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 :)