fatima: (hiddles - serious)
National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Location: The Leonard Nimoy Thalia (yes that is the actual name of the theatre O_o), @ Symphony Space (2537 Broadway @ W 95th St in Manhattan)

Showtimes: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 2:00pm, Wed, Feb 26, 2014 7:00pm, Tue, Mar 4, 2014 7:00pm, Thu, Mar 13, 2014 7:00pm

I think the Sunday 2/16 showing is probably most viable, but I'm flexible! So...anybody wanna go with me? It's $23, or $21 if you are a student. :)
fatima: (london)
(It's never a good thing to title a blog entry with the quote from a serial killer, even if a fictional one.)

I still haven't watched BBC Sherlock's S3. And from the looks of it, I won't ever get to S2 either.

I must admit that there is a distinct feeling of schadenfreude there—especially since I've developed less-than-charitable opinions towards Benedict Cumberbatch, and a definite dislike for Martin Freeman. Is it true that hate outlasts even love? I hope not, but as the song of songs says...for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
fatima: (look out)
继续看《Agatha Christie's Marple》。

S2E4 (The Sittaford Mystery): Timothy Dalton (007!!我最爱的007之一!!!) + Carey Mulligan (Shame里面的美女),我也好喜欢James Murray演的Charles Burnaby啊……可惜一个老帅哥和一个年轻帅哥最后都死了 T_T。结尾居然又被改成GL了!!

S3E3 (Towards Zero): Saffron Burrows (L&O里面的Serena Stevens)
S3E4 (Nemesis): Laura Michelle Kelly (Sweeney Todd里面的Lucy Barker)

S4E1 (A Pocket Full of Rye): Rupert Graves (Sherlock里面的探长) + Helen Baxendale (Friends里面的终极炮灰Emily)
S4E2 (Murder is Easy): Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock!) + Steve Pemberton (Whitechapel + The League of Gentlemen --此人是MG的好基友 + Going Postal 里面的Rufus Drumknott)
S4E3 (They Do It with Mirrors): Alex Jennings (Whitechapel的大boss Anderson) + Joan Collins (Dyansty里面的那位女王级人物)
S4E4 (Why Didn't They Ask Evans?): Natalie Dormer (Tudor里面的安博林 + 冰火里面的玫瑰王后--我越看越爱这姐姐!) + Sean Biggerstaff (HP里面的Oliver Wood)

Season 5目前还没找到……
fatima: (hehehe)
这一阵在断断续续地看英剧《Agatha Christie's Marple》。(为什么呢?因为《Whitechapel》找不到第二季……) 看这剧,猜谁是凶手之外,最喜欢的就是抓熟悉的面孔。目前为止,当真每一集都有!!!

S1E1 (The Body in the Library): Jack Davenport (加勒比海盗的Commander Norrington)
S1E2 (The Murder at the Vicarage): Mark Gatiss (no comment....)
S1E3 (4.50 from Paddington): Ben Daniels (Merlin里面的Tristan)
S1E4 (A Murder is Announced): Matthew Goode (Watchmen里面的Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias) + Catherine Tate (The Office里面的Nellie....喔可怕的英国女人Nellie) + 最碉堡的是这里面居然还有Elaine Paige!英国音乐剧的大姐大Elaine Paige!!!

S2E1 (Sleeping Murder): Peter Serafinowicz (Whitechapel里面的Cazanove) + Una Stubbs (Sherlock的Mrs. Hudson)
S2E2 (The Moving Finger): Talulah Riley (Inception里面那个勾引Cillan的金发女人) + Frances de la Tour (HP里面的Olympe Maxime)
S2E3 (By the Pricking of My Thumbs): Charles Dance (Charles Dance!!!! Lord Vetinari!!! Lord Tywin!!)
S2E4 (The Sittaford Mystery) 目前还没找到。

