June 14th, 2009


finally saw The Dark Knight

Yes, I know it was released last summer and was the most popular movie in the whole history of the whole history, and yes, I know I have my geek cred to maintain, but I only just tonight got around to seeing The Dark Knight when it debuted on HBO.

And it was damn good. Solid story, good action, good characterization, nice job by pretty much everyone. I love the way they showed the larger tapestry of Gotham City, the politics, the people, the criminals, the cops, the politicians, and so on.

Amusingly, though? I wasn't as blown away by Heath Ledger as everyone else was. Maybe my expectations were just too high, or maybe it's just that Ledger didn't live up to the standards of Mark Hamill's voice on various cartoons of the 1990s and early 2000s -- which is still the quintessential Joker. It's not that Ledger was bad -- he was certainly light-years ahead of Jack Nicholson's overrated performance from 1989's film -- but he actually interested me far less as the villain than Aaron Eckart's Harvey Dent, whose journey from hero to villain was beautifully done.

(Then again, Two-Face has always interested me more as a Bat-villain than the Joker....)

Christian Bale continues to make a terrible Batman, although he's a superlative Bruce Wayne. The voice he affects for Batman just doesn't work for me -- he sounds like a little kid trying to deepen his voice to sound tough.

And, of course, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman were fucking brilliant, because they're Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, and they could hardly be anything else.

Overall, though: good flick!
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tagged by octoberland

Leave me a comment and I will give you a letter. Then, write 10 things that you love starting with that letter. Post the list in your journal. Give out letters to your commenters in return.

octoberland hit me with an F.

1. Family. I love my family. I'm blessed with a particularly wonderful one.

2. Friends. I love my friends. I'm blessed with a particularly wonderful set of them.

3. Farscape. Besides being a TV show that I adored and wrote a novel and a few short stories for back in the day, the new comic books based on it is, at present, my primary source of income (and also tons'a fun to script...).

4. Firefly. Another TV show I adored, though it ended too soon thanks to tomfoolery involving the pilot episode, and it did at least produce a movie I got to novelize....

5. Food. While I can't go quite so far as to say I'm a foodie, I love food. Food is what makes life worth living. I've never even considered going on a diet, because the idea of denying myself some types of food for reasons other than dislike or allergy is something I simply cannot wrap my brain around.

6. Fuck. It's a very very useful word. (Hey, I'm from the New York, it's part of the lexicon....)

7. "Fare Thee Well Northumberland." A song by Mark Knopfler off of The Ragpicker's Dream, and it's a hauntingly beautiful song, one of my absolute favorites.

8. Falling asleep. Hey, I like my sleep! Sleep is good! Naps are good, too. I wouldn't survive without naps....

9. Fighting class. "Love" may be too strong a word for this, but at least it no longer provokes gut-twisting fear and I actually enjoy myself in the class. There's a group of us, all color belts who go regularly, and we've been bonding over our ongoing learning experiences in the fighting classes, which has helped.

10. Facial hair (on men). I really really hate shaving, and I think beards are cool. It was a source of great frustration to me in my 20s that I couldn't seem to grow one. (I finally succeeded in 1998 at the age of 29.) More men should have beards.
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my Sunday feeling

I'm 95% done with an original novel proposal that crawled into my head Friday and which I spent most of yesterday working on. Got another hour or so of working on that, then it's off to the dojo to help Shihan with a makeup promotion, then it's off to dinner with the family, then back home to script Farscape: Gone and Back #4.

The novel proposal is for an urban fantasy, one that's been percolating in my head for a while, and it finally came to a boil on Friday (to abuse the metaphor). With luck, I'll finish it today and trundle it off to Agent varkat for her feedback tomorrow....
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