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Cancelling the Apocalypse (vidukon Intro Vid) by such_heights
Multifandom
[fuck yeah] [crying now]
THIS IS SO GREAT. Everything about it is just fannish and fun. I love how it brings in source from all over and you get that shock of recognition and then the satisfaction when you agree with the vidder. YES. THEY ARE DRIFT COMPATIBLE. VERY MUCH GOOD. I challenge you not to tear up watching this.

Equinox by condnsdmlk
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo,
[intense]
Really great fit of music to subject matter, really nice matching of video to the song's pace changes, and later matching of subject matter as well, which worked great since I'm not familiar with the source, (but it looks craaa-zy and psychedelic.) Great dramatic build. Definitely a vid that grew on me after repeat viewings. Very frenetic and fast. (Warning: stuttery cuts and bright lights.)

L.O.V.E. by purplefringe
Much Ado about Nothing,
Beatrice/benedick
[adorkable] [pretty damn funny]
I really want to watch this movie now. Very much captured the adorable, romantic feel. Really well done use of talky face. Lots of reliance on facial expressions - vidder really made the source work. Very funny, espec the instrumental break and all the slapstick.

Problem by Talitha78
Captin America: Winter Solider
Steve/Bucky
[hotness] [pretty damn funny]
Very tongue in cheek, pretty hilarious in places. But there's also some great emotion and lovely shippiness. Wish the DVD would come out adlready so we could get some HD footage.

Counting Stars by beccatoria
Wonder Woman
[fuck yeah] [pulling on the heartstrings] [emotional kick]
There were a lot of really great Wonder Woman vids at the con, but this one really grabbed me. There's a really great build- matching the music to the footage, that just catches you up in her story. I don't know the source very well, so it was great to have the vid pull me in so smoothly. You can't help but root for and feel for Wonder Woman in this. WHERE IS OUR MOVIE?

Do My Thing by laura shapiro
The Heat
[pretty damn funny] [fuck yeah] [yummy happy]
Upbeat, quick tempo happy making vid. Lots of fun and comedy. I really like the swapping of POV, and the way the two vocals fit the two characters.

ABC by llin
Sister Act I and II
I love Whoopie's face! The expressions she pulls at the beginning, and then all the smiling at the end. Guaranteed to make you want to sing by the end. Very smoothly put together the two movies. Some really nice matching of song to clip in a couple of places.

Baby I'm A Star by Franzeska
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Carlton
A monument to Carlton dancing. I'm so glad this exists in the world!

Everywhere by Frayadjacent
Really nice work with cutting and in-clip motion to combat the static camera work of the show. Lots of emotion. OH THESE TWO. This is coming right in the middle of my epic Xena rewatch, so I have all the feels.

Close to Home by shinyjenni
Orphan Black
[pitch perfect]
Quite haunting. The ending is very bittersweet, sad because of the events of the finale and what they found out. But most of the vid is happier, showing them all finding each other and finding themselves in each other, Really like all the mirroring towards the beginning.

Oh Mama No by chaila
Wonder Woman
This one has a very different tone to the previous vid. And as you can see, a different focus as well, which distanced it as well from the other WW vids in the con which tended to be more straightforward - WW, FUCK YEAH! Kind of vids. I really like how this, despite using more sources (?) than the other, manages to really root it in her backstory. Very dreamy and flowing.

Flyweight Love by such heights
Thor 1 and 2
Thor/Jane
[omfg cuteness]
Made me ship them more then the movies did. (God, she is tiny). Whole vid is very flowy and dreamy, each clip seems to move seamlessly into the next. Romantic and adorable. While the lyrics work nicely, I find I'm not focusing on them so much, instead the vid seems to work well as a cohesive whole.

Goodnight New York
Bunheads
Spot on song choice. Lots of entering and leaving spaces/lives. Great repetition of motifs for the doors and her expressions of hope and then despair!

America by Benjamin
Mulitfandom
I'm in two minds about this vid. On the pros - The vid is technically great, as I'd expect from a Creaspace vid. The colouring is gorgeous, the cutting is slick on the beat. It showcases really well the whole gangster style it's going for, the slick luxury and the money, the sudden cut to colour and violence. All the sharp suits and dancing girls and cars and clothes and everything is completely glamorised in a completely self aware way.

I just really don't like the singer cut in there. Her singing looks like a bad dub. IDK if it is actually off? I doubt it since everything else is technically so sharp, but something about it doesn't work for me.

Falling Earth by Faith
Multifandom
Epic apocalypse vid. This is basically the best version of the vid I wanted to make but probably never will now. Very smoothly draws parallels from all the apoca movies in such a way as to make it a single constructed reality vid. Lots and lots of fire.

