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So I've fallen a little behind with my film reviewing. I'll try and catch up:

#14 - Snow White and the Huntsman

The second Snow White film of the year, this one featuring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

Spoilers ahead. )

#15 - California Solo

This was the European premiere of Robert Carlyle's latest film, and I'm very glad I got the chance to see it.

Spoilers ahead. )

#16 - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

It has Abraham Lincoln. Fighting vampires. Including Rufus Sewell. What's not to love?

Spoilers ahead. )

#17 - The Amazing Spiderman

THIS IS WHAT I MISSED. I didn't really like Tobey Maguire's Spiderman and I couldn't put my finger on why, but this film showed me.

Spoilers ahead. )

#18 - The Dark Knight Rises

The end of an era, really, that's what this film is.

Spoilers ahead. )
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Yay! Welcome to my little letter! I hope you're as excited by this as I am! And I hope I don't scare you off with my babble :)

Here's a little more detail for you, in case you would like some more specific things.

Behind the cut to protect the innocent. )
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#10 - Mirror Mirror

I was curious about this one, because I really am on a fairytale kick at the moment. I'm not a Julia Roberts fan, personally, but was willing to give it a go, because hello! Fairytales!

Spoilers ahead. )

#11 - Beauty and the Beast 3D

This doesn't get a spoiler cut. It is literally the original film, tweaked only here and there, and made absolutely breath-taking in 3D. Yes, they added some new layers in to add depth in scenes (which only annoyed me in the crowd-scenes when people stepped into frame), but on the whole, it was the best use of 3D I've seen in an animated film. In a film that was drawn over 20 years ago. It looked stunning. Highly recommend it. And the illustrations throughout the end credits were just gorgeous.


#12 - Avengers Assemble

I'm a geek. I'm a happy geek. But I am not a comic book geek. My limited knowledge of these characters came from the fact I quite liked the Iron Man film, and that I used to watch The Incredible Hulk TV series when I was a kid. I hadn't seen Captain America or Thor, so I was quite literally going in blind to this particular universe.

Spoilers ahead. )

#13 - Dark Shadows

So, this is a Burton-Depp film based on a 1960s TV show. Okay. So it has Depp playing a vampire? Okay. Sounds good. Eva Green as a wicked witch? Fantastic. It also co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Lee Miller and a host of others? What's not to like?

Apparently, everything.

Spoilers ahead. )
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#5 - The Muppets

This film, I was going to see no matter what the reviewers said about it. I love the Muppets. I own all the films, and can recite them by heart. So yes. I love the Muppets, which is very peculiar, since puppets on the whole scare the seven hells out of me. Muppets are an exception.

Spoilers Ahead. )
#6 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This is the film I went to just because of the cast. To be honest, I didn't care if it sucked or not. It had Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Celia Imrie all together on the screen at the same time. I would have seen it if it was just a film about them sitting in an airport lounge.

Spoilers ahead. )

#7 - In Darkness

For something completely different, I wanted to see this film after seeing the trailer just before Marigold Hotel. This is not a film for easy viewing or a casual afternoon at the cinema. It's heavy and dark and claustrophobic, as you might expect with the subject matter.

Spoilers ahead. )
#8 - The Hunger Games

I went into this blind. No idea what it was about. Never read the books. Didn't even know there were books until they started putting posters up in the shops, after the film started to do well.

Spoilers ahead. )

#9 - Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

I love Aardman Studios. I will watch pretty mcuh anything they do, just because it's them. I love them for their little details, their sly wordplays, their background jokes, their ridiculous characters. And on this occasion, they gave me pirates. In case it has not been mentioned, I also love pirates.

Spoilers ahead. )
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#4 A Monster in Paris

First thing I thought when I saw the trailer for this film was along the lines of Phantom of the Opera with an actual monster. I'm glad to say I was mistaken, and that this film is a little gem of an idea which I really liked.

Spoilers ahead. )

In summary, while it's not a 100% brilliant film, it has enough really good and fun moments to make it worth seeing.
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#3 The Artist

I only found out that it was an almost entirely silent film the same day as I was going. I'm really not up to date with current films and what they're about. Still, as a film about the rise of the Talkies, done in the style of a black and white silent picture, this was a treat.

Spoilers Ahead. )

While I'm not sure if I'll get it on DVD, it was a lovely piece of nostalgic escapism, and definitely worth at least one viewing.
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#2 - Puss in Boots

This was my back-up film. I intended to see 'The Lady' with Michelle Yeoh, but all the screenings that were scheduled for today were inexplicably cancelled when I went into the cinema this morning. The next film showing was Puss, so decided to wander into it for some brainless silliness, and went for the 3D option.

