and every episode is about 48 minutes, and so much is packed into those episodes, every season seems twice as long as any other show I've ever seen. Seriously.

At least Mermaid is learning more about roofies and rape and college than she ever did watching DiGrassi (yuck).

Veronica seems too wise, hip and knowledgable to be a real high school student, and even at her level of income (her fathers) she and just about every other student has a car. She does things no high school student should be able to do, and she looks much too old to be a high school student. So do all the other actors. That said, the show is great fun, except for some time in the second season, when Veronica's love life took over her detective work. I for one had a hard time distinguishing between her two rich boyfriends because as far as I was concerned, they were both equally skeevy, priviliged and identical, and the number of mean girls and rich kids was boggling.

It's hard to believe that Veronica was ever as innocent as she was meant to be in her graduation dream flashback. After all, all her skills had to come from somewhere, right? Even before her friend Lilli was murdered and she was booted out of the rich kid club. I'm not convinced she was ever as naive and sweet as she pictured herself, or however her boyfriends preferred her from her current suspicious incarnation.

I lovelovelove the relationship Veronica has with her father Keith. Colosantos is a terrific actor. His character is warm, tough, loving, sympathetic, and has one of the best father-daughter relationships on television I think I've seen for a long long time. It beats out Castle's father-daughter relationship by a marathon of miles. Veronica here isn't used as a device to help her dad solve cases. Here, she touches base with her dad, and they *help each other out* as they learn things about their cases and when their cases intersect.

I also like her friends/sidekicks, Wallace and Mac. I really love Mac's actress, because she all the right notes for being an awkward, not-movie-star weight girl compared to all the slim and thin girls around her. Wallace is awesome, too. He'll do almost anything for Veronica (though I'm not clear on why) and they don't flaunt his athleticism. He's more dorky than an athlete, and that's nice, because thank god, not all athletes are overbearing assholes--although there's a reason for that stereotype.

Anyway. Tonight Mermaid is having sleepover at a friend's house and we're getting a break from Veronica tonight. We were all up until 3am watching the third season, and saw the Dean murdered, and the college rapist caught. I get tired just thinking about it!
Because Mermaid was driving me, her brother, and herself nuts yesterday, I told her to find a movie and I'd take them to see it.

We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

My response, without giving away any spoilers? There was one scene where I was actually SUPRISED by the actions of a character. Genuinely surprised. Of course, it was the only character/set of characters we didn't get to know well at all, so there you go.

Jack Sparrow was still Jack Sparrow but on less drugs. It's like he still does drugs, but has cut way back and actually makes some sense in a world of craziness. The ONLY human woman in the film, Angelica, is of course stunning as Penelope Cruze (sp?) is stunning. OMG, she is beautiful--except in that one scene where Jack slides in next to her on the bed she's sleeping on. I thought it was a different woman!

spoilers here, watch out )OKAY, SPOILERY PART ENDS HERE

The movie was entertaining, which is usually all I ask for escapist fun, but I have to admit it did lack a certain streak of anything-goes that the first three did.

I did really like the Missionary, Phillip, and the mermaid. I'm sure (I'm hoping!) they'll be back for Pirates 5. I'm not sure what she was telling him to ask her for, but what the heck.

I missed the other wackadoo pirates from the first series. They added a lot of flavor, and it helps to have more than the top pirates to root for--after all, it's the rank and file that I think many people (me) root for in a movie. The regular guys caught up in the bizarreness of Jack's world.


Apr. 5th, 2011 05:59 pm
Yep. I still despise Vala with the heat of a thousand suns. Fortunately, my aversion to Claudia Black, because of that role, has finally worn off, and I was able to sit down with the Guy and watch Farscape on Netflix and enjoy a show I liked the first time around. It was nice to be able to see it in order, without stupid network breaks or hiatuses (as SyFy channel does, those total crapshoot idiots).

