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Does anyone have a lot of familiarity with Uber, and would be willing to share experiences/tips with me?

I was thinking about renting a car while in Miami, but B., who I'm staying with, says that she thinks Uber will be cheaper. I didn't want to seem totally clueless, so I was like, oh Uber, sure. >.>

Except I've never used Uber before and only even vaguely know what it does, despite it being super popular.

What are the scenarios in which using Uber is better than renting a car, so I can make an informed decision?

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Want to talk a bit about Broadchurch, which I enjoyed.

Cut so as not to spoil for people who haven't seen it. )

Am now thinking of watching Gracepoint, which I hear isn't as good. But I'm curious as to why it's not as good, now!

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Am watching Jupiter Ascending tomorrow with D. It looks like a terrible movie, and Channing Tatum looks utterly ridiculous. But I like him, I like Mila, and because it was made by the Wachowskis, I still have to see it. I must know.
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[personal profile] adelagia and I saw The Maze Runner today. Actually, it was my second time, and she really, really had to twist my arm to make me see Dylan O'Brien again (NOT). It's really nice to be able to see Dylan in a lead role. Up until now, he's mostly been a secondary character in the things I've seen him in, and he's so talented (and hot) that he really deserves to play a character who carries the plot. It's the one big failing of Teen Wolf (though there are many). They're not stupid and are trying to get him more involved in the plotlines, but the fact is still that the show is called Teen Wolf, not Friend of Teen Wolf (though really that's what it should be).

I digress. I thought it was a really good adaptation of the book. The book always seemed to plod along a bit, and while reading I felt that it would make a better movie than book -- and I was right! They were able to get to the meat while cutting the stuff that dragged, and any changes they made (minor from what I remember) weren't egregious. It isn't like the Harry Potter adaptations, in which huge chunks of awesome things are cut in the name of expediency. I'm actually looking forward to the second movie quite a bit. I'd like to see if they're able to improve upon the story, because the second and third novels were huge disappointments to me. In fact, my enjoyment trajectory was not unlike what I felt about The Hunger Games trilogy, and for a similar reason. Spoilers. )

The one big issue that I had with the movie and the books is this: Spoilers. )

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I have found a new fictional hero that I adore from the young adult genre: Jay Heaton from Kimberly Derting's "The Body Finder" series. He's mega lovable in the mold of good boys such as Michael Moscovitz, Harry Potter, Pacey Witter, Stiles Stilinski, etc.

There are four books in the series, and I've read the first two. I can already tell that I won't like the next two as much, but I'm still planning to read them.

Here's the summary of the first book:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies — or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.


Despite the focus of the summary being on the supernatural element, I'd say the book is a very satisfying 50/50 on the romance and plot, one complementing the other really well. Most supernatural YAs don't balance it very well, mainly because most supernatural YAs are based on plots that aren't incredibly complex nor interesting, but the author forces the issue. With The Body Finder, both the plot and the romance are given Goldilocks amounts of focus. I really loved it.

I can already tell, however, that the further the series goes, the more she's going to be focusing on plot, and having to throw wrenches (such as triangles) into the mix, in order to "keep things interesting," and I just have no interest in such things after I've gotten my HEA. So, who knows how long it'll take me to get around to finishing the series? IMHO you can read the first one or two and stop there, since they stand alone.

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I've also read The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, JKR's pseudonym. I really enjoyed it! She really has a talent for world building, and writing in a way that sucks you in immediately. In very few words, she can get you interested/invested in a character and the story she's telling. That's her magic.

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Have you ever heard of Sakura shrimp? I had it recently at Looking for Chai (stir fried with cabbage), and it was delicious. Most of the stuff on the internet is about it being a pet/part of an aquarium. In Chinese I guess it's called "shrimp skin," which is why it took forever for me to even get what the waitress was talking about when I asked what exactly Sakura shrimp was. At 99 Ranch I found little shrimp in packages that my mom said read "shrimp skin" in Chinese, and they went for $3-4. I found REAL Sakura shrimp from Japan today at Uwajimaya, and 0.40 ounces cost $10.99. O.o Now I'm not convinced that the restaurant actually served real Sakura shrimp; they were fairly generous with it, and the dish itself cost $10.95 (at the time, I thought this was kind of pricey for cabbage + little shrimp). I'll have to get it again to do a comparison.
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Ugh... I think I'm getting sick. :( The only silver lining to this is that I'm going to get to go first in Pandemic.

