?

Log in

 
 
26 May 2007 @ 10:50 pm
Pirates and pilots and other distractions  
I went to see Pirates on Friday night. There wasn't enough Jack. *pouts* There is NEVER enough Jack for Bop. Also, they killed Norrington waaay too early. :-( There were some splendid action sequences (the mid-battle marriage was a stunner) and there were some beautiful shots from a visual geek perspective, but my favourite parts were still Johnny being gloriously crazycakes. I was in stitches during his Davie Jones's locker delirium. And I was the only one in the packed out cinema laughing. *baffled*

I don't know... the Pirates movies are a funny thing for me. Ninety per cent of the reason I like them is Johnny. And the mythology and storytelling leaves me oddly cold and uninterested. I find Elizabeth annoying (doesn't help that I don't like Keira), though she grated on me less in this movie. She suits boyish costume and behaviour so much more, however implausible. Will, I'm fond of but he emos too much. Yes, even for me. And I was always very fond of Norrington and wish he'd remained more central. And too many tentacles, guys, too many tentacles! *shudders*

Anyway, it was still a fun night out. There was a group of thirteen-year-olds dressed up in costume. They were completely adorable and I had to resist following them around to gush. :-)

Also, now Johnny is free to make Shantaram which I could not be more excited about. Have I squeed about this yet? *SQUEEEEE* It's entirely possible that I will become extremely annoying on the subject of this movie over the next year or so. I adored the book and the only thing that could make me love it more is them casting Johnny in the lead role, which HELLO, they DID! Of course I have fears about how it will translate to the screen, but I know I'll love it anyway because I could watch Johnny forever and not get bored. Now I just need to resist stalking him around Melbourne when he comes to film the Pentridge break-out part... (though I think he may have already done so? I fail at fangirling.)

There has been quite the explosion of Pilot-love on my f'list, which is joyful and happy-making in the extreme:
- wisteria_ has an extremely fun interactive piloty picspam (or picspasm, to coin dionusia's apt slip of the keyboard!) post.
- queenofthorns traces early Pilot love in pictures
- dionusia wrote a delightful post on pilots as complementary forces and their reciprocal influence on each other. I am eagerly awaiting her Part II.
- katiebugs18 wrote a lovely little drabble: Kiss (I'm also fond of her first ever piece: Hands).
sasa_hq (new Kara/Lee comm) seems to be blossoming, and mods canadiangirl_86 and dionusia will be pleased to hear that latteaddict has been firmly/kindly lecturing me on the subject of Kara's true affection for Lee. :-p

I watched the first three episodes of Rome yesterday. Yeah, I'm totally hooked. Vorenus and Pullo are the main drawcard for me, most definitely. I enjoyed them in the first episode and they just keep getting better. Pullo has a Claes-like quality (from DD's 'House of Niccolo') that I warmed to and which makes his oafishness bearable, and I totally fell for Vorenus... I'm not even sure why yet. I like his 'unimpressed' face. And it was adorable of him to point Pullo to the clean brothels (awww, friendship! *lol*) and then when he sought out relationship advice from him... huahhahahaha! I died laughing. So clueless, so well-meaning. *loves* The reveals on Vorenus's marriage were well done and definitely hooked me in.

Atia is the other aspect I'm enjoying. She's ridiculously over-the-top but great value in terms of drama and humour. She may be a caricature but she's also played with such determined passion by the actress that I'm kind of mesmerised anyway. Uber-smart Octavian could become annoying but hasn't done so yet, and whimpery Octavia grew in my eyes when she got her bitch on by mimicking her mother's orgasm in public. The scene where she threw a hissy fit about being killed by her mother was hysterical. I also like what a prat Brutus is and what a yob Mark Anthony is. Most amusing! Can't wait for more but unfortunately have a very tedious piece of editing to get through first...

c_mantix has started reading The House of Niccolo series by Dunnett--my favourite novels ever. Period. It's been ages since I've hooked anyone on them and I'm totally chuffed. While I don't expect her to reach my feverpitch adoration for them (it's out of control), I really enjoy reliving that first reading experience through her eyes. I may have to re-read along with her. Anyone else want to get on board? *bats eyelashes*

