talkingsoup: (all grow'd up)
Holy shit, you guys. I just got back from seeing Toy Story 3 and...

Dear God. I feel like Andy. I mean, I was a kid when I saw the first one, and though I skipped the second one until Pat forced me to watch it the other day, I still sort of grew up with it, you know? And now I'm 23, pretending to be an adult, and I haven't played with toys in years and...

I won't spoil anything, but the movie was spectacular, and absolutely heartbreaking. And it made me cry, the first Pixar movie to do so (no, I didn't cry at Up or Finding Nemo--there, I said it! Don't get me wrong, I loved them--just didn't cry). Mostly because by the end of the movie I felt pretty much the same as Andy; when you have to leave your childhood behind, put your toys away and move on. The movie in itself was like growing up; painful, but in the end, you're better for it and things are generally okay.

You all need to go see this movie.

Also, for all of you who saw Brave Little Toaster as a kid? Yeah, prepare to be traumatized again.
talkingsoup: (like an accident)
Also, this. Watch from the intro to the end (it's ongoing). Preferably in a dark room at night by yourself for maximum effect.

Holy shit you guys. I haven't been so thoroughly freaked out (in the good, horror movie kind of way) since...I think since I saw Mothman Prophecies, which still gives me the chills. In fact this is kind of in the same vein. Interesting how Hollywood can churn out truly pathetic slasher movies at the drop of a hat whereas a couple of guys with camcorders and YouTube access can not only attract several thousand viewers but also scare them all shitless.

Also I love ARGs. Which this soooort of counts as.

Also, for being a completely made up monster thing, Slenderman is pretty fucking scary.

Smile

Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:35 pm
talkingsoup: (v for pink floyd)
Watchmen.

Holy shit, guys.

I finally read it, yeah, yeah, in anticipation of the movie, I know. Bandwagoner here. In any case, regardless of the movie, I'm glad I read it because it is a damn fine example of a comic book, and at the same time is a damn fine piece of literature. And I mean that quite literally. The amount of thought and detail that went into it, the content, the characters, it deserves the title of "literature."

I'm still not sure what I think about the ending, but...well, I won't go into that.

Apparently the movie makes a few changes, probably the most notable of which is that there are no squid bombs. Which makes sense, honestly. UNEXPECTED CTHULHU BOMB WAS UNEXPECTED. Seriously, where the hell did that come from? Still, doesn't get much more awesome than squid bombs. Except maybe dinosaur bombs :Oa (Highlight for spoilers, hooray, I figured out the html!)

Everyone's going nuts over this movie, and yeah, I'm excited for it. Glad I read the book, certainly. In any case, it'll be a good way to kick off Spring break :)
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.

Roar! Overture. SPOILERS INCLUDED )

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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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: (i hate everyone)
WHUT?

No, seriously, WHUT?

The gist: Warner Bros. exec, the Esteemed Robinov, said that the company would no longer produce movies with female leads. Citing a few recent movies with female leads that happened to bomb.

Cause, yanno, movies bombing. 'S never happened before. Movies bombing with male leads? Nope, never. It's the wimmins fault, yanno.

Hay, guess wat, WB?

The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions? Troy? Alexander? Superman Returns? The innumerable, unnameable, unmentionable punch-drunk comedies?

And, guess wat, guess wat! It's not just yoos guys!

Gigli? Original Sin? Unleashed? Unbreakable? The Village? The Planet of the Apes remake? Rollerball? The War of the Worlds remake? Hostel 1 and 2?

Nor are terrible movies a recent invention! Sorry, WB, ya don't own the patent on that one!

Waterworld? This Island Earth? Xanadu? Plan 9 From Outer Space and everything else by ol' Ed Wood? Howard the Duck? Caveman?

And let's not forget that yoos guys have produced blockbusters with strong female characters before!

Remember White Oleander? North Country? No? Anyone?

Okay.

Now. Anyone taken statistics? I haven't. You don't need to have to notice the trend going on here.

