rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Possibly the most significant pop culture phenomenon that I watched unfold in real time is the Harry Potter franchise. This coming June marks the 20th anniversary of the first book coming out through Scholastic. And good lord, how was 1997 twenty whole years ago? So of course I had to do a retrospective. I hopped on the Hogwarts Express during what fandom calls the "Three Year Summer" - that painfully long stretch of time between the fourth and fifth books. During that time I started college, created an online handle that I still use to this day, and Warner Brothers began work on the movies, the first two of which I saw in theaters before the next book finally came out. So I was a little older than the target audience base in that first generation, but not by much. We early Millennials grew up with these characters, much like Generation X before us grew up with Star Wars.



You’re a Wizard, Harry! )
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
So Netflix is adapting Death Note. In Seattle. With lots more sex and violence, apparently.



Cue up "Zetsubou Billy," grab your potato chips, and sit down, because I have Feelings about this.

I. Am. JUSTICE. )
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The House is voting on Thursday. And again, it's terrifying and weird and upsetting and super-important. And *AGAIN* because my representatives are chill and awesome for the most part, I kinda don't know what to do except say 'Thanks for doing the right thing!' and telling them I appreciate them. I mean, this is the guy who represents my district:

https://twitter.com/CoverVaToday/status/844275175122198529

He also showed up to the local Women's March and helped organize a separate rally in support of Planned Parenthood. This guy! Also, one of my senators is Tim Kaine--Hillary's running mate. It feels weird to try to affect change when your leaders are already On It. One district East or West and that might be a different story. (The lines are drawn really weirdly.) But I guess checking in to say, "Hi! I live here and I feel represented! Keep up the good work!" isn't a bad thing, really.

One thing I did want to mention that I saw pointed out elseweb. I can't remember where elseweb, but I've been trying to keep it in mind: the reason it feels like we're on a slow haul towards doomsday, especially for those of us (and yes, I count myself here) who are new to protest marches, or writing/calling senators, or donating to various causes, is that being on the "losing" side is also somewhat new to us. I mean, I'm old enough to remember the Dubya years, but not old enough to have actually voted during that first election. I voted in the second (and found out how absentee ballots work, as I was in London at the time), but wasn't nearly as involved in politics as I am now. (I'm still only marginally involved now, but doing as much as I can given a lot of personal crap that I'm not going to get into again right now.)

It feels weird and defeating to vote, voice your opinion, call/email your representatives, know that they voted the way you asked them to, and STILL watch the country sliding in a direction you very much don't want it to go. The urge to throw up your hands and give up is strong. I guess it was never going to be easy. Expecting otherwise was naive on my part. And really, it's only been two months.

And yet--GUYS, IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO MONTHS, WHAT THE EFF?!?!?

That's all I got right now. I guess what I'm trying to say, especially if you're in a district that leans redder than mine, is: don't give up. Keep bugging them. Make them sick of your email address and/or voice. And then bug them some more. If not for your own sake, then for the sake of the people who have been in this fight way longer and know how much harder it can get. I hate this and I have to take a lot of breaks from it; I imagine that's not unusual right now. The world will still be on fire when we get back.
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Fangirl Me: You know what I should do?

Rational Me: Is this going to be one of those "blog series" you get super excited about for like three weeks and then ghost on? Because you know how that--

Fangirl Me: A Harry Potter Retrospective!!!!!!!

Rational Me: Well, that answers that question.

Fangirl Me: I mean, it's the 20th anniversary of the first book coming out through Scholastic, and we have been rereading the series and just finished the first one again.

Rational Me: Okaaaaaay, but last time you decided to reread the books, you got stuck on Goblet of Fire.

Fangirl Me: I could even do something on the blog for the library!

Rational Me: You got distracted by X-Files or Penny Dreadful or one of your other eleventy-million fandoms.

Fangirl Me: I could do a Horror Tie-In about Daniel Radcliffe's increasingly bizarre and freaky post-Potter career choices!!!!

Rational Me: You still haven't finished those two multi-chapter fanfics you decided to post on Ao3, and have been drafting three others that are also unfinished.

Fangirl Me: Does Amazon have the "extended" cuts of the movies? I only got the theatrical cuts with the deleted scenes on another disc. I really should update my video library.

Rational Me: You still don't have The Deathly Hallows on DVD, in ANY format. Part 1 OR Part 2.

Fangirl Me: YES! I AM SO DOING THIS! IT'S GONNA BE AWESOOOOME!!!!!

Rational Me: We're doomed....
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Once upon a time, I decided to do a Disney Princess retrospective. I got stuck after Aladdin because Pocahontas comes immediately after that one and I hated it, BUT. I did review 1991's Beauty and the Beast before I cashed out. (Side note: One day I am going to go back and fix all the dead links and filtered image uploads in my port over from LJ, but today is not that day.)

