bardic_lady: (geek bomer)
Today's announcements:

1. My body is trying to kill me. Cramps and marking 62 freshman midterms should never ever occur in the same week. *fears tomorrow*

2. New plan: Re-make The Great Race, originally starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood, with Jamie Bamber as the Great Leslie (the Tony Curtis part) and Adam Savage of Mythbusters and W00tstock as Professor Fate (the Jack Lemmon part). (I, being me, am also in favour of Katee Sackhoff as Maggie DuBois, the Natalie Wood role, a scrappy sultry sneaky suffragette (ah, how I adore alliteration) who can fence, play the guitar and sing, and look fabulous at all times). It would be AWESOME. And steampunky. And shirtless fencing. And a giant pie fight. And shooting people out of cannons. And icebergs. And rockets. And musical numbers. And other ridiculousness. It would be the best thing ever.

3. I think I finally have a topic for my Commercial Theatre (which basically means Broadway) final paper. I shall write about women in drag in Broadway musicals, comparing Victoria Grant in Victor/Victoria with Alice Nutting (aka Drood) in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It will be awesome and allow me to watch V/V multiple times and listen to two of my favourite Broadway shows over and over. Prof. Vickery's classes typically give me awesome ways to do things I want to do in service of his final papers. Last term, it was read and watch The Scarlet Pimpernel over and over.
bardic_lady: (text fucking)
Day #20: Your Favorite Movie Adaptation of a Play
I'm assuming, based on yesterday's question, that this means a camouflaged Shakespeare. In which case, obviously, 10 Things I Hate About You. I love the ways that little things from the play are worked into the plot, especially the tutoring bit. As a film on its own, I think it's adorable, especially tiny Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Krumholtz. And Heath Ledger. The "Just Too Good to Be True" sequence is absolutely a favourite of mine. I finally got the movie on DVD a couple months ago. I should watch it. Possibly right now.

::edit:: And then I did.

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bardic_lady: (couples-much ado)
Day #19: Your Favorite Movie Version of a Play
If you haven't already guessed this, you haven't been paying attention. Yes, Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing. (Followed by Branagh's Henry V and Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost, which I know no one likes, but I like it. It's frothy and decadent and silly and I love the way he set it and yes, I think he cast it fairly badly, but there's still a lot to love. Like Nathan Lane! Who doesn't love Nathan Lane? Anyway... Yes. I like the way Branagh directs a Shakespeare on film. I even liked his full four hour Hamlet.)
So yes. Returning to the actual favourite movie. It's gorgeous. The setting is stunning. Ken and Emma are delicious as Beatrice and Benedick and it makes me so ANGRY that he left her for freakin' Helena Bonham Carter what kind of an idiot does that?! Kate Beckinsale is adorable and shy and precious as Hero. Robert Sean Leonard... Can I just say that I loved him before he was House's boyfriend? I fell for him SO HARD in this movie. (Yes, I know now that Claudio is kind of a big old jerkface, but RSL is so lovely, especially in the young awkward lovers bits) Brian Blessed is brilliant and blustery. Derek Jacobi's boyfriend whose name escapes me at the moment (Richard Clifford) is perfectly sneery as Conrad. Michael Keaton is utterly fantastically ridiculous as Dogberry (This was my first experience with Michael Keaton and it warped me completely. I can't watch him as Batman without going "Dogberry as Batman? What?") Denzel Washington is so regal and lovely, even if he too is a bit of an ass. Richard Briers is so beautifully dignified and then totally undignified as Leonato. And I even almost don't care that Keanu is Keanu. Oh! And Emma's mum is wildly wonderful as Ursula and tiny adorable Imelda Staunton as Margaret! Who knew she would grow up to be Dolores Umbridge? Seriously, this movie is on my list of things that everyone ever should see. Also Patrick Doyle's score is fantastic, it has these soaring peaks of joy and then the dark somber trauma that just... I love Patrick Doyle scores. I'm delighted he got tangled up with Ken and Emma's pictures. (Though Gosford Park is actually my all time favourite Doyle score.) Hey nonny nonny!

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bardic_lady: (ratatouille - tasty)
Up - Yay, Pixar! "Hi there, my name is Dug, my master made me this collar so I can communicate. Squirrel. ... ... Hi there, my name is Dug..."

Easy Virtue - Maybe. It is a Noel Coward, but I fear Jessica Biel...

Harry Potter - Duh.

Adam - Maybe. Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne is good and I do like a quirky romcom.

Julie & Julia - Oh. Hell. Yes. Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in a movie about Julia Child. This is one of the movies I have been looking forward to for MONTHS.

Taking Woodstock - Maybe. Ang Lee does good history movies and gay movies. Not happy ones usually, though.

The Boat That Rocked - The other movie I've been waiting for for months. SO EXCITED.

Whiteout - Maybe. Kate Beckinsale in cute fur costumes. What? I can be shallow...

Whip It! - No matter what I think of Drew Barrymore, it's a roller derby movie.

