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[ Catwoman ] [18 May 2007|12:26am]

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I know many people said it was horrible. Most people critisized what Catwoman wore or said the story didn't make sense.

I think the story makes sense.

However, I don't know how many versions of "The Real Catwoman" there are - as far as the real series' goes. I've seen Batman Returns version of Catwoman and I know that story.

I don't know, comic-verse/wise, if that is the only story of how Catwoman came to be and while I do care for personal preference, I don't care so much for how it affects the movie.

The movie as a whole is pretty good. I do think that it was highly overdone with various CG - over done cat-crawling and such that looked far too fake. Not catlike, human or cat-human. It just seemed far too fake. With technology, you either make it look as real as possible or you avoid using it.

I think Halle is doing a good job. I think Benjamine is doing a good job.

The acting isn't poor.
The story isn't poor.
Personally, I love Catwoman's outfit and would wear it if I had the body. I don't think it's wrong at all for a female to wear that - if she wants to. If a woman feels like wearing it? Wear it. If a male wants to wear a speedo? Wear it. I mean, within the right situations - you can't go wearing either in, like, a Red Lobster or something. But, the point remains. I love her outfit. I don't like the cat-hat all that much. I prefer the other Catwoman in Batman Returns - her cat hat. I also don't mind the stitches and wouldn't have minded seeing that in the current Catwoman.
The CG, however, was poor. It was perfect for a game. Perfect if the entire movie was CG and over-the-top in that sense. However, for this particular movie it felt incredibly out of place. I think the wife is a little... over acting, but oh well.

Now, I've always been interested in Catwoman - the character.

Y'know what I've never understood though?

How a person that doesn't fight - normally - can get up so easily. Okay, she's stating that the make-up protects her. I guess that can make some sort of sense in why she can get up so easily. But that's always irritated me on how a "NORMAL HUMAN" can so easily keep getting up ... when that's not always the case and such.

Anywho.

I've been interested in Catwoman since I was possibly... 11-12 years old - I don't think I knew of her before that. I had only seen about five minutes worth of her at that age and wanted to be like her. I wanted a whip. I wanted the outfit. I wanted the moves. I didn't want to steal (I saw the jewelry scene), but I wanted all of that.

I couldn't admit it. It sounded wrong. Like if I said that I would be insulted. Like it woul dbe WRONG of me to want that. As a female. At that age. So, I didn't.

I went outside and would play with the jump rope and pretend it was a whip. Swinging. Making sure it wrapped around things. Loving the sound of the whip as it cracked.

My mama teased me once; I don't recall what she said though. It wasn't insulting, but I think she knew the reference.

I didn't know if she thought Catwoman was a bad person or not - as in the way that I was looking at her. So, I didn't want to admit it. At that age, I kept a lot in because of my dad's behaviour or worry that ... something dealing with my mom. She's a great person, yes. I just didn't want to state certain things. Even something "minor" as "crushing" on a celebrity! And worried about how stupid and silly that sounded and reactions.

So, when I heard that there would be a movie focussed on her - after seeing pieces of the original Catwoman and then the one in the movie that had caught my attention - I got excited! I saw the outfit and wanted to say, "That's awesome!" I loved the tears in the pants. The strap the way the shirt was. A bit low as the chances of FALLING OUT of the shirt are increased, but I loved it. The top... eh, the hat I thought was... off. The mask-hat. But, then I ducked when I heard all these insults and things thrown out. "She's wearing too little, it's degrading to women!" It makes it definitely difficult to be a female and stating that I LIKE the outfit and that if *I* had a body like that *I* would wear it. Because *I LIKE IT*. Yet, to think that even saying this much now I worry because of the whole fact that it's wrong for any person to like it. It's wrong.

But, I like it.

Unfortunately, I never really desired getting into the entire Batman series. I liked Batman Forever and the one with the Riddler. I liked Batman Beyond - the animated series. But, I didn't want to get into an entire series JUST for one character - Catwoman. So, I may eventually do some research on her. Find out if there are multpile stories for her becomming who she is and her personality.


