mizzmarvel: (marvel girls - icon_teahouse)
Today on Dimestore Dames, I compensate for my lifelong nail-biting habit by examining Lady Deathstrike.

Also, things I'm obsessed with right now:

1. Tazo chai tea concentrate. If I use this stuff, I can make a week's worth of iced chai lattes for the price of just one from Starbucks. The problem is, I seem to be stockpiling them like I'm preparing for the apocalypse. I have eight in my cabinet right now, and one at work.

2. Target. I'm still stocking up my apartment on odds and ends. Like a spatula! And a bath tub scrub! And etc. I very much look forward to the point when I can go to Target and spend less than $30.

3. How disturbingly hot I find Dum Dum Dugan. DAMN. I want to see that bowler hat hanging from my bedpost every morning.

My older brother thinks Captain America sucked. Eventually, I just started making up facts when I was arguing with him about it, because there was no kind way to say, "You also think Hulk was better than Iron Man, so clearly your opinion is no longer valid."
mizzmarvel: (harry's manwink - entwashian)
I finally saw Captain America today, probably just before it leaves the main movie theaters. I'd probably rate it as my third favorite of the Avengers-themed movies this far, behind Thor (ILU THOR<3333) and Iron Man.

If I were playing Fuck, Chuck or Marry with the title characters, here's how I'd go:

Fuck: Thor. Because he is a big stupid boy and that's apparently my ideal type, but also he lives in Asgard and I can't expect him to make that kind of commute everyday.

Chuck: Iron Man. He's an alcoholic, I'm a teetotaler. He likes science, I stare blankly when faced with most science. He has many cars, I don't know how to drive. It just wouldn't work out. Also, I'd find Pepper way too intimidating.

Marry: Obviously Cap. He's a big sweetie sweetie sweeterson and is evidently a decent public speaker. He'd also so be the best dad. He's so great that I'd almost feel bad for also fucking Thor in this scenario.
mizzmarvel: (angel - ashandsmoke)
Saw X-Men: First Class today. It was much less stupid than it looked! It's kind of funny how that's enough to shock and thrill me. I mean, I have some serious issues with some of the characterization, but ultimately it was entertaining and included some minor characters I really like, so I approve. Also, I'm pretty sure this movie settles the debate on whether January Jones is a terrible actress or a good actress who chooses to portray Betty Draper in a particular way. (It's the former.)

Also also, Magneto is hot stuff.

And okay, now I totally need some swingin' '60s Erik/Charles fic. Recs, anyone?

thor

May. 6th, 2011 11:44 pm
mizzmarvel: (lockhart = me - iconzicons)
The closest I have to a Thor icon is this one of Kenneth Branagh's face.

But anyway! I went in with zero expectations and came out very, very happy! In fact -- brace yourself -- I might have even liked it better than Iron Man.

And this is why (spoilers) )

In conclusion, A+, would watch again.
mizzmarvel: (claudia: dropout - entwashian)
Well, that movie was needlessly complicated.

*contemplates the plot some more*

*scratches head*

And yet, I was entertained. My favorite part was Jon Hamm in horn-rimmed glasses.

oscars

Feb. 27th, 2011 11:58 pm
mizzmarvel: (harry's manwink - entwashian)
I didn't watch the Oscars. I haven't in a few years, due to lack of TV, but it's still a little painful to miss it. In many ways, I'm very much my mother's daughter -- I love the gowns, the rehearsed red carpet interviews, the stupid jokes, the In Memorium montage, and the whole ridiculous spectacle. And I watch the entire thing, beginning to end, no skipping the boring awards. It's just a thing I do.

But before it even started, Mom had called me twice to report on the dresses and the fact that Robert Downey Jr. was wearing a tux and white shirt (YOU DON'T SAY). She also asked in what century The King's Speech was set.

So maybe it's best I get this out of my system before I lose my mind. Which is an inevitability, if I truly am my mother's daughter.

shocked!

Feb. 11th, 2011 11:54 pm
mizzmarvel: (statler and waldorf = my secret soul)
Two things I never expected to say:

1. Green Hornet was super-awesome.

2. Seth Rogen was kind of hot in it. (Not as much as Jay Chou, though.)

Now where is the fic?
mizzmarvel: (statler and waldorf = my secret soul)
I watched Chaplin today because a) I'm interested in Charlie Chaplin, b) I'm interested in staring at Robert Downey, Jr., and c) It's about to expire from instant streaming on Netflix (guess you're on the dock tomorrow, Gods and Monsters).

And, okay, I've actually read a lot on Chaplin. I had to do a huge paper on his life back in college. I don't think there's anyone arguing that he isn't a genius or that he didn't lead an interesting life. But we're really supposed to just accept that his series of affairs with underage girls is due to his lost teenage love? Wasn't that also Humbert Humbert's excuse in Lolita? And are we supposed to be understanding about it?