What a bummer. For once, I managed to avoid getting sick the entire time I was in LA (which had the most amazing weather when I was there... mostly in the 70s, and one day it even got up to 81), I got my flu shot before I left... and now this. Ugh.

Also, I came back to crap that I have to deal with. :(

1) Before I left, my washing machine broke. It was set to a medium load but the sensor stopped working or whatever and it FLOODED my finished basement. So I had to deal with that before I left (drying the whole place out). The carpet needs to be replaced, so I have to do that, then I have to get a new washer (and probably dryer while I'm at it, and also a new water heater, which has been on the blink for months). Meanwhile, all the crap that was in the basement is now scattered throughout the rest of the house/garage, so it's a giant mess.

2) My PC, which was custom built by my brother years ago, has been acting wonky for awhile. But it had awesome specs at the time it was made, so it's still a really good machine (the graphics card is still way better than any typical graphics card in a regular pre-built machine made today), and despite its issues would never completely die, so I just kept using it. Well, after I came back from LA, it seems to have finally kicked it at last, so that needs to be replaced as well. I've been vacillating between these two options -- if you know computers, feel free to give me your input on whether you'd pick one over another! A tale of two PCs. )

While on vacation I saw American Hustle (which I did not like at ALL, though it had everything going for it, including a bunch of actors that I love) and The Wolf of Wall Street, which was spectacular. It barely felt 3 hours long, and it was so unexpectedly funny!!! Kudos, Leo and Martin, kudos.

Blahhhhhhhhh. Cheer me up! Watch Arrow and tell me how much you love it. Or at least check out my post about how much I love it and tell me you'll give it a shot. Here are some incentives!

I love when Felicity gets glammed up.


But I also love when she's in her normal ponytail and glasses. <3


More secret elevator missions plz.


IT girl turned first-aid specialist. :D


Perfect OTP is perfect.


Why are non-canon pairings always so much more interesting than canon pairings? :/

Gravity

Oct. 28th, 2013 07:33 pm
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I finally saw Gravity. Wooooooow. So good.

It wasn't perfect; parts of it were fairly predictable, while some of the imagery was a bit heavy handed, but overall really well done. I didn't know Alfonso Cuarón had anything to do with it because I barely even knew what it was about (just that it'd gotten great reviews), but of course was totally pleasantly surprised when the credits rolled. I love him! He's so talented (and weirdly hot). Plus he directed the best of the HP movies. <3

Anyway, if you haven't you must see it. And in 3D. Listen, this is coming from someone who generally hates 3D movies and the 3D phenomenon -- see it in 3D.

You might have nightmares about being in space that night, but it'll be totally worth it.
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I have a major project due at work, so obviously to distract myself from it, I need to make an LJ post. :P It's actually why I haven't posted any ASOIAF topics lately, even though a few are percolating in my brain. The ones I want to talk about next require some research, and it can be a bear sometimes to find supporting quotes and what not.

Some random updates on the State of Me:

* My eye doc wants me to ditch my hard contacts and get with the times, as they're becoming "obsolete." I've just never minded having them -- they don't feel like anything in my eyes, so soft contacts are not more comfortable for me -- and I've had them for years. The biggest pain about them is that finding contact solution is a lot tougher than for soft, and more costly as well. I wore some soft contacts as a trial run for two weeks... and ended up ordering new hard lenses. Apparently soft contacts have come a long way in terms of letting air through, but hard (gas permeable) lenses have always been better for that, so that your eyes feel less tired at the end of the day. I didn't much notice a difference in that regard. What I didn't like about the soft contacts: )

* I'm nearly done with a YA book called Thoughtless, by S.C. Stephens. It has amazing reviews on Amazon (4.3 stars with over 1,200 reviews), so I was really looking forward to reading it, even though it deals with a true love triangle, which I normally despise. I think it was self published, so didn't have a proper editor (at least, I hope not). It reads like fanfic, which obviously isn't necessarily bad, as there's really good fanfic out there, but it reads like mediocre fanfic. The protagonists are in their early 20s, so it's more mature than your typical YA lit, which I was actually looking forward to. Unfortunately, the heroine -- if she can be called such -- is TSTL, and has the emotional maturity of a pre-teen girl. I tried to get past the love triangle thing, wherein she's seriously torn between the two guys (since that was the premise of the story and I chose to read it knowing that full well), but she just seemed extremely fickle and selfish (which is partly why I hate true love triangles to begin with). She kept wavering back and forth, and it just made me hate her. I liked one of the guys, but his perfectness was just kind of over the top. Anyway, I can't rec it. If you see it and are interested in reading it, go in with your eyes open about what to expect.

