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The Great Meme 2: Movies of 2012

...wherein I attempt to watch new movies this year and see how far I get.

Definitely less intense than the television meme, and I've got a better structure for this one, even, because listing by the day I saw it is pointless.

For the sake of argument, TV movies count (otherwise I would be shelling out ridiculous amounts of money), miniseries do not, and I'm thinking about letting film adaptation of plays count, because they're long enough and also because of the Tennant/Tate Much Ado About Nothing. (Tennant's Hamlet was on stage but filmed as a legitimate movie so hey).

Also, it's my meme and I'm allowed to make the rules.


* movie that was/will be released in 2012
italics movies I plan to see this year

Cut for movies I've finally watched (January through May)Collapse )

June (2)
National Theatre Live - Frankenstein (both versions)
The Muppets

July (8)
Amelia (2009)
Sleeping Beauty (2011) - weirdest shit ever
The Deep Blue Sea
The Decoy Bride - bawwwww, adorable
Mary and Max
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
I Love You Philip Morris

August (5)
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Making War Horse
The Dark Knight Rises

Uhhhh September - December wow you guys I really failed at keeping this updated:

Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit
Les Miserables
Wreck-It Ralph

cut for movies I want to see this year (17)Collapse )

I'M MORE THAN OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS FOR MOVIES GUYS. Or play along with your own LJ and I'll come check it out! Movie watch-alongs are especially fun so if you feel you have the need to be the first person ever I watch a specific movie with, let me know.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Fucking scary shit man. My little 12 year old sister was like HEY LOOK LOL THIS REACTION VIDEO ON THE GAME and showed me something on Youtube that made me laugh. And then I realized I actually bought that game ages ago and never played it (Humble Indie Bundle V). So I downloaded it and we started to play and I went from "omg gorgeous graphics, lovely interactive areas and dark spooky setting" to OHGODOHGOD I'M GONNA DIE GTFO OUT OF HERE NOW NOW NOW.

We played in the dark, at night, sound pumped up, fullscreened it... yeahno. Wandered around for a while until things got freaky, then pulled out a walkthrough and had her read out things to me whenever I'd get lost or desperately needed some supplies for light. We played for 90 minutes or so and the last part I was at, I had to hide in a wardrobe thing because there was a really scary fucking noise and everything went all scaryvision and I apparently had to go hide so I wouldn't, yanno, die. Did I mention there's like... invisible monster in this game? fffffff. And it's a first-person perspective so you have to turn and move and coordinate it to be able to get places and it's just you and the environment and freaky scary and you can't see what's behind you.

Apparently it just gets more disturbing and paranoia-inducing the farther in you go so I'm not really sure I can continue the game without doing some mental damage to myself omg. I didn't even last two hours and I'm mildly paranoid right now. As it is, I'm getting a nice iMac desktop to replace my terrible laptop in about 1 1/2 weeks so I'd have to re-download it and start all over on that if I want to really be able to play it (though my laptop handled it okay after I changed some settings but still).

Anyone else have any horror stories from this game?

Books meme!

I love how I get back from Disney and post a meme instead. Disney is coming, I swear! Just have to get those pics uploaded...

(Snagged from kasiopeia)

I'll do what she did, and cross off what I read and italicize what I plan to read. Eventually. :P


The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - I own it!
The Bible - Council of Nicea - Most of it, to be fair.
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - I own this too.
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - This has been on my shelf for like five years.
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch - George Eliot
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

Emma - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Dune - Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - I've read that one many times. <3
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - the movie was strange enough for me.
Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
Ulysses - James Joyce
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Germinal - Emile Zola
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession - AS Byatt
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web - EB White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - what does this even mean, all of them? I've read basically all of them up to The Final Problem, so...
The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - I've read it in both French and English! Adorable story. <3
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Watership Down - Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 24

Though if you want to be fair, Lord of the Rings (3), His Dark Materials (3) Chronicles of Narnia (7), and Sherlock Holmes (??) are a whooole bunch of books, not just three. So that'd be like adding on 13+ books to my total. :P


I have to go to sleep now because jury duty in the morning but this will remind me to flail about how good Thor was afterwards. Because I only now just saw it because I FAIL AT MOVIEWATCHING ON TIME.

Also what even, Kenneth Branagh directed it. SO HAPPY TO KNOW THIS.


Feel free to comment in comments about how epic it was kthx, I'll spoilercut my post though.

Originally posted by ever_neutral at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by nvrbnkisst at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by eilowyn at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by eurydice72 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
I'm currently sitting at San Antonio airport with hours to kill before my flight home. Had a fantastic weekend (didn't win, but doesn't matter when I had so much fun), and will return home fresh and relaxed. I saw this on my flist, though, and have to keep it going because, well, pissed doesn't even begin to describe it.

