talkingsoup: (fantastic!)
So yesterday was Julie's birthday, which conveniently fell on the same day that Cloverfield came out, so of course we went to see it.

It waaaaaaas pretty much the most intense movie I've ever seen.


We wandered around the mall after that. I went to Best Buy and bought Amelie, Hairspray and Little Miss Sunshine with my gift card, then Kate, Molly and I went to dinner at a Japanese place, while Julie went off with Michelle. Back at the apartment Sharona came over, Michelle brought cake and we all watched Ratatouille, which is adorable and brilliant, and probably one of the best Pixar movies, up there with Finding Nemo.

I actually woke up that morning really early because I couldn't sleep the night before, so I spent the better part of the morning watching Cardcaptor Sakura. Yes, that's right. I've never seen it before, and from what I have seen I can say it's adorable and actually really kind of nice. I've pretty much avoided CLAMP, except for the movie X which didn't exactly give me a good opinion of them--but Cardcaptor Sakura isn't too bad. It's cute without being disgustingly sugary. At the same time I'm hoping that something serious happens at some point or another, to give it a bit more...importance, I guess.

Anyway, today I managed to sleep well so I got up at a more reasonable hour (read: 3). Kate and Molly cooked dinner, Julie went off to "do stuff" (lol) and I hung out. Pat came around to give me the first two Phoenix Wrights and Sweeney Todd in concert. Kate made an awesome cake. Michelle and Sharona came over again for dinner and then we all watched Return of the King and made fun of Legolas and his "I burned the brownies!" face.

No drinking involved, but that's all good.

So anyway, I'm 21. Doesn't feel much different. *shrug*

Very happy though. I got Tales of the Abyss and a Scrabble set :D
talkingsoup: (a circle of children)
First of all, PAT THANK YOU for surfthechannel because it's a lifesaver, even if a lot of the links are down right now. I'm actually kinda sorta starting to get caught up on Bleach because I was bored out of my mind the other day. At least now I know who the hell Grimmjow and Ulquiorra are (though skipping ahead through the filler arc has left me going "who the fuck is this" every time one of those other guys shows up. Seriously, who the hell are they, and what are the "Bount" they keep mentioning? Why are they keeping filler characters around anyway??)

Also, after half a year of waiting for it to come out on DVD so I could finally watch it, I managed to see "The Lives of Others," which is a damn-fuck brilliant movie. Definitely a keeper. I think I need to buy it.

It's won some awards, and deservedly so. It's a love story. It's about East Germany in the 80's, a few years before the wall fell, when no one was allowed to lead private lives and the Stasi--the secret police--had files on everyone. When a government official sets his sight on a beautiful actress, who happens to be going out with a pro-Socialist writer, the official orders the Stasi to wiretap and bug the writer's home and find some dirt on him, to get him out of the way. The man in charge of watching the writer Georg and the actress Christa is a cold-iron Stasi type who always does his job perfectly--until he starts to watch Georg and Christa's story unfold.

It's not your average love story, since it's not about a man and a woman (or man and man, woman and woman, what have you) falling in love with each other. It's about a man falling in love with the lives of two complete strangers. The movie is simply expert. The subtlety. The beauty. The acting, the setting, the way the plot unfolds. The ending. It's all absolutely incredible. Makes me wish I knew more German. Makes me appreciate more the fact that I was allowed to walk around in former East Germany at all, and how life was lived there only a few years before I was born.

Absolutely 100% wonderful.

Score: 10 out of 10 (!)

Also, I'm thinking of joining an online LJ RP. Only I've never been in an RP before. I have no idea what it really entails. Plus it's another big commitment along with my writing and along with school. I mean, it would take up a relatively substantial part of my day, and for what? For fun? Can I really do something like that, in the midst of the more important, Real Life things I've got going on? And can I do it, I mean, channel a character like that?

I just don't know. But I'm thinking about it. I'd play either Haraken from Dennou Coil or Hei from Darker than BLACK (leaning toward Hei right now).

It's a really interesting concept, the RP, and it's fun if only to watch the interactions between characters unfolding right now. It only opened a few days ago. It's [ profile] realityshifted and it's open to everyone and all characters right now. And I do mean all characters, if I go by what the mods have told me. They have people from Doctor Who, Life on Mars, D. Gray-Man, Air Gear, Dennou Coil and so on over there already, but the taken list is pretty short at this point. So...if anyone else is interested, go check it out (like I said, it's worth it if only to watch).

And someone either talk me into this, or out of it ^_^

A Shift In Reality )
talkingsoup: (shigure likes his caffeine)
Well firstoff, I managed to recover my iPod. The stuff that had disappeared before...well, there's nothing I can do about that, though I did figure out that a lot of it was anime music. The rest I guess I'll just have to make do without. What can you do?

In other news, I have a bunch of reviews. Movies and anime.

I finally got around to watching Ergo Proxy, and now I'm sorry I put it off. I liked it so much I ended up watching the whole show in about three days. I remember we watched the first two episodes of this...I dunno, a year or two ago in ASIC. I liked it enough then that I downloaded the whole show, but didn't find the time to watch it--till now.

Anyway, it's sort of like...Eva, Paranoia Agent and Ghost in the Shell all mixed together. It's dark, psychological, mysterious and awesome. I'm still not entirely sure what the hell all happened in that show. There are several episodes that seem completely out of line with the rest of the show until you get to the end of the episode and realize how significant it was.

The show is a future post-apocalyptic show about a domed city, in which police officer-type Real Mayar and her android (called an Autorave) partner are investigating an infection among Autoraves that seems to give them emotions. It's called the Cogito virus. Along the way she encounters a monster that is neither human nor Autorave, and in the course of her investigation she meets an immigrant named Vincent Law who seems to be connected to the monster. The mystery of the monster, called a Proxy, draws Real, Vincent, and a childlike infected Autorave called Pino outside the domed city into the post-apocalyptic wasteland beyond.

