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2011 Scrapbook results:

Total Books Read: 14
Total New Movies Seen: 65
Total TV Shows Watched: 15

A more detailed run-down of the things I liked/loved/loathed in 2011 will probably follow after the first of the year. Have a wonderful (and safe) New Year's Eve, everyone!
katernater: (lost Ω stranded.)
Random: I took [livejournal.com profile] ontd_lost off my FL and the number of posts went down by, like, thirty percent. I know people are excited about the series finale tomorrow, but all of those Titus Welliver gifs really screw up the time it takes to load, well, basically anything.

I have decided that this is going to be the summer when science/mathematics and I will become friends. Yesterday, I went out and bought two books by Michio Kaku -- Hyperspace and Physics of the Impossible -- because I had seen Kaku on a few Discovery Channel specials about the universe, and his way of talking about physics seemed very accessible to me -- the "layest of laypeople" when it comes to math and science. Seriously. Getting me to engage with mathematics in high school was roughly equivalent to trying to get a dog to play a concertina -- it just wasn't going to happen. Although, I fared better on the science front. I know, for instance, what happens to a bar of soap when you put it in the microwave. I also know what happens when you bet a kid with pica $5 that he cannot eat the entire bar of soap. (Science, it turns out, will quite often get you sent to the principal's office.) So here I am, trying to reconcile the fact that I have never been a mathlete or come up with a really cool way to explain the universe. At the very least, at the end of the summer, I will have a couple of books to balance out the wobbly leg on my coffee table.

I got Daybreakers at the RedBox today. Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, and Willem Dafoe? In the same movie? With vampires and post-apocalyptic cities and crossbows (oh my)? Sounds like my kind of Saturday night entertainment.
katernater: (jen ♕ pollyanna.)
Okay, seriously. How did I get this far without realizing that Cillian Murphy was going to be in Inception?





I mean, just look at that handsome devil. He's like every Burberry catalog fantasy I've ever had.
katernater: (welp ☄ one of those days.)
Todd convinced me to go to the midnight showing of A Nightmare on Elm Street last night, despite the fact that I had an early class this morning and in spite of my fear of guys with knives for fingers (which I figure is, you know, perfectly understandable: knife fingers + you = inversely proportional rate of survival). The movie itself was not as bad as I thought it was going to be -- some of the standard tricks and scares -- but what really freaked me out was a trailer for this new movie, Buried, which stars Ryan Reynolds and has been getting some serious buzz lately. Apparently the film is amazing and, yes, it is exactly what you think it is: an hour and a half of Ryan Reynolds trapped inside a box. I can't deal with that concept without tightening up; even the teaser poster freaks me out. Actually, the teaser poster might be worse than the trailer. (Which is to say nothing of its design, which is awesome, I think.)

I'll be spending the weekend prepping for next week's finals. With two big papers out of the way, I have plenty of time to focus on some of the odds and ends. All three of my finals happen to fall on the same day -- Thursday -- which sucks, but at least I'll be done with everything in one shot. I am in terrific standing in all of my classes; it's just a matter of getting through the final push here at the end of the semester.


katernater: (cate b ♕ fuggi regal fantasima.)
Todd and I went to see "The Ghost Writer" last night and it was incredible. A very taut, well-written, well-acted film. There were a couple of instances where both Todd and I could tell that some expletives were dubbed over in post-production to give the movie its PG-13 rating but, overall, such flubs didn't take away from any of the high caliber performances. Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, hell, even Kim Cattrall made me momentarily forgetful of her role in Sex and the City and pulled off an incredible, true-to-form performance in the role of Amelia Bly, Pierce Brosnan's character's icy assistant. And, honestly: what can't be said about Ewan McGregor? I've got a soft spot for movies/television shows about writers anyway, and he gave a very earnest performance here. The film itself is very recognizably Polanski: the slow build-up, the implantation of seemingly innocuous characters, the neat and orderly cinematography. It was a beautifully-shot film. Very textured and colourful. This was the first time Todd and I had been to the movies since we saw "Avatar" last year, so I am glad that we picked a winner.

