skywaterblue: (Jed/Leo)
Handlebars by [personal profile] chaila.

I debated whether I wanted to make a West Wing vid to this song for a while and ultimately dismissed it because I decided it was a. overplayed in fandom and b. pretty dark.

Now I wish I had. [personal profile] chaila has focused it strictly on Bartlet and it's an absolutely chilling look at the character. Go watch.

Which reminds, me, I saw "The Social Network" Thursday on screener passes. I tweeted about it but I never got around to writing an entry on it. Let's do that now, shall we?

Non-spoilery: While maybe not the 'greatest movie of the year', the glowing reviews have been fairly on the money. Easily the best thing Sorkin's written since 'The West Wing' and in many ways the apogee of a lot of things he's been working through. Thus I recommend highly that you see it, especially if you are a fan of his and on the fence - it's always good to see an artist finally LAND the theme they were circling around for ages.

Spoilery )

Also, any film where part of the plot involves drunken emo break up Livejournaling? You guys should all be lining up for it.
skywaterblue: (neil gaiman would unhappen so much)
Star Trek

The Desert Between by [personal profile] beatrice_otter. The Enterprise visits the new Vulcan colony, and Uhura starts to notice something funny about the human volunteers. Of course, in the traditional Vulcan society she has to be vetted to marry Spock and learn about Pon Farr. What I really loved about this fic, besides the immersive way the author has blended the canon and Diane Duane's Vulcan stories, was Jalila, the author's OC. The way it addressed the culture of the Federation's Earth is really interesting.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Misremembering the Alamo by [personal profile] loneraven. Written for [community profile] lgbtfest. Newly joined Ezri Dax has to come to terms with the symbiont's sexuality. My favorite thing about this fic is the way that [personal profile] loneraven got all the voices of the DS9 crew, and the gentle feeling that they were all a family. Perfection.

Also, if you haven't seen it, Good in My Head is an awesome Kira vid by [personal profile] meddow.

Calvin and Hobbes

Stupendous Man and Pretty Cool Dude (for an old guy) Join Forces by [personal profile] mjules. Uncle Max and his lover take Calvin for the weekend and have to explain to Calvin about being homosexual. I really enjoy that Calvin sounds like Calvin despite the story being told from an adult perspective.

Iron Man

for today or the rest of my life by [personal profile] calicokat. Written before the new movie so it's been Jossed now, but it is awesome. Pepper Potts starts to date a lovely man, who has nothing whatsoever to do with Tony Stark and superheroics. So of course, Tony gets jealous... this sounds like a really stupid summary, but [personal profile] calicokat has perfect voice for these two. And her OC is great.

"Wow. The yuppie who thinks he's going to singlehandedly save the world," Blair jokes at the razor's edge of caution.

He's right in assuming that a woman who laughs at urinalysis humor can treat her high-powered career with levity. Pepper likes that he's willing to take calculated risks.


Pretty awesome!

Concession by obsession_inc. Iron Man dark-fic from before Iron Man 2, with the author taking Howard Hughes example to extremes. Both Tony and Pepper have gone missing, and a global hunt is on. Christine Everhart is assigned to the story and finds herself becoming obsessed, not with Tony, but with Pepper and what happened to her.

Christine Everhart gets assigned the story the same day that the search for Tony Stark begin to focus on French Polynesia-- if "focus" is a term that can even be used for an area encompassing approximately fifteen-hundred square miles-- and she finds the parallels apt. Both have a certain needle-in-a-haystack feel to them, with a questionable probability of success that's far outweighed by the public interest in the story. There's pressure that goes along with that level of public interest, to have something timely to report even if accuracy is impacted. Christine hates that kind of pressure, and she's well known for fighting with the editors about it, but she's considered the resident expert on all things regarding Tony Stark, so she still gets the assignment.

Doctor Who

The Angel in the House by [profile] cryptile.

So, Harold. Here we are, as was perhaps inevitable: you, huddled in the corner of the kitchen, whimpering uncontrollably, and me, doing this stationary and silent flamenco. I don't enjoy this, you know.

