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So, as I said the other day, I really liked it! Like, really, really liked it.

While I don't hate the prequels the way many do, they never really clicked with me, either. We went to see The Phantom Menace on opening night and it was okay, but I couldn't really get excited about it. I never even saw Attack of the Clones in the theatre, just once on DVD. And while I saw and enjoyed Revenge of the Sith in the theatre, I don't really remember much about it.

I saw Return of the Jedi in the theatre as a kid. I think I saw the original Star Wars on TV before that, because I definitely knew what Star Wars was and was excited about it, but I don't even know if I had seen The Empire Strikes Back or not. It didn't matter. I loved Return of the Jedi so much, and when I came out of that theatre, all I could think about was how much I wanted to know Anakin Skywalker's backstory. So you'd think the prequels would have been perfect. It's what I'd been waiting for for all those years. But I was eh on it and all this time I've written it off as the originals being tinged with nostalgia and a little kid's excitement and probably nothing I saw as an adult could compare to that.

But The Force Awakens actually did! I went into it almost completely unspoiled. I had seen a trailer and some merchandising. I knew there was a girl and a guy who was a Storm Trooper and a robot and that was pretty much it. (This didn't take any great effort on my part, by the way. I mean, I was tempted to click on cut tags when people on my flist saw the movie on opening night or the first couple days, but it was really, really easy to not stumble upon any spoilers just going about my normal routine during the time leading up to the film. I didn't change any of my online behavior at all. I'm kind of surprised, really! But also really, really glad, because there was some stuff I'm super glad to have been unspoiled about.)

Anyway! Spoilery stuff! )

Anyway, it was just really fun. If I weren't so busy with work the next week and a half I would definitely go see it again right away. As it is, I will probably go again sometime in January. I don't know that I've ever seen a movie in the theatre more than once, so for me that's really saying a lot that I even want to do that.
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I think I'm giving up on Running Wilde. It's just not that funny. :-/ I really wanted to like it because of Arrested Development, but it's just nowhere near as good, even after five episodes.

I may also end up giving up on Community. The season premiere made me hope that last season's finale was just a blip and things would be awesome again, but they're really not. There has been some good stuff, and thankfully the show is not about Jeff and the white women who are in love with him. But Abed and Troy's friendship, which was my favorite thing about season one, seems to be almost entirely absent this season, and Shirley has been sidelined more and more.

Then last week we finally got an episode that was focused on Shirley and...Spoilers for 2x05 )

Meanwhile, in my quest to watch ALL the movies (at least the ones I've downloaded/ripped and have been sitting on my hard drive for months or years), I watched My Own Private Idaho, which I'd never seen before, and was really, really unimpressed with.

I looked it up on Wikipedia because I was just baffled that a movie that I've only heard gushing praise for could be so horrible, and apparently it was cobbled together from several different scripts, and that really shows. Not only that, but one of the scripts is a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's Henry plays. Now, I am not sure how good I would ever find a modern-day Shakespeare retelling that used actual dialogue from the play rather than just the plot, but it really doesn't work at all when it's pasted on to a totally unrelated story where everyone speaks normally. So you've got the scenes where the focus is on River Phoenix where they're speaking normally (well, Keanu is still speaking woodenly, but that's to be expected), and then the next scene is from the Keanu plotline and suddenly everyone is standing around reciting Shakespeare. It's so bad, you guys. D: It sounds ridiculous.

I also found the whole thing kind of eye-rolly and OTT. :-/
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So I finished watching season one of Psych and decided before doing another season of TV, I'd watch some of the movies I have on my hard drive. As I mentioned the other day, I watched Kamikaze Girls, which was awesome. It's really great to have a movie that is just about friendship between two girls, and not any sort of love triangle or anything like that. It is also very easy to view through a slashy lense. (Not just Momoko/Ichigo, but also Ichigo/Akimi.) Anyway, I really loved it a lot.

I also watched Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland yesterday, which was very interesting. I loved the weirdness of it and the CG looked great. I wasn't very thrilled with the whole "beautiful = good, ugly = evil" dynamic with the White Queen and the Red Queen, though. (Also before Alice goes to Underland and they're at the party and she approaches the "old maid", I was really hoping she would turn out to be awesome, against everyone's judgement of her being a crazy old woman who couldn't find a man, and be an ally to Alice there at the party, but instead she turned out to be...a crazy old woman who couldn't find a man, and was just pathetic and delusional and there to poke fun at.) Still, it was fun, and the Hatter's line "I'd know him anywhere" made me really want trans!Alice fic. (There is actually a wip along those lines on AO3, but I skimmed through it when adding it to my master list and it didn't really seem like my thing.)

As for Psych, I definitely plan to watch more of it, but my interest really waned as the season went on. The constant gender policing just really wears me down. I don't find it funny at all, yet that seems to be THE major joke of the show, not just Shawn and Gus policing each other, but also Shawn's constant remarks about his dad (like how horrible and wrong and gross it is for his dad to take baths, because omg real men don't take baths). I also noticed what people had mentioned in my previous post, like in the episode where these guys kept appearing naked in a field, and Shawn and Gus were both so disgusted by the idea of seeing a man naked (added fatphobia in one case, but the other guy was thin, so it clearly wasn't just "ew, fat naked guy"). idk, I just don't find being that heavily invested in being macho and 110% totes heterosexual funny or endearing or anything, just sad and embarrassing to watch.

The first several episodes really felt to me like Gus was in love with Shawn, who was totally oblivious. Unlike Shawn, Gus showed no interest in women and there was even a line of Shawn's about trying to get Gus interested in girls. I really liked that dynamic! I could have plot bunnies galore for that dynamic! (I did have plot bunnies galore while watching those early eps!) But I don't really want to write about two intensely self-loathing closet cases. :-/ (I mean, a few stories would be interesting, yes, but not as a constant thing.) Yet that seems to be such a major part of their characterisation.
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1. I finished the translation for the next of [personal profile] umadoshi's Fruits Basket doujinshi for [ profile] help_pakistan! I've been so busy, I wasn't sure I'd be able to get it done by the end of the month (as I'd originally hoped to do), but I think I might make it.

2. I was afraid it would be raining yesterday and I wouldn't be able to get out and mail this giant box for [profile] kakeochi_umai, but I managed to get to the post office before it started raining. (I didn't mind getting rained on a little on the way back, but I didn't want the box to get all wet.) It didn't really end up raining too much yesterday after all, which was kind of a disappointment. Hopefully it'll rain today.

3. I finally decided on my Yuletide nominations!

Comics Curmudgeon
Bosom Buddies
RPF - Webcomic Creators
The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno (video)
Jonathan Coulton - Code Monkey (song)
Shuuji to Akira - Seishun Amigo (song)

It was a tough call! Even tougher will be actually choosing my requests.

4. I watched Kamikaze Girls last night and really loved it and omg that movie is so slashy. *_* I think that will definitely be one of my requests. Or maybe I'll just sign up to write it, idk... I also finally found a copy of the book! I've had both the Japanese and English on my BookMooch wishlist for ages, but no luck, and the library doesn't have it, and I hadn't been able to find a text file or scanned copy on my usual download sites, but I decided to try again last night after finishing the movie and someone had recently uploaded scans! Is anyone else interested in scans of the Japanese version? I can upload it if so.

Daily Happysong:

The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno
I love the video best, but the song is awesome, too.


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