May 27th, 2009

10-T, 10-C

Ten random things: May 27

The ten films referred to in yesterday's list:

  1. Hairspray
  2. Sense and Sensibility
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth
  4. Sunrise
  5. In Bruges
  6. The Savages
  7. The Astronaut Farmer
  8. The Darjeeling Limited
  9. Dan in Real Life
  10. Zodiac

As was pointed out by kaitzi in the comments to yesterday's post, the description provided for Sense and Sensibility -- "Suitors romance, then abandon, sisters left destitute by their father's death in late-1800s England" -- is "a little weird." For one thing, it doesn't take place in the late 1800s. The novel on which it's based was written in 1811, so it can be assumed that it's set in that general time frame. Also, I don't think it's fair to Edward to say he abandoned Elinor, nor for that matter to say he was her suitor.

And just because it amused me, I want to highlight this exchange between me and petzipellepingo regarding the 1927 classic Sunrise:

PPP: I wasn't sure if there was a remake of Sunrise floating around that I didn't know about.

JH: Surprisingly, I don't think it ever has been remade. Seems like it's a story that's ripe for it. How about Angelina Jolie as the woman from the city, Brad Pitt as the farmer, and Jennifer Aniston as the farmer's wife?

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In which I am a big nerd

I do not think Fran Kuzui's idea to reboot the Buffy franchise is a very good one. I'm not one of those fans who believes Joss can do no wrong, but I do think it was his vision and guidance that made the franchise what it is. On the other hand, I think the odds are low that it will ever get made -- I don't think Vertigo Entertainment is exactly an industry powerhouse -- so I'm not going to spend much time worrying about it.

Speaking of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I'm on a bit of a fanfic kick right now, and while historically I haven't been particularly interested in Buffy fics, I do enjoy Buffy/Harry Potter crossovers. Most of them are mediocre or worse, but I did read one the other day that really impressed me: Dead Trouble by Marcus Rowland. What did I like about it? Well, it's very well written, with an imaginative plot and several very funny moments. It features an intersection point that is interesting and unique. And it respects the established time lines of both series, which is probably more important to me than to most people. (And really, it's not that important even to me; another of my favorite HP/BtVS crossovers, Harry Potter and the Key of Dagon by Don Sample, takes place post-Order of the Phoenix and post-"Chosen," which obviously is impossible. Wait, I know, a wizard did it!) Rowland accomplished this by the simple expedient of setting the story post-Deathly Hallow (but pre-epilogue) and post-Season Eight.

Speaking of Harry Potter, did you know that in addition to being the brightest witch of her age, Hermione Granger is also a Pirate Queen? It's in the books, it's canon! Or so says Tom Smith in his song, "Hey, It's Can(n)on". Definitely worth a listen. There's probably a fic based on this song out there somewhere, but I don't feel inclined to look for it right now. If I feel like reading about characters from the Harry Potter universe on the high seas, I'll re-read Plantagenet by HiBob, in which Harry travels to a parallel world and becomes a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Yes, really.

Speaking of fanfic, Rich Morris's epic Doctor Who comic The Ten Doctors has come to an end after two years and 247 pages. He's made the whole thing available in one easy-to download collection. (Or, if you prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, you can start on page one and work your way forward.) I enjoyed it immensely, and it's well worth the time to read.

And apropos of nothing preceding, how did I never realize until just now that Broots from The Pretender and Laslo from Real Genius were played by the same person?
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