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Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:06 pm
areumdaunview: (robert plant // peace)
Holy shit. Nobody warned me about the level of horrifying even the trailer of Earthlings was going to be, so I'm going to warn everybody else.

That was absolutely brutal. I feel disgusted to be a human being when I have to see the reality of what we do. We're an advanced species, we don't have to treat animals and nature like this. Even if you spin the "well, predators do it in the wild!" argument, they don't have the tools to make their prey suffer this much. They really don't.

I'm a meat-eater and that probably won't change, but animals should be killed as quickly as possible and treated humanely no matter what their purpose or lack of. Even the ones that can't scream, because you never fully grasp the fact that they suffer, too.

Jesus.
I won't be seeing this movie because I won't be able to stomach it, but I support the idea, anyway.
areumdaunview: (tetsu // ni.)
So, getting Mum to watch movies she doesn't think she'll like is comparable to pulling teeth. Every time this happens -- and by this, I mean, me knowing a film beforehand and trying to get her to sit down and watch it -- she ends up loving it. In fact, quite a few of her favourite films became so because of me pushing her to watch them.

I got her to sit down and watch the first Harry Potter movie, reminding her the whole time that it's an introductory movie aimed at younger audiences and that as the series progresses, they mature and darken and more of the story is revealed bit by bit. But obviously if you don't watch that first movie, the second one makes all kinds of assumptions about you knowing the universe already, and so on. It's just obviously a linear series and I didn't want to have to pause every five minutes to explain terminology and history. ANYWAY.

We sat down to watch it, and the whole time I'm thinking, oh man, this part is so cheesy, oh man, their acting is so bad and so I occasionally interject, "THEY'RE LITTLE AND NEW TO ACTING, but they get better!" And blah blah. Finally, after it finishes, she kind of goes, "well, that was good! I would have loved it as a kid!" So I think aww, yeah. It was too young. Maybe it turned her off the rest of them. Then again, I only asked her to watch until they got to the school, and she was gripped enough that she didn't ask me to turn it off. She would have, usually. Hmm.

So. Today I go down, and Mum pokes me while I am eating my cereal and says, "so uh... we should watch that with your father tonight. I think he'd really enjoy it, and it's much better than the bad CGI rubbish we've been watching lately. Actually, it's much better than I thought it would be overall. I'd like to watch it again and make sure I catch everything, anyway... and then we can watch the next one! I want to see what happens. ... Yeah, I'm hooked, even with all the snakes." (My Mum has a real phobia of snakes, she can't even handle rubber ones... or CGI ones, apparently XD)

... Hilarious. Once again, I TRIUMPH! I wonder if I could get her to sit through LOTR with us. She'd probably enjoy it just for the hobbits (and Aragorn because she and I are agreed that Viggo is an absolute artist, excellent to watch and not hard on the eyes at all) and the suspense factor. But one epic series at a time. Besides, 12 hours of movie. 12 hours. That will take some coaxing and gradual digestion, even for Dad! Still, I found the extended ones had a much more enjoyable flow and seemed far more enjoyable than the original theatrical versions. Maybe because it felt overall more familiar because of how much more of the story made it in, but the end of The Return of the King still bothers me. I don't understand why scenes were randomly lost in slow motion/dreamy effects or why it bounced around so much or why we didn't get to hear about how everyone and everything else went when there was time and it would have made the end smoother. Still, it wasn't bad, and I was happy to see more screen time devoted to characters that hardly surfaced in the original cuts. Like Faramir and Eowyn. D'aw.

This does mean I am looking forward to The Hobbit movie. Just a little worried about the sequel, the "bridge" movie. The Hobbit was always more dear to me than LOTR so it better be as good. Considering how I loved the animated version, though, it will probably do well, and have less irritating bard moments! ... Hopefully.

WHAT?!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm
areumdaunview: (ryo // grey)
... I HAD NO IDEA BRAD RENFRO WAS DEAD.

Man! My favourite little niche actors are dropping like flies! THIS IS SO UPSETTING. What is going on in the world?! Tragic young deaths were limited so it was so shocking when it happened like... with River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain. Now it seems to be... way too common. So common you might not even hear about it, apparently!

Maybe it's all the chemicals from overmedicating people these days. I don't know. Damnit. He was such an underrated actor. Apt Pupil was an incredible film, and he played off Ian McKellen and carried the depth and darkness of his character so brilliantly. I was thinking about that only the other day since I think Mum would enjoy it. She loved The Client. I haven't seen that in years either.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 09:52 am
areumdaunview: (sakura // laughing)
Ohh, I am a happy panda. Little things shall not get me down. For there are dyke nuggets to be found, and wrestling to be done, and someone shall end up with a crown (?!).

... Wtf, that wasn't what I came here to write.

The other night, I watched a movie called Hide and Seek. Some of you may know it. Robert Deniro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen... it's a Stephen King story. It was entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I couldn't help but feel like it was a puzzle that had been completed by sticking random pieces into holes that almost fit them but didn't quite get there.

I decided I wanted Mum to watch it, so we got it from the library and sat down with Dad. Then afterwards, Dad insisted on watching the alternate endings. Which... to be totally honest, the last two were easily way better than the kind of unrealistic ending in the actual film. I found out later that one of them did get used in the international version of the film, which would have made it a far better film just in itself.

But we also watched the deleted scenes. And somewhere in the middle of them, I kind of stopped and went, "huh?" since... pretty much every scene that got cut out (director cited "too repetitive" as an excuse?!) would have made the film flow so much better, and would have made it AWESOME instead of simply good. Some of them actually EXPLAINED things in the film that just didn't make much sense without them, or were otherwise rushed/vague so you really stopped to go, "huh? how did that happen?"

Damn arrogant directors. Seriously. The film suddenly made so much more sense after watching those. But it made me think of something.

Fandom people, do you take deleted scenes/extras to be canon or not?


On another note, I am cracking up and we are all insane. I EDITED IT THE ONLY WAY I COULD THINK TO IN ORDER FOR IT TO MAKE SENSE, BUT IT'S OOC.

NOISY: SO CHISA AND HAKS HAVE TO BE IN THEIR APARTMENT AND NOISY WAS STALKING THEM ENOUGH TO KNOW IT IS TRUFAX K
Chisato: that won't be hard, cos chisa can't move.
NOISY: ... HE WILL HAVE TO COME DOWNSTAIRS.
Or they will come up.
Chirolyn: CHISA CAN HOBBLE TO THE DOOR
Chisato: Haku wouldn't let him get up.
NOISY: WHAT IF HIS CAR WAS ON FIRE
Chirolyn: ..not touching that.
Chisato: HAKU STILL WOULDN'T LET HIM GET UP.
NOISY: WHAT IF CHIRO WAS ON FIRE
Chisato: ROFLSADFMKsamfdsa
Hakuei: THEN HAKS WOULD RESCUE HIM
NOISY: WHAT IF HAKS WAS ON FIRE
Den: CANT YOU JUST STFU AND START ALREADY WTH
Hakuei: ... He's already flamming.