snickfic: (anya bunnies)
Fact: it is time-consuming to track down vids. I never think to bookmark them, because I've already downloaded the thing; why do I need a link? But of course that's not good for telling other people about them. So, this will be an occasionally updated list of vids I like and/or find interesting enough to want links to.

Asterisks mark vids that I consider readily accessible to folks not familiar with the source material.

SPN vids )

Buffyverse vids )

Other fandom vids )


Jul. 26th, 2013 05:17 pm
snickfic: (Abaddon)
First, [ profile] downjune wrote Cable Knit, which is Pacific Rim Mako/Raleigh hookerfic. Yes. Raleigh finds another way to get by after his brother dies, and Mako's the one who goes to get him back.

I love the dynamic here so much, especially downjune's Mako - smart and precise and careful and caring. Highly recommended.

Meanwhile, we have this nifty Abaddon artwork by [ profile] odysseaia. I really like the use of color in this piece.
snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
I have unexpectedly acquired a Kindle! A friend of mine commented that she never used hers, and lo! Now it is mine. With a pretty blue case, even.

I have basically zero interest in giving Amazon money for e-books, especially since I already have tons of paper books sitting around that I'm not reading, but I'm very excited to finally read fic on something more mobile (and with considerably longer-lasting battery) than my laptop. Plus, I'd been wanting something to take on a Very Long Plane Trip early in September.


Another Pacific Rim thought: mildly spoilery )

This movie didn't emotionally manipulate me the way, say, Independence Day did. Or... I'm having trouble coming up with another comparable SFX-heavy action movie with feelings. Deep Impact, say. (I've never watched that one all the way through, so I don't know how well it handled its emotional content, but it's the sort of thing I'm thinking of.)

And I appreciate that. I'm tired of action movies proceeding as if I'm stupid. Just because I like giant robots or superheroes doesn't mean I need every single emotional beat and element of worldbuilding verbalized (especially when the worldbuilding that does get explained make no sense).

This a giant robot movie for the intelligent viewer, is what I'm saying. :D
snickfic: (Cordelia excited)
This movie was everything I hoped it would be. Specifically: megafauna and GIANT ROBOTS.

Here is what probably no one has told you: this is a gorgeous movie. A whole lot of thought has been put into the design work on the Jaegers: not just the exterior design, but the interior, how all the parts work together, how the pilots function within the Jaeger.

And then the lighting! No movie that involves this much macro-scale combat should have such ridiculously pretty lighting!

If you are a person who thought the best part (perhaps the only watchable part) of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was the giant robots walking through Manhattan, then this is the movie for you.
snickfic: (Cas fire)
I was in need of some over-the-top silliness, ideally with eye candy, so I got Stonehenge Apocalypse from Netflix. It delivered on both accounts. I got to spend a lot of time objectifying Misha Collins - which I can't do on SPN, because I simply cannot read Castiel as a sexual being - and it was indeed very, very silly.

For example, did you know that there is a global energy grid, at the intersection points of which ancient peoples built their monuments? You should never, ever detonate a nuclear warhead at one of these intersection points, because if you do, the radiation will spread all over the globe. Via the energy grid. Obviously.

The SFX were quite bad. We got a lot of mileage out of watching concrete blocks tearing up turf (because the stones of Stonehenge were moving, doncha know). The writing was abysmal. The acting was not bad - Misha made the best of his material, and I really liked the gal playing the dissenting scientist who ends up teaming up with Misha's character to stop the apocalypse.

I would recommend it on the power of Misha Collins' face, basically, plus ridiculous cheesiness. Also, there's a reveal about 3/4 in that I actually quite liked and would have worked as the seed of a much, much better movie.


Then, of course, I went to AO3 and read all the fic. (Well, all the marginally interesting-looking fic that didn't involved Jimmy Novak/Jacob Glaser twincest.) And found Ride the Lightning by [ profile] ratherastory, which is a little bit about Jacob and a whole lot about Claire and Castiel, which suited me fine. There is never enough Claire+Castiel fic. And the author has a very light touch. I recommend!


