no longer an exclusively vicarious one.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

l8terZZ

so, im going on this world trip thingy with a bunch of others, and thusly i will not be able to blog much, if at all.
truth be told, i exceeded our download limit about a week ago, so putting up a blog has not been an appealing prospect lately. the bloody online arts handbook at the USyd website is frelling huge.

speaking of handbooks, i had to choose the subjects i wanna do (already) next year to give to my dad, cos apparently usyd dont let you do online enrolment. which i can kinda understand, but its just really annoying. how the hell am i sposed to know what i wanna major in already? the whole point of doing liberal studies was so that i wouldnt have to decide lotsa crap. anyways. im thinking of doing psych (sorry ploy) and philosophy. and arabic. dont ask. i just thought it would be handy to know.

aaaand, last minute shopping for said trip. had to buy shoes, backpack, portable toiletries, batteries, etc. luckily my aunts had lots of foreign money lying around the house, so they just gave me whatever they could find. which was an awful lot, actually.

so merry christmas and new year and all that. or happy 'holiday of non-specific religion/ethnicity'.

ahaha. i will probably be missing out on seeing narnia at the cinemas (sigh) but i did manage to catch a couple of things:

batman begins (finally!) - was heaps, heaps great. and the support cast was drool-worthy. rutger hauer and liam neeson and watanabe and mr freeman, and wilkinson and that freaky doctor guy. sigh. and caine made a really good alfred. katie holmes was a little bit if-fy, but a 'girl' character was necessary, i suppose. and where were the roses that were meant to be a motif when the parents died? hello? oh - and gary oldman as gordon was the bestest casting decision ever. it was like all the kids who had watched the first bunch of batman movies had grown up to watch this new one. im sure the ppl who loved it were all the old gang, who have tapes of the kilmer/keaton/clooney batmans. i loved gotham, and the train and everything. and that guy with the nice coat. i just thought the policeman shoulda looked more like the drones from the other movies. but thats just me trying to simplify.

the new zorro movie - was pretty cool. no hopkins, so meh, but banderas was funny, and zeta-jones was kinda amusing. the fight scenes she got to do were really funky. rufus sewell was the coolest baddie, although what was with his accent... mix of english+try-hard spanish, and he was meant to come from france...? shoulda used whoever zeta-jones' voice coach was. and the kid was pretty cute. the storyline was what you would expect, if a bit too 'i wanna be american cos they are so cool!'.

the spicks and specks xmas edition was sooooo good. alan's drumming, and simon tedeschi in an elf uniform, refusing to do any 'schlepping'. and lano and woodley's child choirs doing substitute with the '12 days of xmas' and the fifth ashes test scorecard ('warne caught vaughn!'...'tait not out one / all out for 3hundred and sixty...seven'). and dave on the bike, and all the 'watch and learn, rove' moments. and that game when they threw those brian cadd cds at scod's head. and brian cadd as santa (simon: (looking at a cd) who's this brian cadd person? brian: what a way to hand in you resignation!) and the little drummer boy at the end with all the singers and musos. and hamish's grandma. and the adam/hamish kiss. teehee.

also watched kung-fu hustle and shaolin soccer. hah. pretty fun. easy way to while away my afternoon. the stories were lame, the girls dodgy and the fighting hilarious, but the production values were very flashy. and i finally understood why everyone kept laughing at the third star wars movie. omigosh how bad was the dialogue - what dialogue? expositionexpositionexposition. anakin narrating everything and poor ewan mcgregor trying not to sound like a power ranger. 'yeah!', 'thats not helping!' and do you remember the days when star wars movies only had ONE lightsaber battle per movie? that general grievous character was just ridiculous. the pictures were pretty, coruscant was shown in its full glory, samuel L got to jump around and the costumes were very cool, but the characters disappeared. what happened to senator amidala? 'i can do up the nursery on naboo', 'remember the lake on naboo?', 'lets go back to naboo and the way it used to be when there was only our love'. ick. poor nat portman.

since everyone is singing carols and whatnot nowadays... heres a tripod lyric:
tripod - oh george

gatesy: oh george,
why did ya do it?
the first two were great
then you blew it
hey george
if you're the eternal kid
why did the jedi
have to return
the way that he did?

number one
was a masterful piece of art
and the world
instantly took it to heart
perfectly paced
it had style, it had grace
the effects were used in their appropriate place

with empire
you could have lost the plot
as most sequels do
but you did not
you showed some control
made a movie with soul
forgive us, we thought you were
on a roll

tripod: oh george,
why did ya do it?
the first two were great
then you blew it
hey george
if you're the eternal kid
why did the jedi
have to return
the way that he did?

gatesy: the third one
sadly it couldn't compare
swapping mystery and romance with
teddy bears
blew all the secrets right out of the water
and traded for a father
a son, and a daughter

the scoundrel
turned instantly to a spunk
from captain, to general
and now leia's bonk
luke's personality
vanished for good
and sexually he would have grabbed what he could

tripod: oh george,
why did ya do it?
the first two were great
then you blew it
hey george
if you're the eternal kid
why did the jedi
have to return
the way that he did?

gatesy: as i await the next trilogy
i sit here and ponder
if i will see
a six hour story
condensed into two?
and a script that's so shit
it would make a dog spew....
or

tripod: are we to see the rebirth of what was
a fantastic universe
spoiled because
a producer who must have just simply lost heart
and allowed the production to take over art?

oh!
george,
why did ya do it?
the first two were great
then you blew it
hey george
if you're the eternal kid
why did the jedi
have to return the way that he did?

obviously, they were right about the dog spewing bit.

cya when i get back! stay safe, y'all...

mels

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