mayoraasei: (Geek)
It's rare that I watch a movie after which I end up agreeing with probably every review I've come across, both positive and negative.

It's been probably 10 years since I read the book (feel tremendously old at the thought). I remember liking no one in it, except maybe the narrator Nick, but oddly enough I enjoyed the book. In a way the course of the tragedy ran a bit like The Chocolate War: shit may hit the fan but it never falls on the rich and powerful. I remember disliking Daisy a lot, I remember her mostly for her superficiality and weakness that went unpunished. Gatsby was a genius and a fool, and a hopeless romantic who fell in love with a dream that wasn't worth the effort.

The movie made Daisy a lot more easier to sympathise with, or perhaps I hadn't bothered to read the nuances properly. I never thought that Daisy had any real feelings for Gatsby, attracted simply to his huge estate, the endless parties, the "beautiful shirts" and so on, the love of being loved. Hence, when beckoned to leave the security of her life, she hesitated and chose instead to break Gatsby's dream. The movie suggests more, that she perhaps did have some sort of love for Gatsby, that the five years had mattered...though that might just be Nick's wishful thinking.

Nick is a little too...unjaded in this movie, if that were possible. That said, I much prefer Tobey Maguire here than as Peter Parker. LOL.

A lot of people really enjoyed Dicaprio's portrayal, but something was off for me. To begin with, his accent was jarring, an uncomfortable mix of almost-British but mostly-American, yet not in that vintage way in yon days of ole. Then...perhaps I'm remembering my Gatsby wrong, but as talented as Leo is, I wasn't convinced. I wasn't convinced that Nick could be convinced, that the jaded man could look back on this version of Gatsby and say with heartfelt sincerity that he was the most hopeful man he was ever likely to meet. This is because despite that purest, dearest of dreams, Gatsby was a man with faults, yet the movie had opened with the lines - and hence challenged us to accept - that he was the only one in the story above reproach. The movie, and Leo, really wasn't able to redeem Gatsby from the lies and the falsehood and what seems like the overarching vanity of his actions by giving the audience the conviction of his vast imagination and the vitality of his dreams.

Then there are the complaints of Luhrmann's directorial style, and boy are there many, and many I agree with. There is a lot of glitz and glamour and head-spinning shots, but it doesn't give you much breathing space to appreciate the depth of the emotion. This matches the superficiality of the age he's trying to project and perhaps of the story as well, but sometimes it's hard to be convinced it was intentional. It is as gimmicky as Joe Wright's Anna Karenina and I say that without compliment. Gatsby's first appearance was made into a dramatic revelation resplendent with fireworks set to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The last time I heard that song was in a ridiculously joyous rendition by the S Orchestra in Nodame Cantabile, and I just could not take that scene seriously. The reunion between Daisy and Gatsby was hilarious and sweet but so tonally different from the rest of the movie that it seemed to have dropped in from a chick-flick.

The style is show and tell, and by that there is a lot of show and a wholly unnecessary amount of tell. As people have pointed out, many scenes are accompanied by Maguire's reedy-voiced narration. There is little regard for subtlety and little need for interpretation. Everything is presented on a platter with a commentary and a detailed placard. The friggin, pardonnez mon Francais, narration even appears as typed text on the screen. A less patient audience may feel rather insulted.

It is a spectacle, an extravaganza, a high octane vehicle of glamour and whatever else the media have called it. It is something to be seen once and forgotten, and let the book be remembered instead.
mayoraasei: (Reflective)
It had been a toss-up between The Hobbit and Les Miserables on Boxing Day. In the end, we chose the former because we wanted something more light-hearted on Boxing Day.

I remember we jokingly said that if we didn't end up crying through Les Miserables then it would have meant we didn't quite get our money's worth.

Well, let's just say at approximately 15 minutes before the movie drawing to a close, I was thinking, "Damn it, something good better happen in the next 15 minutes because otherwise I really haven't gotten my money's worth!!!"

And then Valjean sat dying in his chair and everyone in the cinema burst into tears, including me, so I felt a little bit more placated. Questionmark.

So according to the above, if I were to summarise the experience in one sentence, it would be, "I nearly sat through all of Les Miserables without crying until Hugh Jackman sat down to die."

