shinyjenni: The four ghostbusters heading into battle (ghostbusters into battle)
Saw Ghostbusters last night in the swanky new cinema that's just opened near me! I was a bit worried going in, as Paul Feig's films haven't previously clicked for me the way I want them to, but I needn't have been: I really really enjoyed it! More thoughts under the cut:

spoilers )

I impatiently await all the vids and, in the mean time, commend to your attention the Doubleclicks' efforts in that department.
shinyjenni: Martha and Liz from Doctor Who, with the TARDIS and a Christmas tree in the background (martha liz christmas)
Happy December, everyone! Thanks for all the December talking meme prompts - I did this whole thing where I couldn't decide whether to reply to all of them or just some of them, and ended up replying to none of them, but they are all great and I am looking forward to talking about them! (Also, still taking prompts, if anyone wants to add anything. :D)

I am going to start off with this one from [personal profile] chaila: Books/comics/media you're looking forward to in 2015?

(Possibly I should have saved this one for the end of the month, when it'll be nearly 2015, but I do what I want, Thor.)

Books-wise, I'm never really aware of what's coming out when! /o\ I thought Sarah Rees Brennan's A Tale of Two Cities retelling, Tell The Wind and Fire, was out next year, so I could flail about that, but apparently it's not til 2016? So mostly what I'm excited about is series that I'm already reading that I presume will have new books next year: Seanan McGuire's Incryptid and Toby Daye series (the latter I will probably read in a giant racing tumult of FEELINGS), the last of the Raven Boys Quartet (...ok, technically I haven't read the third one yet, but I loved the first two SO MUCH), Ancillary Mercy (again, haven't read Ancillary Sword yet, but Ancillary Justice was basically everything I ever wanted).

Comics! Next year's Peggy Carter series is definitely something I'm looking forward too, mostly because I LOVED Kathryn Immonen's work on Journey Into Mystery. The Spider-Gwen one-shot was really fun and I'm excited to see it be expanded into a full series. G. Willow Wilson is writing... four issues, I think, of X-Men, so that should be a good time. I'm trying to start trade waiting more stuff (leading to the "should I start cancelling stuff off my pull list?" dilemma), so even though they've technically already started I'm looking forward to getting Captain America and the Mighty Avengers and Thor. I am looking forward to Marvel having so many female-led solo titles that I don't feel the need to buy them all! Though given She-Hulk is definitely for the chop and things are looking dicey for Elektra and Storm, this is of course not actually a given.

DC-wise, I am (possibly unjustifiably) pretty suspicious of Convergence, but given that Greg Rucka and Gail Simone are involved in the two-issue minis I think they're probably safe? So I'll probably get The Question (GREG RUCKA WRITING RENEE AGAIN AW YEAH! Also I really like Cully Hamner's art) and Batgirl (not convinced by the summary for this one, but Batgirl!Steph and Black Bat!Cass ACTUALLY INTERACTING YESSSSS), and possibly some more - I'm vaguely tempted by the all-female Justice League one, though the art is pretty eh. Sadly I am deeply uninterested in Dick/Babs, so probably won't bother with Nightwing/Oracle despite my love for both those characters. :/

Other media! STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS. Other than that, it's superheroes all the way: Age of Ultron, Agent Carter, the Teen Titans and Supergirl TV series if they get going next year... I really love superheroes and none of the current TV ones are particularly appealing to me, so I have my fingers crossed for those two!

Plus all the other cool stuff coming out next year that I've forgotten about! (Another reason I should probably have waited to post this: other people's lists to jog my memory. OH WELL.)
shinyjenni: Arthur Dent looking thoughtful; text reads "is there any tea on this spaceship?" (tea?)
So, having said recently that I don't really watch films very often, I've seen three in the last week.

Cabin in the Woods: apparently I really can't handle horror, oh dear. But I'm glad I watched it and I did really enjoy the bits where I wasn't hiding behind my laptop! :D? And the premise was really cool.

