January 10th, 2011
|01:27 pm - Jealousy|
I spent an hour or so talking with Wes in his car last night after we got back to my place; it was good.
Mike had accidentally sparked an old conversation by teasing me over Wes's various bromances (namely with Sal and Sam). I used to feel jealous that he would spend so much time with Sal (even though it was mostly to work out) or that he kept his eyes on Sam almost the entire night whenever we hung out with him. He's reminded me a few times that I'm probably the person who is most close to him out of everyone on the entire planet, though, which helps.
I thought back to the time I asked Wes if he'd want to be roommates at some point, and how he'd declined. Then at some later date, he said "god, living with him would be AWESOME" about some guy or another, and my jealousy flared. I felt like I'd be fine with him living alone if he really wanted to do that but that if he was in the market for a roommate and specifically NOT me, I wanted to know why. Talking about that again last night helped to the point where I'd say it's resolved in my mind.
And we reminisced about high school. Wes said that at one point, everyone on the swim team knew he liked me, because he'd mentioned it to them. >.< I was like "kyahh~! Secret love!! Moooooooe~" Hehe, not really. It was more like, "ah, good, so it wasn't just me." I like talking about that stuff and finding that he remembers things that I remember, or things that perhaps I felt I was clinging to in an unwarranted sort of way (finding out that they're still there for him, too).
He said he remembered that time I squeezed an "I love you" out of him, lol. I remembered that, too! I'd thought he'd forgotten for sure. And he remembered the day when I told him at lunch, "you know, I used to have a huge crush on you" and he got up and let out this guttural cry of frustration, which made me giggle. I wasn't single at the time--I never was. He pointed that out about back then, and I told him (something I think he probably already knew, too, just not at the time when it was relevant) that I would have happily left any throwaway boyfriend at the chance to be with him.
Being with Marty complicated things. Hindsight is 20/20, though, and I can't really say that things would have worked out well if we'd started seeing one another back then. I was much more unstable than I am now. I would have possibly still felt the triggers that urged me toward transition around that age, and then he'd have had to bear the full brunt of the emo outbursts that went along with that. And possibly some heartbreak. Marty was the right person to take care of me for the time that he did.
So the timing of things unfolded splendidly in the end, and I have few regrets. :3 It's obviously way easier to say that NOW, when I've finally got him firmly in my clutches, but whatev. I like myself on testosterone, too, of course, even though Wes has a way of drawing out my feminine side without even trying to. He doesn't chase after it the way Marty did, so I feel comfortable being open about it around him. The biological components of the testosterone make "my feminine side" be a much calmer and cooler type of person than I was before, anyway, so it's all good.
Anyway, yeah~ <3 Yesterday was great!
Current Mood: full
December 8th, 2010
|08:42 am - Out and Proud|
I came out to my mother yesterday. She was more than eight months behind my dad, so I suppose it was finally time. I don't know how long I would have waited were it not for my grandmother and Michele telling her things--namely that I had moved out and that I'm injecting testosterone, respectively.
She seems worried about it now that I've told her, but I think that's natural. She is interested in reading the books I suggested to her, Becoming a Visible Man and Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience. BAVM was a much better book as far as I'm concerned, but JAH has some qualities that make it a worthwhile read. It'll be very useful to have her help if I ever need to ask legal questions, even though I like to avoid badgering her for legal help the way I see some people doing (since you shouldn't use people just because they're family).
Lexine, Claudia, and Renate all read my coming out letter (which was a feat, given the length). They said my writing was very straight laced! I had no idea. I told Lexine that I just sat down and started typing from start to finish. It took a good 80 minutes to write, too. After she wrote back yesterday evening, I wrote her again to tell her about my fears regarding the future of my relationships.
I chatted with Wes online a bit, which was fun. We mostly talked about a project he was working on at school. John was nervous about the strength of his cover letter, but he got a request for an interview with Gingko just 25 minutes after they received his resume! He's been talking about that place for such a long time, so I hope he gets the job.