The movie treated most of the women characters terribly, actually. Mabel Normand is supposed to be some shrew who Chaplin doesn't respect because she's a terrible director, when the truth is that Chaplin hated working with her because he didn't want to be bossed around by a woman. Mary Pickford is treated as a total bitch and Chaplin has this speech where he's all, "How dare you judge me for dating a teenager, when you're married and having an affair with a married man." FUCKING A TEENAGER IS WORSE, CHARLIE. OH MY GOD.

Worst of all is probably the treatment of Mildred Harris, the first wife. He married her when she was 17 and he was about 30 because she thought she was pregnant, which turned out to not be the case. It's treated like she's some asshole who trapped him -- but come on, it was the 1920s and she was 17. Maybe she genuinely thought she was pregnant. And the fact that she did later have his first child (who died after a couple days -- I think I read that he had severe birth defects) wasn't even brought up, which I think adds a layer of complexity to their relationship.

In short, yes, Chaplin was a genius. He was also a complete misogynist douche who had major issues with women. Sometimes, people can be more than one thing.

This movie did reignite my fascination with silent films, though. I could read about early Hollywood all freaking day. I spell my nickname "Mack" instead of "Mac" partly as an homage to Mack Sennett.
mizzmarvel: (statler and waldorf = my secret soul)
I kind of want to start watching more classic films, so tonight I saw Harold and Maude, courtesy of instant streaming from Netflix. My mom recommended it to me a while back, and I wish I could say I actually liked it.

I mean, the basic plot -- 20ish man falls in love with 80-year-old woman -- seemed interesting enough, but Maude's essentially there to be free-spirted and inspire depressed Harold to live his life, a character archetype I happen to detest. Also, I couldn't really identify with someone whose views on living free and enjoying life almost always involve being a complete douche to other people, and sometimes even endangering them.

I did enjoy Harold's groovy bellbottoms, though.

tangled!

Nov. 27th, 2010 11:31 pm
mizzmarvel: (tiana/naveen ftw)
The three biggest things I was worried about Tangled:

1. That it was 3D animation, which I generally don't like as much as 2D. Color me shocked when, at the end of the movie, I found myself saying, "I'm so glad this wasn't in 2D; it wouldn't have done justice to her hair."

2. That Mandy Moore was going to be a bad voice actress. Originally, Rapunzel was going to be voiced by Kristen Chenoweth, and as much as I like her, I didn't think this was a good option either -- as squeaky as her voice can be, it always has a mature touch to it, which isn't right for a teenage girl. And as it turns out, Mandy Moore was awesome. So was the whole voice cast. Why was I surprised? Even when Disney chooses non-voice actor voice actors, they always cast the perfect people for the roles.

3. That it was going to upset me by deviating too far from the fairy tale, which happens to be my favorite. And you know, it did deviate a whole lot, but I found I didn't really care too much, other than a couple things. SPOILER ALERT, Rapunzel doesn't get knocked up by the prince and have an out of wedlock pregnancy. This was probably a wise decision on Disney's part, even if it does remove the very reasons it was my favorite fairy tale.

A few complaints, and spoilers )

Also, I'd just like to say that it's very, very rare that a movie include a plucky, wonderful heroine, a hot, charming male lead, and a bad-ass villain, and a horse ends up being my favorite character. ILU MAXIMUS.

things!

Nov. 21st, 2010 11:36 pm
mizzmarvel: (cedric! dude! - bellezzadiamore)
I saw HP7 with [livejournal.com profile] suyari today! I've only read the book once, way back when it was released, so I can't remember a lot of omissions that I'm sure would otherwise make me indignant, and others I simply don't care about. So, for the most part, I enjoyed it! Yay!

Also, now I have a crush on Xenophilius, wtf.

Also also, I just got my Yuletide assignment, and my head is already swirling with ideas. Yay yay yay yay yay.
mizzmarvel: (skeleton dance - tropic_icons)
Know what was great? Step Up 3D.

Know what I'm totally lying about? Step Up 3D. Ahahahaha, oh my God, it was awful. Like, the dancing was fine, but why couldn't they have dropped the whole issue of having a (really awful) plot and just featured two hours of dancing? I'd have left the theatre a lot happier.

huh

Jul. 1st, 2010 11:54 pm
mizzmarvel: (sexy spidey)
The next Peter Parker has been announced.

Really?

*tilts head*

He kinda looks like a low-rent Adam Brody to me.
mizzmarvel: (family (tpatf) - icon_teahouse)
I've been thinking about Disney movies today. Not really sure why, other than I was really stressed out most of the day, and Disney is good for making me not want to die in a ball of anxiousness. Random musings:

1. During childhood, my family seems to have really favored the ones starring animals. My older brother liked The Fox and the Hound best (how is this even possible), and my little brother insisted on watching The Jungle Book so often that I haven't had the urge to rewatch it in about 15 years. My childhood fave was Robin Hood.

One time, my grandma took us to Disneyland, but there was something wrong with the tickets, so she told us we were going to Robin Hood Land instead. Being four or so, I was even more ecstatic at the thought of hanging out with Robin, Maid Marion and Little John in the woods than stupid old Disneyland! Turns out Robin Hood Land was the name of the parking lot the car was in.

We went to Disneyland the next day. This is a perk of having grandparents who live within sight of Disneyland.

