peppermintesse: (Rockstar!)
It's no secret that I adored Mamma Mia! for the eye- and brain-candy that it is, have no illusions that it is high art... but this is brilliant and hilarious.

Embedded YouTube video behind the cut )

(If you don't get why the 3rd father is a rutabaga, this may help you out.)


Feb. 15th, 2009 09:52 pm
peppermintesse: (Brilliant!)
If you're planning on seeing this on the big screen, try to catch the 3D showing. It was more than I expected to pay for what I thought was going to be a matinee, but it ended up being well worth the price. Visually impressive, haunting, spooky, dark, beautiful, and compelling, and the 3D made it quite the experience. Also, I want the gorgeous soundtrack. (Surprise (to me) appearance by TMBG, too.)

Definitely recommend this movie. (I would probably not bring very small children, though.)

ETA: Oh yes! Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders as the voices of the actresses with the Scottie dogs... BRILLIANT CASTING. (And John "I'm a PC" Hodgman as Coraline's father.)

Mamma Mia!

Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:39 pm
peppermintesse: (Robot Disco)
Apologies for those who already saw this (slightly edited from original thoughts)...

Movie spoilers. Short version: I liked it very much. I will want the DVD. )
peppermintesse: (Happy Mac)
For the musical nerds on my Flist: the international trailer for Mamma Mia!, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and (don't die of shock now) Colin Firth.

Damn that ABBA for being so blasted catchy.


Oct. 8th, 2007 08:33 pm
peppermintesse: (*headdesk*)
Any credibility the movie Beowulf might have had with me was just disintegrated by the trailer I just saw, Angelina Jolie notwithstanding.

For the record, marketing peoples, it's "CANNOT". One word. Not two.
peppermintesse: (Misplaced my brain)
1.) Bought and watched Airplane! (it was on a sale rack at Borders). Boy, have the MPAA standards changed since 1980--this movie has bare breasts, drug use, references to blow jobs and sex, and is rated PG. (It's SO not PC... and I still laugh myself senseless at it.)

2.) Finished reading Silk (the English translation) by Alessandro Baricco. I'm still thinking about it--which I guess is the mark of a good story. And wondering how the hell a.) this is going to play as a movie as it is a very short book and b.) Kiera Knightley is going to be as Hervé's wife Hélène.

3.) More training next week, which means I don't have to be up at 5am. \o/

4.) I dropped my phone on the gravel driveway and now it's got ugly scratches in its green surface :P


Jun. 26th, 2007 12:23 pm
peppermintesse: (...11)
Finished "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullen. It was very interesting: Sherlock Holmes, in his 90s, living in post-WW2 England. The story switches the present (just returned from Japan), the recent past (the visit to Japan) and the past (his recounting on paper a case from the turn of the 20th century). It's an interesting study on aging and the inevitable betrayal of the body and mind as one grows old. I'd recommend it but I don't feel the need to have a copy of my own.

Watched an unholy number of movies this weekend: Something's Gotta Give (I may have the title wrong--it's with Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton), Clue, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, Bridget Jones' Diary (yes, again) and This is Spinal Tap (hence the couple of new icons).

ETA: Mind you, this was Friday night through Monday, because I had Monday off. I also watched Apartment Zero starring a very young Colin Firth. It wasn't bad! He's definitely gotten more attractive with age, though. :)
peppermintesse: (Default)
Not a particularly eventful weekend, aside from the Asian Celebration. Watched Stepford Wives (the newer, Nicole Kidman one) and was pleasantly surprised, though I never could quite figure out if Could anything about this really be a spoiler? I mean, who doesn't know this story, right? Well... just in case. ). I really loved the character of Roger, who I ID'ed right away as the same actor who played Carmen Ghia from the newer movie version of The Producers.

Um. I'm sure I was going to say something else, but I'll be damned if I can remember it.
peppermintesse: (Bite my shiny metal ass)
Yesterday: two eps of "NCIS" via On Demand. (Why is CBS the only broadcast network on On Demand?? I mean, thank goodness, because it covers most of my favourite shows, but... argh!)

Then last night, at [ profile] hrothgar1's: Mirrormask. Weird. Visually astounding. I really liked it.

Today: two eps of "CSI:" via On Demand, an episode of "Medium" on tape (see above comment). Thought there were three "CSI"s and a "Numb3rs", so I guess we got off a little easy. =)

Why am I still up? ::ambles off to bed::
peppermintesse: (Darcy)
Off of work today, and it's just as well because I feel like holy hell and would be incapable of doing anything requiring much in the way of mental focus. Have to take the truck down for the alternator swap out. I'm hoping it won't take too long, because I'd like to come back and take a nap. (And swap out dishes and put away clean clothes and...)

[ profile] janabard and I did watch Fever Pitch last night (again, not the Jimmy Fallon one). I have to admit that the football references were completely over my head but it was a very cute film. And OMG, the OUT OF CONTROL HAIR. I've added it to my Amazon wish list so maybe someday I will own it and watch it again with subtitles. :)

peppermintesse: (King of the Brood)
After a crappy night sleep, I saw [ profile] grian_ruadh and [ profile] janabard off to their ride to Portland to see Wicked, so I have a day to myself. I'm torn between doing unpacky type things and take-it-easy type things. I think I'm going to strike a happy medium and only do some laundry, some dishes (YAY DISHWASHER) and maybe put the rest of the bathroom stuff away.

