senoritafish: (Angus HP Harry costume)
Heh, I maybe I should have a little more faith in my county...*

Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange Countyhttp://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/sarah-palin-movie-debuts-to-empty-theater-in-orange-county/241983/

excerpt... )

Cripes, wasn't the reality show enough?

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*Actually, no. Harry Potter is probably just more of a distraction.
senoritafish: (Isane Faye-Faye)
Hmm, Netflix is trying to tell me the suggestion of the following film, which actually does look pretty good -

180° South

(180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless)
2010 PG 86 minutes

Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.



- is based on my interest in Cowboy Bebop and Ponyo. Hmm, a fondness for anime about space-going bounty hunters and Little Mermaid retellings automatically implies a liking for surfer documentaries? Ya learn something new every day.

Maybe they got it more from my address. ;p
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Looking for depictions of Native Americans swordfishing for a presentation for work and came upon this story, which is based on the Chumash legend, namely that the swordfish speared whales and threw them on the beach, thus providing people with food.

Swordfish Story

Swordfish seem to be a bit cruel, but then so do a lot of large predators.

Speaking of predators, I see there's a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out - the mouse people just sent me an email alerting me to the fact, but a day or too ago while looking for something else, I stumbled across a year-old blog entry saying that it may or may not be based on one of my favorite Tim Powers books, On Stranger Tides - which is also the subtitle of the movie. Apparently he sold the movie rights to the book to Disney back in the 80's. While this is one of their franchises I've been pretty pleased with, I hope they've adapted the story adequately. While it has none of the same characters, I can see a lot of parallels between them.

Also, I know getting up and walking away too fast can give you a head rush. I just wish it would occur a little closer to my office chair rather than when I'm halfway down the hall to the bathroom...
senoritafish: (vendetta's slug)
No pics for this one but a couple of other things I almost forgot...

  • I was surprised to come across Peter S. Beagle in a booth in the (absolutely huge, so big we only it made it down two aisles) Vendor's room, selling books; I guess a new edition of The Last Unicorn is coming out soon and they were taking pre-orders for it. He looked dead tired and kind of out of it. I did tell his assistant (who was doing most of the talking) that I'd loved his writing since my high-school English teacher gave me a copy of the aforementioned book. A Fine and Private Place was a joy too, although I haven't read either in a long time. Both men seemed a little surprised when I chose The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Neitchze, a book of short stories, instead of TLU, which everyone else was signing up for. He signed it for me, and I thanked him for all the happy reads. I hope he's doing better now; I remember reading awhile ago he had a lot of financial difficulties because he got ripped off as far as any movie profits (bad contract). Looks like he sells most of his books through his website now.


  • I didn't discover that the Artist's Alley was at the opposite end of the Vendor's room until 15 minutes before it closed. Damn - because the art is another favorite part.


  • We missed seeing the new Trigun movie, because I thought they were just showing episodes. Duh, why would so many people have been lined up to get in? There's a trailer here, if anyone's interested.


  • Not long after we got there, we thought maybe lunch was in order - I'd brought lots of snacks in my backpack, but something more substantial was in order. The food court at the convention Center wanted $9 for a burger; oh, no way. So we walked out and west on on Olympic Blvd, looking for something less pricy. After about a half a mile, we finally happened upon Pollo Camparo, which seems to be a Latin American KFC. I wasn't familiar with them (there are a bunch in L.A. but not so much Orange County), but we were getting hot and tired of walking. The place was jammed with families, and suddenly I wished I'd taken Spanish in high school instead of German. One does pick up a smidgen just living here in CA, and I was hoping I'd recognize when they called my number- one lady was calling a single digit at time, which I could have handled, but the other lady must have called "trescientos cuarenta y cinco" and I didn't recognize it. Then she looked at me and said, "Is this yours?" John would've grabbed it, but he'd stayed home. Anyhow, it was really good. And while we were sitting there, I saw a couple of people walk down the other side of the street in costumes, so I didn't feel quite so out of place. ;p

    When we got back to the convention center, we were walking down one of hallways, and I looked out the window in the opposite direction we'd gone. And there was an entire vacant lot full of mobile eateries - I'd call them taco trucks, but LA has gotten a reputation lately for all kinds of really good ethnic food vendors. Have to keep those in mind for next time we're up there - although Angus was probably happiest with chicken fingers anyway.


