dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
Saw Haven tonight. It was a uniformly uninspired movie which had no point whatsoever. It had so little point I can't even summarize it in any coherent fashion except to say it's all about a bunch of people living in Cayman Islands. I wish I had a ff button in the theater, but Orlando Bloom looked yummy. Since I went to see it for him (he's the only Hollywood actor I'd go see a movie for though there are a number of Bollywood and dorama actors to whom this applies) I have no complaints on that score.

But the screenwriter for this movie needs to go back to school. And please, take the editor with him.

But a hint to the whatever-her-name. When you have a half-naked Orlando Bloom in bed with you, asking 'are you nervous' as he prepares to make love to you, the proper response is to say 'hell no' and jump his bones. Not to discuss his plans for his future life and possible lack of direction. Also, spoiler for plot element )

Also finished (finally, schedule has been nuts) the second episode of Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School and so much love (I had some posts about it back which has a summary, click on the tag). Love how SD tells the girl that he is never letting her go again and she asks him 'do you know I am with someone else now?' and he says yes. Mmmmm. Or the look on his face as he sees her try to slash a student's tires unsuccessfully (the student is her bratty younger brother and they are having a sibling fight) and he just glows amusedly, in a 'that's my girl' kinda way. He loves her all fierce (and then he takes apart the bike himself,:P). Also, scary levels of eyefucking and so far this is very funny and sweet but I am sure angst is going to hit as this is a Korean dorama, and also, hello? He is a gigolo with a ruined life and a sick daughter and she is with someone else and there is all that mess of their misperceptions of each other and their pasts and guuuuuhh...
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
Saw Haven tonight. It was a uniformly uninspired movie which had no point whatsoever. It had so little point I can't even summarize it in any coherent fashion except to say it's all about a bunch of people living in Cayman Islands. I wish I had a ff button in the theater, but Orlando Bloom looked yummy. Since I went to see it for him (he's the only Hollywood actor I'd go see a movie for though there are a number of Bollywood and dorama actors to whom this applies) I have no complaints on that score.

But the screenwriter for this movie needs to go back to school. And please, take the editor with him.

But a hint to the whatever-her-name. When you have a half-naked Orlando Bloom in bed with you, asking 'are you nervous' as he prepares to make love to you, the proper response is to say 'hell no' and jump his bones. Not to discuss his plans for his future life and possible lack of direction. Also, spoiler for plot element )

Also finished (finally, schedule has been nuts) the second episode of Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School and so much love (I had some posts about it back which has a summary, click on the tag). Love how SD tells the girl that he is never letting her go again and she asks him 'do you know I am with someone else now?' and he says yes. Mmmmm. Or the look on his face as he sees her try to slash a student's tires unsuccessfully (the student is her bratty younger brother and they are having a sibling fight) and he just glows amusedly, in a 'that's my girl' kinda way. He loves her all fierce (and then he takes apart the bike himself,:P). Also, scary levels of eyefucking and so far this is very funny and sweet but I am sure angst is going to hit as this is a Korean dorama, and also, hello? He is a gigolo with a ruined life and a sick daughter and she is with someone else and there is all that mess of their misperceptions of each other and their pasts and guuuuuhh...
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
Saw Haven tonight. It was a uniformly uninspired movie which had no point whatsoever. It had so little point I can't even summarize it in any coherent fashion except to say it's all about a bunch of people living in Cayman Islands. I wish I had a ff button in the theater, but Orlando Bloom looked yummy. Since I went to see it for him (he's the only Hollywood actor I'd go see a movie for though there are a number of Bollywood and dorama actors to whom this applies) I have no complaints on that score.

But the screenwriter for this movie needs to go back to school. And please, take the editor with him.

But a hint to the whatever-her-name. When you have a half-naked Orlando Bloom in bed with you, asking 'are you nervous' as he prepares to make love to you, the proper response is to say 'hell no' and jump his bones. Not to discuss his plans for his future life and possible lack of direction. Also, spoiler for plot element )

Also finished (finally, schedule has been nuts) the second episode of Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School and so much love (I had some posts about it back which has a summary, click on the tag). Love how SD tells the girl that he is never letting her go again and she asks him 'do you know I am with someone else now?' and he says yes. Mmmmm. Or the look on his face as he sees her try to slash a student's tires unsuccessfully (the student is her bratty younger brother and they are having a sibling fight) and he just glows amusedly, in a 'that's my girl' kinda way. He loves her all fierce (and then he takes apart the bike himself,:P). Also, scary levels of eyefucking and so far this is very funny and sweet but I am sure angst is going to hit as this is a Korean dorama, and also, hello? He is a gigolo with a ruined life and a sick daughter and she is with someone else and there is all that mess of their misperceptions of each other and their pasts and guuuuuhh...
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
After POTC2, I felt the need to have an Orlando fix, so I ended up rewatching the Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. Now, I liked TE, but every time I watch this cut, I get annoyed with the studio for mucking with things.

