potentiality_26: (kingsman)
I'm really excited for The Hitman's Bodyguard. The trailer is hilarious and I'm so interested to see the film.

But of course the movie I'm most excited for is Kingsman 2. After this seizure inducing teaser dropped a little while ago I've been waiting for the proper trailer, and now it's here and it looks sooooo great.

Some of my favorite parts: )

It's gonna be a long wait until September for me!

What movies are you all excited for?

potentiality_26: (stargate)
Well, I finished the first season of Into the Badlands.  I love it every bit as much as I did at the beginning- great plot, great characters, and it's so, so, so pretty!

I'm sad that it doesn't seem to be more popular, and I'm extra sad that I won't be able to see season two for a while.

It's so good, people.  Check it out if you can!
  
potentiality_26: (stargate)
I just started Into the Badlands.  I've only seen one episode but I really like it so far.

I complain all the time about how over dystopias I am, but give me a ultra-bright color scheme and suddenly I am into it.  I think a good 75% of my boredom with gritty/grimdark is literally just if they look gritty, grim, and dark.  You can sell me on so much just by making it pretty and colorful.

(And seriously guys- Into the Badlands is the prettiest and colorfulest) 
  
potentiality_26: (heroes)
I went to see Kong: Skull Island.  I thought it was really good.  It's one of a relatively small number of reboot/reimaginings I've seen since the craze started that seemed like it actually had something new and interesting to say.  Even though it was set in the 70's it felt very timely, and it did a lot of things right that King Kong movies normally do wrong.

Also Tom Hiddleston was gorgeous.  I definitely recommend it.
  
potentiality_26: (profit)
When Oscar season comes around I'm always pretty uninterested in most of the nominees but I always end up having to watch a few anyway.

I just saw Manchester By the Sea and... wow.  It was exactly what I expected.  Fine from a technical standpoint, not all that well put together in my opinion but definitely your classic Accomplished look-how-good movie, and so very, very boring.  I swear the same thing happens every couple of years.  Some drab, depressing movie gets made about a white guy who has a depression beard and acts like a jerk, and the academy flaps around like, "So innovative!"  And it's just not?

That said, I'd be interested to hear what anyone who liked it thought was good about it.  I do understand that a movie can be good without being enjoyable to watch, but this movie just wasn't saying anything new.
    
potentiality_26: (justified)
I went to see xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and let me tell you I thought it was fantastic.

In general the xXx movies have always brought out a slightly juvenile side of me that is 100% there for a cross between James Bond and the X-Games and wow did this movie not disappoint on that score, but there was also more to it than that.  All the action was great, all the characters were great, Donnie Yen was especially great (and Xiang's dynamic with Xander Cage really did it for me you guys) and there were so many women!

Like, I'm not going to claim it was some kind of feminist utopia, it's xXx, but there were three major female characters who were all well developed, each kickass in a different way, and really supportive of each other- and there were multiple minor female characters none of whom died for man-pain.  I can't really think of another action movie that can say the same, honestly.

Anyway, I think it's a shame that it's not getting much love.  It's not a perfect movie but it was really entertaining!  I spent the whole movie with a stupid grin on my face, and I shipped so many people.
  
potentiality_26: (kingsman)
What are 5 fandom things you look forward to in 2017? (from [livejournal.com profile] megan_moonlight)

1. Star Trek Discovery.  The cast looks so great and even if it didn't I would be stoked because NEW STAR TREK!

2. Kingsman 2.  I'm as apprehensive as I am excited for this, but most of what I've heard makes it sound really cool, so yeah.  I want this yesterday, not in October.

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I loved these books when I was younger and I'm holding out hope for the Netflix version to be a good adaptation.

4. The new Masterpiece Les Miserables they're talking about.  I don't think it'll actually be out in 2017 because they haven't even cast it yet, but seriously I'm even looking forward to just casting announcements.  Promo material.  Anything.  Everything.  I've wanted a multi-part Les Mis adaptation forever.

5. Shadowhunters.  I don't think this is the best show ever, but I do love Malec.  I can't wait for more.

There are undoubtedly a bunch of other things I'm not thinking of right now, but yeah- there's five.
 
potentiality_26: (stargate)
I saw Rogue One and really enjoyed it.  I especially want to say one thing:

When I first saw the trailer and figured what it was going to be about, I didn't think it was a very good idea because- since it's set just before the original trilogy- whatever climax/happy ending they went for would ultimately mean very little, because the bad guys would still be kicking around and so much bad stuff was still going to happen.

But instead of trying to get out of that or conceal it somehow, they really played it out and I thought it was tragic but really beautiful.


