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21 December 2004 @ 10:38 pm
I am the last remaining teletubby  

Well, the removal was horrific. Dead people don't look dead. It's awful. I don't know why they just don't wake people and be done with it, covered mirrors and all.

Anyway, to distract myself from the grim, I'm posting about all the random silliness that happened me today.

One thing I've always wanted to do is eat one of Dee's cookies. Not bad for freakin' animation. There's something squishy about the Rugrats, and the cookies are no exception. Not to mention that I feel a deep and cosmic character bond with Anjelica.

I did watch an amazing amount of TV (for me) today - about two hours. Put on 'Ever After' again. I'd forgotten how dryly funny that is *points to lj-cut*. However, the gross art-historical inaccuracies can be galling. The Mona Lisa was painted on WOOD, for Chrissakes. And people didn't paint outside (at least, without an entourage) until the invention of tube paint, which was after the invention of the camera (and not the camera obscura, thank you, da Vinci). So, get back in the studio, Gustav! Plus, most of da Vinci (whom I still fangirl, because I'm dead certain he played Reepicheep in the BBC Narnia videos)'s lines were off because, hello world, he was gay. And why did everyone in France have British toff accents? Were I a frog, I'd be pissed about that.

Not to mention that I feel a deep and cosmic character bond with Marguerite, too.

Also, picked up Fiona Walker for the first time since I came to the fandom. That makes it...a year and a half. I'd forgotten how good her early work is. Pretty slack, considering I base my writing style on hers (and Pterry's, natch, but who doesn't do that?). Fingers crossed I'll be inspired, which will be good for both cynicalpirate's birthday fic and that H/G 'opus' (as </span>coralia13 so winningly put it) that I am determined to write. Finish writing. Hell, continue writing. All three.

Et en finale, HAPPY BIRTHDAY gabbysun! I hope you have an excellent one, even in the depths of Nature. </span>

 
 
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Current Music: 'How to be Dead,' Snowpatrol
 
 
 
The Light Snarktasticsnarkophagus on December 21st, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
Tee hee! Cockstep!

I've now been awake for nearly 24 hours, with another 12 or so to go, and my mind fell asleep some time ago. Don't mind me. ;)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 22nd, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
I thought certain people would find that amusing...it is the bird, though. Something about the days getting longer. Strange Irish colloquialisms. xD
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on December 22nd, 2004 12:14 am (UTC)
I've never been to a removal; I don't think it's very common here. Hell, I've never even seen a dead person. Not sure it that's the best way to handle things either; death is so very taboo that once it happens, people often have no idea of how to deal with it. I'm not saying that people should return to the Victorian death-cult mentality with post-mortem photography, hair jewellry and wearing black for years, but, well... *shrug*

I know nothing about Ever After, but Reepicheep was played by Warwick Davies, who's resumé also includes roles like prof. Flitwick, Willow, Leprechaun and Marvin the Paranoid Android in the upcoming Hitchhiker's Guide movie. He's pretty awesome. (Also just pretty. At least he was some fifteen years ago when he played Willow; it's just a pity he hardly ever gets any roles where you can see his face.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 22nd, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
I don't like the removal custom either. In old Ireland, people used to stay awake all night to 'wake' the dead person and make sure their spirit moved on to the next place. Now, it's just a funeral home and people parade past peering in at the coffin. Pretty gruesome. I guess there's no right way to deal with death...

Yes, he has the voice of Flitwick! And there is a movie? I thought it was being canned for some reason? Ah well, at least we'll have one decent actor in it! Who's Ford?
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on December 22nd, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
(Correction of my previous reply: it's Warwick Davis, not Davies. Bad kitten, no cookie. (Well, maybe just one... :p~ ))

According to the IMDB's page on the Hitchhiker's Guide movie, it's in post-production and will be released in 2005. Ford will be played by a black actor named Mos Def, something which has caused some uproar on the message boards, along with the fact that there are some changes from the books in the script. However, the screenplay was written by DNA himself, and he has been quoted as saying that the only thing that he insisted on with regards to the actors is that Arthur should be British. It'll be a bit difficult readjusting my mental picture of Ford from a tight-skinned redhead, but if this actor makes a good performance, I'm willing to make an effort. I'm trying not to judge the movie in advance, nor to get my hopes up too much. Only time will tell...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 22nd, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess I can deal with the script. I hope there aren't great changes, though! And jeez, Ford as a black man? Woah. That'll take some getting used to. Although, come to think of it, it's not that strange...who's playing Arthur then?
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on December 22nd, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
This is the Arthur-to-be. I know nothing of his acting skills, but the people at IMDB's message boards seem pleased with the choice. I hope their trust is justified.

A few notes from the trivia section on IMDB:

'This will be ninth version of the "Hitchhiker's Guide". It previously appeared as a radio series, a record album, a novel, a television series, a computer game, a stage show, a comic book and a towel.'

and

'John Malkovich's character, a religious leader, was created especially for the movie by Douglas Adams.'

