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The familiy is off to Stuttgart to dance in a competition. Yay! I grabbed the opportunity to get my nails done, eat out at the steakhouse and spend a free movie ticket on Life of Pi.
Have to say the steak was expensive but not very good. When I order a large rumpsteak I don't expect about a third of the steak to consist of fat. I know, rumpsteaks come with fat on one side, but this one had fat on three. :( And I had been looking forward to my steak for weeks!
Luckily, Life of Pi was worth watching. I never knew what would happen next - which is a rare treat. Beautiful cinematography, very clever story with a neat twist that I honestly didn't see coming, but which made total sense with hindsight. Also, Depardieu's brief cameo was brilliant. Gee, he was revolting! I have a few issues with some of the dialogue which sometimes sounded pompous, but that may have been the synchronization.
We had a really mild day today, even some sunshine. The city was packed with people. Everybody seemed so happy that finally the snow is gone...

As for the rest of the weekend... well, some Fringe, some tidying up, and, hopefully some writing tomorrow. :)

The Hobbit

Dec. 13th, 2012 12:21 am
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No review. No spoilers.
Just this: loved it. Will watch it again after Christmas. Can't stop humming the music. All 4 of us had a really great time. And it didn't feel too long. :)
Maybe I'll write some more tomorrow.
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So. Hubby and I just watched Cabin in the Woods.
Memo to myself: never watch Joss's stuff in German. Somehow the German voices felt wrong. Unfortunately, the movie theatre only showed the German version.
Second memo to myself: do not watch slasher or zombie movies - even if Joss makes them.
I suppose the meta is more fun if one watches the iconic movies of the genre on a regular basis.... I certainly recognized a handful of the references (I watched Evil Dead ages ago, and back then it scared me so much, I actually looked away until friends said it was safe to watch again), but i guess you have to be a fan to enjoy them.
I fail to see the fun in buckets full of blood and I hate character death. Friends lent me their walking Dead DVD but it's still sitting on my shelf, because zombies = scary.
So, CitW was fun, often clever und sometimes surprising, sometimes predictable. I don't regret watching it - but I won't rush out to buy the Bluray. Avengers on the other hand....
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So, instead of The Last Airbender we went and watched Karate Kid. The kids loved the movie, and we adults enjoyed it too. I like that it took its time to tell the story, it doesn't rush through the characterization and background story to get to the fighting. In fact, the tournament at the end is only a very small portion of the movie.
Also, I have a soft spot for Jackie Chan, oh, and I liked the photographs during the credits, where Jaden Smith and the boy who played his nasty oppenent looked like best friends. So, Karate Kid was definitely the right choice.

Oh and we had an awesome Spanish meal afterwards. I loooove Tapas. :-)

I have a colleague, who collects dance movies on DVD. So now I'm borrowing her whole collection, two at a time. Yesterday evening we watched Another Cinderella Story - nice dance sequences, but boy, the acting sucked dead toads. Oh well, Vicky was really really into it. She is totally into romance. Whenever characters on screen kiss, she giggles happily and snuggles up to her mom. :-) And we recognized Supernatural-fan Becky ("Sam, you're so firm!") from the series Supernatural as one of the wicked (and stupid) step-sisters....
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Has anyone seen tbis movie? Is it any good? How are the 3D effects? I often disagree with published reviews - and I often disagree with mainstream movie taste, that's why I'm asking you guys.
The trailers looked good, but is the story okay? I don't know the anime series and I don't care whether Asians are only cast as bad guys (I believe there was a heated discussion going on). I just want to know if it's an enjoyable movie with a half-decent script and suited for family viewing.
I enjoyed the Vampire's Apprentice but thought that Percy Jackson was rubbish. (Just to give you an idea what kind of movies I enjoy).-

Thanks in advance. :-)

Robin Hood

May. 26th, 2010 07:56 am
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Finally a movie I enjoyed. :-)
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sucks! I don't understand why the movie industry produces so much crap. Shouldn't these peole know what they're doing? They spend oodles of money on lackluster scripts that mostly focus on linking disjointed special effects sequences with long drops, enormous explosions, collapsing buildings/caves/mountanins and what not. Why don't they spend money on a script that tells a story that doesn't need the special effects?
Sorcerers Apprentice looks like fun - but also too expensive.
Iron Man 2 got sucky reviews. Let's-make-the-sequel-even-bigger is not a philosophy that leads to good movies!
Sherlock Holmes was great fun - because the acting was fun. Excellent popcorn movie. Must. Get. on. Bluray. :-)
But mostly I feel that the bigger the budget, the greater the disappointment.
Are there any movies out there that I shouldn't miss?

