dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
I started Long Vacation last night, which I liked but was a bit tired so put off till later. Minami is kinda annoying though: pushy and spastic and abrasive. Please tell me she mellows out because right now I wouldn't want her to get together with Sena who seems normal, if quiet.

Though the scene where she barges into his apartment on the eve of her wedding was hilarious, I still wanted to smack her. And when she moved herself in? Maybe it's a pet peeve, but in RL I'd find this really really annoying.

Also watched bits of Rent DVD. This movie is addicting as I kept playing random bits and then other random bits and basically I could play the whole thing in an endless continuous loop. Told Husband if he ever wanted to get me into a mushy mood, just make me watch the end of the movie. I also watched the deleted scenes, and why were they deleted? They are under 10 mins total, and scenes like "Goodbye Love" are kinda crucial in understanding Roger's motivation (not to mention Mark's withdrawal). Or maybe I just love Mimi singing "Goodbye Love" to Roger and Roger crying. The alternative ending was interesting but I see why they left it out as it felt too stagy and would have brought us out of the movie as reality framework (worked for the very beginning, before we got invested, but that's another, different story). I also watched a bit of the documentary and what little I've seen is fascinating.

Also watched one ep of Peacemaker Kurogane and I love. Faith in anime is back after Marmalade Boy horror. Toshi and Souji are uber cool, I LOVE the animation style (how do they manage to make it so sharp and 3D), the main character doesn't particularly interest me (he is 15 but acts and is drawn as even younger), but the rest of the major characters make up for it. I also love the notion that fighting as a samurai isn't all that it's supposed to be: you become a demon-like person. I love the kid watching Toshi dispatch his assailants and he is shivering, covered with blood watching it as Toshi isn't even winded.

I have an urge to rewatch Orchestra Wives, which is a very forgettable early 1940s movie. The plot is a groupie's dream as it concerns a small town girl who has a thing for the sax player in 'Gene Morrison' band and after a whirlwind night marries him only to find out travelling as an 'orchestra wife' isn't all it's cracked out to be. Why do I want to see it? Because this movie is 30% plot and 70% music and it has the best music ever as it's basically the real Glenn Miller and his orchestra performing and acting in it and the music is to die for (the leader is named "Gene Morrison" so they could use the band's insturments with "GM" initialled on them). If I could have only one movie soundtrack, this would be it. And in related note, am reading Rupert Holmes' Swing and am loving it as much as I did Where the Truth Lies.
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
I started Long Vacation last night, which I liked but was a bit tired so put off till later. Minami is kinda annoying though: pushy and spastic and abrasive. Please tell me she mellows out because right now I wouldn't want her to get together with Sena who seems normal, if quiet.

Though the scene where she barges into his apartment on the eve of her wedding was hilarious, I still wanted to smack her. And when she moved herself in? Maybe it's a pet peeve, but in RL I'd find this really really annoying.

Also watched bits of Rent DVD. This movie is addicting as I kept playing random bits and then other random bits and basically I could play the whole thing in an endless continuous loop. Told Husband if he ever wanted to get me into a mushy mood, just make me watch the end of the movie. I also watched the deleted scenes, and why were they deleted? They are under 10 mins total, and scenes like "Goodbye Love" are kinda crucial in understanding Roger's motivation (not to mention Mark's withdrawal). Or maybe I just love Mimi singing "Goodbye Love" to Roger and Roger crying. The alternative ending was interesting but I see why they left it out as it felt too stagy and would have brought us out of the movie as reality framework (worked for the very beginning, before we got invested, but that's another, different story). I also watched a bit of the documentary and what little I've seen is fascinating.

Also watched one ep of Peacemaker Kurogane and I love. Faith in anime is back after Marmalade Boy horror. Toshi and Souji are uber cool, I LOVE the animation style (how do they manage to make it so sharp and 3D), the main character doesn't particularly interest me (he is 15 but acts and is drawn as even younger), but the rest of the major characters make up for it. I also love the notion that fighting as a samurai isn't all that it's supposed to be: you become a demon-like person. I love the kid watching Toshi dispatch his assailants and he is shivering, covered with blood watching it as Toshi isn't even winded.

