sirona_fics: (clint hawkeye)
What kind of adult does a kid become after surviving a trip to a cannibalistic witch’s gingerbread house?

That’s the premise of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (out March 2), which uses the centuries-old German folktale as a preamble to a larger story of vengeance and the bonds between siblings — particularly abused ones.

Next Thursday, look for a trailer from the Paramount film. But for now, we see a first look at Jeremy Renner’s Hansel and Gemma Arterton’s Gretel, all grown up.




Source (including an interview with Arterton)


I. I JUST. I CANNOT EVEN. JUST. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW ANYTHING COULD BE THIS AWESOME, I DO NOT. BASICALLY MY FACE RIGHT NOW:







I WANT THIS FILM SO. FUCKING. BAD.
sirona_fics: (sam vimes hates flying newts)
No, seriously. That book. The more there is from our beloved PTerry, the closer I think we're getting to this amazing run we've been on with him. T________T I AM STILL AS IN LOVE WITH SAM (AND SAM/SYBIL) AS ALWAYS. YOUNG SAM, OH MY GOD, BEST KID EVER.

ALSO WILLIKINS. CAN WE TALK ABOUT WILLIKINS FOR A MINUTE I JUST. HE IS THE MOST AMAZINGEST. THERE SHOULD BE A SHOW. SAM VIMES/WILLIKINS BFFS!! ALSO WILLIKINS IS SUCH A BAMF BUTLER I CANNOT EVEN.

...Anyway. The plot bunnies per page count is quite high, as always. IN FACT I have got this idea out of it that I am honestly squirming a little just from the joy of it. It is far too complicated to tackle immediately, and will be fairly long if I get my way, so it's going to have to wait until I can get through some of the things I'm already working on. ALL IN ALL, PTERRY I LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL NEVER, EVER DISAPPOINT. EVER. ♥♥♥

Now to find out what's been happening in the world during my self-imposed exile...
sirona_fics: (captain no pants)
Just been to see Real Steel AND IT WAS AWESOME. I recommend it VERY HIGHLY INDEED! \0/ HOLY SHIT, SON, I WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF STARING AT HUGH JACKMAN IN THAT DELICIOUSLY TIGHT T-SHIRT AND OBSCENELY FITTED JEANS. NNNNGGGHHHHHH. I was like, EYES UP TOP, SWEETHEART throughout.

SEE WHAT I MEAN? )

It wasn't anything out of this world, and it certainly won't win any awards for plot originality, I mean, I could tell the twists a mile off, BUT it was wonderfully satisfying throughout. And gave both me and my cousin a fab adrenaline rush! The concept, though -- that was probably the most original thing about the film. STILL, HUGH JACKMAN MORE THAN MADE UP FOR THAT. And it is a sweet story, I'll give it that.

ALSO, CAN I JUST SAY, KARL YUNE, GET IN MY PANTS RIGHT NOW. *________*

All in all, as many thumbs up as I can borrow from my friendly neighbourhood zombies! \0/
sirona_fics: (bugger all this for a lark)
So I don't have a Tumblr, and this is unlikely to change any time soon (unless [livejournal.com profile] quoththewriter does something pretty damn spectacular, and maybe not even then -- LJ is quite enough for me), so to keep up with Jizzy (because she is one thing in life damn well worth following), I've been getting RSS feeds of her Tumblr. And today's post contained this snipped of pure, unadulterated gold, a.k.a. Charles = Crowley, and Erik = Aziraphale. Observe:

Seriously though can we talk about what a good idea that is oh my FUCKING GOD, except of course Charles still has the bookstore and Erik still has the Bentley, because Charles is all too aware of how easily knowledge can tempt and Erik, well, let’s be honest, Erik gave Adam and Eve that flaming sword because he had to but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t miss it, all that power harnessed between his hands

And they’ve got The Arrangement, right, of course they do, how could they not, because that’s the whole thing about Charles and Erik that fits so well with the Crowley and Aziraphale dynamic, that pull between opposites, that balance they’re always seeking, and even in the X-Men canon they’ve really got An Arrangement of their own, throwing around “old friend” the way Crowley and Aziraphale toss out “Angel” and “my dear”

But in this, right, in this you’ve got Charles who didn’t fall so much as saunter vaguely downwards and Erik, Erik who probably kind of wanted to fall but just couldn’t, couldn’t because he felt this sharp vicious loyalty to being this higher power—because that’s just Erik all over, isn’t it, Erik “We Already Are The Better Men” Lehnsherr, who is who he is and no apologies, and Charles who certainly isn’t evil but sees so much more grey than Erik does (because regardless of how you feel about either one of their methods in canon you can’t deny that “Kill the humans, kill them all” is certainly a more black and white view than “Don’t kill the humans, live in harmony with them and only read their innermost thoughts/make them think it was their idea when it’s really necessary”)

