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Clearly trying to recapture To All the Boys I've Loved Before, even with the same male lead, who is still charming and fun to watch.

Like To All the Boys, it's another fake dating sort of movie, but this time with a white woman lead and from the guy's point of view (though he has a gay black male best friend).

I'm not going to really try to compare the two movies - it's been a while since I watched To All the Boys - but I enjoyed both of them and there's a very specific reason why. These days whenever I watch a mainstream romantic comedy, I go in cringing and nervous because I'm waiting for the horrific sexism. And I'm particularly waiting for the trope where they hate each other at first sight and fight, which I can't stand because in any "battle of the sexes" it will never, ever work out well for the woman and Hollywood can never, ever make it anything less than demoralizing.

So the reason I liked these movies was that it wasn't hate at first sight. In both movies, the leads genuinely like each other, immediately, and basically they are more friends to lovers than enemies to lovers. So you get to spend time with some genuinely likeable characters who are funny and nice to each other and who respect each other and I cannot tell you how relaxing that is.
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to explain to me what's going on with arguments these days about Star Wars and the new trailer.
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Was a lot of fun. I wouldn't put it among my very faves at the tippy-top of the MCU (which includes Captain America stuff, Black Panther, and Thor: Ragnarok) but I definitely enjoyed it a lot.

The theater was shockingly filled - there were still plenty of seats available (because there were multiple showings every 15 minutes), but bizarrely long snaking lines just to hand over our movie tickets. Speaking as someone who goes to these kinds of movies on opening night/day, the only time I've seen more people was for Black Panther (which was insane; despite a zillion showings the early morning Friday theaters were sold out).

I will be a bit of a wet blanket and say I wasn't crazy about Brie Larson's performance. I know nothing of her other work or the comics; with this as my first introduction, she came off as a little flat to me.

The mid credits scene was short and still amazing in the sense it just packed a great emotional wallop - and here there be spoilers/questions about it:

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I mean it was flawed but I truly loved the art direction and the exaggerated recreation of the period, the performances were excellent, and there's just a lot to think about, both in terms of the story being told and the real-life story (from which the series departed extensively).

The series goes for a lot of noir-ish delving of the nature of evil and its inevitability, and owes a lot - a lot - to Chinatown. I can't say it was particularly deep or revelatory, but I am having a good time thinking about and unpacking the symbolism.

There was one particular moment of dialogue that really struck me, and I honestly don't think I can convey how powerful it was outside of the context - there was something striking about this particular character saying it at this particular moment. Nonetheless, I'll repeat it here:

Spoilers )
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There's been a terrific amount of commentary about how many men at the Academy Awards broke free of the traditional black tux and wore flamboyant, colorful, unusually shaped outfits - just like we're used to seeing on women.

I absolutely applaud this development if for no other reason than the political challenge to traditional gender roles (women, and only women, need to be decorative, men don't, etc).

That said, I don't think society has really developed a great visual vocabulary for men's fashion in the same way it has for women; I know absolutely nothing about fashion and there are people with far more discerning eyes than my own, but when it came to men, it often felt like they were a bit at sea - they didn't know where to go or what would flatter, in part because the concepts are too new.

I admit, that while I applaud the experimentation, most of the men's nontraditional fashion choices did not please me aesthetically (although I'm sure at least part of the reason for that is my own baked-in bias; I'm not free of gender expectations as much as I'd like to be). But there was one outfit that stood out, not only for breaking free of the tux, but for genuinely making the wearer look spectacular.

And that was the outfit worn by Chadwick Boseman. (I can't find a great picture - google around, it's the black outfit, not the pink tux thing he put on for the afterparty). I swear, it's like at some point he decided that in all public appearances he is going to continue to embody T'Challa and project aristocracy continuously.