No, well, you don't know. And there is no way of letting you know. Ten years I've been living with you and this farce is the most interaction we've had in this entire time. Of course, 'interaction' is a relative concept as far as I'm concerned, but you get my drift.

Well, no; you don't. My kingdom, my gnome-infested kingdom for a larynx.

Oh. Brilliant. That's it, call the police. What are they going to do, slap a pair of cuffs on me, read me my rights? Lash me to the top of the cruiser like I'm an old mattress? You had any sense, you'd be calling that idiot brother-in-law of yours who works in construction.

You could look away, you know. This is killing my arms.


The most hilarious Weeping Angel POV fic you will ever read. Possibly the only one.
skywaterblue: (Spock by Van Gogh)


I couldn't think, of anywhere I would have rather been, to watch it all, burn away...

Fandom: pan-Star Trek (movies, 24th Century Prime timeline)
Characters: Spock, Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway...
Song: "Grapevine Fires" by Death Cab for Cutie
Length: 4:19

Streaming and downloads at my Dreamwidth!
skywaterblue: (Spock by Van Gogh)






I couldn't think, of anywhere I would have rather been, to watch it all, burn away...

Fandom: pan-Star Trek (movies, 24th Century Prime timeline)
Characters: Spock, Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway...
Song: "Grapevine Fires" by Death Cab for Cutie
Length: 4:19
Downloads: 60.6 mbs in .mpg / 76 mbs in .avi (best)


Find more videos like this on BAM Vid Vault


The Author's Note )

skywaterblue: (highlander)
Festivid recs:

Wall-E: "Mr. Blue Sky"

What a perfect combo! The vidder does an excellent job here with both the color clues from the actual film, and in making the editing punchy to the song. The opening 30 seconds are really impressive, and I LOVE the villain intro.

Classic Doctor Who: "Lollipop"

Mmm, cracktacular. It's the Seventh Doctor fighting the Kandyman to "Lollipop". What the fuck is wrong with you if you don't want to watch THAT?

Slings & Arrows: "Unity Mitford"

Um, wow. Another great song choice - this time a song I've never heard before but which is perfect. I love the repetitious appearances of Oliver on a certain lyric until he gets his own segment, and the way it ships Ellen/Geoffrey. And I especially think the use of actual audio clips from the show, bookending the video, do great work at driving home the vid's thesis. Really good stuff.

Iron Man: "You Won't See Me Coming"

I think songs to fast vids are the hardest to do, I think there's not a lot of disagreement on this matter. This video takes a really fast song, and slams it with a ton of editing, but finds a good use of overlay to ensure that the lyrics and point of each section is understood.

Watchmen: "Afraid of Americans"

If you didn't know better you would think David Bowie wrote this song about the Watchmen. As it is, this video is kind of a perfect seething boil of the comic/movie's questions about the role of American power in the 20th century. Just about every choice of lyric to clip is really inspired - I especially like "Johnny wants to suck on a coke", and um, "God is an American."

Y'know what. This song has the line "God is an American." And it's a Watchmen video. If you don't want to watch that, okay, but that's a bit perfect.

Back to the Future: "Here It Goes Again"

You've probably seen it rec'ed a half dozen times by now, but yeah. Cracky brilliant fun, the vidder finds every possible parallel to highlight and poor, poor Marty McFly. fan
skywaterblue: (highlander)
Everyone in my house has the plague. I woke up this morning to stumble to the bathroom only to find it covered in vomit. This is the part in the zombie films where we start dying like flies and reanimating with a hunger for braaaains.

In other news: my brother and I started watching I, Claudius, which is so our favorite two episodes in that I am about to shamble out to get the other disks from the library. DO NOT SPOIL US. I mean, other than obviously, rocks fall and so does Rome. We want to be surprised when our favorite BBC actors show up.

My brother has a crush on Livia, I think. My brother has excellent taste.

Also, because I'm sick, I've been watching Star Trek fanvids all day long. Here are my new favorites:

Behind a cut. )
skywaterblue: (Gaila)
Here are the sketches I made at Dr. Sketchy's.