So, as far as "The Real Catwoman" portrayal and movie and comics vs this movie? I can't give any real opinion for it.

However, as an overall movie. I'd give it a 6 or 7. Simple storyline. Not bad with the acting overall. Fun. Got some action. I think there could have been MORE action and the twist in the movie a bit BIGGER. I als o am not too pleased with the ending. I don't think there has to be a "HAPPY ENDING", but it seemed too sudden. Like... they wanted to have a closure, but it felt far too off. Like it should have led into it rather than going from point A to point C. I also think the CG was highly overdone, but oh well.

I would only buy the movie if it was on sale. For a cheap price. Since I don't see myself watching it often. Maybe twice a year or once a year sort of thing. IF even that.

I can be fairly easy to pleace on movies, but I think while it IS Catwoman... it was a big overdone with the cat-feline-CG and all of it. Too focused on it. Like they needed to remind us ever 5-10 minutes that she was Catwoman; despite how obvious that was.

So yeah.

6.5, I suppose would be it. Not as terrible as people say, but definitely not something I would recommend to most people.

If you want to watch a movie with little thinking and don't mind a female dressed in little clothing/tight leather and definite sexuality? Watch it. If you're against those things or a person that nit-picks every comic/game/book to movie ... movie, then don't waste your time. Most things will never be exact as the originals. It's far too difficult ESPECIALLY with how there's different interpretations of things that can only be done so many ways.

Alas.

I found it to be NOT a waste of my time and worth watching and such.
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[ Mock Mad Hatter - A la Angel Sanctuary ] ( 25 Unaltered images ) [08 May 2007|03:28am]

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I tried to tear-drop it, but it wasn't cooperating, so I left it as is.

Also, the black hat I have that's most like the simple black hat of Hatters is MIA. So, instead I used the pin-stripe one.

I'm hungry.

Anywho.

Image a-hoy.

Please, no mocking, ne? XP

The only altering I did was cropping.



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Hm. Did a little extra's. Only four more.

Cropped again.

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[ Angel Sanctuary; Manga ] [07 May 2007|08:07pm]

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So far, I'm not sure if it's the scanlation or what, but some of the wording seems so off. Like, you have to analyze what they're actually meaning or trying to say - simple things, most of the time, but as I'm not necessarily fond of reading manga to begin with, it makes it all the more difficult. Yeah, I'm the type that has trouble reading manga/comics due to what reads first and how some of it connects, because sometimes, it just doesn't. Still, if I can read through Naruto the way I did -- and still read and enjoy it -- I'm giving this a whirl after hearing so much about it from homgsekrit & watching the 3 OVA's - which were good, to me. Squished, but good.

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I... I I I I LOVE THIS MANGA.

THIS SERIES. IS. LOVE.

Now, I've got to do TONS of Angel Sanctuary related stuff & stuff not related to it xD


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Anime Boston Part 09 [ 17 images ] [01 May 2007|12:17am]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review

These are pictures of my c(r)os(s)play WIPs and finale.

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Anime Boston Part 08 [ 11 images ] [01 May 2007|12:09am]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review

These are pictures of my c(r)os(s)play WIPs and finale.

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Anime Boston Part 07 [ Videos ] [01 May 2007|12:04am]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review

These are teh You Tube videos I found related to the con; things I saw or didn't see.



The dancers to the The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya dance.... most of those are the ones we walked by and saw.





Silent Hill Nurse performance -- missed it, but DUDE, this is awesome.





YATTA! Cosplayers doing this skit... missed it, but glad to see it. It's too FUN.



