angelicmobster8: (Cherries)

  1. Me & You & Everyone We Know (2005)* Dir. Miranda July

  2. Poltergeist (2015)* Bleh

  3. Ghostbusters (2016) Was fun.

  4. Honey (2003)

  5. Grace of My Heart (1996)* Dir. Allison Anders

  6. Appropriate Behaviour (2014) Dir. Desiree Akhaven

  7. Cool Runnings (1993)*

  8. Yelling to the Sky (2011)* Dir. Victoria Mahoney

  9. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour

  10. Rambling Rose (1991) Dir. Martha Coolidge

  11. Date Night (2010)

* - Netflix or Hoopla
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
I need some new icons. Anyway:

  1. The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice. In 2008, I decided to read the book. I found that the first 72 pages were missing and read it anyway. I got another copy a few years ago and read them.

  2. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. Took 11 months to read. Is probably his worst book, lost it a few times. At one point I watched the mini-series and that helped me wade through it.

  3. Vanity Fair by William Thackery. 9 months. I don't know if I just didn't like it, or if it was because I was still new to old timey books.

  4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Can't remember what year I started reading it, but I finished it in 2009 after losing it for a long time.

  5. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King. 2.5-3.5 years, not sure. Another one that I lost for a while, also not one of his more readable books.

  6. Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel. 6 years. Another one I lost. Then when I found it, it probably took a couple of weeks to finish.

  7. The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. 6 years and counting. Started reading it in 2010 and it was slow going, then my mom vomited on it. I got a new copy a couple of years later and still haven't tried it again. There are other Dickens novels I'm more interested in.

angelicmobster8: (Shoe)

  1. Mr. Holmes (2015)

  2. In A Lonely Place (1950) Nicholas Ray movies were not fuckin' around

  3. Tight Spot (1955)

  4. River of Grass (1994) Dir. Kelly Reichardt (Dailymotion)

  5. Merrily We Go To Hell (1932) Dir. Dorothy Arzner (Youtube)

  6. Big (1988) Dir. Penny Marshall. One of those movies I saw so many bits and pieces of.

  7. Johnny Dangerously (1984) Dir. Amy Heckerling (Netflix)

  8. Outrage (1950) Dir. Ida Lupino. A lot of old fashioned tropes in it, but still pretty major for 1950. (Youtube)

  9. Night Moves (1913) Dir. Kelly Reichardt

  10. Mustang (2015) Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Netflix)

  11. The Narrow Margin (1952)

  12. My Sister Eileen (1955) Was actually sort of a trippy movie.

  13. Blown Away (1994)

  14. Malice (1993)

  15. Carol (2015)

Agh, Stranger Things, Dark Shadows and Star Trek: TNG.
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)

  1. The Voices (2014)* Dir. Marjane Satrapi

  2. The Martian (2015)

  3. Fill the Void (2012)* Dir. Rama Burshstein

  4. Ayanda (& the Mechanic) (2015)* Dir. Sara Blecher (this and Fill the Void have such good costume design)

  5. A Perfect World (1993)

  6. Honkytonk Man (1982)

  7. Bronco Billy (1980)

  8. The Visit (2015) Actually wasn't too bad

  9. Meek's Cutoff (2010)* Dir. Kelly Reichardt

  10. St. Vincent (2014)

  11. The Intern (2015) Dir. Nancy Meyers

  12. Shall We Dance (1937)

* - Netflix

Still in a Dark Shadows vortex
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
Written by a South East Asian Author: The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo
Biography: The Girl Who Walked Home Alone by Charlotte Chandler
Feminist: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Science: Cosmos by Carl Sagan (still currently reading)
Set in the Middle East: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:

  1. Laika by Nick Abadzis

  2. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

  3. The Assisstants by Camille Perri (goodreads win)

  4. more of the Dublin Murder Squad series

  5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  7. The Master of Blacktower by Barbara Michaels (must get more gothic romance, even if it's trashy)

  8. The Boss by Abigail Barnette

  9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank



I've been thinking of a scene in Freedom Writers (one of the more condescending white teacher+black/brown students movies), it goes like: the students are reading Diary of a Young Girl. One girl excitedly says something like "OMG, do Peter and Anne hook up?" The movie is about the poor education system, so you can't blame students for not knowing much about the Holocaust. BUT how does Hilary Swanks character reply? Something like "You just have to keep reading and find out... [smirk]"

I didn't think of it much back then, but now I'm like WTF?! This isn't Gone Girl!
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)

  1. Locke (2013) *

  2. Paper Towns (2015)

  3. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) was good, would make a nice double bill with Be Kind, Rewind

  4. Cooties (2014) wtf, lol

  5. Fantastic Four (2015)

  6. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) *

  7. Goosebumps (2015)

  8. Gambit (2012) Not anymore memorable than the original, but okay

  9. Spy (2015) A lot of fun. Kristen Wiig baked stuff in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy baked stuff in this. I hope Chris Hemsworth bakes stuff in Ghostbusters.