For one thing, the animation is quite brilliant, and the character designs are unique and awesome. The characters themselves are pretty cool--Vincent is adorable and genuinely nice, Real is a selfish bitch who kicks ass and turns out to be awesome too, and Pino is just plain cute--and not in the annoying way that the typical child sidekick is. Also the storyline is pretty unique, and provides an interesting new spin on the post-apocalyptic genre.

The show is brilliant if only for all the allusions. Every episode has some sort of cultural reference in it--everything from art to philosophy to mythology to linguistics. Even the title is an allusion, in more ways than one. "Ergo" means "therefore" in Latin, and a proxy is a representative or emissary of something else. So, Ergo Proxy="therefore emissary." Which doesn't make much sense until the end of the show. But also, if you think of the title in conjunction with the virus infecting the Autoraves, Cogito, then you get "Cogito ergo sum," the famous saying by Descartes meaning "I think, therefore I am."

Heh, it all makes sense eventually.

It's confusing as hell, like I said, which only gets minorly annoying, but then I suppose that depends on your comfort level with that type of thing. It's definitely not the kind of anime you can just jump into in the middle, and it probably needs to be watched twice. But overall it's really, really good, and I'm a bit confused as to why it's not talked about much in the places you'd expect it to be.

The other night I decided to go see Juno, and when that was over I decided to be bad--Sweeney Todd was playing two theaters down, so I managed to slip in just as it was starting. Lol, I figure my eleven bucks for a movie might as well go all the way.

Anyway, Juno turns out to be as wonderful as everyone is saying it is. Juno herself is probably the most believable teenager to ever grace the big screen--ever--and I've fallen completely in love with the actress, Ellen Page. The other people in the movie were just as awesome, especially the couple that Juno is going to give her baby to, Mark and Vanessa. Every character in the movie is completely human and three dimensional, and your opinion of each character changes a little over the course of the movie. It reminded me a lot of Garden State--quirky suburban people caught up in the odd sort of real situations that crop up in real life. Plus a totally weird and awesome soundtrack.

I was also really impressed with the way they handled the issue of teenage pregnancy. It can get so damn melodramatic or boring or preachy or gimmicky or lame. But they did it absolutely perfectly. Juno doesn't freak out when she finds out she's pregnant, nor does she act like she's going to be one of those people who will leave her baby in a dumpster. But at the same time, it's not treated like this is just a plot point--you can tell through body language and through brilliant acting that this is a big deal, but that Juno's just not the kind of girl who will freak out about it. The movie isn't preachy or melodramatic in the least. They handle the issue exactly as the issue should be handled--honestly and realistically.

I love the parents reaction, too. Wonderful. And the movie itself is hilarious with lines like, "You should've gone to China, you know, 'cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events." And the one about the fountain and the Kraken, though I can't find that one.

Loved it. Deserves Oscars. Will buy it.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

The Sweeney Todd I snuck into turned out to be for the hearing impaired which kind of put a damper on the whole thing, but it was worth the $0 I spent on it. I did like it a lot--I was a bit worried because people have been screaming and yelling about this movie and not usually in a good way, plus I haven't read the book or seen the play. Though I intend to see the play next chance I get. I guess people are saying that it wasn't at all like the play and that the play was better, which is usually the case when you have plays get adapted for the big screen. But, oh well. I suppose that left me free to judge it as a movie and not to compare it to anything.

Anyway, it was hilarious. Probably the best dark comedy I've seen in, well, forever. Absolutely pitch black humor, as can be expected of Tim Burton, and of the original material (I have seen clips of the plays so I have a sense). The only reason I didn't laugh more is because there were two other people in the theater and I felt like a bit of a freak for laughing every time someone had their throat slit. Not that it's something to laugh at, but they seriously went out of their way to make the blood look totally fake. Hooray for red corn syrup! The song "A Little Priest" almost made me wet myself, especially the line about poets.

The movie had Tim Burton's classic "foggy dark overcast death doom destruction" feel to it, which I always like, and the characters were pretty brilliant, as was the acting. Johnny can actually sing, though as Molly pointed out, he's certainly not a baritone. I loved Mrs. Lovett's cavalier attitude with things like murder, cannibalism, and child abuse.

And Alan Rickman? Oh my god. You could not have found a more perfect actor. He was the most pervy, creepy guy I've seen on screen in awhile who wasn't in a super-serious role. Absolutely brilliant. "You gandered at my ward, did you not?" Fuck yeah.

The only real problem I had with the movie was that Johnny Depp seems to think that all Londoners sound like Jack Sparrow. Though fortunately he managed to keep the Sparrow voice to a minimum, but still. Come on now. There are more accents in Britain than just the London one, and even London has multiple accents (though don't ask me to try and differentiate).

A totally awesome, hilarious and campy dark comedy, and brilliant as the movie itself, though I couldn't say how it rates next to the play. Still, taken on its own, I thought it was great and loved it.

Nice to not pay for it, too.

Score: 8 out of 10

Last but not least, I finally managed to see Hot Fuzz. I never did see Shaun of the Dead so I can't compare it, but I loved it. The editing was abso-fucking-lutely perfect. Not in that awesome way you see in the really wonderful movies, but the editing was perfect for the movie it was for, which was a parody. The editing consisted entirely of quick cuts and dramatic shots which is pretty much the equivalent of shooting you in the face with "I am an action movie!"

Have I ever mentioned that I love British humor? And this movie was no exception. It was hilarious. The gore was totally over-the-top, as were the fight scenes (though funnily enough the acting wasn't, lol). You can tell the actors had fun with this. Especially with the gay subtext they had going on, hahaha.

