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  • Listening to: Katharine McPhee - Love Story
  • Reading: Morningstar.com Forums
  • Watching: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
  • Playing: Softball
  • Drinking: Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi
<midwest>

Turkey or ham sandwich?

Hot dish?

Patato salad and/or cole slaw?

Chips?

What kind of bar would you like for dessert?

</midwest>

~Heidi

  • Listening to: SKY.FM - 80s, 80s, 80s!
  • Reading: Morningstar.com Forums
  • Watching: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
  • Playing: Softball
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
I've always been a fan of news articles or interviews that are written in Q&A format.  Probably because they're straight to the point and you don't have to dig around for what you're looking for.  There's a question and an answer.  Simple.  

In an attempt to marry two of my favorite things, I've decided try my hand at answering deviantART related questions.  So, how about this: you ask me a question pertaining to deviantART and I'll do my best to offer an (entertaining, slightly witty, and hopefully interesting) answer.  I can't make any promises, but I'll certainly try and make it worth your while.

You're welcome to ask about anything in the deviantART spectrum, but please leave the tech-talk to the pros.  I'm happy to share details on what it's like to work with lolly the Clown, what kind of music is heard around deviantART's offices, who the biggest devWEAR fanatic is, etc.  Serious inquiries are welcome as well.  ;)

There you have it.  Assuming I get a few good questions, I'll answer them in a forthcoming journal.

Discuss.  Thank you.

~Heidi

  • Listening to: SKY.FM - 80s, 80s, 80s!
  • Reading: 'Skin a Scion Contest' comments
  • Drinking: Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi
Can you handle it?  Can you?!



:star:  Skin a Scion Contest!  :star:

~Heidi

P.S. - Watch Gilmore Girls on Tuesday nights for the next two weeks ... they're the only two new episodes left.  Ever.

  • Listening to: .977 The 80s Channel
  • Reading: deviantWEAR Product Comments
  • Watching: Gilmore Girls
  • Drinking: Water
If anyone out there is willing to help me 'save the Gilmore Girls' and keep the show on the air for another season, I would really appreciate it.  Even if you're not a regular viewer, simply clicking the 'Vote for Gilmore Girls' stamp and then voting for the show in the online poll would be helpful ... and it would really mean a lot to me.

Viva la Gilmore!  Thank you.

~Heidi

P.S. - Feel free to use my stamps as you see fit!  Any additional promotion is appreciated.






  • Listening to: .977 The 80s Channel
  • Reading: Yahoo! News
  • Watching: Gilmore Girls
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
The following are actual quotes heard around deviantART Headquarters.  (Please note that everything was said in fun and I've received permission to share the hilarity.)  And you'll just have to wonder about each quote's origin ... I'm not giving any background information!

Waveswinger:  Hey Heidi, when you have a chance can you—
Heidi:  No.

Heidi:  Do you have church choir practice tonight?
blueminneapolis:  No, but I am going to a drag show at Rage later.

Waveswinger:  :  She's puking.
Heidi:  That's not cool.

spyed:  Hey, you guys might want to come in here.  ::whistle::
Heidi:  Did he just whistle at us?
Waveswinger:  Was that a whistle?
Heidi:  Great.  We're dogs.

Heidi:  So, Johan, hexentanz is coming for a visit?
blueminneapolis:  Yes, it's all set.
Heidi:  I didn't know she was married.  
Waveswinger:  :  She's married to a German.
Heidi:  A German!?!
(Side note: I'm part German ... I just had no idea hex was even married.)

spyed:  You need to up the bling of authenticity.
Heidi:  Isn't that an oxymoron?

Heidi:  Did you end up finding a cookie?
lolly:  No, I had lunch at Pink Pepper and they don't have cookies.  They're too  classy.
jmckinney:  Yea, because the name Pink Pepper says 'class'.
lolly:  I'm going to kick you in your pink pepper.
Heidi:  That sounds like it hurts.

