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Most of my grown-up fictional tastes can be explained by the fact that growing up I devoured Alexandre Dumas and Russian musicals. Doomed love, men with swords, melodrama, and things that never end well - yeah, that's where I got it all.

And you know what's best? When you combine Dumas and Russian musicals - no wonder that growing up, the Soviet musical film D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers was probably my favorite movie. When I was 10 or so, I probably knew every song in that movie by heart. I didn't know what a shipper was but I was definitely a shipper for D'Artagnan/Constance and Anne/Buckingham (even more so for the latter - now that I think about it, it's scary to think how my shipping preferences have been influenced by childhood devouring of Dumas - between St. Luc/Jeanne, Bussy/Diane, and La Mole/Margot, that's my ship types right there. Good Lord. That's totally my source for tough fighting men and women they worship thing I have going, with a dose of dysfunction thrown in. No wonder I love dysfunctional ships).

Anyway, that Soviet movie is something I am not really rational about - I can comprehend its flaws with my grown-up eyes but the child part of my brain will unquestioningly and blindly love it. Not to mention that I honestly do think that of all the adaptations I have seen (American and Russian - I have never seen a French one, though I do want to), it's the closest in spirit to the book.

Anyway, imagine my excitement when I found the songs on youtube.

Songs )

I really need to dig out my DVDs of the 1970s French mini of La Dame de Monsoreau, my favorite Dumas adaptation (Bussy was my earliest fictional crush. Oh, how I cried when he died).

OMG, youtubing, I've discovered there is a 2008 version. I need to get my hands on it - I know the book so backward and forward I don't need subs.



Hmmm, the old English translation of that novel is horrific - it's abridged and Victorianish. I wonder if there is a more modern one (I only read it in Russian). Ehhh, this book must have given Victorians fits anyway, the main OTP are adulterers as the heroine is married to another (Dumas is pretty careful to tell us she was forced into her hideous marriage but I doubt that would make Victorians feel any better) and the secondary OTP is lawfully married which a Victorian would approve except for the whole thing where the husband used to be one of Henri III's boyfriends and has no regrets about it. Ha!
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Most of my grown-up fictional tastes can be explained by the fact that growing up I devoured Alexandre Dumas and Russian musicals. Doomed love, men with swords, melodrama, and things that never end well - yeah, that's where I got it all.

And you know what's best? When you combine Dumas and Russian musicals - no wonder that growing up, the Soviet musical film D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers was probably my favorite movie. When I was 10 or so, I probably knew every song in that movie by heart. I didn't know what a shipper was but I was definitely a shipper for D'Artagnan/Constance and Anne/Buckingham (even more so for the latter - now that I think about it, it's scary to think how my shipping preferences have been influenced by childhood devouring of Dumas - between St. Luc/Jeanne, Bussy/Diane, and La Mole/Margot, that's my ship types right there. Good Lord. That's totally my source for tough fighting men and women they worship thing I have going, with a dose of dysfunction thrown in. No wonder I love dysfunctional ships).

Anyway, that Soviet movie is something I am not really rational about - I can comprehend its flaws with my grown-up eyes but the child part of my brain will unquestioningly and blindly love it. Not to mention that I honestly do think that of all the adaptations I have seen (American and Russian - I have never seen a French one, though I do want to), it's the closest in spirit to the book.

Anyway, imagine my excitement when I found the songs on youtube.

Songs )

I really need to dig out my DVDs of the 1970s French mini of La Dame de Monsoreau, my favorite Dumas adaptation (Bussy was my earliest fictional crush. Oh, how I cried when he died).

OMG, youtubing, I've discovered there is a 2008 version. I need to get my hands on it - I know the book so backward and forward I don't need subs.



Hmmm, the old English translation of that novel is horrific - it's abridged and Victorianish. I wonder if there is a more modern one (I only read it in Russian). Ehhh, this book must have given Victorians fits anyway, the main OTP are adulterers as the heroine is married to another (Dumas is pretty careful to tell us she was forced into her hideous marriage but I doubt that would make Victorians feel any better) and the secondary OTP is lawfully married which a Victorian would approve except for the whole thing where the husband used to be one of Henri III's boyfriends and has no regrets about it. Ha!
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Most of my grown-up fictional tastes can be explained by the fact that growing up I devoured Alexandre Dumas and Russian musicals. Doomed love, men with swords, melodrama, and things that never end well - yeah, that's where I got it all.

And you know what's best? When you combine Dumas and Russian musicals - no wonder that growing up, the Soviet musical film D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers was probably my favorite movie. When I was 10 or so, I probably knew every song in that movie by heart. I didn't know what a shipper was but I was definitely a shipper for D'Artagnan/Constance and Anne/Buckingham (even more so for the latter - now that I think about it, it's scary to think how my shipping preferences have been influenced by childhood devouring of Dumas - between St. Luc/Jeanne, Bussy/Diane, and La Mole/Margot, that's my ship types right there. Good Lord. That's totally my source for tough fighting men and women they worship thing I have going, with a dose of dysfunction thrown in. No wonder I love dysfunctional ships).

Anyway, that Soviet movie is something I am not really rational about - I can comprehend its flaws with my grown-up eyes but the child part of my brain will unquestioningly and blindly love it. Not to mention that I honestly do think that of all the adaptations I have seen (American and Russian - I have never seen a French one, though I do want to), it's the closest in spirit to the book.

