muccamukk: Creedy and Quinn reenacting a lightsaber battle. Text: "Bedtime Stories" (Reign of Fire: Stories)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I realised that I forgot to mention that I'd watched Hannah Arendt a week or so back, which was very good. I'm glad that it focused on just a few years (I don't think the flashbacks to college added anything) and told that story closely. The acting was fantastic, and I really liked her friendship with Mary McCarthy. I admit I would have been a little lost on the details if I hadn't recently listened to the In Our Time about her. The movie seems to expect you to already know the story.

I also watched the first disc (four episodes?) of From the Earth to the Moon which went up to Apollo 7's launch, I think. They were fine? I'm not feeling the urge to order the rest from the library.

Nenya and I watched The Great Sinner (sans subtitles), which was melodramatic enough that you didn't really NEED subtitles, plus the old movie diction is easier for her to make out. It was on one hand not very good, especially as an adaptation of The Gambler. (It sort of cludged the book together with Dostoyevsky's actual life and then gave it a happy ending.) However, it had Ava Gardner sporting banter and lowcut gowns, and Peck in increasing levels of dishevelment and distress, so I'm glad I watched it once. I kept pausing it to e-mail screen caps to people.

I watched Gregory Peck's third movie, Valley of Decision (also sans subs), which was a Greer Garson vehicle. I spent most of it shipping Garson with Marsha Hunt. Peck was mostly a love interest, though he made several stirring speeches about local ownership of steel mills, and then had a cute kid. Overall, it was too melodramatic to take seriously and not melodramatic enough to be fun.

Nenya and I watched The World in his Arms, the first thing I'd seen where Peck plays a rogue. He's not bad at it? I could not describe the plot as the movie was 90% dashing about madly, and 10% racism. It's also The One Where Gregory Peck Clubs a Seal. It's Also Also the one where he gets left at the alter, sulks massively, wrestles with Anthony Quinn several times, and is later chained up and whipped. I suspect that historical accuracy need not apply, but the costumes were pretty. [personal profile] sholio, did Sitka ever have a castle?

Here's the annual report of American Library Association, notable for librarians doing cool things, and the annual banned/challenged book list for 2016. Shocking everyone, most of the books had lgbt content!

Here's NASA doing something cool.

Date: 2017-04-11 06:47 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
sholio, did Sitka ever have a castle?

So my initial reaction here was "haha, of course not", but I'm glad I looked it up, because it actually DID! Not that much of one, but, well ...

https://roadtrippers.com/stories/how-did-these-russian-castle-ruins-wind-up-in-america

Castle Hill on Wikipedia
Baranov's Castle

It appears to have really been more of a large house on a hill with a stockade wall around it, and it's completely gone now, but I had no idea. The More You Know!

Googling for information about this also led me to this amazing piece of total wtf - Baranov's Castle, "An all singing, all dancing, all PUPPET version of a tale from Alaska's history!" How about no.

Date: 2017-04-11 08:42 pm (UTC)
misbegotten: Text: A city built on Rock n' Roll would be structurally unsound (Music We Built This City)
From: [personal profile] misbegotten
My two favorite episodes of From the Earth to the Moon are "Spider" (disc 2) about the building of the lunar modules and "Galileo Was Right" (disc 4) about teaching the astronauts how to be scientists on the moon. I highly recommend the latter if you have to pick one.

Date: 2017-04-11 11:00 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Ohmigod, where they drop the hammer and the feather and they fall AT THE SAME RATE? That is like my favourite space clip from anything ever ever. I remember hunting it down as a giant .mov file or something before Youtube.

-- HA, IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FROM THIS PAGE EVEN https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo_15_feather_drop.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C5_dOEyAfk

Date: 2017-04-11 11:42 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I think a whole generation of people grew up on those docs, heh. Was it the History of Apollo VHS set by NASA?

Date: 2017-04-12 12:02 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Al Sheppard being "THE FIRST FREE MAN IN SPACE!"

//facedesk

According to Gene Kranz in his book Failure Is Not an Option, "When reporters asked Shepard what he thought about as he sat atop the Redstone rocket, waiting for liftoff, he had replied, 'The fact that every part of this ship was built by the lowest bidder.'"

OK, he sounds like a bit of a jerk, but I like this guy.

