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VidUKon vid recs

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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devoted by jerakeen
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek [UST]
Really great tense, get you in the gut, UST.

hide of a life war by etharei
Stiles, Sheriff Stilinski, (Stiles/Derek)
STILES IS A BAMF. KNOW IT. OWN IT. LOVE IT. 

but I'm not a soldier by idyll
Girl!Stiles/Derek [pitch perfect] [genderswitch]
Stiles is not the omega. It takes the pack (Derek) a while to realise this. Very awesome girl!Stiles is pitch perfect and wonderful.

men of a certain age by peroxidepest17
Teen Wolf
Chris, Sheriff
Adorable and bantery, great believable Sheriff voice. I like the random fannish references dotted here and there. 

you'll never leave Harlan (alive) by ghostrunner
Justified
Raylan/Boyd
zombie apocalypse [au] 
Great voices, great world-building, all rings true. Nice roundabout conversations, answering questions with questions, that sort of thing. 

second chance by arsenic
Avengers
Clint gets [de-aged]
past child abuse, traumatised Clint, team family stuff. All the feels.

living in the future by closer
Avengers AU (with some Peter Parker) [yummy happy]
Steve/Tony
Closer writes the best AUs, that should just be, a fandom law or something.


changing by elaiel
SGU
Chloe/Rush
Doesn't really require you to read the prequel: it's only mentioned once. Post s2 something activates alien DNA in Chloe... and then Rush. Nice steady build to a relationship which feels real. Draws together elements of Rush and Chloe's interaction throughout the show. It's a ship that has definitely built up a certain amount of canon basis. Their relationship is an interesting one and the way Rush relates to her is different to how he relates to anyone else in the crew.

Common Law
Travis/Wes

the friday night boys by pyrodynamo
Great Wes POV, all tense and full of conflict. Great writing as well, some lovely turns of phrase.

the wedding march by hito
[undercover couple]
Absolutely adorable pretend their a couple fic.

5 things Wes doesn't like because of Travis by Chaylay23
Aw this is adorable, the set up for each item and the way it ties back to Travis.

every time we touch by vampirepam
Because touching.


Yuletide

priceless by anon
10 things I hate about you/Bring it on
Kat/Missy [pitch perfect], [fuck yeah], [flangst]
Great voices for both of them, spot on. I really want to rewatch both movies now. Full of yay baby lesbians glee. You know what I mean? People finding out awesome things about themselves and other people, and entering the shiny scary world of girlfriends. Happy making, with a dash of drama and angst along the way.

the bar at the end of the fandom by anon
Meta
THIS IS PURE GOLD. Well observed, tongue in cheek, tagging meta. LOVE IT. (Also be ready to open tabs for ALL THE TAGS)


Vids

red right hand by signed-aislynn
Teen Wolf
Peter
Great Peter character study, surprisingly perfect lyrics, I'd never have guessed. Not so keen on the show audio, but the rest is great.

some boys by xandra_ptv
Teen Wolf
Ensemble
Really good use of lyrics, fun, on the beat ensemble vid, with a few emotional punches along the way. Lotta boys in this show guys, lotta hot hot boys.

how it ends by reunion84
HP
Harry/Snape (could be read as friendship)
Emotional, tragic. very atmospheric

we can work it out
by lamardeuse
Common law
WHY DID THEY KILL THIS SHOW? EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS WONDERFUL.
Slash, squee. fighting Love.

machine by yunuen
Tony Stark (Marvel movies)
Very clever lyric/clip matching.


Festivids

Stayin' Low by anon
Aliens movies
Fuck me Ripley is so hot

Man not a monster by anon
Attack the Block
I defy to watch this and not end up grinning. EEE! MOSES. Whatshisface the white dude. AW.

Step into your place by anon
Blackadder
So this will just make you cry.

Mowgli's road by anon
Brideshead Revisited
Summary: Catholic guilt revisited. Phew. Yeah, quite an emotional hit with this one, all the tension and the tragedy and, yes, the Catholic guilt. Painful. Great song choice though.

Face/off by anon
Face/off
Oh this movie. Oh Nic Cage. Who will make these kinds of movies once Cage stops acting. WHO? It takes a special kinda guy.

OMG by anon
Teen Wolf RPF
THEY'RE ACTUALLY PUPPIES. THE WHOLE CAST ARE JUST PUPPIES. ADORABLE, ADORABLE PUPPIES.


Meta

third gender books in sff, or what I've been reading lately by aedh
Alright, not exactly meta, but a useful little reclist.

a genderful analagy by kaz
Clever idea, gender as cities.

