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saw the new film
entirely awesome entertainment despite three very large plot holes...

actually there are probably more than three....but it is so much fun you just get carried along.

recommended


ps: no, this is not 'new improved Star Trek'
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I'm impressed with the photoshop skills involved in the "water dress". An arcane contraption of imagination that makes it hard to tango without drenching your partner.

Gisele Bundchen Dons Water Dress
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from [profile] princejvstin
Here are five fictional characters that I want on my side when the apocalypse comes.

Benedict, son of Cymnea : because he would be in such a battle and I don't want him on the other side
Clark Savage, Jr. : because there's small chance he would ever quit and he is a dozen masterminds in one
Chris Csejthe : because there hasn't been an apocalypse yet that he hasn't aborted with his tenacity and philosophic courage
the Traveller in Black : because there isn't an arcane problem that will baffle him for long
Telzey Amberdon : because there never has been a more fast-thinking, psi flattening, robust take charge gal in all of SF


Now you.
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So twenty years ago (which in Hollywood years, dear reader, is about a century), the film that surprised everyone with its charm was 'The Princess Bride' by director Rob Reiner.

The film was nominated for a series of awards and won a few as well. It boosted several careers and cemented several characters and quotes in the public media consciousness. It's a film that serves the book well (it should, the author did the screenplay) and the book was quite brilliant and complex.

(more here...)
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actually

Aug. 11th, 2007 06:38 pm
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I like 'Stardust' better than 'Princess Bride'.
Which means I just added a 'must see' to the very top of my fav movies.
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from [profile] princejvstin

"A great movie is a movie I cannot bear the thought of never seeing again"

so some folks are listing their own 'heart movie'

here
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Nine Princes in Amber  (yes, as a series)
Brad Bird / Pixar

Dead Witch Walking
Joss Whedon

Planetary
Warren Ellis
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trump this!

Aug. 6th, 2007 09:04 am
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I have to admit it never occurred to me...

Cosplay (costume play) has gotten so elegant and glamorous that it can inspire trump artistry. Now there are copyright and fair use issues, but that's true of most images on the web.

sample:
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1003156

Of course, I have no context for most of the roles. But in terms of infinite shadow outfits and hair colors: wow.
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So I thought it would be a huge flop.
HUGE.

And imagine the pressure on the author. Wow.

spoilers ahead
overall, thanks and kudos to JK

bound to be a classic.
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ah, done

Jul. 28th, 2007 07:20 pm
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Finished the Potter book
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So I watched the finale of Heroes last night...
click for spoilers )
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This article

selling the war

shows how fear rules our lives and our reporting media sources. It also shows how a 'big lie' works so much better than small ones.

Our leaders have been lying to us. History tells us this happens. It's not a new ploy.
But the administration has proven very good at the 'big lie'. At selling that lie in order to be heroes.

It makes it so very hard to support the political system, knowing neither party is interested in straight talk.

-sigh-
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WrongBadFun

Apr. 9th, 2007 10:17 am
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Never start a David Weber book after dinner.

Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about.
This brain does not work on two hours of sleep.

In unrelated news, must recommend the Carrie Vaughn books about the radio personality, Kitty Norville. Read the first some time ago and found it engaging without a huge 'ick' factor (story about werewolves and how Kitty might survive becoming one.)  Deals much with the alpha dynamics and pack social cues of wolves.

This weekend, I read next two books in series. Author must have sold enough of number one!! Go you.
Number four due out first part of 2008 and I want it now, thank you.
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Heroes

Feb. 8th, 2007 01:23 am
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What impresses me is not the theme or story or even the suspense they've been juggling. What grabs me is the complexity of weave and the rock solid acting chops that sell the old tropes.

The tapestry of the story is a sweet balancing act and owes a lot to so many myths, creators and voices that have created my favorite fictions over the last fifty plus years.

Also I enjoy watching it online more than the TV experience might provide.

And as a caveat to all this, I can pretty much scrap the 'tenfold millennium' game idea. LOL
In case you've not been watching lately: the plot is moving to a very tense confrontation layer by layer.
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0383.html

It just goes to show, that if you really have a good story, the visuals only have to be consistent. The creative ingenuity here is marvelous for any rpg gamer. Though only stick figures, I really see them as realized personalities.
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Seriously awesome.

I visit a lot of pages for info reading. I like to browse fast and move on. But not every page believes in high-contrast or old eyes.

Stylish for Firefox is awesome.

http://userstyles.org/

Find the extension and plug it into your browser. Now you can customize any page you want. And the global community has some fine ideas they share.

My google mail already looks better.
My fast browse through various web pages that use 'soft green' or 'light gray' for text color are fixed forever.



Give thanks!
How's your day?
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This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] cochese.Read more... )
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