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08 May 2008 @ 01:03 pm
Moderate Fail? I hope only that?  
I'd originally hoped to do a bike-to-work trial-run today, but wimped out over the 53F starting temperature (our weather sux. The high will be 81F today). That's pretty darn cold on a bike, thanks to the wind chill. So I brought the bike into work to ride at lunchtime instead... but left the biking shoes (with pedal-lock-attachments) at home. *sigh*

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In another installment of boykissing, I finished October Moon about a week ago.

My opinions are all over the map on this movie (perhaps influenced by the movie itself). I get these movies via Netflix, and don't read the synopses on the DVD sleeves (thank goodness-- they're usually full of spoilers), so it's all a big surprise once I start watching the movie.

I spent some time wondering why there was a certain "horror movie" quality to the music, and thinking that the lead character, Corin (Sean Michael Lambrecht) was very, very cute and that his boyfriend was a major jerk. Over the course of the movie, the relationship with the boyfriend is challenged by the behavior of the boyfriend himself and also by someone else becoming attracted to Corin.

I don't want to spoil the story, so I won't reveal more plot. It's hard for the viewer to understand Corin's love for Jake, other than the power of longevity, because the character isn't loveable for quite awhile. This seems intentional, though, to allow the viewer and the would-be lover to wonder if that door might open for someone else to walk through.

There's some random sofa-cuddling that is really, really nice-- it's very loving and matter-of-fact, and not something we see very often. The movie is solidly PG-13, in all respects, so nothing goes very far (which I don't mind).

It took awhile to figure out what exactly Corin did for a job (I thought at first he was a film distributor, because he loves those horror movies and the posters are everywhere). There was also (for me) the distracting question of where the movie was set once one of the chararacters started to veer into 'oot and aboot' territory, but the answer apparently was around Racine, Wisconsin (very pretty). I looked the actor up at imdb.com anyway, and he's theoretically a Chicago native. *boggles* Randomly, do you know how close I am to looking up the Minnesota Mom on "Aliens In America?" Her accent breaks my ears.

The pacing is uneven at times, perhaps because it was filmed in just over a week (!) for various reasons. I thought the lead did very well even though he wasn't really an actor. He definitely looked the part. The actor playing the role of Elliot did a fantastic job, and the more minor parts were all fine. People will love or hate the ending. I personally felt they leaned a little toward the wrong genre ("thriller" would have been better), but some people like it as is.

Other than the cute lead, one of the things I really liked about this film's story was how it showed infatuation/attraction. The way the attracted guy leans in just close enough to catch the scent of the man he's hung up on, or to peer down the edges of his shirt is more subtle and more real than what we often see in film. I like those details.

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I know it's SPN day (YAAAAY!), but instead I'd rather talk about some of the fun names on my f-list like saddle_tramp and pignapoke and hamsterofd00m and lunaticfringe_, or ones I've seen around randomly like donttelltheelf. What's the story behind your username (though I think one dates directly from an SPN episode)?

And for everyone in general, tell me something about yourself. What are your fandoms, your hobbies, your (gulp) political aspirations? I sound like your mother, don't I? ;)


 
 
 
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 8th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
The only hting I haven't biked in was snow. I've walked in everyhting else.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I try not to bike in the rain, because I only bike recreationally and the rain is dangerous. In the college years, I did it anyway (I didn't bike for speed back then!).

At about 10-13mph, biking in 53F isn't too bad. But once you get up to 16-20mph (as you'd want to, for a 20 mile ride), it gets very cold. Basically, that's my winter wardrobe on the way in and summer wardrobe on the way out! At 60+F, I don't have to dig out the major winter clothes (e.g., mega-thick earband).

Now, in snow you can do most anything as long as you're not doing it too fast. Or don't mind your foot going down a huge hole. I hated the snow in the Midwest, the 3 years I lived there. November to March/April, covering everything and making the sidewalk icy. Some people went running in it, but I always thought that was asking for trouble. :0
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Deadbeat Nymph: dean stubble softdeadbeat_nymph on May 8th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Cuddly boy movie? Sounds excellent...

And for everyone in general, tell me something about yourself. What are your fandoms, your hobbies, your (gulp) political aspirations? I sound like your mother, don't I? ;)

You couldn't sound like my mother if you possessed her body and spoke through her mouth, reading from a script of her own words. Tone is so important, you know. ;)

I used to love swimming. Like, crazy love it. Not sit on the beach and watch the water and go for a dip swimming, but six hours in the water straight with one food break. God, I miss it.

I like to make stuff. I know this is extremely general, but there you go. Food stuff, silly toys, 'Art', whatever. When I had no computer, I made a bunch of scary monster post cards for the SPN postcard thing. I'll send them when filming starts up again.

I am now too old to have political ambitions of the 'organise and smash the state' kind, but I'd still like to do stuff. I have few (well, no) resources right now - material, emotional, etc. - but I think about projects I could start in the future when things are better.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Tone is so important, you know. ;)
Haha! My MIL's voice could etch glass-- I can hear it coming through the telephone on the other side of the room. :0 I think this happened when her hearing started to go; her voice is pitched so she can hear herself clearly, and let me tell you, it is not of the good.

God, I miss it.
Wow! That's serious swimming. I kind of hate it, mainly due to the putting-face-in-water-phobia problem, so I envy those who love it. Did you swim where you grew up? Was it warm enough for that outdoors? Or mostly in pools and such?

