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D.C. was pretty fun--it was obscenely hot, so we just stayed inside as much as possible...which is not that different from what I normally do, but whatever. Tuesday night we went out to a bar (and David almost fell off his seat laughing when I sloshed my third[?] screwdriver all over my skirt and wailed "ERR MAH GERD, VERDKER!" At least we make ourselves laugh) and then passed the Scottish embassy or something on the way home, which led to fifteen minutes of Merida impressions. Then on the fourth we saw Spidey and watched fireworks from the Kennedy Center pavilion, and then on Thursday he had to work so I explored the city and went to the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery, where I learned all about George Bellows, who was a pretty awesome dude. (Sidebar: I think we're going to see the Dempsey/Firpo fight on BE this season, since it's jumped to 1923 and we've already met Jack Dempsey. And I'm hardly a big boxing fan, but it was this famous fight where Dempsey actually got knocked out of the ring entirely and then got back in and walloped the shit out of the guy and won. Which is pretty badass, so.) So it was a good, albeit brief, trip.

So we saw Spidey on the fourth, and I...enjoyed it, but I cannot say I thought it was very good. Garf was totally Peter to me, way more than Tobey ever was; he made me feel just the way comic!Peter does, which is essentially ":DDDDDD oh, bb. :DDDDDD" But I just...had a lot of issues with the writing. And I swear I didn't know it beforehand, but when the credits rolled and my mortal enemy Steve Kloves popped up, I literally pointed at the screen and hissed "MOTHERFUCKER! That's why it was bad!" I am sorry, but I cannot ever forgive stuff he did in the HP movies and this totally had all his hallmarks: the As You Know dialogue ("I'm not an educated man, Peter, but I've tried to raise you right since your parents mysteriously disappeared" YES THANK YOU; GOT THAT. And I legit thought we were gonna get way more backstory on his parents, too) and attempts at humor at weirdly inappropriate moments--like, Peter's funny, yes, but some of that was just corny, like tearing the girl's shirt off on the subway and the Flash Gordon basketball scene and whatever [and P.S., no one sleeps on the subway like that] and just...oh, I hate him so, so much. I know it wasn't all him, but I'm choosing to blame him, deal with it. And I thought Ben's death was placed kind of oddly: like, he kinda seemed to be forgotten for a big chunk of the film, whereas realistically it would kinda consume Peter's whole life for a while, except then he's also distracted by all the Lizard stuff. His death scene was certainly heartbreaking, but the emotions didn't play out right or something. And I liked Rhys Ifans, though (a) Connors is American in the comics; if you're going to change it, LET HIM USE HIS SEXTACULAR WELSH ACCENT, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND (b) I didn't really get how he went from his slightly Harrison Bergeron-ish desire to eradicate human fallacies to, like, total meglomaniacal contempt for humanity. I seem to recall him as more of a tragic Jekyll/Hyde figure. And wasn't the lizard-gas cloud thing a bit too much like Batman Begins? I don't know. And I didn't even love James Horner's score, for once--there were too many weird 'comedy' melodies, and he legit ripped off Titanic; the scene with the cranes was totally "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch." Like, do you think I'm new here? Because I am not. I did weirdly like the use of "Kingdom Come" in the action/training montage, however. And I did genuinely love Andrew and Emma, and some of the fight choreography was pretty gr8, and anything where Denis Leary has a shotgun is okay with me, although killing him off was harsh. But better him than Gwen, I s'pose. When he's like "I'm gonna throw you out the window now" I'm like AAHHHHH JFC PETER NO, but then it was okay. Sheesh. AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY CUT OUT THE SLAP. A year ago I watched them filming the final scene between Peter & Gwen in my neighborhood, and originally she slapped him for something he said before walking off. They must have done 25 takes, and they cut it out. Poor, poor Garf. Heh. And I did like the stinger with...Norman Osborn? It kinda sounded like Willem Dafoe to me. So overall I was kinda disappoint, but not entirely, and in other hands the next one could be awesome.