Also - my second fave was Spike Lee's purple suit, because that color really suited him.
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But fwiw, I really enjoyed the first episode of I Am The Night, in large part because I'm just having a good time sinking into the beautiful art direction. A lot of care is taken in recreating a highly stylized detailed portrait of the era and I'm just wallowing as I let the story slowly unfold.
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If you live in the US and have a Senator please call before Thursday and tell them what you think of shutting down the government to fund a border wall. Even the staunchest Red/Blue are taking notes. Call outside of office hours and leave a voice mail if you're afraid of people. Be sure to leave your address and/or zipcode - with a live person, or in your voice mail - to establish that you are in fact a constituent.

I truly believe this is "save our country" level important, so please call if you can.
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Per this twitter thread it is worth it to call your congresscritters and tell them what you think of the wall standoff, even if they are reliably red/blue.
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I hate talking to humans so I called on a weekend and left voicemails. I told the GOP ones to override a veto if necessary, and told the Dems to stick to their guns. I hope everyone else in the US does the same. I gather it's always better to call local offices than Washington DC, but in general, definitely calls are way better than emails.

Aquaman

Dec. 23rd, 2018 01:38 pm
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Is so terrible that it swings back around to glorious.

It's too long - and that part can't be enjoyed ironically - but the rest of it is a towering pastiche of cliche and hallucinogenics and fantastically awkward dialogue made that much more ridiculous by the attempts at levity.

It owes the most debt to Thor, but it's also got twenty zillion other texts it steals from, classical and recent, including at least one where ... that is not a theft I would have expected.

I also appreciated at least two moments where Jason Momoa was very clearly shot and costumed the way you'd expect a woman character to be, including our first introduction to him. So that was fun.

I do have to ask, though - if he's impervious to knives and bullets, how did he get the tattoos?

Go see it, but pee first.
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I have increasingly limited tolerance for any kind of movie that involves animal harm or distress. Like, I can barely even watch the trailers for movies that are obviously supposed to be heartwarming stories about dogs or whatever, but will necessarily include moments when the dog is sad or threatened.
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I feel like most of my movie reviews are negative - I'd fear I'm being too harsh but then I look back and I realize no, there were plenty of movies since last Christmas season that I loved (including I Tonya, Molly's Game, Black Panther, Ocean's 8, and Crazy Rich Asians) so it's not that I just don't like movies....

Anyhoo, point is, I'm not saying you shouldn't see it or anything, but sadly Mary Poppins Returns was not all it could be.

I'm not even going to spoiler-cut because my comments only give away the most general premise - less than your typical movie review - but the basic problem is:

The movie is halfway between a reboot and a sequel. Chronologically it's definitely a sequel: Jane and Michael are grown up, Michael has kids of his own, and Mary Poppins comes to take care of them. And it's all original music. That said, the basic plot and characters pretty much follow the original. Instead of a chimney sweep played by Dick Van Dyke, we have a lamplighter played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Instead of a chimney sweep song, we have a lamplighter song. Instead of not wanting to take medicine, the children don't want to take a bath (which incidentally I found a little creepy but maybe that's just me.) Instead of a cartoon sequence involving a chalk drawing, we have a cartoon sequence involving something else. Instead of Uncle Albert we have Cousin Topsy, and so forth.

(Now that I think about it, it's a lot like Superman Returns in that way; a remake, but also a sequel.)

The problem is, I am sorry to say - Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are no Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Let me be clear: I love both Blunt and Miranda, but the original roles were tailored to the strengths of Andrews and Van Dyke, and so Blunt and Miranda come off as pale imitations. The movie would have been better if it had been less about shoving them into an ill-fitting box.

The other problem is the movie wants to recreate the original story about children who are neglected by a stern workaholic father until Mary Poppins brings the family together. Except they can't really do that, because that would suggest that Michael Banks did not in fact benefit from Mary Poppins's earlier intervention. So instead, the movie kind of vacillates between making him distant and strict and making him accessible and affectionate, and that leaves the character arc underdeveloped.

I could say more - I think there were some serious lost opportunities as far as sets and cinematography go - but that's the basic gist.

