elaby: (LotR - Gandalf smoky)
We saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Tuesday! And as I’m suffering somewhat from post-series withdrawal, I wanted to blather on a bit about it.

I can’t believe it’s over ;_; SILMARILLION MOVIE, ANYONE? RIGHT? RIGHT?
T_T

On the whole, I really enjoyed the Hobbit movies a great deal. They were lighter in tone than the LotR movies (but not as light as the book) and they felt like they kept in the spirit of the other films. In the interest of organization, I think I’ll break this up a bit XD

Spoilers, natch. And you know how long-winded Tolkien makes me. )
elaby: (Twelfth Night - Tale)
I'm not sure if I've squeed here about The Secret of Kells before, but it's one of my favorite animated movies of all time. It's one of the most beautifully imagined and realized things I've ever had the pleasure of setting eyes on. It's about a boy, Brendan, living in a monastery in medieval Ireland, and a faerie girl, Aisling, and how they use the power of the written word to survive a dark, violent time. If you haven't seen it, I highly, highly recommend it. And if you have seen it...

OMG OMG OMG LOOK WHAT THE SAME STUDIO IS RELEASING THIS YEAR :O



It's called Song of the Sea *vibrates with anticipation*

Hug tiems!

Aug. 2nd, 2010 09:51 pm
elaby: (Starsky & Hutch - "Fix" hug)
I found this .gif linked from tvtropes.com and I saved it on my computer and shall keep it forever and ever, for it drives away all manner of bad moods.

Spoiler warnings apply, I suppose, if you haven't seen the BBC's most recent version of Hamlet. But really, there's so much joy in this little .gif that it's worth seeing a few seconds of non-plotty footage.

The Power Glomp, perfected by one D. Tennant )
elaby: (Anthy - I am gone sir)
I still have no Hamlet icons! What's up with that?

Here's the promised squee about the David Tennant Hamlet. It was amazing XD And I babble accordingly.

Hamletsquee )

I can has now? (Actually, I can. [livejournal.com profile] merrick42 was kind enough to find out that it's available on Amazon XD )

*FLAIL*

May. 31st, 2010 09:47 pm
elaby: (Zelda - Epic ZOMG)
OMG, I finally got around to watching the Hamlet with David Tennant that I taped off PBS several weeks ago. HOLYFREAKINGMOLYWOW. As if I didn't expect it to be mind-blowing, but still! Pretty much everyone was astounding, and they made some really, really awesome choices with how things went down. Squee will assuredly follow.

Why don't I have any Hamlet icons? O_o I have five Twelfth Night ones, f'god's sake! Oh well, I'll make some Tennant!Hamlet icons as soon as I get this on DVD, you can be sure of that.
elaby: (Zelda - Epic ZOMG)
So, you may have noticed that [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and I saw the new Clash of the Titans remake and really, really loved it XD Sooo... I drew fanart. Eh heh. Silly, chibi, ridiculous fanart. You've been warned.

Wide image under the cut. )

Also! One more picture, one which I really like a lot more than the silly scribble above XD You know how I was trying to draw magical girls? Well, this is the only one I came up with that I really liked... which is indicative either of my tastes or my ability to draw frills XD

Foom )
elaby: (Holmes and Watson - JB&DB arm in arm)
And since I just posted a huge picture made up of old art, I figured some new art might be in order XD I drew this for [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ for Christmas, as part of an IOU for the Holmes '09 movie soundtrack.

In which I illustrate a scene from the movie with chibis )

I have a new LJ program that came with my laptop, iJournal, and it's somewhat glitchy. It doesn't display any moods in the mood dropdown menu, and it only lists half of my icons. Hm.
elaby: (Holmes and Watson - Buddy flick)
I've seen the new Holmes movie twice now XD And I wrote this earlier this week, but I keep forgetting to post it!