Oh, and I was distracted by Garf's hair in EVERY SINGLE SCENE. Not even lying. ♥____________♥

So I saw War Horse on Saturday as a slightly belated Christmas gift, first having a very delicious Mexican dinner. I had this chicken tortilla pie thing; it was awesome. And we were in the first freaking row for the show, which I thought might kinda ruin the illusion, but in a way I actually thought it made it better. It kinda does this interesting meta-fourth wall thing; it's not trying to 'fool' you into thinking "oh, there's a real horse onstage!", it's more the idea of one, if that makes sense. Like, the dude who controls the head is actually kind of dressed like a stablehand, as if he's both serving the horse and being the horse at the same time. And it was the little mannerisms that really made it: the flicking ears, the occasional shudder in the shoulders and side, like when they're shaking off a fly, and the way he actually seemed to breathe; the two people inside the cage thing were actually subtly moving constantly and it really looked like natural breath. It was really, really awesome. The puppetry is definitely the best part; the story's solid and all, of course, but it's adapted from a YA novel, after all, and the winsome first half kinda doesn't match up with the really rather harrowing second half. I mean, that's probably the point, but I was actually a bit surprised at how dark & harsh the war parts were, more so than in the movie and the book. It's quite jarring to see someone very convincingly pretend to be shot in the head four feet in front of you, lemme tell ya. There was this oddly-shaped ripped-paper peninsula screen thing hanging above the stage, and it actually totally worked as a backdrop of sorts, displaying the year and location as well as reflecting the sky and then also the battleground and other, like, relevant imagery (my favorite moment: bloodstains blossoming on white fabric and then turning into fat red flowers). I wasn't all that fond of the actor playing Albert, tbph; I thought he kinda played it too big and boyish and didn't really rein it in [har] even in the later war scenes (but did I cry when Joey and tear-gassed!Albert were reunited? Of course). I did like the mom a lot, however, as well as several of the main soldier characters. The cast was also pleasantly diverse; it was kinda amusing to see a Latino Nicholls and an Asian Stewart, after seeing Hiddles & Benny in the film. (Did I ship them as well? Of course.) And I rather liked the live music and the minstrel-type gal, not to mention the harmonized soldier-y war ballads, because that always gives me feels. Highly recommended; see it if you can.

Henry IV, Part 1: Oh, Hiddles! That was delightful in every way. I think I like Part 2/Henry V better because they're much more intense & epic, but frat-boy!Hal was marvelous. Was it me, or was there a ridiculous amount of hand porn going on there? Was he just gesturing a lot, or was that just my brain? Well, it worked for me. Of course he's brilliant at the dialogue, which is just--I can't--Lord, boners errywhere. And disturbingly, I definitely heard Loki's cackle in there once or twice amid the "ehehehehe" we all know & love. Foreshadowing, yo. AND HIS JEREMY IRONS IMPRESSION. C R Y I N G. You know he was thrilled to do it and he even had his gestures down and I was just losing my shit. 8D And I love his friendship with Poins ("my good sweet honey lord" has been a tag on my Tumblr for a month), though I had a feeling Falstaff would snatch wigs everywhere because he's kinda the best character, and he pretty much did. It's Hal's later treatment of him that kinda defines him, I think, and rather made me stop liking him, so we'll see how that plays out. I wasn't familiar with Joe Armstrong before this, but I really liked him (and his charming Oop North accent), and I liked the way they expanded upon Hotspur's relationship with Mary Crawley his wife and gave it some intensity & heat with the staging. Needed moar Harry Lloyd, however. And I think I liked the direction of Richard II a little more, though the cutting-back-and-forth in the opening bit between Hal and the King was interesting, since that's very much not how Shakespeare is usually staged. Ugh, but I just can't waaaaaaait to see Hal's big The Reason You Suck/The Reason I Totally Don't, Though showdown with his father in Part 2, not to mention the whole Loki-tastic crown-snatching thing. (Hal, you suck at telling when people are dead, good Lawd.) And I'm interested to see how they do the whole thing where he disguises himself in Henry V; I feel like the whole people-totally-fall-for-disguises thing usually works better in Shakespeare's comedies, but in this it could be pretty cool, depending on how Hiddles plays it. So yeah. Shakespeare feels~ (and of course eternal, never-ending Hiddles feels)

