I like Gareth David-Lloyd. I don’t just like him because he has a pretty face and I don’t just like him because he played my favouritist be-suited BAMFy boy. No, I like him because I think he's a good actor who I enjoy seeing on screen.
He has his moments of over-egging things but usually I find him natural and eminently watchable. Often he is veritable master-class in reacting over acting which is what makes him such a great character actor and adds to my enjoyment watching him. And I have a partic soft spot for the way he changes between tone and emotion as a scene evolves.
With this point of view it’s disappointing that he gets so little acting work. And because he doesn't, I understand that he will take what he can get.
But holy fuck and damming all that is natural, what was the piece of shit he was in today?
I had high hopes. Web shorts can be very good. And a series of them too. Yey!
But this was appalling. Gareth amused and disturbed in equal measure and - with the exception for me of the first minute maybe,- was his usual competent self and I really enjoyed his performance. But his co star? I hate being mean, but there was more life in Paul’s phone-hand. I can only assume she was maybe a friend of the makers rather than an actress. She hit her cues alright, but it was just too obvious that that was what she was doing.
I did like the direction; the composition and the angles, and there were some neat shots. But the editing sucked, the sound quality was abysmal and they couldn't get their lighting right. And I get what they were doing with the camera work, but didn’t quite pull it off. When the girlfriend was around the camera was static on a tripod as she gave him stability, and the camera was mobile when Paul was alone or talking to Peter to give a sense of instability. But it just looked like the camera guy had the shakes sadly.
And it’s so disappointing. I actually really liked the mad, twisted little story and would happily watch something much longer based on the premise. The shared arm as phone thing? Kinda cool in my head. But when there is so much good web content but there, to see something of this quality anywhere but on YouTube is unnecessary. You don't even need expensive equipment to produce film better than this anymore. I was planning to watch the series now that I had heard about them, but if the next one is the same quality, not a chance.
But, I’m going to link to it anyway. Watch for the story and watch for Gareth being a bit mad. Watch for the way Gareth swings between moods at the intervention of another person. And there is the slimmest of slim hopes that if people watch with any sort of numbers, someone somewhere will remember that Gareth is a watchable actor who can draw an audience and cast him in something that's actually enjoyable to watch.
The news about Davy’s death today has upset me; I can’t, and won’t, pretend it hasn’t.
My mum is a huge Monkees fan, and as has been established, my mum and I have very little in common. But I was brought up on the Monkees and have an in-built love of the band. We used to play the cassettes in the car on the two-hour drive to my Grandparents every other weekend; singing along together.
I loved Davy Jones, mum loved Micky Dolenz. I remember my mum showing me a fan letter she wrote to Micky when she was a kid, but never sent. I remember reading it so clearly; it made my mum human. Sounds stupid, but I really realised for the first time that my mum had been a kid too.
When I was about 21 we went to see the Monkees in concert. Again, for two people that rarely do things together, it’s a great memory.
And the Monkees gave me those memories and that link with my mum. And I will always be grateful.
Safe passage, Davy Jones, and thank you and your daft little band for the music and the memories.
Rating, Warnings: 18 for the sexings. Crossdressing
Disclaimer: Nope, don't own Primeval, no copyright infringement intended
A/N Huge thanks to fredbassett for a fabulous beta. I had the basics of this in my head for a while, thrn fififolle made me think about boys in lipstick and it finally got written.
( Ad-dressing the Issue )
Take What character from "Merlin" are you? today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You are very intelligent but sometimes you can be lazy and not achieve your full potential.
You trust your instincts and you can usually tell within minutes of meeting someone whether they are someone you can trust.
Sometimes people complain that you are too flippant, but that is just because they don't understand that you like to protect yourself by not revealing quite how much you care.
Word Count 3113
Pairing/characters Owen/Ianto, Jack (Hints of Jack/Ianto)
Summary Owen and Ianto have ways of looking after each other, and Owen needs some support right now.
Warnings Sex and swearing. Well, it is Owen.
Setting/Time ‘Missing scenes’ at the end of Combat.
Disclaimer I do not own Torchwood or any of the characters.
