shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
I posted a ficlet yesterday: I Like The Way You Move, MCU, Thor/Jane you suck at dancing but you’re doing it in the middle of a bookstore to the crappy music on the radio and I think it’s pretty damn cute au.

I started drafting a fill (the prompt is the summary) last autumn when I saw it, and it sat there for months. I really went at it this month and came up with a title and a way of ending it. This was done entirely on the laptop. I’m not happy about the probable lack of Thor/Jane in Thor: Ragnarok, hence the fluff - inasmuch as I need an excuse to write fluff. Some feelings about bookshops may have crept in also.

Marvel thing no. 2 is Spider-Man Homecoming. Look, I wasn’t excited about this film; I was planning on going and seeing it, yes, but not in any desperate hurry to do so, because I was around for the two previous cinematic iterations, and while I intellectually get why Marvel were so excited to get their biggest superhero into the MCU (which the title encompasses. although it’s not an aggressively meta film by a comic book superhero movie in 2017 standards), I am getting older and more grumpily distant from Peter Parker and the preteen boys who probably love Spidey the most.

But, this weekend, the other option was Dunkirk, which I do want to see, but it’s an intense war movie. So I chose the lighter fare, aware that this has had decent reviews. And as it also has MCU developments and I wanted to give it a thumbs up, here’s my review.

Read more... )

As for the end credits scene – mild spoilers ) Otherwise, major spoilers )
shallowness: Fred and Ginger dancing in foregroud, him in tails, her in a dark gown, background a white circle (moon or spotlight) (Fred and Ginger dancing)
Title: I Like The Way You Move
Fandom: MCU (Thor)
Rating: Universal
Characters/Pairing: Thor Odinson/Jane Foster
Summary: you suck at dancing but you’re doing it in the middle of a bookstore to the crappy music on the radio and I think it’s pretty damn cute au

Disclaimer: Not mine, don’t profit.
Author's Note: Written for the prompt ‘any, any, you suck at dancing but you’re doing it in the middle of a bookstore to the crappy music on the radio and I think it’s pretty damn cute au’ at comment-fic. Title from the BodyRockers song. 886 words.

I Like The Way You Move: shallowness )

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:20 am
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Default)
Fic and fanvid recs in the following fandoms: Alice (SyFy); Anthropomorfic; CSI/Lord of the Rings crossover; Fairy Tales; How to Steal a Million; Marvel Cinematic Universe; Multifandom; NCIS: LA; Once Upon a Time; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Pitch Perfect; Push; Pushing Daisies; Tam Lin (book).

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If you enjoy any of these fanworks, please let their creators know in the hope that they're encouraged to produce more.
shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
At the start of the week, it was twenty years since ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published. After an initial ‘eek’ at that, even though I was fine with realising OK Computer is twenty years old also, it’s been interesting to read about how people have grown up with the series, and with it being such a phenomenon it doesn’t feel overblown to say that or to think about it’s influence in shaping social attitudes. There was the issue of the series getting a generation to read. There are people who read the series for whom it wasn’t a gateway drug to other books, for example, although I hope it got more people into reading more widely than would otherwise have happened, and it’s certainly a factor in the explosion of geek culture and the rise of the fantastic.

As for me, Read more... )
shallowness: Kensi and Deeks at a door, he's holding a badge (Kensi and Deeks partners NCIS LA)
NCIS LA 4.2 Recruit

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And then last night I rewatched Stranger than Fiction, which was a delight, and had a moment where I went ‘I know that voice’. Linda Hunt turns up for one scene. I knew I knew her from all sorts of things, but it’s great that she was in StF.

some links

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:48 pm
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I know everyone is linking to interesting Wonder Woman stuff, but if you haven't seen it, here's a list of heart-warming ways young children have responded to Wonder Woman via Digial Spy.

I meant to post this when reviewing Salazar's revenge, but here's an excellent [livejournal.com profile] idol_reflection essay on (Captain) Jack Sparrow, based on the first three Pirates movies – worth reading the comments for a look at Jack as a trickster: Captain Jack Sparrow - A Legend in His Own Mind by The Stowaway.

And via [dreamwidth.org profile] musesfool The Chrisening of Hollywood from Vanity Fair - an amusing take on the Four Chrises phenomenon here.
shallowness: Kensi and Deeks at a door, he's holding a badge (Kensi and Deeks partners NCIS LA)
I went to see Gifted yesterday, about which all I need to say is it’s Chris Evans playing a guy trying to bring up his brilliant niece. Logan and Hidden Figures (which makes better use of Octavia Spencer) are better films that overlap thematically, but they do not have Chris Evans playing a guy doing his best to bring up a kid.


I watched a lot of NCIS: LA season 3 episodes during last week.

and I have a lot to say about it )

I think that season 4 is going to be aired at a less intense frequency, which suits me.

Why has no-one written an NCIS: LA/Inception fusion?
shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
I finally got to see it - it was a bit of a rush to get there because the people I was going with wanted to see it at an earlier showing than I'd first sugested. So, I arrived in the middle of the trailer for the Justice League movie feeling flustered, frankly.

