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12 March 2007 @ 10:09 am
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It's a public holiday here in Melbourne, and I'm revelling in it because the next few days will be spent 'bonding' with my colleages at a staff conference. *shudders* While I fully intend to insulate myself with books, iPod and laptop, I'm not sure how successful I will be at avoiding the usual spectacle of watching one's superiors get shit-faced and ugly.

First, some post-Maelstrom meta links, because I'm still very thinky on such matters. (Two essays not enough? Sheesh, K!)
- daybreak777 has some questions on Kara/Leoben (little k--you around?).
- wisteria_ has a screencap review with a poll.
- marenfic has a wonderful post on Jung and mandalas which I found enlightening.
My cursor has hovered over post-Maelstrom fic and vids, but so far I can't bring myself to click. *stays safely in metaland for now* I'm still ridiculously emo and will be lining up drinks before the next eppy just in case.

In other news, I saw Pan's Labyrinth last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been hyped to death, true, but I'm a sucker for fantasy, tragedy, fairy-tales and little-girls-lost-in-the-woods, not to mention the gorgeousness of the set designs and cinematography. This movie's 'twists' were ineffective for me: I could see them coming a mile away, but oddly enough that didn't dampen my enjoyment at all. I watched with a calmness and a sense of watching something classic--I guess that came from the way they used so many fairytale tropes. Like when she chose to save her brother, I knew that it was the right choice and she'd gain access to the Kingdom.

I'd been warned about the violence but honestly I didn't find it that bad. Tideland was way more icky--that movie's a masterpiece of the grotesque. I thought the violence in this was effective in creating the type of horror necessary for the overall tone. But yes, I did have to look away when he sewed up his own face. Anything with needles involved is guaranteed to squick me.

This movie reminded me of my hyper-imaginative childhood: I was one of those kids who read under the blankets when my light was supposed to be turned off, who had imaginary friends and made up long complicated adventures for myself. Not to mention nightmares! (Snakes coming out of the sink and soldiers under my bed.) I loved the imagery of Ofelia with the empty book asking 'what comes next?' This movie had echoes of so many loved childhood journeys: from Alice in Wonderland, The Little White Horse, from Lucy in Narnia to the classic Grimm's fairytales.

I have a fondness for magic realism and this kind of 'fairy tale for adults' is one that I've more commonly encountered in literature than in movies to date. The visual imagination and creative vision needed to bring this to life on the screen staggers me and for that alone this movie has become a fave of mine already.

Finally, we've all seen the infamous Justin Hartley-gets-a-handjob clip now, yes? Ah, Smallville, you know how to cast them! How much would I give to hear Michael or Tom give him shit over this? A LOT. The very fact that this was set in a barn amused me no end. Someone get Justin a show, pleeeeease! I miss Oliver. :-(
 
 
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theninthdoctor: Green Arrowtheninthdoctor on March 12th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Justin is cast in a CW thing called Spellbound that seems lame. He's one of the supporting cast, and they're doing a 15-20 min. pilot.

I want a Green Arrow spin-off. And not just because Justin said he'd take me out to dinner if one happened. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on March 12th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Heee!! I totally want a Green-Arrow-spin-off. Pity about Spellbound. Supporting cast? Meh. He needs the lead, man!
Vicki: Olliemyownghost on March 12th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
no, i knew absolutely nothing about that clip. wowzer. (idiotic exchange of comments at youtube, of course. it never fails to amaze me how many people don't know the first thing about bisexuality.) yum. i miss oliver even more now. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on March 12th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
COMPLETELY idiot exchange of comments, yes--I nearly mentioned them myself. It's amazing how the same comments are dragged out time and time again. *throws hands up in despair*

Justin plays 'straight, but you could turn me' so very well.
Vicki: Olliemyownghost on March 12th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
>Justin plays 'straight, but you could turn me' so very well.

oh yes, and that exhalation after the screen went black? mmmm. i liked his visible reaction to the description of the igloo, too. what a pretty young man.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on March 12th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I know. So pretty, so good at comedy...
Becky: 3 Reasonscinderella81 on March 12th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
I saw that clip!! OMG!! SV definitely knows how to cast them ... Yeah, the fact that it was in a barn totally make me giggle ...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lollie yogabop_radar on March 12th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
'boys will be boys' there, apparently! ;-)
sarmoti: Smallville - Clexsarmoti on March 12th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
we've all seen the infamous Justin Hartley-gets-a-handjob clip now, yes?

I hadn't! But now I have! Thank you! Hahaha! I'm going to call it a "barnjob" instead of a handjob.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark/Lois/Oliverbop_radar on March 12th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
I figured there was no such think as too much pimping for such a gem. :-)
Grimoriegrimorie on March 12th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Finally, we've all seen the infamous Justin Hartley-gets-a-handjob clip now, yes?

Oh, guh, no... but so much thanks for pointing out. He is a pretty, pretty man.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on March 12th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
He is! Good to see him being used in a comedy too, because I think he's very good at it.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on March 13th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 13th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
ICON! \o/

I too have been spending waaaay too much time musing on Maelstrom. It provided wealths of material for speculation.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on March 13th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara owns manfleshbop_radar on March 14th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
I reckon it could still be ok. I'm an optimist! I don't think she'll be so changed that I don't like her anymore, though I agree that she's one of the rare strong female characters on television.
Romany: sv: because we need a new heroromanyg on March 23rd, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hee! No, I hadn't seen the Justin Hartley clip. My day, it is made. *g*

And I've just read marenfic's essay. Wonderful stuff.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on March 23rd, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm delighted to be able to pass on those joys!