calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
2014-10-19 01:37 pm

Yuletide Sign-Ups Are Open

Yuletide sign-ups are now open. I signed up a little while ago--and between now and when sign-ups close I am rewatching Dark Shadows (1991) and a few other movies (like Without a Clue (1988), been a while since I saw it) to see if I want to offer anything else.

A few Yuletide letters persuaded me to try out (and likely offer to write, unless I change my mind) a few movies I hadn't seen before now--like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2014-10-15 01:15 pm

Dear Yuletide Author 2014

The fandoms I am requesting this time around include: Bewitched, Dark Shadows (1991), Ghostbusters (Movies), Legend (1985), Mockingbird Lane, and Sleepy Hollow (TV). Some of the instructions as to my likes and dislikes are copied over from my previous Dear Yuletide Author letters.

Beneath the cut, you will find this year’s Dear Yuletide Author Letter. )

calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
2014-10-12 09:02 am

Watching Movies For Yuletide

For Yuletide*, I have now watched Freaks (1932), as well as Re-Animator. I may offer to write for the former, but I’m not completely sure of the latter. Once I’ve finished my rewatch of The Lost Boys (on VH1), I’ll follow that with a few I've never managed to see before: the original Dawn of the Dead, The Hidden (1987), and Phantom of the Paradise.

*This works for Yuletide, as well as for Halloween.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-10-10 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace, Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks has passed >away at the age of 57 after battling a serious illness. May she rest in peace. I never watched SNL, so I basically only know her as Carlene from Designing Women. I may have seen one of her episodes of 3rd Rock From The Sun at one point.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
2014-10-08 11:35 am

The Yuletide Tag Set Is Open

You can see everything that has been nominated for Yuletide over here. I am slowly making my way through the list now, and am pleased to see that someone nominated Fright Night (1985) and Mockingbird Lane, in addition to the 60’s version of Dark Shadows and The Originals. I already knew that someone was planning to nominate the 90’s version for me.

I just know that I’ll either request or offer Peter Capaldi's Eyebrows Anthropomorfic. I can’t help it, it seems like it would be so bizarre.

Several movies and tv shows were nominated that I had plans to watch somewhere down the line. I’ll see if I’m able to watch a few between now, and October 19th-October 25th, when sign-ups start and end.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
2014-10-04 10:03 am

My Approved Yuletide Nominations

✔ Ghostbusters (Movies)
✔ Egon Spengler
✔ Peter Venkman
✔ Ray Stantz
✔ Dana Barrett

✔ Legend (1985)
✔ Lily (Legend)
✔ Darkness (Legend)
✔ Honeythorn Gump
✔ Oona (Legend)

✔ Bewitched
✔ Endora (Bewitched)
✔ Samantha Stephens
✔ Darrin Stephens
✔ Dr. Bombay (Bewitched)
calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
2014-10-03 01:44 pm

My Current Halloween Schedule

Tomorrow evening, I will be headed out to the annual Zombie Walk around 5 PM. Last year’s was at the start of November, so they ended up nearly freezing in their tattered clothing. This year shouldn’t be as bad for them, since the temperature is due to be in the 60’s tomorrow. (Now, what that falls to at or near sunset, which is when they’re normally ready to shamble onward, I don’t know.)

So far, unless something else comes along during the month, I plan to go to see Halloween (1978) on October 25th at 4:30 PM, and Psycho (1960) on October 26th at 2 PM. After doing a lot of reading up on it, I opted to avoid The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, playing this Sunday. It’s just not one for me.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-09-29 10:39 am

Rest In Peace, Sam Hall

Sam Hall has passed away at the age of 93. May he rest in peace. He was a writer for the original Dark Shadows, House of Dark Shadows, and Night of Dark Shadows, as well as the short-lived 1991 version of the series.
calliopes_pen: (joanie_dearest5 Bewitched magic duo)
2014-09-26 09:51 am

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the Yuletide fandom poll is Bewitched, and I am now editing that into the nomination form. The definite character nominations will be Samantha, Darrin and Endora, due to a prompt I want fulfilled when the sign-ups open--the fourth slot might be either Abner or Gladys, unless someone is desperate for someone else.
calliopes_pen: (negiramenofdoom leave severed alone box)
2014-09-24 12:44 pm

A Correction To The Poll

From what I can tell from the Yuletide spreadsheet, someone else has nominated the Sleepy Hollow characters that I had intended to when I started the poll. Moloch was the only one I didn’t see that I would have definitely nominated, but I’m going to guess someone that didn’t fill out the form probably nominated him.