The problem? Logic.

"Dur, three movies with females leads dun badly. Must be cause...cause dere are dem, dem wimmins in dem leadin' roles, an' stuff!"

When there is evidence of WB-produced movies that have failed, evidence of recent non-WB movies that have failed, evidence of OLD movies that have failed, and evidence of SUCCESSFUL movies with FEMALE leads.

Philosophy 101. This claim is not only invalid, it is also inductive.

Therefore this claim is illogical.

Therefore this claim is made of PHAIL. EPIC PHAIL.

Which means that the Esteemed Robinov and his cronies and, well, the entire company, is made of EPIC FAIL.

So, thank you, your Esteemed Sir, for proving your own idiocy. I hereby boycott all future movies produced by you or your company in the future. You have alienated your entire female audience. Congratulations.

We do not need you. You do not represent us. You do not speak for us. May a thousand talented women strip off their high heels and stab you with them, then string you up with their own nylons, so they can walk home in comfortable flats and not ever have to worry about runs again.
talkingsoup: (nietzsche)
Listen to Jesus, Jimmy!
Just say no to the marijuana!
Listen to Jesus, Jimmy!
Trust the man with the stigmata!


Okay, seriously? Hi-fucking-larious.

1939. A new, deadly, unspeakable scourge has hit the streets and is turning all our children into hooligans and whores--MARIJUANA!! It can make you kill your whole family with an axe! It makes you irretrievably insane! And your children could be next...or yours...OR YOURS!!

No, srsly.

So, in response to such hilarity, someone came along and remade the movie--into a musical.

With zombies.

And heart-ripping.

And Jesus.

And of course, Mary Jane.

Hilarious. Fucking hilarious.

I love Mary Lane! With an L! For love!
talkingsoup: (the spartan shield)
So I'm in Ithaca, obviously, in my fantastic apartment that I'm sharing with the other three. Two floors! Kitchen! Spiral staircase! It is wonderful. We get to cook our own food! I am pleased.

My schedule this semester is a bitch. 18 credits. I've done it before, but my classes are looking tough:

MWF

Intro to Social Institutions and Organizations
9:00-9:50
Social Change
10:00-10:50
Grants and Proposal Writing
11:00-11:50

TR

Fiction II
9:25-10:40
World Civilizations
2:35-3:50
Global Conflict and Terrorism
5:25-6:40

Grants writing will be hard since we have to actually write a REAL grant proposal for a REAL organization in Ithaca. I've heard war stories about that class, but I think it'll be good experience and that I'll get a lot out of it.

Fiction II is being taught by Godfrey, like Intro to Creative Writing freshman year and...the woman's a bit odd. We'll have to see how it goes, but if she hands out the same kinds of stories that she handed out in Creative, it's going to be a looooong semester.

World Civ looks fascinating.

Terrorism is going to be a fucking intense class, since already in the course of one class I had my opinions changed about both the Iraq war and the Revolutionary War. *sigh* But it's an interesting topic, and a class I'd really like to take. So.

Meanwhile, ASIC is back and running, woot! We watched Paprika which is beautiful and stunning and completely insane, much the same as Paranoia Agent, really. Don't have time for a review now, but expect a post with lots of reviews soon, since I still haven't reviewed those other ones. We're gonna be watching Death Note and the second part of Jubei-chan for the rest of the quarter, or so.

I did get a lot of ideas from Paprika since it deals with dreams, and this newest dream-based idea has been simmering nicely.

As for writing, I worked everything out with Motley Crew and we're on speaking terms again, though we've yet to go on a real date yet. And North hasn't really been returning my calls, though Kaiyss keeps jamming up my phone line.

Spent a few days in Minnesota with Julie, in transit between Cali and Ithaca. I met her awesome dad and her awesome sisters (Darcy is so cute). Also saw The Invasion while I was there, and we all went to the Minnesota State Fair, which is legendary and deserving of the stories. Cheese curds roxors my boxors.

