leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
Have you ever watched a movie and then wished you could take those 2 hours of your life back?

That's how I feel after watching "Knowing."

It's Nic Cage, so I knew it wasn't going to be mind-blowing, but I didn't expect it to be so abysmal. And in truth, it really WASN'T that bad up until the last 20 minutes. That's when it took a turn from "Yeah, this is alright, I guess," into "WHAT IN THE NAME OF HELL WERE THEY THINKING? GOD, THIS IS STUPID."

This movie made my brain hurt. )

To summarize, don't watch this movie. You would have a better time getting a root canal.
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
So, 2012. My official review: Awesomely terrible. Everything you inferred about this movie based on the previews is EXACTLY right. The writing is terrible, the acting is phoned in, but there are EXPLOSIONS!! And SHOUTING!! And PEOPLE DYING!! And GIRAFFES ON HELICOPTORS!! WOO!!

I enjoyed this movie for all it's cheesy glory. Obviously if you go and see this movie, you will need to shut your brain off. It is the very definition of a "popcorn movie." It is not in the least bit Oscar-worthy. It was all the fun of The Day After Tomorrow without Jake Gyllenhaal.

If you liked Godzilla (1998) and Independance Day for the horribly written awesome explosiony movies that they were, you will enjoy this movie.

Also, this movie has probably the best final line of any movie EVER. Liz and I have never laughed that hard at a movie that wasn't actually supposed to be funny.

So, to reitterate, awesomely terrible.
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
District 9 was awesome. That is all.

Oh yeah, and moving sucks. Hopefully we'll actually get the apartment.
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
We Mallratted a bit today. Mostly we bought clothes and stuff, but the thing I'm really excited about is a) all the awesome stuff I got for my friend [livejournal.com profile] boombashpow for her birthday (which was actually two days ago, but her anniversary present for Liz and me was like 2 months late), but, more importantly, b) I found this movie called eXistenZ at Suncoast. If you understand just how long I've been trying to find this movie, you'll understand why I'm so excited. Basically I saw this with my mom's last husband (my sister's father) like... 10 years ago, probably, when it first came out on video. It struck me because it was such an unusual concept for a film. The plot consists of Jude Law and and Jennifer Jason Leigh in a realistic-future-time video game called "eXistenZ." It's probably not NEARLY as awesome as I remember it being, but I'm still ultra pumped about it. I might make Liz watch it later today. I've been trying to find a copy to buy for the longest time, and the only place I've ever seen it is on Amazon.com. So, naturally you can understand why I about peed myself when I saw it on the dvd shelf.

No matter what happens now, this has been a thoroughly exciting weekend.


Apparently, unbeknownst to me, this film was directed by David Cronenberg, a name which you might recognize as being the director of Scanners, Video Drome, The Fly, Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, and, more recently, A History of Violence. I'm even more excited about this piece of nostalgia now!
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))
So, there's basically nothing about this article that didn't make me squeal with joy.

Things that have made me happy about this week:

  • Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

  • Conan referencing internet memes about himself

  • Joel McHale on Conan

  • Tom Hanks on Conan

  • Basically everything about Conan

  • 80s week for this weeks work playlist

  • FINALLY switching an author to print who has been in layout since last October (we're only supposed to take about 2 months but she was... insane seems too mild a word)

  • Netflix (finally saw Wall•E and Get Smart. Gonna catch up on all those movies we missed in '08)

  • Continued progress on driving

  • Liz making hamburgers

  • E3. Like... seriously

I swear, I'll have an update with substance eventually. Maybe.
leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
Yes, it's true. We saw Wolverine last night.

Yes, it's true. It was pretty darn good. Was it as good as the first two? Nope. Was it as bad as The Last Stand (which is not to imply that movie was TERRIBLE, I mean... it had it's merrits. I liked it for what it was). Nope. It was really a good flick, though. My only real complaint was that all the characters which we were bombarded with in the previews, leading you to believe they would have pivotal roles, only managed to get a total of 5 minutes of screen time, with the obvious exceptions of Wolverine and Sabretooth, but the not so obvious exception of Gambit. His role was still frustratingly limited, considering he's one of my all time favorite characters in that universe, but he did play a key part in the story, so that's good. It's a shame that he probably won't be coming back, unless they find some way to include him in Magneto (assuming that project ever gets greenlit. Maybe the studios were just testing the waters with this one, because everybody loves Wolverine and his bona-fide bad-assery. Gambit gets his own movie? y/y?). Oh, and there was obviously mythos crap that was all kinds of wrong, but that's just nit-picking at this point considering how wrong the stories have been in the first place.

