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17 November 2010 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesdayness...  
So, I've finally finished all three of my Last Author Standing fics for this round. That means I can start in on the birthday drabbles for my peeps tonight!

I haven't won any of the rounds of the three LAS comms I'm in, though I was hoping the White Collar Mozzie & Neal extravaganza last week would do it. :( I also wish more people would read last week's Fringe fic. Walter lovers, where are you? Oh, but the tiny fandoms are tiny!

On Saturday, HSH and I watched The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. We'd skipped it in the theaters, thinking it would be too gory. It was. Great visuals and style other than the gore, but I really freakin' hate grossness and gore. I don't think I mentioned that we also finally watched Mr. And Mrs. Smith on DVD. Dull, dull, dull. I fast-forwarded through a lot of the last part of it.

In Glee news, I really enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow in this week's show, and she sings very well! Hated the mixup of "Singing In The Rain/Under My Umbrella," though. Yark.

For last week... How did Kurt suddenly gain a single tormentor? He's had tag-team bullies for weeks now, so why just the one kid (other than plot-service)? Speaking of plot-service, I just can't see Football Bully realistically wanting to kiss Kurt. Kurt would not be his type at all. Does the show not get that? Are all gay people magically attracted to all other gay people? (Not that this would be the first time Hollywood made that mistake) I did feel bad for Kurt, that Football Bully forever undermined his notion of a first kiss with that lip assault.

I had mixed feelings about the rest of the episode. That storyline cut too close to being something that could have been true for the actress (who is 6" 3' and big-boned) as much as her character. I'm uncomfortable with the actress being put in that position. Sorry I can't explain that better. All in all, I wish the show hadn't gone there. :(

My DVR continues its problems with random deprogramming, and it missed Shit My Dad Says and The Mentalist AGAIN. I think it picks those two because they're not available online via Hulu. *grumps* Thank goodness for Torrent...

What's everyone up to, those of you who aren't wall-to-wall on NaNoWriMo? I'm trying to shed a cold (stayed home from work on Monday for the first time in years), and make further headway in Cleaning All The Things. Whee!

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devon99 on November 17th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
The problem for me with Mr & Mrs Smith is Brad Pitt. Every film I have ever seen him in, he is 'Brad Pitt'. I just don't rate him at all.

Now Johnny Depp on the otherhand *drifts off to a happy place*. Have you seen Chocolat? I love that film. Johnny Depp AND chocolate!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 17th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
I have liked Brad Pitt in other movies (Twelve Monkeys, Thelma and Louise, A River Runs Through It, and also Troy for very shallow reasons). Though he looks just awful with the buzzcut hair. In fact, he looks like Matt Damon. What a comedown!

The story of Mr. and Mrs. Smith didn't interest me much, and Angelina Jolie is as cold as ever in that movie. It seemed like conspicuous-consumption porn with spy-cams and guns. :/

I do like Johnny Depp, which was a motivating factor in watching "Sleepy Hollow." It temporarily overrode my better judgment in getting the movie in the first place. He's had such an interesting and varied career. Including "Chocolat," which I have seen. I wasn't nuts about it as some people were, but I enjoyed it. AND him. ;)
devon99 on November 17th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
I think Pitt has made some poor choices and that colours my opinion of him.

Have the kids watched The Wrong Trousers yet?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 17th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I think Pitt has made some poor choices and that colours my opinion of him.

Also, the "Acting while ugly" choices (Oceans XYZ with the buzzcut) means that some of us won't even bother with his lightweight trash. Not even for George Clooney.

Have the kids watched The Wrong Trousers yet?
No, unfortunately! I got all set to put it in my Netflix queue, and the search engine went, "Whuh?" Oh, but I see that it's on a DVD that's a collection. Found it! Into the queue it goes. *bumps up* :)
jellicle on November 18th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hated the mixup of "Singing In The Rain/Under My Umbrella," though.
That and the girls' mix from last week were boring, in my opinion.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
A lot of the "pop" music is boring to me in general (because there isn't anything really interesting going on melodically). That mixup didn't really benefit either song, and it made both of them "lesser," so musically that's a FAIL!

