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AFI's doing it again in June...

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AFI has just released their nominee list for this decade's new 100 years...100 films list. The new list will be presented on a three-hour TV special on CBS in June.

My thoughts on the 400 nominees are as follows:

Excellent movies that will likely (or at least should) make the cut: American Beauty, Memento, Million Dollar Baby, Brokeback Mountain.

Movies that would make a worthy addition to the list: Rushmore, Mystic River, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Hotel Rwanda, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fight Club

Movies that did not make the cut in the last list but that I'm still rooting for: Notorious, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Deliverance, Blue Velvet

Great movies that won't (and probably shouldn't) make the cut, but did deserve their nomination: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Spider-man 2, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Sideways

The one movie that most deservedly should have been in the nominations, but wasn't: In The Bedroom

Other notable omissions in the nominations: About Schmidt, The Incredibles, Before Sunrise/Before Sunset, Far From Heaven

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Communist.

Now, unlike the original author, I don't think this means that you have to take it or leave it in order to enjoy the series. Roddenberry's idealic version of the future is a simply a suspension of disbelief just like having noise in outer space, having computers without circuit-breakers and having chairs without seatbelts. So, you do have to accept that money doesn't exist, that wealth and physical "things" (to quote Jean-Luc Picard - ironic considering his favourite hobby is archeology) are no longer the driving force in peoples' lives. I don't think Roddenberry wanted to emulate communism at all (after all, this is the guy who wrote the patriotic bullshit that was "The Omega Glory"), but it is simply a lack of realistic thought put into his vision. This is understandable, as he was more interested in showing an idealized future than a realistic one.

While some of his conclusions don't hold up to close scrutiny (such as his claim that humanity doesn't have a diverse taste in music or literature anymore), some (such as the legalization of prostitution, the unclear nature of personal property in the future and the fact that the Federation has no independant news network nor an independant legal system) *are* issues that have not been sufficiently addressed in any filmed material of the franchise. 

Now, of course this isn't as nearly a big of a minefield as Religion in Trek...

The Simpsons Movie Trailer

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Well, the only good thing about it is that Dan's shrieking is marginally less annoying then in other episodes. I'd probably like an entire movie dedicated to that CGI rabbit (Which was supposed to be Binky from Life In Hell ,right?) instead.

Also,  feelings about the quality of the show aside, does anyone really care about The Simpsons anymore? Gems like Borat and Little Miss Sunshine make this once iconic series seem as culturally obselete as Star Trek.

Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. Ends.

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Haven’t updated since…forever and probably won’t update for any time soon knowing myself, but there's this one thing that I have to tell as many people as possible...

After having watched the final four episodes of “Six Feet Under” in one sitting, I’ve realized that it is quite possibly the finest television series I’ve ever seen in my entire life. 

Detractors of the show usually call it “pretentious” or “cold” or that the writers show seething hatred for their characters or some such, but going all the way back to the pilot I’ve never believed that. Words I would use to describe it are “warm”, “tender” and “compassionate”. Despite the hardships the characters have gone through during the series, I still love them so fucking much.

I don’t cry when watching TV at all, once or twice I may have shed a tear or felt kind of weepy on the inside but nothing, NOTHING like what happened when I bawled out tears of joy while watching the finale. It wasn’t even a particularly “dramatic” moment either, just a tender scene between Ruth Fisher (Frances Conroy) and her daughter Claire (Lauren Ambrose). I can’t explain what produced such a reaction in me, the content itself in the scene is pretty standard, but it was just an incredible experience.

My crying continued on and off through the episode, notably when the characters would crack jokes that were simply so perfect and so well-timed that I couldn’t contain myself. It culminated with the absolutely perfect final scene that is perhaps the greatest ending to…anything…ever. (Although the song “Breathe Me” used at the end is not quite as good as “Blue” from Cowboy Bebop. xD)

How can I watch the series, you say? Well, the HBO DVDs have been re-priced considerably (from $100 to $60); although that still might not be the best thing (although, honestly, I’d strongly recommend the cheap Buffy DVD sets first.) I know that the show is currently midway through season 5 on its weekly runs on Showtime, I’d recommend catching it then too. (I’d probably still recommend a DVD purchase for Season 5, as I could not personally understand taking any break between the final four episodes.) 

Hmm, what smilie should I go with that says: "Have Just Finished watching Six Feet Under". I'll go with...happy.
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While I doubt any of you really cared much, I've decided to try to get this LJ up and running again. Hopefully this post will be as comment-baity as possible.



