snowystingray: (marian - running up that hill)
So Iljimae, that show that was pimped to me as "kdrama Robin Hood"? Yeah, I'm three episodes in AND IT'S TOTALLY GREAT.


I'm three episodes in and it also totally has its own Guy/Marian brewing.






Please expect all of my posts for the next week or two to be anguished tears.

(And, oh man, it's so devastating because so far the rest of the drama is super delightful! There's a Robin-esque lead who is rascally and impudent but also super cute and rakish and loveable and great! And a female Alan a Dale peddler of adult entertainments! And parenting angst and daddy issues out the wazoo! ...And yet all I will be able to do is focus on the never-meant-to-be, dark-side, anti-OTP. WHAT IS MY LIFE.)

(Oh, and in other emotional turmoil news, I'm also almost done with Mockingjay auuuugggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. GUYS, PLEASE REC ME SOMETHING CUTE AND HAPPY AND ADORABLE TO READ/WATCH.)
snowystingray: (kdrama - the vineyard man)
Hello, livejournal! How is life going? I am trying to keep up with my resolution to be more communicative... which should involve posting at least once a week... so! Things!

-I know that in my last post I mentioned starting The Vineyard Man, and... uhhh... I already finished it? Like three days ago? BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. Okay, so I do love kdramas for all of their excessive cliches and overused tropes, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from genderswap/chaebols/etc. and just have a cute, simple, refreshing character piece. Also, it's basically just about a bunch of rednecks and old people so it made me homesick like whoa. But in a good way? I've adjusted to city life much more than I thought I would be able to, but b'awwww I miss living in the (sort of) country and getting stuck behind tractors on the way to work and eating fruit straight from the trees (my first year missing peak citrus season since I was in elementary school, boohoooooo). I even miss pulling weeds, and just having a patch of dirt to stick my hands into. Anyway, I am now more determined than ever to make a Korean countryside excursion as soon as it warms up a bit (so... like two months from now, fml. GO AWAY, WINTERRRR). ANYWAY. A++++ drama, would highly recommend even to those not fully indoctrinated into kdrama shenanigans (so far I think that makes only The Vineyard Man and Sungkyunkwan Scandal that I would place into that category. BUT GO FORTH AND WATCH!! I am determined to convert at least one person out of all y'all, gosh darn it).

-Okay, I guess this is just going to turn into a "b'awww homesick" post because, uhhh, other things that I am super mega missing right now -- MY SEWING MACHINE. Realistically speaking, I guess it doesn't make much sense to want one here because it's not like I have a ton of time to use it, but I just miss making stuff, and doing work that involves tangible production. Also, as usual, FFFFFFFFFF KOREA EVERY TIME I SEE THE WORDS "FREE SIZE" MY RAGE IS JUST INSTANT AND ALL-ENCOMPASSING, IT IS DOWNRIGHT PAVLOVIAN. Well, this has come about in kind of a round-about way, so let me back up for a moment.

Next month -- birthday month! Next month -- also Big Bang Big Show month! HMMMMM. Perhaps you can guess where this is headed. Yes, that's right, once again I am blowing my hard-earned money on a kpop concert, celebrating my continued journey into adulthood by rocking out like a tween girl. The timing is just too perfect, though! How could I say no? Anyway, last time I kind of wanted to dress the part but didn't really have time to pull anything together. This time I'm going with one of my friends from here in Daegu and we are both determined to come up with awesome outfits. I have already picked mine out! But, alas, NO SEWING MACHINE GODDAMMIT. Anyway, I have a super mega longing to go as the Alice in Wonderland girl from Seungri's new music video (whhhhyyyyyy is it that I'm always like, "lol Seungri you are so ridiculous/annoying/the little brother I want to punch in the mouth" and yet whenever his solos come out I'm like, "ummm just kidding this is totally my jam." STOP TROLLING ME, KPOP).

It'd be super easy to make, right? Mannnnn. Life sucks. So anyway, I was looking into maybe buying individual pieces... or, alternately, Teacher Friend and I were thinking about going as the black-and-white harlequin girls (with wigs??? Maybe???? ...Probably not). Doing some online window shopping for individual pieces, though, is like arrrrrrgggghhhhh WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE. I go through the measurements and it's like, hmmm, I guess the bust is okay... I guess the waist is okay... I guess the hips are -- wait -- the hips -- --- is that number for real -- WHY ARE THE HIPS SO MUCH SMALLER THAN THE BUST?? WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY??????????

-Still working on Mockingjay. It's not quite gripping me in the way that Catching Fire did? I don't know, I'm only about a third of the way through, though.

