dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I've been rather neglectful of LJ lately. What with being exhausted, various RL commitments and similar, less lj time for me. Am sorry :)

First off, I finished Nodame Cantabile. It's not the kind of drama I have a lot (or any) meta for, but it was a great deal of fun. Two pet peeves: (1) whoeverplayed Straseman. I want to drown him. There is fun OTT and then there is this. Plus, if he is not Japanese, I'll eat my hairbrush. and (2) a bit too cartoonish in some reactions. I know it's on purpose, but it didn't work all the time. But overall, it was fast, fun, breezy and Tamaki Hiroshi is yummilicious.

Second (on Bednaya Nastya): Die, Michael! Seriously, I wasn't mad at his being angry on finding out Anna is a serf (she did lie to him), but his horrible reaction to her confessing to him that she went to Vladimir's room at night, prepared to 'sacrifice' herself to prevent the duel, made me want to choke the life out of him! He knows nothing happened, he knows she loves him (well, she is divided, but no character, her included, is aware of it yet). WTF is wrong with him! He treats her like some sort of leprous whore! He tells her to go back to Vladimir's bed etc etc. He asks her why she didn't come to his bed instead? (Did he want her to wade through the snow for miles, after dark, and try to break into a strange house?) I hate him. Seriously. I am also 'amused' to note that he has never mentioned marriage to her: he took her to a secluded room for sex, true, and was all about them being together, but not a word of marriage. Very honorable of him. *stab*

And oh, the duel itself. I love, when after it all, when Vladimir tells her that 'Baron Vladimir Korf has been slain' and she whispers, because she is so confused and in love, even though she doesn't realize it 'I didn't pull the trigger' (she was threatening him to drop the gun) and he replies 'nontheless, he is dead, and all that remains is to fulfill his last will' and gives her the freedom papers. OMG. And as he is about to ride off he tells Michael, quietly that he started this whole 'charade' with the duel, with only one goal in mind: for Michael to kill him (and it explains so much. He gave Michael first shot, and just stood there, eyes closed. OMG. Anna, he loves you so much!) and tells Michael that sometimes his (Michael's) nobility (in not killing Vladimir) is wrong and a punishment.

But I posted about this scene, with vids/translations before, but case you mised it, Here it is behind the cut )

Oh, Vladimir. And then Lisa shows up and they have OMG OMG a night together. And he is so sweet and just tries to be nice and comforting but she basically is begging for a one-night stand, no strings, and he thinks he lost Anna forever, so he gives in. And in the morning, I love the scene, where he is very gentle and sweet but just as closed off as ever to her, and so Lisa realizes she's lost and nothing has changed and leaves. But OMG Anna is back and their scene together just kills me. Because he doesn't know about her break with Michael. And he is so uncertain and just the sweetness and the loss and adorableness kills me.

In other news, Natalie and Alexander's pillow fight=WIN. They have great chemistry and his (finally) confession of his feelings being real is amazing. And when he sheds a tear later OMG. And she runs away to her fiance because he is safe and I bet she is in love and so overwhelmed.

The movie selection for today is one of my favorite movies, the bleakly smart The Manchurian Candidate. I refer to the 1962 version with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, not the recent remake, which I did not even bother to watch because when the original is one of my all time favorite movies, why would I?

TMC, for those who do not know the plot, involves political assassination, brain-washing, and a bunch of characters who you love (or love to loathe).



The movie opens during the Korean War, when a platoon of American troops, among whom are Ben Marco (Sinatra) and Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), is ambushed. However, soon the boys are back home, having been heroically rescued by Raymond, a blue-blooded, aloof stepson of a slimy politician, Sen. John Iselin. Raymond even receives a Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts, along with gratitude of his mates. And yet…shall-shocked Marco is haunted by nightmares of the time in Korea, nightmares that show a rather different picture. And he is not the only one. What really happened out there? And what does it really mean, for Marco, and for Raymond, and for the rest of the characters, including, in a completely tour-de-force, Raymond’s loathsome mother played by Angela Lansbury.

