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Movies [Aug. 17th, 2009|12:38 am]

swan_tower has gotten me thinking about movies.  Not just my pending reviews, not just modern things that I can take or leave... but real classic movies.  Movies that hang with you, either by their wit, their words, or their message.  Movies that even though they may be "dated", even though the topics aren't as applicable, even though they may not "look" as good still tell a story, entertain, or just pull you away for a few hours that you keep them around.

I'm a bit of a media nut, just in case anyone didn't know that!  And I occassionaly get asked about what my "favorite movie of all time" is... I have found that question almost impossible to answer.  My moods change what I really want to see, what I feel like being distracted with.  If I want my brain to shut off for a time, or if I want to engage it.  Do want to be reminded of my past (sometimes good, sometimes bad) or think about the future.  There are generally too many variables for me to really answer that question.  However, what the time has come to do is this:  A list of some of my favorite movies ever!  Mind you, these aren't necessarily what I consider the "greatest" movies ever, infact many of them are just "not good", but they can still be a favorite.  You will find very quickly that my tastes cover many different areas, from many different decades.  But really, I just want to share:

Top spot has to get special privilage, and little push.  This would be the one movie that would come closest to being my "favorite movie fo all time":


(the remander of this list has no particular order)

The Usual Suspects
Cool Hand Luke
The Dirty Dozen
Lucky # Slevin
Moulin Rouge
The Rock
Ocean's 11
Men in Black
Snatch/Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Starship Troopers
Chasing Amy
The Maltese Falcon
Sleepy Hollow
Last Man Standing
Enemy at the Gates
Pitch Black
Lethal Weapon
Die Hard
Dark City
The Replacements
Sunset Blvd.
The Mummy
Saving Private Ryan
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Gone in 60 Seconds

The list could probably go on and on... but that is what I have off the top of my head.  What about you?
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District 9 [Aug. 15th, 2009|03:12 pm]
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All right all.  It has been waaaayyyy too long since I have taken advantage of the interwebz to spread my media geekdom.  I have a series of reviews that I will be posting up about various TV shows and movies.  But, as I just had to sit through it last night, I decided I would post up my District 9 review now, and maybe save people some money and some of their brain cells.

Granted, not everyone feels the way I do about this, many people enjoyed this crap... but here it is:

District 9… or: How Many Movies Can We Cram Together?

Okay, I know that I am in a minority in not liking this movie. In fact, I am rather amazed at the fact that this movie is receiving such critical acclaim. Even more amazing is the fact that so many Sci-Fi fans are actually enjoying it.

Going in, I had no expectations, as I hadn’t really determined what District 9 was going to really be (the growing trend of minimal advertising to peak curiosity is in full effect here). Sure, the obvious apartheid metaphors are there. And the more recent trailer even gives hints of some action sequences to it. Okay, fine... but what is District 9 all about? Is it another Hollywood mirror, trying to show us the flaws in how we deal with “others”? Is it a political commentary? Is it a statement about the dangers of allowing corporations and private security to be involved in large humanitarian issues? Is it a movie about the “human experience”? Is it a movie about overcoming our differences to work together? Is it an action flick with extraordinary weapons?

Apparently Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp couldn’t decide either…

That’s not to say that it is all bad. The filming is beautiful, the alien technology showcase is very fun, and even some of the combat sequences are pretty driving. The effects are high class, very clean and crisps, but not so much that it distracts. And I think this movie may be in the running for the most exploding humans ever. Gore is present but not necessarily overdone; it stays as subtle as it can for peoples’ heads exploding and bits being ripped off. The queasier of you may not do well with the medical “experimentation” scenes, or the initial transformation scenes that involved teeth and fingernails falling off. I remember that there were a few moments that I chuckled at something, but the entire thing has washed over me like alien urine that I don’t remember any of them specifically. That’s really about all the good I have to say for it, it looks good.

As to the rest of it, well that comes down to the story being so horrible:

There are so many potential stories in District 9, it should work. Sadly, rather than choosing one or two good motifs to work with, the film makers decide that more is better, and piece them all in rather poorly. 

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Ouch. Again, I can’t fathom why this is getting good reviews. Sure it isn’t all bad, as I talked about earlier… but really? Come on. I think if this had been an independent film (which it was originally, this is just the big budget version of it) I might have dealt with it better. I may have expected a poor plot, sub-par acting, and plot holes big enough to fly that mother ship through. But Peter Jackson decided to tack his name on it, trailers decided to hint at some great socio-commentary, and reviewers started raving about how this was the greatest movie they had ever seen… I’m wondering if maybe they were exposed to some alien fuel cells or something.

