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Veronica Ngo (Ngô Thanh Vân) will play Paige Tico
resistance fighter pilot sis to Kelly Marie Tran's character, Rose Tico
we might barely see her but SISTERS IN STAR WARS

also she was a cool action actress in what I've seen of her before

(related: the Star Wars park and the Wrinkle in Time trailer. darn Disney owns too much)


was getting back into the Mars Volta after hearing the latest At The Drive-In album (it's ok but not quite my sound) 
but while fruitlessly searching for the latest Algiers CD (The Underside of Power), I FINALLY picked up a copy of Frances the Mute and it is an awesome rebirth stage of my music dive recovery phase rn

so in moments I'm all SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THE FLESH OF MIDNIGHT/NIGHT FOREVER MORE and I feel powerful again


I burned out of Doctor Who some time during Clara's time there (I liked her and Capaldi, and what I've heard/seen of Bill looks promising, but Moffatt...)

but I've really liked Whittaker for a while and THIS IS A MAJOR CAREER TURN I'M HAPPY FOR HER

now...who's the new showrunner

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I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

Emphasis on world premieres.
io9's 75 sci-fi/fantasy films in 2016
Fandor's most anticipated compilation.
Ioncinema for 2016 and 2017.and more
Den of Geek's 27 most anticipated UK films list
A poll I created for upcoming 2016 cinema. Hundreds of titles.
Movies that premiered at Sundance 2016
Women in mainstream cinema.
10 upcoming releases by and/or about POC (ONTD)
East Asian films to watch in 2016
10 Australian films to watch in 2016
IMDB USA release calendar
Rotterdam film festival

Captain America: Civil War
Creepy and The Woman in the Silver Plate - Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the latter a French production with Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi and Constance Rousseau.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi
Keanu - Key and Peele make a movie about a cat.
A Monster Calls - The book is one of my favorites, and J.A. Bayona could capture its power.
Raman Raghav 2.0 - Anurag Kashyap just finished shooting this film with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the titular serial killer.
Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
A Storm in the Stars - Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) takes on the story of Mary Shelley.
Three/Three on the Road -
Johnnie To crime film.

10 Cloverfield Lane

Free Fire - Ben Wheatley directs a 1978 Boston mob deal gone wrong. With Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley.
Kimi no na wa (Your Name) - New anime from well-reputed director Makoto Shinkai. [trailer]
Pyromanen (Pyromaniac) -Erik Skjoldbjærg directs a cast that includes Trond Nilssen returning to feature film.
Under the Shadow - Babak Anvari. Iranian horror picked up by Netflix.
War on Everyone - John Michael McDonagh comedy about two corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña) in New Mexico. With Tessa Thompson, Theo James, Stephanie Sigman, and Caleb Landry Jones.
Zama - Lucrecia Martel adapting Antonio di Benedetto. The book is good, although it's not my favorite by the author.

Arrowhead - "A low budget Star Wars-inspired sci-fi movie featuring Shaun Micallef as the voice of a droid that looks like a desktop computer from the early 90s? Well, OK." [trailer]
certain comic book and other franchise movies that don't need further promotion
Sherpa - Jennifer Peedom. A documentary that changed subject when tragedy struck.
XX - horror anthology with only female directors and leads. [IMDB]

Ali and Nino - Documentarian Asif Kapadia tries drama with this legendary Azerbaijani love story. Stars María Valverde and Adam Bakri. First reviews weren't glowing, though.
The Bad Batch- Director Ana Lily Amirpour turns to remote Texas and a community of cannibals. With Jim Carrey, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, and Giovanni Ribisi. No word if Masuka the cat will make a cameo.
The Bride of Rip Van Winkle - Shunji Iwai
A Cure for Wellness - Gore Verbinski horror with Dane DeHaan.
Eight & a Half -Hong Kong anthology directed by Ann Hui, Sammo Hung, Ringo Lam, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, John Woo, and Yuen Woo-Ping.
Éternité - Tran Anh Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun, The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) directing Mélanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo and Audrey Tautou in period drama.
The Handmaid - Park Chan-wook
In a Valley of Violence -
Ti West directs a Western. With Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga, Burn Gorman, James Ransone, and Toby Huss (who is so good on Halt and Catch Fire).
High Life - Claire Denis directs a galaxy-explorer story written for the screen by Zadie Smith and Nick Laird.
Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres -
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani do film noir. "The only other certainty is their continued collaboration with one of the most talented cinematographers working today, Manu Dacosse.
Love and Friendship -
Whit Stillman's approach could be suitable for adapting Jane Austen.
Madly - anthology by Gael García Bernal, Anurag Kashyap, Natasha Khan, Sebastián Silva, Sion Sono, and Mia Wasikowska.
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols. Michael Shannon plays a father protecting his superpowered young son. With Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard.
Mindörökké (For Ever) - György Pálfi makes unique films.
Neon Demon - Nicolas Winding Refn does horror. Stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks.
The Queen of Katwe - Mira Nair directs Lupita Nyong'o as the Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi. With David Oyelowo.
A Quiet Passion - Terence Davies directs Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle in a biopic about Emily Dickinson.
The Salesman - Asghar Farhadi directs a movie about actors performingThe Death of a Salesman.
The Sense of an Ending, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) directs a prestige UK production.
Story of Your Life - Denis Villeneuve adapts Ted Chiang's alien contact story
A United Kingdom -. Amma Assante. "David Oyelowo plays Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who causes an international stir on marrying a white woman from London (Rosamund Pike)."
The Unknown Girl - Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. "Adèle Haenel plays Jenny, “a doctor who becomes obsessed with the identity of an unknown woman who died after being refused surgery.”

Birkebeinerne (The Last King) - Norway in 1206 is in civil war. With Kristofer Hivju, Jakob Oftebro, and Benjamin Helstad.
Don't Think Twice - An improv group of friends face conflict when one member lands a TV show while the rest have to deal with the lease. With Gillian Jacobs and Keegan Michael-Key.
Ghoomketu - Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a writer who goes to Mumbai to "prove his worth" in 30 days. This comedy has has supporting roles/cameos? by Amitabh Bachan and Huma Qureshi. Anurag Kashyap plays an Inspector.
Loving - Another Jeff Nichols film has Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as the couple in a landmark mixed-race marriage case.
Our Kind of Traitor - Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damien Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård, Grigory Dobrygin, and Pawel Szajda in a John le Carré adaptation.
Over the Fence - Nobuhiro Yamashita directs Joe Odagirl and Yû Aoi.

