danagryphon: (Glee)
Just got back from seeing the Glee Concert Movie with the boychild. First, it was mildly hilarious watching him primp and preen in front of a mirror, striking poses in his fedora and lamenting the lack of any Glee-wear in his wardrobe. All of this just to go to a MOVIE.


I was glad that the theater was practicall empty (E counted 6 people, including us), because then I didn't feel bad about us waving our arms around, singing along, and generally engaging in behavior I usually consider inappropriate at theaters. But this was different, because it was, at it's heart, a CONCERT.


At first, I was very skeptical about the 3D part... what on earth could they do to make a concert movie be worth 3D? Well, I am converted. The 3D pulled the performers right into your lap, making you really feel part of the concert experience, even though it was a movie. Well done.


They had vignettes scattered throughout of fans who talked about the impact Glee had on their lives. Some of these were very touching. They also had the stars talking between songs in their Glee characters, which was pretty funny. And the music was, of course, just FRIKKIN' AWESOME.


(Ok, repeat after me, self: Cory Monteith is 29 years old, not 17, Cory Monteith is 29 years old, not 17, Cory Monteith is 29 years old, not 17. Whew, there, I feel a little less like a sleazeball now. A little bit.)


We went over to Newbury Comics afterward and bought the soundtrack CD. E was hoping they had a giant L foam finger like they had in the show, but alas they did not.



Definitely worth the price of a matinee, even with the extra cost for the 3D.
danagryphon: (Glee)
Just got back from seeing the Glee Concert Movie with the boychild. First, it was mildly hilarious watching him primp and preen in front of a mirror, striking poses in his fedora and lamenting the lack of any Glee-wear in his wardrobe. All of this just to go to a MOVIE.


I was glad that the theater was practicall empty (E counted 6 people, including us), because then I didn't feel bad about us waving our arms around, singing along, and generally engaging in behavior I usually consider inappropriate at theaters. But this was different, because it was, at it's heart, a CONCERT.


At first, I was very skeptical about the 3D part... what on earth could they do to make a concert movie be worth 3D? Well, I am converted. The 3D pulled the performers right into your lap, making you really feel part of the concert experience, even though it was a movie. Well done.


They had vignettes scattered throughout of fans who talked about the impact Glee had on their lives. Some of these were very touching. They also had the stars talking between songs in their Glee characters, which was pretty funny. And the music was, of course, just FRIKKIN' AWESOME.


(Ok, repeat after me, self: Cory Monteith is 29 years old, not 17, Cory Monteith is 29 years old, not 17, Cory Monteith is 29 years old, not 17. Whew, there, I feel a little less like a sleazeball now. A little bit.)


We went over to Newbury Comics afterward and bought the soundtrack CD. E was hoping they had a giant L foam finger like they had in the show, but alas they did not.



Definitely worth the price of a matinee, even with the extra cost for the 3D.

Thor

May. 8th, 2011 07:04 pm
danagryphon: (Slashing Ur Doodz)
So [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  and I went to see Thor Friday night. Yes, Thor was lovely eye candy. So, surprisingly, was Natalie Portman. Her character was a totally nerdy physicist, and for some reason, she was actually pretty hot. I can't help but wonder if some of Chris Hemsworth's totally ripped bod was CGI enhanced. Because Sir Anthony certainly doesn't look that buff normally.

All in all, a nice way to spend a couple of hours in mindless entertainment.

Oh, wait, was there supposed to be a plot in there?

So I get home, and [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62  has posted some really, really BAD slashy writing prompts. One of which I'm taking up the gauntlet on. Oh my. Monkey Sex!

Thor

May. 8th, 2011 07:04 pm
danagryphon: (Slashing Ur Doodz)
So [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  and I went to see Thor Friday night. Yes, Thor was lovely eye candy. So, surprisingly, was Natalie Portman. Her character was a totally nerdy physicist, and for some reason, she was actually pretty hot. I can't help but wonder if some of Chris Hemsworth's totally ripped bod was CGI enhanced. Because Sir Anthony certainly doesn't look that buff normally.

All in all, a nice way to spend a couple of hours in mindless entertainment.

Oh, wait, was there supposed to be a plot in there?