-So... yeah... starting a new kdrama. Iljimae! It's like Korean Robin Hood! YESSSSSSS.
snowystingray: (marian)
It probably has not escaped your notice that I have been watching a ton of Lost lately. In the midst of this I also happened to check out the 1983 adaptation of Jane Eyre from the library. I've had it on request for ages and it finally came through a few weeks ago... so I picked it up, got distracted by Lost, meant to watch it, didn't have a chance, got my "friendly due date" reminder yesterday, was all set to renew it online and then just watch it later in the week -- AND GUESS WHAT? "NO RENEWALS AVAILABLE ON THIS ITEM." Just dandy. Like I said, I had been waiting FOREVER to watch this mini and I hated to take it back unviewed, so... yes. I just watched the whole thing. All 311 minutes. Oh, Timothy Dalton, why do you do this to me?

Thoughts )

Do you have a favorite Jane Eyre adaptation that I should add to my immediate MUST BE WATCHED list? (Knowing you all, I'm sure Toby Stephens is probably going to win, ha. DON'T WORRY, GUYS, ALREADY ON THE LIST.) Also, all of [ profile] hulamoth's postings are now prompting me to check out Ivanhoe (never seen/read any of it! I'm so inexperienced!). And... and... hmm, what other minis do I have next to watch? Go ahead, rec away. (Or, if you're feeling truly adventuresome, you could also rec some actual books in case I somehow magically remember how to read -- but I'm facing a mass of airplane travel next month and will most certainly need something to keep me amused.)
snowystingray: (Default)
Just got through with the Cranford Christmas special -- boy but that series does not cut back on the high mortality rates, does it? On the whole I don't think this was as well put together as the original but, still, high old lady hilarity all around and yay Tim Curry and yay Jodie Whittaker. Overall, though, I'm rather disappointed with Masterpiece Theatre's spring line up. Bahhhhh to Austen encore (well, I will admit that the Northanger Abbey movie was extremely adorable, but epic do not want to the new Emma mini. BECAUSE THAT'S JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDED, RIGHT?); Small Island sounds interesting, so I guess I will bide my time until April.

To continue my 2009 review, Books of 2009! )
snowystingray: (marian - goddamn nightwatchman)
Bwahaha, somebody has finally made a [ profile] spock_chapel comm. AWESOME. Now, quick, somebody cast Anne Dudek as Chapel in the next Abrams film.

Meme! That I have in fact done before! But, well, [ profile] hulamoth gave me new prompts, and who am I to resist?

Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

Robin Hood, Terry Pratchett, Horatio Hornblower )
snowystingray: (star trek)
I finally managed to see an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series today. Final assessment? It is faaaabulous. The fact that it's effectively been purged from canon already also gives me a comforting sense of security going into it, because when/if I hit something that's not entertaining-dumb but in fact just dumb-dumb, I can pretend that it doesn't exist. Win/win! I did really enjoy the first episode, though -- maybe it's just because I'm so starved for new Trek that I'll take what I can get, but I thought it was fun and worthwhile. Brief thoughts:

- I wonder what shirtless cartoon Kirk looks like? Also, I wonder why this was literally the very first thought I had when watching?

- Ugh, Uhura is the coolest. This has nothing to do with the episode in particular, it just needs to be said.

- The transporter effect is cool!

- Wait, how are they hanging around without space suits? Do they beam with... magic bubbles now? *confused*

- How come none of the characters have whites to their eyes?

- Every time Spock runs, I just... OMG... *dies*

- The episode starts off really talky, but the plot is actually kind of interesting. Go figure! AND HOLY CRAP THE MIDDLE OF IT IS ACTUALLY REALLY SCARY. OR MAYBE I JUST SCARE EASILY. BUT. YEAH.


- Mr. Kyle. And his mustache. Have I already said "OMG" enough times? Hmm, probably. Okay, then: LOLOLOLOLOL.

- I love that Spock is still such a bitch, and especially to McCoy.

- The bridge has a discoball. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

- Kirk's plotting face... dare I say it... OMG OMG OMG.

Anyway, yes, it was rather delightful (except for the part where it made me miss De, meep) and I plan to steadily work my way through the rest.

