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07 November 2005 @ 01:49 pm
I need to remember to put Mondays on my calendar.  
I rec movies.
I've been thinking about movies. I've made lists even. For no particular reason.

movie recs
Feel Good Catharsis Obscure...ish Big Funny
Groundhog Day
Hannah and Her Sisters
Mumford
L.A. Story
Big Eden
The Sum of Us
It's a Wonderful Life
Bagdad Café
Shirley Valentine
Roxanne
Grease
Hair
Fearless
Schindler's List
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Good Will Hunting
Sneakers
The Zero Effect
Mr. Frost*
Freeway*
Dead Again
The Krays*
Wag the Dog
Flirting with Disaster
Bob Roberts
(*dark & twisted)
This Is Spinal Tap
Soapdish
Monty Python & the Holy Grail
A Fish Called Wanda
Dodgeball
Bullets Over Broadway
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Living in Oblivion


I peeve because I love.
I'm the kind of person who sees a rant about fan-fiction pet-peeves and immediately takes stock to determine whether I'm an offender. If it's something I've done recently, I'll of course wonder if they meant me. Sometimes I also get inhibited, either because I want to commit the peeve, or I think they're right, but now it's something I have to *think about* and avoid when I'm writing.

Even so--even at the risk of miffing or inhibiting others--I've been, for a while now, mentally compiling a list of Tired SGA Things. I don't think these things need to be retired; they just need a nap. I have some suggested alternatives.

Tired:
  1. Rodney snarking on or obsessing over John's freakish hair
  2. John musing lovingly on Rodney's heart-shaped ass; Rodney contemplating John's skinny one
  3. John's oh so incredibly bony BONY MY GOD BONY body poking Rodney in bed
  4. Rodney saying, "What are you, twelve?"
  5. Any mention of the following: ferris wheels, surfing, prime/not-prime, Mensa, the horselike affection of puddlejumpers for John, or Atlantis's mad crush on him
  6. Any plotline based on Rodney's citrus allergy or hypoglycemia

Alternatives:
  1. Rodney grows a beard and John relentlessly tries to figure out why, rejecting Rodney's claim that it's manly and becoming; John snarks on Rodney's hairline and Rodney counters with questionable evidence of virility and hair loss; one day Rodney confesses that he actually likes John's hair, and John never lets him live it down; or after confessing it, Rodney pets him, and then can't stop touching and poking at it, in public, and even though they're not actually together yet--in response, John gives him increasingly dismayed and incredulous looks and sometimes flinches away, because Rodney, dude, wtf?
  2. John tells Rodney he has a heart-shaped ass but it's clearly a dig; since they're not sleeping together, Rodney is insulted and says that he'd catalog John's plentiful physical flaws, but he's above that and it's a waste of his precious time, and that he's had many compliments on his ass from discerning women who've had far better opportunity to study it than John. But for the next week Rodney quizzes everyone he comes across in Atlantis about their opinion on his ass. Ronon starts avoiding him.
  3. Rodney tells John he's soft--possibly just an affectionate compliment, but with Rodney it could mean anything. John secretly obsesses over the remark, pinching himself in the mirror critically every morning, and begins hitting the gym twice as hard, siphoning time away from their recreational activities. He passive-aggressively baits Rodney in a wounded way, but it's ages before Rodney even notices. In an unforgettable incident, John gets falling-down drunk while on a mission and strips off his clothes during the Feast of Goats and yells "I'm not soft!" The village crones nod approvingly.
  4. One day Rodney asks John scathingly, "What are you, twelve?" while holding an Ancient device, and John turns into a twelve-year-old boy. They're never able to turn him back. Rodney calls him "Colonel Doogie" and the women of Atlantis come over all maternal, and then a rash of pedophilia fic burns through fandom, causing flamewars and schisms and a level of wank so terrible that it eclipses all Harry Potter wank ever.
  5. We discover that John also has a thing for river boats and volleyball, and can recite dirty limericks until the end of time. Though he didn't join Mensa, he did have a brief, ill-fated fling with the Campus Crusade for Christ because of a mad crush on a pretty born-again girl. Meanwhile, Atlantis develops a mad crush on Rodney, which makes John sulk until he learns that Rodney is actually responsible, having created a program to simulate the city's love.
  6. Radek has a terrible peanut allergy that we've never heard about, because he didn't want people to accuse him of pulling a Rodney. He accidentally eats a peanut and nearly dies. His near-death experience puts a damper on Rodney's whining for months, to the point where Rodney contemplates eating a lemon to regain his angsty high ground.


I talk about myself.
I saw Psych Guy on Thursday to discuss meds. While we were talking about my current mood and operational exhaustion, he noted that the change in me since my last visit was "striking." Not in the good way, obviously. He prescribed a new med, Lexapro, something I've tried before, but this will be part of a new combo.

New med brought nausea Friday, a side-effect he'd warned of; I went home sick. It seems to be tapering off though. I was exhausted all weekend; probably unrelated. I got little done. I have a to-do list of 39 items, of which I think I've crossed off three. I'm making some inroads though. Therapist's appointment today. I don't want to go for some reason. But I only see her every two weeks and I cancelled the time before last. So.

