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26 December 2006 @ 06:45 pm
It Must Be Tuesday (post-Christmas edition)  
Post-Christmas craziness, automatically I really want to go after-holiday shopping. But knowing that stores are going to be incredibly busy and crowded with people doing the exact same thing, I decided it's best to wait several days. Though Christmas has come and gone, I still have the spirit of the season because I get excited for the shopping I do afterwards, especially since many stores are going to be having clearance sales before getting prepared for the new year. I also have some nifty gifts cards to use that I recently recieved, so there's the main plus for buying things. Still, the craziness is almost as bad as Black Friday. And it's raining outside, which means the roads are going to be filled with crazyfolk.

I've been looking into some films lately, either upcoming releases or already in theaters, since I hardly ever went to the movie theaters at all this year. So, with some researching I've found some films that have captured my interest.

Curse of the Golden Flower, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li. Directed by Yimou Zhang.
Following up on the background information about this film, along with seeing the previews and trailers, this looks like quite a story to see on screen. Aside from the fabulous visual of the scenery and costumes, there's also the amazing two international celebrities, Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li (there's also Jay Chou, a famous Taiwanese singer, although I have no interest in him personally). This is probably one of the films I'll definitely see on the big screen, regardless.

Pan's Labyrinth, starring Ivana Baquero. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
I've already commented and expressed my immediate impression of this amazing-looking film, which is a fantasy-thriller unlike any other; a crossover between a gothic-fairytale from the creative imagination of a little girl to a devastating historical reality which she is escaping from. It's visually stunning, and another factor is that it's a foreign film that'll be released on December 29th, which hopefully it'll be a worldwide release and not selective theaters. Another film that is a must on my list.

Blood and Chocolate, starring Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, and Olivier Martinez. Directed by Katja von Garnier.
Admittingly, I haven't read the fantastically acclaimed novel which this is adapted from, however I have heard great things about it. Judging from the trailer it looks to be an nice werewolf story (and ironically, it's been produced by the same people who made the Underworld movies, also dealing with werewolves); a modern romance about a girl trying to figure out where she belongs, either with her own kind or amongst the humans. There will be differences between the book and the film-version, of course, and there will be fans debating on it, however I think I would probably read the book before viewing it on the big screen. Just to have a better perspective, that's all.

Nancy Drew, starring Emma Roberts. Directed by Andrew Fleming.
Yes, that's right ladies and gentlemen, a modern day Nancy Drew film. The trailer may or may not impress hardcore fans of the legendary character, considering the Hollywood-esque of its appearance. Though one has to take into consideration that Nancy Drew has evolved ever since the 1930s/1940s, and there's been numerous movies, television series and books/graphic novels of the character and her adventures. I personally think the trailer looks cute and interesting, and for those wanting to know why Veronica Mars hss been compared to Nancy Drew might want to consider looking into this upcoming 2007 adaptation of her mysterious adventures (or look into the history of the character in general). It might not be a masterpiece, but it looks fun to watch.

Children of Men, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
Not only is it directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who I adore with his direction style, but the overall plot for the story really intrigued me. Actually, the very topic of possible human extinction due to unknown causes is what I was recently studied in my college biology class this passed semester. This film, adapted from a book of the same name, explores the terrifying growth within a dystopian near-future where women have been infertile and unable to give life to a next generation. I really do want to see this, because I like films that challenge the mind and make the audience think.

NANA 2, starring Mika Nakashima and Yui Ichikawa. Directed by Kentarô Ôtani.
Obviously, this isn't a U.S. film therefore I cannot see it in theaters unless I travel to Japan just to see it theatrically, however I did see the first NANA film and I loved it, and was thrilled to hear they were filming a sequel. For those not in the know, NANA is an adaptation from a manga of the same name. It's a story of two girls who share the exact same name (Nana), however are different of lifestyles and personalities, but despite in that the stories involve their growing friendship together, hence the first film. The sequel had some controvery because of recasting, nevertheless the ever-so-lovely Mika Nakashima continues playing the role of Nana Osaki (yay!) Chances of seeing this in theaters are slim-to-none as mentioned, though I'm waiting until it gets released onto DVD with subtitles to view it.

Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, starring Marilyn Manson and Lily Cole. Directed by Marilyn Manson.
Say what you will about his music or how he's portrayed in the media's spotlight, but I personally think that Marilyn Manson is an incredibly intelligent, artistically inclined and well-spoken man. This will be Manson's first directorial debut, which is an exploration of how Lewis Carroll had gotten his inspirations for writing such stories like Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, which are perfectly fit for his creeptastic and imaginative style since the original stories were never actually intended for children (or, more specifically, the content was considered to bizarrely frightening for younger children due to its surrealism). I'm greatly looking forward to this debut of Manson's, not only as a fan of Marilyn Manson but also because I like the different ways of interpreting the workings of Lewis Carroll, especially the darker, morbidly bizarre adaptations.

On a different note, I find it funny that yesterday Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion was reairing on the SciFi Channel here in the States, and overseas the premiere of Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Runaway Bride, the first of the third season. Fitting obviously, but still funny. Still saddened that Rose Tyler is gone, but hopefully it'll still be a good season. It has David Tennant, so of course!

