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Spectacular Summaries Saturday :: top 10 gifts 2017 gave me

30 Dec

10. Being drift partners forever every day
Disclaimer: drift partner is always going to be the real #1, for the rest of time. ❤ This list will henceforth be “top 10 other gifts” because that’s just true. There’s no one best thing about being drift partners forever every day. Being together every day is great. Watching television and movies together is great. Collecting truly ridiculous numbers of toys and memes is great. Helping each other through tough shit is great. It’s all great. Love you.

9. Those truly ridiculous numbers of memes
“The old __ can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s dead.” “There are millions of cars in this city and now they all belong to me.” “That’s you.” “I have an accent.” “There make be snakes.” “I’m Josh Hutcherson, after all.” “Not great, Bob.” (ineffectively flails like a video game NPC) “No quieres bailar.” “Mother!!!” “Bees???” “Petersburg!” (ineffectively hits hands together and on face while raising eyebrows) “Tough, you will.” “It is happening again.” “Guess meesa die.” “Isn’t that corrupt?” “I can’t help you out of this one, Jim.” “Jeffrey, I am afraid.” “Eels.” So on.

8. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey
As said earlier.

7. I’m Only Dreaming, Eisley
As said earlier, with the addendum that following the DuPree family et al on Instagram has been one of the biggest delights of the year as well. They’re all easily some of my favorite famous people to follow and all of those children are the cutest. Also, it’s nice knowing Elle Puckett is one of ours.

6. Marguerite Bennett
This woman is responsible, largely, for my beloved DC Bombshells, though that’s mostly just something I am coming into this year slightly belatedly. She’s also now writing Batwoman and that’s great, and she writes the new Josie and the Pussycats which is honestly the funniest thing I’ve read all year and references probably a good 70% of the things I hold nearest and dearest in the first 5 issues alone.

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Honestly, this is a perfect comedy. It’s aware of the world, it listens to its cast (Terry Crews’ influence on the police profiling episode, for example, or Stephanie Beatriz’s on Rosa’s coming out), its humor never punches down, its characters are mostly quite likable, its characters are allowed to grow, its nonsense is embraced.

4. The Defenders
This show is at least 50% nonsense, but it’s the greatest kind of that. There’s friendship and teamwork! There’s incredible gayness even though it’s all implicit and some of it is between a man and a woman but still, oh my god, they’re so gay. The arcs aren’t perfect, but a lot of important things happen and there are some really great character beats. Also, Jess (Krysten Ritter) and Misty (Simone Missick) and Colleen (Jessica Henwick) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) and Trish (Rachael Taylor) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). We should make a t-shirt, one of the name ones.

3. Thor: Ragnarok
Especially after being prepared to be very sad because of the lack of our beloved Jane&Darcy&Sif, this movie was the best pleasant happening. As I keep saying, Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) are absolutely everything, and it’s just… fun. And it’s funny! I laughed. I don’t think the funny takes away from it. I think it was a movie made for the internet by the internet and that’s a good thing. We deserve that.

2. Runaways
This is still in-season and we haven’t written an official post yet because of that, but suffice to say we’re loving the hell out of this show (if the abundance of it in my TV post from earlier this week wasn’t enough). There definitely needs to be a shirt that’s just Nico (Lyrica Okano) and Karolina (Virginia Gardener) and Alex (Rhenzy Feliz) and Chase (Gregg Sulkin) and Gert (Ariela Barer) and Molly (Allegra Acosta). They’re very good kids  and even though they’re all in turn making some questionable decisions I love them and want to protect them. (Karolina is my especial favorite, predictably, but really only because I relate to her, the naive baby queer who just wants everyone to be happy.)

1. Wonder Woman
Honestly. This is a feminist blockbuster that lives in the details and preaches meliorism. What’s better than that?

–your fangirl heroine.

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Film Friday :: 2017 in film

29 Dec

First off, we have already seen The Last Jedi. We saw it opening night. We’ve just been waiting to write about it because A) we’ve been crazy-busy, B) we want to go see it again to pick up more before we write, and C) we figured it would be nice to let the spoilers die down a little. But I will talk about some things about it.

So!

Best Times At The Movies This Year

4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
So yes, we’re in the camp that quite loved this movie. And our first night crowd was great! They laughed at all the right parts. It was a stressful time that also involved tears and emotions, but it was good and important.

3. Thor: Ragnarok
Good grief. Drift partner and I loved this damn movie, as evidence by the fact that we went to see it a second time in celebration of our anniversary earlier this month. Hela (Cate Blanchett) is a brilliant villain, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is the bisexual warrior goddess icon we all need, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a big golden retriever memelord, Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) is a good buddy who needs protected, Heimdall (Idris Elba) is our lord and savior. Etcetera.

