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OK, so, Dark Shadows was...not quite what I'd hoped for. And what's up with no premiere and no Letterman?! I miss you, jackass! But hey, all the behind-the-scenes stuff with your BFFs Tim & Helena was cute enough to make me forgive it, mostly. And your MTV Awards performance was fuckin' awesome--how did you know I love The Black Keys?! And like the song says, when I said that I loved you I meant that I love you forever. So maybe you could just do some more original stuff with Tim...or hey, get Shantaram back up & running? I did read a 900-page book for you, yo. But anyway, have a very happy birthday, and next year, when you're 50 and I'm 25, that'd be an excellent time for us to get married or whatever. Just 'cuz of math.

Love always,
Rose xxx

[Prometheus. Spoilers all up in here because there's lots to discuss.]So of course I saw Prometheus last night, and I...was kinda disappoint, ngl. Some people are reacting really, like, scathingly, but I'm genuinely sad that I didn't love it, because I was hoping to. I don't adore alien movies, and I don't adore Ridley Scott, but I ♥ basically the entire cast and the hype and secrecy around it really kinda worked on me and raised my hopes. But alas. I didn't hate it; the visuals were awesome and I really genuinely loved Noomi--she basically owned the movie, imo--and Fassy. It was just the writing and the structure and how much information we were given: like, I was unclear from the very start why we were meant to assume that aliens = gods and they were the beings that created humans. I didn't really get that leap. I chalked the whole "open invitation" thing up to regular ol' hubris, but then that didn't quite play out. It just felt like--it was one of those movies where I'm sitting there going "is this over my head, or is it just kind of incoherent?" I wasn't sure if the problem was me or the movie itself, and I couldn't tell if/when I should check out and stop trying, I guess. I hate when that happens. And why, why did they cast Guy Pearce in that role?! As soon as I recognized him I was like 'oh, OK, so he's not dead, and he's gonna come back and get down with some weird de-aging immortal-y Benjamin Button shit (and it will go horribly wrong, etc)', but then...that didn't happen at all. So I've gotta assume they were either setting up for a sequel or they were just fucking with us entirely. Which normally I'd respect, but this just felt random.

And frankly, if there is a sequel, I would actually be 100% OK with it just being Noomi and Fassy's Head in a Bag. They were easily the most interesting characters to me. I did like mostly everyone else, though--nice to see Kate Dickie, aka crazy Lysa Arryn (oh man, can't wait for next season. "Only Cat." ahhhhh. And go watch Red Road immediately), and Logan Marshall-Green (hipster opinion: I have known/liked him since the S4 finale of SVU, "Soulless"), not to mention Idris, of course. But I figured from the start that David couldn't just be a mindless borg servant guy, since he's way too interesting of an actor to cast in a one-note part. As usual, I liked what he had to say about the character: "He is jealous and arrogant because he realizes that his knowledge is all-encompassing and therefore he is superior to the humans." That's really interesting, to have him be kind of petty like that. And the two of them had some great scenes together--though does she know that he basically killed Charlie? I'm thinking not. And why did he do that, by the way? Just to see what the black stuff would do to a human? On Guy Pearce's orders? And are we supposed to think that, like, basically everything that happens in the Alien franchise is because of David, because he infected Charlie and Charlie impregnated Elizabeth (Wham Line of the summer: "It's not exactly a traditional fetus." AAAAAAARGH) and she gave birth, kinda, to that thing? That was NUTS. Not only was that scene completely horrifying (suck on it, Breaking Dawn!), but it was shockingly unimportant to the plot. I mean, the...alien-death baby obviously lived and implanted in the Engineer or whatever, but she basically has this horrific C-section thing and then...never mentions it again. I just wasn't sure there. And then, like, I was kinda thinking of Sunshine and figured everyone would die--oh, my sweet Michelotto, I figured you were a goner pretty early, but did you have to turn into a horrifying alien-zombie? Lawd. And then everyone did die, except for Noomi, and there was a good ten minutes when she was running around doing stuff and I'm like "wait, what? Aren't you alone and stuck on a planet two years away from Earth? Why...are you still doing stuff?" But then she set off to do more sciencin', and while I'm not entirely sure how that would work I do like that she's that determined and badass. I did like her a lot all over the place. I just still have many, many questions, and I'm not 100% sure the writers could answer all of them, necessarily, if asked. And that, of course, is the same problem I had with "Lost" towards the end, and since I personally am a crazy-complicated-Method-backstory kinda writer myself, that causes me great pain. Basically, it feels like it was adapted from a novel I've never read, and like 2/3 of the background info was cut out. Except it wasn't. :\ But still, Fassy & Noomi. ♥ The Grand Space Adventures of Lisbeth and Erik!

