All right, guys. Who loves The Vampire Diaries. Raise your hands like Reid!
That's right. I spent the entire. weekend. indulging myself in some intriguing television. Where the hell have I been? Although, I see that every episode hangs on a cliffhanger and part of me hates shows like that because you spend the next week just waiting and waiting for the next one. Now I'm on the first episode of Season Two like the rest of you and I'm like ... *waits*
Sigh. This is the sort of television that I wanted to do (still adapting the one I wanna do). This is the kind of drama (sans the actual sex part) that I used to love as a Young Teen. I loved those Fear Street, Christopher Pike series, and this show has that whole feel to it. I also noticed that the colors are really prominent. Thanks Marcos Siega for setting the bar! I was wondering what happened to the really great music video directors once music videos died. They all went to the CW!
Anyone else watching or is in this fandom?
All right, guys. Who loves The Vampire Diaries. Raise your hands like Reid!
I don't think I'm watching any new television this season. What shows are you guys watching or which shows do you think are interesting enough to check out? I need recommendations.
Oh and I don't know what this Facebook and Twitter thing is but I'd like to think that we all want to keep LiveJournal to ourselves, right here in our little world so ... no sharing! Kthx.
( LOST, SERIES FINALE. )
Regardless, this is a show I've been with for 6 years. I never gave up on it and I never stopped watching. I've never really been as emotionally invested in it as I've been in other shows. But, I know that it's because it's been frustrating to watch at times and I needed answers and I never got them. So, it was hard to stick with it but it was still entertaining as hell. I know I'm going to be marathoning this week! Woot!
I love you Lost. I'll miss you.
Now what do I watch?!
According to ew.com, Buffy aired exactly 13 years ago yesterday (March 10)! Isn't that incredible? It's making me feel like a million years old. I know that I have Buffy fans on my flist so it's time to share your story. How did you discover Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
My story? I've always had a fascination with vampires. I watched a lot of vampire movies when I was a kid. I had the premium channels when I was younger so I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer the movie when I was maybe 9. When I found out that there was going to be a television show? I WAS ALL OVER IT.
I was 12 years old and it was the end of 6th grade. I turned on the WB, was hanging out on my bottom bunk, and there it was in all Buffy glory. It only took one episode and I was hooked. I watched that show from the beginning when I was in 6th grade until the night before my high school graduation when I was 18. It's one of those shows that absolutely changed my life and thanks to the man JW for bringing it to life.
I'm listing this as one of my "Favorite Television Show Series" posts. It's a new series I'm doing to keep track of the ridiculous number of television shows that fascinate me. But, who knows when I'll be able to post the first real post of that. I have a million projects going for this wonderful little online world of ours.
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT IN CAPSLOCK. OH MY GOD. I AM SO EXCITED! IT IS THE FINAL SEASON. I SAW THE FIRST FOUR MINUTES BECAUSE YOUTUBE DIRECTED ME THERE AND I COULD NOT RESIST.
I have watched Season 5 completely in the past week and now it is time for the Season 6 glory. I can't wait to decorate my journal with some brand spanking new Lost icons! Wtf is going to happen tonight? Who knows! I'm dead to the world from 8-11. I am on West Coast time so the East Coasters are already watching it. They're all watching it RIGHT. NOW. I have to stay away from the internetz. Eee! Okay. Out of the internet from now to 11 PM PST. Come out, come out Losties wherever you are!
I'm on a roll here. I think that I can go the rest of the week for Halloween. Halloween is the kids holiday. Sure, teenagers and adults dress up even more slutty than they do that night than any other night (and have an excuse to do it) but it is/was a big kids holiday when I was growing up. The trick-or-treaters got fewer and fewer every year. The kids started going out earlier and it got to a point where people would get angry if you're still out at 8 or 9 at night. That's how it was in my neighborhood. But when I was a kid? It really was candy heaven.
Halloween's coming up and I pretty much have an essential childhood list of movies that I watch during this time every year. Maybe that's why I'm regressing. It's the upcoming holiday. I used to love it. I guess I still do. I don't exactly have a reason to hate it. So, let's make that list of Halloween features I watch every year with pictures and maybe some youtube material.
1. Eerie, Indiana: I was the kind of kid who read every book in the RL Stein catalog. I loved Goosebumps, I loved his more "adult" novels, and I especially loved anything from the Fear Street Series. I love horror and stories that are just creepy. Eerie had all of those elements. Even though it was a kids show, there was definitely a very, very dark/realistic elements to their stories. Here are my top five Eerie, Indiana episodes. Thanks youtube!
