chrryblssmninja: (tropospheres_szsclay)
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chrry’s media year in review

music will come later

this was a busy year so I didn’t do as much as I wanted

films watched in 2016

books read in 2016

(interesting that the first and last books are Irish)

Top books read:

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott

Faithful Place/Broken Harbor, by Tana French

Still Life Las Vegas, James Sie

The Flight of Icarus, by Raymond Queneau

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, by Eimear McBride

The Mark and the Void, by Paul Murray

Man Tiger, Eka Kurniawan

2/5ths of this list is Irish…

short stories:

Eleven Prague Corpses (Kirill Kobrin) and Let Me Tell You (Shirley Jackson)

poetry:

Amorgos, by Nikos Gatsos, trans. Sally Purcell

dunno if I’ve got strong movie recs besides the Everest documentary Sherpa

performers seen on a screen the most this year:

(includes individual movies, tv series, and music videos)

six times: Meiko Kaji

five times: Aneurin Barnard and much of the Stray Cat Rock crew

three times: Pina Menichelli, Wunmi Mosaku, Riz Ahmed

favorite TV episodes this year:

Brooklyn 99 – 3.18- – “Cheddar” followed by Terry Kitties and Paranoia arc

Elementary - 4.17  -“You’ve Got Me, Who’s Got You?” Paul Cornell + superheroes. also, “Miss Taken”

Orphan Black – 4.2 – “Transgressive Border Crossing”

Penny Dreadful – 3.2 – “Predators Far and Near” Twist! Too bad it went all bad

Mr. Robot – 2.7 – “Handshake”

The Night Of – 1.8 – “The Call of the Wild

Maybe Narcos 2.4-5

Halt and Catch Fire –3.5 – Yerba Buena 3.6 – “And She Was” 3.7 “Threshold”

Brooklyn 99 – 4.3 – “Coral Palms, Part 3”

Westworld – 1.4 – “Dissonance Theory” thanks Ed Brubaker

Black Mirror – 3.1, 3.4

General monster design in Channel Zero

favorite tv discovery:

New Scandinavian Cooking

and now,

tv episodes watched from October thru December 2016 )
chrryblssmninja: (littlemissnovel_cloudmirror)
I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

VIEWING, MOVIES
Emphasis on world premieres.
io9's 75 sci-fi/fantasy films in 2016
Fandor's most anticipated compilation.
Ioncinema for 2016 and 2017.and more
Den of Geek's 27 most anticipated UK films list
A poll I created for upcoming 2016 cinema. Hundreds of titles.
Movies that premiered at Sundance 2016
Women in mainstream cinema.
10 upcoming releases by and/or about POC (ONTD)
East Asian films to watch in 2016
10 Australian films to watch in 2016
IMDB USA release calendar
Rotterdam film festival

ANTICIPATING:
Captain America: Civil War
Creepy and The Woman in the Silver Plate - Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the latter a French production with Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi and Constance Rousseau.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi
Keanu - Key and Peele make a movie about a cat.
A Monster Calls - The book is one of my favorites, and J.A. Bayona could capture its power.
Raman Raghav 2.0 - Anurag Kashyap just finished shooting this film with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the titular serial killer.
Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
A Storm in the Stars - Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) takes on the story of Mary Shelley.
Three/Three on the Road -
Johnnie To crime film.

CASUALLY EXPECTING:
10 Cloverfield Lane
Fitoor

Free Fire - Ben Wheatley directs a 1978 Boston mob deal gone wrong. With Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley.
Kimi no na wa (Your Name) - New anime from well-reputed director Makoto Shinkai. [trailer]
Moana
Pyromanen (Pyromaniac) -Erik Skjoldbjærg directs a cast that includes Trond Nilssen returning to feature film.
Under the Shadow - Babak Anvari. Iranian horror picked up by Netflix.
War on Everyone - John Michael McDonagh comedy about two corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña) in New Mexico. With Tessa Thompson, Theo James, Stephanie Sigman, and Caleb Landry Jones.
Zama - Lucrecia Martel adapting Antonio di Benedetto. The book is good, although it's not my favorite by the author.

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL IN CONCEPT:
Arrowhead - "A low budget Star Wars-inspired sci-fi movie featuring Shaun Micallef as the voice of a droid that looks like a desktop computer from the early 90s? Well, OK." [trailer]
Ghostbusters
certain comic book and other franchise movies that don't need further promotion
Sherpa - Jennifer Peedom. A documentary that changed subject when tragedy struck.
XX - horror anthology with only female directors and leads. [IMDB]

