Thursday, August 29, 2013

A-Z bookish survey

Yes, it's time for another meme about books, this time stolen from Willie!!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Definitely Terry Pratchett. Over 40 books and counting!

Best Sequel Ever:
'The Lost World' by Michael Crichton. Don't judge it by the movie version, which was complete and utter shit. Or 'Redwoodian' by Alysia Gray Painter, because OMG SQUEE.

Currently Reading:
'Magic Bites' by Ilona Andrews, and 'At Home' by Bill Bryson.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Usually just water. Unless it's the middle of the afternoon, and then it's hot chocolate.

E-reader or Physical Book?
When I'm travelling, it's an e-reader because it means I can carry around a millionty books without paying a small fortune for excess baggage or breaking my back carrying them around. But otherwise, I prefer physical books. The e-book system that libraries use in Australia isn't compatible with Kindles, which means I need to buy any e-book that I want to read, so it's impractical to rely solely on my Kindle!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Uhhhhhhhhhhhh. I honestly have no idea. Maybe Cricket from Stephanie Perkins' 'Lola and the Boy Next Door'??

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
'Beauty Queens' by Libba Bray. Ordinarily, I probably would have been put off by the cover. But it was for a class I took last year on YA, and I had to read a certain number of books off a long list of authors, one of whom was Libba Bray. I'm so glad I read it, because holy CRAP this book was hilarious.

Hidden Gem Book:
The Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter. These books are SO FREAKING ADORABLE AND SQUEE-WORTHY AND I MUST HAVE MORE OMG (Alysia, I know there's a pretty good chance that you're reading this. Please write faster. Kthxbai <3). Seriously, go and read them. They're only $1.99 for the Kindle editions, and they're a wee bit bonkers but completely fabulous.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Um... When my library removed the limit on the number of books you could borrow?? Either that or the point at which I got sick of having books read to me and just worked out that whole reading thing for myself. Four year old Kirsti got shit done, yo.

Just Finished:
'Wentworth Hall' by Abby Grahame. Don't waste your time, it was pretty awful.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Fifty Shades of Bullshit and all its little friends. Also, I tend to judge books by their covers, and if the cover features nothing but some dude's naked chest, the chances are pretty good that I'll immediately put it back on the shelf. It could be a Booker Prize winner, but if the front cover is a half naked dude or the most middle class white couple ever about to kiss (AHEM, Nicholas Sparks), then it's back on the shelf. Sorry not sorry.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
'Les Miserables', I would guess?

Major book hangover because of:
'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. SO MANY FEELS.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
Two, plus four shelves in a cupboard that are stacked at least two deep, and numerous books shoved in boxes under my bed. Plus my Kindle, which I guess is technically like a bookshelf unto itself?!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
All of them ever?

Preferred Place To Read:
Anywhere and everywhere.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
"I am no longer afraid of getting old. Indeed I can't believe I ever said anything so stupid. So childish. So offensive and arrogant. But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old." - Elizabeth Wein, 'Code Name Verity'.

Reading Regret:
Definitely the Twilight books. I actually threw 'Breaking Dawn' across the room in anger at one point.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The True Blood books. I've read them all except the last one, and I just want to read it so that they're out of my life. Because they've gotten progressively shittier, but I still need to know what happens in the end, you know???

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen
'Carpe Jugulum' by Terry Pratchett
'The Lollipop Shoes' by Joanne Harris

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
John Green, all things Harry Potter, Gail Carriger, Terry Pratchett.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Veronica Roth's 'Allegient', Rainbow Rowell's 'Fangirl', Stephanie Perkins' 'Isla and the Happily Ever After', and Alysia Gray Painter's 'Fairwil'.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Skim reading. Because I'm a fast reader anyway, I sometimes can't tell when I'm skim reading. So I'll turn the page and have absolutely no idea what a character is talking about because I skim read the previous passage and missed it. Whoops?

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
'Timeless' by Gail Carriger.

Your latest book purchase:
In physical form, it was Bill Bryson's 'At Home'. In e-book format? J. Meyers' 'Anywhere'.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
'The Cuckoo's Calling' by Robert Galbraith (*cough* J.K. Rowling *cough*)

So there you have it! What's your bookish A-Z?

K xx

Monday, August 26, 2013

Movie Monday: Mamma Mia


Well, hello! You probably thought I was dead, huh? Yeah, it turns out this whole making a vlog every day for a whole month thing takes up a shit ton of time. WHO KNEW?! Your regularly scheduled programming will recommence shortly. And in the meantime, you can watch me make a fool of myself on a daily basis on Youtube. Yay??

