vilakins: (SF)
IT WAS GREAT!

Just as fun and exciting as Episode IV which it references more than a few times. Though I really loved seeing old friends (especially Han Solo and Chewbacca - and even Admiral Ackbar and others!) the new characters are so likeable and interesting. I hope they explore their backstories in future films - and bring 'em on!

Right, I'm going back in the holidays to see it in 3D with imhilien. :-D
vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (stars)
We're off to Star Wars shortly for the 12:30am (yes, am) showing, and I'm ready with my new Rebel Alliance pendant. :-D Once again this will be at the Lux (luxury cinema with recliner seats and snacks and coffee delivered to said seats). Because: no kids, no kicking of seats, no babies!

I know I haven't posted for ages and didn't even take part in the November [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, but Things have been going on. I will explain soon.

But in the meantime, STAR WARS!
vilakins: (stun)
For fans of Studio Ghibli anime, and I know at least one big one, here are 16 impressive cosplays. My personal favourites are the Porco Rosso - he's perfect! - and the tabby kitten bus. Arrietty's excellent too; her accessories are perfect.
vilakins: (screen)
It's lunchtime on a beautiful hot summer's day, the first 3 hours of which I spent at the cinema, yay!

The second film is packed with action (lots of it), humour, great characters, and even some romance. Martin Freeman's Bilbo is as adorable as ever, and Kili and Legolas are still hot, as is Tauriel (an OC elf). Fabulous, fun stuff, and I'm looking forward to a second viewing in 3D with imhilien. There's even (briefly) a cute black cat and two pug dogs, the dogs apparently belonging to Peter Jackson.

I was thinking afterwards that I rather missed the development of Bilbo's character and relationships we saw in the first film, but there's a scene in Mirkwood that shows some further changes in him.

The first film was pretty faithful to the book, but this deviates quite a bit - and I didn't mind at all. It's an exciting ride (in barrels and other conveyances) and ends on a huge cliff-hanger which has me asking why, why, why do we have to wait another whole year?

There's an excellent review here with a big spoiler space with repeated warnings so that people who haven't seen it have every chance to bail after the first bit.
vilakins: (joy)
We're off to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug tonight, or more accurately, tomorrow morning at 12.01am (the first public showings possible). From what I've heard, it's going to be even more fun than part 1. Because it's long, we've booked the leather adjustable luxury seats. You can also order food and drink brought to your own little side-table; I'll probably have a crème brulee and coffee like last time.

I'll probably only get 3 hours sleep afterwards, but hey, I was fine last year. [bounces in seat] I've been looking forward to this for weeks.
vilakins: (spring (kowhai))
Once again I've been slack posting, so here's various news.

Ashley's crystals have gone so now she, well, all of them, are on maintenance bladder-health biscuits which are in my opinion far too palatable as Ashley went right off her wet food. However a couple of weeks later she's eating it with her old gusto which is good as they get a lot of water that way and it's far better for them. She knew I was writing about her as she's just come and squeaked at me. :-)

It is spring and the weather is glorious after a very windy week, almost summer-like. The hammock's up, there's washing on the line, and I can hear a distant lawn-mower through all the open doors, the sound of a lazy Sunday.

We saw Planes last week, and because we booked online were given a free toy. I have El Chupacabra, a favourite character. Very cute film, esp for someone who pretended to be a plane (a Spitfire to be exact) as a kid, referring to arms and fingers as wings and ailerons, and coming in for a perfect three-point landing at mealtimes.

And last night at the late showing we saw Gravity. On the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere. Wow. Absolutely stunning graphics and a gripping story. It deserved its 5 stars in spades and we both had Gravity dreams all night.

And Sebastian turned 3 this week. I will do a special picspam in his honour but that will be later as I'm going to read in the hammock now.
vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (dear in the headlights)

I know I said I was going to post a review the next day, but I've been either busy or tired (though not the next day) what with the time of year, the heat, Greg's company's end-of-year party (not bad, and air-conditioned quite effectively by having a whole side open to the sea) and a lot of stuff I have to do for work before I finish next Friday for two weeks. Our office incidentally, being small and in a converted house, has no aircon. I shall have to take a fan in, and a refill for the automatic insect squirty thing.

