Jan. 1st, 2011 05:16 am
barkinmad: (Godlike Sunset)
*Seen in Theaters (Movies)
+New this Year (Books/Movies)
Movies I've Seen )
Books I've Read )
Music I've Enjoyed )
Fandoms I've Joined/New Obsessions )
Awesome Things I've Done )
barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
I bullshitted a lot of this, but I think this actually sums up my feelings on the show pretty thoroughly. I didn't actually interview these friends specifically for this assignment, but I've either heard them comment on such things, or know that it's how they feel about the show. Obviously, I'm leaving names out:

Glee seems to be a new phenomenon. Just finished in its first year, it’s already renewed for a third season, and merchandising has been through the roof with CDs, concerts, and talks of a Broadway production. For a show that is about high school outcasts, it certainly seems to speak to a huge number of people. The most obvious thing about the show is its taste in music. While it has a number of songs from the Top 40, it also selects from a number of popular tunes of the past, ranging from Queen to Billy Idol to Vanilla Ice. There are also occasionally tunes that haven’t been heard in public media since the thirties and forties. Most especially, there is usually a good mix of Broadway show tunes involved in the production, giving the entire show an ethereal, campy and musical-like quality. But choosing the best songs of all time wouldn’t matter if they weren’t well done. Glee has a certain way of changing a song just enough that it’s new and relevant, while remaining true to the source material. True, a ballad version of “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga doesn’t seem like a work of musical genius, but it’s surprisingly catchy, and undoubtedly well-sung, since the characters are played by two well-known Broadway actresses. The show certainly has a lot to offer in terms of speaking to a group of people who don’t get a voice on TV all that often: fans of good music, and even more specifically, Broadway.

The show also has an interesting representation of minority characters. It has a reputation for being one of the most diverse casts on television, with its share of black, Asian, Jewish, disabled and homosexual teenagers. Perhaps as a joke of the treatment of such characters in other shows, these characters are sometimes given stereotypical lines or actions that are usually performed in a tongue-in-cheek matter. Although these instances can be funny, it should be noted that in their attempt to make fun of the situation, the writers may simply be furthering the stereotypes themselves, or not giving them the full attention they deserve. There have also been complaints that they aren’t given as much screen time as the white members of the cast. While this is a valid complaint, the show has introduced us to a very large number of characters in a short period of time, and the show runners have made optimistic overtures to the fans that each character will get their due in the future seasons. Perhaps one of the main causes for this concern is that not much screen time is left between the musical numbers, which have gotten larger and more elaborate as the show got more and more popular.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to the show. While it’s admirable that the writers don’t waste time with filler, the breakneck speed of the show would do a lot better if some lines were drawn between plot points. Sometimes characters go form one polar extremity of an emotional spectrum to the complete opposite between scenes, with no explanation given. Episodes tend to have individual plots that all wrap up within the course of a single hour, much like a sitcom, and the reset button is hit so often that the characters never get to learn anything from their endeavors. This refusal to make emotional progress from one episode to the next, along with the haywire antics of the characters, sometimes makes the show intolerably frustrating to tune in to every week. But then, the musical numbers are so well executed and catchy, it becomes an irresistible trap.

Many others who watch the show apparently feel the same way. There seemed to be a major difference between the first thirteen episodes that aired in the fall, and the last nine episodes that aired in the spring, after a three-month hiatus. According to SV, the earlier episodes were a lot more realistic in the way it portrayed high school life, and the messages about teenagers and sexuality were somewhat revolutionary on network television. “There’s one point where Rachel says, ‘Girls want sex just as much as guys do,’ and I really liked that. That’s not expressed enough on TV.” The second half of the season seemed a bit more moralistic, with the choral teacher ending almost every episode with some kind of lesson. This change in direction might relate directly to what was being talked about in Heartland TV, where the producers or network executives regard the general midland masses as needing a more wholesome program. Without the teacher guiding the students to the proper conclusions, parents or the general public might feel as though the show lacked a “moral center” and wasn’t suitable for TV.

However, the show has not completely given up on controversy. Several of the episodes heavily focus on the life of a gay teenager struggling to deal with his identity in a rural Ohio town. Of course, most of the students there are not very accepting and this adds to his feelings of being an outcast. Originally one of the more minor characters, Kurt has become a fan favorite, and had a much a bigger presence in the last nine episodes, proving that sometimes a devoted audience can have a say on what they see on the screen. There has rarely been a homosexual character this well depicted on network television, although the show does sometimes veer into stereotype. The show writers’ treatment of the character is not totally perfect, but it can be considered a giant step in the right direction. “I’m sure it meant a lot to a lot of people,” KA says, “They really promoted the issue of acceptance.” K says he watches the show because it’s simply fun. There are really no ties between his life and the television show other than it’s enjoyable to watch.

