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17 April 2014 @ 04:00 pm
Graham Yost, the showrunner on Justified, has basically admitted that Tim Gutterson is gay.

Which makes me so giddy for some reason. I mean, aside from the whole, hey, we were all right, satisfaction. I just love that they sort of made Tim gay without calling any attention to it or making it a big deal or even a plot point, because it doesn't have any bearing on his work. Good on Jacob and the writers. *g*

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "The Rat" - Dead Confederate
Still Waiting For My Jetpack
17 April 2014 @ 02:22 pm
Hmmm, I just realized my subject line is a bit misleading, but I'm too lazy to change it, so. I mean, I do want to talk about anger management, just, y'know, not mine. :D

Instead, I want to talk about Steve Rogers and his anger issues. After I picked up my car last night, I treated myself to seeing the film again, this time in IMAX 3D (the 3D, it should be noted, really did nothing for me & sort of took away from the fight scenes, but maybe that's just me) and I was struck yet again, the way I have been every time I've seen the film, at how completely pissed the fuck off Steve is throughout much of the entire movie. I mean, the only time he's not pissed off, he's trying to defend himself from his brainwashed assassin best friend who's trying to kill him and make him remember who he used to be. Okay, he's not pissed off at Peggy, either. But you can bet he's pissed that he missed out on growing old with her.

So why isn't anyone talking about that? Am I the only one who's noticed? Steve's anger is a living, palpable thing just bubbling under the surface - he's pissed at Natasha, Zolla, Fury, Pierce, SHIELD, HYDRA, Sitwell, and the general injustices of the world. This is a man who's had every single thing he ever loved stripped away from him and has nothing and he's really, deeply angry about it.

Which, hey, I don't blame him. And, if we go back to the first film (setting aside comics canon for the moment & Steve's anger issues there), Bucky seems to be the only person that gets Steve's anger at the world and the unfairness of it all. ("Yeah, because you've got nothing to prove, right." - I mean, think about that line and all of the anger and resentment seething inside of Steve under his desire to do what's right and how Bucky just gets it and still loves him and sees him for the great man he is.) I just wish more people who wrote Steve - either in fic or in meta - tackled that part of his personality and that side of his relationship with Bucky, because I find it endlessly fascinating. Everyone always acts like Steve's the light to Bucky's darkness, and it's really not the case. Yes, Bucky's more pragmatic while Steve genuinely believes in the inherent goodness of people, but there are so many shades of grey to both of them. They're still both realists.

Alright, back to work so I can finish up everything before the long drive to Anaheim and WonderCon tonight. \o/

Current Music: "For The Meantime" - The Rifles
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16 April 2014 @ 12:13 pm
- So, I seem to have gained some new friends over the last few says - HI FRIENDS HI!!! - which is pretty cool. I made a welcome/primer post a few weeks ago after a friending meme here, so y'all are all welcome to check it out & say hi if you want. :D

- WonderCon is this weekend & I'm actually going for the first time in a few years (normally, it coincides with the Braves home opener, go figure) so I can - fingers crossed - get Jim Lee to sign my MorrisonCon book. He was the only person at MorrisonCon I didn't get a chance to meet, and I absolutely love the way he draws Wonder Woman, so this seems like a good time to try.

I might also do some more shopping for Captain America merch while I'm there. AS YOU DO.

- I've sloooooowly been catching up on everyone's posts and meta about Captain America: The Winter Soldier (or, as ignipes calls it, Cap 2: All Your Feelings Belong To Us - which is, honestly, what it SHOULD have been called *g*) and greatly enjoying a lot of the debate and thoughts, but it really does baffle me that, as much as I am the biggest sucker on the planet for both comics!Bucky and movie!Bucky and his journey, that more attention really isn't getting paid to the never-ending tragedy that is Steve's life. Bucky's not the only one that needs a hug and some pie and for someone to genuinely give a good goddamn about his personal well being.

It's one of the most fundamental reasons why Bucky/Steve is my Marvel comics & movie OTP (aside from the Tragic Love Story that is Erik & Charles from X-Men) - because in each other, they have the only person on the planet that really gets the other's particular tragedy. They've both been remade into something different, they've both been used by pretty much everyone around them for their own ends, they're both lost & looking for purpose & meaning to this new life they've been thrust into without their permission, they're both focal points & rallying cries & symbols to those around them, rather than actual people, and neither one of them ever really came back from the war. Not in any real way that matters.

