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1. Guillermo del Toro is directing an episode for Season 3 of Hannibal! Does this mean that the Pale Man can kill Hannibal? That would be awesome, even though I'd never be able to sleep again.

2. Speaking of del Toro, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out that his upcoming horror film Crimson Peak is set in Buffalo, NY.

3. I have started seeing flowers when I go walking outside and it's wonderful.

4. I couldn't stand the Taylor Swift song "Blank Space" until somebody on FFA recently said that they want a Will/Hannibal fanvid set to that song, and now I laugh whenever it comes on the radio because I can't stop mentally matching up clips from the show to go with the lyrics.

5. I'm signed up for the Conlan Press/Peter S. Beagle newsletters and there's going to be a new edition for The Last Unicorn DVD released this June and among the extras will be an audio commentary track and a documentary OH MY GOD GIVE IT TO ME NOW. The most recent newsletter also includes a link to a vid of somebody doing a cover of the title song and it's lovely.
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I've really got to get a Utena icon one of these days. Anyway...

Vids
You already know about the literal lyric music video for Total Eclipse of the Heart, right? Somebody took the audio and used it to make a Utena fanvid. I CAN'T STOP WATCHING IT.

Fan Fiction
Archimage by Jude

The super-long, epically awesome, post-series fic you've been searching for. Anthy and Utena have reunited outside Ohtori, but even years later they encounter the other duelists and return to Ohtori with a strong desire to kick Akio's ass. Guys, this fic made me like Nanami and Saionji. HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN? It also feature Anthy as an in-character badass. I'm glad I didn't discover it until recently, since I heard it was a WIP for 10 years.

What's More Dangerous Than Cruising an LA Freeway? by DB Sommer

Set during that episode when Wakaba gets Utena out of the way so that she can go for a ride in the Akio-mobile. (Author says it's during Episode 30.) I can't say anything more than Wakaba is completely and totally awesome, because that would spoil the surprise.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
For those on my f-list who aren't familiar with non-English language musicals, Tanz der Vampire is a German-language musical about--you guessed it--vampires. Despite the fact that I've never yet listened to a full recording or seen a performance, I like it a lot. (The original cast included Steve Barton as the male lead, who was also the original Raoul in Phantom of the Opera.)

Somebody put together a vid of clips from various performances with hilariously unrelated audio clips. I think my favorite might be when the vidder used that famous music bit from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's tons of fun, even if you aren't familiar with the musical. Via yukinojou, thanks for posting!
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The other night I was watching figure skating with my mother. The phrase "Teenagers are so bendy!" was uttered more than once. I love looking at the skaters' costumes, even though some of them are ridiculous. And then, Samantha Cesario skated onto the rink, wearing this costume. (Apologies for the poor quality video.) Now, a lot of the Black Swan costumes from productions of "Swan Lake" are going to have similar elements, but this one is almost identical to Princess Kraehe's costume on "Princess Tutu" and I started gleefully babbling. (My mother put up with this well, given that she's never watched "Princess Tutu".) It really is a striking resemblance--the only difference I can notice is that Rue's costume didn't have feather gauntlets and Cesario's does. The skating routine hasn't begun yet and I say, "She's dressed like Odile! Wouldn't it be great if she skated to music from 'Swan Lake'?"

The music starts. It's "Swan Lake".

You know what it looks like when Kermit is excited and flailing madly? That was me on the couch during the entire performance. During the routine one of the commentators revealed that Cesario designs her own costumes. Could she be a Tutu fan?!?! I can only hope. There was even a little tiara around her bun! Sadly, I did not see any skaters in white swan costumes who also performed to "Swan Lake" music. That would have been the BEST.

ETA: I love tutus. You can see photos of some gorgeous ones here.
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The crap going on with laws about women's rights lately makes me want to scream. On a happier note, I have two recs about awesome women:

One is a vid of suffragettes set to "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, that I first saw through [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore It is so great!!! I'm particularly impressed with how well the women dance in period clothing.