ER seems to agree with this. “I was hesitant to watch it at first, because I thought it would be too cheesy. But I actually enjoyed it.” However, she usually only watches the show when her friends are around. She probably wouldn’t have sought it out herself. This might speak to the social dynamic that television plays in our lives. Half the shows we watch are because other people started watching them first. There are often a number of shows that people learn to appreciate through mere exposure. With water cooler talk still being an important part of social interaction, it benefits people to share television shows with groups of friends. It can also benefit future interactions as icebreakers and general pop culture knowledge. This has been proven true over and over, especially with sudden popular shows like Glee. There are so many fans, and so many people with complaints, that bringing up the show it sure it start an interesting conversation. Whatever is new is sure to be something of a hot button topic, especially a show as bright and campy as Glee.

Glee has certainly affected many people, either through their optimistic representations of misfit high school students, or the weekly message they send out that if you want to sing, you just go ahead and sing out. It’s interesting to see a culture react as strongly as ours did to the popularity of Glee. It seemed to immediately polarize people into two groups: those who get it, and those who don’t. However, the ultimate effect of having a show that speaks to all ages – the music selection and pop culture references were obviously arranged by someone who has a great appreciation for all decades – and that portrays a positive, accepting environment for people who might not already have one, goes to show just how important a single television program can be to the general public. Part of what makes Glee so successful is the devotion of its fans. There would be no concerts, or CDs or any hope of merchandizing if the fans didn’t somehow feel connected to the show. Even though it has its faults, it’s clear to see its impact on culture and how it is both a reflection and representation of our society.
barkinmad: (Why Did I Do It)
Um...I might have been listening to the Inception soundtrack since I woke up at 10. And then recently switched over to Sherlock Holmes.

I have a Hans Zimmer problem.
barkinmad: (Point Man)
I have made an Inception fanmix. It started out as Arthur/Ariadne, but then the mix firmly put it's foot down and informed me that it was in fact all about Cobb/Mal. I conceded. But I still really liked what I had so far for Arthur/Ariadne, so I figured I could sort of release it as an EP. (Sorry for the repeat for those of you on my flist.)

I was honestly surprised with how many of these songs had at least one reference to sleep in all of them. Some are obvious, but others not quite so much!

Each song is uploaded individually and then in the full mix .zip at the bottom.

Hope you guys enjoy it!

leave her behind )

The Gentleman & The Hipster )

barkinmad: (Well Duh)
Question: I have made an Inception fanmix. It started out as Arthur/Ariadne, but then the mix firmly put it's foot down and informed me that it was in fact all about Cobb/Mal. I conceded. But I still really liked what I had so far for Arthur/Ariadne, so I figured I could sort of release it as an EP. Something like an addendum to the Cobb/Mal mix? I currently have the artwork for main mix uploaded with all the songs and everything, but I don't have anything like that for the EP. It'll probably have to wait until tomorrow since I just got booted out of a closing Starbucks and my computer is running out battery. So the question is, do you guys think I should post the Cobb/Mal mix now and the EP later? Or all at once?

And just for shits and giggles, this is going to be a poll.

[Poll #1598183]
barkinmad: (Live High)
Okay, so, some of you know how I was talking about JGL's stint on SNL last night. And I was posting pictures and generally squeeing over the fact that he did Make 'Em Laugh live on-stage, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. Right? Right.

Well, it turns out that [livejournal.com profile] fight_the_sky who is already my number one Glee hero, decided to make gifs of that VERY THING on the SAME NIGHT.

So now I'm stuck with trying to figure out how to work this gif into every single conversation.


What is he even doing though? It's like Thriller that transitions into a vaudevillian interpretation of Hamlet.

But I love it. I've told you guys my theory about vaudeville, right? It needs to come back and advertise itself like the Twitter of Broadway. (YOU HAVE ONE MINUTES AND FORTY SECONDS TO MAKE THE AUDIENCE FEEL SOMETHING OR ELSE YOU GET THE CANE.)
barkinmad: (Failure)


(I honestly can't be infuriated when JGL is making that adorable look in my mood theme, can I? Yes I can.)
barkinmad: (Beatles)
I went to an Amanda Palmer ninja gig today. It was pretty fucking awesome. As previously mentioned, it took place in the theater where I currently want to live, breathe and die. They actually said that the theater was being forced to closed unless people volunteered, so I heartily signed up. I don't care if I have another schedule and still no way to make money. I want that theater open.

