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Renée
14 December 2018 @ 02:56 pm
++ Learning about Eliza Dushku's sexual harassment claim against Michael Weatherly while her time on Bull is absolutely horrific, especially knowing the shit she's been through already from the industry. Not only was what he did reprehensible and disgusting, but the fact that CBS attempted to blacklist Eliza by showing "proof" that she was the more unstable one by sending in a tape of her using profanity. I'm glad it backfired on them, though, since what they had was actually evidence of the harassment itself thereby backing up Eliza's claims. But still, they gave her hush money to make her go away with this, and that is just so gross regardless. I always wondered why Eliza's character didn't come back, since it was originally announced she would become a regular recurring character and where things left off it made it seem like there would've been more down the line. I guess now we know the real reason. I mean, CBS is the home of shows like Criminal Minds and NCIS, where both have repeatedly treated their actresses horribly, not to mention that they previously passed on the opportunity for a Nancy Drew reboot because it would've been "too female". So, this goes to further demonstrate their attitudes regarding women, and it just makes me even more angry with what they did to Eliza.

Also, I haven't been watching Bull for some time now, initially not out of disinterest but because I was catching up on other stuff and it kind of got put to the side. But knowing this, alongside the knowledge I just learned that Annabelle Attanasio, who played Cable, my favorite character on the show, wasn't going to return for its current third season (and the manner of which they wrote her off is just, ugh, no), it has made me less inclined to bother catching up.

++ Doctor Who won't be returning until early 2020, which has received some mixed reactions from the fandom, alongside that there is going to be a New Years special instead of the regular Christmas special this year. I, personally, don't mind either. We're still getting a special so it doesn't matter if it's specifically a Christmas one or not. As for S12 not premiering until 2020, I can understand people's frustrations. But at the same time, we currently live in a binge-watching culture and have kinda gotten used to waiting for certain shows to return. Doctor Who has risen in popularity in recent years, especially here in the States, and the possibility of interest losing momentum probably won't happen. So, while the wait sucks, I am not at all bothered by it.

++ Speaking of the holidays, Richard Armitage has narrated yet another audiobook, The Christmas Hirelings, which is now available on Audible for free! You're welcome. ❤
 
 
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Renée
08 December 2018 @ 02:21 pm
I'm not going to fight your war. I'm going to end it.Collapse )

There was also the official teaser trailer for Avengers 4 (aptly titled Endgame) that was released yesterday, which is great. But in all honesty? I'm way more excited for Captain Marvel. It's weird, my superhero movie viewing habits have always been scattered and sporadic. I haven't really watched any of the Avengers movies aside from the first one, and aside from a select few, I haven't really been much of a MCU watcher, same with the DCEU. I do watch and love a lot of the Marvel shows on television and I'm emotionally invested in those particular arcs and plots, but not so much of the movie universe, which is rather strange. But I guess that's why I've always felt a slight disconnect from the MCU fandom in a way.
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Renée
29 November 2018 @ 08:43 pm
++ Welp. Netflix just cancelled Daredevil, despite its third season being well-received and even considered the best season of the show yet. I guess this is the death of the Netflix Marvel universe after all. Only Jessica Jones and The Punisher are left, and who knows how long before both are ruthlessly axed as well. This is really shitty, mostly because it's obviously part of the streaming service wars (Netflix vs. Disney) and it's just a downward spiral of them just cancelling their entire Marvel lineup left and right. This also doesn't reflect well on Netflix in general because it further demonstrates that they'll cancel anything no matter how high the ratings. Their Marvel lineup was considered the best, the most successful, and the most popular and they're throwing it all away over some bullshit streaming war nonsense. Basically, it's a stupid business decision and Netflix, along with the Disney streaming service, can go fucking choke.

++ There has been an announcement about a global rewatch of Sense8 on Netflix in December in hopes of getting enough attention for there to be a third season made. This has been something that has been in the works for a while, and although I don't know how much of a success this'll do (since us getting a two-hour finale special was a damn miracle in itself), this kind of passion and determination is something I love to see in fandom. If nothing else though, whether Sense8 miraculously gets a third season it rightfully deserves or not, I just want Netflix to officially release the DVD/Blurays of the entire series. I think we deserve at least that much after everything.

