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Thursday, June 23, 2011

10:50PM - Harry Potter in the Media

So, it seems that Harry Potter related stuff is everywhere at the moment, even in the latest Architectural Digest (http://www.architecturaldigest.com/resources/features/2011/07/harry-potter-set-design-slideshow#slide=1)

I'm curious what people think of the trailer for the final part--did you like it?

And what do you think of the whole much hyped Pottermore.com site? Are you interested in buying the HP books all over again as e-books? I saw some journalists thought it was exciting news for writers that a writer could have the clout to ignore Apple and Amazon and put the digital books out on her own. But, as a reader with an iPad, I would personally have preferred to just get the e-books from the iBookstore, assuming I wanted to buy them again at all.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

9:23PM - Deathly Hallows

I'm curious about the reaction of anyone who's seen the movie--is it worth seeing in the theaters, or would it be better to wait and rent it? And is it faithful to the book, or did they change things a lot?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

12:35PM - favorite fantasy series

I've been rereading both the LOTR books and the Harry Potter books as comfort reading, and it reminded me that I'll probably also reread Roger Zelazny's Amber chronicles soon as well; I read those books as a teenager and I really loved them. Is anyone else a Zelazny fan? What are a few of everyone's favorite fantasy books other than Tolkien's books?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

4:12PM - 3D movies

I was a bit dismayed when I heard that Deathly Hallows was going to be a 3D movie. I don't care for 3D movies, probably because the ones I've seen used the 3D as a gimmick rather than artistically. What does everyone else think of 3D? Have you seen any good 3D movies? Did you think the 3D effects enhanced or detracted from the films?

Monday, July 5, 2010

7:01PM - Richard Armitage

Since I know that there are a few Richard Armitage fans here I thought I'd pass on this link to an old interview I came across today via the Martha Grimes community (someone was wishing he'd be cast as Richard Jury): http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/article709474.ece

Enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2009

8:24PM - new fandoms?

So, what has everyone been watching/reading/listening to lately? Has anyone found anything cool and new to obsess over? Or rediscovered old fandoms?

Current mood: restless

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

11:05AM - Game of Thrones

Are any of you fans of George R R Martin's fantasy series ("A Song of Ice and Fire")? According to bookdwarf, Game of Thrones is going to be adapted for HBO, and it will star Sean Bean in the role of Ned Stark. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

11:07PM - a burning question

Hopefully, this entry is being posted in the right community. I'll give it a try anyway. Okay, I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but I have a question. It’s one I’ve been trying to ask all over the internet and likewise, to research. I’ve checked out all the movie clips, I’ve tried getting into Yahoo and other Q and A sites to both read and respond to questions, sometimes to no avail. I’ve tried everything I can think of, and I’ve been wracking my brain for ideas and memories, but none have seemed to come. It’s something I’ve thought about a lot. Here it is. Most of you should know about the classic 1976 film, Carrie, by Stephen King, as I am sure many of you are King Fans. I used to be and I used to love horror and the things associated with it. Since then, many of my values have changed, but for these purposes and for this blog entry, that is not as important. I could tell you what I think about the movie in general, but it is not for this entry. Hopefully, I will write more about it later. But for this blog entry I will stick to my question. There are many themes in the movie, and many events, and the beginning, middle and end. That’s fine. I know what happens. We don’t need to discuss it here. I’ve seen all eleven or twelve parts on the Internet from start to finish, reservedly, of course, but I want to know one thing. It’s about the shower scene. For those of you who are not familiar with the movie, you can look it up online if you google Carrie, 1976. But I’ve seen the volleyball game and I’ve heard Tommy’s poem and Carrie’s comment on how “beautiful” it was. And I’ve also heard the music during the locker room scene. Between the musical scene in the shower, sometimes censored, sometimes not, and between the talk Miss Collins has with the principal where they send Carrie home, there is a scene that I remember from watching the movie as a kid in high school. It is the scene where Carrie makes that scary discovery, is humiliated by various classmates, and is then spoken to by Miss Collins as the girls leave. She helps to calm Carrie down, and I know and remember she talks to her and explains that what Carrie has discovered is normal, and shows her what to do. Then we resume with Carrie getting sent home, etc. My blog friends, I have found every scene from the other Miss Collins scene with Carrie putting on lipstick and learning she is indeed beautiful, to the prom scene, except that one where she is humiliated in the shower. Where is it online? I’ve really thought about just purchasing the movie myself, but I don’t really care too much about the other scenes except the “nice” ones, we’ll call them. No, being humiliated is never nice, but I’ll talk about that later here, as well. I cannot find that scene and I am looking for it, and I think that buying or renting the movie to watch a scene that is probably less than five minutes long is pointless. I even read a bit of the script, which of course has many profanities in it, those profanities! Anyway, it glossed over what really happened in the film. I think much of what happened in the “humiliation and help” part of the said shower scene was ad-libbed or improvised. I’d like to see what happened. Can anyone help? Are there links I can go to online to find the scene? Is there a way to freely download the movie and then close it when the scene is finished? It seems silly that part 1 starts when Carrie goes home, because I know there is more. And now, to stifle your curiosity, why would I want to view the humiliation scene out of all of them? I’d write about it later, and must, because I need to go and do other things soon. But here’s my final point. I don’t want to come across as perverted or anything, especially because I may know some of you who read this and I don’t want you to get the wrong impression and me to have a ruined reputation. I do not, and would never, intentionally desire to humiliate anyone, at any time. I am very sad that Carrie had to go through all this, and I am also sad for her character being put so low that she had to take such revenge on the school. That is not right. It is Miss Collins I want to pay attention to. I admire her courage and sympathy. Yes, she is just a movie character and yes, she is only an image of the real thing. But you know, in the middle of a horror thriller, to have such a caring and sympathetic woman come alongside such a shy girl, is something to be admired. Not because she is so heroic; she is not. She swears, gets scared, yells at kids and well, just teaches gym. But what she does is a good, good thing. More of us should be helping others. This, next to the musical shower scene, is the only scene in the movie that I would really consider my favorite. That and the one where Miss Collins tells Carrie she is beautiful. Would you rather be told that you are ugly and will have your prom tickets taken away, or that you are beautiful even if you feel shy? I do not wish to dwell on this kind of stuff. A simple act of kindness goes a long way. However, it is just that: Miss Collins is kind and I want to study her character. I don’t think I would say I am Miss Collins or anything, and want to be careful because I am who I am, just Meggy, at least, in that regard. But I really think that Carrie and Miss Collins could be inspiration for something I might do later as a project. So, could anyone help me? As I’ve said, it’s not to vengefully watch girls humiliating each other, nor is it because my mind is not right or I want to see nudity or anything like that. It is simply to study what really happened and to learn from it. Please tell me, where is the entire shower scene -- the girls, the teasing, Miss Collins helping Carrie, everything? Thank you for your help. I will hopefully hear from you soon. Meggy

