I have not seen all of The LEGO Movie, but the bits I did, didn't impress me: oh look, it's the one cool girl, again, and also daddy issues, whee. This movie is still dude-heavy, with just one of the four central hero characters being female, but at least the Mayor is also a woman? And I love that Barbara Gordon is Commissioner here, with Jim Gordon retiring and very emphatically shuffled off-screen, also that she is firmly on the side of Batman working with the police, not as a vigilante.
Here are some extremely mild spoilers, because this is not the kind of movie where the plot is a surprise:
( spoilers )
* Power Rangers: is "gritty" really the appropriate aesthetic?
* The Boss Baby: please no.
* Cars 3 teaser: mariness had said that it reduced a theater of kids to tears, so when I realized what it had to be I warned the kids, and they were fine.
* Some live-action thing that looked earnest and kind of too adult and that entirely failed to make an impression on me, even after I looked through the forthcoming list at IMDB.
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( spoilers for tonight's episodes only )
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As I said in my original post, "it's using admirable pacing to unfold a lot of plot and character development in a very compact space," and that continues right up to the very end. So if you're puzzled by certain aspects stick with it, it's worth it, and it all really works as a single thing. And I love everyone in this bar, they're so great, and it's so delightfully off-kilter in all the little details, and it just makes me happy. And amazed. It's so good.
(Yes, there is a rather open end to the season, but it's also one that allows you to pretty easily write your own closure if you want and if for some reason it's not renewed. So I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger, but YMMV.)
A spoiler post will follow.
Good overview at Smithsonian.com: references the Long Pause in Polynesian exploration of the Pacific, the controversy over Maui's character design, the omission of Maui's companion goddess Hina, the various coconut-people and general coconut-related issues, and some details that were accurate and welcome.
More in the NYT about Maui's size.
The Guardian on authenticity as marketing tool (see: Vanity Fair), especially in the context of the economic effect of tourism on Hawaii.
A Twitter thread on complicated feelings from @fangirlJeanne.
Mari Ness on, among other things, the unexamined weirdness about the environmental message ("it’s a message that diminishes environmental issues down to “magic,” something largely beyond human control, and suggests that only “magic” can restore the environment").
(A kind person on ToastieSlack provided me with some of these links.)
( my general thoughts on the movie )
Notes about today's panel. I will say above the cut that I do not set out to be the Designated Harsher of Squee, but that I find these questions of representation important and if I'm going to be the only one making the case, well, so be it even if it's tiring and frustrating (it is).
Usual disclaimer: it's easier for me to remember what I said because, well, I'm the one who said it; I wasn't taking notes during so I generally am not positive which panelist said what, and so I usually leave those attributions out. If you want to claim credit, please do!
( on the panel )
And now I have half an hour to get some lunch and go to Ursula Vernon's GOH talk.
No spoilers here, because I can't write about them now, but I can do a separate post if people want.
Morning edit: only the first of the episodes is now available on my cable system; I wouldn't recommend watching that now and waiting until the end of the month for the rest.
Saturday, January 14
Heard the Dice Hit the Table: Games as Fiction
Marina 1 (2E), 11:30am - 12:45pm
Kate Nepveu (moderator), James Hailer, Mehitabel Glenhaber, Henry M. White, Lauren M. Roy
In the last 40 years, SF/F has had an uneasy relationship with the kind of games that generate fiction, both tabletop and computerized. From magazine submission guidelines that warn off fiction that sounds like it came from a tabletop game to stories about people playing games, gaming is clearly part of the storyteller tradition. How does fiction incorporate gaming and game materials, and what in gaming might help us find interesting literature?
Saturday, January 14
Night Vale 2017
Douglas (3W), 4pm - 5:15pm
Kate Nepveu (moderator), Raven Stern, Gordon Linzner, Michelle Wexelblat, A.J. Odasso
It's been three years since Arisia last took a look at Night Vale, everyone's favorite southwestern town. We'll take a look at where things stand with our favorite residents, as well as discussing the way the show continues to evolve as podcasting becomes a more mature medium.
