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New vid: Don't Wanna Dance (Grey's Anatomy) [Aug. 10th, 2015|04:47 pm]

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Title: Don't Wanna Dance
Music: "Don't Wanna Dance" by MØ (Titus Jones Remix)
Fandom: Grey's Anatomy S1-10
Focus: Meredith/Cristina
Summary: I don't wanna dance with nobody but you.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g. epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Made for Club Vivid 2015.
Download Link: Don't Wanna Dance (72 MB MP4)
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I've wanted to make a Cristina/Meredith vid since 2005 when I was really into Grey's Anatomy and I've always promised myself when the show was over (or Cristina left) I would. Since the latter happened, last year at a Vividcon room party I swore that I'd make one for them for next year's Vividcon. Amazingly enough, I actually did it! The pairing is very meaningful to me because it was my first femslash OTP and helped keep me watching the show for many years. Last year I heard the original version of this song and I loved the chrous which seemed perfect for making a dancing focused Cristina/Meredith vid that I could premiere at Club Vivid. Unfortunately the lyrics section lacked a good dancing beat so I knew I'd have to find a remix to make the song danceable for CVV.

I searched the internet but I hated all the remixes I found so I realized I'd have to take matters into my own hands. I've always loved Titus Jones's mashups so I looked into whether he could make a custom remix for me and to my surprise, he could and for a reasonable low price! It was a really easy process for him to make the remix and he even added the quick beats right before the chorus without me asking which really enhanced the vid IMO. The clipping process was horrible because the show is so long but I started early and tried to maintain a quick pace to find all the Meredith/Cristina scenes and any other relevant clips. It took forever but I managed to do it and did some vidding in between to make it more fun. It was a bit overwhelming at first but I was able to just find the best clips to use between them and once I figured out what the different sections of the vid would be doing (in relation to Cristina's growth and journey), I was able to find the clips that would work best in each one. Overall I really enjoyed getting to squee over Meredith and Cristina's scenes again and create the friendship/femslash (I've always loved how easily their relationship can go either way and that the vid leaves it open to interpretation) vid I've always wanted to make for them.
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Forward it like it's hot, forward it like it's hot [May. 21st, 2008|11:58 pm]

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Linksapalooza:

Nominate Fandom's Hottest Characters. Choose three of your hottest characters of all time. For the record, this is impossible for me to have any kind of rankings but I chose Brian Kinney (that was easy actually), Stringer Bell and Irina Derevko. I was trying to go based on hot rather than favorite/cute/sexy/most awesome (although my nominees all qualify there too).

The Organization For Transformative Works (of which I am a member :))is hosting an online con full of fannish celebration at [livejournal.com profile] otw_onlinecon in honor of being one year old with challenges, panels, events and more. Go check it out!

[livejournal.com profile] trollprincess is holding a talk about awesome female characters day here. It was great reading about many of my favorite characters and I talked about the awesomeness that is Irina Derevko.

After this article about why women don't like sci-fi which is mostly bullshit IMO, here's a poll about women and sci-fi with over 1000 women liking sci-fi, thank you very much. I love sci-fi because I love good characters and stories which sci-fi has many including exploring interesting themes in unique ways that are hard to explore in other genres.

EW's List of the 25 Funniest People in Entertainment. They got a lot right including Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Will Arnett and Amy Poelher and David Cross. I would also include the writers of The Office especially Mindy Kaling and Paul Lieberstein.

EW's List of great Ugly Betty quips I love this show.

Some brief TV thoughts:

Spoilers for the latest Ugly Betty )

Spoilers for the latest Grey's Anatomy )

Spoilers for the Supernatural finale )

Spoilers for the How I Met Your Mother finale )

Spoilers for the Gossip Girl finale )

I absolutely loved the House finale and it totally made me cry but I will talk about it at length later.
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Read less, more TV. [May. 15th, 2008|11:14 am]

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I watched The Office up to The Client last night and it was so much fun! Michael/Jan were so perfect back then, it makes my heart happy. Everything was perfect in my eyes. Oh, my show.