I've also gotten Julie deeply, deeply into Kingdom Hearts, and she's almost finished with the first one. Woo! I also finally buckled down and finished up Okami, for the second time. My homework schedule is light since it's the first week.

Julie and I will be meeting with two others from ASIC, Amanda and Sharona, to watch Excel Saga tomorrow. My brain will probably be melted when I come back.

Also, I made hash browns and funnel cakes the other day and got grease burns on my hand, but at least they were tasty.

And BB hasn't sent me all my paychecks yet. *grumbles*
talkingsoup: (ferris wheel)
So, my mom has pretty much had knee problems all her life, since she ripped the cartilage in one knee in a ski accident.

And now I get 'em too! Oh boy! Better than inheriting her migraines, though. Eesh.

My left knee has been popping a lot, which it's never done before. My knee even locked up the other day, which has also never happened before. And there's this weird little bump that wasn't there before either.

Lol, it's a knee tumor!

I'm pretty sure it's just a cyst, and I'm hoping it's not what's causing the recent knee problems, but who knows. 'Drather not have knee surgery, kthxbye.

In other news, a midnight showing of Rocky Horror with dozens of fellow Transylvanians is as awesome as it sounds. There's a theater in Livermore that's going to be showing it on every first Saturday of the month, hells yeah. I'll probably end up making it a tradition.

I'm getting a new laptop!!!! I love my parents!! It's supposed to be an "early Christmas present" but I think I'm going to pay them back, once I get all my paychecks. It should get here in the middle of next week. Technically it's a refurbished laptop, but I could care less as long as it works, has more hard drive space and a larger video card. Woo!! I do love Septimus dearly, but I keep hearing horror stories about elderly laptops/computers crashing and people losing all their files. I think I'd die. Which reminds me, I need to back up my files sometime soon.

I think I work two more days at BB, then I'm gone. I leave the 18th for Julie's, and then I don't know when we're heading to school. Not done packing yet. Damn. Well, two weeks to allow for shipping isn't too bad, I suppose. And none of it is all that essential.

Heading to Monterey tomorrow with my mom to hit up the aquarium and get Kate some hot sauce.

And I really want to see Across the Universe.
talkingsoup: (haruko)
Whut? WHUT? What's this I hear about Jerry Spinelli releasing a sequel to Stargirl? Holy crap, MUST HAVE! Stargirl was one of the most amazing books when I was younger and it's still pretty high on my favorites list. Now after all this time, a sequel?? I guess it's not coming out for awhile, but still!

So yeah, I notice I haven't had a real update in awhile. Let's see.

Well, I did end up seeing Hairspray (like, two weeks ago, lol) and it was quite excellent, quite charming, and I've already ordered the soundtrack. Haven't seen any movies since, though.

I also got my hands on The Mirador, though I haven't really started it yet (XOMG *squee!!* Mildmay! Felix! And now even Mehitabel gets some airtime!!). I also grabbed a copy of some H.P. Lovecraft story collection. I figure, considering I'm sort of kind of part of the fantasy writers crowd, I should go find out what's the deal with this Cthulhu guy. Cthulhu fhtagn?

I've also gotten the latest of all my manga, and hopefully no more will come out between now and the end of August, since I'm already shipping quite a few books to Ithaca (not nearly as many as last time, though).

And, in my neverending pursuit of new anime to watch, I've stumbled across yet another incredibly obscure show called Black Blood Brothers. I've only yet seen the first episode, since the second episode doesn't want to work for some reason, but boy did it snag me. It's an actual Aftermath series! I might not have explained it here, but I love stories about aftermath--you know, what happens after the journey is over, after the world has been saved, after the hero's triumphant return, because the story never really ends at "happily ever after." So in this series, near as I can figure, Jirou is some kind of vampire (so cliche, but I do love me a vampire) who has already lost everything important to him and is now trying to make his own way. Great fight scenes and great animation all around. Plus Jirou has a pretty freaking awesome hat. In fact the only complaint I have with the first episode is that they have a timeskip, but they don't really specify how much time has passed. But that's nitpicky. Pretty good so far, though of course I'll need to see more to make a sound judgment. And Sousei no Aquarion continues to thoroughly entertain.

