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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 09:38 am

BANANA! by TheGrandHero on deviantART

Done completely in Photoshop CS2. Time taken: ~3-4 hours.
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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 09:09 am
Wreck-It Ralph comes out today! Going to go see it this morning in Louisville. Oh man, I can't wait. This is gonna be great! :3
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 09:10 pm
I rented Miss Representation last week because it was recommended by Brenda Chapman (of Brave and Prince of Egypt fame). I'm not sure I'm qualified enough in this case to decide whether it was a "good" movie or not, but I enjoyed it and took things away from watching it. As a result, as much as I dislike figures such as Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, I think I shall be more careful in how I view their work and especially in how I refer to them.
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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 10:25 am
I've been following the progress of Indie Games: The Movies since before it even did the whole Kickstarter thing, but I only got around to watching now. Shame on me, I suppose, but whatever. I was a little bummed when I found out it was really more about just Super Meat Boy and Fez: The Movie with bits of Braid here and there, rather than indie games as a collective whole, but looked forward to it anyway.

Going in I thought it might make a decent introduction to anyone wondering what I've gotten into lately. Coming out I started hoping that anyone wondering what I've gotten into lately never watches it. (It also makes me wonder if maybe I should go back to trying to do indie animation, but then I remembered that indie animation has failed to take off and it's been around since at least the 1960s.) The movie captures the frustration of working on an indie game, but little else, and it's managed to kick up a whole bunch of drama online thanks to the whole thread about Phil Fish, Fez, and his ex-business partner(s). It also doesn't paint a very broad picture of indie games or the people who make them, so it makes for a horrible first impression to anyone outside of video games in general, and furthermore is liable to turn off anyone that's into mainstream games (a problem indie games are already struggling enough with).

I wouldn't say it's a bad movie, because it's really not. But I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone.
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Thursday, June 28th, 2012 09:19 pm
*The trailer for Wreck-It Ralph begins to play.*

Oh! I've been waiting to see clips from this!

Wait, is that...

*Mind is blown.*

*Silence.*

I am seeing this movie on opening day.
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Sunday, February 27th, 2011 11:41 pm
Now I'll have the clip of that kid and the cat stuck in my head all night. Thanks for nothing, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 09:20 pm
District 9 Spoilers )
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Monday, October 25th, 2010 05:22 pm
Watched The Sky Crawlers today because it happened to be in a Red Box when I was out hunting for How to Train Your Dragon (aka the greatest animated movie made in the past year not called Toy Story 3), and since it was on my list of movies whose summaries piqued my interest, I decided to give it a go.

Major Spoilers Within )

A story is a series of questions posed by a storyteller, and the characters' answers to those questions. A story without the characters' answers is hardly a story at all. Hmm. I must write on this some time.

But not today. ;)
overworldtheme: (tales of veigue)
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 08:42 pm
Was going to wait until it came out on video, but my brother wanted to see it. 'Twas okay overall.

The casting was about 50/50 good/bad. Sokka is pretty good (though he tells not a single joke the whole movie lolwut), Aang is pretty good, Zuko is good as long as you ignore the fact his voice isn't Dante Bosco and you can barely see his scar, and Monk Gyatso shines despite his lack of dialog. (Truth be told I may actually prefer the movie version of Gyatso.) On the other hand Katara is way off, they completely ruined Zhao in every imaginable way, Ozai is not intimidating at all, and Azula just isn't right somehow. Iroh is somewhere inbetween. The actor does an excellent job in my opinion, but he looks completely wrong, and he doesn't have the same lighthearted tea-loving spirit as the original.

As for the overall quality, though, you can't really blame the actors because they were never given the chance to act. Even the main characters have maybe a handful of lines each, so they never develop a personality. If they'd have been given actual conversations instead of having to exchange two lines and move on to the next plot point, the movie would actually be fairly good. Not excellent by any means because the pacing is poor, but fairly good nonetheless.

In any case, it must be said that the sets and costumes are magnificent in every possible way. Honestly, they rock so much that I'm giving them their own paragraph. The movie isn't going to win the Oscar for Best Costume or Best Art Direction, but it should.

Ironically, I also saw the other Avatar last night, although I can't help but think that something was lost not seeing it in 3D. It was better than I had expected, but it still wasn't all that great. The first 1/3 and the last 1/3 are well done enough, but the middle was abysmal. A lot of plot points aren't explained or even demonstrated until after they're important (lots of "wait a minute how did so-and-so know to do that" moments), for example the smurf's hair-nerves thing.

