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: (kara)
So. This was a chance to catch our breath and set up the (sure to be) dizzying plunge to the end of the series. Before I get into my thoughts on the ep, check out this video from Bear McCreary (who does the music):

I love love loved this arrangement of "Roslin and Adama". And the beautiful B-theme that shows up at the end of the episode...

Some days I really hate this job. )

Questions I still want answered:

Who/what is Kara? Or who/what enabled her to resurrect with her Viper?
What is the truth of the Opera House vision as related to Hera, Roslin, Athena, Six, and Baltar?
What are Head!Six and Head!Baltar? Is there an entity controlling them? If so, who/what?
What happened to Boomer? Will she get back together with Tyrol?
megotelek: (lost watership down)
My brain might not recover enough from Lost to be completely with it when we watch BSG tonight...oh well.

It points north, John. (SPOILERS) )
megotelek: (two vipers)




I love this show, even as it pummels me for an hour until I surface and wonder what the heck just happened...


I don't know where it's going, but I know it'll probably hurt a lot more before we get to the end. And it'll be awesome.

megotelek: (luthien)
Valentine: Daddy's Home
Well, [ profile] ravenclawed was right -- I thoroughly enjoyed this episode! 

The god of...blacksmithery! )

Heroes: Angels & Monsters

come into my parlor, said Mohinder to the fly )

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: (smug abby)
My thoughts, let me show you them...

The pillow! )
megotelek: (demoted from awesome)
 Okay, Eureka, you are ON NOTICE.

That was NOT COOL. At all.


yay books

Aug. 20th, 2008 12:52 pm
megotelek: (menolly)
So I finished reading Bitterwood by James Maxey. From the Amazon synopsis:

In the distant future—year 1070 of the Dragon Age, to be exact—Earth has been commandeered by dragons, who subject their human inferiors to lives of misery and squalor, either as slaves or pets. Human Bant Bitterwood, consumed with thoughts of vengeance against the dragons he believes murdered his family, goes on a dragon-killing spree that makes him a folk hero among the oppressed human populace. When Bitterwood slays the dragons' crown prince, Bodiel, their king vows to exterminate humankind—the only way he can be certain of victory over Bitterwood. To that end, the king enlists his murderous brother Blasphet to build a city that will serve as humanity's abattoir.

It was terrific. His world has just enough detail to be fascinating and not so much as to be overwhelming. I love the idea of dragons ruling humans in a sort of alternate-future Planet of the Apes style. The sequel, Dragonforge, is out of stock at the library so I'm waiting for it to come in.

In the meantime, I'm reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles (my Jessica-assigned work of literature) and in my to-be-read pile are People of Sparks and Prophet of Yonwood (the 2nd and 3rd books in the City of Ember series) and Foundation by Isaac Asimov (because I've never read any of the Foundation books, but I loved I, Robot so...we'll see how this goes).
megotelek: (bellereading)
I've been reading on a hot streak lately:

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: 3.5 out of 5 - It was a good story, I liked the protagonist (even though I was annoyed at his lack of name), but it feels like the book just sort of...fizzled out in the last chapter or so. Like the author decided, oh, I'm done now. Bye! Plus, the prologue doesn't really come full circle in the end and I was disappointed.

Watchmen by Alan Moore et al: 4 out of 5 - I don't read comics or graphic novels normally. Buffy season 8 is an exception, and Watchmen is now the second exception. Fantastic characters and story, though I made the mistake of reading it too close to bedtime and had bizarre Rorshach-inspired dreams (NO NO DO NOT WANT). I was having trouble keeping track of who everyone was, though, and what timeline we were in at any given time (who's Sally Jupiter? Is she Silk Spectre? But who's the new Silk Spectre? And who was that other girl who was with Dr. Manhattan originally? Gah!). But I chalk that up to my lack of experience reading in picture form. Also, the pirate/horror story woven throughout was really confusing me. I kept fighting the urge to skim.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway: 3.5 out of 5 - Bleakest ending of a book. Ever. Good love story, though. I love the premise of an American in the Italian army during WWI and seeing things from that perspective. And, according to Jessica, the movie sucks. So I won't be watching that.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: 4.5 out of 5 - I read this a long time ago but wanted to reread before the movie came out. It's still awesome. I love the puzzle-mystery, and the whole world DuPrau built without really explaining how it came to be. I love how she pays attention to the small things, like that they wouldn't have any idea what candles or matches are and describing them as if she had never seen one before. I requested the rest of the series at the library (The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, and The Diamond of Darkhold) and I can't wait for them to come in!