A cup of meta for your day by allisoned
Teen Wolf
Kate Argent character study.

sexism in gaming: a response to gabrielle toledano
What it says on the tin.

just shut up by gyzym
Beauty and the Beast
Critical analysis of the abuse-apologist narrative. Interesting how it parallels SO MANY woobie!characters on tv now.

once upon a time women were women and men were crickets by therienne
Once Upon a Time
Women centric storylines, female agency, female characters furthering the narrative. Reason 103 in why I should be watching this show.
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the last post by rheanna
Meta [creepifying]
Epic weird, wonderful and very creepy.

the tragedy of fidelia and mordecai by pitseleh
Doctrine of Labyrinths
Mildmay, Cardenio
The Mildmay voice is perfect, and the relationship between the two friends is lovely. The snippets of Melusine you get to see all ring true.

a life in knives by paxlux
Supernatural [outsider pov]
OC, Sam, Dean
Ruthie is the only survivor of a werewolf attack, she insiste Sam and Dean take her with them and learns to becom a hunter. Awesome outside pov on Sam and Dean. Ruthie's a great character, the good kind of OC, believable and layered and fitting very neatly into the canon.

love cuts like a knife by waketosleep
Hawaii Five-0 [crossover-fusion] with Dexter [emotional kick]
Short and packs quite a punch. Perfect ending

all in by arsenicjade
Suits
Harvey/Mike [slave!fic]
Harvey wins Mike in a poker game. Now he just has to figure out what to do with him.
Nice and long, some classic slave!fic cliches, but done very well. Canon knowledge isn't needed.

shell by cissasghost
Underworld
Selene
Very in character-- her disgust and fear and confusion at being thrown into a world she doesn't understand.

in-needed metaphors by preromantics
Community
Abed/Troy [intoxicated!fic] [yummy happy] [pitch perfect]
Abed's mental voice is perfect. The whole thing is very sweet and fluffy. Abed is deliciously dense.

winner takes all by toestastegood
Fright Night
Jerry/Charley [non-con]
Very very hot, not so keen on the non-con aspect, but the build up and domination is so hot.

make whole what has been smashed by Charli J
Sherlock/John [au] [interesting idea]
The one where Sherlock lives backwards. Complex, twisty and very satisfying. I was in a short-attention span mood, flicking through a whole load of fics, but this, despite its length and need for the reader to focus, managed to grab me and suck me right in. Engrossing and very well written.

performance in a leading role by mad_lori
Sherlock/John [au] [long!fic]
Where they're both actors. I'm not one for established relationships or talking about feelings, so I ended up skipping a chunks from after they got together, but the lead up was great. I love the insider-feel to the setting. The whole thing is meticulously researched. The first part, with the filming, was all wonderful, and the later press related parts are great as well. I got very choked up when reading all the touching 'being true to yourself' bits about them and their relationship. The characterisation is very well done, still recogniseable and there are some wonderful lines. I love the minor characters as well, Harry, Sally, Clara, but especially Irene.

by any other word by loranna
Downton Abbey
Thomas/William
Dreamy and bittersweet.

play by doveheart
Downton Abbey
Thomas/William
Love that piano playing is a Thomas/William cliche. I love the emotional detail in William's POV, the backstory and the way he feels now, all very seamless.

resonances by LadySilver
Teen Wolf
Derek/Jackson
Just beautiful. Dreamy and emotional, interesting idea. there needs to be more Derek/Jackson

the runaround by ferretbaby
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek
I LOVE Derek's utter confusion here, it's adorable.

what are we building here by piper
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek
Pack dynamics and Stiles/Derek dynamics, very warm and yummy

winter over by downjune
STXI
Sulu/Jim
Absolutely gorgeous. It feels very Wintry. The world is so well researched and detailed. The cast is lovely, but Sulu is especially brilliant, calm and competent and very real.

once upon a time by igrockspock
STXI
Gaila + Chapel, Nyota
This is gorgeous, most especially the last paragraph, really touching. I love Chapel's character, and I love that Nyota and Gaila connect more easily.

stiff upper lip by pyreneeees
Harry Potter
Augusta Longbottom [crying now]
This is utterly gorgeous. It had me tearing up. The Augusta pov is perfect, unbending, prickly and standoffish but so supportive and loving underneath. And the outsider look on the metamorphosis of Neville Longbottom from child to man is just brilliant.

les jours tristes by anon
Harry Potter
Luna, Narcissa
Luna interviews Narcissa post war. Gorgeous character study of them both. POV perfectly catches Luna's mindset and mental voice.

