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Coraline and other fun things (including some BIG NEWS about my sister)
vwlphb and I went to see Coraline IN 3-D yesterday, and it was totally awesome. I think that's actually the first movie I've seen in 3-D on the big screen, although vwlphb has seen several. (Here's a Coraline trailer I linked before in case you haven't seen any already.)

Not surprisingly, since this is a Gaiman story, Coraline manages to be cute and funny and creepy and fantastical all at the same time. (I should note here that I have not yet read the book (I know!) so this is just my take on the movie version.) Coraline's adventures start out rooted in an almost boring normalcy, but everything normal quickly begins to go haywire, until, by the end, it's almost hard to remember what normal life was like. There are sad moments and happy moments, and they're all in the proper places to make you leave the movie feeling satisfied, which is as it should be with this kind of story. There are also plenty of creepy scary moments, but in my personal opinion this doesn't make the movie un-kid-friendly. They're not moments full of blood and gore and guts; more along the lines of really satisfying ghost story-type creepiness.

As always, I enjoyed Gaiman's little references to various myths, including the reference to dowsing rods (although *of course* Coraline should have been more careful in what she used - hazel is the most traditional). :) I also enjoyed the clear "moral" of the story, so to speak, regarding being careful what you wish for, and how "normal" life might not always be what you're dreaming of, but it can be all the more precious for being real. A good things to remember, for kids and adults alike. (Particularly those of us who are adults but still enjoy daydreaming.)

The animation in itself was worth the price of admission. The characters are all very unique and well done (Coraline with her blue hair and little hat is cute as a (please excuse the phrase) button!) and several of the scenes, particularly when Coraline is in the Other garden or visiting the neighbors in the Other world, are just amazing in the amount of action and color bursting from the screen. Henry Selick (*please note Henry Selick, not Tim Burton, did this movie*) and co. did an amazing job. And as I said - the 3-D made it even better! (Speaking of the 3-D, Neil tells us that it will only be in 3-D for a little longer, and also that you need to search specifically for "Coraline 3D" to find the theaters showing it in 3-D. So now you know.)

In summary, Coraline is a great film, in character, story, and visuals, and everyone, old and young, should go give it a watch.

And now, for a final word: Thank you, Wonderful Neil, for providing us with yet another great story, but *no* thanks for giving me yet another thing to have an irrational fear of. Because of you, creatures with black button eyes will now forever creep me out. GREAT. ;)


After the movie, vwlphb and I stopped at Hole in the Wall Books, my favorite comic book and used book store, where I picked up my next round of comics and the new Deadpool poster, and shared some of my Comic Con adventures with Edie, who was delighted to hear them (and who also called me "the biggest Deadpool freak she knows," which, coming from a comic book store owner, may be either something to be very proud of or something to be very ashamed of. I'm not sure, as yet). I tried to obtain Wonderful Neil's Batman tale while there, but Edie declared that she's only selling them in sets, so I agreed to wait until the next issue comes out. I did obtain the next Cable, which I have not yet read, but I *can* say that it's the only one so far where I've actually enjoyed the cover - which is Tiny Messiah Girl dressed up in all of Cable's war gear. Heh. I also picked up my Obama Spider-man and some back issues of Runaways. So lots of reading to be done. Hurrah!

Speaking of reading, very exciting news here on the homefront. My sister has just given me permission to announce to the world that she has just become the eleventh winner of the Philbrick Poetry Award!!!!! Congratulations, sister-dear! The award consists of a cash prize and publication of a chapbook of her work this coming May, along with, of course, the excitement of having won the award. So happy for you, Jen!

In other literary-related things, I wanted to note that the anthology of horror stories that my friend ellen_datlow edited, Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, which I reviewed some time ago will be out in paperback on March 31. (I should also note that there's a special deal on the hardcover right now, such that it is only $9, which is a real bargain, if you prefer hardcovers to paperbacks.) Also from Ellen, the Nebula Award Showcase she edited will be out in April, as will Troll's Eye View, the middle age anthology she and Terri Windling co-edited. And Twists of the Tale, her cat horror anthology, is about to be released in a trade paperback by Wildside Press. So lots of good things coming out from Editor Ellen, who we are glad to have back here in the U.S. and recovering from her London hospital adventures!

And now, since I haven't mentioned The North American Discworld Convention here in a bit, I would like to announce that, at present, we have over 450 attendees registered as of February 1 (and Lee tells me he has a few more that have come in since then). This is great news, and everything with the convention is going along very, very well. Among other things, we have just added Bruce and Joann to our programming team - Bruce being the chair of the 2008 UK Discworld convention I attended in August, and Joann being his wife, who also helped with planning, along with doing the Discworld Chronicle. So they will be able to help us add a bit more British flair to our U.S. convention, which should mean even more fun activities for all involved. Hurrah!