James and I talked about comics, too, which was a welcome distraction. Conversations with him often feel like I am a child who is being humored by an adult. I don't mean that in a negative way. I think I just forget my age. Or I forget that people see me and expect a certain level of maturity from someone who is 21 years old, even though my actual personality doesn't always go with "21." I do still like to be coddled quite a bit.
Pete made a really delicious sweet bread a few days ago and he's been eating it ever since. It came out so nicely! I had a piece the morning after we pulled it out of the oven, but I haven't had any more since then. Trying to limit myself all around. I find that I enjoy food a lot more if I'm not full when I start eating. If I eat too many fattening snacks (as in, ones with high amounts of saturated fat) in a row, they start to taste different to me and I like them significantly less. Of course, most of my pantry consists of fattening snacks at the moment, so... >.> They'll last a very long time.
Now that my mom knows about my transition, I don't have to step lightly anymore. I'm pretty pleased with myself.
Current Mood: relieved
Current Music: Sarah Jarosz - Shankill Butchers
December 2nd, 2010
|01:51 pm - Green Aisle Grocery|
YAY! I have to thank the guys down at Green Aisle Grocery for stocking great food and being really polite and helpful via email.
I got! 2 Almond & Sea Salt bars and 1 Stumptown Coffee bar by Mast Brothers Chocolate. Adam said he would be sure to get some straight up Fleur de Sel bars next time they order from Mast Brothers, too, so I'll get to try that then. ^.^ I'm so happy!
Oh, and I grabbed two Market Day Fleur de Sel caramels--1 walnut cream and 1 chocolate. The Walnut Cream was so buttery and GOOD, and I'll try the chocolate one tomorrow or sometime this weekend. I've got to bring Pete down to that store sometime.
Current Mood: thankful
Current Music: Ranchero Brothers - Catch Me
November 30th, 2010
|08:44 am - Hair|
I can't decide between dreadlocks and a short hair cut. I think dreadlocks are really what I want, but I'm not sure how easy it'll be for me to give them to myself. Sectioning the hair properly is my biggest concern at the moment, so I might practice before I order anything.
Also, it turns out that I can ride all the way to Doylestown on a Zone 3 pass on weekends (or anytime that isn't rush hour). Finally a way to get comics without asking for a ride!
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Jack Teagarden's Big Eight - St. James Infirmary
November 29th, 2010
|01:48 pm - Passed with SEPTA for the second month in a row!|
Halloween was great, Thanksgiving was OK. The days surrounding Thanksgiving were pretty epic for me this year. I picked up some new clothes, as well as some Christmas gifts for people. I'm not going crazy this year, but a few people who are near and dear to my heart will get something.
Hannah's birthday was the 25th. I forgot to ask how old she is... I'm going to guess 20. I baked 72 chocolate cupcakes with homemade cream cheese icing for her to take with her for the kids at work (she works at a daycare center).
I've been reading Kev's blog and keeping in touch with him through comments. It's nice to talk to other trans guys, regardless of what stage they're at in their transition (psychologically speaking). It's a comfort to know that your feelings are relatively standard in some circles and having other people to tell you what to expect or reaffirm things you already know helps a whole lot.
I wish Free Speech TV would put video archives of Gay USA up a lot quicker than they do. I don't know if they're short-staffed or run by volunteers, but the news is already bordering on outdated by the time it airs on television, let alone a week later when the video pops up online. I should hook my TV up to cable just for that, I suppose. It wouldn't be HD, but I don't think it's ever been broadcast in HD, anyway.
^.^ If anyone's looking to get me anything for Christmas (doubtful), a Sidney Bechet record would make my year (on CD--since that's all I can play). I don't have any of him!
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: Art Tatum - You Took Advantage of Me
October 20th, 2010
|09:19 am - Injunction junction, what's your function?|
Woo! SO. This is news from way back on Tuesday, but it's still worth getting excited over. Federal District Court Judge Virginia Phillips has denied the Obama Administration's request for a stay on her injunction against the enforcement of DADT pending appeal to the 9th Circuit. She ruled that the Department of Justice failed to make a case for the stay, so that's awesome.