The Lexapro won't start to show any effects for 2-6 weeks; he said 3 weeks is about average.

Meanwhile, my flatscreen monitor is starting to die. If I leave it in sleep mode for too long it won't go back on. I'm trying to nurse it by turning it off when I know I'll be in the other room for a while.


And now I'm going to sneak in a mention that I finished watching SGA eps up through "The Lost Boys" and was unenthused by all of it. If I start in on specifics, I'll probably end up barking and snarking at length, and chip away at people's shiny happy love, which I hate to do. Because even when you label a critical post, happy people click through to read more despite themselves and end up walking away gloomy. I know I've done that, at least. Plus, the act itself of slapping a warning label on a post makes your displeasure known and can give people mild flulike infections of sadness. Because they want you to be happy! They want love to be universal, and though we all know that such good intentions lead to Jasmine, I hate to contribute to a miasma of meh. And since, my god, I need to be working now, that's what I'm leaving to do.
 
 
 
LadyCatladycat777 on November 7th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Sneakers is a fantabulous movie, yis.
Anna S.: cat-adorableeliade on November 8th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
I love ensemble stuff. :) Plus it feels so fan-fictiony--they're like the Scooby Gang or something. Ex-criminals, black-sheep ex-CIA agent, blind guy, teenage kid, etc. Everyone doing their special thing. *happy*
Herself_nycherself_nyc on November 7th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
Glad you got a change of meds, hope they work for you.

I loved “The Zero Effect,” though now I remember almost nothing about it. I also love “The Krays.”
Anna S.eliade on November 8th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Glad you got a change of meds, hope they work for you.

Thank you! Me too. :) (Or "Mee too" as I tried to spell it three times.)

I loved “The Zero Effect,” though now I remember almost nothing about it.

There's a review here that I originally meant to link to. I think I had to have someone (as here) explain in so many words that it was a play on Sherlock Holmes. I just thought it was highly original before I knew that. *g*

I'm bummed because I found a copy on tape a few days back & it turns out that it doesn't play. It's one of those things I've been keeping an eye out for, for ages, and I was excited to see it just sitting there unexpectedly on the Half-Price Books store shelf. It's a title that almost never turns up. Maybe when I get around to paying my cc bill I'll get a copy online....
A carbonated fusion beverage!: cocoaswmbo on November 7th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
NO NO NO NOT THE FLAT SCREEN!

*shakes it gently*

John tells Rodney he has a heart-shaped ass but it's clearly a dig; since they're not sleeping together, Rodney is insulted and says that he'd catalog John's plentiful physical flaws, but he's above that and it's a waste of his precious time, and that he's had many compliments on his ass from discerning women who've had far better opportunity to study it than John. But for the next week Rodney quizzes everyone he comes across in Atlantis about their opinion on his ass. Ronon starts avoiding him.

This might be the actual best story never written.

Except for the one where John is a 12 year old boy. Oh help me, that'd be awesome and hysterical. Particularly when he goes through puberty, take 2.
Anna S.: john-intenseeliade on November 8th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
This might be the actual best story never written.

*g* You are sweet. But it would have to end with Rodney finally cornering him in a corridor, like a tiny noisy mouse backing a large and panicked cat against a wall, and then...there's sex. I can't quite see it, but someone would have to make it happen. GOD NEEDS TO HAVE THEM MAKE SEX. Or, possibly, GOD NEEDS TO MAKE THEM HAVE SEX.

Except for the one where John is a 12 year old boy. Oh help me, that'd be awesome and hysterical. Particularly when he goes through puberty, take 2.

He'd lie on his bed for hours with headphones on, and turn a black death glare on anyone who bothered him. Weir popping her head in like mom: "John--"

"GET OUT!"

hee.
Sophia: OTHER: kittensophia_helix on November 7th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Heh. I wrote "What are you, twelve?" in a story the other day. Since it wasn't an SGA story, will I be allowed to live?

(It isn't that I don't bow down to your supreme and clearly-deserved right to be the arbiter of life and death for people who write fic cliches, I just sort of need to live through the end of the semester.)
Anna S.eliade on November 7th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
Heh. I wrote "What are you, twelve?" in a story the other day. Since it wasn't an SGA story, will I be allowed to live?

Yes!

I actually adore the whole "What, are we in fourth grade now?" type of lines. There just came some point for me when they lost their piquancy. It was a sad day. I bought a mallet and tried this whole head-wound and amnesia thing as a kind of ritual after finishing each story, hoping to prolong the freshness, but the memories eventually grew too strong and stuck for good.
pete and gabe's collaborative dicks: shep smirkinlovewithnight on November 7th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Dude, your list made me so ridiculously happy, and I don't even ship Shep/McKay. ::loves you::
Anna S.: cat_chickeneliade on November 8th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
*flings your love in the air with joy like rice at a wedding*

*pigeons eat your love*

*pigeons explode*

That...didn't go as planned.

*slinks away*
MELODY GLOUCESTER PEGASUS: Jack/Sawyerjolielaide on November 7th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
I like your movie table! Fancy fancy.

