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Woah, been a while since I posted anything. So why not try to meme this up?

BBC: 177 critics from around the world pick 100 greatest movies of the 21st century (so far)

And it's a good list, too. So the usual bit: Italics for the ones I've seen, bold for the ones I've loved (which isn't necessarily to say I didn't like the ones I don't bold, there are only a few I actively disliked, but there's a whole grey area between "Yeah, that was a really good movie" and "HOLY SHIT YOU LIVE IN MY SOUL"). 

So, how about you?

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)

66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)

28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. ​Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
beer_good_foamy: (Bernard - black books)
Thought this was pretty neat:

A History of Horror - a timeline of influential and aesthetically beautiful horror movies around the world since 1895 until 2016.
beer_good_foamy: (GoT-slap)
Title: The Rugged Pyrrhus, or Holiday By Mistake
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Game of Thrones/Withnail & I (GoT season 6)
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~900
Author's notes: Come on, GoT casts Richard E Grant as a bitter hammy actor and nobody writes a Withnail & I crossover? You thought I was just going to walk right by that?
Summary: Izembaro, the arrogant leader of a small Braavosi theatre troupe specializing in bad rhymes and fart jokes, sometimes gets very drunk and claims to be from a city called Lundon. Nobody really believes him. But his leading lady remembers that one time when he went off on a long soliloquy on stage...

“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”
- Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

I'm a trained actor reduced to the status of a bum! )
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Title: The Scrying of Lot 48
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Parks and Recreation (post-series and season 2-ish, respectively)
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1300
Author's notes: Buffy fans unfamiliar with Ron Swanson can get a quick introduction here.
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] intoabar and the prompt: Willow Rosenberg goes into a bar and meets... Ron Swanson!

Ron Swanson kept coming to this bar for three things: their steaks, which were the best in Pawnee, IN; their selection of single malt whisky; and that the staff knew that he wanted to eat in peace. )

Awards!

Apr. 24th, 2016 10:31 am
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So they announced the Willowy Goodness Awards, and I won some stuff! Particularly for First One To Turn The Wheel Is A Chicken and The Pieces That Prevailed.

Banners! )

Huge thanks to everyone, especially [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams for holding it together! Check out the full list of winners here - congrats all!

Also, leaving this here for tomorrow:

And I have the fic to back it up.
beer_good_foamy: (Yes! Yes! Rawwwwwk!)
"Purple Rain" - the original, unedited, complete performance.



Interviewer: "What's it like to be the greatest guitar player in the world?"
Eric Clapton: "Dunno. Ask Prince."
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Adrian Edmondson cast in Star Wars VIII

If they don't give him a droid named SPG, I shall have to apply a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.

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So it appears I'm fannish about something new. If writing fic for it is any indication.

What is it? A webcomic, recommended to me by [personal profile] rahirah a while back, called Stand Still, Stay Silent.

What's it about? Post-apocalypse! 90 years after a plague all but wiped out humanity by transforming every victim into a ravenous mutated monster, the populated world consists of Iceland and a few small, heavily defended settlements in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Danish island of Bornholm. The rest of the world is known as "The Silent World", and nobody's set foot on the continent in years. But for complicated reasons, a cross-national team consisting of a few clueless teenagers and two dispensible soldiers are sent to investigate the mainland in a small tank with a few guns. Oh, and also the old gods are back. Maybe. And there are spirit warriors in the dreamrealm and stuff.

Why should you read it? Apart from the gorgeous artwork and general post-apocalyptic doom, it's got a great sense of humour and some really neat character work going on. It's very Scandinavian in tone, meaning you get less of explosions and manly action and more of people being passive-aggressively ironic, being surprised every time someone attacks them, and going "What?" because they can't understand what the hell the Dane is saying (really, linguists should love this). The monster design and world-building is just astounding, and the author never lets the readers forget that as horrible as the monster they face are, they're still human somewhere underneath.

So what about this fic? Well, it's just a little triple drabble I had to throw together after the last dozen or so updates. It'll probably be jossed within a few hours, so I might as well post it. If you want to read it and don't have time to read from the beginning of the comic, you'll get basic context by reading from this installment, 20 pages back.

Title: Water of Life
Fandom: Stand Still, Stay Silent, set after page 503
Rating: PG13
Characters/Pairing: Sigrun, Mikkel, Emil. Halfway to Sigrun/Mikkel.
Word count: 3x100
Summary: Walking for hours in sopping wet clothes after a life-or-death fight in ice water is something Norwegian hunters do every day, no need to get worried. Or so Sigrun would like them to think.

