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02 January 2006 @ 03:02 pm
Endless Rain. Thank god for DVDs.  
Because of endless rain here in the winter, I do a lot of my bicycling indoors on a trackstand. Thank goodness for kind friends who have loaned me DVD series over the years. I watched Nip/Tuck and Six Feet Under last winter. I bought Buffy, Seasons 1-5 to prepare for this year. A friend from work loaned me all 13 episodes of Wonderfalls. AND.... I bought Season 1 of Oz.

Embarassing True Fact:
About a year ago, we rented the Baz Luhrmann "Romeo and Juliet," because although it looked pretty iffy, we like Baz Luhrmann. While watching it, we were both thinking, "Damn! I didn't know Chris Rock had this kind of talent. He's amazing with the Shakespeare! And much better-looking than I remembered." Then the credits come, and it is all explained because that is NOT Chris Rock. It's Harold Perrineau, and frankly his Mercutio was the best thing about that movie. He totally sold that character and made him work in the modern setting-- effortlessly. He had the passion, the lyricism, and he made the Shakespearean language fold into the story as if were every bit as modern. Incredible.

The Sequel:
I've been hearing about "Oz" for years, dying to see it, even read some summaries and fanfiction. But our neighborhood video store, which has graced us non-cable viewers with prior seasons of "The Shield" and "Dead Like Me", and which even has "Queer as Folk" and (of course) "The L-Word", WILL NOT buy "Oz." I thought about joining NetFlix just for it.... but finally decided to buy at least the first season.

Lo and behold, in episode one: no-one told me that Harold Perrineau is the narrator for this series! Or even that it has a narrator, which I would not have guessed would be chosen for a show like this. So, off to a pleasing start already... and I'm 2 episodes in, with graphic murder already (eek!), and enjoying the really creepy dichotomy of the pleasant/evil style of Vern Schillinger, the Aryan racist, played by Cardigan-Psychologist from Law&Order Classic.

AND, I'm alternating it with "Wonderfalls". I really like the first 3-4 episodes I watched on TV before they yanked it and just kept repeating those few episodes. I am just a sucker for weird, and for moral dilemnas, and... I feel sadness coming that I am 2 episodes from the end of only 13. Wah! I love you, Jaye, and your freaky family. I heart your strange and captivated brother. I love the little animals that torment you. And I love the campy totem pole in the episode I watched yesterday, because that? Was quite unexpected.

So, I'll be biking indoors for all eternity it seems, and soon be joining the legions of "Oz" fans, I'm sure.

And Harold? You look even better with the longer-haired dreads. Just saying.
 
 
 
Zsuzsuness on January 2nd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
I was shocked to see Harold in Oz when I started watching OZ a few weeks ago. (have seen only 3 eps so far.. but I like it.) And have you noticed Mr.Eko is also in it? (Well that is, if you are familiar with LOST)

And Baz Luhrman ROCKS. *agrees* And I liked R&J. A lot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
And have you noticed Mr.Eko is also in it? (Well that is, if you are familiar with LOST)

Actually, reading the TWP recaps, the reviewer originally referred to the Mr. Eko character as "Otherbisi" at first, because he had no name. And I liked that name, because the actor has a lilting accent of some kind, and that sounds vaguely African to me. Then, when I saw the first "Oz" episode, I was all, "Oh. Yeah. Adebisi."

Did you like R&J? I liked it despite Leonardo (I loved his 2 earlier character roles, in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and in "This Boy's Life," and now I never want to see him again). I really liked Clare Danes in it, and the rest of the movie as a whole, and as I said, Harold Perrineau. OMG. He has some classical skills.
Zsu: OTPzsuness on January 2nd, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah I liked R&J. I liked Leo (I'm a fan), Claire.. John Leguizamo.. and most of the actors in it.. the editing was awesome.. the atmoshpere was even better, not to mention the directing. I liked it a lot.

Though I prefer Moulin Rouge! when it comes to BL.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't been brave enough to see Moulin Rouge! The combo of old setting and modern music just chafes for me. Makes me think of that Heath Ledger movie, which I like to sum up as "Dude. I am the Black Knight."

Maybe one day I'll be braver. My brother liked it.

Still love "Strictly Ballroom." I can crack myself up just by saying "The Warataugh Grand-Prix Pacific Ballroom Championship." Camp that takes itself seriously sometimes is very funny to me. Regular camp, not so much. It's iffy.
Zsu: Prison Break Familyzsuness on January 2nd, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Well yeah.. as far as I can tell, with MR, it's either love or hate.. Me? I loved it. The whole thing.. the set.. the songs.. the actors.. the story.. it's humour.. the whole thing.

And lol.. I liked that Heath Ledger film (A knight's tale) but it wasn't as good as MR.

You should give it a try. :)) It worths watching.. if nothing else, for Ewan McGregor.

I would have been so interested in BL's version of Alexander, the Great. too bad it seems like it won't ever be made. I am one of those few who liked Oliver Stone's version, but I'm still interested in BL's version..(and could never get boed with this whole story).
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2006 01:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
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jamiepbfan on January 3rd, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
We are talking about OZ the show on HBO, right? Well if so, Oz is a very different but interesting show. I watched it from season 3 on and almost cried when it ended.


PS. Halfshellvenus since the Prisonbreak Fan Fic site is now back up and running are you going to repost your stories? I hope ya do!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Hi, jamiepbfan!

