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well, no more shield soon very soon too soon, only almost half a season left, so that's gonna suck
i find solace in fanfiction of course
speaking of, Summer of Giles has started, always fun. i just realized that Buffyverse is one of the few things i never got over, what between the fanfiction and the comics and constant rewatching of the show and of this spectacular video...
and and and John Finnemore's Double Acts, series 2! i was so happy when John tweeted about it, i'd actually thought it was a one-series thing. episode 1 was with Stephanie Cole and Kerri Godliman, the story how Queen Victoria (i know, right?) first recorded her voice. i was a bit distracted, so will have to listen again. this week's double act tho, Mercy Dash, was absolutely hilarious. or should i say brilliant? i feel like i should say brilliant when it comes to anything John does. four more weeks of that. *big stupid grin*
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Souvenir Programme Джона Финнемора вернулась на шестой сезон. первый выпуск, он же рождественский, транслировали еще до Нового Года, 27 декабря, или Boxing Day of Boxing Day - как всегда, очаровательно, но предновогодняя я не прочувствовала и не оценила его в полной мере. он несколько well different. well, it's a Christmas special.
вот они, ребята, смех и радость нам приносящие



зато второй был поистине прекрасен, особенно традиционная история Since You Ask Me :) щастье. нашла еще тамблер Эда Морриша, радиопродюсера BBC, с его production notes по каждому выпуску. надо посмотреть, есть ли там по всем предыдущим пяти сезонам.
а в марте Dark Horse начинает публикацию комикса по "Американским богам" - всего планируется 27 выпусков, поделенных на три сюжетные линии. кавер арт Гленна Фабри, Дэвида Мака, Дэйва МакКина, внутренний арт Уолта Саймонсона, Марка Бакингема, П. Крейга Рассела и много кого еще. предвкушаю.

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говорит мой внутренний Артур, - это еще когда уютно едешь в автобусе, и в наушниках шаффл вдруг включает песню, которая идеально смешивается с настроением, мгновенно его вздергивая до потолка.

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this is, like, my new personal anthem

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Jan. 17th, 2016 11:27 pm
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начался 5 сезон John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme. то есть, он уже в полном разгаре. то есть, еще немного, и закончится (post take-off checks complete, which means today the pre-landing check’s pretty much about to start). первый выпуск я несколько дней откладывала, чтобы ничто не отвлекало от экзистенциального кризиса. чтобы не портить экзистенциальным кризисом впечатление от такой долгожданной передачи. но то ли недодержала и надо переслушать, то ли и в самом деле просто не так смешно, как я ожидала. переслушала сегодня и смеялась в тех же местах - ставки на столицу Испании, волшебное зеркало и путешествие через Атлантику вплавь на лошадях. а вот во вчерашнем выпуске просто-таки каждый скетч забивал и выстреливал без промашки. ah, the gentle hilarity of Finnemore's linguistic humor. может быть, потому и выстрелило, что лингвистического юмора было больше: скороговорки и проблемы управления бизнесом, определение слова "гик", шпионская служба в зоопарке... а Павловы, собаки и шведский король!

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из музыкальных новостей: очередной прекрасный альбом выпустил прекрасный, странный, космический, меланхоличный, босоногий дикобраз Стивен Уилсон.

Steven Wilson - 4 ½ (2016)



01. My Book of Regrets
02. Year of the Plague
03. Happiness III
04. Sunday Rain Sets In
05. Vermillioncore
06. Don't Hate Me


Download Steven Wilson Sunday Rain Sets In for free from pleer.com


Cкачать Steven Wilson Don't Hate Me бесплатно на pleer.com

на ютьюбе песен с нового альбома пока нет, зато пока смотрела, обнаружила видео на Routine (из предыдущего). оно появилось еще в октябре, но видео не мой медиум, поэтому я вечно обо всём узнаю с большим опозданием.



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still keeping busy. and still not touching The Last Video. and then i go and spoil it all by noticing my default user pic.
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finished Double Acts tonight. i. love. John. Finnemore.

