28 April 2017 @ 08:30 pm
Message the First  
Hello, fellow Dreamwidthers!

So, this is my first official DW post! Everything else you see on this feed was imported from my LJ, which I need to delete sometime soon...

Ah well, I'm here now and so far I like what I see. A lot of my friends from LJ have come over to DW too *waves* Hi, peops! :) I'm hoping to make some new friends over here too, 'cause hey, more fandom friends is always nice, right? :)

I'm going to try to be more active here than I was on LJ of late. Fic, art, general life stuff... we'll see.

In the meantime, for anyone who might be reading this post who wants to know more about me, here's the facts:

Name: Ultra (at least as far as online is concerned!)

Age: 33

Location: UK

Current fandoms: Gilmore Girls, Firefly, MCU, X-Men, Librarians, Leverage, White Collar, etc.

Favourite TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, Librarians, Leverage, Firefly, Veronica Mars, White Collar, Timeless, Lethal Weapon, etc.

Favourite Films: Star Wars saga, MCU, X-Men, Frozen, Tangled, Sweet Home Alabama, 27 Dresses, A Knights Tale, Beastly, California Man, Benny & Joon, The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Pride & Prejudice (1995), etc.

Favourite Books: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, etc.

Favourite Music: Cheap Trick, Barenaked Ladies, The Ramones, Christian Kane, etc.
Current Mood: happy
10 June 2012 @ 08:05 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Tangled & Sleeping Beauty  


I love fairytales! I'm not usually overly-girly about things (love of pink aside) and I believe in girls being able to kick ass just as well as boys can, but there's nothing wrong with being saved once in a while, and certainly nothing wrong with being swept off your feet by a Prince!

Sleeping Beauty is a classic and a beautiful story about a princess who's identity is hidden so that a wicked fairy's curse may never harm her. When that plan fails, its up to the Prince to save her, and of course he does in the end, but not without a bit of drama in between. I think my favourite part is that the prince fell in love with Princess Aurora when she was Briar Rose, the poor girl version of herself, and she had no idea he was a Prince either. I watch this and end up singing 'Once Upon A Dream' for days - I love that song and the scene it plays in :)

In Tangled, the girl is a little more kick-ass than the guy, but he has his moments too. Voiced by the wonderful Mandy Moore and awesome Zachary Levi (of Chuck fame), Rapunzel escapes her tower with a little help and also some hindrance from thief Flynn Ryder. They have quite the adventure in their escape and subsequently fall in love, despite their differences, and the fact Flynn isn't quite as cool as he seems! There are some great songs and beautiful moments in this movie and once again we get a happy ending eventually, complete with a sacrifice to make the magic happen - I swear, I cried, but they were happy tears! :)

And thats it!
100 DVDs have been shared in my LJ over the last 40+ days.
Hope you all enjoyed it! :)

09 June 2012 @ 08:20 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Sweet Home Alabama & Just Like Heaven  


These two movies star Reese Witherspoon, who has made so many movies that I enjoy over the years. Sweet Home Alabama is, without question, one of my all time faves, as Melanie Smooter is forced to acknowledge her humble beginnings in Pigeon Creek, Alabama, in order to get a divorce from her childhood sweetheart, Jake (Josh Lucas). She is determined to keep it a secret from her high-flying friends in the fashion industry and her new fiance (Patrick Dempsey) that she was once a country girl, but everything comes to a head when the truth gets out, AND Mel realises she never really got over her first love. Its fun and its crazy, but ultimately beautifully romantic and I love it.

There's a more serious side to Just Like Heaven. Mark Ruffalo plays a guy who moves into a new apartment, only to find the old tenant is still around in the form of a ghost! The trouble is Reese Witherspoon's character hasn't cottoned on to the fact she is from the beyond and isn't exactly in a hurry to leave. The twist when you realise that this astral projection is from a comatose woman rather than a dead one is smart, and then its a case of getting both parts of her back together. Of course, even then, its never that simple, and just when Mark realises he's in love he loses the girl. Eventually, we get the happy ending you know has to be in there somewhere, but its hankies at the ready on the jounrey to happily ever after, thats for sure!

08 June 2012 @ 07:19 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Santa Claus: The Movie & Miracle on 34th Street  


Yes, more Christmas movies, even though its June, lol. They're just too good not to mention!

