helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I never saw the movie but I read the script recently. From "Who Framed Roger Rabbit":

Doom: That's right my dear. Enough to dip Toontown off the face of the Earth! [The cover is removed to reveal a large machine.] A vehicle of my own design. 5000 Gallons of heated Dip, pumped at enormous velocity through a pressurized water cannon. Toontown will be erased in a matter of minutes.

Jessica: I suppose you think no one's going to notice Toontown's dissappeared?

Doom: Who's got time to wonder what happened to some ridiculous talking mice when you're driving past at 75 m.p.h.?

Jessica: What are you talking about? There's no road past Toontown.

Doom: Not yet! [Starts slipping on the eyes] Several months ago I had the good providence to stumble upon a plan of the city councils. A construction plan of epic proportions. They're calling it, a Freeway.

Valiant: A Freeway? What the hell's a freeway?

Doom: Eight lanes of shimmering cement running from here to Pasadena. Smooth, straight, fast. Traffic jams will be a thing of
the past.

Valiant: So that's why you killed Acme and Maroon? For this Freeway? You're kidding.

"Doom: Of course not. You lack vision. I see a place where people get off and on the Freeway. On and off. Off and on. All day, all night. Soon where Toontown once stood will be a string of gas stations. Inexpensive motels. Restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food. Tyre salons. Automobile dealerships. And wonderful, wonderful bill boards reaching as far as the eye can see... My god, It'll be beautiful.

Valiant: Come on. Nobody's gonna drive this lousy Freeway when they can take the red car for a nickel.

Doom: Oh, they'll drive. They'll have to. You see, I bought the red car so I could dismantle it."

I never knew how horribly close to home this movie was. Except for the fact that in real life, the good guys lost.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I enjoyed this quite a bit:

Trailer: http://theskyisfree.com/videos/1-Trailer-for-Wormtooth-Nation

episode 1: http://theskyisfree.com/

Excerpt from FAQ:

Q: How did this happen?!??

A: A couple of maniacs named Geoff and Cullen who are crazy enough to want to make film-making their lives were sitting around in Geoff's dorm room one day and thought, "Hey, we should make another movie!" A lot of strategery went into Wormtooth Nation, but the original conversation went something like this:

Cullen: We're done with We Are Theo, what's next?
Geoff: I'm thinking Feature.
Cullen: Surely the next step after 20 minute short is a feature length film, for no-one would be foolish enough to waste time in the interim.
Geoff: I've got this steampunk idea for an underground city where no-one dies, only instead gets recycled in a postmortem game-show.
Cullen: I always thought a steampunk Midsummer Night's Dream would be cool.
Geoff: Let's do both of them!
Cullen: A Steampunk Midsummer Night's Dream set in an underground city where no-one ever dies?
Geoff: Awesome.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
We just watched the new movie by Sigur Ros called Heima (At Home). They had been on a world tour for a long time, and they missed iceland - wanted to give something back. So they did a series of free concerts all across Iceland - they went to around 15 places ranging from large cities to ghost towns with two people. Everywhere they stopped, they gave a free concert and recorded it.

That was intense.
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After dining at an excellent Korean restauraunt, I accompanied friends to see The Golden Compass last night.

spoilers )
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
My favorite Ice People are releasing a movie and an album around November 5....

Sigur Ros
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Wellp, Transformers was what it was supposed to be. Giant fighting robots, lots of earthshaking action, seasoned soldiers, an evil R2D2, uberhackers, brave teenagers, weird parents, a chihuahua on drugs, and agent Elrond as Megatron's voice, to name just a few of the elements. If your air conditioner is broken and you need somewhere to chill, so to speak, there are far worse places to go...
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Here's what happens when you go to http://www.youtube.com and search on "The Tenth Dimension"

Parts 1 and 2, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] aekiy via [livejournal.com profile] mmsword.


Sep. 3rd, 2006 08:50 pm
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
We just saw "Homecoming" - a zombie movie about what would happen if soldiers who died in a war based on lies came back to vote...

It did not make me unhappy.

Amazon link
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
We finally saw "V for Vendetta" last night for the first time (I have a feeling I'll want to see it a couple of more times). It'll take me a while to process that one.

spoilers, probably )
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
We went to see Chronicles of Narnia last night. It was pretty and a wonderful movie. I'd felt some trepidation going to it for some reason - maybe because of the WWII connection or maybe the religious connotations. It's really neither though - it reflected pre-Christian ancient Britain more than anything else imo, complete with king-as-sacrifice-for-the-land and such.

That said, I'm pretty sure the directors didn't intend their audience to develop a crush on the arch-villainess!


helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Pretty good movie. The genre was Western/Horror... I found the Settlers way more horrifying than the creatures, though. I've always avoided Westerns, mostly for that reason (the settlers with their alien attitudes and religious fervor terrify me).

I was all for the Creatures and the Shawnee the whole time. The Faerie was cool too. And that one loner who knew the Native language.

Funny thing was, the strange aura of the creature-infested wood kind of hung around my house long after the movie was over and guests had left and everyone was asleep (I wasn't). Then around 3 in the morning, maybe 4, [livejournal.com profile] rialian, who was fast asleep, suddenly started wrestling vigorously with something and hissing loudly at it. During the day, the only time I've ever heard him actually hiss (and only momentarily) is if we're passing by an area that used to be a beautiful forest but has now become a blighted, paved, crowded slag heap of a development.

I was severely spooked and yelped, asking what was wrong, but he didn't hear me. Then he spoke something in his sleep language that sounded like he'd dispatched whatever it was. The tone sounded bored and disgusted, sort of like "children these days". He remembered nothing in the morning. I wonder what the hell that was. I really wish we remembered our dreams better.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
This excerpt from Return of the King keeps finding its way into my thoughts lately:

Read more... )

I think I'll buy myself this book:

Seems like it might be a good one...

For no particular reason, I enjoy the phrase, "Apropos of Nothing".


Dec. 19th, 2003 09:56 am
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Before going to see Return of the King, I decided to watch the extended DVD of The Two Towers last night - I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a lot of good scenes that got cut. As usual, the lighthearted scenes that gave humor and added depth to the story, and provided contrast for the heavier scenes, were the first to go. I wish they wouldn't do that (but then they probably wouldn't sell as many extended DVDs!)

Unfortunately, Haldir still died, even in the extended DVD. Also to my chagrin, they failed to include the part where he wakes up intact in the halls of the Valar, shakes himself off, combs his hair, and says, "Whew! They all smelt so DREADFUL".
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I was talking to my mom about movies on Sunday, and the subject of "weird things about movies that have bothered us over the years" came up. My pet gripe is the intergalactic exploration team that invariably encounters carbon-based aliens with humanoid characteristics. It's a big universe and there are many other elements, temperature ranges visual and audio frequency ranges, types of consciousness... Oh, never mind.

So my mom then told me what *her* pet gripe was. "How come in EVERY movie, the main characters always 1) find a parking space right away, and 2) it is always the BEST parking space. They can be driving to a public building, or a shopping mall, or anywhere, and they ALWAYS find the best parking space!!!"

My mummy is funny.

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