* I went canoeing this weekend with J. Ohmygod at how much my arms hurt afterward. I didn't even do much, but I don't exercise, like, ever, so it was terrible. I mean, the canoeing at the time was awesome. We rented a canoe through the UW, the day was unbelievably perfect, and being on the water was fabulous. Every time I drive over the 90 or 520 and see people out on Lake Washington with their boats and kayaks and what not, I'm always like, how do you even do those things?? Now I know! But afterwards, when I was going to bed that night -- OMG. It wasn't a nice kind of ache in my muscles; it was REALLY, REALLY PAINFUL, to the point where I had trouble sleeping. :( (But we did go and get pedicures after, and that's always fun.)

* Had brunch with [profile] corianderstem to celebrate her recent birthday! We went to Tilikum Place Café, which I'd never been to before, but really liked it. I had their special eggs benedict of the day (salmon), A. had the caprese sandwich, and we split a peach-with-sage-sugar Dutch baby. It was all very good. Best of all though were their condiments: a house-made ketchup, and a habanero hot sauce from Belize called Maria Sharp's. It was so good! I had to buy a bottle from them right then and there (our server said that they get theirs direct from Belize, because it's impossible to find locally), though now I'm investigating getting it in bulk. >.>

* I've been on a Parminder Nagra kick lately. I saw her in the latest season of Psych, which made me want to rewatch Bend It Like Beckham (which is a nearly perfect movie, except for Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who I don't find attractive at all, and also just looks way too evil for a tame hero role like that imho), which then led me to watching the short-lived Alcatraz series (which is OK).

* Speaking of JRM, I meant to talk about the City of Bones movie, which I saw with the DG gals a couple weekends ago, but it's now been so long I don't know if I remember all the details. Bottom line: The critics were right to pan it, and the fans are right to find it reasonably enjoyable. More in-depth commentary. )
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Yesterday, saw Warm Bodies with [personal profile] adelagia and [personal profile] slitherhither. :D It was cute, about what you'd expect from the trailer. Not exactly a "realistic" take on the zombie apocalypse, that's for sure. Soooooooo many questions. But that's really not the point of this movie, so. I liked the actress, Teresa Palmer, who I've never seen or heard of before, though I guess she's done quite a bit. She's like a cross between Hayden Panettiere and Kristen Stewart, to me.

I may have gotten [profile] jade_okelani into New Girl. Eeeeeee!! Actually she gave the show a lot of chances before finally giving up -- right before it actually started to get good, imho. Part of the problem is that she doesn't like Schmidt (I know. I don't know what to do about it. It took me awhile to warm up to him too, but now I love Schmidtty), but hopefully that'll change. I don't know if it will. I kind of do believe you have to like everyone in order to love the show... though it's true that Nick is the best one. ;) I made her watch at least half a dozen eps from S2 -- though it turns out I might've only needed to have her watch 2x14 and 2x15. Honestly if you can't get into it after 2x15 there's really no chance you'll get into it at all. (I do think it helps to have all the background leading up to it however!)

I haven't found a Nick/Jess fanvid yet that I think is really good -- I feel like their relationship should have an upbeat, cheerful background song, and every vid I've seen is all dramallama type songs, which doesn't fit them all that well, imho. BUT this is the best of them so far. )

The Salvation Army came and took my guest bed away. They also took one of my old TVs. The other TV that was also supposed to go with them was in the guest room, where I had put Talis. When I went to get it, I discovered that somehow, the door had locked. I had to send them away without it, which I'm more grrr about than they are. It took me another 15 minutes after they left to free Talis.