Santa Claus: The Movie is a childood favourite and I must have watched it 100 times. It tells the story of how Santa came to be, and shows his workshop and many helpful elves, including the ever-imaginative Patch played by cuddly Dudley Moore. The magic of the North Pole meets the harsh reality of our world when Santa and Patch get mixed up with a greedy businessman, his niece, and her street-wise friend. Its a fun famiy movie with just enough drama to make it interesting and lots of festive fun and magic for the Christmas season :)

Miracle on 34th Street is another take on the Santa story. This Santa doesn't live at the North Pole but walks amongst us as Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) and ends up playing himself for the department store Coles. Before long, a rival store tells the world that Kris is actually a danger to the children as he must be crazy if he really believes he's Santa! Its up to one little girl, her non-believing mother, and soon-to-be step-father Brian (who is also a lawyer) to prove that there is a Santa Claus and Kris is him. Parts of the story are heart-breaking but in the end all turns out well, and I end up with tears of joy in my eyes instead of sadness.

07 June 2012 @ 04:44 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Labyrinth & Alice in Wonderland  


Ah, Labyrinth - so wrong its right. Come on, a movie thats main cast is all goblin-based puppets, Davie Bowie as their king, and a teen girl running around a maze for two hours to save her baby brother? It doesn't make sense, and yet you watch it, and you love it. Am I right? The soundtrack alone is wonderful, and though I was never much of a Bowie fan, Jareth is the best part of the whole thing!

Sticking on the fantasy angle, I really wasn't sure if I was going to like the new incarnation of Alice in Wonderland. I had the Disney animation as a kid and it was good but strange. This version seemed like a real acid trip when I saw the trailer, but it had Johnny Depp in it, so whats a girl to do? On watching the movie, I actually really enjoyed it, wacky as it was.

These are definitely two films to literally lose yourself in - total crazy fantasy!

06 June 2012 @ 04:16 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: John Tucker Must Die & Win A Date With Tad Hamilton  


These two movies got paired on my list because they both feature a guy that all the girls are crazy about... at least in the beginning!

All the girls love John Tucker, and apparently they're all dating John Tucker... behind each others backs! Meanwhile, Tad Hamilton is a superstar that all the fangirls want to win a date with, but when one girl named Rosalee Futch gets her chance to know him, she realises that all that glitters is not gold.

I love the sassiness of the girls in John Tucker. They want their revenge on the cheating man-whore and they're gonna get it, regardless the consequences. Of course, a good man gets hurt in the process, the very cute Penn Badgeley as John's brother Scott.  Heartbreak also seems to be in order for Topher Grace's Pete when Rosalee seems to have chosen Tad Hamilton over him, but in the end true love conquers all.

Two good movies with plenty of comedy and fun. It doesn't hurt that Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker) and Josh Duhamel (Tad Hamilton) are quite the hotties too!

05 June 2012 @ 05:24 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Robin Hood & Princess of Thieves  


Two Disney films of very different kinds but both with the connection of Robin of Sherwood! In the animated tale, every character we know from the Robin Hood legend is an animal - Robin the fox, Little John the bear, Prince John the cowardly lion! I love the music, I love the jokes, and its one of my favourite ever Disney films as Robin and his band of merry men (animals?) save the poor, put King Richard back on the throne where he belongs, and of course get Maid Marian and Robin Hood himself married off in the end.

Princess of Theives is a live action film, starring Keira Knightley as Robin Hood & Maid Marian's daughter, Gwen. When her father is captured, she is determined to go out and save him, as well as play protector to Kind Richard's visiting son. On the way, she falls in love with the supposed servant of the Prince, only to realise that he is in fact the Prince himself (and I have to say, a pretty good looking one as well!). Its a bit silly and the dates for the history don't work out at all, but its harmless fun and a lovely film anyway.

These films aren't exactly a good way to learn history, but I love them all the same, because they're good innocent fun :)

04 June 2012 @ 05:10 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: North & South and Wives & Daughters  

Jane Austen is my favourite writer of 'period drama' type fiction, but Elizabeth Gaskell comes a close second thanks to these two adaptations!

Wives and Daughters is a classic rich vs poor tale, with confusing mixed up love affairs and family ties that are enough to break your heart at times. Molly Gibson is but a lowly Doctor's daughter and falls in love with the rich but down to Earth Roger Hamley, whilst Roger's heir-to-the-estate brother, Osborne, is secretly married to a poor French country girl and has fathered a child over there! Meanwhile, Dr Gibson has remarried the well-to-do Claire who comes complete with naughty daughter who can't keep straight who she want to marry, but at one point sets her sights on Roger too! In the end, Molly gets her man and all is right with the world, but not without many a bump along the way.

