elisi: (Xacula by beer_good_foamy)
Reading through the Sunday Times Culture magazine, I came across this review of Lloyd Webber's 'Love Never Dies' - his new sequel to The Phantom of the Opera... A few choice snippets for those of my flist who're feeling down:

The Phantom of the Opera is the biggest entertainment phenomenon in history [...] Now comes the non-awaited, sorry, long-awaited sequel, Love Never Dies, and its legions of passionate "phans" are incensed, seeing this as a cynical add-on to a timeless masterpiece.
[...]
Yes Christine really did love the Phantom, and Raoul turned out to be a cad. [cue examples] None of this villainy was remotely hinted at in Phantom. It's one of the many excruciating ways in which the original characters have had to be deformed to fit this childish and cheesy melodrama. (Babybelodrama, possibly.)
[...]
It's not only that this is implausible. The original Phantom, after all, featured a deformed genius who lived on a secret candlelit lake under the Paris Opera House, which hardly suggested the stern realism of Emile Zola. The trouble is, you have two completely different stories, ineptly yoked together and still audibly kicking and screaming in the traces.


Apparently it's been dubbed 'Paint Never Dries' by disgruntled fans. *g* At least we've only got badly drawn comic books to deal with, not some big screen abomination.
elisi: (Xacula by beer_good_foamy)
Reading through the Sunday Times Culture magazine, I came across this review of Lloyd Webber's 'Love Never Dies' - his new sequel to The Phantom of the Opera... A few choice snippets for those of my flist who're feeling down:

The Phantom of the Opera is the biggest entertainment phenomenon in history [...] Now comes the non-awaited, sorry, long-awaited sequel, Love Never Dies, and its legions of passionate "phans" are incensed, seeing this as a cynical add-on to a timeless masterpiece.
[...]
Yes Christine really did love the Phantom, and Raoul turned out to be a cad. [cue examples] None of this villainy was remotely hinted at in Phantom. It's one of the many excruciating ways in which the original characters have had to be deformed to fit this childish and cheesy melodrama. (Babybelodrama, possibly.)
[...]
It's not only that this is implausible. The original Phantom, after all, featured a deformed genius who lived on a secret candlelit lake under the Paris Opera House, which hardly suggested the stern realism of Emile Zola. The trouble is, you have two completely different stories, ineptly yoked together and still audibly kicking and screaming in the traces.


Apparently it's been dubbed 'Paint Never Dries' by disgruntled fans. *g* At least we've only got badly drawn comic books to deal with, not some big screen abomination.
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
I will never read the Twilight books, but I shall readily admit that I loved the movie to tiny, sparkly bits.

Anyway, the reason I can make the above statement is that [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna brought Twilight with her when she visited, and Monday night we settled down to watch. It was even better than I thought! :) 'Review' under cut, but I just wanted to put Darcy's reaction out here... When we'd finished, his comment was as follows:

"Stupid, but oddly compelling."

Which is pretty spot-on, I think. The next morning, he had this to say:

"You know, I'm rather annoyed that I enjoyed that as much as I did. I'd like to re-watch it when I'm sober and see what I think then."

PURE GLEE, that's what I felt, dear friends. PURE. GLEE.

Read more... )
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
I will never read the Twilight books, but I shall readily admit that I loved the movie to tiny, sparkly bits.

Anyway, the reason I can make the above statement is that [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna brought Twilight with her when she visited, and Monday night we settled down to watch. It was even better than I thought! :) 'Review' under cut, but I just wanted to put Darcy's reaction out here... When we'd finished, his comment was as follows:

"Stupid, but oddly compelling."

Which is pretty spot-on, I think. The next morning, he had this to say:

"You know, I'm rather annoyed that I enjoyed that as much as I did. I'd like to re-watch it when I'm sober and see what I think then."

PURE GLEE, that's what I felt, dear friends. PURE. GLEE.

Read more... )
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
So, until today I had never heard of Caitlin Flanagan (the author of To Hell With All That (2006). She is currently working on Girl Land, a book about the emotional life of pubescent girls.), and it turns out that she is a Twilight fan. (I can see why. Oooooh yes.) She has a review here, which I skimmed (lots of stuff about 'the emotional life of pubescent girls' which made my eyes glaze over), but at the top of page two I was greeted with this astonishing declaration:

Twilight is fantastic. It’s a page-turner that pops out a lurching, frightening ending I never saw coming.