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH DIRECTOR/REPUTATION:
Ali and Nino - Documentarian Asif Kapadia tries drama with this legendary Azerbaijani love story. Stars María Valverde and Adam Bakri. First reviews weren't glowing, though.
The Bad Batch- Director Ana Lily Amirpour turns to remote Texas and a community of cannibals. With Jim Carrey, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, and Giovanni Ribisi. No word if Masuka the cat will make a cameo.
The Bride of Rip Van Winkle - Shunji Iwai
A Cure for Wellness - Gore Verbinski horror with Dane DeHaan.
Eight & a Half -Hong Kong anthology directed by Ann Hui, Sammo Hung, Ringo Lam, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, John Woo, and Yuen Woo-Ping.
Éternité - Tran Anh Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun, The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) directing Mélanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo and Audrey Tautou in period drama.
The Handmaid - Park Chan-wook
In a Valley of Violence -
Ti West directs a Western. With Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga, Burn Gorman, James Ransone, and Toby Huss (who is so good on Halt and Catch Fire).
High Life - Claire Denis directs a galaxy-explorer story written for the screen by Zadie Smith and Nick Laird.
Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres -
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani do film noir. "The only other certainty is their continued collaboration with one of the most talented cinematographers working today, Manu Dacosse.
Love and Friendship -
Whit Stillman's approach could be suitable for adapting Jane Austen.
Madly - anthology by Gael García Bernal, Anurag Kashyap, Natasha Khan, Sebastián Silva, Sion Sono, and Mia Wasikowska.
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols. Michael Shannon plays a father protecting his superpowered young son. With Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard.
Mindörökké (For Ever) - György Pálfi makes unique films.
Neon Demon - Nicolas Winding Refn does horror. Stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks.
The Queen of Katwe - Mira Nair directs Lupita Nyong'o as the Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi. With David Oyelowo.
A Quiet Passion - Terence Davies directs Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle in a biopic about Emily Dickinson.
The Salesman - Asghar Farhadi directs a movie about actors performingThe Death of a Salesman.
The Sense of an Ending, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) directs a prestige UK production.
Story of Your Life - Denis Villeneuve adapts Ted Chiang's alien contact story
A United Kingdom -. Amma Assante. "David Oyelowo plays Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who causes an international stir on marrying a white woman from London (Rosamund Pike)."
The Unknown Girl - Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. "Adèle Haenel plays Jenny, “a doctor who becomes obsessed with the identity of an unknown woman who died after being refused surgery.”

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH CAST:
Birkebeinerne (The Last King) - Norway in 1206 is in civil war. With Kristofer Hivju, Jakob Oftebro, and Benjamin Helstad.
Don't Think Twice - An improv group of friends face conflict when one member lands a TV show while the rest have to deal with the lease. With Gillian Jacobs and Keegan Michael-Key.
Ghoomketu - Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a writer who goes to Mumbai to "prove his worth" in 30 days. This comedy has has supporting roles/cameos? by Amitabh Bachan and Huma Qureshi. Anurag Kashyap plays an Inspector.
Loving - Another Jeff Nichols film has Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as the couple in a landmark mixed-race marriage case.
Our Kind of Traitor - Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damien Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård, Grigory Dobrygin, and Pawel Szajda in a John le Carré adaptation.
Over the Fence - Nobuhiro Yamashita directs Joe Odagirl and Yû Aoi.

VIEWING, TELEVISION
IMDB: 2016 in upcoming TV series
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?
io9's guide to sci-fi/fantasy TV
Kotaku's guide to Winter 2016 anime

SOME NEW SHOWS
Falling Water (USA): Three people (David Aja, Will Yun Lee, and Lizzie Brocheré) caught in a collective dream that might help them save the world. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed the pilot, which I hope will have the same creepy vibe as his early feature Intacto. Among the other credits is Ramón Fernández as "Mysterious Latin Man."
Frontier (Netflix): the North Atlantic fur trade in the late 18th century. Stars Jason Momoa.
Luke Cage (Netflix) and other Marvel shows
Midnight Sun - Leïla Bekhti plays a French detective sent to Arctic Sweden to investigate what will be the first of several murders.
SS-GB (BBC One): Sam Riley plays a detective drawn into a complicated case in Nazi-occupied London. Also stars Kate Bosmorth, Jason Flemyng, and Aneurin Barnard.
Underground (WGN America): Runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Stars Aldis Hodge. Premieres March 9.
Westworld (HBO) I like the cast, but I'm worried we'll be forced to sit through a lot of gratuitous...everything. Ed Brubaker's on the writing staff, though.

I'll see if the Powerpuff Girls' reboot is ok...I think I'm one of the few who was ok with the newer special. There will also be Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection. The Living and the Dead (with Colin Morgan) looks like a slower approach supernatural show. New horror includes Slasher (with Katie McGrath) and a modern-day Tales from the Darkside (is it a TV movie or failed pilot?) along with a Tales from the Crypt reboot that's more like one tale per season [more].. Secret City has Anna Torv, Jacki Weaver, and intrigue, although Aussies tell me that few Australian dramas turn out well. TNT is trying to adapt Animal Kingdom to Southern California, while Sony is adapting Roadside Picnic as a TV show, La Reina del Sur will be Queen of the South, and The Phantom of the Opera is becoming the TV show Coney Island. Richard Armitage is a spy again in Berlin Station. Archie Panjabi will lead the ABC anthology The Jury but I'm not sure if that will air in fall.
This is the best series synopsis I've found:
Blood Drive: The cars run on blood. Do you need a plot?

