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19 October 2007 @ 09:25 am
 
70 or so pages to go, which means I'm not going to get it copied and in the mail before grabbing a cuppa with sammywol. I'll take just getting it out today, though. I've got to figure out how to send something UPS or FedEx. There's no such thing (so far as I can tell) like a Kinko's here where you can copy and send it all at the same place. Oh well. It'll go out today one way or another, and production can wait the few days it takes to get it there. :P

irishkate came over for dinner last night and we then all went to see a sneak preview of Stardust, which I liked so much I would have turned around and gone in again if they'd been playing it a second time. The audience was full of appropriate gasps and "aww!"s and "oooh!"s and there was a teeny scattering of applause at the end, which Kate said was very Irish: they don't, apparently, applaud after films, thinking that's very gauche and American, but sometimes they really want to! and don't know what to do in those cases. :)

Anyway, I see why it keeps getting compared to The Princess Bride, although it's not at all Princess-Bride-like except in that it's a fairy tale and funny. It's far, far *far* more fantastical than Princess Bride, but it's got that same kind of blithe joy to it. Really it's much *more* like Legend (except good) or Willow, and I don't know why they didn't just market it as a fairy tale. But marketing problems aside, it was absolutely wonderful and I will go see it again. Yay!

Ted, who does not have deep emotional attachment to the books, has announced his intention of seeing The Dark Is Rising. He looked very surprised and sort of vaguely disappointed when I said I'd go see it only if somebody paid me enough money, and said, "I guess I'm going alone, then," and then when I said, "Well, if you're going maybe I should," he said, "If you go then I don't want to hear one word about how they screwed it up!" and I'm like, then why'd you look disappointed when I said I wasn't going?! o.o!

After the movie we watched the next two episodes of Smallville, and all I can say is "Justice" = SQUEEEEEE!

This afternoon after I've put the book in the mail I must arrange plane tickets to Alaska and do something about various lodgings in the States. And clean the bathroom. And read a book.
 
 
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desperancedesperance on October 19th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
we then all went to see a sneak preview of Stardust, which I liked so much I would have turned around and gone in again if they'd been playing it a second time. The audience was full of appropriate gasps and "aww!"s and "oooh!"s and there was a teeny scattering of applause at the end, which Kate said was very Irish: they don't, apparently, applaud after films, thinking that's very gauche and American, but sometimes they really want to! and don't know what to do in those cases. :)

I don't think anyone in England even thinks about applauding a movie any more. Any more than they'd stand up if you played the national anthem in the cinema. (Which they used to do, when I was a little kid: cinemas, theatres, any place of public performance. And yup, everyone stood up.)

I too saw Stardust, and I too liked it very much. Except I've come away with this one (slightly-spoilery) issue: why in the world did Ditchwater Sal turn him into a rodent? He pays her for transport; she turns him into a rodent and puts him in a cage; she takes him where he wanted to go and turns him back again. What was the point, exactly? (I mean, it's an opportunity for the girl to open her heart and it demonstrates the flower-power, yes yes, but those are authorial reasons. What was the character's reason? It's utterly meaningless, as far as I can see...)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 19th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Applauding a movie? It does seem rather daft, doesn't it? Applauding someone who can hear you, yes. Applauding a radio, or TV, or film projector, no. Applauding an inanimate object? It doesn't make sense to me.

A film premiere warrants applause, because the originators of the work will be there, and in such cases I do applaud. But toherwise, no.

(Weeping, laughing or gasping at the content of a film is a whole different argument, so it is.)
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The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 19th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
You can tell Ted that we intend to see The Dark Is Rising.

(We're a little behind - just go to see Run, Fatboy, Run this week, while everyone else was in for Ratatouille.)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 25th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
OK, we saw it.