AVENGERS

magnetic by boombangbing
Steve/Pepper/Tony [yummy happy] [fuck yeah]
Classic epic believable long Avengers fic. I love these and hope people keep on writing them. Part one is adorable UST and Steve being adorkable and sweet. Wanting so much and trying to untangle exactly what it is he wants, TOny being Tony. And Pepper organising everything in that awesome way. Part two is more Pepper being awesome. Very awesome. And part three, despite being Tony POV is very 'Go Team!'

stockholm syndrome and other drugs by alchemy alice
Coulson [yummy happy]
Coulson love! Yes please! Lovely Coulson voice, dry and long-suffering and sweet.

falling like a flip of a coin by paxlux
Loki/Thor [incest]
Lovely snatches of their memories showing through, love the inexorable build of their relationship, all passionately violent and violently passionate. Love Loki/Lock and his sharp tongue. The ending makes it though, delightfully heratbreaking.

under ether by Lunik
Darcy/Loki
Lovely Loki characterisation hot and ocd and slightly terrifying. Darcy is, of course, wonderful.

kink meme made them do it by lunik_the_bard
Darcy/Loki (eventually) WIP [fuck yeah], [pitch perfect]

oh god, she’s in high school. This is high school all over again, and guys as hot as Loki don’t want the girl who wears glasses and has dumb hair. This is just like high school, except with more potential to get murdered.

I try not to rec WIPs but this is just perfect. The voices, the dynamic. Yummy and funny and hot. And the whole kink-meme meta aspect is spot on.

feathering the nest by Lunik
Loki
OH LOKI. You are adorable.

BLADE TRINITY

the lies you live by alyse
Blade Trinity
Abby/King [long!fic] [intense] [ust] [hurt/comfort]
Hurt/comfort-ish but not exactly. The opening scene is lovely and tense, the pace calms for the gradual progress from enemy to friend, and then picks up again as the plot starts to twist. Nice fast pacing towards the end, kept me up late readong. Lots of lovely character/relationship manouvering throughout - trust vs betrayal. Really nice work on the main three of Abby/King/Frank. Lovely slow build of the relationship, with lots of UST and very hot, sparky, sex.

while we have oceans by alyse
Abby/King
Great characterisation, nice quiet interlude but with an undertone of tension.

spiralling by alyse
Abby/King
Hot hot hot. Undercover in the queue for a nightclub.

Check out all of alyse's Blade fic. She's got a great hold on Abby and King's characterisation.

a little less conversation by ginandironic
King/Dean [crossover]
Very hot little crossover. I like King, cocky and in control. Seeing a less in control Dean is unusual.

claim by MidKnight2501
King/Drake [intoxicated!fic] [dub con]

chains that bind by Kris
King/Drake [concealed!identity!fic] (kinda)
I like the insiduous way Drake takes control of King.

legacy of the fallen by Kris
King/Drake, King, Deacon, Drake, Blade [insanity] [non-con] [dub-con]
noncon/dub con depending on how you look at it. Not a happy King/Drake fic. Nice and long and plotty. I like the craziness in King's head.

blood magic and a shade of infinite by manic_intent
King/Drake [au] where King is still a vamp.
Good banter from King, very sexy blood/desire elements. Solid characterisation.

the morning after/the night before by sangga
King [pitch perfect]
The disjointed structure, out of chronological order, emphasises how King felt after getting the cure as well as the time after the Daystar, both game changing moments with a weird re-ordering of priorities following after. This catches the atmosphere very well.


VIDS

glittering cloud by TxlSplash
BSG
Boomer
"Don't blame me, I can't help what I am... (Lord knows I've tried to)
BOOOOOMMEEEEERRRRR! Perfect, lyric matching to scenes. Very epic and heartbreaking. OH GOD BOOMER. WHY SO TRAGIC.

sorrow by greensilver
Captain America
Steve
OH STEVE. Very clearly articulated vid showing everything Steve's lost. Very sad, very poignant. I really love the way the vid is structured, the build up for each of his losses, the framing through use of fade to blacks and then the final repetition of black and white scenes to really bring it home.

to the dogs or whoever by greensilver
Once Upon a Time
Charming/Snow White
I'm not all that invested in their relationship in the show. It's sweet and fun but it hasn't hit me. This vid however... SO SWEET. I love how vids can do that, cut out all the blather and give a pure emotional hit

Harry Potter feat. Glitch Mob by Grable 424
Harry Potter
I always thought HP would go well to Glitch mob, all those laser-like fight scenes. I'm not 100% won over by the canon audio used in the vid, but it's not that it's badly done, just not a technique I'm keen on. The vid itself is very slick; jerky and sharp and perfect to the music.
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HP
the hero of her own story by igrockspock
[character study]
Great portrait of Narcissa after Voldemort's fall, scrambling to save her family without losing face.

in loco parentis by dolores_crane
Hermione/Harry, Harry/Snape, Tonks/Hestia (Hermione centric)
Absolutely amazing. Very detailed, well thought out look at the wizarding world, muggle/wizarding tensions, the reality of living in a claustraphobic little boarding school within a claustraphobic little society. And the balancing act Hermione has to play between conflicting interests: being part of the war, school life, growing up, the changing dynamics between the trio, dealing with her family and just generally her place in the world.

