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The 2007 List, The 2008 List, The 2009 List, The 2010 List, The 2011 List, The 2012 List

Life Of Pi - a beautifully created, wonderful film. Another corker from Ang Lee.

Jack Reacher - Despite the lead looking nothing like how he is described in the books, this is an excellent little thriller that I would recommend to all and sundry.

Gangster Squad - Loved the production design, Sean Penn had all the best lines and there were some interesting friendships. Even so, I must be one of the only straight (ish) women who does not fancy Ryan Gosling!

Les Miserables and his orchestra - Never seen the stage production, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I went to see it because a) it's an Best Picture Oscar Nominee and b) Hugh Jackman (future ex Mr Beckymonster) is in it. Needless to say he is a revelation, as is Anne Hathaway and by the end I was in tears. Go see!

Lincoln - if they don't give the Best Picture Oscar to Argo - then I'll be happy if this one in it's stead. A superb film on every level (and yes, Daniel Day Lewis *will* will that 3rd Best Actor gong)
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So - I finished the first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] xmenreversebang story today. It needs All The Work on it but at least the 'shape' of it is there. Which is something - especially given how I had the *worst* case of writer's block just after the assignments were handed out. Even so - it will be handed in.

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And I also managed to scribble out 279 words on another story - which is nice. This one is more for me than anything else. I've no real idea as to where I'm going but I have a shape and like all stories, this one will tell me where it's going when it's good and ready. It's a hope.

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Aaaand I've updated my Film 2012 list. This is quite the achievement as the list has gone from 30 odd films to 60 odd films. So, if you have a moment, please feel free to have a look and marvel at it;)

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Oh and of course, there's this post too! One has to take the victories where one can;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_calvin_writingWHAT?!)
So - I finished the first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] xmenreversebang story today. It needs All The Work on it but at least the 'shape' of it is there. Which is something - especially given how I had the *worst* case of writer's block just after the assignments were handed out. Even so - it will be handed in.

* * *

And I also managed to scribble out 279 words on another story - which is nice. This one is more for me than anything else. I've no real idea as to where I'm going but I have a shape and like all stories, this one will tell me where it's going when it's good and ready. It's a hope.

* * *

Aaaand I've updated my Film 2012 list. This is quite the achievement as the list has gone from 30 odd films to 60 odd films. So, if you have a moment, please feel free to have a look and marvel at it;)

* * *

Oh and of course, there's this post too! One has to take the victories where one can;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (movies_austenbronte)
The 2007 List, The 2008 List, The 2009 List, The 2010 List, The 2011 List

Arthur Christmas - Another classic film from Aardman. One of my favourite films of 2011. 'Doing it with worry' is a motto to live by!

A Tale Of Two Cities (1958) - One of my favourite novels by Dickens and a superb adaption of the same. And yes, that is Christopher Lee as the bad guy - typecast much;)

Shame - One of my favourite films of 2011 and (so far!) my favourite of 2012 too;) Still as powerful and wonderful as when I saw it at the London Film Fest. Go see

The Artist - They don't make 'em like this anymore. Still, an excellent film and well worth the second viewing.

Moneyball - An interesting and true story of what happens when the numbers are used the *right* way. Very enjoyable

The Muppets - If I see a movie this year that makes me laugh, cry and grin as much as this one did - I will be utterly blessed. A *definite* contender for Film Of The Year!

Shaun Of The Dead - Saw this at the cinema when it first came out and loved it then. Still love it now. Possibly one of the best uses of Queen's songs in a film evar!

Midnight In Paris - A story about the dangers of nostalgia and... erm... it was enjoyable and Paris looked lovely

Dune (1984 - dir: Lynch, D.) - My love for this film is something that I refuse to be embarrassed about. It's a bloody good rendition of an intricate novel, the design is *gorgeous* and I finally noticed Gurney's scar this time! so I was gazing at Sir Patrick Stewart - who can blame me!?. Let's not talk about how long it's taken me to realise it... Recommended!

Blue Velvet - Regarded as being a 'better' film than the aforementioned, but certainly a *lot* weirder. Yes, that is possible! Very good but not as good, but then I am biased;)

Haywire - Steven Sodebergh does a flat-out-action/revenge flick with a female lead and it's quite awesome. Gina Carano holds her own and is one to watch. Also notable for having a scene in a bar with two of the most shaggable men in existence!

A Dangerous Method - An enjoyable and engrossing film about the genesis of psychotherapy/psychology with some superb performances by Fassbender, Mortensen and Knightely (I know!). Well worth a watch

The Muppets - Second verse, same as the first verse;)

Casablanca - Saw this in 2007 at the same cinema (different seat obvs!). What I said then, still stands - 'Perfect in nearly every way'.

Dune (1984 - dir: Lynch, D.) - Second verse - same as the first verse!;). Also - no nightmare journeys home!

John Carter - GO SEE THIS FILM FOR IT IS AWESOME! Even in 3D - strong female characters, wonderful world building, romance, derring-do, cute guys and a bit with a dog Woola

Chronicle - Saw this in Paris, in English with French subtitles (one of the strangest cinema experiences I've had for a while!). Enjoyable for a 'found footage' film.

