Cuts are for spoilers.
Prince Caspian was excellent, with more of the same incredible special effects and costuming and all from the first movie. The griffins carrying people was very cool, and Reepicheep was incredibly cute, although he'd get mad if he heard me say so. :D
One weirdness with Reepicheep, though -- they had him wearing this gold circlet over one ear, with a plume in it. I haven't read the books since I was a teenager, but I remember him wearing a huge hat, sort of cavalier-style, with a plume. In fact, in Dawn Treader, he uses it as a boat. Does anyone whose read the books more recently than I have remember whether he was wearing the circlet in Caspian and got the hat in Dawn Treader? :/ If he had the hat all along they just decided to give him the circlet for whatever reason, what the heck are they doing to do at the end of Dawn Treader??
Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian, is awesomely gorgeous, though, and the sort of Spanish accent the Telmarines have just adds extra brownie points. [dazed squee] I wanted to jump his bones, seriously, and I don't care that I'm old enough to be his mom, LOL! I seriously want someone to write some Ben Barnes/Rob Pattinson slash, just because they're both that pretty. Or even Ben Barnes/Will Moseley, which I'll admit would be a lot easier to set up since they're both in Caspian. Or heck, Ben Barnes with anyone else who's hot. Because seriously, that boy needs to be slashed. :D
Iron Man is teh awesome. I think it's one of the best super hero movies I've seen, ever. I've never been much of a Robert Downey Jr. fan -- didn't DISlike him, just never thought about him much one way or the other -- but he totally rocks as Tony Stark. I also want to jump his bones, which is a bit more socially acceptable since I'm only two years older than he is. ;) But the whole movie rocks. Downey does a great job, and so do Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts [wince]), and Terrence Howard (Rhodey) and Jeff Bridges (Obadiah).
The effects are incredible -- I especially liked the bit in the trailer where he's playing air-tag with a couple of jet fighters, and the whole scene in the movie is even better -- but since Tony Stark is supposed to be this genius inventor/engineer, they gave him some really great gadgets just around his house. I want his computer, seriously, even if it doesn't have Jarvis in it. :) But having Jarvis (who's an AI in the movie version) in the suit with him helping him control everything is great, and the HUD controls and all, which to my knowledge the comic book version never had. Watching him develop the 2.0 suit is great, and there are a lot of little funny bits, like when he's trying to work out the flying and the repulsors are just a teensy bit too powerful at first. [snicker] And his helper-robot (whose name I've forgotten) is a crack-up, especially in the fire extinguisher bits. :D
Although that's one thing that didn't work for me. It took Tony quite a while to figure out flying -- not only getting the right oomph-levels in the repulsors and all, but then practicing so he can actually control it and fly around without running into things or flailing like a mad thing 'cause he can't get his balance. And the whole time he was tinkering and adjusting and practicing, he had "live" tech to work with. Obadiah had his engineers build his version of the suit, but they never had the live power source until he stole it from Tony. That means that they never had the powered-up suit to work on while making adjustments, and Obadiah didn't have a powered suit to practice in. So why the frack was he able to control the suit so well on his first try, including flying?? o_O That doesn't make any sense, seriously. I know they did it that way so the story could bop right along there at the end -- they didn't want to slow things down after the theft of Tony's power-circle-thingy, which they would've had to do to give Obadiah and his people enough time to realistically dink around with it -- but it still spoiled things for me a bit at the end. I don't mind suspending my disbelief, but that particular bit hung it by the neck until it was dead.
Still, overall Iron Man rocks, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again. Oh, and when you go see it, stay through the credits! :D There's a great tag at the very end, and I'm squeeing over the casting there, although I know some folks will probably be grouching about it.
And the book. [sigh] One of the books I got at BayCon was Henry Potty and the Pet Rock. It's an unauthorized Harry Potter parody (says so right on the cover) and I thought it looked like fun. Ummm, not so much. I mean, the idea is good, but the execution doesn't work so well. It just isn't funny. :( Actually, it's pretty lame. Here's the first scene, skipping the Introduction and the Prologue, both of which are also trying to be funny and are also failing:
In a house so ordinary that it fairly screamed not to be noticed, from the beige carpet that went with everything (including stains) to the Beware of Rabid Hamster sign that kept out the salesmen, there lived a family. It was a perfectly ordinary family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Dorky, their son, Dumpy, and their gallant yet ill-treated household slave.
Oh, Henry Potty preferred calling himself a freedom-inhibited individual, but the name didn't change the situation as much as he'd hoped. Even subscribing to Menial Drudges United Newsletter did little to relieve his suffering. Still, Henry smiled through the abuse as Dumpy Dorky tried to pull his ears off and experimented on Henry with his sinister mold growing kit. For Henry knew that he was special. You see, he had...a destiny.
Henry had known this ever since he stumbled across the note that had been left beside his basket. All of the best heroes have been abandoned in baskets, starting with Breadbasket Fred, who went on to start a national chain of French fry restaurants. In any case, the letter caught Henry's attention thanks to the six inch letters on top that said, "Never, under any circumstances allow Henry Potty to read this letter." His cousin had left it in Henry's room, less from a sense of destiny and more from the fact that he still hadn't learned to read. He was only twelve, after all.
The letter read, "Destiny has marked this boy for greatness. Bring him up so he doesn't get a stuffed head. Oh, and make sure he wears clean socks. I can't abide foot fungus. Signed, a Mysterious Elusive Benefactor who prefers to remain incognito for the time being."
Henry knew that someday, someone would come and rescue him from his life of servile drudgery. Oh, not his parents. Lames and Jelly had been killed years ago, either from slipping on a pair of banana peels and falling to their deaths or getting hit by a rampant llama, his aunt didn't remember which. But someone, somewhere, cared enough to rescue him from a tragic life of foot fungus. And they would find him, eventually. Maybe. Henry was just glad he had so many definite facts to reassure himself with.
In the meantime, there was his fan club. Since Henry had a destiny, he knew that in the future, people would break down the doors of his house to beg for his autograph. Just as well to build his fan base now, so it would be all ready when fame and fortune followed. Besides, it gave him something pleasant to think about after his monthly scrubbing of his cousin's undershorts.
Umm, yeah. It doesn't get any better. Or at least, it hasn't gotten any better by page twenty-eight, which is where I am and where I'm bailing. I've read a lot funnier fanfic. Heck, I've written a lot funnier fanfic. At this point, this is just $9.99 I'm never going to see again. If you're a Harry Potter fan and see this book, save your money.
Use it to go see Iron Man again. :D