North and South sees poor and fatherless Margaret moving from the frivolity of London to a poor area in the north where she meets Mr Thornton (played magnificently by the gorgeous Richard Armitage). He owns a mill and looks down his nose at the lowly workers and the lowly Margaret. Of course, in time he comes to admire her spirit and the supposed hate between them turns to love, as is so often the case. Again, its a bumpy ride to a happy ending, and there's plenty of tragedy along the way as Margaret's brother is on the run, and her mill worker friends suffer illness and death from their jobs.

Both very dramatic tales, but wonderfully acted and produced. I love both of these and say well done to the good old BBC for making them! ;)

03 June 2012 @ 05:49 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Bring It On & Bring It On : All Or Nothing  


As far as I know Bring It On is a cult classic. Being a Buffy fan, the main reason for me to watch was the connection via not just Eliza Dushku but also Clare Kramer and Nicole Bilderback. I wasn't sure how much I would really enjoy a movie about cheerleading, but this was and is a fantastic movie!

Girls with attitude from two opposing High Schools battling it out in a fierce competition of cheerleading which is more of a sport and a skill than people give it credit for.

In comparison, a lot of the sequels were really bad, full of unknown actors, copied plots, and bad jokes. The exception to the rule for me was the 3rd Bring It On movie, subtitled All or Nothing. This movie starred Hayden Panietierre as the rich white girl transferred away from her friends and cheer squad to a multi-racial school on the poor side of town where she doesn't exactly make efforts to fit in... at least at first.

I love to watch the routines in these movies, and kinda wish I had that ability - sooooo not possible! lol The banter is bitchy but fun and I love it, plus there's a romance element in both that I dig - hot boys are hot ;)

02 June 2012 @ 08:22 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Friends & Caroline in the City  


I really don't think there's much I can say about Friends that hasn't already been said. I'm pretty sure everyone watched it at some time or other, and I had all the VHS tapes before going on to the DVD boxsets. Six 20-somethings living in New York, navigating life, love, jobs, etc. Its the original young adults sitcom, as far as I know, and I still enjoy rewatching it even now when I can recite a lot of the lines, especially from the early episodes (first 4 or 5 seasons).

To be honest, I wasn't crazy about the later seasons when everyone started growing up, getting married, and having babies, but its still good, just not AS good to me.

As for Caroline in the City, it started just after Friends, and even had a couple of small crossovers. It tells the story of a cartoonist named Caroline Duffy, her assistant/colourist Richard Karinsky, her neighbour Annie, and her on-and-off boyfriend / boss Del. The friendships and couples go through quite a bit of evolution in the four seasons, especially the awkward romance between Caroline & Richard.

The ending was a cliffhanger and that kinda sucked, but thanks to fanfic a few fans have put forward ideas as to whether Caroline married her ex, Randy, or ended up with Richard and the son he had with his former wife. I guess we'll never know for sure what was supposed to happen. At least Friends ended properly, even if that last episode did make me cry!

01 June 2012 @ 06:44 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Best Men & Cool Money  


I don't watch much in the way of action movies or crime drama, so these two are oddities in my collection, but I love them just the same.

Cool Money stars James Marsters and I bought it because I was in the middle of my obsession with that man at the time. The movie is based on the true story of criminals who robbed fancy hotels, specifically taking jewels and cash from the safety deposit boxes. Though their faces were seen by many, they were never given up to the cops by their victims because they were so damn nice about the whole thing! In the end, they are caught, but the whole movie is quite an adventure, in which you really don't want the crims to get busted!

Similarly, in Best Men, you end up wanting the bad guys to get away. Take two hotties, Dean Cain and Sean Patrick Flanery, throw in the comedic stylings of Andy Dick and Mitchell Whitfield, and let them perform a bank robbery on the wedding day of their best friend Luke Wilson to a somewhat crazy Drew Barrymore. The result is a stand off between the sadistic local Sherrif vs a bride & groom and their best men, which ends with a speeding bus and a shoot out that can only mean the end for the lovable criminals. Its a thrill ride, no doubt.

Neither movie is going to win prizes for excellence, but even re-watching them, I end up on the edge of my seat, despite knowing whats coming! lol

31 May 2012 @ 08:13 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Chuck Season 2 & Leverage Season 2  


Even if you loved the first seasons on a TV show, the second year sometimes disappoints by not measuring up - not with these two shows! I have already talked about Leverage and Chuck seperately on previous posts, specifically their 1st and 3rd Seasons, so lets look at the Sophomore year for both shows here.

For me, Season 2 of Leverage built perfectly onto Season 1, and coped really well with the fact one of the main cast (Sophie - Gina Bellman) had to leave mid-day through to have a baby. Her temporary replacement was Jeri Ryan as Tara, and honestly, I thought she would bug me, but I grew to like her a lot as yet another awesome thief for the band.

