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Widescreen edition of Master and Commander, the Simpsons Movie. I'll pay for shipping, and no, you don't have to take them both. First replies get it - I'll grab mail addy from whoever claims them later.
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The (mostly) spoilerless verict: Pretty good. A nice, solid example of that all too rare animal: Western, traditional cell animation not made for kids (they show blood! Gasp!).

The negatives: Not as good as the series/graphic novel, and there's some concern on my part that viewers who haven't read said graphic novel might get a bit confused on some points. Anyone who's seen the cartoon first, or saw the cartoon before reading the graphic novel is encouraged to chime in.

Edit: I will point out that the graphic novel is amazingly awesome, dense (material-wise), and [i]long[/i]. So I do understand that they did have to cut a lot out of it, and that they squeezed in as much as possible. So 'not as good' isn't really that strong a negative.
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Aunt Pauline: "So is someone going to watch a movie with me or not?"

Cousin David: "I will!"

Pauline: "Well, which one do you pick?"

David: "Harry Potter!"

Pauline: *exasperated sigh* "Oh, all right."

David: "What's wrong?"

Me: "She said she wanted to watch the Nativity Story or, if not that, Transformers."

Pauline: "Because they're similar, right? The story lines?"
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So I finally got around to watching Spider-Man 2 (yeah, I know. 'Bout time, huh?) and all I've got to say is this:

How the heck do they manage to make Doc Ock that cool, and then make an inherently awesome villain like Doctor Doom suck?
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Recently I joined Netflix because pretty much all movie rental places are out of my way (well, okay, I visit one once a week, but if I rent from there, I'm limited to weekly rentals) and I don't have TV, so I thought maybe I should start watching more movies, plus maybe getting caught up on things my friends have been raving about.

Of course, when the time came, I couldn't actually remember what movies my friends had been raving about, so I entered in the first thing that actually did come to mind. And then, when it made related suggestions, I added some that looked interesting, and so on, and so on. I also rated a few movies on the rating page, then added suggestions they made from the ratings and in short order I had a proper hopelessly backlogged Netflix queue! Hoorah!

Anyway, I figured I'd jabber about the movies I actually have seen so far.

The Corpse Bride )

Sleepy Hollow )

James and the Giant Peach )

Hans Christian Anderson: My Life As A Fairy Tale )

The Chronicles of Narnia )

C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia )

And now we're up to date! Whee! My next movie will be a live action version of Snow White. Should I be worried?
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My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Reverend Lady Sapphirebreeze the Cannibalistic of Westessexchestershire
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Don't expect anymore Advent fics from me this year. They've become too much of a chore and too little of a fun. I think next year I'm going to try a fic Advent Wreath instead of a fic Advent Calendar. :)

Mom pointed out to me that House of 1000 Corpses is meant as an homage of sorts to horror movies in general, which explains why it has all the obvious horror movie clichés in it. That said, I'd still rate really really old Warner Brother's cartoons over it.

Among the recorded tapes my dad sent me was a documentary called, "Superheroes Unmasked." It was, of course, about the history of superheroes. They were respectful of the subject; the only time "Pow!" "Bang!" or "Zoom!" were mentioned was in reference to the Adam West TV show where they talked about what that show did to the image of Comic Books. It was also very fascinating, with a very large number of interviews with a lot of real notables in the field. What they chose to include and what they left out seemed a little strange at times. For example, while they mentioned the 12 year lawsuit between Superman and the company that produced the comics that Captain Marvel starred in, and talked about how that lawsuit ended with the company agreeing not to publish Captain Marvel anymore, there was no mention at all about how DC later purchased the company and the rights to the character and have, themselves, made Captain Marvel stories since. Also, despite having Joe Quesada and Stan Lee as interviewees, it seemed very DC-centric, and I'm not just talking about before the creation of the Fantastic Four (although Marvel, obviously, did get a fair degree of attention from then on). As one example, although Wolverine was listed as a forerunner to the grim and gritty era of comics, the primary triggers for that age were listed as Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. Of course, this is probably pretty accurate, anyway, so I guess that's all right.

Anyway, fascinating, if incomplete viewing. It's a History Channel one, so if they ever show it again and any of you guys get a chance to watch it (or order from their site or whatever), I highly recommend it. Especially to my fellow comic geeks.
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I got my Christmas presents from my parents. I got a ninja Barbie (no, I'm not kidding), the Superman Returns DVD, a DVD with Justice League cartoons on it, a bunch more recorded DVDs of the sort I've mentioned before, monies, and nuts. I was incredibly pleased! Such wonderful gifts!

The movies reminded me that I haven't been watching the last batch of movies my dad sent, so I picked up the next one on my pile.

House of 1000 Corpses )

Cartoons! )

Anyway, that's it. So remember: if it's a choice between Rob Zombie or early Warner Brothers cartoons, pick the cartoons! (They make a lot more sense, too.)
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This is the next in the series of movies sent to me by my dad, but it isn't a bad movie, really. In fact, if you check out the Wikipedia article on the movie, it may be the first movie that actually told a story, not to mention the first ever science fiction movie. The movie only lasts about fifteen minutes, but for then, that was long!

Summary and pictures )
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Today I received a package from my parents. It contained some of my old things that had been left in Oklahoma, along with a number of burned DVDs (and, for some reason, Disc 2 from the Running Man… but not Disc 1).

I just grabbed one at random and popped it in, which is how I ent up watching The X From Outer Space, an amusingly horrible 1967 Japanese giant monster movie.

Review with pictures behind cut. )

For now. My dad sent me a BUNCH of movies, and I'm tempted to subject you people to reviews of ALL of them! My father shows his love for me by sending me really, really terrible movies. I show my love for you people by telling you about them! Muahahaha!

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