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To: The Universe

Subject: Closing the Loop

Dear Universe, as much as I love being out and about and being social and stuff... Can I please have a couple of days to re-charge my batteries and generally tie stuff up in a neat bow? I'm not asking for much - just a day or two at work where there are no demands on my time, bar finishing off projects that are nearly complete bar a few details.

Ditto, my personal life. Being social with family and friends has been awesome as has the London Film Fesitval, but I'd like a day to spend in a local cinema just catching up on movies before [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo eats my life;)

If you can do that I'd be most grateful.

Lots of love,

Your mate,

Beckymonster

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Future attractions:

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide - I can has an assignment?! YES I CAN!
I always try to do something I've never tried before when it comes to this challenge and this year, it could very well be a doozy. I have to check both my recipient's letter and the canon to see if it's a goer but... I am hopeful and pleased with progress so far.

[livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang - well, the good news is, I have a first draft in the can. The bad news is that due to circumstances, I've decided to drop out. Which makes me feel like a heel but I have to be sensible about these things (which is a lot harder than it sounds...) and to put my sanity before 16,000 words of Hot!Dads pron. That's not to say that it won't be finished, it will, it's just it will be at my pace, not someone else's.

London Film Fesitval - yes, I have been watching ALL THE FILMS, so I shall be reporting back. So far, (I have one more to go) I've not seen anything that I would consider a waste of my time, which is good. I have seen a top five film of the year, one that will destroy Tumblr and two that were worth the hassle.
More details to follow.

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So, that's me - how are you guys?
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So - yes, still here, just not posting as much as I used to - who is? but wanted to share this with y'all. Especially the USians...

Oblivion (2013) came out in the UK weekend just gone. I had read all manner of reviews beforehand, some hated it, others thought it was good and so on. Folks whose opinions run closest to mine thought it was excellent... which was heartening.

Especially as they were right! The movie is directed and written by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and yes, it shares the gorgeous aesthetics of that film. Truly, your eyeballs are going to love this! And your ears too - the soundtrack by M83 is a thing of beauty.

There has been a lot of talk in the reviews as to the film using ideas that have appeared in other Sci-Fi films. I won't go into details but if you've made up your mind to go see - try not to read the reviews lest the surprises are spoiled for you. The thing is, even the films that Oblivion has riffed on, have taken ideas from others - there are no new ideas in SF. Just recycled ones either done badly or well.

With Oblivion, I thought they were done well - and for the 2nd time this year, I want to see a new release again at the cinema. (The first one was the wonderful Trance). Which from me is high praise indeed. That and I think I may either ask for or proffer this as a fandom for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year.

Did I mention it passes (in my understanding anyhow) the Bechdel Test - more than once?!

Yes, it's that good. So, go, see, on the best screen possible!

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In other news, reading the following today made me incredibly *happy* Now Filming: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', directed by Bryan Singer and 'Jupiter Ascending' directed by the Wachowskis

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

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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;)
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Newest The Hobbit production video. It's no spoiler to say that this is chock full of awesome things and grace notes. Jimmy Nesbit's bunting, Luke Evan's accent, Calligraphy guy's 'current' work, lots of familiar faces all working hard... or not as the case maybe!

Also - BBC - The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey to premiere in NZ in November

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Post title is also (possibly) the best take on Prometheus that I've read. I'll get around to posting photos and my 'review' (okay, delusional babblings more like!) at some point but know this. I loved it but I 'saw' it (twice! in 24 hours!!) as it was sold - a new story set in the Alien Universe. Think X-Men: First Class if it helps. Same universe - new story to be told.

Highest accolade I can give - I want to see it again.
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Newest The Hobbit production video. It's no spoiler to say that this is chock full of awesome things and grace notes. Jimmy Nesbit's bunting, Luke Evan's accent, Calligraphy guy's 'current' work, lots of familiar faces all working hard... or not as the case maybe!

Also - BBC - The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey to premiere in NZ in November

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Post title is also (possibly) the best take on Prometheus that I've read. I'll get around to posting photos and my 'review' (okay, delusional babblings more like!) at some point but know this. I loved it but I 'saw' it (twice! in 24 hours!!) as it was sold - a new story set in the Alien Universe. Think X-Men: First Class if it helps. Same universe - new story to be told.

Highest accolade I can give - I want to see it again.
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Seeing as I am not the only Dune geek out there - Available for today only - Dune Tours of Arrakis.

