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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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Current Music: Three Days Grace - I Am An Outsider
 
 
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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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: REOL - DetaramE KiddinG
 
 
Renée
22 September 2018 @ 05:06 pm
++ Since my previous post, now that Namie Amuro has officially retired from her career, I've been really feeling the heartache. I was obviously heartbroken since the announcement was made a year ago but I was still in some kind of denial, but once her final day arrived and I saw so many people dedicating their posts to her, wishing her well, posting videos in celebration of her career and everything, I just got so emotional. Like, in a sad but proud sort of way? It's hard to describe. And her final performance ever, which was in the 16th, was in her hometown of Okinawa, and seeing videos of that just got me really, really emotional, way more than I already was. Never mind seeing her emotional message to fans during her last tour just got to me. I just love her so much. ❤

++ There's a brand new trailer for Doctor Who, and it just keeps getting better and better. Now, just give me the new season please. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

++ Telltale Games Studios is officially shutting down, with any future games that were planned immediately being cancelled, including continuations of any ongoing game series, and many employees being abruptly laid off. I haven't played anything from Telltale, but I know many loved their games, most notably The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands and The Wolf Among Us. Unfortunately, despite the massive popularity of some of their games and them hitting their stride recently, this tough decision was due to poor sales, which is quite shocking to be honest. I know that there's probably more behind the scenes issues than the initial statement suggests, but even though I didn't play the games I knew of them and how some were quite beloved so it's upsetting knowing that games will be unfinished or won't ever get their sequels.

++ It's been recently announced that there's going to be a live-action adaptation series of Avatar: The Last Airbender for Netflix, with the original creators behind the show and promising that the series will be casting culturally appropriate actors, no whitewashing of any kind. There's been varying opinions about this from the fandom, from excitement of finally being a faithful live-action adaptation to being apprehensive and skeptical, even outright not liking the idea at all. After reading many of these thoughts and opinions, I honestly see both sides. For some, I think the idea of a live-action A:TLA was appealing years ago, but after the catastrophe and insult that was the M. Night Shyamalan movie, many felt like a live-action is just unnecessary and if it's not done correctly it'll just reopen old wounds. I also think, considering the climate the entertainment industry is in now, many are just tired of remakes in general, especially live-action remakes when the animation itself is already perfect as is. However, on the other hand, it could be a fantastic opportunity for POC actors to play these characters appropriately and giving them more exposure, which is definitely the biggest upside to this news.

Now, I haven't seen Avatar: The Last Airbender (or Legend of Korra) but I certainly know of it from various people, and I most definitely remember when the whole movie nonsense was happening. I read racebending constantly and it was the beginning of the racefail discussions not just on LJ, but in various locations all across the Internet. It sparked a conversation that is still going today about whitewashing roles, cultural appropriation, having authentic casting, etc. I do think the original creators are going to do right by fixing what the M. Night version did wrong and creating the live-action version that they've been wanting, but I also understand the concerns fans have.

So, I'm curious as to what y'all's thoughts are on this. Do you think this live-action series is going to work? Are you worried about the outcome? Any personal casting ideas for the characters?
 
 
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Current Music: Namie Amuro - Hero
 
 
Renée
18 September 2018 @ 05:23 pm
I'm not what you think I am.Collapse )
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Renée
18 September 2018 @ 01:35 am
++ It looks like American Gods is have a lot of production problems, as it seems they've lost their second showrunner. Fans are worried what this means for the future of the show, whether the second season will even premiere at all given all the delays and rewrites and whatnot happening. Basically, it's turned into a massive clusterfuck that it's really sad that, after a brilliant and innovative first season that got so much well-deserved attention and praise, it's going to go downhill rather fast due to all this production kerfuffle. Also, it's been clarified that Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were actually fired from the show rather than leaving of their own volition as it was originally reported. And it seems like the now former new showrunner got the same treatment, as well. I don't know what's going on, I've been reading different reports on what is happening so I'm getting conflicting information on specific details, but overall it doesn't look good. :/

++ Another shakeup that has happened is that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will no longer be playing Batman and Superman in the DCEU. I'll admit to not really having much of an opinion on either of them since I don't really care about the DCEU except for Wonder Woman, but there's no doubt that the DCEU as a whole has been incredibly messy and this doesn't really help matters, either. Are they going to recast the roles entirely? Focus on different characters? Who knows at this point. Just as long as they keep Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman I'm good, imho.