S3E1 (At Bertram's Hotel): Polly Walker (Rome里面的Atia)...顺便说这一集把我看流泪了……以及Ed Stoppard演的Ladislaus Malinowski真帅啊真帅啊真帅啊真帅啊……
S3E2 (Ordeal by Innocence): Jane Seymour (这是我认识的第一个充满东方神韵的西方美人,在这里演了一个万人黑,我差点没认出她来,囧)

剩下的目前还没看,除了让我第一次去看这剧的S4E2 (Murder is Easy)。为什么去看这一集呢?因为第一,我读过原作觉得还挺有趣,第二,这里面有Benedict Cumberbatch…… 而且!而且!虽然我目前普遍不喜欢Benedict Cumberbatch在Sherlock之外的扮相(比如战马,比如Frankenstein...orz),但是这里面的他又让我觉得帅了!而且还很帅地勾搭了一个同样有意思的妹子!

然后我在这一集里面看到了Steve Pemberton。SP何人也?就是和MG一起搞League of Extraordinary Gentlemen的那位……以及Whitechapel里面的男三。而Whitechapel里面的男二又是Sherlock S1里面的杀人司机。(所以只能说是,贵圈真乱……)

在如此的激励之下,我就跑去从第一季开始补了。然后第一集我看到了Jack Davenport,在第二集看到了麦哥…………………………

顺便说英剧真是彪悍啊。看到了隐晦的BL不说,原本不是GL的都被改成张扬GL了,还有非血缘的兄妹相爱什么的,年轻少爷勾引老女仆什么的……
fatima: (gazing3)
I was thinking that maybe I should go watch the second season of Sherlock after all. Then I thought of Irene Adler, and how the ACD character whom I admired got twisted into...this. (Oh, and this.)

Yeah. Maybe not.

Anyway. I finished reading The Hitman's Guide to House Cleaning by Hallgrímur Helgason because the Kindle edition was on a one-day sale. (It was the first Kindle Book of the Day I've bought in these past three months.) It was a nice read, with an odd mixture of religion and war and sex and other stuff, yet never really gets morose. I'm not sure I'd recommend buying it at full price, but it's a pleasant read if you can borrow it from a library.

I've also been trying to get into Agatha Christie novels. I read Murder on the Orient Express a while back and thought it was a nice setup. Couldn't really get into The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and Destination Unknown was plain depressing even though I finished it (somehow) in the end. Going through Murder is Easy right now and it's easy enough. If anybody have recommendations from her long book list, I shall be very grateful.

BUT WAIT WHAT IS THIS!

An adaptation, with the inclusion of Miss Marple (played by Julia McKenzie), was included in the fourth season of Marple; it deviated significantly from the novel by removing, adding, and changing characters, adding subplots, and changing the murderer's motives. It's Miss Marple who meets Miss Pinkerton on the train and learns of her suspicions about the village deaths. Pinkerton is killed in a fall down a London station escalator while enroute to Scotland Yard. Miss Marple meets 30-ish police detective Luke Fitzwilliam (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) in the village, where he is dealing with a deceased relative's property, and they recognize one another's investigative inclinations and work together to solve the murders.

-----我是HC的分割线-----

Iris发了一条WB:我滚一滚康桥,不带走一片抖森。

然后……

鸢尾:因为我说如果我去剑桥,要把每一块砖都踩一下,这样可以和他踩到同一块砖
鸢尾:结果另一个人说,还是滚一下比较保险——万一踩漏了呢
蝴蝶:狂笑
鸢尾:从舞台,宿舍滚到rugby球场
鸢尾:其实把希斯罗滚一边很保险的,虽然大概会被反恐的抓起来……
蝴蝶:……希思罗太不浪漫了。当然,我就没见过浪漫的飞机场。
鸢尾:其实纽约他也去过的
蝴蝶:可是那么多terminal,怎么知道是哪一个
鸢尾:希斯罗滚terminal 3 啊,国际航班。而且国内肯定也有……
蝴蝶:我们需要找一个只有一个terminal的小机场,这样就万无一失了
鸢尾:我们真的不是在策划恐怖袭击么
蝴蝶:和恐怖分子还有得讨价还价,和恋爱(?)中的女人是没得讨价还价的……
fatima: (gin - grin)
先给大家拜个年~~~龙年吉祥~!:DD

