TV shows

Wednesday, 4 September 2013 08:59
claidheamhmor: (Vendetta 2)
There are a couple of TV shows I've been rather enjoying lately.

 
One is Continuum, about a cop in the year 2077 who ends up coming back to present day to hunt down some terrorists. The lead actors are good, and the plot and villains are complex.



The other is The Bridge, set in El Paso, Texas, about a serial killer working both sides of the US-Mexican border. The main attraction here is the ever-lovely Diane Kruger playing a cop with Aspergers, working with a more relaxed Mexican cop, and it makes for an interesting show.




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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] cuddlycthulhu. Thought this was brilliant!

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Thursday, 4 August 2011 12:00
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LOTR shirt

Friday, 17 June 2011 16:17
claidheamhmor: (Fiday)
I want this Lord of the Rings T-shirt!



From Failblog ([livejournal.com profile] failblog_rss)

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Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:00
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  • Fri, 12:37: I think the archbishop should have done the Princess Bride speech: "Mawage. Mawage is what bwings us togethah." "Skip to the end." #fb
  • Fri, 12:39: "Wuv. Twue wuv, will fowow you fowevah. So tweasue your wuv..." "Skip to the end." Yes, would have been much better. #fb

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Saturday, 23 April 2011 12:00
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  • Fri, 13:30: RT @DrTwittenheimer: If you edited out all the boring, pointless parts, most people's lives would be the same length as an average movie.
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
The Imperial Wall of Remembrance.


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Friday, 25 February 2011 12:00
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Monday, 7 February 2011 12:00
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  • Sun, 14:13: RT @DrTwittenheimer: You know a movie is bad when it isn't even released in theaters and instead goes straight to illegal download.

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Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:00
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  • Wed, 15:21: It's Groundhog Day. I suddenly feel the need to watch the movie again. And again. And again. #fb
  • Thu, 06:58: It's Groundhog Day. I suddenly feel the need to watch the movie again. And again. And again. #fb

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Monday, 3 January 2011 12:00
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  • Sun, 20:42: I'm not surprised Titanic II sank without a trace at the box office. It was awful. #fb
  • Mon, 11:10: Just had Swedish single-malt whisky on haggis and toast for breakfast. Surprisingly nice. #fb

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 12:15
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  • Mon, 16:42: Traffic lights out, Wm Nicol & N1.
  • Mon, 19:30: Off to see Narnia. Ster Kinekor's self-service machines can be incredibly frustrating. #fb

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010 12:00
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Thursday, 18 November 2010 12:00
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  • Wed, 06:36: Why is my son singing "Mamma Mia" while brushing his teeth? #fb

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:02
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  • Mon, 18:38: RT @bengoldacre: Homeopathic belladonna teething tablets turn out to contain belladonna: children poisoned, oops http://dlvr.it/7ZX1C
  • Tue, 05:59: @BridgetRegan In defence of cars, at least they go where you point them and don't take you under low branches. In my experience, of course.
  • Tue, 07:44: Singer Bryan Adams will be the voice of Jock in the upcoming Jock of the Bushveld 3D movie. #fb
  • Tue, 08:37: Top 10 tech tricks we're sick of seeing in movies - CNET News: http://bit.ly/9G0OBB #fb
  • Tue, 09:30: RT @laurenbeukes: Non-South Africans know that District 9 was one gigantic in-joke about the most sinister creatures in Joburg, right? h ...

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 12:19
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  • Mon, 10:38: Doing my bit for vampire welfare by donating some Tru-Blood. #fb
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
[livejournal.com profile] montecook (one of the D&D game designers) reposted a 2005 essay of his on the topic of Star Wars. It's interesting reading - go and take a look:

Star Wars and Me

The oil leak

Sunday, 13 June 2010 17:13
claidheamhmor: (Conan)
President Obama has a solution to BP's oil leak in the Gulf.

claidheamhmor: (Guildwars Evaline 1)
I caught a couple of movies over the weekend.


I enjoyed Prince of Persia. It wasn't Oscar material by any means, but I found it entertaining and interesting. The milieu was done nicely, and the characters were good - especially Alfred Molina's ostrich-owning entrepreneur. Jake Gyllenhaal made a credible acrobat and prince, and Gemma Arterton was a good-looking princess. I liked the concept of the Dagger of Time; I wonder if I can use it in a D&D game?


Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, by contrast, was a huge disappointment. I never thought there could be a Robin Hood movie worse than Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, with a very American Kevin Costner in, but this one, sadly, is actually worse.

Details & Spoilers )

Truly bloody

Monday, 17 May 2010 15:28
claidheamhmor: (Conan)
D&D last week was fun (well, for me, at least, as DM). A 5-month long plotline came to culmination, with an NPC the group had rescued from angry villagers turning out to be a cleric/sorcerer with a secret. She was really a creature who desired to summon her deity, the Wolf God, bodily to the world, by using energy she got from possessing people.

Essentially, it was most of the second season of True Blood's "MaryAnn" plotline blatantly ripped off, complete with an attractive "woman" who controls others (and their eyes go black), with claws and massively wounded victims, and with a final scene consisting of possessed characters and villagers, and a sacrifice. Some of the confounding factors: the woman, Ny'essi, was a creature that was not evil, but neutral, being supremely focused on her own goals and not having any particular malice to humans (whom she regarded as convenient tools and pets); this threw the "Detect Evil" users off a bit. She was also a sorcerer with a specialty in deception and illusion; indeed, the final showdown featured a illusion of herself, with her using Alter Self to disguise herself as a possessed villager. And to confuse the group when she was travelling with them (in the early days while still asserting her possession over them), she put blood on their hands on occasion at night in order to confuse them when dead people were found with terrible wounds.

Fun times...
claidheamhmor: (F-111 in the Sky)
I saw a couple of movies recently.



Amelia is a biopic about Amelia Earhart, her relationship with George Putnam, and her last flight. I must admit, I found it rather boring. Hilary Swank got Earhart spot-on, in looks, at least, but Richard Gere was badly miscast; he was channelling Billy Flynn from Chicago. From an authenticity point of view, Amelia looked really, really good, but sadly, that didn't rescue it.

One interesting factoid: while I was watching it, I was admiring the South Seas island scenery, and thinking how much it looked like the scenery around our holiday home in Kei Mouth. I later found that those scenes had been filmed on the Wild Coast, while is across the Kei River from Kei Mouth. The hotel the cast and crew stayed at was in fact just across the river!



I also saw Inglourious Basterds a few weeks ago, and didn't like it much. The first part was a bit of an "if only" wankfest; the rest was more interesting, but somewhat choppy and not very satisfying. Brad Pitt overacted ludicrously. I must admit, I don't get Tarantino movies, and it's hard to criticise them, because if you do, you're told that that's the way Tarantino intended the movie to be, and it's a homage to such-and-such.

The Avatar script

Wednesday, 6 January 2010 12:39
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
I found a copy of the Pocahontas Dances with Smurfs Avatar script on the net. Here it is:

Cut for image )
claidheamhmor: (Vendetta 2)


Last night we went off to see Sherlock Holmes. I must confess, it was better than I expected, but it was also somewhat disappointing. I thought Jude Law did a decent Watson, but Robert Downey Jr. seemed way overplayed; at no point did I feel he was anything other than Robert Downey Jr. The late 1800s London was nicely down, and I liked that a lot. The plot was somewhat convoluted, and it showed no cleverness at all; I really would have liked to see a clever Sherlock Holmes adventure.

Worst thing about the movie: Hans Zimmer's score. The main theme was quite nice, but it was repeated over and over and over and over again, and he felt the need to fill every single scene with Westerny background guitar twang or strings. Most irritating indeed.



Today we saw Invictus. I'm no big fan of sports movies in general (or sports, for that matter), but the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Nelson Mandela's involvement was a pretty important moment in the history of the new South Africa. I quite got into the film; I thought it was really well done, and it captured South Africa pretty well. Morgan Freeman did Nelson Mandela pretty well; not perfectly, but Mandela is very difficult to mimic. Matt Damon did a surprisingly good Francois Pienaar, and his South African accent was really good. Clint Eastwood did, at points, try too hard to capture emotional moments, and it felt a little forced there; the 747 overflight, for example, tried to create false tension. The movie could have done with 20 minute or so being cut. By and large, the 1995 milieu felt authentic, and I think it'll remind South Africans of the event, and perhaps give some insight to non-South Africans. (Non-SA people, let me know what you thought of it!)

Avatar 3D

Friday, 18 December 2009 14:00
claidheamhmor: (Stranger in a Strange Land)


We went to see Avatar last night, and saw it in 3D at Cresta (since they have a newly upgraded theatre).

