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I am about to rewatch The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a.k.a. my favorite movies ever. (As a side note, I think Aragorn is my favorite movie character).

So here is my favorite youtube MV ever, a general for the Trilogy. If you don't speak Russian the choice of clips might seem odd but, in fact, they've been picked to reflect the themes and word images of the song, and that song is probably my favorite song ever and freakily appropriate for LOTR.



Btw, what is your favorite LOTR movie? I adore all three (I was the nerd who went to Trilogy Tuesday and ended up in hysterics by the end) but my favorite is, oddly, Two Towers. Maybe because it's the most human-centric or the grimmest? But my favorite scene is in Return of the King: Faramir's doomed charge. It still gives me shivers, even all those years later, to think of it and the way it's intercut.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am about to rewatch The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a.k.a. my favorite movies ever. (As a side note, I think Aragorn is my favorite movie character).

So here is my favorite youtube MV ever, a general for the Trilogy. If you don't speak Russian the choice of clips might seem odd but, in fact, they've been picked to reflect the themes and word images of the song, and that song is probably my favorite song ever and freakily appropriate for LOTR.



Btw, what is your favorite LOTR movie? I adore all three (I was the nerd who went to Trilogy Tuesday and ended up in hysterics by the end) but my favorite is, oddly, Two Towers. Maybe because it's the most human-centric or the grimmest? But my favorite scene is in Return of the King: Faramir's doomed charge. It still gives me shivers, even all those years later, to think of it and the way it's intercut.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am about to rewatch The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a.k.a. my favorite movies ever. (As a side note, I think Aragorn is my favorite movie character).

So here is my favorite youtube MV ever, a general for the Trilogy. If you don't speak Russian the choice of clips might seem odd but, in fact, they've been picked to reflect the themes and word images of the song, and that song is probably my favorite song ever and freakily appropriate for LOTR.



Btw, what is your favorite LOTR movie? I adore all three (I was the nerd who went to Trilogy Tuesday and ended up in hysterics by the end) but my favorite is, oddly, Two Towers. Maybe because it's the most human-centric or the grimmest? But my favorite scene is in Return of the King: Faramir's doomed charge. It still gives me shivers, even all those years later, to think of it and the way it's intercut.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
Mr. Mousie and I ended our already lovely evening by watching Fellowship of the Rings (in all likelihood, Two Towers will follow tomorrow).

No matter how many times I've seen the movie (and it has been entirely too many times in the over six years since its release), I still get the same swoop of the stomach when Aragorn salutes before facing the horde of Orcs at the end, I still get the same lump in my throat when Gandalf falls, and the same feeling of awe when we first see Lothlorien.

I posted about it recently, so only a very few points that stuck with me during the rewatch.

Boromir's death still makes me get all sniffly and girl-like. The whole image of him on his knees, facing death (after fighting even when riddled with arrows) and failure to save the hobbits. And then Aragorn appearing, to give him the gretest gift he can: not even a death in peace, with a friend to close his eyes, not even the promise to save the hobbits or telling him he kept his honor, but...

It's Aragorn's final acceptance of his duty and his role, of his taking the burdens of Gondor on his all-too-human shoulders, that is what the best gift. Because the one thing that kept Boromir going and holding on is care for Gondor, and knowing that if he wasn't there, there would be no one else. But now Aragorn took it on (and such luck, isn't it? Not only is Aragorn a reluctant, disposessed king, his kingdom is in total danger and war and ruin. Some patrimony). And Boromir knows Aragorn's worth, so he can finally let go. I love the way he repeats 'our people' when Aragorn says it, because it means everything to him, that admission. Boromir is a proof of his comment to Aragorn that there is frailty in men but also honor.

That is something Aragorn needs to face not even about humans in general or Boromir, but most of all about himself. That yes, he is flawed and 'frail' but he is also incredible and worthy. So much about LOTR is not about birth destiny at all, but about your inherent worth. If you think, who is Frodo on whom everything depends? A random hobbit from the Shire. There is no prophecy over his cradle. And look at Aragorn. He tells Boromir 'I do not know what strength is in my blood' but that is the thing. Yes, he is King in part because he is the descendant. That is why he can heal, that it why he could summon the Undead Army in ROTK. But. BUT. That is just a platform. The main thing about Aragorn is that he is Aragorn. It's his strength that makes it possible: his skills, his talents. After all, look at his ancestors. They had the same blood, the same 'heir' status, but they did not achieve anything, and Isildur is the one who took the Ring in the first place! What good is the ability to summon the Undead Army, if you have no courage/ability to go where they are and face them.

That whole scene with Boromir's farewell has the feel of a Norse Saga and I love every moment of it. And the vambraces Aragorn takes on have the White Tree of gondor on them. Symbolic much? Side note: I love that LOTR characters can be incredibly strong, but are also allowed to weep or to show affection to each other. They are not macho caricatures from an action flick. Just as I love that everyone (except Legolas and Elves) look like they hurt when they fight and get exhausted by it. Look at Aragorn after the last fight: he looks like everything in his body is sore.

Hmmmm, what else. This is not FOTR specific, but I love the complex bitter-sweetness of ending. No one gets a perfect happy-ever-after, do they? Sam has family and his garden again, but he's lost Frodo. Frodo gets to go with the Elves, but it's because he is too damaged to enjoy the Shire which was the one thing he always wanted. And Aragorn and Arwen: we leave them blindingly happy at his coronation, but the whole is underlaid with the vision of the future, the certainty of Aragorn dying, and Arwen being left forever alone, and wandering in the woods where they first met to fade herself. Because we saw that in TTT all the scenes are underlaid with that foreknowledge. There is no win there. Side note: I love watching the scene with Galadriel and Aragorn in FOTR in retrospect of TTT where we learn that before leaving on the quest, Aragorn broke up with Arwen so she would leave. When he tells Galadriel he wants Arwen to take the ship to the West, he doesn't only mean it and did what he could to achieve that, but he also thinks that is what she will do.

I should probably stop, though I could go on for hours. This is pretty Aragorn centric, but what can I say? He is my favorite character.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
Mr. Mousie and I ended our already lovely evening by watching Fellowship of the Rings (in all likelihood, Two Towers will follow tomorrow).

No matter how many times I've seen the movie (and it has been entirely too many times in the over six years since its release), I still get the same swoop of the stomach when Aragorn salutes before facing the horde of Orcs at the end, I still get the same lump in my throat when Gandalf falls, and the same feeling of awe when we first see Lothlorien.

I posted about it recently, so only a very few points that stuck with me during the rewatch.

