Nov. 30th, 2012 06:34 pm
taotrooper: The Norse god of mischief insists he's not trolling on the Internet (Marvel / Internet Jotunn)
It's been a while... ahem.

I think I've been more active in Plurk and Tumblr than here in the journals out of laziness. Plus, this month was a total festival of spammers in almost every post in every LJ community I've ever made, so that really threw me off.

I'll try to be more active. However, I'm going to try to think of the DW mirror as the main one from now on. Because of how gross LJ is (and will be) right now, I'll still crosspost and read my flist because of the comms and few people who aren't on DW; other than that, it's really hard for me to keep thinking about Livejournal as something serious anymore.

Anyway, I'm also:
taotrooper @ Plurk (there are a lot of Spanish posts because most of my friends there are my RP buddies.)
taotrooper @ Tumblr. That's the main one. I also have two fandom-centric blogs:
→→ celestialbrush (Okami)
→→ journey-into-mystery (Thor comics but mostly -obviously- Journey into Mystery)

I got really into the JiM fandom this year, which hangs out mostly at Tumblr. Hell, even the writer got really into the Tumblr JiM fandom and makes our lives miserable out of the pages. It's curious that there are fandoms now where the main thing is happening over there, while there's little to no presence on LJ/DW or AO3/FFnet/dA/Pixiv. Ghost Trick fandom was also like that, a lot of anime series and games and cartoons too. It seems, for obscure stories or little fandoms/subfandoms, it's just easier to hang around the tags and find coherent people there. Meanwhile, the huge fandoms are usually stupider on Tumblr. Just to keep in-topic, the comic!Loki fans (in either reincarnation, although I mostly chilled with the Kid Loki peeps) are most times much cooler than the majority of Hiddleston!Loki fanbrats on Tumblr (which tend to be noisy and sometimes cray-cray.) And you can say that about most fandoms that are big on Tumblr. And then there's the Percy Jackson fandom who isn't that huge but it's just mostly repulsive. So yeah... I think Tumblr fandoms works better, weirdly, with little stuff. I wish this wasn't the case because it's almost impossible to befriend and talk to these people normally in that site.

Anyway, some short reviews of stuff I've read and watched this Autumn.

Journey into Mystery, Doctor Who, The Mark of Athena, Wreck-it Ralph, Brave )
taotrooper: Plastic toy aliens stare at you in wonder (LOL aliens!)
Because after Katanagatari, I wanted to cleanse my pallet with something non-Japanese and non-angsty. I think it was mission accomplished.

α Toy Story 3
Yeah, it took me a while. Pretty awesome and it has it all. I laughed, I cried, I flailed, I bit my nails. Like, three minutes after sobbing my eyes out in the ending, I was smiling, and then I was bursting in giggles. Yeah, that kind of film. And this is probably one of the rare trilogies where it's still amazing as movies pass by.
I had my doubts about the plot because it does sound like a douche move to the toys. But then it wasn't at all. It did remind me of Brave Little Toaster in some parts, but it's more lighthearted and the outcome is quite different. I approved of it, despite it all.
You know, this doesn't really mark the end of my childhood because I was a teenager when the first one came out. And Pixar movies are hit and miss to me. But it still moved me. It's hard not to watch this films and get attached to a lot of characters. I didn't ship toys before, why am I shipping toys now :|

β Megamind
This one was so much fun! A lot of meta jokes and philosophy about heroes and villains, plus the dorkiest main character you can imagine. And the roles kept changing around, which is something I loved about that. It did bother me a little that... cut for spoilers ) But regardless of my WTF over the latter, the film is so much fun and witty and full with LOLs.

γ Tangled
Quite adorable. And if you think about it, this is the first time Disney went with an ACTUAL pretty magical healer princess, which is the big princess archetype in RPG/fantasy. Rapunzel was like someone mixed a genki JRPG heroine with Anastasia and Giselle and then gave her Stockholm syndrome. She was also less sassy than she looked like in promos, more on the cutesy side sometimes, but on the other hand she had sympathetic flaws and was a brave girl regardless. So yeah, I liked her. The funny thing about Flynn is that after all the focus in trailers he had (and their respective wank), he was pretty much fail :'D I think I'm amused by this generation of Disney pairs: girl with a goal that is not finding twoo wub is stuck with useless but flirty guy. But he's cute in his dork, like he wants to be Tulio from El Dorado. Also, like [livejournal.com profile] mumumugen says, it's interesting how scarily well it portraits manipulating abusing parents and overprotected children.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Katamari / ask me how I roll)

So this entry isn't pointless, and I don't have to pretend I've been a good LJfriend lately (so getting a coal these holidays), how about some reviews?

