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Well, I was a bit loopy last night.  Anyway: movies.  No real spoilers for either, but might not make much sense unless you've seen them.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.  I'd seen all the "prequels" save for the Edward Norton Hulk, and I'm not sure that one counts, anyway.  My favorite by far was Thor (and not just because of Chris Hemsworth's arms), and I'm a little sad that Natalie Portman didn't have a cameo in this one, but at least they acknowledged her character.

I approach Joss Whedon's stuff with caution.  Never got into Buffy or Angel, loved Firefly, got gutted by Serenity because Joss loves to destroy everything that is good and happy in the world.  One the one hand, that makes his stuff unpredictable, but on the other hand FUCK YOU, YOU KILLED MY FAVORITE CHARACTER.  Ahem.  Also his fans are the very definition of batshit, and his dialogue can sometimes get almost cutesy-bantery, if that makes sense.  But I thought there was a good balance between the one-liners and serious stuff.

Adored Loki, even more so than I did in Thor.  Actually, I kind of thought he was a whiny little shit in parts of Thor, but somewhere between this script and Tom Hiddleston's performance, they got in the perfect sense of you-don't-know-the-hell-I've-been-through motivation, and it absolutely worked.  I think this is one of those cases where the villain makes the movie.  Ditto to what [livejournal.com profile] leopardchic79 has to say about the moments between Loki and Thor.  I don't ship them in the least (very sensitive incest squick -- yes, I know they're not blood brothers, but they were raised as brothers, which counts as the same for me), but they have great (nonsexual) chemistry.

I don't really ship anybody (well, except for Thor/Jane, because sometimes canon het is good, okay?) but I love that all the characters got their moments.  Thought Hawkeye got a bit slighted, though, having his brain hijacked for most of the movie -- and I'm definitely interested in the Clint and Natasha backstory.  Mark Ruffalo was an odd (not bad, just odd) choice for Bruce Banner, but I liked the fact that he sees himself as a scientist and cringingly refers to "the other guy."  Maybe that characterization came from the Ed Norton movie, I don't know.  Come to think of it, Ed Norton's an even odder choice for the Hulk.  Is that movie worth seeing?

Okay, one spoiler. (skip) No way is Coulson dead. I expected that to be the post-credits reveal, but the shawarma thing made me laugh for, like, five minutes straight, so I dealt. But he ain't dead. I watched The X Files for nine years: no body means he's not dead. Hell, even if there was a body, he might not be dead. To sum up: Coulson, not dead.

So, yeah, probably not going to get into Avengers fandom, but it was a genuinely entertaining movie and did I mention Chris Hemsworth's arms?  And how his Australian accent would slip adorably every now and again, but fuck it, because maybe that's how they talk in Asgard?

Dear Movies: not every foreigner/alien/otherwordly being has to have some form of a British accent.  Australian would be okay.  In fact, Australian would be great.  Just sayin'.

Anyway, Dark Shadows.  Never watched the TV series, though I know they used to show reruns on the Sci Fi channel (no, I'm not going to call it "SyFy," because that is just stupid).  Entertaining movie, though I thought the main conflict between Johnny Depp and Eva Green's characters got a bit tiresome by the end.  Loved the playful use of 70s music and clothes, though, and Michelle Pfieffer, Eva Green, and Helena Bonham Carter were all awesome.  Why is Michelle Pfieffer not in more movies these days?  She should be in more movies.  Somebody get on that.

However, the biggest thing that bugged me was something that a lot of movies do in which the two characters in Twu Wuv are only that way because the movie tells you they are.  And in this case, like usual, you have no idea why the guy loves the girl, other than that she exists and is pretty, and therefore it is Destiny.  Yes, establishing that would have required more exposition, which was already a little clunky and rushed, but Johnny Depp's narration literally says "and then I fell in love with Josette" and that's it.  From that, we're supposed to believe that all the torments he suffers afterwards are worth it, because Twu Wuv, dammit.

Still: Johnny Depp vamping around (literally) is never not Good Times.  Don't get me wrong, he has made some truly shitty movies (ever seen The Astronaut's Wife?  DON'T), but he's at a point in his career where he can pretty much pick the characters he wants and how he wants to play them, and nobody says "Heeeey, you might want to roll back the weirdness factor a notch or two."  In fact, I'm pretty sure Tim Burton's constantly egging him on.  Maybe that will eventually get stale, but for right now, it's a hoot.  And maybe it's the pancake makeup, but he really might be ageless.

