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La La Land: meh
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I went to see La La Land last night and was underwhelmed by it. The acting's great, especially Emma Stone's, the songs are good, obviously a lot of work and imagination went into the whole thing, but the plot is paper thin. When one clear conversation could've dealt with the main conflict, the protagonists just appear immature. And the choreography wasn't too good. For a song and dance flick, it's pedestrian.

One of the group I went to see it with loves musicals. Even she didn't like it. "14 Oscar nominations, me arse!" she said.

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On happy tenterhooks
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My fellow Irish citizens and I voted yesterday in the referendum for marriage equality (and the referendum for reducing the minimum age of presidential candidates, but no one gives a toss about that). I'm trying to get some work done while refreshing the news sites and dancing around the house with glee. It's hard to concentrate.

Things are looking good for a yes vote, but there'll be no announcement until 5pm or so. Come on!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron & A Little Chaos
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is as good as the first one, in my opinion. It's fast paced, funny, and feels like a rollercoaster ride, which I imagine is exactly what Joss Whedon was aiming for. For me as a fan of the other Marvel movies and the Agents of SHIELD series, there was enough continuity to keep me happy without confusing the hell out of people who aren't familiar with the MCU. One of the group I saw it with hadn't even seen the first Avengers movie and could follow it, even though Loki's glowstick of doom and those Hydra scunners are big parts of the plot. What was amazing was how like fanfiction it felt. You may remember when Firefly was playing, it struck some people as fanfiction-esque, kind of like how all the scenes on the ship were a bit like 'behind the scenes' on the Millennium Falcon, with all the cosy dinners in the kitchen and so forth. Well, some of the sub-plots and secrets and backstory in this film are like fanfiction for the Avengers series. And that's a good thing IMHO, although the backstory for Widow got on my nerves a little, which is as much as I can say without spoiling anyone. Age of Ultron lacks the shiny first time charm of the first Avengers movie, and the sheer darkness of Captain America: Winter Soldier (which is the best MCU film for my money, so far), plus it's obvious that it's the Empire Strikes Back of the Avengers series, in the sense that there's a lot of setting up for the future going on. Regardless of all that, it's great craic and a worthy sequel. A near-perfect popcorn movie.

A Little Chaos is good too, but not great. The story is a candied apple with the odd razor blade in it. It's about a bereaved gardener in pre-revolutionary France being hired to design a wild garden in Versailles. She's played by Kate Winslet and the director is Alan Rickman who also stars as the King. The costumes and sets are lovely, some of the acting is great which is not surprising considering the cast, and it's all very uplifting. But, oh my god, the script. If it were a story on AO3, I would be leaving feedback along the lines of 'Great story, but have you considered more showing and less telling?' Don't tell me how you're feeling about the other character, show me! The dialogue is so clunky in places that it honestly came across as though it was badly translated in parts. And the fact is that our heroine doesn't introduce much wildness into anything. I liked the film, don't get me wrong, but it needed to be more gritty to be better. Dangerous Liaisons and The Last of the Mohicans are much better films set in the same period. This one is worth seeing but not worth seeing twice.

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Goddamnit. Terry Pratchett
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I'm sad to see that Terry Pratchett has died. I have nothing else to say. I'm going to go break something now.

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Sexist BS (Christmas song)
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Enjoy!



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Pride
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I've just come back from seeing the movie Pride and I have to say, in my considered opinion, it is BLOODY BRILLIANT.

I laughed, then I cried, then I laughed until I cried. It's a terrific watch with a fantastic cast, including Andrew Scott (Sherlock fans will know him), Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and tonnes more awesomeness. Here's the trailer:



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A poem for valentine's day
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The Orange by Wendy Cope

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange-
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave-
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.



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One tree listing
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I had to MacGyver a stand out of three shelf brackets, some cardboard and half a roll of duct tape, but the tree is finally sort of vertical, and twinkling. People are singing carols on the radio. There is glitter on everything, including the dogs. It must be Christmas Eve, and time to wish all you lovely people a very happy festive season.

*raises cup of tea* Sláinte!

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Fandom aid for Typhoon Haiyan victims
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