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TV, banners, and boys: Pretty!

Graphic mistress amyxaphania (formerly ducktheduck) made a stunningly beautiful banner for my Spike & Dru in Disneyland story, One Good Date, and here it is:



Dreamy, isn't it? Thanks so much, Amy! I'm so happy!

I watched High Plains Invaders this weekend, and it features James' best hair since Spike, IMO. I'll admit, the sprinkling of gray appealed to me. A lot. The film isn't especially tight, but he gets an actual part (what was up with P.S. I Love You, anyhow?), and it bolsters my theory that there are more "mature" romances happening in film and television these days. By which I mean romance between principal characters over the age of 35. Which I like. This one is particularly chaste, which seems to be the default, but they can't all be Roslin/Adama, I suppose. Pity. Regardless, it was fun watching James Marsters do his thing for 90 minutes, so if such a thing appeals to you, you probably won't be disappointed.

I also finished my Dollhouse rewatch, and it's better the second time, as with so many good things. The neighbors have been coming over to watch, and the discussions of identity issues have been lively following each episode. In retrospect, the stand-out performer just might be Enver Gjokaj
(Victor). He brings it for every single thing he has to do, including impersonating the other actors. I was also impressed with little Adair Tishler in Epitaph One, for the same reasons.

Tip: The Guild Season 3, episode 1 has still got it! You go, Felicia!

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clawofcat
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
amyxaphania is so talented. When I have a fic ready-ish, I absolutely want to ask for a banner. Yours looks so magical, Cinderella's Castle and all!

Do you know when Dollhouse comes back? I, too, thought the guy that plays Victor was easily the best actor on the show. Very impressed with his versatility. I also like Sierra and Boyd a great deal. When exactly is Eliza gonna bring it though? She's been uniformally eh the whole series so far.
rebcake
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Dollhouse returns on September 25, which happens to be my birthday! Woo hoo! It's like Joss knew what to get me!

There were a lot of really interesting performances, but I changed my mind about some on the second go-round. I liked Miracle Laurie (Mellie) less, and Fran Kranz (Topher) more, for instance. I still worship Olivia Williams as Adele DeWitt, though some of that could just be that her character is the ultimate badass. *fans self*

Anyway, I'm sort of touched and amazed that amyxaphania is just giving it away (though that is the fandom way, I suppose). You should definitely put in a request!
jen_nsync_landl
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Very pretty indeed. :)

I still need to give Dollhouse a second watch. I have access to the dvds and have now seen the original pilot, which I found more provocative than the one that aired, but the whole 'verse does not really grab me at this point. I will heartily agree with you on Victor, though. *He* got me right from the beginning.
rebcake
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I knew that the actor was doing a great job, but when he had to "be" Dominic, I just about lost it. So amazing.

Watching Dollhouse with people who want to discuss the underlying themes has made it a much richer experience. Our neighbor has resisted all attempts to rope her into watching Buffy (time constraints), but we did get her to watch Firefly/Serenity, and she's getting a big kick out of finding the common ground between these two shows. Sometimes, the morning after, I'll get a long e-mail about an episode with even more of her thinky thoughts. It's gratifying to introduce people to something that really makes them think, you know? Sometimes I think the show is more cerebral than enjoyable, but there's still lots to enjoy.
penny_lane_42
Sep. 7th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous banner!

I've downloaded HPI, and I'm about twenty minutes into it, and even though it isn't great as films go, it's worth if for the very enjoyable sight of JM running around being a cowboy. And I totally agree on his hair--he really does continue to be ridiculously attractive, and time doesn't seem to be changing that at all--if anything, he's getting better looking.

I'm so glad to know that DH is better the second time through! I suspect that once you know that it does eventually become good, you can relax and enjoy things you might not have the first time through.

I completely agree about Enver Gjokaj. He knocks it out of the park every single time, and I can't wait to see what he does in the next season.
rebcake
Sep. 7th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know what's up with this whole "guys just get better looking" thing. I really don't want it to be true, but with the evidence all around me, I've had to face facts. And, dammit, hair isn't even the main issue. *mutters*

The thing about the second viewing with DH, is that there's all these little things you didn't notice or understand the first time, and so it's a different experience. They put it all out there, but we can only take in so much information at a time, I guess.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of this odd television experience in just a few short weeks. Keep me guessing, Joss!
zanthinegirl
Sep. 7th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh-- th guild is back?? Yeah!
rebcake
Sep. 7th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
It's back, baby, and it's just as funny as ever. Did you catch the music video? You simply must! Look for "Do You Want to Date My Avatar?" on YouTube. You won't be sorry you did! (I suspect you already have.)
zanthinegirl
Sep. 7th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I love that video! the song is a major brainworm, but it's a hoot!
rebcake
Sep. 8th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
I want so much not to like it, because that kind of music is so wrong! But I cannot resist.

It reminds me a little of Flight of the Conchords, where they sit around reading "Novelty Hit Maker" magazine.
mere_ubu
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
How did I miss this post?! That banner is gorgeous.

I'm halfway through High Plains Invaders, and I confess that we slo-mo'd the sad moment where the explosion throws JM towards the camera several times. Poor dear is such a trooper. Could they not at least have given him a little trampoline for lift? Bad effects aside, yes, the gray is very nice. Rawr.

Oh yeah. And here's why I really came by . . . GLEE IS TONIGHT!! GLEE! GLEE! GLEE!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!

I figured you'd understand. Also, did I mention that Glee's on tonight?

Edited at 2009-09-09 09:45 pm (UTC)
rebcake
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I need more icons, 'cos the ones I've got are not nearly gleeful enough!

Anyhoo! I'm all set to get the popcorn ready and the durned thing is still 3 hours away. However shall I pass the time? *whistles*
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