*hides* Did not cook mushrooms as thoroughly as should have, but Risa said that they were all right - though could have done with finer slicing. *busily takes note*
Claire taught Huileng to play Diablo 2. *smiles*
Watched the Animatrix, which Zorro's Hapless Victim kindly gave me. *beams* Thank you! *huge grin* It was lovely! ^_^ There seemed to be an awful lot of cats in the Animatrix - said felines had promiment roles in two of the shorts. There were two shorts which did not make 80% sense:
Namely, the psychedelic "Let's Show Off Our Animating Skills!" (Risa's words - wish had thought of them) Matriculated. As Risa says - "Nice pun."
It's about how a group of resistance fighters take over the Matrix's machines and convert them to their side. Transformation is evinced by the machine's eyes/sensors turning green from their original red.
But the entire Come Over to Us sequence had us going Huh? for most of it. The realisation only comes to you when you see the short in its entirety.
Also, the "What on Earth was the Ending all About?" World Record. Not so much that I/we did not know what was going on, but they don't give you a conclusion.
Very edgy art style. Involving story. But -
What on earth happened? You know in the end that our world-record breaker managed, through the intensity of his determination and of his experience, to break through the barrier that keeps humans from being aware of their existence in the Matrix. But what happened to him after that? The agents took him down, but he was able to break free for the final moment of the short. And then... Nothing.
I liked the last short - "Kid's Story" - although it screamed Neo Fanboy! That plot was easy to comprehend, and the animation was good. I loved the shot of the ravens against the sky. The boy's fall reminded Risa and I of Icarus.
The two-parter short on the Renaissance was a lovely account of how the Matrix came to be. Though the animators are in love with dismembering people and machines alike.
Naturally, the Final Flight of the Osiris had beautiful animation - very much in the style of Final Fantasy. Visually spectacular. Though you already know the ending from the title.
I loved Program. Beautiful animation. That one was highly reminiscent of anime. And, as Risa said - very Chinese drama/gongfu serial. The colours were beautiful. Stark reds, grays, blacks and whites. And they did so much with so little colour.
Typically, main conflict resolved by the ancient "It Was All a Dream" solution. Though keeping in mind the context, that should be "It was All A Simulation" or "It Was All in the Matrix".
Also, the real version of the protagonist should wear more clothes.
Detective Story was another beautiful short. It was done in black and white, but had delightful animation. I especially liked the way they animated snow falling. Risa, Zorro's Hapless Victim and I all had the same thought - Layouts. *huge grin* I like the detective's cat. ^_^
This short featured Trinity directly, and I have to say that this portrayal of her is far more flattering than the one we see in the Matrix Reloaded.
Risa said that the main character reminded her very much of John Constantine. The whole cigarette-and-wisecrack in the face of death style. Oh, yes, and the trenchcoat.
Beyond reminded me of Hayao Miyazaki's work. It was the rounded edges! Said short was done by Koji Morimoto, though.
As usual, Risa sussed this out faster than I did. It's about what happens when code breaks down in a specific part of the Matrix. Reality Bends, specifically. It's about these kids who find the damaged code and what they do with it. (Risa's so much better at expressing it than I am. I can only take notes.) The kids were having amazing fun with the code. That's when the laws of reality break down. They were breaking bottles and reversing the shattering process (Yes, highly complicated way of saying Putting It Back Together with the Power of Their Minds), watching feathers turn into birds - like magic, in other words.
But of course, the Agents came in and Paved Paradise and Put Up A Parking Lot. Literally.
(Heavens, I didn't think of the literal meaning of the song until I wrote it down.)
That's why I like people to make comments while I'm watching shows. Because:
1. They make sense of parts of the show I don't understand.
2. They express my feelings/thoughts about the show better than I do.
3. I realize that I'm not the only one to feel the way I do.
4. Basically, I love funny comments when I'm watching shows.
So if you ever watch a movie/video/anime with me:
Talking is highly encouraged.
Though I know my view is hardly shared by all. Talking is highly discouraged/hated by quite a number of people, but for me - I welcome it. *beams*
Risa, Zorro's Hapless Victim and I all want to watch "How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days". When I first heard the show, I thought - "Oh jeez. Not another chick flick." But then I heard the plot synopsis, and found it interesting. Yes, it's still a chick flick. But it goes:
(Why I LJ-cut this is beyond me, as you could find this summary from reading the papers.)
She is a columnist working for a newspaper, who must lose said guy in 10 days by committing all the "female mistakes" in a relationship - such as, being clingy, being overly affectionate - what have you. He has to win her over to win a business contract. His conspiring colleagues set them up, knowing that theirs is a romance doomed to fail. As Risa says, it's all about ulterior motives. Risa also says that the trailer has him saying, "I just love her!" (I have not seen trailer.) But it does sound fun. ^_^
I firmly believe fluff is good for you. *beams*
Then we trooped off to watch the Two Towers. Yes. The Engrish one. Zorro's Hapless Victim caught the first howler of a Spoiler - the Gandalf Falling to Shadow scene -
"Follow, you fools!"
Suffice to say it just got better. My version has several of the highly hilarious Engrish lines. It doesn't have Eomer's "Too Long Have I Wanted My Sister" line, but it does have "the strength of the ring barrel", "Fire advise goggle", "home of the ghost lords" (My personal fantasy favourite - it's just full of potential!), "this is old frog food", Gimli's "toast me" and Gimli's disturbingly distorted line about his @$$.
It was immensely fun! *huge grin*
A huge thanks to Claire for the gorgeous Two Towers calendar! It's beautiful! She got it for me in Australia. *glomps Claire* *stares dreamily at calendar*
Risa tells me that there's a Weird Al Yankovic version of NSync's "It's Gonna Be Me" - by Bush and Al Gore.