I thought the special effects and 3D were absolutely outstanding; totally seamless, and it felt entirely believable. I simply couldn't tell where reality became special effects. The 3D animations, textures, etc. of creatures, aircraft, space ships, and the environment seemed to me to be flawless.

The sound effects were impressive, very impressive indeed. Our theatre's speakers were really good; when ships were landing, or vehicles moving, I could feel the vibration right through my body; it felt really convincing.

The scenery was fabulous; much was filmed in New Zealand (what a surprise), but it was hard to tell what was real and what wasn't. The night-time ultraviolet was done beautifully, and I loved that; the night-time animal and plant life was lovely.

However, I thought the story was rather predictable and dull - essentially, Dances with Wolves on an alien planet, which was rather a pity given the interesting concept of the avatar. The characters were rather distant, and I found it hard to empathise with them in any way; sadly, they also seemed to largely be stereotyped caricatures, where you could predict exactly which role each would play. Acting was good, within the limited ambit of the characters, though I did think Zoe Saldana was especially good.

James Horner's score was a veritable pastiche of copy & paste from his other scores - Titanic, Enemy at the Gates, Star Trek, and others. Very derivative, and not particularly interesting.

More, but with spoilers )

The film could have been so much better, but between hiring Weta and ILM, I guess there wasn't enough money left over for an innovative script.

Edit for score.

Up!

Sunday, 13 September 2009 22:58
claidheamhmor: (Fiday)


We went off to see Up in 3D today. What a lovely movie! It had fun adventure stuff for the kids, but for adults, it was really moving (though not in a soppy way) and thought-provoking. The characters were well-done, and unusually in kids' movies, there were no unfunny fart or bodily function jokes. Music was beautiful - the theme was really good, and it was neatly used in a number of ways.

Very highly rated...
claidheamhmor: (Stranger in a Strange Land)


We saw the South African District 9 premiere at the Rosebank Zone last night, and quite an event it was. Plenty of people (including some I know off Twitter and LJ), nice snacks, and wine. The whole Zone was booked out, so the shows started at staggered times; ours started at 20:45.

I really enjoyed the movie. It was a B-grade film, and perhaps it has been hyped a little too much, but I found it entertaining, and it was so absolutely cool to see Johannesburg feature in a major film. I might be wrong, but this might possibly be the first time Johannesburg has featured as the setting for any relatively major international film. The second half wasn't as interesting as the first, but there were still good moments.

The music score was unfortunately pretty poor; derivative, and no South African flavour at all. The film could have done with something more original - hell, like pieces from the Soweto Gospel Choir or Ladysmith Black Mambazo instead of wailing North African bits.

Cut for mild spoilers and images )

These articles were interesting:
5 Things You Didn't Know About District 9
District 9: Science is the casualty in human-alien conflict

So, what did you think of it? If you're not South African, any comments on the SA flavour?
claidheamhmor: (CapnMorgan Haircut)
This was vaguely amusing...

The Five Saddest Death Scenes in Kids Movies

18.08.2009

Sometimes in a kid’s movie, either to further the plot or merely to sell more toys, a death scene is required. Whereas Arnold Schwarzenegger movies have desensitized adults to on-screen violence and death (in addition to poor acting, cheap catchphrases, and an accent thicker than a sumo wrestler’s waistband) children aren’t used to emotions more complex than hunger, tiredness, and the ever-present fear induced by Sarah Jessica Parker’s face. Which makes death in a kid’s movie about ten times more poignant and potent. So, because everyone loves re-living the traumas of childhood, here are five of the saddest deaths in a kid’s movie.


‘Transformers: The Movie’ - The Death of Optimus Prime

This is a tough one - how to write comically about one of the most tragic moments in the lives of millions of children. I don’t think that there was a single kid who watched this film who wasn’t shocked to see Prime die after his epic battle with Megatron. As a five year old, I literally could not believe that this beloved hero could be killed. It was like waking up and being told that Santa’s sleigh had been hit by a Surface to Air Missile, that the reindeer were in intensive care, and that Santa would now be delivering presents in heaven.

But the worst thing was how it happened - Hot Rod (foolishly) trying to help Prime, Megatron (skillfully) seizing the opportunity to make use of an concealed firearm, and Prime (tragically) biting the dust. This followed hot on the heels of half of Prime’s fellow Autobots being decimated in the opening half of the movie. Of course, at the time it didn’t occur to me that the primary reason that the filmmakers had chosen to permanently scar their audience in this way was because Hasbro were bringing out a line of brand new characters/action figures and had decreed that almost all of the existing characters should be wiped out!


