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Watched, among others:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It sounds like damning with praise but it was nice? Loved the creatures and special effects, and the story itself has a lot of potential (I can see why sequels are forthcoming, and not just because of the franchise thing). Also, kind of weird to say this after 8 Harry Potter films, but it's just fun to see adults doing regular magic without thinking that at any moment, the big bad was going to kill everyone. Well, I guess that big bad does make its presence felt at the end but that was expected. Read more... )


Your Name (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRfHcp2GjVI)

Which was all kinds of awesome and easily one of the best movies I've seen this year (though I've mostly seen blockbusters all year). I thought at first that it was going to be a quirky romantic story that makes use of the oft-misused body-switching schtick, but the plot was better than that. The point when the characters find out what really, really happened, and my heart was breaking when I thought that was it, no more true love. But luckily that was only the halfway point...

The artwork is great, though not very distinctive. That's all right, though; what really shines is the storytelling. And what I really loved was how it went into the local traditions of Mitsuha's hometown, going very micro in one part of it, linking traditional rituals and beliefs with the characters, and then, as the plot unfolds, connecting all of that with macro themes of love and longing and emotional ties. It's lovely work, a tiny bit sentimental without being preachy. And the plotpoint has kumihimo braids! I adore that part of it so much. spoilery )
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No Grave Can Hold My Body Down, Mei Changsu aka Lin Shu/Xiao Jingyan, AU with Odyssey-verse, Nirvana in Fire, by lostlenore

Fully Functional, Rhodey/Tony, Civil War, by astolat

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- Brexit means I can buy The Cursed Child at a cheaper price.

- Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Which is pretty awesome not just because it was fun seeing a kelaidescope of people dressed in their brightest, glitterest best, all beaming at the world, but also:

- public holiday yay! I watched Tarzan Tarzan (brief spoilery thoughts) )
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Razorback, at Apex, by Ursula Vernon.

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Trailer (with subtitles) for Stephen Chow's new movie 《美人魚》 aka Mermaid. Not sure if the movie is worth watching, but the trailer is hilarious for the ways the poor bloke tries explaining to the police that a mermaid is half-human, half-fish, and keeps getting questionable sketches. Also other trailer for the non-ironic octopus-man.

ETA: Trailer for Monkey King 2, focusing on the encounters with the White Bone Demoness, which is one of the most awesome segments in Journey to the West. It's typical fare in operas because it's big and dramatic. This one has Gong Li as the demoness. Unfortunately, Aaron Kwok as Monkey. Bleh.
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Ended up watching the Star Wars movie after all, which wasn't as much about The Force Awakening as in What the heck has the Force been doing, exactly? (Actually, should have gone in for Ip Man 3.) But eh, it was a corporate thing with free tickets. spoilery )

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Decagram series, Seishirou/Subaru, Tokyo Babylon, X/1999 by AKK. It's been a long while since I've read a really satisfying TB/X future fic, a category which often by necessity is also an AU.

Updates!

Chapter 31 of All the Best and Brightest Creatures, AU, Sherlock/John, WIP, by Wordstrings

Chapter 5 of Safeguard, Harry Potter/Avengers/Iron Man crossover, WIP, by esama.
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Yuletide tagset. The anime/manga section... someone nominated Tokyo Crazy Paradise! \o/ I was hoping to see that. Only Ryuji, Tsukasa and Meiko-sensei, though I'm hoping this doesn't prevent people from writing the other characters.

And Tokyo Babylon. Really? Wasn't it a massive fandom with loads of death fics and angst fics and death-angst fics? Not quite my cup; I wrote one years ago and got it out of my system then. But I suppose it'd be nostalgic to read more fics.

Curiously enough, also Finder no Hyouteki. Hm, I'd always thought it had a moderately big fandom? And Juuni Kokki? Saiyuki Gaiden but no Gensomaden Saiyuki. Curiouser. And does Uzumaki refer to the Uzumaki I have in mind and which I first read at the comic store, and to the live movie version? (Going by the characters offered, seems so.)

