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"So you're, like, still alive, right?"

It's stunning to think that I haven't written here since September. Then again, when I look back at the last few months, it's no wonder.

My life has been turned upside-down, inside-out, and altogether topsy-turvy. In absolutely all the best ways. ♥

And in the midst of all of this wonderful insanity, I just haven't had time to sit down and spell out everything I've been up to, and everything that I've experienced. I haven't even had the time to comment on friends' entries, or interact with everyone over Facebook or AIM. It's not that I don't care about my friends, or have become disinterested with their lives; I'm just too busy to keep in direct touch. Then again, that's more or less how my high school life was, back in the day. So it's really not that much of a surprise, right?

Looking at my life the way that it is, and the way that it's heading, I'll probably never get enough time to post all of my experiences here. But I see that as a good thing; better to be too busy to write things down than not doing anything worth writing about, I suppose.

Even during my "holidays", I'll be spending most of my time applying to graduate schools for my PhD. Graduation is this summer, and I certainly haven't forgotten it. Who knows what the future will bring? All I can do is prepare myself for anything, and then see what happens.

But at the same time, I'm going to try to balance my work with relaxation. You have to have a little downtime, or you're bound to burn out. I've been trying to watch at least one film a day; past examples include both Kill Bill volumes, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Stardust. There are a lot of films that have been out for ages in the US, but are just beginning to be shown in the UK. Of these films, I think the two I'm most interested in seeing are The Golden Compass and Beowulf.

Definitely The Golden Compass, since I loved the book. But what about Beowulf? For those of you who have seen it: Was it any good, and would you recommend it?

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Date: 2007-12-11 12:51 am (UTC)
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Crazy in a good way sounds wonderful! May you enjoy the ride and get some rest wherever you can.

Good luck w/ the grad school applications!

While I haven't seen Beowulf... a few people on my flist did, and I don't think any of them gave it a good review, sadly. Not really bad reviews, but I believe they were let down by the movie.

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Date: 2007-12-12 02:30 am (UTC)
ext_104199: (Hell of a scary crack in your wall...)
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Oh, man...It just goes to show how crazy my life has been, that I haven't even been able to review your fics in months. But rest assured that I've been loving and obsessing over them, albeit in silence!

Yeah, it looks like your typical "big, tough, manly movie"; when I heard that it didn't even stick to the original plot of the epic poem, I lost all hope for it...

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Date: 2007-12-11 12:54 am (UTC)
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The plot of Beowulf is lacking. It isn't the original tale and it's rather ....boring. Visually, however, it's a thrill ride. If you can, I suggest seeing it in 3-d. It almost makes up for the plot.

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Date: 2007-12-12 02:43 am (UTC)
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So, the only truly redeeming feature of this film is that it has "full 3D up the arse". But there aren't any theaters capable of playing the 3D version in this area.

...Well, I suppose that makes my decision pretty easy. Looks like I can spend an extra five bucks on ice cream or something.
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:Deep breath:

From what I've heard, The Northern Lights Golden Compass may turn out to be rather disappointing, which is a darn shame as I think the Pullman trilogy is an excellent choice to go to the Big Screen. All it needs is a great scriptwriter and a reasonable director, who can pull off a blockbuster fantasy flick without losing the gist of the theological ideas. LotR was successfully transferred despite the complexity of its world, and it also had a similar heroic quest filled with self-discovery and its own post-war brand of moralizing - so it is possible.

But it doesn't look like it here. There are no meaty theological pieces in this movie. Granted, it's a children's book - but still. To remove a large portion of the anti-Christian theology from the Golden Compass is like serving a Christmas dinner with no turkey (which is what they've done). I have a feeling much of the criticism may have been due to problems with their directors-cum-writers. They had to change both directors and scriptwriters early on in the production. I shall see it later this week, so all this criticism is actually second-hand! (But I will still be scathing after I see it. Oh, yes.)

Good luck with the applications to (eventually) becoming a wise (and gray) PhilosophyDoc. Are you hoping to get into American grad schools or British ones?

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Date: 2007-12-12 02:52 am (UTC)
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It seems that Lord of the Rings will always be the exception. For every other book-based movie, you have to read the book to get the full story. Most movie-goers are just happy to see the major events of the plot play out on screen, and leave the underlying theologies to the book-readers.

I read the book and enjoyed it, so I'm fully prepared to see only a fraction of the book portrayed in the film. In the end, it doesn't reduce the value of the original story. I'll just take the film for what it is, and enjoy regardless.

I'm keeping all of my options open, so I'm applying to schools on both sides of the Atlantic; I'll just see what happens. To be honest, I'd be happy anywhere if I get to study what I love.

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Date: 2007-12-11 12:49 pm (UTC)
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*sticks hand to head and wibbles at Cass* still haven't seen the Golden Compass yet, part of the fun though I expect will be all the Oxford scenes where you can point out all the bits that you walk past regularly.

Will you come St Trinians with me when you are back in January? You should see the orginals if you haven't seen them. I wish my boarding school had been like that.

In the meantime I am quite excited about going to Covent Garden to watch Henry dance in the Nutcracker (just hope I can work out which soldier/page/urchin he is). Hmm what are the chances of me being able to get backstage I wonder...

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Date: 2007-12-11 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, although they mangle it up so badly that it's more like, 'they've walked in the door of that college... into the quad of a different one!'

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Date: 2007-12-12 03:05 am (UTC)
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Wow, watching that happen is going to be weird...

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Date: 2007-12-12 03:04 am (UTC)
ext_104199: (Bugger)
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I'll gladly come see it with you. :D

Oh, man! Please tell him "Break a leg!" for me; what a fantastic opportunity for him. And definitely try to sneak a peek backstage, if you can!

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Date: 2007-12-19 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Welcome home, even though you were technically home before I was...

So here's the Lowdown:

Beowulf: Shin 3-D, Shiny Dragons and Fight Scenes, Shinny Shinies. Plot = predictable. Again, probably only see it if you have the 3-D version (which the Oaks did when I saw it).

Golden Compass: Do you have the series? I would like to read it you. Now, I thought the movie was pretty good. Then again, they bribed me by putting a lot of airships in it. They had some pretty awesome airships. I can't blast a movie that has airships in it. Unless it's anti-airship propaganda like those documentaries about the Hindenburg.

If you would like to go see Golden Compass, I am up for it again. Now also on Friday there is the premier of National Treasure 2: The Book of Hollywood Sequels. As I recall, we went to go see the first one in theatres together so perhaps it would be fitting to see how the sequel turns out.

Anyway, I am home with nothing but my books and computer games to keep me company. If you are able to take some time off from your proposals and scholarships, perhaps we can go do somethings.


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