annundriel: ([actors] Yea!)
Mom and I saw The King's Speech today.

It was AMAZING, just...absolutely fantastic.

Everyone was good in it, especially Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, but Colin Firth was outstanding. All of the praise and awards and recognition? He deserves them.
annundriel: ([bh] The Girl You Think I Am)
- Porn Battle XI is open for prompts on LJ and on DW! FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR. I've been going through, seeing if I can't get some ideas already.

[livejournal.com profile] blindfold_spn is also still open for prompt fills.

Four weeks of porn. Fun times!

- I wasn't planning on watching the US Being Human, but then [livejournal.com profile] perfumaniac was watching it so I figured, hey, might as well. I was pleasantly surprised. Prefer the original, but I think this has some nice potential.

- Don't think I mentioned this, but finally got to see Kick-Ass the other night. Watched it with my parents. Mom thought it was really good. Dad liked it but was less enthusiastic about it. It was really hard to tell if he was enjoying it or not while we were watching it, but he did stay for the whole thing (and stayed awake) so that was a pretty good sign. They both recommended it to my brother the next morning.

Meanwhile, The King's Speech is playing in, well, not the local theater, but at least one that's only an hour away. We're tentatively planning on seeing it next weekend. I am excited!
annundriel: ([actors] Autumn Knowingly Stared)
I saw True Grit again, this time with [livejournal.com profile] sdrohc_ratiug, my dad, and - you'll never believe this! - my brother! I invited him and he said yes! As [livejournal.com profile] sdrohc_ratiug said, ""I can't believe I'm sitting next to your brother. It's like seeing a unicorn. And then going to the movies with if."

The movie remains awesome. There was more of an audience this time, and they were more responsive to the film. Except for the one lady in the row in front of us who dozed off and snored a wee bit.

I also watched the first part of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Classics with my mom. It was fun playing, "Hey! That Chick/Dude Looks Familiar!" I also really enjoyed it. That sort of thing is right up my alley.

Tomorrow I'm supposed to get Easy A from Netflix, which I am looking forward to. I've gotten back into watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. Don't know why I paused in the first place; it's such a brilliant show. I guess at least by putting it on hold since October I've managed to draw out the length of the series? Sort of? No? Oh well.

01/01/11

Jan. 1st, 2011 10:13 pm
annundriel: ([ats] Echo)
Today was a good start to the new year. Better than the start to 2010 anyway.

Went to town with my mom and [livejournal.com profile] sdorhc_ratiug. We saw Black Swan which was...

Spoilers under the cut )

Short answer? I found it kind of meh. Which is sad.

Last Tuesday, though, I saw True Grit with my parents and LOVED IT. Mattie Ross is my new hero. And the girl who plays her, Hailee Steinfeld, is amazing. She's up there sharing the screen with Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin, and all I wanted to do was watch her.

True Grit I definitely would recommend.

Anyway. So we did Black Swan and then we went to a late lunch at a place called McGlinns. I had their Greek Pesto wood-fire pizza. It was SO GOOD. The place was [livejournal.com profile] sdrohc_ratiug's recommendation, and it was an excellent one. Then we did some shopping and came home. It was a very, very good day.

Now I'm home with my electric blanket (it's like 7F outside), catching up with writing, and listening to the Tron: Legacy OST (which is AWESOME). Good times, good times.

SWOON

Aug. 29th, 2010 04:28 pm
annundriel: ([dd] Freezing That Frame)
Mom finally got me to watch North & South.

OMG.

OH MY GOD.

BETTER THAN ANY ADAPTATION OF PRIDE & PREJUDICE.

I'M SORRY, P&P, BUT THAT ENDING.

IT'S KILLED ME IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE.

YES, CAPS LOCK IS NECESSARY.

ETA: ALSO, RICHARD ARMITAGE. Can I just curl up in his voice, please?
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
I've seen Inception four times. If I remember correctly, the first movie I saw in the theater multiple times was Titanic. Coincidence?

I did not, however, see it that many times for Leonardo DiCaprio or the love story. All the other girls in seventh grade swooned over him like nobody's business, but not me. I swooned over no one. And, I don't know, maybe it was the love story. I like stories that make me sad.

Speaking of stories, I need to make a list of things I need to finish writing/write.

NEED to finish NOW:

- Inception dream fic (I'm afraid someone else will write this and I'll have to throw my hands up in defeat)
- Jensen/Misha tie!porn

Clean up:

- JGL/Tom Hardy RPS (SLIPPERY FUCKING SLOPE, THANKS [livejournal.com profile] perfumaniac)
- Dean/Cas & strange ways to express affection for [livejournal.com profile] spacefragments (I am sort of stupidly in love with this one; eskimo kisses!)

