rhoda_rants: (stoker)
When I first heard an Americanized Death Note movie was happening, I was . . . concerned. But because I'm *that* kind of superfan, of course I had to watch it anyway. I went in with cautious but hopeful expectations. Cautious, because setting this entire story in the US is a bad idea for several reasons (see my earlier post for some of them); but hopeful because I like Adam Wingard as a director, and I REALLY wanted to see how Lakeith Stanfield handled L. Honestly? I enjoyed it. Yelled stuff at the screen. Was sufficiently entertained for the duration of its runtime. I should add, however, that me being entertained by something is not necessarily an endorsement of its quality. There were things I felt worked about it, and other things that really did not. Let's talk about a few of them now. . .

GIF of Nat Wolff as Light Turner finding the Death Note

I'm here to make sure you burn. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
(I can stop blogging about Supernatural ANY TIME I WANT.)


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.


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”


I should just catch up on Sense8 instead. )
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.”

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.

SPOILERS up through Ladies Drink Free )
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.

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.


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: (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: (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?


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: (Default)
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.

rhoda_rants: (amy pond)
So. The SFF community has been . . . chaotic lately. The gender wars have amplified to absurd levels and defenses are going up on all sides. It's mighty hazardous out there, and I've gone back and forth a bit over whether I wanted to comment on any of this or not, and just what I wanted to say should I decide to post anything.

Eventually, after much consideration and false starts, this is what I wound up with.

Let's talk about cred checking... )

ETA: Ms. McGuire has posted a follow-up post on the tendency of female geeks to list off their creds as a preemptive strike.
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
I am unlocking this entry because I want it to be seen. Many people have already blogged about this, but I'm adding my voice as well because the more, the better.

SOPA stands for "Stop Online Piracy Act."

Depending on how long you've known me, some of you already know how I feel about internet piracy. To be blunt, I hate it. As a writer, I don't think it's fair that some hacker out there in the ether could take it upon him or herself to steal my work and put it up for someone else to gank for free. I think it's disrespectful to not be supportive of an artist, downloading their material instead of buying them.

That is my opinion, which I came to after careful consideration, and I share it when the subject comes up. I made a choice not to illegally download, and I encourage others to make that choice as well--but it's still their decision.

SOPA wants to make those decisions for everyone now. Many writers (and possibly other artists, but I mostly check out writers' blogs) have already made it VERY clear that whatever SOPA thinks they're doing on behalf of artists is not okay. I am vehemently opposed to this act now that I know how it will actually function.

But first, let's talk about the history of the piracy war:

Remember Napster? That happened when I was in college, which means this war has been going on for my ENTIRE adult life. I am passionate about my stance on it, and can be quite vocal and obnoxious if I'm allowed to get going. (Some of you on my f'list may have experienced this personally, so sorry about that. I do get on a roll sometimes.)

At first, I, like many teenagers, didn't see what the problem was. And I still don't believe most people who download music, movies, and TV shows do so with malicious intent. In the beginning especially, the most that passed through our heads was, "Hey, free stuff! Awesome!" Then the crackdowns started, and many of us felt real smug about sticking it to The Man and getting away with it.

Then, the musicians piped up and said, "Hey, guys, seriously, that's not cool. Quit stealing our stuff." This isn't about money and never has been. If these artists wanted to make their work available for free, that's what they would have done in the first place. Someone went behind their backs, including fans, and that's what stung.


Once we all had a better idea about how the people who actually created the work--as opposed to The Man--felt about it, some of us changed our minds. Me being one of them. What you ultimately decided is your choice, and I might disagree with you (sometimes loudly and obnoxiously), but the key thing is the choice itself.

I understand the desire to stop pirates in their tracks. But the recording industry tried slapping massive lawsuits on twelve-year-old music fans a while back, and did that stop the pirates? Hells no. Did it stop anyone downloading? Pfft.

SOPA will not stop them either. Internet pirates have always been smarter, faster and meaner than any of the people trying to stop them, and are probably figuring out a way to navigate around this massive potential firewall--or might have done by now already.

This piece of legislation is not targeting pirates. It's targeting EVERY website that could potentially contain copyrighted material not being used by its original owner.

What this means is:

All you people who make avatars, wallpapers and banners out of pictures that you didn't personally take yourself? Your blogs are history.

The social networking sites on which people use those avatars, such as the entirety of LiveJournal, Blogger and WordPress? Gone.

The image-hosting sites you went to to get those pictures in the first place, like Tumbler, DeviantArt, Photobucket? Outta here.

Search engines that may have brought you to those image-hosting sites, like Bing, Google, Yahoo? Forget it.

Text-based research and information wikis that use similar images on specific entries, like TV Tropes and WikiPedia? Not a chance.

Basically, this act will allow the US government to police, control and filter everything on the ENTIRE internet.


They can do it without any hard evidence, and without giving you a court hearing first.