RETURNING
(not including shows in midseason or on my to-try list. I just started Manhattan and I'm already sad that it wasn't renewed for a third season.)
Agent Carter - season 2 recently started, seems alright so far
Black Mirror - returning on Netflix, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in the first episode
Fortitude - filming season 2 right now
Halt and Catch Fire
Orphan Black - April
Narcos
I forgot what other shows I watch...

READING
io9's sci-fi/fantasy book preview and comics preview
promising: The Winged Histories, I Am Providence, The Last Days of New Paris, Certain Dark Things, The Winds of Winter (???)
The Millons' Great 2016 Book preview
I have This Census-Taker in my library stack but I've heard negative reviews. Maybe The Queen of the Night will live up to hype.The Book of Memory sounds promising. I'd want to read Álvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death untranslated. I like Oyeyemi's works although the ending of Boy, Snow, Bird was a big misstep. Shelter, by Jung Yun, Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton, and Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, could be good. Aravind Adiga's The Selections will be out in June.
Bomb Magazine spring books preview
A Floating Chinaman, by Hua Hsu, sounds interesting.
25 new books by African writers
I'll look out for The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician and Tales of the Metric System. Wow, that combination sounds nerdy.
ETA: Upcoming books by Black authors

LISTENING
2016 in music
Stereogum’s 101 most anticipated albums

Anticipating:
The Last Shadow Puppets
M.I.A. – Matahdatah
maybe RJD2
Islands will have two albums?
Lemaitre's latest single is danceable.
chrryblssmninja: (mimicar)
I was going to continue with my practice of setting 101 goals for the new year, but then I can't remember if I clicked "revert to previous draft" when I opened this page or not, so, my goal for the year is...accomplish something.

I did write about my media highlights and favorite music of 2015.

Goals actually accomplished in 2015:

  • I was able to show [livejournal.com profile] whomp around San Francisco, and I also reconnected with many relatives on both sides of my family! I'm a really social person, and it was great to see and talk with them.

  • With the family, I returned to Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. New places we visited included Yosemite and Mammoth, other towns in Gold Country, Also did more local tourism, including the Renaissance Fair at Casa de Fruta. All the hyperlinks in this paragraph link to pictures!

  • I did get to speak Spanish more, especially in Puerto Rico, and I used Japanese a little at work (although, when one customer asked me a question in Japanese, I answered in Spanish. I corrected myself and she was fine with it, but yeah). I even had a simple conversation in Norwegian! Although I can't say more because we can't post about specific customers on the internet. Even a few phrases of Tagalog helped once. I am now on over 80 days of practicing Gaeilge and Norsk on Duolingo.

  • Finally visited New People when we went to a festival in Japantown. My mom bought me this Omocat sweater...partly because I forgot to wear warm enough clothing for that windy day...

  • I did start lifting 20-pound free weights, and while I didn't get to 25-pound, I did move from 10 reps to 15 reps over the course of the year.

  • I bought some nice and often useful clothes (many via work discount), as well as 2 CDs, nice yearly agendas (classic art for 2015, and a slim Star Wars one with Rey and BB-8 on the cover for 2016 through 2017), and the Universal classic Horror DVD set. Also received a new photo camera and mini-tripod prior to our Las Vegas trip.

  • I did read at least one book from every continent except Antarctica, but I think that's less of a feat because diverse selection is pretty much my general taste when I go to the libraries here. Also read five non-fiction books, as well as five books published in 2015. Now I want to read more from before 1900.


I think I'll just dump my list of TV watched from October through December here. So much I still have to catch up on...
the episodes )
chrryblssmninja: (fromthewind_bridge)


I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

VIEWING, MOVIES
Emphasis on world premieres.
Fandor's most anticipated of 2015.
The Guardian's alphabetized list.
IMDB’s poll lists Sundance titles likely for distribution
Full list of Berlinale announcements.
Ioncinema's anticipated "foreign" release countdown.
Indiewire's anticipated 100, all on one page.


ANTICIPATING:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Johnnie To’s Design for Living musical with Sylvia Chang Ai-Chia that is mentioned at the bottom of this article. Not sure if it will be even finished this year, though.

CASUALLY EXPECTING:
Mockingjay Pt. 2.
Iffy on Avengers 2.and also Chappie-- Neill Blomkamp gets another chance but why Die Antwoord...
Mad Max: Fury Road - based on the trailer
Ferryman - Wong Kar-wai and Tony Leung

