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03 January 2006 @ 04:18 pm
Vids, Glorious Vids (Part Two)  
Yes, welcome back to Vids You Really Should Watch (In the Opinion of One Who Probably Doesn't Know). But, hey, before we get to the downloading portion of the post, let me rec a community to you: the_reel, which is kind of like crack_van, except it's for vids, and also there's con-crit on vids upon request. Go sign up to rec something, people. Or just watch the community, because this is a very cool idea. I'm not saying it will save me from this totally out of control vid-reccage spree, because it won't (oh my god Ocean's 11 and X-Files tipped the 150 mark since the last post and I will never ever be done with this), but it will make me a happier human.

And. On to the vids. If you haven't read the disclaimer that explains why I don't know anything about vids, you should head back a post. Short version, though: if I was stuck in an SGA-style exceedingly improbable life-or-death situation, where my knowledge of visual media was all that stood between John and Rodney and a very shiny death in each other's arms, they would be fucked.

Harry Potter


The Vid That Always Makes Me Want Some Chocolate. I Can't Say Why, Exactly. It's Just This Thing. Remus? A Little Help Here? Year Three: Under Ice, by ashinae.

Availability: That link will take you to Ashinae's main vids page; this one can be found in the Harry Potter category. (Hands up everyone who is surprised by that. And, if you have your hand up right now? Um. You need a nap.) Ashinae has been having some server problems, but everything should be dandy and sleek and trouble-free by now. If it isn't, please let me - or her - know.

Okay, see, Harry Potter is one of those fandoms where the vids just really don't work for me. In this case, it's not because I don't know the canon - it's because I do. It's that I consider the books the canon. The movies are pretty and kind of fun, but the characters just aren't the ones I hold in my head, and the character interactions never feel exactly right, and, well. The movies are not my canon, okay? Mock me if you must. So I'm already starting from a huge handicap when I look at HP vids. (And, side note - this is exponentially true when I'm watching HP shipper vids. My brain seizes up in this whole fit of, "OMG NOOOO! He's, like, twelve! And disturbingly wee!" I tell you, I do my best to revel in perversion, but sometimes I run into these weird...ethics-things. It's sad.) Ashinae totally conquered my little HP-movie-canon problem in this vid. I like all her "Year" series vids (hint: the other two are "Year One" and "Year Two"), but this is definitely my favorite. I love the way she uses visual metaphor in this, with the dementors as the water and their effects as ice and snow; it's easier to feel the grim, soul-leeching chill of the dementors while watching this vid than it is when you're watching the whole movie - or reading the book, for that matter. I love the focus and cut of this movie, too; I'm not sure precisely what Ashinae did - and anyone who can tell me will be adored, and I mean that - but this song should be very hard to vid compellingly. Part of that is obviously that she's taking her musical punctuation from instruments other than just drums, but there's something else going on here, too. I don't know what. It is exceedingly nifty all the same.

Pirates of the Caribbean


The Vid That's All About Making a Pairing out of Nothing at All. Well, No Shared Screen Time, Anyway. Tango, by mimesere.

Availability: pretty much all the time. Link newly updated! All should be working!

Norrington and Sparrow shared maybe, um, two minutes of screen time? I forget how much, exactly. Plus, Norrington was only in this movie for like twenty-five minutes total. (And, really, he deserved at least twice that. More, even.) And yet the tension between them is, for me, one of the most interesting aspects of the whole movie. (Sorry, Will. It's not that I don't love you and your adorable little dorky quest. It's just...okay. I tend to forget you when you're not on the screen. And also sometimes when you are. Also, you may think it's clever to hide your little alien mossy friend in plain sight on your upper lip, but trust me: we've all noticed that that isn't a mustache.) But, hey - we're slashers. We don't need a lot of canon declarations of loviness. We thrive in the absence of them, in fact. But it's a bit more difficult to thrive in the near total absence of on-screen interaction when you're dealing with slash vids. Which is why this vid amazes me, because it totally sells the pairing. Well, that and the fact that it is very suggestive. Because, okay, when I remember this? I remember it featuring Norrington and Sparrow doing the Dance of Extremely Sexy Mutual Loathing, also known as "I hate you! Now fuck me!" (A very popular number in any fandom, let me say.) I remember it (the vid, people) featuring the two of them swordfighting, in fact. But it doesn't, for a very good reason: as far as I know, they never actually did that in the movie. Mimesere somehow uses the music (Is there anything sexier than the tango? No. I thought not.) and the fast-paced, lovely editing to suggest the sexy hating and fighting in this vid. The result is, um. Surprisingly compelling.