  10. The Man from UNCLE (2015) Was putting it off, but I liked it. Great costume design, watch as double bill with Spy.

  11. The Walk (2015) Even though I knew it wasn't real, they did such a good job, it made my hands sweat.

  12. That Thing You Do! (1996) *

  13. Z is for Zachariah (2015)

  14. McFarland, USA (2015) * Directed by Niki Caro

  15. Uvanga (2013) * Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu. Canadian production.

  16. I Do Believe in Unicorns (2014) * Directed by Leah Meyerhoff. I was putting this off because I assumed it was a frufru hipster romance. I was totally wrong. It was like a depressing and realistic Franchesca Lia Block book. Not one of the Weetzie books, more like Psyche in a Dress.

  17. Advanced Style (2014) * Directed by Lina Plioplyte

  18. Serial Mom (1994) * OMG

  19. Diary of a Teenage Girl (2014) * Directed by Marielle Heller. Was really good, but kind of got Go Ask Alice around the end.

* - Netflix

Falling behind on 52 movies directed by women, I just haven't been watching movies much. Got into Dark Shadows, OMG.
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
March

  1. Lost River (2014) Wow.

  2. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

April

  1. Punchline (1988) Was mostly a good movie, but none of the stand-up was funny. I think that happens in a lot of movies about comedians.

  2. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)

  3. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) these two were so boring, but had lovely costume design. I had seen all of the other movies previously

  4. Jenny's Wedding (2015)* Directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue

  5. Girlhood/Band de Filles (2014)* Directed by Céline Sciamma

  6. Mississippi Damned (2009)* Directed by Tina Mabry

  7. Trainwreck (2015)

  8. The Terminal (2004)

  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

  10. Westworld (1973) I have so many questions, like can the Yul Brynner robot be reprogrammed for sex?

* - watched on Netflix
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Book under 100 pages: Grumpy Cat Book
Read Aloud: The Catkins Diet (read to my cats)
Middle Grade: Blubber by Judy Blume
Mental Illness: The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston (First Reads win)
Book over 500 pages: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Horror: Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee
Read Book/Watch Movie: Under the Skin by Michael Faber (book was really good, movie was okay)
Audiobook: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (the category is supposed to be audiobooks that won an award, but I can't download certain books yet)
Book set before 1900s: Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (a fave)
Non-superhero comic published recently: Rat Queens
Post-Apocalyptic and/or Dystopia: Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Essays: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:

  1. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

  2. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

  3. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki

  4. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

  5. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

  6. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

  7. The Dublin Murder Squad series

  8. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  9. Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

angelicmobster8: (Ghost)

  1. Camp X-Ray (2014) *

  2. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

  3. Iris (2015) *

  4. The Great Muppet Caper (1981) It was odd seeing Charles Grodin sexually harass Miss Piggy

  5. Dead Man (1995) Meh. I need new glasses, I kind of liked Johnny Depps in this movie.

  6. Irma La Deuce (1963) Not as slut-shamey as I anticipated. But the whole pimp thing is still messed up.

  7. Under the Skin (2013) * This was a part of the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, read the book and watch the movie. TW: for sexual assault

  8. Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967) I don't know how I feel about this movie. It was all trippy and experimental. TW: for rape/victim blaming/slut shaming

  9. Ex Machina (2015)

  10. Selma (2014) * Directed by Ava DuVernay

  11. Splash (1984) I thought I saw it when I was little, but I dunno. Meh tbh.

  12. Two Can Play That Game (2001)

  13. The Daughter of Dawn (1920) *

  14. Tangerine (2015) *

  15. Beasts of No Nation (2015) *

  16. 5 Flights Up (2014)

  17. A Patch of Blue (1965)

  18. The Beloved Rogue (1927)

  19. I Will Follow (2010) * Directed by Ava DuVernay


* - Watched on Netflix. Canadian Netflix is kind of bleh, they don't even have a lot of Canadian movies. There are SO many good Canadian movies.