YES WE'RE FINALLY CAUGHT UP ON BREAKING BAD. \o/ And holy balls, what a finale. Sadly, I was already spoiled that Gus died (if I hadn't already read it, the "ALL HAIL THE KING" posters in every subway station here might've done it) and I've seen that crazy-ass gif of him all half blown to hell (WHY is that a trend in characters I love?! Seriously, WHAT) on ONTD & Tumblr and stuff, but I thought it was a dream sequence or something because he looked, like, alive. And pretty chill. BUT NO, he just straightens his tie and BOOM, DEAD. Oh. My. God. FLAWLESS. Flawless performance. I have, like, never been prouder to share my name with anyone. :') Such a boss. The true brilliance of this show is how you can loathe someone and totally root for them at the same time because they're just so badass and the writing is so intense--like, Walter's pretty fucking unforgivable by the end there and sabotages himself every which way, like drunkenly bragging that Gale (O LAWD GALE ;_______;) totally wasn't a genius and Heisenberg is someone else~~~ who is clearly awesome, and yet every time Hank gets closer to figuring him out you just want to completely die of fear. And yet Hank's awesome too, with his determination and Sherlock skills and adorable "Eye of the Tiger" karaoke. ("Catch a bad guy!" DEAD.) And again, Walt's scenes with his kids redeem him--tearfully apologizing to Junior & telling him all about his father's death (Huntington's?! Good God, this family drew all kinds of medical short straws) was so moving, ugh. BUT THEN HE CALLED HIM "JESSE." Which is adorable because I still weirdly love their father/son relationship BUT it's also super-shitty because of what he routinely does to him, and because hi, Junior has feelings too, goddamn. I still love Skyler; IDGAF what anyone says. Her airheaded secretary routine was amazing, and yet it was demeaning, so you could tell she was growing to resent Ted just as much as she resented Walt for making her play another crappy 'role.' And she clearly knows that Walt orchestrated that explosion, and I think that was a big turning point for her. She doesn't know that he's killed people before. D: I heard Mike's in S5, so I guess he lives, but geez, way to not reassure us in the finale there. And is Ted dead?! Seriously?? That whole scene was so evilly hilarious. "Huell, are you happy?" "Reasonably." CACKLING. And then as my dear mutantjules pointed out, oranges. NOT A GOOD SIGN. Saul, Skinny Pete and Badger continue to be wonderful ("I think I got, like, this cat? I think I'm supposed to feed it or something"), but of course Jesse's life just gets worse & worse; his insane parties and obvious fear of being alone was breaking my heart. (The callback of the "gimmick" of the pizza place not cutting their pies, as seen in the amazing roof-toss in 3x02, was THE GREATEST CONTINUITY I HAVE EVER HEARD. EVER. BOW.) His bond with Mike is very endearing, however, and it looks like he & Andrea are okay now, thank the Lawd; domestic!Jesse is so unspeakably precious. BUT WOW, did not see that twist coming with Walt having poisoned Brock after all. D: That was insanely complicated, somehow stealing the ricin cigarette and then convincing him it was Gus and somehow getting the kid to eat the berries, etc, etc--brilliant, and thoroughly Gus-like. HE WHO FIGHTS MONSTERS, WALTER. Jesus. How poisonous are those berries? I mean, was Brock really in danger of legit dying, or was it just a distraction? Because that's pretty unforgivable. Fun fact: as originally written, in the S2 finale Walt was actually supposed to give the passed-out Jane a hot shot and intentionally murder her, but Cranston was like "...er" and the network was like "UM WAT" and they decided that was too dark too soon and changed it. Which I think was smart. But now...I think we may have Gone There. I don't know. But that was very clever.