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, also known as the lovechild of The Jungle Book and Tim Burton's filmography. It was fine, some stories more interesting than others (my favorite was the Danse Macabre one), but the ending chapters felt sort of rushed to me. Then again, all Gaiman novels do feel like that to me, somehow. They start well, and then I go "...so, that's it?" at the ending.

  • The Princess and the Frog. Cute! I was expecting to love it more after reading the spoilers and seeing how hard Disney was trying to make it different. I did like it, and Tiana/Naveen is hot and refreshing, but it all happened too fast for me and couldn't get attached. Maybe my memories of the golden age of Disney were too hyped and this is why I wasn't 100% satisfied? Or was it the lack of charisma in the animal sidekicks? But anyway, it's a fine first return to 2D!

  • Sword of the Stranger. I can only explain this by saying gorey samurai flick + Seirei no Moribito + Rurouni Kenshin + a puppy. It was fun! Kinda cliché much, and Nanashi is like the sexy lovechild of Kenshin Himura and Balsa who's failing to cosplay the dude from Blade of the Immortal, but the characters are cool and well-rounded for a movie -except for the crazy blond rival guy, he wasn't developed at all. I can tell you I would totally watch a show about the happy adventures of Kotaro and his two cute pets, Tobimaru and Nanashi. Or at least light novels or manga based on it. Come on, Japan, make it happen!

  • Summer Wars. Found a Korean fansub and an English sub file. Anyway, this movie's about TEH INTERWEBZ AND BREAKING THEM, you guys. Therefore, it's epic. (Also about family, but mostly, Internet being trolled) More not completely spoilerish details here ) Without entering in the real life details of the plot, this movie is all over the place and the cast is huge. But it's so satisfying and epic. Plus, it makes you wondering about the issues of newest technologies being so involved in everything. So go watch it when there are good English subs, because it's pretty cool.
taotrooper: A girl is laughing evilly, maybe yelling something like I AM THE MELON LORD (Toph / LULZ)
1. Snakes on a Plane

This popped on TV while I was in the living room, and I was all "no, don't change the channel, I want to see how bad it is!" But yesss, finally watched it and let me tell you, in the end I was disappointed because the lulz were less than advertised. It can all be summed up in my family's conclusion, but sadly it's too Venezuelan to be translated while maintaining the pun:

Mom: ¿Ya se terminó tu culebrón?
Me: ...ahora que lo dices, esto tuvo más culebrón que culebras.

Meaning there was too much character drama and too little snake scenes. But eh, at least it was worth it just for the scene where the grumpy old man throws the valley girl's chihuahua to the anaconda's mouth, or when they break the windows and the snakes go flying. These will be printed in my mind forever! XD (what? it's a glorified B movie! I can spoil something like that, can't I?)

2. Lilo & Stitch

I knew I'd like it because of the quirky factor, and because I just can't resist stories with LOL ALIENS (and this was the whole point, mind you). What I didn't expect was this moving breaking my heart to the point of sobbing. I think this became one of my top favorite Disney movies.

Also, are the sequel and TV show too toxic? Because I want more, and I vaguely remember seeing some episodes like a year ago when I had the Disney channel combo, and didn't seem that bad by then.

ETA: Egg.

Adopt one today!
taotrooper: A baby pegasus eating grapes (Fantasia / I brake for grape)
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for a week without fail.


- ACHTUNG! I got a 10 in German!
- This HIMYM photoshoot. These guys are awesome.
- Watching Robin Hood (Disney version) videos. The Men in Tights parody is awesome. This one gets to be a bit repetitive, but it had me laughing for two solid minutes.
- Kit Kat bar.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Kenshin / Hitokiri scars)
the disney meme

I really SHOULD study today, be productive. It's not like I can play videogames or anything, unless it's that game with the anorexic asshole and the looks-like-an-ugly-Kaworu godmode creep. I could make icons, but I'm lazy.

On the other hand, rereading Rurouni Kenshin up to the end of the fight with Sano awakened my love for the series and the titular character ♥ It's fucking expensive (10 euros, 22 volumes), but the books are huge and pretty and it was the first manga ever I read. Besides, I never owned the whole thing. The random color pages are nothing spectacular, especially compared to manga coloring you see in fandoms, and they only used like five colors and shit to paint everything. Yet for some stupid reason seeing his hair red makes me giddy like I was fifteen again. Maybe it's because it's Rurouni-fucking-Kenshin.

Also, because of Laurus I want to rewatch The Sword in the Stone. And I'm convinced this had to be Howl Jenkins' favorite movie when he was a little kid, and the reason he became a wizard AND a closet Arthurian geek later in life. Turning into animals is fun~~
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Obligatory Disney icon)
All this Indiana Jones posts made me want to rewatch the old trilogy. But since I can't be buying the pack and I'm too lazy to download them, I decided to rent them if they had it in the crappy video rental near the supermarket. I still had some bucks in the card for the club's ATM-like machine.

