jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
The other reason I've been sleeping like crap - I'm out of the habit of sleeping on my own. But Wife is home now, and sitting on me as necessary to keep me from over-doing it in general.

We still went out to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 this afternoon, which I very much enjoyed. Cut just in case - I don't get into detailed spoilers, but for those as are still wary. )
jennaria: Chihiro from SPIRITED AWAY (Chihiro)
I might need to see it again - not so much because I liked it that much, as because I wasn't seeing it as its own movie. I was seeing it as all the bits and pieces that were the same, or changed, or in dialogue with* the animated movie, which I love with the unreasoning love of the 13-year-old Thia-let who originally saw it.

*'in dialogue with' here means 'holy crap I noticed that (e.g. why did nobody remember the castle) and they clearly noticed it as well and are saying something about it (e.g. a mention during the prologue that the memory blank was part of the sorceress's spell).'

More detail about what I liked or didn't like beneath the cut, because SPOILERS HO. No really, so much spoilers. )
jennaria: Woman with mask, as drawn by Brian Froud (Default)
This weekend was a staying-in, not-seeing-people sort of weekend. For wife, it was because of her ankle (and muscle strains resulting from compensating for the ankle): for me, it was sheer mental exhaustion.

Two things watched, though: the Royal Ballet's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (teaser snippet here), and first episode of MOB PSYCHO 100. Details/discussion/spoilers behind cut. Also, I have Opinions. )
jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
So you know how I posted yesterday that we were going with some friends to see Hidden Figures?

OMG GO SEE IT.

Cut for minor spoilers. )
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
Books: The Lunar Chronicles, of which I've finished CINDER (how was that an ending! Raaar!) and begun SCARLET. The problem is that they're due back at the library tomorrow. Guess I'm going to find out exactly how quickly I can read, and exactly how invested I am in this series.

TV shows: still working our way through Usagi Drop (which is still all kinds of adorable) and Miracle Train (which gets increasing points for explicitly not resolving all its ladies' problems into a forced happy ending). Also started watching White Rabbit Project on Netflix, which is fun in a 'I can have it on the TV while working on counted cross stitch' sort of way, but also very, mmm, surface-y.

Video games: Played through an entire level of LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (which was hard enough that we had to resort to a walk-through to figure out what we were doing), and then our PS3 decided to freeze up and not save any of that. Boo! Boo I say! We're enjoying the game, but boo!
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
...and not just in the sense that I, too, put my name down on [personal profile] st_aurafina's friending meme. More in the sense of trying new things, seeking out New TV Shows and New Fandoms, to Boldly Go where, uh, lots of fans have gone before generally speaking. Or very few fans, given some of my fandoms.

Most recently, this has meant wandering back onto Crunchyroll and trying new anime with my wife, because my queue was reaching intimidating lengths. The results:

OUR HOME'S FOX DEITY - recommended by a panel on 'youkai in anime' at Anime Boston a few years ago. Well, it definitely has youkai in it, but nothing else in it grabbed us. The characters felt bland, and we had no interest in a second episode.

HENNEKO - THE HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT - put into the queue because the title looked like pure crack. The anime is, indeed, on the crack side of things, but how high is your interest in a bunch of girls impressed by a guy whose head is firmly in his pants (and, in the first episode's big Plot Starter, stops being able to pretend it isn't)? Ours was...not that high. Out of the queue it went.

ANOTHER - somewhere between mystery and horror. Wife voted that she wanted to know how it turned out, but didn't want to actually watch the rest of the series. I suppose that's what Wikipedia is for.

YURI!! ON ICE - Ice skaters! Realistic psychological issues (which don't get cured in a single episode)! Realistic character development! Realistic romantic development! I adored this series. My wife adored this series. Our cats...didn't care, because they're cats. All the thumbs up.

UTA NO PRINCE SAMA - felt like it was playing 'how many anime tropes can we stuff into a single episode?' Fun, but very predictable. Wife insisted I leave it into the queue so she can watch more of it.

CUTE HIGH EARTH DEFENSE CLUB LOVE! - every year or two, someone decides to create a Magical Girl parody series, with varying success. This time, the idea is that it's boys who transform into the magical girls. The boys object to the uniform a bit, but generally take it about as well as if they'd suddenly been recruited into Super Sentai. Not so much 'funny' as 'what the heck did I just watch.' Left into the queue until I can decide whether I want to give it a second episode's try or not.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
*Saw MOANA this past weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Soundtrack has been intermittently stuck in my head every since, but at least the songs have been taking turns.

*Snagged something off the Yuletide pinch-hitter's list (again). Got it written in two days! ...just in time for AO3 to crash. Ah, well, that gives me time to get the story looked over and polished, so it's not just HERE IS A THING.
jennaria: Great Horned Owl wearing a Santa hat (Christmastide)
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: enjoyed the Beasts themselves (no seriously, so pretty) and the possibly-Jewish Muggle character. Tumblr tells me that it supposedly took place mostly in Harlem, which I can't believe - does anyone know if we have anything besides Word Of Creator on that? But my emotional investment in HP canon is low, and likewise my expectations, so I enjoyed it for what it was.

(I wanted to see MOANA, but my mother-in-law was Not Interested, so FANTASTIC BEASTS it was.)

YURI ON ICE: reactivated my Crunchyroll subscription for this (and incidentally discovered that I need to catch up on my queue: I have the bad habit of tossing 'series I might want to check out' into my queue, and then never watching even an episode :wince:) It is so addictive, although I also admit that I love figure skating in general so it was an easy sell. On the other hand:

- canonical gay relationship (still new and fragile as of episode 8)
- does not (as of episode 8) handwave away character's flaws - Victor might be an amazing skater, but he's also self-centered and vain and not good at dealing with people as equals, and I'm eyeing episode 9 warily as it might be coming around to bite him - or Yuuri - in the ass
- character growth that does not feel forced either too fast or too slow (which I realize is a very subjective thing)
- and did I mention the really beautiful figure skating

Next up: no really I need to catch up on my list of anime. Whoops.
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
The first thing you need to know about the 1935 movie adaptation of LES MISERABLES is that it was made during the era of the Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code. This required, among other things, that 'special care' be taken when portraying the history of another country, theft, sympathy for criminals, sedition, "the sale of women, or of a woman selling her virtue," and "titles or scenes having to do with law enforcement or law-enforcing officers."

Why Thia, I hear you say, doesn't that cover pretty much the entirety of Les Mis? What's left, an overview of the sewers of Paris?

What's left can easily fit into less than two hours, which says something on its own. )
jennaria: cartoon bunny, standing by the TARDIS, looking confused (Bunny- whowhatnow?)
I have wandered into the edges of Les Miserables fandom. (Somewhere, [personal profile] jenett is feeling smug and doesn't know why yet.) This isn't as bad as it seems, because there are SO MANY ADAPTATIONS, seriously. More than the various versions of Hamlet that I watched, back when that was my shiny thing.

The problem is...um. How to put this. I am kind of choosy. Cut for bemused commentary on multiple movie adaptations of Les Mis. )

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