‘The Lion King’ - Scar gives Mufasa a Helping Hand

Sometimes it’s better to be smart than strong, especially when you’re trying to launch a coup. Scar was clearly not the alpha male in the pride. Of the two royal brothers, he was the skinny, less attractive one. The one whom all the girl lions ignored. But while Mufasa spent his youth getting busy with the lionesses, Scar spent his lonely days planning, and plotting, until one day Simba gets caught in a stampede of wildebeests. Mufasa rushes to save him, finds himself clinging on the edge of the cliff by his ‘finger tips’ and begging Scar for his help. Scar ain’t gonna help you Mufasa. Scar didn’t get laid remember? It’s time to meet your maker my friend. Meanwhile everyone else just reached for the tissues.


‘The NeverEnding Story’ - Artax the Horse Commits Suicide

Proving that depression is not merely a human condition, poor Artax the horse willfully met his demise in the Swamps of Sadness by allowing himself to sink into the mud and drown. I guess that he realized that his dream of winning the Grand National was never going to happen, what with being a fictional horse ridden by a kid in a children’s fantasy world. It’s kind of like waking up at 32, being overweight, jobless, living at home with your mum, and realizing that you’re never gonna be a Formula 1 racing champion (with your mum’s house being a metaphor for the Swamp of Sadness).


‘Bambi’ - Bambi’s mother takes one for team

The seminal classic - Bambi’s mother ’sacrifices’ herself so that Bambi can survive. Technically, that’s not true because no hunter is going to shoot a fawn when there is a big deer waiting to get it. The pathos comes when Bambi, after running back to the thicket, yells out something along the lines of “We made it Mom!”, only to find out that his “mother can’t be with him anymore” - since she is now a wall ornament.


‘My Girl’ - Macaulay Culkin’s character dies after stepping on a beehive

As a kid, two things baffled me about this movie:
  1. How is it that the ingenious kid from ‘Home Alone’ could be killed by bee stings yet survive a run-in with Joe Pesci?
  2. If he suffered from a known allergy that meant that a bee sting wouldl kill him, then why the hell was he antagonizing a bunch of bees? That’s like a man whose known allergy is getting viciously crushed by a former world heavyweight boxing champion walking up to Mike Tyson, calling him a “limp wristed fairy”, and spitting in his face.

Still this was a poignant death and definitely made the girls cry. Of course, no number of cinematic bee stings can make a man cry. In fact, the only film that could reduce me to tears is…’Transformers: The Movie’.

Source: The Daily Different

District 9

Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:43
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)


Off to the District 9 South African premiere at the Rosebank Zone tonight! Really looking forward to it. Director and star will be there.

Big guys

Thursday, 13 August 2009 14:53
claidheamhmor: (Conan)
You thought Arnold Schwarzenegger was a pretty big guy, eh?

Well, check out this picture, taken on the set of Conan the Destroyer:



The little guy in the middle? That's Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's flanked by Wilt Chamberlain and Andre the Giant...

Some movies

Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:44
claidheamhmor: (Adamson)
I've seen a few movies over the last few days:


On Wednesday, I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. To be honest, I wasn't very impressed; I thought it was overwrought, rather choppy, and quite dull. Dumbledore, in particular, felt really unconvincing. Most disappointing.



On Thursday, I saw The Hangover. It was better than expected, and amusing in parts, but all-in-all, rather forgettable. Heather Graham was a rather welcome distraction.



On Sunday we saw The Brothers Bloom at Cinema Nouveau. It started off really well, but as it went on, fell apart somewhat, not being able to decide whether it was a comedy or a drama, but not being either properly. The two female leads, Rachel Weisz and Rinko Kikuchi, played their roles well, and their characters were amusing. Mark Ruffalo was OK, but Adrien Brody was totally miscast - he was a black pit of charisma, and pulled the whole movie down with him. A real pity; the film could have been much better.
claidheamhmor: (UnderworldEvolution)
I enjoyed this list:
"This is a list of seven sexy fantasy characters who have appeared in film and television and realized by a real-life actress – no cartoons or literary heroines."
The Top Seven Sexiest Women of Fantasy!

So, who would you have on your list?

