Fashion Friday :: sure sure.

10 Nov

petz

Petz is the older, bitterer sister of the Dark Moon Clan. That’s fun.

collared

Not quite the same, but it’s a vibe thing. Collared Keyhole Sleeveless Top in Spruce, ModCloth.

ready

She’s kind of the disillusioned femme punk. Ready and Rarin’ Mini Skirt in Black, ModCloth.

cityscape

This screams her. Cityscape Sophisticate Collared Cape, Collectif at ModCloth.

tacit

Definitely present. Tacit Accent Belt in Black, ModCloth.

boldly

Important, cute, and they look pretty comfy, too. Boldly Buckled Knee High Boot in Black, ModCloth.

layer

And some very vital classics. Layer It On Tights in Black, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spoiler Alert Sunday :: our thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok

5 Nov

So we’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while, despite the early announcement that not a single of our beloved ladies from the first two Thor movies – not darling brilliant Jane, not spectacular sassmaster Darcy, not even fantastically badass Sif – would be present. There are reasons (not great ones, but reasons) for this, but it’s still a bummer. We love them and pray that we have not seen the last of them.

That said, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Hela (Cate Blanchett) are about the best apologies that we could possibly have been given, and Taika Watiti as a director gave a film that was in general a beautiful apology, as well as a series of amendments and fixes and clarifications and extra bursts of joy and goodness.

But this is one of those ones where spoiling would be cruel because you need to experience this joy for yourself, so here are a few things that we can say that aren’t spoilers so much as just truths.

  • Valkyrie. Valkyrie is in the comics (AKA Brunnhilde), leader of the Valkyrior, a group of warrior goddesses who choose which mortal Asgardian worshippers who have fallen in battle will be taken to Valhalla, member of multiple teams including the Fearless Defenders, and Valkyrie is a big giant bisexual. Both Thompson and Watiti have verified that they filmed a scene of a woman exiting her bedroom to confirm this, and Thompson has said she was playing Valkyrie as bisexual, but it was cut pretty late into production. Alas. It’s still been put forth into the world and it’s true and we love her. She is also kind of a disaster person who has Fallen On Hard Times. That’s all I’ll say about that from the get-go but it’s important to mention. She’s delightful. Also, she’s putting on my absolute favorite kind of British accent, very South Eastern and lovely. And she is seen riding a pegasus. That is the most glorious thing.
  • Hela. Hela is the goddess of death. She is, mythologically, Loki’s daughter… but she is not in fact Loki’s daughter in this continuity because that would be just too odd. Hela is also completely batshit bonkers, and it’s clear Blanchett is having the absolute time of her life strutting and posturing and dramatically intoning and gesturing nonsensically. I spent most of the time before this movie affectionately calling her “goth swamp witch Cate Blanchett” and I am pleased to report that that is exactly what she is. Also, speaking as someone who has wanted her to play more batshit crazy witch-types since that infamous “you should not have a Dark Lord but a QUEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNN not beautiful but terrible as the dawn treacherous as the sea STRONGER THAN THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EEEAAAAARTTTHHHHH ALL SHALL LOVE ME AND DESPAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRR” bit in The Fellowship of the Ring, Hela is pretty much what would have happened if Galadriel had gotten ahold of the One Ring.
  • Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is himself a lovely and wonderful man. He has been a lovely and wonderful man, and an infinitely lovable protagonist, since his mid-first-movie revelations, but now that he has spent enough time on Midgard to become a backtalking memelord he is unstoppable.
  • Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is also something of a memelord. It must be interesting to be a memelord and a meme simultaneously. This is not a pro-Loki blog, but this is a blog that nonetheless appreciates Hiddleston’s performance objectively if not what fandom has made of him. Also, he gets mocked, humiliated, and thrown around in a slapstick way constantly throughout the movie, which is really delightful.
  • Bruce/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is mostly the latter, but manages to be an engaging character regardless. I’m very fond of Bruce, which I think not a lot of people are, but Ruffalo especially brings an earnestness and sweetness to him that previous incarnations of the character lacked (even Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk, who I think was pretty good). The Hulk is more talkative than he has been in the previous films, having semi-complex conversations with people, while still being a giant green rage-monster. He and Valkyrie have a weird little friendship that is adorable. I understand why they’ve made the choice to sideline him and not give him his own movie, but I hope they keep letting him take second or third billing alongside other characters, because I think it makes for some really fun character beats. (Also drift partner specifically: oh my god there was a reference to Bruce/Natasha and I almost lost it right there in the middle of the theater how could they do this to me MY HEART GOODBYE)
  • This is a movie that is very clearly the product of Australian and New Zealander creators and performers. Not everyone is, obviously, and some of them are pretending to be not-British or some such, but it’s still very nice.
  • Oh, and Heimdall (Idris Elba) is a joy always.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Music Monday :: my thoughts on Keepsake

23 Oct

Hello, Elizabeth and the Catapult! Give me everything please.