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL IN CONCEPT:
Advantageous - Victorian Futurist sci-fi about a mother's struggles and sacrifice for her daughter.
Atom Heart Mother - "Ali Ahmadzadeh will showcase his movie ‘Madare Ghalb Atomi’ (Atom Heart Mother) whose cast include[s] famous Iranian actor and actress, Mohammad Reza Golzar and Taraneh Alidoosti." (source) Named after the Pink Floyd album?
Beasts of No Nation- Good book. Cary Fukunaga directing. Idris Elba will play the leader of the soldiers.
Calamity Qui? - "brings Western heroine Calamity Jane back to life in a kaleidoscope of cinematic and historical references."
La casa más grande del mundo (The Greatest House in the World) - "By Ana V. Bojórquez and Lucía Carreras. Entrusted with a major task, the Mayan girl Rocío grows beyond her own limits. In sublime shots, the camera follows Rocío’s journey through the breath-taking mountain scenery of Guatemala."
Child 44
The Forbidden Room - I'm not the Guy Maddin fan I used to be, but this seems promising.
Francophonia : Le Louvre Under German Occupation - Alexander Sokurov (who filmed The Hermitage in one take in Russian Ark) now visits The Louvre.
The Hateful Eight
Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila - "a young actress takes an in-depth look at an Algerian resistance fighter she is supposed to play."
In the Heart of the Sea - Ron Howard directing Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson. I've heard the book is good.
K - Emyr ap Richard, Darhad Erdenibulag. “Tries its hand at Kafka’s novel fragment The Castle and transposes the land surveyor’s struggle against opaque bureaucratic structures into the Inner Mongolia of the present.”
Li Wen at East Lake - "Shot as a straightforward doc, the style of the film feels like a departure for Luo, until after 35 minutes this non-fiction preamble comes to a close and a fictional story begins featuring the titular Li Wen."
London Road - "dark musical" with cameo by Tom Hardy.
Nebesnyj Verbljud (Celestial Camel) - "By Yury Feting. The 12-year-old shepherd boy Bair has to find an angry run-away mother camel. On the back of an old motorcycle, he sets out on a magical and dangerous journey through the endless vastness of the Mongolian steppes."
Partisan - Vincent Cassel is a commune leader who trains child assassins. Won a Sundance special jury award for cinematography.
Queen of Earth
The Revenant - Alejandro G. Iñárritu directing Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson in a revenge Western. Emmanuel Lubezki is director of photography.
The Second Mother - "This densely layered yet almost fast paced-feeling drama, from writer-director Anna Muylaert (Collect Call), passes not only the Bechdel test with flying colors but dissects with both chilling precision and humor such matters as class differences, real mothers vs. caretakers and whether privilege and one’s own station are things that can be questioned or changed."
The Seventh Fire - "When Native American gangster Rob Brown gets sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing gang culture to the remote Ojibwe village of his youth. For seventeen-year-old Kevin, Rob is the embodiment of a new kind of Native "warrior" in this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the gang crisis in Indian Country, presented by Terrence Malick."
Spiderwebhouse - Black-and-white drama turned fantasy as three children are left by their mother (Sylvie Testud) to take care of themselves.
Slow West
Things of the Aimless Wanderer - "cutting-edge" multiple-perspectives film from Rwanda with only two scenes of dialogue.
Tordenskjold - Life after war for an 18th-century naval hero played by Jakob Oftebro.
Wondering if Guldkysten is the movie Oftebro talked about that deals with Scandinavian involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.
The Witch
The Wolfpack - documentary about brothers reenacting films

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH DIRECTOR/REPUTATION:
Arabian Nights - Miguel Gomes. I'm not sure about shifting the 1001 Nights to modern-day Portugal, but we'll see.
The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien directing Shu Qi in wuxia.
Balikbayan #1 (Memories of Overdevelopment Redux) - Kidlat Tahimik
Bombay Velvet - Anurag Kashyap
The Brothers Lionheart - Tomas Alfredson
Crimson Peak - Guillermo del Toro
The Embroiderer - Brillante Mendoza
Éternité - Tran Anh Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun, The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) directing Mélanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo and Audrey Tautou in period drama.
Floating Gardens - Majid Majidi
The Insects - Jan Švankmajer
Journey to the Shore - Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who also might release a French-language film with Tahar Rahim later this year.
Let the Bodies Sunbathe! (a.k.a. Corpses in the Sun) -  haven't seen Cattet and Forzani's other works yet, but they have an interesting title.
Love in Khon Kaen - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Love and Peace - Sion Sono, who also has Shinjuku Swan this year.
Mariposa - Marco Berger
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols
Mountains May Depart - Jia Zhangke directing Zhao Tao in a drama that reaches from 1990's China to 2020's Australia.
Sicario - Denis Villeneuve directing Emily Blunt as an FBI Agent versus a drug cartel. Wondering how they will treat the subject.
Taxi - Jafar Panahi
Tomorrowland - Brad Bird
Triple Nine - heist drama by John Hillcoat
Umimachi Diary - Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Voice - Gyorgy Palfi
War on Everyone - John Michael McDonagh
Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld - Takashi Miike
Zama - Lucrecia Martel adapting Antonio di Benedetto. The book is good, although it's not my favorite by the author.

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH CAST:
Green Room - "Director Saulnier’s follow-up looks to be heading into similar heightened exploitation territory, a twist on the siege movie that pits punks against psychotic fascists, the former led by ever-rising stars (Anton) Yelchin and (Imogen) Poots, the latter by, in one of the best bits of casting of the year, Shakespeare veteran/winner of the internet Patrick Stewart, who rarely gets to play with material like this and is bound to have a ton of fun with it."
Legend -Tom Hardy as the Kray twins.


