jlh: Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Phil Coulson from the Avengers (avengers: Clint and Coulson)
First, thank you SO MUCH to everyone who sent me awesome gifts on LJ over the last few weeks. So much fun and hugely, hugely appreciated.

[livejournal.com profile] canis_takahari gave me seven subjects to discuss! If you also want seven subjects say so in the comments.

your favourite place in the city )
clint/coulson )
your feelings on citrus )
community )
movies )
wax poetic about jim and bones )
shopping for clothes )
jlh: Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller (gents: Cameron Frye)
So the NYMag entertainment blog posted this video from a press junket asking the Twilight cast who would the cast be if it was an 80s movie (it's on my tumblr, and hilarious mostly because R Patz is never not trolling) and hey, I can't sleep so why not post?

I'm not doing this with HP because to be honest, I don't know enough 80s teen British actors. BUT!

If Star Trek TOS/AOS were an 80s teen movie, who would you cast?

I'm thinking Jasmine Guy for Uhura.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (LIZ!)
This is a mixture of fannish and real life things from the last 48 hours or so.

  • I'm helping to run a crossover challenge on [livejournal.com profile] jim_and_bones that we're calling Worlds Collide, so if you ever wanted to write some fic about any Chris Pine or Karl Urban character you should go check it out. I'm really excited about the response so far!
  • Damn it rained a lot Saturday night and Sunday. My cat is afraid of the rain so she hid for most of the day, poor thing.
  • I got lunch at Cosi today for reasons that aren't particularly interesting (I usually bring my lunch) and damn if they didn't leave out the chicken from my cobb salad. So I marched right back down there and got it, damn it, and he gave me extra. Just this weekend I'd been feeling like getting what's owed you and setting boundaries was seen as being entitled, so it's weird how some guy at Cosi made me feel a little better about that sort of thing.
  • Relatedly, I'm trying to get over my anxiety about crossposting. I've been poking at various Harry Potter comms for the crossposting of the sequel and various adjacent fics--so far I've racked up two h/h comms (one of which I was already a member of), two d/g comms, a rarepairs and a rarehet comm (hurrah for ron/padma). Of course there's also [livejournal.com profile] hp_girlslash and [livejournal.com profile] deamus; that goes without saying. (I also trawled around for new icons, yayness!)
  • Speaking of which, the Pansy/Parvati I posted the other day and crossposted at [livejournal.com profile] hp_girlslash got picked up by both [livejournal.com profile] quibbler_report and [livejournal.com profile] femslash_today which is pretty groovy. Reward for psyching myself up to crosspost!
  • They had a Ralph Bellamy fest on TCM Sunday and wow, Ralph Bellamy was the Ralph Bellamy in a lot of movies. In Headline Shooter he was even engaged to a newspaperwoman who leaves him for a more exciting newspaperman, though he wasn't played by Cary Grant.
  • My tummy is full of pasta made by [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora and sauce made by [personal profile] ali_wildgoose who were nice enough to ask me to stay for dinner when I came by to pick up my shades.
  • Fandom is bliss, but I'm feeling overloaded on the pop culture blogs. Any recs for things I can put on the reader that aren't about either culture or social justice activism or current politics/geopolitics/economics etc, I'd be much obliged.
jlh: Seamus and Dean, in uniform, hugging and looking at the viewer (SD Clio)
Okay, here we go, with links to my first reactions and everything:
  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone I saw by myself at a noon screening being held by Time magazine. I got up that Saturday morning, read the book in three hours, walked into that screening, came home, and read the other three books over the course of that weekend. I'd owned PS since GoF came out, but couldn't push my way through that Dahl-esque Dursleys bit (too close to the bone). The movie coming out gave me a reason to do it.
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the first real fandom event I went to/helped organize. I had an online gang of friends who stayed in my rather tiny flat, and also a local gang of online/offline friends, and we went to a midnight showing and were ridiculous, and then I hosted a huge party in said tiny flat, during which [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe drew the art that is in my icon.
  3. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban I saw at the the New York premiere at Radio City, and then after that at the PoA IMAX thing in Lincoln Square, another fandom gathering. It is still my favorite. Both times I saw it surrounded by fandom types and that was pretty awesome. My big memory of that is riding in a cab with [livejournal.com profile] scrabble talking about the ending of Nocturne Alley.
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I saw with a big crowd of local folks, and it was either at this screening or at OotP that [livejournal.com profile] blackholly infamously said that JKR thinks that falling in love makes you into an asshole.
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I saw with at least [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 and [personal profile] ali_wildgoose though I don't say who I was there with in my entry, oddly. I'd forgotten that the movie came out just a week before the HP&DH book.
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I saw at a matinee either with my roommate [livejournal.com profile] aethelflaed2 or with [personal profile] ali_wildgoose, because by then I'd read HP&DH and checked out of the narrative. Like the book, it reminded me, post-OotP, why I loved the books in the first place, being full of teen hijinx and character moments.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 I also saw with [profile] aethelflaed2, low key at our local movie theater and somewhat prodded by her, because I did not love that book.
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 I saw last night with [personal profile] ali_wildgoose and [livejournal.com profile] emsariel and [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora and [livejournal.com profile] aethelflaed2.

