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This dreamwidth journal does not see much use outside of the occasional public comment on [community profile] fandomsecrets , but it is here just in case. You are more likely to find me at:

panzertorte = my tumblr URL from 2017 onward
cynicale = everywhere else, pretty much
lovemoony4ever = musical trading on livejournal

The entries here are backups from the livejournal I maintained during my teens, don't judge;)

cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (LotR;Pippin upwards gaze)
2015-06-08 06:30 pm
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Virtually all personal entries will from now on be f-locked. If you wish to be added, please comment below. Reviews and other entries that are solely of a fannish nature will be kept public for now.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Les Mis: Cynical Statue)
2012-10-31 04:34 am
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Anyone notice how I kinda really don’t like non-replica productions in general, with a few notable exceptions? Well, it’s official, I’m head over heels in love with a non-replica production. If you have any opportunity at all to go visit Tromsø before the end of November, do it!

Review )

You should definitely watch the backstage video, here:
Javert’s Suicide (in English) -
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Les Mis: Cynical Statue)
2012-10-24 10:46 pm
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LM #44 shortnotes

Holy shit. If you have even the slightest opportunity to visit Tromsø to see Les Mis, do it. I'm unreasonably picky when it comes to non-replica productions, but I'm completely in love with this one. This is better than London has been in years, since the 2009/2010 cast left.

A+ scenic design. Delightful Cosette. Socially awkward Marius. Ann Christin Elverum had me riveted during snooze song IDAD. Mme Thenardier was a real person, not a caricature. Enjolras had the pipes AND a musical!Enjolras characterisation I can happily live with.

More on this later, as I didn't bring a computer and thus am typing this on my phone.


#45 tomorrow!
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Breakout Kings: Lloyd & Shea)
2012-10-22 09:54 pm
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9 Breakout Kings Icons (2 textless alt.s)

Spoilers for 1.13 & 2.01!

double unjust death l e s unjust death lloyd and shea judging you

Icons )

Please comment and credit [ profile] cynicale if you'd like to use them:)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Avengers: Natasha)
2012-10-05 03:26 am
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Movies 2009-2011

For my own reference, movies watched 2009-2011
list... )

All musicals filmed as "Live on Stage" have been removed from this list.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Avengers: Bruce & Tony)
2012-10-02 06:45 pm

Movies Starring Ruffalo, Norton & RDJ

For my own reference, a continuously updated list detailing my progress for Project "Watch All The Movies Starring These Three Actors".
Movies listed in approx. order of date watched, as far as I can recall.

Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton, Robert Downey Jr. )

Of all the areas of life where some sense of dedication would be useful, this is the one I pick...
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
2011-12-31 08:31 pm
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Books and Movies of 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! I intended to post this entry last night, but that obviously never happened... I'll probably backdate this entry in a couple of days.

There are a couple of things I'd like to talk about, so expect another entry in a while, but for now, in keeping with the tradition: Books and Movies of 2011!

Books of 2011 )

Top ten movies watched for the first time in 2011, in no particular order:

- Elle s'appelait Sarah/Sarah’s Key
- X-Men; First Class
- District 9
- True Grit (2010)
- The Sting
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- A Night to Remember (1958, Titanic film)
- Les Misérables (1972)
- Phantom of the Opera; Live at the Royal Albert Hall (more on this below. Not without its problems, but somehow I've managed to rewatch it three times within the last week. I've never been more than a casual fan at most, but I'm apparently in the mood for this show right now)

Movies of 2011 (LONG list)... )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Les Mis: E!/R OTP)
2011-12-12 01:26 am
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Moving out, again // Les Mis mini-series adaptions, yes, in the plural

I'm taking the bus to Oslo tomorrow morning to look at a flat. I'm not exactly enthused by the photos I've seen so far, but location, bathroom and rent make it well worth a proper look. I did find one flat I adored, but it was already rented out by the time we got around to inquiring:( Let's hope they simply forgot to photograph the living room area of the one I'm going to see tomorrow, because otherwise they're definitely lying about the flat's surface area.