- The Dead Letter: Starring future Spiderman, Tobey Macguire, was particularly heartbreaking. Tobey's a ghost and all he wants is to deliver a letter to his true love.
- Foreverware: Would you really like to live forever in a Tupperware box? Yeah, these people did.
- Who's Who: Girl who lives in an abusive family can make her drawings come to life! Oh man. I wanted this one to be real. Can you imagine altering your reality just by signing your name at the bottom of a sketch?
- Heart On A Chain: A kid dies, he's an organ donor, and gives his heart to a girl who needs it. The girl is Marshall's first real crush and the boy who died also had a crush on her! Bad times ensue.
The Lost Hour: What happens when you ignore DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME?? THIS happens. Watch it.
2. Disney Channel? It used to be awesome. This was a long, long, long time ago before they started exploiting Miley, Hilary, Lindsay, and others. Disney had a lot of really great original programming designed for kids that really showed kids how to be kids and not to grow up too fast. Sigh. Nostalgia. Anyway! They had a block of movies on every Friday called "Triple Feature Friday" and I still have a tape of one in particular that featured: Canon Movie Tales - Hansel and Gretel, The Worst Witch (with Fairuza Balk and Tim Curry), and of course the ever present Hocus Pocus.
3. Okay I cheated in #2 since there were three movies in there but all highly recommended! Disney Channel also made a great mix of their scariest/fun themed Halloween stories called Disney's Halloween Treat. You can watch the whole thing here. I mean, I'd like to find somebody that WASN'T freaked out by Night on Bald Mountain from Fantasia. I mean ... terrifying as a child and even now I don't want to watch it at night. That's for sure.
4. Halloween makes me think of fairy tales. Everyone gets dressed up in costumes like Snow White and Cinderella and I know that that's likely because of the Disney versions of those characters but I don't think about Disney. I think about Faerie Tale Theater.
- Rumpelstiltskin: I don't know how I could pick just a few favorite stories but I'm going to try. This is the very first episode of the series and it stars Shelley Duvall as the Princess who spins gold. It's just fun watching her spin it and then struggle to think of the name Rumpelstiltskin. But, she's a clever one.
- Rapunzel: This is my favorite for one reason only --- radishes. You'll see why. This one stars Shelley Duvall again and a gorgeous Jeff Bridges.
- Cinderella: Jennifer Beals is Cinderella, Eve Arden is the step-mother, and Matthew Broderick is
Ferris the Prince. Absolutely gorgeous outfits in this one.
- Snow White: No one plays crazy as well as Vanessa Redgrave and then you get to stare at the gorgeous Elizabeth McGovern as Snow White. This is one of my favorite versions of Snow White. It feels really delicate and Elizabeth plays a wonderful Snow White.
- The Little Mermaid: Sure. I love the Disney version. But this is the most memorable Little Mermaid that I've ever seen. It's just a sad, sad story and that's what I like about it. This one stars Pam Dawber and a handsome and young Treat Williams.
- Hansel and Gretel: I love pretty much all versions of this story but this one and the Canon one are my favorite. Joan Collins plays a bitch of a step-mother/witch and little Ricky Schroder is Hansel. The batter looks so good in this version.
5. What is Halloween without Are You Afraid of the Dark? These still creep me out. I'll admit it. I just like the originals though. It stretched a little out into 1996 but that's where it stops for me. The stories became different, the cast changed, and it was no longer the same show. It was solely Canadian and wasn't aired for an American audience.
- The Tale of the Dream Girl: This one has always been my favorite episode. I loved the brother/sister relationship that the two had in the story. They were friends as well as siblings. The story itself is original and sad but romantic in its way. So, I totally fell in love with the guy in the episode at a young age. Imagine my surprise when that guy popped up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Queer as Folk! Hi Fab. Pretty much the longest television crush I've ever had on anyone, ever. Oh and yes. It was the inspiration for a movie that had the same theme in it. Released in 1996. Starred Bruce Willis. You know.
- The Tale of the Frozen Ghost: There are two things that I hate with a fiery passion when it comes to horror stories. Dead ghost kids and their dead ghostly whispers. It will never fail to freak me out and run crying to Mommy. That said, this episode will always scare me and I don't think that I've watched it since the mid-90s. It guest stars Clarissa Explains It All star Melissa Joan Hart!
- The Tale of the Lonely Ghost: DEAD. SILENT. KID. PLEH. *shudders*
- The Tale of the Prom Queen: I love this story. LOVED. LOVED. LOVED IT. I think it's because I'd describe it the way that I'd describe The Tale of the Dream Girl. This story is sad, original, but also romantic.
