gwyn: (omar alexandral)
Title of vid: Dutch
Fandom: The Wire
Music: Dutch by Dessa
Summary: Stringer Bell, life-ruiner.

This is a really amazing look at Stringer Bell -- how unbelievably evil he is, but also how amazingly sexy and fascinating and yeah, like the vidder calls him, a life-ruiner, in more ways than one. I never would have thought of Dessa for a Stringer vid, but it works surprisingly well, and how can I not love, as an editor, a song that name-drops the Chicago Manual of Style? Somehow, weirdly, that fits.

I did it! I did all 31 days of recs in 31 different fandoms! I didn't think I could, but I did. I wish so much someone would have done it along with me, that'd have been fun, but hey, March has 31 days, so maybe someone out there will pick it up and do it themselves -- I always love seeing people's recs and miss the days of recs posts.
gwyn: (middleman german film)
Title of vid: Wendy Battles the Pink Robots
Fandom: The Middleman
Music: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1 by The Flaming Lips
Summary: Yo, Wendy Watson, we wrote you a love song.

This is adorable, if brief, and I have for years wanted to see a Middleman vid to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, so this was like it was made for me. Wendy Watson in all her glory.

One more day of 31 Flavors to go! I can do this!
gwyn: (sharpe gun wizzicons)
Title of vid: Find My Way
Fandom: Carnivàle
Music: Find My Way by Nine Inch Nails
Summary: Wandered here from far away.

This is just brilliant and beautiful. It's a Jonesy focused vid, and it really pierces your heart with the tragedy of his story, and shows him struggling to find his direction in life. There's really fantastic use of metaphoric imagery here and it really capitalizes on the surreal, creepy, dreamscapey world of Carnivale.
gwyn: (joan holloway pink)
Title of vid: Love, Save the Empty
Fandom: Masters of Sex
Music: Love, Save the Empty by Erin McCarley
Summary: Love, hold us together.

I never expected to see a vid that focuses on Lillian and Virginia's relationship in the series, but I was even more surprised to find two such vids. I liked them both a lot, but this one resonated with me because of the emphasis on their growing friendship within the context of Lillian's work and what it means to her.
gwyn: (01-kinky)
I think I might actually be able to get a whole 31 different fandoms now that Festivids is up! Yay! And of course, if I got back to all the Yuletide fic I haven't read yet, that would help...

Title of vid: Sleep No More
Fandom: Strange Days
Music: Sincerely, Jane by Janelle Monáe
Summary: Day dreamers, please wake up.

I never expected to see vids for Strange Days, but there are three vids for the movie in Festivids this year. Three! They're all good, but this one was probably my favorite for a number of reasons, not least of which is that Janelle Monae is the musical artist. It has everything: the chaotic, menacing violence and upheaval, the relationship between Mace and Lenny, the murder mystery subplot, and the damage that Lenny's reliance on his memory recordings has done to him. But yeah, especially MACE. She is my absolute ultimate dreamgirl. I love her with the white hot fury of a thousand burning suns. And I love that Lenny finally figures out that he loves her too.
gwyn: (liz lemon go to there)
Well, the first of the Festivids recs, anyway. OK, so I kinda cheated a little bit because I knew that Festivids were going live today, and so I waited to do yesterday's rec today. ;-) I'm pretty sure it'll be vid recs from here on out.

Anyway, I'm barely into it yet, because today I needed to do some things outside the house and so I will be working my way through them for the next few days. I figured that my luck wouldn't hold three years running and I would get two vids again, and I was right, but the vid I did get is awesome and you should so totally watch it because it's a microscopically small fandom and I fear my vidder may not get enough love and also it is awesome as I said.

Title of vid: Look Into My Eyes
Fandom: Eyes of Laura Mars
Music: Look Into My Eyes by Janelle Monae
Summary: John Neville/Laura Mars. Look into my eyes, fall in love with me.

A while ago I caught the tail end of Eyes of Laura Mars on TV and I remembered how much I loved its beautiful late '70s cheese and glitz and glam, so I realized it HAD to be a Festivid. I also really loved the story of Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway), who is this Helmut Newton-like fashion photographer living the high life who starts to see visions of women being murdered through the eyes of the killer. Baby Tommy Lee Jones is the detective working on the case, who falls in love with her. There is a massive surprise ending of course, and the vid focuses on the love affair rather than the disco-era mirrorball fabulosity or the visions, but I confess I ADORE the love story so much that I didn't even notice. It's so much fun to see a vid to this movie, I hope maybe a few people might check it out and who knows, in the future, there could be more vids!

