icepixie: ([BSG] Nothing but the rain)
The first three days back at work went better than I feared but worse than I hoped, recovery-wise. (Work is fine. I picked a great week to come back.) I did okay in the mornings, but my abdomen started hurting by noon, so I ended up taking three halves of a pain pill each day to cover afternoon, evening, and night.

This would be so much easier if I could take ibuprofen or Aleve right now. Instead, I have to wait until the pain gets bad enough that I feel justified in using my dwindling Percocet stash on it. Tylenol by itself is a waste of time; frankly, I'm not even sure why that alleged painkiller exists.

I see my gyn late next week for another follow up, so maybe he'll give me something. I don't think he wants to, and honestly I don't want more--I'd much rather not be hurting. Maybe Tramadol? Something to step down with? Or maybe I can tough it out until I see the kidney doc in two weeks and with any luck get permission to take NSAIDs again.

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Apparently there's now a trailer for the new "adult" Muppet show coming out this fall.

I like the idea of a new show, but actually hearing Kermit say, "She turned my life into a bacon-wrapped hell on earth" is just bizarre. I always think of the Muppets as completely G-rated.

Speaking of which, I fell down a Muppet-shaped hole in the internet and discovered that these days, Oscar the Grouch occasionally pops out of recycling bins. The times, they are a changin'.
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G cool angle)
Today I learned how to do a camel spin!

Note how I did not say "I did a camel spin." Because mine is definitely more of an arabesque at best. But it felt really cool! I think I'll get the hang of it faster than I did the scratch spin.

P and I also worked on sit spins. Mine is more of a "perching on a barstool" kind of spin, and may or may not ever get lower, but I seem able to center it better and keep it going longer than a scratch.

Backspin is still a disaster, but this surprises no one.

Benign neglect improved the forward circle eight a lot. Now my right foot is the good one on the outside edge, and it's the left one where I have to touch down very briefly at the top of the circle. IDK. At least it's better.

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In TV news, as you all have heard by now, Agent Carter got renewed. Yay! And...the Muppets are coming back to TV. With "a 'contemporary' and 'more adult' take on the Muppets that will, according to a logline 'explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.'"

Okay, then.
icepixie: ([Movies] Toepick!)
Good news first: I have figured out how to spin on the sweet spot of my blades! Now, if I can just get all my weight over my left foot consistently. It's actually easier to get it over my right foot, but alas, that's not my natural spin direction. Anyway, I can enter a spin from one foot now, sort of. Not from the fancy entry, but from a kind of swizzle entry that bypasses the two-foot spin phase and goes directly onto one foot. I'm starting to see why spinning is fun!

Bad news second: I think I'm about to become an allergy shot dropout. If I'm lucky, it'll be an early graduation.

I had a second delayed, all-over bodily itching reaction to my shot on Wednesday, despite doubling up on my Zyrtec. (My work friend compared me to a dog with with fleas, if that gives you a mental image to work with.) Again, no breathing issues, but hives on my thighs and itching everywhere. I called the nurse, who said to take yet another Zyrtec (that would be three in about 16 hours). This did calm down the symptoms, but it also pretty much left me in a puddle on the floor. I seriously considered pulling over on the drive home and calling one of my parents to come get me because I wasn't sure I could safely operate a vehicle. Needless to say, neither was I terribly productive at work that afternoon.

The nurse told me there would be a new plan at my shot today. So I went down to the office, and the new plan is...three doses of Zyrtec every time I get a shot.

The nice thing about being an adult is that you can tell medical personnel, "Nope, that's not happening. What's Plan B?" Which I did. Because I've only increased by two doses of serum since my last reaction, and if the pattern holds, I'd need a fourth Zyrtec within two more doses, and then I don't know what I'd do when I go from the 1:10 concentration to the 1:1--frankly, I suspect "stop breathing" is high on the list.

Plan B is to make the last dose I tolerated with two Zyrtec my maintenance dose, with I presume a caveat that if I ever get to a point where I can handle it without being pumped full of antihistamines, they'll increase it until they get to the real maintenance dose. They have to check with my allergist before they do that, and she could say it's not a high enough dose to make it worth my getting a shot every month, at which point I will fail allergy shot school.