Finally, by a strange coincidence, my landlords have chanced on late July for the renovation of our house--which requires us to move out for a couple of weeks. The coincidence is that this is when the Melbourne International Film Festival is on. Some of you may remember this from last year... I usually get a mini-pass and drive myself into illness and mania by seeing way too many movies in a short period of time while also holding down a job and meeting other life commitments. Well, looks like this year I'll get to live out my dream of taking time off work to go to the Festival. I've always shied away from taking that leap into complete movie-geek madness, but have secretly wanted to. The timing seems too fortuitous not to take advantage of it. I'm not sure whether I should be congratulated or pitied for this... I do know I'm insanely excited. *manic grin*
 
 
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: busybusy
 
 
 
(Deleted comment)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Madame Pompadourbop_radar on May 27th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
OMG, you're a DUNNETT FAN?
Totally! Crazily madly in love with Niccolo. You never read Gemini?! Eee, you need to re-read! *tugs arm* King Hereafter is absolutely magnificent--her most accomplished novel, I think. And I do love Lymond, but my love for him/the series pales before Niccolo. Apart from the desire to slap him (huge!), I found the female characters weaker and the world less fully realised. I'm one of those rare weird people that prefers Niccolo... I wish there were more of us. 'Tis lonely!

Pullo is sort of oafish about politics, but he's actually a pretty astute judge of human character
Right! That's been shown already in the scene where he's injured and he draws Vorenus's wife (name?) out about her feelings. And it shines in their banter as well.

he complements Vorenus's absolutely inability to understand people behaving in less than idealized ways, while having a good understanding of politics
*nods* I suspect that's why I like Vorenus already--his flip out about being a 'traitor' was completely adorable, and he is so genuinely confused by his wife though totally adoring her. The fact that his love for her was obvious (to the viewer) despite his brutishness with her did much to endear him to me.

their relationship deepens and grows (as do their characters) throughout the series. It is really the heart and soul of the whole thing!
Yay! That is something I will really look forward to--I'm hooked!
(no subject) - nakhrewali on May 27th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 27th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nakhrewali on May 27th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 27th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 28th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
eriatarkayamakasi on May 27th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
yay, rome! i love that show.

also, definitely congratulated :D i am jealous.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on May 27th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! I am sure I will go a little insane...
Rachel: statuebitterlatinist on May 27th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
I adore Dunnett's Lymond books! I've always meant to read the Niccolo series but haven't gotten around to it yet. They shall rejoin the ever-growing queue of books I would like to read over the summer. Although between teaching and taking classes over the summer I'm not sure how much time I will actually have to read books for fun. :(

I've watched the first season of Rome and enjoyed it. As a classicist, however, it's hard not to focus on the inaccuracies. Do you really need to make imperial Rome MORE salacious?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on May 27th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm among a minority of Dunnett fans that prefer Niccolo to Lymond. Lymond is great (slashy) fun, but I find her Niccolo novels far richer: the world's more fully developed, the female characters are stronger, and the plotting is raised to a whole new level. They have their own flaws, but I'm still madly crazily in love with them. That series contains my OTP-to-end-all-OTPs, as well as my all-time favourite character.

As a classicist, however, it's hard not to focus on the inaccuracies. Do you really need to make imperial Rome MORE salacious?
Hee! Thankfully people had warned me on that score so I'm just riding it out... my boy did ask if I'd mistakenly bought porn though. ;-) I'm sure it would be a hard show for classicists to watch. If HBO ever deliver on their 'Crusades' series I will totally be nitpicking it to pieces since that was my period.
(no subject) - dionusia on May 27th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 28th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 28th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 29th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 29th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 30th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 30th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 30th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 31st, 2007 01:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
(no subject) - houseofniccolo on May 31st, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 31st, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jude_judith82jude_judith82 on May 27th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
You're watching Rome for the first time. How exciting! I hope you love. Vorenus and Pullo 4-Life. ;-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee/Kara boundbop_radar on May 27th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! So far it's great fun and I hear it gets better.
(no subject) - jude_judith82 on May 27th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Valerie: Carlosjeannev on May 27th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I loved Rome. I hope you will too. It has some highs and lows, but the season one finale was one of the best hours of television I've ever watched. The friendship between Vorenus and Pullo is terrific, and the actors are all excellent.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on May 27th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Ohh, cool--yes, queenofthorns did a great job pimping it to me and I think it's the sort of show I will like. Its flaws so far are ones I can forgive.
wisteria: bsg - kateewisteria_ on May 27th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
There has been quite the explosion of Pilot-love on my f'list, which is joyful and happy-making in the extreme.

It's a good thing Katee said what she did!

