giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-08-15 08:25 pm
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So now I own a dry erase board

So I can make tailored signs for all the damn protests.

I am not a protest person. I hate it. I don't get energized; I get tired. I don't like shouting slogans, I feel ridiculous. I don't like talking to strangers.

But if not me, who? So, I go.

Next one's Saturday.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-08-04 07:19 pm
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I have been watching The Mod Squad

That is all. I just wanted everyone to know.
giandujakiss: (fandom)
2017-08-03 03:26 am
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Have fun at VVC!!!!

I look forward to con reports!
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-31 06:56 pm
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Random author rec

[ profile] standinginanicedress.

I read a lot of Derek/Stiles even though I gave up on Teen Wolf long ago, basically because most authors use those characters as stand-ins for certain basic fannish archetypes. And that's what [ profile] standinginanicedress does - lots and lots of AU Derek/Stiles. But she has an interesting, not-quite-the-usual take on tropes; there's always a bit of a twist on what you'd ordinarily expect, usually in the direction of taking the trope in a a more realistic, less idealized direction than you usually see.

Anyway, I imagine most Teen Wolf fans are already familiar with her work, but if you've somehow missed it, I recommend you give her a try. And because it's all (or mostly) AU, you really don't have to be familiar with the show.
giandujakiss: (ginsburg)
2017-07-28 04:39 am
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I am actually crying

with how relieved I am about the healthcare vote. Not just because it was terrible policy - though there is that - but because of the horrific, undemocratic way the GOP was trying to force it through. Ezra Klein summarized it best but I felt like the American political system was disintegrating before my eyes.

It may be on its last gasps, but thank god it's not quite dead yet.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-25 10:28 am
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Seriously, if you like healthcare or hate Trump

Now is the time to call your Senators. Yes, certain GOP senators are particularly critical, but honestly, call yours no matter who you are or where you live. This is about protecting Medicaid, the general healthcare infrastructure in this country, and also denying Trump a win so that GOP feels more compelled to boot him out. On every level, GOP attempts to repeal ACA must be fought.

And yes, even if you called before - call again.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-17 04:53 am
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Still Star-Crossed is getting so good!!

I am so depressed it won't be picked up.

At first I wasn't that into it; I liked some of the performances and the lush design, but the story wasn't doing much for me. But now it's really hit its stride!

giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-14 11:34 am
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So I just rewatched Stella Dallas (1937)

Only watch this movie if you're committed to sobbing uncontrollably through the final half hour.

Seriously, it's dated, but even 80 years later it packs a wallop. I can't think of any movie that's affected me this deeply where no one dies, is injured, or even placed in any kind of physical jeopardy.

Has anyone written anything comparing Imitation of Life (1934), Stella Dallas (1937), and Mildred Pierce (1945)? It's like the same story told three different ways, with slightly different shading. (Edit: It turns out there totally is analysis, not necessarily of these 3 films in particular, but the genre has a name: maternal melodrama!)

Also, I'm reminded - in the 1930s and 1940s, movies were about women. When did we lose that?
giandujakiss: (Catwoman)
2017-07-12 03:18 pm
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For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture

I just rewatched Batman Returns. Still in awe of Michelle Pfeiffer's performance. Honestly one of the greatest in superhero movies and for my money, in movies generally.

Here, have a Catwoman vid by [ profile] dualbunny:


Hey, is there any good post-Batman Returns fixit fic?
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-05 05:34 pm

Late to the party, but -

In light of the latest news about Hobby Lobby (the company that won a Supreme Court case to avoid providing its employees with insurance that covers birth control), I figured a vid rec was appropriate.

[personal profile] eruthros has made a marvelous Indiana Jones vid critiquing the series. Beautifully done.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-15 04:32 pm
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Just a reminder

Republicans are still plotting to repeal ACA - except they know their bill will be so horrendously unpopular (apparently, phasing out Medicaid expansions, deregulating insurance even for employer-provided plans, raising premiums) that they are working in secret to design it, with a plan to essentially only reveal it 2 hours before the vote, without any hearings or time for public commentary. They aim to get it passed by the end of June.

It's truly a nightmare. Everyone needs to call their Senator - Democratic or Republican. [personal profile] morgandawn has been posting calling scripts and other details here (for people with Dem senators specifically) and here (for everyone).

I know calls can be difficult for some people, so if you're only capable of emailing that's better than silence, but in general, people with knowledge of Congress say that the impact of emails is limited and calls have a much much better chance of getting politicians' attention. So calls are preferred if you can manage them at all.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-15 01:00 pm


Does everyone know that the Xena episode The Prodigal is sort of a bastardized retelling of the Jane Fonda movie Cat Ballou?

Because I'm rewatching Xena after seeing Wonder Woman (naturally), and it occurs to me that this obvious fact may not in fact be obvious to everyone.

But it's very much a deliberate reference - much like, say, approximately twenty zillion TV shows (including Buffy) had a "Die Hard"-like episode after Die Hard came out. Or like men jumping from high cliffs into water is meant to emulate Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It's a deliberate homage.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-09 08:03 pm
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Nationwide call in to oppose the repeal of ACA

See here. Basically, on June 14, everyone - including people with Dem senators - should call their senator to oppose the repeal of ACA.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-09 05:19 am
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the news these days is never boring, I'll say that much.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-07 08:01 pm
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In case you missed it

in all the Comeygate, there's a real chance the Senate is about to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the AHCA monstrosity. Among other things, it could cover dramatically fewer people, and fail to protect people with preexisting conditions. The plan is apparently to get rid of regulations requiring essential health benefits, so that insurance plans don't have to cover basic things - and this would apply to all insurance plans, even ones that are provided by employers.

It's being done with no hearings, no real analysis, which is why the healthcare industry is opposed - but they're doing it anyway.

So, you know. Call your senators and pray.
giandujakiss: (Scully)
2017-06-04 09:30 am
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So I read this article...

The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

And all I could think were the lyrics to Sweeney Todd's "Epiphany." ("We all deserve to die!") Because seriously, what a fucking world we've built.

If there's one good thing to come out of Trump's election, it's that the US will permanently lose its status as world leader. Because no one should be looking to us for guidance.
giandujakiss: (Kirk)
2017-06-02 02:01 pm
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For I have seen Wonder Woman!

Here is my spoilery (very spoilery, seriously, don't read unless you want to be very spoiled) but brief discussion:

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giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-05-28 04:45 am
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So a while back, I made a vow

I would refuse to see Batman vs. Superman until I had tickets to see a Wonder Woman movie in my hot little hands.

And - guess what? I have those tickets.

So I hunkered down and watched Batman vs. Superman. It was exactly as joyless, miserable, boring, and generally intolerable as I expected - with, of course, the exception of the Wonder Woman bits.

But I did it - and now my appetite is whet for more Wonder Woman!!