Oh, and are we supposed to assume that Idris and Charlize did in fact have sex and we DIDN'T GET TO SEE IT? Because that is absolutely, 100% unacceptable. No. This cockblock malfeasance will not stand. (Oh, and hi, random Patrick Wilson cameo, what up, bb. Sorry about "A Gifted Man.")

[And Snow White and the Huntsman. Also spoilers.]And then I did a Charlize double feature and saw Snow White and the Huntsman--my hopes were considerably lower for that one, and I think that's why I was more pleased with it. Obviously it didn't try as hard, but it didn't take itself as seriously, so that made it kinda OK. First of all, visual/costume porn all over the place (same D.P. as Bright Star and Queen Colleen Atwood = hearts in my eyes), and of course Charlize was just fiercin' it up everywhere, as expected. I kinda wanted more of her backstory--there was definitely a rape vibe there, right? With that other king who kidnapped her or whatever? Not to mention ridiculous sexual tension all over the place with her brother, Ridiculously Destitute Man's Jaime Lannister. I am just legit assuming those two hit it at some point. And Lawd, if we're talking chemistry, could Snow and Ravenna have been more hatesexy? With the obsession and turning into William and kissing her (!) and the layers behind "you cannot have my heart"...goddamn, man. (Not to mention Charlize and Kristen just being Sapphic as fuck in every interview. And Chris just sitting there politely, probably daydreaming about Tom. I AM JUST SAYING.) I am all over that incredibly dark ship. And gotta say, that's how you do a love triangle. Snow had a real connection with both William and the Huntsman ["Eric," apparently?], but that didn't become the entire point of her character. I was getting Katniss vibes in a good way with her: the story's really about her and not just about her feelings for the guys, and she's brave and compassionate and can handle her shit, but doesn't just instantly know how to be A Leader Of Men out of nowhere. She's a savior and beautiful and all, but she didn't really have that hardcore Mary Sue quality of being The Best At Everything. That was nice. And it didn't end with a wedding! It didn't end with a wedding!! Hooray! I mean, I liked the hints of love and I don't think being a ~Strong Female Character~ means you can't have a man or whatever, but it was just so cool to see her becoming queen on her own without needing to have a king, right away, necessarily. I totally dug the open-ended conclusion there. I think the case could be made for both dudes; I was kinda getting big-brotherly vibes from the Huntsman at times, even during his speech when she was Mostly Dead (and move over, Jensen Ackles, because we got a new Single Manly Tear champ here. Remember in Thor? "Can I come home?" AAHHHH NOOOO FEELS), but they were totally hot as well. And obvs his kiss was True Love or whatever, but she & William had the whole childhood-BFFs thing, which of course is like my fave trope ever. But she didn't NEED either dude to give her character meaning. So that's awesome.

Also, talk about casting! I spent half the movie going "That's Sam Claflin. No, it's not. Yes it is. No it's not." But the dwarves!! I heard that there was some wank about not casting real little people--which, like, I completely see their point, but don't compare it to blackface, dude--but I had NO idea it was all those BAMFs. Toby Jones and Hottie Grandpa Ian McShane (!!!) and Ray Winstone and Nick Frost (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and Eddie Marsan...?! The hell? Was it me, or did they do like NO press at all for this movie? I mean, it was a cool, unexpected treat, but...weird, man. And this was my 100th film of the year, yay!

