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Saturday, April 24th, 2010 02:25 pm
I convinced my boyfriend to see the Disney documentary Oceans with me on Thursday. I loved it, although given that it was about marine creatures, it would have had to work hard to get me to not like it. Pierce Brosnan surprised me by being quite an enjoyable narrator; he had a nice, soothing voice that you could listen to without being distracted from the amazing images on screen.

The actual words of the narration, on the other hand, were odd. There was very little factual information, and instead there were a lot of romantic ideas about the ocean and life in it. For example, at one point Brosnan starts going on about how the sea has tried every trick of life -- every color, every face, every look -- and they show this neat little fish with fans for pelvic fins. I don't recognize him offhand, but I can't look him up at home because he's never named in the narration. Most of the facts were along the lines of "the blue whale is half a city block long but eats tiny, tiny krill" and "otters use rocks as tools to open shellfish to eat." Which is fine, I guess, but not very deep.

The visuals were amazing however. Lots of neat animals, lots of close-ups and sweeping vistas. I kept going "oooh!" and "ahh!" throughout at just about everything they showed onscreen. They tried to show a bit of everything -- sea mammals, sea birds, sharks, fish, reefs, etc. -- and did a pretty good job of it. The one thing lacking was any sort of deep sea creatures, which is sad because they're often super interesting due to the extreme environment they live in. Ultimately, I think this documentary is the equivalent of a coffee table book: it's very pretty to look at, but it's a bit light on substance.

I think the xkcd comic from that day manages to sum up the driving point of the movie in one panel while also being pretty to look at.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Erythrina stricta)
Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 04:25 am
My friends and I went and saw Across the Universe in the theaters tonight, and I am so glad I got to see it. I want to see it again because we missed the first ten minutes due to all the people wanting to see American Gangster.

But yes, the colors! And the music! And the dancing! I was very impressed by the actors actually singing the songs. There was also a surprise Eddie Izzard, who got one of the more bizarre musical numbers. (There was a surprise Bono too, but he only surprised me because I didn't realize it was him until my friends informed me of this fact after the movie.) All very fantastic, and all the songs flowed very naturally in the story. Which I was a bit surprised by since all the songs predate the movie, and I'd thought that at least some of them would feel forced. I even liked the movie's version of "Hey Jude," which is my least favorite Beatles song.

From what I can tell, the movie did a good job with historical accuracy except for one detail, and I can't figure out if it's a bit of history I don't know or if the movie used a subtitute name. Because one of the characters joins a political protest group called the SDR, and I didn't quite catch the name at first and assumed it was the SDS.

...Now that I think about it, it's probably a substitute name because the movie also had Timothy Leary advocating "Turn on, tune in, drop out" except he had a different name. And I remember a lot more of my high school US history class than I thought I did.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Littonia modesta)
Sunday, September 16th, 2007 02:27 am
Oh, goodness. I watched the new Highlander movie (Highlander: The Source) with friends tonight, and that is the way to go if you're going to watch this movie. Because, dear lord, it was bad. And I know Highlander's never quite been down with the idea of "continuity," but this didn't even make sense in the context of the movie. I admit that I dozed a bit towards the end, but I hadn't understood anything before that so I doubt missing ten minutes made much of a difference. Just about every scene was weirdly shot, which means the fights were bizarre, confusing, and fake looking. There was another scene in an abandoned house where two of the camera angles had a soft-focus glow (The priest and Anna got to be glowy.) but all the others were normal.

I will say that the non-sensical montage (No, really. Completely non-sensical. We all wondered how the images on the screen were supposed to fit.) set to "Princes of the Universe" had me laughing so hard I hurt myself. The "science" explained at the very beginning is hilarious as well, but it's sadly not set to a Queen cover. I am curious as to why, if they knew the movie was going to be premiered on the SciFi Channel, they didn't redub the swearing so that they didn't have to bleep the movie? And why do I need a flashback to something that happened twenty minutes ago?
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Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 02:01 am
Well, Serenity was really, really good. I've seen it twice now, and I'd also like to state that everyone should go see it. Even if you never saw Firefly, they did a really good job making the movie accessible. (My dad, who only ever saw one ep and is notorious for asking questions during movies, followed it just fine and never once got bored.)

Spoilery Serenity thoughts )


Toons! Not particularly spoilery, but it is lengthy. )
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Thursday, December 18th, 2003 12:59 am
So. The movie kicked serious ass. I loved it and want to go back. Since I can't think coherently, I'll put my thoughts in bullet points.

Beware: Spoilers )

I think that's everything. Oh, one other thing. Word of advice: don't drink anything during the movie. I did, and I spent the last half hour wishing it would hurry up and end so I could go to the bathroom.
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Sunday, August 17th, 2003 09:15 pm
I just saw Legally Blonde 2. It was so cute! Completely unrealistic, but then. The best feel-good movies are. Emmett (Luke Wilson) and Elle (Reese Witherspoon) were an adorable couple. I admit-- I'm a total sap, but the two did seem to really be in love. And Emmett was very supporting of Elle throughout the movie. I was glad that they didn't have Elle dump Emmet for a new love interest because that would have negated the first Legally Blonde since so much of that movie was the romantic subplot.

Yes, the politics of it sometimes hurt my head because if I know the politics are wrong, they're really wrong. My siblings say that the problem is that the movie tries to be realistic but isn't in so many, many ways and that detracts from it. As in, if it didn't try to be realistic and just be funny? That would be all right. And I'm inclined to agree with them.

Still. I didn't go see it for a realistic, in-depth look at politics. I saw it for the pink. And there were some very humorous moments along with the traditional upswell of happy/fuzzy feelings at the different triumphs.

"Speak up, Land of the Free Gift with Purchase!"

See? Cute. And I will never complain about a Wilson brother being in a movie that I go see.