hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2017-05-09 11:43 pm
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (& Vers la Tendresse)

Tonight I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, quickly followed by a French documentary about love and toxic masculinity in the Paris projects.... remarkably, they both had similar themes. Though, of the two, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was far more hilarious.

I don't actually have much to say beyond that, because I don't want to spoil the film for anyone. 

But yeah... it was good? Like, it was funny, and had a good message - I laughed, I cried, I cared deeply for characters that SHOULD be absolutely ridiculous and yet aren't. I loved how every single character (nearly) was a super complex character who was never only good or bad. 

That's sort of what I wanted my fantasy novel to be more about, but I don't think I've gotten there yet. There's so many things I have to fix in the second draft, and I haven't even finished the first draft. Yarr.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, so that's all your getting in terms of a movie review.

Oh, except to say that Towards Tenderness really drove home the fact that men being in a position where they can challenge toxic masculinity instead of having it shackle them to a life of misery is a position of privilege, my goodness.

Okay, now THAT's all your getting. :P 

hells_half_acre: (Confused!Dean)
2017-03-23 11:19 pm

Random Post! Writing and BatB!

I've been working on the next installment of the demented'verse. The way I work is that I do a really rough outline, and then sort of narrow it down and add things as I go, so I have a series of successive outlines that get a little more detailed and accurate, but cover less of the story (because I've already written part of it.)

Right now, I'm on outline nujmber 4, which is getting close to the end... only, my third to last outline point (which I wrote months ago) is "Draco tricks Dean" and I can't for the life of me remember what I was referring to there. Like... what did I possibly have in mind?! It doesn't even make any sense.

Anyway, just thought I'd complain about my own foolishness is always believing "I'll remember this idea!" because it's not always true.

In other news, I had a great visit with my sister this past week. I also saw Beauty and the Beast, which was phenominal. All these years, I've been blaming my memorization of the original animated movie on my little sister's love for it as a child... but as we sat in that theatre and the lights dimmed and the movie played and then ended, I realized - nope, it was me all along. *I* love that movie. We actually saw it twice over the weekend, because we could, goddamn it! It was the best the first time around, when you don't know what jokes are coming, but I noticed more details (and heard more lyrics) the second time around. Also, I have a small crush on Josh Gad now, which to be honest, I could never have seen coming going into the film.

Let's see.... what else what else... my sister is buying a condo, and I'm a little jealous that she's managed to sort her life out and I haven't. For some reason, I equate "owning property" with "sorting your life out." I'm not sure, psychologically, why that is. Anyway, maybe one day I'll sort my life out.

How's it going with you?
hells_half_acre: (Bucky)
2016-05-20 12:44 am
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Quick Reaction - Captain America: Civil War

Yay!! I no longer have to avoid spoilers!

As to what I thought of it - I’m still processing…

I’d say initial reactions:

1. So glad nobody died.

2. Wished there were more Steve/Bucky scenes - you know, something actually schmoopy where we got to see that friendship again, at least a little. I feel like the scenes we did get were very surface-only interactions.

3. Did not like the forced romance between Sharon and Steve. I liked Sam and Bucky smiling in the car - but that was about it. I kind of feel that it’s a)a little gross, because she’s his dead girlfriend’s relative. b)totally not built up believably, because last we saw Steve did not like Sharon because she was a liar and a spy, and then he just forgives her because she was following orders and she didn’t tell Peggy? And she didn’t want people to know she was related to Peggy? I don’t believe it. c)Look, I get that we’re never going to have canon stucky, this isn’t even about that - but do we really have to have the “our hero is a heterosexual male and here it the proof” moment in this film? I mean, doesn’t Steve have enough on his plate?!!? I don’t think kissing should even be on his mind. Ugh.

4. Sad about Rhodey.

5. LOVE T’Challa - kind of annoyed that he never let anyone explain that it wasn’t Bucky (or that no one really tried to?!) but I’m super happy with him in this film regardless, and I’m really looking forward to Black Panther. Also, when Zemo called him “dutiful” I thought he said “beautiful” and I was like “damn right he is.” :P

6. Bucky losing his arm was crazy traumatic. I’m really glad T’Challa was on their side at that point and could look after them.