Amusing news third: I can't imagine Galavant, a musical comedy fairy tale, will last long as a TV series, but I can't deny I want to give it a chance.

Fannish news last: The entire second season of China Beach came in for me at the library the other day, and I'm happily devouring it. Oh, McMurphy, you're breaking my heart in the best possible way.
icepixie: ([SA] Geoffrey smooshy)
For reasons I have yet to fully understand, I occasionally read The Mentalist fic even though I've never seen a full episode of the show. I have a thing for manic pixie dream boys and the ice queens they exasperate love, and at least in fic, Jane/Lisbon hits that kink pretty hard. Couldn't say about the show.

That said, I always got the impression that on the show, Jane was a callous manipulator with a veneer of charm. (Fic versions tended toward a less-of-a-horrible-monster-but-still-charming variation.) And that Lisbon was aware enough to recognize that. And that despite the UST, Jane is basically someone you would not wish on a character you felt completely neutral toward, much less someone whom you liked. Kind of like how Scully really deserved someone better than Mulder, who tended to ditch her at the first opportunity to chase an alien.

On the other hand, Scully and Mulder and Lisbon and Jane did/do have freaky co-dependent relationships that make them unsuited for anyone else. So that's a point in their favor.

Spoilers for the recent season finale )

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While I'm here, have some pictures of ants doing awesome things on teeny tiny sets some Russian set designer built.

Teevee

May. 26th, 2013 08:06 pm
icepixie: ([Farscape] Crichton in space)
Is anyone watching either The Americans or Orphan Black? Thoughts on them? I haven't actually watched a currently-airing TV show in...well, I think I was still watching Bunheads in February, thought it had been demoted to "do my ironing and/or sewing while I watch" status. Not that I really need to add TV back into my life, but I've heard good things about both of these.
icepixie: ([Photos Stock] Sunflower field)
Lots of videos of the Russian meteor have been posted, but for my money, the first one on the page here is the most impressive. That sonic boom is crazy.

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Today I acquired hiking boots for Seattle! (Er, mountains around Seattle. You know what I mean.) They're a very good brand, normally quite expensive, and I got them for $17. How I love this place, let me count the ways. I pretty much buy all my shoes from them anymore. (I mean, not that I buy a lot of shoes, but when I need some I go here and tend to find a really nice, well-constructed version of what I need for prices I usually only see at KMart.)

Then we went to lunch here. Yes, yes, that is a fried chicken taco on the menu. Also a barbeque taco. Apparently the special one week was salsa-fried shrimp and grits. My mom had the fried chicken taco and said it was good, but I went with a more traditional carnitas on a crispy taco shell, which was also pretty tasty.

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From [livejournal.com profile] rowdycamels: Cult, a new series from Rockne S. O'Bannon, premieres next Tuesday. It sounds like the cheesiest, most ridiculous thing ever, but...I feel compelled to watch it anyway. We'll see. I've never watched a CW/WB show before; this should be educational!
icepixie: ([Movies] Myrna Loy as a blonde)
Went shopping yesterday. Fruits include Twinings Hazelnut Chai, which is fantastic. I was a bit wary when I bought it, but it's really, really good.

Blather that's kind of boring even to me )

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My mother suggested I watch Downton Abbey. Flist, you know me; do you think I'd like it? I do love that time period, but BBC costume dramas can be very hit or miss for me. Also, I will cop to being a bit of a snob about Modernism, and I tend to think the people writing during the period did it much better than people today who try to write about the shattering changes of the early twentieth century.

Nashville premieres on Wednesday. I plan to watch, possibly muting the musical numbers, because I want to see how they present the city and where they chose to film. Also, I approve of there being two female leads, and it looks like they'll avoid it being All Catty All The Time, at least.

ETA: Oooh, ABC continued its policy of releasing the pilot free on iTunes the week before the premiere! Downloading now. Will report back.