  • We did watch a few episodes of Casshern Sins (looks very dark and futuristic, animation a bit retro-looking, but pretty) and an entire sub-titled live action movie, Happily Ever After, which I'm shocked and proud all three kids sat through in its entirety. Not only that they sat still and weren't bored for that long, but were able to follow the subtitles enough to know what was going on.

    The movie itself, based on a manga and apparently a big hit in Japan, was a bit strange; it seemed to start out as a comedy of a long-suffering woman whose guy overturns the dinner table every time she does the slightest thing that upsets or offends him. He doesn't work, takes all of her money and spends the day in bars and panchinko parlors, where he swipes his friend's winnings too. She goes off to her job in a noodle restaurant where the owner is in love with her and keeps giving her extra money and offers her a place to stay should she ever get kicked out (he's so desperate it's a bit creepy, too), and her father is just recently got out of jail for bank robbery and wants to leech off her as well. Then it turns into almost soap opera drama, when an accident triggers a flashback of her school days where she was one of the the poorest girls in her class, and her best friend nearly kills her for wanting to hang out with the more popular kids (although they finally make up). She leaves school and spends a stint as prostitute,where she meets the boyfriend, who after some rather stalkerish following her around, rescues her from a suicide attempt and quits the yakuza in order to be with her. He treats her quite nicely in the beginning, making me wonder what happened. The whole thing really made me shake my head, not only about why the main character put up with so much crap from the men in her life, but also about how women are viewed in Japanese society.

senoritafish: (jet midol)
I'm sorry but the subtitle for the Monitor's review of New Moon, just made me laugh.

"The latest in the 'Twilight' series, 'New Moon' follows a moping Bella who continues to have poor choice in men."

As much as I used to be a big fan of vampires (is Fred Saberhagen's The Dracula Tapes still in print?), the more I hear of the Twilight series, the less I think I would like it. I know I'm totally NOT the demographic this is aimed at, and I've never been a huge fan of the romance genre anyway, but teenage romance stories have been grating on me lately. For cripes sake, how many people are with the same person they dated in high school - and I qualify that with the fact that, yes, I do know of a few personally, but as a whole it's pretty rare. My own high school love life was, if not a disaster, fairly bleak. That continued until I was in college - mostly due to my own social ineptness, I'm now seeing.

And I'm probably missing a major plot point here because I haven't read the books or seen the movie, but - whatinhell's a more than a century old vampire doing cruising the local high school for underage chicks anyway? Makes the typical Hollywood age difference pairing thing (i.e. Catherine Zeta-Jones/Sean Connery) seem positively appropriate.

WHERE ARE THE KICK ASS MIDDLE-AGED FAT HEROINES WITH GRAYING HAIR DAMMIT?!

Oh, that's right. They all became moms, or priestesses, or nuns or something. Not that those aren't worthy worthwhile things, but not the stuff that sells a lot of books or summerblockbuster movies, unless they've become the aging revenge-driven head of an evil corporation/religion/empire that has to be destroyed before the epilogue.

*Grumps *

getoffamylawnyadamnkids...
senoritafish: (0__0)
So, have not seen Dark Knight (although I loved the graphic novel - it's based on the one of the same title, right?), and probably won't until it shows up at the $2 theater, on DVD, or maybe even HBO, where John will turn it on in the last third of the movie (or I'll come home from work and catch him in the middle of it), and then catch earlier bits of it on subsequent showings. It seems most of the recent movies that have come out lately, I see in chunks. It was thus we saw the most recent Die Hard movie. I've now seen the end three times in the last week, and still haven't seen the beginning.

One thing strikes me though. For the last month, the Joker movie posters have been all over the place, especially bus stops, and it kept niggling at me that they reminded me of something. I finally figured out what it was.

This is the bus stop poster:

dark_knight_ver12

And this is what it's reminding me of... )
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Hmmm, my daemon is a spider named Albus... )The first time I did this I got a moth, but the characteristics were about the same (feel free to check and see if you think this matches me. Or don't. It's hard to tell from written words, I know).

