uberreiniger: (hanging masks)
This Halloween was brought to you by Slayer's "Raining Blood" and "Piece by Piece," Powerwolf's "We Drink Your Blood" and "Night Of The Werewolf", Cradle of Filth's "Lovesick For Mina" and "Cthulu Dawn", The Sword's "Maiden, Mother, and Crone," the entirety of Iced Earth's "Horror Show" album, and by the films Apartment 143, The Corridor, and Paranormal Activity, and by the Number of the Beast... Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast," that is!
uberreiniger: (Wayfarer)
I have a lot to be happy for today. I got to spend the day with my wife. We went and saw Brave, which is a wonderful movie, and I successfully replaced the high E string on my guitar. I got some freelance work done and landed another contract.

But it's hard to be happy because several friends have recently lost someone they loved. Today a friend lost someone. In the last few weeks I've seen other friends here on LJ lose people as well. In each case it has been relatively sudden. They had weeks, or maybe days to get ready, which is more than a lot of us get. But it still left them reeling. They're all hurting bad and there isn't anything I can do. I hate that feeling. They know who they are so I won't name names but I just wish there was so much more I could do. What happened to all of you wasn't fair and it wasn't right. If I could I'd make it right for all of you again, somehow.

Naturally today is the day that the guy from the previous post realized I was actually serious in ending the friendship, quit trying to WIN(!) the argument, and got all emotional about it. He's genuinely upset now, I feel bad that I hurt him, and in turn feel angry for feeling bad about it. I am standing firm though, being careful to be honest but not vindictive; carefully avoiding apologies. I shouldn't have to be sorry. I really can't keep making excuses for putting up with his constant posts that go against my morality. Just these past few days not seeing him on my feed constantly has improved my stress level dramatically.

But then I think of the people struggling with loss, who didn't get to properly say goodbye or at least not the goodbye they wanted, and I realize that life is too damn short for this shit and I don't know what to do.

I never got around to blogging about it here but my 17 year-old cat who was very dear to me died two weeks ago. I guess that's still affecting me more than I realized, making me view all this loss in a different light. I know it's just a pet, but 17 years is a long time to have any living thing in your life and even though he was more my parents' cat the last few years than mine I still find myself thinking about him at the oddest times and getting choked up.

I hadn't meant for this to turn into a dreary post but it has. I think it's better if I just stop. Go see Brave. It's a good film for taking your mind off everything horrible in the world, if only for a little while.
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My vacation is over. Today I go back to work. I must say I am not thrilled but hopefully it has bought me some time and I can work for a while longer while I start searching for a new job.

As you know, this week began with me getting catastrophically, epically sick. This ruined my camping at Lilies War plans but perhaps it is for the best since I really couldn't afford to camp anyway. I had actually been stressing a great deal about camping and how I was going to pay for it for a long time. I think all that stress combined with working very hard finally got to be too much for me and my body just gave out. In the 72 hours from Saturday through Monday I think I slept for about 60 of it. I'm not kidding.

Monday was the troupe's Hamlet show at Lilies War and as I think I said earlier, it went really well. By Tuesday I was fully recovered so I drove up again for dinner and rehearsal with the cast. Wednesday was the adult show and it was an amazing success for the cast and a delight for the audience. I am happy to report that the sketch I wrote and directed got riotous laughs and applause. My case made me very proud.

The best was yet to come, however. Thursday I rode with M. to a job interview that led to her being hired on the spot at what's going to be a really nice massage clinic that pays well and is run by a pair of warm, sincere, and quite visionary people. Their suite is still being renovated and the interview literally took place in a construction site. She won't start work until late July but she has the job and that's going to make a great difference for us, I think. We celebrated with some good food and by seeing The Avengers for a second time.