In the DC, it actually becomes my favorite period epic. (Also the only one that talks about a glorious defeat, which is why I love it, but that's another matter).

Let me count the ways in which the DC is superior:

1. Pacing. The TE cut felt a bit too galloping for me. The pace really was much too fast and you got caleidoscopic glimpses of things you wanted to know more of. Not any more. The editing and pacing in this one is perfect. It's still a complex evolving world you get a glimpse of, and will never know everything about, but this time it feels it has just a real balance between the complexity of the real and the meatiness of the story. The pace is perfect. It's never too slow, but it doesn't run at breakneck speed either, any more.

2. Sybilla. All the characters benefit from the expanded time, but no one as much as Sybilla, all of whose storyline it seems was cut away in the TE. Now she isn't just a bit of arm-candy for Balian, but someone who is a lot more complicated, dark and conflicted than that. She comes across as a real person, and her own story with her son (a historical character) not only gives her realness, and brings forth interesting parallels with Balian's first wife, but also gives a logical reason for her feelings of guilt and grief in the second half. She is a real person now, and quite an interesting one/

3. Balian. He also benefits from the expanded stuff immensely. For one, we learn a lot more about his engineering and battle background, so all the stuff from the siege doesn't come from nowhere. And we just learn more about him in general. He is still an extremely self-contained person, who thinks more than he acts, heroic in a quiet way (and another thing I love about KoH. When's the last time a character like that was the protagonist of an epic), but I feel I know him much better. In fact, just as well as I should. I had no problem with him being a bit of a cypher in TE, but seeing DC, I like this so much better.

4. And because both Balian and Sybilla are fleshed out more, their love story is fleshed out as well. In fact, instead of 'they are hot, why not' thing, it really seems like a believable if understated relationship. It does feel like a love story.

5. Empahsis on screwed up families. All those people in France are interconnected into various FUBAR families, there is more on Baldwin's family and its dysfunction. I find it interesting. And more ponderings on what faith means. That's even more interesting.

6. On a more shallow note, the Guy and Balian sword fight is great. Orlando was born to be in epics wielding a sword. Seriously.

And if none of this is enough to convince you to check this out, than I will mention that DC has a LOT more of semi-naked Orlando in it than did the TE.
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
After POTC2, I felt the need to have an Orlando fix, so I ended up rewatching the Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. Now, I liked TE, but every time I watch this cut, I get annoyed with the studio for mucking with things.

In the DC, it actually becomes my favorite period epic. (Also the only one that talks about a glorious defeat, which is why I love it, but that's another matter).

Let me count the ways in which the DC is superior:

1. Pacing. The TE cut felt a bit too galloping for me. The pace really was much too fast and you got caleidoscopic glimpses of things you wanted to know more of. Not any more. The editing and pacing in this one is perfect. It's still a complex evolving world you get a glimpse of, and will never know everything about, but this time it feels it has just a real balance between the complexity of the real and the meatiness of the story. The pace is perfect. It's never too slow, but it doesn't run at breakneck speed either, any more.

2. Sybilla. All the characters benefit from the expanded time, but no one as much as Sybilla, all of whose storyline it seems was cut away in the TE. Now she isn't just a bit of arm-candy for Balian, but someone who is a lot more complicated, dark and conflicted than that. She comes across as a real person, and her own story with her son (a historical character) not only gives her realness, and brings forth interesting parallels with Balian's first wife, but also gives a logical reason for her feelings of guilt and grief in the second half. She is a real person now, and quite an interesting one/

3. Balian. He also benefits from the expanded stuff immensely. For one, we learn a lot more about his engineering and battle background, so all the stuff from the siege doesn't come from nowhere. And we just learn more about him in general. He is still an extremely self-contained person, who thinks more than he acts, heroic in a quiet way (and another thing I love about KoH. When's the last time a character like that was the protagonist of an epic), but I feel I know him much better. In fact, just as well as I should. I had no problem with him being a bit of a cypher in TE, but seeing DC, I like this so much better.

