rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
So I've failed massively at posting to my journal of late, but. But.

I got two absolutely beautiful Master and Commander vids this year in Festivids, and you should go look at them...and leave feedback for the vidders. Also a big thanks to the [community profile] festivids mods and staff for all their hard work!

Sailboats by [personal profile] bironic (assignment) is an absolutely lovely Aubrey/Maturin vid that is pretty much to the letter I wanted from a shippy (swear to god no pun intended) fanwork. Bironic has made this sweet and touching without hurting your teeth; the song choice is perfect, and if you like this ship, it's a real keeper.

Leave Her, Johnny by [personal profile] rhoboat (treat) pulls together a completely different take on the canon--the gritty reality of the naval life, good and bad. Rhoboat uses the stunning cinematography by Russell Boyd* to full advantage, which I really appreciated as it's so fucking beautiful.

Go forth, friends! And do go have a look at the rest of this year's Festivids if you get a chance--I'm going to make my way though them all soon, it's been a rough start of the month so I've not had time yet.

* Wikipedia is telling me Boyd won an Oscar for this, which I gotta say is deserved as hell. I'm still miffed there wasn't ever a second M&C.

Festivids!

Feb. 6th, 2015 10:24 pm
rhivolution: Uhura from Star Trek TOS, leaning over and laughing (oh hell yes: Uhura (TOS))
So I am behind due to a combination of being away at the weekend, technical failure, and brainweasels, but I got not one but TWO lovely F/F slashy vids in this year's Festivids.

This is the third(?) year that I've had multiple gifts--someday I have got to get my act together and pay it forward with doing a treat or two, gdi, but I always end up barely having time for my own assignment (see: brainweasels).

Finding My Voice (Bend It Like Beckham)
Watching this, I find it's possible that I love Bend It even more now that I've had a dozen years' distance and a huge chunk of sociocultural immersion for it to grow on me. Jess and Jules touch my heart, as both a protoqueer in the day and now, always, and Glasgae's ain Emeli Sandé makes for a beautiful accompaniment that fits perfectly with the canon.

bosom friend (Anne of Green Gables series by Sullivan Entertainment)
A look at the beautiful, somewhat otherworldly friendship/love Diana and Anne have. I'm probably the only person I know who hadn't listened to FKA Twigs until now, and the song really works. I picked up the Anne books again on my ereader (many of them are public domain), and the phrase 'a bit queer' keeps coming back to me. This vid is a bit queer...in the best ways.

If you haven't checked these or the other Festivids out, I highly recommend having a nosy. (For the Anne of Green Gables one, if you've read AoGG and Anne of Avonlea, you don't need to have seen the Sullivan Entertainment minis to get the gist!) I need to get deep into the Festivids submissions and comment this weekend, please forgive me fellow vidders.

Oh, and if you guess my vid, you'll get a wee treat (if you want)--just drop me a DM. Very broad hint: the music is NOT Fleetwood Mac or any member's solo work, so neener.
rhivolution: Uhura from Star Trek TOS, leaning over and laughing (oh hell yes: Uhura (TOS))
Dragging myself out of anxiety-fueled inertia to tell you, dear readers, that you should go have a look at the two (!) vids I got for Festivids as they are both utterly amazing. (I really have got to get myself in gear to make a treat for someone, some year, to pay it forward.)

Bones (Silence of the Lambs): an absolutely stunning examination of the parallel journeys of Clarice, Catherine Martin, and Lecter through the film. Film geek me says the editing and song choice works wonderfully with Demme and Fujimoto's original photography, giving it a modern sensibility--but it's damn good at playing with your emotions too.
(Please heed all trigger warnings as there are both physical and psychological ones. The latter are in line with canon, though not gratuitous, and the problematic parts of canon are relatively minimally shown.)

