snowystingray: (star trek)
I was going to ask whether anybody had unwanted specially marked boxes of Kellogg's cereal with codes for Toy Story 3 merch that they didn't plan to redeem, when... wow. I experienced one of those moments of total clarity: this is what my life is. Begging free cereal prizes of the internet.

WHAT HAVE I BECOOOOOOOOOME.

(Seriously, though, if you aren't going to use your codes -- I totally will. I can only eat so much Frosted Miniwheats between now and the end of the month!)

Oh, Royal Pains -- you seduced me with the best-of marathon of S1, you seduced me with a kickass season opener, and now you're back to mediocre again this week. Why do you do these things to meeeee.

Okay, I just had yet another moment of clarity re: writing horrible things and then thinking, "Oh god, did I really write that, what sort of person am I D:" only it was SO HORRIBLE that I've just deleted it completely. Seriously. I need to reassess my life. I'm doing a lot of self-discovery in this post, but... it's all of the bad.

Further embarrassments (intentional ones, though): I was planning to do an Awkward Childhood Celebrity and/or Fictional Character Crushes picspam/discussion post (still kind of am! SO PREPARE YOURSELVES), but I am just getting totally completely hung up on Janeway/Chakotay. I KNOW, RIGHT, HOW DID THIS EVEN HAPPEN. It started with me, as usual, reflecting back on my huge crush on Chakotay and how totally hilarious/weird/no seriously what, 10-year-old-me, WHAT it all was -- but somehow it morphed into me going through screencaps, fixating on Janeway/Chakotay body language, basking in my insane love of Kate Mulgrew, and basically just reliving my prepubescent Star Trek ~romances~ again. Aside from the odd episode here and there, I haven't watched anything in ages and don't remember much of the show except that THEY ARE LOVELY AND BEAUTIFUL AND BADASS AND AMAZING AND SHOULD BE TOGETHER FOREVER. So, yeah, I love how this began as me going "lol whut WHY" and ended with me going "HOW COULD ANYONE LAUGH AT THEIR PERFECT LOVE, CHATE IS FATE, ETC."

PICSPAM FOR THE DOUBTERS. General Voyager spoilers, even though, again, I remember basically nothing of this show. )
snowystingray: (flash gordon - cosmic love)
When did I become such a facebook whore? I used to keep such a strict LJ = fandom / FB = real life divide that basically ensured that I never used FB because... well, we all know my fandom >>>> RL priorities; but somehow I migrated all of my TV talk over there and I'm not sure how it happened. WILL BE REMEDIED SOON. Also, this possibly makes me a total bitch, but am I the only one who gets so annoyed when people make completely boring facebook updates? "____ went to work all day, then the grocery store to pick up paper towels, and now I'm going to bed. Tomorrow I'll stop by the post office." UMMM SORRY, NOBODY CARES. (Haha, this is probably how 95% of the people I'm friends with who don't watch Lost have probably felt about me for the past week or two, but... whatever. I demand to be entertained. How dare my friends expect that I be interested in their lives. Psssht! ...Yeah, all right, this does make me a total bitch.)

[livejournal.com profile] lalumena gave me some interview questions that I have been stalling on answering because they are just so hard-hitting! I am anguishing over choosing the perfect response for them! Girl, journo has made you positively ruthless.

Meme! )
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BIRTHDAY POST!!!!!

I may have finally reached that age where birthdays are to be dreaded rather than celebrated; but thankfully the internet is an ageless wonder, an anomaly of time and space, and a perfect venue for a "Things That Make Me Happy!" post! AND YOU CAN PLAY ALONG! (Seriously, please do.)

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you in these golden yeeeeeeeaaaaaars!! )

I'd like to keep this open until I leave on Wednesday, so please! Spam away! Picspams, gifs, fanvids, basically anything in the history of ever that you feel like linking to or flailing over... all expressions of joy and happiness are welcome.
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Once again, this list is a complete copy/paste job from facebook. How would I ever remember anything that happens in my life if the internet didn't keep track of it for me?

Films of 2009 )

Now all that is left is my TV of 2009 post... which, if previous years are anything to judge by, will probably take me like a week solid... um, the silver lining to my current unemployment, I guess?
snowystingray: (ashes to ashes)
After all of the massive blabbing I've been doing lately -- lookee here! Insubstantial post ahoy!

