Been growing my very, very small collection of DVDs at a slow pace. Since I got the new computer a few months ago, I've been watching more movies. It's nice because I don't particularly want to get cable and my studio has few enough outlets. This has allowed me to eliminate two other electronic devices I would otherwise need. I think my next 'big' purchase will either be a tablet or a scanner. Should really start saving for it. My desk now has enough room for one or the other... if I'd keep the crap off of it >.>
But anyway... back to the movies!
Added Hellboy and The Dark Crystal to the collection today. It was nice to see both again. Though parts of TDC didn't age quite well, I still enjoyed it. Hellboy is just an all out fun romp. My go-to movie has been Pan's Labyrinth for a while now. It's gorgeous and dark and moving. Something I can get into easily, even if I always close my eyes at the bottle scene! I love how they did the Faun as a wonderfully detailed and puppetted costume, rather than going with CGI. It makes him so much more believable and beautiful.
Star Trek will go on my ever increasing list of movies to buy. I was very impressed with it. Out of all the reboots, reimaginings, and revamped versions of stories I've seen, this one was the one that did it right. While I loved many of the previous Star Trek movies, I think they got locked into a certain style and were afraid to try something new, for fear of ticking off the old fans. This one I felt kept the spirit of Trek while giving it a much needed refresher.
The casting was very good and the acting pretty spot on. For me, the biggest concern was for Spock. I'm a Spock fangirl from way in the day. If he had been done wrong, it would've killed the movie for me. Quinto did an excellent job and is scarily similar in appearance to the original. I love how the more emotional side of the character was allowed to shine a bit, as well as keeping the very important struggle he had in choosing between his Human and Vulcan heritage. I particularly loved the scene with the Vulcan council, which while not as volitile as other scenes, made it very clear what Spock thought of them and their offer.
I thought Pine actually made Kirk better. I never cared much for the original Kirk, as he always seemed a bit too hammy and without enough substance. Pine made his Kirk into a character that came across as more rounded and relatable. McCoy was just funny as hell. Not quite the old country doctor, but I can forgive that for all the pessimistic ramblings and humor. It took me until stumbling across a post elsewhere to realize the reason the McCoy actor looked so familiar was because he played Eomer.
The other actors did just as well, though I don't think they had quite as much time to really work their magic. But they did a damn good job with what they were given. Poor Chekov and his 'wictor, wictor'! And Sulu's sword! My only real disappoint was with Uhura. She looked a bit too 'Barbie doll' to me. Less of the southern belle and more of the hip chick, though I can forgive that, too.
The other great thing about the movie was all the nods and homages to the old series and the fans. There were places I caught the references and others I didn't. I missed the Tribble! I'd say more, but I'll leave it at that for now. I don't want to spoil the plot (just in case).