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Yesterday's movie meme - Gacked from [personal profile] petzipellepingo

1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters.

If you like you can go back to yesterday's post and read the questions before looking at the anwsers....
Here are the anwers:

Well, were these really too difficult?

Film meme

Feb. 17th, 2008 12:54 pm
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Gacked from [personal profile] petzipellepingo

1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters....

[..] This is where I ommitted a few names, because they would have made it too easy.
estepheia: (It's only a movie...)
Hubby and I have decided, that we should go out more often, and that from now on Tuesday will be our movie night. Last week we saw "Keinohrhasen", a German comedy with Till Schweiger that we enjoyed a great deal, tonight we saw "Eastern Promises" with Viggo Mortensen.

Eastern Promises takes a bleak, depressing look at the Russian mafia. I don't want to give anything important away, so I'll just say that this isn't your typical action movie that celebrates violence while paying lip service to non-violence. This is gritty and ugly. Viggo Mortensen is impressive, while Armin Müller-Stahl is chilling. Excellent direction. The fight scene in the Turkish bath is extremely icky, leaving nothing to the imaginaion. And naked Viggo Mortensen did NOT wear an infamous sock over his crown jewels. Anyway, I'm very glad we watched this instead of I am Legend (which just started here and which we may go to see next week). Four point five tattoos out of five.

We also watched a couple of good movies on DVD.

We really enjoyed Hot Fuzz. Silly but fun. We enjoyed the humor and weird perspective as well as the editing. Smart entertainment, while completely over the top. I give it three bullets out of five.

We were completely enthralled by Prestige. "Are you watching closely?" A truly fascinating movie. It's now on my wants list of films that I need to own. Christian Bale is awesome, the twist is amazing, and the insights into the characters are mesmerizing. Michael Caine and David Bowie didn't hurt either, but it's really the structure of the movie, the sleight-of-hand, the story-telling that makes this movie so compelling. Excellent example of the use of narrative echo to strengthen a story's theme. Five white rabbits out of five.

Has anyone seen August Rush? Is it any good? Is it touching or just cheesy? I don't mind a good sob story, if it is told with integrity.
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Die Hard 4 had an unexpected effect on me: it sparked a sudden appetite for old (and not so old) Bruce Willis movies. We started by watching the original Die Hard again. Still a fabulous action movie. A few days ago we followed up with 16 Blocks (much much better than the trailers led me to expect, but when the credits rolled and I saw Richard Donner credited as directer I ceased to be surprised. Awesome performance by BW, by the way). And tonight we watched The Last Boyscout again, a slightly over the top movie but with great visuals and great one liners.

Well, and then I found myself wondering: what's my favorite Bruce Willis moment? This is my answer:

5. Dancing the jig at the end of The Last Boyscout
4. Butch looking for a weapon and picking the Katana in Pulp Fiction
3. Shooting down the helicopter in DH4 - with a car. Dude!
2. "Just once, I'd like a regular, normal Christmas. A little eggnog... a fuckin' Christmas tree... a little turkey. But, no. I gotta crawl around in this motherfuckin' tin can." - DH2 - ever so cute
1. Pretty much the whole of DH, like the scene where he takes off his shoes and socks, and his conversations with Al. *sigh*

Honrary mention: timing a breaking & entering by singing certain songs - Hudson Hawk. Stupid movie, but it had several charming moments.

So. Spill. What's your favorite Bruce Willis moment?
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Two days ago we watched the movie Nochnoy Dozor (Night Watch) on DVD, a Russian fantasy movie with slick visuals, great music, fascinating characters and a captivating twist on the good vs evil myth. Tonight we watched it again with our friend S. Great stuff, even when watched again. Now I'm dying to see the sequel.
I liked the grotty realism, which is, in fact, only a pseudo-realism, because the color schemes of the sets clearly show that the director left nothing to chance. The mis-en-scéne is perfect.
I am not entirely sure the synchronisation was always accurate. A few utterances made little sense. I would like to see the English language version - which is silly, I know.
Anyway, definitely a movie I'd like to recommend to anyone who enjoyed Constantine (one of my favorites) and Underworld (which IMHO failed abysimally, but which could have been worthwhile in the hands of a capable director), and who hated Blade (one of few movies that I love to hate).
Oh btw, there's a reference to Buffy. One of the characters watches 'Buffy vs Dracula'. I like that.
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We went to see the new Bond last night. Find my opinion behind the cut (no real spoilers, though) )
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A while back I saw V for Vendetta at the cinema - the German dubbed version. Two days ago hubby, my friend S, and I finally watched the DVD in English. And I have to say that Hugo Weaving's voice is awesome. I love that movie - so much in fact, that my friend S. and I watched it again yesterday, just to hear V speak. Gah! In a monosyllabic "Yes" HW conveys more emotion and conflict than some actors in a whole movie. Double gah!

