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11 July 2006 @ 10:08 pm
Fanboy's birthday, and a spattering of random thoughts  
It's Michael Rosenbaum's birthday, and mskatej has a tribute picspam and is inviting us all to tell her why we like Mikey so much. You'll have to mosey over there if you want to see my extended thoughts, but Happy Birthday, Michael! I blame you for my LJ addiction *cough* attribute my participation in fandom pretty much solely to you and your mesmerising performance as Lex--but it was the fact that you are so UN-Lex-like that really hooked me in and made me require a place where I could scream 'omg! he's so insanely dorky and great!' ten times daily to people who would never get bored of it. Hee!

Apart from this, my week has been dominated by work work work. And work politics. My brain is on hiatus, or rather is sucked dry of all un-work-related thought, which is frustrating because I wanted to post on a number of things. So, with much effort and struggle and labour I bring you Thoughts--one per topic. Please treasure these. They took much brain. :-p

Thought 1: Pirates of the Caribbean
I think POTC2 had some problems which can largely be summed up as 'middle movie syndrome'. The middle movie of a trilogy is a difficult one to nail, and I think the creators indulged themselves a little too much with extended action sequences, excessive character concepts/design (fishy folk!) and rambling plot. It was light on character development, light on good tight editing and had pacing difficulties. Which is a pity because it was actually well-written and of course had the superlative performance of Johnny-as-Jack to zest it up. Orlando struggled to carry his scenes with Keira, who just struggled generally. Thank god they got her out of the dress quickly but ye gods could she look any more like a boy? I looved Norrington showing up again--I let out a high-pitched squeal/scream of joy and hyperventilated, in fact. (The rest of the audience remained silent as the grave.) And I loved all the fan-service. It really was a movie for the fans with all the innuendo and the way the movie constantly undercut itself. I also loved the three-way-swordfight that went on for ever and the overuse of the screen-left-to-screen-right comic device (one of my all-time favourite devices). But yeah, it plodded and I hope they pick up the pacing (and trust the editors) for the third movie.

Thought 2: Bleak House
So I'm probably the only person on my f'list who is watching/has watched/will watch this series, but I insist on commenting on it anyway because it's my favourite Dickens novel and one of my favourite novels PERIOD. I lived in this book when I was younger--some time early-to-mid teens. It's so deeply imprinted that I can't really articulate how much it means to me. I adore its darkness and the way it critiques superficiality. So hearing that there was a very highly reviewed British series of it starting here in Aus this week, I naturally tuned in. As a fan of the book, I struggled to overcome my initial reactions along the lines of 'oh! that's not what Richard looks like!' but the first episode was certainly very strong (though it's kind of like reading the book on speed). I'm still unhappy about the casting of Richard--he's not charismatic enough. Esther took a while to grow on me, but the actress is very good--I think I'll like her. Other characters were absolutely *nailed*, like Mr Guppy. I really liked Ada too--the actress is both pretty and likeable, with that air of needing to be protected from the evils of the world. I like the way they've developed the Esther-Ada relationship already, but Richard is the weak spot. *frowns at him* Despite that, it was great to hear some of my favourite lines given new life and intonation. It's a book I know so well that nearly every line was a squee moment for me. I'm enjoying revisiting it this way, even if it will always shine brighter for me in my mind than on the screen.

Thought 3: Jamie Bamber
I'm not even cut-tagging this one. Probably everyone that cares already knows that Jamie was on the cover of August's Out and the article's online, complete with strange but oddly endearing photos. There's a slightly spoilery comment about Season 3 right at the end of the article. But I just want to say that I love Jamie to bits for being so comfortable with his gay male fans and for championing the idea of a gay character on BSG. For those of you too lazy (or spoiler-phobic) to read the whole thing: "There’s no reason, in a world that is gender-blind, on the Battlestars and across this fleet, that we haven’t had an overtly gay relationship come to fruition. It should be there, and it should be as unabashedly honest as the heterosexual relationships." I choose the best people to fangirl! Jamie's such a honey. *chuffed*

I lied. That was more than one thought each. My bad!

ETA: During the time it took me to post, my f'list exploded with MR picspam. I'm doing that head-whirl movement from my icon all over the place--I don't know where to look first!!
 
