+ My holiday was pretty great. Food and family and wine and meeting, then awkwardly holding, my 20-day-old niece. SO TINY AND SQUIRMY OMG. I love babies, especially if they're related to me, but I don't know if I have vast stores of maternal instinct, lol.
She's the cutest though. ♥ Hope everyone had a good holiday. Despite being on the East Coast the brunt of yesterday's storm missed me, but I hope everyone who got hit is home safe and warm or traveling safely. <3
+ I watched the DW Christmas special, which was sweet and lovely and visually beautiful -- once you get past the literal girl in the refrigerator. Oh Moff, I can't with you sometimes. Michael Gambon was a good Scrooge, however I might feel about his Dumbledore, and ELEVEN WAS BACK IN MY EYEBALLS. I really love that Doctor to ridiculous degrees. Amy was lovely even though her part was small. Also SPACE FISHIES.
Ever since the RTD days, Moffat has basically been telling the same story over and over again, seems like. But he tells that story very well? The trailer for season six was AMAZEBALLS. RIVER. AMY IN UTAH. STETSONS ARE THE NEW FEZ -- now with 100% less fetishism and appropriation! PUT IT IN MY EYEBALLS. Just don't pre-empt Merlin.
+ Two movies I watched over the holidays: True Grit and Black Swan. Brief thoughts:
Aronovsky films are not really my thing, at all. I don't like to be disturbed with shit like hangnails being ripped off all the way down the fingers. I AM A DELICATE SOUL. But I wanted to see this one because it was full of ladies and has been hyped a lot. And... it was good, I guess. It was visually stunning and the music was wonderful, but not much about the story was especially deep or unpredictable, except that going into it I wasn't expecting it to be so much about Nina's psychosis and dissociative... whatever that was. IDK, I don't know what to say about it? It's literally about a girl with serious mental problems who descends deeper and deeper into herself once she gets this role in Swan Lake that she's been working for her whole life. And it wasn't the story I expected but it was portrayed in a really chilling, disturbing, creepy way. Even if I groaned and looked away multiple times.
It needs some heavy trigger warnings for the glorified suicide at the end and I'm not anywhere near equipped to critique how Nina's mental illness was handled. If you have triggers for anything like this, you want to definitely avoid this movie.
All that said, Natalie P deserves ALL the awards for that stunning performance. I loved Mila Kunis too, I think her character was the only one I genuinely liked. And I kind of wish the story had been different because I get tired of lesbian scenes/plots/storylines that turn out to be twisted or not real in some way. Oh, and basically every time Vincent Cassel's character was on screen I wanted to smack him.
I have never seen the original, but I LOVED THIS MOVIE. From all the promotions you wouldn't have thought the film would be as much about Mattie as it was. Just like with Tangled earlier this fall, I guess the studio didn't think people would want to see it otherwise so they had to smuggle the girl-centrism in under the guise of a dudefest. *eyeroll* BUT YEAH, Mattie was central, it was HER story, and Hailee Steinfeld more than held her own against Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, who were both wonderful in their own right. I love Mattie so much! Stubborn and smart and precocious and naive but oh-so-brave. Hearts in my eyes for the whole film.
If I had to critique it, and I don't know if it's because it was following the old version or not, but the ending was a little rushed/abrupt. But I found I didn't care so much because it was more about the journey than the end-point. I'd definitely recommend this one.
+ Everyone's making end-of-year lists! I never have before, but if I find the time I kind of want to put together a 2010 music post of some sort. Or perhaps a post about the TV I loved. There was a lot of TV. More on this later.
+ And oh man, sometime soon I need to talk to you guys about kdramas. Tumblr has made me start watching You're Beautiful and Secret Garden and hommmmg. *____*
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