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I had a rough end of the day at work and decided to distract myself by watching The Conjuring, which I've been meaning to do since it came out.

The good: The movie successfully took my mind off of work.

The bad: I may need to turn every light on when I go to bed tonight.

I have mixed feelings about the real Ed and Lorraine Warren, but that was the most continuously scary movie I've seen in a long time. I watched The Witch recently and that was disturbing, but this one was terrifying. Haunted places are my favorite horror subgenre and this movie delivered. If IMDB trivia can be believed, it got an R rating simply because it was indeed that scary and I can believe it.

More thoughts with spoilers behind the cut.

Read more... )

Now for the funny part. One of the actors' names rang a bell during the credits. Ed Warren is played by Patrick Wilson, who also played...Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. I kid you not. This makes two movies in which Patrick Wilson has played somebody investigating a creepy, supernatural or pseudo-supernatural presence in a building that is attempting to harm people and occasionally killing them, and the presence is also targeting his girlfriend/wife. I can't stop laughing.

On an unrelated topic, can anybody tell me which code to use so that I can put the message about this entry being posted on both DW and LJ and people can comment on either? I've been reviewing DW's instructions but I'm still confused. Thanks!
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I finally got to watch Crimson Peak! I knew it was a gothic movie and there were ghosts, but I hadn't known that it was going to turn into spoilers ) and that was AWESOME. Longer entry to follow.
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Recently I saw a movie in which one--just one!--brief scene takes place in an archives. Our hero has gone there to do research about a magical object. After being told which area of the archives to visit, we next see him at a table with fragile, one-of-a-kind records spread out across the table in front of him. And what does the archivist/Reference Desk person/random person in charge do? SHE WANDERS OVER WITH A FULL CUP OF COFFEE AND SETS IT DOWN NEXT TO ALL THE IRREPLACEABLE RECORDS, THAT'S WHAT SHE GODDAMN DOES, LADY YOU ARE FIRED IMMEDIATELY.

Flames on the sides of my face.
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1. Guillermo del Toro is directing an episode for Season 3 of Hannibal! Does this mean that the Pale Man can kill Hannibal? That would be awesome, even though I'd never be able to sleep again.

2. Speaking of del Toro, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out that his upcoming horror film Crimson Peak is set in Buffalo, NY.

3. I have started seeing flowers when I go walking outside and it's wonderful.

4. I couldn't stand the Taylor Swift song "Blank Space" until somebody on FFA recently said that they want a Will/Hannibal fanvid set to that song, and now I laugh whenever it comes on the radio because I can't stop mentally matching up clips from the show to go with the lyrics.

5. I'm signed up for the Conlan Press/Peter S. Beagle newsletters and there's going to be a new edition for The Last Unicorn DVD released this June and among the extras will be an audio commentary track and a documentary OH MY GOD GIVE IT TO ME NOW. The most recent newsletter also includes a link to a vid of somebody doing a cover of the title song and it's lovely.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
Today's amused mood brought on by the realization that Jeff Bridges was not just the voice of Prince Lir in The Last Unicorn but also Rooster Cogburn in the remake of True Grit. They're both great films and characters! Just completely and totally different!

(I've also been entertaining myself by starting a Labyrinth fic involving peach season during my long wait at far too early in the damn morning o'clock at the mechanic today.)
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You guys, I was poking around on IMDB today and realized that Hugh Dancy, who's currently best known as Will Graham on Hannibal also played the prince in that godawful film adaptation of Ella Enchanted. Ugh. I don't know how to feel about this... At least he's moved up in the world.

Maleficent

Jun. 28th, 2014 04:25 pm
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I finally saw Maleficent today. At the moment, the only comment I have to offer is that the following interaction was my favorite part:

Aurora: You're my fairy godmother!

Maleficent: ...

Maleficent: ...

Maleficent: ...