2. Wonder Woman
This is cinematic gold. This movie was such a relief and such a celebration. Diana (Gal Gadot) is the other bisexual warrior goddess icon we need and also Etta (Lucy Davis) is absolutely everything.

1. The Fate of the Furious
Admittedly two of the best times we’ve had at the movies involved being able to drink during, but that’s a coincidence. This is a beautiful garbage movie full of a beautiful garbage family and the stupidest most wonderful nonsense ever, and I’m so glad of it.

Biggest Emotion-Grabbers

(Emotions other than intense happiness, since that was covered above.)

4. The Shape of Water
This movie, as we said last weekend, is flipping weird, but it’s beautiful and quiet and touching and just… lovely. It might not be for everyone, but it’s lovely.

3. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
For joy but also heartwrenching…ness both because it’s inspiring to watch Wonder Woman come to be and because a movie about bisexual polyamory that’s not only committed and tender and loving and emotionally intense but real is something that never happens and should always.

2. Get Out
This emotion, on the other hand, is some cross between anxiety, dread, and disgust at the world. This is such a fascinating movie, and while I don’t feel it’s my place to get into all of the details I feel it is my place to say it’s expertly done.

1. Hidden Figures
This emotion is pride, mostly. I am proud of these real people and the people who made this and the fact that this is a story we can tell and that it’s true and that it just rocks. Also Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer are goddesses.

Some Standout Ladies

10. All of the women of Star Wars
Leia (Carrie Fisher) always. Bless you space mom, thank you for sending us your bees and love. Rey (Daisy Ridley) always. We love our daughter. Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) is a beautiful delight and we also love the hell out of her. Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) is, surprise, also a bisexual goddess. I want more Maz (Lupita Nyong’o) in Episode IX, dammit. I’m glad Kaydel (Billie Lourd) got more to do and I dibsed her on principle.

9. Lady Bird McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird)
As drift partner said, Saoirse deserves her damn Oscar for this emotional and compelling performance. Period.

8. (As mentioned,) Hela and Valkyrie
These two are opposites, enemies, and wonders. Hela is the most extra character, from the horns to the cape to the necroswords to the dramatic magic, and Cate Blanchett was clearly having the time of her life. Val is a tragic babe with a happy outcome, a pegasus-riding sword-wielder, and the kind of character women rarely get to be. They both make a great movie even greater.

7. Harley Quinn (Melissa Rauch, Batman and Harley Quinn)
I’m counting it! We watched this on-demand one night and then immediately ran out to buy it because it is a perfect movie. It exists in the same continuity as Batman: The Animated Series, but it’s rated significantly more PG-13, and Harley is done perfectly. She’s a big bisexual nerd trying to make good, flirting and punching and punning and singing and literally saving the world with her love for Ivy (Paget Brewster). Especially after Suicide Squad, this movie is a breath of fresh air and so is this incarnation of our best clown princess weirdo.

6. Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall, Professor Marston…)
Like, I’ve always loved Rebecca Hall, but this performance is transcendent. Not because it’s flashy or particularly weird, but because it’s heartfelt and honest and, yes, quite h-o-t. It’s the best kind of movie about queer women, which is to say one that actually comes through a queer female gaze and not a straight male one, and Rebecca Hall shines as a fully realized person with fully real desires and appeal.

5. Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya Coleman, Spider-Man: Homecoming)
She is just what we need in everything, namely a snarky black girl who takes no shit from anyone but isn’t afraid to give it. She’s so deadpan and perfect and such a great addition to the universe and the story and I’m excite to see how she ends up being properly MJ.

4. Mantis (Pom Klementieff, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2)
These movies are definitely hit and miss in a lot of ways, but there are some universal truths, among them that space is very beautiful to look at and that Mantis is an adorable sincere autistic baby who needs to be protected. She’s so utterly charming and her need to be loved and be helpful is, uh, #relatable.

3. Cipher (Charlize Theron, The Fate of the Furious)
This is a garbage film, but she is the garbage queen. All of ur cars are belong to me.

2. Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen, Logan)
This kid. Just her performance in the final act of the movie nearly put this movie on the emotion-grabbing list, too, because she’s heartwrenching. She’s a little badass through the film, but she’s also so little and good and I’m proud of her and would like to make her cookies.

