Shawnieeeee

Jul. 9th, 2016 12:49 pm
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In keeping with my watching all the Girl Meets World eps that have Shawn or Eric, oh my gawwwwd this latest one.

Shawn the mountain man recluse, absolutely destroyed by his love for Cory, talking to squirrels and making tea. "Cory Matthews messed up my life!"

And then bonding with Maya again I caaaaaaaaaan't. "Didn't I say I'd always be there for you?"

Then Riley about Shawn: "I don't think he's lost his voice, Maya. I think he's screaming."

I love melodramatic Shawn trying to hide his melodrama so. much. Never being able to live up to Cory and Topanga's romance, always wishing for a family. Ughhh. Until he gives up and hides his emotions in the woods.

Shawn the writer unable to use normal human words: "I don't know what comes after that, I'm damaged!"

Then Cory comes and acts ridiculously fey while Shawn beats him up. And just like Cory's "my favorite person and my wife" comment at Xmas, now Cory says Shawn is the "greatest thing that ever happened to me" and when Riley says "besides Mom," Cory says "I know my own life!" lolllllllll.

I'm not sure if I buy the Shawn and Katy thing... (Do they even know each other? Especially since Shawn hasn't been "himself" lately or w/e. How many dates have they been on?? He doesn't have to be with Katy to have a relationship with Maya... How ironic that Riley and Maya, by contrast, are taking a break to be sure they know who they are themselves before embarking on romance because "isn't that how adults would do it?") But Shawn sure was cute at the end. It definitely showed his reckless spontaneity! 

BTW, OT3 fic rec: Theobule's Usufruct.

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I recently watched K and L con, and I was literally sobbing from hysterical laughter during the MCs. I frequently had to stop to breathe.

And they sound REALLY good vocally - plus I was surprised how much I liked L album.

All this is a reminder to myself that I should watch more cons and not be intimidated by the length.

Now all that's left is... US con, H con fancam, M con, Kimi mo Domoto Family, and J con dvd.
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So I screamed during Tommy's speech, when he was like "Lin... oh, dear Lin."

And then Lin posted this on Twitter and I screamed again ugh.

lemonade

May. 29th, 2016 09:13 pm
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I forgot to post here when I watched it when it first came out, but honestly Lemonade was beautiful, life-changing, etc. I had planned to just put it on the TV in the background and do other things, but from the first moment, I was transfixed and couldn't look away. Each time I see an image of Beyonce now, I'm reminded of how great it was musically, conceptually, emotionally, visually, vocally... A++ everyone should watch. It really transformed the album and the music video formats.

talk hard

May. 29th, 2016 08:55 pm
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Since I'm watching Mr. Robot now, I went back to rewatch Pump Up the Volume. Honestly, that movie was so formative; that scene where they make out is the best. I don't like the way it ends so abruptly, but I like that it ends "unhappily." Life before the internet was so terrible omg! Nowadays he would have a podcast and a donate button, or he would just talk to his friends online. And when the FCC started talking about how unrestricted broadcasting devolved to the lowest content, I was like just wait a few years, buddy. I'm shocked and appalled that there's like zero fics for this film, but a million for Heathers. I need more...
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Bucky's milkshake brought all the superheroes to the yard - too many, I think, but the film was still very enjoyable!

Rei wrote some interesting meta, and so did Abigail Nussbaum and company, and of course Redlettermedia's reaction. The Fanfare post has good stuff too.

Rei's thoughts on ghosts sparked some thoughts of my own. Tony's method of dealing with ghosts seems to be to rewrite them or exorcise them. He uses his VR machine to rewrite the memory of the last time he talked to his parents and exorcise his guilt. The film echoes this structure when it shows Howard's murder three times, each time rewriting it. Throughout the films, Tony has seemingly changed his mind about the use of power, and each time he sees power abused, he tries to rewrite history to use it in a different way. He's changed his mind about his weapons, his suits, government oversight, predictive policing... If you try to sum up his opinions into a consistent worldview, it can get challenging since he seems to change them each film. His consistency comes from his reaction to abuses of power. Each film, he is reacting to past abuses and trying to rewrite them, so his opinions will change based on what just happened. Like the TSA reacting to a shoe bomber with an inordinate security focus on shoes going forward, Tony is forever looking backwards and trying to exorcise the existing ghost, rather than prevent new ones.

Steve, however, deals with his ghosts by living with them. Steve sees each loss as personal, but just lives with the fact that you lose people instead of trying to rewrite the rules of the game to save everyone, as Tony attempts to. That's the root of their conflict in this film. Tony also tries to kill Bucky to "rewrite" the past, even though Steve tells him, "This won't change what happened."