7. Really sad about Bucky having to go back into cryo because of the code-words in his head. I know that T’Challa and the Wakandans will probably figure out how to fix him sooner rather than later, but I just want my boys to be together, you know?

8. It was weird to see Daniel Bruhl again. I hadn’t seen him since Goodbye Lenin.

9. Also weird to hear Martin Freeman do an American accent. He sounds so… different… kind of… high voiced? I don’t know. It was hard to put my finger on. He’s still good at portraying barely contained rage, but I feel like it comes across as more menancing when he’s using his own accent. But maybe all the british villains in things have wired my brain to believe that.

10. It really did feel more like an Avengers movie than a Captain America movie, I have to say. It makes me kind of sad, because unless Steve and Bucky make cameos in other people’s films, we probably won’t see them again until Infinity Wars, and then there won’t be time to make up for the fact that I didn’t feel like there was a good enough stucky scene in this one. But who knows…and hey, that’s what fanfic is for. We just didn’t get our “not without you” scene in this one… though we did get Bucky, suffering from massive trauma, still saving Steve from getting beat-up in an alley, so that’s something.

11. Loved Black Widow’s turn.

12. I also feel bad for Tony, because he’s not unlike Steve - he put his faith in people too, but he put his faith in a committee and Ross, and they turned out to be horrible.

13. LOVED that last shot of Steve in civies rescuing his friends. I actually feel like Steve looks more powerful and menacing in his civilian clothes than he does in in his Captain America get-up.

14. Loved the action scenes, especially Black Widow kicking ass in the market place, and that move Bucky did when he stole the bike.

Okay… I’ll stop talking now. This was supposed to be short.

Basically, boils down to: Great Avenger Film. I think Winter Soldier will remain my fave, but this one had some fantastic stuff in it and I like the ending a little better. ;)

What's next up? Panther or Spider-man? I don't keep track of these things, but I really hope it's Panther.
hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2014-05-14 10:56 pm

Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Okay, so I promised [livejournal.com profile] katsheswims that I'd do a reaction post about the Captain America movies. So, HERE IT IS!

Now, before I get into the movies, I should explain that I never saw the first movie when it came out. It just didn't appeal to me, probably partially because I judged it from the title - and, well, as a Canadian, movies that appear to be about how great America is really don't appeal to me. But, hey, that was my mistake, because it's really not about how great America is at all, if anything, the franchise is actually about how much America continually disappoints it's own ideals. Yay!

I'm getting ahead of myself, though... back to the narrative of my life...

Somewhere between the first CA movie and the Avengers, I joined tumblr. Now, tumblr is a horrible place full of horrible things... and sometimes these horrible things are gifs and fanart of things that I DO NOT WANT TO WATCH... but I keep seeing these awesome fanarts and these intriguing gifs, and I start getting curious...

Fanart got me to watch Sherlock. Gifs got me to watch Teen Wolf. And the terrible power of fanart AND gifts got me interested in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And then complete spoilers for the ending of CA:TWS got me to read fanfic... because it was the situation that I absolutely love... listen, you all know that I'm a hurt/comfort whore... and basically, there is no kryptonic for me quite like stories about broken people who are never going to get better, but end up being okay anyway.

This is all to say that I was completely spoiled for the plot of both movies - more so The Winter Soldier than The First Avenger. That being said, I wasn't entirely sure what order things happened in.... and actually, my initial assumption about the order of scenes in The Winter Soldier left it with a fare bleaker ending then it actually had.

I just want to point out though that I'm not upset that I was spoiled and I don't think being spoiled hampered my enjoyment of the films - because if I HADN'T been spoiled, then I wouldn't have watched the films. And there were still surprises!

Now...on with the movies...