We've mostly just relaxed for the past two days. I've worked a lot on music, played some WoW, and just hung out for the rest of my vacation. It's been nice and, I suppose, just what I've needed. Now I need to get back to my usual pace. I vowed I would get a new job after Lilies ended. It's time to make good on that promise.
uberreiniger: (hanging masks)
I've decided I'm just not up to reviewing all those horror films we watched the other day in depth. So here's just a quick blurb about each of them.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Big-budget remake of an obscure TV movie about a lonely little girl sent to live with her father and his girlfriend who are restoring the house of a famous 19th century illustrator who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Then she starts hearing noises from the basement... Written and produced by Guilermo Del Toro and as good as you'd expect based on that.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil - Hilarious deconstruction of films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, etc. Tucker and Dale are two likeable, good-natured hicks trying to relax at their new vacation home. But a series of misunderstandings and gruesome accidents cause them to be mistaken for backwoods serial killers! Horror comedy is a tricky proposition but this film does it right.

The Caller - Tense, grueling thriller about a woman already fleeing from her violent ex-husband when she begins receiving phone calls from a disturbed woman who becomes obsessed with her. The twist? The calls seem to be coming from the year 1979! Stars Rachelle Lafevre and Stephen Moyer who prove they are entertaining to watch even when not moving at super vampire speed.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon - Another deconstructing horror comedy. This one is set in a world where Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and every other horror film slasher you ever heard of are real people terrorizing small towns. Leslie Vernon is out to join their ranks and hires a documentary film crew to chronicle his first killing spree. If you've ever watched a slasher movie and wondered how the bad guy did something this film will explain it. Horror fans will appreciate seeing Kane Hodder in a cameo and Robert Englund in a supporting role... and they're not playing Jason and Freddy despite the fact that they exist!

The Eclipse - Netflix classifies this movie as a supernatural thriller but it's not. It's a mopey, maudlin love story that just happens to have a handful of jump-scares. A widower who works for an Irish literary festival gets stuck acting as a chauffeur for a soft-spoken Englishwoman who writes horror novels and a drunken, narcissistic American literary novelist. It's fun watching Aidan Quinn do his Ernest Hemmingway impression but otherwise it's just a slow, boring film about people so wrapped up in their own problems that supernatural events barely even faze them.

Dreams In The Witch House - Made-for-cable adaptation of one of my favorite H.P. Lovecraft short stories. A physics student moves into a crumbling tenement and discovers his oddly-shaped room might form an intersection between dimensions. Despite some truly awful special effects, the absence of Nyarlathotep, and the addition of a shocking and gratuitous sex scene it actually does a good job of maintaining the original story's atmosphere and remains otherwise true to the plot. Honestly though, in the 40 minutes it takes to watch it you could just read the original story and have a better experience.

On a different note, I don't know what's worse: the fact that an eight year-old accompanied by his father came up to me at work and asked for Grand Theft Auto IV or that he literally said Grand Theft Auto IV. As in he did not know that "IV" means "4" in Roman numerals. I knew what Roman numerals were at that age, mostly because we had a clock in the living room that used them. So instead of asking what's wrong with the kids these days maybe we should be asking what's wrong with the clocks?
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I'm not one to obsess over little details I see in blockbuster movies, but I got to thinking about this at work today. It helps that the electronics department is right next to mine and they play the Avengers trailer over and over again so I see it all day and start thinking about the movie all over again.

Why are you clicking? I already said SPOILER WARNING. )

Also seen at work today: tweaker couple buying 72 bottles of Pepsi products. That is not an exaggeration. When I posted about this on Facebook numerous people confirmed for me that yes, 2 liter soda bottles can be used in meth production. I feel like an accessory to a crime.

Bonus also seen at work today: paramedics and police officers swarming all around because a customer passed out on the sales floor. I don't know much more than that because I didn't want to be part of a gawking crowd. It just seemed like one of "those" days all the way around.
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We ate at Panda Express, went and saw The Avengers and spent the evening with our friends in that order. It was the first day-long outing we've had in quite a while and I was glad for it.

