giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
is a terrible terrible movie that wastes some amazing actors.

I know literally nothing about the game, which may color my opinion somewhat, but I Wikipedia'ed it after the movie, and ... no, I think this is just yet another reason why games should not be movies.

(To be fair, based on the Wiki game description, I think possibly it could have been a very good movie. This - was not that movie.)

There are so many many things I could talk about - the wooden dialogue and the nonsensical plot and the absolute nonstop fight sequences that replace anything like characterization -seriously, we don't know the first thing about Fassbender's character and he's the hero - but there's just one very specific point that I will single out to criticize.

Spoilers )

I think at some point I have to recognize that Fassbender will never, ever make a movie that appeals to me as much as XMFC.
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 )
giandujakiss: (Default)
So I used to be a huge Charles/Erik shipper. And then I saw DOFP and it just killed my ship, dead. I hated them both so much in that movie - I found them both so vile - that it entirely destroyed any desire to see them happy, horizontally or otherwise.

I have no Civil War spoilers, but people who have seen the movie have indicated - without spoilers - that they are DISAPPOINT on a fannish level.

If Civil War kills my Steve/Bucky ship, I may never recover from the pain.
giandujakiss: (Default)
One Life for Yourself and One for Your Dreams (23529 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Raven | Mystique, Moira MacTaggert, Sebastian Shaw, Hank McCoy, Angel Salvadore
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - James Bond Fusion, Alternate Universe - Spies & Secret Agents, Alternate Universe - Still Have Powers, Erik Being Cocky, Charles is a geek, BAMF Raven, Secrets and Tension, Falling In Love
Summary:

When 00 Agent Raven Darkholme manages to capture the elusive Magneto and bring him in for questioning about a dangerous arms deal involving international criminal Sebastian Shaw, it’s up to Quartermaster Charles Xavier to get him to talk. With time running out, Charles needs to convince Magneto to trust him, but they’re both far too good at keeping secrets, and the growing attraction between them is only making things more difficult.



to memory now I can't recall (102600 words) by Etharei
Chapters: 16/16
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Howling Commandos, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Thor (Marvel), Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Clint Barton, Jarvis (Iron Man movies)
Additional Tags: Time Travel, World War II, Memory Loss, Time Loop, Alien Technology, Identity Porn
Summary:

While on a mission storming a HYDRA facility, James Buchanan Barnes touches one of the many strange alien devices collected by the Red Skull. He does this, in fact, twice— in the past, and in the future.

Next thing he knows, Bucky Barnes is opening his eyes in the 21st century, which is full of great gadgets and coffee, and at least includes his old pal Steve. (And, inexplicably, a different Stark.) Meanwhile, the Winter Soldier finds himself in the middle of World War Two, helping Captain America hunt down HYDRA (which is at least familiar), pretending to be Bucky Barnes (which is not), and figuring out the very noisy group of soldiers who call themselves the Howling Commandos.

giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
But DOFP seems to have killed my desire to 'ship Erik/Charles.

I mean, I came out of that movie so much less enthusiastic about them than when I went in.

It's not that I didn't see any chemistry between them - for my money, the airplane scene was the closest a superhero movie's ever come to gay foreplay (and that includes the Sam/Steve meet cute in Cap 2) - and I suppose part of my lack of enthusiasm comes from my absorption with Steve/Bucky, but I think mostly, I came out of DOFP disliking the two of them so much. Sanctimonious, self-pitying Jesus!Charles could not be less attractive to me, and megalomaniacal!Erik isn't far behind; plus, I felt as though the camaraderie between them that was such a hallmark of First Class was missing.

So, I'm kind of off Erik/Charles at the moment, which sort of sucks because all of my fave authors are posting fixit fic. And the Steve/Bucky authors aren't writing fast enough (in part because I've stopped reading WIPs - I'm tracking so many stories on AO3, hoping the authors will hurry up and finish, my email inbox looks like I'm being spammed with gay porn).
giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
I have a critical question.

Keeping spoilers to a minimum, if you had to go to the bathroom during the movie, what's a good time?
giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
Accomplished. Now I just have to try to stay spoiler-free between the time when the sneak previews start (Thursday night) and the time of my showing (Friday night). I'd have gone Friday morning, but sadly, I'm going with other people and they insist on attending movies at normal times.
giandujakiss: (Default)
Everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

Narrowing the list was agonizing, but -

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Bringing Up Baby
The Breakfast Club
X-Men First Class
The Ten Commandments
Victor/Victoria
Mulan
All the President's Men
Trading Places
Nuts

Dilemmas

Feb. 17th, 2014 04:33 pm
giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
I'm trying to decide whether to start reading [archiveofourown.org profile] yahtzee's Pantheon now, while it still is one chapter away from completion, or whether I should just wait for the final chapter to be posted. She posts about once a week, and it's over 100K words - so there's a good chance I might still be reading by the time she posts the final chapter. OTOH, the latest chapter was supposed to be the final chapter and then she made it longer, and sometimes posting is delayed, so if I start reading now, there's a good chance I could get caught on a cliffhanger.

