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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 05:30pm on 08/05/2009 under ,
And I ain't talkin Christmas.


Yep.. it is time for the Seattle International Film Festival. 4 weeks of independent and foreign film madness.

Last night the pre-planning kicked off with an evening introduction to the festival.

Dennis went with me. (He needs a nickname - NBF is taken.. I'll think on it)

Well.. we started at my place for a quick dinner, that turned into let's play with Milhouse. Milhouse was feeling very spunky and totally dug having someone new to play with. Once Dennis brought out 'DOT'(The red laser light of Lisa happiness) even Lisa came out to play.
got a little long winded :)  )
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 02:34pm on 08/05/2009 under
I am following @WinStarTrek on Twitter and I actually won something. Well that something arrived via Fed Ex this afternoon.

*drum roll please* 

I have no real need for the poster, and I suppose I could put it on ebay, but I had another idea, and I have no idea if this will work or not.

I will send it to someone at my expense. But the catch is I would like to ask that the person who "wins" make a donation to donorschoose.org, a pet welfare organization or your local food bank.

So here is the idea.  Post a bid (starting bid is $10.00), that you promise me you can make and I will update the post to make the highest bid known. After a week, I will send out the poster and then I ask the winner to make the donation. If you know a Trek or Hero's Fan  who would love this, feel free to link there here. In this really horrible economic time (believe me, I know I am still looking for work) this is a small opportunity to help out an organization that really needs it as well.  
Mood:: 'nervous' nervous
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 01:51pm on 08/05/2009 under
Hide Oh Christian what I do for you. This was on top of my Netflix view now queue, so.. I watched it.  It is not horrible, terrible. Christian actually gives a pretty strong performance. It is just that the movie makes NO sense, there are scenes in it that I dtill don't get. The BIG twist comes at the very end, actually with the last line, so you have to wait around to find out what is actually going on. Even when you get the twist, there are still several scenes that actually have no relevance to the overall plot (what there is of a plot). And do not get me started on the facial hair/feather in long hair thing he has going on at the start of the movie, OR the way it looks like some hedge clippers attacked his head in most of the movie (his hair was actually lopsided). 
Rating: 4. I only watched it for Christian Kane and it was NOT worth it
Scruff: More then I ever should have to see .. see above

Bon Cop, Bad Cop I had heard good things about this movie and it was a delight to watch, nothing really new- it is a buddy type movie. The twist (since there always has to be a twist) The Bon Cop is English speaking Martin Ward (Colm Feore), and the bad cop is French Speaking David Bouchard (Patrick Haurd). They are both over wrought stereotypes, but there is na sweetness to their chemistry that is wonderful. (Even David's ex wife who lives in the bottom of the house suggests Martin go upstairs and sleep in her ex-husband apartment). The best parts are not when they are trying to piece together a pretty sloppy plot, but when they are bantering in a mixture of French and English.  The whole movie plays on the differences of French and English and its usage.  I would love to see these 2 paired up again trying to get the bad guy.
Rating: 9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: YES, both the David (since he is "bad" *rolls eyes) and of course the criminals

Alice Upside Down Luke Perry and Penny Marshall are in supporting roles in this tween journey story. Her mom is dead, her dad moved them to a new town and her brother is instantly popular, and that is just the start to what is wrong with Alison's life.  It is pretty standard fare, nothing OMG original. If you are a fan of Luke or Penny they both put in good performances with the material they are given.
Rating: 2. MEH
Scruff: NONE. but it is a tween movie. Luke is all smooth :)
Mood:: 'complacent' complacent
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Here is a nice little article on his nominations.

An age-old Hollywood rule states that if an actor comes out publicly as gay, his career is over. Chad Allen not only broke that rule, he smashed it to pieces. His acting career has thrived since he came out, in roles both gay and straight, and some of his best opportunities came along specifically because he's gay.

Allen will be honored for his groundbreaking work at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night, May 9, at the Hilton San Francisco. The event will be hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler of E! TV's Chelsea Lately. Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will receive a Special Honor, and Mayor Gavin Newsom will present a Local Hero Award to San Francisco filmmakers George Callan and Mike Shaw for their film The Pursuit of Equality

More here

Mood:: 'awake' awake
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 09:46pm on 06/05/2009 under
OSS 117: Le Caire nid d'espions (OSS: 117 Nest of Spies) This is a fantastic spy spoof. It is shot in black and white and mocks it with great respect. So many tiny moments that made me laugh out loud, it is not politically correct and can be a bit offensive at times, but it really is a slice of the 1950's. If you love spy movies this is one to get in line to see. I know SIFF is having a free screening this month and the sequel is slated as the closing moving at SIFF this year. It is a spy movie. Bad guys kill good guy's (OSS117  yes that is his name) best friend (they seem really slashy in the flashbacks- like over the top subtext). He is sent down to find out who killed him. But you don't see this for the plot, you see it for the small details where it sends up the originals.
Rating: 9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: NONE and I am a happy girl

Bella  This is the story about how one day can change your life. The lead male is sporting a mountain man beard and longish hair, but I could tell that they had ruined his good looks with all the additional hair. Sure enough Eduardo Verastrgui  was one a male model. without all the fur on his face, he is a handsome man. Here he is in the movie and here he is sans fur. Besides the fur, this is a beautiful delicate movie. The leads are well suited to each other. There is a bit of non straight forward story telling, and once or twice it was a little confusing, but over all this is a lovely movie and I would have liked a more concrete ending, but it was enough to complete the story.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: see above enough said.

