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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: 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 )

Mixed news

Jan. 28th, 2017 10:05 am
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
THE GOOD:

For the first time (as far as I know) a fic of mine has been translated! Exciting, yes? It's Family Business an Ondine ficlet I wrote in 2011, and it has been translated into Family Business家庭事务 by liangdeyu. I don't speak or read Chinese, but you may, and even if you don't - it's so cool.

FWIW, my 'stance' on translation is that I'd prefer it if people asked for permission. I'll probably say yes, and hope you did more than put it through machine translation, but want a link to the final product for gloating purposes. I'm not going to chase after anyone who does it without asking, unless if they don't refer to me in any way and pass the idea of the fic off as their own. After all, it's fanfiction, but it'd be nice to be asked, because it's not quite the same thing as not asking film makers' or whoever's permission to transform it.

Less good was learning that John Hurt has passed away. I feel a little shocked, irrationally, because I watched him in Jackie the other day, in which he played a priest she opens up to (very well, of course).
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Community Shirley disbelieving laughter)
I'll spare you the long 'unpopular opinions on popculture' post I've been half-drafting in my head because it was so negative. But part of it was about how I've had to explain to a lot of people offline that no, actually I haven’t been to see the latest Bond film, for a combination of reasons, even though I generally love spy movies.

Anyway, thanks to someone on my reading circle, here's part of the reason for the antipathy towards Bond: Feminist Bond Girl (it gave me a laugh, anyway).

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 )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Poldark Ross/Demelza ep 4 smiling)
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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shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Musketeers Aramis ugh the ugliest)
I started watching this live, then got a phone call and caught up with the rest this morning.

2.3 The Good Traitor

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Variety explains why The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated for best animation (via [personal profile] misbegotten). (World still thinks that the animation branch of the Academy is no fun).

Some links

Oct. 11th, 2014 07:51 am
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
[personal profile] swordznsorcery linked to the BBC’s latest musical extravaganza, a group of various singers and musicians performing 'God Only Knows' and sets it in context, which might be useful if you're not from the UK. I've seen a part of it on TV subsequently, but it's worth seeing in full. Although there are a couple of cheesy moments, on the whole, I love the gilded fantasy touches.

Den of Geek has a nice little overview/look back at Space Precinct

Cue me asking ‘Was it really 20 years ago?’, thinking about it and realising it had to be. I liked the show, which aired in that 6pm BBC2 slot that also gave us Farscape, Buffy and Star Treks, perhaps more for its potential that what it generally was (as the feature acknowledged). The cops in space, crime-sci-fi hybrid set-up is a juicy one. And yes, of course I shipped Jack and Jane. Looking back, the fact that the three main characters were human and not alien seems like a let-down. Wouldn't it have been interesting if Brogan's partner was alien. I was more interested in the Tarns, the alien race that Jane’s partner Took was than the Creons* - the one that most of the other cops were – they had more mystic powers and seemed a bit more, well, alien.

Finally and belatedly, Which Veronica Mars character are you?

I was Mac.




*I don't recall if I've got them the right way around, and I'm not going to root up my tie-in novels (oh yes) to check. The show doesn't have an entry of its own on TvTropes.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (OUAT Snow White)
I've been reading fanfiction for over a decade, so you think I'd know how to avoid abandoned WIPs. Obviously, it's easier on archives than journals. It's that horrible moment, a few chapters from the end, when you think 'There's no way the writer can wrap all the story up unless if the chapters become exponentially longer.' And then you sigh.

Partly so I don't lose this - 'I am not a princess' an excellent music (fanmade? except the production values are pretty high) video set to a mix of Marina and the Diamonds songs that retells fairy stories. It lasts 10 minutes and contains strong language.

Also, I reread Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë over the weekend, because I felt it was time – it must be twenty years or so since I read it. Since then I’ve reread most of the other Bronte novels. This is one for the completeists, really. It’s not bad (especially compared with a lot of other nineteenth century novels) but it doesn’t have the fire of most of the rest of the books. There was a moment where I thought Charlotte would have banged home the point about the limited scope of Agnes’s life as a governess (because she’s a woman) compared with Weston’s, even as a subordinate curate (because he’s a man). It’s even blunter about how awful being a governess could be than the other books – but then, sisters, it gave you excellent material.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (POI Zoe and John at work)
(or...I visited Den of Geek yesterday)

Orphan Black is coming back next week to BBC Three (this was almost the only thing I felt strongly about the news that BBC Three will soon be an online only show, I’m the tail-end of Gen X, too old for the channel). There’s no way it’ll be airing in double bills if it’s following so closely on the heels of the American airing, which I think is a good thing, as they packed so much into an episode that anything extra was too much of a good thing for me. (See, too old.)

That's the good news, the bad news is that The Bletchley Circle appears to have been cancelled. Ugh. To lift a quote from Twitter referenced in the article : "There are obviously already too many women geniuses being awesome on TV".

The Good Wife 5.13

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Utterly, utterly gripping.

POI 2.14 One percent

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some links

Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:32 pm
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Avengers Natasha/Bruce)
Lots of prompts for The Hour fic here (let me know if it inspired you to write Bel/Freddie or Lix/Randall).

