Noir City DC -- first weekend

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm
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This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.
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Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.

Yuletide letter

Oct. 8th, 2017 09:13 pm
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Dear Beautiful, talented, kind, generous Yuletide Writer,

 

Thank you so much for writing this fic for me. I already love it and you. Yuletide is the best and I am always happy with what I get.

As a writer, I love the resource of a letter with all the likes and dislikes. I love the ideas my recipient gives me (which is how I ended up writing lesbian Sky Masterson last year). I want to make this process easy for you, so here's my letter.


Likes:

Slow burns, humor, ridiculous fanfic tropes (soulmates, forced bed-sharing, fake relationships), happy endings, people who do their research, canon


Dislikes:

Major angst (some dark themes are fine as they serve the story but I don't enjoy them as the focus of the story), cruelty, embarrassing situations, other fanfic tropes (other characters betting on their relationship/trying to get them together, suddenly shouting out I love you before it’s earned, ABO), AUs, villainizing the other love interests, characters acting out of character

 

I’m pretty easy. I really will love anything you come up with. Feel free to look through my fics and bookmarks (I know there’s a lot but maybe the tags and filters will help) to get a sense of what I like. You can also stop by my Tumblr (majorgenerally)  but that might not be as helpful.

 

 

And now to the specifics

Moonlight (Chiron, Kevin)

What I put on the form: I really just want them to be happy. I want them to be happy and raise Kevin, Jr and give him a better life than they had.

Extra thoughts: Can I be real for a second? I have a heart of stone and have only cried at like 7 movies in my life and this was the seventh. And I'm talking buckets of tears. BUCKETS. I'm not kidding that I want some type of happiness. I know that getting out of the life is hard and that someone who is as successful as Chiron would be reluctant. I just want a way for them to be happy and for Kevin, Jr to be happy. you could give them a happy date or a happy life. I just want them to be ok.


The Promise (Mikael, Chris)

What I put on the form: At the end of the movie, the voice over says that Mikael raised Teva and that THEY lost Chris at some point, so my brain went clearly Chris and Mikael raised her together. Honestly, Chris did not seem like he was afraid of losing Ana to Mikael. I saw it as Chris assuming they'd all be together and deciding he could still be with Mikael after her death. Yeah, so if you wouldn't mind some kind of story of their life in America after the war, I would very much appreciate it.

Extra thoughts: See the thing about Oscar Isaac is that everyone has chemistry with him. I spent most of this movie going, "Is Chris and Ana's relationship an open one? Do they live together? How is that allowed?" And then that voice-over at the end. You don't have to write them as a couple. You can write them as really good friends who are in each other's lives forever, but wouldn't it be better if they raised a cute little girl together?

Sophie and the Rising Sun (Sophie, Grover)

What I put on the form: What was it like in the camp? How did they deal with life after?

Extra thoughts: I love stories about people who have to struggle to be together. I love stories about people who never quite fit in with other people finding each other. This movie was lovely, but the problem with a lot of movies is that they end when the couple gets together. In this case, they are together but they are in an internment camp and that's it. i want to know everything that happened to them after. I want to know if they had kids (probably not many with how old Sophie is). I want to know about their life after the war and if Sophie ever sold her house.

Right so, I hope this helps. Again, I'd like to stress that I will like anything you write (unless you just pile on all the things I don't like I suppose). Have fun and do your best and I will appreciate it even if you use none of my thoughts.

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Went to see Gaslight (1944) with A (person without a pseudonym) and [personal profile] greenygal; [personal profile] ellen_fremedon was supposed to join us, but the theater was sold out before she got there... for some reason, they were showing it in one of the smaller cinemas, instead of in the biggest one, which is at least twice as large and wouldn't have been as ridiculously sold out.

It was an excellent film, this print in 35 mm, and still completely relevant and at moments hard to watch. And it passes the Bechdel Test in the first 15 minutes! If you get a chance to see it on the big screen, it's definitely worth it.

This wasn't officially part of the Noir City DC film festival, but it was a nice run up to that. Next week is, though, and I might be seeing three movies next Saturday: Kansas City Confidential, Criss-Cross, and The Asphalt Jungle, with Sunday's White Heat a strong possibility as well.

I am definitely going to see the double-feature of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 & Charley Varrick on Friday, October 20th, if anyone wants to join me.

Dear Yulegoat,

Oct. 8th, 2017 09:11 am
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
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Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I appreciate your work!

I'm neotoma on AO3 and I've participated in Yuletide for several years, so I'm glad you're participating too!

General likes and dislikes:

Dislikes -- hatesex, extreme power differentials in relationships, mentor-student relationships, dub-con and non-con unless the characters actually deal with how fucked up the relationship is, deathfic without hope
Likes -- nifty worldbuilding, exploring the edge cases (what if the main character doesn't fit into their society's boxes -- how do they cope?), friendship as a priority, casefic and gen fic, puns, happy endings, bittersweet endings that have hope at the end.

Onto the fandoms -- SGU, An American in Paris, The Limehouse Golem )
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Bosc, bartlett, and asian pears, black twig, neorthernspy,Esopus Spitzenberg apples, quince, persimmons, figs, pita, tiropita, and milopita (apple handpie!).

Also, I harvest the Table Gold acorn squash this week -- 3 squash, for a total of 2lbs. It also looks like I'll get at least 2 cups of cowpeas once they're finished drying, and at least some Tarbais runner beans, though probably not enough for a cassoulet.

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