I've spent the last few days watching various Les Mis film/mini-series adaptions for the first time, in-between hunting for flats. 1972, 1958 and 1934, in that order. I've taken a bit too many notes on a couple of those to fit into my end-of-the-year media roundup post, so posting them all here instead. In short, why did I not get my hands on these adaptions sooner?:)

Qui êtes-vous? Personne...*wibble* )

So, adaptions I have watched so far: 1934, 1958, 1972, 1978, 1982, 1998, 2000 (French, not the shorter English one), some of Shoujo Cosette (I am amused by the fact that Marius can hardly step outside his door without running into Courfeyrac in this one)

Adaptions available to watch once I feel like it: 1935, 1952, the very long Italian one, rest of the anime. Right now, urgency on this score is the last thing on my mind...
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Les Mis Red and Black lyrics)
2011-11-03 11:21 pm
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Les Mis London 2011 Review

In my last entry, I talked about the two trips to London I’ve taken in the last few months, but I neglected to say anything specific about the shows I caught while there. I’ll have a round-up post ready in a few days, detailing my experiences with the “other” shows, but for now here’s my impression of the «new» cast of Les Misérables at Queen’s Theatre.

If you’re relatively new to this journal, know this: I love Les Mis with all my heart, and if I sound overly critical it’s just because I have a very firm set of expectations. I know how good it can be. Tastes differ, however, so the average theatregoer or different fan might not always agree with my opinions on the subject.

This review covers the following three performances (for me, #34-36): The 11th of July (Jonathan Williams as alternate Valjean), 28th of September Matinee (Christopher Jacobsen as u/s Valjean, Shaun Dalton as u/s Javert, Scott Garnham as u/s Enjolras), 3rd of October (Jonathan Williams as alternate Valjean, Shaun Dalton as u/s Javert) 2011.

Review )

Like I said, criticising it is just my way of showing my love.

Dream Cast

As a point of interest, if I currently had to choose a personal Dream Cast, these would be my choices (my only prerequisite is having seen them perform live at least once):

Valjean – Jonathan Williams
Javert - Robert Hunt, I guess? He’s the one that springs to mind, at least.
Fantine – Caroline Sheen
Marius – Jon Robyns
Cosette – Leanne Dobinson (followed by Katie Hall)
Éponine – Nancy Sullivan (more because I like her than her being perfect, though)
Enjolras – David Thaxton
Grantaire - Michael Minarik or Jeff Nicholson, I guess.

Couldn’t care less about the Thénardiers. Chip Zien/Greg Castiglioni/Roy Litvin and ?
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Hustle London)
2011-01-30 09:11 pm
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Hustle 7.4 and District 9 (watch out for the spoilers!)

Hustle series 7 episode 4 "Benny's Funeral" was for me definitely the most enjoyable series 7 episode so far. Massive, I mean it, MASSIVE, spoilers behind the cut )

I also finally got around to watching District 9. Wrote way more than usual about it in the document created for the purpose, so I thought I might as well share it now, rather than when I sum up the films I've watched in 2011 next December. Nothing I'd call a considerable spoiler below, but discretion is a virtue.

No Humans Allowed (I feel I've sunk far, utilising such a silly catch-phrase as my cut text... )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Hustle London)
2011-01-29 09:22 am

Hustle referenced A-Team // Series 7 of Hustle in general

I'm watching my recently arrived Hustle series 6 DVDs, more specifically, episode three, "Tiger Troubles". I'm now able to catch a reference that passed me by the first few times around:) The mark at one point observes that the characters Mickey and Albert are posing as are a mix of The A-Team and Robin Hood. Cue reaction shot of Robert Vaughn (who, of course, was a season 5 A-Team regular). Add to that references to Vaughn's character leaving the dirty work to Mickey because he's semi-retired, and I'm gleeful:) The fact that Albert's American, and therefore more likely to be familiar with The A-Team, even ensures that the reaction shot is appropriate! The Hustle crew also specialises in the impossible and ridiculous, of course.

By the way, if you've seen the episode, you'll know the best part of it is the antics of the cast at the end;)

I'm also following series 7 as it airs. I'm just about to start episode 7.4 in iPlayer, once my re-watch of 6.3 is complete, but here's a copy-paste of my comments to the episode discussion posts at [ profile] hustle_fanworks. Obviously, there may be spoilers.

Brief comments )

Episode 7.4, here I come! On another note, why do so many people have such great trouble spelling "loathe"? "Loath" is not the same word, the two cannot be interchanged!

Oh, and hullo, new flisties!
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (A-Team;Murdock)
2010-12-31 09:52 pm
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Happy New Years, books and films of 2010, A-Team

Happy New Year everybody! Less than three hours left of 2010 for me now. I've had both good and bad times a-plenty this year, but overall I'd say it has been a good one. Moving to Trondheim really is one of the best decisions I've ever made! Travelled back last night, since I have homework (?!?) due right after the vacation, which means I'm celebrating New Years eve without my parents for the first time ever:(

In keeping with the tradition, as established as recently last year, here's a list of the books I've read and the films I've watched this year. I'm embarrassed and slightly horrified I only managed to read 27 books in a whole year...