VIEWING, TELEVISION
IMDB: 2015 in upcoming TV series
io9's guide to sci-fi and fantasy TV
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?

SOME NEW SHOWS
Currently watching Agent Carter and Kampen om tungtvannet (The Heavy Water War). The Man in the High Castle had a pilot with potential.
Fresh Off the Boat
Westworld
Humans (might be a better-looking remake than the one for Les revenants)
Jessica Jones
Narcos. Not sure about this but it has Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar (accents?) alongside Pedro Pascal.

READING
The Millions' Great Book Preview
look interesting: Kelly Link's Get in Trouble, Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant (though advance reviews say it's just ok), Toni Morrison's God Help the Child, Mark Z. Danielewski's The Familiar, Volume One: One Rainy Day in May, Mia Alvar's In the Country, Mia Couto's Confession of the Lioness.
Io9's 2015 sci-fi and fantasy book preview. I've heard good things about Genevieve Valentine, whose Persona will be released this year, and Porochista Khakpour, whose The Last Ilusion is based on Persian classics. I'd wait on word about Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities and others.China Mieville also has a short story collection called Three Moments of an Explosion.
Image Comics' 2015 lineup. Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress and Darwyn Cooke's Revengeance could be good.

LISTENING
2015 album releases
The Dead Weather might release something more than a few singles this year?

chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Roundup for the first three months of 2014:
I wrote reviews of Boardwalk Empire season 4, Dhalgren, Navidad & Matanza, and True Detective season 1.

The top two movies I watched happened to be from India: The Lunchbox (Dabba) (2013) and Pyaasa (1957).

As for books, my favorites were Bernardo Axtaga's Obabakoak and NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names. Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries was pretty exciting to read for the first 700 pages, like a more clear-eyed version of Victorian multi-character melodrama, but after that the fated-luck-astrology themes were a bit much, even if the book was structured around them. The story's  good overall, though, so if the TV miniseries version actually gets made, I might give it a try. The opening six-story run in John Ajvide Lundqvist's Let the Old Dreams Die is great; after that the quality goes up and down until the solid novella sort-of-sequel to Let the Right One In. I also started reading the brilliant Moomin comic strips, and appreciated Joseph McElroy's experimental A Smuggler's Bible as a whole..

TV episodes watched from January through March 2014 )
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Yeah, it's February. Still an early month in the year.


I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

VIEWING, MOVIES
As mentioned in one of the movie preview links: The emphasis here, by the way, is on films that have not yet been screened for anyone anywhere. (except private and post-production screenings
Fandor's Most Promising Films of 2014. International, indies. Packed with links.
io9's sci-fi and fantasy movies to watch out for and Sundance roundup.
Indiewire's 30 Indie and Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To
Criticwire's most anticipated titles.
Berlinale 2014 competition titles and Berlinale news and reviews roundup.
Microspia's peliculas mas esperadas de 2014 - starts off with typical features, but Argentine focus at the bottom.
Sundance aquisitions 2013: post 1 post 2
Ioncinema's anticipated: counting down from #200.
Rotterdam 2014 reviews roundup.

ANTICIPATING:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Raid 2: Berandal
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (wide release)
War Book
What We Do in the Shadows - Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement make a vampire mockumentary. Good reception at Sundance

CASUALLY EXPECTING:
Mockingjay Part 1, There and Back Again
Cemetery of Kings - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Muppets Most Wanted
Above the Clouds - by Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro)
The Rover

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL IN CONCEPT:
The Babadook
Blind
Birdman - Alejandro González Iñárritu directs Michael Keaton as an actor who used to play a superhero.
Child 44
The Cut
The Dead Lands - Maori-language action film.
Dear White People
A Girl Walks Alone at Night
The Giver
Godzilla
How to Catch A Monster
- Ryan Gosling directs an urban fantasy starring Christina Hendricks, Barbara Steele, Ben Mendelsohn, Iain de Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith.
Inherent Vice - I haven't read the book yet, but it's Paul Thomas Anderson directing a Thomas Pynchon adaptation.
Interstellar - Christopher Nolan and space travel.
Into the Woods - Who knows what Disney will leave in.
Jane Got a Gun
To Kill a Man
Killers - by the Mo Brothers
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: A young woman (Rinko Kikuchi) travels from Japan to Minnesota in search of fortune.
The Signal
Slow West
Stage Fright
- Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf in a horror musical.
The Two Faces of January - Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst in a Patricia Highsmith adaptation.
When Marnie Was There - Studio Ghibli.
Young Ones

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH DIRECTOR:
2 Ways - Naomi Kawase
99 Homes - Ramin Bahrani
Aloft - Claudia Llosa
Among the Living (Aux yeux des vivants): Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury ( À l'intérieur, Livide) reunite with actress Béatrice Dalle.
The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien directing wuxia.
The Brothers Lionheart - Tomas Alfredson
The Color of Your Body’s Tears
The Duke of Burgundy - Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, Katalin Varga)
The Golden Era - Ann Hui
Like Father, Like Son - Hirokazu Kore-eda
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence - Roy Andersson
Leviafan - Andrey Zvyagintsev
La prigione di Bobbio - Marco Bellochio
Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) - Dardenne Brothers.
Winter Sleep - Nuri Bilge Ceylan

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH CAST:
The Drop (formerly Animal Rescue) - Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace
Cavalry
Praia do futuro
- Wagner Moura
Queen and Country


VIEWING, TELEVISION
IMDB: 2014 in upcoming TV series
io9's guide to sci-fi and fantasy TV
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?

