Avengers!

Apr. 28th, 2012 03:39 pm
janne_d: (beautiful day)
Thoughts in response to the superhero mashup

- Natasha Romanov is coolest of the cool
- Fury runs a close second, and not just because he's being played by Samuel L Jackson
- SHIELD clearly has the best hiring policy in the history of the world to get people like Natasha and Phil Coulson and Agent Hill on the payroll. That is just way too much competence for one organisation, seriously. I think my competence kink actually overloaded.
- OMG, Captain America is adorable (have not yet seen his debut film, but clearly I will have to now)
- Tony Stark got most of the best lines, except for "puny god" which, combined with the rest of that scene, still has me grinning (that bit was so Joss, I loved it)
- I loved the space invaders sight gag too
- Thor did not hug enough people in this film (he actually didn't hug anyone I can think of and this is a shame as I have decided he is probably the best hugger available and that he should hug Bruce Banner a lot because the dude clearly needs affection)
- Enver Gjokaj had a cameo! This made me happy
- Alexis Denisof apparently was also involved as someone called The Other who I assume was one of the bad guys?
- appropriately, one of the makeup artists was called Heba Thorisdottir
- the whole thing was seriously enjoyable
- now I want fic.
janne_d: (tennantstill)
So there is a download of David Tennant and Cathering Tate in Much Ado About Nothing available (not yet DVD sadly, though there was a release date that seems to have now vanished) at Digital Theatre. It took running 4 different Microsoft installations to get it to work, but it was totally worth it (and if you have Adobe AIR already it won't be an issue).

Anyway, I watched the whole thing yesterday afternoon, and it was So. Much. Fun. I love Beatrice and Benedick anyway, but with DT and CT playing them they are the most adorable characters ever - the way they portrayed the scenes after they fall in love were just hysterical because there was this... joyous incredulity that this was actually happening to them, and they're laughing at themselves for being romantic even while they mean it, and it made me grin like a fool with delight. And when they were serious it was beautiful.

I am also completely in awe of how natural DT sounds doing Shakespeare - it's gorgeous. And his Benedick is charming and delightful (and Scottish!) and so hilarious I have a deep desire to see him do slapstick comedy for ever more. The scene where the Prince, Leonato and Claudio are manipulating him while he eavesdrops made me laugh so hard I had to pause the playback to recover, and his soliloquy afterwards melted me into a gooey puddle.

Catherine Tate is a fabulously spiky Beatrice too - the scene where she rejects the Prince was funny and awkward all at once, and her reactions in Beatrice's eavesdropping were just as funny as DT. And her grief and anger at the interrupted wedding are amazing - the "Kill Claudio" line is heartstopping.

Not that the play is just about them - the rest of the cast were great too (and the Watch were genuinely funny instead of annoying which is an achievement in itself). They did the set up of Benedick in a way I hadn't seen before - a lot less smooth and planned and a lot more scrambling to say the right thing with frantic gestures between the conspirators that they all played beautifully. A lot of the way things were played seemed quite fresh to me, actually, though I've only seen a couple of other versions. It was all warm and mischievous and I loved it.

The one thing I don't like (and it is something that can't be fixed as it is part of the play) is that I always want Hero to tell Claudio where to go at the end and stay single! This production at least managed to supply reasons that make it understandable that he acts like such a dick, but I still ended up going "why do you still want to marry him?" at Hero. Ah well. It's the Beatrice and Benedick plot that I watch it for, and that part of it was glorious.
janne_d: (searocks)
I watched a film this afternoon - not on telly, but The King's Speech on DVD. *sniff* Despite being surprisingly funny, that film does make me go all teary at the end. I think it is the judicious use of Beethoven under the speech - I saw a review when it came out complaining it undercut the big moment to do that but it totally works for me. Partially because I think that piece is incredibly beautiful anyway, but the timing of it so the music swells up underneath his words gets me right in the chest.

And now I would like a Colin Firth of my own please, so he can be vulnerable and gorgeous in a stiff-upper-lipped way and I can bring him tea and hug him a lot. I love the 30s suits too, not to mention the whole uniform with the sash.
janne_d: (woo!)
10 minutes of behind the scenes from The Hobbit. I am in love with the whole LotR crew all over again. There was Alan Lee! And John Howe! And Dan Hennah! And Richard Taylor! And of course Peter Jackson (looking much less like a hobbit himself these days)! Oh guys, I've missed you guys...

And Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage - and OMG is that James Nesbitt? And why did nobody tell me Ken Stott was Balin? I love Ken Stott, and Balin is my favourite dwarf!
janne_d: (woo!)
Apparently WB has done a press release - Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin! So I'm thinking a possible new fantasy award of 'sexiest dwarf ever' may have to be coined. Now we just have to wait two years to actually see it...
janne_d: (tigerlily)
Meme by way of [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski, a film quotes meme:

1. Pick 10 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.


Want to play?

1. Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush. L.A. Confidential, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] syllic who is now officially a film buff of high magnitude

2. Get busy living, or get busy dying. The Shawshank Redemption, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] syllic

3. That is the last time we take directions from a squirrel. The Emperor's New Groove, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] fireflower314

4. Yeah, I'm a legend. You know, they call me the cautionary whale. Juno, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] syllic

5. It was question and answer, all right. Twenty-seven questions he got out in ten minutes, and answered three! I was waiting for you to *delve.* "When is he going to start delving?" I asked myself. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] merelyn

6. Quid pro quo. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this case, though. About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no? Silence of the Lambs, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] syllic

7. This list... is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf. Schindler's List, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thisissirius

8. Really? When was the last time you stabbed a corpse? Gosford Park, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] elisabeth_438

9. Those giraffes you sold me, they won't mate. They just walk around, eating, and not mating. You sold me... queer giraffes. I want my money back. Gladiator, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] syllic

10. Ride now!... Ride now!... Ride! Ride to ruin and the world's ending! Death! Return of the King, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] syllic
janne_d: (woo!)
Just got back from seeing it and I am so gleeful it is ridiculous. It's been ages since I came out of a film feeling actually buzzed but I did tonight. I loved every minute of that, and I loved the little nods to previous installments (Admiral Archer's beagle! Captain Pike!) and it was just SO MUCH FUN I HAVE TO USE CAPITALS!

And the utterly, mind-bogglingly amazingly cool reboot concept they use... I got shivers: )
janne_d: (twcpn)
The film De-lovely about Cole Porter was on last night at an uncivilised hour, so I recorded it to watch today because I do love all the Cole Porter songs I know: Let's Fall in Love, Night and Day, Anything Goes, I Get a Kick Out of You, You're the Top, It's De-lovely, I've Got You Under My Skin...

The film itself is not the most amazing I've seen, but I'm curious enough about Cole Porter's life to enjoy it and it is really the songs I'm watching for anyway.

And it was a de-lovely surprise to find John Barrowman popping up, though I suppose I should have expected it really. He sang Night and Day and, man, can he sing it. Just gorgeous - I got all tingly. I wish they'd had him for some of the other songs instead of cameos from people like Robbie Williams and Mick Hucknall, though I have to say Elvis Costello and Lemar, who I did not recognise in the least, were pretty darn good.

Oh, and guess the name of the character John Barrowman played? Jack! I couldn't quite believe it.

Now there's an intriguing bunny - Captain Jack being a Broadway musical star and having an affair with Cole Porter. Did they ever mention Cole Porter in Torchwood? Would have been a nice little in-joke.
janne_d: (devil ducky)
Dudes. Not having seen it, I just picked up Die Hard numero quatro in the local supermarket for a small amount of cash - and now I get where all that slashy stuff people metioned at the time was coming from.

Justin Long is cute. And did they seriously do a Brokeback reference in the gag reel or did I hallucinate that? (And why did nobody mention Kevin Smith was in it?)

I need to go track down some fic for this - [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski, I'm going to reread all your stuff now that I know what the hell a Fire Sale is!

Anyone got any other recs?
janne_d: (laugh)
I bring you a lovely link to Jason Bourne and his Wuxia manpain - with picspam. Go, laugh, rejoice. I did :-D
janne_d: (ffshiny)
Via [livejournal.com profile] icarusancalion, Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 movies of the last 25 years list:

1) Bold the ones you have seen.
2) Put an asterisk after the movie title* if you really liked it.
3) Cross it out if you saw a film and really disliked it.
4) Underline the ones you own.

Saturday night at the movies... )

Hmm, I'd seen more than I thought I would have.
janne_d: (tensonic)
Flagged up by [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako, SFX magazine is doing a poll for the 5 sexiest male and female sci-fi/fantasy stars.

Go vote sometime before 09 Aug.

