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Sunday, February 14th, 2016 06:13 pm
Wow, this may be my longest ever accidental livejournal hiatus? Oops! And hi!

I took a four week art class on painting with acrylics, which I've never done before. Acrylics are fun! I want to continue. For now, though, I'm going to switch to a drawing class, because a work friend of mine and I were talking about art and decided to take this one together. We start this week.

I've read... books by Mira Grant, Daniel José Older, and Andy Weir )

Lastly for books, I finished a re-read of the Harry Potter series in January. Yes, all seven books. Yes, for the fourth time, I believe.

TV! I'm behind on Jane the Virgin. There are enough writing missteps that I'm hesitant to catch up. I'm sure I will eventually. I'm team "Anyone but Michael unless he goes through some serious character redemption". Even though I like Michael and most of the story he's been getting. But not the part where he's a possible romantic partner for Jane.

Galavant came back for a fun second season, and if you're wanting a very silly comedy with fourth-wall breaking songs, I'd recommend it. It's short! There's a mostly-happy ending! Characters actually evolve in interesting ways!

Agent Carter has also returned and... well. a mixed bag )

Supergirl and The Flash are both still on my watch list. TF continues its tradition of writing women terribly, and SG continues its tradition of removing consequences from the characters it likes. To the point where I'm almost rooting for Maxwell whatisface, the villain of the piece. Ah well.

On to movies! While Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn't exactly bold new territory in the storytelling realm, it was (mostly) exciting to watch, and they did make at least one bold choice by casting John Boyega (black British) as one of the leads. From what I've read, the (secondary) role of pilot Poe was initially going to be played by a black man, and Finn--Boyega's role--was going to be a white man. Instead we have Boyega in a leading role, and Poe played by Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac.

Boyega was fantastic, by the way. Actually, the acting was very good all around, at least by Star Wars standards. The dialogue wasn't the clunky mess that Lucas wrote in the earlier films, whiched helped. All in all a good (re)start, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.
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Sunday, November 29th, 2015 08:54 pm
Like a lot of Netflix subscribers out there, I binge-watched their newest original offering, Jessica Jones. It was grim, but very good. The themes of power and abuse make for a very dark show, even though it wasn't as physical violent as, say, Daredevil. It's very much a film noir sort of show, with a hard-edged detective as the leading character (complete with first-person voiceover) and a life-changing traumatic event in that character's life as a focus.

Many, many posts out there highlighting the potential upsetting nature of various elements of Jessica Jones, so I'll refrain from adding to that. It's definitely at the far edge of what I'll watch; I wouldn't want it any more grim. I will say that ultimately the show had a hopeful message: you're not the same after tragic events, but you can move on anyway. (And if you want a list of what I can recall about the possibly triggering dark stuff, lemme know.)

What else? For me there was a bit of a lull in the middle; episode seven in particular was a bit annoying. But as a whole it was a strong season one, and I'm looking forward to more.

a few spoilers and a critique )

Moving on: the trailer for the newest Captain America movie (Civil War is the second part of the title, I believe) doesn’t interest me. 1) In what world are Steve and Tony friends? Work buddies at best. Which is a valuable thing, but… 2) Bucky is a pawn in all of this, and I’m not emotionally invested in Bucky. 3) Marvel movie-verse is severely lacking in women, and I’m just tired of that. It was especially noticeable after watching Jessica Jones. I may well be DONE with CA/The Avengers and the "Only one woman per team allowed" thing they have going on...
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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 08:29 pm
The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- spoiler-ish )

Enough about that. Jane the Virgin had its first season finale last night. o_O )

Person of Interest has been renewed for a fifth season, but only for thirteen episodes. Honestly, that's okay with me except for spoiler for mid-season four )

Reading a very silly book about a witch and a vampire in love, and I've almost deleted it from my Kindle twice already. The worldbuilding is interesting enough, but the romance part is so very predictable, and not in a good way. Also: Her eyes floated up to his. Heeeeee. I didn't know witches had detachable eyes!
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Friday, January 2nd, 2015 08:52 am
I finally faced the consequences of watching a zombie movie, though it was weeks later: zombie nightmare, urgh. There are reasons why I don't normally watch zombie movies.