Sunday, January 15
Moana: Disney's Latest
Marina 1 (2E), 10am - 11:15am
Michael A. Ventrella (moderator), Konner Jebb, Barbara M Pugliese, Kate Nepveu, Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz
Disney's *Moana*, their latest release, is a huge hit. We'll discuss what we loved and didn't love about The Rock's first major role anchoring a Disney animated flick, as well as their handling of native Hawaiian mythology (and casting), and the use of music by Tony Winner Lin-Manual Miranda.
Sunday, January 15
Reading the Hugos
Marina 1 (2E), 7pm - 8:15pm
Kate Nepveu (moderator), Reuben Baron, Julia Gilstein, Mark W. Richards, Julia Rios
_The Fifth Season_ by N.K. Jemisin, _Binti_ by Nnedi Okorafor, _Folding Beijing_ by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu, and _Cat Pictures Please_ by Naomi Kritzer. Let's read the Hugos! Our panelists will react to the award-winning stories of 2016, look at themes, commonalities, and differences, as well as speculate what this year means to the awards as a whole.
Monday, January 16
Fanfiction: Where to Find It and What It Means
Marina 1 (2E), 10am - 11:15am
Tracks: Fan Interest
Nomi S. Burstein (moderator), Hilary L. Hertzoff, A.J. Odasso, Kate Nepveu, Cassandra Lease
You've gotten into a really great book/movie/TV show/game, and there's just not enough of it in the world. How do you find the stories, written by fans, that expand your favorite universe? Why do some fandoms get thousands of stories and others don't? What the heck is slash? Come learn about places to find stories (Archive of Our Own, fanfiction.net, LiveJournal communities, etc.), talk about types of stories that can be found, and discuss fandom and fanfic mores.
Feel free to comment on the descriptions, offer things you'd like to hear discussed if you were there, and so forth!
Speaking of which:
Will you be at Arisia this year?
(I deliberately do not have a "no" option because it does not help me keep track of things.)
Edit: also, I will be running the bake sale Saturday morning! Come say hi, eat something, bring baked goods (you can also drop them off early in Quincy, near Starbucks). Will benefit Con or Bust & the Tiptree Award.
This T-shirt says "There's a million books I haven't read, but just you wait," and is $11 today (usually $20).
This Android puzzle game, Deus Ex GO, is $0.99 at present; I enjoyed Lara Croft GO, so a buck seemed a good risk.
The excellent @dog_rates has a video of the dogs of 2016 (does mention that a couple of dogs have died since their videos were taken).
This article about an 85-year-old marathoner has a really remarkable penultimate paragraph.
I think this rock might be alive. And angry. (Source.)
I will never actually make this no-knead bread, but let me pretend.
If there is a literal entrance to Hell, this is it.
This review of Steven Seagal's latest movie is a marvel.
Okay, that's enough procrastination for now.
I honestly don't know how much of an effect the reported move of LJ's servers fully to Russia actually has, given that LJ's owners have had access to all our data since the purchase lo these many years ago, but as there are reports of Russian-language accounts being deleted, it's probably the least I can do.
I will not delete existing public posts, since I hate breaking links, but I am deleting all my old locked posts there.
And finally, music & musicals, webcomics, and games.
And again I break alphabetical order to keep a great wodge of recs together.
( Hamilton )
Look, it's not quite 1 a.m. yet! Go me. *falls over*
More Yuletide recs! Let's start with movies & TV.
And now things that are crossovers or draw from multiple versions of canon.
( The Martian )
Okay, now let's squeeze in the recs for which you don't need canon.
I still have, uh, several dozen fics I meant to reread for possible recommendation (some of which, on looking at my list, almost certainly will be recommended, arrgh), but if these recs don't get done tonight they won't get done before this year's reveals. Still, 77 is a quite respectable number even if I didn't read as widely as I usually do!
As always, I dumped everything I might theoretically want to read into Evernote before reveals, so these were all read with "anonymous" still as the author. They are organized into multiple posts by type of source, with cut-tags and section headings, to reduce tl;dr. Also I have proofread this as carefully as I can but my eyes are literally crossing from fatigue, so apologies if I missed a coding error or typo.
Here are the books recs!
Okay, two more posts. Let's go.