I guess really it comes down to what you are looking for in a movie. If you are able to just sit there, shut-up, and run with what they are force feeding you, then you may enjoy it. If you have any degree of independent thought though… well, have fun suspending your disbelief long enough to actually take anything away from this movie other than the desire to have your money back.

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Memorial FilmHaus Extravaganza! [May. 22nd, 2009|12:08 am]

Das FilmHaus will once again be open this Friday night, May 22nd for Media, Games, and of course, Shots with Lothair!

Come on out, bring something to drink, something to munch on, or just yourself (though the bar is getting a little sparse... hint, hint, nudge, nudge).

Doors will open about 8:30pm, and we'll go until people tell me to shut up and go to bed.

I will not schedule media beforehand this time, so as to allow the group to make their choices known. Quality War movies are available for those in that mind, or prehaps "classic college slacker" is more up your alley? If you have something you want to share, just let me know.
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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2009|04:34 am]

Well… it has been a while since Lothair has posted much of anything up here…

Hell, it’s been a while since I’ve said much of anything to anyone, and I know that has bothered many.

It seems that I am stuck in the middle of something I can’t fully explain, a swirling vortex of nostalgia, regret, and dreams all mixing together and driving me to the edge.

My personal health, my family members’ health, the state of the economy, my ability to pay/not pay bills, the fact that my so many of my friends and now my father have lost their jobs, continued stress and difficulty with school, and a general malaise and lack of motivation…  all of this has been piling up over the last few weeks, and I am having a hard time finding any way to release any of it…

I don’t think I can deal with any more faces from the past… I don’t want to be continually reminded of what I was and who I was and what people expect of me… I’m not that guy anymore… I don’t think I want to be. Of course, I’m not sure “who” I am now… I’m just me, and am struggling to be that and be happy with that fact, the same as anyone else… but that seems to not be enough for many people.

I don't want to bear any more burdens, just because it is what I do... why should I have to carry them, just because I had in the past.  I can't carry my own right now, and I am too stubborn to allow others to carry them for me... but still people come to me to help them carry theirs...  with nothing in return, just because that was how it used to be.  I'm not turning my back on helping others... I don't think I could if I really wanted to... but I can't keep doing for everyone without doing for myself... but I don't really know how.  Every time I try to learn to be selfish, to seek for myself, it seems that the Fates find it time to pull my strings and slap me around for a while.

It seems that time and again I am being forced into roles that I used to play. Having certain ways of being expected of me… I have endeavored to not be like that, I have endeavored to strengthen myself, to change… without change there is only stagnation and death…

The failings of my body, which have been expected for some time now, are coming on a bit faster than I really anticipated… repeated issues with my blood pressure and heart, difficulties keeping my blood sugar stable, which is resulting in a weight gain that I am very unhappy about, increased issues with my joints, and getting very little sleep at all are just making my ability to deal with mental, emotional, and spiritual issues all the more difficult.

Being around people without feeling a part of them, being presented with many things that I have had, or wanted to have and still being denied them, and being slapped down and debased by my failings have all increased my inability to deal effectively.

I’m not looking for advice, I’m not looking for pity, hell, I’m not even looking for empathy… these things are as they are, they are there for me to deal with, and the Goddess does not give more than we can handle.

I am finding more and more that I have a very different way of looking at time than many people. I have nostalgia, don’t get me wrong, I tell stories and spin yarns, I remember the way things were, I think about people from the past, and I sometimes long to return to them… but I don’t seek them out, I don’t look back. I think much of this comes from how I was raised. Moving every six month to a year growing up, never staying the same place, or in the same school except for the military academies resulted in my developing a defensive mechanism that gone is gone, past is past, and friends come and go, and when they are gone you don’t get to have them back. That was just the way of things, this has continued into my adult life. Every time I have moved, I have walked away clean, and not looked back. Friends and lovers from places I have lived and lives I have had are just memories, I don’t look them back up, and many times I actively avoid them. A few exceptions have hung around, of hunted me down… but generally I don’t look back. I have brought this up to many people and they see it as very odd. They think it unusual or even rude of me to not keep contact with people I am no longer around, that I no longer have any real contact with, and have real connection to. Maybe that makes me cold, maybe it is just a way to not get too attached, to not hurt when there is loss. I have at times, especially when I was younger, envied people that have grown up in the same town their entire lives. They have people that “know” them, that have been around them their entire lives, that they will always be able to connect to in some way, no matter how they change… or maybe I just envy those with siblings even more because of some of that same thing… Of course many people that have had these things think the reverse, and envy me for being able to be new everywhere I go, for not having to live up to, for having to constantly face the past… The grass is always greener I guess.