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I still have to write most of you who gave me comments on my space pilots novella. I swear, if not this weekend, then by Wednesday. Short version: it looks like I'm going to expand it into a real live novel, which will probably address most of y'all's concerns about the pacing.
icepixie: ([Location] Nashville postcard)
There's a trailer for Nashville out. It looks like it might be popular, actually, kind of a hybrid between Smash and Dallas, perhaps? A musical soap opera, basically. I'm not that into it as a story, although the tension between "old" and "new" styles of country music is interesting in a sort of anthropological kind of way. Country as a genre seems to be just the right size for that kind of argument; not big enough that fans can just settle in separate camps and not even know the others exist, and not small enough that it's in everyone's self-interest to support as many other people working in the genre as possible. Thus extreme bitterness between two distinct camps. (Actually, I think it's not as clear-cut as that, and there are definitely fringe coalitions, like the really rootsy folks, or the more singer/songwritery folks, but the big divide does seem to be between the older stuff and the newer pop-crossover stuff.)

But anyway, it is rather exciting to see the skyline and assorted landmarks on teevee, like in the various shots of the main character and her husband(?) talking on the pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland. (Hush. We folks in flyover country don't get to see this kind of thing that often!) Also, I approve of the writers for writing the story so it revolves around two women who are obviously going to be frenemies, when that relationship so often goes to men.

Speaking of music, have some! Karine Polwart is releasing a new album this summer, and since I know she often puts songs up on streaming websites, I went a-digging and came up with treasure!

Cover Your Eyes - Many excellent lines here, from the opening ("I was Farrah Fawcett, you were Steve McQueen"), to my favorite, "Not even God himself/could stop the northerlies from blowing." I also like the xylophone or bells or whatever bell-tone instrument is featured here.

King of Birds - So beautiful. Apparently about the Occupy London protests; you can read a little more about it here.

Rags to Riches - Cover of a song by The Blue Nile, performed with the band Lau. Joyful and wonderful; possibly my favorite of these.

Salters Road - Also lovely.

Harder to Walk - This is a live cover of Karine's song by a new Canadian folk band called The Fretless. I love the fiddle accompaniment.

Also, I'll recommend Gregory Alan Isakov. His lyrics can be annoyingly nebulous (pretty, but vague), but he knows how to write some good music. He reminds me slightly of Mumford & Sons, if you like them. (Only better! Says someone who can't stand M&S, granted...)

That Moon Song - I do actually like the lyrics of this one, especially the chorus and the end. Plus the tune is great.

This Empty Northern Hemisphere - Starts slow, but picks up to awesome in the middle.

Idaho - Kind of bleak, but attractively so?

Garden - Love the chorus, creepy though it is.
icepixie: ([Burn Notice] Sunglasses promo)
Internets! It feels like I've been gone from you for ages, but I suppose I haven't. I've been spending my time reading Paul Murray's Skippy Dies, which was quite good. Admittedly, the first 300 pages (of 650) were a barely-interesting-enough-to-continue slog, but after I got through them, it got excellent. It's also pretty funny in places. A few spoilers. )

In short, [livejournal.com profile] gamesiplay and [livejournal.com profile] rowdycamels, I think both of you would like this book, though perhaps for different reasons.

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I recently read the following description for a sitcom that will be airing on ABC next season. I thought there was no way it could be real. Surely someone slipped it into the list of new shows as a little joke. Here, do you believe this is actually going to air on TV?

How well do you know your neighbors?

Meet the Weavers, Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty (Lenny Venito). Marty, in hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, recently bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated New Jersey townhome community with its own golf course. Hidden Hills is so exclusive that a house hasn’t come on the market in 10 years. But one finally did and the Weavers got it!

It’s clear from day one that the residents of Hidden Hills are a little different. For starters, their new neighbors all have pro-athlete names like Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman). Over dinner, Marty and his family discover that their neighbors receive nourishment through their eyes by reading books, rather than eating. The Weavers soon learn that the entire community is comprised of aliens from Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears.

The Zabvronians have been stationed on Earth for the past 10 years, disguised as humans, awaiting instructions from home, and the Weavers are the first humans they’ve had the opportunity to know. As it turns out, the pressures of marriage and parenthood are not exclusive to planet Earth. Two worlds will collide with hilarious consequences as everyone discovers they can “totally relate” and learn a lot from each other.


It's real. I weep for humanity.

