lea_hazel: Wonder Woman (Genre: Comics)
Diana and the Amazons of Themyscira


On Saturday night, I finally watched the Wonder Woman movie. It's been highly anticipated in general, both because of Gal Gadot's short but redeeming performance in last year's appalling Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but also because of the revolving-door rumors about a WW movie, and its many years in so-called development hell. It took me a long time to become a fan of the character myself, given the nature of creative work on a shared universe like DC Comics' universe. Writers and artists come and go, each one wanting to leave their mark on the character. With each change in creative teams, you never know what version of your favorite character you're going to get next. At the end of the day, every fan has their own idea of what Wonder Woman is, or should be.

Fortunately, this is an idea that the movie takes a strong stance on. Wonder Woman is a character full of contradictions. She's a superhero, a princess, a warrior, a mythological figure and an ambassador for peace, and none of these roles, no matter how conflicting they might seem, can be elided and still remain true to form. An explicitly feminist character from her inception, Wonder Woman was initially conceived as a superheroine who fights evil, "not with fists but with love". There's a great deal that might be said about William Moulton Marston and his ideas of gender, and how they gave rise to the Diana we know. Whatever else might be said, though, what persisted is a profile of a heroine combining strengths stereotypically both masculine and feminine.

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Instead I will close with this: Wonder Woman is a five-star summer action film which approaches its subject matter with a little more finesse than is typical for the superhero genre. It fulfilled every expectation I had for it and then some. I fully see myself rewatching it, and finding more to see and love in it than I did in the first viewing. I recommend it whole-heartedly and have high hopes for a sequel.

Crossposted to hazelgold.net.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
My new phone has a lot more space in it than the one that got stolen, so I have been lenient with downloading apps. For example, I downloaded a podcast app that lets me get new episodes wherever there is wireless, without having to remember what day everyone updates. I was wandering around looking for interesting podcasts and happened across Galactic Suburbia and their episode on the new Ghostbusters. I've been listening to it in bits and pieces since it's fairly long and I usually listen to podcasts on the bus.

It got me thinking again about what I did and didn't like about the movie. It also made me want to go look for a supercut of all the times the 2016 movie referenced iconic lines from the original, but that involves going on YouTube and I bet I don't need to explain why I don't want to do that.

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Life, in short

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 11:52
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
Last week: first half of the week (and the second half of the previous) was dominated by the exam I had to take for the OU, fortunately my only one of the season (since I tanked badly on linear algebra). I didn't study quite well enough, but the exam went decently and I came out of it after an hour and a half feeling okay. And was able to put the matter out of mind and spend the evening and the following day decompressing in the extreme.

Then I went back to work and readjusted to routine, after a week of feeling weirdly detached from my own life and the schedule I built for myself. This is still a work in progress, I suppose. On Thursday they held a kind of team event which took us out of the office. I enjoyed it, but it was hot and I came home exhausted. On Friday my sister pointed out that I had been sunburned, a little bit, around the collar and on the back of my neck. Dedicated nerd, vampire jokes etc. etc. My doctor also says that my vitamin D is critically low again.

This week: work. On Sunday night I went to see the new Ghostbusters with my brother and found it delightful. Laughed out loud more than once, a rarity for me with comedies. Today is my first dedicated writing day in a while and I'm finding it hard to get back in the rhythm. Probably because sometime in the last week or so I sank back into The Sims 2 of all things, and last night I stayed up much later than I had intended.

I actually realized several times that I forgot to cross-post my review of Martha Wells' dragon shapeshifter books, but I kept forgetting to do something about it. I'm posting it now, back-dated. And I need to think on what my next blog post should be. I mean, I could review Ghostbusters, but I really don't have anything intelligent to say that hasn't been said a billion times already.

I made some writing-related business decisions re: Patreon and itch.io, but since I haven't properly implemented anything, it's soon to concern with that. I am making inroads with Ren'py, though, I can say that much. And with the script of my in-progress game taking on a distinct shape, I think I could make a decent visual novel out of it, if I can find the right assets. And then I would have something to put on my itch.io, and to link to when I say grandiose things like "I am a game writer".
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
Yesterday I watched The Force Awakens. This is the Star Wars film that was supposed to wash away the bad taste left over from the prequel trilogy. Between the reviews I've seen and my brother's reaction, it seems to have achieved that quite well. Which means that when you walk into the theater to watch this movie, you know exactly what to expect. And that's a good thing.