1. All of the women of The Lego Batman Movie
Obviously Barbara (Rosario Dawson) is the main female character in this movie, and she kicks so much ass and is just so delightful. I’m also talking about my favorite thing, the (potential) Gotham City Sirens triumvirate of Harley (Jenny Slate), Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), and Poison Ivy (Riki Lindholme). That’s the perfect film right there. Get on it.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Music Monday :: 2016 in music, part 2 (10 albums of the year)

3 Jan

Posted on a Tuesday because the holidays messed everyone up and also we’ve been moving house and deal with it.

10. Wild Things, Ladyhawke
Solid synth for the year.

9. case/lang/veirs, case/lang/veirs
This album was classic from the first time I heard it.

8. The Bride, Bat for Lashes
And this? This is the kind of epic creepiness and melancholia that we all need in our lives.

7. Jessica Rabbit, Sleigh Bells
On this album, Sleigh Bells gets a bit more lyrically cohesive than usual and to emotionally devastating effect while continuing to bring the electronoise delight.

6. Beyond the Bloodhounds, Adia Victoria
The perfect mix of twang and devastation and blues and gloriousness.

5. Citrine, Hayley Kiyoko
The only badness is that this is so short. Otherwise it’s perfect ladygay delight.

4. In Loving Memory Of When I Gave a Shit, Lolo
My beloved, darling, deep-voiced and furious and glorious princess.

3. Good Grief, Lucius
Ah these blessed weirdos. I adore them and everything they do.

2. I’m Alone, No You’re Not, Joseph
As mentioned on Saturday.

1. Love You To Death, Tegan and Sara
As also mentioned. Bless.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spectacular Summaries Saturday :: 11 gifts that 2016 gave me

1 Jan

11. Cry-Baby
This album, as I mentioned on Monday, technically came out last year, but hot damn. I have not been able to get enough of it. It’s just so weird and aesthetic and Melanie Martinez looks like a confused porcelain doll and it’s cathartic as hell to drive around singing along to this acting like a non-Suicide Squad Harley Quinn making crazy eyes. Each music video is weirder than the last (my personal favorite, aside from “Milk and Cookies,” is still probably “Pity Party” but I love all of them) and she just has a fascinating way about her that strikes me as something interesting.

10. Hamilton
You’ll notice that link is from last year, because I did technically first listen to Hamilton last year. The phenomenon that is Hamilton is possibly the greatest cultural even of 2016, though. In this year of horrible politics, horrible bigotry, and outstanding ignorance, here is a musical that somehow managed not only to explain politics (both then and now) more clearly than any history class I ever took but to reach the hearts of so many, to make an old story relevant to a new audience in new ways. A+++.

9. Rogue One
This movie also stands in interesting stark contrast to other events of 2016, which is part of what makes it so good. The other part is that it is just damn good movie, solidly constructed and compellingly told.

8. Waitress
This list always seems to slant more toward the end of the year, but in a lot of cases that’s just when the observable, linkable writing on the subject is. I’ve been listening to the songs from Waitress since last winter when they were released, and I think it’s absolutely charming. And hell, it was a real true Broadway New York show experience, of course it’s in my top 10 of the year.

7. I’m Alone, No You’re Not
Another constant listen, as mentioned. There are shades of Delta Rae, of First Aid Kit, even of beloved Eisley occasionally, and it’s lady harmonies all the time, sometimes more mournful, sometimes twangy, sometimes cute and fun, all the time gorgeous.

6. Carol
In this the year of our many many dead Sapphic ladies, Carol is a gift. It is not a perfect film, but it’s aesthetic and beautiful and satisfying and not outright depressing. Also, this.

5. Luke Cage
I find it also really… fitting, in a way, that this year also yielded such a gloriously, in-your-facedly black piece of media as Luke Cage. Marvel is largely unfortunately white, but between this and the upcoming Black Panther there are alternatives being given, and Luke Cage is also the most quality entertainment. From villains Mashershala Ali and Alfre Woodard to protagonists Mike Colter and Rosario Dawson and Simone Missick, every single member of the cast brings their all. The writing is delightful. The vibe is incredibly thorough. It’s not exactly “fun” in the traditional sense, but it is time well-spent.

4. On the Edge of Gone
Of the books I first-time read this year (admittedly, last year’s resolution didn’t quite hold up) this one stuck with me the most, for the reasons before mentioned. It’s so nuanced and doesn’t other anyone while exploring the viewpoints of othered characters.

3. Love You to Death
And its subsequent tour, of course. Tegan and Sara are the most brilliant musicians who put on the best, gayest show, and this year especially that was needed.