So now, in my SPN obsession, I've seen Ten Inch Hero (with Jensen and also Danneel), New York Minute (with Jared), an episode of Wildfire (with Genevieve), and this. The only one of those that was even remotely good was Ten Inch Hero, which, although deeply flawed in its themes, had good characters, quirk, and a lot of heart. New York Minute had Jared being ridiculously hot and not much else. The first ep of Wildfire wasn't awful, but it seemed to be leading directly into teen romance triangle shenanigans that I couldn't stomach, and also the casual, entirely unproblemitized misogyny bugged.
snickfic: (Buffy Willow)
Two Rarewomen recs and one Avengers rec I've been saving for just such a recs post as this.

A Battery of Signals by [ profile] cordialcount - Inception - 5700 words
To be honest, I only saw Inception once, it was a long time ago, and I'm not sure I fully follow everything that happens in this fic. It is nonetheless clearly brilliant. It's a "Mal was Right" fic that follows after the events of the movie as Mal chases after the forger who's been wearing her face. The tension here between Mal and Dom, between Mal and her quarry is perfect and, satisfyingly, never fully resolves. Delicious psychological thriller (even if you've forgotten half the canon. :D)

Rin's Deal by [ profile] petrichoral - Spirited Away - 6k
A fully fleshed out story of Chihiro's grudging friend Rin (/Lin), how she came to the bath house, and what became of her after Chihiro left. This is the Rin-centric fic I have always wanted, full of little details that ties it in with the world we saw in the movie. The author gets the tone just right while developing Rin into a person with a story of her own.

The Monsters Inside, by [ profile] tristesses - Avengers - 6400 words
(The not-Rarewomen fic.) Um, so, this is a Natasha-as-Hulk AU, and it's good. 'Nuf said.
snickfic: (Andrew)
I watched it, finally. So many good people! FRAN KANZ. :DDD

This rec is a wee bit spoilery, so, spoiler cut )
snickfic: (Default)
Still sick. Am watching comic book movies to pass the time.

Statistically unlikely fact: before today, the last three movies I watched were The Hobbit (Hugo Weaving!), Men in Black (Tommy Lee Jones!), The Hunger Games (Stanley Tucci!). Movie I decided to watch today: Captain America. Which includes all three.

I had no idea. The only person I knew for certain was in it was Chris Evans. (Am v. curious about how they handled the special effects on his before-and-after shots. I know they can jimmy with height and such, but aside from that, he was just so scrawny.)

It was fun. I enjoyed it. Honestly, I spent the whole movie waiting for us to get to the modern day, because Steve in the modern day interests me more than anything that was happening during WWII.

My one other thought was: if Peggy's going to charge into battle with everyone else, why in heaven's name doesn't someone give the woman a helmet??? (Also, you know what, I am still a sucker for forties women's fashion. The permanent wave and that starkly contrasting lipstick? Yes, please.)

Next stop: Thor. Or possibly a nap. It's a toss-up.
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
Finally got around to seeing this after having read the first two books over a year ago.

spoilers and things )
snickfic: Dean getting out of Impala in the rain (Impala)
I'm going to write a fic-specific round-up once Yuletide's revealed, but in the meantime, here's a summary of the rest of my fannish activity this year.

a numbered list, with commentary )
snickfic: (Yuletide)
A meme is going around in which one talks about one's past Yuletide fics. I haven't done Yuletide the last couple of years because I realized I find learning to write new canons under pressure stressful, especially as a gift for another person. I miss the fun of the Yuletide archive opening, though.

Anyway, here are my fics written for Yuletides past. Perhaps I will do another one on gifts I've received, since I've received some lovely ones and would like to think people are still reading them.

lots of writerly blather, with links )


Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:00 pm
snickfic: (Anya final stand)
So, only a few weeks behind the whole rest of the internet, I saw the Avengers.

Things That Are Clearly The Best:
* Natasha Romonov
* Robert Downey Jr.
* Samuel R. Jackson
* this incarnation of Bruce Banner
* the giant segmented worm things (flying biomechanical monsters ftw!)
* Enver!!! (There may have been flailing. I'd heard he had a bit part, but I forgot.)

Other observations:
* Captain America is very nicely shaped
* Why only one woman, Avengers?
* Thor would like to be Eomer, but he isn't cool enough. He's the shiny Halloween costume version of Eomer.

