rhoda_rants: (sam)
HI ALL!

First, that thing I was vaguely hinting about (and probably should have posted about sooner but never mind that now): I had the opportunity to write a guest article for Belladonna Horror Magazine! Check it out, I did the Lost Boys article!

In other news: I did not get either of the two jobs I was holding out for earlier this month, but I just got a call for another interview--still library stuff, still full-time, so fingers crossed for that one. Interview is on Monday! Send good vibes! I also created a LinkedIn profile but I have no clue how to navigate it yet. Give me time. I'll get there.

Nextly, we are ALL over Convention Week at the moment, even locally. The library's free con, FantaSci, is happening this weekend, so I'm going to go and meet Leanna Renee Hieber, author of Tor's "Strangely Beautiful" series (which I haven't read yet, but I will). She's doing a panel on the history of Gothic literature. So OBVIOUSLY I gotta be there for that.

Lastly, I have somehow inadvertently introduced Mom to Supernatural. It's entertaining. And kind of bizarre, since I haven't revisited Season 1 since I got through my whole binge-watch. (THEY LOOK SO YOUNG! OMG!) I'm recapping the adventure on Twitter with the hashtag #MomWatchesSupernatural.

Happy Wednesday!
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (rey)
HI!

Here's a few of the things I've been up to in the Real World lately:

New IT position opened up at the library. Full-Time. Wants people experienced in computer-related stuff, customer service, data analyzation, and software specific to libraries. I CAN DO THIS. The application process is a little different though, so I have to figure that out and get it done. But yeah, I can do this. DATA COLLECTION IS WHAT FANGIRLS DO. Weirdly, I feel like I've been prepping for a job like this unintentionally since I first taught myself HTML so I my late '90s fanfics would format correctly on GeoCities. Our skill set comes from everywhere, my dudes. Find a way to capitalize on it.

Also--post up on the library blog about American Gods here! I also sent in a draft for one about Wonder Woman, and I'll let you know what that goes up.

I wrote a print review for Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology as well, so that should be in the paper and their website sometime next month. Stay tuned!

Over at Glitter n Gore I wrote this introductory post for my Bisexual WereWolf Series. I am working on a more detailed write-up about Lupin specifically, and since I asked this on Twitter as well I'll ask here too: Do you think Lupin is bi? Why or why not? Thanks for the input!

I also got permission to write another thing which I'm too excited about to jinx it but STAY TUNED!!!!

Lastly--Wonder Woman Icons! I got your Wonder Woman Icons right here:



Just a few to start with. There will (might?) be more. Take. Have. Enjoy. I saw the movie for the SECOND time last night by the way, and it's even better the second time around. AND THE BLACK PANTHER TRAILER DROPPED YESTERDAY!!!!! I am delighted about both of these movies and I need y'all to squee with me. (Seriously. Bury me in squee. It's been a hard week otherwise for reasons that elude me.)
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
AND YOU GUYS IT IS SO GOOD!!!


GIF of Gal Gadot smashing into a German war room and KICKING SO MUCH ASS.
Source.


I will NOT darken this post with any of the stupid knee-jerk crap churning around from the butthurt doofuses who don't want to see this make money. BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY MAKING SO MUCH MONEY! Last I heard, it has already passed the $95 million mark and IT IS ONLY FRIDAY!

Short, spoiler-free review first:

Origin story! This is Where Diana Came From and What She Did during WWI. Lots of really cool stuff with the Amazons in the beginning--including Princess Buttercup herself, Robin Wright-Penn, which I did not know about beforehand--and then more cool stuff in London and the German front. Lots and lots of fighting, very messagey in places, but in a "Siddown, child, and allow me to lay some truth bombs on ya!" kind of way, which was IMMENSELY satisfying. The first actual, proper, war zone fight scene actually made me cry. It was overwhelming but in a good way.

SPOILERY VERSION INCOMING! )
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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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?
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



Read more. . . )
rhoda_rants: (rey)
Short version: FREAKING LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Less short version, w/ SPOILERS )
rhoda_rants: (claire danes)
And we're back! Maybe this time we'll actually get to the titular creepy-town. When last we left our plucky protagonist, Heather (aka Sharon, aka Cheryl, aka Alessa), she was cramming every Inventory Item she could grab into her Vest of Holding and preparing to flee the scene with Jon "Vincent" Snow. I don't think I mentioned this, but the police are after her because they think she killed Douglas Cartland.

Anyway. . .


On Route 666


During the drive, Heather uncovers two things in her stash. The first is a letter from her Not!Dad, explaining why that one guy who tracked them down a few moves and hair-colorings ago wasn't just a random burglar, but a member of the Order who wants to bring her back to Silent Hill.

Letter: DON'T GO TO SILENT HILL.

Yeah, Heather's gonna ignore that.

The second thing is a Strategy Guide:

strategy guide


Read more... )Guess we'll reload from here next time. To be continued!
rhoda_rants: (hannibal)
I've been threatening to do something like this for a while now. It is time. First, a couple disclaimers: I claim ownership of nothing except my copy of the DVD and a backlog of way more knowledge of the game-verse than anyone should have. And I am not even a gamer. This recap is partly for my own amusement, partly to help *explain* what I think is actually going on with the plot, because the script and the clunky exposition sure won't help you.

SPOILERS for the movie/games, of course, and it is rated R for language/violence, but I'll try to keep the screencaps Safe For Work.

Ready? Then let's recap Silent Hill Revelation!

Lakeside Amusement Park

Heather, our plucky protagonist, is having a nightmare. Empty stalls, Robbie the Rabbit plushies, dirty fishbowls, bad lighting, etc. Look, an empty carousel! Powered by a giant Pyramid Head thing! What could possibly go wrong!

Alessa: You will NEVER defeat me!

Mall Goth Alessa
Alessa's fire game is strong in this movie. Her Mall Goth look is not.


Read more... )

Since we've just reached a Save Point, I think it's fitting to leave things there for now. To be continued!
rhoda_rants: (heather mason)
Greetings!!

Do you like scary movies? Do you like Halloween? Then come hang out with me and mine at [livejournal.com profile] candycorncomm! The purpose of this meme is both Friending and Recruiting--finding some new contributers in time for the annual 31 Days of Halloween Movie Marathon, and just tracking down some awesome people to chat with (which is why I'm putting this in my regular journal, as opposed to the community itself). So check it out, read some of the past reviews and discussions, and I hope to see you around!

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rhoda_rants: (heather mason)
Because whenever I get me a new frontpage banner, you can bet I'm working on graphix. Huzzah!

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] xerinmichellex for letting me rant about Photobucket, even though I haven't yet found a better option.)

Mostly Brandon Lee / The Crow and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus a few other things since I'm feeling nostalgic.

Preview:



More Here! )

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