The Avengers is the kind of movie that just makes me happy, truly a Joss Whedon masterpiece. Our experience was sullied somewhat by a particularly loud and obnoxious audience member who felt the need to cackle like a pack of hyenas every time something even slightly funny happened onscreen (i.e. every 10-15 seconds.) She was also fond of loudly repeating dialogue back at the screen. I won't go into detail but she looked like she was ready to be on Springer. It was sort of an interactive movie experience with us trying not to turn into the Hulk in real life to deal with this woman. I wish we would have gone to a midnight showing on opening night as it would have been quieter.

But it still did not ruin the movie. Nothing could ruin The Avengers.

Our friends made dinner for us and we just had a pleasant night together. I see them for rehearsals but it was nice to go there as a couple.

Last night was topped off by me getting the main verse riff finished on for the song I'm currently writing. It's a very chaotic thrash metal-style song, the kind I didn't think I could figure out how to write. But it's getting easier as I get the hang of it. This must have unblocked my creativity for songwriting since I was finally able to write some more lyrics today.

So it's been a decent couple of days, I guess. I'm grateful.
uberreiniger: (hanging masks)
The Woman In Black turned out to be a pretty fun little scary movie. I wouldn't nominate it for Best Picture or anything, but that' s not because it's bad. It knows exactly what it is supposed to be (a jump scare horror movie,) tries to do it very well, and succeeds. Daniel Radcliffe proves once and for all that he's more than just a one-trick pony, especially during the many long scenes of him by himself, no dialogue, just reacting to the bizarre happenings around him.

The movie also has some gorgeous scenery porn. It's worth seeing for the haunted house sets alone. Best of all, it's a Hammer Film and it succeeds in updating the great qualities of the early Hammer movies for a new century. Hopefully this means they are back and will keep delivering good, interesting horror movies.

Of interest to probably no one besides me, (as if anything else I say is - Ha!) I have repeatedly mistakenly referred to the film as "The Lady In Black" due to the title's similarity to Queensryche's amazing early song, "The Lady Wore Black." Since the lyrics and atmosphere of said song are actually kind of appropriate for The Woman In Black here it is, complete with pretty graphics some kid with editing software compiled into a Youtube video.

uberreiniger: (hanging masks)
While the internet was blacking itself out in protest (and rightly so,) I sat around and watched horror movies. But they were really good horror movies.

Black Death - I've wanted to see this film for a while because it stars Sean Bean and I was expecting to watch him good-naturedly slog through a cheesy, low-budget shocker for the paycheck. This is actually a very good, thought-provoking film. Rather than a straight-up horror film, it's more appropriately thought of as a noir suspense thriller that just happens to be set in medieval England where everything is morally ambiguous and what we see is unreliable.
The main character is actually Osmund (Eddie Redmayne,) a novice Christian monk torn between his vows and the woman he loves. At the height of the bubonic plague one village in the area is untouched by the disease and Osmund accompanies Church investigator Ulrich (Bean) and his squadron of soldiers to find out why. Ulrich believes it's too good to be true and that supernatural forces may be involved.

Continues with spoilers... )

I found this film very thought-provoking and felt it raised good questions about what we take for granted not only in terms of religious beliefs, but even what we may have taken for granted about certain such beliefs being evil or wrong. Be warned that it is a very depressing film.


Noroi: The Curse - Noroi is a Japanese "found footage" film from 2005. That's a few years before the found footage subgenre exploded back into popularity in the West and for those who think that the genre is contrived, not scary, or just plain out of good ideas... you need to see this movie.

Noroi centers around paranormal investigator Masafumi Kobayashi (Jim Muraki) who is filming a documentary of his investigations. He films a series of seemingly unrelated cases... but people he films keep acting in unexpectedly hostile, violent ways and voices and images keep showing up on the tapes that should not be there...

I will be honest, this movie starts out kind of slow and the Japanese variety show footage that Kobayashi draws on for his early leads gets pretty tedious. Having said that, I found the last thirty minutes of this film to be freaking scary! Noroi is one film that really knows how to effectively creep up the tension. It's hard to say more without giving too much away, but I stress again that if you're tired of or not impressed with found footage horror movies, please give this one a chance. You'll see what this much-maligned film technique is truly capable of.

