bennet_7: (BOT: an emotion like joy or spicy food)
GUYS! WHY HAS NOBODY WRITTEN ABED/RORY GILMORE FIC? OR FIC WHERE ABED MEETS LORELAI?

SERIOUSLY, JUST IMAGINE THE POTENTIAL FOR POP-CULTURE REFERENCES. SUCH A FIC WOULD BE SO PRECIOUS TO ME.
bennet_7: (L+V (B&W))
You know what’s coming up? October 3rd. Are you doing anything special to mark the one seven eight year anniversary of Lilly Kane’s murder?

When you see this on your flist, quote Veronica Mars.

Jackson Douglas: I hear you do detective stuff for people.
Veronica: I do favors for friends.
Jackson Douglas: I can pay.
Veronica: Sit down, friend.
bennet_7: (10 Things: Stupid teen cliché)
Woo! The Powers That Be have made a second series of Dance Academy, the sometimes ridiculous but generally awesome show about teenagers studying ballet in Sydney. I've previously discussed it a little here and the new trailer is below:



Damn, that looks like some high-quality brain candy.

A lot of season 1 is available on YouTube and the episodes are uploaded in the usual places. Definitely give it a shot if you like dancing and well-handled teen issues (the gay storyline is particularly well done and actually kind of fresh).
bennet_7: (Alien powers (Logan))
Did you know that if have a gmail account and you write the words "are attached" somewhere in an email but you don't actually attach anything and then press send, a little box will appear to warn you about what you've done?

I mean, on the one hand that's really convenient for those times you forget, but on the other...

...SKYNET.
bennet_7: (Bright Star: La Belle Dame sans Merci)
I don't go much for contemporary fiction and I really don't read the Latest Hyped Literary Fad, but I picked up Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and I enjoyed it. Though it's by no means perfect, it does have a several awesome things going for it:

- Morgenstern is a very visual writer, wonderful at describing the details and atmosphere of the circus. The production designer for the inevitable film adaptation is not going to have a hard time with concept art. The costumes will also be beautiful.

- The physical tension between the protagonists, Marco and Celia, is palpable but Morgenstern never writes anything explicit. I was really impressed with how she handled their intimacy.

- The supporting characters are all pretty great, each having their own thing going on that intersects with Marco and Celia's plot, but not always neatly. There is a lot of agency spread around, particularly amongst the female characters. The novel is also gay-friendly and inclusive of minorities. I initially had a little trouble with a mysterious and inscrutable Asian, but then all the characters are mysterious and inscrutable so it's not like Morgenstern was leaning too heavily on that trope.

- The setting: late Victorian London for the most part. THIS IS LIKE CATNIP TO ME.

- Machinery + Magic = FTW.


So, yeah, definitely give it a try if you like stories about people who should be enemies but instead fall in love and also magic and integral-to-the-plot-bowler hats.
bennet_7: (Community: what is she a water filter?)
Dear London,

I did not move here for 35 °C weather. I moved here so that I could wear awesome coats and pretty scarves and woollen hats and knee high boots.

No love,

Ben

::

Shows I am no longer watching: The Secret Circle. Boooooooring.

Shows that have one more episode to get their act together: The Vampire Diaries. Aimless. Muddled. Unexciting. It's sad to see Paul Wesley step up to the plate when it's in service of a terrible story.

Shows that offer brief moments of joy, but largely disappoint me: Community. Spoilers )

In conclusion, the show that is the best ever: Parks and Recreation.
bennet_7: (Default)
This is about a documentary called Bill Cunningham New York. Actually, it's a plea to watch a documentary called Bill Cunningham New York. For some of you, knowing that it's about an eighty year old photographer who has been chronicling New York's street fashion for decades will be enough to induce you to seek it out and watch it: you like fashion, you like photography, you like New York, you just plain like documentaries. But even if this film doesn't immediately sound relevant to your interests, give it a chance because it's a wonderful story, a very human story, about a man who has a passion, who has integrity, who doesn't allow himself to be bowed by other people's opinions, and who is kind in a cut-throat industry and and cut-throat city.