The Vid That Reminds Me, Yet Again, That Disney Is at Right Angles to Real Life. Maid on the Shore, by Marna, aka commodorified.

Availability: pretty much all the time. Scroll down a bit to find the right vid.

Okay. You know, I am not a critical consumer of popular culture. (I'm hardly a sentient consumer of popular culture, actually, but that's this whole other story.) So I watched Pirates, and I enjoyed it very much (I am never happier than when cuddled up with some major anachronisms and really good special effects), and I thought about it very little, beyond a few yearning wishes that Sparrow and Norrington had way more screen time, and that someone had thought to confiscate Will's not-mustache. I was, yes, a little skeeved out by the whole gorgeous-young-maiden-abducted-by-bloodthirsty-pirates thing, but I was willing to suspend my disbelief. And then I saw this vid, and my disbelief came crashing down. (Which isn't to say that I don't still enjoy the movie just as much. See "popular culture, non-sentient consumer of," above.) In this vid, Marna recuts Elizabeth on the Black Pearl to reveal the fact that, well. That sequence? Is fucking creepy, and also not funny, and also did I mention the creepy? So if you're looking for the happy little pirate movie we saw in the theaters, this isn't the vid for you. But if you're interested in maybe the ultimate example of how a vid can, by changing context and tone, completely change the meaning of the canon, this is definitely a vid for you. (Actually, it isn't optional: this is a vid for you no matter what. Go! Download!) And, see, here's what's amazing about this one. You won't see anything in this vid that you didn't see in the theater. And yet you'll come away from it feeling like you did. (You may also come away wondering precisely what universe Disney films. A very alternate one, is my feeling on the matter.) Do not miss this one.

The Sentinel


The Vid That Celebrates the Pure, Pure Cheese of the Source. Black Cat, by Seah and Margie, aka flummery (two vidders, one LJ, double the fun - plus, without a doubt, the coolest layout ever oh my god so cool).

Availability note: pretty much all the time. Scroll on down.

In this household, we think of this as the "Gee, Jim sure is a dork" vid, but in fact you also get to see him get hit quite a bit, so it's like a wonderful double feature. I mean, it's just - could there be a better vidding concept than The Big Dork Smackdown? Especially in a canon that is, let's face it, not precisely cheese-free? I mean, we love it because it's cheese. Well, and because Jim and Blair are apparently unable to peel themselves off each other long enough to fight crime, and that's another thing you can see, in fact cannot miss, in this vid. (Actually, you can see that in almost every Sentinel vid; it's hard to watch one and not say - generally right out loud to your spouse - "They are so doing it, oh my god. Look! Right there! Doing it!" There's just one vid I can think of where that isn't true; it's Jim/Simon, and it is so incredibly carefully cut in order to keep Blair out of the Jim frames that it pretty much proves the whole "so doing it" point.) So. Cheese. Dork Smackdown. Jim and Blair fighting over who gets to be the girliest. Do I need to go into further detail about why you want to see it? (Because if I do: it will also make you look forward to the rather cheesy panther sequences. You thought that was impossible, didn't you?) And, hey. If someone out there has actually seen this canon - there's a shot in this vid of a guy in a sort of jacket-vest thing, wearing a white baseball cap and a tragic mustache. Best Beloved swears this is Jim in a cunning crime-fighting disguise, or maybe on his way to sub in for a member of the Village People. I say it isn't, mostly because there's no way Richard Burgi was getting paid enough to look like that much of a dork. Who's right?

The Vid That Makes a Very Apt Comparison Between Blair Sandburg and Liberace. I Am Quite Serious. Mr. Sandman, by Sally Seymour.

Availability note: all the time. Scroll all the way down.