Loved Rigel, and how he slowly changed, sort of, from the self-absorbed self-centered asshole to one slightly more compassionate, at least toward his shipmates. Loved Zhaan. What's not to love about Zhaan, really? I understand why the actress had to leave-hell, I would have too-but it was great seeing her here and there in later episodes, and *how much the other characters missed her*. Stargate? Can still eat shit about that. I even finally got to understand where the old woman came from, and what her own agenda was, and Jool. Even she was tolerable, and even understandable--the misunderstood and annoying geek amongst the rough and tumble. And of D'argo. I loved how his backstory went, and how, even though he hadn't killed his wife, he HAD beaten her when in his rages, and regretted it to the point where...well, she didn't want to tell him, but I'm glad they didn't let him get off easy. And he had child trouble. Chiana, IMO, although she wasn't the romantic heart of the show, was certainly it's heart, and I also loved how the show didn't flinch in showing her recovery from being raped and abused (although it wasn't directly called that, it was pretty obvious that's what's happened when she left Moya). And that you can love more than one person, and it be similiar, but have no jealousy and stay friends. And of course Aeryn and John. John had the potential for being the blandest, least interesting character on the show, along with Aeryn, but thanks to the writing and acting, they managed to keep up with the less ordinary looking characters. Pilot had a soul, and guilt.

And of course there are the bad guys, who no one can trust even after letting them in--Chrais, Scorpious..and Grayza. Ms. Cleavage. And Scorpious' right hand man, who keeps to the same ideal that Aeryn does, almost to a fault.

Seriously it's one hell of a show.
Ghost Adventures...oh boy. It's a silly show, and we know it. Mermaid loves to watch it, if only to say through out the show that Zak is "HOT! He's SO HOT!" He also works out like a demon with the dumbbells, too. His pals are pretty funny, too, with the guy on the right filling the Shaggy role of always being the one to freak out before the others do. Meanwhile, Zak runs around challenging innocent ghosts to come out and do him some damage cuz they be so bad. They do some pretty stupid stuff that has nothing to do with the ghosts themselves, like in a recent episode they climbed to the top of a rusting 200 foot water tower with steps in the ladders with loose bolts, or missing bolts. They love scaring the crap out of themselves, and some of the people they interview at the sites are clearly amused by them.

(edited to add:) But we still watch it. Why? Yeah, it's silly good-natured fun, and while you're at it, you can get to learn all about creepy places in the USA (and Edinburough Scotland!). I keep waiting for that Stephen King hotel room moment, however--the moment when the drowned green woman in the bathtub appears to strangle one of them, or an evil presence locks them in and plays with their minds for realz. Not gonna happen, but wouldn't it be amazing if it did?


Oct. 29th, 2010 05:34 pm
The new Sherlock series on KCET (via BBC). Is awesome. At least the first episode was. Functioning sociopath, eh? I liked that the police detective wasn't a daft idiot in order to make Sherlock look smarter. I also liked that yes, Sherlock admitted that sometimes HE was suspected in some of the murders he worked at solving. And Mycroft!  Bwahaha! And Sherlock chiding Watson for not taking the money-that they could have split it!  Gonna have to watch it again. Can't wait for next week.   --oh, and although the serial killer's modus opperendi (sp?) seemed familiar, it was still a good mystery. And he was devious.


CSI: Vegas, WTF are you all about?  Splashy dinosaur killing. And Katie Sackoff playing a brown-haired Starbuck detective. I know she does anger really well, but honestly, can't she play anything else?   The big win in this recent episode was the (to me) twisty main mystery about where those two 15 year old girls were buried. I thought the anguish of the mother came across as very real, and honestly, I kept flashing on, What if that were MY daughter? I'd probably go insane with grief, too, not knowing what happened to her or where she was. I don't know how real parents of real murder victims who disappear deal with that pain.

Bones is another death show that's showing it's ass. WTH? I still ff past most of the personal stuff. No one's changed, everything's the same--except I really like Hannah, that new character. I get that, as a viewer, I'm supposed to secretly root for Bones to get together with Sealy's character, but I really couldn't give a shit, and hope she finds someone as literal, brilliant as she is. Cuz he isn't it. Proximity doesn't make a match. Let's light that fire, okay producers? Just, clear that will-they-won't-they relationship totally off that crap table and move on completely? But anyway.  Guidos? Really? The best part is when they show the body at the beginning, and then talk about how the person might have died.

