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What Leia Did Next
I’ve been quite busy of late – with fannish things for a change! I’ve uploaded 3 chapters of Kaleidoscope in as many weeks, and I’m working on Chapter 40 right this moment. I just took a break to surf the Web.



I watched Disturbia last Sunday. I found the opening scene where Kale’s father dies brutally harrowing. It was probably the best part of the movie for me.

It seems that no Shia LaBeouf ‘coming of age’ movie is complete without the essential Voyeurism sub-plot. And if the scenes of the teenage protagonist spying on his neighbor (played by Sarah Roemer) in various stages of undress in her home weren’t creepy enough, there’s the moment when she finds out that he’s been stalking her for weeks – enough to know intimate details about her life – and she is so moved by this that she promptly falls into bed with him. Coincidentally, all this happens against the back-drop of a serial killer who sexually lures his female victims into his home to brutally murder them.

On the flip side, it had Trinity as a Mom and I liked the sandwiching of Kale saving his mother at the end – and they saving each other eventually – against the way he wasn’t able to save his father at the beginning of the movie. Plus Ronnie who had me from ‘Perhaps’ (and lost me with his own stint in voyeurism) didn’t die which was our greatest fear from the moment we realized the funny Asian guy was Kale’s best friend.

I’ll give it a 5 out of 10. Cut out the stalking-gets-rewarded sub-plot and it might have been a 9.

I made myself stay in this weekend and write but this is how I plan on rewarding myself next weekend:

1. Quantum of Solace (Very excited about this one in particular because I hear the concept of a Bond girl has been redefined.)

2. Lakeview Terrace – I’m always a bit leery about racial-themed movies because they tend to either fail at or go overboard with political correctness. But it has Samuel L Jackson and a thriller plot. I’m sold.

3. Twilight - because: 1, the trailers look very, very pretty; 2, Edward P’s and the Twilol’s attitudes are becoming less amusing and more spiteful; 3, Stephenie Meyer is not Jane Austen or JK Rowling (thank the stars for that!) but there’ve been worse books published by worse people and she, at least, never went around claiming either of her characters were role models for anybody; and 4, the trailer look very, very pretty. Er… I said that already didn’t I? What do you mean that I’m utterly and completely shallow?


One movie that I’m looking forward to watching next year: Race to Witch Mountain. Who remembers these books from their childhood? We had the Disney movies on tape until they disintegrated. It has THE ROCK and I hear that the original actors who played the siblings will get cameo roles in this one. I can’t wait!


*goes back through the Looking Glass*

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in_excelsis_dea From: in_excelsis_dea Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're making another Witch Mountain movie? I must have watched that movie a dozen times when it was on the Disney Channel. That is so neat.

Lakeview Terrace also has me intrigued.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must have watched it a 100 times! No kidding. It was like the masterpiece of all movies to my mini!me's mind.
in_excelsis_dea From: in_excelsis_dea Date: November 22nd, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found a torrent of the two movies. Want a copy once it's done downloading?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 22nd, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes PLZ!
lesbiassparrow From: lesbiassparrow Date: November 22nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I cannot wait to see Quantum of Solace. Even if nothing else, you know that things will blow up in exciting ways. Plot and acting are just the bonus.

The trailers for Twilight make it look not that bad - like a creepy, gothic coming of age story. However, although I completely tired of the "Haha! Idiots go to see this, but I will go and somehow be entirely different because of my rapier wit and mockery" posts, I am not sure that I can sit through more than an hour of teen angst.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 23rd, 2008 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I cannot wait to see Quantum of Solace. Even if nothing else, you know that things will blow up in exciting ways. Plot and acting are just the bonus.


lol! So much word.

"Haha! Idiots go to see this, but I will go and somehow be entirely different because of my rapier wit and mockery" posts


Goodness, you're so right about that! You just know there are tons of twilols who really believe that the dollar bills they'll pay for seats will magically have "Only Watched to Mock" printed at the edges!
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: November 23rd, 2008 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw the trailer for Race to Witch Mountain the other day and it looks pretty fun, so I'm sold on going to see it.

