beer_good_foamy: (Sugarshock)
2017-08-15 04:17 pm
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Worldcon report

So I went to Worldcon in Helsinki, if only for a day. I got to meet a lot of good people including [personal profile] ruuger and (briefly) [personal profile] ffutures, got to geek out about a bunch of things, and cheer the Hugos as they came in. (And cheer we did. Suck it, puppies.)

There were a lot of people from all over the world, and there were a lot of panels that looked intriguing, and I'm not entirely happy with some of my choices (they had a preview of Iron Sky 2, ffs, why was I not there?), but a short rundown of what I remember:

The Legacy of Buffy Full-on naked Spike S&M! )

OK, what else? The queerness of Lovecraft, hard candy science fiction, and angry thunder gods )

But yeah, I want more cons like this one. Dublin 2019! If nothing else, the beer will be cheaper!
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2017-07-16 11:41 pm

RIP George Romero

Few film directors can claim immortality; George A Romero redefined the very idea of what life and death mean. And he did it with humour, heart, and plenty of gore. There are few movies I've watched as often as the original Dead trilogy, and every single filmmaker or tv producer who ever did anything involving zombies owe him their allegiance.

Thank you, George, for everything.

beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
2017-07-14 03:18 pm
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Fic: Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast (Buffy/Faith)

So before I go offline for a bit, I thought I'd post this fic. It's an expansion of an old drabble that I always thought could use a "But then what?" to get a bit more into their characters.

Title: Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, s3
Pairing: Buffy/Faith
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~900
Summary: After the mess that was Homecoming and Slayerfest '98, Faith invites Buffy back to her motel for drinks. Fast forward a few hours and Buffy's emphatically NOT freaking out, just trying to figure out the best way to sneak out of a motel bed without waking Faith up.

It felt weird, being the sneak-outer in this situation and not the sneak-outee. Not that she'd had a lot of these situations, obviously. Should she leave a note, or... OK, in her experience, correct protocol involved losing your soul and killing people, so pretty much anything she did would be better than that. Besides, Faith probably didn't want Buffy to be here when she woke up anyway. )
 
 
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2017-07-13 03:44 pm
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Drabble: A Little Bird Told Me

Apropos of absolutely nothing, here's a modern AU of the end of "Choices", after Willow is freed from the evil clutches of the Mayor. (Or is that the clutches of the evil Mayor? Can clutches be evil in and of themselves? Is there such a thing as being in the clutches of something good? Oh, honestly. I don't know where my mind goes these days.)

A Little Bird Told Me

"...And then I told her ‘You made your choice, Buffy was your friend...’"

Giles interrupted Willow's tale of heroics. "This is fascinating, but let's get back to the point. You actually had your hands on the Books of Ascension?"

"Volumes 1-5."

"Is there anything you can remember that could be of use to us? Anything at all?"

Willow shrugged. "Well, I was in a hurry, and what I did read was kind of over-involved. If you ask me, way overwritten." She held up her phone. "But Faith just tweeted out the best bits, see what you can make of that?"
 
 
 
beer_good_foamy: (Bernard - black books)
2017-07-11 09:36 am
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2017-07-10 12:28 pm
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Movies so far in 2017

Everyone else seems to be doing this, so...

My 10 favourite new movies so far this year
(in no particular order)
(and with trailers linked)
(what'd I miss? tell me!)

Frantz
French soldier comes to small German town shortly after WW1, looks up family of dead German soldier, claims to be his friend from before the war come to pay his respects. Things get tense from there on as people start lying and telling truths. Beautiful period piece.

Get Out
Believe the hype, this deserves all the praise it's got and more. Dark comedy set within a horror movie made up of everyday racism. Peele gleefully feeds us drops of poisoned sweet tea until we're out of excuses for how we didn't see the monster all along.

Catfight
Two women, old college friends, meet up 25 years later and realise that they're unhappy with how their lives have turned out... and take it out on each other. Very brutally so. The red-vs-blue satire isn't exactly subtle, but it's really about Anne Heche and Sandra Oh physically beating the crap out of each other for 90 minutes. Why should a movie need more than that?

Colossal
It's an indie drama where Anne Hathaway moves back to a small town to cope with depression and alcoholism and an abusive childhood sweetheart. At the same time it's also a kaiju movie about a giant lizard creature stomping Seoul. Maybe not quite the best movie I've seen all year, but probably the one that made me go "What a great idea!" the most times. The director also made the brilliant Timecrimes a few years ago which may be the cleverest time-travel movie I know.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
Popcorn. It's good for you.

Sami Blood
Best Swedish movie I've seen in years, and large chunks of it are not even in Swedish but in Sami - specifically a dialect spoken today by less than 500 indigenous people in the north of Sweden. Young native girl in the 1930s gets sent off to school to be taught to be a Real Swede, except of course she never can be since she's of an Inferior Race. So when she wants to go down south to study at a real university, she's forced to choose which identity she wants to pretend she never had for the next 60 years. Hard-hitting, beautiful, and no less relevant in an age where our politicians are seriously arguing that you can't be, say, Jewish or Sami (or god forbid, muslim) and still claim to be Swedish.

