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I like to watch movies. Do you?

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Here we are, the rest of the movies I watched this year, to go along with the ones already posted here. And also the television series/documentaries/whatever the hell else I watched. Woo! I clearly have too much time on my hands.

I watched less movies in the second half of the year. )

TV shows can be cool too. )
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OMG, I really want to see Rabbit Hole. Basically because, hello, John Cameron Mitchell is awesome but it just looks really good in general. It doesn't get a wide release until January, apparently, and I don't even know if it will make it all the way over here but I hope it does. Also, I need to watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch again sometime soon. "The Origin of Love" came up on shuffle the other day after I hadn't heard it for awhile and I had to listen to it three more times because, holy crap, so awesome. <3 <3 <3

Anyway, I feel like a massive dork because all I post about here lately is the Sims. But. It's a good thing to distract me when I'm feeling stressed out which I have been lately. Between finishing NaNo (I made it about 500 words past 50k. I could have gotten more but I didn't want to force it if I didn't have to and it wasn't coming very naturally anymore. I'm still nowhere near done with the story and I do intend to work on it more and hopefully finish it someday but I need to take a long break first.), trying to study and memorize math concepts that I haven't had to use in years (I'm taking the ACT next weekend which I should have done a long time ago but, alas, I didn't so I'm doing it now.) and hitting a bit of a plateau with my weight loss (I really need to stop eating so much crap but stress also makes me eat which sucks because eating too much makes me stressed too so it's an endless vicious cycle.), I've got a lot of stressful things I need to be distracted from. Just for a little while. So that I don't go completely crazy by trying to focus on them 24/7. Anyway. The point is, yes, I'm going to post about Sims again. And it's even lamer than usual. You were warned.

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I've watched a lot of movies so far, holy shit. Well, a lot for me anyway. My initial post was getting unwieldy so here are the first 70, the last god-knows-how-many will continue in the original post.

Ohai, care to know my random thoughts on this massive amout of films? )
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Let's talk Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a moment. Apparently, falling in love with that movie also means becoming completely fucking obsessed with it because I haven't been able to think about anything else properly since I first watched it. The more I think about it, the more I believe John Cameron Mitchell is a total genius. He was clearly born to create and embody this character. The most impressive thing is that Hedwig has such a larger than life presence but his performance is actually extremely subtle. He lets the clothes and the wigs and the makeup and the songs be dramatic and over-the-top but the most interesting part of his portrayal is that the little things are the most affecting. He says a lot with just his eyes and his facial expressions which is kind of surprising considering he originally played Hedwig for the stage, where things like that don't matter quite as much - or at least will go rather unnoticed by the people watching from the very back - as projecting and filling the entire stage with your presence. My favorite scene from the entire movie is the "Origin of Love" performance for this very reason; it's a ballad so there aren't any crazy stage antics going on - there's just pure emotion. Even with all of that makeup caked on his face, just the look in his eyes, his body language, his delivery of a certain line of the song, all of these things are extremely touching and devastating. The slow part that starts at 3:50 in this video is especially beautiful. Specifically, 4:08 - "I could swear by your expression that the pain down in your soul was the same as the one down in mine" - absolutely kills me. I've watched this segment quite a lot now and it gets to me more every single time. It's just so perfect yet so simple.

I also find this part really touching.

And I love how adorable and quirky this sequence is. (Ignore the Spanish subtitles, it's the only clip I could find.)

I think part of what makes JCM's performance so raw and powerful is that all or most of his vocals were recorded live as the scenes were filmed. So he's actually singing and feeling the songs instead of lip-syncing them a million times in a row.

That's the last song, now here's the first one. Again, ignore the subtitles - they're Chinese or something this time.

Okay, I'll stop before I end up posting practically the entire movie. But I'm so obsessed. OMG. I rarely get obsessed with movies like this but I am enjoying the feeling.
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This is going to be an entry full of random, lulzy things.

First and foremost, this has to be the best thing I have ever seen:

I can't decide what's funnier: the huge ass gun, the expression on his face, the caption, or the fact that he couldn't be photoshopped on a more inappropriate body because it's about three times bigger than his in real life. All of it has me cracking up. I love stalking the Ben Whishaw posts on ONTD because they are so full of similar hilarity.

ILU, Ben, but what are these pictures (though all of the pictures, not just his, are fucking atrocious - those ones of Matt Goode and some other actor I've never heard of are terrible)?!? Random shot of his chin and hands covered with black paint? Sporting a completely ridiculous top hat? Being totally shirtless which he should never, ever be unless there's an acting-related reason? (I'm sorry, I love him for many reasons but his skinny naked body is not one of them - I prefer his scrawniness clothed, thank you very much.) Also, in the interview, talking about his part in The Tempest: "I was naked apart from a little jockstrap, my eyebrows were shaved off, and I was given breasts and enormous wings." UM WUT?!? THIS DOES NOT SOUND SEXY ENOUGH TO PLEASE ME! IT'S NOT LIKE HE DOESN'T LOOK EFFEMINATE ENOUGH ALREADY - NO, LET'S GIVE HIM FAKE BREASTS! WTF.

Ahem. In other cute actor news, just finished watching Adam. It was pretty typical and predictable and felt way too much like an educational program about Asperger's at times but I still liked it. BECAUSE OHMAGAH CUTENESS OVERLOAD. How can you not love something with this in it?

ADORABLE! Also, his acting was pretty impressive even though I noticed his American accent was off at times. Rose Byrne and her extremely screechy voice kind of annoyed me though. Maybe if she would have toned down that screech a few octaves; I always felt like she was yelling at me. And I cried, like, three times 'cause I'm a big ol' sap. And I also appreciated the fact that it didn't end with the two of them having some tearful reunion because I was expecting it probably would. Basically, it wasn't really THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME but it wasn't terrible and I kind of just want to own it so I can see Hugh Dancy's adorable face whenever I please. That's reaching Whishaw levels of creepy obsession, isn't it? Yikes.

Also, we were going through a bunch of old family photos earlier today (or I guess yesterday now) and I came across this one of me at about five looking totally FIERCE in my pink Power Rangers shirt.


I was such an adorable little kid. What happened?

Edit: Oh my God, Rose Byrne's natural voice is so much more pleasant to listen to. Also, I didn't know she was British too Australian. Apparently the Brits non-Americans can play Americans better than us these days.
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Umm... yeah. I just had to get that out. Because it's basically the most kick ass name-dropping pseudo-rap ever, yes/yes?