Bill Cunningham is fascinated by fashion and one of the few photographers to be invited to sit in the front rows of designer shows instead of being crammed into the press gallery at the end of the catwalk. But what he truly loves is how regular people take what the designers produce and wear it, reinterpreted through their own viewpoint, on the street. He spends most of his life riding the streets of New York on an old Schwinn bicycle or walking the pavements so that he can dart off at any moment to get the perfect picture of someone's outfit. He doesn't care if they're rich, famous, or a complete nobody - he only cares about the clothes. By taking so many pictures he notices trends that everyday people are generating - sometimes it's a colour or element. This he makes the focus of his "On The Street" feature in The New York Times. On other occasions he chooses to focus on something that fascinates him like shoes or the rain ponchos people wear in bad weather.



At night he goes to photograph charity galas, choosing them not for their guest list but for which cause he wants to devote column inches to. No matter who is there, he always finds something interesting, something beautiful, and the rich and fashion elite recognise and respect him for his choices. Anna Wintour says early in the film - and it's in the trailer so it's not too great a spoiler:

"I think everyone knows Bill and understands who he is and what he represents will always be thrilled to be photographed by Bill. I mean, I've said many times that we all get dressed for Bill."


But Bill himself is a man of contradictions. He doesn't wear clothes that are expensive, designer made, or particularly stylish. Most often he can be seen in the blue smock worn by the street cleaners of Paris because it's got a lot of convenient pockets. Nor does he accept any of the perks that are offered to him, not wanting his integrity to be compromised. He lives in an apartment in Carnegie Hall that is crammed with filing cabinets full of negatives, sleeping on a tiny camp bed, and uses a bathroom across the hall.

Bill's life is strange, but he obviously feels that it is incredibly rich because he gets to do what he loves. He's warm and funny, ready to laugh and be delighted, and thoroughly engaging when on screen. His story is fascinating and his contribution to fashion and photography will surprise you.

If you want to watch the film but are at a loss where too find it, drop me a line. For those that don't mind a little more spoiling, I hope this picspam whets your appetite for more.



It isn’t what I think, it’s what I see. )

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Sep. 27th, 2011 03:16 pm
bennet_7: (GW: The good lawyer)
Last night I had a thought: wouldn't it be great if boots were like four wheel drives?

Seriously. Think about it.

Press a button when you're off-roading in the country and suddenly you've got extra traction control and grip. The suspension gets firmer (or whatever) and you can go through, like, rivers and mud and sand dunes.

But then, you're back in the city and you don't need all those features. So, you press another button (or maybe the same button, I DON'T KNOW) and then you're boots become lighter and somehow more stylish because you don't need fog lights on in the city...



...this is the kind of thing I think about for more than five minutes.


::

The Good Wife is back. I liked it! Spoilers )

I didn't actually know that Being Erica was back this week - it was just there to DL in the comms - but I'm glad it's back. Spoilers )

The latest episode of The Dan and Blair Show was quite short and light on plot, but it's nice to know that it's still being made. Spoilers )

I tried out three new shows, all of which were light and fluffy and none of which I loved: The Secret Circle (which has one more episode to rise to the level of The Vampire Diaries), Pan Am (because shows with a ratio of four female main characters to two male are rare. This one will get an even greater grace period to get itself some depth), and Hart of Dixie (which was stupid in many different ways but somehow the most enjoyable). Spoilers for HoD )
bennet_7: (P&R: Are you getting this?)
Ha ha, I haven't even moved into my accommodation yet (I'm still staying at a hostel) but nothing will keep me from Parks and Rec! NOTHING!

My favourite show is baaaaaaack )
bennet_7: (Doctor Who (Tardis))
1. I don't like the London Underground!