TMC is a clever-clever, bitter-bitter movie that takes no prisoners. But what I really love about it is that along with the twisty, intelligent plot, it actually makes you care for the characters. You care for the tough, messed-up, cynical, falling-apart-in-front-of-your-eyes Marco. But what is even better, and makes the movie so worthwhile, IMO, is that the movie makes you care about Raymond (who is my favorite character in the movie, actually. Hey, you know me. Messed up and aloof? Am so there).

Anyway, the rest is spoilery so behind cut. Spoilers for the whole enchilada. Seriously, you don’t want to be spoiled for the movie.

It’s a terrible thing to hate your mother. But I didn’t always hate her. When I was a child, I only kind of disliked her. )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I've been rather neglectful of LJ lately. What with being exhausted, various RL commitments and similar, less lj time for me. Am sorry :)

First off, I finished Nodame Cantabile. It's not the kind of drama I have a lot (or any) meta for, but it was a great deal of fun. Two pet peeves: (1) whoeverplayed Straseman. I want to drown him. There is fun OTT and then there is this. Plus, if he is not Japanese, I'll eat my hairbrush. and (2) a bit too cartoonish in some reactions. I know it's on purpose, but it didn't work all the time. But overall, it was fast, fun, breezy and Tamaki Hiroshi is yummilicious.

Second (on Bednaya Nastya): Die, Michael! Seriously, I wasn't mad at his being angry on finding out Anna is a serf (she did lie to him), but his horrible reaction to her confessing to him that she went to Vladimir's room at night, prepared to 'sacrifice' herself to prevent the duel, made me want to choke the life out of him! He knows nothing happened, he knows she loves him (well, she is divided, but no character, her included, is aware of it yet). WTF is wrong with him! He treats her like some sort of leprous whore! He tells her to go back to Vladimir's bed etc etc. He asks her why she didn't come to his bed instead? (Did he want her to wade through the snow for miles, after dark, and try to break into a strange house?) I hate him. Seriously. I am also 'amused' to note that he has never mentioned marriage to her: he took her to a secluded room for sex, true, and was all about them being together, but not a word of marriage. Very honorable of him. *stab*

And oh, the duel itself. I love, when after it all, when Vladimir tells her that 'Baron Vladimir Korf has been slain' and she whispers, because she is so confused and in love, even though she doesn't realize it 'I didn't pull the trigger' (she was threatening him to drop the gun) and he replies 'nontheless, he is dead, and all that remains is to fulfill his last will' and gives her the freedom papers. OMG. And as he is about to ride off he tells Michael, quietly that he started this whole 'charade' with the duel, with only one goal in mind: for Michael to kill him (and it explains so much. He gave Michael first shot, and just stood there, eyes closed. OMG. Anna, he loves you so much!) and tells Michael that sometimes his (Michael's) nobility (in not killing Vladimir) is wrong and a punishment.

But I posted about this scene, with vids/translations before, but case you mised it, Here it is behind the cut )

Oh, Vladimir. And then Lisa shows up and they have OMG OMG a night together. And he is so sweet and just tries to be nice and comforting but she basically is begging for a one-night stand, no strings, and he thinks he lost Anna forever, so he gives in. And in the morning, I love the scene, where he is very gentle and sweet but just as closed off as ever to her, and so Lisa realizes she's lost and nothing has changed and leaves. But OMG Anna is back and their scene together just kills me. Because he doesn't know about her break with Michael. And he is so uncertain and just the sweetness and the loss and adorableness kills me.

In other news, Natalie and Alexander's pillow fight=WIN. They have great chemistry and his (finally) confession of his feelings being real is amazing. And when he sheds a tear later OMG. And she runs away to her fiance because he is safe and I bet she is in love and so overwhelmed.

The movie selection for today is one of my favorite movies, the bleakly smart The Manchurian Candidate. I refer to the 1962 version with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, not the recent remake, which I did not even bother to watch because when the original is one of my all time favorite movies, why would I?

TMC, for those who do not know the plot, involves political assassination, brain-washing, and a bunch of characters who you love (or love to loathe).



