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Film

Into The Woods (2014)

A decent film adaptation, although why on earth is it filmed so darkly? I could barely see anything. The musical is so tightly staged that abandoning physical juxtaposition of characters in separate stories hurts the film by forcing it to cut constantly, but, by and large, the performances are great. James Corden and Emily Blunt are perfect as the Baker and the Baker’s Wife, especially the way Blunt plays her infatuation with Cinderella’s Prince. (“Agony” is practically a comic set piece. It’s amazing.) The second act is largely defanged, however, and let’s never talk about how the film deals with Little Red by pointedly ignoring the sexual subtext of her story. Ugh.

Music

“Same Sex Symbol,” Cameron Esposito

“Shit was rough! I turned out amazing.” Esposito’s mix of confident swagger, homespun charm, and dim view of straight dudes makes this instantly my favorite comedy album of the year, not that I’ve listened to much.

Theater

Rock of Ages

So Rock of Ages is closing on Broadway on January 18th, which is tragic yet significant, as it is my favorite musical. (Did I say best? No. Did I say inclusive? I did not. I said my favorite.) So off I trotted to see it before it closed, but before the last two weeks. (Mitchell Jarvis, the original Broadway Lonny, will be playing Stacee Jaxx those two weeks. I had no idea!) The show remains the same: crude, camp, and unabashedly sweet.

Constantine Maroulis is amazing as Drew, which is probably why he scored that Tony nomination. Maroulis’s Drew is just really sweet, tender, tentative, and, shall we say, smokin’ hot when he finally does take action. Lauren Zakrin, who was playing Sherrie, made her a little dottier than some Sherries I’ve seen, but it works. Also: I am all about giant!Drews with tiny!Sherries. IT WORKS FOR ME. Frankie J. Grande was a great, impossibly energetic Franz, although fellow YouTuber Chester See was a low energy Stacee Jaxx. He’s fine.

I was a little bummed to see that Chris D'Arienzo’s bio specifically dismissed the film adaptation not for totally ignoring the show’s message, but because it made Dennis and Lonny make out. Don’t write dudes in love if you don’t want dudes in love, dude.

Television

Sailor Moon, “Dispute Over Love: Minako and Makoto’s Conflict”

I thought this was going to be a fight between Minako and Makoto over a boy, but it’s actually about their different love ideologies. And Minako coming around to JUST HOW AWESOME Makoto is. Seriously. I know I have my slash goggles glued to my head, but Makoto teasing Minako is just. Oh, Makoto, you baby lady lover. I adore you.

Sailor Moon, “Usagi’s Parental Love: the Curry Romance Triangle”

WE GET IT THEY’RE HER PARENTS. But awww, Rei feeling awkward about stepping in as Chibi-Usa’s “parent”. But the Sisters turning all the supermarket shoppers dark-skinned—that’s… that’s a racist thing, right? Like, they’re not green or diseased, they’re just brown.

Saturday Night Live, “Amy Adams/One Direction”

Not the heights of Jimmy Fallon’s Christmas episode, but endearingly sweet and straightforward. “Office Christmas Party” sees Pete Davidson and Jay Pharoah discovering their wickedly good chill chemistry, “The Singing Sisters” is pure wackiness, and “Cat Rescue Commercial” is always perfect.

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 7.7% (1/13)
Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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This week’s notes include Two Steps from Hell, Pretty in Pink, and Doctor Who.

WEEK THIRTEEN )

Project Progress
Bond Movies: 37.5% (9/24)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 12% (2/17)
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This week's notes include Saturday Night Live and the Pipettes.

WEEK SIX )

Project Progress

Bond Movies: 33% (8/24)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 12% (2/17)
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FIC: Tattoo You
Fandom: Rock of Ages (2012)
Pairing: Lonny/Dennis
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “That’s a story tattoo, I can tell.”
Notes: Title taken from the Rolling Stones album. The tattooing technique Dennis refers to is handpoking or tebori
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.


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FIC: Tattoo You
Fandom: Rock of Ages (2012)
Pairing: Lonny/Dennis
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “That’s a story tattoo, I can tell.”
Notes: Title taken from the Rolling Stones album. The tattooing technique Dennis refers to is handpoking or tebori.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

 

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FIC: Living After Midnight
Fandom: Rock of Ages (2012)
Pairing: Lonny/Dennis
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “I know I’ve been a bit… well, a bit myself in the past, and I can’t guarantee that women won’t throw themselves at me, I mean, honestly—” Lonny gestures to himself—“but things are different now.” Dennis and Lonny adjust to their new relationship.
Notes: Title taken from the Judas Priest song. Kind of written in response to the fact that Dennis and Lonny don’t really act like a couple after “I Can’t Fight This Feeling” in the film. My fondness for them and the fact I can’t believe such a subtle and classy film would miss out on the classic wake-up gag compels me.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

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FIC: Living After Midnight
Fandom: Rock of Ages (2012)
Pairing: Lonny/Dennis
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “I know I’ve been a bit… well, a bit myself in the past, and I can’t guarantee that women won’t throw themselves at me, I mean, honestly—” Lonny gestures to himself—“but things are different now.” Dennis and Lonny adjust to their new relationship.
Notes: Title taken from the Judas Priest song. Kind of written in response to the fact that Dennis and Lonny don’t really act like a couple after “I Can’t Fight This Feeling” in the film. My fondness for them and the fact I can’t believe such a subtle and classy film would miss out on the classic wake-up gag compels me.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

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Title: Want Some, Need Some
Fandom: Rock of Ages (2012)
Pairing: Dennis/Lonny
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “Dennis, how does this exactly reconcile with living the rock and roll dream?” “Lonny, you’re a grown man on a plastic zebra. Just enjoy yourself.” Dennis and Lonny, from 1978 to 1987.
Notes: Title taken from the Poison song. Where possible, I’ve tried to use the history of the Whisky a Go Go as the history of the Bourbon Room; the band mentioned did play at the Whisky in their early days. The Kip Winger incident is taken from the musical. (Well, expanded upon from the musical.) Dennis and Lonny go to a real concert; since that concert’s setlist is not available, I’ve used the next tour date’s setlist instead. (It’s not really a spoiler if you click on it now, but I’d rather you wait.) Also, Los Angeles traffic is awful, just as a general note. 
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

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Title: Want Some, Need Some
Fandom: Rock of Ages (2012)
Pairing: Dennis/Lonny
Rating: PG-13
Summary: “Dennis, how does this exactly reconcile with living the rock and roll dream?” “Lonny, you’re a grown man on a plastic zebra. Just enjoy yourself.” Dennis and Lonny, from 1978 to 1987.
Notes: Title taken from the Poison song. Where possible, I’ve tried to use the history of the Whisky a Go Go as the history of the Bourbon Room; the band mentioned did play at the Whisky in their early days. The Kip Winger incident is taken from the musical. (Well, expanded upon from the musical.) Dennis and Lonny go to a real concert; since that concert’s setlist is not available, I’ve used the next tour date’s setlist instead. (It’s not really a spoiler if you click on it now, but I’d rather you wait.) Also, Los Angeles traffic is awful, just as a general note.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

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