IMDB: 2016 in upcoming TV series
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?
io9's guide to sci-fi/fantasy TV
Kotaku's guide to Winter 2016 anime

Falling Water (USA): Three people (David Aja, Will Yun Lee, and Lizzie Brocheré) caught in a collective dream that might help them save the world. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed the pilot, which I hope will have the same creepy vibe as his early feature Intacto. Among the other credits is Ramón Fernández as "Mysterious Latin Man."
Frontier (Netflix): the North Atlantic fur trade in the late 18th century. Stars Jason Momoa.
Luke Cage (Netflix) and other Marvel shows
Midnight Sun - Leïla Bekhti plays a French detective sent to Arctic Sweden to investigate what will be the first of several murders.
SS-GB (BBC One): Sam Riley plays a detective drawn into a complicated case in Nazi-occupied London. Also stars Kate Bosmorth, Jason Flemyng, and Aneurin Barnard.
Underground (WGN America): Runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Stars Aldis Hodge. Premieres March 9.
Westworld (HBO) I like the cast, but I'm worried we'll be forced to sit through a lot of gratuitous...everything. Ed Brubaker's on the writing staff, though.

I'll see if the Powerpuff Girls' reboot is ok...I think I'm one of the few who was ok with the newer special. There will also be Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection. The Living and the Dead (with Colin Morgan) looks like a slower approach supernatural show. New horror includes Slasher (with Katie McGrath) and a modern-day Tales from the Darkside (is it a TV movie or failed pilot?) along with a Tales from the Crypt reboot that's more like one tale per season [more].. Secret City has Anna Torv, Jacki Weaver, and intrigue, although Aussies tell me that few Australian dramas turn out well. TNT is trying to adapt Animal Kingdom to Southern California, while Sony is adapting Roadside Picnic as a TV show, La Reina del Sur will be Queen of the South, and The Phantom of the Opera is becoming the TV show Coney Island. Richard Armitage is a spy again in Berlin Station. Archie Panjabi will lead the ABC anthology The Jury but I'm not sure if that will air in fall.
This is the best series synopsis I've found:
Blood Drive: The cars run on blood. Do you need a plot?

(not including shows in midseason or on my to-try list. I just started Manhattan and I'm already sad that it wasn't renewed for a third season.)
Agent Carter - season 2 recently started, seems alright so far
Black Mirror - returning on Netflix, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in the first episode
Fortitude - filming season 2 right now
Halt and Catch Fire
Orphan Black - April
I forgot what other shows I watch...

io9's sci-fi/fantasy book preview and comics preview
promising: The Winged Histories, I Am Providence, The Last Days of New Paris, Certain Dark Things, The Winds of Winter (???)
The Millons' Great 2016 Book preview
I have This Census-Taker in my library stack but I've heard negative reviews. Maybe The Queen of the Night will live up to hype.The Book of Memory sounds promising. I'd want to read Álvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death untranslated. I like Oyeyemi's works although the ending of Boy, Snow, Bird was a big misstep. Shelter, by Jung Yun, Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton, and Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, could be good. Aravind Adiga's The Selections will be out in June.
Bomb Magazine spring books preview
A Floating Chinaman, by Hua Hsu, sounds interesting.
25 new books by African writers
I'll look out for The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician and Tales of the Metric System. Wow, that combination sounds nerdy.
ETA: Upcoming books by Black authors

2016 in music
Stereogum’s 101 most anticipated albums

The Last Shadow Puppets
M.I.A. – Matahdatah
maybe RJD2
Islands will have two albums?
Lemaitre's latest single is danceable.
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I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

Emphasis on world premieres.
Fandor's most anticipated of 2015.
The Guardian's alphabetized list.
IMDB’s poll lists Sundance titles likely for distribution
Full list of Berlinale announcements.
Ioncinema's anticipated "foreign" release countdown.
Indiewire's anticipated 100, all on one page.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Johnnie To’s Design for Living musical with Sylvia Chang Ai-Chia that is mentioned at the bottom of this article. Not sure if it will be even finished this year, though.

Mockingjay Pt. 2.
Iffy on Avengers 2.and also Chappie-- Neill Blomkamp gets another chance but why Die Antwoord...
Mad Max: Fury Road - based on the trailer
Ferryman - Wong Kar-wai and Tony Leung

Advantageous - Victorian Futurist sci-fi about a mother's struggles and sacrifice for her daughter.
Atom Heart Mother - "Ali Ahmadzadeh will showcase his movie ‘Madare Ghalb Atomi’ (Atom Heart Mother) whose cast include[s] famous Iranian actor and actress, Mohammad Reza Golzar and Taraneh Alidoosti." (source) Named after the Pink Floyd album?
Beasts of No Nation- Good book. Cary Fukunaga directing. Idris Elba will play the leader of the soldiers.
Calamity Qui? - "brings Western heroine Calamity Jane back to life in a kaleidoscope of cinematic and historical references."
La casa más grande del mundo (The Greatest House in the World) - "By Ana V. Bojórquez and Lucía Carreras. Entrusted with a major task, the Mayan girl Rocío grows beyond her own limits. In sublime shots, the camera follows Rocío’s journey through the breath-taking mountain scenery of Guatemala."
Child 44
The Forbidden Room - I'm not the Guy Maddin fan I used to be, but this seems promising.
Francophonia : Le Louvre Under German Occupation - Alexander Sokurov (who filmed The Hermitage in one take in Russian Ark) now visits The Louvre.
The Hateful Eight
Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila - "a young actress takes an in-depth look at an Algerian resistance fighter she is supposed to play."
In the Heart of the Sea - Ron Howard directing Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson. I've heard the book is good.
K - Emyr ap Richard, Darhad Erdenibulag. “Tries its hand at Kafka’s novel fragment The Castle and transposes the land surveyor’s struggle against opaque bureaucratic structures into the Inner Mongolia of the present.”
Li Wen at East Lake - "Shot as a straightforward doc, the style of the film feels like a departure for Luo, until after 35 minutes this non-fiction preamble comes to a close and a fictional story begins featuring the titular Li Wen."
London Road - "dark musical" with cameo by Tom Hardy.
Nebesnyj Verbljud (Celestial Camel) - "By Yury Feting. The 12-year-old shepherd boy Bair has to find an angry run-away mother camel. On the back of an old motorcycle, he sets out on a magical and dangerous journey through the endless vastness of the Mongolian steppes."
Partisan - Vincent Cassel is a commune leader who trains child assassins. Won a Sundance special jury award for cinematography.
Queen of Earth
The Revenant - Alejandro G. Iñárritu directing Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson in a revenge Western. Emmanuel Lubezki is director of photography.
The Second Mother - "This densely layered yet almost fast paced-feeling drama, from writer-director Anna Muylaert (Collect Call), passes not only the Bechdel test with flying colors but dissects with both chilling precision and humor such matters as class differences, real mothers vs. caretakers and whether privilege and one’s own station are things that can be questioned or changed."
The Seventh Fire - "When Native American gangster Rob Brown gets sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing gang culture to the remote Ojibwe village of his youth. For seventeen-year-old Kevin, Rob is the embodiment of a new kind of Native "warrior" in this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the gang crisis in Indian Country, presented by Terrence Malick."
Spiderwebhouse - Black-and-white drama turned fantasy as three children are left by their mother (Sylvie Testud) to take care of themselves.
Slow West
Things of the Aimless Wanderer - "cutting-edge" multiple-perspectives film from Rwanda with only two scenes of dialogue.
Tordenskjold - Life after war for an 18th-century naval hero played by Jakob Oftebro.
Wondering if Guldkysten is the movie Oftebro talked about that deals with Scandinavian involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.
The Witch
The Wolfpack - documentary about brothers reenacting films