Finish later:

- drabble requests
- kissing fic


There's more, I'm sure. But these are the things on my mind at the moment.
annundriel: ([spn] Curiouser & Curiouser)
I was reading in EW yesterday that they are doing an American re-make of the Swedish film Let the Right One In from 2008.

This is highly unneccesary.

Seriously, I'm just sitting here going, "But why?"

I highly recommend the original.

OH MY GOD

Apr. 25th, 2010 05:17 pm
annundriel: ([spn] Patterns You Cannot Ignore)
SAVE MY BRAIN FROM CROSSOVER/AUs.

[livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets is an awful place, it really is.

There was a Dean/Castiel secret with a picture of Irwin from The History Boys and now, well.

IRWIN = CASTIEL

DAKIN = DEAN

I mean, come on:

"Anybody else," Dean says, "and I'd say we should have a drink." When Castiel doesn't respond, he continues, "Is that a euphemism? Saying a drink when you actually mean something else?"

Castiel blinks at him. "It is, yes."

"Well, forget the euphemism. What I was really wondering," Dean says, leaning closer, "was whether or not there were any circumstances which might lead to you sucking me off."


Ahem. Anyway. Dialogue borrowed heavily from the film.

SOMEONE SHOULD WRITE THIS.

Dragons!

Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:13 am
annundriel: ([merlin] Fill the Metro Skies)
Saw How to Train Your Dragon today. In 3D! Loved it. A lot.

I've only seen three films in 3D, counting this one, and I'd argue this one used it the best. Up was nice and subtle. Alice in Wonderland wouldn't have lost anything for me had I seen it without the fun glasses. But this...everything had such depth and texture. It was kind of fantastic.

And the flying scenes were amazing.

Toothless reminded me a lot of one of my cats.

I need to find someone else to drag to see it because I want to see it again.

Oh, speaking of dragons. Season two of Merlin started on SyFy tonight. I...have mixed feelings about it at the moment. I forgot how goddamned adorable Merlin is. D'aww.

Spoiler for 2.1 )
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] Detective Story)
I had a creepy SPN-related dream Thursday night.

Sam and Dean were in a hospital. )

Aaaand now I'm thinking about how cool it would be if Supernatural were directed by Guillermo del Toro. OMG. It would be AWESOME.

Excuse me while I go flail just thinking about it.

ETA: Haha, so I was thinking del Toro's scary stuff, like The Devil's Backbone. Mom, however, suggests a crossover with Hellboy. "Can't you just see Castiel going, 'What the fuck? He's a demon.' and Dean being all, 'He's Hellboy. We can't send Hellboy back to hell!'"

And then, she added, someone would have to point out to Sam, "Hey, we found someone bigger than you!"

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my mom? 'cause, seriously. I do.
annundriel: ([es] Meet Me in Montauk)
The other day I was looking for title-inspiration for "whatever we lose" and my eyes happened to fall on my copy of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, which I read a couple of years ago in Modernism in Art and Literature. It contains a quote that spoke to me so clearly at the time I was amazed:

She could see it so clearly, so commandingly, when she looked: it was when she took her brush in hand that the whole thing changed. It was in that moment's flight between the picture and her canvas that the demons set on her who often brought her to the verge of tears and made this passage from conception to work as dreadful as any down a dark passage for a child. Such she often felt herself--struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: "But this is what I see; this is what I see," and so to clasp some miserable remnant of her vision to her breast, which a thousand forces did their best to pluck from her.
- p. 22-23


I get a lot of things out of that passage, and I understand it through my own various experiences involving fear of creative failure, that horrible moment between having an idea and pulling out a blank page to make that idea something more than just a thought, an image in your head. Fear of creative rejection, dismissal.

To borrow a quote from one of my other favorite things, The History Boys, that moment in reading for me was one of these:

"The best moments in reading are when you come across something--a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things--which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours."


I think I've gained a lot more confidence since then. I'm not afraid to start things much anymore for fear they won't live up to the vision in my head. Though I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] ginnith would have interesting things to say on my various writing related neuroses and how the have/haven't changed. She's been there through it all, the lucky lady.

Speaking of writing, back to editing I go.
annundriel: ([dd] Freezing That Frame)
More, please?

I love Sherlock Holmes. I love the Victorian time period. I love movies with explosions. This movie was made for me.

I will mostly take Holmes any way I can get him. (Except for that one book I read that was like fanfiction and made me want to cry.)

And then there was the subtext. omg the subtext. Or, maybe more accurately, what subtext? ;)

Has the fandom exploded like Star Trek fandom did after the reboot? Are traditionalists wigging out? The most important question is, though: where is the fic?

