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artsygold

Star Trek

I know most of you have already seen it. This is not a review, just a couple points I would like to make to those who have not seen the movie yet.

(Comments are free ground for spoilery discussion, so the text of the post will not be cut.)

--I went in without much expectation, hoping for an enjoyable ride and very nervous about the young cast and the idea of "rebooting" my first fandom. O_o I certainly got that ride, and more: I came out with my heart back in the place that made me love Trek so many years ago. Not nostalgia (though there is some of that), but a return.

--The cast was better than I expected, and even the ones I had high hopes for (such as Zachary Quinto) performed even better than I had dared to hope.

--To the knowledgeable fans/purists: this is your film. I'm a trivia-happy fan myself, and I feel like this was made exactly for me. 1/3 of the way through the film, you'll be cursing me for telling you this, but keep watching. They made this for you. :)
ron, worse days

I really need an new HP icon, honestly...

So, I had a weird day yesterday. Went to work--went home an hour later with a migraine headache. A bad one. Fortunately, it only lasted about four hours total (most of which I spent sleeping it off), and since I was already out on a sick day, I took the rest of the afternoon and mostly finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Still my favorite of the books, I think.

It's weird how much attention I find myself paying to Snape in this re-read (the first complete re-read I've done since Half-Blood Prince came out). Trying to see if his behavior fits "Voldemort's man" or "Dumbledore's man" better. Not that I actually believe he's anything but Dumbledore's, through and through.

I was feeling fine by evening, just in time to don my homemade Ravenclaw scarf (blue and bronze!) and head off to a showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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More later, possibly.


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artsygold

Finding Neverland

I have just seen one of the best films of the year.

I am not just saying this because I am a fan of Johnny Depp, or because I adore J.M. Barrie's play "Peter Pan." Finding Neverland is beautiful, real, and deeply moving. The acting is splendid--particularly Depp as young-at-heart playwright Barrie, Kate Winslet as the mother of four boys whose antics inspired the well-loved play, and the children themselves. The story is a graceful and heartwrenching mix of reality and the world that all writers (especially those who never quite grew up) live in, the world where believing is seeing, instead of the other way around.

It's been quite a long time since a movie left me speechless in my seat, not caring that the other members of the audience could see tears on my face, and not able to move or break the spell until the credits had finished rolling.

To anyone who ever loved the play, or who is a writer, or who has felt the tension between what "is" and what we long to believe in: Go. See this film. As soon as it opens in your area, or even if you have to wait till it hits DVD; just don't miss it.