In other news, there's this Amy Adams movie coming out called Leap Year about this girl who goes to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend because of some leap year tradition or some such nonsense BUT, of course, along the way, she falls in love with the scruffy Irishman who is giving her a lift there and then she's all CONFLICTED AND SUCH. Anyway, I've seen the trailer for it so many times now and the only thing I think every time is a. does the world really need another predictably sappy romantic comedy and b. I don't think I know the actor playing that Irishman but he looks SO FAMILIAR and he is actually kind of adorable in a rugged way. So then... a couple days ago, I'm reading Entertainment Weekly and there's a review and it mentions Matthew Goode and I'm like, "WAIT, WUT?!? CHARLES RYDER IS THE SCRUFFY IRISHMAN?!?" because he was seriously the last person I would've thought of. I mean, after I found that out and I saw the trailer again, I could kinda sorta see that it was him but he seems SO DIFFERENT all scruffed up and with an Irish accent. Anyway, that served no point except to say that I was shocked. And I'm still not seeing the movie. No matter how adorably messy he looks. (And I actually haven't found him very good-looking at all before this so... yeah.)

Well, now that we're on the subject of actors who played in Brideshead Revisited and all, BEN! OMG, Bright Star is coming out on DVD in a couple weeks and I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to see it! I don't even care whether I like it or not; I kind of just want to own it because it's got the Ben (I did this same thing with I'm Not There a few weeks ago; granted, I bought it because it was the two-disc edition for only ten dollars and I do enjoy the movie but IT WAS MOSTLY FOR THE WHISHAW, OKAY?). So if I can find it in a store as soon as it's released I think I'm just going to grab that bad boy up right then and there.

Okay, now I have to go do something productive. Like work on writing reviews for my 2009 list (which is halfway done, along with other good songs from the year, here!). Or watch Adam, which I just got from Netflix and have been anxious to see ever since I saw the trailer before (500) Days of Summer even though I've heard that it's kind of Lifetime-esque. Or, you know, play Sims or sit around and waste time doing nothing. You know me.


Dec. 7th, 2009 03:29 pm
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Let's talk movies. I haven't actually watched that many lately but I also haven't talked about any in awhile so it's going to seem like I've been busy. First of all, movies I've seen in the theater - I don't actually go out and see new movies very often because a. it costs money which I don't usually have, b. the ones I actually want to see are the little indie flicks they don't show in the super lame theater closest to me so I must make a long trek if I want to see anything decent, and c. IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY! So the last one I talked about was (500) Days of Summer, which I actually did make a long trek to see (granted, there were other reasons for the trip too) and was absolutely amazing and is coming out on DVD right before Christmas so I'm totally purchasing it ASAP. Anyway, since then, I believe I've only seen two others. The first was Paranormal Activity which was pretty decent as far as horror movies go. The notable thing about it is that you never actually see any monster or demon or what-have-you so you actually have to use your imagination a bit. Also, the scary stuff starts off as really lame and mild at first (i.e. strange noises, doors slamming by themselves) and builds up very slowly which makes the stuff that happens later on genuinely frightening. Though, to be honest, I wasn't really that freaked out by it. Sure, I jumped a few times and was slightly scared in the moment but I didn't think about it and shudder for ages afterward or anything. I think I only get truly scared by things that could actually happen in real life, like murder and torture and all that fun stuff (and it doesn't help that my threshold for visual gore is not very high), but things like ghosts and curses and exorcisms and the like, even if there is "evidence" that these things might exist as well, they seem pretty much impossible to me so I don't take them as seriously or dwell on them as long, if that makes sense.

And the second movie I saw was, of course, New Moon, which was predictably hilariously bad - though I did think it was actually better than Twilight from a "serious film critic" perspective. The best thing about it was the first scene in which Jacob rips off his shirt - it was so gratuitous and made even more hilarious by the fact that all he was doing was attending to Bella's head wound - and then that he remains shirtless for pretty much the rest of the movie's duration; I am not one of those people who thinks he's uber-attractive at all (kid's ugly, in my opinion, and also 17 which is officially too young for me now), I just found it so funny. The worst thing about it was Edward's shirtlessness - Pattinson really needs to work out more if he plans on doing that in any of the other movies because he is not ripped in even the slightest and actually looks rather gross. Though that might have been partly the fault of all that pasty makeup they put on him (and are the ruby red lips really necessary? I was hoping they would have gotten rid of them this time around). But, either way, ew. And, finally, the most puzzling thing about it was JASPER'S FREAKING PERMANENT (my sister will get this joke; anyone else, not so much). I mean, Jackson is a very attractive guy, probably the cutest of them all, and they give him the worst hairdo this side of Jacob's ratty long-haired wig imaginable. In the first movie, it was ugly but bearable; in this movie, it is simply a travesty and made me want to throw up in my mouth. The only thing saving it is Jackson's pretty pretty face. As far as acting goes, there was less stuttering and rapid eye-blinking from Kristen but she was still pretty loathsome. I think it's partly Bella though - I mean, what an annoying little twit that girl is. At least Kristen plays her true to character, I guess.

And for Rob's acting, I have to go off on a tangent here. I have come to the conclusion that he must be purposely terrible in these films. He plays Edward so woodenly and emotionlessly; his voice and face stay practically frozen the entire time. I get that he's a vampire but he's not a freaking robot and that's all I think of whenever I see him. So my conclusion is that he just fucking hates Edward and wants to make him as unsympathetic and unrelatable as possible. The final nail in the coffin (haha, unintentional vampire joke is lame) as far as this theory goes was the trailer for this upcoming movie of his, Remember Me, that they showed before New Moon. The similarity between both movies is that he speaks in an American accent. The difference is that in Remember Me he actually seems to be human, as in he emits real emotion and his accent doesn't sound so stilted and mildly like someone who is slow in the head and, overall, he actually seems - GASP! - like an acceptable actor. Honestly, it seems like two different people as far as I could tell from that brief trailer. So hopefully he really is making the conscious choice to totally phone it in with Edward because otherwise, I just cannot fathom how completely horrible he is!

Anyway, now onto other movies I've watched in the past few months from Netflix:

Barcelona - This is directed by the same guy who did Metropolitan, a movie I talked about awhile ago, and it features a couple of the same actors though it is not about the same characters. It is also not quite as good though I did like it a lot. But I didn't really start to like it until about halfway through or maybe even more, when something dramatic happens and I don't want to say what but I was COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY SHOCKED by it and it takes a lot to actually stun me like that. So, overall, it was very enjoyable but it's a bit slow-going at first. Also, Thomas Gibson is in it! I totally freaked out when I saw him because I am most used to seeing him on Criminal Minds where he is so serious and grave all the time so it's always weird to stumble across him in completely different roles (like in a Flintstones movie, but we won't go there because I'm embarrassed I've even seen those). Also, he's soooooo young here! It's crazy!

Mean Creek - This movie is basically a rip-off of this older movie, Bully, but I actually thought Bully was kind of boring and liked this better. But I didn't love it or anything. The plotline was rather predictable but the acting was good, considering how young some of the kids in it are. And also considering where I've seen a couple of them in the past - Carly Schroeder on Lizzie Maguire when she was just a wee little tyke (I can't believe that show was actually on so many years ago; I feel old now) and Josh Peck on, of course, Drake & Josh. I found him the most questionable as far as acting goes though; I mean, he wasn't bad but he's just got this certain Josh-ness about him that makes it so that he can only play certain types of characters and you can never really quite take him seriously.

