rhoda_rants: (sam)
(I can stop blogging about Supernatural ANY TIME I WANT.)

SO.

Now I know what it feels like to experience a Supernatural finale in real time. And holy shit, this was a doozy.


Black & white GIF of Dean holding finger-gun to his head,
and Sam drawing a finger across his throat.

Source.


Garments were rent, tables were flipped, tears were shed. And then the fandom broke Twitter. I’m not even being hyperbolic, because this time I WAS THERE.

Spoiler-ish, but not going into detail. Tread carefully.

Let's talk about expectation. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
Of course I'm still punning. Don't judge me.

Sometime last week, I dunno quite when, I realized that we had a couple more Buck-Leming episodes in the can before the S12 finale. On top of that, I realized we have another "fan favorite" character who was introduced by Robbie Thompson, and who was brought back on for a couple more episodes. Cue me going, "Oh fuck, Eileen's gonna die, isn't she?" Not JUST me, mind you. And I'd much rather have my increasing cynicism subverted and thrown in my face than have it validated. Seriously, this is not the kind of Told You So I enjoy.

SPOILERS if you need to know that, but know also: I’m done here. Fuck this show.


GIF of Loki whacking a plebian upside the head
w text reading “Not Today Peasant”

Source


I should just catch up on Sense8 instead. )
rhoda_rants: (loki)
Unpopular opinion time: I do not like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Finally watching the Starz adaptation that began airing this week confirmed all my previous feelings about it: while the ideas and imagery are arresting and will get your mind spinning in a good way, the delivery and characterizations left me cold. Also Shadow Moon is a very passive protagonist, the kind of character things happen to, rather than the kind who takes charge of his own storyline. I will say that Ricky Whittle does a fantastic job bringing pathos and empathy to very little meat in the way of action or dialogue, and I already like him better onscreen than I did on the page. It’s an original story with a black lead character and a substantial amount of media buzz. We should be glad it exists. Also I can’t WAIT to see Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, who is my favorite character in the book and so awesome he got his own spin-off novel, Anansi Boys. So at the same time I’m fascinated by it and want to watch / read it again? I dunno, it’s weird, and it’ll probably always feel that way to me.

Why even bring this up? Well, the central conflict in American Gods is one that stuck with me, regardless of how distancing I find the source material: the idea that gods need belief and regular worship to exist. The old gods of ancient civilizations are dying out because people either don’t believe in them anymore, or don’t even know about them anymore. The gods of old need believers much more than the general populace needs them, and the general populace needs to see themselves in their icons if they're going to invest any spiritual energy into them.

As you can probably tell, I’m revisiting that “evolution of hero worship” post I hinted at here. But I’m not here to talk about American Gods. Not yet. Instead I’m talking about the Thor movies again, Norse mythology in general, and Loki in particular.


GIF of Loki taking over Hall H at Comic Con
w text reading “Say My Name”

Source


Trust my rage. )
rhoda_rants: (bucky)
If you somehow missed the foolishness in Marvel comics last weekend, this just happened.

This matters why? Well, it matters to me because I am a practicing Pagan with a strong affinity for Trickster archetypes and Norse mythology, and I just found out Neo-Nazis claim Thor’s hammer as one of their symbols. That messed me up a LOT. This must be a little like how moderate-to-liberal Christians feel when hard-right assholes do asshole things in the name of their God. Actually, there’s no end to the otherwise innocuous symbols fascist garbage people will glom onto: the original Swastika, jackboots, this John Carpenter movie for some reason, milk, New Balance sneakers, heavy metal, punk rock, and red shoelaces, to name just a few.

Although in fairness, I’m not sure whether the red shoelaces are a thing in real life or if that was invented for the movie Green Room. (Tangent: Watch Green Room. But gird your loins if you were especially fond of Anton Yelchin. It’s nasty. I watched it way sooner than I should have.)

Anyway, they’re apparently super into Norse stuff and vikings in general, because White People, or Superior Warrior Race, or something. Making Captain America a Nazi sympathizer was bad enough. Handing him Thor’s hammer and declaring him “worthy” of it is SO MUCH WORSE.


GIF of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers w/ text reading, “Son, just don’t.”
Source.


Go home, Spencer, you’re drunk. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
This recap/rant is brought to you by my upcoming recap of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban, subtitled “Werewolves Are People Too;” my previous rant/recap of SPN Episode 2.17, “Heart”; and the larger repercussions of writer Robbie Thompson’s palpable absence from Season 12.

