The Hunger Games: Saw it Friday night, of course, and I liked! I liked a lot! I'm new to the books and all and I wouldn't call myself a hardcore, passionate fan, and it was certainly WAY overhyped, but still, I was pretty impressed. Though I have to say, I started off being mildly annoyed--that was one boring-ass font. And it was a bit of a cheat to just explain the concept of the Games in title cards, especially since the little film at the beginning of the Reaping did a pretty good job of that, but I'll let it go. Overall I was impressed at the handling of exposition; there really wasn't too much As You Know, Bob dialogue, which is good because I hate that. It actually didn't really feel too long to me, and there were parts of the book that I kinda thought dragged, like some of pre-Games preparation and the cave scenes and stuff. But this moved along pretty steadily--I really liked how the Reaping scene was so sudden and shocking (not to mention entirely unscored and silent), since that's how it felt for Katniss--she just volunteered instinctively and was on the stage and it was over in two seconds before she'd even really thought about it. Honestly, all of that stuff with Prim and the salute from the rest of the District and saying goodbye to her family--I was just legit like
because, like, I didn't actually know I cared that much, tbh. The third book made me cry at the end, but the first one didn't really at all--but Prim tucking in her little duck-tail (AARGH) and then slowly starting to go up to the stage and then screaming for Katniss as Gale carried her away...that really, really got to me. I don't even know. I'm so glad Prim's actually a good actor, though, since she really becomes a legit awesome character later on. The mockingjay pin thing was a little weird, but then I decided it was kind of a metaphor; it didn't really have any big meaning, but the people adopted it as a symbol of the rebellion anyway, since that's what they needed. Weirdly, I was thinking of that famous WWII flag-raising photo; the real story behind that isn't particularly grand or heroic, but that's what people needed, so that's what they read into it.
...uh, OK, this is already getting long. Really liked the performances pretty much across the board; Jen was unsurprisingly great and really nailed her combination of bravery and awesomeness and kinda cold, unforgiving bluntness--I actually really liked the thing where she basically ordered her mother to keep her shit together and take care of Prim after she left. Not our usual emotional mother-daughter goodbye! The boys impressed me more than I thought they might; Gale wasn't in it nearly enough and I was annoyed, but I guess he'll be in the others more. I liked the way they showed Peeta's skill with words; his interview with Caesar was great, where he mimicked his pose--isn't that a psychological thing to make people sympathize with you or something? Tucci was awesome, as was Elizabeth Banks ("I hear they don't get dessert, and you do!") and Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz (uh yeah OK shipping it a little bit; sorry)--my face legit went !!!!! when he said "I'm sorry this happened to you," since that's what Rick said to the crawling half-zombie in the pilot of TWD, and there are totally parallels there or something. Rue was adorable and broke my heart (someone behind me kept giving little mewls of sadness every time she was onscreen, and I was like YES THANK YOU JEFF THAT WILL BE ALL), though I wish she'd had more scenes with Katniss. I really didn't bother keeping track of most of the other tributes in the book, since I...kinda knew they were gonna die, but I liked the addition of a bit of sympathy for Cato at the end there, when he said "I'm already dead." I also really liked the addition of the scenes of Seneca (seriously, when I read CF I was like "...who?") and the Gamemakers; I thought it was interesting that they didn't seem particularly evil or sadistic when they were fucking shit up in the arena. It really was just a 'game' to them. (And I enjoy that every futuristic movie ever needs to have those Tony Stark touch-screen computer things.)
I've seen people objecting to the shaky cam, but I thought it worked; the violence was clearly still there, it's just that we were seeing it from her perspective, when she was running and just trying to save herself and not entirely focusing on what else was going on. I said "oh, wow" out loud when we saw that first shot of the Capitol people and their insane outfits; the colors were just amazing. I thought the Peeta/Katniss stuff was sufficiently ambiguous; if I hadn't read the books I really wouldn't have been entirely sure if either one of them genuinely had romantic feelings for the other or if they were just trying to survive, which I guess is the point, since I sort of thought they weren't 100% sure at that point either. I liked the placement of the flashbacks, of Peeta giving her the bread and of her father's death, and I thought adding the revolt in 11 was a good idea too, since it sets up CF pretty well. I missed the Avox...es, though, and the style team. I did think it was a good idea to change the thing where the bear-dogs (whatever) had the eyes of the dead tributes, since I found that really misleading in the books; I legit thought they were the tributes, their bodies mutated into beasts or whatever. Overall I don't really have any huge complaints, though--this excruciatingly specific list points out several good & bad differences between book and movie, and I thought most of them worked. Though I always appreciate that level of nitpicking. I think I'm more excited for CF, though, because that area is NUTS and I want to meet Johanna and Finnick and all those people. So yeah, pretty satisfied, and I'd see it again, probably. Also, the music was great--I legit went "oh, that's why it was awesome!" when I saw James Newton Howard and T-Bone Burnett's names in the credits. Been cranking this soundtrack for days.
