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22 May 2010 @ 09:45 pm
203: Re-Entry Is a Doozy  
Best Beloved recently pointed out to me that it had been approximately seventeen years since I had recommended anything, which had of course triggered the inevitable thing where I am reluctant to write up a recommendations post because it's been so long since I've done one. You all know how this goes. She suggested I ease myself into it with vids. Happy vids.

She was, as always, right. Here are some happy vids, and pretty soon I might even remember how recommending works! I think - I think there is cake involved?

I might be wrong about the cake, actually.

The One That I Always Remember as Being NC-17, and Then I Rewatch It and Realize That It Is Merely Suggestive. Very, Very Suggestive. Let's Misbehave, by trelkez. White Collar.

Okay. I have read stories in this fandom - not, you know, all of them or anything, but some. Many, even! And this vid is, like, 45% of them. This is a vid with plot, and the plot goes like this:

Neal: I am exceptionally pretty.
Peter: Yes, you are. I might wish you weren't, but it's a fact and I'm prepared to put it on any number of affadavits.
Neal: Also, cute.
Peter: Yeah, but I've got to point out that it's the kind of cute where sometimes I want to smack you.
Neal: That's all just part of my charm.
Peter: The hell of it is that that's true.
Neal: And did I mention that I'm talented?
Peter: I already knew that, actually.
Neal: Face it, you can't resist me.
Peter: Let me just remind you about my wife.
Neal: You're in luck! I'm good with other people's wives.

Neal: So. Hi. Peter loves you, you know.
Elizabeth: And I love him, so that's something you and I have in common.
Neal: Did I mention that I am exceptionally pretty?
Elizabeth: You didn't need to. I have eyes.
Neal: But I would never want to come between the two of you.
Elizabeth: Well that's a pity.
Neal: Oooo. I think you're about to make me an offer I won't refuse.
Elizabeth: No, I'm going to make that offer to Peter.
Neal: Great! But, uh, if you're caught, I will disavow all knowledge.
Elizabeth: Like hell you will.

[And then they all have sex.]

So compelling is the force of this vid that even I think Neal is pretty for the duration of it. (I'm sorry, but under normal, non-this-vid circumstances, Neal looks like a not-especially-attractive ferret to me. I mean, okay, fine, a kind of cute ferret, but definitely the sort of creature you want to a) pat on the head and b) keep in a cage. Yes, fine, the line to cut me dead starts over there.) And that makes me notice that Elizabeth (who is absolutely not only pretty but hot) and Neal look a lot alike. And they have some similar body language. Hmmmm. Perhaps Peter has a type? IT MIGHT BE. WE SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS. (Hint: start by watching this vid.)

The One That Answers the Age-Old Question: Where Do Good Past Incarnations Go? The Tenth Doctor Musical, by di_br. Doctor Who.

Okay, I am guessing by the fact that this thing has almost 500 comments on LJ and more than 50k hits on YouTube that everyone has already seen it. I do not care. There might be someone out there who hasn't. That alone is reason enough to rec this.

Because, oh my god, this is just - just - well. I don't want to spoil it or anything, but there was a point, right before Nine rolled his eyes (and I was right there with him, of course), that I had a laughter-induced hallucination. (And here it is, for the people who have seen the movie of Bridget Jones's Diary: I saw the tenth Doctor in his pajamas, using a hairbrush as a microphone, singing All By Myself until he broke down weeping helplessly on the TARDIS's control panel. And here's the thing: I am absolutely, completely convinced that he's done this. We just need to get the footage out of the TARDIS somehow. Anyone have an in with her?)

I love this vid. I love every single thing about it. I love the idea that there's a Home for Old Doctors where they can watch the latest incarnation's exploits ("I tell you what, I would never have done that. In my day we knew the value of a blooping tube of blue goop.") and brood all moodily and be harassed by babies and have a cup of tea. I love the bonus track at the end, which, seriously, I have no idea what's going on there, but it is fucking scary, even so. I love the bits with Jack and the Master. I love Martha's theme song, which is so obviously her theme song I don't know why I never realized it before.

I even love being rickrolled. Pretty much.