I've been looking forward to this movie, because I loved the books; however, from some reviews, it sounds like it may be suffering from the same problem Dune did - in trying to jam as much from the book into a two-hour movie as possible, it gets confused. Ah well, I will reserve judgement until I see it. I liked Dune better than I expected to.

The Monitor has an interesting Opinion piece, although really more on the books than the movie.

"In short, Pullman doesn't tell his readers what to think, but how to think. And to think, period. This, I suspect, is what Pullman's critics really find unnerving."


http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1207/p09s02-coop.html?page=1

Is 'The Golden Compass' really anti-Christian? )
senoritafish: (multitasking (doing the dishes))
< procrastination >
Very excited about Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street opening this month (which does not guarantee I will make it to theater to see it, but excited nevertheless). My best friend Dobkins gave me the LP of the Original Broadway Cast Recording when I was still going to community college back in the early 80's. I was obsessed with it for months afterwards and would go around singing "A Little Priest" at work - causing fast-food customers and coworkers to give me looks as if I was insane. People would ask what the music was and I would tell what it was about; often they would look horrified, with remarks like "How could you write a musical about that?!" Unless they were Sondheim fans, in which case they would join in the duet.

What I've seen of the trailers looks excellent, and Tim Burton was a natural as it's already filled with macabre black humor, as if it were made for him. Who knows, he's around my age, maybe he was influenced by it at the same time I was. ;)

Alan Rickman has always made a great villain and I'm sure he'll be fantastic- Judge Turpin is a pretty creepy character, who you're made to feel deserves what he ultimately gets, but I'm sure my admiration for Mr. Rickman won't dull that in the least. I am less sure about the main characters. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter look absolutely gorgeous, but I'm so used to the cast recording I hope their voices can live up to it. Len Cariou, the orginal Sweeney, sounded (to me, at least, I never actually saw him perform it) stocky and powerful, a solid baritone; Depp, aside from being a bit willowy, strikes me more as a tenor. Both the leads are rather younger than I imagined the characters being; Angela Lansbury especially, depicted dowdy late middle-age in the original. It wouldn't have been so long ago I would have expected Depp and Bonham-Carter to be playing Antony and Johanna, the younger romantic couple (yes, I know they're both fortyish or close to it, but they're just so...pretty, they just don't seem as mature). I just hope they're actually singing, and not, as I often seem to see with actors not used to it, chanting or speaking (or worse, shouting or screaming, which George Hearn did in the video of the play) along with a score.

Ah well. I'm not out to see a perfect recreation of the original. Tim Burton has yet to disappoint.

*crosses fingers*

< /procrastination >

Edit: On just listening again, if they screw up/leave out "Kiss Me/Ladies in Their Sensitivies," I shall be livid.

Oooh. Goosebumps.
senoritafish: (Do the Aquaman Butt-Dance!)
Cool! Just heard about this - Anime Bento:

http://www.fathomevents.com/details.aspx?seriesid=621

Playing at theaters all around the county, including several around here. Much nicer than last year when the FullMetal Alchemist movie came out; still only playing for one night but at quite a few more theaters which are a lot more accessible. Previously, it was only at two, both of which were more than an hour's drive away. John used to like Robotech; maybe I can get him to go willingly. If we scrounge up a few bucks, anyway...
senoritafish: (Shiny!)
The Biology of B-Movie Monsters
http://fathom.lib.uchicago.edu/2/21701757/

I love weird creatures in my fantasy and science fiction, but it's also fun figuring out whether they would actually work. Granted, most of the B-movies mentioned are fun just because they're so implausible. Was E.T. really a B-movie, though? It got nominated for several Academy awards, didn't it? I'd think it a little too warm and fuzzy to fit the category - unless the criteria is merely having a strange creature in it.

Very fun video! Wizard Needs Food Badly!



(or iTunes podcast, Channel Frederator, ep. 36)
The video is the second one in the podcast, starts at minute 7:50, (after Dan Danger, which may look familiar to anyone who's seen Fairly OddParents, same animator).