...Not only my card was expired, but the whole CLUB was. Apparently they went out of business two weeks ago. I am not surprised, because like I said they were crappy, but this screwed up my afternoon plans.

So I checked my unwatched downloaded stuff, and I picked Disney's Beauty and the Beast, since it was another childhood classic. And this one had the "Human Again" scene, which I had never seen. I really liked the sequence.


And you know, the prince managed to look even uglier than I remembered. I was wondering if we weren't exaggerating the whole thing and keep on believing our own childhood wanky opinions for our sanity's sake. But trust me, we so weren't. He was THAT ugly.

About FPS

Sep. 25th, 2007 04:04 pm
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Obligatory Disney icon)
I've been talking with this with [livejournal.com profile] yaired, [livejournal.com profile] gingetsu and [livejournal.com profile] hamsterfactor, and more recently with [livejournal.com profile] river_nile about this subject. I saw something on fandomsecrets about it as well. So I might as well make a post about it.

Most girls and young women who are either Disney freaks or lived their childhood during the early 90s, including me, suffer from what I like to call FPS.

Stands for Fugly Prince Syndrome.

If you've watched Beauty and the Beast (Disney version), you might remember how the Beast was like. Mmmm Beast. He starts very rude and wild, but as the movie continues he turns into a gentleman and overall a nicer guy. I mean, Disney has the quality to push some buttons and awake the little furry in all of us (two words: Robin Hood), but you couldn't feel guilty for liking the Beast -either as just a character, or finding him actually attractive. Because even if he was scary and excessively hairy, he wasn't really ugly (at least from the fairytale point of view), and in objective comparison you'd rather marry him than Gaston. So lots of girls crushed on the Beast, and that's cool. He's manly yet cuddly. And ironically cute.

The thing was the ending. I mean, the obvious conclusion was him turning back, not only because of the original fairytale, but because at that time for a Disney film there had to be a happy ending. Probably lots of viewers wouldn't find a problem with a different outcome, supposing Beast could survive Gaston's stab, and Belle saying the magic words AFTER the rose withered completely. She wouldn't mind living with Beast all furry (the servants would mind, but duh) forever. And that's fucking romantic of her.

But the real issue wasn't the Beast to turn human again, no. The issue was that the prince form was, to put it in a polite way, not attractive. He looks like a boyband member on steroids, and doesn't even feel like the Beast when wearing the ball blue outfit. If I were Belle, I'd have a harder time to believe he's my beastie boy; a single glance on the eyes -cue West Wing portrait flashback- isn't really enough. C'mon, tell me something about me only Beast knows! Growl at me! Eat porridge with your bare hands! DO SOMETHING MORE! WTF did you turn into, Jesus?!

Thus, we'd much rather this lame guy to turn back into the beast, even if the movie's supposed message was not being this shallow about appearances. So, that's the irony of FPS: we'd do the Beast, as long as he doesn't turn into that.

(Funny enough, when my mom saw me covering my eyes during the transformation sequence, every freaking time I watched the movie, she was convinced I was strange. B-b-but it was painful to seeeeee! For some reason the worse part for me was the feet. I never quite explained it to her so she assumed I had a crush on the prince. THE OTHER WAY AROUND, MA. I never corrected her because I thought I was being unreasonable until I saw I wasn't alone on this.)

And another thing. This bloke's canon name was Adam. WTF. Shouldn't he have a more French-sounding name? It's not even original! "Prince Adam" makes me think of He-man, and my brain breaks and wonders if there are crossovers. Moral of the story: all princes called Adam are just unsexy.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Obligatory Disney icon)
Oh, good! Not only I was able to survive to my first LIMS week ever, but my crit was actually constructive *breathes*

Now join me next Friday, while I die from yet another image challenge that won't inspire me *weeps*

After going to the supermarket today, I went to the basement to check my old books out. I managed to find my Japanese mythology book, which is great, and read some pages of it. Particularly the ones about myths popping in my fandoms You know, I think this is the first source I see that says Benkei was pwned and became Yoshitsune's second hand when the latter was still called Ushiwakamaru. But nevermind that. I wonder if it's my geek/Ravenclaw leaking, or me being a pseudo-OCDer. Anyway...

I also found my English dictionary, and my Norse runes' handbook.

Oh, and I found two old Disney CDs! When I was little I collected Disney soundtracks. Sadly, we sold most of them later on, but I still had a couple left. I'm still mourning the Fantasia and the Aladdin ones, but what can I do :/

So, I ripped them and uploaded them for you >D I'm sure one or two of you will want them. Mind you, they're from original CDs from the 90s. If the boxes weren't so dirty and broken, and I hadn't lost TLK's booklet, I could've got some good cash with them today.

Beauty and the Beast OST (1991)

The Lion King OST (1994)

And yeah, it's all the songs. OSTs those days were lame when it came to instrumental songs.


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