The Amazing Spider-Man: I missed this when it was in the cinema because I was too busy muttering "another Spider-Man already and YET NO WOMEN FILMS" (yes, I know it was a rights issue, I'm still cross). I enjoyed it a lot, though not enough that I was bothered about not having seen it in the cinema. The two leads were excellent (and CUTE AS BUTTONS together). Andrew Garfield was wonderfully emotional, hitting the understated "I am sad when he is sad" note rather than the "woe so angsty no-one understands my pain and it is the PAINIEST" one, while Emma Stone was sharp and cool and adorable. Well done, chaps. I did think the tone was a bit wobbly in places, though, and there was one moment I really didn't like: spoilers )

ALSO I SAW LES MISERABLES. (This was yesterday evening; I came home, typed all of this up, and then went to bed without posting it because it was nearly midnight.) Um. Mostly it just made me want to see the stage version again. I have notes. Rambly, intermittently capslocky notes. )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (wonder woman)
Here is a year in review post, sort of thing. I have probably forgotten most of the things that should have gone into it.

Things I liked in 2012 )

Things I am excited about in 2013 )

2012 In Fanworks )

2012 In General Life Stuff )

Happy New Year!

This entry was originally posted at http://shinyjenni.dreamwidth.org/194206.html.
shinyjenni: Cartoon drawing of Bernice Summerfield surrounded by butterflies and cake; text reads "in a happy place" (benny's happy place)
Here is a year in review post, sort of thing. I have probably forgotten most of the things that should have gone into it.

Things I liked in 2012 )

Things I am excited about in 2013 )

2012 In Fanworks )

2012 In General Life Stuff )

Happy New Year!
shinyjenni: Buffy smiling (buffy)
I have been working my way through various female led action/superhero films! Here are some of the things that I have watched:

- Resident Evil: bizarrely, this was the second film in as many days to contain Unexpected James Purefoy (the other was Bedrooms and Hallways), well done there, film. I enjoyed it a lot, although it is rather gorier than my usual fare: it turns out I am fine with zombies but very freaked out by possibly getting into spoiler territory? )

- Next up was Elektra, which is not a good film, but overall I feel very positive about it as it contained one element that I really loved: spoilers )

- Also I watched Aeon Flux, which was... odd. not really spoilers but I have got into the habit of using cut tags now, so )

- After that was Supergirl; I've been trying to get into the Supergirl comics recently (because of how she and Batgirl fought vampires that time), but they are SO CONFUSING, so I was a little dismayed to see a whole other backstory for her that wasn't the one I knew. But that issue aside, I liked it a lot - not necessarily a good film, but an entertaining one. Overall I would characterise it as "deeply cheesy, but nevertheless rather charming". I am thinking particularly of the scene where vaguely spoilery, maybe )

- And finally, Milla Jovovich again in Ultraviolet! I was expecting to enjoy it based on the fact that she had a sword on the DVD cover, but I was rather put off by the fact that everyone looked oddly smooth and glowy for some reason. Step away from the effects box, people! I was also unimpressed by the almost complete lack of female characters who weren't Violet, grrr. On the plus side, it did pick up a fair bit when the swords eventually came out, and I enjoyed the final fight scene a lot: spoilers! )

I feel like I should have some concluding thoughts here, but I don't. Well, nothing beyond "make more superheroine films! And make them better!", but I had that one before I started. Actually, thinking about it, I would like superheroine TV serieses even better, since I prefer TV to film as a medium. GET ON THAT, PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF THESE THINGS.

(I typed most of this out in Google Docs, which has helpfully corrected a selection of my straight quotes to curly quotes. Why do you hate me at the moment, Google?)
shinyjenni: Bernice Summerfield, cartoon version (benny)
- Just realised that I will be on a train next week when the final episode of Spooks is being broadcast. DISASTER. So most of next Monday will be spent dodging spoilers. Am slightly terrified of what might happen: "rocks fall, everybody dies" is a distinct possibility, I feel. Anyway, I will probably cry as I have been watching this ridiculous program for over a third of my life now. Re. last night's episode: spoilers )

- People of the internet! Can anyone recommend me any superhero films with female leads? I was reading SFX's top 50 superhero films poll results the other day and it contained only one female led film (Supergirl, at number 37), which made me sad. But then I tried to think of things that should've been in there and couldn't, which made me even sadder. (NB I haven't seen Electra or Catwoman, so can't judge if their exclusion was a) unjust or b) reasonable.) Surely there are some out there?