:heart:  deviantWEAR Series 7 is coming soon.  I promise.  :heart:

:star:  Help me save Gilmore Girls.  Please.  :star:

~Heidi

  • Listening to: Elton John - Crocadile Rock
  • Reading: Yahoo! News
  • Watching: Gilmore Girls
  • Drinking: Water
I wrote two news articles in one day!  Amazing.  Go forth and read them now!  Make comments.  Be devious.  I thank you.

:star:  Holiday Card Project 2006 Wrap Up

:star:  deviantWEAR Portraits Category Contest Winners!

~Heidi

Last month the Creative team kicked off deviantART's new deviantWEAR Portraits category by hosting a contest.  The deviantWEAR Portraits gallery now acts as an easy place to view deviants from around the globe showing off their great taste in style.  With the contest's deadline now in the past, it's time to announce the winners!

:star:  The following randomly selected deviants have all won v5 devWEAR shirts:
LullabyCircus, pic44, The-Definition, IdealEric, j0yce

Represent by LullabyCircus    
representing by The-Definition  :thumb47138457:  

Additionally, lordgonz will also be awarded a v5 shirt for his enthusiasm and support of the category.

deviantWear : Tshirt by lordgonz

All winners will be contacted soon.

Even with the contest over, I still encourage everyone to visit and submit to the deviantWEAR Portraits category.  Please note, the category is meant to be a holding place for deviants to show off their awesome deviantWEAR</b> clothing and related items.  It is not meant to share possible deviantWEAR designs.

You can check out the category by visiting deviantART Related > deviantWEAR Portraits.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

~Heidi



deviantART would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the 2006 Holiday Card Project.  With the help of nearly 700 deviants, we were able to deliver well over 1200 holiday cards to patients in the hospital during the holiday season.  Judging by the postage stamps from all the boxes and envelopes we received, deviants from 44 different countries/political regions participated in the Project, helping to make 2006 our best year yet.

Cards were delivered and distributed at five hospitals: UCI Medical Center in Orange, California; Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California; Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.  

In southern California, home of deviantART headquarters, spyed, JaninaZ, blueminneapolis, simplesound, and Heidi passed out cards at UCI Medical Center.  Marking the third year in a row we've done so, the kind and welcoming patients at UCI are always very receptive to our cause.  Each patient enjoyed learning that his or her card was sent in by an artist from around the globe.  Similarly, mattdanna, danlev, cazian, and wowimsoemo delivered cards to Strong Memorial Hospital, while Moonbeam13 and kangmonster coordinated our Toronto Hospital efforts.

:star:  Holiday Card Project 2006 - 1 by Heidi  :star:  Holiday Card Project 2006 - 2 by Heidi  :star:  Holiday Card Project Delivery by mattdanna  :star:

When possible, deviantART users and staff members try to personally hand deliver cards to patients, but sometimes due to health and privacy concerns it isn't allowed, as such was the case with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  However, we've been told the cards were distributed successfully and everyone appreciated the thoughtfulness of the deviantART community.

It's safe to say that everyone who participates in the Project deems it to be a truly rewarding and touching experience.  The 2006 Holiday Card Project was a huge success and we look forward to continuing in the years to come.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the Project run smoothly.  It really takes a concentrated effort to deal with so much mail arriving in a short time span.

Finally, and most importantly, a huge thanks goes to the deviantART community and everyone who sent in cards.  When I began the Project about six years ago on a personal level with just family and friends, I never imagined that it would grow so large.  After only three years on deviantART, the Project has surpassed all my expectations and I'm sure will only continue to do so.
  
Thank you.

~Heidi

As promised, all participants of the Holiday Card Project were given a one month free subscription to deviantART. Those subscriptions have all been awarded and activated. If for some reason you did not receive your subscription, please see below.