Other thoughts:
  • Spidey was good - the best Spidey I've seen! - but out of place. Tony's interaction with Peter and Aunt May was similarly entertaining, but did it really belong in this film? And also, child soldier recruitment with no government supervision...? Also lol that the end needed to say "Spiderman will return." Like we don't have enough Spiderman already.
  • SHIELD doesn't exist lol. So much for Agents of Whatever.
  • Contrary to our fears, Steve didn't die! Nobody main died except for Peggy. :(
  • I need a Black Panther movie stat.
  • Where's Pepper? She could have cleared this whole confusion up in 1 meeting.
  • I loled at Steve's attachment issues when he held on to Bucky's helicopter with his bare hands hahaha.
  • That freezing scene was BS. Both from an in-story perspective - for chrissakes, Bucky needs counseling, not freezing and more damaging! - and from an audience perspective - the emotional reward for all of this struggle to keep Bucky alive and get him together with Steve is to... basically temporarily kill Bucky...
  • We needed WAY MORE Bucky and Steve relationship. Redlettermedia is right when it called this basically 2 films, and they wanted just the Bucky/Steve film. The Sam and Bucky road trip stuff worked so well, too. Save the civil war crap for the Avengers film.
  • That Sharon scene was out of nowhere wtf.
  • Some things that were right out of fic made me happy - Tony calling Bucky names like "manchurian candidate," Tony dealing with Bucky killing his parents.
Also Agent Carter was CANCELLED and I am DISTRAUGHT. Season 2 was SO GOOD ughh and unresolved.
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I watched the last 2 films, and they were so good omg. I was a little sad that we lost the Sano & Saitou buddy trip of the anime, but the way the film condensed events was impressive.

All the casting continues to be spot on, for the most part. Aoshi was a little skinnier than I would like, and the way they changed his backstory made his hatred of Kenshin make no sense... Sano continues to be a little off to me, but in a way that I can't put my finger on.

But Fukuyama Masaharu as Hiko Seijuro was so good! so! good! I was telling my friend that I didn't know why the mangaka is rebooting the manga events, when there are so many interesting side characters. Why can't we see Hiko Seijuro's mysterious backstory instead? He always seems like such an interesting character!

Saitou was also great - Kenshin, Kaoru, Yahiko, Misao, Megumi, all the casting and performances were great.

If I remember correctly, women in the manga and anime could fight way better than Kaoru and Misao seem to be able to in these films... which is annoying. Especially since Misao and Kaoru are fighters as their profession. Also, did Shishio kidnap Kaoru in the anime? That annoyed me too.

I LOVED the little play at the beginning of the 2nd film, where stage-Kenshin runs around in a circle as part of his fighting move. Then whenever real Kenshin ran around in a circle when he fought, I loled.

Now I want MORE KENSHIN. MORE FILMS!!!!
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THEY WERE SO CLOSE TO KILLING RIP I WAS SO EXCITED. But then ugh. No.

At least Savage is dead. Three times lol.

All of Mick's parts of the ep were A++.

Time travel makes no sense, y'all.

Deadpool

May. 16th, 2016 10:07 pm
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I saw this the other day, and it is A++ as I expected! It only works because it's Deadpool, so I hope there aren't a lot of crappy imitators, but it really works! And it works because the core of the story is such a sweet relationship and such vulnerability and pain. Just rating a comic book story R won't make it work on its own - talking to you, Suicide Squad.
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Eurovision was great!! I love Petra, and Mans was cool too. But I have had the TRUE WINNER of Eurovision stuck in my head for days. 

And if Bulgaria or Australia couldn't win, at least Russia lost!

(Belarus was ROBBED!)

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Lin and Tommy talk to Charlie Rose
  • Lin calls Tommy his work spouse.
  • Tommy: "I look at the songs between Washington and Hamilton, and I think 'Oh, Lin's just writing about us.'" - power couple where Tommy is CLEARLY taskmaster Washington.
  • The majority of the interview is Tommy praising Lin while Lin giggles nervously at his senpai noticing him, I just.
  • Tommy: "I hear Lin's voice in my head." He then gives an example of Lin actually reading his mind - they literally pass the broccoli test, I cannot.
  • Everyone asks Tommy "How is Lin handling this?" Because Tommy is the one who would know??
  • Charlie Rose being his portentous self - "So how did this... relationship begin?"

#myemotions

May. 8th, 2016 09:58 pm
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I cannot believe Good Wife did that to us. I just cannot believe... I have so many emotions. WHAT KIND OF UNRESOLVED ENDING RJEFIOAWFJWEIO

Meanwhile, I felt more emotions in the first 5 minutes of Good Wife than in the entire hour of OUAT with the three? four? deaths.
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I can't believe I never posted about My Daughter Seo Young and You Who Came from the Stars, but it looks like not. Suffice it to say, I mainlined both dramas last year and was extremely happy with both - except the end of You Who Came from the Stars was a little weird. I also watched most of Famous Princesses (can you sense a Park Hae Jin theme?) and that was interesting too.
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I was so excited to watch a drama with Park Hae Jin in it! The latter half did get a little boring/annoying with the Min Soo copycat plot, the ~stealing class notes~ plot, etc. But despite the behind-the-scenes controversy about the latter half, I was happy with this drama... until the last episode. )

Yes, the soundtrack was A++ like Coffee Prince. And the characters reminded me of Hana Yori Dango - there were elements of Domyouji and Rui in Yoo Jung and Baek In Ho.

