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03 April 2016 @ 11:46 pm
Roll up, roll up, the tent is busting...  
We watched The Tall Guy with our son last night, mainly because we felt he really needed to see the glorious satire that is Elephant! (The Musical). The whole mini movie of the highlights used to be a single clip on youtube, but that link above takes you to the first of three (21 - 23). So fabulously, utterly wrong! Someone did a fantastic job there of creating catchy tunes with appalling lyrics. Also, there apparently is an actual musical of The Elephant Man now, which proves that people do not learn.

We saw the remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. earlier in the week, which was flashy fun. I could hardly keep track of the plot for all of the trash-talking. I seem to recall people complaining about Armie Hammer's Russian accent, which frankly sounds just fine in the context of an American movie (it's a typical American version of a Russian accent). But why does no one mention Henry Cavill's godawful attempt at sounding American? It's really distracting, as in, "What are you doing with those vowels?" Cavill in general was a little distracting—way overbeefed, as if he were going up to or coming down from being Superman. Armie is always cute, though. I'd think Caville would be my type, but clean-cut does not suit him, IMO. I didn't recognize Alicia Vikander at all at first—I initially mistook her for the reincarnation of the young Nadia Comaneci. :O

Started but did not finish the taxes this weekend. :( Started another run that went to 3 miles instead of my goal of 5 (last week I only made it to 4 miles). Ugh. Other things I meant to finish this weekend... had similar results. Urk.

I mentioned reading The Dream Thieves last week, which is the sequel to The Raven Boys. I would not have thought I wanted to read a book about the Ronan character, but he's much more complex from the inside. This story is more highly focused on him, but it really covers all of the characters—including all the psychics who live at Blue's house. I devoured the book at top speed, and now have to wait on hold for the next one. :( Also, I'm in that place where the 'ship I like is not the canon 'ship, which... eh. Thank goodness for random, in-character fanfiction that is relevant to my interests. Warning: Spoilers in the comments.

Deeper into The Swan Thieves now, and about 2/3 through Buffalo Lockjaw (so, I guess I'm reading that one for real?) I hope to be reading more of The Raven Cycle (see above) soon, and there are several ebooks on my wish-list that I may try if I don't get sucked into some random thing I bring home from the library. Less chance of that right now—our local branch is undergoing construction, as they continue their mission of removing most of the books and turning the place into a community center. Can I tell you how much that pisses me off, given that community centers should and do have their own funding? :(

All right, work is looming tomorrow. Still haven't made lunch, either. I hope you all had a good weekend!

Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on April 4th, 2016 11:22 am (UTC)
LOL! The clip you shared of Elephant! They tried so hard back then, didn't they. A treat to see Emma Thompson and Geraldine James, though. Loved GJ especially.

Sounds like you were pretty productive in spite of the few things you didn't get to, or finish. I have to read more! You've inspired me. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
It is such an excellent take-down of that whole Broadway musical genre, and really-- once you've heard those tunes, they'll stick with you. Especially the "Roll up, roll up" song.

The whole movie is fun, and Emma Thompson is marvelous in it. :)

I'm kind of a compulsive reader, and having multiple books going at a time is really typical. The gym book, the bedside book, the around-the-house book (which might be one in hardcopy and a different one on the Kindle). If I read as fast as my son does (lightning speed), I would conquer still more! :D
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on April 4th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Since taking part i lj_idol the entries are what I have been reading, but normally I read a nit like you, I have several books I'm reading scattered around. Always have a book in my purse. Always. Though unless it's a real page turner it can take a year or more because it's my waiting book. I read it when I am waiting for the bus, for appointments. I've got three going on Kindle right now, sort of: The Sheltering Sky, The Swan Thieves, and Killing Jesus. The last one I need for a review.

I'll read, or try to read, almost anything. Have only thrown a book at the wall a few times. There is only so much a reader can be expected to take. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
I pretty much always take a book to doctors' appts., etc., because I have an overwhelming hatred of being bored. ;)

Our daughter wound up with a 7 1/2 hour leg of a flight about a week ago where she had nothing to read or do. I asked why she didn't plan ahead and bring a book, and she said, "Why would I do that?" :O

Being of the Smartphone generation, she'd probably hoped to watch free movies as she had during the flight home, but different airlines, different benefits, so if that plan failed... Seven and a half hours! What the heck is wrong with her? :O
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on April 4th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Seven and a half hours with nothing to do and nothing to read? I would have jumped. With or without parachute! LOL!
bleodsweanbleodswean on April 4th, 2016 12:49 pm (UTC)
The Tall Guy!!! FTW!!!

