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20 July 2016 @ 10:48 am
We are two episodes away from the conclusion of season 1 of AMC's Preacher and luckily they got renewed for a season 2.

I'd reviewed this show after watching the pilot but now that we're rounding the last lap for season 1, I feel like I should do an updated review since my opinion of this show changed quite a bit.

My brief updated review is that this show got a lot better and held the audience up to a viewing standard that I haven't really experienced since Hannibal to a certain degree.

My longer, spoilery review for episodes 1 - 8Collapse )

All in all, this show has managed to catapault itself from something I was tentatively watching to something I'm looking forward to every Sunday. Here's hoping they finish season 1 strong!
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01 July 2016 @ 10:50 am
One thing I've been trying to do before I exit NY is to catch some plays. This one was recommended to me by a friend who knows my love of psychology, science, and angst.

Incognito by Nick Payne (playwright of Constellations) threads three major story lines together about how the human brain and its mysteries both limit us but also connect us in ways we cannot ever predict. The play consists of four actors who play roughly 20 roles between them with each story told in fragments, layered on top of one another, so you skip from story to story with actors changing out of character in what feels like 10 minute chunks. The results are a mixed bag but it doesn't detract from some of the powerful ideas Payne has about what makes us who we are and how we are with others.

The production I saw starred Charlie Cox (yes, Daredevil!), Heather Lind, Morgan Spector, and Geneva Carr.

Vague plot descriptions, no spoilersCollapse )
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21 June 2016 @ 03:51 pm
Well actually it's that Toby Jones will be guest-starring on an episode of Sherlock for next season.

Spoilers for his roleCollapse )
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30 May 2016 @ 09:20 pm
After seeing this, I'd like to believe that James Corden's daemon would be a binturong. Not because he looks like he'd bite things aggressively but because he looks awesome with one sitting on his shoulder. Emotionally, he'd clearly want a penguin daemon. Plus, Tom Hiddleston plays with a baby leopard.

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I'm now a little sad that I have to wait until August for the next installment. I'm even more sad to learn that this series will only be a quartet because it's a great series.

Below the cut is a non-spoilery review for a book filled with mystery, dinosaurs, platonic partnerships, romantic relationships, and a pretty well-drawn female narrator.
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26 May 2016 @ 11:45 am
The New York Times published a really good article about the state of Asian American actors in Hollywood and the persistent cases of whitewashing.

There's a lot to say about how Asians are still a somewhat targeted group for jokes in a way that other races are not. I also firmly believe that some of the negative reactions people are having to Asian Americans taking on a more proactive, vocal stance about this issues are heavily tied into the fact that as a group, Asians are seen as the passive, docile, and quiet. There is direct research that looks at how when groups behave in ways against a stereotype, they are seen as a problem rather than the situation.

Related to the casting of Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange, I thought the best argument someone made about this being a major problem even if we are going to accept that they have turned the character White (which alone is a problem), is that she is still dressed and styled as a Tibetan monk. If she truly is supposed to be a Celtic mystic as stressed by the studios than why a) did they not also move the location to not Asia and b) why is she dressed like the way she's dressed? This to me hits exactly at the problem of cultures being exoticised and appropriated in media.

Anyway, that's my soapbox entry for today!
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24 May 2016 @ 12:13 pm

I haven't done a book review in a very long time but I just got finished reading this YA novel that I found throughly enjoyable. The most accurate description probably is Sherlock mixed with shades of Elementary and a pinch of the supernatural as it involves the teaming up of an eccentric consultation and a likable female narrator as they investigate the supernatural during the late Victorian era. Don't let the pat description turn you off. It may sound like Sherlock-lite but it's truly a fun read.

Non spoiler reviewCollapse )
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23 May 2016 @ 11:52 am
Preacher is the latest comic book to get a on screen adaptation, starring Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun (none of who speak with their native accents).

"Jesus, what kind of preacher are you?" - mild spoilery reviewCollapse )

Random fact: my friend who has a history of randomly meeting actors in real life and never recognizing them, watched this pilot with me. I pointed out to her that Dominic Cooper was that guy she once met whom she was convinced was a waiter just saying he was an actor. She still didn't recognize him.
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13 May 2016 @ 06:31 pm
Oh come on!

I'm super disappointed there won't be any more episodes. I still have so many questions!
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10 May 2016 @ 12:50 am
Thus concludes the Captain America trilogy. The final installment, directed by the Russo Brothers stars literally everyone from the Marvel movies, minus Thor and Bruce Banner. Plus we get Black Panther and Spider-Man. Apologies for the long review. The movie itself was really, REALLY long.

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