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Only one movie went unguessed on the meme -- #12, The Last Unicorn.  I freaking love that quote, but given that it's not one of the most popular quotes from the movie, I can understand why no one got it. 

Last night I FINALLY got caught up on One Piece.  Yes, we've now watched all 658 episodes, plus many of the movies, OVAs, and crossover specials.  Whew... :faint:

And yes, my new interest ended up manifesting itself as a fanfic this weekend -- To Fight Monsters, a crossover of One Piece and Pacific Rim.  Yes, I may be just a wee bit obsessed with a certain movie.  :giggle:  Those two universes meshed together far better than I was expecting.  And I can take some (no doubt temporary) pride in that at the moment, To Fight Monsters is the ONLY crossover between those two franchises on FFN.  I highly doubt it's the only crossover on the entire internet, though, since FFN isn't the only fanfic site out there and, given the opportunity and inclination, everything can and will be crossed over with everything else at some point.

In other writing news -- the prologue of Transformers: Nexus Point is written!  :D  The bad news -- I still need a beta-reader.  If there's anyone who's willing to look over the fic for spelling/grammar errors and inconsistencies, I would greatly appreciate it.  I've grown to like having another set of eyes look over a story before I post it, because even if it's "just fanfic" I like to keep my writing quality decent. 

FINALLY going to see Transformers: Age of Extinction tomorrow night -- it finally hit the cheap theaters around here.  Expect a review/thoughts/ranting and raving/all three sometime later this week.  ;)

Also saw Maleficent this weekend.  I'll be honest, I was NOT planning on seeing this movie, or at least waiting until it hit DVD.  I love Maleficent, but I was wary about how the movie would portray her.  The fact that Angelina Jolie is not my favorite actress didn't exactly help, and I was worried about how she would do as one of my favorite Disney villains.

Non-spoiler aside about the movie first -- the Maleficent movie is going to have little to no bearing on my Magic and Steel fic.  Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, though they follow the same basic story and the latter borrows VERY heavily from the former, are two very different films, and Magic and Steel is going to draw on Sleeping Beauty for its source material rather than Maleficent.  Just a warning.

Now for my thoughts on the film.  SPOILERS FOLLOW.

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Okay, so Maleficent was better than I was expecting.  Jolie did a much better job than I was expecting, the visuals were fun and creative, and while most of the acting was either fairly wooden or over-the-top, it was still an enjoyable film.  All the same, I DO have some beefs with it.

My first complaint about the movie is that it moves too fast -- it's 97 minutes long, which is short by today's standards considering a Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean movie can clock in at two and a half hours easy.  Events move at a rapid clip, which doesn't give plot and character enough time to develop properly.  I think this movie could have benefited from a longer running time, and slowing the pace down just a little.  I understand the entertainment industry thinks that everyone has ADD anymore and can't handle a film that doesn't move at breakneck speed, but not everyone is like that, Hollywood...

As a direct consequence of the movie's rapid pace, it also breaks one of the cardinal rules of storytelling -- Show, Don't Tell.  Because so many things have to be glossed over to fit everything into the hour-and-a-half running time, some scenes are just briefly described by a narrator instead of properly shown onscreen.  I think if the filmmakers had been willing to extend the running time a little, they could have shown these things properly instead of just slapping narration over the film to fill in the gaps.

Lastly, I have to agree with something :iconha-heeprime: said at one point (I can't remember if it was on DA or Facebook...) -- the key to telling a story from the villain's point of view is NOT to simply switch who's the hero and who's the villain around.  Maleficent tries to make its title character more sympathetic by taking characters from the original Sleeping Beauty and twisting them, making them either evil or incompetent.  The three good fairies from Sleeping Beauty, Fauna, Flora, and Merriweather (in Maleficent now called Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Flittle) were originally likable characters, not exactly the brightest but still competent, snarky, and even tough and resourceful.  In Maleficent they're now incompetent, bumbling airheads, to the point where they're the film's equivalent of Jar Jar Binks.  (Don't shoot me, I LIKE Jar Jar but I still think he's annoying in large doses...)  King Stephan, meanwhile, seemed a decent king in the original film but here is a psychotic, paranoid schemer who doesn't even seem capable of loving his daughter, let alone any sort of human decency. 

Maleficent isn't the only work guilty of trying to make villains look good by vilifying the "heroes" -- Wicked does this to a certain extent, and it crops up all over the place in the current Transformers comics (especially Megatron: Origins but present elsewhere -- the Autobots are often as corrupt and cruel as the Decepticons anymore).  I just wish it was possible for a work to make the villain sympathetic without also vilifying the "good guys." 

A final note on the movie -- it bears some striking similarities to my own Sleeping Beauty book in progress, Lullaby.  Now I don't know if I dare finish this thing...  ^^;

New journal feature.  Still a Maleficent fan even if I have a couple issues with her movie...

Art Feature -- Maleficent

Maleficent by Ahyicodae

Maleficent by Annausagi

Maleficent by disneyfreak19

And one in dragon form because AWESOME

.: Maleficent :. by Silver-HeartCrosser

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Hasbro has come out with its own, much-hyped Windblade character. Should I retcon and change the name of my own Windblade OC (Glory's creator)? 

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:iconmantadrifter:
MantaDrifter Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You ok? You seem to have gone quite?
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I'm okay.  Just haven't had a chance to answer notes yet. 
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MantaDrifter Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I see
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
This here video features the original voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron for the "Transformers Universe" online game (skip ahead to 3:48):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KA2Qq…
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An idea for the next library picnic?
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ooooh, maybe!
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Prowlfan1011 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Hey, I got some TFG toys, want me to give you a list of which figures I got?
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KikyotheAlienKat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! :huggle:
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem!  :D  You do cute work!
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Aww, thank you so much! :squee:
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