Having never watched a stage production of the musical, I'm not going to comment on the music itself. There are some wonderful numbers, and then there are others that clearly bridge one scene to another, and are half-spoken, half-sung, with the unfortunate effect of being half-melodic, half-tuneless.

There are some questionable directorial choices; the much-touted live-singing both a gift and the cause of its flaws. There are excruciatingly long lingering shots during some of the most emotionally piquant songs, and it never really capitalises on its medium as a film to bring the story to life. It never leaves the stage, and in many ways suffers for it.

It is a movie in which you realise that there really is such thing as charisma, that there really are actors who can engage and carry a scene even when all else fails. The more veterans actors in particular - Jackman, Hathaway, and Crowe - both Jackman and Hathaway make their extremely long scenes watchable just by the power of their acting; and Crowe, despite being a little bit distracting with his lack of musical range and hence inability to fully achieve the impact of some of Javert's more powerful songs, still manages just by the weight of his presence.

Once the story moves forward and the younger actors appear, apart from the wonderful Samantha Barks as Eponine, the rest of them were difficult to care about, which is a great pity when their story becomes the whole film's climax. As much as I've liked Amanda Siegfried, the extremely high-pitched range of Cosette fails her, and the story of the lovers never makes any emotional impact.

I heard Gavroche's role had been expanded especially for this film, but instead of making him easy to sympathise with - him being supposedly the face of the evolution, the young, the idealistic, the warm-hearted - it just made him rather an annoyingly precocious little twerp.

I feel it was a wasted opportunity. The live-singing brings a rawness of emotion that unfortunately becomes disconnected by the artificiality of the camera work. It never elevated above being a filmed musical; it could have been a lot more mobile, a lot more dynamic, a lot more complex, a lot more engaging. All the ingredients were there, but they didn't quite come out fully baked.



As an aside, I see where all the Les Miserables references are now in The Night Watch. The uprising of the poor, the flower pinned to their lapel, the watchmen becoming embroiled in the fight, the barricades, the riots.

And Vimes, watching the inevitable snowball forward and stood in its way. Well, we'd hardly compare him to Javert.
mayoraasei: (Geek)
In a spasmodic moment of geekery, I have copied down three of the notable quotes that appeared in the first 2 episodes of Zetsuen no Tempest.

If this anime inspires everyone to read Hamlet all the better, because it's one of my favourite Shakespearean plays, highly recommended for indescribable amounts of teenage angst XD

I really need to find my Hamlet =(


世の中の関節は外れてしまった。ああなんと呪われた因果か…それを直すために生まれてきたとは
The time is out of joint: O cursed spite / That ever I was born to set it right! -- Hamlet

Spoken by Hamlet after seeing the Ghost for the first time. In Zetsuen it is frequently referenced: at the introduction by Yoshino-Aika and then Mahiro-Yoshino, and frequently quoted in part by Yoshino.

たとえ幾千幾万の兄があり、その愛情すべてを寄せ集めたとしても、おれ一人のこの愛には到底、およぶまい 
Forty thousand brothers / Could not with all their quantity of love / Make up my sum. -- Hamlet

Hamlet after the death of Ophelia. Yoshino after revealing the identity of his girlfriend.

怒りよ、火と燃えておれの脳味を干あがらせてしまえ! お前の狂気の怨み存分に晴らさずにおくものか!いかに冷酷無残な仕返しになろうとも。
Translation: O anger, turn to heat, dry up my brains! Thy mad vengeance shall be paid by weight. However merciless and ruthless I must become.

1. O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt / Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye! / By heaven, thy madness shall be paid by weight / Till our scale turn the beam
2. O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth.

Not a direct quote but rather an adaptation of one (thank you, O learn'ed one on Chinese forum HAHAHA). Original quote is from an angry Laertes after witnessing Ophelia driven mad. The second part of the quote is more likely to be original than adapted from Hamlet but I thought I'd put that in there. Aptly, Hamlet spoke it whilst witnessing Prince Fortinbras leading 20000 men to battle (and likely to death). Interestingly Fortinbras is a foil for Hamlet - they have the same backstory but Fortinbras is supposedly more brash and hot-headed, much like our main character Mahiro.
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Yesterday I heard a woman hound a policeman about his beliefs.

