snick_backup: (anya bunnies)
Fact: it is time-consuming to track down vids. I never think to bookmark them, because I've already downloaded the thing; why do I need a link? But of course that's not good for telling other people about them. So, this will be an occasionally updated list of vids I like and/or find interesting enough to want links to.

Asterisks mark vids that I consider readily accessible to folks not familiar with the source material.

SPN vids )

Buffyverse vids )

Other fandom vids )

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recs

Jul. 26th, 2013 05:17 pm
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First, [livejournal.com profile] downjune wrote Cable Knit, which is Pacific Rim Mako/Raleigh hookerfic. Yes. Raleigh finds another way to get by after his brother dies, and Mako's the one who goes to get him back.

I love the dynamic here so much, especially downjune's Mako - smart and precise and careful and caring. Highly recommended.

Meanwhile, we have this nifty Abaddon artwork by [livejournal.com profile] odysseaia. I really like the use of color in this piece.

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snick_backup: (mood sf)
I have unexpectedly acquired a Kindle! A friend of mine commented that she never used hers, and lo! Now it is mine. With a pretty blue case, even.

I have basically zero interest in giving Amazon money for e-books, especially since I already have tons of paper books sitting around that I'm not reading, but I'm very excited to finally read fic on something more mobile (and with considerably longer-lasting battery) than my laptop. Plus, I'd been wanting something to take on a Very Long Plane Trip early in September.

--

Another Pacific Rim thought: mildly spoilery )

This movie didn't emotionally manipulate me the way, say, Independence Day did. Or... I'm having trouble coming up with another comparable SFX-heavy action movie with feelings. Deep Impact, say. (I've never watched that one all the way through, so I don't know how well it handled its emotional content, but it's the sort of thing I'm thinking of.)

And I appreciate that. I'm tired of action movies proceeding as if I'm stupid. Just because I like giant robots or superheroes doesn't mean I need every single emotional beat and element of worldbuilding verbalized (especially when the worldbuilding that does get explained make no sense).

This a giant robot movie for the intelligent viewer, is what I'm saying. :D

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This movie was everything I hoped it would be. Specifically: megafauna and GIANT ROBOTS.

Here is what probably no one has told you: this is a gorgeous movie. A whole lot of thought has been put into the design work on the Jaegers: not just the exterior design, but the interior, how all the parts work together, how the pilots function within the Jaeger.

And then the lighting! No movie that involves this much macro-scale combat should have such ridiculously pretty lighting!

If you are a person who thought the best part (perhaps the only watchable part) of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was the giant robots walking through Manhattan, then this is the movie for you.

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snick_backup: (Cas fire)
I was in need of some over-the-top silliness, ideally with eye candy, so I got Stonehenge Apocalypse from Netflix. It delivered on both accounts. I got to spend a lot of time objectifying Misha Collins - which I can't do on SPN, because I simply cannot read Castiel as a sexual being - and it was indeed very, very silly.

For example, did you know that there is a global energy grid, at the intersection points of which ancient peoples built their monuments? You should never, ever detonate a nuclear warhead at one of these intersection points, because if you do, the radiation will spread all over the globe. Via the energy grid. Obviously.

The SFX were quite bad. We got a lot of mileage out of watching concrete blocks tearing up turf (because the stones of Stonehenge were moving, doncha know). The writing was abysmal. The acting was not bad - Misha made the best of his material, and I really liked the gal playing the dissenting scientist who ends up teaming up with Misha's character to stop the apocalypse.

I would recommend it on the power of Misha Collins' face, basically, plus ridiculous cheesiness. Also, there's a reveal about 3/4 in that I actually quite liked and would have worked as the seed of a much, much better movie.

--

Then, of course, I went to AO3 and read all the fic. (Well, all the marginally interesting-looking fic that didn't involved Jimmy Novak/Jacob Glaser twincest.) And found Ride the Lightning by [archiveofourown.org profile] ratherastory, which is a little bit about Jacob and a whole lot about Claire and Castiel, which suited me fine. There is never enough Claire+Castiel fic. And the author has a very light touch. I recommend!

--

So now, in my SPN obsession, I've seen Ten Inch Hero (with Jensen and also Danneel), New York Minute (with Jared), an episode of Wildfire (with Genevieve), and this. The only one of those that was even remotely good was Ten Inch Hero, which, although deeply flawed in its themes, had good characters, quirk, and a lot of heart. New York Minute had Jared being ridiculously hot and not much else. The first ep of Wildfire wasn't awful, but it seemed to be leading directly into teen romance triangle shenanigans that I couldn't stomach, and also the casual, entirely unproblemitized misogyny bugged.