Running with Scissors - Is it wrong that I didn't think this was quite as bad as I was supposed to? I mean, the movie itself wasn't great - there were parts that should have been included that weren't and vice versa, there were several unnecessary changes made, the script was iffy at times, it was way too long, etc. The thing that saved it, for me, was the acting. Specifically Annette Bening who, as overdramatic and villianized the character of Deirdre was, impressed me very much. She brought the crazy very well. I also really liked Joseph Cross as Augusten. I've never seen him in anything else and maybe he wasn't the most book-accurate choice but he was very good and very cute - and I always appreciate cuteness. As good as he was though, one of the things that bugged me most was that we're supposed to believe he's 13-14 at the beginning and 17-18 by the end but he is so laughably not 14 and absolutely no effort is made to disguise this fact. If they weren't willing to have more than one actor play the part, they should've just scrapped the whole timeline and made everything happen over the course of just one or two years. His age would've been much less distracting that way.

Atonement - This was okay but the book is waaaaaay better - which isn't surprising as that's usually the case. Again, there were things omitted and changed for no apparent reason; these changes didn't really help or hinder the story in any noticeable way. The unconventional ending here wasn't nearly as affecting as it was in the book and I was distracted by the fact that the actress who played 18-year-old Briony looked far older than 18 and even looked older than her supposed older sister (by several years) Cecilia (Keira Knightley who apparently won't even look at a script that doesn't involve the words "period film"). Yes, I have a problem with actors who don't look the age they're supposed to, have you noticed? The best thing about this was James McAvoy who is officially my new movie star boyfriend.

The Rules of Attraction - Not bad but I think you know what I'm going to say. Hint: just re-read the first sentence about Atonement above. I was iffy about this because of the James Van der Beek association but he was actually rather acceptable. Also, Shannyn Sossamon is adorable but I already knew that from some random episode of Law & Order: SVU I saw her on. Ian Somerhalder is cute too. Clearly, the only thing I focus on when I watch movies is how cute the actors are, God. Anyway, this didn't stray too far from the book and there were some interesting visual choices made (like the first meeting scene between Sean and Lauren) but, obviously, I'd take the book over this any day.

Fight Club - So much better now that I've actually read the book and understand what's going on. I've seen this movie in bits and pieces several times before but never really got it. Now that I finally do I can say that I actually like it a lot. And, out of all of the book-to-film adaptations mentioned so far, this is easily the best. It stayed very close to the book while also carving its own identity. Brad Pitt annoys me in real life but this was a good role for him. Though sometimes he was a bit too hammy and over-the-top so I much preferred Edward Norton's subtleness to him overall.

The Informers - TERRIBLE. Another Bret Easton Ellis adaptation but I didn't much like the source material either so I already knew I wouldn't like it. The cast list for this looks pretty impressive on paper but none of the acting seemed that great to me - though maybe it was just the horrible script bringing everybody down. I don't typically like to speak ill of the dead but Brad Renfro was especially horrible here; he overacts so much. I literally cringed every time he was on screen and wished that he would just tone down the paranoid routine a bit. Jesus, it was painful to witness. The most entertaining thing about this was seeing Lou Taylor Pucci (from The Go-Getter) with blond, spiky hair and not even recognizing him until the credits rolled and his name popped up - and even then I couldn't believe it was actually him.

The Last Days of Disco - Pretty much exactly like Metropolitan and Barcelona with different characters in a different setting (it even had cameos from characters in those movies!) but it was definitely my favorite of the three. It had a lot more immediate jokes. "You do have a gay mouth." LOL. Also, I love Chloe Sevigny. And I definitely watch far too much television because the first thing I do when I watch a movie now is play Spot the TV Star. Michael Weatherly! Robert Sean Leonard! It is very amusing.

Okay, so that's Netflix. Movies I've seen on TV... The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. It was pretty entertaining and the battle scene was epic and the scenery was so pretty. Also, JAMES MCAVOY! How can you go wrong there? Another movie I watched a few days ago was Shattered Glass which shows on IFC all the time and I've been wanting to catch but never managed to before. I was pretty underwhelmed by it, to be honest. I'd heard good things about Hayden Christensen's performance here but he didn't impress me at all. Peter Sarsgaard was far better. But it was just a pretty bland movie in general.

Annnnnnnd... yesterday I was bored so I did a double-feature of Gigantic and Splendor because I downloaded both a long time ago but never got around to watching them. Gigantic was cute and I love me some Zooey D. but it had a lot of flaws. The actual main storyline wasn't focused on enough and there was too much going on that was completely unrelated. Brian getting shot in the foot outside his parents' house? His brother's association with the Chinese black market? His creepy and possibly non-existent homeless stalker? What did these things have to do with the plot at all? I have no idea because they were never expanded upon. In that scene where he apparently stabs his stalker to death and then these guys walk up to him and the homeless dead dude seems to have disappeared? And he says something like "This has been happening for a long time" in this creepy mumble? I seriously thought Paul "Too Young to Be a Dad" Dano was going to go psycho on everybody's asses and kill off the entire cast at that point. But then nothing happened. And he got his little Chinese baby and he and Happy reconciled and I was just like, WTF IS HAPPENING HERE?!? It made absolutely no sense. So I can see why it hasn't gotten much attention. As for Splendor, it was totally predictable and kind of fluffy and meaningless but it was super cute! And again, I must say that there was lots of eye candy between Kathleen Robertson and Johnathon Schaech and Kelly Macdonald was just adorable in a really annoying loudmouth way. My only problem with it was my personal opinion that Veronica should have just dropped Zed and stayed with Abel because I really fucking hated Zed. But oh well. I still loved it.

And that was a whole lot of rambling. So I will stop now.
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I am so excited to see laugh at New Moon. "You're the only reason for me to stay... alive." What is with that delivery, Pattinson?!? It truly baffles me how he and Kristen are so terrible in these movies yet they seem to be at least decent in several others. I like to entertain the idea that it is because they both hate playing Bella and Edward so much that they fuck it up on purpose. Also, I don't think Rob's American accent does him any favors either. So lots of awkward pauses and stuttering and CGI-ed shirtless Jacob. Should be a barrel of laughs!

In other news, I was thinking the other day about my end-of-the-year albums list for 2008 (since it's getting so close to the end of 2009 already - eek!) and, apart from the fact that I actually am not into a handful of them at all anymore (which always seems to happen - I prematurely label something as awesome and then decide it's not quite so awesome), I realized that the album from last year that's probably held up the best so far is She & Him which is kind of a surprisinging development. I rolled my eyes a bit when they were #1 on Paste's year-end list because I thought the album was good but not that good but now I understand it a little better. I still listen to that album all the time, way more than some of the ones I placed before it, like Who Killed Amanda Palmer and the like. And I think it's because the songs are so simple. There aren't any crazy embellishments to distract you from the fact that they might not be such great songs at their cores because they are great songs at their cores. The whole album just has a really classic, clean, refreshing sound to it even if it's not actually anything particularly groundbreaking. That and I could honestly listen to Zooey sing anything. <3 Now when is Volume Two and/or a new musical project with her hubby, Ben Gibbard???

