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An FFA friend posted a link to this today: In Celebration of Old-School Livejournal

I had stayed off of f-list and tumblr dash the past two weeks to make time to watch movies for a "Best of 2010-2014" poll for YAM-Magazine. The vote actually ends in fifteen more days, but I want my life back! So I'm slowly returning back to social media and all the TV and other things I had put off during that period.

I also had a really nasty sore throat; last week during an overnight shift I had to keep running back to the water fountain whenever I got violent, suffocating coughs that required lots of water to help me recover. (I made sure to cough into my elbow instead of the clothes I was fixing at the store, though.) Today, I'm still coughing a little, but recovery's going well.

Ranking some of the movies I've seen recently for the poll, from excellent down to pretty good:

  • The Boy and the World (O menino e o mundo), 2013: a dialogueless Brazilian animated movie that I first couldn't get into when I was tired, but when I woke up and sped up the movie a little (I thought the poll deadline was that midnight) it was perfect. Doesn't matter that the message is blunt- it's relevant to Brazil and done really well.

  • The Missing Picture (L’image manquante), 2013: The director, Rithy Panh, made clay figures to illustrate his life in Cambodia before and during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Some commenters said it was slow but I thought the pacing had good speed. This is the only movie I actually paid to watch, since I streamed it with Amazon gift credit, and I was so captivated I had finish the film at wayyy too early in the morning.

  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no monogatari), 2013: It's great, but I have minor quibbles about things that stand out after reading the Yasunari Kawabata prose version of the tale.

  • Whiplash, 2014: Definitely my tempo.

  • Grey Matter (Matière Grise), 2011. It starts out a little meta, following a young director in Rwanda trying to put together a movie. Then you see the movie he had in mind. Some early parts seem really iffy but pay off at the end. Only wish for a little more to the final full circle scene, but otherwise a great debut that has me anticipating more from Kivu Ruhorahoza.

  • The Selfish Giant, 2013. Really plunges you into the lives (and accents) of two kids who try and make a little money from selling scrap metal.There are a couple of moments that made me gasp, and the last third of the film is so intense.

  • The Prize (El premio), 2011. Very good with performances and atmosphere. Though made in Mexico, it's based on the director's childhood under Argentina's dictatorship.Good interview in Spanish here.

  • Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz), 2010. Chilean documentary that makes a brilliant connection between astronomy, archaelogy, and the experience and aftermath of life under dictatorship.

  • The Dark Horse, 2014. An outstanding entry from New Zealand in the usually middling "troubled coach helps troubled kids through training in a competitive activity" genre.

  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui), 2013. A Sion Sono hyperexplosion of blood and color about yakuza wars and filmmaking.

I saw other good movies, but these are the ones I felt most compelled to write about at this time. Okay, special mention to the macabre Canadian comedy Eddie: The Sleepwallking Cannibal (Thure Lindhardt should really get to do more comedy!) and trippy Russian movie Generation P. The animation style in Le tableau is so gorgeous and the meta concept so innovative that I wish the script was better for the first third of the movie. Oslo 31 August really messed me up, and I was able to recognize quite a few of the performers in the end montage of Bombay Talkies.
Made some other discoveries, like: Tom Hardy does a really good Welsh accent and I can easily identify Andrew Scott's voice (Locke), and Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead/Runskop really looks like Tom Hardy. Looking forward to future significant roles for Amrita Acharia (Jeg er din), Saleh and Adam Bakri (Salvo, Lamma shoftak, Omar), Aniello Arena (Reality), Karidja Touré (Bande de filles), and so many of the actors in Starred Up. Also glad to see quality features from female directors such as Paula Markovitch (El premio), Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant moreso than The Arbor), July Jung (Dohee-ya), Annemarie Jacir (Lamma shoftak), Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us), Alice Rohrwacher (Le meraviglie and Corpo Celeste), Iram Haq (Jeg er din). Amma Asante (Belle), and more.

