extraordinary machine.
07 August 2013 @ 08:23 pm
k I know I suck and haven't updated in ages--I let my paid account lapse for the first time in years; that's how bad it's gotten--but tonight I make a triumphant return cameo appearance for...

MOVIE NIGHT: mutantjules and la_petite_singe

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10 January 2013 @ 09:41 am
We got an apartment!! We applied for a great one and then waited days & days to hear and finally heard on Monday that we were rejected and I saw a new place that night and filled out the paperwork on the spot and then Tuesday night we heard back that we were approved and signed the lease last night and we're getting the keys today. We are two ruthlessly efficient Ravenclaws. It's in Harlem and it's near good trains--it's even closer to my job than my current place is--and it has great floors and new cabinets and brand-new paint and actual closet space; the only downside is that it's a walkup, but all the best places in NYC usually are. :P I'll get used to it, I'm sure, but moving day is gonna be a bitch. One of my cousins actually has a car, however (a rarity in this here city) and he's helping me on Sunday, so that's a relief. Hooray!!


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So, yeah, nothing really surprising or terribly interesting. (Better than last year when ALL my faves were snubbed and I ended up crying on 5th Avenue because Fassbender. BUT ANYWAY...) Aside from Bigelow, I'm not really mad about anything. That's somewhat unusual. Well, this was an underwhelming year. I'm gonna be so annoyed when Lincoln takes everything, though. I mean, could that be a more obvious choice? My faves (Jessica, Joaquin, Anne and Christoph) all made it, though, so that's nice, and I'm thrilled with the Foreign Language surprises as well as Skyfall being in there a bunch of times.
location: 10019
mood: awakeawake
music: "Army of Me" - Bjork
extraordinary machine.
08 January 2013 @ 03:52 pm
Apartment hunt = extremely frustrating. More on that later. Onward! (TBH I'm not super-jazzed about this list--there were a lot of really good films this year, but not too many amazing ones. I kept reordering this list, but I didn't struggle with making tough cuts like last year. And at no point did I walk out of a film going "HOLY SHIT DKFJSDKLJFSJ THAT'S MY NUMBER ONE" like I did with Shame and Black Swan and stuff. But, still, has to be done.)

top ten films of twenty-twelve
(plus a few more)
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location: 10019
mood: boredbored
music: "Out of the Game" - Rufus Wainwright
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17 December 2012 @ 10:42 pm
HUGE-ass overdue movie post errmahgerd (big spoilers are hidden)

Rust and BoneCollapse )

Anna KareninaCollapse )

Life of PiCollapse )

Breaking Dawn Part the SecondCollapse )

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...and that's not even everything I've seen recently! :P I also watched Holy Motors, which was extremely weird and creative, and A Royal Affair, which was pretty awesome and well-acted but sadly lacking in threesomes, and The Imposter, which was simply appalling and sad, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which wasn't quite as painfully Manic Pixie Dream Teen as I'd thought, plus some other stuff. Must be Oscar season. :P

and I was gonna do these in a separate post but TOO BAD, I do what I want:

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And thus ends the longest post fucking ever. O_________o Zero Dark Thirty on Wednesday! And my top ten list is nowhere near being ready, so don't ask.

(I'm not talking about the Sandy Hook thing in this post just because it feels weird to mix something that seriously with this frivoulous fangirl post, but it's definitely not because I don't care. What is there to say, anyway. I was in the ONTD post as everything unfolded, and then I got all weirdly emotional when I was in a kids' store buying my niece's Christmas present over the weekend. I dunno. ...Shit, I guess I just talked about it. Well, there you are.)
location: 10033
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: "Broadripple is Burning" - Margot & the Nuclear So-and-So's
extraordinary machine.
13 December 2012 @ 09:51 am
HUGE movie post coming this weekend after The Hobbit (eeee!), but first:

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So none for "Community," AS FUCKING EVER, and none for Jennifer Carpenter, as usual. >:( And none for The Hobbit at all! I guess they didn't like it after all? And while I adore Marion, of course, I'm sad that Matthias is getting snubbed for Rust and Bone, since I LOVE him & he's gr8 in it. Oh well, still some lovely surprises. (omg, all three of my Huston bbs have something :'''')) I attempted to make my top ten list and it was an agonizing process, though I still don't have a clear #1 of the year. Hmm.
location: 10012
mood: rushedrushed
music: "Mona Lisa" - The All-American Rejects
extraordinary machine.
11 November 2012 @ 06:55 pm
Behind on TV, as ever, but for once there are more exciting things to discuss:

ELECTION!!! I voted before work and it went fine, but then as the day went on I kept hearing about NYC polling places being all chaotic and disorganized and the machines malfunctioning and I was totally freaking out because oh my god, we don't need another 2004. Or 2000, for that matter. After work I went to a party at a bar with a bunch of lesbians and basically spent the entire night running up a bar tab stress-eating and stress-drinking (I was basically drunk by 7:00, ngl) and watching the big TV and obsessively checking Twitter, and around 10:00 something a few girls dragged me off to the Cubbyhole, which is very cramped and very dark and very loud and very fun, and I swore I wasn't going to drink any more--and then the bartender came around with free shots. So, you know. And then around 11:00-whatever the screen suddenly flipped to the one pictured above, and there was this pause before everyone realized, and I yelled "GUISE, GUISE LOOK" and then everyone started screaming and it was gr8. :') And then I took a long-ass train ride home and missed the speeches and went to work hungover the next day, but that's okay, it was worth it. Ahh, good times.

