Fashion Friday :: I am on board.

21 Oct


Again. I wish Ellaria hadn’t sent Myrcella to the Westerosi afterlife… but I am fine with she and her Sand Snakes doing so to Doran and Trystane and overtaking the region as a matriarchy.


Also, I love this dress. So finding a reasonable modern AU approximation of the color and bodice, which kind of makes me think Ellaria is going to a garden party to do her murder, is great. Couth and Charismatic Dress in Lilac, ModCloth.


Yup. Garden party murder outfit. Lap Leather Heel in Rose Gold, ModCloth.



She’s satirizing the whole institution of garden parties, too, making fun of how sweet and feminine she’s being as she does it. All matchy-matchy. Little Shine of Mine Ring, ModCloth, Prague Rock Bracelet, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.


Theatre Thursday :: this is a pages-long liveblogging of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fox

20 Oct

Well,this is how it’s done in the stage show, so that makes sense! I like her tights.

I’m not sure who this girl is, but it’s working just fine.

Also holy shit this guy has costume designed everything.


I didn’t know! And I hope a bunch of kids who loved High School Musical are watching lol.

Okay, but I think I need to take a minute to tell you all, in case you don’t recall any of the previous allusions to this I’ve made, Rocky Horror was my A+ #1 special interest in eighth grade. I know this piece of work more intimately than I probably should.

This also begs a question: if Janet is such a good friend of Betty’s how come she wasn’t a bridesmaid?

I know every single stupid line of dialogue. Good grief.

Ooohhh I like the mourners who are the other cast members of course echoing the nonsensical portrayal of American Gothic in the church. Also that grave is for Mary Shelley I had no idea that she lived in the middle of nowhere in Texas.

I would also like to take this moment to share with everyone the seminal classic “Take a Hint,” which is the only context I have for Victoria Justice who is playing Janet.

OH YEAH. She’s a former Nickelodeon kid, and Brad’s actor is a former Disney kid, apparently.

I’ll mention further cast references as they come up because I am a big dork.

I like that I can tell they have not changed the script to this NEARLY as much as they did to Grease. Or, possibly at all.

I’m also amused by the including the audience participating. That’s a neat way to film it. This isn’t nearly as rowdy as real life AP stuff lol. Because in my heart, AP stood for audience participation long before it stood for advanced placement, like in school.


Reeve Carney is of course from Penny Dreadful, where he plays Dorian Gray (a character, incidentally, not unlike Dr. Frank-N-Furter in some ways, though he’s playing Riff-Raff, heretofore typed by me as Riff because I have nicknames for some of these goddamn people, in this).

Also, apparently he was a childhood friend of Mara Wilson! I have learned this via Twitter.

Costumes holy shit holy shit costumes I’m geeking out so fucking hard.

Oh my god Columbia Columbia’s fucking costume I’m dead I need it yesterday.

“You’re wet.” “Yes, it’s… raining.” This is one of my favorite jokes of all time, by the way.

I like that that bannister is designed for sliding down. And she didn’t even slide. That’s funny.


They just entered through a fireplace that’s incredible.

Christina Milian, who is playing Magenta, has been a pop star and in some like, low-popularity films.

I like the pride flag.

I also like that they finally made Magenta’s hair magenta.

Also her skirt is all Pride-y too!

Her skirt and hair are both highly bisexual. Because she is highly bisexual.

(You guys. Columbia is my girl. I love her. To a ridiculous degree.)

ALSO what they said about how blue is earth people and red/warm colors are Transylvania is interesting because Columbia’s got a little of both. Because the point of Columbia is, bless her heart, that she’s an Earth girl who got dragged into these Transylvania shenanigans.

ALSO I like these random-ass Doo-Wop Girls. That’s one of the only things this was missing.

Goddamn Laverne Cox is killing it.

And I fucking love her spiderweb tights.

Yeah, I’m actually way more into this look than the original Tim Curry costume.

Oh, yeah. This one is a lot more decadent tbh. The Tim Curry one was probably scandalous… in 1975. But this is more interesting. Also I appreciate that they brought up color theory.

The fucking beatnik snaps.

I will say that I wish the lipsyncing wasn’t so obvious, but oh well.

Oh my god Janet that shy little giggle

Columbia’s fucking lollipop

Annaleigh Ashford, Columbia, has incidentally been in many Broadway productions including Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Kinky Boots.

