Sleep Meme – Meme Monday

[taken from liberrydwarf]

How do you relax?

Watching movies, reading, drinking coffee, or the classic: sleeping.

What do you sleep in?

In bed, mostly. :) Nah, it depends on the temperature: if it’s not too cold, I like to sleep naked, but with the temperatures we’re currently having that’s out of the question. I usually wear a shirt and some sport pants and socks.

What kind of pillow do you like?

It has to be big and hard. [Uhm… that double entendre… yeah.]

Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch tv? Eat?

Read, yes. There’s no TV in my bedroom, I hate any kind of crumbs in my bed, so eating’s out and I sew rarely, and when I do I prefer to do it in front of the TV.

Early to bed or all-nighter?

Way too late for the time I have to get up. But no all-nighters.

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal?

Loads. But there all packed safely in a box now..

Who would you most like to have a pillow fight with?

I’ve never really seen the appeal of pillow fights. Or mock-fights in general.

Re-Watch: Emma (1996)

[We’re nearing the end of my Emma-Comparison-Project. So, if you’re tired of reading about this, it’s only Clueless tomorrow and we’re done. :)]

Emma is Douglas McGrath‘s adaptation of Jane Austen‘s novel, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, Greta Scacchi, Polly Walker, Sophie Thompson and Juliet Stevenson.

Plot:
Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) is “handsome, clever, and rich” and also very interested in matching the people around her. She credits herself with matching up her former governess Miss Taylor (now Mrs Weston) (Greta Scacchi) and Mr Weston (James Cosmo) and encouraged by that success, sets about her next “victim”, naive and unrefined Harriet Smith (Toni Collette). Despite the warnings of her friend Mr Knightley (Jeremy Northam), Emma wants to match Harriet with the local vicar, Mr Elton (Alan Cumming). For herself, Emma has no plans – other than Mr Weston’s son Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor) (who she has never met) excites her curiosity.

It’s been a while since I have seen this film and I think that memory has slightly exaggerated its awesomeness. Especially the script and Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t impress that much this time round as they did before. But it’s still a wonderful movie and does have the best Mr Knightley, hands down.

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83rd Academy Awards aka the Oscars, babies!

Continuing my annual (by now) tradition, I’ll be liveblogging (this year from deadra’s apartment), so you might want to check back and refresh this page when the ceremony starts. [In the meantime, I’m in the cinema, cramming in one last movie before the ceremony (Winter’s Bone), so I can be even nerdier.]

Movies I’ve seen are red. [Why-oh-why-oh-why-oh Ohio didn’t they release The Fighter here before the ceremony?]

Red Carpet

So, due to technical difficulties we got a little late to the party, but here’s Kevin Spacey. And I want to kick the German interviewer already: “You’re great at doing impressions!” Seriously? He’s an actor. That’s kind of his job.

Okay, he just made a LotR reference. He might be slightly redeemed for that.

The interviewer guy just referred to Mark Ruffalo as the Sperminator. Lost all points for that.

Helen Mirren gets more beautiful every year. Asked about her presenting an award with Russel Brand and what the best thing about him was, “his legs. He got the best legs in the business.”

Mark Ruffalo looks high. And he talks like he’s high, too.

Nicole Kidman wears a nightmare. And she should really stop wearing dresses the color of her skin.

We get to see Javier Bardem’s back. Maybe he’ll even turn around at some point. Yay! He did! Interviewer asks him what he would choose if Spain was playing the World Cup final on Oscar Night: Be at the Oscars, but with something in his ear.

Deadra’s supplying me with the best of Twitter (“Jesus Bale is dead. Long live Hobo Bale!”). We really are weird. Watching the Oscars together, each with a laptop in front of her.

Sandra Bullock wears color! Yay! And the dress is even nice. :) She answers a very stupid question with, “I know I’m not helping you with your question, but I can’t.”

The interviewer thinks that the most important question to ask Helena Bonham Carter is how she put on her dress. More alcohol.

Helena Bonham Carter looks brilliant. Her dress is awesome. And says that Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth had a complete Bromance on set and she felt left out. :) Helena Bonham Carter just called the Queen Mum sweet, fluffy and a marshmallow.

Robert Downey Jr, unfortunately only from a distance.

Interviewer has to comment on the fact that Matthe McConaughey wears a shirt. *lesigh*

Colin Firth looks great. And is charming even when asked if he’s invited to Prince William’s wedding.

Christian Bale is not as Hobo as twitter wants to make you believe. He has a beard, but that’s all. Anyway, he’s still hot.

German red carpet is over (thank goodness), we’re tuning into American red carpet now.

Jennifer Hudson’s dress is gorgeous. Well, she’s gorgeous in general.

Natalie Portman’s dress color is amazing. “To get to work with Darren [Aronofsky, ed.] is the bee’s knees.” I agree. I want it, too.

James Franco gets interviewed about hosting the Oscars. He looks so… clean. Which might have to do with me just having seen 127 Hours two days ago.

Justin Timberlake casually displays his ass. Which is very much to his advantage.

Sandra Bullock again. “Has motherhood changed your approach to acting at all?” So it’s not only the German interviewer who asks inane questions.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban get asked who gets to choose the music in the car. *headdesk*

Gwyneth Paltrow shouldn’t wear skin tones, either. Gwyneth Paltrow would like sing a duet with Jay-Z.

Did Christian Bale just call the interviewer “mate”? I love him. And I love it when he talks with his British accent.

Hugh Jackman looks great.

Halle Berry also wears skin tone. Ladies, what’s wrong with you this year? The only one who’s pulled it off so far seems to be Hailee Steinfeld.