++ The fall schedule for television is starting back up again, and while I have several returning shows that I'm excited about, I've seen absolutely nothing intriguing of anything new. Most things are either unnecessary revivals/reboots or shows that sound unappealing to me. Which is strange, since usually there's at least one or two that seem interesting.
 
 
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Current Music: Bear McCreary - Valkyries
 
 
 
Renée
15 September 2018 @ 01:02 pm
On September 16th, Namie Amuro, J-Pop singer and Japanese pop culture icon, will be officially retiring after 25 years. This announcement of her retirement was made last year, and she spent the remaining months releasing her final album and going on her last tour ever celebrating with fans the songs throughout her career. As a fan, I wanted to dedicate a post celebrating what Namie means to me.

The Queen of Hip-PopCollapse )
 
 
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Current Music: Namie Amuro - Baby Don't Cry
 
 
Renée
09 September 2018 @ 10:57 pm
Taken from author_by_night's list of writing prompts:

What is a series finale many fans disliked, but that you liked - or the other way around?

My answer to this question tends to always remain the same...Collapse )
 
 
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Current Music: Linkin Park - What I've Done
 
 
Renée
++ I definitely want to read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn whenever I get the chance to, because of the high praise of the miniseries which is rightfully deserved. I already knew what the reveal was since I looked it up beforehand, but it still didn't lessen how effective that finale was. It's why I can't wait to actually read the book since I've heard that it's even more chilling and disturbing.

++ Melissa Rosenberg, the creator and showrunner for Netflix's Marvel's Jessica Jones, will be leaving after its third season. Most are worried about what this means for the future of the show. Whether Netflix will cancel it or find a replacement showrunner, and if the latter then will they find someone appropriate to fill in the shoes that will handle the topics and subject matter featured on the show with the same kind of sensitivity and respect that Rosenberg has been adamant about since day one. There's a lot of uncertainty right now, which is understandable. We'll just have to see what happens. Though whoever they choose for the possible next showrunner, I hope they will be more inclusive with adding more WOC/POC, which many have already criticized Rosenberg for excluding, who then claimed that "it didn't occur" to her. So yeah, while there's no doubt that Rosenberg brought a lot of amazing stuff to the show which is worth recognizing, she also lacked in certain areas, too. It's important to acknowledge these flaws and for hoping that S3 and beyond will try to do better in that department, regardless of the showrunner.

++ Veronica Mars will possibly be getting that revival treatment, with a limited eight-episode order on Hulu. I'll be completely honest, I have conflicted feelings about this. I think my main issue is mostly tied to this revival/reboot culture we're currently living in that I've ranted about before, and how oftentimes these revivals have less than desirable results with their final product. Some may be decent, but sometimes you gotta take a step back and go, do we really need this?

I loved Veronica Mars when it aired, but I think as time has gone on I've since gained a different perspective and have come to the conclusion that I only really truly loved the first season, everything else after that was lackluster in some form or another. S2 was a mess, S3 was slightly better but not by much, and I didn't even bother with the reunion movie despite the success of the Kickstarter (which ironically is where I believe this revival trend sparked from, tbh) since it was mostly just bringing back as many actors as possible without there being much of a plot. So, in my opinion, their track record hasn't really been that impressive for getting me on board with this revival. Perhaps I'm being too cynical, idk. It could actually turn out to be rather decent, but as a whole I'm just not at that excitement level as I probably would've been years ago.
 
 
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Current Music: Icon For Hire - Under The Knife
 
 
Renée
21 August 2018 @ 01:40 pm
++ Both Crazy Rich Asians and To All The Boys I Loved Before are Asian-led, with the former being an all-Asian cast, films (on the big screen and Netflix, respectively) that have gained a lot of positive reception from audiences and critics alike. Both have succeeded in charming audiences with being adorable and hilarious romantic comedies, something that we haven't had in recent years since the genre itself has dwindled significantly in light of superhero and action films dominating the box office. It also proves once again that representation absolutely matters, and that it is successful. But it's absolutely disgusting knowing that production companies still wanted to whitewash these projects. Ugh. I'm glad the creators stood their ground and didn't give in.

