What I'm watching in October

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:45 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
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kdramas:

Avengers Social Club
Bad Thief, Good Thief 
Because This is My First Life 
Empress Chunchu
The Package 
While You Were Sleeping 

cdrama:

Nirvana in Fire 

anime: 

Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth 
Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World (2017)
Mahou Tsukai no Yome 

US/British/Canadian TV:

Brooklyn 99 
Ghost Wars
Ghosted 
The Gifted
The Good Place 
Madam Secretary
The Mayor
Midsomer Murders 
Riverdale 
The Shannara Chronicles
Tangled: The Series 
Victoria 
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
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Three movies on my DVD shelves that you probably haven't heard of.

Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) - here's the trailer, but it's actually much more female-focused and f/f-friendly than the trailer suggests. Wikipedia's description starts:
The story revolves around University of Melbourne film studies students and roommates Mia (Frances O'Connor) and Alice (Alice Garner), each of whom is experiencing various upheavals. Mia and Alice have just moved into a trendy apartment but are in desperate need of a housemate. Mia's girlfriend Danni (Radha Mitchell) is keen to move in, but Mia fears commitment.
This was Emma-Kate Croghan's first film out of film school at Melbourne University, and it has all the energy and indomitableness of a debut, plus an excellent cast.

Jalla! Jalla! (2000) - trailer (which I can only find dubbed into Italian, wtf?). This is the low-budget film of my heart.1

Wikipedia's plot outline:
Roro (Fares Fares) and Måns (Torkel Petersson), who are best friends, work at the park management and get to do all the shit jobs - clean up duck ponds and pick up dog poop. Roro's Swedish girlfriend Lisa (Tuva Novotny) wants to be introduced to his family but he refuses for a long time because of his Lebanese family traditions. When Roro finally decides to introduce Lisa to his family, he walks into the apartment full of relatives who are planning a marriage with the Lebanese girl Yasmine (Laleh Pourkarim).
I ship Roro/Lisa, but also Roro/Måns, and I keep wanting to make a slash vid for it but haven't been able to find the right song. (Måns' storyline includes erectile dysfunction; at one point he makes Roro go into a sex shop and buy him a cock pump.)

The film is inventive and fun, and has oodles of driving energy and charm. Roro's family (played by the director's real family) is great, and it's all just really adorable.

Housebound (2014) - trailer. This is a brilliant local comedy horror movie directed by Gerard Johnstone (and it's another directorial debut, ha!). It has 97% on rottentomatoes. It's about a petty thief who's sentenced to six months' home detention in her mother's haunted house, and it's full of twists and creepy turns and hilarity and jumpscares. Tonally, it's along the lines of Shaun of the Dead and its ilk.


1 At post-get/together brunch, we each listed off the top of our heads five films that define us. Mine were:
  • Out of Africa
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Jalla! Jalla!
  • Big Hero 6
  • Unconditional Love (AKA Who Killed Victor Fox)
I need to belatedly add:
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Footloose
sapphire2309: (Elizabeth)
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([personal profile] china_shop posted about the origin of her name (see: the lyrics of You Had Time by Ani DiFranco), and it's exam time for me now, and this is my exam regret song, so it seems appropriate to listen to it now xD)

i'm not entirely fond of the piano intro of this song - the piano sounds high-pitched somehow, and i have a long dislike for high-pitched sounds - but overall, it sets the tone for the rest of the song quite well.

this song takes its time (heh) and is soft and mournful and the lyrics are sharper than needles and it is my kind of song.

exams are nigh )
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Title: Desert son
Fandom: White Collar
Art characters/Pairings: Neal, Peter,  Keller, Kate
Art rating: Gen
Content Notice: safe
Story link: to be added

Note: I was surprised that writers claimed some of my art, since I am new to this part of fandom, but [personal profile] sandy79 was one of them. Thank you so much.
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GUESS WHO HAS INTERNET?

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:15 pm
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THIS FANGIRL!!