Unbroken by Faith
Multifandom
Sad robots. Again a constructed reality from multiple sources. Anti-robot hate and oppressed/homeless cyborgs. Protests, riots, police brutality. Uses a couple of characters to maintain an emiotional thread within the wider story. Very elegantly contructed narrative (Warning for violence)

Stardust by Ufets
BSG
Kara Thrace
Oh Starbuck you massive mess. A strong action vid, that also focuses on Starbuck and how awful her life is, just killing and flying and killing and constant death and war. Even the tiny snatches of happiness just serve to emphasise how awful everything else is.

Chapter Twelve by wprrytra1n
The Fountain
Lots of very seamless moving back and forth between the storylines. Nice mirroring and repetition.

Like a Stone by SDWolfpup
Prison Break
Michael/Mahone [intense] [ust]
I'm never sure which I like better, this vid of Paralyzer. Certainly they are the definitive Prison Break vids for me. All the shippy feels. All the intense crazy cat and mouse, double crossing, drug addicted, crazy intelligent shippy feels. And that knife scene, that goddam scene. UNF. I think Paralyzer is more shippy, but I do love the mirroring in the beginning of this vid, with Mahone all trying to get into Michael's head.

Come out and Play by Gianduja Kiss
Multifandom
Great multifandom mash up of foe yay.

Disarm by obsessive24
Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy
Weirdly, despite being a massive H/D shipper, I saw this less as shippy,a nd more a platonic obsession. I guess, there's a limit to how shippy you can be with child-footage. But the vid works as a Draco character study as much as anything, and the lyrics work really well to emphasise that. The POV is really strong the whole way through, even with the clever mirroring betweek their two lives and choices.

Superstar by here's luck
Buffy
Faith/Buffy
The classic vid for the ship. I like how well the lyrics work, and the mirroring at the end, using the dream footage to make it seem out of time, gives it almost a constructed reality feel, like maybe things don't have to go the same way.

Learn to Crawl by jarrow
BSG
Kara/Cat
If only Cat had stuck around and they show had been all about their epic love rivalry. At least we have this intense vid to tide us over. Lots of back and forth between them, well chosen expressions and eyeflicks. Great use of in-clip motion to the music.

Karaoke Soul by chaila
Luther
John/Alice
Very creepy. I don't know the canon beyond some bare bones. But there's clearly some fucked up drama going on here. I reallly like the pace changes to the music, bringing it right down and intense when the singer starts whispering. (Warning for violence)

What goes around by Fabella
Heroes
But the vid links all seem to be dead for that one. And I can't rec specifics without rewatching. So all I can tell you is I starred it during the vid show!

Gorgeous by cupidsbow
Hugh Jackman [hotness] [pretty damn funny] [adorkable]
What is this absurd man? How does he even exist? I can't even.

Kneel before the queen by Dogstar
Snow white and the huntsman [epic]
I recced this on my Festivids list as well. I really like how epic and stirring this vid is. I get really caught up in Snow White's journey and her magical royal aura and all that jazz. The song works really well, but I get so caught up in the narrative I never notice anything technical!

Big City Life by Lithiumdoll
Dark Angel
Max (Transgenics)
Oh Dark Angel. You were so great. Site is down, so again, no specifics. But I may have recced this before? Or if not, I've loved it since forever and it's awesome.

How Does It Make You Feel? by condnsdmlk
BSG
Kara Thrace/Leoben
Very very creepy. Which is what you expect from a pairing like that. I think the dual POV works really well. Really nails both of them, but still keeping the main focus on Kara and what the relationship has done to her. I think the creepy Leoben-voice works, but I can see how it might not for everyone. But certainly I think the slow, dreaminess of the song, combined with the on-the-point lyrics and the violent/abusive footage is a great contrast. (Warning for abuse and violence. I actually found this harder to watch the second time, because I knew what was coming, I think and I knew how explicitly this vid exposes the relationship to the viewer.)

I'll run (out of time) by beccatoria
Revolutionary Girl Utena
I don't know the source, so a lot of this went over my head. But technically, I thought the use of fades as transitions was really amazing. A stellar example of how to vid to a very slow song without losing any momentum, but also keeping the video very in tune with the audio. I think every line end/breath was on a fade to black, and every transition a fade, just of varying lengths. There's also some nice masking going on.

Starkville by fray_adjacent
Xena
Xena/Gabrielle
Nice colours in this, great work touching up the footage. Again clever ways of making the static footage work, like in the last Xena vid - here lots of overlays. Again, all the feels. These two. Gotta love 'em.

