chrryblssmninja: (baelheit_zetsubou)
so many things going on in the world but my life somehow skitters back and forth and forward

went to Napa Valley wine country for the food on my birthday earlier this month. Here is my flickr album but you can see some of the food on this page of my tags rn.

still have to go through Father's Day photos because we went to a Puerto Rican restaurant and I really like Puerto Rican food that goes beyond rice and beans. give me all the plaintains (and gas pain)

so...Euro 2016...some very interesting results. So great to watch Iceland. Still rooting for Germany of course (#11 scores! aw the memories), and France can be here and there. Poland sometimes catches my interest. too bad for Ireland and some other underdogs but at least they got good wins. haha England. at least it seems like the worst fans left before the round of 16. usually don't root for Italy but (sorry to fans) I was glad they knocked out Spain.

didn't get to see much of Copa America because of work
I did see the last US win, as well as a replay of much of a certain 7-0 game...
on Sunday, I was at PF Chang's bar during my work lunch hour (technically dinner but whatever). The mall was closed but the restaurants outside weren't.
Before the store closed, I saw one or two people in various club shirts, but someone passed by in a Dortmund jersey with Reus on the back and I was like !!! Made me wonder if I would have ended up supporting Dortmund if I started watching soccer later...especially since I like these Polish players (though one was eaten up by Bayern like so many) instead of trying to catch the odd game of unfortunate Bremen...
anyways while I was eating I heard "R U Mine?" play overhead and I was like yesssss. and then I saw on the ESPN news ticker that the Copa America final was about to end overtime and go to penalty kicks and I asked them to switch the TV channel so I could see. And Messi missed! I don't like or hate him or anything it's just a surprise.

wasn't able to get tickets for the Arsenal - MLS All-Stars game, but I'll check again before the match, and if not, I'll go to a place near the stadium to watch with fans.

oh, now I have a videocamera and tripod of my own! also updated my phone because my old hand-me downs became too troublesome. We'll see if I can get myself to be more productive with time and tech. Also going to see if I can use my gift card to get a dolly for the tripod.

btw two of the online compliments for the store where I work thanked me by name for my service!

sometime I'll get to the Penny Dreadful finale. heard it was disappointing but I'm not too invested and the show was often inconsistent anyways. Animal Kingdom started ok but I didn't finish the 2nd episode because it wasn't special enough, besides some good acting, for me to actually carve out time to watch. Orphan Black had an overall solid fourth season, and I'm trying out Thirteen on its BBC America airdates.

still catching up verrrrry slowly on Okkupert, Adventure Time, and Manhattan (I was waiting until I had enough free credits to "purchase" official stream episodes). Waiting out the hype on other shows I haven't tried yet, but maybe I'll start Gomorrah, Detectorists, Bojack Horseman, The Night Of, or Wentworth. Maybe some Japanese or Korean shows or whatever's waiting in my watchlists/bookmarks/drafts. Found that my libraries have more connections to streaming sites that make it easier and actually legal to stream some movies, TV, and books that are hard to find.
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: (onlion_helena)
Wasn't able to continue doing Solstice Specials anymore.

But I've continued keeping track of full TV episodes watched!

episodes watched April - June )
chrryblssmninja: (maru)
I have been burned by so many things lately that now I'm ranking the shows I watch by their ability to disappoint. This isn't so much best  quality as "I know what to expect of your capabilities and flaws and strengths and are you going to sink below that?"

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

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

I'd have to wait until after a few episodes to place the upcoming seasons of In the Flesh, Utopia, Flowers of Evil (Aku no hana) and Les Revenants on this list; as well as next year's seasons of True Detective and Inside No. 9.
chrryblssmninja: (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.

August 2017

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