4. And because both Balian and Sybilla are fleshed out more, their love story is fleshed out as well. In fact, instead of 'they are hot, why not' thing, it really seems like a believable if understated relationship. It does feel like a love story.

5. Empahsis on screwed up families. All those people in France are interconnected into various FUBAR families, there is more on Baldwin's family and its dysfunction. I find it interesting. And more ponderings on what faith means. That's even more interesting.

6. On a more shallow note, the Guy and Balian sword fight is great. Orlando was born to be in epics wielding a sword. Seriously.

And if none of this is enough to convince you to check this out, than I will mention that DC has a LOT more of semi-naked Orlando in it than did the TE.
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
After POTC2, I felt the need to have an Orlando fix, so I ended up rewatching the Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. Now, I liked TE, but every time I watch this cut, I get annoyed with the studio for mucking with things.

In the DC, it actually becomes my favorite period epic. (Also the only one that talks about a glorious defeat, which is why I love it, but that's another matter).

Let me count the ways in which the DC is superior:

1. Pacing. The TE cut felt a bit too galloping for me. The pace really was much too fast and you got caleidoscopic glimpses of things you wanted to know more of. Not any more. The editing and pacing in this one is perfect. It's still a complex evolving world you get a glimpse of, and will never know everything about, but this time it feels it has just a real balance between the complexity of the real and the meatiness of the story. The pace is perfect. It's never too slow, but it doesn't run at breakneck speed either, any more.

2. Sybilla. All the characters benefit from the expanded time, but no one as much as Sybilla, all of whose storyline it seems was cut away in the TE. Now she isn't just a bit of arm-candy for Balian, but someone who is a lot more complicated, dark and conflicted than that. She comes across as a real person, and her own story with her son (a historical character) not only gives her realness, and brings forth interesting parallels with Balian's first wife, but also gives a logical reason for her feelings of guilt and grief in the second half. She is a real person now, and quite an interesting one/

3. Balian. He also benefits from the expanded stuff immensely. For one, we learn a lot more about his engineering and battle background, so all the stuff from the siege doesn't come from nowhere. And we just learn more about him in general. He is still an extremely self-contained person, who thinks more than he acts, heroic in a quiet way (and another thing I love about KoH. When's the last time a character like that was the protagonist of an epic), but I feel I know him much better. In fact, just as well as I should. I had no problem with him being a bit of a cypher in TE, but seeing DC, I like this so much better.

4. And because both Balian and Sybilla are fleshed out more, their love story is fleshed out as well. In fact, instead of 'they are hot, why not' thing, it really seems like a believable if understated relationship. It does feel like a love story.

5. Empahsis on screwed up families. All those people in France are interconnected into various FUBAR families, there is more on Baldwin's family and its dysfunction. I find it interesting. And more ponderings on what faith means. That's even more interesting.

6. On a more shallow note, the Guy and Balian sword fight is great. Orlando was born to be in epics wielding a sword. Seriously.

And if none of this is enough to convince you to check this out, than I will mention that DC has a LOT more of semi-naked Orlando in it than did the TE.
dangermousie: (Dr Who by panpipe)
I accidentally clicked "post" with a public setting before I was done doing all Orlando photos I wanted. So here is Part II. Part I (I think it turned out backdated and thus may show up on your flist in odd places time-wise) is located here



More Orlando. No POTC II pics )

POTC 2 pics. But only publicity stills )
dangermousie: (Dr Who by panpipe)
I accidentally clicked "post" with a public setting before I was done doing all Orlando photos I wanted. So here is Part II. Part I (I think it turned out backdated and thus may show up on your flist in odd places time-wise) is located here



More Orlando. No POTC II pics )

POTC 2 pics. But only publicity stills )
dangermousie: (Dr Who by panpipe)
I accidentally clicked "post" with a public setting before I was done doing all Orlando photos I wanted. So here is Part II. Part I (I think it turned out backdated and thus may show up on your flist in odd places time-wise) is located here



More Orlando. No POTC II pics )

POTC 2 pics. But only publicity stills )
dangermousie: (BW: KHNH by m_jade8)
Pirates of the Caribbean re-awoke my Orlando Bloom love, so here are some pictures. Beware of hyperventilation.

Pictures behind cut )
dangermousie: (BW: KHNH by m_jade8)
Pirates of the Caribbean re-awoke my Orlando Bloom love, so here are some pictures. Beware of hyperventilation.