Ladies of Lost Girl by tallulah71
Lost Girl
Ladies (and Vex)
Sexy and fighty and fun. Just like the show. Nice flashes of humour. You can't watch it without grinning.

The Adventure by trelkez
Harry Potter
Neville [adorkable]
I must have recced this before. Nice bait and switch at the start. I love everything about this, how it neatly charts Neville's growth. How it pics out ickle baby neville in his pyjamas, It's all very stirring and adorable

Deep in the Throes by loki/secretlytodream
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Constructed reality vid. Just goers to show, Stan chooses ultra depressing stuff where he cries a lot and looks pretty. Nice use of show audio, but this, plus the sudden song change makes it feel a bit more like a Cap 3 trailer, not that that's a bad thing. I would watch that movie. (And that last line? Fucking slays me).

Party in the Midlands by milly
Legend of the Seeker [pretty damn funny]
Basically the only way you could ever vid LotS. I love the comic book caption/panel conceit. Richard is Jay Z and Cara is Britney. Yes. Yes please.

Big Beat Repeat by Thewlis Rox
Harry Potter [pretty damn funny]
The Rom-Com version of Harry Potter you never knew you wanted.
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A bed of thorns by nym
Once Upon a Time
belle/rumpelstiltskin [long!fic] WIP
Belle is a refreshing mix of common sense, innocence and a firm belief in the good side of humanity. Nym neatly sidesteps those stupid miscommunication errors you often get in romance fics. There is a lot of sex that's quite tied into character and relationship, so mostly unskipppable, (I realise that's probably only an issue for me). SLOW build.

Going native by
BSG/Star Trek TNG
Gaeta, ensemble [crossover]
Great crossover, no OOC blurting of secrets. They may share a goal, that of safety for everyone, but they're got different angles on how it should work and there are lots and lots of tensions tying in cylons and the religious issue and the fact that all the BSG people are stressed and exhausted to the point of collapse. The focus is on Gaeta which is great because he's great! Lots of fleshing out of character relationships, really brilliant explanation for the cylons, and clever explanation for all the religious themes. In general, ties all the BSG plot thread togetrher reallyt well,. Familiarity wth tng not so important. Helps to know who the named character are and what the Borg is but memory alpha should provide you with enough if fannish osmosis hasn't. At one point you may think it'll fall in the trap of bashing but it mostly escapes it (ok, if Gaius is your absolute favourite darling, this may not be for you, though he's not in it much.) There is also an abdanoned? wip sequel.

elliptical orbit by croik
Batman/Iron Man [crossover]
Bruce/Tony
Deconstructive rich white boys squared. It's a traincrash of epic proportions and tragic and beautiful at the same time.

Red window frames by magog_83
Merlin
Merlin/Arthur [AU] [kid!fic] [adorkable]
ADORABLE. And very on the ball child-thinking and quotes.


Common Law

the last bridge by regann
Alex/OC, Travis/Wes [outsider POV]
Deals well with the emotional fallout that would come even well after the divorce. Alex's POV on Wes/Travis.

right in the stunner by pyrodynamo
Travis/Wes [crossover-fusion], [yummy happy]
HP fusion. This is utterly adorable. Will deffo leave you smiling.

follow your heart and nothing else by korynnvictoria
Travis/Wes [angst] [ust]
Lots of angst, lots of unspoken feelings and tension and DRAMA. Wes is basically a giant ball of issues, and Travis knows it.


Les Miserables

God and Chance by Beth Winter
Les Miserables
Fantine/Valjean
Little snapshots into what would have been.

Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) by zamwessell (greencarnation)
Les Miserables
Valjean/Javert, Cosette/Marius
Wonderfully written fix it fic. Great prose, very fitting. Everything done with a light touch, despite the depth of feeling between the both of them.


Teen Wolf

Possibly I like the Thrill of Under me you by haynnes
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek [au] [ust] [yummy happy]
Painter!Stiles and Librarian/Writer!Derek. Adults but still awkward and adorable. This fic is just so full of colour and life and wonderfulness. Full of glee and sexy UST.

You know what I mean by haynnes
Teen Wolf
Alison, Stiles/Derek
Alison POV, slowly trying to get her life and friendships back together over the Summer. There should be more Alison + Stiles in the world.

que lastima pero adios fic by magneticwave
Teen Wolf [character study]
Erica
I pretty much love EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. It's the Erica fic you didn't know you needed, But you DID, just trust me. Stop whatever you're doing and read this. Thank me later.

An Algorithm for Mistakes by fleete
Teen Wolf [character study]
Lydia
And this is the one about Lydia. Fragile, unsure Lydia in the process of finding herself.