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Anyway, enough of that. Burn Notice premieres on June 14th! Hooray! Especially since Castle started trying to turn itself into BN, I've been wanting summer to come. I have to admit, I'm not anticipating incredibly, incredibly mild spoiler ) but knowing this show, at least Fiona will get to help break her own self out of jail, which is always good.

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Plans for the rest of today: REVISION. I'm going to have the second draft of my space pilots story done by June 1 or else.
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
Adrienne Rich died on Wednesday. She was such a big influence on Boland that she naturally colored my thesis quite a bit. It's weird to think she's gone.

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In my continuing quest to watch every TV show Canada has ever made, I watched the first eight episodes of Robson Arms, which is a half-hour quasi-anthology series about the quirky tenants of a ramshackle Vancouver apartment building that aired from 2005-2008. It does have reoccurring characters, but each episode focuses on different ones, or the same ones in different combinations. Some of the situations can be a bit stock, but they do a really good job of putting an emotionally weighty, original spin on them. So far my favorite is the episode where the younger half of a May-December gay couple feels resentful about eventually having to take care of his older partner, only to discover that at age 30, he has cancer, which upends everything about the relationship. I also enjoyed the one where a teenager bonds with his kickass burlesque dancer grandmother.

Apparently half the Canadian television community acted in this series, because I am constantly going, "Hey, It's That Person!" Examples:

  • Gabrielle Miller and Fred Ewaniuk (Lacey and Hank Corner Gas)

  • Mark McKinney (Richard, Slings & Arrows)

  • William B. Davis (Cigarette-Smoking Man, X-Files)

  • Gabrielle Rose (the Redverse psychologist in "Olivia" on Fringe; other guest roles in Vancouver-filmed shows)

  • Alisen Down (Barolay, BSG)

  • Kevin McNulty (assorted guest roles)


Apparently Dave Foley and Peter DeLuise are going to show up at some point as well.

Anyway, it's good, and it's on Netflix. You should watch it!

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In my continuing quest to read everything ever written about Amelia Earhart, fiction reading ensued: Jane Mendelsohn's I Was Amelia Earhart, which is a beautiful little novella that follows Earhart and Fred Noonan on the round the world trip and then postulates that they crashed on a deserted tropical island and survived there for a year before they reach a point where "there is no difference between being rescued and being captured," and so when they spy a plane that might be American, might be Japanese, and has definitely seen them, they take the Electra up again and presumably crash into the ocean and journey to an afterlife that is another version of their island.

The dreamy style is a bit self-conscious, but that actually works in its favor because Earhart seems to have been quite self-conscious herself. My only quibble is that the switching from first- to third-person POV with seemingly no rhyme or reason didn't entirely work for me. I would've stuck with first-person all the way through, although the third did give the reader some nice views into Noonan's head, such as, ...he measures the passage of time less in terms of his own experience than in the changing expression of her form. // When she is old, gray-haired, he will love her for all of the seasons she contains.

(There is, perhaps predictably but no less nicely-done, a lot of bickering and fighting in the first part and then a love story. Or I suppose really the whole thing is a love story in its way, including the fighting, but you know what I mean.)

Two more excerpts I was particularly taken with:

Under here )

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Finally, pictures from a recent outing to Centennial Park:

Flowers, birds, trees, concrete ships, girls in hats. You know, the usual. )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
You can watch the pilot of Once Upon a Time commercial-free at IMDB.

Thoughts, few of them good. )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
First of all: Go here. Scroll down to #4. Watch the video.

NOW FREAK THE HELL OUT.

(The woman looks like she's reading off a script on her laptop, so I assume the conversation was staged. EVEN SO.)

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In completely unrelated news, somehow, over the past couple days I ran into the fact that some industrious YouTubers have posted every single episode of the early 1990s cartoon version of Beetlejuice. YOU GUYS. THIS WAS MY CHILDHOOD. I LOVED THIS CARTOON. No, really, I think I can directly trace my love of puns and other wordplay to this show, as well as my fondness for visual gags.* I went trick-or-treating as Lydia when I was eleven, wearing a red tablecloth I had cut a hole for my head in and drawn spiderwebs on with a Sharpie.