*ducks and runs*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on May 27th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
You said it, not me! ;-) (I came so close though!) :-p
(no subject) - dionusia on May 27th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
canadiangirl_86 on May 27th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
I was really disappointed with the second Pirates movie but I thought the third one looked pretty decent. And now that you say there's not much Johnny, I'm kinda thinking I should save my 10 bucks!

The pilot love has been wonderful!

I've been wondering if I should get into Rome. I've heard great things about it and I was obsessed with Xena back in the day (still am a little bit). Hee. But this show doesn't have mythological monsters and horrible CGI, right? *WEG*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara can't notbop_radar on May 27th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
now that you say there's not much Johnny, I'm kinda thinking I should save my 10 bucks!
There was quite a lot of Johnny really, just not enough for me. ;-D There's some brilliant scenes with him though (completely underappreciated by the audience, *grumble*) so I'd recommend it on DVD at least. He does get to be swaggeringly brilliant on occasion and I think all in all the third movie was stronger than the second but not as good as the first.

But this show doesn't have mythological monsters and horrible CGI, right? *WEG*
Hee! No, not so far. It does have a lot of porn sex and violence and ribald humour though. The drawing card for me was definitely the cameraderie between the two soldiers Vorenus and Pullo who are opposites/complement each other. Not that that's a 'thing' for me or anything... lalalala! *stares at ceiling*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on May 27th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
I'm pretty glad I'm not seriously fannish about POTC, because I think everyone who is was deeply disappointed by the second and third movies. Like you, I mostly enjoyed them for the physical spectacle (and the swordfights--that over-the-top swordfight in the second movie will probably remain my favorite). I love Johnny, but I also appreciate Will and Elizabeth mainly for the pretty, and like you I think Norrington was way underused.

That's great news about being able to take off a week for the film festival, though I hope your landlords are paying for wherever you have to stay while your house is renovated? because that sounds kind of annoying, actually.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt and Juliebop_radar on May 27th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
I hope your landlords are paying for wherever you have to stay while your house is renovated?
Probably not though the details are yet to be worked out in full. Honestly, though, I can't complain that much. The reno is going to be brilliant (new bathroom, new kitchen including dishwasher, floorboards in the back, new carpets and paint and a landscaped garden) and it's still less hassle than finding a new house. It's going to be disruptive and annoying in the short term, yes, but there's definitely pluses for both sides.
Le courage ne craint pas le crime: Whee!attaccabottoni on May 27th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
I love PotC:AWE (there can never be enough of Jack to go around) and I love Rome (non-slashy Pullo/Vorenus is my OTP!), and thank you for the heads up on Shantaram (which really sounds wonderful)!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex crazy for lovebop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
non-slashy Pullo/Vorenus is my OTP!
Yeah, I can see that they would inevitably be slashed by some people but I think I have zero desire for that (at least so far). But I can see them shaping up to be a great friendship OTP for me.

the heads up on Shantaram (which really sounds wonderful)!
It is!! The book was a publishing sensation here in Melbourne. It got picked up by a tiny independent publisher and then became a huge international bestseller. It's semi-autobiographical and the real-life author is an absolute nutcase (ex-bankrobber, ex-weapons-smuggler, etc), but he writes exceptionally well and I think casting Johnny is perfect for conveying his madness and charisma.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on May 27th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yay for watching Rome, I watched it as it unfolded on HBO and I swear it was the only reason I kept paying for the channel, it sucks it ended too early because it was too expensive to continue, but it was lovely til the end.

I'm being forced to see Pirates at some point, I hated the last one, it was just so GROSS with all those damn squid people or whatever, and I love love Johnny Depp even since he was on 21 Jump Street, but damn, I don't love squid people or Orblando. Last time I saw the movie I took my notebook to write, I may have to do that again, lol.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya Raibop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
I love love Johnny Depp even since he was on 21 Jump Street, but damn, I don't love squid people or Orblando.
Hee! I don't mind Orlando that much but I think he's yawn-enducing in this one. And I agree: less squid more Johnny! (I've also been a fan since 21 Jump Street--awww, Hanson, awww!)
(no subject) - tragicllyhip on May 27th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
random_seriousrandom_serious on May 27th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm totally hooked. Vorenus and Pullo are the main drawcard for me, most definitely.