- There ought to be a third thing, but I can't think of one.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (amy pond)
1) There was going to be a reaction post for "Amy's Choice" here, but I wanted to watch it again and make notes and things, and so far neither the iPlayer nor my digibox are co-operating. Maybe later. Anyway, the short version is: I LOVED IT. I laughed, I cried, I flailed my arms with glee a few times. I love Amy, I love Rory and I love Eleven. I had forgotten what this was like!

2) I also watched the first episode of Legend of the Seeker, which was pretty fun, though I really hope they lay off the slo-mo in later episodes.

3) And I also saw Iron Man 2 at the weekend! I was a little worried about it, because I really loved the first one and I'd read some bad reviews, but after a slow start I thoroughly enjoyed it. spoilers )
shinyjenni: Tegan in a 20s outift looking out of a window (tegan)
1.) Thank you to the lovely anonymous person who bought me a month of paid time! I don't know who you are, but I know you are GREAT. ♥

2.) I watched Strange Days last night, on [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy's recommenedation, and it was very good. I wasn't sure at first that it was going to be my sort of thing, but I was wrong. The more I watched, the more invested I got in the characters - I don't think I have ever hoped so desperately for a film to have a happy ending before. and now I shall cut for spoilers )

3.) Music meme, from [livejournal.com profile] hhertzof:

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING! Also, might not even work for some of these.


1.) Things don't have to be this way / catch me on a better day Garbage - Fix Me Now, guessed by [personal profile] glinda
2.) A thousand thundering thrills await me Space - Female of the Species, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ghostpaw
3.) Look at the stars, look how they shine for you Coldplay - Yellow, guessed by [personal profile] glinda
4.) Who would sell their soul for love / or waste one tear on compromise
5.) All is lost tonight / in the clotheslines
6.) I'm not threatened by every pair of legs you watch go by
7.) I closed my eyes / drew back the curtain Jason Donovan - Any Dream Will Do, guessed by [personal profile] glinda
8.) If all you've got to do today is find peace of mind / come round, you can take a piece of mine Catatonia - Road Rage, guessed by [personal profile] glinda
9.) The ice is thin, c'mon dive in
10.) Get off of me, away from me, get me out of here
11.) My eyes are bifocals / my hands are subjointed
12.) Listen as the wind blows / from across the great divide Sarah McLachlan - Possession , guessed by [personal profile] glinda
13.) He's a wounded animal / he lives in a matchbox Regina Spektor - 20 Years of Snow, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ghostpaw
14.) Cool breeze and autumn leaves / slow motion daylight Savage Garden - You Can Still Be Free, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo
15.) Tiptoeing where you shine your light
16.) Smiley little baby snuggled in her mommy's arms Bif Naked - Violence, guessed by [personal profile] glinda
17.) Do you listen to yourself / never live for someone else?
18.) You were once my one companion / you were all that mattered Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from The Phantom of the Opera, guessed by [personal profile] glinda
19.) Rain fell it called off play we ran for shelter
20.) Wake up the dying, don't wake up the dead
shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
1.) I watched Terminator: Salvation last night; I was half expecting to hate it (as previously established, I am judgy at bits of the Terminatorverse that don't contain Sarah), but I didn't, so... yay? spoilers )

2.) Also I watched Image of the Fendahl, which was pretty great, though I was v. pleased when Leela changed back into her old outfit and hair at the end. brief thoughts, as most of this was watched a while ago )

3.) FINALLY the weather has got a bit warmer. Any day now I will be able to stop swapping my coat for a massive cardigan when I get home every day.
shinyjenni: Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji; text reads: "time and space adventurers" (time and space adventurers)
1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] ecossefilmmaker!

2.) [livejournal.com profile] agapi42 and I went on the Reclaim the Night march on Friday. It was great: there was drumming and dancing and chanting (and, ok, a fair bit of raining), and the turnout was really good. I was pleased to see that there was someone there from my union, waving a big purple Unison flag.