I almost forgot to mention the best part. You can watch the entire movie for free on Youtube divided into eight parts starting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zha9jJuB2yg Suck on that, SOPA.
uberreiniger: (Futurama Greeks)
uberreiniger: (Warrior)
The prompts )

Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon I choose Libby from Lost and every Lost fan knows why. With her the writers dangled one of the most interesting plot hooks in the show's history in front of the viewer only to come out and literally say later that they had simply decided not to do it anymore. On a show as big and intricate as Lost it's impossible not to have some things get shelved permanently, but in Libby's case it was was over the top. And yes they sort of addressed it in the show's last few episodes, enough to give closure to what they'd created anyway, but it was nowhere near as satisfying as what could have been.

HONORABLE MENTION: LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS - L5R screwed over pretty much EVERY character involved during its notorious Hidden Emperor story arc but the heavy-hitting female leads got it worst of all. Bayushi Kachiko, at one point the game setting's primary viewpoint character/antagonist was revealed to have a kharmic link to a demigod in the setting. This got shuffled into the background and dealt with in an afterthought short fiction that wasn't even publicized. The list goes one, full of names no one recognizes: Isawa Ozuki, Doji Shizue, Daidoji Rekai, Shiba Tsukune. Just trust me when I say each one had enough awesome to be the hero of an epic novel series of her own and each one got swept under the rug in the scope of conflict that made no sense and was barely explained.

Day Twenty-Two: Favorite female character you love but everyone else hates - If I'm lucky enough to like a piece of fiction that other people I know do we usually all like the same things. However, I read on TV Tropes that apparently the Pirates of the Caribbean fandom loathes Elizabeth Swan for the mere fact that she exists and therefore gets in the way of all their little boy-on-boy fanfic fantasies about the male leads. Too bad fandom! She's a lady pirate and you know how I feel about those. Eilizabeth's a bad ass and she's here to stay so all you little fanfic girls can take your Jack Sparrows and Will Turners and suck it. I know you want to anyway.
uberreiniger: (Silent Hill nurses)
Only a few days after mentioning Cherie Priest's amazing novel Boneshaker as part of the 30 Day Challenge she releases the news that Boneshaker is being developed as a film! I'm really excited, both for the story and for Ms. Priest whom I've kind of watched crawl from the realm of independent publishers and emerge as an increasingly prominent figure in the literary world. Hard work pays off! Now I must work harder.
uberreiniger: (shedding wings)
The prompts. )

Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie. Well crap, I already listed Ripley from Aliens. Since it's my overall favorite movie I guess I'll nominate Izzy/Isabelle (Rachel Weisz) from The Fountain. I've never seen Weisz in a bad role or a bad film and I think The Fountain is her best work. She brings such incredible mortality and fragility to a character that is, in a very real sense, immortal and eternal.

Day Thirteen: Favorite Female Character in a Book. White Crow from Mary Gentle's Rats and Gargoyles. This... is a weird book. In terms of weirdness it makes China Mieville or M. John Harrison read like Dostoyevsky. White Crow makes the whole thing work. It's a story about a city ruled by the thirty-six aspects of God where humans are subservient to anthropomorphic giant rats. White Crow is a heroine of uncertain background and motivation who ties the whole crazy mess together. She's sexy without being fanservice and smart enough to go up against God without seeming like an overpowered Mary Sue. The book is hard to find but worth it if you like strong heroines in surreal settings.

Day fourteen: Favorite older female character. When you read a lot of fantasy "older" is a very relative term. The eighty year-old crone with the wart on her nose doesn't have much on the 5000 year-old elven princess in terms of wisdom and experience, right? Right. I think a favorite of mine who encompasses "older" in sense of both age and timelessness is Morgan La Fay from the Arthurian legends. She's rarely depicted as an old woman, but she is often depicted as a force belonging to an earlier time, trying to hang on to what was lost. She makes a cameo appearance at the end of Vivian Vande Velde's novel The Book of Mordred where she is depicted as a femme fatale whose appearance sometimes "slips" to show her true age when things aren't going right. It's a more outright villainous depiction of her than has become fashionable in the post-Marion Zimmer Bradley world, but I thought it spoke to a core part of her traditional characterization very well.
uberreiniger: (WEEE!)
I'm someone who doesn't get to see a lot of movies, or who only sees them years after whatever fuss there was about them dies down. It seems like we've watched a lot of movies in the days since we've gotten settled in, and it's a mix of new and old.