Edit: and two more observations I thought of later:
* I can kind of see why the fandom for this movie exploded the way it has: so many delightful people having such excellent chemistry with each other.
* And Joss Whedon finally hits the big time. Good on him.

Plotwise, I thought this was an unsurprisingly stupid movie. I generally couldn't figure out why people did the things they did, in terms of either tactics or strategy. But then, the plots in these things never make all that much sense. Nor was I impressed with the big explosions or the big music.

However, I went because I was promised character moments, and I did indeed enjoy those very much. I would happily watch half a movie of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a lab ragging each other and geeking out, with Steve Rogers, earnest and culturally obtuse, standing around as foil. And Scarlett Johansson was epic.
snickfic: (Andrew)
Today I was carrying on a conversation in my head, as one does, and in the midst of it I asked myself, "Anyone? Bueller?" This reminded that I have never ever seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and clearly if I am going to be quoting from it, I ought to see it.

Then I wondered what other bits of pop culture I'm missing. So, you tell me: what movies should a woman of 2012 with pretensions of pop cultural literacy have seen? Choose up to 3 that are 2011 or earlier, and tell me why I ought to see them. (Much earlier is perfectly fine! I just don't want anything from this year, because then I will feel like I need to go to the movie theater, and I don't wanna.) Feel free to argue with each other and stump for your choices.

I make no promises to actually watch any of these. I am just curious. I can probably be counted on to compile statistics, though.

(In this vein: [personal profile] rebcake! You told me forever ago I should see Clueless, and I got it from Netflix, and it quit playing 2/3 of the way through. But I enjoyed what I saw! And Netflix is supposed to be sending me another copy soon.)
snickfic: (Dawn)
On one hand, it's pretty clear why this took two movies. Because all scenes take TWICE AS LONG as they need to.

OTOH, dude, Leah is awesome. Did I notice this before? How did I not notice this before?
snickfic: (Yuletide)
'Tis the season for Yuletide recs! I missed last year because of busyness, but I've been finding some truly delicious stuff this year.

Discworld, Downton Abbey, Queen's Thief, The Matrix )
snickfic: (Willow narcissism)
1. Reply to this post with "Icons, Plz!" and I
will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Icons below selected by [ profile] penny_lane_42, who startled me somewhat by titling her comment, "THE PORN ONE! THE PORN ONE!" If you are me, that is not an email title that you expect in your inbox.

Iconses! )
snickfic: (Buffy Willow)
According to Rotten Tomatoes, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is actually supposed to be... good? Good-ish? I know nothing about it except it has lots of good people.

I ask because apparently the roommates and I are going to the drive-in movie tonight, and our other options are Spy Kids (NO), Columbiana (yay Zoe Saldana, ugh yet another assassin movie and 36% RT rating), Conan the Barbarian (er, no thank you?), and Fright Night (which is moderately decent, the flist has told me, and probably my first choice unless y'all convince me otherwise).

So, a poll:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9

What should Snick + roomates go see tonight?

View Answers

Fright Night
2 (22.2%)

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
4 (44.4%)

1 (11.1%)

Conan the Barbarian
0 (0.0%)

Spy Kids 4
0 (0.0%)

These options are pathetic. Stay home and make the roommate watch Gattaca instead.
2 (22.2%)

ETA: Yeah, so the roommates and I decided to stay home and watch SPN instead. Cheaper and more comfortable.

We really are lame, aren't we?
snickfic: (Jayne PR)
Yay or nay? Opinions?

I absolutely adore the novel they cribbed the title from this time, and though I expect the movie will bear no relation, I'm still intrigued.

Movie meme

Jan. 29th, 2011 11:56 pm
snickfic: (mood movies/tv)
Snagged from [ profile] eowyn_315

Go here and start with the year you were born. Select your favorite movie from the list - the one you actually like watching the most, not necessarily the one you think is the best. Then make a list, selecting one movie from each year you've been alive.

You can definitely tell when I started watching more adult movies, and also when I quit watching movies altogether.

