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“Comment to this post with “I love libraries!” and I will give you seven topics I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list to your own blog with your commentary.”

Zombres gave me:

Greek mythology!
Jeffrey Dean Morgan!
Gay rights!
Formative Film Experiences!

Greek mythology:

One of my first loves. The first book I can really remember reading is D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths— the illustrations were just gorgeous and the stories had me hooked. Then I kindof got to rediscover everything all over again as I got older and realized, “Wow, there are a lot of rapist douchebags in these stories”. I will also grumble about Hades not being a bad guy in the stories to anyone within earshot when something like Clash of the Titans or Hercules or … well, 3/4 of Greek Mythology movies come on.


One of my latest loves. ;) I really started getting into it at an anime convention Ashley took me to last year; they had several steampunk booths in the vending area and I was immediately addicted. I’ve combined my first and latest loves and am working on a steampunk novel about the Greek Gods and Goddessess. One of my main concerns with it is that I’ll accidentally do the literary equivalent of the “stick a gear on it and call it steampunk” thing that seems to be a constant grumble in the craft circles. So research research research.


I do not care if they’re one of the major standbys/cliches/tropes/what have you of the horror genre, I adore them. In the same way I adore haunted houses and vampires (okay, aside from the Twilight version)— they’re timeless, and so much can be done with the idea. Possibilities everywhere! The ones who can control when they change and the ones who can’t; the ones who keep some shred of their humanity after they turn and those who don’t; full-out wolf or some combination of the human and the animal; gimme them all.


My bread and butter, and I’m constantly finding new ones. Just today I read one of goddamnhella’s fics, which was Tony/Loki/Pepper, and HNGH. I just love the character interaction potential, and OT3 stories tend to have more than their fair share of snark, and I’m big on my snark. That type of romance is starting to show up more and more in my novels, too, which doesn’t surprise me one bit. Though I cannot seem to figure out whether the endgame in the Greek Steampunk novel might be Aphrodite/Dionysus/Ariadne, or Aphrodite/Dionysus/Hephaestus, and I have the sinking feeling that “hey, why not three?” is going to quickly turn into “hey, why not four?” My brain is clearly not going to be satisfied until I write a novel called “First There was Drama but then Everyone had an Orgy”.

((OT3s I love can also be platonic: see zombres’s Weird USA, with Charlie, Olivia, and Ben. There are some characters who are great on their own, fantastic playing off of one other person, but get the three of them together and everyone just SHINES.))

Jeffrey Dean Morgan:

So I have a feeling it would be cheating if I just keysmashed for this entire entry. ;) I first saw him on Supernatural (wish I could still see him there on occasion, AHEM WRITERS) and then in P.S. I Love You. By this time I was in fangirly enough mode that I went ahead and looked up some pictures online, and also found some interviews. He rescued and bottle-fed a two-day old puppy. He saw a guy beating his girlfriend and ACTUALLY INTERFERED instead of doing the whole ‘eh, it’s not my business’ thing that’s so horrifically widespread. He seems to be a genuinely good guy, and see above: keysmash-levels of attractiveness. I’ll basically watch anything he’s in (except Grey’s Anatomy. That I just cannot do. Sorry!)

Gay rights:

Should not be any different than ‘straight rights’. That seems absolutely obvious to me now, but it didn’t always. I grew up (and still live) in the middle of the Bible Belt, and “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” is still considered witty commentary in way too many places here. The “I don’t really care one way or another because nothing they do hurts me, but— ew. I just don’t get it” is really one of the better attitudes I’ve found. ((don’t even get me started on ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ bullshit)) It wasn’t anything that really crossed my mind for a long time, and then during stage setup for one of our plays, a friend of mine put on the soundtrack to RENT. And it was literally like nothing I’d ever heard, told from the pov of people whom I’d always heard spoken about in sneering tones, if they were spoken about at all. I remember thinking, “okay, if I’m wrong about that, what else am I wrong about?” And thus a conservative became a liberal. :)

Formative Film Experiences:

Stand By Me— LOVE ETERNAL. The first Stephen King movie I ever saw. It came out when I was five (yes, I am an Old Lady of Thirty) and I think I saw it about three/four years later. Can still quote it in full, and it remains the movie with the absolute best film-dialogue-to-ending-song transition ever for me.