The movie opens during the Korean War, when a platoon of American troops, among whom are Ben Marco (Sinatra) and Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), is ambushed. However, soon the boys are back home, having been heroically rescued by Raymond, a blue-blooded, aloof stepson of a slimy politician, Sen. John Iselin. Raymond even receives a Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts, along with gratitude of his mates. And yet…shall-shocked Marco is haunted by nightmares of the time in Korea, nightmares that show a rather different picture. And he is not the only one. What really happened out there? And what does it really mean, for Marco, and for Raymond, and for the rest of the characters, including, in a completely tour-de-force, Raymond’s loathsome mother played by Angela Lansbury.

TMC is a clever-clever, bitter-bitter movie that takes no prisoners. But what I really love about it is that along with the twisty, intelligent plot, it actually makes you care for the characters. You care for the tough, messed-up, cynical, falling-apart-in-front-of-your-eyes Marco. But what is even better, and makes the movie so worthwhile, IMO, is that the movie makes you care about Raymond (who is my favorite character in the movie, actually. Hey, you know me. Messed up and aloof? Am so there).

Anyway, the rest is spoilery so behind cut. Spoilers for the whole enchilada. Seriously, you don’t want to be spoiled for the movie.

It’s a terrible thing to hate your mother. But I didn’t always hate her. When I was a child, I only kind of disliked her. )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I've been rather neglectful of LJ lately. What with being exhausted, various RL commitments and similar, less lj time for me. Am sorry :)

First off, I finished Nodame Cantabile. It's not the kind of drama I have a lot (or any) meta for, but it was a great deal of fun. Two pet peeves: (1) whoeverplayed Straseman. I want to drown him. There is fun OTT and then there is this. Plus, if he is not Japanese, I'll eat my hairbrush. and (2) a bit too cartoonish in some reactions. I know it's on purpose, but it didn't work all the time. But overall, it was fast, fun, breezy and Tamaki Hiroshi is yummilicious.

Second (on Bednaya Nastya): Die, Michael! Seriously, I wasn't mad at his being angry on finding out Anna is a serf (she did lie to him), but his horrible reaction to her confessing to him that she went to Vladimir's room at night, prepared to 'sacrifice' herself to prevent the duel, made me want to choke the life out of him! He knows nothing happened, he knows she loves him (well, she is divided, but no character, her included, is aware of it yet). WTF is wrong with him! He treats her like some sort of leprous whore! He tells her to go back to Vladimir's bed etc etc. He asks her why she didn't come to his bed instead? (Did he want her to wade through the snow for miles, after dark, and try to break into a strange house?) I hate him. Seriously. I am also 'amused' to note that he has never mentioned marriage to her: he took her to a secluded room for sex, true, and was all about them being together, but not a word of marriage. Very honorable of him. *stab*

And oh, the duel itself. I love, when after it all, when Vladimir tells her that 'Baron Vladimir Korf has been slain' and she whispers, because she is so confused and in love, even though she doesn't realize it 'I didn't pull the trigger' (she was threatening him to drop the gun) and he replies 'nontheless, he is dead, and all that remains is to fulfill his last will' and gives her the freedom papers. OMG. And as he is about to ride off he tells Michael, quietly that he started this whole 'charade' with the duel, with only one goal in mind: for Michael to kill him (and it explains so much. He gave Michael first shot, and just stood there, eyes closed. OMG. Anna, he loves you so much!) and tells Michael that sometimes his (Michael's) nobility (in not killing Vladimir) is wrong and a punishment.

But I posted about this scene, with vids/translations before, but case you mised it, Here it is behind the cut )

Oh, Vladimir. And then Lisa shows up and they have OMG OMG a night together. And he is so sweet and just tries to be nice and comforting but she basically is begging for a one-night stand, no strings, and he thinks he lost Anna forever, so he gives in. And in the morning, I love the scene, where he is very gentle and sweet but just as closed off as ever to her, and so Lisa realizes she's lost and nothing has changed and leaves. But OMG Anna is back and their scene together just kills me. Because he doesn't know about her break with Michael. And he is so uncertain and just the sweetness and the loss and adorableness kills me.

