RL Update

May. 4th, 2014 09:33 pm
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The laptop issue turned out to be a hard-drive failure so I'm going to have to get a new laptop. See also expenses I could have done without, because in between the leak, the tooth thing (which I suspect is about to gain yet another add on but I'm going to see if I can convince the dentist to chuck it in for free) and the laptop my contingency fund is about tapped out. Although that's what it's there for so I shouldn't complain too much.

I'm looking at either a Dell or a Toshiba from PC World. I'd like to buy from PC World because I like the idea of supporting a shop so when I have a tech problem I have somewhere where I can walk in and go "help!" but when equivalent spec laptops are ~ £100 ($169) cheaper at Dell, that becomes an expensive and unsupportable luxury.

The one advantage to the death of the laptop is that I've now got the time to do all of the things I keep not doing because they're less fun than being online. Noticably, tidying the flat. Otherwise my mother will murder me when she comes down after the fencing.

Also, I finally watched "The Case of the Silk Stockings" which is a Holmes I've had on home-taped video for ages but never got round to watching.

Generally approved of and Rupert Everett should feel free to play Holmes any time he wants. Spoilers below. )

Some X-Men related silliness produced by said Holmes )
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Saw Trance and Welcome To The Punch

But first some shopping stories:

1) The man at Waterstone's wants you all to know Reaper Man is wonderful.

2) I was wrong to be optimistic about jeans. It seems to be all skinny for anything even vaguely colourful. Also, even the not skinny jeans are giving me holster-hips. Again. Also, sadly pastel appears to be making a comeback. Bah! I mean, if you look good in pastels, more power to your elbow, but they make me look like death warmed over.

Shopping done, and Reaper Man bought, I went to the cinema.


I can see why [livejournal.com profile] one_more_cherry doesn't like the Evil Dead remake trailer. I seriously thought it was just another Cabin Fever variant until I saw the book. Also, it's just not scary. The Dark Skies trailer on the other hand is creepy as.

Dead Man Down looks suitably action thrillery, but I'm mostly intrigued by Noomi Rapace's character. Olympus Has Fallen looks generic action movie-ish and I feel really bad about having no interest in The Heat.

I don't plan on watching Spring Breakers, at least not at the cinema, but it seems like Harmony Korine is doing his thing again.

Next on the to be watched list are All Things To All Men and GI Joe: Retaliation

Trance. Which ought to have been an 18. And needs ginormous trigger warnings. More than the BBFC gave it anyway. Spoilers underneath. )

Welcome To The Punch, easier to explain, but that's because it's pretty much a by the numbers thriller )

[livejournal.com profile] angstbunny might be amused to know that there are people out there who think James McAvoy and Mark Strong aren't British and are just putting it on.


Mar. 12th, 2013 11:07 pm
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Apparently the reason James McAvoy hasn't been in anything for yoinks is that he was busy filming half a dozen things that are all coming out at the same time. Mild exaggeration but Welcome To The Punch (him with Mark Strong!! and David Morrissey! [and, having IMDBed, Andrea Riseborough and Jason Flemyng and half a dozen really good "you know, that guy"s]) and Trance (McAvoy with Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell and some dude called Danny Boyle directing) are coming out pretty much one after the other. Also Days of Future Past is up on his IMDB page and I am in no fit state on that topic.

Saw most of Drive Angry. Again, much better than people said. I'm starting to think there was a vendetta against Nicholas Cage.

That, and not everything has to be Oscar bait. In fact, I prefer non-Oscar bait, because I have no interest in 9/10ths of Oscar bait films.
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The Adventures of Tintin )

It's perfectly competently made, but it's absolutely lacking in anything that resembles heart or soul.

TT : Closer To The Edge )

Definitely worth a watch.

Then I rewatched Games of Shadows, and still feel about it the same way I did when I first watched it and then the first half hour of the Sherlock Scandal in Bohemia/Belgravia. I will get round to writing about Sherlock's second season. I think I am finally capable of not flailing about the end of the third episode.