I mean, I get it, it's so easy to identify with Bucky - he's been brainwashed and stripped of his autonomy and his memories and his life - plus, in the films, man, no one does suffering better than Sebastian Stan. But Steve's also been stripped of his life and his purpose and his friends and his personhood to the point where he has no idea who he is anymore or what even makes him happy.

So, yeah, don't forget about Steve, guys. His story is just as important (and Bucky would be the first person to tell you that. *g*)

Current Mood: yawny (what, that's totally a mood)
Current Music: "L.S.F." - Kasabian
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15 April 2014 @ 02:34 pm
It is legit freezing in the office today (I am a sad little icicle, for real, I'm wearing a sweater and fingerless gloves and everything) because our A/C has decided it doesn't want to shut off, and I need a new clutch assembly on my car, which let's just not even talk about how much that's going to cost, because I might just cry all over your nice shirt (you look great in it, btw, really brings out your eyes), and I am still trying to catch up on All The Things at work, because apparently my co-workers have no idea how to function without me around.

So, screw it, I'm just gonna focus on a couple of super hot guys in suits right now, because I need the distraction. And I bet you guys do too. (I know there have been a few Steve/Bucky fics where they wear nice suits and/or go out dancing, but there really should be MORE of these fics. Because reasons, okay. And no, I'm not writing it, I've already promised ignipes all the fics. *g*)


See, don't you guys just feel better already? I know I do. In fact, I may just pull up a chair and camp out right here the rest of the day. Who's with me?

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14 April 2014 @ 02:00 pm
Man, that first day back at work from vacation sucks out loud. There wasn't enough coffee in the world this morning. (Although I certainly tried to drink all of it.)

But, I had a great time back in Atlanta with the family & Jojo - there were many baseball games attended (GO BRAVES!!!), I got to spend a lot of time with the Perfect Nephew (who is almost 6 feet tall now & weighs more than me & it's freaking me out, okay, he's 14!!) and the Perfect Niece (who is a total bookworm & thinks that I'm awesome because I'm also a bookworm - hey, the kid's pretty smart *g*) and with my sister and my mom. Sadly, I also had to deal with my sister's new boyfriend - who no one likes - but we all dealt. And my dad & step-mom came up for the weekend for a game & that was also pretty awesome.

Oh, yeah, and Jo & I did take the kids to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier again, because DUH. (For the record, they both loved it & Perfect Niece thinks 2 years to wait for Cap 3 is way too long, but she is THERE. My baby girl, a geek in training. *g*) And Jo & I spent much of the week feeding each other plot bunnies, and I maybe started yet another fic, because of course I did. I am looking forward to finally being home for awhile so I can catch up on all the interviews & fics & meta I've missed. If anyone has any recs, let me know!!!!

But, for now, it's back to work. Good times!

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: "John, I'm Only Dancing" - David Bowie
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Title: "Days Are Forgotten" 1/1
Author: Brenda (azewewish)
Fandom: The Avengers/Captain America
Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: All rights belong to Marvel, not me.
Summary: During a routine mission in Berlin, Bucky and Steve deal with a memory from Bucky's past.
Notes: Written as a companion to "Relics" and The Last Heretics and In Any Language, but it can be read on its own. Thanks to Jo for the beta, and to leelust for the translation services. Written for the "past mistakes" prompt for my avengers_tables Bucky table.

You can read the fic over on A03 or here on LJ.

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07 April 2014 @ 02:28 pm
I was actually an adult this weekend & got shit done around the house & ran errands & packed for my trip (BRAVES OPENING DAY TOMORROW SO EXCITED AND WE'RE ALREADY 4-2 ON THE SEASON!!!) instead of, y'know, spending it in the movie theatre watching CA:TWS about a billion more times. I want it noted for the record that I deserve a drink or cookie or a hug from Steve Rogers or something for my incredible restraint. :D

However, on Friday, I did see it *cough* two more times *cough* & had some more thoughts. Oh, but before I get to them, GUESS WHO I MET ON FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE MY 8PM SCREENING AT THE ARCLIGHT!?!??! If you guessed Anthony Russo, one of the directors, then you also get a cookie or Steve Rogers hug. :DDD Apparently, Marvel sent out Kevin Feige, Ed Brubaker, the Russo brother, Stephen McFeely & Chris Markus (who wrote the screenplay), and, um, a couple of other producers, out on a tour of various theatres to introduce the movie & to thank the fans for being awesome & one of the theatres they went to was the Arclight in Hollywood (which is still, hands down, the best movie theatre on the planet).