I have taken a low dose of Lexapro for two years with minimal side effects and am mostly sane and even-keeled (I think.) Good luck. :)
Anna S.: rateliade on November 8th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
I have taken a low dose of Lexapro for two years with minimal side effects and am mostly sane and even-keeled (I think.) Good luck. :)

That is heartening. And hey, I think you are sane! ...which, er, means so much, coming from me. *g*

I don't recall what happened when I took the stuff before, or why I stopped, but am hoping for good things.
That Chick with the Evil Laugh: Ewan Glasses Dork Lovesparkymonster on November 7th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
I take Lexapro and so does my brother (for somewhat different reasons). I really like it in that it helps my depression, without making me feel muted or fuzzy. Also it doesn't trash my libido. My only issue with it so far mild nausea at times. Good luck with the medication tweak.
Anna S.: john-sultryeliade on November 8th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
Cool--good info. I cross my fingers. :)
nestra on November 7th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Rodney saying, "What are you, twelve?"

Um.

*changes identity, joins the fic-writer's protection program*
Anna S.: puppy-eyeseliade on November 7th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, but I think you got in before the ban. *g*
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Trepkos: Logic by Mrs Spocktrepkos on November 7th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
I have a to-do list of 39 items, of which I think I've crossed off three. I'm making some inroads though.

That sounds like a frighteningly long list.
Do you maybe think you should cut it down, so it only includes stuff that has to be done? Then you'll have less distractions, and might feel a greater sense of accomplishment when you do some of them, because, you'll have done a larger proportion of the list?
Anna S.: cat_chickeneliade on November 8th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Well. Some of the things are fun, like, "Buy body powder." *g*
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Pet: Angel's Spikeapetslife on November 7th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
I also like your movie table, and find myself in deep covetousness of it. May I borrow your code, to make a similar table for myself? (feel free to say no, here, I won't have a single hurt feeling, I promise. *G*)

Good luck with the new meds. I have my fingers crossed!
Anna S.: polarbeareliade on November 7th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Take my table! Of course! Mi table es su table!
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superheroes failing at oatmeal: laconical [livia]some_stars on November 7th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
all of your alternatives bring me vast joy, but especially number two, because I can see this: But for the next week Rodney quizzes everyone he comes across in Atlantis about their opinion on his ass. Ronon starts avoiding him. so clearly that I am starting to convince myself it's actually happened.

also, am I the only one who finds John's hair to be mildly eccentric at best? Because seriously omg it's NOT THAT CRAZY. He should get a ceremonial mohawk. Aliens make them get new hairdos! It is the new hot thing!
Sarapanisdead on November 7th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Aliens make them get new hairdos!

This would rock.
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WesleysGirl: Spike/Weswesleysgirl on November 7th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
*Snuggles*

I took Lexapro briefly and it did something called "overactivating" me -- I felt, literally, insane. I was as jittery as if I'd had two pots of coffee, my hands were shaking, it felt like I was vibrating, I couldn't think straight, and I had the sensation of something crawling under my skin. I wanted to peel my skin off.

I don't tell you this to scare you -- I've talked to more people who've had good experiences with Lexapro than bad by a very large margin -- but just so you're aware of the possibility. For me, it started within a couple of days of starting to take it, so you might already be over the hump. Anyway, just something to know; if it does happen, you'll know it's the meds and not that you're nuts!

*Many hugs*
Anna S.: john pretty!eliade on November 8th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
Yikes. Good to know! :) I love when people have info about their own experiences--it's at least as useful as the enclosed medication warnings, if not more so. Because you can put a name and a face to it, and have some context. *hugs*
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Sara: moment of zenpanisdead on November 7th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
John's oh so incredibly bony BONY MY GOD BONY

YES GOD THANK YOU. Also, I would like to require that all offenders commence watching the show with their eyes open. That dude has some padding, he really does.

Rodney grows a beard

My head just exploded.
abbyleeabbylee on November 7th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
Bony ass? I'd believe it. But I doubt he even has bony hips. It amazes me how much it comes up in fic; the man is slim but not skinny.

Also, you should go screencap hunting for DH with a beard. I know I've seen it :)
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κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα: J hand-hair_inbetween_ on November 7th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
Very tired (of those) things indeed.
Anna S.: joe-flaniganeliade on November 8th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
And your icon is taking it very personally and smoothing down his hair! heh.
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ex_dovil323 on November 7th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
Your movie list rocks, your scenarios rock (but for the love of god you already seduced me to the Spander side when does it stop?), and just in general you rock. Like a boulder.
Anna S.: alien reseliade on November 8th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Your movie list rocks, your scenarios rock (but for the love of god you already seduced me to the Spander side when does it stop?),

IT NEVER STOPS. My next fandom will be about a twelve-year-old boy named Timmy and his dog Rex. Slash of course. Though, like Lassie, Rex is a girl dog, so this introduces all sorts of fan debate and complicated meta questions.

I'm already plotting my first 200k story! "Oedipus Rex."

and just in general you rock. Like a boulder.

I am the boulder of love that will roll downhill and spring on you in delight and crush your spine! *hugs*