On the way back I watched Pirates: An Adventure With Scientists! which is a bit slow to get going but is lots of fun once it does.

I also watched the US version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo )

Virgin flights also have TV shows on now, so I got to try out

Smash: I got bored half-way through the first episode. I think I'd like it more if there was more of Anjelica Huston's character. And less wangst. Also, more realism. Because yeah, there's no way Megan Hilty's character wouldn't easily have got the role because Katharine McPhee's character hasn't the vocal power or presence. Not amount of Jack Davenport being a Cowell-esque bastard will make up for that.

Alcatraz: Didn't get further than the first six minutes of the first episode. I've figured out my problem with JJ Abrams and his productions, it's like Vince Russo, I know his kind of twists already and there's nothing behind the twists for me to enjoy.

Hit And Miss: Very good. But a bit too Tony Abbot making everyone suffer for a transatlantic flight. Because Abbot is a master at making the characters believably good, bad, horrible, nice, messed up and human.

Once Upon A Time: Which I didn't watch when it was broadcast because it was on on Thursdays and Thursday is fencing day and will not be interfered with. I liked it, and can see why everyone else enjoys it so much, and if they ever show it on normal TV not on Thursdays, I'm definitely giving this a go. If only to see what the hell Gold's deal is. And yes, I know, I'm focussing on the wrong thing, but 1) I love Robert Carlyle and have ever since Hamish MacBeth, 2) I have been primed to enjoy him being cranky, tormented and not so nice by Stargate Universe, 3) Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin is the kind of character I ping for.
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Which makes me excessively happy. Oh my ridiculous melodrama of choice.

Also, I love that we got a Nolan fanservice shot right at the start. Why yes show, you may continue to give me Nolan bare-chested and boxing. Or him doing the weight-lifting and karate that he says he does. I'm very easy going.

Spoilers for Season 2 episode 1 and a later casting spoiler that makes me happy )
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Fencing was fun, I finished 5th at the Coventry Open and the only people I lost to were veterans, who, as we all know, are evil. (The vets are not evil, they're merely sneaky and accurate.) I managed to frustrate one opponent to the point that she rushed at me, pretty much straight onto my blade, for my last three hits against her. Very pleased with that. Other than that, it was the usual problem of there's the people I can beat, the people where it's sometimes me winning, sometimes them, and then the people I can't even get hits on. Most frustrating. The only good thing I can think of is that the people where it's a coin toss between us now goes up to people who are ~70th in the country, rather than a few years ago when it was people at ~ 100th.

Things in RL have done odd things. Or rather good things, that have led to odd things, which require listening to of Alanis Morissette. We're talking threat level red wine and Ironic.


Korean GP notes )


Also, from [livejournal.com profile] angstbunny's tumblr, Colin Salmon has also joined the ranks of British actors appearing in US tv shows.

TNA and tv

Oct. 12th, 2012 04:47 pm
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The only important detail is that Zeema Ion and Sting both continue to be themselves )


I have discovered where all my favourite actors have gone. They've all absconded to US TV. Inbetween Tony Curran turning up in various murder mysteries (I've spotted him in Numbers and the Mentalist), Richard Coyle is in Covert Affairs and Marc Warren is in The Good Wife. I've never seen the latter, but I have no doubt he will be playing either creepy or sleazy. I love him dearly, but he's exceptionally good at playing both of the above.
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Hollyoaks )

Unrelated, but the next person who says Jackie Chan can't act is going to get shown The Shinjuku Incident.
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I promise there will be a more content-heavy post tomorrow.

Once again, I must beg for a beta. It's 1500 words of X-Men: First Class Emma Frost fic with too much Magneto if anyone feels like it.

I'm also having comma issues with the title of another fic. I'm trying to decide whether "My Brother Bill" or "My Brother, Bill" is more correct.


The really silly portion of today's post comes from this post on Nerve.com - http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/ranked/the-expendables-ranked-by-lifetime-sexual-magnetism

Which is wrong, damn it. Mostly because there is no planet where Sly Stallone is more attractive than Jason Statham, not even early '80s Nighthawks era Stallone. Also, the top 3 really ought to be Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and either Bruce Willis or Statham. Actually, I'm okay with any variation of that top 4.