Other things that amuse me perhaps far too much: this recent metaquote about pre-internet fandoms. Well, mostly it just brought up all my fond memories of my Byron course, and the complete hilarity of nineteenth-century fangirls (and fanboys!). One of these days I will finally get around to reading Glenarvon, which is basically just published self-insert fanfic; ditto The Vampyre, although I have actually read that one. I find it fascinating that both works were created expressly from a place of overwhelming hatred of Byron, too, ahahaaa -- kind of like the anti-fandom surrounding Twilight, I guess, of people who despise and yet are still endlessly fascinated by and irresistibly drawn to the books. It does rather typify my own love-hate relationship with the man... although I suppose it veers much closer to hate-hate, to be honest... I've been trying to watch the Jonny Lee Miller biopic for ages but as soon as I start it I get overwhelmed with "arrrghhhh Byron why are you such an epic douche" and have to stop. But! Philip Glenister! I must continue! ...Eventually. Maybe it'll get more compelling once I get to the Caroline Lamb bits.

ETA: Oh, and one more fandom "hee!" moment, this time Lost-related. Do I really need to be cutting for spoilers? Probably not! But somehow I feel guilty about discussing anything in the land of Lost outside of a cut. )

Double ETA: Man! Why must I have so many fandoms? But but but crappy quality House S6 promo!!!
snowystingray: (star trek)
- I can't decide which one I love more, this Hornblower/Bush vid to "I Touch Myself" or this Sam/Gene vid that inspired it. Oh, internets, DON'T EVER CHANGE.

- There is quite a good deal of win to be found over at [ profile] trek_crack, but the intro post especially is not to be missed. Unsurprisingly, the Spock/McCoy bits are my favourite (ohhh man, Bones' little 'yay medicine/boo engineering' shout bubble? LOVE).

-I've started watching The Prisoner (been meaning to for ages, and now it's all up on! How convenient!). After one episode I am confused as hell and will probably have nightmares for days, which means that I like it and plan to watch more.

- ETA: I almost forgot! If you haven't already joined in years past, you should all go check out the [ profile] lost_bookclub; how else are we to occupy the long, lonely Wednesday nights between now and February? Also, I'm leading the Philip K. Dick month so, y'know. Be there or be square and all that.

And now for the Robin Hood portion of our evening:

- ARMITAGE -- GOOD LORD -- THAT MAN SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. The show has been off for all of... three days, and already I miss having him in my weekly schedule.

- I think I may have unraveled a portion of my deep and abiding love for all things related to the Gisbornes (aside from the obvious bits where they are smouldering and lovely and act circles around the material they're given): namely, brother and sister both are so stuck in the 80s and totally should have ended the series by starting their own heavy metal/hair band.

Image cut, but only because I am a nice person )

Don't lie. You know you want it. I am actually contemplating a "Gizzy is Stuck in the 80s" playlist, but I don't know if I'll ever get around to it. Plus, man would it be hard to narrow that down. Maybe it'd be better to just hand out an instruction manual. 1. Put on Aerosmith/Van Halen/Def Leppard/Billy Idol/whatev. 2. Mope about until your simmering woobiness comes to a boil. 3. Angst to death.

- My great Robin Hood Rewatch continues! This is making up for the fact that I never posted about these episodes when I saw them for the first time:

1.06 - All of the "sparring" between Vaysey and the abbess is just an unparalleled delight to watch, hee! And once again with Gisborne being surprisingly religious -- I think this is swiftly becoming my new show-related obsession and some day I will have to do a proper write-up of my feelings on that. For now I find it interesting that on the one hand he can be so solemn and venerative in his attitude toward most church practices, and yet so completely derisive of Marian going to a convent. I suppose here it's more kneejerk anger, whereas in 2.08 it's more outright mocking (although I have to admit that I always join him on that when I watch the episode. Marian: "Okay, well, now that we're done having a jaw-droppingly hot make-out session, I think I'll just pop back into the convent." Guy: "Ummm, I don't think that's how nuns work. ...Have you been talking to Allan?"). Essentially, Guy is such an odd inconsistent bumbling idiot when it comes to omg pretty girl!!! Yeah, like that's news, but still. I know Armitage said of the first series that he wanted to make people's skin crawl during the Guy/Marian scenes, but mostly in this episode they just make me laugh at Guy's expense for being a GIANT AWKWARD CREEPER.

