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|Monday, May 30th, 2016|
It feels like May has FLOWN by, the first half occupied by nonstop paper-grading and the second half occupied by nonstop paper-writing. I'm struggling under the weight of a June 1 deadline for a paper that I really didn't start writing until a week and a half ago, and I'm just powering through as fast as I can. Of course there's only so much paper-writing energy I can put in until my brain craps out, but I'm making progress. I took a little chunk of today off, which was necessary, but tomorrow it's back to the grindstone! But the project itself is exciting, and although the deadline makes the whole project sort of scary, it also makes the whole thing very enclosed, so I know that when I send it off, that's that. (At least for the moment!) And the greater context for the paper is fun, too: I'll be presenting it at a conference in Glasgow in July. And I'll be taking a few days before the conference to have a bit of vacation.
Between now and then, lots of flying lots of places! New Orleans, Boston, Minneapolis, DC....all in June, all brief conference jaunts. It's testing my limits, but it's exciting in its way.
I have no idea how my DVR will handle all this travel. But I did do a little clearing out for this entry over at Television Is Important: Short-Lived
|Friday, May 13th, 2016|
|Monday, May 4th, 2015|
|It's that fund drive time of year again
Hi! I'll post about me sometime soon. But in the meantime, a post about helping:
If any of you out there (and I know that's most of you!) enjoy fanworks, Yuletide, or the sort of copyright law that promotes creativity, skill-building, and self-actualization among media fans, I encourage you to donate to the Organization for Transformative Works. The organization's twice-annual fund drive is going on Right Now, and you can donate (or just learn more!) here
|Monday, February 2nd, 2015|
|Attention vidders and vidders' friends: please signal-boost
OTW News post here:http://transformativeworks.org/news/otw-reports-davis-v-electronic-arts-asks-fans-help
A number of organizations have created a public comment form
to make it easier for users to join the discussion about U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(DMCA) reform. As stated on the page: "For an exemption to be granted, we need to demonstrate an 'overwhelming market need.' That's where you come in: Let's show them what thousands of people demanding their rights looks like
." (The page talks about the "right to repair," but vidders' rights to rip source material are part of the same process.)
The OTW has petitioned
for a renewal of a DMCA exemption for fan video makers. We would like fans to add their voices and tell the Copyright Office that they have a right to remix multimedia
The key exemption for the OTW is the third item on the comment list: "Remix your media (videos)". We're asking that fans write in about their need for high quality source from DVDs or Blu-Rays; sources that are only available on Blu-Ray; or sources from places like iTunes or Amazon when that's necessary to make a timely vid to participate in an ongoing fannish conversation
Comments are due by February 6, and will be published on the Copyright Office website.
|Saturday, October 20th, 2012|
|Go see this one
Argo in 25 words or less:
A remarkable piece of filmmaking craft in addition to being a great, suspenseful story. Too many oustandingly effective elements to list. Highly recommended. A.
|Friday, October 19th, 2012|
|It's not that I haven't seen a movie for *that* long but
It's true, I haven't been to a movie theater for an awfully long time. I'm quite sure I've been out to the movies sometime
between January and now. Yes, in fact, I definitely saw The Avengers in theaters. But apparently I didn't write myself a 25-word review of it. And come to think of it, I also saw The Dark Night Rises, too. For that one, my review comports largely with the friend who described it to me as "a triumph of theme over plot." Regardless, I enjoyed both, although I guess neither inspired me to run home and tell everyone about having seen them.
So then I went to the movies last night. And am going to go again tonight. WACKY! So here's my review for the first outing:Wuthering Heights (2012) in 25 words or less:
I didn’t think it was possible to make Wuthering Heights too broody. I was wrong. Visually arresting, but too wordless and atmospheric to be engaging. D.
When I ran this review by the friend I saw the movie with, she said "That's a pretty kind review. You should probably add a warning that there are some hard moments to watch. But then again saying outright that animals die and there's kind of a brief flirtation with necrophilia may be too harsh." Consider yourselves warned. Really, it's more like two movies: a gorgeous nature documentary about the Yorkshire Downs, intercut with a very dark and largely wordless tale of obsession and destruction. I liked the former better than the latter. But your mileage may vary. Certainly many of the metacritics liked it. Ah, well. Current Mood: mellow
|Tuesday, January 10th, 2012|
|Thursday, December 29th, 2011|
|Again, I feel entitled to more than 25 words
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 25 words or less:
An adaptation of Holmes into the buddy-action-flick genre. Not landmark cinema, but it had clever touches, and by the end I liked it. B.
I agree with others' comments that I would have preferred an earlier airing of the new season of BBC Sherlock to a new Guy Ritchie film. And it's true that I went to see this one more out of a sense of obligation than out of a genuine desire to go. Aaaand it took me a while -- almost all the way to the end -- before I warmed up to this one. There was one moment (ironically, a chase scene, which I usually love) when, like fajitas
, I found myself saying "Oh, Guy Ritchie, will you please stop being so Guy-Ritchie-ish!" But--credit where it's due--Ritchie did, to excellent effect, ultimately pay off the occasionally-annoying stylization of showing every fight twice (first the version in Holmes's head, and then the real-life version). At that moment, I started to feel some real warmth toward the film. By the end, I liked it. I wished the intelligence and affection of the first 4/5 of the movie hadn't been so hidden in bombast and silliness, but in the end, I was able to see that it had been there. Ultimately, the story held together better than it might have. There were a few nice canonical and insider touches. Stephen Fry, Noomi Rapace, and Jared Harris are all well-cast. Jude Law was, again, excellent.