So I get home, and [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62  has posted some really, really BAD slashy writing prompts. One of which I'm taking up the gauntlet on. Oh my. Monkey Sex!
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
So after Sunday's no-good-terrible-lousy start, M and I went grocery shopping for much needed food. $300 later, we have food again. The painting of the living room never happened (big surprise... not), so I spent the afternoon writing and watching movies in the background. So what do I not turn off when it comes on HBO? The Time Traveler's Wife. Ugh. Another freaking one that makes me cry at the end. At that point, I really, really desperately needed the liberal application of alcohol (mention of which evidently freaked out a couple of my FB friends). Instead, M and I decided to go see a nice horror movies, because they are always good for what ails me.

We went to see Insidious. Which was actually pretty good, although not on the stay-up-the-rest-of-the-night-scared-shitless-at-every-sound level that Paranormal Activity was. But it was good enough to give me a good freak at the time. Aside from the fact that the soundtrack sounded extraordinarily similar to someone trying to scratch their ass with a violin. Repeatedly. Funny thing was, got home and a couple of hours later, I slept like a baby. Go figure.

Work today was work. Incredibly boring, more data entry that a chimpanzee could do. Oh joy. Tomorrow, I get to explain to the folks who are supposed to be supplying our data in the format we want why they fail to even live up to the standards of a chimpanzee. The rest of the week should be pretty quiet, and f'ing boring, as I have more data entry stuff to do. Blech.

Next weekend, I most likely won't be going to the Carolingia 40th event, because the boys have a camporee, and the troop needs adult leaders to help. Hoping to have archery practice on Sunday, even looks like the weather may cooperate (sorry you didn't get the memo about yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] brokk , but I hope you and your family had a happy Easter). B has to do another practice exam for his AP calculus this weekend, so that will have to happen sometime Sunday, too. So, things could get interesting, schedule-wise with doing archery as well. But I really, really feel the need to shoot something, even if it is just cardboard.

Writing goes well. Still waiting on feedback for the story I posted last week, but it is long, and it was a holiday weekend for most people. Meanwhile, I'm working on two different stories, switching back and forth between the two when I hit a block in one.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
So after Sunday's no-good-terrible-lousy start, M and I went grocery shopping for much needed food. $300 later, we have food again. The painting of the living room never happened (big surprise... not), so I spent the afternoon writing and watching movies in the background. So what do I not turn off when it comes on HBO? The Time Traveler's Wife. Ugh. Another freaking one that makes me cry at the end. At that point, I really, really desperately needed the liberal application of alcohol (mention of which evidently freaked out a couple of my FB friends). Instead, M and I decided to go see a nice horror movies, because they are always good for what ails me.

We went to see Insidious. Which was actually pretty good, although not on the stay-up-the-rest-of-the-night-scared-shitless-at-every-sound level that Paranormal Activity was. But it was good enough to give me a good freak at the time. Aside from the fact that the soundtrack sounded extraordinarily similar to someone trying to scratch their ass with a violin. Repeatedly. Funny thing was, got home and a couple of hours later, I slept like a baby. Go figure.

Work today was work. Incredibly boring, more data entry that a chimpanzee could do. Oh joy. Tomorrow, I get to explain to the folks who are supposed to be supplying our data in the format we want why they fail to even live up to the standards of a chimpanzee. The rest of the week should be pretty quiet, and f'ing boring, as I have more data entry stuff to do. Blech.

Next weekend, I most likely won't be going to the Carolingia 40th event, because the boys have a camporee, and the troop needs adult leaders to help. Hoping to have archery practice on Sunday, even looks like the weather may cooperate (sorry you didn't get the memo about yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] brokk , but I hope you and your family had a happy Easter). B has to do another practice exam for his AP calculus this weekend, so that will have to happen sometime Sunday, too. So, things could get interesting, schedule-wise with doing archery as well. But I really, really feel the need to shoot something, even if it is just cardboard.

Writing goes well. Still waiting on feedback for the story I posted last week, but it is long, and it was a holiday weekend for most people. Meanwhile, I'm working on two different stories, switching back and forth between the two when I hit a block in one.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
So Friday night, we went to see 2012. The Boog liked it. I agree with the assessment of most of the people I know; it's disaster porn, no real science, or plot, but cool special effects, Indiana-Jones type action sequences, and some very amusing moments. It had some real Poseidon/Titanic moments. It was one of those movies that made you laugh at points where the director had no intention of if being funny.

