the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2014-01-04 06:06 pm

Mads Mikkelsen and Mikael Persbrandt kissing for no reason

The thing about Scandinavian short films is that they are so unbearably pretentious. Being Danish myself, I feel I can say this without stepping on any toes that aren't also my own. 'NU' (2003) is the perfect example, what with being shot in B&W for no good reason and lasting 27 minutes without dialogue. Come on.

On the other hand, the complete lack of a coherent storyline or believable character motivation can sometimes have its benefits. Such as when this


inexplicably turns into this


which in turn leads, somewhat more naturally, to this


and then - now making complete causal sense - to this


I do love me some wanton man-on-man snogging. If it doesn't make sense, you must acquit.

the_prodigal: (Unf)
2013-09-07 05:10 pm

'Luther' OTP


It's not like I pulled it out of thin air.

Luther hugs Ripley

See? Aw.
It's alright to hold hands in public, really it is!

Luther and Ripley

I think someone on the interweb - who apparently shares my taste - called Warren Brown an 'adorable little muffin'. Funny thing is, being a former professional Thai boxer who has won the WAKO Pro World Title, he would probably defeat Idris Elba in a fight, unless the latter has some serious martial arts credentials I haven't heard about. Difference in size and weight notwithstanding.

Actually I wouldn't mind being a fly on the wall for that - not that I would prefer for them to fight, of course. Except if the manhandling led to something else.

Just kiss, already.


the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2013-07-19 06:16 pm
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Fic: Fits and Starts (State Within, Mark/Nicholas NC-17)

Title: Fits and Starts
Author: prodigal
Fandom: The State Within
Category
: m/m slash
Pairing
: Nicholas Brocklehurst/Mark Brydon
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 3,237
Warnings: None that I am aware of

Author’s note: Unbeta’d and only my second fic in English, ever, so er… this will undoubtedly show, but I’ve done my level best. Concrit welcomed!
I’m sure many writers and readers in this fandom care about plot, realism, and good storytelling. Questions like ‘what are they doing at that hotel’ and ‘what would such shenanigans mean for their professional relationship?’ spring to mind. I swear I also care about such questions occasionally. Now is not one of those times. What you get here is decidedly PWP. Dramaturgically unsound, smutty fluff-smut this way lies.

Summary: Nicholas realises he wouldn’t mind having sex with Mark Brydon. Mark’s supposedly being straight poses a bit of a challenge. But nothing insurmountable.

 

the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2013-02-15 05:23 pm

The smorgasbord of womankind and the entitled male consumer.

Imagine a salesman who comes aboard a train. Among the other passengers is a soldier in uniform. The salesman knows a tiny bit about the distant war the soldier has likely fought in – just what he happened to pick up from the news – and he thinks he read somewhere that approximately 15-20 % of the troops involved in that conflict have been diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

The salesman sits down opposite the soldier... )


And that, gentle reader, is the gist of some of the  so-called 'arguments' made by male commenters in the discussion thread of this post. And these are the men who say they don't hate women. With friends like these who needs sadistic misogynists?
the_prodigal: (Unf)
2012-10-02 11:35 pm

I don't even like The Unusuals

I'm watching the show anyway, because Monique Gabriela Curnen. Holy shit. Look:

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You know when a person's facial expressions all give off the impression of subtle, good-natured humour and complete, relaxed self-reliance?

You know when a person's body language and timbre of voice add to that impression?

And you know when that person also has absolutely ludicrously attractive arms?

That's when I'll watch a series that really doesn't do anything for me, just for their appearances.

Not since Alien have I seen someone carry themself with so much natural coolness.

And to top it all off, she pairs up with goddamn Jeremy Renner of all people - it's like watching some parrallel universe in which arms are all unbelievable. Wow. Look at all those lovely arms!
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2012-08-29 10:12 pm
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Film Korner

I always genuinely hope to like lower-budget films, because chance of actual non-propagandistic message. And of artistic expression un-(or less)compromised by commercial interests. However. Daydreamer (2007) is just as trite as any blockbuster, plus it has that self-indulgent quality that one often finds in young, white, hetero males who fancy themselves hard put-upon because the film-going public has not yet lavished fame and fortune on them. And who just fancy themselves, period.

I did take one thing away from it, though:


Well, well, well.
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2012-07-13 12:53 am

"Why do you care so much about rape culture if you've never been raped?"

It's a fallacy that people who care about rape culture must necessarily have been raped. I am one of the lucky people who has so far not happened to be in the vicinity of a rapist (at least not one who got the opportunity), yet I cannot remember a time in my life when rape culture was not a paramount concern to me.