2. Mockingbird, Chelsea Cain
This is a week later belated ETA, but it’s important. I really cannot even begin to explain how important these 8 (9 including the starter from last year) issues of comics were. I love Chelsea Cain, y’all know that, and I love Bobbi Morse, y’all know that, but together they were an unholy blessed thing, sass and feminism and ass-kickery and metafiction and I read a lot of vintage Mockingbird this year too and Chelsea really did take the time to deconstruct and ameliorate every flaw in her written history and I will admit to crying when it was over, but also no, for Bobbi’s sake I am living my life unapologetically. (Also, that’s what Lance Hunter said at the Hellfire Club.)

1. my drift partner
You are the best thing about this and every year, darling. But especially this one. ❤

–your fangirl heroine.

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Music Monday :: 2016 in music, part 1 (11 songs of the year)

26 Dec

11. “Mustang Kids,” Zella Day
So this is from last year, but I discovered it this year and this particular video came out this year so it sort of counts. Her whole vibe is very trancey and odd and I can’t tell, there might be Sapphic chicks in this music video. Maybe. Good enough for me.

10. “Milk and Cookies,” Melanie Martinez
This album also came out last year but the music video is really recent and it’s been in my heaviest rotation this year. I’ve spent weeks just driving around wailing along to this like an emo teenager, it’s great. I love the entire album (more on that next week) but I special-pick this song because it is explicitly about tweeishly murdering a sexual predator with cookies and the music video made that even more explicit.

9. “Supermoon,” Case Lang Veirs
Grindhouse Gothic perfection, of which there was plenty this year but this is exemplary.

8. “Holy,” Zolita
YouTube has started recommending me random pop music videos that are about Sapphic girls, and this one came up. It’s interesting, because it’s a good song but I don’t know if the song would have stuck with me as much as it has if it wasn’t such a gay video, but it’s the gayest video. There’s a lesbian cult at what seems to be a private school prelude to The Handmaid’s Tale.

7. “And Then You Die,” Adia Victoria
The vibe on this entire album is so intense. It’s worth many, many listens.

6. “Hatefuck,” Cruel Youth
Teddy Sinclair, once Natalia Kills, helms this project, and it’s glorious. It’s like a dirtier angrier version of the 1960s girl group songs I grew up hearing on the radio.

5. “Daughters,” Lissie
Because everyone needs a Wild West feminist ballad in their lives sometimes.

4. “Gone Insane,” Lucius
As I observed, this is a harmonious ballad about gaslighting and it’s brilliant. The music video is a little body-horror, though, so be careful friends.

3. “Sweet Dreams,” Joseph
I have basically been playing this album every time I’m not playing Cry-Baby in my car, and it’s brilliant and wonderful, but this track stands out as the most epic and glorious.

2. “Gravel to Tempo,” Hayley Kiyoko
Because lesbians. It’s a great song, but let’s be real, it’s important as it is because lesbians.

1. “Dying to Know,” Tegan and Sara
For you, love.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: a season 6 wrap-up.

5 Jul

Game of Thrones‘ season six was… well, it was pretty all right. I mourn my sweet gay babies Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras (Finn Jones), bless them, but overall I am not disappointed and after last year’s mess that’s something, anyway? The requisite list of positives.

11. Davos (Liam Cunningham) finding out about Shireen (Kerry Ingram).
As y’all know, Shireen being murdered was my least favorite thing to happen in season five, and that’s saying quite a lot. So I guess it was a form of catharsis to see Davos finally find out what happened to his favorite girl and get really, truly mad about it. (I also liked that when Jon [Kit Harington] found out he didn’t have Melisandre [Carice van Houten] killed immediately but instead sent her on her way with a warning.)

10. Lyanna freaking Mormont (Bella Ramsey).
What a brilliant, scene-stealing kid. I had never seen her before in my life but my reaction after her first scene was “I’m so proud of her!” Boy howdy I love Mormont women just about as much as I don’t give a damn about the most prominent Mormont man.

9. Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray).
I actually quite liked the Horn Hill scenes, just overall; I liked how nice Sam’s mom and sister were, I liked how awkward Gilly was changing her clothes for the first time ever, I liked how Sam and Gilly both stood up to Sam’s jerk dad, I like how the power of love prevailed. And I really liked the Citadel library, sidenote.

8. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson).
I just really like these two. I was not a big fan of all of the treading water that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) had to do or how pointless most of his scenes felt, and in turn many of Missandei and Grey Worm’s, but Missandei and Grey Worm themselves are always wonderful. I really like how Missandei had no time for Tyrion’s bullshit plans and made no secret of that. I really like how the two of them spent most of the season dressed like dominatrixes/the male version thereof. I also really like that Missandei always calls him by his name in Valryian. That makes me smile a lot.

