citrinesunset: (Fountain pen)
My fic, ordered by fandom. Full information, including kinks and any warnings, is listed in the fic headers.

**Last Updated: 9/16/2014**

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citrinesunset: (Default)
So, this is my first year doing the Trick or Treat exchange, and I'm happy to be giving it a shot. :)

I like all sorts of fic, so I'm pretty flexible! Also, I like both happy/fluffy fic and pretty dark stuff, so feel free to go in whichever direction you want. I don't mind unhappy endings. I have some favorite ships, but I also enjoy gen and friendship fic just as much.

I'm not very good at coming up with prompts, and it's hard to get a balance between including proper prompts and having nothing. I tried to include some things that I like/would find interesting about the characters I requested, but feel free to ignore or use that as a rough guideline.

General likes:

- Friendship fic
- Character studies and backstory
- Smut
- For porn, things I like include like anal sex/play, spanking, power play, slavefic, A/B/O, BDSM AUs, humiliation, and watersports. I like both consensual and non-con/dub-con interpretations. Also, I'm cool with a lot of kinks written in a way that's not explicitly sexual, like spanking as non-sexualized punishment or A/B/O worldbuilding. I'm also happy with vanilla smut, though!
- Darkfic/art
- Humor
- Loyalty kink (one character is very loyal toward and cares for another. Recognition of that from the other character can be nice but isn't essential)
- Pining (mutual or non-mutual)
- Enemies becoming friends/lovers and maybe not completely trusting each other
- Characters getting a break from their usual routine, like going out
- Bonding and unexpected friendships
- I love Halloween, so if you want to do something Halloween-themed, I'm definitely game!

Some specific likes for tricks:

- Body horror
- Tentacle monsters
- Gaslighting/manipulation
- Mind control
- Frightening visions/hallucinations/apparitions (take of this what you will--could be ghosts, hallucinations, telepathy, etc.)
- Characters not trusting their own perceptions/questioning reality
- Hauntings/ghosts
- Stockholm syndrome/lima syndrome


- Explicit underage sex
- Character bashing (characters being criticized or made fun of a bit is fine. I just like it to feel fair or good-humored)
- Animal abuse


X-Men (Alternate Timeline movies)

Characters requested: Erik Lehnsherr, Ororo Munroe, Hank McCoy, Jean Grey, Charles Xavier, Peter Maximoff.

Some of my favorite pairings are Charles/Hank, Charles/Erik, and Jean/Ororo, but I'm pretty flexible on that. I also really like team interaction, solo gen, and friendship.

Some prompts/things I like:

- Anything related to the school. Maybe Charles and Hank running the school together, or one or both of them interacting with students in general. Or Jean or Ororo in a school context. If you want to go with a Halloween theme, maybe the students want to celebrate Halloween.

- Hank taking care of Charles or being loyal to him in general.

- Hank and Charles navigating being in a relationship.

- Hank adjusting to his Beast form, or dealing with challenges related to it. How does it affect his life, either physically (ie, does he have a hard time working in his lab at first because he's not used to his new hands?) or mentally/socially (he must have had to stay in hiding before he developed the serum and before mutants became mainstream). If you pair him with someone, it'd be interesting to see the sexual implications addressed--like, does he worry about accidentally hurting his partner with his strength or his sharp teeth?

- Jean and/or Ororo learning to control their powers or playing with them (whether it's harmless or not is up to you).

- Charles relating to Jean as a telepath and seeing himself in her.

- Jean and Ororo being friends.

- Ororo adjusting to life at the school and in the US.

- Ororo having a crush on Jean (either requited or not).

- Charles pushing the ethical boundaries of telepathy. This could be anything from occasionally influencing people for convenience to something darker like holding someone prisoner using his powers or altering their memory in a major way.

- Anything related to Charles being a telepath, in general.

- Peter getting more involved at the school after Apocalypse. Maybe the younger kids look up to him and he's not sure what to think about it.

- Peter's criminal activities and thrill-seeking behavior.

