giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
Well, one good thing to come out of it - I like Charles and Erik much better after this movie than I did after DOFP, where I found them both so unpleasant that it killed my 'ship. I even may feel 'ship kindlings again.

This movie is odd in that, like, 90% of it is set-up - just, a terrific amount of character introduction and build. Which is sort of an awkward structure, but it also means that unlike most superhero movies, there isn't a fight sequence every 20 minutes - there's, like, dialogue instead. Which I vastly prefer. (Except for the fact that there was a guy in front of me who actually fell asleep and snored loudly throughout the movie, and I kept praying for a loud fight sequence to wake him up.)

Generally speaking, I found it pretty enjoyable. Pietro was the best part, actually, just the way he was in DOFP, and Fassbender was almost criminally attractive. Charles functioned as a classic damsel-in-distress for a little while, and that pleased me.

I don't have a lot of other deep thoughts, but my biggest complaints

Spoilers, but not huge ones )
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I did enjoy it, for the most part, though it had that frustrating thing where the plot kind of hinges on everyone not talking when it would be obvious for them to do so. And honestly, the motivations were pretty forced, but I expected that going in.

The number of audience members who left as soon as the credits started to roll was shocking. Have you people never been to a Marvel movie?


It did not kill my Steve/Bucky 'ship, but I'm gonna need all the fixit fic please.
giandujakiss: (Default)
Starting with the disclaimer, I've never read the story.

That said, it occurs to me that Holly Golightly is in some ways the original manic pixie dream girl. But the actual movie doesn't actually suffer from the flaws that make the character so problematic.

She's the wild and crazy girl with some kind of deeper trauma who teaches the guy stuff. Because of her, he's inspired to write again, and he exits what we're meant to understand is an unhealthy/unsatisfying romantic relationship.

But despite her persona and her role in his life, the movie barely spends any time on the changes he undergoes, or what they mean for Paul's character - we know, because we're told, that he's changed as a result of their relationship, but he seems to leave the movie pretty much the same guy as he began.

The movie is really mostly interested in Holly. She's the one where we really see change, and it's grating and painful. She's the one whose background is truly explored. Paul could be any of a dozen square jawed guys; the movie is about her development.

But somehow, that wasn't quite the lesson that future generations learned.

And on a completely unrelated note, more people need to see Mad Max so you can talk to me about it and write meta. Also, to join me in 'shipping Max/Furiosa. Honestly, everything's so miserable and bleak in their universe that I don't even particularly want to see them have sex - in this setting, it's hard to imagine anything particularly romantic about any sexual contact. But I could totally read 100K words of them learning to hold each other tenderly.

(News reports of box office are characterizing the weekend as battle of the sexes, Pitch Perfect 2 versus Mad Max. They couldn't be more wrong: women lead both films)
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And really my only reaction is, where's the Oliver/Ray/Felicity porn? With Oliver giving, ahem, direction?

FWIW

Apr. 3rd, 2015 04:05 pm
giandujakiss: (Default)
I actually have the same love-it/hate-it relationship with Sheena that Lesley Coffin does. Although I don't really think you can ever forget how much this movie depends on the white savior trope.

(I totally wouldn't mind a fanfic fixit sequel, though. Just sayin'.)
giandujakiss: (Default)
I paid $25 for an Invisible Boyfriend, and I think I might be in love
The new service creates the man or woman of your dreams and helps you fake a convincing digital relationship.

When you sign up for the service, you can design a boyfriend (or girlfriend) to your specifications — kind of like picking the genes for a designer baby, except for an imaginary adult. You pick his name, his age, his interests and personality traits. You tell the app if you prefer blonds or brunettes, tall guys or short, guys who like theater or guys who watch sports. Then you swipe your credit card — $25 per month, cha-ching! — and the imaginary man of your dreams starts texting you.

Except … the man on the other end isn’t imaginary. He’s a real human person, texting multiple women, contorting himself to carefully match each one’s specific expectations and fantasies.
giandujakiss: (Default)
There are genuinely not enough post-Winter Soldier fics where Steve finds out that Bucky supported the two of them during the depression years via acts of prostitution. That end up Steve/Bucky, with a happy ending.

There is this awesome in-progress webcomic. But I need more. I'm just saying.
giandujakiss: (fandom)
At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert
The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world.

But these aren’t just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks.

