chrryblssmninja: (tragicradiance_jessicahyde)
An FFA friend posted a link to this today: In Celebration of Old-School Livejournal

I had stayed off of f-list and tumblr dash the past two weeks to make time to watch movies for a "Best of 2010-2014" poll for YAM-Magazine. The vote actually ends in fifteen more days, but I want my life back! So I'm slowly returning back to social media and all the TV and other things I had put off during that period.

I also had a really nasty sore throat; last week during an overnight shift I had to keep running back to the water fountain whenever I got violent, suffocating coughs that required lots of water to help me recover. (I made sure to cough into my elbow instead of the clothes I was fixing at the store, though.) Today, I'm still coughing a little, but recovery's going well.

Ranking some of the movies I've seen recently for the poll, from excellent down to pretty good:

  • The Boy and the World (O menino e o mundo), 2013: a dialogueless Brazilian animated movie that I first couldn't get into when I was tired, but when I woke up and sped up the movie a little (I thought the poll deadline was that midnight) it was perfect. Doesn't matter that the message is blunt- it's relevant to Brazil and done really well.

  • The Missing Picture (L’image manquante), 2013: The director, Rithy Panh, made clay figures to illustrate his life in Cambodia before and during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Some commenters said it was slow but I thought the pacing had good speed. This is the only movie I actually paid to watch, since I streamed it with Amazon gift credit, and I was so captivated I had finish the film at wayyy too early in the morning.

  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no monogatari), 2013: It's great, but I have minor quibbles about things that stand out after reading the Yasunari Kawabata prose version of the tale.

  • Whiplash, 2014: Definitely my tempo.

  • Grey Matter (Matière Grise), 2011. It starts out a little meta, following a young director in Rwanda trying to put together a movie. Then you see the movie he had in mind. Some early parts seem really iffy but pay off at the end. Only wish for a little more to the final full circle scene, but otherwise a great debut that has me anticipating more from Kivu Ruhorahoza.

  • The Selfish Giant, 2013. Really plunges you into the lives (and accents) of two kids who try and make a little money from selling scrap metal.There are a couple of moments that made me gasp, and the last third of the film is so intense.

  • The Prize (El premio), 2011. Very good with performances and atmosphere. Though made in Mexico, it's based on the director's childhood under Argentina's dictatorship.Good interview in Spanish here.

  • Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz), 2010. Chilean documentary that makes a brilliant connection between astronomy, archaelogy, and the experience and aftermath of life under dictatorship.

  • The Dark Horse, 2014. An outstanding entry from New Zealand in the usually middling "troubled coach helps troubled kids through training in a competitive activity" genre.

  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui), 2013. A Sion Sono hyperexplosion of blood and color about yakuza wars and filmmaking.

I saw other good movies, but these are the ones I felt most compelled to write about at this time. Okay, special mention to the macabre Canadian comedy Eddie: The Sleepwallking Cannibal (Thure Lindhardt should really get to do more comedy!) and trippy Russian movie Generation P. The animation style in Le tableau is so gorgeous and the meta concept so innovative that I wish the script was better for the first third of the movie. Oslo 31 August really messed me up, and I was able to recognize quite a few of the performers in the end montage of Bombay Talkies.
Made some other discoveries, like: Tom Hardy does a really good Welsh accent and I can easily identify Andrew Scott's voice (Locke), and Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead/Runskop really looks like Tom Hardy. Looking forward to future significant roles for Amrita Acharia (Jeg er din), Saleh and Adam Bakri (Salvo, Lamma shoftak, Omar), Aniello Arena (Reality), Karidja Touré (Bande de filles), and so many of the actors in Starred Up. Also glad to see quality features from female directors such as Paula Markovitch (El premio), Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant moreso than The Arbor), July Jung (Dohee-ya), Annemarie Jacir (Lamma shoftak), Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us), Alice Rohrwacher (Le meraviglie and Corpo Celeste), Iram Haq (Jeg er din). Amma Asante (Belle), and more.

