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wSaturday, August 16, 2003

Ok, connection time.

Peter Jackson directed Dead Alive. Peter Jackson directed LotR. Elijah Wood starred in LotR. Elijah Wood was in The Faculty, which was a movie based on old scifi/horror elements. Less of a parody than Dead Alive, but definitely similar.

And one of my favorite movies, actually. Maybe not on the level of Big Trouble in Little China and The Princess Bride, but pretty high up on my list.

But the pure foulness of this film has literally almost made me vomit. I've felt my gorge rise on a number of occasions.

Peter Jackson should have been barred from directing.

posted by Beatriz at 1:28 AM


Ok, no longer hilarious. Just plain disgusting. It's not just the bad taste - but the pure gore.

The whole Paquita thing makes me angry. It was her fault to begin with. The whole movie is her fault. I know it's supposed to be obvious and parodied, but I'm still uncomfortable.

Oh god, the baby was just born. How horrible.

I know it harks back to the Night/Dawn/Day/Return of the "Dead" movies, a number of which I've seen. These didn't compare in grossness to this flick. I also know that's kind of the point, Dead Alive exaggerates the normal horror flick themes to a most disgusting extreme. The romance, the "mysticism." Definitely reminiscent of 50's horror flicks as well. I have a Back to the Future feel from the main character's resemblance to George McFly, and Crispin Glover's recent starring in Willard. (Not bothering with links this evening.) And definitely some 80's... oh my GOD this is disgusting.

posted by Beatriz at 12:59 AM


Forgot to hit publish. I'm on 50 minutes into it - and it's hilarious. I kick ass for the Lord!

And that scene just ended. That was bloody brilliant.

posted by Beatriz at 12:50 AM


Dead Alive has to be one of the most digsuting things I've ever seen. I grew up on horror movies. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this. Even in all the zombie movies.

What's really disturbing is that I'm only 40 minutes into the movie. Less than 40. And I've had to turn away for almost half of it. How am I supposed to make it through another hour? I might not.

posted by Beatriz at 12:49 AM


Just watched Crime Friday on USA. Monk and Peacemakers. I watched an ep of Monk with Josh when he was here and I enjoyed it. No complicated plotlines, just nice little mysteries. I always enjoy Tony Shaloub.

The show itself reminds me of Father Dowling Mysteries, Murder, She Wrote-type deals. I used to watch the latter with my dad every Sunday. FDM was on after school, I think. Heh, the punk-nun. I loved that stuff.

Um. Now I'm watching Dead Alive on IFC and - the opening was insane. I shall return.

posted by Beatriz at 12:08 AM

wWednesday, August 13, 2003

You guys are clueless. Your benefits are awesome.
Verizon is threatening to take them away. That's what the members are fighting to keep.
I hope you strike and show the country how greedy YOU, the CWA and its whining workers really are.
Greedy? More like self-preservation. Whining? Pot. Kettle. Black.
Out here in the real world, we are paying big bucks for our benefits while you guys pay zilch.
Want good benefits? Get a union.
If you think Verizon is making too much, go out and start your own telephone company so YOU can get all of the profits.
Honey, it's not that Verizon's making too much, it's that they're hoarding the profits at the top and ripping open the fixed-income pocketbooks of the retirees, the people who made the company.

People who defend the CEOs making hundreds of millions a year really irk me. It's almost as if they think they'll be the next person to be making that kind of money. At the end of the day, most people I know are going to be that little old retiree who has to pay for his health benefits since the company he gave a majority of his life to rakes in profits, but can't seem to share them.

posted by Beatriz at 10:35 AM

wMonday, August 11, 2003

The incongruities inherent to subtitling.

posted by Beatriz at 11:26 AM

wSunday, August 10, 2003

Just watched Pride and Prejudice. Ah, jolly ol' England!

I love Jane Austen. My favorite of hers is Persusasion, but Pride and Prejudice definitely runs a close second. I've read them both at least a dozen times.

Sheesh, who says a "dozen"? Listened to way too much old English formalities in the past 5+ hours...

While I do adore the books, the generally feeling is of a society in pastels, owing to my own perception of Austen's language. Her voice is exquisite, gently mocking, but still very mild. Seeing the actual scenes acted out paints much broader, vivid strokes. The casting is perfection. Many of the scenes are verbatim. Love Darcy's first proposal!

Mmm, Colin Firth. Jennifer Ehle made Elizabeth Bennett a much more lively, wry character than I'd ever conceived.

I remember one review I read, back in '98 when I researched the 90's phenomenon of Jane Austen's novels transformed into screen. Emma (1996) was big for a number of reasons, of which I wrote 20 pages on five years ago and have no desire to rehash. Sense and Sensibility (1995) of course had all of the Oscar nominations, and the win for best screenplay "based on Materal from Another Medium." Perhaps less well-known is Persuasion (1995), which has a special place in my heart as a slick adaptation of my favorite Austen novel as well as the hotness of Ciaran Hinds. He might not look good in his American films, in which he has but small parts, but trust me - he was hot as Captain Wentworth.

But that BBC production pales in comparison to what I saw in the past 5+ hours. The censure I remember most from the P&P review was the constant wandering of Jennifer Ehle to show off the English countryside. Um, hello. Elizabeth Bennett walked all over the place. That was part of her character. She wouldn't have met half the people she did, nor had the character interactions she did, if she hadn't been strolling around. That the director put her in picturesque places only makes sense; why would she walk around crappy-looking places? Let the guy have some artistic choices. He's trying to remain faithful to the book, I say his scenery is choice.

posted by Beatriz at 7:46 PM