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I kept waiting for someghing that never came, though.

No substantive spoilers, but some people don't want to know anything )

I can validate every good thing said about the visuals and the performances and what's under the cut is really a very small nit to pick.

Okay, one more picked nit: unless I missed something, there was only one Asian character with a speaking role. I was trying to ignore the whitewashing wank, but seriously? It went way beyond racebending canon characters.

Worth it in 3D
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My thoughts have crystallized around this movie.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig made a fantastic girl power movie.

Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones kicked all the ass in the movie I came to see.

That is all.
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I quite enjoyed The City & the City. Not just because of the conceit, but because of the mystery.
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Middle Earth, where people can still learn that most valuable of lessons:
HAND RAILS ARE FOR PUSSIES.
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I am now prepared to pop the full $17 to see it again and again and again in IMAX 3D. (Strikeout because I'm a Fiscally Responsible Adult who would never see it that many...who am I kidding? I WANNA.)

That is how good it was.

ooga chaka ooga chaka ooga chaka
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Warning, before my review makes it sound like a laugh-a-minute farce: this movie is really about the Civil Rights era and thoroughly earns its R rating for disturbing imagery. Reading about the fire hoses and police dogs in history is a very different thing from seeing it re-enacted. Disturbed the hell out of me, for sure.

Best line in the movie, delivered with no irony whatsoever: "We have no toleration for politics in the White House."
Runner up best line: "I'm here to protest with you."
Most inspired casting: Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
Runner up inspired casting: Robin Williams as Eisenhower.
Most fabulous crack in the fourth wall: someone insults Sidney Poitier in front of Oprah Winfrey. It does not end well for them.
Justalurkr's Supreme Endorsement: No one was shirtless and I DIDN'T CARE.

edited 8/31/2013 to correct misquoted best line.
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I described Elysium to my mother as a "trenchant commentary on the state of American health care that just happens to have lots of spaceships and explosions." Oh, and it stars Matt Damon (playing a desperate have-not) and Jodie Foster (playing a vicious, elitist have with pretty much the only subtlety this film possesses, which is to say not much.)

The Most Important Thing: if Matt Damon had his shirt off, it was for a period of time so insignificant as to escape my notice. Also, I missed the first part of the movie up to the part from the trailer about "hair products," so he might have awakened naked for all I know and I MISSED IT. (sulk)

But seriously: grafting an exoskeleton over a T-shirt? Why, director man, WHY?

Of course Jodie Foster never took her perfectly tailored suit off. That would be perverted! Yes, hypocrite is a word in someone else's dictionary.



Anyway, trenchant social commentary ("Citizen not detected,") check. Many spaceships ("Undocumented craft approaching,") check. Many explosions (just put them all including the scenery in red shirts and you'll barely be surprised at the end,) check. Fabulous space scenery? Haven't seen better in a fictional movie since 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Movie does what it says on the tin. Thumbs up from justalurkr.
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I will collect links later if I can find them -- most blogs I've read about STID I picked up on Twitter, so don't hold your breath. I have, however, read blogs about:
The science (Pretty sure it was Phil Plait)
The Political Message (Some guy on Slate referred by Phil)
WTF No Women in Charge in the Future? (Felicia Day)
Dumbing Down the Franchise (some other guy on Slate; I couldn't find it, so I substituted a different one about dumbing down the franchise. Google dumbing down star trek and you will get PLENTY of links.)

NOW WITH ADDED CONTROVERSY!!!
OH NOES Benedict Cumberbatch is totally WHITE (Serious, bad-assed, full-on spoilers)
Some Chick Wears Underwear in a Franchise Aimed at Young Men (originally, at least)


Also, I lose a cred as a grammar nazi for failing to notice:


And all had very good points, mostly well-made. The Inner International Relations Geek was especially fond of the Political Message.

So...how shallow am I that I came away from the movie with no questions about the science, politics, fate of the franchise or sexism? That I'm actually reading some of these blogs and going "it's science fiction, dude," or "d'oh! and I call myself a poli sci geek! Curse you, male cast members for being so lethally distracting!" or "chill, babe; it's Trek and Uhura got to do things beyond switchboard operator; can you say that about the original, by and large? Also, Janeway" or "Dumbing down the franchise to actioner? If they keep casting fit young men (and women) doing fit young things, I might be okay with being shallow?"

