36 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'reviews':

There is no Briony, only Zuul

I went to see Atonement last weekend. I think it turned me into Anne of Green Gables. It was so very beautiful and so very tragic and so very beautifully tragic. The people were beautiful, the costumes were beautiful, the settings were beautiful, the cinematography was beautiful... and when the movie wasn't being visually beautiful, it was full of tragic, Romantic warfare and suffering and angst and longing and undying love. Anne probably would have very nearly swooned. Not actually swooned, but very nearly. It would be such a romantic experience to nearly drown swoon! James McAvoy as Robbie was...

srah - Thursday, 7 February 2008 - 8:41 PM
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You know, they call me the cautionary whale

It's a good thing that I went to Kroger in my pyjamas that one time, because otherwise I think this would have turned entirely into a pop culture and movie-reviewing blog. Don't expect that to end anytime soon. My movie-viewings are usually more exciting than my real life. And so, with no further ado, I bring you... Juno! I am really glad to be able to say that I've seen Juno. It makes me feel like that much more of a legitimate moviegoer, since my Oscar-nominee-viewing was - pre-Juno - at three, and none of those had been nominated for...

srah - Monday, 28 January 2008 - 8:41 PM
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Lazy Reviewing

It's about time I finally got around to watching Northanger Abbey, since Mansfield Park is on tomorrow! I shall shamelessly copy and edit - only slightly - my own Facebook/Flixster review of the film rather than writing anything original. Alas, poor readers! It was good, but leaves room for improvement in future film versions. When I read the book, I felt that the judgment of Catherine was coming from inside - from the narrator and the reader, so that we were sort of laughing at her from our side. In the movie, it's all Henry and I felt a bit...

srah - Saturday, 26 January 2008 - 4:20 PM
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Barouches of Fire

I guess I should finally finish writing this post, before it's Sunday again and time for more Jane Austenpalooza (I've never seen a film adaptation of Northanger Abbey so I'm looking forward to that one, but I think I'm going to have to tape it). Things I liked about Persuasion (2007) It was produced by Clerkenwell Films. Rupert Penry-Jones is ridiculously handsome and smoldering. I felt like Mary Elliot Musgrove was a more complex character in this adaptation than in Persuasion 1995. In 1995, her hypochondriac tendencies seemed more like annoying attention-seeking personal traits, whereas in this version it was...

srah - Friday, 18 January 2008 - 12:29 PM
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We have no time to lose! Let's go! To my secret woodland acting training area!

Last week I watched Who Am I This Time?, a made-for-TV movie starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. This movie is perfect for anyone who ever saw Christopher Walken playing a homicidal lunatic in any of his millions of homicidal lunatic roles and thought, "You know what? I need to see this guy playing a romantic lead." In this movie, instead of playing a serial killer, Christopher Walken plays an extremely shy hardware store clerk-slash-thespian who Susan Sarandon manages to seduce through the THEATAH! And who is probably a serial killer. It was actually pretty terrifying. I kept thinking, "Give...

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:27 PM
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Yes, it came direct from Paris, France

Paris, je t'aime is a ridonkulously huge collection of famous directors (Joel and Ethan Coen, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Sylvain Chomet) and actors (Steve Buscemi, Other People Who Aren't Steve Buscemi) in a series of short films about Paris. I actually wasn't expecting much, just because I find short-format films pretty hit-or-miss, but it was a cool mix of subjects and directing styles. It's hard to say which one was my favorite because there were so many good ones. The last film is about a lonely American mail carrier who's studied French for two years in preparation for...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 7:35 PM
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A mezzanine seat to see the flickers

Every year, my mom, my sister and I go to see a movie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. When we first started this tradition, the theaters were almost deserted, but I think more and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to get away from the Black Friday shopping insanity. This year, our movie was Enchanted, where an animated Disney Princess accidentally finds herself in live-action form in New York City and has to deal with the problems of the non-fairy-tale world. Disney is a pretty safe Thanksgiving Friday choice for us, but after seeing Shrek 3 this morning,...

srah - Friday, 23 November 2007 - 11:50 PM
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And if we all could spread a little sunshine

My most recent listen-in-the-car endeavor is The Lovely Bones, which is an interesting story but very strangely told. I'm not sure now if I would have liked it better if I'd read the text version rather than listening to the audio book, but I suspect that's the case. I have a feeling that the flowery and metaphorical language that bothered me might have been less noticeable if I had read it rather than having it read to me. For example: She asked for coffee and toast in a restaurant and buttered it with tears. - "Snapshots" What? Did she butter...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:04 AM
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Upper- Middle-Class Twit of the Year

follow srah at http://twitter.comI signed up for Twitter almost a year ago. I was going to admit to you that it was because I have some sort of addiction to everything social networking/web 2.0-related, but instead I think I will claim that it's because I am trying to establish my online identity by becoming the DOMINANT SRAH OF THE INTERNET. If I early-adopt everything on the Internet, I am more likely to get the username "srah" before anyone else takes it. There. Now ignore what I said about addiction. What addiction? Anyway, everyone was hopping on the Twitter bandwagon and...

srah - Thursday, 20 September 2007 - 6:30 PM
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Chocolate Rain!