Paranormal Activity 3 - Saw this one in the theatre yesterday. It's hard to discuss without getting spoilery. I can say that so far my fears have been averted and the sequels show no sign of declining in quality. However this sequel, while scarier throughout than either of its predecessors, is both intriguing and frustrating as it seems to directly contradict information revealed in previous installments. However, this may be explainable since the ending reveals that certain individuals' perception of events in their past may be heavily influenced by outside sources... This series is doing a good job of expanding the mystery of its universe while still delivering satisfying movies. Can't wait to see what they'll do next.

Tin Man - Started watching this on my own one afternoon. Haven't finished it but I intend to. It's a made-for-SyFy Channel remake of the Wizard of Oz that pulls heavily from a variety of fantasy and sci-fi genres. Better than any SyFy original has any right to be. There's some very hammy acting and some special effects that aren't very special. But Zooey Deschanel plays the protagonist and takes her job seriously and is more than strong enough as an actress to hold the whole thing together. I look forward to finishing it.

Trick r' Treat - Basically an anthology of four different horror stories that take place across one Halloween night in a town where the holiday's dark magical origins are said to still hold great power. It's actually a very funny yet very gory horror comedy that's very well-written. It got screwed out of a theatrical run despite being produced by Bryan Singer who brought on two of his heavy-hitting X-Men alums (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox.) And that's a damn shame because it's one of the few truly fun horror movies I've ever seen. It somehow manages to not take itself seriously while taking itself dead seriously at the same time. Give it a try if you don't mind anachronic story telling and buckets of gore. My only gripe is that it needed more Tamoh Penniket.

Daybreakers - I remember when this movie came out the trailers made it look like a cheap Blade ripoff. It's actually pretty good. In the near future a virus has transformed most of the world's human population into vampires who have in turned farmed normal humans to the brink of extinction. Vampires deprived of human blood quickly devolve into an insane, animalistic state and society is collapsing as increasingly violent measures are needed to control the growing feral vampire population. Ethan Hawke plays a scientist conflicted over his vampire nature and the ethos of the blood farming corporation he works for. One night he crosses paths with a group of human fugitives and that's where things get really interesting.
Daybreakers does a very decent amount of world building in two hours. The ending clearly sets up for a sequel and you can tell they're itching to build on what they've created even more but given how poorly the film did that will probably never happen. It's a shame too. The film is actually a maddening blend of action movie cliches and truly interesting plot twists and surprise revelations. It's not great film making, but it's pretty good film making. It's no secret that the vampire genre is pretty overextended right now and somebody made a really sincere effort to keep it exciting with this movie. It's not Twilight but it's not trying to be cooler than Twilight either. It is, however, a good look at a bleak hell on earth scenario with vampires. Richard Matheson would be proud.
uberreiniger: (ICS Vortex)
It has been a pretty busy weekend. It went by way too fast. I still can't get used to this whole notion of having to be at work at 8am every single weekday morning.

Friday night I had band practice. It was our first time getting together in almost three weeks but we were all three very impressed at how we're starting to sound. I joked that we're starting to sound like a band who actually practices together in the same room and we are. Jak (guitarist) wants to add a Judas Priest song to the mix. Now we just have to narrow down which one. I don't envy her task in playing a Priest song, of course, but I anticipate a fairly easy time of it on the bass. Now watch me be wrong about that :)

Just as I was about to go to bed Friday night Kansas City got hit by its own personal hurricane. The power went out and didn't come back on again until around 8am Saturday morning. What was really bad about this was not having any electric fans all night. Even with all the doors and windows open to let in the cool stormy air the house was still very, very HOT. Oh, and then once the power did come back on it was still another 7 hours before the cable and internet came back up. Frustrating, since I actually had a ton of plans for the day, all of which involved being online. I wound up sleeping most of the day. It was just as well since it turns out I had a massive sleep deficit from the week.

