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Finally got around to watching Joss Whedon and Friends' version of "Much Ado About Nothing" (which, as copperbadge noted, is basically "Joss Whedon has some people over for dinner and then Shakespeare breaks out").

I think that the decision to use black and white was fascinating- and given that the Brannagh/Thompson version was so lushly colorful, it made sense. It also added to the vaguely mid-century feeling. I mean, it was clearly modern; people had smartphones and there was a very modern-looking photographer running around, but the overall vibe was definitely reminiscent of classic films from the 1940s and 50s, especially given that the soundtrack tended towards jazz.

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One of the recent results of changing cable packages-- basically what I suspect was the customer service person's attempt to avoid the household cancelling both phone and cable due to the cost-- is that somehow, for the next twelve months, there is access to a wide range of streaming video through both the Internet and the TV (very exciting).

I've just really started figuring it out-- for one thing, it's a sub-category in the "hey, want to pay us to watch current movies?" menu on the TV, which means that it is a bit hard to find."

It's also kind of.... let's just go with "eclectic" in terms of the movies that are available. Nothing absolutely current, of course, a probably-not-too-surprising amount of "what can we put on while the kids need entertaining" sorts of programs, I think they do theme months and then...just... whatever.

So, I was poking around for something to have on while dealing with grading (ugh), and came across a fairly recent Vaguely Fantasy-Historical Martial Arts Action film called "The Storm Warriors," which was apparently a) based on a graphic novel and b) the sequel to an earlier picture.

Me: Hey, this looks like it could be interesting, and possibly inadvertently hilarious!

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Current Mood:
confused confused
Current Music:
Kitty snores
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The thing about donating platelets is that I apparently have to discount the rest of the day, and just assume I'm going to be a slug. A slug that provides a nice warm lap for cats. Which, cats assure me, is a very important and necessary task.

(as long as I also periodically get up to feed cats, of course)

Cat: What are you doing on the computer? Why are you not petting cats? *pokey biscuits*

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*sigh* Oh, procedural drama.... you seem to be composed of equal parts People Being Idiots and Dramatic Shouting.

The sad thing is that I was promised cool forensics! There are no cool forensics in sight!

Mostly, in the two-part pilot, we have had a lot of Oh Noes Our Forensics Are Broken (with extra-dramatically shouty "does not have interpersonal skillz female forensic pathologist lady Temperance Brennan *sigh*)

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Speed-reading a book description:

"Satan is determined to create his own Hell on Earth and has unleashed unfathomable chaos into the world."

as

"Satan is determined to create his own Hell on Earth and has unleashed unfashionable chaos into the world."

resulted in several moments of blinking and wondering how exactly that would look...

(well, I mean, I assume it would look terrible, but there are so many possibilities....)

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You know how, when you read a really, really amazing “up until three in the morning, can’t stop thinking about it book,” you make that “good book noise” happy sigh as you’re thinking about it and waiting until you can read it again?

There is some kind of rage-y counterpart to that where you are up until three in the morning grinding your teeth, and can’t stop thinking about the book for ENTIRELY the wrong, rage-y reasons.

And then you go complain about it on the Internet, because, you know, why not share the rage? :-)

The sad thing is that the rage-inducing work of literature in question isn’t even an entire book-- I am getting this Hulk-smash-set-things-on-fire level of arrrggh based solely on an excerpt of the prologue and maaaaybe the entire first chapter. That is the level of special we are talking about here.

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Current Mood:
annoyed annoyed
Current Music:
Cupid's Got A Shotgun
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This is a) brilliant, b) distracting, and c) hysterically accurate.

Snack Theory of Male Characters

(also, it explains soooooo much....)

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Random stages of mental static watching this particular comic romantic pairing:

Me: Right; the entire "we totally hate him!" speech exists, like, 95% so that the hero can answer the door and be incredibly good looking and knock the heroine's socks off... and 5% so that the idiot best friend can then bring it up again at the least convenient time.

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The really weird (and yet... not surprising?) thing is how often it's "Hey, this story could work as RK fanfic!"

Me: Um... it's a very silly '80s sci-fi/fantasy movie about a horrible Cthulu-like monster who lands his space fortress on a medieval-fantasy-with-magic sort of planet so that he can attempt to kidnap the heroine, who is supposedly destined to bear a son who will rule the galaxy...

Fanfic area of brain: Yes, and said heroine has proactively decided that the solution to the invasion is to arrange a marriage with the prince of the other major kingdom, and is very determined about the marriage going through. As is the prince. In spite of their respective parents being all cranky about it.

Me: Oookay... yes, that is definitely a plot which resounds across assorted other stories, some of which are quite possibly fanfic already.

Fanfic area of brain: Spunky and resourceful kidnapped heroine, brave hero, assorted companions, including a snarky bandit chief...

Me: You know, you are making good points, but at the moment, I am getting distracted by the WORST SECRET TUNNEL ESCAPE ATTEMPT EVER, and will thus have to table this mental discussion.
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I heard this song on the radio a couple of times. The first time was that thing where you hear the second half of the song, and you're figuring it out and hoping that you can hear the full thing, and you have no idea who is singing it.

I have to say, when I learned who was singing it, I was appropriately surprised (I, um, kind of missed the great boy band trend of 19-whatever-it-was...).

But, anyway, hearing the lyrics, I kind of had this picture of the video in my head, you know, assuming that it would be a video that tells a story of some sort. The story, frankly, seemed pretty obvious-- but that was okay, because that storyline is one that I find fun, when it's done well.

Somehow? I was completely right and yet absolutely, totally wrong in a fairly fabulous way.



(seriously; how often is this type of story done as "it's 100% attitude, and it's entirely about owning that attitude and pretty much rocking it" rather than "new hair, lose weight, new clothes, make-up, high heels...")
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