BREAKING BAD: OK, well, I'm already into S3, but before I forget: I actually saw the S3 premiere, "No Mas," for work like two years ago, so sadly for me I already knew that Jane died and the planes crashed as a result and stuff. But I did NOT know, or forgot, that Walt was IN THE ROOM WATCHING at the time. Holy shit. Everything about Jane/Jesse was just life-ruinous. They're, like, grinning at each other and cuddling in bed and he's geeking out about New Zealand and I'm just going 'oh my god, this is going to be THE WORST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO ME.' And it was. His utter breakdown in the season finale wrecked me, and his whole metaphorical father-son thing with Walt was already really getting to me over the whole season, so when he actually called him "son" in the crackhouse or whatever I was just completely ugly-crying. "I loved her more than anything." NO GOD WHY AARON PAUL LET ME LOVE YOU JFC--and to be fair, there was a fair bit of hilarity in their relationship as well, especially in "4 Days Out": "What are we building?" "You said it yourself." "...A robot?" HEE. The fact that those two utterly adore each other IRL does not hurt at all. Hell, the show's surprisingly funny all over the place--"I can't be all about spellin' and shit!" I DIE. It was kind of a huge bummer that I knew about the creepy pink bear and stuff all along, but still, I am IN. LOVE. with the fact that they mapped out that entire thing and teased it out over the whoooole season. Continuity FOR THE WIN. And of course on Wikipedia Vince Gilligan is like "yeah, that was incredibly difficult and we're never doing it again." D'oh. (Oh, and fun fact: "Seven Thirty-Seven" "Down" "Over" "ABQ" was meant to be a clue. That no one could possibly ever get, but still, props.) Of course fandom hates Skyler because fandom kinda sucks that way sometimes, but I do not; I think she's awesome and I love that she systematically figured everything out in the end there, though I thought maaaybe we should've seen a scene or two of that happening, just a bit. And I somehow really like Hank, even though I totally feel like I shouldn't. I love that he's kind of having his own quiet breakdown on the side and no one's really noticing; it's really sad. (I knew about the head on the turtle--DANNY TREJO!--but I didn't remember that it EXPLODED. JESUS, THIS SHOW.) Saul is kind of a total delight, and I adore Giancarlo Esposito, not just because he has a super-cool last name (heeeey) but because he's just perfect for the role--like, he just has that perfect face where he really could be just a everyday chicken-shack manager dude, or he could be the most terrifying kingpin motherfucker around and you'd just never know unless he wants you to. Ugh, yes. YEEESSS. Oh God, and sweet, sweet Walter Jr. Flynn, with his adorable Comic Sans sparkly website for his dad. I cannot. And Jesse with the little kid in "Peekaboo." I just CAAAN'T. glasscaseofemotion.gif

OK, time for more episodes~

bigbang_mixup fic coming REALLY REALLY SUPER-SOON. Get excited!

i enjoyed Prometheus enough (visually stunning) but it's one of those movies that is totally awesome providing you don't actually care much about it making any sense. lol.

and 'sorry about a Gifted Man'? did it get cancelled and no one told me?

I kept being unsure if I should, like, mentally check out or if I should keep trying to keep up with it. It's one of those things that definitely requires conversation with others. :P

It did get cancelled, yes. :\ And Patrick was kinda bluntly unsurprised, according to Twitter. CBS really didn't promote it too hard. Awkward!

i think there were a lot of good ideas/themes through the movie. i just think it was disjointed. like it needed another hour to let things evolve properly.

no i'm not surprised that show got cancelled but i'm still sad. i enjoyed having Patrick on my tv every week

That was me with Awake. :\ Wasn't surprised, but I love Jason sfm. I only saw the pilot of AGM, though it looked pretty good; my mom really liked it. Bad timeslot, I guess.

Ridiculously Destitute Man's Jaime Lannister

I am legit Not Okay with them making the brother so fuggo and killing what should have been delicious courtly incest vibes.