Finally, the reason for which I actually intended to make this post:TV episodes watched between January 1 and today. )
chrryblssmninja: (maru)
I have been burned by so many things lately that now I'm ranking the shows I watch by their ability to disappoint. This isn't so much best  quality as "I know what to expect of your capabilities and flaws and strengths and are you going to sink below that?"

From top to bottom, least likely to most likely to disappoint amongst the currently-airing shows I watch:

Orphan Black - Paul and the names of the villainous organizations are the weakest points. Sometimes the sci-fi requires some hand-waving but the emotional bonds still drive the drama.
Adventure Time - It's episodic by nature, so any mytharc is a bonus.
Elementary - the second season was bumpy, but I liked most of the stretch of episodes in between Mycroft's latest appearances. Even the weaker episodes have a scene or idea in their favor.
Brooklyn 99
Broad City
I kveld med Ylvis
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones - the source material isn't perfect, but I still expect to shake my head or clench in dread/anger at least once an episode due to misjudged adaptation choices.
Hannibal - it's not just the Beverly fiasco (and I understand the overall reasoning for Alana/Hannibal), but since that event, it seems like it's more plot than character that's motivating events. Things are getting too heavy-handed with themes and soundtrack - the florid metaphors only suit Will's character. It's below GoT because GoT showed its problem cards right from the pilot on.
Doctor Who - I have hopes for the Capaldi era, but every good idea Moffat and Co. have is undercut by one poor decision or another.

I'd have to wait until after a few episodes to place the upcoming seasons of In the Flesh, Utopia, Flowers of Evil (Aku no hana) and Les Revenants on this list; as well as next year's seasons of True Detective and Inside No. 9.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
I'm sick with something like a cold/cough/fever and I can't focus on watching or reading something for more than 30 minutes.

It took me an actual week to realize that we had Thanksgiving dinner buffet at an American Indian-owned casino.

List of anime I want to try out:
The Butt-Biting Bug seasons 1 and 2
Samurai Flamenco
Arakawa Under the Bridge
Gregory Horror Show
Sakamichi no Apollon

I've volunteered more hours at the International House. Yes it's unpaid but it's nice to feel more competent at something professional.

One time when I ejected the flash drive my mind turned the message into “safe to reject memory.”

The name "Marinara Massacre" has been taken.

TOP's "Doom Dada" is still my favorite video of the year and it's also cool reversed.

If my hair is messy like many a Doctor's hair then can I be a Time Lady?
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Overheard while my mom was watching The Expendables 2:

Mom: They should get that Japanese-looking woman from that movie, you know, the Transformers-like movie.
Brother: You mean Pacific Rim?
Mom: Yeah, she's good and pretty.


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I just helped my brother with his Media Lit homework by directing him to a gifset on my tumblr.

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Just watched Kaizers Orchestra's Siste dans concert and aw man is this really the end?
I did chuckle a bit at the people crying in the crowd, but they were chuckles of understanding.
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Speaking of Norway, Ylvis brothers' shows subbed in English.
With these guys as well as Norwegian movies and my attempts to sing Kaizers songs, who knows what linguistic mishmash of Norwegian regions I'll pick up...
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TV episode roundup July-September:

I really didn't watch much these three months. )
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Fall means that I'm starting to fall into more a TV-watching mood again.

Adventure Time has been good, and Elementary returned well. Boardwalk Empire is inconsistent as usual but it's always been a character actor show and some of those characters are still entertaining.

Agents of SHIELD was here and there but Mike Petersen's (J. August Richards) speech towards the end really got to me. If I had watched it the night it aired, which was the night I also had to end one job, I think it would have hit me even harder in the gut.

Currently tumblr gif-watching Sleepy Hollow until I feel comfortable enough with how the arcs are going to invest time in actually watching the show. The leads seem great, but I know there's more to the show.

