Aug. 23rd, 2010 04:41 pm
technocracygirl: From A&E's Horatio Hornblower, Major Edrington is smirking and Horatio is looking abashed. (silliness)
So, after a lovely dim sum lunch with R and S at House of Hong, we went and saw Inception. (Yes, finally.)

I have some thoughts.

I think thinky thoughts here, with SPOILERS. )
technocracygirl: Cartoon Raven from "Teen Titans" glaring at you from over the top of her book (Default)
I found this movie on Netflix. Today, I watched it.

There is a dinosaur. It is, quite possibly, the best part about this movie.
[profile] wanderingfey is convinced that there was a sale on dinosaur FX when they were making this movie.

We watched it sober. DO NOT DO THIS! This is a movie to be watched at least two glasses in, if not three entire sheets to the wind. Robert and Thorpe? Really? Mrs. Holmes, you have much to answer for in this universe.

And, honestly, as long as you are drunk, it's pretty good.

And in good Sherlock news -- PBS's Masterpiece Mystery is going to show Sherlock! THe last time I heard about this, the BBC had made it impossible for anyone outside the UK to even see the trailer. And I hate watching things on the computer anyway. But, SQUEEEEEEE! I will get to see it! (Provided KCTS doesn't screw this up. And they shouldn't; they're good about Masterpiece. [I am still miffed that the Great Performances show of Chess never aired in our area.)

Mmmmmm, broken Holmes. Love, love, love.
technocracygirl: From A&E's Horatio Hornblower, Major Edrington is smirking and Horatio is looking abashed. (amusement)
ballicatter -- ice on docks from sea spray. Who'da thunk it?

Anyway, apropos to the title of the post, Paul Bettany is playing Charles Darwin in a purportedly really good movie called Creation. I've been wanting to see this for a while, but I haven't been on any mailing lists for it. So I only found out this week that it's finally in Seattle, and it's leaving this week.

So, if I want to see Paul Bettany in a cravat, it's got to be tomorrow. Is anyone interested in joining me?

The movie is showing at 1:10 and 6:40 tomorrow, at the Metro in the U District. I'm likely to be at the 1:10 showing, unless there are people who specially want to go to the 6:40.

Yeah, I'm way too excited about this movie. I blame it all on the Hornblower movies.
technocracygirl: Alexander Siddig from <i>Kingdom of Heaven</i> (Gorgeous)
I am something of a purist when it comes to Holmes and Watson. I have read much published fanfic (pastiches) and hated a lot of it, usually because it strays too far from canon. I have read very little normal fanfic, because the little that I have ticks me off from being too far from canon. (I will note that I love almost all the stories in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space and Sherlock Holmes in Orbit. Especially the Hoka story.)

However, all bets are off when it comes to movies. Young Sherlock Holmes? Fabulous. I need to get it on DVD, because my last copy was VHS. The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes's Younger, Smarter Brother? Fabulous. Sherlock Holmes and the Silk Stocking, where Watson marries a psychiatrist specializing in paraphelia? Awesome and I watch it every time PBS shows it. Without a Clue? Freaking hilarious and I love it.

Written Holmes must be my Holmes. He must adhere to a certain demeanor, certain characteristics, and certain modalities of thought. Movie Holmes? I will happily take Cracktastic!Holmes and enjoy it.

With that knowledge, is it any surprise that I loved the trailer for the Robert Downey Jr. Holmes movie? Explosions? Seances? Men rising from the grave? Cliff diving from houses, pugilism, (Canon!) and lots of explosions? Sign me up!

Seriously, though, they do seem to have gotten two very important parts right. 1) Watson is not stupid. 2) Watson and Holmes are partners, and even with Holmes's acid tongue, they really do like and trust each other, and Holmes needs that just as much as Watson does.

Beginning fangirl squee in 3...2...

(I think the mood bunny down there has the right idea. And I need to upload more icons to my Dreamwidth account.)


May. 7th, 2009 10:10 pm
technocracygirl: Cartoon Raven from "Teen Titans" glaring at you from over the top of her book (Default)
I am totally not jealous of the people who saw Star Trek tonight. Because I got to see Ira Glass.

Yeah, it's kind of sad when you're geekier than Star Trek.