2. I do like Scotland!

3. I wish it was less hilly though.

4. But palaces and castles are really cool!

5. I amused someone by saying "capsicum" instead of "pepper."

6. Wow, there are a lot of French bistros in Scotland.

7. I am not complaining about that!

8. Crepes!

9. Blisters on my feet from walking so much!

10. Have resisted the urge to buy anything in tartan.

11. Skinny jeans actually look great with my hiking boots!

12. But my hair is always a mess from the wind and the rain.

13. Sometimes when I'm on the train I imagine I'm going to Hogwarts.
bennet_7: (Tim+dictionary=OTP)
Once again I have totally failed to go to bed at a decent time.

But! Check this out! It's Mental Floss's "22 Fascinating and Bizarre Classes Offered This Semester". Choosing just four I'd like to take is hard but I've narrowed my ideal course load down to:

Wordplay: A Wry Plod from Babel to Scrabble at Princeton University

Obsessed with Words With Friends? If you’re at Princeton, you’ll almost certainly enjoy this class, where students will “challenge one another to games of Scrabble and Boggle, and enjoy the ‘Princeton dimension’ of the whole enterprise.”

“Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing at Belmont University

Not only does it have an amazing name, “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” has the best course description I’ve ever read:

“Oh, look, a Chicken”….This course will pursue ways of knowing through embracing [little ants, carrying a morsel of food across the table] what it means to be a distracted [I could sure enjoy a peanut butter sandwich right now] learner as well as [OMG--I get to go to the beach this summer] developing an awareness [I need to trim my fingernails] of one’s senses. The instructor teaches in the school of music, [do I hear water dripping?] so there will be an element related to that woven [spiders are amazing] into the course. [oh, it's the fish tank behind me] Those registering for this section may even learn to juggle [I'll be right down, I just have to finish this...what was I working on?].



Physics for Future Presidents at UC Berkeley

Planning to fill Obama’s shoes one days? Then you better check out this course, which will make you well-versed in topics like spy satellites, medical imaging, nuclear weapons and energy conservation.

How to Watch Television at Montclair State

Has that big screen in your living room always perplexed you? Flummoxed by the little rectangle that seems to control its every image and sound? Sorry to say, this class isn’t going to help. Despite its title, “How to Watch Television” is really about analyzing the medium and evaluating TV’s impact on our lives.



What would your semester schedule look like in an ideal world?
bennet_7: (I: The Pointman)
Apparently we have Joseph Gordon-Levitt to thank for Arthur's wardrobe in Inception:

You know, I gotta say when I first started working on Inception, some of the drawings they showed me of their ideas for that character was uh sort of schlubby, sort of like, well he’s the tech guy, he runs the machines, you know, so maybe he should be wearing some sneakers and a plaid shirt et cetera and I was like “No, no, no.” This guy is in charge of making sure everything goes right. The Cobb character that Leonardo DiCaprio played, he’s like the artist and this guy’s like the producer. So, uh, I thought of my friend Jared, who is a theatre producer by day and he’s a very spiffy dresser. And I was like, “No, I want tailored suits and I want to slick back my hair, I want this guy to seem like meticulous, like he pays very close attention to detail.”

- source


*flails*
bennet_7: (I: Distraction and Evasion 101)
This is a random little Inception ficlet for [livejournal.com profile] cunning_croft who is lovely and kind.

if we play our cards right we can be more than friends | Inception Arthur/Ariadne | G | 356

+ )
bennet_7: (Tim+dictionary=OTP)
'SpongeBob' is in the Microsoft Word dictionary but 'chéri' gets the red squiggly line beneath it?

Priorities: way to have them.
bennet_7: (TH: James and Moneypenny)
- Aided and abetted by [livejournal.com profile] cobweb_diamond I have been making ridiculous post-film Captain America graphics on Tumblr because lady spies are awesome. I am attempting fic on this theme so we'll see how that goes.

- But the Captain America fandom at large is weird and wanky. There's already been a big brouhaha over in the kink memes (yes, plural) and I'm a bit bemused by the fact that the most popular pairing on the most successful meme is Steve/Tony...and Tony wasn't even in the film.

- My thoughts on episode three of The Hour )
bennet_7: (Iron Man: Oh Virginia)
And now, some random post-film Captain America: The First Avenger fic.