- The Tale of the Vacant Lot: Shy girl stumbles upon a tent that sells everything she needs to make her popular. She has no money so the shopkeep takes something else instead. Who didn't want to be the shy girl turned popular girl? But it comes with a price.
I could seriously do this all day or night as it is. Like I said, Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. As a kid I used to do the trick-or-treating thing, come home, and enjoy all of the above. I did discover one more show that evoked the spirit of the shows and movies that I've listed. Dead Like Me, particularly the last episode of the series, had everything that I wanted in a Halloween special. There are kids, a reflection on childhood, candy, and death. You can watch that here. Hope you enjoyed this one!
Well, technically Buffy but since it's about Angel and Spike then I'll just say it. I'm doing a James Marsters interview and he said that Angel's all about lines and sophistication and Spike's more working class. Now how ... did that happen? Angel came from the Irish (haha) kind of small town background and Spike came from the upper class kind of crust. His inner circle (or the circle he attempted to include himself in) were all kind of posh and hoity-toity. Did anyone ever explain this? Ever? How did things reverse like that in the future where Spike was the one with the torn jeans and kind of biker personality and Angel was the clean cut one. I suppose it has to do with the good and evil aspect but still, you know.
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( Top 5 Brian and Justin Kisses )
Five Favourite Music Videos:
1) Metallica - Enter Sandman: This is more like ... videos that have stuck with me the most. I remember seeing Enter Sandman when I was just a kid and it was so frightening. It reminded me of every nightmare that I've ever had and I couldn't look away!
2) Duran Duran - Come Undone: This video actually reminds me of one of my favorite Faerie Tale Theater stories, The Little Mermaid. Well, the mermaids in the video probably help that right along. I always wondered how long they were able to hold their breath underwater. It's just a fantastic video.
3) Michael Jackson - Thriller: What isn't there to love about Thriller? It's a short story. It's well conceived and executed. It's a great song. I have the Making Of memorized as I watch it and I love thinking about everything involved to create this video. It really was a film and it was a good one.
4) Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror (Moonwalker version): I think I've been watching Moonwalker since I was a toddler and I love this version of the song. The video version that aired makes you think and I know who those significant people are now but this is the version I grew up with. During that really strong chorus when he spins around and slams his knees on the ground? Powerful and inspiring. It's such a beautiful song.
5) Janet Jackson - Alright: Had to throw in some Janet because she followed in her brother's footsteps. Janet had a lot of memorable videos but I picked Alright because it was just so much fun! Cab Calloway was in it and it had a lot of vibrant colors. She's in that black suit and just playing around, playing hopscotch, and singing. It's a fantastic video.
Five Favourite Michael Jackson Songs:
1. Man in the Mirror - I think I said it all in the music video part. It's an inspirational song. It's powerful. It's got a great hook to it and whenever I sing along to it or think about it I just see a sea of candles in a large crowd and Michael performing.
2. Keep the Faith - The Dangerous album was my favorite Michael album for a long time and Keep the Faith is one of the songs that made it my favorite. Not only is it inspiring but the beginning is just so simple. It's a simple melody that starts out quietly and then there's that beat that comes in before the chorus and then the choir. It's a song that just gets bigger and better as it goes on.
3. Another Part of Me - I used to see Captain EO a lot when I was a kid. A lot. This song will always remind me of the end where everything in that world is happy and colorful again and full of music!
4. Music and Me - Again, another song from Moonwalker that's always stuck with me. It's so wistful and Michael's young voice is so crystal clear and beautiful. It's always been one of my favorite songs.
5. Dirty Diana - This song is the definitive concert song. I think it describes every groupie experience that I've been part of/seen. It's just one of those songs and I love everything about it.
Five Favourite TV kisses:
1. Buffy - Becoming Part II: The thing to do after a great kiss is to kill your vampire lover and send him straight to hell, right? No matter how many times I see it, I always end up crying like I've never cried for anything before. Absolutely heartbreaking.
2. Angel - You're Welcome: Conversely, I loved Angel/Cordelia. I loved the way that they developed and that last moment of the show is one of the best in television ... ever. Ever.
3. The Office - Casino Night: Jim/Pam's first kiss. Okay, also another heartbreaking moment of forbidden love. It was sweet though and ended appropriately enough.
4. Friends - Ross and Rachel: Don't know the name of this episode but it just couldn't have gone any other way right? A cliched but lovely kiss in the rain.