Oh, and I apparently didn't post about that here. So: I watched World War Z, since it was available on Netflix livestreaming, and it had been described to me as a zombie movie for people who don't like zombie movies. more about the movie AND the book World War Z back here )

I saw Mockingjay, Part I a few weeks ago as well. only tiny spoilers for the movie )

Another book? Oh why not. Seanan McGuire has a series with half-fae half-human all detective Tobey Daye, starting with Rosemary and Rue. Very enjoyable, and I have the second book on hold at my library.

And hey, another movie too. (Wow, it's been awhile since I posted.) Into the Woods was another entertaining movie that was bound to annoy fans of the original source material. Which I would now like to see, by the way. Having read a summary of the musical, it sounds much better than that movie was. Even though Sondheim's musicality is apparently not my thing, I like the ideas behind his musical.

One last book! Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam, which I ended up skimming, because the character Moist Von Lipwig is not one I find particularly endearing. I like certain elements of Pratchett's Discworld series more than others, and am therefore not a diehard fan of all his books. Honestly, his best are probably with Tiffany Aching. Or Death--I like Death quite a bit.

Well, that's a lot of blather. Hope your new year is starting well! I think I'll celebrate my last official day off (I still have the weekend, but that's normal for me) by doing the mundane task of highlighting my hair.
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Monday, September 15th, 2014 09:25 pm
Austenland, by Shannon Hale: well, it was a book. It didn't end up in the "I hate it so much that I'd like to fling it against the wall" category, but I definitely didn't love it. Which is a bit unfortunate, since it was loaned to me by a friend who was certain that it would be just my thing.

The basic premise of Austenland itself was part of the problem. It's a creative premise, I'll grant that. If you're a rich enough woman (this fictional universe only talked of women clients), and you have enough of an interest in Jane Austen's novels, you can sign up for their package vacation, in which you play a character and interact with other paying participants and paid actors. Heck of a vacation. Add in the idea that the management wants its clients to have a satisfactory Austen-esque romantic experience, and then throw in a leading character who is struggling to figure out why her own love life has been so dismal, and I just ended up feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed. So. Not a ringing endorsement for the book. Maybe ten years ago I would have enjoyed this a lot more.

In more positive news, I just rewatched Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and it's still delightful. Though I was amused to discover that one scene looked very different in my memory than how it played onscreen, and the ending was far more shippy than I remember it.

It's available on Netflix streaming now, so if you haven't watched it yet and have Netflix, give it a try.
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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 10:55 pm
It's that time of year where I feel like I'm drowning in papers. Grading, forms to fill out, and so forth. This means that I've been watching a lot of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I didn't know that Jeff Goldblum had a stint on the show. I'm not sure how many episodes he made; guess I'll find out while looking at more papers. Presumably I'll also discover if Jeff Goldblum playing himself is going to annoy me enough to skip his episodes, or if having yet another jerk genius will do me in as well. That's part of why I liked Chris Noth as Det. Logan; he wasn't an unbearable yet brilliant cop, he was just persistent.

Mireille Enos guest-starred on an episode, and it was thoroughly disconcerting to see her with makeup and professionally styled hair. Not the look I'm used to seeing on her, since I recognized her from The Killing (US).

Anyway! I saw Divergent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in May, both of which were enjoyable. I liked the superhero movie better, maybe because I'd already had my fill of post-war dystopian futures this year with Catching Fire.

I stuck with Person of Interest through the season finale. Season three was brutal for me as a fan: uneven plotting, death of a favorite character, lots of rough elements. I was ready to give it up, but then the last few minutes of the finale changed the setup into something I find almost impossible to resist: survival on the run. So now I have to check out the beginning of next season to see how the show producers deal with a theme that I normally love.

