March 17th, 2011
|09:27 pm - Fandom Auctions|
Random stuff I'm offering at help_japan:
Postcard from Austria for a V-Gift
Not exactly my idea, it's all the rage and you can get postcards from basically everywhere, the coolest is offering Middle Earth. :) Though mine will of course also be v. cool!!
Speaking of fandom Auctions, I received another Inception fic for the Queensland auction in January and only just found it. :x Spectacular Arthur/Eames PWP first time smut by starlingthefool, rather kinky, extremely IC, go read.
Now seriously, while I'm speaking of several fandom auctions at once, can people stop saying that there is not a notable amount of natural disasters happening recently, we just have the impression because there was no television 100 years ago or something? Apparently I have to state the obvious: None of us remembers 100 years ago very well, so this memory is unlikely to cloud our judgment much. I do remember a couple of years though, and there was usually not that much happening in such a short time.
Besides I remember specifically hearing that this was the strongest earthquake in Japan for at least 140 years. It's not as if we wouldn't have access to the information if something happens every other year anyway, and we therefore solely rely on our emotions and whatever is trending on twitter.
There are a lot of big natural disasters happening recently.
It seems that over the apocalypse 2012 everyone forgot about the warnings of Al Gore et al. Weren't they always saying that climate change would lead to lots of disasters (obviously floods, but also earthquakes, because of some sort of chain reaction)? Well, maybe they were right. Or hey, maybe it's a coincidence. What it definitely isn't, is an illusion.
March 2nd, 2011
|10:08 pm - Awesome Fanworks I Recently Acquired|
which you should check out if you are familiar with the source at all.
Inception fanart from waltzmatildah's Queensland Auction: I'd Hate To Love You Gorgeous Arthur/Cobb angstiness by sketchofsoda
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From the helpbrazil2011 auction:
Twinpeaks fanfic: Turn Again And Turn Towards Bobby/Shelley sweetness by evewithanapple
Maurice fanfic: Isn't Love Hot, agonizing Clive/Maurice UST by toujours_nigel, you know, in case the book/film didn't have enough of that for you, which you know is true.
March 1st, 2011
|12:53 am - Timely Oscars Commentary|
Those arseholes left out Corey Haim of the In Memoriam part! I'm not surprised at all, but none the less pissed off. Show some bloody respect for the kids you chew up, at least, Hollywood.
I've seen quite a few of the nominated pictures with Inception, Black Swan, The Social Network and The King's Speech, so I have a lot of opinions.
1) The least worthy picture, out of those I've seen, won with TKS, IMO. It was a good film with great acting(btw. Timothy Spall was ingenious), but it wasn't actually anything special and really a little overly sentimental.
2) The DEFINITELY least worthy director won. Nolan should have been nominated instead of him. Fincher or Aronofky should have won.
3) Colin Firth was fine, of course. Natalie Portman too.
4) Obviously TSN deserved to get some Oscars(Best Picture or Best Director perhaps), but Best Original Score? Was it a subtle masterpiece, so perfect you didn't even notice, because I hardly remember hearing any music at all, except when they were at a club. I suspect some deal with Reznor, because Idgi. Would have given it to Inception.
5) Holy shit, were Franco and Hathaway embarrassing, especially Hathaway, Franco was apparently just on drugs. Don't go under 40 with Oscar hosts and bring back Hugh Jackman!
To sum it up:
December 23rd, 2010
|12:08 am - Family Unfriendly Television|
I've seen the Dexter finale like the day it aired, but I never had the time to say something and post a screencap or two (which I downloaded somewhere).
"Do you have an idea?"
"Maybe a guess?"
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( BREAKING BAD No real spoilers, have seen it up to 2.08Collapse )
December 8th, 2010
|06:33 pm - Inception Character Popularity Poll |
I love to do this for every fandom and right now strikes me as a good time for Inception! So who are your favorite characters and how much do you love them all, or not?
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December 7th, 2010
|09:57 pm - Dophins' Rights!|
Has anyone seen this: Scientists say dolphins should be treated as 'non-human persons'
The researchers argue that their work shows it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way each year.
Dolphins have long been recognised as among the most intelligent of animals but many researchers had placed them below chimps, which some studies have found can reach the intelligence levels of three-year-old children. Recently, however, a series of behavioural studies has suggested that dolphins, especially species such as the bottlenose, could be the brighter of the two. The studies show how dolphins have distinct personalities, a strong sense of self and can think about the future.