Anyway, imagine my excitement when I found the songs on youtube.

Songs )

I really need to dig out my DVDs of the 1970s French mini of La Dame de Monsoreau, my favorite Dumas adaptation (Bussy was my earliest fictional crush. Oh, how I cried when he died).

OMG, youtubing, I've discovered there is a 2008 version. I need to get my hands on it - I know the book so backward and forward I don't need subs.



Hmmm, the old English translation of that novel is horrific - it's abridged and Victorianish. I wonder if there is a more modern one (I only read it in Russian). Ehhh, this book must have given Victorians fits anyway, the main OTP are adulterers as the heroine is married to another (Dumas is pretty careful to tell us she was forced into her hideous marriage but I doubt that would make Victorians feel any better) and the secondary OTP is lawfully married which a Victorian would approve except for the whole thing where the husband used to be one of Henri III's boyfriends and has no regrets about it. Ha!
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I haven't had much time for dramas in the last few days but on the plus note, Baby Mousie is now trying to shape consonants with her mouth, really really hard - I think she is trying to say the letter "p". Her babble now sounds a bit more like talking.

1. I did catch up on ep 12 of Black and White which was (big shock, here) awesome. The confrontation with Zai Tian and Chen Lin = winning my heart. I confess I am getting more and more obssessed with interesed in Zai Tian and less and less in Ying Xiong - the latter is cool (and hot) but much less messed-up and not a mystery.

2. Where are the subs for Smile? I can't find any past ep 2. It's Matsujun, people. Matsujun. You are telling me that if a subber is slow others won't pick up the slack? *emoface*. Must have more Bito and Hana as am in mad withdrawal. This is the first jdrama I've been interested in, in a year+ and with my luck it's the one with irregular subs. If the subs are not coming out ever again, fine, I'll watch raw (because that's how much I love it) but still, *repeat emoface*.

3. Speaking of jdramas, I really need to continue Byakuyakou. I stopped a bit back but I loved it - must watch more. Ditto for Ice World. Am clearly lamo with no attention span.

4. Still haven't had a chance to start Brilliant Legacy but this pic of the leads cracked me up immensely:



Larger hilarious pic of male lead )

5. Is it just me or does this promo shot for Swallow the Sun makes them look like Asian version of G.I. Joe?



I especially love the dude in the pimpalicious yellow jacket. It's his cammo when he infiltrates the color-blind. But, oh boy, how is Ji Sung so darn pretty? He remains the only kdrama star, besides Hae Hee, who looked good even with the military haircut.

6. I have just discovered (yes am backward) the streaming feature on Netflix. Buh-bye world as I shall be occupied by it: they have all sorts of things there, from silent movies to anime (I am sure subbed but even if I prefer dubbed, I don't prefer it enough to not watch via streaming)

7. I think we have someone auditioning for being Young Voldemort:



I haven't seen pop star TOP (what kind of a name is it anyway? Is there another member of his band named BOTTOM?) in anything, but this pic, ott moody as it is, got me even more excited for IRIS, where he plays an assassin, presumably after our awesome leading man, Lee Byung Hun.

8. Because one can never have too much of the adorable Yoon Kye Sang (Sister in law is 19, Crazy for You, Who are you), here is a pic from upcoming Triple:

Pic here )

9. Dumas' The Women's War is quite entertaining - I don't care for the hero (don't hate him or anything but he is not particuarly compelling) but not only are the poltics fun, the two female lead characters, the "well-behaved" Claire de Cambes (who nontheless rides around dressed as a man and is actively involved in a Civil War) and Nanon de Lartigues (a very clever, ambitious lover of a powerful old Duke. She is portrayed positively, which I loved) are very very awesome. I think they should stop competing for the love of a rather light-weight hero and instead have an awesome lesbian affair.

10. Get to see Star Trek this weekend. So excited!
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I haven't had much time for dramas in the last few days but on the plus note, Baby Mousie is now trying to shape consonants with her mouth, really really hard - I think she is trying to say the letter "p". Her babble now sounds a bit more like talking.

1. I did catch up on ep 12 of Black and White which was (big shock, here) awesome. The confrontation with Zai Tian and Chen Lin = winning my heart. I confess I am getting more and more obssessed with interesed in Zai Tian and less and less in Ying Xiong - the latter is cool (and hot) but much less messed-up and not a mystery.

2. Where are the subs for Smile? I can't find any past ep 2. It's Matsujun, people. Matsujun. You are telling me that if a subber is slow others won't pick up the slack? *emoface*. Must have more Bito and Hana as am in mad withdrawal. This is the first jdrama I've been interested in, in a year+ and with my luck it's the one with irregular subs. If the subs are not coming out ever again, fine, I'll watch raw (because that's how much I love it) but still, *repeat emoface*.

3. Speaking of jdramas, I really need to continue Byakuyakou. I stopped a bit back but I loved it - must watch more. Ditto for Ice World. Am clearly lamo with no attention span.

