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.
  

My shows

Mar. 16th, 2017 08:12 pm
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
Designated Survivor is back!  It came back last week and I didn't realize, so I had two to watch.  I have a complicated relationship with this show, but I'm still interested to see where it goes next.

Designated Survivor )

And speaking of shows I have a complicated relationship with...

Shadowhunters )

So Shadowhunters isn't coming back until June apparently and Lucifer isn't coming back until May?  What is that about?  Why are there suddenly going to be spring hiatus' and shows during the summer?
   
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
I saw Logan.  I thought it was really good, if a little hard to watch in places.

You could really tell that since Deadpool did well despite an R rating the studios decided they could just do whatever they wanted, which... Well, I think it's a good thing in the sense that "PG-13 on a technicality" movies are sort of uncomfortable for me (as if the lack of blood splatters or whatever makes a high body count somehow more okay than otherwise), but on the other hand X-Men has always had a bit of a tone problem- with one movie in the series always radically different from another- and I don't think this is going to help.  Like are they just going to pretend they never made a movie like this the next time they want to do a more classic X-Men movie? Because you know they will eventually.  And when they have Magneto moving the latest famous landmark with dramatic hand gestures, it's going to be rather silly in comparison to this.

Anyway, it was really great to see an X-Men movie really work through the consequences and logical next steps to the kind of things that typically happen in these movies, and I'd recommend seeing it as long as you know it's going to be really different than usual.   I just kind of doubt that the people behind these films will really want to honor those decision going forward.
    
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: (sleepy hollow)
I'd missed quite a few episodes of this show, and I've been (slowly) getting caught up.  I just love it so much in spite of myself, and I really wish there were more people around who liked it, especially now.

Ever since the show first came along (and for a while before that with other vaguely comparable shows, like Forever) I've been whining and complaining about how much I wanted a show like Lucifer- one with a male lead character who has a lot of exes/current liasons over the course of the show- to just casually turn out to have one (or several) such ex(es) be another man.

And just a couple episodes ago, Lucifer did exactly that!

It's not exactly groundbreaking as far as bi representation goes, but it was still really cool to see that when I'd wanted it to happen so much.  (Although now that I'm on the subject it does bother me that this show gets no credit whatsoever from a representation standpoint even though it's really quite diverse.  It only had the one major character who was a white guy to begin with, and now he is in fact canonically Not Straight... But such is life.)
   
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: (sherlock)
So I watched the newest episode of Sherlock yesterday,



I’m not super invested in it anymore, which I thought several times watching this episode was a good thing. I’m mainly just here for the Mycroft show, and the Mycroft show was nice. Lots of cool moments (I liked the glimpse into his home life especially).

The Sherlock show was more in the… solidly okay territory? Sherlock had some good moments too. The plot was a bit hard to follow, but it was enjoyable enough and I did like the twist the episode pulled on the usual mystery-ties-into-this-other-unrelated-thing-we’ve-mentioned-five-times-so-far trope.

I know she’s been a divisive character, but I’ve always liked this Mary and she was very well written in this episode. Despite that (or maybe because of it) the ending felt really off. You can say that Mary dying is an unavoidable part of Sherlock Holmes canon, but I'm sure I remember in the tumblr Q&A one of the creators (don’t remember which one) specifically said that she just disappeared and for all we know she and Watson just had an amicable divorce. Kind of a dick move to be all “Mary doesn’t have to die!!!” and then kill her anyway, but whatever. Also I’ve been wanting her to turn out to be Sebastian Moran ever since I saw someone suggest that she might be, but that looks less and less likely the more we learn about her. The bit where Sherlock saw a message from her thought it was from Moriarty could be suggestive, though, so I’m still holding out hope.  Whether she ends up a villain or not, she deserves better than this.

Greg was great, and I liked that other detective quite a bit as well.

John was… ugh. He landed anywhere on the spectrum from boring to downright repulsive depending on the moment. John’s always been sort of fine to me- I don’t adore him but I don’t dislike him either- and I’m wondering how people who love him felt watching this episode. Was he still an enjoyable character, or did this come as an unpleasant surprise? Because it seemed to me like they weren’t even trying to make him compelling.  And the random cheating plotline?  I'm sure it will be given more significance later on, but it was so uncomfortable to watch.