I've had this damn thing on my 'pod since late June and hadn't gotten around to watching it. The animation is done by the same people who do the Esurance commercials, which have always reminded me of Samurai Jack. Nice surprise - I especially like the song; the lyrics could be talking about a few guys (and not a few gals) we've all known like that (it could also have described my mother and I), and the video's brother/sister rivalry reminds me a little of my own. My kids have asked to see it so much, I'm in danger of getting tired of it; and I keep hearing Angus going around singing the chorus. ^_^ The title is a reference to the 80's arcade game Gauntlet, which I remember playing quite a bit back in the day, although I never got very far in it.

Lyrics.. )

I found out since that the band, Five Iron Frenzy, is (or rather was - they've retired as a band) a Christian band, although it sounds like not all of their music is overtly such - it's not even mentioned much on their website, and the above song certainly isn't. This gave me pause for a moment, but if I enjoy Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around, the occasional bit of gospel music, Gregorian chants, and the sometime bits of religious imagery that show up in Neil Finn's music, plus whatever other music in the world that may be influenced by whatever culture/religion it has as a background, a little ska by such a band should be ok. And true to form, another band I discover after they're defunct...
senoritafish: (easily distracted silliness)
Ok, [livejournal.com profile] angelsmum, your next assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to teach Gemma to do this:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6742988194956129075&q=dalmation

Hmmm, maybe not - no one'll ever be able to keep up with her then...
senoritafish: (multitasking (doing the dishes))
I'm sitting here listening to the Escaflowne movie soundtrack as I do my monthly landings report. I'm realizing that a few of the orchestral/choral pieces in it (Dance of Curse and Black Escaflowne) remind me a lot of Carmina Burana. Not that that's a bad thing.
senoritafish: (pensive)
The Last Unicorn remains one of my best-loved books, since a favorite English teacher in high school gave me a copy. By turns, touching, tragic and humorous (how could it not be, with a clumsy wizard named Schmendrick), I loved the language and all the little cultural references for the time it was written the author tossed in - which I wonder if younger readers today even catch. I don't think I've seen the movie since it was in the theaters; it stuck to the book's plot pretty well. However, I had a different picture in my head for the characters, it took itself far more seriously than the book, and the animation of the unicorn's movement seemed awkward (I remember thinking, hadn't the animators gone and watched some horses, deer, or goats, even?), so I wasn't quite satisfied with it. I wasn't quite as forgiving of differences between movie and book then as I am now.

I'm on a mailing list for Brobdingnagian Bards, a Celtic music group that plays primarily in Texas. Never actually seen/heard them in person, but they give out free bumper stickers that say Real Men Wear Kilts and mp3s of their work with their newsletters, so I'm on their list. I swear I will actually by some of their CDs at some point, I promise. However, I was kind of surprised to see something about one of my favorite authors in their newsletter.

About Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn... )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
I watched Il Postino over the weekend, while folding several loads of laundry (and why is it, after all that laundry, that I can't find clean shirts for the boys for school this morning, I wonder).

What a very sweet, touching movie. Beautiful scenery of an Italian coastline and an old fishing village. But so sad, too. Something was bothering me a little bit though the entire movie, and I finally realized something. The lead actor, Massimo Troisi, was supposed to be a young man; yet, he moved as if he were very old, almost infirm. He reminded me of my grandfather, the way he moved. It wasn't until I started listening to the director's comments and watched the accompanying documentary about it, that I discovered he was very ill during the making of this movie and died of heart failure the day it was finished. He was younger at the time than I am now.

The film also reminded me that while I tend to skip over written poetry, it is far more effective (to me at least) in spoken word. Maybe I ought to go to more poetry readings.
senoritafish: (ray  troll: a 1000 words)
John just called and they're on their way to pick me up from work. I am searching for pictures of bluefin or yellowfin tuna to use for a flyer for Dave and Steve's retirement party (we actually have a committee to plan this thing, coming up in November). I have found a few that don't involve fishing boats or lines; even though those two are avid fishermen, I'm getting a little tired of the fish strung up by its tail shots.

www.stanleymeltzoff.com/ Species01.html

www.richardherrmann.com/ tuna.htm

I'll see if I can draw something this weekend. Hopefully, it won't look lame and I can use it.

So, when they get here, we are supposed to go see March of the Penguins in Seal Beach, then the kids are going to spend the weekend with grandma. Wow. I won't know what to do with myself. Probably try to clean with no interuption? (Ha!)