Um. Apparently, I have a lingering fondness for Sentinel vids that showcase the canon's - well, I don't think I need to say the word again (cheese!). But let me say: there is a time and a place for wiggly-screen fades, and that place is so obviously The Sentinel that I would be surprised if they didn't occasionally use it in the canon. I love this vid because - okay. Normally I am not a fan of long, loving shots of just the head and shoulders of the main characters. I would rather the characters be doing something. Like falling down. Or fondling each other. (Both popular Sentinel choices; this is the only canon I know of where it's really hard to tell if you're looking at a bloopers-reel clip of Burgi and - Margaret? Moggie? Magrat? What is his last name? - being oh-so-gay, or if it's Jim and Blair being, you know. Oh-so-gay. God how I love this show.) But the "ain't he pretty" shots are so very right in this vid, so much so that I want to cry out, "Yes! They have dreams exactly like this! And they are Sentinel dreams and clearly prognosticatory, what is more!" Also, normally I am not the biggest fan of Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, even when singing with Emmylou Harris, but - you know, I bet Jim actually has this song. It's a Jim song. Which is, yes, slightly at odds with the whole Army Ranger, Big Tough Cop shtick, but, I mean - have you seen the way he walks? And the not-entirely-manly way he jogs through the jungle like it's Venice Beach? He so sings along with Mr. Sandman in a heartfelt manner, is what I'm saying here. Plus, this vid deserves huge bonus points for using one of my least favorite shots in the entire canon (Wolf + Panther = OMGWTFBLUE?) in such a way that I cannot fail to giggle, and love it quite a lot, and then get all googly-eyed and wistful. (I'm sorry. It's just - Jim. And Blair. They earn the wistful sighs, people.) And I really wasn't kidding about the Liberace thing, either. You need to see this.

Smallville


The Vid That Cannot Be Described in Your Puny Earth Language. Drop Dead Gorgeous, by Shalott, aka astolat.

Availability: pretty much all the time. Scroll down until you see it.

The only honest rec for this vid would involve a lot of inarticulate handwaving while lying flat on the floor and laughing hard enough to cause brain damage. There's really no other way to put it. But once more into the breach, that's my motto, so I'll try. See, now, there's something about the Smallville canon that vidders seem to find very...freeing. It's like they're telling themselves, hey, the creators don't appear to be slavishly devoted to truth, justice to characters, or even sanity, so why shouldn't I make a vid implying strongly that Lex has bought Clark at auction for nefarious sexual purposes? (Answer: no reason at all. Frankly, I'm not averse to vids implying this in any canon whatsoever, but then I've always been No Morals Worth Speaking Of Girl.) Shalott has taken this particular freedom to a logical place, and when I say "logical place," I mean "a place that makes the best possible use of my 'assorted pairings' vid category." And may I just mention, in a possibly unrelated side note, that Bad Clark (aka Red Kryptonite Clark, but Bad Clark is just so much more evocative, don't you think?) is such a boon to us all - the vidders, the writers, the readers, the BDSM fanciers - that we should really send a note of thanks to the Smallville creators. We must be very very grateful for something as, um, exploitable as that plot line. And now you should go download this vid and revel in Shalott's use and abuse of Bad Clark. And other kinds of Clark. And also Chloe, Lana, and Lex. "Drop Dead Gorgeous": come for the gorgeous clipping and editing and the song choice that could not be more perfect, stay for the Naughtiest Space Alien and his random assorted cuddling.
 
 
 
Katie M.katie_m on January 3rd, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
And, hey. If someone out there has actually seen this canon - there's a shot in this vid of a guy in a sort of jacket-vest thing, wearing a white baseball cap and a tragic mustache. Best Beloved swears this is Jim in a cunning crime-fighting disguise, or maybe on his way to sub in for a member of the Village People. I say it isn't, mostly because there's no way Richard Burgi was getting paid enough to look like that much of a dork. Who's right?

Best Beloved. It's a flashback sequence, if I remember correctly; if we're thinking of the same clip, it is not actually so much a disguise, though Jim is supposedly a Vice cop at the time.
tried to eat the safe banana: Fan servicethefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
...You. Are. Kidding. Me.

I. He. That outfit was just his day-to-day vice cop wear?

The writers knew, right? Because it's impossible to write a character that is so gay he is a whole new element (Jimium - it's the gayest element of all! Now featuring top and bottom quarks!) and not know it. Right?

