adelagia: (mst3k | something vague)
Sarea and I are back from SDCC; we have many stories to tell. Unfortunately, my laptop is on the fritz (well, it's either the laptop, my ISP, or some unholy combination of both, and soon I will have no hair left to pull out), so that post plus all the pictures (and a short report from our 1D concert) are going to have to wait. There's just a lot of formatting to get through that is way too cumbersome to do on my thankfully functional but wee tablet.

Hope you are all well!! ♥

adelagia: (mst3k | danger small talk)
Oh, there's not much to report; at least, I can't think of anything all that exciting, so this post is going to be a random assortment of TV thoughts.

- I tried watching How to Get Away with Murder; I gave it two episodes and read a review of the third, and I'm done with it. Every single one of the characters is a tick-the-box caricature, and unlikable ones, at that. And it's not that unlikable characters have no place in a show; they just have to earn it, and none of them has. Also, this show seemingly has no idea what it wants to be, so it's just chucking everything it can think of onscreen and hoping the audience gets too whiplashed to notice.

- The Flash, on the other hand, is super fun. It chugs along with a joyful pace and doesn't let itself get mired too deeply in superhero angst, even when the hero does have heavy shit to deal with.

- I'm also enjoying Selfie, which I did not expect. Admittedly, the pilot is a little shaky, and Selfie is saddled with a crap name and worse trailers. I only checked it out because I like John Cho and Karen Gillan, and they are both so good in this. The writing since the pilot has been surprisingly solid as well. I rarely actually lol at TV, but last week's episode got several audible laughs out of me, thanks to the leads' total commitment to the humour, and their ability to infuse vulnerability into their characters. The ratings are pretty horrific though, so I have very little hope for this show to stick around. Sad. Check it out before it's too laaaate.

- Inspector Lewis is somehow back for another season, after quite a final ending of last series. Not that I mind. They explained the return well enough for me, and I enjoy Lewis and Hathaway running about solving murders and being dryly hilarious with each other. The new DC is okay, too; I was worried they might try to do something romancey with her and Hathaway, but so far, so good.

- EVERYBODY WATCH IN THE FLESH. [livejournal.com profile] slitherhither is totally on board with it now, if only because I forced her to borrow my S1 DVDs. I'll force you all to do it too. One by one, you shall all succumb.

Nothing to do with TV, but I'll leave you with this:

About the cute colleague mentioned in an earlier post…
Slither: "What does he look like? Who would play him in a movie?"
[Slither and Sarea high-five for excellent question-asking]
Adelagia: "He's a cross between someone I haven't figured out yet and Eric Bana."
Sarea: "[gasps] I love Eric Bana! You must marry him immediately."

adelagia: (AD | question)
And the winner for weirdest question I've been asked in recent memory goes to the gentleman who approached me and Sarea at our table last weekend while we were playing Pandemic.

Man: "Excuse me, can I ask you a question?"
Adelagia: "... Okay."
Man: "I want to buy a ring for my girlfriend, and you have about the same size hands as she does. What ring size are you?"

Adelagia: [watches as he ambles away] "Well, that's going on LJ."

Adelagia: "Is there even a jewellery store here?"
Sarea: "You think that's the hole in his story??"

adelagia: (pixar | dory)
Hey, it's been quite a while since I was obnoxiously in-your-face about One Direction, right? Well, NO LONGER. They just released a new song yesterday (with album out in November; brace yourselves), and it is a delight. I present Fireproof:



And then some genius also did a mashup of Story of My Life and Fireproof. I've listened to it only about a gazillion times.



adelagia: (community | brain wrinkled)
As usual, I'm behind the curve and I missed In the Flesh when it originally aired its first series last year and its second earlier this summer. I'd heard a few rumblings here and there of it being good, but I didn't really pay attention as zombies are not particularly my thing. A few weeks ago, [livejournal.com profile] accordingtomel told me that it was on her list, so we decided we'd watch it at the same time. She hasn't managed to start watching, as her computer has been giving her a hellish time, and I've been terrible and binge-watched the entire thing, because it turns out that it doesn't matter that zombies aren't my thing. Set in the microcosm of a claustrophobic, small town in Lancashire, the show is an insightful, piercing reflection of human society in all its intolerances, self-aggrandizements, and snide asides. That this mirror includes a few risen undead somehow only manages to enhance its humanity all the more.

