fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
So hey there internet! Uh...long time no see? Yeah, sorry about that.

Someday soon (really!) I will make a legit, f-locked tighter than Alcatraz post about the incredible hornet's nest of ridiculousness that has been my life in the last couple of months, but right now I do not have the emotional energy to do that, so we'll just say that the semester is over and graduation was yesterday and today and I gave the invocation at yesterday's ceremony so that was good.

Anyway there will be more later but for right now I want to talk to you about Thor.

I have not actually seen Thor yet. In fact I'm still unspoiled about it at this point, and my knowledge of the comics is pretty minimal, so. BUT. I am totally going to see it soon, and I am definitely going in with some expectations, because I love mythologies the most (THE MOST, OKAY), and I have so many feelings about mythology of all kinds, but especially Greek and Norse.

So this post is gonna be a rambling list of my expectations going into this movie, and all my feelings about Norse mythology. You can already tell the kind of rambling this is going to be, so I'm just gonna make a cut here and you can skip this nonsense if you want!

all kinds of feelings under here )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (emphasis on the super)
Hey there folks! I'm back in Albany, after some borderline epic adventures. I've been keeping a low profile lately because my brother gave me a cold for Christmas (the gift that keeps on giving!), but I'm starting to feel a little better now, so hopefully I'll be recovered in time to meet [livejournal.com profile] frostbit_sky after New Year's.

You may perhaps be wondering why I'm referencing TV Tropes in my post title. Or perhaps you are simply grateful I didn't link to the zombie encyclopedia. Well. Sorry about that.

But actually no. Here's what happened. I got back to the Albany airport on Tuesday morning to find my car buried in a 2-3 foot drift of snow. And I did not have a shovel. So I dug myself out using only my feet and my ~*bare hands*~. And oh yes, did I ever regret it in the morning. Still am, as a matter of fact. But you've got to admit, it was pretty badass.

And then I immediately went out and bought a snow shovel. MOTHER NATURE, WHEN NEXT WE MEET, I WILL BE READY!



Speaking of badasses, this fic from Yuletide? Smell Like a Yeti (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Old Spice)? It is amazing.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Ashla)
Because "Assassin" goes offline tomorrow, we gonna do this tonight. So, below the cut are some spoilerific reviews/snark sessions about the Clone Wars episodes "Assassin" and "Evil Plans." With bonus spoilers for "Hunt for Ziro"!

(Spoiler: Already I think that second title is ridiculously lulzy. Whether this is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen.)

Here there be spoilers. )
fialleril: [no weapon is easier to get or control than children] (Ahsoka)
Another Clone Wars post. You know the drill. Spoilers, random commentary, maybe some snark, if I'm on form tonight. We'll see.

Also, fair warning for links to the zombie encyclopedia!

Tonight's episodes are "Corruption" and "The Academy."

Here there be spoilers )
fialleril: [we do what we're told] (clone)
Yeah, I don't know either. I have to do something to keep myself from combusting with excitement.

So there was some new Clone Wars on Friday! I watch it online, though, so it is new today!

And here are some thoughts of mine! )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Holmes and Watson)
Over the weekend I went and visited [livejournal.com profile] veriond at her new digs in Springfield, MO. She has a pretty nice place there, though still in the setting up process.

Anyway, the point of this post is: while in Springfield, we watched the BBC's new Sherlock miniseries.

I think I'm probably the last person on my f-list to have seen this, but just in case I'm not, here is a cut for spoilers!

This is the cut in question! )

So! The overall outcome of my consideration of these things has been to make me realize that the DESIRE OF MY HEART is to see a genderbent Sherlock Holmes. To the extent that I have even started casting it in my head! I know that I would love to see Freema Agyeman as Holmes. (I'm calling her Sheila. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] kittyjimjams, SHEILA. I will not be swayed! Although Sorcha is, I confess, also a good choice.) I think Genevieve O'Reilly would make a pretty good Watson. Further ideas, f-list?
fialleril: [Mama always said they were trouble] (dead boys bearing fruit)
In "Clash of the Titans," the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

(source)


So many things are wrong with this that I hardly know where to begin.

1. I submit to you that Clash of the Titans is not a thing that can be remade. Possibly even the filmmakers for this one realized that, which is why they changed the plot completely.

2. Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Ha ha ha WHAT? No seriously, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT?