The One That Makes Me Say, Every Time, "They - Had a Wizard of Oz Episode? Or a Costume Party Episode? Seriously, What the Fuck?" High School Never Ends, by Gab, aka milena_d. Gateverse.

It took me a lot of rewatching to figure out just why this vid works so well for me - because it does, it so totally does, and yet usually this kind of concept doesn't. But I persisted in my viewings - it wasn't actually a hardship - until I realized that actually, this vid is a celebration of the somewhat doofy but always entertaining physical acting (if, um, that's the term I want) of the many people of the Gateverse. And that is - it's just wonderful. It's physical comedy! In vid form!

But it's so much more than that. It's also filled with sly meta commentary on the shows and their fandoms, and, even more than that, a lot of love for the Gateverse and everyone in it. One of the things that I love about vidding is that for me, it's the fanwork type that can most easily just be a giant explosion of love for the fandom. There are vids that are, totally obviously and clearly, OMG SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE <3 <3 <3 set to music. And how can you not love that? How can you not love it when someone not only draws metaphorical hearts with her name and the fandom's name in it, but does it while hitting the beat?

(I am guessing that if you're better with faces and people than I am, fanart probably accomplishes the same thing. But - okay, this is a totally honest example of the way my brain sometimes fails with fanart. There is a very famous series of drawings in an older fandom, and someone linked to them on my friends list a while back, so I looked at them. And then I went to get Best Beloved, because when I'm that kind of lost, usually the problem is that my brain is malfunctioning. And we had a conversation that went, in part:

Me, showing her one of the drawings: ...And I just don't get it, I guess. I mean. How is this fannish?
BB: What do you see?
Me: A tiger.
BB: Do you see the guys in front of the tiger?
Me, trying to fake it: Um. Maybe?
BB: Do you see the one guy's penis, and how the other guy is sort of going for it?
Me, stunned: There's a penis?
Me: It's a really confusing picture!
BB: There's two guys and a penis and a tiger! IT'S PRETTY BASIC.
Me, muttering: Not to me it isn't.
BB: I can't believe you brought me in here to look at a penis you didn't even know was there.)

The One That Makes the Best Use of Lens Flare I Have Yet Seen in a Vid. The Test, by [personal profile] heresluck.

Probably you have already heard about how awesome this vid is. Well, you heard right: it is in fact profoundly awesome. It so profoundly awesome, in fact, that I feel comfortable recommending it, even though right now I have to question my judgment in anything Trek-related. I am still in that unfortunate phase of fandom where I sort of lack - you know, taste. And rational thought. Basically, my flowchart for determining whether or not I love something has a new branch in it, very early on, which looks like this (except of course the actual flowchart is nifty and cool-looking, because my brain does not run in ASCII):

Trek? The kind that has a Spock? ---Yes ---> OKAY I ALREADY LOVE IT

I am - a little obsessed. Just a little. But trust me when I tell you that my obsession is not why I love this vid. There are, in fact, so many moments that I love in it that if I made a greatest bits collection of it, it would be about four minutes long. (If I was allowed commentary in addition to actual clips, it would probably be about three hours long. This is why I don't ever try to do a frame-by-frame analysis of a vid; two years in and I'd still be at 0:45 and I'd already have said, "But it's, you know, SO INCREDIBLE, because" seven million times.)

I will say this, though: I was absolutely, completely sold on this vid in the first 35 seconds. AND THEN IT GOT BETTER. And then it got better again! It was like a matryoshka doll set, except made entirely of joy; I kept thinking I'd found the pure brilliance at the center, but no! There was always more joy still to come.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
The Gauche in the Machinechina_shop on May 23rd, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Neal: Did I mention that I am exceptionally pretty?
Elizabeth: You didn't need to. I have eyes.

HEEEE! Your dialogue break-down of Let's Misbehave is to die for, just so you know. Also, I'm probably the only person alive who hasn't seen The Tenth Doctor Musical yet, so I'm going to assume the rec is directed at me personally. ;-)
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
It turns out that - tragically - there were SEVERAL people who hadn't seen the Tenth Doctor Musical. That is sad, and also wrong, and I am just glad I rec'd it before the universe fell out of alignment or something.
pocketmouse on May 23rd, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha it's like all fanart is a magic eye picture to you, isn't it?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
Only some fanart! Some of it I totally get, and I am always so so in love with the stuff I do.