And oh, oh, the thing about Good Omens that makes it so compelling is that Crowley isn’t a demon and Aziraphale isn’t an angel, not really, not anymore, they’re both so human now and so not human too that they’re this unquantifiable third thing and I always, always, when I’m thinking about this book I always come back to Crowley saying, “Funny if we both got it wrong, eh? Funny if you did the good one I did the bad one, eh?” and Aziraphale saying “Not really,” and THAT IS SO CHARLES AND ERIK and and and

Really I just want Erik the angel driving around in his Bentley and miracle-ing his way out of speeding tickets because traffic cops are obviously Charles’ and Charles the demon cheerfully slipping a copy of Written on the Body into the priest’s bag in the back room of his bookshop because he knows all it takes is one little spark, that hint of knowledge and then no one can help but be consumed


I... actually physically want to CRY with how much I want this. This would make my entire existence. Aside from the fact of how damn apt it is, how much it just fits, you know that she and [livejournal.com profile] postcardmystery would create something incredible.

Seriously. Crying with the force of my want/need for this to happen. Fellow PTerry and GNeil and Charles/Erik and Aziraphale/Crowley fans -- thoughts?
sirona_fics: (you are in my heart)
So The Mercury Prize 2011 is happening tonight in London, and when I got into work I found the BBC News article, which I'd missed yesterday when it was published. And so I had a nosey through the nominees, recognising a few familiar names and fistpumping when I realised that Katy B's On a Mission is nominated. You may remember me flailing about her single Katy On a Mission, which is one of the best club(bing) songs I've heard this year. So yay and good luck, Katie!!

But then, among all those interesting artists, there's also this guy that I'd never heard of before. His name is James Blake, and he is the most exciting thing I have heard in ages. His music is strange, haunting, bizarre, complex, experimental, a bit weird, and I am completely in love with it. There is something irresistibly compelling about it, and as soon as I got hold of the (self-titled) album, I could not stop listening to it.

Here, have a go. I am quite awed by him and his talent and his sound.

sirona_fics: (canton <3)
You guys. Stop what you're doing right now and head over to this place I'm about to tell you all about. I just. I'm all sniffly and teary and there's this enormous grin on my face and HEARTSEYES FROM SPACE, OKAY.

If you love Canton Everett Delaware III, or if you've never heard of him but you love men in love forever, and romance, and wonderful fic, this is the place for you. Fifty-five years later, Canton and his beloved are finally getting that which he wanted bad enough to quit the FBI for once upon a time.

It's Only Time, Canton/David, PG, by [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash.

My comment to her included the phrase "I'm reccing this to everyone I love", because this, this is pure joy. SO LOVELY, OH MY GOD. I am pretty sure that no one will ever love me like these two love each other, and yet that is okay, because I get to back in their incredibleness. This story, I am still sniffling, you guys. ♥________♥

And now for the help. German-speakers on my flist, this one is for you!! )

I would be ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. This thing is eating at me something fierce. Also, that cop!Erik modern AU fic? 21K and juuuust nudging over half-way. WHAT HAVE I STARTED. Also, work is a NIGHTMARE today, and I think I shall be doing as much writing as I can fit in, to make myself feel better.
sirona_fics: (mcfassy)
OH MY GOD, I CAN'T EVEN. THOSE TWO, WHAT EVEN ARE THEY. OH MY GOD, THEY BRING ME SO MUCH JOY. <3<3<3 I DO NOT KNOW HOW I WILL STOP SMILING WHEN THERE'S THIS MUCH WIN AROUND. All gifs nabbed off Tumblr. Also, [livejournal.com profile] quoththewriter is AWESOME.

Spoiler for deleted scenes from X-Men: First Class. Also, gif-heavy )

In conclusion: MICHAEL FASSBENDER HOW ARE YOU EVEN REAL.



Good god, those lips make me want to do all sorts of dirty, filthy things to that gorgeous wide mouth.
sirona_fics: (charles/erik jazz hands)
First of all: Allow me to FANGIRL ALL OVER THIS SHIT. Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner film

MY FACE RIGHT NOW?



THAT SHIT IS GOING TO BE EPIC.