So if the people who voted for Sleepy Hollow could please go back to the poll and change their vote to either Murder By Death or Bewitched, that would be wonderful. The two of them are currently at 3 votes each. I’ll extend the poll to go until Friday morning, rather than tomorrow, as a result.

Also, I’m adding two more polls here, depending on which fandom you voted for. Or even if you didn’t vote for it, but still want to see a particular character receive a nomination, go for it.

Poll #15965 I want to see these characters nominated
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0


For Bewitched:

Poll #15966 I want to see these characters nominated
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0


For Murder By Death:


As before, those on the Livejournal side, if you are unable to vote on Dreamwidth--please add your character votes in the comments.
calliopes_pen: (liviapenn Last Minute Yuletide rush Harl)
2014-09-23 11:04 am

Yuletide Nomination Poll

I’m currently torn on what to nominate for my third fandom for Yuletide. My first two are Ghostbusters and Legend (1985).

I was merely waffling on Murder By Death (1976), and Bewitched (the tv series). However, I’ve also learned that Sleepy Hollow is still eligible for Yuletide. So, here's a poll.

Poll #15956 Which Fandom Do I Nominate?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


Pick One--Or Two, If You Can't Decide Either

View Answers

Bewitched (TV Series)
6 (50.0%)

Murder By Death (1976)
4 (33.3%)

Sleepy Hollow (Fox series)
4 (33.3%)

And for those on the Livejournal side and unable to vote in the poll, please post your answer in the comments. I’ll factor it in when I close the poll on Thursday afternoon.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
2014-09-20 02:14 pm

Yuletide Fandom Nominations Are Monday

My plan was to nominate Ghostbusters, Legend, and Bewitched when the Yuletide nominations begin on Monday. However, I just rewatched Murder By Death (1976) and would love to see that included, too. Is there anyone on my friends list who doesn't have their three fandoms picked, and would be willing to throw that one in? Given how often Bewitched is on courtesy of Me-TV, Antenna TV, and Family Net at various points (which makes it easier to check up on something should I end up getting that fandom for an assignment) in the series throughout the day, I'd rather not switch it out.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-09-12 01:51 pm

Rest In Peace, Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel passed away on September 10th, at the age of 74. May he rest in peace. While most people know him as Jaws from a couple of James Bond movies, I remember him (and I might be the only person that went to the theater for this one) from The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991), where he played Eli Weaver. MST3K fans might also remember him from Eegah, The Human Duplicators and The Phantom Planet.
calliopes_pen: (vintageruby)
2014-09-08 08:58 am

Spreading a meme

Taken from [personal profile] moetushie:

Quote a bit of my writing at me. Find that one story of mine that you really like, and find a sentence or a paragraph that presses your prose-buttons in the right way, and comment here with it.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
2014-09-05 11:53 am

Yuletide Nomination Considerations

When Yuletide opens for fandom nominations on September 22nd, I will be nominating Ghostbusters (1984) (characters nominated will be: Egon, Peter, Ray, and either Winston or Dana) and Legend (1985) (characters nominated will be Lili, Darkness, Jack, and either Honeythorn Gump or Oona). I believe only three nominations are allowed this year.

The third fandom I’m considering will be one of these:
-Bewitched (original series, due to watching an outrageous amount of it on Me-TV and FamilyNet, and rediscovering an interest in it)
-Mr. Boogedy (1986)
-Clue (1985)
-Columbo (just started watching the series on Me-TV this year, sort of love it)
-Dark Shadows (1991 series)
-Fright Night (1985)
-The Goldbergs (2013 sitcom)
-Mockingbird Lane
-Murder By Death (1976)
-Night of the Comet (1984)
-Stardust (2007)
-Suspiria (1977)

If you really wish to see one of the above, please let me know.

Suspiria is due to recently having started watching some Italian horror movies on Youtube. I don’t see how a fanfic could come out of it due to its lack of real coherency, but hey. It’s on the ‘maybe I’ll nominate it’ pile.