What? *boggles* [ETA: Unless she means 'Breaking Dawn', in which case - absolutely!] My mind immediately sprang back to my first experience of Twilight - [livejournal.com profile] shinga's reviews (beginning here), and her summary of the ending: Under cut so as not to spam you overly )

BUT - in happier news I also found what might be the funniest review of the movie so far: ENJOY!
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
So, until today I had never heard of Caitlin Flanagan (the author of To Hell With All That (2006). She is currently working on Girl Land, a book about the emotional life of pubescent girls.), and it turns out that she is a Twilight fan. (I can see why. Oooooh yes.) She has a review here, which I skimmed (lots of stuff about 'the emotional life of pubescent girls' which made my eyes glaze over), but at the top of page two I was greeted with this astonishing declaration:

Twilight is fantastic. It’s a page-turner that pops out a lurching, frightening ending I never saw coming.

What? *boggles* [ETA: Unless she means 'Breaking Dawn', in which case - absolutely!] My mind immediately sprang back to my first experience of Twilight - [livejournal.com profile] shinga's reviews (beginning here), and her summary of the ending: Under cut so as not to spam you overly )

BUT - in happier news I also found what might be the funniest review of the movie so far: ENJOY!
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
This is just me putting all my fic-snippets together in one proper story (in the proper order), so just ignore. (Unless you haven't read it already, in which case: Please enjoy the crack! *g*)

MAJOR spoilers for 'Breaking Dawn' and Torchwood S2.

Summary: It's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. Oh and Jack has sex with sparkly vampires.

Beware the Sparkles )
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
This is just me putting all my fic-snippets together in one proper story (in the proper order), so just ignore. (Unless you haven't read it already, in which case: Please enjoy the crack! *g*)

MAJOR spoilers for 'Breaking Dawn' and Torchwood S2.

Summary: It's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. Oh and Jack has sex with sparkly vampires.

Beware the Sparkles )
elisi: (Capt. John by kazzy_cee)
First of all Happy Belated Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] skylee (how are you doing?) and [livejournal.com profile] missy7280. Hope you both had fabulous days!

~~~~

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] flake_sake said that she couldn't help feeling bad for Ianto in my fic. This is however entirely unnecessary, as this little snippet demonstrates. (Spoilers for 'Breaking Dawn' I suppose. No spoilers for TW, unless you don't know who Capt. John is...) Just over 400 words. (part 1 and part 2.) [I promise to get back to my WIP now. Honest.]

Oh no, not you! )
elisi: (Capt. John by kazzy_cee)
First of all Happy Belated Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] skylee (how are you doing?) and [livejournal.com profile] missy7280. Hope you both had fabulous days!

~~~~

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] flake_sake said that she couldn't help feeling bad for Ianto in my fic. This is however entirely unnecessary, as this little snippet demonstrates. (Spoilers for 'Breaking Dawn' I suppose. No spoilers for TW, unless you don't know who Capt. John is...) Just over 400 words. (part 1 and part 2.) [I promise to get back to my WIP now. Honest.]

Oh no, not you! )
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
I APOLOGISE FOR NOTHING! (Also it was [livejournal.com profile] flake_sake's idea. Blame her.) As before, this is pure un-beta'd CRACK (written in a hurry), although this time I think I have to warn that you might suffer a sugar overdose. Oh - also a little longer than the first part (1650 words), but I tried to get everything out of my system. (Part 1 here!)

MAJOR SPOILERS for Breaking Dawn and Torchwood S2. (Also microscopic 'spoiler' for a joke in the S4 finale.)

Summary: It's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. Oh and Jack gets to have sex with sparkly vampires.



Hello Again! )
elisi: (twilight by nutshell @ journalfen)
I APOLOGISE FOR NOTHING! (Also it was [livejournal.com profile] flake_sake's idea. Blame her.) As before, this is pure un-beta'd CRACK (written in a hurry), although this time I think I have to warn that you might suffer a sugar overdose. Oh - also a little longer than the first part (1650 words), but I tried to get everything out of my system. (Part 1 here!)

