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Star Trek (2009)
Monday 20th May 2019 8:47 pm

I don't know how I blinked and ten years has gone by since the 2009 Star Trek film. I was tired the other day, and there's been talk of it, due to it being the tenth anniversary, so I watched it. And then remembered exactly what I thought of it when I saw it for the second time: the plot is paper thin. But the first time round I was so busy being amazed at how good the actors were at being those characters that you don't notice the lack of plot.

What I really liked this time around was Leonard Nimoy. I could really feel his friendship with Kirk, despite it being a Kirk he'd never met (technically) and a Kirk who didn't like him.

I think I am all Star Trekked out now. But the tennis season (on TV) is really winding up - the French Open starts on Sunday.

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Sunday 18th December 2016 5:38 pm

I finally made it to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts this weekend. With the exception of Star Trek films I don't usually go and see films too close to them coming out because I don't like busy cinemas. Although Star Trek I take a day off for and see in the middle of the day, so it's quiet. This weekend was all about the new Star Wars film, so there were Stormtroopers in the lobby. I timed my arrival perfectly to right at the end of the adverts. And the trailers weren't completely awful, which makes a nice change. I enjoyed Fantastic Beasts too, although Newt really reminded me of Matt Smith - it was the hair and the voice.

I discovered, from The Week, that Finding Dory is out on DVD. I failed to see it at the cinema when it was on. Mainly because I wanted to go when it wouldn't be full of kids and by the time I had time to go there weren't any evening showings. But I used Instant Video for the first time and watched it this weekend. So much cheaper than the cinema and gives you the opportunity to get food, go to the toilet and go round closing the curtains while watching. Not to mention seeing the pretty sunset. It was also a good film - it was reminiscent of Finding Nemo, which is what I expected from it, so that was ok.

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Too hot to do anything
Friday 22nd July 2016 8:12 pm

I looked at the weather forecast for the beginning of this week and decided I wasn't doing anything. So I didn't. It was too hot too. And definitely too hot to be turning computers on. So I haven't Things have improved now, though. It comes to something when I get excited about being able to close the windows at night (hayfever is bad at the moment and keeping the window open means waking up not able to see or breathe). I've actually wanted to go to work because we have air con.

But today I had a day off to go and see Star Trek Beyond. I've got into a habit of seeing new Star Trek films on the day they're released and I hate going to the cinema when it's busy, so I went during the day. I managed to time it perfectly, as just after I sat down there was a trailer for Finding Dory. Which I wasn't expecting - I don't remember the last film I went to which had a trailer for a film I actually wanted to see.

Overall I enjoyed it. It was still a bit too actiony for my tastes, but it was better than the last one. I came out feeling excited about Star Trek. But every time Chekov was on screen I couldn't help thinking that this is the last time we'll see Anton Yelchin. It's very sad. I was expecting to see a 'in memory' of something like that at the end of the film, but there wasn't.

I still don't like the new Enterprise. I also didn't like the way they felt the need to swing the camera round and circle it round the action. It wasn't even that it made me dizzy, it just made it very hard to see what was happening. It should be interesting enough that you don't need to do crazy camera tricks.

There was one moment that made me want Scotty to punch Kirk, and that was the moment that was too much like work for me. Kirk asks Scotty to do something, Scotty says it's can't be done. Kirk tells him to do it anyway. Which I realise happened all the time in the original series, but I think it was having the same thing happen at work yesterday that really drove me mad.

That's pretty much all I've done this week! I've got some story ideas written down on paper. I still haven't done any fanfic reading - I have loads starred/bookmarked, waiting to read. Sometime I will get through them.

Mostly I've been dealing/playing with Missy. I moved her into the hall for a couple of days because it was the least hot place in the house. She was not impressed. And kept me awake. We're both glad she's back in her usual corner in the lounge. And now she's being a pain, so it's clearly time to post this and give her attention...

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Star Wars TPM
Sunday 31st January 2016 11:31 am

Yesterday I gave into the urge to watch the Star Wars prequels. Or at least, the bits with Ewan McGregor in (I am so behind on his filmography - I'd nearly caught up at one time too). It took me a while to get used to the English accent, but after a while I stopped thinking of it as Ewan McGregor using an accent and thinking that this is how Obi-Wan speaks. And it brought back so many memories - it was my first big fandom and first slash fandom. Read more...

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Various Yuletidy things
Sunday 27th December 2015 5:33 pm

I've been either tired or trying to finish off my Yuletide fic or both. And then distracted by family things. Although my tendency to wake up early has given me some time to read some Yuletide fic.

