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Humming Rheingold...

No writing yesterday. So I shall not bore you with non-existent word counts.

I did learn, rather late in the evening, that Daughter of Hounds was selected for the Locus 2007 Recommended Reading List. And that made me smile a little.

I also didn't get the poll posted for Part Two of "The Crimson Alphabet." I'll do that later today. The results for the first poll are somewhat interesting, but given that such a tiny percentage of Sirenia Digest subscribers have voted, I'm not sure it tells me very much.

We saw a matinée screening of Juan Antonio Bayona's El Orfanto (The Orphanage) from a screenplay by Sergio G. Sánchez. A very, very finely turned ghost story, with lots of wonderful echoes of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. I really didn't think we'd get to see this one on the big screen, but I'm glad we did. It's good to see that there are still people who understand the value of pacing and ambiguity in dark fantasy. Roger Ebert's review is quite good, and I especially liked the bit where he declares that El Orfanto "is deliberately aimed at viewers with developed attention spans. It lingers to create atmosphere, a sense of place, a sympathy with the characters, instead of rushing into cheap thrills." Of course, that means it's deliberately aiming at a very small audience these days, at least if it's America we're speaking of, and I can always hope Spanish attention spans are longer. At any rate, that patient audience will be richly rewarded. The film makes splendid use not only of its visuals, but of sound, which I have always felt is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of dark fantasy on film.

A lot of movies lately, which is mostly my brain needing to be entertained, to hear other people's stories, before I have to go back to telling my own.

Later, I went with Spooky to Whole Foods, and we had a dinner of roast chicken and curried vegetables and marinated mushrooms. Though it's a very, very small drop in the bucket, I was quite glad to learn that Whole Foods will be phasing out all plastic shopping bags in 2008. We bring our own canvas bags, and I would urge others to do likewise. A drop in the bucket, but there you go.

Later still, we watched more Angel. It's not like this is great television, but it's entertaining, and it's often good television. On Friday night, we watched the end of Season One, "To Shanshu in L.A." and began Season Two ("Judgment" and "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been"). Last night, we watched "First Impressions" and "Untouched." But, hey, if you want to see something really scary, try Meltdown, the ballet based on the life of trash-pop distraction and tabloid slut Britney Spears. No, I'm serious. It's being performed by the Rambert Dance Company in London. Can we now officially say that culture is dead and just be done with it? I thought not. Never the easy way out. Anyway, I also edited yet another transcript for Dune: Apocalypse, and spent far too much of the evening in Toxian, as the Court of Shadows apparently declared some sort of open war on the city, and I was sent to find one of the demons who is part of the Omega Institute, get her back to the library, and then hold the library against any attacks. I even had help from blu_muse, and never mind that she thinks us Omegas are just a stuck up bunch of bookworms.


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Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
and omg did all hell break loose immediately after Nareth and Dancer departed...

Toxian City - What You Missed
Of course, you were gone by then so Cer had no motive to help the Omegas anymore...

Edited at 2008-02-03 07:25 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)

Wow. Thanks...for a picture of Brit..being brutally tortured by the Shadows. :-)
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
oh yeah... the Poll.. haven't finished reading it all so.. hopefully I'll get to it this evening.
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Toxian City
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)

Hey, except for the fact that her eyes are doing something goofy, Nareth actually looks like a bad ass. I love my gun...
Feb. 3rd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Here's one more I took this morning while we were talking:
Toxian City
Feb. 4th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Ooooh. Thanks. Even better!

Edited at 2008-02-04 12:19 am (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about what you'll think of Charisma Carpenter once you get into some of the later seasons, where they move her away from the same Buffy character and actually develop her. I wasn't much of a fan of the character, but as the series continued I have to admit she grew on me more.
Feb. 3rd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I was the same way. I liked her later on.
Feb. 4th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
I always wondered what they would have done with her if she, the actress, hadn't gotten pregnant and threw that monkey wrench into the series.
Feb. 4th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)

She is exactly why I never really gave Angel a chance during that first season, and only started watching it regularly towards the end.
I'm far less annoyed by her now that it's been years since I hated her on Buffy.

I'm really enjoying watching it like this. Series binges are always fun.
Feb. 4th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I agree, series binges are a ton of fun. We went through all four back seasons of Nip/Tuck recently -- though it was more my wife's thing than mine.

Not sure which series will be next for us. I do love the online rental deals, as it lets you binge as much as you can handle for one low price.
Feb. 3rd, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Somewhere in Season 3, Angel became great TV, the most relentlessly dark TV aside from BSG.
Feb. 4th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Indeed. And in the last season, it has one of the most utterly excruciatingly painful death scenes I've seen in any medium, I mean, seriously, fucking episode wrung me out. Joss SO knows how to push the big pain buttons.

Love it.
Feb. 4th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Put me down for "Gallery", as I seem to have missed the voting window. >< I loved that story. I want *more*.
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