Last week, This American Life did a live simulcast from New York to movie theaters. It was 90 minutes, instead of the 60-ish the show has, and was people telling stories. (BTW, if you go t there will be a free podcast of a TAL tale. If you go before this Saturday, it will be "Return to the Scene of the Crime," the edited version of this show of magnificence. Mike Birbiglia and Dan Savage talked without visual aids, and Starlee Kine had nifty Post-It Note art illustrating hers. Power of the spoken word, people. Pictures, painted before my eyes, with the visuals helping mostly to cement my attention.

Plus Joss Whedon, singing one of the songs off of the Dr. Horrible commentary track.

Dan was working very hard on not crying as he told his story, and I know I wasn't the only person in the audience with tears on my face. Can faith support you? Is that support enough?

I really can't put down in words how mesmerized I was with the stories. They all unfolded like flowers, and each time one ended, I had to mentally shake myself awake, shake myself out of the story.

It was mighty. A good hakawati, you know, they can create miracles.

Which actually brings me to something from earlier in the day. I finally finished Rabih Alameddine's The Hakawati. A hakawati, for those of you not up on your Lebanese culture, is a storyteller. Like Catherynne Valente's The Orphan's Tales, Rabih's tale is multiple stories, with each story breaking up the other, interweaving themes and motifs. (But not, as in Valente's work, directly affecting each other much.) There are two "real world" stories, that of the main character's present-day life (Beirut, just after the civil war) and that of the history and past lives of himself and his very large family. And there are two main fictional tales, that of Baybars [a highly fictionalised account of one of the first Mamluke kings] and of Fatima, a wise woman.

It was hard to get into, for me. The stories were almost mythological in their lack of personal growth for two of the four books that separate out the tome. But they weren't mythological; they were groundwork. I ripped through books three and four, racing to see what happened next and why events had fallen out the way they had. Despite the fact that most of the characters are men, the women are definitely powerful enough to make their mark and stand on their own. But with flair.

I think I will continue to remember something Osama's mother says near the end of the book, when she is asked about her fabulous style.

And that's the secret. Never wear clothes that are bigger than you are unless you intend to grow into them. If you want to wear a great suit, either you believe it belongs to you or you'll look like you're thirteen and wearing your mother's clothes. Doesn't that make sense? It's the same in life. Never live a life too big for you. Either grow to encompass it or shrink it to fit you.

Oh, and I can't forget this fabulous quote at the beginning by Ahmad al-Tifashi in The Delights of Hearts:

Praise be to God, Who has so disposed matters that pleasant literary anecdotes may serve as an instrument for the polishing of wits and the cleansing of rust from our hearts.

I don't know that I need to read it again, but it is a beautiful tapestry.

And now to bed, because I need to pull raisins out of cereal tomorrow so I can test it for toxins.
technocracygirl: Cartoon Raven from "Teen Titans" glaring at you from over the top of her book (Default)
I did not go to the SJ Tucker concert last night, despite having had it on the calendar for the last month. I got home last night, and [info]wanderingfey mentioned a call from my mom. As it turns out my mom's best friend since forever is being bat mitzvahed today. And that? Pretty much trumps a concert. (Though I did keep repeating to myself that it's not like [info]s00j is never going to come back to Seattle.)

I haven't felt as much of a pull towards Jewish practice here as I did in the Bay Area. Part of me wonders how much of it was lifestyle, how much of it was lonliness, and how much of it was that it was really easy to get to services. I also don't think that I want to make B'Nai Torah my central synagogue. I really feel no kavanah there, except that which I bring in. My soul is not fed. And part of me wonders how much of it has to do with the dead acoustics which mean that I cannot hear the congregation sing.

We are going to look at more houses today. I am coming to terms with the idea of a two-car household. I am repeating to myself that when I am old, I am buying a condo in the city. Gosh darn it. (Maybe with the equity from having a house that can hold a family, I can support the cost of a 900 - 1100 sq ft condo in the city. Because I can't do it now.) But still, (repeat it with me) "It's cheaper than the Bay Area."

Anyone interesting in seeing the rebroadcast of the This American Life live performance with me? It's on Thursday, May 7, at largish movie theaters.


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