X-Men recs

Jul. 2nd, 2011 01:40 pm
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Anthem for Doomed Youth by [livejournal.com profile] fahye is a really fantastic long X-Men fic, Raven-centric with Charles/Erik, taking place before and during the movie. Very much recommended if you wanted to see and understand more of Raven's feelings, and just in general because the writing is really beautiful and conveys so much emotion. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist for the rec!

I kinda want to ask about doing a podfic, because the language is so pretty and I think it would be fun to read because of that (plus there's not a ton of telepathy). On the other hand it is long so it would take a lot of work and not count for kink-bingo! So then I thought well what about using it as my project for [community profile] ladiesbigbang, seeing as how I signed up and all! But despite it being Raven POV I am not really sure if it's lady-centric enough to be in the spirit of lbb, what with so much of it being about her relationships with Charles and Erik. So I don't know! (And it's possible the author wouldn't want a podfic anyway, or that someone else is already working on it, so it's sort of weird of me to be talking about this in a public post, but yeah.) What do you think?

Also here is a really interesting post of X-Men meta and history by [personal profile] ruthi, about Israel and Holocaust survivors in the '50s and how that might affect Erik's story.

I rewatched Atonement the other night and I still love it a lot. Like, really really a lot. (I am sorry if that takes away from the strength of my recs for you - I guess some fans really hate this movie!)

Also rewatched the first X-Men movie a couple weeks ago, am now in the middle of watching the second one. I can't actually remember whether I've seen this one before. I find them kind of forgettable but fun, and I do like this second one a bit more than the first. It's nice to have most of the character introductions out of the way so they can focus on sexy stuff like mind control. Also, Erik and Charles are still in love, so there's that.

In non-X-Men-related news, Why You Should Have Been Watching Treme Instead of The Killing has kind of a silly framing (it's not like Treme doesn't get talked about, and I don't agree that The Killing was that bad, and also it ignores the fact that lots of people would watch Treme if they could afford HBO...) but I like what it says about Treme being a show about creativity. There's been more violence in the second season (and I'm not happy about some of those stories), but
violence isn’t the show’s engine. The artist’s life is. There’s a meta-quality to many of the scenes of artists making art, since nearly all of them touch on debates about which types of creativity are authentic, political, pleasurable, meaningful, or lucrative, questions that clearly apply to the creation of the series itself. But rather [than] argue like an op-ed, Treme feels like poetry, and even better, it has begun to incorporate critiques of its own New Orleans exceptionalism, playfully showing the ways these attitudes can sour into pedantry, as they do on occasion with that Indian Chief, who is currently in New York driving his jazz musician son crazy with his passive-aggressive provincialism.
In general this person thinks the second season has been a lot less preachy than the first, and I guess I agree with that. I'm happy to see Annie and especially Antoine's stories getting more attention and direction, and like the reviewer am kind of amazed that I'm actually starting to care about Sonny.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (diane by winterfish)
Just a little too long to fit in Twitter, but this blurb from Entertainment Weekly made me LOL:
EW spoke to The Killing executive producer Veena Sud about [SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER], plus got some details about what’s to come (Will there be more rain? Less rain?).

(And then I clicked on the link and that's seriously half of what they talk about.)

Spoilery discussion in comments?
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (toshiko by hermitsoul)
Since The Good Wife and Community are over for the season I was looking to start in on something new, so I decided to check out the AMC crime drama The Killing, and I'm liking it a lot. So far I've watched the two-hour pilot and the episode after that. It's based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen and it's neat because it's spending the whole season (13 episodes) on one murder investigation. I mean, I like me some formulaic murder-of-the-week police procedural as much as the next girl, but this is really interesting as a change of pace and as a way of showing how much the death of one person means to their family and community. (It's also easier for me to follow than The Wire, sorry.) It's set in Seattle and I really like the way they make the city look. It reminds me a little bit of Prime Suspect, including the fact that it stars a tough female detective, though their personalities are really different.

not very spoilery )

Anyway, I recommend this show if you like some intense and gloomy crime drama with interesting characters, including ladies. Are any of you watching, or have you watched the Danish series?


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