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snick_backup: (Buffy Willow)
Two Rarewomen recs and one Avengers rec I've been saving for just such a recs post as this.

A Battery of Signals by [archiveofourown.org profile] cordialcount - Inception - 5700 words
To be honest, I only saw Inception once, it was a long time ago, and I'm not sure I fully follow everything that happens in this fic. It is nonetheless clearly brilliant. It's a "Mal was Right" fic that follows after the events of the movie as Mal chases after the forger who's been wearing her face. The tension here between Mal and Dom, between Mal and her quarry is perfect and, satisfyingly, never fully resolves. Delicious psychological thriller (even if you've forgotten half the canon. :D)

Rin's Deal by [archiveofourown.org profile] petrichoral - Spirited Away - 6k
A fully fleshed out story of Chihiro's grudging friend Rin (/Lin), how she came to the bath house, and what became of her after Chihiro left. This is the Rin-centric fic I have always wanted, full of little details that ties it in with the world we saw in the movie. The author gets the tone just right while developing Rin into a person with a story of her own.

The Monsters Inside, by [livejournal.com profile] tristesses - Avengers - 6400 words
(The not-Rarewomen fic.) Um, so, this is a Natasha-as-Hulk AU, and it's good. 'Nuf said.

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snick_backup: (Andrew)
I watched it, finally. So many good people! FRAN KANZ. :DDD

This rec is a wee bit spoilery, so, spoiler cut )

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snick_backup: (Default)
Still sick. Am watching comic book movies to pass the time.

Statistically unlikely fact: before today, the last three movies I watched were The Hobbit (Hugo Weaving!), Men in Black (Tommy Lee Jones!), The Hunger Games (Stanley Tucci!). Movie I decided to watch today: Captain America. Which includes all three.

I had no idea. The only person I knew for certain was in it was Chris Evans. (Am v. curious about how they handled the special effects on his before-and-after shots. I know they can jimmy with height and such, but aside from that, he was just so scrawny.)

It was fun. I enjoyed it. Honestly, I spent the whole movie waiting for us to get to the modern day, because Steve in the modern day interests me more than anything that was happening during WWII.

My one other thought was: if Peggy's going to charge into battle with everyone else, why in heaven's name doesn't someone give the woman a helmet??? (Also, you know what, I am still a sucker for forties women's fashion. The permanent wave and that starkly contrasting lipstick? Yes, please.)

Next stop: Thor. Or possibly a nap. It's a toss-up.

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snick_backup: (Buffy desert)
Finally got around to seeing this after having read the first two books over a year ago.

spoilers and things )

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snick_backup: (Impala)
I'm going to write a fic-specific round-up once Yuletide's revealed, but in the meantime, here's a summary of the rest of my fannish activity this year.

a numbered list, with commentary )

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snick_backup: (Yuletide)
A meme is going around in which one talks about one's past Yuletide fics. I haven't done Yuletide the last couple of years because I realized I find learning to write new canons under pressure stressful, especially as a gift for another person. I miss the fun of the Yuletide archive opening, though.

Anyway, here are my fics written for Yuletides past. Perhaps I will do another one on gifts I've received, since I've received some lovely ones and would like to think people are still reading them.

lots of writerly blather, with links )

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Avengers

Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:00 pm
snick_backup: (Anya final stand)
So, only a few weeks behind the whole rest of the internet, I saw the Avengers.

Things That Are Clearly The Best:
* Natasha Romonov
* Robert Downey Jr.
* Samuel R. Jackson
* this incarnation of Bruce Banner
* the giant segmented worm things (flying biomechanical monsters ftw!)
* Enver!!! (There may have been flailing. I'd heard he had a bit part, but I forgot.)

Other observations:
* Captain America is very nicely shaped
* Why only one woman, Avengers?
* Thor would like to be Eomer, but he isn't cool enough. He's the shiny Halloween costume version of Eomer.

Edit: and two more observations I thought of later:
* I can kind of see why the fandom for this movie exploded the way it has: so many delightful people having such excellent chemistry with each other.
* And Joss Whedon finally hits the big time. Good on him.