Maleficent: What.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
I'm watching Catching Fire for the first time after reading the book a couple of weeks ago and the scene with the monkeys now really reminds me of the ROUS's in The Princess Bride.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
I watched this for the first time recently and it was all right. There were some stupid things about it and some boring elements, but there were also some funny bits and I liked watching the beanstalks grow. If you haven't seen this movie, in it there is a crown made from a giant's heart and whichever human has it can control the giants. Part of the movie's action has been regaining the crown from an evil human who stole it.

The part that made me yell at the end of the movie )
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I was watching Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" recently and realized that Maleficient's scenes when she's storming around in her castle with her goblins/gremlins/servants/whatever remind me of Jareth and the goblins in "Labyrinth". Though whereas Jareth does a good job of keeping an eye of things, Maleficient isn't so good at it. She let her creatures search for a baby for sixteen years without checking up on them! (As my mother would say when we're discussing movies, "That's one of the things you're not supposed to think about." Also, I absolutely love her reaction to the news.) It sounds like she could use a few tips from the Goblin King.

It makes me kind of want a fic where she finds Aurora right off the bat and...then what happens? Does she kill the baby right away? That would ruin the fun of seeing Aurora effectively kill herself and cause agony to her parents in the process. Would she allow Aurora to grow up in her castle to accomplish this and if so, would Aurora be aware of it. Do the fairies try to get her back?

You know, when I started writing this entry I had planned only to talk about comparisons between "Sleeping Beauty" and "Labyrinth". I haven't written more than a few paragraphs of fan fic at a time since Yuletide. Damn plot bunnies! (Ohmygod, I want to write this one so much now.)
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(Caveat: I have not read the original "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson.)

Recently I scored a free VHS of "Muppet Treasure Island" and I've watched it at least three times in the past week. While watching it again this evening I started thinking about Jacky Faber's adventures with piracy, especially in "Under the Jolly Roger" when she's becoming familiar with the joys of piracy privateering and I realize that a Bloody Jack/Muppet Treasure Island fic is something I need in my life, RIGHT NOW. Especially a fic where Jacky and Long John Silver Curry are knocking back drinks (but nothing in a romantic sense).
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Context: I live with my parents in a multi-story house. Last night I was on the second floor while my parents were watching TV on the first floor. I hear somebody grunt on TV. Not any dialogue, just a grunt! Muffled by the walls and stairs, no less. And yet...

Me: *thud thud thud down the stairs* I HEAR "THE PRINCESS BRIDE"!!!!!!
My parents: ...
Me: :) :) :) :) :)

I will always know when it's "The Princess Bride".
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
Today a co-worker told me that there are plans to make Pan's Labyrinth into a musical. I'm torn between "I guess that could work" and "WHAT THE EVERLOVING HELL". I was a tiny bit reassured to learn that Guillermo del Toro is involved, since he was the film's director. If this musical ever does get made, I'm waiting to hear about the parents who took their kids to it because "Oh, Pan like Peter Pan and musicals are all okay for children!" Ahahahahaha, NO.
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Last weekend I finally watched the original horror film The Mummy from 1932 with Boris Karloff. After watching the old Dracula my hopes weren't that high but I think The Mummy is a better film. My favorite part is at the beginning, when the archaeological assistant is reading the spell that brings Imhotep to light. He's alone and sight-reading it quietly to himself, almost whispering. There is no other sound, not even a soundtrack (although I love listening to soundtracks, I think a lot of movies today could benefit from less background music in some of their scenes). As he's reading, you see the mummy's eyes sloooooooooowly start to open and his body slooooooowly start to come to life. And then, a bandaged hand creeps onto the desk and the assistant sees the mummy silently standing before him.

It was so good! The crowning touch is that the assistant starts laughing hysterically after the mummy leaves the room and can only say things like, "He went for a walk!" when the boss finds him afterward. The main portion of the movie takes place ten years later, at which time we find out that the assistant went insane and died in an asylum.

My main issue with the movie is that the female lead's love interest is stupid and non-compelling, but that's hardly unusual.

Watching this film made me think about the 1999 Mummy with Rachel Weisz. Now I want to read/write an AU where Evelyn does believe in curses from the very beginning.
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Last night I went with the family to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I had a lot of fun watching it, though I almost never wore the 3D glasses (too big for my head and they didn't really fit over my regular glasses).

