annundriel: ([misc] At the Round Earth's Imagined)
Another Inception post. Sorry.

Maybe everyone else has noticed this and discussed it, but this was something new for me.

A detail I hadn't noticed before )

EDIT: In which people are awesome and link me to stuff )
annundriel: ([misc] TV!  Yea!)
- This seriously made me laugh so hard I almost cried: Wolfman rips off Twilight.

- I have a very minor issue with Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: The Red Queen also appears to be the Queen of Hearts. But the Queen of Hearts is in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (with the deck of cards) and the Red Queen is in Through the Looking Glass (with the chess pieces). I KNOW, WAY TO BE NIT-PICKY, RIGHT?

- Finally got to see Moon today. I greatly enjoyed the film and would recommend it if you haven't seen it. Sam Rockwell was fantastic. The score was great. The visuals just right. (I've got a serious thing for things set in space. And a specific one for things set on the moon.) It's intelligent and thoughtful and a film that is definitely going to stick with me for a while.
annundriel: ([spn] Castiel)
I laughed a little over this: Harper's Finally Gives These Nice Twilighting Kids Some Exposure (Am I Saying That Right?).

Kristen Stewart looks good. Though kind of...Evan Rachel Wood-y. (I think it's the smile.)

Anyway, what I found most amusing was the "WHAT'S SEXY NOW" plastered on top of them. Not referring to them, because of the "Update Your Look" underneath, but still. Arguably Twilight is what's sexy now. To the masses anyway.

But the reason I found it amusing was because back when the new Star Trek came out, there was an article on Yahoo asking if Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto could beat Robert Pattinson out for attention from the hordes. Their answer was "No." The reason?

Unlike Z-Pine, who look like real grownups who have real sex, R.Pattz—thanks in part to a role as a perpetual teenage vampire—comes off like a kid. A nonsexually threatening kid.

I think this is a good post to say that I've been thinking about the phrase "eye candy" and the not so correct "eye food" lately. (Gee, I wonder why?) For me it's come to a point where "eye candy" is exactly what it sounds like, someone pretty to look at. "Eye food" totally able to describe people who "look like real grownups who have real sex" or are just too substantially attractive to be candy.

Eye candy = Zac Efron (when he doesn't have stupid hair, think Hairspray)
Eye food = Misha Collins (c'mon, you know I'm right)


Oct. 29th, 2009 03:04 pm
annundriel: ([hsm] A Million Lights Flicker There)
I keep getting the girls' mash-up of Halo/Walking on Sunshine stuck in my head. This is not a bad thing as it makes me really happy.

There are two new song previews that I'm excited about: this one and this one. Artie! Kurt! ♥♥

Also, I enjoyed this interview with Mark Salling (Puck) on

AE: There was an episode earlier where Kurt made it clear that he's crushing on Finn, and Finn was really nonchalant about it. How would he react is Kurt was crushing on him?

MS: [laughs] Well, that has not come up yet other than in the fantasy world of YouTube, but I think Puck has become more accepting of the glee club and the people in it so, I don't know, maybe he'd just turn the lights off and be like, "Okay." Or maybe he'd just throw him in the dumpster again.

Um. Yeah. I can really see Puck just turning off the lights and going with it.

I am pretty much impressed with everyone on the cast, even if I'm not always impressed with the characters on the show.


Oct. 21st, 2009 09:23 pm
annundriel: ([hsm] A Million Lights Flicker There)
Even though today was lots of fun, I'm feeling kind of bummed now.

But I am watching Glee and they sang "Sweet Caroline" and how can you be bummed with that? (Except for parts of this show annoy me and other parts kind of break my heart into little bitty pieces.)

- Sweet Caroline

Here's an interview with Chris Colfer and the Advocate. Chris plays Kurt on Glee and is just...precious. Chris and Kurt both. I love them.

Two clips from the episode "Preggers." Kurt joins the football team because of his awesome kicking ability.

- Kurt is a Single Lady
- Single Lady Football Players

Sadly, I can't find either scenes where Kurt comes out, they're both fantastic. Both made me tear up, honestly.