Boromir's death still makes me get all sniffly and girl-like. The whole image of him on his knees, facing death (after fighting even when riddled with arrows) and failure to save the hobbits. And then Aragorn appearing, to give him the gretest gift he can: not even a death in peace, with a friend to close his eyes, not even the promise to save the hobbits or telling him he kept his honor, but...

It's Aragorn's final acceptance of his duty and his role, of his taking the burdens of Gondor on his all-too-human shoulders, that is what the best gift. Because the one thing that kept Boromir going and holding on is care for Gondor, and knowing that if he wasn't there, there would be no one else. But now Aragorn took it on (and such luck, isn't it? Not only is Aragorn a reluctant, disposessed king, his kingdom is in total danger and war and ruin. Some patrimony). And Boromir knows Aragorn's worth, so he can finally let go. I love the way he repeats 'our people' when Aragorn says it, because it means everything to him, that admission. Boromir is a proof of his comment to Aragorn that there is frailty in men but also honor.

That is something Aragorn needs to face not even about humans in general or Boromir, but most of all about himself. That yes, he is flawed and 'frail' but he is also incredible and worthy. So much about LOTR is not about birth destiny at all, but about your inherent worth. If you think, who is Frodo on whom everything depends? A random hobbit from the Shire. There is no prophecy over his cradle. And look at Aragorn. He tells Boromir 'I do not know what strength is in my blood' but that is the thing. Yes, he is King in part because he is the descendant. That is why he can heal, that it why he could summon the Undead Army in ROTK. But. BUT. That is just a platform. The main thing about Aragorn is that he is Aragorn. It's his strength that makes it possible: his skills, his talents. After all, look at his ancestors. They had the same blood, the same 'heir' status, but they did not achieve anything, and Isildur is the one who took the Ring in the first place! What good is the ability to summon the Undead Army, if you have no courage/ability to go where they are and face them.

That whole scene with Boromir's farewell has the feel of a Norse Saga and I love every moment of it. And the vambraces Aragorn takes on have the White Tree of gondor on them. Symbolic much? Side note: I love that LOTR characters can be incredibly strong, but are also allowed to weep or to show affection to each other. They are not macho caricatures from an action flick. Just as I love that everyone (except Legolas and Elves) look like they hurt when they fight and get exhausted by it. Look at Aragorn after the last fight: he looks like everything in his body is sore.

Hmmmm, what else. This is not FOTR specific, but I love the complex bitter-sweetness of ending. No one gets a perfect happy-ever-after, do they? Sam has family and his garden again, but he's lost Frodo. Frodo gets to go with the Elves, but it's because he is too damaged to enjoy the Shire which was the one thing he always wanted. And Aragorn and Arwen: we leave them blindingly happy at his coronation, but the whole is underlaid with the vision of the future, the certainty of Aragorn dying, and Arwen being left forever alone, and wandering in the woods where they first met to fade herself. Because we saw that in TTT all the scenes are underlaid with that foreknowledge. There is no win there. Side note: I love watching the scene with Galadriel and Aragorn in FOTR in retrospect of TTT where we learn that before leaving on the quest, Aragorn broke up with Arwen so she would leave. When he tells Galadriel he wants Arwen to take the ship to the West, he doesn't only mean it and did what he could to achieve that, but he also thinks that is what she will do.

I should probably stop, though I could go on for hours. This is pretty Aragorn centric, but what can I say? He is my favorite character.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
Mr. Mousie and I ended our already lovely evening by watching Fellowship of the Rings (in all likelihood, Two Towers will follow tomorrow).

No matter how many times I've seen the movie (and it has been entirely too many times in the over six years since its release), I still get the same swoop of the stomach when Aragorn salutes before facing the horde of Orcs at the end, I still get the same lump in my throat when Gandalf falls, and the same feeling of awe when we first see Lothlorien.

I posted about it recently, so only a very few points that stuck with me during the rewatch.

Boromir's death still makes me get all sniffly and girl-like. The whole image of him on his knees, facing death (after fighting even when riddled with arrows) and failure to save the hobbits. And then Aragorn appearing, to give him the gretest gift he can: not even a death in peace, with a friend to close his eyes, not even the promise to save the hobbits or telling him he kept his honor, but...

It's Aragorn's final acceptance of his duty and his role, of his taking the burdens of Gondor on his all-too-human shoulders, that is what the best gift. Because the one thing that kept Boromir going and holding on is care for Gondor, and knowing that if he wasn't there, there would be no one else. But now Aragorn took it on (and such luck, isn't it? Not only is Aragorn a reluctant, disposessed king, his kingdom is in total danger and war and ruin. Some patrimony). And Boromir knows Aragorn's worth, so he can finally let go. I love the way he repeats 'our people' when Aragorn says it, because it means everything to him, that admission. Boromir is a proof of his comment to Aragorn that there is frailty in men but also honor.

That is something Aragorn needs to face not even about humans in general or Boromir, but most of all about himself. That yes, he is flawed and 'frail' but he is also incredible and worthy. So much about LOTR is not about birth destiny at all, but about your inherent worth. If you think, who is Frodo on whom everything depends? A random hobbit from the Shire. There is no prophecy over his cradle. And look at Aragorn. He tells Boromir 'I do not know what strength is in my blood' but that is the thing. Yes, he is King in part because he is the descendant. That is why he can heal, that it why he could summon the Undead Army in ROTK. But. BUT. That is just a platform. The main thing about Aragorn is that he is Aragorn. It's his strength that makes it possible: his skills, his talents. After all, look at his ancestors. They had the same blood, the same 'heir' status, but they did not achieve anything, and Isildur is the one who took the Ring in the first place! What good is the ability to summon the Undead Army, if you have no courage/ability to go where they are and face them.

That whole scene with Boromir's farewell has the feel of a Norse Saga and I love every moment of it. And the vambraces Aragorn takes on have the White Tree of gondor on them. Symbolic much? Side note: I love that LOTR characters can be incredibly strong, but are also allowed to weep or to show affection to each other. They are not macho caricatures from an action flick. Just as I love that everyone (except Legolas and Elves) look like they hurt when they fight and get exhausted by it. Look at Aragorn after the last fight: he looks like everything in his body is sore.

