hermionesviolin: (no one can stop us now)
Tom S. from church posted a link to "VALERIAN Is The Movie Summer Cinema Needs, But Not The Movie It Wants" and I emailed coworkers saying I wasn't sure if that article made me wanna see the movie or not.

Charlotte expressed interest in going.

Then I saw someone RT "wow. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the worst movie I've seen in a long time. and not in the fun trashy way."

The OP continued in that thread:
  • I came away wanting to punch the screenwriter, and also Dane Dehaan's character's smug sexual harassing creepy eyed face.
  • It's ... not good. In any way, except the visuals. And the main character is AWFUL.
  • I am very sad! I wanted glorious space trash! But all I got was trash. Woe.
I went ahead with my plans with Charlotte tonight, and it was definitely not as bad as I was expecting.

Valerian definitely doesn't deserve his hero/romance arc [and honestly, the movie did not need the romance plotline at all, especially since the 2 of them have basically no chemistry -- they're partners, and yes she's always running after him to save him, but not in any way that made me feel like they should be more than partners ... and I am often a sucker for competent woman & kind of douchey guy, see Pepper/Tony, Donna/Josh, possibly some of my own life, etc.], but Laureline is gr8 (the comic series is called "Valerian and Laureline," I learned in the end credits, and I dislike that Valerian got solo billing in the movie title -- they are definitely partners, and it genuinely feels like it's equally their story).

It's not super campy fun in the way that Jupiter Ascending is, but a lot of it is fun. A lot of the world-building is very hand-wavy, but I was willing to roll with that. And yeah, the dialogue is not this film's strong suit -- the visuals of the world-building are definitely its strongest suit. A lot of the plot is clear to the viewer early on, but not in a way that bothered me -- and sometimes the film even surprised me. major spoilers )
hermionesviolin: (that which IT has not [fox1013])
Jupiter Ascending was everything the Internet promised me it would be AND! BONUS! the villain is capitalism.

so on my way home I was saying Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism )
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Former-coworker-Michael's parting gift to me last August was a 2x3ft dry-erase board to live in front of my desk at work (to cover up the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" sign my coworkers had so kindly put up, which I was starting to get sass about having left up for over a month). Coworker-Holly had been changing the poll every week, but she left the end of May. Mallory changed it once after that but then left for a new job. Holly will be back the last week of June to train her replacement, but in the meantime I made a new poll question -- and was really bummed at how little I could actually fit on the board (I guess maybe I should have written smaller?)? [Wiki links included in this online poll for your educational convenience.]

Poll #18487 female superheroes
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 9

Now that we finally got a Wonder Woman movie, who should get the next female-led superhero movie?

Black Widow
4 (44.4%)

Oracle/Batgirl
2 (22.2%)

Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
2 (22.2%)

X-23 (Laura Kinney) the Wolverine clone
2 (22.2%)

Wasp (Janet van Dyne or Hope van Dyne)
0 (0.0%)

She-Hulk
0 (0.0%)

Spider-Gwen
1 (11.1%)

Dazzler
0 (0.0%)

Jubilee
1 (11.1%)

Ironheart (Riri Williams) the 15-year-old Black girl Iron Man
2 (22.2%)

ALL OF THEM (literally all of the women)
5 (55.6%)

Other - nominate your faves
1 (11.1%)

Captain Marvel (coming 2019)
1 (11.1%)

Kitty Pryde
2 (22.2%)



This afternoon, my boss stopped by and commented that he liked the poll and would have to think about it (I said he could pick more than one) and he didn't know who all of them were.

B: "I don't know who Spider-Gwen is."
me: "Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy gets spider superpowers in one iteration, and giving that we've gotten a ton of Spider-Man movies, I figured we should get a Spider Girl movie."
me: [does not say: "I shouldn't say Spider-Girl, because that's a different character -- who I also considered including. And maybe I should have included her instead because there are no Latina superheroines on this list..." (I was thinking of Anya Corazon, because [personal profile] musesfool, though Wiki informs me that apparently that's not the main Spider-Girl.) Okay, Logan-verse Laura is probably Mexican.]

B: "Is Ironheart a real thing, or did you make that up?"
me: "Really a real thing. Invented ... last year, I think? So very new. Initially it was just 'black girl Iron Man,' and they hadn't decided on a name for her, but then they decided on Ironheart."

