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Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:48 pm
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I know everyone is linking to interesting Wonder Woman stuff, but if you haven't seen it, here's a list of heart-warming ways young children have responded to Wonder Woman via Digial Spy.

I meant to post this when reviewing Salazar's revenge, but here's an excellent [livejournal.com profile] idol_reflection essay on (Captain) Jack Sparrow, based on the first three Pirates movies – worth reading the comments for a look at Jack as a trickster: Captain Jack Sparrow - A Legend in His Own Mind by The Stowaway.

And via [dreamwidth.org profile] musesfool The Chrisening of Hollywood from Vanity Fair - an amusing take on the Four Chrises phenomenon here.
shallowness: Kensi and Deeks at a door, he's holding a badge (Kensi and Deeks partners NCIS LA)
I went to see Gifted yesterday, about which all I need to say is it’s Chris Evans playing a guy trying to bring up his brilliant niece. Logan and Hidden Figures (which makes better use of Octavia Spencer) are better films that overlap thematically, but they do not have Chris Evans playing a guy doing his best to bring up a kid.


I watched a lot of NCIS: LA season 3 episodes during last week.

and I have a lot to say about it )

I think that season 4 is going to be aired at a less intense frequency, which suits me.

Why has no-one written an NCIS: LA/Inception fusion?
shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
I finally got to see it - it was a bit of a rush to get there because the people I was going with wanted to see it at an earlier showing than I'd first sugested. So, I arrived in the middle of the trailer for the Justice League movie feeling flustered, frankly.

My head and my heart aren’t entirely in accord about this film, all right? heart says yes, head says hmm )

Sci-Fi!

Nov. 13th, 2016 08:48 am
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I really enjoyed Arrival. It's smart and it's got heart, and it lived up to my 'it's as if Uhura got to be the main character' excitement when I saw the trailer after hearing of the buzz. Amy Adams is excellent as a grown-up lady who is competent at her job right at the heart of everything, ably supported by a good cast (Renner has never been so hot playing an occasionally bespectacled theoretical physicist, but I think that says more about me than anything else). It had more substance than the director's Sciario, for me. And spoiler? )

Also, Humans has been back for a bit, but was up against Poldark, so I've only caught up this week. The Humans Stand Up to Cancer skit was quite funny, mainly for torturing Joe.

Humans 2.1

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2.2

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shallowness: bright flowers in vase against green background (flowers that remind me of Layla)
Poldark 1.10

Read more... ) WHERE ARE THE SEASON 2 ICONS? It hasn't felt right to use season 1 icons for weeks.

And then we had a trailer for the already filmed third season.

Poldark 2.9

Nov. 1st, 2016 07:59 am
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
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(I have discovered the Guardian recaps and comments which were v. entertaining and part of the reason I haven’t caught up with Humans yet.)

Book post

Oct. 16th, 2016 09:10 am
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
The book in question being 'The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women' edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane.

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shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Default)
I have seen Ghostbusters and it was fun. (It'll be Star Trek Beyond next).

Comedy horror, especially with ghosts, isn’t the sort of film that I’d go for, but after the sexist tantrums from some manbabies on the net, one felt one had to put oneself through an entertaining movie made by funny people. Ghostbusters’ part in my childhood is that I saw either the first or the second film on video and it gave me nightmares, but I watched a 90s cartoon series, so I was familiar with it in broad strokes.

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shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
Well, a bit about a book I have read recently, if that counts.

The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

I was a little confused at the start of reading this, but no wonder as it’s nearly three years since I read Sorcery and Cecilia, to which it is a sequel. Anyway, I got over the confusion quickly. It’s a lot of fun, the Regency tone rarely falters and the inserted alternate magical history worked for me. There’s also an Amelia Peabody series sense of everybody needing to be in on the action, with councils of war and a retinue of servants becoming ever more involved and everyone playing their part. Read more... )

It is not going to take as long for me to read 'The Mislaid Magician'.

I hope.
shallowness: Black and white close up of Natasha's tilted face (Natasha Avengers intensity)
I published two (three sentence) ficlets on Tuesday, both gen, focused on two female characters I hadn’t written before. They were originally posted at [dreamwidth.org profile] 3sentencesfic at the end of March. I’d hoped to write more ficlets for it, but I didn’t manage it. (However, I’ve just seen an intriguing meme...)

Bear, Woken (HP, Minerva McGonagall universal) and Perseverance AOS, Jemma Simmons, teen? Spoilers for 3.05.

Moving on to TV I caught up on or watched a few days ago, but haven’t had time to post about, and starting aptly with Agents of SHIELD 3.12 Inside Man

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Underground episode 1

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I will keep watching to see where this goes, even though it’s in the same slot as Agents of SHIELD and, now, Home Fires.

Gotham 2.12 Mr Freeze

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Finally for now, I saw Zootropolis (can someone explain why the title was changed from Zootopia in the UK?) which was very entertaining. Judy Hopps, ILU. It features 'bunny saves fox'. I hope there are sequels - there's plenty of potential in the world they've created and the characters that inhabit it - and I see that AO3 has hundreds of fics already.
shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
For [dreamwidth.org profile] 3sentencefic I wrote

Bear, Woken
Harry Potter, McGonagall, She is a mother bear protecting her cubs.
204 words

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Perspective
any, any female character, keep on keeping on
Agents of SHIELD, Jemma Simmons, spoilers for 3.05, 164 words

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I also prompted
Dredd, Judge Joseph Dredd/Cassandra Anderson, barriers by [personal profile] reeby10

and

Robin Hood, Maid Marian, SPACE AU, by [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake (which is a bit more than three sentences).

I enjoyed both a lot.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Default)
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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shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
I went to see Mockingjay part 2 last night in a very full cinema, so I had to pay careful attention to my seat allocation, which I rarely see the point of. I still think that they should have ushers lead people when it’s a packed cinema on the opening weekend of a massive movie if they must have stupid seat allocations (I’m fine with first come, first served).

As someone who hasn’t read the books, I went into this relatively unspoiled, I mean, I was fairly certain of certain things ). I’d only seen the one trailer and not even on the big screen, so I hadn’t had a chance to overanalyse it. I have been spending the last couple of weeks rewatching the other films on DVD, leavening it with cheerier stuff.

Reaction. tl;dr )
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I posted a ficlet the other day A time and a place, Agents of SHIELD, Melinda May/Phil Coulson, PG. I was relieved to find I could still write something after a while of staring at prompts and blanking. When responding to feedback, I've felt obliged to say that the scenario wasn't my idea - I just expanded on it. Do other people feel like that when you're working off someone else's idea?

Because of Home Front, I watched Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: Lucy Worsley's 100 Years of the WI. Read more... )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (POI Zoe and John at work)
I had a good night of watching action heroics on TV, mostly involving female characters, last night.

Agents of SHIELD – 2.15 One Door Closes

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Then there was the POI catch-up (on my TV screen). 3.5 Razgovor.

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