eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2009-03-17 03:47 pm

A true story that is true

In which [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I finally realize the TRUTH about the scifi channel's monster movies. The horrifying, Philip-K-Dickian truth.

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eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2009-01-26 12:32 pm

Sholay: you should watch it

I found a new fandom when I was watching yuletide stuff. Well, I found a lot of new fandoms, but this one is important and I must share it with you.

Below, you will find a song from the movie Sholay. The song features Jai and Veeru, two thieves who love each other and run around stealing things for fun. The song is just -- so perfect, it cheers me up when I am sad. I can watch it over and over and over.



lyrics below the cut )

Jai and Veeru love each other! They ride through the countryside together! They are best friends forever! THEY ARE NOT TWO! I love them so much.

I may have *cough* clipped the whole scene to high-quality avi because it makes me so happy, so if you'd also like to have something to cheer you up when you're down, drop me a line at eruthros at livejournal dot com.

PS: the movie has a sad ending. If you're bad at sad endings, and thinking of watching the movie, let me know and I'll spoil you.

PPS: the only thing that made me sad about putting Sholay in the vid was that The Motorcycle Diaries isn't a yuletide fandom, because Sholay and the Motorcycle Diaries would have looked so pretty together.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
2008-11-23 03:02 pm

All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

I was watching some of the making of Indiana Jones specials just yesterday. See, I finally saw Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the other day, so I'd be able to understand references to it. (These are the perils of teaching archaeology, guys.) And it was so incredibly awful that then I decided to go remind myself of better Indiana Joneses.

I was watching the Last Crusade special, and in the first minute of the special Steven Spielberg shares this amazing line with us:
I wanted to flesh out Indy's relationship with his father. And I said, here's a time we can really do a really good character study of who gave birth to this guy.
And I realized, omg, this explains so much about Hollywood! They don't understand the birds and the bees; they've seen so much television where people only have daddy issues that they believe in some sort of male parthenogenesis. In order to be as masculine as possible, male heroes are born of fathers who they can't live up to, never mothers who might soften their aggression. All the best cowboys do have daddy issues; they can never have mommy issues. WHO KNEW.

And this is how we get Jack on Lost, and Jeremiah writing letters to his dead father, and basically everybody on Heroes (or so I'm told), and everybody else on tv whose entire adult life revolves around their father's judgment.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2006-03-31 10:34 am

Think John Waters on a skateboard...

From an officer of the Play and Film Control Board in the Bahamas, where BBM was just banned: "The board chose to ban it because it shows extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity, and we feel that it has no value for the Bahamian public."

Query: what is "extreme homosexuality?"

Does it involve half-pipes?

Or snowboarding?

(Also, if "extreme" is meant to modify all three nouns, what is "extreme nudity?" I understood nudity to be an absolute.)
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
2006-02-19 08:48 pm

Everybody likes llamas

So. Here is one screencap of the llamas. In the plaza of Troy. For [livejournal.com profile] mecurtin

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eruthros: Norrington and Governor Swann from PotC, captioned "courtly man-love" (PotC - Norrington Swann courtly man-love)
2006-02-18 10:50 pm

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So. We were watching Troy, hoping it would be funny!bad, not just bad!bad. And I'm sorta half-paying attention as the Trojans all rush behind the city walls, and suddenly... llamas? And so I had to rewind it a bit, so [livejournal.com profile] m_shell could confirm it for me, and she's going "nope, those are donkeys... oh. no, those ones now, those are llamas." Two llamas, crossing the plaza of Troy. How's that for anachronism? Or maybe the art directors just... really liked llamas, and thought it would be a neat joke?

Also, Ajax is way too cool to be killed by Hector. Thus say I. Especially since he's the only one of 'em without the blessings of a god, and the one to protect the bodies of both Patroclus and Achilles so that that their bones can be commingled in their grave. Awwww. Though, really, Achilles doesn't deserve it. (Really, they're all idiots.)

Actually, the best part of this movie is Hector's "WHY am I surrounded by IDIOTS?" expressions.
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
2005-07-22 03:20 pm

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This is quite possibly the worst review I've ever seen a movie get in a real newspaper. (Inasmuch as a Hearst newspaper is a real newspaper, but that's a whole nother discussion.) I mean, there's stuff in that review that I would be surprised to see in blogs. Like:
Seamlessly and rather cleverly, without telling anybody, Gus Van Sant has transitioned out of important filmmaking and has taken up a new career in torture. He's developing a knack. With "Gerry" (2003), about two guys who get lost in the desert, Van Sant seemed to go as far as anyone could in making a completely inert movie. But with "Last Days," about the events leading up to a grunge rocker's suicide, he surpasses himself, making a picture that's in trouble from its first minutes.
That's how it starts. That's the first paragraph. Where can you go from there? I mean, the review's pretty much over, right? Nope. After all, Mick LaSalle's got a word count to meet, so you get lines like "I can imagine that if people were to watch that scene while stoned, they might crack a smile." Yeeeeesh.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2005-05-21 08:21 pm

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We netflix'd Phantom of the Opera for amusement value, and watched it last night. Swooping cloaks! Melodrama! Candles lighting as they come out of the lake! More melodrama! Too much exposition! As you can imagine, it was ... pretty ridiculous.