Speaking of Zooey, she is going to be on an episode of Bones, I think next month. So excited! That show is kind of ridiculous and unrealistic but I love it (Dr. Sweets! Hodgins! The awkward sexual tension between Booth and Bones! What's not to love? Come on!). Though it's going to be kind of strange because she and Emily have practically the exact same voice. And on that note, I shall leave you with these beauties:

They both have the same exact eyes and I never realized before how tiny their pupils are! It's kind of frightening. Maybe that's the reason why Zooey's eyes always look so creepy/awesome.

UNF. Hottest celebrity siblings ever, yes/yes? I have way too many Zooey pictures on my computer for it to be healthy. And the saddest part is I obtained the majority of them in one day because I went through a sudden "MUST HAVE EVERY PHOTO IMAGINABLE" stage awhile back. I will have to share my favorites sometime. She is so unbelievably lovely.

Also, when is (500) Days of Summer coming out on DVD?!? I NEED TO SEE IT AGAIN!

Bye now.
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I'm still in love with my Ben in case you were wondering and I need to update this. The amount of his work that I've seen is getting pretty damn impressive. And scarily obsessive.

  1. Kill Your Darlings (2010) (pre-production) .... Lucien Carr
  2. The Tempest (2009) (post-production) .... Ariel
  3. Love Hate (2009) .... Tom
  4. Bright Star (2009) .... John Keats [MUST SEE. This apparently comes out next month but is a "limited" release. Shit. Does this mean I'm going to have to make a long trek to see it? Because I've watched the trailer and I am in desperate need of pretty pretty period costumed Ben!]
  5. The International (2009) .... Rene Antall [Alright. I must admit I've only seen the scene with him in it. But I am not watching this entire shitty movie for two seconds of Ben, okay? So it counts!]
  6. Brideshead Revisited (2008) .... Sebastian Flyte
  7. "Criminal Justice" .... Ben Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)
    Episode #1.5 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.4 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.3 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.2 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.1 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
  8. I'm Not There. (2007) .... Arthur
    ... aka I'm Not There (Germany) (USA: poster title)
  9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) .... Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
    ... aka Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders (Germany)
    ... aka El perfume - Historia de un asesino (Spain)
    ... aka Le parfum - Histoire d'un meurtrier (France)
    ... aka Perfume (International: English title: informal short title)
    ... aka Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International: English title)
  10. "Nathan Barley" .... Pingu (6 episodes, 2005)
    Pilot (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.6 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.5 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.4 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.3 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    1 more)
  11. Stoned (2005) .... Keith Richards
  12. Layer Cake (2004) .... Sidney
    ... aka L4yer Cake (Ireland: English title: DVD box title) (UK: DVD box title) (USA: DVD box title)
  13. Enduring Love (2004) .... Spud
  14. The Merchant of Venice (2004) (uncredited) .... Servant to Portia
    ... aka Il mercante di Venezia (Italy)
    ... aka William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (USA: complete title)
  15. 77 Beds (2003) .... Ishmael [Really strange short film. And he's got some weird mustache thing going on in it that I do not approve of.]
  16. The Booze Cruise (2003) (TV) .... Daniel
    ... aka Cheers and Tears (International: English title)
  17. Ready When You Are Mr. McGill (2003) (TV) .... Bruno [It's on Youtube. Overly long, mildly funny, but he's adorable in it.]
  18. Spiritual Rampage (2002) [Even stranger short film. This is the only thing I've seen him in so far that I have not been attracted to him at all in - it's just way too... weird.]
  19. My Brother Tom (2001) .... Tom
  20. Baby (2001/I) .... Little Joe [Another strange short film. I do not understand. Well, I do but is it supposed to have a point? That I do not know.]
  21. "Other People's Children" (2000) TV series .... Sully (unknown episodes)
  22. "Black Cab" .... Ryan (1 episode, 2000)
    - Work (2000) TV episode .... Ryan
  23. Mauvaise passe (1999) .... Jay
    ... aka The Escort
    ... aka The Wrong Blonde
  24. The Trench (1999) .... Pte. James Deamis
    ... aka La tranchée (France)
Shut the fuck up! These do too count! They're listed on the IMDB page, aren't they?...

  1. "Breakfast" .... Himself (1 episode, 2008)
    Episode dated 30 June 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Himself
  2. The Story of 'Perfume' (2007) (V) .... Himself
  3. "Richard & Judy" .... Himself (1 episode, 2007)
    Episode dated 8 February 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Himself

Here is a lovely photograph for your time:

P.S. (500) Days of Summer? Fucking awesome. Zooey Deschanel is too cute for words. Matthew Gray Gubler will never ever be anyone but Dr. Reid to me but it was nice to see him anyway! And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is goddamn sexy. When did that happen? I swear, he never used to be so hot. I could barely concentrate on the movie between my drooling over him and Zooey.

P.P.S. I lurve this mood icon! It is one of my favorite PD scenes ever. Hilarious!

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I got my Who Killed Amanda Palmer book today! Finally. I've only had a quick glance through the pictures but it is glorious. And grotesque. It is gloriously grotesque.

I'm seeing the Decemberists tomorrow. I'm not even all that excited about it, strangely. Though I know I will be once I'm actually there. I just hate that it takes so fucking long to get there. And also, the money. I hate money. I just spent almost everything I was trying to save for the concert on food today. Just food! Food can be ridiculously expensive. Also, I need to buy more books because none of the ones I have right now are looking very appealing to me. So I don't think I'm going to be buying anything at the show... unless it's like $5. Oh well. It's the experience that counts, blah blah blah, right?

I've been super busy lately. Which explains why I haven't been posting every other day. This is probably a good thing.

P.S. I watched this movie, Enduring Love, a few days ago because it's got BEN!!11!! in it. But he was only in it for a few minutes. Sadness. He looked adorable though. And it was an okay movie. The book's probably better though. I should read the book.

P.P.S. If all goes as planned, I think I am going to see (500) Days of Summer this weekend! I've been wanting to see it for weeks and it's finally come out as close to here as it's going to. ZOOEY! Also, I actually didn't really know all that much about this movie except that she was in it, so I watched a trailer the other day and ZOMG MY LOVER MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER IS IN IT!!!! How did I not know this? So I pretty much have to see it now.

