sephira: (Supernatural: 80's pr0n stars)

It took some persuasion to watch this movie because a) the “found footage” genre was done to death about four years ago and b) I’ve really gone off horror lately and movies in general really. But, you know, it's Norwegian, and it's apparently getting remade as an American movie soon, and I'm a hipster, so I had to watch it so that later I could look down at people for not seeing the original beforehand like I did.

I was pleasantly surprised, because for one, this is not in fact a horror movie. It has horror elements, but it’s not horror. I’m not sure how I would describe it actually. Action? See, I found parts of it quite scary, but that’s only because I was scarred in childhood. Little books should not be given books illustrated by Kittelsen and then taken to places called "Troll Mountain"! Even if it’s part of their ethnic heritage!

Anyway, so this movie manages to get around the found footage cliché. To describe how exactly it does this would spoil much of the fun in the movie, a lot of which comes from the unexpected. I'll just say that my personal favorite part was how Scandinavian the whole thing was.

Spoilers )

sephira: (It's Friday)
...came while watching the credits of the Avengers movie with a group of people.


ME: Wow, Harry Dean Stanton! That was the guy playing that security guard person! 

GUY: Harry Dean Stanton was in Alien.

ME: I know who Harry Dean Stanton is, son.

GUY: ...

ME: Do you think I just pick names off the screen during movie credits and shout them at random?


Okay I might not have actually said that last part

sephira: (Default)
 Yeah I'm technically not meant to be posting but HEY I WROTE THIS SO YOU SHOULD READ IT:

sephira: (BALD EAGLE FUCK YEAH)
So this weekend we were on our way to Pendleton and decided to stop at the Vasquez Rocks. You are probably thinking "What the hell are they?" MOVIE GEEK PARADISE is what they are. According to a local movie-industry guy I was talking to, the rocks have long been a popular choice for moviemakers because they're close enough to LA  to fall within the limits of regulations of union laws and stuff, and yet still give the appearance of a desert-scape out in the middle of nowhere. Also, the rock formations are just weird as hell, so they provided a suitably 'alien' background in shows like Star Trek, Buck Rogers, and the original BSG. So the rocks played a big part in establishing the original Classic Spage Age sci-fi look we all know and love. I was reading on a blog somewhere lately about how fifty years ago, alien worlds looked like Los Angeles County desert planets, whereas now, they all look like British Columbia lush otherworldly forests. Then:
 
 
Now: 
  
 
But even though all the cheap sci-fi has deserted us for Canada, the area has legit nerd history. )

Question

May. 11th, 2011 02:47 pm
sephira: (BSG: Starbuck)
Does anyone know any fan theories/speculation in popular long-running book series/TV shows/movie franchises that were later debunked by canon, but which were actually better than the finished product? Like they made more sense or did a better job of explaining things, or they were just more interesting?

Like for example in Battlestar Galactica, a lot of the fan speculation about the cylons and Starbuck was better than what we actually got. Which was, uh, pretty bad.

I know there must be a bunch for Harry Potter, although I can't think of any. 

ETA: major BSG spoilers in the comments.
sephira: (BSG: Dance Party)


It seems like editorial rephrased the title somewhat. A fellow Australian could tell you why I would not have used that turn of phrase.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who helped me come up with examples for #4 in this!
sephira: (Supernatural: Impala)
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Independence Day, obviously. You know, to make sure they don't get too uppity.
sephira: (Supernatural: Impala)
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Independence Day, obviously. You know, to make sure they don't get too uppity.
sephira: (Justified: hat)
★ YES. YES. YES.

★ Now Available: the only review of I Am Number Four on the Internet that is longer than mine was! Worth it just for the phrase ''Timothy Olyphant’s wide-eyed weirdo acting-face".