Anyway, this means a) that I'm rereading Maskerade and b) that I've had ALW songs stuck in my head all day. Yeuch. Especially "Stranger Than You Dreamt It." But I've connected it mentally with one of the Tom Lehrer educational kids songs, so that in my head the dramatic revelation goes something like this:

Tenor, slow:
Stranger than you dreamt it,
can you even dare to look or bear to think of me?
This loathsome gargoyle, who
burns in hell, but secretly yearns for heaven,
secretly... secretly...
Tom Lehrer, uptempo with more fiddle and WAY more fun:
secret- L! Y!
You enter a very dark room
and sitting there in the gloom
is Dracula! Now how do you say goodbye?
Immediately... immediately ... immediate- L! Y!
You should sing along! It's great fun. Imagine poor Christine's reaction as you do. There she is, sitting by the underground lake with the Phantom's mask in her hand, and off he goes on the subject of ... adverbs.

Also, I was proud of myself, because I kept thinking that wosshername, the prima donna, La Carlotta, looked familiar, and finally I turned to [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and said "doesn't she look like Minnie Driver?" And then it turned out she was Minnie Driver, with ridiculous wigs and someone else doing the singing, so go me. ([livejournal.com profile] m_shell said "I was thinking she looked like a drag queen...")
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2005-04-30 11:06 pm
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*amused*

Mmmm, suck my knee! Suck it! Suck it!

Ooooh, it turns me on when you lick air!

*pondering the probable dialogue of soft-core sexploitation films*
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
2005-04-24 09:45 am

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I watched X2 again last night, so now I have "I Am What I Am" (Gloria Gaynor) stuck in my head.

Sung by Mystique, natch. In a big stage number. Possibly while wearing feathers. "Life's not worth a damn till you can shout out 'I am what I am.'"

I wonder if the X-Men movie metaphors are cumulative? First movie, Jewish. Second movie, Jewish and gay. Third movie, Jewish and gay and ... ?

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the aces
Sometimes the deuces
It's one life and there's no return and no deposit
One life so it's time to open up your closet
Life's not worth a damn
Till you can shout out
I am what I am
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2005-04-05 10:22 pm
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Weird comment seen today in a Netflix user review:
Real people having a conversation, especially about a murder, don't just speak with one line ideas, they usually back them up with a reason or explaination for their idea.
Absolutely. ESPECIALLY when talking about a murder they committed, people're sure to speak in complete paragraphs. Possibly even standard five-paragraph essays. And, you know, I'm sure the reviewer has loads of real, personal experiences to back that statement up.

(Also? By this logic, Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard are two of the greatest dialogue criminals in history.)
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
2005-03-21 08:51 pm

More queer commentary...

... so I saw Stage Beauty, based on the play Compleat Female Stage Beauty, this weekend. Billy Crudup plays Mr Kynaston, a real-life male performer who played women's roles, and Claire Danes plays Maria, his female dresser, who becomes an actress when Charles II (Rupert Everett, in a fabulous wig -- he's in the movie just because, when anyone does a film with scary HOMOsexual content, they feel like they need to give him at least a bit part) decides that women should play women.

So. Okay. Could be interesting, yes? But. What it actually ended up being is a film about ... Maria rescuing Mr Kynaston from his hideous and unhappy and unreal and sordid homosexual encounters. I'm sure they think this was Subtle (and thus avoiding Giving Offense), but dude. So, so not.

So Mr Kynaston was trained his whole life to be a girl. His mentor was initially described so vaguely as a "man who took pretty young boys off the streets" that I thought they were proposing a Lurid Male Prostitute Past for Kynaston. And I just can't imagine they didn't notice the resonances. Anyway. His mentor trained all the "masculine mannerisms" and "masculine thoughts" out of him and left him not a woman in a man's body, which would be sad enough, but a man who wants to be a woman (trapped in a man's body) but never, ever can be -- because biology rules destiny. So, as Maria tells him, he can't ever really play a woman, because he can't think like a woman, can't act like a woman, can't be a woman. Nice thoughts for all the trans people in the world, yesno?