“We Can Pretend.” Starting with “queens of the underworld” is starting it right. Can I even put into words how much I’ve missed the experience of finding new Elizabeth music? I really don’t think I can. It’s a magical experience. Also, this is one of those songs that treads the line between romanticizing innocence and knowing it’s, yes, a “little lost thing.”

“Underwater.” I could go swimming in Elizabeth Ziman’s voice. I’m not just saying that because of the water motif, I mean it. It’s so lush. Oh this song got kinda groovy. There’s just spirit to her stuff, that’s all there is to it. Smooth life-giving spirit. I feel more alive already. (Is that dumb? Oh well.)

“Something More.” Jazzy ambiguity. That’s smoldering and I like it. There’s also something just seductive about Elizabeth’s voice, but I don’t necessarily mean in a sexual way? It just draws you in and like, wins you to its cause. And then she does that thing where her voice sort of intentionally breaks on longer notes and I just do mental backflips because it’s so delightful. “You can be my very last man” oh really? Really.

“Ambrosia.” Oh, more nostalgia with adulthood tinging the sentiments. Delicious! Things that are done here would sound all too twee somewhere else, but the sweet worldliness of Elizabeth Ziman’s voice and the lyrical complexity balances that out and makes a beautiful amalgamation.

“Magic Chaser.” Well if there isn’t something almost Amelie-esque to this. I like how this woman manages to be a magic chaser and an ocean drifter. She’s clearly an exceptional woman. God I love when she makes melodies that sound almost minor in parts over decidedly major instrumentation.

“Mea Culpa.” My god but it is obvious (in the best way) that this is a woman who knows not just classical music but classical literature. She makes music that’s smart. Plus it sounds like it would be fun to play, if I wasn’t so bloody out of practice. It’s theatrical, too! This is a lot of my favorite things. “Everything Else” from Next to Normal. That’s what.

“Method Acting.” And this almost has tones of the early 1970s. More of that groovyishness, but not in an overdone stupid way. This belongs in a coming-of-age film where the protagonist wears big square glasses and learns lessons about staying true to yourself but also some obscure academic subject.

“Better Days.” Ohhh. And a bit of Southern Gothic, I think? Or not by itself but it would belong on that kind of soundtrack. Sweet Willa Burrell, this is for her. This is the music that plays as she gets on a plane that flies her out of Louisiana and into the next big adventure of her afterlife. “I don’t have to live up to the legends in my past” Oh yes. “If I smile, if I smile the best I can” honey!! “Try to take it all like a woman twice my age” oh no. Poor misused little baby.

“Less Than You Think.” How swinging! It sounds a little like the background was sped up. Oh my god this is the soundtrack to a beach movie from the 50s or 60s, but more self-aware, but not in the Teen Beach way because that’s only as self-aware as Disney could allow. This knows exactly what it’s about. (Sidenote: I have never told you guys how much I actually really love Teen Beach Movie and its sequel. It’s beautiful gay nonsense.)

“Tread Carefully.” This is just… chocolate. This is kids’ temp (thanks, cos, and for the uninitiated kids’ temp is what you say to Starbucks people to make them make your cocoa not quite as hot so you don’t have to wait ten minutes for it to cool before you drink it, which I share to save a life because that is my favorite cheat) hot chocolate sipped slowly as an after-work pick-me-up.

“Land of Lost Things.” I’m sinking into this one. It’s melancholy and lovely and I can’t wait until I know all of its secrets.

“Wishing Well.” Strums! “Laughing and teasing till I can’t help believing” this is so sweet. Elizabeth Ziman please follow in Sara Bareilles’ footsteps and write a musical I don’t care of what but I just want it.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: skulls.

20 Oct

calaveras

No, really. That’s the Spanish translation of the word “Calaveras” which is the original name of the Ayakashi Sister I grew up knowing as Avery. Honestly I don’t know why they named her Avery because Avery derives from names meaning either “elf counsel” or “elf power” and like, elves have skulls but that isn’t really relevant. It has a lot of the same letters, maybe? I don’t know.

