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The Chinchilla
15 August 2010 @ 10:39 am
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The Chinchilla
31 March 2009 @ 09:02 pm
Check out this songlist:

  • "We Built This City" - Starship
  • "Nothing but a Good Time" - Poison
  • "Keep on Loving You" - REO Speedwagon
  • "Just Like Paradise" - David Lee Roth
  • "I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
  • "Too Much Time on My Hands" - Styx
  • "Renegade" - Styx
  • "I Hate Myself for Loving You" - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • "Oh Sherrie" - Steve Perry
  • "Waiting for a Girl Like You" - Foreigner
  • "Shadows of the Night" - Pat Benatar
  • "Don't Stop Believing" - Journey
  • "Heaven" - Warrant
  • "The Search is Over" - Survivor
  • "We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister
  • "High Enough" - Damn Yankees
  • "The Final Countdown" - Europe
  • "I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner
  • "Harden My Heart" - Quarterflash
  • "Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake
  • "To Be With You" - Mr. Big
  • "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - Poison
  • "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Pat Benatar
  • "Can't Fight This Feeling" - REO Speedwagon
  • "Wanted Dead or Alive" - Bon Jovi
  • "Cum on Feel the Noize" - Slade/Quiet Riot
  • "Any Way You Want It" - Journey
  • "Heat of the Moment" - Asia
  • "Sister Christian" - Night Ranger
  • "More Than Words" - Extreme

That's the songlist of Rock of Ages, a new jukebox musical heading to Broadway.

\m| *headbangs* |m/
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The Chinchilla
04 February 2009 @ 09:14 am
I'm still in the process of writing my Die Hard crackfic, so I did some googling of pictures because I need visual references to keep the characters in my head, and I came upon:

My brain did an asplodey thing at the cuteness. I don't know whose face is the most LOL-worthy, Justin's WTF or Bruce's deadpan or Maggie's cluelessness. Then I cackled all the way while driving to work, and wrote a crack drabble which has nothing to do with the photo, but everything to do with how much it makes me go heh heh heh in general.

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Title: A Type
Fandom: Die Hard 4.0 / Live Free or Die Hard
Genre: Crack drabble crossover, 100 words exactly.
Rating: G.

It’s Matt’s idea and Matt’s money, so John doesn’t complain that much when he’s dragged across hundreds of miles of ocean for a baguette – which is really what the whole exercise boils down to.

Matt keeps reminding him every five minutes to not go ugly American on the funny-smelling folk, and John thinks that just might be possible until a car that’s missing two wheels flips through the bistro window and screeches across the floor to crash into the back wall.

Frank Martin limps out and asks to borrow Matt’s phone.

Matt’s eyes are glazed over, so John cuffs him.


Visual reference for poor souls who don"t know Frank Martin.Collapse )
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Current Music: Lady GaGa - Just Dance
The Chinchilla
01 February 2009 @ 10:11 am
So I've run out of fic to read. Instead of flailing about in distress (saving that for later), I'm re-reading the fic I've saved and quoting my favourite bits, some funny, some introspective, some so very McClane that it makes me go EEEEEEE a lot. \o/

(McClane)'s made… well, not a living so much as a habit, of winning by being the most stubborn, willful motherfucker out there and allowing nothing to stand between him and his end goal.
This series is one of my favs, cos, you know, McClane's pretty damn useless when nothing's under threat of being blown up, and this fic's got that awkward-slash-asshole balance right there.

The thing about these fucking cell phones is that they keep getting smaller and it's hard to properly take out your pissedness on a device you have to dial with the tips of your fingernails.
Sequel to Connectivity.

Matt prides himself on being a pretty quick thinker under pressure, at least when guns aren't involved, but he sits there, totally tharn on John's couch while the door opens and Lucy - holy Christ, Lucy - breezes in, balancing some gift-wrapped boxes in one arm.
Massive glee for the use of "tharn", random literary references ftw. Also, this is the sequel to Rewriting the Disk.

[Context: Post-boinking with John, Lucy has just called Matt's cellphone.] Matt scrapes himself up to sitting position and tries to ignore his illogical impulse to cover his crotch with the blanket. Then he does it anyway.

[Matt to John:] "God, do you - I've been so turned on all week, you have no idea, just - you're not even a democrat."
One of the few fics to more than hand-wave the nationwide fall-out of the film's events, and there's snarky banter. One of the first fics of this pairing I've read, and still one of my favs.

