spatz: (beach scarf)
When [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits gleefully abandoned me for her vacation, I sent her off with some of the fluffier end of Avengers/Captain America fandom, since she's been avoiding the angst fest in favor of Les Mis fandom. IRONIC I KNOW. But that fandom's all about the denial AUs, apparently. I don't judge, but I do try to kidnap her back into my current addiction. Because that's what sisters do, right?

Post-Winter Soldier stories

Clint Barton’s Home for Wayward Mind Wiped Assassins (gen)
In which Clint rents one of his apartments to a guy who's clearly a traumatized ex-assassin trying to go straight, but fails to connect him to Steve's missing friend Bucky. If it was any other Marvel character, this would not work, but Clint's unique mix of being a good guy and being painfully clueless at human relationships makes it perfect. It's also not cracky, as I initially thought - Bucky doesn't just show up at Clint's by coincidence, and the story deals with both of the boys' grief and trauma quietly and well - but it is funny and sweet as hell. (ETA: there's now a second chapter that is a little cliffhanger-y and abrupt? avoid as your taste desires)

Oasis (gen)
In which Bucky takes up rooftop gardening at Stark Tower. Oh my god, I need a million more stories where Bucky and Pepper make friends over being involuntarily experimented on, and choosing to create things instead of destroying them.

Bucky And Mister Rogers (gen)
Bucky accidentally becomes a surrogate brother to half the neighborhood, purely via the power of PBS. Right in my Bucky-as-protector feels, plus I know how most of ya'll feel about well-written small children.

Strike (gen)
Steve, Bucky and Sam take a break on their roadtrip to the Grand Canyon to go bowling. Any fic that takes sniper!Bucky and defies-the-laws-of-physics-regularly!Steve and applies both of them to bowling is just comic genius to start with, but it's also got a hysterically funny and perceptive Sam POV.

AUs of adorable

The Coffee Bandits of Greater Manhattan (Clint/Coulson)
I often get bored reading AUs where everyone has normal jobs, but this one has the great twist of Clint and Natasha being rogue unlicensed food truck operators in NYC, being chased by food inspector Phil Coulson, who really really believes in heroes good food. Adorable and well-written with some fun use of the background ensemble (Tony as high-tech parking mogul and coffee patron particularly kills me), and the Clint-Natasha friendship is just as important as the slash, which is important to me.

You Were Standing There (Steve/Bucky)
PTSD-suffering vet!Bucky accidentally breaks into the wrong house while drunk, and meets Steve Rogers, Natasha's seemingly-perfect neighbor. Hit right in the sweet spot of 'Bucky thinks he's worthless' and 'Steve is quietly fucked up' for me. Plus, the writing is vivid and atmospheric without being out of character for Bucky. (This annoys me a lot in the CATWS fandom, when people shovel their lyricism onto a character who's traumatized and has a lot of depth, but is fundamentally a practical, direct sort of person. It's that all-important distinction between 'observant sniper' and 'sounds like a hipster poet'. YMMV.)

*****

And a couple of utterly adorable Leverage vids, since I just re-watched the series and know some of ya'll are also enjoying the whole shebang being up on Netflix now. Spoilery for the whole run of the show, FYI:

Long After You're Gone (team)
Team vid of delight and warm fuzzies, with just a touch of OT3. Some uncut diegetic sound in a couple of places -- technical issues? deliberate choice? It's annoying but minimal, anyway. And I love how it encompasses the relationships, the competence and con shenanigans, *and* the failboat dorkiness of the characters, plus a dash of meta at the end. ♥

Parachute (OT3)
OMG YES. The song is perfect (can any other show match I don't need a parachute, baby, if I've got you to so many actual clips of people jumping off things and having trust moments? I think not), plus fantastic editing, structure, and full of delight. Ugh, I love their faces, Parker/Hardison/Eliot is the best fictional threesome, hands down. I will fight you. (Don/Cosmo/Kathy from Singin' in the Rain are a close runner-up, but they're not word-of-god canon)

insta-rec

May. 27th, 2014 03:14 am
spatz: Peggy Carter aiming pistol (Peggy get your gun)
First there was The Steve Rogers Appreciation Society, the Bucky-Peggy friendship fic I never knew I needed, featuring the two of them bonding on the SSR shooting range in London (and over Steve and his beloved, idiot face, of course). Wry, funny, full of competence, plus a quiet look at Bucky's PTSD and how he's semi-coping. I loved it.

She also wrote a heartbreaking follow-up where Bucky goes to Peggy's nursing home post-CATWS (as you may remember, I'm a fan of that), but I couldn't get myself to re-read it because it makes me sad.

EXCPET THEN SHE WROTE AN AU FIX-IT SEQUEL WITH STEVE/PEGGY/BUCKY OMG.

