i_paint_the_sky: (The Vampire Diaries // Klaus & Caroline)
My parents and I went out to see Into the Woods tonight. They were a bit mixed about it but I thought it was awesome. Definitely a great adaptation, though there were a few things missing that I did miss.

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Definitely going to be buying this one when it comes out on home release, so I can watch it again and again.
i_paint_the_sky: (The Vampire Diaries // Caroline)
I finally saw Les Mis! Little background, it's a musical I am very unfamiliar with, to the point that I was completely flummoxed a few years back when Margaret wanted me to sing in the JC House Cup version of One Day More. But now I know the story and most of the songs, hurrah!

I really enjoyed the movie. The actors were all really great, except for Russell Crow who was just okay. His voice could have been worse (he was way better than Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia) but it's actually the acting which I think wasn't quite up to par with the rest of them. I am cheering for Anne Hathaway for the Oscar, I would say she had the best performance of the bunch.

Only other real comment is that Hooper needs to remember that he's not just directing actors but also needs to give proper direction to the cameras as well. That was pretty painful at points and I think the obsession with close-ups actually detracted from some of the songs (most notably I Dreamed a Dream, which was performed beautifully but was really too long for just one single, unending closeup).
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Weird realization from last night: I am pretty much exactly the age my mother was when she had me @____@ Crazy!

So, one week into the new schedule and I already hate it more in practice than I did in theory. Especially with working at the office as well, I'm already feeling a bit burnt out. Of course, this may also have something to do with the fact that I stay up late every night, doing things like making Lizzie Bennet Sims and writing fan fic and RPing and all that jazz. But that stuff is important to me and the evening/night is when I have time to do it.

At least the next two days are just school which will be a good break. Today though is hectic since I'm at work now (on lunch), then go to class for 3 hours, then have a meeting at church. *FLAIL*

Oh, on Saturday I saw Silver Linings Playbook, which I really enjoyed. Jennifer Lawrence has cemented her spot as a new favourite actress of mine because she is really, really good. I'm hoping for her for the Oscar, though I really don't know what way that category is going to go (other than being sure the 9-year-old will not win).
i_paint_the_sky: (Puella Magi Madoka Magica // Madoka)
So I bought the DVD of Drive Me Crazy, a film that I recall fondly from my teenage years because it starred Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Same era as 10 Things I Hate About You. However, it doesn't hold up quite as well, sad to say. It's a cute movie and it has some interesting things to say ... but the story had more potential.

I actually think it's really interesting that the two opposites attracting leads were childhood friends. I also like that it's the guy moping about a break-up, since that's not as common as a girl doing it. And then there's the craziness that is high school drama ... but I think there is where the movie falls apart a bit. It's not bad by any stretch but it's not as good as it could have been.

It reminds me a bit of 27 Dresses, where a good movie is desperately trying to get out. However, Drive Me Crazy is still fun and cute and doesn't have any truly terrible moments, so at least it's got that.

Off to bed now, finally. I've got a long drive ahead of me tomorrow.
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Just got back from seeing The Dark Knight Rises. Short, no spoilerish opinion: it is awesome. Not quite as good as The Dark Knight but a great ending to the trilogy. It also makes me want to watch Batman Begins again because it really does make the three movies fit together.

And now for the spoilers ...

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Just watched the Silent Hill movie (and discovered that my current default icon is of Rose, the main character from it).

It was ... pretty bad. Actually, more disappointing. The first half of the movie was actually pretty good. The atmosphere matched Silent Hill well and there was good little symbolic stuff. But the second half just sort of fell apart and made it fail both as a movie and an adaptation.

I think really it's another case of too many changes being made. The stuff with the cult was just completely different and nonsensical to boot. But the biggest slap in the face still has to be changing Harry Mason into Rose de Salva. Fathers everywhere should be a bit insulted by the idea that the story had to be about a mother and her daughter, not a father and his daughter. I think a lot of the other flaws, at least in the first half, could be forgiven if not for that.

Sean Bean's storyline obviously shows that it was tacked on. And people were really right when they said he couldn't manage an American accent very well. There actually were a lot of good ideas in this plot though, especially when Christopher and Rose were in the same place but couldn't actually see each other. With better storytelling and their roles reversed, I think it really could have been a great movie.

Also it fell victim to the typical Silent Hill flaw of using Pyramid Head in ways that don't make any sense. At all.

