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I'm pretty sure I just used the same subject line joke in two consecutive entries, but this fall has sucked hardcore, so I'm just gonna roll with it.

It's the Return of the Revenge of Sparklerita Night, featuring The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2: Electric Boogaloo, the colon-filled finale to one of the sparkliest chapters in our nation's history, and an emergency substitution of rum for margaritas. This movie is 50% exposition, 30% credit sequences, 10% unexpected decapitastic finale, 5% I don't know why Lee Pace is dressed like Aragorn but I approve, and 5% the world is doomed, for awkward staring is now a superpower and Bella Swan will conquer us all.

It is also 100% OVER.
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V. srs spoilars!! )
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So Diana and I just got back from the broadcast of the National Theater Live's Frankenstein, starring Sherlock vs. Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller!

...Was it just me, or did anyone else miss the part in the book where the monster gets vilely excoriated by the steampunk dance team?

You are the KING of SCIENCE! )

That aside, I really enjoyed it. Awesome acting, awesome staging, awesome adaptation (mostly).

(BUT WHY THE STEAMPUNK DANCE TEAM?????)
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They don't actually sink the battleship. But that's ok! I just wished a cruiser and a submarine had gotten some action too. The destroyers hogged the show. I mean, I know those pesky two-pegged fuckers are hard to hit, but still.

IN CONCLUSION: Battleship is by far the best war/alien invasion B-movie based on a board game whose first plot point revolves around a burrito that I've ever seen.
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Now THAT is marketing.

zomg spoilars!! )
shadydave: (peace out)
This is not exactly how I'd LIKE to return from a hiatus, but heavens forbid I forget Sparklerita Night! The History of Twilight the Fourth, Part One is: 20% NOT ENOUGH SHIRTLESS WEREWOLVES; 20% TOO MUCH SHIRTLESS PASTY VAMPIRE ABS; 20% AUGH GOOD GOD WHY DOES BELLA LOOK LIKE A PERUVIAN MUMMY; 10% OM NOM NOM PILLOWS OM NOM NOM; 10% he fell in love with WHAT?!; 5% naming your child "Renesmee" may cause abdominal pain, spinal cord fractures, seizures, premature labor, and even death; 4% incomprehensible werewolf growling; 1% Bella's wedding dress was pretty fugly, what gives? and ONE MILLION PERCENT I NEEDED MORE ALCOHOL FOR THIS.
shadydave: (rock on)
How to Train Your Cursed Magical Bear



The Adventures of Girl!Faramir and Thor

shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
Shakespeare post!

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, by Joss Whedon, Age 9: Part II!

AKA, interviews with Joss and the stars of his secret production of Much Ado About Nothing that he filmed at his house with all his buddies. There is nothing that is not awesome about this concept.

COURTNEY: Wait... Branagh directs Thor. Whedon directs The Avengers. I smell some sort of bet or one-upmanship here. Are they playing Director Bingo now? Is Branagh's next project a witty supernatural tv show?
DAVE: Then Joss will direct Mary Shelley's (But Not Really) The Last Man, and Kenneth Branagh will produce Lady Death's Sing-A-Long Twitter Feed...

Meanwhile, Anonymous is ::gasp!:: filled with historical inaccuracies!!! (I think zombie!Marlowe might be my favorite. He can hang out with zombie!Oxford as he writes all the Shakespeare plays published after he died in 1604.) And the great Oxfordians vs. Stratfordians debate has truly reached its pinnacle and landed its very own Fandom Wank entry.

Unfortunately, no one has mentioned whether or not in Anonymous "Shakespeare" has to outrun an explosion (probably from the Globe catching fire). That's what *I* want to see in a Roland Emmerich movie.
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NY Magazine vs. The Killing Disease

(Haha, I like the alternate title in the URL.)

I'm always glad when people take on this trope, since just because Anyone Can Die doesn't mean anyone SHOULD die. Too often the wanton slaughter of main characters is used as a cheap way to achieve True Art Is Angsty and not as a legitimate storytelling decision with consequences and thematic relevance. (And even then, fridging someone isn't exactly a great artistic decision, either.) Just because it's depressing doesn't mean it's good! Any trope can be used for good or evil.

...And this concludes your irregularly scheduled tropebombing.
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Paradise Lost: The Movie

With Bradley Cooper. As Satan.

...

WHAT.

On the other hand, it doesn't sound like they'll be skimping on the fight scenes! At last, maybe we'll finally get to see why you should never bring a cannon to a mountain fight as God Satan BRADLEY COOPER WTF Milton intended.

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 4: Your guilty pleasure book.

You know, one of the good things about being an English major is that I can argue the merits of even utter crap quite convincingly, so clearly none of my favorite books are guilty pleasures. But for works I love despite, ah, certain flaws, I would probably have to pick The Belgariad by David Eddings (which hasn't aged well in certain spots, but generally makes up for it with SNARK APLENTY) or Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (which somehow manages to feature cardboard supporting characters, a wonky time line, a main character who is literally Boy-in-the-Iceberg!Katara ("I JUST HAVE ~SO MUCH HOPE~!"), and so many plot twists at the end that they start twisting for things that have absolutely no relation to the current plot (one word: PIRATE) -- and yet is still made of win.) Because Awesome can carry you a looooong way.