I don't watch The Mentalist anymore. It lost my interest. So not into the tiresome Red John adversarial thing. Bored. The characters I like the best are shown the least (argh, the asian detective, spacing out on his name, he's fantastically dead-pan and gets some of the best lines)

Psych is coming back! I can't wait!
I've been reading a couple of zombie anthologies recently. For some reason, anothologies of short stories appeal to me much more than  a full-scale novel stuffed with zombies and angsting protagonists. Short stories about zombies/survivors get right to the point, they don't dally (if it's written well) and the writer has less of a chance to screw things up.

The Living Dead anthology (1 & 2) are both excellent, AND Joe Johnson Adams the editor, manages to do what so many other anthology editors don't do; he infuses his anthology with tons of stories written by-get this-WOMEN WRITERS. Yes, just about every other story is written by a woman (there are about 20) and believe me, yes, it makes a difference to see that my own gender is represented so well in the pages and in the stories themselves. Even though women are usually educated to read and write about white men, and it can be difficult for women writers to crack out of that box, when they do, it's terrific. It's not going to be only white men surviving disasters (zombie or otherwise). Women are going to be more than sex-fodder, rape-fodder, rescue-fodder, and all the usual crap that women are used as in most literature or genre fiction.

The front of The Living Dead 2 lists Cherie Priest, Kelley Armstrong and Carrie Ryan along with Max Brooks. Inside there's this list of writers:  Paula R. Stiles; Karina Sumner-Smith; Molly Brown; Jamie Lackey; Amelia Beamer; Brenna Yovanoff; Mira Grant; Cherie Priest; Kelly Link; Krya Shon; Kelley Armstrong; Carrie Ryan; Kim Paffenroth, R.J. Sevin & Julia Sevin; Catherine MacLeod; Genevieve Valentine; and Sarah Lanagan. No Poppy Z. Brite this time around, but hopefully she'll be in a third anthology. More of the stories in this book are original, although there are some reprints. All in all, most of the stories were involving.  That's 18 out of 44 stories.  That's 41% of the anthology. Pretty good. And most of the stories are pretty high quality, too, making you think.

The biggest disappointment was The Skull-Faced City by David Barr Kirtley. It's a sequel to a story he wrote for the first anthology, which he explained was written in anger about an ass-faced male friend of his who was abusive to his girlfriend (the friend's girlfriend, not his own). In the sequel, all the women are rescued, are pregnant, or abused, and have very little agency of their own. That's par for the course in a lot of horror stories, so nothing new there.

Last Stand by Kelley Armstrong sticks in my mind the most. She explores the concept of the Other explicitly in this story, and you're left wondering who the zombies are for the first few pages. The zombies aren't traditional mindless things in this, and they have a woman leader of immense steely strength leading them.

The other anthology is The Dead That Walk edited by Stephen Jones. His anthology has many more Big Names in it: Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison (with a story that made no sense at all to me), Joe Hill, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, etc. No women listed on the cover. Who are the writers inside? Let's see: Yvonne Navarro; Nancy Holder; Lisa Morton; Kelly Dunn. That's out of 24 stories. That's 4/24, or 6% of the total number of stories. I don't like distilling an anothology into gender percentages, but it does start to irk when you read story after story after story from a predominately white male point of view--even when the stories like that are written by women writers. Remember when I mentioned that women writers have to break out of that box, making the white male the protag of their stores because that's the default? -- it also doesn't help when an anthology chooses that kind of story to include, when there are other points of view to include.

I was less impressed with The Dead That Walk overall, heavy-hitter writers or not. I did really enjoy a riff off of Of Mice & Men near the end of the book. But that's more or less because my daughter had just been reading through it for school, and I got to review the original book. I just don't "get" Harlan Ellison. Maybe back when I was in high school and could wrap my head around disjointed seeming experimental narratives, but not now. Joe Hill's contribution is one that I've seen before, and doesn't actually include actual zombies (that's okay, but this fell flat for me). For The Good of All by Yvonne Navarro sticks in my head, though. She's writes a Catholic latina point of view in a setting that's not often used--the southwest, and uses a main character who's working class, a woman, who has very strong opinions and a point of view, and the other character is male priest or Slavic stock. What she does, and why, makes you think, and horrifies at the same time. Which is the point of most zombie stories isn't it? It's the only story that I remember, aside from Tell Me Like You Done Before (the Mice&Men riff) by Scott Edelman.