Gossip Girls is reminding me of Veronica Mars (and not because of Kristin Bell's voiceover) in terms of relationships which can only be a good thing. Spoilers for Gossip Girl up to Woman on the Verge )

There's a new interview up with Silvio Horta's thoughts on this season of Ugly Betty and the next. It reminds me of Tim Kring's interview where he acknowledges the mistakes of S2 (although UB's weren't as bad IMO) and promises to fix them next season. Plus UB is moving to NYC next season! Personally I love it because shooting on location brings more of a realistic touch to the show. The sad thing is that Marco Pennette's leaving the show :( He wrote the Thanksgiving episode (Dreamgirls dancing!), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (favorite episode still), East Side Story and the Wedding episode (one of my absolute favorites). Spoilers for Ugly Betty up to Betty's Baby Bump )

Nothing much to say about BSG except that the last episode was awesome and got me excited about the show again so yay BSG!

Spoilers for Doctor Who up to the latest episode )

If you've ever considered watching How I Met Your Mother (or haven't!), I'd check out [livejournal.com profile] spectralbovine's pimping post for it here. He sums up a lot of the reasons I love it so much from it's lovable, pretty, relatable ensemble of characters to the nonlinear narrative timelines and flashbacks. It really is a smart, great show and after the first 8 episodes or so gets immeasurably more awesome. Spoilers for How I Met Your Mother up to Everything Must Go )

Spoilers for Grey's Anatomy up to The Becoming )

The thing that bugs me about 30 Rock which I also had an issue with on Veronica Mars and Alias is how it seems like since they have the main character be a woman, they have zero or one other woman regular and that's it. The biggest thing about 30 Rock is where are the women writers? We have Tina Fey and that's it. Personally I only like Twofer and think the other writers are pretty lame. I wish Amy Poehler would star as a new writer although I doubt that's likely now. Anyways, I will keep enjoying the hell out of Liz and Kenneth like I always do. Spoilers for 30 Rock up to the finale )

Taken from [livejournal.com profile] celli: Cast your dream TV series of all time. Three to five actors, must include at least one male and one female. Tell me why they'd be so awesome together.

(Bonus points for show premise/location.)


Here's my answer and yes, I have thought of this a lot:

Lena Olin, Victor Garber, Gale Harold, Randy Harrison with special guest starring by Jennifer Garner. Insane amounts of chemistry all over the place and lots and lots of pretty.

It'd be an Alias spin off where Irina and Jack start their own spy agency in NYC (solving the Lena Olin problem) and eventually get Gale and Randy (characters TBD)to join them who fall in love and are the gay spy team. Sydney shows up a lot to go on missions with her parents. Jack is still never sure if Irina is using the resources and plans for her own motives...but that's what makes it fun. Flashbacks to earlier times in their relationship abound, Irina gets to spend lots more time with her sisters and family (Isabelle Rossalini guest stars) and there is an elaborate plan they work against that is completely serial starting from the beginning and ending with a huge bang that was all worth it. Lots of kissing and sex for all members of the cast as well as lots of Office like humor.

I'd probably spontaneously burst into flames because of the awesome, hotness and perfectness of this show every week but it'd be worth it.

So what are yours?
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Vidding and TV Memes [Jan. 15th, 2008|03:51 pm]

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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] klia! I love your vids and think you are a kind and awesome person :) And yes, I'm going to try to do these this year since I will hopefully be posting more.

Know what's wonderful? Being out all day (including reading some interesting/inspiring books in the local bookstore) only to come home to read my amazing Flist. Just reading LJ, reading comments and seeing lots of vidding love puts me in such an awesome mood as I saw once again yesterday. It's just nice reading about so many things I'm interested in and that feels like *home* to me in a community way. I love it and don't know what I did before fandom.

If you haven't seen by now (have you been living under a rock?), the The Great Vidding Truth Meme is going around again where you can tell listed vidders anonymously what you think of their vids including (and encouragingly) constructive criticism. My thread is here and I would LOVE to receive any comments especially any thoughts on how I can improve as I'm always looking to get better. But everything is definitely appreciated. So if you'd like to make any comments on any vidders work and maybe find some new vidders, it's a great place for it. I really love to read the various opinions on vidders' work, it's always interesting to see what people think.