Several of my very favourite episodes are in Season 2 of Leverage, namely The Ice Man Job, The Runway Job, The Bottle Job, The Zanzibar Marketplace Job, and The Three Days of the Hunter Job.

Then there is Chuck. After one short Season, the writers had by no means used up all their good ideas and Season 2 did not disappoint me in the least. More laughs and hijinks, more drama and wacky stunts, as Chuck & Sarah continue to dance around each other, things get more serious with the evil agency that is Fulcrum, Chuck's sister Ellie plans her Awesome wedding, and their father (played by the wonderful Scott Bakula) arrives back in town.

Once again, some of my favourite episodes are included - Chuck vs the Fat Lady, Chuck vs the Sensei, Chuck vs the Third Dimension, Chuck vs the Colonel, and Chuck vs the Ring.

30 May 2012 @ 06:10 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Annie Get Your Gun & Calamity Jane  


I actually only got the DVD of Annie Get Your Gun because I figured I would like it of the back of my love for Calamity Jane. Of all Doris Day movies, it was definitely one of my favourites growing up. I figure its because I like tough women that can also look good in a fancy dress - who doesn't want to be like that? ;)

Anyway, for the most part Annie was as impressive to me as Jane. Both movies had great songs, excellent leading ladies, and the wonderful Howard Keel. What lets Annie down for me is the ending. Apparently what a strong and skilled woman needs to do to get the man of her dreams is be less than she is... Um, NO! I do not like that, at all!

In Calamity Jane, she loses the man she thinks she wants, only to realise the guy she's been fighting with all this time is the one she truly loves. That works for me. Wild Bill Hicock can handle a tough woman just fine, and Frank Butler should have been able to say the same.

So yeah, love both movies for the most part, just the end of one of them that irks me.

29 May 2012 @ 07:08 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Overboard & Crocodile Dundee  


Ah, the 80s. It had some dumb and yet awesome movies, and here are two examples!

There is no way a journalist goes to Australia, meets a seemingly crazy bushman, brings him back to the US, and marries him. Equally as nutty is a rich woman falling off a boat and getting amnesia, only to be taken in by her carpenter, looking for revenge on the rich bitch, only for the two of them to fall in love, regardless of her memory coming back!

The truth is that it really doesn't matter of the plotlines are stretched beyond the limits of reality, these movies are hilarious and sweet and brilliant in their own ways. Whether its Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee scaring the life out of Linda Kozlowski's Sue, or Kurt Russell as Dean Profitt making Goldie Hawn's fancy Joanna Staton believe she's his down-trodden wife, its all just wonderfully done, and sooo funny, even though it probably shouldn't be! lol

Two 80s staples - you gotta love 'em! :)

28 May 2012 @ 05:49 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: My Boys & Just Shoot Me  


Here we have a couple of American comedies that I am so glad I added to my DVD collection. I don't think My Boys ever did air in the UK, but I read about it online and had the DVDs shipped on the strength of that - I loved it! With Just Shoot Me, I did see a little on TV before buying and was not at all disappointed.

Whilst My Boys is essentially the tale of PJ Franklin, a sports writer in Chicago, and the many men in her life (mostly her close friends, rather than the lovers that come and go), Just Shoot Me focuses on Maya Gallo and her mad-cap group of misfits that work together at Blush magazine.

In both, you have strong but somewhat neurotic women with trouble in their jobs, their love-lives, and their family matters. There are a lot of laughs, plus a little romance and drama.

The downside is that neither complete series is out on DVD yet so I only have three out of four seasons of My Boys and three out of five seasons of Just Shoot Me. I still have my fingers crossed for the rest!

27 May 2012 @ 07:45 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: PotC - Curse of the Black Pearl / Dead Man's Chest / At Worlds End  


The first two PotC movies are my favourites. I know Dead Man's Chest is usually considered the least favourite of many fans, but to me it is just excellent. It probably helps that I really like the idea of Sparrabeth (Jack & Elizabeth) - this movie has their big kiss moment, and his calling her a Pirate too. That whole scene is the best for me out of all three movies in the trilogy.

Of course, Dead Man's Chest really doesn't work so well unless you then go on to watch At Worlds End, and though that last movie in the trilogy is necessary, I find it a bit overly long and kinda boring. I just wish they would've got on with it and not stretched it out to be so very long, because there are parts I really like, they just come in between long stretches of yawnfest!