“They could use the alias ‘Polly-O string cheese’ for all I care,” said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security reasons. “But giving any name at all was making people — you know, the undercover agents — feel very uncomfortable. It just didn’t work for this location.”

This purveyor of skinny lattes and double cappuccinos is deep inside the agency’s forested Langley, Va., compound.

Welcome to the “Stealthy Starbucks,” as a few officers affectionately call it.

Or “Store Number 1,” as the receipts cryptically say.

The baristas go through rigorous interviews and background checks and need to be escorted by agency “minders” to leave their work area. There are no frequent-customer award cards, because officials fear the data stored on the cards could be mined by marketers and fall into the wrong hands, outing secret agents.

It is one of the busiest Starbucks in the country, with a captive caffeine-craving audience of thousands of analysts and agents, economists and engineers, geographers and cartographers working on gathering intelligence and launching covert operations inside some of the most vexing and violent places around the world.
CIA and coffee shops? Fandom, you disappoint.
giandujakiss: (Default)
I posted about this before, but a while ago, [archiveofourown.org profile] iteration picked up a girl!Finch/Reese snippet I wrote on tumblr, and started fleshing it out into a complete story. She finally finished it, and its glorious. You can read it in full here:

An Unstoppable Force (27949 words) by giandujakiss, iteration
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harriet Finch, John Reese, Original Character, Lana Pierce
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Espionage, intelligence gathered by means of interpersonal contact, Irrelevant Gift Exchange, Reese doesn't know what to do with people who aren't trying to manipulate him, third season what third season, emotionally stunted behaviour, inconstant levels of self-awareness, Finch's superhero-like ability to evade tails, LOOMING FEELINGS, Abandonment Issues, high-functioning idiots, when subplots take over, made-up CIA protocol, AU after 2x15-ish, requited everything, tweed lust, Original Character - Freeform
Summary:

John is still trying to figure out this little mouse of a woman who’s hired him, who can do anything with computers and has more money than God and who can barely walk and yet somehow always manages to evade him, who won’t tell him anything about herself but who says she knows everything about him – and he knows that can’t be true, it can’t –

When he realizes, she’s actually attracted to him.

giandujakiss: (Kneeling Dean)
I have kind of a thing for OTPs where there's this smaller weaker kid who is angry and who wants justice, and he's protected by this older kid who is sure the weaker kid is better than him and it's his job to protect the weaker kid, because he may not be as smart or good as the weaker kid but physically he can do something - and of course the stronger kid is kind of brash and a player, while the weaker kid is sensitive and honorable - and then they grow up, and now the weak kid is so much stronger, and the strong kid ends up being tortured for decades because of choices he made while trying to protect the once-weaker kid, and he ends up being forced to do terrible things that he now feels guilty about, and the two kids end up with their roles reversed.








umm... also? If you have any fic recs where Dean Bucky had to engage in acts of prostitution as a kid in order to support Sam Steve, they would not be unappreciated (happy endings necessary, natch, which pretty much means modern day).
giandujakiss: (Default)
So who's going to make me the Steve/Bucky vid to Adventures in Solitude?
giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
for violent, alpha men who are sexually submissive to nebbishy, bookish partners is really getting out of hand.
giandujakiss: (poi)
So a while ago on Tumblr, I wrote this snippet lady!Finch/Reese thing and begged someone to write it as a real story.

[archiveofourown.org profile] iteration heard my plea! She took what I wrote and expanded on it beautifully, and now has a WIP telling the rest of the story. I love how she shows these two deeply damaged, screwed-up people haltingly finding their way toward each other.

An Unstoppable Force (8826 words) by giandujakiss (not really, it's pretty much hers now), iteration
Chapters: 3/4
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harriet Finch, John Reese, Logan Pierce, Original Character
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Espionage, intelligence gathered by means of interpersonal contact, Irrelevant Gift Exchange, Work In Progress, Reese doesn't know what to do with people who aren't trying to manipulate him, third season what third season, emotionally stunted behaviour, inconstant levels of self-awareness, Finch's superhero-like ability to evade tails, LOOMING FEELINGS, Abandonment Issues, high-functioning idiots, when subplots take over, made-up CIA protocol, AU after 2x15-ish
Summary:

John is still trying to figure out this little mouse of a woman who’s hired him, who can do anything with computers and has more money than God and who can barely walk and yet somehow always manages to evade him, who won’t tell him anything about herself but who says she knows everything about him – and he knows that can’t be true, it can’t –

When he realizes, she’s actually attracted to him.

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