Captain America: The First Avenger

Short But Spoilery Thoughts )

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Lengthy Completely Spoilery Thoughts )

Okay, I guess that's it. I realize that I just went on AT LENGTH about The Winter Soldier and BARELY touched on The First Avenger, but given what I DID say about The First Avenger, I would think the reason for that is obvious.

So, for those of you who have seen these movies - let me know your thoughts in comments!

I could probably go on much longer, but it's 10:30 and I have not had dinner yet because I came home from the movies and started typing this and that was two hour ago.

For people who don't want to be spoiled:
Captain America: The First Avenger - Good. Not great. Too much plot crammed into too little time.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Awesome. Must see. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a better first movie.
hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2013-06-06 01:26 am
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Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

I finally got around to seeing this movie! Yay!

Spoilers Spoilers Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink... )

I want to watch the movie again, damn it. Mmm...well, I'm sure I'll "watch" it again in gif format on Tumblr (that's how I watch Teen Wolf). One of these days though, I'm going to have to learn not to be a cheap bastard and start buying movies again.

Anywho, let me know if you want to discuss anything in comments! There will be spoilers galore of course, so don't go into comments unless you want to be spoilered for the movie or you've already seen it.
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2013-03-22 01:42 am

Movie/Book Review: Warm Bodies

Last week I read Warm Bodies (the novel) by Isaac Marion... and tonight I went out and saw Warm Bodies (the film).

So, under the cut is a critique of the movie based on having read the book. At the bottom of this entry, I'll put a critique of the movie as though I hadn't ever read the book...

Overview of plot (of both novel and film): The story follows R the zombie, as he eats a man's brain and then falls in love with the dead man's ex-girlfriend, Julie - making the strange decision to keep her safe and alive. In the process of trying to form a meaningful connection with Julie, R ends up causing a chain reaction both in himself and the zombies around him...meanwhile, Julie's recovering from the loss of her ex-boyfriend, dealing with a distant tyrannical father who runs the walled-in human survivors, and trying to figure out what the heck is up with this strange zombie that isn't behaving like zombies usually do.

Book vs. Movie (general non-specific spoilers) )

If you've never read the book....

The movie was really good! Entertaining and actiony. There's very little relationship building scenes between Julie and her father though to make the ending as meaningful as it appears to want to be, but that's really my only quibble. Other than that, it was a fine ZomRomCom, and exactly what I expected (before having read the book). Light-hearted, funny, entertaining, and filled with very good actors.

I also really like how Julie (Teresa Palmer) was betrayed as a hero in her own right. Although she had to be rescued a few times, it was balanced out by the number of times she herself had to come to the rescue of R, or her friends, or an entire community. Not only that, but she runs like a champ... I watched an interview with Nicholas Hoult (R) where he mentioned how she ran fast and it was hard for him to keep up while maintaining his "zombie run" and man, I can totally see that.

Also, fun fact: Nicholas decided that R shouldn't blink, and it's pretty amazing when you actually watch some scenes with that in mind... because he really doesn't blink. It's crazy.

Anyway, all in all, despite not being as deliciously wonderful as the book, I enjoyed the movie for what it was. :)

I would, however, recommend that you read the book - because it is DELICIOUSLY WONDERFUL, like eating someone's brains.
hells_half_acre: (Irene Kiss)
2013-01-20 06:48 pm
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Follow-up - Another Movie Review...

As I said in my previous post. I spent the weekend cat/house-sitting for a film critic who happened to have a stack of screener DVDs. So, I watched as many as I could (two). Last post I talked about Beasts of the Southern Wild. Today, it was a choice between Silver Linings Playbook and Exotic Marigold Hotel. I wanted to read the synopses and then decide, but the problem with screener DVDs apparently is that they don't have synopses - instead they just have a bunch of reviews "Cinematic Gold!" "Comedic Genius!" "Jennifer Lawrence is amazing" "Maggie Smith continues to be awesome." Which really doesn't tell you anything about the films at all really...