As it stands alone, Curse of the Black Pearl probably works best for casual viewing. The introduction of Jack Sparrow is just wonderful and he entertains throughout. Elizabeth is a fun heroine that certainly shows more back-bone than most women of her time. I don't care much for Will Turner, not in the first movie, he's just too nice for my liking here.

I was never into Pirate movies previously, but Johnny Depp got me into this series, and I thoroughly enjoy them, especially the first two... and we won't even mention the direness of On Stranger Tides, I threw that dvd away a while back!

26 May 2012 @ 08:12 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Leverage Season 1 & Leverage Season 3  


I could say so much about Leverage, but since most of my F-list already watch it, they know how awesome I think it is! For anyone lacking in info on this TV show, a band of con-artists are led by an honest man, and become Robin Hood type thieves, taking from the unscrupulous men (& women) of business and power, and giving to the poor and down-trodden victims.

Admittedly, I started watching for Christian Kane who plays The Hitter, Eliot Spencer, but just a couple of episodes in, I loved all the characters - Hacker, Alec Hardison; Thief, Parker; Grifter, Sophie; and Mastermind, Nate.

The first Season dealt primarily with one-shot type stories, and a vague arc involving Nate getting revenge on his ex-boss that allowed his son to die. It was a wonderful collection of episodes that literally ended with a bang - I loved it all.

Skipping over Season 2, which was quite similar to Season 1 in the way it worked, Season 3 kicked things up a notch. An over-arcing storyline had the gang taking on legendary crime lord, Damien Moreau. There was SO much drama, SO much more going on, and the members of team Leverage mattered so much more as a family now instead of just a bunch of thieves. It left me so psyched for Season 4 - I can't wait to get those DVDs too!

25 May 2012 @ 06:32 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: Enchanted & Ever After  


I first saw Ever After way back when I was having a Drew Barrymore movie phase. This was when I was collecting VHS and have since had to replace with DVD. Ever After is a retelling of the Cinderella tale and a very charming one too. I love that this version has a Cinderella (or Danielle, as her name is here) is a strong young woman who won't take crap from anyone, and yet, she still gets her Prince in the end. Angelica Houston is positively evil as the wicked Step-Mother and I love to hate her in this movie, whilst Dougray Scott is a dashing Prince that could sweep me off my feet any day he liked!

Enchanted is a fairytale in a different sense, or rather a mixture of many thrown into a modern world. Amy Adams looks just like a Disney princess should as Gisell who falls down a well from the animated fairytale world and appears through a drain cover in modern-day New York. Patrick Dempsey doesn't exactly seem like the Prince Charming Giselle is looking for at first, but his daughter ensures that he and everyone else around believes in the fairytale world and helps lead to a happily ever after ending. Plus the songs in this movie are just wonderful :)

I love a good fairytale, and these are wonderful interpretations, with fun and laughter and a happy ending for all, which is as it should be.

24 May 2012 @ 07:26 pm
[100 Things] My DVDs: Victoria Wood Live In Your Own Home & Richard Digance His Greatest Bits  


As Monty Python used to say, and now for something completey different!

I like comedians, and my favourite by far is Victoria Wood. She does both stand up and sketches in her routine, has written and directed TV shows and plays, plus she sings wonderful comic songs whilst playing the piano. I find her hilarious, and never more so than in her routine from 1944 entitled 'Live in Your Own Home'. If you've never heard her sing 'Barry and Freda', go directly to YouTube and look it up - you'll cry with laughter, I swear!

As for Richard Digance, he was a stand up comic of the 80s/90s that also relied on witty poems and clever songs (accompanied by his guitar playing) to entertain, and that he certainly did. My personal favourite songs/skits are 100 Remembers and Sod's Law - again, definitely worth looking up on YouTube for the laugh!

Of all comedians, these two are definitely my faves, and even though I can quote their acts word for word at times, I still crack up every time I watch these dvds :)

23 May 2012 @ 08:11 pm
[100 Things] My DVD Collection: What A Girl Wants & Sydney White  


Amanda Bynes is a great actress and I really don't think she's starred in a movie that I haven't liked. The first I saw her in was What A Girl Wants in which she discovers her long lost father is in fact the upper crust gent that is Colin Firth. Mayhem ensues when this downtown girl comes to join the ranks of the upper class British folks, and its just a good time, feel good movie.

In Sydney White, Amanda is the title character, a spin on Snow White who moves in with seven dorks on a college campus and tries to navigate the Greek world within. As with all good fairytale based stories, she gets her Prince in the end, but the journey to that point is both fun and dramatic in turn.

The supporting casts in both movies are wonderful - its lovely to have such great ensembles.