My ten are (in no order):

1. David Tennant
2. Viggo Mortensen
3. Joe Flanigan
4. John Barrowman
5. Peter Wingfield

1. Claudia Black
2. Freema Agyeman
3. Sigourney Weaver
4. Amber Benson
5. Eliza Dushku

And now I shall go away and go "Oh pants, I forgot about X..." for the rest of the night.
janne_d: (bondbiggun)
Way, way back in 1996, there was a tv series called Our Friends in the North following 4 friends over a couple of decades. Most of the people in it (see Christopher Eccleston and Mark Strong) went on to do amazing stuff, but they weren't why I kept watching. I was glued to the whole thing because of one actor: Daniel Craig. He made such an impression I remembered his name for years, and every so often I'd see it in a review and think that whatever it was would be worth watching just because he was in it. And generally that was correct.

Then Layer Cake came out and Mr Craig was so cool in that you could practically see ice forming in his footprints and I fell in love all over again, and pretty soon after that he was the new James Bond. Nearly everyone I knew had no idea who he was, but I was going "yes! yes! result!" and making them all watch Layer Cake to prove I knew what I was talking about (and it always worked too).

Anyway all of this is a prelude to my reaction to seeing Casino Royale tonight, and that goes something like this: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

And also, I told people so. Bond is back. No, Bond is better than back, he is reborn, resurrected and remade into something infinitely superior. (I may even commit the heresy of saying Daniel Craig is going to give Sean Connery a run for his money in the best Bond stakes)

That film rocked.
janne_d: (um?)
Went and saw X-Men 3 last night... and cut for spoilers )
janne_d: (Default)
I just saw Serenity. It fucking rocks. And contained two moments that made me want to have Mal's babies:



SPOILERS! Don't say I didn't warn you! )
janne_d: (Default)
OMG. I just went and saw Ong Bak and it is possibly the most impressive, visceral martial arts film I have ever seen. Tony Jaa is a total fighting god. The things that man can do with his legs are insane - and there is no help from effects or wires, just him totally kicking serious butt. And heads. And being really seriously hard.

I have never winced so much when watching a movie before either. This was brutal people, they really do seem to be beating the shit out of each other. But there are also humorous bits and a very entertaining car chase type thing, and the way the amazing Tony can fly over and under all obstacles in his path just has to be seen to be believed. Even the director was obviously in awe - whenever TJ did something that was particularly cool, he'd show it twice from different angles, just so we could marvel all over again! Fabulous!

And did I mention that Tony Jaa has the most gorgeous body ever and is really pretty darn cute? Damn, I love what martial arts does to guys' physiques...

Go, watch it. It's great.
janne_d: (Default)
Copied from [livejournal.com profile] kijikun because I am easily led.

Take this list and post it into your own LJ, and bold the movies you've seen. Add five more movies to the end of the list. Count how many movies you have seen. If you've seen more than 70 movies, you are a "movie whore". Post the score of how many movies you've seen in the subject line. Use a LJ-cut since you've got at least one LJ-friend who doesn't really want to see an ungodly number of movies snaking its way down the computer monitor.

I too am a movie whore )
janne_d: (Default)
So I just went and saw Wilby Wonderful at my local cinema (nyah nyah nyah) and it's soooo good - yeah, I know I have the DVD but seeing it in a full cinema (and it was pretty much, enough that I didn't spot any conspicuous fangirls) is a totally different experience. All the funny bits seemed much funnier just because there were lots of other people laughing. We got a voting card after for an award in the Commonwealth Film Festival (which was why it was showing in the first place) and all the ones I craned to see were giving it 4 stars.

Random thoughts:

Paul Gross is a damn pretty guy, possibly even prettier when he's older and a little tired compared to in dS for some reason. I think possibly because he looked so much more touchable and he was doing these little smiles that were just great.

James Allodi has the most marvellous eyes and a really sweet smile, and he was all low key and understated and lovely to watch.

Sandra Oh cracks me up and then makes me all sad, which is a total compliment, and Rebecca Jenkins and Ellen Page were both just perfect.

And what about Mr Callum Keith Rennie, I hear you cry? Sex on legs, as usual. He has really nice arms (lets hear a big yay for overalls) and a sweet smile and his eyes are so pretty... And was it nice seeing all that on a big screen? Not half! He's the most gorgeous part of a gorgeous little film.
janne_d: (Default)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] girl_clone

meme over here )

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