I have an urge to rewatch Orchestra Wives, which is a very forgettable early 1940s movie. The plot is a groupie's dream as it concerns a small town girl who has a thing for the sax player in 'Gene Morrison' band and after a whirlwind night marries him only to find out travelling as an 'orchestra wife' isn't all it's cracked out to be. Why do I want to see it? Because this movie is 30% plot and 70% music and it has the best music ever as it's basically the real Glenn Miller and his orchestra performing and acting in it and the music is to die for (the leader is named "Gene Morrison" so they could use the band's insturments with "GM" initialled on them). If I could have only one movie soundtrack, this would be it. And in related note, am reading Rupert Holmes' Swing and am loving it as much as I did Where the Truth Lies.
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
I started Long Vacation last night, which I liked but was a bit tired so put off till later. Minami is kinda annoying though: pushy and spastic and abrasive. Please tell me she mellows out because right now I wouldn't want her to get together with Sena who seems normal, if quiet.

Though the scene where she barges into his apartment on the eve of her wedding was hilarious, I still wanted to smack her. And when she moved herself in? Maybe it's a pet peeve, but in RL I'd find this really really annoying.

Also watched bits of Rent DVD. This movie is addicting as I kept playing random bits and then other random bits and basically I could play the whole thing in an endless continuous loop. Told Husband if he ever wanted to get me into a mushy mood, just make me watch the end of the movie. I also watched the deleted scenes, and why were they deleted? They are under 10 mins total, and scenes like "Goodbye Love" are kinda crucial in understanding Roger's motivation (not to mention Mark's withdrawal). Or maybe I just love Mimi singing "Goodbye Love" to Roger and Roger crying. The alternative ending was interesting but I see why they left it out as it felt too stagy and would have brought us out of the movie as reality framework (worked for the very beginning, before we got invested, but that's another, different story). I also watched a bit of the documentary and what little I've seen is fascinating.

Also watched one ep of Peacemaker Kurogane and I love. Faith in anime is back after Marmalade Boy horror. Toshi and Souji are uber cool, I LOVE the animation style (how do they manage to make it so sharp and 3D), the main character doesn't particularly interest me (he is 15 but acts and is drawn as even younger), but the rest of the major characters make up for it. I also love the notion that fighting as a samurai isn't all that it's supposed to be: you become a demon-like person. I love the kid watching Toshi dispatch his assailants and he is shivering, covered with blood watching it as Toshi isn't even winded.

I have an urge to rewatch Orchestra Wives, which is a very forgettable early 1940s movie. The plot is a groupie's dream as it concerns a small town girl who has a thing for the sax player in 'Gene Morrison' band and after a whirlwind night marries him only to find out travelling as an 'orchestra wife' isn't all it's cracked out to be. Why do I want to see it? Because this movie is 30% plot and 70% music and it has the best music ever as it's basically the real Glenn Miller and his orchestra performing and acting in it and the music is to die for (the leader is named "Gene Morrison" so they could use the band's insturments with "GM" initialled on them). If I could have only one movie soundtrack, this would be it. And in related note, am reading Rupert Holmes' Swing and am loving it as much as I did Where the Truth Lies.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Baltar/Six by bluebear_74)
There are at least two Balthazar/Constantine communities. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Well, I guess since there is Jesus/Satan slash, anything is possible. People scare me.

Also, am seeing Rent tonight with BFF as she hasn't seen it yet. Yay.
dangermousie: (Baltar/Six by bluebear_74)
There are at least two Balthazar/Constantine communities. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Well, I guess since there is Jesus/Satan slash, anything is possible. People scare me.

Also, am seeing Rent tonight with BFF as she hasn't seen it yet. Yay.
dangermousie: (Baltar/Six by bluebear_74)
There are at least two Balthazar/Constantine communities. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Well, I guess since there is Jesus/Satan slash, anything is possible. People scare me.