That Television Meme which I had to do as they used some Office quotes for titles )

Speaking of TV theme song, I am in LOVE with the S4 theme of The Wire. I can listen to it over and over for hours nonstop. It's just so emotionally resonant especially with the singers. I uploaded it here if anyone needs it. Also, does anyone have the Due South theme with words that I could download? I only have the instrumental and the words make all the difference in this case.
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Everything that is awesome [Oct. 5th, 2007|01:51 am]

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A meme that perfectly fits my mood today:

Rules are easy, just post 10 things that recently made you happy! Tag 10 people and force them to post this meme on their LJs. Do it if you have happy things to say!

1. THE OFFICE. MY SHOW!! It's back every week and it's still making me ridiculously happy and gleeful and I love ALL the characters and it's definitely my favorite show by infinity. Tonight's episode was hilarious and I loved it even more than last week with my FAMILY and the continuity and the relationships and KELLY *hearts* Can it always be Office day please?
2. There might be a Serenity movie!!! Apparently from Alan Tudyk, “They had to put [the new DVD] out because they’ve been selling out of the other one and so Universal’s like ‘So, let’s do another one’. And now… there’s now a chance there’s going to be another movie". OMG SQUEE! I mean, it's not for sure but that still makes me insanely happy that there's a chance. I'm getting the Collector's set for my birthday but I want to encourage everyone who loves Firefly/Serenity to buy it!
3. Pushing Daisies did well in the ratings! Everyone was so worried about them and now it won the time period :D I had faith because it is the only drama in the time period and seriously, the pilot is so beautiful and charming and brilliant, how could people not want to check it out? That being said, I was nervous all day and was very happy to hear it did well. Now the scary part is whether it loses any viewers next week.
4. Justin from Ugly Betty FILLS ME WITH CUTENESS! He is so adorable. And him and Marc are so awesome and make me so gleeful. And Wilhelmina is back to her awesome self. The whole show was hilarious tonight.
5. My boys from Supernatural are back! Still blah about the plot but there relationship is so cute and I adore Dean and the emo pain.
6. Grey's Anatomy is fun again! It's actually funny and there is the awesomeness of Cristina and slash that makes me happy (four instances for my favorite pairings!) and Bailey being super amazing and Meredith not being totally horrible. I prefer to ignore the bad things.
7. The Office did well in ratings on Thursday! It went up against heavy competition, yay! My show is awesome.
8. My birthday next week with a new Office episode!!! BEST present ever.
9. Mr. Bennett and Claire on Heroes continue to make me very gleeful each week. Also M cubed *hearts them*
10. Going to California in one month and a week!!!! Finally I get to go home to where I belong. With the warm weather and palm trees and entertainment capital of the world and the ocean and everything pretty much.

I need sleep. But I am happy to see my Flist full of TV squee. I have been fighting my anti-writing/procrastination nature lately and lack of sleep does not help.
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Brief TV Update [Sep. 30th, 2007|01:01 am]

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I've had a really crazy/busy week but I wanted to say something about TV because I had planned a post but took a 5 hour nap instead.

I LOVE TV. It completes me, it really does. Having so many of my shows premiering this week and seeing my Flist squee just reminded me of what TV adds to my life and how happy and gleeful it makes me. Plus I got to watch some of it with [livejournal.com profile] lianri which was a lot of fun. I'm still behind on seeing some premieres/second episodes but I will get to that by tomorrow hopefully. For now, short non-spoilery reactions.

