Spoiler Alert Sunday :: our thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

21 Jan

We finally went a second time!

So, I absolutely get why people dislike this movie, or have problems with it. I’ve read multiple people’s takes on why it’s not good, and/or why they found it harmful or hurtful, and/or why they think it shits all over established Star Wars canon (it doesn’t). I think many of them are valid interpretations. I’m also really not interested in debating the merits of it. I had fun, I like it, I think it’s a pretty good, flawed movie, and I’m not really interested in fighting about it.

Having said that, here is a spoiler-minimal list of things that are (in our opinions) good about this movie.

  • Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) is a great character and I’m going to fight anyone who says otherwise. She’s brave and clever and loyal and has the best scene ever, where she basically turns into the audience surrogate fangirling over Finn (John Boyega). It’s adorable. I’m very mad I can’t find a T-shirt with her on it because I love her.
  • Rey (Daisy Ridley) is still also a great character. She’s stubborn and determined and optimistic and she try. Also it’s fascinating because you can read every emotion on her face and the progressions of those are everything. (Regarding something Kylo tells her about [spoiler], I’ll be very interested to see if the third movie addresses it, because I don’t believe it but I also don’t not believe it. Kylo is a liar and I want to see this plot explored a little more because I don’t know that Rey’s emotional arc re: this thing is done yet.)
  • Leia (Carrie Fisher, bless her) is practically perfect in every way and there is pretty much nothing that can stop me loving her aggressively. Of course, the movie yanks you around with her at a few different points, which is particularly heartwrenching now, but you also do have the security of knowing: she is in IX. That helps. Pretty much everything with her causes, if not tears, then watery eyes, at least. The strain of the instrumental theme is officially a killer of my soul. But I’m proud of our space mom, and I will say I pretty much cheered the first time around when she used the Force. Because, to hell with you, fake nerd boys. Leia’s got the damn Force.
  • Finn (John Boyega) continues to be a good man who is doing his best and who loves Rey very much. He’s not in it as much as he should be, but he’s wonderful anyway. The saddest thing about this movie is that Finn and Rey spend most of it apart.
  • I am also very proud of Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern). Also, Amilyn is a beautiful name, if kind of born of modernist nonsense etymological conventions, but I don’t care I still like it. But the point is, Holdo is great. Also, Holdo is canon bisexual (thanks to some of the literature). She’s this beautiful soft colorful light in the darkness of this war who does what she can and takes no shit and her moments with Leia killed us hard.
  • It is also nice to see so many girls in the (quasi-)background of the Resistance scenes! And a few in the First Order, too (my mom was especially thrilled about Kate Dickie, which was charming), but that’s not as exciting. There are some characters you see semi-regularly (Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix [Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter] gets more screen time this go-round, serving as a strong auxiliary member of the Resistance and its new guard; there’s a pilot named Tallie [Hermione Corfield], who mostly factors in the first fight scene but is definitely there; Rose’s sister Paige [Veronica Ngo] has a moment in that scene as well; Commander Larma D’Acy [Amanda Lawrence] seems to be one of the primary officers of the ship and does a lot of explaining) and a lot of other semi-regular background characters.
  • Finn and Poe (Oscar Isaac) continue to be extremely gay, although they don’t interact as much as in the first movie. Poe is fond of referring to Finn as “buddy” and “pal,” and when Finn first wakes up from his coma and he is wearing next-to-nothing, Poe definitely sneaks a peek south before leading him off to get changed. They also touch way more times than is strictly necessary. The m/f also continues to be very good, particularly Finn/Rey, as those two spend a decent chunk of the movie worrying or thinking about each other.
  • There are many excuses to laugh one’s ass off at Kylo (Adam Driver) and/or Hux (Domnhall Gleeson). This is very good.
  • The porgs are cute and all, but I love the vulptex (crystal foxes) and I want a plushie.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Fashion Friday :: nonsense girl?