TSN
M.A.D mutually assured destruction by antistar_e
Mark/Eduardo, serial killers [au] [creepifying]
Very creepy, very skin-crawling in places, particularly Alice's murder scene. But it still has that sort of heartbreaking-ness of the movie.

sweet on you by moogle62
Mark/Eduardo [au] [yummy happy] [ust]
Bakery AU. The most adorable yummy romantical thing ever. OMG. Sweet like chocolate.

doors always open by blackeyedgirl
Mark, Eduardo, Chris, Dustin [yummy happy]
Grinning all the way through this. Just adorable.

to the beat of my automatic heart by addandsubtract
Mark/Eduardo Cyberpunk [au] [interesting idea]
Awesome worldbuilding, love the way the boys are recogniseable but at the same time well integrated into the au premise.

for cause by beyond_belief
Mark, Marylin, Eduardo [pulling on the heartstrings]
Ouch, that ending. This is like the anti-fix it fic. Very painful. I like the Marylin/Mark dynamic.

the devil if it suits you by beyond_belief
Tyler/Cameron, Divya [twin!cest] [intense]
Very intense, angsty. Really pulls out the empty, frustration line that the Winklevi and Divya had in the movie. I like the insights, through Tyler, into Cameron. And Tyler was an engaging narrator as well. There's something about the dynamic between those three that is weridly endearing despite all the angst, and the writer has really nailed that.

SGA
girls of st mary's by toft_froggy
Sheppard/McKay [genderswitch] [au]
Epic atlantis genderswap boarding school au, with lesbian separatist sequel.

JUSTIFIED
detente by merry_gentry
Raylan/Boyd
Starts shaky, but gets better. Writing out the accents mostly works well. In general the voices sound pretty true to the show. Bit too fluffy and happy to fit neatly into canon. But, well, getting Raylan and Boyd into bed together is always going to ask for some selective reading of their canon characters.

STXI
graduate vulcan for fun and profit
Ensemble, gen
“[Amanda Grayson is] in her late forties, a beautiful woman still. She lives with her husband, the ambassador to Earth, on Vulcan. She has multiple PhDs -- one in education, one in computer programming, and a third in xenolinguistics -- and did major work on the Universal Translator. Also, somewhat bizarrely, she's a contributing consultant and sometimes guest star on Starship Sesame Street. Jim squints at the picture. Yes, that is Miss Amanda, who appeared to talk about how we all need talk to each other, no matter how we do it, on Starship Sesame Street when he was growing up. Jim may or may not have wished that Miss Amanda was his mommy, or at least his auntie, or possibly to marry her, when he was five. God.”

HAHA yes. This is just lovely. I enjoy fics that deal with Tarsus, and the way it shaped Jim. And I absolutely adore these extended family network style fics. Love the idea of the Kelvin crew 'adopting' Jim. (Um, excerpt may be misleaeding, Amanda is not main charac, I just thought it was funny. It's actually Vulcan OC and Jim POV).

LOTS
within my heart there is another heart by scurvyknavery
Cara/Kahlan [kid!fic]
Very adorable. The Kahlan Pov works, but I especially like the view of Cara we get, she's very much herself. I can see her face, all trying to be impassive, but letting a smile slip through despite herself.

CROSSOVERS
as you wish by kisforkurama
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with the Princess Bride [mixed media]
EPIC. JUST EPIC. Mixed media. Hilarious and gorgeous. Love some of those screencap choices.

an ever fixed mark by imperfectcircle
Merlin/Ursula le Guin
Merlin/Arthur/Morgana/Gwen [crossover-fusion] [interesting idea]
So utterly full of squee and happiness. Knowledge of Ursula le Guin not necessary.
"Right," Arthur said approvingly. "Good."
"Right," Morgana mimicked. "Good."
"So," Gwen said, loud enough for all of them to hear. "What are we going to do about it?"
"We already got married," Morgana said, "so that's out."


paper chase by sam_storyteller
Sherlock/White Collar
Very well executed. One of those seamless crossovers that just works Love the characterisation. Sherlock and Neal are fantastic.


VIDS

STXI
we go together by such_heights
Ensemble [yummy happy]
AW This is adorable. And fun. And sticks in your head. AND IT'S FROM GREASE. GUYS. EPIC WIN.

V
truth is in the dirt by charmax
I don't even watch V, but this was totally awesome. Neatly playing the two women against eachother, quality vidding in terms of technique, clip choice etc. A vid this good, familiarity with the source isn't necessary, the vid tells all.

