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What better thing to do than see movies? [livejournal.com profile] virginmartyr1 and I saw two this weekend, which is more than we've seen in months.

First we watched Blades of Glory )

Yesterday we caught Stardust at the cinema. )
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Dreamgirls :

You will  love this movie for the costumes, staging, and stellar performances. Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy are phenomenal in the way they inhabit their roles. The characters' wardrobe tells us who they're based on, but the performers imbue them with the facial expressions, movement, and vocal style of the original Motown stars. It's impressive in its own right, but when they're finally allowed to give it a little of themselves -- Hudson and Knowles on solo numbers, Murphy in understated scenes highlighting emotional frustration -- is when they truly shine.

You will hate this movie if you are a pop music snob, Motown fanatic, or stickler for musical accuracy. The songs themselves are poor imitations of the Motown hit machine ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," besides having one of the worst titles in the history of song, is also one of the worst pieces of narrative music I've ever heard.) The score more accurately reflects the era in which the musical was written, not the era in which the story is set. The first scene takes place at a talent competition set roughly in the early to mid-60's, yet background music features the sort of wa-wa chicka-chicka rhythm guitar line that didn't become popular until much later.

Overall grade: B-

*****
Arrested Development:

Over the holidays, I caught much of the second season on cable. It was enough to remind me how brutally funny the writing was, how sharp the acting was, and how stupid the network was. [profile] virginmartyr1  had never watched the show before, and was quickly hooked. Smart girl. :)

Overall grade: A

*****

Also, I just learned that Kelly Bishop was in the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line! She played Sheila! She sang "At the Ballet!" I love that song! My love has caused a momentary case of exclamationpointitis! Oh my!
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Last week's episode of Studio 60 was made more inneresting by the realization that Sarah Paulson is gay. Because, well gay makes everything more inneresting. So says I.

Also, Shut Up and Sing was made slightly more inneresting by the realization that Natalie Maines is married to the guy who plays Nathan in Heroes. FYI, Shut Up and Sing gets a thumbs up )

Finally, hello, I'm a geek. I'm not ashamed to be squeeful about this. Seriously.

OK. More coffee.
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1. Next week, watch Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I am for serious. Smart, funny, well-done, character-driven ensemble show FOR THE WIN!

2. If you haven't done so, make sure you never ever watch Fantastic Four. Honestly, I was lying on the couch with a lowgrade fever and I still consider watching it a waste of my life. Michael Chiklis tries not to suck but no one else on the cast or crew seems bothered in the slightest by the roaring sound of the vacuum created by the suckiness of this movie.

run-on sentence FOR THE WIN!

3. Ani Difranco tomorrow night. Locals should go. For serious.

4. PAINKILLERS NOW!!11!!!1!
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New Superman movie dazzles critics in first reviews - Yahoo! News


Tue Jun 20, 2:54 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Superman Returns," which opens in the United States next week, is receiving knock-out first reviews from critics, with newcomer
Brandon Routh tipped to win over audiences as the latest crime-fighting "Man of Steel."


Hollywood's two trade newspapers, Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter, gave the movie strong reviews, with The Reporter describing it as "a heartfelt Superman movie that plays to a broad audience thanks to an emotionally troubled Man of Steel."

Daily Variety critic Todd McCarthy said director
Bryan Singer had imprinted the Warner Bros. movie with its own personality. "'Superman Returns' is never self-consciously hip, ironic, post-modern or camp. To the contrary, it's quite sincere, with an artistic elegance," he said.

Routh won praise for his apparent effortlessness -- with his resemblance to Superman predecessor, the late Christopher Reeve, not going unnoticed.

The movie's plot has Superman returning to Earth following a mysterious absence of several years. Back home, an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all while the superhero's great love, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), has moved on -- or has she?

Newsweek said Singer, who left the popular "X-Men" franchise to make "Superman Returns," did the right thing from the start of "this gorgeously crafted epic" by showing respect for the most foursquare comic superheroes of them all.

The magazine added that "Routh may or may not be a real actor, but he effortlessly lays claim to the iconic role, just as Reeve did. Indeed, he virtually duplicates Reeve in the way he plays Kent as a diffident, awkward Midwestern colt."

"Next to Singer's champagne, most recent superhero adventure movies are barely sparkling cider."