Team Gaila is voting on submissions for a postcard campaign. I think mine is the best, naturally, but I'm losing pretty bad at the moment. If you like it, go vote for it. Just make sure whichever wins, you print out some postcards and send 'em in, because I really want more Gaila in my Star Trek.

I realized today that if I just finish everything on my board + "Bus Date" from Drunk, I'll have 20 pages of comics for a mini-comic for the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Finally, some vid recs:

I was going to rec [personal profile] trelkez's Take It Off first because it's an amazing pure four minutes of fierce women getting what they want and not taking no for an answer, and it's a track from 'The Donnas' which means it slams.

But then she released a fantastic West Wing vid, American Tune which manages to smoosh every important clip from the show in 4 minutes, 10 seconds. I cried twice, maybe, or three times. Oh god, it wrings your heart. It does this amazing thing where it brings you low in the first minute, and even lower in the second - I had tears streaming down my face, and then she loads you up with happy, like a blessing. GOD. Watch it.
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Steady As She Goes by [profile] jesuit24. It's a pretty, pretty tribute to TOS! Love the fast jump cuts and the colorways, and I also love the use of the viewscreen. And the redshirt fail. If you love TOS, you will want to hug this video and watch it over and over again. (I have.)
skywaterblue: (Support Your Local Cylons!)
Kings is on tonight! I am so excited, it's the only new show that's interested me for ages. Hope you all tune in, if you're American, or torrent and comment if you're not.



[livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 made this amazing vid Slow Down Gandhi.
skywaterblue: (serious doctor tiem!)


Fucking excellent. I love it when a plan comes together. "I am a Scientist" is an excellent song choice for the Doctor and the vidder finds a ton of clips to work with Ten, so that you're not seeing the usual stuff all the time. (I kind of wish this was a multi-Doctor vid, but hey. Life was never fair.)
skywaterblue: (obama -- we are the ones)

obama_allthesethings - zimshan

by [livejournal.com profile] zimshan

It felt like we'd never see the back of Mr. George W. Bush, but here we are. Thank God.

My thoughts:

After all the build up about Rick Warren, his prayer was too long and boring. This fuck is the leader of a bizillion member church? God, white Christians must be really desperate because unless this was a really off day, he couldn't find religious inspiration with a dashboard GPS unit and Google maps. Fail.

The classical musicians (YO YO MA RULES) delivered, though. Aaron Copeland for the win.

Obama and Chief Justice Roberts tripping over the oath was a bit lolarious. Hee, Barack, calm down, don't be so eager to say it, you know?

The poem was kind of trite and she didn't have a good delivery, which was sad because this is the only time Americans sit through a poetry reading. (Despite Blago's best efforts, I guess.)

But to top it off, Rev. Lowrey, who looks all of a hundred years old, brought the house down with his benediction. Long, but captivating! Why couldn't they have asked him to do the opening prayer and skipped the whole wangst about Warren?

In conclusion: I love the Obama Pepsi ads. I am a terrible person.
skywaterblue: (the universe was waiting)
Title: This Was ...
Author: [livejournal.com profile] skywaterblue
Fandom: Doctor Who. Spoilers for S4.

skywaterblue: (Default)
I decided I wanted to do a little vidding tonight, only to discover that Adobe Premier Pro CS3 has decided to hate Xvid files. Rather abruptly since the entirety of the project I had been working on, months ago? Was working perfectly fine with the same files.

*headdesk*

Anyway, I have dueling conversion programs running now. I should really just preclip all the scenes but I don't know what programs do that anymore.
skywaterblue: (the universe was waiting)


I tripped over this on IMEEM tonight -- I must literally be the last person in the world to have seen and rec'ed it, as it turns out. Never mind that, when I saw it I literally said, 'oh shit, that would be the greatest Doctor song EVER if it's even done halfway competently.'

Luckily for the world, [livejournal.com profile] flummery is one of the best vid editors I've ever seen.

So here you go, "Handlebars" + Doctor Who. You know you want it.

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