YouTube has taken control of my life

Pennyfarthing

Compared to other superheroes, like Batman, Spider-man always seems to get the short end of the stick on film and television. To be sure, I like the 90's animated series as much as the next person (too bad it didn't have THIS as it's theme song) and I loved Spiderman 2 (too bad there wasn't a trailer like THIS!), but our webslinger has certainly had it's share of failures.

Spiderman Unlimited anyone?

How about that 80's series?

...or, worst yet, the 2003 Mainframe/MTV abomination.

However, and getting to my point, there's...THIS!!

Not only is the casting so inappropriate that it's insulting, or that the costume is substantially worse than a cheap knockoff you'd find at San Fransisco, but what the hell is this show supposed to be about according to that opening? A journalist dressing in red and climbing scyscrapers? Bleh.

 

15 songs meme

Pennyfarthing
Well, I was bored. But I’m only gonna do 15. 

1. hiru no kotoba nado wasurete ii kara
keitte  FREE FLY FREE FLY  hatenaku

2. itsuka mita ano yume wo
kono te ni tsukamu made
omoi wo wasurenai de

oitsuzukete yukitai kara

3. 10 Years After jyuu nengo no
anata wo mitsumete mitai

Stay Together sono toki
kitto sobade hohoen deitai

4. Manazashi wa "eien no tobira"
wakachi aeru nanikaga chikara ni narunara

5. nani wo kakeru no ka... nani wo nokosu no ka...
 I pray, pray, to bring down a New Day...

 6. datte (datte) datte (datte)
tsubasa hiroge futari de
sora wo MARASON yume wo YUNIZON shitai

7. genkai no nai   kanousei ga koko ni aru
kono te ni
(It's gonna be your world.)

8. lalalala  utaou  sora o miagete
lalalala  It's my life  aruite yukou
watashi no chikara de susumu  hate shinai kono michi o

9. Mugendai na yume no ato no nanimo nai yo no naka ja
Sou sa itoshii omoi mo makesou ni naru kedo

Stay shigachi na imeeji darake no tayorinai tsubasa demo
Kitto toberu sa on my love

10. Been a fool, been a clown
Lost my way from up and down

And I know, yes I know

And I see it in your eyes
That you really weren't suprised at me at all
Not at all
And I know by your smile it's you.

11. 3.14159  2653589  7932384 626433  8327950  28841197  1693993 751582

 12. yakusoku wo shiyou yo
ano hi no hageshisa wo

daite
ashita saku mirai wo
ikiru


13. kokoro wa doko ni iru? doko ni fukarete iru?
sono hitomi ga mayowanu you ni 

14. kagerou no naka e  FLASHING BACK
nido to modoranai  DREAMIN' DAYS
koe wo koroshi  naita
tooi kioku
I WANNA GET YOUR LOVE
 

15. Lalalala   kuchizusamu   kuchibiru o somete yuku

kimi to deaeta shiawase inoru you ni
   

*sigh* Anyway...

Pennyfarthing
Well, getting that angst out of my system, onto more geeky matters...

Are there any Buffy/Angel fans here? I will probably start watching Angel over the course of next year, so I was wondering if you'd be interested in discussing any opinions I have on it.

Actually, if there are any Mutant Enemy/Whedon-philes out here, why don't you post about it now? You know, your favourite episodes, characters, scenes. Or when you felt the show was beyond watching anymore... (I would then consider you guys whiny fanboys and fangirls, but such is how it goes...)

Oh yeah, I'm getting the first season of Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica for Christmas. I actually haven't even seen five minutes of it yet. Any fans of the series who will open up for discussion?

Oh yeah, is there any site you'd recommend with good Christmas icons? Particularily Anime(not risque YAOI ones mind you, Harry Potter (ditto), and the Whedonverse (from the Buffy episode "Amends" perhaps?, again not so much with the eros)?

I would really appreciate some!

Stupid personal stuff….

Pennyfarthing
When I started LJ, I promised myself I wouldn't be venting about my wacko Uncle and his family's crazed antics.

Well, screw that. I’m too pissed at them to care. Collapse )

I'm a good boy!

Pennyfarthing
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In November I helped tyoshida see the light (8 points). In July I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points). Last Tuesday I signed my organ donor card (28 points). Last Thursday I stole djinniyah 's purse (-30 points). Last Wednesday I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points).

Overall, I've been nice (324 points). For Christmas I deserve a red Radio-Flyer wagon!

Sincerely,
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