I got three stories this year! Three!
The Librarian: Charlene is all about Charlene and how she came to work for the Library. I love that it's all about Charlene and just how you'd imagine it.

The Librarian/The Librarians: 5 Requests for Receipts involves receipt requests and Charlene. It's amusing and in character.

Quantum Leap: Just Add Marshmallows is a sweet Sam & Al friendship drabble.

Yesterday we went to see Star Wars. I was dizzy before we went and my sister made us all leave early so the adverts had barely started when we got there. The trailers were nothing I'd ever want to watch and made me dizzy, so I gave up on those and closed my eyes. And then the very first part of the film was the Star Wars logo getting smaller and making me dizzier, which didn't seem to be a good sign... But apart from getting my sister to read me out the beginning crawl, I just didn't watch the hyperspace bits or the space battles and I was fine (ish). And didn't miss anything.

On the whole, I'd say it was all right. I don't know why everyone's raving about it, but then I don't know why people rave about the original film either. But it did explain why someone at the work Christmas party (which had a Star Wars/sci-fi theme) had their hair in a silly style.

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Star Wars TPM nostalgia
Friday 25th October 2013 9:52 pm

I read a long Star Wars TPM fic this week, after having not read any for years, I think. It mentioned events from films II and III that I really don't remember that well (even after playing Lego Star Wars). It reminded me of a few things from the Jedi Apprentice books that I'd forgotten.

One of the few things I remembered was that Obi-Wan has a friend called Siri, who's a girl. Since I've never heard that name anywhere else, it's very weird to hear Siri with a man's name on Apple products. Although somehow that was marginally less weird than hearing it having the same voice as the Siri joke on The Now Show - that being the place where I first heard the voice.

It's made me all nostalgic, wanting to watch the films (I think I have II and III - they do have Ewan McGregor in, so it seems likely, despite the beard), read the books and read the fics.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour
Saturday 19th October 2013 9:47 pm

Yesterday I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It's expensive, but we got our money's worth, given that we took four hours to get round it all (they estimate it takes three). Although if we'd stopped and watched every video and looked at all the pictures on the audio guide we probably could have spent five hours there (but four was enough).

I took 163 photos (which flickr shows in reverse order and without any of the descriptions, unless you click on each one individually). I'd have taken more, but I got a bit sick of taking photos.


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Sunday 19th May 2013 8:15 pm

I finally saw the latest Bond film today. I didn't go and see it at the cinema because I couldn't be bothered to put the effort in. Plus everyone was saying how great it was and previous things people have raved about I've hated. And I didn't want to hate a Bond film.

I really liked the bit before the beginning credits - I was too busy watching it to crochet. And then it all went a bit downhill. It's hampered by Bond being played by Daniel Craig, which was a definitely downside in the last two films too. But also because they are obsessed with being dark and realistic. It just ended up feeling like a long episode of Spooks, only not as good. That's not what Bond is about. I want fast cars, women with silly names and bad guys wanting to take over the world.

In conclusion - it wasn't awful. But I'm glad I didn't see it at the cinema because I'd have been bored without trying to decide which colour to do next in my crochet to distract me.

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Star Trek Into Darkness (spoilers)
Friday 17th May 2013 8:08 pm

Although I say spoilers, what I really mean is this post won't make any sense if you haven't seen the film. Read more...

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Sunday 24th March 2013 6:44 pm

This weekend's been a good one for discovering things I like.

The films I've been renting from Blockbuster recently have either been Ewan McGregor ones or really popular ones. The really popular ones I've hated and Ewan McGregor doesn't half make odd films (but I only have four of his films to go, including one that's not out on DVD yet and the one I only made it ten minutes through and should really give it a bit longer before giving up on it). The one I watched today was Brave, which I was expecting to be a standard tomboy princess thing and turned out to be surprisingly good.

On the book front, I recently tried a Stephen Baxter book on the basis that I liked the one he and Terry Pratchett wrote. But after 50 pages I couldn't take any more. His characters just all annoyed me and I just can't be doing with it. The summary on the back sounded interesting, but after 50 pages we hadn't even got to the start of it and I just couldn't find the will to pick it up and continue.

Then based on the list I got from the recommend a book panel at Redemption, I got Alistair Reynolds' Revelation Space out of the library. It didn't give a summary on the back and I still have no idea what it's about because I gave up on page 33. According to my notes it was recommended for the real world physics, but I just couldn't bring myself to care about that. His characters were dull, not helped by not a lot of characterisation happening because he was too busy writing all about his world and yet I still didn't have a clue what the world was like.