There is one moment toward the end, though, that had me wanting to stand up and cheer, so there is that.

Point being, I'm not going so far as to say thumbs down exactly, but it's not the magic it should have been.
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But I can't help it. The latest source of my ire: Lifetime's Christmas Pen Pals.

Spoilers )
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Hallmark romance movies.

Somebody please.
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Now that we're running back here I feel like I have to flex my blogging muscles again! (Lately, it's been mostly Twitter, in part because I've been politically obsessed and in part because it's easy - I'm sure some would object but I wouldn't mind if Dreamwidth added a share/reblog function that allowed reposting friends' posts as yours, with credit to the OP, assuming the friend had the option of blocking shares, etc).

Anyhoo, [personal profile] luminosity had the idea, from [personal profile] mecurtin, to post a fannish autobiography, and I thought that was a good idea, so I'll go!

I first had what I now recognize as fannish feelings for the V series (see icon). Later, it was Young Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek. But my first fandom, in the sense of participating in online fannish communities, was Forever Knight. That's when I first started taking part in fannish discussions and devouring fic (which was mainly available via emailing lists).

I occasionally dabbled in writing fic myself, but not often; mostly I was just a reader and discussant.

From there, I moved on to X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and - clearly somewhat belatedly - Starsky & Hutch and Highlander, which is when I (a) first developed an interest in slash and (b) first developed an interest in vidding. I posted my first vid in 2006 (oh my god).

After that, I continued to vid, quickly becoming a Supernatural obsessive, with stops along the way at various slash fandoms (the longest-running ones were probably Merlin, X-Men, H50 until I couldn't take the politics, and Person of Interest). Obviously, as a fannish type, there are lots of shows I've loved outside of this list, but these have been my major fic reading/shipping fandoms. (Vidding is different; I vidded lots of things that weren't fannish obsessions). Lately, it's mostly been about Steve/Bucky for me, but one day I'm sure it'll be something else.

There are many parallels between Steve/Bucky and Sam/Dean, and they're my longest running OTPs, so it seems I have a bit of a specific kink for friends from childhood, one protects the other, goes to hell, comes back, resulting in role reversal. But in general, I'm a h/c kind of gal, and I vastly prefer friends-to-lovers over enemies-to-lovers.

Anyhoo, I haven't made a new vid in many years, and at this point I'm not sure vidding again is likely, but I do miss it. If you're interested, all my vids are available at the my vids tag.

And that's me as fan!
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I am swamped with real life and barely have had time to pay attention to the latest in fannish upsets, but if y'all find somewhere else to be, don't leave without telling me where you're going!
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I was never into Harry Potter so I need to ask fandom about a plot point, really just out of curiosity.

I'm trying to figure out what Voldemort wants, exactly. Am I right that aside from to rule, power, etc, he thinks that the wizarding world should exclude any wizards who have muggle blood? And if that's right, what's the plan for when more wizards are born to muggles? Do they just stay with the muggles? Would that mean that eventually the muggle world would become filled with magic, as well?

Just trying to work out the implications, etc.
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Which is objectively a very bad movie -

but it did get me more interested in Freddie Mercury, because I was too young to really recognize him when he was at the height of fame. But now I am becoming fascinated with his talent and his style and his taste.

And one of the things that is so interesting to me is that he clearly had a once in a generation - perhaps once in ten generations - vocal talent. And if he'd, say, chosen to do opera, he'd have rivaled Pavarotti. As in, musical commenters compare him - often favorably - to Pavarotti.

But because of his taste, he chose cheesy pop music. And when I say cheesy, I mean, he consciously knew he was choosing ridiculous cheese. ('Fried chicken"? He knew what he was about)

And I'm not saying that's a bad thing! In terms of straight up market demand, hell yeah, there's more money in cheese - if not more cultural cachet, depending on your measure.

But it's such a truly fascinating choice.

Anyhoo, that's all. Back to singing "Hammer to Fall" in my head.

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