May 23rd, 2007

iAm iSaid

"The two sequels are one big bloated Three's Company episode with pirates"

Linking to the worthy while at lunch:

The amazing Alexandra DuPont has some thoughtful words about Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. (One moment of perfection: referring to villain Lord Cutler Beckett as "Diet Tom Hulce.")

Which includes the link to the truly rantastic review of Dead Man's Chest last year. ("Remember how skeleton pirates were weird and scary in the first movie? How no one had encountered them before? How the English redcoats had no idea why they couldn't kill these pirates? Well, in both sequels, everyone is just kind of shrugging as they behold tons of supernatural nonsense. I mean, really: The head of the East India Trading Company truly believes his business will be helped by a damned magical disembodied heart.")
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    happy DuPont-ily happy

More movie thoughts (mine, this time)

You know, to me, it doesn't yet truly feel like summer movie season.

I'm not filled with a burning desire to see any of the big releases so far. As much as several friends of mine liked it, I'd be content to wait to see Spider-Man 3 in a second-run place. (I do have the chance, though, to see the film at a new IMAX screen near Portland; that might tip me towards seeing it earlier.) Shrek the Third isn't grabbing me; I have a feeling waiting on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End would be fine; and I'm not really up on what's coming out in the next few months beyond Harry Potter and (this I'm genuinely hopeful for) Brad Bird's new Pixar film Ratatouille (I went "Hey! Janeane Garofalo!" while reading the Ain't It Cool News chat with Bird...which no longer seems to be on the site, oddly enough). And in recent weeks I've seen: Hot Fuzz, Waitress and Highlander, not exactly the films playing on ten gabrillion screens.

No major insight to this. And I'm sure my movie-reviewing friends and acquaintances have different feelings on the subject...
  • Current Music
    Pink Floyd, "Welcome to the Machine"
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Grab-bag, including: Yay-news for blubeagle!

Miscellaneous-ness follows, but first:

* My friend blubeagle’s gotten published online!

Here’s a link to the magazine (page links to PDFs of the magazine’s contents): Dark Reveries

* Random observation: If someone says “I’m not trying to be a jerk,” it’s surprisingly likely they are being a jerk.

* “It was the glory of the ’80s”: a music set on 94.7 NRK earlier included “Paranoimia” by Art of Noise with Max Headroom, Culture Club’s “Time,” Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” and other ’80s and ’80s-influenced goodness. Oh, I was smiling, I was, I was… (Update! That playlist also included "Pump Up the Volume" by M.A.R.R.S., "A Little Respect" by Erasure, and "Suedehead" by Morrisey.)

* Yesterday I received gooooooood stuff via Amazon: all three volumes of Invader Zim (sale prices for animated madness is very recommended) and a copy of an Australian band I’m getting into called Howling Bells. (Their first album’s songs are playing on their website.) Soaring, dramatic stuff. The goth parts of my personality were asserting themselves as I listened. Danced, even.

* Finally, as I told someone today, I’m glad my day hasn’t included my car bursting into flames. (But I’m feeling for those who can’t say that…) (Edited To Add: Another torching happened this morning, in NE Portland this time, and three suspects are in custody.)