First up, I will tell you that the film doesn't feel like three hours; I was left wanting more and wishing I didn't have to wait for a whole year, but it did end at a very satisfying point. I can't tell you about 3D as Greg only has one eye so I've never seen it but there are scenes that it would be pretty damned spectacular in.

Martin Freeman is of course adorable as Bilbo, often looking very Vila-like (see icon). The beginning is a flash-forward and ties in beautifully with LOTR, and once the action gets going it hardly lets up. I'll be going to see it again to catch all the stuff I probably missed. As well as excitement and excellent acting from all, there's a lot of laugh-out-loud humour, and I loved how the dwarves were shown to be very individual.

There ya go: no spoilers (though surely everyone knows the story by now) but an unreserved recommendation. Go see it and be hugely entertained!

Oh and there's a hedgehog called Sebastian. I don't know why.

vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has its première tonight and opens for the public Wednesday 12 December at midnight. We have tickets! Yes--for midnight! [is excited] And awww, today's Herald had a poster of Martin Freeman looking very anxious and Vila-like. [loves] There was a photo of the main cast and I noticed Sylvester McCoy was in there; he plays Radagast the Brown.

Wellington is calling itself Middle of Middle Earth as Greg found when he went there last week. On the plane they had the Hobbit-style safety video and also Hobbit-related trivia questions. Of course Gollum is fishing in the airport. When Greg got back, he said he'd also seen Mount Doom from the plane, meaning Tongariro, and it erupted the next day.

vilakins: (screen)

I enjoyed Sherlock despite having a couple of issues.
Spoilers )


That aside though, it was a vastly entertaining ride and I love the musical score. I look forward to the next two.

I also saw Tintin and enjoyed it a lot. Of course it was in 2D for me (since Greg can't see 3D and let me tell you, it was hard to find an evening 2D session). I liked that it diverged from the canon story because and added elements from other stories as then I didn't know what would happen next. I kept wanting to go back and watch bits again so I'll be buying the DVD. (And in other news on that score, we will be getting Blu-Ray capability in this house soon.) BTW that cat? Was so very Jasmin.

We also started watching Person of Interest, mainly because of Michael Emerson's presence in it. I rather like it; I'd rather see murders prevented than solved.

Last night we caught Eternal Law, a new British comedy-drama about angelic lawyers. Yes, lawyers who are also angels (not only a contradiction in terms, but I'd have thought a very limited way of helping people, but hey). I'm not too sure about this one yet but I figured that the British wouldn't get too soppy about the concept and they didn't. Plus, Samuel West! And Ukweli Roach is rather gorgeous and convincingly naive.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (brian the spider)

I should post something other than art. OK, what have I done lately?

We failed to go to the Food Show because Greg said he was too busy to take Friday morning off, though he'd earlier said he could, and claimed it would rain on Saturday (it didn't), and I consoled myself that I couldn't really afford to buy stuff there. We did however go to the house of a fellow Roman re-enactor known as Rob the Roman (which Vila would take as a welcome suggestion) to watch The Eagle with other re-enactors and classics geeks. The film was strangely unengaging, and apart from being American, which seemed somehow wrong (probably because it's based on an English book) they'd changed a lot. I can see why they missed out Cottia and Cub, but not why they changed other things like what happened in the seal people's village. Plus blue Mohicans? Did not seem particularly Pictish apart from the colour.

Also, after growing my hair to chin-length for a couple of years, my hair is now shorter than it started (though not yet Servalan-like) except for the long spiky animé-style fringe which may get a lot longer.

I might do a self-portrait. Or not.

Oh and it was Jasmin's third birthday last week while LJ was down.

ANZAC Day

25 Apr 2010 12:18 pm
vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

It's ANZAC Day (complete with flyover), and we're recording Reach for the Skies as I type (about RAF air ace Douglas Bader, a great classic I saw on TV as a kid). There's a wonderful two-page pictorial spread on the Battle of Britain in yesterday's Herald which I'm keeping, and last night we watched Stalag 17.