spoilery thoughts on the movie )

And Seamus and Dean, together at the end. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Hawaii 5-0 team)
[personal profile] iberiandoctor and I were talking yesterday about how ships can be the same, that what drew you into one ship can draw you into some other one because it pings the same little place in your heart, and that reminded me that I hadn't written that Danno-is-sort-of-Bones thing. It's become more than that in the thinking about it!

details on many ships, plus one picture )

tl;dr: I've realized that I'm drawn to hyper verbal emotionally volitile characters, over and over again, and it doesn't matter all that much what they look like or what gender they are. It's much more about how they are able to put words together to describe exactly how they are feeling at that moment, because they have MANY FEELINGS, and how the people around them react either by talking right back to them, or by letting their words flow over them like a comforting rain. Give me that, and you'll get a shipper.

(I've attempted to talk about my personal tastes and preferences without apologizing for them or defending them against disparaging remarks that are often made, and instead presented them as something that is actually awesome because you know? They totally are! But that doesn't mean that other tastes aren't actually awesome, too.)
jlh: Cindy Blackman playing drums (music: Cindy Blackman)
I was going to do the WIP meme to lay to rest a story I have recently decided to abandon, but the thousands (maybe, 3000?) of words I wrote are so damn lifeless I couldn't find a snippet I liked. Which probably means it was a good idea to abandon the story. Anyway more on that later.

Instead, for today's post, have some videos. Someone on Fandom Secrets was talking about an anime or a manga called Shaft? So of course I had to find the actual theme from Shaft, and got this video, which has Jesse Jackson in it for some reason:

damn right. )

One would think he had better things to do in the 70s than be a hype man for Isaac Hayes, but then maybe in 1973 there was nothing better to do than be a hype man for Isaac Hayes. I love how you can hear him shouting "yeah! yeah!", on the beat, every once in a while, like he's a sample, only live. Someone actually should sample that.

Meanwhile here's something I still love, "Teenage Dream" from Glee. I mean, anyone who thinks Chris Colfer doesn't deserve the accolades should watch him in this scene, where he's not doing much of anything other than reacting and standing there both grinning like a goofball and then looking around to see if anyone is noticing that he's grinning like a goofball, and you can feel his delight in having some cute boy basically serenading him. It's lovely.

you and I, we'll be young forever )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
Two big links that lead me to two big thoughts on two big issues, but really really, if you care about either issue please follow the links.