I've been catching up on Raising Hope. I love Martha Plimpton. My problem with this show is that there's really nothing about it that makes me need to watch it in any shape or form. It's funny, and I love Virginia and Burt, but everyone else is kind of a waste of space. I'm totally sick of Maw Maw and her senility, I don't find Jimmy the least bit attractive (and yes, I'm superficial enough that that would make a difference), which also makes it hard to care about Sabrina. And nothing about Jimmy's character makes him attractive, either (whereas with Nick, I was ambivalent about Jake Johnson's attractiveness initially, but now find him super hot).
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My Best Picture nominees viewing continues!

Beasts of the Southern Wild: Loved it. I can't believe Quvenzhane Wallis was 5 years old when she was cast! Love the story, the directing, everything. It reminded me a lot of Whale Rider, which is a movie that I love to pieces. However, like Whale Rider, I suspect that the various nominations this movie got are its "awards" -- as in, congrats that you made a wonderful movie, we'll acknowledge it with these nominations, but we're going to give the actual awards elsewhere. Not having yet seen Life of Pi or Amour, right now I'd give directing to Benh Zeitlin for this movie.

Lincoln: I wanted to think it was amazing, but I just didn't. I found it really boring, actually. I have the greatest appreciation for Abraham Lincoln himself, but I'm just not that interested in the Civil War (I'm more of a WWII buff). It's one of those time periods that I don't particularly enjoy reflecting on for entertainment purposes, watching people try to defend slavery, countrymen killing countrymen, etc. Daniel Day-Lewis probably has Best Actor in the bag, but I'd love to see Bradley Cooper pull off an upset, he was so impressive in Silver Linings Playbook. It's not going to happen, though.

Other than Life of Pi and Amour, I still need to see Django Unchained and I'll be done!

Met K for dinner last night. We went to Brave Horse Tavern to try their Sunday night fried chicken dinner. It was OK. The chicken wasn't as good as at Ma'ono, the collard greens were too sour, and the biscuits and gravy were way too heavy. What was really good was their homemade soft pretzel with three different kinds of mustard, and their plain cheeseburger. Yes, we ate all of it. Stop judging us.

Talis still has an ulcer in his right eye. :/ Poor little thing has been wearing one of those Elizabethan collars for more than a month now. I was hoping it'd heal up on its own while we were in LA, but it didn't happen, so now he has to have a "procedure." That's been scheduled for Jan. 25. Meanwhile, I've been buying his antibiotic eye drops from the vet's office for $30/bottle. While in LA I needed it replenished. Rite-Aid wanted $40 for it and they couldn't get it until the following day. I ended up going to Costco, which not only had it in stock that very day, but it only cost $12.80! Crazy.

I completely forgot that I have a cooking class tonight -- Singaporean chili crab -- and took the bus in to work today. D'oh!! Now it's going to be a mad rush trying to get home and take care of the pets before heading out again. >
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I just finished playing The Walking Dead game that won Game of the Year at the VGAs. I'd read about all these gamer guys who cried at the end of it... and now I know why. I was crying in front of my computer screen, too! It's such a riveting story... but I don't think it should have won GotY. :/ It's not really a game. It's a really amazing story, but it's more like a choose-your-own-adventure tale than it is a game. It's more story than mechanics. As long as you go into it with those expectations, I totally recommend it.

I'm trying to watch all the Oscar-nominated movies this year. Well, I try every year, but sometimes I'm more successful than other times. It's gotten harder since they expanded the field to a possible 10. I'm not doing so shabby this year; I've watched 4/9, and I'm likely going to watch 4 more. The one I'm not sure about is Amour.

Last night I watched Zero Dark Thirty. I was really looking forward to it because of the subject matter, and because of Kathryn Bigelow. I knew I wouldn't like it as much as The Hurt Locker due to the lack of Jeremy, but I thought it would be amazing anyway. It was... all right. Other than also dealing with a military topic, and still being well directed, it was actually quite different from THL. It felt less personal. In THL you really cared about the three guys. In ZDT, you care about Jessica Chastain's character, but in a more removed way because you never really get to know her that well (not like the way you get to know Sgt James), and because since she's not a soldier, her life is almost never at risk. JC was good for sure, but the movie was bigger than she was, particularly the last quarter of it. I'd much rather Best Actress go to Jennifer Lawrence.