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LincolnCollapse )

Wreck-It RalphCollapse )

And briefly, Flight.Collapse )

For the record, I like fun. now; they won me over on SNL. I may be anti-hipster, but I make an exception for the smiley ones and they looked really, REALLY happy to be there, so that's good enough. (Yeah, this song is basically "Cecilia," but (a) I love "Cecilia," and really any song that goes 'whoa-ooh-WHOOOOA-OHHHH' and (b) it's giving me major Richard feels, offuckingcourse.) And I still have that fucked-up "Mokiki" song from last night's digital short stuck in my head. "His best friend is a glove!" DAMMIT, TARAN. (just kidding ILU birthday twin <3) The "Homeland" sketch was amazing, though; I was totally screaming at Hader as Saul and Anne's awesome Mathison Ugly-Crying Faces. And it's Sunday!!
location: 10033
mood: hungryhungry
music: "Some Nights" - fun.
extraordinary machine.
Was planning to see Cloud Atlas tonight, but I'm getting sick, I think & have decided to postpone and enjoy a night of TV & soup delivery. French onion, though I don't really like onions. I wish it had more cheese. In fact, just a bowl of hot cheese and broth would be good. ...Maybe that's why I'm sick. Anyway, Tumblr, can you NEVER DIE AGAIN, please?! That was not at all okay. D: I kept doing that thing, you know, where you open the tab over and over again like 'since Tumblr's down I guess I'll waste time on Tum--oh. Wait.' Like when you're lighting candles in a power outage and hit the light switch in order to search for matches. Speaking of, sounds like Halloween might be borked entirely by this "Frankenstorm," but weekday-Halloweens are lame anyway and I was thinking about going to an (indoors) karaoke party, so whatever.

Covert Affairs 3x12Collapse )

Supernatural 8x04Collapse )

Person of Interest 2x04Collapse )

Elementary 1x04Collapse )

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Grey's Anatomy 9x04Collapse )
location: 10033
mood: sicksick
music: SVU - "Hysteria"
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22 October 2012 @ 07:24 pm
Extremely lazy weekend--mostly hung around reading & watching the "SVU" and "House" marathons on USA and Cloo Network, though I did see Smashed on Friday night, which was pretty good; Aaron Paul & Mary Elizabeth Winstead were both great, even if the plot wasn't super-original. It was sort of like a Jesse/Jane AU or something (and I'd read that fanfic if someone wrote it, tbh). Broke out in a HUGE dopey grin at the Not Fade Away trailer, and realized I literally had my hand pressed to my heart by the end of the Rust and Bone trailer, so I'm pretty sure I'm gonna stan for that movie hardcore. [Though I couldn't help thinking "A fire? At a sea parks?? There were twelve exits!"] Marion is of course queen, and I adore Matthias Schoenaerts ever since Rundskop--not a perfect movie, but his performance is mind-blowingly good. Seriously, watch it just for him, it's worth it. And I saw The Sessions several weeks ago and really liked it a lot, I thought it was refreshingly frank and just funny enough without being cutesy or condescending. You don't get a lot of movies about disability & sexuality, so I appreciated how they handled it. I utterly loved the lady whose house they were using; she was awesome, and John Hawkes is perfection always and I liked Helen Hunt more than I have in years. (Nice try making Moon Bloodgood look unattractive, though. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.)

(Should I do separate cuts for everything? Now they open like spoiler tags...? Let me know. I'll try it this week.)

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Homeland 2x04Collapse )

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And of course it's October, so I am watching scary movies: I've done 30 Days of Night ("God? No God." dlgkdflgjd Huston Family Appreciation Life 5ever) and The Omen (Gregory Peck remains perfect) and Tales of Terror (Lorre + Price = ) and tonight is The Birds. And I will need to rewatch Sleepy Hollow, Rosemary's Baby and Hocus Pocus, among others, possibly. And I have my costume all together; I FIND it to be an excellent one~
location: 10033
mood: goodgood
music: "Let Her Go" - Passenger
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Insanely behind on TV talk, but that's what happens when you watch seventeen shows. *sigh* Anyway! Now for something completely different! For the Literary Ladies We Love challenge (© lisal825):

LISTEN HERE @ 8tracks (download available upon request)

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location: 10033
mood: sleepysleepy
music: X-Men: First Class
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09 October 2012 @ 08:14 pm
Oh dear, too many shows all at the end of the week again. Guess I'll have to play favorites:

Supernatural 7x01, Boardwalk Empire 3x04, Homeland 2x02, Dexter 7x02, Downton Abbey 3x04 and Copper 1x08.Collapse )

And I don't know if I was just in a good mood from NYFF, but SNL was making me laugh my head off this week. I was hanging out at ONTD, and even those bitter hipsters were like "OMG HOLY SHIT BIG BIRD YAY!!!" when he showed up, heh. I guess he had to keep it pretty PG just so PBS wouldn't get mad, but it was delightful. And Kate McKinnon is slaying all over the place this season. I loved Crazy Painting Lady, and basically every other impression she's done so far. ("Everyone's a fan of BeyonSAY, Seth!") And Danny Craig and his accents, d'awww.