Anyway... Today's movie will probably come as no surprise to you if you saw the video that I made for Day 19 of VEDA over on my Youtube channel. I've never seen this on stage, but the movie version is pretty phenomenal. I mean, come on.
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Reasons why Mamma Mia is awesome:
1. The music. Seriously. I mean, how can you not love ABBA?!
2. Meryl Streep. She's brilliant.
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3. Dancing Queen. Both iterations of it.
4. Amanda Seyfried. She's pretty damned fabulous. And it makes me wonder why her singing voice in Les Mis was so reedy and breathy. The added corset, I suppose...
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5. The scenery.
6. Julie Walters and Christine Baranski. OMG, I CAN'T EVEN.
7. Ridiculous dancing in flippers.
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8. Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan (except his singing) and Stellan Skarsgard.
9. The insane costumes.
10. Does Your Mother Know?


11. The world's most awkward wedding.
12. Take A Chance On Me. Oh, Julie Walters. Don't ever change.
13. Waterloo in the end credits. OMG.
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14. Apparently Meryl Streep recorded the vocals for The Winner Takes It All in a single take. Holy hell.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I bought her this. Cost me ten quid and my Johnny Rotten t-shirt."
- "Typical, isn't it? You wait twenty years for a dad, and then three come along at once."
- "Somebody up there has got it in for me. I bet it's my mother."
- "Bugger." "My sentiments exactly."
- "I will not be muscled out by an e...jaculation."
- "You always knew how to make an entrance."
- "What would the father of the bride usually do?" "Pay. Though my dad drew the line at my third."
- "What do you suggest we do with three men?" "Now, THAT takes me back!"

So. Do you love the crap out of this movie, or are you lying? If you're not lying, we MAY have to have words...

K xx

Monday, August 19, 2013

Movie Monday: AFI 100 Years 100 Films edition



So you guys probably know that one of the things I have on my Day Zero list is to watch all 100 films on the AFI's 2007 version of their 100 Years, 100 Films list. I've now ploughed my way through around a third of them, and as I've not had time to prepare a proper post today (VEDA is still taking up pretty much all of my time), I figured that I'd tell you what I thought of them! The numbers against each movie are their rankings in the AFI list.

#1 - Citizen Kane
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Totally not what I was expecting. Orsen Welles was pretty fabulous, considering he acted in, wrote and directed it and he was only like 27. But at the end of the day, the story wasn't all that exciting.

#2 - The Godfather
I've always found this movie kind of confusing - it seems to dump you into the middle of the action with no idea of who anyone is, and as a result I have a hard time keeping the characters straight. I can tell you one thing though - Michael Corleone is a douchebag.

#3 - Casablanca
I'm not a huge fan of Humphrey Bogart for unspecified reasons. There's just something about him that doesn't quite gel for me. Anyway, despite that, I kind of love this movie.

#5 - Singin' in the Rain
YES OMG PERFECT MOVIE IS PERFECT SO MUCH LOVE. I could watch it every single day and never get bored. Appropriately, I'm seeing the stage version on Thursday night.

#6 - Gone with the Wind
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REALLY FREAKING LONG. And the ending was a total anticlimax. Like, throw things at the walls because "THAT'S HOW IT ENDS?!" kind of anticlimax. But I didn't hate it as much as I remembered.

#7 - Lawrence of Arabia 
SO. FREAKING. LONG. Also, not particularly exciting. Not really a fan. The music was good though?

#10 - The Wizard of Oz
FAR more awesome than I remembered. And also a lot shorter. Weird.

#13 - Star Wars Episode IV
I love everything about this film. Provided it's the original theatrical version and not the crappy remastered one.

#14 - Psycho
Awesomeness. Love every second of it. Anthony Perkins is so brilliantly EVERYTHING.

#16 - Sunset Boulevard
She gives new meaning to "crazy eyes". Also, source.
AMAZING. That's all there is to it.

#17 - The Graduate
This generally made me uncomfortable. I blame the Snark Squad's 50 Shades recaps... The ending was kind of odd, but at least the music was good?

#22 - Some Like It Hot
Pure perfection.

#24 - ET
I was TERRIFIED of this movie as a child. As a 30 year old? It's still terrifying. And pretty crap because it's now insanely dated. Mini Drew Barrymore was an unexpected highlight.

#27 - High Noon
Not entirely what I expected, and I'm still not 100% sure about what was happening in some parts.