Also, am seeing Rent tonight with BFF as she hasn't seen it yet. Yay.
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger OSG by _wastedyears)
There have been four recent big-screen musicals (and The Producers are soon to hit the screen): Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Ironically, the one I like least (Chicago) is the one with, by far, the most acclaim and $$$. I don't like Chicago because it has little emotional relevance, which is OK, but also has little intelligent to say. OMG, the justice system is corrupt and media is hype crazy? Who could have thought! It might have been more novel in the era it initially came out, but now, the concept is far from fresh. Nor are there interesting or rounded characters, or a clever concept.

But what it does have, and what the other three notably lack, is a cynical detachment. Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve. Chicago has no heart, it's all about shallow and glitter. Which is why it got as far as it did I think. Musicals are often about letting go of your emotion, suspendinging your cynical side and your sense of disbelief: come on, random people singing in unison on the street? People belting out their deepest secrets at the top of their lungs? Neo-realism it is not. Moulin Rouge, which was quite emotional, got as far as it did because it was the "first" recent big screen musical and because it was quite post-modern in its concept. Musicals are just "not cool." Their whole concept is completely against the current movie trends. At least what are considered prestigious, Oscarbation movies: quasi-realistic, grim.

Why this little rant? Some reviews I've been reading. I have no problem with people not liking either Phantom or Rent or MR or any other musical as movies. If you think the movie is bad because the directing is bad, the acting sucks, whatever, it's your right and it's quite understandable (though I might disagree with your opinion, depending on the movie). But there were a lot of reviews that didn't care for them because they don't like the musical genre: because it's constant singing (and people singing on the streets, how realistic is that? Imagine.) and because all that emotion is silly. One review that didn't like Rent said (paraphrasing) "how can you like a movie where people sing almost non-stop?" Ummm, because it's a musical. It also said all that singing wasn't realistic. I repeat, musical. It's like criticizing a horror movie because it has murders in it. All the reviews that bashed Phantom because it's full of Andrew Lloyd Webber music made me go...huuuuuuuh? It's an adaptation of ALW musical, what other music is it going to have? And then of course there are people who have a problem with the concept: musicals are by their nature are going to be somewhat more in your face and "simplistic" because they are about emotion. They are not about witty film noir repartee. I wouldn't expect beautiful music and an emotional connection from a gritty drama. Why expect vice versa?

Oh, so this won't all be a rant, here are my Top 10 little moments from Rent:

Here they are )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger OSG by _wastedyears)
There have been four recent big-screen musicals (and The Producers are soon to hit the screen): Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Ironically, the one I like least (Chicago) is the one with, by far, the most acclaim and $$$. I don't like Chicago because it has little emotional relevance, which is OK, but also has little intelligent to say. OMG, the justice system is corrupt and media is hype crazy? Who could have thought! It might have been more novel in the era it initially came out, but now, the concept is far from fresh. Nor are there interesting or rounded characters, or a clever concept.

But what it does have, and what the other three notably lack, is a cynical detachment. Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve. Chicago has no heart, it's all about shallow and glitter. Which is why it got as far as it did I think. Musicals are often about letting go of your emotion, suspendinging your cynical side and your sense of disbelief: come on, random people singing in unison on the street? People belting out their deepest secrets at the top of their lungs? Neo-realism it is not. Moulin Rouge, which was quite emotional, got as far as it did because it was the "first" recent big screen musical and because it was quite post-modern in its concept. Musicals are just "not cool." Their whole concept is completely against the current movie trends. At least what are considered prestigious, Oscarbation movies: quasi-realistic, grim.

Why this little rant? Some reviews I've been reading. I have no problem with people not liking either Phantom or Rent or MR or any other musical as movies. If you think the movie is bad because the directing is bad, the acting sucks, whatever, it's your right and it's quite understandable (though I might disagree with your opinion, depending on the movie). But there were a lot of reviews that didn't care for them because they don't like the musical genre: because it's constant singing (and people singing on the streets, how realistic is that? Imagine.) and because all that emotion is silly. One review that didn't like Rent said (paraphrasing) "how can you like a movie where people sing almost non-stop?" Ummm, because it's a musical. It also said all that singing wasn't realistic. I repeat, musical. It's like criticizing a horror movie because it has murders in it. All the reviews that bashed Phantom because it's full of Andrew Lloyd Webber music made me go...huuuuuuuh? It's an adaptation of ALW musical, what other music is it going to have? And then of course there are people who have a problem with the concept: musicals are by their nature are going to be somewhat more in your face and "simplistic" because they are about emotion. They are not about witty film noir repartee. I wouldn't expect beautiful music and an emotional connection from a gritty drama. Why expect vice versa?