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So. I found out a few days ago that my ex-best friend - who abruptly stopped talking to me right before high school because she wanted to be popular - is about to have a baby, dropped out of community college, and has a loser on-again/off-again boyfriend who lives with her and her parents. I can't help thinking that if we would've stayed friends, this wouldn't have happened. I mean, this is the girl who used to nearly have a breakdown if she got so much as an A- on a test or something. Anyway, it sure makes me feel like less of a fuck-up. At least I'm not pregnant. I mean, being pregnant at 19 is not the same as being pregnant at 16 but still, I wouldn't want to be pregnant at 19 either and I'm sure she wasn't exactly planning on it (and if she was, that's even sadder). I'm not convinced I want to be pregnant ever, really. I want to know some statistics on teenage pregnancy around here; it seems like there are more girls getting pregnant every year and it's really sad. People can be such idiots.

Anyway, I don't like talking about real life on the internet so...

Movies I've watched recently (and by recently, I mean within the past several weeks) that are worth noting:

Lolita (1997) - I thought this was going to be terrible but it was surprisingly good. I think I like the '62 version slightly better though. This one is more true to the story itself but the older adaptation is more true to the darkly humorous tone of the story which I think is more important. This version is just so serious and overwrought in comparison. The acting in both was pretty equally good however this one loses points for Melanie Griffith who was abysmal as Mrs. Haze; she was always talking in this annoying baby voice with a stilted delivery and I couldn't stand it - thank God she dies so early on. I can't decide which Lolita I enjoyed more though. Dominique Swain is more like the book's description of Lolita, since she's brunette, and I thought she was a better actress technically. But Sue Lyon just had a very magnetic presence on screen and even though she's a blonde, I picture her more readily for some reason when I think the word Lolita. They were both pretty close to perfect though.

Harold and Maude - I wasn't sure about this at first but then I started to like it a lot. It was so funny. I was dying during the sequence where the two of them concoct a plan to get Harold out of joining the military, dying. And I also highly enjoyed all of his faked suicide scenarios. I wasn't expecting the ending to get so depressing though so that kind of caught me off guard. Maybe I'm just dense but I totally thought that the car crash at the end was real and didn't even think it could be another staged death until it was revealed. So I was kind of extremely shocked for a minute there.

The United States of Leland - Insanely depressing movie. The ending was so sad. And Ryan Gosling was very good, no surprise. It was kind of jarring to watch though because he seems like a different person completely in this movie compared to Half Nelson or something. Everything about him is totally changed. It's pretty impressive.

Metropolitan - Very funny movie though it might be kind of hard to pick that out at first because everything sounds so serious that it's difficult to see a joke when it's there. But I enjoyed it a lot more and picked up on a lot more the second time I watched it. I am just so fascinated by people who live like they do in this movie. I don't know why but I'm so drawn to these kinds of characters. Also, it's a very talk-y movie which is also something I enjoy a lot. Dialogue = my best friend. I won't try to explain any of the funny parts because they don't seem so funny out-of-context. I want to own this movie but the DVD costs like $35 and I am poor.

Chapter 27 - Oh my God. This is such a terrible film. First of all, no matter how much weight he gained for it or how creepy he makes his voice sound, it just takes a much better actor than Jared Leto to convincingly pull off a role like this (that is, if the actor actually had good material to work with, which this movie is not). With him, I just wanted to laugh at his inferior abilities the entire time. Second of all, nothing happens until the last five minutes. I think the fact is just that, basically, Mark David Chapman wasn't all that interesting apart from killing John Lennon, definitely not interesting enough for an entire movie to revolve around him anyway. Third, could the Catcher in the Rye references be any more heavy-handed?!? God, I get it: Chapman is Holden Caulfield! You don't have to explain it to me seventy-five more times. Honestly, Lindsay Lohan was the best thing about this movie. Probably because she had hardly any lines to screw up in the first place.

Bruno - I am pretty easily amused so I thought this was hilarious. There were a few moments though that were just awkward - not awkward-funny, just awkward-awkward. But then there were also some parts that were so hysterically funny I couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard. There were only a handful of people in the theater watching this though and none of them were laughing so I was kind of trying to hold it in because it's weird to be laughing by yourself in a quiet theater. Anyway, it was funny. Though I was also just appalled and embarrassed by some of the idiots who he meets.

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Uh. LJ is ridiculous with its entry size limits. So this post is just to save the reviews of movies that I particularly care about. If they're stupid movies or bad movies or whatever, I don't really care to remember what I thought about them. Unless they involve Ben Whishaw. That's the only reason for keeping one or two bad reviews around. (Though, as it turns out, most of the good reviews I care about enough to keep involve him too. Good Lord, I have a problem.)

Reviews/Ratings )
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I just made this awesome mix. There is no particular theme except that it is full of songs I've loved over the past couple of months. And it is awesome. Epic, really. The funny thing is I did most of the ordering of the songs in my head without even listening to them and it actually turned out surprisingly well that way. Are you ready for how mindblowing this tracklisting is?

  1. Neko Case and Her Boyfriends - Furnace Room Lullaby
  2. Kristin Hersh - Beestung
  3. Dirty Projectors - Cannibal Resource
  4. Andrew Bird - Heretics
  5. Stars - Krush
  6. Regina Spektor - Machine
  7. Bright Eyes - Easy/Lucky/Free
  8. O+S - The Fox
  9. The Decemberists - Odalisque
  10. Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - Talking in Code
  11. Destry - Take Me
  12. Okkervil River - The Latest Toughs
  13. Joanna Newsom - Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
  14. Andrew Bird - Armchairs
  15. Camera Obscura - Away with Murder
  16. St. Vincent - The Party
  17. Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy
  18. Jeniferever - Opposites Attract

I know it's kind of taboo to include two songs by the same artist on a mix (not to mention the fact that they're both from the same album at that) but I couldn't help it. I love both of those songs and couldn't decide which one to leave out and they both fit so well. Anyway, yes, I am in love with it. And will listen to it a lot. And will most likely be posting the songs for download at[ profile] urgencytobleed soon.

In other news, I can't post anymore in my big "movies I've watched this year" post because of Livejournal's stupid size limit. So I guess I'll just have to talk about the important ones in new entries after I watch them. So here are a few random thoughts on movies I've seen lately:

We were bored last Sunday and decided to go to the theater. There weren't many good movies playing so we decided on Year One, purely based on the fact that Michael Cera is in it. It was kind of a dumb movie - okay, a really dumb movie - and the laughs were predictable but it was still funny, in that mindless "I shouldn't be laughing at this because it's so stupid but I can't help it" way, though it could've been funnier. Michael Cera was the second best thing about it. The first best thing was David Cross. He's another one of those people who makes things that aren't even funny at all seem funny anyway and he was involved in all the best bits. Anyway, it was a good way to waste a boring Sunday regardless. I also bought the new Regina Spektor album. I don't even really like it all that much but I feel weird if I have all of an artist's albums and don't go out and buy the new one as soon as possible; I guess that's my obsessive-compulsive side showing - I can barely sleep right if I don't complete my collection right away. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but still.

