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I have no idea who half these people are. I haven’t heard of most of these movies (but I did watch one: Gravity). I don’t give a flying crap about fashion.
But… I like looking at what Hollywood’s happy, shiny people wear and thinking of one word that describes the outfit best.
Ladies and gentlemen… for the 7th year running on AndFarAway… Oscar Outfit Frenzy, presented by the world’s most Oscars-clueless person.
I’m blue, dabadeebaba.
She looks like a rich Arab women at her daughter’s wedding. Then I discovered the dress is Ellie Saab.
Salvaged from Majdi Home leftovers.
Garbage bag, anyone?
Salvaged at the Friday market.
Mike called. He’s horrified you skinned his monster girlfriend.
Bloooooooooooood. I see bloooooooooooood.
I’ll never understand the obsession of curtain-like dresses.
Who is this women? Why is she so beautiful?
Muscle tissue Halloween costume.
Ok, I know I haven’t watched Family Guy in over five years, but there is always the warm, comforting thought that I can laugh my ass off any time over Brain’s witty jokes by getting a DVD from Hammoudeh. And now they’ve gone ahead and killed the ultimate voice of reason, the always-drunk, alcoholic, atheist Brian.
RIP Brian. You were the best dog ever.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I went ahead and watched Thor 2 yesterday (bringing my total movie count to THREE, which is one movie more than my total movie count for 2011 and 2012 combined). Verdict: Screw both Gravity and Ender’s Game, nothing beats the emotional satisfaction of of comic-book inspired, kick-ass fantasy.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Marvel universe, and the second Thor movie made me realize why. The backstory/history research in the Marvel universe is always brilliant, and everything is so rich and imaginative.
Anyway… yeah… if you want to go watch a sci-fi or fantasy movie this weekend, watch Thor. Wonderful visuals, witty writing, good acting, and a good old good-versus-evil storyline.
And sooo, I watched Gravity today.
While the writing was beyond shit, the movie was gorgeous. Every scene was breathtaking. Earth from above. The ISS and the Soyuz. The silence of space. The view looking in compared to the view looking out.
But I do wish it didn’t have to subscribe so fully to Hollywood’s love of melodrama. The acting was melodramatic. The monologues and choice of words in the script were cheese. The chain of events was terrible. Ekh.
I think Odyssey worked so well because it was actually written by a science fiction writer, and not a Hollywood director. The script was simple, beautiful, and you had time to enjoy the view because it wasn’t trying to shove every second with unnecessary drama.
On a side note, with “Ender’s Game” on Saturday, I watched TWO movies in one week, which is one movie more than the total number of movies I watched last year (The Hobbit). What can I say? I’m a sucker for space.
There’s something always so strange about watching your favorite books as movies.
Reading a book is so much more emotionally demanding.You know these characters really well because you spent so many hours in their company. You know how they look. How they sound. How they think.
And then boom… someone else’s imagination of how they look, sound, and think, replaces your own.
Sometimes, it’s a wonderful feeling. A movie can add a whole new dimension, making you relive something you love so much. The Lord of the Rings movies were genius in that way. The Harry Potter ones weren’t bad either.
In the case of Ender’s Game, I spent months of my life obsessing over every book, short story, and comic novel . It is, after all, one of my favorite universes. I was so excited to watch the movie, because I ran out of Ender books years ago.
Today, my family and I went to the cinema.
And oh… Movies are such horrible excuses for story telling. What took countless months of unfolding in the books was done in two measly hours. There was no character development, no insight into the brilliant strategy and ethical philosophy that makes the books so beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun watch. The setting was perfectly imagined, even better than I imagined it to be. The graphics were breathtaking. The casing was genius.
But Ender’s Game in particular is a story of detail and build ups. The movie lacked both, making me feel like I was eating mansaf, one of my favorite dishes, without jameed… Flat, quite “regular”, very disappointing, and most importantly, missing the main ingredient.
Skip the movie. Get the book.