Myself, I'd like to switch in the following:
Sorsha (Willow)
Isabeau d'Anjou (Ladyhawke)
Guinevere (First Knight)
Amanda Darieux (Highlander & The Raven TV series)
Selene (Underworld Evolution)
Arwen (Lord of the Rings)
Evelyn Carnahan (The Mummy)
MJ Watson (Spider-Man)

OK, so that's 8. Sue me.

Australia

Monday, 20 July 2009 15:49
claidheamhmor: (Stranger in a Strange Land)


I finally got around to seeing Australia last night.

It was definitely too long, good 45 minutes or more too long, and it felt a little disjointed, in that it seemed like it wasn't sure whose story it was, and also because the first part of the film and the last part were really two different stories.

That said, I loved the sweeping landscapes, the 1930s feel to it, and the characters. I thought both Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman played their roles very well (Nicole's face showed a lot of expression - perhaps there was no ready supply of Botox in Australia during the filming), and Brandon Walters, the kid who played Nullah, was really good. David Wenham, who played the villain, was excellent - coldly menacing, a bit like a cobra.
claidheamhmor: (Conan)
This article was interesting (at least, to those who like their sword-and-sorcery movies):

Best Movie Wizards

If you don't feel like looking at the article, here they are, counting down:
Cut for spoilers )

Ice Age 3

Monday, 6 July 2009 16:37
claidheamhmor: (CapnMorgan Haircut)


I took Morgan along to see Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D on Sunday. It was a competent movie - not funny in the same way as Toy Story or Chicken Run, but heart-warming, with some amusing moments. The baby T-Rexes were terribly cute. The 3D effect was not too "in your face", and the animation was generally good, though I thought the frame-rate on some of the fast-moving scenes wasn't quite smooth enough. There was one scene, of Diego chasing an antelope, that was really well done; it was perfectly obvious that the animators had seem clips of cheetahs or lions chasing antelope.

Transformed

Tuesday, 30 June 2009 16:57
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)


I took the kids to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on Sunday. They enjoyed it, I think, but then, they're the target market.

Personally, I thought it was a jumbled, dull, mish-mash of plot holes, poor acting, and so-so special effects. There was no script to speak of - the "plot" seemed to be whatever connected the explosions. Most of the transformers were indistinguishable from each other. There were things in the so-called plot that made absolutely no sense at all (like planting a decepticon disguised as a female human at a college that Sam is going to before the decepticons know they need something he has). Worst, it got boring seeing explosion after explosion interspersed with unfunny bodily function gags that looked like they came out of a straight-to-video college teen film.

These reviews and comments, I think, are quite on-the-mark:
Topless Robot Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Topless Robot Bonus! Rob's Transformers 2 F.A.Q.s!
Ten Things About Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen That Didn't Make Any Sense
claidheamhmor: (EF-111 in the sunset)
The Reader



Last night we went off to see The Reader at Rosebank Mall. I must say, I was somewhat disappointed. Kate Winslet (nude) was hot (at least in the early parts of the movie), but I found the film rather lacking in emotion, character or pace. Ralph Fiennes pretty much snoozed through his scenes; a more boring and emotionless character one cannot imagine (except for me, but then, I'm not a character in a movie). The actor who played the boy who read to Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet's character), David Kross, did pretty well. The story had no decent tale of repentance or change or love, and the characters did what seemed like strangely uncharacteristic things. I really wanted to like the movie, but it was far too long and pointless.

On the positive side, I think the movie captured the sense of Germany from the 1950s to the 1990s very well; it felt authentic and gritty in the right ways. It may be worth watching purely for that.


World War II in Colour

Now, for the World War 2 buffs, seeing as we're on the topic, take a look at this: World War II in Colour. It's an interesting collection of photographs taken during the war, of people, places and equipment.

For example, here are a couple of thumbnails:


Rudel's gunbird: The Stuka flown by Hans-Ulrich Rudel, one of the most successful combat pilots of all time; he destroyed more military hardware than many modern armies even have.



Major Erich Hartmann, highest-scoring fighter ace of all time, with 352 kills.
claidheamhmor: (UnderworldEvolution)

Milk

Last week we saw Milk. Milk is about how Harvey Milk went from being an insurance worker to the first gay elected to public office in the US - district supervisor in San Francisco - and his murder by a disgruntled ex-supervisor (the one, in fact, who became known for the notorious "Twinkie defence"). I found the movie interesting (from a historical point of view), but it was too long, and rather tedious.