You Have a Choice (Minority Report): the Agatha and Anderton vid I've been wanting for about a decade, I swear to god. This takes out Spielberg's heavy-handed sentimentality (I love the man, but no) and swaps John Williams' noir style score for an epic narrative's to do so. It ends up being about Agatha and about both her and Anderton's changing understanding of justice and fate really are. I'm just gonna be squeeful that someone gets it besides me because I never GET that with this canon.

With regards to my own vid, I was going to offer a vidlet for guessing, but realised I gave away what I was doing a few months ago by asking for help. But if you DON'T know, DIDN'T look, and still want to guess, feel free--none of you have found it yet wrt commenting, so there's still time to get in on the ground floor. And dear person who helped me with source material, you also deserve a reward if you so choose. You know who you are.

(in other news that has made me roll up into a ball and rock back and forth: Fleetwood Mac new album and tour with Christine MASSIVE SQUEE involved)
rhivolution: sepiaish image of J Brooks as Ghanima Atreides, positioned defensively against a wall & brandishing a knife (cuts like a crysknife: Ghanima Atreides)
So I have just been failing immensely at fandom lately; I meant to rec my Festivids gift maybe two weeks ago, and time just keeps passing really damn fast wtf life it's not like things have been interesting.

Anyway, some lovely person made me a wee Leto/Ghanima vid, Before It's Too Late, using the beautiful SciFi miniseries as source. And also Goo Goo Dolls, which is damn fine with me, because I still do love them. I now must go back and watch it all again soon. All, like, six damn hours of it.

Warning for twincest of a canonical fashion,* though nothing explicit, mind.

And I don't bloody have a signed copy of my vid to post craaaaaap failing at fandom some more.



* Also, in case you're here and didn't know, warning for a source that has enough canonical Orientalism to be used as a case study for Edward Said; the mini, even whitewashed, is less guilty of it than Herbert's original texts at least, jfc.
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
I must confess to not having a ton of experience with a goodly proportion of the fandoms on offer this year, thus the shortness of the list at the moment. sheepish rhi is sheepish.

Anyway, these are recs that will appeal to everyone, not just you vid aficionados. I promise.

Doctor Who (old skool)

Another Girl, Another Planet (Ace)
This is all about Ace, and it's therefore necessarily full of attitude and charm and blowing shit up and beating Daleks with a baseball bat. You may think you know this story, but the vidder makes it work well, particularly with the music, which is delightful. My only complaint is that there isn't moar footage from Ghost Light.

Awake My Soul (Sarah Jane)
I saw [personal profile] azarsuerte mention this more than once as she was the recip, and finally went to watch. Yes, it is deliberately manipulating you into wonder and amazement and weepiness. No, I do not care. It starts slow, but hits its stride about a minute and a half in and doesn't let up.


Maru the cat (YouTube)

Outside the Box (Maru/boxes)
This manages to tick the boxes of being absolutely ridiculous and hilarious while being moving almost to tears. This vidder knows hir stuff, and points have to go to Maru's human for the source material being so good.


Moulin Rouge

Ooh La La! (Christian/Satine)
Having been subjected to Goldfrapp's 'Ooh La La' about twenty million times lately in car adverts, I came into this a sceptic. I walked out stunned. It's rhythmically brilliant and heartbreakingly wonderful, and now I remember why I paid to see the film five times even though I was a high school student.


Master and Commander

Ship of Fools (Maturin [Aubrey/Maturin])
I really appreciate the gorgeous film work of Peter Weir and his team, and I also really appreciate vidders who use classic rock artists to great effect. This is a gorgeous tribute to Stephen Maturin. Old school TR people, I advise you to watch only when you're in an okay frame of mind, as it is possibly a bit painful.
rhivolution: Uhura from Star Trek TOS, leaning over and laughing (oh hell yes: Uhura (TOS))
Right, I haven't gotten around to subtitling and uploading 'Cold War' yet. Thus the Big Vid Post will have to wait. In the meantime, two really random recs!

