muccamukk: Inked art of Tony with a black cat on his shoulder. (Marvel: Black Cat Tony)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I didn't do anything that was on my list yesterday afternoon, well, save look over the union stuff, but did have a nice nap.

We finished off season one of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries a couple days ago, which remained delightful throughout, though I could have lived without the creepy guy in the last three episodes.

Last night we watched Snowpiercer, which was pretty entertaining in that it was Cap, the War Doctor and d'Artagnan v. the White Queen and Flight, on a train, with an axe. It was also pretty entertaining because Nenya was leaning against my shoulder chanting "What. The. Fuck?" for pretty much the whole movie. Other comments: "I really want a plot about how a reluctant leader is destined for greatness that isn't about a white guy," "Decorate Your Traincar Game: The Movie," and "I don't like it when bad things happen to hands!" (Me: "I wanted to watch the folk music movie, but here we are!") Someone said it was a movie they would have liked a lot when they were 14, which is more or less where I'm at with it, though it might have been too violent for 14!Me.

Meanwhile, another romance novel pallet cleanser that I didn't actually like:

What a Lady Craves (The Eton Boys Trilogy #1) by Ashlyn Macnamara
Well that was stupid.

I liked the heroine, and most of the secondary characters, but the hero had basically no redeeming qualities past those on the cover. I was actively rooting for them NOT to get together by about half way through, and by the end I was thinking, "Take the money and run, sweetheart. You can do better."

He was really, really dumb, and a terrible father, and kept insisting that he was acting because of honour, while everyone else kept, rightly, insisting that he was an idiot. He didn't listen, probably because he was too busy patronising the heroine.

Plus there some really uncomfortable Orientalist elements, and all the Asian characters were either subservient or barbaric. I was planning to give this two stars because at least the porn was decent, but then we hit the action climax with those ruthless Indians, and I sort of gave up on the book as a whole.

I mildly want to know if one character will get a love story, but he doesn't seem to be in any of the later books in the series, so I'll probably not bother.


The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor, narrated by Robin Miles
So what do you really think of the military-industrial complex and corporate culture in America, Ms Okorafor?

I enjoyed this a lot more than the companion book in the series, though that was perhaps better written, on the whole (this one seemed to have a lot of small editing glitches). It's one of the few books I've read that ends with the world ending (we know this from the start), and I appreciated that, and enjoyed it.

I think one of my favourite aspects was the unreliable narrator, who is expressing a valid point of view, but who becomes increasingly unsympathetic, even as she is surely not wrong. I spent the book simultaneously rooting for her and going, oh dear, this won't end well.

Both women leading the books in this series are goddess who change the world, but I like that Okoafor also lets them be flawed, and in this case make one hell of a mistake.

(Incidentally, this was philosophically pretty similar to Showpiercer.)

Date: 2016-03-08 04:32 pm (UTC)
lilysea: Serious (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
I really liked Snowpiercer, but casting Gina Torres as the Reluctant Hero would have made it about 5000x better.

Date: 2016-03-08 06:54 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
... so I clicked over to Goodreads on the Macnamara book and now I'm cracking up at some of the reviews. A surprisingly large number of people give it five stars, but you're definitely not the only person who thought the hero was an unlikable sack of dicks.

Date: 2016-03-08 08:02 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Nenya was leaning against my shoulder chanting "What. The. Fuck?" for pretty much the whole movie.

This was pretty much me when T and I watched it. At least T found my complete bafflement entertaining.

Date: 2016-03-08 11:24 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I read an interview with the director where the polar bear at the end was a sign of Life!....and all I could think, really, was "Those kids are toast."

Date: 2016-03-09 02:09 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
....the way the movie was going, I honestly thought for a couple of minutes the bear was going to EAT the kids, and FIN. But no! It was a Symbol. The whole movie was a Symbol. It was....what a viewing experience. It was just kind of endless WTF and very gorgeous and totally nutso and some very good acting, but....IDEFK. I have no desire to ever see it again, which doesn't happen to me very often with movies.

Date: 2016-03-09 04:21 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
That movie made Jupiter Ascending look like Kafka's The Trial. And I LIKED Jupiter Ascending.

Date: 2016-03-09 04:33 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
And who scoot around on laserblades! BEST MOVIE EVER. And you know, it was actually a perfectly good movie, I've certainly seen worse ones. It got so pasted. (But Snowpiercer got rave reviews?....I still don't even know.)

Date: 2016-03-09 04:43 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Jupiter Ascending face)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
JA was epic and I won't hear a word against it. But then I was the target audience because SPACE and swanky dresses and earnest young men with angsty pasts and loyalty kink, with occasional diversions into Monty Python sketches. Also SPACESHIPS and Kalique Abrasax and Eddie Redmayne, world's most frightening accountant. AND SPACE.