Time to head outside.
senoritafish: (perfect TV mom)
I guess the kids got Happy (crappy) Meals yesterday which included toys from the Fantastic Four movie. Angus has been having fun making the Invisible Woman change colors from blue to clear; last night he put her in a cup of water and stuck it in the freezer to make sure she was blue this morning. He was trying to thaw her out of her ice cube when I left this morning.

Definitely a movie I'm going to hold off til the DVD or HBO showing (not that I get out much to the movies anyway). The crappy Hanna-Barbera 'toon from my youth caused me to loose all interest in these characters and as much as I liked Ioan Gruffudd in the Hornblower series, he seems too young to be Richard Reed. For me, any viewing of this is going to be overlaid with Venture Brothers parody of it, Ice Station Impossible.
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I never really thought of Jackie Chan as being able to sing.

My dad found a copy of Mulan at the store on sale, for about 1/3 the original price. It has a music video of him singing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" in Chinese.

He actually has a rather decent voice.
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Finally watched Whale Rider - since it's been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks, and I got tired of waiting for John to watch it with me. I watched while folding a couple of loads of laundry, so at least I got a little something done. What a beautiful, beautiful movie. It's on my wish list now. I'd like to read the book now, too. I still would like to watch the commentary, but maybe I'll wait until I can get my own copy.

Dying crow... )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
(Meant to post yesterday...)

Heh, VT is dragging today because she and hubby went to the midnight showing of the new Star Wars movie. As the day wears on I see more and more yawns; she said she only got to sleep an hour or so because one of her cats felt neglected and kept wanting attention.

The big Star Wars story here in L.A. was the fans who'd been camping in front of Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood since January, even though they weren't showing the movie. If you read Wil Wheaton's blog, he posted some very funny stories about it a few weeks ago. Turns out last night at the opening, they got a Stormtrooper escort across town to the theater where it was playing.

My kids are starting to get interested in Star Wars, probably getting started with the animated Clone Wars, on Cartoon Network. It's a little weird thinking this will be the last one of a series I started with as a sophomore in high school. And they are going to see it from an entirely different perspective. For instance, it was a shocker for us to find out who Darth Vader actually was. They'll already know, having started with number one, instead of number four. Anyway, Angus already has a pair of Darth Vader shoes, and I heard the parent of a classmate tell his kid they were going after school.

I hope we can go see this one in the theater, although I can wait until the crowds die down; I'm definitely not one of those who has to see it the first weekend it opens. I still need to watch the tape of the last movie first though, can you believe I haven't seen it yet?

So, those of you who are old enough - how many times did you stand in line to see the original Star Wars?

I saw it seven times, although one or two of those may have been sitting through two showings. They let you do that then- now it seems like they chase you out as soon as the credits are done. We stood in line for four hours, and tickets were $4.50 - I thought that was outrageous then.
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I'm sitting here listening to movie soundtrack as I try to figure out what they were doing with the pelagic sampling databases 13 years ago. I think I may have mixed something up when I converted them from dBASE to Access awhile ago.

Anyway, I'm reminded of a conversation awhile ago at lunch with TN. He's something of a purist when it comes to movies, and absolutely hated Lord of the Ringsbecause it left stuff out and didn't follow the books exactly. Don't ask me, I haven't watched any of them yet. But I definitely understand that it's impossible to take a book over 400 pages long and shove the whole thing into a movie even three hours long. I think David Lynch tried to do that with Dune (the original movie) and it suffered because of it, although he was going in the right direction. Frank Herbert liked it, at least.

We got on the topic of soundtracks. He brought up A Knight's Tale, and how he didn't care for the rock soundtrack because it didn't match the time period the movie was set in, and he would have preferred the typical orchestral music used for that type of movie. I pointed out that orchestral music wouldn't have been appropriate either, as it didn't exist at the time the movie was set. Music is put into a movie to elicit a certain emotional response, and would his have been the same if the soundtrack had used period serpents, lutes and recorders? He conceded.

Speaking of emotional responses, between the last episode of Fullmetal Alchemist (Maes Hughes' murder) and hints of what's to come, I wonder if I should even continue watching it? Ha, stupid question. And Ghost in the Shell -SAC - ah, the poor Tachikomas. ;__; I am going to have to stock up on tissues.

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