Today M. and I FINALLY got to go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2 It lived up to all expectations and was definitely worth the money to see in IMAX 3D. We had planned on seeing Conan as well but it turned out to be just too expensive. We've been seeing movies mostly on weekday afternoons and had forgotten just how expensive movies are on the weekend. We were running out of energy by that time, though. When we got home we both wound up crashing and taking a huge nap. I think I'll be feeling it tomorrow. Naturally tomorrow night I have band practice again.

So yeah, pretty epic weekend. Did I mention the neighborhood is littered with broken tree limbs?
uberreiniger: (sausage drip)
The heat index reached 119 in some areas around here today. Oh, wait! Did I mention that our house's air conditioning died yesterday? It did. I can't remember the last time I was this physically uncomfortable in my house. Actually I can. It was over ten years ago when the A/C didn't work in my apartment. Sitting there in my underwear with all the windows and the balcony door open. Yep. I was classy. I was also miserably hot. Our landlord is theoretically going to get it fixed tomorrow. Hope so. Really hope so.

I have three days off in a row. Bad because Job #2 didn't have any extra hours to give me. But I will try to be as productive as possible with the time. I was planning on going and seeing Transformers tomorrow but at this point staying in and playing Dragon Age and/or WoW sounds just as appealing.

Feels like forever since I've posted. The 4th of July was pleasant. My father managed to get a bunch of fireworks for 13$ and we had a good old time blowing them up. Other than that, not much happened. Playing Dragon Age: Origins again because I couldn't get my old character's info back after reformatting my computer. And I just can't play 2 without importing my adventures from Origins, you know? Having a lot of fun. The game is waaay easier to play as a mage. It's just ridiculous, in fact.

After much anticipation with getting WoW paid for again I haven't really played it much. Logged in for about half an hour on Thursday to start the Firelands quest chain and that was it. Oddly, I get more excited anymore about leveling characters up than sending my 85's to tackle new endgame content. Go figure. I'm even getting a serious jones to play Horde again despite having played Alliance exclusively since shortly before Wrath of the Lich King.

I'll get right on that after I shatter a few more frozen Darkspawn who have been infected with Walking Bomb...
uberreiniger: (The Simpsons Diversity Kittens)
Just got back from seeing Thor with some friends. Yeah, I'm two weeks behind everyone else but it was worth the wait. I'll be honest, I know fuck all about Marvel's "Thor" comics. I've never read one, mostly because I always thought the character design for Thor looked kind of dumb. So I have no idea how true to the comics the movie was. But, WOW their conception of Norse mythology is actually really cool. Sort of a "Stargate" approach without totally sucking all the magic out and just making everyone advanced-yet-mundane aliens. I do not know if they are the Diversity Vikings in the comics as they are in the film. But even that's okay because.... Wow, Heimdall... I think I have a new man crush and I'm not ashamed to say it.

Quite a good film, I thought. Being a nut for character actors I was pretty stoked to see some favorites like Ray Stevenson, (Between this and The Punisher I'd say Marvel Studios has been very good to him,) Tadanobu Asano, and Colm Feore (quite unrecognizable under all that makeup, I must say.) I also had no clue Stellan Skarsgaard was in it. Always a pleasure to see him.

New Pirates too, apparently. Just have to work that into my schedule now.
uberreiniger: (Scruffy)
I wasn't really looking forward to Christmas very much this year. The whole time period just felt stressful and exhausting. But Christmas day turned out to be a lot of fun. Everyone in my family was really pleased with their gifts - a relief since I was on an even tighter budget than usual and the "big" surprise gift for my mom got lost in shipping and had to be re-shipped four days before Christmas. It got here in time though and all was well.

