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IS IT APRIL 2012 YET?

-In the latest “one too many shows I'm getting addicted to” news, I'm enjoying the hell out of Once Upon A Time. The fairytale premise could have easily gone a bit too precious/cheesy, but the plots are tight, the acting fantastic, and I find myself caring about every single character. For those unaware of the premise, each episode features two parallel stories: one in “our” world and one in the fairytale realm, and not only am I finding myself engaged in both equally, but I'm also interested enough in each and every single character and not having any “oh no, an X-centric episode” moments yet. I really love the way the updated take on the fairytales (Most. Kickass. Snow White. Yet.), the fact that the show features several interesting female characters (and complicated relationships among them) and the the gradual way the pieces of the story are revealed. The real standouts on the show are Jennifer Morrison as an unexpectedly likeable protagonist (I wasn't much of a fan of her in House and HIMYM, but as Emma, she hits the right balance of cynism and more humanizing moments), Ginnifer Goodwin as the aforementionned kickass Snow White, the Queen/Evil Watch as a truly fantastic villain and Robert Carlyle at his most delightfully creepy and charismatic Rumplestilskin. Hell, the show is so good, I'm not even annoyed at the obligatory (for the genre) child character.

-Community's Christmas Episode/Epic Takedown of Glee was possibly The Best Thing Ever. I've lost count of the times I've rewatched Troy and Abed's rap number (which actually works as a legit song) and Annie's cringeworthy “sexy” Christmas tune (which really works for an entirely different reason).

-I realise it's been ages since I've made a rec, and I have a ton of older stuff across several fandoms to share, but for now, two recent things:

Iron by [personal profile] obsessive24 This is pretty much the Game Of Thrones vid I've been waiting for since the show began. With a focus on the Starks (mainly Ned), it does a beautiful job of both exploring the tragedy of the the show so far skillfully aluding to the larger picture and things yet to come in the books. The editing is as flawless as you'd expect from [personal profile] obsessive24, and the song seems to have been written for Ned Stark.

 Blame it on the Rhine by [personal profile] snegurochka_lee Harry/Pansy, Draco/Hermione It's been a while since I read a HP fic, but this is just the kind of thing that can draw me back in. The Harry/Pansy was hilarious, emotionally effective and searchingly hot, the side Draco/Hermione obvious to everyone but Harry, but what really made the fic for me was the use of famous works of art (complete with images and Harry and Pansy's wildly different takes on them).
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I’ve been having a problem for a while from videos fro YT, VM and the like-when I try to go full-screen, I get a wide screen, regardless of whether the video is embedded or at the main site, and with all my browsers. Does anybody have any idea why that may be?

Meta rec: Neoliberal Holmes, or, Everything I Know About Modern Life I Learned from Sherlock by [personal profile] magnetic_pole I watch BBC’s Sherlock, but have been both unable to truly enjoy it and growing increasingly uncomfortable with fandom’s over-the-top reaction to it. This post shines an unforgiving light on every issue with the show I had, plus a few I hadn’t before reading it. Beyond its brilliant breakdown of Sherlock, there’s something to the core of the message that can be applied to fandom in general. At any rate, brilliant and thought-provoking.


Vividcon vid recs:
Things have changed by [personal profile] trelkez Ats The compelling tragedy that is Wesley’s story.

Around the Bend by [personal profile] danegen Multi Shiny fun of women behind the wheel.

Bad Romance by [personal profile] sisabet Smallville Even before watching I was “yay!”, because [personal profile] sisabet and Lady Gaga! What’s not to like? What I didn’t expect was going through a rollercoaster of emotions and left in a daze, unsure whether to cheer, cry or desperately read hunt down every single fic I ever loved when I was SV-obsessed.

Prowl by [personal profile] sisabet and [personal profile] sweetestdrain Multi There’s a reason this has been recced all over the place and generating all that discussion. Very clever look at fandom, in message and in delivery. ETA: The vidders chose not to warn, but that doesn't mean the video has no triggery content. Proceed with caution

Tandemonium by [personal profile] jarrow BSG If you’re even a little disappointed by how BSG’s final seasons went, this is guaranteed to have you standing up and going ‘fuck, yes!’.

For Your Entertainment by [personal profile] dualbunny BSG The song might seem like an odd fit for Tyrol, but it’s no more bizarre than the way his arc went. I still don’t know what the writers were going for, but this vid brilliantly highlights what they actually did.
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-I’m trying to talk myself out of buying a paid DW account for a few more months, if only because my PERMANENT IJ account currently gathering dust has taught me not to rush into those things. But…icons!

-Does anybody the approximate date for Merlin S2? I’m going through shiny teevee withdrawal.

-Two memes in a row might be bad form, but what the hell:


Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post or comment about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, religious leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, hairstyles, sports, etc.


Recs, 5 Trek and 1 BSG )
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-I’m trying to talk myself out of buying a paid DW account for a few more months, if only because my PERMANENT IJ account currently gathering dust has taught me not to rush into those things. But…icons!

-Does anybody the approximate date for Merlin S2? I’m going through shiny teevee withdrawal.

-Two memes in a row might be bad form, but what the hell:


Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post or comment about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, religious leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, hairstyles, sports, etc.


Recs, 5 Trek and 1 BSG )
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Rec: [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss made an excellent and disturbing vid addressing some of the skeevier aspects of Dollhouse: It Depends On What You Pay . The vid really worked for me, even though I don’t necessarily think that the show is unaware of the problematic rape depictions and doesn’t textually acknowledge them. I actually think it’s attempting to make a commentary on the all-encompassing rape culture and general commodification of sexuality in the society we live in. Whether it’s successful in that attempt is another matter and largely dependent on everyone’s interpretation of it.

On that same topic, an interesting (positive)blog post on feminism in Dollhouse, from the perspective of someone who wasn’t into Buffy. Definitely worth a read.

Russian President Mevdevev apparently got an lj. Insert your own ‘in Communist Russia…” joke here.

Rec dump

Jan. 6th, 2009 02:51 am
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It’s been ages since I made a rec post, so most of those aren’t new, but on the off chance some of you haven’t read them already:

Mostly Merlin, 1 HP, 1BSG )

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