Before I dig into the movie, I need to talk about previews. Out of the five previews we saw, the plots of the first two revolved around women being attacked, and in the third the only woman featured was a mobster's girlfriend that our antihero falls in love/lust with. Drop dead, Hollywood. (I will say that one of the "female victim" movies features a woman and two men in an apparently stable and happy threesome, which really surprised me.)

onto the spoiler filled movie reactions )
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Title: Roses and Swords

Fandoms: Revolutionary Girl Utena and El laberinto del fauno/Pan’s Labyrinth
Summary: A princess meets a witch.
Disclaimer: I don’t own either Utena or Pan’s Labyrinth.
Author’s Notes: Most of my Utena crossovers are written with the intent of being as silly as possible. This…is not one of them.

there is not much difference between a princess and a witch )
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Alrighty, I've seen some movies and caught up on some TV recently so it's reaction time.

I saw Mirror, Mirror recently. For the most part, it was a lot of fun. One of the parts I really liked is when the prince and his servant are riding through the forest and the prince says, "The trees are just wood." And then I had Into the Woods stuck in my head. My other favorite part is when the prince is talking about "prince saving the princess" stories and saying, "We've focus grouped it! It works!" That made my day. I could have done without the "spanking" bit but I do want Snow White's robber outfit.

I also saw Wrath of the Titans. It was all right but I do have one quibble with a major element of the plot. mild spoilers )

Once Upon a Time, 4x21
spoilers ahoy )
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Last night I saw the original Dracula movie, starring Bela Lugosi for the first time. Some thoughts:

The atmosphere in this film was great, although I thought some of the pacing stunk. After Renfield arrives at Dracula's castle the brides turn up almost immediately, Dracula leans over Renfield (but not seen biting him; according to imdb trivia, the studio wasn't allowed to film an attack because of perceived gay subtext), in the next scene, crazy!Renfield and Dracula have already boarded the boat for England. Also, I think Dracula attacking Lucy was a "blink and you miss it" scene because I have no memory of it whatsoever.

Interesting detail: wolfsbane is constantly used as vampire repellent and garlic is never mentioned.

The actors who did the best job were Bela Lugosi and the actor who played Renfield. Lugosi exudes atmosphere and Renfield absolutely nails the insane facial expressions. I have to say that the main characters are stupid: Renfield escapes from the asylum on a regular basis and turns up at the heroes' mansion several times, just wandering around while they make no attempt to stop him! Also, in one scene a maid who sees Renfield's leer faints dead away (very funny when you see it) and he starts crawling towards her, implying to the audience that he wants to attack her. Just as he gets close, the scene changes to the other characters. We never find out what happened to the maid!

I do not believe in putting up spoiler warnings for a book this old but I will do it for part of the film conclusion )

On a lighter note, I was surprised to hear one of the themes from "Swan Lake" used during the opening credits. Since I now automatically associate Tchaikovsky with Princess Tutu, I kind of want vampires in Princess Tutu.
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I've seen this meme multiple times but most recently it comes from netgirl_y2k

Pick a story I've written, and comment to this post with it. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that fic: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

The change I made is that I'm impatient and didn't feel like waiting for responses, so I went ahead and chose to write about "A Lost Child in a Forgotten Tale", my El laberinto del fauno/Labyrinth crossover. Feel free to pick any other fics for me to do commentary on, if you feel like it.

thoughts on Ofelia's story, Labryinth, and fairy tales )
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Due to recent tech purchases, we now have a free trial membership to Netflix that lasts until the end of the month. It's good for downloading movies, not getting them through the mail. Because we're more or less lazy and have lots of other activities, we haven't used it yet. Of course, the moment I decide to do something about this I don't have any ideas of things to watch. My current ideas are Studio Ghibli films and a rewatch of A:TLA. Any other suggestions? Comedies, foreign-language films, anime, whatever. I don't promise I'll get around to watching everything but I'll definitely look into it.

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