Haven't looked at the books section yet. But seems like I might want to do Yuletide this year...

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An Unusual Dragon Situation, Eustace, Jill Pole, Narnia/Temeraire series, by WingedFlight

Concerning the Daily Maintenance of a Large Country House, Mrs Macready, Narnia, by WingedFlight

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Watched Ruroni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the third installment of the live action movies, today with Harumi and other friends. This was the end of the Kyoto Arc, Read more... )

So, movies

Jun. 17th, 2014 11:28 pm
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I watched Maleficient two weeks (I think) ago and How to Train a Dragon 2 on Sunday. And now there are no other movies I want to watch.

Do I want to watch a weepie about two young people who have the spectre of death hanging over them (I only saw the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars (but great title)) and who fall in love, etc, etc, etc? No. Because (a) I hate crying; (b) part of the angst is, of course, that these are young people who ought to have been into the prime of their lives and yet are not - yeah; and (c) this is primarily a movie about two people. Yeah.

Maleficient was a nice re-telling in a rather rational way, though my view has been that fairy-tales ought to be at least a little irrational and a little unfair, even sinister. Well. I spent 90mins staring at Angelina Jolie's cheekbones. Nothing rational about that.

How to Train a Dragon 2, which I was anticipating since last year: did not disappoint. I was pleased to see that despite a few spoilers appearing via earlier trailers, there were still surprises. The ending was more of a crowd pleaser but ok, no great objections, as I just enjoyed it for the dragons.
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Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

In no particular order:

1) Labyrinth
2) A Chinese Odyssey Part 1: Pandora's Box and Part 2: Cinderella, the 1995 Stephen Chow adaptation/re-imagining of Journey to the West. Cracky as hell, and the last time Stephen Chow had an original idea. This should probably count as two movies?
3) Ringu. This is purely here to explain why I dislike mirrors. Also, how I should never watch horror movies.
4) Wu Yen. If I were any sort of normal Anita Mui fan I'd name Rouge, but I have an unbearable weakness for slapstick comedy and it isn't, mind, just anyone who can cross-dress as fantastically as Anita Mui did in this.
5) 2046. Sequel, of sorts, to In the Mood for Love. Think Cloud Atlas was good? Pft.
6) Infernal Affairs 1-3 (Yes, I'm cheating)
7) Hu Du Men. Because Josephine Siao.
8) Princess Mononoke
9) My Lucky Star. Because Tony Leung.
10) How to Train a Dragon


This list obviously says a lot about the type of Hong Kong movies I like and how few Western movies I've watched or feel strongly about. Honourable mentions: The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the first 10 Stephen Chow movies. Also, how much do I love Tony Leung? A lot.

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Golden Week, Hikaru/Akira, Hikago, by mousapelli

Nature and Nurture, John/Sherlock, AU, Completed (!), by earlgreytea68
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From f-list:

Exclusive, Avengers, by Copperbadge

Handle With Care, James/Q, Skyfall, by Winterhill

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Internship finally, finally ended, and I:

1) slept a lot;
2) cleared desk of year-old correspondence that I'd always meant to get to;
3) went to the gym; and
4) watched Red 2. I was mainly there for Lee Byun Hun, though Helen Mirren was enjoyable too. The plot's not supposed to make sense in these kinds of movies, so I didn't pay much attention to it, just sat back and watched one set-piece of action and banter after another.

ETA: I did manage to catch Pacific Rim a couple of weeks backRead more... )
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Have heard of this but never read it until last night: The Fourth Cetaganda War, Ivan Vorpatril, Vorkosigan, AU after Diplomatic Immunity, by Glishara. There's loads of canon character death, so please read the author's notes. Part 1 is completed but part 2 is WIP, and hasn't been updated since 2011.