How I Met Your Mother: Love it! Hilarious and hot and cute and sweet. Just the way I like it.
Chuck: I enjoyed it! Very entertaining and a great concept. Chuck is so cute.
Heroes: LOVE it! Mr. Bennett and Claire! *hearts them* Matt and Mohinder and Molly! My super cute Hiro is back :D Somehow this show turned into a character love show for me. And it was funny!
House: OMG LOVE! I still have not recovered. This is one of THE episodes that shows why I watch the show along with Act Your Age, All In, House vs. God and Safe. Lots of House hilarity, House/Wilson SQUEE and House/Cuddy love. The OT3 rules all.
Reaper: I enjoyed it! Much funnier than I thought and pretty entertaining concept.
Pushing Daises: Not on yet but I rewatched half the pre-air version and LOVED it once again. The pretty and the concept and the narrator and the cute main character and oh, everything have won me over.
Private Practice: Meh. I love LA and I love Addison but that's about it. The characters need to get better but I'll give it a few episodes.
Gossip Girl (pilot): I like the idea of it but right now it's not clicking for me. NYC is awesome and I hear the books are good so I'm giving it more time.
Dirty Sexy Money: LOVE it! Second favorite pilot of the season and I think it's awesome (the name IS the best). The characters are fun and interesting, the plot is entertaining, it's funny and it reminds me of Arrested Development which I miss a lot so this helps. Highly recommended.
Ugly Betty: Love it! It totally made me cry yet was so funny. Also, I LOVE Justin times infinity. He and Hiro are having an adorable contest and Justin is winning at the moment.
The Office: LOVED IT! My show is back and once again it's the best and makes me the happiest. I laughed throughout the entire thing and loved all my characters SO MUCH. How is this show so good? My glee is indescribably high.
Grey's Anatomy: I liked it. It's gotten better but a few of last season's problems and one new one is still dragging the show down. But I LOVED Cristina who is awesome and rules all so I'll keep watching.
Stargate Atlantis: I liked it! My Rodney love is back in full force and McShep is still super cute and are so boyfriends. Yay!

May TV never leave me again.
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Thursday TV Roundup [Feb. 5th, 2007|07:46 pm]

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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] sisabet and [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink! It was great to meet both of you at Vividcon :) Also Happy Belated Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, [livejournal.com profile] almostcanon and [livejournal.com profile] clayangel! Hope you all had great days.

Nothing makes me happier than walking outside into 80 degree, sunshine filled days. It puts a smile on my face whenever I do it, knowing that I'm living the dream when I would have been freezing only a year ago. Second semester has begun and my days are pretty packed from 8-5. The good news is I'm making a lot of money and taking two awesome classes I'm loving, Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. So interesting and the professors seem great so far.

I'm still obsessed with The Office and have now rewatched all the episodes twice. I'm planning a third rewatching as well. It's just SO GOOD and I am completely in love with all the characters (except Andy). The show makes me so happy with Michael always making me smile. I've been watching a bunch of vids for it and found two that were well edited and wonderful here: http://4am-insomniac.com/?cat=3 with Love Machine being fast paced and fun and Lovin' Each Day being super cute, funny Jim/Pam goodness. Since I've been in a comedy mood, I've been rewatching Arrested Development and I think although both shows are about equal in quality, The Office has been more successful because of its ability to fully love and relate to the characters as well as having a big ship that people can get behind. I tried 30 Rock but didn't find it that funny and I'm beginning Scrubs now which I have yet to form an opinion on yet. And I'm still continuing to watch Gilmore Girls and Due South, both which I still enjoy very much.

Thursday night is definitely the best night of the week with The Office, Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy.

The Office - Ben Franklin )

Supernatural: Playthings through Houses of the Holy )

Grey's Anatomy - Wishin and Hopin )

Is it Thursday yet?
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Thursday TV, Miscellaneous thoughts [Oct. 2nd, 2006|07:57 pm]

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First of all, Happy (belated) Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] f1renze, [livejournal.com profile] jackiekjono, [livejournal.com profile] snoopypez, [livejournal.com profile] seanmegansean and [livejournal.com profile] trustingno1! I hope you all had a great day and have a wonderful year.

Thursdays are quickly becoming my favorite day ever with all the great TV on. So here are some of my reactions to the shows I've seen:

Grey's Anatomy 301 )

Grey's Anatomy 302 )

Supernatural 201 )

All I can say is I'm thankful to have such an awesome Flist with all the great thoughts on both shows. From commiserating in Supernatural love to having good discussions about Addison, it's been fun to read and participate in. I also checked out a few episodes of The Office since it seemed like Arrested Development and I do like it. Michael is too funny, he's my favorite so far. Busy watching BSG as well, I can't believe the S3 premiere is this Friday! It's so much nicer talking about shows when they air. In other fannish news, I am so happy to get my Whose Line DVD, the day it came out. The gag reels and extra scenes were awesome and hilarious and made me adore Ryan even more. I am so thankful that I have a cash flow coming in with my new job which thankfully allows for lots of homework and surfing the computer on the side, allowing me to be able to pay for stuff and no longer feel completely like a poor college student.

