beled_el_djinn: (dubious)
Did I happen to lend my copy of The Woman in Black (the 1993 version, not the remake) to one of y'all? I was of a mind to watch it, but it wasn't where it should have been in the DVD collection.
beled_el_djinn: (Eye2)
I really like the final scene between Tom and Summer in 500 Days of Summer - the language and sentiments are things I wish I had known to say all those times before.
beled_el_djinn: (meow)
Also, Jiajia Chen is hot.

I'm not sure I can recommend seeing Seven Swords, which is 1 of the 2 movies she has been in, but dang is she pretty.

In other news, somebody really likes Annie's Shells and White Cheddar. So much so, that he finger painted his face with the left over sauce. sigh
beled_el_djinn: (Eye2)
I watched The Bridge over the weekend. I had figured that it would be pretty intense and depressing but I was sadly mistaken. Oddly, the main feature was, for the most part, kind of flat when it boiled right down to it. The one exception being the survivor they interviewed - he had this intensity which wasn't just due to the bi-polar disorder he suffered from, and what he had to say actually moved me.

Oddly, the 'making of' extra with interviews of the crew, was a far more compelling piece. The interviews were far more visceral than the ones in the actual feature, and you got the sense that the people involved in the production, weren't just emotionless drones going about the business of watching people kill themselves.

So yeah, I dunno if I'd recommend it to anyone. It isn't a bad film, its just ...not great.
beled_el_djinn: (Eye1)
A little less than 28 years ago, my father took me to see The Dark Crystal in the theater. I'm fairly certain this is the only time I ever went to a movie with just him, and it is one of my happiest memories of him - the wonder and magic which the film inspires in me seems inextricably tied to the memory of him.

Over the years since I've gotten into the habit of watching The Dark Crystal once a year or so, to revisit the memories and enjoy one of my favorite films. This year, it would seem that Cambridge's own, The Brattle Theater, decided to smile upon my little tradition as they put it up on the big screen. So last night, I and my co-conspirator wended our way to Harvard Square and caught the double header of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. There, amid the sea of people who giggled every time the Chamberlain whimpered, for 93 minutes I was transported to another world, another time, when I was a little boy sitting in a darkened room and seeing for the first time the most wondrous puppet show ever conceived of.
beled_el_djinn: (Default)
So I've be watching John Ford's The Searchers over the past few days, and I have to say, I really like this film, my problems with the ending non-withstanding. John Ford was an incredible director and I think I finally can appreciate John Wayne as an actor. If you at all like westerns or John Ford movies in general and you haven't seen this, you should.

For those of you who want the same story with a more realistic ending, I'd suggest picking up a copy of the book by Alan Le May. It is what the movie was based on and apparently doesn't wuss out at the end. I'll know for sure once I secure a copy for myself.
beled_el_djinn: (Default)
One of my co-workers pointed this out to me. Normally, the concept of fanfic sends me running in the opposite direction as faster than a Tiajuana crack whore dropping weight, but the production values actually look really good and I find myself oddly curious about the finished product.
beled_el_djinn: (Default)
I've been having this secret love affair with Netflix for a bit now - it feeds my craving for cult, soap operas and also that part of my brain which needs, absolutely needs to experience catharsis through cinema. This week's experiment movies included Lust Caution and The Grifters.

I have to recommend Lust Caution if only for the scenes of hate sex between Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Wei Tang. Well, that and the plot which I found great.

I'd also recommend The Grifters if you are into seeing folks hit the skids hard. An at times, scantily clad Angelica Houston and nekkid Annette Bening also help (presuming you are into that).
beled_el_djinn: (Mischievous)
Just finished watching Enchanted, and wow, that was an incredibly funny and cute movie. Okay, maybe my status as a hetero guy, is in jeopardy for typing the previous sentence, but still, I have to say, I really liked it.
As an amusing side note to the movie, I found it especially funny when my Love pointed out that the young woman playing Giselle, was none other than the same young lady who played Leslie Miller in Drop Dead Gorgeous. From that point on, whenever she was in danger of breaking out in song, I kept thinking to myself: "Amber, they're won't let you perform naked. I asked." Good times, yo.
Back to my somewhat blunted point, if you haven't seen this movie and don't mind quirky romance, mixed with very amusing Disney cliche, then by all means, check this film out. /plug
beled_el_djinn: (Blue)
Two years running now, I've wanted to go to the N/S war and each year, another game is running opposite it. This year's winner is Endgame and there is no way in hell I'm missing that. Sigh. Maybe next year.

In other news, I caught 300 this weekend. For a movie I had low expectations for, I sure was unimpressed. I was kind of hoping there would be more fighting and less... suck. Oh well.
beled_el_djinn: (Happy)
Doing some research for the next movie night (Noirpalooza '06) and came across this little gem regarding Orson Wells: (Wells) "provided voice for some songs of heavy metal band Manowar: Dark Avenger and Defender". This amuses me in ways I can't begin to explain.
beled_el_djinn: (Homework)
This is an interesting dissection of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures. If you have a lot of down time today, I suggest giving it a whirl, but be warned, there is a lot of material.

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