"Are you Christian?"

"No."

"You don't believe in God? Are you an atheist?!"

"No."

"Fine, are you agnostic?"

"No."

"Then what are you? What do you believe in?!"

"I don't believe in anything. I'm a cop."

Vimes would have been so bloody proud.
mayoraasei: (Reflective)
Having been told it is THE required reading for anyone starting medical internship, your go-to guide for everything horrible about the job, I got around to finally reading it on my way to DC.

It's been about three weeks since I came back and I must confess, I've forgotten most of it already, which probably indicates its merits as a book.

Of course, my perception of it would be coloured by my experience of being in the industry, and would most likely be very different to that of an outsider's.

If anything, I wonder if people remember it for how cynical it paints the medical profession, as a system that turns sympathetic young physicians into dehumanised machines.

I remember not liking it much as a book. The protagonist was difficult to like, and I couldn't remember much of his personality - but that was probably the point. The narrative was on occasions circumferential and at other times overly theatrical, and perhaps that too was also the point. And there was an air of painful predictability about it, the climb and the fall, and then the inevitable redemption.

But perhaps there was also an element of fear, reading it, that one day we would all turn into them. Jaded, disillusioned, embittered, careless and cold. We all know that feeling when we get called to see a 96-year-old sprightly but delirious old lady barking at the bed rails on the last hour of a 15-hour shift. We all get that feeling when we've led a demented 82-year-old back from the precarious brink of death and successfully negotiated the complex politics of respite only to be faced with a displeased family member who is aghast we didn't have a masseur on call to relieve their father's chronic shoulder stiffness.

I feel I can recognise the tropes, but at the same time I feel there's a disconnect in the world portrayed in the book to the world I know. I think every medical student knows a type A personality freak like Jo, but (perhaps not having yet done surgery) I don't think I've come across many doctors who are still, today, willing to go beyond what is necessary to treat what cannot be cured.

But perhaps, in a way, the book helped push the motion towards safer rostering, because I sure as hell don't want anyone to make any medical (or surgical) decisions about my health or commence any procedure on me on their 23rd consecutive hour at work. Unfortunately in many hospitals across the world, including developed nations, it is an ongoing issue.

One last thing, I'm not at all sure about the relevance of sex to the other events in the book. There is probably some Freudian or Jungian connections but I find it annoying and detracting more than anything else.

snuff

7 Nov 2011 09:39 pm
mayoraasei: (Reflective)
Working life is coming home exhausted and realise with a horror that it is only Monday. LOL.

I finally finished reading Snuff. Getting old these days, can't even read books as fast as I used to (or perhaps the real reason is my shortening attention span...)

It is probably the best Pratchett book I've read for a long time, and that says a lot...perhaps a lot more about my shortening attention span than how good the book is Orz

I mean I love Going Postal!, always will, but Snuff is in another category altogether. I thought Going Postal marked a new level of sophistication in his writing. The humour was always the trademark, but the plot has always been a little lacking until maybe Going Postal (although I still felt a smidgen let down by the climax...but forgiven because Moist was so loveable).

Snuff incorporates everything that made the Citywatch series so readable, and adds more. The continuity of multiple distinctive characters is interspersed with the introduction of a large cohort of new support characters who are equally memorable. The wry but always gentle humour is there as usual. The plot is brisk and with a heightened sense of drama that suits the genre it both emulates and satirises so well.

But what I loved most was, once again for the Citywatch series, the introduction of a deep moral message, human failings that have been present since the beginning of time. The underpinning story and message will resonate with all but the most callous of us - the slavery of a disadvantaged race, legitimisation of cruelty by dehumanising the victims, and the criminal act of apathetic or fearful inaction. We don't need to look far back, or indeed, far abroad to see similar events happening in our world.

I liked how this book made a note of continuity from Thud!, as Vimes continues to confront the Summoning Dark. In a way both Vimes and Moist are similar, both keeping their inner criminals at bay - but where as Moist's is merely an impish devil, Vimes has a giant roaring beast.