Dialogue of one of them under the cut. Because, yeah. I got a bit choked up. )
annundriel: ([st] Go Die in a Fire)
You, sir, are kind of an ass.

Do not click on that link if you don't want to be spoiled for Children of Earth.

Two things. )

Home Again

Apr. 12th, 2009 10:05 pm
annundriel: ([hsm] A Million Lights Flicker There)
Spent the weekend in Seattle with my mom, [ profile] sdrohc_ratiug, and [ profile] ginnith. Saturday night we were joined by [ profile] olivelavonne for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Swan Lake.

[ profile] olivelavonne and I first saw the ballet the last time PNB performed it in 2007. I was enchanted. So last year when I saw it was coming back, I was set on seeing it again. I think I loved it even more this time. Very possibly due to the specific dancers. Or, well, all of the dancers. Act II, with all of the swans on the lake, was amazing. The ending still kills me.

Louise Nadeau, who danced the parts of Odette/Odile and who is retiring from PNB this year, was breathtaking.

Here is a review of opening night from the Seattle Times. The dancers are not the same (Karel Cruz was our Prince Siegfried), but I think the feeling is.

And I found this on YouTube, Francia Russell and Kent Stowell on Act IV. With some bits of the ballet itself incorporated. I know I'm repetitive and silly, but oh, I love the whole beautiful, sad thing. The choreography, the sets, the costumes, the music, all of it.

I'll have to keep my eyes open for what they're offering next season. It's kind of fun doing this once a year.
annundriel: ([ff] Space Monsters!)
Why so dumb?

Sci Fi Channel to become Syfy.

By changing the name to Syfy, which remains phonetically identical, the new brand broadens perceptions and embraces a wider range of current and future imagination-based entertainment beyond just the traditional sci-fi genre, including fantasy, supernatural, paranormal, reality, mystery, action and adventure.

I'm still waiting to find out how wrestling fits. I mean, I guess it's reality-based fantasy. But still, what the hell?

Also, I am ridiculously tired of those stupid ExtenZe commercials they run all of them time. I see way more of that couple telling me "OMG ExtenZe really works!!" while watching Battlestar Galactica than I care to.


Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:38 pm
annundriel: ([office] Light Up)
This made me grin like a fool: Criminal Minds' Kirsten Vangsness to Wed Girlfriend this Spring.

"I never thought I would want to do it," says Vangsness, who plays computer expert Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama. "Then when you meet the person, you're like, 'I want to marry you. I don't care if there's a law against it!'"


Feb. 6th, 2009 11:57 am
annundriel: ([ats] Echo)
Cornered in a Parallel World - NY Times Coraline review.

It is certainly exciting, but rather than race through ever noisier set pieces toward a hectic climax in the manner of so much animation aimed at kids, "Coraline" lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.

I am so pleased to hear this. I think [ profile] michelerz and I have talked before, briefly, about entertainment aimed at children these days. It's all about things happening fast and things happening now. My last big problem was with the film of The Golden Compass. That was a film that moved very quickly throughout. So quickly that by the time we got to the parts of the film meant to make the audience feel like the characters were in jeopardy, you didn't because they were unnoticeable from the rest of the film.

The bit about the 3D being "unusually subtle" makes me happy, too.

[ profile] sdrohc_ratiug and I are supposed to see this on Sunday. YEA.
annundriel: ([tw] Intent)
Millennium Centre's tattoo inspiration. Linking it because OMG KASEY. YOU ARE INTERNATIONAL NOW.

I mean, besides the actual international traveling you did last year.

I just think it's really cool.


Nov. 17th, 2008 10:21 am
annundriel: ([ncis] Special Agent)
From the NY Times: No Mystery: Ratings Heat Up for ‘NCIS’.

On Tuesday that crime show about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service reached 18.8 million viewers, more than it ever had before and more than any other show on television for the week.

