arccie: 12kingdoms break (babysitting)
Fantastic 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer
Rather questionable spoilers...

Finally went and saw the movie today with [livejournal.com profile] julzbat.
A LOT better than I expected after hearing the reviews.
Having only seen the first movie for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I was fairly fresh on my take and would even lean towards the 2nd movie being better.
They both have their weaknesses in terms of canon-ness, but I felt the romance in the first movie really overtook the actual plot (which is a pet hat romantic sub-plot is not supposed to be THE plot of the movie), while in the 2nd movie, because it's an established relationship...although it has it's quirks and screen time it's not the in your face eye-gazing.
Would have loved for more "extraordinary powers" screentime, but what they had worked.
Overall pretty good acting, and character interactions. PLus it's nice to see our long term supervillains can focus more than on their own desires for world domination when there is about to be NO world...NOT (and the USA government/military was once again shown in a somehwat negative light).

Mmmm...also managed to get the delicious vegetable pie that's always sold out (first time I've had it in almost 2 years, darn it's delicious)

NB...do you know that lj works a whole lot better when you remember to press the POST button at the bottom of the screen *shakes head at own stupidity*
arccie: 12kingdoms break (Default)
Fantastic 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer
Rather questionable spoilers...

Finally went and saw the movie today with [livejournal.com profile] julzbat.
A LOT better than I expected after hearing the reviews.
Having only seen the first movie for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I was fairly fresh on my take and would even lean towards the 2nd movie being better.
They both have their weaknesses in terms of canon-ness, but I felt the romance in the first movie really overtook the actual plot (which is a pet hat romantic sub-plot is not supposed to be THE plot of the movie), while in the 2nd movie, because it's an established relationship...although it has it's quirks and screen time it's not the in your face eye-gazing.
Would have loved for more "extraordinary powers" screentime, but what they had worked.
Overall pretty good acting, and character interactions. PLus it's nice to see our long term supervillains can focus more than on their own desires for world domination when there is about to be NO world...NOT (and the USA government/military was once again shown in a somehwat negative light).

Mmmm...also managed to get the delicious vegetable pie that's always sold out (first time I've had it in almost 2 years, darn it's delicious)

NB...do you know that lj works a whole lot better when you remember to press the POST button at the bottom of the screen *shakes head at own stupidity*
arccie: 12kingdoms break (Winning)
*bounces*
Soo...I went and saw the Transformers movie today with a uni friend.
As per my normal routine I was almost late and was speeding along never before travelled roads in pouring rain...FUN!
The movie was actually a lot of fun and a great watch.
♥ Bumblebee (though I prefer him when he's googly-eyed and not talking)
The 2 main male characters were quite a lot of fun, though Sam required about 30minutes to be really cool and interesting. The main female character was also very fun, especially as when she first appeared on the scene my immediate thought was "Oh no! Not another useless romantic interest." But she came through and was her own kind of kick ass.

For the actual plot...well it was non-stop action and some great humour. Not the most indepth plot of course, and they didn't even bother to try and cover the entirety of transformers history (or so my Transformer-fanatic friend tells me). He also mentioned that they totally ruined some of the "truths of transformers". But yeah, a good movie in and of itself, though it will probably be getting the hard-core Transformer fans a bit riled.

Oh and they seem to have ruled out the possibilty of a sequel (whether that's a good or bad point is up to you I suppose)

...so how's that for a thumbs up or thumbs down [livejournal.com profile] julzbat?
arccie: 12kingdoms break (Default)
*bounces*
Soo...I went and saw the Transformers movie today with a uni friend.
As per my normal routine I was almost late and was speeding along never before travelled roads in pouring rain...FUN!
The movie was actually a lot of fun and a great watch.
♥ Bumblebee (though I prefer him when he's googly-eyed and not talking)
The 2 main male characters were quite a lot of fun, though Sam required about 30minutes to be really cool and interesting. The main female character was also very fun, especially as when she first appeared on the scene my immediate thought was "Oh no! Not another useless romantic interest." But she came through and was her own kind of kick ass.

For the actual plot...well it was non-stop action and some great humour. Not the most indepth plot of course, and they didn't even bother to try and cover the entirety of transformers history (or so my Transformer-fanatic friend tells me). He also mentioned that they totally ruined some of the "truths of transformers". But yeah, a good movie in and of itself, though it will probably be getting the hard-core Transformer fans a bit riled.