Both movies seemed to be toted as comedies though...So, I asked myself "am I in a British sort of mood or an American sort of mood?" I decided on American, just because the British usually require my full concentration and I wasn't sure I was up for that..

Silver Linings Playbook )
hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
2013-01-19 11:58 pm

Busy busy busy...

I have to work full time during the month of January. Usually I work 4 days a week (which is technically still full time), but this month I have to work five. So, I find myself with considerably less time for fandom related stuff. Especially since this past week I lost nearly all of my evenings, granted, one of them was for SPN, but STILL... Show is getting in the way of writing things about Show. :P

This weekend, I'm cat/house-sitting for a friend of a friend...who happens to be a film critic. So, I'm sitting around with a stack of screener DVDs, so of course I'm not working on my hobbies...I'm watching movies!

But I digress, for the record, this is the stuff on my blog that is coming up in the NEAR future: 
1. Supernatural/Merlin fic
2. Sherlock "Scandal" rewatch (I wanted to do this before the end of January, but I've only done a rough write-up of the first 8 minutes so far...so we'll see. A typical Sherlock rewatch takes me about 10 hours, and I usually can't handle more than 1 hour in a sitting.)

In the distant future, there will be another resource project, maybe more fic? and more Sherlock...and beyond that, I can't make any promises.

Movies: Beasts of the Southern Wild and Life of Pi )
hells_half_acre: (The Boys in BC)
2012-09-22 01:15 am
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Movie Review: Inescapable (AKA: Tonight I Met Joshua Jackson's Mother)

So, usually on Friday nights I go over to my friend's house and eat her food and drink her wine... tonight, we were planning to do just that, when she suddenly emailed and informed me that there was a movie premiere of a Canadian film going down! Not only that, but the film would be followed by a Writer/Director Q&A session...and also Joshua Jackson.

My friend asked me if I wanted to go, and I thought "Well, I just had that dream a few days ago where me and Josh were buddies - so, yes, I should be supportive of my dream-friends!" (Can you tell I've been drinking? I've been drinking.)

So off we went...


I liked it...click here to find out why... )
Go see it!
hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2012-06-24 12:03 am
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The Hunger Games

My sister is in town for the weekend, and her son wanted to see The Hunger Games. Luckily, Vancouver happens to have a theatre that is STILL PLAYING IT.

I went along...

I have not read the books...

But I keep hearing all this stuff about Katniss/Peeta or Katniss/Gale (or Peniss and Kale?)...but but...did people see the same movie that I did? Because where the hell are my Katniss/Cinna shippers?!? This is my OTP....at least for the movie.

Anyway, good times. Really well done movie. Katniss was a really great character. I also liked how the wounds/injuries were realistic...in that when they got injured, it was srs bsns...and Katniss actually went into shell shock when something exploded close to her.  

But, like I said, I haven't read the books, so I have no idea whether it's a faithful adaptation or not. I just thought it was a good film.
hells_half_acre: (laughing)
2012-04-25 10:32 pm
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Movie Review: Starbuck

Tonight I went and saw a film! Yay! 

Starbuck is a film from Quebec, staring awesome actors from Quebec (and a lot of good-looking 22-24 year-olds, my goodness.)

It's about a guy who donated a lot of sperm from 1988-1990 and due to a weird mix up, ended up fathering 533 children...and well, he only finds out about it 22 years later. The question is: What do you do when you have 533 children? As you can guess, it's a film about fatherhood.

It's a REALLY GOOD FILM, you guys. I recommend you all see it. It's hilarious, and touching, and really really well done. 

It's so well done, that Steven Spielberg has actually hired the same writer/director to write and direct an American version. Now, my friends and I all think that Spielberg is going to end up ruining it somehow, even though the writer/director is obviously awesome. We believe this because A)I don't like Spielberg, B)The studio (in this case DreamWorks) is probably going to force him to make changes for the American audience (like, remove the jokes about abortion, and the fact that the main character is attempting to have a grow-op in his apartment). Personally, we think changing anything would make the characters less real - because I think that's where the charm is in this film, the characters are all really very real and therefore very very awesome.

