rusty_halo: (sw: twincest)
Is it just me or does this add a whole 'nother level of slashiness to the original Star Wars trilogy?

(And, *sigh*. Part of me will be eternally in love with whiny naive ANH Luke.)

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]
DragonCon was awesome! )

I really don't have anything new to say regarding the hurricane... it's absolutely horrifying, and I can only hope that it'll be a wake-up call that this country seriously needs to change. Jon Stewart's monologue last night was perfect (you can watch it at this link), and this rant also rang very true to me.

Stuff that's going on with me:

Read more... )
[livejournal.com profile] voodoo_in_tx tagged me to do a meme. I never get tagged to do memes--I'm not sure whether to be flattered or disturbed by this.

Anyway...

List 5 reasons why you are a dork. And make them good reasons.
Justify them. Explain them. Be loud and proud about how big of a dork
you are! Then pick the 5 biggest dorks you know and have them do the
meme.


1. I read massive amounts of fanfiction. For almost three years, I read nearly every decent story written about Spike that I could find, and I archived many at my very own fanfiction website. I get into arguments with people about whether fanfiction counts as a legitimate form of art (it absolutely does). And I'll read almost anything if it's written well, no matter how NC-17 or taboo. (RPF is the only exception; it's a personal squick.)

2. My idea of a really good time is to have friends over to stay up really late, eat snack food, watch movies/TV shows, and get into deep involving discussions about what we're watching.

3. I refuse to buy the DVD versions of Star Wars because they've been corrupted by stupid digital crap. I'm sticking with the real movies for the rest of my life, no matter how worn out these VHS tapes get. (And, related: I've seen the originals something like 500 times each.)

4. I don't dress up at conventions (aside from my usual semi-goth regalia), but I think it's awesome when other people do.

5. Sometimes I'm late for work because I'm listening to a really good song and can't bear to turn it off in the middle.

[I'm not tagging people; I can never remember who has already done it. If you're intrigued, then consider yourself tagged. You're on LiveJournal--you're all dorks. ;) ]

Also: Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker. Hilarious.
A FEAST FOR CROWS!!!

I'm incoherent with delight. It feels like I've been waiting forever for the announcement of this book's publication.

GRRM is going to split it into two novels by character and location. We'll end up with two complete stories, which I definitely prefer over him chopping it down the middle and giving us two halves of a story. Of course, my delight is probably mostly because Jaime will almost certainly be in the first one. More Jaime!! Squee!!

If you haven't read this series yet, seriously, catch up. Plenty of people are starting now; I just got [livejournal.com profile] drujan and [livejournal.com profile] 10zlaine to read them, too. :)

So yeah, aside from that, I had a pretty good weekend, actually. [livejournal.com profile] jaydk and I spent the day together on Sunday and did a double feature: Revenge of the Sith and Kingdom of Heaven. My obsession (Star Wars) and hers (Orlando!).

It was my third time seeing Revenge of the Sith--very cool to see it on the huge screen at Lincoln Square--and once again it made me cry. Luke and Leia's theme music, and Alderaan, and Luke's house, the twin suns, OMG.... *sob* And, also, it helped that I've been reading the novelization--it answers a lot of questions, so that you can more easily sink into the story. (Although the novel is terribly written and its intro to Padme is grotesquely offensive: being a senator doesn't matter at all, because she's all "completely defined by her husband," as if this is a GOOD, ROMANTIC thing, ugh, give up your identity for your husband, so obviously written by a man, and reason #54788514 why I will never get married, and seriously, let's get George Lucas some gender studies lessons, k?....)

Kingdom of Heaven was a lot better the second time. Plus, seeing it right after Revenge of the Sith definitely made me appreciate its sparseness and subtlety. It's beautifully filmed, and I love the minimalism of the dialogue. And I really thought Orlando Bloom did a good job portraying a character who is defined by his actions rather than by his words. (Although we had to run all over the city to see it, and ended up at a 10:20 showing, because the first one we tried was apparently the only sold out showing of that movie in the world.)