The climax is too awesome for words. Nicholas Angel (main character) comes riding through the village with more weapons than it is humanly possible to character...riding a white horse. Yes. Too brilliant.

Not much else to say, really, except to reiterate that I loved it. To bits.

Score: 8 out of 10

Denno Coil--that anime I mentioned the other day--continues to be awesome. Also, I downloaded the first two episodes of Gundam 00 to find out what the fangirls are barking about, and I still can't figure it out. It's exactly the same as all the other Gundam shows. I wanted to laugh when one of the characters is watching one of the Gundams attack and looks at it through binoculars to find the name "Gundam" on it and is like "Gundam? What's that?" I'm pretty sure I yelled "haven't you ever watched anime?" at my computer. Puh-leeze. Anyway, my patience with the show was already thin at the end of the first episode, but when they revealed pretty much the exact same plot as the first series in this one, I was just bored. And I totally lost my patience when the Gundam boys went into "former Sri-Lanka" to stop the Tamil-Sinhalese ethnic war that had been "going on there for hundreds of years." As someone who actually knows a little bit about the struggle, seeing the anime treat the conflict like nothing more than a plot point was bad enough, but when they sent in the Gundams and had them slaughter both sides in one of the skirmishes, I lost my patience with the show (the whole point of the Gundams this time is to "end war." With more war. So you know that before long the characters are gonna be all "this is wrong!", end up thinking for themselves, leave the fray, find true love, yadda yadda).

Also, the fangirls are all melting over the characters, but I frankly don't see the appeal. They're completely lame and generic. You have the "angsty guy with the tortured past" the "maverick gunslinger" the "true-believer" and the "nerves-of-steel, silent killer." CLEE-SHAY. The women are completely superfluous, never mind that I find it hard to believe that one of those guys (the nerves of steel one) is male. There's simply no way. And they're really not that hot either.

In other news, Cloverfield is coming out soon, and a lot more info has cropped up. Y'alls need to check this out liek woah. Five videos of fake news footage about a oil rig belonging to a company called Tagruato, which is connected with Slusho!, being sucked under the water. All the evidence at this point is pointing to an underwater monster. Check it--it's badass:

French news

Spanish news

Italian news

German news

English news

The "on-site footage" used is the same for each, but each newscast gives a few tidbits of info that the others don't. And the footage is awesome enough. If you want to see some of the translations, check [ profile] 011808. They have some extra info too.

My writing has come to a standstill, which usually happens during breaks, but what can you do? *sigh*

Nothing else to report, really.
talkingsoup: (dwayne and frank)
Soooo, yeah. The Golden Compass, as everyone knows, came out on Friday and has stirred up a massive controversy for various reasons. The book was similarly heralded with controversy and debate, and continues to be a source of strife with some people. That's what you get for writing such a blatantly anti-religion book, I guess.

Anyway, those of you that know me know that I cherish the His Dark Materials trilogy. The Amber Spyglass is my second favorite book ever after House of Leaves. Every time I read it it brings tears to my eyes, and not many books can do that. I grew up with these; they're close to my heart.

And I've been waiting for this movie for about three years now, and ever since I heard it was being made into a movie I've been worried that they'd kill it. So I'd been kind of bracing myself for disappointment.

My final verdict?

My Alethiometer, Let Me Shows You It. SPOILERS. )

In other news, Sophia, Julie and I have finished watching the Anne of Green Gables trilogy, which is brilliant and awesome.

The year is coming to an end. Four more days of classes, then it's finals week.

The ice on the ground this morning was ridiculous. Here's hoping that we get more snow instead of freezing rain.

I want to open a hot chocolate/tea shop.
talkingsoup: (spotless mind)
Hey hey, the heat wave is leaving us! Yay!

So yes. We arrived at the theater at 8 nearabouts since we wanted to be early. There were at least 6 theaters playing Harry Potter and ALL the tickets had been sold out. The IMAX line took up most of the central hallway and there were other lines down the other two hallways for the regular movie. We sat around for about an hour before they moved a group of people into one of the theaters, which meant we got to move to the front of the line. Other people started arriving then, namely Lindy--Liz, Sarah and Sarah's friend Craig were already there. About another hour later, they let us into one of the theaters, and we sat there for I think another hour, playing Apples to Apples (which I'd never played before and which was pretty fun). Then I couldn't sit still, so a handful of us went out to get Coldstone (woo!), and by then two other people showed up. Once we got back a wee bit of drama was underway, as Liz had disappeared to take a call and various stuff was happening.

Then, finally, maybe another thirty minutes after that, everyone resurfaced from whatever they'd been doing and the movie started.

Previews first--lemme say right now, I really want to see that 10,000 BC movie, although I wonder if they're gonna be all PC and change it to "10,000 BCE." Probably enough people don't know what that stands for, so I doubt it. I can't remember much of the other previews except for the ping-pong movie, which has the guy who plays Hiro on Heroes. I shouted "yatta" with pretty much the whole theater.

And then, of course, the movie itself started. There was quite a bit of cheering.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--SPOILERS )

The only reason I didn't post this yesterday was because right after the movie some really stupid drama went down. I'll spare you the details, but pretty much, Liz and I got in a fight, and I was subsequently in a bad mood all day yesterday.

My mom got home today. She's spent the last week and a half in Maine with my grandparents.

I'm finally sort of getting back into writing! I've been looking a lot at Penta, picking at it a little. But nothing worth really barking about.

I did watch a few episodes of Sousei no Aquarion. Oh my god, we've gotta show this next year in ASIC. This is an anime that really needs to be watched in groups and mysted like hell. There is just too much in it that can be taken so wrong. But aside from that it's a fun show with a great soundtrack and a pretty good storyline, so it won't be so bad that they give it the boot.
talkingsoup: (another place another time)
Listen, people of the world. You've really gotta start trying to get along with each other. It's getting kind of ridiculous.


