quinara: Heads Will Roll: Whiskey from Dollhouse in blue light (Whiskey blue)
So, if you have Netflix... Watch this show!!!!! If you don't, um, ...

This is the only non-spoilery video I could find. But meet Piper Chapman! She's a well-off, liberal, self-involved party girl who just wants to keep her line of artisanal soaps in Barney's. She has a nice fiancé, who's a writer who's going to make it big one day (though his Upper East Side parents can cover for him in the meantime). The statute of limitations on the money trafficking Piper did that one time ten years ago is twelve years, but unfortunately she just got named in the bust on her drug-importing ex-girlfriend Alex (who, by the way, is played by Donna from That 70s show... You can't say that you never wanted to see her again in another role), so now she's in prison. Sad times.

But that is only the beginning! What follows is the long and lengthy deconstruction of someone who lives in their own little narcissistic world who is finally and consistently forced to face consequences for every single action they take in a bubble/fish-bowl like environment. I'm not a huge fan of novelistic television, but for a drama this has all the best elements of sitcom - a small world, a slightly heightened reality (just enough to stretch everyone into distinct characters), with tight and well signposted plotting. And Alex is brilliant. And this is exactly the sort of plot I love - because it's not just deconstruction; it's also transformational. But I don't want to ruin it by telling the whole story, though the great thing is that you can see it coming anyway. Just enjoy watching it play out! Because everyone's great - every single character has a good side and a bad one.

And if you've seen it, talk to me about it!! Although I have to stop my head reading everything in the way most of the characters talk. It makes the me inside my head sound ridiculous.

PS. It's also rated 18 (I think?) for a reason. Most of the graphic sex is in the first few episodes presumably to hook people the same way HBO does. Judge your company?

PPS. Also, how did I fail to recognise that Red is CAPTAIN JANEWAY? Also much missed. But found again!
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
aka the latest Simon Pegg-Nick Frost venture.

I actually really enjoyed it, a hell of a lot more than Hot Fuzz and probably a lot more than Shaun of the Dead. Should be asleep, so this will be short. Read more... )

Oh, and we saw a trailer for the new Sandra Bullock buddy movie with Melissa McCarthy. It looked absolutely aces. Miss Congenality 2 is the most underrated two women buddy cop film ever, but I think this should be pretty excellent too. And earlier today I watched half an episode of Orange is the New Black. That seemed quite good, and I was promised somewhere good characters. The lead seems a bit of a cliché, but I'm hoping she grows into it a bit and the show doesn't keep her forever as a poor little misled flower.
quinara: Profile shot of Cassie from Skins, with lots of hair and a hat. (Cassie hat)
Go, go, go: [livejournal.com profile] moriwen1's What is This, a Joke?

Spike and Aslan walk into a bar. Or, more exactly, Spike's on the hunt for his soul and ends up with a bloody terrifying lead. Cue a breezy-fresh short story with solid metaphysical credentials nonetheless. And chapter one has a twist that keeps on giving. [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni already linked it, but I'm linking it again, because I don't want you lot to miss it!

In other news, which should probably get its own post so as not to sour the proceedings, I've been sucked back into The Voice? I think it must say something for the rejigging of the format, because it was about this time last year that I abandoned it. It's just a fact, though, that neither Danny wotsisarrogantface nor Tom Jones have any clue about production, which is such a shame, because Jessie J and will.i.am's people are the only ones who end up giving proper thought-through performances.

Everyone's clear favourite, as it should be, is Leah... Because this is just aces! I can't bear pop, but modern covers of disco I apparently like. Also, the vast heaps of sarcasm she pours over the lyrics are great.

But I also like Leanne, who got kicked off. I think she dreams of being Christina Aguilera, but she really needs to be on the dance circuit. That icy high register of hers is dying out for pounding electronics. As they started getting to with this:

Soz; I iz proper hyper on curry and Hotel Chocolat chocolate wot I couldn't resist on the way home.
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
Suffragette sitcom! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b02108p1/Up_the_Women_Episode_1/


It's sort of actually a bit crap by several objective criteria, but I lolled pretty much all the way through. Margaret's epistle to Ovid is a thing of beauty.

