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Spoiler Alert Saturday :: our thoughts on Atomic Blonde

12 Aug

Damn, guys. I’m sorry. It’s been incredibly busy lately, and I’m just going to leave it that and move along.

Now, if you’re here you probably know all the reasons you might not like this movie. All of those are valid. But we went anyway, because we wanted to watch Charlize Theron kill guys. And of course, that’s the #1 reason that you could, in fact, like this movie. Here’s five others.

  1. The aesthetic. It’s a comic book movie (though a lesser-known comic, one I’d not heard of) and that’s pretty clear from a lot of the visual layout. The hotel room in particular is a total illustration.
  2. Charlize’s character Lorraine also has an incredibly satisfyingly cohesive and interesting wardrobe that has its themes (black and white and maybe red) without being too reliant on the 80s setting.
  3. There is a very good amount of girlkissing. Yes, this doesn’t end well. No, we’re not excusing that, and yes, we look forward to a movie where Sofia Boutella gets to be happy without being painted to look like a space alien. But there’s girlkissing (and girlsex!) that didn’t feel entirely male-gazey. They’re actually cute and converse and cuddle.
  4. Bad things happen to the men that deserve it. Pretty much all of them.
  5. Bill Skarsgard’s Merkel was oddly charming, and I’m not just saying that out of Skarsgard bias, because I didn’t actually connect the dots of who he was until the end. I just liked the character.

–your fangirl heroines.



Spoiler Alert Sunday :: my thoughts on Star Trek Beyond

14 Aug

This universe is just… not my home. But, unlike Into Darkness which I (and everyone in the world except, apparently, my father) disliked immensely, Beyond was… charming at times. It was palatable. There were no glaring flaws.

I think, of the new Star Trek films, it probably telegraphed the most like an old Star Trek episode. There was a near-ridiculous amount of banter. There were wacky mix-em-ups. There were moments of unflinching (explicitly stated!) optimism.

Most of my commentary, predictably, is about a few things.

The end credits were lovely.

Gosh I do like Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and I’m glad she had something to do, pretty much. That was nice.

I knew that Sulu (John Cho) being A Gay Dad was going to happen and it still made me smile.

Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) made me smile too. She was adorable and vulnerable and badass and I was dorking out about her weapon.

And I really am gonna miss Anton Yelchin. I just am.

–your fangirl heroine.




Spoiler Alert Saturday :: my thoughts on Kingsman: The Secret Service

28 Feb
  • Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) were kickass, so that was fun.  The former’s springy knives for feet made for some fascinating violence and her vaguely evil expressions were lovely.  The latter hails from my pet region (she’s of Sussex, specifically) in England so she was great to listen to and I appreciated the range of expression she was allowed to show in the script (tough, friendly, unapologetic, nervous, excited, etcetera – all those emotions like a real person!) so, yeah.
  • Look at this movie consistently fridging middle-aged white guys.
  • Harry’s (Colin Firth) comeback to the lady in the conservative hate group church made me want to applaud, honestly.
  • Also, I had people legitimately betting that Merlin (Mark Strong) was going to be a bad guy, because, well, that’s what Mark Strong generally does.  I imagine it was something of a relief for him to get to not be that.
  • It wasn’t a perfect film, but it was fun, generally, and I think that the fact that it was so very British really went a long way for me personally.

–your fangirl heroine.

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