:bulletgreen:  Stay calm.  Keep cool.  Send Heidi a note with the following information:
:bulletred: Your name
:bulletred: The approximate date your card was sent
:bulletred: A one sentence description of what your card looked like
:bulletred: The location you sent it from

The following users were randomly selected to win the following additional Holiday Card Project prizes:

:star: Three deviantWEAR shirts
phoenix75, Scarlet-Dawn, jinssa

:star: Five one-year subscriptions to deviantART
charcoal-gray, SunMist, Horisont, starlit-sky, imxanxillusion

:star: Fifteen three-month subscriptions to deviantART
Snapefan83, B-Smitty, Foxchild, bechedor79, Angelinhel, Nuri7, Drakonee, gismonda, ChaosKomori, evilcatwitch, Lutra-Gem, aireyeri, srebrinaM, hanyouvixen, Cryobash

  • Listening to: B. Medley &amp; J. Warnes - Time of My Life
  • Reading: Retirement Saving Made Easy
  • Watching: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Heidi (2:52:31 AM): Well, you've outlasted me.  I'm going to listen to a song from Dirty Dancing and then go to bed.  Must wake up in 5 hours.

Chad (2:52:38 AM): HAHAHAH

Chad (2:52:39 AM): which song

Chad (2:52:43 AM): Dirty Dancing?

Heidi (2:52:50 AM): Time of My Life.

Chad (2:52:53 AM): hah

Chad (2:52:54 AM): sweeet

Heidi (2:52:59 AM): I like 80's music. A lot.

Chad (2:53:01 AM): does that work on the gurls?

Heidi (2:53:06 AM): Totally.

Chad (2:53:20 AM): I'll keep that in mind.

~Heidi

  • Listening to: .977 The 80s Channel
  • Watching: Stargate SG-1



:spotlight-left:  deviantWEAR Portraits Category Launched!  :spotlight-right:

Good news!  The deviantWEAR Portraits category was recently launched so that deviants from around the globe can show off their great taste in style.  Bad news!  The category looks a little bare.  Solution!  In order to celebrate deviantWEAR Portraits and have some fun in the process, the Creative team is offering a little incentive for new submissions to the category.

:star:  Here's the deal ...  :star:

1.  You need any official piece of deviantWEAR to participate in this contest.

2.  Comb your hair, brush your teeth, and sport your deviantWEAR as deviously as possible.

3.  Take a photo and submit it as a deviation to deviantART Related > deviantWEAR Portraits.  (Submit as many times as you'd like.)

4.  Five of the deviations that are submitted between now and February 3rd, 2007 will be randomly selected to win v5 deviantWEAR shirts.

5.  Additionally, the Creative team will be selecting some of our favorite photos to win additional prizes.

To recap, all you have to do to participate is take a photo of your deviantWEAR (preferably with you wearing it) and submit it to the proper category.  From there you will automatically be entered to win one of five v5 shirts.

However, if you're feeling especially devious and creative, go ahead and think out of the box to take a clever, cunning, or witty photo.  Be bold!  Unleash your inner supermodel.  We'll reward you for it.  

represent by The-Definition  lanyard by jorime  DA Lanyard by JSTradArt

What's that?  You don't own any deviantWEAR?  The horror!  Head on over to our deviantWEAR shop page and pick up a few items today.  Once they arrive you can hold your photo shoot and submit to this contest.  Everybody wins!



Any questions or suggestions should be left as comments in this news article and someone from the Creative team will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thank you and good luck to all.

  • Watching: Firefly/Serenity
I realize this is very last minute, but I was wondering if anyone out there in deviantART land would be willing to tape the London New Year's Day Parade and mail me a copy?  I would of course reimburse you for everything.

Any takers can reach me via e-mail or note.

Thank you and happy New Year to all!  Here's hoping that 2007 is a year full of all things grood (great + good).

:party: :star: :shamrock: :cake:

~Heidi

:spotlight-left: deviantWEAR Series 6.5 has arrived! :spotlight-right:

Winter's just around the corner and deviantART is here to help keep you warm. After listening to suggestions from Series 6, we decided to fulfill the many requests for warmer devWEAR. Comprised of four new products, Series 6.5 isn't a full-fledged Series; it's an extension that includes requested items like heavier sweatshirts and new hats. For our friends in the southern hemisphere, we're also offering a new shirt so you can stay cool under the summer sun.