Arabian Nights - Miguel Gomes. I'm not sure about shifting the 1001 Nights to modern-day Portugal, but we'll see.
The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien directing Shu Qi in wuxia.
Balikbayan #1 (Memories of Overdevelopment Redux) - Kidlat Tahimik
Bombay Velvet - Anurag Kashyap
The Brothers Lionheart - Tomas Alfredson
Crimson Peak - Guillermo del Toro
The Embroiderer - Brillante Mendoza
Éternité - Tran Anh Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun, The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) directing Mélanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo and Audrey Tautou in period drama.
Floating Gardens - Majid Majidi
The Insects - Jan Švankmajer
Journey to the Shore - Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who also might release a French-language film with Tahar Rahim later this year.
Let the Bodies Sunbathe! (a.k.a. Corpses in the Sun) -  haven't seen Cattet and Forzani's other works yet, but they have an interesting title.
Love in Khon Kaen - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Love and Peace - Sion Sono, who also has Shinjuku Swan this year.
Mariposa - Marco Berger
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols
Mountains May Depart - Jia Zhangke directing Zhao Tao in a drama that reaches from 1990's China to 2020's Australia.
Sicario - Denis Villeneuve directing Emily Blunt as an FBI Agent versus a drug cartel. Wondering how they will treat the subject.
Taxi - Jafar Panahi
Tomorrowland - Brad Bird
Triple Nine - heist drama by John Hillcoat
Umimachi Diary - Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Voice - Gyorgy Palfi
War on Everyone - John Michael McDonagh
Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld - Takashi Miike
Zama - Lucrecia Martel adapting Antonio di Benedetto. The book is good, although it's not my favorite by the author.

Green Room - "Director Saulnier’s follow-up looks to be heading into similar heightened exploitation territory, a twist on the siege movie that pits punks against psychotic fascists, the former led by ever-rising stars (Anton) Yelchin and (Imogen) Poots, the latter by, in one of the best bits of casting of the year, Shakespeare veteran/winner of the internet Patrick Stewart, who rarely gets to play with material like this and is bound to have a ton of fun with it."
Legend -Tom Hardy as the Kray twins.

IMDB: 2015 in upcoming TV series
io9's guide to sci-fi and fantasy TV
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?

Currently watching Agent Carter and Kampen om tungtvannet (The Heavy Water War). The Man in the High Castle had a pilot with potential.
Fresh Off the Boat
Humans (might be a better-looking remake than the one for Les revenants)
Jessica Jones
Narcos. Not sure about this but it has Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar (accents?) alongside Pedro Pascal.

The Millions' Great Book Preview
look interesting: Kelly Link's Get in Trouble, Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant (though advance reviews say it's just ok), Toni Morrison's God Help the Child, Mark Z. Danielewski's The Familiar, Volume One: One Rainy Day in May, Mia Alvar's In the Country, Mia Couto's Confession of the Lioness.
Io9's 2015 sci-fi and fantasy book preview. I've heard good things about Genevieve Valentine, whose Persona will be released this year, and Porochista Khakpour, whose The Last Ilusion is based on Persian classics. I'd wait on word about Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities and others.China Mieville also has a short story collection called Three Moments of an Explosion.
Image Comics' 2015 lineup. Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress and Darwyn Cooke's Revengeance could be good.

2015 album releases
The Dead Weather might release something more than a few singles this year?

chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Yeah, it's February. Still an early month in the year.

I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

As mentioned in one of the movie preview links: The emphasis here, by the way, is on films that have not yet been screened for anyone anywhere. (except private and post-production screenings
Fandor's Most Promising Films of 2014. International, indies. Packed with links.
io9's sci-fi and fantasy movies to watch out for and Sundance roundup.
Indiewire's 30 Indie and Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To
Criticwire's most anticipated titles.
Berlinale 2014 competition titles and Berlinale news and reviews roundup.
Microspia's peliculas mas esperadas de 2014 - starts off with typical features, but Argentine focus at the bottom.
Sundance aquisitions 2013: post 1 post 2
Ioncinema's anticipated: counting down from #200.
Rotterdam 2014 reviews roundup.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Raid 2: Berandal
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (wide release)
War Book
What We Do in the Shadows - Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement make a vampire mockumentary. Good reception at Sundance

Mockingjay Part 1, There and Back Again
Cemetery of Kings - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Muppets Most Wanted
Above the Clouds - by Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro)
The Rover

The Babadook
Birdman - Alejandro González Iñárritu directs Michael Keaton as an actor who used to play a superhero.
Child 44
The Cut
The Dead Lands - Maori-language action film.
Dear White People
A Girl Walks Alone at Night
The Giver
How to Catch A Monster
- Ryan Gosling directs an urban fantasy starring Christina Hendricks, Barbara Steele, Ben Mendelsohn, Iain de Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith.
Inherent Vice - I haven't read the book yet, but it's Paul Thomas Anderson directing a Thomas Pynchon adaptation.
Interstellar - Christopher Nolan and space travel.
Into the Woods - Who knows what Disney will leave in.
Jane Got a Gun
To Kill a Man
Killers - by the Mo Brothers
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: A young woman (Rinko Kikuchi) travels from Japan to Minnesota in search of fortune.
The Signal
Slow West
Stage Fright
- Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf in a horror musical.
The Two Faces of January - Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst in a Patricia Highsmith adaptation.
When Marnie Was There - Studio Ghibli.
Young Ones

2 Ways - Naomi Kawase
99 Homes - Ramin Bahrani
Aloft - Claudia Llosa
Among the Living (Aux yeux des vivants): Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury ( À l'intérieur, Livide) reunite with actress Béatrice Dalle.
The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien directing wuxia.
The Brothers Lionheart - Tomas Alfredson
The Color of Your Body’s Tears
The Duke of Burgundy - Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, Katalin Varga)
The Golden Era - Ann Hui
Like Father, Like Son - Hirokazu Kore-eda
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence - Roy Andersson
Leviafan - Andrey Zvyagintsev
La prigione di Bobbio - Marco Bellochio
Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) - Dardenne Brothers.
Winter Sleep - Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Drop (formerly Animal Rescue) - Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace
Praia do futuro
- Wagner Moura
Queen and Country

IMDB: 2014 in upcoming TV series
io9's guide to sci-fi and fantasy TV
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?