Plotwise, I thought this was an unsurprisingly stupid movie. I generally couldn't figure out why people did the things they did, in terms of either tactics or strategy. But then, the plots in these things never make all that much sense. Nor was I impressed with the big explosions or the big music.

However, I went because I was promised character moments, and I did indeed enjoy those very much. I would happily watch half a movie of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a lab ragging each other and geeking out, with Steve Rogers, earnest and culturally obtuse, standing around as foil. And Scarlett Johansson was epic.

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Avengers

Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:00 pm
snick_backup: (Anya final stand)
So, only a few weeks behind the whole rest of the internet, I saw the Avengers.

Things That Are Clearly The Best:
* Natasha Romonov
* Robert Downey Jr.
* Samuel R. Jackson
* this incarnation of Bruce Banner
* the giant segmented worm things (flying biomechanical monsters ftw!)
* Enver!!! (There may have been flailing. I'd heard he had a bit part, but I forgot.)

Other observations:
* Captain America is very nicely shaped
* Why only one woman, Avengers?
* Thor would like to be Eomer, but he isn't cool enough. He's the shiny Halloween costume version of Eomer.

Edit: and two more observations I thought of later:
* I can kind of see why the fandom for this movie exploded the way it has: so many delightful people having such excellent chemistry with each other.
* And Joss Whedon finally hits the big time. Good on him.

Plotwise, I thought this was an unsurprisingly stupid movie. I generally couldn't figure out why people did the things they did, in terms of either tactics or strategy. But then, the plots in these things never make all that much sense. Nor was I impressed with the big explosions or the big music.

However, I went because I was promised character moments, and I did indeed enjoy those very much. I would happily watch half a movie of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a lab ragging each other and geeking out, with Steve Rogers, earnest and culturally obtuse, standing around as foil. And Scarlett Johansson was epic.

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snick_backup: (Andrew)
Today I was carrying on a conversation in my head, as one does, and in the midst of it I asked myself, "Anyone? Bueller?" This reminded that I have never ever seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and clearly if I am going to be quoting from it, I ought to see it.

Then I wondered what other bits of pop culture I'm missing. So, you tell me: what movies should a woman of 2012 with pretensions of pop cultural literacy have seen? Choose up to 3 that are 2011 or earlier, and tell me why I ought to see them. (Much earlier is perfectly fine! I just don't want anything from this year, because then I will feel like I need to go to the movie theater, and I don't wanna.) Feel free to argue with each other and stump for your choices.

I make no promises to actually watch any of these. I am just curious. I can probably be counted on to compile statistics, though.

(In this vein: [personal profile] rebcake! You told me forever ago I should see Clueless, and I got it from Netflix, and it quit playing 2/3 of the way through. But I enjoyed what I saw! And Netflix is supposed to be sending me another copy soon.)

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snick_backup: (Andrew)
Today I was carrying on a conversation in my head, as one does, and in the midst of it I asked myself, "Anyone? Bueller?" This reminded that I have never ever seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and clearly if I am going to be quoting from it, I ought to see it.

Then I wondered what other bits of pop culture I'm missing. So, you tell me: what movies should a woman of 2012 with pretensions of pop cultural literacy have seen? Choose up to 3 that are 2011 or earlier, and tell me why I ought to see them. (Much earlier is perfectly fine! I just don't want anything from this year, because then I will feel like I need to go to the movie theater, and I don't wanna.) Feel free to argue with each other and stump for your choices.

I make no promises to actually watch any of these. I am just curious. I can probably be counted on to compile statistics, though.

(In this vein: [personal profile] rebcake! You told me forever ago I should see Clueless, and I got it from Netflix, and it quit playing 2/3 of the way through. But I enjoyed what I saw! And Netflix is supposed to be sending me another copy soon.)

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snick_backup: (Dawn)
On one hand, it's pretty clear why this took two movies. Because all scenes take TWICE AS LONG as they need to.

OTOH, dude, Leah is awesome. Did I notice this before? How did I not notice this before?

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snick_backup: (Dawn)
On one hand, it's pretty clear why this took two movies. Because all scenes take TWICE AS LONG as they need to.

OTOH, dude, Leah is awesome. Did I notice this before? How did I not notice this before?

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snick_backup: (Yuletide)
My second and last batch before the reveal on Sunday. There's been some awfully good stuff this year.

Yuletide meta, Queen's Thief, Rear Window, Dragonriders of Pern, Badass Women in History, Downton Abbey )

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