May 7th, 2004

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Poem for Friday

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The poem's a souvenir of having watched The Heart of Me last night. I was much angrier at all the characters this time around, since I knew where it was going, like watching a train wreck on the news after you know human error was the cause. How long can you feel sorry for society's privileged when they can't get their psychological crap together? Still, they're nicely complicated and I believed in all of them, which doesn't always happen in period dramas.

The Friday Five has announced that it is shutting down. Which is rather a shame, but the questions haven't been all that profound in awhile and the person who runs it is bored, so it's time.

fannish5: Guilty Pleasures 5
1. What is (one of) your guilty pleasure episode(s)?

All the bad original Trek episodes with slashy subtext -- "Turnabout Intruder", "Spock's Brain", even "And the Children Shall Lead."
2. What is (one of) your guilty pleasure movie(s)?
Joe vs. the Volcano. I don't really like Meg Ryan. I am not particularly a fan of Tom Hanks. Everything about this film is frivolous and parts of it are really bad. I adore it anyway, and worse, find it uplifting.
3. What is (one of) your guilty pleasure website(s)?
Any web site devoted to an actor that I don't have to read for Trek Nation. Russell Crowe at Murph's Place for instance. Or The Compleat Sean Bean.
4. What is (one of) your guilty pleasure fandom(s)?
Publicly posted RPF. (I have no issues with privately circulated RPF.) Perhaps I should call Boromir/Faramir a guilty pleasure, but it's fiction, so my incest taboo fails to kick in.
5. What is (one of) your guilty pleasure fanfic(s)?
Just about anything involving Lucius Malfoy (other than non-con which I don't read).

Happy birthday undonne and wee_minxy!
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TROY!!!!

Just watched the HBO first-look infomercial for Troy (it's on again on HBO2e at 10 tonight, and on most of the HBO HDTV and regional cable channels at 12:30 on Sunday and 2:30 on Tuesday). Some of the film dialogue sounds mediocre, but the design of the film and the cinematography and the actors...omfgSQUEE.

Bana sounds smarter than Pitt, which isn't a surprise, but considering that Pitt is playing a guy known more for muscle than brains he actually seems quite suited for the role. And Bloom really impressed me in the interviews...I wish he would stop doing that, I am far more comfortable when I can scoff and write him off as Too Damn Young. He was adamant that this is at the core a love story, whereas Brian Cox was adamant that this is the story of Agamemnon finding an excuse to take over the region, while O'Toole was adamant that it was about the reasons rulers go to war...interesting character perspectives, and everyone sounded like they had done their reading.

There is pathetically little Sean Bean in the feature and he's always in the background -- the bulk of the interviews are with Bana and Pitt, plus O'Toole, Cox and Petersen -- but omguh he looks fine. Somehow none of the stills have really done justice to how these guys look moving in those costumes and with that fight choreography. And when Bloom asks Bana, "Do you love me, brother?" ...okay, you all know where this is going.

ETA: This week's Entertainment Weekly Troy cover story oh squeeeeee...