Spoiler cut, da yo! )
elaby: (Orange sun through the trees)
I figured since [livejournal.com profile] liek_woah86 and [livejournal.com profile] gorrlaus have been posting so many delightful pictures of Colin Jeavons lately, I ought to return a little of the love. This is a somewhat pathetic offering, because in my foolishness I only took like five (nearly identical) screencaps from Blue Remembered Hills when I had it from Netflix. Blue Remembered Hills is a television play about a bunch of kids in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire in 1944. The children are played by adult actors, and the movie is freaking brilliant and all kinds of disturbing. Sadly for me, it's not available on DVD in the US unless you buy the multi-disk Helen Mirren collection, which I can't really justify seeing as there aren't any other movies in the collection that I've ever seen.

But all that aside! Colin Jeavons is absolutely amazing in this movie, and is adorable. He plays Donald, an abused child who the other kids target to pick on.

Three screencaps )
elaby: (Shakespeare - angst)
So we finally (re)watched the Franco Zeffirelli Hamlet with Mel Gibson.

The first thing you ought to know when reading this review-thingy is that I kind of worship Kenneth Branagh's version. I don't think it's possible, on the whole, to do Hamlet better than they did in that movie. I try to stay away from negativity in my fandomy things as much as I can, because I far more enjoy squee than "grr arg that sucked". However, while this had it's good parts (read: Ophelia), it either left out or misinterpreted just about everything I think Hamlet should be about.

Long story short, bitching ahead. )

And with that, I think it's time for bed!
elaby: (Little My - Skates)
I've got one of the pictures drawn that I'd been hoping to do! And I'm pretty happy with it XD I would say that the pencils for two people, one of which has legs and the other of which I didn't bother drawing legs, with pretty complicated costumes and poses (for me), takes me about two hours. Maybe a little less taking into account distraction time. Now just to make sure I don't smudge it before I get a chance to scan it o_o

Last night we watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit on [livejournal.com profile] caitirin's computer, and it was fantastic as always (what better movie for old-time animation fans? It's got cameos by essentially EVERYBODY XD) We had the usual "Is that actually Mel Blanc?" discussion (it was, except for Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn, for some reason) and played "OMG did you see X character?" in the entrance to Toon Town sequence. Bwee ^_^

Then I watched the first two episodes of To Play the King, because [livejournal.com profile] caitirin is the most patient wife ever XD

Babbling of an extremely Tim Stamper-centric variety )

Need to screencap this for icons! And, like, every other DVD I own. LJ needs a "squeeful" mood.
elaby: (Holmes and Lestrade - JB&CJ Norwood Buil)
So today we bought a whole lot more DVDs than we intended to XD

We were going to get the House of Cards trilogy and the fourth season of Starsky & Hutch (that is, I was going to get them and let [livejournal.com profile] caitirin pick out a third DVD/set for free). We couldn't decide what we wanted for our third one, though, and then [livejournal.com profile] caitirin saw the Stargate: SG-1 seasons and decided to buy her own three-for-two deal. That left me with a free DVD to choose... I briefly thought of getting the filmed version of Edward II starring Ian McKellen (which I didn't know existed! OMFG Marlowe + McKellen = win, am I right?) or the "best of" original Star Trek episodes, but then I saw the first four DVDs of Horatio Hornblower in a set and they had to be mine ¬_¬ I want to at least see Edward II, on general principle alone even if I didn't think it'd be awesome. So, end result, we have lots of things to watch!

And this afternoon I finished watching The Final Cut, the last part of the House of Cards trilogy :D

Spoilers, as usual )

I don't have any House of Cards icons yet! I guess this will have to do n_n
elaby: (Watson - Happy Solomin Watson)
Okay, I wrote up some actually coherent thoughts (read: squee) about House of Cards and To Play the King.

This series is truly awesome. I've seen House of Cards and To Play the King so far (although like an idiot I've spoiled myself on The Final Cut... oh well) and they were both fantastic. The characters are brilliant, and the plot is very interesting, even though I'm sadly ignorant of how politics work in the UK so I feel like I'd get more out of it if I knew what all the terms meant ^^;; As always, though, it's the characters I like the best :3

Cut for spoilers and lengthy squee )

As an aside: "Starsky's Lady" is the most depressing episode of Starsky & Hutch EVER. So far. And there wasn't even any hugging*. Get with the program, people.