In the ongoing trend of Disney swallowing its own tail, I mean going after nostalgic cash grabs, I mean creating live action reinventions of their most beloved animated features, the next one in the queue is my mother's very favorite Disney movie. I also have a strong amount of personal fondness for it, and Belle is probably my favorite Disney princess after Elsa in Frozen. (Tiana from the criminally under-appreciated Princess and the Frog is tied in that second-place slot, by the way.) It's been on my list since I found out it was happening. Regardless of the stellar cast and gorgeous trailer, there was no way I was going to not see this movie in theaters, with Mom.



But here's why I'm talking about it today: They are making LeFou gay. Let the overreactive pearl-clutching begi--WELL DAMN, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG.

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rhoda_rants: (spn pride)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a television series in possession of good ratings must be in want of a queer ship.

Somewhat less universally acknowledged is the fact that queer shippers are the most hated sub-category of any given fandom. Even *less* well known is the fact that, according to the Ao3 census from a few years back, the creators and consumers of fanfic and fanart revolving around slash are overwhelmingly queer women. I’ve been in fandom for over twenty years. These criteria do not change. Ever.

Hi!

I’m officially caught up on Supernatural, and I’ve spent the past few days wandering through the “Dean Winchester Is Totally Bisexual” corners of Tumblr and YouTube. Quick by-the-by for the new kids in the room: I came to the same conclusion around the midpoint of my binge-watching journey, but held off on reading other meta supporting this theory. And since diving into the rabbit hole OH MAN. There is SO MUCH MORE that I didn’t even notice.



Four Part Gif Set showing
1: A woman’s legs framing shot of Dean looking on and ogling.
2: Same as 1, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.
3: Dean smiling sheepishly at a male police officer, who smiles sheepishly back.
4: Same as 3, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.

Source: http://theplushbear.tumblr.com/post/37195228750


That sound you’re hearing is my head asploding with the implications of the subtext that’s been there THE WHOLE TIME. This is what y’all do between seasons, isn’t it? Go back through every single episode digging for nuggets of queerness? I’m so there. Also, I learned a new word: Polysemy. Read this discussion. It is utterly fascinating, quite brilliant, and an excellent example of what I love best about fandom.

Aaaaaanyway, shall we talk about what happened last week? Because it was kind of a big deal. But first I need to back up a smidge: I need to talk about Chuck Shurley.

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rhoda_rants: (twixt)
I decided I was gonna make a list of cult horror references in Supernatural when I got caught up, and that time has arrived. If I went into every single horror reference I noticed over the seasons--not to mention the many cult movie icons who keep showing up as secondary characters (OMG it's Ginger! And Freddy! AND ALESSA!!!)--I'd never get off this one post. So I pared it down to my favorites, and tried to keep it in the realm of the slightly more obscure stuff that the average1 Supernatural fan might not have noticed.

1Keeping in mind that "average" is a misnomer at best. What I mean is people for whom this is the closest to horror they like to get, which includes the girl who got me into it in the first place. (Hi Gothie! *waves*)

Spoilers, Y'all! )
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
My fellow Millennials. There are dark times ahead. I guess you can tell by now I've been rewatching / rereading Harry Potter. It is alarming how true some of this story is ringing right now. Our collective Auntie Jo is not perfect, but she raised us right. She gave me something to talk about with the other college freshmen who had never been away from home before. She gave me a sense of identity and belonging even if I didn't wind up in the "Heroes" House. (Ravenclaw Represent!) She reminded me that your true friends are the ones who show up when you ask for help, and they will be there all the way to the end.

There's a lot of pressure around to be all things to all people right now. We all have limits. Remember, the kids who joined Dumbledore's Army didn't all show up to the Department of Mysteries. But the ones who did made a difference. No one person has to do everything. But any one person can do something, and they all matter. We all matter.

So be like Neville. Stand up to your friends when they fall short, and stand up in their places when they fail.

Be like Luna. Befriend the one person brave enough to tell the truth, and let them know you believe them.

Be like Hermione. Know all the rules and regulations backwards, so you can call out the authorities when you see them shifting the goal posts on you. And then break them when they become inescapably corrupt.

Be like Seamus. Swallow your pride and own your mistakes, and face the person you wronged to let them know you messed up.

Be like Fred and George. Give people something to laugh about when everything seems dark and hopeless.

Be like Harry. Trust your memory and your eyes, and stick to that truth even when people try to convince you it's wrong.

I have a couple of senators to write to in the morning. I trust my city and state to do the right thing. I don't have it in me to do another march. Not for a while anyway. I hate phones and I don't trust myself not to stammer over my own tongue when I'm upset--not without practice. But dammit, I can write.