- Erik finding out that Peter is his son. Up to you whether you want to take it in a humorous or more dramatic direction. I would be all for Erik being exasperated by Peter and them having some fun father-son interaction, but I'd also enjoy a more serious take on how hard it might be for them to figure things out.

- Anything about Erik's time with his Brotherhood in between XMFC and his capture. How did he get along with his new friends/followers, especially when most of them had been following Shaw? What type of leader was he?

- Anything about the effect that Erik's time in prison had on him, or how he was treated. Go as angsty or dark as you'd like.

- For Charles/Erik, I like in-universe stuff or AUs where they have their powers. I also have a fondness for bottom!Erik (and, in A/B/O, omega!Erik), but I'm not particular on that by any means.

Alien Series

Characters requested: David 8, Elizabeth Shaw, Meredith Vickers.

In addition to gen, I really like David/Elizabeth. I'd also be interested in seeing more David/Vickers.

Some prompts/things I like:

- David/Elizabeth, especially if Elizabeth never quite trusts him. I'd be interested in seeing them relate to each other without removing the conflict between them.

- AU where Elizabeth gets a different ending (for better or worse).

- Anything about what happened leading up to Elizabeth's death.

- Elizabeth was alive to see the Engineers' planet (and learns what David did).

- Elizabeth's life/career on Earth before Prometheus.

- David learning more about the Engineers' practices and technology. When did he decide to destroy them and carry on their experiments?

- David's twisted ideas about creation and life.

- Backstory about David's life with Peter Weyland. I'd also be interested in David/Peter Weyland if you wanted to take it in that direction.

- Vickers' life and background before Prometheus. I feel like there are a lot of questions about her, especially in regards to her relationship with her father. Was it well-known that she was Weyland's daughter? What was the source of the conflict between them?

- Anything about David and Vickers' relationship and rivalry, and how they saw each other.

- David/Vickers. Maybe they have hatesex. Maybe Vickers takes out her anger on him. Maybe one or both of them worry about Weyland finding out and disapproving. Or maybe they relate to each other in some way even though there's also some resentment.

White Collar

Characters requested: Mozzie, Sara Ellis, Alex Hunter, Diana Berrigan.

Pairings I like with these characters include Sara/Alex, Sara/Diana, Alex/Kate, and Sara/Neal. I also really like team/friendship fic and characters working together, especially if it's an eccentric or unexpected combination (like Mozzie and Sara or Mozzie and Diana).

Some prompts/things I like:

- Mozzie's schemes, unusual interests, disguises, and conspiracy theories. Maybe he introduces another character to the Tiles of Fire movies, or comes up with a bizarre Halloween costume.

- Mozzie interacting with Diana and/or her son (maybe Theo can go trick or treating).

- I also really like Mozzie's friendships with Elizabeth and Neal, and his interaction with Peter.

- For Diana, Sara, and Alex, I really like that while they have different characteristics and strengths but are all very good at what they do and are highly-motivated. I like Diana's toughness and assertiveness, Sara's determination, and Alex's self-protectiveness. I'd love anything involving their jobs (or "job" in Alex's case), even if it's not detailed casefic.

- I also really like how Sara skirts the line between being on the law-abiding side and sometimes breaking the rules.

- Anything involving Sara's sister. I'm a little annoyed that there was never much closure in canon--even in the form of her explicitly accepting that there might not be a resolution.

- I like Diana's teamwork with Jones and Neal.

- Something post-finale involving one of the requested characters would be interesting. What do they go on to do?

- For something Halloween/horror-themed, maybe someone could find themselves with a cursed/haunted artifact. Or they could break into a haunted building.


Characters requested: Toshiko Sato, Suzie Costello, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones.

If you go with something shippy, I ship pretty much ship everyone with everyone in Torchwood. I'm not a big fan of Children of Earth and I didn't watch Miracle Day, so I'd prefer something that takes place prior to that (or a canon-divergence AU).

Some prompts/things I like:

- Suzie's experiments with the resurrection gauntlet.

- Backstory and character study for Suzie. Why did she hate her father? How did she come to start killing for her experiments?

- Toshiko being smart and competent.

- Ianto's experiences with Torchwood One and trying to save Lisa.

