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Watched Repo! The Genetic Opera last night. All I can say about it is WTF? It's like Sweeny Todd, RHPS, the Addams Family and Interview with a Vampire had an orgy of weirdness and this was the result. I don't even know where to start. It's just WTF?
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My new favourite short ever:

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Cloverfield: ***1/2
Plot: Pretty run of the mill monstersmash! plot, but de-familiarized and made interesting
Characters: Surprisingly developed for a horror movie-- although I don't think I'd call it horror. More of a drama.
Dialogue: not terrible. Heavy on the four letter words, but I guess it was in character.
Kinda like: if Titanic and Godzilla had a baby.

I was very surprised that I liked it. And I was surprised that I like the camera work. Yeah, it was kind of annoying, but that's what made the movie work on an emotional level. It placed you directly into the story, rather than just allowed you to watch the story unfold (and yet the same technique failed totally and utterly with Blair Witch Project). I was kinda sad about the end, but that's the only way the movie could have ended. I love it when a terrible looking movie is actually really good. It's almost better than seeing a movie that I expect to be good and it is.
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Dr. Horrible <3

Teehee

Jun. 2nd, 2008 10:04 pm
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Love of My Life: *****
Plot: surprisingly well put together for something generally described as fluff. While it definitely has the feel good fluffy feeling, the plot is much more complex than simple fluff.
Characters: realistic, well defined and I totally identified with one, which scores some major points.
Dialogue: hard to tell because it was subtitled. But it seemed quite good, from what I could tell.
Kinda like: Better than Chocolate, except with cute Japanese girls and more plot (and less chocolate).

I am in such a good mood now. That movie just makes me happy, like playing with bunnies and eating cookies and looking at rainbows all rolled into one. I have GOT to get a copy of this film.

Also: I ran into Bree at a coffee shop. Haven't seen her since jr. high. She recognized me (sort of) and I had no idea who she was at first. Interesting, though.
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There're a bunch of movies coming out I wanna see:

- The Assassination of Jesse James- filmed in Alberta, including Heritage park. Going to it this weekend with my dad.
- Golden Compass- also one my dad wants to see
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street- Jonny Depp killing people and singing. Need I say more?
- I am Legend- looks kinda nifty.
- Prince Caspian
- Walk All Over Me- it's about a cop and a dominatrix. Hells yeah.

Older ones:
- Beowulf
- Stardust
- Resident Evil 2 & 3
- Hairspray
- Ratatouille


Also: I finished my last paper for the semester! Yay!

To do over winter break:
- start collecting stuff for the Great Wardrobe Makeover (this may include sewing).
- remember to watch Stargate and Voyager every day and reclaim my inner geek.
- read through the archive of Family Man
- do some writing for Yde & Olive-- 500 words a day?
- write the English essay that's due the first week back at school during the break, NOT the first week back at school.
 
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Slippery Slope: **
Characters: Fairly good
Plot: original, though not carried out very well.
Dialogue: amusing
Kinda like: other movies that involve someone getting roped into something they don't want to do.

Strong Coffee (Documentry): ***
Information: interesting, throught provoking
General presentation: good

Dishonour Defied (Documentry): **
Information: Good
General presentation: a work in progress, so could be better.

After Sex: *****
Characters: believable, interesting
Plot: excellent
Dialogue: wonderful
Kinda like: If These Walls Could Talk II except funny.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] lesbian  so when I feel like procrastinating I can go ahead and find something to do. I'm also using a five star rating system so I can keep track on which ones I actually liked. Maybe one of these days I'll build up a lesbian film library. How cool would that be? I'm rating it on how much I liked it and how likely I am to want to watch it again, not necessarily on the quality of the movie/acting/whatever. I'll also add on new movies as they come out/I hear about them so they might not be in chronological order.
The Official Lesbian Community Film List


I decided on chronological, since it's Herstory, and besides, an alphabetical list does you no good if you're looking for suggestions of films you don't know because you've never seen them before. I also think it's important to know which were made by female directors and which weren't...