Jobbage has slowed considerably since they cut hours all around, so I'm only working two days this week, tomorrow and Saturday. Not that long, either. I suppose it doesn't matter much since I'm leaving in about a week anyway. Gotta talk to my boss about that one. I'm leaving the 18th to go hang out with Julie for a few days before the lot of us drive back to Ithaca. Yay, I get to see a Minnesota State Fair for the first time! I hear it's quite an experience.

And after an entire summer of not writing, I'm actually writing again! I've finished the next chapter for my fanfic, finally and it's posted if anyone wants to go read it. I'm also writing some scenes for North--I finally got to introduce Rain and Chia! I've also got some pretty sick ideas for what happens next in Mot, so I think I might gravitate in that direction once the Rain and Chia scene is over. And I've been giving more thought to that idea I mentioned, the one that involves dreams. I still need to get a handle on the characters over there, though.

As for the 100 Situations, well, I still haven't heard back from the site mod, so I have no idea what's happening with that. I do want to start it, but I can't actually post anything until my claim has been confirmed. *shrug* I've even left comments asking what's up, but no one has replied.

And an XBox 360 has randomly come to live at our house. My brother can't possibly have any money left over. And the poor PS2 is so neglected. Did I mention that I also bought my own PS2? I just have to steal some of Ben's controllers and I'll be set. Man, that's a lot of stuff I'll need to ship, though fortunately all my books fit into one box this time.

Ooh, also got the latest volume of Digger, Ursula Vernon's awesome webcomic. You can get to her site on the links in the sidebar. Go support her, she's awesome!

And, holy shit, Blue Planet is going to be on the Discovery Channel starting Sunday! HO-SHIT. I'm excited!

Think that's about all there is. Summer's winding down, can you feel it?

One more thing. Withing Temptation=FTW.
talkingsoup: (ginko-san)
Oh my. Sea monsters.

Anyone heard of this? The Bloop? Apparently it's the more famous of several underwater, unidentifiable sounds picked up by an old underwater sound recorder used to track enemy submarines. Now the system is used to track underwater earthquakes, volcanoes, and whales as well. But it's also picked up a handful of sounds that no one can identify.

The Bloop is the most famous of these, recorded several times in the summer of 1997. It's got a ridiculous name, but it sounds ridiculously awesome. As far as I know, it's the only one of these unidentified sounds that's most likely an animal. It sounds a lot like a whale.

How did I not hear about this until now? I love this kind of stuff!

Anyway, you should all hear it, because it's amazing. Personally I like the idea that it's some kind of deep sea creature. We certainly don't know all of what's down there, although the thing making it is supposed to be huge, a lot bigger than a blue whale, and who knows if that's possible? There's a chance it could be something supposedly extinct--they keep finding coelocanths, megamouth sharks--but who knows?

Of course it could all be a hoax, but I like to dream ^_^ We don't know half of what's down there.

Here's the sound file, here's the Wiki page, and here's the Acoustics Monitoring Site that tracked and recorded the Bloop and the other unidentified sounds. Check them all out--it's interesting and awesome at the very least.

Well that's your random stuff for the day.

Went to HP5 again today with my mom this time. She loved it. It was as great as it was the first time.
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.

