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Spoiler Alert Sunday :: my thoughts on The Last Witch Hunter

15 Nov

In the opening sequence of this movie, a group of pseudomedieval knights and their priest, accompanied by vaguely Viking’d Vin Diesel, invade a bug-infested weirwood tree to kill a decomposed witch queen, who then curses Vin Diesel with immortality before he explodes the tree.  All of this is done with the utmost seriousness.

I think I expected this film to be a little more tongue-in-cheek than it ultimately was (a little more Hansel & Gretel) but it was still a goofy fantasy action movie.  The evil witches were as a general rule fairly gross, and the mythology was more backstory and selective explanation than comprehensive history lesson, but it was a movie about Vin Diesel hunting witches.

Elijah Wood was conniving and sly and a total sycophant.

Michael Caine was… there.

Rose Leslie was the reason I saw this movie, 100%, but she was adorable.  She got to keep her accent, she was a precious little hipster-punk witch bar owner with a cool special gift and a cool knife.  Also she passed the Bechdel test and did not kiss Vin Diesel.  So that’s a thing.

Lotte Verbeek was a good memory-wife.  She’s pretty.

Very acceptable trash.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: 2014 in television (some missed opportunities and some positive things)

30 Dec

Missed opportunities

Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Adilyn (Bailey Noble)
Because while I was mad at gorram True Blood from the get-go thanks to the Tara (Rutina Wesley) situation that I’ve already discussed at length, the first episode at least did have one situation with promise, the one with Jessica and Adilyn.  While I still hate what happened to the other Bellefleur girls (I think I care about the auxiliary Bellefleur girls more than everyone else in fandom combined, and I’ve come to terms with this fact, but but aren’t they a missed opportunity too wouldn’t you watch the shit out of a show about baby fairies who embody tumblr and look at the world through fresh eyes and therefore are optimistic about most things while also not understanding manners 100% of the time and I’ve spent too much time thinking about this I’m so sorry) I hate more that this situation was never really resolved.  Jessica felt guilty and swore to protect Adilyn, then after Adilyn was drawn into the actual most horrible kidnap scene they… didn’t say anything to each other ever again.  Adilyn didn’t even attend Jessica’s bullshit wedding, despite the fact that it was in the daytime and Adilyn’s father was presiding over it.  What could have been an interesting, complicated friendship (with undertones?) was basically a plot device that was thrown to the side in favor of both girls getting shoehorned into unnecessary heterosexual romantic relationships that consumed their entire characters.

the entirety of Sons of Anarchy, tbh
Sons was never my favorite show, but it didn’t used to annoy me as much as it did by its final season.  And maybe some of that was just that I was blindingly mad about the Tara (Maggie Siff) situation, or that I got increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t play “how is it Hamlet” nearly as well, or maybe it was just that when every episode is two hours long it stops meaning anything that they’re that long, or maybe I don’t know anymore, but it just felt so unnecessarily drawn out.  Also increasingly sentimentalist and with an increasingly laughable score.  “I think Sons might have been better served as a three season show,” I mused, causing one of my people to berate me for questioning the creator’s artistic vision, but it stands.

all of these dead people
All of them.  Even the ones on shows I don’t technically watch.  Special shoutout to Amber Mills (Natalie Hall), who for some reason I am also really bitter about, because I mean, Sarah Newlin’s black sheep-y vampire sister could have been such an interesting storyline and… nothing.  Also, obviously, Isabelle (Lucy Lawless).  Poor thing.

the damn Orson’s beetles scene
You know.  The one before Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) trial where he talks to his brother Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) about his cousin Orson smashing beetles.  And it lasts for something like four minutes and it does absolutely nothing to further the plot in my read.  This has actually become a thing with my mom and I: pointless scenes happen in media and we turn to each other and say “Orson’s beetles.”  It’s a code.  And anyway it’s a missed opportunity because that scene is, uh, not about Orson’s beetles in the books, it’s about something important that they just sort of ignored in the show and I’m not sure how that’s going to play out in the future and that scares me.