The first 100 devWEAR orders placed will be given a free embroidered Fella patch! Attach Fella to a backpack, shirt, hat, or almost anywhere else. He loves to hit the town.

Be devious and give the gift of devWEAR this holiday season ... even if you're just giving to yourself.

:email: Shipping Information ... :emailsend:

deviantWEAR orders are generally fulfilled within 1-2 business days.  All domestic orders are shipped via priority mail and can be estimated to arrive within 2-3 days of shipment.  International deviants can select between two shipping methods, global priority (where available) and airmail.  On average, global priority is expected to arrive within 4-6 days of shipment.  (All delivery estimates are based on information provided by the United States Postal Service.)  

:star: Complex dA Hoodie ...



Our new ‘Complex dA Hoodies’ are the warmest offering yet from deviantWEAR. They're heavier than traditional sweatshirts, but not so heavy that they'll cramp your style. They even come complete with zippers that move both up and down. Wear the zipper down to show off your recently chiseled bod or wear the zipper up to hide those extra holiday pounds. Either way, you're going to look deviously awesome.

:star: Worldwide Talent Shirt ...



Long lines. Delayed flights. Lost baggage. Holiday travel definitely isn't easy. But why leave the comfort of your own home when deviantART brings the world right to your doorstep? Deviants who order this 'Worldwide Industries of Talent' shirt will be killing two birds with one stone. They'll look downright devious in their new threads and will be able to identify cultural landmarks throughout the world. If only your history teacher could see you now!

:star: Winged Beanie ...



December 22nd marks the first day of winter, a season that brings gusty winds, driving rains, and white-out snow storms. But fear not ... deviantART is here for you! Our new ‘Winged Beanies’ are guaranteed to help stave off the seasonal doldrums. Each beanie comes embroidered with a stylish dA logo design and is filled with love from us to you.

Still have someone left on your holiday shopping list? Give the gift of heat. We all know that body heat escapes through the head, so do yourself a favor and trap that heat with a dA beanie. Fashionable and practical.

For deviants who live in the southern hemisphere and are thinking, "Pft. Winter! Are you kidding? Summer's right around the corner. What do I need a beanie for?" Don't worry, beanies really are multi-purpose. Not only can they keep your head warm, but they're also perfect for unruly hair and unfortunately large ears.

Beanies for the win!

:star: Box Caps ...



Represent deviantART in style! You don't have to be in the military to wear these Box Caps; they'll look good on anyone. Impress family, friends, and co-workers with a simple, yet elegant design. The hat features screen printed dA logos on both the front and back. Look your best for the next revolution. People will salute your fashion sense.

:phonecall: deviantWEAR Series 6.5 is calling and waiting for you to answer. :phonecall:

  • Listening to: Christmas music
  • Watching: Gilmore Girls
  • Drinking: Water
Dennis: How was your day?

Heidi: I used the word accrue four times.

D: I don't know if that means if your day was good or bad.

H: Well, two times I was referring to something good and two times I was referring to something bad.

D: So your day was average, so-so, fine.

H: Sure, I guess.

D: You could have just said that.  Instead this conversation has been accruing words left and right

H: That wasn't funny ... but I know something that is.

D: What's that?

H: I think you should join the military.

D: Why?

H: So you can get accrue cut.

D: Terrible.

H: You're laughing on the inside.  I know it.

~Heidi




This year marks the third annual deviantART Holiday Card Project.  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from all around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get well holiday cards.

Last year the Project received a little over 1100 holiday cards sent in by over 600 deviants. Those cards were then divvied up and distributed in person by dA members at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, California.  Extra cards were given to various hospitals in the U.S. and Canada for their staff to hand out to patients.  Deviant participants sent in cards from many countries including Finland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, Greece, and Canada just to name a few.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to simply try and do something nice for others.  However, if that isn't enough incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one month subscription to deviantART, as well as being entered into a drawing for prizes.

:holly: Please read the following text for more information on the Holiday Card Project.

:star: What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?
The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season. The idea behind the project is to simply try and bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing hospital stay.