Hmmmm, what else. This is not FOTR specific, but I love the complex bitter-sweetness of ending. No one gets a perfect happy-ever-after, do they? Sam has family and his garden again, but he's lost Frodo. Frodo gets to go with the Elves, but it's because he is too damaged to enjoy the Shire which was the one thing he always wanted. And Aragorn and Arwen: we leave them blindingly happy at his coronation, but the whole is underlaid with the vision of the future, the certainty of Aragorn dying, and Arwen being left forever alone, and wandering in the woods where they first met to fade herself. Because we saw that in TTT all the scenes are underlaid with that foreknowledge. There is no win there. Side note: I love watching the scene with Galadriel and Aragorn in FOTR in retrospect of TTT where we learn that before leaving on the quest, Aragorn broke up with Arwen so she would leave. When he tells Galadriel he wants Arwen to take the ship to the West, he doesn't only mean it and did what he could to achieve that, but he also thinks that is what she will do.

I should probably stop, though I could go on for hours. This is pretty Aragorn centric, but what can I say? He is my favorite character.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
Yesterday, I restarted my Lord of the Rings rewatch, and before I passed out, Mr. Mousie and I got as far as the Nazgul attack on the hobbits at Weathertop (where Frodo gets stabbed with the Nazgul blade).

Oh God. I still love this movie to bits: the dreamy lushness of the shire, the menace of the Nine (I was grabbing Mr. Mousie’s arm), the fluid camera moves, and the characters all perfectly stepping out of my imagination, from Frodo’s big-eyed wonder and Sam’s sturdy sense, to Aragorn’s intensity and quiet voice. And Merry and Pippin. Oh, I’ve forgotten how I loved the two. Merry is definitely the pragmatic, ‘thinky’ one even so early on, and Pippin is the baby of the group.

Mmmmm. Aragorn. Still awesome (My favorite character, I admit). I get the same sense of security when he first appears (especially when the hobbits are lost as to their course of action) as I did in the book: knowing nothing truly horrible can happen as someone so capable is there. Of course, horrible things can happen still, but you forget for a moment.

A few things really get me on rewatch:

1. Bilbo telling Gandalf that Frodo is still in love with the Shire and so shouldn’t leave. That just makes it incredibly heart-breaking, as you know after his journey the Shire will be forever poisoned to him. It’s not as if he is Bilbo, wanderlust hobbit who is bored and on to the next thing after Shire. He saved the Shire and he loved it, but he never got to enjoy it at all. (Just as Bilbo’s comment of there always being a Baggins in Bag End makes me tear up a little).

2. The hobbits are such civilians at this point: lighting a fire at Weathertop etc etc. And why should they know any better, have any other instincts like that? It’s sad that they learn.

3. The passing of the Elves fills me with sadness as well. You get the sense of something more special than every day world leaving forever, the connection with living myth. But Sam’s comment about never being able to sleep in the wilderness..oh yeah, bittersweet.

4. When Aragorn tells the hobbits of the Nazgul and says ‘they were once men’…he is thinking again of being bound by the common guilt of his ancestors, isn’t he? Even though he shouldn’t as it isn’t his fault. And some of these are literally his ancestors probably.

5. Aragorn singing the song of Beren and Luthien. I am so struck that his answer to Frodo’s question as to who was Luthien and what happened to her is ‘She died.’ Because Luthien was and did many many things, including prying a jewel from the crown of the current Big Bad’s Boss (!!!) but all Aragorn is consumed by is the thought that an Elf Maiden loving a mortal made her mortal as well. That is the only thing he can see. No wonder Elrond convinces him to give up Arwen, he is consumed with guilt.

6. Gandalf the Grey has so much hope, and humanity, and despair in him (you can’t tell whether he is devastated or relieved when for a second it looks as if the Ring isn’t the One Ring). I am never as in love with Gandalf the White, more remote.

7. Attention to detail point 1,458: when they leave the inn at Bree, Aragorn has clean hair. Because he’s stayed in a town, after all. But not so later, when they are out in the wild: his hair gets matted a bit, and his fingernails have grass and dirt stains. And he is STLL hot. Ummm, slipped out…

Btw, I love the story of Beren and Luthien. It would probably make a neat movie (or a really horrible one). There is this super long Russian-language fanfic about them which I had book-marked ages ago but haven’t read (По Ту Сторону Рассвета, Ольга Брилева). Time to pull it out.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
Yesterday, I restarted my Lord of the Rings rewatch, and before I passed out, Mr. Mousie and I got as far as the Nazgul attack on the hobbits at Weathertop (where Frodo gets stabbed with the Nazgul blade).

Oh God. I still love this movie to bits: the dreamy lushness of the shire, the menace of the Nine (I was grabbing Mr. Mousie’s arm), the fluid camera moves, and the characters all perfectly stepping out of my imagination, from Frodo’s big-eyed wonder and Sam’s sturdy sense, to Aragorn’s intensity and quiet voice. And Merry and Pippin. Oh, I’ve forgotten how I loved the two. Merry is definitely the pragmatic, ‘thinky’ one even so early on, and Pippin is the baby of the group.

Mmmmm. Aragorn. Still awesome (My favorite character, I admit). I get the same sense of security when he first appears (especially when the hobbits are lost as to their course of action) as I did in the book: knowing nothing truly horrible can happen as someone so capable is there. Of course, horrible things can happen still, but you forget for a moment.

A few things really get me on rewatch:

1. Bilbo telling Gandalf that Frodo is still in love with the Shire and so shouldn’t leave. That just makes it incredibly heart-breaking, as you know after his journey the Shire will be forever poisoned to him. It’s not as if he is Bilbo, wanderlust hobbit who is bored and on to the next thing after Shire. He saved the Shire and he loved it, but he never got to enjoy it at all. (Just as Bilbo’s comment of there always being a Baggins in Bag End makes me tear up a little).

2. The hobbits are such civilians at this point: lighting a fire at Weathertop etc etc. And why should they know any better, have any other instincts like that? It’s sad that they learn.

3. The passing of the Elves fills me with sadness as well. You get the sense of something more special than every day world leaving forever, the connection with living myth. But Sam’s comment about never being able to sleep in the wilderness..oh yeah, bittersweet.

4. When Aragorn tells the hobbits of the Nazgul and says ‘they were once men’…he is thinking again of being bound by the common guilt of his ancestors, isn’t he? Even though he shouldn’t as it isn’t his fault. And some of these are literally his ancestors probably.

5. Aragorn singing the song of Beren and Luthien. I am so struck that his answer to Frodo’s question as to who was Luthien and what happened to her is ‘She died.’ Because Luthien was and did many many things, including prying a jewel from the crown of the current Big Bad’s Boss (!!!) but all Aragorn is consumed by is the thought that an Elf Maiden loving a mortal made her mortal as well. That is the only thing he can see. No wonder Elrond convinces him to give up Arwen, he is consumed with guilt.