Only one book tonight.

Day 11: A book you hatedAmerican Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

I may have gone off on this rant before, but what the Book Meme demands, I must give.  Yes, we get it, Patrick What's-His-Name describes fashion and music in the same dispassionate tone as he does mutilating and murdering women, and it’s a satire on the 80’s "me" culture, but good GOD, does it need to go on for several hundred pages?  I can’t believe I actually forced myself to finish this book.  The sadism that is supposed to be “satirically” misogynistic comes off, to me at least, as actually misogynistic in a gleeful, look-what-I-can-get-away-with-writing way.  Ugh.  Sick, pointless, and yet also (intentionally) boring.  Why does this book exist?

Date: 2012-05-12 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliassmith.livejournal.com
I have to say, the look of the trailer for Depp's latest kind of makes me cringe, but hey, I am a fan of him vamping, so... I guess there's always dvd for that one.

Oh and yayyyy Avengers. (I'm a fan. Don't know if you picked up on that. :p )

I had to write an entire chapter of my Honours thesis on American Psycho. That was not a pleasant few months for me. :o/

Date: 2012-05-12 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Yeah, I wouldn't say Dark Shadows is one you absolutely have to see in the theater -- it's not going to lose too much on the small screen.

You, an Avengers fan? Never would have guessed. Do you ship anybody? ;o)

Oof, that must have been rough for the thesis. Were you not allowed to choose the books you needed?

Date: 2012-05-12 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliassmith.livejournal.com
I was, but the topic of the thesis was "scandalous literature" so... it kind of needed to be done. Ugh. Now I'm having flashbacks. *shiver* :p

Date: 2012-05-13 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Yeah, that would be scandalous alright. Sorry about the flashbacks; have some baby hedgehogs (https://www.google.com/search?q=baby+hedgehogs&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=I9k&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=zCevT9iVE4nM9QTJrtXtCA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1107&bih=667).

Edit: Balls, that link doesn't seem to work. Just Google "baby hedgehogs." ONE OF THEM IS YAWNING OMG.
Edited Date: 2012-05-13 03:37 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-12 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhodynne.livejournal.com
Here's my thing...HAwkeye's all WHINE "I didn't know what I was doing"
Meanwhile Eric's all "I built in a failsafe!"
plot hole? a character choice?

Date: 2012-05-13 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Could be a plothole, though Hawkeye obviously has a shady past (don't know specifics -- I've never read the comics), so it's possible he reverted to that, while Dr. Selvig reverted to what he knew: science, which, you could argue, involves planning for malfunctions, especially dangerous ones.

Unless you're in Jurassic Park. Then you're fucked.

I think I made a point in there somewhere.

Date: 2012-05-13 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhodynne.livejournal.com
I did see that point. :-)
I like the idea it's not a plot hole; Hawkeye is a killer, so he became a better killer. Eric's a scientist, and etc.
I've just been reading a lot of entries about it and no one's brought it up yet.

Date: 2012-05-13 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leopardchic79.livejournal.com
I'm glad Dark Shadows was fun! I'm looking forward to seeing that at some point soon.

SyFy...guh. That name is so infuriating!

Date: 2012-05-13 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
I think I'm going to side with Leonard from Big Bang and pronounce it "Siffy." Because they show, like, wrestling and shit on it now, so the "Sci Fi" thing kind of went out the window. Now they just need to admit that VH1 now stands for "Vapid Hos"...

Date: 2012-05-13 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] therumjournals.livejournal.com
Dear Movies: not every foreigner/alien/otherwordly being has to have some form of a British accent. - but but but...yes they do! ;-)

It's funny that you don't ship anyone, because I came away shipping, like, everyone in this movie! Still not sure I'll get into the fandom, but while I was watching the movie I was like "oooh, those two! or no, those two! gah, everyone!" Avengers 2: Assemble for Orgy!

Date: 2012-05-14 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
::strokes nonexistent beard:: I might could get behind the idea of an Avengers Orgy...

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