Twig
12 July 2013 @ 01:59 pm
I went to hatewatch this movie yesterday. No, I didn't pay for it.

I don't want to say that it's a cromulent movie if they hadn't butchered a book that I very much love. Not that it was actively bad, not any more bad than any other summer blockbuster, but it wasn't great.

But as World War Z, adaptation of the novel... well, they really should've just called it Zombies: White People's Problems.

Why say it's an adaptation of this book, why use the name, when you're going to be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like the book. I mean, not even that they missed the spirit of the book, but 99% of it bear zero resemblance to the actual events of the novel.

And what pains me so much is that the book, for once, tried to encompass the global aspects of a zombie epidemic instead of Amurrika. It didn't succeed in all the places; there are some very valid criticisms in its portrayals. But it actually fucking tried. There was so much stuff it got into, regarding class and race and geo-politics. And the movie was all Brad Pitt Saves The World.

They could've done WWZ Contagion-style. While I love the book for the fact that it's AFTER the epidemic, I'm fine, for visual purposes, if the events in the book are portrayed instead. There's SO MUCH good shit there. Then it'd actually be global. Then you could cast more people of color in more prominent roles.

But no. So fuck you, Brad Pitt. Fuck you for ruining one of my fave books. Fuck you for whitewashing it. Fuck you for making it so that I am unlikely to get a legit movie adaptation, probably ever.
 
 
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Twig
09 July 2013 @ 08:04 pm
Remember how I said Olympus Has Fallen is basically Die Hard in the White House?

No, this is Die Hard in the White House.

Much MUCH better than OHF despite having basically the same plot, but with 1000% less racism and less needless fridging of female characters. Just on that count, it is better. But it's also better because I prefer Channing Tatum over Gerard Butler and this one is directed by Roland Emmerich.

It is indeed ridic and stupid and loud and implausible. That's the way I like it.

I hope I'm not spoiling, but it IS a Roland Emmerich movie, so I don't suppose anybody really cares on that count, but THANK GOD the terrorists are disgruntled white people in this one. There isn't even really a feign. Like Iron Man 3 kinda did a solid by subverting the Mandarin, but it's STILL playing on some very tired tropes and honestly maybe unto itself is still kinda racist. WHD didn't do that, so despite the fact that this made for a bunch more white people, it's a lot more palatable than, say, Olympus Has Fallen which featured a bunch of nameless Korean faces getting murderated by Gerard Butler. And btw, I was pretty vexed with OHF, too, that the white guy traitor got more characterization than Rick Yune, so they still made it about white people anyway.

I greatly enjoyed Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose character, I believe, is the Deputy Chief of the Secret Service? Not THE Chief of the Secret Service like Angela Bassett was in OHF, but still pretty damn all right. Usually I hate the fuck out of Jamie Foxx, but he was really enjoyable as the President. Olympus Has Fallen took itself REALLY REALLY seriously. White House Down is a lot more fun, had more amusing moments. Like, I realize it's some crazy shit going down, but if it's going to be a summer action blockbuster, I need my touches of humor. I also appreciate the less body count for the good guys. Something like 80 Secret Service agents get brutally, horribly killed in OHF. A bunch of them get killed, too, of course, in White House Down, but it feels significantly less and there's less dwelling upon their dead dead bullet riddled bodies. Which I realize is a product of the difference in rating (OHF is R, WHD is PG-13), but that goes to show that sometimes a higher rating is not necessarily better.

There was a child in this movie. A girlchild. SHE IS AWESOME. Apparently she was bb Talia from The Dark Knight Rises. I KNEW those big blue eyes looked familiar. Emily, as she is in WHD, is the exact kind of child character I can get behind. I love that she's a history nerd but is not shamed for it. She isn't precocious sassy movie child. She displays just the right balance between heroism and terror. I love that she is astute and smart and brave and given her dues as such and she's a girl. I stan for this girl. I hope Joey King has an amazing career ahead of her, 'cause she was fucking awesome.

My only complaint is Channing's character falls into the trope of "fuck up dad who is redeemed by amazing feat of heroism." Emmerich seems really into this? Dennis Quaid was a lousy fuck up of a father in Day After Tomorrow. John Cusack was a lousy fuck up of a father in 2012. They both rescue their kids from epic natural disaster and suddenly their kids love them again. Same deal here with Channing. It rubs me the wrong way because I feel like it's an already established fact that white dudes can fuck up all the time and still come back from it, but the rest of us don't have it so lucky. I resent it. I don't want to be reminded of it. I get that it's a character thing: oh, look, Maggie Gyllenhaal lists Channing's list of shortcomings, but he's tried really hard y'all and he got a raw deal, and now he's rescuing the president AND his daughter, he's totally a legit okay guy after all. But idk, all the stuff listed as his character flaws are pretty legit character flaws. So. Well, at least Channing is pretty.

