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I'm a fan of IndieWire's coverage of both movies and television. I visit their site almost every day.

Imagine my surprise when in honor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's 20th Anniversary, they decided to rank the top 24 vampire television shows. Coming in at #6 is "the great granddaddy of 'vampire solves crime' procedurals"

And yes, even with all the fancy "Peak TV" opening credits that grace television screens today, Forever Knight does indeed have a "badass opening credits sequence" Kudos to you Liz Shannon Miller for recognizing that.

Hannibal--Hannibal with fork

:::waves to the likely five remaining LJ users:::

The internet has informed me that all is not well in LJ land. Something to do with Russia and servers being relocated and some new potentially iffy terms of agreement. I'm very confused, although I imagine I'm not alone.

I haven't posted here in years, yeah, years.  Sooo I guess it doesn't really affect me all that much because I'm not really posting here. However, it saddens me because mediums such as livejournal are such an integral part of fandom and in communicating with other fans. And yes there are many other shiny options where fandoms can congregate, but it's frustrating to reestablish something from the ground up on another platform. It's reassuring to know that people have been taking steps to mitigate the upheaval by ensuring that followers know where they are on dreamwidth. The crossposting is also helpful.

I'd often wonder about my livejournal and think about reviving it. But since I wasn't really creating any new fanworks I didn't see the point. I did post the three fanvids I made for festivids on my journal but that's about it. I'd written a single half-assed Hunger Games/X-Files crossover fic back in 2012 and only recently posted it to AO3. I'll probably post it here too for nostagia's sake.

I have a Tumblr. I don't understand it. I've had one since 2012 and I still approach the darn thing with a healthy level of bewilderment. Mostly I use it to reblog the pretty, pretty pictures that other fans upload. I got into The Hunger Games when the first movie came out and the fandom was almost entirely on Tumblr. There was so much content coming out from the production of the films and the promotional tours that it was impossible to wrangle it all without getting a blog for myself. When the movies ended the fandom pretty much died.

At the tail end of 2013 I really, REALLY got into Hannibal and my love for the show is still very intense. It's a Bryan Fuller show (Dead LIke Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) so of course its days were probably numbered from the get go, but it did run for 3 years and 39 episodes. The show is absolutely stunning in every way and the fandom has been delightful. You can find me @planetstarclaw. My blog is about 70% Hannibal, 20% Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy's movies, and 10% X-Files, Smallville, Hunger Games, etc.

I did import my LJ to dreamwidth a few months ago just to cover my bases. You can find me here. I may poke around DW a bit and look into the logistics of crossposting and see how that goes. As fun as Tumblr is I don't personally find it very condusive to blogging. Many people have taken to it quite beautifully, but I'm not one of them. I really can't find anything on my blog regardless of how consistent I try to be with my tagging. For some reason it's difficult for me to get a recs page going on Tumblr. Perhaps by using LJ/DW I can wrangle some of my fic recs together for when the call goes out from new fans for recs.  Plus I've got some passing thoughts on shows in my Netflix queue that I'd like to get out. And of course, as long as I still have the rough drafts, there's always the threat that some of my unfinished fics will make an appearance in some form.

I guess we'll see.
20th-Jan-2014 11:58 am - Vid: Bones [The Silence of the Lambs]
video tapes

Artist: MS MR
Vidder: abby82
Source: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Download: Sendspace (56.58 MB, MP4), YouTube (streaming), originally posted here, AO3, Tumblr
Length: 4:14 minutes
Summary: "Good evening, Clarice."
Notes: Created for rhivolution for festivids 2013 vid exchange challenge (official pinch hit). For me, the Silence of the Lambs was a movie that seemed to always be on television. It subconsciously ingrained itself into my memory and quietly settled there. It's probably why I gravitate towards these type of movies and characters like Clarice Starling. The movie is so expertly filmed and performed. It's pretty flawless. I haven't officially participated in the exchange part of festivids since its inaugural year, but I like keeping an eye out for possible pinch hits or treats. I was initially hesitant to claim it because the task of vidding one of cinema's ultimate movie heroines was pretty intimidating. I hope I was able to do Clarice and this amazing movie justice.