I also just saw Ted, which is hilarious and also on crack. It's like a live-action episode of The Family Guy.

I've been reading The Twelve by Justin Cronin. It's the sequel to The Passage, and is supposed to be a trilogy. I highly recommend them. They're riveting and well written. Ridley Scott purchased the film rights; as with any book that I love, I can't wait to see it as a movie and yet am also afraid of how they'll fuck it up at the same time. I was reading The Twelve on my Nook when it crapped out on me. :/ It's glitched from time to time, but now it's really messed up. It basically won't wake up from the screensaver anymore. I can't hard restart it or anything; it just doesn't respond. I went to B&N to see if they could do anything about it and they couldn't. Sigh. I ended up doing an out-of-warranty purchase of another one from them -- $40 for a refurbished version of the same Nook, and I have to send them back the one I have (it's so annoying because you know there's probably some easy way to fix it, and now they're making me give them another $40 grrrr). I don't know what kind of voodoo power they have over me, because a big part of me had decided that I didn't need an eReader anymore, because I have a Surface RT. Even while I was giving them my credit card number I was like, WTF am I doing?! Sigh. Oh well. WHAT'S DONE IS DONE.
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After a month+ absence, I'm back! :D I'm terrible about updating if I don't update every day. :/ I wonder what kind of psychological block I have about that.

I took about 3 weeks off from work, which was great, but still too short. I just hate working. I'd love to retire, but that's not going to happen any time soon. Had a really mellow time in LA. Was able to get together with [profile] jade_okelani and [personal profile] ropo a few times, but not as much as we had initially planned, because we were all struck by the plague. Ugh. So much terrible sickness this year. Also, the day before I left, I gave myself food poisoning. So that was the worst flight experience ever, considering I also had my two pets with me. /relives horror

It was really nice not to have to worry about feeding myself like, at all, when I was down there. Now I'm having to fend for myself again and I'm struggling. I've had a McRib two days in a row. >.> Last night I finally made myself some kale and sausage soup.

I'm sure more random tidbits about my trip will pop out eventually, but right now I want to talk about movies! MOVIES. )
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I can now un-ban the internet, as the weekend is over and I have seen The Bourne Legacy... twice. Yes, already! I agree with [profile] jade_okelani's assessment of a 7.5/10 score for the movie. Depending on how strongly one feels about its flaws, I'd even accept a 6.5. But a score lower than that is clearly being colored by the inability to accept a lead in the franchise who isn't Matt Damon, because the movie itself was solid. I don't think I liked the movie as much as I did because I like Jeremy Renner; I think the fact that I like Jeremy Renner allowed me to look past the Matt issue and judge the movie on its own merits. So yeah, I liked it -- enough to see twice during opening weekend, though okay, the Jeremy Renner might've had more than a little to do with that. Also, like all the Bourne movies, I just felt that I needed to see it again to get a firmer grasp on the plot. Or in this case, the "plot." The Bourne Legacy spoilers, the good and the bad. This is super long. )

Edit: You might enjoy this Other Franchises That Need Jeremy Renner slideshow from TWoP. It goes from the totally ridiculous (Jeremy as Katniss Everdeen! Jeremy takes over for Jason Segel in The Muppets!) to stuff I'd totally see (Jeremy takes over for Johnny Depp in PotC as a new swashbuckler! Jeremy and Donald Glover reboot Men in Black! Jeremy takes over as Optimus Prime's human sidekick! "The fact that he's not Shia would instantly win viewers over to his side. Furthermore, they'd actually believe his character could score a chick like Megan Fox or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.") Buuuuuuuuuurn on Shia. But totally true re: chick scoring.
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OK so, I saw The Dark Knight Rises. I was disappointed. I'm going to be like one of 10 people in the world who didn't like it, and I've made my peace with that. It was the same with Lost in Translation (*fistbumps [personal profile] adelagia*). But anyway, before I talk about the movie and the issues I had with it, let me share something non-spoilery that happened before the movie began.

