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Went to Berkeley yesterday to hang out with [personal profile] serene. We haven't been seeing a lot of each other lately for various reasons on both ends. We had huge Pete's caramel lattes, then to the burger joint that used to be called Mel's but is some other a name that I can't seem to remember. I was in comfort food mode. So, for me it was bacon cheeseburger with their homemade chips (restaurant made? They aren't prepackaged chips) and a glass of milk. caught a movie for the first time in forever. We had planned to see The Adjustment Bureau but all the accessible seating was gone. Changed our tickets, and ended up seeing Joueuse The English title was Queen to Play with Kevin Kline and a French actor Sandrine Bonnaire. Jennifer Beals had a very small part as L'Américaine. It is in French with English subtitles. A fun, sweet little movie. Nothing earth shattering, hardly any sex or violence. Not one car chase! What a bore! :-) It's about a woman who cleans a local mom-and-pop hotel and picks up a little extra cash cleaning some people's homes. For some reason she becomes fascinated with chess and eventually enters a local chess tournament. I was amused at some of the sports movie clichés popping up in this film. Worth a look if you like that sort of thing. After the movie I was getting a little cold, so I headed home. A really nice day.
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I feel a little like I'm talking to myself answering this meme. I never actually authored one before, and thought it might be fun. It hasn't exactly caught fire around here but, oh well. I did try not to think of my answers while writing this thing. So I may not have the most interesting answers. Here goes.

Answers under the cut )
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I'm not much for best or favorite kind of lists. I can always think of several whatevers that would fit in whatever category. So feel free to pick one or more than one to answer any of these. I'd be interested in peoples answers, so letting me know where your responses are would be great. I'm going to leave the meme here without my answers. I'll answer the meme in another post. One last thing, context and stories are encouraged.

1. What movies do you like to talk about?

2. Are there any director's you particularly follow?

3. Are there any actors that will motivate you to see a film that wouldn't generally interest you?

4. Are there any movies that you wish you hadn't seen?

5. What genres do you particularly like?

6. What genres do you avoid like the plague?

7. Are there any movies that are really popular that you just don't get?

8. Are there any movies that you love that most of your friends haven't seen?

9. Are there any movies that you thought you would hate, but ended up really enjoying?

10. Are there any scene's or monologues that have stayed with you long after you've seen the movie?

11. Any movies that you think should have a sequel?

12. Any movies that the sequel ruined?

13. What movies do you think about from your childhood?

14. What movies can you watch again and again?

15. Any cool chase scenes?

16. Any really hot scenes?

17. Any cool fights?

18. Any movies that really changed how you think about something?

19. Any good adaptations of a book to the screen?

20. What movies make you really laugh?

21. What movies get you weepy?

22. Any movies that you're a little embarrassed that you like so much?
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[personal profile] loracs and I went to see 2012 at the Bayfair. It was mainly my fault, [personal profile] loracs didn't particularly want to see it, but I like a movie with lots of explosions and then there was John Cusack. So I was going to see it no matter how many people thought it was horrible. Guess what? I liked it quite a bit. I will not defend the premise because there just isn't any defense. It's stupid stupid stupid. Oh and did I say it was stupid? Mutated neutrinos superheating the earth's core and from what I could gather from the plot the neutrinos "melted" the core? Anybody know that the earth's core is already "melted"? So much silliness! Anyway I don't require my action movies to make a whole lot of sense, so ignoring the premise was standard operating procedure for me.

The movie doesn't really rate a thoughtful review, so I'll just give you some of my likes and dislikes. The first escape from the cascade of disasters was the best one. John Cusack driving the limo through a disintegrating LA. Managing to grab a plane and getting his ex's husband to fly it out was just fun to watch. Love John Cusack. Love Amanda Peet, although they didn't give her much to do. Oliver Platt plays a great bad guy and Chiwetel Ejiofor who plays a geologist is getting to be a great favorite of mine. There's some real subtlety in his acting that manages to come across even in this big loud movie. I also thought that the kids of John Cusack's character were real fully formed and well acted.

I loved the Russian pilot and really wished the Russian mistress would've lived. Loved the little bit of Buddha talk. I really wish they hadn't connected it up to the Mayan calendar stuff.

Okay let the derision and throwing of rotten tomatoes commence. I have the regulation headgear.
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I saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine last Friday. I really enjoyed it. Now if you're not a comic book fan, this movie isn't going to change your mind. I like comics. Wolverine is one of my more favorite character and I really enjoy origin stories which is what this movie is an origin story.


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