Pictures behind cut )
dangermousie: (BW: KHNH by m_jade8)
Pirates of the Caribbean re-awoke my Orlando Bloom love, so here are some pictures. Beware of hyperventilation.

Pictures behind cut )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Saw Pirates of the Carribean at the midnight showing. There were a bunch of people dressed in pirate outfits, too.

Spoilers here. Enter at your own risks )

I need me some POTC and/or Orlando icons. And I am digging out my copy of Errol Flynn's Sea Hawk to satisfy the new-awakened pirate swashbuckler yen.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Saw Pirates of the Carribean at the midnight showing. There were a bunch of people dressed in pirate outfits, too.

Spoilers here. Enter at your own risks )

I need me some POTC and/or Orlando icons. And I am digging out my copy of Errol Flynn's Sea Hawk to satisfy the new-awakened pirate swashbuckler yen.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Saw Pirates of the Carribean at the midnight showing. There were a bunch of people dressed in pirate outfits, too.

Spoilers here. Enter at your own risks )

I need me some POTC and/or Orlando icons. And I am digging out my copy of Errol Flynn's Sea Hawk to satisfy the new-awakened pirate swashbuckler yen.
dangermousie: (Doug Fairbanks by thedabara_cds)
I don't know if the demand is popular or not, but I so want to do a picspam post, so who cares!

Actually, I think Drew Baylor is my favorite Orlando character. I mean, there is nothing to compare with the hotness of the angsty, wounded, scruffy Balian, but Drew is just nice. And my rare crushes on ficitonal bad boys notwithstanding, I think there is nothing as sexy as nice and dependable and decent and sweet.

Yeah.

So, in that vein, Elizabethtown pics. WARNING: If you have dial-up, this is going to kill your connection. I decided to be a very thorough girl, and as a result, there are almost a hundred pictures here. And a lot of them are huge. (If a lot of people with dial-up want to see these and can't load the sheer volume, let me know and I'll break this into 5 entries of 20 pics each or so). Anyone make me an Orlando icon from them? Pretty please?

Click here for Orlando. Lots and lots and lots and LOTS )

In other news, I really recommend Matt Ruff's Fool on a Hill. It's probably my favorite fantasy novel that wasn't written by someone named Tolkien. It's whimsical and funny and creative and romantic. I know I am a bit biased because it's set in Cornell: the cemetery which George sits at is one I walked through a number of times, the bridge where Rubbermaid (yes, indeed) and Preacher face off, is the one where my husband and I had our first kiss. But even if you've never been within a 1000 miles of Cornell, it's still a brilliant and funny and emotional book. The plot? Mr. Sunshine (who is really the narrator) sets in motion a whole complicated and complex plot for the sake of a good story, not caring who gets mangled in its wheels. It involves George, a writer who will have to battle a dragon before the book is over to save his True Love Aurora (a co-ed from Wisconsin); a whole society of faeries with Shakepearean names; Tolkien House (which is surely the coolest frat ever); Luther, a dog who is searching for Heaven; the Bohemians, a group of non-conformist political and art activists led by Lion-Heart; and Ragnarok, one of my rare tortured-boy crushes. I love love LOVE that book, and cannot recommend it more highly. Oh, and for the Veronica Mars connection, the whole Preacher-Jinsei-Ragnarok thing reminds me a bit of Duncan-Veronica-Logan. Hmmmmm.
dangermousie: (Doug Fairbanks by thedabara_cds)
I don't know if the demand is popular or not, but I so want to do a picspam post, so who cares!

Actually, I think Drew Baylor is my favorite Orlando character. I mean, there is nothing to compare with the hotness of the angsty, wounded, scruffy Balian, but Drew is just nice. And my rare crushes on ficitonal bad boys notwithstanding, I think there is nothing as sexy as nice and dependable and decent and sweet.

Yeah.

So, in that vein, Elizabethtown pics. WARNING: If you have dial-up, this is going to kill your connection. I decided to be a very thorough girl, and as a result, there are almost a hundred pictures here. And a lot of them are huge. (If a lot of people with dial-up want to see these and can't load the sheer volume, let me know and I'll break this into 5 entries of 20 pics each or so). Anyone make me an Orlando icon from them? Pretty please?