- Jack's backstory and years on Earth as an immortal. Also, his missing memories from his time as a Time Agent. If you wanted to go a darker route, I'm interested by the implications that he's done some pretty dark things, both that he remembers and doesn't remember.

- My favorite episodes are Cyberwoman; Countrycide; Greeks Bearing Gifts; They Keep Killing Suzie; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; Adrift; and Fragments. I love fic based on those.

- Alien tech gone awry (either in a light-hearted or dark way).

- People coming/going through the Rift.

- Aliens. And sex involving aliens if you wanted to go that route.

- Anything involving the Year That Never Was and the effect it had on Jack or on the team.

Moving on?

Apr. 6th, 2017 11:00 pm
citrinesunset: (Drugged Neal)
First of all, hi! Wow, it's been a little while since I've really posted much. Honestly, I've just been busy. Also, this has always been a primarily fannish account, and while I still love White Collar, I haven't been as active in the fandom or writing as much fic (though I still have some WIPs, including one that will be posted soon). And my newer fandoms aren't on LJ as much.

Anyway, the reason I'm posting this is because, as a lot of people have noticed, LJ recently moved completely over to servers in Russia, and have updated their TOS accordingly. I'm not particularly concerned about what this means for me, personally, but I'm not comfortable with continuing to use LJ. For right now, I plan to stop posting to this account. If you don't already, please feel welcome to look me up on Dreamwidth, AO3, and Tumblr (I'm citrinesunset everywhere). There's a chance that I'll consider deleting this account. I don't really want to, but it's a possibility. If I do, I'll try to back everything up first.

ETA: I've been thinking about it, and it's highly unlikely that I'm going to delete my account or any content on here. I hate deleting stuff and I don't see how it would make much difference except maybe to inconvenience people who may have fic that was posted here bookmarked or something. But as I say above, I'm planning to stop posting here and using this account more than "necessary." If anything changes, like if they start purging inactive accounts, I'll cross that bridge then.
citrinesunset: (Drugged Neal)
Hi! I hope this letter is helpful. I find Smut Swap signups difficult because 1) there are so many tags to choose from and I tend to go wild picking kinks and 2) I'm not really that picky/specific. I didn't have a lot of time to complete my signup, so I decided to save optional details/prompts for my letter.

But seriously, I'm pretty flexible. My only major likes/dislikes, for the purpose of this exchange:

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citrinesunset: (Sick Neal)
Title: 1461 Days
Word Count: 11,733
Characters/Pairings: Gen, Neal
Rating: Teen and up
Warnings: Non-explicit violence, brief references to sex.
Summary: AU: Instead of prisons, convicts are sentenced to serve their sentences in penal colonies. After being convicted of bond forgery, Neal is sent to a small island colony for four years.
Notes: This was written for [ profile] whitecollar_bb. My artist was [ profile] treonb, who made an awesome video. Please check it out!

The mirror was too small to get a good look at his face, and shaving with a knife, let alone one he used to gut fish, was less than ideal )
citrinesunset: (Default)
Title: Three Strikes
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairing: Peter/Neal, implied Peter/Neal/Elizabeth
Rating: Explicit
Contains: Slavery, sexual slavery, extremely dubious consent, spanking, figging, rimming
Word count: 5300
Summary: Three of Neal's misdeeds are discovered on the same day. Peter isn't happy.

Notes: Part of the Devil you Know series. I still intend to write more fic in this series that majorly drives the story forward, but this is just a kinky piece about Neal getting in trouble.

The trouble started when Peter realized he needed to pay his credit card bill )
citrinesunset: (Default)
Title: Freedom Bound
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairing: Neal/Adler, Neal/Peter, Neal/OMC
Rating: Explicit
Contains: Slavery, abuse, very dubious-consent
Word count: 10,500
Summary: Neal has been Vincent Adler's prized slave for years, but he has a secret: he's planning to escape, and make a new life for himself using Adler's money. When an FBI agent starts to investigate Adler, things get complicated.