I really owe USA for finally getting me into NCIS. Their marathons make the show so accessible for viewers who haven't taken the time to check it out before. It was during one of their first marathons that I thought, "Hey, I'm not doing anything today. Other people love this show. I'll give it a try." And boy am I glad I did. They've become some of my favorite fictional people on TV.

CBS does these little self-promo things where they show the actors from different shows around the lots where they film. There's one where they show Abby and they follow that up with Patrick Jane from The Mentalist and now there's a tiny, crazy part of my brain that just wants those two characters to be pretty and fantastic together.


Nov. 5th, 2008 03:37 pm
annundriel: ([hsm] A Million Lights Flicker There)
So yesterday, instead of paying attention to election coverage, I went with Mom to her physical therapy session and dinner and then to the movies.

High School Musical 3 was kind of ridiculous, but, oh, so much fun.

I had to fight a really stupid grin during most of the musical numbers. And especially when Ryan showed up on screen doing, oh, anything. At all. Ryan Evans is the best thing about that franchise. He's just so delightfully, comfortably his fabulous self. With his hats and his choreography and his swively hips.

And those hips are very, very swively. HSM is Disney and supposed to be clean, right? But around the two minute mark in that clip? Well. Wipe away your inhibitions indeed.


One of my favorite bits of trivia is that Corbin Bleu apparently was going to audition for Ryan, but when he saw Lucas Grabeel dancing at the audition and decided he couldn't shake it like Lucas can. And Ryan needs to shake it. And boy does he ever.

Plus, Ryan really developed through the three movies. In the first one, he's under his sister's thumb, a bit of an antagonist though you can see he's less interested in being evil than Sharpay. Then he breaks from his sister in the second. And in the third, he's clearly a part of the group, friends with people he wouldn't have hung out with (or wouldn't have hung out with him) two movies before. It makes me happy.

Anyway. SO. HSM3 was fun and colorful and full of people doing choreographed things (which I have a weakness for). There was too much Troy and Gabriella and not enough of everyone else. Seriously, they needed to let other people shine some. In big dance scenes they probably shouldn't put Zac Efron between Corbin Bleu and Lucas Grabeel, two of the actual dancers, but he does all right. And the new characters? Not that interesting. I'll stick with the original cast, thanks.

Oh, plus, High School Musical 3's Ryan Evans still a coded gay character. It would be nice if, like in the stage show, they'd let Ryan's sexuality be a little more overt. But as it stands, like I said, he's clearly comfortable and happy with exactly who he is. And that's fantastic. (Although the president of Disney Channel Worldwide says some really stupid stuff in that article.)

And now I'm going to go listen to the beginning of "Just Wanna Be with You" because for once it's just Lucas singing and it reminds me of Jason Mraz and makes me happy. Too bad it only lasts 42 seconds.
annundriel: ([sga] If I Could Trust My Feet)
So I was just reading about 30 Burning Sci-Fi Bromances and besides reminding me how much I love Al in Quantum Leap, it also reminded me of The Iron Giant.

It's one of those cartoons that makes me cry every single time I see it. The ending just kills me. Watching it with the twins when they were younger always made me feel kind of lame because I'd be sitting there sniffling by the end and they'd be fine. At least most of the time. I'm sure it probably made my brother cry at some point.

Heh, which reminds me of the year I got A Little Princess for my birthday. Tom refused to watch it because it was a "girl's movie," but when we put the tape in he ended up watching it anyway. By the end he was curled up on Mom's lap, crying like the rest of us.

Isn't it funny how younger siblings can be annoying at the time, but when you look back it's suddenly, "Awww, you were so cute!" Generally followed by, "What happened?" and a wink.

I actually cry at a lot of things. If something moves me, whether it's happy or sad, tears will generally be involved. Not in everyday life, usually, but in books and movies and TV.

I remember when Finding Nemo was in theaters, I was sitting with my brother and the movie had hardly begun when I was going, "OMG, you are not going to cry at the beginning of a movie about fish." Except that it is sad! And Pixar and Disney are so very good at manipulating my emotions.