Hannibal - February 28
Utopia - early? 2014
Les Revenants - starts filming in March, will air on Sundance Channel in late 2014, so the French premiere might be earlier.
Game of Thrones - April 6
Orphan Black - April 19
In the Flesh - TBA
Doctor Who - August

Amazon's second wave of TV pilots
Believe - this J.J. Abrams - Alfonso Cuaron co-production looks like a cheesy supernatural drama. I did see Rami Malek in the preview, though.
The Strain - July
True Detective is on its fourth episode and it's alright
Inside No. 9 premiered Wednesday with a good episode. Macabre comedy anthology from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville).
Extant - July 2 - Halle Berry as an astronaut returning home to her family. Pierce Gagnon (the kid from Looper!) is her son.
Turn - April 6. Jamie Bell as an American who recruits people for an anti-British spy ring in the years leading to the Revolutionary War
Intruders - BBC America production with John Simm as a Los Angeles detective.
Quarry - John Hillcoat (The Proposition, Lawless) directs Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) adaptation. Vietnam War sniper (Logan Marshall-Green) becomes hitman upon return to US. Co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Stellan Skarsgård, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
Gotham - fall on FOX? Ben McKenzie will play young Jim Gordon.
Battle for Heavy Water (Kampen om Tungtvannet) - Norwegian WWII series.
Sense8 - Wachowskis produce TV?
looks like there will be a Gomorra TV show but I'm not sure about Italian TV
Those Who Kill - remake of Danish series Øje for øje, del 2, with Chloë Sevigny and James D'Arcy hunting serial killers.
The Last Ship - TNT series where the crew of a naval destroyer left standing after a massive epidemic kills much of Earth's human population.
The Pilot's Love Song - "This story follows a former prince who lost everything to a revolution, and a girl who became the symbol for the revolution. The orphaned prince, now renamed Karueru, embarks on a one-way journey to discover the ends of the heavens." huh
Damien Molony (Being Human) is in the new cop show Suspects.
The new Mushishi series.
The Black Box: "Centers around Elizabeth Black, a famed neuroscientist, with a job at the Center for Neurological Research and Treatment, struggles with mental illness and its one of the many secrets she hides from her fiancé and her family."
I'd have to hear if Penny Dreadful is any good.

The Millions' Great Book Preview
look interesting: Boy, Snow, Bird; Mount Terminus; All the Birds, Singing
io9's lists of top sci-fi and fantasy fiction releases and 2014 comics
Adler, maybe Low or Restoration or Sally of the Wasteland
Litreactor's comics to watch out for in 2014

2014 album releases
Music Go Music might put out a new album, although I'm not into “Love is All I Can Hear” or “People All Over the World
The Glitch Mob might release something on February 11?
Metronomy - March 10

2014 video game release schedule
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - Feb 25
chrryblssmninja: (me)
Continuing a tradition I began last year. I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

As mentioned in one of the movie preview links: The emphasis here, by the way, is on films that have not yet been screened for anyone anywhere. (except private and post-production screeningsFandor's Most Promising Films of 2013. International, indies. Packed with links.
io9's sci-fi and fantasy movies to watch out for
A look at some upcoming horror films.
10 Comic Book Movies to Watch
Cartoon Brew's preview of animated features
Indiewire's 30 Indie and Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To
13 UK films to look forward to
Dark Horizons' preview posts start here. They've also started tracking the acquisitions at Sundance 2013. Acquisitions post 2 post three post 4
Ioncinema's anticipated: 200-101 and top 100 tag.
The World’s End, Elysium, Pacific Rim, Star Trek: Into Darkness
The Grandmaster: Wong-Kar Wai returns to martial arts! I enjoyed watching both major cuts of Ashes of Time for a report. At least the cinematography will be gorgeous.
The Day of the Real, Perfect Pleiosaur: New film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya: Others anticipate Hayao Miyazaki's new film, but I find his work reliable but nothing to get excited about. However, this is a new work from Ghibli's Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).

Catching Fire, The Desolation of Smaug, Enders Game
Fruitvale: Based on the Fruitvale BART shooting, starring Michael B. Jordan. This was a major event at the time, especially since I was a BART commuter, so I wonder how they'll treat the story.
Only God Forgives: I did not like Drive, but I'm a big fan of the Pusher trilogy. liked Bronson, and appreciated Valhalla Rising. This one also has Kristin Scott Thomas as a crime boss.
The Rover: I liked David Michôd's Animal Kingdom. This one is a near-future tale with Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy. I wonder if Robert Pattinson will have to pull off an Aussie accent. An Australian source says that "Michôd wrote the script based on an idea he and Joel Edgerton came up with."
Spiritismes: I watched a live feed of some filming of this Guy Maddin anthology "séance" in which actors attempted to bring lost older films to life. Odd, but what else would you expect with Maddin?
Stoker: Chan-wook Park's English-language feature debut. The trailer had a creepy vibe and intriguing look. Sundance reaction has been polarized.
Twelve Years a Slave

All is Lost: Dialogueless survival movie with Robert Redford.
Beauty and the Beast: Christophe Gans directs a new adaptation, starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.
Blue Caprice: Could be a different take on dramatizing real-life events, this time the D.C. Beltway sniper.
The Congress: Animated sci-fi drama from the director of Waltz with Bashir. Adaptation of a novel by Stanislaus Lem.
Haunter: Vincenzo Natali directs Abigail Breslin as a ghost trying to protect the living. Stephen McHatti plays the villain?!!!. yes that demands exclamation marks if you've seen Pontypool.
The Last Voyage of Demeter: Neil Marshall takes on the voyage of Dracula's coffin.
Mindscape: Mark Strong as "a man with the ability to enter peoples' memories [who] takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma."
Monsters University
A Most Wanted Man: John Le Carré adaptation involving the Chechen-Russian conflict and spinning into international thriller. Anton Corbijn's directing, so it should at least have elegant frame compositions.
Nightingale (or Lowlife?): James Gray directs Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Dagmara Dominczyk (so pretty back in The Count of Monte Cristo) in a story about magicians and Ellis Island.
The Purge: Near future with 12-hour periods of lawlessness. Lena Headey seems to appear in pulpy, possibly fun features.
The Quiet Ones: Maybe this supernatural science concept will let new a Hammer Studios production get actually scary? I haven't seen Let Me In or The Woman in Black, though. Jared Harris plays a professor again.
Sieniawka: Experimental Polish mental hospital '60's drama?
Silent Night of the Living Dead
A Single Shot: Rural noir. Cast includes Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Issacs, Kelly Reilly, Joe Anderson.
Stage Fright: Late-night comedy horror.
They Die By Dawn: Hasn't released yet? African-American Western with a great cast.
The Two Faces of January: Writer Hossein Amini directs Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Issac, and Kirsten Dunst in a Patricia Highsmith adaptation.