From sherlockbbc and f-list:

The Bird Diviner series, fairy-tale and folk talk retellings, Sherlock, by aderyn

Resign Yourself to Me; Or, a Very Short Engagement, Sherlock/John, by lei_che_sogna

Sickly Sweet, Sherlock, Mycroft, Hansel and Gretel retelling, by wiggleofjudas

The Private Life of Anderson, crack, Sherlock, by Persiflager

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer. Looking forward to the movie, which comes out next June. I am so amused at how the majority of comments are about Hiccup's hawtness. I am more curious about those flying fish/dragon-y creatures in the ocean. Does this mean you have dragons that 'fly' underwater (like penguins!), because that would be fascinating. I mean, I don't know if I should read the books - does it talk about whether this universe is one where there are way more reptile-ly creatures than in ours?
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Watched The Great Gatsby Read more... )
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Was chatting with a younger intern at my office about ships (more precisely, names of ships) and found to my surprise:Read more... )

May

May. 15th, 2013 11:11 pm
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26 Pieces, Sherlock/John, by Lanning

Scientific Progress, Sherlock/John, by Mitten

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Has been an interesting month so far! I missed Hikago Day... Combination of too-busy days and movies.

Watched Iron Man 3 Read more... )

Also watched Star Trek: Into Darkness bit spoilery )

The Great Gatsby next.
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Master, of Disguise, Sherlock, Halloween, humour, by [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68

so you were never a saint, Q, Skyfall (James Bond), by paperclipbitch

all you need to make a movie is a gun and a girl, Q, Skyfall (James Bond), by postcardmystery

Watched Skyfall. Liked Q; very cute. I did think: Macau is not like that! Well, unless you're in some really last-century Orientalism kick. The komodo dragons provided the clue: yes, it is maybe possible* to find that kind of pathetic-looking gambling den in the Far East, but sad to say, even if it is these kinds of places come under the description "really cheesy and pathetic tourist trap". No self-respecting gambler or mafia would operate in a place like this. Most thugs are either in grimy, smoke-filled gambling dens or slick, brightly-lit hells. ETA: Well, according to HK shows about Macau anyway.

I guess this really just underscores the caricature in James Bond movies.

Villian of the week was pretty good, appropriately whiny, has a bee in his bonnet the size of a train, and he must have mind-controlled his followers somehow; would a normal, out-for-money thug really work for him?

Didn't like the ending, what with all the explosions when Thornfield the creepy house went up in flames. (Western movies suffer from lack of imagination when it comes to destroying stuff.) It was amusing to see James Bond's ancestral home, but the concept reminds me of Snape Manor. Y'know, when everyone used to think Snape was some sort of pure-blood nobility and gave him big honkin' estates in fics? Also, ending was pathetic.

*I find it hard to believe, but in movieland...
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Mainly I'm posting because I found myself writing this after reading Merlin fic and wondering how a domestic Merlin/Harry Potter crossover might work:

"-and there's a Harry, a Gandalf and a Merlin in our year."

"Don't talk with your mouth full," Merlin said, then his ears caught up. "Merlin? And I thought Lucy's year was bad." He rubbed the buzz-cut of his eldest daughter's teasingly - earning an annoyed "Dad!" - and revealed, "They've got a Gellert Grindelwald (yes, the whole thing) and an Albus."

"Grizzie's okay," Lucy said meditatively. "She thought about being a Dark witch in our second year, but gave that up to be a Beater."

/has no more

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Watched Batman movie. It took about 3 hours. Afterwards we were sitting and watching the credits, thinking there would be outakes but there wasn't. But that's ok, half the theatre thought the same. :p Spoilers )

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The Kids are Alright, kid!Sherlock, babysitter!John, Sherlock, by Hotel_Denounement

You are a paradigm, crossover of Harry Potter/Sherlock, John is a wizard, John/Sherlock, by 1electricpirate

Till I wake your ghost, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Avengers, by lanyon

aka

May. 1st, 2012 11:34 pm
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So on Sunday I read The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich )

On Sunday I read I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Prachett )