Anyway, I thought it was great.  Having a stand-alone film instead of a trilogy was so refreshing, and I loved all the characters.  I actually liked it better than The Force Awakens.  It'll be interesting to see if I'm in a minority, because I suspect the movie won't be to all tastes.
  
potentiality_26: (doctor who)
I thought it was very good.  Well filmed, interesting, and different (in a good way).

It's a movie one comes out of the theater thinking about and turning over in one's mind, rather than pumped and excited, but it's definitely worth seeing if you get the chance.
 
potentiality_26: (doctor who)
I will do that meme eventually, I promise.  I've just been really busy lately.

But I did go to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  It had a few problems that I’ve heard people talk about already, but it was an enjoyable movie overall and I liked it.  There's one thing I need to get off my chest, though:

Read more... )

Anyway, I did like the movie.  Maybe I'll do a proper reaction post later.
  

Hmm

Aug. 3rd, 2016 10:26 pm
potentiality_26: (doctor who)
So, as I already said in a post I liked Star Trek Beyond quite a bit, but I recently saw a trailer for it (tacked on to youtube video) that bugged me because it seemed like it was for a very different movie.
Idris Elba was in the trailer a lot.  It made it seem like he had about the level of presence in the film that Cumberbatch had in the last one, which anyone who has seen the film will know was very much not the case.  My biggest complaint about the movie in general was how much it underused Idris Elba, and watching a trailer that made it seem like he had a much bigger part really reinforced that for me.    


Has anyone seen (or is anyone planning to see) Suicide Squad?  I don't feel strongly about it one way or the other and I know there was a lot of excitement for it, but the stuff I've heard lately didn't sound so good and I'm curious what people think.
  

Shows

May. 19th, 2016 11:57 pm
potentiality_26: (musketeers)
I keep telling myself that I'll do a post about all my shows soon, but with all of them having finales at different times I keep putting it off.  And anyway, with some of them- like The Blacklist- I want to wait until the end of the season to see how I feel just because everything is crazy right now.

Lucifer at least is over already (but picked up for another season).  Since I basically inhaled that show despite all my complaints I feel like I'd better talk about it some more.  I'm still annoyed that they took such an interesting premise and did a run-of-the-mill procedural show with it- but I guess it's a good procedural show?  All the characters are really fun, and one thing I love about it is that if the show teases that something dramatic is going to happen, it's going to happen in that episode or the next one, not five episodes later when they're finally ready to move the seasonal arc along like a lot of shows do.  And I feel like there's room in what mythology there is for it to grow a bit more, so... we'll see what the next season brings.

I just started watching Crossing Lines.  I've only seen four episodes, but I like it so far.  I'm wondering where exactly it airs because I'd never heard of it before at all and it's had like three seasons.

I'll also be watching the third season of The Musketeers in June, probably, and I'm looking forward to that.  I've missed it.
  

Ugh

Feb. 17th, 2015 10:15 pm
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
Agent Carter tonight was solid, although I don't really have much to say about it beyond that.

Instead of Forever they had "The Countdown to the Oscars" which I turned right off.  How many fucks do I give about the Oscars this year?  No fucks.
  

My shows

Feb. 12th, 2015 10:39 pm
potentiality_26: (musketeers)
I'm caught up with Britain on The Musketeers because the BBC keeps having hiatuses and so far BBCA hasn't- who knows if that will last.

I was all caught up on The Blacklist until today, and I should watch the new episode tommorrow.  I missed Forever and Agent Carter last week because for whatever reason I could not get reception on that station for anything.  I watched both this week and went back and watched the episode of Forever that I missed.  I haven't been able to get up the energy for Agent Carter, though.  I just don't love it, and the kind of militant "watch this show or it will be your fault it failed" attitude I've seen over the internet about it is making it even harder to watch, frankly.  I don't even really have much to say about it.

The Blacklist )

Forever )

The Musketeers )

I also watched Death Comes to Pemberley recently.  Could it have been much more like fanfic?  I mean, I knew it was.  I knew it was a mystery P.D. James wrote with characters from Pride and Prejudice- but I don't mean the general premise.  I mean all the angst and the unnecessary romantic misunderstandings (which I assure you I ate up with a spoon).  Fanfic, I tell you.

Has anyone been watching Sleepy Hollow?  How's it doing?  
   
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
Gotta say, I thought it was great.  We're talking pure trashy joy.

Some thoughts, not really spoilery, but- )

Anyway, I loved it.  I guess it's something everyone has to make up their own mind about.
  

Shows

Jan. 13th, 2015 11:32 pm
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
Watched Agent Carter and Forever.