Spoilers for Captain America 2 )

Spoiler? for The Musketeers first series )

From Women and Hollywood, a list of women-centric upcoming films, some of which I hadn’t heard of, but may well now go to see if I can, and others I was already looking forward to.
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
So, yesterday there was squeefulness. What was making me sound like a Hynerian had farted in my general vicinity? Only the news that Justin Monjo is writing more Farscape (here it says 'movie', but I've seen other sources say 'TV movie'. Now while it would be lovely to see Moya flying across a big screen, I basically want more content.) I am letting myself hope that this will come off, because I would love for there to be more Farscape (in the 'comics don't interest me and so don't count' camp. See also Buffy.) speculation )

More likely and definite is that the Veronica Mars movie is going to have a limited run at cinemas in the UK. Depending on the exact times/dates, this may be do-able. Well, I'm going to make it do-able.
shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
Den of Geek has been so on point/relevant to my interests recently.

I know I've posted a lot of links to it before, but recently there's been In praise of Lord of the Rings' DVD extras, which, among other things, neatly gets at why I was so pleased to see Richard Taylor on An Unexpected Journey's appendices.

Furthermore, I agreed with Why the discussion of 12 Years a Slave needs to refocus, which I suppose is more directed at chattering entertainment media circles than film fans, but is a reminder that when I left the cinema after seeing that film I was overwhelmed and it's the film and what it depicts that's the point, not just awards, and that will be recognised for years.

There's also been its underappreciated films series (although I appreciated 2006's Stranger than Fiction plenty and I do not know how I could appreciate Sky High more. SARKY VOICE IN MY HEAD: Make costumes and re-enact it? COMMON SENSE:Not a good idea given the stunts) which has mainly pointed to Asian films that I barely knew existed.


I watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine again last night and was chuckling throughout, but don't have more to say about it. Next week, it'll slip to 'catch-up' or maybe '+1' territory, though, because THE GOOD WIFE IS BACK.
shallowness: Fred and Ginger dancing in foregroud, him in tails, her in a dark gown, background a white circle (moon or spotlight) (Fred and Ginger dancing)
Caught up on the Strictly Christmas Special.

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In other news, I got my mitts on a second hand copy of The OC season 4 boxset, which is a delight. It is, after all, the season when Taylor Townsend made Ryan Attwood smile.

Plus, as part of the Three Sentence Ficathon i_love_freddie filled my prompt: Harry Potter, Dean/Luna, picnic.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (OUAT Snow White)
Apparently Channel 5 will not be buying the rights to air season 3 of Once upon a Time. Grrr. Oh, I didn’t enjoy season 2 as much as season 1 - I bought the latter on DVD, although I haven’t rewatched it, and I have no intention of buying season 2 on DVD - but I did want to find out what happened next. I even had hopes that Five would buy Wonderland, even if it was going to get cancelled. I fear some non-Freeview channel is going to get it.

This is great timing, because today I also saw Disney’s Frozen, which was gorgeous and enjoyable. I was excited about it from when I heard about the casting and hoping I’d love it more than Tangled. I thought Tangled was good and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t take it to heart like others did.

This one? Read more... )
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
Jane Eyre is number 12 in the Observer’s top 100 novels, and Robert McCrum explains why here. As I’d been watching a lot of The Autobiography of Jane Eyre over the weekend, this jumped out at me:

Charlotte Bronte takes her audience by the throat with a fierce narrative of great immediacy. Jane Eyre's voice on the page is almost hypnotic. The reader can hardly resist turning the next page, and the next…

In an extraordinary breakthrough for the English novel, borrowing the intimacy of the 18th-century epistolary tradition, Charlotte Brontë had found a way to mesmerise the reader through an intensely private communion with her audience. We, the author, and Jane Eyre become one. For this, she can be claimed as the forerunner of the novel of interior consciousness.


The adaptation was having a similar pull on me, as did LBD at times - my tendency is to watch these vids in blocks that are as long as television shows. It’s partly the format – ‘diarist’ speaking to viewer, but it’s also wondering how they'll adapt a beloved story factor.

Anyway, thoughts about episodes 21 to 30.

Makes no allowance for people who haven't read the book. )

Hmm, might as well have posted my response episode by episode, as that jumped a little all over the place.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Avengers Natasha/Bruce)
The Three Sentence Ficathon continues, and I got a peach of a fill to the prompt POTC/Swallows and Amazons, Captains Barbossa and Nancy, a minor detail, by wingedflight21.

I've only written a couple of fills - partly due to me being really busy and tired - which are:

Sherlock (BBC), Greg Lestrade/Molly Hooper, unexpected attraction (78 words)

MCU, Bruce/Natasha, if I tried, you'd probably be/hard to find (95 words).


Digital spy has an article with Stephen Moffat discussing Sherlock’s Molly here - it devolves into a discussion of women on Sherlock and around Sherlock and Watson, with Elementary’s take on Watson the, er, wife in the attic and ends on a possibly spoilery note that I skimmed more than read. Apart from being very nice (rightly) about the actress – although surely they’d decided to bring her back for episode three while writing episode one and before they cast the part. I didn’t realise that Molly wasn’t based on anyone ACD wrote. The quotes obliquely talk about how female fans relate to her and how she expresses some of their reaction to Sherlock.

To come, at some point, a post about what I watched on telly last night and my response to the last batch of The Autobiography of Jane Eyre eps that I've watched.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I heard about The Autobiography of Jane Eyre a while ago, kept the link, was reminded of its existence by redbrunja this week, was intrigued and watched a batch of episodes last night and a pile more this morning, so I’m up to episode 20. I've had one window open with the Story list and been mainly watching the vids on YouTube.

I have thoughts, which I have tried to synthesise rather than dumping my reactions to each episode, but it still got long. spoilers up to episode 20, references to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and I presume you've all read Jane Eyre ) I want to know what they’ll do next. Even though I know what happens next.

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