Nathan's official rating: 8.0. Don't expect Shakespeare, obviously. Expect X-men goodness and cheesy dialogue. There was a stinger (apparently those are called cookies now? I'm sticking with stinger) at the end of the credits (two, if you include the one that came after the principal cast), but it wasn't anything Earth-shattering, so decide for yourself if you want to stay.
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))
Saw My Bloody Valentine 3D.

Was it terrible? Yes.

Did I expect it to be? Yes.

Was it still fun anyway? Yes.

Suffice it to say 3D makes a terrible thing a lot better, but special effects alone does not a good movie make.
leujin: (Default)
New year.

That's about all I have to say on the subject.

We're back in OKC. The drive was uneventful, as always, save for the THICK AS SNOT FOG that we hit about a half hour from home. I also noticed that somehow the drive from LA to OKC seems to go by a lot faster than the other way around. Maybe it has to do with the elated feeling of being free from your past. Or maybe I'm being overly existential about it.

Also, before we left yesterday, we finally found Adrian's headstone. We spent a solid hour looking for it before my mom called my cousin, who had been to it in the snow before, to come help us, and it took her all of 5 seconds to find it. We were all annoyed at her. I took a picture of it, below the jump for anybody who wants to see it. It's fairly uninteresting. I mean, it's a tombstone. A picture of Adrian, too, because I felt like it.

A picture is worth some words, apparently )

Also, we saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was kinda slow to start. Basically the first 45 minutes or so is just "hey look, he looks old, but he's really only 10! Do you get it yet? He's aging backwards. See? See? He's old, but not really." After it picked up it was a pretty good flick. Like any story worth telling, it's about a girl (that's a blatantly ripped off quote from something, if anybody can remember where I stole it from, I'd be greatful). Funny, touching, blah blah. David Fincher is a pretty cool cat.

Thus ended this post.
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
A bird pooped on me today. This is the first time this has ever happened. I've always been worried when I'm standing under a tree that a bird might poop on me, but the one time I wasn't conciously thinking about it is when it happened. It's like gross existentialism... or something.

So! Beyond my fecal adventures. We just saw Pineapple Express. It was... well, it wasn't terrible. It definitely isn't the best movie I've ever seen, nor is it even the funniest.

I mean, yes, it was a great big stoner movie, and we probably would have enjoyed it better if we had been toasted out of our minds. It did have it's definite laugh out loud moments, and a lot of times where I was thinking "wow, if I were stoned, this would be like ... the most profound thing in the universe," but a lot of times I found myself thinking "okay, guys, we get the point. Time to advance the scene," and a lot of things where the writers were clearly TRYING to be funny, but the jokes fell flat.

Basically it was like Dude, Where's My Car? with guns, and a more cohesive plot.

In conclusion, my objective review (yes, I'm offering an objective review of a stoner flick): Solid B-, would've been an A+ if I were high.
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend and The Monarch (Depeche)
Gaffigan was awesome last weekend. I had every intention of actually updating about it, but... then I didn't. Pretty much his whole set was new jokes, with maybe 5 minutes of old stuff, but it all segued seemlessly into new stuff. Awesomely exciting. We also got him to sign our ticket stubs. We were going to have him sign a bag of bologna, but one of the cats stole it. Stupid cats.

Work is work. There's nothing new to report there. So far I've only had one author this month tell me she didn't like any of the covers, but all she wanted was red shoes, so I gave her red shoes and she was like "THIS IS AMAZING!!!11box"

We just got back from The Dark Knight. It was amazing, and it makes me sit back and wonder why all the cool people die young. I seriously forgot that it was Heath Ledger, because he was just perfectly insane.