5. Queer as Folk: Any Brian/Justin kiss. The end.
For starters today, birthday question. Is it lennongirl's birthday? Ani, if it's your birthday today or tomorrow or yesterday, happy birthday! I'm sure that you're doing something awesome over there at home. Hee.
Now in relation to Six Feet Under, as you know or don't know, I had a Six Feet Under marathon recently. I watched the series over a week and will probably be rewatching the episodes in the next few weeks to be able to digest more of it. It really is so poignant and so incredibly well-written and it probably has the best series finale that I've seen, ever. No weird fade to blacks, no last happy scene without knowing about what happened to them in the future. Charmed came close to this but of course not as powerful or insightful.
That said, there are a lot of issues brought up throughout the series but one in particular stood out to me. Lost recaps constantly observe that any time anyone on that show has an issue, it's usually a "Daddy Issue". Six Feet Under wasn't an exception. There was Keith's feelings toward his father. Nathaniel Sr. popped up throughout the entire series and the children analyzed their relationship with him. In Queer as Folk, Brian's father beat him and Michael never knew his father and Justin's dad disowned him.
Why do you think that television shows explore the father dynamic more than the mother dynamic? Is it more powerful to explore the more masculine dynamic? Is it just because fathers do often abandon their children or cause some kind of traumatic experience in childhood that continues to affect that child as an adult?
I'm always thinking about the parental dynamic in Disney movies because the fathers are almost always around and they kill the mothers. In movies that aren't animated, the girl raised by her father (without any siblings or female siblings) always appears as a tomboy because she hasn't had that female exposure. Disney female characters (princesses) seen so in touch with their femininity.
So, why is the paternal dynamic more prevalent in television?
AM NOW BROKEN FROM WATCHING SIX FEET UNDER.
CAN'T EVEN WRITE COHERENTLY.
SOMEONE REPAIR ME.
And this is not even related even though she loves SFU but happiest of birthdays to rainrockstar whose username only reminds me of Raining in my Mind and TEN years ago we watched that band who sang that song perform at Hornet Stadium, omg. TEN YEARS. We're old.
I just cried while watching the trailer. I'm a sucker.
On that happy note, a very happy, happy birthday to juteux! Just saw that you're spending it with some good food and wine and no, I can't think of anything better than that. Happy 24th, welcome to the club and enjoy your day and enjoy tonight! <3
I got this meme from lennongirl!
Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:
01) What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02) Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03) Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04) Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05) Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?
I was given Hanson, Dexter and QaF. Since yesterday was Hanson day, the first one is definitely appropriate.
1) I was 12 years old and I just got home from school. It was March 1997 and I was watching MTV that afternoon. There were these three guys being interviewed and they were goofy and fun and that one over there was really cute. They played their music video afterward and the song was called "Mmmbop". My best friend Jaymie called me and said, "Did you see that?" Indeed I did. That was the beginning of my involvement and I've been hooked ever since.
2) I'm pretty sure it's with me for life.
3) My favorite album(s) have been Middle of Nowhere, This Time Around, Snowed In, Live from Albertane, The Walk, and Underneath. All in the order I like them.
4) Not really. I pretty much just keep a tab on Hanson Secrets. I used to back in the Devil Angel days but no longer.
5) I'm pretty okay with everyone right now. Any more and I'll probably go nuts. I can barely handle the fans as it is.
1) I started watching from the first episode on. I got pulled in by all the promos and commercials and ended up loving the first season.
2) I'll move on. Unfortunately S2 didn't live up to S1 and neither did S3, for me. Although that little twist in S3 was pretty darn good.
3) Favorite episode, storyline was the whole Dexter and Brian. I love them. I do.
4) I don't.
5) Um ... sure. Season 1 was good. Don't know how it's going to turn out in the long run. I have hope.
Queer as Folk
1) It was the summer of 2003. I just quit my internship, graduated from high school, and made the unfortunate decision of moving early to Los Angeles. That meant three months with absolutely nothing to do. I passed Hal Sparks on Sunset Blvd. and was wondering what he was up to since I Love the 80's stopped airing. Then I discovered that he was still on Queer as Folk and that show kept going. About a month before this, I watched my first episode, episode 303 and found out that my one true love and soulmate forever, Fabrizio Filippo was on it. All those thoughts in mind, I rented S1 from Blockbuster and never turned back.
2) I'll never move on. It's going to be with me forever.
3) Yeah right. I'll make you guys a list later. Favorites are impossible.
4) I try to contribute anywhere in any medium, any fan gathering (online), and kind of discussion.
5) Nope. I'm pretty good where we stand. Kthx. I know. Bitchy.
New Nuke today! I'd like to see them together again though.