19 Jan

A_viluy

This is a nonsense outfit, moreso even than usual. Sorry, Viluy. Your name is also nonsense.

share

So we start with a leotard, basically. Share and Sheer Alike Velvet Bodysuit in Black, ModCloth.

swingy

Then look, a skirt. It’s a slightly different shade of blue but it’s blue. This really isn’t the season for powder blue, or whatever. Swingy Mini Skirt With Pockets in Blue, ModCloth.

layer it

Taking the tights to grey instead because it’d be hard to match blues. Layer It On Tights in Graphite, ModCloth.

dashing

This has nothing to do with anything. It just completes things well. Also there aren’t any white shoes that remotely worked. Dashing to Dinner Wedge in Black, ModCloth.

dashing

Sure! Hat. Era Intrigue Fascinator in Black, Collectif at ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spoiler Alert Sunday :: our thoughts on Proud Mary

13 Jan

Basically, there is no good reason to throw a fit about this movie.

It’s the exact same revenge fantasy we’ve seen 20 times before, but instead of starring some middle-aged but trim/fit white fellow it’s got Taraji P. Henson being the one taking down all the bad guys. And she does, spectacularly. It doesn’t end up being much of a bloodbath, in that you don’t see all that much blood, but the kill count is high.

It doesn’t pass the Bechdel test (there are no scenes that are just between two women, let alone where they speak to each other about something other than a man) but it definitely passes the Mako Mori test (“a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story”) so that’s definitely good.

The only love story in the film is a platonic/familial one between Mary (Henson) and Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), the adolescent boy she ends up taking in. They learn how to trust each other and forgive each other and do good for each other despite neither having a good track record with people or specifically families and it’s very touching!

The style is also on point. Not only is Mary a stylish lady (understated but clearly sleek) but there’s just a really good overall vibe, one that respectfully edges toward blaxploitation without veering into anything sketchy.

It’s kind of nonsense in parts, but you know what? It’s the kind of nonsense that I will gladly watch a million more hours of.

–your angirl heroines.

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Fashion Friday :: the one-off babes.

12 Jan

tellu

Tellu is the first of the Witches 5 to only really have the one episode. I nonetheless am fond of her and think that her dub name change is one of the better ones (I still have audio in my head of dub!Mimete going “Telulu!” really dramatically. Telulu sounds like Tallulah, kind of. Tellu just sounds like a weird nickname.)

I digress. Weird plant babe ahoy.

surprise

This dress literally has leaves on it! Perfect. Surprise Arrival Fit and Flare Dress, ModCloth.

accent your

Green tights keep it simple. Accent Your Ensemble Tights in Olive, ModCloth.

a tasteful

Sure! A Tasteful Twist Block Heel, ModCloth.

drupe hug

This is good. Plants, and double balls, and also red for contrast. Drupe Hug Earrings, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Superlative Sunday :: my thoughts on the 2018 Golden Globes

7 Jan

#timesup, #whywewearblack, etc. I’m here for all this.

That said, I didn’t watch the awards. I have minimal patience for award shows at this point, especially when I can just get all the results and fashion pictures and inspirational moments online. So here’s the thoughts I can offer on the results, as usual by film.

The Shape of Water (Best Director, Motion Picture [Guillermo del Toro])
This is so great. I am here for every weird minute of positive attention this beautiful strange film gets.

Lady Bird (Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy [Saoirse Ronan])
This so nice too! This was such a pleasant surprise of a bittersweet film and I’m glad it’s been properly noticed. Also I’m proud of Saoirse Ronan, somewhat on drift partner’s behalf and somewhat because I just am.

Get Out (won nothing because this shit is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s)
I just quoted the 2004 Gwen Stefani song “Hollaback Girl” because, well. If the shit fits. Get Out is a wonderful movie, objectively one of the best of last year, and its being classified as “Musical or Comedy” was part of its downfall I’m sure. I hate award classifications and this is a deathly one. That said Hollywood is also still problematic so, y’know. There’s that.

On the TV side: proud of my girls Elisabeth Moss and Laura Dern, my boys Aziz Ansari and Alexander Skarsgard, and The Handmaid’s Tale in general even though I still haven’t watched it because I’m not ready for that much right now.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: a silly goose.

