(no spoilers until you're warned about them further down...)

There seem to be a lot of strongly mixed feelings about Star Trek Into Darkness (man, I still wince a little every time I say that title...). A lot of people really liked it, even loved it, and a lot of people seem to have left the theater reeling in a "wtf was
that?" sort  of way, and not the good kind. Me, I'm embracing the power of "and": I thought Star Trek Into Darkness was a deeply, sometimes insultingly stupid movie... that I enjoyed despite all that, and kinda wouldn't mind seeing again, which frankly confuses me.

I think it's the cast. I love this cast. My main take-away from the first movie was that I would love to see that cast in a better movie, and I felt double that after this movie. A co-worker mentioned how she'd love to see the weekly TV series adventures of this crew and yes. That. Also, while it does nothing to address the issues with Benedict Cumberbatch's character (which I won't get into here because spoilers, but about which everything has already been said for those who care to look), he does do a damn fine job of it. I still haven't seen Sherlock, but I'm told that his characterization in this movie is not that different from his characterization there... which means I'm kind of afraid to watch Sherlock now. But I digress.

Basically, why did I not like this movie? Why might I go so far as to say I hated it? It's not nerd rage; they actually had a lot of nice callbacks to the original series that I thoroughly enjoyed. No, it's because I'm pretty sure J.J. Abrams thinks I'm an idiot. To talk about why I think that, along with some other reasons why overall I liked the movie despite myself, we need to take a Star Trek Into Spoilers, so from here on you've been warned.

Cut for your protection... )

A co-worker characterized Star Trek Into Darkness by saying "hey, you like all these puppets, now watch them dance!!", which I think is pretty much spot on. The characters are sufficiently well acted and well written (convenient lapses when "wouldn't it be cool if..." called for it aside) that I found myself satisfied just to watch them do stuff, even when the stuff in question was insultingly dumb.

I kinda hated this movie, but I also kinda loved hating it. If you go see it, it's probably worth seeing in the theater, but if you can do a matinee or something to avoid paying full price, that's probably for the best.
Aaah!

Umm...

Gee...

goldencompassmovie.com

I so don't know how to feel about that. I mean, it's tempting to get excited, to hope, but I'm just not convinced that it could be made into a good movie. Opinions?

It does have a pretty cool looking flash-based alethiometer and a meme/quiz/thing that gives you a daemon to match your personality. Playing on the book's notion that daemons change while people are young, for the next 12 days it lets your friends answer a smaller quiz that affects its final form.

Here's mine.

She's currently a Jackal(??) named Athenestia. I like the name, and I have to admit that daemons were one of the things in those books that really grabbed my fancy and made me wish I had one. Then it could go around checking on my students and answering questions while I did memes on lj!

...oh, wait. Crap. *leaves*
Last night was a lovely night out. [livejournal.com profile] choose_again, [livejournal.com profile] lediva, [livejournal.com profile] tacotortoise, [livejournal.com profile] rigel, [livejournal.com profile] bleemoo and I all went out to see Hot Fuzz, then came home and watched Spaced and Green Wing until we were all giggly and loopy from non-sleep. Huzzah.

Hot Fuzz was, as everyone said, awesome. Without giving anything away, Pegg and Wright are very good at taking your basic action movie premises and then distorting/exhaggerating them in ways that appeal even more to the geeky audience.

In other news, found out that one of my best friends from college and his wife are expecting a baby. Not a month ago, a former co-worker of mine changed his AIM icon to a pic of his new-born son. Wow. It's happening. My peers are beginning to reproduce. I am ecstatic for them and can't wait to see what kind of amazingly cool spawn they come up with. Note to [livejournal.com profile] heiligekuh: now would be a good time to start journaling again, for the benefit of those who no longer share a coast with you, beeyatch

Finally, on a completely unrelated note, some NPR-related humor I feel compelled to pass along (the first of which was recommended by [livejournal.com profile] lediva, I think)...

- This American Life Completes Documentation Of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence
- Corey Flintoff Unleashes Sonorous, Pleasantly Modulated String Of Obscenities

Ah, NPR and The Onion: two great tastes that taste great together. =:)
Ok, so school has sadly conspired to prevent [livejournal.com profile] karendy from joining us. This is unfortuante, but it does simplify transportation somewhat as we can just see it here in Camberville now.

How about 7pm at the Kendall Sq Cinema?

Anyone?

--Brad

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