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ищу спрятанные лимоны в записях команды MJN Air. Дуглас, предсказуемо, самый хитрый:

Лиз из Нью-Йорка, темные волосы, очки, работает на ТВ, предпочитает пино гриджо. sneaky bastard)

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транслирую из всё того же тумблера имени Роджера Аллама подробное объяснение в словах и картинках, почему любому человеку на свете нужно бросить всё и слушать Cabin Pressure. очень убедительное. если вы поняли хотя бы часть из того, что там написано, и не побежали, я даже не знаю, что вы за странное такое существо, почему не желаете продлевать свою жизнь смехом и почему вы вообще здесь. даже [livejournal.com profile] shattenbereich теперь время от времени весело восклицает "yellow car!", а ведь он в основном не по своей воле слушал.
here goes:



так и быть, кат. но не следовало бы. )

CP

Mar. 3rd, 2015 09:16 pm
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во искупление пиратской деятельности:



и чтоб было.
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пусть и у меня тут лежат эти фотографии с записи "Цюриха"


народ ждет на улице


кое-кто надеялся прокрасться инкогнито

плюс много )
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ARTHUR: Brilliant! Bagsie I get the floor.
MARTIN: Why would you want the floor?
ARTHUR: Are you joking?! I sleep in a bed every night.

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ARTHUR: Nothing! I mean the name! Helsinki! How could you not have fun in Helsinki! It’s like half-helter-skelter and half-twinkly!

*
ARTHUR: Brilliant! I love take-off delays!
DOUGLAS: Oh, Arthur, please! Even you cannot love take-off delays!
CAROLYN (wearily): No, he does.
ARTHUR: Yeah. Yeah, because take-off’s the best bit of the whole flight, isn’t it, and normally it’s over before you can enjoy it, whereas this way we get to really build up to it!

*
CAROLYN: No, Arthur! If we’re very lucky indeed, we might be able to sell GERTI and, with the money, buy an icecream van.
ARTHUR: Wow!

*
ARTHUR: Hi, chaps. Isn’t this exciting? I’ve always wanted to go to Timbuktu. It sounds brilliant – like a cross between a …
DOUGLAS: No, wait. Let me guess. A cockatoo, obviously …
ARTHUR: Yes, yeah.
DOUGLAS: … and, um, errr … no, I give up.
ARTHUR: … and my friend Tim Buckley!

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CAROLYN: So we are all sleeping on GERTI tonight.
(Slight pause.)
ARTHUR: BRILLIANT!

а мой личный облегченный тест на внутреннего Артура - отключение электричества.
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хаха, это гениально))

"Oh, we could do it like a disaster movie!"
— Arthur Shappey.
"Rotterdam", Cabin Pressure.




(i meant brilliant, of course)
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The Nachzehrer, by Simon Kane. 

(Spoilers follow, obviously.)


Well, I'm glad you liked it! Glad, and very, very relieved. 

I've said before that I often give episodes working titles alongside the geographical ones, to help keep my mind on the theme. Zurich's was 'Graduation Day'. My starting point was, why is this the final episode? I knew that everyone would still be doing their respective jobs at the end, so why won't we be following them any more? Because, I decided, as well as the straight-forward happy endings involving gold and marriage; there needed to be another, intangible level of happy ending, in which all five of the crew graduated, in one way or another, from being sitcom characters. We're not going to be following the adventures of OJS Air, or of Martin in Switzerland, because while they’ll still be having fun and playing games, they won't be doing the sorts of things that kept them getting into sitcom-episode-sized scrapes, and that ultimately stemmed from something out-of-joint in their lives. They’ve grown up. Except Arthur. But even Arthur, a little bit. 

Martin Crieff was a sitcom character because i) he desperately wanted to do something he fundamentally wasn’t very good at, and ii) he was over-promoted, under-confident and over-compensating. In the last two series we've seen him grow in confidence - and competence - to the point that in Yverdon, it is (I hope) plausible that a major airline could offer him a proper job. There was never any question for me that for Martin, a happy ending had to involve him taking that job. To reject a real career, with a future and prospects (not to mention being handy for Vaduz) in favour of the security blanket of MJN - even with a salary - would be a failure. Certainly MJN is like a family to him, but if it is, he’s the elder child… and what children have to do eventually is grow up, and move out. Not that the security blanket isn’t tempting, of course; so for Martin, graduation was about overcoming his melt-down at the auction, and realising both that he can leave home, and that he should do. 

The thing that has kept Douglas a sitcom character - and I've had to bite my tongue so many times not to say this in any of the previous Bear Fact posts, because to me it's so fundamental to his character, but I didn't want to mention it until Zurich aired - is that he's not the captain. So much of his persona, his put-downs, his scheming, stems from the fact that he used to be a captain, he ought to be a captain… and he's not. He pretends not to care about it, but we see as early as Fitton that he cares deeply. The natural order of things, certainly as he sees it, is that he should be in charge, the father figure in the family… and technically, he's not. I’ve always thought that the running joke of strangers assuming Douglas is Captain and Martin F.O. must have been at least as painful for Douglas as it was for Martin. He’s just better at hiding it… and better in general at constructing a super-human persona to hide behind. 