Stalag 17.is an American film mentioned by [livejournal.com profile] wolfma in a comment on a ficlet of mine in which Vila trained and raced rats. It was excellent; thanks for the rec! I agree that Sefton is quite Avon-like in his intelligence and rationality and deep affection for money--even in the currency of cigarettes--but sidekick Cookie didn't have Vila's wit. You can also see that Hogan's Heroes lifted whole chucks of this: the movable stove, the radio, even Schulz, the amusing German guard.

And now here's a very funny, clever, and surprisingly accurate* version of WW2 where the countries have Facebook accounts. :-D (Occasional swearing.)

* except for ignoring the participation of this part of the world

vilakins: (SF)

I really enjoyed Avatar. It was beautiful, inventive, visually stunning, and exciting. I can see why people go to see it again: for the sheer alien beauty in so many scenes, and the spectacle. I'd like to try it out in 3D even though I'm a bit nervous of heights.

Slightly spoilery )



The luxury leather recliner seats cost less than they used to, which means I'll go there more often, but the service is as good as it was originally (after a slump in quality last year). If you like, you can get a very good three-course meal along with wine and coffee served to you complete with good cutlery, crockery, and linen napkins. We just had dessert and coffee to minimise disruption; I find it very hard to eat and watch. What was new was the complimentary lemon sorbet they brought after the food with hot towels; a very nice touch.

vilakins: (screen)

Peter Jackson was interviewed tonight on Campbell Live and spoke about The Lovely Bones, which I have no intention of seeing--or reading. I was more interested in his other films.

He talked about The Hobbit and how someone took a copy of script to Ian McKellen, who read it and liked it, and the copy was promptly destroyed (not that the plot is exactly a secret). He said that he'd like to get Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving back to play Galadriel and Elrond.

And then they asked him about The Dam Busters. Filming starts next year and Jackson has ten Lancaster bomber--yes, ten of those big babies--in a warehouse. I'm looking forward to both of these films.

vilakins: (beta delta)

Behold, a post that isn't about art! It's hardly surprising though; RL is pretty boring these days.

We watched Wargames last night. It's one of my favourite films and it's been years since I've seen it. It's held up amazingly well, not looking dated at all except for the computers, and it's hard to believe it was made shortly after Blake's 7 which looks as if it's from a different era. The staff at NORAD include women and people of colour; none of the sexism that sometimes came up in B7.

It's a brilliant film, and I love General Beringer with his preference for people over machines, and his "Hell, I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good!" The cast is perfect, with Barry Corbin as the rather lovable general and John Wood with his thin, intellectual face and sardonic, detached look as Falken.

It reminded me of when I worked as a programmer for the Health Department, where we used to play Global Thermonuclear War ourselves, even though (or perhaps because) it was well after the fall of the USSR. The building we worked in was a solid concrete bunker with slit windows designed to be too narrow for a person to get through, and with rotating security firms providing guards, and swipe cards for all employees to get in, set to different levels of security (e.g. I couldn't actually get into the computer room). I used to think it was overkill for medical records, being young and innocent, until a colleague uncovered the frequent hospital visits of his neighbour for removal of various self-inserted items. Anyway, one day I left a printout of my missile sites (I was playing the USSR) on my desk and it was gone in the morning. Someone said a guard had it, so I went to see. Yes, one of them had found it in the night and put it in the safe and wasn't releasing it to anyone without sufficient authority. I let him keep it. He obviously thought the place wasn't really the Heath Department, and I bet it totally made his week. :-)

vilakins: (mischief)

Not only have I have finished my finishathon story, I have also done a poster for it! It just needs some lettering. W00t!

