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Three movies on my DVD shelves that you probably haven't heard of.

Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) - here's the trailer, but it's actually much more female-focused and f/f-friendly than the trailer suggests. Wikipedia's description starts:
The story revolves around University of Melbourne film studies students and roommates Mia (Frances O'Connor) and Alice (Alice Garner), each of whom is experiencing various upheavals. Mia and Alice have just moved into a trendy apartment but are in desperate need of a housemate. Mia's girlfriend Danni (Radha Mitchell) is keen to move in, but Mia fears commitment.
This was Emma-Kate Croghan's first film out of film school at Melbourne University, and it has all the energy and indomitableness of a debut, plus an excellent cast.

Jalla! Jalla! (2000) - trailer (which I can only find dubbed into Italian, wtf?). This is the low-budget film of my heart.1

Wikipedia's plot outline:
Roro (Fares Fares) and Måns (Torkel Petersson), who are best friends, work at the park management and get to do all the shit jobs - clean up duck ponds and pick up dog poop. Roro's Swedish girlfriend Lisa (Tuva Novotny) wants to be introduced to his family but he refuses for a long time because of his Lebanese family traditions. When Roro finally decides to introduce Lisa to his family, he walks into the apartment full of relatives who are planning a marriage with the Lebanese girl Yasmine (Laleh Pourkarim).
I ship Roro/Lisa, but also Roro/Måns, and I keep wanting to make a slash vid for it but haven't been able to find the right song. (Måns' storyline includes erectile dysfunction; at one point he makes Roro go into a sex shop and buy him a cock pump.)

The film is inventive and fun, and has oodles of driving energy and charm. Roro's family (played by the director's real family) is great, and it's all just really adorable.

Housebound (2014) - trailer. This is a brilliant local comedy horror movie directed by Gerard Johnstone (and it's another directorial debut, ha!). It has 97% on rottentomatoes. It's about a petty thief who's sentenced to six months' home detention in her mother's haunted house, and it's full of twists and creepy turns and hilarity and jumpscares. Tonally, it's along the lines of Shaun of the Dead and its ilk.


1 At post-get/together brunch, we each listed off the top of our heads five films that define us. Mine were:
  • Out of Africa
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Jalla! Jalla!
  • Big Hero 6
  • Unconditional Love (AKA Who Killed Victor Fox)
I need to belatedly add:
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Footloose

FAKE: Fanfic: Poor Dog

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:26 pm
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Title: Poor Dog
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo, OFC, Dog.
Rating: PG
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Out for a walk on a windy day, Dee and Ryo come across a lost dog with a rather unfortunate name.
Word Count: 1488
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 206: Name.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




Poor Dog... )
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This was my weekend (in no particular order):
  1. fed chickens in a hailstorm
  2. discovered my tv has died1
  3. failed to make the necessary decisions to buy a new tv
  4. saw ducklings, kaka, toutouwhai (native robin) and tuatara at the Karori Sanctuary
  5. started listening to the first Rivers of London audiobook
  6. started reading an excellent Les Mis fic
  7. had my first language exchange (in person, for 2hr20)
  8. only watched 1 hour of Kdrama
1 I have sound but no picture; it's only 4 yrs old; I am cranky about the mayfly lifespan of electronic goods these days.


ION, [profile] jamethiel_bane is doing a "post every day" meme, and I thought I'd do my own version, using her prompts, but maybe adapting some to suit me, and probably being far more erratic.

1. What do you prefer to be called by folks reading the entry? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?

My fandom name is china shop, AKA china AKA Ms Shop. Even offline, in fannish circles I go by china.

It originates from an Ani DiFranco lyric (from the song "You Had Time"), via my pre-fandom blog, which was titled "you are a china shop, I am a bull". In 2007 I wrote on LJ:
Pre-fandom I was a different person online, and while I'm no less me now, well, livejournal is a slightly uncomfortable stage (in the performance sense) for me. The "push" of my entries appearing in your friends' list, as opposed to the "pull" of someone seeking them out. If I'm collected together, I'm more likely to cohere, but in general I suspect I'm a couple of tiles in a mosaic.

I first chose this name as a disclaimer -- you are a china shop, i am a bull -- and then accidentally claimed the fragile part as my identity. Possibly prescient.

The first paragraph of which seems adorably quaint now, in the face of tumblr and reblogging and posts running wild.

Anyway, yes, I am china. I named myself. I like it.

제 팬덤 이름은 차이나인데 진짜 세상에서도 잰 사람와 이야기하면 저는 차이나이라고 합니다. 아니 디 프랑코의 노래에게서 제 이름이 왔는데 "너는 도예를 파는 가게인데 나는 황소예요"라고 합니다. 도예를 파는 가게는 차이나 쇼프입니다.

FAKE: Fanfic: Randy Or Ryo?

Oct. 12th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Title: Randy Or Ryo?
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted 
Characters: Ryo, Dee, mentions the Chief, Mother, Ryo’s parents.
Rating: Names
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Ryo ponders the question of why he uses two different names depending on who he’s talking to.
Word Count: 304
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 206: Name.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.



Randy Or Ryo?... )
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Reading
Still reading Whispers Under Ground. Enjoying it, but not racing through it (obviously).

Kdramas
Two episodes into Chicago Typewriter. I'm intrigued but not yet fully hooked.

Mystery Queen seems good. I'm enjoying it so far.

J and I started My Girl (2005) last week. I like it, but the script and production values are very dated, and J is less convinced. We're hoping it's not just going to be repetitive love triangle shenanigans, and they're going to do something more interesting with the characters. *fingers crossed*

Chief Kim is still on hold.

Other TV
We're up to s7 of Parks & Recreation, but last night we just watched Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Mayor (may turn out to be a bit too mainstream for our tastes, in terms of comedy), and the first two episodes of Rosehaven, an Australian sitcom with Celia Pacquola.

Get/together
I really enjoyed get/together (local mini fan con) this year. In some ways, there not being a mega-fandom consuming the majority of attendees worked in my favour, because I've never successfully been part of that, so having everyone be in smaller fandoms evens things out a bit. I showed a clip reel of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, focusing on the slash side of my OT-V, and I think it went over pretty well, and I contributed a couple of rounds to the quiz. And ate too many (delicious, Knope-inspired) waffles. Good times.

I'm already planning another Kdrama clip reel for next year.

Podcasts
This afternoon I listened to an episode of Stay Tuned with Preet, and it was excellent. I'm not sure I'll listen to more, because there's only so much US politics I can take (I really should be paying more attention to NZ politics!), but it's always good to hear smart good people's take on things.

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