AND BYYYYYYY THE WAY: during & after "Hermanos" I was totally shipping Gus/Maximo, because hello, they were ~hermanos de otro madre~ and his death was clearly a hugely motivating factor in like basically everything Gus did after that, and he was just so distraught when he got shot--but then I found exactly ONE fic and I was sad. BUT THEN I found this interview with Giancarlo himself:
I think I went beyond just the surface of the idea that is thrown out, that they could be lovers. That certainly is a possibility. I wanted to cultivate the caring nature of a man who was coming up with someone who was a dear, dear, beloved friend, and that to me deepens it over anything that could be sexual. It was a deeper relationship. I loved the fact that it's never really pointed to one way or the other, that the audience has to make up their own mind. To me, that is much more important to have and that's why if it were just a lover, I don't think that the hate would be as deep, or the revenge would be so poignant.

SCREAMINGGGGGG YES GOOD \8D/ NEXT SUNDAAAAAAAAAAY ERR MAH GERD (and then there's only seven episodes in this half-season, which is totally balls, BUT Boardwalk comes back on 16 September so I only have two weeks of sadness in between YEY)

THE NEWSROOM: ...because yeah, I don't quite think my Sunday nights are gonna be spent with this show. :\ I am just kinda not feeling it. It's smart and wonderfully quippy, but it's not really holding my attention & I kinda don't care about any of the characters, despite liking several of the actors. And really, two weeks in a row of both main females being scattered and ditzy? Mac's obsessing over Will's many girlfriends while Maggie needs Jim to calm her down from a panic attack? Really? After the whole doesn't-know-how-to-send-an-email thing last week? Not that panic attacks are ~weak or anything, but on top of everything else, it's just not helping her character. I so wanted to ship those two, but I cannot. Their scenes were sweet, but too unbalanced for me. (I do kinda like Jim/Neal, though.) At the moment Sloan is the only reasonably-written woman, and she's barely developed at all. Jane Fonda is always welcome, but heavens, so many speeches. I do enjoy Sam Waterston's one-liners like nothing else ("I've been sitting here for two and a half hours and I still don't know why; it's like being in the cast of a Fellini film"), but that is not quite enough. I agree with basically all of the show's points about media irresponsibility and the Tea Party and other extremists making moderates look bad and all that--and I cannot pretend I don't share Sorkin's sneering contempt of reality TV--but that's just it; it's so clearly Sorkin himself. And I love his dialogue & agree with him on nearly everything! It's just that it's a bit embarrassingly indulgent to, like, filibuster so transparently. In my opinion. Ah, whatever, maybe I'll hold on a few more weeks just so I know what David's quoting all the time. He gets ever so peeved when I don't.
EDIT: Yeah, basically this.

Well, that was concise. Apparently there was a new episode of "Wallander" last night, so I'll have to track that down, despite its tragic Hiddleslessness. (Knowing that show, they killed off Magnus in some horrific, tragic, bloody way. Argh.) And I'm starting "Luther" soon because I need something to watch on my lunch breaks and there are only ten episodes and also, duh, Idris Elba. And "Covert Affairs" is back tomorrow! ♥

(last update from Brooklyn...!)

Oh my gosh, yes!

I've been discussing with a few people how it seemed like they were trying to turn Peter into Harry Potter and THIS MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!

I never even thought of looking at the screenwriter!

And what was the point of Dr. Connors wearing a wedding ring if his wife is NEVER addressed?

The ONLY time I really laughed was Stan Lee's cameo...

Apparently, Magnus isn't in every Wallander story so I'm hoping he's just...not in it.

You haven't seen Luther?