Little House After the End by [livejournal.com profile] fera_festiva. (Little House on the Prairie books AU with ZOMBIES, PG-13, gen)
While this does gloss over some of the problematic stuff in the series, it's so utterly pitch perfect and cleverly written that it deserves a read. Or two reads. It's...almost feasible and starkly reminiscent of RDR: Undead Nightmare, if that story were about regular people.

Be My Voice in This World by [livejournal.com profile] luchia13. (BBC Sherlock/Tortall crossover, PG-15, various pairings)
Lu somewhat magically makes the Sherlock narrative fit into the Tortallian one. Complete with meddling deities--no Tortall story works without it!
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
I haven't got to everything, but here are my top recs for this year's Festivids. These are NOT all the vids I've watched and liked, or all the canons I know, mind...I just can't do anymore reccing right now thanks to spoons. I encourage you, even if you're not into vids, to go check out the master list, as there are gems there. GEMS, I TELL YOU, including my Lone Gunmen giftvid (rec here).

These recs mostly fit into three four-letter categories: LULS, AWWW, and ZOMG. Please check the warnings for each vid before viewing. Links go to the Dreamwidth post, but there's an LJ link on each if you want to leave comments/view there. (And do leave comments if you like what you see; each one I've received makes me smile.)

LULS

Back to the Future trilogy - Tik Tok
Ke$ha - Tik Tok
I've seen BTTF done with Tik Tok before, but this does it better, and with all three films. Look, just trust me on this. It's not only funny, but oddly touching.

The Big Lebowski - State of Confusion
The Kinks - State of Confusion
The Kinks make a perfect background for a look at the Dude, abiding. I mean, there ain't much more to say about it.

Community - Space Oddity
David Bowie - Space Oddity
I am not a fan of this song, despite liking Bowie. I am a fan of Troy/Abed, though. And this works very well and I like the song in the context of the vid!

Heathers - Still Alive
Jonathan Coulton - Still Alive
I'm particularly fond of vids that establish a metanarrative with regards to the original source text. This is one of those. Watch it.

Hot Fuzz - Blue
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
It's just Hot Fuzz distilled down into gore and a rather manic beat.

Life After People - End of the World
Great Big Sea - It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
This would not seem likely to be on my luls list, seeing as it's from a documentary on how humanity's structures would get on without humanity. But it is. Because it is deliciously, darkly humorous.

Star Trek: TNG - Want You Bad
The Offspring - Want You Bad
You know how Patrick Stewart and John de Lancie hammed up the sexual tension between Picard and Q? No? Well, watch and learn. Hilarious.


AWWW

The Chronicles of Narnia - The Greatest Day
Take That - The Greatest Day
Both the previous vid and this one use tracks that PBS has used in promos; they do for a reason, though, and that's emotional effect. This takes the Narnia films and doesn't shy away from the painful bits.

Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) - One Day Like This
Elbow - One Day Like This
Despite being incompetent as a fan and never seeing all of this canon, I still appreciate this vid. I think it informs the Eighth Doctor with what we know of Nine, Ten, and Eleven, and that's not a bad thing.

Punky Brewster - Father & Daughter
Paul Simon - Father & Daughter
I initially watched this because I love the song, but then I remembered how sweet Punky Brewster was when I was wee. Dim memories, tearjerker canon...bless.


ZOMG

Blade Runner - November Rain
Guns & Roses - November Rain
This sounds completely bizarre, but it is utterly perfect. I am pretty sure whomever made this has studied Blade Runner at some point (I did twice as an undergrad, don't ask), because ze deals with some issues that come up in film and lit crit of it. Or maybe I just read it that way.

Eddie Izzard's standup - Do You Want To
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
This vid is less in the moving category and far more in the technically amazing category. Seriously, whomever did this has the patience of a saint. You'll see why when you watch it.

Rubicon - I Follow You
Depeche Mode - The Bottom Line
If you watched Rubicon...watch this. It captures the mood of it very well, with just a hint of what might have been.