4. Still haven't had a chance to start Brilliant Legacy but this pic of the leads cracked me up immensely:



Larger hilarious pic of male lead )

5. Is it just me or does this promo shot for Swallow the Sun makes them look like Asian version of G.I. Joe?



I especially love the dude in the pimpalicious yellow jacket. It's his cammo when he infiltrates the color-blind. But, oh boy, how is Ji Sung so darn pretty? He remains the only kdrama star, besides Hae Hee, who looked good even with the military haircut.

6. I have just discovered (yes am backward) the streaming feature on Netflix. Buh-bye world as I shall be occupied by it: they have all sorts of things there, from silent movies to anime (I am sure subbed but even if I prefer dubbed, I don't prefer it enough to not watch via streaming)

7. I think we have someone auditioning for being Young Voldemort:



I haven't seen pop star TOP (what kind of a name is it anyway? Is there another member of his band named BOTTOM?) in anything, but this pic, ott moody as it is, got me even more excited for IRIS, where he plays an assassin, presumably after our awesome leading man, Lee Byung Hun.

8. Because one can never have too much of the adorable Yoon Kye Sang (Sister in law is 19, Crazy for You, Who are you), here is a pic from upcoming Triple:

Pic here )

9. Dumas' The Women's War is quite entertaining - I don't care for the hero (don't hate him or anything but he is not particuarly compelling) but not only are the poltics fun, the two female lead characters, the "well-behaved" Claire de Cambes (who nontheless rides around dressed as a man and is actively involved in a Civil War) and Nanon de Lartigues (a very clever, ambitious lover of a powerful old Duke. She is portrayed positively, which I loved) are very very awesome. I think they should stop competing for the love of a rather light-weight hero and instead have an awesome lesbian affair.

10. Get to see Star Trek this weekend. So excited!
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I haven't had much time for dramas in the last few days but on the plus note, Baby Mousie is now trying to shape consonants with her mouth, really really hard - I think she is trying to say the letter "p". Her babble now sounds a bit more like talking.

1. I did catch up on ep 12 of Black and White which was (big shock, here) awesome. The confrontation with Zai Tian and Chen Lin = winning my heart. I confess I am getting more and more obssessed with interesed in Zai Tian and less and less in Ying Xiong - the latter is cool (and hot) but much less messed-up and not a mystery.

2. Where are the subs for Smile? I can't find any past ep 2. It's Matsujun, people. Matsujun. You are telling me that if a subber is slow others won't pick up the slack? *emoface*. Must have more Bito and Hana as am in mad withdrawal. This is the first jdrama I've been interested in, in a year+ and with my luck it's the one with irregular subs. If the subs are not coming out ever again, fine, I'll watch raw (because that's how much I love it) but still, *repeat emoface*.

3. Speaking of jdramas, I really need to continue Byakuyakou. I stopped a bit back but I loved it - must watch more. Ditto for Ice World. Am clearly lamo with no attention span.

4. Still haven't had a chance to start Brilliant Legacy but this pic of the leads cracked me up immensely:



Larger hilarious pic of male lead )

5. Is it just me or does this promo shot for Swallow the Sun makes them look like Asian version of G.I. Joe?



I especially love the dude in the pimpalicious yellow jacket. It's his cammo when he infiltrates the color-blind. But, oh boy, how is Ji Sung so darn pretty? He remains the only kdrama star, besides Hae Hee, who looked good even with the military haircut.

6. I have just discovered (yes am backward) the streaming feature on Netflix. Buh-bye world as I shall be occupied by it: they have all sorts of things there, from silent movies to anime (I am sure subbed but even if I prefer dubbed, I don't prefer it enough to not watch via streaming)

7. I think we have someone auditioning for being Young Voldemort:



I haven't seen pop star TOP (what kind of a name is it anyway? Is there another member of his band named BOTTOM?) in anything, but this pic, ott moody as it is, got me even more excited for IRIS, where he plays an assassin, presumably after our awesome leading man, Lee Byung Hun.

8. Because one can never have too much of the adorable Yoon Kye Sang (Sister in law is 19, Crazy for You, Who are you), here is a pic from upcoming Triple:

Pic here )

9. Dumas' The Women's War is quite entertaining - I don't care for the hero (don't hate him or anything but he is not particuarly compelling) but not only are the poltics fun, the two female lead characters, the "well-behaved" Claire de Cambes (who nontheless rides around dressed as a man and is actively involved in a Civil War) and Nanon de Lartigues (a very clever, ambitious lover of a powerful old Duke. She is portrayed positively, which I loved) are very very awesome. I think they should stop competing for the love of a rather light-weight hero and instead have an awesome lesbian affair.

10. Get to see Star Trek this weekend. So excited!
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I have bought a DVD of a movie from my childhood and have been watching Звезда пленительного счастья (The Captivating Star of Happiness), a Russian movie from the 1970s.

The movie is set during the years surrounding the Decembrist Revolt in 1825 (short version, if you don't feel like reading the wiki article, is that a group of Russian aristocrats, most of them veterans of Napoleonic Wars, demanded constitutional monarchy, revolted against Czar Nicholas I, and got either executed or exiled to Siberia for their trouble). It's not a political movie, however, but instead centers around the wives of Decembrists, who decided to give up their families, their aristocratic privileges, and basically their entire lives to follow their husbands to Siberia.* It's quite romantic and quite depressing at the same time - basically just made for me.

