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16 August 2004 @ 09:50 pm
capsule movie reviews and some recs  
This weekend I got slothful and rented movies.

The Core -- Disappointingly boring. Also, Aaron Eckhart: you're no Denis Leary.

Kill Bill, Volume 1 -- Today as I was walking downtown my thoughts turned to this movie. I thought: you know, that really was pointless. And there's nothing wrong with being pointless. Many good things are pointless. Was this good and pointless, or bad and pointless? It was kind of inbetween. It was often very pretty--well, if nothing else, that fight in the snow was, and I like looking at Lucy Liu. But still, pointless. I wasn't offended by it; I remember that being an issue for some people back when it was a more current topic of discussion. It's definitely a man's movie, though. Seventy percentish manly. Maybe I'll have more defined thoughts when I watch the sequel.

Hellboy -- Very, very cool. I liked it a lot. Loved Selma Blair; nice to see her given a role where she doesn't have to play the bitch. And I liked how we were dropped into the universe at a fast clip and got the backstories in dribs and drabs--after the prologue, I mean, which was of course Hellboy's backstory. Also, kittens! Hee. I'd like to see a sequel to this.

The Butterfly Effect -- Neat premise; could be the next 'Groundhog Day' in terms of cool fan-fiction plots. (Which reminds me that I never finished reading cousinjean's S/B story of the same name.) Very watchable. It never really set my pulse racing, it was more of a cerebral pleasure; and nothing was predictable.

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra -- Incredibly funny. This is a spoof of old 1950s science-fiction and horror films. Obviously a low-budget indie picked up by Tri-Star, so the picture quality is a bit more like video tape than normal film (it's in B&W, by the way), and the acting is--well, mostly deliberately wooden, but sometimes a bit below par--but for the most part all this just adds to the charm. The plotlines are hysterical and many of the genre quotes are brilliant, for both dialogue and style. If you like MST3K, you'll probably like this. (Note to kjv31 and anaxila: you might have seen this already, but if not you should, and I've made a dupe for you.)

I also have some story recs I've been sitting on.

Break by Rivka. (Smallville, Clex) Sizzling future-fic. "Clark reached for the scotch with an eagerness Lex found disturbing, and he cursed the realization that he still had Clark on a pedestal. Their fingers collided on the glass, a rush of heat and, under that, the unalterable shock of interacting with a creature from another world."

Adorned by Resonant. (DS, F/K) I think I lifted this from someone's LJ recently; it was a re-read for me. Such beautiful images of the guys--lots of little snapshots adding up to a photo album of their relationship. "Sunday morning. They've just woken up for the second time, after passing out after what they did when they woke up the first time. Fraser's gotten up long enough to make coffee, but Ray's settled in for the duration: lying on his belly, the Trib sports section spread out in front of him, a cup of coffee in easy reach on the floor. He's just starting a nice piece on exactly how and why this year's Blackhawks suck when he feels a warm mouth at the base of his spine."

A Heart For Every Fate by Destina. (SG1, J/D) I sort of slipped out of reading SG1 stories for a while, so this sat in my inbox an undeservedly long time--maybe three weeks--before I read it. But it's just freakin gorgeous and heartbreaking and wonderful. This is an AU of "Torment of Tantalus" but if for some reason you haven't seen that episode yet, it doesn't matter; you should read this. "Jack's anger had been a constant, a touchstone; its absence left Daniel with a void he couldn't fill. He sat at the edge of the cliff until the sun was high overhead, until his hands stopped shaking. He would rather have had the option of forgiving Jack for hating him. It would have been easier, that way. It wouldn't be nearly as easy to stop hating himself."

Draco in Darkness by Debbie. (HP, Harry/Draco) I got this from a rec in someone's LJ, but can't remember whose--no, wait, I do, it was anniesj's, and I remember because she was squeeing about the kink. *g* The "going blind" plotline, that is. This does a great job with the premise, and it's terribly sweet, which of course I mean in a good way. "The blond moved his head to follow Harry's voice and Harry found himself slightly unnerved by his first close-up look at Draco's face since the accident; the same, pale, pointed face, yet oddly blank. He was used to the grey eyes shooting daggers at him; now they were a stone wall - flat and impenetrable, focused on nothing."

It's Just a Jump to the Left by Kimberly. (BtVS, S/X) Speaking of Groundhog Day, this story does cool things with that plot, which is one I love, so I was--am--very excited that a story of this kind was written for S/X. It's fun to read and I love how it ends, especially when there's a sequel already in progress. Yay! (Just click through to the main journal page.) "But, again, it didn't really feel like he'd been threatened or drugged. He could feel how his body felt, and his heart was beating fast, his cock was hard and aching, and his lips were sort of swollen and sensitive, like he'd been kissing really hard. And there was a familiar sort of tension in his stomach, tension of the Oh, yeah, I want this variety, a tension he had mostly felt before first kisses, when he knew what was going to happen, but felt a little scared and a lot excited and really really nervous."

Not really relatedly, I'm glad so many people liked "Involuntary Bodies," as I wasn't sure how well it succeeded and of course felt guilty about the ending. Thank you guys for your feedback. It is giving me many happies. :>)
Kimberly: It's just a jump to the leftkimberly_a on August 16th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
Pimped! I've been pimped! *does a sort of stupid-looking happy dance*
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
But I just realized I forgot to quote the story! And yet--all Spanderistas will flock to it, of course, because we are always hungry hungry hungry for good stories. :>) *kisses you*
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
I have rectified my error & added a quote! :>)
Destina: destina avatar - sabine101destina on August 16th, 2004 11:53 pm (UTC)
*goofy grin* There is really nothing better in the world than discovering that you liked one of my stories. I resist the urge to bounce around the room, since I currently lack the energy to do so, but thank you so much for the lovely rec! :D
RivkaT: quis custodietrivkat on August 17th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC)
I think I was leaving for Vividcon when you posted Involuntary Bodies, so let me just say: your Xander reminds me why I liked him. He really is the noblest of the whole lot, because he doesn't have superpowers to fall back on but he fights anyway.

Thanks for the rec!
Pouncer: Intrepid explorer Snoopythepouncer on August 17th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
I *love* Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. I saw it in a theater in March, and then again on DVD a couple of weeks ago. So incredibly funny, especially Animala. And my reaction - I want to get my hands on a copy of the script and rewrite it into something good.
Sylvikefishsanwitt on August 17th, 2004 10:17 am (UTC)
I *really* enjoyed "Involuntary Bodies".

Regardless of my 'ship, the thing I loved about this story, as well as another one you wrote - but I can't remember the name of it at the moment - sorry! - is that you keep their characters. They don't turn into women.

I know that sounds weird, but it's true. Xander is *still* Xander - with manly 'man' thoughts - and I *love* that - that he's still a guy.

Spike is slippery-er (my GOD - that is *so* not a word!) There's something about him... it's not such a leap for him (and this, of course, is just my impression of the way JM plays him :)

But I love the interaction and that they keep their character's characteristics.

Gah! I hope that made sense.