:star: Exactly who receives the cards?
Ideally the cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals.  However, we are limited by the fact that some hospitals don't want cards and others have rules against their distribution.  The cards will be delivered in person by select deviants in the area of the respective hospitals.  The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors and have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

:star: What should I write in a card?
Be as creative as you like. Just remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful. Some suggested greetings include, "Hope you're feeling better," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Try and stay away from "Get well soon" as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Remember to include a message of "Happy holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.

:star: Can I make a card myself?
Definitely. An 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4 1/4 x 5 works nicely. (Though, there is no specific "set" size for cards. Use your best judgment.) You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. However, feel free to be creative as you want. Use glitter, construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., to make your card as special as possible.

:star: Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?
Absolutely. Many drug stores or stationary stores have holiday cards for as little as ninety-nine cents. (If you're feeling ambitious, boxed card sets can often be purchased for only a few dollars.) These kinds of cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but try and add a little decoration by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative.

:star: How much is postage for sending a card?
If you live in the United States, chances are that it will only cost one first-class stamp ($0.39) to mail an average sized card. If you live in Canada, an envelope weighing 30g or less is $0.89 and 30-50g is $1.05 (both prices are in CAD). If you think your card might be bigger than normal, is a little heavy, or if you live in a country other than the Unites States or Canada, check with your local postal agency for rates.

:star: Can I send more than one card?
Please do. You can even put more than one card into the same envelope or package to save on postage.  If sending multiple cards, you only need one envelope (the one that is used to send the cards to us.)  However, remember that quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.

:star: Will the patients know who sent the cards?
The only way a patient will know who the card came from is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do.  You may also include your e-mail address in hopes of getting a reply, though, that can't be guaranteed.  If you would like to send a card anonymously, you may.

:star: Can non-deviants participate in the Project?
Absolutely.  The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause.  The Project is a great way for school clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity

:star: What will I get out of this?
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards. Hopefully, this is motivation enough to become involved in the Project.

In addition, once the Holiday Card Project has completed, you'll be given a free one month subscription to the site just for sending in a card.  You'll also be entered into a drawing for prizes.  In order to be entered into the prize drawing, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card.

:star: When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?
All cards must be postmarked by December 15th, 2006.

:star: Where do I send a card?
Send the cards to this address:

deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028


Please remember to include your deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when sending a holiday card. By doing so, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for prizes and will be given a free one month site subscription.

:star: Who do I direct questions and concerns about the contest to?
Please send Heidi a note with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have.

:holly: Prizes
The prizes available for participating in the Project are as follows:
:bulletgreen: Three deviantWEAR shirts
:bulletgreen: Five one-year subscriptions to deviantART
:bulletgreen: Fifteen three-month subscriptions to deviantART

Additionally, anyone who does not win one of the above prizes will be given a one-month subscription to deviantART, just as thanks for participating in this project.

If you'd like to help promote the Holiday Card Project, please feel free to use the image below and link it to this news article.



:holly: Rules and Terms
The winners of the above prizes will be selected by means of a raffle. Every deviant who submits a presentable card to the Project will be entered into the raffle.  One entry per deviant.  Any deviant may not win more than one prize.  Winning deviants will receive one of the above prizes instead of the one-month subscription. Limit one one-month subscription per participant. deviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for either the above listed prizes or the one-month subscription.

  • Listening to: 1.FM - The 80's Channel
  • Watching: Fox and Friends First
:bulletblue: Tonight is the season seven premiere of Gilmore Girls.

:bulletgreen: The Interweb is too small.

:bulletblue: Things should just 'work'.

:bulletgreen: On Saturday I caught a homerun ball at a Dodgers game.



~Heidi

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My bad ... sorry about the new journal notification.  I needed to change one small thing and forgot to click the 'minor edit' box. :X

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As a sequel to my previous journal entry, I thought I'd write a few blurbs about my recent viewing of Superman Returns.