[livejournal.com profile] dollsome has started this:


THE TOTALLY IMPROMPTU FESTIVAL OF AWESOME LADIES
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One of the many glorious things about Studio Ghibli Films is Joe Hisaishi's music for many of them. Sadly, so far I only own the soundtrack for Princess Mononoke. But for some happy, here's the theme for Howl's Moving Castle. I think I could listen to it all day.

ETA: You know what, let's have more happy music: Linguistics Love Song by Christine Collins, via [livejournal.com profile] ashura. I know zilch about linguistics but I still adore this song.
amelia_petkova: (Princess Bride icon)
I finished watching Princess Tutu again this morning and naturally was crying like a baby by the end of it. It reminded me that I've never gotten around to reccing the vid that got me into it.

Title: Hold Me (Hall Om Mig) by Marisa Panaccio

It's full of spoilers and I watched it before even seeing the series, but I had no context to put the video clips into, so it turned out all right. One of the best vids I've ever seen.
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The festivids 2010 masterlist makes me so happy. I don't make fanvids but I do love to watch them. I haven't finished watched all of them yet but here are some of my favorites so far:

Never the Same
fandom: Chronicles of Narnia series

Another One Bites the Dust
fandom: Clue
Perhaps the funniest vid I've ever watched. The vidder also has a wonderful use of rhythm between the images and the music.

A Thousand Suns
fandom: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Take My Hand
fandom: Ever After

Tramps and Thieves
fandom: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Everything's better with Marion.

Arrivee
fandom: La Belle et la Bete
Oh my fucking God, there are actually vids for La Belle et la Bete. (There's a second one but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet.) This is one of those things that makes me love fandom.

As Above, So Below
fandom: Pan's Labyrinth/El laberinto del fauno

Why Walk When You Can Fly
fandom: Princess Mononoke

Recalled to Life
fandom: The Secret Garden (1993)
I'd forgotten how visually gorgeous this movie is.
amelia_petkova: (Labyrinth peach)
The Disney vid of "12 Pains of Christmas" still seems to have disappeared from the Internet but I found something almost as funny: the song set to clips from Doctor Who!
amelia_petkova: (Princess Bride icon)
I've become enamoured with several anime abridged series in the past year. I love parodies of just about any kind to begin with and clicked on links immediately when I found out about them. These are my favorites:

Sailor Moon Abridged
I found out about this one when I was getting ready to move last summer and devoured all the posted episodes in about a week. They're hysterically funny, primarily making fun of the English dub. (Even the voices sound like the dub actors!) The thing that impresses me most is that the group of friends who does this has completed over 40 episodes and one of the movies, and they're still going.

Episode 1 on YouTube

Vision of Escaflowne Abridged
Some of the abridged episodes are shorter than I would like (around 5 minutes) but they're still hysterically funny. (Hitomi frequently breaks the fourth wall.) Currently, the creator has only two more episodes to go to finish the series. I can't wait to watch them but I'll be sad when it's finished.

Episode 1 on YouTube
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Poll time: How many of you have seen the remake of The Wicker Man starring Nicholas Cage? If you haven't, all you need to know is that it's a horrible remake of a great horror movie. (I'm ashamed to say that I have seen the remake but not the original. Yet.)

Somebody has made a trailer advertising The Wicker Man remake as a straight-up comedy. And let me tell you, it works! I would have paid money to see this movie if this were how it really went. I watched this video over and over again, laughing harder each time. Watch this. It will make your day.
amelia_petkova: (Labyrinth peach)
I've been going through YouTube and bookmarking videos like it's nobody's business. Some of the goodies:

Baby Britain by Elliott Smith.
It's hard to find PotC music videos that I like, but I like this song.

Cowboy Bebop and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
What isn't good about this combination? The world needs more fun music.

And to feed my musicals fixation:

Totale Finsternis with the original Tanz der Vampire cast
Silly me, for not trying to see Tanz when I was in Europe. But I got to visit Wales so it's all good.

An Elisabeth music video with the song Dark Waltz by Hayley Westenra
I found this one today. Watched it several times and it still gives me chills.

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