1. I am having such fun with Kindle! Thanks [livejournal.com profile] iris242x! :DDD Both Sima Guang AND Oscar Wilde at the touch of a button, plus all the myths I want. This can only be termed as "awesome", and I really have been reading a lot more. Now if only I can figure out how to highlight the Chinese texts correctly...

2. [livejournal.com profile] nashaya_rin told me I really need to watch Sherlock S2 already and threatened to spoiler the hell out of me if I didn't. Ah. What else are friends for?

3. I am finally working on writing fanfics again and it feels wonderful! Frustrating, but wonderful. Kindle has also contributed to this development by providing easier way to do background research, etcetc. (Although I am still looking for a factually correct AND stylistically engaging book on MI5/MI6...)

4. The Jordan-Israel trip planning is coming along. The plane tickets have been booked, and I think I have gotten all the lodging reservations done as well. Still need to book a ticket from Tel Aviv to Eilat though, and need to contact the hostels in Jordan as well.

5. I have started looking for a job in China (more specifically, Beijing) come March/April. So, need to finish revising my Chinese CV and update my English one.
fatima: (Default)
OK so apparently Misha (yes, that Misha) and his wife Victoria are into threesomes. As of 2007, they were in a stable threesome relationship with Victoria's best friend.

I think my head just exploded as if Michael (John!Michael, thanks) lolsmited me.

In other news, I finally watched Sherlock Holmes II: A Game of Shadows. It was, as I expected, utterly un-Sherlock and un-British. (Keep in mind that I'm not even an original Conan Doyle fan!) In the end, both watchable and forgettable.

Stephen Fry's Mycroft was utterly gay with the boytoy sidekick—I dare you to disagree on that point. I dare you. The women were wonderful. Simza kicked ass, and Mary was great too. As for this version of Irene, all I can say is, meh. I give it three stars out of five: One for the women, one for Moriarty, and one for cinematography.
fatima: (spn - castiel)
Watching Hot N' Cold (Cas & Dean fanvid) made me realize that I really, really miss Castiel. T_T

I know, I know, I should be watchiing the new episode of Sherlock. But it's like I have a mental block or something. Sigh.
fatima: (artsy)
Watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on IMAX for my last night in Arizona. It was a lot of fun! Tom Cruise was showing his age here and there, but still, a tightly packed action movie with plenty of light moments. Definitely a movie worth watching on IMAX. Oh and Léa Seydoux is beautiful in a very European sort of way. *_*

Am debating if I want to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. On one hand...Stephen Fry! MYCROFT!!! On the other hand...well, RDJ as Sherlock Holmes... -_-

I will definitely go watch Hugo though! :)
fatima: (innocent)
Durham's weather is beautiful! :) And it's so great to see old friends and meet new people. (You'd think I'm a people person from what I just wrote...)

Been reading some of the original Sherlock stories, and to my own surprise I actually liked them a lot better than some of the ones I've previously read. (The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, I'm looking at you!) It's both with anticipation and a certain sense of dread do I await the new season (I know they call it "series" in Britain...) of BBC Sherlock. Ah, Mycroft.

Also picked up The Last Testament: A Memoir by God (Author) & David Javerbaum (Contributor). Only a few pages in but looking good so far.

I know I've said I wanted to write a somewhat critical review for Terry Pratchett's Snuff, but alas, I left the very book at my mother's house. Still, I should get around to that...

Can't wait for the new HxH chapter tomorrow! :DDD
fatima: (look out)
1. Chinglish by David Henry Hwang is coming to Broadway! I am excited!