In other news, this article kiiiind of made my week. ♥ Homosexual zebra finches form long-term bond? THIS IS SO FINDING ITS WAY INTO HAND IN HAND, YOU REALISE. <3

Other things I am excite about: I am posting my H50 Big Bang tomorrow! FINALLY!! \0/ \0/ \0/ I apologise in advance for the MASSIVE SPAMMING this will result in, since I'm going to need like 5 posts + a masterlist. I promise I'll backdate them, but still, if anyone is going back through skip?=200, they are going to HATE ME.

Also? That ridiculous XMFC story I'm shoulders-deep in? I HAVE FINALLY NAILED CHARLES' CHARACTERISATION IN IT. Thank you everyone who listened to me moan about it and was wonderful and supportive!! I <3 YOU ALL. And to cherry-top it all, [livejournal.com profile] raven_lore has gleefully agreed to receive that story as her [livejournal.com profile] help_japan win! I AM RELIEVED. I AM NOT A LOSER. <3

Other things that make me happy? Fourth Test, The Oval (day two): England 457-3 v India YOU LOT ARE THE MOST AWESOMESAUCE. FUCK YES ENGLAND!! ROCK ON!! \0/

DOCTOR WHO IS BACK ON TONIGHT. DO THE DANCE OF JOY WITH ME, GO ON. ETA: NO IT'S NOT. IT'S NEXT SUNDAY. GODDAMN IT. :/

Carry on being awesome, you guyyyyys! <3<3<3

For your time: HAVE SOME AWESOME MUSIC. ♥

sirona_fics: (neal suit porn)
Watched what there is of Suits tonight. Totally loved it, although I'm not really shipping Harvey/Mike. Possibly because I like my ships to be on a more even footing, and in this let's be honest, most of the power is with Harvey. Having said that, LOVED. IT. And will be watching as much of it as I can get my hands on. Also watched eps 5 and 6 of White Collar finally. My god, the end of ep 5. PETER BURKE ILU SO MUCH. ♥♥♥

Not really feeling like reading stuff at the mo (too fucking hot) so I also watched The Lake House again yesterday. In a bizarre twist, I think the pairing I was least certain about might prove to be the most apt here: Steve/Danny is what I'm talking about. Because Danny can totally be Alex and Matty the brother, and Steve can be the doc with Jack. Perfect. Other fic plannage has also been happening -- more soon, I hope!

It's going to be 40C tomorrow. DDD: OH GOD. There's code Orange declared in my county. Thankfully there's also supposed to be proper storms tomorrow night, and it'll cool the air down a bit. I'll sleep like a baby tomorrow night, but tonight it's anyone's guess. I mostly sleep in my panties at the mo, no blanket, no sheet, no nothing -- too fucking hot, I'm not kidding. I HATE THE SUMMER SO MUCH. DX

Next stop -- Luther. FINALLY, after like a year of [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko telling me to 'watch it right now, goddamn it'. And other films/TV I feel like, for as long as this phase lasts. I've A Lot to catch up on.

For your time: Tom Hardy, what are you even. *_______* )
sirona_fics: (fluffy duckling)
So [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko tagged me, and since I just feel the need for some SQUEE in my life today, I HAVE DECIDED TO DO IT RIGHT NOW. <3

Rules:

-Make a list of ten things that make you say OMG.
-Tag five friends to do the meme.

OKAY. Strangely enough *cough* this list sort of got pretty fandom-y on me. This surprises exactly no one, I should think. OMG THIS GOT SO LONG. :D )
sirona_fics: (goats' eyebrows)
So this is my obligatory WIMBLEDON OMG SQUEE post. YOU GUYS, DJOKOVIC VS TSONGA YESTERDAY. It was unbelievable. The fourth set was some of the most intense tennis I have seen for quite some time. Incredible. Seriously, those two, Tsonga fought like a fucking tiger, but he just does not have Djokovic's stamina and experience yet. He's one to watch, though. STARS IN MY EYES FOR THAT MATCH, FOR REAL.

In other news, I've... er. I have somehow found myself with 1,600 words of an X-Men: First Class Charles/Erik Pride & Prejudice AU. IT IS ALL [livejournal.com profile] zarah5'S FAULT. THIS IS NOT GOOD. I AM SUPPOSED TO BE WRITING THE ARTHUR/EAMES P&P REWORK. But I rather think I shall write both? The characterisation is actually quite different in the two versions, because Arthur/Eames really isn't anything like Charles/Erik. OH MY GOD I SWORE I WOULD NOT GET INTO THAT FANDOM. WHAT. /0\

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] red_rahl and I have posted the first part of our collaboration! For petstore owner!Arthur, with bonus tiny turtle, go here: Hand in hand is the only way to land. As before, I shall post it here in good time. Part two is almost half-way done!