My sister and I couldn't really do the Great Digital Film Fest. Her schedule is messed up and my health is messed up. We were sad about Labyrinth. We went to see these three movies:

  1. Big Trouble in Little China

  2. Ghostbusters

  3. The Thing


In other news, turns out I'm anemic.
angelicmobster8: (AM inc)

  1. Paddington (2014)

  2. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) *

  3. Unfriended (2015) Worst of the month. I guess kudos for the idea though.

  4. Still Alice (2014)

  5. The Crying Game (1992)

  6. Miss Julia (2014) directed by Liv Ullmann

  7. Advantageous (2015) directed by Jennifer Phang *

  8. The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

  9. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

  10. Fort Tilden (2014) directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers. A good example of a good movie (or book or show) with unlikeable female characters. Also, it's one of my dreams for a rich person to pay me a bunch of money for a piece of garbage I happen to be sitting near.

* - watched on Netflix

I.. Ugh

Jan. 22nd, 2016 09:23 pm
angelicmobster8: (WTF?)
A few years ago, I was seeing a psychiatrist because of reasons. Our first few appointments were pretty boring and he was really dismissive of me, but something changed during the last one. The way he was looking at me made me super uncomfortable and he was asking questions that seemed a bit inappropriate. But he didn't really do anything that I could explain to anyone else, it was mostly just a feeling. The day before my next appointment, I was crying with anxiety and cancelled the appointment. I got the answering machine and his assistant never phoned back. I told my mom that I felt he was incompetant.

For years I went back and forth between "he was creepy" and "I was just being avoidant and paranoid". He's just been charged with sexually assaulting six women. One woman said he gave her pills that made her hallucinate so that he could just blame anything she told people on that. I'm shaking and close to tears thinking about those women and I hope they will be okay. I hope he goes to prison and dies.

There was a tumblr post a while ago that I think of alot. It advised girls to trust themselves when they think a guy is creepy but can't explain why, even if their friends go on about how nice he is.

I don't know what else to say right now.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)

  1. Saving Face (2004)* directed by Alice Wu

  2. A Very Murray Christmas (2015)* directed by Sofia Coppola

  3. Houseboat (1958) Used to watch it a lot when I was little

  4. Wild (2014)

  5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

  6. It Follows (2014)

  7. Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

  8. The Life Before This (1999) Canadian

  9. Something New (2006)* directed by Sanna Hamri

  10. Eloise at Christmastime (2003) on youtube

  11. The Getaway (1972) Ugh

  12. Grumpy Cats Worst Christmas (2014)

  13. October Gale (2014) directed by Ruba Nadda

  14. Winter's Tale (2014)

  15. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)*


* watched on Netflix
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Noirvember Movies (some count as gothic noir apparently, Angel Heart... is something, most of these were on youtube or Netflix):

  1. Inherent Vice (2014)

  2. Union Station (1950)

  3. Dark City (1950)

  4. Underworld USA (1961) really good

  5. Johnny O'Clock (1947) don't get the appeal of Johnny

  6. Angel Heart (1987) almost good, but is racist and what-not. Really love that look on De Niro though

  7. Christmas Holiday (1944) really love the use of Gene Kelly as a murderer

  8. The Suspect (1944)

  9. The Spiral Staircase (1946) really good

  10. Cry of the City (1948) I love Victor Matures eyebrows

  11. The File on Thelma Jordan (1950)

  12. Farewell My Lovely (1975)

  13. Harper (1966) looks good, but is ugh

Others:

  1. Big Eyes (2014)

  2. Mean Streets (1973) looks good, but meh

  3. Life Partners (2014) directed by Susanna Fogel

  4. What We Do In The Shadows (2014) omg, love it

  5. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) very good despite what Naomi Wolf said

  6. The Babadook (2014) directed by Jennifer Kent

  7. Hunger Games: Mockingjay I (2014)

  8. Young People Fucking (2007) Canadian

  9. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) directed by Liz Garbus

  10. The Final Member (2012)

  11. O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)

  12. Serena (2014) directed by Susanne Bier

  13. Ran (1985) haven't seen enough by Akira Kurosawa

  14. The Seventh Sign (1988)

  15. The Box (2009) Not so bad

angelicmobster8: (Schmee)

  1. Waiting to Exhale (1995)

  2. The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (2014)

  3. Dear White People (2014)

  4. Horns (2014)

  5. Birdman (2014)

  6. Jupiter Ascending (2015) co-directed by Lana Wachowski

  7. Crimson Peak (2015) Saw in theatre

  8. Halloween 3 - The Season of the Witch (1982) Worst of the bunch. At least JA was fun.

Re-watched The Exorcist. Was more heartbreaking than I remembered. Poor Karras. Also re-watched Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, lol.
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)

  1. The Drop (2014)

  2. Maps to the Stars (2014) Canadian

  3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Probably the worst of the bunch, but not a bad movie.