Oh man, oh MAN, this time tomorrow, I will be sitting in a theater full of crazy, dressed up fans watching as the previews start just before the Harry Potter movie. And not many days after that, I'll be waiting in line at Barnes and Noble to get my copy of the LAST book. Holy. Shit.

For as excited as I am about this movie, it's probably gonna end up sucking, lol. But then again, I find that if you're really anticipating a movie, you end up liking it, even if it does suck ^_^

I'm at work tomorrow as well before the movie, but it's not a problem--12-3, so I'll have more than enough time to get shit done before the movie. As far as I know, I'm gonna show up at 9:30-10. That's about two hours in advance, and that should be alright, right? I mean, about six theaters are going to play it, so really. Even with the utterly insane amount of people who will be there, it should be okay. Mostly it's a parking space I'm worried about.

Hey, it's Pat's birthday right now! Happy Birthday, Pat!!

Dude, I finally managed to watch Dark Side of the Rainbow. What is that, you ask? Dark Side of the Rainbow is the infamous legend where you sync up Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz. And oh my God it works! Don't think this is just an urban legend--it really does work, so much so that it's kind of creepy. Admittedly, some of it is up for interpretation, and there's a chance I read too much into things, but even that aside, there's a lot of crazy transitions and syncs and stuff. If you guys have the opportunity, you should check it out. Pretty insane. It's relatively easy--if you're gonna play the CD, then start the CD right as the black and white MGM lion roars for the third time. However, if you're playing it on iPod and have the CD ripped as one whole thing--in other words, no gaps between songs--then start it when the MGM lion fades to black.

And along with that, I've got a movie review for you. And by the way, Julie, I thought of you while watching this movie because two of the characters reminded me of you and your adventures with the literateur-types in your Fiction class. XP

The Squid and the Whale )

No really, Julie, you should watch this one just so you can throw things at the father when he's being all pretentious and "literature is the only form of writing there IS, liek woah." He's like the embodiment of the kids in your class, lol. But don't worry, it's not like the whole movie will piss you off ^_^ It's really quite good.

Ugh, on the writing front...well, there is no writing front. I've told myself that nighttime is official writing time, but the muse is still pretty much on vacation. Little brat. It's not even for not wanting to write. Actually I have all these weird ideas bouncing around in my head. I had the craziest dream the other night that had this thing in it I really want to try and put into a story somewhere (I get a lot of ideas from dreams). There's also ideas bouncing around for that 20's book Julie and I are considering, and for Fox and Mike for the 100 Situations thing, and some things bouncing around for Mot--but I just can't seem to get anything down on paper. Or rather in pixels.

Oh, but I did look at Penta the other day. Actually I read a bit of it over. It's been awhile since I looked at some of those scenes, and I gotta say, I'd forgotten how fucking emotional some of those scenes are. I think that's one of the problems with me and Mot right now--all these things are happening or will be happening, but I don't really feel anything. It was quite a delight to go back to Penta and actually get worried and worked up about the characters' well-being. Now does that mean I have to leave Mot alone for a year and then come back to it? I certainly hope not. But I think maybe that giving it a read-through will help.

And for fuck's sake, I've really got to finish that stupid fic chapter.
talkingsoup: (haruko)
I got my tickets for HP5. Which comes out in THREE DAYS, guys. I'm going to the midnight showing with some friends, naturally. I'm seriously, seriously considering dressing up, I just don't know who I'd go as. Haha.

Gah, I can't wait for this movie. It looks like it's going to be so awesome, so much better than the last ones. The actors have all matured, plus we're getting into the major storyline, plus the trailers have been liek woah so far.

Oh man, and the book isn't too far away either. Going at midnight for that, too. And probably reading all night.

Well, got another movie review for y'all.

Tokyo Godfathers )

Julie and I got a pretty brilliant idea for a writing project. I have a good feeling about it. Roaring Twenties. Prohibition. Rum runners. Magic. And crows, for some reason--the muse is demanding crows. I'm not sure where to go with it, but it should be a lot of fun. Don't think we'll get to it for awhile, though. We both have enough projects already.

I'm going to make a much stronger effort to get back into writing. Not just Motley Crew, but the fic, Penta, the 100 Situations, and maybe North if I think I can manage it.

(Oh and just to clarify, I made a mistake in the titling. 100 Themes Challenge is an art challenge, mostly on DA. 100 Situations is the specific challenge that I'm doing, and it's mostly for fanfic, but for original stuff as well. So I'll be changing the tags to "100 situations" instead of "100 themes".)

Dude. Three days, man. Three days.
talkingsoup: (naruto forward)
So we've entered the infamous California summer now. It's been over 100 degrees for the past two days. It's kind of insane. I can't even step outside without wanting to drink a whole shitload of lemonade. And we don't have any lemonade. And one of the teeth that had a cavity is now sensitive to cold, so I wouldn't be able to drink it anyway.

Fortunately there's a very nice air conditioner at Blockbuster. I worked today and yesterday and I'll be back tomorrow. I think I'm finally in the system too, so I should be able to start training tomorrow. Never mind that I still don't have a shirt. Lol, but I like it there. I've been doing mostly gopher work but my boss is nice and so are my coworkers, plus it's been pretty easy going the past few days. It'll probably be busier tomorrow since I'm working a late shift, but ah well.

I don't think I mentioned this before, but my brother's girlfriend bought a bunny at the fair and it is currently living at our house. Which means of course that me and Ben are the ones who are mainly taking care of it. He's a very nice bunny, and a color I've never seen on a rabbit, but he's still a bit timid and he always pees on me.