The List )
snickfic: (Anya final stand)
[ profile] pennydrdful asked me for this forever ago, when I did the "Top 5" meme, and it really did take me this long to think of them. I don't tend to think in terms of heroes, since the term seems often to fall under the categories either of They Who Do Heroic Things Can Do No Wrong, or of On the Scale of Heroism, This Person's Actions Don't Look All That Heroic, Actually.

Also, I'm a bit sad there aren't more women on the list, but the sorts of fabulous that female characters usually are don't seem to fall under 'heroism,' at least however my brain defines the term.

Finally, note again that I make no actual claims to supremacy; these are just five I like a lot who have stuck with me.

1. Don Diego de la Vega (Tyrone Powers) - The Mark of Zorro. Because he's clever, has a sly and wicked sense of humor, gets into the heroing business for all the right reasons, and gets out of it as soon as they're resolved. Also because he swashes buckles with the best of them (and with Basil Rathbone, no less, which can't but help any budding swashbuckler's reputation).

2. Eowyn - The Lord of the Rings. Because she's a shield maiden of Rohan, with all that implies. Because she goes to the battle and slays the witch-king and defends her people at all costs. When it comes to that, she's really the most traditional choice on the list.

3. Freddy Standen - Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer. Because sometimes, getting you out of a sticky social situation is the most heroic thing a man could do. Also because he's so terribly good-hearted and will put up with so very much to make the people around him comfortable.

4. Chuck Bartowski - Chuck. Because he's such a very nice reluctant hero; and because although he's sensibly terrified about his sudden promotion to espionage, he pulls himself together and does the heroic thing that needs doing, even if he panics about it afterwards.

5. Miles Vorkosigan - the Vorkosigan series, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Because he's smart enough and driven enough (my gosh, the energy) to accomplish whatever he thinks needs accomplishing, heroism included, but also complicated enough that he comes across less as "hero" and more as "human being."
snickfic: (Willow hmm)
Visually interesting in places, plot/worldbuilding handwavy to the point of nonsensicality, main character/conflict dull, secondary character/conflict slightly less dull (it says something that I cared more about the personality-free corporate heir than about Leo's character).

Mainly I enjoyed Ellen Page (Ariadne), Ken Watanabe (Saito), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur). Leo, bless his heart, seemed determined to act his role by brute force - "I'm wrinkling my brow! And moaning! Feel my paaaain."

I was trying to figure out who I'd cast in that role. Someone who broods prettily and makes me, you know, care. My friend suggested Russell Crowe or maybe Edward Norton (which would have made quite a different character, hmm?); I was thinking about Hugh Jackman (if nothing else, time watching Hugh Jackman is always time well-spent). Ooh, or Rufus Sewell, maybe.

I dunno. Thoughts?

And, second question: I gather that this movie has developed an instant fandom with tons of slash, kink, the works. Uh, why? I realize that what fandom latches onto isn't always explicable, but I am mystified. I mean, there are practically no characters here. I can't even see what the obvious slash pairing would be.

ETA: And why does Cobb say that he 'performed inception' on his wife? I thought he just talked to her and reminded her of her spinning top. I mean, if we can perform inception just by talking then I don't see why everyone told him at the beginning that it was impossible.
snickfic: (Giles bookish)
Clearly I have broken whatever posting barrier I was feeling...

I recently read some non-Jossverse fic that made me very, very happy, and I wanted to share.

Murdering Us Horribly Was Also a Concern, by [ profile] ladyofthelog
Potterverse. Snape/Hermione. (Should I be ashamed that I read fic in this fandom even though I've never finished the books? I feel I should be ashamed.)
Hermione, now a teacher at Hogwarts, is tasked with helping to remove Snape's Dark Mark, which has been getting the better of him and writing inappropriate letters. It's an understated piece with lots of snark and intellectual romance, which are two of my favorite things. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Lunch and Other Obscenities, by [ profile] rheanna27
NuTrek. Uhura, her green roommate, and some Uhura/Spock
Uhura and her roommate come to terms with each other. This is fabulously happy-making female friendship fic which is also the best example I've ever seen (fic or pro) of exploring truly alien taboos. It's a bit didactic in places, but the gradual growth of the friendship is just wonderful. Thanks to [ profile] dragonpaws for the rec.
snickfic: (Default)
Introduced the housemate's husband (also technically a housemate) to The Prestige tonight. I hadn't seen it since the theater release. It's one of those films where the first viewing blows your mind, and it's the repeated viewings that make you appreciate just how careful, how brilliant the writing and directing are. Absolutely a movie to watch unspoiled-for.