Anyway, I get out of my 5:30pm showing of TWS & raced around the lobby to get in line for the Dome & saw the bus right at the curb & was all, huh, I wonder... And then I caught a glimpse of Brubaker's shiny bald head & right after that, Anthony came bounding out to say hi to the people who were standing in line behind me. (Cue me all !!!!!) So, they all say hi, he's all, I'm so happy you guys are here, should be fun, and turns and smiles at me and I'm all, so, this'll be the fourth time I've seen the film since last night & he was all, holy shit, are you kidding, that's amazing, and stood in line with me for the next five minutes, just chatting. (Again, cue me all !!!!!!) We talked about 70s political thrillers & Robert Redford & Sebastian as Bucky & his character arc & how excited we both were for Cap 3 & I showed him my tattoo & he was immediately all, oh my God, you actually have a Bucky!Cap tattoo, that's amazing, you're the first person I've met with one (which, dude, that's just sad) & we talked about his brother's cameo in the film
as Nick Fury's doctor
& Ed Brubaker's cameo
as one of the scientists in the Bucky/Pierce scene
& just had a very pleasant conversation. He's a lovely man. Cap's in good hands. :)

Okay, now, before I forget again, more observations & things I liked:

- "Bye bye bikinis" "Yeah, I bet you look terrible in 'em now" - Seriously why aren't there more fics that explore Steve's martini dry sense of humor???? Also, someone needs to write the fic where Bucky worships the scar he put on her body & the ones he's put on Steve's body. (No, I am not volunteering, I have enough to write. *g*)

- I want to post so many thoughts about Bucky as a weapon & how desensitized he is to violence & any human emotion, until he sees Steve again & it hits a trigger for him & starts him on the path to remembering who he used to be, but we'd be here all day. Just know I have a LOT of thoughts about this.

- Natasha's arrow necklace is my everything. I don't care if it was just a random costuming choice, I'm associating it with Clint.

- "I only act like I know everything" (2nd best Natasha line, right behind "You two could be twins", because thank the baby Jesus these films get that she's got a wicked sense of humor.)

- I loved the story of Fury told about his grandad because it said so much about Nick & how he sees the world

- "Soldiers trust each other. That's what makes it an army instead of a bunch of guys with guns." BEST STEVE LINE OF THE FILM, because that's exactly how he views the world. He has to trust the people who have his back to HAVE his back.

- Where's all the Steve/Lillian fic? (The accountant with the lip piercing)

- Has anyone made the Bucky fanvid yet to "Find My Way" by Nine Inch Nails? If so, where is it? If not, it needs to happen.

- I forgot to mention that I really love how Emily Van Camp played Sharon. She's not my favorite in the comics at ALL (I have so many issues with her, you have no idea, and she & Steve are terrible for each other, unlike Bucky & Natasha, who rock, even though my Natasha OTP will always be her & Matt Murdock, but I digress), but I love what the MCU is doing with her, so I'm hopeful she'll continue to kick ass in Cap 3.

- "I do what he does, only slower" - The trust & friendship Sam & Steve have for each other, the way that Sam treats Steve as STEVE, which no one's done since Peggy & Bucky & how Sam helps Steve to cope with his PTSD is absolutely spot on & so well done.

- I also forgot to mention that Anthony Mackie just needs to be in ALL the things. Preferably naked. Because reasons.

- That first scene with Bucky & Pierce in Pierce's kitchen - I mean, first off, it's such a nod to the Lukin/Bucky scene in WS, but man, I love how it was shot. (No, it's not nearly as heartbreaking as the other Bucky/Pierce scene, but it's a great set up.)

- "What makes you happy?" "I don't know." I'm not sure if my heart breaks more for Steve in this or if I want to kiss Sam for actually asking Steve what he WANTS to do. In his own way, Steve is every bit as much a slave as Bucky is, which is why when he chooses to renounce the shield, it means so much on so many levels.

- "I guess I just like knowing who I'm fighting" (Yep, that's Steve all over)

- Peggy's whole "So dramatic" line - which might be the only time anyone's ever said that to Steve ever. :D

- That whole scene about the nature of what truth is in the truck between Natasha & Steve, because it says so much about both of them & how they grew up & view the world. I could not love their friendship more if I tried.