I'm thinking of getting another tattoo. Don't know what or where on me, though.

Okay, so. The other night I went to see Transformers. Actually I went to the 8:35 showing but they were sold out until 11:05 so I hung around the Game Stop and Best Buy until then. We even had to wait in line for 45 minutes--and this wasn't even on opening night either! But I broke down and got Pokemon Pearl at Game Stop--I've decided to fully embrace my inner dork, thank you--so that and Ezili kept me occupied.

But. Dude. There was this...trailer. Attached to the movie. It...well, I'm not going to explain it because that would ruin it, but it was probably the most perfect trailer I've ever seen. I'm not saying that the movie it was for necessarily looked awesome, though it did, muchly so, but the trailer was just so well done. Which makes sense when you look at who's doing the movie.

The movie is by J.J. Abrams. The guy who does Lost.

Which explains why the title of the movie is being kept secret.

And the premise.

And the plot.

All we know is it's some kind of monster movie. Shot with camcorders and handhelds. There are two codenames going around for it--"Cloverfield" and "The Parasite."

Damn does JJ know how to hook 'em. I've gotta fucking see this movie.

And now for movie reviews.

Transformers )

Well I also got my hands on a couple of movies from Blockbuster. I'll probably have watched every movie on my to-see list by the time I'm done working there, lol. I grabbed The Last Mimzy, Layer Cake, The Squid and the Whale, and Capote all of which I've wanted to see for some time. Only got one in tonight, though.

The Last Mimzy )

Julie, you're not going to believe this, but I missed the last two 4400's! I was even here for them, but I just totally forgot they were on. Sunday+summer scheduling=fuck you, viewers.

I am very, very slowly getting back into the writing groove, but the muse is still reluctant. I've got some ideas for Mot. And I still really, really need to finish the last bit of the fic chapter. And I'm still waiting to hear back from the 100 Situations people, so I haven't started any of the prompts yet. Hmph.

I had the weirdest dream last night, and I don't remember much of it, except that there were all these rooms and hallways and doors that led to different places. And at one point there were furry river dolphins. And they weren't friendly like your average oceanic dolphins. A river dolphin is one mean motherfucker. These guys were nice to me, but they were still pretty badass. And furry.
talkingsoup: (little miss sunshine)
This is probably one of the best movies ever made.

Little Miss Sunshine )

I also bought Pan's Labyrinth the other day, but forgot to mention it. More movie reviews coming, since Tokyo Godfathers and the Ghost In the Shell movie just came in the mail.

Not much else to report. Went to the beach today with Liz and Lindy and got so fucking burned. On the backs of my legs too, so every time I move them it's like "AGH I KILL YOU!" Eurgh. It's all splotchy and gross too. I should know better by now. I always burn before I tan. x_x

I'm a slug bug. I haven't done any writing lately. I feel like such a loser. And I still haven't been approved for the 100 Themes Challenge. I think I'd better check up on that.

My job finally, really starts next week on Wednesday and it looks like I've got 15 hours this week. The woes of part-time work, but oh well. If I work like this from now until the end of summer I should have enough. And they might give me more hours eventually.

Had to deal with some major drama issues earlier as well. Not gonna talk about it, since it concerns a friend of mine, but let's just say that all is not well.

Julie, can you remind me of which cons we're going to? I've got to start thinking about getting the tickets. And any updates on whether I'm coming to Minnesota??

Geh. It's been a weird day.
talkingsoup: (tamaki pwns joo)
Okay. So I've got two movie reviews for you, both of them anime movies.

First off, Karas )

And secondly, X )

Not much else to say, really.

Oh, some more AMV biz for y'all.

This one is absolutely amazing in its originality, though it took me awhile to recognize the song. It's from the trailer to Sin City.

This one took me a few watches to get into. It's different. It's probably the only Bleach vid I have that's not action-oriented (woot! originality!). Yet the song somehow fits the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia (and no it's not all ooey-gooey romantic. It's dark and wonderful). And the editing is simple, but somehow I like it.

This one is just plain wonderful. The only truly good Paranoia Agent vid I've found, to the Tears for Fears version of Mad World. Quite awesome.


Jun. 22nd, 2007 12:09 am
talkingsoup: (: ])
Funniest two seconds EVER. Found on SEB

My job starts this Saturday--I go in at 11 for training to a store in Livermore. I finally got around to buying khaki pants at the mall yesterday. Also picked up some tank tops since I have about none. Also got another game for the DS--something called Trace Memory which looked interesting. I seriously considered getting Phoenix Wright, but I think I'm gonna hold off on that one until my job is underway. I already broke my rule and bought two other games--though both were for GBA so they were less expensive.

Went to the sushi place up the road earlier today with Liz, then we went hot tubbing. Pretty much all I've done all day, but oh well.

Still haven't figured out what to do about the 100 Themes Challenge. It also occurred to me that even if I start now there's no way in hell I'll finish before the end of summer--so I think I'll lower my summer goal to something like 25 or something reasonable like that. There's also my own stuff and the fic to think about.

And anyway, here's some movie reviews for you.

My Neighbor Totoro )

I don't even know what I have anymore. At first I thought it was allergies, then I thought it was a sinus infection, but now I'm coughing and generally feel horrible. Fuck.

Bee Season )

Jules, sorry I didn't get on AIM today--I'll be on probably all day tomorrow, though.

Oh, I got my license back. Apparently someone found it at a Post Office in San Francisco and sent it here. Go figure.


Jun. 18th, 2007 12:51 am
talkingsoup: (sasuke lost)
Gah, I feel useless. I don't know what's wrong with me, but for some reason, I can't bring myself to write. I've just been lazy but at the same time, it's almost like I don't want to.