6. Gandalf the Grey has so much hope, and humanity, and despair in him (you can’t tell whether he is devastated or relieved when for a second it looks as if the Ring isn’t the One Ring). I am never as in love with Gandalf the White, more remote.

7. Attention to detail point 1,458: when they leave the inn at Bree, Aragorn has clean hair. Because he’s stayed in a town, after all. But not so later, when they are out in the wild: his hair gets matted a bit, and his fingernails have grass and dirt stains. And he is STLL hot. Ummm, slipped out…

Btw, I love the story of Beren and Luthien. It would probably make a neat movie (or a really horrible one). There is this super long Russian-language fanfic about them which I had book-marked ages ago but haven’t read (По Ту Сторону Рассвета, Ольга Брилева). Time to pull it out.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
Yesterday, I restarted my Lord of the Rings rewatch, and before I passed out, Mr. Mousie and I got as far as the Nazgul attack on the hobbits at Weathertop (where Frodo gets stabbed with the Nazgul blade).

Oh God. I still love this movie to bits: the dreamy lushness of the shire, the menace of the Nine (I was grabbing Mr. Mousie’s arm), the fluid camera moves, and the characters all perfectly stepping out of my imagination, from Frodo’s big-eyed wonder and Sam’s sturdy sense, to Aragorn’s intensity and quiet voice. And Merry and Pippin. Oh, I’ve forgotten how I loved the two. Merry is definitely the pragmatic, ‘thinky’ one even so early on, and Pippin is the baby of the group.

Mmmmm. Aragorn. Still awesome (My favorite character, I admit). I get the same sense of security when he first appears (especially when the hobbits are lost as to their course of action) as I did in the book: knowing nothing truly horrible can happen as someone so capable is there. Of course, horrible things can happen still, but you forget for a moment.

A few things really get me on rewatch:

1. Bilbo telling Gandalf that Frodo is still in love with the Shire and so shouldn’t leave. That just makes it incredibly heart-breaking, as you know after his journey the Shire will be forever poisoned to him. It’s not as if he is Bilbo, wanderlust hobbit who is bored and on to the next thing after Shire. He saved the Shire and he loved it, but he never got to enjoy it at all. (Just as Bilbo’s comment of there always being a Baggins in Bag End makes me tear up a little).

2. The hobbits are such civilians at this point: lighting a fire at Weathertop etc etc. And why should they know any better, have any other instincts like that? It’s sad that they learn.

3. The passing of the Elves fills me with sadness as well. You get the sense of something more special than every day world leaving forever, the connection with living myth. But Sam’s comment about never being able to sleep in the wilderness..oh yeah, bittersweet.

4. When Aragorn tells the hobbits of the Nazgul and says ‘they were once men’…he is thinking again of being bound by the common guilt of his ancestors, isn’t he? Even though he shouldn’t as it isn’t his fault. And some of these are literally his ancestors probably.

5. Aragorn singing the song of Beren and Luthien. I am so struck that his answer to Frodo’s question as to who was Luthien and what happened to her is ‘She died.’ Because Luthien was and did many many things, including prying a jewel from the crown of the current Big Bad’s Boss (!!!) but all Aragorn is consumed by is the thought that an Elf Maiden loving a mortal made her mortal as well. That is the only thing he can see. No wonder Elrond convinces him to give up Arwen, he is consumed with guilt.

6. Gandalf the Grey has so much hope, and humanity, and despair in him (you can’t tell whether he is devastated or relieved when for a second it looks as if the Ring isn’t the One Ring). I am never as in love with Gandalf the White, more remote.

7. Attention to detail point 1,458: when they leave the inn at Bree, Aragorn has clean hair. Because he’s stayed in a town, after all. But not so later, when they are out in the wild: his hair gets matted a bit, and his fingernails have grass and dirt stains. And he is STLL hot. Ummm, slipped out…

Btw, I love the story of Beren and Luthien. It would probably make a neat movie (or a really horrible one). There is this super long Russian-language fanfic about them which I had book-marked ages ago but haven’t read (По Ту Сторону Рассвета, Ольга Брилева). Time to pull it out.
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
I have worked out a watching schedule for the next few weeks, so just a heads up of what I’ll likely be blabbing about on my LJ.

In the early mornings it’s going to be drama time (I am giving up on Sweet 18 but I picked up Coffee Prince and Time Between Dog and Wolf just started airing, so my roster is as busy as ever). In the evenings, I am going to do my rewatch of Lord of the Rings (starting tonight, actually), continue with Farscape and do a Robin of Sherwood rewatch and continue with Blood +.

So there you go, men with weapons dominate :D I might do a Doctor Who first season rewatch in there as well.

And speaking of Lord of the Rings. God, how I love those movies. If I had to pick a favorite movie, LOTR Trilogy would be it. I adored the books as a child to a scary degree and never thought anything could live up to the breathless, hypersaturated way I felt when I read them at 12: the heroism, and the scares, and the world so vast and different. From the first moments of The Fellowship of the Ring in the theater, however, I was gone. It was the same. It’s as if Jackson & Co. pulled my half-dreamed images out of my head: the beauty and the danger and adventures that hurt.

Aragorn is probably my favorite movie character ever (one of my favorite book characters as well). Mainly because he is heroic but oh so very human. The ‘derring do’ in LOTR really is not: you get the sense of how dangerous it is, how exhausting, how desperate. Aragorn’s heroism comes out in the blood on his face or dirt under his fingernails, in the fact that he is exhausted, sometimes unsure, and sometimes devastated at loss, and that it all is costing him, that there is effort, a great deal, and yet he keeps going because he must. Because there is no one else. That is true for all the characters, though. Their trip is not ‘fun, oooh, see special effects, adrenaline rush.’ You get how dangerous and uncomfortable and not-fun-to-be-in it is. And that is why it all works so brilliantly.

And no matter how many times I see it, Boromir’s death (and Merry and Pippin confronted with a great loss for the first time, and Aragorn kissing him on his forehead, and wearing his greaves for the rest of the movies) makes me sob. I love how in the movies, Boromir-I-don’t-care-about-him-in-the-book becomes this tragic, good man I care for desperately. Just as it’s a fact that every time I see Elves die it strikes me as a basic wrongness, or when I see Frodo crawl up Mount Doom, I get shivers.