Spoilers ahead. )

In conclusion, it's not ever going to be my top choice of animated film, but it's still a fun hour and a half, with some good giggles and two sassy, booted kitties.
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#1 - Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

I'm a little undecided about it, on the whole. I like it as an over-the-top action film, but I'm not sure I like it as a Holmes film. RDJ was immensely watchable as always, and I'm never going to say no to Noomi Rapace, but I found my attention wandering at points.

Spoilers ahead. )

So, in summary, it's a decent action film, but on the whole, it doesn't really feel like a Holmes film to me.

Yuletide

Dec. 21st, 2011 08:54 pm
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I've surprised myself with my productivity for Yuletide this year, given that I have been feeling completely sucked dry of inspiration. I don't think I'll get more done before deadline, what with work and packing and everything, but I think four is a nice round number, with four fandoms in the mix, and a word count of 22,420.

Very excited to see what's been written for me now :)
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So, you got stuck with my requests, eh? Well, hopefully it won't be too terrible for you and you might even enjoy it a little. That's the main thing I ask: have some fun :)

Now, to the specifics: Elisabeth, Downton Abbey and Some Like It Hot )
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I think it's very telling that for my birthday I got an abundance of stuff relating to the far East, including calligraphy books, inkstones with brushes, books of Japanese art, novels and the subject of this post: Hua Mulan on DVD. In case you hadn't guessed, it's the 2009 Chinese language version of the story of Mulan, and my word, it's good. Trailer.

Definitely not the Disney version. )
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This year, in the spirit of maturity and ripe old age, I'm having a Disney-themed birthday party. Of course, this means lots and lots of research into Disney. I think that watching the films in rapid succession is what made me notice certain recurring traits.

The main thing that now is actually starting to annoy me quite a bit is the passivity of the Disney heroines, even when they're the lead. I could do a whole rant on the colour-assignment of Disney villains or even the death-by-falling syndrome many of them are afflicted by, but will avoid that one now, but yes. The ladies. )

Thus endeth the rant.

Also!

Jan. 1st, 2011 09:42 am
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

Hello 2011 :)
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So it is the day of the Yuletide reveal, and I can finally name the fics I am to blame for in Yuletide 2010.

My actual recipient was my partner-in-crime Beth Winter, which is only problematical when you think of the fact that she test-reads everything I write and we chat about plans and plot developments and what we're working on. I was horribly worried I would let slip something about being her Santa. But I didn't. Technically. Except in fic ;)

My eleven fics in 4 fandoms. )
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Since I came back from a 3.5 week holiday in the land of J, I've had a lot of telly to catch up on, and mainlining shows has reminded what I both love and hate about them.

Castle )
The Mentalist )
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation )
CSI: New York )
Merlin )

There are others, but for now, that'll do. I'm just finally up to date with them all :)
fyre: (Yuletide)
Firstly, thank you for choosing my little fandoms :) I have my basic two fandoms I use every year, but I also try and use two new ones was well, just for some variety. And generally, all the details of what I would like are in my requests, so you don't need to worry about that.

Just to be on the safe side, though: I don't like incest/necrophialia/chan etc. But given the fandoms, this isn't really necessary. Dubious consent is not something I would like to see either. But that aside, almost anything goes. I'll take any rating from G to X, and I'm both intrigued and excited to see what I will receive come the day :)

Specifics for Elisabeth, the Alexandriad, Discworld and Coldfire Trilogy )

I hope this gives you enough to work with. If you need or want to ask anything through an intermediary, please drop Beth Winter a line.

Yuletide

Nov. 15th, 2010 05:24 pm
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Argle. I haven't even begun to think about this year's Yuletide. I've been too distracted by planning holiday until late October, then having holiday until today. And now, I have 4 days to poke my jetlagged brain into some kind of coherent mush to make for sensible thoughts.

Anyone already put in their requests? Any suggestions? (I'm contemplating requesting Discworld, possibly, but that aside, I am dry like a dry thing)
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30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

Nope. I don't tag. It's pushy :)

The rest. )
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29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

Regularly, when I'm not distracted by work or other boring real life things. I mentally plot out things, when I have a minute free and try and tweak plots when I have time. I love writing, so it's easier than anything to think of it.

The rest. )
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28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

Right now, I'm writing an OC who has been paralysed after being hit by a car, which is quite the challenge, but I've also had a partially-sighted character who brain-damaged in infancy due to head trauma (well, dragon, but still!), who is the sweetest, gentlest character I have. Oh, and I have a one with dyslexia, and another with the mathematical equivalent. And technically, George has OCD specifically about numbers while Rufus has a mild varient of ADHD. They get around, my kids.

The rest. )
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