Amelia - Maybe. I love Amelia Earhart. I love Richard Gere much much less.

The Princess and the Frog - Disney animated flick. Always fun.

Sherlock Holmes - Maybe. I hear not so good things about it...
bardic_lady: (ratatouille - tasty)
Today being the BSG Emmy screening in LA, I bring you a post about Wall-E. I am looking forward to Wall-E. To put it mildly. I am bouncing off the walls excited about this movie. I am perfecting my Wall-E speaking voice. And practicing it faithfully every day, to the delight of my immediate family. In honor of the coming Pixar, I present to you two icons made from trailer caps:

If that isn't the most adorable robot evar...

I have also discovered what will probably be my must have Wall-E toy.

It's plushie Wall-E. That TRANSFORMS. Into a Wall-E cube. I MUST HAVE IT FOR MY OWN.

In conclusion, 14 days and counting to the coming of the next piece of Pixar magic.
bardic_lady: (proud and insolent)

DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT see the new Veggietales movie. Only sorrow (or utter tearing boredom) will result.
bardic_lady: (alia - waiting)
Did you know that walking the mid-sized loop of the picket line in front of NBC in Burbank for a regular three hour shift means walking 6-7 miles? I didn't until yesterday. I've now been out to the lines three times, Pencil Day, last Thursday with Savvy and Kate, and yesterday, by myself. I'm thinking I'm going to try to make Monday a regular picketing day for me until either the strike is resolved or I get a job that makes it impossible. It's an important cause, it gets me out of the house, and it's a nice social event. I spent a while yesterday walking with an expat Canadian and we talked about immigration and Paul Gross. Fun.

In other good news, BSG s3 is FINALLY available for pre-order on Amazon! Whee! I have, of course, already ordered it, using the Borders card earmarked for that purpose since graduation. YAY!

The BSG wall calendar is sort of a disappointment. No pics of Mary McDonnell, the horrid Lee/Dee promo shot, and Kara and Sam immediately post-wedding. Blech.

I has the Frankie and Annette Beach Party 4-disc 8 film set! YAY! I'm a bad feminist. I love those movies...

Tomorrow I send out another round of resumes to Shakespeare Companies around the world, followed, likely next week, by a round to studios asking about script development, research, and archival work. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE FRAKKIN' HIRE ME??

Shout outs go to [ profile] sparklegirl79 and [ profile] loblolly for keeping me sane in this very difficult time.
bardic_lady: (chessy - dreamy)
I saw Enchanted this morning. I LOVED IT. It was sweet and charming without being saccharine. It poked delightful fun at itself. It was well cast and adorable. My one complaint? It's left me with fairy tale princess voice. You know the one I mean. The high one with a tendency to flute at the edges. It may drive me to drink. Thank god I'm legal...
bardic_lady: (purity of English)
Okay, I freely admit, I have sucked at update of late. I've been...busy. Oops. Biggest busy? BSG Con in Burbank last weekend, which was awesome in the ways of awesome. Post on that to come, once I finish gushing over my pics.

But right now what's important is...I DID SOMETHING STUPID. REALLY REALLY STUPID.

No. I'm not pregnant.

I went and saw Beowulf.

If you've read the epic DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE. DO NOT. Let my broken body and mind serve as a warning to you. They...all I could think of on the way home was 'Was there something mindbogglingly WRONG with the original plot?' Wow. Just...Wow. DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. I BEG OF YOU. RUN. SAVE YOURSELVES.

This is a Public Service Announcement.
bardic_lady: (bionic woman - neon)
Today was, for the most part, a good day. I got up, I drove out to see Sydney White, I drove home (I killed no one with my car), my copy of Empire of Ivory arrived, and I spent the afternoon reading BW reviews.

The verdict?
The show is dark, maybe too dark. Almost no one like Michelle Ryan, they find her bland and sorta sullenly whiny. (Me too) Almost everyone LOVES KATEE. (Which is totally reasonable, says I) And when I say love, we run the gantlet from most watchable part of the show and only bright spot, to OMG give Sarah Corvus a spinoff and screw this show and basically the entire review. HOORAY, MY KATEE IS LOVED!!!! *sniff* All growed up and getting headlines in the Chicago Tribune...'Bionic Woman' needs less superficial angst, more Katee Sackhoff FTW. I think about 4 of the 15-18 reviews I read didn't mention her and at least 75% adored her as she ought to be adored. *snuggles contentedly*

On the subject of Katee, or rather her other show, best line in Sydney White was definitely when Sydney is telling the seven dorks that they're gonna run for student government and one of them says "Next, you'll be telling us Admiral Adama is a cylon..." Serious awesomeness. They won for great very authentic nerd commentary. And it's always fun to see Danny Strong playing a GINORMOUS dork.