We also never get to really know any of those smurfs, so the attachment we should feel for them is hallow. Any smurf not named Neytiri is pretty much doomed to stand in the background and provide ambient atmosphere, sort of like a rock or a small shrub. Honestly, this is the movie's biggest waste. What's the point of creating a whole world and culture if you're not going to explore it--even more so when the whole point of the movie is the main character learning about that world and culture. Good grief, how do you drop the ball that epically? Seriously.
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Friday, April 2nd, 2010 03:34 pm
So my brother and I got around to watching Ponyo. I daresay, that movie didn't make a whole lot of sense... I like the animation and the character designs of the boy and his mother, but I didn't enjoy this movie as much as some of Miyazaki's others. (Of course, it's not like I'm a huge Miyazaki fan.)

We watched My Neighbor Totoro the other day as well. Unlike Ponyo, I'd say it's easily one of my favorite Ghibli films, even if it does drag a bit at times.
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 11:49 am
So I just watched the new trailer and...

I'm sorry, but that is not Katara. Sokka doesn't look right either, but at least it looks like they sort of almost kind of wanted to try with him. But Katara? Ugh. Just... ugh.

As for Iroh... You know what, I don't even have the words.
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Saturday, March 20th, 2010 03:27 pm
Clearly not knowing when to stop, I have signed up for Script Frenzy, wherein I will proceed to waste my precious time for no logical reason.

I blame Willfor.
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Sunday, March 7th, 2010 07:58 pm
Every year I remember why I hate watching the Academy Awards.
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Thursday, March 4th, 2010 12:45 pm
The many possible repercussions of the RealDVD case do not make me feel warm and fuzzy inside at all. Even more so when you consider who owns the replacement media format that won the last format war. The domino effect this is going to have on the quickly-sprouting digital distribution market is even more disheartening.

Why don't we just sign our souls over to Satan the distribution companies? It'd be a lot less hassle than all this draconian DRM and copyright protection.
overworldtheme: (tales of veigue)
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 07:47 am
Q: What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?
Maurice Sendak: I would tell them to go to hell. That's a question I will not tolerate.

Source.

Not that I had a high opinion of him before, but authors and creators who pitch a fit over parents who OMG! QUESTION MY WORK OF ART! have never set well with me. Yes, I agree all children's movies don't need to be saccharine sweet, but heaven forbid someone not agree with how appropriate your movie is for their kids.

Sheesh. Calm down, dude.
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 09:50 pm
I just saw the movie version of Uncle Iroh from The Last Airbender. I now have permanent brain damage.

BRAIN DAMAGE.

I don't think I'm going to recover.

At least I got one laugh out of it, though.
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Sunday, February 7th, 2010 09:11 pm
So another animated feature finally got a nomination for best picture. A pity that it required them to bump the nominees up to ten in order to do it. I get the distinct feeling that Up is on the list merely out of pity and not because it deserves it.

Come to think of it, a lot of crap must have been released last year since there's five nominees for Best Animated Feature instead of the usual three (which has only happened once since the year they created the category). Not sure why The Secret of Kells is on there, though. Didn't realize it had even been released in North America. (Granted, you don't actually have to release it; screening it once in some random theater somewhere is enough to get you eligible.) As for Fantasic Mr. Fox I have nothing else to say other than it looks painfully ugly, but I shall reserve harsher judgment until after I have seen it.

Also, I just realized that Ponyo didn't get a nomination. So Ponyo lost out to Kells? Um... LOLWUT MUCH? Joe Strike over at AWN seems to have put it best: "Okay, we've given you an Oscar, you can go home now."

*Shrugs*

And, oh look, Fern Gully 3D is nominated for practically everything! And the winner for best animated short goes to... Avatar! On the other hand, it only has nine nominations, compared to the record-holding thirteen.
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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 05:41 pm
How on Earth did Fern Gully 3D overtake Titanic?
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 11:20 am
The Disney Channel just aired a message telling me that I cannot copy or record the following movie without expressed, written permission.

Dear Disney,

The United States court system says "NO U".
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Saturday, December 19th, 2009 09:50 pm
USA has somehow managed to ruin Enchanted. It wasn't easy, but they did it. I didn't catch it from the beginning, but so far they've cut several visual gags and part of a song. -_-