I think the length and time I've spent with Mot is starting to get to me. It's the same thing that happened to the original Taenailo story, to Alchemist, and to Pentagram. I've gotten bored with it, and I hate myself for feeling that way. I mean, it's not so much that I don't like writing it, it's just that it's dragging on and on, I seem to be getting no closer to the end, and plus, I already know everything that's going to happen. It's like seeing a movie for the thousandth time--enjoyable, but you know how it's going to end and all. Admittedly, I don't know what happens after this first book ends. So it's like a combination of me just wanting to get this one through so I can start thinking about the next one, and me wanting to leave it alone and do something new. And at the same time, I almost dread finishing this one, because then I have to work on the next one, which will probably be even longer. Gah!

I really do want to work on my other projects. I want to keep going with the Penta rewrite. I want to get into North. North so far is an uphill battle--I still have a lot to work out, and mostly I've just been picking at it (I do have a full Kai and Jae scene though). And I'm worried, because even though it's just in the planning stages, and even though I only have the beginning worked out, North is already looking like it's going to be another giant motherfucker like Mot. And if that happens, will I lose interest in it, like what's happening with Mot? (I'm doing everything I can not to let that happen, because I love Mot too much, but still).

Goddamn it, why can't I ever be concise? Why do I always have to have ensemble casts? Goddamn it Maggie Furey, how the hell did you manage to pull this off? I have six characters in North and it's already looking like it's going to explode--she had what, twelve main characters or something in the Shadowleague Trilogy, but she kept it to three nicely sized books!

This is why I suck so much at writing short stories. I'm so fucking long-winded! I might as well be fucking Leo Tolstoy. Like I'm ever going to sell anything, the way I write now. Like anyone's gonna want to read these giant motherfuckers I churn out.

I'm sorry. I know I'm acting like a twelve-year-old. I just needed to let it all out. I've just been feeling so unmotivated and lazy and like such a crappy writer. I really, really want to work on my other projects, like North, Ramsey, Desert and all, but it just won't come. It's like the muse is on vacation. And when I write Mot, it just feels dry and lifeless.

Maybe that's why I've felt so crappy. Maybe I'm just not in it. I guess this is what real writer's block is like.


In other news, I have a movie review for y'all.

Party Monster )

In the meantime, I'm trying to decide on a name for my Nintendo DS. I'm thinking either Ezili Dantor or Morrigan. Both of whom are goddess-types, are dark and warrior-like, and generally badass. Look 'em up.

Well, Shit

Jun. 8th, 2007 11:54 pm
talkingsoup: (ginko wha?)
Everyone's been telling me that Vector is pretty much a scam. Wonderful. Not sure what to do about it. If someone else gets back to me with a job offer, that'd be awesome, but what choice do I have? I need a job, I already accepted, etc. etc. Damn it. Fucking world.

Well. Let's just hope that someone else gets back to me before Thursday. My only other options at this point are Blockbuster or Starbucks. Woot.

Anyway, here's another movie review for y'all.

Hostel 2 )
talkingsoup: (swamp girl mushishi)
Saw two anime movies recently and forgot to review them.

Voices of a Distant Star )

And, Pale Cocoon )

Now I want to see Paprika.


May. 29th, 2007 07:42 pm
talkingsoup: (homecoming)
Okay, before I review this awesome movie, I have to first review the AWESOME FUCKING TRAILER that came on before it. I'm talking, of course, about the Golden Compass trailer.

Holy fuck-doodles! Was that awesome or was that fucking awesome? Okay, not only do all the people look like how I imagined them (holy shit, Serafina! Lee! the gyptians!), the animation looks incredible! You've got to spend a hell of a lot of money to pull off the daemons and the weirdo world that Lyra comes from. Oh my god, I'm so excited! Admittedly, there was something Lord Asriel said in the preview that kind of had me going "wha?", I think when he mentioned multiple worlds--because I don't think I remember him ever saying that in the book. Well, as long as they don't fuck with the book too much, I think I can get over the nitpicks and just drool over the CGI and Iorek's voice. Okay, this is so wrong, but did anyone else find Iorek's voice to be TEH SEX? Who the hell does that voice? I gotta look that up, because oh my god, *squeeflaildie*

Yeah, so excited.

Okay, anyway, now onto Pirates. Spoiler alert. )

Now I need to see Spiderman 3. Just for shits and giggles.

Oh, and I have seen the first episode of Sousei no Aquarion. It is fast-paced, very nicely animated, kind of confusing, and generally good, and yes the music is that holy-shit-good.
talkingsoup: (v for pink floyd)
Check out the icon I made. I love V for Vendetta and I love Pink Floyd, and the two go together quite nicely.

Also made this one )

though I'm not sure which one I like better.

So! I came to a series of realizations today and last night. The big, life-changing type that are worth calling my brother at 5 AM to tell him about, since he was the only one I could really go to then. It's been weird, but talking about it made me feel a lot better (I finally got to sleep). Epiphanies like this are good, despite their also being terrible and strange. And I still don't know entirely what I'm going to do. Either way, it means change.

Saw V for Vendetta with Pat on Friday. Excellent movie.

V for Vendetta )

Today feels like Sunday and I don't really know why. It turns out I have a major presentation this Monday that I thought was going to be due way at the end of the semester, but oh well. Pretty much all I have to do is put together a powerpoint and find a little bit more information. But I also have a fanfic chapter to write between now and the end of Sunday. I'm a few pages in--I'm gonna try to finish it tonight.

Oh, we officially have a Garden. 27-38. Kitchen. Spiral staircase. Living room. View of the lake. Next year is going to be so fucking much fun.
talkingsoup: (kthxdie)
God, I just want this cold, gray, flurrying winterness to end. I want my spring back. I want to wear my skirts outside (and go buy new ones, since I only have two right now). Fuck you, weird April, you've ruined my childhood.