The Love Witch
Wicked young witch has made up her mind to find a man, no matter what the cost to her or them. Mostly them. 70s technicolor freakout filtered through 10s ideas of sex and gender and having WAY too much fun with both.

Death Race 2050
Of course Roger Corman gets to remake this in 2017. And of course the bad guy is blatantly based on Donald Trump. And of course it gets both bloody and hilarious. Great race. HUGE race. Make America never brake again!

Paterson
A bus driver in a small New Jersey town goes to work, writes poetry, walks the dog, is in love with a quirky girl. Everything tells us something is going to happen, something must shatter this working-class idyll... As if contentedness were the most provocative theme imaginable in 2017. Between this and Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch is really on a roll lately.

The Girl With All The Gifts
Post-zombie apocalypse, a small team of soldiers and scientists try to figure out a cure to the epidemic with the help of a young infected girl who's learned how to play nice with humans... maybe. Yes, this owes a lot to I Am Legend (the novel), Day of the Dead and 28 Days Later, but those aren't bad influences and it's put together into something entirely itself.

(Worst: 47 Meters Down, The Belko Experiment, Below Her Mouth)
beer_good_foamy: (GoT-slap)
2017-07-05 01:41 pm
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GoT s7: What do I hope for?

So I've been rewatching some Game of Thrones leading up to s7 in two weeks, and I started thinking. We know that they're wrapping the show up in the next two (shortish) seasons, so... what would I like to see happen in those two seasons? Well, hopefully season 7 will change what can happen in season 8, but here's some thoughts in no particular order. Others' thoughts more than welcome.

Spoilers )

So what does everyone else want?
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2017-06-26 11:50 pm
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Twin Peaks 3.08

...may be the single weirdest hour of television ever produced. Seriously. If the first seven episodes were David Lynch not giving a fuck about what people expect and doing whatever he wanted, then this is him just letting go and not even thinking about what he wants but just disintegrating his ideas into pure patterns of light and sound. It makes Eraserhead look like Bicycle Thieves. It's beautiful, it's horrifying, and it's... rrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeally fucking weird, and somehow still advances the plot more than maybe any other episode in the entire series, and I love it, I love it, I love it.
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2017-06-18 09:53 am
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Music Sunday: 50 years ago today

...a nobody walked onstage and a superstar walked off.


Jimi Hendrix Wild thing from Rénald Perquis on Vimeo.


Notice how the guitar keeps screaming even after Jimi's stopped playing? That's called a metaphor.
beer_good_foamy: (Sugarshock)
2017-05-27 10:24 pm

Stand Still Stay Silent ficlet: Five Times Everyone Thought Sigrun Eide Was Dead

Yes, I continue plugging away at this little webcomic (thanks again [personal profile] rahirah for introducing me to it). Here's a drabble series inspired by #724, in which Sigrun is her usual reassuringly tactful self.

Title: Five Times Everyone Thought Sigrun Eide Was Dead
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Stand Still, Stay Silent
Rating: PG13
Word count: 5x100
Summary: Five 100-word drabbles about five times throughout Sigrun's life where everyone thought she had to be dead. Inspired by #724.

Zero/Seven/Fifteen/Twenty-three/Thirty-two )
beer_good_foamy: (GoT-slap)
2017-05-23 05:47 pm
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GoT Trailer

First Twin Peaks, now this:



Looks like we're finally building to something, doesn't it? And they're very conspicuously not showing Team White Walker...

Here's a decent blow-by-blow analysis.
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2017-05-22 09:54 pm
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Twin Peaks is BACK

And it is, indeed, Twin Peaks and David Lynch in all its messy glory.

I've just watched the first four hours. Under the cut are thoughts about 3.01-3.04 (or the first four hours, apparently the episodes are subdivided differently on different channels?) There are no specific spoilers for anything beyond the first two seasons and Fire Walk With Me, but spoilery discussions are welcome in the comments if you're already caught up.

The owls are not what they seem )
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2017-05-11 10:05 pm
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*jumps up and down with impatience*



I can't believe this is actually happening. And that Lynch can completely creep me out with just a 1-minute trailer.
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
2017-05-09 11:30 pm
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Fic: Lockout (BtVS, Faith/Buffy)

So I'm not on Tumblr but someone told me today is Fuffy Day, so I figured why not do something with this old plotbunny.

Title: Locked Out
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, s5, shortly after "No Place Like Home"
Rating: PG13
Characters/Pairing: Buffy/Faith
Word count: ~1200
Notes: Written for Fuffy Day 2017. Assumes that Faith was 16 during s3 with all that that implies, I dare you to find canonical evidence I'm wrong.
Summary: Faith's turning 18 in jail, which is a good opportunity for the Council to get rid of her without having to break protocol. Unless Buffy finds time to get involved, in the midst of all the Dracula magical key sister hellgod mess.

You think you know. What you are, what's to come… you haven't even begun.