Okay, back to work to finish up all the things. Happy Monday everyone!!!

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Title: "In Any Language" 1/1
Author: Brenda (azewewish)
Fandom: The Avengers/Captain America
Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: All rights belong to Marvel, not me.
Summary: "I'm right here. I'm not going anywhere and there is nothing you could do or say to push me away, and if I need to learn how to say that to you in every language there is for you to believe me, then I'll do it."
Notes: Written as a companion to Relics and The Last Heretics, but it can be read on its own. Thanks to Jo for the beta, and to marienska, endeni, leelust, and afra_schatz for their translation services. Written for the "trust" prompt for my avengers_tables Bucky table.

You can read the fic over on A03 or here on LJ.

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04 April 2014 @ 03:06 pm
To say that I was looking forward to this film coming out is such a vast understatement that it borders on ludicrous. I've been waiting for this since I first read Ed Brubaker's initial series, almost 10 years ago, and when Marvel started to make their own films, the only thing I truly cared about (other than them getting the Avengers group dynamic correct) was that they - if they ever got there - do Bucky & Steve's story right.

And oh my God. Oh my God Oh my God Oh my God, they nailed it. The Russos and McFeely & Markus nailed it. To the point where, after the end credits rolled on my 8pm Sneak Peak screening, I immediately went back into the lobby & snagged one of the few tickets still left for the 12:01 screening. I was that smitten. It was/is that good.

Alright, now that I've done the non-spoilery review/fangirling thing, let's discuss:

Okay, this needs to be said right now, even though I'm going to get back to it, but the way Ed Brubaker wrote Steve and Bucky's epic friendship/relationship/whatever you want to call it is THE gold standard in comics' friendship for me. Even above Erik & Charles' epic love story. And the first Captain America film really did a great job of showing just how much Bucky & Steve mean to each other - I mean, Steve became the Captain America of legend and the super soldier everyone hoped he'd be because of Bucky. That rescue was the start of Cap (and believe me, I could go on & on & on about this) and Bucky's "death" led directly to Steve taking down Hydra.

So when Steve threw away the shield for Bucky - when he voluntarily gave UP being Captain America because saving Bucky & their friendship was more important - it was everything. I mean, every single thing I loved about the comics & that relationship and that love these two men have for each other...there it was, right there on the screen. (And I might have teared up. Maybe. But you can't prove anything, because it was dark. *g*)

Alright, that being said, I will get back to that scene & everything it represents, but let's talk about the rest of the film & how well it worked right now. It's no secret that I am a huge huge huge political thriller junkie and this film brought it in spades. And kudos to EVERYONE involved in the film for keeping the "Secret Warriors" storyline by Bendis & Hickman a secret. Very very impressive. I mean, Hydra infiltrating SHIELD which leads to the disbanding of SHIELD, Fury going rogue, Natasha striking out on her own, everyone else going to other government divisions or private sector jobs, Hydra still out there & looking to wreak havoc? Oh my God, are you kidding me, how cool was seeing that on the big screen?

And the movie really captured the whole 70's political thriller paranoia, too. I think having Redford in a pivotal role helped to sell it - and how good were his scenes with Sam Jackson, dude - but it really worked. Somewhere in director heaven, Sidney Pollack and Alan Pakula have to be looking down in pride. :DD

Alright, I'm just gonna list things as I remember them now, so bear with me:

- I love that Steve is suffering from PTSD and that the film doesn't shy away from that, even though he doesn't really talk about it, because he's from a generation where people didn't talk about their problems.

- I love how they introduced Sam Wilson. Oh my God, Anthony Mackie NAILED it. He was perfect. He was beyond perfect. I don't have enough superlatives for how perfect he was.

- And I love how the film portrayed the Sam/Steve friendship & why Sam is so good for Steve. (Please please please, if the comics-to-movie gods are listening, please give me the start of the Sam/Bucky friendship in the next Cap film, because I need to see Anthony & Sebastian sharing the screen where they're not trying to kill each other. *g*)

- I love that it is CANON that Steve knows French and that it's a given that it was Dernier and Gabe Jones who taught him. (I'm willing to bet he knows a little German, too, but probably only related to military and war jargon.)