Seriously check out this fucking fabulosity:
eyes 2

And my second rec, since I missed yesterday, is for Pride and Prejudice, and it's not even remotely like you'd expect.

Title of vid: By and by
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Music: Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
Summary: You're gonna make your fortune by and by.

I looked at the song and the fandom, and went, "the fuck?" and I clicked on it with extreme trepidation, especially when I saw that it looked like a Mr. Collins vid. OMG, it was so worth it. It's a hilarious look at the venal, idiotic, and ladder-climbing cousin of the Bennetts, and turns out to be just weirdly perfect for this miniseries.
gwyn: (mahone michael ghost)
Man, I could not decide what fic to rec for Prison Break. There is just so much good stuff in my tiny little pairing -- I mean, not that there's a lot of fic for them, just that what's there is cherce. So today it's two recs.

The Ninth Fold (31323 words) by x_art
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Prison Break
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Michael/Mahone
Characters: Michael Scofield, Alex Mahone

Nine turns of Michael Scofield's life.

This is just amazing -- it's a really long, complex look at Michael and Alex during the time of the fourth season caper stuff, and Alex is still recovering from the loss of his child. It's really beautiful and I heart it very very much.

Form, Not Meaning (10711 words) by out_there
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Prison Break
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander Mahone/Michael Scofield

"Keep staring like that," Mahone growls as he walks by, "and they'll get the wrong impression."

The other fic that is emblematic of my love of Prison Break is this one by out_there, which is a fascinating, really in-depth look at Michael and Alex in Sona prison while also being a scorchingly hot "everyone thinks we're doing it so we might as well go ahead and do it" story. There's lots of great plotting, mind games, and hot, hot sex scenes.
gwyn: (painscary  impetus_icons)
I caught The Losers again on TV the other night, and they'd cut out all the good bits, but it's one of those movies that if it comes on my TV, I will always watch it. It's definitely a movie that has a lot of problems, but I still love it despite its issues. And one of my favorite vids for it is one [personal profile] sdwolfpup made for Festivids a few years ago that I think captures the best of the movie and is a lot of fun to watch.

Pump It!
Song: Black Eyed Peas, "Pump It"
Fandom: The Losers
Spoilers: For the movie.
Summary: The Losers turn it up to 11.

And speaking of The Losers, is there any good fix-it fic for Roque that doesn't have him, you know, doing what he does in the movie? I wouldn't necessarily care about a pairing although I confess a little fix-it Roque/Clay fic wouldn't be a disappointment, if you know what I mean.
gwyn: (gay pants)
Man, this posting every day is hard! I mean, I knew that, especially after watching people do that full month of posting thing a while ago, but still. Not that my weird, incredibly eclectic series of fandoms parading through this 31 days has been of any interest to people, but I have to say, I've enjoyed doing it. I have a feeling these final days are going to see me repeating fandoms, though, since I'm not the most wide-reading or -viewing fan.

Hops, Malt, Water (1118 words) by escritoireazul
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thunderheart (1992)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Walter Crow Horse/Ray Levoi
Characters: Ray Levoi, Walter Crow Horse
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2013, Yuletide Treat, Domestic

Ray's trying to do something nice for Walter. He pretty much fails.

I have always had a low-key love of the movie Thunderheart, especially in how Ray slowly came to understand his place in the world of American Indians and what that had to mean to him. And I loved Walter's trickster influence on those things. This story shows how far Ray's come in his acceptance of his heritage -- enough that he can focus on something else entirely and try to make Walter happy.
gwyn: (wes-faith chokeanddie)
A Thousand Other Faces (1169 words) by anr
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dredd (2012)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cassandra Anderson/Joseph Dredd
Characters: Cassandra Anderson, Joseph Dredd

This is not a love story.