After I finally finish Shirokuma Cafe, I've got a list of shows to try out: Flowers of Evil (Aku no hana) (it's on Hulu, but subbed or dubbed?), A Touch of Cloth, Rectify, Orange is the New Black (I don't know if I can add another show this season where I watch for side characters and not the main person, based on what I've heard), and Peaky Blinders.

Random observation: Iain de Caestecker (The Fades) and later on Ruth Negga (Misfits) will be on SHIELD. ABC also has Michael Socha (Being Human on their Wonderland spinoff. I won't watch the latter, but it's nice to see one of the Socha siblings getting work on American TV. How many more actors from across the pond who played young supernatural/superpowered people will show up on the network? hmm. k k just rambling
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
scattered media thoughts:

The news has been scary recently. Yet that doesn't give nearly every reporter on CNN the excuse to jump to conclusions before more information has been confirmed.

Just watching my brother play Bioshock Infinite absorbed all of my attention. Mindblowing. I have a ton of feelings on characters and theories and how the twist makes some soundtrack choices even more fitting and aaahhhh
Once I have the time to finish other games on my list, then I'll play this on my own.

I don't know if it might have an effect, but I signed this Southland petition anyway because WE NEED A FOLLOWUP ON THAT SEASON FINALE

Also watching Hannibal. I don't think it's perfect, but I like the overall presentation and themes and cast, and I hope it lasts until Red Dragon season (they said they planned it around season 4 or 5, if it was still airing then).
I'm really glad that my local station airs Elementary at 9 PM so there's no time conflict on Thursdays.

oh it's a Canadian channel. Dunno if certain violent scenes might still turn away American outlets reluctant to have controversy with a new unestablished series. What about Hulu or other online outlets, though?

Hetalia really benefitted from its studio change. And, most of the time, I can watch the subbed episode the same day on Hulu! Doing things legally is much more convenient...when possible.
chrryblssmninja: (mortgraphics_flower)
TV episodes watched from January through March, with some comments )


Fringe, Being Human UK, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries ended.
Shows I started and continued to watch: Utopia, Les revenants, In the Flesh.
I also plan on watching all the rest of Peter Gunn on Hulu in the future.

The only movie I saw from 2013 was Something Necessary, a pretty good Kenyan movie that MUBI streamed for free on the day of the Kenyan elections..
Movies I gave the highest ratings to on this year's movies-watched list:
The Saragossa Manuscript (now I want to watch more stories within stories movies), Chungking Express (finally watched it!), Fists in the Pocket (I pugni in tasca), and the entire trilogy experience of The Human Condition (Ningen no joken)
Favorite viewing surprises: Paranorman, La main du diable, A Matter of Taste (Une affaire de goût), Miss Minoes
ok not really a surprise since I'm a fan of Johnnie To's work already yet the choreography of lighting and movement in Throw Down deserves a mention
Faces added to my to-watch list:
Hideko Takamine, Rachel Mwanza, Pierce Gagnon
Funniest moments:
the dinner scene in Vulgaria
the proposed graveyard scene from Seven Psychopaths
when the titular character gets a gun in The Gingerdead Man

Favorite books read so far this year:
Historia universal de la infamia, Jorge Luis Borges
A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
Works that I can imagine as a good (or better) film or TV adaptation:
Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues. Jazz musicians of African descent stuck in Berlin and occupied Paris in WWII. At least it wouldn't shift more focus towards the white characters like what I saw of Dancing on the Edge.
Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination (Tiger! Tiger!), in a way that would get the epic sci-fi look and themes right, treat the problematic aspects as problematic, and not gloss over the character flaws and twisted relationships.
Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key, in a modern (though not modern day-set) adaptation that would include the book's meditative aspects, without being slow for the sake of self-importance.
John Ajvide Lindqvist's Little Star. Probably best as a miniseries.
Favorite short stories read:
"Four Rajeshes" and "Bibhutibhushan Mallik's Final Storyboard", by Rajesh Parameswaran
"Nights Can Turn Cool in Viborra", by Charles Portis

The only new music I've played on repeat so far: various selections from Cristobal Tapia de Veer's soundtrack for Utopia.
chrryblssmninja: (spiderbaby)
At least this transition into February brought with it light breeze T-shirt weather in the daytime.


