starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
2009-12-31 01:10 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Fanworks masterpost [updated 2017.10.08]

All of my fanfiction can be found at [archiveofourown.org profile] starlady; DW links are listed where extant.

You don't need my permission to remix, record, translate, scanlate, and/or transform anything I've written (though a link to your transformative work is always appreciated!).

I generally follow AO3 policy on warnings; namely, I warn for rape and/or noncon, major character death, and graphic violence. I also will warn for topics that may be triggering on an as-needed basis. If you have a question about the content of any of my stories, or a concern about the warnings or lack thereof on same, please email or pm me and I will do my best to address your concerns respectfully.

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starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
2017-10-20 11:00 am

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) and The Princess & the Frog (2009)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017), dir. Angela Robinson
I loved this film so much and I'd bet that almost everyone reading this will love it too. Based on the real-life story of the creator of Wonder Woman and his wife and their partner, the movie has been winning deserved praise for its respectful portrayal of a poly love story, as well as its exploration of exploring kink and BDSM in a relationship. The story of Bill Marston, Elizabeth Marston and Olive Byrne is fascinating, and Robinson leaps off the agreed-upon documentary record to make it a full-on romantic trio, with Elizabeth and Olive's sexual relationship being just as important and real as either woman's relationship with Marston. Despite all that, however, the film is mostly inexplicit; Robinson is far more focused on the depiction of relationships through the way people look at each other than through body parts. It is, in other words, extremely female gaze, and very sexy. I would happily have watched another hour of the movie, particularly as the latter half gets into the challenges of queer parenting in a homophobic society in a way I wasn't expecting, but the movie's conventional structure means that there's only so much time. Still, it was wonderful, and all the actors were great. Go see it.

The Princess & the Frog (2009)
Disney's last traditionally animated feature film, its first featuring a black princess, and probably the only Disney princess movie I hadn't seen. I liked the story of Tiana and her feckless prince, and from my admittedly inexpert position it seemed like the non-white characters were largely depicted in a positive manner. The story is sweet, but it owes so much to Shrek, it's kind of painful, and the thing that really struck me is that even as Disney put a lot of effort into moving beyond racist stereotypes in its depiction of the non-white characters, they were unwilling or incapable of to get beyond lazy stereotypes and fatphobic tropes in their depictions of villains and fat people. (I was also interested to see that the dupe villain gets a British accent, since the movie being set in New Orleans means that Disney was unable to rely on its main vocal stereotyping strategy of having the villains speak in Southern accents.) All of which is to say, there's ultimately no comparison between this movie and some of Disney's more recent successes.
starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
2017-10-13 12:34 pm

Pull the Football, Save the World

Are you worried about nuclear war? I am too. Keep reading for a way to stop it with one simple action.

Maybe you feel small and powerless. But many snowflakes make an avalanche. If we all move in the same direction, we'll be unstoppable. We will only fail if we choose not to act.

Trump has the power to order a pre-emptive nuclear strike for any reason - or no reason at all. He's always shadowed by a man with a briefcase of codes, called the "nuclear football," to enable him to launch nuclear missiles at any time. It would take less than five minutes from his order to the missiles being launched, and no one could stop him. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump is leading us into World War III. I believe him.

But we don't have to stand by and let it happen. Let's pull away that football!

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. Passing those bills may literally save the world.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.

Share this post on Facebook or Dreamwidth. Put up your own post on whatever social media you use. Ask your friends in person. If you know anyone in the media, contact them to get the word out. If you're not American, you can help by publicizing the campaign on social media that Americans follow.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬?

1. Resistbot is a free service that will fax, call, or write your representatives for you. Just text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.

2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the representative of your choice.

𝐈'𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰?

Contact them again. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. One water drop can be brushed away. Many water drops make a flood. Call, fax, or write as often as possible. Set aside 15 minutes every day to make as many calls or faxes as you can in that time. Relentlessness works - it's why the NRA is so successful. If they can do it, we can do it.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐲?

Page down for a sample script. Or speak or write in your own words.

𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭:

Every Democrat not currently sponsoring one of the bills. Thank them for their courage and service to the nation, and ask them to act now to save the world.

Thank the Democrats currently sponsoring the bills. There are 57 in the House and 9 in the Senate. Especially, thank Congressman Ted Lieu (sponsor of the House bill) and Sen. Edward Markey (sponsor of the Senate bill). Encourage them to step up their efforts to make it pass.

𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭:

The Republicans listed below are the most prominent who have voiced concerns about Trump. This is not an exhaustive list. There are more Republicans who might be receptive. For instance, all the House Republicans who just voted for more aid for Puerto Rico, and all Republicans who are retiring from their seats and so not worried about getting re-elected.

Sen. Bob Corker warned us that Trump is setting the nation on a path to World War III. If you only contact one Republican representative, contact him. Thank him for his courage and urge him to follow through on his convictions.

Sen. Walter Jones is the only Republican to support the bill. Thank him for his courage and urge him to get his colleagues onboard.

Other Republican senators to prioritize contacting: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and Bob Sasse.

𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭:
Hello, my name is [your name.] I'm calling to ask Representative/Senator [their name] to co-sponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. I believe Senator Corker when he says we're on the brink of World War Three. No one benefits from a nuclear war. But we can stop it if we choose to. This may be the most important action Representative/Senator [their name] will take in their entire life. It may literally save the world. I urge them to co-sponsor the bill restricting first use of nuclear weapons. Thank you.

Thank you for reading this far! Please share the post before you go.

Thanks to [personal profile] rachelmanija for creating this campaign!
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2017-10-08 10:10 pm
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Equinox reveals

My streak of never being guessed for exchanges continues.  

I made the Narnia vid Heartlines for [personal profile] silly_cleo, and I made the Hogfather vid Get Behind Me, Hogfather! for [personal profile] mithborien. The latter is now available in the complete version, unlike the short vid that I posted for the anon period. 

And [personal profile] aurumcalendula made my excellent Handmaiden vid Never Look Away

See you at the next equinox!
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2017-10-05 02:13 pm
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Vid: Get Behind Me, Hogfather! (Hogfather)

source: Hogfather
audio: Sufjan Stevens, "Get Behind Me, Santa!"
length: 2:48
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: hogswatch
download: 64MB on Dropbox
summary: It's just another solar festival. Or is it?

AO3 | tumblr


I've had this idea in mind for at least five years. When I saw [personal profile] mithborien's request, I knew I had to seize the opportunity. I am an unabashed fan of Christmas, and I wanted to make a vid that got at that aspect of the movie. Also, Susan is the best.

Clipping soon presented a series of challenges: my ancient avi files (!) had weird issues, and I discovered midway through that they were, collectively, missing about 45 minutes of the movie. A search for full-length rips of the movie eventually resulted in ripping them off YouTube, as my computer couldn't deal with the copy protection on the DVDs and the Blu-ray links I found were all dead. I had thought about remastering the vid so that all the clips were from the YT version of the file, but closer viewing showed not much difference between them. 

The other thing that clipping demonstrated was just how much of the movie is talking. I decided to trim the song down rather than try to fill the very long bridge with material that very probably would have gotten repetitive. It also became clear to me that I wasn't going to make the treat deadline with the full vid, so I uploaded a much shorter version for the deadline in order to give myself time to finish the full version, which is the one you see here. 

Happy Hogswatch to all, and to all, a good night.
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (nevermore)
2017-10-04 01:58 pm
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Vid: Heartlines (The Chronicles of Narnia)

source: The Chronicles of Narnia movies
audio: Florence & the Machine, "Heartlines"
length: 5:01
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: aslan
download: 223MB on Dropbox
summary: Your heart is the only place that I call home,/I cannot be returned.

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I've had the idea for this vid for a long time. I…thought [personal profile] silly_cleo might not like it? (I always think this.) She mentioned not liking the movies as adaptations, and I have to say that I love the movies as adaptations. The compromise I came up with was hewing fairly close to movie depictions of events in the books, which got complicated in terms of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in particular. 