#31 - The Maltese Falcon
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Another one that wasn't what I was expecting. It was okay, but a little confusing.

#38 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 
Bizarre, from start to finish. Humphrey Bogart does an excellent job of being batshit crazy.

#39 - Dr Strangelove
Totally and utterly bonkers, but also pretty great.

#40 - The Sound of Music 
SO much longer than I remembered, but filled with the most amazing facial expressions. Christopher Plummer gives crazy good bitchface.

#50 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
While I love this movie, I still don't entirely understand why they'd put Fellowship on the list over the other two, which were FAR more interesting in my opinion. The Two Towers is my personal favourite, but about 90% of that is due to Legolas sliding down the stairs on a shield.

#51 - West Side Story
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Meh. I'm not a big fan of Romeo and Juliet (it's about two idiotic teenagers who've known each other for five minutes. It's not romantic. It's just creepy), so it's probably not surprising that this doesn't do much for me. It just felt long and overly dramatic, and the songs never seemed to quite fit.

#54 - M*A*S*H*
Holy crap, this movie is awesome. I loved every single minute of it, particularly the football scene. Donald Sutherland is perfect as Hawkeye.

#56 - Jaws
Considering how awful the special effects are, this has actually aged surprisingly well.

#66 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
SO. MUCH. AWESOMENESS.

#73 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Pretty freaking fabulous.

#74 - The Silence of the Lambs
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Not nearly as terrifying as I'd always imagined. Also kind of fabulous. Although I wouldn't watch it over and over, that's for sure...

#75 - In the Heat of the Night
Sidney Poitier is a total BAMF. That is all.

#76 - Forrest Gump
I remember really hating this in the past. While I still found Forrest to be an insanely annoying character, I enjoyed this far more on the rewatch.

#83 - Titanic
Sorry not sorry - I really hate this movie. It's long and boring and gives me precisely zero feels. It actually pained me to devote three and a bit hours of my life to watching it again.

#89 - The Sixth Sense
Still surprisingly terrifying in parts, even if you know what's coming. Also, considering how young he was, Haley Joel Osment is kind of incredible.

#92 - Goodfellas
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Kind of fabulous and not really what I was expecting.

#99 - Toy Story
YES. GOOD. WHEDON IS A GENIUS. Sassy Woody is sassy. Need to buy this on DVD immediately and watch it over and over because it's made of win.

So there you have it. 31 down, 69 to go...

Which assessments do you agree/disagree with?!

K xx

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bookish Q&A

Two weeks into August means two weeks into VEDA! Seriously, how the hell are we half way through the month already?!

This morning, I saw this questionnaire/meme/thing on Charleen's blog and figured that I'd jump on the bandwagon, because BOOKS YAY BOOKS.

Rules
  1. Post these rules
  2. Post a photo of your favorite book cover
  3. Answer the questions below
  4. Tag a few people to answer them too
  5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
  6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!

Favourite book cover
I don't really have a favourite. I love all the cover art that Josh Kirby did for Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, but at the moment? I can't get over how gorgeous the new US covers of Harry Potter are. Kasu Kibuishi really captured the essence of the books.
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What are you reading right now?
I've just started The Cuckoo's Calling, which is J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith. I've heard excellent things, so I can't wait to get stuck into it!

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I've got a few things sitting in my to read pile at the moment, so it'll either be Bill Bryson's At Home or Alysia Gray Painter's Redwoodian.

What five books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to?
Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom
J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Grace Karskens - The Colony: a history of early Sydney

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
None. I don't read magazines unless I'm going on a short haul flight. There are too many ads and not enough actual content.

What's the worst book you've ever read?
Hands down, The Mayan Priest. You may remember it from such blog posts as this.

What book seemed really popular but you didn't like it?
The two that are coming to mind right now are A Game of Thrones and Twilight. Ugh.

What's the one book you always recommend to just about anyone?
Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity. Holy crap, that book is incredible. And I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't completely adored it.
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What are your three favourite poems?
I'm not much of a poetry person. I prefer my literature less hidden-meaning-y. That said, I really like Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandius. And I do (somewhat morbidly) like quite a lot of poetry from World War I - Wilfred Owen's Dulce et decorum est, John McCrae's In Flanders Fields, and Rupert Brooks' The Soldier.