How are you liking The Swan Thieves? I tried so hard to read The Raven Boys and just couldn't get it to stick. I've put it on the summer reading list...see if I can get into it later this year.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
So far so good on The Swan Thieves (I've read most of Kate's POV by now, so I'm decently well into it).

I'm surprised you didn't like The Raven Boys. The characters really are more like young adults than like typical teens, and though it took a few chapters for me, once the characters began to show their insides rather than their exteriors, I was hooked. Plus, you can't beat the plot twist about 4/5ths through!

I'm hoping the second time will be the charm for you. :D

Sounds like you saw all of The Tall Guy, then? We love that movie, and our son loved it despite the fact that it is technically a romantic comedy (though I think comedy is the primary genre there, and romantic comedy is secondary). He has issues with the romantic comedy genre. I usually like it, unless it's too sappy/stupid. Weird? Oh yeah, that generally works for me. :D
her brain is crowded and tastes like sex!thistle_verse on April 4th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
I was similarly concerned about a book from Ronan's POV, but like you said, he's a lot more compelling in his own voice, and the author likes to jump around to other people, anyway. I really do like those books. I'm looking forward to the final one. What ship do you like that isn't canon?

I liked Man from U.N.C.L.E., and then I went to see what there was on Ao3, and there's some pretty nice slash, which makes total sense given the chemistry between the Cavill and Hammer characters.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, who knew what interesting things (and powers) were going on inside Ronan? Wow.

I like Ronan/Gansey as a pairing, and I can see where the fanfic trends instead (I've only read the first two books, but I understand the third will probably solidify the alternate ship more). I want my son to read this second book. He'll probably freak a little at Kavinsky and that whole fatal attraction thing, being that he's a typical teenaged boy, but there are things I want to have geeky discussionas about! Like, some of the interesting phrasing in Niall's will, and what that might imply...

From fanfic, I'm pleased to see that everyone pretty much loves Noah. I do too-- I can't help it. :) And Gansey's family... such nice people, such excruciatingly vapid lives. It's an unusual combination.

The U.N.C.L.E. slash doesn't surprise me, having seen the movie and the chemistry/bickering that goes on. I'm a little stuck on Cavill, though, because he's not terribly attractive to me in that film, and the weird accent makes his character seem "not real." I have trouble getting my slashiness all worked up when half the pairing doesn't appeal (or seems nonexistent). For instance, Reese/Finch in "Person of Interest" (which I have not even watched)? One of those characters is gorgeous, and one is really, really not. Nick/Munroe in "Grimm"? I ship them as friends, but Munroe is not physically attractive to me. Nick/Reynard? I'd be all over that.

"Luther" has fans who ship John with his partner Justin, but I have never been able to understand more than about two words Justin says, so... it's like there's no characterization there, or something.

Maybe that's a little strange? :O

Edited at 2016-04-04 05:32 pm (UTC)
her brain is crowded and tastes like sex!thistle_verse on April 4th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's weird. We have to be attracted to a pairing in some way for it to interest us, I think. I didn't really notice Cavill's accent in U.N.C.L.E. Maybe because Hammer was going for it so hard. Haha.
her brain is crowded and tastes like sex!thistle_verse on April 4th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Also, I don't want to comment on plot things in the Raven Cycle, because I read the available ones last summer and I'm not completely sure which things happen in which book, so I don't want to be a giant spoiler. When you're caught up!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 06:14 pm (UTC)
Once you've grown up watching Chekhov on the original Star Trek show, your tolerance for what constitutes a "Russian accent" is probably pretty broad. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 5th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
the man from u.n.c.l.e. was so fun, but i don't remember henry cavill's accent at all! i was probably too charmed by the bickering and bantering and alicia vikander's wardrobe to notice. her clothes were just so fucking cute. i don't think henry is that great an actor, so i'm not surprised his attempt at an american accent was distracting.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 5th, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
The 60s "Mod" era was adorable, though I think also not part of the period when the film was set! Just a few years out of skew. Details, details...

This is the only thing I've seen Henry in, and it was... not of the good. So, maybe that's part of the issue?
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 6th, 2016 03:43 am (UTC)
the only other thing i've seen him in is man of steel, which i didn't really like. but i don't remember his accent in that either.