A lot of people commented on the vid having Lucy as a kind of loose POV character, which…is another thing I did not anticipate. I did the intro section with Lucy dead last, so for me the vid was about stepping back to the origin of Narnia for the Pevensies, their lost Golden Age, and going backward and forward from there. 

Finally, you may have noticed that there is not a ton of Aslan in this vid. That is not an accident either; I am not really a huge fan of Aslan anymore. My favorite Narnia fic of all is [personal profile] bedlamsbard's Dust in the Air, which should tell those of you who've read it (and who know how it was supposed to end) something about my ideal vision of Narnia. 
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (nevermore)
2017-10-02 07:21 pm
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Fall Equinox vids!

Well, I'm back. I went to Minneapolis, and then Japan, and it was really great--I simultaneously did not much and also quite a lot. Every time I go I strongly consider trying to move there permanently. Maybe in future the balance of my decisions will change.

In the meantime, the Autumn Equinox 2017 vids are live! I made two vids in the collection (as a matter of fact, I was tweaking the signed version of one of them on the plane today), and I received one excellent vid which I love quite a lot:

Never Look Away (0 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 아가씨 | The Handmaiden (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hideko/Sook-hee (The Handmaiden)
Characters: Hideko (The Handmaiden), Sook-hee (The Handmaiden)
Additional Tags: Embedded Video, Fanvids
Summary:

‘I want your warm bright eyes/ to never look away/ don’t you ever look away’

My favorite Vienna Teng song of all done to a lovely vid about the relationship at the heart of the movie. I am about to dive into the rest of the collection, so cannot make any recommendations yet, but I'm looking forward to catching up before the anon period ends.
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2017-08-29 09:48 pm
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Atomic Blonde (2017) and The Dark Tower (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017), dir. David Leitch
I fully support Charlize Theron's decision to transform into an action star as her mid-career reinvention. Set in Berlin during the literal last days before the fall of the Wall, Theron plays a British spy tasked with flying in to recover "the list" (spy movies need to stop using this MacGuffin, and someday they will, but not today) of covert agents and figure out which agent in Berlin has betrayed their country. Smart money is on James McAvoy, playing the MI6 Berlin station chief in full-on dirty mode, but much more charmingly than in Filth. I was in Berlin last October, which leant a vertiginous quality to the whole affair; much of the movie is quite accurate about getting between the two cities, etc, and it feels like Berlin still does, a little, even now. Everyone is excellent and the fight scenes, eschewing the Bond films' PG-13 rating for a well-earned R, are realistic and tense. The soundtrack is great too, though if anything, it was edging slightly close to being too on the nose at times; this was saved mostly by the many German covers of 80s standards. There is also canon queerness, for an even better bonus, and I am definitely going to watch it again. Has anyone read the graphic novel it's based on?

The Dark Tower (2017), dir. Nikolaj Arcel
My brother and I went to see this because Idris Elba and…it's not good. I don't think it was quite as bad as it was made out to be, but it's certainly the case that less than 12 hours after I walked out of the theater the only thing that stuck with me was Matthew McConnaughey saying "magics" with absolutely zero conviction. The posters were more epic than the actual film, alas. I still maintain that they should have made Jake a girl (heresy, I know), but the film had bigger problems. Stephen King apparently signed off on it, though, which suggests an inherent problem in his standards for adaptations of his books.

starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2017-08-06 11:40 pm
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Vid: Fall of the Jedi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

source: The Clone Wars
audio: Daft Punk, "C.L.U. (Paul Oakenfold remix)"
length: 4:40
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: theforce
download: 217MB on Dropbox
summary: Beware the dark side. 