No real point to any of this, just trying to sort it in my own head. Out drinking with faces from the past, and being very alone with that. I have lived in Indiana for longer than I have ever lived anywhere else, I think maybe that is starting to get to me. I think a part of me is getting the wanderlust, wanting to pick up and go, to find the woods and walk, to see where I go next. I think a part of me needs that… but another part just wants to be in one place and have everything quit changing… to be static and permanent. To not leave, to not have those I care about leave, to have relationships established and last… but that is not the way of things. I wouldn’t really want that… trapping time in a bottle does no good for anyone.

Alright…  enough rambling for one night. The wizard, the wolf, and the raven are all tired… I am tired. I guess that really sums up everything. 

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(no subject) [Mar. 20th, 2009|01:44 pm]
Growl, growl, snarl, snarl... yargh....

That is all...
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(no subject) [Mar. 13th, 2009|01:34 pm]
What's that you say, spring break is starting in Bloomington?  Great.  I hope everyone enjoys their time off...

but remember when you get back:

Did you spend too much money trying to smuggle Absinthe back into the country?
Didn't find anyone that appreciated you period Victorian bathing suit in Panama City?
Spent all your time trying to stay out of the sun in L.A.?
Got hassled by Airport security due to all the metal in your wardrobe?
Wanted to stab your eardrums out from the same top 40 music at every club you went to?

Then Chapel Perilous will welcome you home:

Chapel Perilous
Monday March 23rd
419 N. Walnut Street, Bloomington IN

Doors open at 9pm, $4 cover

As always bringing you the best in Dark Alternative Dance Music by the best regional DJs.

Welcome Home
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Watchmen [Mar. 5th, 2009|12:47 pm]
Ah, the time fast approaches for all of us geeks to join together for another outing of media wonder...

Unfortunately, it appears as though there are eight million different gathers scheduled for this particular bit of wonder.

Midnight Showings Tonight in Bloomington
Evening Showings Friday in Bloomington (as the IMAX seats are already all sold out up in Indy)
Evening Showings Saturday at IMAX in Indy
Evening Showings Saturday in Bloomington

hrrm...  Don't know if I should continue striving to organize a roadtrip to IMAX or not...
Prehaps I will attempt to Highjack someone's Friday or Saturday event and host a pre-party at my place (well within walking distance to the Eastside theatre, beats parking hassles)...   Of course a number of people that I would have wanted to gather together for Watchmen extravaganza will be out doing Bellydance stuff on Friday night...


Maybe I'll just let everyone fend for themselves on this one...
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Costumes, Costumes everywhere... [Feb. 26th, 2009|07:12 pm]

So, once again, I have far too many costume ideas and not nearly enough time or money to do them all...

For the upcoming Chapel Perilous:  Heroes and Villains, I believe I have my options down to:

1.  Dr. Strange

2.  Evil Spock from Mirror, Mirror:

3.  Hans Gruber from Die Hard:

4.  A Silent Movie Villain (possibly with sepia tone make-up):

5.  Gandalf

And a variety of other ideas, though most being limited due to time constraints/funds (Repo, Blue Furred Beast, and Juggernaut).

Thoughts, opinions, other ideas?
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Heroes and Villains [Feb. 19th, 2009|12:17 am]

Chapel Perilous Proudly Presents:  Heroes and Villains

Tuesday Night March 3rd, 2009
Only at Jake's (419 N. Walnut Street)

Doors open at 9pm, $4 cover, 21+ only

Comics... TV...  Movies...  Bring out your inner Hero or Villain

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Chapel on a... [Feb. 18th, 2009|04:31 pm]
Tuesday... what?  yes, that's right kiddies, Chapel Perilous will be on TUESDAY March 3rd, as there were some difficulties with the club booking.

So, in an effort to alleviate the difference of days, we will bring  you a very special Chapel:  Heroes and Villains.

More Info to Come.
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