Speaking of constitutionality, the administration is also appealing to the Massachusetts decision on DOMA, so either they're trying to bring that to the Supreme Court for a ruling that would help gays all over the country, or they're showing their true homophobic policy colors.
Obama has been pledging that DADT will be repealed during his term, but this argument that it must be taken down in the legislature when it could well be taken care of in the courts is silly. He hasn't offered any reasoning behind that stipulation.
Also... Shit. I forgot to wear purple to work today. >.< I'll have to throw on something lavender when I get home. It's not that I don't care about gay teen suicides--I just don't think so clearly around 6:00a in the morning.
Red finally put out a new video, and it's about Dan Savage's It Gets Better project:
Current Mood: cynical
September 18th, 2010
|10:42 pm - Bored to Death|
Marty's dad just ordered HBO for six months, so Marty and I caught Real Time on friday, as well as Jason Schwartzman's show, Bored to Death. It's incredible. He is incredible. It's a perfect character for him, and every moment is a pleasure.
Also, Martin Gero (from Stargate Atlantis) is a writer and a producer for Bored to Death, and it shows. If you've ever seen the behind the scenes interviews for Atlantis, you've probably seen Martin. He's hilarious and Marty and I both love him. <3 We have HIM to thank for the man on man action in "Duet," which was really pretty awesome.
We wont be able to see Dabangg until we get paid, but I'm looking forward to it immensely. Hope it will still be playing in two weeks or so.
Current Mood: happy
September 10th, 2010
|09:52 pm - I don't know why I thought he wouldn't.|
He saved her!!!
Current Mood: chipper
|09:20 pm - Mid-season finale|
Eureka is on (finally). And... I just deleted everything I wrote about it because this whole Allison thing is terrible.
:( And here I was hoping to gush about how Zane is a lot more attractive with his current personality (not yet neutered), and how Jo commented that she kinda likes the new and improved bossy Fargo (probably just a teaser). I get the feeling that the bridge device is about to be a whole lot more important to the rest of this season, unless Allison is really gone for good.
I made homemade apple strudel today, and huevos rancheros last night. Everything is delicious.
Current Mood: sad
August 29th, 2010
|04:48 pm - Teleclone IV|
I take back anything good I ever said about Michio Kaku. He's just another quack that likes to listen to himself talk. Marty and I are surprised when he actually represents something accurately.
We're watching a rerun of Sci Fi Science called "How to Teleport," and in it, he says you could teleport people by scanning them, turning them into data, and recreating them at their selected destinations, and that in doing that, you would represent each atom with one bit. Even just to store the position of each atom would require kilobytes, let alone storing information about isotopes and anything else you'd need to describe the individual atoms. I mean, it's obvious that he's clueless when it comes to computer science, but what about physics?! Does he thinks an atom is something that simply is or is not there, and that that's all there is to it?
And he called the existential dilemma behind this sort of teleportation "a small wrinkle" to be ironed out at a later date. I personally like the way this is described in The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul: "Is that infernal machine a tele-porter—a mode of transportation—or, as the brand name suggests, a sort of murdering twinmaker?"
You would think it would make sense to wait until the person rematerialized properly at the destination point before you killed the original, but there are moral implications to that.
Current Mood: contemplative
August 8th, 2010
|02:25 pm - Politics :(|
This is pretty old news by now, but I figure I should write about it so that people (the two or three of you that actually read this from time to time) know what's up if they haven't heard already.
Of course, Judge Vaughn Walker's decision on Prop 8 was to overturn it on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and violates Equal Protection. That was amazing! I'm not sure if I mentioned anything about that. I watched Black Dynamite right after finding out, so that was a pretty glorious evening on the whole.
Anyway, I'm boycotting Target and Best Buy, and you should, too. They've donated $150,000 and $100,000 to Tom Emmer, an openly anti-gay candidate in a primary for the Minnesota gubernatorial race. He's one of four! Seriously, what the hell? I reminded Pete to avoid those stores because of this bullshit and he took a very anti-corporation stance on the whole (which I agree with, as well). Corporations can donate unlimited amounts to politicians' campaigns following the Citizen's United campaign, and look what's come of it. Target has issued an apology for their donation, but it doesn't make things better. Their CEO needs to go. Gregg Steinhagel and his wife have each donated $5,000 to Michele Bachmann. They go out of their way to support anti-gay politicians and movements.
