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Duco Lacuna
01 October 2009 @ 12:51 pm
I'm literally just running past (I've got to go to a lecture in a minute) but I wanted to pop in and say 'hi' just because it's been quite a while since I last posted anything.

Uni's going really well and we've got a Beach Party tonight, which will be interesting! :D

I've just spent an hour or so doing up a picture of Lucius Malfoy, since I loved the sketch I did of him. Narcissa was actually in the original as well, but I didn't like how I drew her there, so she got the cut. Here it is in it's rough-faced form, since I'm not that great at digital colouring:

Have a good day/night everyone! ♥

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Current Music: In For The Kill - La Roux
Duco Lacuna
17 September 2009 @ 09:56 am
I haven't been around on LJ much over the past few days, but I'm all up and excited about moving to London and starting uni, so I haven't had time to really sit down and do anything.

I'm moving into student halls this Saturday and I can't wait to meet my flatmates! (They better be nice, or else... :^P)

Love to all my flisters! ♥

ETA: And anyone who enjoys period dramas: watch Lark Rise to Candleford. It's amazing!
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Duco Lacuna
10 September 2009 @ 12:38 pm
Now that I've found a shiny new thing to flap and flail over (Dorian Gray), my mind's been whirring with ideas for stories and crossover fics. I know I resolved not to start anymore Harry Potter fics, just because I might never get around to finishing them, but the thought of a HP/Dorian Gray fic won't leave me alone.

Maybe I'll just have to go and write it and see where it goes.


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Duco Lacuna
09 September 2009 @ 11:56 pm
[It seems like I'm always just reviewing movies! Maybe I should take it up as a job. :P]

I've just come back from watching Dorian Gray and it was definitely worth a watch in the cinema! I've been looking forward to it all week as I saw the trailer and felt it to be that Sweeney Todd style - slightly cgi but without getting too unrealistic. All in all, I'd say they've done a very good job of taking the story from the book and making it (quite faithfully) into a film. I've been wondering how they would do it, since it's one of those stories that work well as a book, but not always as a movie, but the director seems to have known what he was doing.

What ceases to amaze me, is that there are a lot of people out there who have the narrow-mindedness and thoughtlessness to simple rate it off as 'looks shit'. Seriously, it gets really annoying, especially since all they have to judge on is the trailer and maybe some short clips. I've also heard people mention a correlation between DG and Twilight, which made me start talking sternly at the laptop screen! Twilight, which had it's good points, looks like a real kids' movie compared to this. Dorian Gray is much more for those made of stronger stuff and minds that actually know how to think. It's certainly not for those who are sensitive to explicit material or unable to watch violence, etc.

Ben Barnes did a good job as Dorian, although some people seem to have a bias against him. I've never thought him particularly handsome (he's not my type :P) but there's something in the way he holds himself in the film that portrays the right sort of look. I was also very surprised to see that Rachel Hurd-Wood (the girl who played Wendy in the Peter Pan film) has grown up into quite a woman! In my mind, she's stayed about twelve forever (must be the Peter Pan effect), but apparently, she's like any other human and does actually grow older. Colin Firth was fun to watch, even though he played his typical type of character - dry-humoured, cynical English gentleman - and everyone else kept up to standards.

Of course, there were moments when I personally might have preferred it to be done differently, but over all, I'd say it was a good film. One thing that made me squee terribly throughout, was the fact that a lot of it was filmed at my university! It has these old, 17th century buildings that are perfect for movie sets in old London and apparently, quite a lot of period-y movies are filmed there.

I'm sure there will be others who disagree with what I feel about DG, but I hope people will give it a chance. I found it to be very thought-provoking and sobering in a curious way. Very rich scenery too.

And one has to envy Dorian; to stay looking young forever is quite something, as is selling the soul to the devil.

Here, have some Dorian love:

He can be quite handsome at this angle, can't he?   :^)
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Duco Lacuna
07 September 2009 @ 01:13 pm
I'm back home (in the countryside) after a few days spent with a brother in London. I'll be moving there next weekend as uni starts the Monday after that (insert nervous/excited squeeing).

I watched a few things in the last week and have that certain urge that all true fangirls experience and cultivate: to splurge all with a squealing account of all that mine eynes have seeneth. I'll keep my raving short though, because I don't want to bore anyone. :)

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I really want to go see Dorian Gray, which looks totally awesome and reminiscent of the wonderful Sweeney Todd movie. I saw the trailer, and it was all dark, seductive and gothic, which looks just like my kind of thing, since I do love the romantic side of a gothic scene (and I don't mean gothic as in black punk boots and Marilyn Manson t-shirts). The book by Oscar Wilde was a good read, so it'll be interesting to see how they've made the story into a film.