++ Sony officially released a "romcom" trailer for Venom to promote the release of the Bluray. This is excellent marketing since it embraces the reasons why people ended up enjoying the movie in the first place, aka the Symbrock (Eddie/Venom) relationship. I'm just so pleased by this.

++ Meanwhile, we finally have the trailer for Marvel's Runaways second season. I'm so hype for it.
 
 
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Renée
19 November 2018 @ 10:21 pm
++ I think I, among many others, believed that Stan Lee was immortal on some level like many other legends so hearing about his death was like a punch to the gut in a way. I'm not exactly huge with the Marvel comics or even the MCU, but his creations of these characters and stories was something that changed comics forever. He left an impact on pop culture and his legacy will continue on. It will undoubtedly be bittersweet when we see his final cameo appearances in upcoming MCU films. RIP Stan Lee, you created a legacy that will forever be remembered.

++ It appears that Agents of SHIELD has already been renewed for a seventh season before the sixth season even premieres. I found this rather interesting, but I'm guessing that there are plans for them coinciding with the MCU, which explains the S6 summer premiere instead of the fall or midseason. I'm curious to see how this goes and even where the show goes from here, considering how the S5 finale was treated like a series finale. Although, sidenote? I do not like Daisy's new hairstyle for S6. I know that Chloe went blonde during the break, which is fine for her, but it really doesn't work for the character, neither does the combination of that purple streak. They were probably working with a tie-in for Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors which Daisy's animation has purple ombre hair, but unfortunately it just kind of pushes into that stereotypical "Asian hair streak" trope that many Asians want gone. So, yeah, not a fan. I hope it's only temporary....

++ Once Upon A Deadpool is going to be a PG-13 cut of Deadpool which will be given a limited theatrical release in December. This is in part of mocking the "concerned" parents campaigning for the first movie to be made family-friendly, but mostly it's doing this for charity. And honestly, this is such a classic Deadpool-style way to go about it, and it looks hilarious.

++ Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, the fact that he's voicing Pikachu in Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is simultaneously hilarious and also brilliant at the same time. I thought that people were joking about this, since this trailer came out of nowhere, but after watching it I'm so enthralled. Apparently this is based on a video game called Detective Pikachu, and in general people have been wanting to see what a live-action Pokemon would be like, and just based on this trailer alone the visuals look fantastic and having Ryan Reynolds voice Pikachu is just the best move for this movie. Also, Pikachu is so fluffy and cute! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
 
 
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Renée
16 November 2018 @ 01:24 am
Taken from author_by_night's list of writing prompts:

Fandom: Do you prefer focusing on fanworks, meta, or do you like helpings of both?

I honestly love both because they provide some variety from fandom.

Unfortunately, the presence of meta has been very slim in recent years. When fandom dominated spaces like LJ, meta was very common place and an essential piece of fannish discussions. Whether it was examining canon, questioning character motivations, looking at particular pairings (canon or not), understanding the meaning behind the messages of the source material, it allowed fans to properly engage and exercise expressing their thoughts, opinions, theories and speculations on things and see other viewpoints as well. I remember making a lot of friends through these kinds of discussions, I even contributed in making some of my own back in the day. You could usually find posts linked through fandom newsletters and engage from there. However, nowadays, meta discussions are incredibly rare, whether it's due to the lack of active fandom communities or people thinking that nobody cares and therefore don't really bother to write anything. It sucks, because I think these kinds of posts and discussions make everyone more interactive with each other.

This brings me to the community on Tumblr, which is where most of fandom seems to reside nowadays, as unfortunate as that is. Fanwork is rampant over there, which is nice, but it's near impossible to actually have a decent discussion without it devolving into an exhausting wankfest. While drama has always been present in fandom no matter what platform, the way Tumblr is designed isn't really a proper way of having any kind of discussion, especially of the constructive kind. And while there can be good meta on there from time to time, without the possibility of archiving individual entries and comment threads, most of what gets posted often gets lost in the void or hijacked by individuals who lack any understanding of critical thinking skills.

