cmk418: (310 to yuma)
So, I'm heading back from Chicago. Since 4pm Sunday afternoon, I've seen 8 movies both in theaters and on the hotel pay-per-view.
The Films )

Arrgh

Dec. 22nd, 2011 11:01 pm
cmk418: (dino-sleeping)
Trying to figure out the deal with these comments - sometimes the subject lines are there, sometimes they aren't, sometimes my icons are doing funky things. I'm sure it'll be somewhat rectified by the new year. Fingers crossed. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

My mom is going to have hip surgery in a week. She has hip dysplasia, which basically means they're going to have to rebuild her like the bionic woman and it also means that she'll have to be off her feet for six weeks which is a bit of a drag, but since she's been in pain for the better part of the year and laid up for the past couple of months another few weeks should be cake.

I am ready for Christmas, but I'm also ready for it to be over. I like New Year's Day so much better - there's something about just having the slate clean and being able to make a fresh start and I'm sure there are people who can do that every moment of every day, but I'm not one of them so I'm just going to celebrate the hell out of the new year and pray that it improves upon this past one.

Still employed. The newest thing is that it might go through January. Or March. Or June. Or October. Basically nobody knows anything.

Saw "Moneyball" at the end of November but haven't seen anything since then. There are a few dozen movies that I want to see, but I have no idea when it's going to happen.

I travel to Chicago in less than a month. I think I'm going to need it.

I'll probably post again in a day or two, so I'll just wish everyone "Happy 1st Day of Winter!"
cmk418: (firefly-quote-naked)
Had today off from work. And tomorrow as well. I know it's coming close to the end of my job, but still I really enjoy being away from that place.

Went to see "Bad Teacher" with my dad. It had some funny moments and stayed pretty consistent in terms of character throughout which made me happy. (Has nothing on X-Men: First Class though). And the Timberlake was charming.

Something that made me giggle from Cracked.com - 5 Things That Are Totally Unrelated to Hot, Hot Lesbian Sex

So I need a kick in the ass to get me writing something. So prompt me. You know the drill. Fandoms - OZ, Buffy, Justified, Life, Mad Men (if it's listed in a tag, it's probably fair game, but those are the fandoms I'm most willing to write about at the moment.)
cmk418: (Costigan2)
Saw "X-Men: First Class" today. Loved it. It's the best movie I've seen in the theaters in a while and well worth getting out to see it.

Updated my resume finally. I've been talking about it for ages and have gotten it into working order. I sent it over to my temp place and told them to keep an eye out for anything long term for me.

Went to the ballgame last night. We had some really good seats that came available, so we took advantage of them (instead of sitting in our usual section). Twenty two rows behind home plate under cover is a heck of a lot better than heat central in the top section over in right field. It was fun and the Cardinals wound up winning. (I wouldn't have minded being there the night before to see Pujols hit his 2000th, but 2001 wasn't too shabby).

I get to spend a good portion of my workday tomorrow arranging file folders. Yippee. Actually, it's a nice busy-work project that if we go through everything will probably take another month, maybe two to complete. Until they find something else for us to do.
cmk418: (Costigan2)
So, when I made my filmic resolutions on Oscar Sunday, one of them was to see more films. Since then, I've seen two in the theater - "Rango" and "Jane Eyre".

Cut for spoilers )
cmk418: (LA Confidential)
I used to go to the movies all the time. With someone, by myself, didn't matter. Then at the end of 2004, I started dating and we went to the movies or stayed home and watched movies together for the run of the relationship. Which ended. After that, going to the movies by myself was too damned depressing and I only went when it was something really special. Since I've been back in St. Louis, I've relied on my family to go with me, but that sometimes means missing films (i.e."Che" or "I Love You Philip Morris") because they don't fit into anyone's schedule.

So, on the eve of the Academy Awards, I've decided to make a few resolutions:
1. See more films - I think I saw less than ten films in 2010.
2. See more independent & LGBT films. Provided that they aren't completely terrible.
3. Stop avoiding films that seem violent. This is something that I've been noticing lately and if I even suspect that there's violence, I won't go. That limits a lot of my moviegoing choices and is a far cry from the gal who sat through "Reservoir Dogs" twice and watches "The Godfather" every Thanksgiving
4. Go to one film festival. It's not L.A., but we do have them here.
5. Hopefully be inspired enough by what I'm seeing to go back and work on a screenplay.