Um, and then on Monday I read Veronica Mars fanfic and played Dr. Mario on my NES Emulator. It was a holiday. :P

So tonight I'm going to try to see Chuck Palahniuk, because he's doing a talk at the Barnes & Noble at Union Square. And then on Friday I'm going to try to meet George R.R. Martin at Book Expo America. *crosses fingers*
It was so good. I saw it twice last night.

The first time, I started crying when spoiler ), and sobbed through the whole ending more spoilers )

The second time, the flaws stood out a bit more. spoilers )

But I still loved it. All the ties to the original trilogy, the parallels to RotJ and the lead-ins to ANH. *sigh*

So happy.

I can't really write a real review now because I'm exhausted (I saw it at 8:15 and at midnight, so I didn't get to sleep until 5am). But a few more thoughts, with spoilers:

more spoilers )
[livejournal.com profile] drujan surprised me after work yesterday. Turns out she'd just remembered that she needed to pick up the Star Wars tickets she ordered a month ago for herself, me, and [livejournal.com profile] jaydk. (We're seeing it tonight at 8:15.) So she stopped by my office and gave me my ticket.

Then she dragged me off for "drinks." We ended up this Mexican place, each had a margarita, then ordered a gigantic pitcher of sangria. I can't believe I drank a margarita and half a pitcher of sangria on a Wednesday night.

So, this was supposed to be a brief drink, but when you're drunk off your ass sometimes it becomes pivotal that you see Attack of the Clones immediately, in preparation for Return of the Sith the next day. So we staggered over to Blockbuster, who were out of it, and we ended up hunting it down at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square.

We also got to pass by the huge line (it was only 9pm) of Jedis and Siths and Princess Leia stand-ups waiting for the midnight showing at the Union Square theater. Awesome.

So then suddenly my old friend Mike called me (he said he was on his way to Jeff's house), and asked if I wanted to see Revenge of the Sith with him. I said sure, but I was already seeing it with [livejournal.com profile] jaydk and [livejournal.com profile] drujan. So now I'm seeing it again, at midnight tonight, with Mike.

So anyway, [livejournal.com profile] drujan and I staggered back to my place, collapsed on my couch, and watched Attack of the Clones. I'd never seen the full movie before, and I can't believe I paid money for that crap. But I guess it was, er, educational. Also kind of funny because [livejournal.com profile] drujan kept falling asleep, and she snored through the whole wedding scene at the end.

So, tonight, Revenge of the Sith! Twice!
New Star Wars tomorrow!! I'm excited, and praying that it'll be good. And if it sucks, well, it's not like my estimation of the prequels could get any lower....

Wow. There's a ton of amazing Veronica Mars fic out there. I read a bunch last night (and left some half-assed one line feedback comments, sorry). This is so much more satisfying than my expedition into Queer as Folk fic.

Queer as Folk has been on the air much longer, but has very little in the way of decent fic. I wonder if it has to with audience--does VM appeal to a demographic that is more likely to write good fanfiction? Or is it that VM is a better show? Or maybe it's just that I like a popular character on VM--Logan--whereas I have an unpopular viewpoint regarding QaF--I don't want Brian to "settle down," and if he does, it should be with Michael.

Oh, and, sidenote: it's amazing how many Buffy fans are also in VM fandom. I think that more Buffy fans than I realized watched BtVS in spite of the supernatural, not because of it. Whereas it's not very likely that I'll get into something that doesn't have sci-fi or supernatural or at least action.

I thought this was funny. My friend [livejournal.com profile] jaydk reads LJ, but hasn't seen VM. So she calls me:

[livejournal.com profile] jaydk: I'm bored, entertain me.
[livejournal.com profile] rusty_halo: You should try watching Veronica Mars; I just watched the whole first season, and it's decent.
[livejournal.com profile] jaydk: Oh god, you're not one of those mad obsessed Logan fans now, are you?

Oh, yeah, I keep meaning to post about this. In addition to watching the first season of Veronica Mars this weekend, I also went to three concerts.

