tree_and_leaf: Two children playing on mudflats - colourised version of Ransom's pen-and-ink illustration for "Secret Water". (Secret Water)
Saw really fantastic film last night - Winter's Bone, dir. Deborah Granik and starring Jennifer Lawrence as a seventeen year old girl in a small, desperately poor Ozark community, who is trying to discover what's happened to her father, before she, her sick mother, and her two younger siblings lose the house her dad posted as bail before vanishing. It's not, obviously, a cheerful film, but it's wonderfully acted - there wasn't a single character who didn't feel like a real human being - beautifully shot, and, in it's grim way, does leave you moved by the human capacity for bravery, love, and generally to kbo. There is the odd fairly monstrous act, but no monsters. See it if you can.
tree_and_leaf: Tardis silhoutted agains night sky, with blinking light. (Tardis)
I have had a terribly lazy afternoon, after a long evening last night and a fairly lengthy pair of services this morning (singing the Hallelujah Chorus at the parish Eucharist and regrettably dozing off during Fr Dean's sermon in Mattins - a fairly unusual Mattins, at that, as it was "Mattins with blessing of icon", and the icon was asperged and anointed with oil in a manner that may or may not have worked for the section of the congregation that prefers Mattins to I-can't-believe-it's-not-High-Mass*).

This afternoon I watched Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour - spoilers )
I also watched Doubt - again, spoilers )
tree_and_leaf: Eowyn, tight image of dirty face, yelling.  Caption "I am no man" (Eowyn - no man am I)
Slacktivist has a post on ten filmic and televisual moments that get you every time.

I'm not sure I actually have ten, but there's one way to find out... )

... I think that might be it. Have heart of stone, clearly. Though probably I will remember more as soon as I post (there are also, oddly enough, substantially more moments in literature, but that's a list for another day).

Anyway, dear readers, what are yours?
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Saw Star Trek with [livejournal.com profile] nineveh_uk, who I hope I didn't annoy unduly by being a squeeing fangirl (and my probably unfair irritation with Jim's parents; but that was an incredibly cheesy opening sequence, and somehow rather redolent of bad fanfic).

However, once we got into the story proper, I loved it, even if here be spoilery thoughts. Incoherent spoilery thoughts. )
tree_and_leaf: David Tennant in Edwardian suit, Oxford MA gown and mortar board. (academic doctor)
A friend of mine is doing a James Bond party for the launch of the new film; fancy dress is involved. Unfortunately I am rubbish at fancy dress; also, I have seen a grand total of four Bond films, and one of them was Moonraker, and I am given to understand barely counts. Help?

I am vaguely considering going in drag as Connery!Bond, because all I need to do is slur a bit, and I've got the right accent, but this doesn't exactly solve the problem of clothes. I have spent the evening, on and off, reviewing my acquaintance whom I could plausibly ask for the loan of a DJ and a boiled shirt, but the results went 'too broad shouldered; too broad shouldered; too broad shouldered; probably hasn't got one, since clerical collar counts as black tie; too broad shouldered.' Hum. On the other hand, I'd rather be Bond than a Bond girl; it adds a pleasantly subversive note (either that or silliness; probably the latter!) Damn. Am rubbish at fancy dress.

I also have to come up with a fancy dress for an African themed Cub sleepover which will not restrict my movement overly, and will also not lead to me freezing to death(!), and will preferably not have a really dodgy political subtext. Any thoughts?
tree_and_leaf: Peter Davison in Five's cricket gear, leaning on wall with nose in book, looking a bit like Peter Wimsey. (Books)
I enjoyed it quite a lot, although

Cut for spoilers and rambling reactions, though I bet you've seen the film already )

In summary: Ben Barnes is hot, Edmund is fantastic, and eagles are shockingly overused in modern fantasy films.
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Ages and ages ago, I did the iTunes meme (and also the imdb meme). Some songs, and indeed some films, remained stubbornly unguessed. Time to give the answers, I think (now that you've all lost interest....)

Out dated answers under the cut! )
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Unintentionally hilarious statement of the day, from an article about the Vatican banning the crew of Angels and Demons from filming in Roman churches (and quite right, too): The DaVinci Code was also contested bitterly by the arch-conservative Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei, represented in the film by a ruthless killer monk, although it has no monks.

Right. Because suggesting that Opus Dei is a religious rather than a lay confraternity is, of course, the most objectionable element of the portrayal....
tree_and_leaf: Alan Rickman in role of Slope, wearing rochet, scarf, swept back hair, and hostile but smug expression (slope)
I have been, while ineffectually trying to mend the lining of a pair of trousers (the seat has more or less given up the ghost), watching Don Camillo and Peppone, a charming 1952 film of the short stories about the hot-tempered village priest and the equally temperamental Communist mayor, former comrades in the partisans and current ideological enemies, checked only by the comments of Christ - and the fact that they both, deep down, know that they only want the best for their village.