Comparing these two anthologies makes the contrasts pop out. I never really think of who the editors are of anthologies, or what their criteria for choosing stories are, but it's fairly evident here that one anthology is trying to be more inclusive, while the other one is trying to sell books by using Big Names (which always helps sell a book) while mostly ignoring varieties of other viewpoints that are not white male.  While I can appreciate novels and short stories that mostly use white male points of view (The Stand, etc) and are sexist and Old World in their attitude about women's strengths and weaknesses, I'm much happier reading stories which don't ignore women, which feature women, don't have women as helpless pregnant help-meets that help patriarchy along. It's refreshing to know that others are represented as well.

Anyway, even if you're not into Zombies, give The Living Dead anthologies a try. The stories are uniformly well-written (if sexist here and there), have a plethora of stories written by women in women's point of view and have some decent stories written by men in a female point of view. Zombies aren't just creatures of fear-they're also creatures of modern statement. Meaning, just like in science fiction, they're relevant to current American culture (buybuybuy to bouey the economy).

Not all zombies are mindless. Not all humans have souls. Which is worse?

Iron Man 2

Aug. 21st, 2010 10:26 pm
Seriously. Dudes, a superhero movie with Samuel Jackson in it...how can you go wrong?

Spoilers in my discussion of Iron Man 2. Yeah. )

Dunno if anyone on my flist has seen the ads for Vampires Suck. It's by the same people who have done a whole string of spoofs (such as 300-Meet the Spartans, and others). This one, of course, spoofs on Twilight. The only problem was, except for sections here and there, the comic pacing was slow; seriously, if you're going to mock a movie series, then please, STUFF your comedy with jokes. Neverending, nonstop jokes.

In this case, the movie stuttered and halted as much as the actress playing the Bella (Becca) role. She was exaggerating the inarticulate Bella from the Twilight movies, and okay, yes, that's a big point. But move on, please?  Matt Lanter, who played Edward's twin spoof, Edward Sullen, was spot on. In fact, most of the actors were pretty much right there with their roles. The costumes were great, and the cheesiness of the stunts was, unfortunately, about on par with the original Twilight movies.

That's not to say there weren't funny bits in it (and I was about the only person in the theater who dared laughed out loud at certain points, but hey, I'm 45 and have no shame these days). But damned if I can remember off-hand what they were!  Aren't you supposed to remember those things after you walk out of a funny movie?

I can remember my mother pulling over after we'd gone to see Movie Movie (1978) because we were laughing so hard we couldn't stop for about half an hour! And I still remember some of the dialogue!

One thing I kept expecting during the Prom scenes in Vampires Suck was a scene referencing Carrie, but alas, it was not to be. I guess that would have been TOO obvious, even for this team of movie makers. Vampires Suck could have been so much funnier with more intensity, less faithfulness (!!) to the original Twilight series--that's right--and more twisting of the characters. And better editing. But with better, tighter editing, the movie would have been about a half hour long, instead of the hour and a half it already is.

Ah well.

PS: Click on the IMDB Vampires Suck link--the featured reviewer on the page (scroll down past the cast list) pretty much nailed my objections, and got my positives, but also knows more about these filmmakers than I do. He's right--they got the sets *perfect*. To the point that I wondered if they found the house from the first Twilight movie and rented it!

PPS: David DeLuise has a cameo, and of course, they reference The Wizards of Waverly Place shortly after. That was cute. He had one of the best scenes in the entire movie.
ROCKS, man! I LOVED it! I can't wait til next year!
I'm up to Chapter Nine, now, and wow, Jim Butcher does NOT pull punches with the start of this book! No pussy-footing around from the first line of the book onward! (no, I didn't preread the chapter Butcher had up on his website)

a few spoilers mentioned here )
Burn Notice is filled with appealing actors, and characters. It's stumbled a few times here and there during its run. But the second-to-last episode this season (or break? I'm not sure!) was a wowser, if only because Gilroy, the guy Sam and Fiona keep telling Mike is a bona-fide psycho--actually seemed sympathetic at the last minute. Oh, it doesn't absolve him of creepily and amusingly flirting with Michael during his meetings and then threatening to murder anyone Michael knows if he doesn't do what he wants. But...he saved Michael's life!