- I love that the film keeps subverting this idea that everyone has of Steve as some bumbling virginal paragon, because he's NOT. Yeah, he's awkward with women, like a lot of men, but he's 95, not dead, (we'll get to that in a minute), he's killed people, he's run his fair share of missions that have compromised his ethics, he knows how to hot-wire a damn car, he's as ruthless as it comes when it comes to executing a mission...dude's not some quaint little Boy Scout. He can bring it.

- Although, speaking of being 95 and not dead and him admitting he's gotten some action since 1945, but doesn't have time to date, hands up, was I the only person who thought he's either picking up hookers for blowjobs or he's having a lot of booty call one-night stands where talking's not really a requirement? Because I would read about that all day long. (This is a hint to the other writers on my flist.)

- Speaking of, I love that he's not ready for tongue piercings yet. (Mostly because now I want the fic where Natasha or Bucky or some random person he's picked up has one & how it blows his mind.)

- And speaking of that scene, Steve & Natasha's friendship was EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED. She is so good for him and he's great for her and they work well together and they just work. He makes her a better person and she makes him a better agent.

- And speaking of her relationships, no, we don't get the comics history between Bucky & Natasha, and I'm okay with that. It wouldn't really work for the screen. But there's nothing saying that they still couldn't hook up in a future film, although I'm partial at the moment to seeing Sam & Natasha hook up, because that would be pretty cool.

- And speaking of Natasha, everything about her was golden in this. Her insane espionage skills, her pragmatism, her loyalty to those few people she trusts, her fighting skills, everything was on point.

- Speaking of her fighting skills, I'm not the only one who thinks that it was Natasha who taught Steve all of his new cool fighting skills, right? I mean, right???

- I love that Nick Fury finally got more to do and that we got to see him really at work, proving why he is such a great commander and why Maria & Natasha & Steve are so loyal to him, in spite of his secrets.

- Actually, let's talk Maria for a moment. Although, mostly, it'll just be me making heart eyes at her, and sighing like a teenager in love, because YES YES YES. (Am I the only one imagining Pepper Potts & Maria Hill taking over the world now that Maria's working for Stark??)

- I love seeing how Steve & Nick's friendship and relationship has evolved since The Avengers. Very well done.

- I love the throwback to Camp Lehigh (even though I will always associate it with Bucky, not Steve, but still, a nice nod to the first film origin story.)

- I loved Steve's List Of Things To Try (I now need all the fics of Steve trying all of this awesome not-boiled food out there, especially Thai food *g*) and that both Star Wars and Star Trek were on the list.

- And I love that he loves the internet and has seen Wargames, because YES. (My head canon is that he saw it with Clint, because that seems like the sort of film Clint would love.)

- I love how they got the origins of Crossbones in this film. Grillo did a very nice job with Rumlow, and I'm pleased with the direction I think they're going to take with him. (Although Crossbones is nothing without Sin, so I hope we get her in the next film.)

- I love how Steve still wasn't fully moved in to his D.C. apartment yet, even though I assume he's probably been there for, what, a year? Because it's a place to stay and shower, not home, not like Brooklyn.

- I love that the film still kept Steve's very sly, very dry sense of humor. So many hearts.

- I am really really really curious how the new Avengers film is going to explain Wanda & Pietro, considering their comics origins as Erik's kids, but I loved the glimpse we got of them, and of Baron Strucker. Is it next May yet???

- I also wonder what the disbanding of SHIELD is going to do to the TV show. (Still holding out hope we get Hill on the show.)

- Also, dude, Jasper Sitwell as a sleeper Hydra agent was pretty bold. I like it. And I am going to miss him.

- And the Zolla scene was great, and a great nod to the comics canon.

- I loved the entire Smithsonian exhibit to Cap & the Commandos - it looked like it was ripped right out of Steve's Epting's head, in a very good way.

- The scene between Steve & Peggy broke my heart into a million tiny pieces and I'm still not sure I'm recovered. Just the look on poor Steve's face... Chris did a really great job there.

- On a shallow note, Sebastian shirtless & Chris in a wife-beater. Enough said.

- Also, Robert Redford can still get it for a dude's that, like, 80.

- And I know I'm not the only one that got the Steven Strange shout-out, right??!?!????? And that Hydra also was going to take out Tony Stark?

- I don't say this enough, but my God, I am happy Chris Evans finally said yes to playing Cap. He gets Steve on such a deep level and it is a joy to watch him in the role.