I haven't seen this movie in years, but it's quite as lovely as I remembered: I love the swimming camera and the looping narrative structure with nonlinear flashbacks. The movie is available on Region 1 with Engish subtitles, but be warned: the things I love about it (the looping structure) may make it a bit hard to follow for those who are not familiar with the story/individuals already (when I was growing up, everybody knew the events this was based on) because the movie doesn't pause to explain and, as I say, loops in onto itself sometimes which might confuse.

Anyway, give it a try?

I couldn't find many youtube vids, but here is one. The most famous thing about this well-known movie was the song written for it by Bulat Okudzhava, and here is a scene from the movie where that song is played.



* This story inspired someone as different from the maker of the movie as Alexandre Dumas. He wrote a novel called "The Fencing Master," about a Frenchwoman who was a mistress of one of the Decembrists, followed him into exile and married him in prison - he changed the names but based it on a true story, and got banned from Russia for the book.
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I have bought a DVD of a movie from my childhood and have been watching Звезда пленительного счастья (The Captivating Star of Happiness), a Russian movie from the 1970s.

The movie is set during the years surrounding the Decembrist Revolt in 1825 (short version, if you don't feel like reading the wiki article, is that a group of Russian aristocrats, most of them veterans of Napoleonic Wars, demanded constitutional monarchy, revolted against Czar Nicholas I, and got either executed or exiled to Siberia for their trouble). It's not a political movie, however, but instead centers around the wives of Decembrists, who decided to give up their families, their aristocratic privileges, and basically their entire lives to follow their husbands to Siberia.* It's quite romantic and quite depressing at the same time - basically just made for me.

I haven't seen this movie in years, but it's quite as lovely as I remembered: I love the swimming camera and the looping narrative structure with nonlinear flashbacks. The movie is available on Region 1 with Engish subtitles, but be warned: the things I love about it (the looping structure) may make it a bit hard to follow for those who are not familiar with the story/individuals already (when I was growing up, everybody knew the events this was based on) because the movie doesn't pause to explain and, as I say, loops in onto itself sometimes which might confuse.

Anyway, give it a try?

I couldn't find many youtube vids, but here is one. The most famous thing about this well-known movie was the song written for it by Bulat Okudzhava, and here is a scene from the movie where that song is played.



* This story inspired someone as different from the maker of the movie as Alexandre Dumas. He wrote a novel called "The Fencing Master," about a Frenchwoman who was a mistress of one of the Decembrists, followed him into exile and married him in prison - he changed the names but based it on a true story, and got banned from Russia for the book.
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I have bought a DVD of a movie from my childhood and have been watching Звезда пленительного счастья (The Captivating Star of Happiness), a Russian movie from the 1970s.

The movie is set during the years surrounding the Decembrist Revolt in 1825 (short version, if you don't feel like reading the wiki article, is that a group of Russian aristocrats, most of them veterans of Napoleonic Wars, demanded constitutional monarchy, revolted against Czar Nicholas I, and got either executed or exiled to Siberia for their trouble). It's not a political movie, however, but instead centers around the wives of Decembrists, who decided to give up their families, their aristocratic privileges, and basically their entire lives to follow their husbands to Siberia.* It's quite romantic and quite depressing at the same time - basically just made for me.

I haven't seen this movie in years, but it's quite as lovely as I remembered: I love the swimming camera and the looping narrative structure with nonlinear flashbacks. The movie is available on Region 1 with Engish subtitles, but be warned: the things I love about it (the looping structure) may make it a bit hard to follow for those who are not familiar with the story/individuals already (when I was growing up, everybody knew the events this was based on) because the movie doesn't pause to explain and, as I say, loops in onto itself sometimes which might confuse.

Anyway, give it a try?

I couldn't find many youtube vids, but here is one. The most famous thing about this well-known movie was the song written for it by Bulat Okudzhava, and here is a scene from the movie where that song is played.



* This story inspired someone as different from the maker of the movie as Alexandre Dumas. He wrote a novel called "The Fencing Master," about a Frenchwoman who was a mistress of one of the Decembrists, followed him into exile and married him in prison - he changed the names but based it on a true story, and got banned from Russia for the book.
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)


Yes, China is making yet another version of the famous Butterfly Lovers story, which is...well, let's think Romeo & Juliet with swords and cross-dressing. The bare bones of the plot are such: our heroine cross-dresses as a man, in order to experience the ability to learn and the freedom which she could not have as a woman. While studying, she became best friends and fell in mutual love with a fellow (male) scholar but marriages are arranged, not picked by the children...

Here is a MV which looks like a pretty good trailer:



The cast is Charlene Choi (as the heroine), Wu Chun (as her OTP), and Hu Ge (as the other man, chosen by her parents). I am v.v. excited. It looks gorgeously filmed, plus I am a total sucker for period movies, especially if they have tragic love. Wu Chun is no next Tony Leung but he is insanely pretty, and the same is true for both Charlene Choi and Hu Ge.

So bring it on!

