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: (littlemissnovel_cloudmirror)
yosemite hike.JPG
While I'm sorting through which Yosemite trip photos I'll post to Flickr (and then Tumblr), this is a pic of my outfit during the main hike. My mom insisted we wear long sleeves and bright colors because of the insects. At least my undershirt kept me cool.
- - -
I saw Megatokyo volume 6 at the library and flipped through it to see if I had read it. I ran into a ton of L33tspeak and I just could not continue. so much embarassment. It really was a different time.
chrryblssmninja: (BMOnoire)
AT FIRST IT WAS FORTITUDE GOING SURPRISE BONKERS AND KIND OF RIDIC BUT STILL. EMOTIONS! ON TO SEASON 2 NEXT YEAR!

AND THEN IT WAS SEEING MY LETTER ANSWERED IN THE FADE OUT #5



AND NOW THE STAR WARS TRAILER THAT FINALLY CONVERTED MY RESERVED ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE FILM (still too bad how JJ. ended up ultimately doing Star Trek low for it tho)

I HAD THOUGHT MY DAYS OF GOING INTO CAPSLOCK SPIRALS OVER THINGS WERE OVER

I WAS WRONG
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)
ok so we rented a car for two days.

First we went to Dixon so I could drop off a completed work application BUT I only found out when turning it in that I had brought the copy my dad told me to make of the completed application instead of the one I actually wrote on with blue pen. When I was at the desk, I asked the person there if photocopies were ok and she said yes but what if that gives a bad impression?

Then we went to Berkeley to see if I could finally pick up my official transcript since my debts to the school (although not to other loans) have been paid. But I didn't know that they moved the Registrar into a student center that was only open until noon during spring break. So I got there late. There's a site where you can sign up for it to be sent to you, though.

Then I went to the comic store in Berkeley to see if I could pick up the Hawkeye #17 that I missed. I was so glad to find it that I didn't think to check to see if there was a newer issue out too. THERE WAS. I guess it might have been sold out by the time I got there, and that's the reason I didn't notice it, but still, I should have checked! I hope I'll be able to call and check in the morning if the store in Davis still has a few copies.

Then we went to the Goldilocks in Daly City and to some stores in San Francisco and it was ok. I got a cool Star Wars "Join the Rebellion" shirt to counter my brother's Empire shirt. Overall, I'm glad we had this opportunity, but I'm still fuming at myself for my mistakes.

argh I should work faster on my writing stuff for Film Antidote too but I'm just inching along

ETA: Wednesday was much better AND I did get Hawkeye #18.
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: (burlesque_show_cintiascarf)
Today was a very windy day.

So of course I decided to walk instead of taking the bus to volunteer at International House.

Went to Grocery Outlet so I could get a drink (and use my EDD debit card to get $10 back because ATMs only give $20s). Then I figured out the general direction to walk in an unfamiliar block so I could cut across to downtown and pick up Pretty Deadly issue #3 at the comic book store because I was short 50 cents yesterday. I couldn't run as fast with the wind and my heavy jacket, so was two minutes late to my volunteer job. But it was ok.

Volunteering went fine. (In spare time, if I have the laptop, I check this Gaeilge vocabulary page because it won't take much attention in case visitors walk in.) After my shift finished, my dad happened to have enough time to drop me at Safeway before he took another taxi ride. I used the rest of the $10 to get new flowers for the vase near my grandma's ashes, as well as pearl tea for myself.

I feel a little accomplished and want to do some actual productive things right now but there are arguments going on behind me and I'm too semi-secondhand-agitated to focus on watching or reading. Just music or Tumblr, pretty much. I have some reviews and year-end posts to write for YAM-Mag and I'm also joining this film journal project. Also need to update my resume to try and get something that pays. At least the volunteering job helps me practice my front desk assistant skills.
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_doctors)
An Adventure in Space in Time was lovely overall.

Probably won't be able to watch the 50th live because of a school ceremony event for my brother. At least there's reruns and OnDemand.


I happened to be awake late last night and decided to watch the live stream of the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs). There was under an hour to go, so I finally started reading the Filipino comik Trese.

When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions.
When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.</i>

It's 99% in English, was recced by Neil Gaiman several years ago, and you can read the issues here. Managed to finish the first volume and they're nifty episodic supernatural mysteries.

