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The Dark Tower (2017): I really enjoyed this movie which is something I didn't expect. Although it's described as a sci-fi western, magical realism is probably a better description. It has enough science, magic, and mystery to intrigue but not overwhelm the story.

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have great on-screen chemistry. Elba gives a good portrayal of a battle weary "gunslinger", while McConaughey's creepy menace and lean physique give him a vulture-like appearance. The boy who played Jake was good too, he felt genuine which is the most important aspect to get the audience to sympathise with him.

Pleasantly surprised to see Katheryn Winnick aka Lagertha from Viking and Claudia Kim aka Dr. Cho from the Avengers in the movie^_~

The plot was fairly straightforward but gave enough hints and references to the novels that if anyone wanted they could go read the books. There's enough flair in the gun fights to make one believe in the myth of gunslingers as one world's version of Arthurian knights.

As a side note, people - critics included - should stop expecting every adaptation to get the Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings treatment. It's not going to happen mainly due to the expense and no one can faithfully adapt every single line in a book/video game/etc into a movie and risk alienating the general viewer. I'm sick of seeing this comparison every time a new film version of a property is being made, it's unrealistic.

PS: someone should write a Dark Tower/Kingsman crossover. Imagine Harry Hart and Roland meeting! XD


Jul. 20th, 2017 07:51 pm
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fvqnGmr9S8

New trailer that makes more sense. Well, in as much as it can^^
And more Harry! XD
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Vid's Title: We Walk Fast
Vidder: SecretlyToDream
Fandom: White Collar
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je1h-2jVBfw

This is simply gorgeous. From the haunting song to the evocative feel of the scenes and the light in each clip is beautiful, the symbolism and few spoken lines are devastating. I've only watched the first season of WC but damn this vid packs a punch. Highly recommended!
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This is something cute to read in the morning: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39807757

Funny how the film industry works. I think Liam Neeson is getting more roles as he ages than when he was young. Not that I'm complaining of course^_~
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Allow me to introduce you to my new crush: Special Agent Alexander Mahone^_~

He makes Snape look mild-mannered in comparison. Why have I not heard of William Fichtner before? A grave oversight on my part that must be swiftly rectified!
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So with the arrival of the box set from Amazon.UK, I watched season.1 of Prison Break and by god they just don't make television like that any more! It's not just the utterly brilliant casting of all the actors, but the script is perfect and the cinematography is above par for a TV show even after all these years. Hard to believe the show aired in 2005! It looks and sounds like a Hollywood movie and I mean that in the best way.

I have nothing negative to say about the show, dislike for some characters notwithstanding, and will now venture into season.2! *bounces like a fangirl*
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Title: Mistake on the Part of Nature
Author: idiopathicsmile on Ao3
Fandom: CA: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: Steve takes in Bucky's betrayed look and Sam's confusion, follows Sam's gaze to the pile of mangled fruit in the trash can. Sudden comprehension fills his face."Oh," he says. "Bucky found out about bananas."
In which an American icon is mourned. But probably not the one you're thinking of.
Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier film
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1488142

A gentle and funny fic about Steve and Bucky commiserating over bananas. Although it's a humorous piece, there's something romantic and wistful about it too. Makes you understand a bit more about Steve's "man out of time" situation and its quiet tragedy. At least till Bucky comes along^_~
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Just watched the final episode of Yuri on Ice..... That ending caused me to have tears in my eyes, broke my heart, yet lifted my spirits and made me smile like a madwoman! What a brilliant, brilliant series with a great production team behind it.

Excuse me while I go search for tissues..*Chibi Ariss in fangirl mode*


Dec. 8th, 2016 09:19 am
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Yuri on Ice episode.11 sent me to fangirl heaven! XD
*Chibi Ariss bounces like a madwoman*

This series is defying all expectations. Such strong writing and direction. I can't remember a show that feels so real and adult, yet manages its humour and fanservice without being offensive. It's certainly the highlight of my week since it aired and its optimism in the face of so much psychological and real life issues that face its characters is uplifting.