Tangental thought processes notwithstanding, [livejournal.com profile] awesomesquared wrote UW Cate/Liv fic. EEEEE. That brings back so many good memories of that game. Cate was -- and continues to be -- one of my strongest, most prolific muses. (Along with Crispin who, oddly enough, has been poking his sharpish nose into my consciousness more and more often lately. I think he's upset at me for having neglected him for so long.) Anyway, it's hard to believe that that game is long gone; 'even harder to believe that it lasted as long as it did. I made some great friends during those years, many of whom I still look up to as writers and am lucky enough to still count as great friends. ♥♥♥♥♥

'Have a bit of reading to do before class tonight and I should hit the library later this afternoon to print off the materials we'll be going over as a group. I finished Beloved this weekend and I have not yet committed to an opinion of it. I'm sure I'll have one before the end of class.


katernater: (smart  Ω mr. bad guy.)
Had a lazy kind of day today, which was nice, but not necessarily needed or deserved. My schedule is pretty open during the week and I haven't had too many assignments yet, which has left me open to do what I please. I think I'm still adjusting to the new semester; the two-week lull between this semester and the last one kind of screwed with my rhythm in that I seem to have trouble engaging with a fixed schedule. I'm sure that'll change once I start really working again (the graduate assistant stuff is in play already and I'm communicating with the International Center about another semester of ESL teaching) and once assignments start pouring in. I need to be busy. Grr.

I just finished watching Moon and it was pretty good. Apparently Duncan Jones is planning a follow-up film -- sort of an epilogue -- which I will more than likely see. I think that is one of my favourite genres of film; I'm not sure if it has a name ("space terror," "sci-fi psychological," "cosmic cabin fever") but, basically, if you put somebody in a moon base for a long time and ask them to push a button every fifteen hours, something psychologically interesting is bound to come out of it. I probably like it because there's a part of me that would be perfectly comfortable with that kind of isolation. Maybe not for years and years, but you could strap me on a rocket to Neptune to monitor the orbital bands on Saturn and I'd be like, "All right, cool, can I ride my ten speed around the rim of Space Station V?"
katernater: (friends (rdj) // Displays of affection)
Anyone who knows us is well aware that Todd and I are huge movie buffs. Todd's a walking encyclopedia of film knowledge and trivia and he's seen pretty much every movie you can name (relatively speaking, within the last twenty or so years). With the passing of the decade (well, not technically), we've decided that each of us will come up with a list of our Top Ten Movies from 2000 - 2009. Then, we'll sit down and watch one movie from each list every couple of days, or as schedules permit.

I've got to tell you, it's fun coming up with a list. It's like secret ballots.

I'll share my list with you guys as soon as I vet all the candidates.

My Top Ten of the Decade -- and the honourable mentions )
katernater: (wah! (h) // He's a medical professional)
katernater: (happy (w) // Today is worth celebrating)
"From South Africa (Clint Eastwood) to Santa Monica (Governor Schwarzenegger) to Jack Nicholson's house (um, Jack Nicholson), Empire trotted the globe to deliver you 27 of the planet's biggest stars, recreating iconic performances from two decades in film, for a unique 20th birthday celebration."

Photographs by Bradley Patrick, Sara Dunn, Keith Bernstein, Adrian Green and Robert Gallagher. [
Empire Magazine ]



More of my favourites )

The rest here.

Originally seen on [livejournal.com profile] swankyfunk's journal.

Also, Have you seen the new Iron Man still? )
katernater: (science (f) // Not by mathematics alone)
So, last night the MST3K'd version of Plan 9 From Outer Space was amazing. I was pretty surprised at how full the theater was, especially since Mystery Science Theater 3,000 has been off the air for over half a decade. But there were plenty of loyal fans there, and everyone cheered when Mike, Bill and Kevin came onscreen. The movie itself was awful. Like, when people tell you that Plan 9 From Outer Space is absolutely the worst movie that's ever been made, they're not exaggerating. Bela Lugosi actually died before filming was finished, so Ed Wood got his wife's chiropractor to fill in. That, matched with the styofoam tombstones and Jiffy-Pop spaceships make for a camptastic campfest. But all that, of course, is what totally makes the movie. It's so bad that it's actually good.