A great primer: The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 1995



Pandora's Box, Georg Pabst, 1929

Morocco, Josef von Sternberg, 1930

Maedchen in Uniform, Leontine Sagan, 1931

The Pit of Loneliness, Jacqueline Audry, 1951

The Children's Hour, William Wyler, 1961

Lilith, Robert Rossen, 1964

Persona, Ingmar Bergman, 1966

The Fox, Mark Rydell, 1967

The Killing of Sister George, Robert Aldrich, 1968

Therese and Isabelle, Radley Metzger, 1968

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972

Desperate Living, John Waters, 1977

Personal Best, Robert Towns, 1982

The Hunger, Tony Scott, 1983

Lianna, John Sayles, 1983

The Color Purple, Steven Spielberg, 1985

Desert Hearts, Donna Deitch, 1985

She Must Be Seeing Things, Sheila McLaughlin, 1987

The Virgin Machine, Monica Treut, 1988

Portrait of a Marriage, Stephen Whittaker, 1990

Claire of the Moon, Nicole Conn, 1992

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Gus Van Sant, 1993

Bar Girls, Marita Giovanni, 1994

Go Fish, Rose Troche, 1994

Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson, 1994

Sister My Sister, Nancy Meckler, 1994

Boys on the Side, Herbert Ross, 1995

The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love, Maria Maggenti, 1995 *

Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Jeff Bleckner, 1995

When Night Is Falling, Patricia Rozema, 1995

Wild Side, Donald Cammell, 1995

Bound, Andy & Larry Wachowski, 1996 ***

Fire, Deepa Mehta, 1996 ***

Late Bloomers, Julia Dyer, 1996

All Over Me, Alex Sichel, 1997

Chasing Amy, Kevin Smith, 1997

The Investigator, Chris Oxley, 1997

It's in the Water, Kelli Herd, 1997

Gia, Michael Cristofer, 1998

High Art, Lisa Cholodenko, 1998

Show Me Love, Lukas Moodysson, 1998

Wild Things, John McNaughton, 1998

Aimée & Jaguar, Max Färberböck, 1999

Better Than Chocolate, Anne Wheeler, 1999 ****

Boys Don't Cry, Kimberly Peirce, 1999

But I'm A Cheerleader, Jamie Babbit, 1999 ****

Chutney Popcorn, Nisha Ganatra, 1999

Pourquoi pas moi?, Stéphane Giusti, 1999

Between Two Women, Steven Woodcock, 2000

If These Walls Could Talk II, Anne Heche, 2000 *****

Mercy, Damian Harris, 2000

101 Reykjavik, Baltasar Kormákur, 2001

A Family Affair, Helen Lesnick, 2001

Kissing Jessica Stein, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, 2001 *