Spoilers from here on. Proceed with discretion.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - spoiler-filled review )

Crossposted to hazelgold.net.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I fly to the US on Thursday night (yes, I know that's the first time I've mentioned it on this blog). I booked what needed booking, described to my mother as "a tour of New York's airports", borrowed a suitcase, planned what clothes to take, started carefully scheduling the laundry cycles... and today I went bra-shopping.

Body talk, I guess )

Anyway, Age of Ultron was frothy but satisfying like a very artificial-tasting milkshake. My brother was naturally more forgiving of it than I was. Some issues I didn't bother bringing up, but I had to mention that the Wanda/Pietro storyline could be lifted right out of the movie with almost no impact. Natasha got an origin, apparently in lieu of actually getting a solo film like the boys. Wanda, though, felt pretty vacant to me.

Whedon's thing with emotionally-damaged brunettes again, I suppose. Or maybe I am being too harsh.

Burning Questions

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:30
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Of course, the most burning questions on my end are 1) Is someone going to vid Zero Motivation? and 2) If so, are they going to do it to every song that came out in the nineties omgf adjsfldg.

I mean. Is it just me or is this a hugely nineties kids movie. I know it's not just me. Right? Right?

I'm sorry I'm not sorry but this movie does things to my brain. I mean. It's a movie about the army that's not only relevant to my experiences but aggressively so. I MEAN.

I cannot with this movie. I. can. not.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
I'm still trying to cut out all alcohol and all caffeine from my diet. I feel like the waters are very muddled now and I want things to be a bit clearer. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and it has not been as successful as I might have hoped, I keep starting then slipping.

For example, last Wednesday I went to see Man of Steel with my brother and we both found it absolutely dreadful. But when we were waiting for the movie I completely spaced out and bought a half-liter diet coke before I even remembered that coke has caffeine in it. When I checked the details it turned out that coke has more caffeine than decaf, which is the only coffee I have in the house right now.

So at the moment I'm craving coffee something severe and trying so hard to be good, and not even sure if it's worth it.

MOS really was completely awful, and it's not like I had high expectations or anything. It wasn't even Nolanized the way we expected, it was just crudely written and edited and made no sense.

Oh No, An Idea

Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:49
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
A story where Snow White is a vampire... Bad idea, or the worst idea?

Oh yeah. Tonight I watched Snow White and the Huntsman.

Progress

Sunday, 30 December 2012 08:40
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
Last night I watched The Hobbit with my brother. Naturally it put me in a frame of mind for the fantastic and my mind was churning with ideas for my latest slow-burn original fic project. When I got home I sat my ass down and made a list of preliminary names for some major characters. Now it might be easier to think about my protagonist, since I don't have to call her, "You, there, girl!" anymore.
lea_hazel: I am surrounded by tiny red hearts (Feel: Love)
Last night I watched The Hunger Games with my family. I liked it, it was fun. I enjoyed trying to decode the reality TV logic of the games themselves, even though I watch very little reality TV myself. The mixed optimism and cynicism of the romance arc was oddly appealing, too. Katnis herself seems exactly like the type of heroine I enjoy, a little stiff and rough around the edges and not very "feisty" or "spirited" but instead a bit more genuinely angry-mad. Maybe I'm projecting something, though.

I'm looking forward to the sequel. Jennifer Lawrence is starting to really get under my skin.

Avengers

Friday, 18 May 2012 12:07
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
So, last night I finally saw Avengers and now I'm one of the cool people.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
So I hear some Hunger Games fans have gone all Blaise Zabini on the fandom's ass after watching the film.

How fucking depressing.

Anyway I totally want to watch the movie because it sounds fluffy and fun. I do have that damn neuro lab tomorrow, though, so I don't know if I'll have the energy to go out on Thursday night. Bluh. Tomorrow will be bad, I have ten straight hours of class with only one free period. Also I cooked food for the whole week but it's already almost run out, I have to do some cooking tonight or something. Which means I have to stop for groceries on the way back from the library.

And I will apparently need to buy the Cognitive Neuroscience book, because checking it out from the library every time I need it simply won't work.

General Update

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:07
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
Whoops I forgot to update my journal in almost two weeks. No idea why. I've still been checking my DW basically every day.

Stuff that happened in that time:

Got a Twitter (here), at the behest of a couple of Israeli friends. There are massive fiscal-related protests in Israel right now and Twitter is one of the online epicenters of news and discussion. A bunch of my tweets and retweets are in Hebrew, just so you know.