Yes, I'm going to repost my stuff. I'm muddling through another fic right now (Lincoln/Michael-- yay!), but I did re-register there (they dumped my registry at the last major purge, I guess. Probably everyone's.).

Yes, it's "Oz" the HBO show. I don't know how I held out this long. Plus, it has to be a stealth activity because I can't see my husband liking it, and the small children in our house? Eeek! The language alone! Yesterday's ep.2 finally feature Beecher yelling "Please, Sir, Can I Fuck My Wife!" Cripes. Glad both sets of doors to that part of the house were closed.
jamiepbfan on January 3rd, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, im glad the doors were closed. Just wait until later on when Keller is introduced, then it gets really interesting. OZ is a great show and im glad you found it. Keep watching, its great to see the Characters evolve. And Beecher is going to evolve quite a bit while you watch! Nice to find another OZ fan!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I notice now from your icon that you're quite the fan :-)

Looking forward to delving deeper into the series. Really, just seeing the L & O crossover actors playing against type is wonderful in itself!
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 3rd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Word on the awesomeness of HP in R&J and in Oz. Which makes me sad that his character is pretty bland in Lost :(

Yeah, season 1 of Oz is kind of gritty. I think back then they were still trying to be a serious prison show. Around season 2 they started to go down with their moster prison soap wanting selves :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Which makes me sad that his character is pretty bland in Lost :(

He is right now, but there was a great Season 1 episode which showed his background with his girlfriend, their baby, the accident that waylaid him, and his time as the StayAtHome Dad that was really good. So many layers of feeling and pain in it (loved HP in that episode).

season 2 they started to go down with their moster prison soap wanting selves :D

Well then, I have something to look forward to.

And if you haven't seen "Wonderfalls," I recommend it. Yes, I like weird. If it's weird and I like it, it's doomed. Why do you ask? R.I.P. "Max Headroom," "Nowhere Man," "American Gothic," and "Arrested Development."
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 3rd, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I like weird. If it's weird and I like it, it's doomed. Why do you ask?

Grin! And John Doe ;D

But hey, at least Arrested Dev had a longer run than a bunch of others.

Yes, I saw Wonderfalls and I really like it. Love the writing, love the characters, it was a very well done show.

So many layers of feeling and pain in it (loved HP in that episode).

Yeah, he is good, but the character of that Michael just isn't all that intriguing. So far he's pretty straight forward. One of my fave scenes was really early on when he runs in on Sun taking a "shower". It's weird because I do like Jin/Sun a lot and I did not really like the way they seemed to be setting up a triangle for but Michael/HP's sake I was almost hoping something would have come out of it. Like it would have been a bad idea all around in all other ways, but maybe it would have been good for him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Grin! And John Doe ;D

Yes, that ended with "What? They really killed her? No!" followed by, "Wait, the bartender's evil? Ooh!" and then that was it. Damn.

I actually love how they worked their way through the Jin/Sun and early triangle, adn then away from it. I loved their paired stories, so different from each one's perspective. I loved the tension that Michael created, and that subliminal understanding he and Sun shared, and the new flavor of it he has with Jin. (I'm big on understory and subliminal and the unspoken).

Just hope they work HP harder in the future. Hate to waste that talent. And he is one aspect of so much pretty on that show-- Michael, Jin, the tricky Sawyer, beefy Locke, sexxxy Sayid. I suppose I should throw Jack in there, but-- eh. Unless he's doing Slash with Sawyer, I just don't care.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 3rd, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, Lost definitively brings the pretty big time :)

Yes, that ended with "What? They really killed her? No!" followed by, "Wait, the bartender's evil? Ooh!" and then that was it. Damn.

LOL. The whole "they really killed her?" confused the heck out of me. Like I kept wondering if there was some backstory to it (like you know the actress became a crack addict and they had to get rid of her or something) :D

I really liked how they handled the romance angle on that show. Like he had moments with a bunch of women but it never felt like they were done just to do push them in a certain direction. Like there was a scene between him and the tech lady from the precinct after she gets kidnapped by that serial killer and John has saved her and they have a moment where they talk about micro chips or whatever as a way of comforting her and to make her less freaked out.

I liked that they could have this moments (also with the cop lady of course) and I felt like there was no pressure behind it. No "OMG it's a big anvil they are so going to hook up next episode" or "X likes Jooohn, X likes Jooooohn!" it was just nice and friendly interaction between two people. That's one thing, in my mind, the show was really good at. Just making the characters come off as real, natural people rather than certain archetypes who have to fullfill a certain type of story.
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Zsuzsuness on January 3rd, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
Just hope they work HP harder in the future.

hee.. check out this David Lindelof interview:

"To be honest with you, we have asked this question of ourselves many, many times. We didn't want to do the token gay character. We want to introduce characters in the nonstereotypical way, so they aren't branded by their identities. If we have a gay character on the show, what is the [story] arc going to be? We don't want him to be 'the gay guy.' We want him to be 'the guy who is also gay.' If I were to tell you Harold Perrineau's character [Michael] is actually gay, would that surprise you? After all, he had a girlfriend 10 years ago, he got her pregnant, and they split ways. You read all these articles in The New York Times about guys on the down low... and we'd love to have a gay couple. That would be awesome. So all I'm going to say is, watch season 2."
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