MAJOR SPOILERS for Breaking Dawn and Torchwood S2. (Also microscopic 'spoiler' for a joke in the S4 finale.)

Summary: It's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. Oh and Jack gets to have sex with sparkly vampires.



Hello Again! )
elisi: (Jack by chatona)
DO NOT JUDGE ME! This just... came to me. Less than 500 words, un-beta'd, un-everything. But you *know* that Jack would go for it. Nothing but crack beneath the cut. Spoilers for 'Breaking Dawn' - no spoilers for TW.


Hello! )
elisi: (Jack by chatona)
DO NOT JUDGE ME! This just... came to me. Less than 500 words, un-beta'd, un-everything. But you *know* that Jack would go for it. Nothing but crack beneath the cut. Spoilers for 'Breaking Dawn' - no spoilers for TW.


Hello! )

!!!

3 July 2006 09:11 am
elisi: (Spike - fighting for his soul by awmp)
The AOQ 'Crush' thread is veeeeeeery interesting. And I'm beginning to wonder if maybe he is a bit spoiled... what I can say is that he'll probably enjoy the later seasons. Just look at this exchange:

AOQ:
If Spike is really
that into Buffy to the point where he's denying his vampire identity
(we've seen hints of that), you know what he could try, as a final
act of total desperation? Have Willow make him a soul. There are lots
of issues there, not the least of which being the loophole in the one
curse our heroes know, but I think it's worth pondering.

vague disclaimer:
Hmmm. Same spell, same curse? I can think of little duller than to
re-tread a story that was left as a spent husk 2 years before.

AOQ:
[shrug] I think it might be interesting. We've never seen the kind of
desperation that could drive a vampire to voluntarily seek a soul. And
there's the whole different-characters thing, Spike's reaction to
being ensouled would liekly be very different than anything we've seen
from Angel or Darla, and who knows what kind of character might emerge
from all that?


I mean - wow!

ETA: I was also going to include this exchange between 3DMAster and AOQ. (3DMaster *seriously* hates Spike!):

3DMaster:
Spike never transformed, he's not capable of transformation. What some
writers do or do not think, or claim or do not claim about the show,
matters nothing.

AOQ:
So far, I like the show I'm watching better than the one you're
watching.


Actually, the 3DMaster guy saw a completely different Spike to who we did. Replying to someone else, I quoted the scene where Spike leaves flowers for Joyce. Here's what Mr 3D replied:

'Of course he didn't [leave a card with the flowers], if he did it would be too easy to spot. He probably
planned on Buffy watching him put the flowers there, then walk off, she checks the flowers, there's not card, and she's going all gushy, at least in Spike's mind.'

*shakes head*

!!!

3 July 2006 09:11 am
elisi: (Spike - fighting for his soul by awmp)
The AOQ 'Crush' thread is veeeeeeery interesting. And I'm beginning to wonder if maybe he is a bit spoiled... what I can say is that he'll probably enjoy the later seasons. Just look at this exchange:

AOQ:
If Spike is really
that into Buffy to the point where he's denying his vampire identity
(we've seen hints of that), you know what he could try, as a final
act of total desperation? Have Willow make him a soul. There are lots
of issues there, not the least of which being the loophole in the one
curse our heroes know, but I think it's worth pondering.

vague disclaimer:
Hmmm. Same spell, same curse? I can think of little duller than to
re-tread a story that was left as a spent husk 2 years before.

AOQ:
[shrug] I think it might be interesting. We've never seen the kind of
desperation that could drive a vampire to voluntarily seek a soul. And
there's the whole different-characters thing, Spike's reaction to
being ensouled would liekly be very different than anything we've seen
from Angel or Darla, and who knows what kind of character might emerge
from all that?


I mean - wow!

ETA: I was also going to include this exchange between 3DMAster and AOQ. (3DMaster *seriously* hates Spike!):

3DMaster:
Spike never transformed, he's not capable of transformation. What some
writers do or do not think, or claim or do not claim about the show,
matters nothing.

AOQ:
So far, I like the show I'm watching better than the one you're
watching.