My Faraway Bride (My Bollywood Bride) Oh Jason Lewis how low have you sunk and how you need a few extra sandwiches.  Jason Lewis stars in this cultural fish out of water movie as a man who falls in love with an woman from India. She leaves and does not tell him why, so he stalks her follows her back to India and tries to win her heart. She happens to be a big star and engaged to the director that made her famous.  You know the rest. Lots of musical numbers and some iffy acting round out this predictable movie.
Rating:  2. MEH
Scruff: Yes, smattering of scruff on most of them Indian men. Jason was working the 5 o'clock shadow a few times.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 06:43pm on 04/05/2009 under
well.. LJ ate my long write up

Here is the short one.

Saw Sunday in the Park with George, and visually it was the most amazing thing I have seen on stage.

Here is the write up on Youtube
Only three cities in the world will experience this exciting new production of Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George. Developed in London and transferred to Broadway, this Pulitzer Prize-winning love story (inspired by the life and work of impressionist painter Georges Seurat) comes to Seattle April 21-May 10. Featuring revolutionary state-of-the-art scenic design the New York Post hailed "Unmissable! One of the most visually amazing shows ever!" this moving story answers the question: What does it take to create a masterpiece? Everything you have. Broadway's Hugh Panaro stars as George with Seattle favorite Billie Wildrick in "the role of a lifetime" as Dot/Marie

It is well worh the 8 min view here. Look for the dog he is just awesome. If you have questions about how they do it, and no it is not just rear projection- go ahead and ask, I went to the talk back and they talked about the creation.

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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 10:11pm on 01/05/2009 under
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 05:06pm on 01/05/2009 under
Hit and Runway Not the point of the movie- but I had to laugh at Kerr Smith (Justice and Eli Stone) and Peter Jacobson (House) playing boyfriends. Kerr looks sooo young.  The point is of this movie is more the friendship that develops between gay Elliot (Peter Jacobson) and  straight Alex (Michael Parducci). Elliot is a writer and just undiscovered, Alex wants to write a screen play but he has little idea how to put his concepts to paper. They end up as writing partners and the movie cooks along. The fist hour and 20 mins are funny and  just joyous to watch, all the characters are engaging and even with low production value it is still a fun movie. Then the last 30 mins it takes a much darker turn and the pace totally changes, it was a little jarring, but still gave us a nice ending, even if it was awkward to get to it.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff:  The gay characters are smooth and the straight characters sport bits of scruff

Beaten I can't say much without giving away any of the twists in this examination of a marriage falling apart. Robson Green stars and as usual he is just perfect and wonderful in this role of a man making tough decisions. This is really dark and not for people who don't love the angst.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: None.. Robson avoids  scruff and I love him for it- even though he is a very furry guy

Inspector Lewis (Lewis) This marks the return of Inspector Morse's partner after his death. A really good case that begins when a young girl is shot in the sleep lab. Just a crackin' good mystery, as the suspects and bodies begin to pile up Inspector Lewis tries to adapt to his return home and a new partner who is also full of surprises.
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff: Thankfully none

Bollywood/Hollywood  I think this was meant to be a comedy of manners, but it was just weird. It was very much a Bollywood movie, and it switched between English and Indian without subtitles at times, other times they subtitle heavily accented English, it just seems like a mess. It is a pretty straight forward movie
Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: Bits here and there nothing too much

Got my DVD of Ten Inch Hero  today (let's just say that Blockbuster does not make it easy- but they do make it cheap.  *sigh* I really do love this movie- one of the better straight up indy RomCom's made lately. Hard to believe it was filmed in 2006 and was released last year and now finally on DVD.
Mood:: 'blah' blah
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 09:41pm on 29/04/2009 under
WOW it's James McAvoy day and I did not even plan that.