Where do you usually get your books?
Mostly from the library. Books are crazy expensive in Australia - the standard price of a trade paperback is $20 - and given how much I read, I'd be completely and utterly broke if I bought every single book I bought!! Obviously, anything for my Kindle comes from Amazon. If I'm browsing, it'll probably be at Dymocks because they have a great rewards program, and if I'm buying online, it's more than likely through Book Depository.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Read All The Things All The Time? There's not a lot to it than that. Unless you count reading a 1,200 page Dickens omnibus at the age of ten to be a particular reading habit...

What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
I think it was probably Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park.

Have you ever "faked" reading a book?
Uh, no. Why on earth would you pretend to have read something?!

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I haven't bought anything because I liked the cover, but I've definitely borrowed stuff from the library based on the cover. More often than not, though, I've chosen NOT to borrow/buy a book based on the cover. It can be completely and utterly awesome, but if the cover is total shirtless-six-pack-having-dude chick lit, it's going right back on the shelf.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Oh, man. There were so many. I loved The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Then I went through a phase of loving the absolute crap out of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. When I was about ten, my favourite book was The Boggart by Susan Cooper. And then I rapidly moved onto a complete obsession with Brian Jacques' Redwall series.

What book changed your life?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I've talked before about how I read this and Chamber of Secrets on a flight from London to Melbourne and how I didn't sleep the entire way because I had to keep reading. Life would never be the same.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
Appropriately enough, this was a VEDA topic last week, so I'm just gonna go ahead and post in the video I made for that.


Who are your top five favourite authors?
Gail Carriger, Bill Bryson, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, and Terry Pratchett.

What book has no one heard about but should read?
It's a toss up between pretty much anything by Simon R. Green or Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews.

What book are you an "evangelist" for?
Okay, the word "evangelist" is totally weird to use in regards to books. I'm choosing to interpret this as "a book that no one wants to hear about but you tell them anyway", because that's pretty much how evangelical religion works, right?! Probably Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Because they're made of pure, unadulterated win.

What are your favourite books by a first time author?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, and Kelley Armstrong's Bitten.

What is your favourite classic book?
It's a tie between Jane Austen's Persuasion and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

Five other notable mentions?
Notable classics, you mean? Sure!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

I'm not going to tag anyone because that seems too much like hard work, but feel free to jump on the bandwagon and tell me all about your favourites!

K xx

Monday, August 12, 2013

Movie Monday: Never Been Kissed


Today's film comes to you courtesy of the theme for VEDA the other day - "Tell us your hopes and dreams". Obviously, the only thing I could think of when I saw the topic was this movie. Sure, it's a little weird and creepy when you think too hard about it. But pff. It's still pretty adorable.
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Reasons why Never Been Kissed is awesome:
1. Drew Barrymore.
2. Josie's awful prom dress, despite the fact that it makes absolutely no sense for her to have gone to high school in the 1980s.
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3. David Arquette.
4. Grammar nerdiness.
5. Michael Vartan.
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6. The ending. Because SQUEE.
7. John C. Reilly.
8. The cool girls all going to prom as different Barbies.
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9. Molly Shannon. She's pretty fabulous.
10. The ugly 90s suits.
11. Leelee Sobieski.
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12. The sombrero of lateness.
13. All the "before they were famous" types, like Jessica Alba and James Franco.
14. This scene:
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15. Josie's awful dancing at the reggae club.
16. The entire office watching Josie's video feed.
17. Rob going to prom as Tom Cruise's character in Risky Business.
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18. Josie's pep talk from the baseball coach.
19. The soundtrack.
20. The hilarious high school pictures of the cast and crew in the end credits.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "This whole office is NOT feng shui. All the desks are facing, like, evil."
- "You - what's your name?" "J...Josie." "Jose?"
- "Are those shorts or a skirt?" "They're gaucho pants. I got them on sale."
- "There is a big world out there… Bigger than prom, bigger than high school and it won’t matter if you were the prom queen, the quarterback of the football team, or the biggest nerd in school. Find out who you are and try not to be afraid of it."
- "And if you fail gym, you are never getting into college." "You guys are still telling that lie?!"
- "Gus?" "No, it's the Great and Powerful Oz."
- "I'm the coleslaw king of the world!"
- "Mr. Coulson rocks my world!"
- "She's like the heiress to the Ex-Lax fortune."
- "Excuse me. I have to go die now."
- "You guys, what is the one thing that could ruin my senior prom?" "That you'd trip on your Barbie heels and I'll be named prom queen? ............Did I say that out loud?"
- "Someone once told me that to write well, you have to write what you know. This is what I know."
- "Sorry I'm late. It took me forever to get here." "I know what you mean."

So. Perfect cheese-fest movie night selection? Or awful teen move that must be avoided at all costs?