AND SPEAKING OF GORGEOUS CHANNING. THREE-PIECE SUIT. And I thought Gerard was blowing my panties away with his actiony rifled hotness in a three-piece suit. Nope nope nope. CHANNING.

Oh, and there was Jimmi Simpson up in there, and I couldn't help but think he's totally evil Logan Pierce in this movie.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the fuck out of this movie.
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Twig
01 June 2013 @ 06:31 pm
Title: Equilibrium
Rating: PG
Continuity: WWE, mid-May 2013
Context: Punk exits TV post-Wrestlemania 29 defeat by the Undertaker. Non-kayfabe reason being to heal up injuries. Dirtsheets speculate that it's also burnout and friction with creative.
Pairing: CM Punk/John Cena
Length: ~1700 words
Summary: "He never could reconcile John Cena, the guy he likes, and John Cena, Personification of Everything He Hates."

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Twig
01 June 2013 @ 04:08 am
yesdrizella is trying to make me write Miz fic. I HATE THE MIZ.

In other news, I was remarking to YD that the fic ideas I get for wrestling now that I'm sort of back are remarkably more RPF-y in nature than I'm used to. Some may recall that I have Very Strong Feelings about the classification of my wrestlefics as NOT being RPF, and I always try to avoid using real names wherever possible. Obviously I don't have a problem with RPF; just look at the Pinto fics I've written. But wrestling is a strange creature, a spectrum of truth rather than the clear delineation that most shows enjoy. I told yesdrizella that I don't think wrestling is any more kayfabe breaking than it used to be*, but then she rightfully pointed out that we're in the post-pipe bomb era. Punk broke the 4th wall pretty damn hard; there's no closing that door.

* I don't know why I said this when I was bitching with one_more_cherry about this very subject not too long ago. -_-

But then I got to thinking some more, and it's more than that. I wrote TNA/indy stuff for the longest time. It might have been four (!) years since my retirement fic, but I stopped writing WWE stuff in 2003, ten years ago. (Not counting my two fluke Punk/Cena fics in '08 anyway.) My old WWE fics are... AUs and melodrama and a whole lot of me working out my RL angst. I became a different writer once I got into TNA. I stopped barfing my issues in fic form. Or, well, I got more subtle about it haha. I got a lot smarkier. I want to think that I became a more discerning writer, though an unhappier one. I mean, I was always a disgruntled jackass but I was a lot happier when I was writing E fic, I know that for sure. I fretted less.

Anyway. I've come full circle back to the WWE, and it's like coming back to an old playpen with a new pair of eyes, I guess. Bringing that fastidiousness that I'd honed writing indy fic. With the way the E plays more fast and loose with RL, I can't help but end up with ideas that more RPF-y.

I feel weird about it. And when I examine those feelings more closely, it's all rooted in writing indy fic. I've met and hung out with these people that I write slash about. It feels boundary-crossing to write anything that veers too close. I'm not friends with them, I don't claim to know them, but there was interaction on multiple occasions. On certain issues, I was emotionally involved and it got personal. So some lines had to be drawn.

But. I don't have this problem with anybody WWE-related. It still feels weird, because I've been so used to that mindset and personal stance. But I can roll with it now that I've articulated all this stuff.

NO yesdrizella THIS DOESN'T MEAN I'M ANY MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF WRITING THE MIZ BECAUSE I STILL HATE HIM
 
 
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Twig
IT HAS BEGUN

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Twig
23 April 2013 @ 08:06 am
So as you all know, wrestling and wrestlefandom have an uncanny ability to turn me into a bitter, petty, whiney complainy pants person.

The thing is, I like wrestling.

So, I enjoyed doing that happiness meme a little while ago. I need to do, like, a Things That Make Me Happy About Wrestling series of post. I thought about doing 30 Days of Wrestling, but it's hard to pick favorites, though I might do that too.
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Twig
21 April 2013 @ 10:42 pm
What's on the tin:

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Basically, I love short simple sentences for end lines, which sounds about right. With that said, my favorite out of all of these is #18, the second longest of this whole bunch. Ha.
 
 
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Twig
20 April 2013 @ 06:33 am
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Dixie needs to get you a hair cut for reals, AJ.
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I MADE NOISES LIKE DYING

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I MAY HAVE REWATCHED THAT HUG 2039840284092840932 TIMES

I REGRET NOTHING
 
 
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