Fringe

Nov. 29th, 2009 09:35 am
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Just finished season 1 of Fringe. Love the relationship between the main characters (but not so much the characters) but really don't feel invested in the show at all.
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Now, THIS is bodyswap done right.

If only there were a genderswap drama done as realistically as this! I'm just so sick of boys getting several inches shorter just because they've turned into a girl. I want to see stories about them being six-foot-tall women. Honestly, what's wrong with that?
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Eztv delivers again! I wouldn't have known of this ITV drama if it hadn't been on EZTV's front page. And as I'd known next to nothing about it except that this was a gender/identity swap drama, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Rachael Stirling (Tipping the Velvet), Martin Freeman (The Office) and Marshall Lancaster (Life on Mars) in it. That wasn't a combination I'd've expected.

And it's a lot more drama than comedy, which is another pleasant surprise. It's also got a more realistic take on genderswap than most movies had and, judging from the first episode, there's enough complexity in the characters and plots for the series to last (even if it weren't just the 4 episodes that it has).

I wouldn't say the show's got me hooked but I know I'm going to watch all 4 episodes of it (and not just because I'm a completist who actually bought, suffered through and then donated the whole Darren Shan series even though I was bored with it from the third book on).
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Another seeder was arrested for uploading. I'm so ashamed to be living in a place so monopolized by heartless capitalists that not one political party, politician or academic has been willing to stand up for us. Piracy has given us unprecedented computer literacy, made possible many cult/small fandoms, and given people access to movies or shows which would've been censored or died of obscurity. And frankly, the movies or shows which people wouldn't like to pay for after downloading wouldn't have attracted a paying audience in the first place. For one thing, I've bought more DVDs after I've got into the habit of downloading simply because I know of and have tasted more shows via this means.
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I had no idea BBC Entertainment cut Gwen's kiss with the girl in the second episode and the two kisses between Tosh and Mary. I'm glad I didn't subscribed to BBC Entertainment in my cable package – I've a niggling fear that it would just show the same heavily censored version for all Asian countries.

Heroes

Mar. 10th, 2009 09:46 pm
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OMG, OMG, OMG... John Glover! I haven't been so excited about this show for months!
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I've stopped and started with this idea but never found the time to do a thorough research or flesh out my idea. So I thought I'd just write it down now or else I'll fuck up again at work (I've just sent an invitation email to 30-odd people with the subject line "Draft invitation email") because of my preoccupation with this.

The thought first struck me when watching Slumdog Millionaire because Salim and Jamal were quite a lot like Nathan and Peter (a pragmatic vs a dreamer) and also quite a lot like Dean and Sam. Then I went through a list of memorable brothers on film and TV: Lincoln and Michael (Prison Break), Del-boy and Rodney (Only Fools and Horses), Edward and Alphonse (Fullmetal Alchemist)... 

It seems that more often than not the older brother acts as a sort of surrogate parent to the younger one rather than the competitor relationship that seems more common in real life. While it's very real for a close relationship to flourish between brothers who are orphaned or have parents who are so distant they might as well not be there, I cannot but wonder: Is it really so hard to write a supportive brotherly relationship without taking the parents away? Is it really so hard to write ordinary siblings at all?

Film & TV

Mar. 4th, 2009 08:07 pm
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Went to see Slumdog Millionaire at the cinema last night. It's quite different watching it on the big screen. I kept noticing how every shot was done beautifully and how the music was so perfect for the film, especially since I've already got the story when I first watched it on my computer.

Just downloaded Law and Order: UK out of curiosity. I didn't know Ben Daniels is in it. Does that mean now I have one more show to download?

With the news coming in about what shows are renewed and what shows are cancelled, I can't help but wonder what shows ABC will be left with next season. I'm still bitter they cancelled Pushing Daisies. And I don't understand why CW hasn't renewed Reaper. I may have to join in the sock campaign after all.