And here's a fun puzzle which [livejournal.com profile] matildabj posted in which you have to find the titles of 50 films made in the last 20 years, using cryptic visual clues in a painting. It doesn't work in Firefox; but Opera and IE6 are fine. It's a lot of fun, and you can save it and come back to it. I got all 50, but it took me quite a while over the weekend; it's very addictive. :-)

vilakins: Comic-style Vila holding a spork (spork)

So it's J J Abrams who gets the golden spork from me for the annoying Star Trek lens flares that bugged me throughout what was otherwise a great and fun film. Have a look at the video on that page for just how maddeningly intrusive they are, those of you who didn't seem to notice them. No, J J, your explanation doesn't wash with me.

5,000,000 negative points and a spork in the eyes for that.

vilakins: (spock)

For those interested, the Circle Lounge is as good as ever, but I missed the little selection of tapas or savouries you used to be able to order. They now offer three-course meals, not really what I want when I'm watching a film. So I just shared some Cajun fries with Greg and had a crème brulee and a coffee which was all very yummy.

Trailers seen: the latest Terminator, Angels and Demons (shame on you, Ron Howard!) and Transformers, which looks like fun.

Before I cut, here's a little non-spoilery B7 moment for the fans. When I first saw the little alien, I cried with delight, "A Decima!" (well, not really, but he was vaguely leafy). And who played him? DEEP ROY! This made me ridiculously happy.

And now, before I've read anyone else's reviews, here's mine. I've tried to leave out all major spoilers, but people's criteria vary and you might like to pay it safe and come back later. :-)

Comments containing some spoilers )



Non-spoilery rant about the camera work )

vilakins: Vila comic-book style (comic relief)

Check out this very funny Comic Relief spoof of Mamma Mia (there's a link to part 2 on the first one).

Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, and Sienna Miller star with Philip Glenister (the Guv!) in the Pierce Brosnan role, Miranda Hart (Teal in Hyperdrive) as the director, and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as the choreographer. Bwahahaha! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] azdak for the link.

vilakins: Vila comic-book style (comic relief)

Check out this very funny Comic Relief spoof of Mamma Mia (there's a link to part 2 on the first one).

Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, and Sienna Miller star with Philip Glenister (the Guv!) in the Pierce Brosnan role, Miranda Hart (Teal in Hyperdrive) as the director, and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as the choreographer. Bwahahaha! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] azdak for the link.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (stand)

Today I went to the mole map clinic where they mapped a few for future comparison and removed two suspicious ones right then and there under local anaesthetic. One was on my left calf and the other on my right shoulder. I have to go back next week to get the stitches out. Even if they're melanomas, they were small enough to be caught in plenty of time. The clinic had these huge glass backlit pictures on the wall depicting an island (possibly The Island of Lost) at sunset, and at midday, and two waterfalls while the changing light behind then made the water look as if it was rippling or falling. I was... a little disconcerted and asked why. The doctor said the office designer said they were soothing to patients. Me, I spent time trying to work out of the patterns were random or not (not).

When I got home, I found I had: a travel umbrella I'd bought on line; the When Vila met Gan audio I ordered from Horizon complete with Michael Keating's signature and a very miserable photo of S4 Vila (I will scan it tomorrow); and a postcard from [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v on her holiday in France--thank you! :-D I am somewhat nervous about listening to the CD. I've heard it is not just rather crap and that Gan is from Croydon (these two facts possibly connected) but it's not from the B7 universe at all, but the alternate B7E one set 200 years in the future but with contemporary helicopters and police cars. Yes, the same one that will be in the miniseries. Still, it's Michael Keating, so it can't be all bad. Can it?

Then I went out to Mamma Mia with Greg and three others from his work. Meryl Streep as Donna, and her two friends (esp the wonderful Julie Walters) were the best. Pierce Brosnan was a bad choice though; every time he burst into song--looking slightly embarrassed, poor guy--we sniggered. Colin Firth was awkward and sweet; pity there wasn't more of him. For one frightening moment, I thought Egrorian was performing the marriage ceremony. :-P

I am now back home after a very nice fish dinner followed by an amazingly good stem ginger pudding and am going to bed.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (stand)

Today I went to the mole map clinic where they mapped a few for future comparison and removed two suspicious ones right then and there under local anaesthetic. One was on my left calf and the other on my right shoulder. I have to go back next week to get the stitches out. Even if they're melanomas, they were small enough to be caught in plenty of time. The clinic had these huge glass backlit pictures on the wall depicting an island (possibly The Island of Lost) at sunset, and at midday, and two waterfalls while the changing light behind then made the water look as if it was rippling or falling. I was... a little disconcerted and asked why. The doctor said the office designer said they were soothing to patients. Me, I spent time trying to work out of the patterns were random or not (not).

