kshandra: The TARDIS to the right of a purple sun (TARDIS)
I just spent two hours sitting in a room with my high-school crush, watching Doctor Who.

Okay, the room in question was the Century 20 Oakridge, and the fact that Chris was there was pure happenstance, but it was a wonderful little bit of nostalgia for me.

[personal profile] gridlore and I had used the comps we received from Fathom Events after our disastrous attempt to see Young Frankenstein last month to go to tonight's screening of the newly-animated Power of the Daleks. The evening started out on a bit of an ominous note, however, when we walked into the theatre and found the video crawl had begun with no audio... The major difference tonight was that a supervisor came into the house shortly before the main event was scheduled to begin to say that there were indeed technical difficulties, but that they were working furiously up in the booth and hoped to have the show start soon. And to their further credit, once the audio had been brought back online, they sped through the pre-show rah-rah (hooray for digital projection!) to get us to the start of the actual presentation, more or less on schedule.

For those of you unfamiliar with classic-era Doctor Who, Power of the Daleks is one of the all-too-many stories that was lost to an archive purge in the mid-70s. A complete audio recording of the story still existed (because fandom), and a team from the BBC used that along with the few hundred stills that remain, a couple of short video segments, and an original shooting script to reconstruct the production as an animated feature. Doug and I were both initially disappointed with the quality of the animation, particularly of the actors, until we learned in a post-show featurette that the team had only six months to turn the entire project around. Considering that the average Pixar film takes 3-4 YEARS to complete, with a staff 20x as big, the fact that they were able to do as much as they did is practically heroic.

All in all, it was a great way to get back in touch with my fannish roots.
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
I just sent the following letter off to Fathom Events.

To whom it may concern:

My husband and I were on vacation with extremely limited access to the internet when you announced your special screening of Young Frankenstein back in late August/early September. Not wanting to run the risk of the event selling out while we were away, I purchased two tickets for the AMC 16 Cupertino Square.

At the advertised start time this evening, we were shown the Fathom Coming Attractions reel over the audio for the movie. Close to 15 minutes later, we started getting the video of Mel Brooks live on the 20th Century lot - with no audio. It was another five minutes before we got the correct audio, and were finally able to enjoy the remainder of Mr. Brooks's presentation in the Zanuck Theatre. When that portion ended, we got another five minutes of slides, then returned to the film, which had apparently continued to run in the background - and again, no audio.

At no time during this process did a member of theatre staff or management come in to address the audience; when multiple attendees went out to talk to the staff to ask what was going on, the responses they received were largely dismissive. My husband and I finally left the theatre 45 minutes into the advertised run-time, having seen less than ten minutes of the scheduled event as it was meant to be seen. We spoke with the manager on duty, who half-heartedly apologized and claimed that they were having problems with the "live DVR download."

I have attended a number of Fathom screenings at multiple theatres throughout the SF Bay Area over the company's 11-year history, including NT Live's Coriolanus, the Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies, and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary screening of Day of the Doctor. I have NEVER been so thoroughly disappointed in a screening.

Hopefully, you will be able to retrain the employees involved and ensure that my experience is the last of its kind in that location. I look forward to hearing how you are able to resolve the matter.

Sincerely,
$NAME
kshandra: pixie with purple wings aloft before a full moon (Good)
...the remastered Lawrence of Arabia was worth every minute of sleep I'm not getting tonight.* How in the name of God was that Peter O'Toole's first major film role? And oh, just - everyone. Omar Sharif was brilliant (and fucking HOT). Watching him argue with Anthony Quinn was a thing of beauty. ("I knew your father..." "Did you know your own?" Half the theatre reacted vocally to that one.) Granted, when viewed through 21st-century sensibilities, Alec Guinness in brownface made me wince more than a little, but I have to admit that the makeup job was done well enough that I didn't recognize him at first.

If and when [personal profile] gridlore and I finally take the plunge and upgrade to BluRay, this is the first movie we get.

*Although the Internet has ruined me - less than an hour into the film, I was wondering how much Lawrence/Ali slash fic was on AO3. (So far, the answer appears to be "Lots.")
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
...it would appear that Tim Burton was a Death Becomes Her fan...

(And for something closer to a proper review: Whoever was behind the ad campaign for this film did both movie and audience a disservice. This was a love-letter to the original series, and so very much better than I had been afraid of.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
What is on your holiday wish list this year?

Yes, I know I answered this one already. But when I found that this was actually on YouTube, I couldn't help myself.

Awesome.