In completely unrelated bit of news, I spent an hour or so at B&N yesterday, browsing, and ended up with a whole bunch of Alexandre Dumas books which have either only recently been discovered or have been out of print for a long time. Yes! Right now, I am reading Knight of Maison Rouge, set in 1793. I confess to being amused by the hero, who is heroic, attractive, and loyal, and also as dumb as a box of bricks.
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)


Yes, China is making yet another version of the famous Butterfly Lovers story, which is...well, let's think Romeo & Juliet with swords and cross-dressing. The bare bones of the plot are such: our heroine cross-dresses as a man, in order to experience the ability to learn and the freedom which she could not have as a woman. While studying, she became best friends and fell in mutual love with a fellow (male) scholar but marriages are arranged, not picked by the children...

Here is a MV which looks like a pretty good trailer:



The cast is Charlene Choi (as the heroine), Wu Chun (as her OTP), and Hu Ge (as the other man, chosen by her parents). I am v.v. excited. It looks gorgeously filmed, plus I am a total sucker for period movies, especially if they have tragic love. Wu Chun is no next Tony Leung but he is insanely pretty, and the same is true for both Charlene Choi and Hu Ge.

So bring it on!

In completely unrelated bit of news, I spent an hour or so at B&N yesterday, browsing, and ended up with a whole bunch of Alexandre Dumas books which have either only recently been discovered or have been out of print for a long time. Yes! Right now, I am reading Knight of Maison Rouge, set in 1793. I confess to being amused by the hero, who is heroic, attractive, and loyal, and also as dumb as a box of bricks.
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)


Yes, China is making yet another version of the famous Butterfly Lovers story, which is...well, let's think Romeo & Juliet with swords and cross-dressing. The bare bones of the plot are such: our heroine cross-dresses as a man, in order to experience the ability to learn and the freedom which she could not have as a woman. While studying, she became best friends and fell in mutual love with a fellow (male) scholar but marriages are arranged, not picked by the children...

Here is a MV which looks like a pretty good trailer:



The cast is Charlene Choi (as the heroine), Wu Chun (as her OTP), and Hu Ge (as the other man, chosen by her parents). I am v.v. excited. It looks gorgeously filmed, plus I am a total sucker for period movies, especially if they have tragic love. Wu Chun is no next Tony Leung but he is insanely pretty, and the same is true for both Charlene Choi and Hu Ge.

So bring it on!

In completely unrelated bit of news, I spent an hour or so at B&N yesterday, browsing, and ended up with a whole bunch of Alexandre Dumas books which have either only recently been discovered or have been out of print for a long time. Yes! Right now, I am reading Knight of Maison Rouge, set in 1793. I confess to being amused by the hero, who is heroic, attractive, and loyal, and also as dumb as a box of bricks.
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A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



Seriously, the movie was delightful, but more than anything, it made me want to own every Beatles CD ever.

And in other movie news, I just received from Netflix, my DVD of Ryan’s Daughter, David Lean’s controversial 1970 movie. Considering that Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, if I had to ever pick one (seeing it in a movie theater when they had a limited re-release was amazing), that I think Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I have even managed to enjoy Doctor Zhivago despite being from the former USSR, I had good hopes for it, which were quite realized. Haven’t finished it yet though.

RD has the requisite doomed love affair, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous performances (it was apparently nominated for a slew of Oscars). The story is set in a remote part of Ireland at 1916. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a naïve, spirited young woman who wants more than what her life has given her. Rosy is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man (Robert Mitchum) and equally trapped in her harsh, closed-off community, where the main occupations are hating the British and picking on the local halfwit (played by John Miles, who got an Oscar for the role). Temporarily, her life is made shiny when she notices the newly arrived British officer, Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). The shell-shocked, recovering from horrors of the war Doryan and Rosy fall into passionate love (or maybe it’s desperation, and physical compatibility, you decide). But of course, this is quite doomed. Not just because Rosy is a married woman in a puritanical land, but because Doryan is a British officer, something that is akin to a leper to the staunchly nationalistic villagers. When an incident happens, the villagers begin to look for a traitor in their midst and…

I promise to screencap shortly. Let me just say, on a very shallow front, that Christopher Jones as the Edwardian, upper-class, messed-in-the-head war hero is HOT.

Also, I just realized that the 1970s French adaptation of La Dame De Monsoreau actually gives some hope for a happy ending for Bussy and Diane! (!!!!!) As opposed to the total bleakness of the novel, where he survives the fight with the assassin squad, only to be killed by his patron and ‘friend,’ and she goes insane and disappears.

Ramble ramble )

Oh, and last but not least, here are the newbie stars of the upcoming Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (no relation). The whole thing is supposed be a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights (!!!!!)

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
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A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



Seriously, the movie was delightful, but more than anything, it made me want to own every Beatles CD ever.

And in other movie news, I just received from Netflix, my DVD of Ryan’s Daughter, David Lean’s controversial 1970 movie. Considering that Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, if I had to ever pick one (seeing it in a movie theater when they had a limited re-release was amazing), that I think Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I have even managed to enjoy Doctor Zhivago despite being from the former USSR, I had good hopes for it, which were quite realized. Haven’t finished it yet though.

