Sundry Sunday :: Comicon 2017.

6 Mar

It’s been a convention weekend. I have pictures, but they’re just of me and drift partner ’cause while I compliment the heck out of people I’m getting worse and worse at asking for their pictures. Whatever.

Thursday, in which drift partner pulled out her Red Lantern getup and I… went as Columbia from last fall’s Rocky Horror production on Fox. I couldn’t help myself. Finally a chance to be Columbia without booty shorts! Which are fine for other people, but not for me.

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(I will also brag: I spray-glittered the hat, hand-studded the bustier, and personally patched/drew on the back of the jacket [not seen in this picture] and the boots.)

Friday, we were blessed Princess Leia Organa and her gal pal Evaan Verlaine from the Princess Leia comics, which you should read if you haven’t.

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Saturday, drift partner was the fabulous Jillian Holtzmann and I was big ol’ robot Aida of SHIELD, circa 4.08 when she got shot and had science gloves.

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(Those science gloves, while definitely a first draft [I’d like to make them over, possibly from scratch], were a whole slew of fun modification adventures. And yes, there are tiny LED lights on there.)

And today, as before, Dany and Nym.

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Anyway, it was nice and Vincent D’Onofrio and Evangeline Lilly and Terry Dodson of aforementioned Leia comic and Kate Leth of Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat are very nice. And we are now dead.

–your fangirl heroines.

 

Music Monday :: my thoughts on Standing Stones

27 Feb

After all, Marian Call is drift partner’s most beloved singer. And I’ve grown quite fond as well.

“Bones.” Oh oh here comes a beautiful contrast of lyrical lady voice and industrial noise. Those are things I like together very much. The industrial has somewhat subsided giving way into a more traditional melody but it’s beautiful. “So imagination took the hand of memory” that’s the most lovely thing. She does definitely have a way with poignant lyrics and a matching delivery.

“No Paper.” This has a cuter tone. I will also acknowledge how good Marian is at using things in ways that aren’t even that weird but are at least different enough from a lot of pop singers. And just twisting things in unique ways, “treasure map of bones” and stuff.

“Oregon Trail.” Hee. But also it’s not actually funny at all, it’s more of that poignancy, it’s simple and sweet and thoughtful in a way that you really should just try to let come over you. “And digging in the yard we found somebody else’s bones” ow but in a nice way? There’s a really interesting melancholy undertone to this, without it being too overly sad.

“Standing Stones.” Confession, I have been halfway-hearing most of this album all week through drift partner’s headphones, but I’ve been trying not to properly listen until now so I could express feelings articulately. This is a damn anthem, this track.

“Hope.” This is less of a production of a track, but that’s by no means lessening it. There’s guitar that sounds very classic, and it’s thoughtful.

“Like This.” “Send me your criteria and I’ll design the perfect night for you.” This is cute but also it feels kind of tongue-in-cheek. “I imagined me like this.” Well. Then. I feel that this is. Pointed. Is it supposed to? I’m not sure. That might just be me.

“Mediocre Algorithmic First Date.” Wait wait you guys it just got even more what I just was thinking. “He brought a story for me, he had it custom made” UHHHHHHHHHHHH. Wow, I am just falling all over myself about how… very. This is. “It was much too small for me but if I work for it maybe” oh my GOD I am just. Flails someone finally is talking about this.

“Independence.” There’s something almost slinky about this and I like it, but also her slink is never just straightforward. Her slink is very, very intelligent. Which regular slink can be, of course! But this is somehow beyond that.

“Vespers.” These lyrics are so wordy, I love it. I think the thing is that she doesn’t pull punches, and that’s cool, because a lot of songs feel like they’re, I don’t know, in boxes. There are no boxes here.

“The Devil.” I have been prealerted to this one. It is also slinky. “Fear is my old friend, we dated for a while and she still calls me now and then.” So!

“Grandpa Had It Right.” Mm, poetic! And more of that vague melancholy but it’s still not sad it just is. “I never saw stars like that before.”

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Sunday :: our thoughts on the 2017 Academy Awards

26 Feb

It is very poetic that a movie made about black culture, i.e. jazz, that featured only one black person (La La Land), was upset by a story written and directed by a black man, based on a play by a queer black man, about a queer black man (Moonlight).

We did not watch the awards tonight. We stayed in and cuddled and watched Loving instead, and quietly mourned the lack of an Oscar for Ruth Negga, who is the most fabulous.

Good job, Zootopia. Good job, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali.