Mar. 8th, 2009 05:58 pm
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Fan)
[livejournal.com profile] rorschachsdiary - which in turn led me to [livejournal.com profile] theveidtmethod and [livejournal.com profile] hahajokesonyou (who gets bonus points for both his interest list and the Aretha's Hat icon).
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Fan)
I'm going to the 11:35 showing of Fanboys at the AMC Mercado 20 tomorrow morning. I'm about to be offline for the rest of the evening (I'm a dutiful daughter who's loaning [livejournal.com profile] murphymom her laptop power cord for a class o.O), so I can't do anything towards coordinating this. Text or Twitter DM me if you think you can make it.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
...[livejournal.com profile] gridlore actually made a passable computer joke.

(We were watching Return of the King, and Eowyn had just taken out the RingWraith, when Doug suddenly pipes up with "Warning! Fatal exception error - please reinstall Nazgul.exe and try again.")
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
What, if anything, do you know about this project?

(Thanks - I think - to [livejournal.com profile] klwalton for linking to the trailer.)
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
We spend too much time hiding illness. There is an assumption that I must always look the same. I hope to look better than I look now. But I’m not going to miss my festival.

Many, many thumbs up to Roger Ebert for going public with the complications of his cancer treatment. Somewhere, Gene Siskel is looking down and saying "Nice job, you old coot." (That show never would have caught the public's attention if they had actually liked each other.)

And FUCK cancer.
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
...was my paradigm shifting without a clutch.

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 22:05:16 -0700
To: kshandra
Subject: Century Theatres is now part of Cinemark - The Best Seat In Town. 10/12/06
From: MyCentury@CenturyTheatres.com

Century and CinéArts Theatres is pleased to announce that it is now part of Cinemark, the premier international movie theatre circuit.

Over the next few weeks, the two companies will work hard to deliver the same the high standards of customer service and quality our loyal customers have come to expect.

During this time, you may notice an interruption in your weekly My Century and CinéArts updates, show times and coupons. Rest assured we will have this interruption resolved quickly and you will begin to receive your updates very soon.

Please note that future updates will come from Cinemark.com and will not be addressed from CenturyTheatres.com.

Please set your email application to accept email from Cinemark.com.

We look forward to serving you.

This is what I get for not reading [livejournal.com profile] enjoytheshow anymore - they were discussing it a month ago....
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Time for Change)
I'm stunned I haven't seen this linked on my f'list yet:

V for Vendetta in XV Minutes
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
I was planning to do the Movie Image Meme:

Think of your favorite underrated film, type the name into Google and do an image search. Find the best pic and then post it in your journal, but don't say what the name of the movie is! Once you post the picture, it's up to your friends to figure out what the movie is from the pic you posted. No cheating by looking at the image filename! Responses are screened so that everyone can play. :)

And the image I found was just so damned sexy I had to make it my desktop. So I'm overlapping this with [livejournal.com profile] docwebster's Desktop Meme and posting a screenshot of the image on my desktop instead of just linking to the image I found - which has the added bonus of changing the image name so you can't tell what the movie is anyway. ;-)

What IS she blathering about, anyway? )
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The online Christmas channel I'm listening to today just played "At the Closing of the Year."

*moves Toys to the top of her Netflix queue*
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
So [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I went to see King Kong this afternoon.

Holy crap, lions. Er, gorillas. )

The only drawback to the evening was Doug managed to lose the Jayne hat I had just finished making yesterday (the movie outing had been announced on Silicon Gulch Browncoats, and he brought it for obvious reasons); it apparently fell out of the car somewhere between our house and the restaurant where we had lunch before the show. I'm trying not to whine too terribly much about that; I'm not so sure it's working, though. ;-)

I knew it.

Dec. 17th, 2005 12:32 am
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
Ever since I saw the film version of RENT, the fact that they gave it a specific time-frame has bothered me. (The opening number of the original musical simply begins "December 24th, 9PM Eastern Standard Time;" in translating that song into prose for the opening of the film, they specify that it's 12/24/89.) I understand that to at least some extent it was necessary - the neighborhood in which the show is set has been considerably gentrified since it was written - but in giving it a timeframe that predates when it was written, the screenwriters made the songs anachronistic.

