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Date: 2010-01-11 12:46
Subject: ilu David Brooks
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Tags:avatar, movies
So David Brooks, one of the few Republicans I actually like, has written more eloquently about Avatar and all its problems than I could manage, identifying it as one of the many films with a White Messiah Complex.

This bit made me laugh rather hard

"The peace-loving natives are at one with nature, and even have a fiber-optic cable sticking out of their bodies that they can plug into horses and trees, which is like Horse Whispering without the wireless technology. Because they are not corrupted by things like literacy, cellphones and blockbuster movies, they have deep and tranquil souls.

The natives help the white guy discover that he, too, has a deep and tranquil soul."

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Date: 2010-01-05 18:56
Subject: This movie has eaten my brain
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Tags:movies, star trek
Since I can’t stop thinking about this movie I might as well write meta on it.

So. James T. Kirk. It’s fair to say I’m a little bit in love with him. For some reason broken men always do it for me, at least until they do something truly vile. (Perhaps the only exceptions in my fandom life have been Lee Adama and Jack Shephard…Oooh and Michael Vaughn). But it’s Chris Pine’s Jim Kirk that I love. I’ve never really watched TOS and I have no desire to. William Shatner squicks me and I hope they don’t cast him in future films (which would require too much bending of timeline). I juts want to see the continued adventures of the people in nu1Trek, becuase they're all subtly different from the TOS characters, as they should be. Jim Kirk all broken and bloody in a bar in Iowa was gorgeous like burning, and I hope that he’s still this wild card underneath in later films. I don’t want his issues to be brushed under the guise of good leadership. All the characters in this film seem so much more broken than in TOS (from what I’ve read) and the ones that aren’t probably will be, because a) most of their graduating class is gone and b) they saw an entire planet – one of the Federation’s founding members - vanish into nothingness. Once the adrenaline fades, that shit is bound to HURT. Guh, this cast is So Fierce, I love all of them. More ridiculous thoughts on Kirk and Spock.Collapse )

In conclusion: when will there be more, because I want, I want.

ETA that is inspired in part by excellent, excellent meta by seperis , whose analysis of how the destruction of the Kelvin changed everything is so spot on, especially the stuff about Scorched Earth Spock! And also by sainfoin_fields who made the excellent point that Kirk and Spock are co-protagonists in STXI.
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Date: 2009-12-21 18:44
Subject: Books in 2009
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It wasn’t a fantastic year for me and books, because I think I started reading like, 50 books, and only finished maybe half of them. (This excludes my weekly and sometimes more dose of trashy romance).

My favourite book this year was probably Wars, Guns and Votes by Paul Collier. What it's all aboutCollapse )

I’m slowly making my way through the Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen, who is an engaging writer and one hell of a visionary. It’s not an easy book, in that it can’t be read in one sitting, but it’s an important contribution to well, the Idea of Justice, and I’m really enjoying it.

I’ve been reading a lot of food writing this year. Mark K…’s anthology of food writing, Choice Cuts, was excellent. What sold me on the book was the inclusion of Pablo Neruda’s Ode to Fries in it, and the book lived up to my expectations – it’s a treat to be able to read people who truly love and appreciate food, and who understand it. I also read John Reader’s very interesting history of the potato.

In fiction, I read Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, which I mention only because it was recent enough for me to remember having read it and A.S Byatt’s The Children’s Book, which was beautiful and her best since Possession. I’m currently reading a biography on Gutenberg and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, though my attention is straying from the Gutenberg bio already, well written though it is. My mind is like a sieve though – I’m sure I reads more than that, I just can’t for the life of me remember what. Top 10 books to read next are:

1)      Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked;

2)      Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence;

3)      Werner Heisenberg’s Physics and Philosophy;

4)      Christopher Andrews’ authorized history of MI5;

5)      Liaquat Ahmed’s Lords of Finance;

6)      Michael Chabon’s Maps and Worlds;

7)      Audrey Nieffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry;

8)      Simon Schama’s Citizens (if I can find it) or Manjit Kumar’s Quantum;

9)      The Age of Entaglement by Louisa Gilder and finally:

10)  The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes.