I hope HW makes more movies pronto!

If anyone is wondering why I'm not online these days: financial problems struck again. But at least I landed a translation job. Busy busy busy. Unfortunately, translating has completely grounded my River/Jayne fic. Oh well. Hope you guys are all okay.

BTW, a friend lent me his CSI DVDs and I watch an epi every night before going to bed. I always keep my eyes open for Las Vegas landmarks that I've actually seen during Writercon. Imagine my surprise when one of the epis was partly set in the Imperial Palace, the Writercon hotel. It was weird seeing the forensic team walk down the familiar hotel corridors. Has it really been more than two years? *sigh* It was such a great event. So here's one big HUG for all the Las Vegas Writercon-people out there! Every time I wear my writercon T-shirt I think about you guys and the great time we had!
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Good Stuff:
I'm in Berlin, yay!
On Monday Mr. E and I took the kids to the Berlin zoo to see the panda bears and polar bears. It was a great day trip. Afterwards, the family drove back to Braunschweig, while I stayed behind. Hurrah!
Being in Berlin on my own, without the family, is great. No demands, no tidying up after everyone. No one who needs meals cooked. It feels like having Free Will back - with capital letters. I'm staying with our friend L. He invited me out to a very therapeutic sushi last night and to PotC2 and Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Yay! I'd seen PotC2 before, albeit in German, and was pleased that I enjoyed it just as much the second time round. I know the reviews were mixed, but I like part 2 a lot. cut for spoilers ) F&F3 was not the kind of movie I normally see, but it was okay. Too many cars, and let's not talk about the characterisation of the females, but I decided not to look the gift horse in the mouth, and fun was had.
Tomorrow I'm meeting [ profile] drc1. I'm sure we'll have lots to talk about.
A friend lent me his first season of CSI - and I enjoyed it a lot, mostly because I find Gil Grissom adorable. I look forward to borrowing the other 4 seasons.
Tomorrow or on Friday, L and I are planning on seeing the new Superman movie. The reiviews aren't overly favourable, but I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy myself. Not sure if that's because I've lowered my standards, or if that's because I'm trying to foster a carpe diem attitude these days.
Every now and then I get feedback for my old stories. It's gratifying to know that people are still reading stories like Things Present - Things Past, and Cues and Balls.
On Saturday, Mr. E, Tina and Toyah are performing live on stage - for the first time together, because Toyah decided very recently that she wants to dance on stage too. Yay Our dance club has a big venue in Wolfenbüttel. If you'd like to see what it looks like you can go here and watch Tina dance a Slip Jig and a Light Jig. Oh, and the other clips are cute as well. Of course, the show on Saturday will be bigger and much more elaborate.

Bad Stuff:
A couple of weeks ago I had an infected root canal on my lower jaw. It good operated, and now it feels fine, but on my upper jaw there's another infection. And the surgeon that I want to see is on holiday until the end of the month. I'm not in pain, but I can feel that the infection is slowly spreading. How can a dentist screw up two root canal treatments at once, hey? Well, at least I have the nagging suspicion that the infections may be responsible for my constantly aching feet. Lately it's gotten so bad that I can no longer go dancing. Which screws with my tempter. *sigh* Having to spend a large chunk of your earnings on medical bills sucks!

So, now you know what I've been up to lately. And now I better get back to my writing. I'm currently poking several of my writing projects with a stick to see whether they still have life in them. Right now, I'm working on my dance play. It would be nice to get something finished.

