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Well. One out of two ain't bad.

The Snowmen )

Les Miserables Film

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After the disappointments of Burton's Alice in Wonderland (the most un-Burton film ever?) and Dark Shadows (Burton's crassest film ever?) I was beginning to think I had lost the Burton love. Reviews for Frankenweenie have started coming in and the general consensus is that he is back on form. What a relief. I was getting worried! Watching Les Miserables has reminded me that I'm almost due for a Burton filmography rewatch. He has directed some of the most haunting and beautiful films I have ever seen. It is a shame that he is so maligned these days.

As usual, opinions are welcomed flist!
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So I am making myself feel better by watching endless clips of old episodes of Spicks and Specks when I found this:


Also, embarassing story. At the end of the live show when everyone joined Adam, Myf and Alan singing Spicks and Specks I felt like a fool coz I never realised the theme at the start of the show was actually a real song. Also, I never realised The Bee Gees were Australian. Whoops.

ps: I am considering seeing the live show again at Wollongong. There are still some December tickets left. I honestly had the time of my life the first time around and tbh the summer has been pretty shit so far. I feel like it might be nice to try to get on stage again ;) For you Myf, baby, I'd dress like I'm in the 80s. shut up flist- yes I know I already take style tips from Alex Drake
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On Tuesday, Mum, my brother and I went and saw the live version finale of Spicks and Specks. After over 200 episodes, 7 series and many laughs at Hamish's expense, Adam, Alan and Myf are saying goodbye around Australia. I cannot lie. My heart may just be a little bit broken by the exit of a comedy music quiz show. But really guys. The ABC had the best Wednesday line up happening. If it wasn't Chris Lilley, it was the Chaser Boys or Margaret and David and The Gruen Transfer/Planet, and always, steady as a rock, Spicks and Specks: my university blues tonic that got me through the week till Saturday night and Doctor Who. It's the end of an era. I've been watching this show since I was about 16. Maybe even earlier.

spoilers for the show )
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I've been meaning to review this book for a little while now but I wanted to let the story sink in a bit first before I posted. This is not an easy book. This is not a "fun, light hearted" book. This is a book about society and about women's "place" in it. This is a book about mental illness and about how as a society we deal with mental illness. This is a book about bad things happening to good people, about the status quo, about the medical profession, about social stigma and prejudice. This is an absolutely heartbreakingly honest book that is now in my top ten books of all time. It is such a shame that EA has had to independantly publish this because more people will not be able to read this. It's a shame that the BBC cannot do a mini series of this because not only is this an amazing piece of fantasy and biography, this is also a very, very, very well written story.

From the blurb:

Straddling the bookshelves somewhere between psychological study, historical horror story, and fantasy fiction sits Emilie Autumn’s debut autobiographical novel, “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.”
Written and illustrated by the notoriously manic-depressive rock star, this chilling tale combines humor, tragedy, and suspense to produce a blood-curdling account of the nightmare that is life inside an insane asylum, comparing those from the Victorian era with our modern day version, and proving, through her own personal experiences, that not much has changed from then to now...
It is a reality-bending thriller as well as a profoundly empowering tale of suffering, sisterhood, and revenge that culminates in what is perhaps one of the most suspenseful cliff-hangers of all time.
Prepare yourself to enter a world most pray never to visit. But beware: It is much easier to get into the Asylum than it is to get out…

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Dr Who Love

Apr. 7th, 2011 08:55 am
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It's things like this that remind me why;


a) Dr Who is the greatest fandom in the universe ever!
b) The frik don't I live in the UK so I can go to these things?
c) How great Murry Gold has consistently been as composer and omfg if my brother doesn't get me the series five soundtrack for my birthday I will kill him ;)
d) How much I can't flipping wait for series six to air April 30th here!

Having played the alto saxophone for nine years, I do love soundtracks of any kind. One of my Eastern Europe tour highlights was going to a Viennese Orchestral Concert and talking shop with another musical guy on my tour. It does surprise me though that a tv show can have such a cinematic sounding soundtrack which let's face it, is better than a lot of the stuff we hear out of Hollywood.

Karen Gillan was right in the first part of the Proms when she said that this kind of thing is something kids will remember for the rest of their lives. It's just so epic!

I haven't enjoyed Dr Who this much since I was a little kid watching dodgy VCR library copies of old Who with my Dad and brother. I love that this new new series is a fairytale of hope and that the soundtrack reflects this. I am the Doctor is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard and it and Amy's Theme can move me to tears (the only other composer who has managed that is the great Danny Elfman in films like Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow).

Oh why don't I just say it. WELCOME BACK DR WHO. WELCOME BACK.

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I want to share this song with everyone, because it is amazing and so, so true. It's not words that count, its actions...