 
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Katemskatej on July 11th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
What's up with all the norrington love? I really don't get that at all.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex b f'd up manbop_radar on July 11th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Heh. OK, well, firstly I'm a bit of a Jack Davenport fan from way-back--first liked him in This Life, where he was such a sod, but such an attractive sod, and Norrington's kind of an extension of that. But it's also the whole establishment-versus-the-rebel thing, and Norrington was so smug in movie 1, it was fun to see him brought low in movie 2 but still hold his own/have his own agenda. Also, you know, enemy slash! And the Norrington-Jack-Will triangle has so much slashibility.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on July 11th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Who's norrington. I saw it...sort of., I was killing time waiting for my car to get new tires and it was the only movie starting at that time (which makes sense, as it was starting every half hour at the multi-plex anyway, lol) But I wanted to write, so I had a notebook and pen and wrote in the dark through most of it, Laughed at Johnny Jack, and shook my head sadly and Orlando, and said ewwww to the nasty fish folk. I left before it ended because I promised "rumpuso" I'd see it with her...but, it did seem draggy, and I'd been sitting there for 2 hrs and it wasn't looking like it was over anytime soon, lol.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark uh...bop_radar on July 11th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hee! Who's Norrington? He's the dude with a beard who they hired halfway through the movie. Keira's fiance from the first movie, who's now lost his position and fortune and is bitter and out for revenge!

Hee, you are cute with your scribbles in the dark!
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carpenyx: Battlestar Galactica - Kara/Leecarpenyx on July 11th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
OMG, I squealed too when Norrington showed up! HEE! And absolutely loved the three-way fight scene between him, Jack and Will. I adored this movie, really, haven't been able to talk about in full sentences or ... stuff, lol.

I sooo need to pick up "Out", he's soooo adorable!!! I love the cover, :) Thank you for the article link!! It was great!! I totally think that they should explore gay relationships/characters at some point on the show. I get why they haven't yet, if there isn't enough room with storylines, etc, it makes sense - besides if they do it, it should be done right and take their time with it, instead of it happening suddenly and being in the background or something... does that make sense? I don't know if I'm explaining what I wanna say right, lol.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee dreamybop_radar on July 12th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
I squealed too when Norrington showed up!
Thank GOD! Someone who understands! *clings* It's hard to explain, but it's just not as fun when it's only Jack and Will! It needs to be Jack and Will AND Norrington, and Elizabeth spazzing out about men and how they just 'pull out their swords and start banging away at each other' really added to the hilarity in this instance. *g*

he's soooo adorable!!!
He really is adorable--I love both him and Katee for embracing their gay fanbases despite being straight themselves. There should be more actors like that! They're all 'woot! people love us! awesome!' which is how it should be, regardless of sexual preference. And I agree--I don't just want a token gay relationship thrown in there, it should be convincing and in character and serve a purpose in the greater whole. It would be great if it was integrated with plot, for example.
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slinklingslinkling on July 11th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
You *liked* Bleak House (book)? Really? Why?

I had to read it in college and I could not stand it. I'm no fan of Dickens generally -- think he's over-rated and sanctimonious and trite -- and through much of Interminably Bleak House I was really hoping that a giant rock might fall from the sky and crush all the characters. I will, though, give the book some points for having spontaneous human combustion (not to mention an unintentionally funny introduction by the author, defending his use of said device).

I'd be curious to hear your defense of the book, if you ever cared to write one. Because I respect your taste, but for my part I'd have trouble coming up with any grounds on which to recommend this novel.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on July 12th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
I did! I loved it! I went through a big Dickens phase as a teenager. I agree that he's sanctimonious and trite, though my impression is that he's extremely unfashionable these days (or was when I was at uni) so I wouldn't call him 'overrated'. I don't like all his works, but I do love several of his big classics, including Great Expectations. But Bleak House above all others. Partly, I realise it's an age thing. I think Dickens is easier to take when you're younger and don't mind being anvilled over the head with his Social Messages. But honestly, the worlds he crafts, the realism, and his use of archetypes does fascinate me. It's a love-hate thing, but Bleak House completely spooked me out--the claustrophobia, the horror, the complete injustice...

I will, though, give the book some points for having spontaneous human combustion (not to mention an unintentionally funny introduction by the author, defending his use of said device).
Hee! I know, right?! I loved the spontaneous human combustion--it had me in hysterics, as well as completely icking me out as a kid. You've got to love a book with spontaneous human combustion! (Actually, the more I think about it, the more 'fannish' I am about this book--it's not that it's perfect, it's just that it fascinates me, and its imperfections draw me in and make me want to 'fix' them. I would so write Esther/Ada slash, for example!)