After finishing the book, I watched the 1962 version of Lolita since the newer adaptation of it is not available on Netflix and, shockingly, I enjoyed it a whole lot. Oh my God, Shannon liked a movie made in the sixties! This is very surprising news. I always write off older stuff as hard to enjoy because of the datedness in all categories: movies, music and, to a lesser extent, books (with books, my cut-off date is anything written before the 20th century; with everything else, I really have a hard time truly liking stuff made before the '90s - this is a bad generalization to make, I know, but I just hate listening to/watching stuff that hasn't aged very well). But anyway, I liked this movie a whole lot more than I thought I would. It was actually pretty funny and the acting was really good, so good that I didn't mind the changes made from the novel; for example, the character of Clare Quilty was given a much larger role in the film but the actor that played him was so hilarious that it was okay - plus I was totally confused (and didn't even remember who he was) when the huge reveal involving him was made at the end of the book so I think I liked it better that he was more present throughout. The only thing that bothered me was that everything - and I mean everything - involving Humbert and Lolita's romantic relationship was left up to the imagination. This can't really be helped because of the times the movie was made in but, still, because of the vagueness of that important piece of the story, the film didn't leave me feeling nearly as affected by the end as the novel did. Oh, I also didn't like the fact that Dolores was called Lolita by everyone in the movie; in the book, only Humbert calls her that and it kind of encapsulates his whole obsession with "nymphets" into one nickname so it being used so openly in the movie totally waters down the meaning of it. I am trying to (with slow success; damn Rapidshare!) procure the 1997 version so I can compare; apparently, that's closer to the book but less critically successful. So I will be watching that sometime in the hopefully near future.

Also, I just watched Milk for the first time a few days ago and, oh my goodness, it was so good and so depressing but kind of uplifting at the same time. And the acting was all super amazing as well. And on a totally shallow note, there were so many pretty men in this movie that it was kind of overwhelming. It was a very nice movie to look at. As well as being very well-done.

With that in mind, here's my cute boy of the day:

(That was actually the exact picture I was looking for and it was the first result on Google. So adorable.)

Also I posted this picture the other day but it was hidden behind a cut and if I'm mentioning cute boys, I have to put this out in the open for everyone and anyone to see because it is the cutest thing evarrrrrrrr. Seriously.

I love my Ben, I do, I do. Okay, bye for now.

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I've come to the sudden realization that I think I spend more time looking for new books to read than actually reading the books I already have. Seriously. I have probably fifteen to twenty books sitting on my shelves that I've yet to open; despite that, I've spent the last few hours savagely investigating new ones and trying to find them for as cheap as possible so that I can buy as many as possible and bookmarking them for purchase. I guess there are just times when I'm not in the mood for anything I currently have but then I stumble upon some random recommendation and read the summary and it just speaks to me and I need it now. For real - I've got almost fifteen books that I think I need right! this! instant! and I'm finding it almost impossible to narrow it down anymore. And I know I can't afford them all at once (or shouldn't anyway - I do have the money but I need to start being more careful with it) but it's going to kill me when I have to make the decision not to buy some right now. But that's so stupid! It's not like I'm going to read them all right now! But I just need them. It's such a hard feeling to explain. It's seriously a sickness at this point. But I love it. I love the feeling of reading a plot summary and having my hairs stand on end because it just sounds so perfect and exactly what I'm craving at that moment. Of course, that just makes it all the more disappointing if I end up being underwhelmed by the book once I actually read it, but when that feeling is just intensified once you're finished reading - so amazing.

Anyway, I think what sparked this current phase of obsessive book investigating was watching American Psycho on IFC last week. It inspired me to look up the book and then look up the rest of Bret Easton Ellis' work and after doing that, I've come to the conclusion that pretty much all of his novels sound like they were written specifically to fit my literary tastes from their summaries. Seriously. They all sound so good to me. American Psycho is actually the least interesting-sounding one right now and I'm especially intrigued by his first two books which I absolutely must get. If I do not love them as much as I think I will, I might cry. Because they seem so me! They are literally speaking to me and I barely know anything about them.

Also, apparently his first novel, Less Than Zero, was highly influential in the making of this movie called Nowhere (which is not available on DVD in the States even though it's got like... every teen heartthrob '90s star in it; seriously - Ryan Phillipe, Alyssa Milano, Christina Applegate, it's pretty impressive) and I also saw that movie on IFC forever ago and, oh my God, it was the most fucked up thing I've ever seen. Soooooo weird and trippy and vulgar. I'm kinda upset it's not widely available because I want to watch it again just because it was so damn ridiculous. So if that book is anything like it, I'm sure it'll be highly amusing.

And, semi-related but really not... before American Psycho came on, there was this short little featurette on Bright Star which I unfortunately only saw about ten seconds of but that one glimpse of Ben Whishaw made my heart get all fluttery like the little fangirl I am. Ahhhhhh. Now that I'm not so obsessed I forget how much I love him but then I see his face and I freak out again. I <3 Ben. Unfortunately, I will probably not be able to see this movie for ages after it comes out (or any of the others he's currently working on, probably) because I have to live in the stupid middle-of-nowhere where they only show the popular stuff and not the artistic indie stuff.

Buuuuuut... some of the popular stuff is not so bad. My sister and I went to Drag Me to Hell a couple days ago and it was insane and disgusting (seriously, all the stuff going into and out of mouths - ick!) and ridiculous - and I mean all of those as compliments, by the way - and ultimately mind-blowing and awesome. I still can't think straight about it. Horror movies don't generally have such an impact on me but I'm still thinking about the ending. It was executed to perfection.

Anyway, this really had no point. I just had to ramble for awhile. I really need to try and write something besides rambly journal entries; I haven't even attempted anything in so long and it's just making me even more rusty. But I've been so lazy the past few weeks. Not just in writing but in everything. I don't know why. I guess summer just makes me feel like not doing anything.