RETURNING
Hannibal - February 28
Utopia - early? 2014
Les Revenants - starts filming in March, will air on Sundance Channel in late 2014, so the French premiere might be earlier.
Game of Thrones - April 6
Orphan Black - April 19
In the Flesh - TBA
Doctor Who - August

NEW
Amazon's second wave of TV pilots
Believe - this J.J. Abrams - Alfonso Cuaron co-production looks like a cheesy supernatural drama. I did see Rami Malek in the preview, though.
The Strain - July
True Detective is on its fourth episode and it's alright
Inside No. 9 premiered Wednesday with a good episode. Macabre comedy anthology from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville).
Extant - July 2 - Halle Berry as an astronaut returning home to her family. Pierce Gagnon (the kid from Looper!) is her son.
Turn - April 6. Jamie Bell as an American who recruits people for an anti-British spy ring in the years leading to the Revolutionary War
Intruders - BBC America production with John Simm as a Los Angeles detective.
Quarry - John Hillcoat (The Proposition, Lawless) directs Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) adaptation. Vietnam War sniper (Logan Marshall-Green) becomes hitman upon return to US. Co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Stellan Skarsgård, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
Gotham - fall on FOX? Ben McKenzie will play young Jim Gordon.
Battle for Heavy Water (Kampen om Tungtvannet) - Norwegian WWII series.
Sense8 - Wachowskis produce TV?
looks like there will be a Gomorra TV show but I'm not sure about Italian TV
Those Who Kill - remake of Danish series Øje for øje, del 2, with Chloë Sevigny and James D'Arcy hunting serial killers.
The Last Ship - TNT series where the crew of a naval destroyer left standing after a massive epidemic kills much of Earth's human population.
The Pilot's Love Song - "This story follows a former prince who lost everything to a revolution, and a girl who became the symbol for the revolution. The orphaned prince, now renamed Karueru, embarks on a one-way journey to discover the ends of the heavens." huh
Damien Molony (Being Human) is in the new cop show Suspects.
The new Mushishi series.
The Black Box: "Centers around Elizabeth Black, a famed neuroscientist, with a job at the Center for Neurological Research and Treatment, struggles with mental illness and its one of the many secrets she hides from her fiancé and her family."
I'd have to hear if Penny Dreadful is any good.

READING
The Millions' Great Book Preview
look interesting: Boy, Snow, Bird; Mount Terminus; All the Birds, Singing
io9's lists of top sci-fi and fantasy fiction releases and 2014 comics
Adler, maybe Low or Restoration or Sally of the Wasteland
Litreactor's comics to watch out for in 2014

LISTENING
2014 album releases
Music Go Music might put out a new album, although I'm not into “Love is All I Can Hear” or “People All Over the World
The Glitch Mob might release something on February 11?
Metronomy - March 10

PLAYING
2014 video game release schedule
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - Feb 25
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Over a week late but at least it's as complete as possible. I have to separate the movies and books into two posts, though, because of length. Part 1 is here.

Film feature and printed works I consumed from June 24 to December 21 )
chrryblssmninja: (me)

ok now I have a Goodreads


I've been trying to find more of the titles I read from elementary school through college, but I need to check the papers and books and storage to find more. I seriously want to know all the titles of the books I've read.


I also made a "serials" shelf to house series with 4+ installments that I don't want to clog my "books books" shelf.

chrryblssmninja: (BMOnoire)
do you care about my library adventures YES YOU DO

The bus was going to take a while so I walked to the library instead. I realized 5 mins in that I had left my "to borrow" list at home! But I'm a creature of momentum so I decided to just continue, and went over in my head what I really needed to borrow.

At the county public library, I found one of the books related to my YAM reviewing tasks, but I forgot the author of the other two! At least I was able to check the corresponding email to find the name so I could find the books. It is available online as an ebook, but I can only read the same text on a screen so long before getting eye-antsy. Also picked up some DVD holds, Superior Spider-man Vol. 1, and a new book comparing medieval and modern art.

I walked downtown, passing through the farmers market, where I bought some late-season harvest pluots. After that I bought Hawkeye #13 and some pearl tea (bagged to save for after dinner at home) before going to the university library.