Positive things

sometimes SHIELD and ladies
It’s had its failures and its questionable moments as regard ladies (see also the above dead people collage) but when it gets things right, it really gets things right.  Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) saving everyone else and herself with her porcelain-ivory-steel-skinned resolve and her scientific knowhow?  Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) kicking all of the ass (hey remember that time she made a joke about how she was always on top when she and Ward [Brett Dalton] banged while beating his ass I do) and also being an important supportive figure to the entire team but especially Skye (Chloe Bennet)?  Skye growing from awestruck mouthy hacker baby to capable snarky take-no-shit agent to honest to gods superhero?  Raina (Ruth Negga) who was originally supposed to be a one-off character becoming this compelling-as-hell not quite villainous queen of moral gray areas and wide-eyed faith?  Thank you, guys.

the following Game of Thrones things

  • Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) taking time out of his busy bisexual orgy schedule to explain bisexuality (and his bisexuality specifically) to Olyvar the boywhore (Will Tudor).
  • Varys (Conleth Hill) taking time out of his busy confusing scheming schedule to explain his asexuality to Oberyn.
  • Oberyn in general.  Pretty much all of his stuff was perfect.
  • Ygritte’s (Rose Leslie) death scene.  I mean, I know that scene in the book inside and out, so there were lines I missed (why, why, why did they go to the trouble of including the “is that a castle?” “no, it’s a windmill” part in season three if they didn’t have Ygritte asking Jon [Kit Harington] “is this a castle?” while she was dying in his arms) but overall it was well handled and I wasn’t disappointed.
  • Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and their out-of-nowhere crush thing.  Normally it would annoy me if they wrote crushes in that weren’t book canon, especially because in the books Missandei is a ten-year-old, but this was handled tactfully and sweetly and also, if by default, is an asexual romance!
  • The rest of this list.

–your fangirl heroine.

taking no shit today thank you

Fashion Friday :: oh, darling.

14 Nov

So begins my hipster Game of Thrones set for season four.  With poor gone Ygritte (Rose Leslie).

ygritte (rose leslie)

Because Ygritte is the queen of the hipsters.  Basically.  And even though her costume hasn’t actually changed much, watch me work with it differently.  Again.

i think olive you jacket (modcloth)

It’s green and it’s leather.  Perfection.  I Think Olive You Jacket, ModCloth.

stop! in the aim of love tee (modcloth)

Oh my gods, though.  Really.  Stop! In the Aim of Love Tee, ModCloth.

https://partlydrawn.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpumber-cover boss pants (modcloth)

Up close, these look vaguely suede-y, which seems appropriate.  Umber-cover Boss Pants, ModCloth.

can't flurry love boot (modcloth)

Because hipster Ygritte does a lot of outdoor activities and would want appropriate footwear that is also cute.  Can’t Flurry Love Boot, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

not to be underestimated

Television Tuesday :: another year, another… set of feelings.

17 Jun

Feelings both good and bad.  Feelings of general contentment and ones of extreme rage, caused by things that the rest of the internet has already discussed in various places, largely, this season, pertaining to derivations from the book; a thing in episode 3 of this season that was not supposed to be there, a thing in this last episode that REALLY REALLY WAS, but here is my take on that thing that I’m not referring to by name out of my respect for my friends who don’t read the books, with some of Sunday’s willful optimism: there are still… a lot of things from A Storm of Swords that haven’t been in the show and REALLY NEED TO BE, but I… well, they’ve gone so wonky with the timeline of the thing that… that those things HAD BETTER BE in the next season, because they couldn’t… do everything all at once… and they just… had to… save some things for later?  Because people think that A Feast for Crows is boring and I don’t know if other people think A Dance With Dragons is boring but I sure think it takes a long time to pick up and anyway they just needed to save… save some things for then…?  This is my giant way of saying that good freaking gods it is getting exhausting to watch this show sometimes but until they outright deny the thing I will believe that it will just be popped into the timeline elsewhere because I need to for my own mental well-being.