“The scientific research . . . suggests that dolphins are ‘non-human persons’ who qualify for moral standing as individuals,” he said.
I do approve. I must say that there is an obvious bias in comparing an animal's intelligence to human intelligence. If you construct an intelligence test on Japanese people and test Norwegians with it, you will always find the Norwegians lacking, as well as the other way round. What you choose as the standard beforehand matters, nothing else will be able to measure up just because of that. Just think how a human might perform compared to a dolphin. How quickly could they learn dolphin language and basic orientation in the ocean? Obviously they'd be lacking as well. So if a dolphin can be better at being a smart human than a 3-year-old human child, they are probably, um, pretty darn smart.
I'm not saying it's not interesting to compare animals to human intelligence or that I don't think humans are probably the smartest animals on earth (I do tbh), but I do think people are at this time still way too arrogant when discussing the intelligence of animals, if it's mammals, which are very similar to us (apes, whales, elephants...) and especially if it's animals who are more different from us and thus even harder to emphasise with (thinking of turtles and birds like parrots, who I suspect are highly intelligent animals too).
Ah, damn the examples, people are breathtakingly arrogant about pretty much all animals and it's grating. I really do hope there is some progress made in the near future and I like that article!
November 30th, 2010
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November 18th, 2010
|12:17 am - Dexter's Dad|
Since I recently had a discussion on this... I think the Harry storyline and angst on Dexter is long completed now, so what is your final verdict on the man? Before I say too much, please vote!
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November 8th, 2010
|10:10 pm - Because we need more canon!Snape|
Finally someone else but me said that JKR needs to write more books with a resurrected Snape! Yay, I was so hopeful about this idea once upon a time, but have since started to accept that I'm not only a delusional fangirl, but, more importantly and depressingly, completely alone in my delusion.
But Frank Cottrell Boyce, children's writer, surely knows what he is talking about:
In my opinion the series' most compelling character was Snape, and it would be interesting to see him resurrected. Yes I do know he died in the books but so did Sherlock once upon a time. In these touchy feely days, it says a great deal for Rowling's skill and courage that she ever gave a central role to such a chilly and morally complex character as Snape.
Of course JKR has at this point already admitted to be pretty much working on a sequel trilogy (it was a trilogy, right?). So I'm fired up and hopeful again. So much I immediately wrote some Albus Severus fanfiction upon reading this article yesterday! :D But I need to make this post too.
I haven't really read the "No" opinion. Star Wars prequels sucked blabla. People need to get over this! Also, prequels are just generally a bad idea, always go forward! Optimistically! (Same thing goes for an Inception sequel and it's need to happen.)
November 7th, 2010
|09:10 pm - Albus Severus' Sorting|
Some extremely spontaneous Potter fic... Those kids are just so cute.
Title: Self-Fulfilling Prophesy
Characters: Albus Severus, Scorpius, Sorting Hat, mentions some more...
Word count: ~850
A/N: Concrit is appreciated - about everything from formatting to canon mistakes. unbeta'd.
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September 19th, 2008
|09:39 pm - Very Poor Choice Of Words|
I've seen The Dark Knight after all! I was boycotting WB in my heart, though! (And God, how annoying is it that all these reviews about HBP is coming out now - a year before I can see the movie. I just ignore it, but I'm still pissed. Oh, young Snape will be in two photos?! He might be in a photo with Regulus!!! He should be in a photo with Lucius - remember he was mysteriously cast as well? I wouldn't mind seeing these photos! If any of the reviews mentioned the young Snape "scenes", please tell me! Only HBP news I care about for the reminder of 08.)
Anyway, Batman. ( Read more...Collapse )
Current Music: Some really sucky techno - Thanks for reminding me to change this!
August 14th, 2008
|11:58 pm - .... July 2009???|
Argh, WB hates me, whatever have I done to them? First they deprive me of TDK long enough that I go from being super hyped to feeling that it's a chore to watch that lame old movie (some time after the fucking 22nd of August) that I probably have to do to because of Heath Ledger (I need to form an opinion on that performance after all! Plus I've always had I quite the crush) If it wasn't for him, I'd seriously be over Batman.
AND NOW? They show Half-Blood Prince a fucking year later??? They give out the world wide release dates on one day, only to push them back ... 8 months the next? I'm ready to be through with goddamned Hollywood. A little entertainment, is that too much to ask? Is this some kind of prank? Or was I right all along when I feared there is so little promotion because they are desperately trying to finish up the movie? I thought I was being ridiculous, but it's them.
