green_dreams: (telling stories - trust me)
Light stuff, this time. Piper's fallen asleep again (yay!), and I'm waiting for the vet to call back, just over a couple of questions. Poor girl.

Rewatching Cabin in the Woods[1] (and I think at this point I am rather past worrying about spoilers) and am just gonna say: this movie makes me so angry for Jules. First, what happened to her was horrible. Second, what the Institute-Company-whoeverthehell did to her was horrible. Third, dammit, every time I watch it I am reminded that from what you can see of who she was before she was bleached and roofied, she's the closest thing the group has to a Final Girl.

I'm not saying Dana should have died; honestly, if this movie wasn't the kind of thing to give me pause about any such kind of statement, I wouldn't like it as much as I do. I'm saying it annoys me even more because it points up how much Those Guys are willing to chew people up and spit them out without regard for who they are.

(And yet, yeah, I still feel for Gary and Steve and even Wendy and... Dammit.. I mean, I despise what they do, but I can understand them, and there is not as much disgust in the understanding as there could have been. --and I'm going to end this before I start trying to break down everything that movie makes me think about, because those rambles can get positively fractal.)

This is by no means the worst most upsetting or biggest effect of the movie, but dammit, it's one of them.

A/y. Yes. The finale is... making the screen very red, so I'm gonna go back to that, now. Back in a bit.
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[1] Hush, it's my birthday.
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
First, if I can help, please let me know. Please? I'm checking in, but I can't see everything.

Third, I am am afraid I am quite tipsy. It's a strange soft feeling, and not unpleasant. It's a bit unnerving; I am not at all used to being this tipsy.[1] I keep getting the urge to read the Ramsey Campbell-based Chaosium mythos supplement, for some reason.[2]

Last, the unicorn; The Last Unicorn. Because someone said they didn't understand the appeal, and I get that they don't get it, but that's not the point. And [personal profile] theweaselking and I were talking about it to them and to each other and then he played the opening music, and I cried, and it wasn't in a bad way and we are watching it now.

I do not say it is a movie immune from criticism, but for me it is not "brilliant" or "terrible". It operates on an alternate criteria stream.[3] Cut for... schmaltz? But okay. ) I hope you are well. I hope you and yours are well, and you are taking care and being taken care of, and I wish you only the best. Let me know if I can help.
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[1] Sample dialogue, petting the cat: "Her eyes are very green. Her eyes are green as limes, which is how Poppy Z. Brite described the eyes of the vampire Zillah in her first novel which I can't remember the name of but it wasn't Drawing Blood. Also, Z is for Zillah who drank lye by mistake in the Gashlycrumb Tinies."
[2] It sort of makes me a teeny bit sad how few people I expect to follow that statement.
[3] I have been using Leverage as a comparison point for everything from Game of Thrones to The Last Unicorn tonight. It is for me a show about handling cruelty with grace and compassion and wit, and making amends, and balancing scales. It is a good collection of stories.
green_dreams: Greyscale silhouette of a black cat with grey eyes (boo-cat)
Back in December, I mentioned that I'd picked up a collection of eight horror movies for five bucks. The recognizable one[1] is the original Night of the Living Dead, so I'm not going to be putting that on. However! There is also Colour from the Dark, a movie which instantly raises the burning question "Did the writers read "Colour out of Space", or is this a direct rip-off tribute derivative of the very-understandably-forgotten The Curse[2]?"
A family accidentally frees something from the Earth's womb while drawing water from their well and now a sinister glow is seeping into their lives.
Really, it could be either.

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...okay, that movie was a lot better than I expected. Surprisingly pleased reaction, possibly spoilery discussion but haven't you read the story anyway? )
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[1] There's usually one that everyone with a passing interest in the genre will have at least heard of on compilation DVDs, and the rest are what I am going to charitably call a grab bag. F'r ex, on the 10-movie Werewolves, Vampires, & Zombies DVD compilation, you have the 1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula with Christopher Lee. (I don't think this applies to DVDs with paired movies nearly as well. But you get three or more movies in the DVD case? Ohyes.)
[2] It's not the most memorable thing about the movie, but I confess that what always first springs to mind about The Curse is the fact that Lucio Fulchi was credited Louis. WTH.
green_dreams: Sepia-toned picture of a dog, with the caption "Will reload saves for Dogmeat." (will reload for Dogmeat)
Piper is doing much better; she still whimpers when she moves (and screamed a couple of times, dear god), but she's crashing out and sleeping a lot. We've gotten her up the stairs, let her fall asleep in front of the fire, and the day seems to be turning into a Mad Max marathon interrupted by pauses to find out if she's complaining because she wants to roll over, be brought water, be helped up, get more pills (strict schedule, puppy), or just get tummy rubs.