Oh, so this won't all be a rant, here are my Top 10 little moments from Rent:

Here they are )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger OSG by _wastedyears)
There have been four recent big-screen musicals (and The Producers are soon to hit the screen): Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Ironically, the one I like least (Chicago) is the one with, by far, the most acclaim and $$$. I don't like Chicago because it has little emotional relevance, which is OK, but also has little intelligent to say. OMG, the justice system is corrupt and media is hype crazy? Who could have thought! It might have been more novel in the era it initially came out, but now, the concept is far from fresh. Nor are there interesting or rounded characters, or a clever concept.

But what it does have, and what the other three notably lack, is a cynical detachment. Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve. Chicago has no heart, it's all about shallow and glitter. Which is why it got as far as it did I think. Musicals are often about letting go of your emotion, suspendinging your cynical side and your sense of disbelief: come on, random people singing in unison on the street? People belting out their deepest secrets at the top of their lungs? Neo-realism it is not. Moulin Rouge, which was quite emotional, got as far as it did because it was the "first" recent big screen musical and because it was quite post-modern in its concept. Musicals are just "not cool." Their whole concept is completely against the current movie trends. At least what are considered prestigious, Oscarbation movies: quasi-realistic, grim.

Why this little rant? Some reviews I've been reading. I have no problem with people not liking either Phantom or Rent or MR or any other musical as movies. If you think the movie is bad because the directing is bad, the acting sucks, whatever, it's your right and it's quite understandable (though I might disagree with your opinion, depending on the movie). But there were a lot of reviews that didn't care for them because they don't like the musical genre: because it's constant singing (and people singing on the streets, how realistic is that? Imagine.) and because all that emotion is silly. One review that didn't like Rent said (paraphrasing) "how can you like a movie where people sing almost non-stop?" Ummm, because it's a musical. It also said all that singing wasn't realistic. I repeat, musical. It's like criticizing a horror movie because it has murders in it. All the reviews that bashed Phantom because it's full of Andrew Lloyd Webber music made me go...huuuuuuuh? It's an adaptation of ALW musical, what other music is it going to have? And then of course there are people who have a problem with the concept: musicals are by their nature are going to be somewhat more in your face and "simplistic" because they are about emotion. They are not about witty film noir repartee. I wouldn't expect beautiful music and an emotional connection from a gritty drama. Why expect vice versa?

Oh, so this won't all be a rant, here are my Top 10 little moments from Rent:

Here they are )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
Went to see Rent again today, and loved it even more this time. In fact, it just might be my favorite movie this year, which when you consider Serenity or Revenge of the Sith, is quite a thing to say. It's amazing what a difference not being zonked and not having a screaming kid in the audience (what crazy person takes a 4 year old to Rent anyway?) makes.

I am such a sap but I ended up crying at the end. I wasn't the only one: the audience was full of sniffles. It's funny, because I've gotten a lot more "I want some happiness for the characters" as the years go on. I thought I'd prefer La Boheme's ending (Mimi dies for real and Rodolpho (Roger's equivalent) just scream sings over her body "Mimi!!!!" and the curtain falls. But no, I am too wimpy. I choked back a happy sob and all that when her hand started twitching. I couldn't have borne for her to die (and it's not as if she won't die soon anyway. But Roger and Mimi deserve some happiness in their life for a bit, at least). This way I got the best of both worlds: there is the angst of her "dying" and his screaming. But then it turns out somewhat OK. And I am bawling.