Similarly, I would appreciate it if straight people who care about LGBT rights would abstain from getting married until same sex couples have equal marriage rights--but that's a bigger thing to ask of others. I myself can get a bit of a loophole marriage right now if I want to (due to the muddy waters surrounding what constitutes same sex with regard to transsexuals in state legal systems), but I wouldn't even want it. The idea is that marriage means less for everyone when some people are being deprived of it due to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It begins to mean less about a loving commitment and more about doing things for the sake of tradition--which is never good if it's the only reason you're doing something.
Also, Cory Booker has disappointed me recently for still not coming out to say anything about this crusing in the parks issue in Newark. Dean Gaymon, who may or may not be gay, was shot and killed by an undercover cop looking for gay men to prosecute in a known cruising area. Since the only person who can testify to Gaymon's actions leading up to the murder is the cop who killed him, people have been asking for a federal investigation into the matter (to avoid bias). Paula Dow, the Attorney General, has declined an investigation into the killing, but the Newark police have at least changed their policy on undercover sex stings (now the cops will patrol those areas in uniform). It's all a bit of a mess.
And I wish black candidates I've spoken in support for would speak in support of me and my people in these situations. Maybe we put pressure on them to be great on civil rights because black people have struggled so much with getting rights of their own, and relatively recently, but either way, it's the right thing to do and he's not doing it. Not that white candidates are perfect. I think part of me just expects them to suck right off the bat. Not every politician is like Dennis Kucinich. :(
Current Mood: blah
August 7th, 2010
|01:42 am - Woo, see this movie.|
Just saw Tere Bin Laden with Marty and we both loved it. I'm going to get it whenever it's out on DVD. It's a great comedy. :D
I am sleepy right now so I don't want to comment in too much detail, but here are the parts that jumped out at us:
1) The opening bit was hilarious--probably Marty's favorite part of the film. That includes the song.Noora was cute! I hate chickens a little bit less now, too. There were a couple good jabs at Bush and America in general, as well as at America lovers in Asia.
2) Ali Zafar (plays Ali Hasan, the main character) is positively gorgeous.
3) Barry John (plays Ted Wood) needs to work on his American accent.
Current Mood: happy
August 5th, 2010
|01:15 pm - Singh is Kinng <3|
I'm so into DJ Sanj's video featuring Miss Pooja & Raj Brar. ;_; Why is Punjabi music so amazing? Lol, and why are Punjabi women so amazing?
EDIT: The album is American Desi--Marty and I were listening to it in the car yesterday. Here's the video I was talking about:
Current Mood: contemplative
August 4th, 2010
|01:16 am - Twizzlers... -_- So shameless.|
So, Eureka's Neil Grayston was on this night's Warehouse 13, and to great effect. I'm shocked and amazed and happy!
Once again, Syfy delivers with fanservice. I haven't been so giddy since Joe Flanigan was on Warehouse 13, and to be honest--this episode was way better than his! Of course, that's because Fargo was just Fargo in this. If it were just Neil Grayston playing a random one-off, it wouldn't be as good as seeing Joe Flanigan.
Which brings me to my real point! Remember when I wrote a little while ago about the shifts brought about by the new universe in Eureka? How I wondered what would happen with Jo and Fargo and Zane? Well, as of last week, it looks like Jo is getting through to new!Zane like she did before, and Fargo is still alone. I felt like the part at the end of that episode where Fargo had seen what address Larry's rocket exploded on but didn't want to say because he knew it was Jo's and that it would anger her was really reminiscent of his feelings for her in general.
But Claudia! Claudia is perfect for Fargo, and I'm glad that her emo boy dumped her at the end of this week's Warehouse. I hope he doesn't call her to apologize and work things out after her adventure in Eureka, because I really want Fargo to be happy and I think Claudia can sortof do that for him. And they kissed in the Warehouse crossover and it was amazing.