For a second, she felt the old rage stir again; she was stuck here and fucking Blondie could just walk out and go back to her life. )
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2017-04-27 07:34 am

Life imitates art, part II

OK, you know how the Buffyverse has the occasional reference to Very Old Things in California, predating any known Native American settlement?

Scientists find evidence of possible human activity in San Diego 130 000 years ago

The fact that they may have been Denisovans just adds to the synchronicity.
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2017-04-21 06:19 pm
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Happy birthday Jim Osterberg

...better known as Iggy Pop. 70 today. Whodathunkit back when he invented crowdsurfing while everyone else was singing about peace and love?


Iggy is famously wild on stage (and, for a long time, off it). Just listen to Henry Rollins explain it (seriously, do, that clip is hilarious). There are always jokes about how Iggy Pop or Keith Richards (or, though not lately, Lemmy) are simply too tough to die, how they'll be the only survivors of WWIII, etc. I think that's wrong. I saw Iggy a few years ago on one of the last Stooges reunion tours. He was just as wild as ever, but early on in the show he tripped and fell - bad. He was clearly hurt, and for the rest of the show he limped or jumped on one leg. But he kept playing and didn't slow down for a second even when he was in obvious pain. The thing isn't that Iggy is immortal or invulnerable. It's that he's mortal and not afraid to get hurt.

Iggy in 1991; very NSFW performance )

So here's to the world's forgotten boy. Open up and bleed, or don't; you've earned whatever you want to do. Maybe when you turn 75, you'll even own a shirt.

beer_good_foamy: (DALEK)
2017-04-17 08:00 pm
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The new Doctor Who ep - scattered thoughts

A friend asked me the other day if I'm still following Doctor Who. My answer was that I truly don't know; how do you not follow a show that seems to have one new episode every three years or so?

That said, I did get around to watching "The Pilot" and rather liked it.

Yeah, but, you are aware that there's an invention called television, and on this invention they show shows, right? )

Also, I watched the first episode of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, no thanks to Netflix' regional blocking. (I get that they can't get every show for every market, but this is one they produced themselves, using MY money, damnit.) But yeah, it feels mostly like old times, except with more Felicia Day and sliiiightly higher production values. Helps that they did Reptilicus, which is an old favourite of mine.
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2017-04-06 08:47 am
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Oh bollocks, why should I carry on

So this is my last LJ (cross)post. I didn't want it to end like this, but with LJ all but declaring war on their own users, it's just no fun anymore. So, about 36 hours from now, I'll delete this journal.

I'm not leaving fandom, at least not yet. I will still be posting at my Dreamwidth account [personal profile] beer_good_foamy (which by then should be a complete backup of this LJ, and I'm working on getting all links right, though that might take a while) and at Archive Of Our Own. I'd love it if you joined me there.

If not, then I just want to leave this note to say thank you to everyone. I've had some of the best times I've ever had online right here, whether reading or writing fic, discussing the intricacies of how Ingmar Bergman relates to "This Year's Girl/Who Are You?" or all-penguin AUs and rocket launcher fic, personal discussions and supreme silliness. I've laughed, cried, raged and giggled at LJ. Thank you, one and all, for listening, and for all that you've shown me and shared with me. I will really miss this place.

"Ah-ha-ha. Ever get the feeling you've been chea'ed?"
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2017-04-05 12:33 pm
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Podcasts!

So spring is here, I have a 40k bike commute a couple of times a week, and I'm burning through podcasts faster than people can talk. I figured I'd share some of my favourites, and ask if anyone has any recommendations of stuff I'm missing?

My favs
  • Welcome to Night Vale - duh. I've even written fic. Your regular biweekly community radio show from hell. Or something not entirely unlike it, however cozy it may sound.
  • Alice Isn't Dead - by the same people who brought you Night Vale, except with less silliness and much tighter storytelling. Season 2 just started yesterday.
  • No Such Thing As A Fish - the weekly podcast by the QI factcheckers. Lots of useless knowledge and banter - basically QI with more focus and (mostly) without the celebrity guests.
  • Faculty of Horror - in which two Canadian horror fans offer feminist discourse on classic and new horror movies, eh.
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno - Jamie's dad spends his retirement writing very bad self-published erotica. Jamie and his friends read it out loud and offer commentary. "He gently grabbed her cervix - " "NO HE DID NOT!"
  • You Must Remember This - "Secret or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century", which doesn't mean gossip but rather very clever in-depth looks at, for instance, McCarthy's blacklist or how Charles Manson fits into pop culture. The current series is called "Dead Blondes".
  • How Did This Get Made? - bad movies picked apart by incredulous comedians. Basically Mystery Science Theater 3000 with swearwords and big-budget movies.
  • Infinite Monkey Cage - BBC show about science, basically featuring all the QI guests that don't get to be on No Such Thing As A Fish.
  • StarTalk Radio - the US equivalent, where Neil Degrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and others talk about just how we're supposed to go forward as a species.
  • Rex Factor - a historian and his friend go through all the monarchs of England and Scotland from the viking age up to Elizabeth II. And rate, review and rank them. If you've ever wondered how Cnut the Great would stack up to William IV, this is for you.


Your favs
...?