Lost & Delirious, Léa Pool, 2001 *

Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, 2001

Stranger Inside, Cheryl Dunye, 2001

Treading Water, Lauren Himmel, 2001

What Makes a Family, Maggie Greenwald, 2001

Bobbie's Girl, Jeremy Kagan, 2002

Tipping the Velvet, Geoffrey Sax, 2002 ***

April's Shower, Trish Doolan, 2003

Monster, Patty Jenkins, 2003

An Unexpected Love, Lee Rose, 2003

D.E.B.S., Angela Robinson, 2004 **

Mango Kiss, Sascha Rice, 2004

My Summer of Love, Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004

Saving Face, Alice Wu, 2004

Love on the Side 2004

The Journey 2004 Ligy J. Pullappally ****

Fingersmith, Aisling Walsh, 2005 ****

Gypo, Jan Dunn, 2005

Imagine Me and You, Ol Parker, 2005 **

RENT, Chris Columbus, 2005

Big Dreams in Little Hope, Erin Greenwell, 2006

Gray Matters, Sue Kramer, 2006

Loving Annabelle, Katherine Brooks, 2006 [remake of Maedchen in Uniform]
***

Nina's Heavenly Delights, Pratibha Parmar, 2006

Spider Lilies, Zero Chou, 2006

Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Jamie Babbit, 2007

The Gymnast **

Red Doors

After Sex *****

Fried Green Tomatoes
**** 

Puccini for Beginners Maria Maggenti 2007

Love of my Life 2007 *****

Park 2007

Jane Autstin Book Clube 2007

Planet Terror 2007

Bug 2007

Rise 2007

The World Unseen 2007

Drifting Flowers
Zero Chou 2008

Water Lilies 2008

The Edge of Heaven Fatih Akin 2008

Under the Raven's Wing 2008

When Kiran Met Karen Manan Katohora 2008

Film fest!

Sep. 2nd, 2007 04:33 pm
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It's that time again, time for me to get my pretentious film critic on. However, since I am on a starving student budget I can only see the films that REALLY interest me, as opposed the the ones that look like they may be kinda cool.

So far I'm planning to see:

After Sex: "An edgy relationship comedy that uses sex as a background to examine intimacy and vulnerability. It’s a humorous, sexy, sometimes crude, yet honest look at the complexity of modern day relationships told through eight separate couples."

Dishonour Defied: "Sadly, sexual crimes against women are not an uncommon thing in Pakistan. What is uncommon is for a woman to stand up for her rights and pursue justice for herself and other women"

Strong Coffee (shown as a double-feature with Dishonour Defied): "Journey to Peru with a group of independent coffee roasters to visit the inspiring women farmers involved with Café Feminino, a coffee co-operative that is having a profound effect on communities"

There's also a Gala movie about a dominatrix (Walk all over me) which I would love to see, but since it's a Gala movie it means they can charge $75 for it. Which means I won't be seeing it D: (unless, of course, someone wants to give me $75 *sad puppy eyes*)

Then, there's indescision time. Do I want to see Sci-fi and other Absurdities, a collection of shorts, or Slippery Slope which is about feminist porn? The way the scheduling is I can't see both. Which do I pick? Or should I consider my bank account and pick neither? Right now I'm leaning towards Slippery Slope, but I'm already seeing feminist movies, so maybe I could do Sci-fi? I like Sci-fi. But I also like porn explorations of feminism and gender.

There are a few other films I'd like to see, but likely won't. Like Kivivq, Byron Chief Moon: Grey horse Rider, Monster Camp, Relationships: the short of it and Rock, Paper, Scissors. I guess I'll wait and see how badly school is kicking my ass/bank account. Then again I rarely go out to movies; the last time I went to a movie was during the Fairy Tales and Herland film festivals. So, really, spending, like, $100 on movies in one week isn't that big of a deal, right?

And there's a student discount! So, anyone else going? (Link)

Oh, I also *finally* saw the Notorious Betty Page. I was underwhelmed. Didn't hate it, but I'm glad I didn't pay to see it in theatres.
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Ok, three visits to the chiro later and I'm feeling much better :) my back still gets all achey and sore if I have to sit or stand for too long, but then I just lie down for a few minutes and it hurts less.

My brother is a big, fat, stupid-head and smells like poo. He's also looking over my shoulder and eating a cookie.

I also smell kind of like toothpaste from this stuff my chiro put on my neck. Mmmm, mmm minty freshness! The monkey who claims to be my brother says it smells like rootbeer. My mom says it smells like Pepto.

The monkey who claims to be my brother also just stole my pirate hat D; But I got it back. I also FINALLY saw POTC3. Our costumes were fabulous, but sadly the movie was not. But this is all old news to you folks.
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Weenie roast at my house this evening! We're having a fire and Jo's inviting over all his rowdy drama friends and told me to invite mine. To which I replied "What friends?" -_-*

But it you do come I'm gonna be going to the film festival tonight, which starts at seven. Queer night tonight! Wooo!

Events!

Apr. 30th, 2007 02:01 pm
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It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May!