Representative example, which is going to be all the more appropriate as of the next paragraph: To Beetle or Not to Beetle, the Shakespeare episode. PUNS FOREVER. Also a gazillion references I know I never got as a kid, but which are hilarious to me now. (BTW, if you've seen the movie Beetlejuice, throw out basically everything you know about it. The only thing it has in common with the series are a few character names and Tim Burton. It is verrrry Burtony.)

Slings & Arrows fans, you may be interested to know that Stephen Ouimette, aka Oliver, voices Beetlejuice. I recognized his name when I first saw S&A, and I think I spent about a week wandering around in a daze over this fact. If you know in advance that it's him, you can recognize his voice, but wow, does he sound different.

Word to the wise: don't go searching for fanfic, because much of it is of the Beetlejuice/Lydia variety. Think about that for a second. She's twelve. He's...well, he's dead, so it doesn't really matter, but he sure appears to share many characteristics with the over-21 set. GAAAAAH. I hear tell the people in charge intended the admittedly rather obvious romantic subtext, but I heard it from such bastions of accuracy as TV Tropes, so in response I am just going to put my fingers in my ears and sing LA LA LA LA LA.**


* Some examples: the "gross-ery" store; a punch bowl that grows arms and boxing gloves and punches you in the face when you get near it; Beetlejuice telling a tree to "pack your trunk"; "Julius, seize her!"; "that kid's sharp" (child bares fangs); characters named Mayor Maynot and Judge Mental; a "punk-in-pie" that grows a be-mohawked head festooned with piercings and stomps off muttering, "Oy, outta me way" (oh, 1989); etc. etc. One of Beetlejuice's powers is that every time he says a figure of speech, he turns into a visual representation of it. If he has a brainstorm, he gets rainclouds over his head. If he says his foot's asleep, it starts snoring.

** Speaking of lalalala, THAT THEMESONG. It is in my head. It will not leave. Aaaaaaah.
icepixie: ([B5] New Beginnings Susan)
I had the idea for this great Oliver-centric Slings & Arrows vid, done to Whitacre's "Sleep." I thought it would be perfect for Oliver, because the composition originally used the text of Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" (which is about death), only copyright interfered and Whitacre got a friend to write a new text for it, all about going to sleep. (Spoiler: Also a metaphor for death.) There is even inclusion of "what dreams may come," so of course it would be perfect for Oliver!

Except for the part where Oliver's tragi-comic story is a little heavy on the "comic" for that music. "Death by pig truck" just doesn't work with "slow, dramatic choral piece." I put some pieces on the timeline and most just didn't work...although some of them did. I have a nice little section at the end I'm rather fond of.

Anyway, let this be a lesson: Not only does the canon have to make sense with the story you're using the music to tell, but the tone has to match. (Unless you're intentionally going for funny, but that's a whole other .mov file of fish.)

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Assorted other things from the past couple days:

- Yesterday I watched The American President, which is a romantic comedy written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Rob Reiner. It is...exactly what you would expect from that combination. Quite good, although IMO the romance part got shortchanged for the benefit of the political story. Anyway, I mention this because wow, Michael Douglas looks and sounds (especially sounds) a hell of a lot like Bruce Boxleitner, and his President Shepherd is basically whom John Sheridan would be if he were president of the US instead of the ISA. BB fans (*glances at [livejournal.com profile] nhpw and [livejournal.com profile] kungfuwaynewho*), you might enjoy this film.

- There is going to be a new Muppet movie! Trailer. Sadly, it also stars Amy Adams, whom I have never warmed to, but MUPPETS!

- I watched the season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles mostly on a whim, and...hey, the show kind of got good! Or maybe I was just so overwhelmed by all the subtext that I didn't notice the giant plot holes I remembered from last time I watched the show. I think every scene Jane and Maura shared contained at least one innuendo, with bonus cute bits (like Maura spit-cleaning Jane's uniform tie!) when the innuendo wasn't enough.