This one was trying to be, like, an ~artistic apocalypse with axes or something? I am still not sure.

Date: 2016-03-09 04:56 am (UTC)
kore: (Jupiter Ascending - women's work)
From: [personal profile] kore
I LOVED THAT MOVIE SO MUCH IT WAS MY EVERYTHING I can't believe I got that AND Fury Road AND Ex Machina AND Jessica Jones AND Agent Carter AND Force Awakens in such close proximity. But Jupiter Ascending was first and I was just like, "I am seeing that IN THE THEATRE because I NEED to." And Mila Kunis was so good! And the movie was so much about Jupiter's choices! I just adored it.

Date: 2016-03-10 09:36 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Jupiter Jones in epic space wedding dress (Jupiter Ascending dress)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Mila Kunis really surprised me. I mean, I'd enjoyed her on That 70's Show well enough (though Jackie was a dick), but I didn't think of her as like an actual actor with skillz. But she was great, she was fine!

...also I have been meaning to post this as a comment to one of your music posts, but can't find the right one now since DW is screwing with me and won't let me see your posts (I seem to have caught the logon bug Mucca has)--

There is a Friday I'm In Love t-shirt that exists, and I love it unreasonably:
https://www.threadless.com/product/1589/friday_im_in_love

It has the lyrics right there! Except the parts about Saturday and Sunday, which I always forget. You might have known about the shirt already but I thought just in case.

Also, ages ago I made icons:


:D?
Edited Date: 2016-03-10 09:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-10 09:42 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I DID NOT KNOW, THAT SHIRT IS AWESOME

I was just thinking I wanted a new default icon! And a new music icon! //grabs

Date: 2016-03-10 09:46 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Yay! :D :D

(holy shit this login thing is annoying)
((maybe it will fix itself like Mucca's eventually did))
(((it's fine on my phone, running the exact same browser on the exact same wifi)))
((((I'm going to go away now and stop abusing parentheses))))

Date: 2016-03-10 09:48 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
WTF DREAMWIDTH STOP MESSING WITH PEOPLE

I sometimes get the "your login cookie has disapeared!" which is annoying, but only occasionally. //KNOCKS WOOD

We're watching Thor 2! Thor is v pretty, Jane is v pretty, Idris Elba is WHOAH PRETTY, Loki is Hamlet, and the Dark Elves keep making me think I'm watching a mashup of LOTR and Star Wars. (Elves with lasers WTF) (also, need a Thor icon now) (no a Sif icon)

Date: 2016-03-10 09:56 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
THOR 2 JUST JUSTIFIED ITSELF COMPLETELY WITH LOKI'S IMPERSONATION SCENE

"Are you sure you wouldn’t rather just punch your way out?" ahahaa he and Steve ARE bros

"I like her!" OH, LOKI.

SIIIIIIIIIIIIF <333

Date: 2016-03-10 12:10 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
"I can feel the righteousness surging!" I also love that Hiddles was like "I don't care if it's not gonna be me onscreen, I NEED to wear the Captain America suit." Heh.

Loki in that film was basically Hamlet.

Date: 2016-03-08 10:40 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: the letters wtf joined into a single glyph (@ WTF)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Right??!

Like, I kind of get what they were going for. But it was so heavily stylized that I kept going "Where are they keeping the cows for this meat freezer traincar?" and "WHY NINJAS" and "Dude what the fuck, why can't you just feed everybody decently rather than some people extravagantly and other people cockroach protein, I mean, I realize this is A Metaphor For Income Inequality but... [hey at least the cockroaches survived, that's logical for once]" and "DON'T SHOOT HOLES IN THE TRAIN YOU IDJITS" and "It is not that easy to cut off your own arm, I know because of my readings" and and!

IDK. I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe a more straightforward rebellion narrative? Maybe a more logical magic train? ???

Meanwhile, the little black kid was adorable as fuck, and survived, so. Yay? I am worried about all those people who got derailed in the end though. Like, what. Bad plan, bomb-eating Korean cryptographer guy.

Still confused that that one lady was Tilda Swinton. HOW?
Edited Date: 2016-03-08 10:42 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-08 11:27 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
DUDE YOU ARE ME

ALTHOUGH AFTER A WHILE I COULDN'T EVEN GIVE VOICE TO ANY OF THAT, I WAS JUST CONSTANTLY "WTFFFFFFFFFF"

IDK. I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe a more straightforward rebellion narrative? Maybe a more logical magic train? ???

Babies taste best!

Meanwhile, the little black kid was adorable as fuck, and survived, so. Yay?
They were so cute! and then at the end, it's like they're BEAR FOOD. OMG.

