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Informer - Sherlock fanvid [22 Jan 2012|05:18pm]
Title: Informer
Vidder: Pic Akai
Song: Informer - Snow
Spoilers: All episodes of Sherlock (BBC) series one and two.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the visuals or audio in this video. This was created for entertainment purposes and no infringement is intended.
Notes: Uh…this is very much crack. If you don't know, Snow is a 90s reggae/rap musician. Edit: What am I smoking? This wasn't released in the 80s, it was 1992. I think it may be because it sounds like the 80s is the only good enough excuse for it. Anyway...

I have provided both the lyrics for the song (because it's usually half unintelligible even if your first language is English if you've not heard it before) and a 'translation' of sorts, into something more approaching RP. Snow raps in Jamaican Patois, and I ought to be clear that I am not at all taking the mick out of that with the translation. I find language, and in particular the billion different versions of English, fascinating, and I love trying to actually rap this myself. If anything, the translation is taking the mick out of myself for not knowing what half of the original even means. If anyone can enlighten me on some of the more elusive lyrics, I'd be very grateful.



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Beauty and the Beast review (yep, twenty years too late) [05 Oct 2011|10:14pm]
I watched this a few days ago, and I think it might have been for the first time. I might have seen it as a kid, but I remembered virtually nothing from it (aside from a few of the principal characters' existences, and that I believe can be traced back to a lot of McDonalds toys and so on). I would've definitely had ample chance to see it, since my cousins always got every single popular kids' movie on video as soon as it came out (and all The Simpsons ones, and Friends...you should see the DVD collections the three of them have as adults; they're insane) so either I never bothered to watch it, or I did once and decided I wasn't interested enough to watch again.

So, I'm approaching these thoughts with the idea that this was essentially the first time I'd seen it. I knew the general idea, that there was a beast which was actually a prince somehow, and obviously Belle gets involved with him and duh, they fall in love, because it's a Disney movie, but nothing more than that.

Therefore, watching it, I was left with a really weird feeling. Actually, ambivalence. On the one hand, I was really pleased that I noticed so many awful things which I probably wouldn't have done as a kid (at least not consciously), and some that I wouldn't have noticed even a few years ago. These sorts of things (which I shall naturally discuss in excruciating detail shortly) are the sort that ought to be noticed, and the fact that I did can only be a good thing in my opinion for the advancement of society. It's all about questioning and refusing to accept the status quo unthinkingly (thinking about it and accepting it is something else entirely).

On the other hand, I probably would've enjoyed the film a lot more if I hadn't been thinking about and picking up on all these things. It wasn't even overthinking; I didn't start out with a desire to analyse the thing, just to watch it. But this is the sort of thinking I seem to do naturally these days, and sometimes it can suck a bit of the fun out of things. That's the price you pay for knowing things, I guess. Ignorance really is bliss. You know, if a slave knows no other possibility for his life and proclaims to be happy being a slave, then is that okay? If freeing him would cause him more pain than keeping him, which is better? That sort of awkward rubbish.

I watch back stuff I watched a lot as a kid (e.g. The Jungle Book, A Little Princess, The Aristocats, The Secret Garden) and I don't really see the problems. I have no doubt that they're there because everything has problems (and fandom won't let you forget it). I just don't see them because I am totally viewing through my nostalgia glasses. And you know what, as much as I probably could watch them analytically and find the issues, I don't want to. I've had enough of my childhood torn apart by simply seeing the huge differences between now and then. If there are a few things I can watch and still just easily enjoy, then I will (and I can do this safe in the knowledge that other people will for sure be finding all these problems and commenting on them, so. All's not lost for society).

And now to my thoughts! These are just random things that came to me during the viewing. Not all are 'issues', some are just musings.

- What's up with the three girls swooning over Gaston? I get that he's supposed to be all handsome and stuff (though, ugh, it does kind of give a vibe that you have to be someone 'special' like Belle to work out that he's a dick, but that's not just a female thing since the entire village seems to be obsessed with him and working as a hive mind) but could they not even manage to animate three separate girls? Why are they all exactly the same? None of the other villagers (read: men) suffer from this identikit problem, so why do these women?

- The scene where Gaston comes to propose is proper fucking creepy. Walking in and following her as she backs off, and knocking over chairs in his wake? While she seems a bit taken aback, for my money it's not enough. She's neither scared enough or angry enough to imply that this is proper revolting behaviour and if it happened in real life what you should be doing is either telling the person to get the hell out or calling the police, whichever will make you safer quicker.

- The accents for the household staff are stereotyped to the point of hilarity (laughing being easier than crying, you see). Cogsworth the Butler, English. Lumière the maître d', French. Mrs Potts the head cook/maid, English and older. Incidentally, how did she create a kid with an American accent? And following on from that - we are supposedly in France, right? So...how does Lumière have a French accent but no one else does? Seems a bit odd... Then again I always have these problems with accents when thinking about stories in which the characters would be speaking in a language which they actually aren't. Like, Brummie is totally a stereotype for a bit of an idiot, and a Geordie is nice and friendly, and someone with an RP accent will assuredly be the judge or the headmaster or so on. But if they're all meant to be speaking German in Germany, can you still use those stereotypes? When they're all addressing each other as Hans and Liesl and so on? One wonders.