The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
I am still very emotionally involved in their version of the P&P plot, although the mechanics for conveying that plot are getting creaky. Seriously, couldn't Gigi just have a personal and not corporate account and have her test-drive Domino there instead?

Adventure Time
these Lemongrabs and their disturbing yet also bizarrely sad stories




I CANNOT HELP BUT CAP THIS SHOW. I first thought that, while the look and sound were striking, they might be too much? Now I think they totally fit this dangerous world where the mundane is supersaturated to be made strange.
I'm not sure if it can pull things off by the end, yet all the speculation is fun to follow. Remember going crazy with theories for Lost and other shows? Memories.
And I read what happens when UK viewers called the number posted on screen for the search for the boy Grant!



Hetalia: The Beautiful World

Sunday has a new Elementary episode after the Super Bowl. Being Human UK series 5 is also premiering. Monday has the premiere of Dancing on the Edge, the jazz drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Angel Coulby, Anthony Head, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Jacqueline Bisset. I have a nagging feeling that there is something else I forgot. Hmm.
chrryblssmninja: (pikkupenguin_reflection)
I've been trying to write a proper post for a while, but my feelings shift with the tides.

So here are handy year-end links instead!

My year in new music!
Other highlights of the year in movies, TV, and books

Favorite new shows: Elementary and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
New favorite cartoon: Adventure Time

Feature-length movies I watched during the year:
Films of the 2010's, ranked:
Rankings don't necessarily correspond to ratings.
Books of all sorts read during the year:

aw man I need to update my cooking posts, because I did get to improve on this pasta sauce by simmering Roma tomatoes for a long time. I'll try heirloom tomatoes next when they're on sale.
Lots of stuff went down offline this year but I think I'll dump all that negativity in 2012 and only focus on catching up on food/restaurant/cooking posts in 2013. My next assignment: making acceptable masala chai tea (or even latte) with Assam tea base and pre-packaged garam masala spice.

ETA: whoops I forgot to finish up my "TV episodes watched" list!
episodes watched from October 1 to December 31 )
chrryblssmninja: (baelheit_zetsubou)
I was going to finish all of the Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei series and watch the latest Around the World in 80 Plates...and then other stuff happened.

TV episodes, with not-too-spoilery comments and liveblogs, watched from April through June. )
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_redridingcat)
We just confirmed a reservation for a table booth at the first Davis Flea Market! My mom says that we can sell crafts too, and that they give prizes to the prettiest booth! ooh plans plans.

also, [ profile] whomp was my FFA Secret Santa and gave me the Junko Mizuno My Little Pony! eeeee

So right now I'm marathoning through all of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei and it is like the cracky gpoy show:

I've also discovered the streaming site

some more TV thoughts!

Fringe - 4.8 - scattered thoughts on Back to Where You've Never Been )

liveblog and thoughts on Sherlock 2.3, The Reichenbach Fall )

more TV thoughts to be posted in the next few days
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Happy Birthday, [ profile] misachan!

I was too occupied to do this on the 1st:

TV episodes watched from April through June. )

I also posted a short new book review for Yet Another Magazine: The 50 Greatest Cartoons
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Newest corkboard collage. Made today.

I've also made various movie graphics, which you can find here at my Tumblr.

Also started watching FLCL on Hulu.

Trying to coax my creative side into finding something to do that might be productive for my job/financial situation.
chrryblssmninja: (walkingdoodle_downtonabbey)
I've decided to put the list of TV episodes I've watched by month instead of packing them all at the end of the year. Sometimes I've typed additional quotes and reactions if I happen to be on the computer, or notes I remember by the time I get to the computer. No spoilers, though.

the TV episodes I watched from January through March 2011 )

Has anyone else seen this America's Greatest Otaku show? Should I give it a try, or no?

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