ironymaiden: (siff)
Beatriz at Dinner
intimate, talky film that felt like a play. blurb gave the impression that it would be a comic ideological clash over dinner, between New Age healer Selma Hayek and wealthy developer John Lithgow. the laughs were spread far apart and, well, there was almost no sparring, just this slow reveal that Hayek's character had a tough life. and no, there's no connection or redemption or change for anyone. very meh, in spite of excellent acting. and the end blows.
ironymaiden: (siff)
The Fabulous Allan Carr
doc about the larger-than-life producer of Grease, Can't Stop the Music, La Cage aux Folles, and the infamous 1989 Oscars. shiny nostalgic fluff.
ironymaiden: (siff)
thank the maker, they finally have house lights in the Egyptian. also, this year's preshow music seems to be Awesome Mix Vol 2. (like, the new Hasslehoff song just played.) Fox o-on the run...
ironymaiden: (joe metro)
Today's bus driver is on the PA nonstop. He has a song or pop culture reference for every stop, and lists off key landmarks like the KFC/Taco Bell.*
Occasionally a wave of giggles rolls through the bus as he riffs on things like Gilligan's Island.



*people are *always* looking for that KFC. I can't figure out if it's the food or a drug dealer hangout. Probably both.
ironymaiden: (siff)
Entanglement
the manic pixie dream girl was never real.
ironymaiden: (siff)
Dawson City: Frozen Time is the best festival-opener I've had in years. it's a doc composed almost entirely of archive footage, the majority of it was buried in permafrost for 50 years. it tells the story of the found films interwoven with the North American history that created those circumstances. if you've watched damaged nitrate film, you know the ghostly swirling patterns of white occlusions. now imagine that they are represented in the sound design, weaving in and out of music by a guy from Sigur Ros. excellent storytelling, remarkable editing, and an evocative telling of the boom and bust of a town that rose out of a gold rush. definition of why I watch movies every day for a month every year.
ironymaiden: (DW friends)
1. How did you name your pets?
There was some research done on dog names that suggested that they best understand two syllables with a vowel sound at the end. So we start there. Then no duplication with friends, family, or their pets. Must be spelled such that a vet office or stranger reading the collar tag can pronounce it.
after that, it's what is pleasant to say and/or meaningful to us. I've written a longer bit about naming our current dog previously, I'll try to link it. Leela (Sevateem, not Turanga) is just right.

2. Poirot or Miss Marpel?
Brother Cadfael.

3. Do you have a FB account too?
yeah. Facebook is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. I don’t browse it anymore. My friends have instructions to earburn me if they want me to see a thing.

4. Books - hardcover or paperback
books! Paperback or ebook; hardcovers are inappropriate for my lifestyle. I like hardcover for reference and game books.

5. Mobile(cell phone): Windows/Android or Apple?
The question is poorly formatted, Windows Phone and Android are separate operating systems. /pedant
Android. I had an iPhone but then they got too big to fit in my pocket.

Questions from [community profile] thefridayfive
ironymaiden: (flash)
i'm all caught up on The Flash now. anyone else want to talk spoilers?
ironymaiden: (blow your mind)
cat

read the comments on any post. am dog person, still subscribed.
ironymaiden: (arty)
PDF download of 'Learning from Shogun' a collection of academic writing about the history and culture covered in the book. it was created to help all the teachers who got hit with a flood of book and miniseries fans in the 80s.


reddit thread about 'the redneckiest thing you've ever done'


archiving digital content is tough and expensive. more support for my belief that we're living in an era that future historians will consider a dark age due to no recorded culture surviving.


a deeper dive into the data about the ACA cutting down on bankruptcy


fat Shibe in a cute hat


buzzfeed goes to a death industry convention


research someone wants: Victorian ballroom etiquette for men
ironymaiden: (washington)
this was my view this weekend.

i was at a tame and gentle bachelor party. pirate A wanted to go camping with the game group and his old roommate, so we did. the sun came out and blessed us with a bright but still cool day on Saturday. we drank a lot of cider, but not so much that anyone was sick or stupid. we cooked great food, and played games, and enjoyed the bluff and the beach. (i only went to the beach once. there were switchbacks and stairs involved - fine on the way down, less appealing on the way up.)

we blew bubbles, and we toasted peeps.* i think everyone read my Mockingbird trades; responses included "this is my favorite super hero now".

we gloried in moonlight and looked at stars, and we definitely threw toxic chemicals on the fire.

it was a good time.



*the drug store was selling leftover packs of peeps for 5 cents each. i spent 15 cents and we didn't go through them all.
ironymaiden: (midas conflict)

ironymaiden: (tardis)
i finally got time to watch Thin Ice last night. so good. Bill is on her way to becoming my favorite companion of the post-2005 era.
ironymaiden: (pie!)
this playlist is amazing and I love it .

i think multiple people rec'd it today, but i failed to take note who.
thank you from the bottom of my heart.

this is an entire mashup album of Star Wars and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts
Club Band. it is in the heart of [personal profile] ironymaiden's venn diagram.

enjoy before someone decides to take it down. (it certainly is a
transformative work, but you know how that goes.)

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