After the movie, Todd and I went over to Buffalo Wild Wings for some chow (I hadn't eaten all day because I'd been on campus since noon) and a couple of beers. It was nice to actually go out with my fiance. We haven't been able to spend a lot of time together (we've both been incredibly busy), so reconnecting was especially nice.

Today dawned cold and rainy, and I almost got into a fight with my Advanced Composition professor about whether or not Cormac McCarthy's characters are interesting or not. He says "not." I say you must have a pretty high standards system if you fail to be impressed by a sociopathic assassin who uses a stunbolt gun to kill his victims (Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men), or a murderous intellectual, seven feet tall and completely hairless (Judge Holden, Blood Meridian). But, you know, you're the authority, 'teach. All McCarthy ever did was win the Pulitzer.

I've got so much to get done before I go home next week. Blerg.
katernater: (hyper (me) // Sometimes socially awkward)



It was awesome.
katernater: (star (dd) // Debrief and debug me)
Todd and I saw "Gamer" tonight. Honestly? Not. that. bad. The science in the movie was actually easier to believe than the science in "The Time Traveler's Wife." It was fun, it was gritty and -- if you ever wondered whatever happened to the big musical numbers they used to put in the middle of action flicks? They're right here. Prepare to be amazed by Michael C. Hall's spirit fingers.

-- I mean that euphemistically.

(I think.)

Also? I caught the pilot for Glee earlier this week. I liked it. And I watched the House marathon on USA yesterday, too. I still cry at the end of "Wilson's Heart." I can't wait for the new season to start. Did anyone else catch the FOX Fall Preview tonight? There was a really great clip from the season premiere. I think my feelings about the show are starting to thaw -- this always happens. I just can't say "no" to that show.

Mostly because of things like this )
katernater: (holmes (rdj) // A scandal in Bohemia)

katernater: (friends (hw) // A bit of friendly advice)
Whaaaat? Danny Elfman did the score for 'Terminator Salvation'? Now I have to go see that movie. You know how some people can guess who directed a movie just by looking at a couple of scenes and judging the style? I wonder if I can make a parlor trick out of guessing who did the scores for movies, given a couple of cues. Of course, I would have to go to more parlors for this trick to actually be useful.

I received my final grade in TESOL! 'A'! That means I've got a 4.0 GPA for the semester! Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] highlander_ii's House/Stacy 100 prompt table has made me want to do one, too. But I know I'll get through, like, six or seven and lose interest.

Must. Read. Book. Today.

I love, love, love this song. Here, have at it.
katernater: (cuddy (s5) // The fabulist)
Last night's finale - spoilers beneath the cut )

So now the long push toward September begins. Overall, I think this season was an improvement on the third season, and certainly more organized than last season. I think we really saw some facets of House's personality that were new, and handled in clever ways. Sure, this ending was less climactic than being shot by a "former patient" (whatever happened to Moriarty? That's what I want to know) or an overturned bus. But I think it brought the show back to its fundamental roots: the struggle in House's head between what he wants, what he thinks he deserves, and what reality puts in front of him. Well done, House writers. You made me cry again.

Speaking of getting emotionally involved in things (or not), I saw Star Trek yesterday and it was amazing. I was never really into the show, but I found myself able to pick up on the old characters, and cheering whenever I saw a refurbished incarnation of a character I'd heard about. (Scotty -- oh my gosh, Simon Pegg, you kill me.) J.J. Abrams did an incredible job in laying out a whole string of galaxies, interesting characters and even more interesting conflicts. Visually, it was stunning. Script-wise, it was probably lacking and I was actually grateful that I didn't have a lot of canon context going in, because I'm sure I'd be even more confused than I already was. But it stood alone as a great summer movie -- a perfect introduction to the season. My dad texted me afterward and told me that they've already greenlit a sequel for 2012. Tribbles, perchance?

'Waiting until this afternoon to go home for the night. I'm going to pick up some clothes for work and hug the stuffing out of my mom and dad. It's so beautiful out today. The drive home is going to be a real peach.
katernater: (trek (s) // That's highly illogical)

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Also: It's House finale night! Eeee!


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