Movies: Frankenweenie and Not Fade AwayCollapse )

And The Casual Vacancy; spoilers hiddenCollapse )

Next up: this fucker, finally. Then reread The Hobbit. Also, my cable box died and I have to go get a new one tomorrow. >:( I don't have any Tuesday shows right now, mercifully, though it bothers me to know that I'm missing an SVU marathon. This weekend: No and Hyde Park on Hudson at NYFF, and hopefully Argo, and I'll post my Seven Psychopaths review because it's awesome. ...Er, the movie is, I mean.

(ahahaha my Tumblr tag--I mean, my LJ tag referring to Tumblr--is "rollin' and tumblrin'," and Jack actually sings "Rollin' and Tumblin'" in Not Fade Away. dfkgdfgklgj baby. And did I mention they allude to a Vietnam-inspired song called "Sniper" and we don't get to hear it? LEGIT CLAWING AT MY FACE IN THE THEATRE)
location: 10033
mood: restlessrestless
music: "Cops and Robbers" - The Hoosiers
extraordinary machine.
02 October 2012 @ 04:13 pm
OK, my TV situation is even more out of hand than usual this year. I've got to learn to reel in the crazy:

Grey's Anatomy 9x01, Once Upon a Time 2x01, Boardwalk 3x03, Homeland 2x01, Dexter 7x01, Copper 1x07, Downton 3x03, and Revolution 1x03. And that's not even all of 'em!Collapse )

And Looper. I'll hide big spoilers, because I have questions.Collapse )

Also saw Seven Psychopaths last week and LOVED it; my 'proper' review will be up on the 11th. Finished Anna Karenina and really only liked Dolly & Kitty by the end; I was somewhat surprised at the rather cold-hearted abandonment of Anna's story after she died. Suddenly it was the Levin Has Many Feels Show all over again and...ugh, I mean, he had some interesting moments, but I had very little patience for his self-indulgent agonizing ("Define me! Oh, define me! Love me, I need love!") by the end. But I'm looking forward to the film anyway. Am ~200 pages into The Casual Vacancy and I really like it--I know people are saying it's boring, but that's what I like; it's a real intimate character study and kinda reminds me of Zadie Smith. Though I cannot get used to Jo saying "cunt" and talking about Rihanna. It's awesome, but I cannot.
location: 10019
mood: geekygeeky
music: "In the Devil's Territory" - Sufjan Stevens
extraordinary machine.
25 September 2012 @ 02:58 pm
1. Emmys!Collapse )

2. The Office 9x01Collapse )

3. Downton Abbey 3x01-2Collapse )

4. Boardwalk Empire 3x02Collapse )

5. Went to a "Person of Interest" screening event last night with whoamelly_nyc--we saw the S2 premiere, which was super-fun for me because I usually watch it alone and hearing everyone gasping and cheering and stuff was hilarious. (Miles Straume and a dog! is all I will say about the episode.) Then there was a panel interview afterwards and while a lot of it was stuff I'd heard at PaleyFest, it was still adorable to see the cast bantering amongst themselves. Fusco is totally the funniest one. And Taraji isn't pushing the Carter/Reese angle too hard, which makes me happy; the lack of reliance on ships & romance is one of the things I like best about the show. Sadly, they all ran out as soon as it was over (to go back to filming, presumably), and as I've been trying to meet Emerson for like YEARS that was disappointing indeed. But I was in his adorkable presence for like an hour and a half, so I will take it.

6. 50 pages to go in Anna Karenina! Got to the pivotal you-know-what scene this morning...while standing on the platform waiting for the D train. Trolololol, symbolism. AND THEN THE CASUAL VACANCY YEY

7. obsessed with this album omg
location: 10019
mood: workingworking
music: "Babel" - Mumford & Sons
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09 July 2012 @ 07:13 pm
D.C. was pretty fun--it was obscenely hot, so we just stayed inside as much as possible...which is not that different from what I normally do, but whatever. Tuesday night we went out to a bar (and David almost fell off his seat laughing when I sloshed my third[?] screwdriver all over my skirt and wailed "ERR MAH GERD, VERDKER!" At least we make ourselves laugh) and then passed the Scottish embassy or something on the way home, which led to fifteen minutes of Merida impressions. Then on the fourth we saw Spidey and watched fireworks from the Kennedy Center pavilion, and then on Thursday he had to work so I explored the city and went to the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery, where I learned all about George Bellows, who was a pretty awesome dude. (Sidebar: I think we're going to see the Dempsey/Firpo fight on BE this season, since it's jumped to 1923 and we've already met Jack Dempsey. And I'm hardly a big boxing fan, but it was this famous fight where Dempsey actually got knocked out of the ring entirely and then got back in and walloped the shit out of the guy and won. Which is pretty badass, so.) So it was a good, albeit brief, trip.

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War Horse (the play)Collapse )

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1Collapse )

Breaking Bad S4Collapse )

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Well, that was concise. Apparently there was a new episode of "Wallander" last night, so I'll have to track that down, despite its tragic Hiddleslessness. (Knowing that show, they killed off Magnus in some horrific, tragic, bloody way. Argh.) And I'm starting "Luther" soon because I need something to watch on my lunch breaks and there are only ten episodes and also, duh, Idris Elba. And "Covert Affairs" is back tomorrow!

