Watching TV

Apr. 4th, 2010 09:16 am
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I tried to record Dr Who but the new PVR kept giving me too many automatic options so I ending up doing it by hand and screwing up the timing so all we got was 70 minute more of sodding boat race than I ever want to see.

Thank God for the iPlayer. )

In other TV news probably re-watching Boys from the Black Stuff is not the best idea when in the middle of finally claiming DLA (Disability Living Allowance). A letter came from the DWP asking for additional information. It could be a trick. Although times have changed and we really should have claimed from the beginning. You have to get people’s names on the books, get them into the system or no one will believe them when they do need to claim. I know why we didn’t. When they were diagnosed it didn’t feel as if money was the main problem and the form is a 50 page behemoth on which every question is an invitation to betray your children by explaining what a burden they are. I wasn’t ready for that then.
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Disclaimer: I suppose these are more (entirely subjective) reactions than recs as such. But words are hard and a vid has to get under your skin for any to come. There is no bad. There is much good. Links to all vids and vid shows are here.

Non-attending Premieres (3 vids) )
Club Vivid (9 vids)  )
Premieres One (6 vids) )
Premieres Two (4 vids) )
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My TV hates me and fails to record Ballet Shoes. The BBC hates me and won’t put it up on its iPlayer. Bah! Humbug! Kylie’s up though

Spoilers decide whose naughty or nice  )

Shinies

Jul. 18th, 2007 03:00 pm
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An article in Tuesday’s Guardian talking about how the possibility of gene therapy for various forms of congenital blindness raises issues about ‘disability’ and identity.

Do I want my sight back?

From physical to political blindness a whole series of recent posts on colour blindness and racial stereotyping in the UK and other places outside the US springing off from debates over Martha’s storyline in the most recent season of Dr. Who.

helpful hint for the colorblind: BE LESS BLIND

Racism on an international scale

In which our heroine explains to Doctor Who fans about "Mammy" in Britain

I feel rather humbled by the net effect of reading all the discussions. I understand the arguments against colour blindness not being the ultimate ideal to strive for in a world where race does matter. Intellectually I agree with them but completely missed the racial implications of spoilers for DW S3/29 )

Meanwhile less contentious politically and having little to do with vision at any frequency [livejournal.com profile] peasant_’s Buffy metathon continues to generate some thought-provoking essays. Personal favourites include:

Through a glass darkly by [livejournal.com profile] 2maggie2 on Faith and Buffy mirroring each other.

You need to learn by [livejournal.com profile] peasant_ herself on Giles in season 7.

Vampires Amidst the Community by [livejournal.com profile] dlgood on the role of the state in dealing with the supernatural.

Are you ready to be strong? by [livejournal.com profile] icemink comparing Joyce and Darla as mother figures.

Three vids

Jul. 12th, 2007 07:03 pm
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Some old, some new, all Who.

Don’t stop me now by [livejournal.com profile] charmax. Let all other Master vids speak its name. Finger drummingly, reloadably, I love Lucy bad. So very, very bad.

The Lonely People by [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro Rose as Eleanor Rigby drifting through life. He comes but it’s all too much, no one was saved. Father Mackenzie burys her in blue, Wendy abandoned by Pan. A vid that pulls you in on a rush of emotion and dazzles you with its intelligence in retrospect.

My Hit Song by [livejournal.com profile] butterfly Happier times. Rose’s awfully big adventure. She just lights up the screen.

Brain vids

Jul. 8th, 2007 11:49 am
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Last night I watched the second half of The Lady From Shanghai. It’s such an uncomfortably hot film, all the sweat running off the men’s faces, only Rita keeping her immaculate powdered cool in every close up. As ever, the big production number was the Hall of Mirrors shooting but I’d completely forgotten the aquarium sequence. A better vidder than me would remix Icebound Stream with sharks instead of polar bears in the tanks. There would be shattered mirrors and tropical heat in place of snow globes and arctic landscapes and an infinitely more bitter ending .


This one has spoilers for the s3/29 arc of DW )
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This season has certainly inspired much thought and looking back it’s difficult to argue that that wasn’t intended. Other people have pointed out the recurrent themes of power in naming (the Shakespeare Code) or seeing (Blink) a thing, of hope and the will to survive and how the latter can be both a virtue and the most (im)mortal of sins. I still think all the threads never quite ravelled for several reasons that in the end boil down to two things.

Read more )
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So catching up with the weekend papers at last a review of Barbara Gowdy’s new novel Helpless about a paedophile reminded me of the whole still-puttering-on ‘responsible writing’ debate.

The novel throws up many issues. Such dubious territory, for example, should arguably not be navigated in what is essentially entertainment. But, on the other hand, the prose masterpiece that is Lolita would never have been written without considerable boundary-breaking. Helpless, however, is more reminiscent of Stephen King than of Nabokov. There's a strange sense here that Gowdy has both held back and stepped too far. Being propelled through this skilful but unpleasant page-turner leaves the reader with a distinct feeling of being stalked.

It was a perfectly standard broadsheet piece on a book the reviewer found mildly disturbing but not without merit. You could find similarly measured book/TV/movie reviews all over LJ yet expressing the same kind of tempered reservations about a piece of fanfic is nigh on impossible. It can be done but it isn’t *done* or when it is the consequences can be kerfuffles like the one that recently swept SGA fandom on race. So people may feel such reservations but don’t speak them because the default with LJ comments is to take criticism personally. You can try to depersonalise as [livejournal.com profile] heatherly did by emphasising her expert status but it doesn’t really work. Fandom provides a safe space for writing and for squee and both of those are hard in the other places so it’s good that they exist but it’s not a safe space for criticism or counter speech and that can be problematic. But I’m not sure how it could be otherwise.

Speaking of squee though I also caught up with the latest Dr. Who )

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