*goes to watch the vid some more, with appropriate pausing and boggling*
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Iphiginia Saberhagen: Vin Stomp from MMWDfanofall on January 3rd, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Not only have I downloaded all the vids you recced here (except for the one from Harry Potter, but we've had that conversation), but I have downloaded ALL THEIR SISTER VIDS AS WELL. You are an evil CRACK PURVEYOR.

Also, are my e-mails not getting through? Has your virus scanner decided I'm evil?
tried to eat the safe banana: Evil planthefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
You are an evil CRACK PURVEYOR.

*beams with pride*

Also, are my e-mails not getting through? Has your virus scanner decided I'm evil?

*weeps*

*worries vaguely about pain and suffering caused by violent emotional whiplash*

I don't know! I haven't got any email from you. In, like, forever.

At least, there's none in my inbox.

*eyes email warily*

Um. Would you mind forwarding the email to my fannish address? Because I'm gearin' up for a battle with my non-fannish one, right this very minute. There could be casualties.

*dons spurs, holsters, and big hat and stalks into the dusty electronic street*
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Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on January 3rd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
*giggles* When the slumber party group was in Vancouver, we watched Shalott's vid *everywhere*, including Seattle-Tacoma airport. And then we sang along to the song in the car and all of us yelling, WHEN MY EX-BOYFRIEND LIES; OH HE DOES IT EVERYTIME and then we quiet a little on the next lyrics. Good times.

Also--I just wanted to check in with you and make sure the SV discs made it to you safely? *hopeful*
tried to eat the safe banana: Fan servicethefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yup. Last night. And I have had an email to you open ever since. I've been trying to decide between two openings:

"Madelyn, you are a wonderful person. Thank you so much for the package. Chocolate and Smallville and items of mysterious significance - this could not be better! Best Beloved has been informed that there is no getting away from the SV, we have set aside some time for discussions of important SV issues ("Clark and Lex: so doing it, or what?"), and soon we will all be up to our eyes in slashiness and cheese. Today, I am a happy woman. Yay!"

and

"Madelyn, you are the source of absolute evil. You spend half your life making Dichrotic jokes and then you just...send it to a person? A person who is curious and susceptible to temptation and thus may not be able to resist seeing what all the fuss is about? A person with a very low tolerance for pain? And we won't even talk about the Luthoriffic bad touching on that one card, except to say: pain. Paaaaaain. Today, I am a broken woman. Send more chocolate."

I expect to make a choice soon, and email should follow. In the meantime: thank you.

I think.

(Seriously, though. Will Dichrotic break Best Beloved and me, or is it more of a...transient kind of pain? Because it's right here and you SV people talk about it all the time. For once, I could get the joke! Only I'm worried that it might kill me. So, you know, advice appreciated.)
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wychwood on January 3rd, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes! And your vid is of greatness! Also, I love the song! And it's very cool, and I love the idea of Elizabeth as that character, the girl who gets taken and used and then turns round and exploits everyone else. It's kinda like Naked Highwayman. And Barbossa singing about how he's going to die if he doesn't get her!

*wibbles lots*
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wychwood on January 3rd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha. Your recs made me laugh so hard that I nearly dropped the computer. Also, I was forced, forced, I say, to go and instantly download, like, all of them. The Sentinel vid! Such dorkishness! And the bit where they both end up under the garbage truck! And the dorkishness! And the huge amounts of inappropriate physical contact! And, and, and. Wow. I'm almost tempted to try and watch the damn show *g*

And, and, Clark! In the sunglasses! Norrington and Sparrow so flirting! Too much cheesy goodness!

*brain implodes*

You just made my day a better place to be :)
tried to eat the safe banana: Smilethefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Also, I was forced, forced, I say, to go and instantly download, like, all of them.

Yes! My fiendish plot is working!

*rejoices*

Such dorkishness! And the bit where they both end up under the garbage truck! And the dorkishness! And the huge amounts of inappropriate physical contact! And, and, and. Wow. I'm almost tempted to try and watch the damn show.

If there's one thing I've learned from watching Sentinel vids, it's that "inappropriate physical contact" is the Jim and Blair way.

And did I mention that unless you actually see them kissing, it's very difficult to know if you're watching part of the blooper reels or the actual show? Because they are just that close.

*tempts*

(Though, you know, fair warning: I haven't seen the show.)