Becoming Jane Wow, I did not enjoy this movie at all. Anne could not save this movie. She reminded me so much of Elizabeth Bennett, that I could not see her as Jane Austen.  James McAvoy was just annoying all the way around and at times seemed very Wickham like and was sporting some serious Mr. Collins hair.  The story ambled along and drug itself out and was just not something I could engage with or enjoy. I will stick to the Austen movies.
Rating::  2. MEH
Scruff:  Not much .. it is the Regency period (a few of the unsavory men sported scruff)

Penelope James McAvoy again and again a movie I could not love.  The premise is cute. And the resolution is adorable, but most of the cast bordered on shrill and annoying. Christiana Ricci is Penelope, she is cursed with a pig face and her mom hides her from the world so they will not judge her. Once she find "one of her own" to accept her and promise to love her forever the curse will be broken. It is probably 20 mins too long. It is not as bad as all the critics say, but it is weak and could do with a better edit. Some of the set up shots looked great, but it did not stay in flow with the movie.
Rating: 5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: Minimal amounts over all

Vanity Fair Of all the movies I saw today this is the one I disliked the most. It is very dark and the plot crawls along, not even Reese being ultra cute could not save this overly heavy and weighted film.  At over 2 hours long it is way too long. It also seemed to have like 6 endings, I was so ready for it just to be done.  I considered a few times just turning it off, but I wanted credit for sitting through it.
Scruff: Here and there, not too much.

Love Song  Oh Christian Kane what I do for you. This movie is begging for a perv edit, of just the singing. It is a cute premise, but the female lead could not carry her part at all. She is a great singer, but she was like a piece of dry bread next to Christian, who was really working it.  Christian plays well and sings pretty and does the charming rouge really well.  I could do without the longish hair (just an aside that s2 Angel hair about ep 7 - that is the hair he needs to keep).
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friend  (looks at [livejournal.com profile] evila_elf)
Scruff: None that I noticed. Chris might have been covered in grease with long ass hair, but he was shaved.

Coming Soon:  The cast is fairly insane in this little 1999 movie. Just check out IMDB (be sure to see the full cast to get a few extra little cameos). James Roday (Psych) sporting a massive amount of Hugh Grant floppy wedge like hair is a bit of a romantic rival to Ryan Reynolds, who has questionable fashion sense, a headband and chin pubes. This movie is about 3 rich girls who are trying to have an orgasm.  It is a sweet movie, with some questionable acting and a pretty low budget. It is quirky and sweet in the best ways. Just a sweet movie that does not go for cheap jokes, but lets the humor develop and flow.
Rating: Would watch again with friend  (looks at [livejournal.com profile] evila_elf)
Scruff: See above . Chin pubes, I say no more

I think I have a tiny cushion now, so no need to mainline films daily. :)
Mood:: 'lazy' lazy
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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 10:06pm on 28/04/2009 under
The Ant Bully Ugh .. nothing new here just a swift shovel to the back of my head telling me that it is wrong to judge people that before you know them, or to make assumptions about people you don't know.  The animation was okay, but overall I was not impressed.
Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: Only one guy had some.

100 Women (Girl Fever) Cute idea, horrible execution. Boy and Girl have "encounter" in dark elevator, he decides he loves her, but he has no idea who she is, so he is determined to figure out who she is. Since he is the maintenance man he finds ways to break into their dorm rooms and check out their bras (since he has a pair and is looking for the match).  He ends up beating up a bully (who likes to beat up women), and helps out his sex obsessed roommate (well he is more dick obsessed (as in his own) then sex)  You are suppose to be surprised by who the girl is (but I had called it pretty early on) It is okay- but would be better with a little tighter script and a new cast.
Rating: 3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: various degrees of frat scruff.

Terra (Battle for Terra 3D)  You know, it seems like good and bad movies come in streaks. This was not a very good movie. The opening credits were beautiful and breathtaking. The plot- well it suffered from trying to do too much. The human side was pretty well explained, but the Terra side got lost. They were a very peaceful race, but they had a secret army just in case they were attacked (WTF) A couple other things happened that made me 0.o, but I will not spoil specific plot points. If they would have just done the Terra side it would have been a better film, bringing in the humans screwed things up - LOL  
Rating:  2. MEH
Scruff: none all military guys or aliens

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend AGAIN, interesting idea and low budget and really bad supporting cast made it hard to watch.  Deborah Gibson was cute as the photographer. I was surprised that we have not seen more of Sean Runnette he was great. TALL, he kept hitting the tops of doorways, he looked a lot like Zachery Levi  (Chuck), but had the physical comedy of John Ritter or Dick VanDyke. He was great with the prat falls, but he did not have the rest of the cast supporting him.  The overall premise is that this guy and girl are getting married (Cory and Cliff), Cliff is gay and is in love with Wes. The maid of honor is  Liberty and her boyfriend is Jake (Sean Runnette). With much contrived plot, Jake is trying to design a new tennis shoe and needs to get to a meeting so Wes tells him to pretend to be gay and break up with Liberty and go to the meeting, and that is when things get really complicated. Sadly, the most chemistry in the movie was between the bride and maid of honor, I was so waiting for a "We are gay too" announcement, but never got that. I have wasted way too much time on this movie now. But Sean Runnette - he was by far the best thing, and sadly he has been in very little since this movie.

Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: none- everyone was clean shaven for the wedding
Mood:: 'cold' cold


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