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A novel I found on a public bench in Reykjavik two years ago is apparently being made into a TV movie. I can't remember much about the story, to be honest. Found by accident while looking at cast lists for an entirely other movie.
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Earlier today, I was thinking about watching Music and Lyrics. Right now I'm thinking more about watching The Rock. I have no idea what this means.
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I can't quite express how much glee McCain vs. YouTube vs. DMCA causes me. Suffice to say it's a lot.

and again.

Sep. 24th, 2008 10:29 pm
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I own just over 100 DVDs. This is a decent supply; in the event that I've nothing out for rental, and there's nothing on the idiot box that catches my eye, and I feel like watching a movie anyway, I can invariably find something to suit me. Every once in a while, though, I figure I just have to watch a particular movie, and the point of owning DVDs in the first place is so that this urge does not go unsatisfied.

Which is why it annoys the hell out of me when I discover that the movie I want to watch is nowhere to be found, nor can I figure out who I loaned it to.

Pi, in case you're wondering. Or in case you're the person I loaned it to.
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No, I'm not visiting again (at least, not just yet, anyway) but you should know about this:
Sereniversary Shindig!
Saturday, Sept 27, 6 - 11 pm
at Wayward Coffeehouse
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

SERENIVERSARY 2008 ... celebrating the third anniversary of the theatrical release of the best movie in the 'verse: Serenity

As we do every year, Wayward Coffeehouse will be putting on our annual Sereniversary Shindig on Saturday, September 27th.

a) Vixy & Tony providing live filk music with plenty of Firefly-inspired songs (830 - 1030 pm)
b) Firefly/Whedon Trivia Contest (7 - 8 pm)
c) Firefly SKIT (written by Broenwynn) (8 - 815 pm)
d) Costume Contest (at 9 pm)
e) general Browncoat socializing (6 - 11 pm)
If you show up, tell Broennwynn that waider sent you.
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As noted on the other diary, I've signed up my iPod to the TED talks feed, and have been working my way through the backlog of about 200 video clips - mainly on my commute to work. Some of them seem, at a glance, to be less interesting to me than others, but I've got the sort of nerd checkbox mentality that won't let me skip one. Which is why I found myself watching Ben Saunders talking about walking solo to the North Pole, and instead of the somewhat dry I AM EXPLORER talk I was expecting, I found a very funny, emotionally moving description of one man's crazy trek across the top of the planet.
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Since one Justin Mason inadvertently brought my attention to another Irish DVDs-by-email company (MovieStar), I had a poke at their website; it's interesting to compare MovieStar with my own suppliers, ScreenClick:
  • both have a big-image splash pages, although the MovieStar one comes with some useful links (including, er, two to the page you're on)
  • both advertise €7.99 starter packages (MovieStar claims it's "the cheapest place in Ireland to rent DVDs" despite this)
  • "movie rentals to your door" vs "DVDs to your door"
  • both have a two-week free trial
  • both have near-identical four-step "how it works" diagrams
  • both have near-identical product offerings (same prices and restrictions; only ScreenClick offers the four-disc-per-month version, however)
The reason Justin mentioned MovieStar is that they've announced that they're going to be offering movies to download from May 1. Aside from the comments he's already made on his blog about this, I find it surprising that there's no mention of it on their website - their "Media Center" section is full of advertising, and there's no press releases section. Seems like if you're identical to your competitor in pretty much all respects, and you've come up with a differentiator, you should maybe plug it a little harder, right?
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I've recently reread Chandler's The Big Sleep, and watched both the Bogart and Mitchum film versions (the Bogart movie is better, but the Mitchum version sticks closer to the original plot, with the minor exception of relocating the whole thing to England). And I started wondering who you'd cast in a modern remake, notwithstanding the comment I saw recently that The Big Lebowski is loosely based on the same plot. I am thinking, perhaps coloured by his performance in Blade Runner, that Harrison Ford would have made an excellent Marlowe at some point in the 90s, but maybe not so much now. Johnny Depp might be able to carry it off, although I don't think he's quite worn-looking enough. Geoffrey Rush, on the other hand, is probably too worn-looking. James Caan did a good enough version in Poodle Springs in 1998, but his Marlowe was deliberately an older version since some of that movie is about how times have moved on past the character. I'm not going to canvas for further suggestions here, but I do think it's an interesting question.
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What I find funny about this story on the Vatican condemning The Golden Compass is the proximity of the following paragraphs:
In the film version all references to the Church have been stripped out, with director Chris Weitz keen to avoid offending religious cinema goers.
The Vatican newspaper said the film and Pullman's writings showed that "when man tries to eliminate God from his horizon, everything is reduced, made sad, cold and inhumane."
Now I actually want to see the movie, but it's been a bit too long since I read the book for me to recall the specifics...
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From the soundtrack of The Departed (a movie that could have done with being at least a half-hour shorter): The Dropkick Murphys performing Shipping Up To Boston. There's not much by way of lyrics, but I really like this.
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Seeing a license plate with the number 1138 and thinking of George Lucas (which film, incidentally, I've not actually seen)
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The Thing, down on the farm: "Now it's clabbering time!"

(I have had a note in my Palm Vx to look this word up for quite a long time, long enough that I've forgotten where I came across it.)
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If you've ever wondered what sort of stuff the drivers on a movie crew do, you should watch the feature-length making-of documentary that comes on the Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest 2-disc DVD set. The packing of the trucks onto container ships has to be seen to be believed, never mind the fun they had driving around on Dominica...
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Stumbled upon this while looking for a movie on IMDB, and found "Plot Keywords: Houseboat" far too amusing. I mean, is that the best thing you can say about the plot? HOUSEBOAT? Of course, thanks to the miracles of modern technology, you can look up everything with a houseboat-related plot.
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The Cliffs of Insanity looked pretty daunting in The Princess Bride, but people still fall off them with surprising regularity.
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You know that bit in High Fidelity where Rob says to Laura, "I'm sorry", and then walks out into the rain as Dylan's Most Of The Time fades in?

That's just perfect, that is.
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I watched the two DVDs that come as part of MCR's "Life on the Murder Scene" over the weekend. I can't get over how young the band seems, even though they're in their late 20's; as B. B. King said to Bono, "you're mighty young to be writing such heavy lyrics". It's hard to couple the biting depth of some of the songs with the guys who sing and perform them; it's harder still to couple how world-weary they seem, even taking into account the whole instant world-wide fame thing. Watching Gerard Way telling the camera candidly that you know you're in trouble when your fallback plan, should things get worse, is suicide. And the guy is, I dunno, 26 or 27 when he's saying this. And there's no melodrama about it, he's not appealing for attention, he's just telling you how far down he'd fallen. Powerful stuff.

I'm also impressed that their live performances match the studio work so well - sure, the harmonies are more ragged because the guitarists have to concentrate on those blistering riffs as well as doing backing vocals, but it's still all there and it still really kicks ass. I'm kinda sorry I didn't know about them sooner or I'd have contrived to catch part of their European tour before other events caught up with me. Oh well, maybe next year.
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Just saw an advert on TV for www.cdwow.ie which mentioned free delivery, so I figured I'd check them out. The site is displaying Perl debug traces (Data::Dumper output) all over the place and no DVD images, prices or other details. That's that advertising budget wasted...
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I'm in the frame of mind where I'd really like to go watch something trashy at the cinema (much like last month), but I'm a bit knackered after last night's bacchanalia and inclined to drift into a slack-jawed daze if I sit still for more than five minutes, and there's nothing quite trashy enough for that sort of behaviour on at the IMC tonight.

No, I have no plans to go see Borat, either.


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