Very much looking forward to the end of school and summer vacation. Wheee, travels! Whee, free time! I have so much stuff I want to do!
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Monday, December 30th, 2013 10:04 pm
Fan-related presents: I received a lovely Christmas card from one of you lovely people--you know who you are, and thank you!

I also received a sweet little story in Yuletide Madness: Time Enough, a post-finale Sarah Connor/James Ellison fic. About 500 words, rated PG.

What else? I've been reading some. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was beautiful and depressing, and I don't know if I'd recommend it to others. (There are a couple of instances of child molestation. Not graphic, but with a big impact on the characters involved.)

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan is a fun romance novel; it had a good balance of plot and character interaction. I read a couple of other romance novels and remembered why it had been so long since I last read one, so... nothing else to recommend there. (Not even the other two I tried by the same author.)

The latter book I read on my new-to-me Kindle. When I get home again (from visiting family), I need to dig out my library card so I can start checking out books online to read on the Kindle. Whee!

Saw the second installment of The Hobbit with my nephew and enjoyed it about as much as I expected. Which is to say, well, that was two and a half hours of prettiness, without much else to recommend it. I liked Peter Jackson's work with LotR, but there's just not enough story to The Hobbit to justify the same amount of screentime. And LotR just had a lot more plot depth by comparison. So I guess I view my movie experience as part of a cultural experience: now I can discuss it with my co-workers. (And I did discuss it with my nephew, so there's that.)

Oh, and I watched the second Hunger Games movie as well, several weeks ago. I'm pleased with the actor who played Finnick; that's a pivotal role in this and the next part of the story. (Are they dividing the third book into two movies?)

Aaaaaand... that's probably enough for now. I hope your holidays were lovely, and that we all have a splendid New Year.
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Sunday, August 25th, 2013 09:37 pm
Announcement: I have no strong feelings about Ben Affleck playing Batman in a movie. Just thought you should know. Heh. (Apparently I'm supposed to be literally angry with rage at this news, or some such thing.) Though I do have slightly positive feelings toward the idea that someone other than the Nolan brothers would be adapting this version of Batman, I also think that 1) it's really too soon, and 2) if it's the same team that made the newest Superman movie, this may not be an improvement anyway.

So I watched Savannah through Amazon's instant video service. Poor movie--it's like it wanted to be three or four different films, but succeeded at none of them. Even the soundtrack suffered from a weird split between genres. I liked parts of it, but the film didn't work as a whole.

Conclusion: if you're a completionist sort of Caviezel fan, it's certainly not going to scar you for life, but... eh.
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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 08:20 pm
My summer travels are really over, instead of mostly over. So you know what happens next. (Work. That's what happens next.)

I've been reading The Gift of Asher Lev, the sequel to Chaim Potok's well-known My Name Is Asher Lev. Someone should tally up how many times the author switches from past to present tense. It doesn't really bother me, and when I do notice, I can almost always pinpoint a reason for the switch (it's deliberate, not random), but it's definitely weird.

In addition to watching occasional episodes of Nikita (2010), I've started watching Longmire on Netflix. I'd call it a cowboy procedural. :) It's set in Wyoming, and the crime-fighters are a sheriff and his deputies. Katee Sackhoff is one of those deputies, which was part of the initial draw, but it's proven to be enjoyable as its own thing so far. I've watched maybe nine episodes?

As for Nikita, I'm about halfway through season two, and I'm not in a hurry to finish that, because season three isn't available on Netflix yet. Which probably means I won't be watching season four 'live' anytime soon. Hm. (Live usually means online within a week or so after it airs. That's how I watched Elementary, at any rate.)

One last TV note: I watched the first two episodes of The Bridge. It's a summer show on FX, a remake of a Swedish/Danish production. I actually used my blu-ray player to watch through Amazon's instant video service, which was way easier than watching on the FX website. (I did have to pay, however.) Anyway, I just couldn't keep watching: too much suspense waiting for another woman to get murdered, too much of Ciudad Juarez as "that place where the murders happen" and nothing else to the town. Too bad, though, because I really liked the possibilities of the show.