Off to the Philly Folk Fest this weekend!
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Wow, last week was busy. I had three goals: 1) finish two stories to submit to Machine of Death 2; 2) finish Diana's Slytherin scarf for HP 7.2; 3) finish Basara so I could give all 27 volumes back to Courtney. Naturally, I only accomplished one of these things (1). And then, on Thursday when I had a million things to do, I came down with bizarre chest congestion and general blah and have felt like a woeful Dickensian orphan all weekend.

But I did see HP 7.2 on opening night! I was underwhelmed. )

And then I drove up to Boston to see Courtney! On Saturday, we went to the MFA:

ME: ...Does that say "Cthulu"?
COURTNEY: I think it's the Chihuly exhibit.

TURNS OUT WE WERE BOTH RIGHT. Little did we know that for all appearances the world of glass-blowing is merely a cover for the Elder Gods to break through to our universe. I don't really know what else would explain the theme of extra-dimensional tentacles... )

On a similar note, adherents of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are now permitted to wear pasta strainers as religious headgear for driver's license photos in Austria.

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 3: A genre novel that is underrated.

(Look, they don't say thirty CONSECUTIVE days.)

I can't think of a specific book, but I can think of a specific author: Patricia McKillip. It seems that no one has anything bad to say against her, but she rarely gets brought up in discussions about classic fantasy novels, and I think she's one of the most consistently good authors in the genre. She's awesome at riffing on some of fantasy's most compelling themes -- the power of nature, music, and story-telling -- and using its most familiar tropes in new and interesting ways while never really repeating herself. She also has a beautiful dream-like style of writing AND a knack for creating likable characters. What's not to like?

Here, have some reviews of her stuff:

The Sorceress and the Cygnet/The Bell at Sealey Head

The Cygnet and the Firebird
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I was SUPPOSED to see the broadcast of Frankenstein today, but a CERTAIN NAMELESS SOMEONE (whose NAME rhymes with SCHMIRSTIN) OVERSLEPT, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AFTER NOON, and we ended up being late. So we saw Jane Eyre instead.

My layabout sister said it best: it's a good movie and a decent adaptation. ) It wasn't my version of Jane Eyre, but it was a respectable showing nevertheless.
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So, despite having the Worst Week Ever, we went to the movies!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader )

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. However, even though the first two movies had their own issues, they did feel much more epic than this one, and so I think I like them a little better, even though I like bits of this one quite a lot. If they had boosted the perfectly serviceable plot with better character stuff (and better writing in general, for a few rogue plot threads), I think it would have been genuinely awesome.
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BUFFY REBOOT SANS JOSS WHEDON

--AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH



POR QUE
shadydave: (rock on)
1) Disney Adapting Mort

Given that a) Mort was never my favorite Discworld book so I don't care if they change it, b) any standard Disney plot + Death = INSTANT HILARITY, c) they DID manage to make The Emperor's New Groove, clearly SOMEONE understands how bizarre and parodic humor works, and d) at least it will LOOK awesome, I AM SUPER EXCITED.

2) Star Wars: The Saga Continues... As an Actual Icelandic Saga

Star Wars! Old Norse! What more do you need.

3) Speaking of Star Wars: Vintage Star Wars Travel Posters!

4) Hipster Hitler

aka Godwin's Law: the Webcomic

"Goebbels, you deutschbag, this is Arial! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

(My favorite are his t-shirts.)

5) PTERODACTYL!

6) Now you, too, can be part of the culture of death!

"Machine of Death is an upcoming published anthology of short stories edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki !, inspired by this episode of Ryan’s Dinosaur Comics." Also featuring internet superstars like Randall Munroe and Kate Beaton and much, much more!

You can buy it on Amazon, or download it as a free e-book or podcast! More info here.
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SHAKESPEARE! IN! SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

(Even if the adaptation itself looks kind of dubious, I AM SO THERE. THIS NEEDS TO BE A NEW GENRE.

I HOPE THERE ARE LIGHTSABERS.)
shadydave: (peace out)
Ray Winstone to Play William Blake

...

...

...

Sure, why not?

I've got an idea for a movie, too! )
shadydave: (rock on)
JOAQUIN PHOENIX NOT ACTUALLY WASHED-UP CRAZY RAPPER

HUZZAH!
shadydave: (...en fuego?)
Sparklerita Night returns! Twilight 3: Twihard with a Vengeance is: 35% the werewolves still haven't met a shirtless scene they didn't like, hurrah; 25% no amount of fight scenes can improve this movie; 20% especially not since the special effects may be qualitatively better, but exploding marble vampires will never not look stupid; 10% also the superspeed looks WORSE, do you really want to taunt all those people with "Yakkity Sax" clips (again)?; 5% unleash the Matching Vampire Denim of WAR!; 4% Jackson Rathbone's hair and accent actually made me appreciate his performance in Failbender, send help; and 1% lampshading FTW ("Doesn't he own a shirt?").
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
My subject line is a lie, the movie was terrible.

(If you haven't heard of the whitewashing casting fail, check out racebending.com for more info. I also recently read this article, which has both thoughtful analyses of current and historical fail AND awesome pictures from the show.)

Last Friday, my sister and I bought tickets for a heartwarming children's tale. That was Toy Story 3. Unfortunately, we watched The Last Failbender instead. )

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