Tom Hanks finishes the Red Carpet part of the evening.

The Show

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The King’s Speech (2010)

The King’s Speech is Tom Hooper‘s newest film, starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Eve Best and Timothy Spall.

Plot:
Prince Albert (Colin Firth) has a stutter. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham-Carter) is very supportive and together they’ve tried almost every doctor. Finally, Elizabeth turns up Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a failed actor who tries unconventional methods. Albert is hesitant about the whole thing but since his father King George V (Michael Gambon) grows older and weaker and his brother David (Guy Pearce) is unreliable and uninterested, he decides to go for it anyway.

The King’s Speech is an excellent film, with an amazing cast and a very good script (by David Seidler). The set and costume design was brilliant, too. I just didn’t like the camerawork very much.

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No Strings Attached (2011)

No Strings Attached is Ivan Reitman‘s newest film, starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Ophelia Lovibond and Ludacris.

Plot:
Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) keep bumping into each other. And after Adam finds out that his father (Kevin Kline) is sleeping with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond), he gets drunk, lands on Emma’s couch and then in Emma’s bed. But since Emma isn’t that much into commitment, they agree that it shouldn’t become more. But can that really work?

No Strings Attached is exactly what it promised to be: a funny RomCom – and definitely one of the better sort. Is it a cinematic revelation? No. But it’s very entertaining.

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Dni zatmeniya [Days of Eclipse] (1989)

[Part of the Science Fiction special in the Vienna Filmmuseum.]

Dni zatmeniya is Aleksandr Sokurov‘s loose adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky‘s novel Definitely Maybe, starring Aleksei Ananishnov, Eskender Umarov and Vladimir Zamansky.

Plot:
A small town in Soviet Turkmenistan: the young, promising doctor Malyanov (Aleksei Ananishnov) is writing on a paper about juvenile hypertension and its correlation to old believers. [Or something like it.] But strange things start happening around him. He receives a crab from someone, his neighbor Snegovoy (Vladimir Zamansky) is killed, but when he visits him in the morgue, they have a talk and his best friend Vecherovsky (Eskender Umarov) is behaving weirdly, too.

Oh boy. This movie really doesn’t make a lick of sense. I probably would have walked out of it if I hadn’t promised to meet friends afterwards. It’s just one giant sequence of What the Fuck.

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Starman (1984)

[Part of the Science Fiction special in the Vienna Filmmuseum.]

Starman is a movie by John Carpenter, starring Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen and Charles Martin Smith.

Plot:
Having got the invitation extended by Voyager 2, an alien lands on earth: Starman (Jeff Bridges) takes on the form of Jenny’s (Karen Allen) recently deceased husband, which – understandably – freaks her out quite a bit. He then “asks” Jenny to bring her across the country to Arizona. But Starman’s arrival hasn’t gone unnoticed, and soon Starman and Jenny are being followed on their “roadtrip”: by the government, the military and the enthusiastic scientist Mark Shermin (Charles Martin Smith).

Starman has many reasons not to work: The script is trying a little too hard, it’s a John Carpenter movie, the special effects haven’t aged very well and neither has the music. And then there’s Jeff Bridges and he is so absofuckinglutely incredible that he counterweighs all those things. Easily.

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Links

Books

Excerpts From Every 2010 Locus-Recommended Macmillan Novel.

[via Talulah Mankiller]

Nebula Award Nominees Announced.

Comics

Kate Beaton’s (who has never seen Doctor Who) comic about Doctor Who.

The Evolution of Batman.

Games

Nintendo Heroines, Art Nouveau Style.

[via liberrydwarf]

Movies

Michel Gondry is adapting Philip K. Dick’s Ubik.

Matthew Vaughn’s Next Film: The Expendables with Superheroes.

Beautiful Wolverine 2 Fantrailer.

Probably the craziest Jesus movie ever.

Appolo 18 trailer.

Music

James Earl Jones “sings” Justin Bieber’s “Baby”. Which begat this:

5 seconds of all US #1 songs.

Politics

Is anybody suprised that a female scientist from the 50s would not get proper recognition?

The Glenn Beck Conspiray Theory Generator.

TV

Statistic of LGBT characters in 2010/11 TV shows.

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz’s guide to getting a sitcom cancelled.

Help Nathan Fillion Buy Firefly.

Completely Different Things

Felicia Day to make DragonAge Webseries. More info here. And here’s a trailer:

500 people tracing the same line.

Inside America (2010)

Inside America is Barbara Eder‘s first film, starring Patty Barrera, Carlos Benavides, Edward K. Bravo, Luis De Los Santos, Zuleyma Jaime, Raul Juarez and Aimee Lizette Saldivar.

Plot:
6 Teenagers in Brownville, Texas: Patty (Patty Barrera) struggles in school, while her grandmother things the best choice for her would be to marry quickly, but definitely not her boyfriend Manni (Raul Juarez) who doesn’t have any money himself. Manni has to work the nightshift and tries to be diligent, but gang violence keeps catching up with him. In the meantime Aimee (Aimee Lizette Saldivar) tries to fulfill her mother’s dream of getting voted Most Beautiful in high school and to convince herself that it’s her dream, too while her weapons-obsessed boyfriend Carlos (Carlos Benavides) sleeps with her maid. Zuly (Zuleyma Jaime) is about to move out from her foster family and has no idea where she could move to. And Ricky (Luis De Los Santos) is so shy that he can’t even sell some cookies for a fundraiser.

Inside America is an interesting look at the unpolished side of US-American high school life. It tries to look at a difficult subject from a fresh perspective, but can’t really get away from the stereotyped characters it created.

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