I don't normally like to post about products in my blog because it feels like I'm selling something. But I want everyone to know what delicious chocolate things I am enjoying right now! Wheeee! I feel like Mindy Kaling. No Sugar Added Fudgsicles are theeeeeeee greatest thing ever. I can't stop eating them, which is okay because they only have 10g of carbohydrates (2g of sugar). Wheeee! Guilt-free sweets! They are artificially sweetened, but don't taste like artificial sweetener. This is good because I hate artificial sweeteners. The only side effect that I've found so far is that they cause...

srah - Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 7:41 PM
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By the power of Greyskull!

Last weekend (or rather two weekends ago, but I'm really behind on posting) I went to the movies. I didn't really intend to go, as I haven't been to the movie theatre in about five months (because I'm so cheap), but it turns out that in Ann Arbor I have friends and friends like to do social things and sometimes social things include going to the movies. So we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It was a very pleasant popcorn movie. It was overly complicated with everyone betraying everyone else, but that's what pirates do....

srah - Monday, 4 June 2007 - 12:13 PM
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'Me lobe you, Long Tim'

These are my thoughts on TV this week, which were all too short and pointless to have their own posts, but which I feel are justifiable when you chuck them all together into one post. Caution: Spoilers ahoy for all y'all who Tivoed House, Beauty and the Geek or The Office....

srah - Friday, 12 January 2007 - 12:06 PM
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The No. 1 Ladies' Hair-Teasin' and Veranda-Sittin' Agency

She was a traditionally built lady, after all, and she did not have to worry about dress size, unlike those poor, neurotic people who were always looking in mirrors and thinking that they were too big. What was too big, anyway? Who was to tell another person what size they should be? It was a form of dictatorship, by the thin, and she was not having any of it. If these thin people became any more insistent, then the more generously sized people would just have to sit on them. Yes, that would teach them! Hah!- Morality for Beautiful Girls...

srah - Wednesday, 8 November 2006 - 10:31 PM
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Waiter, there's a DELICIOUS in my soup

It is lunchtime and all I can think of is the Gorgonzola Ale Soup at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City, South Dakota. I don't like beer and I don't like cheese soup, so I don't know why I ordered it. I suppose I was intrigued and I had a headache and didn't want anything more complicated than soup. And it was DELICIOUS. And it is SO FAR AWAY. And it is IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. And I will probably NEVER RETURN. And I didn't even think to TAKE A PICTURE, which I very strangely did with a...

srah - Friday, 11 August 2006 - 12:11 PM
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Everyone involved in the creation of this film must walk the plank!

I have been trying to blog about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest for almost a week now, but I have been so ENRAGED with RAGE that it... flames... flames, on the side of my face. Heaving... heaving breaths... Well, I think I am mostly sort of cooled off enough to write about it now, but hopefully not too cool to express to you my RAGE. When the movie ended, I could barely speak in full sentences, such was my RAGE. The only thing that I could utter between my spitting and clawing at the screen was an threat...

srah - Thursday, 13 July 2006 - 6:43 PM
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I have discovered the joys of Bowling Green, Ohio! On my way home this weekend I set off with half a tank of gas just so that I would have an excuse to stop in Bowling Green. A little birdie named BobaFind had told me that there was bubble tea to be found there. I had planned to take my aunt out for bubble tea while she was in Ann Arbor, but I forgot all about it until after she'd returned home. No bubble tea for Aunt Pat and no Ann Arbor bubble tea for me, which only made me...

srah - Tuesday, 16 May 2006 - 8:19 PM
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Adventures in protein

Alright, you've convinced me - the point is not to avoid carbOHYDRATE-rich foods altogether, but to eat them in moderation. So I will buy myself almonds and convince myself to snack on those instead of all the lovely lovely candy in the candy bowl on my desk. For the record, Blue Diamond Lime 'n Chili Almonds are awesome (I went out and bought some the last time I got on a protein kick). Sunkist Buttered Up Almond Munchies are not, but in their defense I should have read the package better. With a name like "Buttered Up" I thought they...

srah - Wednesday, 5 April 2006 - 5:27 PM
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Two legs good, fake 'water' beverage baaaaaaaaaad

Sometimes my blog posts serve to inform others, and sometimes they serve to record my thoughts so that I do not make the same mistake over and over again. For the record, Glaceau Vitaminwater "Focus" kiwi-strawberry flavored beverage is a mistake I would prefer not to make again and also one that I would like to warn the world about. Isn't that handy? All that this beverage is managing to make me "focus" on is the fact that it tastes bad. That and the fact that it claims to be a drink made up of vitamins + water but also...