As for elsewhere, meta still does exist since fandom these days is so fragmented and spread out finding both fanworks and meta can be found on multiple different places. And I do enjoy looking and reading them whenever I do come across them, this also includes visual mediums like video essays that examine pieces of media. But it's just a different kind of vibe than how it used to be back in the day, at least on here.
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Renée
11 November 2018 @ 04:08 pm
++ So, the midterms elections happened and I can honestly say that I'm relatively relieved with the outcome. It's obviously not perfect, depending on individual states and their voting was like, but in the overall terms of the country it's a good step forward in comparison to how shitty the last few years have been. It gives a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Although after that came the sad stuff like another mass shooting and now the California wildfires that are still going (we're fine here, but the sky is very hazy and the air quality is shit).

++ For anyone who hasn't really been paying attention to this news, remember when Photobucket did the stupid thing by holding their images hostage unless you paid an obscene amount of money, and then reversed it after they got a new CEO? Apparently they done fucked up yet again by automatically adding watermarks on images that I think can only be removed if you pay for their new hosting package. Which yeah, no, fuck that. It makes looking to save icons and graphics people in fandom have made impossible, which pisses me off. And apparently Flickr has done something stupid too, similar to that of what PB initially did but worse. So if you have a Flickr account might as well save and move your images elsewhere.

++ I've been thinking a lot about the current state of television, or rather the way reboots/remakes/revivals have dominated everything. I answered a question a while back about not wishing any reboots of older shows because, at this point, they are unnecessary cash grabs with little to offer, which I've ranted about multiple times, but thinking about that got me wondering. Instead of reboots, what about spin-offs? It still holds the nostalgia factor of the originals but focuses on new characters and stories while expanding the already existing canon. I can think of quite a few shows that I feel would benefit from having spin-offs, to have their worlds further explored. I think it would be a better option than just resorting to completely remaking or reviving something entirely. While it could get out of hand like what's currently happening in media, since not everything needs spin-offs the same as not everything needs to be rebooted or have a revival series, I still think in moderation it can be done well when there's a decent idea behind it and if there's more to tell from that universe, not done only for the popularity.
 
 
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Renée
++ I'm trying to keep my sanity with the current state of the world. I don't talk politics on my journal because it gives me a headache (and because I'll just end up ranting and raging and giving myself more of a headache), but I do want to remind everyone to please, please vote in the upcoming elections in November.

++ I'm sure people have heard by now that Netflix cancelled Luke Cage, the second show they've cancelled of their Marvel lineup within a single week. Iron Fist's cancellation didn't surprise me, nor did it bother me. But Luke Cage? The show that supposedly broke Netflix when it first premiered? Where it still held strong during its second season and is still favorable with audiences? That was honestly shocking to me, since the decision literally came out of left field. Reading articles and such, I've seen claims about there being disputes between Netflix and Disney, creative differences over how a third season would be written, and then rumors about the possibility of Heroes For Hire being made as a replacement of both cancelled shows. Regardless, this furthers the concerns people have been having over the fate of the other Marvel shows. I don't know what's going to happen. All I know is that I want Jessica Jones to continue going on, even though the showrunner is leaving after S3, and that I want all these characters to interact with each other again at some point. The Defenders may have been meh, but them teaming up was fantastic and it would be a waste to not try to make it happen again.

++ I'm honestly really enjoying the current season of Doctor Who so far. spoilers for 11.03Collapse ) Seriously, it feels good to be excited about this show again. It truly does. :)

++ Upon seeing Venom (still awesome, btw), I saw trailers for upcoming movies that I thought looked interesting. First is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which I saw the teaser for previously but it just refreshes the fact that it's coming out soon. I'm curious about it, it seems like the perfect Christmas/holiday type of movie to see. Next was Bumblebee, which is part of the Transformers franchise. And I'll be honest, while I only watched the first film I never really cared much for these movies. However, Bumblebee actually looks adorable? And it's the first film of the franchise to not be directed by Michael Bay (who I don't like), so that's something. Plus, Hailee Steinfeld will be in it, who I think is a solid actress in her own right. So, we'll see. And then, of course, Captain Marvel. I'm already hyped for that movie, but seeing the trailer on the big screen was super awesome regardless. I'm not much of a moviegoer these days, some of these I'll end up seeing either way late or once it's released on DVD, but I do know that Captain Marvel is one that I'm highly anticipating seeing in the theaters immediately when it comes out.
 