This Means War - The poster for this damn film kept following me around the Paris Metro (trufax!). Also rather enjoyable for a McG film, inspite of my reservations and misgivings over the resolution.

John Carter - Second verse, same as the first verse!

The Hunger Games - I was hoping for 'good' - I wasn't expecting to cry ugly!tears during the scene where Katniss sings. Yes, it is that good! Recommended.

Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists - Aardman do it again - with plasticine this time. Possibly one of the silliest, funniest, loveliest films I'll see this year. Recommended

21 Jump Street - Stupidly silly but very enjoyable too. Channing Tatum can do comedy as well as action - one to watch.

Mirror, Mirror - Directed by Tarsem Singh (and boy - does it show!), this looks as lovely as you'd expect. Alas, the story is not punching it's weight despite an excellent performance from Roberts. Still, it passes Bechdel and is quite female friendly - something to applaud. Worth a watch

The Hunger Games - Second verse, same as the first verse with the added caveat of 'Mr Ross - the camera is capable of shots other than EXTREME CLOSEUP!!!11!! Also - Prometheus trailer was made of wonder and squee.

Headhunters (Hodejegerne) - A great thriller that twists and turns, making the audience sympathise with the (anti-)hero - even when they're cringing. Watch it before the (inevitable) remake. Recommeded

Batman Begins - one of the best superhero films I've seen. Certainly one of the best 'origin' stories out there and that final scene is a killer. Also is better than it's sequel for dint of having Rutger Hauer in it's cast.

The Dark Knight - A game changing film in more ways than one, raising the superhero genre to near Shakespearian heights. How Nolan will conclude this story, I do not know - but I can't *wait* to find out!

The Cabin In The Woods - Wow... that was... something. Think of it as a dish best served unspoiled;)

Battleship - It's a Michael Bay film WITHOUT the misogyny, the racism and with a healthy dollop of respect for veterans. Oh and hot guys in uniform (whut?!)

Marley - an excellent documentary by Kevin McDonald which for someone who doesn't know the first thing about Reggae, this is saying something.

Lockout - This was a lot of fun for a brain-in-neurtal film. Guy Pearce kicked arse and took names IN SPACE!

The Avengers Assemble - Is this the best superhero film evar?! No, that honour still lies with Christopher Nolan's Batman films and the X-Men films i.e. 1, 2 and First Class. Is it the best of the Marvelverse films? Absolutely - highly recommended

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey - For the second third time in the year, the Muppets made me cry! Looks as much at the history of the Muppets in general as it does at Kevin Clash, Elmo's 'creator' - highly recommended!

Beauty and the Beast 3D - This is, beyond a doubt, one of my all time favourite films and even though it was in 3D, it was a worthy oppurtunity to see it again. And yes, I cried, like I always do!

Safe - A Statham movie that not only kicks arse but passes Beschdel AND has Prince Humperdinck from The Princess Bride in it! Also, weirdly, I would read post canon fic if it came up at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide

Dark Shadows - Tim Burton does gothic soap opera and... boy oh boy, does it show. This is not a bad thing, in fact it is a good thing.

The Avengers Assemble - Second time, in 2D as reward for giving blood. Still quite wonderful.

Toy Story - Still wonderful and still worth a watch.

Iron Sky - When they lost WWII, the Nazis went to the Moon, in 2018, they came back to re-invade. Sounds nuts but it is a damn fine film - showing that money doesn't always equal a good film. Worth a look see.

The Life And Death of Colonel Blimp - A superb, lovely film from Powell and Pressburger - could show a lot of current film-makers a thing or two.

Prometheus - TWICE. So, winning tickets for the premiere is and will be a highlight of the year. Having said that, I still think that this is one of my favourites of the year, regardless. Ridley Scott returns to science fiction and not a moment too soon. Intellectual, beautiful and a all round delight of a film.

A Bug's Life - Unfairly regarded as a lesser film in the Pixar canon, it's still a great film.

The Raid - Going to go against popular opinion and say that this was not 'all that'. Found it quite boring and repetitive.

Moonrise Kingdom - Now this was a pleasant surprise. Yes, there is quirkiness but leavened by a rather sweet, lovely romance. Worth a look-see

Raiders of the Lost Ark - One of the greatest films ever committed to celluloid. The End

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - I've seen this before (obvs!) but I had forgotten so many details - still my least favourite of the 'Indy' movies.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - I have a very large soft spot for this film and one day I will travel to Petra. Yes, these are related;)

Men In Black III - It isn't a patch on the 1st one but it has it's heart(s) in the right place(s)

Prometheus - Third verse, in 2D (which is gorgeous) same as the first two. Any film that gives cause for debate and questioning after a 3rd viewing is something special.

Jaws - Due to a family trauma, I had never seen this film until now. And it still scared the bejesus out of me, if I'd seen it at age 7, I would have been traumatized for LIFE!