Notes: Written for [ profile] wcpairings for [ profile] nywcgirl. This was supposed to be a short, simple slavefic in the 2-6k word range, but somehow it grew, or my plot proved to be more ambitious than I realized. Also, I had a very bad cold last week, and had less time to finish and revise than anticipated, so many thanks to Elrhiarhodan for letting me delay my posting date a little.

Neal was pretty sure he was the only slave in Manhattan who was being fitted for a bespoke suit. )
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[ profile] elrhiarhodan startedt his, and I've seen it floating around my f-list a bit, so I decided to do it, as well.

Pick a passage from my stories, up to 500 words, from anything I've written in my LJ Masterlist and on AO3 (AO3 is more complete right now), and comment to this post with that selection (including a link to the story being excerpted). I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the story, awful puns [perhaps], and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

If you would like to ask about multiple stories, that's awesome. Please post the passages in separate comments so that I can respond coherently about each one. :)


Apr. 7th, 2016 10:12 pm
citrinesunset: (Fountain pen)
What does it take to cheer me up after a long evening battling seasonal allergies? News that Lucifer has been renewed!

This is super exciting. I've escaped the heartbreak of becoming invested in a fandom too early. No way of knowing how long the show will last, of course, but at least this season won't be it.


Mar. 12th, 2016 01:31 pm
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Okay, so, I've managed to get really into the new Fox show Lucifer. And now I'm really nervous about whether it's going to be picked up for a second season or not.

It took a few weeks for the show to grow on me. I started with episode four, which I only watched on a whim because it was on after The X-Files, and it kind of annoyed me. But I decided to give it a try for a couple more weeks, and now it's grown on me so much.

It's kind of an odd show. I haven't really read the Lucifer comics much (I'm mainly familiar with the character from Sandman, which is one of my favorite series ever), but I can tell that this seems like an adaptation in name only. Turning the story into a police procedural and making Lucifer a freaking consultant seems like a silly and frankly lazy choice to me considering how common crime procedurals are. The procedural aspect isn't even all that great, to be honest. I haven't found any of the cases too interesting. The attempted UST between him and Detective Chloe Decker also feels really formulaic to me.

Considering how even network TV has gotten a lot darker and boundary-breaking than it used to be, and how it's tried to jump on the bandwagon of antihero shows like Breaking Bad, Lucifer is surprisingly tame and dorky so far. I mean, Hannibal really pushed the limits of what's acceptable for Network TV, and you would kind of expect a show about the literal Devil to do the same. But while Lucifer does have moments where he's genuinely creepy and actually seems dangerous, he's mostly played like a petulant party boy who does stuff like bribe his way out of speeding tickets and smoke pot. And as much as he talks about wanting to punish people, we never actually see him do anything very bad. He's pretty tame, which isn't a bad thing, but sometimes the show does seem like it doesn't quite know what tone it's going for. It reminds me a little of Torchwood in that respect. Like, are we supposed to see the half-assed demon face Lucifer sometimes flashes to scare people with as genuinely threatening? It looks like something out of a kid's show.

But the thing is, I really love the show so far. It's flawed, but I love it for the same reasons I loved Torchwood and love White Collar. It's fun. It's funny. There's banter and charm ridiculous situations. It's always this type of show, which I feel like I shouldn't necessarily like this much, that worms its way into my heart and puts down roots. I mean, I probably sound fairly critical of it, but I really do love it more than it probably deserves.

And Tom Ellis is so great as the main character. He does sell both the creepy and playful sides of Lucifer very well.

And this is why I hate getting into shows in their first season. I don't want it to be canceled. :/
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Hello! This is my letter for Smut Swap!

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Star Wars!

Dec. 26th, 2015 09:46 pm
citrinesunset: (Default)
I was very determined to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theater. I saw Episodes II and III in theaters, and I wanted to continue the tradition.

This created a dilemma, however. I don't particularly enjoy going to the movies. I'm very easily distracted, and people moving/making noise near me while I'm trying to watch something bothers me. I'm not someone who enjoys being a part of an audience. Normally, I would have waited a few weeks for the crowds to die down more. But I'm working full-time now, and I'm on vacation at the moment, so I didn't want to wait too long.

