The First Evil (asta77) wrote,
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Happy Happy, Joy Joy - No, Really!

Many, many weeks ago I got this idea. Many people, myself included, were going through not great periods in their life. Since that time, things have gone from bad to worse for many of us whether it’s because of job woes or family woes or LJ stupidity or the 'no global warming my ass' weather. Now, more than ever, we need to look at what makes us happy.

Some things are tough to share. I’m not going to illegally rip and upload movies. I could upload songs, but that involves work for me since I’m one of those people who doesn’t have massive amounts of music saved to their hardrive. I could share vid and fic links, but, eh, we’ve all been there, done that. Eventually, what I thought it would be great is if each of us had a Happy Post! A post we could always come back to if we are feeling blue or grouchy or bitter. And I thought it would be great to share with others what can help turn our sour moods around. Once that came to me, I headed to YouTube. Let me say I’ve spent more time there is recent weeks than I have in…how long has YouTube been in existence? Of course, I didn’t expect to find half of what I was looking for, but I would search whatever popped into my mind on the off chance it was there. About half this list is made up of , “What?! Really? Someone else likes that enough to upload?!”

So these are my YouTube Top Ten, Er, Eleven Happy Moments. Some are old favorites, some new, and one was, imho, a spectacular find. (And apologies danceswithwords, I know how you loathe musicals. ;)

Singin’ in the Rain - Good Mornin!

Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite film musical. I defy anyone to watch it and not be filled with joy. I can be in the worst mood imaginable and this film will still bring a smile to my face. It’s a tough call between this number and ‘Moses Supposes’ as my favorite, but my awe at Debbie Reynolds, who didn’t know how to dance before she made this film, wins me over.

1776 – But Mr. Adams

A musical comedy about the creation of the Declaration of Independence. I’m sure that description would turn a lot of people off. I recall my mother encouraging me to watch this one and I have to admit I didn’t really get into it at first. But then along came this number declaring John Adams “obnoxious and disliked”, our founding fathers trying to get out of writing the dame thing, and Ben Franklin doing high kicks down a staircase. It was one of the funniest and most entertaining numbers I have ever scene and the film has grown to be one of my favorites and regular July 4th viewing.

Black Adder the Third – ‘Dish and Dishonesty’

And here’s one of the reasons we were driven to seek our independence! ;) ‘Dish and Dishonesty’ is my favorite Black Adder episode of all four series. The reason for that is the election coverage scene. I still wonder what the hell a rotten borough is, but from the introduction of it’s sole resident, Colin, the dog, to Edmund reading the blatantly fraudulent election results I’m left in tears from laughing so hard.

WKRP in Cincinnati – Turkey’s Away!

I don’t think any explanation is needed for this one. It’s the funniest damn episode US television has produced.

Angel – ‘Dead End’ – ‘L.A. Song’

The Tiny Texan can sing! Who knew? Not only is it a great song and performance by Christian Kane (and he had good hair and wardrobe :), there are some priceless reactions for Angel and Co., especially Wes’s horror at Angel’s mention of ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

Paperback Hero – Hugh Jackman – ‘Cryin’

There is a story behind this one. I discovered Hugh Jackman, as many did, because Dugray Scott was trapped on the set of ‘Mission Impossible 2’ because of X-Men. As I do, if I discover an actor I really, really, really like I try to get my hands on anything they have appeared in. As luck would have it, a week or so after seeing X-Men I found out that a film he did in Australia, Paperback Hero was airing on cable. It’s a cute romantic comedy, but what is significant about it is that it led to the discovery that Hugh could sing, well! Actually, he tones down his ability here, but, still, it was a jaw dropping moment for me – looks, acting, *and* singing ability. ::swoons::

Chasing Amy

If you’re even a casual Kevin Smith fan you know that he puts Star Wars references in every one of his films. He gave us the classic line, and one I use often, “That’s the worst idea I’ve heard since Greedo shooting first.” But, for me, his funniest bit came in Chasing Amy as Hooper decries the original trilogy as racist, demonstrating how the whites strive to keep the black man down with Luke as their Nazi poster boy. I remember the first time I saw this movie and that scene and had tears running down my face for about ten minutes *after* the scene ended.

OZ – Season 5 – ‘Impotence’

Beecher and Keller, how I adore your massively F***ed up relationship and your frequent boy kissing. I had to include one of their kisses on this list, but which one? The first kiss? The makeup kiss? The goodbye kiss? Ultimately, this kiss won me over because it hit upon so many of my kinks. The reunion after a long time apart (this is the last episode of Season 5 and their only scene together). The two conveying their feelings, not through words, but through their facial expressions. And, most importantly, they kiss through bars. This was the series that confirmed my prison kink. First there was Lee and Laura in the brig. Then there was Archie and Horatio in El Ferrol. But Oz gave what those other series failed to, kissing through bars!

GLAAD Awards – Lee Teregsen and Chris Meloni

Personally, I think it’s just awesome that two heterosexual actors feel so comfortable about who they are and love their characters and fans so much that they’d kiss, and not just a quik peck, at an awards show. Nuff said.

Battlestar Galactica Season 1 Gag Reel

This is my favorite part of the Season 1 gag reel. Not just because of the bouncy music. Or because it’s a group of very talented people who are best known for being very, very serious and suddenly they are being very, very goofy. And not just because of James’s “Baltarstar Galactica”. But because I still remember seeing this at DragonCon for the first time two years ago, at a Richard Hatch Q&A, with sdwolfpup sitting next to me, and both of us cracking up.

Jamie Bamber – Peak Practice

No surprise, I did a Jamie Bamber search on YouTube. Most of the footage I had seen before and the other clip I hadn’t, footage from Ultimate Force, I still have not steeled myself to watch. But I saw this clip and wondered why anyone would post a mere 49 seconds from the episode of Peak Practice he appeared in. I’ve never heard much about this show. I had seen a few stills. And 49 seconds couldn’t possibly be an entire scene, so WHY? Well, I now know why. I shall let you see and enjoy for yourself. Meanwhile, I’ll be in my bunk….and eternally grateful to anyone who could help me get my hands on the entire episode. ;)

And I dedicate this to beccatoria because a) she had a crappy day the other day, b) it's her birthday, Happy Birthday!, and c) I suck at getting actual gifts put together on time. ;-)
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