I've picked up watching Big Wolf on Campus again, and... just... I wish I could come up with more bigger better smarter deeper things to say about the show but all I can really muster is EEEEE followed by GLEEEEEEE followed by WE NEED THINGS LIKE THIS ON TV AGAIN. It's such a perfect mix of lowbrow flat-out dumb slapstick humor and nerdy pop culture references and pithy metaphorical commentary on adolescent relationships. Also, even though the show is basically just a giant mishmash ripoff of every scifi/horror/fantasy narrative ever, I think it's interesting to note certain storylines tackled by BWoC before some of my other shows did. Like the alien boyband episode! (Middleman, anyone?) Or the one where Merton's strategy game turns out to be real life! (Umm... SGA, yes?) And then I find all of the absurdist elements to be legitimately engaging on an artistic level... Actually, okay, I was kind of having this same thought while rhapsodizing about the Disney Hercules cartoon TV series to one of my friends (and, really, the two shows do have a lot in common! Herc/Icarus/Cassandra = Tommy/Merton/Lori Y/N? And they both rehash every mythic creature ever) -- one of my favorite qualities of programming aimed at kids is the unquestioned whimsy, that weirdly happy and satisfied feeling I get when something COMPLETELY EFFING BONKERS happens and everybody just rolls with it... Anyway, um, I'm not quite sure whether I was going anywhere in particular with that thought, just that sometimes I love to watch totally incomprehensible nonsense because... it's refreshing to my brain/soul/inner twelve year old?

Anyway, off to watch "Play It Again, Samurai"...
snowystingray: (stargate: atlantis)
Drive-by fic rec before I have to zip off to watch Legend of the Seeker (WHAT. DON'T JUDGE. Also, at least I'm actually going to catch it this week! It's the 7:00 timeslot that keeps throwing me off -- I turn on the TV at 8:00 and go DAMMIT!!!!! and have to catch up later *headdesk* But not so this week!)...

[livejournal.com profile] busaikko: Mr Woolsey's Guide to Etiquette in the Pegasus Galaxy

OH MY GOD. EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED IN A SHEPPARD/WOOLSEY FIC. EVERYTHING YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU WANTED BECAUSE YOUR BRAIN HAD NOT YET ALLOWED YOU TO CONTEMPLATE SUCH UNIMAGINABLE HEIGHTS OF GREATNESS. IN SHORT -- READ READ READ IT. SO SO SO GOOD. OMG.

Also, bad segue, but other Voyager alum related squee -- I was watching Hannah Montana last night and it guest starred Tim Russ. Yesss.
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The Great Boy Band Reorientation Project, Part... I don't even know at this point; way too many for me to retain any shred of dignity: Rewatching Model Behavior! HEY JULES, HOW'S IT SHAKIN? Oh man, I forgot how many pearls of awesome were in this movie: "But I swear, all that stuff about you and me turning that island shoot into our own personal Blue Lagoon? That was TOTALLY my publicist talking!" Heeee! :D

I'm so glad I don't have class until 1:00... and, yes, I'm probably the only person who gets up a full five hours before my first class just so I can watch Disney Channel original movies on YouTube. (Speaking of which, gosh, how bad do I want to rewatch Zenon? I was listening to the Protozoa concert scene the other day and had a hankering. Also, all time favourite DCOM? Johnny friggen Tsunami. Somebody needs to put that mess out on DVD already.)
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Am I the only one who has absolutely zero memory of this version of the "I Want You Back" video? I'm familiar with the billowing tinfoil but, man, it pales in comparison. I guess they went back and reshot it when they started getting popular...? (Gee, I wonder why?) Well, at any rate, thank you dear sweet YouTube for schooling me in my NSYNC history because, ahahaha, it is wonderful. Actually, I can't decide if it's better or worse than the time the Backstreet Boys went to DS9...

Wow. I swear I will stop posting about boy bands. ...Eventually.

(But, seriously, this is all sparking so many fascinating questions I haven't contemplated since, say, I was first old enough to drive. For instance, do Lance and Joey ever get to sing??)

(Also, I sadly don't think I'm going to have time to do a proper Merlin flail this week because, ummm, it might be apparent that I keep getting distracted from homework, but I'll feel bad if I don't post so I'll just sum up my feelings by saying that I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. IT'S RIDICULOUS. AND YOU SHOULD ALL BE WATCHING IT.)
snowystingray: (marian)
Because I am really just going through Robin Hood withdrawal at this point in time, with the prospect of no new episodes for the next Lord even knows how many months, I stopped by the library and checked out the Disney cartoon version. Man, I haven't seen this movie in about a million years; it's almost embarrassing how excited I am about finally watching it again (and, luckily, the roommate is home for the weekend, so I can watch it unashamed). Maybe I'll be better disposed to Robin/Marian when they're adorable foxes and there's no Guy there to muddle up the OTP (is it egotistical of me to be amused by my own macro? Too bad! I still think it's funny! And you should all go join [livejournal.com profile] ihasahoodie, because if there's one thing our fandom needs it's even more crack). And, actually, I've discovered that I'm also better disposed to Robin/Marian when they're in vid form, because then I can focus on the pretty and ignore the infuriating drivel spewing out of Robin's mouth. Plus, hello, best epic love song ever.

