megotelek: (lorelaisurprise)
Day 1 - Your fav song
Day 2 - Your fav movie

Hmm....again, it's hard to pick just one. But I would have to say that my favorite movie of all time is Jurassic Park. I begged my parents to be able to go see it when it came out in 1993...I was eleven. And it was rated PG-13. But it had DINOSAURS! (This was smack-dab in the middle of my dinosaur-obsession years.) And I remember sitting in the theater watching it...and then having to go to the bathroom and missing the T-rex/jeep chase scene. It was amazing and thrilling and literally the best thing I had ever seen. Thanks for giving in, Dad!

I read the book a few years later and loved it also; but I'm sure that if I'd read the book first I would have hated the movie. But I still love watching the movie (and will stop to watch it if it's on TV), and I enjoy rereading the book. So I'm glad it worked out as it did!

Day 3 - Your fav TV program
Day 4 - Your fav book
Day 5 - Your fav quote
Day 6 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 7 - A photo that makes you happy
Day 8 - A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 - A photo you took
Day 10 - A photo you took recently
Day 11 - A photo you took 10 years ago
Day 12 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 - A fictional book
Day 14 - Non-fictional book
Day 15 - A fanfic
Day 16 - Song that makes you cry
Day 17 - An art piece
Day 18 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 - A talent of yours
Day 20 - A hobby of yours
Day 21 - A recipe
Day 22 - A website
Day 23 - Youtube video
Day 24 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 - Your day in great detail
Day 26 - Your week in great detail
Day 27 - This month in great detail
Day 28 - This year in great detail
Day 29 - Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - Whatever tickles your fancy
megotelek: (spock smirk)
My non-spoilery review: LOVED IT SO MUCH MUST SEE AGAIN! Also, McCoy was my favorite, followed closely by Scotty. Followed closely by everybody else. It was amazing; the cast really did capture the characters so well, without being parodies or impressions, and I could see them growing into the original cast.

Okay, spoiler time.

Red alert! Spoilers! )

ETA: It made $76.5 million over the weekend and they're expecting it to keep running through the summer. Great news!

ETA 2: We got great trailers for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In IMAX!
megotelek: (star trek pooh)
Going to see Star Trek tonight. In IMAX!

I'm going to bury my head in the internet-sand until afterwards, though; the sheer amount of hype is making me nervous. Also, reviews starting with "Well, I never really liked Star Trek, but this movie ROCKED!" don't...really give me a lot of confidence. However, I have read positive Trekkie-reviews also.

So I have to shrug off everything and just experience the movie. I'll post later with my thoughts, but going in my skepticism is still pretty high. Just as a benchmark reference.
megotelek: (chase the morning)
So...

We had kind of an eclectic movie-watching weekend. On the slate: Apollo 13 (Friday night, the 39th anniversary), Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Hot Fuzz (the greater good).

Apollo 13 I won't really review; I've seen it lots of times and I love it every time. My favorite part of the movie is when Mission Control is trying to make the square filter fit in the round hole. "We gotta make this...fit into the hole for this...using nothin' but this." And they do! Love it.

Repo! The Genetic Opera: Testify! )

Hot Fuzz: the greater good )

Watchmen!

Mar. 12th, 2009 08:48 am
megotelek: (watchmen peanuts)
First of all, I found the opening credits here and here. They're wonderful, and here's some Easter-egg type stuff that I'm glad I read about before I saw it so I could watch out for them. My favorite:


The opening shot, with Nite Owl giving a fist full of justice has a big Batman reference. First, check out the posters to the right. Look familiar? And isn't that Mr. and Mrs. Wayne at the back entrance of the opera, being saved from a bloody death? And according to commenter Rainbucket, the opera bills say: "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat). So can we safely come to the conclusion that the original Nite Owl stopped Batman from popping up in their universe?


Ah, now to the movie...

Just in case...spoilers )

Okay, I have to go to work now...the beginning of the end (see last entry)!
megotelek: (bellereading)
Okay, this? Seriously makes me want to hurl.

Very meh day so far. Saw the new Star Trek trailer finally, it's pretty meh also. I mean, seriously? Why must the inside of the new/old Enterprise look like an iPod? WHY? Also, no freaking way young!Kirk would ever introduce himself as "James Tiberius Kirk." And don't even get me started on the whole "construction of the Enterprise apparently took place in the cornfields of Iowa" part.

That said? I'm still going to see it. Of course. Hey Mom? Could this be our Easter movie? :D
megotelek: (dr horrible)
So, Thursday.

Bodeen mentioned that they were doing the grand opening of the rebuilt Roseville Galleria and they would be handing out gift certificates Thursday morning (you could stand in line starting at 6am and they would start handing them out at 8). So Elizabeth, Bodeen and I were standing in line at the Galleria at 6:15am (well, I managed to make it there after an unscheduled side trip to Loomis...I'm really not that much of a morning person).