Hadn't ever seen the first two Mad Max movies. Mildly surprised by how non-post-apocalyptic the first one was. The second one, on the other hand...
To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time. When the world was powered by the black fuel, and the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all... Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A firestorm of fear.
I'll, uhm, be over here, trying to wipe the Deadlands: Hell on Earth off my TV screen. (This may prove difficult. It's an enduring setting.)

If Piper keeps improving at this rate, I expect we'll need to set up the baby gate soon to keep her from trying the stairs by herself. This is encouraging in terms of progress, but honestly, she was having trouble with the hardwood stairs being slippery before the surgery, so it is sort of horrific in terms of things to visualize. It's not the up, it's the down.

Nothing much else, today. Mostly counting down the time to Piper's next dose.

(Right, we've just seen a... a bicycle-auto-gyro-copter-thingy. The Wasted West ain't going nowhere.)

Ack.

Mar. 9th, 2013 12:02 pm
green_dreams: Sepia-toned picture of a dog, with the caption "Will reload saves for Dogmeat." (will reload for Dogmeat)
Thoughts on starting A Boy and His Dog: wait, Joanna Russ thought the ending was the particularly misogynistic part of this movie?

Thoughts on finishing it: ...I think she was right.

Anyway. I'm, uhm, going to chalk that up as useful to have seen for context of the genre, be vaguely depressed over how unremarkable most of it was and mildly glad that it prompted Russ to write something on the topic, and go have a very hot shower.
green_dreams: (people suck)
Movies. Yes.

Went to see Warm Bodies yesterday. It's pretty much what I expected; fluffy little feelgood movie. Really nice soundtrack, though. I don't think it's exactly a romcom, although I'm having trouble articulating exactly why... Most of the funny bits seem to come from the zombieness, not the relationship. (A romzomcom, rather than a zomromcom? (Who worries about something like this?))

I needed to stay up until midnight last night for Piper's medication schedule, so I put the 2002 Carrie TV movie on in the background. It's amazingly faithful to the book, which is actually kind of nice; I liked Tommy Ross in the book, and in the original movie, he's a bit of... well, not much. Billy Nolan was creepy as hell, too; I think there was more about him in the book (faithful not being the same as complete), but I think I might actually be confusing him with memories of Buddy Repperton from Christine. Also it made it easier to follow.

Today... ugh, I don't know. Up until 1, up again at 6, Piper's assorted medication until 8:30, and then I fell asleep again until just a bit before we went to the vet again. Currently waiting for bloodwork results, and trying to decide if I have the energy or focus from knitting. The Emperor's New Groove is playing; we tried watching the latest Walking Dead but I think I pretty much tuned out most of it.

I'm not really watching new things; even Warm Bodies was pretty by-the-numbers, and the Romeo and Juliet references were cute, not new. It's been a long sort of weekend.
green_dreams: Greyscale silhouette of a black cat with grey eyes (adorable yet unsettling)
The box store near our place is being bought out, so everything is on sale. This means it is possible to do things like buy horror DVDs for somewhat less than $2. Or, perhaps, an eight-movie collection for less than $5.

These are going to be terrible.

I have started with After Midnight, the standalone DVD. The frame story is about a certain Professor Derek teaching a course in the psychology of fear, and I am bravely resisting comparisons to Clive Barker's "Dread". We start with Allison (our protagonist) and her friend (you know, the protagonist's friend... it's an 80s movie, you can fill her in) going to class, with Allison explaining that she didn't sleep well, and she has a bad feeling about the class they're going to take...

Plot summary, spoilers, very quick rating. )

*ponders*

Nov. 9th, 2012 07:39 pm
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
Continuing from the previous post: John is showing me movie trailers. Zombie, zomcom (Warm Bodies, it looks cute!), horror, vampire, and then something that opens with a woman recovering from her recent widowing.
"I loved everything about him. His hands, the smell of his skin..."
Really, can you blame me for thinking "that'll make it difficult to assemble a replacement from spare parts and murder victims"?

EeeeEEEEEE.

Nov. 9th, 2012 07:23 pm
green_dreams: (fallout icon - love. love never changes)
John has made my day SIX BILLION times better.

ETA: He did it twice. I've mentioned this one nearly seven years ago, and then again three years back.
green_dreams: (break the cycle)
Rather quick, rather flip notes, as I down coffee before work...

First; There are movies I haven't seen. Quite a lot of them. Two that came up this morning were Scarface and Johnny Got His Gun (because the morning drive music included "Jack Sparrow" and "One").

What else am I missing? What movies are really worth seeing (and trust me, the expectation that I've already seen it is not to be trusted)?