srah - Monday, 6 February 2006 - 4:52 PM
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Nino Quincampoix Grows A Beard

I went to a meetup.com Movie Fans group this weekend in Cincinnati. We saw Brokeback Mountain, which was very good and silent and moving. After that, I did a little shopping around and figured as long as I'd already driven that far, I might as well get another movie out of it. So I went to see Munich. I'm afraid that any deep thoughts I was having about Brokeback Mountain have now been stricken from my mind, because Munich overpowered my evening's moviegoing experience. I spent about 2 and a half hours in a constant state of nervous tension. I...

srah - Monday, 23 January 2006 - 5:02 PM
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Tastes like... chicken?

Apete, SarahM and I went to a chocolate tasting at Zingerman's earlier this week. I never got around to blogging anything about the balsamic vinegar or sea salt tastings we went to earlier this month, so I decided I had to make an effort to get this chocolate thing blogged! What this chocolate tasting did was confirm my worst suspicions: I am a chocolate philistine. After a lengthy explanation of the chocolate making processes and everywhere where the cheapo chocolates cut corners, we were given little cups with samples of different chocolates. We tasted them, then were asked to describe...

srah - Saturday, 30 July 2005 - 1:30 PM
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If only I had income, I could have a frequent flyer credit card...

I haven't given any thought to my frequent flyer miles in over a year, but apete recently mentioned the Rewards Network program, where you can register a credit card with a frequent flyer miles account and earn miles by dining at participating restaurants. I just signed up and decided to favor my Northwest account, because they have such a pretty little terminal in Detroit. Some Ann Arbor participants in the Rewards Network program that I already frequent and might as well earn something back from include Amer's, Arbor Brewing Company and Leopold Brothers'. I recommend it if you are a...

srah - Wednesday, 13 July 2005 - 1:03 PM
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A series of short lists

Movies I saw in the theater Saturday night: Batman Begins Movies I saw previews for Saturday night that I don't want to see: All of them Things that offend me about The Fantastic Four: How come Mr Stretchy Guy gets the name Mr Fantastic instead of something descriptive of his powers? Is there something especially Fantastic about being stretchy? Things that offended me about Batman Begins: The Scarecrow was not given the attention and power that I feel he deserves as a Batman baddie. He was just a throwaway underling to Raz-al-Ghul or whatever his name is, rather than an...

srah - Monday, 20 June 2005 - 1:14 PM
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Bleep bleep bloop

What kind of nerd am I? Here it is, May 23 and I haven't yet blogged about Star Wars Episode III. Well, I was having trouble organizing my thoughts into cohesive sentences, so instead I bring you some bullet points, hidden in the extended entry so as not to spoil things for those of you who ain't seen it yet....

srah - Monday, 23 May 2005 - 11:31 AM
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Love actually is all around

Roro and her sister and brother-in-law and I went to see Love Actually yesterday. I wasn't expecting any more than a chance to stare at Alan Rickman and Colin Firth, and was pleasantly surprised. It's done quite well, actually. It's a lovely movie telling something like ten stories about all of the forms of love. I cried and laughed and laughed through my tears. I'm not sure why they released a Christmas movie this early in December, but maybe they're hoping it will gain momentum through word of mouth and be big just in time for the holiday season....

srah - Monday, 10 November 2003 - 8:09 AM
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Can't stand still while the music is playin'

I really expected Saving Silverman to be just like all of the other gross-out buddy movies that are churned out every year, all of which seem to star Seann William Scott*. And yet it stood head and shoulders above the crowd of buddy movies. And why, you may ask? I can tell you in two words. And if you've already seen the movie, I think you know what those two words will be: NEIL DIAMOND. I don't think I ever would have thought to watch this on my own, but I got it as a birthday present from Robin. Five...

srah - Sunday, 31 August 2003 - 1:27 AM
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Votre dévouée élève, qui vous aime de tout son coeur

While reading The Professor (thanks for suggesting it, Katie), I was full of fantasies about updating it (à la Pride & Prejudice/Bridget Jones), writing a novel loosely based on it, or bringing it to the big screen. The book is about an Englishman who is unhappy in his work, so he goes off to Belgium and teaches English. I like it despite the protagonist's airs of grandeur, because there are parts that remind me of my experiences as a teaching assistant in France. No man likes to acknowledge that he has made a mistake in the choice of his profession,...

srah - Thursday, 24 July 2003 - 12:07 AM
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Jean Reno as romantic hero?