Also, why does there have to be an American version? Last time I checked, Americans could read. But that's a rant for another day, I suppose.

In all seriousness though, if you have the means, see the film. It's a delight. :)

hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
2011-12-13 07:33 pm

Gordon Walker, Sherlock Holmes, and Sam's Plaid Shirts

I've started working again. Same job I had before, sadly...which means that I get to research former abuse victims all day. It is both depressing and boring. The only two good things about it is 1)It pays well when it pays, and 2)I can work from home.

Gordon Walker

Yesterday, my sister came home around 3pm and asked if I wanted to watch a movie. So, I blew off work and watched Our Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd. My sister and I both really like Paul Rudd, just so you know. The movie looked stupid, and it was a little, but it was also hilarious. The ending was especially fantastic.  

And guess who was in the movie?! Gordon Walker! Otherwise known as Sterling K. Brown. He played a parole officer. He was very good...it was funny seeing him in something where he wasn't trying to kill Sam.

Sherlock Holmes

Because my job is boring, I listen to podcasts and audiobooks while I do it. Today, I started listening to A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle....because I had never read it before.* And, also, because I'm super excited about Sherlock series 2 starting on January 1st. It's cool. I've only listened to the first chapter or so, but it's really interesting seeing how it was adapted for the TV series. There's some dialogue that is word for word from the text, while other dialogue is modified, while some is cut completely or new. 

It's cool to see what conversations from the 1800s can be transported to the present day without anyone batting an eye-lash.

I like the TV version of character of Sherlock better than the book so far - he's too arrogant and talkative in the book, which is saying something, because bbc's Sherlock is pretty damn arrogant and talkative as it is. I also like the TV version of John better too...John in the book is a little uptight - though, I suppose that's unfair, given that he is a Victorian gentleman. Again, I've only read the first bit of the story, so this could change - but so far John lacks that undercurrent of hardened soldier that Martin Freeman pulls off so brilliantly in the show. I REALLY like that dynamic to John. In the book (so far), he's all doctor-y, and "of all the unmitigated gall!"

*I'm supposed to be reading another book-book called Beatrice and Virgil for a bookclub thing, but I haven't even started it yet. I'm also supposed to be reading a book that a friend of mine just wrote and published, but I have only read until Chapter 4 and that was a week ago. I am a bad book reader, because I get distracted by books.

Sam's Plaid Shirts

I was doing up some pie charts of Sam's shirts, but I've run into a little methodology quandary...so, you might not see them for a day or so until I sort it out. Basically, I was trying to do charts by season of Sam's frequency of plaid...but the problem is how to count. I was counting how many plaid shirts he wore vs other types of shirts - but then it occurred to me that the way I was counting, if he wore plaid shirt A 3 times, and striped shirt B once, it would both count as once - because I simply didn't record how OFTEN Sam wears his shirts. I just counted whether they appeared in the season or not. 

So, my first option would be to count how often he wears each shirt - but my god, that would be too tedious even for me....and it would take far too long. So, now I'm thinking that I'll just count the shirts that he BUYS each season. So, it'll be a measure of "What sorts of shirts does Sam purchase most frequently?" Does that sound good?

You probably don't care.

Anyway..um, yeah, that's it for me.

hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2011-07-19 05:11 pm

Movie Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2

It seems strange that I don't have a Harry Potter icon, but such is life.

I went to the movies today and saw THE END OF AN ERA! ...well, actually, I saw the eighth Harry Potter movie, and Alan Rickman made me cry.