Can't wait for next week's episode! XD
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] spikedluv for posting about this. A new TV series is premièring on Jan 6 2017: Emerald City on NBC. A decidedly adult take on the world of Oz.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKeRnyFIHWs

I haven't been able to get into any magic/fantasy series, not Game of Thrones or Once Upon a Time, but this looks promising. At last, a strong, adult female character with a police dog^_~ and she's not the typical blonde, blue-eyed heroine. Looking forward to this show!
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Arrival (2016): I've never seen a film by director Denis Villeneuve so didn't know what to expect when I went today to see this but I was floored. The confident direction by Villeneuve, expert cinematography by Bradford Young, and the haunting soundtrack by Jóhann Jóhannsson all combine seamlessly to create an intelligent and affecting sci-fi film.

I'm not a fan of Amy Adams as most of her roles rely on her beauty rather than her acting ability but she really shines here, almost carrying the entire film by herself with Jeremy Renner providing support and warmth of emotion as her co-star, which is a nice role-reversal for female/male protagonists. She should get an Oscar nomination at least for this role.

This film won't appeal to everyone as it's pace and presentation is so very different than most commercial work, it asks its audience to think and feel outside their comfort zone, but it's definitely rewarding as a viewing experience. The intimate themes of love and grief play against a backdrop of fear and violence as the world reacts to the presence of aliens and the ending is....

For a hint of the film's mood and plot, look up the musical piece "On the Nature of Daylight" by composer Max Richter; it's used to excellent effect here.

PS: can I say how cool it is to see a translator save the world? That doesn't happen often! XD
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Okay, I just saw this great pic of gay couple in a new comic and I know there must be some comic book fans on the Flist. Where do I start reading about this couple???
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Link: http://io9.gizmodo.com/new-civil-war-deleted-scene-reveals-a-playful-nod-to-th-1785709392

Damn, I loved it and it's too bad they didn't include it in the movie! Can't wait for the DVD^_^


Aug. 18th, 2016 05:43 pm
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No offence to any UK citizens here but I couldn't help but laugh when I read the following location names:

Dicks Mount in Suffolk
Happy Bottom in Dorset
Lacock in Wiltshire
Butts Wynd in St Andrews
Tarts Hill in Wales

Oh my god! XD
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This article made me laugh and yes I am guilty of this very thing she is describing: http://lithub.com/how-to-solve-a-book-emergency/
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Brooklyn (2015): A beautifully-shot drama starring Saoirse Ronan who gives a masterful yet subtle performance as Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a small town in Ireland who travels to America looking for a job and a future. Along the way, the film shows her struggle and growth in character as she juggles being a daughter, sister, friend, and later on deciding whether she wants to be married and to which man.

The supporting cast is strong, including: Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, the incomparable Julie Walters, and a fun portrayal by Emily Bett Rickards aka Felicity from Arrow. Kudos to director John Crowley and Nick Hornby who adapted the screenplay; there was no feeling of being condescended to just because the film had a female lead or discussed female issues like clothing and marriage. We definitely need more films like this.

Highly recommended!
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Just came back from seeing Warcraft at the cinema. I've never played the video game, though I know it's famous. It's not necessary to be a fan of the game to understand or see the film.

The film is brilliant and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. The story is fairly straight-forward but with enough twists to keep it interesting. The CG is stunning and the visual effects are very well integrated with the human characters so there isn't that feeling of disconnect that often occurs in such cases; the world of Azeroth is a visual feast and it's easy to keep track of thanks to the excellent camera work despite its vastness.

Special kudos should go to the actors who really carried this CG-heavy film. Travis Fimmel is perfect as Anduin Lothar. Ben Foster plays a mesmerising role as Medivh who lends his character an air of mystery, gravitas, and fragility that makes it hard to take one's eyes off him. And forget Zoe Saldana, Paula Patton shows you how a real fierce green-skinned warrior should be^_~ Dominic Cooper gives a surprisingly understated performance as King Llane and it somehow works. And lastly, Ben Schnetzer as the viewer-friendly yet compelling Khadgar. I've got to see if he's done more work elsewhere.

If you are a fan of high fantasy, and want something a little more edgy than the Lord of the Rings yet not drowning in sex and violence like Game of Thrones then Warcraft hits the perfect middle ground. I really enjoyed it, more than X-Men: Apocalypse (more on that later), and am glad I ignored all the negative professional reviews.


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