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Morgan Briarwood ([personal profile] briarwood) wrote2010-03-30 12:45 pm
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Big Bangs and Movies

I am so tempted to sign up for [community profile] ladiesbigbang but I simply wouldn't have time. I don't have any plot idea in least not yet. But I'm signal-boosting because I know a number of my friends may be interested. This is a Big Bang with a difference, because they're allowing original fiction and non-fiction as well as fanfic.

Check it out! [community profile] ladiesbigbang on Dreamwidth.

I'll be watching and reading, and if it runs again next year I'll have an idea ready to go (I hope).

I'm bowled over by how many have already signed up for Sentinel Big Bang. Barely 24 hours after sign-ups opened, and there are 19 authors already. Fewer artists, which is potentially a problem, but from my experience of other Big Bangs not every author will make it to the end. Stuff happens. I expect a lower drop-out rate for this than for some others I've followed, because the word count is so small and the deadline so long. But we'll see. It's a good start, and reading everyone's fic ideas is so exciting :)

I just checked the movie schedule and I've got three to choose from this weekend: Remember Me, which looked good in the trailers but the casting means it'll probably mean sharing the theatre with an annoying-as-hell audience, Clash of the Titans which looks like mindless fun and/or Kick Ass which looks amazing, but I'm a little put off by the involvement of so many of the names behind Wanted (which was visually brilliant but otherwise horrible). I could theoretically see all three by doing one on Friday and two on Sat, but that might be a bit much even for me. I need a three-sided coin to toss.

I also have my last essay to write this weekend, so seeing 3 movies is not a good plan time-wise.

Swift review of the films I saw last weekend:

I Love You, Phillip Morris is cliche-ridden, super-camp and fun in places, but it's a bit too much of Jim Carey playing, well, Jim Carey for my taste. He's like Jack Nicholson: no matter what the script, he always plays the same guy. Boring. In this case I have a strong sense the movie was meant to be funny, but for me it failed on almost every level. Not funny. Attempting to make fun of things that are definitely not for humour. Completely lacking in a moral centre - both the movie and it's protagonist. With better casting and a bit less wavering between the humourous and the tragic it might have been something. As it is - no. 5/10 (points for having multiple gay characters who don't all die).

The Blind Side was a perfect example of a movie that should have been about a person of colour in fact being entirely about a white person for no good reason. Don't get me wrong - it's a good film, though I'm a little baffled why Sandra Bullock got an Oscar for it, it's just got such a terribly white viewpoint. It begins and ends as if it's all about the black character, and since it's his story it would have been so much more logical in his POV. Yet somehow other than a small number of scenes that do manage to give some insight into who he is, it's so firmly in the white woman's POV that the movie manages to portray this guy as exactly what he protests he's not: a big, stupid, black boy who just happens to be good at football. (Of course, the other way to say it is it "should" have been all about a man, but is instead a woman's story. The thing is, that just doesn't cut it in this case.) Points for a Bechdel pass (just!), but points off for the obligatory irritating brat. 6/10 despite the racefail.
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-03-30 02:01 pm (UTC)(link)
In my experience of participating in Big Bangs, at least half the writers drop out. *snorks* [community profile] firefly_bigbang, I think eighteen writers signed up, and only three got as far as posting. Eek.

*eyes [community profile] ladiesbigbang*
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-03-30 02:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Good luck with keeping your writers. My main problem with Big Bangs is forgetting I've signed up to them... (Although I've never dropped out yet.)
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-03-30 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I did Big Bang fic for the first time last year -- [ profile] kink_bigbang and [community profile] firefly_bigbang. I had long periods of forgetting both of them, but I'm doing much better this year. I'm about to do a big post of what I'm currently signed up for and what state each of 'em is in, so I shall link that to you in a minute so you can see just how insane I am.