giandujakiss: (festivids)
Woo hoo!

(First year without me - *sniff*. But it's awesome to see!)
giandujakiss: (Default)
I have been rewatching Doctor Who. I am reminded:

(1) Handlebars is really an amazing vid.

(2) I love Donna like burning. On rewatch, I love her even more than I did originally.

(3) I will never forgive the show for what happened to her. The Doctor found a woman/companion who - more than anyone else - was capable of interacting with him on an equivalent level, and man, was she punished for it.
giandujakiss: (Default)
As long as I'm thinking about it.

Follows On Like Clockwork (33206 words) by youabird
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Sharon Carter (Marvel), Peggy Carter, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Implied/Referenced Torture, Minor Character Death, Recovered Memories, Identity Issues, Past Relationship(s), not avengers 2 compliant, somebody shoots the president, Very Mild Gore, Medical Procedures, Past Suicidal Thoughts
Summary:

Steve would do anything for Bucky. He tore the world apart and chased HYDRA back into the shadows. He stepped back when Bucky turned himself in to the feds. Now that Bucky's broken himself out of custody in order to take down the corrupt agency that tried to use him again, Steve'll be damned if he doesn't stand by him. The only problem? The Winter Soldier swears he's not Bucky.

Or, genetically altered superheroes point guns at each other.



Laws of Thermodynamics (14651 words) by thisbluegirl
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Recovery, PTSD, Mild Dissociation, Fluff and Angst, Tags Are Hard, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Let's Pretend Civil War Isn't Happening, Explicit Sexual Content, Angst and Fluff and Smut, Bucky is not okay, Steve is less emotionally constipated than we thought, Unrepentant Fluff, Unrepentant Metal Arm Kink, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Consent Issues
Summary:

He never had to relearn how to love Steve Rogers. It might be the one thing he never forgot.



(also on tumblr)
giandujakiss: (Default)
Loved it. Was riveted.

I'm consistently amazed by movies (All The President's Men, its obvious forerunner; The Big Short) where everyone knows going in how the movie ends, but it still holds your attention because it's just such a great journey.

Anyway, at first I was afraid to watch Spotlight because I just didn't think I could take wallowing in the subject matter. But the movie is really more about reporting than the scandal itself. Don't get me wrong - the movie doesn't shy away from its subject - but it's the reporting that's in focus. What holds your attention is watching the reporters' growing amazement as they realize the extent of the problem - and the coverup.

Of course, after I saw Spotlight, Sister Act was on television, and man, talk about whiplash in terms of portrayals of the Catholic church.

Also saw Suffragette. Sadly, I found that very disappointing. A great example to prove the old adage, "If you want to send a message, use Western Union." The political polemic overshadows the storytelling, which is a pity, because if the movie had focused more on the story, the politics would have sold themselves - there's a lot of wonderful, heroic, tragic, horrifying history to mine. The movie is massively uninterested in portraying how anyone could have believed in this system, lived under it - which I dislike, because if there are any lessons to be learned from this kind of history, it has to be that people who thought themselves to be fair and good were able to justify this system to themselves. The lesson is how people in power convince themselves that the power is earned; and the distorting effects of that power on their behavior. And of course, that power doesn't give ground without a fight, no matter how justified the cause may seem in retrospect.

The movie tries to capture the idea of the suffragette movement through one woman's gradual conversion to the cause, except her conversion actually happens incredibly quickly; meanwhile, most of the other characters are more symbols than actual people. Lots of speeches by lots of characters, but I didn't get a real sense of where the movement was, its effect on the public, its relative popularity at the time. Critical things that might have had more of an emotional impact - the idea that politicians were keeping suffragette protests out of the press, for example, to keep them from making waves - were almost an afterthought. Compare, for example, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which makes the suppression of press coverage into an incredibly powerful rallying point (I'm not suggesting Suffragette should have shown an army of children printing a newspaper; just that it's an easy outrage-button to push and they didn't push it). Frankly, this vid of the movie Iron Jawed Angels is more powerful than the entire Suffragette movie.

Killjoys

Aug. 31st, 2015 08:20 am
giandujakiss: (fandom)
So after [personal profile] rivkat kept insisting I watch this show, and after seeing a critical mass of enthusiasm build up around tumblr/dreamwidth/lj, and after [personal profile] lithiumdoll posted her Killyjoys recruiter vid, I finally watched the first episode.

