May. 22nd, 2015 09:04 am
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
Season 2 of Carmilla begins on June 2 and Season 3 of Hannibal begins on June 4.

This is gonna be fun.
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
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.
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
I'm rewatching Season 2 of Hannibal and loving it. As you may have figured out, I just got through the horse episode.

assorted spoilers from now on )

That's all for now, though I'm sure I'll have more later. I also need to remember to post that entry about parallels between Utena and the Carmilla web series.
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
Today I started things out by repeatedly yelling "Screw you!" at the television while eating breakfast.

I'm watching Season 1 of Hannibal for the first time (I've already seen Season 2) and I'm currently on the brain scan episode. Of course, I yell at many of the characters during the rest of the season but this episode has increased the frequency.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
You guys, I was poking around on IMDB today and realized that Hugh Dancy, who's currently best known as Will Graham on Hannibal also played the prince in that godawful film adaptation of Ella Enchanted. Ugh. I don't know how to feel about this... At least he's moved up in the world.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
I read Bacchae by Euripides because of Hannibal. No, really. I lurk on Tumblr a bit and stumbled across this great analysis of similarities between Season 1 of Hannibal and the play. It’s a wonderfully screwed-up play, like the rest of Greek tragedy, and everybody should read it even if you don’t care about Hannibal.

(Also: for the most part I don’t care about award shows, but Hannibal didn’t get one single Emmy nomination? Not even for cinematography? Are you kidding me?)

I haven’t read large amounts of Ancient Greek dramas, but I think Euripides is my favorite playwright out of all the ones I’ve experienced so far. I was already familiar with Medea, but the anthology I borrowed for Bacchae also included Trojan Women.


It takes place after Troy has been captured by the Greeks and the women of Troy are being taken away as slaves. Poor Hecuba, the queen of Troy, has seen all of her family members either killed or enslaved, and even she is being sent away as a slave to Odysseus’s wife, Penelope.

As much as I feel sorry for everybody in this play, Cassandra is my favorite character. Rather than just being a passive victim who’s been driven mad by her curse, she’s more or less accepted her fate as a slave to Agamemnon (and later to be killed by Clytemnestra), and is determined to FUCK THEIR SHIT UP. (She’s still unstable, but not without a mission.) She says to Hecuba,

“Mother, crown me with a victory wreath, and celebrate my marriage to a king! Take me to him and, if I hesitate, force me. For if Apollo told the truth, my marriage to Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks, will be more painful to him than Helen’s. I shall kill Agamemnon and destroy his home; he will pay in blood for what he did to my brothers and father. I won’t talk about the rest: I won’t sing about the axe at my throat, or the murder of the others, or the agony of matricide that my murder will set in motion, besides the overthrow of the house of Atreus.”

She then goes on to talk about how their people are more fortunate than the Greeks, because the Trojans have the glory of defending their home and being with their loved ones when they die. I think this quote sums it up best:

“They [the Greeks] sent thousands to their deaths for the sake of one woman, and one love affair, when they chased after Helen. Look at this clever general, who destroyed what he loved most, for what was most hated; he gave up the pleasures of his children at home for the sake of his brother’s wife who left home willingly; she was not raped.”

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a totally inappropriate analogy but it’s what popped into my head nonetheless.

I would have to say that the saddest part is that Andromache’s young son is taken from her and killed by the Greeks during the play—he’s not already dead when it begins. He dies because the Greeks are scared that the continued existence of Hector’s son could give the Trojans hope.

Thanks for ripping out my heart, Euripides. It’s not like I needed it or anything.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
I'm trying to remember something from the latest episode and having trouble. Can anybody help me out before I try to rewatch the whole thing?

spoilers )


Mar. 11th, 2014 01:14 pm
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
The good news: I was able to borrow the entire first season of Sabrina: The Teenage Witch on DVD from the library, and it's still fun to watch.

The weird news: IT FIRST AIRED IN 1996! It's going to be 18 YEARS OLD in September. HOLY SHIT! I knew it was old but I didn't know it was that old!
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
I finally decided to give Hannibal a try this season and it's going well, except for the one or two times each episode that I have to look away from the screen. But something happened this episode that was AWESOME.

spoilers )
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
I watched the first couple episodes of NBC's Dracula, then gave up on it. But I wanted to see how they wrapped things up, so I watched the last couple of episodes. The finale...made me laugh a lot, which probably wasn't the point.

spoilers )

So I definitely enjoyed watching the season finale, but probably not for the reasons the show's creators intended. :)
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
I'm going to be laughing for a long time now that I've learned Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Frankie from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends are voiced by the same actress!

It makes me want to write some kind of crossover fic, though I have no clue what it would be about.
amelia_petkova: (pre-raph Persephone)
So I recently found out about the new TV show Yonderland which, from the clips and trailers I've seen, looks to be wonderfully hilarious. I found the official website but am having some trouble understanding the Terms of Use. Can anybody tell me if the show on this website can be watched by people outside of the UK, or if it can't, is there some other way of watching it?
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Once Upon a Time

spoilers for 2x03 and 2x04 )

Also, I can't be the only person who got a "Frankenstein" vibe from the preview for next week's episode.

Ranma 1/2
I'm reading Volume 33 and found a reference to "The Little Match Girl". If I didn't already love this manga, that would do it.
amelia_petkova: (Default)
No particularly deep thoughts, just some observations.

spoilers of course )
amelia_petkova: (Default)
Not sure where this came from but all of a sudden I want an AU fic where the ladies of Downton Abbey (at least the Crawley sisters and probably Lavinia, too) are spies and run around getting shit done during WWI.
amelia_petkova: (Default)

massive spoilers )

Despite my gripes, I had a lot of fun watching. This isn't my favorite show ever but I was practically bouncing in my seat during the commercials. I'll probably watch the second season but I'll be impatient for it. At least I have Korra to keep me entertained!
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Alrighty, I've seen some movies and caught up on some TV recently so it's reaction time.

I saw Mirror, Mirror recently. For the most part, it was a lot of fun. One of the parts I really liked is when the prince and his servant are riding through the forest and the prince says, "The trees are just wood." And then I had Into the Woods stuck in my head. My other favorite part is when the prince is talking about "prince saving the princess" stories and saying, "We've focus grouped it! It works!" That made my day. I could have done without the "spanking" bit but I do want Snow White's robber outfit.

I also saw Wrath of the Titans. It was all right but I do have one quibble with a major element of the plot. mild spoilers )

Once Upon a Time, 4x21
spoilers ahoy )
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Just a couple of immediate reactions to "The Return":

The Blue Fairy has the worst costume of anyone on this show.

Sidney is the world's worst liar.

spoilers )
amelia_petkova: (Default)
I'm starting to catch up on episodes of Once Upon a Time I've missed that are still online for free (sadly, "Red Handed" isn't one of them). Spoilers ahoy!

What Happened to Frederick )

Heart of Darkness )
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I'm doing a marathon read of the Ranma 1/2 manga and I'm through Volume 5 so far. I love the fact that Rumiko Takahashi made up a martial arts tea ceremony. It's seriously awesome and hilarious.

Oh, lord. While typing the above, I was smacked with a desire to write a fan fic that's a fusion of the martial arts tea ceremony with Downton Abbey. They certainly drink enough tea. Or Avatar: TLA!


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