Finished my very last piece of work for the semester, which was a mock research proposal that turned out more complicated than I'd anticipated.

Watched Green Lantern a couple of weeks ago and found it fairly dull, having not enough aliens and not nearly enough shiny explody green stuff -- too much talking and ~character drama~. Watched Captain America last night and found it much more enjoyable.

The new light rail in Jerusalem opened. I was on it yesterday to get to the movie and so far it is pretty terrible.

Wrote a bunch of anonymous fic, and also made a bit of progress on my absurdly late [community profile] help_japan fic. It will be sad, I think, but perhaps bittersweet. It is also getting my mind on perhaps writing some more VM fic, after I finish it. Right now, though, finishing it is my top writing priority, and then getting a good beta.

Things that are still to happen:

In a week I'm flying to Atlanta with my brother for DragonCon. Eep.

Finishing an anonymous WIP that I've been working on all summer and spring and posting it to AO3, possibly after extensive editing/beta. This is a thing that is going to happen.

When offices at uni open again, calling the life sciences secretaries and figuring out whether my lab request was approved. This has to happen before I sign up for classes. Then I have to sign up for classes when, yet again, I will take more courses on my first semester than I am comfortable with, due to 'constraints' (had to look that up on morfix).
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Watched the latest, and last, Harry Potter movie tonight, with my brother. This after having watched the previous one on TV on Sunday, because I didn't have time for movies this winter and then I forgot. I always was less excited about the movies than others, and didn't consider them being as integral as others did. When people were saying this was the end of the Harry Potter series, I wasn't feeling it, because the series ended for me when I finished the last book. Since then I haven't even felt the urge to participate in HP fandom, even though I didn't realize it for a while.

But anyway, I am so glad I watched it and didn't wait. This was by far my favorite of the Harry Potter movies. The Battle of Hogwarts was great, the audience cheered several times, everything was suitably epic. It's been a very long time since I came out of a fantasy (or comics, or whatever) movie feeling this satisfied. Everything was just right.
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
I am recording some of my worst writing habits for posterity.

Today's Google logo is the coolest. Yes, it is even cooler than the Pac-Man one.

Tonight my brother and I watch X-Men: First Class. Tomorrow is the Tel Aviv Pride Parade and I want to go, but only if I meet friends there. There is A Thing about the difference between the TA gay community and the Jerusalem gay community that I don't want to get into, but I am not really a Tel Aviv person. If I went alone I would feel lonely, estranged and out of place. If I went with friends, it would be awesome.

TV tropes is a kind of special hell for writers.

There is some sort of phenomenon with fandom kink memes that inspire a lot of gen. I don't really know what causes that to happen, but it's very interesting.

I have a lot of questions and observations today, but no answers or conclusions.

Yaaaay!

Thursday, 5 May 2011 17:37
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Writing and posting this entry was almost the first thing I did on my brand new computer.

Also, tonight I watch Thor in 3D! Magic rainbows go go go!

Princess Evil

Saturday, 7 August 2010 19:12
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
[community profile] fannish5 of the week: Name your five favorite evil characters.


  1. X-Men: Magneto. There's something ludicrous and yet elegant about a villain who's simultaneously tragic and sympathetic, as well as a cackling, finger-steepling, gaudy-helmet-wearing overlord. FCOL, he founded a society called the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. But he's brilliant and filled with righteous rage, and underneath the trappings of comic book villainy there's a kind of disastrous misdirected fear that strikes true.

  2. BtVS: The Mayor. Villains are so often weighted down with all sorts of pointless shorthand characteristics, it's still hilarious to see an ultra-wholesome teetotaler plot doom and destruction. Seeing him become a father figure to his sword-arm is downright touching. And still, sufficiently easy to hate.

  3. Order of the Stick: Redcloak. I haven't even read the prequel (yet!) but Redcloak is a perfect counterpoint to the joke-cracking pile-o-bones he reluctantly calls boss. He's evil, but he's doing it for a cause, but he's definitely not just "technically" evil, and he's definitely dangerous. The idea that he might change alignment and find himself on the side of the heroes (for the right reward) is simultaneously impossible and highly appealing. If I were a different sort of fan, I'd probably be fighting tooth and claw to say he's not really evil, and he must be redeemed.