This is not justice. This is a witch hunt, and pirates will be the last people harmed or even mildly inconvenienced by it.

I think it speaks volumes that the very people SOPA claims it's trying to protect--writers and artists--are NOT OKAY with this.

I am not okay with this.

We wanted you to make the pirates walk the plank. We did NOT want you to build us our own Great Firewall.
rhoda_rants: (living dead girl)
I am blogging at 7am because I woke up with an itch in my brain that needed scratching. Something that I noticed yesterday was bugging me on a superficial level, and my sleeping brain has just now figured out why: Someone at the cafe stole $20 from my wallet.

Read more... )

ETA: I'm an idiot. Nothing's stolen. I just forgot about the acapella concert I went to this week and the CD that I bought there. D'oh! (Needless to say, I called the cafe back to clear up the misunderstanding. This is why I don't normally get up before 10. My brain just doesn't WORK if it's still in single digits.)
rhoda_rants: (neverending story)
WOOO!!!! *happy dance* I love birthdays. I don't even know what I want this year--well, apart from [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's latest, because that comes out very shortly after my b-day, but I'm gonna get that myself with one of the giftcards I always get from someone.

Did anyone get April Fool'd this year? I didn't. Unless you count The Fates, because I got fucked over royally trying to get to work yesterday.

More ranting under the cut )
rhoda_rants: (gerard way)
...and I just got home from work. (Closer to 2 now, but it was 1 when I first started this post.) GAWD I hate pre-audit day. Elsewhere in the free world, "audits" have something to do with taxes, but in the restaurant business, it means the higher-up corporate types are coming in tomorrow to make sure we're doing everything we're supposed to. The practical upshot of which is that the closers stay way, way late to clean everything super-good to make up for all the months of neglect. Not that the cafe is dirty. It's not. I rule at cleaning things. It's a sickness, truly. But there are some details that just don't get done every night because it's bloody impossible to do it all and clock out by the time they want us out. Corporate folks have this weird dichotomy of giving the cafes--places that they own and order around, but don't actually work in themselves--ginormous checklists of things to do and an impossible timeframe in which to do it. See, they want us to clean to spec, but don't want to actually pay us for the extra hours it would take. What happens is the closing staff takes ALL those extra hours at once, and hopefully the auditors will check us off the following morning. If anything goes wrong, we can blame the day shift. (You may notice, if you ever work in a restaurant, that day and night shifts tend to hate each other.)

My left eyelid has been twitching since 4pm.

rhoda_rants: (kiro)
Dammit, dammit, dammit! I just HAD to YouTube Lovex, didn't I? *sob* I'm never gonna pay off that college loan at this rate. Curse my anti-downloading ethics!

rhoda_rants: (living dead girl)
....in which Rhoda's week continues to suck. )
rhoda_rants: (aw hell no)
Exhibit A (ganked from the Movie Buffs community):

"Stephenie Meyer invented werewolves!"

*sigh* Part of me feels sorry for these kids, because you know some of them will be getting into some seriously scary horror movies by mistake and traumatizing themselves as a result. The other part wonders what the hell they're thinking, because my not-so-great feelings towards Meyers's authorial skills notwithstanding, I thought she made it pretty clear that she didn't "invent" werewolves or any of the other supernatural beasties in her saga. I mean, otherwise we wouldn't be in this "VAMPIRES DON'T SPARKLE!" fandom war, would we?

Exhibit B:

I was at Blockbuster yesterday, picking up some stuff to cross off my list--namely The Frighteners. Since I was in kind of a hurry and didn't feel like wading through their extremely disorganized mess and trying to figure out whether they'd filed it under Horror, Action or Comedy (because these things depend largely on what mood the company was in when they watched it, or what the cover looks like), I opted to ask the cashier if they had it in stock and save myself some time. So she goes to her computer to look it up.

Her: It's I before E, right? Except after C?

Me: .... Um, what?

Her: Yeah--that's right, isn't it?

Me: Yeah--except there's no "e." What are you doing?

Her: I think I'm spelling it right, but it's not coming up.

Me: *deep breaths* Okay, there's a GH in there. You know that, right?

Her: Sure--F-R-I-E-G-H---

Me: No. *shaking head* No.

Then I had to spell it out for her. TWICE. The good news is they had it in stock, but damn. I don't remember teenagers being THIS stupid when I was in school. I know I went to a snooty prep school, but Jesus Christ. Am I wrong?

In other news, I'm on the hunt for a new computer. You've bluescreened me for the last time, lappy! *shakes fist* You've been a good kid, but it's time to go. This is what I'm planning to do with my check from the IRS when I get my taxes done. For today, I'll just head to Best Buy and compare prices. Wish me luck!
rhoda_rants: (aw hell no)
Apparently mom was saving her crazy for another day. Thanks all for the comments on my previous entry, but....well, here's what happened: )


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