Milk (2008)

Milk is the biopic about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office. Directed by Gus Van Sant, the movie stars Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna and got the Oscars for best screenplay (Dustin Lance Black) and best actor (Sean Penn).

Plot:
The movie chronicles Harvey Milk’s (Sean Penn) life from the point where he meets Scott (James Franco) and moves to San Francisco aka the start of his political life to his assassination by Dan White (Josh Brolin) 8 years later.

The movie has a very strong cast, but unfortunately the screenplay is weak in some parts, giving the actors little to work with. [While I think Dustin Lance Black is really cute and his Oscar speech was great and go gay community!… I don’t hink that he deserved it. I’m really sorry to say that… Really. But it’s the truth.]

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Angels’ Pawn (Nalini Singh)

Angels’ Pawn is a novella and the first thing to be released in Nalini Singh‘s new Guild Hunter Series. The next one will be Angels’ Blood, the first book which comes out next week. Again, these stories are in a paranormal setting, but it has nothing to do with the world Nalini Singh created for the Psy-Changeling Series.

Plot:
Ashwini is a hunter for the Guild. The Guild is kind of the Human enforcer unit between the Angels and the Vampires (who are created by the Angels). Ashwini hunts renegade vampires, or vampires who have simply offended an angel. One of the vampires she had to hunt a couple of times (and always in the last time, her order would be retracted) is Janvier, a sexy Cajun.
When Ashwini is called on a mission to retrieve a kidnapped vampire, she calls on Janvier and his contacts to help her. But why he agrees to do it, she doesn’t know.

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Top 10: Excuses Why There’s No Top 10 List

10. The dog ate it. [Shit, don’t have a dog.]

9. I overslept. [It’s quarter to six. In the evening.]

8. There were these ninjas and the cheese and squirrels! [If C. doesn’t do it, it’s not funny.]

7. I forgot. [Then why am I typing this?]

6. Nobody reads these things anyway. [Now I doubtlessly will have insulted all my readers. Don’t go! You’re great!]

5. I’m a creative black hole. All the creativity is there, but it doesn’t get out. Nothing does. *maniac laughter* [After insulting my readers, I will now have scared them away.]

4. Lists are so uncool. [But… but… I LOVE LISTS!]

3. You know, there was this thing at work and suddenly I had something to do and there was no time to blog and I’m really really sorry and I’ll try to do better. [This is kinda true.]

2. I don’t know.

1. Hang on, there is a top 10 list now! [Well… Kinda.]

Links

Books

Harlequin offers 16 free books for its anniversary.

The Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest.

Post about Writing Scams. Worth to read, not only for the info, but also for the plights of Ennis the Emo Unicorn:

Oh, to stab myself dead/ With this horn afixed my head.

or

I’m a magical creature/ A curly horn above my face/ Why won’t Katie let me past second base?

Diagram Prize for Oddest Title shortlist has been announced.

Alberto Manguel on the story of the Travelling Jew.

Movies

Wachowski Brothers to direct Superman? Chris Nolan already agreed to do Batman Three?

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry: Now With More Cute!

Bad Oscar Jokes.

A member of the Academy walks into a bar. He starts chatting with the bartender, and the subject of who he nominated for “Best Original Song” comes up. The academy member says he really liked “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” but couldn’t really think of anything else that was Oscar-worthy this year. Bruce Springsteen walks in and punches him in the face.

The Overthinking It Awards.

Lost in Austen to be Hollywood Film.

Wonderful short film:

Censors may be forced to watch porn alone – and don’t want to.

Round up of the Oscars:

When Miley Cyrus told news media that Angelina Jolie is her “favourite figure from history”, was it because she thinks that Jolie is Alexander the Great’s mother, Colin Farrell the King of Macedonia and Brad Pitt Achilles? Sure, why not?

Sophia Loren and Mickey Rourke were both at the Oscars ceremony. But how were we expected to tell them apart?