But to leave it there would be doing it a disservice, as In the Flesh covers a damn lot of territory and does it all with a deft hand -- navigating the balance between getting by and taking charge, getting prejudice thrown in your face and exposing your own, earning forgiveness from others and accepting yourself. There are a few moments that are a tad heavy-handed, but many more that are handled with impressive subtlety -- the protagonist's sexuality, for one, is, to paraphrase Orphan Black's Cosima Niehaus, not the most interesting thing about him; it simply is what it is. Small, mundane moments -- the dreaded and banal task of untangling bunting, a toaster that only works if you have the right knack to it -- bind the show even tighter to reality.

And in that vein, it isn't, either, a blood, guts, and braaains fest one might expect on hearing the word zombie; there certainly is some of it sprinkled in, but this isn't the usual fare about violence and bare-bones survival. It's about coming home and reconciling who you are and who you've become with the things you remember and the things that have changed, a lesson all the harder when you've been dead a few years and have, for reasons still unknown, risen from your grave, been rehabilitated with medications and daily affirmations, and reintroduced to the living.

The anchor of the show is Kieren Walker, sensitive, artistic, and unsure of himself, who in S1 has just been released from a treatment center; he doesn't want to cause a fuss or stir anything up, and even less wants to take sides. Pulling him in one direction is his loving but emotionally shuttered family (and let me just say, when the dam finally does break, it is a seriously powerful moment), and in the other, his new, undead friends who are vociferously proud of who they are, and all around them, the denizens of this tiny, bleak town where mob mentality can rear its head in a second flat. That being said, any single one of the characters could be us; there's no pure black-and-white in this 'verse. Even the moustache-twirlingest of them have understandable, if horribly misguided, reasons for the havoc they cause.

Of course, the best writing in the world could fall flat without the right cast, but thankfully, the cast is amazing through and through. Kieren's played by Luke Newberry, who very rightly was nominated for a BAFTA for this role (and is an adorable fluffy bunny in interviews and things), and he infuses Kieren with a beautifully awkward energy, mild at first glance, but thrumming with anxiety under his skin. Even the way he lopes along, just slightly off, is wonderful to watch.

Also of note, Emily Bevan, playing Amy Dyer, Kieren's best dead friend forever. I don't know where she came from, but Emily Bevan is a gem. Amy sparkles every minute she's on screen, with more joie de vivre in her pinky finger than any of the living do in their entire beings. It would be unbelievably easy for her flair and her quirks to shunt her into the substance-free manic pixie dream girl trap, but she's grounded with sympathy and sadness, and I love her. And then there's Emmett Scanlan (on whom I now have a massive talent-crush), who shows up in S2 as Simon, an enigmatic disciple from the undead opposition whose magnetism and whisky-velvet voice earn him plenty of followers himself. His performance in the episode that gives us Simon's backstory is exquisite.

There are admittedly a few logistical and physiological quibbles to be had, but all of the above more than make up for it. An infinity's worth of kudos to the creator Dominic Mitchell for building such an intricate yet familiar universe and populating it with characters who feel all too real. I cannot recommend this show enough.

tl;dr: OMG IN THE FLESH IS AMAZING YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT.

Oh, Oranje

Jul. 9th, 2014 08:07 pm
adelagia: (mst3k | strawberries)
Ugh, matches decided by penalties are the worst. NEDvARG )

adelagia: (pixar | dory)
Our intrepid Portland adventures continue! Here's PART I in case you missed the massive amounts of food we crammed down our gullets the first two days.




So. Much. Food. )

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Get ready for food porn, friends; [profile] sarea_okelani, [personal profile] slitherhither, and I just got back last weekend from eating all the things in Portland. On this trip, we discovered that, contrary to popular belief, our stomachs are not limitless chasms. Portland totally broke us, and we still have yet to fully recover. As Sarea noted, it feels like my stomach has a bandage on and is just limping along with a little crutch. But let's start at the beginning, which, as you may recall, is a very good place to start.