First, my pal [livejournal.com profile] kalichan wrote an amazing post about a week ago: What's Love Got To Do With It: My Thoughts on *fail that everyone who's interested in such matters, especially in the way social justice is interacting with fandom, should read right now.

related thoughts on fail and shame and love )

The Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast this week was at least partially about comics, specifically super hero comics, where the three folks on the podcast who aren't comic readers were given two recent Batman comics by their fourth podcaster, who's the comics editor at NPR, and came back with their reactions. Lots of great conversation about barriers to entry, and within that one of the readers noted that if one wants to get the entire projected 5-year story in these monthly single-issue installments it becomes incredibly expensive, not just as money spent but also in cost for the entertainment gained (at least, in terms of time) when compared to buying movies/music/tv shows/books.

In terms of that, I'll say that I look at the $250 I spent on 23 volumes of Fruits Basket and yeah, I'm not sure I really got my money's worth. I mean, I can't even take those books on the train with me (where I do a lot of my reading) because I can get through a volume in about 20 minutes. I have a whole entry in me about how much culture used to be free or pretty low-cost versus how much we're expected to spend nowadays, but I'm having difficulty framing that conversation in a way that doesn't sound like I'm advocating theft; I'm more saying that the model we are moving toward at the moment where people pay directly (rather than advertiser support) is probably untenable in large ways.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (HHr in sitting in great hall)
So the roommate and I saw Deathly Hallows last night. I … don't really like the book, am not in love with the resolution to the story and all of its death-cult blah blah blah. I'm glad she wanted to see it and got me to go, because I wanted to see it but was having trouble making myself see it.

It's beautifully shot, lots of very flat natural light that makes the endless camping palatable. Also judicious use of handheld cameras. And the sound is incredible, long sequences of just silence.

spoilery )
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
aka, more hilarity from the AV Club Commenters, this time on the (B-) review of that train movie:
Joe Kickass

I'm still having a hard time trying to understand the film's concept. Can't someone dumb it down for me?

J Serious and the War Machine

Blue collar work: GOOD

Chris Pine: HOT

Denzel getting fired: BAAAAD

They work well together: CUTE

Runaway train: BAAAAAD

Working against the clock to save lives: GRIPPING AND INTENSE

Rosario Dawson: wait, why's she here? I mean HOOOOOT
jlh: a still of Jason Bateman from the film Dodgeball (gents: Pepper Brooks)
Oh my god, talk about taking your ball and going home (or leaving home, as it were). I'm just glad Mr. Urban spoke out about this earlier because I was worried he wouldn't, and that honestly would have dimmed his light a little for me.

Ugh, Peter Jackson, seriously, what is wrong with you? Getting good pay for actors will ruin the New Zealand film industry? Really? Or even better, it is already ruined beyond repair? Because yeah, that seems to really have kept people from ever filming in Canada and Australia, never mind the more expensive US.



Oct. 18th, 2010 02:51 pm
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
So I went to see Red on Saturday morning, and I'll talk about that in a spoilery way under the cut, but before that I saw previews for four movies, only one of which looked like it had any chance to be any good, and I'm like, this is why people aren't seeing movies, Hollywood! Because they SUCK!:

My descriptions, they are long, so I'm cutting to save your reading page. Green Hornet, The Dilemna, The Fighter, and Drive Angry in 3D herein )

Okay, on to an actually good movie: RED! Non spoilery: It's a lot of fun! If you like comedic action movies and you like Bruce Willis, go see it. If you really can't stand Bruce's schtick, don't. It's not as awesome as a Die Hard movie--not nearly as many action set pieces, not as tight and twisty of a plot--but it's really fun, not at all dumb as much as really straight forward, and is stuffed full of great performances, as opposed to just one-liners and explosions.

Spoilery below! and when I say spoilery, I mean I'm giving away the ending. )
jlh: Fiona Apple smiling (music: Fiona Apple smiling)
I've been so worried lately, and thanks to all of you for being nice about it. Let's talk about stuff that's making me happy!