So, imagine my unbelievable glee when I found the below. The best mv ever. Mind you, if you are a non-Russian speaker, this is just a nice, maybe a little random, LOTR mv. But I am a Russian speaker. And the song (‘The Ballad on Struggle/Bookish Children’ by Vladimir Vysotsky) is one which, if I was pressed for answer, I would pick as my favorite song in the whole world. More, the lyrics fit LOTR to a scary degree, word for word. I remember re-listening to it after seeing the movies and thinking how perfectly it would fit LOTR. And apparently I was not the only one. Not only that, but the person cut the video so each lyric line has a corresponding image in the movie and it’s just…guuuuh.

Here it is:



In other news, I started first episode of Coffee Prince and so much love! I like is much better than Hana Kimi (I enjoy HK but prefer the Taiwanese version). It’s cracky, and fun, and with total potential for a bit of angst (hero has Daddy issues!). And EYH is adorable as the girl pretending to be a boy (she makes a very believable boy actually) and Go Yoo is so charming and sexy in this that you can see how his character is a notorious playboy. And that is the thing. It is going to be awesome to see his ‘detach detach, no commitment’ utter playboy deal with falling in love with a guy (or a girl he thinks is a guy). OMG yes. Basically, he thinks she is a guy and he hires her to pretend to be his gay bf so as not to be matchmade by his family. Heh. And they end up working together and to his horror he discovers he is falling for her. She, otoh, is falling for him as well, but can’t admit she is a woman for some delicious plot reasons.

I bring you stills. Largely of GY hotness.

come heeeeeere )

Also, my Robin Hood craving led me to dig out one of my favorite RH noves, Jennifer Roberson’s Lady of the Forest. Eeeee. I also finished first volume of Millenium Snow, an earlier manga by the Ouran author which revolves around a 17 year old human girl and an 18 year old boy Vampire. It’s delish.

And off to see Order of the Phoenix again tonight, which is a miracle considering my takes on the other HP movies. This time it’s with Mr. Mousie :)
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
I have worked out a watching schedule for the next few weeks, so just a heads up of what I’ll likely be blabbing about on my LJ.

In the early mornings it’s going to be drama time (I am giving up on Sweet 18 but I picked up Coffee Prince and Time Between Dog and Wolf just started airing, so my roster is as busy as ever). In the evenings, I am going to do my rewatch of Lord of the Rings (starting tonight, actually), continue with Farscape and do a Robin of Sherwood rewatch and continue with Blood +.

So there you go, men with weapons dominate :D I might do a Doctor Who first season rewatch in there as well.

And speaking of Lord of the Rings. God, how I love those movies. If I had to pick a favorite movie, LOTR Trilogy would be it. I adored the books as a child to a scary degree and never thought anything could live up to the breathless, hypersaturated way I felt when I read them at 12: the heroism, and the scares, and the world so vast and different. From the first moments of The Fellowship of the Ring in the theater, however, I was gone. It was the same. It’s as if Jackson & Co. pulled my half-dreamed images out of my head: the beauty and the danger and adventures that hurt.

Aragorn is probably my favorite movie character ever (one of my favorite book characters as well). Mainly because he is heroic but oh so very human. The ‘derring do’ in LOTR really is not: you get the sense of how dangerous it is, how exhausting, how desperate. Aragorn’s heroism comes out in the blood on his face or dirt under his fingernails, in the fact that he is exhausted, sometimes unsure, and sometimes devastated at loss, and that it all is costing him, that there is effort, a great deal, and yet he keeps going because he must. Because there is no one else. That is true for all the characters, though. Their trip is not ‘fun, oooh, see special effects, adrenaline rush.’ You get how dangerous and uncomfortable and not-fun-to-be-in it is. And that is why it all works so brilliantly.

And no matter how many times I see it, Boromir’s death (and Merry and Pippin confronted with a great loss for the first time, and Aragorn kissing him on his forehead, and wearing his greaves for the rest of the movies) makes me sob. I love how in the movies, Boromir-I-don’t-care-about-him-in-the-book becomes this tragic, good man I care for desperately. Just as it’s a fact that every time I see Elves die it strikes me as a basic wrongness, or when I see Frodo crawl up Mount Doom, I get shivers.

So, imagine my unbelievable glee when I found the below. The best mv ever. Mind you, if you are a non-Russian speaker, this is just a nice, maybe a little random, LOTR mv. But I am a Russian speaker. And the song (‘The Ballad on Struggle/Bookish Children’ by Vladimir Vysotsky) is one which, if I was pressed for answer, I would pick as my favorite song in the whole world. More, the lyrics fit LOTR to a scary degree, word for word. I remember re-listening to it after seeing the movies and thinking how perfectly it would fit LOTR. And apparently I was not the only one. Not only that, but the person cut the video so each lyric line has a corresponding image in the movie and it’s just…guuuuh.

Here it is:



In other news, I started first episode of Coffee Prince and so much love! I like is much better than Hana Kimi (I enjoy HK but prefer the Taiwanese version). It’s cracky, and fun, and with total potential for a bit of angst (hero has Daddy issues!). And EYH is adorable as the girl pretending to be a boy (she makes a very believable boy actually) and Go Yoo is so charming and sexy in this that you can see how his character is a notorious playboy. And that is the thing. It is going to be awesome to see his ‘detach detach, no commitment’ utter playboy deal with falling in love with a guy (or a girl he thinks is a guy). OMG yes. Basically, he thinks she is a guy and he hires her to pretend to be his gay bf so as not to be matchmade by his family. Heh. And they end up working together and to his horror he discovers he is falling for her. She, otoh, is falling for him as well, but can’t admit she is a woman for some delicious plot reasons.

I bring you stills. Largely of GY hotness.

come heeeeeere )

Also, my Robin Hood craving led me to dig out one of my favorite RH noves, Jennifer Roberson’s Lady of the Forest. Eeeee. I also finished first volume of Millenium Snow, an earlier manga by the Ouran author which revolves around a 17 year old human girl and an 18 year old boy Vampire. It’s delish.

And off to see Order of the Phoenix again tonight, which is a miracle considering my takes on the other HP movies. This time it’s with Mr. Mousie :)
dangermousie: (LOTR: A/A by can't find the maker's name)
I have worked out a watching schedule for the next few weeks, so just a heads up of what I’ll likely be blabbing about on my LJ.

In the early mornings it’s going to be drama time (I am giving up on Sweet 18 but I picked up Coffee Prince and Time Between Dog and Wolf just started airing, so my roster is as busy as ever). In the evenings, I am going to do my rewatch of Lord of the Rings (starting tonight, actually), continue with Farscape and do a Robin of Sherwood rewatch and continue with Blood +.

So there you go, men with weapons dominate :D I might do a Doctor Who first season rewatch in there as well.