This is like fanfiction that I wouldn't read but am delighted to see on television. Kindof like the Jin x Ragna stuff in BlazBlue CS story mode--although that, I would read. Or look at, since porn is more about looking--especially when it comes to BL where the B is as much for "brother" as it is for "boy."
More on this stuff later, though. I really hope Fargo can be happy this season. He's a total cutie.
Current Mood: chipper
July 24th, 2010
|07:08 pm - Prop 8 Decision Day|
OH! And I can't wait for Judge Walker's decision on Perry v. Schwarzenegger. We're all heading down to the city that day (although if it's a weekday, we'll be there already, lol), for parading or protesting (whichever way it goes).
Either way, we still have the big win on section 3 of DOMA up in Mass, and we can expect something from the First Circuit Court (assuming the JD appeals--which I'm 99% sure it will) in as little as one year (although probably closer to one and a half).
And abortion... First the White House and now the Catholic hospital system. I don't even want to get into that right now, but I've already signed the petitions. If you haven't heard anything on abortion too recently, just search it on Google News and let the rage start bubbling. It's on par with how one feels after reading Searle, lol, although perhaps even worse.
Current Mood: cheerful
|06:57 pm - Salli Richardson is the prettiest girl in the world.|
If you couldn't tell by the subject, I've got Eureka on the brain again. The new season is just food for the soul. It's really making up for the hole that the cancellation of SGA has left in my heart. :D
Well, I've liked Eureka for a long while. Ever since I sat down to one of the marathons, that is. It's remarkable in that each of the main characters has grown so much since the beginning. The camp is the campiest and the characters are some of the most wonderful people in the world. I honestly didn't expect Carter and Allison to make much headway anytime soon (mostly because that would have made me HAPPY, lol), but it seems like this season is their time.
Fargo is adorable, too. In this universe, he and his girlfriend had never hit it off, and Jo is back at square one with Zane. I imagine that Fargo will try to get close to Jo again, and that maybe she'll seem like she's considering it (like in a single episode where they're stuck in some predicament together and each get a little bit closer because of it), but that Jo might end up back with Zane, anyway.
I want Fargo to be happy. :3 He's really cute and I've been into him since the first time I saw him. Rather, I only even watched a Eureka marathon in the first place because the old commercial spots were cuts of half of the cast snapping "Fargo" in an aggravated tone, which implied that he would be tedious-funny and that I would like him. If that didn't do it, his voice and mannerisms and body and glasses and adorable smile did, so... Yeah. :p
Colin Ferguson is handsome, too. Rather, he's handsome in a traditional sense, rather than according to my tastes. His type really reminds me of Joe Flanigan.
Wil Wheaton was in last week's episode, by the way ("All the Rage"). That was fun. Watching him fight with Fargo, I couldn't help but feel that it was all too appropriate. I don't know why he seems so confrontational to me. I guess I think of him like a SA goon that shows up on television from time to time. He makes me uncomfortable in the same way that Brent Spiner does. I was so taken in by their innocent characters in TNG that I associated that kind of personality with their faces forever. I'm not sure why! I think I am too attached to their fictional counterparts.
Because Brent Spiner is really funny. I LOVE cynicism. It's just weird when you're associating it with Data, you know? At least there was Lore, though. Brent Spiner enjoyed that role, if I remember correctly. Plus, Spiner looks different enough out of makeup that you can think of him as existing separately from his characters. Wil Wheaton just seems like the horrible downfall of Wesley Crusher to me sometimes. I know it's not fair to him and I try not to think that way, but it gets under my skin all the same. I just have to remember that his character did a lot of developing, anyway, and that my crush on Wes Crusher diminished in the later seasons (simply because he had changed in a way that no longer appealed to me--I still liked him as a character, though). I remember the deleted scene from Nemesis where he shows up at Will and Deanna's wedding reception (following the Earth ceremony at the very start of the film), and how I was slightly disappointed that he had given up the allure of good times with the Traveler to get back into Starfleet.
