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26 July 2006 @ 05:01 pm
Randomness and Nagging  
Voting for the final round of The Lawrence Awards closes at Midnight EST tonight! Plz cast your votes!

In other news, my son and husband are off to a Boy Scout overnight thingy for the next 3 1/2 days. So I went to the video store to (of course) rent Velvet Goldmine, or failing that, Season 1 of Queer As Folk. Our neighborhood video store has neither. Though it has every OTHER season of QAF. I suspect a conspiracy...

There is a new spider in my bathtub every freakin' morning. What is that all about?

My SPN fics are not done. Not done. Not done. Not You can see what's on my mind right now. However, a PB fic is now done.

Happy Birthday yesterday to deirdre_c! \O/ The YakFics you inspired have rocked the SPN fandom right out of their zoo-loving socks. :D

And finally, I finished my last Sudoku puzzle in my book of same. *sobs*
 
 
 
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're in a boy on boy mood.
Ah, you picked up on that, did you?

Sadly, there's no easy way to ask the clerk (even the female one) for "Boy-macking" movies. Although she might have drawn her own conclusions for the DVDs I was asking about. ;)

I've only seen Maurice of that listing. I SO wish someone other than James Wilby (? whoever) had been cast as the lead. In reading Forster's novel, Maurice was supposed to be dark-haired, relentlessly charming and good-looking. Sounds like Hugh Grant to me! Or Rupert Everett. I have seen "My Beautiful Laundrette," and "Another Country" (boy did I have a thing for Rupert Everett way back when. Guh.)
she said mysteriously: :slam: resounding_echo on July 27th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
:sigh: How I love VG. Twas actually my first boy love movie. Gosh, I remember my rollercoaster emotions when first watching that one. I was 15, which in the slashy part of the internet is nothing but was hugely taboo in RL. Funny thing? My high school teacher totally gave me a VHS copy of it. :loves her:

As for Maurice, that might actually be my favorite gay movie ever. James Wilby may have been an odd choice (but I still liked him), but you cannot deny the power of Rupert Graves!
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on July 27th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
Also:
Am I the only one who hated Latter Days?
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she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on July 27th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
Re: Also:
It came highly reccommended to me so I fully expected to love it. But...I didn't like the acting, the writing, none of it. I did really think it was over the top--not even really concept-wise, just execution. I was indifferent toward the two main characters, but by the end, my indifference turned to annoyance. But hey, they just did a 50 best LGBTQ movies over at LOGO and it was ranked pretty high, so I must be in the minority. :shrugs:
mooyoo: Garden State - Let Gomooyoo on July 27th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Also:
I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I mostly liked it, and really want to love it, but there are points where the acting and the writing just feel too over the top to me. I did enjoy the ending though.
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on July 27th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: Also:
Glad to hear that I wasn't the only one who found it over the top. I still can't quite place my finger on it. Because, subject matter wise, it was probably realistic in many respects--I just think the poor writing and questionable acting really ruined it for me. It was like some terrible melodrama; I found myself cringing when I should have been melting and/or crying.
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she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on July 27th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
I think he is an amazing talent. Regretfully, I don't know his work outside of Merchant Ivory films. I will gladly run off to the local rental store with suggestions though!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm hoping I'll like VG. But it has boys in makeup, and usually that's actually a turnoff for me. Can't say it's lacking in the acting department, though. Fantastic pairing. :D

I loved Maurice. I would have loved it more if it were more explicit (on the Hugh Grant side more than the Rupert Graves side). Rupert G. doesn't do that much for me, actually. Rupert Everett though? *Melty goodness* ;)
she said mysteriously: Mod or Rocker?resounding_echo on July 27th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
"Best thing since sliced Beatles"
Blaspheme! How can boys in makeup be a turn off? Heck, the reason I watched the movie was because I am such a huge Bowie fan, particularly of the Ziggy era. But the cast alone is reason enough to watch. And it's interesting to draw parallels with Citizen Kane. Guh, how I love that movie!