Date: 2017-04-12 12:06 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
The bit about his secretary posting a photo of him as "Mood of the Day" on the door so people could decide whether to knock on it was fucking hilarious. Oh America. We do so love our competent male jerks.

Date: 2017-04-11 10:57 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
It sort of cludged the book together with Dostoyevsky's actual life and then gave it a happy ending.

//facepalm

I kept pausing it to e-mail screen caps to people.

YES YOU DID and it was great. I now want to see it except I suspect if I do I'll wind up wanting it on DVD.

Date: 2017-04-11 11:42 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Yes, yes you are. You got me to read Ults 1-2! And I even liked it!

Date: 2017-04-11 10:59 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck in a tuxedo with text "I watch for the plot" (@ Gregory Peck tux)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I got so invested in he Peck pirate movie that I didn't want him to get caught! But then he did and they didn't even whip him enough. :( (lol that review you left open on my phone this morning was all, "It cuts to her face crying over him because the whipping is obviously fake and who needs to are that?" and I'm like "ME!")

It was so weird to see him as a) a rogue and b) in colour. I liked that he was mostly not a gratuitous asshole, though. Like in terms of independent ship captains who harvest seals and frequent sex workers, he was a pretty decent guy. So jarring to see him showing explicit non-romantic sexual interest, of the "Ooh there's a new girl at the brothel?" sort, while still getting to be the hero.

Oh and I loved his wrestling match with Quinn in his ship's cabin. AMAZING. Fic would have them fucking every other time they were in port and I'd be okay with that.

I liked the conservation speech, even if I'm not generally pro clubbing seals.

I also have more Gregory Peck icons I should upload at some point.

Date: 2017-04-11 11:02 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
his wrestling match with Quinn in his ship's cabin

his WHAT

-- wait wait you made Peck icons? Where?

Date: 2017-04-11 11:49 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
............hmm I bet the Seattle public library has this masterpiece

Date: 2017-04-12 12:05 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
or Amazon has the DVD used I bet

Date: 2017-04-12 12:13 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
AWW

you'd have to put "the contents of this are SIZZLING HOT" on the label

Date: 2017-04-12 12:57 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck in a tuxedo with text "I watch for the plot" (@ Gregory Peck tux)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
OH yeah they had this whole bantery foe-yay thing going on where I was legit never 100% certain if they hated each other's guts for really true or if they were friendly rivals. There's one scene where they're fighting (again! this time over who owns whose boat, not over the girl) on Peck's ship, and they're just smashing bottles over each other's heads and tossing each other across the room to slam into the wall, and each time one of them goes down you THINK that's it, he's out, the other one's won...BUT NO, he gets up again and dives right back into the fray!

It only stops when the Russian prince shows up with the big guns and arrests both of them (to drag them through the streets of Sitka in chains, lol).

I've made a couple of Peck icons which I shall post quite soon! <3 Some have text and others will simply stand alone. <3

Date: 2017-04-12 05:29 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
AH-HRMM:

http://nenya-kanadka.dreamwidth.org/176623.html

...ironically, DW logged me out so I can't use any of the new icons in this comment! lol

Date: 2017-04-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
It's like RAYYYY-EEEEE-AAAAAAAAYN, on your WEDDING DAY --

Date: 2017-04-12 01:00 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: its purely carnal qualities outweighed its metaphorical significance (@ carnal qualities)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
There should definitely be h/c fic after the whipping. I am sure the countess comforted him etc etc later on, but there should be manly comfort from his snarky first mate too. :D (I love that they have the kind of relationship where first mate can thump him over the head with a belaying pin when he's being stupid, and there's no hard feelings. LOL. Terrible medical practice I am sure but still.)

THE LEANING was great. I should add the leaning to the icon post. Maybe there will have to be a colour icon post to go with the current b&w one.

Oh, yeah, I doubt the Americans were much better. It smacked of selective history there. Though I'm sure there were sealers who did try to do it right, here and there.

Date: 2017-04-14 12:45 am (UTC)
lightbird: http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/ (#1 Gators gonna gait)
From: [personal profile] lightbird
Speaking of Gregory Peck, I rewatched The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit again last Saturday. Really good drama from that time. Peck is great in it, and really kind of iron-woobie-ish which I think you would like. Worth checking out if you haven't already seen it.
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