There were some good points though. One was that the cast were pretty well chose in terms of looks - comparing the real people with the actors, one could see quite uncanny similarities. Another good point was the movie colour: in the first part, set in the early 1970s, the movie was tinged slightly yellow, giving it the same sort of hue that was characteristic of 1970s films. The 1970s setting felt really authentic too.

And, of course, if you like men kissing each other, there was plenty of that!




Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Yesterday Morgan and I went off to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. It wasn't a great movie, by any means, and it wasn't as fresh as Night at the Museum was, but it wasn't boring. I enjoyed some of the characters from the first movie again - one of Robin Williams's nicer roles, I think - and there were a few new ones. Hank Azaria chewed through tons of scenery as Kahmunrah, but the best part of this movie, bar none, was Amy Adams playing Amelia Earheart. Not only was she amusing, but she was totally worth watching, thanks to a pair of slacks that surely was too tight to have been legal in the 1930s! Very, very, hot!

And just provide some visuals:
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
Last night we went to movies.

First we had dinner at Sitar, in Cresta. As usual, the food was excellent, and the service really good (the owners take a personal interest, and are always around). I had a Lamb Rogan Josh, with Mango Gateau dessert; the drinks I had, the Mango Lassi and Sweet Lassi are terribly addictive.



Then we saw Termination Salvation. I must admit, I'm in two minds about the movie. I couldn't shake the feeling that we already knew what was going to happen; one of the hazards of a time-travelling storyline, I guess. I liked some parts of it, notably the whole plotline involving Marcus. Unfortunately, the parts I didn't like were just about anything involving John Connor. Sadly, I think Christian Bale has gone and typecast himself; I had no real interest in seeing another terribly intense Batman. The machinery was generally nice, and it was really great to see some A-10 Warthogs in action. Digital Arnie was really well done, but some of the special effects were a little iffy.

I didn't regret seeing it, but it wasn't a great movie.
claidheamhmor: (Claymore Border)
I got a chance to see Star Trek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine over the weekend.

Wolverine, sadly, was quite a let-down; it was a relatively tedious story, with little sparkle to it. The first few minutes were the best; I wish that had been stretched to an hour or so. It wasn't a waste of money, but it could have been so much better.

By contrast, Star Trek was wonderful; certainly the best Star Trek movie to date. Lots of excellent imagery (I particularly loved the scene where Enterprise rose up from Titan's clouds), good acting from virtually all concerned, and a neat explanation for veering off canon. Leonard Nimoy's role added a touch of nostalgia. The score was really good too; it had a good theme of its own, and the original series score was incorporated beautifully at the end. The choice of the actors was inspired; they looked right, but (in my humble opinion) were less hammy than some of the original actors.

Star Trek quiz

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 23:37
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] redqueenmeg.

Your results:
You are Data
Data
66%
Jean-Luc Picard
60%
Geordi LaForge
60%
Beverly Crusher
50%
Uhura
40%
Worf
40%
Spock
37%
Mr. Scott
35%
Chekov
35%
Mr. Sulu
35%
Will Riker
35%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
30%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
25%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
20%
Deanna Troi
10%
Even though you are a genius
you are always striving to be better.


Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character are you?" quiz...

claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
I watched the final episode of Battlestar Galactica a couple of days after it aired, after having watched the previous two seasons in a two-week catch-up session. I think I have to echo many people's thoughts by saying WTF!? )


Other things I've been watching are my usual ones: Chuck, Heroes, and The Mentalist. Still enjoying them all. I've also started watching Bones, and I'm enjoying that too; I really like the characters (and "Bones" herself is TehHawt).


Yesterday I took the kids along to see Monsters vs. Aliens 3D. I quite enjoyed it; like most Dreamworks productions, entertaining and beautifully done.
claidheamhmor: (Witch King EE)
I've watched a few movies lately.



Last week we went off to see Watchmen. As a caveat: I've never read the graphic novel, so I went in not knowing what to expect. If I had, I'd have given it a miss. To be honest, I found it terribly dull; 2-and-three-quarter hours of character introductions, primarily, followed by 15 minutes of finale that was reminiscent of the X-files movie, and not in a good way. I found none of the characters engaging, except possibly Rorschach; in some ways, it was about as thrilling as one of those documentaries you get on Discovery Channel.