Worst of all, I watched Wanted. Not at the cinema, thank god, but for free was still way too expensive. Someone should have assassinated that director way before he lay his hands on the sensefree Night Watch/Day Watch series, not to mention him moving on to the west to do much worse with an fascinatingly even less likable protagonist. (The loom of fate must have foreseen that!) There must have been some good acting going on at least, because it had James McAvoy's adorable face and I still want to kill it with fire... (Anyway, this was really not helping my wish to seek out comic adaptations ... ever again in life, either.)
Plus, seriously, Juno was not that great. As far as I remember Little Miss Sunshine was better, but all in all I'm tired of this obvious cutesy button pushing, while trying to be oh-so-quirky.
Cinema is dead to me, I go back to watching the first season of Dexter! TV, I say, is the surprising innovative, but professional high quality entertainment of the future! Although to be fair, Dexter might be the best piece of TV I've seen so far. (Now that is an anti-hero after my taste, and not only because he is surprisingly lovable, he is original and interesting, too.) Also, it is made after books, though they are allegedly not up to the shows standard. (And not only because Dex is less lovable. ;))
Ahem, I'm feeling better now
Current Mood: aggravated
July 30th, 2008
|09:35 am - Consider me not disappointed|
The Trailer And yes, if you haven't watched it, you should!
This is unexpected! They made a Tom Riddle trailer! They pretty much show us the entire orphanage scene and it's a thing of absolute beauty. It's probably the best scene in the movie by far (although it wasn't my favorite in the book) but that still makes the entire movie worth it, worth all the millions it cost to produce and worth all of the money I'll spend to consume it. I don't even mind Dumbledore's lack of high-heeled plum and auburn fabulousness. They probably thought it would take away from the adorably creepy evil of Hero Fiennes Tiffin's baby Voldemort.
In my next life I want to be a member of the Fiennes family. They rule.
I really hope they're making at least one more trailer though. This is so obviously not representing the whole movie and they seem to be trying a whole new marketing concept of starting extremely late and then creating short hysteric frenzy (I *think* that's what they planning) that I actually have high hopes for more at this point.
Current Music: K's Choice
July 29th, 2008
|06:36 pm - I Want To Believe|
Yesterday I've seen the X-Files movie and have to admit I liked it! It's not a fantastic movie for the ages, probably, but it's definitely more of the good old X-files! Disgusting and thrilling with the most likable and photogenic leading couple, working through their eternal doubts and issues.( SpoilersCollapse )
All in all I had a great time and I'd watch another movie with pleasure if they care to make one. For now, I'll look if I can find other posts about this one.
Also, the HBP trailer comes out tonight! If I don't post anything about it within 24 hours of it's appearance on youtube, consider me deeply disappointed.
Current Music: Annette Louisan
July 15th, 2008
Gah, my firewall killed my internet for days. I wanted to post and everything. Something more important than a meme, but those times are gone. :p
You heard that fitting to the completely black HBP teaser poster they now released a completely black teaser trailer with a Dumbledore voiceover? They're really trying not to get on anyone's nerves with their little movie, aren't they? Not appreciated. There is sticker albums, though! LOL.
Entertainment Weekly's top 100 films of the last 25 years (meme):
- Bold the ones you have seen
- Underline the ones you own
- *Put an asterisk to the ones you love
- Italicize the ones you want to see
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I agree with these top 3 by the way. I'm quite surprised by Blue Velvet!
June 11th, 2008
|01:43 pm - Potter Prequels and Adaptations|
Urgh, if you want to read JKR's James/Sirius ficlet, someone at ONTD typed it out here and here. I call it a James/Sirius ficlet in the desperate attempt to make it sound interesting, which it is not. On a positive note, it gives us no new "canon" as some people may have feared, except maybe ( SPOILER!Collapse ) Oh fuck, on second thought, I guess that's pretty bad! :p Mostly it's just about James and Sirius hilariously being "bad boys" and, on an actual positive note, it's incredibly short!
Honestly, I'm slowly coming around to the "I hope JKR never ever writes anything about this universe again" side of things. I am still ready to change my mind whenever it pleases me, but I don't think it will please me anytime soon.
Here's where you get a lot of famous author's stories, maybe some of them are good and readable handwriting-wise, who knows.
So, as I mentioned I am a Harry Potter movie fan nowadays. That's exactly the banner I've been seeing in my head: Harry and Dumbledore and Draco and Snape. So much for WB not knowing what HBP is about.