You just made my day a better place to be

Yay!

And this is yet more support for my theory that every day goes better with cheese. Vids and cheese, cheese and vids. Those are our watchwords.
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BUT HARRY STYLES: TS by gilkurtisestrella30 on January 3rd, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
omg. that Jim scene IS INDEED a regular TS flashback. Im not sure of the episode title, but it was when he was reembering his time in Vice.

HE LOOKED LIKE THAT AS A VICE COP. IN A VERY GAY PART OF TOWN, APPARENTLY.
tried to eat the safe banana: Big eyesthefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Okay. Just. What the hell was he doing in Vice? Because that outfit is pretty much only suitable for getting blowjobs and giving them.

I mean, Jim has just taken the Gayest Crimefighter Award away from Batman. Until the day, I thought it could not be done.

Oh, Jim.
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Breeamalbreeamal on January 3rd, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I was off Smallville for two years and Drop Dead Gorgeous made me want to bing on two seasons of cheese. Terrible. terrible.
tried to eat the safe banana: Smilethefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
*enables shamelessly*

Cheese! You know you want it! Just an episode or two. You can quit whenever you want to.
Imaginary Researcher: smile (movie unknown) - ulanderhannahrorlove on January 3rd, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
I saw "Mr. Sandman" at this year's BASCon vid show - you should have heard the laughter at the Liberace line.

I have heard that DVDs for that show are coming out soon, which should be nice; I have wanted to get into that show for a while but have never had it avaiable to me before.
tried to eat the safe banana: Big eyesthefourthvine on January 3rd, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
I saw "Mr. Sandman" at this year's BASCon vid show - you should have heard the laughter at the Liberace line.

Oh my god I wish I had. But picturing it is excellent fun, too.

I have heard that DVDs for that show are coming out soon, which should be nice; I have wanted to get into that show for a while but have never had it avaiable to me before.

I think the release date is in April, but only for season one. I am, um. Contemplating purchasing them myself. Strictly for archival purposes, you understand.

(And did I ever mention to you that you were completely right about The Prophecy? That movie is just...wow. Really, really slashy. I found myself viewing Lucifer and Gabriel in a whole new light.)
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sheila: somewhere james has never traveledmimesere on January 3rd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
*beam* Danke, miss.
Qqe2 on January 4th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
The movies are not my canon, okay? Mock me if you must. So I'm already starting from a huge handicap when I look at HP vids. (And, side note - this is exponentially true when I'm watching HP shipper vids.

If I did not already love-you-for-many-reasons-of-which-your-recs-sets-are-only-one (see previous comment), I would love you for this. SEENG eet, seester.
Betty: Minabrown_betty on January 4th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
Okay, so my computer crashes and dies when I try to play vids, but I have downloaded these anyway for when I have a cleverer computer networked to mine, and I am going to have a notepad open so that I may take notes so as to have thinky feedback, for you have inspired me and yea, I shall be organized.
noneecanoneeca on January 5th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
wonderful recs as always, although because of you, i've now spent the last three hours downloading every vid that looked remotely appetizing at each of the sites you gave. bad. BAD.
just a question - do you know of any really good Methos-based Highlander fic? gen, or slash, no matter. are you at all familiar with that fandom? it didn't appear to be in your list... (not that i'm trying to hook you on to another one, or anything... *whistles innocently*)
cheers!
fabella: viddingwistful_fever on January 8th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Just because I've been into shameless self promotion lately, I did an HP vid a little while back, called Golden Boy, Harry focus, with a tiny bit of H/D. A tiny bit. There wasn't really enough source for more, in my opinion. /end shameless-ness /hides head
gwyneth: angel/lindsey natgelgwyn_r on January 12th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to take the LJ route to sending you mail, but I can't seem to get a message through to you in response to your question. Using webmail from my home account is iffy so I tried to use gmail, but it keeps notifying me that there's a delay, so I figured maybe this would work.

yes, please feel free to include the vid. If you just link to the main page (gwynethr.net) that would be great -- that way people can use the email link, even though I know that statistically over half the people who hit it won't go further (it's all about instant gratification, you know).

Sorry my messages are so wonky.
Buckaroo: prettywhatdanidigs on January 15th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
The Pirates of the Caribbean Maid on the Shore was awesome. Thanks.