I've meant to post about the Dredd trailer for some time.


I am torn. On the one hand, it looks like it's going to be your basic action film, which is not what Judge Dredd is. On the other hand, some of the visual effects, especially the bits where you see things from the perspective of the slo-mo users looks so much like the comics and a lot of the scenery and costumes looks just right.

Also, they've got the greatest excuse for slow-motion shots ever :)


Shakespeare Meme - Day #26: Your favorite couple

Beatrice and Benedict, easily.

Because they really do love each other and I don't dislike either of them. The next nearest possibility is Hermia and Lysander.

Other Days )
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Shakespeare Meme - Day #24: An actor or actress you would love to see in a particular role

The obvious one would be Matt Smith as Hamlet, because he's one of the few actors I can think of that is young enough to be Hamlet, and good enough to portray him. That being said, if he doesn't want to, I'd love to see him as Andrew Augecheek as well.

If Kenneth Branagh (Sir Kenneth Branagh!!! So very happy) ever decides to do The Tempest I and my mother, god willing, will be there in a flash, hang the cost.

Polly Walker as Cleopatra is also on this list.

Other Days )

Meme related - re: the AU meme (http://redfiona99.livejournal.com/778797.html) I'm trying to come up with a female version of 'hasn't got the cojones'. I've toyed with the obvious 'hasn't got the ovaries', but I'm not sure it works. I know "hasn't got the balls" comes from the habit of various cultures (I know the Roman definitely) for men to hold their genitals when swearing oaths etc, and I'm not sure there is a direct equivalent for easy grabbing, unless we're going for ODB style 'bam'-ing.
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Mostly because Question Time last night brought home the fact that most politicians are neither trained orators nor particularly good at rhetoric. David Aaronovitch, ye though I have undoubtedly mis-spelt his name, on the other hand ... Although Tim Farron did a really good job of selling the most recent budget, a far better job of it than the Chancellor ever did.

That being said I am annoyed at the number of people in Britain involved in political and judicial life who seem to think it's okay to send Abu Quatada (a bad, bad man, I know) to Jordan because they've got a promise that *his* trial won't use evidence gained by torture. How about, you know, we don't treat with countries that use torture, or does that only apply when they're torturing people we like.

I'm similarly miffed by the lack of government response re: the Bahrain Grand Prix. I seem to recall reading that the French government actually banned the French F1 teams from competing at the South African Grand Prix back in the apartheid era. Could we not do that again? (And no, there's no hope of convincing Bernie, and Bernie will fine the teams if they don't turn up without good reason.)

Anyway, on to the links -

With a grateful nod to [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte who posted a link to a defendant's own blog, which then provided a link to the British and Irish Legal Information Institute's link to the judges summation of a recent libel trial where two of the defendants were Amazon and Richard Dawkins (and his foundation) - http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2012/B3.html

Now judge's judgements, summations and what-have-you are normally worth reading, because it's good way of learning about law in a country where precedence has a strong weight, and it also clarifies a lot of legal issues. It's also useful when the judgement is being spoken of, because this is being spoken of as a victory for the forces of reason, when mostly the judge's summation seems to be, 'yeah, he was rude, but that's not actionable'.


The BBC posted an interesting link about Norway's legal system - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17740229

Which it is talking about because of the Brevik trial. About which the BBC posted another interesting article here - 'Singled out' Breivik survivor tells of trial necessity - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17750133


On a less serious front, in the football news, this makes me glad - Turkey's Emre banned for insulting Zokora - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17784555

While I have nothing against Fenerbahce or Turkey, that the Turkish FA are willing to ban players ought to be a signal to UEFA that it really needs to get it's own house in order, and I'm talking about the fact that Arsene Wenger got twice the fine for complaining about the ref than Porto did for it's fans shouting some vile things at Mario Balotelli and the rest of Man. City's black players.