Last night silvein, apartialfragment, my friend Katie, and I went to see the movie at a 10:00pm special showing.  I really thought that Superman would bring out swarms of people, but the theatre we went to was only playing it on one screen and even then it wasn't quite a sellout.  This is in contrast to when X-Men: The Last Stand opened a few weeks ago and massive amounts of mostly teenage boys came to fill six or so threatres for midnight showtimes.  I guess you could argue that in recent years X3 had already built much of its fanbase because it was part of a trilogy, but still, this was Superman.  Perhaps when we have Superman: The Last Stand, in something like 2011, the theatres will be packed.  We'll find out in five short years. :superman:

Anyway, moving on, I'm not going to spoil things too much if you haven't yet seen the movie.  But in the event that you want to be totally spoiler free, stop reading now.

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:heart:  My first impression when the credits started to roll was that Superman Returns is more of a romance movie with action, than an action movie with romance.  Not that such a quality makes it a bad movie (as a girl, I certainly didn't mind), but I think that most people were expecting a little more fight from the Man of Steel.

:spidey:  Brandon Routh (Superman/Clark Kent) and Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane) were both good in their respective roles.  Perhaps a little wooden (and corny) at times, but I think the same can be said for Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in the first Spider-Man.  For Superman Returns Again (yes, I made that up), I'm sure they'll both be even better.

:rofl:  I didn't expect there to be so many comedic moments in the film.  Don't get me wrong, it's definitely not a comedy, but there were a handful of (strategically placed) times when a funny line was thrown in to get a good laugh from the audience.  Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor) and Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) were great matches for their eccentric characters, but I doubt anyone expected less from them as they're seasoned actors.  I suspect that's why they were cast in the first place; to add a little depth.

:trophy:  James Marsden is one lucky (and rich) guy.  He's been in 2.1 (hah) X-Men movies (as Cyclops) and now has Superman Returns (and I presume at least one forthcoming sequel) under his belt.  I no longer feel bad that he was 'cut' from X3.

:omfg:  And finally, the question posed in my recent poll (is Lois Lane's son also the son of Superman) is indeed answered in the film ... but for that, go see the movie.

Overall, it's definitely worth watching.  :star:

In a couple of weeks or so, after more people have seen Superman Returns, I'll post another journal with my predictions for the next Super-flick and hopefully some of my readers will do the same.  Then when 2009 rolls around, we can all see who came the closest.

~Heidi  

  • Listening to: ABBA - Mamma Mia
  • Watching: Superman Returns

On Tuesday, June 27th I'm going to a 10:00pm showing of Superman Returns.  Here is my prediction for the end of the movie (kind of a la X-Men: The Last Stand) ...

In the last few seconds of the film we'll see Lois's son bend steel (or do something indicating that he is Superman's son as well), there will be a loud dramatic noise, the screen will cut to black, credits will roll, and the audience will cheer.

Approximately 24 hours until we find out if I'm right.  (Please keep in mind that I haven't read any spoilers so if I'm on the money or totally way off, it's just a guess.)  :superman: :party:

~Heidi
  • Listening to: Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
  • Watching: Superman Returns

I'm more of a TV person than a movie person, probably because of the continuity that TV shows offer, but with summertime fast approaching and many shows in repeats I've recently found myself watching movies when I have downtime.  In an attempt to update my journal and provide a change of pace from my normally chronicled computer woes, I thought that I might share a few of my movie viewings from the past few months along with my own fascinating insights.

In alphabetical order ...

:above: Finding Neverland - Kleenex, aisle 12.  I didn't know this was going to be a sad movie.  I wasn't prepared for that.  Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are fantastic actors.  I recommend this as must rent for anyone who hasn't seen it.  

:above: The Island - This was a good movie.  I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority when I say that (because everyone I've told laughs), but I'm going to say it again ... good movie.  It didn't do very well at the box office, but I'm going to partially blame that on a bad title and poor marketing.  I didn't decide to watch it until I read a synopsis on Netflix.  If anyone wants to watch a good action/adventure film with big explosions and better than average actors, rent this.  Heidi says so.   