- The Pulp Fiction and Community nods were also pretty hilarious. God bless this meta fandom.

- Oh, and before I move on, I loved the score. Loved loved loved. I hope it's for sale or download or something.

Alright, now that I've gotten all that out of the way, every single thing about how the film handled Bucky as both The Winter Soldier and the Bucky/Steve relationship was amazing. It was pretty much perfect.

- "But I knew him." (I mean, Sebastian totally brought Bucky's confusion and vulnerability and I love how Pierce was able to completely manipulate him. Chills.)

- "Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky."

- "You know me. You've known me all your life."

- "We can push the couch cushions together like we did when we were kids."

- "Who the hell is Bucky?" (I mean...we GOT that line, you guys. We got it. And the look of horror and heartbreak and confusion on Steve's face... I couldn't have filmed that any better.)

- The way Bucky fought as The Winter Soldier was totally like watching Epting's art come to life, all brutal efficiency and raw power and cunning. *fappy hands*

- "I'm with you until the end of the line, pal."

- Actually, that entire flashback scene. Don't mind me, I'll just be over here in a corner rocking back & forth.

- "I'm not gonna fight you. You're my friend."
"And you're my mission."
"So finish it." - The Ed Brubaker nerd in me had SO many fangasms, you don't even know.

- I mean, just the fact that Steve made the choice to stay behind to try to save Bucky, and then was willing to die with him if that's what it took to get Bucky to see him again... I mean, no, we didn't get the iconic "Remember who you are" line said out loud, but the entire spirit of that line shown through that entire scene.

- "Please don't make me do this."

Everything I just mentioned up there. Spot on and perfect and if that's all we'd gotten, I would have been well pleased. But then Bucky's hand appeared in the water and we got him saving Steve's life and dragging him ashore and then just looking at him in equal parts heartbreak and perplexity and then walking away, and are you kidding me, did that really happen? And then we get the ending, with Steve going after Bucky, because when it comes to saving Bucky's life or soul or whatever it is, there is nothing Steve won't do and no line he won't cross, and yeah, I'm done. And then the after credits scene of Bucky standing in front of his own memorial, trying so hard to remember who he used to be, and I cannot believe I have to wait another TWO YEARS for their story to continue. (Although if Bucky wanted to make a cameo in Age of Ultron by giving Steve back his shield - I mean, someone's got to find it & give it back to him - I would not complain.)

So yeah, to say I'm a happy happy happy fangirl today is underplaying it just a touch. And, um, if you stuck around for all of that, you deserve a beer or margarita or something. :D

And if anyone has any reaction posts, shoot them my way. I want to talk to EVERYONE about this movie and this series!!!!

Current Music: "Around The Fur" - The Deftones
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I swear, the promotional rounds Chris & Sebastian have been doing for this film are going to be the death of me, especially when we get them together being adorable & BFF:


Yes, please, and thank you, Chris, for being so handsy when it comes to Sebastian. No, really, THANK YOU. Keep up the good work!!! Your fans thank you (and so does Sebastian.)

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And then we have this:


Which, he's not even playing fair now. *hands*

And neither is this guy:


If I find out that Tom Brady was at this screening, I might just actually have a heart attack for real. Especially if there's pictorial proof. Just so you all know.

Current Music: "Dead Of Night" - Depeche Mode
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31 March 2014 @ 11:22 am
So, my weekend was mostly spent either reading or running errands or working on my latest fic (more on that in a minute), but I did find time to catch up on the last 4 episodes on Arrow, and I'm really liking the direction the show is taking. Well, aside from the eye-rollingly bad reason that Slade's all pissed at Oliver. (I mean, yes, I get that Oliver would blame himself for Shado's death, but oh my God, it's still so ridiculous. There was nothing he could have done. But, then, comic book reasoning isn't like real world reasoning.)

However, I love where they're going with Team Arrow and Thea and Laurel. I need more Queen Rose, I mean, Moira Queen in my life, but that's more due to my girl!boner for Susanna Thompson than anything else. (Yes, I still miss Kings. This is not news.)