LOTS
if I had you by dualbunny.
Richard/Rahl [fuck yeah] [ust] [powerless!kink]
This is my latest 'rewatch to death' vid. It keeps making me grin. The opening section, muscles, “working my strut.” Love the editing at about 1.00-1.05. And more grins at “girls in stripper heels.” All that writhing naked in the underworld, mmmmm. 2.38 onwards with Rahl in that hooded cloak, closeness, Rahl's O face, apple, almost kiss. Death by slash, basically. And then ending with the boxes of Orden and hitting my powerless!kink dead on, twice over. With the last time being the bad guy winning? Seriously. This vid UNDOES ME.

Cara & Kahlan kick ass and take names by theagonyofblank
Cara/Kahlan [fuck yeah]
Makes me smile. That was basically the reason I started watching the show; femslash + fighting.

come out and play with me by oltha_heri
Cara/Kahlan [yummy happy]
Very happy/bouncy.

JUSTIFIED
just south of heaven by lot45mondayeyes
Weird, creepy feeling to this. I quite like it, makes the show seem more ominous than it is, nice use of intro and promo footage. Unfortunately the 'story' of the vid isn't cohesive enough, later section feels like random clips put together, but I do like the tone in the first part, so, semi rec?

ART

The fuckyeah phenomenon [hotness]:
sherlock (BBC)
TSN
prison break
inception
justified
real men wear suits (not really fandom-related, but pretty!)

and, very useful, searchable database thingy: is it a fuck yeah?
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK

social network fic fest hosted by thisissirius

write it on the skyline by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [emotional kick] [intense]
Whoo boy, this is seriously emotional. Intense, really puts you thorugh the wringer. Love the way you're very much in Mark's head.

facebook reveal by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo, Dustin/Chris
This fandom is made to be crackily meta-ed

the secrets you don't show by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with Spiderman
Cool idea, love Eduardo POV, wanting to hate Mark but not really managing it.

on the wings of complete and utter inconvenience by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [wing!fic] [hotness]
Mark gets (very contrary) wings. I love the whole wings are an erogenous zone x 100 type cliche. Nice mix of absurd and adorable. And hot. Really, really hot

these things get louder by fledmusic
Mark/Eduardo
Lovely yummy UST. I like the idea of Mark being oblivious.

world enough and time
by fledmusic
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with Time Traveler's Wife, [interesting idea]
Spoilers for TTW in the fic and in comments.
Great idea, Mark's less prickly and asshole-ish than in other fics, but that works with the fusion.

speaking in tongues by marycontraire
Mark/Eduardo
Painful and hot.

doing it right by cimorene
Mark/Eduardo [hotness]
Very hot, love the possessive Mark POV, very well written.

kiss with a fist by marycontraire
Mark/Eduardo fic following from that hallway scene. Hotness. Violent hotness.

never marry for money (you can borrow it cheaper) by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [accidental marriage!fic]
Unfortunately still WIP, but absolutely epic and long and very worth reading even if you don't usually go for WIPs. I really like the way Eduardo's POV is all oblivious, not just to Mark, but to how he himself is feeling under all that anger.

been at this far too long Lake (beyond_belief)
Mark/Eduardo
Really good characterisation, really, really good. In general I love fics that attempt some sort of mixed media thing - texts/emails. This fic makes very good use of them.

old roads I go down by yellowteddysuit
Mark/Eduardo [amnesia!fic], [intense]
Mark hits his head and gets amnesia. Intense, angsty Eduardo POV

reciprocal actions by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [pwp]
Sex in the library!

endothermic reactions by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [hypothermia!kink] [yummy happy]
I have a total kink for these, snuggle or freeze! type fics, but even so, this is utterly ADORABLE.

the (metaphorical) parent trap by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo
I kinda love how Dustin has been adopted by the fandom at large. HE IS FUN-NY, GUYS

secret video diary of a billionaire by sturmundwank
Mark/Eduardo [interesting idea]
Technically a WIP, but works as a standalone, albeit angsty. Written in script format. The Social Network, the sequel! With angsty ust slash! Very cool idea, and I like the thought that's clearly gone into making it. Mark's dickishness in the meeting is perfect.

kink meme fic by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo [fuck yeah]
The one where THE KISS makes everyone cheer. Seriously. Me as well. Out loud. Got some seriously weird looks for that...

let's get together by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo [pretty damn funny]
The Dustin voice is just epic.

kissing on the subway by anon
Mark/Eduardo [hotness]
Super short, super hot.

the line between by grim_lupin
Cameron/Tyler [creepifying] [intense] [twin!cest]
Very fucked up.


