fialleril: [all the movies should be about mothers and daughters] (Brave)
So I saw Brave for the second time yesterday, and it is still the greatest. I won't really spoil it here, for those who haven't seen it, but I will say this (at risk of being called a fandom heretic):

I've enjoyed some Pixar movies before, but I've usually found them predictable and, while enjoyable despite that, not nearly up to the hype they usually get. Brave is the first Pixar movie I have ever really liked, as in liked enough to purchase and watch again and again and show to all of my friends. It's just a gorgeous story, not only visually rich but also incredibly nuanced plotwise. It's a coming of age story that makes sense to me, that treats all of its major players with respect and care and depth.

I am darkly amused by the fact that the only Pixar movie I've ever found truly innovative and deeply moving is the same movie that most Hollywood critics are saying isn't up to Pixar's usual standards. Darkly amused, but not surprised. It's not up to snuff because it's about mothers and daughters instead of fathers and sons, because ladies and their relationships with each other are just not universal stories, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

Personally, I think all the stories should be about mothers and daughters. ALL OF THEM. All the Pixar stories, too. Give me more movies like Brave, and I might actually start to understand what all the Pixar hype is about.
fialleril: [cut her hair and went to war] (Mulan)
So I am back in Kansas for the holidays. You know, by the way. And today my sister and I went with one of her friends to see Tangled.

I went in with a lot of really mixed expectations, in spite of the good things I'd heard from folks on the f-list. From the trailers I got the impression that I would really like Rapunzel - I have a tendency to like characters who have been isolated and not really socialized and are a bit naive and generally good hearted, and on top of that Rapunzel is also a lady who wants to go out into the world and claim her own agency and make her own life, which yes, there cannot be too much of that ever, really.

But on the other hand there was Flynn, who came across particularly strongly in the trailers as a Scoundrel With A Heart Of Gold, which is a character type I am...pretty much completely done with. I mean, I just do not care how golden some jerk dude's heart is, I have seen it a few too many times, I am over it. I am also somewhat leery of/done with the evil controlling mother trope. So. I really didn't know what to expect of this movie or my reactions to it.

Overall, I think the pros outweighed the cons. Rapunzel was basically as awesome as I hoped she might be, which went a long way towards making me love the movie in spite of some of my other reservations. And Flynn was not quite as Scoundrel With A Heart Of Gold ugh as I feared. (He still very much was a Scoundrel With A Heart Of Gold, but it really wasn't his story, which helped some. And he toned himself down fairly quickly into the movie, which also helped.)

Some more specific spoilers for the end of the movie under here )
fialleril: [still my favorite film Holmes] (Basil of Baker Street)
is this week!

If you lurk around my journal for any time at all you already know I'm asexaul, and I post about it pretty frequently (mostly in fandom contexts). What I talk about a little less often is my romantic orientation, but, as I've been realizing lately that this orientation is probably much more impactful on my daily life than is my sexual orientation, and is also the thing that makes me a bit more publicly other, I thought I would make a post about that!

Here there be long-winded, self-important rambling. )



And on a related note, I would like to write some further adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ace Detective, for the occasion of this week, but find myself in want of prompts! Sherlock fans on the f-list, anything you would like to see?

concept art icons

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 07:40 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (lotus blossom)
I've been on a concept art kick again.

[10] Disney's Mulan
[20] Star Wars (TPM & ROTS)
[22] Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Rules:
[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit [livejournal.com profile] fialleril.
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.

Samples:

1. 2. 3.

the rest under here )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Fema Baab)
Well friends, I made it home safely on Monday. Thanks for all the well wishes. :) I'll attempt to get caught up on my f-list, but my access to the interwebz is limited here, so it may take a while!

In other, much more interesting news, I saw The Princess and the Frog yesterday! And it was pretty good!

Here are some thoughts under this cut! )
fialleril: [look how they shine for you] (stars - Uhura)
Hey folks. I'm headed home to Kansas tomorrow. (Yay!) I'm hoping for free Christmas internet at the airport, but if not I may be in radio silence for a while. In any case I'm planning to finally do some writing in the airport, so...fic for Christmas? Maybe? I make no promises.

Also, while I'm at it, here is a pretty excellent article about a movie I am not planning to see! BUT! Once I get home, [livejournal.com profile] veriond and I are going to see The Princess and the Frog. Since my entire f-list is exploding about this movie, I need to catch up!
fialleril: [a bit like The Idiot, only written by someone much less talented than Dostoevsky] (Jar Jar Binks)
And I feel the need to share.

Okay, so I've been on a Disney kick lately. And you know they say that anyone who messes with Disney can destroy your childhood. But when Disney does it themselves? Eh, I dunno. It's kind of glorious, actually.

I think Hades/Maleficent is now my ultimate Disney OTP.

And also, I never want to see Hades dressed as Mickey Mouse again. But it's already too late. I think I've been scarred for life. And you all should be too, so have the video.

House of Mouse video under the cut )

If this keeps up I'm going to need a Disney icon.
fialleril: [tea makes everything better] (tea)
Ugh. I've survived about a week of a low-level flu: just enough to leave me sneezing and spending a lot of time in bed. I'm still feeling pretty down, but I thought I would let y'all know I'm alive.

Anyway, in the course of being sick I missed several awesome people's birthdays. So happy belated birthday to my pal [livejournal.com profile] niicoly and my LJ-sister [livejournal.com profile] starfoozle! Hope you both had great days. Feel free to request birthday icons or drabbles or whatever. :)

Also, because I was sick I spent some time vegetating with TV-things. And to my glee I discovered all the old episodes of Disney's Hercules TV show on YouTube. It was kind of epic, and filled me with many geeky mythology related lulz. (Even if there was a shortage of Hades at times, and definitely not enough Hermes. And if those two had ever been together in the same scene, the universe might have imploded from the awesome.)