And the pictures you have likely already seen, but can't see often enough:
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Dear God, It's like part of a hilarious photo-love-story! I have no idea why Draco is dressed that way for the Room of Requirement... You know that he didn't actually want to crash that party, Yates, don't you? Anyway, YAY IT'S IN THE MOVIE. Now I live in fear that they cut the Sectumsempra scene. I heard rumors about that. Wouldn't that be insane? It's such an exciting bloody scene and I believe Dan could actually be great in it. You're cutting yourself in the chest WB, I hope you know it!
Oh, and here is Harry trying to convince Hermione of how awesome Snape is to no avail, cause ( that's just cute.Collapse )
ETA: Wow, Rich text editor will fuck your post up, sorry if the cuts didn't work.
May 13th, 2008
|02:57 pm - PS to the Malfoy post:|
And a new promo of Draco, I guess: ( The fangirls should finally be happy againCollapse )
I'm not suddenly obsessed with Malfoys. That's the WB!
May 5th, 2008
|09:42 pm - HBP casting, Malfoy edition|
Okay so they're casting young Lucius Malfoy, too. For a dinner scene with Slughorn. I sincerely hope they're not attempting to pretend he went to school with Tom Riddle... Will he be in the same photo as Regulus? (which would also be incorrect) Or he will just get his own photograph with Slughorn, which will be shown in what will be an amazing, far too fast moving scene! I think at least young Bella or Cissy should be next to him. Slughorn invites girls as well, you know? And definitely Blacks. - Although, to be IC Slughorn should want to hide these picture...
Here is a video of him talking about growing Lucius hair and wearing a 60s uniform. (from 2.20 on) And that's ( his pictureCollapse )
Of course there are these ( Narcissa pics out thereCollapse )
Hm, not exactly as I imagined her, but I can't hate anymore. I think there's the right mix of strength and vulnerability and she won't look like a kid next to Rickman. Probably it's just that I cannot wait for this scene.
And while we're at the right family, everyone heard Tom Felton say that there are no scenes from the book that obviously stand out to him as being cut? The guy who plays Draco Malfoy can't think of an important scene being cut. This means that all the best scenes of the books are shot, because interestingly in this book, Draco is in all the best scenes (except Spinner's End). I'm going to take that as a good sign, and blame Tom if the movie doesn't deliver.
That teaser trailer on the other hand, doesn't sound too exciting. Seems like they're just showing off all the important and unimportant plot points, never to forget the dramatic attack on the burrow. I hate this bloody burrow attack.
Current Mood: stressed
Current Music: Savage Garden
April 5th, 2008
|02:44 pm - Best Casting News Ever|
OMG OMG OMG THEY CAST REGULUS. OMG REGULUS WILL BE IN THE HBP MOVIE. THEY WILL SHOW REGULUS! How? They can't give away Kreacher being there. Will they show him writing and signing the letter, a scene I imagined so often? What will they do? The chances are extremely good that this means they'll have him in one of the DH movies as well.
Just look at him:
If he is lying about playing Regulus. If he or someone uploaded that info on April 1st or something, this is a damned good lie. (But I'm too skeptical. This looks like it's confirmed, yes? No?) He is perfect. Thank you for existing, Tom Moorcroft!
Fanvids, icons, manips with Regulus doing canon Regulus-y things (hopefully)! I wouldn't have dreamed! Or is it possible that he will only be in a photo? Still good news because they bother to show him to us, which can only mean the best of things.
ETA: LOL And I'm just starting to read ONTD.
Current Mood: jubilant
Current Music: Amy Winehouse
April 1st, 2008
I totally overlooked that my last entry was the 100th post. WOHOO. So I'm gonna celebrate 101 posts on lj in style with a few memes...
Tell me of a fandom you know I know of and I'll tell you:
1. The character I first fell in love with:
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't:
4. The character I love that everyone else hates:
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer:
6. The character I would shag anytime:
7. The character I'd want to be like:
8. The character I'd slap:
9. A pairing that I love:
10. A pairing that I despise:
That actually seems incredibly hard to answer, but I'm ready to play if you are!
Plus taken from poisonyoulove:
Empire Online's 50 Greatest TV Shows
1. Bold the shows you've watched every episode of
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of
3. Post your answers
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Current Mood: blah
Current Music: Placebo
January 12th, 2008
|01:02 pm - Fanmade tests > the official Goden Compass marketing shite!|
Taken from static_pixie. That was a great test to take, especially all the curse dilemmas. I recommend. The result: Hmmm, I get the most awesome animals, so I accept this as the truth!