Haven

Jul. 13th, 2011 05:05 pm
icepixie: ([BSG] Nothing but the rain)
Okay, gang, does Haven get better? Because I want to like it, but I watched the first four episodes and I'm just not feeling it. I don't like any of the characters (and I really can't stand the actress playing Audrey, whom I would buy a generic office worker who's gotten caught up in this, but definitely not as a badass FBI agent), the cases of the week are a chore to sit through, and I'm trying but failing to care about the arc. Spoilers suggest that it gets more interesting by the end of the season, though, so I'd be willing to watch the other nine episodes if they're better than the first four. Thoughts?
icepixie: ([B5] Ivanova and Garibaldi being cute)
You know you have a problem when you pick up a cherry, almost pop it in your mouth, and then think, "But it's so pretty. I should take a picture before I eat it." And you do.

P.S. It was delicious.

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Everyone involved with Rizzoli and Isles claims there is no intentional subtext, and yet somehow I question this.

S2 premieres tomorrow night, FYI. I haven't decided whether I'll try it again this year or not. I'm in a similar pickle with Warehouse 13, S3 of which also premieres tomorrow night. I watched it last season pretty much entirely for H.G., and now that she's gone...I dunno. Maybe I'll see what people have to say about them before I catch up online.
icepixie: ([BoP] Megan Peter orange filter)
I found a plot summary for what was originally going to be the S1 finale of BoP. Spoilers under the cut: spoily )

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Apparently NBC is putting Grimm on at the same time as Fringe has been (and I assume will continue next season) airing. I don't care that much personally, because after watching the three clips they posted, I'm thinking the show looks alternately dire and like Buffy with a dude, and so I probably won't be watching, but I worry that it will bleed ratings points from Fringe. Not that I expect Fringe to get another season after this one (which was pretty obviously a gift), but since I started watching the show, it's become a reflex to worry about its ratings. Though I suppose the more likely scenario is that Grimm gets canned after about four episodes because there are only so many genre viewers around at 9 PM on Fridays, and between Fringe, Supernatural, and Grimm, it'll get the short end of the stick.

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And finally, yesterday I watched what may just become my favorite adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, done in 2005 as part of the BBC's Shakespeare Retold series. The series modernized four of the plays, putting them in contemporary settings, using modern language, and rewriting the stories slightly. TTotS stars Shirley Henderson as an independently-wealthy Conservative MP running for Leader of the Opposition, who is advised that getting married might make her bad-tempered image more palatable to the general public, and Rufus Sewell as a penniless crossdressing aristocrat who owes £54,000 in back-taxes and who thus needs to marry well. You can imagine that the crossdressing part doesn't go over very well with Katherine, who finds out about it at a particularly terrible time. As a bonus, Jaime Murray plays fashion model Bianca, and Stephen Tompkinson (aka Father Peter Clifford from Ballykissangel) is Harry, who appears to be a composite of Petruchio's flunkies from the original. Twiggy is the sisters' mother.

As you might expect, this interpretation changes quite a bit of the play; most importantly, it emphasizes that Petruchio/Peter (the cast list and DVD chapter titles disagree on his actual name, and it's never mentioned in the film) is just as in need of "taming" as Katherine, and it also makes clear that both of them are getting something out of the marriage both emotionally and practically. However, I was struck by how it never let the original get too far from your mind; Petruchio/Peter quotes a lot from the text, and Katherine quotes a few key lines as well.

Spoilers )

As if the script weren't enough, Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell have insane amounts of chemistry and sexual tension in all their scenes together, and are really fun to watch. The whole thing is hilarious and worth checking out.
icepixie: ([Castle] My fandom reads)
Awesome crossover idea: A serial killer is on the loose somewhere in the US, and the characters of Castle, due South, Bones, Body of Proof, and Rizzoli & Isles have to team up to catch him or her. Some or all of the following happens:

I have obviously given this FAR too much thought. )

You know what would also be amazing? If Mary McDonnell were to guest star on BoP as, like, Bud and Sam's lieutenant/captain, or one of Megan's old med school mentors or neurologist colleagues or something. Anything where she and Dana Delany would share several scenes. I think my screen would implode from that much awesome on it.

(ETA: Come to think of it, DD did guest star in an episode of BSG ("Sacrifice"). I should rewatch that and see if they were in a scene together...)
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
Dear Mother Nature,

In case it's escaped your notice, this is Nashville. Will you quit with the snow already? Good grief.