...Okay. Off to watch my cartoons -- yaaaay!
snowystingray: (aladdin)
Everybody's doin' it! Time for me to weigh in on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

This discussion includes spoilers (big surprise!) )
snowystingray: (the philadelphia story)
Now that school is back in for seemingly everybody except for me, I have no recent life experiences with which to preface this next installment in my fictional loves this. Now you will have nothing to disctract you from the greatness of this pick.

4. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast
I could lie and say that this has always been my top Disney movie; actually, I was completely obsessed with The Little Mermaid for the first five or six years of my life, and while I loved Beauty and the Beast it didn't become my favourite until later in life. This could be due in part to the fact that I wore out not one but two copies of The Little Mermaid on VHS, compelling me to watch Beauty and the Beast because at least that tape still works. It might also have something to do with the brilliant themes of alienation and acceptance that went slightly over my head as a five year old but that struck more poignantly as I re-watched much later in my loser-y high school years (for proof that I am in fact a social outcast, see the fact that I was busy watching Beauty and the Beast while in high school). You can instantly relate to Belle when you're feeling like you don't quite fit in with the crowd, but the Beast is a character that you grow to connect to as the movie progresses.

I was reading a review of the movie in which the Beast and Gaston are contrasted -- while Gaston is touted about as the perfect male ideal, the Beast as a giant hairy monstrosity is still more human that Gaston will ever be. It is those essential human characteristics that make him so endearing to me. While at the beginning of the film he shows amazement at the sacrifice Belle is willing to make for a person she loves, he soon shows that he can make the same sacrifices without hesitation: first when he rescues Belle from the wolves, then when he lets her go back home, and finally when he shows Gaston mercy. This is where Bethany has to give it up to the awesomeness of Disney animators; the look on the Beast's face as he decides to let Gaston live is one of the most moving things in the film.

So, yes. This is my post legitimately dedicated to my love for a cartoon hairy guy. ...Seriously.
snowystingray: (norrington)
I don't know if I'm even going to bother to cobble together a lame-o excuse for why it's taken my so long to write up the next person on my fictional loves list. Oh, what the heck, I'll go ahead and give it a whirl. I wanted to wait until I had seen Dead Man's Chest again, which I didn't get around to until Wednesday. Then I was working all day yesterday and today, so now is the first time I've been able to sit down and work on it. Hey, now, that doesn't even sound so lame-o after all! EDIT: And now I have to add on to my list of excuses, because it's the morning after I started writing this. "Psych" came on last night when I was only halfway done. I can't help it, it's the only new summer show I have to watch! And, hello, Shawn/Lassiter is completely my new OTP, especially after last night's episode. *winkwink nudgenudge you guys should totally watch it*

It's good that I saw DMC again before writing this, as I do seem to be enjoying it more on every subsequent viewing. I think I'm just becoming more comfortable with the character developments. On the other hand, this might also turn out to be bad because I am starting to find Culter Beckett oddly hot -- there is no way that is right! Of course, there still wasn't ever any chance that this post was going to be about him. No, it belongs to my first and dearest PotC love...

3. Commodore Norrington from Pirates of the Caribbean
Three years ago, after seeing a refreshingly original movie encompassing a panorama of piratical hijinks and all sorts of exciting action and adventure, I walked out of the theatre and thought, "Huh. That Navy guy was pretty cool."

And thus was born a love to end all loves!

Actually, I suppose it might be more appropriate to classify it as a love to begin quite a lot of other loves. Norrington gets credit as my gateway drug for pretty much all of my current age of sail obsessions. He was the first, though, and as such will always have a very special place in my heart.

Ah, there are just so many things that I adore about him! There is quite a division of character between the two movies, though, so I'll take them one at a time. I've read a couple of interviews about CotBP in which the creators describe his character as the kind of honourable, duty bound man who would normally be the hero in any other movie. It's a pirate movie, though, so of course the authorities have to be the ones set up to oppose our protagonists. Rules = bad, right? Yet somehow through all that the commodore still comes across as a genuinely good and likable person. Perhaps one of my favourite things about the first film is that they didn't decide to take the predicable route with his character and make him a power-obsessed tyrant who rules in the name of the law but simply follows his own authority. Ah, but that isn't Norrington at all! "By remembering that I serve others, Mr. Sparrow, not only myself," is simply the most endearing line of the entire film. There is something incredibly sexy about having a strict code of morals and ethics -- mrrrow! And still they also manage to avoid yet another cliche when instead of establishing him as a stodgy, emotionally closed off man of steel, they give him a gooey, squishy, "I am awfully in love with this girl in the most awkward sort of way" core. I'm not sure whether or not I can classify myself as a Norrington/Elizabeth shipper; I don't want them to end up together, but at the same time I really enjoy the dynamic of their relationship. I firmly believe that Norrington loves Elizabeth, and I think Elizabeth comes to respect him as the film progresses. That almost makes it worse, though, because by the end of the movie Elizabeth owes him her life and her happiness and yet she still doesn't love him and he still can't do or say anything about it. The movie may end on a happy note for Will and Elizabeth, but no matter how generous Norrington may be that had to be a heart-wrenching moment for him.