Still, his character would have been in limbo if he had still been out on adventures with that guy. It would seem out of place or distracting to have him show up out of nowhere and talk about his latest work or something cool he had seen. In a way, his getting back into Starfleet was a sort of redemption, or at least a promise of further inclusion in the TNG canon.
I'm not sure where his character is in the novels because I don't read those. It's hard to see the appeal when I hear bad things happened to people like Reg in them! <3
The other thing I wanted to mention was that I just saw Breakfast on Pluto with Cillian Murphy, and I have to say that he was amazing. I was really pleased! He looks great in drag, and the accent was fun, too. Liam Neeson was in that, as well. <3 It's a good movie, so check it out if you ever get the chance.
Marty and I got free tickets to an advanced screening of Scott Pilgrim at the Ritz Thursday night. That'll be fun, I'm sure. :o
Current Mood: nerdy
July 16th, 2010
|07:31 pm - <3 Zach Cregger|
Man, if I didn't know Jorge Cruise is a huge troll (his 3-hour diet is just marketed common sense), I would still think he is because his voice and speaking mannerisms are practically identical to those of Zach Cregger (The Whitest Kids U'Know). Cruise did an episode of Emiril Live a few years ago and his voice is making me want to watch IFC, lol.
Also, did you hear about the ban on abortion coverage for "high risk" women under the new health care system? :( Obama administration... Being a bunch of patoots.
Current Mood: chipper
June 12th, 2010
|12:25 am - Liam Neeson's voice...|
So... The A-Team movie was incredible. I don't know how Liam Neeson chooses his roles but he's always amazing.
I was telling Mike and Wes that Dwight Schultz (who I love, as you may have read in the few posts I mentioned him before) originally played Murdock. There were two easter eggs with him in the movie. One, when Murdock is about to play the A-Team for the patients in the mental hospital/prison, where the credits say "Reginald Barclay," and another, more obvious one where Dwight himself shows up in the end.
God, I love Barclay. He's right alongside Q as a side character I wish I could have seen more of in Star Trek, even though his crossovers into Voyager and whatnot were a kind of soul food in that regard.
:) Really great movie, though. We went to Eagle Diner with Mike and Wes and Wes reminisced about college. It was also Wes's birthday yesterday, so we've all been having a lot of fun.
Current Mood: content
April 27th, 2010
|11:05 am - I still haven't watched Stephen Hawking's new show yet.|
John Di Maggio rocks. Bender, Shnitzel, and Jake... <3 Just perfect.
Marty and I have been following Adventure Time pretty closely these past few weeks, and I'm actually kinda glad that it took them so many years to get a series, because it was only recently that we even started getting Cartoon Network in HD. I hope they do BD releases eventually. I was disappointed that they didn't do them for Chowder. Anyway...
Adventure Time is amazing. George Takei was on last night's episode, and I adore him. Hynden Walch plays Princess Bubblegum, which rocks, because I missed hearing her do new things as Starfire (Teen Titans) and it's kindof nostalgic. John Di Maggio is the same way, really--even though I get to hear him do new things all the time. I want to see Dwight Schultz do something on Adventure Time now, too, though. >.<
He really is a great actor. If you watch Chowder and hear him play Mung, you really wouldn't associate it with Barclay or Murdock. In fact, his roles are probably the most diverse I've ever seen. I bet he's really vivacious in person. He seems to have a lot of energy on screen and his characters often stand out in a good way.
I don't know. I think about Barclay a lot more than I probably should. It just comes up a lot, especially when I'm in a cog sci mood. Like that Flowers for Algernon-ish episode of ST:TNG when he became super intelligent for a while and then interfaced his brain with the Enterprise... Or just seeing how he still deals with the holoaddiction in those episodes of Voyager, or his ongoing trouble with relationships, or the way he tends to think of himself as a consummate failure when he's actually quite brilliant--something I find myself confronting all the time.
Anyway, yeah. Adventure Time's cast kicks ass. We're also following Ugly Americans, of course, and it rocks. It has a lot of gay one-liners à la Venture Bros. if you ask me. I doubt they're going to go anywhere with it (and it would be weird to see too much depth in the show, anyway, since it's a light sort of comedy), but that kind of dynamic usually makes me like a show more. Leonard is probably our favorite character, but they're all great, anyway.
