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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve/Bucky, “Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film,” by eleveninches, Febricant, hellotailor, M_Leigh, neenya, tigrrmilk

GENIUS. From the casting to Ron Livingston’s dark mutterings to Steve and Bucky’s reactions… it’s hilarious. And Steve and Bucky getting together is nicely done.


Maleficent (2014)

Oh, honey, this was in production forever, wasn’t it? The voice over speaks to a lack of footage, despite the film’s fleet runtime, and its attempts to adhere to the original film feel like railroading. But when it does its own thing, finally, it tells a really interesting story about Maleficent and Aurora becoming a unique family, female power, body horror, and how dudes are basically just bonuses. Shame that’s only twenty minutes.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

A flawless adaptation is not the same thing as a pure adaptation. Never broadcasts its time period, but oh, Charlie. Perfectly captures Charlie’s blend of social isolation, trauma, and attempts to deal with it, and his journey from wallflower to fully realized human being. I wept.

(Also: this features Ezra Miller in a corset. You are welcome.)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Never successfully marries together the timelines to the degree it thinks it does, and the ending does require you to have really, really liked the original X-Men films. (Which I did, but I just liked First Class so much more.) But the character stuff, despite being a little truncated due to its CAST OF THOUSANDS, holds beautifully: witness Erik roaring at Charles for abandoning everybody but Hank, because they’re dead without him. Erik and Charles making up in the future. Logan (despite his overuse) struggling with playing mentor to Charles. And, surprisingly, Quicksilver as a little kleptomaniac shit. The “Time in a Bottle” sequence is golden, as is his careless but quick defusion of an inherently tense situation between Erik and Charles. I wish we’d gotten more time with him (although we undoubtedly will).


Sailor Moon, “Learn How to Be Skinny from Usagi”

This does go hand in hand with the show having the villains exploiting what our culture considers feminine concerns, as Jadeite preys on the girls’ fear of being fat. This one, though, does take a crack at Usagi, with Luna tossing sketches of a chubby Usagi at her to motivate it. Even the mostly good-natured joke—Usagi takes to combat as soon as she realizes it totally counts as exercise!—feels mean when we end with Usagi crying over her weight. Not my favorite of the first four.

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)

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This week's notes include Once Upon a Time and RuPaul's Drag Race.


Project Progress
Bond Movies: 33% (8/24)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 12% (2/17)
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The "God Help the Outcasts" sequence in The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of my earliest memories—I was about five when the film came out, and it never fails to move me. (Both the sequence and the film, quite frankly.) But I only discovered "Someday" this year, despite the fact that it is included on the soundtrack. I could never bring myself to listen to the Bette Midler cover of "God Help the Outcasts", because it's such a meaningful song to me. Which is actually something that's been cropping up in my personal life recently; the other day, I had a sickening conversation with my parents about music and meaning—I was talking about how music is mystical and almost sacred to me, because I'm not a songwriter in any capacity and just can't understand the process, which is why I don't like to hear people absent-mindedly singing along to something. They told me to lighten up about it because "some things just don't have meaning!", which makes me feel both ill and terrifyingly sorry for them. If an action doesn't have meaning, why on earth would you do it? Ugh.


I discovered "Someday" looking into the musical version of Hunchback, where it's a duet between Phoebus and Esmeralda before she's led off to be burned at the stake. It's lovely there, whereas it's too big for the moment they contemplated using it for in the film; it's a bit of an anthem, you know? But it's a beautiful piece by Alan Menken (I caught myself singing it while volunteering today) and it still hits a lot of emotional notes that "God Help the Outcasts" does, although I ultimately think that the latter is the better song—to be totally honest, it's the section where worshipers ask God for selfish things and Esmeralda responds with "I ask for nothing / I can get by / But there are so many / less lucky than I" that elevates it, whereas "Someday", as storyboarded here, only hints at it with the little boy.
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Once upon a time, in the dark ages before Lasseter came from on Pixar and nixed all straight-to-video projects save Tinkerbell, Disney's leadership cranked out sequels to its biggest and most creative hits. They sucked and were often insulting to the source Disney film. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, anyone?

However, I'm still weirdly fond of Pocahontas II: Journey to the New World, which came out in 1998 when I was little enough to not understand the difference. The main reason? This song. Yes, the lyrics are… uh… clunky, but the chorus is lovely.

Instead of rehashing the first and more successful film's events, it tries—it doesn't succeed, mind you, but it at least tries—to present a new set of circumstances. After the adventure of… six months ago, Pocahontas doesn't quite know what to do with herself and offers herself as an envoy to England with John Rolfe, whom she falls in love with. Oh, that's right, Pocahontas is the only Disney princess with three love interests. She makes out with two of them. As far as Disney princesses go, she's pretty bad-ass. (So far as Disney heroines go, Esmeralda wins. Esmeralda always wins.)

Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty bad. It's barely over an hour long, the animation is laughable (see how far off-model they can make Pocahontas go!), and a lot of the "humor" comes from pretty poor slapstick and animal shenanigans. The script is clunky and nonsensical (…wouldn't oh, I don't know, the entire ship full of men let the King know that Ratcliffe is lying?), while the music is actually downright cacophonous at points. It's a terrible follow-up to the original Pocahontas, which is one of my favorite Disney films.

And yet… it still has some good ideas. Bringing Pocahontas to the English court is interesting and continues the culture clash seen in the original film—the bear baiting scene actually has potential. And watching Pocahontas and John Smith grow apart and being okay with that is downright refreshing in a fictional universe oft derided for promoting true love at first sight and all that.

So not all of the Disney sequels are utter crap. But The Hunchback of Notre Dame II still is. HISS.
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Author: [ profile] eralkfang 
Fandom: Tangled
Pairing: Rapunzel/Flynn
Rating: PG
Summary: Proposing to Flynn doesn’t take the first time.
Notes: Set after the film, so spoilers abound! At the end of the film, we get two stories about how Flynn and Rapunzel decided to tie the knot–so here’s making them both right.
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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My excitement for Tangled cannot be contained; I must have it. It's going to be awesome, and Flynn and Rapunzel are just… holy crap, I love what I've seen of their dynamic so far. In order to express my excitement, I've made a handful of icons–all while listening to "I Can See the Light", of course.

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Title: Mysterious Ways
Source: Pocahontas (1995)
Music: “Mysterious Ways”, U2.
Summary: Johnny, take a walk with your sister the Moon. Or, Pocahontas is Awesome, the video essay.
Watch: At my YouTube channel.
Download: MediaFire - 58 MB. (Recommended over YouTube.)

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Pocahontas was my favorite Disney movie as a wee lass. The Lion King was also my jam, but it should be everybody's jam- I'm not quite sure how to communicate to people who haven't seen it.

On a mildly related note, John Bregar would make a fantastical live action Disney!John Smith, yes? 

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I read the libretto for Beauty and the Beast: The Musical and I was right- huge improvement. Belle and Beast's relationship is much more organic, Beast is not a douchebag during that critical part between Maurice's imprisonment and the West Wing, and Belle has several songs detailing the change from "Home is where the heart is, you bastard!" (Home) to "My childhood dreams of getting out of here have vanished" (A Change In Me) to "You are my home!" (Home (Reprise)). Beast is also trying a little harder than he does in the film to be nice to Belle. Absolutely crucial! I am now madly in love with the musical. I have procured both the Broadway recording and the London recording. British Gaston sounds like Kronk, and British Lumiere is a cutie. :B They also pair up Cogsworth with the Wardrobe. I do like the musical soundtracks- they're fantastic. I've always loved Alan Menken's stuff.

Also: Lumiere has a pimp cane!

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Jul. 1st, 2007 10:33 pm
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be our guest!

...I have this disorder where I cannot simply leave Belle with Beast and must pair her up with smooth-talking guys. Belle/Clopin, Stage!Belle/Stage!Lumiere... but Belle and Lumiere are being all cute and dancing together! And his girlfriend gets jealous of the copious amounts of hand-kissing! It helps that stage!Lumiere has a chin, though.

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Jun. 7th, 2007 10:25 pm
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I present a random collection of my thoughts on At World's End.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End trailer. Oh man oh man oh man. This brings out the Disney fangirl in me. Go. Watch. Love!
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So I have a new crack!pairing.

It's Belle/Clopin. Yes, Belle of Beauty and the Beast, and Clopin of Disney's version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.


Anyways, Belle is her usual, bookie self. However, there's no such thing as magic, so no Beastie Prince; he actually hooks up with the enchantress chick now that she's depowered oh snap. Belle, being ambitious, wants to get out of her little town in Provence and go to Paris, to become... uh, something with books/history.

On her first night in Paris, she is nearly robbed, but saved by a passing Clopin who can't imagine a girl from some backwater town owning anything worth robbing. Belle thinks this is incredibly rude (although true). They forget about each other. Belle moves in around December-ish and she attends the Festival of Fools on January Sixth. Who is the master of ceremonies but Clopin?

I haven't thought this out completely, but there will be bits of "I'm well read, I read the Odyssey!" "Up yours, my brother's named after the author." (TRUE) "Yeah, well, I read it in GREEK." and much bickering.

This will lead to the inevitable "oh shut up! you're just arrogant and wild and sexy!"
" think I'm sexy?" and the only way Belle can respond is an attack of the snog.

Conflict is probably Gaston coming to Paris to find Belle, and eh eh eh I don't know conflict for Clopin's side.


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