In other news, Natalie and Alexander's pillow fight=WIN. They have great chemistry and his (finally) confession of his feelings being real is amazing. And when he sheds a tear later OMG. And she runs away to her fiance because he is safe and I bet she is in love and so overwhelmed.

The movie selection for today is one of my favorite movies, the bleakly smart The Manchurian Candidate. I refer to the 1962 version with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, not the recent remake, which I did not even bother to watch because when the original is one of my all time favorite movies, why would I?

TMC, for those who do not know the plot, involves political assassination, brain-washing, and a bunch of characters who you love (or love to loathe).



The movie opens during the Korean War, when a platoon of American troops, among whom are Ben Marco (Sinatra) and Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), is ambushed. However, soon the boys are back home, having been heroically rescued by Raymond, a blue-blooded, aloof stepson of a slimy politician, Sen. John Iselin. Raymond even receives a Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts, along with gratitude of his mates. And yet…shall-shocked Marco is haunted by nightmares of the time in Korea, nightmares that show a rather different picture. And he is not the only one. What really happened out there? And what does it really mean, for Marco, and for Raymond, and for the rest of the characters, including, in a completely tour-de-force, Raymond’s loathsome mother played by Angela Lansbury.

TMC is a clever-clever, bitter-bitter movie that takes no prisoners. But what I really love about it is that along with the twisty, intelligent plot, it actually makes you care for the characters. You care for the tough, messed-up, cynical, falling-apart-in-front-of-your-eyes Marco. But what is even better, and makes the movie so worthwhile, IMO, is that the movie makes you care about Raymond (who is my favorite character in the movie, actually. Hey, you know me. Messed up and aloof? Am so there).

Anyway, the rest is spoilery so behind cut. Spoilers for the whole enchilada. Seriously, you don’t want to be spoiled for the movie.

It’s a terrible thing to hate your mother. But I didn’t always hate her. When I was a child, I only kind of disliked her. )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Finally bought a flat-screen tw (26") yesterday and you know how I am inaugurating it?

By watching Nodame Cantabile.

Barely first ten minutes into first ep and I think this is going into my Top 10 dramas ever.

SO GOOD. Classica music, and gorgeous young man, and angst and funniness. And intercutting.

Plus, Tamaki Hisroshi looks even BETTER on flat screen :)

(I'd be watching Kim Sam soon but am waiting to do another evening of it with [livejournal.com profile] tatterpunk).

I've been a bit off dramas for a bit (I am sure you noticed) but I think this just might get me back 'on.'
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Finally bought a flat-screen tw (26") yesterday and you know how I am inaugurating it?

By watching Nodame Cantabile.

Barely first ten minutes into first ep and I think this is going into my Top 10 dramas ever.

SO GOOD. Classica music, and gorgeous young man, and angst and funniness. And intercutting.

Plus, Tamaki Hisroshi looks even BETTER on flat screen :)

(I'd be watching Kim Sam soon but am waiting to do another evening of it with [livejournal.com profile] tatterpunk).

I've been a bit off dramas for a bit (I am sure you noticed) but I think this just might get me back 'on.'
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Finally bought a flat-screen tw (26") yesterday and you know how I am inaugurating it?

By watching Nodame Cantabile.

Barely first ten minutes into first ep and I think this is going into my Top 10 dramas ever.

SO GOOD. Classica music, and gorgeous young man, and angst and funniness. And intercutting.

Plus, Tamaki Hisroshi looks even BETTER on flat screen :)

(I'd be watching Kim Sam soon but am waiting to do another evening of it with [livejournal.com profile] tatterpunk).

I've been a bit off dramas for a bit (I am sure you noticed) but I think this just might get me back 'on.'
dangermousie: (DBY: Mike/Rainie by autumn-yaar)
OMG.

OMG.

OMG.

NODAME CONTABILE.

You guys.

