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September 11th, 2010


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11:49 pm - A Concert/A Book/Then Movie
Last Saturday, I saw Green Day at Shoreline, and it was an amazingly awesome show. Bigger and better than when I saw them last year! Especially since this time I actually knew the songs from 21st Century Breakdown. Billie Joe does still love asking the audience to repeat, "Heeeeeey-ooooooooh," thirty thousand times, but he varied the call-and-response a few times near the end. They did do a little classic-rock medley in the middle of "Shout," but they also did a longer one on its own, playing bits of "Iron Man" and "Highway to Hell" and "Sweet Child o' Mine," as if to pay homage to all their influences and heroes. "King for a Day" included even more ridiculous costume changes this time.

The most noticeable difference—besides the set design, with an ever-changing cityscape of lights, and the pyrotechnics—was the increased audience participation. Billie Joe was pulling people up onstage all damn night, and—whereas last year, the only person he pulled up was a hot redhead—he did not just pull up a bunch of hot chicks. He pulled up some dude who hugged him with such joy before jumping off the stage. During "East Jesus Nowhere," he pulled up an old lady to bless him. They sprayed the audience with water, and then shot rolls of toilet paper into the crowd. And then T-shirts. At one point, he asked everyone to come up onstage, so...they did. There were like two dozen people on the stage, crowding around Billie Joe and Mike and Tre, and they didn't look bothered or annoyed at all. Thankfully, everyone was pretty respectful. During "Shout," Billie Joe went around playing everyone's instrument as the costumed characters did the "I want you to know" bit, and then he asked an audience member to come up and sing it, and she was great, even jumping at the right time for the fireworks to go off. He brought some girl up to sing a chorus with him. And he took a long time to choose the special person who would sing "Longview," and she did, and she had the time of her life, and then she stage-dove, and Billie Joe told her to get back up because he wasn't finished with her, and then he gave her a guitar.

The whole show was filled with so much love, especially since they were back home, after all. There were many references to the Bay Area, and they played a surprising amount of old material. They played half of Dookie, including non-singles like "Burnout" and—possibly by request—"Coming Clean," but not "Welcome to Paradise," sadly. They even played "Paper Lanterns"! And "2000 Light Years Away." They played less of 21st Century Breakdown than I expected (but then again, last time, they played the whole thing), but they did do a lovely rendition of "Last Night on Earth" that began acoustically.

They played for two-and-a-half goddamn hours, and then they still gave us a half-hour encore, and the energy never let up. I couldn't believe we got a show like that for only twenty bucks.



Last night, I finished An Artificial Night, the third Toby Daye novel by Seanan McGuire (seanan_mcguire), winner of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Whereas the first book was a Chandleresque noir and the second was a locked-room sci-fi mystery, this book is a fantasy thriller. I continue to marvel at how different each book is, tonally and structurally.

By now, Toby's world is fairly well established, and we have a cast of recurring characters that can both get into trouble and help Toby out of trouble. This adventure sees Toby trying to track down a slew of kidnapped children, but, unlike the first two books, this one isn't a mystery. It's established pretty early on that the culprit is Blind Michael, who has apparently been mentioned before but I never caught it. It turns out the boogeyman is real, and Toby has to venture into his realm to recover the kids and punch him in the face and stuff. The problem is there are a shit-ton of rules involved. Because that is how Faerie rolls, after all. Toby has to rely on her wits, at least when she's not being knocked out or poisoned, which happens frequently because Blind Michael has hunters at his disposal: the middle of the book is pretty much a long chase scene, and it's very exciting. ("Oh shit, it's the Hunters!" I would exclaim out loud frequently.)

The book takes some unexpected turns, and it leads to a totally badass climax. Toby begins the book wishing she didn't have to be the hero, but someone has to be. And we're right there with her as she figures it out, grumbling all the way. Have some more coffee, Toby. You've got a lot more heroic adventures ahead of you.



Today, I took Seanan to see Resident Evil: Afterlife to celebrate her Campbell Award. We saw it in 2-D, but, boy, did they ever shoot that movie in 3-D, because shit is flying at the screen all the damn time. It was rather distracting how obviously they were catering to the 3-D crowd.

