eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
The top five (*cough*) vids from 2008 that I posted a while back made me think about the vids that I missed when they were first released; I listed my vids in order of download, and I kept thinking "no, that's actually from 2006!" And then I totally wrote half of a post on it, and forgot I'd done so. *facepalm* But still, on the off chance that you too missed these vids in 2006, here are some of the best vids I came to late:

Sunset Boulevard, Angel: The Series, by [livejournal.com profile] butterfly (July 6, 2006; it was part of a Vividcon vid show this year)
This is amazing, so completely something I wanted out of the show and didn't get. I wish Gunn got to have this kind of coherent narrative, that his sacrifices and choices were made as clear on the show as they are in the vid. I thought I wouldn't like the vid, because it's the John Barrowman version of the song, and I greatly dislike John Barrowman's singing. BUT. This vid triumphs regardless, makes a beautiful thing of Gunn's plots on Angel, and I love it to pieces.

Holding Out for a Hero, Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, by [livejournal.com profile] marycrawford (February 27th, 2006; I found it when I went to Mary Crawford's website looking for Improper Dancing)
OMG. Just: OMG. I saw that Mary Crawford had done this vid, and [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I downloaded it and watched it together, and you guys, I have never occupied the gay male gaze as hard as I did here. Also: I almost can't believe that all of these clips appeared on the show. And I watched it recently. It's a glorious celebration of Hercules-as-hero, pursued by women and drag!Iolaus, and it celebrates Hercules's camp and magical realism and it's just lovely.

Cool Rider, Veronica Mars, by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny (January 22nd, 2006; I found it when I was idly scrolling back through dualbunny's vids)
Another great, fun vid -- [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny has me in the introduction, which is just completely brilliant -- Logan on his scooter, Weevil on his bike. Man, way to take the awesome Logan/Weevil relationship on the show and pick just the perfect, most hilarious song ever. Nobody else knows what Logan needs!

Joy to the World, Starsky and Hutch, by [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss (December 29th, 2006; I hadn't been much in S&H, and then when [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings started watching, she was like "hey, did you know gianduja did some s&h vids? we should download them!" And then they were awesome.)
So, a lot of Starsky and Hutch vids celebrate the angst and the buddy-cop relationship, and hey, I was in the Sentinel in the 90s, of course I love those vids like crazy. But Starsky and Hutch is also great fun: it's fun to watch, it's fun to think about, it's fun to write about. I mean, they go undercover as gay hairdressers twice. And this vid celebrates the fun of S&H -- the Joy-to-the-World, the laughter, the crazy times. It's got beautiful timing, and great clip choice, and it's all about Starsky and Hutch having fun crazy times and laughing at and with each other. I watch it when I'm bummed out, because my bummed out can't survive [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss's awesome verse about the times they go undercover-straight, and the choruses with dancing. Whee!

Five on the Dime, Buffy, by [livejournal.com profile] shati (November 6, 2006)
and while you're there, download Boulevard of Broken Songs too (September 11, 2006)
[livejournal.com profile] shati does something awesome with Five on the Dime: she recontextualizes the sacrifices of the Scoobies, especially Willow, around Buffy. Just, completely amazing, the lines she draws between early seasons and later seasons, Buffy's sacrifices and a certain kind of hopelessness.

What About Everything, Babylon 5, by [livejournal.com profile] _happyme_ (the original is from 2005; remastered and/or edited August 8th, 2007. [livejournal.com profile] sineala sent the link to me a while back when I was lamenting the lack of B5 vids)
I really strongly suspect that if you've never seen B5, or only seen three minutes of it, that this vid will make absolutely no sense at all, because it's really fast and really contextual. (Also, if you're a B5 fan? It has season five in it. FYI. Also, I assume I don't have to tell you anything other than that it is a B5 vid, but just in case.) This vid fills me with glee -- it's Sheridan focused, but there's a verse for everybody, and everybody's pain and everybody's growth is in here -- the Ivanova bit is beautiful, the Garibaldi bit is great. [livejournal.com profile] _happyme_ has me from the moment of "some stubborn leaves / that didn't fall with the fall" -- it's exactly the kind of foreshadowing, exactly the kind of tentative-hopeful, that B5 is. Also, it has two of the most beautiful lines I've ever seen in a vid, when the song says "I find it hard to complain / when compared with," and it's G'Kar and Londo, their relationship really really fast in those two lines, because this might be a Sheridan vid, but, well. When compared with.
eruthros: BtVS's Riley, captioned "he's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest" (BtVS - riley's vest)
I would squee if I were the squeeing type: Martha ([livejournal.com profile] soulcake) has finished her gorgeous Sentinel/Stargate SG-1/Angel/overtones-of-Lovecraft horror story Tatters, which is a heck of a lot better than my description makes it sound. It's a sequel to Lovely, which can be found at her main page. Y'all remember "Lovely," right? It's that story with the Lovecraftian white city and Daniel influenced by the Light and evil taking the form of IRS agents? That one. Anyway, "Tatters" is fun and gorgeous and has a plot that makes your brain twist and is just generally wheee!

/ rec for the day

Speaking of crossovers, I want to read more crossovers where people try to put things together and get them spectacularly wrong. Like this story Martha just finished. Or torch's China. None of this "Methos shows up, says 'hey! demons!' and Giles says 'you know, there are these other watchers -- are you immortal?' and it's all wrapped up in the first five pages" crap. Really, folks. We watch the show; we've got the background. It makes sense to us. But just think of all the interesting ways other people could read the characters wrong! (And no, thinking Methos is a younger immortal than MacLeod doesn't count.)