I've also decided I have a fiction crush on Roger. Not only because of the blond/blue-eyed combo which is a favorite, and the fact that he's got an amazing amazing voice, but because I got such an impression of his steady, gentle strength this time around (just as [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire was talking about.) He is not my type at all (I prefer them solvent and not dying), but I do love him. And I do agree with [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire that the flashback does show he always was caring, witness that flashback with gf who finds she is HIV+.

Rent gush, very Roger-centric )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
Went to see Rent again today, and loved it even more this time. In fact, it just might be my favorite movie this year, which when you consider Serenity or Revenge of the Sith, is quite a thing to say. It's amazing what a difference not being zonked and not having a screaming kid in the audience (what crazy person takes a 4 year old to Rent anyway?) makes.

I am such a sap but I ended up crying at the end. I wasn't the only one: the audience was full of sniffles. It's funny, because I've gotten a lot more "I want some happiness for the characters" as the years go on. I thought I'd prefer La Boheme's ending (Mimi dies for real and Rodolpho (Roger's equivalent) just scream sings over her body "Mimi!!!!" and the curtain falls. But no, I am too wimpy. I choked back a happy sob and all that when her hand started twitching. I couldn't have borne for her to die (and it's not as if she won't die soon anyway. But Roger and Mimi deserve some happiness in their life for a bit, at least). This way I got the best of both worlds: there is the angst of her "dying" and his screaming. But then it turns out somewhat OK. And I am bawling.

I've also decided I have a fiction crush on Roger. Not only because of the blond/blue-eyed combo which is a favorite, and the fact that he's got an amazing amazing voice, but because I got such an impression of his steady, gentle strength this time around (just as [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire was talking about.) He is not my type at all (I prefer them solvent and not dying), but I do love him. And I do agree with [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire that the flashback does show he always was caring, witness that flashback with gf who finds she is HIV+.

Rent gush, very Roger-centric )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
Went to see Rent again today, and loved it even more this time. In fact, it just might be my favorite movie this year, which when you consider Serenity or Revenge of the Sith, is quite a thing to say. It's amazing what a difference not being zonked and not having a screaming kid in the audience (what crazy person takes a 4 year old to Rent anyway?) makes.

I am such a sap but I ended up crying at the end. I wasn't the only one: the audience was full of sniffles. It's funny, because I've gotten a lot more "I want some happiness for the characters" as the years go on. I thought I'd prefer La Boheme's ending (Mimi dies for real and Rodolpho (Roger's equivalent) just scream sings over her body "Mimi!!!!" and the curtain falls. But no, I am too wimpy. I choked back a happy sob and all that when her hand started twitching. I couldn't have borne for her to die (and it's not as if she won't die soon anyway. But Roger and Mimi deserve some happiness in their life for a bit, at least). This way I got the best of both worlds: there is the angst of her "dying" and his screaming. But then it turns out somewhat OK. And I am bawling.

I've also decided I have a fiction crush on Roger. Not only because of the blond/blue-eyed combo which is a favorite, and the fact that he's got an amazing amazing voice, but because I got such an impression of his steady, gentle strength this time around (just as [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire was talking about.) He is not my type at all (I prefer them solvent and not dying), but I do love him. And I do agree with [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire that the flashback does show he always was caring, witness that flashback with gf who finds she is HIV+.

Rent gush, very Roger-centric )
dangermousie: (SRK by autumn_yaar)
And now, I bring you Rent badfic summaries. As usual, these are actual summaries from ff.net and as I haven't read the stories themselves, they could be marvelous. But I doubt it.

Mind you, Rent characters are very loose-living people, so there are a lot of crack pairings I didn't include as badfic because who knows how the characters' fancy would go. Luckily, there was plenty of fodder anyway. The overwhelming emoness of the fic makes me ROFL. We also learn that not even AIDS is enough to stop the Sue.

We had believed we had nothing to worry about when it came down to sex. We were both HIV positive. What did we need a condom for? It's not like we could do anything that would end our lives any faster. The sheer thought of pregnancy never crossed my mind.

My mouth literally dropped open. A Mimi/Roger babyfic? Oh. My. God.