I also wonder if this episode was disappointing to people on the Johnlock front. I always ship Holmes and Watson, whatever the version, so obviously I’d like for the people who genuinely 100% believe that they’re going to get together on the show to be right, but… wow, I just don’t believe that’s going to happen, and this episode only enhanced that impression.



I'm certainly curious to see where things go for Sherlock from here, though.  It's always a fun ride, if nothing else.
 
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.
  
potentiality_26: (stargate)
So I just came back from Star Trek Beyond and I enjoyed it very much.

Some of my favorite parts )

Anyway, I enjoyed it and I'd definitely recommend going to see it.
  
potentiality_26: (castle)
My thoughts on The Blacklist finale, at last.

Read more... )

Also I'd like to take this time to reccomend Crossing Lines to anyone looking for something new to watch.  I'm almost done with S2 and I've heard the quality really drops in S3, but I've loved the first two seasons.  It isn't a perfect show, but it's a crime series that's actually very innovative, the characters are great, and for someone as weak for team-as-family tropes as I am it really hits all my buttons all the time.
   

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.
  
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
Five days later, my post on Civil War.

My thoughts... )

All in all I thought it was a good movie and pretty much what I expected going in.
  
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
I just saw Captain America Civil War.  I'll do a more detailed post on it on Sunday or something, once I have my thoughts in order, but for now I have to get one thing off my chest:
In the long and glorious history of completely unnecessary and out of left field hetero kisses, the one between Steve and Sharon was a humdinger.  Peggy just died, Steve just learned that Sharon was related to her, their last personal conversation was about Peggy and the things she knew... but sure, they were just boiling with sexual tension that whole time, absolutely.  And it was almost worse because there wasn't even a romantic subplot.  Like I didn't want a romantic subplot, but taking out that kiss would have no noticeable effect on the story, so  Why.  Was.  It.  There???  People in my theatre made the funniest 'hmming' noises.  I think even people who normally dig the whole "attractive white man + attractive white woman = equals love obviously" equation were WTF-ing over this... thing.


Also I'm working on a couple of super fluffy fanfics right now and I have no idea what to call them.  Normally I go for song lyrics when I'm at a loss, but when combing through my music over the last few days I realized that most of my music is of the melancholy and/or overwrought variety.  Can anyone recommend some just really happy love songs?

Very "cotton candy and rainbows"-type quotes about love might be useful too, if anyone knows any.
 

Shows

Apr. 14th, 2016 11:59 pm
potentiality_26: (castle)
I watched a couple of episodes of Lucifer because I had to know.  It's not a bad show by any means, and I found it entertaining, but I stand by my original point and I have some issues with it.

No spoilers really, but I'm putting my thoughts under a cut all the same )

I watched some of Shadowhunters too.  I've missed a couple episodes so I can't really judge it but my feelings are sort of... mixed?  Like it's certainly pretty, the ideas are interesting, and Malec is cool- but it's weird for me to see a show where I don't recognize a single actor, and I find the writing quality a bit low.

Also, I have questions about Jace and Clary:

Spoilers for the last couple episodes )

I've also been spoiled about what happened in the Sleepy Hollow finale.  It's put an end to what desire I had to ever get back into the show, which is sad.  I'll always miss the first season.  It was so good.
  
potentiality_26: (heroes)
So I got caught up on Legends of Tomorrow.  I don't really have anything specific to say, but I'm enjoying it.  I feel like it has similar appeal to Angel and spin-offs like that.  I would like to see them travel further into the past more often, and while I get why the Savage plotline is really all there is I think I'd like it if it was more episodic as well- make it more Doctor Who-like.  (Speaking of Doctor Who, it's so nice to see Arthur Darvill again)

I was mainly excited for this show because of him and Sara but the rest of cast are great too.  I will say that I never loved Snart the way everyone seems to.  Like I don't hate him or even dislike him, he's cool and everything, I just... he's such a wildly popular character and I never completely understood why.  Still, he's grown on me quite a bit in this show.
 

TV shows

Apr. 4th, 2016 11:39 pm
potentiality_26: (stargate)
I thought I'd give an update on how SGU is going for me.  Spoilers through 2x08 (if you haven't watched it still but care for some reason).

Some thoughts, as before I'm pretty critical of the show )

I also watched the last couple of episodes of The Flash.  I've missed a few episodes of this season but I'm following it for the most part.

Spoilers for the most recent episodes )

What's everyone else watching?
 

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