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I saw Wonder Woman yesterday, and I enjoyed it a lot. One of my favorite superhero movies so far, though I can't say how much of that is because of how wonderful it felt to watch a movie about a female superhero. Spoilers )

Usually I would go back and read many reaction posts/reviews of the movie by other people now, but I work full-time now and there are fewer hours in the day and it's very annoying. Still no time machine. (Though to be fair if I had a time machine there would be more important things to do than go back a few hours every day just so I have more free time.)
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Today I went to a new restaurant with friends I hadn't seen in weeks (Vietnamese all-you-can-eat buffet, yum), then we went to watch "Guardians of the Galaxy 2", and then we went to the gym, so I feel accomplished even though I did almost nothing else. (Tomorrow is cleaning day, ugh.)

I enjoyed GotG 2. It was fun, it was colorful, it wasn't so stupid that it distracted from the movie, and it had several scenes that made me laugh out loud. It was also very pretty at times: that one planet kind of reminded me of "Jupiter Ascending" in its opulency.

Details & spoilers )
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I watched Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" yesterday (yay Disney movie nights with friends!) and enjoyed it a lot. I liked Phoebus a lot more than I expected, starting from his fight with Esmeralda in the cathedral, and at the end I was surprised how much I wanted to read the continuing adventures of Esmeralda&Quasimodo&Phoebus.

Frollo was scary, an excellent villain.
- in a position of power
- convinced he's a better person than everyone else – his villain song literally starts with that:
"Beata Maria / you know I am a righteous man / of my virtue I am justly proud. / Beata Maria / You know I'm so much purer than / the common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd." Great villain song.
- hatred of a specific ethnicity and the desire to destroy them
- delights in power games and sees people only in the sense of how they can be of use to him
- has command of a military force, which mostly goes along with the immoral actions, and when one of them refuses he declares him a traitor
- is convinced none of his mistakes are his fault
- has no problem with casual killing
- preys after a woman
- uses his powers ruthlessly in pursuit of personal goals
- can only be destroyed when the whole town rebels.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

The happy ending in the movie is nice, but I couldn't help but worry that the King or another higher authority wouldn't be at all happy with citizens resisting a minister and there's a good chance of repercussions, especially for Esmeralda's people. I don't think Phoebus is likely to get a pardon (maybe, depending on the next minister, but the odds are worse if he keeps associating with Esmeralda), so now he'll be an outcast too, certainly not an easy transition. And if Quasimodo gets implicated in the rebellion/Frollo's death, he might be considered a criminal too, though the priest would probably try to protect him. In any case, plenty of future story potential.
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On Saturday I finally watched Moana (Vaiana here, apparently because of copyright issues?) The rest of the day was a completely surreal mix of listening to the Moana soundtrack on repeat, and following the awful news from the US on Twitter. For a few hours in the evening I was at a summer choir camp reunion party, it was like a strange bubble. Then I came home and continued following the news, and also watched the first half of the NHL All-Star Game. Weird mix of fun and ineffective distraction, strange contrast.
The political news is infuriating and terrifying and exhausting and I don't even want to imagine being someone more directly affected by it. Thoughts and prayers.

Speaking of prayers, today in the morning I went to church, for the first time in a while and for the first time in the parish nearby. I just really wanted to hear in person someone tell a community to do the right thing. And it worked, kind of. The priest didn't talk about anything political in detail, but there were strong themes of how following Christ means helping others and helping the weak, even when it's hard work and doesn't offer an immediate reward. (That so many US Republicans call themselves Christians is unbelievable.)
Afterwards I went to the after-mass coffee&cake get-together and talked to a few people, it was nice. (On one of the tables, next to some flyers, lay "Fifty Shades of Grey" o.o) I'm not very, almost not at all religious right now, but I made an appointment with the priest to talk about some of the issues that I have and I look forward to what comes of it.

I really need to write at least one job application today. But, even though I know it's silly, it feels so, idk, strange to apply for trivial jobs while so many important and terrible things are happening. And it's very easy to get distracted.

First though, more nice procrastination: Moana! I loved it, it's a great film and I'm very happy that I saw it in the cinema. It's pretty, the music is fantastic, the story is nice. not really spoilers but still. )

Rogue One

Dec. 18th, 2016 10:41 pm
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My favorite part about going to watch Rogue One: while waiting for admission DD and I by chance started talking with two people next to us. It started out about the practicalities of cloning, at one point we talked about Sith Lady Umbridge, and after the movie we went to two Christmas markets together and exchanged numbers and already made plans to meet up again. I love making new friends, and recently it hasn't happened as often as I'd like.