The economic factor is something to be considered, but watching a DVD at home isn't the same as watching it on a big screen. I've seen five of the nominated films this year - three in the theater - "The King's Speech", "The Kids are Alright", and "Black Swan" and two on DVD - "Inception" and "The Social Network". I still want to see both "127 Hours" and "The Fighter". I have a feeling that "The King's Speech" will win, but I'm pulling for "The Social Network". Happy Oscar Weekend, everyone!
cmk418: (Costigan2)
So, I watched "Inception". Twice. Could have done without Mal, but I liked the story and the effects were great. Also great, the inherent slashiness of Arthur and Eames.

So, in honor of that comes this little ficlet. And if anyone knows of fics for this pairing that they would recommend, please send a link my way.

Reflections of the Past, Dreams of the Future )
cmk418: (LA Confidential)
So, yesterday was a bit of a write-off but this morning has so far made up for it. I did something today that I haven't done in 11 years which was walk along Belmont Harbor as it was snowing. It was absolutely beautiful.

The margarita portion of the margarita & waffles weekend will take place in a few hours - yes, I am going to fill my body with frozen strawberry margaritas and then walk back in a snowstorm, why do you ask? Waffles will have to wait until tomorrow.

I picked up "Inception" and "The Social Network" on DVD. Planning on watching them at some point tonight or early tomorrow morning. This trip is more like a retreat than anything else, so there's not a lot of sightseeing involved. And it's a little cold. And, snowing. Staying indoors sound like a really good plan.

Will make a recs list for Oz Magi & some other things in the next post.
cmk418: (Dignam)
Comment with "ACTION!" and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your livejournal with your favorite films of theirs.

My list )
cmk418: (ryan behind bars)
Went to see "State of Play" yesterday. It was okay, but I think it lost a bit going from the miniseries to film. It still was fairly involving and intense and Russell Crowe as usual was good.

There was a preview of "Public Enemies" (Johnny Depp!) - I'm really looking forward to that movie. I expect there to be some good slash coming out of it too.

I think I've caught pretty well up on my reading, but if there's something I've missed or not responded to that I should have, feel free to nudge me.

I'm wickedly procrastinating on my fic for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest. It's due Sunday and I haven't got a word in the computer. I don't know what I'm waiting for.

On that note, generally I really hate RPF, but I've been reading fic under the pundit tag at [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest like there's no tomorrow. One that I really like is called The Sculpter's Model Sends Regards by Sarken. Sort of a coming-out story in reverse.

Blues were swept out of the playoffs last night on an OT goal. I didn't think I'd get as sad as I did about it, but it was depressing as hell. I hope my beloved Blackhawks win tonight. They played really well on Monday, so I can't fault them for losing, but I'm not sure I can take another loss right now.

Off to write!
cmk418: (ATS - Lilah as Fred)
Filed my income tax info today. I'll be getting a refund back from the feds and the state of California. Whoo-hoo! I can pay bills. Yay!

Wrote a little story that I post over at [livejournal.com profile] gilesxander. We can never have enough G/X fic IMO. So if anyone reading this wants to write one, please feel free.

The Blackhawks won last night and both Toews and Kane scored. (Not to mention Bobby Ryan for Anaheim, who is my candidate for Rookie of the Year.)

The sun appears to be shining for the moment.

I've been dancing around Facebook lately and getting in touch with old friends. It's weird because I feel like I'm adopting some fake personality with some of the folks that I barely said boo to in school - "so nice to hear from you". Heck, if the "Single - Seeking Women (For Friendship)" doesn't scare them off, they're welcome to stay. It is actually nice to hear from them though.

I'm taking my aunt to the movies tomorrow. She wants to see this Renee Zellweger-Harry Connick Jr. thing that's coming out. It wouldn't be my first choice (or second, or third), but it'll just be nice to get out and see something new.

