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January 26th, 2009


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09:32 pm - Justice and Retribution Are Nothing But Ephemeral Fantasies for the Pawns in a Game of Power
So it turns out you guys love commenting about racism. Almost as much as you like commenting about fish. If I wrote a post about a racist fish, it would get a gazillion comments. ("Are you going back to your ocean?")

There is no new Monday night TV this week, so you get a hodgepodge post instead.

If you haven't heard the sad news, Kim Manners died of lung cancer last night. Don't know who he is? You should, especially if you're an X-Files or Supernatural fan. He directed more episodes of those shows (52 and 17, respectively) than anyone else. He was talented and well-loved, and he'll be missed.

I just finished watching The 10th Kingdom, an epic TV miniseries from the year 2000 that I believe has quite the cult following. It has a very "Fractured Fairy Tales" sensibility, creating a world post-Happily Ever After, a land where Snow White and Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and so on all coexisted. Plus all your standard fairies and trolls and goblins and dwarves and magic and such. Throw in some hapless New Yorkers pulled into an epic quest by a magical dog (I'm not even kidding), and you've got yourself a good time. The cast is fairly notable, too. Kimberly Williams is the pretty, spunky heroine, and John Larroquette is her buffoon of a dad. And they're joined by Scott Cohen (Max Medina of Gilmore Girls fame) as a half-wolf trying to reform. Plus, Rutger Hauer as an evil Huntsman! The whole thing is horrendously cheesy at times, but it's also pretty clever sometimes with the ways it weaves in the various fairy tales. And it's surprisingly dirty for a Hallmark Entertainment movie; you have a troll exclaiming, "Suckin' elf!" and "He can go suck an elf!" the whole time, and a bartender makes reference to a "Long Slow Spell Up Against the Wall." It's generally a pretty fun adventure that's not as subversive as, say, Fables and that reveres the lore more than it plays with it, but any fan of fairy tales and fantasy is likely to enjoy it.

You guys, "Since U Been Gone" is kind of a great song, right? And I kind of dig "Behind These Hazel Eyes," too, mostly the chorus. And how awesome is the bridge of "Addicted"? What the hell, Kelly Clarkson. I'm not supposed to like you and your American Idol ways! Except I kind of like Chris Daughtry too. Curse you, Pandora, for giving me this secret shame! Okay, not so secret anymore. Er.

OBSERVATION: THERE ARE A LOT OF CUTE GIRLS AT TRADER JOE'S. Both behind the register and in the store. What's up with that?

You know what this post needs? What all posts need: A POLL. See, I have a ton of movies saved on my DVR that I need to watch, but I don't know what to watch first or whether I should just delete some since I'll never actually watch them (the oldest have been on there since March 2007). So vote for the movies you think I really should see so I know how to prioritize my viewing.

Poll #1338254 Help me clear out my DVR!

What movies should I watch?

The 400 Blows
1(1.2%)
The Apartment
1(1.2%)
Gosford Park
7(8.5%)
Great Expectations [Cuarón]
0(0.0%)
Howl's Moving Castle
7(8.5%)
Miller's Crossing
1(1.2%)
Millions
0(0.0%)
Monster House
0(0.0%)
Natural Born Killers
1(1.2%)
The Player
0(0.0%)
The Princess and the Warrior
1(1.2%)
A Scanner Darkly
1(1.2%)
Spellbound [Hitchcock]
0(0.0%)
Suburbia
1(1.2%)
Syriana
0(0.0%)

I also have Die Hard and Silence of the Lambs saved because I saw them a long time ago and would probably appreciate them more now.

Relatedly, here's a fun recap/review of The Princess Bride. Good goddamn, that's a fantastic movie.
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From:miniglik
Date:January 27th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
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I have a secret shame of loving Clarkson's "Addicted."

I don't love any of the movies on your list but Die Hard. Hrm. Can't vote. You should watch it just so you can see how anachronistic the movie would be if it was made now, with the walkie talkies.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
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Wait a second, I love that song too! I forgot about that one. I first heard it done by an a cappella group.
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From:punzerel
Date:January 27th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
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If I wrote a post about a racist fish, it would get a gazillion comments. ("Are you going back to your ocean?")
Heehee. Poor oppressed fishy. :(

10th Kingdom: AWESOME. We own it since my sister is unashamed of her love for it, so I have probably seen it too many times. I love Scott Cohen and the singing ring the best of all.

Poll: I ticked the only one I've seen (years ago with siblings, but I remember we enjoyed it). I am terrible at keeping up with movies, usually.

It feels weird to append it to such a happy comment, but the news about Kim Manners is indeed very sad. :(

eta: WAIT this comment totally lies, I've seen at least part of Howl's Moving Castle. I love the book far more, though.

Edited at 2009-01-27 05:55 am (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
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The singing ring would be so annoying. Shut up, ring!

I saw the book of Howl's Moving Castle last week. I didn't realize it was a book-length book. I thought it was a younger children's book with pictures and stuff.