Originally posted by marguerite_26 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
I'm seeing variations of this all over my flist and damn, it does not look good. I'm not sure what will be happening in Canada, but I wouldn't be surprised if we soon follow the US lead.

(this is an edited version of lk737's post here)

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

For the record, I'm far more worried about the constant surveillance and the record being kept of everywhere I go online than I am about getting caught taking copy written stuff.

This is really creeping me out in terms of I'M BEING WATCHED EVERYWHERE. Big Brother, much?
... I have no problem blaming Tumblr for this. It's very addicting and there's immediate self-gratifying and all things going on and pictures and gifs everywhere. Which is kind of why I couldn't stand it in the first place. I appreciate having legit conversations which I still find impossible to do on Tumblr.

Secondly, I blame the most terrible computer in the world, my laptop. It's barely running, so slow and freezes all the time, but when I took it to get looked at they said it was still virus-free. So I've got to do something about that.

Also classes have been demanding lately and I've been dealing with some pretty rough stuff on top of the usual load of life/family/drama/work/school. Also next week I'm going to be in a very good friend's wedding. :D

1. I'M 20 NOW. WOOO. My birthday was March 5, this past Monday. Not a teen anymore. I feel old though I'm told I shouldn't be, and I'm really not old. The day itself was mostly completely uneventful and boring and depressing (two years in a row I haven't been sung Happy Birthday by family or got to blow out candles or have it recognized in general) but today made me feel less crappy which I will explain further down. Also, Fran Kranz tweeted me for my birthday which made it much better.

2. Still dealing with the loss of Striker, my 12-year old sister's pet cat who was dear to me. He passed away on March 1 which just sort of set the emotional tone for my whole weekend and I'm going to make a separate post for him with adorable pictures.

3. Spent today as my 'birthday' day. Initially supposed to be the day my mom went on a roadtrip but she decided to let me come, combined with awesome things like Edgar Allen Poe museum and possibly see a play or something that night. The car decided to act up and my mom wasn't feeling well, so trip was cancelled the night before. Today I got up at 7:30am and worked out what to do. I had early lunch and watched what is possibly my current fave feel-good movie, Love Actually, with my mother (she ended up enjoying it a lot, thank you Colin Firth and Liam Neeson), then going and getting my fave coffee milkshake in the afternoon and later having dinner.

4. Was going to go to a dance class thing after dinner but found out last-minute (aka as I was eating) about the the local awesome theater next door doing a one-night showing of the restored silent French film "Le voyage dans la lune". From 1902. In color. Loved it. Included a fascinating documentary on George Méliès' life and his films and bits of his other great films and the seemingly impossible 11-year process of restoring this one. Hooooly cow it was fantastic to behold.

Was totally geeking out the whole time. The great set design, costumes, and effects (this guy is a great magician, omg) plus the overall fantastic theatrical quality of it just made it all the better. Also I should mention, it's the first science-fiction film ever. And Méliès invented the now-classic film 'stop trick' on accident. You know, where something magically happens because you stop the camera and move things and start it again. I've even used it in my filmmaking before. We owe this guy a lot. Now I'm going to spazz out when I finally watch Hugo.

5. Theatre! Trying to score student tickets for the opera The Mikado tomorrow night. The play Doubt is this weekend. Wicked is in town this month but really freaking expensive. The Fantasticks is the end of this month. Screwtape Letters is next month. Excited about my friend in Cabaret in May. Spring Awakening will be a few hours away in July/August. Dinner murder mystery theater production of Clue is in July. Haaave I missed anything? I WANT TO SEE ALL THE THINGS. Plus some stuff in NYC. :D Alan Rickman leaves the cast of Seminar on April 8. The brilliant minds behind [title of show] have another show now. Omg want to see. War Horse is still on Broadway. <3 I've heard good things about Carrie, too.

6. Last year I did a television meme. That goal wasn't reached, but it was pretty darn close and rather difficult to accomplish (500 new TV eps in 365 days? Yeaaah no.) but this year is much more realistic and enjoyable. Just going to track what new movies I watch, in order sorted by month. Gives me a reason to see all the things I've been putting off for years, even if all the movies coming out this year alone are gonna make me broke if I see them all in theaters.

So far, I'm doing really well with a count of 6 by the first full week in March, considering I only had 9 for all of February. If there's anything you think I should see, tell me! Also, I'm all for reccing if you're curious about something I've seen.