My 2017 Club Vivid premiere! 



tumblr | AO3


I watched all of The Clone Wars over the course of the past eight months or so--the (re)watch was originally scheduled to coincide with the release of Rogue One, but then November happened. Somewhere around October, I realized that I wanted to make a vid about the show, and that I wanted to use this track. This is the easier vid to make from the show; its complex exploration of sentience, personhood, and free will playing out with the clones and the droids is more difficult. I also decided fairly early on that I wanted to make this vid by colors--the lightsabers go from blue to green to red by the end of the vid, just like the galaxy slides further into chaos and the fall of the Jedi and the Republic. The black darksaber, something of a wild card in the morality play of the lightsaber color codes, appears at the beginning, middle, and end. 

I'm really happy with how this vid turned out. It was a fairly easy vidding process, possibly because I was using an extensive spreadsheet and because the realities of who fought who meant that I was somewhat constrained in my clip choices at each point through the timeline, until I hit the wall of trying to find copies of episodes that weren't TV rips with logos and started tearing my hair out. Anyway. May the Force be with you.
starlady: (bibliophile)
2017-07-18 03:30 pm
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YouTube channel, at long last

Years after everyone else, I have uploaded all of my vids to my YouTube channel. All of them, that is, except the remasters and the ones that have been copy-blocked globally. I will continue to do Vimeo under password uploads for all my vids so that people in Germany can watch them, and in case of further copyright jail shenanigans on future vids.



A number of people have asked me about this for the past few years, and with the way vidding is shifting, it seemed like the thing to do. To celebrate, I have embedded my most recent and most popular vids on this entry. 


It's mostly true that I make vids for myself, but I do enjoy other people enjoying them. Feel free to subscribe to the channel, and if you feel like watching or liking the vids on this new platform (or reblog on the old tumbleweed), that would not be unappreciated by me.

One final note: I will add YouTube links to the old vid posts as time and 2017 allow.
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2017-07-17 03:45 pm

Support a great vidder!

My friend [personal profile] kuwdora is currently doing her damnedest to change careers and become a professional editor. She's got a great opportunity for coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire but needs help to make the math come out. The program will give her a significant leg up as a woman in a male-dominated industry and give her essential connections in Hollywood that will enable her to succeed.

You can donate to her GoFundMe directly, or commission a vid from her. Abbey has been a huge influence on my vidding and was ridiculously generous with her time, skills, and expertise when I was starting out, so if you've ever felt like you'd like to buy me a coffee for any of my vids, please take this opportunity to pay it forward to her instead.
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
2017-07-15 11:11 pm
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Dear Equinox letter

Dear Equinox-er,

First off, thank you for making me a vid! I love vids, and quite honestly I would be happy to see a vid in any of these fandoms. I have suggested music for some of them, but please don't feel bound by what I've suggested, and I have no qualms about oft-vidded songs, either. And while a lot of these fandoms are very close to my heart, I will be very happy to see vids for them regardless of anything.

I Capture the Castle (2003)
I just read the book, and the movie does quite a good job of it. I love the zaniness of the family (Topaz is my secret favorite), and also Cassandra of course. Any vid from this movie would be great.

The Handmaiden (2016)
What I said: "Yup, absolutely anything from this movie would be amazing." What I meant: If you can somehow correct for the extreme male gaze of the movie, that would be amazing. While I did like the movie, the less said about the sex scenes, the better.

The Golden Compass (2007)
Aesthetically, I thought the movie was all right, especially once it got out of Oxford and got into the North. I've never really cared for (or about) Roger, but I would love any vid from this source, as the books are some of my favorites of all time. My Philp Pullman tag has a few scattered public thoughts on the book(s). This is what I said about the movie when I saw it in Kyoto nine years ago:

I thought it was an entirely creditable adaptation of, on balance, a rather difficult book to turn into cinema. I had a quarrel with where they ended the movie, though I can understand why they took it only that far instead of to where the book ends, but some things were really well done--the armored bears, for instance, and I particularly liked the witches as well (Eva Green is so awesome). Of course when Ragnur's jaw got TORN OFF there was absolutely no blood, but I suppose I should be used to this happening in children's fantasy movies by now. Come to think of it, I can't really say there was that much blood in "The Lord of the Rings" movies either. I thought the production design looked a lot more organic and less strange than it seemed in the previews, and props to Derek Jacobi on general principles for being amazing.