And then on Friday I got an Elizabeth Moon book (the first Vatta book). Which I didn't intend to read because I'm currently reading one of Mum's and promised to read another at Easter. And now I'm two-thirds of the way through. Finally, some decent characterisation! And likeable characters! Interesting situations! No infodumps! (well, there was one of two paragraphs, but I skipped that).

So it turns out there are films and books in the world that I haven't tried before that I like. I was beginning to wonder.

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The Hobbit (spoiler free)
Thursday 27th December 2012 8:08 pm

I went to see The Hobbit yesterday (although according to the tickets what I actually saw was 'The Hob'). We saw the three LOTR films on Boxing Day, so it was a tradition. We made the mistake of turning up one minute after the adverts started, so ended up sitting down for three hours. After two I had run out of comfortable positions to sit in. I think my back's only just recovered.

But we did see it in a really small screen, with only about 30 people, which was really nice. We'll try and see the next two in that one, next year and the year after.

It also took me a couple of hours to get over the dizziness. The beginning especially had a lot of camera sweeping over the landscape and spinning round. Which was very pretty, but I had to watch it with my eyes closed. Now I remember why I don't go to the cinema often.

But aside from those things, I did enjoy it. Watching it reminded me what I'd enjoyed in LOTR. I remember bits of the book, but not necessarily in order, and the only bits of the appendices I really remember are the bits with Elrond in (ie the important bits).

It has made me want to get back into the fandom - aside from my [info]b2mem and [info]lotr_community dabblings. Without looking at my lotr wip folder, I remember I started writing The Tale of Arathorn and Gilraen, and there was an idea I had with one of Elrond's sons falling in love with Gilraen, which could be an interesting contrast to Arwen falling in love with a Man. If I just get back to it...

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Fun with websites
Monday 24th December 2012 7:11 pm

My Christmas project is to sort out my website and create the Rotary website. So far I have created the Rotary website, just not put anything on it. With mine I've updated WordPress and played with plugins, broken some things and fixed others. The trouble is that I could endlessly play with it. It's just as well I don't go back to work until the 2nd.

Wednesday I'm off to see The Hobbit (in glorious 2D normal frame rate). We saw each Lord of the Rings films on successive Boxing Days, so it's only traditional to see The Hobbit on Boxing Day too.

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Not seeing Bond
Tuesday 6th November 2012 9:35 pm

When the latest Bond film came out I debated about seeing it vs not seeing it at the cinema. Then half term came along and since I wasn't going out any evening I thought about seeing it on Tuesday, which is the cheap night in the local cinema. But then I realised it was half term and it only just came out the previous Friday, so I'd be better off waiting until this week. Except this week there is tennis. From next week everything starts back up again and work looks like being too busy to do anything other than work and sleep until mid-December, so staying out late at the cinema doesn't fit with that. So I'll wait until it's out on DVD, like most films, and justify my Blockbuster DVD rental subscription.

The reason I can't get that excited about Bond is because the last two have been a bit grumpy and real worldy, when what I really want is OTT and baddies destroying the world, possibly with the aid of a cat. Plus the current films do have Daniel Craig in them, which is never going to help (I can't work out how anyone could possibly think he's handsome). Also, I've recently watched action films (well, half an hour of) that other people loved and they bored me to tears. So I'm not really in the mood for an action film.

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Comic book films
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 9:34 pm

What with it seems like everyone in the world having seen Avengers Assemble I was trying to decide whether or not to see it. For a start everyone keeps calling it The Avengers, which I would like to see, but that just requires me getting my Emma Peel box set down and trying to work out which black and white episodes I haven't seen yet. Aside from that, on the one hand everyone having seen it really, really makes me not want to see it. Every time anyone talks about it, they make me not want to see it more. However, when no one talks about it I wonder if maybe it is actually good.

I've also never liked comics. That's partly because I can't work out how to read them - I know you start at the top and left, but sometimes the speech bubbles are at the top right and bottom left, so then where you do start? But also because I hate that they have pictures. If I want to read then I need words and maybe a few pictures to illustrate scenes, but they shouldn't get in the way.

Someone at work said I'd like it if I liked Firefly because it had the same humour. And then I discovered it was written by Joss Whedon, which explains that. But although I liked Buffy, Angel and Firefly, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog did nothing for me. It was all right, but not that great.

Someone else at work said that in order to understand it you need to have seen Thor and Captain America first. I haven't even heard of Captain America, I thought he meant Team America. Which I also haven't seen.