Unpleasant characters, stage magic, faux science, train-wreck psychology, hits my structure kink like whoa.

Also: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman (twice), Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, David Bowie (as Tesla!).

Brilliant stuff.

(Funny story: a friend and I had seen previews of this, so we went to the theater to see it. During of the previews we saw ads for... this movie. Which left us looking at each other wondering what on Earth we were about to see instead.

It turned out to be The Illusionist, also about stage magic and also enjoyable. We'd somehow gotten the titles mixed up. It was a bit bizarre sitting in the theater and realizing I had no earthly idea what sort of movie I'd just bought a ticket for...)
snickfic: (Yuletide)
I got not one but two rich, wonderful Yulefics this year. In my requests I shied away from anything angst-prone - this year has been too full of RL weariness to want angst in the off hours. So I aimed for fun and possibly frolic, and that's just what I got.

First, I got just exactly the Spirited Away fic I wanted!!! I asked for something that dealt with the day-to-day workings of the bath house, because I find them all fascinating - I love how Miyazaki tends to ground his fantasies with things like ironworks and boiler rooms. And my assigned Yulewriter wrote me Good Children, in which Chihiro deals with cleaning up the aftermath of the river god's visit and also deals with a potentially cranky radish spirit. And it's fabulous! All the details are perfect: the radish spirit, the bath house's frog employees.

But what surprised me and what I think I like the most is how very much herself Chihiro is in this fic. I hadn't given her all that much thought before, but every bit of her portrayal in this rings true: her persistence, her tendency for weird but topical questions, her pluck. She's a determined young lady who gets things done, is Chihiro. I love it.

Second, a wonderfully generous soul wrote me Eh by Gum!, which is everything I could possibly want in a Wallace&Gromit fic. Wacky inventions (complete with a numbered list of what should happen, and another of what does happen)! A new scheme! Wonderful Wallace lines! (“Gromit!” Wallace shouted in panic. “Get out of here, lad, she's gone loco for cocoa!”)! The return of old friends! (Naturally, Gromit and Wendolene have bonded over knitting.) Just fabulous stuff.

So, go check them out. 'Cuz they're really neat.
snickfic: (Default)
Summary: my first year in fanfic

So, in April I watched my first Buffy episode. In June I wrote my own first bit of fanfic and asked folks at my other LJ for fic recommendations. In July I posted my first bit of fanfic. In November I signed up for Yuletide...

snick's fic year in review )
snickfic: (Default)
Here are the three pieces I wrote for Yuletide:

Not Monster Nor Stranger, for swtalmnd
Fandom: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Words: ~1800
Character: Silas
Rating: PG
Author's Note: A passing familiarity with the story of Philomela would not go amiss, although it's not necessary
He found the woman he was looking for in Mela's All-Knite Knitting Place (or possibly Palace), squeezed between a laundry and a shop that looked as though it would sell crystals and smell faintly of cannabis.

What Became of Marie La Fleur, for Ria
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie)
Words: 800
Characters: Marie La Fleur (one of the blonde triplets) and Belle
Rating: G
Marie was surprised to realize that she didn’t find Gaston nearly so handsome now that he was dead.

Wireless, for emei
Fandom: The Matrix (No plot spoilers)
Words: 100
Character: Trinity
Rating: PG
It’s darker in Zion than she expected.


Dec. 31st, 2008 12:08 am
snickfic: (anya bunnies)
Y'know, maybe y'all should just quit listening to me when I say I'm done with recs posts (or maybe you already did *g*). Because of course there was the grand Yuletide obscure fandom fanfic exchange, and thus of course I bring recs. Oh, well.

Just a handful for now; more later when I've read more, maybe.

Fics for The Blue Castle, Mary Poppins, Enchanted, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Winnie the Pooh/Discworld )

And when names are attached to the fics on New Year's (all the stories are anonymous right now), I'll post links to my assigned story and two short treats.


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