Rupert Graves is pretty on his own, but I actually meant more his treatment of the character. I thought he played Scudder *brilliantly*. Absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite characters of all time, in any genre.

Loved Hugh Grant in it. It was truly an interesting character for him, particularly how he seems to change so drastically.

Word on Rupert Everett.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: "Best thing since sliced Beatles"
Blaspheme! How can boys in makeup be a turn off?
It's the femmy men thing. If they don't look and act like men, they aren't sexually appealing to me. (and I am so prepared to eat my words on this particular topic).

David Bowie in makeup does nothing for me. Truly. Now, David AS David Bowie? As in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (another homoerotic film, with Ryuichi Sakamoto-- who is one of the most beautiful men EVER).

It's all personal taste, can't help that.

Oh, I did like Rupert Graves as Scudder. I'm wondering if he's in "Cold Comfort Farm" (which is bizarrely funny), but I was so distracted by Rufus Sewell in that film (amber eyes and brown hair. Yum.) that I don't remember. ETA: Rats, imdb.com says no. Great film, though.

If you like Hugh Grant in a decorative sense, I highly recommend "Impromptu." If you can free your mind of historical fiction qualms and such, it has Judy Davis as Georges Sand, Hugh as Chopin, Mandy Patinkin as Sand's ex-lover and rival writer, and (in absolutely perfect casting) Julian Sands as Franz Liszt. Plus Emma Thompson in a comedy role. How could you resist?
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
It's "Hollywood Video." I have some personal issues with Blockbuster. In two different neighborhoods I've lived in, they've moved into the same strip mall as (or across the street from)a Mom & Pop video store and put them out of business. Grrrr.

I'm going to make a list of boy macking flicks (love this term LOL) and e-mail it to you. I've seen 'em all.
Oh God-- PLEASE! *loves you forever!*

too stiff and too bland. I'm right there with you sista...
Bland and SO British. In the stuffy way, not the charming way. And just not at all good-looking to me. He's a basic guy. Like so many Midwestern-looking schmoes that dominate American movies these days. :(

What about Colin Firth? Be still my heart.
Colin has never done anything for me. Again, he's rather bland to me. However-- have you seen this one? "Apartment Zero" with Hart Bochner (who is just sizzling) REALLY made me reconsider him. :D


Have you seen him lately? He looks sick.
Oh dear. No, not since "My Best Friend's Wedding" (yet another movie where I absolutely hate Julia Roberts. Hate, I say. She and Meg Ryan have killed many a would-be romantic comedy for me. The travesty that was the Hugh Jackman From The Past movie, so good except for horrible, miscast Meg-- Gah. Unforgiveable).

I would like to see Latter Days. If only I could remember the name when I'm actually at the video store! :0
mooyoo: Dancing Fruit of the Looms Guy!2mooyoo on July 27th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Sadly, there's no easy way to ask the clerk (even the female one) for "Boy-macking" movies.

Have you ever thought about Netflix? So nice, cheap, convenient - and has a whole section specifically devoted to gay-themed movies.

Also, if you're thinking about QAF I'd HIGHLY recomend the original British version. The first couple seasons of the American version is more or less okay (I was less than enamored with Season 3 and stopped watching by Season 4), but the British version is wonderful.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Ooh, the British version would definitely require Netflix. I've seen stills from the British one, and yowza. There's hotness and chemistry there. :D

Hollywood Video has a Netflix-like system that I use, but the hitch is what DVDs they actually have. Not always the ones I want. However, if you want to go nuts on The Shield (all 4 seasons in the last year, I kid you not), or any season of "24," or any other TV series-- yeah, baby!
mooyoo: TDS - Pizzamooyoo on July 27th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
The British verson is fantastic. The writer is amazing, has also done another series called Bob & Rose that is wonderful, in which a gay man and straight woman fall in love. In my opinion, the writing, acting, and characters are so much more well done in the British version than the American QAF. But again, the first few seasons of the American QAF are very nice as well.

