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Not sure whether anyone is interested and/or willing and/or able to read, but here is a linkspam of German newspaper and magazine reviews of The Avengers.

Once again, I am reminded that review writing says a lot about the reviewer and their need to sound clever.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Focus

Die Welt

FAZ

Spiegel Online
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I mentioned in my short Avengers post that I had read a German review with which I had some issues for exhibiting cluelessness.

The reviewer mentioned that the requisite big action sequence is set in "disaster film capital number one New York":

Dass in New York mal echte Wolkenkratzer einstürzten, scheint das US-Action-Kino inzwischen völlig verdrängt zu haben.


Here he is accusing the film (and its viewers) of having forgotten about 9/11 when real skyscrapers fell and in the next sentence he qualifies his statement somewhat by saying that it is silly to criticize the movie-makers for being disrespectful of the dead because this is not a serious film.

Yes, it's a popcorn movie, but how clueless can you get? Does he really think that it does not resonate with Americans when spoilers )

Please, Mr Critic, you don't need to leave your brain behind when watching a movie about superheroes, especially if it is one directed and written by Joss Whedon.

Avengers.

May. 2nd, 2012 06:33 pm
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Not quite coherent enough for a full review, but here is my reaction with a few comments thrown in.

Spoiler-freeish )

As a whole: Popcorn movie at its best.
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So, Thursday and Friday we actually went to a real-life totally old-fashioned multiplex cinema. In the Netherlands. When my colleagues ask me about where I went on holiday I'm going to say that I spent two nights in Holland.

Last time I went to the cinema was the local shoebox, which is very cozy, but as I was herding a bunch of kids, it wasn't actually much fun. The film was a German A Knight's Tale only with Goethe instead of knights - slight hyperbole, I know. And I won't tell you about the time before that, because it's honest-to-god embarrassing how long I went without seeing the inside of a cinema. That new Bond film has been delayed for an awfully long time, hasn't it?

First, let me just celebrate and squee the experience of going to a moviehouse to see a film (yes, I'm mixing BE and AE to my heart's content) and the excitement of not knowing whether you'd still get tickets and didn't just drive roughly 35 km in vain. We got the tickets and thus I saw Cabin in the Woods on Friday the 13th with lots of Dutch people, a surprisingly high numbers of which were girls probably lured by the male actor hunks, and some Germans who'd come even further than we did, judging from the licence plates in the parking garage.

On to the films - spoiler-lite: )

Steps.

Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:23 pm
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Playground )

As to the Buffy re-boot: I don't like the idea of this happening now and without Joss Whedon. Too much jumping on vampire bandwagons by the people with the money. As to the script-writer: I'm remaining open-minded.
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Just for a change, I thought I'd post about fandom stuff again. Not that I've got much to say....

Yesterday we walked to the comic book shop (and a lot further, but that's a different story) and I managed to get hold of my reserved Buffy comics. Today I sorted them, made a little list of what's missing and which covers I've got. Oh, and I read most of them, too. (I left 23 to 25 and the Tales of the Vampires for another day or possibly later today.) The completist in me isn't happy that I don't have #2 and #3 and I'm decidedly peeved that #12 is missing, because that's the most talked about one in which Buffy does something scandalous. For some reason, I've got two of #9, the Georges Jeanty Avengers style cover. Now I only need to find someone who'd like to trade and who just happens to have a spare #12.

I do enjoy the comics, but I know that I just don't know how to read them - I tend to just glance at the panels and focus on the words, which I know is wrong, but I'm just not used to comics.

I've also finally managed to watch the first part of Children of Earth - good stuff! Spoilers for episode 1 )

Today..

Oct. 4th, 2007 07:52 pm
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..was a shopping day.

We bought a new futon mattress (and had it delivered, too and the old one taken away) which was about time, because it was decidedly lumpy. I'm looking forward to less backache.

Then I also finally got more Buffy comics - number 1 has finally arrived and I also got number 6 the day after number 7 was officially released. Also, walking from the comic book shop to the futon place we wandered through Little Japan where a bookshop had a manga signing going on. There were lots of teens in costume around, among them one of the girls mentioned in this post. She had those cute little animal ears on her head and this time she didn't spot me - or she was deliberately looking away.... The boyfriend hadn't seen cosplayers before (and some of them looked rather wild) and I guess he was quite relieved that my fandom only goes as far as buying comic books...

And because we were already in a fandom sort of mood we also stopped at the record shop that turned up in our neighbourhood about six months ago. Yes, they're selling actual vinyl LPs and the owner seems to be Middle Eastern. The shop is crammed full with old musty records and we had a browse around. I had a bit of a giggle because I found odd albums from the 80s that I own myself - like Alphaville's first record and Joy Division's Closer. Currently we're listening to the more or less mint double LP of The Who's Tommy (complete with booklet and fold-out cover) that the boyfriend just had to get. Yes, we do still own a recordplayer and we occasionally use it.
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I'm on a linguistics kick at the moment. I don't know how it happened, but in my wanderings around the internet I stumbled upon several fun linguistics blogs. I quite liked the linguistics side of my university education though to tell you the truth quite a bit of it went over my head and I don't remember much of it apart from joking about the tree-pruning shoes that my rather old-fashioned lecturer of Introduction to Linguistics used to wear.

The use of language in Buffy is a huge part of why I came to enjoy it. That's why the dubbed version never did anything much for me. So, I was very happy when I found the following link on languagelog: Glemphy will not be Word of the Year.

I don't think I'll try to incorporate glemphy into my vocabulary, but then watching Buffy has already changed the way I speak and write.

Avoidy.

Jan. 9th, 2006 01:56 am
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You won't be surprised that I have to confess that I've fallen behind with my assignments.
Still, there's something else I have to get out of the way before I can finish my marking. (I'm nearly there and will call it a night after posting this, which means I've got to get up early tomorrow morning.)

This afternoon - while avoiding the desk of course - I watched a documentary on arte about the legend of the Flying Dutchman. For those of you who have got access to arte, it is repeated on January 14: description in French.
I remember that once upon a time [livejournal.com profile] frenchani wrote a post connecting the Buffyverse and Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman. I can't remember much of it and I'm definitely not a Wagnerianer, but I would be interested in revisiting it. Do you still have it somewhere?
It was interesting to see how this legend of a ghost ship was fleshed out and went through several re-workings and versions especially in the 19th century with its penchant for gothic stories. Pirates of the Caribbean is probably the best-known and newest incarnation of the many ghost ship stories around.
Then I suddenly realized that I wrote about a ghost ship not so long ago when I linked The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner and Serenity. I had focused on the captains in my earlier post, but I forgot about the ships.
And here is another twist: When Mal and his crew travel to Miranda through Reaver territory, they masquerade as a ghost ship. He doesn't kill the albatross, but he still chooses to become the captain of a ghost ship - for a short time only, of course. And again, we get to see the unusual perspective - the living attempting to fool the the other ghost ships. Of course, for the sailors of the past encounters with ghost ships were just as scary as the tales of the reavers are for the folks in the Fireflyverse.

Linkage.

Dec. 7th, 2005 07:12 pm
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I wrote about the Serenity coverage in the FAZ some days ago. Now the author has translated his review into English - you can compare our translations of the last paragraph. He has also provided the full version of his interviews with Joss Whedon and with Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion. You can access pdf.files here.

Thanks to gossi and whedonesque.

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