And then I found out it has Iron Man in. Now that film everyone was going on about when it came out and I couldn't understand why because I was getting it confused with Man of Iron. Why someone would be making a film out of Paul Darrow's awful Blake's 7 script, I don't know, but if it was played like it is at Redemption I'd go and see it. Once it was out on DVD I gave it a try. After half an hour I'd lost the will to live. But since a lot of people seemed to think it was good I gave it another go the next day. Another half an hour and I'd lost the will to live again, so I gave up. When I said this at work yesterday someone agreed the beginning was boring and said Iron Man 2 was better. I'm not prepared to verify that statement, though. A film has just got to be exciting earlier.

I borrowed X:Men First Class (not sure where the punctuation is in there) because I did want to see it and hadn't got round to it. I have seen the first X:Men film, which was all right and for some reason I think I've seen the second, which was boring. I watched it on Saturday night. Bit of it had potential, but the whole thing was boring - it moved so slowly. After 67 minutes I felt like I'd been watching for two hours and I gave up. I could have skipped bits and not missed much.

Apart from the slowness my other problems with it were that the mutant powers didn't make sense. When there's a bloke with telepathy and a girl who can shape shift, why was there a girl who could do both? How did a girl who was blue not attract attention sooner? And the villain was just stupidly overpowered and where's the fun in that?

I suspect, though, that my problems with the film are just general comic book things, which means that I won't like Avengers Assemble. And at any rate, I should definitely not go and see it at the cinema, where you can't do something at the same time as watching it or take breaks.

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I’m not good at popular things
Tuesday 10th April 2012 6:25 pm

I'm terrible with wanting to try a book/film/TV series that's popular. There were four Harry Potter books out and a film on the way before I decided that maybe it was popular for a reason and perhaps I'd try it. Of course by that time the first book was really cheap because it had been out for a while, so that helped.

Since then I've been better at trying things. Lost, Heroes and Once Upon a Time were big hits before they were on over here. But none of those I enjoyed for various reasons.

The latest big thing is The Hunger Games. I don't know anything about it, except that it's a book and a film. I'm quite happy not knowing anything about it because I refuse to try it. Everyone else is reading it therefore I don't want to. And I definitely shouldn't go and see the film given that it gave [info]jedinic motion sickness, so I dread to think what it would do to me.

But Downton Abbey and A Game of Thrones were series I held out on for longer and then enjoyed. Perhaps the answer is not to try something when it's popular, but wait until everyone who's going to watch it has tried it and the fuss has died down, then give it a go. I even enjoy Doctor Who less the more people it seems are watching it...

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This week
Sunday 7th August 2011 8:40 pm

This week I have been acting as if I'm not ill. So now I am regretting it. There went my weekend of actually getting things done.

But on Tuesday I went to see Harry Potter. It was good and I was very glad I hadn't read the book since it came out because I remembered quite a bit of it. Although it was quite surreal watching it, having played Lego Harry Potter. I kept recognising bits of Hogwarts.

Today I posted my Sci-Fi Big Bang story: The Atlantis Sacrifice, which turned into a massive pain in the arse. First I discovered that the plugin I have that automatically posts links between all parts of your fic broke a few WP versions ago. There are alternatives, but they just create new taxonomies, and I can do that myself.

Then uploading multiple chapters to A03 was really hard. I didn't look at the help because I expected it to be obvious. I ended up with chapters in the wrong order and some of them repeated. And I thought it was all draft, but it wasn't.

And then LJ decided not to let me read the comm. It still isn't, but I can still open individual posts and the RSS feed is definitely updating, so I don't know what its problem is.

The word count on this Big Bang was 25,000, but I only managed 24,100. It took enough effort to add in the last 3000, I wasn't going to manage another 900. And annoyingly, it's still not the longest thing I've ever written. The last Big Bang I did had a word count of 20,000 and I wrote 26,000.

But now it's all finished and posted and I really have no excuse to not start of my fic.

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Return to Middle-earth
Monday 30th August 2010 8:31 pm

Back when I wrote some LOTR drabbles for my drabble a day month, I thought about how much of the whole universe I've forgotten. I thought a bank holiday weekend would be good for watching all three films, one a day because it's been years since I saw them. I didn't quite make it for the May ones, but I did manage it this weekend.

And it's not just facts I've forgotten either. I'd forgotten how funny and brave Pippin was, how loyal Sam was, how pretty Anduril was. And Elrond. I don't think he was right in the film, in terms of looks -he was too old and not pretty enough. But he spends most of the last two angsting over Arwen, and for that, I can forgive a lot.