Oh, right! Music! I know she played "Oasis" and "Hallelujah" but I didn't know the names of the other songs because I'm a horrible fan. She and Jason Webley did play an Evelyn Evelyn song that was quite good. The premise reminded me of "Sisters." For those of you unawares:

The one on the left is George Clooney's aunt, BTW. And if you liked that, you should watch the version with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

We had pretty good seats and I took a couple of pictures. I wanted to buy tickets for the actual EE show tomorrow night, but I have a midterm. Oh well.

During the performance, Amanda came down into the audience and sat right next to me for a while! That was pretty awesome. I didn't say anything, but still a very cool story. She also signed my friend's tit (don't worry, I have pics!) and would have signed my notebook if the guy behind us hadn't cut.

Speaking of sisters, I kind of pissed mine off today :/ I'll go bury my shame with more Buffy.
barkinmad: (Freedom)
I had this weird dream last night where I was a student in an art class, but it was all girls and only one guy. So there was talk about how the teacher/institution was actually really sexist because they wanted all the art to be a certain way, and it was all very superficial and it would eventually all lead to us being secretaries. Or something. ANYWAY, what I remember was that the one teacher was being SUPERCRITICAL of the art of the sole guy in the class, because it was really excellent and somehow that was bad. They were self-portraits or something, and the teacher called the guy up to have a chat, and I was waiting next in line to discuss art. Here's the clincher, the student? MILO VENTIMIGLIA. And the teacher? ZACHARY QUINTO.


But that's not all. Eventually, Milo turned to some art that was of Zachary and he was all "Oh, well this, THIS is amazing. I mean, really exquisite!" And Milo goes, "YEAH I REALLY LIKED IT I THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY." and so they continue this conversation where they're pretty much just jerking each other off and one of the last things I remember hearing from Milo was him shouting at Zach, "I JUST WANT MY FEET ALL OVER YOUR BODY!"

ETA: Oh Jesus Christ, they should take my English Major badge away from me.

Speaking of gay things, I went to D.C's Gay Pride Parade, and it was pretty awesome. It was my one goal in life to get as many beads as possible, and there was literally a woman handing them out to individuals, and she skipped me >:O But other than that it was happy awesome fun times.

Cut for video. Yes, there's video. )

In other news, I think I accidentally ordered a pizza for tomorrow afternoon O_o
barkinmad: (Frightened Of Wood)
Title: Burn All Of The Photographs
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Doctor/Amy, with some Amy/Rory
Spoilers: The Cold Earth
Notes: The covers are completely temporary, because I'm an impatient person. The person I know who makes wonderfully beautiful artwork can't get internet access right now :/ Feedback is very welcome!

Burn All the Photographs - Doctor/Amy Mix )
barkinmad: (Ice Avengers)
- I know I said that I'd be crossposting everything over from my shared Wordpress blog, Bonded By Madness, but I recently wrote one about my baking process and it's mostly made up of photos and to transfer the all over would be Too Much Work. So, I'm linking. If you want to read and see how I made delicious chocolate peanut butter ball cupcakes (along with the entire recipe c&p'd), click here. You can leave comments on either blog, if you wish.

- How does one track the anonmeme? I've finally caught on to tracking comms/posts, but I don't know how to get a notification for new threads. Am I gonna have to track each thread individually once I comment? I guess that's better than getting my inbox flooded.

- I'm attempting to use gimp. Not actually failing that hard. Just a little.

- I still kind of have this urge to write, but I don't know what to write about. I guess I'll just write anything. Maybe I'll go back to Bothered and Bewildered.

- I watched "Role Models" last night, and I actually thought it was really funny. On top of the awesomeness of Paul Rudd, there was the added pleasure if Jane Lynch. One of the things I really appreciated that it took it's characters seriously, especially Oggie. The film could have gone the usual route of making fun of the character mercilessly by showing how "awkward" and socially inept he is, but instead they just presented him as a normal kid with a different view of how he wanted to spend his time. They legitimized LARPing, that's how awesome the movie is. There were also multiple Wings reference, so, you know, WIN.

- There's a 90% chance I won't be able to catch the Glee finale tomorrow night because of classes. D: STRONG DISLIKE.
barkinmad: (The Next Tyra)
I realize that a lot of people don't want to click on links or what have you (lazy bitches), so I decided to start reposting. all my Bonded by Madness entries over here. I'll probably do this for tonight's Glee as well if I'm up late at night. Keep in mind that I wrote this a week ago, so that's why all the language is in present tense. To make things easier, I split the post up into three lj-cut sections. On the blog I'm able to use footnotes, but I can't be assed to figure out how (and even, if) it's possible over here. So suck it.

I think that starts things off on a good enough note.

Tonight was one of those episodes. You know, the one where they take a common word and then have all the songs in the episode have that word in the title. Sort of like what I was doing with my radio show. All last year. Why don't I have a job yet?