  4. Badlands (1973)

  5. Obvious Child (2014) dir. Gillian Robespierre

  6. Foxcatcher (2014) I knew that Steve Carrell was would be wearing a fake nose, but I wasn't expecting that!

  7. Unbroken (2014) dir. Angelina Jolie

  8. Princess Grace/Grace of Monaco (2014)

  9. We Are the Best! (2013)

So again, not many. I've just been reading more.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)

  1. Gone Girl (2014)

  2. Ouija (2014)

  3. Smilin' Through (1932) On DailyMotion

  4. Ida (2013)

  5. Saturday Night Fever (1977) Surprisingly depressing

  6. Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)

  7. Into The Woods (2014)

  8. Hearbeat (2014) Canadian and directed by Andrea Dorfman

  9. Whiplash (2014) JK Simmons gave me nightmares when he was on "Oz".

  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

  11. Mad Dog and Glory (1993) Bill Murray was surprisingly menacing. DeNiro and Thurman were mis-cast though.

angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
A book with a number in the title: Nine Stories (1953) by JD Salinger

  • They are good stories, but I wasn't going to keep it after I finished. But then the last story blew my mind.

Not part of the challenge:
Re-read: The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • It took me longer than it should have to re-read this. I was distracted because my copy was falling apart, my cat kept stepping on my boobs, and I kept imagining what their lives would be like. If Mary were a real person and still alive today, she would be 115. Not too farfetched. Hopefully she would have realized her feelings towards Indians were messed up.

  • My book is a paperback edition that was a tie-in with a tv movie. The cover has the three children in front of a Christmas tree, even though none of the book takes place during Christmas. Colin Firth has a small role.

  • A lot of the book seemed like Dickon fanfiction.

First Reads: The Drafter (2015) by Kim Harrison

  • Not too bad

Films of Norma Shearer (1976) by Jack Jacobs
An Untamed State (2014) by Roxane Gay

  • Really good

Manga: Frankenstein (?) by Junjo Ito

  • Couldn't help but laugh at the female creature

Manga: Free Soul (2004) by Ebine Yamaji

  • Misread the description. Was kind of disappointed that the  story wasn't about a relationship between the main character and Angie.

  • There was a slight incest subplot, but they were very flippant about it.

The Book of Negroes (2007) by Lawrence Hill

  • Really good.

First Reads: Luminous (2015) by Kendra A. Ziems

  • It was self published, could have used more editing.

angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)

  • Sleepwalkers (1992) It got trippy around the middle

  • Pufnstuf (1970) At first it was trippy and seemed like something stoners would like, but mostly it was boring and shrill. Worst movie of the month.

  • Jurassic World (2015) Saw in theatre.

  • Annie (2014)

  • The Boxtrolls (2014)

  • Bowfinger (1999)

  • The Mexican (2001)

  • AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Started off kind of slow (in a good way) and then got trippy.

  • Beyond the Lights (2014) Very good. Made me cry. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

  • Drugstore Cowboy (1989)




Trippy.
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Beloved (1987) by Toni Morrison

  • so good

Re-Read: Catcher in the Rye (1951) by JD Salinger

  • First read it in grade 11. I liked it then

  • didn't think I would like it as much now

  • I think I like it better

  • I really hope they don't make a movie of it

  • we don't need another movie about an alienated white boy

  • just watch Taxi Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harvey (Holden is always asking people to have a drink with him, it reminded me of Elwood), Six Degrees of Separation...

  • I had other suggestions, but forgot

Re-Read: Music of The Dolphins (1996) by Karen Hesse

  • Still love it after about 13 years

  • Don't love the whitewashed cover design though

Four Books

Jul. 17th, 2015 10:42 am
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Memoir: Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey (2001) by Bebe Buell w/ Victor Bokris

  • decent trash memoir

  • I didn't like how flippant she was about rock stars screwing teenagers

The rest are not part of the challenge.

Goodreads win: The Girl Who Slept With God (2015) by Val Brelinski

  • I really liked it

  • will be released on August 4

Goodreads win: Let Me Die in His Footsteps (2015) by Lori Roy

  • Also really liked it

  • creepy and lovely

Cat's Eye (1988) by Margaret Atwood

  • so good

  • so familiar


These just keep getting shorter and shorter.

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