(Also, I had the requisite "oh crap I've been chosen as tribute" dream last night. [David: "How quickly did you die?" Jerk.] It was actually pretty dark; I was see-sawing between "I WILL FIGHT TO THE LAST FUCKING SECOND" and "...yeah, gonna die, might as well deal with it." I kept trying to write my farewell LJ entry [yeah, I know], but I couldn't figure out how to phrase it, and I kept telling myself that I just couldn't die at the Cornucopia because that'd be embarrassing as hell for my family back home, so I had to make it at least, like, a day. I was up against all these kids I knew in high school and I was all "we can't kill each other, we're friends!" but then I realized it was, like, all the big, strapping boys and I was like "...oh, crap." And it made me think, I mean, there really is some deep shit in those books; it's one thing to have characters confronting their own imminent deaths, but it really changes things when they're freakin' teenagers. Damn. Heavy boots.)
OK, so I already downloaded The Deep Blue Sea when it leaked a few months ago, but I went to see it again today anyway because I am stupidly loyal and wanted to give it a little money. It was SUPPOSED to come out next weekend so it wouldn't be up against the biggest fucking movie of the year so far, but noooo. Sheesh. I attempted to get a bunch of Hiddlestoners together for, like, a meetup/viewing party, but in the end there were only three of us, which is not quite a fleet. But it was fun. I liked it more the second time around--I read the play in between and they really changed a lot; the play takes place all in one day inside the apartment, for one thing. I'm all for non-linear narratives, but I thought some of the flashbacks were pretty clunkily done. Like, to establish that Freddie's a former pilot who's still obsessed with the war, we get a 90-second scene of him flat-out saying "I survived the Battle of England!" Like, yes, OK, be more blunt about it, please. Overall I thought the added scenes were noticeably less well-written than the stuff from the original text, like the scenes with William's mother and the art museum thing and whatnot ("TO THE IMPRESSIONISTS!!"); it was all just pretty heavy-handed. However, I really liked Rachel and Tom's performances; I found him really effective in the scenes towards the end where he breaks up with her and then when he leaves in the morning, because for the first time you could really see his genuine conflict and his feelings towards her. (For the record, I had a Freddie of my own once, though I handled it VERY differently, and their goodbye scene actually made me almost miss him for the first time in yeeears, even though he was a butt-faced miscreant and we were a trainwreck together. THANKS, TOM.) I'm fascinated by all the different ways reviews have been describing Freddie, including "prickly," "amorous," "rakish," "dashing" and my personal favorite, "psychically scarred." I feel like he was just as damaged as Hester was, he just handled it really differently, and I think Tom really picked up on that fact and played it through his quick temper and everything. [OH LOOK WAR FEELS AGAIN THAT IS SO SHOCKING REALLY] You could tell why they'd both try to convince themselves, for their own specific reasons, that they were madly, perfectly in love, even though I think they both also kinda knew it couldn't last. I liked Simon Russell Beale a lot, though I might've liked to have seen a few scenes of him away from her, by himself. And I wanted to know how he knew Freddie. The score was kind of aggressive sometimes, but I loved the period-appropriate songs they used, like "You Belong To Me" (which is one of my fave songs EVER) and "Molly Malone" (oh man, that scene in the tube station during the bombing was fabulous ♥). I really wanted to punch the DP, though--I thought I just downloaded a really dark copy, but no, the whole damn movie was actually just, like, barely lit. That was as annoying as in The Conspirator. Sheesh. Anyway, I wish I LOVED it, but I liked it more the second time, once I noticed more of the subtleties.