RD has the requisite doomed love affair, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous performances (it was apparently nominated for a slew of Oscars). The story is set in a remote part of Ireland at 1916. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a naïve, spirited young woman who wants more than what her life has given her. Rosy is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man (Robert Mitchum) and equally trapped in her harsh, closed-off community, where the main occupations are hating the British and picking on the local halfwit (played by John Miles, who got an Oscar for the role). Temporarily, her life is made shiny when she notices the newly arrived British officer, Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). The shell-shocked, recovering from horrors of the war Doryan and Rosy fall into passionate love (or maybe it’s desperation, and physical compatibility, you decide). But of course, this is quite doomed. Not just because Rosy is a married woman in a puritanical land, but because Doryan is a British officer, something that is akin to a leper to the staunchly nationalistic villagers. When an incident happens, the villagers begin to look for a traitor in their midst and…

I promise to screencap shortly. Let me just say, on a very shallow front, that Christopher Jones as the Edwardian, upper-class, messed-in-the-head war hero is HOT.

Also, I just realized that the 1970s French adaptation of La Dame De Monsoreau actually gives some hope for a happy ending for Bussy and Diane! (!!!!!) As opposed to the total bleakness of the novel, where he survives the fight with the assassin squad, only to be killed by his patron and ‘friend,’ and she goes insane and disappears.

Ramble ramble )

Oh, and last but not least, here are the newbie stars of the upcoming Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (no relation). The whole thing is supposed be a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights (!!!!!)

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
dangermousie: (Default)
A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



Seriously, the movie was delightful, but more than anything, it made me want to own every Beatles CD ever.

And in other movie news, I just received from Netflix, my DVD of Ryan’s Daughter, David Lean’s controversial 1970 movie. Considering that Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, if I had to ever pick one (seeing it in a movie theater when they had a limited re-release was amazing), that I think Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I have even managed to enjoy Doctor Zhivago despite being from the former USSR, I had good hopes for it, which were quite realized. Haven’t finished it yet though.

RD has the requisite doomed love affair, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous performances (it was apparently nominated for a slew of Oscars). The story is set in a remote part of Ireland at 1916. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a naïve, spirited young woman who wants more than what her life has given her. Rosy is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man (Robert Mitchum) and equally trapped in her harsh, closed-off community, where the main occupations are hating the British and picking on the local halfwit (played by John Miles, who got an Oscar for the role). Temporarily, her life is made shiny when she notices the newly arrived British officer, Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). The shell-shocked, recovering from horrors of the war Doryan and Rosy fall into passionate love (or maybe it’s desperation, and physical compatibility, you decide). But of course, this is quite doomed. Not just because Rosy is a married woman in a puritanical land, but because Doryan is a British officer, something that is akin to a leper to the staunchly nationalistic villagers. When an incident happens, the villagers begin to look for a traitor in their midst and…

I promise to screencap shortly. Let me just say, on a very shallow front, that Christopher Jones as the Edwardian, upper-class, messed-in-the-head war hero is HOT.

Also, I just realized that the 1970s French adaptation of La Dame De Monsoreau actually gives some hope for a happy ending for Bussy and Diane! (!!!!!) As opposed to the total bleakness of the novel, where he survives the fight with the assassin squad, only to be killed by his patron and ‘friend,’ and she goes insane and disappears.

Ramble ramble )

Oh, and last but not least, here are the newbie stars of the upcoming Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (no relation). The whole thing is supposed be a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights (!!!!!)

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
I am leaving today to go on vacation to Scandinavia and won't be back until next Sunday. Net time will probably non-existent when I am there, so this is one large catch-all post.

Pretty excited though. Also, since I only have one small backpack (we are going to 17 billion places and lugging suitcases is unappealing), I solved the reading problem by printing out a bunch of books from an on-line library. That way I can throw each page away once I read it :)

So. First topic? The super-awesome Korean drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. I am only on ep 5 but I read spoilers through 14 and OMG. Seriously. Could it get any better? Also, have the makers been reading Lymond or what? Vague spoilers ) He better have a happy ending and get therapy and live happily with JW and have cute kids. Or else. Seriously, all that angst and hurt with no happy ending will be horrible. The poor woobie has suffered enough.

On that note, here is a huge picspam of episode 4, the first one where hurt/comfort really reaches crazy levels: there is cuteness on the beach, and his capture and torture, and rescuing, and a bed scene and...LOVE.



Enter here for the pics )

Hmmm, what else? I know. Bollywood movie. One of the ones I am really looming forward to is Khoya Khoya Chand with Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja. Not only do I love both of them to bits, but the story, apparently, is set in the Bollywood of the 1950s (!!!!!). It is the story of two talented people. 'There's an actor-director (Shiney Ahuja) who liberates an actress (Soha Ali Khan) from the stranglehold of a powerful actor (Rajat Kapoor), and then begins to use her himself. In the end, he realises the folly of his ways and atones for it.'

I looooove movies about movies, and period flicks are even better. And if it's a love story? JACKPOT. Plus, the trailer looks incredible. Here is the trailer.

Plus, the pics are adorable.



a cornucopia of pics )

Last but not least, watching Bednaya Nastya indirectly reminded me of a book I like but haven't reread in a while. It's one of Dumas' less-known works, The Fencing Master, but it was translated and in print in the USSR because it was about the Decembrist revolt (short summary: a bunch of aristocrat officers revolted on death of Alexander I and demanded reforms. It was suppressed, the leaders were executed, and the rest to Siberia).