And so, because I wonder how many people on the f-list are as geeky about mythology-things as I am, a poll:

[Poll #1352804]
fialleril: [somebody's gotta save our skins] (voice of reason)
I'm a little depressed by the fact that no one seems to want to read my latest fic, so I decided to cheer myself up by posting the last of my Disney World pictures.

We'll start with the Star Wars parade and the Jedi Training Academy pics. (Please note: a lot of these pics are better if you view them in full size!)

painted faces on parade )

And now for what I know you've all really been waiting for: the pics from Snigg and Oopla's Hyperspace Hoopla! But first, if you haven't seen the video on YouTube yet, go do so. Unfortunately, the YouTube video is only of the dance off part of the show, but it is definitely worth watching.

Here's this year's:


And, for those who are interested, I also hunted down last year's. (It seems that last year was the first year for the dance off.)


And now, on to the pictures )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (snapped)
I just dropped [livejournal.com profile] veriond off at the airport, and now she's headed back home. I'm going to miss having her around. We have over two weeks of vacation together, so now it almost feels weird with her not being here. But we had a lot of fun together, and spent the last couple of days just hanging out, which is why I haven't posted. :)

Now, though, it's time for the first Hollywood Studios Disney post. I have so many pics from Star Wars Weekend that I decided to break them up into two posts. This post contains all of the pictures we took with the Star Wars characters in the park, pictures from the sneak-peek of the upcoming Clone Wars film, and some of the non-Star Wars related stuff we did at Hollywood Studios. The next post will have pics from the Star Wars parade and the Hyperspace Hoopla (aka the dance-off).

it is your destiny )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (wisdom & strength)
Day three was spent in Animal Kingdom, which was possibly the park that had changed the most from what I remember. When I was there as a kid, I remember it as the most boring of the parks, but this time, we found quite a lot to do, and we probably could have spent two days there if we'd had more time. The torrential rain in the afternoon didn't really help, matters, either...

Anyway, more pictures and highlights beneath the cut. Also, check out [livejournal.com profile] veriond's posts about our Disney trip! :)

in the circle of life )

And that's all for day three. Next up will be Hollywood Studios and Star Wars Weekend!

he is not one of us

Friday, July 4th, 2008 06:07 pm
fialleril: [a hug means it's love] (Mai and Zuko)
[livejournal.com profile] veriond and I just watched The Lion King 2 for the lulz. It actually had some pretty good music. But the point is, there's this song, "Not One of Us," when Simba banishes Kovu.

And then I found this video.



Seriously, you guys. It's like the song was written for him. And it's hilarious.

Also, about the movie itself, I enjoyed the fact that the entire thing is basically about Mufasa being God. Okay, yeah, there's a Romeo and Juliet subplot too. But really, Mufasa=God. That's all you really need to know.
fialleril: [tea makes everything better] (tea)
Day Two of Disney was spent at Epcot, that magical place that contains the whole world within its borders. (If, you know, the world were composed of only North America, Europe, and Asia.) There's also a section dedicated to the world of the future, and to past and ongoing inventions and innovations. All in all, it was a pretty good time.

take a peek inside the giant golf ball )

Disney highlights, take 1

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 03:28 pm
fialleril: [a bit like The Idiot, only written by someone much less talented than Dostoevsky] (Jar Jar Binks)
Hey all! [livejournal.com profile] veriond and I are back in Atlanta. So, time for pictures, and the highlights post. This post is dedicated entirely to the Magic Kingdom park.

Last time I went to Disney World, I was around 12 or 14, and so naturally I was too good for all the kiddie stuff, and spent most of my time on roller coasters. So you know what that means.

Yes. This time around I met characters and rode kiddie rides and generally relived my childhood. It was glorious.

So what were the highlights? Pictures and commentary beneath the cut!

Mickey always triumphs with the power of dreams )
fialleril: [scooping up the dust and chanting, Live] (a way to be good again)
Finally back to comment on The Lion King.

It was amazing. The production was very well done, the costumes nothing short of breath-taking, and the music was wonderful. I especially enjoyed several of the added scenes and songs, and the fact that the production had a much more ethnic/African feel than did the original film.

I particularly enjoyed a scene called "The Madness of King Scar," which reintroduced some of the Hamlet elements which had been left out of the original film. And Scar's guilt and fear of death really lent him some depth as a character.

But, of course, Mufasa was still my favorite. :D And that has nothing to do with the fact that he was voiced by James Earl Jones in the film. Absolutely nothing. Really.

Why doesn't anyone believe me?

Speaking of James Earl Jones, I just couldn't resist the overlap: apparently, I have a weakness for father-son stories featuring ghostly fathers voiced by Jones. ;) So, of course, this plot bunny bit me hard. It was inspired by the song They Live In You/He Lives In You:

He lives in you
He lives in me
He watches over
Everything we see
Into the water
Into the truth
In your reflection
He lives in you

Title: They Live In You
Characters: Luke, Tamrin, Ben, and numerous others, from a certain point of view
Timeframe: Sometime post-ROTJ
Genre: Um, reflection?
Rating: G, or PG if mention of death troubles you
Summary: Luke reflects on those who have gone before...
Notes: In my happy little EU-free world, Tamrin is Luke's wife.

hear the words and have faith )

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