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bookgazing ([personal profile] bookgazing) wrote2014-05-31 12:01 pm

'I really like seeing your personal posts'

I should be writing big ol' reviews or something, but I wanted to say HI and I just saw this post on Tumblr about personal posts so here's a quick update.

Films

I re-watched "Catching Fire" for a podcast I'm doing with Renay and it was even better than I remembered. There are so many little moments that catch and hold. Can't wait for the final film now.

I went to see "X-Men Days of Future Past" this week and that story line is still as weird as anything :D It's one of my top three favourite stories from the X-Men cartoons, because I'm me and it's hard for me not to love something that just discards story continuity because time travel.

Still, I wasn't a huge fan of this film. I like the main cast from the first three films more than the cast from the films set in the past. So, a film which concentrates on young Charles and Magneto isn't going to be totally my flavour no matter how much Wolverine you shove in I'm afraid. And as always with this franchise the focus is on guys, although Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique was still much more prominent than I expected. Yay for Jennifer Lawrence trying to push her wonderful acting into this franchise. But, come on, we should absolutely have had more Blink.

However, I did love the bits of fan service that turned up. The ending was just the creators getting that everyone wants to see Jean again even if there's no real reason to bring her back. And I adore that this franchise is still on it with naked Wolverine. There were some uncomfortable dudebros in my screening during that scene which made me exceptionally happy - like OMG, this action film explicitly caters to the female gaze once. How squicky for you >.> And Fassbender was great as Magneto - I wish we could have a past and present film all about Magneto.

Today I'm off to see "Malificent" and I have big dreams and hopes for this film. Cross your fingers.

Books

"The Shadowed Sun" was fantastic. It's on my list to review.

I'm in the middle of "Sister's Red" for a project and I have a lot of feelings about it. I am mostly annoyed at the potential this story had and how it appears to be throwing that away.

I'm also re-reading "The City & The City". Crime + SFF = love.

And this is the weekend I'll be starting "Monsters of Men". It's finally happening!

TV

"Orphan Black" continues to be my main TV pre-occupation. I think it's the strongest program on TV at the moment, bar "Hannibal", despite a bit of a bumpy series two set up. Last week's episode with Helena appearing in the bloody wedding dress was just incredibly messed up and amazing. I'm also glad to see they appear to have figured out how to fit Rachel into the series because the first few episodes left her so marginal. And Art and Angie continue to be favs of mine so I hope there will be more of them.

I still await Paul's death eagerly.

I also saw the season finale of "The Mentalist" and I would really like it if this terrible series could be the last one we ever see. There was a lot I enjoyed about this series as a fan of the show's goofy side and the minor characters, but the concept for it was just terrible. And, while I believed Jane's emotion faces at other times in the series, the sequence on the plane felt so overdone I couldn't deal with it. By the way, did anyone think the idea of the plane scene was very tasteless considering recent history?

Is anyone watching "Happy Valley" the new crime show from the writer of "Scott & Bailey"? It started out shaky, but it's picked up and I love the family drama element.

Creative Stuff

So, I worked out which piece of fan-fic I want to do next and it is something almost no one I know will want - POI white guy shipping. The working title is "Five Ways to Communicate with Your Partner". We'll see how it goes.

I made a playlist for Wiscon 38's Vid Party called <http://wiscon-vidparty.dreamwidth.org/10922.html#cutid10">What Women Want: Agency, Control and Desire". I highly recommend all the vids I put on there - so many talented vidders. And you should go check out the other playlists too because they're great!

And I wrote a short review of a Hugo nominated short story over at LB. Hopefully short reviews of short fic will become a regular thing from me, in a series called "Short Business" (if you think too hard about names you never get anything done). I've already read another Hugo nominated short story and hope to review it soon.

(Anonymous) 2014-05-31 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I need to rewatch Catching Fire. I remember getting out of the cinema the first time I saw it and just being so impressed and a little overwhelmed by it..

And yes to you reading Monsters of Men <3

We started watching Orphan Black with a group of friends, but we haven't yet watched past the first episode (planning is quite hard). It did look promising though! (And I can't wait to discuss with you and Amy when I've watched it).

-Iris

[identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com 2014-05-31 06:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I completely agree with that tumblr post. I like to know what you're up to, because I am a nosy friend.

See, I'm the opposite of you when it comes to the X-films; I love First Class and I just want all X-Men films to be willfully dated movies about Charles and Erik recruiting new mutants who are awesome. (Age of Apocalypse should be about them failing to convert Dazzler and Quicksilver to superheroics, as they are too invested in their singing career and being a glorious dirtbag, respectively.) We need a Mystique film. I'd pay through the nose for that.

Did you care for Maleficent? I saw it on Friday and I have a lot of feelings about it. I'll shoot you an e-mail.

I have a whole list of fanvids you, Renay, and Ana have pointed out to me to watch the next time I have a whole day to myself. I am very excited about them.

I completely agree about column titles. But might I suggest Lady Business Briefs?
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[personal profile] myfriendamy 2014-06-01 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
lol yes that scene with Helena and Sarah was so perf.

And the one in the next episode was even better <333
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[personal profile] janesgravity 2014-06-02 08:29 am (UTC)(link)
I still need to catch up with season 2 of Orphan Black.

I'm planning on starting The City & The City on Wednesday night. It sounds oddly specific but I'm trying to have one reading night a week where I turn off most distractions, play music and just read. I've had various success so far.

If I don't have a review film to do this week I'm going to go and see Maleficient I think, as a pleb, which is always nice.
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[identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com 2014-06-03 12:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Fassbender as Magneto is superb. That shark smile he has -- exactly exactly right. I haven't seen X-Men: Future of Timesy Days yet (still trying to figure out a way I can ethically see it without giving money to a dude who it really sounds like is guilty of assaulting those kids), but I'm the most excited to see Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

(I love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but I'm cross they took the storyline away from Kitty Pryde. I love Ellen Page and she'd have been great.)

Orphan Black: YUP. Clone road trip is the best thing that has ever happened -- I would have watched like ten years of Helena and Sarah in cars and tents doing adventures.

[identity profile] necromancyneverpays.wordpress.com 2014-07-01 01:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I stood at the door for a while at Wiscon, watching the vids. If I'd known you had one coming up, I'd have actually gone in the room.