Music

I think I may have found a new favourite instrument [More of that here]:

Scientists dance their PhDs. L., you being the only person I know working on their thesis: What would your dance look like?

Politics

Little Red Riding Hood and rape.

12 questions for pro-lifers. Plus, added in the comments:

if a frozen embryo stays frozen for 18 years, should it be allowed to vote?

Michelle Obama under press scrutiny.

We do not know what to do with this model. We can’t file Michelle Obama under WAG; she’s no Carla Bruni but she’s not frumpy, either. These style-appreciators seem to be lauding her for her sophisticated tastes, but are in fact saying “she’s a bit like a bloke”. The conservative press deals with its unease (“Is she a woman or a whole person? So hard to say!”) by making her sound like a transvestite. And the liberal press covers its confusion (“Is she a feminist pioneer? Or just a woman?”) by getting all sociological on her ass every time she wears a dress.

Bad, bad, bad Italy. What a crazy-ass-legislation is that?

Deadra recently pointed the Peters Projection out to me, an area accurate map of the world. As I had never heard of it before, I found it extremely interesting and thought I’d pass it along.

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Now this is a fucking bad ad campaign.

Science

Extinct bird found, photographed and then eaten.

TV

Dollhouse premiere: A mixture of what she said and what she said.Will continue to watch, but am not entirely convinced.
You can read the first draft of the script here, btw.

The Middleman officially dead. *cry*

Completely Different Things

From now, all my party invitations will say: “Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4.pm. Bring wine and caviar only.”

And this is exactly how I look if you hold a plate of cupcakes in front of my nose and don’t give me any.

Ever seen melted bricks?

Lost Rhythm

I somehow seem to have lost my blogging rythm. Maybe it was the week I had holidays, maybe it’s the fact that uni started again, maybe it’s all Oscar’s fault. Anyway, I have a lot to write about, but I somehow can’t find the time to actually write it.

I promise that I will get to it soon. In the meantime, I can tell you what I do or fail to do when I don’t blog/work/go to uni:

  • I’m failing to plan my travels (to Edinburgh in April with uni, to Amsterdam in May with deadra, to Linz in July with sis #3).
  • I’m madly in love with Dylan Moran and watching as much of him as possible (which right now is Black Books and some of his stand-up).
  • I started to watch Lost and failed to get addicted. After everybody told me that they needed to watch all the episodes in more or less one sitting, I’m wondering whether I’m missing something essential. I’ll probably continue to watch though, for a little while. When I had enough of Dylan Moran. Or at least can live without seeing him every night. [Does that sound stalkerish?]
  • I’m failing to organise my social life – I ran into an old friend about 4 weeks ago, who I hadn’t seen in ages. We decided to meet and catch up and still haven’t managed to do so. [Btw, he told me that he reads this blog from time to time and that came as a surprise – there’s actually people reading this thing and I don’t know it!]
    And the fact that I can’t seem to manage meeting anybody else, either, should be slightly worrying, I guess.
  • I downloaded Angels’ Pawn, the new novella by Nalini Singh, which is connected to her new book, Angels’ Blood, which will come out next week and which I already pre-ordered. Here’s to hoping it’s as good as the psy-changeling series!
    Anyway, because I can’t manage to meet anybody, at least, tonight I will have the time to read Angels’ Pawn.
  • I watched the pilot of Dollhouse and am unconvinced, though not without hope. I think that the biggest issue this show could have is Eliza Dushku‘s lack of acting abilities. But maybe she’ll surprise me. I guess if it wasn’t Joss Whedon, I wouldn’t continue to watch. But as it is, I will.
  • I just discovered that I will have to wait until JULY until Eureka picks up again?! Please let that be a typo!

But enough of my things, which are worringly a lot about TV shows right now… What has happened in your lives?

Razzie Winners

So, a little late, but still, here are the winners of this year’s Razzies.

