kungfuwaynewho: (b5 delenn)
•Watching Hannibal!  We rewatched season one, have been watching and rewatching season two; I've been reading all the recaps and comments and reviews and behind-the-scenes blogs and Twitters and jeez, not even being active in a fandom, just being a lurker, take up a lot of time.

•Watching other TV!  I think this is the first time since I was an undergrad that I have at least one show I watch every single day of the week.  It's...intense.

•Writing!  I've added about 30,000 words to "The Orphan Queen" since we spoke last, started a new screenplay (which regrettably will not be done in time for any of this year's competitions, but that's okay), and did a revision on a screenplay from last year.  I also dusted off some old fanfic and am trying to get some WIPs done.  (And I know I've said that like half a dozen times before, but I mean it this time.

•Yard work!  I have pictures I need to upload, but we planted a bunch of perennials by the brick walkway leading to our back porch, and spread out rock in our garden.  (The house had termite problems before we bought it, so we took out all the mulch when we first moved it, and have slowly, paycheck by paycheck, been replacing where the mulch was with rock.)  I also tried something I saw on Pinterest, making a little herb garden with concrete blocks, and it actually turned out good!  The stuff I try that I see on Pinterest always ends up terrible, but this one actually worked.  Pretty exciting for a change.

•Basement work!  We now have three walls up and drywalled, and we cleared all of our boxes out of the back "room" to prep that for work.  So now we have a support beam and air ducts to enclose, and the sump pump to box up, and some closets to put in, and then it should be pretty smooth sailing thereafter.  My dad has been replacing electrical as we go, and it's been quite neat to see him going from being super-nervous and freaking out about it, to becoming very confident in the work.  And it's nice to know we have nice new wiring when we get around to putting in new lights and hanging up a TV, etc., instead of fifty-year-old dusty jury-rigged crap.

So that's about it.  Boring, for sure.  But that's life, I guess.
kungfuwaynewho: (hannibal)

Haven't watched Season One yet?  No worries!  If you start now, restrain yourself to a handful of bathroom breaks, and take a modest lunch, you should have plenty of time to get caught up before the premiere.

We are having a premiere party tonight.  Fancy ravioli (stuffed with people!) and brie en croûte (the cheese is made from people!) and port (aged in a barrel with some people!) and ice cream cake (no people).

I honestly don't think I've been this excited about a TV show that is currently airing since Battlestar Galactica.  Which is to say I am VERY EXCITED.

Meme Day 3

Feb. 6th, 2014 08:05 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (luther alice)
Day 3 - Your favorite new show (aired this tv season)

Cool!  Read the meme wrong!  So yeah, this show aired last season, whatever.  Maybe I'll do another picspam for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is my favorite new show from this season, at some other point.

But today we're talking about Hannibal!  Not just my favorite new show, but as far as I'm concerned, the best show on TV right now.  If you're at all familiar with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, you know that a story about him is going to be dark, depraved and gruesome.  So it may come as a surprise to hear that Hannibal is arguably the most beautiful show at least currently airing, perhaps ever.

That's quite a claim, I know.  I have never seen such detail in production design, from the regular sets to location shots; the costuming is absurdly gorgeous; don't even get me started on the cinematography!  I have watched many a feature film with not even close to this amount of attention paid to shot selection, framing, color grading, lighting, etc.  For instance, Hannibal is often backlit, which causes a sort of angelic glow around him (also known as Rembrandt lighting).  It softens the edges of his silhouette, giving him a slightly-otherworldly appearance.  But he's often backlit without any kind of key light or fill light.  His facial features end up obscured, his expression ambiguous, his eyes dark and unable to be read.  The effect is to dehumanize him, but in both positive and negative ways - he is beautiful, and he is terrible.  Subconsciously, the viewer is both attracted and repelled.  Is there any better way to depict a character like Hannibal Lecter?