But as Willikins says, Vimes is as squeaky clean as a choirboy. It was a bit startling to see Willikins suddenly elevated to his perfect "akumade shitsuji"-esque role in Snuff, but it is incredibly enjoyable and creates a wonderful partnership...but still a bit startling. Vimes has completely come into his own as the Duke of Ankh-Morpork, propped up by Commander Vimes of the Watch, with a side load of help from Sir Samuel Vimes and a last ditch effort by Blackboard Monitor Vimes...and I suppose Vetinari would smile inwardly at the thought that Vimes learned artfulness from all the interviews with the Patrician. The leopard changes his shorts after all, or perhaps...just his pants? >_>;

This is an incredibly optimistic book, in that such a terrible issue was able to end in such happy terms. The world changed because of a song, "a thing of strangely tinkling tones and unbelievable cadences". Well, because, of course, of Vimes and Sybil and everyone else who put in little efforts to get the snowball rolling, but it did, and it upended the world in one night.

It is unbelievably optimistic, but I do not dislike it.
mayoraasei: (Rossaer)
I keep having medically-related dreams with a homocidal twist. Like, this morning I had a dream that some guy fell over near a slicing machine and nipped his carotid and was spurting blood everywhere and had to give pressure on the pumping artery while trying to get emergency surgical attention. And then somehow the dream developed into a gang cornering a guy and trying to knife him and then someone came and kung-fu'ed them into a pile of unconscious bodies.

Huh.

I finished off the Saiunkoku Monogatari side story novel I had bought and begun reading in Taiwan, which is probably what half-prompted me to draw this. I swear my artbook is under metaphorical lock and key now until after exams.


Click for bigger pic + rant


I suppose in a way it's a matching picture to the last one of them dressed in western-styled costume? LOL

I haven't finished a pencil picture in such a long time. Probably since last year O_o

Saiunkoku should really stick to comedy. Her angst is far too prosaic and she leaves gaping holes where there shouldn't be, and her attempts at working her particular brand of comical humour into it makes the tone really awkward. Maybe because the novel I bought was unfortunately entirely depressing, beginning with Seian/Seiran's backstory where he was stripped of his title and exiled, then fallen to become an imprisoned executioner in a group of bandits. It seemed to hint that the second leader of the bandits had some form of physical relationship with him and I am glad it did not go into any more than hinting =___= I'm pretty sure the guy reappeared in one of the current timeline stories but I have no idea what the outcome was.

The novel then continued with Ensei's (燕青) backstory. He's an awesomely funny guy, especially around Seiran, but she somehow made it dark and depressing too. I mean okay, his backstory wasn't all sunshine but if she's going to keep saying he's like the sun she should stop spending so much time painting a picture of his hate-filled vengeance, which didn't turn out to be particularly convincing anyway. She also has a habit of making characters sound far too old for their years. A five year old giving an almost Hamlet-like soliloquy on whether he should live in order to avenge his family just begs disbelief.

The last short story was Shuurei's father during his years as a young assassin, and how he met her mother. She spent so much of it building Shouka and the Rose Princess as two incredibly apathetic and unfazeable people that by the time they met, any chemistry between them was incredibly forced and awkward.

Or maybe I'm just in a mood to be displeased =___=

Her comedies are always so much more entertaining. She spends too much time on lamentations otherwise. Life, humans, politics, society...sometimes she should just get on with the plot.

psyche

9 Jul 2011 12:12 am
mayoraasei: (Geek)
On a random note, the ill-fated story of Eros and Psyche was one of my favourites out of the Greek mythology. There is something really sweet about the god of love falling in love himself (and then having his mother come in and ruin everything).

The Dorothy Dunnett book I was hoping to buy at the 2nd hand book stall in our weekly fair is gone, but I did spot Victor Kelleher's Del-Del, one of the most memorably creepy books I read in high school, but not in the Goosebumps way.

It's about a family whose middle child had recently died of leukaemia. The youngest son - the sibling closest to the child - begins to behave strangely on the first anniversary of her death, and says that he is someone else, called "Del-Del".

As with most of Kelleher's books there's a big twist in the end, and I think this is probably the best twist he's done. I wasn't at all impressed with Parklands, for example.