I also enjoyed the movie. It wasn't spectacular, but it was good.Spoiler-y notes )
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I saw "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" yesterday, it was fun. Spoilers )

I think this was only the second movie that I saw in a theater this year (the first was Ghostbusters.) Three last December though, and there are three more movies I'm planning to see in theater this year: Rogue One, and probably Arrival and Moana. Looks like December is movie month.

Other things: I hadn't been sick for so long that I forgot how much it sucks. A lot. I'm not at the stage where I need someone to look after me, but just in case, this is one of the reasons why I'm happy I don't live alone.
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This was the first D&D session in a while after which I didn't have the immediate urge to tell people about it. It was shorter than usual because we had to start later, and it would have been the ideal opportunity to introduce the new character of the player whose character died last session except the player wasn't there. Basically all we did was talk with two NPCs, find out some non-critical information, and then we stopped because it was late right when we would have had to roll initiative for the next encounter. Let's see how it goes next time, it'll depend on who'll be there to fight…
(At first I was pretty confident because my sorcerer is fully rested and we have some cool new weapons – among other things I Shrunk two trees and party members made arrows out of them, that'll probably do quite a lot of damage – but our opponent is likely aware of our abilities, she is very confident, very good at hiding among the trees, and has a mysterious magical weapon with an area effect…)

DD and I finally watched "Captain America: Civil War" today. We didn't expect it to be a good movie, and it wasn't. I don't even know where to start criticizing. Spoilers )
I couldn't even properly enjoy the action scenes because the set-up was always so bad. I think I'm mostly done with MCU canon by now, fic is at least ten times better anyway.
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I played Pokémon Go for the first time today! I can now, because I have a new phone. I needed a new phone so I could install the messenger my mom uses to send pictures from Bolivia (Signal), which didn't work on my old one. (I kept putting it off because I was afraid it would be a hassle, then of course there was a problem with the sim card for the new phone that took hours to solve, ugh.)
Anyway, now I am a pokémon trainer. I hope it'll get me to take a walk on days I am otherwise too lazy to leave the house, let's see how well it'll work.

Now that DD has moved in it's much easier to watch hockey games together :) We watched the first game of the World Cup yesterday, Europe vs. USA, and were surprised and happy when Europe won 3-0. Tomorrow we'll be rooting for team Europe to beat the Czechs.

Today we watched "X-Men: Apocalypse." Not a particularly good movie, but parts of it were entertaining. It's a bit of a problem that I like neither this Charles nor this Erik, especially Charles. Arrogant naïve mind-raping stupid asshole. Ah well, some of the action scenes were nice.
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DD and I went to see "Ghostbusters" yesterday. It was exactly as I hoped for: good entertainment and fun. spoilers )

There is at least one vid already, Cheap Thrills by [personal profile] such_heights. Composed entirely of trailer footage, but I don't think I'd have noticed.
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When I was 15/16 I had tendonitis and it sucked. I had to stop playing guitar, and nothing I tried helped until it eventually faded away. Nowadays 70% of the time I don't notice anything, 20% of the time I only notice that I need to be careful, 5% of the time it hurts a little bit, and then sometimes I move a hand the wrong way and it hurts again for days. Yesterday I managed to do that again and now I can barely move my right wrist. Ugh. I wish I was ambidextrous, what's the opposite of that?

I went running a few more times and there is actual observable progress! Feels good. I figured out how to keep the earphones in too. I might actually continue running after the VCM, I think it could be nice.

I had a few bad days recently, but overall I'm doing better. After talking with my psychiatrist I'm lowering my dose of antidepressants, let's see how it goes. I'm a bit nervous, but if it doesn't go well now's a good time for it.

I finally watched "Deadpool." If I needed more proof that LK and AV have different tastes in movies than I do, on top on that they both didn't like Mad Max: Fury Road, this would be it. mild spoilers )
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I spent New Year's Eve with friends (first time not with my family, they all had other plans.) We had good food, card games, at midnight we taught LK to waltz, and before that we wanted to watch something entertaining and I suggested "Man from U.N.C.L.E." Good choice, I enjoyed it a lot. I'd seen some Tumblr gifs with innuendo, but I didn't expect so much excellent h/c. Fortunately there is good fic on AO3.
Now I have time for recs again!, so have some of my favorites, all of them Napoleon/Illya:

Waging World Peace by Alex51324
32k, additional tags: Queer 1950's, spies in love, Historical Accuracy
Summary: "There is something you should know before making a final decision.”
“I’m already aware he’s Russian, sir,” Napoleon said. “And he’s still on good terms with them, so he must at least technically be a Communist.”
Waverly brushed that aside. “All of the Russian agents are. Kuryakin, however, is also an admitted homosexual.”
(An original-recipe Man from U.N.C.L.E. fic.)
Why I liked it: I haven't watched the series and I'm not planning to (maybe some selected episodes at one point), but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story. I really liked Napoleon trying to deal with first the revelation about his partner, learning about what it means for him, and eventually falling for him.
This line is one of my favorites:quote )

and suddenly i was a lilac sky by thebrotherswinchester, 15k
15k, additional tags: Angst, Pining, 5 Things, Canon-Typical Violence, Slow Build, Hurt/Comfort, the disgusting tropey garbage pile your mother warned you about
Summary:Five missions turn out all right, and one doesn't.
Why I liked it: The tags say "disgusting tropey garbage pile", which apparently means "great just-right-over-the-top h/c + pining idfic", exactly what I wanted after watching the movie.

The Tartarus Affair by manic_intent, 34k
Summary from tags: That AU where Napoleon chooses to go to prison instead of joining the CIA and gets stuck with a certain tall blonde Russian cellmate.
Why I liked it: All of my favorite prison fic tropes, including violence and sex, a mystery plot with FBI agent Gaby, and uncertain loyalties.
The author also wrote a great "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" AU, The Trojan Affair, that I liked a lot.

By the Throat by AlchemyAlice, 57k
Summary: In which the KGB took some rather dubious measures to ensure Illya's loyalty to Russia, and Napoleon has more than a few problems with that.
Why I liked it: I really enjoyed Napoleon and Illya's slowly developing dom/sub relationship, the emphasis on collars (mm yes), and on their (painful) ties to their fucked up home country organizations.

The End Where We Begin by Ingu, 22k
Summary: Illya kills an American spy in Zurich. Three days later, he’s staring into the face of a dead man standing in his hotel room.
Why I liked it: The slow love affair between the KGB agent and the ghost of the CIA agent he killed, beautifully done.

Two Men, Crossing the Street by merle_p, 8k
Summary: “They are useless to their countries,” he says slowly. “Everyone knows their real names, their faces. A spy who cannot spy. Is like – like a car that cannot drive. Useless.”“Ah,” Napoleon says quietly, as if he finally understands what Illya is so angry about. But he doesn’t, Illya thinks, he can’t know, not really, and he isn’t sure if it’s sadness or relief he feels at the thought.
Why I liked it: Great Cold War atmosphere, very good Illya, and I enjoyed his and Napoleon's relationship.

the compromise by Val Mora, 1k
Summary:"He doesn't talk politics with me," Napoleon said.
Sanders snorted. "And he hasn't turned you."
"Well, I haven't turned him either. Gentlemen's agreement."
Why I liked it: Short, but a nice and plausible post-movie "us being from different countries that are not quite at war can be awkward at times" fic.
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I backed up my hard drive today. I realized the last time I did it was over a year ago and retroactively panicked, thank god nothing happened. I keep telling myself to do it more often… -> New Year's Resolutions.
I also reduced my open tabs from about 70 to 25, and even further tomorrow. The sweet illusion of productivity. I'm determined to do a lot of work for uni in January, I have two days left with less stress (and then panic.)

On the weekend I watched "Minions" with LB. I didn't like it very much: I enjoy watching competent people, and that was pretty much the exact opposite. It had a few funny scenes, but overall I didn't think it was very good.

Then today, on a rec from our parents, LB and I watched "Inside Out", and we both loved it. It's touching, funny, and interesting. minor spoilers )

Things I'm still figuring out: grocery shopping. Half the time I forget things because I forgot to put them on the list, and half the time I come home with a lot more than I planned because it looked so good, like fruits and fresh juice and chocolate. The nectarine wasn't even good :(

I have a list of Yuletide stories to rec and a longer list of Yuletide stories still to read, but I don't know when I'll have time to actually make a rec list. It might be later than usual because of my busy January, but I'll get around to it eventually. I'd also like to write a fic for [community profile] fandom_stocking, I have a crossover idea I like, but I doubt I'll find the time. It would be fun though. …would anyone familiar with Doctor Who be willing to help?
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I finally saw it! Unspoiled too (except the trailer), which was great.

Reactions )

The Martian

Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:06 pm
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I watched the "The Martian" in the cinema today. I went alone, because everyone I asked had either seen it already or didn't have time today and afaik it was one of the last times they're showing it in Vienna in English. I still had a good time :) I wanted to see it on a bigger screen because I was hoping for pretty Mars pictures. Which I got, but because it was one of the last showings the screen was unfortunately small for a cinema.

