Feb. 20th, 2011 10:35 pm
ananzi: (orange octopus)
I just got back about thirty minutes ago from seeing Tron: Legacy. I'll be honest and say that I probably would have appreciated it more if I were familiar with the original.

Still, it was an overall good experience. SO MUCH SHINY.

I also have a newfound appreciation for Daft Punk, partially because they did the Tron soundtrack (which I liked) and partially because I just watched through Interstella 5555 on youtube today. I'm not sure if their normal music is really my thing, but they're certainly capable of producing stuff that can appeal to me.

In other news, I've procrastinated the whole weekend away and will probably be behind on schoolwork again. It may've been worth it in some respects (I played some StarCraft, read more than half of my newest library book, and paid a visit to the art museum just down the road - students from my college get in for free), but I probably should have at least started my Algorithms or Quantum homework before now. Ideally, I would drop a class and have a slightly more reasonable semester (for once), but I'm legitimately interested in all of them except for the one that I absolutely need to take (Linear Algebra). And even that course isn't so bad - just sort of boring.

Did I mention that I quite enjoy reading Jasper Fforde? Someone on Goodreads described his writings as "beach reads for book nerds," which isn't entirely inaccurate.
ananzi: (orange octopus)
A) My family is driving me back to college tomorrow! I hope that I have a good year ahead of me. I probably should've done more stuff with friends this summer, but that's okay.

B) I babysat for three really sweet girls last night. They're one of my favorite families to sit for, because the kids are always friendly and fairly easy to handle. Their mother told me that her kids had asked for me, too! ^___^

C) My 10-15 page essay on Berlin films that was assigned back in January (but was given a due date of August 15th) got finished yesterday...on August 15th. Never mind that I've had the whole summer to work on it and only seriously started doing stuff about a week ago. I am willing to admit in this case that I am a poopyhead procrastinator.

D) My mother took me to see my grandfather on Saturday. Although he varies from day to day, he was...pretty out of it when we were there. (He has emphysema; he used to work as a higher-level in textiles, which is probably the main thing that caused it. Although he's on oxygen, we still think that he's having trouble getting enough.) On the plus side, my grandmother may be able to relax a bit more and take better care of herself now that he's been moved into a nursing home. She's been taking care of him for a while and it's really worn her ragged.

E) On a happier note, I'll probably get to watch Star Wars: Episode V with my family tonight! I'm one of those weirdos who hasn't watched the original trilogy, so this is a good thing. After this one, I'll only have to see Episode VI at some point.

F) My sister's bracelet (mentioned a few entries back) is pretty much finished. I just need her to come back from the beach so that I can know how big around it needs to be for her wrist!


Jul. 4th, 2010 10:17 pm
ananzi: (mst3k moon)
I think that I mentioned a while back that I like sci-fi and horror films. I'm embarrassingly fond of bad sci-fi and horror, as a matter of fact - which is why I'm excited that I finally got to watch Tremors!

Tremors is one of those movies that I've always wanted to see but have never been able to watch - it seems to play on television a lot, but I only ever catch the same few minutes at the end. It's a comedy-horror movie about residents of a small desert town fighting off underground worm-creatures that want to eat them. And that can sense vibrations through the ground, however small, and are big enough and strong enough to drag cars underground, or knock over trailer homes. (They remind me of the sandworms from Dune, if that helps anyone to visualize.

Anyhow, the movie possesses just the right amount of silly, at least for me. (What can I say? I like camp.) I felt reasonably entertained while still caring about the plight of the characters. To the characters' credit, they managed to not be total morons! As opposed to some horror film protagonists.

It was fun, basically, without being too over-the-top. Score!

On a different note, happy fourth of July! My family celebrated yesterday by going to a gathering at a friend's lake house. At first I was a little reluctant about attending, because I don't have much in common any more with the girls my age (they're nice enough, but they're more extraverted than I am, into sorority life and partying and other things that I just don't care much about), but it was fine.
ananzi: (mst3k moon)
Hello, my name is Emily and I like campy movies.

More specifically, silly sci-fi and horror movies, although sometimes other genres sneak past as well.  There's Bride of Frankenstein and there's Young Frankenstein (although, to be fair, that one's supposed to be silly), and then Batman: The Movie (featuring Adam West in a world where everything is labeled, including shark repellent, chyeah!), countless episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on television, which I've only seen a few of, to be honest - they always make me snorfle, though!  There's Jeepers Creepers and then there's Reptilian (which is probably a whole class of its own, since it has dinosaurs, aliens, horrifically bad writing and acting, and a completely random plot), there's Van Helsing with Fauxmanian Anna Valerius dying a horrid death from smush (can you tell that I've been reading too much [ profile] cleolinda  recently?),  your Twilight Zone episodes, and then...Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter?  What?


I digress.

The reason that this all became recently relevant has to do with the fact that my mom signed up for a free Netflix trial.  And she gave me access to the queue.  Bad idea.  Among the first movies I added?  Batman: The Movie, Labyrinth (with David Bowie!), Galaxy Quest, and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.  Also, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, which is apparently awful in the plot department but which I want to see anyway because the title song is really catchy.

I...I don't know whether I should be embarrassed at this point, or just embrace the silliness.

(Also, just as a side note, it should be clear that I like good, non-silly movies too.  Really.  I promise that I'm not a complete crackpot.)
(Also also, I just changed my layout because I was feeling really dark and gloomy this afternoon.  No telling yet how long it'll stay - it may get changed tomorrow or it may last for a few years.)
(Also also also, I was watching a movie with my family tonight - a normal movie - and started wondering if I actually have some mild form of social anxiety or something.  Weird.  I mean, I know that I have some insecurities and other things, but have no way of knowing if they're the kind that are pretty typical of everyone or if they're on a larger scale than most people's.)
ananzi: (pensive)
Although I still have to do stuff for French, many of my classes have degenerated into movie-fests.  (8-ish days of school left!  Chouette!)

In Psychology, we've begun to watch Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.  I like it so far (we've gotten past the famous shower scene), although I have to giggle at certain parts.  The hotel manager is terribly awkward.*

In English, we're about to be finished with The Hours.  Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of this one due to some AP test or another, so it took me a while to catch on.  I still like it, I think, although it leaves me feeling gloomy and morose for a while after watching it.  There's a lot of depression and neuroticism concentrated between the three central characters, and my ability to handle that kind of stuff fluctuates.  Before this one, we viewed Young Frankenstein, which was for the most part delightfully silly.

In European History, we just finished the film that is most interesting of the three - Der Himmel Uber Berlin, which translates to Wings of Desire** in English.  It's odd, and good, and weird, and sometimes sad, and sometimes dark.  Set in West Berlin during the Cold War, the movie mostly follows two angels who watch over the city; they are there, however, only as silent observers.  It's a lot about the human experience, as well as the general situation in Berlin at the time, and I liked it a lot.

In Astronomy, we are not watching a movie.  We are, however, working on end-of-year partnered projects.  My partner and I decided to look at sunspots and solar output as correlated with the UV index on earth to see if there is any connection.  Pictures of the sun's extreme ultraviolet radiation as taken by SOHO telescopes are really cool.  And shiny!  See:

*His hobby, which he mentions over dinner, is taxidermy.
**I think that the exact translation is actually something more like "The Heaven Over Berlin", but that isn't the English title.


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