K xx

Friday, August 9, 2013

Currently...

Given that I've been rather absent in the past ten days, I figured that I should let you all know that I'm not dead. You know, in case you were wondering. But considering I've used all of my brain power and cleverness on VEDA, I couldn't come up with anything particularly interesting to say.

So instead of thinking up a blog post, I figured I'd use the opportunity to catch you all up on what's been happening recently through a handy dandy meme thingy!

Watching:
I'm very late to the party on this one, but I've been watching a LOT of Veronica Mars recently. It's absolutely phenomenal, and I'm insanely excited about the movie coming out next year. Other than that, there's the usual Buffy and Angel for Snark Squad, and an AWFUL lot of Youtube videos, courtesy of VEDA.

Listening to:
The Pitch Perfect soundtrack is on high rotation at the moment. Also Titanium, because it's freaking awesome. The new Scouting for Girls single, Millionaire. And a lot of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes for reasons that will be discussed below!

Planning:
Tomorrow's VEDA video. Sunday's VEDA video. SO MANY VEDA VIDEOS. Super secret things that may or may not end up happening. We shall see...

Thinking about:
The fact that I upped my squat weight and my lunge weight at Body Pump today (15kg and 12.5kg respectively), and nailed it. How many VEDA videos I still have to watch. What to watch for Movie Monday. How many episodes of Veronica Mars I can watch tonight.

Looking forward to:
VEDA being over so I don't feel stressed out about not having time to watch All the Videos. Eventually having a job. October, because it's going to feature Must Be Thrifty and Cheap Geek's wedding, Kat visiting Melbourne, AND seeing Me First and the Gimme Gimmes live in concert. SQUEEEEE!!!!

Reading:
'Legend' by Maria Lu. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it - it feels a lot like every other dystopian YA I've read in the past couple of years. You know, girl meets boy, they don't get along, the government is evil, boy and girl fall for each other despite everything. I'm about two thirds of the way through, so maybe something dramatically different will happen between now and the end of the book to make me absolutely fall in love with it, but at this point? It's enjoyable but nothing out of the ordinary.

Making me happy:
The fact that I applied for graduation yesterday, and will be graduating with distinction. Making it through the entire shoulder track at Pump this morning without needing to change my weights. VEDA. Veronica Mars. Chocolate. You know, the usual.

So. What's new with you guys?

K xx

Monday, August 5, 2013

Movie Monday: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World


My brain didn't want seriousness or anything that required proper thinking last night. Obviously, I went straight for the most ridiculous thing I could find.

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Reasons why Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is awesome:
1. The 8-bit Universal logo and theme music.
2. It's set in Toronto.
3. Michael Cera. I'm not a big fan of him, but I'm not sure anyone else could play the role of Scott like he does.
4. Vegan powers. And the Vegan Police.
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5. The on-screen annotations.
6. Sex Bob-omb.
7. Alison Pill. She's fantastic and has most of the best lines.
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8. Chris Evans. Because of reasons.
9. It's directed by Edgar Wright.
10. Anna Kendrick as Scott's sister. Actual best.
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11. The music. It's kind of great.
12. The fight scenes.
13. The scene where the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline gets broken through to reveal the Toronto skyline behind it.
14. Scott diving through the window to avoid Knives.
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15. Censoring Julie's swearing. Hilarious.
16. The bass battle.
17. Jason Schwartzman.
18. Kieran Culkin. SO MUCH LOVE. Favourite thing in the whole movie
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19. Ramona's hair.
20. Knives. She's kind of a BAMF.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it."
- "At least it'll give us something to complain about."
- "I'll leave you alone forever now." "Thanks."
- "You punched me in the boob! Prepare to die, obviously."
- "Sup? How's life? He seems nice."
- "Are you a pirate?" "Pirates are in this year!"
- "Wallace, AGAIN??"
- "He punched the highlights out of her hair!"
- "Amazon.ca - what's the website for that?" "...Amazon.ca."
- "I have to go pee due to boredom."
- "Look, I didn't write the gay handbook. If you've got a problem with it, take it up with Liberace's ghost."
- "I want to have his adopted babies."
- "You know what really sucks though?" "What?" "Everything."
- "Is Scott here?" "You know what? He just left."
- "Chicken isn't vegan?"
- "You cocky cock! You'll pay for your crimes against humanity."
- "If I peed my pants, would you pretend I just got wet from the rain?"
- "What are you doing?" "Getting a life [grabs 1-Up]"
- "Password?" "Whatever!" "Cool."
- "Jeez, buddy. It's going to be alright." "No, I just spilled hot cocoa on my crotch."

