@cleolinda: My grandmother can't see her Bible well enough anymore, so my mother found the whole thing on CD, as read by James Earl Jones.
@cleolinda: This was my question. RT @swirlee: What, was the Morgan Freeman edition sold out?
@queenanthai: "THOMAS. I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING."
Did leave the house omg and see Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was... ehhhhh, I don't know. I mean, there are worse ways to spend two hours than listening to Ben Barnes' natural accent (apparently Caspian just ~got over~ the whole pseudo-Spanish thing). And they had to write in a plot structure that the book--a cheerful little wandering travelogue--doesn't have, and they did a pretty good job of bringing several of the episodes together with the theme of "temptation." I would complain about always bringing everything back to the White Witch, but... come on, it's Tilda Swinton. Much like Jello, there's always room for Tilda Swinton. Most of my problems with the movie involved the really obvious Now We Have to Have This Happen Because It Is Our Theme moments. A fifteen-second scene where Caspian tells Edmund he should have Peter's sword after all; a twenty-second scene where Lucy tells Some Little Girl, I Forget Her Name, It Kind of Sounded Like "Gail" that Some Little Girl should want to be herself when she grows up, because that is The Lesson That Lucy Has Learned. Like, these tiny little obligatory micro-scenes--hey, there's Caspian muttering about his father in his sleep for two seconds, because DADDY ISSUES. Have we had the White Witch whisper in Edmund's ear lately? Let's do that again. I don't know--I'm not even saying that little beats like these are bad; I'm just saying, if I'm sitting here thinking about how obligatory they feel, you could have done it more smoothly.
And the kid who plays Eustace--Will Poulter--is amazing. He absolutely acts rings around Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley, and I'm not quite sure how that happened. It's like their acting suffered when the series moved from Disney to Fox--and I always loved Edmund in the two previous movies. But most of their line readings and reactions now are kind of clunky and obvious--like they're reading lines rather than acting naturally. Were they directed differently this time? I remember reading that David Yates made Emma Watson do take after take on his Harry Potter movies until she stopped forcing the lines and got more natural; that's the kind of difference a director can make. I don't know. I just feel really bad, because I want to like this movie, because I love the books, and the movies--no matter which studio they're at--seem to have been made with a lot of love, and there is some really beautiful imagery in there, and Reep is awesome because Reep is always awesome. I just wasn't feeling this one, though.
Let's have a little linkspam. I confess, this is a catch-up pulled from my Twitter, but some really interesting trailers came out that I don't want you to miss. Plus, an update on The Arachnid Musical.
Spider-Man in serious/stable condition; Show resuming with new safety protocols.
The trailer for The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.
The new trailer for Rango, voiced by Johnny Depp.
'Thor' Trailer Hammers Its Way Online.
Watch a Teenage Assassin in the Trailer for Joe Wright's 'Hanna.'
The new trailer and poster for Your Highness.
The UK trailer for Paul, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Watch Pattinson and Witherspoon in the 'Water for Elephants' Trailer.
@cleolinda: I like to think that Veruca Salt was the winner. "DADDY! I *WANT* A *VAMPIRE!*" http://tinyurl.com/27kgbc7
'Dark Tower' Casting Rumors: Viggo Mortensen, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig & Jon Hamm.
Actress Kelly Macdonald Reported to Portray The Grey Lady in "Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
New Looks at Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre' and Scherfig's 'One Day.'
Terry Gilliam's next project takes you into steampunk Britain of 1884.
Starz Sets Premiere Date For 'Camelot.'
George Clooney joins Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
'Hunger Games' exclusive! Director Gary Ross talks about casting Katniss; Suzanne Collins on writing a 'Hunger Games' movie: 'You have to let things go.'
Giger Reteams With Scott for Alien Prequel.
Emily Blunt dishes on time-travel flick "Looper," co-starring Bruce Willis & Joe Gordon-Levitt.
'Black Swan' and 'True Grit' Scores Ineligible for Oscar, Is 'Inception' Next? Which would be sad, because I really love the Inception score, particularly "Mombasa" and "Dream Within a Dream."
And finally: 'Little Fockers' Review: An Obscene Act of Unspeakable Horror.