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1. Emma, Josh and I watched Suicide Squad on HBO. It was alright.

SPOILERS )

2. Josh and I went to see Alien Covenant today. We both really liked it, but we both also really liked Prometheus so take that as your fair warning. LOL

SPOILERS )
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I went to see Passengers over the holidays and was really surprised when I got back to the internet that it was being panned for being skeevy.

I've got to admit: I disagree. I liked the movie (not in an "I think it should win an Oscar" kinda way or in an "I think it's the best movie ever" kinda way; more in an "I am not sorry I paid money to see this in the theater" and in an "I am entertained; yay!" kinda way).

SPOILERS )
lunabee34: (Ouida by ponders_life)
1. We watched Solaris on [personal profile] tamoline's recommendation that it was very reminiscent of Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy. I also suspect that whoever wrote Event Horizon was familiar with one of the first two versions of the film that precede the Clooney version we watched. SPOILERS )

2. We also watched Lucy a couple of days ago. Man, Scarlett Johansson is a good actor. I have loved her in every single thing I've seen her in, and she was exceptionally good in this movie, too. I must admit, though, that I enjoyed the first and second acts of the movie far more than the third. SPOILERS )

3. I finished How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, a fascinating book that is structured around what Victorians from different classes and parts of the country would be doing throughout the day from getting up in the morning and washing and dressing to work and school and meals all the way to bedtime. What makes this a truly engaging read is that the author isn't just a historian; she's someone who tries out most of the activities she discusses in the book. So for instance, many Victorians did not bathe with water. They bathed using a combination of dry brushing the body and applying ammonia or vinegar to armpits and other potentially malodorous areas. Goodman went for four months without bathing with water and was happy to report that she didn't stink even once. She made many of the recipes for household goods like toothpaste or lotion or shampoo and tried them out herself. She frequently wears Victorian clothes and sews them herself in the Victorian manner using Victorian patterns, etc. I also found an answer to my previous question about exercise; Victorian men were being heavily encouraged throughout the entire period to exercise in a variety of ways. Women were discouraged from exercising at the beginning of the period because of the whole wandering uterus theory; scientists and doctors were genuinely concerned that vigorous exercise would damage a woman's ability to have children. However, as the period progressed, the benefits of exercise for women became more apparent and walking (which women had always been doing a lot of), some sports like archery, and calisthenics became popular for all classes of women.

4. Penny Dreadful, OMG, what are you doing? I love it! SPOILERS )
lunabee34: (star trek: to boldy go by xtitania)
Independence Day is getting a sequel.. Whoooooo! (link goes to trailer) I was 17 when the original movie came out, and I saw it on July 4th, and it was one of the best movie-going experiences I have ever had. The crowd was super into it and interactive and cheering, and every damn time it comes on TNT, I tear up when Bill Pullman makes that speech to the troops. Sequel looks good.

In other trailer news, the new Star Trek movie has a trailer. It's a bit hard to tell what the movie is about, but it looks fun. I'll definitely be watching.

I watched Amy Schumer's Trainwreck a couple nights ago with a girlfriend. SPOILERS )

Who else is watching Into the Badlands? They snookered me in when they refused to show the trailer for the upcoming Walking Dead until the first commercial break of Into the Badlands. WHICH WAS THIRTY MINUTES INTO THE FREAKING EPISODE, MY FRIENDS. But the marketing division clearly knows its business because that's all it took to hook me.

SPOILERS )

In other excellent news, Fi went back to daycare today and had herself a fine time. I am deeply relieved.

Cross your fingers for Josh tomorrow.
lunabee34: (inuyasha: sango pets kirara by kaitodous)
1. Today concludes two weeks at 11,000 steps. I did not meet my goal three days during this period; one day I just lost track of time and the clock rolled over with a few hundred steps lacking without my noticing it. The other two days were a day I had meetings in a town an hour away (so five hours of the day gone to riding in a car and sitting in meetings) and yesterday when we hosted a barbecue and the entire day was devoted to rigorously cleaning the house. All in all, I feel pretty good about the two week period. As I suspected, meeting 11,000 steps was not any more difficult than meeting 10,000, and out of the past 31 days, I've walked 10,000+ steps every day except two. Not too shabby! Today, I upped the goal to 12,000 steps, and this is where I imagine things start to get difficult. We'll see.

2. Why did I not know how funny Edge of Tomorrow is? I was expecting something totally different and was pleasantly surprised by how endearingly funny the movie is. Tonally, it reminded me of Starship Troopers a great deal. And I thought Tom Cruise was awesome in the role. Oh, Tom Cruise, you are such a good actor and such a bizarre RL person. Why? We were a Nielson family right after he started acting so bizarrely in public (the couch jumping, the screed against drugs for post-partum depression), and one of the questions we were asked in the phone interview was how we felt about him and whether his RL behavior impacted our willingness to watch his movies.