Happy New Year (war is over if you want it) is everything I wanted out of this OT3, and it was written with with delicacy and humor and awesome character voices to boot. Plus some tantalizing hints at what the sex was like, which was just so unfair to withhold, but suited the story down to the ground. ♥
spatz: miniseries Alice approaches a vial of red liquid (Alice curiosity killed the cat)
I've seen that movie meme going around:

Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

I actually did this on Tumblr first, but on reflection (and since it's no longer 3AM)(just 1AM), I have revised it thusly:

1) The Philadelphia Story
2) District B-13
3) The Shawshank Redemption
4) The Sting
5) Spider-Man 2
6) Trash Dance Aliens
7) Matilda
8) Bull Durham
9) Apollo 13 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (my go-to rent-this-for-me-when-sick movie at age 6)
10) Anastasia

Technically, if these are supposed to be formative/representative films, this should *also* include the *other* movie I watched a million times when sick as a child -- but for the life of me, I cannot remember the title. I vaguely remember that it was about a fairy who granted those "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight" wishes. She was lonely and overloaded, so she ended up recruiting a team to help her, and then there was something involving a villain who attacked their castle and took the original fairy captive and the team had to rescue her. I wish I remember what it was called, because clearly I imprinted on it with regards to someone being lonely and unloved, teams becoming found families, wish fulfillment, and h/c rescues. And groups of awesome ladies.

****

In other news, everything is Bucky feels and therefore everything hurts.

If you are looking for a WIP to read for your daily dose of emotional agony, check out Out of the Dead Land, written for the prompt:

Sam and Steve find the Winter Soldier and begin the process of deprogramming him. At first his progress seems to be astounding -- it's like having Bucky back again. But there's little cracks in the facade, and Steve catches on that Winter Soldier doesn't have his memories back. He's just studied up on how to be Bucky. He's memorized facts about the Howling Commandos, their old neighborhood in Brooklyn, even personal details about Steve himself, but it's not *perfect* and it's not truly *Bucky*, it's the Winter Soldier playing at being Bucky. He wants to be Bucky very badly.

SO GOOD. It's gorgeously written Bucky POV, and hitting every 'Bucky is emotionally broken but still uber-competent, yet doesn't know how to handle his Steve love' button that I have. Plus, there's a cool plot that I won't spoil, and her Natasha may be the best Natasha I've found post-movie.

The author-anon says it's two-thirds done, so you could wait, but man, sometimes I just like torturing myself in this fandom.
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
One of my clients has a daughter named Becky Barnes. It was so hard not to crack up, because seriously, what is my life?

Never mind, I have no life. Bucky feels have taken over.

too old to die young now
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Bucky, Peggy, gen

"The dreams drive him to the Smithsonian six days after he dives into the Potomac after Captain America."
spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
So I pulled an all-nighter last night finishing the draft of my Bucky post-movie fic. I...haven't ever done that.

Well. I did take a break and write a mini-essay on Mary Pickford, so it was sort of like film school.

I also had a thought about Steve and Natasha: Read more... )
spatz: Tony Stark working on machinery (Tony mechanic)
I was googling "Captain America: Living Legend & Symbol of Courage" to see if I'd remembered the name of Steve's Smithsonian exhibit correctly, and discovered a) I was right and b) they apparently put the exhibit at Disneyland.

Don't get too excited: the internal content is not really the same, but they must have donated a few of the props from the movie because the entry sign is the same IIRC, and they have the skinny Steve/serum Steve holographic display.

OMG, NERDS. Film people are the best.

ETA: Wow, also just realized spoilers )

Cap2 redux

Apr. 11th, 2014 03:01 am
spatz: Dr Erskine flicking microphone to get attention (Erskine microphone)
I have now seen this movie three times in the space of a week. (I didn't have to pay for the second one at least? :D? Ugh, Marvel, just take out a lien on my paycheck, alright? Ya'll already own my soul.)

slightly more coherent thoughts this time around )

STILL have not seen SHIELD (LINDSEY I'M LOOKING AT YOU), but I'm liking this whole wild speculation, minor Cap 2 spoilers )

*shrugs* I am probably already jossed on both of these, but no one tell me yet!

CA2 recs

Apr. 10th, 2014 01:27 am
spatz: Steve bent over a notebook, sketching (Steve drawing)
I posted some recs on Tumblr for [personal profile] marthawells, and realized I might want to mirror them here:

chasing things that we should run from by callicokitten
Post-movie h/c, in which Bucky is a metaphorical alley cat and Steve is patient. Sweet and very satisfying.

this is a back alley by Febricant
Long, meaty post-movie story where they find each other in Brooklyn, looking for answers. Loved the POV in this and the use of 2nd person for Bucky; loved how it’s harsh and hopeful at the same time.

Next New Message by fabrega
Hilarious, short explanation for where Clint was during the movie.

On Your Right by thingswithwings
Sweet, funny post-movie Sam/Steve, with pitch-perfect Sam POV and guest starring the rest of the Avengers.

but the fires are coming by stitchingatthecircuitboard: in which Bucky runs and stays lost for a while, until Natasha finds him.

Gravitation by Odsbodkins: Steve/Bucky growing up. Slightly jossed by the movie’s reveal that they weren’t in an orphanage, but still excellent. Warning for internalized homophobia.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by igrockspock: Maria’s job interview at Stark Industries. Funny, and then kind of awesomely wrenching, which is impressive in less than 800 words.
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
YAY THAT WAS AWESOME WHEN CAN I SEE IT AGAIN NOW CAN I SEE IT NOW

Okay, well, no, I resisted temptation and am making myself wait spoilers )

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