I had only asked for one gift this year, a tabletop RPG book. My wife eventually coaxed me into admitting that I would really like a PS3, but I never saw the point in asking one since no one was ever really in a position to afford one, myself included. Imagine my surprise when I got both my book AND a PS3. It had in fact been stealthily set up in place of my PS2 and had literally been sitting right there next to me the whole night before. Everyone was counting on me not noticing it and I guess I didn't let them down! Well I am very pleased to say the least and looking very forward to its use.

After an appropriate Christmas feast M. and I went out to see Tron Legacy

After the movie we spent some time on the Plaza. M. got a new camera and was eager to try it out. We got a few good shots despite the biting cold wind that made standing in one place for more than a few seconds all but impossible. We got home exhausted but very satisfied with the day.

My mom gave me some cash to get myself some games with for my new system. Gamestop has a sweet buy-2-get-1-free thing on their used games so I am now the proud owner of Bayonetta, Heavenly Sword, and Fallout 3. Man, I still have a backlog of PS2 games to play through! But I never know when to say when. It's a good thing I don't drink.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope all holidays were happy.
uberreiniger: (Huh?)
While on the set of The Selected: Final Hour this weekend I got to overhear the following exchange. We were filming inside a huge old three-story house, the spacious attic of which inspired someone to mention something about Anne Frank. I don't remember exactly what because the instant Anne Frank's name was mentioned someone else yelled very loudly:

"SHE WAS CATHOLIC!"

*Stunned silence from the first two conversationalists, eventually broken by a tentative "What?"*

"SHE WAS CATHOLIC! ANNE FRANK WAS A CATHOLIC!"

First Conversationalist: "I really don't think that Anne Frank was Cath-"

"YEAH, SHE BECAME A CATHOLIC! THAT'S WHY SHE QUIT WRITING THE VAMPIRE NOVELS! ANNE FRANK QUIT WRITING THE VAMPIRE NOVELS BECAUSE SHE BECAME A CATHOLIC!"

Collective facepalm from the entire room.

Anne Frank was a girl who couldn't come out of an attic. Anne Rice writes about vampires who can't stop coming out of the closet. If you know nothing else about 20th century Western literature, know this.

YES!

Sep. 8th, 2010 11:50 am
uberreiniger: (theatre)
I got cast!
uberreiniger: (Futurama Greeks)
My weekend was so awesome I just now recovered enough to write about it. Be sure to wear a helmet so it doesn't BLOW YO' MIND! Okay, no, seriously it was actually a very nice weekend.

Friday night went bowling with [livejournal.com profile] zombiecowboy and some others to celebrate the birthday of a friend of ours. I don't think I've actually bowled in about ten years so I was surprised to do as well as I did. I actually had a really good time but bowling takes a surprising amount of physical stamina. Five days later and the soreness is just now starting to leave my legs.

Saturday I didn't really go anywhere except to Borders to use a coupon. Got a Neko Case cd for a ridiculously low price \m/ \m/ She has joined Tori Amos and Amanda Palmer on my list of troubled-sounding female singers who help me relax from metal every now and then. That evening I caught up on movies of 2007 by watching Juno and No Country For Old Men which both happened to be on TV. Juno was okay; nice and sweet but not memorable. No Country For Old Men... holy shit. One of those movies where I didn't realize how tense I was watching it until it was over and I had the big exhale. Haven't read the book but I've heard it's very faithful. In which case Cormac McCarthy's mind is a dark terrible angry place where nothing good ever happens to anyone.

Sunday I finally went to church with [livejournal.com profile] adele87. It was my first Episopal service and really my first church service in over a decade. (What was it with doing things this weekend that I haven't done in ten years?) The church itself is beautiful; alle Goth and shite and very medieval looking, yet still a warm and inviting place. The service itself was wonderful and I immediately felt at home. It'll be a few weeks before I'm able to go back but I really can't wait to do so. After a five hour nap once I got home I got up and raided on WoW. My guild finally downed Sindragosa and we started working on the Lich King. Probably means nothing to most of you but damn it was fun.

Now I've been back at work and getting ready for what will be a very big weekend in the form of Mel's return to KC. Hopefully I'll be able to update about that more promptly after the fact.

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