*There was essentially a declaration of love, but we've had those already. I don't doubt they love each other; I'd just like some comfort to go with all the hurt, plzkthx. I mean, the getting hammered and playing Monopoly was comforting, but... hugs. Time to watch another episode and hope there's lighthearted banter.

I think a happy Solomin Watson icon is in order.
elaby: (Twelfth Night - Play the fool)
I finished To Play the King this afternoon (I swear I'll write up an actually intelligent post about both House of Cards and this series soon). OMFG.

Spoilerz, yo )
elaby: (Twelfth Night - OTP)
So I was terribly disappointed tonight to find that while I thought I had the second House of Cards trilogy DVD, I don't. It turns out that it's unavailable through Netflix at the moment, which explains why I have the first and third DVDs. Luckily for those of you who don't like it when Elaby makes the sadface, the second DVD is available to watch immediately on the Netflix site, so I watched the first episode.

First, of course, Urquhart is evil and wonderful, and his sort of evil and wonderful can only be augmented by a little helping of guiltguiltguilt. Stamper, again, makes me squee with Colin Jeavons love. I adore his acting style; he just has the best expressions.

But holy cow, Nicholas Farrell is in this! I totally love him! This is, I'll note, the second time that I've gone "OMG HORATIO!" while watching a movie he randomly shows up in (he was in Jericho, too) and [livejournal.com profile] caitirin says "What? No!" and we go back and forth a few minutes with the "Horatio!" "No way!" "It's Horatio, I swear!" "What are you talking about?!" before we figure out that she means Horatio (Hornblower) and I mean Horatio (of Elsinore). His name is Mycroft in this, David Mycroft, which amuses me to no end. But he's all tiny and young, and his wife leaves him and he gets mugged, and some nice pretty guy at a club vouches for him so he can come in, and then proceeds to take him home:

David: My life is crap. My house stinks of betrayal.
Nice Pretty Guy: *touches his face* You really do need some TLC, don't you?
David: !! But I-- I'm not-- I haven't since school!
NPG: It's okay. We can just cuddle if you want.
David: *wibbles* I would really like that ;_;

I'm sure it's going to end horribly, but awww. I've never seen him in anything where I didn't want to squish him with hugs. Horatio! Antonio! ... pathetic dude in Jericho! And now David Mycroft.

This calls for a Nicholas Farrell icon. I have two, surprisingly enough.
elaby: (Akio - Long live the king)
I just finished watching the first four episodes of House of Cards, a BBC show from the 90's that's essentially RIII* in Parliament. They even make references. Lots of them. It's SO INCREDIBLY GOOD, and I need to write more about it when I'm not falling asleep. But seriously. Ian Richardson is gold, and like eighteen times better than he was as Holmes in the HOUN I reviewed at some point here, and Colin Jeavons is in it and I could seriously listen to him talk for hours. I don't care what he's saying; I just love the man's voice. He plays such a despicable guy XD Well, seriously, they all do. This feeds my love of eeeeevil characters so SO much. It's also got a fair dose of "holy squick!" to go along with it o_o Which I could have done without, but the disturbingness adds to the drama.

*I'm using RIII to distinguish the play from Richard III the historical person.

Okay, Starsky and Hutch quote of the day. They were undercover throughout this episode, Starsky as an Argentine dancing instructor named Ramone and Hutch as a Texan named Charlie who was learning to dance. At the end, the famous old movie star, Ginger something, who owned the dancing studio came in to talk to them at the precinct, incidentally interrupting Starsky's enthusiastic attempts to teach Hutch to dance. After they talked plot, this ensued:

Ginger: I wish you'd come back to the studio. [Lady Starsky was teaching to dance] really misses you. She says nobody dips like Ramone.
Starsky: *eyebrow waggle* *makes some suggestive comment*
Hutch: *rolls eyes*
Ginger: Bye-bye, boys! *leaves*
Starsky: *to Hutch* Nobody dips like Ramone!
Hutch: Nobody's a dip like Ramone. *chuckles, highly amused with self*
Starsky: *grabs him and dips him low, repeating back Hutch's Texan catch-phrase of the episode* If you've got it, flaunt it, boy.