Fave quote: "Does your husband know you've been cavorting with skirted anarchists?!"

quinara: Mog from Meg and Mog swimming in a diving suit. (Meg and Mog Mog underwater)
New sitcom on BBC2: The Perkins! Joanna Scanlan doing some sort of wacky Fry/Laurie character! Excellent.

Did think there was something off about the production design, though. Couldn't work out whether it was the lighting, camera angles or music, but I think it needed a bit more so as not to look like you'd just tuned into a standard Perkins documentary. Hmm...
quinara: Rinoa from FFVIII watching petals fly. (Rinoa petals)
It wasn't shit. I actually liked it a lot! There were many delights to be had and I might actually go and watch it again now (at least the first bit, not the parade, nor the goo later, though that was pleasant enough at midnight). Macca ruined it at the end, as is his way, but the first section was very clever - I've been made to sing Jerusalem in school in my time and it was quite something to see it played out against the irony of history. With Branagh!Brunel and The Tempest, no less!

And I liked the bouncy beds and the GOSH children's stories. And all the music!! It was so nice to feel like there were people at the helm in the Boyle-Underworld team who knew where to go for a recent history of British music. I'm not even a big fan of Dizzee Rascal, but you can't really have a house party without him (and help me for recognising Tinie Tempah too). There nothing like the Pretty Vacant riff as a siren call...

And I thought the 7/7 memorial firey section was very well done (Emeli Sandé has a lovely voice), and I loooved the cycling birds. (Especially to the sound of the Arctic Monkeys! Not who I expect to pop up at an event like this, and so refreshing. Take note, you bookers of Gary effing Barlow.)

They had some very nice picks on the flag carriers. Shami Chakrabarti looked like she couldn't believe she'd been asked, and I couldn't quite either, but, yeah, she's who you want carrying a flag!

And someone somewhere made some excellent choices about how to do the whole torch-to-cauldron bit. Not least on the copper (best metal). ;)

(Still not going to watch any of the sport.)

ETA: Seriously, I cannot stop re-watching the Isles of Wonder/Pandaemonium opening segment. I'm not sure what other national pageants I've ever seen for the UK, but this is so captivating. That molten steel running down the shape of the Thames; the pantomime-monster-sized industrial looms. Maybe I'm just easily bought by slick and ironic literary references, but this is spectacle.
quinara: Yoshi from Mario Bros. (Yoshi)
Caroline Quentin!!! (How did I not realise I missed you?)

"OK... Let's get this Glee Club started."

"Ooh! What's a Glee Club?"

"It's like a choir..."

"Why don't you just call it a choir, then?"

"... Why don't you just stop shoplifting from Dixon's?"


Best cliffhanger ever. Aaaaaaaaah!
quinara: Yoshi from Mario Bros. (Yoshi)
I've been watching the Transport for London accessibility videos about what's available in terms of accessible transport for the Olympics and more generally and thought it might be worth sharing the link around. If anyone's worried about coming to London, then it hopefully gives a good overview of what's available (come to London; it's great!) - but I think the videos are also worth watching just to see how the TfL network works, especially for anyone writing about the city. The one about taxis might be of interest to any of you who write about John in Sherlock, frex.

Here is someone taking a bus to the cricket:



10 May 2012 22:40
quinara: Little cartoon girl from the Devics' Distant Radio EP cover. (Devics Distant Radio)
Grandma's House was like dreams on toast tonight. So, so good.

In other news, I really want to finish the draft of my [community profile] seasonal_spuffy fic by the end of the weekend, so I can edit the first half for posting next Friday (in consultation with the [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch splitting it between my posting day and the free-for-all seems like the most sensible idea, rather than spamming the hell out of people). Given my rough estimate puts me at 16,000 words still to go, things could get interesting. Hopefully I'll hit the downhill slope at some point...