And today's rec is for the 2012 movie Dredd, which kind of blew me away when I saw it, because I had not expected anything like what I got -- two really amazing female characters, one good, one bad, a ton of characters of color, and most important, Karl Urban never takes of Judge Dredd's helmet, unlike that farce from a number of years ago that I won't continue to talk about. This story is from Anderson's point of view, and it's a very low key but really interesting take on her and Dredd post-movie. The part where she sees what he's thinking of her is hella sexy.
gwyn: (serious bznz littlespank)
I got a call today from a woman who runs continuing education at the community college in my part of town, wanting me to run a proofreading workshop that she said she "had enough students enrolled in." It's next freakin' week. I mean, what the hell -- how do you schedule a course without knowing you have an instructor? And it's at 9 am, which is just...not my time of day. It would also mean cutting down my six hour course that I do at the UW to three hours, which...I'm not entirely sure how to do. As it is, I don't really have enough time to get in depth with proofreading, at least, enough that I think people can come out of it knowing what they're doing. But I guess everyone enrolled works for King County, I'm just not sure what kind of proofreading information they're looking for.

Lately I've been proofreading behind a lot of copyeditors who don't know what they're doing. I never know what to say to the people who hire me; I usually just suck it up and repeat the copyeditor's mantra: It's not my book, it's not my book. But it's frustrating. I was telling someone recently about this, that I saw the word staunch used to mean stanch, a fine distinction that not many writers know, and I do not necessarily expect a writer to be smart enough to know the difference, but I damn sure expect the fucking copyeditor to know it. So many of the people I've read behind come out of the UW's certificate program, and it's really clear to me that they remembered stuff like style sheets and whatnot, tools of the trade, but they never learned the most important lesson, which is to strive to know as much about words and usage as you can, and always be learning more. You can't just rest on your reading experience; you have to keep current and open-minded about what's out there.

And I know that people interested in proofreading don't know enough about the basics of type and formatting; sure, they might be able to spot typos, but it's so much more than that. I'm not sure how much I can effectively communicate in three hours. Still, I'm going to go talk to her on Thursday and we'll probably also talk about creating a real workshop of some length to teach it. But geez, one week. I don't know how I'm gonna do this.

I'm behind again on my recs posts, but my rec I wanted to do yesterday is for Burn Notice. I'm always surprised that this qualifies for Yuletide, because it doesn't seem like that small a fandom to me. But I was happy to find this this year; it's a casefic with the voiceover comments like Michael makes in the show, and just dead on voices, especially that commentary. Fiona gets to do splodey stuff, and Sam and Jesse are involved, so it's like old home week, you know?

Living Well (9656 words) by LithiumDoll
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Burn Notice
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fiona Glenanne/Michael Westen
Characters: Michael Westen, Fiona Glenanne, Sam Axe, Jesse Porter, Charlie Westen, Barry Burkowski
Additional Tags: Post-Canon

As a rule, spies don’t have a lot of time for platitudes. Something that applies to the man in the street isn’t usually as relevant to the man hanging a hundred feet above the street – especially if the rope is fraying.

Good things come to those who wait, for example. Or, it’s the journey, not the destination.

gwyn: (bond&vesper perceptible)
I've barely tapped the Clint/Coulson pairing, but a lot of what I have read has been pretty good. I have a kind of "talk to me" kink, so this story was pretty much a no brainer for someone like me.

Talk to Me (11738 words) by laceymcbain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Marvel Avengers Movies Universe, Thor (2011), Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, Marvel (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Clint Barton & Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov, Jasper Sitwell, Original Characters, Nick Fury, Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Slow Build, Romance, Workplace Relationship, Humor, Angst and Humor, Injury, Hurt/Comfort, Developing Relationship, Slash, First Kiss, Marriage Proposal, First Meetings, Pre-Canon, Post-Canon, Fix-It, Backstory, Panic Attack, Relationship Negotiation, Archery, Dating, Action/Adventure

The first words Clint ever remembers Coulson saying to him are "talk to me."

Any story that features Peggy Carter, M, and Eve Moneypenny is automatically awesome, but this is also just a really good story.

Protégé (2012 words) by girl_wonder
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: James Bond (Movies), Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: M (James Bond), Eve Moneypenny, Moneypenny (James Bond), Peggy Carter
Additional Tags: Bechdel Test Pass

M passes on what she's learned.

gwyn: (Default)
Two years ago at Vividcon, I kept telling everyone that I had won at Vividcon that year. I won for a number of reasons, but the two biggest ones are my recs today.

I had bid on [personal profile] absolutedestiny in the VVC auction that year and won, and he persevered through my waffling over song choice to create for me a vid of my dreams to the movie The Navigator (not to be confused with Flight of the Navigator). When I showed it to people who hadn't been at the con, everyone was kind of speechless and someone said, "That's not just a vid, that's a work of art." And it really is. Ian took this amazing movie and made it even more amazing, and I treasure this vid like crazy.