And, as I also mentioned on Friday, I saw Noah over the weekend and really liked it. It wasn't a perfect film, and it wasn't always a good film, but it was endlessly fascinating and visually stunning and continued the Aronofsky tradition of giving us flawed characters who are obsessed with death and divine destiny. And I loved how he portrayed the Nephilim - it was unorthodox and intriguing and said a lot about how vengeful the God of the Old Testament God is portrayed. Also, I can't remember the last time Russell Crowe was this good in a role. He owned every bit of Noah's zealotry and anguish and dedication. In fact, he & Logan Lerman were easily the best actors in the film. (Yaye for a 3:10 To Yuma renunion!). Poor Emma Watson was just overpowered, which is sad, because she was so good in Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Definitely a film worth checking out on the big screen. :)

And, before I forget, if any of you are fluent or remotely proficient in any of the following languages: Italian, French, Polish, Russian - I need your help for fic purposes. Either DM me or email me (brenda at broadwriting dot com) or comment here. Thanks!!!!!!

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Current Music: The Braves Game on 680TheFan
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HAPPY OPENING DAY EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is the most glorious day of the year (even above Christmas & birthdays), because today baseball is back. 30 teams with 1 goal and 162 games to determine who goes to the post-season. Baseball is spring and renewal and hope and optimism and all things awesome. :DD

So, good luck to your team this season!!! I wish you all well. Unless you're playing my Braves. Or you're a Yankees fan.

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29 March 2014 @ 12:27 am
Nothing like experiencing an earthquake in the middle of a movie. I guess I can cross that off my bucket list now. Not that I actually have one or anything, but it sounds good.

(I'm fine, btw, everyone here is fine. Hell, the movie didn't even stop. In fact, I think almost everyone in the theatre thought it was the crazy awesome bass-thumping sound system.)

(The movie was Noah, btw. I will post thoughts on it later. I have MANY MANY thoughts on this film. But I liked it. A lot. Just for the record.)

At any rate, made it home safe, in my PJs, and getting ready to crawl into bed. Good times.

Still Waiting For My Jetpack
27 March 2014 @ 01:18 pm
In list order, because I hear the chocolate coating makes it go down easier:

- Batman turns 75 on Sunday & both DC & Warners are doing a ton of things to commemorate! Yaye Bruce!!! I mean, I love me some other super heroes and other comics heroes, but there's a reason why the very first tattoo I ever got was a bat. He was my first comics love & my most enduring one & I look forward to many more years of the Dark Knight & his particular brand of angsty brooding & vigilante justice.

- Speaking of super heroes I love, Chris & Sebastian will be ringing the opening bell at Wall Street on April 1st. I really hope this means we get more pics of the two of them being all adorable together. All the hearts, man, all of the hearts.

- I might possibly be the only person looking forward to this film, but my love for the Wachowskis is deep and true and forever, and the new Jupiter Ascending trailer looks AH-MAY-ZING, and not just for Channing's hot body or Sean Bean's Voice of Sex. There are very few directors who can match the Wachowskis visually (in fact, I'd go so far as to say Timur Bekmambetov is the only other director who can... and maybe Darren Aronofsky), and that's enough to put my butt in the seat.

In other news, so glad it's almost the weekend. I have "Noah" plans and writing plans and yoga plans and hopefully, I can also get started on a couple of small house projects. But mostly, writing. My WIPs are starting to get alarmingly big. Um...

Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: "The Love Thieves" - Depeche Mode
Still Waiting For My Jetpack
26 March 2014 @ 12:35 pm
I had this really weird dream last night about Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin and I have NO idea why. I mean, I really don't care about either of them - well, I care about Chris Martin as the lead singer/songwriter for Coldplay, because I really like the band, but I could care less about him personally - it was just really odd. Perhaps the lesson I need to learn here is to not check ONTD for Cap2 interviews before bed. :D

However, the crazy inner workings of my brain isn't why I'm posting. Well, it kinda is, but not really. Remember when I went to Florida 2 weeks ago & mentioned that I got a new tattoo & that I'd share a pic of it once it was healed? Never let it be said that I don't (eventually) keep my promises:

New Tattoo!!!!Collapse )
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: "Electricity" - OMD
Still Waiting For My Jetpack
25 March 2014 @ 07:35 pm
I know, I know, three posts in one day, what IS the world coming to. BUT!!!! I have read what might possibly be THE single best article/write up on the Dodgers/D'backs series that was just played in Australia ever.

It even features a YouTube clip of some Aussie footballers doing the most hilariously off-key rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" I have ever heard. (Seriously, guys. Don't quit your day jobs. Because you're terrible rockstars. Also, you're all AFLers, which means I like seeing you run around in shorts looking super hot while doing athletic things. Hey, I never said I didn't watch sports for the most shallow of reasons.)

