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Trying to get back into the swing of things
Apropos of nothing much, I'll tell you that I tried to watch the third Mummy movie last night, and I could not get fifteen minutes into it--because I can forgive a lot, and I can have a lot of fun with stuff that isn't actually good, but I just could not, not, not get behind Maria Bello replacing Rachel Weisz (who I love in the first movie). They just weren't even the same character--Rachel Weisz brought a kind of giddy can-do energy to Evie, whereas Maria Bello had this arch, coy, detached take on the whole thing (and how much of that is due to her wrestling with a fake accent, I don't know).

But I will give the movie this: the first time we hear Bello!Evie, she's reading aloud from a novel she's published (a thinly fictionalized version of her own adventures). Then a woman in the audience stands up and asks if she based the heroine on herself, and then we see Bello!Evie for the first time as she says, all but winking at the camera, "No, I can honestly say she is a completely different person." I laughed so hard.

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Yeah, exact same reaction here!

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I am really inappropriately excited for my whole family to load up into the car and see Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Day

Why inappropriately? I'm gonna be there, too (probably cringing the whole time...gah, I'm such a purist...) I have high hopes for this, but expect to be disappointed.

Does anyone remember the Young Sherlock Holmes movie from like the 70s or 80s? I used to love it. This Sherlock Holmes looks like they all grew up and are still fighting like crazy.

I dunno, my BA in Lit weeps for the source material, but my other parts all say "fuck yes, please now moar!". :/

I remember that movie! And the weird semi-supernatural elements, too; I wonder if people will start pointing at it, as you did, saying, "Hey! That!"

The Mummy was my introduction to Rachel Weisz (and John Hannah) and I fell in instant love. She's so darn cute and brought a sweet naivete and innocence to the part that I don't think Maria Bello could pull off. I remember seeing some First Look at a theater for it and "they" admitted they let Maria Bello use her own interpretation rather than try to emulate Rachel Weisz. Wise choice, as who could ever do but a pale imitation of RW, but would certainly detract from the idea of a sequel!

There was a trailer for M3 after some awesome trailer (The Dark Knight? something of that ilk) and it just looked awful. Even the trailer was B-quality and looked ridiculous.

Why, oh why didn't they just kill Evie off and go "Look! New girlfriend!"

As ridiculous as they are, I love the first two Mummy movies so freaking much. I really wish they hadn't touched them any further at all, but if Rachel Weisz has been in the third one I would have seen it, as bad as it looked.

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Wow, Daddy!Kirk suddenly got a ridiculous amount of game. He's cute as all get out, but MAN that's some big lead roles all of a sudden.

And nothing compares to the charmingness that is Rachel Weisz as Evie. She was just so plucky and capable and I adore her.

I thought we had reached the epic fail of our creativity with this G.I. Joe movie (though it does have Nine in it) but then...

Battleship? Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

Especially since How I Met Your Mother has already ruined the game eternally for me.

My favorite reaction to Antichrist has to be Manohla Dargis's, via Roger Ebert's blog: When it was all over, we staggered up the aisles. Manohla Dargis, the merry film critic of The New York Times, confided that she left softly singing "That's Entertainment!" But yeah, this movie sounds horrifying.

Yeah, that is an awesome awesome reaction to any horrifying film. Hee.

Huh. So that's why Nick Frost has been growing his hair out.

I went off Lars Von Trier's films before and after Breaking the Waves - I know some people liked Dancer in the Dark, but seriously, that man is more screwed up that Cronenberg was in the 80s.

I don't know that I so much liked Dancer in the Dark, but I've never had such a violent, prolonged, emotional, tearful reaction to any other movie (seriously, I started sobbing uncontrollably about halfway through, and I didn't stop until over an hour after it was over). When he finds a nerve, he doesn't just hit it, he bludgeons it to death.

True Blood cannot come quick enough!

Screw you Fox!
It's too late to make up for canning Firefly and Dollhouse is really terrible. The execs just don't want Joss to throw a shitfit and take his toys home.

This is the "shameless asskissing" phase of Whedon's gradual transformation into George Lucas.



Also, I was starting to get worried at the lack of New Moon Media Frenzy. It would not be Twilight unless at least four minorly teen-oriented news groups covered every little detail of it. All the time. No matter how trivial or useless. While making said details sound much more important than they really are. And making it all Serious Business.

(And yet I watch it unfold with glee.)

Oh, I love watching MTV and EW try to one-up each other on pointless coverage. MTV has two--two!--RPattz birthday posts, so EW is like, "Here are 26 set pics that everyone already saw on ONTD, BOOYAH!" And MTV's breathless LATE NIGHT EXCLUSIVE reveal of New Moon's... logo... was hilarious.

OMFG I am so DEFINITELY going to see Sherlock now. That was one of the best trailers I've seen in a long time. The chemistry between Holmes and Watson is PERFECT, and RDJ gets to do his fabulous comedy bits, along with great action. Well done, Guy Ritchie! (Way to show Madonna that you've moved on and don't need all that alimony.)

And I just realized that it comes out ON MY BIRTHDAY. HELL YES!!