*waves arms around* I'm moving on to DMC -- here be spoilers if you haven't yet seen the movie. Please read at your own risk! I was thrilled when I heard Norrington was going to be in this movie, interested in the condition in which he would appear, and finally horrified when I read the side he decided to take. I braced myself for instant character death when I finally saw the film. Thankfully it wasn't as painful as I had built up in my head (for once I was glad that I had spoiled myself! It made this part a lot easier to get used to), and I'll have to wait and see the direction they take him in the next film to decide if it is truly "character death" or not. I can certainly say that the Norrington of the first film is gone forever, but as I'm adjusting to the new canon I'm becoming more comfortable with the new Norrington as well. This movie showcases his physical prowess -- to all those who called him a boring girly man in the first film I say, "Ha! Told you so!" Obviously as a naval officer he has plenty of experience in these matters, but all we saw of it in CotBP was him getting caught unawares by a bunch of sneaky undead pirates. Finally we get to see the man of action actually in action. I think it goes without saying that it's pretty hot. At the same time he still retains vestiges of vulnerability; the look on his face when Elizabeth pulls him out of the pig manure is such a poignant mixture of regret and self loathing. Even though it appears that he is over Elizabeth, you can see hints of it in his reaction to Elizabeth and Will's kiss, and then again in his concern for getting her in the boat as he distracts Davy Jones's crew with the chest. He can't quite let go of a relationship that never even amounted to much in the first place, which is just as romantic as it is pathetic.

James Norrington: He's cute! He's capable! He's hopelessly terrible at wooing women and yet still really wonderful when he tries his darndest anyway! And he looks pretty dashing in that uniform. He's the best.
snowystingray: (elizabeth swann)
So who was up until 2:30 this morning watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest?

OH WAIT THAT WOULD TOTALLY BE ME OMG!!!

Woo, after all the anticipation and excitement and waiting... it's over. Wah. I always have this post-movie letdown period where suddenly half the fun that came just from being excited about it has disappeared. A bit like the day after Christmas, if you think about it. It's just like, you spend so much time looking forward to something that when it finally comes you are too busy thinking "I can't believe it's here at last!!" to actually enjoy the moment and then afterward it seems like it passed while you weren't even paying attention.

...This is turning into a depressing post about something that I actually enjoyed, really. Okay, I decided to cut this because it got long, but I assure you that it is quite spoiler free! )

Ooh, I almost forgot! Pirate costume! I finished it and it was great but I didn't really take any pictures last night. I might take some pictures this afternoon to share.
snowystingray: (fangirl)
After my huge Harry Potter splurge over the weekend, the real world called me back. I had class again last night, which was predictably boring. We were locked out before class. I always dress warm because it is freezing inside, but since it is extremely hot outside in Florida in the middle of the summer, I had to stand outside and sweat for about twenty minutes.

I did get a chance to start on "The Man in the Iron Mask," though, between testing and then starting on a new chapter. I feel bad that I skipped "Twenty Years After," but it is impossible to find a copy and I figured it shouldn't matter too much. So far I don't think that it really has. I was reminded of one of the random things that I love about his books: the ridiculous chapter titles. My all-time favourite is "How to Rescue a Gardener from Dormice Who Are Eating His Peaches" (how much do I need to reread "The Count of Monte Cristo"?!).

I have given up trying to pay attention in class, because wow! Boring. We have one of those teachers who does a ton of examples of one kind of problem, so usually I'll listen to the first one to make sure I can do it, and then after that I doodle on my paper and think about Harry Potter.

I am convinced that if people could see inside my brain, they would be freaked out and run away screaming. In addition to being preoccupied with Harry Potter, I've also had "The Little Mermaid" playing in my head almost non-stop. Last night when I was driving home I was totally rocking out to "Under the Sea" (this is why I don't mind driving at night: there are fewer people to embarrass myself in front of). The CD was in the package I was so eagerly awaiting from Barnes and Noble (along with "Vanity Fair," the film version of "Captain Blood," and a Making of Star Wars book). If it had come on time I probably wouldn't have been listening to it right before Harry Potter, and I probably would have avoided traumatizing large numbers of people. Oh well. I was going to include some "The Little Mermaid" nostalgia in this post, but it's already getting kind of long and I think I will save it for later.

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