The Death and The Navigator (32 words) by AbsoluteDestiny
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Navigator
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Video, Fanvids, Video Format: MP4, Video Format: Streaming, Vividcon

But wait, there's more! I also won because we'd initially talked about the possibility of him doing an Alien(s) vid about Ripley, who is my hero. One of the reasons I'd bid on him was that he'd mentioned wanting to do Ripley or Terminator movies' Sarah Connor for Festivids, and I'd remembered that and thought it would finally be my chance to get a vid about those amazing women. Even after I dithered about the song, Ian still made the Ripley vid for the Premieres show, and dedicated it to me, and I was really amazed at such thoughtfulness. It is SUCH a great vid, and it was a great reminder that even sometimes when you don't think a song is right, in the hands of a great vidder, it can be exactly perfect and you should have faith.

Say Aha (194 words) by AbsoluteDestiny
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Video, Fanvids, Video Format: MP4, Video Format: Streaming, Vividcon
gwyn: (band of brothers mrbnatural)
just what you'll say when you get home (3251 words) by rose_griffes
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ted Earley, Charlie Crews, Amanda Puryer, Dani Reese
Additional Tags: Friendship, Post-Finale

It's Ted's turn to be the caretaker.

Last year, I had the opportunity to write a Charlie and Ted story for Life, and it turned out to be one of my favorite writing experiences for Yuletide. It was hard for me at first, because I kept remembering some really good Life stories I'd read before, and I didn't want to veer too close to them -- and this was one of the stories I'd remembered so fondly. There's a really great chemistry here between Charlie and Ted, and a couple of perfect conversations: one with Ted and Dani in the pool, and another with Ted and Charlie, about being Batman.
gwyn: (justified logo)
Wow, three days have got away from me like whoa, so I'm way behind on my 31 Flavors recs, but I'm going to try to catch up over the next few days. Today's rec was a bitch to track down, but I really wanted to rec this vid from Vividcon a couple years ago because it's stuck with me.

Girl in the War
Source: Justified
Artist: Josh Ritter
by amnisias

This vid just really hit me in the gut, just the way I like it. It's a really powerful look at Loretta and her relationship to Raylan (and to the people in Harlan who have affected her), and what happened to her during season 2. The girl in the war metaphor works surprisingly well here, and the song is already quite haunting, but amnisias has worked real magic in the clip choices here to make it hit even harder. I looooove Loretta and this vid was just a perfect examination of what has made her who she is.
gwyn: (don and coop raeyashi)
I spent most of yesterday either vidding or looking for clips for my treat vid, much to the consternation of my back. Which means I forgot to post a rec. But I'm really enjoying working on this vid; it took me forever to find the right song and I wasn't certain it even was the right song, but once I got into it I realized it was perfect and the vid is turning out really well.

I was looking forward to doing something about my back this year, but my doctor is away until the end of next month, and the person filling in wouldn't give me a referral, which the spine clinic insisted on. It really, really pisses me off. She might give me a referral after I go in and see her, but I don't want to because I need to save my money for the actual spine clinic, not an unnecessary visit to a temporary doctor. They will let me see someone at the chronic pain office that's new in the clinic I go to, but I know nothing about them, nor about how much they know about back issues and if they're just going to be the same old same old pills and surgery types I've seen there before, who pretty much destroyed my dad's health. I'm really just furious about this. It's my body, and they're supposed to be working for me, not me appeasing them. If my doctor was here, I wouldn't have to put up with this shit, I'm sure. This pain makes it hard to vid, though.

Anyways, that means two recs today:
Captive Audience (2459 words) by neevebrody
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Numb3rs
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Billy Cooper/Don Eppes
Characters: Don Eppes, Billy Cooper
Additional Tags: Dirty Talk, Voice Kink

Billy sat straight and stretched, moaning through the movement. "What? No breakfast?" he asked in that sleepy, low voice that made even his grunts sound like a molasses-in-the-mouth drawl.

When I rediscovered my love for Max Martini this summer, I went back and checked the Numb3rs fics in AO3. There used to only be a couple that focused on Don and Billy Cooper, Max's indelible character from first season. There were waaay more when I checked this time, and I liked this one because it focused on something that really made me take notice of Max in that role -- his smoke and whiskey tinged voice and slow drawl, and how incredibly erotic it can be. I rarely see anyone actually write voice porn, so this was a wonderful surprise.