The only thing that was mildly annoying is that our show of 2012 was evidently the designated overflow show for the gaggles of teenagers who got shut out of the sold-out shows of the new Twilight movie. And they were not particularly well behaved teenagers, either. Grrrrr.

Saturday was the Shire business meeting. I managed to avoid volunteering to autocrat Sommer Draw by virtue of the fact that I volunteered to plan and run an archery and throw weapons event in May. We've been bandying around an archery/tw event for a while now, and now that we have Shire targets for both, we can actually do this thing. We are going to try for Saturday, May 1, which at least won't put us in direct conflict with the Carolingia May Day event, which is on Sunday, May 2, which has a focus on fencing and heavy list. So I'm hoping it's different enough that we might still get some out of Shire folks. I'm also going to try to hold it in Ayer, which might also draw some Stonemarche and Bergental folks. Now all I have to do is actually get the site I want.

This morning we went and picked up the wreaths that B's troop is selling. He actually managed to sell over his quota this year thanks to M selling a bunch to his co-workers. I've got some projects I've got to do around the condo before we have everyone over for Turkey Day. Luckily, I've only got two days of going into the office this week. Wednesday, I'm working at home, and knocking off early. Tuesday night, I'll probably go do my shopping for Turkey Day dinner, that will give the turkey a full day in the fridge to thaw. I'm just hoping I can find a good alternative to make for M. I'm hoping to find a goose, but a duck or a cornish hen would be good, too.

Menu for Turkey Day:
turkey (of course)
stuffing
goose/duck/cornish hen
mashed potatoes
gravy
candied yams
baked corn casserole
green bean casserole
peas
cranberry sauce
crescent rolls
beets (maybe...I'm the only one who eats them)
pumpkin cheesecake
apple crisp
danagryphon: (Autumn)
So Friday night, we went to see 2012. The Boog liked it. I agree with the assessment of most of the people I know; it's disaster porn, no real science, or plot, but cool special effects, Indiana-Jones type action sequences, and some very amusing moments. It had some real Poseidon/Titanic moments. It was one of those movies that made you laugh at points where the director had no intention of if being funny.

The only thing that was mildly annoying is that our show of 2012 was evidently the designated overflow show for the gaggles of teenagers who got shut out of the sold-out shows of the new Twilight movie. And they were not particularly well behaved teenagers, either. Grrrrr.

Saturday was the Shire business meeting. I managed to avoid volunteering to autocrat Sommer Draw by virtue of the fact that I volunteered to plan and run an archery and throw weapons event in May. We've been bandying around an archery/tw event for a while now, and now that we have Shire targets for both, we can actually do this thing. We are going to try for Saturday, May 1, which at least won't put us in direct conflict with the Carolingia May Day event, which is on Sunday, May 2, which has a focus on fencing and heavy list. So I'm hoping it's different enough that we might still get some out of Shire folks. I'm also going to try to hold it in Ayer, which might also draw some Stonemarche and Bergental folks. Now all I have to do is actually get the site I want.

This morning we went and picked up the wreaths that B's troop is selling. He actually managed to sell over his quota this year thanks to M selling a bunch to his co-workers. I've got some projects I've got to do around the condo before we have everyone over for Turkey Day. Luckily, I've only got two days of going into the office this week. Wednesday, I'm working at home, and knocking off early. Tuesday night, I'll probably go do my shopping for Turkey Day dinner, that will give the turkey a full day in the fridge to thaw. I'm just hoping I can find a good alternative to make for M. I'm hoping to find a goose, but a duck or a cornish hen would be good, too.

Menu for Turkey Day:
turkey (of course)
stuffing
goose/duck/cornish hen
mashed potatoes
gravy
candied yams
baked corn casserole
green bean casserole
peas
cranberry sauce
crescent rolls
beets (maybe...I'm the only one who eats them)
pumpkin cheesecake
apple crisp
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
I love disaster and apocalypse movies. I remember being young and watching Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, all those wonderfully cheesy Irwin Allen movies, on TV and being completely enthralled. And still love the newer ones: The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Knowing. I love disaster/apocalypse SF books, too. Lucifer's Hammer is still one of my favorite SF books. And of course, The Stand, which is my absolute favorite book of all time.