Still confused that that one lady was Tilda Swinton. HOW?

THAT WAS LIKE EVIL BLACK MAGIC
IT WAS LIKE SHE SACRIFICED KITTENS AND TURNED HERSELF INTO MAGGIE THATCHER

Date: 2016-03-09 04:08 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Rasputin made friends with the zeitgeist (@ mangled history Rasputin)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I guess it explains why I kept finding her weirdly attractive? But like then I hit the end and was like "Oh Tilda Swinton was supposed to be in this?" and Mucca is like "It's that one lady" and I'm all "I don't believe you." IT'S ALL WRONG

I choose to believe that there are actually other human survivors (and always have been?) and some of them live over the ridge, and like the Korean girl and little Timmy and some of the non-dead derailment survivors make it to their village or something. Maybe Korean girl gets to represent the train survivors now, coz I'm not sure how I feel about Chris Evans or whether he survived.

Would polar bears live in the mountains if it was cold enough? I don't even know. My suspension of disbelief took a dive off Ekaterina Bridge.
Edited (Typing, yo) Date: 2016-03-09 04:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-09 04:20 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
LOL I didn't believe T either. "Where the fuck is Tilda Swinton?" "I think she's playing that person." "Who?" "Right there!" "THAT'S NOT TWILDA SWINTON." But. It was.

W.T.F.

I choose to believe that there are actually other human survivors (and always have been?) and some of them live over the ridge, and like the Korean girl and little Timmy and some of the non-dead derailment survivors make it to their village or something. Maybe Korean girl gets to represent the train survivors now, coz I'm not sure how I feel about Chris Evans or whether he survived.

Yeah. I think Not-Steve-Rogers perished in the explosion. After losing his arm. And seeing the train ran on kids. And confessing he ate babies. I don't. Even. Know. That movie was like a bad acid trip, I swear to God, except longer and whackier.

My suspension of disbelief took a dive off Ekaterina Bridge.

NOT JUST ME THEN

I WAS ALREADY CONFUSED AND THEN WHEN THE FIGHTING _STOPPED_ AND EVERYONE WAS ALL "HAPPY EKATERINA BRIDGE!" I WAS JUST KIND OF LAUGHING IN ANGRY BAFFLEMENT

Then they explain it later! Oh, it takes a year so that was their Happy New Year blahblah! and I was just like, NO, THERE IS NO FUCKING RATIONAL EXPLANATION FOR THAT MOMENT AND YOU KNOW IT.

Date: 2016-03-09 04:38 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Emigrated to Mars; Martians much more sensible (@ Martians much more sensible)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
MOVIE MAGIC

I need to like go look at screenshots and shit to convince myself. IDEK.

It says something about this movie that "they ate the babies because starving" made more sense than other parts of it. I mean like--clearly they must have been not showing us all the train cars they went through? I hope? because otherwise how is there ONE tiny classroom with a dozen students in it, and that's the whole school for the whole train?

LAUGHING IN ANGRY BAFFLEMENT

+1, LOL.

I did like the worldbuilding of a landmark that tells you when it's been a year. It's one of the things that almost made sense. But still.

*throws hands in air*

Date: 2016-03-09 04:58 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Chris Evans was throwing his poor adorable heroic total heart into that "I know that babies taste best" and all I could think was, oh honey, you should be EVEN HAPPIER you were Captain America, because otherwise this is the line you would be KNOWN for. Ohhhhh my God.

"Like a Terry Gilliam movie, but making even less sense, and more violent, and everything's kind of horrible and gross instead of spectacle-oriented," I guess is how I might describe it. But that really doesn't convey the WTF.

Date: 2016-03-09 09:27 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I had not thought of it, and it doesn't fit into this one I'm finishing up, but in the next one THERE WILL BE A SNOWPIERCER REFERENCE.

Date: 2016-03-08 10:48 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (@ naked lady)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I wonder if you would like the current Alexis Hall book I'm reading. It's got a repressed lady noble type + an outsider bad boy rogue hero, but he never once (so far, about 1/4 of the way through) pushes her farther than she wants to go, or talks down to her, or is a disrespectful shit about seducing her. Though seduce her he sure does, boy howdy, yowza. Also there's an m/m plot and I've got a feeling it's going to end up as an FMM triad or at least V (with the charming rogue as the pivot), and there's a lot of Feelings (people who want the rogue for his body but not his heart, the other guy who is really really gay but terrified of giving in to his desires, etc). And also clockwork horses.

It's a free ebook and I shall give you a copy if you want one. "There Will Be Phlogiston" is the title.

Date: 2016-03-09 05:03 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: its purely carnal qualities outweighed its metaphorical significance (@ carnal qualities)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Sure--I'll have it on hand whenever. :)
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