Jun. 3rd, 2009 12:45 am
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  • New layout. Just 'cause. It annoys me that the sidebar is not the same color as the rest of the page but apparently that can't be changed easily. And I am far too lazy to actually put any effort into how this thing looks.
  • I didn't really care for most of the Dark Was the Night compilation (mostly because I don't really care for most of the artists on it) but My Brightest Diamond's cover of "Feeling Good" and Feist and Ben Gibbard's rendition of "Train Song" are my jams right now. When I listen to "Feeling Good", I can't help lip-syncing along while making dramatic faces and arm motions. It's that intense. It makes me want to be Shara Worden. I also do this to her two songs on The Hazards of Love. She's just so badass.
  • I'm also kind of obsessed with the new Mew song, "Introducing Palace Players" - it's a very interesting combination of weird and dance-y. Like, it's shifting time signatures all over the place and you've got this guy singing in a crazy high voice about God knows what but then it's so catchy. It makes me want to shake my booty excessively. In other words, totally hot. I didn't really like this band until I heard this song. But now I'm getting all into their other stuff too. Another new album to look forward to! Yay!
  • Aleks is leaving Los Campesinos! This makes me a sad girl. At least she is doing it not because of band tensions but because she wants to do the respectable thing and finish school. But still. Being in a rock band is so much cooler! In my opinion. Anyway, they are doing one more tour with her this summer but they are not coming here which makes me even sadder. But they have also apparently finished (or are finishing?) their next record which will still have her on it so I imagine they'll be releasing it soon-ish because it'd be a bit weird to put it out after a replacement has already taken over. They are so prolific. Three albums in less than two years? Craziness. I hope it's good.
  • One last bit of music-related blabber. Thank God I was bored and, since I have fallen back in love with her lately, just looked up Mandy Moore on Wikipedia. 'Cause it informed me that there is a special Target edition of her newest album with bonus tracks just like there was for Wild Hope. They are only demos of album tracks but still, any kind of extras make my day. And we are going shopping on Thursday. I can't wait. Mandy is my homegirl and the album is really growing on me. The end of "Fern Dell" is insane. Every time I listen to it, I just can't help thinking how happy I am she's broken out of the pop princess mold and become a legit artist. I feel like she's my baby and I've watched her grow up or something... probably because I used to own her teenybopper albums and I thought "Candy" was totally amazing back when it was first released. I was, like, ten then. Oh my God. That song is not appropriate for a ten-year-old to enjoy! It seems really sweet and innocent on the surface but it's kind of racy. So, anyway, yeah, I feel like I've kind of grown up with her. She's the only singer I listened to back in my horrible taste days that I don't feel embarrassed at all about still liking now. Oh wait, No Doubt too but they were always good; they just happened to be popular hence my listening to them back then.
  • Also about Mandy Moore, my sister and I watched Saved! a few days ago when we were bored and I forgot how much I love that movie. It's so fucking hilarious. And one of the only decent movies Mandy's been in, haha. I enjoy her music but I can't say that I enjoy most of her films. Anyway, yes, this movie is great. "I'm the father. I'm the boyfriend. I'm his boyfriend." Heh. That part always makes me crack up. And also, "I just ran my van into Jesus!"
  • Ugh. I really want to work on my story because I am so close to finishing it but I have not been in the writing zone at all lately. I feel like everything I attempt to write sucks complete ass. Even stuff I'm almost copying word-for-word from my notebook that I wrote ages ago. I'm just in a rut. And it's really annoying. I feel like the longer it takes, the less connection I'll have to these characters and the less enthusiastic I'll feel about finishing it. But I just can't do it! And it frustrates me so much.
  • I've also barely been reading anything lately. I'm in a rut there too. If I read too many books in a short period of time, I start to feel overwhelmed and worn out and just want to take a break for awhile. I did finish reading Eliot's collected poetry though so I think I'm going to start on something new soon. Once I get started, I'm usually fine and it's hard to pull myself away but it's the actual getting started that seems like so much work for me. I think I just look at my huge collection of unread books and get freaked out and don't know where to start and also I'm afraid I won't like something that I want to like, etc. Basically, these are all super lame reasons and I should just suck it up and start something.
  • I think our computer needs a new video card. Sometimes, the screen will randomly go black for no reason and today when I had to restart it after it did that, the error report said it had something to do with the video card. I don't know where to start with that really technical stuff though. Basic computer problems I can handle. Installing new hardware and deciding what to buy and all that shit is much scarier.
  • I really need to watch This Film Is Not Yet Rated. I moved it to the top of my Netflix queue after randomly reading the Wikipedia entry on the MPAA (Can you tell I get bored often and therefore end up looking up the most random shit ever? In this particular instance, I somehow went from J.D. Salinger to film ratings; not sure how that happened.) and now it's been sitting around for weeks because I'm not really interested in the topic anymore. But I would just feel wrong if I sent it back without watching it. I need to do it soon though so I can get the last disc of the first season of Dead Like Me since, for some retarded reason, the last few episodes aren't available on Netflix Instant.
  • Let's end things on another music note. I am so fucking pissed off about my Yeah Yeah Yeahs pre-order! This album came out more than two months ago and I still haven't gotten it. I emailed the company a couple weeks after the release date and they told me I had to wait until it had been four weeks for delivery even though I knew that if it hadn't gotten to me by then, it wasn't going to. Of course I was right so I contact them again last week or so and they claim they're sending a new copy. And if I don't get that one, I'm just going to give up and be out $20+ for no reason because I can't deal with it anymore. What sucks even more is that the only reason I purchased it from their website was because I thought the deluxe edition was exclusive to it but then I found out it's on Amazon for way cheaper and if I'd have ordered it from there I never would've had to deal with all this crap. Argh! It's so frustrating. I mean, it's not like I don't have the album downloaded but still, I want my physical copy, damn it!
  • I think that's all. Actually, I was out of things I specifically wanted to mention about five bullets ago but I kept thinking up more random stuff to waste my time talking about. But now I'm all dried up. So. Goodnight.
  • Edited to add: You know Zoeey Deschanel is awesome when she can turn an advert for cotton into a freakin' amazing song. Check it out. (The actual commercial is pretty damn cute too. I've been seeing it on TV every once in awhile. She's so adorable. <3) I've decided I would seriously be okay with it if she decided to quit acting and just do music. I mean, I like watching her act because she's so cute but it's not like she's a revelation of an actress or anything. I just want more pretty songs!
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This is the best.

"Stay exactly where you are... and take off that beard!"
"Damned if I do."

"I sincerely apol - I - oh to hell with you all. *maniacal laughter*"

"Meanwhile, tears coursing down her face, the honorable Agatha Runcible, whose repulsive liaison with the prime minister shocked the nation this week, bewailed her 'ruined, bogus, vapid, bogus, and worthless life'... Yes, two boguses."

This movie is so quotable. Well, a lot of the great quotes come from the book but even the stuff that's not from the book. I watched it again a couple days ago and loved it even more. <3

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Ugh. I fucking hate RapidShare. I already knew this but I fucking hate it with a passion right now. It keeps trying to tell me I can't download stuff because I'm already downloading a file and it is driving me insane! I am not downloading anything! I haven't downloaded anything in, like, twelve hours! Goddamn it.

Anyway, deep breaths, deep breaths.

It is my goal to watch everything on Ben's IMDB page. Is it possible?

I crossed out what I've already seen and italics  = I plan on watching it very soon.