When I got home, I found I had: a travel umbrella I'd bought on line; the When Vila met Gan audio I ordered from Horizon complete with Michael Keating's signature and a very miserable photo of S4 Vila (I will scan it tomorrow); and a postcard from [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v on her holiday in France--thank you! :-D I am somewhat nervous about listening to the CD. I've heard it is not just rather crap and that Gan is from Croydon (these two facts possibly connected) but it's not from the B7 universe at all, but the alternate B7E one set 200 years in the future but with contemporary helicopters and police cars. Yes, the same one that will be in the miniseries. Still, it's Michael Keating, so it can't be all bad. Can it?

Then I went out to Mamma Mia with Greg and three others from his work. Meryl Streep as Donna, and her two friends (esp the wonderful Julie Walters) were the best. Pierce Brosnan was a bad choice though; every time he burst into song--looking slightly embarrassed, poor guy--we sniggered. Colin Firth was awkward and sweet; pity there wasn't more of him. For one frightening moment, I thought Egrorian was performing the marriage ceremony. :-P

I am now back home after a very nice fish dinner followed by an amazingly good stem ginger pudding and am going to bed.

Film meme

8 Jul 2008 11:44 am
vilakins: (screen)

From [livejournal.com profile] kernezelda: Below the cut is Entertainment Weekly's list of the top movies of the last 25 years. Go through their list, bold the ones you have seen and underline the ones you own on video or DVD.

100 films and some comments )

Film meme

8 Jul 2008 11:44 am
vilakins: (screen)

From [livejournal.com profile] kernezelda: Below the cut is Entertainment Weekly's list of the top movies of the last 25 years. Go through their list, bold the ones you have seen and underline the ones you own on video or DVD.

100 films and some comments )

vilakins: (screen)

And now for Prince Caspian

Spoilers )

vilakins: (screen)

And now for Prince Caspian

Spoilers )

Miscellany

5 Jun 2008 04:59 pm
vilakins: (winter)

My life isn't exactly a thrill a day, but I'm enjoying taking it easy in mostly sunny if cool weather.

Yesterday I had my hair cut and some very nice, subtle caramel streaks put through it. Shiny! Oh and my 3-pack of bamboo t-shirts arrived: very nice and smooth against the skin. I always buy men's t-shirts because women's have such silly little sleeves.

Today I was driven from the house by yet another power cut (the second in three weeks) to get some ordered library books, lunch, cat food, and some teeny light bulbs that make my glowy planet made of Himalayan crystal salt glow like Jupiter about to achieve fusion. According to my neighbour, it was a line fault, but the hardware store checkout guy said it was a moron in a Bentley hitting a power pole in Remuera. [rolls eyes] This happens all too often with far too many lunatics, drunk or otherwise, on the roads. And this after I rang up Vector a few weeks ago and asked why they weren't undergrounding power lines while Metrowater was digging up our road, which they're supposed to under their 'dig once' policy.

When I got back however I was pleased to find the power back on and the SG1 DVD The Ark of Truth, the conclusion to the Ori story, in the letterbox. It has a lot of special features too, including: a commentary with Robert C Cooper, Christopher Judge, and Peter Woeste; Stargate at Comic-Con; and a couple of 'featurettes' which might be compressed sequels compiled from the series. Yay, some weekend viewing.

Speaking of SG1, the SG1 friendathon master list is up. I've only read a couple so far but they were excellent.

I also saw Indiana Jones in the weekend and it was the adventurous and entertaining escapism I was expecting and wanted, full of the cunning ancient traps, vehicle chases, and SFX that I've enjoyed in the others. Minor spoilers )

Miscellany

5 Jun 2008 04:59 pm
vilakins: (winter)

My life isn't exactly a thrill a day, but I'm enjoying taking it easy in mostly sunny if cool weather.