With thanks to Sarea for coding all the pictures for me... )


adelagia: (pixar | dug lolling)
Oof, this Daylight Saving is a bear. I guess it's nice that it's not pitch black at 5:30 in the evening anymore; on the flip side, getting up this morning was a damned chore. Haven't we, as a society, outgrown Daylight Saving? Let it go, I say. Just let it go.

Relatedly, here is a video on How to Get Out of Bed. It speaks to the very depths of my soul.



This next one was shared by [livejournal.com profile] sarea_okelani; it's a Bad Lip Reading of NFL players/coaches. I've seen this thing at least eight times now, and it's still hysterical every time. Just thinking about some of the little overdubs makes me giggle.



They crushed his fuzzy cape!

adelagia: (mst3k | whimsy overdose)
Happy new year, everybody! Let's ring it in (a couple days late, whatever) with a hysterical Funny or Die video that I couldn't figure out how to embed, shall we? Especially good for Downton Abbey fans. :)))

adelagia: (futurama | zap's medal)
NaBloPoMo, Day 30. Hey, we made it to the end of November! Whaaat.

I can't remember what the last NaBloPoMo question is, nobody has posted yet for me to copy & paste the question from, and I am obviously too lazy to find the meme, but I think it had something to do with posting a funny thing, so: Buzzfeed asks their UK office to label US states.

In all honesty, they do a hell of a lot better than I think most Americans would (and Americans are also terrible at Europe). But just to be clear, there is no state called Squaresies. :)

adelagia: (pixar | dug is sad)
NaBloPoMo, Day 29: 29. What movie, book, or TV episode makes you cry without fail? (Or get wibbly, if you're not a crier.)

I'm definitely a crier. Pretty much everything makes me cry. But if I had to pick one, I'm going with the first fifteen minutes of Up. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. I've seen that movie maybe four or five times, and it gets me every single time. Super ugly crying, SO UGLY. Sometimes even just thinking about the musical score makes me wibbly. (Basically, I'm a mess.)

adelagia: (1d | soml)
Gather round, children. Grab a chair, get comfortable. I'm going to talk about One Direction's new album, Midnight Memories, officially out today.

First, can I just say, the boys co-wrote almost the entire thing? I am full to bursting with all the proud mother feels.

The album: Is pretty damn good. It has a much more contemporary, adult sound, alternately indie pop/rock and '80s-influenced rock. There are a few missteps that run a little too saccharine or boisterous for my tastes (but as I came out of the womb fully formed as a crotchety old woman, I am heavily biased against any song about being young and doing whatever the hell you want, because I always feel like those things should come with a caveat of as long as you don't hurt, disrespect or otherwise inconvenience someone else in the process. Yeah, that would make an excellent pop song; somebody get on it), but overall, it's a pretty brilliant showcase for what they're capable of: solid songwriting, rich harmonies, emotional gravity.

Story of My Life remains the best track I've ever heard from them, but I've expounded on that one endlessly, so here are three of my other favourites from the album:

Happily. Co-written by Harry, this (or perhaps Through the Dark) should have been their third single instead of the lacklustre, cloying Diana. It starts off with a quick, folksy vibe and builds to a wonderfully, rousingly anthemic chorus, the kind that makes you want to stomp your feet to the beat and sing at the top of your lungs with your friends in the car with the top down and every other cliche of joyous abandon.



Something Great. Also co-written by Harry (I sense a theme forming*). This one's almost purely visceral for me. I have a hard time articulating what it is about this song that just gets me. The first time I heard it, it made my insides twist hopeful and melancholy at the same time, and any song that can elicit that kind of reaction gets a thumbs up from me.



Half a Heart. Sometimes songs can make me fall in love with or loathe their entirety because of a single line, and Half a Heart happily lands smack in the former camp. It's this: Being here without you is like I'm waking up to only half a blue sky, kinda there but not quite, which perfectly encapsulates the feeling of missing someone when you're all cried out, and all that's left is so dulled that, just like you, nothing else in the world seems whole.