I also think I would have enjoyed this movie ten million times more if it was called Snow White and the Queen, because I was a lot more interested in the angsty, unrequited love story between Ravenna and Snow White than between Snow White and either of the dudes (she had some nice moments with the Huntsman but it felt really unresolved despite all of the nice "your strength gives me strength" stuff). I like the the love triangle wasn't given supreme importance, but at the same time... the relationships felt flimsy. William, especially, was a complete cipher. So... either don't make your film about romance, or do, but you gotta commit to something and this movie didn't really commit to a whole lot of things (MORE RAVENNA BACKSTORY). The movie in general was really good about the individual characterization of Snow White and Ravenna (though again, MORE RAVENNA BACKSTORY), but when it comes to juxtaposing the two of them in a versus situation that when it becomes messy. Like. Pure-hearted ingenue defeats the evil queen with her pure-heartedness and stuff? That's not really a re-imagining. I would have liked it more if that part hadn't been played as straight.

I thought it was egregious that they didn't cast little people in the film, but... blackface is something totally different that has a lot of historical weight behind it so dear internet, let's not undermine your legitimate argument by making that comparison 'k?

William was cute and all, but we didn't get much beyond 'they were friends as kids and he thought she was dead all this time' to develop them. Although at least they didn't pull a Slumdog Millionaire and pretend that they were insanely in love out of nowhere. I liked both boys, but they were definitely secondary to the overall story. And yeah, I mean, if we're being told all this time that only Snow can defeat the Queen, why was she totally willing to fight her & then so surprised when she stabbed her? Just pride? IDK. (And btw, as far as Ravenna backstory goes, what about that quick scene where she's talking to the mirror dude and her brother glances in the room and sees no one there? Were we supposed to think she was imagining it all? I guess it's kinda simplistic if she's just crazy, but it's interesting to think that she has, like, her own reality within this already-magical world. MOAR PLEASE)

Yeah, mte. Hollywood is definitely kinda obnoxious with little people (you know, casting them as funny elves and the butt of jokes and stuff), but it's definitely not the same thing. D: And those dwarves were fairly well-rounded, likable characters, so that didn't feel too offensive to me. But, well.

Your cuts for the movies didn't work.

Every thought you wrote here about Prometheus were thoughts I had, especially Guy Pearce and being bummed about not liking it more. And the stupid birth scene. That was where the movie lost me.

I also really liked Snow White and the Huntsman.

Didn't they? They did on my screen...maybe it's just your layout?

I ♥ Guy Pearce, so underusing him in that weird way made me sad. And, like, OK, the whole birth scene was impressively horrifying and made me kinda love her as a character, because she legit just went "WELL, THAT'S DONE, NOW I GOT SHIT TO DO," but then she kinda never mentioned it again and, most egregiously, didn't make sure the damn thing was dead. I mean, what is that. So that kinda made it feel like it just happened for shock value, since the plot aspect of it wasn't very well done. But, well, at least Snow White was fun & pretty.

I must discuss Prometheus! I was really angry after I saw the film last night, but then my sister and I analyzed it for three hours and now I'm feeling better about it. At first I didn't think the story made any sense. After talking with my sister (and scouring the web), it does make sense, a lot of sense (all of the "clues" [i.e., the story itself] were very subtle and not outwardly explained), but I still take issue with the screenwriting and several character portrayals, as well as the editing.

I didn't really get that leap.
Screenwriting/Character Portrayal Issue #1. I didn't believe anything the characters said, namely Charlie, who was a dick, and I'm glad he died early on. /rage The "open invitation" line is a great example. That was complete conjecture on behalf of our main scientists. They didn't know—pardon my language—jack shit. When they walked into the giant head room and said, "Oh noes, we changed the atmosphere!" I thought, You guys know you altered the atmosphere in the room, but you didn't bother to notice the maggots in the soil? There's a geologist with you! Thus, I automatically discredited the characters' expository lines because there's no way they could've known anything. Another example: How did Janek know the planet was an abandoned military outpost? LUCKY GUESS, GUY. Speaking of Janek, he accepted his death suddenly and with extreme enthusiasm. I didn't realize they were going to ram Prometheus into the Engineer's ship, and when they did, I was, like, "That makes no sense."

Moving on, And why, why did they cast Guy Pearce in that role?!
I KNOW. I thought the exact same thing as you—that the engineer was going to reverse-age him and he'd suddenly become Young, Hot Guy Pearce, which would explain the wholly bizarre casting decision. Why didn't they hire Anthony Hopkins or Sean Connery or another old man who needs a job?