I am so pleased. My relationship with my laptop has been saved. Not to mention my relationship with DW, AO3, DragCave, online banking, and anything else requiring a login!

Rejoice with me by telling me what you've been up to lately. :D
out_there: Mycroft Holmes (SH: Prim Mycroft)
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These days, to get me reading a series you have to sneak it in. It has to start with a good story that stands on its own, that makes me want to read more and that can be read in relatively small chunks. While this series is 200K, the longest story is the first at 38K and the rest are a very comfortable 5K - 20K per story. I enjoyed the Greg POV mostly used for this story, the insight into living around a job that comes with a security detail and secret overseas trips, and I always love stories where Lestrade plays a meaningful role in younger Sherlock getting clean and staying clean.

I've been reading this series for the last week, on and off, and really enjoyed it.



Puppet on a String (38518 words) by kazvl
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Gregory Lestrade, Mycroft/Greg
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Gregory Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes, OCs, Anthea
Additional Tags: references to drug abuse, case files
Series: Part 1 of Fire and Ice
Summary:

"Afraid I'll embarrass you?" mocked Sherlock, looking up suddenly, his stare spearing Mycroft where he sat.

Sherlock was too thin, too dirty - it was always a bad sign when he neglected personal hygiene - and he looked as if he hadn't slept for a week.

"Oh, that ship sailed some years ago. You've been vocal enough about what you don't want. So tell me, brother dear, what is it you do want?"

"You to leave me the fuck alone," said Sherlock venomously.

Several heads turned. Mycroft ignored them. He took such incidents for granted when he was with Sherlock and had never cared what strangers thought - unless required to do so by his job.

china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
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This was my weekend (in no particular order):
  1. fed chickens in a hailstorm
  2. discovered my tv has died1
  3. failed to make the necessary decisions to buy a new tv
  4. saw ducklings, kaka, toutouwhai (native robin) and tuatara at the Karori Sanctuary
  5. started listening to the first Rivers of London audiobook
  6. started reading an excellent Les Mis fic
  7. had my first language exchange (in person, for 2hr20)
  8. only watched 1 hour of Kdrama
1 I have sound but no picture; it's only 4 yrs old; I am cranky about the mayfly lifespan of electronic goods these days.


ION, [profile] jamethiel_bane is doing a "post every day" meme, and I thought I'd do my own version, using her prompts, but maybe adapting some to suit me, and probably being far more erratic.

1. What do you prefer to be called by folks reading the entry? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?

My fandom name is china shop, AKA china AKA Ms Shop. Even offline, in fannish circles I go by china.

It originates from an Ani DiFranco lyric (from the song "You Had Time"), via my pre-fandom blog, which was titled "you are a china shop, I am a bull". In 2007 I wrote on LJ:
Pre-fandom I was a different person online, and while I'm no less me now, well, livejournal is a slightly uncomfortable stage (in the performance sense) for me. The "push" of my entries appearing in your friends' list, as opposed to the "pull" of someone seeking them out. If I'm collected together, I'm more likely to cohere, but in general I suspect I'm a couple of tiles in a mosaic.

I first chose this name as a disclaimer -- you are a china shop, i am a bull -- and then accidentally claimed the fragile part as my identity. Possibly prescient.

The first paragraph of which seems adorably quaint now, in the face of tumblr and reblogging and posts running wild.

Anyway, yes, I am china. I named myself. I like it.

제 팬덤 이름은 차이나인데 진짜 세상에서도 잰 사람와 이야기하면 저는 차이나이라고 합니다. 아니 디 프랑코의 노래에게서 제 이름이 왔는데 "너는 도예를 파는 가게인데 나는 황소예요"라고 합니다. 도예를 파는 가게는 차이나 쇼프입니다.

Fandom Loves Puerto Rico

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:06 am
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Hey, guys! Just a remind that [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico goes live soon! I've got some buy it now options up there, so go check it out! (And all the other cool people offering stuff.) I'll post again when it does go live, but if you want to big on something, it's always good to check in early!

