rhoda_rants: (heather mason)

Do you like scary movies? Do you like Halloween? Then come hang out with me and mine at [livejournal.com profile] candycorncomm! The purpose of this meme is both Friending and Recruiting--finding some new contributers in time for the annual 31 Days of Halloween Movie Marathon, and just tracking down some awesome people to chat with (which is why I'm putting this in my regular journal, as opposed to the community itself). So check it out, read some of the past reviews and discussions, and I hope to see you around!


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(This is partly for [livejournal.com profile] gothrockrulz's benefit, because she says I need to talk about HIM more and she's absolutely right.)

(Original post @ [livejournal.com profile] valo_daily.)

So obviously this is based on that other music meme I did awhile ago, only instead of doing it a day at a time, I'm going for the whole thing at once.

What I find most fascinating about HIM as a band is that every song is a variation on the same theme: that love is good and evil, heaven and hell, torment and rapture all mixed up into one complicated emotion. I highly, highly recommend seeing them live, and I'm anxious for the website to go back up so I can find out when they're coming here next. (They seem to like the NorVa from what I remember; fingers crossed.)

Meme Questions Under the Cut )
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rhoda_rants: (heathers)
Greetings! This is what I'm doing for the 100 Things meme. Since I don't want to take up too much, or too little, space here, I'm A) not including the book covers under the cut, and B) spacing the entries out to 10 books per post. That'll give me ten days to get the whole thing wrangled, I think.

FYI: These posts are going to be public (not f'locked) at least until/unless I wind up with any spam or other such nonsense in the comments.

This entry includes: Half World, Libyrinth, Passion, Treasure Island, Minion, Parable of the Sower, The Keeper, A Monster Calls, House of Leaves and Hollowland.

Reviews under here... )
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Full list under here. )

I've added a few "days" to the meme per request from one of the commenters on [livejournal.com profile] hanson. Since I based this off of an MCR meme, I kind of forgot that Hanson's been together actually longer than they have, and therefore have more material to draw from for a thing like this.

Moving on:

Rhoda's favorite song off of Shout it Out - "Carry You There."

FYI, I picked the SXSW 4 Japan performance of that song because I realized somewhat recently that not only was Hanson involved in that whole relief effort--it was their idea. I'm a little destroyed that I missed that. And incredibly proud of the boys for putting it all together. (GAH! I hate being out of the loop. But whatever, that's why I'm doing this.)

At first, I wasn't that sold on Shout It Out as an album, but just as with Underneath, it's starting to grow on me. This sometimes happens with an artist I've loved for years--the sound changes and evolves just a little bit from one era to the next. Not much--it's still Hanson, after all--but enough that on first listen, I'm not really sure what to expect. Shout It Out has a more big-band, Motown feel to it than their other work, and "Carry You There" almost feels like a gospel track. If any of us had any doubts as to whether the term "blue-eyed soul" could apply to Hanson, this one seals it. Their voices are just so well suited to this style of music. That might seem a little obvious, since this is their music after all, but with this album, I feel like they've finally become what they always wanted to be in the first place. I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with that thought, but--well, just listen.
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Full list under here. )

Just a quick fyi: I won't be embedding videos for all of these. Depends whether I can find a good quality one that isn't too incriminating or questionable. Couldn't make it happen here--just wanted to make it clear why. Moving on:

Day 2- Favorite song off of This Time Around? "In the City."

Another hard choice, but for a different reason--I love ALL these songs way too much to pick just one. I eventually settled on "In the City" because of the way it builds. It starts kind of low-key and low-tempo, and then rocks out just a little bit more with each verse. Also--John Popper--who Zac described as "the Eddie Van Halen of harmonica," if I'm remembering that right--ripping up that harmonica solo in the bridge is a fantastic highlight not just of the song, but of the whole album for me. Hell, just John Popper being on it period is awesome, and gave listeners their first clue that maybe they'd misjudged what Hanson was all about previously. If they were paying attention, that is. There's an energy behind this song that gives me the impression they must have jammed on it for like half an hour before tracking it properly. It just sounds fun.

(Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] hanson.)
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Day 1- Favorite song of off Middle of Nowhere? "Thinking of You."
Days 2 thru 23 here... )

This was a tough one, because although it's the first album I bought and very close to me, the songs aren't as strong here as they are . . . well, everywhere else. It's overproduced and loaded with earworms, and I have to be in the right mood for it. (As an aside--the first time I saw The Ring and was subsequently traumatized by it, this album is what I listened to over and over to get myself out of that headspace. It helped. I still didn't sleep for three days, but it helped.)