B: "So Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel are different?"
me: "Yes, Ms. Marvel is Pakistani-American and has a very popular comic book series running currently. Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, is getting a Marvel movie in a couple years."
me: [doesn't explain that Carol Danvers used to be Ms. Marvel and that there are other people, like Monica Rambeau, who have held the Captain Marvel title, and I seriously considered including Monica because Black woman superhero -- but there is only so much room on this board.]

B: "I picked Batgirl. I love Batman, and I think we need a Batwoman."
me: "Excellent."
me: [does not say: "There actually is a Batwoman, that's Kate Kane. I considered listing her, especially because she's a lesbian, but I would really be into an Oracle movie 'cause she's a brilliant superhero and also a wheelchair user, and having both Batgirl and Batwoman seemed excessively confusing for lay participants." And while I was writing this, I remembered that if we're doing Oracle, we maybe get Birds of Prey."]
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Also seen on the Internet today: Cosmo Tweeted Even Though Her Hubby Was Performing, Chrissy Teigen Skipped the Billboard Music Awards to Go See Magic Mike Live http://csmo.us/h6gYQqx and Teigen RTed saying, And it. Was dope.

I clicked through, and while the Cosmo article was meh, it linked to their piece on the show, which is full of eye candy, and then I Googled, and the show's website is really doing a good job of selling this show (I'm mostly referring to the photo) and USA Today says "'Magic Mike Live' is the modern strip show we deserve" and this Ellen Show clip is so much better than I expected (keep watching even after you think the good part is over).

And so now I kinda wanna road trip (for values of "road trip" that are more like "budget airline," on account of it's a 41hr drive) out to Vegas to see this show (tickets are about what I paid for Hamilton, and it runs Wed-Sun, so in theory one could get off-peak flights).
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Okay, fine, I understand why this episode and not last week's for the finale. Oh, Riverdale, you are so Extra.

I checked out the Riverdale tag on Tumblr (TumblrSavior'ing "bughead" because ugh, aro/ace erasure [I know it's just the one series, but it's consistent with the whole canon, and the CW had such an opportunity here...]), mostly because after some [tumblr.com profile] larkandkatydid posts, I wanted parallel image/gif sets to "Some say the world will end in fire,. Some say in ice." Spoilers: I did not find any. I did find some good speculation text posts -- and some people being wrong on the Internet (I did not engage).
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So, I finally saw Get Out. So good! And now I understand why people didn't wanna say anything about what happens in the film other than the very basic premise.
hermionesviolin: (write my way out)
After the Tonys last year (June 2016) they released tickets for I think Jan-May 2017. I picked a Saturday in February and couldn't get seats (the system also defaults you to buying 2 tickets) so I went down to just 1 ticket and picked a date near the end of the run and success! I had meant to book a Saturday matinee (so I could be back for church on Sunday), figuring I could take Friday off from work and hang out with some friends in NYC, but I accidentally booked a Saturday evening show -- so obviously a late-night return bus was the answer, because I am committed to being at church. When I found out Candidating Weekend was gonna be the weekend I was going to Hamilton, I was extra-committed to coming back for Sunday morning -- and when I learned there'd be a Leadership meet+greet on Friday night I was glad I had booked a Saturday night show so I could at least be there for that (though I'm excited about our candidate for new lead pastor, so it wasn't like I needed to meet the candidate this weekend in order to ensure I was okay with the Search Committee's selection). #churchnerd

So yeah, 11 months after buying my ticket I got to see the show on Broadway (second row from the back of the theatre). Not the original cast, obviously, but once they announced that they'd be recording the original cast so we'll all get to see it on video eventually, I wasn't too sad about that.

I have the OBCR pretty strongly in my head and was mouthing (and bopping) along to pretty much the entire first act. The lighting and choreography are so impressive, especially early on (possibly it's equally impressive throughout the show and I just acclimated) and even knowing various bits that aren't (visible) in the audio recording didn't make them less impactful/enjoyable.

Number of times I cried during the first act: 4. Number of times I cried during the second act: at least 2.
hermionesviolin: (tell me a story [lizzieb])
I definitely thought that was the season finale. The PR leading up to it was promising cut in case you are as spoiler-averse as I tend to be ) and both those things happened. And they set up for Season 2 like whoa. So where do you go from here that's not Season 2? How is next week's episode not a letdown after this? This was such a good season finale. I don't understand.
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brb, importing my LJ to DW -- and probably switching entirely to DW for posting :( just over 15 years after I first created my LJ... #endofanera
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The ASP season for next year came out last Wednesday. The Downfall of Despots )

***

Last night, we saw a broadcast of the RSC's Tempest -- finishing out Shakespeare's jubilee year (2016 was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death) with Shakespeare's last solo-authored play.