Very awesome weekend, though. In ASIC apparently we're going to switch to watching Paranoia Agent instead of Chrno Crusade, which has gotten less than fanatic reviews. It got infinitesimally better last week, but really, it's just so...generic and hard to see and dumb. So, Paranoia Agent, which let me tell you right now, ASIC is going to have a HELL of a lot of fun with. After that is Jubei-chan, which I'm actually kind of looking forward to seeing. I've never actually seen any "magical girl"-type anime, so I'm kind of interested to see what they're like; plus, I've heard good things about Jubei-chan. I saw it pop up in a few AMVs and I remember thinking, "that looks interesting."

Friday I hung out with Pat and we watched Casino Royale, which was good, and we had a generally good time. XP

Later that night, being Good Friday, we watched Jesus Christ Superstar, and I really want the soundtrack. We also compared/contrasted bits and pieces of the 70's version with the newer version, and I have to say, overall I like the 2000 version better. The Jesus in the 70's version was much better generally, but really, you can't pass up the Caiaphas of the 2000 version, or the Herod. Woot! We had much fun, and I'm pretty sure we had a giant cookie too, though I can't remember.

Saturday ended up mostly being a workday up until 6ish, when Pat and I went with a group of ASICers to see Grindhouse, which was horrifyingly awesome. And let me say right now, this movie has to be viewed altogether and at once, and definitely in a group. I have a newfound respect for Rodriguez and Tarantino.

I was totally intending to get more work done after that, and I did, though not as much as I was hoping. Mostly because of the impromptu dance party that happened shortly after I got back. Sophia, Julie, Molly and I, all wearing froofy skirts and spinning around and dancing to music. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards we really did order a cookie, since Molly could eat it by then (Lent was over!) and watched Heroes with Sophia, and it wasn't till later that I could get some work done. Lol, it was an awesome night, though.

Sunday was, obviously, Easter, so I slept in, did some work, and then went to a multi-cultural Easter dinner in someone's apartment with Sophia and the others. There was challah bread, spanna (?), which is like a spinach-feta-phyllo casserole thingy, apples and cheese fondue, spring rolls with shrimp, absolutely wonderful potato salad, and garlic bready-type things. All of it was spectacularly good, oh my God, and most of it was also Greek since Sophia did a lot of the cooking. For desert was a really kind of awesome brownie and Hevlah, I think it's called, which is like a sesame candy covered in chocolate. It's really good. Sophia came by later to watch more Heroes.

And then it was Monday and I wept.

Now for movie reviews!

Casino Royale )

I have a huge amount of candy in my drawer right now, from the Easter basket my mom sent me and the one that Molly gave to everyone. Sophia also gave me some jelly beans. The Peeps in my drawer are staring at me, waiting to be eaten. I don't even like Peeps that much.

Grindhouse )

It's gonna be a busy week. Got a test on Wednesday, along with my portfolio due for Women and Writing, and a rough draft due in Sociology of Religion. Ugh. I really, really want to get the next chapter of my fic out before next week though, because I haven't really been fair to the readers, not posting in so long. It's been about a month and a half by now. I need to come up with ideas and get it up by Sunday at the latest. That's my non-school goal for this week.
talkingsoup: (squee!)
In many more ways than one.

Well, for one thing, it's very, very, very nice outside. The lake looks like glass from here and the grass is really green and it's all warm and the last of the snow is kind of lingering in piles and the sky is this sort of pale blue. It's very lovely. And here I am cooped up inside with lots of homework. Boo homework. But oh well. I'm so happy it's getting to be nice again, because this means I can go hiking again, woot! I think I'll give it a few more days for some of the mud to clear up (I can only imagine what it looks like back there), then I'm going out for a few hours and trekking around the deer paths. Hee, it'll be awesome.

I've been writing a lot, which is good. I've just generally been in a good mood for the past few weeks, which is a bit of a new thing for me. Not to say I'm depressed all the time, but just that things are usually just like, "okay, another day, woot." La-dee-da, I guess. Being in a good mood is good for writing unless you're writing dark things, and sometimes even if you're writing dark things. I've gotten a whole bunch more chapters on the Pentagram rewrite punched out, and Pat's been a big help as First Reader. I also had a sort of mental coming together of North, and the same thing happened with Fox's story, and I've fleshed some more things out for Ramsey. The only thing that's been kinda sitting on the back burner is Desert, although I've worked out some world things for that one. And Motley Crew is still taking a break. But it's all good. I'm writing again, and I'm usually writing every day, which is great.

Oh, and, Pat kissed me.

And I'm not one to get into details on the more personal things in my life, but seeing as this was my first kiss (!) I think I'm entitled to at least say something. And, well, I was really floaty and dazed and dizzy and I couldn't actually think much, but overall I guess that's a good thing. And now whenever I think about it I've got this kind of singing sensation--I have no idea how else to describe it--but in any case, I guess that's also a good thing.

So are we going out now? I really don't know. In this day and age, I have no idea what constitutes a relationship anymore. But in the words of Beauty and the Beast, I think there's something there that wasn't there before.


Oh my god, and now before I overload on the cheese...

Sweaty, Screaming, Scantily Clad, Six-Packed Spartans--Discuss! )
talkingsoup: (shippuden new day)
Well first of all, gotta report on something I've been wanting to report on for awhile now, since before break.

That being Ouran High School Host Club.

This being an anime, obviously. The premise of the show is, this tomboy, Haruhi, is a scholarship student at the extravagantly rich Ouran Academy. She walks into a room one day and meets the Host Club, a group of guys who are pretty much...escorts without the sex, catering to the girls of the high school. They initially mistake Haruhi for a boy, and when she breaks an 8 million yen vase they turn her into a host to pay it off. Once they realize she's actually a girl the hijinks ensue.