And speaking of Lord of the Rings. God, how I love those movies. If I had to pick a favorite movie, LOTR Trilogy would be it. I adored the books as a child to a scary degree and never thought anything could live up to the breathless, hypersaturated way I felt when I read them at 12: the heroism, and the scares, and the world so vast and different. From the first moments of The Fellowship of the Ring in the theater, however, I was gone. It was the same. It’s as if Jackson & Co. pulled my half-dreamed images out of my head: the beauty and the danger and adventures that hurt.

Aragorn is probably my favorite movie character ever (one of my favorite book characters as well). Mainly because he is heroic but oh so very human. The ‘derring do’ in LOTR really is not: you get the sense of how dangerous it is, how exhausting, how desperate. Aragorn’s heroism comes out in the blood on his face or dirt under his fingernails, in the fact that he is exhausted, sometimes unsure, and sometimes devastated at loss, and that it all is costing him, that there is effort, a great deal, and yet he keeps going because he must. Because there is no one else. That is true for all the characters, though. Their trip is not ‘fun, oooh, see special effects, adrenaline rush.’ You get how dangerous and uncomfortable and not-fun-to-be-in it is. And that is why it all works so brilliantly.

And no matter how many times I see it, Boromir’s death (and Merry and Pippin confronted with a great loss for the first time, and Aragorn kissing him on his forehead, and wearing his greaves for the rest of the movies) makes me sob. I love how in the movies, Boromir-I-don’t-care-about-him-in-the-book becomes this tragic, good man I care for desperately. Just as it’s a fact that every time I see Elves die it strikes me as a basic wrongness, or when I see Frodo crawl up Mount Doom, I get shivers.

So, imagine my unbelievable glee when I found the below. The best mv ever. Mind you, if you are a non-Russian speaker, this is just a nice, maybe a little random, LOTR mv. But I am a Russian speaker. And the song (‘The Ballad on Struggle/Bookish Children’ by Vladimir Vysotsky) is one which, if I was pressed for answer, I would pick as my favorite song in the whole world. More, the lyrics fit LOTR to a scary degree, word for word. I remember re-listening to it after seeing the movies and thinking how perfectly it would fit LOTR. And apparently I was not the only one. Not only that, but the person cut the video so each lyric line has a corresponding image in the movie and it’s just…guuuuh.

Here it is:



In other news, I started first episode of Coffee Prince and so much love! I like is much better than Hana Kimi (I enjoy HK but prefer the Taiwanese version). It’s cracky, and fun, and with total potential for a bit of angst (hero has Daddy issues!). And EYH is adorable as the girl pretending to be a boy (she makes a very believable boy actually) and Go Yoo is so charming and sexy in this that you can see how his character is a notorious playboy. And that is the thing. It is going to be awesome to see his ‘detach detach, no commitment’ utter playboy deal with falling in love with a guy (or a girl he thinks is a guy). OMG yes. Basically, he thinks she is a guy and he hires her to pretend to be his gay bf so as not to be matchmade by his family. Heh. And they end up working together and to his horror he discovers he is falling for her. She, otoh, is falling for him as well, but can’t admit she is a woman for some delicious plot reasons.

I bring you stills. Largely of GY hotness.

come heeeeeere )

Also, my Robin Hood craving led me to dig out one of my favorite RH noves, Jennifer Roberson’s Lady of the Forest. Eeeee. I also finished first volume of Millenium Snow, an earlier manga by the Ouran author which revolves around a 17 year old human girl and an 18 year old boy Vampire. It’s delish.

And off to see Order of the Phoenix again tonight, which is a miracle considering my takes on the other HP movies. This time it’s with Mr. Mousie :)
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished ep 3 of Return of the Condor Heroes. [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer is right, that kid was incredibly annoying. But I don't particularly care as now he is grown-up and incredibly beefcakey. Moral of the story? Be kind to stray children for they will grow into prime rib :P

Or something.

No angst so far, which is disappointing. I neeeeeeeed hot people angst.

In news of other violent hotties, Fair warning: I plan to embark on a rewatch of my favorite movie of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, I do think they are one movie). I discovered the books when I was 12 and fell in love with them. When years later I discovered movies would be made out of them, I was both excited and terrified. Best Friend and I would talk about it for hours.

But they turned out perfect, like someone reached into my imagination and plucked it down on the screen. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you walk out of the theater and the world feels less intense and real. Total dream-state.

If I had LJ at that point, it would have been a scarily fixated LOTR zone.

Yeah, I am the geek who took time off work for Trilogy Tuesday (Mr. Mousie and I both agree it was the best movie experience ever).

And when we were in New Zealand around Queenstown four or so years ago, yeah, we totally geeked out and took a tour of whether they filmed.

I am a fangirl.

So rewatch probably means a lot of posts.

Also, Aragorn? Hottest, most awesome movie hero ever. Yeah. Not that I don’t adore the hobbits or Legolas or Faramir or Eomer but you know. Girl’s got her priorities.

Also, I realized that while I watched and loved Buffy I never really watched Angel even though Best Friend was a huge fan and she is a good indicator of what I’d like. Should I give it a try?

Also, people have been going back and forth about VM’s last night ep being a series finale with no closure. Some (like me) being annoyed like heck and other saying ‘it’s noir’ or ‘he didn’t know he wouldn’t be renewed.’

OK.

It’s not the fact that it has no neat tidy ending that bothers me. Farscape’s last episode was ‘Bad Timing,’ the ending of which literally had me scream and scream and scream at the TV (Mr. Mousie went for the earplugs). At that time, they didn’t know they’d be able to get $$$ together to film the miniseries. And all they needed to do to have tied it up more or less was to snip off the last two minutes or so.

Yet?

I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen, even as it broke my heart.

Why?

Ending it the way they wanted, and no tinkering was no ‘I am bargaining with the network because if it’s a cliffhanger, they’ll have me come back’ was the modus operandi. This is the way they saw the ep end. Close of story. And because David Kemper and Co. went out with guns blazing (second half of S4 is my favorite FS ever), because they didn’t do everything and anything, ditch their core concept, dumb down to get more viewers? To me the jaw-dropping end of BT came across as in line with their desire to do the story their way, and not patheticness.

And also? Because if the end of BT was the end, it would have been a great place to end in, narratively speaking. Yet another empire (even more powerful) out to hunt them down. Earth protected forever. And John and Aeryn finally resolving everything, no need to hide, and this time refusing to be separated in death. They tried it. It sucked.