So. Thoughts??

K xx

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blog comment carnival: July 2013

It's the first of August!! And that means two things:
1. It's the first day of VEDA, so I'm probably having a nervous breakdown in the corner, because 31 is a lot of videos, it seems like I'm the only participant in the southern hemisphere, and I'm about 15 hours ahead of most other participants, meaning that unless I upload my videos at the last minute every time, mine will go up waaaaaaaaaaaaay before anyone else's. And that's terrifying...
2. It's time to link up with Jessica for the blog comment carnival!!


That's right, it's time to pick out my favourite comments from this month and show you guys the love!!

On Send puppies. And chocolate:
So, this is not *really* relevant to the story, but you mentioned crying once while watching HIMYM.

I can think of seven episodes off the top of my head that have made me ugly cry. And the one where Ted realizes he's all alone? SOBS.

On Marvel movies trump DC movies:
I know I've said I don't want to see MoS, but I kinda do now, just to use it as a drinking game. Drink every time they tell instead of showing. Drink every time someone says or does something unintentionally funny.

Maybe it's just my dislike of DC in general making me a little biased, but I just can't get behind their films. I would pay good money to see a Wonder Woman film, but only if it was helmed by someone who knows how to make a superhero movie that isn't trying to be a Superhero Movie. Other than that, anything DC related... I'll enjoy it while I'm watching it, but about half an hour after I get out of the cinema (so I guess they do their job in that respect) the cons start outweighing the pros, and then I just start to get annoyed. Over all, the reason I'm not a fan of DC is because I just can't connect with the characters.

Also, let's be honest. Clark Kent is flying around in Kryptonian underwear. That's worse than Ms Marvel's old bodysuit getup, and they're comparable power wise. At least Carol has a proper suit now, Clark hasn't graduated to that stage of heroics yet.
The noise! It really was ridiculously loud - I spent at least half of the movie wincing.

I wish they'd spent more money on a decent script but it seems as though any extra money went towards knocking down more buildings. It's as though someone asked: "Should we turn this plot into a seamless sequence of inter-related events that make for a satisfying movie or should we just get special effects to knock down another city block?" and everyone else gave the wrong answer every single time.

Honestly, this Clark Kent seemed like a total, driftless loser. And yes, the whole Jesus/saviour of mankind analogy was slathered on a bit strong there.

Also: Lois Lane running about doing reporter stuff in those heels. Are they serious? They put her in a smart looking pant-suit and then whack on heels and make her run across fields or broken-down cities. It drove me crazy.

On Biscuits and burgers (aka the final installment of my trip to the US in January):
About an hour after you left I realized KFC sells real southern biscuits - the regular, non-cheddar kind and they have a drive-thru.

I guess I don't eat fried chicken enough to have thought about that in time.

On Who wants to go on a roadtrip?:
1. Scarlett is a bitch.
2. The submarine - is that some kind of Sahara like placement? Is there gold? So many questions!
3. Man, I need to do more road trips in Australia.
I, too, love Scarlett and GWTW...but yes: bitch. Lamentably. Faaar too many examples to cite, of course. (Oy.)

On Challenge accepted:
The best thing about Dessert Day is that I get to see two lots of photos of utterly delicious desserts. Too much dessert is never a bad thing.

On A tale of two TV shows:
I didn't watch either of these shows. I had a hard time believing Kristen Bell was a teenager, which is weird because she was only like 22 or 23 at the time and is teeny tiny, but I just didn't buy it. And I never watched Dollhouse (it didn't get a ton of press here, either, and by the time anybody really knew it existed it was cancelled) but HOLY PHOTOSHOP on that second pic. Jeez. They look like wax figurines.
Big Whedon fan, NOT a Dollhouse fan. In fact, I couldn't finish the series either.

I do however, love Veronica Mars. But for some reason haven't finished the series...thanks for the inspiration to finally do that!

On Comfort zones and being outside them:
Good lord, how did that autocaption come up??

I don't think I'll ever be a vlogger, but I love listening to other people's accents. It either reminds me of home, or makes me dream of places I would love to travel to...

On On why I prefer Elementary to Sherlock:
I watched both and definitely prefer Elementary. I love the depth of the relationships and the acting, as you said, is phenomenal. I love that there are enough elements from the book in the series to keep me engaged and that the settings are contemporary enough to do the same. I thought it was a great balance :)

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K xx
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