michals: (Riverdance!)
I've watched two movies today where Tom Cruise has to put up with stupid people who really just need to shut up and let him deal with shit.
michals: (!!)
Two things:

1. I really wish I had seen Once Upon a Time in America before I wrote that paper about queerness in gangster films, because...HOLY. SHIT. OLA. It's just James Woods pining after Robert De Niro for 4 hours and male gazing all over the fucking place.

2. I NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES. )
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I think my summation of the acting in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford goes thusly: I spent the entire movie thinking "Brad Pitt, Brad Pitt, Brad Pitt, that's Brad Pitt" but by the 2nd hour I had to remind myself that that was in fact Casey Affleck and not really Robert Ford.

Also: Sam Rockwell. Mmmmm Sam Rockwell.

Overall: I was totally into it for the first 40 minutes, totally in love with the cast - even Pitt - but then it lost me and I spent the rest of the movie alternately liking it and not really giving a damn and being confused by it. I mean, was I supposed to like James? Was I supposed to think he was this wonderful man or a mythical figure? I think the film worked better when we were looking at James through the eyes of Ford, instead of trying to make him out to be his own character. Weirdly enough I would have prefered they went the Velvet Goldmine way and made him out to be this untouchable, unknowable, secretly conflicted legend rather than try and tell us all about his health problems and how he was such a great human being. Really, he killed how many people and one of the first major things he does is pistol whip some innocent stranger and almost shoot him in the head, was I supposed to root for this guy? Though it must say something about the writing or the characters or the acting that I still loved Robert Ford's character and even felt bad for him even when he had killed 2 people.

So, yeah. Eh. Loved, loved, LOVED the cinematography. Beautiful, risky and rewarding choices there. The pacing and editing was wonderful. Actually liked the narration, felt like I was watching a documentary or something. Again, Pitt was just Pitt though he did have some good moments, but even then those good moments were overshadowed by the other actors who just are, instead of putting on a show like Pitt. But even despite that I really didn't understand all the motivations when it came to the James character, even among the rest of the cast.

Whatever. Saw it. Hi.

P.S. Anyone else have a totally dicked up update page? Mine looks like the HTML doesn't work, and it's been like this for about 2 weeks or so.
michals: (!!)
 SHAKING AND CRYING, YOU GUYS, SHAKING AND CRYING.

MARTIN MCDONAGH'S SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS - WHICH HE WROTE AND IS DIRECTING - WILL STAR SAM ROCKWELL, COLIN FARRELL, MICKEY ROURKE AND CHRISTOPHER WALKEN.

I CANNOT HANDLE THE AMOUNT OF PURE PERFECTION HERE. I WOULD BE LYING IF I SAID I DIDN'T HAVE A MINOR BREAKDOWN WHEN I READ THAT. 

I CAN'T. I CAN'T YOU GUYS. 
michals: (!!)
Just got back from the midnight showing of Captain America and I only have two words:

AVENGERS. NOW.

All shit I may have had has been lost. I do not think I can wait until next year, I'm so excited I might vomit.

AVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENGERS.
michals: (hellz yeah)
Saw the midnight showing of XMen First Class last night and, you guys. You guys, IT'S NOT EVEN SUBTLE.

Seriously it is aaaaaall about the Xavier/Magneto love up in there. Charles/Erik. Macavoy/Fassbender. Jesus. Christ.

Me and Em spent the whole movie elbowing each other every time they got all lovey dovey which was ALL THE FREAKING TIME. HOLY BALLS.

It's gorgeous. Really. Oh, and the movie's good too.

PS: KEVIN BACON KEVIN BACON KEVIN BACON. YUM. BABIES. YOUR FAAAACE. YOUR EPICNESS.
michals: (he is batman)
Why Thor was awesome:

-      It's not one of those "broody" superhero movies like Spiderman or Batman Begins. It's pretty fun and relatively lighthearted.

-    With the exception of one minor character, the acting is great all around.

-    The guy playing Thor can actually act, and you bought his character arc.

-    Thor as a character is super charming and adorable, not your typical superhero.

-    Oh, and he's totally insanely hot.

-    The guy playing Loki is awesome. For the first quarter he isn't given much to do so there's a lot of reaction shots of him just looking put out, but when he gets the chance he digs in hard and acts the pants off of everyone. At one point he's angry and screaming but crying at the same time. Good God.

-    Oh, and he's totally hot too. Just plain fascinating to look at.

-    There's a guy who looks and acts exactly like Kenneth Branagh. I think that's why he hired him. He's awesome and hilarious, and so is his facial hair.

-    Natalie Portman does a wonderful, wonderful job and is so sweet and likable.

-    She actually plays a SMART female character. She's not just some eye candy and she's not just there to get saved. To see that kind of thing in a comic book movie? Insanity.