That desperate last kiss, the blast, and that last shot of their intermingled ashes with the engagement ring sticking out? And D’Argo screaming? It was the perfect Farscapian end: bleak and super-romantic at the same time.

None of the above can be said of VM. The episode wasn’t interesting, nothing was resolved, or left at a place where it could proceed from. And there is no defense of artistic integrity from RT.

So…Buh-bye, disappointing show.

But this reminds me. I am putting ‘Look at the Princess’ eps into DVD player now as it’s where I left off my Farscape rewatch. I really shouldn’t let so many weeks go in between viewings because FS is such a heavily serial show that it dilutes impact to have it interrupted like this.
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished ep 3 of Return of the Condor Heroes. [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer is right, that kid was incredibly annoying. But I don't particularly care as now he is grown-up and incredibly beefcakey. Moral of the story? Be kind to stray children for they will grow into prime rib :P

Or something.

No angst so far, which is disappointing. I neeeeeeeed hot people angst.

In news of other violent hotties, Fair warning: I plan to embark on a rewatch of my favorite movie of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, I do think they are one movie). I discovered the books when I was 12 and fell in love with them. When years later I discovered movies would be made out of them, I was both excited and terrified. Best Friend and I would talk about it for hours.

But they turned out perfect, like someone reached into my imagination and plucked it down on the screen. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you walk out of the theater and the world feels less intense and real. Total dream-state.

If I had LJ at that point, it would have been a scarily fixated LOTR zone.

Yeah, I am the geek who took time off work for Trilogy Tuesday (Mr. Mousie and I both agree it was the best movie experience ever).

And when we were in New Zealand around Queenstown four or so years ago, yeah, we totally geeked out and took a tour of whether they filmed.

I am a fangirl.

So rewatch probably means a lot of posts.

Also, Aragorn? Hottest, most awesome movie hero ever. Yeah. Not that I don’t adore the hobbits or Legolas or Faramir or Eomer but you know. Girl’s got her priorities.

Also, I realized that while I watched and loved Buffy I never really watched Angel even though Best Friend was a huge fan and she is a good indicator of what I’d like. Should I give it a try?

Also, people have been going back and forth about VM’s last night ep being a series finale with no closure. Some (like me) being annoyed like heck and other saying ‘it’s noir’ or ‘he didn’t know he wouldn’t be renewed.’

OK.

It’s not the fact that it has no neat tidy ending that bothers me. Farscape’s last episode was ‘Bad Timing,’ the ending of which literally had me scream and scream and scream at the TV (Mr. Mousie went for the earplugs). At that time, they didn’t know they’d be able to get $$$ together to film the miniseries. And all they needed to do to have tied it up more or less was to snip off the last two minutes or so.

Yet?

I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen, even as it broke my heart.

Why?

Ending it the way they wanted, and no tinkering was no ‘I am bargaining with the network because if it’s a cliffhanger, they’ll have me come back’ was the modus operandi. This is the way they saw the ep end. Close of story. And because David Kemper and Co. went out with guns blazing (second half of S4 is my favorite FS ever), because they didn’t do everything and anything, ditch their core concept, dumb down to get more viewers? To me the jaw-dropping end of BT came across as in line with their desire to do the story their way, and not patheticness.

And also? Because if the end of BT was the end, it would have been a great place to end in, narratively speaking. Yet another empire (even more powerful) out to hunt them down. Earth protected forever. And John and Aeryn finally resolving everything, no need to hide, and this time refusing to be separated in death. They tried it. It sucked.

That desperate last kiss, the blast, and that last shot of their intermingled ashes with the engagement ring sticking out? And D’Argo screaming? It was the perfect Farscapian end: bleak and super-romantic at the same time.

None of the above can be said of VM. The episode wasn’t interesting, nothing was resolved, or left at a place where it could proceed from. And there is no defense of artistic integrity from RT.

So…Buh-bye, disappointing show.

But this reminds me. I am putting ‘Look at the Princess’ eps into DVD player now as it’s where I left off my Farscape rewatch. I really shouldn’t let so many weeks go in between viewings because FS is such a heavily serial show that it dilutes impact to have it interrupted like this.
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished ep 3 of Return of the Condor Heroes. [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer is right, that kid was incredibly annoying. But I don't particularly care as now he is grown-up and incredibly beefcakey. Moral of the story? Be kind to stray children for they will grow into prime rib :P

Or something.

No angst so far, which is disappointing. I neeeeeeeed hot people angst.

In news of other violent hotties, Fair warning: I plan to embark on a rewatch of my favorite movie of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, I do think they are one movie). I discovered the books when I was 12 and fell in love with them. When years later I discovered movies would be made out of them, I was both excited and terrified. Best Friend and I would talk about it for hours.

But they turned out perfect, like someone reached into my imagination and plucked it down on the screen. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you walk out of the theater and the world feels less intense and real. Total dream-state.

If I had LJ at that point, it would have been a scarily fixated LOTR zone.

Yeah, I am the geek who took time off work for Trilogy Tuesday (Mr. Mousie and I both agree it was the best movie experience ever).

And when we were in New Zealand around Queenstown four or so years ago, yeah, we totally geeked out and took a tour of whether they filmed.

I am a fangirl.

So rewatch probably means a lot of posts.

Also, Aragorn? Hottest, most awesome movie hero ever. Yeah. Not that I don’t adore the hobbits or Legolas or Faramir or Eomer but you know. Girl’s got her priorities.

Also, I realized that while I watched and loved Buffy I never really watched Angel even though Best Friend was a huge fan and she is a good indicator of what I’d like. Should I give it a try?

Also, people have been going back and forth about VM’s last night ep being a series finale with no closure. Some (like me) being annoyed like heck and other saying ‘it’s noir’ or ‘he didn’t know he wouldn’t be renewed.’

OK.

It’s not the fact that it has no neat tidy ending that bothers me. Farscape’s last episode was ‘Bad Timing,’ the ending of which literally had me scream and scream and scream at the TV (Mr. Mousie went for the earplugs). At that time, they didn’t know they’d be able to get $$$ together to film the miniseries. And all they needed to do to have tied it up more or less was to snip off the last two minutes or so.

Yet?

I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen, even as it broke my heart.

Why?

Ending it the way they wanted, and no tinkering was no ‘I am bargaining with the network because if it’s a cliffhanger, they’ll have me come back’ was the modus operandi. This is the way they saw the ep end. Close of story. And because David Kemper and Co. went out with guns blazing (second half of S4 is my favorite FS ever), because they didn’t do everything and anything, ditch their core concept, dumb down to get more viewers? To me the jaw-dropping end of BT came across as in line with their desire to do the story their way, and not patheticness.

