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children of dune - leto 1
I am not watching Atonement just because McAvoy is indecently hot in it. It is a depressing movie. Watching the trailer makes me cry. Well, to be fair, because I read the Wikipedia article first because let me tell you, that trailer did not imply happiness. It kind of implied unshaveness and hotness, but I don't trust that to tell me if there will be crying into my keyboard.

Dear McAvoy,

Have you made a movie where you didn't a.) die tragically before reuniting with the love of your life, b.) have to leave the love of your life due to her refusing to run off with you and leave your family destitute, c.) turn into a giant sandworm (though to be fair, you didn't lose the love of your life, her being your sister) or d.) get shot by the love of your life on a beach due to a philosophical issue and some tragically bad aim when he deflected bullets?

...or Wanted--are you kidding me? MY ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO HYSTERICAL CRYING IS THE MAGICAL WEAVER ASSASSINS WHO WORK OFF A GODDAMN LOOM OF FATE? Though I do like guns and shooting things, so there is that.

*stares at Amazon cart* I can't believe I'm doing this. There has to be a point in a media fan's life where they say "This far, no farther," and honest to God, two months ago the Loom of Fate would be that point.

Hating self,

*hands* Oh, do not judge. I've been rewatching Children of Dune for years. Now you see why? Look at what I have to deal with. Giant sandworm, yes I can see how that could be questionable sometimes, but running around the desert half-naked and making out with his sister? Awesome. Also, he gets drugged and writhes a lot and really, so what giant king sandworm thing, there is writhing.

Manual crosspost: Posted to DW.

...he really is ungodly hot in Atonement, isn't he? Library sex! It's such a shame that his future sex life in that movie is thrown off course by his love's little sister completely destroying his life in every way.

I have moments, sometimes, where I feel this almost pride in McAvoy, because I watch him in these Hollywood movies and think to myself, "Ha, I loved you back during Dune and now you're, like, a star!"

And now I want to rewatch CoD.

He's just so adorable in CoD.

"Ha, I loved you back during Dune and now you're, like, a star!"

THIS. I am smug about it, too.

You know for years when I saw him in other movies all I said was "Writhe Leto Writhe!!" Which let me tell you watching Penelope not the most appropriate of actions in a movie theater full of kids.

It's ironic that Lee and I just finished re-watching First Contact tonight.

Oh, the terrible sacrifices our different media loves make us give... :)

The book had me weeping like an idiot--I've never even tried the movie, cos I know I'll lose it 10 minutes in.

Have you seen his ShakespeaRe-Told MacBeth yet? OMG IT IS AWESOME. But yeah, also not happy.

I suggest Wimbleton, in which young James plays a loveable rogue whose brother is Paul Bettany.

*seconds Wimbledon enthusiastically* He really does steal every scene he's in.

Also, Children of Dune! *fans self* I was mesemerized by him in that... he moves like a panther.

{snickers} Oh, Jenn, never change.

PS Just finished rereading Sleep While I Drive. Beautiful, as always.

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I was just going to recommend State of Play - seconded. John Simm is great in it too, unsurprisingly.

If you're going through the McAvoy oeuvre, have you watched State of Play, yet? Every actor in there is of the same wonderful calibre, and the script is airtight. It's been some of my favourite hours of TV for years. If you can't find it on Amazon US, I'm happy to provide.

I seem to remember catching Wanted on TV a few months back. Go bored and wandered off halfway through, guns or no.


Oh! You know what's non-tragic and adorable? Penelope. I don't even like Christina Ricci, and I loved that movie.

Penelope and the first season of Shameless (UK)!!


This entry is basically a word for word summary of my brain-thoughts about James. Complete with caps-lock over MAGICAL WEAVER ASSASSINS WITH THEIR STUPID BINARY LOOM AND ALL THE PEANUT BUTTER EXPLODING RATS WHAT.

I have watched an embarrassing amount of awful media for this man. And then people wonder why I just keep watching Children of Dune over and over....

I think his best movie is Becoming Jane, I fell in love with him in that. He's epically hot in Atonement but Becoming Jane is definitely his best film. He was also in a film called Starter for Ten which appears to be a comedy, so you could check that out.

I fourth, fifth and sixth State of Play. It's just a really tight and engaging piece of television any way you look at it. The writing, directing, the acting on all sides. It will suck you in and make you watch all six hours of it so make sure you don't have other plans!

Starter for Ten is a cute enough comedy set in the 80's with the appropriate awful hair and styling! He's not in Wimbledon a whole lot but his parts are fun. I also really liked his episodes of Shameless.

I watched Wanted once. About every ten minutes, I couldn't help saying out loud, "This is the stupidest movie I have ever seen." While laughing my ass off.

Seconding Penelope. I enjoyed Wanted in that need-brainless-action-with-pretty way. Starter for Ten was cute. Of course, there's always Mr Tumnus :)

Edited at 2011-07-27 04:50 pm (UTC)

Seconding Starter for Ten. Totally adorable, plus bonus Benedict Cumberbatch and Dominic Cooper.

...There's always Chronicles of Narnia?