selenak: (Malcolm and Vanessa)
( May. 2nd, 2016 07:07 pm)
My favourite late Victorian multi crossover is back!

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Sally Wainwright is going to direct a movie about the Brontes!. Filming to start this month in Yorkshire. The names of the actresses don't sound familiar, but Patrick is played by Jonathan Pryce, which, yay! And Sally Wainwright sounds ideal.

Meanwhile, the BBC and Netflix are going to co-produce a four part miniseries version of Watership Down, with James MacAvoy voicing Hazel, Nicholas Hoult Fiver (so, someone in the casting department really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past, huh?), John Boyega Bigwig and Ben Kingsley General Woundwort. This article also lists Olivia Colman as Strawberry. (A genderbent Strawberry I can see, but you can't change the gender of too many other rabbits without a major plot point/motivation needing to change, i.e. the reason why the rabbits go to Efrafra.)

Fannish life is gooood right now, I tell you....
selenak: (Cosima by Karlsefni)
( Apr. 29th, 2016 05:24 pm)
Meanwhile, in Clone Country...

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selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( Apr. 28th, 2016 10:57 am)
Man, or rather woman hunt time. This one put most of the other subplots on hold in order to focus on one, and a nailbiter of an episode was the result.

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Living in Europe and in a country where this was partially shot totally pays off (again): I've just watched Civil War, movieverse edition.

Generally speaking: the Russos did a great job serving their huge ensemble. Should this have been called Avengers III rather than Captain America? Probably. Not because Steve doesn't get enough screen time, I hasten to add, but not only is it an ensemble movie, but several key characters' motivations are dependent on Age of Ultron, and arguably the character who does the dramatic heavy lifting this time (i.e. who gets the moral dilemmas and the difficult choices to make) is Tony Stark, not Steve Rogers. Steve makes up his mind early on and doesn't change it throughout, which is in character, but means the movie did need a co-lead for whom this isn't the case.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
( Apr. 27th, 2016 10:13 am)
In which Sherlock or the Elementary writers pick the wrong royal allusion, can't yet decide, but otherwise it's a nifty episode where lot threads come together.

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selenak: (Norma Bates by Ciaimpala)
( Apr. 27th, 2016 08:19 am)
In which Norman makes a discovery, and Freddie Highmore adds yet another entry into his "Give this kid young man an Emmy NOW" resumé.

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selenak: (Allison by Spankulert)
( Apr. 26th, 2016 04:46 pm)
Project Catching Up has started; Clones edition.

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selenak: (Boozing it up)
( Apr. 25th, 2016 05:32 pm)
I had a very exhausting week - in a good way, I hasten to add, but REALLY exhausting RL business -, and thus have fallen behind in my reviews. Will try to catch up with my shows tomorrow - well, some of them, since I've also got a ticket to the RSC Shakespeare thing they'll show in one of our Munich cinemas tomorrow night.

Saw the clip with the new Companion, am suitably amused and charmed, only disgruntled at the BBC for making us wait till Christmas.
selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( Apr. 21st, 2016 08:22 am)
Which is emotional freefall for more than one character.

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selenak: (Norma by Benchable)
( Apr. 20th, 2016 08:37 am)
In which Norma and Norman make emotional progress, even though only one of them is in therapy, and the actors (again) deserve all the awards.

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In which Watergate vocabulary comes in handy for one McGill brother, while knowledge of actual Watergate actions comes handy for the other.

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In the Twilight of Memory: Rex and Ahsoka, finding closure.

Anakin and Ahsoka vid "You are a memory" : break my heart, why don't you, vidder:

selenak: (Lucy Liu by Venusinthenight)
( Apr. 18th, 2016 08:23 am)
In which Joan's newfound career as a SPOILER hits the trope such careers do. Some case of the week also happens.

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Kieron Gillan's current comic Darth Vader has been reccommended to me from multiple sides, and since I saw there are two trade collections available already (i.e. something I can actually get my hands on), I went for it. (Also, I really liked Kieron Gillan's sadly cancelled Abigail Brand centric comic back in the day.)

Vaguely spoilery talk about Star Wars: Darth Vader, Issues 1-12 ensues. )

In conclusion: I'll definitely keep reading.

In another fandom, have a Black Sails fanfic rec:

Pieces of Silver: which is a wonderful missing scene set in late season 2 in which we see Silver interact with Miranda Barlow (and Abigail Ashe) while everyone is en route to Charleston. Great character voices for all three of them.
Because US politics provide less angst for me than European politics: on twitter, JMS (i.e. J. Michael Straczkynski, for you non B5lers) has not only urged anyone who ever liked one of the shows he's worked on to vote for Bernie Sanders, but has enlisted fictional characters as well by pointing out that Peter Parker and Superman (he said Superman, not Clark Kent) , both of whom he wrote in comics, would most definitely vote for Bernie.

Great Maker, as Londo Mollari would say. Whose endorsement wasn't offered, undoubtedly because Londo's political choices are, err, not of the type that you'd want in rl. Anyway, I can't decide whether I'm more amused or more inclined to face palm. Not that I'm not prepared to believe Peter Parker would vote for Bernie Sanders, but I could be mean and point out Peter Parker (comics book edition) is canonically vulnerable to Daddy figures persuading him into endorsing major political decisions he later disagrees with. During JMS' run, no less. (And that's the first and last time anyone will compare Bernie Sanders to (comic book) Civil War era Tony Stark.) No, but seriously: I'm all for urging people to vote and for expressing one's beliefs about a candidate. Drafting comic book heroes into it, though, has to be a new one.

Though now I want the fanfic where Peter votes for Bernie while Aunt May votes for Hillary. Meanwhile, MJ (still married to Peter at the time of JMS writing him) is of the "anyone who can stop Trump or Cruz" persuasion and is amendable to either candidate, but that's not what Peter and May want to hear, who try to convince her she HAS TO MAKE A DECISION.

Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson is writing an article of how Spider-Man is stealthily supporting Trump. Why? Because he hates them both. Since when has he ever needed another reason?
selenak: (Allison by Spankulert)
( Apr. 16th, 2016 07:11 am)
Return of the Clones. It's one long flashback time.

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Getting back into Star Wars again has made me aware that some of my character perceptions as well as do's and don'ts have changed since 2005/2006, i.e. the last time I read great amounts of SW fanfiction.

For example: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Lots of rambling ensues. )
selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( Apr. 14th, 2016 07:52 pm)
In which there is a lot of aftermath to the previous episode and build up to the next.

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