And also? Because if the end of BT was the end, it would have been a great place to end in, narratively speaking. Yet another empire (even more powerful) out to hunt them down. Earth protected forever. And John and Aeryn finally resolving everything, no need to hide, and this time refusing to be separated in death. They tried it. It sucked.

That desperate last kiss, the blast, and that last shot of their intermingled ashes with the engagement ring sticking out? And D’Argo screaming? It was the perfect Farscapian end: bleak and super-romantic at the same time.

None of the above can be said of VM. The episode wasn’t interesting, nothing was resolved, or left at a place where it could proceed from. And there is no defense of artistic integrity from RT.

So…Buh-bye, disappointing show.

But this reminds me. I am putting ‘Look at the Princess’ eps into DVD player now as it’s where I left off my Farscape rewatch. I really shouldn’t let so many weeks go in between viewings because FS is such a heavily serial show that it dilutes impact to have it interrupted like this.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Seeing that Pirates of Caribbean: At World's End trailer reminded me of how much I adore Will/Elizabeth.

They are such a huge ship of mine.

I am a complete sucker for the guys who are extremely capable and good at adventuring but have no interest in it. Will is really really good at doing derring-do, piratical things, but all he wants is to live with Elizabeth and have a normal life. And I am a super-sucker when they are paired with clever, strong-willed girls who are a lot more morally flexible about things. Will is a Boy Scout. Elizabeth is a real pirate at heart. And she loves him because he is like this. And he loves her because she is like this. And they are (as [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore put it) utterly single0mindedly obsessed about each other.

Mutual monomania is sexy.

I will be most annoyed if the third movie ends up Jack/Elizabeth. I get Jack's pull for Elizabeth, I do: he is a lot closer to her, character-wise, so free-wheeling, congenially amoral, like she is. Will defines straight arrow. But that is the thing. There is pull there for her, but that is all there is.

As [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer put it, Jack is someone you have a brief fling with, and Will is the one you marry.

And I always go for the straight-arrow guys. Cyclops over Wolverine, Will over Jack.

A bunch of Will/Elizabeth vids )

And this is not connected, but must rewatch Lord of the Rings trilogy (though I am an Aragorn, not Legolas girl).

And I am through episode 6 of Blood + and it's amazing. Amazing. It just might be the most beautifully animated thing I've seen. There is one scene where Haji and Saya are confronted by a 'mouse' and the way they move, the way he fights, clearing way for Saya to charge with her sword, utter fluid grace of her movements, and their shadows, her collapsed on the ground, and the light from the windows. It's to die for.

I love it. This is going on my Top 10.

Best Friend is now hooked on anime as we watched these together. Now she is going to watch Ceres and Full Metal Panic (I showed her some of both and she loved them). And she wants to check out Otogi Zoshi.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Seeing that Pirates of Caribbean: At World's End trailer reminded me of how much I adore Will/Elizabeth.

They are such a huge ship of mine.

I am a complete sucker for the guys who are extremely capable and good at adventuring but have no interest in it. Will is really really good at doing derring-do, piratical things, but all he wants is to live with Elizabeth and have a normal life. And I am a super-sucker when they are paired with clever, strong-willed girls who are a lot more morally flexible about things. Will is a Boy Scout. Elizabeth is a real pirate at heart. And she loves him because he is like this. And he loves her because she is like this. And they are (as [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore put it) utterly single0mindedly obsessed about each other.

Mutual monomania is sexy.

I will be most annoyed if the third movie ends up Jack/Elizabeth. I get Jack's pull for Elizabeth, I do: he is a lot closer to her, character-wise, so free-wheeling, congenially amoral, like she is. Will defines straight arrow. But that is the thing. There is pull there for her, but that is all there is.

As [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer put it, Jack is someone you have a brief fling with, and Will is the one you marry.

And I always go for the straight-arrow guys. Cyclops over Wolverine, Will over Jack.

A bunch of Will/Elizabeth vids )

And this is not connected, but must rewatch Lord of the Rings trilogy (though I am an Aragorn, not Legolas girl).

And I am through episode 6 of Blood + and it's amazing. Amazing. It just might be the most beautifully animated thing I've seen. There is one scene where Haji and Saya are confronted by a 'mouse' and the way they move, the way he fights, clearing way for Saya to charge with her sword, utter fluid grace of her movements, and their shadows, her collapsed on the ground, and the light from the windows. It's to die for.

I love it. This is going on my Top 10.

Best Friend is now hooked on anime as we watched these together. Now she is going to watch Ceres and Full Metal Panic (I showed her some of both and she loved them). And she wants to check out Otogi Zoshi.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Seeing that Pirates of Caribbean: At World's End trailer reminded me of how much I adore Will/Elizabeth.

They are such a huge ship of mine.

I am a complete sucker for the guys who are extremely capable and good at adventuring but have no interest in it. Will is really really good at doing derring-do, piratical things, but all he wants is to live with Elizabeth and have a normal life. And I am a super-sucker when they are paired with clever, strong-willed girls who are a lot more morally flexible about things. Will is a Boy Scout. Elizabeth is a real pirate at heart. And she loves him because he is like this. And he loves her because she is like this. And they are (as [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore put it) utterly single0mindedly obsessed about each other.

Mutual monomania is sexy.

I will be most annoyed if the third movie ends up Jack/Elizabeth. I get Jack's pull for Elizabeth, I do: he is a lot closer to her, character-wise, so free-wheeling, congenially amoral, like she is. Will defines straight arrow. But that is the thing. There is pull there for her, but that is all there is.

As [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer put it, Jack is someone you have a brief fling with, and Will is the one you marry.

And I always go for the straight-arrow guys. Cyclops over Wolverine, Will over Jack.

A bunch of Will/Elizabeth vids )

And this is not connected, but must rewatch Lord of the Rings trilogy (though I am an Aragorn, not Legolas girl).

And I am through episode 6 of Blood + and it's amazing. Amazing. It just might be the most beautifully animated thing I've seen. There is one scene where Haji and Saya are confronted by a 'mouse' and the way they move, the way he fights, clearing way for Saya to charge with her sword, utter fluid grace of her movements, and their shadows, her collapsed on the ground, and the light from the windows. It's to die for.

I love it. This is going on my Top 10.

Best Friend is now hooked on anime as we watched these together. Now she is going to watch Ceres and Full Metal Panic (I showed her some of both and she loved them). And she wants to check out Otogi Zoshi.

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