Yesterday I had my hair cut and some very nice, subtle caramel streaks put through it. Shiny! Oh and my 3-pack of bamboo t-shirts arrived: very nice and smooth against the skin. I always buy men's t-shirts because women's have such silly little sleeves.

Today I was driven from the house by yet another power cut (the second in three weeks) to get some ordered library books, lunch, cat food, and some teeny light bulbs that make my glowy planet made of Himalayan crystal salt glow like Jupiter about to achieve fusion. According to my neighbour, it was a line fault, but the hardware store checkout guy said it was a moron in a Bentley hitting a power pole in Remuera. [rolls eyes] This happens all too often with far too many lunatics, drunk or otherwise, on the roads. And this after I rang up Vector a few weeks ago and asked why they weren't undergrounding power lines while Metrowater was digging up our road, which they're supposed to under their 'dig once' policy.

When I got back however I was pleased to find the power back on and the SG1 DVD The Ark of Truth, the conclusion to the Ori story, in the letterbox. It has a lot of special features too, including: a commentary with Robert C Cooper, Christopher Judge, and Peter Woeste; Stargate at Comic-Con; and a couple of 'featurettes' which might be compressed sequels compiled from the series. Yay, some weekend viewing.

Speaking of SG1, the SG1 friendathon master list is up. I've only read a couple so far but they were excellent.

I also saw Indiana Jones in the weekend and it was the adventurous and entertaining escapism I was expecting and wanted, full of the cunning ancient traps, vehicle chases, and SFX that I've enjoyed in the others. Minor spoilers )

Stuff

25 May 2008 11:06 pm
vilakins: (autumn)

I haven't done that much of interest lately unless you count going to the Aotea market and scoffing a delicious samosa before buying some dichroic glass pendants for Greg's sisters and a couple of other nice things for myself. The same guy with the unicycle and basketballs that [livejournal.com profile] trixieleitz and I saw a couple of years ago was there. Huh.

I'm entertaining myself at night with films on DVD. Last night it was Wah Wah which I found more sad than the 'heart warming' it was described as. Beautiful scenes of Swaziland though, and a great cast, including Fenella Woolgar as a horsey type; pity there wasn't more of her.

Tonight, while Greg is on a train from Sofia to Varna, it was Galaxy Quest. Man, I love that film, even more than when I first saw it because I hadn't been to a con back then. Brilliant stuff!

Stuff

25 May 2008 11:06 pm
vilakins: (autumn)

I haven't done that much of interest lately unless you count going to the Aotea market and scoffing a delicious samosa before buying some dichroic glass pendants for Greg's sisters and a couple of other nice things for myself. The same guy with the unicycle and basketballs that [livejournal.com profile] trixieleitz and I saw a couple of years ago was there. Huh.

I'm entertaining myself at night with films on DVD. Last night it was Wah Wah which I found more sad than the 'heart warming' it was described as. Beautiful scenes of Swaziland though, and a great cast, including Fenella Woolgar as a horsey type; pity there wasn't more of her.

Tonight, while Greg is on a train from Sofia to Varna, it was Galaxy Quest. Man, I love that film, even more than when I first saw it because I hadn't been to a con back then. Brilliant stuff!

vilakins: Vila breaking into a vault (thief at work)

I have just finished watching Ladyhawke. Ah, but Rutger Hauer was a hunk, and hee, Rumpole on the ramparts, as Greg said! I did not however recognise Alfred Molina as Cezar.

[livejournal.com profile] entropy_house was right about Mouse being very Vila-like (apart from his constant bargaining with God and inveterate laying--Vila is peculiarly honest that way). His hand gets stood on, he pretends to be several men in the woods, and damn, there was a third thing which escapes me now. [yawns] But hey, it's time for bed and we're going to the Mexican place for a huevos rancheros breakfast tomorrow. :-)

[Edit] I think the third thing was Mouse being called 'little man' several times. As [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse points out, Kerril calls Vila 'little man throughout City.

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