Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
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Whee! I got tons of work done on LOTR today, and then I had Vladimir give me feedback on everything I'd written (which was no easy job for, considering that I was feeding him paragraphs upon paragraphs through IM, because it never occurred to me to, y'know, email him a document or anything). Then The Lovely Emily and I went to see the Lemony Snicket movie, which is, quite frankly, the first movie I've seen in a theater since King Arthur all of five months ago, which is just sad. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie--I'd read pretty finicky reviews, and I was expecting total overacting from Jim Carrey, but mostly... he kept the "inappropriate" overacting confined to the early Count Olaf segments, where it kind of made sense for Olaf as a narcissistic actor. When he was doing the whole Stefano/Captain Sham thing, he stayed in character pretty well, so I'm willing to give him a pass. When he is on the ball as Olaf, he's fantastic, and totally wigged me out in the whole dressing room scene near the end when he has all the theater makeup drawn on. The kids are all fabulous, and I'm sort of in love with Liam Aiken now. The movie covers the first three books, but the end of the first has been moved to the end of the entire movie, and there's a bit with the kids stranded in a locked car on train tracks instead that was actually really good. Also: the house on Lachrymose Lake collapsing is way scarier than anything in a kid's movie has any right to be, and I actually started crying during the last scene of the movie. On the other hand, I didn't really like the movie's Mr. Poe--I had always imagined him as being meeker and more of a pushover than just blustery and ignorant--and I wanted the Person of Indeterminate Gender to cut more of a Strong Sad-like figure than just look like Craig Ferguson in half a wedding dress. But, you know, all right. The best gag in the movie is one you might not even notice: a cameo by a famous actor who costarred with Meryl Streep (Aunt Josephine) in a movie about... a child custody battle. Awesome.

A major factor I can't really decide whether I like or not: the movie leaves the story open for sequels, but doesn't seem to assume there will automatically be any. You know--what if this movie flops? So, without actually mentioning the VFD, it sort of solves the mystery of how the Baudelaires' house burned down and how all the guardians are connected... in a way that doesn't really solve the books' mysteries or contradict what we know per se, but... I don't know. It does tell you more than the first three books tell you, however, which I wasn't expecting. All that aside, I felt like the movie did right by the books otherwise, and the costumes and sets--and the credits! Stay for the credits!--are fantastic.

Meanwhile, my parents had the woman who's handing over the reins of the Executive Whatever position to George over for dinner, and she was gone by the time I came back, so I loaded up a plate from the massive amounts of fruit and cheese Mom had left over from the appetizer tray, and I'm camped out in front of the computer again. I swore that I'd get LOTR done this weekend or die trying move on to other movies tomorrow, but... I'm in such a good groove now that I kind of don't want to. Oh well.

The LOTR "Fifteen Minutes" is, as previously mentioned, going really well. It's really loopy, actually--it's ended up with all these weird references (William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Garrison Keillor, Dr. Seuss, The Matrix, Gladiator, Alanis Morissette, detergent commercials) that kind of span the gamut from low to high culture, and... I guess I could sit around worrying whether everyone will get all the jokes, but really, after I'm done writing sixty pages (!) of script-format parody, there ought to be something for everyone. I figure, not everyone will get every joke, but every joke will be gotten by someone. (Maybe? I hope...?)

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