Here's the trailer:

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Duco Lacuna
31 August 2009 @ 12:26 am
So, it's past midnight here, but I thought I'd quickly pop in before I go to bed, just to say that I've watched half of Cranford and love it so far. It's definitely something any fan of period drama should watch, and it's also one of those mini-series that you know is going to be excellect even if you've only watched half of it. :-)

I was also just looking something up on IMDB when I came across yet another Robin Hood movie that seems to be planned to come out in 2010. It's the one with Russell Crowe at the helm, but I didn't realise it was such a recent (or should I say, future) production. Still, it's got that lovely Mark Strong in it as a Sir Godfrey, who I'm guessing might be something not that different from the highly worshipped Guy of Gisborne? Either way, it'll be interesting to see what it's like, even if there have already been a hundred other Robin Hood things.

I'm also just marvelling at that child/teenager actress Dakota Fanning. I knew she was famous and good at her job, but holy schmoly fried chicken with bananas! She's got such an incredible resume, it's simply mind-boggling! I'm actually envious and in awe of her. It's just incredible how many wonderful opportunities she's had, and how talented she is. She must be one of the luckier people in the movie business. She also seems pretty down to earth, which is a bit of a shock in itself.

I also wrote my first Guy fic today, after having told myself I would never do so, just because I loved the character exactly how he was when Richard Armitage created him. Still, it was nice to break my own promises and maybe I'll post that little piece someday.

Anyways, that's enough for now. I need to catch some sleep. Good night/good day to everyone! *waves*

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Duco Lacuna
28 August 2009 @ 09:42 pm
At last, I've started on another chapter of one of my remaining HP fanfics that still need to be finished. It's taken me a while to get back into the swing of things, but I'm happy I did it because the muse has been kind enough to throw me a few more bones and give me a bit more to add to the plot.

The strange thing is, I'm always slightly worried that I won't be able to get my writing going again or it won't come up to the standards it needs to be at. I suppose I'm just getting paranoid in my old age... It amazes me how there are so many people who are talented in various arts such as music, painting/drawing, designing, etc. and how people can still manage to be original if they try. I guess it's that unique part of us that shines through it all.

Some good news: I've bought the BBC adaption of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, which should be an interesting watch. I'm still in the middle of reading her North and South, and it's making me think and write in that Austen-y style. *g* Such long-winded sentences about the simplest of subjects, which ends up making one look particularly pompous in the face of society and outright anachronistic in this particular day and age when one should really be typing in chatspeak and forget all about grammar, punctuation and capital letters. There, I did it.

Now, it's back to work!

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Duco Lacuna
26 August 2009 @ 10:28 pm
The other night, I watched Dean Spanley which was an interesting little movie. The cast was led by Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Northam, the former causing constant hilarity with his goggle-eyed expressions and dry English phrases, while the latter astonishing me with the similarity of his face to that of Jason Isaacs. At times, he looked so like him, it was kind of scary. :P

A little note for comparison:
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(a) Jeremy Northam and (b) Jason Isaacs

Northam looks like a younger version of Isaacs, and it was very nice to have a reminder of one of my Top Five. The film itself was quite enjoyable; nothing amazing, but more amusing than not. A quick synopsis from IMDB:

"Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart."

I also watched Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Halls (Richard Armitage plays the main character's first husband) and really enjoyed that. The Cockney music was surprisingly catchy and it's ended with me having bought a few of the songs to whistle as I spend my time Photoshopping and doing general bits of nothing. :)

I swear I'm spending too much time on the computer... *sigh*

And I'm not quite sure what the point of this post was. *shakes head* I must be getting senile in my old age.

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Current Music: When I Take My Morning Promenade - Marie Lloyd
Duco Lacuna
21 August 2009 @ 01:33 pm
Oh noes...

I feel (mildly?) bad that I haven't updated my remaining WIP fanfics like I promised I would. They're all Harry Potter works but my heart and muse are really not in with that fandom anymore, as much as I love the books. I didn't realise it was going to be so hard to continue things while moving on to something else, as well as being unable to concentrate on more than one fandom at a time. I don't know why it is, but I can't seem to love Robin Hood and Harry Potter at the same time...

The thing that's bothering me the most, is that I really do want to finish the stories, just for my own satisfaction. I'm also getting a review every now and then from random readers, asking me to update, which is always tempting me. I think I'll see if I can write any more for the fics, but I might not end up getting anywhere. *sigh*

Ah well. It's the thought that counts, right? ;-)

(Yeah, this is one of my typically pointless posts, but I just felt like telling the world about my angst which will probably be over as soon as I make this entry.)

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Duco Lacuna
18 August 2009 @ 12:19 pm
And just because I'm bored and want to proclaim my revived love of books:

Two short bookie memes...Collapse )

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