Shiveringly yours,
Me

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Dear Long, Clause-Laden Sentences in the Fic I Am Writing,

Where are you coming from? How can I make you stop? One or two for effect are nice, but the fic is starting to read like a Cormac McCarthy novel (only with punctuation), and that is NOT A GOOD THING.

Yours in desperation for periods,
Me

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Dear Jack of All Trades

HOW did you get the Marquis de Sade episode past the censors? I...wow. Just wow.

Astonished,
Me

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Icon meme from [personal profile] fallingtowers. Let me know if you want your own.


Caprica getting nuked to oblivion by the Cylons in the BSG miniseries. The quotation is the title to an exceptionally bitter autobiography by a WWI vet, who basically spends the book lambasting everything about the English social order of the time, the war, etc. etc. It seemed appropriately tumultuous for the beginning of BSG.


My favorite Astaire/Rogers publicity photo (from Roberta) paired with lyrics from Swing Time's "The Way You Look Tonight." The pose comes from the "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" dance, which also happens to be my favorite, 'cause I love gloriously slow dances. It came out of my epic icon-making spree. I don't really post about the films much anymore, but I keep it around for somewhat sentimental reasons (always the best reasons for Fred and Ginger, aren't they?).


Scully yelling "Noooooooo!" as Mulder gets shot in "Monday." A product of my sporadic rewatch this past spring; mostly I find the image amusing, because Big Nos are generally hilarious to me.


One of my favorite events from B5: Ivanova, Delenn, and Lyta staging a rescue of Sheridan after he dies at Z'ha'dum. Okay, so it's not successful, but for 1997 or whenever this aired, it's still pretty awesome that they're taking over the war. "Strength" is also an accurate descriptor; not only are they strong in the face of personal grief over Sheridan's apparent death and the consequent near-fracturing of the alliance, all three of them are strong characters in their own ways.


Peter and Olivia from Fringe talking to the nutty Star Trek fan in...uh, whatever episode that was. Late S1, I think maybe "The Road Not Taken"? Anyway, the fact that Peter's enough of a fan to play along with the crazy informant by telling him to live long and prosper makes me giggle. (P.S. Fringe returns tomorrow! Eeeeee!)
icepixie: ([B5] Ivanova facepalm)
This weekend, Netflix sent me the first disc of a comedy action/adventure show from 2000 called Jack of All Trades, from the same people behind Xena. It is ridiculous, cliched, ridiculous, full of acting that's not quite tongue-in-cheek enough for the material, ridiculous, gleefully anachronistic, and did I mention ridiculous?, but...strangely compelling. It features a swashbuckling-but-incompetent American and a "somewhat annoyed" scientist from Britain, and...okay, basically, it takes Maddie and David from Moonlighting, adds a dash of Myka and Pete from Warehouse 13, makes them steampunky spies on the made-up French-governed island of Pulau-Pulau just after Napoleon takes power, and then places the whole thing in a universe that runs on about three times the crack and camp that Xena did.

Did I mention it was ridiculous? But if you're looking for something to make you simultaneously facepalm and giggle, this might be the show you need. (And the episodes are only half an hour long, so the absurdity is...kind of contained?)

Fair warning: SAJV fans, if you read the above and were thinking this is at all like SAJV, it really isn't, although Emilia does do a lot of steampunky inventing, pretty much one gadget per episode; so far, there's been a submarine, SCUBA gear, sleeping gas, and proto-mace spray, among other things.

Um. I may need to find fic. If there is any. Because Emilia is hitting my "infinite competence in a sea of stupid" kink pretty hard.
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred Ginger Danced Till)
Tried watching Undercovers tonight. Really liked the married couple characters, but spies and I just don't get along. Con men are even more boring, but spies are definitely up there. Still, the Blooms were cute. Maybe there will be good short fanfic.

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Awesome gadget: Livescribe. I consider myself an excellent notetaker, but that would've been fantastic in some of my history classes.

However, this bright idea from the inventor: "[students could] receive a graded paper e-mailed back with handwritten and spoken feedback from the teacher"? Hahahaha. That would've been a terrible idea for me, anyway. My written feedback was courteous, helpful, and, well, teacherly. Any part of my running internal commentary on a paper that emerged from my mouth in the silence of my apartment or, worse, in the company of other TAs in our "office" was most definitely none of these things.

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