Now I'm waiting for Madeline to come out and announce to the crew that she's a former spy herself, all along. And was the one that actually had Michael burned out of the service. (the Guy and I have had suspicions about her for a while now)

Check out the series if you haven't started watching it. It's a lot of fun-and dudes, it has Bruce Campbell in it, and Sharon Gless! Burn Notice: Season 1 & 2 Set
Yesterday was Weddingfest time on a cable channel, most likely on Lifetime. I can't be sure now, because none of the cable channel websites allows me to go back a day in their schedule and check!

But it was movie after movie of wedding vows, wedding hijinks, wedding romances (all messed up, of course!) wedding wedding wedding!

Mermaid, 13 years old, switched the TV onto a movie that had Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - The Complete First Season) in it: My Fake Fiance
 She missed the first hour of it, but it didn't make any difference. Two people both oweing money to a mobster, pretend to go through with a wedding, somehow getting the mobster off his back.

There are some badly written and connected scenes that show the doofus male (he's always a doofus) with awesome musculature going to see his estranged father who has now won money at the track and wants to make it up to his son by giving him some of the money as a peace offering. This is done because ... well, let's just say it was because of an out-of-the-blue line spoken by a child saying that his grandparents are spending his college money on his aunt's wedding. So the fake fiance feels guilty and goes to his father.

Of course, this was only one movie of many in this movie marathon. It's enough to make you think that most women are only thinking of the wedding, and the romance, and want nothing else! The worst of it is, these are pretty bad movies, the whole lot of them.

What I Like About You is a long-cancelled sitcom starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth (yes, she who is campaigning against immunizations because she thinks they cause autism).

It ran for four disjointed years with a supporting cast that changed practically every season. Bynes plays Holly, originally about 16 years old, and Garth plays her older sister who has custody of her. Garth's Valerie is uptight, a real Felix to Holly's Oscar Madison. The show starts out emphasizing Holly's klutziness, often inspired by The Lucy Show and other classics of the sitcom genre, and rapidly moves into both women's relationships with the men in their lives. They do have female friends, of course, and male friends. One friend has a long-standing affair with a married man-and isn't apologetic about it. Holly has a string of boyfriends whom she drops as soon as things "get serious".

I haven't thoroughly analyzed it because honestly, it annoys the hell out of me. Sure, it's great that it has two female leads, just like The Gilmore Girls; a rare beast on television! Of course, since it's a sitcom, the situations are often embarrassing, or stupid, or really stupid. Valerie, the uptight older sister, ends up very drunk in Vegas and marrying a fireman she had a crush on. This is after another attempt at marriage when she left her fiance at the alter because he called up his ex-girlfriend without telling her.

It can be amusing, and does have some genuinely funny moments, but...and I don't know why this show irritates the crap out of me. Is it Jennie Garth's shrillness? Is it Amanda Byne's often smarmy insincerity as Holly?

It DOES fulfill the Bechdel Test--but if you listen a crapload of the sisters' conversations are about men. Often enough, sure, it's about their relationship as sisters, or conversations with their friends, female and male.

But after watching two episodes of it in a row (which Mermaid loves to do, now that she's seen all of the Gilmore Girls) I want to kick the TV in. And The Guy would not like that.

Up for reviews...yes, I'm getting back into the swing of things after feeling absolutely no confidence in my writing, and not wanting to read anything for a LONG time.

Jim Hines: The Step-Sister Scheme and The Mermaid's Madness.  I've been meaning to review SSS for a while now (I bought it during the summer, I think), and I did read most of it in chunks, but again, that reading malaise that hit me. I'm reading through The MM now, and will go back and reread SSS. I like the books. There was some objection from another reader about how Hine's treated one of the princesses' sexuality issues (or orientation), but he explained he was tackling that in a later book. He sounds like a great guy on his LJ blog, very thoughtful, and very self-aware of what he's doing and *not* doing.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! I was mailed this book sometime during September, I think, before I quit Paperback Book Swap. The book itself is in unread, perfect condition. I have read portions of it, because, even though I found it funny, it wore me down after short bursts. I mean, it is difficult for me to read past the extra vomiting and crassness and modifications when I practically have the story memorized in my head. Yes, I've read the original that much! But it IS amusing. I'm curious at how Seth Grahame-Smith expands the female roles within the original story.
Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights by Vera Nazarian. Now, I'm looking forward to getting this baby in the mail mostly because, even though Fanny Price is not my favorite Austen heroine, she does what she can in her own passive aggressive way, without trying to piss off the peopleto  whom she feels she owes her life; reading the original as I get older makes me appreciate her character more. She never actually *simpers*, you know? And, like many people I know in LJ land, and elsewhere, she suffers from migraines and tension headaches, and who can't sympathize with that, eh?  Vera's iteration of MP promises to blow the water out from under Fanny and the rest of her family, and I'm fully prepared to enjoy this romp with mummies, werewolves (Aunt Norris gets hers, yay!) and the other fantastical happens.