I intend to WRITE MY HEART OUT today; I shall add a good chunk to the bakery AU, which we have started! \0/ And maybe finish the second part of Hand in hand, and maybe do a proper outline for the Arthur/Eames P&P thing, AND, if I absolutely CANNOT avoid it, write moar Erik as Mr Darcy and Charles as Elizabeth. OH GOD. It's just, that's what's coming right now like a freight train. WOE.

And to round this random post off, have an instarec: Worth, by [livejournal.com profile] climb. An angsty, GNeil-y, happy-ending-in-its-own-way masterpiece. Honestly, I had to mop up overspilling tears by the end, but I am in awe of the sheer creativity of the writer. Absolutely stunning story, beautifully styled (you know how I love my technical aspects of writing), truly amazing in its inventiveness. Stars in eyes like whoa. You guys, I urge you to give it a try.

Hope everyone's having a lovely chilled weekend! ♥
sirona_fics: (steve/danny hug)
This, as [livejournal.com profile] stardust_made pointed out, is an especially apt time to sing my beta's praises to the world at large, and to profess my undying grattitude.

I have known [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko for pretty much as long as I've been in fandom. We have fallen into different things, rushed headlong into others, and I have mainly dragged her kicking and screaming into almost every single thing I have come to love to distraction -- and she has reciprocated. :D

She is my go-to squee person for a number of fandoms/films/TV shows, and every single time, her boundless enthusiasm has made me want to squish her so much. Half the time, half the stories I write (especially recently), I could not do without her help. And she is one of the most generous people with her time that I know. There hasn't been a single case of me crying on her shoulder for help that she has not given it, no matter what is going on in her life.

To cap it all, she has an eagle eye for details, a fantastic sense of rhythum, and never gets frustrated with my endless Britishisms and attempts to mangle American pop culture. Every writer should have someone like her in their lives.

And on top of everything, not only has she offered to and actually done half my research since I got into the Hawaii Five-0 fandom, she has just taken on this huge Big Bang project of mine with no trepidation or fear of what she may encounter within, not to mention providing me with priceless information every step of the way. I admire her so much for her unfailing desire to help, and the way she juggles her time to be able to do that -- she is a brilliant writer of her own accord, and what with her job, family, and my constant demands for attention, I am continually astounded that she still manages to put up with me as well.

In short, I love you, Ange. Thank you for being there, and holding my hand when I need it, and for being hands-down one of the best people I know online and off. I couldn't do this without you. ♥♥♥
sirona_fics: (steve/danny date night)
You guys, the only reason I have not yet disconnected everything and curled up in bed with a warming patch and a decent book is this:

Set Fire to This Card House by [livejournal.com profile] zarah5 is now complete!! Seriously one of the best H50 stories and the best AUs I have ever read. I normally abhore WIPs, but this one drew me in from the start, and I am thrilled to have followed it all the way through to the glorious, delightful conclusion! SO MANY HEARTS.

And now time for aforementioned sulking in bed until the Doctor Who download is up in a couple hours! I DON'T KNOW HOW I'LL BE ABLE TO SLEEP TONIGHT, but it's not like that will stop me watching! :D
sirona_fics: (british accent)
I AM SO EXCITED!! I AM WATCHING CNN LIVE (drat, I don't get BBC International grrr) AND IT IS JUST EEEEEEEEEEEEE IS ABOUT THE ONLY THING RUNNING THROUGH MY HEAD.

Idek, I know not all that many people are keen on this, but I am LOVING THE HELL OUT OF IT.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


And to improve the experience -- A REC!

Sick Day by [livejournal.com profile] tailoredshirt -- Steve/Danny, Grace. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Gracie will always be the loveliest little princess!

I AM EXCITE!!!


And if you don't know what I'm talking about -- it's probably better this way. XD

ETA: And now I want Kate and William on official visit to Hawai'i, meeting President Obama at his home state, and the Five-0 being asked to run security!! :D?
sirona_fics: (steve/danny looking at you kid)
Soooo.... I maybe got a bit tipsy tonight (as evidenced by me trying to type butt instead of bit three times before I got it right), because it's National Health Workers day over here, and practically my whole family celebrates -- so we got a wee bit trashed.