Time magazine said Singer and writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris had revived and revised the story's premise. "The result is an action adventure that's as thrilling for what it means as for what is shows," Time said.

The film is Superman's first big-screen appearance since the 1987 movie "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" starring Reeve.

like whoa

Mar. 21st, 2006 09:07 pm
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Just finished watching La Mala Educacion. I don't know whether I want to cry, get drunk, or hug a teddy bear. It got a little hammy at the end but there was some affecting performances throughout. Go Almodovar.
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Yesterday I had my interview at Gen-Probe, which went rather well. Afterwards I stopped by my friend S's house to hang out and have a bite to eat. Then I headed home, where I discovered my new Rosalind Russell dvd's waiting for me.

I now own Auntie Mame and The Trouble with Angels. Anyone want to come over for a movie night?

oi, sidney!

Jan. 7th, 2006 11:56 pm
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This documentary looks like it'll be really cool. :)
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Saw GoF this weekend. I loved the look of it, the gorgeous moody visuals. The pacing was tight, as it had to be to fit everything in. [livejournal.com profile] virginmartyr1 and I wondered afterward how a 2.5 hour movie could feel rushed. There was no time to catch your breath, was there.

Lastly, for anyone who hadn't noticed, Ron is So Gay. (That's me, always being helpful.)
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Saw Serenity with [livejournal.com profile] king_ghidorah on Friday night. That's a good movie; I was able to follow along pretty well even though I've seen maybe 2 entire episodes of Firefly. No spoilage, only a general thumbs up from the peanut gallery.

Saturday was a day of morning laziness followed by afternoon busy-ness. I was hoping to go to the big lesbian and bi-sekh-shul bonfire at La Jolla shores, but C forgot about a chorus board event scheduled for the same time. Even though I reallyreally wanted to go to the beach, I decided to be a responsible soon-to-be-board-member and go to the event. It wasn't too bad, all together. Not my favorite people for socializing but not too painful.

Sunday morning we performed at a Scouting for All rally. (they protest the BSA's exclusionary policies toward Atheists and the lgbt community) We had counter protesters holding signs saying "Execute Homosexual Pedophiles" who heckled the speakers. Definitely an eye-opening experience. Afterwards, I went to the gym and had a good, hard workout. Yeah.

Sunday evening was chorus rehearsal, and damned if we aren't picking up the new stuff quickly. This cd project is supa-cool and is going to sound friggin' awesome.

In other news, since viewing Serenity "shiny" is trying hard to enter my vocabulary. Stupid Joss Whedon.

Hmmm. Monday morning. Short, clipped sentences. Perhaps I should wander around and drink coffee until my vocabulator stops malfunctioning.

okay

Sep. 30th, 2005 03:06 pm
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I'm thinking seriously of going to see Serenity. Not like it'll make any damn sense to me, since I've never seen the show, but it looks cool and I'm intrigued.
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Minus Tina Fey.

Concert was sparsely attended, but excellently executed. If I do say so myself. ;) There has to be a way to network with other musicians -- not simply other choruses -- and build cooperation within the San Diego music community. Just have to figure out how.

Saturday night out with The Work Gays was supah dupah fun! It's nice to have non-chorus friends; that they're non-chorus lesbian friends is even better. Plus, they're just cool. I'm so happy we went.

ETA:

This weekend was the Anne Hathaway Marathon at Chez C. We watched Princess Diaries 2, and Ella Enchanted. PD 2 was okay, cutesy fun. Mostly it made me happy to see all the Boy Pretty, (Callum Blue, whee!) and sad because Julie Andrews really can't sing anymore. *sniffle*

Ella Enchanted was big campy Bollywood-style fun -- complete with Jimi Mistry, doooode. He makes everything gayer. I have the Jimi Mistry lurve. More Jimi Mistry, I say! Cast Jimi Mistry in a movie with Brad Pitt and watch Brad seem swishy. Or better yet, cast him as Matt Damon's love interest. They'd be all so cute together. For really.

Plus extra bonus features including: Seventies-era soundtrack! Elves practicing law! Joanna Lumley! Parminder Nagra once again bringing the lesbionical subtext! Two thumbs up, go rent it today.

No car yet. Soon, I hope. *eeeee*

giggle

May. 19th, 2005 02:01 pm
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I just bought a ticket to see Episode III on Saturday morning at 10. Hee!