May 3: Fake Moustache: [profile] happy_fish_87 and I are preforming for the first time and we are fabulous and awesome and you all had better show up!
May 3-10: Herland Film festival: Yeah, never actually been, but tickets are by donation so there's really no excuse not to go.
May 18: Swing!
May long weekend (20ish): Rocky Horror Picture Show
May 24-31: Fairy Tales Film Fest: Alberta's only GLBT film festival, and they have a really interesting looking line-up, I'm actually considering getting a festival pass.
May 26: Swing! (OMG two in one month!)

That's all I can really think of.
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Blood and Chocolate= too lame for words. The fact that it didn't follow the book AT ALL didn't bother me so much as the fact that it was a very, very bad movie. Very bad. I'd say it's about level with the second Underworld, except I might actually see Underworld II a second time. Not so much for Blood and Chocolate. So, in conclusion:
Blood and Chocolate: * (only because the werewolves actually looked like wolves when they transformed)
Characters: lame
Plot: lamer
Dialogue: not great
Kinda like: every other lame werewolf movie out there.

the Death by Chocolate party, on the other hand, really kind of rocked. Soooooo full. Yummy. Sleepy now. Must do homework tomorrow, and maybe go to Buddhist church. Carolyn's found a Latin mass, which sounds like it would be really cool, but actually would probably end up be pretty boring. There's a talk thing at school in a second week through the GLBT club at my school and the Chaplain's center about homosexuallity, the bible and not hating. I'll probably go to that, it sounds interesting. I'll probably be a huge keener and bring my bible and some sticky notes. But whatever, it could actually have some possible use for my Old Testament class, you never know. Although I bet my prof has probably gotten quite a few papers about homosexuality in the bible (from both camps) but whatever. I want to go.

Is it wierd that I'm spending so much time at the Chaplain's centre? Maybe. Do I care? No.

My birthday in a week! I'm lazy so I'm not actually having a party, but everyone come swing dancing on Saturday night. I'm bringing cake!

W00t!

Jan. 23rd, 2007 09:14 pm
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Pan's Laberynth is playing at Chinook, which means I can use the movie money I got for Christmas to see it, rather than paying for it at an Indie thearter. At the end of the day I'd really rather give money to an indie thearter, but as a starving student with gift certificates to a large, soul-eating chain I don't have a whole lot of choice.

Blood and Chocolate this week, which I get to see for free too, but that's more because my brother rocks than anything else.

Swing was painful. So, so painful; although I'm sure it was very good for me. And one of the instructors has this heavy French accent and his English isn't the best and he has different names for moves than we do so it's a little confusing. I'm sure I'll have no problem understanding him in a few weeks but for now it's kinda hard. He's a nice guy, though. Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against him, and he's an excellent dancer.

So sleepy. Bed now.
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One week from now I'm gonna be at the sneak peak! w00t!
oh and on [profile] mydarksecret I found a trailor. And the werewolves actually look like wolves when they transform! OMG! Although from the trailor it doesn't look like the movie really follows the book at all, but do I care? No. Werewolves (that look like wolves) + romance = fabulous.
And the werewolf chick isn't all gothy-black-hair-pent-wearing cliché. I'm looking forward to this so much! Does anyone have a set of wolf ears and a tail they'd lend me for my costume?

And here's my list of things to do before school today:
-Rewrite story for English
-Start presentation for History
-Finish reading stories for English and write crits
-Read 50 pages of Heroditus (20 to go)
-Write an email to my History proff asking her about the essay.
-Go to the bank

I know perfectly well I won't get most of that stuff done. It's almost nine and I have to leave at one. Oh well.
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There are NO movies coming out that I want to see, but my brother and I were bored so we went to see Eragon.
I didn't have very high expectations, since the book wasn't great. But the movie is even worse of the book. Imagine:

1 cup Lord of the Rings
1 cup Star wars
a dash of dragons
add fantasy clichés to taste

And you have Eragon. Helpful animal companion! Magic sword! Special chosen one! A prophecy! A kindly old mentor (with a long, drawn out death scene)! A badly trained boy beating an all-powerful bad guy! Good guys who seem to die but don't! A love interest (as predicted in the prophecy) who's an elf! Good guys winning the battle even though they're horribly out numbered! The protagonist's tragic past! 

