beer_good_foamy: (Yes! Yes! Rawwwwwk!)
...because the last thing this world needs right now is another listless, misinterpreted version of "Hallelujah." (Seriously, over here people think it's a fucking Christmas song.)

Nick Cave started his solo career with a demented Leonard Cohen cover, and has spent his entire career trying to catch up.


Emmylou Harris can sing anything. Even if she has to change the title of "Ballad of an Absent Mare" to sneak Leonard Cohen into Nashville.


Electrelane recorded this krautpunk version of "The Partisan" in 2005, turning it into a furious queer protest song. It builds until about 5:00, then it unleashes.


Jennifer Warnes' version of "First We Take Manhattan" was the first time I became aware of Cohen. Stevie Ray Vaughan burning on guitar, also gone too soon.


And of course, the obligatory Johnny Cash version. "I have tried in my way to be free."


Bonus: OK, Dylan gets a pass because he covered "Hallelujah" long before everyone else did, and his version is anything but listless.
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
Thank you for everything, Leonard Cohen. Shit, we didn't need this on top of everything else this year.

Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life
it's lonely here, there's no one left to torture
Give me absolute control
over every living soul
And lie beside me, baby, that's an order!
Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that's left
and stuff it up the hole in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I've seen the future, brother: It. Is. Murder.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned the order of the soul
When they said "REPENT! REPENT!"
I wonder what they meant?


Of course, on the other hand...

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything:
That's how the light gets in!
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Buffy: I don't know what I'm supposed to say.

Giles: You needn't say anything.

Buffy: It'd be simpler if I could just hate him. I think he wanted me to. I think it made it easier for him to be the villain of the piece. Really he was just scared.

Giles: Yes, I suppose he was.

Buffy: Nothing's ever simple anymore. I'm constantly trying to work it out. Who to love or hate. Who to trust. It's just, like, the more I know, the more confused I get.

Giles: I believe that's called growing up.

Buffy: I'd like to stop then, okay?

Giles: I know the feeling.

Buffy: Does it ever get easy?

(Ford suddenly rises from his grave, a vampire just like he wanted, and attacks Buffy. She plunges a stake into his heart with no more effort than swatting a fly. He steps back and looks at the stake protruding from his chest. He looks back up and bursts into ashes.)

Giles: You mean life?

Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?

Giles: What do you want me to say?

Buffy: Lie to me.

Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

Buffy: Liar.
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Good luck to all my American friends tomorrow. May things work out smoothly. Try not to blow up the world or anything.





And speaking of apocalypses, the excellent webcomic Stand Still Stay Silent put up a very neat family tree of all the characters the other day, and so I wrote a drabble about one of the ancestor characters who is fairly badass.

Deep In The Woods; 100-word drabble about Ensi Hotakainen, who was born after the world ended and never says much.
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
So first of all, I won something at the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards! Thanks a lot, guys!


Second of all, here's the other fic for [livejournal.com profile] spook_me. I feel a bit rusty writing fic, so I hope this works. I think it ended up more sad than spooky.

Title: It Raineth On The Just
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 6)
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1700
Author's note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spook_me challenge "Aquatic monster".
Summary: After the events of "Tabula Rasa", Giles leaves Sunnydale and returns home to London. If it can still be his home after everything he's been through over the last few years. And who are those mysterious shapes who keep following him down rainy streets…?

You're an old man sitting by the fire, you're the mist rolling off the sea
You're a distant memory in the mind of your creator, don't you see?

- Nick Cave

November, unsurprisingly, had settled into a long wet drizzle, yet he kept going for long walks, down crowded streets, through the parks, along the river, in clothes and shoes that were up to the job and a proper sturdy umbrella. )
beer_good_foamy: (DALEK)
Right, it's been a while since I posted anything. So here's the first of two fics for this year's [livejournal.com profile] spook_me challenge. The other one should be up sometime later tonight if I can just get it to play (not very) nice.

This is a crack crossover I've had in my head for years, and figured this was as good a time as any to write it.

Title: In Which Pooh Discovers A Blue Box
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Winnie The Pooh/Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Rating: PG
Word count: ~1800
Warnings: ***Character death***
Author's note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spook_me challenge "Shapeshifter".
Summary: The Doctor is delighted to land in the Hundred Acre Woods. Well, he would be. But what sort of trouble will the Doctor's arrival bring for Pooh and his little friends?

"You made a bear!"
"I didn't mean to..."
"UNDO IT! UNDO IT!"

- Buffy the Vampire Slayer

On this particular day Pooh was out walking after having played Pooh-Sticks all morning, when he came to an open place in the middle of the forest, and in the middle of this place was a large blue box, and, from within the box, there came a loud vworping-noise. )
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
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! )
beer_good_foamy: (Willow-death)
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
beer_good_foamy: (Willow-death)
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."
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
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.

beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
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
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
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.)
beer_good_foamy: (Wild as the wind)
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. )
beer_good_foamy: (GoT-slap)
...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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