*ahem*

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: (sayonara)
So I like the Death Note anime ending a lot better than the manga ending, though I still don't think it's perfect

My Thoughts--contains SPOILERS! )

Yesterday was my first day of work and it wasn't too bad. There was a glitch in the computer or something so I'm technically not entered as an employee, which means I couldn't start the training. So I spent the better part of the day cleaning off the shelves since the regional manager came today (I wasn't there--no work today). Which actually don't mind, shockingly. It's menial work, but I really don't mind that kind of stuff. It's different from folding boxes all fucking day at Nordstrom's, because it wasn't totally mind-numbing--I got to look at the movie boxes, got to see pretty much the entire horror, special interest and anime sections. This actually led me to discover that they had Karas on DVD so I could rend it. But yeah. Cleaning I don't mind. If they had asked me to, like, put DVDs in cases for 9 hours then I'd probably be like, "lol, no."

Overall it went well, though now my back hurts. It hasn't done that in years. *sigh*

He's supposed to call me for my next day to come in. Once I'm in the system and doing the training I should have work more regularly.

But yeah, I used up three of my week's free rentals by getting two anime movies, Karas and X, and getting Little Miss Sunshine which I hella want to see. I haven't watched any of them yet, but there will be reviews once I do. For the record, Karas is a recent movie I've seen in a few AMVs that looked really pretty, and involves the overlap of human and ghost worlds in Tokyo. X is one of the classics, a good old-fashioned CLAMP movie. I figure I need to see something from CLAMP at least once in my life, and I'd rather it be this than...well I can't think of anything else other than Chobits. Though I have to admit a certain curiosity for Cardcaptor Sakura and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. I dunno. I've heard alternating things about X but it's another one of those movies that pretty much everyone has seen.

Ugh, I gotta watch Eva one of these days.

The fanfic, meanwhile, is well underway.
talkingsoup: (the spartan shield)
Is it just me or are the Skeksis absolutely terrifying?

Pirates

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: (his roar)
Holy shit, I'm finally home.

Let's see, a little over a week ago I was in Ithaca.

Then I was in Chicago.

Then I slept one night at home and went directly to Mono Lake.

Then I was home for a few days, not long enough to bark about.

Then I was in Fabius, New York for Lisa's wedding.

Then I went to Hollister here in Cali to go off-roading with Liz and her boyfriend Steve.

And now I'm finally home for the long run. No trips, no sudden traveling anytime soon. Thank god. It's good to finally be home.

Anyway, it turns out I didn't just crash my dad's car, I totaled it. Ugh. Dad called me a few days ago and he seems pretty cool about it all. I still feel incredibly stupid and bad, and I'm holding to my resolution not to use the credit card for anything I don't absolutely without a doubt need. And to actually find a good job this summer. I've applied at about a zillion places already, but no one's gotten back to me yet. And I still have a few online apps to do.

Left for New York right after Lost, which was awesome. )

Got a red-eye flight to Syracuse and Tammy was amazingly nice and came to pick up both me and Kate. She droves us to Kate's aunt's tiny and awesome house in Tully, right next door to Fabius, where we met Clara the insane two-year-old black lab. Kate's aunt Kitty is as awesome as her tiny and awesome house (I want a house like that, even with the landslide in the backyard). The day after that was the wedding. We did some yardwork and such before that, then got into our pretty dresses and went over to Fabius for the wedding.

It was so pretty and adorable! It took place at this sort of lodge place, and was outside on a hill that overlooked very green and pretty countryside. Kate and I explored the place while we waited for everyone to arrive. Steve (Lisa's hubby) showed up first, dressed in his Marine uniform (weird, how I know two Steves who are boyfriends/husbands of people named Elizabeth/Lisa who are in the Marines...). Lisa was wearing this beautiful sparkly sleeveless dress. The wedding happened soon after she arrived, and since she's Wiccan, the ceremony was Wiccan as well. She and Steve lit candles and did handfasting, which is when the partners have their hands tied together briefly to symbolize their connection. Then to finish it off they jumped over a broomstick. So cute and so pretty!

Then we went inside to eat yummy food (there was a chocolate fountain!), talk with Lisa, dance and have fun.

The day after that was more exploration of Kitty's house and yard, then I got on a plane back for Cali. Somewhere in that all, Mom called to tell me that the car was totaled.