Sending hugs out to everyone. Because everyone can use one, and those that need them, feel free to take more than one.
cmk418: (kareem said hope)
Before I get into the main stuff, a note to the Chicago Blackhawks )

We now return you to our regular broadcast.

The nice thing about being here in the Midwest is not having to get up at 5:30 AM in order to watch the Academy Award nominations. I was awake, with my full Nominations Day breakfast in front of me, by the time they started the fanfare.

Random thoughts about the nominations )

I'll write more about the films as I see them, and will give the usual run-down of predictions and the like before the main event.
cmk418: (310 to yuma)
Borrowed from everybody-

1. One movie that made you laugh: Superbad

2. One movie that made you cry: E.T.

3. One movie you loved when you were a child: Sleeping Beauty

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once: Raiders of the Lost Ark

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit: Mallrats

6. One movie you didn't like: Becoming Jane

7. One movie that scared you: Silence of the Lambs (but not until the second time I saw it)

8. One movie that bored you: Titanic

9. One movie that made you happy: Miracle

10. One movie that made you miserable: All Over The Guy

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see: The Blair Witch Project (the trailers scared the heck out of me)

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with: Henry Gondorff, "The Sting"

13. The last movie you saw: In a theater: Hamlet2; at home: 3:10 to Yuma

14. The next movie you hope to see: Burn after Reading
cmk418: (Quote)
Look, honey, it's about a hockey player.
(Who finds love and acceptance in the fashion world *headdesk*)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i1af1ebdbd6481f8a0159564274164778


On that note, I'd better go back to writing my script.
cmk418: (BtVS girls)
Posted my Buffy the Vampire Slayer fic earlier today. It's here.

Just watched "Dan in Real Life". My family seemed to like it, and there were some nice moments, but it didn't really grab me like I'd hoped it would. Maybe it'll be one of those movies that grow on me. "Lars & the Real Girl" is next and then tomorrow I'm watching a WGA documentary on Callie Khouri (writer of "Thelma & Louise").

There's a whole need for connection now with the movies that I watch. And it sounds so pathetic but it's nice to know that someone sees what you see and feels what you feel and can articulate that through the work. And then to finally get to a point where I'm the one making that connection with the audience, that's what I want. Maybe at this point, it's all about going back to square one.
cmk418: (310 to yuma)
Saw this on [livejournal.com profile] sandrine's LJ and thought "why not?"

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters.

ETA: THE ANSWERS HAVE NOW BEEN REVEALED

On to the quotes )
cmk418: (Dignam)
Saw the last two Oscar nominated films today - "Michael Clayton" and "Atonement". I wasn't going to see the latter, but since my sibs had both seen all five Best Picture films, I wasn't going to be left out.

"Michael Clayton" is very good. I really did enjoy it, even though it really didn't break a whole lot of new ground - once again stomping down the "big corporation=bad" road that's been done quite a bit recently. That being said, it was still a heckuva good script - opening monologue especially. Clooney is all right, not sure he deserves a Best Actor nomination, but he does a nice job of standing still while everybody else acts circles around him. And they get extra points for putting David Zayas on camera - there's something seriously wrong with me when I'm thinking that Clooney's being out-sexy-ed by the guy who played Enrique Morales (just saying). Of course, Tilda Swinton left them all behind, but that's pretty much a "me" thing.

"Atonement" was much, much better than I expected. So much so that it somehow managed to leapfrog to number 3 on my rankings of the 5 films. McAvoy was not annoying which helped quite a bit. Some of the directorial choices were rather silly, but the film on the whole had some lovely things to say about the nature of storytelling.

So ranking the five Best Picture nominations-
1, There Will Be Blood
2. No Country for Old Men (which will probably win)
3. Atonement
4. Michael Clayton
5. Juno

Academy voting aside, I've seen at least 14 films from 2007 (in the theater) and my top five are:
1. Superbad
2. Eastern Promises
3. Sweeney Todd
4. There Will Be Blood
5. The Savages

There will be more predictions and awards related stuff as the week goes on.

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