After Earth: Shyamalan is only directing, not writing!
Among the Living (Aux yeux des vivants): Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury directed the electrifying extreme horror À l'intérieur and the interesting Livide. They reunite with actress Béatrice Dalle for this feature.
The Assassin: Hou Hsiao Hsien, still in production.
Attila Marcel: Sylvain Chomet’s (The Triplets of Belleville, L'illusioniste) live action debut.
The Bastards: Claire Denis
Felony: Matthew Saville's previous crime drama, Noise was promising, if far from perfect. Screenplay by Joel Edgerton?
Gravity: Alfonso Cuarón directs George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in outer space.
Mood Indigo: Michel Gondry is back making movies in France.
The Sacrament: Ti West
Trance: Danny Boyle
Why Don't You Play in Hell?: Shion Sino's work is always...different.
La Ultima Pelicula: Raya Martin and Mark Peranson
Upstream Color: From the director of Primer.
The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam, sci-fi

Belle: Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ballroom gown-era historical drama.
Closed Circuit: Riz Ahmed as...the terrorist.
The Past: A Separation director Asghar Farhadi directs Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim.
Driven: Mystery with Damian Lewis, Peter Capaldi, Iwan Rheon, and Jessica Brown-Findlay.
The Europa Report: Astronaut drama with Sharlto Copley.
Hidden: Alexander Skarsgård and Andrea Riseborough in a fallout shelter in the near future.
Hummingbird: Jason Statham in a serious drama? He plays a homeless soldier.
Last Days on Mars: More astronauts! The director sought actors usually not in sci-fi, like Romola Garai and Olivia Williams.
Mandela: Walk to Freedom: Probably a standard biopic, but Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.
Mother of George: African immigrant drama with Danai Gurira.

Wikipedia: Programs debuting in 2013
IMDB: 2013 in upcoming TV series
io9's guide to sci-fi and fantasy TV
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?
Hetalia: The Beautiful World - January 25, Friday
Black Mirror - February 11, Monday
Being Human (UK) - February 3, Sunday
Southland - February 13, Wednesdays
Doctor Who - March 30
Game of Thrones - March 31
Boardwalk Empire - fall
The UK conspiracy drama Utopia started, and the pilot showed potential. Tuesdays.
The Following: Serial killer cult? Premieres this Monday on FOX. ETA: my verdict is eh
The Fall
The Watch: More Discworld on TV.
Hello Ladies: Stephen Merchant. "A gawky Englishman comes to Los Angeles to find the woman of his dreams."
The Village, with John Simm, follows one English village through the 20th century. Could be boring.
Shyamalan's got Wayward Pines, which I feel eh about. Hemlock Grove, a bsupernatural YA boook being adapted into a TV show of the same name, tried so hard to be edgy that I gave up reading about 5-10 pages in.
Graceland. Premieres summer on USA. From the creator of White Collar. "Graceland tells the recently declassified true story of a beach-side mansion that is transformed into housing for a diverse group of undercover agents from The DEA, The FBI and U.S. Customs. Watching these officers work and live together while collaborating on cases and grocery lists makes for excellent drama, while the charismatic cast dazzles, proving USA is the most consistent network when it comes to cultivating chemistry." Stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata.
L.A. Noir: Frank Darabont does noir TV. Many modern attempts at noir flounder, but this one has Simon Pegg in the pilot.
Zero Hour: Premieres February 14. ABC conspiracy drama. Ken Leung as a priest? Michael Nyqvist in the main cast?
Red Widow: Eight-episode series et to premiere March 3. ABC crime drama set in NorCal. Based on the Dutch drama Penoza. Starring Radha Mitchell, Goran Visnjic, Clifton Collins Jr., Rade Šerbedžija, Luke Goss, Lee Tergesen, Sterling Beaumon (young Ben Linus!) and others.
Adaptations of I, Claudius, American Gods, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell may air this or next year, if made.
top 15 most-anticipated miniseries or made-for-TV movies
Believe has Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams involved?
Les anonymes and The Higashino Keigo Mysteries sound promising.
Maybe not this year, but: "State of Play" and "Shameless" creator Paul Abbott to make English-language TV version of "Les revenants". BBC is also taking the "reintegrate the dead back into society" route with In the Flesh.
HBO, Stephen Spielberg, and Tom Hanks will develop a third WWII miniseries.

The Millions' Great Book Preview
I'll look out for reviews of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, All That Is, and Forty-One False Starts; as well as the translations of Seiobo There Below, The Hare, and maybe Carnival.
io9's sci-fi and fantasy book preview.
I might check at the library: The Gun Machine, by Warren Ellis (already out); You, by Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invisible); Revenge, Odds Against Tomorrow, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Adjacent
All-female X-Men title, written by Brian Wood. somanyfaves inthislineup and and and P S Y L O C K E
10 Must-Read Comics of 2013
The Wake and Pretty Deadly sound promising.
The Three-Percent translation blog's most anticipated releases.
Writers No One Reads' book preview
I wonder if I can find the untranslated The No Variations. The title reminds me of Tard the Cat.
The Sinistra Zone looks interesting.
More indie-inclined list
The Diegesis sounds promising.
Poetry book preview.
New Thomas Pynchon novel this year? He also might aid P.T. Anderson on the Inherent Vice film.
Works released into the public domain in 2013
Wired's Best Comic Books of 2013

Wikipedia: List of albums scheduled for release in 2013
Maybe I'll like a song or two from The Black Keys' and The Glitch Mob's new releases.
Will the Queens of the Stone Age album finally come out this year?
The latest Doomtree newsletter said that Dessa's working on an album.
The Strokes, M.I.A., and Yeah Yeah Yeahs said they might release new albums this year.

Video game release schedule for the first few months of 2013.
I hope the new Bioshock is good.
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I guess it would be more realistic to resume job searching after Thanksgiving?

So here are links to other things on the internet.

Ficathon if you're so inclined. Any fandom, RPF even, have fun.

"My movie alphabet" meme: Mine consists of some favorite faces from older cinema.

Submitted a few posts to the Noirvember tag, and my old Film Noir infographic from last year now has at least 345 notes! haha that might sound sad but I'll take what I can get.

Spent wayyyy too much time trying to make an Elysium cast graphic, but I gave up and just posted a photoset instead.

Finally, Arsenal! I wish I could have been awake to see the North London derby, but at least I saw the Champions League game today.

Oh, and if I was making a Christmas list, I'd put Kaizers Orchestra's 2001 album Ompa til du dør on it. I've known them for a while, but I've been playing songs from that album a lot lately. For a taste, check here.


14 July 2012 18:08
chrryblssmninja: (me)
Two things making me happy right now:

1) A little bit of dried lavender in my breakfast oatmeal made it extra delicious!

2) Game of Thrones season 3 casting!

I haven't checked the Saturday updates from Comic Con yet.


:( RVP?