Close up of it

And for those that DON'T know Yatta --







Random photoshoot I found on YouTube




Jesus Christ. Yes, seriously. Jesus leading the Conga Line -- and if that wasn't enough --



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Anime Boston Part 06 [ 14 images ] [30 Apr 2007|11:53pm]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review


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Anime Boston Part 05 [ 13 images ] [30 Apr 2007|11:52pm]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review


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Anime Boston Part 04 [ 13 images ] [30 Apr 2007|11:52pm]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review


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Anime Boston Part 03 [ 12 images ] [30 Apr 2007|11:50pm]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review


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Anime Boston Part 02 [ 15 images ] [30 Apr 2007|11:48pm]

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Anime Boston Part 01 [ 16 images ] [30 Apr 2007|11:47pm]

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| Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 |

Con Review

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Sasuke Crossplay - WIP [09 Apr 2007|10:55pm]

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Yes they are blurry, I know. Samantha kept prodding me xD as you can see, shoes are unfinished. wraps look better without them ;_; But ah well.

And it's almost done!

I am also well aware of my fat thighs, boy-ish legs at parts, chunky knees and my large hips. Sorry. XD


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[ RENT! -- The Movie ] [20 Mar 2007|11:11pm]

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First off, love.

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Edit. Talking with Yhaun I said this - which I think... works:

I think that's another thing about the movie. Though all of our situations are the same, there's a character or song or something that strikes true to your emotions and mind. For some to strike that ONE thing that you love so much. ONE thing that "rings true. Truth like a blazing fire. An eternal flame" and to find it before "Time dies". Or "Take Me or Leave Me" and stop trying to make me who I'm not, but also remember compromise is necessary in relationships. Or "I would kill to have what Angel had," to find love that despite the arguments or fights that every relationship has, there's got to be one for "me" that the person isn't afraid to show and share and to have that one thing so many want. Or to move out to "Sante Fe" and screw all the troubles and problems for something simpler, when we know it's "What You Own" that seems to be most important in so many eyes, until you step back and are reminded of the "Seasons Of Love" and .... It just connects.


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[ Kingdom Hearts Manga ] [20 Mar 2007|01:53am]

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Reading the first four (the complete) volume's of the Kingdom Hearts manga was interesting, to say the least.

I know that now I need to read the 2 (?) volume's to the Chain of Memories manga and then read the Kingdom Hearts 2 manga (incomplete?), but I have to get those, first.

The manga followed the storyline fairly well and added a few things here or there - not a lot, but enough to give you some more ideas as to what the characters may (or may not) have been thinking. Even Riku's "I like the dark" when Malefeicent asks if he wants to turn on the light in the room she has provided for him (or something similar to that).

It plays out more or less the same way, but it is strange to not actually be playing it. Less fights, as it would be very time consuming and repeatitive to have Sora fight numerous heartless with Donald and Goofy in a manga - it works for a video game, but I don't think it'd work in the manga -- they'd have to make it much longer than four volume's.

It's definitely something that if you plan on getting, you must get the complete set. It does leave you with a cliffhanger, of sorts, with the end of each volume that keeps you yearning to see what happens next - be it your first time into the series or if you want to see how it's portrayed in this form after playing the video games.

I'm not sure if it makes someone WANT to play the game, though. Most things are explained and if you don't like video games then it's a fairly good way to get into the fandom and/or enjoy what it is, however, I feel that it's still better to play it to get the full feel and knowledge of what's going on between the characters and the story line.

There was some interaction that was shown a bit more interesting in the manga, but mostly when they were younger or before leaving the island.

The ... simple animation was something to get used to at first, but I rather liked it - it was fairly well done.

Definitely worth the money and as such for any Kingdom Hearts fan who wants to read it...

... not many words are needed. Just worth it for me.
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[ Cars ] [20 Mar 2007|01:22am]

xinda
Originally, I had no real interest in watching this. Sure, I like Owen Wilson, but not enough to watch just any movie with him. fickle_goddess mentioned watching it and didn't hate it, so I gave it a try. And, I don't regret it. I rather liked it.

It wasn't as funny as it was made out to be and it had a lot of cheesy-cliche's, but I liked it a lot.

My family didn't, though. Shame.