Books of 2010 )

Films of 2010 )

I just finished season 2 of "The A-Team". The second half in particular (last 12 episodes or so) is awesome.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (LotR; Pippin will only grow sideways)
2010-12-26 04:21 pm
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Paid account & The A-Team ♥

After 5 years, I finally caved in and bought myself a paid lj-account. Yay! Judging by how infrequently I post any entries you wouldn't believe it, but I do actually spend the majority of my waking hours surfing lj:) More icons and the ability to subscribe to threads were the biggest draws for me, but I'm sure I'll make some other neat discoveries along the road;) Anything in particular you love about your paid account?

A-Team series = ♥ )

I hope the majority of you have had/will have a great holiday!

*off to hunt for icons and replace my kinkmeme-bookmarks with subscriptions*

EDIT: Watched season 2 episode 18 and the season 2 finale out of order, since they supposedly were one of the best episodes (I was misinformed - it should have been 2.17) and the fan favourite, respectively. Not at all sure I agree about 2.18, but the end of the season finale? Featured an honest to God Murdock/B.A. love montage! I might possibly be carrying a smallish torch for Murdock/Face, but oh, it was awesome:)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Narnia: Edmund Garden)
2010-12-24 09:04 pm

Merry Christmas!

A very merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! We've just finished eating and opening presents now (we celebrate on the 24th in Norway), so I'm looking forward to a cozy night in with my parents and my presents. All the presents I bought seemed to go over really well (particularly the Queen CD I gave my mother), so I'm very pleased with my evening so far:)

cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Sherlock)
2010-12-06 07:23 pm

Writer's Block: Television! Is there anything it cannot do?

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Definitely BBC's Sherlock! Fun, refreshing, great cast, great modernisation, massive fandom overnight, left me wanting much more (...evil cliffhangers have a tendency to do that)

Not that I've watched an awful lot of live television this year; I've mostly made good use of my DVD box sets.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Charmed: Sexy Cole)
2010-12-05 12:27 am


I've lots of other things I ought to post, such as a Deathly Hallows review and my long squee-post about Hustle, but for now I'll make do with a TV-meme, taken from [ profile] girlofjuly

Five TV-fandoms (in random order):
1. Hustle
2. Star Trek; The Original Series (ST;TOS)
3. Torchwood
4. Sherlock
5. Charmed

Meme )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (LotR;Pippin)
2010-11-15 01:35 am
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This would have been more interesting if I had more icon space...but I used them all!


default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite

(should definitely have kept my sexy Cole Turner icon for this meme…)

Text-part of the meme )

Coding can be found here
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Rebecca)
2010-10-24 11:38 pm

The Mousetrap // Live transmission of Das Rheingold from the MET

While in London I also attended a performance of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap", apparently a must-see piece. It has been running since 1952, so it's clearly popular. I enjoy good crime-dramas on the telly, such as Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Foyle's War and so on, but I must confess I've never been a fan of the Agatha Christie adaptions, nor the one book I tried reading once. I think it's because I never found her characters to be particularly engaging. In sum, I decided to watch a crime-drama, not a Christie piece.

The Mousetrap )

A few weeks ago I attended a live-transmission of the final performance of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was steamed in HD to my local cinema, and I only had to pay some 25 pounds to see it. "Das Rheingold" is the first of the four operas in the "Der Ring des Nibelungen" sequence, which also "Die Walküre" is a part of.

Das Rheingold )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
2010-10-23 10:56 pm

Les Mis at the O2 arena

The 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 arena was obviously the primary reason I chose to go to to London during this particular weekend, as it was one of those "once-in-a-lifetime" events I'd have hated to miss. We were quite worried about getting to and from the O2 arena, as there was a strike on the Jubilee-line scheduled for that evening, but that didn't end up being a problem. We made sure to leave our hotel very early though, just to ensure we didn't miss it. Instead of hanging around without doing anything in particular we decided to watch "Back to the Future" at the cinema. I'm not a fan, and the sound was obnoxiously loud, but it was a quite nice way to pass the time. The best thing about getting there early was the fact that I didn't have to queue to buy my program:)

Date: 3nd of October, evening
Seat: Vis a vis the stage, just half a mile away. One of the 110 tickets, I believe. About 100 pounds at least.
Venue: The 02 arena. It's massive. Gigantic. That's all.

Review )

This is the first time I've used Semagic to post an entry, so if anything looks weird blame that.