GOSSIP GIRL

Daniel in the lion's den by black_eyedgirl
Dan/Chuck/Nate [hotness]
Short and hot. I really like the possessiveness to Chuck.

menage a trois and sequel by artemis_sparks
Dan/Chuck/Blair [hotness] [pwp]
Gorgeous hot threesome.

for a second there I thought you disappeared by artemis_sparks
Dan/Nate [omfg cuteness]
So adorable

it's all wrong, it's all right by artemis_sparks
Dan/Nate [omfg cuteness], [kid!fic]
No wait, this is even more adorable. And maybe I should just rethink my position on kidfic, because it can be very awesome and domestic.


CROSSOVER

breaking the laws of classical aerodynamics by black_eyedgirl
GOSSIP GIRL/X-MEN
Dan/Chuck [crossover-fusion]
Very neatly fused together, makes sense, I love the matching up of powers. Like the different ways they all deal with their mutations.


VIDS

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

amnseia
Perfect song choice, lovely stop-start jerkiness to it.

BOOK OF ELI

o death Book of Eli
Haunting and very very gorgeous. So the film is, IDK, something about the bible? And has Gary Oldman looking vaguley demonic?? I'm head-canoning it into Supernatural now, JSYK.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

ain't no easy way by danegen
Great motion/energy, lovely fast pacing.

EDDIE IZZARD

do you want to by danegen
OMFG hilarious. HIS FACE. THE WAY HE FLOPS ABOUT THE STAGE.

HACKERS

walk the walk by Miss Breese
HACKERS! Rollerblades! Terrible 90s clothing choices! Shaggy with pigtails! Angelina Jolie with a pixie cut! THIS FILM. MAN.

ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

serpent charmer by sol_se
God the atmosphere to this. So brooding and building and tense. All those gorgeous shots of their faces, all those shots of the backs of people's heads. Mimicked actions between James and Ford. The COLOURS. All black white and gold. Utterly gorgeous. Some wonderful lyric/clip matches.

ghost of a shark by sol_se
Gorgeous and dreamy. I like how Ford isn't intriduced at first. Lovely use of light and smoke. Lots of eyefucking/intense staring

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

devil's spoke by thisismycalling - Awesome Jimmy vid. Has spoilers. Like the sepia-except-for-red. Good pacing, gathering momentum towards the end.

THE O.C.

sleepwalker by wistful_fever
Seth/Ryan
Very well articulated. I'm not familiar with later seasons' footage, but the vid brought it all together. I had no idea this show could be so angsty!


META

anachronistic references in historical/AU settings
Interesting stuff about word choice when writing. First comment very well written – considers accuracy vs reader assumptions.
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((Not festvids))

dot dot dot by silviakundera
TVD
Stefan/Damon
He's not a boy that you can change
OH GOD DAMON ILU. Also Sincest is canon, guys, don't deny.

don't call me baby by silviakundera
TVD
Ensemble
Possibly recced before. Female agency in TVD. Makes me really miss Anna and Pearl. Also I like how the show has so many women only tangentially related and sometimes not at all related to the epic Salvatore/Elena/Katherine threesome angstfest. You say TVD, you think threesome angstfest, but NO, the show is SO MUCH MORE.

ain't born typical by musing_11
MISFITS
ensemble
Fun, sharply edited vid. Yay for bonus invisible-Simon-with-lollipop in the locker room at the end. Song's a bit of an earworm.

I want to destroy something beautiful by obsessive24
MISFITS
Simon [character study] [creepifying]
Series one Simon, so none of that future!Simon/becoming 'normal' through love,/could be a hero, stuff. This is the Simon I fell in love with. Creepy fucking psycho in training pervert nutjob... Sometimes, I worry. Great changes in pacing with the music and the clip length and clip content. Showing both his loneliness and desire, as well as his violence and consent issues. Definitely shows that pitiable, human side of him as well. Also, I love the part starting from 1.00 with insane!Tony and laughing!Sally. It's utterly creepifying.

deeper and deeper
LOTS
Awesome look at violence and gender in Lots. Read the vidders note. Brings out some of the terribly fucked-upness of the show's sexual politics, and the Kahlan/confessor/'make you want it' section is just WIN. And if you haven't yet, follow that link to 'Doll Parts' as well.

gift by bisclaveret
BTVS
The Slayers [fuck yeah]
This is fucking BRILLIANT. The song is absolutely perfect, (and yes same song as in the previously recced SPN Jo+Ellen vid. But it works perfectly for both.) The clip choices are epic, love the matching with 'gift'/'price'. Really, really awesome, drawing the links between all the slayers all the fighting and the wonder and sacrifice. GORGEOUS.

wretches and kings by jarrow
BSG Chief
Slow Down Ghandi, as narrated by Chief xD Okay no, I lie, it's more than that. I love the opening section with everyone listening to the radio. All the disaffected and the powerless. There's a gorgeous energy to it, due to all the movement, especially in the instrumental sections. But it's not just the movement in the clips, the whole vid is about movement, change, revolution, it really really comes through. Brilliant meshing of technique/song/source/theme. The whole lip-syncing/speech parts are wonderful.And oh wow, that final scene and the alternate story it creates.