I’m judging the hell out of Suicide Squad winning anything, even and especially makeup and hairstyling. You won an award for writing “Damaged” in elegant cursive across Jared Leto’s 2edgy4u forehead. I am judging the hell out of it.

I’m also kind of judging Fantastic Beasts winning costumes, largely because I judge when anything that’s predominantly suits with no apparent metatextuality to them wins costumes anywhere. I’m sure they were very nice suits, but I am a snob.

Fuck off, Casey Affleck.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Spoiler Alert Saturday :: our thoughts on The Lego Batman Movie

25 Feb

In no particular order, but.

  1. Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, Riki Lindholme as Poison Ivy, and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman? Talk about the greatest Gotham City Sirens lineup. I hope they make a million more movies in this universe and should all of them be about these three? Maybe yes.
  2. Another big delight of Jenny Slate’s Harley was how aggressively not in keeping with current DC cinematic properties she was. The outfit was silly but not that insulting kinkshameable nonsense, she was funny in a way that felt appropriate to the character, she never said “puddin’,” and damned if she didn’t make cute little silent :O faces when Batman and Joker discussed healthy relationships sometimes.
  3. This is probably the best non-comics Barbara Gordon I’ve seen since the 90s cartoon. It’s a really good distillation of her character. It was also cool that she was subtly brown. And Rosario Dawson seemed to be having a great time.
  4. I liked that there were women just hanging out doing stuff, in the background or the police force or in crowd scenes. Somebody was careful about that.
  5. This movie understands that Batman is only good if he’s got people with him because by himself he’s fucking ridiculous.
  6. I love Dick Grayson, and if they don’t make a good Nightwing movie I’m going to go to Warner Brothers and pee on everything they love. They got a really good sense of the younger version of him, like in the 60s show when he’s a sidekick kid. And Michael Cera did a really good job.
  7. Will Arnett is the best Batman. He’s perfect. Nobody else should be Batman, except for Kevin Conroy who’s not being Batman anymore anyway so it’s fine.
  8. The writers clearly just looked up everything a child would know and then put it all in a movie. They included a bunch of older suits, including Nightwing’s original suit, and the Batman Beyond suit. There’s a montage of shitty Silver Age villains and it’s beautiful. There are probably jokes we missed, but if you are familiar with more than one Batman piece of media you’re probably gonna catch something.
  9. There are also a fair amount of non-Batman/DC jokes shoved in here, and some of them are definitely more for the grown-ups in the audience (my personal favorite was when Batman was suggesting potential team-ups and listed “Fox Force Five”).
  10. And then let’s talk about the Phantom Zone. In the original Lego Movie style, the Phantom Zone pulled in Legoified versions of every villainous character you could imagine. They’re mostly from the Lego Dimensions game, but you don’t need to know that to enjoy their gloriously nonsensical presence.
  11. In 1988 there was an infamous Batman graphic novel called The Killing Joke that goes into a version of the Joker’s backstory and is also the comic in which Barbara is shot in the spine and paralyzed. It’s very divisive, and they made it worse because in the 2016 animated movie version some dumbass decided to add a weird sexual component to Bruce and Barbara’s relationship that is not in the comic. The internet promptly lost its entire shit and I swear someone at WB was like OH FUCK and rewrote the ending of The Lego Batman Movie to erase the romantic relationship that had been building up. Batman at one point says Barbara is “my platonic coworker who I see as a friend” or something like that. The first shot of her is shot Gaussian Girl style from Bruce’s POV and “(I Just) Died in Your arms” is playing. I was horrified and then very relieved when it didn’t go anywhere. So thanks, WB, for not fucking that up.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Whimsy Wednesday :: in which we are kinkshaming this entire episode.

22 Feb

How many times can they say “space-time” in the next episode

I’m going to count

This isn’t the time!

Or is it…the space?

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Oh Mercury. I’m not sure your glasses are going to help

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WOULD THAT THIS HOODIE WERE A TIME HOODIE

Also, the In-Between

Same, y’all, with your O_o at Sailor Moon talking about Mamoru

Oh no! Luna-P is malfunctioning. There is a wrong happening.

Sailor Moon just passed out from sadness?

THE ENTIRE PLANET IS ABLAZE

That is so much boob

Why does evil Chibi-usa only have lipstick on her bottom lip

“I never realized you had your own dimension”

Okay but why does Demande care what happened to Rubeus this is why it sucks when the bad guys are concurrent they’re not supposed to give shits

“The only man I love” my father

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I’m kinkshaming this episode

I’m kinkshaming evil Chibi-usa in general honestly.