2. I need to get my hands on [livejournal.com profile] cannedebonbon's commission stuff. I DO. Her chibis are unbelievably cute. >_< Hopefully I can find a paypal account.... (Fingers crossed.) I want one piece for my priest, and another...well, it's a secret. :P

3. I am probably going to experiment with making real curry (instead of curry udon). We will see how that goes. Until then, though, hot pot tonight. :D

4. I want to re-read Discworld books again. Why can't Snuff come out already? T_T (Speaking of books I owe NYPL fees again. Crap.) And so did you ever get to read Night Watch, [livejournal.com profile] dissociate?

5. It's probably bad that the one Thor/Loki fic I want to write the most is also...all kinds of angst. I think I'm afraid to write it because I might make Thor OOC. (But I want to write it! The epic and tragic love of it all!)

6. Sometimes I can't help but feel that politics is such an ugly, ugly topic of conversation. Reality and ideals just don't play together very well. Maybe one day I will write about it at length in connection to my Mycroft obsession, but I doubt it.
fatima: (mysterious)
So I Have Been Thinking: My main obstacle with with writing Thor fic is that I don't really feel any of the other characters except maybe Frigga. No matter how close they are, the Thor/Loki relationship cannot happen in a vacuum. But I don't have the mental fortitude to forage my way around Marvel canon to know their Asgard and Avenger years, nevermind Loki's numerous hellspawns. So there are character depth issues here because...as important as the relationship is, it's not what defines Thor or Loki. There has to be more.

I just...can't seem to find a backstory for the both of them. And that bothers me, because I'm usually good at this sort of things. Usually I jump at this kind of opportunity, really. For Mycroft/Sherlock I conjured up a whole organization called Diogenes in the style of MI7 in order to provide character depth to Mycroft (because, let's face it, I find John very tricky to write from Sherlock's end). There was also the whole Holmes family history, which, in my head at least, provided motivations and development for both Mycroft has a character and his relationship with Sherlock.

With Thor and Loki, however, the problem seems to be that I know enough of the Norse mythology (arguably the ultimate-canon, though YMMV) AND Marvel-verse canons (yes, plural) to be unable to ignore them; yet at the same time I don't know nearly enough of them to comfortably navigate my way through them.

In the same vein of thought, I kind of feel bad about fulfilling [livejournal.com profile] norsekink prompts, because my fills (or would-be fills) are so...short. Alas, that's the only thing I'm halfway decent at, writing vignettes. (Well that and coming up with twisted plots.)
fatima: (tsugumi - white)
Two days left in Scotland. After much consideration, I've decided to forego any other tours while in Scotland. They are informative and often cost-friendly (considering the alternative modes of transportation), but there is only so much get-off-the-bus-take-your-picture-then-come-back one can take. And I mean that in a nice way.

So tomorrow I'm probably going to Glasgow on my own, do a little shopping (the rain in Edinburgh more or less ruined my much beloved current pair of shoes), have lunch, then head to Loch Lomond.

And if I'm not too tired from walking around the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, on Thursday I'll try to climb Arthur's Seat. If I make it, I'm totally going to sing My Land from the top: For you are my land, and you always will be.

Call it ridiculous (because it is), but that line fills me with such sheer joy because of a backstory Asuka and I (okay, mostly Asuka) created for the Holmes brothers and their father. I keep picturing Siger Holmes (a la Blood and Water) as a good man in a very simple sense, even though that is eminently debatable when one considers history, in all of its darkness and glory. But that's another post for another day. For now, let me only look over the rolling hills and the pristine lochs.
fatima: (sherlock - violin)
[livejournal.com profile] iris242x: I'm doing a presentation on psychopath. I found something interesting.
[livejournal.com profile] snowlight: ya?
[livejournal.com profile] iris242x: Typically they have trouble learning instrument (because they would have trouble focusing). But Sherlock can play violin....
[livejournal.com profile] snowlight: hahahahahhaha
[livejournal.com profile] snowlight: He is not a psychopath, I told you. He is not even a sociopath.
fatima: (sherlock - gaze)
Title: Six Toffee Apples
Characters: Mycroft & Sherlock
Rating: G
Note: Beta pending. :) Written for [livejournal.com profile] krazykoodles at her request for a Guy Fawkes Night fic(let).