In case anyone's interested, I updated my memories to list all the vid meta I could find, listed in categories to hopefully make them easier to find. I figured since I spend so much time going through all the meta, might as well make it easier to find. I also started putting some categories for vid recs but that's far from finished so many of the fandoms are not well represented with good vids. Thank you to everyone who has vid meta links in their memories along with [livejournal.com profile] permetaform for her Big List of Meta page, which all helped a lot. On a vid meta note, I have lots of ideas for what I want to write up...just no time right now. Sometime in the future, that's for sure.

I'm still in love with California, the warm weather glow hasn't worn off yet and each day I'm grateful for being in a place that makes me happy. I don't even mind it being cold or waking up early in the morning now because I know that it won't last long, I have warmth every day and can choose to sleep in til 11 whenever I want. It's all about choice and I love the freedom that I have here. A few weekends ago, I went to Huntington Beach at night and it was one of the most amazing experiences ever. Totally worth all the biking/busing/walking I did to get there. I love the ocean the most at night and one of my favorite things about it is that it's free, its open to the world. I wasn't even at the main beach and I could just walk in the sand and waves and feel at peace with the world. I was alone which was nice as I could freely relax and enjoy myself. I can't put into words what made me so happy about it, I'm just a nature person so it connected with me. But that's not to say I don't like cities too. I went into LA yesterday as I haven't been able to really explore the city since I've been here. I liked it, lots of things to do and see. Next time, I will definitely bring my bike on the Metrolink (which was surprisingly, quite nice) which will make it easier to get around. Next weekend: Disneyland! I can't wait.
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Hottest Vid Ever [May. 17th, 2006|04:26 pm]

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Wow. Only in my wildest dreams could I imagine this happening but the Grey's Anatomy people are so crazy, so AWESOME that they fulfilled them. It's Burke (Isiah Washington), McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and the Chief (James Pickens Jr.) NAKED, soaping each other in the shower. Yeah, you read that right. A delicious m/m threesome. Guhhhh. If I could add in McSteamy itd be perfect. But one half of my favorite GA slash couple (Burke/McDreamy) actually got some amazing HOT interaction so I'm happy. Without anymore delay, here's the video: http://www.latedeparture.org/ga/hey2.avi Credit going to TI and Repro Images for sharing it.

In other news, I'm soo behind on my friendlist as I've gotten sucked into a bunch of other things. But I'm going to try to catch up today and leave some comments.
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Vidding Thoughts [Mar. 2nd, 2006|03:20 am]

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So after the Great Vidding Truth Meme (leave an anonymous comment on my vids there if you like), the Video commentary meme was restored and to my great pleasure, a bunch of great vidders offered to do commentary on recent videos they've made. The links for reference:

sdwolfpup
heres_luck
sisabet
f1renze
wolfling

At least those are the ones I've seen. It's just so interesting to see why vidders made the choices they made in making different videos and the processes they took to get the final product. It helps me a lot in knowing what to look for in creating my own vid regarding clip choices and narrative, movement, tech effects and other vid related things. I've become increasingly aware of motions in vids now and I keep spotting all these things in vids I'm watching that I've never seen before. It's really cool and definitely something I want to work on. I first remember seeing it movement easily in [livejournal.com profile] sockkpuppett's vid, "Prophecy" when Wesley walks around and turns right into Angel in a completely different clip and I've been able to see that previously (this was awhile back). But now I see different character all turning their heads a certain way or moving in the same direction and other cool things like that.

In that vein, I'm going to recommend a few videos I'm really enjoying right now where I'm seeing all kinds of movement. First some "old" videos, with a rec for imation's vid Black Suits Comin' which uses Angel source. It's a really fun video and the shot of LA with all the movement and cutting, sucks me in every time. Not to mention the intercut fighting scenes that flow into each other, explosions and people bursting out of doors and windows on the big beat (terminology?). Another Buffy video I'm loving is [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny's Volcano Girls (at the bottom of the page) which is a Buffy vid which sucks you in with the action and the fun with intercutting, flowing movement and actions on the beats. Plus, dancing + fight=love for me so I enjoy it immensely along with my music love of it. Also, if you want to check out a Smallville fun video that makes fun of Clark's confused nature, go here and see [livejournal.com profile] sisabet's new vid. It makes me put aside my Clark dislike and enjoy the crazy situations he gets himself into.