Saturday next | G | 489 | Peggy (Peggy/Steve)

... )
bennet_7: (Iron Man: Pepper your eyes are red too)
I just got back from seeing Captain America: The First Avenger. Hopefully LJ will keep its shit together long enough for me to get down my thoughts.

Overall, I liked it. I didn't think much of the direction as I felt the film lagged at times and I was never quite sure of the plot. Spoilers ) But where the film did succeed was in getting me - someone who has never read a Cap comic - to care about most of the characters.

Chris Evans normally plays smug douchebags, but I thought he was good as the nobler-than-thou Steve. Sincerity isn't easy to portray and he sold me on Steve's good intentions. I really loved Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter, Special Agent and extreme badass. Sadly the film did not pass the Bechdel test - I don't think Peggy even talked to another woman about men - but Peggy herself was one of the best love interests since Pepper Potts. She was brave, intelligent, a crack shot, and damn good at her job. Plus, Hayley Atwell actually had the figure of a woman in the 1940s - curves instead of prominent clavicles - so that was nice to see.

More spoilery thoughts on casting, characters, and relationships )

I adored the costuming. Originally it was supposed to be in the hands of Jeffrey Kurland, whose work I loved in Inception, but Anna B. Sheppard ended up on the job which is great because I'm a fan of hers too (how much do I covet Bridget von Hammersmark's wardrobe in Inglorious Basterds? So much). The various versions of the Captain America uniform were great and I particularly loved Red Skull's leather coat (amazing tailoring), Bucky's last navy ensemble, and Peggy's red dress and leather jacket.

Because of timing, I had to see it in 3D and it looks decent in that format. The effects are great and the CGI work on Chris Evans to make him appear a foot smaller is a bit stunning (my mother thought that they'd gotten different actors). All in all, I enjoyed my time with Captain America and co....but I'm really looking forward to The Avengers.
bennet_7: (TCC: more of them than there are of you)
I really like the trailer for H+, a new "digital series" (that's just fancy speak for web series, right?).

It appears to feature a multi-ethnic cast, an apocalyptic future, interesting female characters, and a hot nerd. If I can figure out where and how to watch it, I will.



Then we have the trailer for Haywire about a spy who is betrayed by the CIA. Now, yes, that is the plot to 75% of spy movies, but this one stars Gina Carano, a female mixed martial arts fighter who is actually believable when she throws a punch, unlike the majority of skeletal actresses (seriously, Anjelina Jolie was a twig in Salt).

It also features Michael Fassbender! (looking very James Bond), Ewan McGregor! (sadly without his natural accent), and...a whole bunch of other dudes I am mostly ambivalent towards (and Charming Potato whom I actually dislike).

But I do have a problem with this trailer and that problem is going to take the form of a question.

Why is it that whenever anyone actually bothers to make an action movie starring a woman, they surround her with a bunch of (mostly white) men and no other female characters? Another question: can't we get a few of the secondary characters played by women too? That was my issue with the trailer for Colombiana and also with Salt, because when it's just one woman taking on the traditionally male role of action hero and there aren't any other female characters, it plays into the cultural narrative that action women - and even heroic women - are rare, exceptional, and not "normal" women. They are in a league of their own and that's how they are able to defeat the men.

So while the female action hero is inspirational and aspirational, it's also limiting because its the only version of womanhood we're getting. And considering that she's a super special snowflake, it's yet another ideal that few of us can live up to.

Make no mistake, I'll see this as soon as it opens, but even though it's relevant to a lot of my interests, it's still not ticking all my boxes.



In between starting this entry and posting it, I went to the ballet. One lady in the audience wore a romantic tutu in black tulle. I thought this was funny, but I suppose it's not much different from wearing your sporting team's uniform when watching them play.
bennet_7: (GW: OMG you're so beautiful)


At 2:30 in the morning I am easily amused.
bennet_7: (TH: The manifesto)
From the BBC's description of The Hour... )

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