Which is to say.  Get it together, you guys.  But sometimes nice little things still happen, not that they excuse the horrible things at all, but I don’t particularly fancy getting into discussions of them on the internet because it will just make me sad and angry all over again so I’m just going to talk about some nice things that happened this season.

5.  Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) interacting.
I was discussing good vs. bad in the series with a couple of people yesterday, and one started rattling off characters he thought would ultimately prove good or bad.  It was a list of characters he liked for the good side of things, basically, but once he reached Brienne I interrupted and proclaimed that it’s pretty much impossible to determine good or bad in the series because I don’t know how things will turn out and you can never know, I suppose, though I have my opinions which I mostly keep to myself because it’s just simpler that way, but I will fight you about the fact that Brienne of Tarth is the only true knight in Westeros, because that I am sure of (or well, there may prove to be other true knights, but Brienne is unquestionably one, despite not actually being a knight).  This… has nothing to do with what I’m about to say, but I just needed to say it.  In the first two episodes, Margaery and Brienne spoke to each other.  This did not happen in the book, because in the book Jaime and Brienne hadn’t reached King’s Landing by that point in the story, but I’m totally one hundred percent comfortable with it.  And sure, one of those times Margaery and Brienne were just talking about Renly and the other of those times Brienne was politely congratulating Margaery on her wedding, but I’ll be damned if Margaery wasn’t flirting with Brienne.  See.  Maybe this is just Margaery’s way, but I’m perfectly comfortable with it.

4.  Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) interacting.
Hardly at all, but I… liked it.  I did.  The wildlings are sacking Mole’s Town and Gilly and her baby are hiding in the back and Ygritte hears the baby cry and all she does is hold a finger to her lips and spare Gilly and the babe.  That… I don’t know why that happened, exactly, but whatever.  It was a scene with women and that was nice.

3.  Jon (Kit Harington) with Ygritte.
The death scene was handled respectfully.  I mean, I know that scene pretty much by heart (I’ve reread it an embarrassing number of times) and I definitely missed the part about “is this a proper castle” because it just hurts and I love it (also it seems like they’d have kept it since they did have the scene in s3 where Ygritte thought the windmill was a castle, but eh, whatever) but it was still overall done well enough and I hyperventilated each time I watched it.  Because

“You know nothing, Jon Snow,” she sighed, dying.

That was accurate.  And then his little private funeral for her.  My eyes watered.  It was nice.  (Because that was mentioned in the book, but not shown really.)

2.  Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson).
Show, did you… did you… is this a non-book-canon relatively healthy romance…?  Is this a… a non-book-canon relatively healthy semi-asexual (by default but whatever I will take it) romance…?  Between two characters of color?  With friendly and intellectual background…?  I… I… I’m hesitant to even type it out because I don’t want to inadvertently make it go horribly wrong, but I will say this: I was not into any romance for Missandei because I didn’t want to feel like they made her grown-up-sized just to throw her in romance but but this is lovely.  I will also say this: I and at least two other people audibly “awww”-ed at the end of their scene in episode 8.  Please don’t ruin this show this is a good thing.

1.  Dany (Emilia Clarke) WAS DOING MISSANDEI’S HAIR.
No, but I don’t think I can explain to you how important this was to me.  I had to pause it and rewatch it and point frantically at the television while squealing.  Because female friends.  Because because female friends.  Also because all the way back last season when they all showed up in episode 4 for the “a dragon is not a slave” scene and Missandei’s hair had that braid in it that hadn’t been there back when she was still a slave, I offhandedly said to one of my friends, “I bet last night after Dany was like ‘hey Missandei you have your freedom’ she was like ‘hey Missandei I’m gonna braid your hair now maybe’ and then did it.”  And then they showed her doing that.  While they were wearing matching dresses.  (Their dresses always match.  It’s great.)  It’s such a tiny little thing but it probably made me happier than anything this season.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: it’s that time again!

8 Apr

I am overall content with the season four premiere of Game of Thrones.  Nothing egregiously confusing happened, and so far everything is still in a place where it could sort of wind up in more or less the place it needs to be?  Ish?  It’s hard because there are three sides of me at play: the person genuinely going “this is a well-made television program and the actors and technical crew do a nice job,” the social analyst going “okay I have to pay attention to what elements of this are problematic,” and the book fan going “time to notice every single thing that is different.”  So here is a list of things that I am content with in specific.