Finding Nemo irony? I has it! Still one of my favourite Pixars and possibly, musically, one of the most delightful as well.

Rock of Ages - There is half a good film here. Unfortunately, it's not the half with the leads in. Tom Cruise is quite spectacular, there is a touching bromance and some of the period details made me giddly (and feel very old!)

Brave - TWICE. Pixar do for folk tales what they have done for toys, insects, robots and cookery. Take a subject and make a masterpiece out of it. This is simply one of the best films I'll see this year. It is everything I could ask for and a little bit more.

Prometheus - at a LieMAX this time. Wonderful film - shame about the screen (about 1/4 size of BFI IMAX) but there was a trailer for The Hobbit so...

Grabbers - Seen at the Edinburgh Film Festival - this is a tale of monsters who invade Earth looking for two things, blood and water. Their nemesis? Alcohol. Where do they land? Off the SW coast of Ireland; obviously shenanigans ensue. I laughed in all the wrong places (which is always a good sign!)

Rent A Cat (Rentaneko) - Gentle, quirky, comedy/drama about a young woman who rents cats out to lonely people and how those interactions change her. Watch it before the Americans remake it!

Following - Christopher Nolan's directorial debut and even then, you could see this was someone with talent to burn. So glad to see him bring it to full bloom. Highly recommended.

A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære) - Danish film about a pivotal moment in their history. An English princess, married to a (slightly) crazy prince falls in love with his doctor and together they try to change history, in the 1700s. It's a beautiful, lovely film but bring a hankie.

Snow White and the Huntsman - Oh dear. There is a good film in here somewhere. Possibly involving the ladies of the fishing village or the dwarves or Ravenna. The rest of it - meh.

Memento - one of the most mind-bendingly complex and brilliant films I think I've ever seen. A delight for the mind.

The Prestige - Duelling Victorian magicians in London or a manifesto of Christopher Nolan's movie making MO. You decide! A corker if you ask me.

Magic Mike - Trufax - I went to see this because it's a Steven Soderbergh film. Honest! That and the damn bus posters kept following me around Edinburgh. Highly enjoyable even when they kept their clothes on heeee!

Insomnia - A 'weaker' entry into the Nolan!canon, a re-make of a Swedish film but still gathers a stellar cast for a creepy, gripping tale. A sure sign of things to come.

Ratatouille - Yet another Pixar blinder, with a wonderful message. Alas, I know a critic or two a bit like Anton Ego, I'm afraid to say.

Batman Begins - My first Christopher Nolan film and the first film where I actually grokked Batman. A superb film that stands the test of time.

The Dark Knight - It's taken me nearly 4 years to love this film. I still prefer BB to this (not least because any film with Roy Batty in it's cast, instantly trumps any film with Eight's Mister Master) #nerdbait

The Dark Knight Rises - possibly the most satisfying film I'll see this year. Intellectually, emotionally wonderful. The best closer to the series possible. Sir Michael Caine deserves an Oscar nomination for smashing my heart into a hundred thousand peices and as for Gary Oldman's reading of the end of this book damn well destroyed me. A film of the year.

Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz) A beautiful documentary looking at both Chilie's past and future. It's obsession with astronomy and the hunt for answers that both take place in the driest place on earth. Recommended

Inception - My favourite film of 2010 and one of my favourite Nolan films - we shall not speak of the flailing when I spotted the bridge in Paris earlier this year. A bonefide classic.

The Dark Knight Rises - Second verse, same as the first verse.

Wall-e - One of my all time favourite films. A delight from start to finish.

Searching For Sugarman - proof that truth is far stranger than fiction. One of the musicians who helped to inspire the white resistance of Aparteid was unknown everywhere else but a massive star there. This is the story of finding out what happened to him and then it just gets even more surreal.

Brave - Might not be in the top parthenon of Pixar's work for most but still a classic in my eyes.

Total Recall (1990) - Arnuld goes to Mars and kicks butt and takes names in the process. They don't make 'em like this anymore, or at least with not as high a body count!

Robocop (1987) - as gory and dystopian as I remember it... also quite prescient in some ways too....

Galaxy Quest - possibly one of the sweetest, most affectionate letters to Sci-Fi and fandom. I loved it having never seen it before.

The Dark Knight Rises - Third verse, same as the other two. One of my favourite films of the year. End of.

Dredd 3D - a bloody, hard, wonderful comicbook movie that does justice to the main character (Karl Urban does not remove the helm and it's wonderful!) but introduces wonderful female characters too. It is also what I was expecting when I went to see the highly disappointing The Raid.

The Impostor - a blue eyed, blond haired texan kid goes missing. Three years later, a French Algerian man 'claims' to be that kid and the family take him in without a peep. And then the story gets even more strange. Just jawdropping.

Anna Karenina - brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'staged'. Also proves that any film with a Gleeson in it (either Brendan or Donhal) is well worth a watch.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (IMAX flavour) - Still one of my all time favourite films. The end.

Vertigo - proof I am a 'philistine' as I didn't think this was much more than a pulpy melodrama. Carried on like that today, you'd be looking at a charge of domestic abuse!