I like "Thinking of You" because it's a good opener. One thing I always appreciate is how a band arranges the tracks on their album. The way one song flows into the next really makes a difference in the overall album experience, and because I'm one of those odd people who still buys CDs (as opposed to downloading individual MP3s) and listens to them from beginning to end without skipping anything, at least during the initial play-through, I always notice things like that.

Hanson has always had more hands-on involvement in their own production, marketing and other various artistic decisions than many other pop acts out there, and that was true even before any of them were old enough to vote. What I find interesting about this album especially is that, while a handful of producers and professional songwriters put some things together for them, the ones written by the boys tend to stand out, and the album opener is one of those tracks.

(Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] hanson.)
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] angelic_steph.

Cut for HUGENESS )
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] unsp0ken_fear:

The following are 20 summaries from Better Than It Sounds of movies. (I'm just going with movies, but they also do comics, videogames, books, etc.) WITHOUT CHEATING, guess what the real titles are. Good luck!

Start guessing. )

Guys, there is, in existence, a movie entitled: Jesus Christ Vampire Killer. I might have to steal [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's "where is your god now" tag.

Also, it appears I'm going to see the remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street after all--tonight, at midnight. My favorite Twihard coworker invited me. I need to find something with red and green stripes to wear...
rhoda_rants: (heath)
Comment to this entry and I'll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal (Make that a comment with "I want to play" so those who don't want to play can leave a comment anyway.)

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] angelic_steph and [livejournal.com profile] unsp0ken_fear, who gave me M and T, respectively.

Lists under here! )
rhoda_rants: (neverending story)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] synkkaenkeli.

Here's the rules:

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game, post your own.

Ready, go! )

EDIT: Nice job, folks! I'm posting answers for the rest now, since I figure that's all the mileage I'll be getting out of this meme.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] unsp0ken_fear.

Here's the rules: I tell you about 7 of my interests, then you comment here and I'll pick 7 of yours that I'm curious about. At which point you will post something about your interests (why you popped them in, what they mean to you, etc.) on your own journal.

Let the meme-ing begin! )

WIP update: 47k, with the first of five planned character deaths out of the way. I think I might actually surpass my word quota on this.

Coming Out Adventure Update: coming in the AM.
rhoda_rants: (ben barnes)
Happy Internet Memes! This one courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] stormkpr.

I hereby tag: [livejournal.com profile] chonnyj, [livejournal.com profile] yekith, [livejournal.com profile] polskipiwo, [livejournal.com profile] escape_the_rain, [livejournal.com profile] midge62680, [livejournal.com profile] onetouchspark, [livejournal.com profile] makeshiftmartyr, [livejournal.com profile] angelabakerx_x


If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Meme under the cut... )

Movie meme

Jul. 26th, 2009 11:43 pm
rhoda_rants: (ben barnes1)

Another one taken from

[livejournal.com profile] yekith.

1. Pick 16 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO cheating, if you don't know any of them then that's just too bad.
6. You don't have to be tagged in this to play

EDIT: Fuck this "LJ Cut" business - Rich Text is a bitch. *sigh*

Start Guessing! )

rhoda_rants: (gambit)

1. Leave me a comment saying "interview me"
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. You will post the questions and the answers in your journal.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview others.
5. And the cycle shall continue...

I was interviewed by [livejournal.com profile] yekith.

Read my questions - and answers - here! )
rhoda_rants: (gerard way)

Feel free to blame [livejournal.com profile] yekith  for my participation in this meme. (Don't judge me!)

01. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper at their livejournal.
02. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
03. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!

Okay, I'm posting this as a link, rather than a picture, because it's widescreen resolution and I don't want it to fuck up the layout for anyone else (and I already have my Photobucket tabbed open anyway): Rhoda's Twilight Wallpaper.

Why I'm using it:

1) I had just downloaded GIMP and went graphix crazy for a little while.
2) I was a little obsessed with this picture at that time, as I think it's appropriately badass and creepy, as vampires are supposed to be.
3) No one makes widescreen wallpapers, so if I wanted a cool one, I had virtually no choice but to make one myself - or find someone to cajole into making one for me, which seems a bit selfish and lazy if you have your own graphix program.
4) I dig black and white, plain and simple.
5) The reason it's still there is because I've been too lazy to make a new one. (Hint, hint - anyone reading this happen to have a widescreen wallpaper with Gambit, or Dr. Horrible? Send it my way, please!)


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