Worst Picture:

The Love Guru

Worst Actor:

Mike Myers (The Love Guru)

Worst Actress:

Paris Hilton (THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE)

Worst Supporting Actress:

Paris Hilton (REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA)

Worst Supporting Actor:

Pierce Brosnan (MAMMA MIA!)

Worst Screen Couple:

Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore (THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE)

Worst Prequel,Remake, Rip-off or Sequel (Combined Category for 2008):

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull

Worst Director:

Uwe Boll (1968: Tunnel Rats, In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, and Postal)

Worst Screenplay:

The Love Guru Written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy

Worst Career Achievement:

Uwe Boll (Germany’s Answer to Ed Wood)

Which gives us the following statistics:

“Wins” Per Picture:

The Love Guru = 3 Awards:
Worst Picture, Actor and Screenplay

The Hottie and The Nottie = 3 Awards:
Worst Picture, Actor and Screenplay

In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale = 1 Award:
Worst Director

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull = 1 Award:
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

Congratulations, especially to Paris Hilton! 3 Razzies! Wow!

Kalafudralogy – Meme Monday

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What is your salad​ dress​ing of choic​e?​
Classic Oil – Vinegar, but with variations within the oils and vinegars. :)

What is your favor​ite sit-​​down resta​urant​?​​
The Running Sushi Place 7 minutes from home (the one right between the bookstore and the cinema). Heaven.

What food could​ you eat for 2 weeks​ strai​ght and not get sick of it
Sushi. And Pizza.

What are your pizza​ toppi​ngs of choic​e?​​
Tuna and cheese and tomato sauce, of course.

What do you like to put on your toast​?​​
I rarely eat toast. And when I do, what I put on it really varies.

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How many telev​ision​ are in your house​?​​
One.

What color​ cell phone​ do you have?​​
Black and orange.

That’s the whole technology section? I’m disappointed.

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Are you right​-​​hande​d or left-​​hande​d?​​
Right-handed.

Have you ever had anyth​ing remov​ed from your body?​
Nope.

What is the last heavy​ item you lifte​d?​​
I have not the slightest idea. A box filled with books, probably.

Have you ever been knock​ed uncon​sciou​s?​​
Yeah. Once. [Damn you, medication!]

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If it were possi​ble,​​ would​ you want to know the day you were going​ to die?
No. Unless it’s really far away. But then again, no.

If you could​ chang​e your name,​​ what would​ you chang​e it to?
I don’t think I’d change it. My name is awesome. My name is me. :)

Would​ you drink​ an entir​e bottl​e of hot sauce​ for $​​1000?​​
With the current $/€ ratio? No way.

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How many pairs​ of flip flops​ do you own?
One. And they’re falling apart.

Last time you had a run-​​in with the cops?​​
It was a couple of years ago, when my brother decided it would be an absolutely great idea to steal my parents’ car while he was drunk and didn’t have a driver’s license. Of course, he had an accident. Nothing happened to him, thankfully, but the car was a total wreck. Unfortunately, my parents were away and I was stuck housesitting, so I had to deal with all the crap.

Last perso​n you talke​d to?
My co-worker.

Last perso​n you hugge​d?​​
My sister.

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Seaso​n?​​
Autumn. Unfortunately, it grows really short here in Austria. This year we practically didn’t have one.

Holid​ay?​​
Christmas. I love Christmas. [Says the atheist.]

Day of the week?​​
Uhm… Sunday.

Month​?​​
Really don’t care. Probably September or May, for the weather.

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Missi​ng someo​ne?​​
Yes.

Mood?​​
Okay, pretty normal.

What are you liste​ning to?
The radio. [Right now, Leona Lewis. Which is slightly better than other stuff, but not actually my thing.]

Watch​ing?​​
Currently, I’m watching the computer screen.

Worry​ing about​?​​
Life, future, family. And all the other stuff.

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First​ place​ you went this morni​ng?​​
Bathroom.

What’​​s the last movie​ you saw?
The Wrestler.

Do you smile​ often​?​​
As often as I have something to smile about.