It's no masterpiece, and I (for one) found the film's cutesy humor off-putting and even a bit desperate. (At first, I used the word "jejune," and then I took it out when I realized just how snobby that made me look. And then I put in this parenthetical statement, because some of the humor was
jejune, and I am
a snob.) But if the previous film was a demonstration of how adaptable Holmes is into the modern steampunk-pulp-action genre, this film does the same for the buddy-action-flick -- and as such, the cheap laughs are a (regrettable, por moi) byproduct. The great thing about Holmes is that -- through all the putty-pulling of adaptation -- it still holds on to its Holmes-ness. Which is wonderful. Current Mood: active
|Friday, December 16th, 2011|
|Finally got to a theater!
Saw this one last weekend on a trip to visit an old friend and her kids, ages 4 and 6. I basically strong-armed the kids into coming with me...but it worked!The Muppets in 25 words or less:
Sentimental, nostalgic, and clearly a labor of love. It doesn’t hold together, completely, but I left the theater happy and humming…so I recommend it. B+.
|Sunday, December 4th, 2011|
|a little movie break
Election in 25 words or less:
Designed--successfully--to make the viewer uncomfortable. I can’t dispute the craft—it’s tremendously well-made and darkly funny—but for me, not so fun. B+. Current Mood: working
|Wednesday, November 9th, 2011|
|It's horror time!
I've watched two highly entertaining movies lately, both of which can loosely be categorized as "horror." Not being a horror film person (despite being a horror RPG-er), I hasten to add that they're somewhat outside the more typical horror genre. Each has a bit of gore, but also a good bit of humor, action, and even thoughtfulness, since each subverts what might be our stereotyped assumptions about the characters' intentions. Each also has a great "low-budget" quality about it, as if the filmmakers really stretched their resources to squeeze as much excitement and entertainment out of them as possible. Perhaps the horror genre is better suited to that than many, but regardless, it's refreshing. In this age of expensive blockbusters, it's nice to see people relying on story and sleight of hand sometimes.Tucker & Dale vs. Evil in 25 words or less:
Two well-meaning hillbillies are mistaken for serial killers. Great casting (including Alan Tudyk!) and inventive humor make up for a bit of predictability. B+.Attack the Block in 25 words or less:
London inner-city miscreants fight aliens. In a way, it's what Super 8 wanted to be. Less ambitious -- naturally -- but tight, tense, and entertaining. B+. Current Mood: busy
|Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011|
|Friday, July 29th, 2011|
|This is crazy! Two movies in two weeks?
Super 8 in 25 words or less:
Go for the dramatic, actiony (if occasionally overdone) ode to the movies that made us moviegoers; stay for the short embedded in the end credits. A-. Current Mood: mellow
|Tuesday, July 26th, 2011|
|Thursday, March 31st, 2011|
|It's pretty much work and the occasional movie around here
Jane Eyre in 25 words or less
Gorgeous locations, art direction -- but lost something of the characters' motivations. It's hard, I'm sure, translating such an internal story into a 2-hour visual medium. B.Get Him to the Greek in 25 words or less
WAY better than it has any right to be: honest yet ridiculous, it pulls you along. Also, a hilarious (and, dare I say, good
) soundtrack. B+.Pushing Tin in 25 words or less
I had remembered the awesome air-traffic-control scenes, but had forgotten how downright weird
the plot of this very-dark comedy was. B.Star Treks 2, 3, and 6 -- YES, I CAN DO THIS -- in 25 words or less
Let's face it. They're Star Trek movies, not earth-shattering cinema (ST2 comes closest). But they've got idealism, and great music, and adventure, and heart. B+. Current Mood: awake
|Wednesday, February 9th, 2011|
|25 Words: Oscar catch-up edition
The Social Network in 25 words or less:
Skillfully built, Rashomon-style, from its protagonists’ deposition testimony. How good was it? I emerged with opinions about the characters, rather than the film. A.True Grit in 25 words or less:
The highly-stylized dialog poisoned everything in this film, rendering its characters clichéd and wooden, and its revenge story bafflingly shallow and unemotional. B-. Current Mood: working
|Monday, January 10th, 2011|
|The flight back was better.
Inception in 25 words or less:
More Matrix-y than I expected, and less deep -- but an excellent adventure, beautifully filmed. B+.Salt in 25 words or less:
My wheelhouse: one long chase/fight scene. But it seemed…thin; more like a pricey TV pilot than a feature. Still, I’d watch the series. B-. Current Mood: mellow
|Saturday, December 4th, 2010|
|Tuesday, June 29th, 2010|
|Friday, June 25th, 2010|