Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:24 am
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So the Razzie nominations are out. I was amused (but not entirely surprised) to see the Indiana Jones film in there.

I saw the third Brendan Fraser 'Mummy' film on one of the flights in Australia. And do you know? As 'Belated sequels to old film series that no one really wanted to see resurrected' films go it's actually a better film than Indy 4. There's words I never thought I'd see myself type.

Both start from a similar premise (post-WWII, heroes work in intelligence during war, grown up son involved), and the Rachel Weisz replacement has the problem of, well, not being Rachel Weisz frankly, but where Mummy 3 has the advantage is that it doesn't look as cheap. There are parts in Indy 4, particularly the jungle scenes, which (especially on second viewing) look horribly studio-bound.

While, honestly, neither are great films by any means, but overall Mummy 3 looks less tired and more like people are having fun.
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Right at this very moment I'm feeling a little cross. We've got a 'go live' at work this weekend and I'm supposed to be doing some system configuration Any Moment Now. It was scheduled for 9pm originally, we were told it would likely to be much earlier than that (but 5pm at the earliest). 1 hour and 55 minutes ago I got a call to tell me it would be in 1 to 1 and a half hours. Still waiting. How much do you want to bet that the phone will go just as start eating tea?

I've also got to go in the office tomorrow for a couple of hours, which is not to bad for a go-live weekend. Mind you, have I mentioned how much I resent going into the office on the weekend...?

Onto other things. We say Mamma Mia on Thursday. In the main I enjoyed it and left the cinema with a big grin on my face and love for all humankind in my heart. There were a few issues though, behind cut for spoilerness.

Anyway, mainly I really enjoyed myself so carping a bit here!

Also Dr Horrible's Sing-along-blog. Mainly enjoyed - particularly impressed with Neil Patrick Harris: a pleasant voice, good comic timing and treads that border between likeable and pathetic well. But I'm afraid (whisper who dares)

Twenty minutes later - no telephone call...
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My first review for the Interzone/TTA website is up:


Okay, it's actually been up for a couple of weeks, but I keep forgetting to post about it...
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A bit late, but I wanted to get my 'official' best of year out to Vector before putting anything up year. So the list behind the cut are my best books of 2007. Those in bold are the ones I picked for the Vector piece.

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We finally got to see Mirrormask last night and I start to understand many of the reviews I saw.

spoilerage behind cut )
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We've watched the first four or five episodes of Bones.

And the verdict is: virtually no resemblance to the books, but still fun in its own way. Given that, particularly in the early series, I always thought that the problem with Angel was Angel himself, I'm actually rather enjoying David Boreanas in this (and he must be enjoying filming in daylight...). Brennan herself is less likeable, but the two spark off each other entertainingly.

I do have to grit my teeth and suspend disbelief at times. They have Brennan and her people doing stuff that would surely be done by a CSI unit. I don't believe the hologramatic reconstruction stuff for a second (though I will, of course, eat my hat if someone tells me that it is all real...). And maybe it's different over here, but would a University facility really have all that space (half of which doesn't seem to be used for anything - we fit about 80 people into the same space in my office!), let alone all the equipment to fill it? Oh yes, and ditch the annoying grad student character (Zack? Something like that. It usually takes me about 20 episodes before I can remember names!).

So, quite good fun, but it's no CSI.
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Those British people of a certain age may remember a childrens' TV series called <i>Children of the Stones</i>.

Discussion includes spoilers, so behind cut )

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Just been to see King Kong. I'm still digesting - I'm not sure whether it is approaching a work of genius or total self-indulgence...

A few comments behind cut )

Overall I really enjoyed it, but it is a glorified b-movie.

And I'm sorry but it just isn't natural for someone to look as much like his dad as Colin Hanks does now. I suspect there's cloning involved somewhere...

This week

Jul. 3rd, 2005 06:52 pm
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Hi guys.

I'm very aware that I've had all these things in my head that I wanted to write about this week and I haven't got around to doing any of them. Such is life... Part of it has been that I was having one of my very tired weeks. I can't remember if I mentioned this here, but early in the year I discovered I had been suffering from Glandular Fever (Mononucleosis for my American friends). Luckily mildly, but it hasn't quite gone away. The main symptom is that some weeks I just about get through the days and then feel too tired to have the energy to do anything very much. This has been one of those weeks.

So a brief summary:
Finished Olympos by Dan Simmons which I had been looking forward to. I would sum it up as extremely entertaining at the same time as being complete tosh! I thoroughly enjoyed it though.

Work has been very busy and more than a bit stressful this week. I had to lead a workshop on Thursday and on Friday I presented a new appraisal system to half the department. This seemed to go pretty well. Unfortunately my favourite user has been making my life a misery, with more to come no doubt. Oh yes, and I've found out that I'm going to have some staff to manage. Bleugh!

Watched all of Fruits Basket on DVD. I definitely want to write more about this at some point. To sum up: we laughed, we cried, it made me think about family stuff and upbringing in a way I hadn't for a while. So I cried some more. I can't recommend this enough though. Now to read the Manga to find out the bits the Anime missed!

Watched bits of Wimbledon and Live 8.

Currently, just about finished reading (in PDF version) Cory Doctorow's latest (reviewing for Interzone. An odd one. I sort of like it, I think.

Anyway, I hope to have a bit more energy next week. I know I wanted to write about Fruits Basket and the recently finished Doctor Who series before I forget what I wanted to say!
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We saw very different films/episodes of series yesterday which just show the extremes, even within the realm of the fantastic.

Sin City review )

And for something completely different we have the the Anime Fruits Basket, recommended to P. by a colleague.

Fruits Basket review )


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