shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
I posted a ficlet yesterday: I Like The Way You Move, MCU, Thor/Jane you suck at dancing but you’re doing it in the middle of a bookstore to the crappy music on the radio and I think it’s pretty damn cute au.

I started drafting a fill (the prompt is the summary) last autumn when I saw it, and it sat there for months. I really went at it this month and came up with a title and a way of ending it. This was done entirely on the laptop. I’m not happy about the probable lack of Thor/Jane in Thor: Ragnarok, hence the fluff - inasmuch as I need an excuse to write fluff. Some feelings about bookshops may have crept in also.

Marvel thing no. 2 is Spider-Man Homecoming. Look, I wasn’t excited about this film; I was planning on going and seeing it, yes, but not in any desperate hurry to do so, because I was around for the two previous cinematic iterations, and while I intellectually get why Marvel were so excited to get their biggest superhero into the MCU (which the title encompasses. although it’s not an aggressively meta film by a comic book superhero movie in 2017 standards), I am getting older and more grumpily distant from Peter Parker and the preteen boys who probably love Spidey the most.

But, this weekend, the other option was Dunkirk, which I do want to see, but it’s an intense war movie. So I chose the lighter fare, aware that this has had decent reviews. And as it also has MCU developments and I wanted to give it a thumbs up, here’s my review.

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As for the end credits scene – mild spoilers ) Otherwise, major spoilers )
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 )
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As I said I would... spoilers )

(I'm hoping to see Wonder Woman within the next 24 hours.)
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: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
I went to see Beauty and the Beast (2016) with baggage - I saw the original movie at an impressionable age, adore it and used to have a Belle icon on my lj (I had an OUAT!Belle icon too, for that matter). It felt as though most of the rest of the audience hadn't been born when the first film came out, although I'm sure they grew up with it, or Emma Watson as Belle.

Thoughts: Read more... )
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I scoffed too when they said Logan was the Wolverine movie ‘the fans’ have been waiting for – hasn’t Jackman dutifully said that before all the previous movies, which I’ve seen? Wolverine: Origins was a mistake and The Wolverine was dull, and I didn’t rewatch either before going to see this film. Yes, I saw the trailer, but I couldn’t believe that the film would live up to it, didn’t want to believe the star ratings for the reviews, although I knew I’d go to see it. But…it’s good. It’s easily the best Wolverine standalone film, it captures and references a lot of what made the character the breakout star of the movie franchise from when he was introduced, and makes the most of its 15 certificate, though I have no idea what timeline it fits in, mind!

SPOILERS: Read more... )
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)
I went to see La La Land (like a lot of people over the weekend – I’ve heard loads of people who don’t regularly go to the cinema say they want to see it.)

Out of the cut: I loved it. It's really good and it you have a shred of love for musicals, you'll love it too. Watching 'Singin' in the Rain' before it really worked for me.

Reaction. )
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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shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
How come I’d never heard of ‘The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’ by Becky Chambers? I only came across it by picking it up off a shelf in a bricks and mortar bookshop because of the title. (Oldschool.) Consider yourself informed if you like female-centric science fiction that takes place in the great expanse that is space, love crews that become families, made up of multi-faceted beings (‘sapients’ to use the novel’s term) working out what it means to be them, be they Human or not, around others.

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I went to see Suicide Squad last week (life has been a little busy since). My hopes/expectations were that it would be less dull than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. It passes on that score, but that doesn’t mean it was ‘good’, though. There were plot holes, there were too many characters and too many flashbacks. Read more... )

I forgot to wait for scenes in the middle of the credits.

Parks and Rec 7.4 Leslie and Ron (this was the only episode available to catch up on, so I hope the next will be 7.5 and Dave won’t skip it).

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shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (POI Zoe and John at work)
Oh look, another film review.

Considering I was excited when I heard there was going to be another Bourne movie, that Damon, Greengrass and Stiles were returning and that Vikander was joining the cast, I am disappointed, and this is in a year when there have been a lot of disappointing sequels several years after the first film in a franchise got me invested.

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shallowness: Kira in civvies looking straight ahead (DS9 Kira Nerys)
Star Trek Beyond AKA the New Start Trek Movie was fine. Not great, but fine. For background, I haven’t been the most wildly excited person about the reboot/new films, that is, I wouldn't count myself a member of that subset of the fandom, although I’ve enjoyed them. I liked this film more as the next instalment of Trek than as a film.

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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: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Poldark Ross/Demelza ep 4 smiling)
I have seen Love & Friendship! Given the limited nature of its release, that's an achievement.

Basically, the positive reviews had it right. I haven’t read ‘Lady Susan’ or seen a Whit Stillman film before, but it feels a little like Austen unleashed although possibly pushed a little further than she ever went by the adaptation. Virtue has to spoiler? ) but Virtue is either a bit wet or generally outmatched by Lady Susan and her lack of scruples (Beckinsale grabs the talky role with the relish of someone who has been best known for ex-husband Len Wiseman’s roles recently). Her manipulations rekindled my longing to see an adaptation of ‘The Grand Sophy’ (the Heyer with the monkey in it). Stillman’s archness feels like a good approach to Austen and what they say about Tom Bennett’s scene stealing as a blockhead of a suitor is true. He's one of a smattering of characters with names that repeat in the novels. The most important thing is that I was snorting most inelegantly with laughter throughout.
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I saw this a couple of nights ago. There was a problem that meant no adverts or trailers, no nothing, but we got the film all right. I thought there were meant to be two credit tags, but I only spotted the one after all the credits had passed.

this is short like the film was short )
shallowness: Black and white close up of Natasha's tilted face (Natasha Avengers intensity)
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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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: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (OB s2 Sarah as Cosima)
I watched The Saint on DVD last night, because it seemed the most lighthearted film on my 'to watch' pile. Unfortunatly, it got beyond skippy at one bit. That's an observation, not a complaint, because IIRC I got the DVD from a charity shop, but it happened during a favourite trope of mind. Spoiler? ) So, for a bit I dipped out and found out that the three blokes from The Last Leg had taken over Channel Four last night.

The Saint isn't very good - the opening is terrible. But it's so daft and it offers some incidental pleasures, because, as it was set in 1997, I could yell excitedly at the use of floppy disks.

Watching Val Kilmer's character in disguise is VERY ENTERTAINING. Although, unfortunately, he can't do an Australian accent. There are fewer wigs and hairstyles from him as the film goes on. Really, I'd say watch Salt, also directed by Phillip Noyce, over this, but it's interesting that he also directed some Revenge episodes. I don't know if it's a case of being drawn towards similar stories or Hollywood just thinking of him.

Elizabeth Shue plays the love interest (what happened to her?) who is just kooky enough. Face-wise, I thought that she's a cross between Alicia Silverstone and Anne Hathaway. But I was also reminded of Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen's hair by the baddie's son. I must have seen this film on TV or something at some point.
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
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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