Looper One of the most inventive, interesting (and in one scene, nightmare inducing!) films I've seen in a long while. Not perfect (use of female characters!) but still a real humdinger.

ParaNorman - a quirky, enjoyable horror film aimed at kids.

Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 - Everything you wanted to know about James Bond but were afraid to ask! Surprisingly doesn't hold back on the 'darker' aspects either. Excellent primer on Bond's past and his future too. A love letter to the franchise in the best possible way.

Psycho - possibly one of the 'scariest' films I've seen in a long time. I jumped at least once or twice.

Rear Window - another excellent Hitchcock film - liked the use of the stories and watching aspects.

Blancanieves (Snow White) - the best take on the story I've seen this year. Imagine if Tim Burton told the story through the prism of The Artist. And did I mention the bullfighting dwarves?

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - This? Freaked me right out! Sibling rivalry at it's best/worst. Jane Hudson is a monster to rival even Heath Ledger's Joker.

Frankenweenie - A love letter as much to the horror films of Universal and Hammer as it is to Science! And stop animation. A thing of beauty.

Silver Linings Playbook - This was the London Film Festival 'Surprise Screening' this year - and yes, it was a thousand times better than last years (which, let's be honest, isn't hard!) If you see one Oscar bait Rom-Com this year - make it this one! Jennifer Lawrence proves that she is utterly amazing in whatever she turns her hand to... including ballroom dancing;)

Skyfall - In his 50th year, Bond is backbackback with a vengance. Possibly one of the best films of the entire series. Certainly a contender for the best Craig Bond film. Filled with grace notes, winks and 'squee' moments galore. A film of the year.
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The 2007 List, The 2008 List, The 2009 List, The 2010 List, The 2011 List

Arthur Christmas - Another classic film from Aardman. One of my favourite films of 2011. 'Doing it with worry' is a motto to live by!

A Tale Of Two Cities (1958) - One of my favourite novels by Dickens and a superb adaption of the same. And yes, that is Christopher Lee as the bad guy - typecast much;)

Shame - One of my favourite films of 2011 and (so far!) my favourite of 2012 too;) Still as powerful and wonderful as when I saw it at the London Film Fest. Go see

The Artist - They don't make 'em like this anymore. Still, an excellent film and well worth the second viewing.

Moneyball - An interesting and true story of what happens when the numbers are used the *right* way. Very enjoyable

The Muppets - If I see a movie this year that makes me laugh, cry and grin as much as this one did - I will be utterly blessed. A *definite* contender for Film Of The Year!

Shaun Of The Dead - Saw this at the cinema when it first came out and loved it then. Still love it now. Possibly one of the best uses of Queen's songs in a film evar!

Midnight In Paris - A story about the dangers of nostalgia and... erm... it was enjoyable and Paris looked lovely

Dune (1984 - dir: Lynch, D.) - My love for this film is something that I refuse to be embarrassed about. It's a bloody good rendition of an intricate novel, the design is *gorgeous* and I finally noticed Gurney's scar this time! so I was gazing at Sir Patrick Stewart - who can blame me!?. Let's not talk about how long it's taken me to realise it... Recommended!

Blue Velvet - Regarded as being a 'better' film than the aforementioned, but certainly a *lot* weirder. Yes, that is possible! Very good but not as good, but then I am biased;)

Haywire - Steven Sodebergh does a flat-out-action/revenge flick with a female lead and it's quite awesome. Gina Carano holds her own and is one to watch. Also notable for having a scene in a bar with two of the most shaggable men in existence!

A Dangerous Method - An enjoyable and engrossing film about the genesis of psychotherapy/psychology with some superb performances by Fassbender, Mortensen and Knightely (I know!). Well worth a watch

The Muppets - Second verse, same as the first verse;)

Casablanca - Saw this in 2007 at the same cinema (different seat obvs!). What I said then, still stands - 'Perfect in nearly every way'.

Dune (1984 - dir: Lynch, D.) - Second verse - same as the first verse!;). Also - no nightmare journeys home!

John Carter - GO SEE THIS FILM FOR IT IS AWESOME! Even in 3D - strong female characters, wonderful world building, romance, derring-do, cute guys and a bit with a dog Woola

Chronicle - Saw this in Paris, in English with French subtitles (one of the strangest cinema experiences I've had for a while!). Enjoyable for a 'found footage' film.

This Means War - The poster for this damn film kept following me around the Paris Metro (trufax!). Also rather enjoyable for a McG film, inspite of my reservations and misgivings over the resolution.

John Carter - Second verse, same as the first verse!

The Hunger Games - I was hoping for 'good' - I wasn't expecting to cry ugly!tears during the scene where Katniss sings. Yes, it is that good! Recommended.

Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists - Aardman do it again - with plasticine this time. Possibly one of the silliest, funniest, loveliest films I'll see this year. Recommended

21 Jump Street - Stupidly silly but very enjoyable too. Channing Tatum can do comedy as well as action - one to watch.

Mirror, Mirror - Directed by Tarsem Singh (and boy - does it show!), this looks as lovely as you'd expect. Alas, the story is not punching it's weight despite an excellent performance from Roberts. Still, it passes Bechdel and is quite female friendly - something to applaud. Worth a watch

The Hunger Games - Second verse, same as the first verse with the added caveat of 'Mr Ross - the camera is capable of shots other than EXTREME CLOSEUP!!!11!! Also - Prometheus trailer was made of wonder and squee.

Headhunters (Hodejegerne) - A great thriller that twists and turns, making the audience sympathise with the (anti-)hero - even when they're cringing. Watch it before the (inevitable) remake. Recommeded

Batman Begins - one of the best superhero films I've seen. Certainly one of the best 'origin' stories out there and that final scene is a killer. Also is better than it's sequel for dint of having Rutger Hauer in it's cast.

The Dark Knight - A game changing film in more ways than one, raising the superhero genre to near Shakespearian heights. How Nolan will conclude this story, I do not know - but I can't *wait* to find out!

The Cabin In The Woods - Wow... that was... something. Think of it as a dish best served unspoiled;)

Battleship - It's a Michael Bay film WITHOUT the misogyny, the racism and with a healthy dollop of respect for veterans. Oh and hot guys in uniform (whut?!)

Marley - an excellent documentary by Kevin McDonald which for someone who doesn't know the first thing about Reggae, this is saying something.

Lockout - This was a lot of fun for a brain-in-neurtal film. Guy Pearce kicked arse and took names IN SPACE!

The Avengers Assemble - Is this the best superhero film evar?! No, that honour still lies with Christopher Nolan's Batman films and the X-Men films i.e. 1, 2 and First Class. Is it the best of the Marvelverse films? Absolutely - highly recommended

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey - For the second third time in the year, the Muppets made me cry! Looks as much at the history of the Muppets in general as it does at Kevin Clash, Elmo's 'creator' - highly recommended!

Beauty and the Beast 3D - This is, beyond a doubt, one of my all time favourite films and even though it was in 3D, it was a worthy oppurtunity to see it again. And yes, I cried, like I always do!

Safe - A Statham movie that not only kicks arse but passes Beschdel AND has Prince Humperdinck from The Princess Bride in it! Also, weirdly, I would read post canon fic if it came up at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide

Dark Shadows - Tim Burton does gothic soap opera and... boy oh boy, does it show. This is not a bad thing, in fact it is a good thing.

The Avengers Assemble - Second time, in 2D as reward for giving blood. Still quite wonderful.

Toy Story - Still wonderful and still worth a watch.

Iron Sky - When they lost WWII, the Nazis went to the Moon, in 2018, they came back to re-invade. Sounds nuts but it is a damn fine film - showing that money doesn't always equal a good film. Worth a look see.

The Life And Death of Colonel Blimp - A superb, lovely film from Powell and Pressburger - could show a lot of current film-makers a thing or two.

Prometheus - TWICE. So, winning tickets for the premiere is and will be a highlight of the year. Having said that, I still think that this is one of my favourites of the year, regardless. Ridley Scott returns to science fiction and not a moment too soon. Intellectual, beautiful and a all round delight of a film.

A Bug's Life - Unfairly regarded as a lesser film in the Pixar canon, it's still a great film.

The Raid - Going to go against popular opinion and say that this was not 'all that'. Found it quite boring and repetitive.

Moonrise Kingdom - Now this was a pleasant surprise. Yes, there is quirkiness but leavened by a rather sweet, lovely romance. Worth a look-see

Raiders of the Lost Ark - One of the greatest films ever committed to celluloid. The End

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - I've seen this before (obvs!) but I had forgotten so many details - still my least favourite of the 'Indy' movies.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - I have a very large soft spot for this film and one day I will travel to Petra. Yes, these are related;)

Men In Black III - It isn't a patch on the 1st one but it has it's heart(s) in the right place(s)

Prometheus - Third verse, in 2D (which is gorgeous) same as the first two. Any film that gives cause for debate and questioning after a 3rd viewing is something special.

Jaws - Due to a family trauma, I had never seen this film until now. And it still scared the bejesus out of me, if I'd seen it at age 7, I would have been traumatized for LIFE!

Finding Nemo irony? I has it! Still one of my favourite Pixars and possibly, musically, one of the most delightful as well.

Rock of Ages - There is half a good film here. Unfortunately, it's not the half with the leads in. Tom Cruise is quite spectacular, there is a touching bromance and some of the period details made me giddly (and feel very old!)

Brave - TWICE. Pixar do for folk tales what they have done for toys, insects, robots and cookery. Take a subject and make a masterpiece out of it. This is simply one of the best films I'll see this year. It is everything I could ask for and a little bit more.

Prometheus - at a LieMAX this time. Wonderful film - shame about the screen (about 1/4 size of BFI IMAX) but there was a trailer for The Hobbit so...