The first thing I said to [profile] corianderstem when the theater lights dimmed was, "I hope we get a Bourne Legacy trailer." I was so excited when those familiar opening frames started playing. I've seen that particular trailer a hundred times online, but never in the theater, and seeing it on a huge screen was super awesome. However, it was the very last trailer, and the theater we were at likes to do this showy thing where they LOWER THE CURTAINS AGAIN before the actual feature presentation, so the final minute or so of the BL trailer was obscured by the FUCKING CURTAINS!!!!! Which then rose again to show the actual movie! Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! I was so fucking annoyed. Like anyone needs the fake anticipation of the curtains rising again for the actual movie. Totally ruined the only big-theater viewing of the BL trailer that I've seen. -.- You know, if you're going to insist on doing something like that, do it RIGHT and just STOP the projector AFTER all the trailers are DONE. Gawd. :-l x 1000000000000000000000

Spoilery The Dark Knight Rises commentary. )

After the movie, C. and I went to eat at the Ballard El Camion, which just has such yummy food. And long lines that don't let up.

On Saturday [personal profile] adelagia, [personal profile] slitherhither and I ended up having an impromptu Taiwanese cuisine day, starting with Boiling Point and ending with Henry's Taiwan. It was lovely to see B., who is so busy these days that we rarely get to see her. In between, we played Pandemic and had frozen yogurt at Peaks.

Did you know you can play Pandemic for free here? (When I told [profile] jade_okelani she was like, "Well now when are we ever going to do anything else?") It's kind of clunky and not as satisfying as actually playing with the actual pieces, but still, it totally works. The only thing is that it's a German site, so it's half in English and half in German, which makes for a somewhat confusing/frustrating experience getting started, lol. But yay that I can brush up on my (nonexistent) German? [personal profile] akscully was a very good sport and helped me figure it out, even though by the time we finished playing a couple of games with Jade it was like 4 in the morning for her. :))

Two hilariously funny things from Tumblr recently:

1) My neighbor's dog won't stop baking! ) Best response to a typo ever. Seriously, this makes me laugh so hard every time I see it. It's just so ridiculous. I think I might have to frame it and put it up somewhere in the house, because every time I encounter it, it's going to cheer me up.

2) "Scary Smash" - Kids make up a story, adults act it out. This one stars Joss Whedon. It's awesome.

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I've just learned that Robert Sheehan has been cast as Simon in City of Bones. WTF? As thrilled as I will be to see him in something again (though he should never have left Misfits, imo), he doesn't fit Simon at all!!!!!!!! If anything, he's MAGNUS. I've said from the start that he'd be my choice for Magnus, other than the fact of him not being Asian. But SIMON? What? -.-

But this is just all too fitting for a cast that has Jamie Campbell-Bower as Jace. In the books, I prefer Jace to Simon by A LOT a lot. Now it seems inevitable that I'm going to like Simon more than Jace, and it'll ruin the books/movies for me, because Clary will look like an idiot for choosing JCB over Robert. UGH.

Maybe I just won't watch the movie so that I can continue to enjoy the books. I don't WANT to call JCB to mind when I'm picturing Jace! I JUST DON'T.
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New Bourne Legacy trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



*THUD*

My mind is a sticky mess from having been blown up by all the sexy images of Jeremy Renner as a super badass saving scientist!doctor!Rachel Weisz. God I hate her. And want to be her.

Must go recover now.

Matt Damon who? Jeremy Renner is unstoppable in new 'The Bourne Legacy' trailer

New 'Bourne Legacy' Trailer: Five Key Scenes
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I am fangirling The Avengers so hard right now. I require all the Hawkeye/Romanoff fanfic you have. I know what you read was, "I would like some Hawkeye/Romanoff fanfic," but what I said was, "GIVE ME ALL THE HAWKEYE/ROMANOFF FIC YOU HAVE." (Bonus points if you can name what I'm referencing there... [personal profile] adelagia is disqualified since we just giggled about this not two days ago.) I thankfully have [personal profile] laria_gwyn on my flist because she has recced this story, which is several shades of fabulous.

I need to watch it again SOON. Maybe this weekend. It's one of those movies that won't be nearly as amazing watching on TV, so I have to enjoy it in the theater multiple times. I hope it's still playing while [profile] jade_okelani is here, because THAT IS HAPPENING.

Right after the movie ended and the credits were rolling, K. turned to me and said, "OK, WHO is this Jeremy Renner?!" :))))))))) HE IS MAGIC. HE IS EVERYTHING.