Okay, they've got me.
giandujakiss: (fandom)
Sadly I'm missing Day 3 of VVC - too many real life things to do at home. And that means I don't get to attend vid review, which is my favorite part :-(. I hope people post good notes.

Anyway, as long as I'm on the plane, this is my con report. If I'd had the foresight I'd have brought my con program with me, but it's in my checked bag, so I'm working from memory.

Friday )

Saturday )

And my plane trip is coming to an end now so I'll have to post about premieres later. Oh, I can't wait to see reports on the day that I'm missing!
giandujakiss: (fandom)
So here I am at my second Vividcon. My first was 3 years ago; I still consider myself a newbie. And they let me do a vidshow! My show was "You're My Best Friend," dedicated to BFFs. Designing the show, I was graced with an embarrassment of awesome choices - it was actually kind of painful to narrow things down. I quickly learned that my choices were less about vid quality - there were many excellent quality vids to choose from - than about constructing the right mix. Like, a mix of buddies in different settings, with different relationships to each other, different song types, different moods - it meant I couldn't include a lot of really wonderful vids because they didn't fit with the mix. In a couple of cases, I had to choose among several excellent vids to the same song, each about a different buddy pairing. (hey, that could have been a whole 'nother show!).


But anyway. Here's how the BFF Vidshow turned out:

From Here on Out by Mithborien. Teen Wolf. Buddies have your back.

Strength in You by Here's Luck. Gilmore Girls. Buddies give you strength to endure.

We Are Gonna Be Friends by humansrsuperior. Life. Sometimes buddies have different ways of doing things...

Do My Thing by Laura Shapiro. The Heat. ...but buddies still fit together.

My Best Friend by Killa. Lost Girl. Buddies inspire lots of feelings.

Ain't No Easy Way by Danegen. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. So sometimes you get into bad situations with your buddy.

Shine by Eunice. Thelma & Louise. But your buddy stays with you until the end.

Thick as Thieves by Charmax. Dead Like Me. And even beyond.

Motown Philly by Jarrow. Psych. Buddies can be playmates.

King and Lionheart by cosmic llin. Star Trek: Voyager. And comrades.

I Do The Dumbest Things For You by Purplefringe. Stargate: Atlantis. And poor influences.

My Secret by Such Heights. Elementary. Buddies can teach us about ourselves.

Gimme Shelter by Thandie. Starsky & Hutch. You can shoot people with your buddy.

Never Always Getting Back Together by Ash. Supernatural. Even though you don't always get along, you and your buddy will still find a way back to each other.


And that was the show! Thank you so much to everyone who made suggestions and everyone who allowed me to use their vids!
giandujakiss: (Default)
I bought [livejournal.com profile] buffyann in the VidUkon auction to make a Helena vid - and she delivered in spades. She's created a gorgeous, spooky character study, and I urge everyone to watch and comment at LJ or Dreamwidth.
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I did manage to watch [personal profile] chaila's Grey's Anatomy vid, Mother's Daughter. It's really a wonderful vid - a great analysis of the really complex relationship between Meredith and her mother. And by the way, this show doesn't get nearly as much fannish attention as it should. I mean, I get why fandom doesn't fic it etc - but for a show that's all about women to the point where the Bechdel test is meaningless, it doesn't get any better. And Cristina's abortion storyline was amazing, even as it made me want to strangle Owen.
giandujakiss: (thud)
...which meant I wasn't able to check LJ/Dreamwidth for days. So imagine how happy I was to finally get a minute to scroll back through what I missed, and to find this awesome Sam/Dean (or Sam&Dean) all-9-seasons vid by [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c.

Okay, back to work.

Awww!!!

Aug. 30th, 2014 01:02 pm
giandujakiss: (Kirk)
[personal profile] thirdblindmouse has posted a fairly tragic holograms'-eye-view of the Star Trek universe, here.
giandujakiss: (Default)
It's just that The Price is much better made and isn't getting the same attention, and I suspect that's because of the label "vid." As though the artistry itself somehow disqualifies it as criticism.
giandujakiss: (Sarah Connor)
Fembots. Really creative multifandom vid of ... well, fembots. Which is also the title of a two part episode of The Bionic Woman.

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