I am crying irl
snotty tears

ETA 2: oh and I'm writing a novel
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Happy Birthday to [ profile] icequeen3101 and [ profile] dirtyking!

and now


January isn't over yet. Here are handy links, with mentions of what I'm anticipating and other works I might be interested in if I hear more interest-gaining reviews/descriptions.

The AV Club's list.

[ profile] oddmonster has a nifty project for reading 365 stories this year. Check out her progress and how you may participate here.
The Millions' look at upcoming 2012 releases.
Anticipating: The Flame Alphabet, RAILSEA, Telegraph Avenue.
io9's 2012 sci-fi/fantasy book preview.
Maybe: The Fourth Wall though I haven’t read other Dagmar Shaw books
io9's comic book previews for the next few months.
Most anticipated: New Winter Soldier and Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga. Maybe: Paul Cornell’s Saucer Country, The Manhattan Projects, Fairest.
Related: DC launches new 52 comics, including one by China Miéville

MUBI'S first look at 2012, most anticipated.
IMDB's Coming Soon list.
Indiewire's 50 most anticipated.
Movie Morlocks: New movies to see before the apocalypse
io9's list of sci-fi/fantasy movies in 2012.
Sadly, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is delayed until 2013.
Dark Horizons' in-depth, 10-part feature on the notable films of 2012.
Anticipated: Prometheus, The Avengers, The Hobbit (Part I), Brave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Seven Psychopaths, Stoker (director Park Chan-wook), Cogan’s Trade (director Andrew Dominik), Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters
Maybe: The Dark Knight Rises, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (I liked the book), Lincoln (amazing cast), Restoration, Mars et Avril, Reykjavík-Rotterdam (though I'd prefer to see the original), Intruders (director Fresnadillo), Juan of the Dead, No One Lives (what I saw of Midnight Meat Train was ok but wait to see what hear), On the Ice, The Raid (crime fight through Jakarta, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Riz Ahmed in a starring role), Return, Robot and Frank, Satellite Boy, Untitled Bin Laden Project, Untitled Ramin Bahrani project (very odd given his other work), V/H/S, Welcome to the Punch, Big House (director Mateo Garrone), A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting on Existence (I’d have to check Songs from the Second Floor first), The Wettest County (Hillcoat's The Proposition was good).
I like the idea of Berberian Sound Studio but I heard it’s more likely for 2013.
Sundance Film Festival updates:
Films picked up for distribution, updates one, two, three, four, five.
io9's favorite sci-fi films at Sundance.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam is currently offering a "series of exclusive YouTube premieres of films screening at the festival, available for 24 hours."

American TV show return/premiere dates:
through February ~ March-May ~ io9's guide 2012's sci-fi/fantasy TV.
Being Human (UK) has promo material for series 4 but no set air date.
Longer list of 2012 new TV, via IMDB.
Later premieres include: David Fincher's House of Cards (less is known about his Mindhunter project), Hatfields and McCoys, Julian Fellowes' Titanic (along with Titanic: Blood and Steel), Labyrinth (sounds iffy but interesting cast), L.A. Noir, Dancing on the Edge, Pompeii, Top of the Lake, Wicked, Hobgoblin, Lizzie Borden, Shaun Micallef is Mad as Hell

List of 2012 music releases and events in the United States.
Anticipating: The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Shiina Ringo if the album's coming this year
Maybe: Islands, Muse, Gnarls Barkley, The Strokes
At the Drive In has also reunited.
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My grandma's funeral Mass was Saturday. It was a good service, as funerals go.

Last week was a good week in TV. Sherlock's fall, Southland's return, Fringe and (excepting certain issues) My Little Pony.

I'm still putting together a guide of upcoming entertainment for the year, but one of the movies I have a good feeling about was just picked up by a distributor at Sundance: Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Finally, I recently watched Captain America, and I can't stop thinking about how surprisingly sad it is. spoilers )
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Happy Birthday to [ profile] decadentdream!

I have a new book review up at Yet Another Magazine!
Manuel Muñoz’s 2011 murder mystery What You See in the Dark.
Here is a photo excerpt from the novel:

Here are predictions of what might be shown at Sundance 2012. It's a long list, with a page for each movie, so here are the films that seem most promising:

] The Ambassador
A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa, looking like a mixture of Henry Stanley and Karl Lagerfeld. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich business man, who has come to spearhead a diplomatic mission. Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches - this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. The Ambassador is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.
] Beasts of the Southern Wild
...this is set on the crumbling grounds of the Louisiana delta, a ferocious 10-year-old girl desperately tries to hold on to whatever love is left for her as she refuses to evacuate her home in the Louisiana Delta without her dying father as the Southern Apocalypse descends upon them.
] The Playroom
Four children in their attic hideaway make up a fantastic story, while downstairs their parents weave a drunken intrigue of their own. In a lyrical but gripping dual narrative, the story of the children’s life intertwines with the story they make up about their life–until the two stories collide and the delicate family structure collapses.
] Revenge for Jolly!
Written by Brian Petsos this follows a man (Petsos) who, with the help of his cousin (Oscar Isaac), seeks to avenge the death of his beloved dog, who was killed under confusing and suspicious circumstances. The two men follow a series of clues in an attempt to track down the dog’s murderer, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
chrryblssmninja: (stormfronticons_robbwhat)
lol wat
hi Gackt

just found out that MIKE PATTON IS THE NARRATOR

why does it have to look so awful tho
chrryblssmninja: (onsilverscreens_spacedlook)
serious: CNN's list of charities providing aid for those suffering from the Haiti earthquake

other news: Conan O'Brien's excellent letter to the people of the world

now, on to the last parts of that 2010 movie preview I promised.

Part Ten. What looks most interesting:
The Town: I liked Gone Baby Gone, and while I'm not sure about Ben Affleck both appearing in the movie and directing, it's also got Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: nice over-turning of the "evil hillbilly" trope. Plus Alan Tudyk!

Part Eleven:
The Way Back: Peter Weir directing a movie about prisoners escaping a Siberian labor camp. whoa.
Womb: Eva Green (thankfully without too much eye makeup - seriously, I can rant over and over about how this woman in particular doesn't need gobs of eyeshadow) and MATT "ELEVEN" SMITH in a sci-fi romance drama

Additional list
Abel: Diego Luna directorial debut little kids imagination!
Confucius: dude, it's a big-budge Confucius movie. Starring Chow-Yun Fat.

a little thing I found on tumblr for you Misfits fans: Iwan Rheon (who plays Simon) speaking in Welsh.

some free local art events for those in the Bay Area:
SFMOMA 75th Anniversary Celebration, 1/16/10 - 1/18/10
Closest BART Station: Powell St. OR Montgomery St.
more info here

Addison Street Windows Gallery: RE-FORMED! FOUND OBJECT ART sidewalk opening
Closest BART Station: Downtown Berkeley
more info here

Finally, via [ profile] ontd_lost: Ben Linus in Hats.

oh wait! if you're into horror and creepy stuff, go join [ profile] ontdcreepy!