-    The romance is sweet as all get out. I was rooting for it, and that's saying something.

-    The humor isn't tacked on or superflous, it works perfectly in the story and is genuinely funny.

-    Thor doesn't act like a caveman in the modern world, he acts like a God who got banished, and it's fun as fuck to watch.

-    Idris Elba is appropriately badass.

-    Get this: There is a female character who is a kickass warrior, who doesn't ever need to be saved, and has no romantic subplot AT. ALL. This is fucking monumental.

-    Actually, there's another female character who's funny but badass and who ALSO doesn't have a romantic subplot. WTH movie? When'd we get so progressive?

-    All around the supporting characters were well acted and great additions to the story.

-    Coulson! Agent Coulson I looove you!

Here there be spoilers! )

-    I'm actually really looking forward to the Avengers movie now.

-    Overall it was really fun and just all around enjoyable. Perfect pitch for a comic book movie, fits in nicely with the other Marvel films.

Not so awesome things:

-    The production design and costume design in general is just goofy. I get what they were going for, and the CGI is well done, but Asgard just looks corny.

-    Weird thing to notice but: the editing is strange. Like, we'd be watching a character reacting to something, but then not see what they were reacting to. And there's a few times when certain plot developments would have had a greater impact if we were looking at someone else when they happened.

-    The half of the story that takes place on earth doesn't make as big an impact as the stuff that takes place on Asgard. I mean, I remember it and I know what happened, but the Asgard stuff is much more memorable.


Go see it, completely worth the time and money.

Oh, and on that Avengers note - I'm really fucking happy they're not making a JLA film because it would be freaking CHRISTIAN BALE and RYAN REYNOLDS. That sounds awful.
michals: (you shall know me by the trail of dead)
I am such a masochist about scary movies. I know they'll terrify me, but that doesn't stop me from watching them. This time was my first actually seeing one in theaters though. Insidious has some fucking scary commercials out and I've been itching to see it since I saw them the first time. And while the film turned out to be half really just plain goofy - the driving force of the scares is explained in the dumbest way possible and the oogie-boogies get downright laughable in some places - the other half scared the ever-loving shit out of me.

There are plenty of jumpy, right-in-your-face-with-the-loud-noises scares and the overall film has a nice feeling of waiting for something to come out at you. It's really to the film's credit that I realized towards the end that I had been basically crying, tears streaming down my face, for the last half hour because I was just so worried about what was going to pop out next. Jon found the whole thing stupid, but I'm an easier scare than he is, though I will admit that this film would be an instant classic if it didn't turn out to be so damn stupid in its second half. We did have the best/worst people behind us though: one guy was dumber than a box of hair and was constantly asking "What'd she say?" "What's going on?" "Who's that?". Like, seriously guy, watch the fucking movie. He and his friends also got scared really easily and noisily though, which was awesome. The trailer for Don't be Afraid of the Dark is suitably shit-your-pants scary though.
michals: (to do without)
Watching bits and pieces of Bertie & Elizabeth on youtube and let me just say this: James Wilby. In a royal uniform. Smoking.

Yeah, no I totally didn't need those ovaries.

My head!canon keeps trying to put him in the Sherlock world somewhere still. My latest version? He's Sebastian Moran and runs around with guns and flirts with Lestrade.

Oh, and sidenote: Saw both The King's Speech and The Social Network recently and as much as I love me some Geoffrey Rush - definitely deserves Best Supporting - and British historical dramas, Social Network deserves Best Picture more. Weird watching Wilby playing the same character in a different film. He's way more confident in the kilt than Firth is, and that's all I'll say.
michals: (Happy!Ted is Happy)
Caved and got myself back my paid account and all my icons back. Six icons wasn't horrible, but not versatile enough for all my LJ emotions!!! For instance, Ted is appropriately conveying my contentment at having all my icons back.

HOW ARE YOU GUYS? Seriously, what's the happy haps? What's going down? I, myself, am being lazy and eating far too much chocolate and watching/refalling-in-love-with How to Train Your Dragon. God, why must we wait until 2013 for the sequel? It better be just as awesome. Also trying to pretend I don't have to go back to Chicago and do things in a week. Blech.
michals: (Ros & Guil)
HAI GUYS!!!

I GOT STUFF FOR CHRIIIISTMAAAAS! MOST NOTABLY HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON ON DVD. WHICH IMMA GONNA WATCH TOMORROW. ALSO ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN! SCOOOORE!

I BURNT OFF MY TASTEBUDS WITH WARHEADS CANDY. ALSO MAY BE ON A BIT OF A SUGAR HIGH. I GOT A LOT OF CANDY.

OH OH AND I SAW TRUE GRIT. GOD I LOVE ME SOME JEFF BRIDGES. AND COEN BROTHERS. AND WESTERNS. SO YEAH WIN ALL AROUND.