*jaw drops*

I want Ruth Wilson as the Enchantress and it's better explained in Luther than Suburban Shootout....

*spoiler alert*


Admittedly he's not the ONLY screenwriter (which is a bad thing within itself, imo--too many writers on one film usually leads to lack of, like, thematic continuity and stuff), BUT I STILL BLAME HIM ENTIRELY BECAUSE I H8 HIM. A LOT. And shit, good point about that! D: Shame.

I'm hoping he has a cameo in a future episode or something; I know Tom's busy, but he's BFFs with Ken & all, he oughta make time. ;) And I KNOW, I KNOW, I am aaaalways late to the party. But I keep hearing great things, and it has several great people and ten eps is totally doable, so!

No, no, no, no. WHY is Steve Kloves in the new movie of Spiderman? WHY? I also think he destroyed some of the best material in Harry Potter. Seriously, why?! That makes me think twice if it's worth going to the cinema and watch it in 3D...

It's still enjoyable, for the most part, but I will never be over my frustration at the HP movies & he totally does a lot of the same things that drove me nuts. D: I'll just never forgive ruining Ron's character and the Harry/Ron friendship and throwing in his own ships and making Dumbledore a shouty jerk and totally misunderstanding the Elder Wand idea AND JUST SO MANY THINGS

*needs to let it go*


Jeremy Irons's doing Shakespeare! Awesome! That's my second crush doing Shakespeare! Where can I find this thing? Also, little brother really wants to see X-Men: First Class; please tell me it's good.

(Watching The Prince of Egypt 'cause apparently it's Ralph Fiennes Day--my parents have the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on in the living room.)


It's around the interwebs; I got my links at onhiddlesd, but it might be locked. On Twitter he was like "it'll air in the US some time next year!" and I was like "...oh, honey, we don't wait." But, y'know, it'll turn up. So far they've been great.

XMFC was...basically all that mattered to me in 2011, so I will have to endorse it, yes. As a movie it has its flaws, but the characters/relationships are so fabulous that it hardly matters. And the music. That's good too.

*still has bitterness about HP/DH2 but WHATEVER*

Why the bitterness?


Oh, sweet Mary, where to begin: the continued transformation of Ron into a joke/ruin of the Harry/Ron friendship. The complete misunderstanding of the Elder Wand concept. Snape saying "you have your mother's eyes" AND THEN SHOWING YOUNG LILY WITH BROWN EYES. Harry telling Ron & Hermione that he was going into the Forest when the whole idea is that he does it on his own. Voldemort disintegrating into ash or whatever when the whole point is that he dies unceremoniously just like any other man. The ridiculous addition of the Neville/Luna ship. The weird goblin fantastic racism. The erasure of Teddy Lupin. The erasure of the entire Albus/Gellert/Ariana/Aberforth backstory. SO MANY THINGS.

...you can see why I am not a fan of Kloves. But noooooooooo, that's fiiiiiine.

YAH. Glad you caught up with Breaking Bad. SORRY YOU GOT SPOILED with that Gus gif. But I'm glad you didn't know in what context though. The image/scene is still so badass even a gif alone can't describe it's awesomeness.

"The true brilliance of this show is how you can loathe someone and totally root for them at the same time because they're just so badass and the writing is so intense"

SO TRUE. Like Walter has done so many horrible things and yet--I was so excited when he won and walked away with Jesse when they burned the lab. Oh yea, badass. Bring it on.

"I still love Skyler; IDGAF what anyone says."

The story of my life.

Pizza continuity. Didn't even realize that. Genius. My life is better now that I know that continuity exists. Can someone please do a Breaking Bad continuity picspam? It would be amazing.