Pfft. All she needs is a few stitches, dry clothes and a double shot of aquavit. )

TV stuff

Mar. 12th, 2016 10:47 am
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Thoughts on some series I've been watching recently.

Agent Carter, season 2
Was it just me, or did it feel like the writers were just as surprised as everyone else that they actually got a season 2? Spoilers whole season )

Agents of SHIELD, 3.11
That was... actually pretty good? Spoilers )

The 100
I'm done, I'm out, I'm gone. Spoilers 3.07 )

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, season 11
No show should ever run for 11 seasons. That said, the Gang still manage to wring humour from utterly despicable characters for another round. They've got their character dynamics down so well they can plop them into any plot - this season, including an 80s college comedy and a courtroom drama - and just let them wreak havoc on each other. The shtick is old and we know what's coming, but in a world where Full House gets rebooted, I'm glad IASIP exists to remind us that sitcoms were always just 22-minute slices of sociopathy.

Plus, y'know, if you're going to satirize Trump, do it right.

Oh well. Bring on Game of Thrones and Daredevil. (Has anyone written a Weredevil AU? I'd be disappointed with fandom otherwise.)
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First of all, I won some stuff at [livejournal.com profile] rwsawards. First One To Turn The Wheel Is A Chicken and The Brian Situation both won awards. Thanks so much, and lots of congratulations to all the other winners - check out the complete list here, there's some absolutely fantastic stuff to be read.

Second, here's a ficlet of a pairing I don't think I've ever written. This is for [livejournal.com profile] punch_kicker15's prompt Faith/Tara in the Wishverse at this [livejournal.com profile] femslashbb comment ficathon. Because fuck The 100.

Title: Waylaid
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, Wishverse
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~800
Characters/Pairing: Faith/Tara
Summary: Faith has a job to do. She's supposed to go to Sunnydale and fix what the last Slayer couldn't, or at least die trying. She shouldn't let herself get held up like this. It'll just get everyone hurt.

Faith had cashed the one-way plane ticket and spent it on leather pants, a fake ID and a three-day bender, and then for some reason (that twinge in her neck just won't stop) decided to go to Sunnydale anyway. Least she could do was check it out. Maybe even figure out a way to stop it, just so she could go back and call Diana a coward to her face. Greyhounds got her as far as Birmingham, and after a few days of hitchhiking she was picked up by a girl in a truck. )
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...is not House of Cards, not by a long shot. I can prove it to you in under 60 seconds:

Clip from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, s11e07 "McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century", airdate 17 February 2016:


Donald Drumpf in the Republican debate, 3 March 2016:


I'm not saying the current political debate (and not just in the US) seems like something out of an R-rated sitcom about incest, alcoholism, psychopathy and coprophilia. I'm just saying, if it did, it would look a lot like this.
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I got a couple more nominations at [livejournal.com profile] rwsawards! Canaries In A Coalmine is nominated for best 1,000--10,000-word fic, and The Brian Situation for best comedy. Thanks a lot!

Also, here's an AO3 meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm:

My AO3 page

Most comments on a story (not counting my replies)
Surprise surprise (or maybe not), it's Welcome to the Slaughterhouse (BtVS/Texas Chainsaw Massacre crossover). My favourite comment on this is over at the Pit Of Voles, where someone told me "You should be arrested for dellusional sickness of the mind. Killing is ok, and torture is fine, but this was morbidly sadistic, you shouldn't be allowd to ever touch a writting untensil or computer ever again." I'm still not sure what a writting untensil is so I couldn't say if I've touched one since, but for the sake of this reviewer I hope I haven't.

Most kudos
The three fics of mine with the most kudos are all in fandoms I only occasionally dabble in. I wonder if this is what it feels like to be one of those artists who only have top 10 hits when they do a duet with someone else. Seriously, I'm very happy with these three.
Don't Rock the Moat (Agent Carter)
Radio Silence (Welcome to Night Vale/BtVS crossover)
Ms Summers Goes To Washington (West Wing/BtVS crossover)

The Buffyverse fic with the most kudos is, somewhat surprisingly to me at least, a fluffy little Faith/Buffy fic: If The Dead Rise (Or Not)

Earliest (oldest)
The first one I posted to AO3 according to their stats is Shooting Star (Willow/Kennedy, Willow/Tara, post-series). One of my favourite things I've written, as it happens, though I still occasionally get the itch to rewrite some of it.

