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The Force Awakens

Dec. 18th, 2015 | 05:48 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Well, I'm quite happy.

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I'm not sure how I feel about all of it. The chase scene on Han's temporary ship felt a little off in terms of tone to me, and a few other bits I'm also not sure about. The tone of Finn and Poe's interactions felt odd? I'm not sure. The scene where they decide what to call Finn felt very perfunctory to me.

Maz Kanata (sp?) however, was pretty awesome. Her weird 'bun' thing is awesome, and the alien grandma glasses! I hope she survived, and maybe we'll be revisiting a rebuilt version of her establishment in a future movie. I think the entire sequence on that planet was one of the best in the movie. Every scene felt like it rang true to me. From the conversation between Han and Rey when they first emerged from the Millenium Falcon, to the scenes of them speaking with Maz, to Rey's experience when she touches the lightsaber, and the scenes after the First Order shows up, everything worked for me.

The battle at the end of the movie felt very reminiscent of a mixture of the ones at the end of A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. It had to, I think. Plot wise it was almost the same as them, just with an ice planet, that is both planet and superweapon that needs to be destroyed. I still don't know what to think of the last scene between Han and Kylo Ren. (Did he call him Ben? As in his real name is after 'Ben' Kenobi?) Dramatically, it makes sense to me. Kylo Ren needs to do something to be taken more seriously than an emo kid who idolizes Darth Vader. (I do appreciate that character touch though. It helps make the visual similarities between the two feel more organic.) On the other hand, part of me feels like Han isn't actually dead. Like Poe at the beginning of the movie, we don't have a body, though in Han's case we do have confirmation of an injury that is at least very serious, if not fatal. Leia's reactions certainly lend credence to him truly being dead.

I'm surprised that one of my other favorite parts is the very end. The trip that Rey and Chewie take in the Falcon does feel very quick, but here the physical journey really isn't the point. The whole movie has been the journey to find Luke Skywalker, though I do wish the actual trip at the end could have been represented differently, so that it was more symbolically consistent with the journey taken throughout the film. I'm not sure how that could have been done though. The location this last scene was filmed in was absolutely perfect as well as absolutely gorgeous. And Luke! I'm a little surprised at exactly how recognizable he is! Mark Hamill doesn't really look that much like Luke Skywalker anymore. I was a pleasant little surprise in a very quiet but incredibly suspenseful scene.

I really wish we didn't have to wait to find out what happens next! Bring on the next movie!

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The Crimson Horror

May. 4th, 2013 | 04:27 pm
mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated

So I've just finished my first watching of the episode, and for the first time this year, I think I just might watch it a second time right away. I've certainly enjoyed all the episodes of doctor who this season, but most have left me feeling a little bit disappointed. This is at least partially due to my own high expectations (I knew way before I watched it that there was no way that JttCotT could ever live up to how much I was anticipating it), but of course, they also weren't as much fun as they could have been.

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Apr. 23rd, 2013 | 09:55 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

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So, Elementary...

Sep. 30th, 2012 | 02:24 pm
mood: goodgood

Watched it, enjoyed it a moderate amount, will probably watch again next week. Still think it would have been cooler if both Holmes and Watson were genderswapped, but you can't have everything. Really liked the bees, for some reason.

I was really relieved to see that it felt very different from Sherlock. I wasn't really very worried they'd go too close, I think CBS is smart enough to keep itself out of legal trouble with the BBC, but I was relieved that most of the differences felt natural to me. Less like 'let's change this and this and this so we don't get sued' and more like a different way of translating the originals to the present day. imo, at least.

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Jun. 29th, 2012 | 07:14 am
mood: hopefulhopeful

I've been to see Brave twice now, once in 2D and once in 3D. It's quite a fun film, and I was really pleased with the use of 3D in that version. It was a 3D with depth, making the gorgeous vistas even more awe inspiring rather than the gimmicky 'popping out of the screen' 3D that I've mostly seen in the past.

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telephone, but with DRAWING

Jun. 21st, 2012 | 06:58 pm
mood: enthralledenthralled

I found a link to a site called drawception on someone's tumblr this morning. It's way too much fun, and definitely hilarious. The basic idea is that someone provides a description, and the next person draws that description. The next person in turn describes the drawing, and this continues, alternating drawing and description until a certain number of people have participated. The tangents these things get onto are just awesomely ridiculous - Ducks to ticksrebellious spock?,Marshmallows?

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Some semi-organized thoughts on Doctor Who 'The Aztecs'

May. 14th, 2012 | 05:24 pm
mood: groggygroggy

I just watched first doctor story ‘The Aztecs’ for the first time today, and I have to admit that I’m impressed. What little I’ve seen of the first few doctors really didn’t lead me to expect anything at all like this, but watching the Aztecs was actually fun and engaging. I even felt like it was something I’d enjoy analysing or discussing, so I’m going to try to pick out and explain a few of the things that made me like this episode.

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Very good day at work

Feb. 29th, 2012 | 09:48 pm
mood: chipperchipper

There was a c-section on a pug, and I got to watch and help with the puppies! I've never seen a c-section before, and it was really interesting. The incision was really large, and then the doctor basically pulled the uterus out of the body and cut it open, and then cut the placenta open to get at the puppy.

And that wasn't even our only pregnant dog today! We also had a chihuahua that came in late and only gave birth to the first of her puppies before we had to send her off to the 24 hr. clinic, but I got to rub the puppy and warm it up. All in all, I got to help with three different newborn puppies; it's very satisfying.

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I hate this sort of thing

Feb. 3rd, 2012 | 06:26 am
mood: angryangry

Soap Star Suicide Shines Light on Pit Bull Prejudice

I just don't get it. I work in a vet hospital and volunteer at an animal shelter and I see a dozen or more different breeds of dog most days. None of my coworkers or myself are especially concerned about interacting with Pit bulls. They are stronger dogs then say a little Yorkie or a Beagle, but that doesn't mean they are actually more aggressive. (I don't know if anyone has ever done a proper scientific study of aggression in different dog breeds, but based on my experience, I'd guess that it's actually more common in the smaller breeds, like Chihuahuas and small terriers.)

It's just fucking ridiculous. We seem to be punishing Pits simply for being strong, and therefore potentially dangerous should they 'snap', regardless of whether they actually 'snap' very often.

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Reichenbach Fall

Jan. 15th, 2012 | 11:57 pm
mood: soresore

I've only just finished watching it a minute or two ago. I still haven't really processed everything, but I can say for sure that I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it a lot.

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