:bulletgreen: Last Holiday - I've always liked Queen Latifah (:music: living single, in a 90's kind of world, I'm glad I got my gurls ... :music:) so I thought I'd give this movie a chance.  It wasn't bad per say, I mean, it was no Van Helsing, but saying it was good is kind of a stretch.  In fact, my Dad recently watched this on a plane trip.  When I say that he watched it, I mean it ... he didn't buy the headphones, so he just watched it.  There's probably not a whole lot of difference between hearing the movie and not hearing the movie; so the next time you're flying and this is the in-flight show, save yourself $5.00 and guess the on dialogue.  I'm sure you'll be spot on.   

:bulletgreen: Mission: Impossible III - Meh.  What's there to say?  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good either.  

:bulletgreen: Poseidon - Ocean.  Rogue wave.  A boat in its path.  Boom!  Boat upsidedown.  Hot guy must save plucky survivors.  Bad dialogue.  No plot.  Rejoicing once a handful of survivors are saved (and because the movie is over).  Josh Lucas' career is nearing its last leg.  It's not even like he's a bad actor.  The movies he's in just ... suck.

:above: The Station Agent - A great indie-esque film about friendship and life.  Netflix it.

:below: Stealth - It's a good thing that Ray was released before Stealth because this movie could have totally derailed Jamie Fox's career.  Of all the movies in this journal, I think this had the worst dialogue.  Beating Poseidon in a category for worst dialogue is a true accomplishment; congratulations.  Again, poor Josh Lucas.  Who is picking his movies?  Hire me; I definitely can't do any worse.  And it's a good thing that 7th Heaven was picked up at the last hour for its 11th season.  Now Jessica Biel can ask for her job back.  Clearly her movie career isn't going anywhere.

:above: Tully - Another great indie-type film.  Just watch it.

:above: Two Weeks Notice - I saw this movie when it was originally in theatres, but last weekend it was on TV and I couldn't help myself.  I didn't want to watch, especially with commericals, but I love Sandra Bullock.  Yay for happy endings.  Plus, Sandra and Hugh Grant have great comedic timing.  If you want to watch a fun movie just for the heck of it, rent this.  Not all movies have to be of Oscar quality and this is a good example of something that can keep your mind occupied for a couple hours.

:below::below::below: Van Helsing - This was on TV just last night and is what prompted this journal.  Holy wow ... what a terrible movie.  It was so bad that I could not stop watching.  You might be thinking, "If it was really that bad, you would have turned the channel."  No.  You're wrong.  Truly horrendous movies have the power to suck you in and waste two hours of life.  That's what makes them bad.  They steal time that you'll never get back and force you to write journal entries so that others can feel your pain.  I even took the time to look up the movie's budget; $160 million.  I know that action/adventure movies are supposed to have awesome effects and whatnot, but they might have tried to save a sliver of that budget for plot and dialogue rewrites.  Just a suggestion.  I'm surprised that Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale still have careers.  Good thing they had X-Men and Underworld to fall back on.  The phrase 'Van Helsing' needs to be associated with all bad things.  The next time Timmy falls down a well or the next time your girlfriend cheats on you, say, 'Van Helsing!'.  It'll catch on and before you know it, instead of getting F's on tests, teachers will just write 'Van Helsing'.

:above: X-Men: The Last Stand - I liked it a lot.  Not once did I check my watch to see how much time was left (a true sign of a good movie).  I know that people who are into the history of the X-Men comics weren't pleased with the movie, but from the standpoint of a non-comic person it was a fun summer flick.  I do admit that Jean Grey (Phoenix) wasn't given enough to do and having her [supposedly] kill Scott Summers (Cyclops) in the first ten minutes of the movie seemed wasteful.  At least now I know why Cyclops was missing from 99% of the X-Men billboards in Hollywood.  I should have put two and two together.

This has to be, without a doubt, the longest journal that I've ever written.  If anyone out there in Interweb-land has a few free moments, please take a minute and share your thoughts.  Agree with me?  Think I have rotten taste?  Share some of your own picks.  I'm interested to hear what everyone else has to say.

Thanks for reading and have a good day. :star:

~Heidi
  • Listening to: C. Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia
  • Watching: Not Van Helsing