I love them so much I can't even begin to express it.

[edit: Eee, clip of this scene for you! It was made by [livejournal.com profile] enednoviel and I grabbed the icon from [livejournal.com profile] caitirin's user icons page. *gleesplode*

]
elaby: (Spock - holy shit)
We saw Star Trek tonight, and OMFG I DON'T THINK I CAN CONTAIN THE HAPPY. *splodes* It was that good. For me. Yes. There will be coherence later, probably.

And because this post is an entirely hate-and-cynicism-free-zone, I also just saw a trailer on [livejournal.com profile] apocalypsos's journal for the upcoming Robert-Downey-Jr-Holmes movie, and AHAHAHA IT'S GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN. Mysticism! Holmes in sarcasm-mode! Watson going "And you keep stealing my clothes!" XD I have to wait until Christmas for this? Come on!

Also, can they make more Star Trek movies with these actors now plz? Their chemistry = MAJOR WIN.

I think I've used up my capslock allotment for the next three years. Time for bed!
elaby: (Rochester)
Ahahahahaha I KNEW IT!

Ciarán Hinds, who I've seen most recently playing an incredibly kickass Caesar in the HBO series Rome (er, I liked him a little better before he slapped around Servilia), was Edward Rochester in the 1997 Jane Eyre miniseries I mentioned about a million years ago when I was watching a bunch of Jane Eyre movies to see how they compared. My verdict at the time, not having seen the Toby-Stephens-as-Rochester BBC version yet (which is my favorite), was that while Ciarán Hinds is not so pretty to look at, his energy and presence and passion made the perfect Rochester. Considering that Rochester-in-my-head is way more physically attractive than he's supposed to be, I imagine that Hinds probably played him as close to the book as anyone has yet. I need to see it again, now that I recognize him, because I've really gotten to like him in Rome and that would make his Rochester even more awesome.

Aww, the Jane Eyre he's in isn't the one with Colin Jeavons. Bummer. *goes to see which one that is* Bwah, it's the one with Timothy Dalton O_o I haven't seen that one. Mostly because it's the one with Timothy Dalton. I should, though, because, well, Colin Jeavons, and maybe Timothy Dalton would surprise me.

Also, Rome = WIN, and I'll tell you why in two words: "Vorenus" and "Pullo". I mean, aside from the costumes and the political/personal machinations and the historical accuracy (so I'm told by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ and my wife, who should know). So it's really made of all-around win, in fact. I need some icons.
elaby: (Watson - Winds of Dartmoor)
Time for a more coherent review of the Roxburgh/Hart "Hound of the Baskervilles"! First, a couple of things I noticed about the movie on a general level. I think I was in the perfect place to watch it - I've seen lots of adaptations of HOUN and I've liked them all pretty well, I have my own firm notions of what the characters are like and I don't expect a movie to portray them that way, and I know the Holmes and Watson's history and the placement of this story in the timeline. I think that you kind of have to, in order to appreciate why Watson is so angry at Holmes throughout most of the movie - it's refreshing to see him like that, when you're used to him just taking it. I would think that if you hadn't seen a lot of Holmes movies or read all of the stories lots of times, you'd be kind of like "O_o And why do they live together again?"

Costumes = YAY and scenery = DOUBLE FREAKING YAY. I've been to Dartmoor once, and that's what it looked like. Except it was sunny when I was there.

Anyway, possibly more about plot and stuff later, but on to the characters because that's what I like talking about XD

Cut for rambling, as usual )
elaby: (Holmes and Watson - Paget Attentive)
I just watched the "Hound of the Baskervilles" adaptation with Richard Roxburgh as Holmes and Ian Hart as Watson. What I have to say is mostly: OMG SQUEE. There will probably be a more coherent review forthcoming. Ian Hart's Watson is up there among my very favorites already, and Richard Roxburgh's Holmes grew on me as the movie went on. The interviews on the DVD helped, with his long involved explanation of why Holmes and Watson are perfect for each other and are completely dependent on each other in order to be whole. Nothing endears me to a Holmes actor quite like him saying that the stories are not about Holmes but "Holmes-and-Watson." Squee, I say.

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