3. Actually, given the plot summary here, it might be more accurate to describe this movie as a remake of Disney's Hercules, rather than Clash of the Titans.

4. While I will admit I would actually love to see Hades unleash a zombie horde on the earth, the only time he ever threatens to do so in the myths is when Zeus steals his wife.

5. Speaking of mythological fail...apparently Perseus is not going to have any of the heroic exploits actually associated with him. Obviously they are old hat, and drama requires stealing plot devices from Disney inventing new ones.

6. Also...why in the world would Hades need to avenge himself on Perseus? They never even met! (Unless he's pissed that Hermes stole his helmet of invisibility and loaned it to Perseus. But since this Perseus doesn't appear to be going on any of his original adventures, that probably never happened in this universe!)

7. Also also...Perseus never did have any power as a god. So I guess he's out of luck.

8. This whole plot reeks of Hijacked by Jesus, Sadly Mythtaken, and more than likely Mythology Upgrade. (Because you all need some TV Tropes in your life.)
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Ishmael Beah)
If only they could find something worth fighting and killing for, maybe they'd be worth respecting.

/snark

Yes, that's right, it's time for a little rant about the last two Clone Wars episodes. Sadly, the meta droids were mostly absent yet again, and so I may not have much good to say about this one.

under a cut for those avoiding spoilers )

I suppose I could use the Team Fail icon for this post, but I think Ishmael Beah is actually more appropriate.
fialleril: [another armed occupation is not freedom] (start the revolution)
I'm finally back in the land of the living, but it was a near thing for a while. I managed to come down with a flue during dead week and finals week, the same time when everything was due. But I turned in my last final on Tuesday (German translation - UGH!), had the AAR holiday party that afternoon, and then hopped a plane to Springfield on Wednesday. So now I'm writing this from my sister's dorm room computer. We're headed home tomorrow.

But I'm sure no one is interested in any of that, so let's talk fandom things! On Wednesday night [livejournal.com profile] veriond and I finally got caught up on the Clone Wars episodes.

Kit Fisto's voice is here to have sex with you )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Fema Baab)
A little late for International Blog Against Racism Week, unfortunately...

As many of you know I don't really follow the EU (although I used to, but that's another story), but I lurk enough around the fandom and on Wookieepedia to notice a few things. And lately, something's been bothering me. Namely, the EU treatment of movie!canon characters of color.

There aren't many people of color in the Star Wars universe to begin with (and that's another meta entirely!). But I've started to notice a pattern in how the EU treats them.

Please note: for this meta, I will be dealing specifically with non-Jedi canon Star Wars characters of color. Perhaps some day I'll write a different meta about the Jedi...

continued beneath the cut, with picspam! )

EDITED to add Sei Taria.
EDITED again to add Queens Jamillia and Apailana, handmaiden Rabé, and Senator Bana Breemu.

P.S. Feel free to remind me of any other non-Jedi movie!canon characters I may have overlooked! And emphasis on the non-Jedi and movie canon characters. I stated at the beginning that this meta was about EU treatment of characters from the movies who are not Jedi, but after reading the comments, apparently a lot of people missed that memo...
fialleril: [somebody's gotta save our skins] (voice of reason)
I haven't actually seen The Clone Wars yet (though I have seen a pretty extensive clip at Disney World), but I've been looking at some pics, and I felt that this must be observed. Using TV Tropes, naturally.

Obi-Wan and Anakin both apparently realized that it was foolish to charge into battle without at least some body armor. So they outfitted themselves with clone armor over their regular Jedi outfits. Outfits which, I might add, actually covered their entire bodies to begin with. (Actually, Anakin appears to have taken a side trip into the future in order to steal his own armor, but I digress.)

So of course it’s only natural that Ahsoka goes into battle in...a tube top? But that makes perfect sense. Everyone knows that women don't need armor, anyway. At least, they don't need their armor to actually be functional.

fialleril: [ofer middangeard monnum sended] (stars)
Stop me if you've heard this one before.

So today I finally saw The Dark Knight, the movie that most of my flist has been pretty darn taken with. And...apparently it's my shtick lately to have some reservations about a movie everyone else adores? First Iron Man and now this... But it's possible that TV Tropes has just ruined my life.

Anyway, I did enjoy the movie. I'll put my full comments under a cut in case there are people who haven't seen it yet.

why yes, I will be referencing TV Tropes a few times )

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