We were not impressed.
xnamkradxnamkrad on October 19th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Last times I remember people applauding at movies (other than special events when guests/actors where there) were Towering Inferno (when the fireman fell off the external lift into the airbag), Airport 1977 (several times) and a standing ovation at the end of Freddy Vs Jason (no idea why)
kit: whutmizkit on October 19th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
My *favorite* case of people applauding at movies was when the trailer for Star Trek VI was first shown. The trailer cut to Sulu saying, "This is Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior," and the *entire theatre* erupted in cheers and shouting and applause. It was awesome beyond belief.
cearabredecearabrede on October 19th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
This clapping for movies thing -- I don't get it, and I'm American. It perplexes me that it's considered American, more than anything, because I have never ever seen it done, or even heard about it actually happening, beyond say, a Harry Potter movie, but they're all fanpeople and it's expected. Go figure.

And I saw Stardust a couple months ago (? a while anyway) and I remember thinking Sal had a reason, but darned if I remember what it wa--- wait, doesn't she do it because she sees the flower charmy thing his father had gotten from his mother, and recognizes it and tricks him out of it and then turns him into a furry to be like, ha, see this is why you had that thing, it ain't just a purty flower, you stoopid boy. No? Am I making this up?
desperancedesperance on October 19th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
doesn't she do it because she sees the flower charmy thing his father had gotten from his mother, and recognizes it and tricks him out of it and then turns him into a furry to be like, ha, see this is why you had that thing, it ain't just a purty flower, you stoopid boy. No? Am I making this up?

You're not making it up at all, but that's just a variation on 'because I can', doubled and redoubled by 'here's a handy way to explain to the audience what the value of that flower is, so that they'll understand when it protects you later', which is why I gnash my teeth. 'Because I can' is just never good enough.
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Dreamshadowmorgie on October 19th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
Totally unrelated to this....
.... but I have to squeal.

Heart of Stone is already on the shelf, and I'm gonna go get me some today (given I was broke yesterday ;)
kit: negotiatormizkit on October 19th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Re: Totally unrelated to this....
YAY! First sighting! HOORAY!
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Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on October 19th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
Good luck with the book, and what's the episode with Flash, Supes, Arrow, Cyborg, and Aquaman striding out of the explosion?

(Answer, later: Justice)
dqg_nealdqg_neal on October 19th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
When I saw Stardust I wanted to fill in a little line: "murdered by pirates is good."


I saw Dark is Rising last week... even with my own vague memories of the book, I can't see that it is even vaguely like it. Not a truly bad fantasy movie on its own... but I don't think the screen writer understood:
the plot; mythology; or how The Hero's Journey is supposed to be played out.
kitmizkit on October 19th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
When I saw Stardust I wanted to fill in a little line: "murdered by pirates is good."

Actually, yes, I was genuinely expecting that line. :)
omegaromegar on October 19th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
After the movie we watched the next two episodes of Smallville, and all I can say is "Justice" = SQUEEEEEE!

Isn't it. Everything from the Watchtower through to the line "it will involve Justice"

Sure it wouldn't make sense if the Justice league didn't exist as a comic series(and everything else) but why not make use of the universe you have and make jokes for your fans.

By the way i am really Enjoying Heart of Stone.
kit: supermanmizkit on October 19th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Squeeeeee! :) Yes. In jokes are good. :) :) :)

YAY glad you're enjoying it! :)
sammywolsammywol on October 19th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
You kept very quiet about Stardust today. Just think about all of that wasted spoilering time damnit!

I am rather of your mind about The Dark is Rising - Will seems to have an American accent and I am already bristling. However if Ted wants company I will tag along and keep quiet (except for possible head clutching and strangled moans) because I REALLY want to go see a movie before next year.

Goes back to trying to persuade Mum to babysit so can go see Stardust with my honey and not in shifts.
kitmizkit on October 19th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
They made Will an American military (?) kid, in order to "enhance his sense of displacement". I could *almost* bear that. I can understand introducing a love interest, because, well, it's a movie and Jane's not in this one. But it's the super strength, super speed, and fireball-throwing abilities that make me go AAAAAAAAAGH!

AAAAAAAAAGH!
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Flitterbyflit on October 21st, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
"like Legend (except good)" makes me laugh and laugh!

I agree on the Dark is Rising -- I actually saw the trailer and it took me a really really long time to identify the movie from it and then I was horrified! That sound you hear is the sound of my childhood screaming.