Actually, the 3DMaster guy saw a completely different Spike to who we did. Replying to someone else, I quoted the scene where Spike leaves flowers for Joyce. Here's what Mr 3D replied:

'Of course he didn't [leave a card with the flowers], if he did it would be too easy to spot. He probably
planned on Buffy watching him put the flowers there, then walk off, she checks the flowers, there's not card, and she's going all gushy, at least in Spike's mind.'

*shakes head*

ghuiocwaq

15 May 2006 10:20 am
elisi: (Effulgent-FFL by andemaiar)
Subject line written by The Cherub! I am very happy because for the next few days the house is mine again! Squee! Must go do housewifely things, but to celebrate the peace I bring you this very entertaining 'article' from The Sunday Times':

Could the truth really be out there?

Its backers have taken a virtual vow of silence, but that won’t stop Tom Cox questing after The Da Vinci Code movie’s hidden facts

It is the most talked-about film of the decade, but the release of The Da Vinci Code has been cloaked in more secrecy than the book’s “Opus Dei” monks, with few pre-release interviews and no preview screenings. We know that the trailer features Tom Hanks saying “My God!” in that way only Tom Hanks can, and Amélie’s Audrey Tautou looking and sounding as if she had got lost on the way to the art-house. We know that Westminster Abbey didn’t allow the director, Ron Howard, permission to film there; he had to use Lincoln Cathedral instead. But this is the information age! What can we find out if we probe a little further? In homage to The Last Supper, here — with the help of the information superhighway, a trip to darkest Cambridgeshire and just a little imagination — Culture presents 13 things you might not know about the movie event of the year.

ghuiocwaq

15 May 2006 10:20 am
elisi: (Effulgent-FFL by andemaiar)
Subject line written by The Cherub! I am very happy because for the next few days the house is mine again! Squee! Must go do housewifely things, but to celebrate the peace I bring you this very entertaining 'article' from The Sunday Times':

Could the truth really be out there?

Its backers have taken a virtual vow of silence, but that won’t stop Tom Cox questing after The Da Vinci Code movie’s hidden facts

It is the most talked-about film of the decade, but the release of The Da Vinci Code has been cloaked in more secrecy than the book’s “Opus Dei” monks, with few pre-release interviews and no preview screenings. We know that the trailer features Tom Hanks saying “My God!” in that way only Tom Hanks can, and Amélie’s Audrey Tautou looking and sounding as if she had got lost on the way to the art-house. We know that Westminster Abbey didn’t allow the director, Ron Howard, permission to film there; he had to use Lincoln Cathedral instead. But this is the information age! What can we find out if we probe a little further? In homage to The Last Supper, here — with the help of the information superhighway, a trip to darkest Cambridgeshire and just a little imagination — Culture presents 13 things you might not know about the movie event of the year.

elisi: (Spuffy Merry Christmas by eyesthatslay)
More cards! :) Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] annabelle528 and [livejournal.com profile] kathyh whose cards arrived yesterday (squee!) and to [livejournal.com profile] sweet_ali whose card came this morning (all letters should say 'Warning: Confetti' on the back! *g*). Have a wonderful Hanukkah dear! ::hugs::

And when I was (very, very briefly) looking something up on ff.net yesterday I came across this summary:
Ms Claus: Santa Claus is finally retiring and is leaving the reigns to his eldest daughter, Buffy. Everyone disagrees that a Ms. Claus would not a be able to fill in the shoes of old saint Nick, but Buffy has her own style that surprises them all.

Sadly this is not by [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs, but don't you wish it was?

ETA: OK, so I gave in and had a little peek... )
elisi: (Spuffy Merry Christmas by eyesthatslay)
More cards! :) Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] annabelle528 and [livejournal.com profile] kathyh whose cards arrived yesterday (squee!) and to [livejournal.com profile] sweet_ali whose card came this morning (all letters should say 'Warning: Confetti' on the back! *g*). Have a wonderful Hanukkah dear! ::hugs::

And when I was (very, very briefly) looking something up on ff.net yesterday I came across this summary:
Ms Claus: Santa Claus is finally retiring and is leaving the reigns to his eldest daughter, Buffy. Everyone disagrees that a Ms. Claus would not a be able to fill in the shoes of old saint Nick, but Buffy has her own style that surprises them all.

Sadly this is not by [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs, but don't you wish it was?

ETA: OK, so I gave in and had a little peek... )

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