(And as Vice-Chair, it is my duty to remind you all that membership prices may go up at the end of March, so don't forget to register!)

And now...back to work.

ETA: vwlphb just called me, and apparently the comic book store she went to today gave her some Coraline promotional stuff they had on hand - so she's giving me a couple of Coraline pins next time we meet. Yay!

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kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: February 12th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC) (current file)
I saw Coraline also, and I really liked it. It's different from the book, but not in a bothersome way.

Yay for the Discworld convention! I wish I knew where I was going to be come September so I could make definite hotel and airline reservations. Richard and I have purchased our memberships though, and we plan to be there.

EDIT: Oh and I forgot to add- Congratulations to your sister!

Edited at 2009-02-12 08:13 pm (UTC)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 15th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC) (current file)
Well we look forward to having you at the con! You've still got some time to book your flights and hotel rooms. :)

And thanks! We are very excited for her!
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 15th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) (current file)
We're so excited! :)
poinsley From: poinsley Date: February 13th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) (current file)
Congrats to your sister!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 15th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) (current file)
Thanks! :)
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: February 13th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC) (current file)
congrats to your sister!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 15th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) (current file)
Yay, thanks! :)
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 13th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC) (current file)
Congratulations to your sister! :)

Coraline sounds so great. I haven't read the book yet either, but I'm planing to get to it before the movie comes out over here in May.

By the way, I meant to ask you if you know whether you guys in the US will have any chance to see Terry Pratchett's documentary on living with alzheimer's? Because if not I could upload it for you if you'd like to see it.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 15th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC) (current file)
I am planning to read the book, too. I haven't had time yet.

Oh, YES! I would totally, completely adore you if you could upload the documentary for me. I have NO idea when or if it will be on TV here.
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 16th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC) (current file)
So, here you go: Terry Pratchett's Living with Alzheimer's Ep. 1 and 2

Because those files are totally huge I had to split them into 7 parts each, to join them again you'll need to use hjsplit, which I uploaded for you here.
Just save all the parts to the same folder and select the first part in hjsplit.

It's a great documentary, really interesting and informative.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 17th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC) (current file)
Thanks, you are AWESOME. I'm going to try to upload them to a DVD because my computer has almost no space left! It seems to be working so far. :)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 22nd, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hey, are these going to be up for a bit? I'm having computer problems right now with space, so I'm trying to figure out how to transfer these to a disc successfully. :)
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 23rd, 2009 01:22 am (UTC) (current file)
If mediafire doesn't delete them they're not going anywhere. : )

I hope that works out somehow, I dunno if you can join them with hjsplit when they're already on the disc, but I don't think they'll play when they're still in upload friendly bite-sized bits.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 23rd, 2009 03:20 am (UTC) (current file)
OH NOOOOOES. OK, so I got the files, and put together part 1, and I can HEAR it but not SEE it, and it's making me SO SAD. Especially hearing Rob but not seeing him. My big bro!

Um, so the question is - am I doing something wrong? Did it work fine as a video for you? I don't know what I did wrong!

Hem. Sorry. Calm now. :)
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 23rd, 2009 09:28 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, that blows. oO
I had no problems viewing it at all, did you check if maybe a video codec is missing or something?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 24th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (current file)
Hrm. Is that, like, a part of my video viewing program I might be missing? That could be it. What program did you originally view them in?
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 24th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, that's it. I mostly just use Windows Media Player, actually, because while that may not include all codecs, it's all helpful and directs you to nice, safe, microsoft approved sites when a codec should be missing.
But I hear the free VLC media player is supposed to be quite good, and apparently provides the most common codecs from the start.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 24th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC) (current file)
OK, I'm going to give that a try. Windows Media Player is what I opened it in originally, where I could hear it but not see it. I think I may have inadevertently removed some essential thing myself recently when I was trying to clean out my computer. *sigh* My computer is really old and getting way, way slow. I'm worried about it. :(
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 24th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (current file)
I hope that works out now, because otherwise I have no idea what the problem could be. ;(
And I feel for you and your computer, mine's been giving me signs that it might be slowly dying as well recently. o_o
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 24th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC) (current file)
ETA: VICTORY! Awesome. Now, to go download and put together part two so I can I watch them both in squeeing delight.

Thanks so much for doing that for me, btw! :)
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 24th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, awesome!
xD Ignore the above comment then, I replied before checking my mailbox again.

No probs, I'm always glad to be able to help out. ;D
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