I think it may also be the oldest fic I've put up on AO3. I honestly don't recall the order of some early fics; the first chapters of Dawn of the Dead and The Singular of "Apocalypses" may predate it by a few weeks.

Latest
Talking to Plants (BtVS, Willow/Tara fluff) and Avalanche (Game of Thrones, very unfluffy white walker apocalypse) both went up during January. I'm really happy with both, for very different reasons.

Proudest
I'm pretty happy with most of the fics I put up on AO3 (there's a reason some of my old LJ and Pit fics never got cross-posted). But let's take my three personal favs right now:

The Queen, The Soldier (BtVS, OC Slayer-centric). I've written a few historical OC Slayers that I like (One, But A Lion is another), but I'm really happy with how mythpunky this one got, the character has stayed with me, and the cameo by the canon gang at the end really ties it up nicely.

Dawn of the Dead (BtVS) I will never not love this fic, even though there's one or two things I'd probably do differently today. Vamp!Dawn laying waste to season 6 was just too much fun to write.

And speaking of OCs, I can't really not pick Mission Accomplished (BtVS, Giles-centric). I still wonder about Forsythe sometimes.

Longest
Welcome to the Slaughterhouse got quite long by my standards, almost 20,000 words including the alternate ending. I really couldn't stop writing that one once I realised just how nasty I could make it. Good thing I got it out of my system, I guess.

Elves, Gremlins and Eskimoes (AtS/Simpsons crossover) and Atonement's a Bitch (AtS/BtVs, Faith's POV on s7) also crack the 10,000 mark, and probably with much more grace.

Most bookmarks
Again, Radio Silence, Don't Rock the Moat and Ms Summers Goes To Washington, though in a slightly different order.
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More nominations: Shelf Life got nominated for Best Crossover at [livejournal.com profile] tonyhead_awards! Thanks a lot, o mysterious benefactor!

Also, here's a little ficlet written for [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic and [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog's prompt Buffy-verse, Willow Rosenberg+/?, Willow's pregnancy came as a shock.

Title: Talking to Plants
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, roughly s6 without the angst
Rating: PG13
Word count: 400
Characters/Pairing: Willow/Tara

BUFFY: We're just jealous. True love.
DAWN: Marriage.
BUFFY: Baby carriage.
DAWN: (eyeing Willow and Tara) How does that one work exactly?

- "Seeing Red" deleted scene

So... you're pregnant? OK. Um... How? )
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Some kind soul(s) nominated me for some awards:

First One To Turn The Wheel Is A Chicken (Willow/Faith) is nominated for Best Slash and Best Unusual Pairing at [livejournal.com profile] rwsawards, and also for a few things including Best Comedy, Best Fluff and Best Willow/Faith at the Willowy Goodness Awards.

The Pieces That Prevailed is also nominated at the WGA, for Best Willow Characterization and a few other things, which is just humbling.

Thanks so much!

I was hoping to get some more writing done tonight, but I think I'll just pour me a glass and listen to Bowie all night instead.

However, if you missed it, I did post a very grim Game of Thrones fic yesterday, Avalanche. Basically, how do the brave people of Westeros fight off the advancing White Walker army? Spoiler: They don't, and maybe, just maybe, that's for the best. Writing a story from an undead POV is tricky, but I'm pretty happy with it. It's also on Archive of our Own.
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Goddamnit. And just days after releasing his best album in years, too. As someone just put it on twitter, "He was saying goodbye and we didn't know it..."







Thanks, David.
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So here's one I've been mulling over ever since episode 5.08 ("Hardhome"). I wanted more Karsi, so ... Go team!

Title: Avalanche
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Game of Thrones, post-s5
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Death, family unfriendly death, undeath, apocalypse.
Word count: ~1200
Characters/Pairing: Karsi
Summary: After the battle of Hardhome, the wight that was the chieftain Karsi rises with all the others. Then she and everyone else in the white walkers' army start moving, slowly but surely, south. Snowflake by snowflake, winter. Is. Coming.

Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever.
- Richard Matheson


Awareness comes to the being that was Karsi slowly, if it comes at all. It's not so much a matter of remembering who or what she is, as just knowing that she is. )
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I was trying to come up with some hopeful new year's message, but I don't think I can do better than this one: The last Calvin & Hobbes strip, published 20 years ago today.
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Fic of the year )

That meme )
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