So during the Featherstone vs Castleford Challenge Cup match, Rangi Chase accidentally broke Tangi Roopati's jaw. He, understandably, is very apologetic (it's one of those odd situations where I actually believe that the player throwing the punch didn't mean to break the other man's jaw). The problem lies in the UK's bloody-minded visa system which says that Roopati can only earn money from rugby-related activities, which means he's basically paid to play. If he can't play, he can't get paid. This is a problem when you've got a 12 week injury lay-off. So Featherstone Rovers are organising a fund to help out, which I'm very tempted to contribute to - http://www.featherstonerovers.net/article.php?id=7944

But then again, that's the thing about rugby league, it is very much a community sport, like when Bradford had to get out their begging caps for money, I know Saints fans who chipped in (admittedly because you can't get the joy of beating them if they don't exist), and the Widnes chairman gave them £10,000.


I do love that Fergie doesn't like it when his players dive - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17770220 Or rather, I suspect, he wishes that they'd keep it for the big matches so people don't get suspicious.


And on an arts theme we have:

Giant Puppets invade Liverpool - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17762154
Images here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-17787778

And shots from the Avengers red carpet here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17781301
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Just wondering whether nitrous oxide (or whichever NO-variant it is) has suddenly become a party drug in the US, because after many years of hearing it's name in the past tense for that usage, suddenly three krimis in a row have had it as the drug of occasion (Miami, SVU and then New York).

NCIS is back in my good books because the wildly right wing military krimi is the one that pointed out how wrong it is was that it's so much easier to get a warrant to raid a mosque than it is for any other religious building.


The uptick in US drama has had a good effect on UK drama, and even better, they've realised that British TV doesn't have the money to outslick US TV so they're going back to the kitchen sink. Score one for realistic drama. It's even more fun when it's the fantasy dramas that are doing kitchen sink (a la 'The Fades').


I know it doesn't need saying, but Danny Houston (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0404111/) can act. Just seen 'The Proposition' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421238/) and yes, well, it plays exactly how you'd imagine an Aussie based Western written by Nick Cave would run.

Enjoyed is the wrong word, but it's good.



The adverts have been doing some fun things again.

I particularly like the new Guardian one, even if I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be getting from it.

One of the Aldi ones is class too - http://aldi.co.uk/uk/html/service/23225.htm although they're all quite fun (http://aldi.co.uk/uk/html/service/7232.htm), I particularly recommend the tea one.
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Just remembered another thing I wanted to say in my last post. Seriously funny moment I caught on Graham Norton on Friday night. So the guests are Gerard Depardieu, Damien Lewis and Olly Murs, and Depardieu was, I think, advertising his new cook book. So they were talking about diets, and Depardieu was basically pooh-poohing the whole idea, and Olly Murs started telling this story about how the paparazzi had snapped a photo of him in his swimming trunks and he had a beer belly. Not liking how he looked, he went on a low carb diet. So Murs is detailing what he eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Depardieu giving a constant refrain of 'sad, so terribly sad'. I think I love him.

Thomas Castaignede was on the rugby today. Oh Thomas, how they could have done with you. I'm sorry but he remains the first rugby union player who isn't Jonah Lomu who I ever even liked, and damn could he ever play.

I can't help but feel that no matter how crackpot Lievremont was, he could still get his team to beat England.

Shakespeare Meme - Day 4 - Favourite Heroine

The reason I couldn't say Ganymede for the hero one was because I'm using Rosalind for this. I love her, rather a lot. It's that she has such get up and go. Things at court get beyond endurance and then she gets banished, she got up and went. Her best friend decides to go with her, fine, they'll come up with a cover story.

(Um, I've only just realised that in the version of this I know best Helen Mirren was Rosalind, certain things, they may be explained.)

Other Days )
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A temporary break in me talking about the skating.

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Can I have a 'meh' option? I mean, I don't mind Valentine's Day, mostly because I enjoy watching my friends desperately try to think of something to do for their signif. others. I never said I was nice.

I don't really understand people who are bothered by it, but then again, I am solitary by nature, so I may well be missing something important on the ability to understand front.