Click here for Orlando. Lots and lots and lots and LOTS )

In other news, I really recommend Matt Ruff's Fool on a Hill. It's probably my favorite fantasy novel that wasn't written by someone named Tolkien. It's whimsical and funny and creative and romantic. I know I am a bit biased because it's set in Cornell: the cemetery which George sits at is one I walked through a number of times, the bridge where Rubbermaid (yes, indeed) and Preacher face off, is the one where my husband and I had our first kiss. But even if you've never been within a 1000 miles of Cornell, it's still a brilliant and funny and emotional book. The plot? Mr. Sunshine (who is really the narrator) sets in motion a whole complicated and complex plot for the sake of a good story, not caring who gets mangled in its wheels. It involves George, a writer who will have to battle a dragon before the book is over to save his True Love Aurora (a co-ed from Wisconsin); a whole society of faeries with Shakepearean names; Tolkien House (which is surely the coolest frat ever); Luther, a dog who is searching for Heaven; the Bohemians, a group of non-conformist political and art activists led by Lion-Heart; and Ragnarok, one of my rare tortured-boy crushes. I love love LOVE that book, and cannot recommend it more highly. Oh, and for the Veronica Mars connection, the whole Preacher-Jinsei-Ragnarok thing reminds me a bit of Duncan-Veronica-Logan. Hmmmmm.
dangermousie: (Doug Fairbanks by thedabara_cds)
I don't know if the demand is popular or not, but I so want to do a picspam post, so who cares!

Actually, I think Drew Baylor is my favorite Orlando character. I mean, there is nothing to compare with the hotness of the angsty, wounded, scruffy Balian, but Drew is just nice. And my rare crushes on ficitonal bad boys notwithstanding, I think there is nothing as sexy as nice and dependable and decent and sweet.

Yeah.

So, in that vein, Elizabethtown pics. WARNING: If you have dial-up, this is going to kill your connection. I decided to be a very thorough girl, and as a result, there are almost a hundred pictures here. And a lot of them are huge. (If a lot of people with dial-up want to see these and can't load the sheer volume, let me know and I'll break this into 5 entries of 20 pics each or so). Anyone make me an Orlando icon from them? Pretty please?

Click here for Orlando. Lots and lots and lots and LOTS )

In other news, I really recommend Matt Ruff's Fool on a Hill. It's probably my favorite fantasy novel that wasn't written by someone named Tolkien. It's whimsical and funny and creative and romantic. I know I am a bit biased because it's set in Cornell: the cemetery which George sits at is one I walked through a number of times, the bridge where Rubbermaid (yes, indeed) and Preacher face off, is the one where my husband and I had our first kiss. But even if you've never been within a 1000 miles of Cornell, it's still a brilliant and funny and emotional book. The plot? Mr. Sunshine (who is really the narrator) sets in motion a whole complicated and complex plot for the sake of a good story, not caring who gets mangled in its wheels. It involves George, a writer who will have to battle a dragon before the book is over to save his True Love Aurora (a co-ed from Wisconsin); a whole society of faeries with Shakepearean names; Tolkien House (which is surely the coolest frat ever); Luther, a dog who is searching for Heaven; the Bohemians, a group of non-conformist political and art activists led by Lion-Heart; and Ragnarok, one of my rare tortured-boy crushes. I love love LOVE that book, and cannot recommend it more highly. Oh, and for the Veronica Mars connection, the whole Preacher-Jinsei-Ragnarok thing reminds me a bit of Duncan-Veronica-Logan. Hmmmmm.
dangermousie: (Anakin asleep)
Just saw Elizabethtown. Loved it.

While the road trip part is a bit too long (and a bit too sappy), nobody can show what falling in love feels like the way Cameron Crowe does. The movie is also full of those real, little moments that happen but never get put into the movies, but when CC does put them in, you go "of course. I've done so and so many times!"

Also? Orlando Bloom is still the most beautiful man I've ever seen. Plus, I think it's his best performance to date.

I am planning on seeing it again. Pronto.

Oh, and I need an OB icon. *swoon*
dangermousie: (Anakin asleep)
Just saw Elizabethtown. Loved it.

While the road trip part is a bit too long (and a bit too sappy), nobody can show what falling in love feels like the way Cameron Crowe does. The movie is also full of those real, little moments that happen but never get put into the movies, but when CC does put them in, you go "of course. I've done so and so many times!"

Also? Orlando Bloom is still the most beautiful man I've ever seen. Plus, I think it's his best performance to date.

I am planning on seeing it again. Pronto.

Oh, and I need an OB icon. *swoon*

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