My head and my heart aren’t entirely in accord about this film, all right? heart says yes, head says hmm )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Default)
As I said I would... spoilers )

(I'm hoping to see Wonder Woman within the next 24 hours.)
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I am behind on B99 as someone called me while I was watching it last week and I never got caught up and so didn't watch the latest episode last night. I could have got caught up instead of watching NCIS:LA...however, I saw the last two episodes of season 2, 'Imposters' and 'Familia'.

Some thoughts, Read more... )

And I have seen Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, and when I have time, I will type up a full response, but it was much like the other sequels to the brilliant Curse of the Black Pearl, entertaining in fits, not as good as the original and best, although trading on goodwill for it. I didn't stay to see if there was a scene after the credits, but I'll probably buy it on DVD, because I'm a completist and it did nothing to put me right off the franchise a la Jason Bourne and The Huntsman Winter's War.

The trailers for the coming blockbusters made me feel like it'll be slim pickings this summer. I'll be looking to the counter-programming.
shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
On Tuesday I posted my first new fic of the year and the first one for six months: Extreme Action, a Sky High, Layla/Warren futurefic. It was first drafted in July 2015, which wasn’t a wonderful time for me. Having a title that would suit an early 90s action flick better than a fluffy tropefic appealed to me, apparently. Anyway, a couple of months ago, as I was doing looking through some drafts, I found that this one didn’t need much work – usually I have stalled before coming up with an ending. In the editing process, it passed the thousand word mark, et voila.

For completeness on Livejournal: this spring, I’ve also reposted the following fics at Dreamwidth and A03. Read more... )
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
Title: Extreme Action
Fandom: Sky High
Rating: G
Characters/Pairing: Layla/Warren
Summary: Fake-out make-out. (Layla’s idea.)

Disclaimer: Not mine, don’t profit.
Author's Note: 1,065 words. First drafted in July 2015, polished it up this spring.

Extreme Action: shallowness )
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On Tuesday, in the middle of all the horrible news, it was announced that Joss Whedon will be taking over directing duties on Justice League from Zach Snyder for tragic reasons. Obviously, one hopes that this helps a grieving family heal.

Wonder Woman (please be good! Not that I saw the show or read the comics, but as a woman who goes to see comic book movies, we're due one about a superheroine that's good) is occupying my brain more. But apparently the news about the merchandise isn't great.


Anyway, I’m watching Smallville season 5 for the first time on DVD. (I’ve been spoiled for a few big things on the show over the years. And the next DVD boxset I will go through will be a better show, but I’m watching it with much nostalgia for my experiences of the fandom for the first year or two. Quick recap: CHLOE.)

The colour palate is very striking, coming off the greys of metal, glass, stone and shadows of Person of Interest. I’m also rewatching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies right now, which has the blues and greys of the sea and brown and black of the ships, so the warm, bright, sun-kissed hues of Smallville, where everyone’s outfits are colour-coded, jumped out at me.


spoilers up to 5.4 )

Recs (2/2)

May. 21st, 2017 08:56 am
shallowness: Black and white close up of Natasha's tilted face (Natasha Avengers intensity)
Fics and fanvids in the following fandoms: Marvel Cinematic/Galactic Universe, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility (1995), Singin' in the Rain, Sherlock, Sky High, Strictly Come Dancing, The Thin Man, The West Wing, While You Were Sleeping and Zootropolis/Zootopia.

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Recs (1/2)

May. 7th, 2017 04:36 pm
shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
Fics, fanart and fanvids in the following fandoms: Arrested Development, Cormoran Strike series, The Dark Knight Rises, Disney Princesses, Enchanted, Firefly, Harry Potter, The Hour, The Hunger Games and Jupiter Ascending.

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shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
I am Groot. )

Trailers: a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: this is the last one, honest which featured intriguing beasties and not enough Barbossa, but I think I’m bound to see it anyway. There was also a trailer for Spider-Man vs. Iron Man that left me underwhelmed, but conversely, I think I want to see Baby Driver (Edgar Wright mashes up The Fast and the Furious and Drive?) now.
shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
Because I haven't been navel-gazey enough about my DVD watching habits of late.

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shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I said a little while ago that I was going to post a linkspam. Well, here goes in reverse chronological order. I've been holding on to these links for ages, and most of them come via my reading page.

Shakespeare, Introversion, DS9, Tropes, Movie stuff and Denethor meta )
shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
I went to see Beauty and the Beast (2016) with baggage - I saw the original movie at an impressionable age, adore it and used to have a Belle icon on my lj (I had an OUAT!Belle icon too, for that matter). It felt as though most of the rest of the audience hadn't been born when the first film came out, although I'm sure they grew up with it, or Emma Watson as Belle.

Thoughts: Read more... )
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I scoffed too when they said Logan was the Wolverine movie ‘the fans’ have been waiting for – hasn’t Jackman dutifully said that before all the previous movies, which I’ve seen? Wolverine: Origins was a mistake and The Wolverine was dull, and I didn’t rewatch either before going to see this film. Yes, I saw the trailer, but I couldn’t believe that the film would live up to it, didn’t want to believe the star ratings for the reviews, although I knew I’d go to see it. But…it’s good. It’s easily the best Wolverine standalone film, it captures and references a lot of what made the character the breakout star of the movie franchise from when he was introduced, and makes the most of its 15 certificate, though I have no idea what timeline it fits in, mind!

SPOILERS: Read more... )

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