On to RL - while, as far as I know, none of you are in the Yukon, if you are and happen to see a slightly dazed looking chap with a West Country accent and his equally lovely wife, please look after them. Long story short, a friend of mine has just got an archaeology/historical buildings job in the Yukon. I'm v. happy for him, if a little worried that he'll get frostbite.


Sad to hear of David Kelly's death - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17020494
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Random comment - So BBC puts up an article about how 'Shame' a film about sex addition is probably going to break the ratings system, probably for the better. Not in the slightest bit surprised to find Fassbender involved.
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First of all Poirot:Hallow'een Party (spoilers inside) )

Good job on all fronts.

Thorne:Sleepyhead was less well done. I managed to catch the end through use of the V+ box.

Part of the problem is that they totally got Thorne wrong. Not totally wrong, but the feel of him was off. In the books he's well aware he's mildly ridculous, and several other characters point that out to him too. (Spoiler) they also changed )

They kept Alison, who is the most wonderful character in the book, and the one I was most scared of them changing, but they turn the interesting, spikey, short-cropped grey-haired Anne Coburn into someone far more traditionally comforting (and cast long, blonde-haired Natascha McElhone). None of that should be taken as a diss on the actress, who played the now somewhat under-written part as well as it could be.

They also changed the plot. Now I grant the book's plot made sense only in the book but it made sense, and was part of the whole thing that our lead character and his hunches are not always right and the great male hero complex is not a good thing, and the tv show lost all that.

However, I shall be the first to admit that I was watching this for Aiden Gillen. I was intrigued when he was cast, especially since the Radio Times made such a thing of him being in it so I watched the first episode and all he got to do was be background pathologist guy/best friend/mildly suspicious.

I did wonder why he'd taken the part, and then I remembered that this is a man who was in a WWE film, he has no sense or shame.

Then I saw the 3rd part (mostly squeaking about Aiden Gillen below) )

So yes, I'll be watching more of it, but still for the wrong reasons.

Having seen how long this entry has gotten, meme later.
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Okay, so for the first time in years I'm actually watching an ITV show on first run through thanks to the man and it's actually quite good.

I mean, Aiden Gillen is doing that manic slow burn he does so very well. The rest of the police squad are 2 women (one of whom is the commanding officer), an Asian policeman and Shaun Parkes (who you'll know from either Casanova or Doctor Who) playing a Frank Pembleton rip-off.

Some of the dialogue is crazy bad though, and, as I said, the Pembleton rip-off is somewhat blatent. The acting is definitely good, with the exception of the most recent victim. Admittedly, I have my suspicions as to what's going on, but yeah, good so far.
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Channel 5 are having a Statham Sunday :)
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I went to see Sherlock Holmes on Wednesday. My response was wheee! With some reservations, but mostly wheeee! )

All that being said, two other, non-spoilery bits of great amusement.

I spent the film wondering why I recognised P.C. Clark. It turns out it's William Houston who played Coriolanus when I saw it.

I also spent large chunks of the film swearing blind that it was the Dubliners doing the Rocky Road to Dublin on the soundtrack. I made my poor and unfortunate friends wait until the end of the credits to check, and of course it wasn't on there. I imdbed it later and sure enough it was (it's John Sheahan's fiddling), but really, I don't deserve my friends's patience.

I also don't deserve their generosity, because Naomi and Dr. Stu have bought me the 2000AD Big Finish audios for my birthday.
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Leicester is awesome.

Today is carnival day in Leicester, because, as well as having the biggest Divali celebration in the country, we have the second biggest Caribbean carnival in the country, after the Notting Hill one. Much fun was had by all, people were laughing, dancing, and it was totally inclusive, Chinese grannies dancing next to 5 year old boys, and girls of every size and shape jigging like crazy.

Loved up-edness may also be due having a massage, I feel like liquid gold.


I have found out why I recognised Alice Carter from Children of Earth, she was in a Wycliffe. This is why we should support dramas rather than reality tv shows. It means young actors get exposure.


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