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That what show are you watching meme?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - the “when Sarah met the very scary robots” show. Or for the last episode the James Ellison/Johnny Cash on a white horse show.

Heroes - in the first season I think the only thing I wasn’t watching was the “Sylar is the only character worth vidding” show. Three episodes into the second I really have no idea. Possibly the “Angela Petrelli back in the day Company Chronicles” but hopefully not the “West is really annoying but I can’t put my finger on exactly why” show.

Battlestar Galactica - the “note to self, religion freaky and where have all the real Cylons gone” show. Plus the “Mary McDonnell/Tricia Helfer/Katee Sackoff” is totally awesome show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8 - spoilers are what a slayer breathes )
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Catch up today two-for-one Heroes vids. Both of these I’d saved to watch for after the S1 finale, for some reason I seemed to think that ensemble vids were OK to watch in advance, but character studies were total spoiler-bombs.

Pink Bullets by [livejournal.com profile] ghost_lingering

This was intriguing and I wouldn’t normally say that about Sylar. Some wonderful work matching movement to music, keeping the flow and the visual interest going. It keeps very close to the lyric almost to the point of losing focus for a little in the middle (I wasn’t sure if Peter, for example was there as a parallel or a contrast) but I loved how it all came back to Gabriel in the bridge.


The Good Soldier by [livejournal.com profile] phoenixchilde

There should be more Matt vids but this one would still have his Five Years Gone arc covered. Great use of the lyrics, spirit and letter both, especially the irony of “God is on our side” and the regretfulness of the middle section. Also beat-whoring to die for, every whipcrack head-turn to the drumbeats marking the finish.
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I’ve missed too many birthdays. Belated good wishes to [livejournal.com profile] gwyn_r [livejournal.com profile] butterfly and [livejournal.com profile] londonkds.

Still haven’t watched Landslide, I’m saving that for tonight. Meanwhile The Hard Part made concrete some thoughts that have been churning for a while.

Just how dumb is Mohinder? )
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Belatedly but Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy!

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Nov. 12th, 2007 02:24 pm
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I don’t often post fic recs but [livejournal.com profile] selenak’s Folly about how Nathan met Meredith is an instantly believable piece of Petrelli family history. They say it with flowers, a bouquet you can’t refuse.

This week a new round of synopses posts at [livejournal.com profile] strangefandom begins. The idea is that people get assigned vids from a fandom they barely know and post their impressions of the later based on the former. Imagine trying to work out the storyline of Life on Mars from There’s too much Light in this Bar and you’re about there. Or actually here. I didn’t have time to participate this time but round one was a blast and also you get to see some awesome and unexpected vids. My favourite from the first was the Princess Tutu amv Hold Me Now by alkampfer81 with another amv for a show called Azumanga Daioh ADVentures in Translation by rogueintellectproductions coming a close second. Read download and weep because there don’t seem to be any region two DVDs for Princess Tutu and I have to see this show. To find out why watch the vid, read the summaries and marvel at the concept of any series where the first line that comes to mind describing it is “Princess Tutu who is also a duck…”

October saw the release of two remarkable movie-based vids both capturing the intensity and tragedy of adolescence albeit in very different contexts.

[livejournal.com profile] absolutedestiny’s Deep Kick is a hard vid to watch, it pulls no punches about what happens to group of 15 year old gangland boys, their confusion and pain. But it also manages to convey the deep bonds that form between them and why those who survive might in the end look back on the experience and agree with the Butthole Surfers that:

It's better to regret.
Something you did.
Than something you didn't do.


[livejournal.com profile] charmax’s Cry me a River is about girls not boys and set in a very different world but although class differences replace cutting and Kaposi’s with falconry and fencing lessons the emotional intensity is still there. It still hurts.

Finally moving on to a later stage in life [livejournal.com profile] bradcpu’s Goodnight Moon uncovers the awful truths of parenthood on Heroes. The places you’ll go.
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Quickly before the new episode begins

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Belated Happy Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] raincitygirl and[livejournal.com profile] starynightshade!

Also late thoughts on the Heroes episode Company Man although I've watched up to Parasite now.
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While channel hopping I caught the first three episodes of The Riches or to be more accurate the second half of the first two and most of the third one. It’s odd, HBO quality actors, production values and writing scene by scene but it doesn’t feel as if there’s a story yet, can’t tell whether it wants to be a black comedy or something more dramatic. Eddie Izzard is fascinating and keeps you watching just waiting for him to flip into full on Izzardism but he never quite does, it’s positively tantric. He’s not a comedian (he’s a very naughty boy) but a middle aged, semi-(I think) failed con artist, father of four having a mid-life crisis or sorts. Then again if it were an urban fantasy he’d be the pubescent who discovers the netherworld, the audience entry point and part of my current dissonanace with the show is that at the moment he’s the only entry point. So far all the other characters, whether his own family or buffers feel like faeries or monsters not people yet. I can’t remember their names.

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Dad just e-mailed the X-rays of his knee op. Ain’t technology great.

After shamelessly scanning reviews of the Heroes second season opener I’ve been very, very good about not reading posts on the second ep. Mostly this unaccountable attack of virtue is thanks to a vid bunny biting my brain as letting it gorge on any more story could cause a Peter-like overload. So Distractions

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Last week I watched an old Fritz Lang movie Human Desire loosely based on Zola’s La Bete Humaine. The atmosphere was certainly Zolaesque, miserable, ground down people trapped in their miserable, animalistic lives with the industrial background an ever present metaphor. The industry in question being a railroad the metaphor was almost comically Freudian but the film positively dour, a reminder that America didn’t all miraculously turn Technicolor after the war. There was one white picket fence on show but blink and you’d miss it, looming larger on the landscape were the dead end bar where prematurely aged railway men numbed their inadequacies and the cramped hallways of domestic discontent. The cheap artificiality of the women’s lacquered hair and girdled waists managed to dim even Gloria Grahame’s sultry looks, she played the femme fatale part but came across more as a battered wife, drowning as much as luring.

In other news Heroes and the first of the Christopher Ecclestone episodes. Read more... )
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Re-reading Astonishing X-Men while catching up with Heroes on BBC2 (up to episode 12 now) its very striking how differently the same basic hook of mutant superpowers is used. While the X-Men’s abilities shape their personalities they don’t obviously arise from them. Maybe it’s different for secondary mutations - Emma does like diamonds - but I’m not going to speculate based on one example. In Heroes on the other hand part of the joy of it all is seeing how each character’s power reflects on him/her. Bearing in mind that I’ve only seen half the series (but am more than a little spoiled for the rest) it’s too tempting to go through them all character by character and guess at what each power means. In most cases I don’t think it’s as simple as the power being a metaphor for a character trait. Read more... )

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