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Nothing to say, really.

Lazy Sunday, sleeping in, not doing much of anything.

Re-watched M&C and a good part of the extras dvd; The "making of" is very impressive indeed, not so much the storm trick-sequences, but the way they actually rebuilt the ship, trained the actors to sail her, to shoot the cannons &c.; Crowe learning to play the violin is extremely cute; Bettany's voice is strangely sexy. The deleted scenes especially Jack going for a swim should have stayed in the movie... they'd have provided a better sense of the daily routine of the ship.

I hadn't really noticed the first time, but Crowe's Jack gave me a bad case of déjà vu, and after an exasperating couple of minutes, it struck me - Sheridan, from B5. I'm still not sure whether it is something in the voice, a similarity of personality, a streak of boyishness both characters share, the way both slightly pout when they can't get their way... Which would make Stephen... Delenn? *slaps self*

[ETA, following through the last thought, disregarding self-censoring strike-tags: It's not as absurd a comparison as it might seem at first. The main literary/artistic/emotional appeal of any close relationship, sexual or otherwise, is when it transcends gender stereotypes, simply showing a deep connection between two human beings who balance and complement each other in certain ways. I'm struggling with an essay on friendship and (or, vs.?) marriage In O'Brian's novels, trying to pinpoint my frustration with him in this regard, but it always comes down to the (rather useless) complaint of why even introduce a wife, when to all appearances she'll never be allowed to have as close a connection with her husband as the two male protagonists share: historically accurate perhaps, given the age the novel is set in, but nonetheless frustrating to me as a female reader. Now for me a great part of the appeal about the Sheridan/Delenn relationship has always been that it deftly ignores any such gender stereotypes, showing only two people who are very much equal in every respect, two strong, independent personalties who nevertheless shape and need each other, fight a war together and fall in love. In fact in terms of literary prototypes IMO Sheridan and Delenn's relationship in some respects is closer to the dynamics of male friendships than to most male/female romance plots.

'I'm not in the least degree interested in women as such', said Stephen. 'Only in persons.']
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# lol... my sister e-mailed me this video: voting machines in Florida.

# Beautiful sunny warm day, apple trees insanely picturesque, full of red, orange and yellow fruit, sun on my face while the horse contentedly muches windfall apples.

# Watched the Master & Commander dvd; I'll have to see it again before I can give a real review - especially because my English apparently has grown so rusty that what with all the nautical terms I had to switch on the English subtitles and they're kind of distracting; several of the scenes no doubt were much more impressive on a big screen, but all in all it's a very nice film, quite true to O'Brian's style and pacing, though I'm not so sure whether in a movie that is altogether a good thing; and there's always the pleasure of seeing all those characters brought to life. Still - even after having read only the first four volumes in parts the movie felt a little abbreviated and patched together, when you constantly have to silence an inner voice complaining "But Stephen/Jack said/did this when..."

So Crowe is perhaps a little slimmer and Bettany a little prettier than Jack and Stephen canonically are, but I'm shallow, so who am I to complain about beautiful men in a movie, especially since neither of them has been absurdly out-of-characterally [is this an actual word?] prettified; and Weir captured their friendship nicely, even without being able to resort to O'Brian's more effusive declarations and demonstrations, and their string duets are lovely. Crowe is a very good Jack, and if I feel there's a little something lacking, I can't even put my finger on it. Stephen's character has been deprived of some of his depths and darker edges, but I guess they would be impossible to fit into one movie. Removing the bullet himself (and I'm still wondering whether anyone has ever actually done this) makes practical sense in the movie - given the surgeon's skill it's his best chance for survival, while in HMS Surprise it has a definite touch of self-punishment for killing Canning, for letting himself be driven to this point by Diana. And his activity as a spy is only hinted at in a way that doesn't make sense unless you know about it from book canon.

Jack and Pullings (and James D'Arcy is another very, very pretty man...) have great chemistry too, almost effortlessly conveying their long history together...

The Hollom episode (book canon, I presume?) made for an interesting subplot, subtly contrasting this man who, given the choice, most likely wouldn't have chosen a career as a sea-officer, who doesn't understand at all what Jack tries to tell him about authority and respect, with the barely teenaged blond kid who you just know will make one hell of a commander one day.


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