Lalala, fun times. I think I've discovered interesting, nay Good (TM) things about the text I'm working on, so PhD endeavours are looking up. (The answer, my friends, lies in Propertius 3.1 and 3.3, oh yes. This is why we are on a boat. /random)

Maybe there should be more stuff here...
quinara: No Kicking Penguins (Penguins)
I have been massively absent, mostly because I have been massively absent. Writing is slow, even though it is materially successful.

The question for today, however, is WHY, BBC, WHY did you not tell me that GRANDMA'S HOUSE IS BACK??? I've seen absolutely no advertising for it at all, either on the telly (not that I watch very often) nor on the website (which I'm on all the time), and this is really something I wanted to know about. Because it is wonderful!

Watch and love and watch...
quinara: Tara walking in the Slayer's desert. (Restless desert)
Can we please talk about The Mummy Returns? I'm not sure there's anything else I've ever seen on screen that exemplifies my taste in entertainment so well. It of course wouldn't be the same without The Mummy backing it up, but it just takes all the great things that film had going for it and runs, runs, runs - especially towards running gags (which I adore). I love how camp it is, I love its magic books and its silly flashbacks and its daft prophecies, I love its adventures in dirigibles, I love the costumes and the music and the shots of the sun, I love Ardeth Bay's love for tommy guns and that Rick's taught Evie how to beat people up, I love every single word and expression Jonathan produces, I love that half the film's in (probably terrible) ancient Egyptian, I love that Alex speaks American slang with his little Just William voice, I love Horus the falcon, and I love that there's a whole chase/fight scene on a Number 12 bus.


This is, erm, probably the reason why I never get into stuff like The Wire, isn't it?
quinara: Profile shot of Cassie from Skins, with lots of hair and a hat. (Cassie hat)
But I feel like I haven't posted in ages, so I am posting. Here is some stuff:

1) Just played Holst's The Planets in a concert. Venus was a shambles (at least for the viola section), but Jupiter was great. It's my favourite planet and my favourite movement and even though the big tune mostly sounds indulgent and overplayed whenever I hear it about the place, playing the viola part right in the middle of the suite is a wonderful and lovely feeling. Especially since our conductor was keen to have the first time through restrained and reflective - by the time we were in the upper register it was all sad and slightly hopeless, heading straight towards Saturn - before we were back in jollity again. Good stuff.

2) Am quite miffed that I can't yet watch the third episode of Melvyn Bragg's series on Class and Culture, which like The Tube series I mentioned last time(?) has become the closest thing to must-see TV I have at the moment. You may well ask when the last time I watched a drama series was, but I feel like documentaries that cover literary culture are so rare that I want to just gobble this one up (and all it's other culturey bits) with a big spoon.

3) Just signed up for [community profile] seasonal_spuffy, which means getting the third part of my alt S6 AtS crossover thing done in time. Even though it's apparently going to be long. But I'm looking forward to that; just need to write it.

4) Everyone should come and play Prompt Tag with us at [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends, because bouncing off other people's ideas is highly amusing! I wrote a fic.
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
I've had a really nice day today, for several reasons. It started with [personal profile] snickfic leaving some massively juicy feedback on As Good as a Rest, which I hope she won't mind me linking to over here, as part of the More Feedback Week she's running. I don't know if Snick's up for debate or anything, but I do want to take the opportunity to say that if you ever want to talk to me about thematic stuff in my fic, you can do it any time of ever. I overthink most stuff I write, so I'll always have something to say back!

Otherwise, I spent the day actually reading the text that I'm working on (believe it or not, this rarely happens) trying to make sense of how I was going to talk about it in relation to all the other reading I've been doing, and actually managed to develop some ideas. All preliminary stuff, natch, because we're only halfway through term, but I now have a notebook page with sections and passage references and questions to be answered. This is not the level of achievement I usually expect to perceive!