I have always been galled at the way everyone present would jump to the conclusion that I was a survivor whenever I talked about the vileness of rapists and rape culture. Not because being a survivor is something to be ashamed about, which it obviously isn't, but because the assumption that rape culture is of no consequence to people who haven't been raped is so appallingly stupid and offensive.

It is offensive because it presupposes that if someone was raped, they must have done something wrong. The existence of rape can only be irrelevant to me if I am not in danger of being raped, and the only way for that to be the case is if there is some right way of acting that will keep a person safe from rape. Some rape-avoidance rules that survivors failed to observe. And that, as we know, is bullshit.

Do we, the ones who've been lucky so far, not live with the constant threat of rape? And more importantly, do we not empathise with those who were not lucky enough to not encounter a rapist? I know that what happened to survivors might just as easily have happened to me, and that any rapist would use the exact same justifications for raping me as they did when they raped others. So I am affronted, personally affronted, that rape exists. It is at best completely illogical to be anything else. At worst it is victim-blaming, pure and simple.

the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2012-07-05 05:24 pm

YES! LONG LIVE AMNESTY!

And long live 20-year-old Sudanese Intisar Sharif Abdallah! She was facing a sentence of death by stoning, but Amnesty's petition made an impression, and she has been freed and the charges dropped!

There is good in this terrible world after all.

To your health and long life, Intisar!
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (rolleyes)
2012-07-05 02:21 am

Death to Dufus

So I read this article about the unfortunate Smurfetting of Black Widow in Avengers. Basically, the author says Avengers fails the Bechdel test and she wishes it hadn't.

In the comments, I've been talking to a fan of the film who opines that it is not sexist for the film to have so few women and to not have any of the women talk to each other. OK. One might possibly argue that. But how do they argue that? Let's see.

What is their defence of the film not letting two women talk to each other? Well, the director "didn't have infinite time on his hands," you see.

Translation for those of you who don't speak misogynese )

Now go die in a fire, you filthy motherfucking knuckledragging numbskulls. SO sick of you. If I could banish all of you to a world where all gender representation in popular culture is reversed, I would die a happy feminist. Now I guess I'll have to settle for flaying you alive.
the_prodigal: Me being the camera(wo)man for the latest uni project (camera)
2012-03-26 08:38 pm
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About Biting: It's important to get consent, yo

Time for slash!

Remember the good old days when there was a vampire series called Moonlight? And remember when Mick had to give Josef a dressing-down about the issue of consent?

Mick was all like, "that thing when you threw me against the wall and almost bit me against my will? So not on." And then Josef got all weepy-faced and asked his forgiveness, and Mick went, "NOW you can bite me."

Good times.

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DISCLAIMER:
This is a tranformative work of parody, making a point about the homoerotic overtones - conscious or not - in the series Moonlight. This video is not associated with Silver Pictures or Warner Bros.

The song fragment used is from Emilíana Torrini's 'Gun' which appears on her studio album, Me and Armini. Torrini and Rough Trade are not associated with this video.
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2011-11-20 05:55 am
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To slash ficcers everywhere

Am I (dis)imagining things, or is it nigh on impossible to procure a slash fic involving an Adrien Brody character? How can this be?!

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Adrien is sad face. Where is the slashy love?

I mean, it's not like there is nothing in his oeuvre to inspire slash ficcers to grasp their pens. He was a prostituted stripper in Summer of Sam, ferchrissakes
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...and a punk rocker besides, which meant that he wore a spiky collar whenever he felt that the skull pendant was not enough for him. Come on!

In a last-ditch effort, Adrien demonstrates his adorability quotient:
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What more incentive could you ungrateful sods wonderful creative souls possibly need? Get ficcing!
the_prodigal: (Smoker)
2011-10-31 08:29 pm
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Happy Halloween!

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A couple more photos )

Guess who, me hearties!
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (rolleyes)
2010-12-15 04:33 am
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Inception

Have just watched Inception. Have nothing to add to the accolades showered on the film, except for this teensy weensy detail:

It must be nice to wake up from the nightmare and find that you were a privileged citizen all along. We just didn’t all have that advantage.


Ah, Inception is beautiful, beautiful,  beautiful. The CGI is beautiful. It’s beautifully scripted, beautifully filmed, beautifully cut, beautifully acted, and beautifully scored.

Half the world’s population is female, though. No, that’s actually wrong; make that 51% of the world’s population. So why is it, exactly, that I cannot - and I do mean

can

not

get to see my sex represented on film?