3.) London at the weekend! V. exciting. I met [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy for lunch when I got there on Saturday (after some time spent wandering around looking for her in completely the wrong place, WHOOPS), we went to a very nice Turkish place near Victoria station and had mezze, yum. Then I met up with Izzy, Phil and James and we went to see Wicked. SQUEE. I really loved it (apart from the rather too neat ending), especially "Defying Gravity", of course! Then we went back to Izzy's and watched Hot Fuzz (on the grounds that if you have four people from Gloucestershire in the same room you practically have a legal requirement so to do), which I love, and 300, which I... did not love. Anyway. On Sunday we went and queued in the rain for the Natural History Museum. We'd booked to go round the new Cocoon section, which was quite interesting but hampered somewhat by the touchscreens, most of which we couldn't get to work properly, so there was a lot of irritated stabbing at them as we tried to persuade them to tell us stuff. But then we found to display of Things In Bottles, which cheered us up tremendously. Semi-digested squid fished out of a whale's stomach and put inna jar! Yay. After that, we had a quick mooch around the Science Museum (and I spotted [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson's Rebel in the bookshop, which I didn't realise was out, or even imminent, and would have carried off if my rucksack hadn't already been pretty heavy). And then I went home and discovered that my shoulders hurt, my legs were on strike and my brain wouldn't brain. This is what happens if you go to London, everyone! You should all move to Bristol instead, it is much better here. (Cheltenham or Bath are also acceptable.)

4.) Am trying to decide what to bake this afternoon: bittersweet chocolate and pear cake or chocolate yoghurt snack cakes. Opinions? (If you are [livejournal.com profile] tigerpixie or [livejournal.com profile] amicu I am particularly interested in your opinions as the said baking is for tonight's Stitch 'n' Witch.) Usually the correct answer would be "both" but I am not sure I have time, woe.
shinyjenni: Bernice Summerfield, cartoon version (benny)
I watched the first three episodes of Leverage last night! I'd been reluctant to watch it first because I'd heard it described as the US version of Hustle, which I don't like, but then I saw this vid and the two clips of Sophie made me think I would rather like it. And, well, now I have that "shiny new thing to love!" feeling that is so great and the inside of my head looks a bit like this: LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGE. It is just so much fun! I love all the characters (my favourite is definitely either Hardison or Parker or Sophie or Eliot - sorry, Nate!) and I love how much fun they're obviously having. I am even half-hoping that my next rental DVD from lovefilm won't have arrived when I get home tonight, so I'll have an excuse to watch MOAR LEVERAGE.

Also from the department of "things I saw yesterday and loved": Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Fun times! (Though I was one of only three people in the cinema, and the youngest by several decades, which is always a little weird.) It was made with such obvious and infectious enthusiasm, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. mild spoilers ) And now I have the first of the books reserved at the library, since I hear they're even better.
shinyjenni: Ruth from Spooks, talking on the phone (ruth)
Have just watched Prince Caspian (finally). Here are some thoughts:

spoilers )

Changing the subject somewhat, anyone fancy going to the Reclaim the Night March next Friday? I would like to go (to the march bit, anyway, would probably skip the evening stuff as am going to London the next day) but would rather not go on my own!
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (scc)
I finally got round to watching Terminator 3! I sort of had negative expectations for it, which helped me not hate it. Also I kept being distracted by the internets (they were right there!) so I didn't really watch all that much of it, heh. Obv. it is not a patch on T1, T2 or SCC.

anyway here are some spoilers )

Now I go to finish [livejournal.com profile] trek_news and answer comments and such.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
I finally got round to watching Terminator 3! I sort of had negative expectations for it, which helped me not hate it. Also I kept being distracted by the internets (they were right there!) so I didn't really watch all that much of it, heh. Obv. it is not a patch on T1, T2 or SCC.

anyway here are some spoilers )

Now I go to finish [livejournal.com profile] trek_news and answer comments and such.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (ian & barbara)
1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] littledarkvoice!

2.) I got back to Bristol today, after spending Christmas at my parents, to find a lovely pile of cards waiting for me, so thank you to [livejournal.com profile] agapi42, [livejournal.com profile] oxymoron67, [livejournal.com profile] rosalind_wang, [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_celery (I love the art! ♥) and [livejournal.com profile] ghost2 (eee, such a cute picture inside!). I also had a mysterious unsigned card from someone somewhere in the UK (postmark sadly indistinguishable), so if that was one of you, thank you too!

3.) Cannot stop listening to Ben Lee's Awake is the New Sleep, it's so catchy!