FernGully— my love of faeries, OT3s, animation, and extraordinarily bright colors can all probably be traced back to this film. First soundtrack I ever bought.

Labyrinth— Given the aforementioned Greek Mythology love, anything about a labyrinth was immediately interesting for me. This was the movie I’d most always put on first any time I was home sick from school (other one was Muppet Christmas Carol). Also, when I first saw it I identified with Sarah so. much. Watched it again recently, thought that she was being such a brat at the beginning. Heh.

Beauty and the Beast— Favorite fairy tale! A heroine who’s a bookworm! SIGN ME UP. The animation and the music are so gorgeous.

My cousin and I also used to build enormous pillow forts on/around the couch and watch a triple feature of The Little Mermaid, Singin’ in the Rain, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang just about every weekend.

Dream House

Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:21 pm
changeyourstars8: (Casino Royale)
How did a movie with THAT cast make me want to never ever EVER watch it again??

Read more... )

At least Girl With the Dragon Tattoo didn't sell itself as something it's not and I knew to avoid the hell out of it.

Off to go watch something cheerful now.
changeyourstars8: (Haunted)
I actually hadn't seen this one before-- for some reason I thought that I'd caught it several years back, but when we brought it up on Netflix none of it looked familiar. Anyway, I really loved it-- snarky humor, and the creature design was great.

To my surprise, Kaylee liked it, too.

I don't want to tell her to cover her eyes at things and make her freaked out over something she might not have originally been scared of, so right now if we watch supernatural-themed scary movies, she can stay in the room if she wants. ((anything war or serial killer related is off limits, though. With werewolves and vampires and demons we can at least tell her that they're make-believe))

At the transformation scene when his hand started elongating, she ran into our bedroom and came out again a couple of minutes later. She loved the scene where he woke up in the zoo-- "Look at all the animals! There's wolves. There's monkeys. Can we go to the zoo?" and when they showed the werewolf stalking around the streets she grinned and said, "He looks like a bear!" So now she talks about the movie where "a guy was naked at the zoo and turned into a bear". :)


Dec. 24th, 2011 05:02 pm
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Christmas movies for this year:

Midnight in Paris: ((this CAST. Also time-travel is always a million bonus points in my book))

Santa's Slay: Our annual Christmas Eve one. Because we're sick twisted people.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: Because it was absolutely amazing and any chance to watch it again is a good one.


Dec. 24th, 2011 05:01 pm
changeyourstars8: (Christmas Day)
Christmas movies for this year:

Midnight in Paris: ((this CAST. Also time-travel is always a million bonus points in my book))

Santa's Slay: Our annual Christmas Eve one. Because we're sick twisted people.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: Because it was absolutely amazing and any chance to watch it again is a good one.
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5 Romantic Movie Gestures That Were Actually Dick Moves

Yes forever to the Knight's Tale entry.

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5 Romantic Movie Gestures That Were Actually Dick Moves

Yes forever to the Knight's Tale entry.
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changeyourstars8: (JDM)
I told Chris before we started watching The Resident that since I've seen a bunch of freaky movies, if this one could honestly manage to disturb me I'd be impressed.

I'm impressed.

Because AUGH now I'm going to randomly freak out at the sight of electrical outlets. Not to mention bathroom mirrors. NOT COOL.

I loved it a lot, really, because of how they played the creepy-stalker-guy thing out. And just when I thought I couldn't love Jeffrey Dean Morgan any more, he goes and gives a performance like this. I'm adding this movie to my Why Didn't She Just Leave reel (aka, the movies I'm going to show the kids to hopefully prevent our victim-blaming society from ever fully getting its claws into them).