While it's good to see the response (and debate over resources) to Typhoon Yolanda, I'm wary of how The Philippines and Tacloban are used as shorthand for natural disaster. The Philippines is so rarely mentioned in outside news that the Filipino media clings to every single related thing, from '1/4 Filipinos getting small parts in Hollywood to another celebrity mentioning Filipino food. If I talk to people about Filipino things, will they think about news headlines and footage when I mention the word "Philippines?" If I talk about capiz shells or the legends of Leyte aswangs, I'd have to mention the devastation of the area as well.  Even though I grew up in relative privilege in the States, it's still my mother's country that I'm close to, and I'm reluctant to reblog pictures of actual suffering people in The Philippines and elsewhere- that others will only associate the words with images of suffering and for countries considered part of the "Third World" there's a constant question of how to represent a balanced picture of people - show the problems, yes, and state accurate ways people can give aid, but don't make it like constant helpless tragedy in "underdeveloped nations" (a Western standard, with positive progress often undermined by situations that Western colonialism/industrialization created or aided) when people in all situations have positive aspects of their lives and make active efforts to help themselves.

Anyways, I had planned to watch the MAMA Ylvis + Crayon Pop collaboration as a clip the next day, but then I heard that TOP was going to perform the only live version of "Doom Dada," which is my favorite music video right now. So while I was greatly entertained by how much fun Ylvis and Crayon Pop had on stage (this was the best performance even with "dog goes meow" and idk if it's Ylvis' contract that's making them do more appearances because in other things THEY ARE TIRED. SHOWS OUTSIDE OF NORWAY PLS ASK THEM TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT LEAST COME ON THEY CAN PLAY TONS OF INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING ACCORDIONS AND SAXOPHONES OR DO NON-MUSICAL THINGS ok I'll stop now), I stayed up wayyyy later for TOP.

Earlier that day, I had volunteered three hours as Desk Docent for the International House, doing front desk as well as trying to figure out the best way to sweep the leaves so as to keep the entrances as clear as possible during a windy autumn day. Also had to test a bunch of keys in the doors and help with Thanksgiving decorations. Had to wake up early, but I like being productive for others, although it's unpaid.

One of my backup EDD filings was returned because something was supposedly incomplete but my parents and I triple-checked it and it was no different than the others I've filed. Maybe this one time a person or the computer system couldn't recognize that
word
""

means "word" and "word repeated," although that hasn't been a problem before. I've simply written things twice on the refiling and I hope they accept it. At least it was a backup payment and not the regular one.

Otherwise I've got my 15-minute/day part-time telecommute, Noirvember and other media, and random stabs at being creative. How will motivation and means meet?
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: (BMOnoire)
Adventure Time's "Simon and Marcy" episode gave me so many feeeeelings with the Cheers theme song and Simon's irrational insistence on the exclusive healing powers of chicken soup and Marceline and pink goo

In the Flesh got much better as the second episode let the "rehabilitated zombie (Partially Deceased Syndrome)" concept breathe and feel more natural with the drama. And now I have a ship! I wonder how the last episode in this three-episode series will tie everything together.


New pay-what-you-can comic book limited series The Private Eye:
Welcome to Panel Syndicate, where artist Marcos Martín and writer Brian K. Vaughan deliver original comics directly to readers around the world, who pay whatever the hell they want for each DRM-free issue. Our first new storyline is THE PRIVATE EYE, a forward-looking mystery we created with colorist Muntsa Vicente. Set in a future where privacy is considered a sacred right and everyone has a secret identity, The Private Eye is a serialized sci-fi detective story for mature readers. You can download our 32-page first issue right now, for any price you think is fair. 100% of your payments go directly into our greedy mitts and will help fund the rest of a story that we're both very proud of (we hope there will be around 10 issues total; an old-school "maxiseries!"), so thanks for reading...
The first issue is already here.
Immediate download of 32-page comicbook in your choice of PDF, CBR or CBZ.
No DRM, no encryption, just plain files optimised for on-screen reading. Available in English, Spanish & Catalan.

It's got a future-noirish feel. I wish I could actually pay them something.
chrryblssmninja: (burlesque_show_cintiaglasses)
SOLSTICE SPECIAL #9, PART 4

Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.


Reviews of the printed and filmed works I've consumed from April 23 to June 20. )

Finally finished!
I read a much higher amount of books in this 6-month period than I usually do, and I think I watched 100 movies as well. ack
chrryblssmninja: (burlesque_show_cintiaglasses)
SOLSTICE SPECIAL #9, PART 3

Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.

The following parts will be posted on later days.

Reviews of the printed and filmed works I've consumed from March 24 to April 21. )

The last part will be finished soon! Then I will return to f-listing.
chrryblssmninja: (prelude_of_dawn_sneakyowl)
I like making lists, and as I was making my way through flist, I was ~inspired~.
This is where I like to show off my weird taste.