And on Monday I read Small Gods, by Terry Prachett )

And then today (Tuesday) I watched the Avengers movie [spoiler free] )
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The Man Who Wasn't There, Sherlock, Lestrade, by [livejournal.com profile] kantayra

1/2 of Stargate: Atlantis/Gundam Wing crossover and 2/2, by [livejournal.com profile] askerian

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Watched The King's Speech, since it has finally wend its way to this part of the world. It was indeed a well executed film, fun to watch, though going by the chatter as we left the theatre there were quite a lot of young 'uns in the audience who were more interested in what happened in WW2. Hm, I guess each generation becomes interested in that in their own time. And also it took a bit of effort to stop a mental twitch of "OMG Bellatrix Lestrange!" whenever Helena Bonham Carter came onscreen.

Also caught The Kids are All Right. Sigh... I'm not that keen on domestic drama, really. If it weren't for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, I'd have given it a miss. For a film for which the hype was lesbian couple, there were an astonishing number of male-female sex scenes. Also I hate watching infidelity. Still, it was a good film, nicely nuanced.
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If it's still the 9th where you are, it's 人日, aka seventh day of the Lunar New Year, aka birthday of human beings, aka the day when 女蜗 (Nüwa) created humans. When I was a kid, I thought this was incredibly fun (still do). Happy birthday, everyone!

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And I did watch Green Hornet (because Jay Chou!). It was overfull of unimaginative swear words containing "shit" and "ass", terribly superficial, awkwardly entertaining and Jay's bad English is partly annoying and partly endearing but... what I do for you, Jay.

If anyone is interested, Green Hornet fics:

The Importance of Being Low-Key by [livejournal.com profile] striped_fic

Kato on the Shore, by [livejournal.com profile] ronsard

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I am listening to Jay at the moment, though (雨下一整晚, though it's rather melancholy). Jay said recently that his new album will be released in May. *_* and <3 Jay.

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ETA: Before I forget, Sherlock fics:

Hold on Hope, John/Lestrade, by [livejournal.com profile] notkerouac

The Heart, and Other Fleshy Organs, John/Sherlock, by [livejournal.com profile] stickstockstone
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Non-fic:

Watched Storm Warriors II, which was basically a big special effects fest, tho' I could have done without the numerous nails-on-blackboard screeches of CGI swords. Think that character names such as "Godless" and "Lord Wicked" are wince-worthy. Then again, this movie has characters named Wind and Cloud... Female characters basically stood around and did nothing. Ekin is still cute, though he could have put on more muscle. I seriously want curly hair like Aaron's. Tho' maybe not blue. Simon Yam could have been more badass. Nicholas Tse seems destined to play baddies with facial tics. Overall, a good time was had by all. I want to see Bodyguards and Assassins (十月圍城) next.

Finally sent out Christmas cards early this week; likely a few will be late >_< tho'. If I have the time (and if I remember in time), I'll probably do a 2009 sum-up, but for now: Things to look forward to next year: Read more... )

Linked from [livejournal.com profile] ayalesca: Stereotyping readers by author. Particularly amused by:

Anne Rice
People who don’t use conditioner in their hair.

James Joyce
People who do not like John Cusack movies.

David Baldacci
No one. Even the police say Clancy before they’ll say Baldacci.

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Fic:

Rikkaidai's Special Team Bonding Day, Sanada's POV, humour, Prince of Tennis, by [livejournal.com profile] kantayra
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Hng_Deathmatch fics are up! Over here. Lots of fics and of course, the thrill of voting. Hm... I have a hard time deciding which to vote for in Heat 7.

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Watched HBP yesterday. For some reason, it was gratifying to find that the audience was so varied: not just all adults or mostly families, but a mixture. Some came in groups, some in pairs, and some came alone. Movie itself was not bad, felt a bit piecemeal, Ron was a delight, and the romance rather humdrum. Is it just me, or did young!Tom Riddle look like a girl?

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