Oh and they seem to have ruled out the possibilty of a sequel (whether that's a good or bad point is up to you I suppose)

...so how's that for a thumbs up or thumbs down [livejournal.com profile] julzbat?
arccie: 12kingdoms break (ConYuu)
Ok, so I'm finally getting round to doing this because I have time nomore 30% assignments piled one on top of the other. I've been meaning to do this for months, but I promised to do it last week, sorry it's still a bit late.

EROICA

What can I really say that would encompass this series that is utter crack/love and so much more?

It is also a series 30 years old with a fandom still going strong.
If that doesn’t say something about the plot then I’m not sure what will.

Eroica’s story is set during the period of the Cold War when tensions around the world were high and spies were as common as pie…if not a little more as I don’t remember seeing a pie anywhere in the story. XD

Anyway, for the most part this series is light hearted fun, with the intermittent dose of seriousness and as well fleshed out plot across a number of arcs

The story centres around 2 protagonists, an uptight trigger happy army major and a very flashy fluttery (though competent) gay thief.

Meet Major Klaus von Eberbach, a.k.a the Iron Klaus, following his father’s footsteps he is a defender of Germany (as well as some other less important bits of the world) a member of NATO, where he works to foil the plans of Russian agents, terrorists and neo-Nazis. At his beck and call is his team of alphabets A-Z, though generally it seems half of them are on stress leave or being punished in the cold of Alaska. He’d prefer to suffer no fools, but that’s a bit difficult when he rates everyone against himself (and accordingly almost everyone is a fool). He’ll go to almost any lengths to see his mission done, which is what’s keeping him at the rank of Major and under the command of “that pervert Chief” of his.

Now meet Lord Dorian Earl of Gloria, more widely known as the expert art thief Eroica. He has no interest in stealing for wealth, merely enjoying it for the challenge and the possession of things that appeal to his sense of aesthetics. His definition of beauty is wide and varied…even extending to the point of a German tank when a Major once points out its unique beauty. He is followed by his large band of merry men, co-conspirators in his thieving endeavours; all of them completely loyal to him (except for his accountant James a.k.a “the stingy bug” whose first loyalty is to money and then the Earl). He prefers the elegance of a knife and can’t hit a wall 2-feet away when shooting a gun.

A major and a thief. Match made in heaven? The Earl would like to think so and that his dear Major is just being stubborn. The Major, however, is wondering just how he attracted the idiot, hoping he has another opportunity to shoot him and disgusted with the rest of the spying community’s enjoyment over the situation.

The Major’s sure he’s straight (despite the fact he is disgusted by women’s frivolity and never appears to appreciate their aesthetics once). The Earl’s sure he’s gay (and boy does he enjoy his eye candy or any opportunity he has to feel up the Major without being killed).

The “fun” these boys have while running into each other on various missions…well Eroica really SHOULDN’T have stolen the Pope…and if only the Major would stop covering that delectable behind…and the statues really ARE out to get the Earl (just ask him)…while James should really just stop eating from the trash…plus G is certainly much cuter in a skirt than a suit…

The threatening and snarkiness…*goes into raptures*(yes I adore snark it adds the necessary dash of fun to any conversation ;p)

As far as I’m concerned I’d rate it a 9.5 out of 10. However, I’m sure that some people will be put off by the prominent noses and chins in the art style. I still think the boyos are gorgeous, but then that’s me. And the art does improve over time, especially when you have the high quality scans of the 10th+ arcs. Actually I started at the 10th arc, jumped in blind and found a veritable treasure (the scans of the 1-9 arcs are pretty horrendous but if you can bear with it the story is worth it).
Here’s a download link to download the page to download the scans:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/vdpucn
If they’re expired then there’s some new links up at [livejournal.com profile] free_manga just fish around under the eroica tags.

*subliminal chant* read it read it read it read it
arccie: 12kingdoms break (Default)
Ok, so I'm finally getting round to doing this because I have time nomore 30% assignments piled one on top of the other. I've been meaning to do this for months, but I promised to do it last week, sorry it's still a bit late.