  • New Nigella on my TV! She's seriously my anxiety cure, you don't even know. And she likes rosé, which I do too. (See below.)
  • Saw Red yesterday noontime at a $6 matinee. It was really fun! Bruce and Karl and Helen and Morgan and Malkovich were all adorbs, as was Brian Cox's old Russian.
  • Then I went on a very NYC shopping spree around Union Square, picking up some staples at Trader Joe's (they have frozen pork buns now!), bread and jam at the green market, rosé at the wine store, and some spicy beef broth noodle to go at Republic.
  • The jam deserves its own bullet. I adore the jam from Beth's, which you can also order online. I picked up Raspybarb (raspberry rhubarb) which is the flavor of my favorite pie. I also got some rhubarb chutney (so good on meatloaf) and some garlic rosemary jam (excellent on toast topped with scrambled egg). I ate bread and jam for dinner!
  • [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang and [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang are posting! So many great stories already!
  • Yuletide! I'm pondering what fandoms to nominate other than WKRP. Undercovers and Hawaii 5-0 at the very least, and Community as well because that fandom isn't that big. I'm thinking about nominating the Green Hornet movie even though it's not out until next month because hey, Kato fic.
  • It's fall, and it's properly chilly and breezy and the leaves are falling and when it's not raining the sky is the most gorgeous blue. And the cat has gone back to demanding a permanent position on my lap.

I've got chicken stock in the stockpot, I cleaned the bathroom, and I'm reviewing fic. And then I'll do a last read over my rpf bb fic which goes up tomorrow! Eee!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
You can reply to this post as well, thusly:

  • Reply to this post with the words ALA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES and I will pick six of your icons.
  • Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

[livejournal.com profile] smilingskull chose these icons for me, and I got really philosophical and rambly, so bear with me!

Nocturne Alley, ladies, PR & absent friends, that fic wut I wrote, Ms. Vega & the bff, and that Pine feller )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Here, this is happier:

  • Reply to this post with the words "TEA. EARL GREY. HOT" ALA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES and I will pick six of your icons.
  • Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

[livejournal.com profile] canis_takahari chose these icons for me:

Dodgeball, Maine, BFQotY, ship, ship, living my life like it's golden )


Jul. 19th, 2010 08:16 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (The Brain)
Man, you guys are spoilery. I mean, I get the whole "there's a limit on spoiler tags" thing, and agree, but I think it should be longer than the day the movie opens.

Anyway I really liked it.

super spoilery thoughts )
jlh: Neal, Peter, Mozzie and El from White Collar (white collar: four)
New Crowded House came out in the US today! Pre-ordered, obtained, listened to a lot. I swear, if I ever met Karl Urban, the first question out of my mouth would be, "So do you love Neil Finn only sort of, or oh my god so much?" I'm so pleased that I have new music for the plane (this, plus the new National and Erykah Badu).

Another thing that came out in the US this week is the recent adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and I found it strange. I had to go back to the book to double check what I remembered.

Spoilers behind the cut for the book, the 1974 movie, and the recent BBC adaptation. )

I love David Suchet as Poirot, but I think I'll stick to the 1974 movie for this title. Bringing out the inner life of a character is one thing, but changing up the book this much in order to make a point feels like a bit much.

And now White Collar is back! YAY!
jlh: conan o'brien (gents: Conan O'Brien)
This entry isn't about one thing that one person said, but probably about five different things I've been told, by many different people, in the last little while.

The other day I was at Target, and as I sometimes do, I went over to the music section to see what they put on sale, because sometimes you can get amazing deals since indie rock tends to go unsold at a place like Target. And I found the new CDs by The National and Erykah Badu both on sale for $10, so I bought them.

And that $20 I just spent on CDs that I wanted? Was probably a complete and utter waste on my part.

I am really trying to support the artists I like, and also my friends. )

I don't know, you guys. I have a headache.


jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
Clio, a vibrating mass of YES!

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