shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
I am Groot. )

Trailers: a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: this is the last one, honest which featured intriguing beasties and not enough Barbossa, but I think I’m bound to see it anyway. There was also a trailer for Spider-Man vs. Iron Man that left me underwhelmed, but conversely, I think I want to see Baby Driver (Edgar Wright mashes up The Fast and the Furious and Drive?) now.
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I said a little while ago that I was going to post a linkspam. Well, here goes in reverse chronological order. I've been holding on to these links for ages, and most of them come via my reading page.

Shakespeare, Introversion, DS9, Tropes, Movie stuff and Denethor meta )
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I went to see Doctor Strange last night. I suppose I might give it a three and a half out of five.

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I still don’t know what to make of the fact that I realised, when watching the trailer for Storks, that Andy Samberg was playing the main stork from the way he said ‘nemesis’. What does that say about me? What does that say about Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

Oh, and also I caught a bit of a season 1 Agents of SHIELD episode and was reminded of how thoroughly infuriating I found Skye and how bland Ward was. You know how you change your mind about some things after time? Well, sometimes, you don’t.

Parks and Rec
7.7 Donna and Joe

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7.8 Ms Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington

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Marvel, I still don’t see why a standalone Black Widow movie isn’t upcoming. I really don’t.

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I saw the trailer for X-Men Apocalypse Read more... ) Must watch the Rogue cut of DOFP soon, then.
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I posted Fancy Hotel, a Person of Interest/The Night Manager ficlet. Zoe and John were the focus of the prompt and remain the focus of the fic, but I had TNM on my mind and it was the spark for me. I wish I could have come up with a better title, but at least I managed a summary.

I caught up with B99 3.14 Karen Peralta

Itsy-Bitsy Spider )

Of course, I’m now behind again because I chose to watch Scorpion (post to come).

I went to see a double-bill of films yesterday for the first time in ages. First was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, I know. One word review: ponderous.

more words ) There were lots of problems, but I’ll focus on the most relevant one, which is that you’ve seen the trailer(s), and who hasn't given the promo push, most of the film will not come as a surpise.

And before this film a new-to-me Captain America: Civil War trailer aired and I think that contained a major development that made me clap my hands to my mouth in disbelief that they’d show that now. What is wrong with the people behind cutting these trailers? Stick to the first third, show glimpses of the main characters, give a flavour of the mood...people are going to go see films featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Batman and Superman!

Having said that, The Lego Batman Movie trailer filled me with glee.

What I wasn’t spoiled for in BvS:DoJ was Read more... ) Roll on the Wonder Woman solo movie, which seems like the only thing DC is doing that Marvel seems to need to worry about.

The second film I saw was Eddie the Eagle, which is thoroughly entertaining. It has also had a huge promo push in the UK, and benefits from being a sporting underdog dramedy based on a true story that I'm about old enough to remember, but I don't think they used the last third in the promo material.

Finally, I've caught up on Parks and Rec

5.11

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5.12

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Parks and Rec 5.03

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5.04

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Meanwhile, I saw a trailer for The Huntsman: Winter's War last night that suggested that they may tackle what I thought was going to be my main problem with the film, meaning I can enjoy watching Emily Blunt play a baddie (something I've long wanted), Jessica Chastain go all action-y, and the return of the Huntsman etc...
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I realise I haven't posted about much else recently, but I'm not watching much TV at the moment – if Supergirl were on Freeview, I would watch that and, for contrast, maybe The Last Panthers. Everybody having watched Jessica Jones makes me feel left out – I haven’t even seen Agent Carter, yet. I was also going to have a moan about not being able to see The Man in the High Castle either, but then realised I do have that counter-history book that I could read. I might give Tripped a try (the alternate universe bit interests me more than the slacker/stoner/bromance bit) if the Christmas run-upping calms down.

Speaking of, Christmas TV will also involve that Agatha Christie adaptation with Aidan Turner looking angsty and Douglas Booth turning up so I can make Jupiter Ascending references. Spiffing.

Moviewise, I haven’t seen the Captain America: Civil War trailer, or clicked on the spoilers for the no doubt weighty discussions, but I am relieved by what I've seen Natasha’s hair.