Jolene by nicole_anelle
BSG
Cally Cally/Tyrol Tyrol/Cylons [emotional kick]
This is absolutely amazing. Cally's POV is really well articulated, very convincing. Bringing it together here says it a lot more clearly than canon ever managed to. (I love how vids can do that, turn the story into this one magic emotional punch.) I love the repeated touching motif. (song is another earworm)

on the road by loki
SPN
Sam and Dean
It's a vid that's basically made up of show-audio voiceovers. My pet hate, yet it works very well! There are some really good lines. Makes me so nostalgic for season one. I miss SAM'S HAIR. I really do. I've realised I'm looking out for oldhair!Sam clips in all SPN vids I watch. Um, but in a less shallow way... It's got the whole, epic family thing going on, the hunters on the road, just us two against the world. I think it works well. Not just as a freeze-frame capture of the way it began. But also as a 'realtime' look back, No matter how much (Dean) they want it, it's never going to be the same, they can't go back. The two against the world, became three and then two and one etc. etc. and it's all broken *cries* ... *goes to watch again*

poker face by maidensuit
SPN
Ruby (/Sam)
Ruby being manipulative and totally awesome. Whoa. I have to go find Ruby fic now... I'll, uh, be in my bunk.

the boy king by jmtorres
SPN
[pretty damn funny]
AW MAN. THIS. I CAN'T EVEN. I AM CRACKING UP.

need by newkidfan
MERLIN
Merlin/Arthur [hotness]
Very trippy, dreamy and sexy, love all the blurring and the way it's saturated in gold.
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TVD

steady as it goes by silviakundera
Caroline, Damon, Stefan [future fic]
I read this as a lot more hopeful than maybe other people did. This is the healthy threesome, as oppose to the Elena angstfest, and Katherine painfest. Caroline's got a great bounce-back-ability to her. That said there is an undertone of sadness at her leaving behind her human life. Unable to stop thinking about and remembering it, even while she tries to move on.

all the same to me by silviakundera
Damon/Elena/Stefan [pretty damn funny]
Stefan POV, as a sort of bemused narrator to the insanity that is Damon Salvatore. That is Damon Salvatore rail-roading him into an incest 'ship. That is Damon Salvatore rail-roading him into a threesome with Elena. That is Damon Salvatore running for Mayor at the same time. Brazilian stripper orgies would make more sense. Epic, wonderful crack.

much more complicated by iphignia939
Damon/Alaric [fuck yeah]
Hilarious Alaric POV. Love their violent/sexy/insane relationship. I like the outsider look on what Stefan is like as well.


SPN

dictionary for a dead language by britomart_is and Loki's vid for the fic.
Sam/Dean [epic] [pulling on the heartstrings] [long fic]
It's a big bang, got that lovely grand, epic feel to it. Very angsty painful. Really, take your heart apart and put it back together. I have a thing for characters growing old and dealing with that, settling into their bodies and recognising the differences. It's especially poignant for ex-hunter types as they have often lost more through injuries, and have more to lose, since they really used their bodies. So older!Dean here, is just wonderful.

a man with his insides out and his outsides off by brotomart_is
Dean/Sam [crying now] [timetravel]
Unf. Killed me, little bit. So heartbreaking and inevitable. Sam 'Moore' is one sad, broken, compelling guy. And poor Dean, all naive and trying to fix it and save everyone and so very Dean in doing all of that.

moths on the mirror by fleshflutter
Sam/Dean, Dean/OMC [non-con] [insanity]
Creepy, veeeery creepy. Good and confusing at first, with Dean all crazy and Sam not there.

heroes for ghosts
Sam, Dean [timetravel] [long fic]
Love the details of the 1800s, get to feel all of Dean's childish glee at being back there, being a gunslinger. Just very good atmosphere to the whole thing, feels very wild west. I love Zeke, love the whole demon/gate plot. Very tense, action-filled fic, there's just something damn cool about riding in on your horse, guns blazing. Big damn heroes. Lots of brilliant hurt in this. Old-timey medicine was harsh. I love the complexity of the brother's relationship as well, The moments we get inside Sam and Dean's heads.

strangers in gilead by corvus_imbrifer
Sam, Dean [timetravel] [long fic]
Yeah I was on a bit of a wild west/cowboy au kick. This ones just brilliant as well, nice ambiguity at the beginning and sustained by the awesome outsider POV. Love all the OCs. Again, loving all the details about how the boys dress. the whole into sequence is basically a love story to Dean's eyes and lips and body and everything. UNF.

coming clean by queenklu
Sam/Dean [hotness]
HOT this is fucking hot. Oh wow yeah.