So, the thing Douglas needed to graduate from being in a sitcom was to become a captain again… and the test he needed to pass in order to earn that was to act like one. Not just take charge and make decisions in a crisis, but do so openly and honestly. Douglas prefers to hang back, let other people make mistakes, work out the 'something clever' he's going to do in secret, and then present it with a flourish. He's a goal-hanger. This time, he has to act on his sense that it's imperative to get Gerti back before he's worked out all the details. He has to risk his own money, and more importantly, he has to admit to Carolyn and the others that he’s making it up as he goes along. He's not trying to impress anyone with how clever he is, he's trying to do the best thing for the crew - like a captain. And finally, if the crew is a family, he has to be a good parent. He has to look after the younger sibling; and he has to help the older one leave home, by sharing the secret of his persona. 

Carolyn had the shortest distance to go to graduate. She's always been eminently capable of running her business, and she remains so; just as she has always been an excellent parent, both literally and metaphorically. So, although I was keen that she, like the other three, should do 'something clever' to save Gerti - in her case, it's manipulating the auctioneer to sell her to Bruce not Gordon - her real graduation is in her personal life. She needs to say 'I love you' to Herc, because the Beatrice and Benedick schtick is all very well - and I'm sure will continue throughout their marriage – but it’s time for her to accept that she can show vulnerability to Herc without suffering for it. 

And in order for her to believe that, Herc needs to stop showing off, and actually work hard to persuade her that he is genuine, and she is safe with him. Which he does with the ‘white hair’ speech; but more importantly by putting his money where his mouth is, and accepting both a pay cut and a demotion if that’s what it takes for them to be together. To put it another way, both Herc and Carolyn needed to stop sparring, and work out which one of them actually was the alpha dog. And the answer, of course, is Carolyn. 

And Arthur… well, Arthur is never going to grow up, as the ice cream van shows us. But luckily, he’s entirely happy as he is, so he doesn’t need to. So, graduation for him (apart from successfully over-riding a Code Red) is all about dealing with the only thing that’s wrong in his life – his father. Arthur’s test was to stand up to the false (if biological) father in his life, firstly at the auction and secondly and most importantly by remembering his grandmother’s name, realising that he will never, ever have a genuine father / son conversation with Gordon Shappey; and renouncing him once and for all in favour of the two genuine father figures in his life – and in particular, the one who has always looked out for and defended him, even as he mocks him; the one with whom he can discuss the dames and the horses over a few pineapple juices; and the one on whom he can utterly rely to do something clever, and make everything alright. 


And because they all did those things, lo, the God of sitcom was pleased with them, and rewarded them with golden buns for tea, and an annoying sunset to fly into… but only as far as a destination beginning AA.























i mean, aww.
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Cabin Pressure пошел на пятый круг, и в Ипсвиче на словах "First Officer retrieves dinghy, conveys it to cabin crew" меня настигло дежавю. ну, то есть, логичное ощущение для пятого-шестого прослушивания, конечно. но мне кажется, я когда-то уже пыталась проникнуться фантастической четверкой в летающей машине. интересно, почему тогда не сложилось. видимо, всему свое время.

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gotta love John Finnemore

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DOUGLAS: Ladies and gentlemen, we’re just flying over Gloucestershire now. You may be able to make out a town below, though it’s quite hard to identify through the cloud cover. Or, as they say in Limerick:
We hope you’re enjoying the flight.
On your left we’re just coming in sight
Of Swindon or Stroud
All covered in cloud,
And it’s much the same thing on the right.

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CAROLYN: Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has now illuminated the seat-belt sign, so please ensure your hand baggage and duty free are safely stowed, your tray tables are folded away, and your seat is returned to the upright position. Or, as they say in Limerick:
The captain has turned on the signs,
So stow away bags of all kinds.
Then make sure your tray
Is folded away
And your seat back no longer reclines.

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CAROLYN: So be it; but gentlemen, we bring food for the soul, not just the body. I now present Mr. Arthur Shappey with the story of a famous Scottish actor who went for a solitary hike in Russia, got caught in the rain, and regretted not having packed with more care. Or, as they say in Limerick …
ARTHUR: Sean Connery, in Vyshny Volochyok,
In the rain, on a drizzly solo trek
Said … “Forgetting my shweater
Has made me much wetter.
I shertainly do miss my polo neck.”

Джон Финнемор + Стефани Коул + Роджер Аллам + Бенедикт Камбербатч = прекрасное настроение перед завтраком. и ужином. обидно даже, что уже второй сезон у меня подходит к концу и что на Рождество будет совсем-совсем последний выпуск.



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