Reader, I am drink. The television show Inhumans is so bad.

get what

So this is… not a metal corset, but it’s fine. Get What Uke Deserve Top in Sunflower, ModCloth.

you sassy

This feels right! You Sassy Thing Skater Skirt in Maroon, ModCloth.

old fashioned

SURE. Old Fashioned Fab Heel, BAIT Footwear at ModCloth.

harido

It’s a knitwear theme, or something. Hairdo The Twist Headband, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spoiler Alert Sunday :: our thoughts on Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

15 Oct

So I will begin by saying: gosh, we enjoyed this movie. I mean, that should be kind of a gimme, considering it’s about the bisexual triad responsible for creating and inspiring Wonder Woman, who is a wonderful and kickass character and a feminist inspiration. But I went in expecting to go “oh, that was really good,” not necessarily to feel as many things as I did.

Here’s the thing. A lot of what I felt was deeply personal, and not necessarily the sort of personal I want to or can find words to describe in detail. There was a quiet beauty to this story and its telling, though, that I can explain.

Let’s start with Rebecca Hall, portraying scholar of psychiatry, wife, and muse Elizabeth Marston. I have always been very fond of Rebecca Hall but this performance was poignant and sometimes painful but thrilling. (I’m not great at award predictions, and I doubt this will garner the proper attention to secure her any nominations, but I’d be very much supportive of it if it did come to pass by some miracle.) She was this fascinating balance of caring and heartsick and abrasive and vulnerable and angry and just so many things, and it’s not just the “true story” aspect of things that made this character seem very real, real in a way a lot of female characters don’t. It was a thoughtful portrayal that was full of nuance and flaw and dimensions. Also, she’s gorgeous and incredibly electric to watch.

Bella Heathcote, as the student who became the Marstons’ lover and mother of two of the triad’s children Olive Byrne, was decidedly more openly caring and vulnerable most of the time and yet perhaps the figure with the most ultimate power in the situation. She naturally has a sort of unusual porcelain doll quality to her, which worked to her advantage here for certain (one of the first scenes is the Marstons discussing the psychological advantages or burdens of Olive’s physical beauty, which was itself fascinating). But she was also so, so good at the moments where more steel was required of her.

Luke Evans was the titular Professor (William Moulton) Marston, and quite good as well. I haven’t seen him in many things, but what I have seen has been… well, a Fast and Furious film or something, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from him. It was interesting to watch a movie in which he was the protagonist, technically, and the guiding figure of the story, but he as a character was quick to ascribe more importance to the two women in his life and he as an actor was quick to let the two actresses take the spotlight much more often as it suited. He was a framing device sometimes more than a character, but he was also, I must say, a very good ally. The construction of the story (scenes from the trio’s lives intertwined with an interrogation by, essentially, the old-timey morals police) provided him ample time to elaborate on his psychological theory and the motivation behind his creation and handling of Wonder Woman as a character.

But honestly, there’s a lot that can really only be experienced for yourself. It’s possible that it’ll hit some of y’all differently than it hit us, because not everyone is us (and let’s not mince words, I’m sure being Sapphic women made it hit us more strongly than it might hit others), but it’s small and beautiful and wholly worth it.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: silly ice birdie.

13 Oct

berthier

In the DIC dub, Berthier was called Birdie (Birdy?). I’m not sure why, other than the fact that it is more of a name than Berthier. I am genuinely not sure why that was her name originally, because it does not appear to be a rock or anything, but sure. Whatever. She’s ice but she wears a swimsuit and thigh boots in her original.

luxe

I once had a friend who bought a vintage slip or nightgown (it was debatable which) and wore it as her dress to a school event. It was adorable (although the dress she’d originally bought, also vintage, to go over it was cuter so I was mildly disappointed) and I imagine Berthier would do the same kind of thing. Luxe Lounging Nightgown in Ice, ModCloth.

sheer

Not able to do ice blue on ice blue on ice blue here, because not every shade of blue matches, so pops of white. Sheer Me Out Tights in Blanc, ModCloth.

platform

Also these are darker blue, but they just feel correct to me. These vain space ninnies would love velvet, I’m pretty sure. Platform Sass Velvet Heel, ModCloth.

fabulous

These just seem right. Fabulous Fanfare Earrings, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: a haiku

10 Oct

Dark is fine, I guess
But lately I’ve been about
Silly shows with heart.

–your fangirl heroine.

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