Finally, the reason for which I actually intended to make this post:TV episodes watched between January 1 and today. )
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I've missed so many birthdays!

Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] subtle__sarcasm, and Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] justbolognese!

Noirvember has taken over much of my free time. I even wrote a related book review here. Here is my "Criminal Chiaroscuro" list of movies. From my Noirvember watching, I especially enjoyed the Brit noirs They Made Me a Fugitive and Odd Man Out (James Mason with an Irish accent? whaaat). On the American side, I have a new addition to my favorite films:



Yeah the climax has similarities with one of my other favorite movies, High Noon (even the same director) but sheesh I was crying around the 2/3rds point at 4 AM- so late because it's tricky finding a link for this film.

Even the non-noir movies I watch in between noirs tend to stuck to the same '40's-'50's era. Maybe I don't feel like confronting a sustained movie-length version of the present right now.

I was also very addicted to playing Plants vs. Zombies until my recent discovery of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Charlotte Lu is my favorite. Whoa boy do I eagerly await the next video on Thursday.

I did have a weird dream last night, probably due to playing Plants vs. Zombies before bed. )

I hope to post some cooking experiments in the next post.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] icequeen3101 and [livejournal.com profile] dirtyking!

and now

STUFF TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2012

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.

GENERAL MEDIA
The AV Club's list.

READING
[livejournal.com 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

VIEWING, MOVIES
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."

VIEWING, TV
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

LISTENING
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.
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_redridingcat)
We just confirmed a reservation for a table booth at the first Davis Flea Market! My mom says that we can sell crafts too, and that they give prizes to the prettiest booth! ooh plans plans.

also, [livejournal.com profile] whomp was my FFA Secret Santa and gave me the Junko Mizuno My Little Pony! eeeee


So right now I'm marathoning through all of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei and it is like the cracky gpoy show:


I've also discovered the streaming site animeseason.com.

some more TV thoughts!

Fringe - 4.8 - scattered thoughts on Back to Where You've Never Been )

liveblog and thoughts on Sherlock 2.3, The Reichenbach Fall )

more TV thoughts to be posted in the next few days
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] andlooknorth and [livejournal.com profile] lily_winterwood!

I have finally caught up on my friendslist!



Here are two videos.

SHIELD YOUR EYES SHIELD YOUR EARS SHIELD YOUR MIND




the palate cleanser:

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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] sunfall!



also


U.S.A!!!!!!

I am dancing
I am teary-eyed
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] fab4eva and [livejournal.com profile] miladygrey!



I'm now a book reviewer for the online magazine Yet Another Magazine! My first review, of the Fantômas books, is here.

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1 May 2011 07:09
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] moi_toujours!


Haven't seen Doctor Who yet, but my mom borrowed the first season of Fringe from the library. We watched the pilot and I liked it. We'll be watching more soon.

quickposting pics of me on Easter Sunday )
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Happy Belated Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] zorabioz and [livejournal.com profile] azuresquirrel!
Happy Birthday for [livejournal.com profile] sector_12!
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Happy Belated Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] xlouder_now and [livejournal.com profile] darkblue!




my emotions, let me show you them:



I've got a supplemental job! It's only a weeklong assignment, filing stuff and looking through records for a La Quinta Inn & Suites in Sacramento. I started today. The work isn't bad, just tiring - lots of papers to deal with, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, with 30 minutes lunch break. I'm really glad to get this assignment.


After work today, I quickly stopped at a candy store in Old Sacramento that lets you try free samples of their taffy and any candy marked with a blue sign. I got free candy from the candy store!


Currently on the third book of the Fantômas series. Pulpy crime adventure fun yay! Brilliant schemes! Secrets and scandal! People who might be dead or alive or someone else!

Why did I start reading these books?