Personal Vidding Thoughts )

I got 5 free iTunes songs by taking a college survey :) Only problem is, I'm not sure what to use them for since I usually get my music free anyway. So I'll have to try to find something that makes it worth it. Any suggestions?
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More Grey's Anatomy Thoughts [Feb. 23rd, 2006|01:12 am]

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Well I've quickly renewed my past obsession with Grey's Anatomy after Sunday's episode and a rewatching of season 1. Rewatching the first season helped me remember why I love these characters, their relationships, all the crazy medical stuff, the humor, the music...I could go on and on. I love the freshness of the beginning, before we had so many of the problems and the mixed up love geometric shapes. Not to say I don't enjoy that, but its nice getting a taste of what it was like before it. Plus it made me remember why I love some of the characters I haven't enjoyed so much this season. That would be Meredith, George, McDreamy and to a much less degree, Addison but that's more in the middle of season 2 (can't believe we're approaching the end of s2 :( ). But I really like them now, most significantly Derek as he's been disappointing me lately and I haven't understood why everyone is so goo goo eyes over him. I still don't get the hotness effect but he certainly has charmed me over so I really like him again. And now I get the Derek and Meredith shippers because they really are sooo cute together in the first season. Very romantic with some great lines and moments together. I especially loved the end of episode 8 which melted my romantic heart. I hope that the writers will eventually give them some of that happiness again.

On that note, I've fallen more in love with Mark and Mark/Addison (Maddison) and am pulling for a happy ending for them and D/M. Mark and Addison just make sense to me, they both have these great, confident personalities that are admirable as well as being perfect for major chemistry which I see between them. He really loves her and wants her which Derek is unable to give. I think in this case, all parties need to forget the morals and obligations and past hurts and do what will make them happy and move them forward in their lives. I keep rewatching the Yesterday episode and it stuns me not only how gorgeous McSteamy is but how he can say just the right thing and how he carries himself. The elevator scene gets me everytime and is an honest portrayal of how the situation stands now. The touch is beautiful and says everything. In my eyes, Mark/Addison should not only be together because they love eachother but because they're a better match than Derek/Addison. They remind me of the Nip/Tuck triangle of Sean/Julia/Christian with the two guy friends and the woman they both love who marries the wrong one...which leads to the cheating and splitting up they both experience. I just wish in each case, they chose the right person so this mess wouldn't happen.

Anyways, I'm hoping the writers will give us some flashbacks of NYC and the early relationship of Derek/Addison/Mark as well as keeping Mark around (PLEASE!) and getting him back with Addison. I'm just hoping they can stay in Seatle as unrealistic as it may seem. I can only hope...I also need some more clips of them for a video I'm planning on making. My rewatching GA episodes in part stems from this need to outlet my obsession into something creative. Reeeally can't wait for the next episode, only 4 more days!
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Grey's Anatomy [Feb. 19th, 2006|11:12 pm]

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I don't usually do thoughts on episodes in fandom, but tonight's Grey's Anatomy deserves one.

Spoilers for Yesterday under the cut )
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Sophomore Slump [Jan. 29th, 2006|02:52 am]

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So I guess the sophomore slump phenomenen really is true. It seems that most of the shows I've watched have been struck with it in one way or another. A recap:

Thoughts on Seasons 1-2 in shows of Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Queer as Folk, The OC, Smallville under the cut )

So my conclusion for why the sophomore slump occurs? I think the writers develop a great setup in the beginning and plan that out for the season and then are left out of ideas for the next. They carry the first season too much into the second and cause the second season to lack its own focus. As ideas are used up, the storylines become a bit too much like the old ones. Less time is taken for friendly character interaction and as characters get on the wrong sides of each other, it becomes harder for good feelings to prevail. Characters change to the point that we start losing the love we had for who they were in the first place. New characters can keep the original ones apart and take away the core of the show instead of adding freshness.

I find it ironic that people overlook things about the first season for the reason that the show is finding its legs but yet the first season is often better than the first. And the third season can go either way, good or bad. Here's hoping that my shows will turn out on the good side. Or else new better pilot shows will rise to take their place.
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[Dec. 31st, 2005|12:51 pm]

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So I saw the fandom meme going around and decided to just fill it in myself for a bunch of my fandoms. Always fun to think about.