Harriet the Spy (1996)
I'm not sure how good a movie this is, really, or how good an adaptation, but I adore Harriet and I would love a vid about her.
starlady: (bibliophile)
2017-06-17 07:27 pm

Vid: Halfway Away (Yuri!!! on Ice)

source: Yuri!!! on Ice
audio: CHVRCHES, "Clearest Blue"
length: 3:54
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: katsudon
download: 229MB on Dropbox
summary: "While you were being heterosexual, I studied the blades on ice." -- @viktorbottom

Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2017.

tumblrAO3



Vidding TV shows is so much work. I was cutting this one until about two hours before the deadline, exacerbated by the fact that the Blu-Ray of the last volume came out literally the day before the deadline. I initially used a low quality rip of the creditless ending and was resigned to a different version online than on the con DVD, but then due to some serendipitous technical difficulties, resolved at length by the very patient and excellent con staff, I actually was able to get a file with a high quality rip of the ending into the con--of course it came out less than 24 hours after said deadline. (If I ever get access to Blu-Ray rips, I may remaster it, just because they changed so much for the disc releases.)

As for the vid itself…I had this song in mind since about January. Yuuri and Victor love each other a lot, okay, and they meet each other in the middle, eventually, every time.

Lyrics
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2017-05-27 01:11 pm
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Vid: 1985 (Tomorrowland)

source: Tomorrowland
audio: Passion Pit, "Lifted Up (1985)"
length: 4:24
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: tomorrow
download: 258MB on Dropbox
summary: I won't lie, I knew you'd belong here.

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty premiere!



I don't watch movies on planes; I'm the creeper who eyeballs your movie while you're watching a movie on planes. I caught enough of this one in flight at one point, though, that I actually watched the rest of it when I couldn't sleep on another flight.
There's no point beating around the bush: Tomorrowland is a compelling movie with bad pacing and execrable politics, but it's also a movie where two girls save the world, one of whom is a robot. (George Clooney helps.) I wanted to make a vid about that part of the movie, less about Brad Bird's weird elitism and despair. The song choice seemed almost too obvious, but on the other hand, I like it.

Weirdly, this is the second vid I've made for Wiscon with a Disney connection, the first being Just a Dream Away. Making this vid also helped me to realize that the movie has already been influential at the level of visuals: Yorktown in Star Trek Beyond, last seen in my [community profile] equinox_exchange vid We Are Who We Are, is almost a carbon copy of the city in this movie, right down to some of the camera angles. I had originally hoped to make this as a Festivids treat, and then November happened. At least I can now go watch the Festivid that did get made for the movie.

One of the things I like about vidding is that it's changed the way I watch movies and it changes the way I think about the sources I vid. Towards the end of making this one I started thinking that they should have cast Casey as not white, which cemented my ambivalence about the entire film. (It wouldn't work, of course, because Brad Bird not so secretly fears the postmodern present, which is why his vision of Tomorrowland is anchored in the late 19thC and the high water mark of the modern, the 1964 World's Fair.) In conclusion, Star Trek does it better. Onward.
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2017-04-29 08:19 pm
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Equinox Spring 2017 reveals

As you can now see from the Equinox collection on AO3, I made the Star Trek Beyond vid We Are Who We Are for [personal profile] shinyjenni.

My vidders, both for Deep Space Nine, were [personal profile] kuwdora, with Pundits and Poets, and [personal profile] such_heights, with I Lived. ♥

On a personal note, I am at 2/3 for guesses, and I feel vindicated.

starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
2017-04-24 09:12 pm
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Colossal (2017) and The Fate of the Furious (2017)

I'm inaugurating a new movie rating system: did these movies engross me enough to make me forget about Trump for the length of their run time? 

Both these films were a resounding yes.