Second; So I'm on goodreads. It allows for a five-star rating system, and for me that basically seems to boil down to (1) I'm rating this because I want to establish I thought it was terrible, not that I just didn't bother to rate it; (2) pretty bad to not-great, but with redeeming moments; (3) decent way to spend some time; (4) everyone interested in the genre or subject matter should try reading this; (5) everyone should try reading this.

There's a whole lot of things falling into the three-star category, including some things that I'm feeling a little bad about, because they'd be four-star books if five-star ratings weren't reserved for truly amazing things. And I'm wondering if I should reorganize, give everyone-should-try-this books their own shelf and stretch my ratings out so that there was a middle ground between "decent" and "everyone interested in the genre or subject matter should try reading this".

I may be putting a bit too much thought into this, but I wondered.

Huh.

Jul. 27th, 2012 10:56 pm
green_dreams: (judge dredd snowman)
Holy class warfare, Batman.

(Also? I think that would have been a much better movie if Batman had not been around for the second half of it. John suggests that Batman showing up in a wheelchair to actually have a plan would have been good.)

Overall, I would go see a movie about one of the characters--yes, a specific one, setting aside details because I'm fuzzy on what is and isn't a spoiler--but I would want it to be better than this one.
green_dreams: (buried alive)
Oh, Kickstarter, why do you do these things... Someone's making a Slender Man movie, apparently. And me being good about my credit card. The timing, it kills.

Clarity!

May. 28th, 2012 12:04 pm
green_dreams: (snail love)
I confess, I quite missed the nuances of the Thor movie. But a blogger and historian has thoughtfully examined it, and provided an explanation for what might have initially seemed like an awkwardly written and presented story. For example:
The way Wayland the Smith went overboard designing these insane helmets was a great way of communicating his silent protest over being forced to build that ridiculous whopping robot thing.
It's so subtle! And a much more satisfying explanation--indeed, an explanation at all--for some of the costuming.

They also look into the Avengers movie, and its trenchant commentary on nerd culture and the envisioning of the future.

Good news!

May. 17th, 2012 07:05 pm
green_dreams: (we're all mad here)
The city will not actually be removing a wall of our living room!

(There's still going to be scaffolding and brick removal and stuff around the front porch next week, though.)

It feels like Monday. Keep reminding myself that this is not the case, and there is a long weekend coming. I keep getting jittery over details. If I don't stop waking up at three in the morning, I'm going to start going to bed around eight until I feel better.

Also: picture! And link to the story, if you click it.



ETA: John has improved my day!
green_dreams: (snail love)
...and by "this", I mean "me". Just got in from the late showing of The Avengers. We were going to the earlier one, but it was sold out, so we all went for dinner and hung out for a bit. And now are home.

Some quick notes, not spoilery:
(1) Much love for Banner. More the more I think about it, actually. I... really bought him. Been there, know that guy.
(2) Heee, the lines.
(3) Liked Loki and Thor much better than in the Thor movie.

But yes. And aside from that, something happened on the way to the movie:

I ran into a friend.

This hasn't happened in... years?

I mean, I see people, sure. But I don't meet them by chance--and no, I don't count meeting a knitting friend that I know from knitting at the knitting store where we both go a fair bit as meeting by chance. Meeting the knitting friend that I know from knitting because she is headed one way after dinner and I am headed the other for a movie and our paths happened to cross? That is meeting by chance.

Nice feeling.

Right. Sleep in order.

Well, now.

Nov. 13th, 2011 10:34 pm
green_dreams: (wide-eyed bat)
Was watching Community, and missed a reference during the paintball episode. Apparently the calls of "Study group! Come out and play-ee-ay!" were a play on a scene from the movie The Warriors.

I had heard of this movie! See, the poster features in one of the local Sugar Mountains. But I had not seen it, and apparently this was surprising. I am watching it now.

It came out in '79, by the way. (It's a very 80s movie, nonetheless.) As such, I am not really worried about spoilers. Therefore, I watch.

Much less snark than I expected. Probably not hugely interesting. )
green_dreams: Animated picture of a creepy gloved hand. (Fatal Experiments)
So, John and I are driving around, and between the GPS in the cars and our phones, it's a very well-informed trip. And it came up in casual discussion that many many horror movie plots have been rendered unworkable by the existence of these things--GPS systems and cellphones.

This is pretty obvious stuff; it ties back to the truism about horror movies being, in many ways, about isolation. Being able to dial 911 and start hiking out with a map that shows you your heading and the distance to the highway makes things a lot more manageable. (Or, you know, the amusing values of being able to Google something like "chainsaw sabotage"... But I digress.)