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Though, as much as I love elephants, I don't suppose they'd be the most practical companion to spend your life with... Can you ride your daemon?
Current Mood: multi-faceted
December 17th, 2007
|11:43 pm - We Could Be Heroes...|
So The Golden Compass rather flopped with the critics? I honestly didn't think that it was a bad movie. Lyra was very Lyralike, which means she was absolutely adorable. The ice-bear riding scene was almost as breathtaking as in the book. That creepy golden monkey was seriously creepy, as was his human. The zeppelins et al. looked wonderful... I was pleased.
The one thing that really annoyed me was the explanation in the beginning. Why would it be important to know that this is another world and people in our world actually don't have visible animal souls. I mean O RLY? (And if they had mentioned the words "a Golden Compass" one more time, an vein on my forehead might have burst.) But then I read people complain about the movie being hard to follow... The n00bs I saw the movie with definitely had no trouble following.
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Maybe I just don't care enough about His Dark Materials and therefore can't rage about all the injustice like a proper fan.
Also, I managed to catch up on Heroes, probably minus two episodes somewhere in the middle. Thank god for the writers strike, so I had a chance to do that. :p
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All in all the show is fun!
Now I would love to read everyone's reaction posts on my flist, but I'm probably seriously too late to find them. :/ I can try! (Link me?)
December 5th, 2007
|04:12 pm - Feverish Blabber|
- I'm sick. :( Posting to lj is the closest thing to get work done I'll manage today. That and maybe finishing my Murakami book! \o/ Also, ouch.
- LJ sold to SUP. At first I thought it mighty childish of me to react slightly paranoid to that ("OMG The Russians are coming!") but now that so many Russian users are all paranoid, delete their accounts and whatnot... D: I guess I should rather look for a comm planning Putin's assassination on Insanejournal now? (Joking, ex-comrads, joking!)
- Yes Virginia, there is a Blaise:
:D Again, perfect. Well, black, beautiful and sort of noble looking was not that hard to get right, was it? I really did not expect to see him. Does that mean the train ride will be just like in the book? YYYYYYYYY!
- Recently I have been browsing around Wikipedia, and now I finally know where the term Mary Sue comes from - from a Mary Sue parody fic. (That's somehow disappointing, I was hoping she was a serious character once.) I discovered that Severus Snape is actually part of the description of Byronic Hero :D and that JKR's father is called Peter James Rowling. D: Peter James. I hope you know what that means: If you ever catch one of your kids reading a book chase them outside to play football, you do not want your child to be an author! The best Peter James can hope for is that Sirius and Lupin are also meant to represent parts of him - and this is not all that much to hope for! (If you think this observation is disrespectful towards Jo, please feel free to flag this post as offensive.)
Current Mood: sore
November 20th, 2007
|06:33 pm - Potterish Squee|
So I attempted to make a fanvid and then attempted to upload it to youtube. The latter seemed to have worked nicely so watch it and give it the five stars I deserve - morally, not for the vid. Albus/Gellert it is!
How much do I ever love this sketch by JKR? Let me count the ways! 1001, at least! ( Read more...Collapse )
It's depressed Snape with a stubble, looking rough and hot! Fandom needs to embrace the stubble like yesterday. Why would Snape always been clean shaven? It makes no sense. It probably takes a second to cast a shaving spell and who has always time for shit like that.
I hope she puts all her drawings in the encyclopedia and hurries up with it, wouldn't even matter if the text sucks then.
Also, I've bought the OotP DvD for €10 - plus a Coke Zero! Yay! Pretty, pretty. The extras are nice. *insert obligatory Natalie Tena crush* The deleted scenes are OK, but it doesn't seem all that tragic that they were delelted. No prolonged pensieve scene of course, but we knew that. Ooh, ouch, I somehow didn't realise that Steve Vander Arc would be on the special features ... This is a little awkward now!
The Half-Blood Prince movie, I can not wait for it! Lavender is perfection. Look, sometimes they can be arsed to just cast the perfect person:( Read more...Collapse )
I especially can't wait for the posters and campaign they will create fot that movie! All the Draconess and Snapeness that needs to entail. I realised, looking at all the five Potter DVDs - not watching them - looking at them, what do you think I buy them for? - that they were always very true to the books with the movies and marketing. OotP: 1) Sextett 2) DEs 3) Order; Gof: Triwizard champions; PoA: 1) Trio 2) Sirius etc. So, yeah, gonna be awesome.
That was my fangirling for today!