They had a teaser for ROME, and I thought it was just the next play they were doing, so I thought, "Julius Caesar? Or Antony and Cleopatra?"

No, it's the whole next season -- Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus. I'm excited. I mean, I'm meh on the first 2 plays, but the RSC has done such amazing productions recently that I'm at least interested to see what they do (if nothing else, we'll get to see them make great use of their visual resources -- they have an amazing stage, and amazing amounts of money, so their productions honestly feel worth watching for that alone), and to see how they comment on our current political moment.

In talking about next season, Gregory Doran (Artistic Director of the RSC) was like, "In this post-Brexit, post-Trump," and he just kinda looked at the ground in sadness as he was talking. (In talking about Lear -- unwise breaking up of the kingdom -- IIRC he said that the Brexit vote happened the first day of rehearsals for the show.)

For their ROME season they're bringing back the director of Othello (I forget for which play, but I'm real excited about that -- they evoked Abu Ghraib in that one, so I look forward to any politically-engaged play under that director) and have a woman director for one of the plays (again, I forget which one, but good on you RSC, and take note Hollywood).

And it feels so Shakespearean to use stories about Italy to talk about England :) (Now I'm curious to see a table of how many Shakespeare plays are set in Italy [or elsewhere] vs. set in England -- esp if we exclude the histories. A quick Google suggests that 1/3 of all Shakespeare's plays are set in Italy. Folgerpedia has a nice sortable table -- which also allows a quick at-a-glance that almost the only plays he sets in England are the histories; the only exception/s being The Merry Wives of Windsor in Shakespeare's modern-day, and King Lear and Cymbeline in mythic pre-Christian Britain.)

Oh, and the latter 2 plays in their ROME season are so great -- Titus being always a trip, and Coriolanus being a lesser-known play I've seen some really great productions of.
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I haven't watched any X-movies since the initial trilogy (in part because I'm not great at actually getting out to see movies -- and also because Michael Fassbender [young!Magneto] is an abuser, and Days of Future Past starred Wolverine instead of Jewish woman Kitty Pryde like the comics arc did).

But X-23 Laura Kinney is not your weapon! I have read none of her comics, but have a fondness for her thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fox1013's Tumblr.

[livejournal.com profile] musesfool had posted: "Logan is getting really good reviews! Comparisons to Unforgiven have been made! Apparently it lives up to the trailers."

Coworker-Mallory hated it because it was way too violent for her, but I really didn't mind the violence. I tend to not do well with on-screen violence because I wince seeing physical pain onscreen, but this felt more cartoonish -- yes, we stabbed people in the head with adamantium claws and decapitated people, but we rarely dwelt on anyone's pain, and almost everyone who died was a bad guy we were in no way rooting for.

Some thoughts:

spoilers )
hermionesviolin: (your mountain is waiting)
(Well, depending on what time zone you're in, you maybe have a little more time, but I believe in you.)

As people have pointed out, 2017 will likely be worse in many ways, but at least we've been warned. ("Warning: may contain fascism," I quipped tonight.)

***

Email from my friend Scott:
May your 2017 be as awesome as it is Phibonacci* -- and may your whole year be prime time.**

QED,
Scott


*That is, 2017 satisfies a Fibonacci-looking identity in terms of the Euler phi Function: phi(2017) = phi(2016) + phi(2015). The last such year was 1601, and the next is 4337.

**Also, 2017 is prime.***

***And so is 20170123456789.
Addendum: My sister-in-law posted her Instagram #2016bestnine, and of course most of them relate to the baby, and thinking about this baby growing up I wonder if that would be a helpful motivator for me -- to remind myself that I want to help build a better world for hir.

[5777]

Oct. 2nd, 2016 10:28 pm
hermionesviolin: (be brave now)
I'd been seeing "shana tova" posts on social media today, but forgot until just a little while ago that I have this practice every year. I turned 33 this summer, so I'd definitely been thinking for a while about how this would be "my Jesus year," but I'd forgotten about this period (albeit not of my own tradition) of reflection. The "new year" framing feels appropriate at this time when I've been thinking about various relationships and trying to figure out new, more life-giving patterns.