  4. AtLA: Azula. Many people two many terrible things throughout the series. Azula is the scariest, I think, even though Ozai is technically more dangerous. She's validated by being considered a success by her father, and by her obvious talent, intelligence and skill. It's the idea that she's a winner, that she's the hero of the story, that makes her so dangerous. Depite being terrifying (to me) and not at all sympathetic (again, YMMV), redeeming her is tempting just because it's such a waste.

  5. Probably most animated Disney villains could go here, but let's go with Ursula the sea witch. Sea witches are cool, dammit. Maleficent could work also, she's equally hammy and she's a freaking dragon.



I have weird definitions of things like "villain" and "evil" and so my list is a little weird, and actually neglects a lot of my favorite villains. I mean, the original post said "evil" and most of my favorite villains (or antagonists) are not really evil. Actually, I don't really believe in evil, I think. I definitely don't think I could ever write a really evil character. I used to have a bunch back when I role played a lot. I quite liked a lot of them, but nowadays, I don't think I'm up to it.

Maybe evil TS3 Sims count. I have a family of four that's evil, so maybe they count.

Woot.

Friday, 6 August 2010 12:22
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
I spam a lot less when I'm not bored and cranky because of all the studying. The test was pretty brutal, there was a question about amino acids that made me want to cry, it was 30 points and it was mandatory. D: Then again, at least it's over and done with. Even if I don't improve, or if I improve by an insignificant amount, I know I didn't fail and it's over. I only have one test left and it's not for a month.

Now I get to angst about moving. Ugh, so many papers, stupid knick-knacks and crap.

Anyway, I started my off time by watching Inception with my brother and having a noodle dinner. I quite liked the movie, which makes me glad I avoiding the hype of "OMG, Inception is going to be the greatest SF film ever made" because if I'd listened to that for six months, not only would I not have enjoyed the film for what it was, I probably would have wanted to dislike it. The movie was good and solid, not revolutionary by any means (unless I'm missing something vital) but intelligent and enjoyable.

I also read the entirety of The Girl Who Played With Fire while I was supposed to be studying. I think the next thing on my list is to finally finish Acacia, which I picked up second hand in Olamot during Passover and still haven't gotten more than a third in.

Homeowners' Manual

Tuesday, 8 June 2010 20:03
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
This linkspamming is becoming a habit.

I am very looking forward to this movie, because how often do you get films about pagan astronomer ladies? Even though it will likely be less fascinating than her actual life, and much more dramatized, and the trailed is just ~lolarious~.

Another lady scientist they should make a movie about: Saint Hildegard von Bingen. I first heard of her when I was reading up on the early history of geology (my dad is a geologist) and she was one of the first people in Medieval Europe to collect and catalog minerals and the like. She was also remarkable on many other levels, and it appears she had her fingers in just about every science and art that was available to her.

Out of all possible X meets Y premises, X-Men meets Little House on the Prairie wins. Especially when it looks like this.

I haven't read this review of Persuasion all the way through yet, but so far I've found it fascinating and insightful.

When you describe a book that "opens with a dispute over how much of a father's body should be eaten by each family member", it makes me want to read it.

[personal profile] shiegra wrote about vampires, heroines and sex in a way that compelled me to subscribe to her. I was compelled.

I swear I will finish that meta post sometime soon. No, I don't know why I'm suddenly fascinated by vampires, I just am.
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
I am avoiding thinking about how the next four weeks are going to be hell on wheels, so have some random links:

I know I've become the world's fastest-declining Daily Squee addict, but the fennec fox and the capybara are exceptionally squee, even for me. Trufax: were it not for the various ludicrous Facebook games I play, I wouldn't even know what a fennec fox is.

FEMINIST HULK makes an exception for bell hooks. I am the last person in the interblags to know about feminist Hulk. And here is the actual twitter account.

I've been following fuck yeah, bisexuals for a while. I am always, always hungry for more bi blogs, and Tumblr puts a wealth of queerness at my fingertips. {o/

Cupcakes are a wonderful theme for tattoos, and I approve.

My excellent friend Hez visits Greece for the second time, basks in the sunny weather, and finds time to muse about international relations, tourism and the different approaches to archeology. Because apparently I have awesome taste in friends.

My brother finally got me to watch Across the Universe, which he is slightly obsessed with it. I'd seen some from the beginning and end, but my favorite parts are in the middle, so I didn't get the full experience. I Want You (She's So Heavy) was my favorite, both in the musical adaptation, in the story behind it, and in the choreography. It also got the song stuck in my head, so fair warning.

No matter how many times I visit My Food Looks Funny, Chrome will not save it in my history. It's so weird.

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