Wait till the second season when they are all buddy-buddy badass duo. It's awesome, yo.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex showdownbop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I have heard that second season kicks ass. I look forward to it though I hear the DVDs are not out until August. :-(
(Deleted comment)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Martha Jonesbop_radar on May 27th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! Well I watched ep 4 last night, so I'm about to enter the dragging part... but I'll hang in there as many people have told me that S2 is where it really delivers.
(Deleted comment)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Madame Pompadourbop_radar on May 28th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: oh, and ...
it's tricky because I feel like I should like her more than I do because she is a strong-willed, independent, forceful female character
RIGHT! My issues with Elizabeth are huge, and I think norwich36 had to listen to me ranting on the subject last year... my problems start with the casting of Keira. I agree that she plays the 'glamorous tomboy' well (I liked her as Jules in Bend It) but I concur about the snottiness. I have a real issue with her being cast in period pieces though, as she would have been considered ugly in that era so that made it hard for me to suspend disbelief when she was the desired heroine in the first movie. I've been more comfortable with her once she moved into boy-ish mode, because she's more convincing. But I agree about the snottiness--I hate it.

the thing for me is that Elizabeth is a really dishonorable person and ... I don't particularly like dishonorable characters, regardless of their gender
I can see why that would be the big issue for you. For me, it's more the straw that finally breaks the camel's back... I already had issues with her and then she didn't even turn out to be an admirable character. OR an interesting one. I think I find it easier to like dishonourable characters than you, but Elizabeth isn't dishonourable in an interesting way. She's just selfish.

Jack isn't actually supposed to be one of the heroes of the story. He's the trickster, the force of chaotic neutral, so I neither need nor expect him to be honorable
*nods*

I'm pretty sure the movies want me to root for Elizabeth (and Will) to come through okay
Yeah, I think that contributed a lot to my emotional distance from this last movie (and the second as well). I just don't care about them.

I haven't seen Domino--I confess I avoid movies she's in now.
squirrelhavensquirrelhaven on May 27th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Something about this post is begging for a Pontius Pirate pun. I'm just not sure how best to deploy it.

Re the film festival -- that's kind of wonderful. Because you just *have* to take the time off and go out and see millions of films. You actually don't have a choice about it. That's awesome.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois mix tapebop_radar on May 28th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Something about this post is begging for a Pontius Pirate pun
Ohhh, you! ;-)

Because you just *have* to take the time off and go out and see millions of films. You actually don't have a choice about it
That is what I'm telling myself! *nods* It's not my fault! The fates made it so!
katiebugs18katiebugs18 on May 28th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, you pimped me...I'm blushing. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on May 28th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I like drabbles--they're so neat and can capture a specific moment very precisely--which you do with those two.
jessicaj703jessicaj703 on May 28th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Cool! Vacation and the Film Fest! :) I saw a couple movies when I was in Melbourne during the festival a few years ago. I'm jealous (though I just conveniently skipped the San Francisco International Film Festival because I forgot to find out when it was on, again, until it was too late.) Let us know if you find any good films to look out for.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on May 29th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Film fests rock! I'm sure San Fran's one would be brilliant! I usually spend a whole month pouring over the program and STILL agonise over my decisions. There's a lot of pot luck involved so sometimes going to lots of movies is the only way to find the good ones... it's a numbers game! *lol* I will definitely post about any good ones.
nehellania on May 29th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
K you're watching Rome! Oh I'm so pleased! (if incredibly behind in reading my flist) I really enjoyed all of the characters on Rome (except Niobe, who mostly just annoyed me) and I was particularly enamored with Atia. And Vorenus and Pullo, who I have mad amounts of love for. I was a little sad that it only had the two seasons, but it was incredibly and consistently kickass the entire time.

And yay about the film festival! I'm sure you'll enjoy reveling in your movie-geek-ness! *g*

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on May 29th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Niobe is V's wife? I'm neutral on her so far. I'm not sure I could say I'm enamoured with Atia yet--the queen bitch character isn't usually a type I get into. But she's certainly great for setting up interesting character dynamics and makes the show a lot more entertaining.

Film festival will be SO GREAT. But also crazy-making, I am sure. *nods* Long queues in the freezing cold, dashing between cinemas, never seeing sunlight...
Dionusia: bad twins plottingdionusia on May 29th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
I may have to re-read along with her. Anyone else want to get on board? *bats eyelashes*

Hmm, I meant to post this before, but -- I'm on board! As soon as I get done with the quarter, that is. I figure my wondertwin has good taste, I should listen to her. ;)

(And thanks for the comm pimpin'!)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on May 29th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Woooo!! YAY! *BG* Truly, my love for these books knows no bounds. And you can indulge in some history geekery. Ok, it's late-medieval history geekery, not classics, but still... *dangles carrot*

I love that you trust me so much. ;-)

(and you're welcome--'tis rockin'!)