Firefly
1. The character I first fell in love with: Mal. Obviously. Was in love with him from the beginning and was oh so happy to find a Joss character that I was hopelessly in love with.
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: That'd be Zoe. Watching the series again, I'm liking her more and more whereas at first she seemed a bit one dimensional to me.
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't: River. I enjoy her funny lines but am meh about the crazy girl stuff. She did get better in the movie but I still don't get the love.
4. The character I love that everyone else hates: Um...do people hate characters in this fandom?
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer: Well I still have a bit of love left but I'm liking Simon less than I did before. I got caught up in the hotness before but he can be a bit of an idiot although it is perfect to make fun of. Although he's great in Ariel.
6. The character I would shag anytime: Mal. Guhh. He is to die for.
7. The character I'd want to be like: Mal definitely. I'm a lot like Kaylee but it'd be fun to be more like her as well. Also it'd be cool to be like Zoe.
8. The character I'd slap: Probably Simon for being so easy to fool. But in a good way.
9. A pairing that I love: Anything with Mal except Book and River ie Mal/Simon, Mal/Jayne, Mal/Kaylee, Mal/Zoe, Mal/Inara, etc. Also I like Jayne/Simon and Jayne/Kaylee.
10. A pairing that I despise: There's none that I really hate, just don't get a few. Not into River so anything with her, I'm not into. Didn't use to like Wash/Zoe but I'm warming up to them.

More (Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Queer as Folk, Highlander, Nip/Tuck) under the cut )
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[Dec. 4th, 2005|11:19 pm]

anoel
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First of all, Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] killabeez. I love all your Highlander stuff and especially all your videos and I'm glad you're around to create them. I hope you have a great day :)

In other news, figuring out the [livejournal.com profile] ga_santa assignments took forever and I wish I was able to make sure people got wishlists they liked but I guess I won't know completely. Some just seemed like perfect matches and others I wasn't sure about. All in all, it took longer than I thought and I'm glad I didn't have to do a ton of people. Guess this is what you have to do when you start/organize something.

On a more positive note, I got my secret santa assignments and I'm excited to begin them. Going to be fun to do things for Veronica Mars and Firefly, two of my favorite true ensemble shows where I love almost all the cast and really enjoy the shows. One of my SS's made a really detailed list and was funny which was nice to see. Hope I can make something good for them. And in return I just got my first present! It's my new icon default :D

Just saw some movies the last couple weeks and am going to see some more soon. I saw Harry Potter and really enjoyed it with some reservations. Also last night I saw Pride and Prejudice and I loooved it. I've read 3/4 of the book and liked it but the movie was *love*. Mr. Darcy is just too hot and I liked Elizabeth, Keira Knightly did a good job with her. And of course, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth are the OTP! Just absolutely beautiful together and mindblowingly romantic. I loved the touches, the looks, the snark, the beauty and especially the romance. The end scene was to die for and the one before that with the sunset was one of the most artistically romantic scenes I've ever seen, just stunningly beautiful. I need to vid that eventually. I'm looking forward to seeing the Chronicles of Narnia which was one of my favorite books as a kid and I just looved Aslan because, lions rule. And then of course there's Brokeback Mountain because I'm dying to see that. Finally a movie that caters to all my interests. And I read the short story it's based on and that was soo good and made me cry at the end. Cannot wait to see it, just wish it was out sooner in my area. I just cannot wait to see the gay cowboy love! Hee. Going to be so cute.
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May the Romance Never Die [Nov. 6th, 2005|11:57 pm]

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"For a kiss to be really good, you want it to mean something. You want it to be with someone you can't get out of your head, so that when your lips finally touch, you feel it everywhere. A kiss so hot and so deep you never want to come up for air. You can't cheat your first kiss, Nicole. Trust me, you don't want to. Because when you find that right person, that first kiss...is everything." -Alex, Grey's Anatomy

Wow. Now that is the quote that stole my heart. It's pure romance, through and through. Exactly what I believe. It is everything. That's what love is all about.
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OMG Methos!! [Nov. 1st, 2005|03:50 pm]

anoel
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Wow. How did I miss this one? So apparently there's a new Highlander movie in the making and Methos ie Peter Wingfield is going to be in it. It's called Highlander: The Source (http://www.highlander-thesource.com/) and it just started filming October 17th. I soo cannot wait for next year, all this great stuff is happening. But more Methos! Yay. I didn't think I'd ever see more of him besides what I haven't seen, which coincidently, I'm watching right now. I'm working on planning a Methos pov vid right now actually and its renewing my Methos love big time (which just takes watching one scene...). Perfect timing for perfect news.