Here's what else I'm gonna try to do, and I'm sticking a new tag to it: Weekly Morale Booster. We all need a reminder of what's worth saving in this bizarre Twilight Zone universe we're suddenly living in. I'll do what I can to keep that going.
rhoda_rants: (sam winchester)
Not doing this on Twitter because I need more characters.

*queuing up NetFlix*

*credit sequence over weird Sam/Lucifer scene and burning bush*

*finally get to WRITTEN BY: Bucker/Ross-Leming*

PAUSE. Not today, motherfuckers. You killed my ginger unicorn, you get NO MORE VIEWS. To the episode guide!

What I’m gleaning from the Wikia page:

Spoilers. I am gleaning Spoilers. )
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Hiya!

I haven't been able to keep up with the shiny new f'list as much as I'd like, but I'll figure it out eventually. I'm popping in to say the same thing I said on Twitter earlier today: I'm pulling back from political stuff and focusing exclusively on fandom and fluff for a while. Because I am not mentally equipped to do anything else. Not forever, but for a while.

That means I've been pulling back from talking to anyone online who posts a lot of political stuff, even if I agree with them, because I can't with the firestorm of negativity right now. I was struggling for a bit, telling myself, "But this is important, you need to be aware of what's happening to your country, especially if it's shitty," but then the depression and anxiety kicks in, and then it gets...bad. There was one particular incident that tipped me over into, "GET OFF TWITTER IT IS LITERALLY MAKING YOU SICK" but I'm not going to get into it here.

I'm still recapping, but that's it. I'm still posting meta-theory here, but I'm taking a break from the other fans. Again, not forever, but for a while.

Let's watch some Troll Hunter.
rhoda_rants: (twixt)
Hey, remember last recap when I was talking about how I don’t see the Dean/Castiel thing as “queerbaiting” and this show is one of the things I’m clinging to so as not to focus on how much the world sucks right now?

Yeah.


GIF of Felicia Day w text saying 'You Can Go Fuck Yourself.'


Long, ranty post is long and ranty. Welcome to the reason I picked this username. )
rhoda_rants: (bucky)

Behold! Rhoda’s First Post of 2017!!



Welcome, new friends! Fellow LJ migrants! DW veterans! Ficcers, shippers, and meta posters! Movie buffs and streaming bingers!



I, uh, watched a lot of movies last year. SO for my first official post of 2017, I’m doing a MASSIVE breakdown of the stuff I actually caught in theaters. Since this is my first DreamWidth post, I’m still working on getting all the photos ported over here, so anything that links to Glitter n Gore is going to the LJ account until I get it fixed. Bear with me; I’ll make it work eventually. Meanwhile--movies! Let’s talk about those.

Capsule reviews below! )

What were some of YOUR favorite movie experiences from 2016?
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i.e. the other thing that keeps me from losing it altogether. This is what I've been *trying* to post about for weeks, and all the shitty news keeps making it feel like it doesn't matter and why do I bother? I recap because this means something to me. It's a lifeline that I desperately need right now.

I have written, scrapped, and rewritten this one post more times than I care to count. And I find myself dancing around the subject or going off on tangents rather than addressing it directly like I want to. The main point I’m circling over and over is this: critics of Supernatural, specifically other LGBT+ fans who are bloggers or professional reviewers, have called it out for this thing called “queerbaiting,” pointing to several instances in specific episodes as evidence. The problem is I am looking at those same instances, in those same episodes, and feeling like someone’s given my actual, lived experience as a queer person a voice and a platform for the first time in my entire life.

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The theme of Season 9 so far seems to be variations on the following:

DEAN: But we’re faaaaaamily!

SAM: You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Rhoda's Theory: How you react to the final confrontation scene in “The Purge” is entirely dependent on which one of them you think is actually in the right.



I’ve been following Mark Watches recaps of all the episodes for a while, partly because it keeps me from getting lost, and partly because of the fandom commentary in the comment section I would otherwise miss. There seem to be only two possible interpretations here. Rather, I’ve only observed two interpretations in my limited interactions with the greater fandom, so do correct me if I’m wrong, but first let me extrapolate a bit.

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I haven’t talked much about Dean in these recaps. Let’s do this.

A couple basics first:

1) I’m hardly the first Supernatural fan to pick up on Dean’s probable bisexuality. I’m not even the first bisexual female slash shipper to pick up on this. But I am interested in exploring this on my own before digging into the other meta.

2) I’m starting not from a “One could interpret things this way if they so choose” perspective, but more “Holy shit, this is blindingly obvious, you’d have to wear heavy-duty straight-blinders NOT to see it.” I am playing my Death of the Author card somewhat, but . . . keep this in mind.

3) There are people who refer to this sort of thing as “queerbaiting.” I am not one of those people. Let me tell you why.