  1. The Tempest (2009) (filming) .... Ariel
  2. Bright Star (2009) (post-production) .... John Keats [These two are not out yet so obviously they don't count right now - but, holy crap, do I want them to come out right this instant.]
  3. Brideshead Revisited (2008) .... Sebastian Flyte
  4. "Criminal Justice" .... Ben Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)
    Episode #1.5 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.4 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.3 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.2 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    Episode #1.1 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
  5. I'm Not There. (2007) .... Arthur
    ... aka I'm Not There (Germany) (USA: poster title)
  6. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) .... Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
    ... aka Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders (Germany)
    ... aka Parfum - Histoire d'un meurtrier, Le (France)
    ... aka Perfume (International: English title: informal short title)
    ... aka Perfume - Historia de un asesino, El (Spain)
    ... aka Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International: English title)
  7. Stoned (2005) .... Keith Richards
  8. "Nathan Barley" .... Pingu (5 episodes, 2005)
    Episode #1.6 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.5 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.4 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.3 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    Episode #1.1 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
  9. Layer Cake (2004) .... Sidney
    ... aka L4yer Cake (USA: DVD box title)
  10. Enduring Love (2004) .... Spud
  11. The Merchant of Venice (2004) (uncredited) .... Servant to Portia
    ... aka Mercante di Venezia, Il (Italy)
    ... aka William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (USA: complete title)
  12. 77 Beds (2003) .... Ishmael [Really strange short film. And he's got some weird mustache thing going on in it that I do not approve of.]
  13. The Booze Cruise (2003) (TV) .... Daniel
    ... aka Cheers and Tears (International: English title)
  14. Ready When You Are Mr. McGill (2003) (TV) .... Bruno
  15. Spiritual Rampage (2002) [Even stranger short film. This is the only thing I've seen him in so far that I have not been attracted to him at all in - it's just way too... weird.]
  16. My Brother Tom (2001) .... Tom
  17. Baby (2001/I) .... Little Joe [Another strange short film. I do not understand. Well, I do but is it supposed to have a point? That I do not know.]
  18. "Other People's Children" (2000) TV series .... Sully (unknown episodes)
  19. "Black Cab" .... Ryan (1 episode, 2000)
        - Work (2000) TV episode .... Ryan
  20. Mauvaise passe (1999) .... Jay
    ... aka The Escort
    ... aka The Wrong Blonde
  21. The Trench (1999) .... Pte. James Deamis
    ... aka Tranchée, La (France)
  1. "Breakfast" .... Himself (1 episode, 2008) (Youtube)
    Episode dated 30 June 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Himself
  2. The Story of 'Perfume' (2007) (V) .... Himself
  3. "Richard & Judy" .... Himself (1 episode, 2007) (Youtube)
    Episode dated 8 February 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Himself
So... the relatively easy-to-find stuff is taken care of. I've seen a couple more of these on Netflix but didn't add them because his part is probably miniscule but of course I'm going to end up adding them anyway. The really early stuff... that will probably be the hardest to find. And is probably not worth it, honestly. But whatever. It's not like I have anything better to do.

P.S. This is adorable:

I've seen a few pictures from the filming of Brideshead of scenes that are totally not in the movie and it makes me sad because the deleted scenes that are on the DVD are a total waste of time. All but one, I think, are just extended versions of scenes that are already in the film. And none of them are Charles/Sebastian scenes (which the pictures I've seen are) so they obviously fail. Why couldn't they put some real deleted scenes on there? 'Cause, you know, I could watch a five-hour montage of Ben and Matthew Goode messing around like the couple-minute one in the movie and be totally enthralled the entire time and probably want to watch it ten million more times. I mean, who wouldn't want to see some of this:

It'd be so entertaining, right? I am entertained just staring at the picture already.

Also, it's probably me being weird, but Ben looks completely different in this movie to me. It's probably the combination of the hair and the period clothing and the effeminate mannerisms and the fact that he actually has to act happy in a large portion of it but... I don't know. It just looks so unlike him to me. But still adorable. Of course. Okay, I lied. The whole time I was watching My Brother Tom, I just kept thinking "SEBASTIAN! SEBASTIAN!" so obviously this can't be true.

Anyway, I obviously still have the brain of an obsessive fangirl. I'm working on it, I swear; it's just very hard!


oh my god.

Jan. 28th, 2009 11:33 am
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I feel like all I ever do lately is gush over how adorable people are. I'm so shallow. But I'm going to do it some more anyway.

I'm running out of things to put here. )

P.S. Isn't this Matthew Gray Gubler icon that I found the cutest thing ever? Yes, it is. And now I'll stop going on about how adorable everything is and try not to post again until it's actually something of substance.

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I haven't posted an actual new entry since the beginning of the month so here is a brief bulleted list of random things that are on my mind right now:

  • My Best of '08 list can be found here. I'm rather happy with it as of right now. Let's see how I feel in a year.
  • I've been updating my ongoing list of things I've read, watched, and listened to this year regularly so check that out if you're interested in my opinions on things like that.
  • So now that I'm done with '08 albums, I'm already onto '09 ones. I've kind of downloaded a bunch and not kept most of them after one listen because they weren't really things I thought I would like much in the first place but I have found one gem so far: A Camp's Colonia. It is Nina Persson from the Cardigans' solo/side project and this is her second release and it is so so so beautiful. "Golden Teeth and Silver Medals" came up on shuffle a week or so ago and I fell so in love that I was afraid to listen to the rest in case it didn't measure up but the whole thing is gorgeous. Lovely pop songs bathed in beautiful string and brass arrangements, smart lyrics, and Nina's flawlessly pretty voice. So so good.
  • Also, Asobi Seksu - Hush. It's no Citrus but it sounds pretty good; I still have to listen to it more to really get a feel for it. However, I can say that Yuki's voice is amazing on this record.
  • Okay, I am going to attempt to say this without making it sound totally weird, but I am insanely attracted to Andrew Bird. Like, I'm not even that into his music (though I could see myself liking it more if I actually gave it more than my passing attention) and it's not really a physical attraction (though he is a rather good-looking man) but I'm just, like... attracted to him as a person or something. I don't know. I can't explain it. But every time I see or hear about him, I'm just instantly interested and intrigued for some reason.
  • And also, I'm very excited for Maria Taylor's new album. From the two songs she's released so far (three if you count the version of the title track that's on Savannah Drive) this could potentially be her best album yet. Though, is it troubling that I'm actually more excited about Andy LeMaster's involvement than about Maria herself? I mean, I love the girl. But I'm slightly obsessed with Andy. Anyway, yes, I am looking forward to it.
  • I'm going to attempt to work on some writing today or tomorrow so I should have something in that department to post soon.
  • Also, I uploaded about a million new Sims 2 pictures here and here. So if you actually care about that, there you go.
  • Also, PRESIDENT OBAMA. It is so surreal to me still. I was about ten when Bush went into office so I don't really have any proper memories of anyone but him as president since politics weren't exactly on my mind at eight years old. So it's so strange to have a new one. Every time I hear "President Obama" on the news I just kind of can't believe it. So exciting, though.
  • Also, I sure use the word "also" a lot, don't I? Also, also, also.

Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to take a moment to indulge myself and drool over all the pretty:


Okay, I'm done now.


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