tartysuz: (Jupiter Ascending)
A science fiction fairy tale melodrama? Sign me up! Here's my take:

"A friend asked me if Jupiter Ascending was any good. This was a hard question to answer! Its imperfections have been noted to the point of exaggeration. There is a lot of world-building exposition, there are long chase scenes, and there are characters that could be more realistic. But those downsides (some are really a matter of taste) are less than the sum of the parts in this big, bright, ambitious mash-up of space opera, science fiction, fairy tales, and romance."

Read more from me, [profile] kadymae and Erin, another member of Sequential Tart, at
http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=2734
tartysuz: (Jupiter Ascending)
I loved Jupiter Ascending! It's a science fiction/fairy tale mash-up. I wrote about it in the Sequential Tart article that [livejournal.com profile] kadymae mentions here:

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kadymae at Jupiter Ascending
Jupiter Deconstructed -- A tart round table about Jupiter Ascending.

Jupiter Ascending is a great sprawling beautiful amazing mess of a movie, and I'm not surprised that most mainstream (male) critics of it have no idea what to make of it, for it is a female power-trip fantasy.

Jupiter Ascending is the novel that every woman who loves speculative fiction has written in her head at least once. The one where she's an intergalactic space princess who's romancing a really nice hot guy who's fine with her being the center of attention.

And let me be up front about it -- the fantasy of Jupiter Ascending is no more or less ridiculous than male power-trip fantasies such as The Fast and The Furious. (And like that franchise, for all of its kick-'splode popcorn, Jupiter Ascending has also got a lot of Capital F Film going on.) Jupiter Ascending also beats the pants off of movies such as Sky Captain and The 5th Element.
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Great film. It's hard SF -- so hard it resulted in an academic paper about black holes!

The sound scientific base is a crucial part of the amazing world-building done by the film, but the focus is really on the characters.

I went in with zero spoilers. I only knew the director and the two top-billed stars. While knowing the cast doesn't really spoil the plot, I was delighted with the surprises.

There is one gen fic in Archive of Our Own. I'm hoping there will eventually be fic about my OTP, Read more... )

Here are a couple of articles to read after you've seen the film or if you want spoilers:

Fast Five

Jan. 12th, 2014 09:40 pm
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Faith Erin Hicks understands.

By Faith Erin Hicks
I watched Fast Five while working tonight. They loved each other so much but it could never be because Dom lived OUTSIDE THE LAW

…. might be working a bit much lately.


Source: Faith Erin Hicks's Tumblr
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Wired has a good history of Star Trek's progressive values and how they attracted a fan base that encouraged the franchise to go forward.

However, the show hit a block when it came to LGBTQ characters. To date, the future has no gay people. Given the implied anathema of the current ST guardians to take a quasi-bold step, the present is less progressive than the past.

Thanks to the success of the 2009 reboot — the most successful Star Trek property ever in box office terms — Paramount has regained a blockbuster franchise with wide-audience appeal, but there’s no reason to think it would have been any less successful if it had been more faithful to the franchise’s subversive spirit. Ignoring social advances and stymieing the franchise’s hallmark ideology seems, at best, to be the path of least resistance.

Source: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/05/star-trek-lgbt-gay-characters/
tartysuz: (Sam Winchester and Me)
Last night, I went to a screening of the Robert Siodmak film, Criss Cross, part of a film noir series hosted by the Metro Cinema Society.

Each film is given a live introduction by film scholar William (Bill) Beard. In describing the nature of the film noir narrative, he said something that applies to Supernatural. Here's a part-paraphrase, part-quote of Beard's remark:

Usually in a Hollywood film, the hero overcomes obstacles to achieve his goal, "but film noir troubles that. Sometimes the hero is not admirable, or he has a weakness and is unable to dominate the narrative to put things in order."

Both Sam and Dean are flawed, even deeply flawed. Neither of them are the authors of their own fates: in fact, the angels confirmed that their very existences were created to fulfill divine prophecy: they were puppets and were never equipped to put things in order. Every battle they win is another step in losing the bigger-picture war.

Yes, this does mean I will be resuming my series, Supernatural Noir. I started with Part 1: Notes on Noir and left off at Part 3a: Deconstructing Morality (the Femme Fatale).

By the way, Criss Cross isn't nearly as good as The Killers, which I discussed in relation to Supernatural in Part 2: Deconstructing Identity.
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I grew up with the Swan Lake Rudi van Dantzing set on the National Ballet of Canada and the Romeo and Juliet he set on the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Romeo and Juliet the first ballet I ever saw; Evelyn Hart was Juliet: how could I not love ballet after that? Actually, that performance inspired an interest in dance that led to my years as a dance writer.

Later, I discovered that one of the reasons Dantzing was sweet on Canada was that his first love was a Canadian soldier (the story is told in the beautiful film, adapted from his novel, For a Lost Soldier).