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We finally rented out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and I have to say: this is the funniest movie I've seen in a long long time. Pure genius. And Robert Downey Jr. is surprisingly awesome. What's not to love about a movie where the narrator introduces himself via voiceover: "That's me there. my name's Harry Lockhart, I'll be your narrator." Hee. And there's a gay P.I.... I loved director and script writer Shane Black's Lethal Weapon way back in the 80s, but this is even better. Same friendship theme, same sense of disenchantment, same sense of humor, only the whole story is about ten times as black. Very very noir, and yet strangely charming. Takes a good swing at the movie industry. Five fingers out of five.
estepheia: (It's only a movie...)
The Wild - we took the kids to watch the latest in animated furries. Tina thought it was meh, Vicky was entertained, but not thrilled. We adults thought it was pretty dull. Nice animations, but the storyline was way too predictable and saccharine. A bit like a Madagaskar clone, only Madagaskar was waay better. What is it with Disney lately? Why are all the conflicts solved through violence? We watched that abysimal Cow movie a while back, I forgot the title, and it was so utterly bad, I am still trying to wipe the yodling cowboy from my memory. Will avoid all things Disney in the future, even if the trailer looks promising.
I am getting a bit annoyed with the rampant post-modern "humor" that permeates recent animation films. I appreciate that the film makers try to tmake the movie entertaining for the parents as well, but a good movie needs more than a script full of haphazard tongue-in-cheek references to other movies and fast editing.
I hope Over the Hedge is better, because the kids are really keen on it. So, only 1,5 out of 5 roars for The Wild.
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The Da Vinci Code - sucks dead toads. Its only redeeming feature is Ian McKellan. In my atheistic heart, the big whopper of a revelation elicits a shrug, nothing more. (I never read the book, and I don't intend to) Tom Hanks is underchallenged, the script dull, and the constant choir music grating. Good camera work, shame about the direction. Lifeless, dull. Except for the flashbacks, those had a certain splendour. My verdict: 2 Mona Lisas out of 5.

X-Men 3 - one of the best sequels I've ever seen. An effective mix of storylines carried over from the prequels and new characters. Halle Berry is a eye candy, so is Hugh Jackman, but the movie has more to offer than a bunch of pretty faces, awesome stunts, and fabulous special effects. Namely a decent script (and of course Ian McKellan). I don't know the comic books, so I can't tell you if it's an accurate rendition of the characters, but I do know that the characters work well on the big screen. Good conflicts, good storyline, nice metaphor. And the Xavier/Magneto storyline is the icing on the cake. The denouement was a bit brief, and I sense a sequel in the air, but hey, if 4 is as good as 3, bring it on. My verdict: 4 lightning bolts out of 5.

Next on my wanna-watch list:
Dance! with Antonio Banderas (yum)
Ice Age 2 (yes, I know, I really have some catching up to do)
Pirates of the Caribbean (late July, finally!)
The Wild (any good?)
estepheia: (It's only a movie...)
I saw V for Vendetta tonight. I wish I could have seen it in English. So much depends on the voice of the main character. Still, the German version was well-dubbed. I thought Natalie Portmann made an excellent Evey, Stephen Rea and Stephen Fry also worked for me. As for V, I thought that the body language was very appropriate.

I came across the comic in 1985, long before Alan Moore reached his current cult status. Back then, V for Vendetta appeared in a magazine called Warrior, together with Miracleman, Warpsmith, Laser Eraser & Pressbutton and several other fabulous stories. In fact, I worked for the comic shop that produced and distributed said magazine (I *was* the mail order department). Unfortunately, I never met Alan Moore, only his editor and a few other people involved in the comic biz. Warrior magazine was cancelled before V's story was complete. When DC comics produced a colored version, I was finally able to read the ending. It's still one of my favorite comic books ever.

I heard that Alan Moore is unhappy with the movie and withdrew his support. That's a shame. The movie is very close to the comic books. Many sequences are frame by frame renderings of comic book panels. On a visual level, V for Vendetta delivers. The casting is good too. After The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (gag me with a spoon!) I'd feared the worst, but I needn't have worried. The political message of the comic was never compromised. On the contrary. Once or twice I thought the script could have been a tad snappier, but all in all the movie was worth the admission price. Definitely.
estepheia: (It's only a movie...)
Last night we intoduced our friend S. to a couple of comedies we're very fond of: Down Periscope and Ford Fairlane - Rock 'n Roll Detective and I finally found out where I know NCIS's Lauren Holly from. She plays the dive officer in the first, and the secretary in the second. Let me grab the opportunity to recommend both movies. Especially Ford Fairlane is hilariously crude. How can one not love a movie with stellar, unforgettable lines like these:
Ford (commenting on a new pop singer): I've heard cats fuck with more harmony.
It's the kind of film you either love or hate. Look at the IMDB votes if you don't believe me. :-)
(BTW, S. loved them both. Hee.)


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