1.07 - Aaaand so Guy's wooing dumbness continues. "Curses! I need to get Marian another present but I didn't have time to go to the store. Well, this one looks nice; pity somebody else is already wearing it. ... Wait, who am I kidding, I'm mothereffing Guy of Gisborne and I'll take what I please and shoot sexy glances at passerbys as I do it." For the most part, though, this episode is far less about the awkward and far more about the epic angst and twisted attraction and betrayal potential and, oh dear, is this not what sold me on Guy/Marian from the start (because, yes, this was indeed the first episode of the show I ever saw)? Far more than my purely shallow thoughts along the lines of "oh dear they are so terribly attractive and to hell with the storyline let's just have the Richard & Lucy hour of hotness all the time," I was just so blown away by how well they feed off of each other as actors, how Marian's utter distaste for Guy begins to be eclipsed by her need to use him, how Guy's foundations are crumbled and rebuilt and crumbled again every time he encounters Marian anew. It's such a watershed moment for the two of them, when suddenly their relationship shifts from that of a relatively pedestrian match dictated by gender roles and societal conventions to that of a charged, inextricable political and ethical entanglement. The full gamut of emotions that the two of them run through in the proposal -- well, it's just as impressive to me now as it was during that fateful first viewing two years ago, when by the power of their sheer awesome they conspired to TRAP ME FOREVER AUGH (the "Feel it, it is real" line SLAYS ME EVERY TIME). And, shockingly enough, the bits of the episode that don't have to do with Guy/Marian are still interesting, too! Ah, yes, the good old days when the gang actually had relevant plots. The Allan/Djaq! And Will/Allan! And in fact just general Allan-ness of it all! Also, once more the Sheriff is so hugely badass here. How could I have missed the fact that he gives Guy an ass slap??! And then when he's busy goading Guy into taking his revenge on Marian -- yeesh. (Possible but doubtful significance to the fact that Vaysey refers to Marian as a "leper," given Guy's family history? I still sincerely doubt that the writers had any of that backstory in mind at this point in time, but at the very least it is one of those happy accidents of show canon.) I love how Keith Allen can be so alternately thrilling and chilling, especially during the hanging.

- In conclusion, can you tell that I'm still unemployed? Geez. Tomorrow I'm meeting up with one of the ladies I used to work for over the past few summers, so we'll see if anything comes of that (except of course all of that was "unpaid non-profit community enrichment" and now I NEED MONEY, PEOPLE).
snowystingray: (Default)
From [ profile] dollsome:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. You should then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed you should ask them 5 questions.

My questions! )
snowystingray: (there will be blood)
I decided to finally rectify the fact that I'm probably the only person who managed to get through the American public school system without reading Catch-22 (and by "I," I mean "my best friend"; and by "decided" I mean, "forced the book upon me under the guise of a birthday present"). And you know, all I really have to say is I don't even know why I'm spoiler cutting, because I feel that even those of you who haven't yet read it deserve to be forewarned )
snowystingray: (star trek: ds9)
I debated about posting this now because I haven't really finished up with Deep Space Nine -- I still have to go back and watch the first season, one of the unfortunate side effects of being bound to syndications schedules -- but after watching "What You Leave Behind" this morning I've been stuck in this feeling of ending and completion and over, regardless of whether I'm technically "done" catching up with every episode or not.

Thoughts on the finale, season seven, and I suppose the series in general )

...Sorry, I know those comments stopped making sense quite some time ago, so instead I'll move on to the other story I finished today -- North and South. Spoilers for both the book and the miniseries )
snowystingray: (psych quote)
In typical lazy me fashion, I'm waiting until the first week of the new year is almost over to usher out 2007 properly. The majority of the memes circling about seemed to be more focused on real life events, which. Blah. I'm guessing you probably don't want to read about mine (I don't even want to read about them), so here instead is my Fictional 2007: A Year of Books, Movies, and TV Shows.

Part One: Books )

...And you know, it would probably make things a lot easier if I just posted about these things as I read them, instead of waiting until the last minute to throw all my thoughts together. At this rate, I think I'm just going to split movies and television into separate posts, because otherwise this could go on for quite some time. So look for parts two and three in the near future!
snowystingray: (Default)
From [ profile] dollsome

01. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
02. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
03. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
04. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the post.
05. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

My questions )
snowystingray: (star trek)
I've had some odd synchronicity going on in my life lately. For starters, I unconsciously coordinated the past week around Venice: we just finished reading The Merchant of Venice in class, and I watched the film with Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino on Saturday; last week I also watched Summertime, the David Lean film with Katharine Hepburn; and I've been rereading Brideshead lately, and am almost at their trip to Venice. The next movie on my list of things to get from the library is Venus, which almost kind of sounds like Venice (okay, now I am stretching it).

Then on Monday night, the final Jeopardy! clue included something about Emile Zola, and I thought, "Doesn't Paul Muni play him in a movie that I keep meaning to watch? I wonder when it is going to be on." The very next morning I checked my e-mail: "TCM Reminder:Life Of Emile Zola, The 1937 playing on Tue. October 23." That same morning I was down at breakfast eating with a friend, who randomly mentioned something about A Midsummer Night's Dream. "Oh!" I said. "That's the next thing we're reading in class, actually." Then I went upstairs and changed the day on my Forgotten English calendar, only to have the vocabulary word and historical tidbit both be about A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Weird, right? Maybe life is trying to tell me something.... Oh well; I will ignore the urgings of fate (whatever they may be) and instead steal a meme from [ profile] foolshavepride.