Seriously tempted to use Amazon's instant video thingy to watch Jim Caviezel's movie Savannah. Chiwetel Ejiofor is in it! And so is the woman who plays Sif in Thor and Thor 2. Anyway, maybe this weekend.

Any interest out there in a post filled with pictures of France? If yes, one big post or split into three or four?
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 03:18 pm
I've been traveling--visiting family in the US for most of it, though I did take a trip to France as well. It's been almost a decade since I went to Europe, so I took one of those organized tours, just to France. It was great, but far too short. I want to go back and just stay for a few weeks in one area.

Anyway, I'm not quite done with summer trips, even though mentally? I'M SO VERY DONE TRAVELING.

Media consumed recently: this is not a complete list, but oh well.

I saw Pacific Rim, which was thoroughly entertaining. Yes, giant robots punched dinosaurs with huge ships. No, it wasn't deep. But it was nicely plotted and characterized for a B movie, so if you think you'd enjoy it, you probably would.

During airplane trips I watched Populaire, which was a very silly French rom-com. Enjoyable fluff, but the best part was the clothes, since it was set in the late 1950s. The women's outfits were just fantastic. I want to own all of the dresses.

The other airplane movie was Blancanieves, a black and white Spanish tribute to silent movies. Made last year but set in 1920s Seville, it was a work of art, and I'd love to see it again on the big screen. Or just on a bigger screen than the back of the seat in front of me, at any rate. As for the title, it means Snow White... and this version of the fairy tale has a decidely Grimm/grim twist throughout. (DB, there's a section early on with a little girl, and I think you'd enjoy it.)

I finally finished reading the memoirs of Queen Noor. Leap of Faith: An Unexpected Life was primarily a straightfoward chronology of the woman formerly known as Lisa Halaby, leading up to the death of her husband, King Hussein of Jordan, in 1999. Personally, I'd love to know her perspective on she's done since then as well; she's only 61 now. Anyway, it was interesting, reading about the politic maneuvering juxtaposed with the efforts to raise a family. Lots and lots of politics here, although that's to be expected. Very readable, even with all of that.

The Poisonwood Bible was my most recent book. Most of the story happens in what would now be the Democractic Republic of Congo. Narrated by a (white) woman and her four daughters, their lives are permanently altered when the husband/father takes them from the still-segregated South (USA) to Africa in the late 1950s so that he can do missionary work there. I'm still not certain whether I liked the book, but it's definitely one of the most memorable stories I've read.

Right now I'm dithering over which sewing project to do, so... back to that, I guess.
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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 07:42 pm
1. How did I manage to get two episodes behind on Parks and Recreation? And no time to watch either of them before tomorrow. (In part because I'll be watching Person of Interest tonight.)

2. I've seen the movie Life of Pi twice in movie theaters in the last two weeks. It's gorgeous, both for its visuals and the narrative. Bravo to whatever person out there chose Suraj Sharma for the lead, because he did a beautiful job. (The movie is already on DVD, but it's also playing at the last-run theater a couple of suburbs away.)

3. I may try reading the book someday, but I want to wait a while. The story via movie was so complete and thought-provoking that I don't want to replace that vision with the author's... not just yet.

4. Currently in the top spot for most delicious sandwich: hummus and avocado. Messy but delicious.

5. My current plan while dealing with depression: "There is one goal, and only one goal, and that goal is to get out of bed on time." It's actually been very helpful. Maybe more on that front later, but I wanted to mention it before forgetting to post anything. My livejournal feels neglected lately.
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Friday, March 29th, 2013 07:20 pm
Movies with subtitles have never bothered me. If you feel the same, and if you like thrillers (or whodunits--this movie has elements of both) and complex female protagonists, you should try Kahaani. It's on Netflix; here's their description: "Pregnant and alone in the city of Kolkata, a woman begins a relentless search for her husband, only to find that nothing is what it seems."