 
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Renée
25 October 2018 @ 11:45 am
I saw Venom yesterday and it was so good.

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All of this can be summed up to say that, critics don't like to have fun. Not everything has to live up to be this grand Oscar-worthy masterpiece of cinema. Sometimes, a movie can simply be this fun and ridiculous piece of entertainment and that's enough. Never mind that movies are made for the audience, not critics. This is a good example of not really paying that much attention to the Rotten Tomatoes scores in the first place, at least when it comes to the critics. We've all done it, judged a movie based on how "fresh" or "rotten" it is from that site, or just from what the vast majority has reported from, even if we sometimes don't want to admit it. But no critic should dictate what you view as enjoyable. Hell, most of the things I enjoy probably have been panned by both critics and audiences alike, but I don't care because I love them anyway. Like what you like.

(Plus, I've been having a rough week for different reasons, and I just wanted to see something fun. Venom really helped a lot with making me laugh, I smiled so much and had a great time, and that's what matters. I loved it and I want to see it again and again and again.)
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Renée
15 October 2018 @ 03:17 pm
++ Iron Fist has been cancelled, the first of the Netflix Marvel lineup to get canned. I'm not entirely surprised, to be honest. I never watched because I just didn't care for it, but from what I've read in comparison to the other shows, it was considered the weakest, right alongside The Defenders.

But this has led many people worried since this may seem like a decision influenced by the new Disney streaming service that will be taking over soon. At least, those are the speculations that I've been reading, nothing has been confirmed, to my knowledge, that this was the actual reason. Although, I have frequently wondered about the longevity of the Netflix Marvel lineup as a whole, because while they have their individual shows they do all interconnect with each other. How many seasons are they planning on having for each show? Do they have a plan for what the endgame might be for them all down the road? If one ends up getting cancelled does that mean that the characters will appear in one of the other ones, since they know each other? Or even start another new series, for example people are speculating that they might do this with creating Heroes For Hire and Daughters of the Dragon, but who knows if that'll actually work. I know that it's been mentioned that The Defenders most likely won't have a second season, since it seemed like a limited series anyway, but if all of the shows are to end at some point I would rather them all kind of coming together again for one last hurrah, y'know?

I honestly don't know. Aside from the uncertainty for the future of these shows in the long run, there's just lot happening with this "streaming wars" nonsense that I just don't like in general.

++ Other television news: the Good Omens miniseries trailer dropped and honestly, I'm not feeling it. I read the book and I enjoyed it, but the casting for both Crowley and Aziraphale bugs me a lot. They're not how I envisioned the characters at all. I remember seeing the promo pictures when they were released and hated the character designs, and seeing the trailer makes me even more unimpressed. So, I don't think I'll be watching, which apparently Neil Gaiman has reminded us that was completely okay. The trailer for American Gods S2 also came out which, with all the news surrounding its production troubles, I'm rather apprehensive about. It won't come until next year, so we'll see what happens, or if this might be the end of the show after the season premieres.

++ I've got to catch up on some of my shows, which seems to be a big theme as of late. Have you ever felt that way, having shows that you like or even love, but somehow you're just not in the mood to watch them? For me, I have to be in the right mood and mindset, especially if I'm to binge-watch episodes/seasons of my shows. I have seen the new Doctor Who (which I very much enjoyed, Thirteen is adorable!) but not much else at the moment. However, I have been on a huge horror kick, which isn't new but with it being October and nearing Halloween that kick has certainly intensified. So that has kind of preoccupied my time a bit, in terms of my watching habits.
 
 
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Renée
08 October 2018 @ 08:23 pm
I finally saw Crazy Rich Asians about a week or so ago, but I hadn't actually written a proper review for it. So, here are my slightly belated thoughts on the movie.

God forbid we lose the ancient Chinese tradition of guilting your children.Collapse )
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