It's so terrible thinking of all the people so much worse off than ourselves. The least we can do is try to help out.
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I havn't posted anything of note in awhile so here I am writing a review of Within Temptation's Silent Force cd. It's good, it's really, REALLY good, if you like heavy metal, rock, opera, fantasy epic tunes...

I can safely say that lead singer Sharon Den Adel has the most beautiful voice I have EVER heard!

CD listing (for Western release)

1. Intro: An instrumental with Sharon singing epic notes which leads perfectly into

2. See Who I am: A song about accepting other people and trying to understand each other, rather than growing angry. I love this and the intro... 5/5 for both

3. Jillian (I'd give my heart): A song about Jill and Nevyn from Katharine Kerr's Deverry Saga. Utterly... brilliant!!! First song of WT's I heard and still a fave with my brother and I, especially the quiet but compelling pain in Sharon's voice when she sings "Jillian, our dream had ended long ago/all our stories and all our glories we held so deep..." Anyone who likes Deverry go listen to this song now :P 5/5

4. Stand my Ground: The most mainstream song on the cd and the most boring- having said that boring WT is better than most bands best. 3/5

5. Pale: Celtic inspired ballad piece. It took me a couple of listens to get into it but its good. 4/5

6. Forsaken: Ok, how do I describe this song? It's prefect and its one of my faves on this cd. "No the day has come, we are forsaken this time, life shall pass us by, we are forsaken, there's no time anymore." A very sad song about climate change and how our refusal to do anything about it will lead to the earth's destruction. 6/5

7. Angels: Starts off sweet and pretty but becomes a song about betrayal and obsession. Another near perfect song. 5/5

8. Memories: A short but sweet song that brought tears into my eyes the first time I listened. 4/5

9. Aquarius: This song grew on me but is a bit of a filler piece to me. 3/5

10. It's the fear: This song also grew but in a good way. A song about humanity's capacity for darkness. 4/5

11. Somewhere: A beautiful ballad that again could bring tears to the eye. "I'll find you somewhere..." 5/5

Bonus Tracks for US and Australia and UK:

12. Destroyed. Ok bloody love this song. "It's so eay to destroy and condemn, the ones you do not understand, do you ever wonder if its justified?" 5/5

13. Jane Doe: The most metal and gritty song on the album, complete with male growls. A song about a man who has to kill the one he loves because she knows about the crime he committed, but he always regrets it. Sharon is astounding on this track, that really deserves to be on the cd proper. "Why, you just won't leave my mind, why, was this the only way? I couldn't let you stay" 6/5

If you're in Europe the two European bonus songs are equally brilliant too :)

If you like alternative music, this is a must buy CD.
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till the first Doctor Who Christmas Special... I am far far too excited about this, but the suspense is killing me :P

Speaking of Doctor Who, in my essay post on fan fiction I mentioned that I was fairly certain that the BBC website actively encouraged fan fiction... I explored the Doctor Who website at the BBC and I was right lol... Russell T Davies, the actual main scriptwriter gives you instuctions on how to do it too. I lol'd.

I didn't understand what John Simm meant in an interview when he said that Doctor Who fans were a whole new level of crazy... but at last I do (maybe before I wasn't interested enough in the show).

Here's the proof :) How I wish i had done this during the Kevin 07 campaign. I might next election day ;)


and here's all the websites pertaining to said Saxon (all fan made but actively encouraged by the BBC- oh how I love them all)


http://www.votesaxon.org.uk/forum/ (it has its own freaking forum?)

http://www.zazzle.com.au/vote+saxon+gifts (HOLY CRAP AND MERCHANDISE?)

heck someone has even made Harry Saxon his own facebook site!!!

Now that IS fandom for you... now excuse me while I go post on the sfx website so I can ask Alexandra Moen if she saw any of this stuff going on during the actual Uk election and if so what she thought of it... apparently they are interviewing her next week and looking for fan questions. I liked her and her ambiguity in SOD/TLOTT... so ask I will :P yes I decided I liked this actress off two 40 minute episodes... I'm like that. besides, she had a bit part in an episode of Foyle's War... ANTHONY HOROWITZ WHOOOO (incidently he's coming to Australia for the sydney writer's festival... please, please, please, for the love of God do book signings and then I'll make you sign a copy of Foyle's War and I'll possibly be the only person in the line to ask him what he thinks of Michael Kitchen)

Random Note: Does deceiver of Fools by Within Temptation (my new latest obsession) remind anyone else of The Master?