Tonight brings the promise of cramps and community theatre rehearsal, to be followed by ice cream and giant doses of Katee. Yay.
bardic_lady: (takarazuka - wao refreshing)
Lo, finally, months after the Cup Playoffs ended, I have a new LJ layout featuring the utterly gorgeous Wao Yoka of the Takarazuka and Tokyo stage. (MAJOR MAJOR KUDOS to [ profile] wao_wao and [ profile] mon_bouche for the lovely picture and the hand with recalcitrant code. Stupid code. One damn space in the wrong place and five hours of kicking.)

Also, I have finally seen Ratatouille! I loved it. A lot. I want a tiny rat to come and teach me how to cook.
bardic_lady: (starbuck - beyond insane)
Holy spit. Never realized that the obnoxious German bobsledder in Cool Runnings is Peter Outerbridge, best known for his roles as James Lennox in Men with Brooms and on ReGenesis. Dude. CKR was supposed to play James Lennox. In a twistedly weird way, this connects CKR with one of my very favourite sports movies.

Life's fucking nuts...
bardic_lady: (chessy - who me?)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Sydney White
The Mighty Ducks
Harry Potter
bardic_lady: (wall-e - robot overlords)
Battlestar Galactica
*season 1
*season 2
*season 2.5
*season 3
*season 4
*season 4.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (complete)
*season 1
*season 2
The Dick Van Dyke Show
*4 episodes
Due South
*season 3 & 4
Feasting on Asphalt
Feasting on Asphalt 2: The River Run
Firefly (complete)
Get Smart
*season 1
Good Eats
*season 1
*season 2
I Love Lucy
*season 1
*season 1
*season 2
Mad Men
*season 1
*season 2
*season 3
The Muppet Show
*Elton John, Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly
Nero Wolfe (complete)
Slings & Arrows
*season 1
*season 2
*season 3
The 10th Kingdom
Warehouse 13
*season 1
West Wing
*season 1
*season 2
*season 3
*season 4
White Collar
*season 1

A Knight's Tale
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alice in Wonderland
America's Sweethearts
The American President
An Ideal Husband
Anastasia/Bartok the Magnificent
Arsenic and Old Lace
Atlantis: the Lost Empire
The Aviator
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
Beauty and the Beast
Bend It Like Beckham
Big Business
The Birdcage
Bottle Shock
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Brother Bear
Bye-bye Birdie
The Cat from Outer Space
Center Stage
A Chorus Line
The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
City Slickers
Cool Runnings
The Court Jester
The Cutting Edge
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
The Devil Wears Prada
Dick Tracy & Nancy Drew
*Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
*Nancy Drew... Reporter
*The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
Dirty Dancing
Ella Enchanted
Everyone Says I Love You
Father Goose
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Fiddler on the Roof
Finding Nemo
Flight of the Navigator
Flower Drum Song
Frankie & Annette Collection
*Beach Party
*Bikini Beach
*Beach Blanket Bingo
*How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
*Fireball 500
*Thunder Alley
*Muscle Beach Party
*Ski Party
Friends & Family
Funny Face
Going My Way/Holiday Inn
Gone with the Wind
Gosford Park
The Great Race
Guys and Dolls
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Hello, Dolly!
Henry V
The Incredibles
The Inspector General
Iron Man
Julie & Julia
Kate & Leopold
King Arthur
Kingdom of Heaven
The Little Mermaid
Little Shop of Horrors
Lover Come Back
Love's Labour's Lost
The Majestic
The Maltese Falcon
Mamma Mia!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
March of the Penguins
Mary Poppins
Miss Congeniality
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Mr. Holland's Opus
Much Ado About Nothing
The Mummy
Mummy Returns
Muppets Take Manhattan
The Music Man
My Fair Lady
National Treasure
9 to 5
Ocean's 11
Operation Petticoat
The Other Side of Heaven
The Parent Trap (1998)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Peter Pan (2005)
The Philadelphia Story
Pillow Talk
The Pink Panther
*The Pink Panther
*A Shot in the Dark
*The Pink Panther Strikes Again
*Revenge of the Pink Panther
*Trail of the Pink Panther
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirate Radio
The Politician's Wife
The Prince and Me
The Prince of Egypt
The Princess Bride
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Pulse 2
Regarding Henry
The Road to Bali
The Santa Clause
Send Me No Flowers
Sense & Sensibility
The Seven Little Foys
Sherlock Holmes
The Snow Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
The Sound of Music
Star Trek
Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home
10 Things I Hate About You
That Darn Cat!
Two Weeks' Notice
Van Helsing
Veggie Tales: the Ultimate Silly Song Countdown
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally...
While You Were Sleeping
Whip It
White Christmas
White Noise 2: the Light
Young Frankenstein
You've Got Mail

A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart)
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
Broadway: the American Musical
Broadway: the Golden Age
Broadway's Lost Treasures I
Broadway's Lost Treasures II
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Echoes (UPS 2006)
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
From Page to Stage (UPS 2006)
Into the Woods
LACHSA Graduation 2003
Oklahoma! (Hugh Jackman)
Peter Allen: the Boy from Oz
Putting It Together

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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