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I hadn't really been planning on going to see Wonder Woman because I've been feeling kind of burned out on superhero movies, but then the reactions started to get posted over the last few days, and seeing so many people be enthusiastic about this movie made me go WELL FINE and go and see it.

AND LO IT WAS GREAT.

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I saw Rogue One yesterday, finally! Overall an imperfect but worthwhile movie.

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This weekend was a bachelorette weekend for a friend of mine. It was great fun! And of course we watched some movies of the sort that one watches at events like this. Namely: the two Magic Mike movies.

I'd been kinda interested in seeing them for a while, given the type of reaction I saw a lot of people having to these movies, but also it didn't ever seem like a priority. I mean, I'm not exactly the correct audience for a pair of movies where a great deal of the point is to watch men being sexily mostly-naked.

So hey, now I've seen them. And turns out I did mostly like them!

The original movie, Magic Mike....well, people are right in saying it's not as good as the second one. There's a lot more angst and drama and attempt at a plot. I spent most of the movie wanting Adam to just shut up and go away, and he's one of the main characters, and the main driver of plot. But I did care a lot about Mike (and about Brooke) despite myself.

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The second movie, Magic Mike XXL is not nearly so confused about what point it's trying to make. This is a movie where stripping is unapologetically great if that's something you want to be doing. And you know what, watching the stripping was enjoyable even though I have no personal interest in naked bodies or sex - I like watching people be competent at things, and there were some pretty competent strippers in these movies!

HOWEVER: The best thing hands-down about this movie to me is definitely Rome. She's just so great? Completely poised and in control of every situation she finds herself in. Apparently the role was originally written for a male actor and CAN I JUST SAY how glad I am that they decided to switch that up. Good work movie, A+ secondary character choices here.

But also, all through the movie I just kept finding myself giggling in delight because I couldn't believe that the kinds of things this movie chose to focus on were things that a real life actual hollywood movie would choose to focus on. It was an experience. And one I'm glad to have had.

(even though I have no real interest in ever rewatching either of these movies.)
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OKAY I'VE WATCHED THE STAR WARS PREQUELS. It only took me a month from beginning to end! Now, let's see if I still remember the formal logic I learned in long-ago philosophy classes:

Premise A: the prequels are kinda terrible movies
Premise B: I did not enjoy watching the prequels
Conclusion: I am now a prequels fan.

That...... doesn't look right.

I don't know what happened, but I now have so many feelings about the prequel era and prequel characters EVEN THOUGH I kinda hate the movies and had to struggle through watching them. So: everyone's right, between the people who told me not to subject myself to these movies and the people who told me there's some good stuff in them! The movies are terrible, yes, but also they are worth watching if you are me.

Although is it just me or is the third movie noticeably better than the first two? Or did I just get inured to the ways in which they're kind of crap?

ANYWAYS.

My main take-away from these movies is that I'm so mad that Anakin Skywalker seems to now be the Star Wars character I have the most feels about, across all trilogies. Like......no. Why. Why did this happen to me. I disapprove. Anakin's terrible. And yet I care so much!

I livetweeted my watching of the three movies because it was the only way to get through them. I will reproduce the highlights of my tweets below, followed by my other thoughts.


Tweets )


Other thoughts )
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OKAY THERE I have now watched the original trilogy of star wars as well! I had a deadline for myself: I'm seeing The Force Awakens again on Monday (my dad wants to see it, and I was totally amenable to seeing it twice) so I wanted to see the originals before then, to be able to understand the new movie with the depth of context.

This meant I have watched a lot of movies in one week! Which is PRETTY WEIRD for me.

At any rate, I really did enjoy the original trilogy, and more than I expected to? There were some tedious bits (eg the entire opening sequence of Episode VI with Jabba the Hutt, and all the extended fighting sequences in the movies) but overall they were really enjoyable.

I came into these movies with a lot of pop culture informing me what to expect. But pop culture didn't tell me everything! The five things that surprised me most about the original trilogy:

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Last night I went to see the new star wars movie!

This is the first star wars movie I have ever seen in my life. All my prior knowledge is cultural osmosis. And I have apparently osmosed a lot! I managed to catch quite a few call-backs/references to the previous movies, though I'm sure there are also plenty that I missed. The weirdest part though was how I had these intense feelings of nostalgia as the movie was beginning despite having never seen any star wars before.

At any rate: as a movie it worked quite well with solely my level of prior knowledge! And it was a HELLA FUN MOVIE.

