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I've been catching on my TV The Good Wife and Haven in particular. I've just started with Haven and I can't wait to get to the good parts. The show is like a mash-up between The X-files and Eureka.


The Good Wife - Season 2

This show is just amazing. Amazingly well written and nuanced and nothing is exactly black or white. I loved watching the Campaign shenanigans because any scene with Eli is, excuse the pun, gold. But of course its the relationships in the show that are stellar.


I love that the focus of the last half of the season is about Kalinda and Alicia, these two women who were so different initially and then building on a friendship that's just so fantastic. Then there's the second favorite relationship on the show: Will and Diane. I love their partnership and friendship. I love it when they band together because they work so damn well together.

Honestly, more than the 'will they, won't they' of Alicia and Will my investment is solely on Will and Diane's partnership:


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DIANE: We’re the perfect couple.
WILL: Everything but the sex.


And, my secret wish is that Alicia and Cary can reconcile and be the next generation's Will and Diane with Kalinda as their awesome head investigator.


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life has been playing tricks on me )

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But I'm so, so happy The Good Wife casts were nominated, especially Kyle and Connie from Friday Night Lights! Finally! After all these years!

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Also saw X-Men: First Class, I think it's a grand step out of the disaster that was X3 but I came away from the movie with a different opinion from fandom... and I hope I don't get roasted for this but I didn't really find Charles and Erik's friendship/relationship all that interesting. I prefer their relationship more when they are much older and there are legitimate hurts in both sides but what I really found interesting and surprising was Raven/Mystique and Moira.

spoilers and thoughts on Mystique )

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Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Still can't process it except to say it was epic and a fantastic end for an equally fantastic series.
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The Failbender is failing so hard. And its getting 9% Freshness from Rotten Tomatoes. This is so very precious.

And Ebert gives the movie a HALF-star! HAH!

After the miscalculation of making the movie as live action, there remained the challenge of casting it. Shyamalan has failed. His first inexplicable mistake was to change the races of the leading characters; on television Aang was clearly Asian, and so were Katara and Sokka, with perhaps Mongolian and Inuit genes. Here they're all whites. This casting makes no sense because (1) It's a distraction for fans of the hugely popular TV series, and (2) all three actors are pretty bad. I don't say they're untalented, I say they've been poorly served by Shyamalan and the script. They are bland, stiff, awkward and unconvincing.


Really, aside from all other issues, Shyamalan is the wrong director for Avatar: The Last Airbender. AtLA is fun, hopeful, grand and epic. It is not a moody story filled with ~atmosphere~.

If there should have been an AtLA movie it should have been an animated movie. Or, they could have still made this movie epic if the people working for the movie had an ounce of respect for the source material. They didn't. And, that was a recipe for disaster.

In the words of Justified's showrunner, Graham Yost:

"The problem with anything is when people think they can improve upon it," he says. "I think that’s pretty dangerous with Elmore. He’s pretty great as it is. You get Peter Jackson to do ‘Lord of the Rings’ because he loves ‘Lord of the Rings.’ You get someone to do Elmore Leonard because they love Elmore Leonard, not because they want to make a cop movie."


It was clear from the beginning Shyamalan and the people involved in the movie had neither respect nor love for Avatar: The Last Airbender and that's their downfall. The fans have been up in arms about it and yet they were arrogant enough to assume that they can wave us off.

My only concern about this is that a majority of the people who will be watching might not know about AtLA and assume that the series is as dire as the movie. Which it isn't, by a long shot.

Someone in LJ recasted the movie and I wished that this was the cast the movie went for instead of the one they insisted on keeping. Here, look at the recast. It's perfect!

Particularly when Dev Patel was recasted as Sokka because OMG. That works! That works! He is Sokka! And I can't unsee it now!

This could have been a good movie but Shyamalan failed it spectacularly.

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Awesome Ladies Ficathon is in Dreamwidth!