Point is, as DNA knew, different media doesn't follow the same rules. Changes have to be made; some people try to make them as small as possible while DNA seems to have been open to bigger changes. What a lot of people forget is that the books weren't even the first version of the story and are quite different from the radio series, although of course a lot of people view them as the ultimate version.

Aaanyway, what I was trying to say is I wouldn't mind even some slightly larger changes (not too big, though; I want to be able to recognise the basic story) as long as the spirit of the books remains intact. Likewise, I won't mind the colour of Ford's hair and skin as long as he still is the quirky, obnoxious character we know and love.

I'm torn between dread and anticipation over this movie. Ooh, I really hope it'll be good...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 26th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
Well, sometimes they can make good on books. ASoUE, for example!
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on December 26th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
A Series of Unfortunate Events? Haven't read those books, but I saw a trailer for the movie, and it looked like it might be interesting. I don't think it'll come to Sweden until February, though.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 26th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
*is shamed*

I'd only read the first book when I saw it. The film is excellent nonetheless, and well worth seeing - if only for the baby, Sunny!
Caitcoralia13 on December 22nd, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
I am sorry about the removal. I've never heard of that before - don't think we have them in the US, which (it sounds like) is a good thing.

I hope TV and books can cheer you up a bit. This post reminds me of my aunt (who says she feels a deep connection to the Trunchbull - and my aunt is a teacher, so it's even scarier) and my cousin, who has explained to me on several occasions the myriad of historical inaccuracies in 'A Knight's Tale'. Scoradh, we're like family!

Hope the opus is going well!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 22nd, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
Yes, it is a horrible freaky custom which should be abolished. I hate it!

Books are the cure to all ills. And I'm always saying, 'Yes, Miss Trunchbull - sir!' when teachers get ober-fuhrer-ey!! (What are these inaccuracies in AKT? Because I have that too!...but I've never spotted any. Well, aside from the people singing 'We will rock you', obviously.)

Very subtle, darling.
Caitcoralia13 on December 22nd, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
I am a mistress of subtlty!

You really wanna know? Okay, you asked for it! But don't say I didn't warn you...
The part at the ball when William says to Jocelyn, "You remind me of the Bible" etc.? Doesn't work because if this is during the Babylonian Captivity (which it is because the French guys say at one point that the pope is French), then the Bible wouldn't have been translated into vernacular yet - it would only be in Latin, and only accessible to members of the Church, so William would not be reading the Bible at all, not to mention he's illiterate. That is the only one I can remember right now, and it might be the only one. Just nit-picky things like that. I, however, prefer my Knight's Tale with historical inaccuracies included, because otherwise, we would not have the amazing dance scene at the ball to Bowie's 'Golden Years'! Thank you, Heath Ledger, for existing! Also, otherwise they would be speaking in Old English, and Chaucer would not be so darn cute!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 26th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oh...and here I was thinking it'd be the costumes, or the armour with the Nike sign!

Chaucer (or the guy who plays him, rather) is teh hawt!
Caitcoralia13 on December 27th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
No, no - I mean, obviously yes, but that was all on purpose.

I have this weird thing (and so, apparantly, does my cousin) where I can deal with things being so unrealistic and out of the blue, but everything within that absurd universe must be consistant with the rules of that universe. I was watching Shaun of the Dead with my friends last night, and when the characters were tricking the zombies by acting like they were already zombies, I was like, "That would never work! The zombies would totally smell them!" Then all my friends glared at me, and I felt stupid.

I LOVE PAUL BETTANY!!!! Have you seen him in Wimbledon? He totally made that movie, as well as Knight's Tale. He's such a good actor. LOVE HIM. I had a journal entry about him at one point, but I guess I didn't know you then.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 27th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
You are a smeller of plot holes. Or, a natural editor/beta. BE HAPPY!

I saw Wimbleton, and I thought it was craposio. But it would have been much worse without him. He is so pretty. And his accent is so pretty. And I loved him in KT because he was just so unexpected - I was going for Heath Ledger and found him instead! His COAT!
Caitcoralia13 on December 27th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
That's the spin I need to put on it! Thank you.

He is so funny and cool. I saw him on Conon O'Brian a couple of months ago, and he was hilarious.
passionate trousersgalindaupland on December 24th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
I was always more partial to the longest day of the year. I hate winter *mutters and mumbles to self about the damn cold and the ice that makes driving INSANE*

I love Ever After! I have to watch that again, I haven't in over a year.

Not to mention that I feel a deep and cosmic character bond with Anjelica Let me just say, you aren't alone. That girl is seriously my mini-me.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 26th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Ever After rocks. I love Leo di Vinci. I may have said this before.

Ha! Anjelica Love!