Each year at Festivids time, there have been some great Lilo & Stitch vids, but this one last year really made me happy:
Best Friends
Recipient: shinealightonme
Vidder: Valika
Fandom: Lilo & Stitch
Music: Best Friends by Judie Jay and Zoohacker
Summary: We'll be best friends for eternity !
Content notes: No standardized notes apply
Signed length: 03:52

I think a lot of it is hearing a song that I didn't know anyone else was aware of but me used for this, and it's a perfect fit for the movie.
gwyn: (soar infinitemonkeys)
This artist has done some amazing work, but this one of Thor and Loki is my favorite. I've reblogged their art in my Tumblr but that was before knowing the artist doesn't want that, so I want to respect their wishes and not repost it here -- this is just a link. It's a beautiful piece of Thor holding Loki, with his head on Loki's shoulder, and Loki's back is to the viewer, his head hung down. It's beautifully melancholy and could be read as either slash or as brotherly love, however you wish to view it. It's really gorgeous.
gwyn: (lost in translation lykaios)
The Earl of Sandwich Was Kind of a Dick (1154 words) by freneticfloetry
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Abbie Mills, Ichabod Crane (TV)
Additional Tags: Humor, Found Family, Food Referenced In Wildly Unsanitary Contexts

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." — Virginia Woolf
Or: Ichabod Crane, Unlikely Foodie.

I haven't even begun to get through all the Sleepy Hollow fic in Yuletide this year, which is something I really need to get on, but this one I enjoyed thoroughly, because it hits a little kink of mine -- someone making food for someone else because it will make them happy. I'm pretty sure that's one of the major reasons I loved Big Eden. I love that of all the modern things he sees, Ichabod ends up getting hooked on cooking shows, and of course, there's a fabulous line about the TV show Hannibal that's laugh out loud funny.
gwyn: (goofy michael westen littlespank)
I have had a most decidedly unjoyful day today, and it's 9:30 and I'm just now getting around to something for more joy day. So I should manufacture some joy to make this terrible day go out a little betterer than it came in (how bad was it? I bought those little two-bite cupcakes that come in a package of a dozen and are mostly frosting, which I don't even like as much as cake).

So steal from the best, I always say: like [personal profile] killabeez did, tell me a character or an actor I'll be likely to know, and I'll give you the reason they fill me with joy.

And today's 31 Flavors rec is one that fills me with joy. I haven't put up anything here for my major current fandom, Pacific Rim, and this isn't Hot Dads focused completely the way I tend to roll, but damn, this story filled me with glee. Herc is WAY MORE of a fainting flower here than I see him, and his hesitancy with Stacker doesn't ring true to me, but I still got caught up in the author's version of things and didn't mind too much. I also loved how the story starts out with the scientists, showing us the events from Newt's point of view, and then flips to the same story from Herc's point of view. It's really, really funny.

Hermann Gottlieb's Stacker Pentecost Obsession Trapper Keeper (7455 words) by what_alchemy
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb, Hercules Hansen/Stacker Pentecost
Characters: Hermann Gottlieb, Stacker Pentecost, Newton Geiszler, Hercules Hansen, Chuck Hansen
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Chuck is the biggest asshole of a matchmaker ever

Hermann has a giant man crush on Stacker.

Newt finds it delightful. Herc, not so much.

gwyn: (angel end awmp)
Enough is not as good as a feast (4089 words) by belmanoir
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 2013)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander Grayson/Renfield
Characters: R.M. Renfield, Alexander Grayson
Additional Tags: Backstory, First Time

Renfield settles into his new life. He cannot escape the bizarre conclusion that his employer, Vlad Ţepeş, terror of the Danube and scourge of the Order of the Dragon, has been weeping and rearranging the sitting room furniture in the middle of the night.

I've watched only a few episodes of the current Dracula series with Jonathan Rhys Myers, and vampire stories/Dracula stuff isn't usually my thing, but I enjoyed what I did watch, especially the guy playing Renfield (who was awesome in RocknRolla). So when my pal [personal profile] belmanoir wrote slash fic for it, I had to read it -- she's such an incredible writer that I was sure it would be good, and it really, really was. It's a deceptively simple story, but there are layers and layers going on underneath this main concept, especially in light of the fact that Renfield is a successful black man in a very hostile white person's world, and Dracula is playing at a false identity, and just...well, go read it and you'll see. It's really fucking good, and also smoking hot.

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