SO. I'm caught up, more or less, and while Season 12 has been quite enjoyable for the most part (I love Mary, and I REALLY love Mr. Ketch, if you aren't following me on Twitter), some aspects of the way this show is going are bothering me.

Let's talk about that.


GIF of Sam at a table tossing back a drink with a grimace.
Source.


SPOILERS up through Ladies Drink Free )
rhoda_rants: (rey)


If Disney doesn't cool it with these amazing trailers this month, I don't even know what. KEEP 'EM COMING! (My birthday month so far has been kind of ick and weird, so this is keeping me level. I'll blog about it later.)

For now---SQUEEEEE!
rhoda_rants: (loki)


IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE!!!!!

*runs in flaily circles around the room*

YOU GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT.

LOOK AT HELA. LOOK AT LOKI. OMG I WANT IT I WANT IT NOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!
rhoda_rants: (leia)
One of the many rights of passage for a Harry Potter superfan is Sorting. In the early 2000s when the movies started filming, I came across a few Sorting Hat quizzes online, and almost always wound up in Ravenclaw. So, over time, despite not having joined the official site, I just got used to thinking of myself as a Ravenclaw. All my friends, both online and in meat space, expressed very little surprise when I told them this. "Yeah, that suits you," or "Well of course you are," were oft-repeated phrases. And once, from a beta reader, "Either that or Slytherin, obviously," which . . . I'll come back to.


GIF of Harry under the Sorting Hat muttering “Not Slytherin”


So imagine my surprise when the official, J. K. Rowling-approved Pottermore site put me in Gryffindor. "B-but I'm a Ravenclaw!" I sputtered at the screen in disbelief. Why did this bother me so much, and what does it have to do with The Chamber of Secrets?

Well. . .

I Was Wondering If You Put Me In the Right House )
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
Logged back in long enough to delete my old accounts, because fuck this "agree to this weird Russian shit" nonsense. Goodbye, LJ. Thanks for introducing me to some awesome people, and letting us relocate here. Seriously, fuck LJ right now.

ETA: Cleo is top of things, and here's a long-ass, detailed, and horrifying breakdown of what's going on with the new User Agreement: https://cleolinda.tumblr.com/post/159203569084/confusedkayt-minimoonstar-handful-ofdust

In other news, I've been listening to Silverchair's Neon Ballroom album a lot the past couple weeks. It's kind of awesome and slightly terrifying in retrospect now.



That song came out in 1999. I was sixteen and only just starting to wake up politically enough to pay attention to the clusterfuck that was the Bush vs Gore election of 2000, although I wasn't old enough to vote yet. Within the year, we lost the Twin Towers in New York.

Now, almost twenty years later, it feels weirdly prescient even though there's no way Daniel Johns could've had any idea about exactly the kind of political climate we'd be entering after the aforementioned clusterfuck. (I was a huge fan, I read ALL the interviews, and while he is still very politically active esp. in terms of feminism and animal rights, this song was written mostly for the gang vocals.)

And can we just agree that Silverchair is one of the most severely underrated bands of the 90s, if not all time? I keep forgetting how many great songs are on this one album, and how good they sound live, and how tough it is for me to pick a favorite. Although the videos are laughably easy to search nowadays. I first saw ^that^ video on a VHS tape that I borrowed from a friend in high school. The only alternative was waiting for your parents to get off the phone so you could use the internet, waiting for the dial-up to actually connect you (three tries usually at my house), and then finding a streaming website that would actually load a music video for you. It took fucking HOURS. Finding that clip up there took seconds.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I've been going through some of my 90s fandoms just to see how many of them have actually stuck with me twenty years on. When I got to this one, it knocked the wind out of me a little.

In conclusion: Get off LJ, listen to Silverchair, appreciate your wicked-fast Internet while it lasts.
rhoda_rants: (han solo)
I finally saw it! This weekend! And that was kind of perfect because it was my mom’s birthday, and this is her very favorite Disney movie. One of the first questions I had when I found out this adaptation was happening was: Will it be a musical? The answer is a resounding YES, and I cannot express how gleefully happy this made me.


GIF of Belle and The Beast dancing.
Source.


However, because the 1991 animated feature is one of my favorite movie musicals of all time, I have a slightly different set of criteria when it comes to reviewing it. Usually my priorities fall this way:


  1. Characters.

  2. Setting / atmosphere.

  3. Plot.


In a musical though? Everything falls somewhere after one question: Can they sing?

Tale as old as time... )

(Cross-posted to [personal profile] glitter_n_gore.)
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. )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
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.

Read more... )
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.

Read more... )
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. )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
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.

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