It's funny how something that was a big success in India can be so under the radar here. And now I have to sit on my hands in order not to type more and accidentally let any more information slip. Just go watch it. It's enjoyable, and I think most of you who read this would like it.
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Friday, December 28th, 2012 10:20 pm
More Yuletide recs coming up, but first a quick show rec. The Bletchley Circle is a three-episode show by ITV1 (British, but not BBC). Its heart is four women who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II. Nine years after the war, they end up working together to solve a series of murders. It's good--not great, but compelling. I enjoyed it. You can watch it on Youtube. (It's basically a three-episode procedural. Not quite as grim as an episode of CSI, but that same quality is there at times.)

  • So my first rec is for The Bletchley Circle, a story for Susan after everything that happened. Day by Day

  • Elementary: let yourself be found, Joan Watson adjusting to life with Sherlock.

  • Anne of Green Gables: Be Fruitful Anne and Gilbert welcome their first grandchildren to the world.

  • The Bourne Supremacy: all the more reason Pamela Landy has a midnight visitor.

  • The Incredibles: the greatest good Helen (Elastigirl) Parr throughout her life.

  • Matilda (Roald Dahl) Hopes and Fears and Fidgets Four things Matilda wanted to be when she grew up, and one thing she became.

As far as I can recall, none of these fics required any special warnings, or had higher ratings than PG.

In unrelated news, I just spent three hours learning how not to play "Settlers of Catan" with three of my nephews.
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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 04:51 pm
At some point one of you linked to the Lizzie Bennet diaries, and suddenly I've watched thirty-five episodes?! *shakes fist* Okay, granted, one episode is between two to four minutes in length, but still. (Short explanation: modern adaptation of Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, featuring a video blogger by the name of... well, you can figure that one out. They're utter fluff. For me what's most fun is seeing how they're adapting the basic idea to fit a contemporary setting. Okay, and Bing Lee is really adorable, alright? And I may have already watched eight episodes of Lydia's v-log as well. Oops.)

[personal profile] chaila's posts about Smoke Signals made me nostalgic. The movie is back in my Netflix queue, because it's now available with livestreaming, woohoo! And if you don't know why you should watch--or you need to be reminded of why--here's a fun little fanvid from the source material. (I have the phrase "Hey, Victor!" stuck in my head again.)
eta: I should mention that the vid--and therefore the movie--contains brief moments of physical abuse toward children./eta

[personal profile] chaila also linked to Sherman Alexie's short story, This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona, the short story that is the (very minimalist) base for Smoke Signals. The movie, with ninety minutes screentime, covers a lot more than the short story, but it's interesting to compare the two.

Okay, apparently this is the [personal profile] chaila post, because here's some meta on Skyler White from Breaking Bad, and I think she would find it a good read. (I read through the first part, and I don't actually watch that show. What I find compelling is the common theme among so many fans to vilify her and, uh, deify Walter White. For lack of a better term. Obviously the whole "fans hate female characters for the same reasons that they love male characters" is something that draws my attention, though.)

Finally, a fic rec. Doctor Who lends itself well to crossovers with anything. The Lone Centurion has Rory waiting his two thousand years, and meeting up with Methos from Highlander from time to time. To my recollection I've never watched a single episode of Highlander, but I knew enough to enjoy the story anyway. Immortality and mythology are irresistible draws.
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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 06:31 pm
I'm up to 28,000 words on popcorn fic right now--which is awesome, yay me, rah rah rah, etc... except that when I started outlining the story in more detail, I honestly thought I'd be done about four thousand words ago. [insert derisive laughter here, trailing off into sobs] And now I'm feeling a bit panicky; there are thirty-nine days left before the second season of Person of Interest begins, and I really want this story complete and posted before it gets totally jossed. (Ahahah, jossed is a weird term to use when there's a character with that name on the show.)

Um. Send happy writing vibes? Or happy plot-making vibes? Or chocolate? Or advice? Because I'm about to start writing the part for which I pretty much have a two sentence outline. And the particular thing that needs to happen probably ought to fill up a chapter or two. Fun times. If I thought I was writing too slow before this...