I am conflicted. I may have to see the movie a lot again.
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I will collect links later if I can find them -- most blogs I've read about STID I picked up on Twitter, so don't hold your breath. I have, however, read blogs about:
The science (Pretty sure it was Phil Plait)
The Political Message (Some guy on Slate referred by Phil)
WTF No Women in Charge in the Future? (Felicia Day)
Dumbing Down the Franchise (some other guy on Slate; I may really not be able to find this one)

And all had very good points, mostly well-made. The Inner International Relations Geek was especially fond of the Political Message.

So...how shallow am I that I came away from the movie with no questions about the science, politics, fate of the franchise or sexism? That I'm actually reading some of these blogs and going "it's science fiction, dude," or "d'oh! and I call myself a poli sci geek! Curse you, male cast members for being so lethally distracting!" or "chill, babe; it's Trek and Uhura got to do things beyond switchboard operator; can you say that about the original, by and large? Also, Janeway" or "Dumbing down the franchise to actioner? If they keep casting fit young men (and women) doing fit young things, I might be okay with being shallow?"

I am conflicted. I may have to see the movie a lot again.
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I loved it. I think most Trekkies who aren't too pure for the reboot will likely love it. I chortled through a great deal of it, which I believe Abrams intended, and didn't chortle through parts of it, which I think Abrams also intended. I think there was so much fanservice for pretty much any well-known ship you care to name that we all ought to be sending brownies to the producers.

Could someone please send me links to the high quality triosmut amongst Kirk, Spock and Uhura that should logically result from one of the scenes in the movie?

Also, did anyone else expect that when asked, Benedict Cumberbatch's character would identify himself as "Holmes, Captain Manwhore, Sherlock Holmes; and I'm quite thoroughly taken. Even if I weren't, I wouldn't care to stir the ire of your first officer" ?

Finally, that thing where Benedict Cumberbatch turned out to be Luke's father? WHAT A TWIST! :D (sorry, couldn't resist ripping off a tweet from opening day last week.)
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Well, yeah. They can. Should they? I don't know that it even depends on the opinion. I just know that when I read the lowest key interview of Orson Scott Card possible sometime between reading Songmaster and considering Alvin Maker, and he said he didn't have anything against individual homosexuals, just that the Bible said homosexuality is wrong and he (Card) was a Christian, so...homosexuality was wrong to him, I couldn't read any more of Card's stuff.

Couldn't have told you why then. Today, it's somewhere between "not gonna put money in his pocket, seriously, why even answer a question like that. sci fi author?" and "I can't break faith with myself by enjoying something written by a hate-filled lunatic." Because that's what I thought he was, then...a lunatic. I had a pretty strong feeling I wasn't the only reader who wouldn't be able to enjoy his work knowing he held an opinion I found hateful, and he was nuts for being willing to live without that revenue instead of keeping his mouth shut.

Then, I found out that Ender's Game is going to be a movie released November 1 and based on this incident involving a Superman comic, people were already worried that Card's "views" might cut back on the box office. Imagine my surprise when I found out that my lunatic (seriously, why stir the pot in an interview about your work like that? Oh, right. Because he doesn't mean anything with all that homosexual subtext and he was making sure everyone knew it;) has become an anti-gay activist to the point of calling for armed insurrection should gay marriage become legal.

At least I feel a little more comfortable calling him a lunatic now.

That Harrison Ford is in a movie adaptation of a story I loved as a kid does not make this any easier, but I still have no plans to see the film.

News of me

May. 5th, 2013 08:04 pm
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Cookery: I have figured out microwave quinoa. Bring two parts water or broth, one part quinoa to a boil (I went 2 1/2 minutes in an 1100 watt microwave, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup quinoa;) then simmer on 30% power for 15 minutes. Mix with...wait for it...pesto sauce or another sauce/salsa you savor. :D I'll be trying it with pineapple salsa for breakfast. I figure I can put it in to simmer, then shower and dress and come out after it's been resting for a few minutes.

My change of weather cold: not to be confused with my short-lived cruise cold, mind you, is in the disgusting clearing out stages. If I can't see an expiration date on the bottle of Mucinex it must still be good, right?

