++ We have the final trailer for Deadpool 2, and as always I'm very excited. I'm not having too much expectations going into this film because it'll be whatever it'll be, and I just wanna have fun and entertained and that is pretty much a guarantee. With that being said, I must marvel at how inclusive this film seems to be, with not only a diverse cast but also possible LGBT representation with its characters -- Negasonic with her rumored girlfriend who's featured alongside her in the trailers, we have the introduction to Shatterstar, and Deadpool himself is pansexual which I hope is addressed or mentioned in the movie itself. I know it's probably asking a lot especially from studios (which shouldn't even be an issue, tbh) but I don't want DP2 to disappoint and at least on giving us something along these lines.
++ The Crazy Rich Asians trailer dropped the other day, which while I haven't read the book I know that many have been looking forward to this for a long while now. I've seen some comments talking about how generic it looks, that it's your typical romcom plot, and I'm just sitting here like, that's the point. Having an all-Asian cast movie is very rare in Hollywood, especially with contemporary genres like romcoms, so while it might not be everyone's cup of tea this is a huge stepping stone in giving Asians more opportunities for having more films of different genres and stories. In fact, it is stated that this is the biggest movie that has featured an all Asian cast in Western media in over twenty-five years, which is far too long imho, but still is massively important. Representation matters, and this is one of the reasons why. We will have Crazy Rich Asians, and then we'll have the live-action Mulan which will hopefully be all-Asian too (there's no reason it shouldn't be, but you never know the bullshit Disney might try to pull). As someone who is half-Asian herself, seeing Asian representation is very important since very rarely do I see part of my heritage represented. While that is both a blessing and a curse for different reasons, I do want to get to a point where this shouldn't be considered "groundbreaking" but part of the norm. With all the blatant whitewashing in Hollywood and Asian actors having limited role opportunities and having to settle for the bare minimum, we deserve much better. Asians, and Asian-Americans in particular, exist of all different cultures and experiences, and our stories do matter.
++ When I went to the movie theater recently (for Tomb Raider because of Lara Croft, my love), our theaters have started doing the recliner lounging chairs for viewing movies now, which apparently is something that has started to gain more popularity over the years. I didn't realize this was widespread until recently, since I don't really go to see movies in theaters as much these days unless it's something I absolutely want to see. The last movie I saw in theaters before my most recent visit was Wonder Woman last year. I was a bit skeptical at first, not gonna lie, but once actually sitting in them I understood why it's become popular. Not only are they super comfortable and more spacious, but when it comes to reserved seating it's so much better and easier without stressing whether you'll get a good seat or not.
I know that there are probably specific reasons as for why this has become more regular in theaters now as opposed to before, and I know there are things that I do miss about previous theater experiences that no longer exist for whatever reason (midnight premiere events being one of them, for example, since it's become more common now for "midnight" showings to be shown earlier instead of actually at midnight) and I do wish prices weren't so expensive, but this simple change of seating has made my own experience in the theaters improve in a way I didn't realize I needed. Will I go to the theaters more often now because of it? Probably not, because like I said, I don't really go see movies that often anymore unless it's something I desperately want to see. But it's nice that it'll be a comfortable experience whenever I do, y'know?