As (Matt) talks, his gaze keeps drifting to where John shot himself and Gabriel. When the kid flat out stares at the spot for what's got to be the fifth or sixth time, John rolls his eyes and waves his hand over his shoulder. "My eyes are up here. Jesus, it's fine."
Plenty interesting rattling about in Farrell's twisted head and McClane's insane one, this one battles close to top of my fav fics, because it's one of the extreme few that left me feeling content and satisfied. (A lot of others left me flailing and searching for another new fic to read.) I was a little disappointed when the POV switched from Farrell to McClane near the beginning because all that messed up introspection is fabulous, but that's a small gripe.

"Kid, you jack off next to me and I'll shoot you."
"With what? The FBI took your gun, remember?"
"I'll dismantle my IV pole and make a rocket launcher out of it."

Funny banter, drugged-up-ness, meta jokes and cabin fever as the duo recuperate in the hospital.

(Lucy) shook her head sadly. "Your Freudian crush on my father is kind of disturbing, Farrell."
Christmas fic! Seriously, Die Hard and Christmas, please, this is important, even if canon has pretty much forgotten about that connection.

Obsessive people are, well, obsessive. They have files on their Macs about the things that they're obsessive about. For example, Matt might have a folder like this on his desktop:
Main folder: McClane, J.
Subfolders: Nakatomi Plaza. Dulles Airport. Federal Reserve. NYPD. LAPD.
Sub-subfolders: Hans Gruber. Sgt. Al Powell. Richard Thornberg, asshole. General Ezperanza. Colonel Stuart. Simon Gruber. Zeus Carver. Holly Gennaro McClane. Lucy McClane.
Sub-sub-subfolder: This is Not Porn. Stop it.

More well-written funny and Farrell being awkward and drugged up. Lucy makes an adorable appearance in the proceedings, which is also loffly. I really loffs the funny, whut, and though the denouement is a bit too fast and almost comes out of nowhere, this fic has more lines like:

Matt's bad in a crisis, really bad. This isn't quite a crisis, but he might be pissing himself all the same. He'd ask how McClane got past the security door, but it is McClane. He might have just scaled the side of the building with his fingers.

[Matt to Lucy:] "Luce… have you met your dad? The man will still be here after the nuclear apocalypse. He'll outlive us all. Him and the cockroaches. And he rescued (Holly). How can you not love somebody who saves your life over and over?"
I don't like this fic's ending, but it does have some fabulous lines, like:

A month after that, John bullies his way into Matt's new apartment. How he found the address, since the guy can't even Google, he has no idea. He probably stuck a gun in Bowman's face. Or threw a helicopter at him.

“Hey, pick up the script for my contacts, willya?”
“What am I, senile?” John says, tone lighter, and with the tell-tale jocularity of trying to charm his way through a lie. “I already got ‘em, right here.” There’s the crisp retort of paper being shaken, and a woman’s voice says sharply,
Hey, quit it!
Matt purses his lips, forcing back a smile. “That’s not a drug store bag, asshole, it’s clearly a newspaper. Connie’s newspaper, if I’m not mistaken.”
“So what now, you got super hearing to go with the super brain? That what you get from listening to shitty loud music these days?”
“It’s to make up for the shitty eyesight,” Matt says. He looks up into the mirror. His face looks stupid. “Seriously, don’t forget my contacts, asshole.”

Hits two of my kinks: non-gratuitous outsider pov and domesticity, woo hoo! Jack McClane meets his dad's, uh, roomie.

There used to be a long rambly bit here where I explain the crackfic that my brain came up with last night before bed, but I've decided I'm going to try to actually write it. (Try, is the word.) My noggin' is in a strange place, indeed.
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Current Music: Transylvania Mania - Young Frankenstein
The Chinchilla
29 January 2008 @ 05:08 pm

Dawww! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Tom Wilson

Sad but true, you'll always be Biff Tannen. ^^;;
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The Chinchilla
14 January 2008 @ 08:17 am
The first Terminator movie I ever watched was T2. My uncle had the video (which came with the "Making Of" documentary) and I watched the movie over and over, wibbling at the ending every single time, until my mom had to come over and pat me on the head saying, "There there, I'm sure they'll make a T3." To which I'd replied bitterly, "No, they won't!"

That was circa 1995, I think, and I was about twelve.