Grabbers - Seen at the Edinburgh Film Festival - this is a tale of monsters who invade Earth looking for two things, blood and water. Their nemesis? Alcohol. Where do they land? Off the SW coast of Ireland; obviously shenanigans ensue. I laughed in all the wrong places (which is always a good sign!)

Rent A Cat (Rentaneko) - Gentle, quirky, comedy/drama about a young woman who rents cats out to lonely people and how those interactions change her. Watch it before the Americans remake it!

Following - Christopher Nolan's directorial debut and even then, you could see this was someone with talent to burn. So glad to see him bring it to full bloom. Highly recommended.

A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære) - Danish film about a pivotal moment in their history. An English princess, married to a (slightly) crazy prince falls in love with his doctor and together they try to change history, in the 1700s. It's a beautiful, lovely film but bring a hankie.

Snow White and the Huntsman - Oh dear. There is a good film in here somewhere. Possibly involving the ladies of the fishing village or the dwarves or Ravenna. The rest of it - meh.

Memento - one of the most mind-bendingly complex and brilliant films I think I've ever seen. A delight for the mind.
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As LJ is b*ggering up left, right and all over the damn 'verse. Yes, I know why, but what can I do? Getting angry at LJ won't solve much and if the same happened to Dreamwidth - would they be able to cope?

Okay - rant (if it counts as one!) over... A movie review and an announcement.

Movie Review: Source Code (2011, Dir: Duncan Jones)

In short - pretty much everything I said about Moon stands here. This is excellent, thoughtful, brain-in-gear SF - leavened with a healthy dose of action and thrills.

The potential seen in Jones' first film was no illusion. While it might not be as memorable as Moon in the long run, it is still a superb film. And well worth your time and money...

Oh and look out listen out for the shout outs and cameos. And if you want to discuss the ending - feel free. I've been gnawing on it for days
So - yes, Man Made Moon, Man Made Damn Fine Follow Up!

Highly, highly Recommended.


Announcement Tiem
As regular readers will know... I now has a brother-in-law. By Halloween, (all being well) I will has a new job title, too. AUNTIE.

Not unexpected (I thought that it might be next year - really freak the Mother Unit out by being a granny and reaching a Very Big Birthday in the same year) but my sister and the Brother in Law will be awesome parents.
And I shall ensure that Zie is well educated in decent books and cinema... wha?

So, that's me - How are yous guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (movies_sunshine_cast)
As LJ is b*ggering up left, right and all over the damn 'verse. Yes, I know why, but what can I do? Getting angry at LJ won't solve much and if the same happened to Dreamwidth - would they be able to cope?

Okay - rant (if it counts as one!) over... A movie review and an announcement.

Movie Review: Source Code (2011, Dir: Duncan Jones)

In short - pretty much everything I said about Moon stands here. This is excellent, thoughtful, brain-in-gear SF - leavened with a healthy dose of action and thrills.

The potential seen in Jones' first film was no illusion. While it might not be as memorable as Moon in the long run, it is still a superb film. And well worth your time and money...

Oh and look out listen out for the shout outs and cameos. And if you want to discuss the ending - feel free. I've been gnawing on it for days
So - yes, Man Made Moon, Man Made Damn Fine Follow Up!

Highly, highly Recommended.


Announcement Tiem
As regular readers will know... I now has a brother-in-law. By Halloween, (all being well) I will has a new job title, too. AUNTIE.

Not unexpected (I thought that it might be next year - really freak the Mother Unit out by being a granny and reaching a Very Big Birthday in the same year) but my sister and the Brother in Law will be awesome parents.
And I shall ensure that Zie is well educated in decent books and cinema... wha?

So, that's me - How are yous guys?
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I am amassing quite a backlog of these, so I shall try and keep the ones I still have to do short and sweet. That shouldn't be too difficult with this film.

Yes, it was a good, worthy film but I only have to say one thing. Okay, two if you include the fact that Micky and Dickie's sisters were *scarily* familiar (no, my family are *not* like that... most of the time!). That one thing is this:

Dear AMPAS - give Christian Bale the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Lots of Love - Me.

Yes, Bruce Wayne deserves the damn statue. He didn't get the BAFTA mask but he deserves the damn statue. You're going to screw over Chris Nolan and Inception for 'inferior' movies (My Blog, My Opinions!) - so give me this.

Or not.

Anyway - Bale & Walberg were a*maze*ing in this film. The rest of it was okay - but then boxing was never a subject that interested me. Mileage May Vary.
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I am amassing quite a backlog of these, so I shall try and keep the ones I still have to do short and sweet. That shouldn't be too difficult with this film.

Yes, it was a good, worthy film but I only have to say one thing. Okay, two if you include the fact that Micky and Dickie's sisters were *scarily* familiar (no, my family are *not* like that... most of the time!). That one thing is this:

Dear AMPAS - give Christian Bale the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Lots of Love - Me.

Yes, Bruce Wayne deserves the damn statue. He didn't get the BAFTA mask but he deserves the damn statue. You're going to screw over Chris Nolan and Inception for 'inferior' movies (My Blog, My Opinions!) - so give me this.

Or not.