Cutting for spoilers spoilers spoilers. )

I'm sure there are a billion other things I want to say, but it's 1am, I had a very greasy late-night dinner, and I really just want to fall into bed.
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So yesterday I went and saw Cabin in the Woods. I'd heard that you should know nothing, absolutely nothing, about the plot or anything before you go in. All I knew was that it was a Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard project, which made me excited for it. I was scared of being spoiled in ANY WAY ([profile] jade_okelani saw it and she wasn't even allowed to tell me if she LIKED it or not) and tried several times to see it earlier, but was always thwarted in some way (including actually getting to the theater and told that their projector for that particular movie had broken -- wtf? When does that ever happen?!). To respect that others might be doing the same thing, I'm keeping any reaction to the movie under a cut. Majorly spoilery. )
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I finished S3 of The Wire. Major spoilers. )

In other news, I saw Titanic 3D today. I have an embarrassing confession to make. I saw that movie like 5 times when it was in the theater the first time around. I was in my 3rd year of college and I just loved it to pieces. It was my Twilight, I guess. Anyway, I've watched it a couple of times on DVD since then and felt pretty meh about it. I just figured it'd been overexposed, I knew it too well, etc. But I still felt compelled to watch it in 3D, because of the memory of what it had once meant to me.

The 3D itself was... whatever. I barely noticed, but to be honest that's how I feel about pretty much every 3D movie. What I realized while watching it, though, is that it works on the big screen the way it just doesn't on TV. And while I could still recite all the lines (yes, some of them being very bad indeed), I could feel all those emotions I felt watching it the first time come back. The music was a huge part of that. I'm convinced now that James Horner's score, which I've always loved, actually makes half the movie. Without it, the emotional resonance just wouldn't have been there. By the end, I had myself a good cry. <g> And I wasn't the only one! I doubt many people in the theater were seeing it for the first time, but there were several people sniffling. I left the theater exhausted, but in a good way. <3

Also, ROSE'S DRESSES. I want that girl's wardrobe. Every single one is gorgeous!

Thank you sooooooooooo much to [personal profile] lanai for the DVDs. They arrived yesterday and I'm so excited to watch them!
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I think I'm getting the hang of Tumblr. It's, as [personal profile] akscully says, a "superficial way to interact with fandom." I can't imagine building friendships or having meaningful conversations over there the way you can on LJ, but it's a great way to consume and share amusing things. Two GoT 'The Night Lands' examples. )

I'm such a loser that I didn't step foot outside my house all day yesterday, so I didn't even know that it had reached 70°F. !!! But I'm not going to let Seattle fool me this year, as it has every spring. There are a couple of warm days and I think, "Yay, spring is really here!" forgetting that spring does not come to Seattle until July. In ASoIaF terms, THIS IS THE TIME OF THE FALSE SPRING. It'll get us all excited then turn into winter again. -.- Mark my words.

The reason I was such a shut-in yesterday was because a) I was mainlining The Wire; and b) making delicious things to eat, like the Best Biscuits Ever and a veggie burrito that's so good, I don't even notice or care that there's no meat in it.

OK, The Wire. IT'S SO GOOD. I mean, that should come as no surprise, because every critic ever says that it's a great show, but after The Sopranos I'm a bit wary of such claims. Not that The Sopranos isn't a good show, but after watching 4+ seasons of it I didn't feel like it was the best show that's ever been on television, which is something that's commonly said. It's also said of The Wire, but while Breaking Bad still has my vote on that score, I can at least understand why people say that of The Wire. It's just so fucking real, and has heart, and tells a good damn story. It's inspirational at the same time that it successfully conveys the gray areas of life. I like the characters, even the bad ones, because I can understand where they're coming from. That is totally juxtaposed with the characters on The Sopranos, who I pretty much hated all the time. They all seemed like selfish assholes, whereas The Wire's characters are about living the life you've been given or have chosen, but it's real life and you do what you have to to survive. I guess that's supposed to be what The Sopranos is about too, but it's just different.