You guys

Why didn't you tell me how incredibly AWESOME was it? I shall ignore repeated and constant recommendations from my flist that you made about NC for ages.

OMG.

OMG.

Because of [livejournal.com profile] janlake83's post, I checked it out finally. And EEEEEEE!

So much love.

LOVE.

I adore classical music so this is extra cool, but even without it, this is PERFECT (and not just because the guy who plays Chiaki is one of the hottest people I've ever seen. A super-hot classical musician? I am SO there).

NC is a story of two music prodigies: the super-perfectionist Chiaki and the rather odd Nodame. They both attend a music academy and it goes on from there (for once I am staying away from spoilers).

So, what made me check it out? This scene posted by [livejournal.com profile] janlake83, which I shamelessly stole from her LJ:



Oh, and if I am stealing from her, I might as well steal this awesome MV:



Go to her Lj for more vids. You won't be sorry :)
dangermousie: (DBY: Mike/Rainie by autumn-yaar)
OMG.

OMG.

OMG.

NODAME CONTABILE.

You guys.

You guys

Why didn't you tell me how incredibly AWESOME was it? I shall ignore repeated and constant recommendations from my flist that you made about NC for ages.

OMG.

OMG.

Because of [livejournal.com profile] janlake83's post, I checked it out finally. And EEEEEEE!

So much love.

LOVE.

I adore classical music so this is extra cool, but even without it, this is PERFECT (and not just because the guy who plays Chiaki is one of the hottest people I've ever seen. A super-hot classical musician? I am SO there).

NC is a story of two music prodigies: the super-perfectionist Chiaki and the rather odd Nodame. They both attend a music academy and it goes on from there (for once I am staying away from spoilers).

So, what made me check it out? This scene posted by [livejournal.com profile] janlake83, which I shamelessly stole from her LJ:



Oh, and if I am stealing from her, I might as well steal this awesome MV:



Go to her Lj for more vids. You won't be sorry :)
dangermousie: (DBY: Mike/Rainie by autumn-yaar)
OMG.

OMG.

OMG.

NODAME CONTABILE.

You guys.

You guys

Why didn't you tell me how incredibly AWESOME was it? I shall ignore repeated and constant recommendations from my flist that you made about NC for ages.

OMG.

OMG.

Because of [livejournal.com profile] janlake83's post, I checked it out finally. And EEEEEEE!

So much love.

LOVE.

I adore classical music so this is extra cool, but even without it, this is PERFECT (and not just because the guy who plays Chiaki is one of the hottest people I've ever seen. A super-hot classical musician? I am SO there).

NC is a story of two music prodigies: the super-perfectionist Chiaki and the rather odd Nodame. They both attend a music academy and it goes on from there (for once I am staying away from spoilers).

So, what made me check it out? This scene posted by [livejournal.com profile] janlake83, which I shamelessly stole from her LJ:



Oh, and if I am stealing from her, I might as well steal this awesome MV:



Go to her Lj for more vids. You won't be sorry :)
dangermousie: (WWL by icanticon)
One good thing about jet lag (I went to bed at 6:30pm, probably for the first time since I was four years old)? I get up equally early. I was up before 6am, thus giving me plenty of time to watch Why Why Love ep 11. Which I duly finished and SQUEEEEEE!

Seriously, this is INCREDIBLE. It's that weirdly rare drama where it getsbetter with each single episode. It doesn't start to drag in the middle, it does not yoyo in quality between eps it...it...it.

This is going in my Top Dozen dramas ever. (In case you want to know the others: Mars (tw), The Outsiders (tw), Pride (jp), My Girl (kr), A Love to Kill (kr), Goong (kr), Meteor Garden (tw), Tree of Heaven (kr), Kurosagi (jp), Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang (kr), It Started with a Kiss (tw), Snow Queen (kr), Foribidden Love (jp). And Hanadan 1/2 (jp) (though this would make it 15, whatever). But they fluctuate between these in various order from month to month).