In other news I loved the last Grey's Anatomy. It didn't kill me emotionally (just haven't been in the mood for that recently) but it had its moments and it was hilarious in some parts. I still am not over Cristina's boyfriend declaration, such a cute and funny scene. I wish it was Sunday every day.

Today is also the first day of NaNoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org). I'm going to try it with the story idea I have but who knows if I can get it done, my writing motivation being what it is. Deadlines do help though so we'll see. Don't want to give away too many details but basically its going to be a fantasy/sci-fi/romance epic type story. Going to try for 2,000 of the 50,000 words today.
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New Vid! Grey's Anatomy - Cristina/Burke: "Close Up" [Oct. 13th, 2005|11:13 pm]

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So I finally made my first video after a loong hiatus. Or at least a video that I didn't lose due to losing most of my files. This took me awhile to make but my current Grey's Anatomy C/B love propelled me on. It gave me a great excuse to watch those scenes over and over again. Without further ado, here it is:

Ship: Cristina/Burke
Song Title/Band: Close Up by Frou Frou
Spoilers: Grey's Anatomy episodes 104-202
Link: Close Up - 17.4 MB WMV (Right click, save as)
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Notes: When I started the video I was completely obsessed with Grey's Anatomy and rewatched Cristina/Burke scenes soo many times. I just had to vid it to help release my love for them. So I searched my music collection and picked out this song because the lyrics fit and I liked the song. I think that the theme perfectly reflects Cristina's take on the relationship: she keeps getting torn between getting closer to Burke and pulling away. I tried to show her perspective on that and highlight it through the looks and actions she does. I also added a few effects to illustrate it (keyframing is the best). Overall, I think it turned out pretty well and is a good display for the love that is Cristina/Burke. Next up: I need a few weeks break but hopefully soon I'll find a good Burke point of view vid. Also looking to make a vid about the pregnancy and a friendship vid for the whole crew.

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Life is good. [Oct. 10th, 2005|03:16 am]

anoel
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I just had the best day today. First of all, there's no school tomorrow so it feels less like a Sunday and I know I can sleep in tomorrow. Second, I got some awesome emails from friends. Third, my favorite show, Grey's Anatomy was on and it was the best episode yet. It included some amazing Cristina/Burke scenes (my favorite couple of course) and made me love all the characters and ships more. Fourth, I had some good talks with friends and converted my friend to watch the show so now we can squee together. Fifth, I got some great early birthday gifts. One more day! :D Sixth, I had free time all day to vid and I got a lot of it done. And finally, I listened to some of my favorite music that makes me ridiculously happy.

Life is good.
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Cool Music Rec Site [Oct. 1st, 2005|07:44 pm]

anoel
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[Current Music |"The Way We Get By" by Spoon]

So in my quest to find some good music to use for vids, I made a great discovery. There was a project called the Music Genome Project that looked to identify all the different kinds of things in music and how they relate to each other by tracking a ton of songs that have been made. They have a database of them and it allows people to enter in a song and get more songs that have musical similarities between them. It plays each song and you can say if you like it or not, if not it'll delete it and give you something else. The first 10 hours are free to listen to, I'm actually thinking of paying the 36 dollars a year it is after that, maybe getting it for my birthday/christmas because its exactly what I need. I want to have more music vareity but I hate downloading lots of music that I don't like that eats up my hard drive. And I desparately need songs for vids. I'd check it out, it's working well for me. I like a lot of the songs, no favorites so far but I'm sure I'll find some good ones. The site's at http://www.pandora.com

In other news, I'm obsessed with Burke/Cristina from Grey's Anatomy. Rewatching their moments together is so addictive and I'm trying to find as much stuff as I can about them. Cannot wait for tomorrow, I'm just dying for it. The bad thing about loving a Sunday tv show is you have to look forward to the end of a weekend which is the furthest thing from what I want. Oh well. It's just too good.
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