That said: why, oh why, is it Monday?

Losing control

Oct. 15th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Author: [personal profile] nywcgirl
Artist: [personal profile] treonb
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: none
Characters: Neal, Peter, Mozzie, Jones, Diana
Warning/genre: Attempted murder, kidnapped, friends, angst, suspense
Spoilers: none
Rating: Gen

Author's Notes:   This is my entry for  [community profile] wc_reverse_bb and is inspired by the lovely fanvid made by [personal profile] treonb. It also fills the ‘Assault’ square on my H/C Bingo card.

Word Count: ~5800 

Disclaimer: Characters are not mine…
Summary:   Someone is trying to kill people around Neal, but who? Will Peter be able to figure it out before members of his team get killed?

Story can also be found on AO3.
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carla bruni is a surprisingly good singer. she has this rasp in her voice that straight up KILLS me. i am in love. but otoh i'm in love with different things everyday. but ot3h isn't that the way to live?

another surprising thing about her: there's no politics in the comment threads. i was expecting stuff about sarkozy and the state of french politics, but it was all about the music. i don't know whether to be thrilled at the niceness of people or sad at my cynicism and background sexism-ish thing idk what to call it.

i'm obsessed send help.

in other news: i'm making lists of things i want to do and things i'm doing for the next month or so. i suspect i won't be v productive while sorting things out, but that's ok. inktober will probably stretch into november seeing as i've only done 5 days so far, but no one's judging, right? c: this is a thing i'm doing to make me happy. it's not going to become a stressor because i won't let it.

i found a good reference for the thing i want to do for day 5's prompt! i should start uploading these things to my chaos tumblr maybe xD

also, i've sorted my phone contacts, which is currently a mess of my ENTIRE FAMILY's contacts, all through the A's. There are a LOT of desi names that start with A. I predict that I should be able to knock off B and C tomorrow.

Finally!

Oct. 14th, 2017 12:29 pm
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I have finally found the perfect casting for the part of Jack Reacher (yes, that's totally a thing at our house), and I can't believe it took me this long:

John Cena

It isn't a part that requires stellar acting skills, so the casting is more about the right physical type and age (Adam Baldwin was a great candidate for older Jack Reacher, but not the young-to-middle years anymore). The absolute requirement is that he not be a prissy, midgetory, sportscar-driving wannabe. I.e., *koff*... the current casting.

I see that recasting Jack Reacher is also a thing over at IMDB.com, so we're not alone. :O

And my newest nominee for the "What the hell was that?" Sports Hall of Fame comes from last night's Cal Football game against Washington State: Buzzuh? Damn, why is there no slo-mo replay of that sucker?

Most people still don't get it

Oct. 13th, 2017 11:10 am
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I've been reading a lot about the Weinstein sexual harassment saga these days. And I've seen a lot of wrong opinions.

The first set is some version of, we need clearer boundaries between work and personal life. Or, men are spooked and therefore won't meet casually with women employees. This group continues to assume the Weinsteins of the world are a product of some kind of misunderstanding - men and women get their signals confused, and whoops, a woman feels harassed. That's incorrect. Men know exactly what they are doing; they claim it was a misunderstanding after the fact to absolve themselves. When other men buy into the myth - by refusing to, say, meet privately with women for fear of being falsely accused - they not only stall women's careers, but shore up the narrative that predators are simply men who are awkward at expressing benign sexual interest.

The second set of wrong opinions suggests that Weinstein was only able to get away with it because he's powerful. This column is an example; it suggests that Hollywood is too deferential to talent. I mean, maybe that's true to some degree, but you also have stories like these, where Blake Lively couldn't get anyone to take complaints about a makeup artist seriously. Powerful men might be able to harass more easily, but fundamentally, this is not about worship of power or talent; this is about men who feel entitled to women, backed by other men.

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