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Calling people on my flist involved in House fandom: anyone know any good House/Amber/Wilson, or just Amber gen or Amber/Anyone fics I should read? Not being in the fandom, I'd really appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

I've been raiding the graphic novel section of my local library, and have stumbled across Astro City, which is a gorgeous series about the lives of superheroes and the citizens in a world where they're the accepted norm. It differ from the usual tales by focusing on issues that don’t often come up, such as there's an issue following the city's leading hero and heroine on a date.

And I picked up Runaways vol. 1, which is about a bunch of teenagers rebelling from their supervillain parents. It's written Brian K Vaughan, whom I've become a fan of after reading Y: The Last Man (I'm also ridiculously excited that Pia Guerra is illustrating Doctor Who: The Forgotten). The reason for the raid was that I got antsy awaiting the last volume of Y - I've deliberately avoided spoilers and have been dying to know what happens for months.

In movies watched, I managed to find a romcom staring Cillian Murphy (yes, you read that correctly) and I've continued on with my mission to explore Aaron Eckhart's back category, although Conversations has been on my radar for a while now because of the Helena Bonham Carter factor (I think she's wonderful).

Conversations with Other Women (2005, dr. Hans Canosa)
Assets: Helena Bonham Carter, the guy who plays young Aaron Eckhart is really hot.
Warnings: None

Read more... )

Film Rating: 5
Aaron Eckhart Fangirl Rating: 5

Watching the Detectives (2007, dr. Paul Soter)
Assets: Originality (sort of)
Warnings: It's a romcom, but don’t expect it at all to be like others of the genre

Read more... )

Film Rating: 4
Cillian Murphy Fangirl Rating: 4 ½
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One of my flatmates and I were watching a movie last night, Fido, which is about a boy and his pet zombie in an alternative 1950s (crackasticly brilliant btw), and as a zombie was tearing into an old woman another one of my flatmates walked in the room, saw it and scolded us with a level of righteous indignation that Mary Whitehouse would be proud of for finding such things entertaining And for the first time in my life it occurred to me that some people just do not find zombies amusing. I always assumed a love of zombies was universal. They're zombies: decomposing people that lumber along and try to eat your brains. What's not to like? Even my mother likes zombie movies (then again, my mother is a Quentin Tarantino fangirl so maybe she's not the best person to drag up). Obviously, if there actually was a zombie apocalypse, I probably wouldn't find them funny. But as long as they remain fictional I shall find them entertaining.

Although, zombies aren't my favourite monster. That prize belongs to killer plants – triffids, krynoids and the like. There's just something so brilliant about people-eating vegetation.

Anyway, I've been at it with the Aaron Eckhart movie watching again:

Neverwas (2005, dr. Joshua Michael Stern)
Warnings: Britney Murphy (see, now I can't find it within me to dislike anyone who appeared in Drop Dead Gorgeous - unless they happened to appear in Marie Antoinette - but I know quite a few out there don't like her).

Read more... )

Film Rating: 4 ½
Fangirl Rating: 4 ½

The Black Dahlia (2006, dr. Brian De Palma)
Assets: Hmmmm….Fiona Shaw, I suppose. The Aunt Petunia factor gives a humorous spin on certain events.
Warnings: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson (The two blandest actors in Hollywood together at last).

Read more... )

Film Rating: 2
Fangirl Rating: 2 ½
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I've been at it again with my latest hobby.

Suspect Zero (2004, dr. E Elias Merhige)
Assets: Ben Kingsley (surprisingly)
Warnings: A complete lack of sharks.

Ever see a 50 foot shark? )

Film Rating: 2 ½
Fangirl Rating: 4

Possession (2002, dr. Neil LaBute)
Assests: Tom Hollander, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle (Lizzie!)
Warnings: None

No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed )

Film Rating:
Fangirl Rating: 4

Coming up: The Black Dahlia and Neverwas
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I saw The Dark Knight again.

Cue meta )

Okay, enough meta for today. In light of the fact that I'm reviewing Aaron Eckhart movies and that I also fangirl Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine (I define 'fangirl' as will rent a movie solely because they are in it with no thought given to how low it's rated on imdb) it's getting rated on them as well. This whole movie rating thing has become sort of a pet project to keep me occupied while there's no new Doctor Who.

The Dark Knight (2008, dr. Christopher Nolan)
Assets: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell
Warnings: None, the casting is perfect. There is a nasty incident involving a pencil though.

You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain )

Film Rating: 5
Aaron Eckhart Fangirl Rating:
Cillian Murphy Fangirl Rating:
Michael Caine Fangirl Rating: 3
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Thanks to The Dark Knight I've developed a fangirl affection for Aaron Eckhart. What's a girl to do but go down to the video store rental-stalk him? I've gotten out quite a bit of his back catalogue and I'm having my very own Aaron Eckhart film festival.

Also I've decided to implement a movie review system for my journal. There are marks out of five for general excellence. But also, since my usual motivation for watching a movie is that there is an actor or actress I happen to fangirl in it, there's also a fangirl rating out of five based on their presence, screen time and general wonderfulness.

Thank You for Smoking (2005, dr. Jason Reitman)
Assets: Maria Bello, Rob Lowe
Warnings: Katie Holmes

You know the guy who can pick up any girl? I'm him. On crack )

Film Rating: 5
Fangirl Rating: 5

Any Given Sunday (1999, dr. Oliver Stone)
Assets: Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx
Warnings: It's about American Football.

On any given Sunday you're gonna win or you're gonna lose. The point is - can you win or lose like a man? )

Film Rating: 4
Fangirl Rating: 1

Coming when I find the time: Possession and Suspect Zero


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