When I had no computer, I made a bunch of scary monster post cards for the SPN postcard thing. I'll send them when filming starts up again.
I used to do more "crafts-based" stuff myself, before the fanfic writing. But I'm awful at drawing, and my computer graphics are Teh Suck (unlike your "Barrier at the funeral" extravaganza). Can you draw, or do any of the sculpting types of art? And I want to see your SPN creations now. :)

I am now too old to have political ambitions of the 'organise and smash the state' kind, but I'd still like to do stuff.
Help out for campaigns? Door-to-door? Something else?

I always wonder if there's a future Presidential Candidate For 2020 on my f-list or something. Clearly, it won't be me. ;)

Ooh-- there's some great humor stuff in the post before this one. Might want to see for yourself. :)
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When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on May 8th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
You know all about me!

*sticks out tongue*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
:D I mostly do! Except when you're going to run for your local Assembly. ;)
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Pheebs1pheebs1 on May 8th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
I want to be President!

*g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
I knew it!

Though that "foreigner" status will probably get in the way. ;)
Harley: Doctor Who: Donnacrimsonkitty88 on May 8th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I wanna work for the UN when I get older! heh. Right but that's a bit boring. My fandoms are SPN and Doctor Who but I think you already knew that... *hides behind pointless comment* erm... I believe ice cream to be the food that gives life.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I wanna work for the UN when I get older! heh.
I like that as an ambition!

I believe ice cream to be the food that gives life.
:D I believe ice cream to be a mind-altering substance that takes hold of you until the carton is empty. Which is why I try not to let it into the house. :(

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aeroport_art: \o/aeroport_art on May 8th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
hey babe!

ohhh netflix. It is a GREAT source for boykissing, hahaha. All those dodgy, bad gay movies you steer clear of in the rental store suddenly seem so easy to try out XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
All those dodgy, bad gay movies you steer clear of in the rental store suddenly seem so easy to try out XD
A lot of them simply aren't available in the rental store, OR I've never heard of them.

Our local store went to the "All DVDs, except we're keeping some of the kids' stuff on VHS" mode, and then "We have too much inventory! Because otherwise people will rent stuff!" to "Crap, why are we going bankrupt?"

If only Netflix could stop revealing the actual plot on those sleeve summaries. ;)
elanurelelanurel on May 9th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Um...what can I tell you that you don't already know... ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Do you like animals? What kinds? Cat person or dog person?

Is CrackFic of the good, or of the bad? Or of the "Huh?" ;)
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Entendre? Make mine a double.: politicsdeirdre_c on May 9th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
No political aspirations of my own (I detest fundraising), but my brother is currently running for the Florida House of Representatives! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Well! Hope he's running Democratic.

I'm not sure whether my own brother could be trusted on that score. Probably. But not his wife.

My younger sister? Urgh. The kind of person who wants all of the advantages of feminism without supporting the label. Politically speaking, I don't really get her. She's not way to the right, but I have a lot of "Do you hear yourself?" moments. ;)

So, were you from Florida originally? I thought I remembered you saying once that you were from the South (which admittedly could be a lot of states). ;)
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fiery_fox2fiery_fox2 on May 9th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)

And for everyone in general, tell me something about yourself.

I'm a relative newbie in the SPN fandom. Really. I only started to write in it during the middle of season one. I saw my first episode then ("Hell House") and went all *DED* when I saw Sammy in the towel. *grin*
I am a very shy person. On here I am very open, but if you ever manage to meet me in person, I'll most likely be very timid. Weird, huh?
I love to sing. In my opinion my voice isn't that great, but I do it anyway, because hey, sometimes you just love something so much you can't stop.
And I am a total fan of your work. I say this in my comments so much you must be sick of me (LOL), but it's true. The way you mix angst, passion, and erotica is wonderful and hot beyond words.
Adn that's it, really, now that I've talked your ear off *BG*.


The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I only started to write in it during the middle of season one.
That would make you a newbie by only about 6 months, though, over people who watched and wrote from the beginning! So I think you can call yourself someone who's been around "almost since the beginning" instead. I am the spin-meister.

On here I am very open, but if you ever manage to meet me in person, I'll most likely be very timid. Weird, huh?
This is pretty common, actually-- I've met some people in person who are LOUD on their journals, and so quiet in RL that you'd think they were someone else. Online, if people are watching you mostly don't know it, and it's not the same as them staring at you in person. :0

In my opinion my voice isn't that great, but I do it anyway, because hey, sometimes you just love something so much you can't stop.
Nothing wrong with that! I used to sing more before we had kinds, but now there's an audience almost all the time and though my voice is pretty good I never know the lyrics to anything. Plus, I don't want to have to explain the few lyrics I DO know. ;)

I say this in my comments so much you must be sick of me (LOL), but it's true.
Never! It makes me very happy to hear it, and it's like new every time!

now that I've talked your ear off *BG*.
Not at all. I asked, and you delivered! Thank you! :D
spike247ukspike247uk on May 9th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
well, apart from my ever growing love of all things SPN, my day to day life is pretty humdrum - live in London, work for a charity and enjoy reading....have always been a fan of Buffy, SG1,Babylon 5 and Hercules for some reason!

and I have no desire to write fiction (don't for one minute think I'd be any good at it!!!)

Love meeting new people on lj, and can get addicted to some of the writings on here :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
have always been a fan of Buffy, SG1,Babylon 5 and Hercules for some reason!
I loved Buffy (except S7, which I hated) though I missed the other shows. Partly because we don't have cable, for some of them. However, I do work with someone who looks like Kevin Sorbo. :D

What kinds of things do you like to read? Sci-Fi and Fantasy? Mysteries? Regular novels? Non-fiction?

and can get addicted to some of the writings on here :)
Oh, you're not kidding. :)
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