Watchmen is another one. I know a lot of people don't like the comic/movie because of the whole "Woman Falls in Love with her Rapist" trope. I didn't see the storyline that way, and I'll explain why:

I'm not entirely sure if Sally had a crush on Eddie before he attacked her, but they did seem to be friends. She had no idea what type of person he really was-- you could hear it in her voice after she slapped him to warn him off and then realized he wouldn't be warned off, that this was about to turn into a bad fight.

She didn't know. And the person who made Eddie stop-- I don't remember everything exactly from the comic but I don't think he even helped her up. Just told her to get herself cleaned up. He clearly thought she was to blame, and he'd been right there to see the blood and bruises.

I think that Sally blamed herself for not realizing what he actually was sooner, and the cold shoulder from the one other person who was there couldn't have helped. And I think that, more than "falling in love with her rapist", is what influenced her to sleep with him later. I think it was her way of gaining control back. He was 'kind' to her that day instead of hurting her again, but in the back of her mind there had to have been that memory, that worry that if she said, "Okay, it's been interesting to see you again, now get out" . . .

And that idea, the whole thing that Creepy Guys will not walk around with tattoos on their foreheads announcing what they are, is the thing I loved about The Resident, too. Because aside from the snippets from Max's point of view, the beginning of it plays like a romantic comedy. You've got the Career Woman Heroine breaking up with cheating slimeball ex and finding a new place to live, Charming New Man is her landlord, they keep it generally professional at the apartment and then Meet Cute at an art gallery, she asks him to walk her home . . . there's even the Comedic Best Friend who gives Juliet the quintessential "he's hot, go for it" speech/grin.

Then it all goes wrong. Which is how things like that happen in real life, not through the bad guy obviously being a bad guy right from the start. And that's why this one and Watchmen are both on my reel, because they both give fantastic examples of why victim-blaming is such a stupid, crappy thing to do.

So, in conclusion: love The Resident. Love Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Going to watch a comedy now because yikes.


Apr. 1st, 2011 08:52 pm
changeyourstars8: (JDM 2)
So I wasn't quite sure what movie to watch tonight. Went through our (147) Netflix instant queue movies, none really jumped out. Went to the Family Video website-- and there under "new releases" is The Resident.

Now to find chocolate.
changeyourstars8: (Ariel)
Love Tangled. Love love LOVE.

Not sure why it ended up getting a PG instead of the usual G-- I'm guessing it was either the stabbing thing, or the fact that the villain was actually realistic, instead of the usual over-the-top, "Wheeee, I'm evil and it's fun!" type. The emotional manipulation had me cringing at points.

But Rapunzel! Flynn Eugene! Pascal and Maximus! Random mime and Cupid guys! I kinda want to hurry out to the store and buy it right now.
changeyourstars8: (Jensen)
While taking a drive in the country, we see a telephone pole half-sunk into someone's front yard.

Mom: "Looks like someone's got graboids."
changeyourstars8: (Inner Dork)
Favorite Super Bowl commercial: Cowboys and Aliens. Don't really care that it's less than halfway through the game, I'm 99.9% sure my answer will be the same at the end of it. :-)

ETA: But the Darth Vader kid comes in a very close second.
changeyourstars8: (Garcia)
Gotten from [ profile] newredshoes--

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, if they're so inclined.

1) Dean (Supernatural)
2) Garcia (Criminal Minds)
3) Hatter (SyFy's Alice)
4) Sayid (LOST)
5) Abbie/Connor (Primeval. I cannot choose between them do not make me)
6) Angela (Bones)
7) Zoe (Firefly)
8) Tessa (The Constant Gardener)
9) Hermione (Harry Potter)
10) Wat (A Knight's Tale)
11) Jordan (Scrubs)
12) Elphaba (Wicked)
13) B.J. (M*A*S*H)
14) Eddie Dean (Dark Tower series)
15) Al (Quantum Leap)


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