Terminator 1&2 - L.E.S. Artistes
Santigold - L.E.S. Artistes
This vid is about Sarah Connor. The Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor. Not to offend any of the TSCC fans, but...this is the Sarah Connor I know and love, and this vid is beautiful and you should watch.
rhivolution: the Starfleet emblem, on black background (undiscovered country: Star Trek)
So, the [livejournal.com profile] where_no_woman New Year Exchange posts were up today, and I gotta take a moment to rec what I received because it is just what I asked for:
Revolution (at AO3) by [archiveofourown.org profile] syredronning (Star Trek: DS9, G, Jadzia Dax/Lenara Kahn)

It's an ace femslash story that's an AU from 'Rejoined', and it has politics and what cultural studies geek me calls 'secondary source material' in it, which I love. Go forth!

By the way, there's more really good fic in this exchange (and I'm not just saying this because I've got one in there, I swear). There's Trek of the TOS, AOS, TNG and DS9 varieties, so even if you're not an AOS fan, have a look.

If you can guess mine before next week's reveal, you'll get...something. I don't know what yet.
rhivolution: Ace is pensive and/or upset (say your life is on fire: Ace)
This post is mostly about my documentary, all non-interested parties can skip. In other words, I've started actual editing work on the Overambitious Dissertation.

Overambitious Dissertation update! )

Carrying on from there to a couple other things that have rocked me of late:

- Music: I'm almost done with that Hunger Games mix. You're all excited, I know. I may have nicked the OpenTape idea from [livejournal.com profile] melloniel for my own use. Also, is Fleetwood Mac in the studio? I keep seeing bits and pieces to that effect.

- TV: The Good Guys (FOX, Friday 9/8c)
As you may have detected from my post the other day, I'm loving this show. It took a few episodes to really get its swing, but from thereon in, it becomes an amazing satire/pastiche of every kind of cop show of the last twenty-five years. If you like comedy, go back and start at about episode five. It's clever, non-linear, and doesn't take itself too seriously, not to mention Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks have fantastic chemistry. (And if you're not watching solely because you're sketched out by pr0nstache Whitford, we are no longer speaking. It's about character.)

- Fanfic: The Completely Authorised, Un-sensationalised, Fact-Checked, Permissioned Biography of Dr. Faiza ‘Excalibur’ Hussain by [personal profile] dhobikikutti (gen, Captain Britain and MI: 13)
Hard knowledge of this comic series isn't necessary to enjoy this fic--anyone who's been living in Britain lately or who's interested in social history and/or cultural critique in fandom should have a read. The author makes the comic story relevant to the narrative of Muslim people in the UK today, and it is also damn fine writing.

- Webcomics: FreakAngels by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield (NSFW)
Warren Ellis can be problematic, but damn, the man can tell a good story. I sped through the first twelve chapters of FreakAngels last night, and I'm really glad I've got nearly a hundred more to go. Another rooted-in-the-UK story, yeah, deal with it.

- Webstuff: Horizon: Mellow Mint userscript by [livejournal.com profile] gossymer (h/t [community profile] bzzinglikeneon)
Ah, LJ, I don't know how to quit you, but I do find your changing banner and nav to be irritating. Luckily, Gossymer's coded something for those of us who'd like things straightforward. I'm not sure how it is in terms of accessibility, though--if someone more tech-savvy could have a look, that'd be ace.

- 'Lifestyle', whatever that means: Health Month
Thanks to [personal profile] inkstone, I'm now a Health Month beta tester. It's a nifty sort of tool/game to promote healthy lifestyle changes, it involves mental health rules as well as physical ones, and it's far less focused on IS YOU FAT than most challenges of this nature. I must say that accountability really does help (I'm keeping to only two caffeinated bevs a day, deep fried food only once a week, and trying to eat fresh fruit five times a week). If you want to change a pattern or two in your life and you're interested in getting on board for November, I'd say it's worth a try, though if you want more than three rules in your game, it'll cost you.

Oh, and thanks to that userscript, I've now installed Greasemonkey. Yes, I know, years too late...are there any other scripts anyone here recommends?