Michael Fassbender stole the show, in my opinion, as David was a fantastically complex character (a Lawrence of Arabia-loving android, hell yes!). I didn't initially understand his sudden but inevitable betrayal, but I suppose he was taking orders from Weyland, and if David thought the black goo could help Weyland, it was an experiment worth making. He may not have known that Charlie would die because the Engineers used black goo to create life. (Possibly theory: Perhaps David knew that Shaw couldn't have children [because he was a creeper who watched her dreams]. Knowing that the black goo indeed created life and that Shaw/Holloway were a couple, David could help her conceive, which is why he wasn't particularly surprised that she wound up pregnant... with an alien fetus. Mistakes David Made.)

...it was shockingly unimportant to the plot.
Yes. The c-section scene is where my interest in the film dropped dramatically. It was over-the-top and not entirely necessary to the plot, as you said, and you just can't keep on keeping on after a major evasive surgery, 80 years into the future or otherwise. It also annoyed me that Charlize Theron successfully evacuated Prometheus only to be crushed less than five minutes later. WHY BOTHER? I wanted her to live. While I admire the first half of the film and its slyness, there's still a lot for me to dislike and/or ponder. :|

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Speaking of Janek, he accepted his death suddenly and with extreme enthusiasm.
HA! Well said! The "hands up!" thing was kinda cute, and I did totally guess/expect that everyone would die, but he was pretty chill about it. I mean, dying in space to save the entire Earth is pretty epic shit, and the way the characters played it sort of diminished the stakes, if you will.

I'm still trying to decide how much of their bad-choice-making was, like, making the point that you can't just go tearing off into space without knowing stuff. Like, her line "we were so wrong" does seem to imply that They'd Made A Terrible Mistake and actually regretted it because of pride, etc, but then other times I felt like we were supposed to think they were being smart when they weren't...? I mean, you're not gonna be more careful with that alien head?! I was terrified when it started blinking and moving--that was quite effective--but then they screwed up and exploded it?! Come on, scientists!!

and if David thought the black goo could help Weyland, it was an experiment worth making.
Yeah, I think I buy that. As Fassy said, he's arrogant because he thinks he's smarter than the humans, so that was sort of an "I'll show you I'm not just your butler" kinda thing. I'm really glad he was awesome yet again, though, just because I want critics to keep paying attention to him. ;) (Still pressed about Shame's lack of noms/wins. Pressed FOREVER.)

Elizabeth being badass enough to just sort of ignore a horribly invasive surgery was kinda awesome, but the fact that she didn't make REALLY, INCREDIBLY SURE that that thing was dead was what baffled me. Like, it had to live to keep the plot going, but it just did not follow that she'd be that careless. That kinda took away from the logic of the C-section scene and just made it seem more like it was there for shock value, ya know? This is definitely one of those movies that requires much discussion. I'm glad I saw it opening weekend; makes it more interesting to talk about with people.

LOL at: ♥ The Grand Space Adventures of Lisbeth and Erik! You summed up my feels for Prometheus without me really even knowing what my feels were!

Its like: I liked Prometheus but I wasn't blown away and like I mentioned at my own journal it felt SO MUCH like Alien I kept thinking I was watching Alien :/ Tre confusing. But I did like it but I guess I was expecting more? Visually it was so stunning but the story needed some tweeking.
David and Elizabeth were by far the most interesting indeed.

And yes! They def should have showed some Idris/Charlize action too.

And as another friend pointed out on twitter: what was up with random Patrick Wilson cameo? Totally random!

SWATH again was awesome visually but the story was kind of lacking for me and Snow White's character needed to be beefed up/fleshed out a little IMO. Kstew was the weakest acting out of the three.

Im glad you're liking Breaking Bad!

The creepy pink bear was such a nice touch! I was lucky enough to have not seen any spoilers back in the day when I first watched it and I think them focusing on the bear was super effective! I loved that. It added so much mystery and intrigue!

I didn't know that about the episode titles! That is so cool! This is why I adore Vince! GAH! He needs to do WAY more shows now that Breaking Bad is ending!