Now suddenly they’re back in the real world and talking about

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“We thought we’d come back here for a bit so you could recover”

“As a disembodied spirit I can hardly do anything!”

Ah Diana, there for chirpy kitten exposition.

“A blood-red sunset is a bad omen” thank

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The space-time key dropped out of nowhere and “it feels like it’s ripping my body apart” and now we’re hearing the angelic chorus heralding demonic activity?

“It’s me… Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity” no

Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity is fucking bonkers

“I’m not the little girl I used to be” I GOT TIDDIES NOW

“My name is Black Lady, Queen of Darkness” fuck

–your fangirl heroines.

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Music Monday :: my thoughts on I’m Only Dreaming

20 Feb

My beloved Eisley has returned. Sans Stacy, sans Chauntelle, but plus a couple new kids and with extra Sherri for good measure! Perfection to follow, I’m sure.

“Always Wrong.” I keep just pausing to shut my eyes and sink into this. I know I’m going to need to do that for real next chance I have, but. This is eerie and beautiful and here are some words.

“Defeatist.” Incidentally, new girl Elle Puckett is also of Poema, who I found on Spotify recently and that was nice. “I’ll bite the bullet, I’ll fall right through you.” I am so “down in the trenches, holding your hand tight” everything they touch turns gold I swear. This is not happy but it still sounds so happy I’m so in awe? This is such an important song and I want to wrap myself in it.

“A Song for the Birds.” “When you found me in that dungeon bright but tired of the punches, oh that sweetheart, you were always mine, oh mine” aughhh. Hello Max! He and Sherri work because he is a werewolf who married a fairy and while their aesthetics don’t match it complements in an odd way. I just adore everything that’s going on right now. It’s mystical and fantasy but it’s very very modern too, but in a way that doesn’t sound like anything else has, really.

“Sparking.” There is always just so much close attention paid to these guys’ songs, I feel? They are crafted with care. I appreciate it deeply. It’s like, the imagery is just whimsical enough that it’s set apart.

“My Best Friend.” I like the new harmonies vibe! Also, I am really going to need the story behind these lyrics because I 100% know they are not what my instinct said they are. More than 100% know. It’s really sweet, though, no matter what.

“Rabbit Hole.” Okay, gone a bit acoustic, soft and sweet and just a bit melancholy. I feel like they just choose words in a way that’s not like a lot of musicians. I mean. “Coppice.” I have never heard that in a song before. It’s coming up with a red squiggle line but it’s a word, Google just verified this for me because I had to check. Yet there it is. Effortlessly included.

“Louder Than a Lion.” Oh. A bit of noise threaded in. I’ve heard this started as a lullaby for Sherri’s little girl(s?) and that makes sense to me. I feel uncomfortably invested in the extended DuPree family thanks to Instagram, so. This is whimsy. Those girls are whimsy. This band is whimsy. Here, more lyrics. It’s gorgeous.

“You Are Mine.” This is so dreamy. “You’re my everything, my sun and moon, you make me swoon. Wake me up, talk too much, piss me off, but you are mine.” That’s a good sentiment. Eisley has not, by and large, been prone to explicitly romantic songs (I’m sure that’s a large part of why I like them) but this is nice. Not jarring, just sweet. Also, a menagerie of demons. So.

“When You Fall.” Well, this one is obviously for the Bemis babies, Lucy and Coraline, who are so cute that their internet photos charm even me, who has no affinity whatsoever toward children. But also this is just really… magic.

“Snowfall.” Ah yes, we approach our entries into the classic tradition of Eisley songs that could vaguely be about Game of Thrones. (None will ever beat “The Night Comes,” but…) I mean, this one is… not particularly, but it’s got that winter imagery that’s enough for some people, and oh my god it just kicked from the slow sweet melancholy to something with so much rocking and soul and body. And now I’m trying to figure out what the Hebrew equivalent to “Sherri” would be, since she said that.

“Brightest Fire.” Part two. Because fire imagery also goes to that. And also I just like it. It’s pretty. There’s enchanting and champions and shit and it’s lovely.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Sundry Sunday :: adulthood is (a haiku)

19 Feb

Keeping your own hours
Making your own choices and
Being your own, period.

Being your own while
You’re someone else’s, maybe,
But being your own.

–your fangirl heroine.

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