Also went out for a lovely meal with friends (only slightly scuppered by my high-waisted skirt and remarkably poor digestive system, which for some reason turned a cheesy pizza into enough pain that I felt nauseous for the whole journey home and a little while afterwards, but let's ignore that).

And then I watched this interesting slideshow on the BBC website about the history of British housing. For some reason I'm often drawn to documentaries about housing, so I knew quite a lot of what was covered, but I still thought it was interesting.

So there you go. It's rare that I look back on a day and really think 'well, that was pleasant, wasn't it?', so I thought it deserved a post.

ETA: Although, also, side note, just because it appeared above my post on my DW reading page and I think it's probably my turn to mention it, but - Mark Watches? Are we all agreed he's basically given up anything even vaguely resembling review-writing now? I think I might have to keep reading just to see how the heck he manages to spin this out for another four seasons of material, but, otherwise, yeesh.
quinara: Why Bird from Playdays with tea in front of the Whytech. (Why Bird tea and tech)
It's probably about time I posted something fannish again. So have a fic! This grew out of certain pressure from [personal profile] bogwitch and [personal profile] shapinglight when we were discussing this month's Baking-ish theme at [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends. It's too long for the comm, but it does involve a glimpse into the life of domestic Spuffy (set around now, I suppose, and linked to Getting across the River and my Long Distance series), as well as The Great British Bake Off (which is an excellent baking competition programme thing) and Sue Perkins (who is an excellent comedian, broadcaster and person - as you obviously already knew).

~2200 words; PG; nothing needing an AO3 warning, but quite a lot of cake. And gingerbread.

Making the most out of her retirement, Buffy has made it to the final of The Great British Bake Off. Now Sue Perkins has come to interview her at home, but gets a little more than she bargained for.

A Quirk of Perkins. )
quinara: Little cartoon girl from the Devics' Distant Radio EP cover. (Devics Distant Radio)
This series of Rev has been a bit ropey, I've found - I was saying to Sue (Sue, was it you?) on Saturday that I've found it simultaneously more cartoonish, more dystopian and worse written, - but in isolation, I have to say that I thought this week's episode was very, very good! If only because it as an Archdeacon and Nigel episode. Although I imagine the fact that Richard is James Purefoy means we'll never see him again, a bit like Ralph Fiennes the bishop. :( Too much love for Adam and his iPod, though why has Adoha been completely sidelined this series?

It probably needs mentioning somewhere that I'm still in love with Misfits. Hooray for this series being the Kelly and Curtis series! I think the Nazi episode proved that the pair of them could save the world single-handedly. Right at the back of my brain I want a Buffyverse-Misfits crossover, possibly(?!) where Kelly and Nadira go waaaaay back to school or primary school or something (primary school maybe), and something happens with vampires. I dunno. That might be filed with the S7-Final Fantasy IX crossover that should never happen.

Now that I've packed up for the term and going home tomorrow, I'm procrastinating from cleaning the bathroom and buying Christmas presents (+ my mum's very urgent birthday present) and filing my paper bits by watching TV. Sigh. But The Thick of It Series Three remains as excellent as ever - Nicola and Terri and Robyn for three of the best middle-aged women comedy characters in recent times. And the Opposition!! Always.

Look, videos! Hopefully they might play outside of the UK, though they're off the BBC website, so they might not. Oh, and, um, NSFW, what with all the swearing...

quinara: 'You may be silent, but this will shut you up,' says Andrew. (Andrew ninja)
I love Nigel Kennedy!!! (It's all about following a long, sombre partita with a swing version of an air called Das Pendel.)