As it so happened, I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday morning, and it was right across the street from the movie theater. So it seemed like a pretty convenient opportunity to go to the 10 AM showing.

I ended up getting in line for my ticket at around 9:40, and the place was already getting pretty busy. I was really disappointed that I didn't have time to get popcorn. The concession line was so long it was ridiculous. But I probably saved myself an extra $15. The theater was surprisingly busy for a weekday morning, and I had to sit closer to the front than I would have liked. Overall, it worked out pretty well since I had most of the row to myself.

As for the movie itself....

Spoilers! )
citrinesunset: (Jet Pack)
On Saturday night, our lights were flickering strangely and the neighbors' power went out entirely. I have no idea what was wrong, but four power trucks came out and we're working for hours.

At 3 AM, they were still working and I was ready to go to sleep. Just as I was starting to doze off, the power went out.

Now, I cannot rest in a pitch dark room. I've always been a little bit scared of the dark, and I'm a big horror fan. When my bedroom is pitch dark, I start imagining things. I didn't want to light a candle and risk the fire hazard (I had enough trouble lighting my menorah last week), so I rigged a flashlight as a sort of night light.

Both cats were spooked. One was skulking around with her belly close to the floor, and the other wanted to be cuddled.

Finally, at 4, the power came back on. But now there was a new problem: the cable and internet were out. We decided to give it a little time.

At 8, my mom woke me up because she was trying to call Verizon about the cable. I was a little under the weather to begin with, and with only four hours of sleep, I wasn't doing great. I didn't get back to bed until 11 or so.

A Verizon technician finally came out, but it turns out the problem is that the power company actually cut the cable cord. The technician didn't have the necessary tools and said someone else would be out. We're still waiting. My Internet access is limited to public wifi.

With luck, this will all be resolved this afternoon. If it's not, then I won't be able to make it to the White Collar rewatch.
citrinesunset: (Default)
...but I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year.

I'd sworn NaNo off a couple years ago because frankly, I'm not that motivated by wordcount-based writing challenges and I'm not that fast of a writer. But a friend asked me to go to the local kick-off party with her and I didn't really want to go if I wasn't going to participate. And with my new job, I've gotten out of sync when it comes to writing, so doing NaNo seemed like a good way of trying to develop a writing routine.

So far, things aren't going all that great. I managed to bang out 2000 words on the first day, but haven't gotten much done so far. Work was crazy last week, and I was planning to use the past couple days as my catch-up days, but I've been stressed out and not doing that great due to non-writing reasons.

I'm going to hang in there, though. I think it's highly unlikely that I'll win, but this has been a good excuse to start the novel that I've been wanting to work on for months.

The only bad thing is that this means that my WC WIPs are on hold at the moment. I'd wanted to get more slavefic posted before November started, but oh well. In the coming weeks, I'll see how serious I am about trying to win NaNo. If I decide to do things more casually, maybe I'll get some other writing done, too.

Sick :(

Oct. 20th, 2015 12:11 am
citrinesunset: (Sick Neal)
My stomach started bothering me a little around dinnertime last night, I woke up with stomach pains at 4:00 AM (which didn't make easy to get a good night's sleep), and I've been feeling not great ever since. When I got home from work, I ended up sleeping for a few hours.

What's frustrating is that I have no idea what's causing it. It feels like it could just be a virus, but it could possibly be a gallbladder attack or something, and I hate not knowing. I feel like my stomach has been doing better over the past six months--I've been feeling normal for the most part. I know there are a few things that still cause sensitivity sometimes, but I don't think anything I ate yesterday was enough to cause this much discomfort, let alone chills and weakness. But it just sucks not to feel confident about that.

I'm hoping I feel better tomorrow.
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So, I was pretty ambivalent about last week's premiere, but this week, I found myself starting to enjoy it more. My interest level has been raised from "not expecting much" to "cautiously optimistic."