Oh, I heard about the board shorts on the internet. Interesting.

Staz Nair, Rocky, was recently one of the Dothraki!

That is certainly a name.

But consider this: being a fully grown baby and waking up to a bunch of people blowing confetti at you and sexually objectifying you. That must be pretty weird.

Also, Columbia is a little troll.

Sometimes I look back on this and go “what was it that brought me here”? Not in a bad way per se but sometimes I just wonder. This is so fucking weird.

Okay. so Eddie came through the window, not from the fridge. That changes the implications of some fanon theories I remember from my days in this fandom. Which, at least – god – thirteen years ago, was plenty alive.

Awww Brad and Janet try to dance. That’s charming. They’re square.

Okay, but that sexual tension is still present. Between Eddie and Frank.

I don’t give much of a shit about Adam Lambert but he’s serviceable here.

Yeah, also he died and that’s funny.

Magenta bringing Columbia another lollipop and petting her shoulder while she’s traumatized bless. Columbia and Magenta were my entree into wlw fandom, I should clarify.

Oh Brad. Looks like your sweetie is tired of your vanilla and she didn’t even know it.

This, with being able to see faces, is outstandingly gay.

Riff and Mags are also trolls. There have been a variety of fanon theories about why they let Rocky out, but. I don’t actually remember most of them.

Brad does definitely have a Disney face.

“I’m Torgo. I take care of the place while the Master is away.”

That looked like a hall in Professor Xavier’s mansion.

I would like to take this time to inform you all that I did once go to Disneyland and pay to get “Columbia” written on a pair of mouse ears.

I wish someone had told her to sing less pretty in this song, but it’s not bad.

No! Objectively she is still a better singer than Susan Sarandon, probably.

Yeah, but I don’t really believe she wants to bone him either lol.

Well, no, me either. But y’know.

“Congratulations, Janet.”

Also, I have seen Ben Vereen live, playing the Wizard in Wicked.

I’ve always been amused by the eleventh-hour plot development in this story.

JANET DOCTOR SCOTT JANET BRAD ROCKY /look. That’s also my favorite joke.

I’m also amused that Magenta has had literally twenty different accents it’s appropriate.

This is the most passive-aggressive dinner party I’ve ever seen and I love it. Always have.

Also, Columbia being a screamer is probably what initially drew me to her.

I just have a lot of stupid feelings about Columbia, you guys.

Also “what’s it say! What’s it say!” is another joke I do hold dear.

I like that they made Janet’s shoes glittery too.

“You’re as sensual as a pencil” is probably my favorite insult in this entire script.

“A mental mind game” you’re so cute trying to make this TV-safe.

Look at Mags’ emotional confusion about doing the thing to Columbia though

I like that they changed Frank’s pronouns!

These floorshow costumes are fun though! I like that they’re all different.

Also that bathrobe looks painful to wear but it’s highly aesthetic.

I just really enjoy the Floorshow a lot.

Drive-by transphobia from my mother. I’m glad she didn’t join me lol.

Your mother should never partake of this.

Holy shit these space outfits are amazing

Columbia looks so disappointed and betrayed her girlfriend did a bad

Victoria Justice just reminded me of Amy Acker???

Omg I love her gloves

Aw li’l Columbia feeling her feelings

And li’l Columbia hamming up her death scene. Bless. This girl is clearly a stage actress.

Wherein Riff-Raff is Loki?


So these guys are selling “Super Heroes” way more than the original people did. Which is probably why it got cut from the theatrical release of the original movie.

Well! I’m a noob, I’ve only seen the original twice, and I liked this just fine.

Coming from someone who’s seen the original at least… fifteen times that number, this worked out just fine indeed!

–your fangirl heroines.


Whimsy Wednesday :: in which Mamoru got more boring somehow.

19 Oct


But I can’t believe you never noticed before either.

This is so fucking weird.

Okay, I straight do not get the appeal of Tuxedo Mask.

He is exactly like every brooding white male love interest in anything. He treats you like a jackass and then watches you sleep.

This is so overdramatic

“Something just between us… a secret.” YIKE

Whoa man he just Usako’d her that’s. Y’all aren’t ready for that.