Recommendation of the Day: Foxxi MisQ - A-L-I-V-E (PV), the third music video off of their album. I just love this song, and can easily beat "Tha F.Q's Style" as my favorite of theirs so far. The song is incredibly fast-paced, it's upbeat and fun to dance to and I love their voices. Foxxi MisQ is a Japanese female trio hip-hop group. Official Website. ♥
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Current Music: Foxxi MisQ - A-L-I-V-E
Jen: dw; bad wolfsnowfire on December 27th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
There are so many good movies coming out soon. I've been waiting to see Pan's Labyrinth and Nancy Drew for ages, and Blood and Chocolate was an amazing book, so I've been waiting anxiously for the movie.

And, of course, NANA 2. Squee! I know a lot of people are unhappy with the recasting changes, but I'm sure to love it as long as Mika Nakashima is in it.

Renée: Ayu. Momentum.rogueslayer452 on December 27th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Many people are saying that 2006 wasn't a great year for movies, which I kind of understand and semi-agree with. Nothing in particular sparked my keen interest this year, so I wasn't really motivated to go seek out whatever in the theaters. But hopefully 2007 will be different, as I'm anticipating watching the ones I mentioned above or more as the list continues!

I know that Aoi Miyazaki didn't want to be in the NANA sequel because she didn't want to ruin her reputation because of the adult content within (supposedly there's a small semi-nude scene and the dealing with pregnancy issues). But yeah, if Mika's still going to be in it, then it's all good. :D

Oh! And there's also White Noise 2, which stars Nathan Fillion and Katee Sackoff! *squees in delight*
Jen: heroes; lovable geeksnowfire on December 27th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
I think I agree with that sentiment. I can't really anything besides Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (and that's more for the Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley factor) that I really felt interested. But there are quite a few out in 2007 that I've been waiting to see for awhile, so I'm happy with that!

I hadn't heard there was a seni-nude scene. I heard that there was the pregnancy issues, of course, but I must have missed out of any fuss over the semi-nude scene. That makes her decision not to be in the sequel a little more understandable.

Ooh, yes! But that's a horror movie, isn't it? Gah. It'll be horrible, because my love for the two stars will end up making me go see it. And I'm a scaredy-cat sometimes.
Renée: Heroes. Claire Bennet.rogueslayer452 on December 27th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Yep, White Noise 2 is definitely a horror flick. I know I'll definitely consider seeing it, but if you're worried about being scared let me say this: in a recent convention-like interview, Katee mentioned that she and Nathan do kiss in the film. I don't know if that'll help you cope with the "scare" factor, but that's at least something to nudge for at least consider about watching it. ;D
Autumnpenelopeblack on December 27th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd like to see Children of Men also. And Phantasmagoria! Not only is that an awesome word, but it has Lily Cole in it, who is my very favorite model. :D I actually have Pan's Labyrinth downloaded, but I haven't watched it yet. Will let you know what I think of it when I do. ;)
Autumn: if i had three wishes i'd spend one {ranpenelopeblack on December 27th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Hmm, Blood and Chocolate just seems to be Underworld with werewolves being the focus instead of vampires. But I'll probably still download it, lol.
Renéerogueslayer452 on December 27th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
The film for Blood and Chocolate does have that appearance, doesn't it? With the same love-triangle and difficulty of choosing between sides and whatnot. I don't know if it would've been if it were produced by somebody else to separate it from those movies, but I do hope it does stay true to the book as possible.

Oh, if you do ever get around to watching Pan's Labyrinth, do please give your first impressions on it. I'll probably see it regardless, but hearing thoughts from others is always nice too (without the spoilers, of course).
Spooner: VM +you kinda scare me+spoonerknife on December 27th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
Blood and Chocolate- hadnt heard about this but Agnes Bruckner is amazing and after looking at the summary i really want to see it- prolly not in the theater but as soon as its on video.

Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll- "I personally think that Marilyn Manson is an incredibly intelligent, artistically inclined and well-spoken man." i completly agree. it's a shame more people dont listen to him for various stupid reasons...have you seen the video that comes with/ Golden age of grotesque? it's creepy but oh so cool.

Nancy Drew- i've never read/seen anything nancy drew but i'm intrigued..Emma Roberts is actually really entertaining to me- the only show on nickelodeon that i'll watch really (except for nick at nite)+ plus her cd was produced by Jill Sobule and she does a fun cover of "mexican wrestler"..i have been wanting to see at least one episode of the ND tv series..
Renéerogueslayer452 on December 27th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
it's a shame more people dont listen to him for various stupid reasons...have you seen the video that comes with/ Golden age of grotesque? it's creepy but oh so cool.

I know what you mean, and it's mainly due to the media's portrayal and the controversy over the years surrounding those who blame his music for the bad decisions of others. They don't have to like him, but I just really wish people would listen to him rather than go with their biased opinion or the opinions of others. He really is an intelligent man, as presented numerous of times in interviews. I haven't seen the video yet, but I'm sure it's pretty damn good. Plus, I like creepy. :)