HEY GUYS CAPSLOCK!

DWIGHT GET THE DOOR.
michals: (Ros & Guil)
Roomie came through magnificently: pumpkin cupcakes. I must've had some good karma stored up to deserve these, yum yum yum.

Totally watched Rosencrantz and Guildenstern again. I love it I love it I love it. Like, I would watch it again, right now, no problem. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth have such great mouths, they're so fun to watch talk.
michals: (wolfie)
You guys, it looks like I got punched in the face. I am so tired and worn out that the circles under my eyes look like I've got two black eyes. But, despite all the hassles and the fuck ups and the last minutes disasters, my shoot today went really well. I'm happy with it and I hope it turns out as good as I imagine it was, because being on set today was great and everyone was so nice and goofy and all in all, I'm happy. I might only have about $400 for the next, er, 7 months but otherwise I'm good.


Also, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead may be one of my new favorite movies. Comment if you agree.
michals: (Riverdance!)
Can't find Broken Trail. Downloaded The Tracey Fragments, having an Ellen Page-athon instead.

MY LIFE IS SO INTERESTING YOU GUIS.
michals: (pigeons in the basilica)
Is it so much to ask that I don't have to pay for movies? Ugh, what am I? A millionaire? Ha, seriously though I cannot find AMC's Broken Trail anywhere on the face of the internet to continue my Thomas Haden Church-athon. Well, so far I've only watched Smart People (blurgh, btw) so it's not really an "-athon" until I find either Ned & Stacey (already tried and failed) or Broken Trail, which despite being so current and mainstream is proving impossible to find.


No one need mention that a Thomas Haden Church-athon is a dubious concept in and of itself.
michals: (late night soap operas)
OH ROBERTA YOU ARE SO PATHETICALLY FEMALE, IT MAKES ME CRINGE.

ALSO, ERNST > FRITZ DUMBASS.
michals: (bowie at the camera)
Watched Shutter Island last night and HOLY. CRAP. SO. GORGEOUS. I swear I've never seen such a freaking well lit film. The colors were so clear and crisp and the lightning strikes were genius. Guh, I'm having a freaking cinematic orgasm over here. Overall I'd give the film a B+ though I don't feel like explaining why I'd grade it down, nor do I think I could really articulate why without going into minute detail. ANYWAY, I totally want to do a scene from it for my Scene Study class next fall and I've already got the script rewritten and I sent it to my teacher and...he says he's not sure I'd be up for it. Hmmm. Part of it is that he already admitted he hated the film but then he said that it seems really complicated and he wasn't sure I'd be able to pull it off - it is kind of complicated too. I don't know if this is a challenge, or he really believes it. If he believes it why would he let me into the class? Whatever, I'm in love with it and maybe it's just the rush of inspiration and initial infatuation but I'm dying to do it.

EDIT: Hehe, I argued my case and he responded: "Sounds like you have a good idea of what to do with your scene and I like your ambition." Now I think I'm going to have to actually pull this off!
michals: (you shall know me by the trail of dead)
Saw Inception yesterday and it was so cool and smart and intricate and fascinating and gorgeous.

But...I have to be completely honest and admit I thought the dialogue was soo bad, especially in the first half hour. It took me a while to get into it because all I could think was "OMG, Leonardo Dicaprio should not sound so damn stupid!" It got better but it was still pretty painful through the whole movie. OTHERWISE it was great and I highly suggest it. Also, everyone/everyone is canon. Fer srs it was like a giant orgy for 180 minutes.
michals: (!!)
Didn't work out tonight either - and I'm going to hate myself for it soon - but I was distracted by the shiny that is my new room. That's right, I am no longer sleeping on a couch in a living room but now have my very own bed, in my very own bedroom, in my very own apartment. I got all giddy about putting my clothes in my giant closet, but it only took two seconds because I realized I don't really have any clothes here. Or much of anything actually; it's mostly just a bed and a nightstand and some odds and ends. But whatever because it's mine and I have my own mattress from home and I get the most perfect breeze from the window when I sit just right and I am so tired and I get to sleep soon. My dad's taken over my bedroom back home and my room at my mom's is pretty much just a storage space right now so to go from that and sleeping on someone else's couch to having my own room - and my own bathroom! - is like heaven.

Today was another long one. I want it to be next Tuesday at 5:30 and then I will be good, I will have pretty much survived the experiment that was summer school.

Oh, and if ever you get the chance to see the movie Wages of Fear, I'm just saying that you might as well find yourself a hot stove to stick your tongue to. It's a good movie but it's torture because everything that could ever make a movie as anxious as possible was cobbled together to create that thing.

Good night everyone, talk to you tomorrow :)

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