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/arts/dance/rudi-van-dantzig-provocative-dutch-choreographer-dies-at-78.html?_r=1&hpw
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Holy crap, Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven does not loose its impact upon third watch.

I'd been thinking about it since seeing the Cohen brothers' True Grit in November, and finally decided to watch Unforgiven after Friday night's episode of SPN, which was also called Unforgiven.

Here's what I found interesting about the film this time around:

Spoilers for the movie Unforgiven; no spoilers for SPN or True Grit )
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Man, Christopher Nolan looks like Leonardi di Caprio. I wonder if that was a criterion in casting Cobb?

The F Word

Oct. 5th, 2010 11:21 pm
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I saw The Social Network tonight, so naturally, I wanted to get on to Facebook to say that it's a great movie, but it made me want to friend Mark Zuckerberg just so I could unfriend him.

But Facebook is offline! This is incredibly ironic as I just heard the screen version of Zuckerberg say that, unlike other social network sites: "Facebook does not go offline EVER. We go offline for one minute, we're DEAD." (I'm sure that's pretty close to the actual dialogue; I don't take notes while watching a show using an Aaron Sorkin script: I can't write that fast!)

With yet more irony, I'm posting this on LiveJournal, which is shown as a Facebook forerunner -- and therefore passe. (The movie shows Zuckerberg posting to LJ as he hacks out the first version of what would become Facebook. Heh.)

Anyway, Facebook has had its worst outages since The Social Network came out. Is someone trying to stop us from talking about it? ;)

SPNception

Aug. 7th, 2010 08:41 pm
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This post is for people who are familiar with Inception and are open to speculating about Supernatural Season 6. (No spoilers.)

Dreaming up some scenarios )
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Just in time to celebrate (?) the impending Cold War-style spy swap!

Sequential Tart is running my article about how Iron Man 2 used the Cold War spy backgrounds of Anton Vanko and Natalia Romanoff to tell a post-Cold War story:
http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1751
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I forgot to tell you about my Tarticles this week!

People seem to be getting over the idea that the source material for adaptations is always better. If this is a fact (and goes beyond an impression I've formed from anecdotal evidence), then it seems that 40 years of media studies has finally filtered through to the general public, and/or that people's experience of stories in different platforms (comic-movie-animation-video game or whatever order) has changed people's attitude toward the presentation and reading of narratives. In that spirit, I found that changes to the Vertigo Comics series The Losers made the story different in very interesting ways:

Adapting the Losers:
http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1725

In Supernatural Talk, we took on SPN 5.19: Hammer of the Gods. The show was really ambitious with this, and left us with a lot of questions.

Supernatural Talk 5.19: Hammer of the Gods:
http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1727

Iron Man 2

Jun. 8th, 2010 11:28 pm
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So who here saw Iron Man 2? Can you link me to your posts? I don't have to avoid spoilers now that I've finally seen it!

Random thoughts )
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I first saw The Lost Boys at an advance screening just prior to its original run in theatres. Gilbert, the vampire expert, had dragged me out. I hadn't heard a peep about the movie beforehand, so I was shocked that the theatre, the largest in the cineplex, was packed with squealing teenagers. But this was one time I welcomed their enthusiasm because the film was a rollercoaster ride, so we all laughed, screamed and squealed spontaneously with every climb and rushing dive. (I didn't really squeal that much, but young Jason Patric, mullet and all? Hot.)

It was one of the best times I ever had at the movies, and this is the first thing I thought of when I'd heard that Corey Haim had died, how great a time I had at that movie, and how much I actually liked it. I re-watched it that night, unsure if it would hold up. Not only did I find it as entertaining as I remembered, I also realized that it was groundbreaking in many ways. (And I still found Jason Patric hot. Mullet and all.)

http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1686
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This week's Sequential Tart features two takes on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Tart Sheena McNeil and I both liked it, but found that it has issues!

Alice in Underland — The Confusion and the Hatter
by Sheena McNeil
An in-depth look at the new movie and the confusing issues therein.

Alice the Jabberwocky Slayer — Gender Discourse in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
by Suzette Chan
How the film privileges masculine pursuits over feminine domains.
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I didn't see many movies this year, but I can't resist guessing who will win an Oscar. Let's see if I can beat the odds!

And the guesses are... )
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I saw very few movies this year, so I don’t have a lot to say about the Academy Award nominations.

But I was very glad to see Jeremy Renner nominated for best actor and A Serious Man nominated for best original screenplay and best picture.

A Serious Man ~ The Prophecies of Agnes Nutter; Crosby =/= Gretzky )

Selected predictions:
Best Actor – Jeff Bridges
Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino
Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow
Best Picture - Avatar
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A couple of weeks ago, we couldn't get into Avatar, so we saw Brothers instead. A few days after that, we set out for The Road and wound Up in the Air.

Spoilers, with a soupcon of Marxist criticism )

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