A/N Written for the_silver_sun as a pitch hit in torchwood_fest[Bad username or site: torchwood_fest?'s @ livejournal.com] 's Christmas fest, but only just getting around to posting.
( A few hours after Jack’s less than pleasant visit, Owen was stuffing the last of his things into a small ruck-sack that sat on the hospital bed, when he became aware of a presence behind him. )
Rating, Warnings: 18, sexual situations
Disclaimer: Nope, don't own Primeval. No copyright infringment intended
AN: For primeval100 prompt 'sticks and stones'
AN2: I'm going to dedicate this to angelkitty as I think she is going to make the link quickest!
( Mind Games )
I went for dinner last night with someone who used to be one of my closest friends, but circumstances have led to us not seeing each other in a few years. But, it was one of those fabulous times where we were just chatting instantly and it felt like we’d never been apart. We talked stupid, fun, catchy up stuff for a while, then he just looked at me and said “how are you really?” and before I knew it all the stuff that has been rattling around my head and messing me up the last few weeks just poured out. I didn’t even mean it too. All the things I’ve been struggling to make sense of in my head, were just suddenly there, being talked about. And he listened and he offered advice and we talked about it.
I feel so much better just having got it off my chest and made some sense of it out loud. And what he said made a lot of sense and has actually made me feel positive about the future. So I’m feeling a lot better. No quick fixes, but I feel more hopeful.
Plus, how amazingly lucky am I to have a friendship that can survive years with little more than emails and texts, with someone who not only sees straight through me, but also sorts my head out for me.
Today is a good day. (made even better by knowing Flatty is making pancakes for dinner as I was out last night and missed them.)
Words: 7 x 100 (One story)
Rating, Warnings: PG Angst Alert!
Disclaimer: Nope, don't own Primeval. No copyright infringment intended
AN: For primeval100 prompt 'Past prompts' People gave me a number and the drabbles are written based on the corresponding prompts. Promts used and prompters: Deck the Halls - rain_sleet_snow, Airborne - reggietate, Ice age - clea2011, Devastation - scripps, Humility - fredbassett, We need to talk - mayakitten, Celebration - allieandra
( Silence )
It’s been a bit of a frustrating and doom and gloom day in Jooles Towers, but I am bored of whinging, so let’s celebrate some completely random, utterly useless in real life, but happy-making stuff.
Most of my flist have a common connection, which is being part of fandom of one type or another, at one time or another. Share with me, and the group, your best and/or most embarrassing fandom moments. And take that anyway you will! A brilliant fic you have read, an amazing comment you’ve been given if you write, someone you have met, whatever.
( Mine below... )
Gor those not familiar, in one of our dafter moments, LadyJane and I bought a daffodil hat in Cardiff after seeing them worn by Wales supporters at a lot of international rugby matches. We decided to get one and take it to all the cons we go to and get as many people wearing it as poss. The Facebook page is the result. It will continue...
Fandom: Torchwood/Primeval crossover
Characters: Ianto/Becker, some Ianto/Jack, mentions of both teams
Rating, Warnings: 18 for the sex
Disclaimer: Nope, don't own Primeval or Torchwood, no copyright infringement intended
Prompt: Written for torchwood_fest crossover fest. Prompt was 'Ianto surprises and impresses Becker with his BAMFy and gun-related competence'
Summary Torchwood and the ARC have met previously when a mission crossed over. Now they have to try to work on keeping good relations between the two organisations.
A/N Huge thanks to fififolle for all her fantastic gun and SF advice. I hope I haven't messed it up. Thanks also to fredbassett for a fabulous beta. There has been tweaking since, so apologies for further mistakes.
( Guns Go Bang )
( Warped sense of humour and some sarcasm below. )
Is anyone out there foolish/bored enough to be able to beta a 6,600 word slightly porny Torchwood/Primeval crossover for me? Ianto/Becker. The catch is, I need to post first thing tomorrow morning (GMT), so kind need it back tonight to make any ammends.
I totally screwed uo the deadline. And am not really expecting anyone to say yes to this!!