I liked this episode, it was directed by Joss Whedon, had Neil Patrick Harris and had a handful of memorable and well-made songs and dance numbers. I'm keeping the intro short for soon to be very obvious reasons.

Songs )
Quotes )
& Notes )

Footnotes )
barkinmad: (I Love You)
Two nights ago I had my first Glee dream. It also starred Marlon Brando and Gene Kelly.

Maybe I should stop listening to my Musical playlist while sleeping (or maybe I should listen to it more frequently).
barkinmad: (Ladies First)
Stealing this from [livejournal.com profile] whirlygigged so I'll have something to talk about. Because my life is boring.

30 Days )

Day 1
My favorite song. Well, this is hard. I have my top five favorite artists, and favorite songs out of those artists, but it's terrible trying to pick one out of all of them. I could go with my stand-by, even though I'm not sure it's valid anymore? Oh well, it's an excellent song anyway, so I'm sharing it with you.

Okay, I'm really lazy, so I'm linking the already uploaded entire album. But my favorite
song is "Across The Universe".

Let It Be...Naked

That is not full, that is adorkable.
barkinmad: (George and Peter)

So the story behind this, and mind that I'm completely making it up, is that Micky is telling some outrageous joke, and Keith was acting it out, but fell on his leg badly. And Ringo is kind of just standing around and laughing because he's not used to social interaction outside his friend group.

Also, I love the little belt obsession that's going on in the photo.

barkinmad: (George and Peter)
Go to your main music library. )
barkinmad: (Chicken)
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

[livejournal.com profile] breakinporcelan
Weekend Update
It's old school SNL and Jane Curtain. What's not to like? The first time I saw this sketch I was on my sides laughing my ass off.

Circle of Life, AtU
Oh Across the Universe ♥ I don't know why I don't have more icons of this movie, but the whole film is just so beautiful. There really isn't any plot but the cinematography more than makes up for it (not to mention the music and *coughJimandJoecough*). I ship Jude/Lucy so hard.

Where's Cardiff?, DW
Cause who wants to be in bloody Norway?

Peter Rabbit, The Monkees
This is my happy place icon. Peter is so adorable and cute, and though I know he's just acting, and he got kind of frustrated with how people kept mistaking him for his character...I still love him. I just want to hug him and pat him on the head and tell him he can wear the bunny suit if he wants to because he's a special snowflake.

Brick, Brick
BRIIIIIICK. If you weren't aware of one of the main reasons why I'm so goddamn obsessed with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, GO WATCH THIS MOVIE. Seriously, it's one of the first movies I watched where the stylization and writing just completely blew me away.

B)Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then re-post this and spread the love.

C) Step 1: Put your MP3 player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 15 songs that play.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google, Last.FM, or any other search engine is CHEATING!

Musics )
barkinmad: (Well Duh)
Songs To Learn/Perform:

-Sunday Morning (No Doubt)
-It's Alright With Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Standard)
-Into The Dark (Ben Lee)
-How Lovely To Be A Woman (Bye Bye Birdie)
-What Did I Ever Give You (Kaiser Chiefs)
-Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers)
-Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying (Belle and Sebastian)
-I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick)
-Train In Vain (The Clash)
-You Keep Me Hangin' On (The Supremes)
-The Lady Loves Me (Elvis & Ann-Margaret)
-Already Gone (The Eagles)
-For Pete's Sake (The Monkees)
barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
How is Dianna Agron so pretty? Seriously, it's ridiculous.

Also, on a shallower note, I really love Finn's sweater in "Keep Holding On". Like, really.

One thing I've noticed about the earlier episodes is that they're not as bad as I thought they were when I first watched them. Maybe it's because now I can see that they did have some semblance of where the show was going, or things that it was going to do with the characters (like Tina's fake lisp), but it wasn't apparent until the end of the half-season. And the stuff that they did from episode to episode was way too rushed and didn't feel appropriate. It actually holds up more when you go back, which is strange for a show.

I think a lot of it is also I hated some of their song choices (mostly because I haven't listened to anything on the radio since 2005), so I was always waiting for that great Broadway number, and there weren't any for a number of episodes. I'm not a fan of "Keep Holding On", but in general I loved the numbers in "Throwdown," my favorite being a tie between "Hate On Me" (it grew on me a lot) and "Keep Me Hanging On" (since I'm a full supporter of Quinn/Motown).

Another thing I started noticing is ties between the songs in each episode (Keep Holding On/Keep Me Hanging On, both versions of Smile) which I REALLY enjoy, because I do that all the time. Although some song choices still baffle me (why have that "Crush" song when it could have been Mandy Moore's "Crush On You"?). It may have to do with legal things, but...yeah, I don't care.


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