Legends

Apr. 28th, 2016 08:55 pm
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My god, this Savage arc is so deadly boring. A slomo gundam fight, really??? There were some cute Snart and Mick moments, but overall, there was ZERO logic here. AND BORING. The dialog, ugh. Just kill Savage already ffs. Also no one cares about Carter. There will be dozens of Carters throughout history - just go to a different time and choose another if you have to have one. But I agree with Ray about choosing your own life instead of destiny. I can't believe Kendra is going back to that BS.

And once again in this ep, Snart proves that he should be captain. It seems like he does this every episode.

#FenforHam

Apr. 27th, 2016 10:48 pm
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I saw Hamilton today! I also saw Pippa on the street, and avoided the news cameras. It was pretty much the best day ever! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tv_lurker for going with me. <3

(Although Lin, we could see every other performer's face from our balcony seats. Why was 50% of your performance your lovely forehead? Look up!)

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OUAT
I am still so team Hades/Zelena. Cora and Regina trying to make Zelena's memories disappear was so not cool, and I'm glad she prevented it. But if you think about it, Cora did memory manipulation of another sort when she brought back the childhood memories she took... if that was even true... I do hope that Zelena finds some fulfillment in a relationship with Regina, since Regina's treated her pretty badly so far.

I love Cruella as usual, but that David and James fight was just so ???

Cora going into the light was nice, though. <3

Good Wife
This last season is so entertaining - it's like watching a car crash. Also, I will miss the fake TV episodes they have lol. It was nice to see Zack and Grace, but LOL Zack, and Zack's girlfriend, just... lol. I am with you Alicia.

It was great to see MARISSA and more of Eli, of course.

I don't understand the Mars thing - is it an injoke from an ep I missed? Or is it literally "I like space. I like stuff about space." (My god, he does sound 12.) But then he won me over with the speech after that. I love Jason! (JDM also looks like he's flirting with whoever he talks to lol.)

This case against Peter is totally confusing, but at least everyone is getting involved in the same plotline for once!

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I saw this film recently, and I really enjoyed parts of it. Of course, watching Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson chew scenery at each other was the real treat!!!

But I did enjoy the high school premise, and the actors - the human boy was super smiley and cute. It would have been such a good film with just three changes:

1. No curse. The family dynamics were interesting enough without a curse, and their magic was dangerous enough to serve as a discouragement for getting involved with any mortal anyway. The real conflict should have been internally with the magical girl CHOOSING between darkness and light. The curse takes away all the stakes for the characters since there's nothing they can do anyway. And that whole "once you go dark you can't go back" thing seems like a dire enough climax to the story without a curse!

2. No past lives. I did appreciate that they didn't use the same actors for past selves - that is always so weird and unnatural. But having their love "destined" again removes any stakes or choice for the characters. They don't have to have a reason to fall in love - they just do. And their relationship was cute enough that it should stand on its own. Also, the weird semi-nostalgia for the slave Confederacy was creepy.

3. Explain everyone's powers. I was so confused about what casters could and couldn't do. I was even more confused about black librarian lady who had seer powers, but couldn't use them? And was forced to become a caster librarian because of hereditary reasons - that sounded really creepy?? Explaining more about the dark and light side, and strengths and weaknesses of certain (inborn?) magical specialties would make the temptation of the dark side more interesting.

RIP i wish

Apr. 21st, 2016 08:52 pm
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For like five minutes I really hoped they were going to kill Rip, reboot the series, and have to re-form the team from Mama Timemaster's house.

They would all be emotionally well adjusted, and there would be no stupid Rip.

And maybe the time traveling would make sense if they had lived their lives out of time. The time travel "logic" so far makes zero sense.

At least Rip gave lip service to how stupid and selfish he is.

I liked Mick's talking with his younger self!

I'm glad Kendra didn't listen to her Old West self (because life with Carter ends in tragedy anyway so what's the difference!), but can she get literally anything to do besides romance?

I really hope this Vandal Savage arc ends soon.

Flash

Apr. 19th, 2016 09:00 pm
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Wait, so everyone knew Hunter Zolomon's face on Earth 2, but Jay Garrick was just running around as the Flash and no one recognized him?? I don't understand. Was it the beard?!

Also, that whole Iris conversation was so uncomfortable. Destiny is the WORST reason to be with someone - there's not even a choice there! She sounded like she was hiding behind that Barry reason because she wasn't ready to move on from Eddie - which is fine! She should just admit that.

Caitlyn really has bad luck in men... Cisco isn't doing too well in the romance department either, although I liked his relationship with Hawkgirl.

Other than that, this was an amazing episode. The team was adorable as was the family theme. I NEED that clip of the Vader conversation immediately, and Cisco was awesome.

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