I remember a lecturer discussing psychiatry in fiction, and though he listed an Isobelle Carmody short story as an example, this book is always the first that comes to mind for me. It was creepy not because it was surreal or supernatural, but that you never knew what was real and whether anything was real, and I think the hanging cloud of dread, of rationality falling away to something that was either alien or insane, was a terrifying thing to confront in a family member. The sense of dread never really clears by the end of the book. There's a sense that the beast had gone to roost but the portal remains open.

Woman tries to cure her PTSD with simulated rape

Without knowing more about this case, I really shouldn't comment. I hope she really had more prolonged contact with the victim and she didn't get PTSD just from the victim screaming at the rapists =___= But I don't know if it's the tone of the article or what, it sounds more like a decadent re-enactment of a rape fantasy than an attempt to adjust to an illness =___= I'm glad they added that psychiatrists really do not recommend her method.



In celebration of SPEC movie and special being announced (and Kimoto's brief return to BOSS?), I have added an Erika icon. Alright, the real reason I'm saying anything is because she looks unrecognisable as herself >__>;;;
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Happy news for Pratchett fans =DDDDD

1. Snuff is completed:
According to the writer of the best selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe, but many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and occasionally out of his mind, but not out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

But not quite all…


Published 13th October 2011


2. Good Omens TV adaptation: Pratchett and Gaiman have signed for Good Omens to be adapted...which is a double coincidence since I just finished (re)reading the book and supposedly the end of the world is next year LOL. Always mixed feelings when it comes to adapting a favourite book. Hope the casting is as good as Going Postal
So, ladies and gentleman, I can hereby exclusively reveal that - YES - Neil and myself have shaken hands and received groats from Rod Brown sealing a TV deal. An official announcement from Prime Focus will follow in a couple of weeks time. However, I can reveal right now that Terry Jones (yes, the Python) and Gavin Scott (not a Python, but he gets it) are already on the job. It's been a long time coming, but it's looking good.


3. Discworld TV adaptation: Will let the news speak for itself
Sir Terry Pratchett and Rod Brown, Managing Director of Prime Focus Productions, announce that they have come to an agreement for the unprecedented and exclusive worldwide television rights to create brand new storylines for the iconic characters of Pratchett’s phenomenally successful Discworld series.

(...) Whilst there have been three successful mini series adaptations of his Discworld books made for television in the UK, this is the first time that Pratchett has granted a production company the international rights to his characters and world, for the creation of new stories exclusively for a television audience.

The main focus of the series will be set in the bustling, highly mercantile, largely untrustworthy and always vibrant city of Ankh-Morpork and will follow the day-to-day activities of the men, women, trolls, dwarves, vampires and several other species who daily pound its ancient cobbles (and, of course, Igor in the forensics department). Terry commonly refers to the City Watch police force series as “the jewels in the Discworld Crown.” These richly developed and highly compelling characters will feature in a ‘crime of the week’ episodic storyline. As each weekly adventure unfolds, viewers will be taken on a ride through Pratchett’s genius imagination, with the author overseeing the creation of the series, where wild and exciting encounters with werewolves, dragons, dwarfs, trolls and golems and the classic heroes and villains, are an everyday occurrence…and where many of these characters even make outstanding crime fighters!


It will be almost like NCIS! But weirder XDD

Not so sure about being dumped right in the middle of the Watch, since one of the joys was to watch the dynamics develop. Do I spy "vampires"? I was hoping Sally would NOT feature in any further Watch series ==; Damn. It'll be so many people to introduce at once though. Even just the core group is huge - Vimes, Carrot, Nobbs, Colon, Angua, Detritus, Cheery...and since they promised them, Sally and Igor. I'd like to see Dorfl if only because I'm partial to stone/clay/rock things XD And of course any series in Ankh-Morpork must feature Vetinari...=O

Again...hope the casting is good Oo;


I just found out that the motto of the Guild of Seamstresses is "Where the customer comes first". I paused, and then said "oh gawd", and forever hated myself for making sense of it.
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It's rare to see so much praise heaped upon a teen book centered on a 16-year-old girl...

But is it just me or does the premise scream "BATTLE ROYALE RIP-OFFFFF."

Has failed to be impressed =/

Anyone read the book?
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What? Exactly. LOL

Actually it's even more hilarious reading the lineups.

"Semifinals" were: Men at arms vs Guards! Guards! and Night Watch vs Thud!.

Finals were Men at arms vs Thud!.