[ETA: The video is no more, but it's on Radio 3 here for the moment: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b018hbkk]

In other iPlayer news - baking + baking history + baking science + reality-style competition + charming reality bods + Sue Perkins? Why did no one tell me The Great British Bake Off existed???
quinara: Cartoon Giles cleaning his glasses. (Giles cartoon)
The podcasts for [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk have been put up, by the wonderful Audio Video! It's all very exciting. If you want to know what WCUK is like, or just listen to people talking about fandom, do check them out!

I'm on there with my Fanpoetry Talk, in particular. When I get home, I'd like to make a video with my Powerpoint Presentation, but for now I've uploaded the .ppt file here, which you might like to follow along!

[Quinara - Fanpoetry Podcast, WCUK 2011]

(Massive shout outs to [personal profile] mere_ubu's Spaiku, [personal profile] sobsister's sonnet and [personal profile] fulselden's ballad in here!)

quinara: Spike crowding Buffy against a wall in OAFA. (Spuffy wall)
ANTESCRIPTUM (if such a thing exists): I actually also posted another fic at [community profile] seasonal_spuffy yesterday for the free-for-all day, which is here on DW and here on LJ. It's called Walking at Midday, and is, so I have termed it, a piece of angsty/squishy/fluffy smoosh set in S7 after GID, in which Spike tries to deal with the trigger on his own and has to put up with an awful lot of bother from the First Evil. There's a Sphinx in it! Erm...

So, of course my jaunt in the Madness ended up where it began - with Spuffy! And even [personal profile] bruttimabuoni! What I did not anticipate, however, was that my amusing pootle would end up essentially as long as my main remix, which took far longer to write. Just goes to show, doesn't it? Anyway, Strange, Charm, Peppermint (Or Just a Jump to the Left) is a fic in which practically every Buffyverse character who ever had an alter-ego (and let's face it, gang, that's most of them) reverts/is turned into that alter-ego, doesn't know what's going on, and it's up to Cordelia Chase, star of stage and screen, to save the day. It's fun, it's wacky, and certain constants have sad!poet!William mooning over a turned off Buffybot. It seemed all too necessary that he would write some terrible William poetry over her perky self. Only then it seemed necessary that she woke up. And then it seemed kind of necessary that they both got a grip (because there was still the mystery of how the actual alter-ego spell worked, and this seemed like a prime opportunity to let it all play out). Fun was had, basically, even if thinking through the mechanics of a sex bot did gross me out a little more than it ever has before (which is funny, since there's a certain drabble of mine...). More fun was then had in titling the thing. Someone else is amused, right? (Also, [personal profile] gillo, you may recognise hints of how you read FFL, which really works for me now. That place is totally a high class brothel.)

PG-13; 2300 words; AO3 warning free though with a certain slant of sexual situations brought about by non-consented spell, depending on how you read the dynamics of personhood happening here.

Charming Strange Peppermint (The Polonius Shot First Remix). )
quinara: Heads Will Roll: Whiskey from Dollhouse in blue light (Whiskey blue)
When I saw that [personal profile] deird1 had signed up for Remix Madness, I knew there had to be at least one fic of hers I could have fun remixing - your output tends to flash by me so fast, Mez, that I find it hard to keep up, but you write so much varied stuff! I needed to find something. And what I found was Deep into the Well, the AU of late S5 where Angel and Spike make the choice to save Fred after all. I haven't seen another AU of this scenario and [personal profile] deird1 really grabbed me with it, because it felt like a lot of its darkness came from the same place that the show irked me around Fred's death anyway - that Fred as the (by then) token woman in the Angel Gang was some extra special lovely object that needed to be cradled and protected (or, as it was, grieved over with that extra special type of manpain). So I wondered what would happen with things turned around, with Fred reacting against all that. I have never written Fred, either, so it seemed like a good challenge. Even if this is definitely a dark version of Fred (Amy Acker, I think I owe you an Claire Saunders some inspiration here).

PG-13; ~1000 words; AO3 warning free (but deffo angsty).

Dug Too Deep (Too Many Mornings Mix). )


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