Saturday, November 25, 2006

Christopher Walken is the best Bond villain ever.

So, House of Leaves was a pretty nifty book. Go read it. It will ruin your life, but in a good way.

Anyway, TheatreFest. I'll sum it up because I'm lazy.

-Urinetown, the Musical. Vulgar, offensive and hilarious. Lots of real catchy tunes that I still find myself humming.
-The Three Sisters. Well-acted and very character-driven.
-Hamlet. Awesome set design and choreography. I talked to the guys who did it at KFC with Erikka. That was pretty rad.
-The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde is ridiculously awesome and so were the actors who performed it. Great play.
-Stage Kiss. Cute and funny. Consisting only of two excellent actors.
-Crazy people in line for a PS3 at Wal-Mart.
-Using a cell phone and actually understanding how to for the first time.
-Hot Chocolate
-Introduction to Improvisation. Fun workshop. I had thought about doing it again. Pretty much played a bunch of silly acting games.
-Oi! Workshop on English dialect and accents, mates.
-Getting some sleep on Friday night.
-Visiting every fast-food resturaunt between UW-Whitewater and the hotel.
-Stupid bus driver crashing the bus into the roof of the hotel entryway.
-Hanging out with friends basically the whole time.

-The Trojan Women. Boring and overracted. Of course, I had just woken up.
-The Laramie Project. Yes, I get it. Hate crimes = bad.
-Friends talking about other friends behind their backs. Seems like everybody just hates everybody all the time sometimes.
-The Three Sisters. Really depressing ending. Wanted to go home and kill myself.
-Boring Shakespeare workshop. Why would anybody feel the need to spend fifteen minutes explaining Imabic Pentameter to a bunch of drama students? Ugh.
-Sunday Tea with Desiree being the last play to go on Saturday, meaning no other schools stuck around to watch it. Even though we were awesome.
-No awards for said play. Plenty of nominations, but no awards. Damn.
-Having two big tests the Monday afterward.

In other news:

Casino Royale
Best Bond movie since Goldeneye. Daniel Craig is James Bond, no question about it. He makes Pierce Brosnan look like a pussy, taking a huge beating over the film. It doesn't rely on any fancy CGI or nifty gadgets, just well-choreographed fights, a character-driven story and a great plot, built around many twists and turns. The poker game is surprisingly intense with lots of behind-the-scenes action going on. Great work from actors all around, not a single dissappoitning performance. Easily one of my favorite movies of 2006.
Rating: A
Bond is back.

Fullmetal Alchemist - The Movie: Conqueror of Shambala
I was finally able to see this on an official DVD instead of a poorly-done fansub. Kind of a departure from the series, but wraps up most of the plot points nicely, especially where Dante and the remaining Homunculi are concerned. Eckhart is a rather uninteresting villain and doesn't do much other than scream maniacally and shoot her subordinates. Ed and Al are in typical form and it was nifty seeing the latter finally out of his armor. Mustang didn't have nearly a large enough role. In the end, it's all right, but it could have been so much more, especially with a great 51-episode anime preceding it.
Rating: B+

So I guess opening night for Trolls is this Friday.


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