Also, regarding ancient Marvel suff (the casting spoiler about Thor 3), Read more... )

Meanwhile, as I’m not going to see Star Wars, it’s fairly slim pickings at the cinema – although Sisters is getting good reviews. The last film I went to see was Bridge of Spies (excellent) and the trailers seemed to promise that the Gleesons (father and son) and Ben Wishaw were in all the movies. The only trailer that left me thinking ‘I have to see that!’ was The Revenant.

As for the Golden Globes, did the Foreign Press Association watch a different version of The Martian to me, one where Mark Watney sang to make the potatoes grow, or something? Surely it's in the wrong category. I know it was a beaker half full of H2O film, but it was in no way a comedy.
shallowness: Black and white close up of Natasha's tilted face (Natasha Avengers intensity)
I watched Pitch Perfect 2 on DVD last night, having been unable to see it in the cinema. I thought it was a bit of a mess, suffering from sequelitis. It coasted a bit on liking the characters from their previous outing, the actors' charm - Hailee Stanfield is a welcome new addition, in particular - and it is funny in an offbeat way. The musical numbers were generally my favourite parts.

I enjoyed Bill, which I saw in the cinema a few days ago, much more unreservedly. It's the Horrible Histories team doing a Shakespeare biopic and it's very, very funny in an inclusive way, kids will love it, accompanying adults will love it and so will people who know their Shakespeare. Not always for different reasons, either, because doesn't everyone laugh at silly voices? It left me smiling and shipping spoiler? )

The thing is, I probably laughed just the same amount when I saw the trailers for both films, but one stuffed most of the film's best jokes into the trailer, while the other had more to choose from...

Right, some links:

AOU recap; a pointed fake trailer; Inside Out analysis; Jupiter Ascending compared to The Matrix and Firefly stuf )
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I saw Inside Out this weekend (first visit to the cinema in a while) and it was a delight. I suspect there’ll be a generation of kids who saw it at the cinema and thought it was a fun, colourful romp about Joy, Sadness and Riley and then, a few years later on, will watch it again and be blindsided. Not that it’s the same thing, but every time I rewatch Batman Returns I realise how much of it went over my head when I saw it in the cinema. Amid the trailers for ‘not for me’ films, Bill (the Horrible Histories lot tackle Shakespeare) looks really funny.

Here’s a multifandom dance vid worth watching if you need a pick me up.
Shut up and Dance: mstabularasa (there were a few clips I was less enthused about, but the choices for 'this woman is my destiny' were spot on, and it'll make you smile).

I watched Partners in Crime, N or M? Part one live.

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I haven’t been to see a film for what’s a long time for me, so can I just bask in the trailers? I knew I wanted to see Spy (it does appear that Miranda Hart will be pratfalling in it. Hurrah) but now I know I want to see Survivor. The movie seems to boil down to Milla Jovovic vs. Pierce Brosnan.

Right, Spooks: The Greater Good. Read more... )

I’m sure there are bits that I liked that I haven’t really mentioned, but I thought this was well-crafted, had very nice nods to the show and made the leap to the big screen on its own terms. It was entertaining, kept you engaged and had a very apt and British downbeat glumness, even if it was no Le Carre adaptation.

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Aug. 26th, 2014 08:48 pm
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Over the last couple of days, I've been to see Lucy and Into the Storm and been disappointed by both, although I had adjusted my expectations having glanced over reviews. Still, I think they both prove that their leads (Scarlett Johanson and Richard Armitage) deserve better (like Black Widow solo movie better, to keep banging that drum.)

Lucy is spoilers )

The pros for Into the Storm has Richard Armitage (and his voice) and spoilers? )

And the trailers before both films were mostly dispiriting.
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
As it turned out, I could and did go to the cinema* last night to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which I enjoyed. Read more... )

I am so looking forward to seeing Lucy. It looks BONKERS and the plot seems to be that ScarJo’s character gets to be ALL THE X-MEN. I'll be there when it comes out here.

Den of Geeks is claiming that Sony is planning a female-led Spider-man spin-off, among the several others it’s still planning to do seeing as the Spidey sequel wasn't the biggest hit. It might involve Felicia Hardy, as she has been introduced. I’d love to see Felicity Jones get that chance, but have to emphasise that what we’ve learned from Catwoman and Electra is that the script needs to be good. And the directing.