- David Ogden Stiers voices Cogsworth! I totally didn't pick this up during the film, have just seen it via Wikipedia. And have also managed to follow that into finding out that he is gay, which is interesting. Unfortunately that was from TV Tropes, so once this post is done there goes my night. David Ogden Stiers, by the way, is Charles Emerson Winchester III from M*A*S*H, in which he still has a very upper class accent but it is more American, unlike Cogsworth. Cogsworth also sounds quite a bit younger, perhaps oddly, since that would've come at least a decade after M*A*S*H.

- It bothers me that far more of the household furniture and cutlery and so on is animated than there would have been household staff. Like, look at how many broomsticks there are! Also, the majority of them don't seem to have faces but they can still sing. Something's wrong there. I just don't quite understand why you would bother not only turning the real people into animated objects, but also animating the rest of the objects in the house. (I note here: when I say I wasn't overthinking...I really didn't put any effort into these thoughts, but I can see how this paragraph might be described as such.)

- The head of the asylum notes that Maurice is harmless, and then immediately goes, "Oh yeah sure, I'll lock him up." Eh? It's handy there's an evil (according to his laugh and eyes and all) asylum head around, huh? He even says something like, "I was told you'd make it worth my while," but then Gaston doesn't seem to offer him anything, so apparently just the joy of doing something evil is enough.

- Without having any prior knowledge of Maurice's axe machine, how in the hell did Chip a) know what it was, seeing as it's essentially an axe attached to a bunch of other objects and b) know how to work it? He doesn't seem to communicate with Belle or Maurice beforehand to get any advice...

- Belle starts the film by singing about how she wants much more from this provincial life, and is uttely uninterested in marrying Gaston, not only because he's a complete arse but also apparently because marriage, yawn, and so on. But suddenly by the end of the film just because she's 'fallen in love' all of a sudden all her previous dreams go out the window? Really? She goes from wanting to be a free adventurous spirit to suddenly totally happy to settle down in the castle with the prince? (I admit this isn't explicitly said, but...I can infer.)

- The fact that the Beast actually turns back at the end bugs me. I get that it's supposed to be like a reward for figuring out that looks don't matter (and also weirdly for finding someone else who thinks that, or converting them, which is a little out of his control but whatever) but if that's the case, once you have figured out that looks don't matter, surely it doesn't matter what you look like? If you truly don't care then why bother changing back? Though I suppose him not changing back would've left this film with an intriguing note of bestiality on some level. Quite literally, him being the Beast and all.

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Stand By Me - Sherlock fanvid [05 Oct 2011|02:17am]
[ mood | aggravated ]

Title: Stand By Me
Vidder: Pic Akai
Song: Stand by Me - Ben E King
Spoilers: Episodes one to three of Sherlock (BBC) series one.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the visuals or audio in this video. This was created for entertainment purposes and no infringement is intended.
Notes: The quality is a bit rubbish because for some reason that's the only way Windows Movie Maker would process it, unless I wanted it compressed to be worse...apparently it thinks that is the best possible quality it can do for playback on my computer, despite that the original clips were way better than that. Relatively annoying, but not much I can do I don't think. Also, this one was a damn headache. Just not enough to choose from yet! But I refused to use half a song because I hate that, it never feels right on fanvids.



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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - reviewed! [04 Oct 2011|12:13am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Have just been to see this, and thought I'd better get down my thoughts about it while it's still fresh in my mind.

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Racefail, or not? Meta about meta about the J2 Haitian earthquake big bang [29 Sep 2011|08:27pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Hmm. This might get tricky.

I've been reading a lot of [community profile] metafandom in the last few days. Can't remember how I found it, but once I had I was delighted. It seems a bit dead these days, but I've been reading back through the archives and enjoying myself thinking deeply about things, perhaps a bit too deeply.

Anyway, I got to one point around June 2010 and suddenly there was an avalanche of posts referencing hurt/comfort bingo and also racefail. I'm not entirely sure but I think those things came from different places. Anyway, I tend to read the summaries and subject lines and see if I'm interested rather than reading everything, and most of it seemed to be quite obvious stuff (to me) so I let it pass. But I finally found a post which sparked my curiosity, and then began through a series of linkjumps reading the story about that racefail.

Very succintly (ha) an author wrote a J2 big bang where Jensen was a doctor and Jared was a photojournalist and they met during the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Naturally, being J2 and all, they had a bit of angsting and tiny issues and so on and then fell in love and everything ended happily ever after. (The story, I should note, along with its accompanying artwork, is now gone).

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Sirens (and a little aside of Cabin Pressure and Four Lions) [01 Sep 2011|05:54pm]
So, Sirens. To clarify, Sirens the comedy drama on channel four which started airing this June.

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