I'd be curious to hear your defense of the book, if you ever cared to write one. Because I respect your taste, but for my part I'd have trouble coming up with any grounds on which to recommend this novel.
And I'd have trouble justifying it. As I said, I imprinted on it so young, it's hard to trace why exactly. A lot harder than justifying a book I read five years ago and loved. But the TV series will probably prompt me to explore it again, which would be interesting because I'd like to know myself why I liked it!

And I really appreciate your honesty--because I'm brutally honest about my taste in books/literature too, so I sympathise! If I saw someone squeeing over Lady Chatterley's Lover, I'd be rushing to have Words with them. ;-)
HeroHunter.  I, Storyteller.: favoritemiherohunter on July 11th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Mmm...Fanboy...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on July 12th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Articulate and valid response! *hugs*
*happy sigh*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on July 11th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
You do fangirl the best people!!

And I was excited at Norrington's appearance,too, though I knew he was in the movie.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jamie Bamber smrt is sexybop_radar on July 12th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know, so it made it EVEN BETTER!

You do fangirl the best people!!
Why, thank you! ;-)
Lily: sv lex sexy lexy revivedcandidlily on July 11th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
I loved Norrington, though my dear friend did not. What I really SQUEALED at, though, was Barbossa. I didn't even know I liked him so much until he appeared and my excitement began. Hee. I saw the movie a second time last night and was unable to control my excitement right before he appeared. Unfortunately, the friend I was with had not seen the movie yet, so I was forced into silence. I had to bite my hand to keep from making noises. It was very pathetic. BUT FUN.

Also, I umm... have a favor to ask. I'm working on a fic that I'm pretty sure is gonna be longer than most of my others. But in it I've used a lot of grammatical... tricks, I suppose. Anyway, I'm worried about it being hard to understand. So what I *have* written I've read over a million times and will probably do the same to the rest. But my point is (yes, there is one!) that when I'm done, I was wondering if you would mind beta-reading it for me. As I said, I'm still in the process of writing it, so it may be a while before I'm done. I just thought I'd ask... if it's too much trouble, feel free to say no. I just wanted to ask because I know you'd do a wonderful job and help me fix those parts that just don't sound exactly right yet. ♥
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex fascinated with youbop_radar on July 12th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Yes, I squealed for Barbossa too! I didn't even realise until then how flat the movie had been without him.

I would LOVE to beta-read for you, especially if you've been adventurous with your prose. Sounds interesting! I'm flattered to be asked. Shoot it in my diretion when you are done! *g*
Nora Norwich: Elizabeth flowersnorwich36 on July 11th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
p.s. Here are a couple of good POTC reviews I've run across lately:
http://fabu.livejournal.com/460311.html#cutid1 and http://monimala.livejournal.com/212515.html
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jamie Bamber smrt is sexybop_radar on July 13th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for these! They were interesting. And that reminds me that I must check out your post on the movie...
Rhapsody in Purplefialka on July 12th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
So I'm probably the only person on my f'list who is watching/has watched/will watch this series

Popping up from the lurker bowels to say I've seen it, and I thought it was brilliant. I'm looking forward to see what you have to say as it unfolds.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clairebop_radar on July 12th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh, hello! *g* Cool! Thanks for commenting to let me know. I felt all alone out there. ;-) I'm glad you enjoyed it--I did find it very absorbing and I look forward to seeing more of it. Good to meet you!
The First Evil: Jamie Reclining - shmarollynnasta77 on July 12th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
I agree with your POTC2 observations. I kept thinking throughout that it could be tighter. And don't even get me started on the supposed love triangle. :p The action sequences were way over the top, but they were so well crafted I could forgive that and sit back and enjoy.

I neither loved nor hated Norrington in the first film. It seemed rather a thankless role. The good guy being made to look like the bad guy. The guy standing in the way of Will and Elizabeth. All very cliche. But I really adored Norrington here, seeing his dark streak and hearing him snark (his crack at Elizabeth regarding her fiances was great :).

I think my friend summed it up well when she referred to this as a very long trailer for the third film.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Gaius dancebop_radar on July 13th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Oh the 'love triangle' was so groan-enducing! But yes, the action sequences were fun--massively indulgent, but fun.

But I really adored Norrington here, seeing his dark streak and hearing him snark (his crack at Elizabeth regarding her fiances was great :).
Yes, definitely! I think I liked him in this movie especially because it created character development for him. This streak in him is waaay more fun.

And your friend was so right!
LauraB1laurab1 on July 14th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Would you like Dr Who-related spoilers about the guy who plays Mr Guppy in Bleak House?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex fascinated with youbop_radar on July 14th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Ohh... I don't know? Does it spoil the plot at all? If not, then yes. I'm definitely intrigued!
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