(last update from Brooklyn...!)
location: 11218
mood: hothot
music: "Shady Love" - Scissor Sisters
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Hokay, big movie catch-up post (spoilers are hidden):

Kumaré (which I saw like 20 years ago now but whatever). Religion talk up in here, jsyk.Collapse )

People Like UsCollapse )

Magic MikeCollapse )

BraveCollapse )

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterCollapse )

The Hollow Crown: Richard IICollapse )

Good Lord, that was overzealous. Going to D.C. tomorrow through Thursday for the holiday; we're going to a gay bar called Nellie's (heh) and to see The Amazing Spider-man, hopefully, and then on Friday I'm seeing Shakespeare in the Park (yay!) and then on Saturday I'm seeing War Horse (the play), and then packing/moving next week, so I will be back, like, someday. XO
location: 11218
mood: busybusy
music: "Plush" - Stone Temple Pilots
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11 June 2012 @ 04:27 pm
So yeah, this is a thing!

Prompt: Based on a mix by roseclaw at bigbang_mixup: "open-ish fandoms; AUs are awesome; gen/het/slash – no main pairings, please." Weeeellll, you asked for it.
Summary: When unscrupulous P.I. Irene Adler and haunted assassin Richard Harrow run into one another in a Las Vegas hotel room late one night, they're both rather surprised, and not just because he's there to kill her. They never expected to see one another again, not after that night a year ago.
Fandoms: Boardwalk Empire, Sherlock (BBC), Supernatural, Harry Potter, X-Men (general)
Characters: Richard Harrow, Irene Adler, Jimmy Darmody, John Winchester, Sirius Black, Raven Darkholme, original male characters
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 45,769
Warnings: SPOILERS for the all of the above series, I guess? Language, angst, some violence, rambling, etc.
Author's notes: Good Lord, it's finally finished. Thanks ever to the my dearest mutantjules, as well as my parents (!) for their help & knowledge on various and sundry topics.

( "Rather than killing me, you, shall we say, don't." ) @ AO3

And the fanmix--eight tracks by roseclaw plus four more added by me:

( cover art, tracklisting and links ) @ my Tumblr

er, please read it? Pleeease? *needs attention* even if you don't like Moffat. Hell, especially if you don't. askdasjkaj~
location: 10019
mood: nervousnervous
music: "Sort Of" - Ingrid Michaelson
extraordinary machine.
09 June 2012 @ 11:41 pm


OK, so, Dark Shadows was...not quite what I'd hoped for. And what's up with no premiere and no Letterman?! I miss you, jackass! But hey, all the behind-the-scenes stuff with your BFFs Tim & Helena was cute enough to make me forgive it, mostly. And your MTV Awards performance was fuckin' awesome--how did you know I love The Black Keys?! And like the song says, when I said that I loved you I meant that I love you forever. So maybe you could just do some more original stuff with Tim...or hey, get Shantaram back up & running? I did read a 900-page book for you, yo. But anyway, have a very happy birthday, and next year, when you're 50 and I'm 25, that'd be an excellent time for us to get married or whatever. Just 'cuz of math.

Love always,
Rose xxx

[Prometheus. Spoilers all up in here because there's lots to discuss.]So of course I saw Prometheus last night, and I...was kinda disappoint, ngl. Some people are reacting really, like, scathingly, but I'm genuinely sad that I didn't love it, because I was hoping to. I don't adore alien movies, and I don't adore Ridley Scott, but I basically the entire cast and the hype and secrecy around it really kinda worked on me and raised my hopes. But alas. I didn't hate it; the visuals were awesome and I really genuinely loved Noomi--she basically owned the movie, imo--and Fassy. It was just the writing and the structure and how much information we were given: like, I was unclear from the very start why we were meant to assume that aliens = gods and they were the beings that created humans. I didn't really get that leap. I chalked the whole "open invitation" thing up to regular ol' hubris, but then that didn't quite play out. It just felt like--it was one of those movies where I'm sitting there going "is this over my head, or is it just kind of incoherent?" I wasn't sure if the problem was me or the movie itself, and I couldn't tell if/when I should check out and stop trying, I guess. I hate when that happens. And why, why did they cast Guy Pearce in that role?! As soon as I recognized him I was like 'oh, OK, so he's not dead, and he's gonna come back and get down with some weird de-aging immortal-y Benjamin Button shit (and it will go horribly wrong, etc)', but then...that didn't happen at all. So I've gotta assume they were either setting up for a sequel or they were just fucking with us entirely. Which normally I'd respect, but this just felt random.