Slightly spoilery thoughts from S1. )

I also watched a British movie called Exam, which had a fantastic premise but didn't actually deliver on it. I had many issues while watching it (though it was entertaining enough), and even more after talking about it with [profile] jade_okelani. Premise: The film is set in present-time United Kingdom in an alternate history, where a disease called The Virus has made a large part of the population dependent on medication that must be taken every few hours to prevent falling into a coma followed by death. Most of the film takes place in a single room, where eight candidates take an exam for an important job as the Personal Assistant to the CEO of a mysterious bio-tech company that is said to work on a cure for The Virus.
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Or rather, they've remade Total Recall. This is significant to me because the original movie was a guilty pleasure of mine. And the remake looks really good/promising! Other than Jessica Biel. Not a Jessica Biel fan.

But I do like Colin Farrell (despite myself). And Bryan Cranston and John Cho are in it! I'm mostly ambivalent toward Kate Beckinsale, though she looks OK in this role (originally played by Sharon Stone). In 90% of her recent roles she just seems to play some femme fatale who looks all sultry with her mouth open. And Ethan Hawke is in it as some random dude. He's been MIA awhile.

The scene they have in the trailer where Colin's nearly arrested is totally The Matrix meets The Bourne Identity.

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I have slowly but surely been developing a huge crush on Jeremy Renner. HIS FACE. He wins at everything.

I don't think I realized that he was starring in the fourth Bourne film (I like Matt Damon and those movies). That makes me SUPER EXCITED for it. I would normally not be into any franchise movie without the original star, but... JEREMY RENNER. Plus Edward Norton is in it! And Joan Allen's back! I'm so there.

He's practically the only reason to watch Mission Impossible 4 (which was admittedly a fun action flick). And of course, he's one of the many, many reasons I'm excited about The Avengers.

Pink's video for "Trouble," which is a great song but a fairly ridiculous video, is watchable because Jeremy's in it. True story.

Also, this.



I made this lemon-scented pull-apart coffee cake today. It's pretty time consuming, as most baked goods involving yeast are, but it's delish (and makes your house smell awesome). Pictures and some baking notes. )

The other day while at Whole Foods I impulsively picked up a couple of heirloom tomatoes, even though they're not exactly in season yet and the price was outrageous (hurry up and get here, summer! I want to eat ALL YOUR TOMATOES). Today I made a simple and delicious tomato sandwich, recipe courtesy of Saveur. It's not much of a recipe, really. Just thickly slice a tomato. Butter two thin slices of toast, then spread mayo on both (yes, BOTH butter and mayo). Stack a few tomato slices inside, add a smidgen of salt and a tiny bit of sugar, then devour. It's incredible. I might've eaten two of these sandwiches. >.>

Tonight I'm going to be healthier. Making my favorite black cod dish along with a stir-fry vegetable medley. D made it for us for dinner last night, and I scarfed tons of it. Sometimes nothing is better than a heaping plate of veggies. Afterward he, K and I played a few games of Pandemic, none of which we won, lol. I couldn't really tell if D was all that into it; I know K really likes it though. Pandemic's turning into a pandemic. :))
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Every day should be like yesterday. Except for the part where I had to work in the day time. Anyway, had a blast watching The Hunger Games with [personal profile] adelagia and K, then going to Boiling Point afterward to have us some delicious stinky tofu hotpot. LIFE DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER.

So, the movie. Most people who are going to see the movie have read at least the first book, so I'm unlikely to spoil plot points, but in the interest of protecting those who don't want to know how the movie compares (and who haven't read the books), I'm cutting this. Hunger Games spoilers -- movie and books. )

Talis had his follow-up eye appointment today. The ulcer is smaller but not completely healed, so he's going to have to do the procedure. It's going to cost $750+ ughhghghgh. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH BACON THAT BUYS? And maybe the worst thing is that once that's done and he's healed somewhere down the road (soon, I hope), he's probably just going to do it to himself AGAIN because he's incapable of leaving Jaime alone.

Freaking Wisconsin and Michigan St., grrrrrrrrr. Syracuse should have been the first 1 seed to go. That would've done wonders for me. But no, the Badgers had to lose by 1 flipping point and Michigan St. totally choked (leading to me losing my first Final Four team). Both Michigan schools this year were big disappointments for my bracket, because I picked them to go much further than they did.

I have to babysit for K and D tomorrow. I'm going to bring over Pandemic and maybe when the kids are in bed, I'll play with their parents. :))

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