Ah, yeah it seems like every major video chain is using a Netflix-type system lately. Which is nice for people like me, who can't return a video to the store on time if my life depends on it (I once racked up a $45 fine for A Muppet Christmas Carol. Yeah.) And our neighborhood video store was a teeny-tiny place, and recently closed, so the closest store is several blocks away. The only problem with Netflix is that they don't have things that aren't on DVD (obviously), and don't have many older or more obscure movies. But other than that, so handy to have.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
(I once racked up a $45 fine for A Muppet Christmas Carol. Yeah.)
Hee! And wah. Although... Muppet Treasure Island was surprisingly funny. It's kind of like CrackFic as a movie, really. I haven't seen the Christmas Carol one.

Say, Missy *pokes*... don't you have a "Benders" offering due at the same time as my (Yet.Unwritten.) "Shadows" stuff for super_summer? Where is the fretting and sweating of blood? Where, I ask you?
mooyoomooyoo on July 28th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
It's kind of like CrackFic as a movie, really.

Heh, as most Muppet movies are. I love the Muppets, but I think the Christmas Carol one is one of my favorites.

Say, Missy *pokes*... don't you have a "Benders" offering due at the same time as my (Yet.Unwritten.) "Shadows" stuff for super_summer?

I do, I do - had planned on trying to write something for it, but though I love Supernatural fic, I remain pretty uninspired for it. So I've got a couple things so far - a (hopefully complete) list of Benders-related fic by others, and a fairly cheesy music vid. Going to try to come up with another thing or two, but I'm fairly limited in my creative capabilities at the moment :p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 28th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
So I've got a couple things so far - a (hopefully complete) list of Benders-related fic by others, and a fairly cheesy music vid. Going to try to come up with another thing or two, but I'm fairly limited in my creative capabilities at the moment :p
*Smacks self in head* Actually, THAT is creative. It would never have occurred to me to rec other fics for it, though that would very neatly tie them all together now, wouldn't it? I have two "Benders" fics (one of them was for you!), and I know Maygra has a whole series (recent). I don't know of any others though, offhand. I'm wondering if that whole setting wasn't kind of offputting for a lot of writers.

You could do a meta on the female cop. Everyone loves her. She was a great character, and really well acted. Great combination of tough and human and capable. A nice change from the Flailing Dimwit Female type, for sure. ;)
mooyoo: Dean/Sam - Pranksmooyoo on July 28th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, at first I was going to do a rec list, but I'm a little hesitant to do a public rec list, and plus I hadn't read a ton of them until recently, so I just put together everything I could find - turns out there's actually a fair number of post-benders fics, tok up 10 pages in microsoft word (includin headers and such).

She was a great character, and really well acted.

Yeah, I liked her a lot, seems a lot of people did. Actually, she was palyed by an actress from one of my all time favorite sci-fi shows from many, many years ago, Earth 2. She looks much different now, but still a good actress. Wish they'd write more female charcters like her.
bluesister on July 27th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Hmm, I usually go with My Beautiful Laundrette when I'm in the mood for romance. Or Maurice but only if I have a lot of time. And Edward II by Jarman if I'm feeling strong enough for a tragedy.

I know there are others caught in the back of my mind. I'll let you know if/when they surface.

My Sudoku book (my birthday present) is by a Japanese company, Nikoli. They are noticably more satisfying than the computer-generated ones. I recommend.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Ooh, does your Sudoku book have some of the harder 9x9 ones? I went through the "Nasty" and "Migraine" in my version, and I like the more challenging ones. :D
bluesister on July 27th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
*bows to your sudoku skill*
I'm not at those yet. I'm at Medium and slowing. :/
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN jp and a yakdeirdre_c on July 27th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! The yak!insanity is winding down, methinks, so we'll have to come up with some other cracktastic theme to bludgeon to death! *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
:D You even got a scary icon out of it all. Yay!