Aaaaand what was our boy doing while we were in the movie? WINNING SHIT, LIKE A BOSS:
*squeal* I voted for that! I think! Darling! ♥ (Those pictures with Hayley Atwell are wrinkling my brain, since she's my headcanon!Emma Harrow. Not to mention Peggy Carter. WHY DOES EVERYONE KNOW EACH OTHER AAUGH)
COMMUNITY: Troy and Abed, Being Serious! D: Nooo! I suppose they had to do something to keep them moving forward and all, but noooo! That was so sad! I realized that we probably all thought it'd be Troy who pulled away, if one of them did, since he's the 'cooler' one, so to have Abed retreat from him a little is EVEN WORSE. (And were he and Evil Abed [OH MY GOD BE A RECURRING CHARACTER PLEASE] in Serenity at the end?! WERE THEY?! I totally thought they were and started screaming and I JUST DON'T KNOW BUT I THINK MAYBE--anyway.) Here's a fun fact about me: I am a ridiculous sucker for celeb impersonations. It's just my fave thing ever. So that was hilarious (although I am totally humorless and never OK with making fun of Michael Jackson, sorry). Faux-by! Seacrest! Cher from Mask hanging out in the background! Glorious. Jeff Hulking out was hilarious, especially since all he did was sort of ineffectually push the kid out of the way on the stage. Heh. Also, "I don't know who told you that pouting was an option for you, but all you're making me feel is hatred for Renee Zellweger." AHAHAHAHA WOW. Amazing. I already knew Chang was getting an army because Ken totally said it at PaleyFest, but that was awesome anyway. I still love his insanity. Oh, and Shirley as Oprah: genius. NOW GET BACK TOGETHER, BOYS
SUPERNATURAL: HE KEPT IT IN HIS CAR
HE KEPT THE COAT IN HIS CAR. HE KEPT. THE COAT. IN HIS CAR. FOR ALL THOSE MONTHS.
MY BABY. MY FEELINGS. THEIR FACES. MY HEART. Oh, the sounds I made. I guess they could've drawn out the "Emmanuel" thing longer and not just told him right away, but WHATEVER, why wait to break my heart? GODDDD he was still just so Cas-like ("this silence is very uncomfortable") and Dean's face and they were in the car (skldsjkfjldskfks) and THEN HE SAVED SAM AND--OK, I love that we're dealing with the wall stuff long-term, but I'm kind of having the wrong reaction because I just love Mark SO MUCH that his being there delights me rather than makes me worried & sad for Sammy. :\ Oops. But I guess he's gone now? I don't know, but they'd BETTER not just leave Cas there to rot. It's fuckin' bad enough they left Adam IN HELL for NO REASON AT ALL; they can't just abandon poor crazy Cas. (Can we have some Mark/Misha angel-bro scenes? Pleeeease?) And I was actually kinda glad to see Meg back, though I still prefer Meg 1.0. I guess we'll get more scenes with her & Cas, since she's a nurse now? I mean, he has to have a redemptive arc; he survived (AGAIN) for a reason, right? RIGHT?! I noticed he didn't ask about Bobby. :\ But I also don't accept that Bobby's dead, so maybe that's related. I just--I really want him to factor into the season's arc in a meaningful way, since I still really do not get why they got rid of him in the first place. It just didn't make narrative sense to me, nor with Bobby. So if they can make it make sense, that'd be good. And then I could have all the feels again.
ONCE UPON A TIME: Yeeeeep, I was right--Hatter was DELIGHTFUL and I loved him. (Why did I think Sebastian Stan was British? That name? Or because I think everyone's British? But he's Romanian and went to school in New York. Uh. Well.) And hooooooly hell, am I shipping it now--he was just INCHES from Emma like ALL THE TIME and there was that one bit where his nose was in her hair and um wow yeah slfdgjdfgdskfkss. Awesome. Although he seemed to have something major going on with the Queen, too, actually. He could get it every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Was he wearing eyeliner, or is that just his face? Oh, it works either way. So he's 'mad' and he knows about the curse and the two worlds--does that means Belle knows too? I hope so. And I'm kind of disappoint that we didn't see more of the Queen of Hearts, since she's so iconic--maybe they're saving her for something cooler. I'm also fairly sure it's significant that there actually wasn't an Alice anywhere to be seen. ("I hate Wonderland." Heh.) I loved Gold kind of screwing over Regina, since I'm still holding onto hope of his becoming good, kinda, sorta. This was before Regina totally killed her dad, right? Snow did something to take him away and then the Queen used Hatter to get him back but then killed him later--Jesus, I am too dim for this show. My brain has atrophied since "Lost." But something like that. And does Emma finally believe?! Because it's about time! I totally fell for it when she was telling Jefferson (...Thomas? Airplane?) about how she wants to believe Mary's her mom and everything (ffffuuu I must stop shipping theeeem) and then brained him with the telescope, heh. But really, she needs to catch on already. I loved the look on Henry's face when she asked to borrow the book and he said "Absolutely!" That kid's not a bad actor. I desperately hope we get more of Jefferson--they need to stop introducing fabulous characters for, like, one episode only, because it makes me sad. Good God, I have a quite a track record with Hatters. Andrew Lee-Potts, Johnny, now this chappie...that says so much about me. BUT REALLY
DON'T ACT LIKE THAT'S NOT HOT AS FUCK
...and I watched State of Grace last night and that was AWESOME, but this entry's too fuckin' long anyway so I'm going to go eat a cookie. Ta.