This is a terrible, terrible decision. I'm sort of like Charlie Brown here:

giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
In the Bleak Midwinter (20532 words) by keire_ke
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Raven | Mystique, Edie Lehnsherr, David Haller, Gabrielle Haller
Summary:

It is not easy to find out, well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, that your mother arranged a marriage for you. It is even less easy to convince her that you have no interest in the very fertile Magda, she of the wide hips and lustrous auburn hair. Fortunately, with a good friend at his side over the holiday weekend, Erik is sure he will prevail.

giandujakiss: (Default)
about Felicity Smoak, the main reason for watching Arrow. (It's also impossible not to notice that the Felicity/Oliver emotional dynamic is the same as the fanon Derek/Stiles dynamic, the Charles/Erik dynamic as portrayed in some segment of fics, and similar fannish archetypes - grim and driven meets bubbly and irreverent/sunny.)

I had no idea about the president of WB. That's awesome.

Wolverine

Jul. 26th, 2013 04:21 pm
giandujakiss: (Default)
Was surprisingly enjoyable.

Featured three women who were critical to the plot, even though it only just squeaked into passing the Bechdel test.

Two were women of color.

All were fully clothed at all times, IIRC.

I was pleasantly surprised that despite the fact that the whole adventure takes place in Japan and involves Wolverine getting involved with a Japanese power struggle plot thing, it did not rely on "what these people need is a honkey" or a "white savior" trope. I'd be interested to hear what other people thought of the racial and cultural issues, though.

Like many action movies these days, it missed some critical characterization beats, and the plot was partly incoherent. Also, Wolverine totally had the wrong love interest. And honestly, any romance at all was unnecessary and a bit shoehorned in. (My only knowledge of comics comes from google; mine is a reaction to what I saw on screen.)

The best part was the teaser at the end for X-Men: Days of Future Past (up on YT, then pulled, presumably will be popping up and pulled many times).

Oh, and the bath scene.
giandujakiss: (Default)
I have never watched The Sentinel, but I know the basic premise. I've read a lot of Sentinel fusions with other fandoms (i.e., Steve is a Sentinel and Danny is his Guide! Sherlock Holmes is a Sentinel and Watson is his Guide! Derek Hale is a Sentinel and Stiles is his Guide! John Reese is a Sentinel and Finch is his Guide! Erik Lehnsherr is a Sentinel and Charles Xavier is his Guide! etc).

(not for nothing, but you could do a whole massive meta on fannish slash archetypes just by categorizing characters as Sentinels and Guides. But I digress.)

One thing that seems to be very common in these fusion stories is that the universe knows of, and accepts, the existence of Sentinels, and there's some sort of "Center" where Sentinels are treated for Sentinel-specific mental conditions, hooked up with Guides, etc.

But I'd always thought that in the actual Sentinel series, the existence of Sentinels was not generally known.

So, is this all fanon? The idea of Sentinels as generally known, Centers to treat them, and so on? Because if so, it's remarkably consistent across fandom fusions.
giandujakiss: (Neville)
When you're writing canon-compliant XMFC, and you say that Erik is unique because "most people" refuse to let Charles freely enter their minds ... umm, who do you imagine all these people are?

Love,
Me.

Sigh.

Dec. 16th, 2012 11:31 am
giandujakiss: (Kneeling Dean)
Generally, all other things being equal, I prefer canon stories (or "canon AU" - canon changed just enough to, say, create a happy ending instead of tragedy, XMFC), but there are plenty of AUs in plenty of fandoms that I have enjoyed tremendously.

That said, if you write an AU of a character whose entire personality is defined by a specific set of overwhelming traumas (Dean Winchester, Erik Lensherr, Derek Hale), and you want to keep basically the same characterization, you've really got to come up with some explanation for it. A different trauma will do; otherwise, they're just going to end up somewhere between diva and psycho killer.
giandujakiss: (erikcharles)
I got notification that a particular author I'm tracking posted a new work. The email told me the name of the poster, the title, and the summary, but listed the author as "Anonymous." When I went to click, I was told it was part of the X-Men Secret Mutant Exchange 'fest and was not yet public.

Oops.

Well, at least I can look forward to that story!

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