It's probably the most adorable anime ever, and I say that having seen Gravitation and Honey and Clover. H&C still tops the charts, of course, but Ouran is pure love. And much like the aforementioned, it's not all cuteness--it's got some real story behind it, good story, with good characters.

The best part of the show is that it's fanservice and knows it. The entire point of the Host Club itself is to provide fanservice for the high school fangirls. They even cater to all the classic drool-inducing bishounen types the fangirls love (and what's better is the characters actually refer to themselves as those "types"). Kyouya, the cool guy with glasses, Honey, the high schooler who looks like a kid and appeals to the shota/cuteness fangirls, Mori, the tall-dark-handsome-silent one, Kaoru and Hikaru the twins who of course play up the twincest-yaoi thing (and you can tell they absolutely love the act, though in reality it really is an act), and Tamaki the Prince Charming, over-the-top, adorable and protective leader of the Hosts who of course creates the UST with him and Haruhi.

The show is utterly brilliant, in case I haven't stressed that enough. I just really love how they do the relationships in it--very realistic and subtle and deep. I love the portrayal of Hikaru and Kaoru's relationship, and Kyouya and Tamaki, and Honey and Mori, and Hikaru and Haruhi, and Haruhi and Tamaki. So. Effing. Brilliant.

Watch it for the cuteness and the characters and the story.

So yes! Spring Break. Julie and I spent it with my relatives in NYC, Uncle Craig who's a reverend and Aunt Cathy who's a teacher. Julie got really sick right before we went and I was already sick and got even sicker halfway through the week. So we ended up not doing half of what we wanted to do. It was still a lot of fun, though. I got to see the NYC family, which was awesome, since they're awesome. We went to the Museum of Natural History which was fucking brilliant since I finally found the name for Deinocherius, the ginormous dinosaur of which they only found the arms (holy FUCK they're huge--guy musta been a motherfucker of a dino), and since I got to see Dunkleostolus who is made of primordial awesome, and Archaepoteryx, and an Easter Island head, and lots of gold. I love museums.

Also went to a bookstore up in Manhattan called Books of Wonder, which was cool, though I wasn't expecting it to be all a children's store. Though I found some Edward Gorey books I'd hitherto not known of (woot!) and the place is joined with a fucking cupcake shop, and have I mentioned that I love New York Cities? They just, like, have stores that just, sell cupcakes, how fucking awesome is that?? It was also across the street from a really neato paper store and I bought a few journals. We also walked to a more local bookstore (my people live in Brooklyn) which was really awesome, though it didn't have any of the Harry Dresden series, so we sold out and walked up the street to a lovely two story B&N. Which I felt badly about, but I just love the books.

Which leads me to the topic of Harry Dresden, the Dresden Files that is. Which has of late become a TV show that is apparently crappy. Anyway, after finishing Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (fourth and BEST of the Kel books, aka, The Protector of the Small. By the way, I love the little seer girl and I want to see more of her. And who is the Whisper Man? Yay mystery!) Julie told me I had to get started on the Dresden Files (she was on the fourth book by then, I think). So I read the first one on the bus ride down to NYC. And yeah, the writing could have been stronger, but the book was brilliant. First person, which I've only seen so much of in fantasy, and which I really appreciate when well-executed. Plus Harry Dresden is a fucking awesome character, so brilliantly human and flawed and yet awesome as well since he can blow you up and all. It also takes a really realistic approach to magic--as in, no blowing things up at close range since you can also kill yourself. You know, actual backlash. And when people get injured, they don't get up and run around, they fall down and have to sleep it off some (and then fight demons, but that's just poor Harry's bad luck).

I'm on the second one now, and it's good stuff. I'm much loving this series right now. Pat! You might like this to, so ask and I shall lend.

Caught up on most of my manga series while down there as well, Black Cat, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist and Naruto.

Also in NYC, we watched movies. Never made it to a movie theater, though the idea of 300 on IMAX still leaves me half-terrified and half-drooling (I want to seeeee it! Spartans! Spartans!), but I got to see two movies I hadn't seen. The first being Batman Begins, finally, the second being The Departed.

Which means--movie reviews!

Batman Begins )


The Departed )

Long post! I have much else to report on, but I shall have to report tomorrow.
talkingsoup: (all grow'd up)
A few more, including my very first GIF, because I'm utterly insane. )

I really shoulda been doing work, but this is really too much fun.

New D. Gray-Man chapter up as well, XOMG, I love Crowley.

So! Date with Pat on Friday, sorta. We saw Donnie Darko and talked for awhile afterward. Got to know him better and all that good stuff. On Saturday we met in the dining hall and he offered to take me to Wegman's, but then I called Julie and I guess the rest of them were already down there and heading back up. So Pat hung out the rest of the day, met my friends, and fun was had by all. Went to see The Prestige last night too.

I like where it's going with me and Pat. Don't know if I want a relationship-relationship with him yet, but...*shrug*. We'll see, I guess. ^.^

Finished the third season of The OC. Fuck, man.

And I pretty much did nothing today. So, onto movie reviews.

Donnie Darko )

Man, I want to write. I have to write a piece for Women and Writing, and I'm going to do Gecko again--but I just really, really want to get back to Mot, or get started on North. I'm this close to starting North, but one of my characters isn't exactly being forthcoming with her backstory. And there are a few more kinks to work out. I just wish things were going smoother with North. I don't know why I'm so reluctant to really start it. I've really just gotta bite the bullet and do it. I dunno. I guess I just want to have everything worked out before I start, so this doesn't explode like Mot has.

The Prestige )

Ugh. Better start getting to work.


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