But, yeah, some of it, BB is there patiently pointing out things and I'm just saying, "Wow. I - I didn't know that was there!" and "Seriously? There's come in this picture?"

(And some of it I'm like OH GOD UNCANNY VALLEY LOOK AWAY. Some photoshopped stuff just looks so scary-wrong-bad to me.)
Imaginary Researcher: Captain Jack Harkness - darththaliahannahrorlove on May 23rd, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but the cake is a lie.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
I'm not even angry! I'm being so sincere right now.
Doctor Science: banana-skirt Johnmecurtin on May 23rd, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
I can't believe you brought me in here to look at a penis you didn't even know was there.

This should be your new journal name, just sayin'.

Is it all line drawings? Or fanart specifically? Not I want to do SCIENCE on you!
tried to eat the safe banana: Drawthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
This should be your new journal name, just sayin'.

You might be right about that.

Is it all line drawings? Or fanart specifically? Not I want to do SCIENCE on you!

It's - it's hard to explain. It's a style of drawing, and I struggle with it as much in non-fanart as in fanart. It's worst in very detailed, very busy, very line-filled drawings, and worst of all if it's all lines in one color. (So, like, charcoal, sepia, pencil, etc.) I'm just lost; the artist is apparently relying on her audience having an ability I don't have, something that helps people make sense of that kind of jumble.

So what happens is that I'll see part of it, and I'll assume the rest is decoration or whatever, and then I'll discover that the part I was seeing was the background. The foreground is, in these cases, always occupied by people. Who I can only see after BB traces the lines that make them up. (I ask her, "How was I supposed to know those were the important lines? How did you know?" but she can't explain; whatever is going on is as natural for her as it is unnatural for me.) And then sometimes I'll glance away, and when I look back, I can't find the right lines again - I'm back to being lost.

But I am okay with seeing almost all art, even if it doesn't resonate for me. (Art that has incredibly detailed faces, and the body and background are kind of - faded out, undetailed? There are portraits like this - that kind of art doesn't work very well for me, but I know what it's supposed to be.)

And, thinking of it, I am actually better with fanart than with a lot of art, because there's a shorthand and I know it. If the character has sproingy hair and it's labeled SGA, I know who he is! If it's a Trek piece, blue shirt and pointy ears means Spock! And so on.

(As an example of art that does not give me trouble: my icon. I know it's a face, and I can see it. The face is not why I have the icon, but still: I know there is a person there.)
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Karen: Front Page Newsodditycollector on May 23rd, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
definitely the sort of creature you want to a) pat on the head and b) keep in a cage.
Which is probably another 25, 30% right there.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
I am trying to avoid those ones, though. I have a lifetime and per fandom limit on kept-in-a-cage stories. I didn't realize how limiting that would be when I signed the contract!
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on May 23rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Well, Jenn and I had not seen that Doctor Who vid, so YOU WERE CLEARLY SUPPOSED TO REC IT. I have learned never to take it for granted that people have seen amazing things.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
OMG I AM SO GLAD I REC'D THAT. How could you SURVIVE without that joy in your life?
je suis marxiste, tendance Groucho: dw jack/daleksshinealightonme on May 23rd, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
OMG! I've seen TWO of these!

I feel like such an accomplished, cosmopolitan, worldly fan.

brood all moodily and be harassed by babies and have a cup of tea.