There were a lot of characters I liked. Some of the story moved a bit slow, but overall it wasn't a waste of time. I wouldn't recommend paying to see it, though. Unless you're a Disney or Pixar fan -- and a fan knowing what can be expected when it comes to predictability.

I didn't think it was overly so, but my 14 year old sister did.

I'm a very emotional person and I admit, I cried once. I think once xD Just a little. I won't say when as most people probably didn't shed a tear. But, I'm touched by various things and this movie held those things that touched me.

There were a few potentially funny scenes that were drawn on too long or too short to be appreciated.

Namely with Mater. He would repeat things a bit more than necessary for the joke to be acknowledged or would realize things a bit too slowly. Slow is good, but to the extent he went made the joke die before it was finished. Which isn't good.

The connections between realism and fantasy is always nice. The reminder that "shiny! new!" tends to hold the majority's attention over something that's actually good. It's true a lot of the time. Someone can have a brand new TV that works perfect, but when something shiny!new comes out, if they have the money, they'll buy it and use it over their older one. Think Brave Little Toaster, for those who've seen that. Sometimes, older is better, some time's it's not. Sometimes, we need to appreciate what we have -- materials or not. Just appreciate what you have.

I wasn't a huge fan of Sally at first, but I got where she was coming from in the end. It's a reminder too that things aren't always what they seem. Move to your place of dreams and aspirations only to find out that it's really not what makes you happy. A realistic search that people have daily. Almost everyone has thought something like that at least once. What really makes you happy? Is it where you live? Is it your job? Is it your environment? Once again, sometimes new is better, some times it's not.

I liked Doc up until he started with a change of pace towards what Lightening McQueen discovered. Once that discovery was made, while I understand his reaction, I didn't like it. It made perfect sense, but I didn't like it. His behaviour crossed the line, but he made up for it in the end --- another touching scene... with some amusement and even more touching...ness after that.

Also, winning isn't everything was one theme that I liked - a lot. It's something that I think everyone should be taught. Guilty, I am. Sometimes it's nice to win, but it's always good to remember that WINNING doesn't mean you've won and LOSING doesn't mean you've lost...

Things aren't always what they seem and don't always take everything so literal.

Positive food for thought.

Red and his flowers were adorable, but used one too many times. Just one too many times. Like a shy pet.... But, the watering was cute.

Over all, the movie is worth a few watches and if you see it on sale and like it, sure, buy it - y'may like to see it again (as I think that renting a movie more than once is kind of a waste as most of the time, it's cheaper just to buy it if you watch it more than once...). Entertaining and fun movie, or so I feel. Not the best, but by far not the worse.

The animation was wonderfully done, I feel.

If you don't mind cheesy-cliche's with moderate predictability, watch it.

If you hate those things? This may be a waste of your time....
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[ Good Omens ] [20 Mar 2007|01:08am]

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So, I finally read Good Omens - which had been rec'd to me by fickle_goddess & homgsekrit (whom had sent it to me as a gift ♥). Over all opinions? An 8 or 9 out of 10.

Leaning more towards 9.

For the most part, i didn't want to put it down or skim past anything... I rather liked how many characters there were that had their own personalities and their own reasons for being mentioned - for a purpose and for the one true purpose in the end (per se) and I rather liked that. A lot.

However, I'm terrible at keeping up with characters and who's who doing what. ESPECIALLY in books and ESPECIALLY with difficult or unusual names. For movies or series', I can at least have a face. If I like a character more, yes, there's a better chance of my remembering who's who, but that's not a guarantee. By far.

I'm not sure who's my favourite.

I admit, I was looking forward to a few characters based off of both friends opinions and excitement over them to an RP that had a few characters involved... When you see them played out in fiction through a fan, it's interesting to see how it's played out in "real" fiction. Aka, the original or the source.

I looked forward to Crowley and DEATH before reading and found that I adored-loved Crowley and Aziraphale to pieces.

How could I not? I looked forward to any chapter with either of them and more importantly any chapter that involved their interaction. Especially the music -- and DEATH communicating to Crowley by such 'entertaining means' -- which I found entertaining, sad, and amusing.