Anyway: there's a scene fairly early on where a house catches fire. It's actually the site of a Communist arms cache, as both Peppone and Don Camillo know - Peppone because he put it there, and Don Camillo because he stumbled on it and laid the fire. However, they both want to go and look as if they're investigating, so that the village won't think that the Church/ the Party is represented by cowards, and they advance cautiously side by side towards the fire. Then, there is an explosion, and they leap round, take hands and run away. And I found myself thinking, if there was a Don Camillo fandom, there'd so be slash about that.

Later there's a scene where Don Camillo is persuaded to bless the new village centre, and has to stand and give his approval to a very Communist speech by Peppone. He's forced to say a few unwilling words so as not to lose face - and then Peppone seizes his hand, shakes it, and doesn't let go of it for something like two minutes. Also, there's a very odd fight scene - odd, because for some reason we aren't shown any of the actual fighting - where Peppone ends up flat on his back with one foot tied up in the salley of a bell, whereupon he decides to have his baby christened Liberia Camillo rather than Liberia Lenin (poor infant!)

I blame Doctor Who fandom and the whole hand-porn thing.† (Actually, the scene where they're running away from the fire looked rather like a scene from early Doctor Who, specifically Two and Jamie). I'm not going to go and write Don Camillo slash, because (a) I can't see it as more than very, very UST and (b) it would make me feel dirty, and not in a good way (fond memories of childhood reading, and also I'm not into adultery stories and don't like the Thornbirds motif...) - but I rarely see slash, even where other people are adamant about it, so this was a new and confusing experience.

Eta: † A technical term in Who-fandom, at least on LJ, and not as filthy as it sounds. See explanation in comments....
tree_and_leaf: Harriet and Peter at a party: caption "Frivoling" (frivoling)
Apparently the Archaeological Institute of America has appointed Harrison Ford to its board, because Indy has done so much to promote archaeology

Hum. I love Indy, really I do; but there are moments when his excavation technique makes me feel ill, and I'm a strictly armchair archaeologist... (anyway, I still think his father's the better scholar!)

Had a longer post, but LJ's eaten it - or rather, it's the modem's fault; it's not working properly, probably as a result of the enormous storm we had last night, including hail. Oh well; I did get a rough draft of the paper done, at least!
tree_and_leaf: M. Renoir is shocked - shocked! (Shocked!)
Last night I watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in German, which is a curious experience. The dubbing is fairly well done, but there are a few changes of emphasis - the most obvious being the scene where Indy and his dad have been captured in the Austrian castle, Ilsa kisses him, with the words 'That's how we say goodbye in Austria', and the SS bloke says 'And this is how we say goodbye in Germany', and hits him. In the German, he says something like 'This is how the SS says goodbye.'

It's such a splendid film, though - and the rather free way it handles mediaeval history and literature (not to mention geography!) is not inappropriate, given the myriad sources from which the various versions of the Grail legend coalesced. (Although I admit I am biased in favour of a film in which mediaevalism is represented by Sean Connery!) Theologically, it's a lot better than one might expect.

Am going to see the new film on Wednesday night; have very low expectations, but after two hours of an academic planning meeting, I'm sure it can't fail to be an improvement on that
tree_and_leaf: David Tennant in Edwardian suit, Oxford MA gown and mortar board. (academic doctor)
I just watched the swingers episode of Life on Mars; generally rather repellent atmosphere, though extremely well done. Mind you, I shouldn't have laughed at my mother for greeting virtually every appearance of Annie in civies with a cry of 'I had one of those!' (sometimes followed by 'I don't know what I was thinking'), because when Sam got the camera out for surveillance purposes, I was gratified to recognise my first SLR (inherited from my grandad, who must have bought it sometime in the early seventies. A good camera, incidentally, though rather heavy; I ought to get it out again and finally do some black and white work again, though dark room access is problematic).

I've also been catching up om the first half series of Heroes, which I completely missed. Am enjoying it very much, though Mohinder's soliloquies on Creative Evolution are really starting to get on my nerves. He's Weston from Out of the Silent Planet with better dress sense and nicer manners. And, to be fair, a more reliable moral compass in practice if not in theory. But I like him more when he's not indulging in reheated Bergsonianism...

I went to see My Blueberry Nights with some friends. Don't bother, unless (a) you fancy Jude Law or (b) you are so keen to see David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz give excellent performances as an alcoholic and his ex-wife that you can put up with an awful lot of tedium elsewhere in the film; they were the best thing in the film, but not quite enough to rescue it for me. Also, Norah Jones is awful - I'd say she should stick to singing, but she butchers "Harvest Moon", which is one of my favourite Neil Young songs.

ETA: I should note that Wikipedia says that the "Harvest Moon" cover was actually by Cassandra Wilson; I apolgise to Ms Jones, but that doesn't help the film.
tree_and_leaf: Harriet and Peter at a party: caption "Frivoling" (frivoling)
1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

With a very easy one to start off. )
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I may well be the last person on LJ who lists Lewis as an interest to see the film, but I finally got round to it yesterday...

Spoilerish review here )

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