Book blather )

ETA: I lied. I have a book rec, too. It's Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. I don't read YA really often, but this is priceless. It's about a 15 year old Miranda who ends up being sent to delinquent school. Turns out the school is being run by ghosts of famous authors. It's snarky, and funny, and the heroine is adorable, and I like the little lit allusions.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
I am leaving today to go on vacation to Scandinavia and won't be back until next Sunday. Net time will probably non-existent when I am there, so this is one large catch-all post.

Pretty excited though. Also, since I only have one small backpack (we are going to 17 billion places and lugging suitcases is unappealing), I solved the reading problem by printing out a bunch of books from an on-line library. That way I can throw each page away once I read it :)

So. First topic? The super-awesome Korean drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. I am only on ep 5 but I read spoilers through 14 and OMG. Seriously. Could it get any better? Also, have the makers been reading Lymond or what? Vague spoilers ) He better have a happy ending and get therapy and live happily with JW and have cute kids. Or else. Seriously, all that angst and hurt with no happy ending will be horrible. The poor woobie has suffered enough.

On that note, here is a huge picspam of episode 4, the first one where hurt/comfort really reaches crazy levels: there is cuteness on the beach, and his capture and torture, and rescuing, and a bed scene and...LOVE.



Enter here for the pics )

Hmmm, what else? I know. Bollywood movie. One of the ones I am really looming forward to is Khoya Khoya Chand with Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja. Not only do I love both of them to bits, but the story, apparently, is set in the Bollywood of the 1950s (!!!!!). It is the story of two talented people. 'There's an actor-director (Shiney Ahuja) who liberates an actress (Soha Ali Khan) from the stranglehold of a powerful actor (Rajat Kapoor), and then begins to use her himself. In the end, he realises the folly of his ways and atones for it.'

I looooove movies about movies, and period flicks are even better. And if it's a love story? JACKPOT. Plus, the trailer looks incredible. Here is the trailer.

Plus, the pics are adorable.



a cornucopia of pics )

Last but not least, watching Bednaya Nastya indirectly reminded me of a book I like but haven't reread in a while. It's one of Dumas' less-known works, The Fencing Master, but it was translated and in print in the USSR because it was about the Decembrist revolt (short summary: a bunch of aristocrat officers revolted on death of Alexander I and demanded reforms. It was suppressed, the leaders were executed, and the rest to Siberia).

Book blather )

ETA: I lied. I have a book rec, too. It's Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. I don't read YA really often, but this is priceless. It's about a 15 year old Miranda who ends up being sent to delinquent school. Turns out the school is being run by ghosts of famous authors. It's snarky, and funny, and the heroine is adorable, and I like the little lit allusions.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
I am leaving today to go on vacation to Scandinavia and won't be back until next Sunday. Net time will probably non-existent when I am there, so this is one large catch-all post.

Pretty excited though. Also, since I only have one small backpack (we are going to 17 billion places and lugging suitcases is unappealing), I solved the reading problem by printing out a bunch of books from an on-line library. That way I can throw each page away once I read it :)

So. First topic? The super-awesome Korean drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. I am only on ep 5 but I read spoilers through 14 and OMG. Seriously. Could it get any better? Also, have the makers been reading Lymond or what? Vague spoilers ) He better have a happy ending and get therapy and live happily with JW and have cute kids. Or else. Seriously, all that angst and hurt with no happy ending will be horrible. The poor woobie has suffered enough.

On that note, here is a huge picspam of episode 4, the first one where hurt/comfort really reaches crazy levels: there is cuteness on the beach, and his capture and torture, and rescuing, and a bed scene and...LOVE.



Enter here for the pics )

Hmmm, what else? I know. Bollywood movie. One of the ones I am really looming forward to is Khoya Khoya Chand with Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja. Not only do I love both of them to bits, but the story, apparently, is set in the Bollywood of the 1950s (!!!!!). It is the story of two talented people. 'There's an actor-director (Shiney Ahuja) who liberates an actress (Soha Ali Khan) from the stranglehold of a powerful actor (Rajat Kapoor), and then begins to use her himself. In the end, he realises the folly of his ways and atones for it.'

I looooove movies about movies, and period flicks are even better. And if it's a love story? JACKPOT. Plus, the trailer looks incredible. Here is the trailer.

Plus, the pics are adorable.



a cornucopia of pics )

Last but not least, watching Bednaya Nastya indirectly reminded me of a book I like but haven't reread in a while. It's one of Dumas' less-known works, The Fencing Master, but it was translated and in print in the USSR because it was about the Decembrist revolt (short summary: a bunch of aristocrat officers revolted on death of Alexander I and demanded reforms. It was suppressed, the leaders were executed, and the rest to Siberia).

Book blather )

ETA: I lied. I have a book rec, too. It's Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. I don't read YA really often, but this is priceless. It's about a 15 year old Miranda who ends up being sent to delinquent school. Turns out the school is being run by ghosts of famous authors. It's snarky, and funny, and the heroine is adorable, and I like the little lit allusions.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Has anyone on my flist read the Dumas novel The Fencing Master? It's a minor novel of Dumas but it was translated into Russian (which is how I read it) because it dealt with The Decembrists. I have a hankering to reread it. The narrator, the fencing master, is hired on as a teacher in Russia, where he meets and befriends Pauline, a modiste at a fancy dress shop. The narrator is a bit interested in her, but she is very much taken, being the mistress of a young Russian aristocrat who is one of the Decembrists. And the narrator gets drawn into their circle and peripherally involved. It's mainly an excuse for Dumas to write about two topics the man reveled in: angsty passion (between Pauline and her bf) and doomed causes (the Decembrist revolt). Interestingly, both Pauline (though her real name was something else) and her bf are real people, and after the revolt failed, the historical Frenchwoman (just like the fictional Pauline) followed her bf into exile in Siberia and married him. Also interestingly, a lot of the wives of the Decembrists (who were all young aristocrats) decided to follow their husbands into exile and prison (well, they waited outside prison, much as having pretty women IN prison would have been appreciated). I guess love matches are a good thing. Why am I rambling about this? No idea. But I am going to dig up that book.