*Not a great experience, apart from the fact that it was crowded Orange Wednesday, Cineworld has irritatingly decided to introduce allocated seating of late. I’m dubious as to whether I was sitting where my ticket said I should, although I tried, because I knew that it would be full. But ‘back, middle or front?’ isn’t specific enough. At least they’ve started leaving the lights on during the adverts – which means I can read stuff instead of watching the adverts, ha! But, inevitably, what happened is that latecomers had to be lead around to ‘their’ seats by a loud usher with a torch, two or three scenes into the movie, which was distracting, especially during one big scene with a lot of exposition. Not a fan of this. I didn’t really have a problem with first come, first serve for the best seats with big groups coming to see a big film on a popular night want to arrive ten minutes OR MORE after the starting time having to separate and sit in the worst places. Harrumph.
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To prove that I don’t just talk about TV, the films I’ve seen so far this year are:

American Hustle, which was entertaining, but too long, and as with The Silver Linings Playbook, I’m a bit unconvinced about ALL the award nominations it’s getting/might get, though the music supervisor should get a pat on the back. Of course it was hard to stop my brain from thinking ‘That’s Bruce Wayne with Lois Lane’ and ‘Are Katniss and Clint discussing archery?’ Just a little. In my defence, I have long wanted the crossover fic where Katniss, Hawkeye, Legolas and Meridia, plus Robin Hood too, turn up at an archery contest.

Since watching the film, I’m trying to think of a list of actors who could keep up with JLaw when she tears through the screen as a character in a David O. Russell film. It’s basically a list of actors who I think can go big.

One of whom might be Rinko Kikuchi, who vamps it up in 47 Ronin. Yes, I went to see that too, because it had Keanu Reeves, swordplay and Rinko Kikuchi. It’s a fantasy adventure set in a feudal Japan where monsters and magic are real, so at least it had some novelty value, but I’m not going to pretend it was good, although there was lots that was interesting about it. I found quite a lot of it entertaining but probably not for the right reasons. Oh, and I hope it gets festividded next year.

Trailers: I don’t think I can make myself go see I, Frankenstein, because I’m just going to spend the whole film enraged about the waste of Yvonne Strahovsky and Miranda Otto.
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I've finished gorging on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure extended edition DVD extras - Richard Armitage geeking out (essentially) over Tolkien is so cool.

And I've just checked on imdb and...Orlando Bloom is older than Lee Pace. That's hilarious/I'm easily amused.

The holiday TV schedule is over, you can tell, because new series of shows are coming back: The Bletchley Circle is back on Monday at 9. I'm thrilled to bits (and motivated to read all the Yuletide fic I can beforehand.) It will clash with the also returning Revenge, which is obviously not going to get watched live by me. I'll catch up with its ridiculousness after.

Oh, and yesterday I tortured myself by watching the Veronica Mars film trailer. I tend not to watch trailers online; I like seeing them on the big screen. No release date for the UK, but there is one for Italy, bizarrely enough, so perhaps I can tag on a 'yet.'
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I really, really want to see The Lego Movie, because I giggled all the way through the trailer. Please don’t let it be one of those movies where all the good ideas and jokes are in the trailer.

2014 looks like it’s going to be Chris Pratt’s year. I am in no way opposed to that.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug )
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I saw The Heat this afternoon - really funny, and there was nary a trace of Sookie in Melissa McCarthy's ferocious comic performance as Shannon Mullins. I hope that this helps to get it through the skulls of the decision makers at studios that people will go and see women being funny on the big screen. But the trailers make me doubt it.

I suppose I should be relieved there was no trailer for Grown-Ups 2 )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Avengers Natasha/Bruce)
I couldn’t see it until yesterday, but I managed not to get spoiled beyond that fandom seemed to be enjoy it. As did I.

Going in, I was sure that a Guillermo Del Toro film about giant robots versus giant alien beasts would avoid many of the pitfalls of, say, a Michael Bay film about alien giant robots versus alien giant robots. I was wildly excited to see Rinko Kikuchi, who first impressed in Babel and then was Bang Bang in The Brothers Bloom.

spoilers )

Trailers of films that I want to see: The Wolverine ‘s reminded me that I am probably never going to shake off my movieverse Rogue/Wolverine feelings and that I need to rewatch Wolverine. I mean, I don’t know if I really NEED to to get the new film, but in my head, I do.

Gravity showed off a bravura scene. I wanted to see it anyway because of the people involved.

RED 2 may be the best action film this summer in terms of having several female characters do meaty stuff on it. I’m pretty excited about it.

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