RENTfic] Roger thinks that it’s Mark’s time to connect. Could be considered Mary Sue. Not to be rude, but if you don't like those, don't read. And reviews are beautiful things!

This beauty speaks for itself.

[RENT: CollinsAngel, BennyAlison: Implied rape, mental illness: Rating will be raised.]After a horrifying encounter with a drunk Benny, Angel has been left emotionally scared and mentally traumatized. Now the only person he will speak to is Mark.

Why? As fanfic in 20 different fandoms shows, the best way to get over rape trauma, it to have a LOT of sex with your OTP.

More Here )
dangermousie: (SRK by autumn_yaar)
And now, I bring you Rent badfic summaries. As usual, these are actual summaries from ff.net and as I haven't read the stories themselves, they could be marvelous. But I doubt it.

Mind you, Rent characters are very loose-living people, so there are a lot of crack pairings I didn't include as badfic because who knows how the characters' fancy would go. Luckily, there was plenty of fodder anyway. The overwhelming emoness of the fic makes me ROFL. We also learn that not even AIDS is enough to stop the Sue.

We had believed we had nothing to worry about when it came down to sex. We were both HIV positive. What did we need a condom for? It's not like we could do anything that would end our lives any faster. The sheer thought of pregnancy never crossed my mind.

My mouth literally dropped open. A Mimi/Roger babyfic? Oh. My. God.

RENTfic] Roger thinks that it’s Mark’s time to connect. Could be considered Mary Sue. Not to be rude, but if you don't like those, don't read. And reviews are beautiful things!

This beauty speaks for itself.

[RENT: CollinsAngel, BennyAlison: Implied rape, mental illness: Rating will be raised.]After a horrifying encounter with a drunk Benny, Angel has been left emotionally scared and mentally traumatized. Now the only person he will speak to is Mark.

Why? As fanfic in 20 different fandoms shows, the best way to get over rape trauma, it to have a LOT of sex with your OTP.

More Here )
dangermousie: (SRK by autumn_yaar)
And now, I bring you Rent badfic summaries. As usual, these are actual summaries from ff.net and as I haven't read the stories themselves, they could be marvelous. But I doubt it.

Mind you, Rent characters are very loose-living people, so there are a lot of crack pairings I didn't include as badfic because who knows how the characters' fancy would go. Luckily, there was plenty of fodder anyway. The overwhelming emoness of the fic makes me ROFL. We also learn that not even AIDS is enough to stop the Sue.

We had believed we had nothing to worry about when it came down to sex. We were both HIV positive. What did we need a condom for? It's not like we could do anything that would end our lives any faster. The sheer thought of pregnancy never crossed my mind.

My mouth literally dropped open. A Mimi/Roger babyfic? Oh. My. God.

RENTfic] Roger thinks that it’s Mark’s time to connect. Could be considered Mary Sue. Not to be rude, but if you don't like those, don't read. And reviews are beautiful things!

This beauty speaks for itself.

[RENT: CollinsAngel, BennyAlison: Implied rape, mental illness: Rating will be raised.]After a horrifying encounter with a drunk Benny, Angel has been left emotionally scared and mentally traumatized. Now the only person he will speak to is Mark.

Why? As fanfic in 20 different fandoms shows, the best way to get over rape trauma, it to have a LOT of sex with your OTP.

More Here )
dangermousie: (Simon and Kaylee sex by gunneralchemist)
I saw Rent tonight.

Wow, wow, wow, wow. I laughed, I cried, I got choked up and sometimes, I forgot to breathe at how beautiful it was. It is definitely one of my Top 5 movies of the year.

It just really so full of emotion and energy and sheer joy of being alive and in love and feeling anything really. For a movie that has a large chunk of its characters living under the death sentence (for 1989) of AIDS, it's remarkably hopeful and beautiful.

And the singing and the music? Unbelievable. The word "soaring" it totally cliche and overused, but it fits here. The funny thing is, I came to Rent with really fresh eyes. I have never seen the musical on Broadway, nor have I even heard the soundtrack before walking into the theater. When it was first on Bway, I was going through a snob phase, so I went "How dare they do a modern version of La Boheme? Yuck" and stayed away. Boy, how wrong I was. I am completely won over and bowled over.