★ Some people might have heard about the Cracked/AOL/Mydaily plagiarism kerfuffle a few days back. The plagiarized article by Amy Keyisian has been pulled, but without apology or acknowledgement. If you have a spare minute or two, please help to discourage this in future by:

 
1. Typing 'Amy Keyishian' into Google
2. Skim through the results until you see this link: http://travisharder.ca/tag/amy-keyishian/ (I'm showing it on page four)
3. Click on it.
4. THERE IS NO FOURTH STEP. Heh, does anyone remember that Apple ad with Jeff Goldblum? No? Okay. 

Also, Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist

sephira: (Justified: hat)
★ YES. YES. YES.

★ Now Available: the only review of I Am Number Four on the Internet that is longer than mine was! Worth it just for the phrase ''Timothy Olyphant’s wide-eyed weirdo acting-face".

★ Some people might have heard about the Cracked/AOL/Mydaily plagiarism kerfuffle a few days back. The plagiarized article by Amy Keyisian has been pulled, but without apology or acknowledgement. If you have a spare minute or two, please help to discourage this in future by:

 
1. Typing 'Amy Keyishian' into Google
2. Skim through the results until you see this link: http://travisharder.ca/tag/amy-keyishian/ (I'm showing it on page four)
3. Click on it.
4. THERE IS NO FOURTH STEP. Heh, does anyone remember that Apple ad with Jeff Goldblum? No? Okay. 

Also, Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist Amy Keyishian is a plagiarist

sephira: (Supernatural: 80's pr0n stars)
So when we were on our way down to California this month and staying with LJ people, we visited a wonderful arcade in Eugene, Oregon. Despite being populated entirely by children and teenagers, the place was obviously designed solely for adults who wanted to relive their fond memories of playing arcade games from 15 years ago.

For example, there was The Lost World: Jurassic Park, a classic from my youth which tragically has never been released outside of an arcade. But then again, even if it was, it wouldn’t be the same because it would lose all the great arcade touches like this:


I’m sorry, but I don’t care if Jurassic Park is an old franchise by now. They should still be making arcade games based on it it at a rate of about one every two weeks. Because in the world of arcade gaming, there is nothing better than shooting down wave after wave of velociraptors. It does not get better than that. When will people learn?

Unfortunately, we have set foot in territory of dinosaurs. )
 
So after finishing the game and ridding the world of dinosaur-based menaces, I really thought we’d seen all the old video games for the evening. Boy, was I wrong. Because there was Revolution X.


REVOLUTION X: MUSIC IS THE WEAPON. (AND ALSO GUNS. GUNS ARE ALSO THE WEAPON.) )

I give Revolution X two and a half stars. Unfortunately I don't know how to do half stars, so as a punishment it only gets one: ★
sephira: (Supernatural: 80's pr0n stars)
So when we were on our way down to California this month and staying with LJ people, we visited a wonderful arcade in Eugene, Oregon. Despite being populated entirely by children and teenagers, the place was obviously designed solely for adults who wanted to relive their fond memories of playing arcade games from 15 years ago.

For example, there was The Lost World: Jurassic Park, a classic from my youth which tragically has never been released outside of an arcade. But then again, even if it was, it wouldn’t be the same because it would lose all the great arcade touches like this:


I’m sorry, but I don’t care if Jurassic Park is an old franchise by now. They should still be making arcade games based on it it at a rate of about one every two weeks. Because in the world of arcade gaming, there is nothing better than shooting down wave after wave of velociraptors. It does not get better than that. When will people learn?

Unfortunately, we have set foot in territory of dinosaurs. )
 
So after finishing the game and ridding the world of dinosaur-based menaces, I really thought we’d seen all the old video games for the evening. Boy, was I wrong. Because there was Revolution X.


REVOLUTION X: MUSIC IS THE WEAPON. (AND ALSO GUNS. GUNS ARE ALSO THE WEAPON.) )

I give Revolution X two and a half stars. Unfortunately I don't know how to do half stars, so as a punishment it only gets one: ★

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