The one that's been going through my head most was a line in Maureen's performance art piece:

It's like I'm being tied
to the hood of a yellow rental truck, being packed
in with fertilizer and fuel oil

Which completely (pun only slightly intended) blows the chronology out of the water, as that's a direct reference to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. So the show has to take place no earlier than December of '95 for that line to even be relevant (and performance art is all about being socially relevant... *snort*). But I was sitting here, working on That Damn Jayne Hat (now finished but for the pompom on top) with various bits of music wandering in and out of my brain...and I tripped over another time-travelling lyric.

Angel's opening number, "Today 4 U:"

After an hour Evita in all her glory
On the window ledge of that 23rd story
Like Thelma and Louise did when they got the blues
Swan dove into the courtyard of the Gracie Mews

Thelma & Louise was a 1991 release. (I should have remembered this sooner; it opened at my theatre.)

It's not as though I'm going to start some giant letter-writing campaign or something to get them to redub the naming of years in the voiceover (even though it would be simple enough to do, as it's only mentioned in the voiceovers at the beginning and the end of the film). But it is nice to know that there's some justification to my annoyance.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
After a couple of false starts, I finally managed to see RENT this evening.

Oh. My. God.

While it is definitely not the play, I loved it from beginning to end.

Random, non-spoilerish thoughts:
  • Getting almost all of the original Broadway cast back for the film was crucial to this film's success. (The only two substitutions in the leads are Rosario Dawson as Mimi, who was an acceptable substitute for Daphne Rubin-Vega, IMO, and Tracie Thoms as Joanne, who I think actually has a stronger voice than Fredi Walker. I haven't done any research into why the substitutions were made; no doubt the explanations are out there somewhere.)
  • Roger reminds me of a cross between [livejournal.com profile] threetimes and my old lover Matthew (James)...who I would love to see play the part. (It's right in his range, too...I should send him an email.)
  • Holy crap, but Jesse L. Martin is a hell of a dancer. (I see on his IMDB listing that he performed "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago for the Tony Awards this year; knowing that his late L&O costar originated the role of Billy Flynn on Broadway, this makes me smile.)
  • Shaun Earl, the waiter in the Life Cafe sequence in the movie, played Angel with the original touring company when I first saw the show in SF.
  • Little details from the play were everywhere, of course, but my favorite would have to be the steel table in Mark & Roger's loft. For those of you who haven't seen the original play, three of those tables and a handful of chairs basically make up the entirety of the set dressing, standing in for doors, beds, and any number of other things. This gets alluded to in the final scene.

I'm going back again. I'll take friends and loved ones as I can. I'm buying the DVD as soon as it's available.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
So, like, I'm back and stuff - and that's really about as coherent as I feel. ;-)

I took my Palm with me, intending to journal about my experiences while they were still fresh in my head, but the words simply would not come. ("They should have sent a poet," the man said....) I brought my camera with me, but it never left [livejournal.com profile] dafydd's truck...I could have taken pictures of what I was looking at, but that could never show you what I saw. The closest I can offer is to recommend looking for a screening of "Confessions of a Burning Man" in your area:

http://www.burningmanconfessions.com/ (MSIE/Flash-dependent site)

I saw a sneak preview of this in March at the CineQuest film festival, and it brought me to tears. Actually going and experiencing it for myself was orders of magnitude more emotional.

A few random thoughts that do come to mind:

  • Ringing the Virgin Bell at Greeters was a transformative experience. Better still was still being able to hear it in the dead of night where I was camped (5:15 and Gospel, for those of you who were there), along with echoes of the cheers that inevitably followed.
  • Wheeled transportation is mandatory if you intend to see anything in the city that isn't on your block.
  • A megaphone is not art. (Though I will allow that the "Horny Gay Guy Patrol," walking down my street the night of the Temple Burn, made me giggle even as it pissed me off for jarring me just as I was about to fall asleep.)
  • Do not use the portapotty at the south end of the row during the middle of the afternoon. You will lean against the south wall, and it will scorch the living fuck out of your skin.
  • Working the event grants you access to staff-only portapotties. This is a Good Thing.
  • Fire Camp makes the best fucking food anywhere.
  • If you're trying to pick up your neighbor, showing up naked the night of the Burn and inviting hir to spend the night with you, particularly after sie has already closed hir tent, is unlikely to work. (This inDUHvidual was a piece of work on several levels, some of which [not directly involving me, thank ghod] may be actionable....)
  • Even on the playa, No still means No. (Someone else, fortunately, but similarly clueless.)
  • Speaking of Clues...the Clue buttons dafydd and I brought with us (pictures to follow) are being delivered anonymously to the Washoe County Board of Commissioners. (Background on why this is important - and funny! - here, here and here.)


I'm homesick already.

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