eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
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.

frightening details behind the cut )
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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...")

*amused*

Apr. 30th, 2005 11:06 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
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)
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

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