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In conclusion, I feel weird about having seen a star wars movie now. I've always been annoyed with sff gatekeeper fans, and star wars is one of those major things that's held up as being obligatory for nerds. And I tend towards contrarian, so I've actually been kind of deliberate about not bothering to watch star wars? Like, SUCK IT DUDES, I'M AN SFF FAN EVEN IF YOU THINK I DON'T BELONG. (see also: me never having read or watched lord of the rings. see also: my lifelong struggle with being weird/wanting to fit in/defiantly not even trying to fit in because I know I'd never succeed, and how that relates to whether it's okay to like popular things.)

But now I've voluntarily seen a star wars movie, and LIKED it, and now have intentions of going back and watching at least the original trilogy. So. There's that.

Time to dive face-first into reading fic now!

Swing Time

Dec. 7th, 2015 05:54 pm
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Yesterday I watched a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers picture - I don't think I've ever actually seen one of them before, though I've certainly watched clips of them dancing on youtube. The movie was called Swing Time and it was.....well, the dancing and singing was great.

I watched this movie with a friend who dances, and it was really cool to hear her rave over HOW GOOD Astaire and Rogers are. She knows enough about dancing to be able to see how hard they've worked to be really great at it, whereas I know nothing and am just like "yup, pretty" when I see their dancing. It rather makes me wish I knew more about dancing to be able to appreciate them the way they deserve!

The plot was rather less great. And there was surprise blackface urghhhhh. The character Astaire plays is a rather thorough asshole and I was really not a fan of him, and his friend Pop is even worse. Mabel Anderson was probably my fave character in the movie, except for how she kept on being randomly shoved together with Pop.

The one scene I genuinely enjoyed, other than the dancing/singing bits, was the one where brief spoilers )

At any rate: would definitely watch more dancing movies!

Labyrinth

Nov. 22nd, 2015 02:21 pm
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I have finally seen the cultural phenomenon that is Labyrinth! Thank you to housemate E for watching it with me because otherwise who knows how long it would have taken me to getting around to watching it. It was....you know, pretty much what tumblr had led me to expect, yup. Very 80's, very weird, very compelling.

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Last night I went to see The Martian and I was very favourably impressed! I had really liked the book when I read it ages ago, and it felt to me like the movie was everything I had liked about the book (competence porn and humour and nerdy science and space!) PLUS deeper characterisation, so pretty much I loved it.

And I think this is a story that really benefits from being told in a visual medium, for two reasons:

One, because all the vast sweeping landscapes of Mars that you see really drive home how alone Watney is in a desolate world. I really appreciated how this movie made Mars a main character.

And two, because it allows you to see all the emotions Watney's experiencing, even when he's not willing/able to admit these things out loud/on paper. I was very impressed with the acting skill of the dude who played Watney - it's a difficult role, I think, doing all that acting without there really ever being another human to act against. It's just him and his props and the green screen. And he did a great job of making Watney feel real and human.

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Went to see the new Man From UNCLE movie with my dad this evening! An excellent use of an evening. The movie was shallow but shiny and a great deal of fun.

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I'm sure you've seen all the rave reviews about Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie didn't originally sound like one I would be into, but the reviews convinced me. Last night I went to go see it and pretty much my entire reaction is "!!!!!"

Let me tell you that every single complimentary thing you have ever heard about that movie is completely true. I was absolutely blown away. What a quality movie. What a good everything. I think it's one of the genuinely best movies I have ever had the pleasure of seeing in theatre.

I don't even know where to start, because there's so much to say.

So I think I'm not even going to try to talk about ALL the things I appreciated because if I did that I'd be here all day and still have things I hadn't yet figured out how to say coherently. I will just write a list ten items long of some things I have to say about this movie and for everything else you can go google for other people's reviews.
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The Mummy

May. 4th, 2015 07:13 pm
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The other movie I watched this weekend was The Mummy. A hilarious thing about mine and Verity's friendship is that despite the fact that both of us are bad at watching movies we inevitably watch at least one when we visit each other. But! The reason why we can do this is that we have similar issues with watching movies, finding things too stressful or too embarrassing. So actually we are ideal people to watch movies with each other!

So when Verity told me we should watch The Mummy I was initially skeptical, but very quickly agreed that if she said I would like it I would probably like it.

I LIKED IT.

I don't actually think any of this is spoilers but better safe than sorry )
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Well, Age of Ultron was certainly a movie.

I spoilered myself thoroughly going in, so I more or less knew what to expect, but also the actual experience of watching a thing is different from reading about it, so my emotional response to various things was different than I perhaps thought it would be.