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In rebuttal of (frankly anger making) comments made by a British Catholic Bishop regarding gay marriage (guess what he said... no really!) I give you this:

Sir Ian McKellen: Should We Not Aspire To Happiness?

I make no bones about the fact that I consider this man to be a National Living Treasure - not just because he is Gandalf and Magneto (Silver Fox Variant) but for eloquently stating what should be accepted as fact. That no one has the right to say who can or cannot be married.

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In other news - saw John Carter (Of Mars/Barsoom) on Thursday - GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE FOR IT IS AWESOME - even in 3D. And yes, I will get on and catch up with my Months of Movies - honest!
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Seeing as I am not the only Dune geek out there - Available for today only - Dune Tours of Arrakis.

* * *

In rebuttal of (frankly anger making) comments made by a British Catholic Bishop regarding gay marriage (guess what he said... no really!) I give you this:

Sir Ian McKellen: Should We Not Aspire To Happiness?

I make no bones about the fact that I consider this man to be a National Living Treasure - not just because he is Gandalf and Magneto (Silver Fox Variant) but for eloquently stating what should be accepted as fact. That no one has the right to say who can or cannot be married.

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In other news - saw John Carter (Of Mars/Barsoom) on Thursday - GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE FOR IT IS AWESOME - even in 3D. And yes, I will get on and catch up with my Months of Movies - honest!
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I watched a grand total of 106 Films In 2011. These are the nine that I loved most of all:

Favourite films of 2011

And here are explanations as to why )

Honourable mentions go to: Thor, The Artist, Rango, Captain America: The First Avenger and Pina (3D)
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I watched a grand total of 106 Films In 2011. These are the nine that I loved most of all:

Favourite films of 2011

And here are explanations as to why )

Honourable mentions go to: Thor, The Artist, Rango, Captain America: The First Avenger and Pina (3D)
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Immortals - Well, that was extraordinarily pretty to look at! Liked the rather 'stylised' callbacks to the myths. And naturally, the male nudity. Yet... It left me a little cold and I'm not quite sure why...

In Time - love the idea. Just not too sure about the execution. Cillian Murphy acted everyone off the screen mind. And in black leather too (swoon!)

Nosferatu - I remember seeing a clip of this when I was a wee!monster... Scared the crap outta me. Now? Erm.... For an early horror that was quite *something* Quite what, is another question entirely! It looks beautiful, is relatively faithful to the source novel (Stoker's Dracula) but the acting... Oh dear.

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And in other news - still alive, hand-in *hell* at work, determinedly plodding onwards with [livejournal.com profile] yuletide - about 70% done (unless someone decides to pull a fast one...), plotting the third redraft of [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant in my head, going to see the Dark Knight Rises teaser on Wednesday, need to write a snotty letter to the contact lens people for screwing me around again #firstworldproblems and wrap the Christmas presents....

Anything I've forgotten?

Oh yes... Scandal In Belgravia (aka the first episode of the new series of Sherlock (2010)) is utterly amazing. Do Not Let Anyone Spoil It For You. Trust me on this;)
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Immortals - Well, that was extraordinarily pretty to look at! Liked the rather 'stylised' callbacks to the myths. And naturally, the male nudity. Yet... It left me a little cold and I'm not quite sure why...

In Time - love the idea. Just not too sure about the execution. Cillian Murphy acted everyone off the screen mind. And in black leather too (swoon!)

Nosferatu - I remember seeing a clip of this when I was a wee!monster... Scared the crap outta me. Now? Erm.... For an early horror that was quite *something* Quite what, is another question entirely! It looks beautiful, is relatively faithful to the source novel (Stoker's Dracula) but the acting... Oh dear.

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And in other news - still alive, hand-in *hell* at work, determinedly plodding onwards with [livejournal.com profile] yuletide - about 70% done (unless someone decides to pull a fast one...), plotting the third redraft of [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant in my head, going to see the Dark Knight Rises teaser on Wednesday, need to write a snotty letter to the contact lens people for screwing me around again #firstworldproblems and wrap the Christmas presents....

Anything I've forgotten?

Oh yes... Scandal In Belgravia (aka the first episode of the new series of Sherlock (2010)) is utterly amazing. Do Not Let Anyone Spoil It For You. Trust me on this;)
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London Film Festival Films are interspersed here. These are the reviews for everything else I watched. Same caveats apply - written on my Blackberry as I travelled from (and occasionally to!) films. These are just my opinions. Mileage may vary!

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October Movie Review-O-Matics )
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