Anyway, the write-up and the YouTube clip are both here:

Just...don't drink anything while reading. Trust me on this.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Nadal vs. Fognini on the Tennis Channel
Still Waiting For My Jetpack
25 March 2014 @ 02:36 pm
Yeah, bonus points and cookies for anyone who can guess the EXACT moment during this video clip/promo thing when I started tearing up like the father of the bride at a wedding (and no, your first two guesses don't count):

I swear to God, this film is going to kill me.

(Oh, I suppose I should mention this - to all of my European friends who are lucky enough to see the film this week, please please please be careful with your LJ cuts and spoilers. And save some squeeing for us Americans when we finally get to see it next week. :DDD)

Current Mood: teary-eyed (hush, that's totally a mood)
Current Music: "A Girl Like You" - The Smithereens
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25 March 2014 @ 11:59 am
Over the last couple of days, I've gained a bunch of new friends (HI FRIENDS!!!), so I figured it was probably way past time for a refresher course/welcome post. Because I'm a giver like that. Seriously. Ask anyone. :D

Alright, for real, hi, my name is Brenda, and I'll be your azewewish LJ user host for, um, well, I guess as long as I have an LJ. My username for those wondering (or who might have forgotten) is my very clever rendition of As You Wish (Az Ewe Wish, get it, yep, I'll be here all week) from The Princess Bride, which is the most perfect movie ever ever ever. And that pretty much says all you need to know about me.

But, since you're here, I'll tell you a few other things. I was born & raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but I've lived in Phoenix, Chicago, and Denver, and have lived here in sunny (except, not so much today) Los Angeles for the past 12+ years. Which still freaks me out, because I tend to get itchy feet every three years. Also, the scenery is nice, and I don't just mean the hot shirtless guys who jog on the beach. Although that helps.

I have a mom and dad and step-mom and younger sister I adore (you might hear me talk about my step-dad sometimes, too - just an FYI, he passed away a few years ago, but he is still very much present in the lives of my family) and a Perfect Nephew and Perfect Niece who are the absolute light of my life & I don't see them nearly enough. Mostly, because my entire family still lives in Atlanta and no one's invented a transporter yet. C'mon, technology, we have PADDs and Communicators, let's get on this!!

There are probably three truths you need to know about me (and no, one of them is NOT I'm easy, although that is a true statement):

1) Family is everything
2) Baseball is the most perfect sport ever, and is also a way of life
3) Karl Urban is the hottest man on the planet now that Paul Newman is sadly no longer with us

As for the rest, I'm a Tolkien geek and a comics nerd (DC and Marvel and everything in between, I'm a judge-free comics lover) and I've been a Trekkie and Star Wars addict/fan my entire life and I also love NFL football and tennis an absurd amount (but I keep most of my sports related babbling to Twitter) and I love to travel and I love live music and live theatre and my Drift Compatible BFF is idiosyncratic - she's also a filthy filthy enabler and a really bad influence. No really, she is.

Anything else, just ask. I'm pretty easy like that (and yes, that IS what she said) and I'm always happy to babble on about things. So kick back, relax, have a margarita or three if that's your thing (and it's always my thing), and let's all just have a good time. Don't forget to tip your waiters and bartenders. :)

Current Mood: flirtyflirty
Current Music: "Every Day Is Like Sunday" - The Smiths
Still Waiting For My Jetpack
24 March 2014 @ 02:20 pm
We interrupt this hazy Monday and its lack of coffee and its minor work annoyances and its terrible traffic and its slooooooow moving clock to bring you a very important announcement:


So, yeah, um. I might be slightly excited. Not as excited as I am about next Friday (seriously, I feel like everyone on the planet will have seen The Winter Soldier by the time it opens in the US), but pretty excited.

Oh, and speaking of MCU and X-Men, the Remix Redux signups are open!!! I'm so glad it's back this year, even though I am a little surprised that Pacific Rim didn't make the qualifying fandom cut. (Don't worry, you can still offer in and write a remix for PR, if you want.)

And, this post over on Grantland pretty much says all I ever wanted to about shippers and TV shows. (Spoilers for last night's Good Wife episode, so read at your own risk.)

Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: "Spiderhead" - Cage the Elephant