In completely unrelated news, I've been thinking about Battlestar Galactica. We see Pegasus and Galactica orbiting New Caprica, with a skeleton crew. But why? Is it impossible to land battlestars? Because it's not as if they can either prevent or warn about Cylons, as we see, so the whole thing seems a bit futile.

Also, the awesome [livejournal.com profile] fireball_says got fandom-wanked. Check it out, it's hilarious.

And because no post is complete without a dorama mention, I decided I simply must get my hands on Sang-Doo, Let's Go To School. 'Aha,' you will say. 'It's because it has Rain! Playing an angsty gigolo!* Who rediscovers his lost love! Exclamation mark!' And you would be almost right. But what has actually convinced me was this single, exerpted post from the d-addicts forums: Yes, don't get me wrong, I thought the rest of the show was tight ... 'Cause it was the perfect vehicle for Rain's debut ... "See Rain playing with children" ... "See Rain cutting onions for children" ... "See Rain in killer suits and ties" ... "See Rain on dates with girl u can relate to" ... "See Rain sitting next to u in school, flirting with u as if he was a pedophile" ... And yes, as a "man," I should be jealous ... But I'm not, 'cause we secretly all luv him, ladies ... Wish we were as stylish and cool haha. He's a MACHINE ... A machine designed by Korean Hollywood to take over the world ...

If Korea was the center of the world (which it is for me), Rain would be the Anti-Christ, Jesus, and Usher wrapped into one perfect package ... Man, I almost sound gay like Min-suk ......... I'M NOT!!! REALLY, I'M NOT!!!


How can I resist?

*The wiki says it's with his uncle and I really want to know how that works. The family that whores together, stays together? Huh? That's a highly unusual form of family unity.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Has anyone on my flist read the Dumas novel The Fencing Master? It's a minor novel of Dumas but it was translated into Russian (which is how I read it) because it dealt with The Decembrists. I have a hankering to reread it. The narrator, the fencing master, is hired on as a teacher in Russia, where he meets and befriends Pauline, a modiste at a fancy dress shop. The narrator is a bit interested in her, but she is very much taken, being the mistress of a young Russian aristocrat who is one of the Decembrists. And the narrator gets drawn into their circle and peripherally involved. It's mainly an excuse for Dumas to write about two topics the man reveled in: angsty passion (between Pauline and her bf) and doomed causes (the Decembrist revolt). Interestingly, both Pauline (though her real name was something else) and her bf are real people, and after the revolt failed, the historical Frenchwoman (just like the fictional Pauline) followed her bf into exile in Siberia and married him. Also interestingly, a lot of the wives of the Decembrists (who were all young aristocrats) decided to follow their husbands into exile and prison (well, they waited outside prison, much as having pretty women IN prison would have been appreciated). I guess love matches are a good thing. Why am I rambling about this? No idea. But I am going to dig up that book.

In completely unrelated news, I've been thinking about Battlestar Galactica. We see Pegasus and Galactica orbiting New Caprica, with a skeleton crew. But why? Is it impossible to land battlestars? Because it's not as if they can either prevent or warn about Cylons, as we see, so the whole thing seems a bit futile.

Also, the awesome [livejournal.com profile] fireball_says got fandom-wanked. Check it out, it's hilarious.

And because no post is complete without a dorama mention, I decided I simply must get my hands on Sang-Doo, Let's Go To School. 'Aha,' you will say. 'It's because it has Rain! Playing an angsty gigolo!* Who rediscovers his lost love! Exclamation mark!' And you would be almost right. But what has actually convinced me was this single, exerpted post from the d-addicts forums: Yes, don't get me wrong, I thought the rest of the show was tight ... 'Cause it was the perfect vehicle for Rain's debut ... "See Rain playing with children" ... "See Rain cutting onions for children" ... "See Rain in killer suits and ties" ... "See Rain on dates with girl u can relate to" ... "See Rain sitting next to u in school, flirting with u as if he was a pedophile" ... And yes, as a "man," I should be jealous ... But I'm not, 'cause we secretly all luv him, ladies ... Wish we were as stylish and cool haha. He's a MACHINE ... A machine designed by Korean Hollywood to take over the world ...

If Korea was the center of the world (which it is for me), Rain would be the Anti-Christ, Jesus, and Usher wrapped into one perfect package ... Man, I almost sound gay like Min-suk ......... I'M NOT!!! REALLY, I'M NOT!!!


How can I resist?

*The wiki says it's with his uncle and I really want to know how that works. The family that whores together, stays together? Huh? That's a highly unusual form of family unity.

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