ETA: Danny Pudi (Abed on Community) speaks fluent Polish?
Community's Joel McHale and Danny Pudi had a bet over who would leave the party last. Pudi was on his way out when he and Caprica's Magda Apanowicz realized they both spoke fluent Polish and had a loud, squeal-filled Polish freak-out moment.
That needs to show up in a dream sequence or something
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Just started White Collar and it's pretty fun. I think I'm going to be applauding nearly all the tricks Neal pulls. It was also nice to see that Diahann Carroll (who plays the woman who owns the nice house) still has that voice and elegance.
I'm also up to episode 6 of Community. My brother also watches some scenes over my shoulder, hee. Seriously, colleges will put your face in the most random places - in my experience, I'm on one of the websites, and my friend ended up with an embarassingly-angled (no not that way) picture on a public banner. -facepalm-

- - -
This is is the best compilation of upcoming features in 2010. It's so big that parts 10 and 11 aren't up yet. (Part 9 is linked in a sidebar under "recent.") They give some industry thought to both quality and box office, and try to include things outside Hollywood mainstream and Oscar bait.

It starts here.

The films on that list I'm looking forward to, with reasons:

I've blogged about this two or three times here, probably because it's a remake of 13 Tzameti, a film that even some posters spoil so if you're into existential minimalist thriller/suspense things WATCH IT WITHOUT LOOKING AT POSTERS OR THE SYNOPSIS THEY MIGHT GIVE IT AWAY ARGH.

This is all I feel I can show:

They'd have to take a different approach for the remake though, since it's a Hollywood release and the internet spoils everything.

Found out today that Sam Riley and not 50 Cent (who does have a small role) plays the main character.

He looks a lot like the original lead (the director's kid brother), doesn't he?

and look at the rest of the cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgård, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone
I wonder if they'll play versions of the original characters...oh shoot major drama potential

the other films I'm interested in, with less blabbering about:

44 Inch Chest: one-room gangster drama. John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson.
The A-Team: for Sharlto
The American: interesting story, potentially different tone
The Beaver: for crazy and Yelchin
Brighton Rock: good cast, interesting story. YAY MORE QUALITY GANGSTER MOVIES
Cemetery Junction: Gervais + Merchant writing together again! and the promo pic looks like this, plus Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes.
The Conspirator: "Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life." dude, I'm sold. Also lol James McAvoy in period beard.
Happy Tears: different story, and Parker Posey!
Hereafter: Clint Eastwood doing transcontinental paranormal. Might be good. Only found out about it (and this article!) through looking for the meme for Mylène Jampanoï, who has one of the prettiest names ever.
Slightly interested in Inception and Iron Man 2. Probably see the latter in theaters because my family enjoyed the first.
It's a Wonderful Afterlife: British South Asian marriage comedy with a murderer twist. ooh
Never Let Me Go: KAZUO ISHIGUROOOOO ON SCREEN. argh I keep on borrowing The Remains of the Day to watch but never get around to it.
PAUL: Pegg + Frost.
Perrier's Bounty: Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent, and Brendan Gleeson in an Irish dark gangster comedy.
Red Riding Trilogy three different directors TV movies recurring characters multi-layered corruption serial killer. cool.
Salt: haha like it or not my mother is dragging us to this for Angelina Jolie
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the comics are fun. While I'm not sold on Cera as Scott, EDGAR WRIGHT IS DIRECTING.
Shanghai: story seems whatever but JOHN CUSACK + GONG LI and surprise Jeffrey Dean Morgan what
Splice sounds cool.
...editors coming in and cutting back on a lot of the harder-edged elements for the American theatrical release...
lol we Americans can't handle a Canadian hard edge

I'll link in a new post when parts 10 and 11 are done.

- - -
I bring you: The Man Who Talks in Anagrams.

finally, epic Jason Statham fake death post with Suri Cruise, David Copperfield controlling a robot shark, and much more.
I was up until 5 AM laughing at that thing. Yes, I am horrible. But it brought a Disco Poo gif into my life, so it's all good.
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Christmas was good times with family friends.

some highlights -

- Christmas Eve at a relative's house. Gradually getting better at karaoke (apparently being loud is most important points-wise). I TOTALLY ROCKED "EDELWEISS" AND EVERYONE SANG ALONG

- Christmas morning: so I haven't had the spare cash to buy good chocolate for a long time...but today I got 3 Valhrona bars! yessssss
as well as a PC movie editing system (anything is better than Windows Movie Maker) and Brian Azzarello's Joker graphic novel. Opened the box of genmaicha (matcha -a.k.a. green tea- and brown rice) packets I bought a few days ago. That tea turned out great.
Church had a really cool Nativity scene, with a manger made of palm tree fronds. Here's a picture.
lol there are so many palm trees here, might as well make use of the greenish fronds that fall

- Christmas afternoon and evening: went to the home of some family friends, where we usually spend Christmas. Lots of good food. For a while, I had been craving good persimmons but wasn't able to buy or obtain (a building at school had a bunch free but they had gone dry) any. But someone brought a bunch of persimmons to the party, and they left a ton over so I was able to take a good amount home. score.
Also got some good stuff like movie theater certificate money.

The little girl there got a Disney princess vanity for Christmas. What was particularly interesting was that the vanity and all its accessories doubled as musical intruments. Picture here. For example, the vanity itself became a keyboard (needed batteries to play though). The eye makeup was a harmonica and the lipstick a whistle. That's so strange it's brilliant. It's nice to see that they thought they had to add something else to sell the makeup toys to girls. Broadening horizons, one cracky product at a time.

I also ended up playing with the toy train set. The older (like, 50-ish) men also played with it too while talking. Train set toys are just that classic.
I took some pictures with the little toy robot there.

I'm still not great at Halo (3), but I did get to splatter and shoot a bunch of online people with a Mongoose, so I felt accomplished.

Later, I got sucked into rewatching the entirety of Be Kind Rewind with our friend Dominic. That movie always makes me teary-eyed at the end, argh, because it's about ~the power of movies~ and that's my dream. yeah.
My brother and I later showed some of the Kick-Ass trailers and we said maybe we can see it together when he's on break from college.

After getting home and taking a 3-hour food comagas pain nap, I woke up, ate some of my chocolate, and made myself a chai latte with the powdered mix I got from Walmart a week ago. Took a look around the kitchen. We have a lot of good food around. Great food possibilities too, mwhahahahahaha

Now I really want to plan a dinner for some reason. Cook and make drinks for everyone. After this, I'm checking out the recipes I bookmarked from tumblr.
I also want to make a short movie. Probably with my stuffed animals. My photo camera's video capabilities may be limited, but at least I have something that can shoot video.

It was too much for LJ to handle, so I had to break it into two parts:
Part 1
Part 2

so now I'll check those recipes and make a little progress on my tumblr backlog before I go to sleep. Tomorrow, I guess I become British, because I'll obtain the Doctor Who "End of Time" (DO NOT SPOIL ME as well as watch a Boxing Day match wait nevermind Arsenal isn't playing? or are my streaming sites wrong?