Gosford Park is doing really well!
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From:sterope
Date:January 27th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
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Gosford Park!!! I love that movie so much. It has tons of amazing people in it, and it's one of those movies that you always notice something new each time you watch it. Kelly Clarkson is awesome! And so is Trader Joe's!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
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When I first read your comment, I thought Kelly Clarkson was in Gosford Park. That would have been weird.
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From:electricmonk
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)

I don't know, all fish kind of look the same to me

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Of those, I've only seen Great Expectations and Syriana, the latter of which I found kind of boring. Hitchock's good, pretty much always.

In unrelated news, I interviewed for Berkeley. Send them let-me-in vibes, okay? You're closer than I am, so the waves will be stronger.

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From:electricmonk
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)

Re: I don't know, all fish kind of look the same to me

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Oh, maybe I've seen Gosford Park too. My memory is for shit. Too many hard drugs, I guess.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
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Miller's Crossing is a fantastic flick.
So I've heard. The Coen Brothers are generally good stuff, after all.

Myself, I am rewatching the Veronica Mars. And it is good.
Huzzah!
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From:aprilbegins
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
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What the hell, Kelly Clarkson. I'm not supposed to like you and your American Idol ways!

Well, well.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
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I'm...getting on the horse? I DON'T SPEAK ONTD-ESE.
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From:sabra_n
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
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Ooh! Your mention of The 10th Kingdom makes me think that maybe it's not completely inconceivable for a good TV version of Fables to be made. Not with the current creative team, but, you know. In the realm of possibility somewhere out there.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
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Well, apparently, it got terrible ratings, and the potential sequels set up at the end never got made, so I'm not sure it's a particularly good example. But Fables would make a good TV show with the right creative team.
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From:latropita
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
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Hahaha, Kelly Clarkson. Awesome.

You know what movie you should for reals watch? Dog Soldiers! But most of those are pretty good. I don't know if you'll love Gosford Park, but there are some amazing bitchy one liners in there.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
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I just discovered that a certain community has Dog Soldiers and I am very excited to watch it at some point!

I've been wanting to see Gosford Park for YEARS. It's a crazy murder mystery! How could I not like it?
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From:effervescent
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
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-wanders by from FOF-

I adore The 10th Kingdom :D I own it, and recently rewatched it. It's so cheesy, and yet makes me happy, and I was pleased to see a mention of it, hehe.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
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I can definitely see how it could have a comforting, happy-making quality. It's a nice little fantasy romp. With a dog.
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From:mycenae
Date:January 27th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
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Aw, I love the 10th Kingdom! I watched it when it first aired and everything. It's real cute and silly.

Trader Joe's clientele tends to skew younger and "trendier" than a regular grocery store, so I guess it makes sense it has more cute girls in it.

Gosford Park is a fun/serious classic manor mystery. Plus Clive Owen! Admittedly, that's probably not a huge selling point for you.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
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Trader Joe's clientele tends to skew younger and "trendier" than a regular grocery store, so I guess it makes sense it has more cute girls in it.
Yeah, it does make sense. It still surprises me every time. Compared to Safeway, the clientele is very different. It makes me feel sort of elitist.
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From:ladydisdain225
Date:January 27th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
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Watch Howl's Moving Castle and let me know if it's worth checking out. I love Diana Wynne Jones, and have read the book any number of times but I have no idea how sucessfully it was adapted.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Well, it has received the most votes so far, so it appears people like it a lot! It's Miyazaki, after all.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
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What's so amazing about it? I don't think I've seen any of the French New Wave before.
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From:holly96
Date:January 27th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
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You guys, "Since U Been Gone" is kind of a great song, right?
I think "Since U Been Gone" is like the perfect pop song. When that song first came out, I could put it on repeat and listen to it for an hour straight, I like it that much. I've moved on a bit since then, but it's still a dang good song and I will listen and sing along anytime it pops up on the radio or on my iPod. I also have a live VH1 version that's pretty awesome. And I'm with you on "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Addicted," too. In fact, that entire album is pretty much the best thing ever. Even my brother (the one you met) likes it. So don't be ashamed, my friend. You are not alone.

Of the movies on your list, I've only seen Howl's Moving Castle and Disturbia. I liked Disturbia a lot. I saw Howl's Moving Castle with a bunch of people who had read the book and I haven't, and I'm very inexperienced in that genre, so the whole thing was somewhat baffling to me. But you might enjoy it.

P.S. I kind of like Chris Daughtry, too, though for some reason it's a lot less cool to like Daughtry than to like Kelly Clarkson, so just pretend I didn't say anything.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I've only seen Howl's Moving Castle and Disturbia. I liked Disturbia a lot.
Suburbia, not Disturbia.

I think it's really amusing that American Idol losers are so much more popular and successful than the winners. Kelly Clarkson being the one exception, I think.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I considered doing it from oldest to newest, but I figured this would be less chaotic.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Trader Joe's: Come for the food, stay for the hotties.

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