We went back to it later, a bit. If you eliminate the tactical elements of isolation, then what you're left with is two options. There's social isolation ("they won't believe me" or "they didn't believe me")[1] which has a long and storied history, including those godawful fifties movies about the aliens landing and the teenagers being the only ones to see them. Or else there's self-imposed isolation, where the protagonists don't want to call for help; what that sprang to mind was them being in a haunted house where they had no right to be[2], but Session 9 is also a beautiful example. The guy needs the job, there's no way to leave and get it done, and he can't afford to take the time to call for help. Alright, yes, there is definitely an element of social isolation there; that's fine. One kind doesn't need to do all the work.

So I am discussing this with John, and he points out that splitting up becomes a lot less frightening, a lot more manageable, if you have something like Google Latitude in place. You know where people are, you can track them. And I nod in agreement, and then he smiles and points out that it isn't true.

"You don't know where I am. You know where my phone is."

I do confess I shuddered. (A lovely moment over lunch, to be sure.)

Because that takes it out of isolation and into uncertainty, which is the other great foundation of horror. The world crumbling out from under you, slowly or suddenly. In some ways it ties to isolation--not having anything you can be sure of to reach out to--but it's a basically different development. It's the horror of "The calls are coming from inside the house!", which relies not on there being no-one to help but on the space that you were sure was safe being taken away.

So that's something else to look to, I guess. Not sure how much good it'd be for movies, which don't necessarily have a lot of time to establish certainty, but definitely something to keep in mind for written work.

(ObDisclaimer: no, not all horror movies rely on isolation. Scream, f'r ex, handles the advent of the ubiquitous cellphone quite well.)
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[1] See also: all the travel horror that involves being surrounded by those terrible strange Other People (usually brown).[3]
[2] Or this 90s movie about four suburban guys out for a night on the town who accidentally see a murder and don't want to call for help because they hit someone with their car... I will try and look up the title later.
[3] ...echoes of HP Lovecraft, actually...
green_dreams: (books and glasses)
Cutting through the mall by work to get home today, and discovered that the Friends of Library and Archives Canada were having their annual book sale.

I got off lightly...
  • the Dark Forces anthology hardcover;
  • du Maurier's Don't Look Back collection;
  • In Darkness Waiting (I haven't read much John Shirley that's just John Shirley);
  • James Herbert's Others;
  • Matthew Lewis's The Monk[1];
  • Stephen King's The Colorado Kid (am interested to see how it ties into the Haven TV show);
  • John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar, my very own copy in lovely condition--I may have squeaked in an undignified fashion when I found it;
  • Rough Trade by Dominique Manotti, translation of a French crime novel;
  • King Solomon's Mines (from original copyright edition);
  • an ARC of Graham Masterton's Master of Lies;
  • the Short Sharp Shocks collection; and
  • the Bloom County collection Classics of Western Literature.
Most books there seem to be going for a dollar each, and the sale is on all weekend, so if you're local it might be worth visiting.

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Back from dinner and walking the dog, and browsing the movie theatre site.

The Straw Dogs remake is out. Interested, but it'll be a bit of a downer--either because it's meant to be or because it was a bad adaptation.

Fright Night remake still playing. Only in 3D and only at the nearby theatre, though. I may go see it anyway; 3D non-matinee showings are stupidly expensive, but I liked that movie. It was a weirdly comforting thing that is pleasant for emotional associations that are not fully defined (because I do not feel like dissecting them, although I may get to it later). Like a fluffy chai latte.

And Rise of the Planet of the Apes is still on, and can still be seen as a matinee. So that is also a possibility.
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[1] *waves tiny flag for gothic novels, here. And on that note, Candle in the Attic Window is on presale and there's a contest for free copies here*

Success.

Aug. 28th, 2011 10:34 pm
green_dreams: (World's Best Boss)
In two hours and fifty minutes; the second-last Harry Potter movie, the third episode of Misfits, and a five-hundred piece puzzle all completed.

I like puzzles. I had forgotten that for a bit.
green_dreams: (cold rows of crosses)
John showed me this trailer. I found it creepy as all hell, which I understand is the point, and then of course I got to the end of the trailer and saw the title and...

Ohyes. I will be there.

(The link above is to download the trailer. If you're one of those who'd rather not know which story it is before watching the trailer, I recommend that one. Otherwise, it is on YouTube.)

Also, the scene at 0:55 makes me think of "Lost Hearts"; I know the BBC did an adaptation of it for the screen already, and would very much like to get my hands on it.

Other news... relatively little. I have a bruise about the size and colour of a small plum on my arm, and I really do think either the bus drivers or the bus brakes are being a little peremptory these days. And it's Friday, TGIF.
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