I stopped writing in the fandom because I thought I've said everything I could about Elrond and Estel. Well, Elrond in general, but those two especially. And now I'm thinking there are loads of things I didn't write. Which could have been because I read them instead, but, that was years ago anyway.

I am currently re-reading Nilmandra's History Lessons because it's good and has lots of Elrond, but also because I've forgotten a lot and if LOTR is hard to get through (and it is - I hate description, Tolkien loves it...), The Silmarillion is worse.

I did, however, manage to write a drabble: My Heart and in the words of Samwise Gamgee: I'm back. Or at least, I intend to be.

And I leave you with my new found screen capping ability of one of my favourite scenes (despite not being in the book) as it features Elrond, Aragorn and an exceedingly pretty sword.

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Alice in Wonderland
Sunday 11th April 2010 8:47 pm

I couldn't decide whether or not to go and see the new Alice in Wonderland film. I'd seen pictures and knew it was Tim Burton, so I knew it was going to be weird. Given that Alice in Wonderland is my favourite book, I was either going to love it or hate it. My sister thought it was "alright", so I thought I'd go and see it this afternoon.

The cinema was nice and empty. The 3D glasses cost me 80p(!) and say on them that you should only wear them in theatres. So I shouldn't have been wearing them in the cinema... The thing with 3D glasses is they used to be cardboard with red and green coloured eyes. Now they're proper plastic glasses, which don't work well over glasses. So my nose really hurt. And the 3D didn't add anything - it was completely pointless, but there wasn't an option of seeing it in 2D.

The film itself was a bit of a case of spot-the-actor. Alice's mum was Lindsay Duncan. I spent the film trying to work out why I recognised Hamish - it turns out he was in the first series of Ashes to Ashes, which I watched recently. And I eventually worked out that Alice's brother-in-law was a copper, but I had to look it up to discover he was one of the Sergeants in Midsomer Murders.

I liked it more than the SyFy version - although that did turn Alice into an American, which I object to in principle. They both used the same bits of the books and missed out some of the best bits - like The Walrus and the Carpenter for instance.

My two complaints with it were that the young Alice looked like a doll and they kept calling the Jobberwock the Jabberwocky. To the extent where I thought maybe I was wrong, but I looked it up when I got home and it is the poem that is called Jabberwocky, the creature in it is a Jabberwock. That's quite hard to get wrong if they'd just read the books!

All in all it was alright, but they took a lot of the childish mystery out of it. They turned croquet into a horrible sport that hurt the hedgehog and that's not what it's all about. I'd say that the books are much better, but that's always going to be the case, really.

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Saturday 8th August 2009 10:09 pm

It's been a bit of a dramatic week this week. First my landlord delivered my new washing machine last Saturday. Except when I did some washing when it spun it made loud noises and moved around - so much so that it came out from under the side and the pipe taking waste water away came out, so there was soapy horrible water all over the cupboard under the sink. I looked in the manual and on the internet about what it could be and found it must be something to do with it not being level. Read more...

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What I did with my weekend
Monday 25th May 2009 8:31 pm

This weekend couldn't be more of a contrast to last weekend: Last Sunday I spent freezing and wishing I could go back in time to the day before to turn the heating on. This Sunday was boiling and I had all the windows open. Today at least there's more of a breeze and no sun. But I do have to close the windows in the lounge to hear the telly over the trains...

I tidied and my lounge feels so much bigger, even though pretty much all I did was sort out all the piles of paper I had on my dining room table and coffee table. I also rearranged it a bit. I realised, after coming back from being at home, that the telly wasn't really in the best place to see it from the sofa. And because I'd pulled it out of the corner a bit, there was a whole load of wasted space in the corner. So I rearranged my desks and telly a bit. And even took photos: Before 1, Before 2, After 1, After 2. Spot the magically moving pictures above my desk and amazing disappearing balloon!

Friday I saw In the Loop, which was really good. It was nicer to see it on a smaller screen than the one I saw Star Trek on. But I did spend the whole thing trying to work out where I recognised Simon Foster from and it was only when I looked it up that I discovered he was Guy Burgess in Cambridge Spies. One of the funny bits in it was when Malcolm Tucker (who's Scottish) told the American General not to call him English, and the General just look bewildered as to why! In an interview with Armando Iannucci he says that he's doing a second series of The Thick of It, which will be good.

I've also signed up for [info]who_remix, partly on the basis that if I don't have to write anything I never will while I'm still ill.

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