The O.C.

a shadow across by sdlucly
Ryan/Seth [au] [long fic]
I think I recced this back when it was a WIP. but it's complete now. Wonderful AU. Great characterisation, lovely slow build up 'ship, Seth all adorable and persistent. Ryan all broken and afraid. Deals extensively with grief and loss (character death, not Ryan or Seth).

boy meets boy by mackerel sky
Seth/Ryan Ryan/Marissa [ust]
Totally overcame my gag reflex to the pit. Lots of lovely UST sparkiness. definitely good ;)

some days those maps collide by k
Ryan/Seth
established relationship, not normally my thing, but I like the details here. And jealous/petty Seth is kinda adorable. Some interesting things about being gay and coming out tied into it as well.

a bruised road by k
Ryan/Seth [pulling on the heartstrings]
God, I love Ryan's thought processes in this, the way he connects love and violence over and over. The way he's totally hurting and just flying blind, but keeps coming back to Seth as his anchor even though he doesn't quite realise it and can't quite trust it, a bit heartbreaking. Lots of Seth-funny in his rambling, particularly the over-45 thing.
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HP

reparations by saras_girl (or pdf download here, with sequel).
Harry/Draco [yummy happy] [ust]
Healer Potter is assigned to the rehab ward headed by one Mr Malfoy.
Simple enough set up, Harry and Draco moving from dislike to friendship to more, with a solid mystery plot thrown in. The stuff that makes is worth reading are the character details and the way St Mungo's is brought to life. Also lovely yummy UST. And there's a locked-in-a-cupboard scene. I adore cupboard scenes ;)


BUFFY

throwing shapes by Anna S
[hotness] [fuck yeah]
Xander/Spike
OH WOW, this is hot. Like, really, really hot. There's amnesia, and there's a lot of sex. and kissing , and blow-jobs in the car with the music on loud while the cops are chasing. It's extreme. Abrupt ending though. I then went on to read everything Anna S has written, they are all absurdly hot. (I like the Xander POV ones best though) And possibly I think they end abruptly because actually I don't want them to stop. Ever.

compass rose by tabaqui
Xander/Spike [hotness]
Slightly ooc characterisation, but very hot and fun.

credence by tabaqui
Xander/Spike [au] [dark] [hotness]
AU, very AU. IT HAS OZ. I LOVE OZ. Very dark, very fucked up, very hot. Lovely pack dynamics. The Xander/Spike is really really hot. It's slow, teasing sex, burning all the way through.

The Official "Willow's Ex-Boyfriends" Club, Membership 2 by kindkit
Oz/Xander [pitch perfect] [yummy happy]
Very very Oz 'feel', despite Xander POV. Mellow, somewhat stoned. Smooth slide into the relationship


SPN

the common fate of all
Sam/Dean [pitch perfect]
Gorgeous fic, great atmosphere, utterly grey and depressing. Very Wristcutters feel to the hell.

a priori by memphis86
Sam/Dean [emotional kick] [pulling on the heartstrings], [amnesia fic]
Amnesiac!Sam. Great build up, brilliant back-story. Lovely treatment of Sam's amnesia, the way it feels realistic and difficult. Leaves you feel wrung out and slightly *ded*.
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VIDS

MULTI
chaos theory by balistik94
[fuck yeah]
Hardcore violence apocalypse epic vid. I like how it showcases the similarities across these types of movies. The track choice is perfect, all jerky and frenetic. Great matching to lyrics as well.

awesome themed vidrec list with meta (violence+women) by sqbr
Wooh! Look at me being a lazy reccer linking other people's recs xD

BRICK
for the restless by lithiumdoll
[pitch perfect] [character study]
GOD, this is gorgeous. Wonderful vid, great mood. Love the disjointed editing, really brings out the whole sleepless/insomniac relentless insanity that Brendan has in the movie. Good pacing. Lovely use of colour, with the bright, saturated flashback scenes.

TRON
dream within a dream by humansrsuperior
I love the use of original Tron footage at the beginning. And I've been seduced by Glitch Mob since watching the Apple Tree. Very slick, very awesome. Very short.

SPN
rabbit hearted girl by ancastar
Jo and Ellen [character study] [emotional kick] [pulling on the heartstrings]
May have recced before, but it's worth reccing again, definitely. Lovely, gorgeous vid, heartbreaking, epic look at the Harvelle women.


META


handcuffs (and how to escape them) by goldenmeme
Useful stuff, kiddies ;D

drawing characters of colour by glockgal
Also possibly recced before. Useful info, should think it works for any level of competence (i.e. not just beginners)

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