I was so grateful that I had started to remember visual landmarks for the language areas locations and catalog system over the times I've visited. Otherwise, I would have been lost without my list of book locations. So I managed to find:
- The Recognitions, by William Gaddis, borrowed to see how it fed into post-modern traditions. also, art forgery!
- The Doll, by Boleslaw Prus, borrowed because I want to compare four of Polish director Wojech Has' film adaptations to their source novels. I'm 2 out of 4 (5 if you count the one he adapted from a Chekov short story) so far.
- Evil and Flowers, by Charles Baudelaire. Whoa shoot I almost panicked in the French section because I saw Bau- here and Bau- there and why can't I find Baudelaire in a uni library? So I went to find The Doll and came back to a different aisle and there Baudelaire was. Anyways I'm reading it mainly because I started the Evil and Flowers anime and the main character is reading it. But it's been on my list ever since I heard the Bonnie Pink song "Evil and Flowers" in high school and looked up the title. I hope the copy I picked up is a good complete translation.
- Los suicidas by Antonio Di Benedetto, because I want to finish the informal trilogy people lump this novel in with Zama (English translation finally to go on sale next year!) and El silenciero (still my favorite novel I've read in Spanish so far). With Benedetto, Borges, and Gorodischer...most of the stuff I read in Spanish comes from Argentina huh.

In the end, I was happy that I had a big tote with me to carry all these books to the bus home.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
aw man I wanted to make a supercool graphic for the layers of stories in Jan Potocki's The Saragossa Manuscript but this is how it turned out. Oh well at least it is done.

I also finally made a list of the movies featured in A History of Horror and Horror Europa here.

otherwise I don't have much motivation for anything. I enjoyed watching Pacific Rim and doing other things but any happy feelings feel much more temporary. I'm not even too excited for Comic Con announcements; it's just like "oh, that's good to know" or "hey that's interesting."

The temporary calling job's ok and the people are nice (the guys in my room often start singing at random times) but I want to get away from this town. Davis is nice if you like small towns with major college energy, and it's pedestrian-friendly for those of us without cars, but I don't want a job or anything to tie me down here. Yet with my family and finance situation I still have to wait at least a year to get out.
chrryblssmninja: (burlesque_show_cintiascarf)
My old old keys-broken computer died (my fault- ask if you want the embarrassing long story), so I'm slowly transitioning to the computer my brother is handing down to me. My work files have copies online or on flash drive, but we're going to see if data retrieval isn't too expensive because that's much easier. From now on I'm using Dropbox or a similar online system for storing (non-confidential) files.

I've kept up with a few online networks here and there, but I didn't keep up with LJ flist and rarely checked Tumblr, so if there is anything you want me to see, let me know.

Things I have done in the past few weeks?

- wrote one short story
- wrote this review of Hannibal for YAM-Mag.
- finished reading several books
- watched all of Orphan Black season one in a day
- bought the Pizza Dog issue of Hawkeye as well as the all-female cast X-men issues 1 and 2.
- used my Cal Alumni Association privileges to start borrowing from the UC Davis library
- went to the Dave and Busters in Roseville. I ate so many doughnut holes but they were so good. Played the stand-up Fruit Ninja game the most.
- lol my mom just watched all three seasons of GoT and it was interesting to watch her reactions.

Also, one day I was late for the bus, so I walked to work. I heard the train coming, and when I ran to the train tracks, the traffic beams were already down to block the cars. I managed to run across the tracks and was a block away when the train finally crossed.
chrryblssmninja: (mortgraphics_flower)
TV episodes watched from January through March, with some comments )

JANUARY - MARCH MEDIA RECAP

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: (jessicahyde)
at Let Them Eat Cake

Saturday was a nice day! I was able to go to the farmers market as well as a cupcake shop to get cupcakes for my brother and myself. He had the Dubliner (chocolate + Guiness) and I got the Scarlett (red velvet topped with cream cheese frosting). Good meals today and the Earthquakes won their game.

Here are some updates on the Yet Another Magazine writing front:
the YAM staff's top 35 canciones de las '90's
Reviews of the French zombie drama Les revenants, Channel 4's Utopia, John Ajvide Lindqvist's Little Star, and the illustrated novel A Monster Calls.
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: http://chrryblssmninja.tumblr.com/films2012
Films of the 2010's, ranked: http://chrryblssmninja.tumblr.com/cinema2010s
Rankings don't necessarily correspond to ratings.
Books of all sorts read during the year: http://chrryblssmninja.tumblr.com/books2012

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: (spiderbaby)
I enjoy getting in a Halloween mood all October, even if my imagination sometimes goes into overdrive when I'm trying to go to sleep. While I don't have the focus to do the 31 or 100 movie horror challenges some other flisters are doing, I feel like chronicling my horror 2012 because horror is one of my favorite genres.

First, check out the short stories I've linked to for online horror reading.

short stories:
"Technicolor," by John Langan. Inspired by Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death."
some of the stories in the children's book Invasion of the Road Weenies
"The Whisperer in Darkness" by H.P. Lovecraft
"The Yellow Sign," "The Repairer of Reputations," "The Mask," and "The Court of the Dragon" from Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow.
"The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant
"The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe.


movies:
The Black Cat
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Devil's Backbone
Kairo
April Fool's Day
Proie
The Golem
Ils
The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (not really horror, but creepy and gave me a nightmare)
Onibaba
Spider-Baby
La chute de la maison Usher
Intruders
Juan of the Dead
La maschera del demonio (Black Sunday)
Twins of Evil
Livide
Witchfinder General
ETA: Marebito
The Cabin in the Woods
Phantom (directed by F.W. Murnau)
The Phantom Carriage
Son of Frankenstein

novels:
Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Carmilla by J. Sheridan le Fanu
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe


I also started watching Tales of the Crypt on OnDemand.