Meanwhile, I watched Hunting Season today and seriously thought there was going to be a moment right out of Return of the Jedi. )
annundriel: ([es] Clementine)
Project Runway - 5.12 )

While we were watching PR, Mom and I were discussing the events described in this article. Seriously, it's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. But it lead to the following conversation that amused me.

MOM: I don't think you should be able to cite an Adam Sandler movie unless
you've seen it.
ME: I don't think you should be able to cite an Adam Sandler movie period.
MOM: Not even Happy Madison.
ME: That's Happy Gilmore. And Billy Madison.
annundriel: ([mm] Fighting Evil So You Don't Have To)
The Middleman: Follows the Bechdel Rule so well that it was the reason we began talking about the rule here at NPR. Mind-boggling: It's science fiction — that traditional fortress of geek-maledom — but the character we identify with is a young woman. (And an artist.) She talks to her roommate about art events, vegan protests and their mothers; they're concerned with politics and creativity as well as boyfriends. "I know that the hot show on ABC Family right now is The Secret Life of the American Teenager," says NPR editor Sara Sarasohn, "but if my daughter were a teenager, I'd be making her watch The Middleman every week." Bonus: By default it follows the Morales Rule, because Natalie Morales plays the lead.

The 'Bechdel Rule,' Defining Pop-Culture Character

Interesting read.

The Bechdel Rule:
Any movie or TV show must have:
1. At least two female characters, who ...
2. talk to each other about...
3. something besides a man.

The Deggans Rule:
1. At least two nonwhite characters in the main cast ...
2. in a show that's not about race.

The Morales Rule:
1. Nobody calls anybody Papi.
2. No dancing to salsa music.
3. No gratuitous Spanish.

The Middleman is one of my favorite new shows this year. It's quirky and odd, fast-paced in dialogue (how they get their lines out in one breath is beyond me) and action, clever and witty. I love Wendy Watson and the Middleman. And Lacey and Noser and Tyler and Ida. Everyone in the cast is amazing.

It's also full of pop culture references. Last week's episode "The Clotharian Contamination Protocol" was filled with old school Doctor Who.

And the Middleman doesn't believe in swearing, which means he comes up with other things. Like, "Gobsmackit!" and "Grapes of Wrath!" It amuses me a lot.

The season finale, "The Palindrome Reveral Palindrome," was last night. I am really hoping they bring it back for another season, but they probably won't. Which is sad, because there's just so much in it to love.
annundriel: ([pl] Hace Mucho Tiempo)
There was an interview with David Sedaris in yesterday's New York Times: What You Read Is What He Is, Sort Of. It addresses the thin line between non-fiction and fiction that he walks, especially now with his new book coming out and all the kerfuffle over James Frey and others.

I've always assumed he exaggerated. And I think his readers in general realize that it's happening. I just feel like there's a difference between his work and the work of others who sell their writing based on the claim that it's reality. Maybe it's the humorous aspect of the writing that makes me feel this way. I don't know. I do know I'm biased though, since I love Sedaris.

And, really, he is basically adorable in person.

I found the interview interesting. Especially since there is a picture of Hugh. I've wondered what he looks like, since Amy shows up a lot and it's easy to picture her, and now I finally know.


May. 29th, 2008 03:57 pm
annundriel: ([ats] Echo)
So originally I wasn't overly excited about Joss Whedon's new series Dollhouse even if it is Joss and even if it does have Eliza Dushku in it. I mean, I thought it was cool and that it would be fun to have a new show, but I wasn't freaking out over it.

And then I read this interview with him and I gotta say I'm really looking forward to it. A lot of that might have to do with Tahmoh Penikett being in it. In a suit! HEE!

Plus, Joss has a crush on him. "I'm gonna go out on a limb here and tell the truth – I've had a man-crush on Tahmoh since the first episode of Battlestar."

There's also a preview for the show in the interview. It definitely has potential, but just how that'll turn out I'm up in the air about. I mean, I love Joss Whedon, but I can see this not living up to fan expectations. And that would be sad.

So right now I'm going to focus on three things: Joss! Tahmoh! Eliza!


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