And TV cameras start showing up. I don't start work until 10 on Thursdays, but Bodeen & Elizabeth were supposed to be at a HR seminar starting at 8:30. So they were hiding from the cameras and the overly-perky reporters asking everyone, "So why are you up this early??"

So we finally get our scratch-off cards, and I got a $25 gift card to The Children's Place. Perfect, I think, I'll get something for my 2-year-old niece, Ann. Then I look at the card again. "Only good Thursday, November 13," it says. So I turn to Bodeen & Elizabeth: "It's only good today?" They nod. So I arrange to meet them back at the mall after I get off work at 7. So I work all day, and then go back to meet them at the mall at about 7:45. We have dinner at Il Fornaio (mmmmmpizza) and then have to sprint to get to the store before it closes. But I got Ann the cutest outfit!

My feet were killing me when I got home.

Today we went to see Quantum of Solace. My wanting to go was about 65% the movie and 35% the new Star Trek trailer that was supposed to be shown before it. Yeah, no Star Trek trailer. I watched one of the YouTube bootlegs, but I will be thoroughly unsatisfied until the HD trailer hits the intertubes tomorrow. *pout*

So, yeah. Bond. It was very "eh". I'm not really sure what happened, except that Daniel Craig was hot and Judi Dench rules as M. Which, really, is all you need, I guess.
megotelek: (lorelaisurprise)
Oh. My. God.

I was kind of intrigued by this already, just because...but now he's done it. This cast makes me want to see this movie NOW:

Also now confirmed for the movie is Danny Elfman, who will be scoring the film for his long time friend and partner. Elfman’s skills, understandably, weren’t need for TODD as the Stephen Sondheim music was already in place.

Elfman confirmed it last week…

Burton has put together an amazing cast…
Mia Wasikowska as Alice
Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter
Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen
Anne Hathaway as The White Queen
Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar
Michael Sheen as The Cheshire Cat
Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum
Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts
Eleanor Tomlinson as Fiona Chataway
and Christopher Lee in an unknown role.

This is full of so much awesome. I wonder who Christopher Lee will play...the White Knight? This isn't Through the Looking Glass, though, I don't think. Hmm. The Red King? The White Rabbit? The March Hare? 
megotelek: (spock smirk)
First look at the Entertainment Weekly Star Trek cover with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine.

I...will..not...get...my...hopes....up....

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Sigh. And the new trailer (with actual...scenes from the movie) is due in November. I can feel the excitement and the anticipation and my brain is going NO! REMEMBER NEMESIS!

'Scuse me, I'll be in the corner curled up in a ball, rocking and muttering to myself my precioussssss.

megotelek: (smug abby)
I'll say it: I'm a sucker for these types of stories. I mean, come on!

She's a hugger. FANTASTIC. )

We also watched Crazy People. Because I hadn't ever seen it (but heard it quoted extensively: "Volvo: boxy, but good." "Sony: because Caucasians are just too damn tall") and apparently that needed to be rectified immediately.

Hilarious. I love Dudley Moore. Also hilarious: I kept parsing the (evil!) ad executive as Stephen Weber in my head...even though it wasn't him. Also - I don't think you could make that movie today (example: the Sony ad). Which is kind of a shame.

megotelek: (lucy narnia snow)
John and I went to see it yesterday - and it was wonderful! Yes, they changed the structure quite a bit, but all the essential pieces (to me, anyway) were there. Thusly:

I'm sure John was annoyed with me after the fifteenth time I elbowed him and squeaked something like, "It's Reepicheep and the mice!" as some of the Telmarine soldiers are attacked by something rustling through the grass. He hasn't read the books and had no idea why I was excited that the bulgy bear really did suck his paws.

That's what I love about these movies. They put in the most miniscule thing from the book (like the bulgy bear) and that makes it really easy for me to forgive some of the changes - especially since I can see why having half the story be told in flashback by Trumpkin would make the movie harder to get into.

Okay, down to specifics:

Ahh...now I will spend time digesting it (and reading the book again) before I go see it again in the theater. This time, with someone (Jessica?) who will squeak along with me.
megotelek: (dumbo magic feather)
Thoroughly Modern Millie - starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, and guest-starring Pat Morita, among others!



And if you have seen it, de-stress this weekend and watch it again!
megotelek: (sweeney todd)
So...after I had the killer flu back in February, the cough hung around for a couple of weeks. Okay, that's pretty normal, from what I hear. But Wednesday night at Schola rehearsal, about halfway through rehearsal I started to overheat and get all disoriented. I couldn't hold any notes, either, so I had to basically read along while everyone else sang.

I went home after rehearsal and took my temperature....yup, 100.6. Crap! So I went to the doctor on Thursday morning and he said that since my immune system was weakened from the first flu, I had apparently picked up a different strain of the flu. Oh, hurrah. He prescribed me some high-octane Robitussin-with-codeine and sent me on my way.

And...I'm still here, on the sofa, drinking tea, with a fever of 101.2. Still. After 4 freaking days. I am so SICK of being sick!