And the whole thing was that Luna didn’t remember either. That’s why she’s like “find the princess”

Jesus christ why is Queen Beryl talking to O Great Queen Metalia in the cave where Melisandre birthed out a shadow baby

Unnecessarily complicated backstory for Queen Beryl? Who is conspiring against Queen Metalia? What the fuck

A video rental store that’s so cute

“Gotta watch the movies, gotta watch the movies, gotta watch the movies…” …same?


“What if they wouldn’t let me see him anymore” then they’d be four seasons ahead of the useful advice your lesbian moms are going to give you about other boys and they’d still be right

He sniffed her handkerchief

So many of Usagi’s problems would be solved if she would just date girls

Rental Shop Dark.

Well, there was a brainwashing floppy disc or whatever. It’s not out of the question.

That bus sounded like one person did every voice but tried to make them sound different and it was silly.

You don’t fucking need Mamo’s strength. He kicks people in the face. You can literally obliterate them with your jewelry.

Zoisite apparently also kicks people in the face. Or steps on their face from the sky.

“You took advantage of people who are just trying to watch movies for fun! That is unforgivable!” @ Marvel Studios

Tbh in another way @ tumblr

Tuxedo Mask came out of nowhere to punch Zoisite in the face.

“Cause it seems like you want something really bad.” Uh uh.

What the fuck is that giant ice surfboard spear

“[painful yell]”


–your fangirl heroines.


Spoiler Alert Saturday :: our thoughts on Queen of Katwe

15 Oct

First things first: we did in fact see this opening weekend, because that was important, but we have just been too busy and forgetful on Saturdays. Forgive us.

I heard of this movie a few months ago, probably through Twitter, because Lupita Nyong’o is in it and I love her. All I knew about it was that it involved an African chess champion, which I originally thought was her, but later I found out she was playing the mother of Phiona Mutesi, the real-life Ugandan chess champion. I also found out this was coming out the same weekend as…another…movie about impressive children that I won’t name, but whose director has made an ass of himself, so that made me especially determined to see it.

The movie begins by establishing the life of Phinoa (Madina Nagalwa) and her family, who live in the slums and cannot afford to attend school, but instead have to sell maize on the streets in order to make a living. Her brother Brian (Martin Kabanza) begins to sneak off, and she follows him, only to discover that he is learning chess from a employee of the local mission, Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). She begins to learn as well, and quickly becomes one of the best players in the group, but hardships within her family and shortcomings due to her lack of education cause difficulties. The movie follows her journey through local tournaments all the way to international tournaments, and the trials she and her family face along the way.

If this sounds dry, I promise it isn’t! That was a concern of mine as well, but I found it quite gripping. The child actors are incredible, especially Nagalwa, and Lupita Nyong’o puts in an amazing performance as Phiona’s mother Harriet. And it’s a beautifully shot movie – directed by an Indian woman, Mira Nair, who clearly knows how to shoot and light people of color and non-US settings. It’s a vibrant and eyecatching film, and even though it’s long for a Disney biopic (124 minutes) it keeps your attention the whole time.

I’ve been checking Wikipedia to verify names and facts, and I see this movie hasn’t even made half its budget back, which is a real shame. I think this is one of my favorite movies this year, and everyone should see it. If you want more stories about and by women of color, please do yourself a favor and check this one out. If you want to see more stories about any of these variables – which, I hope you do, if you’re reading this – this is a good way to go. Visually stunning, compelling storytelling, all the good things. It’s understated, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.

–your fangirl heroines.


Fashion Friday :: here’s to you, fandom OC.

14 Oct


So Lady Crane (Essie Davis) is a very useful plot device who did some very meaningful things and acting.


This is pretty and the color is right. Andrea Flocked Feathers Vintage Swing Dress in Red, Pinup Girl Clothing.


This is gaudy and big. Inclined to Filigree Necklace, ModCloth.


Y’know, sure. Give it Your Quest Shot Bootie, ModCloth.


And of course! This is a scarf from 3DROPSOFPOISON at Etsy.

–your fangirl heroine.


Whimsy Wednesday :: in which the show tries to convince us that Tuxedo Mask is a dreamboat.

12 Oct

Hello bland shirtless man.

Mamoru continues to suck.


This is fucking weird.

“There have long been rumors of the Legendary Silver Crystal” really?? What the tits.

“This has turned into a huge mess.”