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LOL~ A nod to mpreg fanart on tv~

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OMG, I don't know what I should say about this ep. I was just busy going:
  • Noah-centric ep, yay!
  • Awww... Noah's going all "Jensen in A Kept Boy" (I swear I'm going to finish my reflection on this fic someday!)
    and more flailing... behind cut )
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After enduring the boring "The Perfect Blue" and "The Walk", I'm glad I still gave "The Stepfather" a chance because it turned out to be quite a gripping drama. I don't like the twist at the end but it's still a good mini-series on the whole. I just hope Philip Glenister will have more luck in the future after the crapfest that is Demons.

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How great it is to see Wilson touching House as the image on TV.com's front page!

Wilson/House on TV.com front page

Finally watched My Blood Valentine (3-D)! It's my first 3-D movie so it's worth every dollar of the ticket :) It's amazing how distracting the stones on the road, the trees in the woods, and even the pillars of the bridge or the rooms can be just because it's 3-D~ Human faces or bodies just don't stand out as much unless it's a big close-up (oh, merely Jensen's pretty face in close-up is already worth the price for 3-D~) or if the person's got beautiful long, wavy hair.

The 10-year-ago part is rather crap. Actually, the dialogues from there right up to the diner scene really were unbearably crap, and I just couldn't stop laughing at the dark bra under the white tee. But I really like what came later. I like that the naked girl in the motel has nice real tits and I like that she has a strong personality even though it's probably only used as a ontrived reason for her prolonged nakedness. I agree that main story (the identity of the killer) is rather weak but I don't really care when there's a chance to see Jensen tall (which was esp. highlighted by the mine tunnels), handsome and badass!

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Just 10 minutes in and I'm loving this ep so much I want to squeeeal. I wish I could turn all my friends into Being Human fans but Bibliophile ([livejournal.com profile] gryffinclaw) does this intro thing much better than I could.
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Four reasons why I love Apparitions:

  • Joe Ahearne and his brilliance in making us look hard at what is morally right and wrong in thrilling, intriguing stories. He's also not afraid to take on issues like rape and abortion although the lead is a priest.
  • Martin Shaw as the exorcist priest who manages to be cool AND priestly while kicking ass
  • The casting of black and Asian actors in the supporting characteres - alright they may be tokens but they're strong in their own right and they are there every ep.
  • Last but not least, Joe Ahearne is a wonderful director and the whole series is beautifully shot, which considering the FX that's maligning other British series like Merlin and Demons is not a small feat.

I hope it gets commissioned for another series.

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ZOMG, how did I not know that Bobby in "Prayers for Bobby" is Ryan from Smallville?!! Now I can see in my mind fanvid of a teenage Ryan arguing with his two gay dads about going on a date with his new boyfriend.

TV meme

Jan. 26th, 2009 03:36 pm
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gakked from [livejournal.com profile] litalex

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever.

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you have at least one season of in some format (originally it said DVD, but why not include VHS and torrents!)
3a. Star the ones you have never watched and have NO INTEREST in EVER watching.
3b. Double star the ones you have watched and have NO INTEREST in EVER watching, again.
4. Post your answers.

meme cut for length )

Demons

Jan. 12th, 2009 08:19 pm
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Finally watched episode 2. This show seems to be shaping up quite nicely.

RTD

Dec. 25th, 2008 09:04 pm
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OMG, Russell T Davies watches Smallville too! I just love this man~

Merlin!

Nov. 25th, 2008 10:36 pm
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Merlin! There is no gayer show on TV right now
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I'm just grinning with tears in my eyes - can the ending of Beautiful People be any better?! I'm speechless with such warmth in my heart, just like the first time I watched Beautiful Thing. I've got to recommend this to everyone who'd care to listen~!

And before that I'd just watched Heroes 3x08 - together with Beautiful People, they had just made my day. Can Nathan and Peter be closer together without merging into one person?

OMG, I'm just overcome with happiness right now~

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