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OOPS I FORGOT--I saw Richard II. Not in person, I mean the Hollow Crown series was showing on HBO and [personal profile] cobweb_diamond had done a great post on her fashion blog about it. So I saw it. I couldn't quite believe it.

(Thoughts, tweets, sketches--because I had to get down as much of the crack as I could.)
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I've been following [personal profile] petronia's reading/watching meme for a while now, and between that and Film Crit Hulk I've been inspired to catch up on movies, series and books.

Movies finished:
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - my mouth watered the entire time, and so will yours, but that's an irrelevant detail. This has so much in common with my favourite documentary, Bill Cunningham New York: it's inspiring and very humbling to watch these men perform their craft with such skill. I wanted to say their skill was effortless but it's not true--like a kata, constant repetition makes every movement smooth and light. I have never been so mesmerised watching someone pinch nigiri together. Also charmed by food critic Masuhiro Yamamoto, who serves as a guide to Jiro's genius. Loved his breakdown of the three criteria for the Michelin stars: quality, originality and consistency. This one's going in the Artist Handbook.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - ahahaha this actually showed in London while I was there. I enjoyed the hell out of this film; I'm sad I didn't see it in the theatre.

Books finished:
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee - I am so ashamed that I hadn't read this yet! Of course I loved it, but I can't really process my feelings until I read it a few more times, detached from everything that's already been said about it.
Do the Work, Steven Pressfield - a little gung-ho for my taste, but good for motivation.
Blood and Gold, Anne Rice (reread) - Short version: vampires are assholes, but they're fascinating assholes.
Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury - Another one for the Artist's Handbook, but also just fun to read.

Still reading/watching:
The Fall - about 1/3 of the way through and enchanted. Although that might be more the two leads than anything else; I am super weak for Lee Pace.
Sunshine Cleaning - I honestly thought this would be way more engaging and funny?
Elementary - now watching 'M'.

Venice Is A Fish, Tiziano Scarpia - ♥
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler - Lemony Snicket's turns of phrase are just as amazing when he is not being Lemony Snicket. And I feel even more for his characters.
Stuff White People Like, Christian Lander - Sometimes I read so many sad things, I just need a bathroom book.

Just acquired:
Hannibal, ep 1
Da Vinci's Demons, ep 1 - SO EXCITED.

Diary of a Dictator, William Rempel - Ferdinand Marcos's diary. I honestly have no idea what to expect.
The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story, Peter Lefcourt - apparently an LGBT love story about baseball NOT written by Steve Kluger. Recommended on the podcast Slash Report.
The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff - because I am obsessed, not with Channing Tatum, but with trying to remember the title of this one children's book I read, which was also about the dying days of Roman Britain and featured a teenage protagonist called Marcus who meets a Celtic boy. In the book Marcus, whose family is about to leave for Tuscany, gets to witness the ritual of the Horned God and exchanges his toga for a fur pelt. Also Rosemary Sutcliff.
Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self, Marina Warner - I love this lady.
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And because I'm sorry I didn't think of it yesterday, here are two doodles that represent my absolute favourite things about The Dark Knight Rises. Again, SPOILERS behind the cut.


The Romance )

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And the other thing, of course, is our sweet earnest officer with the sticking-out ears, John Blake.
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OH MY GOD YOU GUYS

so, you know, SPOILERS ABOUND )

In conclusion: Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. ALL THE RPS, PLEASE. And I would love to see some Marion in there. And Michael Caine's acting, as usual, is in itself worth the ticket.

toy story 3

Jul. 2nd, 2010 11:57 pm
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So I finally got to watch it! Not in 3D, but that may have been a good thing. Freaky monkey-thing aside (MST3K!Merlin's Shop of Wonders nod?), I would have wept even more than I did.

Look out for massive indirect spoilers under the cut.

on the losing of things, vs the giving away )

On a purely professional note: damn, Pixar, another one out of the ballpark. Absolute mastery and genius on all counts. Even the pre-feature short was my favourite of all of them so far. And who's as excited as I am to see Tangled? No way is it going to be a masterpiece like this one, but it looks like some fantastic fun.

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