I also have some short stories by Daphne Du Maurier lined up, and some of the books on my to-read list have online versions or are available to borrow via Open Library. I've also found a good number of Youtube accounts with full-length horror films, like LaVillaGiallo.
chrryblssmninja: (Littlefishyface_lightbulb)
argh you Internet Explorer commercial

now I can't stop playing this song in my head




This is an article I just wrote on reading in a second language.


yay Arsenal


photos I took Wednesday:

New photos start here, then click left on the photostream.

more things you may have seen via my tumblr:


apple cider oatmeal

updated films and books lists, as well as an ongoing ranking of the 2010's movies I've seen.
chrryblssmninja: (applejack nod icon)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] icequeen3101 and [livejournal.com profile] dirtyking!

and now

STUFF TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2012

January isn't over yet. Here are handy links, with mentions of what I'm anticipating and other works I might be interested in if I hear more interest-gaining reviews/descriptions.

GENERAL MEDIA
The AV Club's list.

READING
[livejournal.com profile] oddmonster has a nifty project for reading 365 stories this year. Check out her progress and how you may participate here.
The Millions' look at upcoming 2012 releases.
Anticipating: The Flame Alphabet, RAILSEA, Telegraph Avenue.
io9's 2012 sci-fi/fantasy book preview.
Maybe: The Fourth Wall though I haven’t read other Dagmar Shaw books
io9's comic book previews for the next few months.
Most anticipated: New Winter Soldier and Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga. Maybe: Paul Cornell’s Saucer Country, The Manhattan Projects, Fairest.
Related: DC launches new 52 comics, including one by China Miéville

VIEWING, MOVIES
MUBI'S first look at 2012, most anticipated.
IMDB's Coming Soon list.
Indiewire's 50 most anticipated.
Movie Morlocks: New movies to see before the apocalypse
io9's list of sci-fi/fantasy movies in 2012.
Sadly, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is delayed until 2013.
Dark Horizons' in-depth, 10-part feature on the notable films of 2012.
Anticipated: Prometheus, The Avengers, The Hobbit (Part I), Brave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Seven Psychopaths, Stoker (director Park Chan-wook), Cogan’s Trade (director Andrew Dominik), Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters
Maybe: The Dark Knight Rises, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (I liked the book), Lincoln (amazing cast), Restoration, Mars et Avril, Reykjavík-Rotterdam (though I'd prefer to see the original), Intruders (director Fresnadillo), Juan of the Dead, No One Lives (what I saw of Midnight Meat Train was ok but wait to see what hear), On the Ice, The Raid (crime fight through Jakarta, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Riz Ahmed in a starring role), Return, Robot and Frank, Satellite Boy, Untitled Bin Laden Project, Untitled Ramin Bahrani project (very odd given his other work), V/H/S, Welcome to the Punch, Big House (director Mateo Garrone), A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting on Existence (I’d have to check Songs from the Second Floor first), The Wettest County (Hillcoat's The Proposition was good).
I like the idea of Berberian Sound Studio but I heard it’s more likely for 2013.
Sundance Film Festival updates:
Films picked up for distribution, updates one, two, three, four, five.
io9's favorite sci-fi films at Sundance.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam is currently offering a "series of exclusive YouTube premieres of films screening at the festival, available for 24 hours."

VIEWING, TV
American TV show return/premiere dates:
through February ~ March-May ~ io9's guide 2012's sci-fi/fantasy TV.
Being Human (UK) has promo material for series 4 but no set air date.
Longer list of 2012 new TV, via IMDB.
Later premieres include: David Fincher's House of Cards (less is known about his Mindhunter project), Hatfields and McCoys, Julian Fellowes' Titanic (along with Titanic: Blood and Steel), Labyrinth (sounds iffy but interesting cast), L.A. Noir, Dancing on the Edge, Pompeii, Top of the Lake, Wicked, Hobgoblin, Lizzie Borden, Shaun Micallef is Mad as Hell

LISTENING
List of 2012 music releases and events in the United States.
Anticipating: The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Shiina Ringo if the album's coming this year
Maybe: Islands, Muse, Gnarls Barkley, The Strokes
At the Drive In has also reunited.
chrryblssmninja: (porpoise-song_manwithnoname)
[livejournal.com profile] onlyechoes inspired me to use this tumblr page code to track films I watch in 2012.
Here is my page.
I wish someone would create pictures for half-star and maybe even quarter star ratings, though. /nerd
[livejournal.com profile] lavillenie gave me the idea to adjust the code for books as well. Here are the books!

I like updating these lists.

I also wrote a book feature post for Yet Another Magazine wondering why we read novels. I suddenly decided to write it at 2 AM...Friday? late-night/Saturday morning, and submitted it to the editors 4 and a half hours later. I'm a bit embarassed to read it over because I'm not sure what I was thinking at that time.

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