5 Jan

mimete

That is an appropriate description of Mimete.

once

Because, remember, she had that don’t be suspicious coat she’d wear undercover. Once Upon a Thyme Coat in Mustard, ModCloth.

zest

So this is entirely not the style of Mimete’s dress but it screams her. Zest by Request A-Line Dress in Mustard, ModCloth.

voluminous

A key factor of Mimete’s look is the poofy nonsense skirt. So what if you might have to take a layer or two out of this one to get it to fit under the dress it’s still vital. Voluminous Tulle Petticoat in Black – Short, ModCloth.

sheer me

Is she wearing tights in the thing? No? WHO CARES. Sheer Me Out Tights in Dijon, ModCloth.

the zest

Used these before don’t care they’re simple and perf. The Zest is History Heel in Black, ModCloth.

tasks

She also had a giant metal suitcase. This is at least the color of metal. Tasks All Over Town Bag in Charcoal, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spectacular Summaries Saturday :: top 10 gifts 2017 gave me

30 Dec

10. Being drift partners forever every day
Disclaimer: drift partner is always going to be the real #1, for the rest of time. ❤ This list will henceforth be “top 10 other gifts” because that’s just true. There’s no one best thing about being drift partners forever every day. Being together every day is great. Watching television and movies together is great. Collecting truly ridiculous numbers of toys and memes is great. Helping each other through tough shit is great. It’s all great. Love you.

9. Those truly ridiculous numbers of memes
“The old __ can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s dead.” “There are millions of cars in this city and now they all belong to me.” “That’s you.” “I have an accent.” “There make be snakes.” “I’m Josh Hutcherson, after all.” “Not great, Bob.” (ineffectively flails like a video game NPC) “No quieres bailar.” “Mother!!!” “Bees???” “Petersburg!” (ineffectively hits hands together and on face while raising eyebrows) “Tough, you will.” “It is happening again.” “Guess meesa die.” “Isn’t that corrupt?” “I can’t help you out of this one, Jim.” “Jeffrey, I am afraid.” “Eels.” So on.

8. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey
As said earlier.

7. I’m Only Dreaming, Eisley
As said earlier, with the addendum that following the DuPree family et al on Instagram has been one of the biggest delights of the year as well. They’re all easily some of my favorite famous people to follow and all of those children are the cutest. Also, it’s nice knowing Elle Puckett is one of ours.

6. Marguerite Bennett
This woman is responsible, largely, for my beloved DC Bombshells, though that’s mostly just something I am coming into this year slightly belatedly. She’s also now writing Batwoman and that’s great, and she writes the new Josie and the Pussycats which is honestly the funniest thing I’ve read all year and references probably a good 70% of the things I hold nearest and dearest in the first 5 issues alone.

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Honestly, this is a perfect comedy. It’s aware of the world, it listens to its cast (Terry Crews’ influence on the police profiling episode, for example, or Stephanie Beatriz’s on Rosa’s coming out), its humor never punches down, its characters are mostly quite likable, its characters are allowed to grow, its nonsense is embraced.

4. The Defenders
This show is at least 50% nonsense, but it’s the greatest kind of that. There’s friendship and teamwork! There’s incredible gayness even though it’s all implicit and some of it is between a man and a woman but still, oh my god, they’re so gay. The arcs aren’t perfect, but a lot of important things happen and there are some really great character beats. Also, Jess (Krysten Ritter) and Misty (Simone Missick) and Colleen (Jessica Henwick) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) and Trish (Rachael Taylor) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). We should make a t-shirt, one of the name ones.

3. Thor: Ragnarok
Especially after being prepared to be very sad because of the lack of our beloved Jane&Darcy&Sif, this movie was the best pleasant happening. As I keep saying, Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) are absolutely everything, and it’s just… fun. And it’s funny! I laughed. I don’t think the funny takes away from it. I think it was a movie made for the internet by the internet and that’s a good thing. We deserve that.

2. Runaways
This is still in-season and we haven’t written an official post yet because of that, but suffice to say we’re loving the hell out of this show (if the abundance of it in my TV post from earlier this week wasn’t enough). There definitely needs to be a shirt that’s just Nico (Lyrica Okano) and Karolina (Virginia Gardener) and Alex (Rhenzy Feliz) and Chase (Gregg Sulkin) and Gert (Ariela Barer) and Molly (Allegra Acosta). They’re very good kids  and even though they’re all in turn making some questionable decisions I love them and want to protect them. (Karolina is my especial favorite, predictably, but really only because I relate to her, the naive baby queer who just wants everyone to be happy.)

1. Wonder Woman
Honestly. This is a feminist blockbuster that lives in the details and preaches meliorism. What’s better than that?

–your fangirl heroine.

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