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October 22nd, 2005

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05:36 am
Saw Serenity last night. It was excellent, of course.

I think it even answered the majority of my questions, tacitly if not explicitly.

That leaves me with Wallace & Grommit, The Corpse Bride, and possibly A History of Violence, I think.

Saw trailers for Aion Flux, HP & Goblet of Fire, Saw II (splattercore meets Survivor, as far as I can tell, yuk), Legend of Zorro, Jarhead, the Ice Harvest (the heist flick folks will like this one). Also a Russian dark fantasy film called Night Watch (claims it is first of a trilogy) that looked interesting.

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Date:October 23rd, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Serenity rocks. I would still like to know Books backstory, as well as why Anara left the companions main guild and started travelling. At least I might learn that later.

I want to see Night Watch. I've heard good things about it that still don't reveal much about what it is really about.
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Date:October 23rd, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
I agree - I had some guesses about Book after "Objects in Space" that I feel like have been provided support by the movie, but they could be herrings of an artificial color.

Inara is a fascinating character. She has always struck me as someone who is greatly talented but somewhat ambivalent about the practice of those talents. (I could be projecting here, I warn you.) Especially after seeing the episode "Heart of Gold" I get the impression she's pretty deeply conflicted about her career, even as she is proud of it. Why else would Mal's remarks get to her so deeply?
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Date:October 23rd, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, both objects in space and the one where they need to go to the alliance base to get medical treatment give hints to books past.

I think part of Inaras conflict comes from her liking Mal and his dislike of the progession. Perhaps there was some disallusionment with the trade before that might have started her wandering, but she does seem to be practicing, if at least with select clientel.
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Date:October 23rd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
splattercore meets Survivor


Wow. That looks deeply lousy.
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Date:October 23rd, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yes. And, and -- what boggles my mind -- it is a sequel. I think I've gotten more squeamish as I have gotten older.

I bet most people do, actually, as they move out of the (feelings of) immortality of adolescence...
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Date:October 24th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
I bet you're right. I don't know that I felt immortal, but I think I did have the impression that I'd have some kind of choice in the matter, you know?
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Date:October 24th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)

Hmm...I'll just slink away now...

Only because my reaction to seeing that particular preview was "oh -- I heard Saw was good, I should rent that."

But I also claim that it is my inner fourteen-year-old boy who likes a certain kind of cheesy horror movie.

I postulate that it has more to do with feelings of aggression, rather than immortality, but I don't know. Every horror fan is different. I recently watched Evil Dead II for the first time. I mention this because there is a scene where the body of the protagonist's girlfriend, who he slaughtered because she was possessed by the evil thingy and tried to kill him, dances outside of his window. It is stop-motion, and she is already partly skeletal. It's a pretty cool scene, but in Evil Dead II it is obviously the evil thingy trying to freak him out.

There is a scene in The Corpse Bride that reminded me of this Evil Dead II scene, where the Corpse Bride dances for Victor in the woods. I don't know if the resemblence was intentional, or if the comparative rarity of stop-motion animation of partially skeletal girls dancing would cause any two scenes of it to be reminiscent of each other. But the differences are interesting, because The Corpse Bride is trying to charm Victor, not horrify him, and the scene is filmed as romantic with a creepy edge rather than as horror.

And that's what I like about Tim Burton.
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Date:October 24th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Hmm...I'll just slink away now...

No need to slink, or go away at all. I think we've talked in the past about the type of horror I like being the "dark fantasy" sort more than the visceral stuff. The stuff at the Saw end of the spectrum is why for the longest time I was certain I wasn't a horror fan at all.

Hmm. Do you know, that thinking about this a little more I discover that my distaste for the story is less about the physical gore (my initial supposition) and more about discomfort/dislike of the "evil products of the twisted mind" sub-genre of story. You know, where innocent bystanders suffer due to someone's being insane, essentially.

In other words, yep - it's all personal. Heh. Being someone clinically diagnosed with mental illness makes me a little uncomfortable about stories where people like me find it delightful to force other people to hack themselves to bits for my entertainment...

and there is a bizarre sort of mental double vision involved in contemplating how the story appears to put the viewer in the position of the diseased mind who conceived and executed the entire escapade. [NB: I don't know enough about the story of either movie to know what the actual perspective of the viewer is meant to be, but the trailer seemed to imply some possibility of at least partial shared viewpoint with the "monster".]

Also, vengence is apparently different in my mind, since I didn't have the same reaction to the "saw yourself free" scene in Mad Max, at all. It's having to saw yourself free for someone else's entertainment that squicks me.

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