The promo stuff for Agent Carter is really weird.  First they talk about how "she lost the love of her life" and that annoys me because what I liked so much about Peggy's arc in CATFA and CATWS is that she had a life without him, and a pretty good one.  And then the show comes along and is all, "we must do the tragic struggling hero thing."  Then there's this voice-over guy that comes on saying soemthing about "TV's newest female weapon" which is bizarre.  I don't mind the female part, there's no reason not to mention it when it is, in fact, noteworthy- I just feel like this "newest" suggests some profusion when that is in fact not the case, and weapon is just... an awkward choice.  As with last week, I like the show but I don't love it.  

Boy, but I do love Forever.  It was a great episode.  I've heard that it was a surprise that it was even picked up for a whole season, so I'm worried there won't be a season 2.  Anyway, I'm having fun while it lasts.

I'm going to try to watch Galavant soon, but so far I haven't found the time.
 
potentiality_26: (profit)
I am most proud of my fortitude.

I don't have a lot to say about it otherwise, except that I think it's been a better year for films than previously.  Often the Oscars are coming and none of the movies I know will be nominated look at all good to me; this year there are quite a few that I think look great, which is encouraging.

Also, I saw a lot of promos for The Blacklist.  I'm so excited for it to be back!
  
potentiality_26: (castle)
I like it so far, but I wouldn't say I loved it.  The writers seem to be trying just a little bit too hard to sound old timey, and it comes out sort of... clunky.  I also particularly disliked the transition between S1 and S2.  I like it when there's some time between seasons (rather than the next one just picking up minutes after the last left off), but I don't like it when a whole bunch of important things happened off screen in between, but only ever get sketchily explained after the fact.

A couple of thoughts )

So anyway, that was something to do for a while.
 

The Hobbit

Dec. 28th, 2014 09:05 pm
potentiality_26: (sleepy hollow)
I saw The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies yesterday.

Some thoughts from the trailers:

Latest in the ongoing saga of remaking perfectly good movies because we have better special effects and must use them gratuitously, we have a new Mad Max.  I like Tom Hardy, it's a shame this movie looks so stupid.  Just because you can make a thing look realistic in your movie doesn't mean you should.

In the Heart of the Sea: I don't even know what this is, but seriously since when did Moby Dick come from a true story?  Maybe it did- I'm just saying I've never heard that before, and this trailer had a very "As we all know..." tone to it.

Then there were two trailers for films already in my theater, the new Night at the Museum movie and Into the Woods.  Movies take so long to come out now; it's surreal (and sad) when a film comes out with an actor who passed away some time ago as with Night at the Museum. I doubt I'll see the movie itself.  I actually saw the second one recently and found it more entertaining than I expected to.  I did learn from the trailer that the guy I was calling Not-Tom-Mison in my head based on the poster is meant to be Sir Lancelot, but he would still be improved by being played by Tom Mison.  I doubt I'll see Into the Woods either; I've never been a fan of that musical.  It was a well-made trailer, though.

And my thoughts on the film )

It's interesting how well post-BOTFA fix-it fics hold up now that the film is out.  I mean, I haven't read The Hobbit in years, but the one I wrote is still pretty valid.  I may post it sometime soon, but that'll require typing it up.  Meh.
    

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Dec. 10th, 2014 11:30 pm
potentiality_26: (belle/rumpelstiltskin)
I wanted to post something, but I've been having a tough time figuring out what.  I watched my shows, but I'm still making my peace with Agents of SHIELD and all I really have to say is that I think that if I keep watching it will be to catch Forever after it's over.  Forever, don't ever change.  At this point, the only thing I don't love about that show is the misleading promos ABC does for each episode.  They're all "OMG tension" and "what secrets will be revealed" and envariably the episode is nothing like the promos.  I wonder if the people who make them realize that everyone that is still watching Forever isn't in it for high drama, they're in it for a gentle, slightly goofy show with an adorable leading man.  And now there's Burn Gorman!  Speaking of whom-
can he really do that voice?  Wow.  He was hidden skills, people.  Hidden skills.


And I've been watching OUAT promos and not even recognizing that show anymore.  Are they really, truly, and without irony bringing in Cruella Deville?  Lord.

And I've seen some movies lately and not really liked them.  While I still have some old favorites, I guess movies don't really do it for me anymore.  I watch too much TV.  On the one hand, movies are too long.  My brain has trained itself to expect a situation to be resolved in 45 minutes to an hour.  On the other, they're too short.  I like to have episodes and episodes to get to know characters, and a couple of hours is no longer sufficient to become attached.

I do have one comment from Begin Again, which I saw half of on an airplane a couple of weeks ago and the rest of the other night.  There's this bit where Mark Ruffalo wants to listen to the music on Keira Knightley's phone and she's all making excuses and "oh, lots of guilty pleasure songs on there" and the songs that she actually plays?  "As Time Goes By" and the like?  Whoever selected those had absolutely no notion of constitutes a guilty pleasure song.  
  

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