***

As has become my custom, reposting this from Amy:
One of the big pieces of the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that you reflect over the past year, and you attempt to (A) accept and forgive anything that has been done to you, and (B) apologize and ask forgiveness for anything you have done to others.

[...]

Anonymous is enabled, and all comments are screened. If I've done anything to hurt you this year, let me know. If there's anything you think I might still be upset over, let me know that too. I won't unscreen unless you specifically request I do [...] The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.

I promise to treat anything you say seriously and respectfully, and I will seriously be considering it over the next ten days.
***

Scott's email this year was:
May your 5777 be as sweet as it is Hyperfibonacci* -- and may you have a truly golden year!**

QED,
Scott

*See https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/journals/JIS/VOL19/Urbiha/urbiha4.html .

**Note that 5777 = Floor[Phi^Chai], where Floor[x] is the greatest integer less than or equal to x, Phi is the golden ratio (1+Sqrt[5])/2, and Chai is 18.

~ And note also that 5777 divides the 5778th Fibonacci number -- so next year should be pretty excellent, too.
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On May 2, I got tagged into a thread on Queer Exchange Boston ("A couple friends and I are looking to build intentionally radical, queer space for folks who identify as LGBTQ and Christian to come together in Boston. Are there folks that might be interested in thinking this through with/joining us?").

I went to the first one (Sun May 15) and then to the first planning meeting (beyond the core group of folks who'd been dreaming up the first one) on Thurs May 26 (house church was meeting every other week).

By virtue of being one of 2 people at this planning meeting besides the 3 core organizers ... I got voluntold into giving the reflection this Sunday evening?

Because I had 2 and a half days to pick a text and come up with something to say about it, I attempted to crowd-source, but one of the organizers said she'd really like for people to reflect about what's truest for them, which is totally fair, but somewhat challenging. I came up with an idea by the time I got home that night, though. The reflection I ended up writing wasn't the one I'd initially intended to write, but I liked it, and it got positive feedback in the room.

***

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (NRSV)

Content notes: mention (no dwelling, no details) of suicidality, self-harm, eating disorders, getting kicked out by your family, sexual assault

Now, will you pray with me? May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts, be acceptable to you oh God, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.

sermon )
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Way to make me feel so nervous about what you're going to ask me!

I was getting tea this morning, and one of the faculty members was getting coffee and said he'd noticed in my email signature that it says "please refer me to use the pronouns she and hers" and asked, "as opposed to what?"

In fairness, I felt way more nervous while actually answering the question than I did in the lead-up but still, I do not recommend, "I hope you don't take this the wrong way" as, well, as something to say probably ever really. (Certainly I've said things like, "This is going to sound meaner than I intended, but I can't think of a better phrasing," so I'm not saying you shouldn't acknowledge when you think something will be taken more negatively than you intend, but...)

I started with saying that people's genders aren't always clear from their names, that some people have gender-neutral names & warmed up to saying that not everyone uses binary pronouns and so sometimes people will volunteer that in their email signature, asking people to refer to them as "they" or "ze" or whatever and that it feels important to me to normalize that practice of volunteering one's pronouns rather than leaving it as something that's only done by people with unexpected pronouns -- "Does that make sense?" He said yes and seemed placated.

Hi, I'm your resident radical queer, I'll be here all forever.

(At coffee on Monday, some folks were talking about the Stanford prison experiment and whether it would replicate today and I literally chimed in with, "police brutality -- people are given power, in a system that dehumanizes certain people, and they abuse that power," and I had never felt so out-of-place far-left at work -- not that anyone pushed back, I don't even remember what got said next, but I just had this sense of total non-engagement.)
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I probably could have biked yesterday (it got close to freezing -- as opposed to the previous day when it topped off at low 20s and was more consistently windy) but I wimped/lazed out, so as we dispersed from Mike's at literally 11:30pm I asked FCS-Ian if I could drive his car home. It was basically uneventful -- though when I take a right turn onto a street that has a lot of parked cars I go kind of slow 'cause I wanna make sure I don't hit any of the parked cars, and FCS-Ian reminded me to go faster 'cause there was oncoming traffic (slow/far enough away that I wasn't in danger, but I was gonna piss them off).

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