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Superlative Sunday :: the 2015 Golden Globes and how I feel about them

11 Jan

By movie as usual.

The Theory of Everything (Actor, drama [Eddie Redmayne], Original score [Johann Johansson])
All right!  I think buddy (he’s one of those actors I just want to call buddy, I don’t know) did a very damn good job, and he’s also the only one in the category I can speak for as I haven’t seen any of the other films yet.  The score, I don’t remember to any degree, but I assume it was functional?

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Comedy or musical)
All right!  Of the three in this category that I saw, this was the one I liked the most, and I think Wes Anderson movies are always weird little art pieces, so I’m completely comfortable with this.

Birdman (Actor, comedy or musical [Michael Keaton], Screenplay [Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo])
This was not my favorite filmgoing experience ever, but I’d say that both of these awards were deserved.  Keaton did give a good performance and I genuinely think I’d have liked just reading the screenplay more than watching the film.  I think it’s odd that they classed this as a comedy, honestly, but the classifications often do not make sense to me.

Big Eyes (Actress, comedy or musical [Amy Adams])
What a completely deserved award.  Amy Adams always gives kickass performances, and this one was fascinating to me, as you all saw.  I’m very interested in seeing how she fares come Oscar time.

Fargo (Miniseries or TV movie, Actor, miniseries or TV movie [Billy Bob Thornton])
This is the only television show I watched that won any awards???  I don’t know how that is (but then again I’ve never heard of multiple nominated television shows?) but there we are.  And I’d say they were deserved awards.  It was a solid little series.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: 2014 and the Bechdel test

16 Dec

At least in regards to the shows I watch, which again can be found here.

So as I’ve mentioned before, I kept track of TV seasons that started this year and whether or not they passed the Bechdel test.  I can’t promise I have an exact tally, but this is what I found.

  • In season two (I didn’t count during season one because the season started last year and since I hadn’t started counting then the tally would be inaccurate) Agents of SHIELD has so far passed the Bechdel test every episode.  Sometimes it’s kind of a sketchy pass (i.e. episode nine, “Ye Who Enter Here,” when the conversation between Skye [Chloe Bennet] and Raina [Ruth Negga] did involve Skye’s father but touched on non-Skye’s father subjects for at least thirty seconds) but it’s a pass each time.  Thank the gods for Skye, because a majority of the passes were due to scenes of hers: her and Raina (how thrilled am I about her and Raina in general?  Pretty damn thrilled, honestly), her and May (Ming-Na Wen), her and Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge).  (Actually, all of those relationships are ones I’m thrilled about.)  Also of note is episode three, “Making Friends and Influencing People,” where the Bechdel test is smashed into tiny pieces with the multitude of interactions between Skye and May and also Jemma and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki).  Thumbs up, y’all.
  • As SHIELD goes, I will cite a first example of times that women talk about a man but it mattered a lot: that conversation in episode nine between Jemma and Bobbi that was about both of their respective man situations, kind of, because what that did was allowed Bobbi to represent for “Jemma’s side” of the situation, to give her reassurance that she does need, and allowed Jemma to finally get to tell her side of the story.
  • You know it’s a weird world when a show that is titled simply Girls can’t even pass the Bechdel test 100% of the time.  They did rate a respectable 88%, with the one episode that failed being because every conversation was about a man if I recall correctly, but still.  Wow.
  • As I mentioned before, Justified passed 66% of the time, which is still surprisingly often compared to some of the shows on my list.  And this is because Ava (Joelle Carter) went to ladyjail.  Every episode after Ava went to ladyjail passed, because ladyjail is one place where ladies are going to narratively have to speak to one another constantly and therefore some of it will be not just about men.
  • Game of Thrones and True Blood both passed 40% of the time.  As Game of Thrones goes, good job Melisandre (Carice van Houten) who was responsible for half of those passes (once with Shireen [Kerry Ingram], once with Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]).  And as True Blood goes, well… the what-could-have-been with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Adilyn (Bailey Noble) is the most important one to me.  The rest I’ve chosen to push out of my mind because they dealt largely with plots that I loathed and represented nothing good that could have been.
  • A lot of the conversations about men in Game of Thrones are, while note test-passing, still revealing of things that may or may not be important narratively and may or may not just make me smile: Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Margaery and Olenna (Diana Rigg), Margaery and Cersei (Lena Headey).  Also Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel).
  • Fargo, Mad Men, and Sons of Anarchy passed two times apiece; Penny Dreadful a sad one.  The new ridiculous TNT show The Librarians has passed 1/3 episodes so far, and I can pray that it picks up with that soon, as I’m praying that it picks up in other ways soon.
  • And as for total Bechdel test failures?  True Detective, From Dusk Till Dawn, Silicon Valley.  2/3 of which I was watching because other people really wanted to and I couldn’t get out of it.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Monday :: the 2014 Emmys and my thoughts on them

25 Aug

This is the only time I will do this, ever, but for some reason they had the Emmys on a Monday this year.  “But wait, isn’t it True Blood week?” you may be asking.  Yes, it is.  But… well, all the themes this week are going to be a little off because I have a lot of different weird things to say about this freaking gorram season of True Blood that don’t line up properly entirely, and I haven’t actually watched the finale yet, so I’m just going to discuss the Emmys tonight so I don’t have to wait until next week.  Sorry.

Breaking Bad (Lead Actor in a Drama Series [Bryan Cranston], Supporting Actress in a Drama Series [Anna Gunn], Supporting Actor in a Drama Series [Aaron Paul], Writing for a Drama Series, Drama Series)
I only just started watching this (I’m in season 2) and I’m… giving it a shot for the friends I have encouraging me to watch it but I’m not really there yet.  So I can’t speak to this particular season of the thing, since I’m not there yet.  But my does this show win a lot of awards.

True Detective (Directing for a Drama Series)
And you all know how I felt about this show.  Sigh.  It’s at this point that I also drop the usual “I watch so much television, how do I watch so few things that get nominated and not particularly like the ones I have seen and win?”

American Horror Story: Coven (Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie [Jessica Lange], Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie [Kathy Bates])
Yeah, all right.  They both did a good job.  I was pretty into Coven, generally, like it was definitely my favorite cycle of AHS, for a lot of reasons, so all right.

Fargo (Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special)
And I liked Fargo pretty okay, too.  It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen but it didn’t make me angry.  It was well-made.  (I’m bad at comparing performances, but I would also have been very happy to see Allison Tolman win in her category.  She was wonderful.)

–your fangirl heroine.

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