Obligatory

Dec. 25th, 2011 06:50 am
pikestaff: (Dina and Santa Mike)
Merry Christmas everyone! <3 Going to go see the new Sherlock Holmes movie later. Feels good to have survived Christmas in retail, although of course here comes the post-Christmas rush and returns :( In my experience, Boxing Day has always been just as bad as (if not worse than) Black Friday. Yes, even in the U.S. At least I don't work until the afternoon/evening, I suppose!

Anyways, I hope you all have a great holiday!
pikestaff: (House O RLY)
I saw Harry Potter, which is good but actually bad because now I want to take last year's NaNo and turn it into a big sweeping ten-part saga with monsters and epic battles and stuff. I'd do it with this year's NaNo, but this year's NaNo is much more of a one-off and last year's would be better suited for being turned into a gigantic dramatic series.

SOMEBODY STOP ME BEFORE I HURT MYSELF WRITING.

Also I saw a Luna Lovegood cosplayer at work which was awesome, because we all know she's the best character.

Hmm, I can't really think of much else that is going on. I'm still plinking away at my NaNo, slowly but surely. I've lost a lot of steam by this point, but work is partly to blame on that one (they gave me a lot of hours this week... not that I'm complaining.) In other news, since when did you have to pay to put air in your tires? Or is that normal and you just never had to do that in Bozeman? I can never figure out if it's this place that is weird, or Bozeman that is weird.
pikestaff: (PikaSky~!)
Dear DreamWorks,

Welcome to Pixar status. "How to Train Your Dragon" was fantastic. Great storytelling, great animation, great movie.

Much love,

Pike <3
pikestaff: (March Hare)
"It's not surprising that Disney would revisit "Leagues." Ross has said his mandate is to make wide-appeal, pre-branded entertainment. And while plotlines are being kept submerged, the Fincher/Burns take on the material is described as being in the vein of "Star Wars" or "The Empire Strikes Back." It will aim to be visually dazzling."

- http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/05/david-fincher-directing-20000-leagues-under-the-sea.html

First Thought: "OMG, they're going to ruin it. I know it. They're going to want to show off their computer effects and they're going to put in huge dramatic effects-laden fights involving mechanical kraken."

Second Thought: "...ok, they can keep the mechanical kraken. So long as they do it RIGHT."

Third Thought: "..."Right", in this case, is defined as kraken that are powered similarly to the Nautilus. I.E. sodium collected from seawater and used to make a reverse battery."

Fourth Thought: "...presumably that would mean Captain Nemo is the guy who made the mechanical kraken."

Fifth Thought: "And the plot thickens!"

Sixth Thought: "I MUST MAKE THIS MOVIE."

Iron Man 2

May. 9th, 2010 07:21 pm
pikestaff: (Iron Pike)
Was amazing.

Spoilers and crap under the cut )

So, Avatar.

May. 2nd, 2010 09:27 pm
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
1.) Was better than I was expecting, primarily because while it did retread "old ground" plot/character wise-- enough that my dad could show up part-way through, ask what was happening so far, and be content with my mom's "It's Dances With Wolves" answer-- it did so in an interesting enough way that it keeps your attention throughout. Plus, I never really had the phobia of cliché plots/characters that a lot of other people seem to have. I mean, if something is cliché or a trope or whatever, then it's probably cliché for a reason (aka, people love to hear the story and/or the story needs to be told), and I don't have a problem with that. That's storytelling, folks!

2.) The special effects were shiny but I honestly liked the giant robot walker things more than any of the Pandora!shiny. But, that's probably just Pike being Pike. >_>

3.) "Jurassic Park" vibes turned into "Aliens" vibes turned into "World of Warcraft" vibes, which promptly turned into the realization that you could easily make a case for the movie being some sort of commentary on MMOs. I mean, let's face it: the guy's life sucks, so he dons a personal "avatar" costume that is a hundred times cooler than he is IRL, and he gets to fly around on epic mounts-- including the raredrop mount that everyone oohs and aahs over-- so obviously he wants to spend all his time in this alternate world. "Can't eat now, boss, I've got a raid!" The "virtual" universe is cool and exciting and you get to be a hero after you've honed your skills and farmed your rep, and the guy's dream is to be a part of the world for real. You know how many nerds have had this dream at some point? (Afterwards I realized that [livejournal.com profile] subsidaryforge made a similar analysis some months ago.)