And frankly, if there is a sequel, I would actually be 100% OK with it just being Noomi and Fassy's Head in a Bag. They were easily the most interesting characters to me. I did like mostly everyone else, though--nice to see Kate Dickie, aka crazy Lysa Arryn (oh man, can't wait for next season. "Only Cat." ahhhhh. And go watch Red Road immediately), and Logan Marshall-Green (hipster opinion: I have known/liked him since the S4 finale of SVU, "Soulless"), not to mention Idris, of course. But I figured from the start that David couldn't just be a mindless borg servant guy, since he's way too interesting of an actor to cast in a one-note part. As usual, I liked what he had to say about the character: "He is jealous and arrogant because he realizes that his knowledge is all-encompassing and therefore he is superior to the humans." That's really interesting, to have him be kind of petty like that. And the two of them had some great scenes together--though does she know that he basically killed Charlie? I'm thinking not. And why did he do that, by the way? Just to see what the black stuff would do to a human? On Guy Pearce's orders? And are we supposed to think that, like, basically everything that happens in the Alien franchise is because of David, because he infected Charlie and Charlie impregnated Elizabeth (Wham Line of the summer: "It's not exactly a traditional fetus." AAAAAAARGH) and she gave birth, kinda, to that thing? That was NUTS. Not only was that scene completely horrifying (suck on it, Breaking Dawn!), but it was shockingly unimportant to the plot. I mean, the...alien-death baby obviously lived and implanted in the Engineer or whatever, but she basically has this horrific C-section thing and then...never mentions it again. I just wasn't sure there. And then, like, I was kinda thinking of Sunshine and figured everyone would die--oh, my sweet Michelotto, I figured you were a goner pretty early, but did you have to turn into a horrifying alien-zombie? Lawd. And then everyone did die, except for Noomi, and there was a good ten minutes when she was running around doing stuff and I'm like "wait, what? Aren't you alone and stuck on a planet two years away from Earth? Why...are you still doing stuff?" But then she set off to do more sciencin', and while I'm not entirely sure how that would work I do like that she's that determined and badass. I did like her a lot all over the place. I just still have many, many questions, and I'm not 100% sure the writers could answer all of them, necessarily, if asked. And that, of course, is the same problem I had with "Lost" towards the end, and since I personally am a crazy-complicated-Method-backstory kinda writer myself, that causes me great pain. Basically, it feels like it was adapted from a novel I've never read, and like 2/3 of the background info was cut out. Except it wasn't. :\ But still, Fassy & Noomi. The Grand Space Adventures of Lisbeth and Erik!

Oh, and are we supposed to assume that Idris and Charlize did in fact have sex and we DIDN'T GET TO SEE IT? Because that is absolutely, 100% unacceptable. No. This cockblock malfeasance will not stand. (Oh, and hi, random Patrick Wilson cameo, what up, bb. Sorry about "A Gifted Man.")

[And Snow White and the Huntsman. Also spoilers.]And then I did a Charlize double feature and saw Snow White and the Huntsman--my hopes were considerably lower for that one, and I think that's why I was more pleased with it. Obviously it didn't try as hard, but it didn't take itself as seriously, so that made it kinda OK. First of all, visual/costume porn all over the place (same D.P. as Bright Star and Queen Colleen Atwood = hearts in my eyes), and of course Charlize was just fiercin' it up everywhere, as expected. I kinda wanted more of her backstory--there was definitely a rape vibe there, right? With that other king who kidnapped her or whatever? Not to mention ridiculous sexual tension all over the place with her brother, Ridiculously Destitute Man's Jaime Lannister. I am just legit assuming those two hit it at some point. And Lawd, if we're talking chemistry, could Snow and Ravenna have been more hatesexy? With the obsession and turning into William and kissing her (!) and the layers behind "you cannot have my heart"...goddamn, man. (Not to mention Charlize and Kristen just being Sapphic as fuck in every interview. And Chris just sitting there politely, probably daydreaming about Tom. I AM JUST SAYING.) I am all over that incredibly dark ship. And gotta say, that's how you do a love triangle. Snow had a real connection with both William and the Huntsman ["Eric," apparently?], but that didn't become the entire point of her character. I was getting Katniss vibes in a good way with her: the story's really about her and not just about her feelings for the guys, and she's brave and compassionate and can handle her shit, but doesn't just instantly know how to be A Leader Of Men out of nowhere. She's a savior and beautiful and all, but she didn't really have that hardcore Mary Sue quality of being The Best At Everything. That was nice. And it didn't end with a wedding! It didn't end with a wedding!! Hooray! I mean, I liked the hints of love and I don't think being a ~Strong Female Character~ means you can't have a man or whatever, but it was just so cool to see her becoming queen on her own without needing to have a king, right away, necessarily. I totally dug the open-ended conclusion there. I think the case could be made for both dudes; I was kinda getting big-brotherly vibes from the Huntsman at times, even during his speech when she was Mostly Dead (and move over, Jensen Ackles, because we got a new Single Manly Tear champ here. Remember in Thor? "Can I come home?" AAHHHH NOOOO FEELS), but they were totally hot as well. And obvs his kiss was True Love or whatever, but she & William had the whole childhood-BFFs thing, which of course is like my fave trope ever. But she didn't NEED either dude to give her character meaning. So that's awesome.

Also, talk about casting! I spent half the movie going "That's Sam Claflin. No, it's not. Yes it is. No it's not." But the dwarves!! I heard that there was some wank about not casting real little people--which, like, I completely see their point, but don't compare it to blackface, dude--but I had NO idea it was all those BAMFs. Toby Jones and Hottie Grandpa Ian McShane (!!!) and Ray Winstone and Nick Frost (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and Eddie Marsan...?! The hell? Was it me, or did they do like NO press at all for this movie? I mean, it was a cool, unexpected treat, but...weird, man. And this was my 100th film of the year, yay!

And Breaking Bad S2. Geez.Collapse )

bigbang_mixup fic coming REALLY REALLY SUPER-SOON. Get excited!
location: 11218
mood: pensivepensive
music: "Gold on the Ceiling" - The Black Keys
extraordinary machine.
28 May 2012 @ 07:10 pm

second pollCollapse )

EDIT: OK, so the plan is SATURDAY, 16 JUNE at 2:40 PM at AMC Empire 25 (off Times Square). Here is the Fandango link [if it says "no longer available," just select 2:40 again]; shawarma location TBD. Come & join the madness! \o/
extraordinary machine.
28 May 2012 @ 06:30 pm
Happy Memorial Day! It is hot as balls here; I put my air conditioner back in this morning (all by myself, and only almost dropped out the window once, because I am a Strong Female Character and am awesome at shit like that \o/) and left the house for about five minutes only today, because fuck that, outside sucks. I am so, so glad I have a regular old office-y 9-5 job, man.