Movie rec

May. 14th, 2005 10:09 am
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Go rent I Heart Huckabees. Tonight.
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Okay, I know that I've guffawed, criticized, and generally pooh-poohed the last two Star Wars movies. But god help me, I'm actually excited about Revenge of the Sith. I've ooohed and ahhed over the advance reviews, watched the trailer, and secretly been just been giddy about its release. I haven't had a rational explanation for it until now:

It's Darth Vader.

The 7 year old in me who was wide-eyed over the first movie back in '77 is breathless with the anticipation of seeing The Villain of my childhood back onscreen. I want to see Anakin's final fall to the Dark Side and his transformation into Vader. The sight of that suit of armor, the helmet, and James Earl Jones' voice. Dooooode.
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I'm in kind of a weird mood this evening. The universe appears to be paying attention, since the first song I heard upon starting my launch radio was "The Dreaming" by Kate Bush. Brilliant!

Oh, speaking of which: hey [livejournal.com profile] bobamster can I get my cd's back? Thanks.

No surfing this weekend, instead there was much needed Time with The Girl. w00t. We had some dinner, we saw Sideways which featured Sandra Oh (aka my psychic twin) and a killer performance by Paul Giammati. As good as they both were, Virginia Madsen stole the show and my heart. If I were to actually meet her character, I'd propose immediately. *le swoon*

Weird vibe at rehearsal tonight; funky power struggles between director and president. Unusual and unwelcome. However, we're once again doing two of my favorite pieces: Miss Celie's Blues and Sisters. Brilliant.

And following the breadcrumb trail that is my train of thought, I am completely consumed by this song by Reeve Oliver. It's a piece of sugary pop brilliance, completely singable, not too sappy, with just enough wry self-awareness to ward off insulin shock. And they're local to San Diego. w00t!

Hee!

Dec. 17th, 2004 10:40 am
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An exerpt from a highly entertaining Salon.com piece titled "Libido Malfunction:"

Even the movies may give us a chaste but sexy little year-end treat. After this week's New York premiere of Martin Scorsese's new film, "The Aviator," it was agreed in a brief lobby poll that not one of the characters was flaccid: plumb crazy, but totally sexy and intense. In a poll conducted a couple of glasses of wine later, it was also agreed that every woman but one wanted to have sex with Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn.

Yeah, add my name to that list.

I'm fickle

Nov. 23rd, 2004 09:10 pm
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I liked the old color scheme, but I really missed my links list. So sue me. I changed again.

While incapacitated with the Cold of Doom, I watched a few movies. Soul Plane is really dull and pedantic; I had better hopes for something that seemed to take great pride in being "un-PC." All it managed was un-funny.

I also caught Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which only served to reinforce my inappropriate crush on Kirsten Dunst. Lots of other people have discussed Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, who were remarkably cast as each other's usual type. But honestly, Kirsten and Tom Wilkinson very quietly stole the show. The entire plot hinges on their interaction and Dunst's ability to pull off her character's subsequent action; if she rings false, the house of cards tumbles. But she's a trouper, and her vulnerability and sense of betrayal are real.

I *heart* her.

Meanwhile, Wilkinson is tremendous as a subtley self-involved physician with no real concern for the ramifications of his actions. It sneaks up on you, what an ass he is. Wow. Mark Ruffalo turns in another solid performance (but wtf was up with his hair?) and Elijah Wood fucking creeped me out. Psycho.
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Dude, this cast rocks. I'm looking forward to seeing the film. :)

"Among the adults returning in their roles are sinister Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), loveable giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and protective Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith). Michael Gambon takes over the role of wise headmaster Dumbledore from the late Richard Harris.

Continuing the tradition of using the best of Britain's acting corps, new faces in "Azkaban" include Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney), David Thewlis (Professor Lupin) and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)."
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Hey, this whole not going into the Hellhole of strained tempers that I call Work thing is pretty nifty. [livejournal.com profile] wafflelips and I did some chores around the house, talked to the landlady about future plans, and then went on a movie date. We saw a matinee of Van Helsing and loved it.

spoilers )

After considerable debate, we are also acquiring a roommate. We haven't lived with anyone else since '97 so we had our qualms. But the pros outweigh the cons, we're all mature and respectful, and our pal needs a place to live. So there we go. If you happen to call and a strange woman answers, please don't get the wrong idea. It's perfectly innocent. ;)

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