Unlike Ukelele Iz' mixup of "What A Wonderful World" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," for instance. You'd think that wouldn't work, but it totally does!

Also, a lot of the performances on the show are kind of dull, IMO. If you're not bringing something fresh to the song and really singing it, then it tends to be a generic rehash-- especially if it wasn't a great song to begin with. :0
she said mysteriously: it was a run-by fruitingresounding_echo on November 18th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)

For last week... How did Kurt suddenly gain a single tormentor? He's had tag-team bullies for weeks now, so why just the one kid (other than plot-service)? Speaking of plot-service, I just can't see Football Bully realistically wanting to kiss Kurt. Kurt would not be his type at all. Does the show not get that? Are all gay people magically attracted to all other gay people? (Not that this would be the first time Hollywood made that mistake) I did feel bad for Kurt, that Football Bully forever undermined his notion of a first kiss with that lip assault.

Yeah, I was like, "foreshadowing--you're doing it wrong." Kurt had multiple tormentors, and none quite so caustic, up until this very episode. And perhaps I just don't recognize his face, but I didn't even think this character was one of the major ones?

On the one hand, I think, if handled well in future episodes, the "twist" self-hating homophobe/sexual could be fleshed out an interesting. On the (much stronger) hand, I find it cliche and doubt Glee to handle it in a way that is anything but cliche.

I do disagree with you about the kiss though; not that Kurt wouldn't be his type (because you are right to point out that media suggests homosexuals as a monolith), but because Kurt seemed "safe" and "viable" by virtue of being the only out gay youth. I think it far more likely that his tormentor hordes closeted affection for one of his teammates, and I doubt Kurt would be his type even if both could be safely out. However I doubt closeted tormentor (what is his name?) had any intention of physical contact. More he was being challenged and, where his eroticism was normally funneled into violent rage, could "safely" manifest as eroticism itself* given that his target would not be adverse to same-sex contact. Which is flawed logic to say the least, and completely wrong to suggest Kurt would be receptive to such treatment, but that is how I understood the scene to play out.

*what surprised me about the kiss itself is that--despite being assault and a deep violation on Kurt's end--was that the act itself was more gentle than violent (if still aggressive). It was more sad than anything.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
And perhaps I just don't recognize his face, but I didn't even think this character was one of the major ones?

I don't think he was either, but maybe it's because he's... blobby-looking. You know; nondescript. So he seems to have arrived out of the blue, at Full Rage Mode!

I think it far more likely that his tormentor hordes closeted affection for one of his teammates, and I doubt Kurt would be his type even if both could be safely out.

I agree, and maybe he was just giving into his urge to kiss ANY guy, but it doesn't seem likely because it was a stupid thing for him to do (tipping his hand), and he'd have to have wanted it really badly to let that impulse drive him to it. Hmmm.

It was more sad than anything.

A hopeless choice in a currently hopeless life, for an in-the-closet football player? Maybe.

I'll chime in with someone else who complained that, in this last week's episode, Blaine suddenly turned into the same fashion-aware gay stereotype that Kurt already is. Why? God forbid there be some variety other than "Out and flaming!" vs. "In and repressing the eventual flaminess!" *eye roll*
she said mysteriously: wait--what do you mean it's dead?resounding_echo on November 18th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
I just watched this week's episode and, agreed as far as Blaine goes. We already have a Kurt, why not let Blaine be another type of gay character?

What's super irritating was that they made this character determination in effort to make Mercedes feel alienated, which was stupid because wasn't that how she bonded with Kurt in previous episodes? and I really was uncomfortable with the whole Kurt/Mercedes dynamic this episode because clearly every gay guy/straight gal relationship ever is just a poor, undesirable hag sublimating her need for a boyfriend through a girlfriend! Grr.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
We already have a Kurt, why not let Blaine be another type of gay character?

Even *gasp* a middle-of-the-road gay character! Like so many of the actual gay people that exist. :0

because clearly every gay guy/straight gal relationship ever is just a poor, undesirable hag sublimating her need for a boyfriend through a girlfriend! Grr.

Yes, it couldn't possibly be because they actually, you know, like each other. Though considering how many shows think that friends are usually frenemies, maybe that's not surprising. :/