Also, BAFTAs: Andrew, my darling!

YES! (also Lara Pulver = queen) I'm sad that he & Martin were up against each other, since they're both wonderful, but oh my god, his speech was adorable. He is so presh. He's like an Irish Hiddles; he plays this crazy-ass villain and yet in real life he's basically just :DDDDDDD all the time. Awesome. (And Joe Gilgun's relentless stanning of him is making me stan him in turn. I love how that works. "He's fuckin' ACE.") It's fairly ridic that Benny didn't win, though; I hope S3 is awesome so he can legit get it next time. Awww, babies. Also: Sea Wall. For fuckin' realsies.

Modern Family 3x24, Awake 1x13, Game of Thrones 2x09 and Breaking Bad S1. WHAT?! Yes!Collapse )

Saw Moonrise Kingdom on Saturday, and it apparently had the highest-grossing opening weekend for any indie movie or something, which is cool. I liked it a lot; it didn't dethrone The Royal Tenenbaums/Fantastic Mr. Fox as my fave W.A. film(s), but it's very enjoyable. I still kinda think he's better at creating original characters/relationships than actual coherent, structured plots, but I do kinda respect that basically the entire movie revolves around two totally inexperienced and remarkably un-annoying and un-precocious kids (Sam looked so much like a bb Sean Lennon; it distracted me the entire time). His visuals are getting not only distinctive but pretty ambitious; the storm scenes were pretty impressive. And I still love that there's always a bit of a dark aspect mixed in with all the cutesiness (though I was fairly horrified that they [mild spoiler]killed the dog. D: Why?! What was the point?! Though I did kind of enjoy the ridiculously bloodthirsty kids). And of course the music was great. So that was good.

Then yesterday I sneaked into Men in Black 3 after The Avengers [was a little bitter that it took down TA as the #1 movie? Yes, yes I was] and it wasn't bad; better than the second, though of course not as good as the first. I'm always down for time-travel, and the banter was as great as ever; Josh Brolin was totally perf & inspired as Young K. I'm one of the four people who saw W. in 2008, and his Bush was pretty fab too. (Some people appeared to miss the joke of him saying he was 29, though. Er.) It's kinda worth it just for him, and for Bill Hader as Andy Warhol. And for Michael Stuhlbarg, too--is there such a thing as Manic Pixie Dream Dude? Because that's basically what he was, and I am totally HFT. And I kind of love Jemaine Clement now--I had NO idea who the bad guy was the entire time, and at the end I'm like "THAT'S who that is?!" It was just such a balls-out cray-cray performance that it kinda endeared him to me, I dunno. I like 'em weird. Emma Thompson was quite underused, though; I love how Nicole Scherzinger is doing all this press as if her part isn't (a) five minutes long and (b) entirely pointless. (She can werk them thigh-high Louboutins, though, lawd.) The plot kinda falls apart if you think about it too hard, but I was not prepared for feels at the end. I can't handle it when Will Smith cries, especially when it's [spoilers]Daddy Issues-related. D: Y'all remember that "Fresh Prince" ep; don't act like you don't. I did kinda call that as soon as the dude mentioned his "firstborn," but it was still kinda sweet, with Will's DDD': face and little bb James talking to K. And are we supposed to think that K was kinda keeping an eye on him and waiting to see if he could recruit him for all those years? Because that's kinda cute. A little retconny, but cute. Not impressed by the song, "Back in Time," however. They'll never touch the OG theme song. I blasted that on my iPod walking home from the theatre, and on my way I passed a pug tied up outside a store, which made me laugh because remember Frank the Pug from the first two movies? "You don't like it, you can kiss my furry little butt!" Heh. I am easily amused. And no, I did not miss Gaga and Tim Burton, among others, in the background on the screens at MiB headquarters. Dohohoho.
location: 11218
mood: lazylazy
music: "Colors" - April Smith and the Great Picture Show
extraordinary machine.
22 May 2012 @ 10:19 pm
More finales! And other things. Game of Thrones 2x08, The Borgias 2x07, The Big C 3x07, House 8x23 :( and Glee 3x22.Collapse )

Also: 5 Seconds of Every #1 Billboard Hot 100 Hits From 1993-2011. OUTSTANDING. Cannot stop listening. It's hilarious how I know/loved most of the songs at the beginning, and then increasingly fewer and fewer as the years go on and I became more of a grumpy, NPR-listening, get-off-my-lawn curmudgeon--and my average shoots up again around 2009 when "Glee" started, because of all the covers they did. CURSES! BEGONE!