My Resident Evil marathon in July resulted in my determining the franchise to be at a solid B+, which meant that this movie had to rate a B+ somehow. I'd agree with Seanan that it's better than the third but not as good as the second (or first, which I really liked). It's good entertainment, for sure, and even though there's a heavy overuse of slow-motion and bullet-time (without actually using the spinny camera, just the whizzy bullet effects), each movie has at least one moment where Milla Jovovich engages in some sort of amazing badassery that brings it up to a B+, and this one is no exception. Although it is surprisingly low on really good setpieces, and the zombie-killing seems kind of rote at points, lacking the tension and horror of the first two movies. Also, for some reason, there is absolutely no threat of infection in this movie, which is sort of annoying for a zombie movie.

Regardless, Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter look hot while shooting guns, so I was pleased. I also really enjoy how franchise-y these movies are, with every movie setting up the next one, as if there's never any doubt that this series will continue on and on until Alice is shooting zombies from her rocket-powered wheelchair.
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From:the_narration
Date:September 12th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, by the way.
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From:girltype
Date:September 12th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I was going to go to the Shoreline show but didn't want to sit in lawn. Just the fact that they played 'give me novacaine' (did they play it in full or just a teaser?) made me wish i went. i've been to other 112+ GD shows and have only heard that song played in full, TWICE.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 12th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
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They played the whole thing, just like they did at the show last year. The lawn wasn't too bad since we could see them on the big screen, but I did kind of wish we were down there in the seats so we could really see all the mayhem onstage.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
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As long as you put a spoiler warning in your subject line, go ahead! I'd love to discuss.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Spoilers for An Artificial Night (and A Local Habitation and Rosemary & Rue)

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And I did wonder when she was saying who she was there to rescue, what about Katie? Poor Katie, and poor Quentin!
Yeah, I noticed that too!

I did not see the Luna thing coming, although I suppose it was hinted that it was weird that a Kitsune was quite so beloved by roses.
Yeah, that was a big surprise. Very interesting.

And AAN seemed to imply that the bloodline thing explained Rayseline.
Well, she's Blind Michael's granddaughter. Crazy skips a generation!

What I thought was weird was that AAN did not call back to Luna and Rayseline being missing for part of the time Toby was a fish and that Raysel Came Back Wrong, just Raysel being Wrong and that Toby had been missing. In the other books, you are meant to wonder, what happened to Luna and Raysel when they were gone to make Raysel Wrong?
Oh! You're right, I'd forgotten about that. Hrm.

I don't know what Blind Michael's land would have to do with Simon Torquill, but it was something about Raysel that made me wonder if her insanity was from spending time with Blind Michael instead of just sharing a bloodline.
Ooh, that's a possibility.

So I do love that a weak-blooded changeling took out a Firstborn.
While covered in blood, no less.

And I was trying to think what could be the lie, because I think it might be something about who Toby is, and I think Tybalt was trying to find Amandine to find something out about Toby. But that's just my wild speculation.
Oooh. Yeah, I have no idea what lie he was talking about! But sooner or later, Amandine is going to play a big role in the story. Blind Michael seemed to know more about her than Toby, too.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
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The bad guy in RE:A TOTALLY went to the Agent Smith School of Acting.
Seriously! He was terrible. Look, sir, you are not Hugo Weaving, and you have no REASON to act like Agent Smith. YOU ARE NOT A COMPUTER PROGRAM.

Also: "It's a trap!" --> let's walk right into it!
OMG SERIOUSLY.

Happy Birthday!
Thank you! I had a great time.
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From:maka2000
Date:September 13th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
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At one point, he asked everyone to come up onstage, so...they did. There were like two dozen people on the stage, crowding around Billie Joe and Mike and Tre, and they didn't look bothered or annoyed at all. Thankfully, everyone was pretty respectful.
That's lucky actually! I went to an Iggy and the Stooges concert once where he asked everyone to come up, and probably 200 people rushed the stage. They were hanging off the edges, falling down the stairs, I was afraid the stage was going to buckle! Until finally he was like, "OK, I think it's getting weird. Maybe you guys should go..." Which they did, quite happily, at least.

Today, I took Seanan to see Resident Evil: Afterlife to celebrate her Campbell Award. We saw it in 2-D, but, boy, did they ever shoot that movie in 3-D, because shit is flying at the screen all the damn time. It was rather distracting how obviously they were catering to the 3-D crowd.
Yay! I loved those movies, and I plan on seeing it in 3D. Zombies + 3D? Excellent.

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