And, lastly, The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2), book two in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. From what I've read on the Amazon description of the book,  it jumps ahead a few years to deal with Mary's daughter. Mary is the protagonist of the first book. I've preordered it, and I'm really hoping that the author, Carrie Ryan, answers questions and plot threads left hanging at the end of Forest of Hands and Teeth. Much as I like her smooth writing style, with lots of description, and hints of an elaborate safety system after the zombie apocolypse, it would be really nice if she answered the questions some of her readers (like me) would like the answers to, or at least some sort of wrap up to them. This is a March 2nd release. I'll have to wait until then, and reread the original book.

This past weekend I've been reading Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008, which I stumbled upon at Borders. I've been alternating between that book and The Mermaid's Madness (PRINCESS NOVELS).


Yeah, I know, Phantomsis an oldy published in 1989.

A doctor and her much younger (14) sister reach the doctor's California mountain hometown. They find the housekeeper dead. They find everyone dead (whose bodies they can find) and the mystery is total. The phones don't work, except when they decide to work. The doctor calls in the Sheriff from a nearby town-the one in town was found dead on the floor of his office-and he brings a contingent of deputies with him.

People die in gruesome ways, and the monster (it is a monster) loves to kill of course. It's been killing for centuries (perhaps millenia). There's a coating of science over the make-up of the monster and how it can do what it does and how it does it.

The writing is basic, a bit clumsy and not transparent, at least to me. I had to read past it.  It has a medium sized cast, with two of the main protagonists being female, one of the a young teen. Sexual threats are used against the younger one by both a deputy (not directly to the girl, however, the first time) and the monster after the deputy is killed and absorbed by it. But that's a minor thread.

I'm not a huge Dean Koontz fan, but, all-in-all, a mildly entertaining way to pass the time.


Jan. 29th, 2010 09:46 am

It's been a while since I've talked about movies, so here goes!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Very entertaining with a wacky-minded professor science type, a comedic-sinister politician, a spunky cute reporter who lets out her inner nerd for the hero, who Likes Her Just As She Is (when she's a nerd, and not a beautiful weather reporter)...it's cute over all, and was more entertaining than I thought it would be.

Up: Ah, okay. I understand NOW in a way I didn't when I saw it in the theatre, that the old man never looked in his wife Ellie's adventure book after she had added some stuff to it in the hospital, just before she died. Still, I'm not thrilled with the "women don't get adventures like the men do" vibe, and the almost complete lack of human female characters aside from Ellie, who we really only meet in the beginning when she's a little girl. Still, I adore Dug, who is totally our dog Goldy (really)!

Kung Fu Hustle: [title corrected! thank you!] This is the funniest, most violent, over-the-top, amazing action movie I've ever seen and I LOVE it. It involves the Axe Gang going after a small neighborhood, which turns out to be defended by three ordinary seeming men-a coolie, a tailor (gay tailor), and a noodle shop owner. Each of them turns out to be a Master in their martial art. They end up dead, however, but then it turns out that the horrible landlords of the building are even tougher Masters of the martial arts. And they find a young guy who turns out to be a one in a million Ultra Master of the martial arts.  The film clearly gets a lot of its inspiration from old Warner Brothers cartoons. Everything is exaggurated to the point where you can't take it seriously at all, even when characters are killed, maimed, or simply disappear part of the way into the movie.  I'll have to find Shaolin Soccer next. The same guy made that as made this movie. Highly recced.

There are some other movies I've seen. I just have to dig them up. But these are the ones that stand out.



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