tielan: (LOL)
Friday, August 4th, 2017 10:10 pm
So, I've never read the book and I've never seen the movie.

A RL friend recently mentioned that she had just read the book prepatory to rewatching the 2002 movie. I mentioned that I'd never watched it. She proposed we get together for a movie night.

She came. We saw. We laughed our asses off.

It was hilarious.

I'm so glad I waited fifteen years to watch this because it would never have been as funny without fifteen years of fanfic, life, the universe, and tropes under my belt.

The overacting is superb, the story a perfect "Scriptwriting 101: the basics", and the complete dwama of it all made for a really good night of entertainment ever with a friend who'd read the book, knows the tropes, and is perfectly okay with me commenting on stuff as it happens, from guessing all the tropes, all the 'twists', commenting on the sheer ridiculousness of some of those choices. (That entrance via hot air balloon - complete with cloak swish - and then "Greetings"? The velvet robes in a sweathouse? The final fight scene in the wheatfield?)

It probably helped that my friend hadn't seen it in about fifteen years herself, and her adolescent self thought it was wonderful (probably like my adolescent self thought Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves was a great movie), while her adult self didn't really remember what had happened. But we had lots of fun watching and guessing and laughing, because half the time I couldn't remember the names and just ended up calling them "Revenge Jesus" and "Guy Pearce".

Anyway, that was a nice way to spend a Friday night...
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - leap)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 11:35 pm
quick ramble 'cos it's 11:30pm and I have to get up at 6am to pick up the parentals from the airport tomorrow: SPOILERS )

There's a lot more in here, but I'm tired and I really need to go to bed. UGH. Sleep is clearly something that I am never going to get again around here..
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, April 29th, 2016 12:44 am
It was a really, really good movie.

That doesn't make it any less of an insult to a Maria Hill fan: that this was an opportunity for other people to see and admire and appreciate Maria as the Everywoman trying to hold the world together, and it got put aside for more White Hero Guys.

longer: spoilers, themes, thoughts )

Okay, so that wasn't so much about the plot. But then the plot doesn't really bother me all that much except in terms of history that needs to be included if I'm going to be canon compliant. It's the relationship dynamics, the interconnections between people and how they shift that are interesting.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 04:55 pm
So, good thing I watched this in order, or I'd definitely be WTF.

2.07 - it's that easy? )

Thought: this is really turning into a major arc show. In a discussion with a friend the other week, he observed that AoS is going to be one of those shows where the first season is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT to the other seasons - and certainly S2 is a series of arcs, overlapping and intertwined.

2.08 - #itsallconnected )

You know, this is turning out a bit like BSG. I can't watch too many episodes at once, because it's kind of emotionally draining.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Sunday, July 26th, 2015 12:51 pm
More political manoeuvring. Sometimes this show reads as much of a political thriller as an action-adventure-drama show.

Who's playing whom? )

Looking back, that was a lot of ranting about plot points that Didn't Quite Make Sense. But overall, I enjoyed that episode.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, July 26th, 2015 09:47 am
okay, so, you know how I said it hadn't hooked me?

Consider me hooked.

too much conversation and a great deal of action )

I would watch the next episode, but I don't have it on the disk and I am presently immured by a cat snoozing/purring in my lap.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, July 24th, 2015 09:10 pm
May likes to party, and by 'party' we mean 'fight' )

Still good writing, good character interactions. They're squeezing a lot more in, but they're doing pretty well at it so far.

It still hasn't hooked me. I'm watching because I need to have a grip on the characters for fic purposes, but I'm not so invested in the characters or the storyline. Not yet, anyway.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, April 24th, 2015 07:49 am
Okay, disclaimer: I like the movie. It's entertaining watching, it expands the universe, brings in a whole lot of new and interesting things, and develops and elaborates on some of the old.

That said, there are flaws in it.

this is the ugly part and I'm not going to spare anyone's hero )

Note: these criticisms don't mean I didn't enjoy the movie. I did. But I'm also very aware of its issues and flaws and failings on non-plot levels, which is one of the aspects which contributes to my enjoyment of a movie.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 11:45 pm
Okay, you're going to get the blurty version, since I've just gotten back from the movie.

short version: it was good )

And yes, there is still lots of room for me to move in my corner of the MCU - both in Maria's plot and character development, and in Maria/Steve and this makes me happy.

I'll probably go back and see at least once more. Maybe with friends so I can come out and discuss it.

Oh, and when you get around to seeing it, there's a discussion party on over at [personal profile] endeni's LJ.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 09:59 am
Still going, albeit slowly.

