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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Muddy and overblown with all the weight of a bad video game cutscene, but the cast does what it can. A middling note for Jackson’s Middle-Earth to go out on.


Kate Bush, The Red Shoes

Notable: “Lily” and “Big Stripey Lie.”


Agent Carter, “Now Is Not The End”

IT’S THE GREATEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. It’s Peggy Carter doing awesome stuff for 44 minutes. It’s a superhero show without superpowers (mostly). It’s a show to quench the thirst of any Marvel-loving feminist.

Agent Carter, “Bridge and Tunnel”

IT’S THE GREATEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. Peggy in disguises! English people having polite fights! Jarvis gently offering his support to Peggy because she needs it! Playing with the cultural legacy of Cap! Peggy physically overpowering ANYONE! SCREAM.

Galavant, “Pilot”

A fantastic set-up, although it only sticks the landing about 80% of the time. Joshua Sasse, who plays Galavant, lacks a certain zing because he’s just so gosh darn handsome. CAMP IT UP, SASSE. Also: Karen David and Luke Youngblood and Darren Evans are fantastic.

Galavant, “Joust Friends”

80s style training montages in a medieval musical? PLEASE AND THANK YOU. The best gag, however, is Isabella “horse riding” Galavant.

Saturday Night Live, “Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Neil Sedaka”

Neil Sedaka is a robot and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore are done professionally with each other.

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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My heart isn't big enough to deal with these two. And that's a good thing.

"Siúil A Rúin" is a great choice for these two, marrying the Celtic feeling Tolkien tried to imbue the higher elements of his sub-creation with (yep, I started on The Silmarillion today) with a story similar to theirs—it's a traditional Irish song about a woman and her soldier love, ready to give up everything to help him. The fact that the song contains the line "Until my parents shall wish me dead" is one of those perfect marriages of song and source; every time Arwen turns away, it stabs me in the gut. It's also a vid that shows that you don't need fancy effects or even a unique concept—it's simply a tribute to a canon couple—to make an effective vid, just thought and care.
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…haven't done this in a while, have I? Yeah, it's technically this month's rec post (I'll try and, uh, actually keep this up from now on), but I've covered a lot of ground since last time.


Doctor Who, "Moving Right Along" by [ profile] odessie

A ridiculously precious mix of the Muppets and the Doctor; friendship, adventure, and misdirection, but he always ends up where he's needed eventually.

The Lord of the Rings, "Siúil A Rún" by Arendil

This vid is seriously beautiful (and I'm not just saying that because Liv Tyler is gorgeous). The song selection is, well, amazing and completely appropriate–I mean, "until my parents will wish me dead"? It's also a thoughtful contemplation of the films' treatment of Aragorn and Arwen's love. 

Multifandom, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by [ profile] damned_colonial 

Women—kicking ass and taking names since 1792. Not only is this one of those multifandom vids that makes you cheer when you see you and yours represented, but it's also structured brilliantly and, of course, tons of fun while making a rebellious point. I think my favorite section is… well, I have lot of favorites, from "I don't care if you think I'm strange" over Orlando and the brief glimpses of older (and often larger) women treated as jokes in the original source material celebrated here as the natural continuation of being awesome. And there's plenty of Elizabeth Swann, and I love that Pirate King.

The Road to El Dorado, "Ménage á Trois" by GardenAnt

…you mean that's not what this movie is about? A cute, sexy tribute to the greatest OT3 of all time—Tulio, Miguel, and Chel. It's a shame about the video quality.

Sherlock, "Hysteria" by [ profile] cantseethesky 

This is one of the hottest vids I have ever seen, as well as one that really points out what slash fans are so entranced by—the distance between two characters that could be breached so very, very easily (although the repercussions may be anything but). It's almost jarring when the kiss (from another source, obviously) comes in, but in the best way. And it's a great song, too.


The Chronicles of Narnia, "The Queen's Return" by [ profile] honorh 

This is my favorite Susan!fic; it's vastly superior to Neil Gaiman's variation on the same theme. Susan, over time, heals. It's really lovely, and the last line is a happy tearjerker.

How I Met Your Mother, "Marshall Eriksen and the Secret Book" by wordplay

Absolutely adorable and totally believable for these two. Marshall and Lily and their relationship to Harry Potter, especially when you're a couple sharing one copy of a book. D'awww.

Saturday Night Live, "That Thing Where, Like, Seth Meyers Was Off-Limits But Now He Sort Of Isn’t" by [ profile] hellomenotdead 

This fic isn't perfect—it's missing the tweaked out, insane angle to Stefon (deliberately) and isn't as witty as the show itself. But it holds its own, it's fun, and it exists. Oh, Internet, you are good to me.

Sherlock, "That Thing You Love" by [ profile] introductory 

The Most Interesting Man in the World is dead, and Molly meets The Old Spice Guy. It manages to combine making it up to Molly and the sheer ridiculousness of the Old Spice Guy—and his dialogue is spot-on. I mean:

"He lived the most interesting life," said Mustafa gravely. "He regretted nothing. He forsook no pleasure, he spurned no women, he denied no opportunity. And I, too, live by those principles."

Freaking genius.
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I'm starting to think that The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King film is the best way to test if someone is a robot or any other variety of soulless automaton- you have to cry at least once to qualify as human.
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Doctor Who was taping just as my The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition marathon entered the second disc of Return of the King. I believe I achieved some sort of delicious and British nerdvana yesterday.

(I started crying at Sam's "But I can carry you!" and basically didn't stop until he got home. This story just does things to my heart, folks. Friendly commentary yielded several potentially good jokes that I will icon shortly.)

Moved back home on Thursday; my room is so messy I don't even want to deal with it, but I will clean it up this week. Most likely while watching the Appendices and seeking a video of the 2004 Oscars. <3


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