On the plane ride back I finished Trickster's Queen which is definitely my favorite Tammy book so far. It's full of spywork, politics, court stuff, and all kinds of fun stuff all toward the eventual revolution. God it's so much fun to watch a revolution unfold! Tammy got all the little details right. And the characters, oh man, Aly was still a snarky little awesome thing, Nawat was still adorable, Dove was still intellectual and amazing, and there were some new people, particularly Taybur Sibigat, and Julie, I can understand why he's your favorite Tammy character ever, oh my holy God he's amazing.

Next up is the Alanna series, methinks. But before that I'm going to read a few more of the Dresden books. I'm onto Summer Knight, which is very promising so far. Harry just has no fucking luck. With anything. Though god, I hope things work out with this whole Faerie Godmother thing (for those who haven't read the books, you don't want a faerie godmother. There are no pumpkins involved and no fucking bippity-boppity-boo. Faeries are evil little shits in the real mythology. If there are any pumpkins, they're moldy and evil and smelly pumpkins).

Glad to see Billy the Werewolf back, though, even if it was just for a second.

As soon as I got back, Liz called and invited me up to camp with her and some of her friends in Hollister. That was a lot of fun, even though I didn't know anyone and felt awkward and antisocial as usual. Liz spent most of the time with Steve, which is more than understandable, considering he's leaving very very soon. Hollister is pretty much this place to go off-roading, or wheeling as the boys called it. And we're not talking a little oh-we're-so-bad trek off the main road, we're talking driving through freaking trenches and up rock walls and stuff like that. The car I was in actually tipped over, which was as scary as it was exciting. The window had already been smashed before I got there, so I could literally put my hand out the window and feel the dirt. For anyone thinking of going to Hollister, the Tank Traps trail is very awesome, but you'd better have some badass wheels or you're dead. Oh, and there's poison oak everywhere.

I also heard wild boars when I went to sleep that night. And here I thought wild boards were imaginary. Lol, just kidding. We had a fire and the boys stayed up talking trucks ("rigs") with some other guys. Liz and Steve turned in early since neither of them were feeling good. The girl I was supposed to share a tent with got drunk and spent the night with the boys in the larger tent (in a strictly friendly way--she wanted the one guy to look after her while she was plastered) so I got the tent to myself, though having a mat would have been nice. That ground is fucking hard.

God back around noon today, and have decided to take the next two days to do abso-fucking-lutely nothing but sit on my ass and do my own damn thing. Finish up the other applications, get some writing done, do some shit, so on.

Still have to write the next chapter of the fic. I'm horrible--I said it would be up last week, but then there was the car accident and suddenly I was on a plane. Otherwise I would have finished it.

Oh, and I'm going to see Pirates tonight if it kills me.
talkingsoup: (ichigo what?)
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Holy Crap

Apr. 6th, 2007 01:21 pm
talkingsoup: (rain rain go away)
You know, I didn't realize today was Good Friday until yesterday? Which meant I kind of forgot about certain plans and made conflicting plans, but it looks like everything's gonna work out. Gonna watch Casino Royale, finally, with Pat, and then later that night me and the other three are doing our traditional Good Friday viewing of Jesus Christ Superstar. Should be fun. Saturday I'm going to kill myself with work and then I'm going to see Grindhouse with Pat. And Sunday being Easter, I'm going to an Easter dinner with Sophia and Julie and the others, I think.

I have a shitload to do this weekend, though. I've been procrastinating and everything has finally crashed down on me. I've gotta get into my two research papers, though the one about Iran is coming along pretty nicely, and I've got some good ideas for Jonestown.

The 300 soundtrack is TEH SEX, just so's you all know.

So, judging by my icon, some of you might realize that the twenty-fifth episode of Death Note came out on Wednesday.

My thoughts. )

We've gotten Sophia up to episode 9 of Heroes and we're two episodes away from finishing Ouran. Which of course are two of the best episodes in the series. Woot!

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