....The semis must have been a closer call than the finals =P

But really??? Didn't realise the City Watch series was so popular. Even more popular than Going Postal (although I have to admit, Thud! was clearly tough competition).

Personally I like the Fifth Elephant...

Specifically the line that goes, "Do I need a piss pot?"

And I'd have voted for Jingo just for Ahmed *sniff*

But I think my favourite is still Thud!, even though Night Watch has been growing on me a lot.
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Catching up on some missed lectures earlier this term...

One of the lecturers used the examples of Ragmar and William from Green Monkey Dreams as being a fictional portrayal of psychotic illnesssssssss noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sure that's not Carmody's full intention at all.

I don't know if it's appropriate to put psychiatric diagnoses on a story that's supposed to be half-fantasy. Yes...in psychiatric terms it would be a strong case of delusions, particularly with William who insisted that Ragmar was a reincarnated queen from some fantasy world and he was her protector. And you might even call it a folie a trois once Ragmar's boyfriend started believing them.

But there was something beautiful about that s

tory (and Carmody's other stories based in our world - like The Gathering) there's always that haunting doubt that the whole thing treads between "delusions" and an invasion of reality, between outsiders who are unable to see the truth will label everyone mentally ill - and insiders who are unable to see that they have reflected their delusions onto their environment and created meaning out of things that's not there (very typical psychotic symptoms).

I vaguely remember Carmody did mention psychiatric illness as a background for some of the characters, but I think it was meant to highlight the point that there are some things that science cannot reach or try to understand, and that was the beauty in the story. To call that an irresponsible portrayal of psychiatric illness is...reinforcing Carmody's point =___=;;;;;;;;


OMG ARE YOU SERIOUS THE NEXT OBERNEWTYN BOOK IS THE FINAL ONE?????????????????????? How many years has it taken her???????? I WANNA SEE MATTHEWWWWW TT_____TT
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The plotline is very similar to the original with some minor changes presumably to trim the material down. Moist and Adora's relationship developed a lot faster - she actually rode with him to Sto Lat. And I've always imagined Sto Lat as a small town for some reason, but here it's got fortified walls and everything. The Sto Lat ride was one of the most hilarious in the book (especially the bit where he ran upstairs and whimpered and then had a long soak in ice water XDD) so even though the added scene where Adora takes Moist to where John Dearheart "fell" from the tower was sweetly done, I still felt a bit disappointed.

Stanley is awesome. He is so exactly like Stanley. He's even more nerdy and schizotypal than in the book...it is awesome XDDD Wasn't entirely happy that the perforated stamp idea was given to Stanley because the whole invention of the stamps (and following on from that, of paper money in Making Money) was supposed to show off Moist's artful and artistic skills.

By the time we got to the post office fire I realised....THERE IS NO MR TIDDLES. WHYYYYYYYYYY.

But before that...Moist's crime seems a lot more blown up than in the book. He killed 2.86 or something persons in the book, whereas in the movie it became 22-point-something. The forgery at the bank didn't get Adora fired - it led to the financial crisis of the clacks, which was then rorted out of them by Gilt, so basically it gave Moist a huge share in the crime and personally I wonder if it's a little too unforgivable.

The letters whispering has been changed to accusatory flashbacks, which annoys me a lot because then Moist goes and mopes about it. Part of his appeal in the book is that even though we do see the gradual change in character and principle, there's always that streak of impish criminality in him and he never really gives himself time to stop and angst. There are realisations, but as always I prefer it when it's not hammered into me.

There's no Walk of the Unfranked Man, though I'm not surprised. The conflict between Moist and Gilt escalates early - unsurprising again, given that it's for TV and non-readers need tension earlier - but I'm not too sure about Moist and Gilt calling each other names, particularly Moist's open and rather hamfisted accusation of Gilt as a murderer.

And Offler gave Moist the money...not Anoia T_________T BLASPHEMY TT_______TT

But LOL at the epiphany XDDDD

Adora has a bigger part with the Smoking GNU and Moist gets involved with them a lot earlier. What is it with comic roles always ending up in people with Scottish accents? =/ Their hacking code gets cracked really early >_>;

Adora's father got written off as dead Orz He's meant to be still alive. And staring at the wall unable to do anything. What happened to her mum and aunt anyway? The plot dispensed with most of the chairing committee of the clacks and killed Horsefry...=0=;;; I thought the whole point of Reacher Gilt is that he, like Moist, never dirties his own hands with murder while nevertheless managing to kill a whole lot of people by not killing them, anyway.