The cast has amazing chemistry with each other. Not just the couples, but as friends. And I was so happy to see that most of the cast is Original Bway cast. Totally deserved. They knocked my socks off. Also, I now totally understand [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire's thing for Adam Pascal (whoa, baby! He is attractive but when he opened his mouth for his first solo song, I meted into a puddle) and have the world's hugest girlcrush on Rosario Dawson.

I also loved what it had to say on love and tolerance. It wasn't preachy in that "oh yes, gay people are just like us" way that sets my teeth on edge. No, it just showed three couples, three couples in love, in lust, in relationships. And the fact that one was gay, one was lesbian and one straight really made no difference. They love each other, the end.

So, what is the plot, ask the 5 people who don't know.

OK: This movie "documents" a year in the life of a group of Grenwich Village bohemians in 1989. There is Mark, a documentary maker, who still has a thing for his ex, a free-spirited performance artist Maureen, who left him for Joanne, a lawyer. There is Collins, who just moved back to NYC, and who meets the love of his life, Angel, after being mugged. Both Collins and Angel have AIDS. And there is Roger, a musician, who also has AIDS and who is a recovering junkie. He attracts thr attention of his beautiful neighbor Mimi, a dancer at an exotic club who is also HIV+. He is reluctant to get involved, but slowly...

Oh, and then there is a little matter of rent, that is demanded by their landlord Benny.

If you want to see more pictures, go to this LJ entry of mine. Oh, and go see the movie!
dangermousie: (Simon and Kaylee sex by gunneralchemist)
I saw Rent tonight.

Wow, wow, wow, wow. I laughed, I cried, I got choked up and sometimes, I forgot to breathe at how beautiful it was. It is definitely one of my Top 5 movies of the year.

It just really so full of emotion and energy and sheer joy of being alive and in love and feeling anything really. For a movie that has a large chunk of its characters living under the death sentence (for 1989) of AIDS, it's remarkably hopeful and beautiful.

And the singing and the music? Unbelievable. The word "soaring" it totally cliche and overused, but it fits here. The funny thing is, I came to Rent with really fresh eyes. I have never seen the musical on Broadway, nor have I even heard the soundtrack before walking into the theater. When it was first on Bway, I was going through a snob phase, so I went "How dare they do a modern version of La Boheme? Yuck" and stayed away. Boy, how wrong I was. I am completely won over and bowled over.

The cast has amazing chemistry with each other. Not just the couples, but as friends. And I was so happy to see that most of the cast is Original Bway cast. Totally deserved. They knocked my socks off. Also, I now totally understand [livejournal.com profile] elvensapphire's thing for Adam Pascal (whoa, baby! He is attractive but when he opened his mouth for his first solo song, I meted into a puddle) and have the world's hugest girlcrush on Rosario Dawson.

I also loved what it had to say on love and tolerance. It wasn't preachy in that "oh yes, gay people are just like us" way that sets my teeth on edge. No, it just showed three couples, three couples in love, in lust, in relationships. And the fact that one was gay, one was lesbian and one straight really made no difference. They love each other, the end.

So, what is the plot, ask the 5 people who don't know.

OK: This movie "documents" a year in the life of a group of Grenwich Village bohemians in 1989. There is Mark, a documentary maker, who still has a thing for his ex, a free-spirited performance artist Maureen, who left him for Joanne, a lawyer. There is Collins, who just moved back to NYC, and who meets the love of his life, Angel, after being mugged. Both Collins and Angel have AIDS. And there is Roger, a musician, who also has AIDS and who is a recovering junkie. He attracts thr attention of his beautiful neighbor Mimi, a dancer at an exotic club who is also HIV+. He is reluctant to get involved, but slowly...

Oh, and then there is a little matter of rent, that is demanded by their landlord Benny.

If you want to see more pictures, go to this LJ entry of mine. Oh, and go see the movie!

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