I could go on and on about how absolutely perfect this show is.  Actually, I will go on a little bit more.  Many wonderful, complex female characters - who are all different from one another.  I think a lot of shows have heard about having "strong female characters," so they write a couple iterations of the same 2D female character who is played by a physical waif but is shown beating people up.  Not so on Hannibal.  Bryan Fuller even took a male character from the books and made her a woman to make the gender balance more even.  (Speaking of Bryan Fuller's awesomeness: he has vowed to never have a rape storyline.  Ever.)  It's also a very smart show.  They will cut from A to D or sometimes even, like, F, and trust the audience to figure out the steps in between; after years and years of police procedurals, we know how these stories work.  So Hannibal cuts out all that stuff and concentrates on everything else: what kind of toll does investigating these kinds of crimes take on people?  In the very first episode, Will Graham must make a snap judgment in an incredibly difficult and tense situation.  He deals with that decision and its after-effects for the entire rest of the season.  It's not just glossed over, and it's certainly not glamorized.  As over-the-top as some of the murders and staging can be, there's a huge amount of attention paid to the psychology of murder.  Which makes sense, considering the title character...

As for Dr. Lector, what I found perhaps most astonishing is how well Hannibal was able to take a character who was so well-entrenched in the public consciousness, to the point that he wasn't even really scary anymore (who among us hasn't made the fava beans and chianti joke?), and make him so completely brand-new.  And yet still the Hannibal Lecter we all have come to know so well.  It's a testament not just to the writing, but most especially to Mads Mikkelsen, who is able to do so much just by the tiniest quirk of the corner of his mouth, just a slight tilt to his head, just a knowing look in the background of a shot as other characters speak.  He is, quite simply, a revelation.

I am going to put my picspam behind a cut, however, because I know Hannibal isn't for everyone.  It is an extremely dark and violent show.  I've selected a few compositions that I find incredibly beautiful, but they are disturbing, and I don't want to upset anyone who doesn't care for that sort of thing.

Hannibal picspam )

Day 3 - An unamused gif


Meme Day 1

Feb. 3rd, 2014 10:13 am
kungfuwaynewho: (tscc sarah gun)
So in an attempt to jump-start my posting in the new year, I am going to do this TV/gif meme I yanked from [livejournal.com profile] ghanimasun.  Because I haven't done graphics at all in so long, and miss it and am afraid I'll forget how to use Photoshop, I am also going to endeavor to do some type of graphic each day.  Bear with!

Day 1 - A show that should never have been canceled

This is a tough one, because there are so many shows I have loved and lost due to fickle cancellation, but I am going to go with my dear, departed Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  If you never watched it, you're missing out on one of the most philosophical, meditative, yet action-packed and amazing SF shows to air in the last decade.  It picks up from the Terminator mythos following Judgment Day, but then goes on its own unique way, really exploring the nature of what it means to be human, what it means to evolve, and what it means to be loyal.  Wonderful acting from a fantastic cast, beautifully shot, and featuring the music of Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.


Day 1 - A happy gif

Bullets.

Jul. 31st, 2013 02:34 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (tng data dances)

  1. I keep getting spam from some website called "Fingerhut Friends" and it's creeping me out.  What kind of serial killer person trophy nonsense?

  2. Yesterday was a very stressful day at work for many people in several departments, so I brought in no-bake cookies today.  It's kind of remarkable how chocolate, butter and sugar really do make you feel better, in like a spiritual way.

  3. We had to have some dude over to the house to fix our bathtub and I was like, I really need to keep my house clean just like all the time?  And not frantic "oh God someone's going to see my house" cleaning.  Though wow, we cleaned that house FAST.  All the shampoo and conditioner is still on the bookcase, though.

  4. I'm watching S3 of Breaking Bad right now, and the Skylar hate in the recaps/post-ep comments really make me sad.  It really demonstrates so, so clearly the way misogyny has just been internalized to such an extent that most of those people would likely strenuously object if you told them they were misogynistic.