Current Mood: geeky
April 9th, 2010
|06:47 pm - I'M ALL ELBOWS.|
Yeesh, I think I have a crush on Kate Hepburn, somehow. Please tell me it's just an extension of the thing I have for Cate Blanchett, which is entirely normal and to be expected. >.>;; Lol Katie Hepburn was so cute, my God. I could listen to her all day. It's more fascinating than John Kennedy, her voice is.
I haven't written lately. I'm not sure why and I'll try to remember to soon. I want to talk about some things. Namely, Oscar Wilde. It was really not very much like how people write about him. It was odd, really. And while Bosie was as petulant as petulant gets, I'm not sure Jude Law had to be THAT terrible about it. And where were the other characters?! No Frank. No a lot of things. It was sexy in its own way but it was more porn than anything else--and I don't mean in the way you think I do. It was porn for people who wanted to imagine him as a regretful father type or something. He was hardly outlandish at all. Stephen Fry is to Oscar Wilde as Bill Murray is to Hunter S. Thompson, and that's the end of that.
I feel like whatever I'm hearing Kate act is some sort of metaphor for her life with Howard Hughes almost.
Current Mood: exanimate
January 23rd, 2010
|01:52 am - I fucking love Terry Gilliam|
I just got back from seeing The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and it was incredible. We used gift tickets that someone gave us for Christmas a year or two ago, so it was also free (as far as our money is concerned, at least).
Terry Gilliam is something else, I've got to say. It was wonderfully creative. It wasn't as forced as other stories in the genre (Big Fish comes to mind), because the peoples' imaginations felt more essential to their individual characters than the more abstract instances of symbolism that pervades in Burton's work and which I find often screws up the immersion.
Tom Waits's performance as "Mr. Nick" reminded me of how Burgess Meredith depicted the devil in the episode of The Twilight Zone called "Printer's Devil," at least in terms of style and and how he handled his cigarette. Meredith's version of the devil lost its cool (as devils usually do when humans trick them in those old shows), and "Mr. Nick" was a stronger character (and one of the more convincing versions of the devil in general) because he never displayed much vulnerability, allowing him to maintain that certain air that suggests a lack of humanity.
I thought it was an interesting choice to use Jude Law in the ladder climbing imagination scenes because that combined with all of the magazine covers he was fantasizing about really reminded me of his character, Brad in I Heart Huckabees. He seems to play people who desperately want to be successful and well-liked by everyone, and in a way that leaves their lives somewhat empty as a result.
Heath Ledger seemed to be giving off a Johnny Depp vibe before Depp ever appeared on screen, and it made the transition between them feel a bit more natural. The other transitions were not nearly as such, although Jude Law and Colin Farrell grew into their parts well, since they seemed to be portraying the more compartmentalized aspects of Tony's character, at least relatively speaking. I have to say that although I tend to dislike Colin Farrell's work, I enjoyed seeing him play an asshole and then die. He was perfect for that section of the film because it seems so impossible to sympathize with that face. Even Robert Downey Jr., in all his cockiness, can evoke sympathy in others! Not Farrell, though.
Andrew Garfield was adorable. Nice body. Verne Troyer had a larger role than I'm used to seeing him in, and he did great! I think I may have enjoyed him the most (next to Mr. Nick). He was very confident and his character was the most grounded of all of them. Percy seemed to take care of everyone else, and although he was funny, he was not a comic relief character. I love how he was just as old as Doctor Parnassus and experienced none of the soul-seeking heartbreaks that his friend did as a result of the immortality. It's interesting how they don't really explain why Percy is there in the past as well as the present--whether he made his own deal with the devil or was just so long-lived for other mysterious reasons.
And speaking of comic relief! I really loved the baboushka and the dancing policemen in drag. There is just something about cross-dressing on film that really helps me to relax and get into a show, even when it's done for the sake of comedy (which can often be hurtful to MTFs and toward trans visibility).