Now, before we get into this review. I would just like to say that I'm a firm believer that film is an entirely different medium than books. This belief is supported by a wrath of evidence - for instance, a book consists of words on a page, while a film consists of many images played in succession to give the illusion of movement (most times with sound overlaid). Because of this fundamental difference, things can never be EXACTLY the same in a movie as they are in a book. I don't expect them to be.
So, what follows is a synopsis of what I liked and what I didn't like about the film, without getting into nitpicky "why isn't it exactly like the book?" shenanigans. That being said, the difference between regular films and films that are adapted from books, is that we already know the story with the latter.
The Good, The Bad, and The Malfoys... )
I look forward to buying the box set when I'm rich.
If there's anything you want me to talk about that I haven't, please let me know!
hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
2011-07-03 12:22 am

Met the Crocotta Today

Today I met Tom O'Brien, who played the Crocotta in Long-Distance Call back in S3. He's a nice guy. He didn't talk too much about Supernatural, mostly StarGate SG1 and the X-Files, and his newest projects (which included organic farming, because at the moment he's an organic farmer.) Film-wise, He's mostly producing these days. 

Anyway, um, it wasn't like an interview, but for those that are interested:
1. His favourite sets to work on were SG1 and X-files.
2. He worked with Kim Manners on X-files.
3. The film community is really small once you get into it...kind of scarily small. Everyone knows everyone.
4. He read for Fox Mulder...apparently it was between him, David Duchovny, and Kevin Sorbo....obviously, he didn't get the part, and neither did Mr. Sorbo.
5. He got the part on Supernatural by walking down the street. Someone tapped on the glass of a pub he was walking by, and he looked over and there was "Phil", who asked him if he was busy and if he wanted to be on the show - Phil said "I just need to call Bob, and we're good."
6. He doesn't think he'll act anymore (or at least for the foreseeable future). He likes producing...and currently with the farm, it would cost him more money to act than he would bring in from any acting job.
Completely Unrelated Note: 
I also watched Batman Under the Red Hood. We made a lot of Dean Winchester vs. Batman jokes - but it was all in good fun. I actually enjoyed the movie, though I had forgotten how infinitely depressing anything to do with Batman always is...not to say I would have liked it better if they had all lived happily ever after, though. I thought it was really well done. All the voice actors did a great job. I was happy Jason Isaacs was in it too! Though we had a good laugh about how much his character was like Orpheus from the Venture Bros. 
I can certainly see why there is so much slash fic for Batman - my goodness. If an eccentric billionaire cycled through scantily-clad teenage boys like that in reality...um...*insert distasteful Michael Jackson joke here.*
hells_half_acre: (Hug)
2011-06-25 12:04 am
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Movie Review: Beginners

Tonight I went and saw Beginners staring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. 

It was a great film. I laughed so loud that I missed dialogue, and then later I cried along with the characters. It was a gorgeous understated little film about the History of Sadness and how sometimes all you have to do is try, even though you don't know how.

On a side note: It reminded me why I fell in love with Ewan McGregor all those years ago when I first saw him in Shallow Grave (which remains one of my favourite movies of all time). He's an amazing actor. Christopher Plummer, of course, is also fantastic and just melt into the role completely.
I highly recommend it.
Don't pay any attention to the official synopsis on IMDB though - it's not very accurate.
hells_half_acre: (thumbs-up awesome)
2011-05-26 11:02 pm
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Movie Review: Repeaters

Tonight I went to go see a special screening of Repeaters at District 319.  Some Supernatural fans might recognize District 319 as the venue for Supernatural's 100th episode party, but that's neither here nor there. (Though, guys, I've totally been to a shindig at the same place as the entire cast and crew of Supernatural...just not at the same TIME.)

Anyway, tonight they had a screening of Repeaters with a Q&A session afterward with the director and some of the actors. 

The movie was really good, guys! It is coming soon to a netflix/dvd store near you, and I recommend that you check it out.

It stars Dustin Milligan (who some of you may better remember as Corbett from Ghostfacers), Amanda Crew, and Richard de Klerk (who some of you may better remember as Scott Carey, third special-kid fatality on Supernatural in Hunted). 