  5. Seriously though, Skylar White is the best.

  6. Got the new Gogol Bordello CD in the mail yesterday.  (It's the best!)  Also got the order for someone else in the same box, with their order receipt and everything.  I emailed the company to let them know and haven't heard back, but I felt so bad at the thought of someone not getting their order.  I'm assuming they'll just send another copy to this other person?  I've never had something like this happen before.

  7. Really, Gogol Bordello.  The best.  Feast your ear-tongues!

  8. I'm afraid I'm not going to finish this fic in time.  :(

kungfuwaynewho: (tng gasp)


Hello!  Yeah, so.  Um.  It's not like anything happened to me?  I just quit posting for a bit.  Here's the quickest recap ever:  I finished all my screenwriting (including an episode of Hannibal!) by June 1st, then promptly deflated for two weeks.  Job #2 had a slow-down, so it was pretty magical, to come home from Job #1 and just watch TV or go on walks or play video games.  It's been awhile.

And then?  Unfortunately there's no real reason why it was an additional month before I roused myself to post and return to LJ.  It was like, every day I'd say I would make a post and try to catch up on my flist, and then every day I just didn't get around to it.  And then it became this TASK, this ever-increasingly insurmountable TASK, and I just started putting it off.  Stupid, I know.

So yes.  I've missed everyone terribly.  If you start seeing a flood of comments from me, that's why.  If you don't see a flood of comments from me, that doesn't mean I'm not interested in what's happened to you in the last almost two months, just that commenting may end up being too much.  But if anything major has happened, let me know here!

What finally shook me out of my doldrums?  The Emmy nominations.  Sweet Christ.



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kungfuwaynewho: (ib laughing)
Tonight my sister and I watched two episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Frank's Pretty Woman" and "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore."  We also watched the Season Seven blooper reel.

I laughed so hard I cried, and then my throat closed up, and then I had a coughing fit, and then I threw up a little.

I'm not even exaggerating, not even a little bit.

Such Fun!

Jul. 8th, 2012 10:16 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (miranda gary pillow)
Started watching Miranda from the beginning again.  Guys, I just love this show so much.



Like, even if I'm not laughing at an actual "joke," I just end up smiling the whole time.  A lot of people say that Liz Lemon is their spirit animal, but really, Miranda is mine.  I love her so very much, I really do.  (She was #9 on my Top 50 TV Characters list a while back.) 

One thing I noticed that I don't think I noticed before was a scene in the restaurant.  It opened with Gary playing air guitar, but when he heard someone coming, he ran and flung himself over the counter to turn off the music before anyone saw him - later that episode, Miranda was doing karaoke in her apartment with the Gary Vacuum, and when Stevie showed up, Miranda ran and hid the vacuum before Stevie could see. 

They are soulmates, you guys.  They are each other's lobsters.  My feeeeeeeels.



MIRANDA HART WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT WIMBLEDON WRITE SEASON THREE ALREADY.  AND SO HELP ME GOD, IF MIRANDA AND GARY DON'T KISS FOR REALSIES I'M COMING FOR YOU MIRANDA.
kungfuwaynewho: (bsg baltar bored)
ETA: I did have the trailer here, but NBC already yanked it.  Because those are the command decisions networks make!  "Hey dude, let's make a teaser trailer to promote our new show."  "On it, bro."  "That looks great!"  "Oh no, people are watching it on the internet."  "Well take it down, obvs, we don't want anyone to watch it."

Sigh.  I'm sure it's already been reuploaded, so just try searching for it.

[livejournal.com profile] ufgator1977 posted this earlier today - I hadn't seen it yet.  I am very conflicted.  On the one hand, this looks amazing and very cool and look at all the spaceships and Cylons and yay!

On the other hand, I still blame this show for the cancellation of Caprica.  And to me, you can see that network decision-making process explicit in this trailer.  Caprica failed not because the network jerked it around, put it on a long hiatus, changed the premiere date with little advance notice, etc., but because it had girrrrrls in it!  Yuck!  And people were talking all the time.  About stuff!  But Blood and Chrome is going to succeed because it's about boys!  Who fight!  And shoot things!  And blow them up!  Pew-pew, ba-dow ba-dow! 