6.  Jon (Kit Harington) and his wildling accent
Did you notice that?  He killed with wildlings, ate with wildlings, traveled with wildings, lay with a wildling girl, and now he’s dropping his g’s like a wildling.  Linguistics!

5.  Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria (Indira Varma) being clearly bisexual
The book does mention their regular group sex endeavors, but I had been absolutely terrified that these were going to turn into “Oberyn bangs multiple people, one of whom is Ellaria” instead of “Oberyn and Ellaria bang multiple people.”  And when they went to Littlefinger’s brothel for said group sex endeavor, Ellaria kissed the girl and Oberyn was making advances on the boy.  (“So he’s gay and she’s a lesbian?” one of my friends asked.  “No!  Rampant bisexuality!” I shrieked gleefully.)  And said rampant bisexuality was then proved when Oberyn and Ellaria made out with each other a few seconds later.  Oberyn and Ellaria being bisexual is very important to me and so I’m glad that we got at least a glimpse of it (even though that girl prostitute probably didn’t need to be totally naked but still).

4.  The scene with Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)
The first trailer that showed Sansa upset and talking to Tyrion, saying that she lies awake thinking of what happened to her mother and Robb, made me very nervous.  Why, I wondered, would Sansa be confessing her feelings to Tyrion, except for the thing of how the television show likes to make Tyrion nicer than he is.  (I don’t dislike Tyrion, I think he’s very interesting, but the show has multiple times made him nicer or done things to make him seem better at the narrative expense of other characters, namely Sansa.)  “The only way this would be okay,” I said to my mother after we had watched this particular trailer three times in a row, “is if once she’s done saying that, she gets up and walks away, leaving him there.”  And, wouldn’t you know it?  That actually is what happened.  Sansa expressed her reasons for being upset and then left (“I don’t pray anymore.  [The Godswood is] the only place I can go where people don’t talk to me”).  And that was at least the best option at that point.

3.  Scenes with ladies.
Namely, ones that did not appear in the books specifically.  Dany (Emilia Clarke) asking Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) about Meereen (tangent not pertaining to just-ladies: was Daario implying that Grey Worm had a crush on Missandei??  I… think he was?  I am not going to say what I think the ideal outcome for this would be, because then it won’t happen).  Margaery (Natalie Dormer) both with Olenna (Diana Rigg) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).  Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and… well, Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), who is a dude, but still.  I am perfectly okay with the addition of scenes like this.

2.  Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau)
Just… in general.  A+ jobs guys I was good with it.

1.  All!  The!  Exposition!
And backstory and what have you.  Oberyn talking to Tyrion about what happened in the past with Elia (as pertained to Rhaegar, as pertained to Gregor Clegane, as a catalyst for his vengeance-seeking, etcetra).  Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) reading from the book about the Kingsguard, mentioning things that hadn’t really been mentioned before but are good to know.  Lots of conversations here and there that pertained to either things that happened pre-show or previously in the show, making motivations and history quite clear.  That was so welcome and good.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: 2013 in television (9 dead women, 4 things that actually made me happy)

31 Dec

9 dead women

Here in collages, because I’ve at least talked about them before (or in one case I actually haven’t watched the episode yet, but I was spoiled for the fact that it happens and I’m already cranky) and this is just a little in memoriam or some such.

Ros (Esme Bianco, Game of Thrones), Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin, Game of Thrones), Judi Silver (Elena Satine, Magic City),  Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy).

Luna Garza (Janina Gavankar, True Blood), Nora Gainesborough (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood), Braelyn Bellefleur (Natalie Dreyfuss, True Blood), Charlaine Bellefleur (Hannah Kasulka, True Blood), Danika Bellefleur (Jordan Monaghan, True Blood).

Just let that sink in.

