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January 27th, 2006


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12:34 am - dan watches crap, an ongoing saga: the haunting
warning: SPOILERS. but the movie blows, so you shouldn't care.

okay, so granted the haunting suuuuuuuucked (the new one, i haven't seen the original or read the book, though i shall), but a couple interesting points to it. how many big budget hollywood flicks have the romance subplot be the beautiful woman falling for the kinda oddlooking woman? that i did not expect. meanwhile, owen wilson just pouts in the background cuz he doesn't get to kiss catherine zeta-jones. speaking of which, goddamn do i dislike owen wilson. something about him just ticks me off.
also, i'm impressed (i suppose) that in this thirteen ghosts/house on haunted hill era of horror movies consisting of nothing but people getting splashily killed by CGI, this movie had zero gore, and a whopping two deaths. one was dramatically reasonable, adn the other was owen wilson 100% pointlessly and randomly getting his head bopped off by a giant stone lion. it was like the end of speed, only in a fireplace, and way more hilarious. mostly because i don't like owen wilson, but it really was a bit of a 'meet joe black' moment[1].
and seriously? most uninteresting vanquishing EVER. there's the big showdown between the heroine and the evil ghost. she yells "you go to hell!" and then... he does. the end. what?!? that's all it fucking took??? they coulda saved me two hours and just yelled that on the way in. bam, end of movie.

[1] if you haven't seen this, near the beginning of 'meet joe black', brad pitt meets his temporary death in the most beautifully ridiculous scene since 'deep blue sea'. highly recommended.
state: and now 'the others' is on, but i'm done tv-ing for the night
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(27 shots upside the head | en garde!)

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From:purplehippos
Date:January 27th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
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owen wilson is one of my favorite actors. not because i think that his talents are particularly great, but because he's kinda cute in a dorky sort of way. he's fun to watch...
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From:eamajyn
Date:January 27th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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the others is good.
you shoulda skipped the first one and watched that.
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From:xpuella8x
Date:January 27th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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agreed. the others is much better than the aforementioned crap fest.
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
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i saw the others when they played it on t-hall lawn. it was negative infinite degrees out, but i HAD TO KNOW THE TWIST ENDING. by the time it finished, i was a ghost too
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
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oh i've seen the others before, don't worry. it is good, but i wasn't in the mood for something so slow
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From:thesnark
Date:January 27th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I once got "Meet Joe Black" On Demand so I could rewind and play that scene repeatedly.

I haven't seen Deep Blue Sea but it is my understanding from Chapelle's Show that a "fuckin' shark" eats Samuel L Jackson.
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
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i don't know if i still do, but i used to have an mpg of that scene. i would play it on loop sometimes when i needed a laugh. and i am man enough to admit that i liked the three hour chick flick that followed the car wreck.

it's not just that a fuckin' shark eats samuel L, it's that the fuckin' shark eats him at exactly the fuckin' right moment for pure jaw-dropping awesome.
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From:madeleine
Date:January 28th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
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yeah I'm not sure what it is about Owen - his nose? his whiney voice? that irks me too. Michiel likes him but what can I tell you? Michiel's an alien so it figures: he's not from around here.

Did you spend money on this sucky movie or was it just a rental?
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 30th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
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a lot of people like him, he's one of those hip indie stars. meh

it was on tv. tbs, i believe
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 28th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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I'll open myself to public ridicule and say I like The Haunting. I like it for its cheesiness, and I like it for the interesting points you've already written about.

I've also read the story AND seen the first movie, both of which I think are excellent. the remade film has its faults, but I think the atmosphere is very much like the book...and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an excellent Theo (Theodora in the book).

it seems I enjoy all things Haunting of Hill House.

n.b.: I thought Thirteen Ghosts was a decent horror movie (a bit overdone with CGI, as are most of the genre, but Tony Whatshisname & Matthew Lillard amused me), but House on Haunted Hill was awful. the old version is better, though strangely short.
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
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oh i am all for cheesiness. i was watching the power rangers yesterday. this brand of horror cheese doesn't really catch me though
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 30th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
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the very first series is decent mock material, but every Power Rangers show after that makes me want to put an ice pick through my head.
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 31st, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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i like that they turned skull and... um.. fatguy into good guys
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
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heh. and what inspired that plot twist, I wonder?
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
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i have no idea. i'll blame zordon.
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
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this calls for chaos theory. a butterfly flapped its wings in Hong Kong and FatDude became a good guy.
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From:rain19
Date:January 29th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
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I liked that movie and own it and watch it frequently! And she didn't just SAY it. She said it IN FRONT OF THE DOOR. The magic door.
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
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oh that judgment door? did that actually do something? it's possible i had devoted less than my full attention to the plot's intricacies
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From:rain19
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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I hate you.
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 30th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
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I knew I couldn't be the only person who owned & enjoyed that movie. excellent. \m/
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From:rain19
Date:January 30th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Awww yeah
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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we could start a very exclusive club. or just make fun of the people who don't like it.
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From:kingnixon
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
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stop plotting against me in my own journal :(
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From:silverwraith
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
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is this icon the face of an evildoer?
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From:kingnixon
Date:February 4th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
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each one of those little bumps contains an evil thought.
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From:silverwraith
Date:February 4th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
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you're such a pessimist. *dramatic sigh*
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From:rain19
Date:January 31st, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
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TIME WELL SPENT!

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