New topic! Should I go see the newest Bourne movie? On the plus side: Jeremy Renner's arms. On the minus side: no actual Jason Bourne, and I'm squeamish about too much violence. For example, I haven't watched a James Bond movie since Brosnan was still Bond. And y'all know how I feel about ruggedly not-quite-handsome blond men; even Daniel Craig hasn't been enough to get me to watch on the big screen thus far.

(The misogyny doesn't help Bond's case either. But it was the violence that made me curl into a tiny ball in my seat the last time I saw a Bond movie in the theatre, not the bad sexual puns or gratuitous cleavage shots.)

eta: Hm, thinking about this, I can't really remember if the violence levels in the second or third Bourne movies was problematic for me. So... probably not? I do remember absolutely hating the way the car chase scenes were shot in movies 2 and 3, but that's because I'm also sensitive to jerky motions on camera. I'm bothered more by that than by riding a roller coaster. (Never had any problems riding a roller coaster. Got super-nauseated watching a fast-moving film in IMAX once.)
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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 04:41 pm
So. Batman. spoilers for 'The Dark Knight Rises' (and all of Bale's Batman films) )

I've been reading and re-reading some books. But I want to talk about Daughter of Persia, which I read earlier this summer. It's a memoir by Sattareh Farman Farmaian, who was a pioneer for social work in her home country, Iran. Her childhood--being raised as one of many children of her father's four wives--was drastically different from mine, of course. She left Iran in her early twenties (her exact age was hard to establish due to the lack of birth records) to study in the US, so through her narration I saw my home country as an absolutely foreign place. So all of that was interesting and funny and heartbreaking at times.

Eventually Farmaian works to return home and start a school of social work, and the narration turns from something of a cultural study to a tightrope walk as the US and the UK make Iran their playground, so to speak, in a game of political maneuvering and power. And for a woman in a position of authority, the tightrope was even more narrow and unstable.

So I'd recommend it. I don't generally enjoy memoirs much, but this one was fascinating.

Farmaian died in May this year. Her obituary listed her as ninety.
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 02:54 pm
Almost up to 19,000 words on popcorn fic. This means I've almost doubled the wordcount of my previous longest story. Just finished chapter four. (Originally I had planned seven, but that may go up to eight.)

Relatedly, there were a couple of excellent Person of Interest fics posted at the main lj comm today (gift exchange, apparently? *shrugs*), plus some that I quite liked at AO3 and other places in the past several weeks, so instead of linking to all of them individually, I'll just give y'all a link to my online bookmarks again.
http://www.delicious.com/rose_griffes/person-of-interest-fic

I try to include a basic description so you can know if it's something that will interest you or not.

And now it's time to go watch a different Nolan brother production: The Dark Knight Rises. Yay for excessively long and grim comic book movies? That's my impression before seeing it, at any rate. And yet I'm going anyway. Hm.
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 08:10 am
Movies this week! Two on DVD, one at the theatre. Frequency was released in 2000. It has Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Mitchell as the Sullivans, a firefighter (him) and a nurse (her) in the 1960s. One kid, John. (How cute was wee John? Oh my, so adorable!) trailer-related spoilers and my thoughts )

Inception was 2010's big movie. My students with good taste liked it, so I finally decided to try it. vaguely spoilery (but not really) )

I did see Brave, and it was charming and enjoyable. doesn't count as spoilery, but I'll cut anyway. )

So I'd recommend all three movies, for different reasons.

I mentioned Inception's music; for me that's one item on a list of odd things that have helped convince me to watch something. (Music from the movie kept popping up on one of my Pandora radio stations, and I really liked it, so I bumped the movie up in my Netflix queue.) Other unusual things? I started watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles after reading this crossover fanfic (Battlestar Galactica) and watching this crossover fan-made video (also Battlestar Galactica).