And there were other dead women.  Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) got her throat slit, but I knew that it happened because I’ve read the books so while it hurt it was a different sort of hurt, for example.  This is a list of dead women that I did not expect (or at least did not want to expect).  There was a multitude of dead minor characters who were women.  Etcetera.  And like I’ve said before, I do not watch all of the shows, so I cannot know all of the dead women.  But here are some of the ones that really got me.

Also, there were dead men.  I know this.  I acknowledge this.  It’s too bad that Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) is dead, because he wasn’t a bad guy.  Robb (Richard Madden) is quite dead, other dudes everywhere are dead.  But here is what gets me: the ways that women die as opposed to men, the narrative reasons that women die as opposed to men, and the fact that most shows have significantly more male characters than female characters, so the dead women stick out more to me.

4 things that actually made me happy

Also with collages, because right now, that’s just the sort of place I’m in.  Also, I’ve mentioned all of these things before, too.

trudy campbell (alison brie, mad men)

Trudy dumped Pete (Mad Men)
(Mentioned many places, but mostly there.)  Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) is a jerk.  I mean, a lot of these characters are, but he is at least three kinds of jerk that bother me specifically, so I’ve never been a fan of him and I was thrilled to see Trudy (Alison Brie) give him what for.

daenerys targaryen (emilia clarke)

Dany freed Astapor
It’s not as if this doesn’t have its repercussions in the narrative, I admit that it does.  My khaleesi-queen is not perfect and I don’t pretend that she is, but her heart is in the right place and also, this scene was badass.  (I include the above picture of Missandei [Nathalie Emmanuel] again because gods, I just love that look.)

jon snow, ygritte, margaery tyrell, and sansa stark (kit harington, rose leslie, natalie dormer, and sophie turner)

Jon and Ygritte were lovers and Margaery totally flirted with Sansa
The former — well, it is a prelude to pain, obviously, but I just love Jon Snow (Kit Harington) for that being his initial impulse, and Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is so wonderful and sex-positive.  And the latter — may be a prelude to pain, too, but I will gladly take all of the lady subtext I can get, especially when it means that Margaery (Natalie Dormer) gets to make her smirk face.  And even though… well.  I like to imagine a scenario where eventually this actually works in order to give Sansa (Sophie Turner) some happiness, even if that is very endgame.

nora gainesborough (lucy griffiths)

Nora did research
Nora (Lucy Griffiths) did research, she read out loud in English what was written in Aramaic and she retranslated it, and she looked so excited about the prospect of fixing everything wrong with the world that she’d contributed to, and for a minute everything looked like it was going to be okay.  Oh, and then she had a conversation with Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) that was actually sort of wonderful and completely seemed like it would pave the way for the two women to come to a sort of understanding, eventually, after the world had been saved maybe.  It is a scene that represents everything that could have been.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: as we get a bit more into hypotheticals.

8 Nov

ygritte (rose leslie)

Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is wearing the same costume she’s always worn, really, and that costume… is visibly mostly just a coat and boots.  But like I’ve said before, I am of the mind that Ygritte would be the cutest, most disaffected kind of hipster darling, so… here goes.

scooter or later coat in black (modcloth)

This also comes in olive, which is also a viable option; I figure the original is so wrecked by snow-weathering that its original color could be any of these things.  Scooter or Later Coat in Black, ModCloth.

twice the spice top (modcloth)

Since a vaguely yellow, sleeveless top is what is actually under Ygritte’s furry coat, here is a yellow, sleeveless top.  It isn’t fur-trimmed and it’s a bit cutesier, but we can’t have everything.  Twice the Spice Top, ModCloth.

It doesn’t show very well at this distance, but these are in fact pinstriped jeans, and the undertint to them is kind of yellow, so it works.  The Joys Are Back Jean in Skinny Stripe, Modcloth.

kick around ideas boot (modcloth)

And these just look like they’re for kicking ass.  Kick Around Ideas Boot, ModCloth.

monte bre bag (modcloth)

Bags are useful things to have.  That’s all there is to that.  Monte Bre Bag, ModCloth.

glows and arrows necklace (modcloth)

And I just can’t help myself.  Glows and Arrows Necklace, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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