There's no Gladys TT____TT I want Gladyssssss TT____TT Mr Pump is cute though LOL.

The production is very smooth, although if one nitpicked then most of the set looked a bit flimsy even if very pretty. The acting and casting were close to the mark. I was worried about Vetinari, but he was good, if a little school principal-ish. Adora wags her head so much it gets a bit annoying. The only one whose acting really got on my nerves is Drumknott, who is irritatingly fat and smirky...and reminds me more of Pettigrew (or perhaps, in Discworld...of Colon?) =__=

Groat and Stanley are awesome as mentioned. Richard Doyle hits Moist's kiddish extravagance right, and he has the fortune of being just as immemorable...XD

The extras are great...you can actually see some Chinese costumes in there LOL!!! Not enough trolls or dwarves about unfortunately, but nice to see some colour in the cast, even if all of the main characters are white.

PS: It's nice to hear some of those names pronounced in the British accent...always hear them differently in my mind.
~ OO-ber-val (Uberwald)
~ Ve-ti-NAH-ri (seriously...I always thought this was "VET'nary")
mayoraasei: (Kaoru)
And of the City Watch series~~~

He's almost as fond of Vimes as the fans are XDDD

So here we are basking in the sunlit uplands and find ourselves already some 20,000 words into the next adult Discworld book, based largely around Vimes, with the working title Snuff. A word that has, as you probably know, at least two meanings. (Source)


I was hoping for more Moist, but more Vimes is almost better XD Pratchett's got a bunch of writing projects lined up after this, some Sci-fi thing which I'm not sure I'm interested in, but as long as he's still working then it's all good =)


Edit: Saw a bit of Going Postal telemovie. They did change quite a bit of the plotline and involved Angua, but no sign of Vimes? At least I don't remember him being on the cast list. Angua looks more like a vampire than a werewolf, but anything is better than the Twilight ilk =_=

And Moist's golden suit isn't anywhere near blinding! I WANT GOLD FOIL DAMN IT. LOL.
mayoraasei: (Jdrama)
MUST be in want of a wife XD

Plucked up the resolve a few days ago and bought Pride & Prejudice (BBC version).

I wanted to wait a little because JB Hi-Fi had it bundled with the original book, and I already have a copy of the original book (although in a rather banal shade of pink). When I went again this week, they had the DVD by itself for $38........whereas the DVD+book was $33..........

There was a Chiaki moment. LOL.

(A very obtuse reference to that scene in Nodame where Chiaki stood and stared at a fish stand for many long minutes going..."Why........is two fish cheaper than one?" A few minutes later, with two fish in his bag and thinking about what to make for the parasite Nodame, he sees Nodame stuffing her face in Mine's dad's shop...)

I only had time to watch the first 40 minutes of it, but I must say I don't find the people as unremarkable as I did in year 12 Orz And now with their faces plastered on my screen I can actually appreciate their fine acting.

Mr Bingley is so cute XD

Speaking of Nodame, I saw the first movie. It probably would have worked if it weren't a movie, because then it didn't need to accommodate a whole bunch of things, especially the possibility of someone needing a 20 minute recap in a 1hr50min movie. The recaps were run to Beethoven's symphony 7 and they played the whole first movement for it, and that runs to at least 14 minutes.

The ecchi fake gaijin conductor (Chiaki's "master") is really annoying me...his dramatic "woe, disaster shalt fall!" annoys me, every time he appears on screen with his ominous ruminations it annoys me. It really interrupts the pace and the mood of what is meant to be a fun movie. I hope they don't spend too much time feeling sorry for him in the second movie =__= Even though the manga was fairly sympathetic to his cancer problem, it did so in the minimal frames instead of a whole 40 minutes (combined) of him sitting in archaic rooms/gardens/places by himself wearing the SAME furry cloak in every scene and surrounded by lots of antique furniture and candles.

Aye~ But I want the orchestra recordings, as usual =3=

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