And then I watch the trailer again.  Because it's cool.  (And why will no one let themselves understand that girls like shit blowing up, too?)  And then I remember my poor dear Caprica, whose last chunk of episodes I still haven't watched because I was so bummed by the cancellation that I couldn't bring myself to do it.  And this way, I still have new Caprica to (someday) watch.

But I miss BSG and this is kinda like new BSG.

Conflicted!
kungfuwaynewho: (drh penis)
I started my new year off by waking up on a futon to an angry cat clawing at the door demanding to be fed, feeding said cat who continued to dislike me, and then I made my own breakfast: chocolate cake in a bowl with milk.  I had a very nice, casual New Year's Eve at a friend's wherein we watched HGTV and Arrested Development, ate pizza and chocolate cake, drank some wine (I had two whole glasses!  Bringing my 2011 yearly total of wine consumption to approximately 4.5 glasses!), and generally just hung out.  At one point we heard distant fireworks and then like half an hour later were like, oh, happy new year.

Today we took down all the Christmas stuff and grilled out, because this weekend was gorgeous.  Yesterday we went for a walk!  In short sleeves! ♥

December Writing Progress )


New December Media )

kungfuwaynewho: (lotr galadriel)
Every weekend I vow to get work done, and every weekend I manage to waste time until I feel horrible, but not this weekend!  I actually got things done!  I outlined the first act of a new screenplay, sat down with my novel and decided to cut out the second major plotline I'd introduced because the whole thing was getting way too unwieldy and bloated, and wrote 3000 words on the next chapter.  I want to try and draft the first five pages of the new screenplay before I call it a day, and I think it's totally doable.

I've decided to quit outlining the whole movie in advance.  I always do, and by the time I've written to the end of Act One, I've veered so far off course that my outline generally becomes useless.  So I'm going to outline two sequences, then draft.  Outline two sequences, then draft.  And so on.  (A sequence is 10-15 pages, and there are eight in a screenplay.)  Shorter goals work better for me, anyway.  I'd like to try to bust this screenplay out, do a NaScreeWriMo again this year, except actually finish in November, and not in January like I did last year.

I also started making Christmas presents today!  I still haven't worked up to being able to cross-stitch again, but I hope to soon.  Right now I'm ~painting.  I've missed doing crafts a lot.

Is anyone watching American Horror Story?  I watched the pilot yesterday, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I'm in the rare position of needing the internet to tell me what to think.
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
Life Ruiner:

noun:

Someone who is unbelievably perfect; ruins your image on how most
people are; makes you believe that most people are unworthy because
there is someone like him/her around
.
kungfuwaynewho: (xf pilot chicka bamp)
I'm fixing to start a new writing project - a pilot.  I should write one every year, and I think I'm going to use the idea I came up with for [livejournal.com profile] tvrealm's Create a Show challenge for this year.

So here's my question: what do you look for in a pilot?  What are the things that get you to sit down a try out a new show?  What has to go right for you to tune in the next week?  What goes wrong that makes you decide to spend your time on something else?  What are your favorite pilots, and what did you love about them?  Conversely, what are your least favorite pilots, and what turned you off?

kungfuwaynewho: (bsg roslin)

Most end-of-the-world stories take place after a great apocalypse - aliens land, a meteor strikes, a virus sweeps across the planet.  But this time, the end comes not with a bang but with a whimper.  Much like other historical precedents - Greece, Rome, Byzantium - the modern global empire dies not from one single wound but from a long illness.  Too many people are born and not enough food is grown; irreplaceable resources are used up; extreme weather plays too much havoc.

Most people don't know they're living during The Fall.  Things aren't as great as they used to be, but most everyone expects things to get better.  World War Three is more than a decade in the past, and things are getting stitched back together.  Life is tough, but hope is the prevailing sentiment of the day.

Hope is misplaced.

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