So for anyone not watching who wants to play along, here's my recap:

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Brief thoughts:

- Donovan is fun and I'll be sad if anything really bad happens to him.
- I hope John properly investigates these Holden sightings soon because dude, if both you and your daughter have seen him in the creepy hotel, wouldn't you try to do something?
- Tristan is totally going to crash and burn. The guy can barely keep it together as a human, let alone a vampire.
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So, I had the idea of posting AHS reaction posts/recaps this season, mainly because I know there are some people on my flist who are very interested in anything Matt Bomer is in but do not care to watch AHS. But also, there's not really anything else airing on TV right now that I'm interested in watching, let alone recapping.

But alas, when it premiered last week, I totally forgot to watch it. This is probably a good representation of how I feel about AHS at this point. I'm finally realizing that while I loved Asylum (season 2), all the other seasons so far have disappointed me. But I am curious to see Lady Gaga act, it's nice to see Matt have a major role, and like it or not, AHS has become a bit of a long-winded Halloween tradition for me. So I finally got around to watching the first episode, "Checking In." Here is my recap:

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Okay, so thoughts:

- I don't have super high expectations, but that's mainly because of how I've felt about the other seasons. I'll try to give this one a fair chance.

- I don't think this season is very good for the squeamish. Before watching the episode, I'd read some harsh criticisms of the amount of sexual violence in it, and I think it's saying something that the two rape/sexual torture scenes featured in the premiere were worse than I expected based on those reviews. It does feel more violent so far than some of the earlier seasons. AHS is very big on pushing the envelope of what they can get by with on the FX channel, and while some of that I can get behind (more attractive naked people, please!), the amount of violence can feel unnecessary. And I think that's what bugs me about the Se7en homage, because while Se7en is pretty graphic in spots, a lot of stuff is left to the imagination, which is very effective. But Ryan Murphy has no concept of subtlety.

- That said, I'm pretty impressed with Lady Gaga's acting, and she and Matt are very sexy together. Their scenes were my favorite part. I love AHS when it focuses on somewhat campy, over-the-top in an enjoyable way horror as opposed to just shocking stuff happening for the sake of being shocking. Hopefully the campy, fun aspects will continue.

- Also, I'm excited for Evan Peters and Angela Bassett to show up, so that's worth sticking around for.
citrinesunset: (Drugged Neal)
Title: Better Safe Than Sorry
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairing: Neal/Sara
Rating: Teen
Word count: 527
Summary: Sara had learned long ago that not all risks were worth taking. Neal Caffrey was probably one of them.

Notes: Written for [ profile] runthecon, for [ profile] theatregirl7299's prompt "On the edge of what felt safe."

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citrinesunset: (Neal and Diana)
I'm still working my way through my DVR's worth of HBO programming. Some stuff I recorded a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten to before now; other things are a bit more recent. Due to a combination of watching (and deleting) stuff and deleting some things that I realistically wasn't going to watch (like a couple episodes of the second season of True Detective. I'll probably still watch the season even though it wasn't well-received, but I should probably start from the beginning. Not a couple episodes in the middle), I've managed to get my DVR down to 61%. Progress!

Here's what I've watched:

Winter's Tale. This movie has a bonus Matt Bomer, albeit in a very small role. The movie didn't impress me much, though. The fantasy elements felt very simplistic and childlike to me, like something you'd see in a children's film. Which isn't necessarily bad, but felt a bit strange here since I couldn't figure out who the intended audience was. The depiction of TB/consumption seemed...medically inaccurate at best, though I'm not really expert, so what do I know? The modern parts felt a bit shoe-horned in at the end. The trailer made it seem like the modern parts made up a bigger portion of the move. And the way the film hurriedly included a moral/message at the end felt like an attempt to make up for the fact that the story didn't come together very well. I get the impression this was based on a book. Maybe the book is better and explains the mythology more.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? I've sort of seen this before, but only parts of it. This was my first time watching it all the way through. It's a beautifully-made film, and I really enjoy George Clooney in it. It's not a favorite of mine, but worth watching properly. Sadly, I can't see this movie without thinking of how many times I've seen it referenced as ushering in the age of digital color correction in film, a technique that is now overused to make everything appear blue and orange. The color effects are done very well here, though, and for good purpose.

Best in Show. Another movie I'd sort of seen, but not entirely. I remembered a few moments but not much else. I'd forgotten Jane Lynch was in it!