Colossal, dir. Nacho Vigalondo

The director is an avowed hater of romcoms for the way they degrade women's agency and posit that if the man is just enough of a stalker, he'll wear the woman down into saying yes. I figured it was worth seeing for that alone, and I was right: although 30-something Gloria by no means has her life together, moving back home to her parents' empty vacation rental when her boyfriend Tim kicks her out of their unbelievably nice New York City apartment, that doesn't mean it's okay for her childhood friend Oscar, a certified Nice Guy™, to try to pressure her into dating. The movie knows this. It makes it clear by a device whereby when Gloria and Oscar walk through a certain park in their town, they turn into a giant monster and a giant robot that lay waste to Seoul. I had questions about this premise, but notably, the film in fact turns on the question of the innocent urbanites: Gloria actively cares about them and tries not to cause further damage once she realizes what's going on. Oscar, by contrast, is perfectly willing to hold those innocent lives over her head to get her to do what he wants. Notably, ex-boyfriend Tim is not a catch either; he's not a Nice Guy, but he's also perfectly willing to try to neg Gloria into living the life he thinks she should have. The ending was extremely satisfying on all counts.

The Fate of the Furio
us, dir. F. Gary Gray

I think on the infographic this one is more furious than fast, alas; my one friend actually peaced out at the 1/3 mark because there was too much Vin Diesel having feelings and not enough explosions. She missed Helen Mirren, and Jason Statham holding a baby while killing a bunch of guys, definitely my favorite sequence, with the soccer haka close behind. For those that like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like. I hope they go to space next. Relateldy, I approve of Charlize Theron's mid-career turn to action hero stardom and eagerly await Atomic Blonde.
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2017-04-23 12:58 pm
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Equinox vids!

The vids are live in the first [community profile] equinox_exchange; you can view the entire collection of 54 new vids on the Archive.

I made one vid. I think it is very obvious, but I have never yet been successfully guessed on the Festivids guessing posts. Maybe you can break the streak via the Equinox guessing post.

I have not had much time to browse the collection because I was marching for science yesterday. It was a nice day in San Francisco, not too sunny but not too cold. As well as knowing again that we weren't alone, it was nice to know that for a few hours we were exactly where we should be. Also, we ate delicious tacos at the Ferry Building.

I received two vids, both for Deep Space Nine:

I Lived (4 words) by Anonymous
Summary: Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay.

and

Pundits and Poets (3 words) by Anonymous
Summary: xoxoxoxo

They are both extremely heart-warming. ♥
starlady: (crew)
2017-04-10 10:29 pm

Vid: We Are Who We Are

source: Star Trek Beyond
audio: Kesha, "We R Who We R"
length: 3:26
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: equinox
download: 202MB on Dropbox
summary: We'll do what we always do, Jim.

My spring 2017 [community profile] equinox_exchange assignment, for [personal profile] shinyjenni.

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I love this dumb movie, and I had vague thoughts about how much it parallels the under-appreciated by wonderful Star Trek III. Those thoughts are not in this vid explicitly because making this vid took an unexpected amount of time, what with one thing and another, including politics. But they do underlie it (if you liked this movie, you should go rewatch Star Trek III, because there are a lot of parallels and also STIII is delightful) in various ways. 

Other than that, it does (I hope) what it says on the tin. The technical process was a bit nightmarish this time around, not helped by jetlag; I was about 1/3 of the way through clipping a 720p release when I freaked out about clip quality and decided I needed to use 1280. (Also, my video card is slowly dying.) I was about 80% of the way through reclipping before I realized that I could just use the existing clips and only redo whatever I wound up actually using in the vid. Then I wound up using quite a few bits from clips I hadn't redone because that section was the part where the Enterprise crashes on the planet. Whoops. My outlining process also failed me, because I hadn't written down my initial thoughts when I'd had them last summer, so I only had vague notions when I got to actually vidding, and I wound up obsessively recutting the first section before I found a rhythm I liked. The real breakthrough came when I did the stutter cuts on the first chorus. Thanks Kesha.
starlady: (bibliophile)
2017-03-15 11:58 pm

It's still Wednesday in Hawaii

And damn am I feeling the love for the state of Hawaii on this particular Wednesday. 