Oh, and I watched 21 Jump Street tonight, and I cannot even pretend I didn't laugh. A lot. "Stop fuckin' with Korean Jesus! He ain't got time for your problems! He busy! With Korean shit!" Oh my god, crying.
location: 11218
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Ellie Goulding - Salt Skin | Powered by Last.fm
extraordinary machine.
So I'm moving in July or so and I'm looking to sublet or rent a room temporarily until David moves back to town in ~January, and I put an ad on Craigslist saying that I'm quiet and boring and reliable and all that. I got a response from this girl who has a REALLY nice place and is asking literally less than half of what I'm paying now in rent (!!!), but she wants a background check first. Like, a legit legal record saying I'm not a criminal or whatever, and she linked to a bunch of sites like PeopleFinders. And lemme tell you, those things are a ripoff. They charge all sorts of exorbitant fees for info, and most of it's really inaccurate--I looked up my parents, and they have really old addresses and incorrect names and dates and everything. And I'm not anywhere to be found, probably because I've never owned property or had a driver's license (or been arrested). Which is comforting, I guess, but if I miss out on this place because of that I'm gonna be annoyed. Lord, I hate moving. Do most people want that much info before renting a room?!

Anyway. Finales! Community 3x19-21, Grey's Anatomy 8x24, Person of Interest 1x24, Awake 1x12 and Supernatural 7x23.Collapse )

I'm still hurriedly catching up on "House" so I can be ready for the presumably tragic-as-fuck finale on Monday. :\ Also, temporarily changed my Tumblr URL to stillguardingasses-man. Because I've lost control of my life.
location: 11218
mood: relaxedrelaxed
extraordinary machine.
17 May 2012 @ 09:45 am
Because you can't see it just once, lbr.

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EDIT: WOW OKAY YOU'RE ALL AS DUMB AS I AM--that June 31st should be, er, July 1st. >______> LOKI'D~~~

Discuss further in comments! And tell yo' friends!
extraordinary machine.
16 May 2012 @ 07:36 pm
Everything continues to be Avengers and hurt only very minimally: you know how I've been screeching since September that I was there in Central Park when Hiddles lifted a little kid holding a Cap shield onto his shoulders for a photo? Well, the kid's dad wrote up the story, and when I linked it on Tumblr the dad sent me a cute message about how he'd been trying to find me since I mentioned being there ("boy, that sounded creepy") and gave me props for getting a picture with Hiddles and all. :D HEE. This fandom truly is a group hug. I didn't know Evans' mom was there!! *flail*

And then today we learned that BADGE IS JOINING IRON MAN 3. \8D/ skfjdfsdjfsklfjks DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I stan for him since "Rubicon" and "The Pacific" and Shame? BECAUSE IT'S A LOT. Also Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall and RDJ teaming up with Shane Black again and hfs this movie could actually be perf. I know IM2 wasn't grand, but I have faith in this one. Eeeee! Also, on Mother's Day my mom shocked me by revealing that she just loves Ruffalo (!), so I gushed about how sweet he is and everything, and she made the colossal mistake of saying "I might actually have to see that movie if he's in it." YES. TURNED ANOTHER ONE. IT'S GONNA HAPPEN. \o/ [Trivia for the day: I was flipping through a TV Guide from 2000 for work earlier--did we know that Mark had a short-lived cop show called "The Beat"? Because I didn't! And we have two eps in our database!]

Oh, and it seems that I am organizing some kind of ONTD Assemble meetup/screening type thing for sometime soon, so that's exciting. I sent out messages last night & we don't have a date yet, but hopefully we'll get it together. (And go to Forbidden Planet and/or eat shawarma.) Also, avengerkink is really starting to take over my brain. I was literally thinking about prompts before I opened my eyes this morning. Right on schedule. First Class 2011, Avengers 2012...Hobbit 2013? INTO IT!

Once Upon a Time 1x22, Game of Thrones 2x07, The Big C 3x06, The Borgias 2x06, Smash 1x15 and Glee 3x20-1.Collapse )

(No, I do not want to talk about Dark Shadows. *facepalm* Er...some of the visuals were really cool. And the score. The score was good, because Danny. Look, Battleship is probably gonna be worse, OK?!)
location: 11218
mood: hothot
extraordinary machine.
12 May 2012 @ 09:35 pm
I'M GOING FOR IT. I'm gonna break my record and see The Avengers five times. At least that's the plan right now. BUT I THINK I CAN DO IT. I'll have to do some ~double features, but that shouldn't be hard, with all the good stuff coming out soon. We shall see. Last night was viewing #2, and I was somewhat less spazzy and excited and therefore noticed a whole bunch more subtle things: stray thoughts. Too many, though not as many as last time, so.Collapse )

And I got awesome trailers this time! My audience was kinda not that awesome, but they did at least applaud politely after TDKR. (Goddamn, that movie's gonna be dark.) And Brave. So very excite for that.

Community 3x19, The Big Bang Theory 5x24, The Office 8x24, Grey's Anatomy 8x23, Person of Interest 1x22 and Awake 1x11.Collapse )

Dark Shadows tomorrow. God help me.
location: 11218
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
music: Alexi Murdoch - Orange Sky | Powered by Last.fm
extraordinary machine.
08 May 2012 @ 09:19 pm
And the Avengers madness continues! We're having parties basically every single day at ONTD, which is quite good fun, of course (I'm a top commenter!!), and countless new people appear to be getting on the Hiddles bandwagon--I can't even be mad; it's just all so glorious. And I finally decided to brave avengerkink and I've already found a few things I want to fill after I see it again this weekend (I'm going again Friday! And getting shawarma first! Excellent plan, y/y?). I also have want to see Dark Shadows, obviously, though the reviews are finally starting to roll in and they're...not great. *double facepalm* Johnny, hon, why do you do this to me? I thought we were tight. And we're not even getting a NYC premiere. If the buzz keeps going downhill, then the mocking text messages from my friends will start coming in as well, because they all know I'm stupidly loyal and I'll be there anyway and...oy, it's The Tourist all over again. *creys* And next weekend there's nothing...but Moonrise Kingdom in two weeks! (?)