Eh, it's my fault, really, with my unscrupulous Tumblr searches. I didn't know the exact context, though, and I surely didn't know that Tio was involved, so that was an awesome surprise. THE TIE-STRAIGHTEN. I CANNOT. ALL THE AWARDS. \o/

Right?! On the one hand I was like JFC YOU JUST PUT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF A JOB and yet it was just so satisfying, given all the insane shit that happened there/because of that place. But good Lord, what is Mike gonna say?!


is my sidebar gif on Tumblr because it's still the funniest thing ever. The fact that they took time to 'explain' it AN ENTIRE SEASON LATER had me in tears. I just really love continuity, man. ♥

Aw, I really liked Spider-Man but I think mostly because it just felt so much like Peter Parker unlike the Tobey films which, looking back on them, were pretty awful and so I was so excited to finally have Peter Parker understood on screen. But yeaaaaaaaaaah I winced when I saw Kloves during the credits too.

I really loved Rhys Ifans as Connors. I agree they didn't explain his transition nearly as well as they should have but I'm just so glad they didn't fall into the easy trap of evil, crazy scientist. That was a relief and seeing his genuine care for humanity and excitement as a scientist was fun. His bitterness was really understandable, at least.

James Horner was such an odd choice.

I still need to get on watching the two episode of The Hollow Crown!


I did love him very very much indeed, it was just some technical things, really. And at first I was taken aback by the Lizard talking and being in his right mind and everything, but then I remembered that most of Spidey's battles with him in the cartoon & so forth were just him going "Doc, it's me! It's Peter! YOU KNOW THE MAN YOU TRULY ARE~~" and, well, that can get redundant. So this was a more interesting choice. Bit similiar to Doc Ock and Green Goblin and the other movies' villains, BUT that's okay; it's a reboot, innit.

YOU DO. IT'S FAB. ♥ I forgot how much I looove Shakespeare.

I did! :D I haven't been since, like, 2006, but it's a lovely town. I woulda walked around & explored more if it hadn't been like 97 degrees. D:

Yeah, I totally get you. It wasn't a perfect film but I really enjoyed it and am just happy to have a good representation of Peter. NOW SONY AND MARVEL NEED TO MAKE A DEAL SO PETER CAN JOIN THE AVENGERS AND SCIENCE BROS.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah DC summers can be brutal but I'm glad you had a good time!

And I meant to comment on this originally but I feel totally up in the air about The Newsroom. I really don't feel motivated to keep up with it and it's rather disappointing. :/ What would you say? I've liked some bits and pieces from the first two episodes but nothing really stole my heart or anything.

YAS OMG SCIENCE BROS. ♥ I seriously want more of the Tony/Peter relationship, because it's just so sweet & heartbreaking. (BTW, uh...do most fans hate Civil War? Someone totally threw down with me at fandomsecrets the other day and was like IT IS THE ACTUAL WORST EVER, and as I've only just barely started the series I was just like "?!!?" I know it has lots of Feels and all, but...?)

Yeah, no, I'm the same. When I'm actually watching it I'm not horribly bored & I'm often laughing at the clever dialogue, but then when it's over I'm not at all like 'can't wait for the next episode!' I think I just don't care about any of the characters enough, and I always need to get really invested with at least one person to stay with a show. :\ Now that I have more things to watch & I've started Luther, I may not stick with it. IDK~

Yeah, Civil War is... complicated. I really like it, personally, but it hits a lot of things for me, especially politically. I love how steeped it is in politics. It's very grey and both sides have their pros and cons and it kind of does bring out a lot of the characters' more ~negative~ sides (some would say especially for characters like Tony and Reed who I have Lots of Feels about personally) so it's frustrating but I personally like it and it is a huge milestone and must read for Marvels fans so.

Yeaaaaaaah okay, glad I'm not the only one at least.

I really like the way they're actually building up to it intricately from many points of view; it's not just EVERYONE'S SUDDENLY FIGHTING ARGH FEELS. You can logically see how each person is arriving at a given conclusion, even if you don't agree with them. Buuuut, well, sometimes comic fandom is not so open-minded. >_____> Lawd.

Yeah, I definitely think Civil War handles an ensemble well which I really appreciate.