It’s good to be the Queen


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Me: Um, waiter? There seems to be a Lifetime Original Movie in my Monster Show.

Waiter: Ah yes--that’s the Amelia Special. A bland, unoriginal montage of soft-focused flashbacks served on a bed of pure apathy and irrelevance.

Me: Yeah, I didn’t order this.

Waiter: You don’t have to! The Amelia Special comes as a side-order to your main course. No extra charge.

Me: . . . Why?

Waiter: Well our new head chef thought our customers might appreciate something easily digestible to go with our usual fare of extra-rich, heavy melodrama.

Me: Why would anyone think that? Why do you think we come here?

Waiter: I can take it away and bring you something else if you like.

Me: How about french fries? I always liked the french fries here.

Waiter: You mean the Ruby Special? Sorry, we didn’t bring those back after Season 4. Can I bring you another side?

Me: Do you have another Designated Love Interest Special?

Waiter: Oh no, it’s just the Amelia Special. We just turn the plate 20 degrees counterclockwise and pretend it has different ingredients this time.

Me: Whatever, forget it--I’ll work around it. What else do you have?

Waiter: Well we’re mid-season now, so can I interest you in a stir fry of blatant racist stereo--

Me: No.

Waiter: Okay. We have a Continuity Casserole. It’s a bit burnt on top, but with a sharp enough meta analysis you should be able to get through to the seasonal plot line.

Me: Eh, not in the mood. Maybe next time. Let’s skip to dessert.

Waiter: Well we still have the All-American, your basic apples-and-hypermasculinity comfort food. And then there’s Angel Food--always a favorite, but it does run out rather quickly, and I can’t predict when we’ll have more. It just sort of disappears and shows up again pretty much at random.

Me: No worries, it’s been doing that for years. What else?

Waiter: We do have Subtext Strudel this year. We’ve been testing it out over the past couple seasons really, but I do think the recipe’s improving. Some people find it bittersweet, but it really depends on your palate. I recommend ordering it with the Rainbow Sherbet.

Me: Okay, yes. Bring me that. In fact, bring me two. What do I owe you?

Waiter: Just a little more of the time you should be spending working on your novel.

Me: . . . Crap.
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OKAY ENOUGH. This is a wall-to-wall squee post. Because I want one. Apologies to anyone who follows me on Twitter and has heard/seen some of this stuff before. Not going terribly in-depth here. But yeah--squee post. I need it.

Let's Talk Season 7!


Exploding black goo. They had WAY too much fun with this one.


This is where the show became slightly less awesome. Meaning, the Big Bad is interesting in several ways, but just not terribly compelling? There’s some acidic social commentary that I really appreciate--like warning against the dangers of complacency, how letting one dude control all the things is a terrible idea, the risk involved in doing the right thing when the odds are stacked against you, how impossible it is to take care of yourself mentally and physically without a support system--all good stuff. Just got real tired of the Leviathans real quick. Look, I’m all for monsters that are organized, intelligent, and damn near impossible to kill. It’s just an entire season of said monster and I’m relating to the Winchesters’ exhaustion in dealing with this crap a little too well.

That said! There was some pure, undiluted fabulousness happening in Season 7, and I’m gonna squee about it.

I'm walkin on sunshiiiiine, whoooaaaa-ooohhh! )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
Sam Winchester is a rape survivor. I have a lot of feelings about this.

CONTENT WARNING FOR: rape, PTSD, self-harm, suicidal ideation.

Shut up, Lucifer. )
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Yeah, I need a moment. The marathon will continue after I gather the pieces of my heart up off the floor. This is going to be somewhat more disorganized than usual. Bear with me.


Current mood: Overwhelmed by Feels.


Here’s something I just realized: somewhere between deciding to actually watch this properly, then getting hooked to the point of wanting to continue watching more episodes because it’s a lot smarter and more self-aware than I expected, and getting gut-punched by Season 2 in general, and by Episode 17, “Heart,” in particular (it’s about werewolves)--I have become a FAN of Supernatural. Because you know, I was kind of holding it at arm’s length before, mostly because of all the Problematic Issues people have warned me about. However, I was intrigued because so many of my favorite people seem to love it despite its issues, so I wanted to know what was so goddamn special about it.

BRACE FOR SPOILERS AND SO MUCH ANGST )
rhoda_rants: (loki)
So, David Bowie is dead, and I don't know what to do with that. Because who was he, really? Artist. Musician. Actor. Storyteller. Legend. But to me? Oft-cited influence and inspiration to other people I'm actually a fan of. I realize I'm committing geek blasphemy by even admitting this, but I was never that fond of his music. I know, I know--hurl your rotting vegetables at will, I came prepared.

But honestly? There's only been one work he was involved in that really made me think and got under my skin, and that's Labyrinth.

via GIPHY



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