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Recently I rewatched Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Mara and a few other people. And discovered that my aro/ace goggles are as strong as ever, despite all the strides I thought I was making in being able to read relationships as intended.

Throughout the movie we'd been doing some joking about how when I was younger I completely failed to notice the sexualized aspects of the Narrator, though I DID successfully notice this in Mrs. Potiphar.

And then we get to the final song, and the Narrator and Joseph are holding hands and singing as they do, and we have this exchange:

MARA: So when did you finally notice this?
ME: ....Notice what?
MARA: The Joseph/Narrator relationship?
ME: WHAT RELATIONSHIP

So uh turns out it was clear to everyone but me that the movie totally intends the watcher to understand Joseph and the Narrator to have a romance arc. WTFFFFFFF.

I have always conceptualized the Narrator as being essentially separate from all the other characters. Interested and engaged in their lives, sure, and interfering plenty, but still on a different plane of existence than the others, such that any kind of meaningful relationship between her and the other characters would be impossible. The idea of shipping Joseph/Narrator weirds me out completely, whether it's fandom doing it or THE MOVIE ITSELF.

So that was a deeply disconcerting note to end the movie on.

(otherwise the movie in general is just as charming to me as ever. I love this movie so much.)
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I watched a movie of Merchant of Venice like two and a half months ago and dashed off just the most obscure of brief notes for myself, intending to expand them into an actual post in the next day or two while I still remembered everything. I can expand them somewhat so that they make sense, but can't give them the full weight of context and thoughtfulness that they deserve. Here's what I can provide:


- Okay so like, I'm super on Shylock's side for a great deal of the play. He is treated terribly and it is not cool.

- And the text constantly calls him "Jew" instead of his name which is further not coolness.

- I lurve that the ladies saved the day and crossdressed! And played a trick on their husbands! Buuuut the way Portia drew out the trial was super unnecessary and cruel.

- Obvs the conclusion is a not-quite-sedoretu with Portia and her maid and Bassanio and Antonio.
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Jupiter Ascending!!!! I had seen a lot of delighted reviews on tumblr and dreamwidth all basically boiling down to: it is SO EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE and taken directly from a preteen girl's id. And these reviews were not wrong.

I enjoyed the hell out of it - evil space politicking, and secret princess, and ANTIGRAVITY ROLLER SKATES FOR ALL THE ACTION SCENES, and a female main character who straight up says that her decisions are HERS to make, and lots of pretty pretty clothes and sparkles and visual effects and space architecture, etc etc etc.

I was grinning and/or giggling delightedly throughout the whole the movie. I was riveted. I was 100% THERE for all its unabashed ridiculous glory. This movie is MY KIND OF MOVIE.

(and please allow me to recommend to your attention skygiants' A+ review/recap of the movie)
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It took me over a week to watch this damn movie but I'M FINALLY DONE! Totally worth it. What a good.

A chronological list of thoughts I had as I watched through Act Two of Lawrence of Arabia:

relatively vague (I think?) spoilers follow )
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Lawrence of Arabia is one of those constantly-mentioned classics that I've heard more than just movie snobs talk about as being a good movie, so I figured maybe I should get around to watching it.

So here follows a chronological list of thoughts I had as I watched through Act One of Lawrence of Arabia:

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The thing about long overseas flights is that they give you lots of time to watch movies, which is great when you're too tired to focus well on a book. So earlier this week I saw two entire movies in one day! ALMOST UNPRECEDENTED quantities of visual media for me!


First: BREAKING NEWS I finally saw X-Men: Days of Future Past after everyone else who cares saw it long ago. I'm quite sure I have zero new insights to share. Here were my main reactions (no particular spoilers):

1. Welp, that was definitely a very dude-focused movie, even beyond the fact that they gave Kitty's role to Wolverine.
2. What a silly, ridiculous, and somehow enjoyable movie - I had no emotional investment AND YET I had fun.
3. Yes it's true Quicksilver is the best part of the movie. Please tell me there is a cut somewhere of all the Quicksilver bits and nothing else.
4. Wow young Charles and young Erik are both terrible people in ways that do not interest me at all.


Second: I rewatched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and can I just say:

1. Wow I still have a million Narnia feels.
2. What a good.
3. (tho why must all the ugly and monstrous beings be the bad guys?)
4. So uh I believe in a free Narnia and all but also TILDA SWINTON QUEEN OF EVERYTHING.
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My squee-harshing review of Guardians of the Galaxy is under the cut! People who liked the movie probably don't want to read this.

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