I'm reading Bitterwood by James Maxey right now and loving it.
megotelek: (sweeney todd)
So. We went to see Sweeney Todd on Saturday night, and it was spectacular. Starring Mark Jacoby as Sweeney, and Mary Gordon Murray as Mrs. Lovett.

The "in the round" part was interesting; the set with the barbershop and the chair was sort of behind us and to the left, so whenever the action was there, we had to crane our necks a bit. But overall, it worked very well, with the company coming up the aisles singing "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" and the madhouse lunatics running throughout the theater during "City on Fire".

I like the Music Circus theater; it always makes you feel like you're part of the show - of course, Les Miserables was the most memorable instance of this, where during the barricade scenes they fired straight out "into" the audience.

Both leads were fantastic (and really, how could they not be? The almost original Phantom as Sweeney Todd? Brilliant!). Murray in particular was wonderful as Mrs. Lovett - she really threw herself into the part and made it look effortless. And with Sondheim's music? That's not an easy thing to do at all. In my opinion, "The Worst Pies in London" and "By the Sea" are two of the hardest songs in the show. And she carried them off beautifully.

Next up - My Fair Lady on August 9, and Hairspray on August 23! I've never seen either performed on stage, so this should be interesting!
megotelek: (iRead)
Playing With Fire (Silver Dragons, Book 1) by Katie Macalister
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Pages: 352

From the Amazon description:
Gabriel Tauhou, wyvern of the silver dragons, has found the one woman who can withstand his fire. Too bad May Northcott is already bound to a demon lord. But when the demon orders May to steal one of Gabriel’s treasures—an immensely important relic of all dragonkin— Gabriel has to decide which to protect: his love or his dragons.

Snip! )
4 / 50 fiction books. 8% done!

0 / 25 nonfiction books. 0% done!

x-posted to [ profile] bookshare , [ profile] 50bookchallenge , and my personal journal
megotelek: (Default)
I can't believe I forgot to post something! Well, this has been the craziest week EVER, so maybe that explains it. Also, my brain was oozing out of my ears at the 50-minute mark of the show.

BSG: Hub

Jun. 7th, 2008 09:37 am
megotelek: (roslin gigglesquee)
Oh, wow. Where do I start?

Just as predicted, we start "two days ago" and this episode is devoted to what happened on the basestar. I may not be able to be entirely coherent, but...
Jump! )
megotelek: (nothing but the rain)
As this episode started, John turned to me and asked, "I wonder if this episode will just be about the fleet, and we won't go to the basestar at all?"

Well, as it turned out, he was right. But before we get into that, go check out Bear's entry on the episode's music. Because it was fantastic. And perfect.

megotelek: (lost watership down)

Ahem. Okay. On to the show. Or, what bits I can put together into coherent sentences before I have to rewatch it again. And again.
megotelek: (six)
 First of all, love the title! Second of all, head over to Bear's entry on the episode (there be spoilers there) since music played such an important role in this one. Plus, sheet music! I don't think I could love Bear more at this point...I think John is worried.

Back? Okay, let's do it...

To have her, please, just one day wake )
megotelek: (hulk jack smash)
 Ok, first part of the mid-season finale....go!

I think everything's really starting to come together. My mom said she had read that they were going for an Empire Strikes Back kind of cliffhanger feel with this set of episodes - my hope is that means we'll know the plan, but we have to wait to see how it plays out.

megotelek: (swords crossed)
...all of which managed to make my brain explode. Well, except for NCIS. Thank you, NCIS. Onward!

That's all she wrote, folks!
megotelek: (welcome to rivendell)
Okay, first of all? Episode title makes me think of 1st season BSG with Baltar, Caprica 6 and the Destiny Baby in the Opera House.


My reaction to this episode: WHAAA!?!?

The next few weeks are going to be very hard on my poor brain...Lost on Thursday nights followed by BSG on Friday nights? And saving up all the episodes of Grey's because I cannot handle all three shows in quick succession.

Okay, okay, on to the episode proper...

Hi, Lostzilla! )

I give up. JJ, Carlton, Ron, David? Here's my brain -- go do whatever you want with it.


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