Anyway - Bale & Walberg were a*maze*ing in this film. The rest of it was okay - but then boxing was never a subject that interested me. Mileage May Vary.
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Snow White might have been the first ‘proper’ Disney film, but this is the first ‘good one. Strong words I know, but for me, this has more of a story, more characterisation (Pinnocchio may be an annoying brat but he’s a child, he’s allowed to be. Snow White is a grown woman.)

Another thing in it’s favour – the music. ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ is a bonafide classic. One that is actually part of the Disney ‘trailer’ (there is most probably a more ‘technical term for it, but it describes it!) that appears before all of their ‘animation’ films. (I’ll have to go see Tron: Legacy to check to see if it’s on the live action ones too – oh the hardship!)

It’s blindingly obvious that lessons were learned from Snow White because this film benefits from them. As I’ve already said, the characterisation, the story, the music, the look. Everything.

If you haven’t seen this recently, I do advise that you have a look. It’s good.

Also - Empire Magazine's guide to all 50 Disney movies. No, I am *not* going to see all of them - perhaps a third (Beauty and the Beast as many times as they'll allow me... whut?!)
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Snow White might have been the first ‘proper’ Disney film, but this is the first ‘good one. Strong words I know, but for me, this has more of a story, more characterisation (Pinnocchio may be an annoying brat but he’s a child, he’s allowed to be. Snow White is a grown woman.)

Another thing in it’s favour – the music. ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ is a bonafide classic. One that is actually part of the Disney ‘trailer’ (there is most probably a more ‘technical term for it, but it describes it!) that appears before all of their ‘animation’ films. (I’ll have to go see Tron: Legacy to check to see if it’s on the live action ones too – oh the hardship!)

It’s blindingly obvious that lessons were learned from Snow White because this film benefits from them. As I’ve already said, the characterisation, the story, the music, the look. Everything.

If you haven’t seen this recently, I do advise that you have a look. It’s good.

Also - Empire Magazine's guide to all 50 Disney movies. No, I am *not* going to see all of them - perhaps a third (Beauty and the Beast as many times as they'll allow me... whut?!)
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I saw this the day that it was announced that Anne Hathaway would be Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy would be Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises' .

Well, I actually read it on Twitter as I was waiting for the film to start. As you can well imagine, for a good few minutes I was sat there muttering "Bane?!" every so often.

My reason for mentioning this anecdote? One should be open to being thrown off one's beam everso often. In a good way, mind. Also, it's a damn good ice breaker (why, yes, I am using these entries as much as a diary as reviews;)
Does it show?)

Because for me, a really *great* film knocks you off your beam for a while. Sure you get back on, but for a moment, you are in a daze...

'Inception' , '127 Hours' both had this effect. As does 'The Black Swan'.

In short - I loved this movie. So much so that by the time the credits rolled, I was already planning my second viewing. That's always a good sign;).

If anyone decides to make a version of this using the Bourne Version of 'Swan Lake' it would be my favourite film EVAR! )

So in short? Go! See!
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I saw this the day that it was announced that Anne Hathaway would be Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy would be Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises' .

Well, I actually read it on Twitter as I was waiting for the film to start. As you can well imagine, for a good few minutes I was sat there muttering "Bane?!" every so often.

My reason for mentioning this anecdote? One should be open to being thrown off one's beam everso often. In a good way, mind. Also, it's a damn good ice breaker (why, yes, I am using these entries as much as a diary as reviews;)
Does it show?)

Because for me, a really *great* film knocks you off your beam for a while. Sure you get back on, but for a moment, you are in a daze...

'Inception' , '127 Hours' both had this effect. As does 'The Black Swan'.

In short - I loved this movie. So much so that by the time the credits rolled, I was already planning my second viewing. That's always a good sign;).

If anyone decides to make a version of this using the Bourne Version of 'Swan Lake' it would be my favourite film EVAR! )

So in short? Go! See!
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As far as I'm concerned - November can pull it's act together, else I am cutting it.
'Orrible weather, SOPHE drama, family bereavement, reclariant muses, headphones crapping out on me *again*...

Do Not Want Kaithanxbai

In other news...

Went to see the film Monsters at the BFI last night and I only have one thing to say on the matter:

GO SEE THIS MOVIE

here - have a trailer )

Especially if you like movies that concentrate on the human rather than the FX. Movies that draw you into their world, like a dream. Movies that look and feel 'scientifically right' but have budgets that couldn't afford half an hour of most US or UK tv shows on. Simply lovely.

I won't spoil it for you but take my word for it. I'll go see it again when it opens. Certainly going in the Top Ten films of the year.

Still on the subject of the BFI - They're showing the Doctor Who Christmas Episode on 13/12.

Guess who has two tickets?... [livejournal.com profile] torn_eledhwen - first refusal, as ever, is yours;)

File this under 'you have to be at least Irish or partly Irish to get this' but this is possibly the most most surreal thing I've seen in a VERY long time!. Just wonder if they have other flavours than Cheese and Onion;)
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As far as I'm concerned - November can pull it's act together, else I am cutting it.
'Orrible weather, SOPHE drama, family bereavement, reclariant muses, headphones crapping out on me *again*...