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It feels good to have a new administration. There's still a ways to go but I feel like its better than the yoke we've been living under.
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Just came home from seeing The Kung-Fu Kid (I'm sorry, I just can't type Karate Kid when thinking about the movie, my face does this weird scrunchy thing when I do like, well, now.). When I first heard they were going to do a remake of the Karate Kid I was immediately all: Hell, no.

Karate Kid was part of my childhood and I thought they were going to trample all over the movie just like what the Lucas and Spielberg did to Indiana Jones. But then, but then I realized they weren't doing a Karate Kid movie, it just has the title and some beats but it wasn't Karate Kid at all!

And it was set in China!

In a nutshell the verdict is: Awesome.

Put your jacket on, hang it up )
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There's a meme going around about unpopular opinions. I find I only have one:

I like Relena Peacecraft. I even ship Relena with Heero. There I said it.

I never understood the hate towards Relena, yeah she's done some crazy things but she's not alone in doing crazy, illogical things.

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I haven't caught up with Buffy Season 8, before it started I was defending Joss & Co. for their decision to continue and while there are some wonderful moments the comic just doesn't feel right to me.

One of the reasons I gave for my ambivalence to Buffy S8 is how it seemed the cast never learn their lessons and while the conflict (internal and external) against the Slayer Army is interesting its I feel they've missed an opportunity regarding the Slayer Army.

more rambly thoughts on Buffy S8 )

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On the other hand Fullmetal Alchemist continues to make my heart sing. I just can't express the awesomeness Arakawa keeps piling on. I'm in awe of her pacing, her fight scenes never bore me unlike Bleach. Tite Kubo should take the time to look over FMA's fight scenes and study it because that's how its done.

And what awesomeness am I referring to?

The meeting of two giants )

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I recently saw Push, I wanted to watch it in the theater but I somehow missed it and watching the DVD makes me wish I saw it on the bigscreen. Yes, its an X-Men knockoff so is Heroes and Mutant-X but y'know what? I don't care. It was awesome.

Is that what the kids call it these days? )
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Just came from the movie.... and I just...

I *loved* it.

Its powerful.

And I completely agree with [livejournal.com profile] matociquala the Wachowski (sp?) brothers have redeemed themselves.

It just hit so many things for me, especially with the current situation here in the Philippines. It makes me question my stand on supporting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

I *like* her, I really do, and I believe she's getting a bad rap and not enough acknowledgment for the things she's done and doing for the country. So, with the recent proclamation banning any sort of large political gatherings and the arrest of some media personalities... I'm really torn in half.

I like her, but I don't approve of her actions, and yet... and yet, there's this other part that's supporting her because I think the opposition is just making too much noise and making trouble for the Philippines. I think the Philippines need order, needs a chance for its economy to balance out and its disturbing for me to be so... blase about it. It really makes me question what I believe in and then here comes this movie, and V's words about how people who like order and peace would just be complacent and follow the government blindly.


Last February 25, was EDSA Revolution's 20th anniversary. How did we celebrate it? Fireworks? Rousing speeches? Unfortunately, we didn't celebrate anything. On the eve of the 25th, there were two army officers who plotted a coup against the President, the officers were arrested and the coup stopped but on the 25th, on the day itself, the President declared a State of Emergency and the proclamation 1317, forbidding any large political gatherings.

The police and the military picked-up three opposition congressmen and some prominent columnists over the course of the week, and just recently, the former Secretary for Social Welfare, Dinky Soliman was arrested for leading a walkathon and... well, for wearing black, which the police say is seditious.

Was I outraged?

Unfortunately... I was not. In fact, I was very annoyed with Dinky Soliman, I really thought -- think she's just causing trouble.

And its disturbing!

I was part of the second EDSA revolution and brought down former President Erap Estrada. It was... the most exhilirating thing I've ever felt at that time I thought things was going to change that it could only get better from there.

Boy, was I wrong.

All I feel now is tired and disgusted with politicians, with their endless bickerings and I just look up at the line-up of senators and I shake my head. We have more actors, former coup plotters, Marcos supporters and despair.


So, yes, V for Vendetta really made me face-up with the things I've been thinking in my head.

V for Vendetta spoilers )

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