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I am in the mood to rewatch one of my favorite movies, the French Un Homme et Une Femme (A Man and a Woman), one of my favorite movies of all time. The movie's two protagonists are both widowers, and the movie follows them as they navigate both their sense of loss and their growing relationship.

Here is a MV which uses the movie's famous theme song and is a good look at the type of movie it is:



I have first discovered this movie as a child - it was (and still is) one of my mother and father's favorite movies. When I was a kid, I admit I found it slow and meandering. Now that I am a grown-up who's in a relationship, this movie has become one of my favorites - it's both one of the most romantic and most realistic movies I've seen.

So, yeah, this is pretty much an oblique push. Check it out! If you care about this sort of stuff, I believe it won both Best Foreign Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars that year.
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I am in the mood to rewatch one of my favorite movies, the French Un Homme et Une Femme (A Man and a Woman), one of my favorite movies of all time. The movie's two protagonists are both widowers, and the movie follows them as they navigate both their sense of loss and their growing relationship.

Here is a MV which uses the movie's famous theme song and is a good look at the type of movie it is:



I have first discovered this movie as a child - it was (and still is) one of my mother and father's favorite movies. When I was a kid, I admit I found it slow and meandering. Now that I am a grown-up who's in a relationship, this movie has become one of my favorites - it's both one of the most romantic and most realistic movies I've seen.

So, yeah, this is pretty much an oblique push. Check it out! If you care about this sort of stuff, I believe it won both Best Foreign Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars that year.
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I am in the mood to rewatch one of my favorite movies, the French Un Homme et Une Femme (A Man and a Woman), one of my favorite movies of all time. The movie's two protagonists are both widowers, and the movie follows them as they navigate both their sense of loss and their growing relationship.

Here is a MV which uses the movie's famous theme song and is a good look at the type of movie it is:



I have first discovered this movie as a child - it was (and still is) one of my mother and father's favorite movies. When I was a kid, I admit I found it slow and meandering. Now that I am a grown-up who's in a relationship, this movie has become one of my favorites - it's both one of the most romantic and most realistic movies I've seen.

So, yeah, this is pretty much an oblique push. Check it out! If you care about this sort of stuff, I believe it won both Best Foreign Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars that year.
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They are so very ridiculously pretty together, it's unreal!







I am watching the French movie Christine with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. It's a fluffy tragic romance - yes, if you watch the flick, the oxymoron makes sense. But who cares about the plot - I just space out staring at the genetic perfection.

And here is genetic perfection in motion:

dangermousie: (Buffy: BA kiss by ohh_xx)
They are so very ridiculously pretty together, it's unreal!







I am watching the French movie Christine with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. It's a fluffy tragic romance - yes, if you watch the flick, the oxymoron makes sense. But who cares about the plot - I just space out staring at the genetic perfection.

And here is genetic perfection in motion:

dangermousie: (Buffy: BA kiss by ohh_xx)
They are so very ridiculously pretty together, it's unreal!







I am watching the French movie Christine with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. It's a fluffy tragic romance - yes, if you watch the flick, the oxymoron makes sense. But who cares about the plot - I just space out staring at the genetic perfection.

And here is genetic perfection in motion:

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This is one of my favorite songs, from the brilliant Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a French movie from 1964, and starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo as lovers separated by the Algerian War. It's a gorgeous, tender, bittersweet movie that is almost entirely sung and still can make me flutter and cry.



This song always reduces me to mush.
dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
This is one of my favorite songs, from the brilliant Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a French movie from 1964, and starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo as lovers separated by the Algerian War. It's a gorgeous, tender, bittersweet movie that is almost entirely sung and still can make me flutter and cry.



This song always reduces me to mush.
dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
This is one of my favorite songs, from the brilliant Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a French movie from 1964, and starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo as lovers separated by the Algerian War. It's a gorgeous, tender, bittersweet movie that is almost entirely sung and still can make me flutter and cry.



This song always reduces me to mush.
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A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



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

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

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

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

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

Ramble ramble )

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

They look adorable:

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



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

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

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

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

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

Ramble ramble )

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

They look adorable:

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



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

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

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

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

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

Ramble ramble )

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

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
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I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
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I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.

Miscellany

Jan. 12th, 2006 06:38 pm
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Dark Horizons posted new pics from BSG ep 2.15 right here

Check out this picture (my fave) under the cut. I don't think it's spoilery but ymmv.

Picture )

In other news, I started watching (didn't finish as got home very late) the adorable HK movie Magic Kitchen with Sammi Cheng, Maggie Q and Andy Lau. It's a romantic comedy and I am in love. Yau is a chef who runs a restaurant using her Mother's recipies and hangs out with her two girl-friends, the flirty Kwai and the elegant May. There is also her ex (Andy Lau) the relationship with whom fell apart after every time they tried to have sex something disastrous happened. And there is Ho, her assistant, with whom she conducts and amiable war as he tries to push her to exercise her creativity in cooking and to get her to enter into an Iron Chef type contest. Oh, and he is cute and might like her. I think this movie is beyond adorable and can't wait to see more.

Also, some pictures from French movies I like

Pictures from movies )

Miscellany

Jan. 12th, 2006 06:38 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
Dark Horizons posted new pics from BSG ep 2.15 right here

Check out this picture (my fave) under the cut. I don't think it's spoilery but ymmv.

Picture )

In other news, I started watching (didn't finish as got home very late) the adorable HK movie Magic Kitchen with Sammi Cheng, Maggie Q and Andy Lau. It's a romantic comedy and I am in love. Yau is a chef who runs a restaurant using her Mother's recipies and hangs out with her two girl-friends, the flirty Kwai and the elegant May. There is also her ex (Andy Lau) the relationship with whom fell apart after every time they tried to have sex something disastrous happened. And there is Ho, her assistant, with whom she conducts and amiable war as he tries to push her to exercise her creativity in cooking and to get her to enter into an Iron Chef type contest. Oh, and he is cute and might like her. I think this movie is beyond adorable and can't wait to see more.

Also, some pictures from French movies I like

Pictures from movies )

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