Thoughts on ep 11 )



A few pics from the ep )

And then I peeked at ep 14 and oh no. ANGST CENRTAL. When did my fluffy adorableness of a drama became angst central? NOOOOO. I only saw a couple of minutes but they tore my heart out and did a tap dance on the remains. Huo Da and Jia Di are not allowed to be sad. It is WRONG. WRONG. If I didn't know this has a happy end, I'd be throwing things.

Few promo stills I found from the ep )

To cheer self up, here are a couple general Mike/Rainie/Kingone pics promo/set:

Pics here )

P.S. Kingone's song for this is so stuck on repeat in my player :)

ETA: My next drama? Nodame Cantabile. Solely due to [livejournal.com profile] janlake83's awesome post.
dangermousie: (WWL by icanticon)
One good thing about jet lag (I went to bed at 6:30pm, probably for the first time since I was four years old)? I get up equally early. I was up before 6am, thus giving me plenty of time to watch Why Why Love ep 11. Which I duly finished and SQUEEEEEE!

Seriously, this is INCREDIBLE. It's that weirdly rare drama where it getsbetter with each single episode. It doesn't start to drag in the middle, it does not yoyo in quality between eps it...it...it.

This is going in my Top Dozen dramas ever. (In case you want to know the others: Mars (tw), The Outsiders (tw), Pride (jp), My Girl (kr), A Love to Kill (kr), Goong (kr), Meteor Garden (tw), Tree of Heaven (kr), Kurosagi (jp), Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang (kr), It Started with a Kiss (tw), Snow Queen (kr), Foribidden Love (jp). And Hanadan 1/2 (jp) (though this would make it 15, whatever). But they fluctuate between these in various order from month to month).

Thoughts on ep 11 )



A few pics from the ep )

And then I peeked at ep 14 and oh no. ANGST CENRTAL. When did my fluffy adorableness of a drama became angst central? NOOOOO. I only saw a couple of minutes but they tore my heart out and did a tap dance on the remains. Huo Da and Jia Di are not allowed to be sad. It is WRONG. WRONG. If I didn't know this has a happy end, I'd be throwing things.

Few promo stills I found from the ep )

To cheer self up, here are a couple general Mike/Rainie/Kingone pics promo/set:

Pics here )

P.S. Kingone's song for this is so stuck on repeat in my player :)

ETA: My next drama? Nodame Cantabile. Solely due to [livejournal.com profile] janlake83's awesome post.
dangermousie: (WWL by icanticon)
One good thing about jet lag (I went to bed at 6:30pm, probably for the first time since I was four years old)? I get up equally early. I was up before 6am, thus giving me plenty of time to watch Why Why Love ep 11. Which I duly finished and SQUEEEEEE!

Seriously, this is INCREDIBLE. It's that weirdly rare drama where it getsbetter with each single episode. It doesn't start to drag in the middle, it does not yoyo in quality between eps it...it...it.

This is going in my Top Dozen dramas ever. (In case you want to know the others: Mars (tw), The Outsiders (tw), Pride (jp), My Girl (kr), A Love to Kill (kr), Goong (kr), Meteor Garden (tw), Tree of Heaven (kr), Kurosagi (jp), Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang (kr), It Started with a Kiss (tw), Snow Queen (kr), Foribidden Love (jp). And Hanadan 1/2 (jp) (though this would make it 15, whatever). But they fluctuate between these in various order from month to month).

Thoughts on ep 11 )



A few pics from the ep )

And then I peeked at ep 14 and oh no. ANGST CENRTAL. When did my fluffy adorableness of a drama became angst central? NOOOOO. I only saw a couple of minutes but they tore my heart out and did a tap dance on the remains. Huo Da and Jia Di are not allowed to be sad. It is WRONG. WRONG. If I didn't know this has a happy end, I'd be throwing things.

Few promo stills I found from the ep )

To cheer self up, here are a couple general Mike/Rainie/Kingone pics promo/set:

Pics here )

P.S. Kingone's song for this is so stuck on repeat in my player :)

ETA: My next drama? Nodame Cantabile. Solely due to [livejournal.com profile] janlake83's awesome post.

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