It all started when I started looking up director Georges Franju some months ago. I really liked Eyes Without a Face, and I also appreciated Blood of the Beasts.
Among the other films he directed was Judex, which appealed to me because it's about a masked avenger. But wait! There was an earlier version, in 1916, made by a director named Louis Feuillade. Feuillade is best known for Les vampires, whose influence extends through films like Irma Vep. Yet what did he direct before that? The Fantômas series, based on the written adventures of those who attempt to track down the titular criminal mastermind.

I try to see and read things in chronological order ok
chrryblssmninja: (pandanparfait_greekcatattack)
MORE ADVENTURES IN COOKING THAT I POSTED ON TUMBLR BUT DIDN'T PUT HERE

quick recipe that I used to make kiwi-sunflower pie

My third attempt at galettes was a success. Not pictured: my second attempt.
I remember posting about my first failed attempt on here, but I can't find it in my tag.


unrelated: Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] mcmitters!



ETA: imaginative music video via [livejournal.com profile] meiou_set

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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] crazyumbrellas!


After...six years, I've finally finished all ten episodes of My Little Chef!

Despite the plain dialogue and Japanese TV production conventions, it's a fantastic show that's sappy in all the right ways for me. It's all about being creative, finding whatever makes you happy in life, and eating good food! It passes the Bechdel test with flying colors - in fact, I don't think the prominent female characters ever have a complete conversation about male romantic prospects, and conversations about their male boss or coworkers end up relating to the whole of the restaurant. They talk more about food and family and jobs and life goals. It accepts whatever choice makes a character fulfilled- career, children, or both.
While the resolution of one-episode problems might be a little tidy, the way that series-long arcs are handled is more honest and realistic, at least for a primetime (or the Japanese equivalent of primetime?) cooking drama.

Also, the food presented always looks amazing.

Streaming with English subs here.
chrryblssmninja: (pandanparfait_greekcatattack)
Happy New Year!

and Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] theblended!


I'm way behind on flisting, and I haven't finished a report for work yet, so if you posted anything recently that I should look at, drop a link here!


Year-end/Year-beginning posts to be posted in a few days.


I did update my film blog! This one compares Last Year at Marienbad with Carnival of Souls.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] neo_valkyrie and [livejournal.com profile] timewaslost!




how does this Polyvore thing work

here's what I tried )

lol I spent 12:30 AM to 5 AM:
- first in the virtual dressing room at the H&M site
- then trying to figure out Polyvore
- trying and failing to figure out the code to post it to Tumblr

The Arsenal game started, so I watched that while cleaning up. It was 2-0 when I fell asleep, so I was happy. Good thing I didn't stay up for the second half, haha
chrryblssmninja: (mirrorskies_sherlock)
It's still the 13th here, so...

Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] justbolognese!





Sherlock fans must try this:

Jim Moriarty's Dress-up Game

it's hilarious fantastic A+
try iiiiit
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] beesknees7, [livejournal.com profile] logovo1, and [livejournal.com profile] tigera4j!


Went to the corn maze in Dixon yesterday. Spent 3 hours finding our way in the dark (with the help of a maze map we picked up earlier) and it was awesome. The closest thing to an adventure I've had in a long time.


NaNoWriMo count: 5079 words. Not great, but not horrible. Yet.


Sherlock episode 3 reaction )
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Maligayang Bati, [livejournal.com profile] diskarte!



song in my head right now:

"The Night Last Night" - Mark Ronson and the Business Int'l, featuring Rose Elinor Dougall and Alex Greenwald

chrryblssmninja: (sinkurteethinto_inceptiondreamteam)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] cyanthis and Happy Belated Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] calidreamin08!



I've finally updated my film blog here.


This time, the double-feature recommendation is Insomnia (1997, which was remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan) and Cure (1997, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa).
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I'm sorry if my memory is confused, but [livejournal.com profile] chuckney, are you the Chess: The Musical fan on my flist? I haven't gotten around to seeing it yet, but I was looking up an icon [livejournal.com profile] tapeta was using and I found [livejournal.com profile] ollywol, which has some Chess icons.

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