They did have some interesting designs and, as I said before, the atmosphere could be good. And the music was amazing but it's the music from the games so that should go without saying. All and all, I can see why it's considered one of the better video game adaptation movies but, well, that really isn't saying much now is it.

On another note, I've decided that I should probably wait a week before spending money on movie tickets, even at half price, and so I'll be trying to wait to see Harry Potter some more. Boo :(
i_paint_the_sky: (Doctor Who // Amy)
I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs The World today after work and it was AWESOME. Just amazing. As one of the guys leaving the theatre said, it's a movie where you just can't help but be smiling the whole time. Unless you are laughing, which happens frequently.

It's definitely very tragic that it's doing so poorly in the box offices. This movie deserves more attention!
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I had a shift at Yorkdale today, helping them set up their new store. It looks great, I'm actually excited to see our new one. La Senza has a new look and it's very snazzy and retro and awesome.

Once we got out, I walked over to the Indigo in the mall and finally picked up a copy of the Kick-Ass graphic novel. Interesting to see the differences between it and the movie. All and all, I think the movie did it better, but there were a few changes that I think they should have left undone.

Then I went to Silvercity and saw How to Train Your Dragon which I thought was very fun. It didn't quite live up to expectations but it was good. Perhaps good enough to finally get the Best Animated Feature Oscar away from Pixar (though I don't know what they are planning for this year).
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So, tonight after work I decided to go see Kick-Ass, since I had planned to go Friday but decided to skip it in favour of doing some freelancing.

The movie was just AWESOME. Like, wow. Definitely appealed to my subversive side, especially Hit-Girl *points to new default icon.* It got a bit action-y at the end and some of the gore could have been done without but I didn't find most of it really gratuitous and so many of the moves were just so great.

And the characters were pretty awesome too. Really makes me want/need to read the original graphic novel.

It also makes me really angry at what they did with the movie adaptation of Wanted, because this showed what that could have been, IMO.

Also, really neat was the fact that I could tell it had been filmed in Toronto. And the first clue: they had the characters go to a movie theatre...and it was the one I was currently watching the movie IN (the Scotiabank Theatre and John & Richmond).

There was also a shot of Tim Hortons. Very NYC.

Anyway, go see it. Especially if you liked Watchmen, it had a very similar feel to it (though this one was set in modern day and definitely worked its references: Youtube, late night television, even Lost!).
i_paint_the_sky: (BSG // Tyrol & Boomer)
I just watched Stranger Than Fiction, a movie that I have been meaning to see for a long time. It was really quite good. I generally think all Will Ferrell movies look really stupid but this one was clever and Ferrell himself was playing a fairly normal character (and doing it well, I think). And the rest of the cast was excellent: Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifa, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the always delightful Emma Thompson.

Very interesting movie, especially how it looked at writing and the implications of killing your characters. Definitely will have to watch it again and probably look into getting a copy of my own.
i_paint_the_sky: (Mad Men // Betty)
Dad and I went to see Avatar tonight. It was, as expected, visually stunning. I think this is the first time a completely CGI character has really made me believe in them (even more so than Gollum, though I think he did have a challenge in that he shared the screen with actual people).

Also, I found it actually not as light on plot as I expected. I think it was more character depth that it was lacking, particularly with our Cartoon Villain Army Guy. And the plot of course isn't the most original but I don't mind that too much because a) what plots are that original these days anyway? and b) when I try something really new in a project I know that it can be nice to play it safe with some other part of said project, so you can concentrate on the other bit. Hopefully that makes sense.

All and all though it was a good movie. Not sure I'd need to see it again. Also, I have to admit I'm not sure I loved the 3-Dness since I found it distracting a lot, mainly in the parts with the actual actors in them. But for a lot of the CG stuff, it was good.

So, time to finish up my last Himitsu characters. Thank DRAGONS for my hiatus rubric (though if I hadn't been away for a week I may not have needed it). I will go post for Eudora and Maire then Cylina and River can have the last two leniencies. And then I'll see what help I can be for other people though I don't want to stay up too late since Dad and I are having breakfast with Bruce tomorrow morning so I have to get up and do stuff.
i_paint_the_sky: (Doctor Who // The Master)
[livejournal.com profile] 2raggedclaws and I have a lovely evening going out to see Sherlock Holmes. I kept going back and forth about whether or not I wanted to see the movie because, while I haven't read much of the original fiction, I do have a great affection for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's canon. Particularly to the character of Irene Adler. And the more I heard about certain aspects of the movie, the less thrilled I was by it. But then I also heard good things and so off I went and I definitely did enjoy it.

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