Behind as ever because of movies and superhero feelings, but:

Community 3x18, Supernatural 7x21, Once Upon a Time 1x21, Game of Thrones 2x06, The Borgias 2x05, Smash 1x14 and Glee 3x19-20 (briefly, because I am out of fucks to give)Collapse )
location: 11218
mood: hungryhungry
music: Sublime - Santeria | Powered by Last.fm
extraordinary machine.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S DO THIS SHIT. I am still loopy and tired and having a legit nutty but I will try to get my thoughts together because this shit needs to be discussed. First, NON-spoilery marathon talkCollapse )

AND THEN IT WAS FINALLY MIDNIGHT AND THE TRAILER STARTED AND WE GOT...a Chris Pine romantic dramedy. Really, tho. >___> That was lame and everyone booed (heh), but then we got Lawless and I was like EVERYONE SHUT THE GODDAMN HELL UP IT'S GARY OLDMAN and they did (basically it's Deep South Boardwalk Empire, yes? EXCIIIIITE) and we cheered for Prometheus the instant we saw "from Ridley Scott," and best of all, The Amazing Spider-man got a wildly favorable response--people haven't seemed to be too excited, and I REALLY am, but I guess they're coming around. "Oh, you've found my weakness! It's tiny knives!" PETER. But we did NOT get TDKR and I am not at all okay with that. >___________< The one big disappointment of the night. BUT THEN THERE WAS THE MOVIE (and there are spoilers back here okay)Collapse )

And then when it was over I wasn't tired AT ALL; I was jazzed up on pure adrenaline and I was like "THIS MOVIE, I LIKE IT! ANOTHER!" but then we had to leave and I got to bed around 4:00 and slept in and went to work a bit late and spent all day in a nerdy haze of happiness. And now I wanna see it again. Like, I really really wanna see it again like NOW. I'm feeling all withdrawal-y and twitchy and jittery and I swear I learned about this in middle-school health class. I JUST NEED THE CRACK AGAIN OKAY

(and now I'm watching SPN oh my god what the actual devil is happeniiiiiiiiiiing)

OH AND MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. And tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day, so don't forget to get on that shit.
location: 11218
mood: nerdynerdy
music: Soundgarden - Live to Rise | Powered by Last.fm
extraordinary machine.
30 April 2012 @ 11:15 pm

Community 3x17, The Office 8x22, Grey's Anatomy 8x21, Awake 1x09, Supernatural 7x20, Once Upon a Time 1x20, Game of Thrones 2x05, The Borgias 2x04 and Smash 1x13. Lawd.Collapse )

Here, have another gif for your time:

And I finished my bigbang_mixup fic!! Final word count is 45,000+. D8 What have I wrought. I still have lots of editing (and graphics-making) to do, but it's quite a load off. It's not due for another month since we got an extension, but I am quite looking forward to posting.
location: 11218
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
extraordinary machine.

you have made me very desperate.Collapse )

Then it took me like two fuckin' hours to get home tonight because the trains were messed up and the universe didn't want me getting complacent. Yeah, yeah, point taken. AND NEXT WEEK IS THE MARATHON. \o/ And I saw The Pirates! Band of Misfits last night and that was adorable ("12 doubloons--and a free pen!") and amazingly British and I guessed nearly all the voices right and it was lovely. And now I am le tired...but I will probs do an ONTD post because I have not the shame. (edit: hokay I did~)

...oh my god my stupid face is gonna be in the background of SO much press footage and official pics and stuff. WHYYY
location: 11218
mood: chipperchipper
extraordinary machine.
24 April 2012 @ 09:56 pm
(Forgive me, but really, that line is going down in the annals of television as one of the best Precision F-Strikes of all time, along with my beloved Richard's "I don't fuckin' believe this" and Michael Scott's "I drove my car into a fucking lake!" BRONN )

Once Upon a Time 1x19, Game of Thrones 2x04, The Borgias 2x03, The Big C 3x03, Smash 1x12 and Glee 3x17.Collapse )

Allllmost done catching up on "Person of Interest." (OMG. The baby ep. d y i n g forever) And Titus Fucking Pullo is joining "Dexter"! I'm both worried about and very excited for next season; the whole incesty thing seems like a disaster in the making, but the last ten seconds of that finale were AMAZING and I think that could go somewhere really fun if they don't wuss out. And I love Ray Stevenson in general, so I'm excited.

Going to a screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Thursday, complete with tea-tasting beforehand. AND I DON'T THINK I NEED TO EXPLAIN WHAT SATURDAY IS. ASSEMBLE FASTER.

EDIT: OH AND I FORGOT, re: SPN--REALLY?! YOUR MURDEROUS PENIS STRIKES AGAIN, SAM. Man, I was positively delighted to hear that Annie had had the good sense to virtually make Wincest canon and get with both boys (and Bobby!), and then BOOM. Dead two seconds after we meet her. I just...gdi, show. Life and also choices. But aww, Bobby.
location: 11218
mood: creativecreative
music: Oh Land - Deep-Sea | Powered by Last.fm