Oh Dear

Dec. 16th, 2009 09:14 pm
annundriel: ([sga] Hmm)
I'm going to end up watching Stonehenge Apocalypse just for Torri Higginson and Misha Collins, aren't I?
annundriel: ([misc] Up & Away)
Last night the second, and final, part of Alice aired on SyFy (uuuugh channel). I really enjoyed it. Way more than Tin Man, which I also enjoyed but found overall fairly dull. And confusing. Alan Cumming was the best part of that thing.

Anyway. Alice was pretty solid. I never wanted to smack Alice around, not really, and Hatter was basically amazing. (And then I had to look him up and go, duh, that dude from Primeval.) But it's still leaving me all think-y with it's similarities to Tin Man.

Really vaguely spoilery for both )

Sorry, Tim Burton, but there is NO WAY I'm going to love your Mad Hatter as much as I love this one. (D'aww. HIS FACE.)

In Things That Don't Make Me Really Happy news, Mom tells me that her boss finally came back from her vacation. She and her husband went on a cruise. When Mom asked her how it was, she said it was fine but she wouldn't have gone if she'd known there were going to be so many gays and lesbians there.

::facepalm::

So I am going to go write gay porn to counterbalance the stupid.

Exciting!

Nov. 30th, 2009 05:12 pm
annundriel: ([jf] Yea!)
MY COUSIN EB IS ENGAGED!!

I am super excited for her. And we all like the fiancee, so that's a plus.

We caught up on a lot of things on the phone last night. It's always great talking with her. And, on a really ridiculous level, I'm quite pleased that after getting her hooked on SPN when she was over, she succeeded on getting the fiancee hooked. He usually only wants to watch foreign films about the Holocaust (or so we hear), so I am impressed. I feel like a very successful TV pimp.

Meanwhile, I have Adam Lambert stuck in my head. I've been listening to quite a bit o fhim and Lady Gaga recently. What can I say? I have eclectic music tastes. My mp3 player will go from Ennio Morricone to Muse to the Rolling Stones to Kelly Clarkson.

Anyway, this reminds me that last Wednesday, two of the usual boys were in the library. I want to put them at about...8 to 10 years old. They both got on the laptops and were looking for music videos and then one of them started singing along to Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi." I just about died.

Why didn't I stop him singing aloud in a library? There wasn't really anyone there. Though earlier there was an absolute horror of a family and I did actually have to go into the children's section and pull the, "Can you guys keep it down, please? You're in a library."

Look at me, having authority.

Speaking of Morricone, most recently I've been listening to the score from The Legend of 1900 (first thing I ever saw Tim Roth in). Particularly this piece and this one. I love them.
annundriel: ([pd] The Pie Maker)
- I really like moving documents from my writing folder into my completed folder. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

- I kind of don't care who wins Project Runway or America's Next Top Model. Haven't really been paying too much attention to ANTM, but I do like the two girls who are left. PR is just...kind of dull. Maybe that is why they're advertising a Tim Gunn breakdown back stage at Fashion Week?

Dear Tim,

Next time you bake biscuits, please remove your jacket before putting on the apron. Or quit wearing three-piece suits and teasing me like that. Geez.

Love,
Me

PS. Though you are adorable in your full suit and flowered-apron. ♥

- FlashForward and a certain guest star from two weeks ago )

- Saw [livejournal.com profile] ginnith and [livejournal.com profile] sdrohc_ratiug yesterday. It was excellent to see them, especially [livejournal.com profile] ginnith. Hadn't seen her since...April? I've kind of been Miss Crankypants lately, so they knocked me out of my head a little bit. Even if they didn't realize it. :)

- I really need a mental wellness day. Or week. Vacation? If I had cornflakes, I would cry into them.

- Watched Up with Mom and ate chocolate cake. Bawled like a baby. That movie kills me and I love it.

- Massage therapist called. Said she liked the article. Go me!
annundriel: ([misc] At the Round Earth's Imagined)
Loved it. A lot. Layered and interesting, both visually and emotionally. And a little bit heartbreaking in that way childhood can be. Not specifically spoilery, but going under a cut to save y'all. )

I cried. This was not unexpected. Every time a preview ran on TV I'd turn to Mom and say, "I'm going to bawl during this movie, you know that right?"

I was impressed. Definitely a movie that needs seeing again.
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
I am still having massive writing anxiety, but I think (think) I'm on my way to getting over that with this specific fic I'm working on. I keep making changes, poking and prodding it into something better or more or closer to what's happened in canon lately (hopefully all of these things and nothing negative). I'm just waiting to talk to a couple of people about it now. Then maybe I can exorcise the whole thing and be done.

It's a really good thing I don't bite my fingernails anymore. Braces! They were good for something beside giving me headaches!

Not a particularly serious thought and certain SPN season five developments. Spoiler for what's happened so far, though. )

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