Thinking about going down and exploring Flicks & Pics, which is the local indie video rental place. For some reason the thought of going in there has always intimidated me a bit. I have no idea why. But what better day to try to find some of the more obscure things I've been wanting to watch (i.e. the original Fever Pitch) without worrying about whether others are watching just to humour me. Then again, my desire to actually drive somewhere is pretty damned low, so we'll see.

On a related note, watched Enchanted April, which I had taped off of Showtime circa 1994 (according to the tape itself). Why isn't this movie out on DVD*, I ask you?! This tape is not going to last forever.

[* There is a DVD available in Australia, which is PAL/non-US region format and does me absolutely NO GOOD.]


Aug. 26th, 2006 01:39 am
peppermintesse: (Jaye OMG)
Just finished watching Titan AE, which I think is a completely underappreciated animated sci-fi movie. Were all three of us amused at the fact that there's "New Bangkok" -- Chinese and English as the surviving Earth languages... and then we noticed that Joss Whedon had a hand in the screenplay. :O

I think he had "Firefly" in mind even then... there are a ton of little things that in retrospect jump out at me as being "Firefly"-like. Just. Buh.
peppermintesse: (Allegory)
Via [ profile] jessruth:

A. Pick 17 of your favorite movies.
B. Then pick one of your favorite quotes from each movie.
C. Post the quotes in your journal.
D. Have those on your friends list guess what the movie is.
E. Either strike out the quote once it has been correctly identified, or place the guesser's user name directly after the quote.

On to the quotes! )

Okay. Some of these are probably pretty damn obvious.

ETA: And one of these is a mini-series, not a movie.

Holy crap.

Aug. 4th, 2006 11:26 pm
peppermintesse: (Jaye OMG)
Rainn Wilson -- Dwight from "The Office" (US) -- is one of the Thermians on GalaxyQuest.

(Pictoral evidence, far right.)

::head explodes::
peppermintesse: (Mr. Firth)
After watching The Importance of Being Earnest (starring Teh Hawt), I have made an important discovery: Rupert Everett and Hugh Grant are interchangeable, at least in this movie. The tone of voice, the expression, even the physical features, even the way his face wrinkles when he smiles. Actually, there were actually times I forgot it wasn't Hugh Grant.

I was amused.
peppermintesse: (King of the Brood)
Putting a copy of The Importance of Being Earnest (starring Teh Hawt) in my hands five minutes before departing for the thrift store to do some summer top shopping.


Jul. 16th, 2006 06:19 pm
peppermintesse: (Jim & Pam)
Saturday was a very long day, but not necessarily in a bad way. Worked for 5 hours, had dinner at M's house, then we decided to go to the movies to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Sadly, the show we wanted to go to was sold out by the time we got there, so we bought tickets for 10pm. Which meant we got out of the theater at 12:46am. But, I enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the third part.

(If you had a post about the movie that was spoiler-laden, let me know so I can go read it now. :) )

Today we were supposed to go help M, K and E put up a shed at noon, which meant getting up earlier than usual on a day off (okay, I know 9:30 is not early, but when you go to bed at after 2...). But it got called off at the last minute, so we went out for omelets instead, got some shopping done. And I found my friend Jen from college's phone number -- at least, I hoped it was her number -- and I called it. Thankfully, it was her, and we had a nice 45 minute chat. Strangely enough, just today she ran across an old Christmas card I had given her. Nice thing about Mercury retrograde is that it's a good time to reconnect with old friends. She had only last week seen three of our old gang when she went back to Buffalo, and I got updated contact info from her.

Remember recently when I was talking about a friend I couldn't seem to get in touch with? He's one of those three. If I hadn't been all talked out (and battery-drained) after chatting with Jen, I would have called him straightaway.

(Side note: We're upgrading from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. I sure as shit hope we're not doing that before MR is over on 28 July.)

So now I am waiting for dinner, it is hot, I am tired, but it's all good.
peppermintesse: (hotai)
I was kind of meh about the new Superman movie, and then I saw some of the promos, the special that just finished on A&E, and some of the things people whose opinions I respect have been seeing and, Eeee, now I want to see it. Having flashbacks to my childhood, my dad and my brother acting out "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!" and my dad flying him around the house (when he was a kid, Mike, my brother, must have watched Superman every time it aired on HBO). I can't wait to see what Mike thinks about it.
peppermintesse: (Mr. Firth)
The Roman-themed movie CF has done with Aishwarya Rai, Ben Kingsley, Alexander Siddig and the little boy from Love Actually (Thomas Sangster) has been changed back to The Last Legion (they had, for who knows what reason, had changed it to The Enchanted Sword, which was a "What were they thinking?" moment.).

Unfortunately, the reviews on advanced screenings on IMDB are not particularly kind. Let's hope that they are able to fix it in post-production with editing magic. Perhaps that is why it is not scheduled for release until 2007...
peppermintesse: (Up to no good)
So I found a couple of fairly crappy-quality video files previewing the movie previously known as The Last Legion, which has for some bizarre reason been retitled The Enchanted Sword (WTF?!). For your viewing pleasure, I present: Pictures behind the cut. They're fairly small. )


In other news: After a day of hiding in closets and beneath the stairs, we've determined that Rowan seems to have another blocked anal gland (almost exactly 1 year later). Why does this always happen on a weekend? :P


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