I assume someone else will nominate Sleepy Hollow, (the series, unless it doesn’t qualify anymore) the new Flash series or Gotham when they premiere.
calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
2014-08-29 02:02 pm

Nobody Steps On A Church In My Town

I returned from the 11:30 AM* showing of Ghostbusters a little while ago. Did anyone else on my friends list go to the airing of Ghostbusters--and if so, did you notice that a couple scenes toward the start, which felt ever so slightly extended? For instance, there seemed a few more lines sprinkled in there when Peter's talking to the blonde girl after that psychic experiment.

Highlights from my showing? There weren't too many speak of. I was the only person there at all, in the room Ghostbusters was shown in.

The air was terrible, sort of a mix of stuffy, and severely humid. But it still felt as though the air conditioning was running, just not right. It was like someone had opened the exit door and left it open for a few days, in that one particular theater room and the air coniditoning was just moving it around. It was starting to get oppressive--then, someone popped their head in the door, glanced around, shot a text message to someone, to presumably confirm there was one solitary soul in attendance, and left--and then the air conditioning worked harder for five minutes, it started to get better...before going dead.

So around when Mr. Stay Puft was stomping on a church in Peter's town, before the heat actually got any worse, I went on my way. We've been getting a heat index of around 107 for over a week, and I'd rather not sit in a theater and overheat.

Aside from those issues, the showing looked very crisp and clear. I finally spotted Ron Jeremy's cameo. However, for the first time I noticed a character on a stretcher outside Dana's building, as the Ghostbusters pull up. From a distance, it appeared as though it could have been the elderly woman that spotted the Terror Dog chasing Louis, who ran back inside. I could be wrong.

*The movie started 27 minutes later than expected, due to all the trailers.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-08-25 11:20 am

Rest In Peace, Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough passed away yesterday, at the age of 90, due to health issues stemming from a stroke he suffered several years ago. His 91st birthday would have been the 29th. May he rest in peace. I only saw Jurassic Park for the first time within the last couple years, courtesy of Encore. I didn’t know that he directed Magic (1978), and have always meant to watch it—-so I’ll track that down soon.
calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
2014-08-17 08:15 am

Ghostbusters Is Imminent

I didn’t think that Ghostbusters was going to be re-released anywhere around here for their 30th anniversary. However, as of this morning, I see that the local Cinemark will play it after all. Nice thing to learn on one’s birthday.

So August 29th, provided there are no severe thunderstorms, illnesses, or anyone requiring the use of the car for a doctor’s visit (my sister goes the day before, provided nothing changes) then once I get tickets, I should be going to the 11:30 AM showing. They have it five times that day, so if something happens I’ll be heading for the 2 PM showing.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-08-12 10:08 am

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. He died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. When I was around the ages of 9-13, I loved him so much. Hook and Jumanji were a tie for my favorite of his movies at one point, and I watched so much Mork and Mindy on Nick At Nite when I was younger than that. I enjoyed him as the Genie from Aladdin, and may be one of the few to remember him as a frog in Faerie Tale Theater. He will be deeply missed by everyone he brought even a modicum of laughter to.

People keep bringing up Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam as better movies of his—I’ll have to watch them sometime. He was great in The Birdcage. I also remember this little cameo that he and Billy Crystal had in an episode of Friends.

You can read reactions from the White House (they issued a fantastic statement), Pam Dawber, and several others over here and (if you’re interested in one from Sarah Michelle Gellar in this next link) here and here.


calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-07-21 08:35 am

Rest In Peace To Bartusiak, Fasano, And Garner

Skye McCole Bartusiak has passed away at the age of 21. As of now, there are reports that she died in her sleep, and that the fact she suffered from epileptic seizures may have been a contributing factor. May she rest in peace. I remember her as the actress that played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter 2: Rekindled. And thanks to the Sundance Channel airing it at one point, I also remember her as the little girl that was kidnapped by Sean Bean’s character in Don’t Say A Word.

John Fasano has passed away at the age of 52—as of now, while no official cause of death has been released, they do know that he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. He was one of the many writers for Alien 3, and directed several horror films. I recall a few of the VHS covers for some of them, from back in the 80’s. I had been meaning to watch The Jitters (1989), so I’ll track that down shortly.

James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. May he, too, rest in peace. While he was most famous for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, MST3K fans may also remember him from the episode where they riffed a movie called City Limits. As I have never seen an episode of The Rockford Files, I’ll have to catch an episode when it airs on Me-TV later today. Sound On Sight made a list of his top ten films.