EROICA

What can I really say that would encompass this series that is utter crack/love and so much more?

It is also a series 30 years old with a fandom still going strong.
If that doesn’t say something about the plot then I’m not sure what will.

Eroica’s story is set during the period of the Cold War when tensions around the world were high and spies were as common as pie…if not a little more as I don’t remember seeing a pie anywhere in the story. XD

Anyway, for the most part this series is light hearted fun, with the intermittent dose of seriousness and as well fleshed out plot across a number of arcs

The story centres around 2 protagonists, an uptight trigger happy army major and a very flashy fluttery (though competent) gay thief.

Meet Major Klaus von Eberbach, a.k.a the Iron Klaus, following his father’s footsteps he is a defender of Germany (as well as some other less important bits of the world) a member of NATO, where he works to foil the plans of Russian agents, terrorists and neo-Nazis. At his beck and call is his team of alphabets A-Z, though generally it seems half of them are on stress leave or being punished in the cold of Alaska. He’d prefer to suffer no fools, but that’s a bit difficult when he rates everyone against himself (and accordingly almost everyone is a fool). He’ll go to almost any lengths to see his mission done, which is what’s keeping him at the rank of Major and under the command of “that pervert Chief” of his.

Now meet Lord Dorian Earl of Gloria, more widely known as the expert art thief Eroica. He has no interest in stealing for wealth, merely enjoying it for the challenge and the possession of things that appeal to his sense of aesthetics. His definition of beauty is wide and varied…even extending to the point of a German tank when a Major once points out its unique beauty. He is followed by his large band of merry men, co-conspirators in his thieving endeavours; all of them completely loyal to him (except for his accountant James a.k.a “the stingy bug” whose first loyalty is to money and then the Earl). He prefers the elegance of a knife and can’t hit a wall 2-feet away when shooting a gun.

A major and a thief. Match made in heaven? The Earl would like to think so and that his dear Major is just being stubborn. The Major, however, is wondering just how he attracted the idiot, hoping he has another opportunity to shoot him and disgusted with the rest of the spying community’s enjoyment over the situation.

The Major’s sure he’s straight (despite the fact he is disgusted by women’s frivolity and never appears to appreciate their aesthetics once). The Earl’s sure he’s gay (and boy does he enjoy his eye candy or any opportunity he has to feel up the Major without being killed).

The “fun” these boys have while running into each other on various missions…well Eroica really SHOULDN’T have stolen the Pope…and if only the Major would stop covering that delectable behind…and the statues really ARE out to get the Earl (just ask him)…while James should really just stop eating from the trash…plus G is certainly much cuter in a skirt than a suit…

The threatening and snarkiness…*goes into raptures*(yes I adore snark it adds the necessary dash of fun to any conversation ;p)

As far as I’m concerned I’d rate it a 9.5 out of 10. However, I’m sure that some people will be put off by the prominent noses and chins in the art style. I still think the boyos are gorgeous, but then that’s me. And the art does improve over time, especially when you have the high quality scans of the 10th+ arcs. Actually I started at the 10th arc, jumped in blind and found a veritable treasure (the scans of the 1-9 arcs are pretty horrendous but if you can bear with it the story is worth it).
Here’s a download link to download the page to download the scans:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/vdpucn
If they’re expired then there’s some new links up at [livejournal.com profile] free_manga just fish around under the eroica tags.

*subliminal chant* read it read it read it read it
arccie: 12kingdoms break (Hisoka!)
Ok, no more foxes as yet, and was just dragged through the wringer so you get this.

Oh angst, how you twist my heart within my chest )

If you are an angst!whore *cough*lil blossom*cough* and you haven't read it, you should.

The angst may be laid on a bit too thickly at times, but it's overall well done with nice art, the mangaka being You Higuri.

Oh well, I hope you can enjoy it.

Now off to bed.
arccie: 12kingdoms break (Hisoka!)
Ok, no more foxes as yet, and was just dragged through the wringer so you get this.

Oh angst, how you twist my heart within my chest )

If you are an angst!whore *cough*lil blossom*cough* and you haven't read it, you should.

The angst may be laid on a bit too thickly at times, but it's overall well done with nice art, the mangaka being You Higuri.

Oh well, I hope you can enjoy it.

Now off to bed.

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