And then I somehow ended up watching the following:



And in my somewhat befuddled state, I ended up noticing SO MANY THINGS I'd never paid attention to before. All of Steve's micro expressions, the way Danny moves to make space for Steve when he goes to lean against the car, the way they are SO MARRIED OMFG, the way they so obviously care about each other, the way there are ALL THESE FEELINGS in the blink of an eyelid. Not to mention the delicious grey at Steve's temples, and the yummy stubble over Danny's jaw. HNNNNGGG. I LOVE THESE BOYS TO DISTRACTION.

Today was just MAD. I am nowhere on [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko's birthday present, which makes me all sorts of sad and panicky and pissed at myself -- but even if it's late, it'll be there, darling. I promise. <3 I'm sorry I'm such a flake. ;_____;

And then there's this sneak preview for Monday's ep: [OBVIOUSLY SPOILERY AS HELL]



STEVE. DANNY. CHIN. KONO. TEAM. WHY THE BLOODY HELL IS IT NOT MONDAY YET, HOW IS THIS FAAAAAIR.

This rant has nothing to do with the fact that my sister is due to have my nephew on Monday, if he doesn't arrive ahead of time, which, WHEEEEE!! \0/

I swear various beta jobs, comment responses, and emails are coming tomorrow; today was just one big clusterfuck of obsene amounts of work for a National Holiday. I guess it comes with the job? So basically I'm NOWHERE right now. Oh god, I suck so bad.

To make up for my blah, a rec! Once Upon a Place by [livejournal.com profile] giddygeek, which is quite possibly THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO ME ALL DAY, I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. Well, bar the 'getting ratarsed' stage of the day, which has merit all on its own.

Seriously, though, SUCH A WONDERFUL, GORGEOUS, HEARTWARMING STORY. I want to marry it and cuddle it and bake it cookies forever. All my buttons, pressed so very hard. Quite possibly one of my favourite stories in this fandom.

Tl;dr, you should really stop posting when pissed, Sirona, babe. Just a word of friendly advice. /facepalm

IF THIS ENTRY MADE ANY SORT OF SENSE TO YOU, U'R DOING IT WRONG.
sirona_fics: (let's poke it with a stick!)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loobeeinthesky, not five minutes ago I got hit with THE GREATEST TEASER OF ALL TIME, and now I AM BROKEN FOR ANYTHING ELSE THAN A MARATHON OF THE ENTIRE SEASON 5 OF DOCTOR WHO. This is not condusive to the writing of my dissertation, BUT I CANNOT HELP MYSELF.

ALL OF YOU, AND ESPECIALLY YOU, [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko: BRACE YOURSELVES.





I AM SO EXCITE THAT I AM BOUNCING OFF WALLS RN. EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO WATCH THIS 110000 MORE TIMES.

In other news: [livejournal.com profile] help_japan's auction has ended! I am looking forward to connecting with all the winners of my lots! And I can't wait to get my winning bids confirmed: there's some pretty damn cool stuff I was bidding on! I'll tell you all about it when the results come out! :D
sirona_fics: (cumbersexual)
OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, I AM INCOHERENT WITH GLEE AND HAPPINESS, HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE MOST UNBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS THING, OH MY OVARIES, THEY YEARN FOR THE JOY OF THIS MAN'S VOICE FOREVER IN MY EAR!!

I have the hugest obsession with John Keats' poetry. I studied it in Sixth form, and I delight in his art; he speaks to something inside me with every syllable he penned. He is my favourite English poet, hands down. I tend to recite 'To Autumn' to myself only about a thousand times every September and October.

AND HERE IS OUR DEAREST BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, HIM OF THE VOICE RESEMBLING 'A JAGUAR IN A CELLO*', READING 'Ode to a Nightingale'. I AM IN HEAVEN. HEAVEN, I TELL YOU. KEATS' WORDS IN BC'S VOICE... *swoons*

I will happily fade away to this sound, forever, until the end of things. Do yourself a favour, listen to this. I cannot tell you the joy I feel, just listening to him shape those words, the delight that fills me with every sound; it's almost erotic. Scratch that -- it's better than sex; it's intellectual and aural stimulation the likes of which I have never encountered before to quite this extent. It's been a long, long time since I've felt this content to simply be.

Darkling I listen; and, for many a time
I have been half in love with easeful Death




*phrase coined by the fantabulous Caitlin Moran in The Times. Let me know if you want to read the source article, I can link you to it! :)
sirona_fics: (a good bookshop is just a genteel black)
I want to tell you a story. This may or may not serve as a nice intro post for all the new people around here, who have flattered me by wanting to stick around for some reason that escapes me.

My childhood amidst books: a love story )
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