Haven't they tried to redefine the concept of a Bond Girl in the last four or five films? :p
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 23rd, 2008 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Haven't they tried to redefine the concept of a Bond Girl in the last four or five films? :p
How much do you want to be spoiled? ...
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: November 23rd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen the movie twice, so you won't be spoiling anything for me.

What I meant by the constant redefining of a Bond-girl has to do with all the hype that surrounds characters like Michelle Yeoh's in Tomorrow Never Dies and Halle Berry's in Die Another Day as Bond's "equal" or Eva Green in Casino Royale who's character had a lot more depth to her than the usual line-up of Bond-babes.

I would say that in QoS, Miss Fields fits into the traditional Bond-girl category (right down to her Goldfinger-like death), while Camile is truly non-traditional, just a really good looking woman out for revenge. I think she worked for a government agency, too, but I don't remember which one. Maybe she was a bit of a mirror for what Bond was going through.

What are your thoughts?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 23rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe she was a bit of a mirror for what Bond was going through.

I haven't watched the movie yet but from all the previews/ads it seems that that's what Camille is supposed to be - a comrade-in-vengeance of sorts. She's never a sexual conquest. The fact that the main Bond girl in doesn't end (or get at any time in) the movie in bed with Bond is pretty groundbreaking.


Actually I think the first Bond-girl-as-James equal concept was Agent XXX from the Spy Who Loved Me. I might rant about her one of these days.
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: November 23rd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
XXX/Bond was definitely a complex relationship.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 23rd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol!
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: November 24th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, it sounds awful and creepy how the stalking was rewarded in Disturbia. I hate it how some people think stalking is romantic, as opposed to plain scary.

it seems that that's what Camille is supposed to be - a comrade-in-vengeance of sorts. She's never a sexual conquest.

I like how Camille redefines the concept of the Bond Girl (I haven't seen the movie yet, but it sounds interesting. My brother says it's hard to follow the movie's plot. I hope it won't be).

Twilight - because: 1, the trailers look very, very pretty

Yeah, the trailer is lovely to watch. *sigh* Pity how the books are so bad. I might watch it for the lulz. Maybe.

I haven't read Race to Witch Mountain, but the trailer looks good. I thought these lines from the trailer were funny:

"She talks to dogs. Of course she does."

and

"You can fly this thing? (spaceship)"

"How do you think we got here?"

"Well, you crashed."



Eva Green in Casino Royale who's character had a lot more depth to her than the usual line-up of Bond-babes.

I loved Eva Green's character Vesper. She practically made the movie Casino Royale for me (Vesper was smart, brave, vulnerable, sometimes sensitive). It beats watching an almost naked Bond girl who doesn't do much plotwise.

Actually I think the first Bond-girl-as-James equal concept was Agent XXX from the Spy Who Loved Me. I might rant about her one of these days.

Please do. I thought she was a rather interesting character, and I'd like to see what you think about her.

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 24th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, it sounds awful and creepy how the stalking was rewarded in Disturbia. I hate it how some people think stalking is romantic, as opposed to plain scary.

What is even creepier is that it's clear from the PoV of the filmmakers that we're not supposed to read it as awful and creepy. It's supposed to be cute and romantic. *shudders*

My brother says it's hard to follow the movie's plot. I hope it won't be.

I think that can be said for most Bond films (the Brosnan movies are the exception in this). The villian the film starts out with is usually a lesser villain to some other villian... Bond's mission changes as the film goes along, etc, etc.


Pity how the books are so bad. I might watch it for the lulz.

LOL! I wonder the percentage of the ticket sales came from the lulz crowd. The movie really did well in its opening weekend. :P As for the books: they're as bad as Harry Potter and the writer, at least, isn't half as pretentious.

You'll love Witch Mountain, I can almost guarantee it. They're veering away from canon - in the books, the children had to figure out they were aliens and that was fun - but from what I can see, it'll still be great fun.

She practically made the movie Casino Royale for me (Vesper was smart, brave, vulnerable, sometimes sensitive).

Vesper was really an interesting character. I just wish I had understood better why she and James Bond had fallen in love. I don't know how to really explain it but struck me in the movie that the romance happened because it was supposed to have happened in canon..


Please do. I thought she was a rather interesting character, and I'd like to see what you think about her.

OK. Just give me a while to catch up with other stuff and I will. :D
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