Because really, what Doctor could be happy without having some harmless harassment they could grumble about?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV Katamari Damacythefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
...You mean there was never a cheerful Doctor, a Doctor who skipped all day long? I AM DISILLUSIONED.
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Seadreamer: WIN!seadreamer on May 23rd, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm always so glad to see you post! Everythng you recommend is good, but I do have to admit that I will forever agree with your belief that there is an Old Doctors Home somewhere! But as alwyas, thank you soooo much for sharing. I'm finding it really hard to find good things in the fan-world these days.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! And, yeah, there totally has to be an Old Doctors' Home, because, for one thing, some of those incarnations had it awfully rough and deserve some time hanging out and decompressing. (And also because I want to believe Nine is not really gone. There's that, too.)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Is it not incredibly amazing? I will join you on the fainting couch, if I may.
Lucelucia_tanaka on May 23rd, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
I don't have time before work and I really have been meaning to write huge meta about this, but that DW vid is completely brilliant because it manages to the hilarious ("AAAAAAALL BY MYYYYYSEEEELF"), pointing and laughing at Ten, but also really sweet, like it's admitting, "yeah, okay, he was a bit of an emo git at times, but he was still quite good, yeah?" and that's totally awesome. ♥
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on May 23rd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
It is exactly like that, and it is indeed awesome. I love it when vidders simultaneously poke fun at and shower love on something. It makes for such great vids.

*happy sigh*
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tried to eat the safe banana: TFV menorahthefourthvine on May 26th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
Yay! Another convert to the awesomeness of these vids!
forsweatervestsforsweatervests on May 23rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, The Test. I'm right there with you on the Spock litmus test.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV shoesthefourthvine on May 26th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
ANYTHING WITH SPOCK IS A GOOD THING. I believe that may be the actual definition of "good thing," in fact. They just didn't have anything really good before 1968.

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crepusculecrepuscule [dreamwidth.org] on May 23rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
OMG YAY NEW TFV RECS!!! *proceeds to leave novel-length comment because she hasn't commented in months*

1. Augh augh augh I need to NOT get into White Collar, I just CANNOT handle a new TV fandom right now. I have a love/hate relationship with my television. I am one of those people who will happily start reading fic/watching vids before seeing even a tiny bit of canon, but if I enjoy fandom material, at some point I will inevitably attempt to watch the canon, and this can only mean bad things for me. Like you, I have Television Issues, although mine are related to Destroying My Personal Life by Irritating My Loved Ones with ongoing obsessions with TV shows. My mother is only just starting to forgive me for watching five seasons of The Office in a month.

So. NOT clicking on the vid. Not clicking. *peeks at link through her fingers* .....maybe I'll download it for later. ...oh, oh my, it's a trelkez vid! And now I must watch it.

2. EEE I HAD NOT SEEN THAT WHO VID! This is why you rec, you see -- for slow, slow people like me, who only read/watch things when they are recced. And who have no fandom friends and must rely on people who make it their job to disseminate fandom joy.

3. OMG GATEVERSE SILLINESS. *hurriedly downloads*

Also, I am very curious about this tiger picture you mention in your tangent. Frankly I suspect I would have the opposite problem and focus on the penis, only to realize months later, OMG THERE IS A LARGE CAT IN THE BACKGROUND, WEIRD, HOW DID I NOT NOTICE.

I suspect this from experience, of course, having been participant in the following conversation:

Best Friend: ...oh, looking at porn again, I see?
Crepuscule: Mmmhm! This one is very well drawn, yes?
Best Friend: ...yes, although the small child watching them in horror is kind of off-putting.
Crepsucule: ...well. Yes, it would be.
Best Friend: You didn't notice that bit, did you.
Crepuscule: OF COURSE I DID.
Best Friend: No, you didn't, because this is your 'too hot for words' folder, and if you'd noticed the kid it would be in your 'hot yet hilarious and/or slightly wrong' folder.
Crepuscule: ...you know me far too well.

(And for those interested: yes, yes I do actually have folders named things similar to the above. I am very meticulous about organizing my fannish porn.)

4. Nothing more than "OMG TREK CONTAINING SPOCK! I AM ON IT" need be said.
Milena D.: SG1 - D/V - 200milena_d on May 23rd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hey! qe2 was kind enough to tell me who was directing me to my vid and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for this rec! ^_^ Their comments and especially yours in here have totally made my day! Thanks again :D
Minerva Greygreyminerva on May 23rd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
You had me at hello...
Ok, I originally found you on LJ because of your awesome recs - I recced your recs, in fact, because sometimes reading your recs were better than the fanfic itself.
And although I haven't watched many fanvids in my time - not really my thing - I still had to watch them because YOU recommended them, and I loved them, and I can't wait for you to do more recs.