Veronica Mars. I'm not sure why I opted to record this, exactly, because I haven't seen a single episode of the show. But I watched Serenity before seeing any of Firefly, so I'm not opposed to jumping into canons at weird points. I found this movie very enjoyable, though there were several points where I felt like I might appreciate it more if I knew who the characters were and their history. But it did raise my interest in watching the show, so we can probably call this viewing a success.

Gone Girl. I can see why there was so much buzz about Rosamund Pike's performance. She's wonderful in this. Even though I knew the story for the most part, I still found it very engaging. I liked it quite a bit. I haven't read the novel, but this seems like a very well-made adaptation. And I love stories that revolve around extremely messed-up people.
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In an attempt to get us to subscribe again, our cable company has given us HBO for free through the end of the month. I'm trying to take advantage of this as much as possible, because dammit, I miss HBO.

Since I'm working full-time and don't have the time or desire to watch TV all day, I've been DVRing every single thing that looks remotely interesting to me. My DVR was up to 75% full, which is a record for me, but I've gotten it down to 67% now (to be fair, some of the stuff on there is non-HBO stuff that I'm either saving indefinitely, like a few eps of White Collar, or haven't gotten around to yet, like the Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell miniseries that I'm waiting to watch until I finish the book).

The result has been that I'm watching a lot of stuff that I probably wouldn't otherwise, because there are a lot of movies I'll watch given the opportunity but don't really feel a need to seek out. Because of this, since giving up HBO, I've liked most of the movies I've seen. It's a little novel to watch movies that I'm "meh" about.

Here is what I've watched so far:

The Lego Movie -- This one was pretty fun! It wasn't something I was super interested in, but I really enjoyed how much detail went into it.

The Counselor -- I watched this because Michael Fassbender is in it and I like some of the things he's done. Yes, I remembered it got bad reviews, but I'm usually not that hard to please with movies, so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't quite remember what the bad reviews had said. About fifteen minutes into the film, it dawned on me. 'Wait, is this that movie where reviewers complained about a gross scene where Cameron Diaz has sex with a car?' Yes, it was that movie. And yes, it was pretty weird. The whole movie was pretty weird, like a mix of sleaziness and misery porn. It felt like an exploitation flick. I'm not a fan. The cast was good, though.

The Fault In Our Stars -- I wasn't a huge fan of this, either. It wasn't bad, but I had some problems with it. I felt like it was trying a little too hard to be different and hip, while still ending up a bit predictable and cliched. Like, for what it is, I think it's pretty well-done. I just didn't find it very groundbreaking in the genre, except that it had a manic pixie dream guy instead of a manic pixie dream girl.

Gravity -- Thought it was very well-done. I can see why there was so much buzz about its special effects. This was a good movie to remind me of how terrifying I find space, though.

Girl, Interrupted -- I've actually seen this before, but it'd been years, so I decided to rewatch it. I have mixed feelings about this movie. I love the cast, and Angelina Jolie is great in it. I can't really begrudge it for taking some creative liberties with the memoir since the book is so episodic and doesn't really have a clear narrative. But it's kind of weird to watch presumably true stories turned into a more Hollywood-esque plot. And the film has an oddly different tone from the book. In the memoir, I feel like Susanna Kaysen comes across as much more conflicted about whether her diagnosis was correct, and the portrayal of psychiatry in the 1960's is more complex and cynical than in the movie (if I remember correctly, she says she was ultimately released only because she found a job on the outside). The movie is more about Susanna accepting that she has a problem and that she needs to work with the doctors to get better. It just feels like a strange way to deviate from the book, and it's hard to really buy into Susanna's success within the system when such a big point of book, I feel, is that the system back then over-relied on long-term, involuntary hospitalization and that the women did not have a lot of agency in their own treatment.

Edge of Tomorrow -- Really liked it! I didn't know how much I would since I don't care for Tom Cruise. But I thought it was great. It's the only one of these movies that I would probably watch again in the near future.

I still have a handful of things to watch, and several more scheduled to record. I will probably try to watch something tonight, but I have no idea what, yet.


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