And Kynaston has a relationship with the Duke of Buckingham (!), but only when they are onstage after performances, so the Duke can think of Kynaston as a woman -- he doesn't love Kynaston when Kynaston's a man. And Kynaston does think of himself as a woman, during sex. He explains to Maria (who is curious, as of course all modern women would be -- wait, this is Restoration period -- d'oh!) that when two men are together, one is the man and one is the woman, always. (Kynaston also declares that he's "never been with a woman except himself," so he's clearly meant to have had only homosexual experiences.) And then! Maria asks him to show her! So they get all up in the bed, and he has Maria playing the man and himself playing the woman, and she says "not much going on," and he says "well, usually the man has more there," and so naturally they switch places, and then they do this routine where every twenty seconds Maria asks him "and who are you/am I now?" and he says "now...you're the woman, and I'm the man." And by the end, there's no hesitation, and after that acknowledgment they start to have sex, because Claire Danes has cured him, and he has seen the light, and now he knows he's a man and can have happy healthy relationships with women, and that's all it took to de-gay him. Because, see, gay men are just Confused and don't know how to be Real Men. And they don't have sex with gay men, they are the women to straight men -- the Duke of Buckingham wasn't gay, just a MAN, 'cause he was on top. And then! Finally! At the end of the play! Kynaston realizes that now he can play Othello instead of Desdemona, because now he can feel the Othelloness (having read Othello, I would not consider this a good development), and he is much applauded for his accurate portrayal of manness because Maria has finally taught him to be a man.

I. I mean, my dad turned to be afterwards and said "wasn't that just a lame cover-up of 'Claire Danes Can Cure Gay Men?'" and I said "well, yes." It was so unsubtle and generally blech. It's sad, because it starts well -- all about gender as performative -- but it ends so, so badly. Men, as we know, are men, and women are women, and these lines cannot be crossed.
eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
2005-03-01 08:36 pm
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Sharing a review...

So we have All That Jazz, the Bob Fosse bio-pic-musical-thing, on our netflix queue. And I happened to click on the link to the actual page about the movie today, subsequent to a long discussion about ballet, only to discover this review:
We thought this movie was DISGUSTING...full of nudity, drugs,smoking ....obviously the Title does not portray the plot!!! I thought it would be a great musical...sort of along the Louis Armstrong vein...There were 4 of us watching this DVD...and we couldn't wait for it to end. This is NOT entertaining. A movie not FIT for anyone...to say nothing about the youth of today...this movie is a SICK presentation of entertainment!!!
Okay, so, where to start? I mean, you couldn't wait for it to end, but you didn't turn it off? It's not fit for anyone, but the youth of today aren't included in that anyone? For some inexplicable reason, despite reading the brief description of the movie (hint: it features the phrase "raunchy underbelly of show business" and is rated R), you thought it would be ... full of Louis Armstrongish qualities?

Really, none of those things can stand up to my absolute favorite part of the review: "obviously the Title does not portray the plot!!!" *giggles* Wow. Some people, man.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2004-06-02 11:45 pm

HP PoA

Saw Harry Potter. Eeeeed at Remus and Sirius. And at map. Map! Map map map! As is obvious from Links List, like maps. Anyway. Am exhausted -- more later.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2004-05-27 07:03 pm

I am having a good week here, yo.

I just got mail. And in that mail was...

Four tickets to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban two whole days early! On June 2nd! Right in Manayunk!

I've never won anything before in my life. And now I get to see HP two days early! Next Wednesday!

(Four tickets because they didn't say if you got one or two per person, and so I put both [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and my names down. And okay, "won" is a little strong, since it was that MTV thing, and it was really more "first come first served," but still... free! FREE! And early! And, and, there will be Harry and Hermione and Ron and Snape and Remus and Sirius and, and. Yay.)

/squee
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2004-03-03 11:16 am
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Happiness is Serenity

Squee! And also: squee!

Universal has green-lighted the film based on Firefly. It's gonna be called Serenity. And it's gonna have almost everybody from the series in!

The only actors not confirmed are Alan Tudyk (Wash) and Ron Glass (Book). Which saddens me, but otoh it's early yet, and it's impressive that everyone else is confirmed, and it doesn't say that they are absolutely not going to be able to be in it. If that makes sense.

*goes back to work, but continues squeeing. quietly.*
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2003-04-01 01:38 pm

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Heh. I'm here on campus with nothing -- well, no. With many things to do, so instead I'm sitting in the computer lab, surfing the net.

Just found this, which I totally agree with. Plus, the image is, like, laugh-out-loud funny.
While Zeta-Jones looked great in "Chicago" -- she's a nice, fulsome size -- looking at Renee Zellweger in a tiny little flapper dress is like looking at Iggy Pop in a tiny little flapper dress, only on Iggy it would at least be subversive, and therefore sexy.

By Cintra Wilson who, as you Bay Area-ites know, was once a Bay Area columnist in the Examiner. Or maybe you don't; some people boycotted the Examiner on principle.

I could never have done that. The Examiner was one of only three papers in the country to give us Frumpy the Clown, possibly the funniest comic strip I read in high school. I was so disappointed when Jud Winick (of Pedro and Me fame) stopped doing it. Then there was nothing to look forward to on slow news days. Then along came Boondocks.

Hey, in further browsing I have just discovered that there are Frumpy archives up online! Who knew? Jud Winick's page where you have to click on Frumpy, and then on archive. Now I have to go back and read them all.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Path)
2002-11-18 12:00 am

Harry Potter. 'Nsync. And "The Simpsons."

Thoughts on Harry Potter. And 'Nsync. Oh, yah, watch eruthros make the weird connections.

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