3. I finished the Heroes of Olympus series, and I would like to take this opportunity to fangirl the hell out of Rick Riordan. His books are so damn good. Like really, really good. In the interest of full disclosure, I kinda feel like the series closer is the weakest of the books, just because its scope was so broad and some of the characters who had been more foregrounded in previous books didn't get as much page time, but overall, I am extremely satisfied. SPOILERS ) I seriously recommend these books for all ages. I think they do very funny things with the Greek myths and in interpreting the attributes of the gods for the 21st century. If you're into audiobooks, the guy who reads the original Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus is genuinely gifted.

4. Lemme tell you about 'Tis the Voice of the Lobster. Description: A woody, musky-weird base glooping over with blackberry preserves, a twist of mandarin, strawberry juice, pulverized watermelon, and a handful of smushed gardenia petals. This, my friends, was a world of no for everyone in the house. Emma and I both smelled gardenia + strawberry glooping over something weird and mildewy. Bleck. I sent this to someone who will either smell gloriously of fruit or damn me for the weird glooping. LOL
lunabee34: (sga: kavanaugh by prone_tastic)
I've started rewatching Stargate Atlantis with Emma, and I am struck all over again by how much I love this show. Probably because it's a spin-off of an already established series, SGA starts really strong and just continues to get better. I've only seen most of the early season episodes one time, and so watching them a second time is revealing all over again all sorts of little nuances. For instance, I made my SGA fic debut with a series of fics featuring Bates/Kavanagh; I know the show portrays both characters pretty negatively. We're supposed to think Bates is a hard liner, that he's more interested in military goals than the civilian pursuit of peace, that he dislikes John merely because Sumner had done so, that he's racist and xenophobic because he suspects the Athosians of selling them out to the Wraith. And yet, his objections aren't unreasonable. Somehow the Wraith are being alerted to their presence when they go through the Gate, and as much as the Atlantis expedition might want to trust the Athosians, like any group of people, the Athosians must contain some some examples of moral turpitude. Regarding Kavanagh, as much as I love Elizabeth (and lord do I love that woman, hard hard hard hard, the love it knows no bounds), she's totally out of line in the way she treats him in "Thirty-Eight Minutes," his debut episode. Kavanagh suggests that in trying to save the stuck jumper, they risk blowing up the gate and killing everyone on Atlantis. To me, this is a reasonable objection to make. Possibly they could begin evacuating personnel to the mainland or to space in the jumpers or even to the outer extremities of the city to try to minimize casualties. But Elizabeth treats him as if he's making the suggestion only in the interests of self-preservation. Also, her threat to just chuck him through the gate to an uninhabited world, while clearly one she would never follow through with, is extremely inappropriate.

I also caught a little bit of the SPN episode "Playthings" earlier today and was reminded of how good the early seasons of SPN were. The show used to be legitimately scary. I miss those days. :( I forgot to watch the last two episodes of this season's SPN, and I don't have a pressing desire to catch up.

Josh and I watched Super 8 last night. Very enjoyable movie with a great cast of kids. I like that the movie is situated in time very clearly but very subtly. There's no heavy reliance on period specific music or an over-abundance of powder blue eye shadow; in fact, the main clue that we're in the 80s comes from the fact that all the kids are allowed to roam around unsupervised for hours. The girl in this movie is a doppelganger for a young Ginny Weasley. I kept waiting for a British accent to slip out. LOL I would definitely recommend this movie.

Speaking of JJ Abrams' movies, I'm pretty stoked that he's going to direct the next Star Wars movie. I know that many fans question having him at the helm, but at the very least, there's no way he can screw up the franchise any worse than Lucas himself did with the prequels.
lunabee34: (true blood: hoyt by alizarin_nyc)
1. True Blood is rocking this season. I do not at all watch for the Sookie, but drunk!Sook I could watch all the live long day. I am adoring the Bill/Eric bromance and Evil!Detective Stabler. Who else is watching? Thoughts?

2. New favorite fingernail polish: Essie Watermelon. Dries fast, perfect pinkish-red, just like a watermelon.

Spoilers for Alien franchise )

4. Rec me some Avengers stories please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *bats eyelashes* Especially ones with Darcy but really any Avengers. I love them all.

5. Has anybody seen Spiderman? Worth it? Emma loved the Avengers. Is Spidey comparable re: violence and level of scary?
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My parents are visiting this weekend, and they wanted to watch Stargate last night. I saw the movie years ago, but I have never seen a single ep of the TV show. I had noticed some Stargate slash here and there, but paid no attention.

Oh. My. God. I totally understand the attraction. I didn't even catch all the characters' names, but that guy with the bizarre forehead tattoo and the weird snake stick--is so freaking hot. I mean, he looks like he could put an apple in the crook of his elbow and smash it to little bits. Imagination running wild here. Really, really wild.

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