4.) Apparently there is going to be a film of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth. I heard about this a while ago and thought it had died a death, but it seems not. I am afraid I am incapable of being rational about this turn of events and can only keep going "WAH MY CHILDHOOD NO". The Romans are going to have American accents! They will not sound like what they do on my tape! Sadface! No, no, none of this. I shall be sensible and hope that it is any good at all and people read the book because of it. (MARCUS NOOO! They haven't even cast Cottia yet! D: Look, at least I know I'm being irrational, right?)

5.) So far 2010 has involved games, nice food, books and playing Beatles Rock Band. I approve.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] littledarkvoice!

2.) I got back to Bristol today, after spending Christmas at my parents, to find a lovely pile of cards waiting for me, so thank you to [livejournal.com profile] agapi42, [livejournal.com profile] oxymoron67, [livejournal.com profile] rosalind_wang, [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_celery (I love the art! ♥) and [livejournal.com profile] ghost2 (eee, such a cute picture inside!). I also had a mysterious unsigned card from someone somewhere in the UK (postmark sadly indistinguishable), so if that was one of you, thank you too!

3.) Cannot stop listening to Ben Lee's Awake is the New Sleep, it's so catchy!

4.) Apparently there is going to be a film of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth. I heard about this a while ago and thought it had died a death, but it seems not. I am afraid I am incapable of being rational about this turn of events and can only keep going "WAH MY CHILDHOOD NO". The Romans are going to have American accents! They will not sound like what they do on my tape! Sadface! No, no, none of this. I shall be sensible and hope that it is any good at all and people read the book because of it. (MARCUS NOOO! They haven't even cast Cottia yet! D: Look, at least I know I'm being irrational, right?)

5.) So far 2010 has involved games, nice food, books and playing Beatles Rock Band. I approve.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (dax)
1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] littledarkvoice!

2.) I got back to Bristol today, after spending Christmas at my parents, to find a lovely pile of cards waiting for me, so thank you to [livejournal.com profile] agapi42, [livejournal.com profile] oxymoron67, [livejournal.com profile] rosalind_wang, [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_celery (I love the art! ♥) and [livejournal.com profile] ghost2 (eee, such a cute picture inside!). I also had a mysterious unsigned card from someone somewhere in the UK (postmark sadly indistinguishable), so if that was one of you, thank you too!

3.) Cannot stop listening to Ben Lee's Awake is the New Sleep, it's so catchy!

4.) Apparently there is going to be a film of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth. I heard about this a while ago and thought it had died a death, but it seems not. I am afraid I am incapable of being rational about this turn of events and can only keep going "WAH MY CHILDHOOD NO". The Romans are going to have American accents! They will not sound like what they do on my tape! Sadface! No, no, none of this. I shall be sensible and hope that it is any good at all and people read the book because of it. (MARCUS NOOO! They haven't even cast Cottia yet! D: Look, at least I know I'm being irrational, right?)

5.) So far 2010 has involved games, nice food, books and playing Beatles Rock Band. I approve.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (irene)
- Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] stoplookingup! Hope you had a great day.

- Oh dear, I really am terrible at posting during the holidays. Here are some things what I have been doing:

1) Saw Sherlock Holmes. Loved Sherlock Holmes. only minor spoilers )

2) Had lovely people round last night, played games and also watched the first three episodes of Maid Marian and her Merry Men (apologies to anyone who will now have the theme tune in their head for the rest of the day). This is by far the best version of Robin Hood ever and I defy anyone to tell me otherwise. YES.

3) Working on stuffs for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, somewhat hampered by my inability to write ficlets without getting carried away and going on and on and on.

4) I have done other things but either I have forgotten about them or they are uninteresting to people who are not me, so there we go.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
- Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] stoplookingup! Hope you had a great day.

- Oh dear, I really am terrible at posting during the holidays. Here are some things what I have been doing:

1) Saw Sherlock Holmes. Loved Sherlock Holmes. only minor spoilers )

2) Had lovely people round last night, played games and also watched the first three episodes of Maid Marian and her Merry Men (apologies to anyone who will now have the theme tune in their head for the rest of the day). This is by far the best version of Robin Hood ever and I defy anyone to tell me otherwise. YES.

3) Working on stuffs for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, somewhat hampered by my inability to write ficlets without getting carried away and going on and on and on.

4) I have done other things but either I have forgotten about them or they are uninteresting to people who are not me, so there we go.

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