Feb. 1st, 2012

Finally got through all of the movie Juno today. I remember I had zero interest in it when it came out, but it was interesting and quirky and I liked it well enough.

So that rounds it out to.. three new movies in January.

I'm trying to aim for seeing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy tomorrow night after work though. *crosses fingers*
...damn, I'm really hoping they have student discount. $10 for a ticket? (and I'm paying for my mom too so that's $20 there - if the bus ran late I'd just have her pick me up but no, plus she wants to see it but doesn't have money to spend on ticket - and I suppose she's paying for gas to get there and maybe a snack too? BUT IT'S THE ONLY PLACE IN THE AREA PLAYING IT STILL. UUUGH.
At least I can be all "I'm suddenly working two extra hours tomorrow so that's like - dammit minimum wage - $14.50." If I was at my old job I'd have $16, which.. man.

It's going out of theatres in the area really fast. I really want to see it. This is driving me crazy.


Hey guys, what's up.

Disappeared off the face of the planet this weekend. So here's a super condensed list of what I've been up to lately. I kept out the boring stuff like homework and sleeping (although there wasn't much of that at all) because who wants to hear about that.

  • Found out that my high school finally printed my thesis (from two years ago) up in a little booklet. Holyshit guys, I'm ecstatic about it.

  • Had a series two Sherlock marathon with a friend who hadn't seen it yet. We were up all night about it. I had gifs and things ready to help with emotionally re-balancing ourselves. xD

  • Went dress shopping for bridesmaid dresses with my friend who will be getting married a week after my birthday. So about seven weeks away. Found a gorgeous dress I'll be wearing that she was happy with. :)

  • Finally crashed and got some sleep after being awake for 40 of 50 hours straight.

  • One of the colleges I've had my eye on to transfer to for theatre accepts ASL as a language credit. Guess what I'll be taking for my language, then. :D

  • Finished reading Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and then read the second book in the series today. (Yay for my Nook) The movie is one of my favorite summer 'girl' movies and just adorable. The books are excellent for light reading.

  • Finished re-reading Inkheart and am a fraction of the way into my re-read of Inkspell.

  • Kept realizing all weekend how much easier my life would be if I had a car available to me.

  • Got my first paycheck from the new job. Smaller than I expected but I had to pay for my work shoes from it. I haven't been getting a whole lot of hours lately but at least it's something. And I hear they want to train me on registers next, now that I can basically make every sandwich there.

  • Decided I want to do these shenanigans on my college campus, although I think if I get enough people involved I may actually expand my plan to beyond "because it seems fun". Note: need to get a partner-in-shenaniganry.

  • Realized that I've wanted to learn how to play the ukelele for heaven knows how long, and they're pretty cheap/lightweight instruments and the basics aren't complicated and they sound pretty. So I think I'll do that.

I have a feeling I'll be able to do this without too much of a problem, with all the new stuff I'm watching/catching up on lately, so why not. Just have to remember to update. xD Not gonna count repeats. (Stolen from harbek  .)

Without further ado...Collapse )


Totally taken from Tumblr here.

Could Be Anything, Therefore Nothing.: How to Care for Your Sherlock Fan as Reichenbach Draws Nigh

1. DON’T be the first to mention “The Reichenbach Fall.” After reading this post, you may be tempted to gauge your fan’s sanity. “How are you feeling about Sunday?” you may be tempted to ask. But your fan is still on a “The Hounds of Baskerville” high, soaring through life on cheekbones and maybe!Mystrade and I-don’t-have-friends-I-only-have-one. The denial will end soon enough.

2. DO offer to watch “The Reichenbach Fall” with your fan. No one should have to go through that trauma alone. Don’t be offended if your fan refuses the offer, though. No one should have to sob like a baby in public.

3. DON’T check up on your fan too early after the episode. Your fan will, as mentioned before, be crying like a baby. Allow a decent interval of mourning. It’s only appropriate. Use the time to read reviews of the episode so you know whether to be prepared for the worst.

4. DO check up on your fan at some point after the episode. Call on Monday. Call on Tuesday. Go to their house on Wednesday and drag them bodily into the sunshine. Do whatever is necessary to ensure their well-being because they will probably forget.

5. DON’T tell your fan “It’s only a TV show.” You are attempting to offer comfort. Instead your fan will shout “You’re right! It will never be reality - REALITY IS WORTHLESS” and shut themselves in their room with ice cream, internet and a stack of DVDs and never leave.

Guys, this is legit printed out and tacked onto my bedroom door already. I plan on sending a few to friends and friend-fans too. It's hilar but OH-SO-TRUUUUE WHYYYY


*claims a corner to sob in*
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