Mycroft is on his fifth toffee apple. )
fatima: (fss - alecto)
List of questions here.

Day 22. A fic you won't read late at night

Five Times A Character I Love Did Something I Hated by Sirius Black by [livejournal.com profile] shaggydogstail (Harry Potter)

Actually, I just, like, don't ever want to read it again.
I am not a big fan of Gintama (mainly because the manga had too much dialogue for me...no I'm serious), but in the first book, the character Shimura Tae said something akin to this: "It's painful to hold onto something like this, but at the same time, it's also painful to throw it away. If it causes pain in any case, I'd rather carry it with me." That pretty much describes my feelings towards Sirius.
With that said, this is my last Harry Potter rec in this meme, I swear. >_>

Day 23. A favourite short fic

You're a Taboo by Wrabbit (Sherlock BBC, Mycroft/Sherlock)

"I don't believe you," John said flatly. "You hate each other."
Sherlock absently plucked out a few bars John didn't recognize. "Despise, really," he said finally.
"Quite." Mycroft sighed and stood up.
fatima: (sherlock - violin)
A note about why I haven't been doing them daily: They clutter up my LJ.

List of questions here.

Day 20. A fic by one of your favorite authors

Cover of Night by Killa (Star Trek TOS, Kirk/Spock)

I might as well come out and say it: My experience with the TOS K/S big-name authors' works has been...mixed. Some of it feels too florid, or too soapy, or just not my cup of tea. Killa, however, is definitely one of my very favorites.

Day 21. A fic currently stuck in your head

Chemistry by [livejournal.com profile] thinkpink20 (Sherlock BBC, Mycroft/Sherlock)

…do I really have to explain this?
fatima: (sherlock - ring)
I was talking with [livejournal.com profile] stellacy regarding vampire AUs for Sherlock and this suddenly clicked: MYCROFT IS TOTALLY A VENTRUE! (The nickname of Ventrue, incidentally, is also where I got the second part for the name Renata Lord...since in The Requiem the Ventrue are known as Lords.)

Clan Ventrue
Nickname: Blue Bloods, Patricians, Warlords
Disciplines: Dominate, Fortitude, and Presence
Theme Song: Sympathy for the Devil

"Let me be clear: You will accept my offer now or later. You will like it much less later."

"The Ventrue offer a very simple boast: They win. They always win.

Other Kindred often despise the Lords, but they seldom dispute the clan’s boast. All too often, a Kindred works and schemes to win some prize, only to find that a Ventrue owned it all along. The officers who lead a city’s Kindred almost always include several highly placed Ventrue. The Lords acknowledge no defeats, only setbacks. The clan shares a ruthless will to power and the power to enforce its will."

As to what clan would Sherlock be from, I think he could be a rebel from Ventrue, or he could be one of the Malkavians...but I think a rebel suits him better. :)
fatima: (sherlock - drugs)
List of questions here.

Day 08. A fic you plan on reading (old or new)

The Greatest Vice by [livejournal.com profile] pendingprogress (Sherlock BBC, Mycroft/Sherlock)

Because I'm always pleasantly surprised by English language M/S fics where Mycroft isn't a complete dick and/or substitute.

Edit: I read it and I really loved the characterisation of Mycroft's feelings towards Sherlock.

"Sherlock?" Mycroft says. He doesn't murmur, like he might if someone were ill or upset. Sherlock is both ill and upset, but Mycroft considers both these states to be of his own doing, and therefore finds empathy hard to come by. "Sherlock, you silly boy."

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