On the plus side, I thought the effects (especially Dr. Manhattan) were well done. Best part of the movie, for me, was the use of some of Philip Glass's music from the movie Koyaanisqatsi during Dr. Manhattan's exposition; it seemed well-chosen.




Yesterday we saw Inkheart. It was not a great movie by any measure, but I must admit that I found it rather entertaining. The scenery, of northern Italy, I think, was beautiful, and I found some of the characters amusing. For such a small movie, it had a surprisingly prestigious cast; sadly, Brendan Fraser, playing the lead, seemed a little typecast and dull.




Over the weekend I got Highlander: The Source out on DVD. Now, I'm a big fan of Highlander, though most of the Highlander movies have disappointed me terribly. This was no exception; in fact, I would go so far as to say that it was worse than Highlander 2. To give you an idea: as the movie starts, you're told that all the planets are "coming into alignment". Very well; we've seen that sort of rubbish in a dozen movies. It gets worse: not only the planets, but all the stars in the galaxy, right to the central star, and lining up too! To cap it off, the planets lining up are actually visible in the night sky, with a rocky-surfaced Saturn (I presume) several times larger in the sky than the moon!

Almost everything about The Source was appalling; the villain was ridiculous (with stupid colloquialisms as well, like "Atta-boy!), there was a minimum of swordfighting, cinematography and sets were low-budget east European, Adrian Paul sleepwalked his way through the role, and the other actors weren't much better. About the only interesting actor (because she was quite pretty) was Thekla Reuten, who also acted in the acclaimed In Bruges. At the end, after Duncan Macleod defeats the villain (by running around him so rapidly that villain drills himself into the ground (yes, I'm serious)), he gets the source, a great prize: he can now father children. What an ignominious end to the Highlander franchise.
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The prankster on on of South Africa's popular radio stations, Highveld Stereo, is known as Whackhead. Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman are ion South Africa at the moment filming a Clint Eastwood-directed movie about South Africa's win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Last week, Whackhead, pretending to be a popular disc jockey, "interviewed" Matt Damon, ostensibly live on air.

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We went off to see a couple of movies this weekend.



First up was He's Just Not That Into You. I wasn't that impressed. It seemed like an episode of some Friends-like TV series that had been stretched by 90 minutes or so. It was too long, there seemed to be very little connection between the different groups of connection, and many of the characters were dull or downright dislikeable. Jennifer Aniston was a tragic figure, condemned to wander about with bad hair and an about-to-burst-into-tears expression. Justin Long's character was amusing though, and I really liked the OCD of Jennifer Connolly's character. Too many stereotypes and cringe-worthy moments for my liking generally though.



Then we saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on Sunday (fortunately, fully rested and awake). It was blatant Oscar-bait; a pity more time wasn't spend on making it interesting. It was over three hours, a good 60-90 minutes too long. There were things to like: make-up and ageing effects were excellent; nice cinematography; a few interesting characters (like Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Jared Harris and Rampai Mohadi); some nice subplots (like Benjamin's father, and also Benjamin's affair) and some very moving moments (especially the last few minutes).

On the downside: there were whole bunch of completely unnecessary or unrelated subplots that added nothing to the story; the characters of Benjamin and Daisy (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) had zero chemistry (and Daisy was a thoroughly unpleasant character anyway); plenty of racial stereotypes combined with some odd historical revisioning (like there not being any racial segregation or even racial tension in old-age homes and trams in the 1920s); the 2005 New Orleans bookending (used a number of times during the story) was really, really annoying; and again, too long.

Valkyrie

Friday, 27 February 2009 13:19
claidheamhmor: (Vendetta 2)
We saw Valkyrie last weekend.



To be honest, I wasn't that impressed. There were some good things about it: really well-done costumes and authentic-looking period equipment; the portrayal of Hitler (he was depicted well, with staff around him always seeming on edge, as if he might explode at any moment), and some of the actors. The accents didn't bother me, though I do feel that German accents would have helped in the suspension of disbelief.

The biggest problem, I felt, was that it was boring: it felt far more like a documentary than a movie, with events plodding along as you expected them to. There was no insight into the characters and their motivations; Claus von Stauffenberg had no moments of doubt, he just did his thing. Keanu Reeves could have played that role with just as much emotional depth. Cruise was just bland in the part.

Disconcertingly, I noticed that [livejournal.com profile] beigeonblue bears an interesting resemblance to Kenneth Branagh.

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