He feeds on fear
He feeds on pain
He rules again
With growing hate
He will gain
Their faith again

No light in the darkness
Is too small to see
There's always a sparkle of hope
If you just believe

He told the tale so many times
About the dream not meant to be
In a world of the free

Plays with your mind

As faith for the future faded fast
He grows strong with their displeasure
It sets him free

Deceiver of hearts
Deceiver of fools
He rules with fear
Deceiver of hopes
Deceiver of fools
He rules again

He feeds on fear
Poisons the truth
To gain their faith
To lead the way
To a world of decay

Rules your heart

He'll sell your soul to the grave
Without a hesitation to make
He belongs to the dark


Please awake
And see the truth
He can only be
If you believe what he tells you
Remember who you are
What you stand for
And there will always be a way


In my heart there is a place
In my heart there is a trace
Of a small fire burning
A sheltering ray shines through this night
Although it's small, it's bright
But darkness is lurking

He will sell your soul to bitterness and cold
Oh fear him

Deceiver of hearts
Deceiver of fools
He rules with fear
Deceiver of hopes
Deceiver of fools
Shall he rule again?
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I got Mum a three disc set of the best of Bowie but going through three cd's was annoying, especially when we liked songs spread across the CD's so I put our faves on itunes and burnt a new best of bowie (or at least what we thought was the best) and then I got to thinking about how nearlly ALL of Bowie's songs are amazing so i thought i'd try to pick my top 10 (this was so freaking hard). but anyway, here's my top 10 list in no particular order except for the first two.

1. Life On Mars (because of a certain iconic moment in the TV show that made me feel like i'd been hit by a ten tonne truck and as a result that scene will never leave my head EVER.
2. Ashes to Ashes: because of Alex Drake lol
3. Starman
4. Ziggy Stardust
5. The Jean Genie
6. Under Pressure (with Queen)
7. Modern Love
8. The man who sold the world
9. Aladdin Sane
10. Young Americans

shit that was tough

My new found music interest is Within Temptation. They wrote a song about Jill and Nevyn called Jillian (I'd give my heart). The YT link is here with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2xrInkRT_w

I liked it alot at first but now for various reasons I'm a bit over it. The over epicness is a bit wearying after a couple of listens. However, I'm loving Utopia (reminds me of the Dr who episode of the same name), The Howling, Mother Earth, The Swan Song and Our Solemn Hour (really amazing! love this one to bits). If you like alternative music, I'd highly reccommend this band :)

and i'm still loving the amazing Emilie Autumn. Opheliac has to be lyrics of pure genius, especially the "intelligent girls are more depressed..." part. What if (Celtic version) is beautiful and reminds me of Bellyra and Maryn, as does Castle Down. The single Chambermaid reminds me of Lillorigga and Maryn actually. But out of all of EA's accomplishments, I'd have to say both Shalott and Rose Red are the most beautiful and the most amazing!

besides who dosen't love gothic, vicotrian industrial, fantasy rock violinists?

In other news: I think I'm addicted to Grace Kelly by Mika: I happily imagine The Master dancing around like a maniac to it :P the whole intro of "I wanna talk to you"
"The last time we talked, you reduced me to tears, I promise it won't happen again..." bit reminds me of Lucy and The Master.

They're going through the intro right there lol
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i sincerely hope someone reads this and comments ;) People over at 15 days of deverry, I'm looking at you.

Rant: People hating on Matt Smith as The Doctor... seriously guys give new talent a chance. If David Tennant wants out he wants out of the show, they can't force him to stay... thats ridiculous. Besides, he had the rougish charm down pat in Ruby in the Smoke as Jim Tayler. I reccommend people check that movie out. It was brilliant, especially Billie Piper and Julie Walters.

random question: Just what is everyone's opinion of Billie Piper? People seem very divided.
Personally, I love her to bits and I think she's an astonishing actress especially in the aforementioned Ruby in the Smoke. plus she was cool in Doctor Who as Rose Tyler. Any opinions?

Acting: America vs. Britain? Why does British (BBC) stuff always seem to me over in Australia to be both better acted and better scripted? I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that alot of British actors do theatre, film and Tv all at once, wheras in the US there's not as much mixing? But that dosen't explain the script writing :/ Maybe we just don't see the really good stuff over here? Would someone over in the US care to discuss with me, or perhaps suggest some good US shows that I could check out?

Music: ok seriously guys wtf happened to good old fashioned rock music? seriously they just don't write rock music like they did back in the day (60s, 70, 80s). it worries me that one of my best friends (also 19) says the beatles are her fave band- not coz the beatles arn't good but just coz there isn't anything more recent for her to turn to thats sufficently mainstream. i mean elton john, the beatles, the who, deep purple, cold chisel, david bowie... the list goes on and on... what do we have today? good charlotte and fall out boy? i mean what happened? why the slump? i for one love me some rock n roll to listen to... so why am I stuck stealing my mum's cds?

and for the record I detest whats on the radio at the moment. RnB, rap, raunchy pop shit... i hate this crap. please... even the sexual pop of the 90's was better than this. bring back the spice girls, billie piper, God even boy and girl bands were better than this beyonce bullshit.

I'm turning to underground stuff just to get me some change... Emilie Autumn, Within Temptation etcand more localised experimental singers like Missy Higgins and Eskimo Joe

If there's anyone out there please comment :)


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