Sara is getting married tomorrow. I suck for not being there, but I crovals you forever anyway. Plus the Bear will be there, and she's basically just me with boobs, so nobody will really miss me. Right?

My birthday is on Thursday. What are you getting me?
leujin: (Great scott!)
Iron Man was AWESOME. I am so entirely ready for the sequel already.

If you haven't seen it, please do. And be sure you stay after the credits, because there is, indeed, a stinger.
leujin: (Great scott!)

This movie looks so awesome it hurts.
leujin: (New York explodes)
Things of note in apathetic list format:

-Our department is moved into the new office, more or less. We cleaned and painted today. We have green walls. I drove the golf cart.
-My authors this month are super pain-in-the-butts. Argh.
-I discovered that some of my coworkers not only have amazing taste in movies, but music as well.
-The Movie Gallery next door is closing, so I bought some super cheap DVDs (and found out about the aforementioned amazing tastes)
-We also bought and watched RV and Man of the Year. The first was surprisingly not terrible, and the second was a lot darker than I thought it would be.
-Have I mentioned that we're getting married in two months? It's a little scary, but exciting too! (you punks better be coming. I will seriously cry.)
-The strike is over (old news), and Heroes won't be back until November (lame news).
-I'm thinking about growing a beard again. Maybe it won't look white-trash this time.

I think that's all that's really important. Actually, none of it's really that exciting. This is my boring life.
leujin: (Default)
Saw Juno. Totally lived up to the hype and then some. If you haven't seen it, seriously do. Ellen Page is awesome, so is Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. J.K. Simmons wins at life.

Jennifer Garner, however, has the emotional range of a napkin.

Seriously, at the beginning it was shaping up to be, "Oh, God, not another one of THESE movies," but then it got awesome. I so want a kid like Juno. She's the best.
leujin: (Default)
We went and saw Cloverfield last night. All in all it wasn't all that bad. there's spoilers. Sort of. )

Also, there were previews for Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and Star Trek. Freaking squee.
leujin: (New York explodes)
I am Legend.

Okay then.

possible spoilers... )

I'm going to just have to stop watching Will Smith movies I think. Or just stop watching anything that doesn't have "indie-cred."
leujin: (Great scott!)
I think, today, I actually experienced myself becoming retarded. Why? Because we saw the Bratz movie.

Really, that should be enough for you to not be my friend anymore, but I'm going to attempt to defend myself.

First of all, it's all Liz's damn fault. I'm a hapless pawn. Secondly, in her defense, she thought it was an awful idea when we first saw a preview for it, but then she almost wet herself with the idea of it being a musical.

I'd now like to make note that it was not, in fact, a musical. It was lip-syncing.

Anyway, it... I fear for my sister's generation, that these are their role models. I really wasn't expecting it to be brilliant, but... I was expecting at least a marginally cohesive plot. It was like "la la la, things are happening. This seems like plot. Wait, what? Another musical montage? WTF? (I kid you not when I say there was like 10 musical montages) Okay, plot again... right, this sort of makes sense... wait, where did they get those signs? Oh, I think they grabbed them through a plot hole. What in the hell is HAPPENING in this movie?! Wait... it's over? I'm so confused."

I have never been this baffled by anything in my life. I think that movie is responsible for the monster diarrhea I had afterward, because my body was trying to cleanse itself.

On the plus side, we did see The Simpsons Movie finally. Which was fucking awesome, and it totally makes up for the horrible eye-vomit from earlier. There's not enough good things I can say about The Simpsons Movie, and I seriously wish I could un-watch Bratz.

End Transmission.
leujin: (I had a sword)
So, we're going to the midnight of Harry Potter tonight. Naturally, we're dorks, so we have to have costumes.

Get your geek on )
leujin: (Default)
Oh yeah, here's the answers to this movie thing from like a week and a half ago (comments unscreened so you can laugh at Blythe).

Read more... )

Thanks for playing, all three of you who played.
leujin: (Great scott!)
I have nothing better to do, and I'm feeling utterly uninspired, so I'm stealing this from Jean.

That's right, it's guess the movie quote time! Most of my friends are the same kind of nerd I am, so I hope most of you can get these. At least some of them. Plus I got kinda lazy near the end. Anyway.

let the good times roll! )

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