The Week in Review: July 6th, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Top Gun

Top Gun was everything I thought I would be. It’s been a busy week for me, but I finally feel like I’m getting back on top of blogging, after too many months playing catch up. I’ve also started a new journaling regime, so we’ll see how that goes.

Links

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that your employer can deny you medical coverage for anything they deem contrary to their religious beliefs. Obviously, the first casualty is contraceptives for women. This is bad. This is very, very bad, to the point that all the dissenting judges on this case? Are the women of the United States Supreme Court.

Claire Hummel did a steampunk version of Sailor Uranus. I’m swooning.

Sleepy Hollow is coming to comics with a four issue miniseries, featuring the work of Marguerite Bennett and Noelle Stevenson. Huzzah!

The Asexuals Project is a multimedia web documentary about asexuality, meant to shed some light on the orientation. I identify as queer these days for a number of reasons, but reading about asexuality in high school was the first time I’d ever read anything on the subject that sounded remotely like my sexuality. I’m particularly fond of Lydia’s story, since she’s a Frenchwoman in her eighties.

“Gosh,” I told my friend Natalya, “Bill Hader looks so much more rested these days!” I adore Hader and will see anything he is in. The Skeleton Twins, about a pair of twins reconnecting after a decade apart, looks slight but lovely.

Travis Beacham’s Hieroglyph got cancelled before it ever aired? Boo! On the other hand, now he has more time to devote to Pacific Rim 2: Kaiju Bluegaloo

To Be Takei is a documentary about George Takei’s amazing life, from his childhood in a Japanese internment camp to Star Trek to coming out. Anything that lets me spend any time listening to George Takei be awesome is fine by me, but I love that last shot of Takei and his husband sharing Fritos on a road trip. ADORABLE.

I rag on tumblr a lot for its lack of a proper commenting system. Morgan Dawn reminds us that fandom despairs of every new platform it grows on.

Fantasy Name Generators generates, as you might expect, fantasy names, but also provides name generators for a variety of different cultures and countries. Fantastic resource for writers and other people who need lots of names on hand.

Roberto Orci doesn’t want to shoehorn in a gay character into Star Trek 3. Because the only way you could get it in there would be to shoehorn it? Not just have Uhura visit her married grandmothers or something? Vomit.

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is not, as I once hoped, just the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, but is an amazing mixtape that makes me wonder how they’re going to get “I Want You Back” into the film. Also, “Cherry Bomb”? That’s for Gamora, right, because Thanos is her father figure? Eee!

That American Gods television show? Back on. With Starz. and Bryan Fuller. HO. LEE. CROW.

Gillian Conahan’s “Insurrection in Silk”, from Apex Magazine, is an amazing short story about empire, gowns, and resistance. I am in love with it.

Refinery29’s Kelsey Miller goes to a Men’s Rights Conference. Her experience is both as frustrating as planned and even more so.

Christopher Eccleston would be up for Heroes Reborn. This is my only response to Heroes Reborn in general.

Storm is getting her own self-titled comic! After reading more Claremont, I love Storm even more, so this is super-exciting.

Zack Snyder says that it’s Superman V. Batman because it’s subtler than Superman Vs. Batman. Mr. Snyder, you are making a superhero movie in one of the most unsubtle grabs for the MCU’s cashflow ever attempted. Just own it, superfriend.

Guillermo Del Toro dishes on Pacific Rim 2: Kaiju Bluegaloo. Specifically, it will turn the original film on its ear and feature even more characters of diverse nationalities and genders! (He literally says “many nationalities or genders.”) SCREAM!

This New Yorker article about John Green is a more even-handed take on the author, but I’m just happy that I finally know wherefore his fandom is called Nerdfighteria.

Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting video series tackles Michael Bay and his signature visual style. Really fascinating look into that style’s visual sophistication, Bay’s slapdash use of it, and Bay’s influences as a filmmaker.

Acquistions

Books

Purchased: None
Added: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (via tor.com), Prophecy by Ellen Oh (via medievalpoc), Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana (via medievalpoc), Fan Art by Sarah Tregay (via medievalpoc), Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich (via medievalpoc), Crow in the Hollow by Brian W. Parker (via medievalpoc)

Films

Purchased: None
Added: Risky Business, RoboCop

2 thoughts on “The Week in Review: July 6th, 2014

  1. I swear to God if ONE MORE DAMN PERSON says any version of the thing about how adding diversity to a franchise would be forced or shoehorned in or purely political, I am going to throw a toddler tantrum. GOD.

    But I am very very excited for the Starz American Gods with Bryan Fuller. No idea what such a thing would look like, but am fully on board for it. My dearest wish is that they do not cast a white dude as Shadow, though I do not hold out any great hope because everyone sucks.

    • SERIOUSLY. It’s so stupid, because they’re essentially whining that they don’t need to have empathy for those unlike them. (This is probably why it’s always straight white cis dudes complaining about this. HMM.)

      Everyone does suck, but Starz is trying to make a name for itself against HBO these days between that and Outlander. Maybe diversity will be the ticket.

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