Saturday - Velvet Revolver )

Sunday - Nine Inch Nails )

Monday - Nine Inch Nails )

...and a bunch of memes and quiz results )
If you haven't seen it yet, check out [livejournal.com profile] chase820's latest: Night Fever (part 1 of 2). It's Queer as Folk fic, Brian/Michael, dark and angsty and delicious. It ties in with her wonderful QaF/AtS crossover The Man Who Wasn't There, but you don't need to read that to get this. I highly recommend it; no one writes Brian/Michael like Chase.

I saw "Kingdom of Heaven" last week with [livejournal.com profile] jaydk. I actually kind of liked it. Orlando was better than I expected, perfectly adequate, if not quite as charismatic as he could have been. Still, it was a quiet role and an introspective character, and he pulled that off.

The film itself wasn't great, too predictable and not very subtle, but I really enjoyed the fact that Ridley Scott somehow found a way to make a movie about the Crusades that ultimately endorsed pacifism and atheism. Modern sensibilities, sure, but every film is a product of its own cultural age. I thought it was nicely subversive for a mainstream film in this cultural era.

And I liked that it at least tried to grapple with big moral questions, and wasn't just about romance and action--that the romance and action actually were there to serve the plot, and not the other way around. [livejournal.com profile] jaydk really seriously needs to post, though, because she actually managed to attend the premiere--she walked down the red carpet and stood near Orlando and Liam Neeson and everything. (Pssst! [livejournal.com profile] jaydk! Post!)

I'm still dying with anticipation for the new Star Wars movie. (This is so sad, after I swore I wouldn't look forward to it. ) I was the 10-year-old girl who once actually managed to work herself into sobs over Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, so I know this movie is going to affect me. It has to at least get to whatever bit of that 10-year-old is still left, right? And The Empire Strikes Back is, to this day, my all time favorite movie. And this new one is supposed to be just as dark! (!!!) I know the dialogue and digital effects will suck, but still, maybe the other aspects will redeem it.

Anyway, a couple of good articles I stumbled across while reading everything I could find on the topic:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi sex symbol
Darth Vader lives!

(I just liked these, and thought they were worth sharing.)

Yesterday I went to an opera, Alessandro Leardini's 1649 Psiche (Psyche), in Brooklyn. (Yes, I know there are three things in that sentence that don't go together very well, namely me, opera, and Brooklyn, but it happened.) It was pretty, though I know nothing about opera; I went because my coworker was singing in it. It was kind of fun to compare the English and Italian translations; I was surprised how much Italian I could figure out based on the bit of Spanish that I know.

I dragged [livejournal.com profile] jaydk with me, and we decided to surprise [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns, since we were in her neighborhood, so we ended up sneaking up behind her and scaring the hell out of her as she was walking her dog. She forgave us, though, and it was cool to have a sort of impromptu meetup like that. :)

Musically, I'm listening to a lot of early Pig, and loving it. Note to self: another long post analyzing Raymond Watts' early work. And maybe another on his recurring lyrical themes. And maybe a third on the various stages of his work, their connections, differences, and changes over time. Must find time for this.

meme; drujan is going to be jealous! )
[mild spoilers for the new Star Wars movie]

I was so deeply disappointed by the first two Star Wars prequels that I've done everything in my power to avoid anticipating the new one at all. It's going to suck, I have no expectations whatsoever, and therefore if through some astounding magic it actually ends up decent, I'll be impressed.

But...

Kevin Smith's review of Revenge of the Sith (contains major spoilers)

I read this and got so excited I almost couldn't breathe, and almost started squeeing loudly at work.

Kevin Smith:
I remember being eight years old, and reading in "Starlog" that Darth Vader became the half-man/half-machine he was following a duel with Ben Kenobi that climaxed with Vader falling into molten lava. Now, twenty six years later, I finally got to see that long-promised battle...

That's me! Except it wasn't Starlog and it was fourteen years ago, but otherwise that's me!

::dying with anticipation, despite myself::

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