*And if you enjoyed the songs Harry wrote, you might also like his Don't Let Me Go, which leaked as a demo some months back, but didn't make the album for reasons that elude me.

adelagia: (mst3k | believe in magic)
NaBloPoMo, Day 20: Who is your favourite sidekick?

Ron Weasley popped into my head first, so I'll go with him. Constantly overlooked, loyal to his bones, and, of course, has the emotional range of a teaspoon. ♥

IT IS SO COLD. I hates winter. And it's not even winter yet. Gaaar.

adelagia: (community | dude)
NaBloPoMo, Day 19: What about fandom drives you crazy sometimes?

Bullying, over anything, in any form. Fandom is often terrific fun because everyone's so passionate, but sometimes that passion runs over into belligerence. Fandom's big enough for everyone to like what they like and ship what they ship without it all devolving into sniping and asshattery, no?

In other news, I keep feeling like this week should be Thanksgiving week. I'm so sleeepy. Those two statements were related somehow, in my brain.

adelagia: (futurama | guenther)
I just realized that November 23rd is simultaneously 1D Day, The Day of the Doctor day and the day I am going to see Catching Fire. *head asplodes*

adelagia: (community | empowerage)
Went to a late IMAX showing of Ender's Game last night with [livejournal.com profile] sarea_okelani. I liked it, with reservations. Spoilers within, obvs.

I want you to try things that no one has ever tried because they're absolutely stupid )




OMG, One Direction's album just got leaked a week early. *flails* I won't talk about it; I know I've been yakking about them on here excessively. Eeee.

adelagia: (m/a adventure)
NaBloPoMo, Day 16: What are your favorite doomed ships? Ships that never were? Canon ships?

Doomed ships:
- Buffy/Spike (BtVS): Does this count? They were canon for a spell, but then things happened, including the series finale. I don't know, is there hope for them in the comics that I've never read? And then again there's the whole vampire/human problem, where he lives forever and she's obviously going to grow old and die someday, barring her being turned, which she'd never allow. So, yeah. Pretty doomy, I think.

Ships that never were: Oh, so many. So, so many...
- Draco/Ginny (HP): It probably never crossed JK Rowling's mind ever, what with Harry/Ginny as endgame and the continued isolation of Slytherin and all that epilogue nonsense.
- Merlin/Arthur (Merlin): Remember the massive fucking up of almost all the characters and relationships to make sure these two didn't come across as teh gay? Yeah, good times. Gosh, I hold grudges well.
- Veronica/Weevil (VM): SO MUCH POTENTIAL and then Logan came into play and there was no turning back. I'm totally cool with the LoVe ship, actually, but I think WeeVer would have been so explosively good.
- Alt!Livia/Alt!Lincoln (Fringe): Well, one of them died, so... It's nice that a version of them got to be canon, but I have mixed feelings on how it all came about, and Alt!Lincoln was the best of all possible Lincolns. I really miss the alt!universe...

Canon ships:
- FitzSimmons (AoS): They're not quite there yet, but I'm 95% sure we're headed very firmly in that direction. The other 5% is if one of them gets killed off first. (How stinking adorable was Simmons in the last episode, btw? "No! I can't be a part of your bad girl shenanigans. I like following the rules and doing what's expected of me. It makes me feel nice!")

I'm sure the rest of you will remind me of ones I've forgotten, too!

adelagia: (mst3k | plot thinnens)
NaBloPoMo, Day 15: We're halfway there and it's a Friday! Just pimp something you've made and/or written. (And if you haven't written/made anything, pimp something from someone else that you love!)

I was sitting here thinking and thinking about what things I've written, and it legitimately took me at least ten minutes to remember that I wrote this novel last year. Srsly, you guys, I'm the worst at this.

adelagia: (pixar | dug lolling)
NaBloPoMo, Day 13: Post a photo that you love.

 photo ducks_zps2a90c34d.jpg


Teehee.

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