7. The Dornish matriarchy overhaul.
We had a beautiful moment with Ellaria queen (Indira Varma) and the Sand Snakes (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) in the first episode, one cursory mention around 6.03 or 6.04 of the fact that they’d taken over Dorne, and then treaty negotiations with Olenna (Diana Rigg) in the finale. We didn’t see much of this matriarchy overhaul, but I support it fully. This puts me in the minority and I don’t give a single damn.

6. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Jon.
Sansa and Jon really didn’t have a relationship before they went their separate ways in season one, but their reuniting was beautiful and their relationship development has been fascinating. The obvious thing to say is that it’s an indicator of Sansa’s increased maturity; it’s also giving her a chance to finally be volatile in productive-to-the-plot ways. Fucking Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is not looking to make this a happy ending, but it’s really interesting right now.

5. Sansa and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).
Yes. This did not disappoint, Brienne’s loyalty is overwhelming, and I’m glad they at least still have each other.

4. Sansa and misandry.
One of the most brilliant moments this entire season was just Sansa’s facial reactions to Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) being killed by his dogs. Another thing I liked was when she yelled at Jon for not involving her in battle plans even though she knew about Ramsay more than any of them did. I also really liked her reaction to fucking Littlefinger’s completely unsurprising but nasty fantasy scenario: hand on the chest for stop, don’t touch me there, then “it’s a pretty picture” dripping disdain as she walked away. Sansa Stark is done with men and it’s beautiful.

3. Feast for Crows Cersei (Lena Headey).
Otherwise known as: I have been waiting for the Cersei I know from her POV chapters to finally get to show up and that Cersei is insane. Unfortunately, Benioff and Weiss seem too concerned with making the Lannisters sympathetic at times to allow them to be as interesting as in the books, so it was a long time coming for the full reveal. But now, after doing some horrible things and having some horrible things happen as a consequence, the Iron Throne is sat by completely bonkers Cersei, Darth Cersei, Mad Queen Cersei. I’m thrilled and Lena is going to do a great job.

2. The Targaryen-Greyjoy-Martell-Tyrell alliance.
I mean, I’m not keen on the fact that it had to come partially because of Margaery and Loras’ death, but “so Yara goes to Meereen, right, and she hooks up with Dany, and then Varys goes to get the Martells in on it because they have a thing with the Targaryens, and then the Tyrells come too because they’re awesome” sounds… not unlike some of my personal ideal scenarios. The show has less lady-kissing in this alliance (because Margaery is dead now and never confirmed queer, because they haven’t mentioned Nym being bisexual in the show yet, etc.) but it’s still happening.

1. Dany (Emilia Clarke) and Asha-Yara (Gemma Whelan).
But there might be lady-kissing here! It’s now canon that Asha-Yara likes girls (and she didn’t die!) and both actresses have mentioned that there is some definite flirtation going on between these two. They bantered about why Dany should accept these Greyjoys’ offer of ships and alliance, which is because Euron’s offer would come with marriage demands. “And I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands?” Dany banters. “I never demand, but I’m up for anything really,” Asha-Yara declares, in a conversation that does sound just as Sapphic as my fantasy endings. I don’t know how this is going to go but dear gods let it go right. Because, quoth poor lost Doreah, “love comes in at the eyes,” and those two were making significant eyes at each other. (Also, Dany broke up with Daario [Michiel Huisman] spectacularly.)

–your fangirl heroine.

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Sundry Sunday :: 10 things I would like to tell other wlw (especially babies)

5 Jun
  1. Your female friends are probably mostly going to have crushes on boys. You are not weird for not also having crushes on boys and nothing they say or imply changes that.
  2. And that funny fluttery feeling you get thinking about girls sometimes? That, my friend, is a crush. Nobody will tell you this, because you don’t think to mention it to them because you don’t think you can or should, but it is.
  3. It’s okay to be completely sure of yourself and who you are in terms of sexual identity but still not say anything to anyone.
  4. You are perfectly allowed to feel gross when people say words like “dyke” around you, even if it’s not to you, and them knowing or not knowing that you’d take it personal is irrelevant.
  5. You are also allowed to feel gross when people have viewpoints that make you feel unsafe.
  6. You are not obligated to be tolerant of other people’s opinions when those opinions are that you are fundamentally wrong and bad.
  7. You are not fundamentally wrong and bad, or even just a little weird.
  8. Friends you’ve known all your life may not get it like strangers on the internet do, and that’s why we have access to both.
  9. You are valid in your identity no matter how you present, emotionally or physically.
  10. The only correct way to wlw is respectfully and open-mindedly. Everything else is a variable.

–your fangirl heroine.

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