And speaking of (possibly?) fan-made things, Tumblr now has A Guy in a Suit--abbreviated AGIAS, if you notice that acronym showing up. He's "following" Person of Interest fans on Tumblr; their names are on a list of Irrelevants (heh). (He started following me yesterday*. Clearly I need to take some evasive measures.) I can't decide if it's done by Warner Bros. or CBS as viral marketing, or by a clever and dedicated fan. Either way, it's been hilarious to watch the changes as fans notice them and post about them. Tumblr is a very good format for building enthusiasm that way.

(Hm. Just noticed there's now a "coming soon" page now. Makes me more inclined to believe it's done by WB or CBS, not by a fan...)

*I have to admit, that was a hilarious notification from Tumblr. a-guy-in-a-suit started following you. Dun dun DUUUUUN!
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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 11:33 am
I've watched through 1.13 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, having skipped one or two episodes so far. It's the perfect show for lunchtime TV because it's not going to be gory (bad while eating). And I have to say, I continue to be impressed at how much a "children's" show is doing with story arc, world and character building. Good job in humanizing both Aang and Prince Zuko in episode twelve.

I've been rewatching episodes from Person of Interest, because of popcorn fic. (Alas, there are no lengthy car chases for me to use as writing inspiration, but I've figured out a way around that.) Observation: Jim Caviezel played Reese with a quieter voice and more facial expressions in the early part of the season. The more he dialed up the voice, the 'quieter' his face got. It's really noticeable if you watch his interactions with Zoe Morgan the first time versus the second time. He's still doing interesting facial responses; they've just been adjusted on the subtle scale, I suppose. Or something.

The movie Hanna (2011) is like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Bourne Identity, both in terms of plot and visual aesthetic. I should have liked it more than I did; it was enjoyable, but there wasn't a lot of depth to it. I kept wondering what was left on the cutting room floor. Maybe nothing; maybe the writers and director were perfectly happy doing a road trip/thriller with a teenage girl protagonist, and didn't care about substance when they could have style.

I finally watched episode two of Luther and have concluded: at this point I'm not very compelled by the Luther-and-Alice show, except for what Alice can reveal about John Luther. Also, Alice better stay away from Zoe, because NO. I'd make some threat about keeping Zoe safe, but... these are fictional characters, so. But speaking of Zoe, how lovely is it to have an estranged wife who isn't evil?! Their relationship (or lack thereof) is complicated, for very real reasons. Thanks, show. Also, I really like DSU Rose Teller (Luther's boss) and DS Justin Ripley (his new partner).

Both episodes one and two had interesting cases seasoned with "Why is John Luther such a mess?" I'm interested enough to go on to episode three sooner or later.

Somewhere there has to be a picture or moving gif of Alice with the text "His own bespoke psychopath," right? Because that's just... really obvious.
rose_griffes: Crying: acceptable under two circumstances (Ron Swanson's pyramid of awesome) (crying)
Friday, June 8th, 2012 12:50 pm
Have some completely random links, so I can clear them out of my bookmarks.

The Atlantic magazine had an interesting article on The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture. My favorite map at the link is the fifth one down: a breakdown of where people say "soda" versus "pop" and "coke." (I grew up saying pop, switched to calling it soda, and have noticed a lot of people around me calling it coke.)

Author Sarah Rees Brennan discusses the glorious Miss Marple.

She also talks about adaptations in reference to the whole Sherlock/Elementary brouhaha. (Personally I can't wait for Elementary, but I also have a huge fondness for male/female detective buddies of all sorts. Bonus LUCY LIU!)

Johnny Lee Miller will play the role of Sherlock in Elementary. Here's a moment from a previous stint on an American tv: Eli Stone, episode 1.01 (George Michael, y'all). Bwah, that is awesome.

Fempop magazine: Why Do People Hate Black Widow? (I hadn't read about George R. R. Martin's comments before this article. Yet another example of someone not watching the same version of The Avengers as me. It seems to be happening a lot.)

The costumes and characters of The Avengers: Black Widow and Hawkeye. This blogger has a whole series about the costumes and characters in The Avengers.