New, fresh to death meme )
snowystingray: (shawn spencer)
Perpetuating the meme isn't really necessary, but if you would like for me to choose some of your interests, just ask!

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post your this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

My seven interests; no pictures, but a bunch of YouTube videos )

Now back to being productive. And by "being productive" I mean "sitting in front of my computer eating ramen and watching House/Wilson videos on YouTube."
snowystingray: (shawn spencer)
In the past four hours or so since I sat down at my computer to do my homework, I have:

-watched an episode of Spaced on YouTube
-tried on my Benjamina costume to see if it shrunk at all in the wash
-spent an hour talking to my brother on the phone
-browsed through Star Trek galleries for slashly screencaps with which to make icons
-wished that Life on Mars was available on Region 1 DVD, or would be rerun on BBC America because I missed it the first time around
-watched another episode of Spaced
-played 33 games of FreeCell
-...added on only 49 words to my paper that is due tomorrow.

Dammit. Welcome back to college! Now it's time to take a break and read my cheesy Star Trek novel.
snowystingray: (star trek)
As expected, classes have started and I have subsequently dropped off the face of LJ. I'm still here, I swear! And really, school is a pretty lame excuse for not posting in the past few weeks; I didn't end up getting into the Ancient Greece and Rome class that I wanted, so I'm only taking 13 credit hours this semester. Ridiculous amounts of free time, here I come! I've already read three books for myself in the past week and a half, which is more than I managed to read in the last month at home. Pretty counter-intuitive, considering the fact that I'm taking a lot more English classes than I did last semester, when I never seemed to find any time to read anything outside of class. I finally stole the second Sherlock Holmes volume from my sister, so I just read The Hound of the Baskervilles over the weekend. My sister calls me a fake Holmes fan because I didn't really start reading it until after House, but WHATEVER! Just because I snicker at all the HoYay and imagine House and Wilson roleplaying as Holmes and Watson doesn't mean I'm not fully appreciating the stories as the author originally intended.

I've also been trying to catch back up with [ profile] lost_bookclub with both The Third Policeman and Watchmen. Even though I keep falling behind and missing out on all of the discussion, I've really enjoyed participating so far. It's certainly helped me step out of my comfort zone, genre-wise, and read a lot of stuff that I might not ordinarily go for.

I think the next time I stop by the library, I'm going to check out some cheesy Trek novels (Doctor's Orders? YES!! I hope they have it -- the online catalogue says that they do, but the last time I went it wasn't on the shelf). Gosh, my Star Trek deprivation has been the worst part of being at school by far. I'll probably stay up until 1:00 tomorrow night to catch the remastered episode on the CW, the only channel I get in my room that ever shows Star Trek. Oh, how I miss TVLand...
snowystingray: (detective carlton lassiter)
To make the movie meme a bit easier, I added an extra keyword to every one that hadn't been guessed yet. So, uh, go see if you've gotten any smarter over night!

I've been on a real gangster kick lately. I just finished watching 'G' Men this morning -- I love how, even after watching a gazillion gangster movies with James Cagney, they just never get old. Why is he so good? And oddly hot? At least in this film he is pretty much the good guy, so I didn't feel too guilty for crushing on him.

Then last week I read The Glass Key, which was just. Wow. Freaking amazing. I am dying to make somebody else read it, just so I can have somebody to talk to about it! The ending is simultaneously the most satisfying and most depressing thing I've ever read. *pokes flist* Read! It's good! And there's plenty of HoYay, too!
snowystingray: (Default)
I've made some slight progress on my job hunt; I think I'll be doing some writing for the newspaper this summer. One of the pieces I'm working on is about life post-Potter (yes, I know it's painful to think about), especially in regards to reading material. It's book recommendations for people in that awkward age bracket of about 12-18 (mostly middle/high school, I guess) where the children's section is boring but the adult section is all John Grisham and Janet Evanovich. I don't want to make it all about other YA fantasy series, though. I was thinking about focusing on the different aspects that make Harry Potter great, and then recommend a different book or series that fits that same category (e.g. friendship and camaraderie = The Three Musketeers).

Anyway, the point of this is me trolling for book recommendations. I'd really love any suggestions that you might have, because it's been way too long since I've read anything new. I can't guarantee that I'll get a chance to use it, but I will definitely appreciate it!


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