2. Cinderella is my least favorite of the princesses. I find her very boring, and I have an early memory of fantasizing that the prince chose the dark-haired stepsister instead. I do, however, remember having a huge fight with a friend over whether or not Cinderella has bangs. I happened to have bangs, and my friend did not.

...and now I'm exhausted and running out of steam. Interestingly, when I needed to take my mind off stuff, I bypassed the Disney DVDs and went for the second season of 3rd Rock from the Sun.
mizzmarvel: (chekov frolics - entwashian)
So, remember Up? Saying parts of it was sad would be a bit of an understatement, huh?

I cried more during Toy Story 3. Like, I was crying almost continuously for like ten straight minutes. In fact, I was actually sobbing, which I don't think I've ever done during a movie.

It was really, really good.

And so was the short that preceded it. That was...stunning, actually. Maybe even my favorite short yet, and certainly the more creative. It had a really distinct message to it, and proved that you don't have to dumb down children's entertainment for kids to like it.

Oh Pixar, if you'd only have a female protagonist now and then, you'd be perfect.
mizzmarvel: (humans are dead - noeffingpostage)
1. Saw Iron Man 2 today. Needless to say, I liked it a lot, despite rolling my eyes at some parts. Know what else I like? Clark Gregg. He plays a SHIELD agent. (I don't really think that's a spoiler.) I don't know what it is about him, but there's just something about him I always enjoy. He's also one of the very few reasons I occasionally watch The New Adventures of Old Christine.

2. I seem to be having a lot of stomachaches recently. That I do not like. In fact, I have one right now. I drank Pellegrino most of the day to settle it, and while it worked to a point, drinking carbonated beverages when you're not used to them is painful all on its own. It hurt to swallow.
mizzmarvel: (I subscribe to Nerdular Nerdence)
The last few days: staying out until 4 am seeing a screening of The Room (and getting touched by Tommy Wiseau...augh), followed by Free Comic Book Day and Shake Shack.

Currently: bone-tired and leaching wireless. But still posting, because I'm dedicated.

Books read in April )
mizzmarvel: (riddle me this)
I've read about Imitation of Life, but somehow I missed the memo that it'd also been remade 25 years later. It's kind of interesting how the plot changed over a quarter of a century.

1934 -- Two widowed mothers, Bea (who is white) and Delilah (who is black), combine their super-powers (delicious maple syrup and an awesome pancake recipe) to start a really successful business. This plot alone would have raised some eyebrows, but as the years go by, Delilah's daughter, who is light-skinned, decides to pass as white and basically disowns her mom, which breaks her mom's heart. Delilah dies, but not before planning and paying for her own lavish funeral. Meanwhile, Bea's daughter falls for her mom's fiancee; the engagement ends up broken off.

1959 -- Lora is a foxy Broadway hopeful and Annie is Lora's daughter's nanny. Already, this is a lot less interesting. Anyway, Lora makes it big, but sacrifices her relationship with her daughter, who again falls for the fiancee. This time, the engagement stays. Meanwhile, Annie's daughter also decides to pass, gets beaten up by Troy Donahue and again breaks her mom's heart; this time, I would assume Lora pays for the awesome funeral.

So, a really thought-provoking storyline is reworked to make the white woman more glamorous and the black woman less important to anyone's success. But what I find most interesting is that in 1934, the daughter who decides to pass as white was actually played by a light-skinned African-American woman, whereas in 1959, she was played by an actress of Mexican-Jewish heritage. Not quite the same thing!

Tangentially related, but my brain always confuses Phil Donahue with Troy Donahue, and Troy Donahue with Tab Hunter. This leads to an interesting sequence. "I can't believe Phil Donahue was in Damn Yankees. But wait, he's gay? No, he's married to Rachel's mom from Friends! Wait, why do I know that?"
mizzmarvel: (byron pike = GAY - wanderingfrog)
I'm not big on AUs. I mean, I enjoy reading them sometimes, but I rarely have the urge to write them (Kristybrook notwithstanding). But of course, since seeing How to Train Your Dragon yesterday, I've been starry-eyed over the idea of Byron and Jeff as dragon-riders. But it's difficult, because being from THE COAST (because Stoneybrook isn't on the ocean, except when it is), Jeff is probably more used to riding sea serpents. Meanwhile, Byron has to share his dragon with seven siblings (counting Margo, even though she throws up every time she gets in the air).

Someone should write this for me.

But frankly, I want an AU where I ride dragons even more.
mizzmarvel: (mutts - mooch & little pink sock)
[livejournal.com profile] poisonivory and I saw How to Train Your Dragon today, and without any spoilers I can say that I found it totally charming and wonderfully animated and please let there be a sequel.

Also, throughout the whole movie, I was like, "This makes me want to cuddle my cat." And Toothless the dragon is very cat-like in his mannerisms at times, so that makes sense, but I didn't realize until I got home that Sorsha and Toothless have almost the exact same coloring.

Sorsha is not going to let me saddle her, though. Once I tried to put a bow on her head; it didn't go well.

Anyway, it's really highly recommended.

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