4.) I freaking love Sigourney Weaver.

5.) I really really like the way the Na'vi were done with the mobile ears and tail. It gave them a very cartoon-like feel while still being realistic. This is one of the big reasons why I draw furries: expression. Ears and tails are very expressive. Animators figured this out a hundred years ago (and comic artists even before that) and it's where all those cartoon animals came from. I like that the movie utilized this to full effect. Frankly it really got me thinking about my "Windshifter" characters, which I always visualized as more cartoony... but the more I think about it, the more I think they could be done Avatar-style-- aka, more human, while still retaining some animal-ness-- and that it would work very well. I think I am going to have to play with this.

So yeah overall it was worth the watch.

Derp

May. 1st, 2010 07:47 am
pikestaff: (Default)
It's occurred to me how infrequently I update LJ lately. Dunno why... nothing new to say I guess? (I still read my friends' page pretty religiously though.)

Script Frenzy is finished. It was fun, but I wasn't able to really "get into it" the way I was with NaNo, so overall I'm more happy that it's done than sad. Perhaps it's because said NaNo is still hanging over my head. Speaking of which, now that I've forced myself to stay away from my book for a month, I am ready to launch back into it, headfirst, with a pile of pens and Post-It Notes. The main goal this time will be to strengthen my themes and possibly add some more subplots or something. I'm hoping this will be one of the final edits. I am SO ready to call this thing "done".

Have I mentioned that I am having a personal "Back to the Future" marathon? One movie every night!

pikestaff: (Cutest.  Icon.  Ever.)


Guys.

Sherlock Holmes vs. a Robot Dragon.

I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS, THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED

Edit: So it's a direct-to-DVD low budget lol-movie, which makes it even more awesome (because it is going to be both terrible and amazing at the same time), AND APPARENTLY IT'S COMING OUT TOMORROW OMG.
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
I was going to focus on writing today but then I got an invite to go see "Sherlock Holmes".

For the record, two hours of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in late 19th century suits is like My One Weakness. ...okay, I have several One Weaknesses. BUT COME ON. So I accepted, post haste.

So I FREAKING LOVED THIS MOVIE. CAPS LOCK. TRU LUV 4EVER. Now to be fair, I haven't read very much of the books. And perhaps my opinion would have been different if I had. But guys. List of things in this movie:

1.) Hot guys in period clothes
2.) Sherlock Holmes, doing that... Sherlock Holmes thing. The one where he looks at a guy for two seconds and is all ZOMG I KNOW YOUR LIFE STORY. He does this several times, in detail. <3
3.) Tesla coil cattle prod thingy
4.) Giant machine thingy that is controlled by a brass-plated remote control
5.) Hot guys in period clothes
6.) Awesome hats
7.) Epic moments of hilarity
8.) Chick wearing a really awesome vest outfit thing, which I want
9.) Sherlock Holmes putting a bunch of flies in a jar and doing violin-related experiments on them
10.) Hot guys in period clothes

<3
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
I watched Star Trek (the recent movie) tonight while doing art commissions. It was my second watch-through and it was still just as amazing as it was when I saw it in the theater.

I'm pretty sure I proclaimed "I LOVE [insert person or thing here]" at least once every three point one four minutes. Possibly more.

As such, I'm fairly certain I "loved" all the characters and various other minutiae (costumes, quotes, Trek clichés, etc.) at least once.

I think I may have "loved" Scotty the most. But I'm not sure. It's a tough call.

<3
pikestaff: (8bitDND)
The Golden Compass holds a special place in my heart. It has a magical quality to it and is quite possibly one of the most original pieces of fiction I've ever read. I've read the entire His Dark Materials series, of course, but quite honestly, the first book was the best-- The Subtle Knife delved into this whole weird sidestory and The Amber Spyglass sort of redeemed it, but it wasn't the same. I know the series is about parallel universes and the like, but taking the trilogy out of the original, delightful, steampunk-inspired universe and shoving it into worlds that weren't as cool (like ours =P) killed a lot of the magic for me. As such, while I'll re-read the whole series on occasion, I much more frequently tend to just read the first book and pretend it ended there, and call it good.