Ive always loved Jesse and Walt's relationship, the kind of "not" fatherly role that Walter takes on, their ups and downs and the way they became more than just "partners" and kind of friends and everything. You'll see-there so much more that's gonna happen between them! ;)

Skyler has been kind of up and down for me. Sometimes I hate her and sometimes she's ok. She annoyed me for a number of reasons this last season but I can't say. I don't want to spoil anything. Hopefully you'll still like her after you watch the latest season :/

Danny Trejo on the turtle was great. I love that episode!

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If I'm just too dim to get it, that's one thing, but it just felt like the writers were unsure about a lot of stuff themselves. And I know the script was written/tinkered with over several years, and in my experience more time on something doesn't always make it better--in fact, it can make it way more convoluted as you spend more time with it and get, like, deeper into it. It just kinda feels like they were writing within their own heads and the rest of us weren't allowed in a lot of the time. But I did like a lot of what they were going for, plus the performances.

I was glad Snow White wasn't more of a Mary Sue--like, she wasn't so perfect and charming in every way that everyone adored her, but at the same time she was definitely kinda flat and underwhelming. More realistic, but less interesting to watch.

Ugh, their relationship is kiiiiiilling me. (And it must be said: Nucky/Jimmy parallels. They are totally there.) I do kinda love that Skyler's making moral compromises of her own in S3--like, Walt's manipulating the shit out of the situation and she's totally trapped, and yet she's not necessarily taking 'the high road.' I love that. I love the way everyone's flawed, and yet you're still rooting for them and panicking when, like, dudes with axes are waiting to kill them. (AXES?! THAT'S JUST IMPRACTICAL) Wonderful show. ♥

Breaking Bad!!! It took me a little while to get into it, but now it's pretty much one of my favorite shows of all time. I'm glad you're enjoying it! ughhh I know what you mean about Jane/Jesse. I was completely unspoiled when I was watching the show for the first time, but I totally could feel that they were going nowhere good, and Jane's death was just utterly devastating. AND YES, JESSE'S BREAKDOWN, GOD. Jesse absolutely kills me, all the feelings for him. Season 3 isn't mapped out like season 2, but I like it just as much (I might like season 2 just slightly more as a whole, but then I think season 3 might have a few more stand-out episodes? It's really hard to compare tbh, they're both brilliant), and while I don't like season 4 quite as much as either of those 2 seasons, it's really great as well. Basically, there's nothing but awesomeness ahead! AND I LOVE THAT YOU LOVE SKYLER!!! It's so predictable that fandom would hate her, but ugh I love her. That scene where she explains to Walt that she figured it everything out is one of my absolute favorites of the entire series. And Hank is awesome!!! I wasn't sure about him at first, he seemed kind of like an idiot, but he's actually a really wonderful character, and he has some amazing stuff coming up. Basically everything about this show is the greatest and I'm glad you're watching it!!!

The consensus seems to be that the first season is the slowest/least interesting, but I did that all in one day, so it didn't seem so bad. :D Jesse, just...ugh. UGH WHY. He's just so inherently tragic. He doesn't make the best choices, sure, but he's still incredibly sympathetic and every time something goes right for him you just know it's gonna be horrible and...Lord. D: I actually love that Skyler's going more dark side--I guess I'll talk about this more in my S3 post, but the fact that she's sleeping with a married guy to get back at Walt is both perfect and kinda terrible, and I love that. If it was just 'Walt's evil/Skyler's perfect,' that'd be boring, but they're both making moral compromises. I really dig that. And Hank! He seems like just your basic blustering, occasionally-racist cop guy at a glance, but he has so much depth and angst. :( (And, uh, that actor went to HARVARD? Get it, son.) I'm really glad I finally started! :D

I kinda wanted more of her backstory--there was definitely a rape vibe there, right?

FUCK YES. I mean, even beyond the explicit nature of the dialogue (which left me with no doubt she was stolen and raped) there was the way she murdered the king - in bed, on top of him, 'penetrating' him with the knife.

Right?? There was definitely, like, an "I hate men because of how they exploit women" kinda thing, and in a medieval-ish setting, I kinda can't blame her. If there isn't Ravenna/Cersei fic already, it needs to become a thing.

Personally, I want to see Ravenna and Regina raising hell and winning.