Poor Crowley.

I loved how each chapter went back and forth between stories and characters in a way that made perfect sense and then had such a tying reason that flowed so well in the end!

Oh, and how can I not love Dog? Especially at Dog's introduction. Big fierce turned into a teddy bear. And the desire for dog-like qualities? Love.

I LOVED-LOVED the motorcycle/bike scene towards the end of the book - but felt semi-bad for the... followers, who's names escape me at this very moment.

I love the mention of Good and Evil --- and which is better, per se... --- "It is said that the Devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreographers." and other such thoughts. I adored that to pieces. And brought some interesting points up, even if it was done in a sort of comedy-like way. I've always mentioned that if everything was good, per se, it would be boring. There would be nothing to do, in a sense. Evil is necessary. Granted, I think that it has gone too far (IRL) and needs to be heavily tamed -- but that's another topic all together.

Oh and what's not to love about War and Famine and... Pollution having PERSONALITIES of sorts. I mean, being ... Humans, per say? Humanized? Whichever. I loved that. I loved how they were described and I love the meeting and how they didn't exactly directly say who was who in the beginning... And when they all met up? The literal change in the environment around them? ♥ It's the "little things" like that, that just make it all that more impressive.

Now, out of the book, I don't know much about what's said about the Apocalypse. I know what I know, but I know not the details. But, for this book, that was okay. You really don't NEED to know many things going into it. It does help, granted, but it's not necessary -- and there were lovely footnotes that were both interesting, helpful and amusing when they were clearly fun.

Such joy.

My only REAL downfall, I think, was the ending. It felt a bit anti-climatic. Granted, in a sense, that amused me all the more. "Realistically" everything doesn't HAVE to go certain ways. "Realistically" when a bad guy loses against someone else by tripping over their big toe, may sound stupid and pathetic, but that's not to say it can't happen. It may be a downer to read if your favourite villain dies by slipping on ice and breaking their neck or your favourite hero dies by a cold (Gokou - DBZ, Future Trunks timeline)... So, when they came together and how it ended? Was a bit anti-climatic, but I still liked it over all. It was his choice and decision and now it can just happen later.

Though, this book has definitely made me interested and curious in reading MORE books by Terry Pratchett and more about his characters! I want to read more, definitely, and I thank both fickle_goddess and homgsekrit for talking about it around me and of course homgsekrit for gifting me with such a wonderful and amusing book.

It's funny, it's serious and it even get's you thinking -- without making you feel stupid. What's not to love about it?

--- Oh yes and I loved the switch up. All along they were watching the wrong child -- and I loved that showing of the influences of good and evil and how they may or may not affect someone.

I really liked this book and it's definitely worth reading it more than once or rec'ing it to others. However, if they're very religious and possibly to the point of closed-mindedness, I wouldn't recommend it. Other than that, enjoy it!

---- Just because this is short does not mean I like it any less than anything I've wrote more for/about.


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[ Naruto Manga: Kunoichi ] [15 Feb 2007|11:33pm]

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Disclaimer I don't think anyone is an idiot for feeling the above actually do apply to the opposite of what I said. I do not feel that just because I view it differently that I am superior to you or vice versa. I just wish most of the Naruto fandom believed that too. Oh well.
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[ Full Metal Alchemist Anime ] [14 Feb 2007|12:58am]

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Edit Edward was 150 cm in the beginning of the series, at age 15. In a manga omake, he claims to be 165 cm, which includes his lock of hair that sticks nearly straight up and his platform boots, but an official height chart shows him at 150 cm. That converts to approximately 4'11". It is unknown if he has actually gotten taller in the manga since then, but in the anime he does get taller.

That's according to Wikipedia. Hey! Guess what? Ed and I are the same height, then ^_~ *is around 4'11" xD (just say 5', I'm close enough >.>)


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More Meme Things From Mikari [05 Jan 2007|09:16pm]

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