So I put off watching the movie for a long time, because I loved the book so much. I was afraid it would kill it and mangle it and destroy it. At the same time, though, I was excited for the potential eye candy of seeing a world full of daemons in glorious technicolor.

So I watched it today.

General spoiler warnings, hoooo~ )
pikestaff: (Totoro)


No, really, I can't listen to it without being happy.

(By the way, this is seriously my favorite movie of all time.)
pikestaff: (Trenchcoat Pikestaff)
So I saw Transformers 2, and I'm not sure if I'm smoking something or if everyone else is smoking something, but seriously... I liked it a lot. A lot a lot. Much better than the first movie. In fact really the only thing that bugged me is

Spoilers )

Really though, it was a minor gripe, it was a very enjoyable watch. It sort of gave off Star Wars vibes, in the way that it was this fun sci-fi flick with cheesy humor mixed in.

...there is a very special place in Geek Hell prepared for me now that I just said that, isn't there? =O /hides

After the movie, I promptly backed my car into a truck and smashed up the back and now it's in the shop. The truck guy totally claimed he notified the cops, too, as a police report, even though I later found out from the police that he didn't and just got on the phone and duped me. GG me. (Hey, I was really shaken up, okay? >.>) The good news is, I have full insurance coverage! xD Possible more thorough rant about the car crash later if I'm feeling up to it. Right now, just very very out of it.
pikestaff: (Eve and Wall-E)
Curse you Pixar for making me cry like every five minutes,

Curse you Pixar for making me want to work on my screenplays again even though I have no time,

and curse you Pixar for making the cutest animated short in the history of animated shorts with that whole clouds & stork thing, ohmahgah. Now nothing I make will ever be able to compete. =[

(Don't kill me Pixar, I <3 you really...)

Edit: zomg my mood icon is awesome... literally...

Edit 2: Monsters Inc. is still my favorite.
pikestaff: (Han Shot First)
Wolvie on a bike + Gambit, being hot in general = A++++++ would watch again
pikestaff: (Dizzy Spinda)
GUYS IM'A GO SEE THE NEW X-MEN MOVIE IN A COUPLE HOURS

IT HAS GAMBIT IN IT
EEEEEEEE
pikestaff: (Eve and Wall-E)
Honestly I think one of my favorite things about Star Trek is that it has long since made the jump from a "story" to a "myth", and the new movie really cemented it to me. Kirk isn't a character. He is a culmination of all the strengths and weaknesses of humanity and everything most of us, deep inside, still really want to be when we grow up, packaged into one mythological figure.

I heard a criticism of the movie that you never really feel like Kirk is ever in danger. Well of course not; he's Captain James Tiberius Kirk. He's Robin Hood, Pecos Bill, Br'er Rabbit. He is a modern day folk hero and the crew of the Enterprise are his Argonauts. And that is what makes the film, and the franchise as a whole, so very, very satisfying on some deep connecting level.

Oh, and young Spock is hot.
pikestaff: (Pikestaff)


Because while a lot of media influenced me growing up... various video games series, movies, music, TV shows... stuff that made a positive impact on my life...

Nothing defined me like Trek did.

(P.S. Yeah I know I'm like eight months late to the party, but hey >.>)
pikestaff: (Pikestaff)
Am I the only person in the world who thought the movie "The Ring" was scary?

Oh my heck

Jul. 13th, 2008 09:46 pm
pikestaff: (Cutest.  Icon.  Ever.)
Wall-E is basically one of the best films I've ever seen.

Although I maintain that the opening was just a tad slow (a very minor nitpick), once it gets going you're just completely riveted to your seat. Toss in a few knowing nods to classic sci-fi films, some smart Pixar-brand humor, possibly the most realistic and touching portrayal of "falling in love" that I've ever seen in film period, and a little message that manages to be meaningful without getting all preachy, and you've got yourself a winner.

I'm expecting Best Picture Oscar nominations or I'm gonna be disappointed.

Gosh movies like that make me want to make my own little cartoon movies so badly. A part of me still nudges me and says "You've got a degree, get to work," but in all honesty it still seems too far out of reach to me.

I should really start writing scripts again, though... I really should.

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