And lastly, Lily Cole was good. She was cute. I didn't feel disgusted by her much and I was able to accept her as a person (although perhaps that was because she was portrayed as a child). One of my friends is into Alice, so after I recommend Imaginarium to him, I'm going to persuade him with the fact that Cole is also going to play Alice in Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll (although he might just dislike that film for its unconventionality). Overall, the acting was great, and the themes were even better. I will have to acquire this on blu-ray when it's available.
EDIT: I went to look up some stuff about Jude Law and I noticed that he played Bosie in Wilde, a film about Oscar Wilde from 1997. And with Stephen Fry--my god! >.< Ugh, the very notion is so hot. <3 I approve. I bought the film online just a moment ago and I will review it next week or so once I've finished watching it.
Current Mood: impressed
January 17th, 2010
|11:09 pm - He reminds me of BB or Dax, lol. So hyper.|
Aziz Ansari's Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening special rocked. Fucking adorable, man.
I like how they're playing an old Russel Peters thing. He reminds me of Ben. Just point at people and give them nicknames or tell jokes about the audience. They shouldn't play him after Aziz, though, because it really showcases all his extra body fat by comparison. Maybe Aziz intentionally surrounds himself with fat comedians so that he looks really good or something, because I remember thinking the same thing when I saw him with Eugene Mirman (no offense to Eugene or anything).
>.< Ugh, and I love Burn Notice. I watch that show so much. And speaking of shows on random minor networks, I haven't seen Archer yet, but I was really happy when I saw the commercial and heard H. Jon Benjamin. He's doing so much! Gah, best voice ever. I want Venture Bros. Season 4 to come out on blu-ray already. And like... I want Important Things to be back on noooow. And I don't even watch Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central for some reason. Logo all the way, man. Too much italicization there. D:
Alright, I really do have to go, but first: an update on Pete's cultural education. We just went through Venture Bros. Season 3 with him and we're going to do 1 and 2 soon, as well. BUT! The best thing in the world happened recently. John and Pete came over when we were watching The Voyage Home, and he liked it. I watched This Side of Paradise with John recently and he liked it, and then I was watching some episode or another with Pete... Not sure which, actually, but it doesn't matter. Basically, there was this close shot of Kirk's face on the screen (blu-ray enhanced effects version on a 1080p 40-something inch plasma TV--so it was the biggest shining beacon of Bill I've ever seen in my life), and he was like "where's Shatner?"
:D We are all like "YES!! AHAHAHAHA! THAT IS FUCKING SHATNER, WOW! Amazing! I'm not even MAD; fuck, you're hilarious... WOW. Just--wow. Yeah, he really let himself go."
XD I love William Shatner. He's wonderful. <3
Current Mood: amused
December 28th, 2009
|02:04 pm - One can only hope.|
I don't have time to write much due to impending dinner, but!
We saw Sherlock Holmes last night, and I'm sure the BL fanfiction has been flowing.
:3 That's all.
Current Mood: excited
December 14th, 2009
|11:20 pm - What kind of monster doesn't love cords?|
Of all the things I could be posting about right now... They started airing more powermat commercials, so it's on my mind again.
What is the point? The only thing it can do is cost you money and disappoint you in the future when it doesn't work the way you expected it to. And it looks ugly.
The only upside is that I'm sure some child or pet will somehow injure themselves with one and make their guardians really regret wasting money on useless problematic junk.
Current Mood: confused
December 2nd, 2009
|06:47 am - Allan was the cutest, and he had a good heart. <3|
I have to go get ready for work and I know this is horribly late of me, but... D: I can't believe they killed Allan A Dale!
BBC is so brutal with all of my favorite characters. It's like they're forcing me to contemplate each of their deaths and feel sad about them. And I do! Gyahhhh. Considering all the times I saw that scene where John is lugging his body into the castle and Robin is all "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll!!" on the bridge, I feel a little sick remembering how I thought it was well-done and John walking off with some lump on his back was cool-looking... If I had known that were Allan!! My goodness...
:( Do they really always have to have the last word? Why do characters die in random apocolypse episodes such that no one can write anything new for them down the line?
Current Mood: shocked