Current mood: curious

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

5:52PM - Inkheart

I recently watched the movie Inkheart, which is based on the first book of Cornelia Funke's Inkworld series for children. It's about a girl who discovers that her father has certain magic powers when he reads books aloud. The movie has certain cheesy aspects, but I found it fairly charming nonetheless. The reason I'm recommendng it here is that the cast includes actors associated with a number of fandoms relevant to this community--Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent, and Paul Bettany. Bettany was particularly awesome in his role of Dustfinger.

The film made me want to read the books, and I'm about halfway through the first one now. Has anyone else seen the movie or read the books? What did you think?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

10:53AM

So is anyone planning to read J.K. Rowling's new book The Tales of Beedle the Bard now that it's being popularly released? Or if you've already read it, what did you think?

Monday, October 6, 2008

6:44PM - Brave New World

I thought some of you might be interested that Ridley Scott will be filming an adaption of Brave New World. He gave an interview in which he discusses the project, as well as his opinions on both Brave New World and 1984.

Friday, March 28, 2008

6:26PM - Star Wars nostalgia

The coolest and geekiest thing I've seen in a long time: watch Star Wars in ASCII art. (link via lifehacker).

Current mood: geeky

Friday, March 14, 2008

3:46PM - Lost - "The Other Woman" & "Ji Yeon"

 Okay, in light of last week's episode, the answer to my icon's query might be - "yeah, kind of..."

Ben is my new favorite character - creepy, manipulating, nuts - squee, he's like the best villain ever. And apparently the jealous type!

Spoilers from last night...Collapse )

Friday, February 29, 2008

2:52PM - Lost 4x05 - The Constant

 SQUEE!!!!! It's kind of coming together ... and, well, not.

Spoilers and suchCollapse )

Sunday, February 24, 2008

1:05PM

Oh my lord! What the hell is going on? Don't get me wrong, I'm lovin' this show, but my head asplode!

Spoiler type stuff...Collapse )


All these new mysteries are making me forget the lod ones. Check out Entertainment Weekly online and their Lost section. Oy! I can not wait for the next episode! 

Thursday, February 7, 2008

10:08PM - Lost

What the crap is happening on this show? We are so confussed. Also, why no Dom this week? /plaintive

Current mood: confused

Thursday, January 31, 2008

9:48PM - Bzuh?

OH PLEASE GOD LET HIM BE BACK REGULARLY PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEEEEEASE. *clings to Dom*

Current mood: hopeful

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

6:56PM

OMG! Lost is finally back tomorrow night!  Bring on the WTF?!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

2:11PM - Ridley Scott interview on the new Blade Runner

Some of us were wondering a while back about what the new "Special Edition" of Blade Runner
would include. Ridley Scott gave an interview with Wired that discusses the film's history and the new version. (warning for anyone who's never seen the movie: the interview has spoilers)
One thing that shocked me a bit was that Scott admitted that he'd never read Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep , which is the book the movie was based on, but it does explain why the theme of the movie differs so dramatically from the theme of the book.

Monday, September 10, 2007

9:32PM - New AFI Top 100 Films

 I just watched the 10th Anniversary of the AFI Top 100 Films. As I was watching, I was updating my Netflix queue. W00t, LOTR has made the list at 50 but Star Wars is 13. And I'm pleased that I've seen most of the films on the list; but only half of the top 10!

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