ETA: I totally forgot - on Christmas Eve afternoon, I started randomly doing crochet after a year or two of not crocheting anything (not that I was great when I did it). I started doing random stuff and had the loose goal of making an asymetrical triangle. Instead, I made a tree. I WAS UNCONSCIOUSLY GUIDED BY THE SPIRT OF CHRISTMAS
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In the last part of my dream, I was with four girls and we arranged a fight with these other girls we met in a gym/the archaeological research building? and I was worried that the other girls would chicken out.
Guess who woke up and couldn't get back to sleep before we got to the fight?

oh and while looking back at my old movie review entries and links, I found out that there is re-confirmation that Alexander Skarsgård is in 13 (the remake of 13 Tzameti), which also stars:
Mickey Rourke
Jason Statham
Ray Winstone
Michael Shannon
the guy who played Ian Curtis in Control

but argh the promotion's going to spoil the story and part of its effect is that you don't know what's going to happen
so go watch 13 Tzameti (AND DON'T EVEN LOOK AT ANY FILM POSTERS SOME OF THOSE ARE SPOILERY TOO) if you don't want to be spoiled by the promotion for this remake, which supposedly comes out February now? yeah.
chrryblssmninja: (northbeach)
oh look it's a post
lol look at this icon I made from a pic I took in North Beach

via 25timesasecond on tumblr:

Unreal Estate
“There’s something inherently spooky about the establishing shot: we’re approaching someplace we’ve never been before—whether through killer-cam, point-of-view or objective perspective, and whether glimpsed from a distance or walked through for the first time, it’s that sense of uncertainty that unites these views of some of the most iconic locations of cinematic trauma, whether that location is an old dark house, a motel, a mansion on a hill, a church, a split-level, a torture chamber or a spaceship. “

basically, a mashup of various establishing shots.

Not that great, but interesting if a) you're a film geek and want to identify shots, and b) you want to kill time.

It could be more awesome, but it inspired me to WRITE THIS AWESOME QUOTE:

I think the best establishing shots make a promise: something will happen here, and you will remember this setting for years to come.

point 2:
third (not second, thank you [ profile] geekfreak03 for the correction) in the Cities of Love series (that I haven't even watched, haha)
Shanghai, I Love You (a.k.a. Shanghai, wo ai ni)


for your time: KITTEN MITTENS GIF! )
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Yvonne Strahovski interview about The Canyon and Chuck
I just saw a small feature about The Canyon in SF Chronicle's Sunday Datebook. They filmed with real wolves! Who, according to the director, hit their mark but are otherwise kind of unpredictable. cool. ack. cool. Yay Yvonne.

and now, two rants.

the good thing about print?
you can slam a book or newspaper or article on a hard surface if the author annoys you. There's only so much you can do with keysmashing.
- prompted by research in which I stumbled upon a person who said that Murasaki Shikibu cared much more about beautiful language than plot in The Tale of Genji. First, you're reading a translation, so you can't truly judge that, especially if you're reading the flowery Waley translalation. Second, it's not whether you liked the story or not, but if you actually read the book well the plot's pretty evident and all about relationships and cycles and retribution and punishments and loss. One person in class even said it helped her to read it like she'd watch a Korean soap opera. Soap operas are plot-focused (sometimes at the expense of character, depending on the story). You have to read the entire novel -or at least the 2/3rds Hikaru Genji is alive in- to get the full story and emotional development. Yet even within chapters you get story episodes that are part of the main story. Take the early "Evening Faces" chapter: boy meets girl, boy likes girl a lot and starts visiting/supporting her household, girl gets killed by the furious spirit of the lover he didn't treat with appropriate respect in the previous chapter. There's also the overarching plot for much of Genji's story about the Kokiden lady's family machinations against the threat of Genji taking the throne. It's not like they just sit there and talk about the rain.
but I do have to take points like this into account into the hypothetical film version I'm "creating" via research paper research for class. How to make Genji's story accessible but faithful. Yeah, I've found the comms here and the anime/manga versions and even some Yoshitaka Amano drawings. And an opera. wooh.

rant 2:
Over a drink at Le Select, in Paris, Anderson admitted that he was troubled by the reception of Darjeeling, especially in light of the success, the following year, of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire. "Why did this India movie become a big hit and mine didn't?" he said. He answered his own question: "With my style, I can take a subject that you'd think would be commercial and turn it into something that not a lot of people want to see."


"this India movie"


Yeah, you did answer your own question, Mr. Anderson. Popular appeal.
Whether a person ended up liking Slumdog Millionaire or hating it, I think most everyday, non-cinephile people would be drawn more to what looked like a fast-paced rags-to-riches story with young characters.

I've only seen Rushmore out of his work, and it's one of my favorite movies, and I still want to see Bottle Rocket, but even then I know the Wes Anderson look and type of movie. Good or bad, it's not the type of movie that would get chatted about in offices and schools.

Seriously, though, "this India movie?"

ETA: thanks to [ profile] hellopinkie: Rachel Weisz plays Hypatia in Agora? whoa cool casting. Pinkie saw it and said the film was good overall but not convincing in a few arguments and parts. But Weisz is awesome. Apparently other reviews say that the acting and production is good, but the script is unfocused. Another complaint I saw is that it focuses too much on lecturing about religion problems -which do play a part in her history, but apparently they go on and on about it at the expense of cinematic story and flow- while cutting out scenes where Hypatia is actually doing her other work in astronomy and such.

sorry for long sentences.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
quick post:

More screenings for Paranormal Activity!

The reviews have been mostly good, although a few people say that the only good parts are in the trailer.

I'm interested in how they formed a whole movie by basically filming around a house in night vision.
chrryblssmninja: (enterapathy_sleeplate)
Happy Birthday to [ profile] totallybalanced! Sorry I can't get you a cow. :)

random link of nerdery:

Captain Britain movie possibly finds leading actor
of course, the only thing I care about:



you don't understand. She is my favorite psychic purple-haired formerly Caucasian currently Asian ninja EVER and I really like her sibling relationship with Captain Britain (they are twins!)

I've read (and sometimes skimmed) through so many badly-written stories just for her

but then again a movie might not handle that sister-brother relationship right. phooey.



part of me wants this to exist, and part of me wants to keep it in my head.


ETA: ooh blog post with link to article about why Hollywood needs strong female comic-book character adaptations
chrryblssmninja: (mediocrechick_doggun)
first, via [ profile] linguaphiles:
Saving the English language, one word at a time.

I was thinking about adopting "ipsographic"

second, need a laugh?
watch this.


now, a meme I've seen around flist:
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.

finally: District 9 fans, here is your projectile pig gif.
I think it's by [ profile] jaffacakes?

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