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18th-Jan-2014 11:00 pm - Vid: Teardrop [The Hunger Games]
THG--Everlark (riverbank hold)
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Title: Teardrop
Artist: Jose Gonzalez
Vidder: abby82
Source: The Hunger Games (2012)
Download: Sendspace (41.9 MB, MP4), YouTube (streaming), AO3, Tumblr
Length: 3:10 minutes
Summary: Love, love is a verb/love is a doing word
Notes: Created for Prompts in Panem challenge 2013 on Tumblr (Round 3: Expressions in Everlark--Choose Your Own Adventure)

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SV--S1 promo (S on chest)

Title: Hook and Line
Artist: The Kills
Vidder: abby82
Source: Superman cartoons, Fleischer Studios (1941, 1942)
Download: Sendspace (25.21 MB, WMV), YouTube (streaming)
Length: 2:10 minutes
Summary: Just another day at the office.
Notes: Created for KRIM aka [personal profile] chagrined for festivids 2010 vid exchange challenge (official pinch hit). I participated in last year's festivids challenge but I didn't sign up this year's. I checked online around the new year and scanned the 'dear festividder' letters for a possible treats prompt. KRIM's prompt stood out as one that was totally feasible and filled with fun possibilities. Then KRIM's prompts went up as a pinch hit the day vids were due and just two weeks shy of the golive date. Before I knew it, I was claiming it as my own and went from contemplating to actually doing. This vid has the fast turnaround period of any vid I've ever done. It's far from perfect but there's no denying that the source was a lot of fun to play with. The animation is stunning. There were so many clips that I'd earmarked for use in the vid that sadly didn't make it in. Oh, for a different, longer song! Clark with the fedora is sexy and I love that he isn't depicted as bumbling reporter Clark Kent. And Lois! OMG Lois! I adore her in all incarnations and Fleischer!Lois is no exception. She's ballsy, succeeding in a man's world, and all while maintaining her femininity. And Superman...oh Superman you are wonderful and good and soo mysterious. Hopefully the perfect song will some day land on my lap and I can have another go at this gorgeous source because it deserves more attention. Also, is it weird that I want to write/read Fleischer Superman fanfic because I totally do.

The original festivids post is here.
14th-Apr-2010 10:22 pm(no subject)
FK--Officer Knight
Blu Mankuma apparently has a Facebook, and he gave a big honkin' Smallville spoiler on it. For some strange reason I find the fact that he has a Facebook so odd. I personally don't have a Facebook account so I can't see the page for myself but if anyone is interested in taking a looksy...it's there.

Blu will be guesting in next Friday's episode (April 23rd) of Smallville as DC character Franklin Stern, a role that was played by James Earl Jones in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Kryptonsite, a popular Smallville site that broke the news even used a screenshot of Blu as Captain Reese in Forever Knight.
5th-Apr-2010 02:56 pm(no subject)
GG-Luke's sign

I just wanted to drop in quickly and mention that I am in fact alive. A huge hole has not opened up beneath me and swallowed me up.

Unfortunately, my brother has rediscovered his affinity for Everquest. That means my computer is pretty much always occupied by someone other than me.

In the meantime, a random viewing of Gilmore Girls on SoapNet has prompted me to crack open the complete series DVD set that was residing on my DVD shelf. I started with seasons 5-7 than skipped back to season 4, then 3. I finished season 1 yesterday and I'll probably get in an episode or two of season 2 tonight. 

Why not start with season 1 and then work my way through 7, some of you may wonder? Well, I've always been quite fond of Luke and Lorelai and they really don't get into full swing until the later half of the series. Now I'm completely and insanely shipping them. Fic must be sought out but not now.  My fkficfest  prompt of choice has been bouncing around in my head, and I've got a recipient I definitely don't want to disappoint.
After three seasons, the CBC drama The Border has been cancelled.

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Smallville has been renewed for a 10th season. Yep, that's right, a decade of Smallville. It will now surpass Stargate: SG-1 as the longest running sci-fi show in North America. I'm excited but that's shear craziness.


It appears that 24 will be ending its run after eight seasons.

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5th-Feb-2010 05:50 pm - Durham County season 1 for $11.98
"Durham County is very, very creepy and unsettling, and entirely addictive" --New York Times

Deep Discount continues their stellar DVD deals with Durham County, season 1 for $11.98. Although unlike the Forever Knight deal, this one is only for today.

At that price, it makes a great blind buy for anyone who hasn't seen the series.

"It’s pretty tough moving into a new town, raising a family and working on a police case involving a serial killer…especially when the prime suspect lives right across the street from you. You know what they say about buying a new house: location, location, location. It turns out that Det. Mike Sweeney was never cut out to be a realtor. And if he’s not careful, his family might be cut out of his life forever.

“Durham County” is a gripping crime drama that is so tightly written and well performed that you can’t just watch one episode at a time. It is anything but a straight-forward police drama. The plot twists and turns are as sharp as the edge of a knife."

If you like shows like Damages, The Wire or Homicide: Life on the Streets, I think you'll Durham County.

Oh, and one thing I found amusing about the show was that a character was named Natalie LaCroix. I seem to recall a Forever Knight fanfic that had a gotcha ending of Natalie and LaCroix married.
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