The Hobbit. BEST EVER. while admiring of the scale, coherence and visual grandeur of the LOTR movies i have never been able to love them because frankly it is just a tough uphill climb for our hero, and a weight on the heart for the viewer. the hobbit, though!!! an arrow directly to my heart omg. i was a goner pretty much the moment the dwarves started singing. I WILL NEVER BE OVER THE SINGING for it managed to contextualise people singing in a way in which it was plausible as a thing people actually do I LOVE THIS SO MUCH I COULD CRY. just, the perfect encapsulation of children's fantasy, where 'children's fantasy' is not playing down to children but an acknowledgement of their capacity to integrate possibility and magic into reality; an acknowledgement of their appreciation for whimsy and joy in the structural logic of randomness; an acknowledgement of the importance of their ability to accept things that are frightening and larger than them and their world. THAT is what is 'child-like' and it is not a denigration I LOVE IT SO MUCH I AM STILL BOUNCING ON THE BALLS OF MY FEET ABOUT IT.
Jane Eyre. this was good! i have so much fondness for the BBC mini, jane and mr rochester are such a solid, wonderful, well-constructed otp and the mini demonstrated this perfectly, and i'm happy to say that the movie did really well too. i think it needed the extra time that the mini had, but it was still good. i've loved mia since alice in wonderland and i loved her jane, she has such great control over her face. i even liked michael fassbender, when as a rule i do not like the man and do not get the fuss over him. also, the deleted scenes were a bunch of creepy shit. and i missed the sass of the mini's blanche ingram.
Aiyyaa. a cracktastic, offbeat Bollywood comedy which is basically about a girl who falls for and stalks a guy. it's HILARIOUS, and in need of editing, i was a bit bored and antsy for a large part of the middle. it was awesome-ass shit with a DELIGHTFUL ending and one of the most bizarrely hilarious things i've ever seen in any movie - have a go - kudos if you get to the end with your jaw off the floor. don't worry if you can't understand the language, it doesn't make much more sense if you can, although it does add to the hilarity.
Rurouni Kenshin. i knew nothing of the source material but everybody on the internet was raving about it. sato takeru is scrumptious i would lick him six ways to sunday. i LOVED the cast, i loved the cinematography, the sets, the fight scenes. but, maybe because i'm not familiar with the source material, idk the story as a whole didn't come together for me that well. poop. maybe the sequel will fix that?
next on my list is The Bourne Legacy, which i'm super excited about on account of hawkeye oppa and rachel weisz who is eternally perfect to me.
as for dramas, i'm being a good girl and staying away from things until they are finished. i'm super super hyped about flower boy next door since looking at caps and gifsets from the first two episodes. i wasn't that excited before it aired because while park shin hye is cute as a button she doesn't do much for me as an actress. and she was paired opposite yoon shi yoon who i LOVE, and kim ji hoon who is ROCKING the scruffy look and whipping my hormones into a frenzy. rawr. i'm also excited about school 2013 but very determined to wait until it's done, whereas with fbnd i feel close to caving. :\ also cheongdamdong alice, but idk my desire to watch that has died, inexplicably. and i miss you, i still intend to watch that after it's done but i hear it's gone a little nutty and i hope it continues to resonate with me as much as it did before i stopped at episode 6.