Since then, there has been a T3, which was a big-budget piece of fanfic that wedged itself into the world of Terminator and didn't quite fit, what with the utter lack of swearing, violence, apocalyptic doom and stony-faced Arnold (he shouldn't have learned to act). I'm going to take a leaf out of drquinzel's book and say that if it ain't by James Cameron, then it ain't canon.

That said, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (hereby abbreviated as T:Chronicles) is also fanfic, and though it's obviously written by people who are fans of the James Cameron movies, they've decided to bring the story into a level of WTF-ckery that's on the same page as T3. I may not buy it as canon, but I'm determined to enjoy the ride.

My Biggest Problem, Which They Will Never Solve, or fangirl entitlement metaCollapse )

There are two versions of the T:Chronicles pilot, which makes it complicated enough as it is. The following caps are from the pre-air version, but I put little notes to say where it's different from the final version.

Take a drink every time there's a heavy-handed reference to the James Cameron films!

Picspam and synopsis time! SPOILERY and not dial-up friendly.Collapse )
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The Chinchilla
09 January 2008 @ 08:19 am
I watched Voices in the Dark, the (hopefully) first edition of Babylon 5: The Lost Tales and squeed like a fangirl. How couldn't I, since it's been, what, 5 years since I last saw a shining beacon in space, all alone in the night.Collapse )

The two episodes are on a very small scale, which as I understand it disappointed people who were expecting something epic, like what the show used to be. But I say hey, Babylon 5 has already told the Big Story it needed to tell, these are the little stories that fell through the cracks.

Only three characters from the show returned for Voices in the Dark, though there were copious references to those who were off-screen, and the opening sequence had stills of most members of the main cast. Except, now that I think about it, Susan Ivanova and Doc Franklin. I could be wrong, need to double check. Anyway, that sequence still made me squeal.

Now a bit of picspam! Slightly spoilery, but I don't give away the stories' endings.

That"s a lot of blue screen.Collapse )

On the whole, the dialogue was a little awkward and the monologues too long (which surprised me, because JMS used to write very tight scripts), but it's nowhere near as sucky as some of the fans I've seen go on about.

Current Mood: ecstaticwooooooo!
The Chinchilla
07 January 2008 @ 09:29 am
Fandom: Heroes
Genre: Alternate universe adaptation of Poltergeist, drama, horror, adventure. Technically this is slash, but I consider it gen, with slash in a supporting role.
Characters/Pairings: Peter, Claire, Hiro, Matt/Mohinder, Molly, with a handful of others in supporting roles or mentioned in passing.
Rating: R for mature language and some violence.
Word Count: +9400 words.
Spoiler warning: Some characterisation is based on Volume 2: Generations (first half of Season 2).
Notes: This was written for reel_heroes, which is to re-tell a movie Heroes style. The set-up I've chosen is Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, but I kinda let loose with it, so it's more of an adaptation than a direct re-telling. You don't have to have seen Poltergeist to read this fic, but I like to think that those who've seen the movie will appreciate the little Heroes twists to certain things that happen.
Notes Part Deux: Unfortunately the reel_heroes comm seems to have stalled, so I haven't officially claimed this yet, but I enjoyed writing it too much to wait before posting here. (Will this get me disqualified? Eeep.)
Notes Part Tres: reel_heroes has kerblunked, so I crossposted this to heroes_fic here.

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PS. Wow, that fic was so much fun to write. XD
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The Chinchilla
31 December 2007 @ 08:20 am
I told leila_nile that I don't make resolutions, but I changed my mind.

Five Things To Do in 2008:
1. I will contact all the people I've been meaning to catch up with but haven't.
2. I will lose 5kg and keep it off.
3. I will get back to updating the site regularly and promptly.
4. I will get that damn PC fixed and continue transferring videos to DVD.
5. I will label, sort and organize all my CDs and DVDs properly.

Five Things Not To Do in 2008:
1. I will not drink coffee for work more than twice thrice a week.
2. I will not induce wank on youtube, no matter how funny it might be.
3. I will not be pushed around or guilt-tripped into doing more work than necessary.
4. I will not buy any new computers or any new hardware (unless something breaks down).
5. I will not get engaged/married/divorced. (V. important!)

Fannish Resolution:
I will finish at least half ALL of the WiPs I've put on the backburner.

WiP Master List.Collapse )
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The Chinchilla
23 December 2007 @ 05:36 pm
SciFi Channel's Tin Man: A Story in Pictures. Massive spoilers & not dial-up friendly. I've also rearranged some of the scenes so for the story flow to make more sense.

Previous post is here.

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