I read the book about a week ago. It's very technical at times, very funny at times, has very good character sketches and is an excellent basis for h/c fic.

Then I read fic, some of which I really enjoyed: #BringHimHome, i'm coming home, Look At Those Cavemen Go!, Nunquam te tradam and others – I'm too lazy to do a proper rec post rn.

Then, the movie! I enjoyed it. [personal profile] lannamichaels has a good post pointing out some of the differences between the book and the movie. I also really liked the short bonus videos on youtube.

Spoilers )
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The Lego Movie: I saw this one on the bus to Prague, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Entertaining and not too stupid.

Student of the Year: [personal profile] tanndell promised a completely over-the-top ~dramatic movie and it did not disappoint. Extreme idfic in movie form. It was entertaining; I'm not sure how much I would have enjoyed it on my own, but with company it was great.

Princess Mononoke: I love "Spirited Away" and I'd been planning to watch Princess Mononoke for years. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much. Spoilers )

The 100, episodes 1-7: I made the tactical mistake to watch them together with DD. On the one hand it's fun to watch it together, on the other hand now it means I have to wait until we both have time to continue… On a related note, it's been almost three months since we last watched Bab5 -.-
I was warned that the first few episodes are less good, so I had low expectations, but I liked them. Episode 7 was the first one that really annoyed me.Spoilers" )

Simon Kirby-Jones mysteries by Dean James: DD recommended these to me as the only vampire books that she likes. They're good 10pm-books: entertaining and very easy to read, I enjoyed them. Spoilers )

Handcuffed to the Bear by Lauren Esker: Supernatural romance, not usually something I look for. Okay, not quite true, I read a lot of it, but usually all fanfic. Because I already know how to find what I want, and it's free and convenient. But this one is by [personal profile] sholio, one of my favorite fic writers who I know writes excellent h/c and lost-in-the-wilderness stories, and she had a promotion, so I decided to check it out despite the to me not at all appealing blurb. (And despite the fact that I don't have a Kindle. I now have a PC app because amazon didn't let me just download the file. Stupid.)
I'm glad I did! The book has the same good stuff I loved in her fic, with a bonus romance that (apart from one moment early on where I couldn't help but think that now was really not the moment to think about her gorgeous eyes) felt quite natural. I liked the worldbuilding, though it does require suspension of disbelief similarly to many urban fantasy books - seriously, shifters have been around for centuries, there's an official government agency even, and the general public doesn't know about them?
She also did a great job introducing the main character for the sequel, and I'm looking forward to that as well.
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I changed the lightbulb in my room. This is more impressive if you know that my ceiling is 3.50m high, the ladder I had is and looks old, and I'm afraid of heights. But I managed! Then I found out that I should have got the brighter one after all and I'll have to change it.

Instead of pictures of my flat, which I'm still too lazy to take & upload (I also haven't posted the ad for a third roommate yet, which I really should do soon), have pics of muffins. I tried out my oven this week and the muffin recipe book I got from my aunt. Usually I make chocolate muffins, but this time I made blueberry and nectarine muffins. They were good :) Pictures )

Yesterday wasn't a good day, but at least I finally ate a proper meal around 10pm, and I convinced DD to watch Killjoys. I also finally watched "Big Hero 6." I liked it, especially the first half. Spoilers )
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Vienna EUDC (European Universities Debating Championship) is over! Orgcom did a great job, I've heard only good feedback. Fortunately I had only small tasks and I could even take some time off for necessary other things. I got about six hours of sleep a night, but I usually need about eight so I'm exhausted. Part of that is probably also the heat.

Bad time to be tired though: tomorrow starts choir week! I'm already excited. (Still tired though. Two more days in between would be great.)

Successful tasks completed today: first time doing my laundry in my own apartment with the new washing machine, no problems.
Tasks not completed: sort all the apartment documents and papers, and read through the energy company's contract. Eh, it can wait. I do still need to pack my bag today.

I didn't have a lot of free brainspace today anyway, so I decided to watch "Kingsman." I heard/read mixed reviews so I didn't watch it before, but LK told me it's fun and I wanted something easy tonight.
I'm not quite sure how much I like it, but it was entertaining. light spoilers )
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I finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road!

Thoughts )
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It's pretty much exactly like Avengers, except on a larger scale. Entertaining, but only as long as I don't think about it. Long review with spoilers )
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"Jupiter Ascending" was a lot of fun!

I think I'm going to have to make (at least) two posts about it: about the movie, and about the movie's reception, because the latter is both interesting and frustrating.

About the movie: it was great. )


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