“Luna, you’re from the Moon?” JESUS


“Today’s program will feature a new topic.” Will it be because of things that have happened?

Wow, they just give no fucks about subtlety, huh?

“Something evil must be controlling them” NO FUCKING SHIT

A secret research base under the arcade what the fuck.

“It almost sounds like you’re in love with him.” lmao m/f shit is so weird

Wow they just showed up in their civilian clothes that’s not right why would they do that?

Nobody gives a fuck about concealing their identities what the tits it’s not like they have ever been good at it but seriously??

“You stole people’s energy! How dare you!”

“This is the most evil aura I have ever felt.”

“Is that our enemy?”

“Then every human being on Earth, shall perish.” Comma as subtitled.


“Your power is very special. You open people’s hearts.” As he hugs her. What .

Her necklace is fucking dumb-looking.

She just used Moon Healing Escalation on Zoisite, prompting Beryl to take Zoisite in her arms and absorb into the clouds. This is fucking weird it just is.

“And where, am I?”


–your fangirl heroines.


Music Monday :: a love letter to Tegan and Sara’s live shows

10 Oct

So, I’ve (drift partner) been in about a thousand church services and worship sessions in my life. I grew up going to church once a week and my entire school career was spent in religious schools that had at least weekly chapel services. I say this to highlight the fact that this concert felt more like a religious experience to me than any of those services. There were hundreds of queer women in this building, all singing and dancing their hearts out, and even though I didn’t know all the words and I hate dancing, I felt like I was part of a community. I felt at home.

And while I haven’t got exactly that same frame of reference (my church history is slightly more sporadic and the majority of my church experiences were more, being quite honest, tame boring white people stuff) I can wholeheartedly agree. Concerts often have a sense of belonging involved (hey, isn’t it nice? We all like this!) but it’s rarely been this personal. It was a huge theater but it felt remarkably intimate.

We are talking about Tegan and Sara.

This was the single gayest space I (drift partner) have ever been in, and I went to Pride earlier this year. (Which was also great! But not as condensed.) There were so many wlw! All over! Wearing plaid flannel and vests and patches and mohawks and literally any other article of clothing you associate with lesbians. (There was also a small dog with a pink mohawk, which I wanted to get a picture of but couldn’t manage to.) And every single one of them knew exactly what was going to happen the instant Tegan and Sara got on that stage.

Hilariously, there were also some (by all appearances) cishet men in the crowd as well, most of whom looked as if they were dragged by their girlfriends, wives, and/or daughters and most of whom looked mildly puzzled by it all. The gentleman seated next to me seemed to get into it eventually – he started tapping his foot about ¾ of the way through the show. His female companion, on his other side, was totally engaged, so it was obvious which of the two actually wanted to come. I don’t mean to be rude, but the palpable sense of “huh?” was awfully funny.

There were definite moments. With some Tegan and Sara songs, you can (sort of) forget they’re outrageously lesbian people. They’re just songs. “I Was Married,” for goodness’ sake, written well before the recent uptick in the notability of queer weddings. But with some songs, it’s like they’re just slamming you over the head with how absolutely gay they are – and it’s the most beautiful thing. Rainbow lights flashing in squares on the stage floor and in the background as they bounce around and the lyrics go “all the girls I loved before told me they signed up for more, save your first and last chance for me I don’t need a white wedding,” particularly, felt like this glorious wlw version of what the proverbial teenybopper is meant to feel at a boyband concert. It was unapologetic and colorful and upbeat and the presumably cishet men looked so uncomfortable. Exactly, I imagine, what I look like listening to a lot of pop songs written by cishet men, in fact. It was a super fun concert, but the role reversal aspect also made it fascinating.

Shura opened for them, and I was only familiar with one of her songs (this one), but I’m interested in checking out the rest of her album based on the live performances. I think maybe her stuff plays better if you’re closer to the stage, because it seems to be pretty lyrics-based and I couldn’t make out very much of it, but I enjoyed listening to the live stuff anyway. She seems charming and British, so.

Also, Tegan and Sara’s backup band was definitely all dressed like Todd Ingram. It was mildly distracting at points, though in a funny way.

Also, boy it’s fun to be all snuggly on one’s lady friend at a concert and not have the vague sense that the disapproving mother of twelve-year-olds is glaring at you.

–your fangirl heroines.