His Jeremy Irons impression. ♥

And I concur, there was sooooo much hand porn.

P.S. I loved Spidey, holy lord. Mostly for Andrew and Emma though. I'm not a comic fan at all so I can't compare, which is sometimes a good thing. :)

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I'm choosing to believe that it was his idea to play that scene that way because, well, it's him. ♥ Dear ridiculous boy. (And right?! I guess it's because the language is so expressive...? :9)

Ha, that's true. I did love the two of them, and they are of course fab together IRL and in the press stuff for the movie. I'm looking forward to the next one, anyway.

Im always distracted by Garf's hair, hehe. Im glad Im not the only one.

I cant say Im a huge fan of Amazing Spiderman really. The casting was good and I was kind of mesmorized by Andrew and his performance but..meh it was just so cheesy and really random liquid nitro on the roof of Oscorp? Really? *shakes head*

Im really glad you're all caught up in Breaking Bad! Im so psyched for the premiere on Sunday!!!!

When Gus died it just totally blew me away. Total jaw dropping scene.

I keep wondering if Jesse is going to learn the truth about the berries or not.

I forever love the father/son relationship thing that Walt and Jesse have going on. I cant believe we only get one more season :/

It's just...stupendous. And apparently he's been made aware of this fact. :D The movie was fun, but it could've been a lot better; The Avengers set the bar quite high this summer since that was so well-written, and this...yeah, not really. But I still ♥ Peter.

AAHHHH YES. I already texted my new housemates making sure they get AMC. ;) (They have a real TV! I don't have to watch everything online the next day anymore!!) I totally wish I hadn't seen anything of that scene before because I would have ENTIRELY WIGGED OUT, but that's what I get for being so late to the party. :P And he never found out about Walt's involvement with Jane's death and I assume at this point he never will, but I don't think Walt can conceal two huge secrets from him. So it may come out. D: I'd certainly like to know what Brock has to say for himself about what happened. And, well, if the Walt/Jesse relationship goes bad (...even worse, that is), we've still got Cranston/Aaron's relationship. THEY'RE SO CUTE OMG ♥ ♥ ♥

I'm glad you enjoyed War Horse! The puppetry really was incredible. I agree that it's not about recreating a horse on stage, but creating the "essence" of a horse, which they captured really well. All the little movements were perfect, and I liked the added touch of how the horse performers were dressed. It was kind of like The Lion King except going for realism rather than whimsy. We had a very diverse cast as well (except for an Asian Stewart Albert's BFF was Asian).

I still need to see the Lion King. Seriously, I've lived here for 6+ years and never seen it, mostly because it's expensive as balls/always sold out. :P But yeah, I mean, I'm always interested to see how they recreate seemingly impossible things onstage--as I recall, in The Little Mermaid they had the cast on those wheelie sneakers; it was pretty cute, but not quite as convincing.

I was also distracted by Peter's hair - the hair + the manic energy actually really reminding me of the Eleventh Doctor, actually.

And I agree about the writing of this movie being not... very good. I felt like the whole thing dragged a bit.

b) I didn't really get how he went from his slightly Harrison Bergeron-ish desire to eradicate human fallacies to, like, total meglomaniacal contempt for humanity. I seem to recall him as more of a tragic Jekyll/Hyde figure. And wasn't the lizard-gas cloud thing a bit too much like Batman Begins? I don't know.

I don't know, but it was boring. I was like, 'isn't this the villain from... at least two of the previous spider man movies?'

It was unnecessarily long, to be sure. Most comic book movies are 2+ hours these days, but as it's an origin story and a reboot...I mean, if they're telling us what we already know, there's no real call to drag it out. Normally I like the Lizard, but yeah, he's a bit too similar to Doc Ock in particular--nice-guy scientist who gets all warped & crazy by his experiments. I guess if they'd explored him more in-depth it would've helped, but alas.

Personally I'm cringing at the idea of MORE scientist woe.