Repeaters is a psychological thriller. The premise is a dark Groundhog Day - three patients at a drug-rehab facility find themselves repeating a Wednesday, unsure of when the cycle will stop or if their actions even have any baring on stopping the repeating day. It just so happens to be a day where they all have a day-pass to leave the facility and try to make amends with their family (if they can, or even want to), but why visit people you may not even like, if there are no consequences to your actions?...
Basically, if you liked Mystery Spot because of how psychologically f*cked up it was for Sam - you'll probably like this movie.
All the actors do an amazing job in this movie. Richard de Klerk and Amanda Crew have both been nominated for awards for their role in this movie. As you might be able to guess from their work history, it's a movie entirely cast with Vancouver actors. The whole film is shot and set up in the city of Mission, and it's a great setting that really adds to the feel of the film.
Also, Dustin Milligan and Richard de Klerk are pretty...and for those who like girls, Amanda Crew has a cute little freckle in the indent of her lip. It's rather adorable. Um, but just because they are pretty, does not detract from the fact that they are wicked actors - who get pretty fucked up psychologically.

ETA: Dude! Also, if you want to see Missy Bender (from The Benders) all grown up and gorgeous, you should totally watch this movie! Alexia Fast has also been nominated for a best supporting actress award for her role in Repeaters.

hells_half_acre: (Sherlock)
2011-03-17 10:51 pm

Frankenstein at the National Theatre

I just got back from seeing Frankenstein at the National Theatre in London, England....and I didn't even have to leave Vancouver. We live in awesome times, people.

National Theatre Live is this thing they do where they film a live performance of the play and then send it around the world to different theatre on one evening. Naturally, given the time-difference, my version was the live-to-tape version, since I doubt their doing shows in the wee hours of the morning.

Plays always make me nervous. I think because there is more risk involved - will the actors mess up, will something go wrong...plus, the emotion is more immediate, more visceral in a play than it is on the screen somehow. So, yes, I get very nervous before I go to plays - and I don't usually seek them out for this reason. But, this was FRANKENSTEIN - seriously one of the greatest stories ever written...and it was staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller...how could I pass that up?
More words under here! )
A great night! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes on what other plays National Theatre Live does in the future.
On a side-note, there was a lot of this today:
Person dressed in green and full of revelry: What are your plans for St. Paddy's Day!?! WOO!
Me: I'm going to see a play.
Person: *stares blankly* 
Me: It's at the National Theatre in London, but projected onto a movie screen here!
Person: Um...
Me: It's got Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in it!
Person: .....
Me: ...you know what, nevermind. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Person: WOO!
So, I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day - those who are Irish, those who aren't, and those who sprang into this world fully formed, nameless, and of unknown creation - May the road rise up to meet you. :)
hells_half_acre: (Default)
2010-12-05 11:30 pm
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Movie Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1


We drove down to Riverport. It's a very sneaky way to go to the movies...it basically feels like you are driving out into the middle of nowhere, except, for some reason when you get to the middle of nowhere, there's a giant SilverCity movie theatre. We didn't take the option of IMAX, because it's super expensive....but, anyway, on with the review....

If you haven't read the entire 7th book, then you definitely shouldn't click here )

Alright, I guess that's it...let me know if there's anything you wish to discuss that I didn't touch on!
hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2010-07-17 08:00 pm
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Movie Review: The Last Airbender

Not as bad as everyone is making it out to be, but, yes, the script DOES suck.

Behind the cut for (some) spoilers and length )

hells_half_acre: (Then and Now)
2010-06-13 11:48 pm
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A Single Man

 My sister and I watched A Single Man tonight. Man, what a beautiful movie.

Not only is it filed with really good looking boys (of all legal ages), but it's also just amazingly beautifully shot. And it plays with colour the same way that Supernatural does...which completely won me over, of course.

Also, I was surprised to see a brief scene with Ridge Canipe! (AKA: Wee!Dean)...selling guns, no less!

It was just...ugh, no words.

My sister said: "I like the fact that by the time you saw Julianne Moore's character, they had shown you so much of how great the guy's relationship with his partner was, that I couldn't even picture a man and woman being together anymore - it just didn't seem right."

Anyway, this isn't really a proper review - I just felt like saying "Dude! I liked that movie!"