So I'm really looking forward to going to see 2012 tonight.

Yeah, I've heard it's got that cheesy Irwin Allen feel to it. But you know what, that's just fine with me. I think part of the appeal for me is measuring myself against the situation. What would I do, would I be able to survive in the same circumstances? The only thing that I don't like in these kinds of movies anymore is when a parent has to watch their child die. Being a parent, that gets me, and will be an instant turn off, and will leave me disturbed for days. I want to hope that if I were ever tested in that way, I would be able to save myself AND my kids, or die trying.

Well, tonight, I'm going to see if the Boog will share my love of these types of movies. E would, of course, totally freak, so he will be staying home with Himself. But Boog will be coming with me and M to see 2012. When I asked him, and explained what the movie was about, Boog started singing the R.E.M. song! Too funny.

Hopefully, none of us will be disappointed.
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
I love disaster and apocalypse movies. I remember being young and watching Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, all those wonderfully cheesy Irwin Allen movies, on TV and being completely enthralled. And still love the newer ones: The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Knowing. I love disaster/apocalypse SF books, too. Lucifer's Hammer is still one of my favorite SF books. And of course, The Stand, which is my absolute favorite book of all time.

So I'm really looking forward to going to see 2012 tonight.

Yeah, I've heard it's got that cheesy Irwin Allen feel to it. But you know what, that's just fine with me. I think part of the appeal for me is measuring myself against the situation. What would I do, would I be able to survive in the same circumstances? The only thing that I don't like in these kinds of movies anymore is when a parent has to watch their child die. Being a parent, that gets me, and will be an instant turn off, and will leave me disturbed for days. I want to hope that if I were ever tested in that way, I would be able to save myself AND my kids, or die trying.

Well, tonight, I'm going to see if the Boog will share my love of these types of movies. E would, of course, totally freak, so he will be staying home with Himself. But Boog will be coming with me and M to see 2012. When I asked him, and explained what the movie was about, Boog started singing the R.E.M. song! Too funny.

Hopefully, none of us will be disappointed.
danagryphon: (House OMG)
Hubby and I spent our first weekend alone since the wedding getting caught up on seeing movies that we couldn't take the boys to see. Luckily, Zomblieland was still playing at the second run theater in West Boylston. It was awesome. And I didn't even realize that the girl wasn't Lindsay Lohan until I looked it up on IMDB. I guess that explains why I didn't find her quite as annoying as I usually find Lindsay Lohan. And Bill Murray was just awesome, even with the small role he had.

Then Saturday we went to see Paranormal Activity. Oh. My. Gods.

Cut for spoilers )
So, if you haven't seen it, and like horror movies that are based on suspense, and not gore, I highly recommend it. It WILL scare you the hebegebe's out of you.

danagryphon: (House OMG)
Hubby and I spent our first weekend alone since the wedding getting caught up on seeing movies that we couldn't take the boys to see. Luckily, Zomblieland was still playing at the second run theater in West Boylston. It was awesome. And I didn't even realize that the girl wasn't Lindsay Lohan until I looked it up on IMDB. I guess that explains why I didn't find her quite as annoying as I usually find Lindsay Lohan. And Bill Murray was just awesome, even with the small role he had.

Then Saturday we went to see Paranormal Activity. Oh. My. Gods.

Cut for spoilers )
So, if you haven't seen it, and like horror movies that are based on suspense, and not gore, I highly recommend it. It WILL scare you the hebegebe's out of you.

danagryphon: (Trek)
It was awesome.

Among my favorite lines was the reference (no spoiler) to "Admiral Archer's prize beagle".

I think the casting was great. The only actor who was really being overshadowed by Old Trek was Karl Urban, because he seemed to be focused more on playing DeForest Kelley playing Bones than on just playing Bones.

Yeah, and the JJAbrams light flares were a bit distracting.

But still, awesome.
danagryphon: (Trek)
It was awesome.

Among my favorite lines was the reference (no spoiler) to "Admiral Archer's prize beagle".

I think the casting was great. The only actor who was really being overshadowed by Old Trek was Karl Urban, because he seemed to be focused more on playing DeForest Kelley playing Bones than on just playing Bones.

Yeah, and the JJAbrams light flares were a bit distracting.

But still, awesome.

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