Do Not Want Kaithanxbai

In other news...

Went to see the film Monsters at the BFI last night and I only have one thing to say on the matter:

GO SEE THIS MOVIE

here - have a trailer )

Especially if you like movies that concentrate on the human rather than the FX. Movies that draw you into their world, like a dream. Movies that look and feel 'scientifically right' but have budgets that couldn't afford half an hour of most US or UK tv shows on. Simply lovely.

I won't spoil it for you but take my word for it. I'll go see it again when it opens. Certainly going in the Top Ten films of the year.

Still on the subject of the BFI - They're showing the Doctor Who Christmas Episode on 13/12.

Guess who has two tickets?... [livejournal.com profile] torn_eledhwen - first refusal, as ever, is yours;)

File this under 'you have to be at least Irish or partly Irish to get this' but this is possibly the most most surreal thing I've seen in a VERY long time!. Just wonder if they have other flavours than Cheese and Onion;)

Lightbulb!

Oct. 18th, 2010 08:01 pm
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New icon by [livejournal.com profile] icons_of_isis. Subject line is a quote from the quite wonderful Despicable Me which I saw on Friday night.

The only thing they have in common? (bar being movies) - Loved both of them. Although I think that Despicable Me has more quotes that will enter my lexicon ('It's so fluffy!' being one) and it had female characters who talked to each other about stuff.

Although... while the Minons are cute - Cillian Murphy (and Chris Evans and Hiroyuki Sadana) are just beautiful. Not to mention, scientifically more accurate;) So - swings and roundabouts!

***

On a tangent - Empire article on rock (and pop) musicians creating movie musical scores featuring such luminaries as Daft Punk, Pop Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell) and Underworld.

The soundtracks nominated for the latter two I can attest to being utterly amazing (Moon and Sunshine). Although Mansell's score for Black Swan may trump even his work on Moon as he's 'collaborating' with some guy called Tchaikovsky...

***

Teaser Trailer for the film Paul Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Sigourney Weaver (and plenty of other folks but those? Are The Important Ones!)

One word comes to mind. Other than 'oooOOOOOooo!'. Three good guesses;)

Lightbulb!

Oct. 18th, 2010 08:01 pm
beckymonster: Becky icon (movies_sunshine_cast)
New icon by [livejournal.com profile] icons_of_isis. Subject line is a quote from the quite wonderful Despicable Me which I saw on Friday night.

The only thing they have in common? (bar being movies) - Loved both of them. Although I think that Despicable Me has more quotes that will enter my lexicon ('It's so fluffy!' being one) and it had female characters who talked to each other about stuff.

Although... while the Minons are cute - Cillian Murphy (and Chris Evans and Hiroyuki Sadana) are just beautiful. Not to mention, scientifically more accurate;) So - swings and roundabouts!

***

On a tangent - Empire article on rock (and pop) musicians creating movie musical scores featuring such luminaries as Daft Punk, Pop Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell) and Underworld.

The soundtracks nominated for the latter two I can attest to being utterly amazing (Moon and Sunshine). Although Mansell's score for Black Swan may trump even his work on Moon as he's 'collaborating' with some guy called Tchaikovsky...

***

Teaser Trailer for the film Paul Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Sigourney Weaver (and plenty of other folks but those? Are The Important Ones!)

One word comes to mind. Other than 'oooOOOOOooo!'. Three good guesses;)
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I'll try and keep this short and sweet as I have to go fight the good fight with the network...

THING ONE
The Doctor Who finale was made of utter love and win. With added Queen and the Doctor dancing on top. Why, yes, I do have that as my current default icon, thanks for askin;)

Note to RTD - *that* is how you do a season finale! As for the current Torchwood news - I've said it before and I'll say it again. Redshirts


THING TWO
Go see Inception and Toy Story 3. Both are utterly awesome. One made me squeak at a pitch only bats can hear and the other made me cry like a girl. Alright, moreso than usual! And I want to see both of them again.

Don't bother with Predators. Watch the 1987 original instead. It's a far superior film. Trust me on this.


THING THREE (aka the reason why I have been Monster Non Grata for the last couple of weeks)
I'll get straight to the point. I'm participating in [livejournal.com profile] tw_bigbang this year. Word count is 15,000+. As someone who's only ever written past 8,000 words once for a published fic ('Twenty Four Frames') to say that this is one part exhilarating and nine parts terrifying is pretty close to the mark.

The reason why I'm saying something now? My current word total is... 15,750 words. Once I have finished the current scene, I start on the 'endgame' aka the final section. Which is going to drive me even crazier than before. To give a clue - Cybermen in Cardiff.

So um, yes. Part of me is all 'ZOMGICANHASBIGBANGFIC!' and another is runawaaaay. I'll explain more and beg pitifully for help! in another post.

So, that's me - how are you guys?

Serkit Message to [livejournal.com profile] torn_eledhwen - I'll pm you about Saturday!
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