I went to the movies last night with Renata, Jennifer, Rachel and some of Rachel's French friends from the foyer. Ooh, alliteration. We went to see D├ęcalage horaire with Jean Reno and Juliette Binoche which, as I predicted, was a rather confused Franco-American mess, having been billed as the first French American-style romantic comedy. It didn't seem to know if it was French or American, and neither did Jean Reno's character, who kept throwing random English phrases into his dialogue and making the anglophones titter. All in all, it was rather amusing but nothing to write home about. Or write...

srah - Thursday, 14 November 2002 - 1:58 AM
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Queen of Suspense

Thinking I was very clever to outwit my six-book check-out limit at the library, I checked out a book that was actually three novels in one volume, all by Mary Higgins Clark. How sneaky you are, srah. All of that reading and it only counts for one of your six. It will bring you hours and days of enjoyment. Of course, it would have helped if you knew anything about Mary Higgins Clark before, because it turned out to be hours and days of blah and screaming. While my solitude is slowly leading to insanity and making me talk to...

srah - Sunday, 10 November 2002 - 7:42 AM
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Jamais il ne se coiffait, jamais il ne se lavait... (13.10.02)

I am in love. His name is Jojo, he lives in the backwoods farming country of Central Auvergne, he wears a black leather jacket... and he is four years old. No longer feeling like I was dying of la crève, I wandered around downtown and by the river this afternoon, but when the Sunday-shopping crowds started getting to me and the sun went behind the clouds, I found myself next to the cinéma Mat, just in time for the 2:30 showing of Être et avoir. The movie, an official selection at Cannes, was a very delightful way to spend the...

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 10:56 AM
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I'm With... myself, actually

I went tonight to see I'm With Lucy, a John Hannah film that has been released in France and nowhere else. I saw it dubbed into French, because I figured that was better than not seeing it at all. It was kind of oddly composed and I think that if I had been making it, I would have done it differently... or made it into two separate movies. Anyway, it was very entertaining, so I recommend it. I'm sure I'll see it again. The problem I had with the movie was that it was very romantic and made me feel...

srah - Saturday, 21 September 2002 - 2:31 PM
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Attack of the Clones? More like... Attack of the Bong!

Heh heh. Title has nothing to do with anything, except Gobie on SNL. Yup, so we went to see it this weekend. We took the French archives intern with us, so when they were making comments about the Jedi Archives and things like that, we were making archives-jokes and our row was laughing when no one else was. Heh heh. Family full of archives dorks. I liked it! I agree with the Free Press that the romantic scenes were painfully bad, but there was a lot to enjoy in there, especially for the geeks. Plenty of references to future events...

srah - Monday, 20 May 2002 - 8:25 AM
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I've been reviewed!

Ask and ye shall receive. And everything they say is true. Blah blah blah update. Go vote me up. Heh heh....

srah - Friday, 15 February 2002 - 8:24 AM

Srah's weekly JHAC-copied "Alias" recap/review

Srah's weekly JHAC-copied "Alias" recap/review (I promise, it's the last... unless Shepard becomes a recurring character...) Rather than a few brief encounters in the last fifteen minutes, JH was a major character in the first half hour of the show. It makes me wonder how this show is written, because it seems that they end one thread of a story very promptly on the half-hour or the quarter-hour. Anyway... When last we saw Sydney, she had a look of open-eyed and open-mouthed horror as she had discovered her partner with his neck slit. Mmmmm. Then along came the guards and...

srah - Monday, 26 November 2001 - 12:02 PM
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Watched "Alias" tonight

Watched "Alias" tonight because John Hannah was on. My thoughts? I'm lazy and have just copied my JHAC post. The first time I saw the photo of Shepard (John Hannah), I squealed and Alex rolled up into a little ball, making fun of me. It feels like it's been a long time since I've seen him in something *new*. I've seen old projects I just got ahold of, but it's been several months since TMR. For the longest time, I thought I was watching the wrong episode because there was no mention of Shepard and they didn't seem to be...

srah - Monday, 19 November 2001 - 3:49 AM
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It was much better than expected.

It was much better than expected. Overall, it was quite enjoyable, although I have those normal Potterholic complaints of things that were left out or changed and a few other things as well. Most of the effects were great - especially the Invisibility Cloak, which I really liked. I thought the movie worked pretty well for those who had read the books and who knew what they were expecting. I think it worked less well for those who were new to the Potter experience. I'm not sure that everything was made as clear as in the books and they might...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2001 - 2:32 AM
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I just finished watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind. What a beautiful, lovely, wonderful movie. I don't know how I never got around to watching it before. At the beginning, it was like a horror movie or Ghostbusters or something and by the end it was beautiful - just like the characters felt: frightened, then at peace. I especially liked that there was no love angle and the woman and the man were working together for a common goal. Oh whatever. I'm so happy that I watched that. I was crying by the end. Wasn't it creepy that Barry,...

srah - Saturday, 27 October 2001 - 9:30 PM
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