My boy cat: total sot. I came back from the kitchen to see him licking my beer bottle. Sani-wipes to the rescue! (It's a fairly expensive little brew from Trader Joe's and, like, half the bottle was left.) Rodney McKat is sulking around my ankles, his back turned exactly to me. I have a feline alcoholic wannabe.

My elbow: after a quiet few weeks during which I ditched my therapy exercises, it is sore in the golfer's elbow region again. (snivel, whine) Apparently, I now have a barometer in my elbow. I finally noticed it does this when rain is coming. (whacks geezer cane) That sort of thing is for old people! Baby boomers do not age gracefully!

Summer Movie Watching:  (links to Wikipedia -- do not read Plot section if you do not wish to be spoiled)
Oblivion: Starring Tom Cruise. Someone has a killer sense of irony on so, so many levels. I very much enjoyed the movie, though.
Iron Man 3: Still love it, still waiting on slash fixes.Mark 15, Pepper? Really? Tony's boyfriend would have known...Should possibly be nominated for some sort of "most deceptive trailer" award.

Star Trek Into Darkness: up next. Favorite trailer quote: "There's greatness in you, but not an ounce of humility." I know the reboot is a time-warped alternate universe, but am still not holding my breath for that Kirk trait to change.

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I still look forward to the slash fixes to this one, though. :D

Stick around for the end credit bonus scene. I lol'd. Then I achieved low flight to the ladies'.
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Subtitle: in which Jeremy Renner proves he can take any glop of cheez whiz and,  with the judicious use of black leather and attitude, turn it into gourmet fondue.

Really? You're reading this blog and need more than that? OK. I agree with whichever critic said the R rated language was unnecessary. Oh, and Pagans' knickers are justifiably twisted over this. Still....

JEREMY RENNER
BLACK LEATHER
ATTITUDE

nuff sed
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So, I saw the latest Bond offering, Skyfall, last night. Daniel Craig was entirely lickable throughout. I loved that it was essentially an origin story and wished I had seen it in IMAX for the sweeping Scotland scenes.

Did anyone else spend the last third of the movie waiting for Kincaid to say "if it's not Scottish, it's crap" ?
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I just spent the better part of three hours watching Republicans play dirty in the name of freedom.

AND I WAS ROOTING FOR THEM.

I will admit to some reluctance to see such blatant Oscar-bait until finding out that Tommy Lee Jones had a role in the film. I was beyond delighted to find out it was a substantial role and now feel that if this film gets no other recognition, TLJ should be showered with awards as Supporting Actor.

Also, Congress is really boring these days. The 19th Century guys really knew how to throw a debate.

Am I the only US citizen unaware of the corruption surrounding the passage of the 13th Amendment? That was kind of shocking to me.
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So, I watched Life of Pi and then read the Wikipedia entry about the book. In the Reception section of that entry, we find out that President Barack Obama wrote to the author directly (talk about cracklike feedback) to say that Life of Pi is "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling."

Power of storytelling, yes. I'm right there. Apparently, Ang Lee read this book and decided it could never be a movie and still made it, and (in my opinion) succeeded brilliantly. There are beaucoup references to God and Divinity in many forms (there's Hindu here, so "many forms" sort of understates it) and the whole big survival against great odds and the symbolism of clear water v. not clear water, but....

I'm missing the 'elegant proof of God' bit. Maybe I'm jaded by pop TV and soap opera tropes where one knows that as soon as a good character appeals to God, there's no such thing as impossible odds and there will be miracles. Maybe this whole movie is actually poetry, and I just ran into my [livejournal.com profile] justalurkr Don't Get Poetical Sh!t wall,  The allegory is all over the place, what's a meta for? and insert something clever about similes here.

Question for people who have only seen the movie: did I miss something?

Question for people who have only read the novel: did you see proof of God in those pages, elegant or otherwise?

Question for people who have read the novel AND seen the movie: or, more of a request: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, tell me Ang Lee butchered it and I should have read the book first, which would make me not a poetry-blind blockhead?

By the way, I keep dragging poetry into this because some of the visuals are exactly that. Is gazing into the magical realism of what Ang Lee did with the water meant to prove something? Ack. Missing a nuance, here.
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If only people who have seen the movie respond to this, there are very likely to be spoilers in the comments, so those who have not seen the movie should govern themselves accordingly.

Is it just me, or cut for people who find even vague questions spoilery )

Inquiring minds want to know!

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