There isn't much Asian representation in Western media to begin with, the Asian-American experience in particular. We need more of this kind of exposure, which hopefully will get more stories out there that focus on other aspects of different Asian cultures, without erasing/whitewashing or any of that offensive nonsense.

++ Lately, I've been watching a bunch of booktube videos. Not any one person specifically, just randomly searching things. I don't quite know how it started, I think there was a video recommendation of someone reviewing a book that I watched and I just continued going down the rabbit hole. It's very fascinating since it is a different side of YouTube that I wasn't that familiar with, since I do watch a lot of YouTubers but most of them are entertainers in some form. This is just a book community on YouTube talking about, well, books. Though it's interesting, after watching a number of different booktube videos specifically reviewing or talking about YA™ I'm realizing that it's not my preferred genre. Don't get me wrong, I've read books that have been categorized as young adult throughout the years (as seen in this brief but fantastic video discussing the evolution of young adult fiction), but the recent YA™ subgenre that has exploded in the market lately is completely different and while it's not to say that I won't read it if it captures my interest since I'm definitely not dismissing the entirety of YA as a whole, it's just not something I normally gravitate towards. My personal reading preferences tend to lean more towards horror/suspense, mystery/crime thrillers, with some science fiction and gothic literature added in.
 
 
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Current Music: Gabbie Hanna - Honestly / Honestly (Encore)
 
 
Renée
15 August 2018 @ 02:32 pm
++ We have our first look at Liu Yifei as Mulan in the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation. She looks incredible. As for the movie itself, aside from a few things that I'm slightly wary about, I'm actually looking forward to seeing the final product. I know that there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the changes made, but honestly, it doesn't really bother me that much. I much prefer slight deviations from their animated counterparts, because it allows more creative freedom to try something new to enhance the story while still maintaining the magic of the experience. Overall, I'm reserving judgment until we see more of what this film is going to bring.

++ Joe Manganiello talks Dungeons & Dragons with Stephen Colbert for ten minutes straight, and it's such a beautiful thing to witness. I mostly know Joe through his guest appearances on Critical Role where he appeared in the last half of their first campaign, and seeing him publicly geek out about his D&D obsession outside of that realm is pretty phenomenal. He even has a special streetwear merch website that just launched, "Death Saves", which is combining D&D (death saving throws) and death metal, which he introduced at this year's SDCC.

++ For those of you on Tumblr, you might have noticed that there's a particular kerfuffle going around surrounding the recent automated mass deletions of specific blogs. Here is a summarized post explaining everything including how to stay safe, but basically, there has been a recent crackdown of postings featuring edited copyrighted photographs of celebrities (paparazzi candid pics, set pics, red carpet events, etc) and Tumblr is basically purging not just fan-dedicated blogs but also personal accounts, too, if you have made edited said pictures. Many fandom and actor/celebrity-specific blogs that have such edits or pictures have been targeted and terminated without warning. Needless to say, this is causing a lot of problems for obvious reasons.

Much like with the LJ Strikethrough of '07, this Mass Tumblr Purge of 2K18 has many people on edge of what this means for the future, since this most likely won't be a one time thing, not the mention many are unhappy with the way Tumblr has been handling the situation. As a result, some are thinking about migrating to Pillowfort, a new upcoming platform that is claiming to be a better alternative for those on Tumblr to control the kind of blogging experience they want to have. However, I fear that, like with many attempts at alternative blogging sites such Imzy (that failed) and Inkstand (which was a scam), it'll have initial excitement at first but then quickly fizzle out. Tumblr may be a cesspool of immaturity and toxic mentalities most of the time, but it is the main place for fandom activity. The sad reality is that there will never be a singular main fandom hub for everyone to be in entirely, and the more platforms made the more fragmented fandom will be.
 
 
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Current Music: Tommee Profitt ft. Beacon Light - Undefeated