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Sep. 20th, 2017 06:11 am
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The other night I was out to dinner with friends and one of the group revealed she hadn't seen any Highlander at all, ever. People actually gasped. I didn't think it was that shocking, actually, because she's about six years younger than me and most of the Highlander I ever saw was The Raven. Which was awesome, and now I'm wondering if it's on DVD. Edited to add according to JBHifi, no, the only Highlander they have on DVD at all is the original movie. What a downer. I'd ask why nothing is ever available in Region 4 but I guess there isn't a large group of people crying out for Highlander to still be available on DVD in Australia (Or Lexx, or Earth Final Conflict, or. . . I can buy Forever Knight in a box sex, though).

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Sep. 17th, 2017 03:33 pm
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  • I thought I'd talked about finally watching Moana but it turns out that was on Plurk. Of course, now I can barely remembered what I thought of it. I liked it well enough and was largely underwhelmed by the music. The mix of accents on the supposedly isolated island was distracting. I assume that feeling the magic of older Disney stuff more is because I watched it when I was young enough to be more openly receptive to it; I would give this to my niece who likes both girls and monsters, if she hasn't watched it already.

  • The Clouds of Sils Maria is one of those navel gaze-y Hollywood actor films, about women and ageing, and self important about the art of theater and film. It's giving me all sorts of thoughts about celebrity culture but I shan't share them as, of course, that would be largely vomitting up bits and pieces of my fame and celebrity studies readings. Of course, it's impossible not to read this in light of Binoche's and Stewart's careers and public images. I can't say I particularly liked it, but that seems to be beside the point; the movie never commits to emotional consequences for almost anything that happens because the characters are too self-absorbed to emotionally react beyond the shortest moment. Hilariously, the worst acting in the film belongs to Chloe Grace Moretz - hilarious because Kristen Stewart's character wanks on about how she's this amazing actress, and in the (purposely badly written) space superhero movie scene, Moretz fails to rise to the level of her scene partner. Given Binoche's screen presence and marvellous command of her talent it undercuts the theme of the film, that tired middle age should gave way to spunky, if sociopathic, youth. After all, who was watching this film for Moretz? She's fine in this film but completely outclassed.

  • Keeping Up With the Joneses is a really stupid action comedy about super hot secret spies moving into suburbia and accidently making friends with an average middle aged white married couple, and I enjoyed the shit out of it. Some offensive jokes fell flat. Did not do well at the box office. But I was entertained. Solid, mindless three star film.

  • Spy, on the other hand, many people loved and while I enjoyed it, I don't think I enjoy it as much as I was supposed to. McCarthy was great if a little too much like she always is in every other thing I ever see her in. I enjoyed the nonsense spy hijinks. I also loved SPOILERS the after credits scene where Read more... ).

  • In news that will probably destroy my credibility with anyone who thought I had sophisticated taste (no one? okay), I loved Minions. I really loved the scene where they get run out of France. Queen Lizzy the second arm wrestling in a pub. The visual joke of the Orlando, Florida coming soon sign. The chaos of the villain convention. All the zany nonsense. I really really enjoyed this. I'm pretty sure pop culture has told me everyone is supposed to hate this and feel above it and be annoyed by it but I loved it. I would buy it on DVD and play it every Saturday. Hahaha. I love how the creators of this series have committed to their fully zany worldbuilding. I want a crossover between this and Austin Powers. This was awesome.

  • El Dorado is, for the most part, a lovely old Western. A Howard Hawks-directed, John Wayne-starring dealio, full of brilliant colour, beautifully structured shots, and good plotting and character work. I admired how perfectly the plot and tension came out of the characters, their relationships, and their physical limitations, established early in the story - textbook perfect, frankly, and I should make notes. What I do not admire is the racism, either the obligatory Western genre racism towards Native Americans, or the scene where a young James Caan pulls his eyelids to the side, wears a pot as a hat and mumbles a bunch of gibberish to convince a stranger he's a harmless Chinese man. I don't think I've been as blind-sided by a racist caricature of Asian people, since I read War for the Oaks.


What I did not finish:
  • Hot Pursuit - the combination of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara shouldn't be this boring. I skipped to the end, which was fine.
  • Tomorrowland - boring nostalgia for a retro future I was never invested in.
  • The Rewrite - even Hugh Grant's charm wasn't enough to make that character likeable.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 08:02 pm
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According to the tracking number my package has been delivered to a PO Box in Oak Creek Wisconsin which is really bizarre given that I live in Melbourne, Australia.

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Sep. 9th, 2017 01:26 pm
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I think the happiest day of my life was when I realised I didn't have to finish a book, even if I'd bought it. Nobody was going to know or even care. I'm totally off the hook for that! I was reminded of this by someone talking about Fates and Furies, a book I continue to fail to understand the popularity of, which I did not finish, and handed off to my aunt, and which I saw by the Amazon AU site reviews I'm not alone in thinking was pretty terrible (in what I read of it).

In fact, literary wangst about how hetero marriage is so hard omg is an entire sub-genre I can skip, and save myself a lot of time. Along with speculative slice of life longer than 500 words, and aggressively American romance with alpha males, and so on and so forth.

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