MY 10 FAVORITE SONGS OF 2010

1) "The Night Last Night (feat. Rose Elinor Dougall and Alex Greenwald)" - Mark Ronson and the Business International
Beautiful use of melody and counterpoint.
2) "Seamstress" - Dessa
Sharp lyrics and haunting sound.
3) Gasoline - The Dead Weather
Raw and ripped.
4) “Tightrope”- Janelle Monae
Can't help but dance to this. Takes a retro R&B sound and makes it fresh.
5) "Tighten Up" -The Black Keys
One Youtube commenter said that he or she sang this song to a scoop of ice cream because it made him or her happy.
6) "Ikiru (To Live)" - Tokyo Jihen
First, it makes crazy use of autotune to create a robotic barbershop chorus feel. Then it breaks into bouncy '20's-ish pop jazz. The melody stays strong throughout, even though its range is probably too ambitious for Ringo-chan's voice (or my voice when I try to sing to it). The lyrics are quite depressing for its bright sound.
7) "Stylo" - Gorillaz
cool on the down low
8) The Tron:Legacy Soundtrack
9) "Runaway" (feat. Pusha T) - Kanye West
I still need to see the short film. However, I realized I really liked this song when it was playing in a store and I became lost in my mind.
10) "The Island - Part 2 - Dusk" - Pendulum
I like fast-paced electronic songs that have lots of variety.

Cover songs that I also enjoyed:
"Stand By Me" - Prince Royce (cover)
be quiet it's cute and fun to sway to
Mike Patton - "Il Cielo In Una Stanza" and "Ore D'Amore"
Songs to burst out in the car or on a table or on a stage.


Best mainstream pop chorus - "Billionaire." There's just something sad and hopeful about it.
Best sound: BRRRRRRMMMMM

Two more lists:

There is a * by stuff I really enjoyed, for one reason or another. Not an exact indication of quality.

Books read in 2010 )



Movies watched in 2010 )


ETA: oh shoot I forgot that I really liked "Born Free" by M.I.A
I didn't listen to much of the new album, but I reallllllllllllly liked that song
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
My latest corkboard collage:

inspiration board

previous corkboard collages



Today, I went to Kim's Mart, a small Asian market in town. It's pretty good, but the aloe drink they have contains corn syrup instead of sugar. :(

Also went to one of the two comic book stores around, Drom's Comics and Cards. There weren't any Marvels Project (argh I need to catch up), but I saw that the new Uncanny X-Force series had Psylocke and Deadpool, so I had to get that. It seems okay so far, but it has potential and after the issue ends, there's also a very handy recap of all the events in the Marvel Universe after House of M.

Finally, we had to get something near The Old Teahouse, so I finally tried the pearl tea there. I got the basic green tea, which wouldn't have any powders in it. The tea itself was alright, but the white pearls they use taste a bit funny to someone used to black pearls. It's probably easier to boil without the risk of revealing starchiness, but I like the particular coated texture of a well-boiled black tapioca pearl. So I'll get a drink there if we're around, but I won't go there regularly.


Oh, and I like that I can get Turner Classic Movies now. This and other channels (hey ESPN!) only show up on the TV in the bedroom though, not the living room. But the living room is more comfortable and access to free movies and TV episodes On Demand.
Oh well. yay TV!
chrryblssmninja: (streetlightsss_howardmyhero)
So now I have a Tim Howard icon. Got it from [livejournal.com profile] streetlightsss. The keyword is "howardmyhero."

I also now have Psylocke (my favorite blonde superhero turned suddenly Asian purple-haired ninja) as my default, and Miroslav Klose doing some weird arm thing in another icon. I uh kind of choked up when he was subbed off...just something about the image of him walking off the pitch really got to me


I've been v v busy lately. But at least we get to watch World Cup games at Work 1 while we work. yesss
Also, my video skills might help me get more paid hours there than I might have recieved. I'm waiting on word about the project, but yayyy my other skills being handy
I listen to the other games on the radio while driving to Work 2, and then I put the live updates on the computer while I'm working, because I don't want to mess up their connection with video.
I'm still looking for secure full-time positions, though.


Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] teaglass (I haven't seen you around, but maybe G can tell you I said hi?) and dear cookie [livejournal.com profile] hellopinkie!


And welcome to all my new LJ friends! I'm the weirdo with a Peter Lorre tag who likes busting open double doors and walking off into the sunset.


uhh....random music.

"Tell 'Em" - Sleigh Bells - I have no idea why I like this song. It's some weird breathy peppy pop song but with loud guitar and cool burst what percussion and street dance background. Free and legal mp3 from Rcrdlbl.

"Il Cielo In Una Stanza" and "Ore D'Amore" as sung by Mike Patton. Classic Italian pop songs, recorded today. I heard lots of praise for this album, and after listening to it, the thing weirds me out. It sounds all retro but then the sound is slick and there are little things thrown in here and there. I don't even know much Italian pop what is this

"Sadie Hawkins" - Doomtree. Hot and cool.

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