Harry Potter

origins by ivyblossom.
Harry/Draco
Tense and awful to read in that way angsty fics are. You know, so painful you almost can't bear it. And ivyblossom's prose is fucking gorgeous. Some of her descriptions, smells and sights, that entire starting section about the swimming. MY GOD.

fall on your knees by ivyblossom
Millicent [character study]
Sharp and painful

[Superpowered!character] Harry
Harry Potter

His Own Man by crunchysunrises
Unfinished WIP
Dumbledore bashing. Harry goes back in time and does things differently style. Slytherin Harry, Malfoys as friends. Nice worldbuilding in terms of the people Harry becomes friends with as well as the money issues and legal issues he explores.

Harry Potter and the wastelands of time by Joe6991
Harry/Fleur, (Harry/Tonks)
It's very 'Indiana Jones' which I really enjoyed. The myffic stuff was fun and the mystery revealed in tantalising pieces. However the final reveals weren't as satisfying as I'd hoped and in fact the majority of plot is left undone to be dealt with in the sequel which I found frustrating enough to refuse to read it on principle. Overall the world building is clever, but the plot is too long drawn out. The relationship I didn't particularly care for, but I think that's down to my personal shipping preferences. Harry is clearly a Mary Sue with superpowers and quippy arrogance and so on, but he's self-mocking enough and at a loss enough times to save himself from being obnoxious.

Jamie Evans and Fate's Fool by the mad mad reviewer
An unusual twist in that Harry ends up in the girl-who-lived's body. Sort of interesting way of dealing with the gender change in that Harry is male and I think narratively male except when addressed by others despite the external gender of his body,. I think because the author wanted that discord, is why there's no way of gender changing in the wizarding world. In any case, the gender swap isn't actually a major part of the plot. Some fun 'Harry takes care of all the bad things', BAMFing around the place. But I did get bored towards the end and in fact gave up with a couple of chapters to go (most things had been resolved by then). Dumbledore bashing ish?


Avengers

Off the Record by Hella
Tony/Loki
Absolutely fantastic. So many twists and backstabs on Loki's part, so much emotional gut punching inflicted on Tony. Just great. Also really hot.

The Underwater Basket-Weaving Society of America by thisiswhatthewatergaveme
Tony/Loki
Starts a little shaky, the Avengers, and Tony are quick to forgive, and Loki'a a little too open to rehabilitation, but it hits its groove, the plot itself is fun and the slow burn between Tony and Loki really amps up.

darkness flooded in light by galaxysoup
Loki
Sad and painful and lovely. Lots of trauma, lots of exploration of parent/child relationships.
This one manages to do Midgardian OCs really well, it can be a bit hit and miss sometimes. But these guys are lovely without being so picture perfect that they're unreal.


Long [PTSD] or [Hurt/Comfort] fics
A couple of these might be repeat recs, all are heavier on the hurt section than the comfort:

How to Tame a God (The Saga of Hug Fortress) by theorytale
Avengers, WIP
Loki, Tony
Loki is super traumatised at the start of this and is basically triggered into a breakdown/flashback moment.

through the glass by dentalfloss
Avengers
Clint, Coulson (preslash)
The one where Clint is brainwashed into being loyal to SHIELD from the start, but unable to tell anyone. Has the most painful/angsty/heartbreaking/tense reveal.

slow growth investment by arsenic
Hooker!fic
Avengers
Clint/Coulson
But seeing as this is arsenic, it's the most h/c version of hookerfic you could EVER HAVE. Starts with Clint having been beaten to within an inch of his life, just to set the tone.

like an arrow through a flock of doves by arsenic
Avengers/White Collar
Clint/Coulson, Peter, Neal, Elizabeth
The one where Clint is in prison with Neal. More of that awesome - Clint doesn't know how to live in society, fucked up ness.

O my enemy by jane carnall
McGyver
McGyver/Murdoc
The amazing amnesia fic where Murdoc doesn't know who he is but McGyver really does. Murdoc pov and he spends the whole thing in this delicious hyper-scared state.

Missin persons by dirasudis
Numbers
Charlie/Don
Kidnapping fic, slightly stockholm-y, very mentally fucked up ness. Plus consent and incest issues.

toys by litgal
Buffy
Spike/Xander
Stockholm syndrome style. Lots of powerplay and a bit of humiliation kink at first. BDSM and slave kink later. Lots of sex

Broken glass by motsureru
Heroes
Mohinder/Sylar
Manipulation and mindfuckery on Sylar's part. Perfect serial killer/hero 'ship.



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