I could go on. But I won't. Instead I'll upload some of my favorite songs (read: randomly picked because I like them) for a belated Christmas present to all of you. (If I can figure out how).

Under your Spell
Shoop Shoop Song
Lullaby for a stormy night

Ok, I hope this works, and the links lead to the right songs. If not, sorry all. But technology isn't my strong suit. That's why I'm only doing three- In case it doesn't work.
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Life is so shiny right now.
One day until swing, RHPS and some submarine watching (Gods, I've missed that) -_-*
Three days until I am no longer working full time
I got into the (rather competitive) creative writing course that I wanted
It only took me half an hour to put in pin curls

Yay!

And this morning some jerk called the house at six fourty-five this morning! WTF? It was some friend of my aunt's whose in town for a bit, and they already left a message earlier but felt the need to get me out of bed to ask me if Heather hand gone to work yet. Obviously they're not very close friends or they would know she hasn't worked since she started having kids OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO! Who the HELL calls ANYONE that early in the morning, unless they were given strict instructions to do so or it was an emergency? People suck.
Well, people suck except for my people. They're ok. When the apocolypse comes they will be spared. And possibly given love slaves and monkey servants (and no, the love slaves will not also be the monkey servants).
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So, you people had seriously appreciate the effort I went to to get Top of the Food chain. First off it took me three freaking hours to get home because I had to stop off at Casablanca Video, the only video store in the city (that I know of) that has the movie. Then I get there and they give me a VHS, which is fine, I don't really care although last time I was there they showed me a DVD. Anyway, get home and pop it in the VCR so I can write down the lyrics for the grace and it starts in the middle! WTF? So I call the store all angry and the guy is like 'uhhh, that's wierd. And no, the computer says there's no dvd version.'
Hello? I held the dvd in my hand only a week or two ago. I asked if I could buy it and they said no. Anyway he's like ' I can give you credit to use on your next visit.' gee, thanks. I don't suppose you could also refund the two extra hours of my life I wasted getting there.
Anyway, I was determined to watch the movie so I figured maybe the beginning was somewhere in the middle of the tape, which it was. But then the beginning stopped BEFORE the middle that's at the beginning of the tape (and the middle at the beginning of the tape didn't go to the end, just the late middle of the movie) and then after that beginning was ANOTHER beginning that went straight through to the end. W. T. F.??? But the good news is we can watch it, and it's basically free. Although I don't really see myself renting from Casablanca any time soon, but maybe next time I'm at dad's, or if he wants to rent something. So. That was fun. Not.
Campout today! I need to go to Co-op.
Con next weekend! And now my stupid cousin is going.
So I should go have a shower and then go buy some marshmellows and gummy bears and stuff.
My leg still hurts, but at least I can walk. Yay!
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I cooked something. Without a recipe. And it still turned out and tasted kinda good! I rock! I also think my cousin is a total dag and meanie. He doesn't even know where the can opener is in his own freaking house. I mean, fine, I don't know how to use a dishwasher but that's because I don't have one, you dork. You, on the other hand, have this wierd can opener that I can't figure out and you claim not to know how. What the hell do you eat when no one's around to cook for you?
That said, I'm soooooo tired. Blech.
Oh! But good news! The talent show has been cancelled. I'm so relieved. You have no idea.
And Sade and I are going shopping in Marda Loop tomorrow. I want to go somewhere cool but Kensington is too far away. Plus while I'm in Marda Loop I can drop by Casablanca video and see if they have a copy of Top of the Food Chain. I wonder if they'd let me buy it if they did? That would be so the awesome.
Anyway, HDEC campout is (hopefully) on the night of August 8th. 
I wanna sleep. But what'll actually end up happening is me going on Youtube and getting addicted to some other foreign tv series. Because I'm all caught up with Sugarrush now so I need to have something to do while I'm waiting for new episodes to come out.

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