What I'm Reading

I started Monstress vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda on the feeling that I needed to start taking a bigger bite out of the Sirens reading challenge--25 books doesn't sound like a lot, but then it's September and it's just too late. I like it so far! The art is lovely and there are a lot of women. The story seems somewhat opaque but also honestly, I am prepared to reserve judgment for a very long time based on how much I like it.

Also still Jaran 3. I am trying to simultaneously have one physical and one ebook on the go, so I can read one based on whichever mode is most convenient. My problem with Jaran 3 is that…well, okay. I am not as engrossed as I was in Jaran, when the story was almost entirely Tess's POV. Also, I don't care about babies, and it's hard to escape the conviction that if Elliott were writing these books now they'd be three instead of four. 

What I've Read
I read Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, also for Sirens, and was surprised just how much I liked it. It was hilarious and also very San Francisco, in a knowing and ironic but also affectionate way, and the execution managed to avoid the potential for gender essentialism that was obvious in the premise. And while there's a lot going on, it also reads very quickly. Definitely recommended.

Also, The Wicked and the Divine vol. 3, which has turned the corner for me into a series that I think is great as opposed to just intriguing--maybe because Prince and Bowie are dead now, I won't lie. Also Pretty Deadly vol. 1, which is not a comic that is well served by e-format, I have to say. But the art was lovely and the story was good, though maybe a little thinner than you might think. 

What I'll Read Next
Well, WicDiv 4 and also Pretty Deadly 2, because I have both of those sitting around in my stack. Other than that, probably more Sirens books.
starlady: (bibliophile)
2017-02-22 09:55 pm

Be the content you want to see in the world, or something

What I'm Reading 
I'm separately slogging through Queens' Play, the second Lymond book, and have just started the third Jaran book by Kate Elliott, An Earthly Crown. I am enjoying the Jaran books so far but they are quite…long…and I am less engrossed in them than in any other Kate Elliott book I have ever read. Otoh, I did, after finishing the first one, finally obtain a Kate Elliott backlist bingo. I am also engrossed in Lymond, but I don't know what is going to take the last 125 pages of this book and the plot seems to have temporarily becalmed, which is saying something for a book in which Lymond mostly drinks and fucks his way through the French court in disguise (the latter of which is, of course, offscreen). I have at least managed to internalize that whenever a character is doing something and I don't understand why, it's because they want to fuck Lymond. I hope, but doubt, that the upcoming TV series will make some of this rather unsubtle subtext visible onscreen.

What I've Just Read
Well, Jaran 1 and 2 and Lymond 1. Jaran 1 and 2: good, long, I have no idea how Gwyn Jones gets from Point A in book 2 to where he winds up at the beginning of the Highroad trilogy, which at least does not have the problem of not much happening for long stretches of time. Lymond 1: every man in Scotland is an idiot except Lymond, and Will Scott at the critical moment. I felt like I was being beaten over the head by Scottish history for most of it, but in an enjoyable way. I have been texting [personal profile] oliviacirce about the books, because she told me to, and at some point I will probably transcribe our conversations with her permission, because they are at least hilarious.

What I'll Read Next

You guessed it…Jaran 4. I would also say Lymond 3, but apparently it's best not to break between books 3-6 and my copy of 4 is the wrong edition, so I may hold off until I can solve that problem. Also I have a pile of comics that I need to read before ECCC.
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
2017-02-11 09:48 pm
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Festivids reveals!

All is known and I can now reveal that I made two vids: my assignment was state of war, a Haywire vid for [personal profile] aurumcalendula, and the treat I made was Heroes, a Dorothy Sayers Mysteries vid for [tumblr.com profile] josette-arnauld. By a stroke of coincidence, [tumblr.com profile] josette-arnauld also made my gift, the amazing Miss Fisher vid My Love.

Downloads and streaming should work immediately for both of my vids; please let me know if you have any issues with any of that. After much gnashing of teeth, I've gone back to Vimeo for streaming, so hopefully the playback should be frictionless.