Honourable mention to Wolf Hall By Hillary Mantel.

Me being me, however, I am likely (very, very likely) to get distracted from any and all of these books the next time I take a trip to a bookstore.




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Date: 2009-12-15 17:16
Subject: Movies in 2009
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...Yeah, I lack imagination sometimes. Also, this LJ thingammjig isn't as easy as it looks, which makes me feel old, old, old and also OLD.

I’m trying to think back to January now, and remember what movies I’ve seen since the very beginning of this year… but I’m drawing blanks, largely. One of my favourite movies in 2009 was Revolutionary Road, which puts me rather in the minority, I understand. More thoughts on the movieCollapse ) I enjoyed Gran Torino – it wasn’t the best film I saw all year or anything, but it was fun. I think those are all the Oscar movies that released in India well after their American releases – I can’t remember others, anyway.

Of the other films this year, I loved Star Trek. I was very excited about the movie even in the lead-up, if only because I had a bit of a thing for Chris Pine in his pre-Kirk days. But I forgive JJ Abrams for his ADD, because this movie was just so much fun! I saw it 3 times in less than a week and fell into a new fandom – most unexpected after the Battlestar Galactica heartbreak. Now I’m excited about the sequel. I should add that I have never, and have no desire to ever, watch the original series. William Shatner in his Boston Legal avatar is so repulsive that I cannot ever imagine seeing him as anything or anyone else. I’m just so full of glee whenever I think about this movie, I feel like I could watch it on a constant loop every single day and not get bored. I am also getting the urge to write loads of meta about Kirk and Spock and how’re they’re so different but really also so very alike, but that’s another story.

Up was, of course, spectacular. Pixar doesn’t seem to know how to make a bad film. I was moved to tears several times (admittedly not a difficult thing to induce me to do), and the opening sequence of the progression of a marriage was incredibly touching. Dug the dog was adorable.

I adored Inglourious Basterds. I fall into the camp that is convinced of Tarantino’s genius and I really, really enjoyed this film. The opening sequence was just awesome. Christoph Waltz deserves every award he gets. As one of the few movies this year that had a strong central female character, I would’ve loved this film for no other reason but that, but this was just fantastic cinema. It may be called Inglourious Basterds but really the movie was about Shosanna and her quest for revenge and the actress who played her – Melanie Laurent? - did a tremendous job.

Other movies I liked this year…Read More about Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Away We Go, District 9 and 2012Collapse )

The not-so-good, including Transformers, Terminator and GI JoeCollapse ).

Moving on to Hindi cinema: Kaminey was easily the best of Hindi cinema this summer – and, I suspect, this year.

Here be more Kaminey squee and thoughts on Bollywood...Collapse )

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Date: 2009-05-08 15:12
Subject: Fanplosion Ahead, Beware
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Tags:battlestar galactica, fan stuff, kara/lee, otp
Wow, my first post. It's fitting it should be about Battlestar Galactica, given that I joined LJ for BSG.

So, ok. I’ve been debating whether or not I should post on the finale of Battlestar Galactica, given that I’ve loved it for so long. But it did break my heart, and it took me some time to stop crying at inopportune moments when reading about the show – and not in a good way. I am very sad that its gone, but more because the ending was just so dissatisfying, and so… wrong and unjust to the characters that I love so much. I admit that a lot of my disaffection has to do with the fact that I ship Kara and Lee, Starbuck and Apollo, really frakking hard, and their ending left a really bitter taste in my mouth. But that disappointment just opened my eyes to a lot of the criticism that was directed at the show in general and I agree with a lot of it now. Not all of it, mind you, but a lot. I should say here though, in no uncertain terms, that as vitriolic as I might get later in this post, I love this show. Still. A Lot. I only crib because I care so much and I have never been so involved with a fandom before, or felt so much for a certain set of characters. 


Pilots! meta, among other things...Collapse )
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Date: 2008-10-22 21:24
Subject: This is new.
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Hello, LJ! I'm finally giving in.

Here's to a beautiful friendship. (Cheesy, but I feel it!)
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