I am led to believe that Christopher Nolan worked on this film for a decade, i.e. ten years – ten years?!

In all that time, it did not occur to him that half of the world’s population is female. Wow.

Oh, I get it; Christopher Nolan is not responsible for the entire history of misogyny. Quite right. That is why all I expected from him was 50/50, and not 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000 females for every male to make up for the last two thousand years of bigotry in storytelling.

What did I get?

I got 12 story-supporting characters, 2 of whom were female. That’s 16,7% of the cast being female. Not quite the 51% that I had been hoping for, Christopher. And to top it all off, one of the females was the femme fatale; the background character that brings nothing but death. The other one was the secretary character, meaning the one that is sexually attractive in a non-threatening way whilst supporting the main character and bringing him his tea.


Oh yeah! And I do know that we are led to believe that the Mal character has the last word, it all being her dream or something. Funny, though, how she figures so little - she's fridged, ffs - and is never shown as anything but the Scary Woman, even though as far as I can make out, she died because the hero fucked up. Not to worry, though: she died in order to give him an interesting storyline, so her sacrifice was not in vain!



PS: Having to disallow comments on this post because the death threats are going to be a little bit much this time around.


the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (mohawk b/w)
2010-11-25 12:16 am

Patriarchy to women: “You’re unattractive and embarrassing when you eat.”

If you don’t believe that’s what mainstream culture is teaching young women, have a look at the meal scenes in any motherfucking rom-com you care to. Why not start with Bouquet Final. Then have a look at the statistics for eating disorders. That is all.
the_prodigal: Me being the camera(wo)man for the latest uni project (camera)
2010-11-20 02:24 am

Alright, you asked for it!

Well, technically you didn't ask for it, but here it is anyway - the Picspam of Ultimate Doom.

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Many more pics. SFW only if your boss doesn't mind you looking at guys in their underwear )
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Leaving)
2010-11-07 12:46 am

We have a new champion

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Now, that is a seriously hideous get-up. Complete with fanny bag. Makes the previous winner --

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-- look downright suave by comparison.

Oh, darlings. Why would anyone want to do that to you?


the_prodigal: Newly shaved head (Shiny)
2010-11-06 04:04 pm

The power of suggestion





Here is Marc-André Grondin. As you can see, he's a hottie.

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Here are Nick Stahl and Marc-André Grondin together. These are production stills from the 2010 movie, The Chameleon.

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Nick and Marc getting it on )

Go on, Nick Stahl! Do it!! I know I would.
the_prodigal: Lurking in the dark (Default)
2010-11-03 07:13 am

Ruminating

I miss you, [livejournal.com profile] final_acts.

If you're out there and happen to see this, I wish you a good birthday tomorrow. Heck, I wish you a good everything! Hope you're doing well.

Kris
the_prodigal: (Smoker)
2010-11-03 04:58 am

Sisters are doing it to themselves

As we all know, only men can get Mpreggers. That’s why I left all contraception to my boyfriend in my last relationship even though I was certain I never wanted kids and knew that he did, and even though I did insist on having the exact kind of sex that can lead to Mpregnancy. He said he was on the Mpill, so that ought to be alright, right?

I know the only completely reliable form of contraception is to avoid that particular kind of sex, but you know... leaving my deposit in his uterass was enjoyable, so I thought what the heck.

I could have chosen to get my tubes tied – with vasectomies there is only a 0.025% chance of failure – but I couldn't be bothered. And condoms weren’t an option because they’re such a mood killer.

After I left my boyfriend, we haven’t had much contact, so in principle my ex could have had a kid by me without my knowing. For a while I thought that I would have no right to complain even if he did, because I was of the mistaken impression that I had to be responsible for my own actions. It is only now, years later, that I realise - thanks to the good folks commenting on this post- that in all this time, I may unknowingly have been the victim of egregious abuse!

If my ex was indeed knocked up by me without my consent, I can totally sue him and take the kid away from him, because no one should be allowed to be a parent if they’re abusive enough to keep someone’s gunk deposit against their will!

So what if I passed on a lot of contraceptive options myself?
So what if he takes care of the whole gestation process?
So what if I don’t have to spend time with the offspring?

I still have a right to decide that I don’t want to be a biological mother, goddammit, AND that I want to have risky sex anyway, AND that I want to leave contraception to my partner. That is my right as a woman!

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants , for bringing it to my attention that I don’t have to put up with those masculine wiles that men always come up with to trap women.

PS: I bet he totally abused me by having my kid while I was on skiing holiday! Wouldn’t that be just like a man?