Shiny Happy Jemma in the lab! )

I was going to watch another episode this morning, but sewing and trimming and fussing and discussion of the local state election took over, and now I have to do some gardening before it gets too late.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 09:32 pm
Another good episode, although not as good as 2.01, I think.

learning people by inches )

So, next episode: the return of Jemma and the introduction of Bobbi? Looking forward to it. Just not tonight. It's late and I have a big day tomorrow.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 08:06 pm
Finally got back on the horse. Exactly how long I stay on it? Another matter.

2.01 - Shadows )

An excellent start to the season, even with the necessary infodumps and Coulson's Statement Of Purpose at the end of the episode.
tielan: (IM - pepper)
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 11:48 am
Because I needed a bit more on the origins of Extremis.

supersoldiers and so forth )
My morning (quilting and gardening) blogposts are done, there was a little work but nothing to signify. It may be time to listen to more AoS. Although that may be counterproductive to writing.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, January 19th, 2015 09:33 am
I don't think I have previous reviews of these eps on my journals. And I can't find 1.01 on this computer, so we're going in without the first episode.

listening to these eps while at work )
tielan: Avengers team (AVG - team)
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 11:22 pm
In the home stretch! I'll be able to look at my tumblr again and click on the Maria Hill tag!

1.19 - The Only Light In The Darkness )


And, forthwith: to the Maria Hill episode!

There is so much in this episode. A crazy number of layers and characterisations and breaks and, oh, whoever wrote this was BRILLIANT.

1.20 - Nothing Personal )

Speculation and random bunnies )

Anyway, that was some excellent television. And the most engrossed I've been in a TV series for years.

Well played, Whedons. Well played.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 11:57 pm
1.15 - Yes Men )

1.16 - The End Of The Beginning )

1.17 Turn Turn Turn )

1.18 - Providence )


all hail the ficbunnies, they are the ones we all say hail to! )

Okay, nearly midnight. (Good gosh, the night just kind of vanished.)

Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If Joss Whedon makes Maria Hill HYDRA or evil or a bitch
I pray that demons come and take him to the special hell with child molesters and people who talk at the theatre...
tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 07:34 pm
So, this is the episode stretch where I actually started getting invested in the characters. At this point, I'd actually have watched the episodes without Cap 2 inspiration. I felt the characters were developing more fully, everyone was becoming more focused, and the stories were getting tighter and holding together from episode to episode. Plus, they're starting to pull together as a team, which always works for me.

Oh, and setting up The Clairvoyant as an enemy has become a fascinating touch.


Small disclaimer: I've been spoiled for certain post-Cap2 aspects of the AoS via tumblr, so some of my questions and thoughts are going to reflect that.

1.11 - The Magical Place )

1.12 - Seeds )

1.13 - T.R.A.C.K.S. )

1.14 - T.A.H.I.T.I. )


tl;dr: slow start, but now I'm very much enjoying this show - all the huzzah!

So. I can watch 1.15 - Yes Men now or I can leave off until tomorrow... It would be so easy to leave off until tomorrow...
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Friday, November 8th, 2013 07:15 pm
So, I found myself at the parentals' house, waiting for the rest of the siblings to turn up for dinner. No computer (except the parental one) and a USB with several shows on!

Time enough to watch a couple of eps.

screener copy )

Looking forward to a better copy, but I'm happy I got my hands on this one!
tielan: (SGA - teyla)
Monday, November 4th, 2013 06:11 pm
I finished the SGA Legacy book series back at the start of the year, reading The Inheritors almost as soon as it came out. I started this post and then kind of forgot about it. (Oops.)

However, with the announcement of another SGA book series (two books, Elizabeth-centric, with team) I figure that now is a good time to pimp the six books of the SGA Legacy series to what remains of my f-list, in the hope that a handful of one-time SGA fans will read it and be encouraged to actually read the series.

why you should be reading the SGA Legacy series )

So, yeah, if you're reading this, and you enjoy my writing (or, at least, the kind of writing I aspire to), and you enjoyed Stargate Atlantis, you should go and buy the SGA Legacy series. Because it rocks.
tielan: (IM - pepper)
Friday, April 26th, 2013 02:39 pm
Right, so, SPOILERS. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE. Slightly random.

So, um, wow. )

Short version: I enjoyed it. Certain parts more than others. Don't think I'll go back and watch it in the cinema, though. Maybe when it comes out on video.

There may be plotbunny thinky thoughts about some of the concepts the movie presented when I've had a chance to consider things a bit longer.