Look at Blair and Jim -- tons of exciting stuff going on there, but usually in a whisper. We hear it. Other people don't. And Blair is the one who looks like he doesn't belong. So imagine Mulder putting all of that together and deciding that Jim's just a cop, but Blair's psychic. Or -- even better! Genetically engineered by the Consortium! Maybe he's a runaway from a secret government project! Maybe Blair's not even his real name! (Sadly, Jim and Blair get injured so much on the show that even Mulder couldn't think they were aliens or hybrids for more than ten seconds. Eventually one of 'em would be shot.)

Or maybe SG-1 shows up, and instead of Willow saying "hey, I've seen that arm patch on the internet -- you're part of some secret government project that travels to other worlds, right?" maybe people think they're from another dimension. Because aliens aren't a big part of the Buffyverse mythos -- but demons and dimensions are. Or maybe Buffy thinks they're a coven. Or trying to re-open the hellmouth. Or rogue demon hunters. We've got rogue demon hunters. Or, or, they could be from the Watcher's Council, trying to catch Buffy in a mistake. And what does SG-1 think of Buffy? The answer had better not be "hey, slayers! I read about those once in an article and because I am Daniel I know EVERYTHING." No. They're just kids. They're idiots. They play war games, maybe. They're delusional. They're in a goa'uld's cult and that's how they seem to know something about alien technology (which they call "magic," the weirdos).

Remember early!Krycek? Does he look like an assassin? No. So maybe instead of RayK telling Fraser "he looked mad, bad, and dangerous to know, and probably was an assassin," RayKcould think "crap, how many young lawyers do we need on the case? Plus I bet Stella falls for him."

Please feel free to come up with your own examples. I'm pondering what Methos would think of Clark. (Hint: it's not "hey, an alien.")
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (FF Zoe two guns hard mix red)
Clearly the whole "once a week" thing was more of an estimate than anything else. I'm home sick again today, so I'm in the mood for bouncy-upbeat music and giggling. Hence action vids rather than, say, unrequited love vids. I'm really not as shallow sex-and-violencey as my previous post and this one would imply. Honest.

Some people believe that action vids are automatically "recruiter" vids -- vids you can show to people to interest them in a show -- but I don't agree. For one, action is probably the least likely thing to interest me in a show, and the vids I've found to be best for recruiting are actually ThatFangirl's "China" (B5) and Laura Shapiro's "Rook" (XF), both of which are slow and atmospheric and character-driven. Plus, just because a vid is mostly about action and fighting and jumping around and has fast cuts doesn't mean that it doesn't have an internal narrative, or that the clips don't make more sense in context. Some action vids are so fast-paced, in fact, that they make very little sense to someone who isn't very familiar with the source, familiar enough to place clips in half a second. (These vids should all be fun even if you don't know the source, but they might make more sense if you do.)

Wicked Amp's Buffy vid 'Fight' to 'Fur Elise - Techno Remix,' song by Vanessa Mae )

Rob1's Smallville vid 'Freak No. 1' to 'Le Freak,' song by Chic )

Imation's Angel vid 'Black Suits Comin',' song by Will Smith )

Nancy's Firefly vid 'Die Another Day,' song by Madonna )

More to come.

Remember: just because a vidder's site is password protected is no reason to give up on ever seeing that vid. Vidders don't password-protect to keep you out; they password-protect to control bandwith, to keep TPTB out, and to make sure that everyone who downloads their vids knows that distributing them without the vidder's permission is not cool. It really is okay to ask a vidder for the password; they don't hate you, they don't care whether or not you're a BNF, and whatever you say will be fine.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
So I was talking about the long, long list of comedy, satire, and parody vids I posted, and I said "mmmm sexy" to describe them. [livejournal.com profile] friede said "really?" And I had to explain that, no, not really, not sexy sexy, just very good vids. But it made me think about how rarely sex is actually the theme of a vid. Relationships, yes; sex, no. So here are some sex-themed vids, not at all consistently sexy, but dealing with sex a lot.

T. Jonesy and Killa's Star Trek:TOS vid to 'Closer,' song by Nine Inch Nails )

Sisabet's Angel and BtVS vid to 'Closer,' song by Nine Inch Nails )

JS and AAR's Buffy vid to 'Bad Touch,' song by Bloodhound Gang )

Bonus vid: Pamela J. Smith's Stargate SG-1 vid to 'Get Off,' song by Prince )

Next week: Action vids. Maybe. (Or maybe vids about villains. Or about minor characters? Reinterpretations of canon? Romantic relationship vids? Unrequited love vids? Something. If you care, or want to see something I haven't mentioned, comment.)

Previous recs and reviews here.

I link to vidder's sites unless they prohibit it, but you'll notice that a lot of links are to password-protected sites. Even if you don't usually do that sort of thing, really, it's okay to ask for a password -- vidders aren't trying to keep you out. They're trying to keep TPTB out, and they're trying to make sure that new fans understand that distributing other people's vids -- especially to TPTB -- is not okay, so they have you send a little statement explaining that you know that. So it's easy, it's painless, heck, sometimes it's even automated, and in return for asking you get fabulous vids. Where is the bad?

Edited 7:10 to fix stupid mistakes (see [livejournal.com profile] sineala's comment below). I should never post when on cold medicine.

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