Good news? Well, we watched Stardust on Friday night...it was really good. I haven't read the book, but now I want to. I know from what I've heard that the book doesn't have a lot of...action per se, but that's okay, because it's a book. Movies, on the other hand, need something visual, and I think they did a good job with it. Also, I spent the entire movie going, "Hey, it's...!" I mean, everyone from Peter O'Toole to Mr. Weasley (as a goat!) to Henry Cavill and Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian! Eeee!) is in it, not to mention Sienna Miller, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer in one of the best roles I've seen her in. Seriously, the only way the witch could have been any better is if she was played by Bernadette Peters, and, well, she's already done that.

Sigh...off to top off my teacup.
megotelek: (sweeney todd)
Ugh...I finally got what everyone's been coming down with - headache/sore throat/fever/congestion fun.

In other news, John & I went to see Sweeney Todd on Sunday...now, I wasn't familiar with the stage show at all, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. Having said that...

The worst pies in London )

Well, it's raining again. I hope my Buffy comics come today...I have #8, #9 and #10 coming...then I have to wait until February for the next one. How sad!
megotelek: (bellereading)
I saw this over at [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's blog and I had to repost here because I'm so excited:

Jim Broadbent to play Horace Slughorn in HBP Movie

So excited!
megotelek: (dumbo magic feather)
Only 4 hours left until we'll be at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre for the Rush concert!

I'll try to take pictures of what I can, as soon as I finish pouting about the fact that I found out they won't be playing "Closer to the Heart" or "Time Stand Still". Oh well, maybe they'll have a totally new set list for Sacramento! Right...

In other news, we went to see The Simpsons Movie last weekend, and I embarrassed myself, I was laughing so hard. And, they showed a trailer for Stardust before it, which I now really want to see, and then get the book and read it. I've found, that if the movie based on a book has already come out, I can like both if I see the movie first, and then go get the book and read it. Jurassic Park, case in point.

ETA: Oh, I almost forgot - Feasting on Asphalt 2 premieres tonight on Food Network. Ah, I love TiVo so very, very much...
megotelek: (Default)
Oh, here you go, Mom. This one's for you.

Before Transformers, there was this very puzzling teaser trailer for a J.J. Abrams-produced movie. It is shot from the point of view of a handheld camcorder at this guy named Rob's going-away party. Then, there's chaos and screaming and explosions in the distance. Something's coming! We have no idea what. Then the trailer was over, proclaiming that this movie (whatever it is) opens 1-18-08.

And there are more puzzling websites that seem to have something to do with the movie. I'm having deja vu all over again...this is very reminiscent of the Lost online craziness. J.J., why must you torture us so??
megotelek: (deadliest catch)
Wow...lots of stuff to talk about this time. First of all, I was playing the Deadliest Catch game on the Discovery Channel website...it's like Oregon Trail with crab! Although, you don't get to pick the actual crew members from the show...I was sad...I wanted to pick Edgar! There were some experienced girl deckhands and senior deckhands to pick from though, so that was nice. I made $200,000 my first time out - not bad for a greenhorn skipper!

This weekend was very movie-heavy...we went to see Live Free or Die Hard on Saturday, which was excellent. I mean, it's a Die Hard movie...you get tough-as-nails Bruce Willis John McClane, and his daughter, and stuff blows up. Do we really ask more than that? I don't think so. It was awesome.

Then, John and I hit the preview screening of Transformers on Monday night. I kind of delayed writing about it, because the only thing that came to mind yesterday was OMGSOCOOLTRANSFORMERS!!1! which really isn't the most articulate review I could give. I'm still not quite back to my adult self yet...I swear, I was an 8-year-old again in that theater. Surrounded by other 8-year-olds...and their Nintendo DSs and cell phones. We were sitting up high in the back, so we had this grand vista spread out before us of every type of electronic device one could possibly have. It was...kind of startling. And made me feel very old. And jellus...I want a toy! Again, 8 years old.

Ahem...where was I? Right, the movie. My only complaints were that there were a couple of jokes that really didn't need to be there and will prevent younger kids from being able to watch it. At least, if they have halfway responsible parents, it will. And, they didn't put the new theme song in the movie. It's the freaking theme song. Regardless of who liked it or didn't like it, the fact that it did, at least, have the original tune in there was a plus! I, personally, liked it. And it is on the soundtrack, so that's something.

Other than that, I was squealing with glee throughout the whole movie. I loved that they asked Peter Cullen to do the voice of Optimus Prime (he originally voiced him for the cartoon...I don't think anyone else has ever done that voice, come to think of it...) because it made it feel very authentic. Jon Voight was fantastic as the Secretary of Defense, and Shia LaBeouf was great in the lead. At one point during the movie, it finally hit me...he reminds me of a very young John Cusack. And, since I adore John Cusack, it worked for me!
megotelek: (tonks)
So, back to lighter subjects for the moment and a couple of movie reviews…

Cars )

Evan Almighty )

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